Falling Toward Apotheosis
The Fall of HIVE:
With the A.E.G.I.S. elite squads’ maiden mission and the subsequent missions, the elite forces squads proved that they were willing and up to the task of thwarting H.I.V.E. wherever it sprung up. These squads uncovered H.I.V.E. connections to criminal biker gangs, to radical college activist groups, to Fortune 500 multi-national corporation “fronts”. They fought and thwarted the efforts of bizarre bosses and masterminds, such as Nostromo and the Mistress.
In a forceful raid, the elite squads managed to track down the location of the elusive mastermind of the September 11th attacks, Osama bin Laden, and prepared to capture him. In a massive series of firefights, the A.E.G.I.S. agents managed to whittle down the loyalist Taliban forces and arrived at Osama’s personal tent, surrounded by his elite guards. The agents found that Osama had been killed by his guards in order to prevent his capture, but after fighting and defeating the guards, the agents completed their mission.
With the defeat and capture of the infamous Osama, it seemed as though the H.I.V.E. began to collapse. Terror attacks around the world ceased having an organized pattern to them, and generally declined in nearly every region. Speculation arose that Osama must have been this Tyrant character, disguising himself in order to rally more “freedom fighters” to his mission of terror and destruction. In the subsequent months after the defeat of Osama, terror cells that would be captured or defeated spoke about how they had operated for the H.I.V.E. previously, but had broken away after what they saw as the collapse of the central leadership. The H.I.V.E. appeared to be the proverbial snake with its head cut off.
Content with the general consensus of the public, the leaders of NATO and the UN congratulated the efforts of A.E.G.I.S. in combating the H.I.V.E. and countering the terrorism against the free peoples of the world. And in the same conference, these leaders announced that they would be scaling back on their funding of A.E.G.I.S., back to pre-H.I.V.E. quantities, feeling that they needed to direct their funding towards rebuilding the devastated regions of the world.