Falling Toward Apotheosis
Official name: Humanitarian Initiative for Vengeance against Empires (speculated acronym, could potentially have different meaning in other languages)
Membership: unknown, series of innumerable “splinter cells” ranging from activist unions to anti-establishment terrorists, estimated at ~100,000 – 1,000,000
Headquarters: unknown, suspected to have major staging areas in every section of the world; appears stronger in undeveloped, 3rd-worlds.
Legal status: criminal, terrorist, network of multiple legitimate companies and corporations acting unknowingly as “front” companies.
Founding date: suspected sometime in the late 1990’s, rumoured to possibly be centuries old
Exact intel on the true history of H.I.V.E. is sketchy at best. A.E.G.I.S. analysts first became aware of H.I.V.E. operatives when A.E.G.I.S. was able to recover security camera footage of a terrorist attack on a Prague bio-engineering corporation. Analysis of the footage (shortly before the camera was destroyed) depicted specially trained, heavily armed terrorist troops, all dressed in similar black and crimson uniforms with all-encompassing helmets. These terrorists also seemed to possess highly advanced technology and weapons systems, easily neutralizing the security forces at the corporation and allowing the terrorists to get in and out with relative ease. The name “H.I.V.E.” was marked on the wall of the Prague laboratory, believed to be left by the terrorists in a decisive act to reveal themselves to the world.
After this “first contact”, A.E.G.I.S. began to calculate the probability that H.I.V.E. was behind/major financier of global terror acts for the past decade. It was deemed “highly probable” that H.I.V.E. was either behind or simply assisted in the financing of the September 11th attacks and the other terror attacks since then. H.I.V.E. was also believed to be behind the seemingly random attacks on abandoned warehouse districts in urban centers, stretches of woodlands, swamps, deserts throughout the industrialized and developing nations.
A.E.G.I.S. agents began focusing on acquiring any intelligence they could about the organization, finances, technology, and essentially anything about this H.I.V.E. Attempts to infiltrate the H.I.V.E. ranks and command structure were surprisingly dismal. Whenever an agent managed to get in with a H.I.V.E. cell, that agent would either be found out and executed, or they would disappear and never be heard from again, likely assuming the agent was executed. The only real intel of substance that managed to make its way back to A.E.G.I.S. was a vague dossier about the presumed leader of H.I.V.E.: an enigmatic man known only as Tyrant; and the name of what it seemed like H.I.V.E. was earnestly trying to consolidate: a mysterious substance known as Element-159.