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jasonm
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05/03/2020 7:39 am  

ELLIUM: PAST

After Jerusalem fell to the crusaders in 1099, most of the crusaders who did not return to their homelands became dedicated to establishing independent Christian states. There arose two problems for the remaining crusaders: how to protect the pilgrim routes to the newly won holy places – and the defense against Moslem’s surrounding the narrow strip of re-conquered lands.

At this time there were only about five hundred knights available to maintain the kingdom of Jerusalem. Therefore, small groups banded together to take on these tasks. One such band was formed in 1115 by Hugh de Payens of Burgundy and Godfrey de Saint Adhemar, a Fleming, who recruited seven other knights from northern France. This small voluntary group escorted pilgrims from Jerusalem on to Jordan, the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism. In 1118 the group swore an oath to protect the pilgrims and observe the monastic vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity.

The two founding members had initially only one horse between them. Under their vows, they were to wear only clothes which were given to them and to own no possessions other than their weapons. Impressed by their devotion, the king gave them quarters in a wing of the royal palace which was located on the supposed site of the Temple of Solomon. This soon gave rise to a new name for the group – the Knights of the Temple, or Knights Templar. The number of knights had grown by that time and eventually became a powerful army, inspiring fear, and jealousy.

Years later, as resentment continued to grow, King Phillip sent sealed instructions for the seizure of all members of the Order and their property throughout France. The brothers were thrown into prison where all except three eventually confessed – under torture – to the charges. Powerless in the light of the confessions, the Pope issued a command to all Christian princes to arrest Templars in their lands. Soon, under torture, Templars were confessing to homosexuality, devil worship, blasphemy, and corruption. In England, Spain, Cyprus, and Germany they were found innocent of the charges; but in France, the persecution continued, and many Templars who retracted their confessions when the torture ended were burned at the stake as heretics. Finally, in 1312 the Order was suppressed; its vast wealth passed on to the torch-pin Knights Hospitaller.

Having to flee the accusations, the Knights Templar changed their name, but maintained their role in society. Now under the name Ellium, the former Knights power continued to grow as did their mission.

Over the centuries, the Ellium has evolved considerably from its beginnings. Now spanning the globe, it serves as a political and scientific motivator and influencer. The Ellium has been content to guide humanity through its trying times casually, but a belief in an ever-looming threat to the human race as a whole has led to a more militant faction. A vast majority has decided to play a more aggressive role in human destiny. Basing their decision on centuries of knowledge and accumulated wealth, that the Ellium would in fact, be a more productive governing body for the entire world.

ELLIUM: PRESENT

Ellium members are brought together from a variety of fields including law enforcement, espionage, technologists, biologists, and more. Ellium works hand in hand with a variety of governments around the world, with the intention of bringing order to chaos and building a network of resources and political connections. Investigative roles can run from research to field work, but Ellium also serves as a private security firm, specializing in cleaning up messes governments seek to keep under wraps.

Ellium recruitment seeks out the independent, often brilliant individuals that ideally have limited familial ties. Government programs would have snapped up these candidates, including the N.S.A, C.I.A., or F.B.I., were it not for Ellium’s ability to reach these gifted individuals first; easily done when one of the services of the Ellium includes filtering extensive background checks and psych evaluations for a variety of governments.

Behind the veneer of a reputable government contractor, the Ellium have utilized their government contracts and international ties to develop weaponry far beyond the nations of the world. A gradual internal conflict has caused a rift between members, with traditionalists adopting the title “Templar” for their sub faction. Traditionalists hold to the belief that the Ellium should maintain its presence in the world without seeking to control it. A guiding hand opposed to actual control flies in the face of the new breed of Ellium members, who prefer direct and open conflict to secure control and correct the problems of the world immediately and with force if needed.

Ellium remains unified for now, but as world affairs become more hazardous, a growing number continue to drift from the Templar traditionalists. Recent uncovered experimentation has only served to strain the relationship even more. Project: Legion, a program designed to infiltrate and monitor all electronic forms of communication seemingly achieved a fully functioning artificial intelligence, renaming its self “Hastur”. The result of its emergence cost the development team their lives along with the complete destruction of the facility developing it. The destruction of “Hastur” has not been confirmed.  Other forays into weaponizing animals among other controversial projects continue to erode the morals of the Ellium but opposing entities like the Plato Continuum provide a reason to hold the Ellium together.


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