1 – One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit,
2 – A king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch.
3 – A national governing council or committee.
4 – A nation that governs territory outside its borders.
5 – A gold coin formerly used in Great Britain.
1 – Self-governing; independent: a sovereign state.
2 – Having supreme rank or power: a sovereign prince.
3 – Paramount; supreme: Her sovereign virtue is compassion.
4 – Of superlative strength or efficacy: a sovereign remedy.
5 – Unmitigated: sovereign contempt.
It is amazing how one word can have so many meanings, many of which are diametrically opposed to it's very self. Using such a name is a constant reminder that power in any form can be abused even with the most valiant of intentions. If there is one elemental truth when it comes to extensive power in a small number of hands, it is:
Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely
No tenet more aptly explains the state of the world today. Metahuman conflicts and grasps for power have evolved from their own community, to the world stage. The geopolitical balance is now in disarray, no politician or government could ever be prepared for a single individual or group to ever wield such personal power and resources. One needs only to glance at every recent event to see that it's genesis resides in one of the select few attempting to force their rule or beliefs on the world, with or without their permission.
As the power base of the metahuman community has grown, so have the stakes and devastation left behind in the aftermath of every private war. If left to their own devices it is only a matter of time before the aggression of a single entity forces the hand of either the United Nations or remaining superpowers. How long can the worlds governments find themselves backed into the corner by a power left unchecked too long before taking a stand?
Already a secret paramilitary organization known as Black Cell lies waiting in the wings for metahumans to set the stage for their own destruction through their continued arrogance. Quietly rearming after a devastating setback 3 years prior, they wait until the political climate will make their inevitable strike not only free of reprisal, but supported by the frightened masses. For years the balance has been kept by primarily one man, responsible for stopping many threats before they could achieve the status and power of a Hellfire Club, or Cardinal affiliate, but times have changed and some threats have grown beyond the ability of any one person to keep in the balance. As the times change, so must one's tactics in response to them.
The Sovereigns are dedicated to proactively act as a check and balance for the metahuman community. Their sole purpose is to monitor and intervene as needed should any single person or group gains too much power or influence, and to tip the scales to counteract them. Their agents are specifically chosen from varied backgrounds and prior allegiances to allow for the perspective of all sides when deciding on a course of action. The organization has no ties to any government or agency, and even their funding and benefactors remains a mystery. All that is known for sure is that they are beholden to no one and will stand up to any threat deemed necessary for the greater good.
Involvement will always favor the greater good over the established authority
No allegiance to any country, government, agency, or faction.
No support for any kind of metahuman registration, direct opposition to abuse of it.
Team resources will not be used for personal gain or ambitions without reason.
We exist to save lives, but if our hand if forced will take them when necessary.
The group maintains a dual headquarters system, one known to the public and available for access at all times and open to guests, the other the true secure facility holding the most sensitive of equipment and materials.
Haven (Public HQ) - Stationed on the shores of North Rock, an area long in dispute between the United States and Canada until purchased from both in a transaction attributed to both as to a private owner. Legally not bound to either country and treated as an independent territory.
The building is primarily used for non-critical functions such as social interactions with interested parties, or as temporary accommodations for guests. Each team member has a secured living quarters assigned to them to which no other member has access to in respect to privacy. Offices and meeting spaces are available on demand and the amenity level is quite elaborate to encourage visitation. As a smart-building it is self sufficient and requires no permanent staff on hand.
(Note: Anyone can visit, minor destruction is OK, no leveling it or bypassing security without permission)
Shadowland (Private HQ) – Built entirely underground on Machias Seal Island, also in the vicinity of the formerly disputed territories. The surface has been left completely undeveloped as to not disturb the local ecosystem or draw attention to the barren island itself.
The underground fortress encompasses over 4.2 million square feet distributed between 6 floors. Not all of the space is currently assigned for use and will be modified over time.
Sixth Floor - Personal Quarters, Recreational Facilities
Fifth Floor - Offices, Meeting Rooms
Fourth Floor - Armory
Third Floor - Armistice Private Lab, Fabrication facilities, Oracle Private Lab,
Second Floor - Combat Simulator, Dojos (2), Firing Ranges (2), Gyms (6)
First Floor - Drone Bays, Storage and Utilities
The organizations vast funding and access to unheard of technology makes this HQ all but invisible to any form of detection by any known means. Access to this facility is available only to authorized team members via a dedicated teleportation system or one of a handful of secure physical entry points. Every team member has a custom nanite array injected into them that assigns all privileged functions based on seniority and trust level.
Members also have their primary secure living quarters at this location. Any and all imaginable training and transportation resources are at hand, and whatever is not already available can be provided within reason. As a smart building all functions are automated and the facility has no staff whatsoever. The facility is set up to operate in a self-sufficient state for years without outside assistance and operates completely independent of any national grids for utilities or communications.
Executor – These are the elite field agents of the society, as well as treated as council on all major decisions concerning the organization. Each member is considered an equal and are encouraged to speak their mind on any matter that they deem important. There is no discrimination based on reputation or power level. Each member was brought into the organization for their unique perspective as much as their abilities. All are provided with a substantial salary and secured expense accounts for all field activities.
Initiate – These are the trainees and provisionary members who have yet to earn the title of executor. They are given training by the senior staff in the control and utilization of their powers, primary emphasis is to ensure the Initiate can defend themselves and not cause unintended harm to themselves and others. Advanced training is given should they decide to focus on a career within the metahuman community. There is no cost for these benefits nor is anyone made to feel obligated to join the organization in return. All educational and tuition costs are fully paid for as well as a significant stipend given for a comfortable living in a safe environment.
Associate - The title of associate is given to anyone whom the team has an ongoing working relationship with, but is not tied to the organization directly. Cooperation and support are given on a case by case basis, as well as for allowing someone to get a feel for how the team operates before considering joining.
(PM any questions in regard to the team to Armistice)