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The Invictus

A mercenary organization attempting to shed much of their past for money, power, and movie deals. Easier said than done.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Saarai

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Built and bred for war. The Invictus are an elite paramilitary company.

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Name: The Invictus.

Other Names: The Invicta, Unconquerable Ones, The PMC, Da Vicz.

Founder: Alexius Androcles.

Leader(s): Fatin "Stryfe" Alfarsi (Commander-In-Chief), Mary "Phinx" Munroe (Second-In-Command)

Date Founded: The 1600s (Original). Early 1960s (Current). Various incarnations and splinter factions over the years.

Public Status: Now a brand name. Officially recognized by many governments for their steep rise in power and influence. Though still considered terrorists and criminals by some.

Relationships:

- Aschen Empire: Hostile.

Key Members


- Andrew Walbridge: An elite member of the Invictus, formerly a member of the Rhodesian SAS. His membership in the Rhodesian SAS has lead to questions about his age, but explains his experience seemly exceeding his apparent age.

- Henry "Tommy" Jones: The acting leader of the Custodis Benevolentia in Stryfe's place.

- Fatin "Stryfe" Alfarsi: Leader of the Custodis Benevolentia and the current leader of the Invictus. Handles the most important political meetings. Oversees most military operations with Phinx.

- Mary "Phinx" Munroe: Current leader of the Custodis Custos and leader of the Enforcers. Serves as Stryfe's lieutenant and oversees most military operations with her.

- Anodyne "The Ripper": Another skilled Invictus sniper, she also serves as Stryfe's bodyguard and one of the Invictus' premier assassins. Currently something of a celebrity among many people, especially the downtrodden.

- Viktor Vetrano: An Invictus liaison, coordinator, and investigator. He helps to make sure the Invictus is running smoothly, works internal affairs, and helps keeps the peace between the factions within the Invictus, as well as those factions outside of the organization.

- Kane Horne: The older brother of Kazen Horne and former lieutenant for The Commander within the Custodis Carmen. His position in the Invictus, if any, is unknown at this time.

- Sonia Hughes: A member of the Custodis Lamia, she currently helps to lead the Custodis branch with other members that have proven themselves. She is a former member of the Custodis Benevolentia.

- Masaru "Scorpio" Saito: A sniper and one of the Invictus' most skilled spies. Saito is an enigma, barely seen in public. He is considered a master of disguise.

- Lawrence Cyrus Goldberg: A member of the Custodis Benevolentia and one of Stryfe's bodyguards. He usually goes by his middle name.

- "Bishop" Kalil ibn Fathi: Another member of the Custodis Benevolentia and one of Stryfe's bodyguards, always close to her and with Cyrus often.

- Nikolaj Dragovic: An Invictus sniper and member of the Custodis Benevolentia. He is also a member of the Eastern Block, a group of soldiers considered to be Stryfe's personal team of bodyguards and assistants. They are made up of only people from Eastern Europe and some areas of west Asia.

- Jade Emile: Second-in-Command of the Invictus' Custodis Benevolentia, she also heads the organization's Spanish and French branches.

- Lionel "Sandman" Hope: A skilled sniper and designated marksman working as a member of the Custodis Benevolentia and Team Ripper. He is known for being extremely quiet and not very social in most situations.

- Preston Emile: One of Anodyne's handlers and a high-ranking member of the Custodis Benevolentia's Team Ripper. His cousin is Jade Emile, leader of the Invictus' Spanish and French branches.

- Natasha Zolner: An Invictus weapons expert, or Quartermaster, she serves as one of Stryfe's personal bodyguards. She is also a member of the Custodis Benevolentia. She is a member of the Eastern Block.

- Arya "Bones" Sloane: A former Delta Force Operator and currently a high-ranking member of the Invictus' Custodis Caeleste who usually acts as field commander of the division.

- Matthew "Taco" Nicks: An Invictus medic, he's also one of Anodyne's handlers and a member of the Custodis Benevolentia's Team Ripper.

- Christian Vidal: A member of the Invictus Custodis Benevolentia's Team Ripper and a sniper. He tends to handle most driving and piloting as well. He also serves as one of Anodyne's handlers.

- Nina Sekova: An Invictus rifleman. She has specialized in CQC and prefers to fight up close. She is a member of the Eastern Block and works as one of Anodyne's handlers in Team Ripper. She's also assigned to train and evaluate new recruits.

- Robert "Chemo" Jimenez: An Invictus rifleman. He is a member of the Custodis Benevolentia's Team Ripper as their second-in-command and one of Anodyne's handlers. More recently, he's been assigned to recruitment.

- Vanessa "Mulan" Le: The newest addition to the Custodis Benevolentia and to Team Ripper, Mulan is a former intelligence agent for the People's Liberation Army's special forces. She is a designated marksman.

- "Agent Church" An Invictus intelligence agent, he works closely with the Custodis Veritas to the point where some might consider him a member of the branch despite his official membership in the Custodis Belua.

Custodis Branches:


- The Custodis Custos: When you need soldiers, bodyguards, escorts, or fighters for any occasion chances are they come from the Custodis Custos when the Invictus are hired. The Custodis Custos makes up nearly all of the Invictus' combat forces and are usually on the frontlines of war or other combat assignments,

- The Custodis Benevolentia: Stryfe's personal squad of soldiers and warriors. They are said to be made up of some of the best warriors throughout the Multiverse and are said to prefer melee over ranged weapons. They are best known for a strict rule which prohibits them from killing their enemy.

- The Custodis Caeleste: The Custodis Caeleste are a team of elite soldiers and fighters specializing in combat against and the capture of supernatural threats and beings. This branch has no one leader, but answer to Phinx on most occasions. They are replacing the Custodis Carmen, a similar team that defected a year prior.

- The Custodis Medicus: The doctors and surgeons of the Invictus and the PMC, they are also medics in battle and know how to hold their own in combat. Many of the other Custodis branches has at least five in the field with them.

- The Custodis Veritas: They handle the intelligence side of the Invictus. Providing the Invictus with intelligence on their enemies and other people of interest. As well as for locations and mission briefings. They consist only of a race of beings known as Misery Angels.

- The Custodis Lamia: Known for their witchcraft inspired approach to combat, they are made up witches, sorcerers, warlocks, and necromancers. They have been dubbed, "The Coven" by most. They are one of the most secretive branches of the Invictus.

- The Custodis Vita: This Custodis group earned their name because they preserve the history of the Invictus and it's members. Anything of merit is written down by them. There isn't much they can't tell you about the Invictus and all those part of the organization. They also protect the Invictus' history from enemies.

- The Custodis Umbra: The assassins of the Invictus. They are one of the only Custodis branches that are made up of members with duties with other branches within the Invictus.

- The Custodis Belua: The Custodis Belua have a purpose known only to the Veritas and higher ranked officers of the Invictus. Rumors say that they conduct experiments on members of the Invictus in order to make super-soldiers, others say that they are in charge of keeping a monster, or several, locked up and under control until use in combat.

Other Branches:


Research and Development: Ran by Dr. Sonia Hughes, the Invictus R&D branch finds themselves responsible for providing the Invictus with weapons, armor, medicine, and other gear. Being independent from governments, Invictus R&D funds their own scientific expeditions to bring to the larger scientific community.

The Enforcers: An Invictus branch made of the most sturdy members of the group. The Enforcers are usually in charge of security and operate using the structure of western street gangs mixed with the structures of organized crime gangs. They are headed proudly and handpicked by Mary Munroe.

The Pack: An elite team of shapeshifting soldiers who are known for their brutal efficiency and ability to hunt down even the most elusive of men and women. They are usually tasked with security and covert assaults. They are the Invictus equivalent of a black operations team.

The Eastern Block: While not an official team, the Eastern Block is made of Invictus soldiers and members hailing from Eastern Europe, West Asia and Russia. They also consist of those from certain areas in south Europe like Bosnia and areas such as Greece.

Team Ripper: Made up of entirely members of the Invictus' Custodis Benevolentia, Team Ripper oversees and assists Anodyne in all of her duties as a member of the Invictus and now as a member of the Terran Militia. They were chosen for being able to connect and relate to Anodyne much easier than everyone else, and for their adherence to using words to diffuse a situation before fighting.

Thousand Mountain Records: A music company owned by the Invictus in order to give members of the Invictus and other talented individuals a chance at a peaceful life. The company doesn't specialize in one or few genres of music, they are known for encouraging the melding of each.

Uniform And Colors: The Invictus do not have one uniform, allowing each of their members to wear whatever makes them more comfortable or effective in and out of combat situations. In order to identify each other they often sport the colors red and black or orange and black as well as the Invictus logo. Members who aren't fans of those colors sport their own with a modified Invictus logo matching their preferred colors.

Despite this, members of the Invictus are still given the option of wearing a standard operations uniform which usually consists of black fatigues or a black jumpsuits, a combat vest, and sometimes body armor.

Members of the Invictus are also encouraged to don personal patches and insignia on their uniforms and clothing. The patches and insignia are meant to showcase different things about members. Including their religion, likes, specialties, or specific branch within the organization.

Weapons:


The weapons used by the Invictus are varied as they tend to purchase weapons or trade them for services. They range from assault rifles and shotguns, to swords and explosives. Energy weapons are finding themselves to become more common among the Invictus, ICON-made weapons are also increasing in popularity among their more firearm loving members.

Developing their own weapons has become a steady process, mostly due to the need for many unconventional weapons in their line of work that aren't suited for battlefields. Specializing in guerrilla warfare, the Invictus have different needs that only they can fulfill militarily.

Ground Combat Vehicles (All Heavily Modified):


- IAV Stryker. (100 in use)
- Leopard 2. (100 in use)
- GTK Boxer. (115 in use)
- VAB. (230 in use)
- VBCI. (210 in use)
- Antonov An-225 Mriya. (156 in use)
- Antonov An-124 Ruslan. (130 in use)
- Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. (150 owned, 120 in use)

Space Combat Vehicles


- Ripper-class Gunship. (198 owned, 170 in use)
- Titan-class Gunship. (200 owned, 175 in use)
- Lucien-class Gunship. (170 owned, 165 in use)

Various smaller or personal ships in use. Numbered in the thousands.

Spacecraft Weaponry


Invictus weaponry on spacecrafts is very basic and straightforward. Turrets, missiles, directed energy weapons, and advanced shielding for space combat and elements. Kinetic rounds fired from Invictus craft is made from several metals and other more rare elements to form a new, extremely strong, alloy. Materials identified as being used to create the shells and rounds include tungsten, aggregated hyperdiamond, steel, and iron.

Invictus spacecraft make use of several forms of shielding at once to maximize protection from energy and magic based weapon, something the scientists within the Invictus called Aegis. Official name is unknown. Listed below are the more innovative, and destructive, of the weapons in use by the Invictus.

- The Hose: The Hose is an energy based weapon located on all Invictus spacecraft in various sizes, resulting in various amounts of damage according to size and ship. It earned it's name for being a directed beam of energy that can be fired at an enemy and sustained for long periods of time dependent on power available in the ship. The energy can also be fired like a projectile. It's goal is too completely overload or bypass shielding, cutting through an enemy craft's hull like butter. It's effects on land and buildings is more devastating than on ships.

- Gravity Well: A gravity well projector is an apparatus used to create interdiction fields. By simulating the gravity shadow of a planet or other celestial body, often called a gravity well, a ship's travel through hyperspace could be halted or their jump to hyperspace could be rendered impossible within the simulated gravity shadow. These generally large gravity well generators were most often used to counteract hit-and-run tactics and pin outmaneuvered or outnumbered enemies in place.

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The Invictus make their way into the bar numbering in at twelve, they were dressed in their identifying colours of red and black, were armed with Automatic Kalishnikov fourty-sevens, and wore flak jackets made of an unknown and unusually strong alloy. They would proceed to an empty table and sit, conversating about whatever.

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The Invictus would stand up at the sound of a vehicle approaching the bar, once it stopped they looked to each other and then to the door. Soon the sounds of the vehicle's doors opening and closing followed by footsteps could be heard, many footsteps at that.

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The Invictus would make their way into the bar, they numbered in at thirteen and were dressed in red and black biker-style clothing which bore the Invictus logo more than three times on some on all of their clothing. The head of the pack was a woman with a mohawk, a Beretta .45 on her hip, and a baseball slung so that it rested on her back. Needless to say, she was tough, though the her body size was average at most. People would be able to tell that she was far stronger than she looked, and the depth of her strength went beyond human nature. "Let's go." She said, her and the Inivctus soon heading to some tables, the other Invictus had been armed with Glocks, Desert Eagles, and UZI 9mms. Small arms, nothing big, they didn't need to attract too much attention.

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The Invictus did what they usually did in the bar, sat around gossiping, making fun of other bar patrons, stroking their egos, stroking their guns, stroking their egos by talking about their guns. Though, not all of them were like that, some were more laidback and calm.

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The Invictus enter the bar, 400 deep, all texting on cellphones and sidekicks.

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The Invictus also brought in 73 boomboxs, 40 people were using laptops.

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The Invictus leave the bar.

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The Invictus springs a trap, an inter-dimensional portal, courtesy of the PLA. It would open up as soon as The Tormented stepped outside, sucking him with it's intense force.

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The Invictus would power down the portal, which would send The Tormented to some forsaken hell filled with an infinite amount of electronic devices.

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The Invictus raised an eyebrow at Ilse, "No, you learn to live by doing what you want, then fixing what you can as a result." Kazen told Ilse, "Affect those people." Kazen said to Ilse, "Eh... pay me no nevermind." He said to her, shrugging a shoulder. "Forget I said anything. Ain't me place to try, aye?" The Irishman said to Ilse.

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The Invictus peered out of the booth quickly to see where everyone was, the pain in his arms was going to be hard to work with. But, he had worst. The Irishman fired off his last three shots at one of the men that had entered with Viktor, intending to take one out before working on getting rid of anyone else that came with that man.

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Several vans, sedans, trucks, motorcycles, and other types of vehicles would ride down the main street, coming to a stop near Gambit's bar. They didn't get too close to the ruined bar and tent beside it, obviously because there were guns going off. The vehicles all had the Invictus logo on them, making it obvious who they belonged too. Stryfe, Anodyne, and Phinx climbed out the back of a van, the rest of the Invictus getting out of their respective vehicles. They numbered in at about forty altogether, their intentions were known only to them for now.

"Let's go." Stryfe said, leading the large group of mercenaries down the street. Her optimistic way of walking confusing those she came with. Stryfe had finished smoking a large amount of cannabis, is all.

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The Invictus mercenaries all looked to Padma, but soon a blond female soldier spoke up. "We aren't just guards." The woman said, an evident French accent coating her words. "We protect our own, this is a time of... war." She said, "Those three men are some of the most important to our organization. They stay alive, all is well."

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"We have." The French mercenary told Padma. "We always do." She said, "Several of us are assassins by definition. We research, we have eyes everywhere." She said, "Jade Emile, of the Invictus, at your service." Jade told Padma, "And we are Human, mostly. Kind."

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Jade shook her head. "We are not all women. The Invictus are made up of men and women. We do what we're good at." Jade said, "Despite our genders."

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Jade shook her head, but then she nodded once. "Well, yes." She told Padma. "But, I do not hold the authority to hire, and we'll need to see what you're about. Background checks, well, as far back as we can check. The last thing we need are traitors."

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Jade pointed to Kazen, and then to Izumi. "Those two are the ones that you should see since they're here." The woman said, "But, they are busy... you can try back some other time." She told Padma, "Just look for anyone with our patch and you should be able to find someone." Jade said, pointing to the Invictus logo on the bicep of her black shirt.

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Jade smiled, "There are hundreds of thousands of us." She said, referring to the overall membership of the Invictus. "That is including our members that can be considered inactive." The woman told Padma, "What we do is what we're hired to do. Kill, protect, burn, transport, train. What I do? I mostly do security and investigate for clients. I used to be a police officer."

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The Invictus came out of their positions, "Excuse us." Jade said to Padma. "Who brought their things?" She asked the mercenaries. "It's day, just open a window." A mercenary responded, "How the fuck are we supposed to find the windows?"

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The Invictus that were outside chambered the rounds in their weapons in a very eerie manner. Some of them taking the time to pull balaclavas over their heads. They heard the shooting inside, the same shooting that prompted the others to return fire on the troopers. "Let's go." A mercenary said outside of the bar, "Weapons free. We aren't taking prisoners." At those words, the Invictus stormed into the bar. Collateral damage wasn't a concern right now. They raised their rifles and shotguns, opening fire on the troopers in hopes of getting them to retreat or to kill them.

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The Invictus were ready to fire again if necessary. Those who weren't tending to the wounded scattered around the bar, blocking off the exits, and the staircase. "Someone, call for some kind of medics or something." A mercenary ordered, "Don't let anyone in or out. Count the bodies."

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The Invictus mercenaries took notice of XE-Z, four of them raised their assault rifles and opened fire. They were ready for something else to happen. XE-Z chose the worst time to try anything that would draw attention from the Invictus.

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The roaring of what sounded like a dozen, maybe more, motorcycles could be heard approaching Gambit's Bar. They were moving slowly, likely trying to find place to park on the street.

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The motorcycles finally came to a halt just outside of the front entrance. Though, they weren't too close. People still needed to get in and out of the building.