Utile Umbra began like any other of the many mercenary groups common to the land of South Zagoria. Ben Hansen, a former Marine who was left behind when everything went to hell, wandered the land and slowly found himself amassing a crew of former NATO fighters. The crew found themselves work pretty regularly, and things were looking if not good, at the very least, comfortable. Work was coming in at a steady pace, and Umbra found themselves recruiting from the local population to keep up with the workload. Still, even after what seemed to be a success, the core of Umbra found themselves conflicted, as military men most of them had gravitated towards the work they considered to be ethical. They had grown large, and could no longer make sure that all their new members were representing themselves in the way that Umbra had originally intended. Things changed when they went into service for the Praetorian Guard. The Praetorian's offered Umbra the kind of work they truly enjoyed to complete. Missions that helped people, and made life better for those in the land of South Zagoria. The Praetorian was also large enough that they could provide Umbra with enough contracts to keep themselves comfortable, and they could afford to turn down the work disagreed with. Jack Mason and Ben Hansen found that they had most of the same ideals, and Jack introduced Ben to other clients that had similar values. Umbra, who had just been an unnamed association of men taking on contracts until this point, had decided to call themselves “Utile Umbra” Latin for the “useful shadow”, to honor their relationship with the Praetorian Guard.
It seemed like someone was finally going to make a difference in the land of South Zagoria. Some legitimately good people started to set up communities, trying to get back to peaceful ways of living. The Samaritans set up a large compound in the east, and smaller communities started to plot the land. The Praetorian Guard had established a peace treaty with the 5.0.3, the largest bandit group in the west, and Umbra living as allies inside of Praetorian borders thought life couldn't get much better. Peace didn't last long however, one day after a routine morning of scavenging the nearby towns, several Umbra members returned to their home to find a large number of 5.0.3 lackeys breaking into their compound. Umbra reminded them that they were inside Praetorian Guard lands, and should not be raided. The gang agreed, reluctantly, and things ended for the day. Every day the 5.0.3 would return, or send obvious spies, or both. Umbra tried to maintain peace. They did not want to break the peace for their friends the Praetorian Guard. The leader of the 5.0.3 had made proclamations That Umbra, a small community they protected, and The Praetorian Guard were planning on organizing a force to take over his home. This was completely false, however, it became clear that the peace would not last for any of them. In anticipation of the coming war, they formed a collation of friendly forces in the east. The core 3 groups being the Praetorian Guard, The Samaritans, and Umbra. It was just a matter of time before South Zagoria would be in full out, open war.
The war started as expected. The 5.0.3 marched onto the Umbra base and executed an Umbra member on their own doorstep. It didn't take long for the Praetorian Guard to respond, the treaty was broken and war was declared. However, the war was short. Several members of the Praetorian guard decided to leave, decreasing their numbers by a large amount, and although they had formed an alliance, the Samaritans never entered the war, claiming neutrality and not wanting to break their own peace treaty with the 5.0.3. This left a small number of Praetorians and an even smaller number of Umbra operators to fight the massive 5.0.3 force. They were crushed quickly. Not only in battle, but by information leaks, traitors, and cowards that they had called friends. A new Umbra recruit named Jackson Montoya who was disobeying orders, was picked up by a 5.0.3 patrol. They forced him to lie, and say that all the accusations made by the 5.0.3 were true. Then in return, they faked his death. The 5.0.3 delivered this video to the Samaritans, all but assuring that they would never enter the war on the side of the alliance. The Praetorian Guard with their numbers drastically decreased surrendered, and Utile Umbra, at least in its original form disbanded.
It didn't take long for the core members of Umbra to find Jackson Montoya, the traitor. They already knew how they were going to handle him. Jackson Montoya was marched to the steps of the school, the Samaritan stronghold, placed in a green armband, and executed. The following note was left on his body:
On the back of the paper something else was written. It was a list of names, and the title read “The Blacklist”.
The Blacklist is a list of targets that Umbra has condemned as war criminals, or people generally against the common good. Umbra has shifted its focus. Ben was never a religious man himself, but books are hard to come by nowadays. The Bible was easy to find, and Ben found himself reading it just to keep from going insane. The book of Revelations resonated with him and his current situation. He remembered the story of the 4 horsemen, who arrived to signify the end times. Ben and his men would model themselves after their 4 horses, and with them they would bring their riders, Death, Pestilence, War, and Famine, arriving to signify the end times for the unjust of Chenarus and Livonia. They will protect the "marked", the good, peaceful people of Chenarus and Livonia while dealing out punishments to those who deserve them. The names on the Blacklist are the unmarked and will be found and punished, beginning with the traitors and aggressors of the war they had lost so much too. More names will be added over time as they deserve to be, there will always be evil in the world to be dealt with.
"I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
Day 970 - Capture and Punish 5 of names on the blacklist. (1/5)
Day 950 - Find a place to lay low while we regroup.
Day 960 - Forge friendships with 3 peaceful, well meaning groups, and protect them as “Marked”. (1/3)
Day 1050 – Use influence to install new leadership into the group known as the Samaritan's.
Day 1000 – Provide support and help return the former glory of the Praetorian Guard.
Day 1000 – Recruit 2 new members, preferably people who were wronged in the war. (0/2)
Provide a solid mix of hostile and campfire RP to the people of Chenarus and Livonia, depending on who we meet.
Create original story lines based off of real time in game RP.
Ben Hansen – The pale horse @TegsBenedict
The Inner Circle
Lee Harden – The white horse @crashport
Alon Quinn – The red horse @Icaruu
Smedley Butler – The black horse @chief_mello
Dr. John Price @Ronald
Murray McManaman @Murray
John Butcher @Kullancs
George Wolbert @Umfrage
Umbra was formed almost entirely through in-game and IC Roleplay, and we would like for the story to continue that way, so in-game meeting is required to join. Look for the Satan armbands.
We understand that it may be hard to meet naturally in-game, so if interested please radio Ben Hansen IC at TegsBenedict#0215. We will arrange a meeting IC. In-game meeting is required to join.
Utile Umbra is a pure chaotic good group, so we would prefer characters that fall into that alignment, or at least “grow” into that mindset. We also would prefer that characters that have some sort of connection to the war. However, there so many ways to creatively RP, as long as you can come up with a meaningful way to connect your character to our cause we will work with you!
Graphics by: @TegsBenedict
Lore Created in game, Compiled by @TegsBenedict