Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement & Logistics Department aka "SHIELD"
History of SHIELD and its Predecessors
The Late-1930s and Early-1940s
The Strategic Scientific Reserve and Extra-normal Activities Garrison for Law Enforcement
Strategic Scientific Reserve aka "SSR":
An organization that attempted to live up to the scientific research ideals of the Strategic Scientific Reserve would continue to exist in one form or another in the background for nearly thirty years, until the creation of ARGUS ("Advanced Research Group of the United States") as a sister agency to SHIELD after the September 11th Attacks in 2001 and the Terminus Invasion of Freedom City in 2002.
Extra-normal Activities Garrison for Law Enforcement aka "EAGLE":
While many remember EAGLE as the national civilian paramilitary counterpart of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, the Extra-normal Activities Garrison for Law Enforcement was much more than just an organization that was used to counter meta-human and super-science threats on the homefront… but was a national law enforcement agency that was established alongside the more well-known and senior Federal Bureau of Investigations. These uniformed national police officers were not seen as G-Men like the dark suited agents hand-picked by J. Edgar Hoover, but more as everymen stepping up to protect their country since they could not serve in the Armed Forces overseas. Composed of men who were classified for whatever reason as being unable to wear the uniform for the United States Armed Forces had an outlet to serve their country in uniform. EAGLE was a startling success working alongside the Mystery Men and early Costumed Meta-Human Adventurers and Heroes that fought against Spies, Saboteurs and Agent Provocateurs trying to disrupt the war effort. The men and women of EAGLE would be combined with the men and women of the SSR to create USHER.
The Late-1940s to Early-1960s
Unified Strategic Headquarters for Emergency Response aka "USHER": The Unified Strategic Headquarters for Emergency Response (aka USHER) was created with the unification of EAGLE and the SSR. USHER became infiltrated by HYDRA operatives thanks to their post-War Recruitment to assist in the Allies efforts during the Cold War, who used the assets and resources of their Hosts for nearly twenty years before their activities had been uncovered and saw the agency shattered by the severe infighting between HYDRA Operatives within their ranks that became known as the USHER Civil War by the few who knew of the shadow conflict. When the fighting finally ended, USHER was officially dismantled and the American External Government Intervention Service (AEGIS) was founded with a mission statement that focused heavily on national security from external threats.
The Early-1960s to Early-1980s
American External Government Intervention Service aka "AEGIS": AEGIS was the Predecessor to SHIELD, and was used as the core of the newly created SHIELD Organization and their sister agencies that are dedicated to the defense of the United States of America, its citizens and the rest of the world. The agency still exists as a distinctive part of the SHIELD structure. Sadly AEGIS would become corrupted by the influence of the same kind of paranoia that prompted J. Edgar Hoover to keep major public officials under constant surveillance that prompted several of its leaders to abuse the information illegally attained for less than savory purposes to enrich themselves, the sudden death of the Director of AEGIS was exploited by those leaders who were being blackmailed to dismantle the agency and see it replaced with a new organization that would have safeguards to ensure that such improprieties would not be undertaken again.
Just as AEGIS was created in the aftermath of the fall of USHER, the core of AEGIS would became the base from which the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcements and Logistics Division that would be built upon by GEN Sam Sawyer whose exploits during the Second World War and trough-out the period after the war protecting the free world during the Cold War. He used his knowledge about the operations and personnel of AEGIS to build a new organization that would keep the world safe from extra-normal threats as well as conventional ones.
The Early-1980s to the Present
The founding of SHIELD (the Early-1980s)
When SHIELD was founded, it was initially called the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (after the September 11th Terror Attacks in 2001 and the Terminus invasion a year later, SHIELD would be elevated to an Executive Department after which it officially became the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Department).
The Post-9/11 and Terminus Invasion induced Operational Reforms
SHIELD was upgraded from being a mere division when it was elevated to an Executive Branch Department, and <name> was named as the first Secretary of SHIELD, and US Army Major General Nichols Joseph 'Nick' Fury would be promoted to the rank of General and given the position as the Director of SHIELD.
The Avengers Initiative and the Battle of New York
The Avengers Initiative (aka "Phase 1") was a secret project created by S.H.I.E.L.D. to create the Avengers, a team composed of super-powered beings that would respond to any dangerous global threats which are too great to be dealt with on Earth.
The Initiative was scrapped by the World Security Council after the alien incursion in New Mexico in favor of a weapons development program known as Phase 2.
After Loki stole the Tesseract from Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. (and destroyed the base and killed 80 people during the process), Nick Fury decided to revive the project. He called in Captain America to join, and sent Black Widow to recruit DR Robert Bruce Banner MD. DSc. MEng. MTech (aka the Hulk), who was now living in a rural village in India practicing medicine in an attempt to counter a viral outbreak.
After the Avengers were formed, they were not cooperating and failed to prevent Loki's escape from the Helicarrier, causing them to believe that they just were not meant to work together, and were thinking of disbanding the team. It was only Agent Phillip J. Coulson's death that motivated them to overcome their differences and come together fight against the Chitauri invasion in Manhattan.
After their victory in defeating the Chitauri, Nick Fury and Maria Hill agree that it was the correct choice to form the team, and that they will return for any future threat.
Director Nick Fury (GEN Nicholas Joseph 'Nick' Fury, US Army - Ret. aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Director of SHIELD (PL/pp.):
Maria Hill (LTC Maria Hill, US Army - Ret. aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Chief of Staff (PL/pp.):
Deputy Director Cecil Steadman (Cecil Steadman aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for External Operations (PL/pp.): The Directorate for External Operations
Office for International Operations
Office for Counter-Terrorism Operations
Office for Counter-Intelligence Operations
Office for HUMINT Collection & Analysis
Office for Regional & Transnational Operations
Office for Military Affairs, Liaison & Coordination
Deputy Director Baiul (Ivana Baiul aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Internal Operations (PL/pp.): Directorate for Internal Operations
Office of the Inspector-General
Office of Professional Responsibility
Office of Personal Integrity & Moral Compliance
Office for Law Enforcement Affairs, Liaison & Coordination
Office for Facility Security
Office of the Internal Criminal Investigation Service
Office for Internal Crisis Response Group (aka the "Keepers")
Deputy Director DR Amanda Waller PhD. (DR Amanda Blake Waller PhD. aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Special Projects (PL/pp.): DR Amanda Waller oversees the Directorate for Special Projects
Office of the Critical Incident Response Group (aka the "Black Razors")
Office for <>
Office for Task Force X (aka The "Suicide Squad")
Deputy Director <> (<> '<>' <> aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Logistics & Support Services (PL/pp.):
Office for Resources Management
Office for Facilities & Logistic Services
Office for Strategies & Resources Planning
Office for Research & Development
Office for Inspection, Auditing & Quality Assurance
Office for Acquisitions & Requisitions
Deputy Director <> (<> '<>' <> aka "<>" aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Science & Technology (PL/pp.):
Office for Advanced Engineering & Development
Office for Advanced Research & Development
Office for Advanced Technologies & Programs
Office for Operations Policy & Planning
Office for Technical Intelligence Collection
Deputy Director <<> (<> '<>' <> aka "<>" aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Administrative Services (PL/pp.):
Office for Records Management
Office of the Comptroller General
Office for Financial Services
Office for Ombudsman & Dispute Resolution
Office for Human Resources
Office for Education & Training
Office for Equal Opportunity Employment
Office for Diversity Planning & Programs
Deputy Director Cooper (DR Valerie 'Val' Cooper PhD, aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Public Policy & Coordination (PL/pp.):
Office for Public Affairs
Office for Congressional Affairs
Office for General Counsel
Office for Meta-Human Affairs & Coordination
Office for Policy & Corporate Coordination
Office for Protocol
Deputy Director Stanz (Morgan '<>' Stantz aka "<>" aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Intelligence Analysis (PL/pp.):
Office for Foreign Intelligence Collection & Analysis
Office for Open Source Intelligence Collection & Analysis
Office for Information Technology Operations
Office for Strategic Planning
Office for Domestic Intelligence Collection & Analysis
Office for <>
Deputy Director <> (<> '<>' <> aka "<>" aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Global Support (PL/pp.): Directorate for Global Support coordinates SHIELD operations around the world with the agencies and defensive organizations of allied nations, and is seen as the primary part of SHIELD that is directly overseen and has the most interaction with the members of the SHIELD Security Council.
Office for Foreign Military Liaison
Office for <>
Office for Information & Technology
Office for Health & Medical Centre
Office for Persons of Mass Destruction
Office for Weapons of Mass Destruction
Deputy Director Bruttenhom PhD. (Prof. Trevor Bruttenhom PhD. aka "<> '<>' <>" aka "<>" aka "<>"), Directorate for Paranormal Research and Defense (PL/pp.): Prof. Trevor Bruttenhom is also the director of SPEAR.
Office for <>
Office for <>
Office for <>
Office for <>
Office for <>
Directorate for External Operations ("XO")
Directorate for Internal Operations ("IO")
Internal Operations can easily be said to be the equivalent of the internal affairs office for SHIELD, but it also works as a counter-intelligence branch that is constantly searching for double-agents and the like that are operating within the frame work of SHIELD.
Directorate for Special Projects ("SP")
Directorate for Intelligence Analysis ("IA")
Directorate for Paranormal Research and Defense ("PRD"):
Directorate for Science & Technology (ST)
Directorate for Global Support ("GS")
Directorate for Administrative Services ("AS")
Directorate for Logistics & Support Services ("LSS")
Directorate for Public Policy & Coordination ("PPC")
The Black Razors (aka "Critical Incident Response Group")
Task Force X aka "The Suicide Squad"
Sister Agencies and Associated Organizations under the Umbrella of SHIELD
Advanced Research Group of the United States aka "ARGUS"
ARGUS was initially formed in the aftermath of the Terminus Invasion in 2003 by a group of private and governmental concerns in an effort to study and adapt recovered technology of those damaged and destroyed weapons, vehicles and equipment left after the invasion was repelled. Their primary think-tank is located in the Baxter Building at Four Freedoms Plaza, New York City. In 2012, ARGUS has been brought under the umbrella of SHIELD after the extremely public failure of Project ENTRY created the Fantastic Four, and evidence proved that the experiment had been sabotaged by Latverian operatives whom were attempting to assassinate DR Victor von Doom.
Altered-Reality Monitoring, Observation and Response aka "ARMOR"
ARMOR is a semi-autonomous sister agency of SHIELD, that has been tasked with monitoring incursions from alternate realities. The specially developed equipment used by ARMOR that detects any reality breaches are located within heavily secured areas of every SHIELD base and facility.
Special Paranormal Emergencies and Arcane Response aka "SPEAR"
SPEAR is a semi-autonomous sister agency of SHIELD that is tasked with monitoring paranormal and mystical threats and incursions, and much like it’s sister agencies of ARMOR and SWORD, SPEAR has areas of SHIELD facilities that are set aside for their use.
Sentient World Observation and Response Department aka "SWORD"
SWORD is a semi-autonomous sister agency of SHIELD that is tasked with monitoring incursions from extraterrestrial sources. Much like their sister agency ARMOR, every SHIELD base and facility has secure areas set aside that are dedicated for use by SWORD equipment and personnel.
Project Potential Energy Group for Alternate Sources of the United States aka Project "PEGASUS"
Project PEGASUS is a semi-autonomous joint operation between SHIELD, the Department of Defense, the Energy Department, NASA and Stark Industries to develop a new power source… the recent breakthroughs in affordable ARC Reactor technology has saw the long-term project that was seen as money pit by pundits and politicians for decades finally paying off.
Harold 'Harry' Stein
SHIELD Secretary: The Secretary of SHIED is an appointed position by the President of the United States, whose appointment is reviewed by both Houses of Congress just like any other head of an Executive Branch Department.
The current SHIELD Secretary is
The Executive Director of SHIELD officially holds the title and office as an Undersecretary of SHIELD, whose authority and importance is not known to rank-and-file personnel. This position is always held by veteran SHIELD personnel whom have risen through the ranks, with a minimum of twenty years of service in SHIELD, the United States Armed Forces or Intelligence Communities (Ten of which must have been spent in service of SHIELD in a position of authority). Their position in the hierarchy of SHIELD is to act as an intermediary whose
The current Executive Director of SHIELD is <>.
The current Director of SHIELD is GEN Nick Fury.
Deputy Director: The Deputy Directors of SHIELD are directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the various divisions of organization, they are assisted by Assistant Deputy Directors.
Executive Assistant Deputy Director: The Assistant Deputy Directors of SHIELD whom are the responsible command authority for each of the Departmental 'Branches' or 'Offices' that oversee each of the geographic Areas of Accountability across the United States.
Assistant Deputy Director:
Deputy Regional Director:
Deputy Section Chief:
Deputy Superintendent/Station Chief:
Supervisory Special Agent:
Senior Special Agent:
Controversies & Criticisms
Notable SHIELD Personnel
Director Nick Fury (GEN Nicolas Joseph 'Nick' Fury, US Army - Ret.), Director of SHIELD:
Maria Hill (LTC Maria Hill, US Army - Ret.), SHIELD Chief of Staff: Maria Hill acts a the public 'right hand' for dealing with the day-to-day duties of GEN Nick Fury (Agent Phillip J. Coulson is the actual go-to-man that Fury has used to represent his interests among the costumed meta-human community).
Deputy Director Steadman (Cecil Steadman), Deputy Director of SHIELD for External Operations (XO): External Operations is the primary division of SHIELD since it carries out overt and covert operations all around the globe (and all across the United States and its allies).
Deputy Director Bauil (Ivana Bauil), Deputy Director of SHIELD for Internal Operations (IO): Internal Operations is the Internal Affairs and Inspector-General division of SHIELD and its sister agencies (SWORD, ARMOR, ARGUS, STRIKE, ect.) whose duties are to seek out corruption within SHIELD's ranks.
Deputy Director Waller (DR Amanda Waller PhD.), Deputy Director of SHIELD for Special Projects (SP): DR Amanda Waller PhD. heads up the Special Projects division of SHIELD, her personal strike team is the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad... which she uses extensively to act as the troubleshooters to carry-out impossible missions that are incredibly important, but with incredible odds that certainly would end in the deaths of the operatives assigned to it... the very definition of a classical Suicide Mission.
Deputy Director <> (), Deputy Director of SHIELD for Logistics & Support Services (LSS): LSS and AS (Administrative Services) are the largest directorates since they employ the majority of SHIELD Personnel since both directorates have such a large network of transports, facilities and service contracts. But it also oversees the network of holding and correctional facilities that are used to hold powerful meta-human criminals and threats. The Cube (gamma), the Big House (low-level meta-humans, gadgeteers and escape threats), the Vault (high-level meta-humans and priority prisoners), the Raft (the prototype facility for designs that were perfected with the construction of the Aquarium), Aquarium (aquatic),
Deputy Director <> (), Deputy Director of SHIELD for Science & Technology (ST): The Science and Technology Directorate
Deputy Director <> (), Deputy Director of SHIELD for Administrative Services (AS): The Administrative Services Directorate
Deputy Director Bruttenholm (Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm PhD.), Deputy Director of SHIELD for Paranormal Research and Defense (PRD): Bruttenholm is the oldest actively serving official in the United States Government whom is not a meta-human or other long lived non-human species whose longevity has been the subject of many rumors in the backrooms of the American Government. The Reality is that Prof. Bruttenholm's efforts at countering Occult threats to the world has had a beneficial side-effect in that his body is aging at a much slower pace that is keeping pace with his foster son known as 'Hellboy' whom is the top operative of the directorate, and the leader of the rapid response squad.
Victoria Hand (Executive Assistant Deputy Director Victoria Louise Hand CPA), SHIELD Executive Agent (PL/pp.):
Victoria was initially an accountant for S.H.I.E.L.D., who was in a relationship with another agent named Isabelle. Victoria was determined to send a letter informing Director Nick Fury how he was mishandling the War on Terror. Isabelle implored Victoria not to send the letter but Victoria did anyways and was transferred immediately to Portland, Oregon. As a result, Isabelle, furious that she did not listen to her, ended their relationship. Despite this, GEN Nick Fury chose to promote Hand to the rank of Executive Assistant Deputy Director and assigned her to work at the Hub as the facility supervisor.
Agent Blake (Special Agent-in-Charge Felix Blake), SHIELD Executive Agent (PL/pp.):
Agent Coulson (Supervisory Special Agent Phillip 'Phil' Coulson), SHIELD Field Agent (PL/pp.):
Agent Stilwell (Supervisory Special Agent Jasper Stilwell), SHIELD Field Agent (PL/pp.):
Agent Woo (Special Agent James 'Jimmy' Woo), SHIELD Field Agent (PL/pp.): Agent Jimmy Woo is one of the longest serving field agents in all of SHIELD, having started his career in the mid-1960s as an FBI Agent working for J. Edgar Hoover dealing with strange happenings that were associated with the Chinese Criminal Mastermind known as the Yellow Claw. Despite his many years of service, Agent Woo not only looks to be in his early-30s… but is also in amazing physical condition of a man in his mid to late-20s. The reasons behind this are classified.
Agent Carter (Special Agent <> '<>' Carter), SHIELD Field Agent (PL/pp.):
G.W. Bridge (George Washington Bridge), SHIELD Executive Agent (PL/pp.):
Ms. Wise (Claire Wise), Assistant to Agent Blake (PL/pp.):
Mr. Pollack (Benjamin 'Benny' Pollack), SHIELD R&D Specialist (PL/pp.):
Agent Pierce (Alexander Goodwin Pierce),
Agent Quartermaine (Clayton 'Clay' Quartermaine),
Agent Craven (Mariah Craven)
GEN Sam Lane (GEN Samuel 'Sam' Lane, US Army), US Army General Officer/DOD Liaison to SHIELD & ARGUS (PL/pp.): GEN Lane is the official liaison between the Department of Defense and with SHIELD and all of its sister agencies. GEN Sam Lane is a contemporary of Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross, and the two men have a friendly rivalry that extends to their 'game' of disparaging their son-in-laws as which one is the most inept.
Agent Liberty (Benjamin 'Ben' Lockwood),
Notable Former SHIELD Personnel
Punisher (Francis 'Frank' Castiglione aka "Frank Castle"), Former SHIELD Field Agent/Operative ():
Frank Castle was recruited right out of the USMC Force Recon into SHIELD, where he served for nearly a decade, before he met his future wife and retired to become an NYPD patrol officer where he discovered a cabal of corrupt cops that he exposed to internal affairs. As they were about to repay his honesty, Castles young family was killed in the crossfire.
Despot (Isaiah King), <> (): Isaiah King was a member of
The Directors of SHIELD
GEN Sam Sawyer (GEN Samuel 'Happy Sam' Sawyer, US Army - Deceased), the first Director of SHIELD (1981-1993).
GEN Sawyer had the distinction of having served the longest time as the Director of U.S. SHIELD prior to GEN Nick Fury holding the position. Starting with Ronald W. Reagan (R-CA), and ending with George H.W. Bush (R-TX). GEN Sawyer also is known to have provided assistance and advice on several of the men whom would later assume the directorship of U.S. S.H.I.E.L.D. GEN Sawyer was a highly decorated veteran of the Second World War, the Korean War and the war in Vietnam whom died in 2006 from a heart attack building a house for the homeless. In recognition of all his service to his country in and out of uniform, GEN Samuel Sawyer received a State Funeral that in many ways resembled that of his friend President Ronald W. Reagan.
GEN Miles Craven (GEN Jeremiah Miles Craven, US Army - Retired), the second Director of SHIELD (1993-1996).
GEN Jeremiah Miles Craven served as the second director of SHIELD during the presidency of George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. GEN Craven was seen as a professional military intelligence officer whose dedication to protecting the America was readily apparent to everyone in his life. In 1996 GEN Miles Craven was forced to resign by Pres. William J. Clinton when he expressed dissatisfaction with how the President was acting over several crucial foreign policy decisions and publicly drew attention to what will become known as the "Gorelick Wall" that prevented communication between the various intelligence gathering agents and criminal investigators of the different government agencies. It would be the "Gorelick Wall" that GEN Miles Craven protested against that would directly allow for the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks to be successful.
After his forced retirement, Miles Craven set out to find a way to protect the United States from the threats that he felt the Clinton Administration was ignoring and set out
Lt. General Zeb McCandless (Lt. Gen. Zebulon 'Zeb' McCandless, US Air Force), the third Director of SHIELD (1996-2001).
After having forced the resignation of GEN Miles Craven as the Director of SHIELD, Pres. William J. Clinton toyed with the possibility of actually dismantling SHIELD as part of the so-called 'peace dividend' with the end of the Cold War that he used to justify the extremely deep cutbacks in the United States military and defense spending. Instead, Pres. Clinton cut the SHIELD budget by over 75% and appointed US Air Force Lieutenant General Zebulon 'Zeb' McCandless as director without the advice of GEN Sam Sawyer in 1996. Lt. Gen. Zeb McCandless resigned the day after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001, and nominated GEN Nick Fury as his replacement stating that GEN Fury was vicious enough to protect the American way of life in the kind of world that was on the horizon.
GEN Nick Fury (GEN Nicholas Joseph 'Nick' Fury, US Army), the fourth Director of SHIELD (2001-pres.). GEN Fury is a US Army General Officer whose entire career had originally been served within the United States Special Operations Command. GEN Nick Fury was among the officers whose careers was cultivated by two of the three previous directors of SHIELD. GEN Nick Fury is the adopted grandson of the leader of the Howling Commandos during the Second World War (whom he was named for), Sergeant Major Nicholas Joseph 'Nick' Fury (US Army Ret).
The Triskelion is the 'official' headquarters of SHIELD that is located on an artificial island in the Potomac River outside of the District of Columbia, and is under the auspices of Directorates for Eternal Operations, Intelligence Analysis, Administrative Services and Public Policy & Coordination.
The Hub is the primary SHIELD operations support facility, and is seen as the headquarters of the Directorates of Global Support, Logistics & Support Services apparatuses of SHIELD.
The Playground (SHIELD training facility),
The Playground is the primary training facilities complex where SHIELD trains its personnel in a wide range of duties and fields, with the modular systems that allow for the duplication of nearly every environmental condition known to man.
The Doghouse is under the auspices of the Directorate for Internal Operations, and it is from the Doghouse that the Inspector-General and Internal Affairs personnel are coordinated in their operations to seek out corruption within the ranks of SHIELD and its sister agencies. Since the Directorate for Internal Operations also oversees the SHIELD operated Detention Centers, Prisons and Facilities, the Doghouse is the only location that has complete plans and layouts of each secure facility. One of the most secure areas in the Doghouse are the control rooms that monitor what is happening at each of these facilities.
The Dugout under the auspices of the Directorate for Special Projects, and it is from the Dugout that DR Amanda Waller coordinates the actions of the Suicide Squad, the Secret Six and assists in keeping GEN Fury's own Secret Avengers team supplied and supported.
The Fridge is an R&D Facility that has been constructed to reverse engineer and study confiscated technologies that has come into the possession of SHIELD and the United States Government, and is closely associated with ARGUS and the Baxter Building think-tank. It is the primary facility that operates under the auspices of the Directorate for Science & Technology.
The Haunted House
The Haunted House is a facility that studies mystical and occult artifacts, that is operated by the Directorate for Paranormal Research and Defense.
The Ice Box
The Ice Box is a highly classified ultra-maximum security prison facility that keeps high-priority and exceptionally dangerous prisoners in cryo-sleep.
The Tree House
The Guest House
The Guest House a classified research facility that studies extraterrestrial aliens that falls under the umbrella of SWORD, and is set up to provide diplomatic facilities for official covert discussions and negotiations with representatives of alien species. The Guest House maintains surveillance of extra-terrestrials whom are living on Earth with SHIELD doing the day-to-day surveillance work under the direction of SWORD Personnel. The Guest House is the unofficial headquarters for all terrestrial based SWORD operations and personnel.
The Boathouse is a classified research facility that studies undersea cultures and species, much in the same manner that the Guest House provides for SWORD to monitor extra-terretrials operating on the Earth. The Boathouse and its personnel act as the frontline contacts between surface dwellers and their distant submarine cousins.
The Sandbox (Advanced SHIELD Combat Training Facilities)
Camp Lehigh aka "The Rest Home"
Camp Lehigh was a US Army base located in the state of New Jersey, on the East Coast of the Continental United States that was dedicated to providing a secure base of operations the Strategic Scientific Reserve during the late-1930s and throughout the Second World War and into the 1950s when it was officially decommissioned as an active operational facility, after which it was used as a secure archival storage facility into the late-1970s when then-President Jimmy Carter chose to completely decommission the facilities and ordered the sanitation of the grounds.
But the new President-elect, Ronald Reagan, instead chose to have Camp Lehigh renovated, and prepared the site for use as a backup SHIELD facility since he knew of the historical significance of the birthplace of Captain America. While Camp Lehigh was modernized, every effort was taken to maintain the appearance of a decommissioned Second World War Army base was retained, which allowed the back-up SHIELD Facility to go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things during the earliest days of SHIELD.
Due to this, Camp Lehigh was the perfect facility that was used to help ease Captain America (CPT Steven Grant 'Steve' Rogers, US Army - Ret.) and several other cryonicly preserved personnel from the Second World War to transition into the modern world.
The Beach House
The Beach House is a R&D Facility that studies terrestrial submarine life-forms and technology, and acts as a public meeting place between the two cultures.
The Dodecahedron aka "The Deck"
twelve inter-linked R&D facilities. aka: it's "on Deck" or under development to be deployed when ready (UDDR for short)... or before ready if Fury says it needs to be o_O
Neverland is the SHIELD quarantine area for personnel whom have been targeted by hostile forces, instead of being sent into witness relocation they are given a place to live in a secure location that is for all intents and purposes a nearly fully self-contained community that is located underground in an area that is set-up in a manner like a massive movie studio that is similar to the type to that used in the movie The Thurman Show.
The Lodge is a classified SHIELD resort facility that is similar to Camp David that is used as a secure recreation and family retreat to be used by the President of the United States and his family, and as a place that allows for a secure location where a more relaxed atmosphere will allow visiting dignitaries can engage in open discussions. To this end, the Lodge was commissioned as a secure location for the top-secret members of the security council can hold face-to-face meetings.
The Villa is quite simply the home of the Director of SHIELD, its classified nature and location is a closely guarded secret to protect the Director of SHIELD at all times.
The Crashpad is a network of expendable safe-houses located all around the world. Depending on the level of operative that the Crashpad is expected to provide shelter or secure communications back into the SHIELD network, the Crashpad can be equipped with a single use teleportation device that is hardwired to teleport everyone able to fit into the teleportation pod directly to the HUB. Once the teleportation pod has been used, it will self-destruct with the release of Nanites that will consume itself leaving nothing but a ton of slag composed of melted metal, glass and plastics.
The Clubhouse is one of the highly classified off-the-books facility that was established by Director Nick Fury in the aftermath of the Battle of New York when the Avengers stopped the invasion of the Chitauri forces, and was one of the facilities that Fury set-up as fallback locations for him and his hand selected operatives after he started to notice irregularities in SHIELD Operations. The Clubhouse is used as the headquarters of both the Secret Avengers and X-Force whom carry out classified covert operations for Director Fury.
Providence is one of the highly classified off-the-books facility that was established by Director Nick Fury in the aftermath of the Battle of New York when the Avengers stopped the invasion of the Chitauri forces. Providence was one of the facilities that Fury set-up off-the-books as fallback locations for him and his hand selected operatives after he started to notice irregularities in SHIELD Operations.
The Safe House
The Safe House is one of the highly classified off-the-books facility that was established by Director Nick Fury in the aftermath of the Battle of New York when the Avengers stopped the invasion of the Chitauri forces. Providence was one of the facilities that Fury set-up off-the-books as fallback locations for him and his hand selected operatives after he started to notice irregularities in SHIELD Operations.
The Homestead is one of the highly classified off-the-books facility that was established by Director Nick Fury in the aftermath of the Battle of New York when the Avengers stopped the invasion of the Chitauri forces. Providence was one of the facilities that Fury set-up off-the-books as fallback locations for him and his hand selected operatives after he started to notice irregularities in SHIELD Operations.
The Farm House is one of the highly classified off-the-books facility that was established by Director Nick Fury in the aftermath of the Battle of New York when the Avengers stopped the invasion of the Chitauri forces. The Farmhouse is a highly classified base that was built during the early years of SHIELD that was officially decommissioned and mothballed at some point… it had been decommissioned for a period that it had been forgotten and was easily deleted from official records by GEN Nick Fury, who had plans for the old facilities that had been built during the later years of the Second World War for the SSR and became a de-facto SHIELD auxiliary headquarters. GEN Fury used access to various resources to covertly modernize the Farmhouse in the aftermath of the Battle of New York, as a possible safe-house for the Avengers if they would need it.
SHIELD operated Super Max Prisons, and Penitentiaries
With the growing number of Gamma irradiated meta-humans and criminals continued to grow, SHIELD realized that a facility designed to hold and contain gamma irradiated meta-humans was necessary… to this end DR Robert Bruce Banner was tasked with the design of the Cube.
The Big House
The Big House is a containment and correctional facility to hold low-level meta-humans, gadgeters and escape threats whose location is classified,
The Vault was the initial containment and corrections facility that was constructed to house meta-human criminals, and it was this facility that pioneered the procedures, techniques and technology that has been used to construct specialized containment and correctional facilities for various types of powerful meta-human criminals. The Vault is still open and used to hold high-level meta-humans and priority prisoners whom possess knowledge that SHIELD deems to hazardous for general measures to contain.
The Raft is the prototype facility for the designs that were perfected with the construction of the Aquarium, and is still used for non-powered prisoners that present a major escape risk.
The Aquarium is a facility to hold aquatic meta-humans, Aquarium was built with the assistance of the Atlanteans),
World Threats and Hostile Organizations
HYDRA ("Herrschaft Ymirs Durch Radikale Anpassung" or "Ymir's Domination by Radical Adjustment")
HYDRA ("Herrschaft Ymirs Durch Radikale Anpassung" or "Ymir's Domination by Radical Adjustment") is perhaps the oldest known organization of terrorists and would-be world conquerors currently active on Earth. Originally organized by the Third Reich top operative whom was known as the Red Skull (Johann Schmidt) as a think-tank to develop highly advanced weapon systems and meta-human operatives.
TOTEM ("Total Order achieved Through the eventual Enslavement of the Masses")
SPIDER ("Society of Progressive Intellectuals Dedicated to an Enlightened Regency")
GORGON ("Global Oligarchy for the Regulated Governance of Occupied Nations")
The Original GORGON ("Global Oligarchy for the Regulated Governance of Occupied Nations") organization was created in Central Europe (primarily in Germany, Austria and Italy with several 0chapters that were located in Spain, France and Poland) during the 1920s and 1930s. GORGON would grow throughout the government bureaucratic agencies of the Third Reich, becoming instrumental in the stark professionalism and executing the day-to-day activities that would be necessary to keep the Reich operating effectively despite the constant wartime stresses of the allied bombardment at every conceivable front. This made these administrators and managers just as valuable as scientists and technicians to the victorious allies, and saw many of their number being recruited by the many factions in the post-War era. These GORGON operatives would become instrumental in the development of operations of TOTEM, SPIDER and the formation of groups like DISCORD… as well as the reconstruction of their own organization throughout Europe and the Soviet Bloc and its allies.
GORGON ("Global Organization for Revolutionary Governance and the Opposition to Nationalism")
The modern incarnation of GORGON ("Global Organization for Revolutionary Governance and the Opposition to Nationalism") is an organization that was formed to advance the creation of a single unified global government and the dissolution of the nation states, and the death of nationalism since the members of this organization feels that these things are the cause of all wars and strife in the world.
DISCORD ("Directorate for the International Spread of Chaos, Opposition, Revolution and Defiance")
HAVOC ("Hegemony for Advancing Violence and Overwhelming Chaos")
RAGE ("Revolution, Anarchy and Global Emancipation")
SHADOW ("Secret Hierarchy of Agents for Domination Over the World")
HADES ("Highly Advanced Directorate for Engineering and Science")
Originally formed as a way to profit from and become the forerunners of the new waves of technology that were sweeping across the world, HADES ("Highly Advanced Directorate for Engineering and Science") has come a long way over the years since its inception. It faced many trials before becoming what it is now: the leading worldwide techno-terrorist organization, a group that dares to explore
all facets of science and technology. Masterminded by the nefarious PLUTO ("Prodigious Life-form for Understanding, Tyranny, and Obliteration") and a myriad of Overseers spread across the planet, the group lurks behind countless corporate facades and false subsidiaries, ignoring the moral compass placed on so many other scientific organizations. HADES pushes the boundaries of scientific discovery daily by delving head on into the darkest reaches of what mankind knows, with the ultimate goal of understanding the universe and achieving total technological domination – regardless of the consequences.
VIPER ("Vanguard of the International Plenipotentiary of the Eternal Reptile")
The Worthy aka "The Light" aka "Secret Society of Super-Villainy"
Security Threats and Suspected Terrorist Groups
Association for the Legitimate Preservation of Human Achievement aka "ALPHA"
The anti-meta-human rights group known as the Association for the Legitimate Preservation of Human Achievement is a much more mainstream group, so much so that they were able to take measures that bars meta-humans from taking part in the majority of the associations that oversees the normal human supports events. The completely unrelated side-effect of this victory provided the drive for the creation of the Meta-Human Extreme Sports Network Leagues that created the market for unique meta-human team sports that are the fastest growing spectator sports through North America and Europe.
Citizens for Order, Decency & Ethics aka "CODE"
CODE is a grass-roots progressive organization that is devoted to civic duty and improvement that is best known for infamously catapulting Franklin Moore into the office as the Mayor of Freedom City. Although CODE wants to improve public safety, its focus tended to be more on perceived immorality and concern over the activities of costumed meta-humans that they saw as being bad role-models for children due to their flashy costumes and highly publicized clashes. And many within CODE feel that to many costumed meta-humans are given too much leeway and trust by the public and the government, and feel that their role should be severely curtailed and eventually replaced by specially trained law enforcement personnel. Despite the Corruption of the Moore Administration and the election of Mayor Michael O'Connor JR, the political power and influence of CODE had been for the most part marginalized.
Project For Unnatural Racial and Genetic Extermination aka "PURGE"
Conceived as a fail-safe against the rise of gene-active individuals or Meta-Humans, the Project for Unnatural Racial & Genetic Extermination (or P.U.R.G.E. as it's more commonly known) has since become a rogue organization that targets most meta-humans no matter their allegiance. At its core, P.U.R.G.E. is organized as a paramilitary unit with access to high-tech, military grade equipment that spans from weaponry to vehicles, and includes such technology as advanced robotics and inner-spatial wormhole generation. Recruited from military organizations and mercenary companies, average soldiers within their ranks are hand-picked for their skill in combat and the antipathetic philosophies that they share with the group’s rogue agenda.
The Friends of Humanity, Humanities Last Stand, Church of Humanity and the Purifiers
Formed by the enigmatic Mister Crime, Crimenet serves as a shadowy, membership-based agency that provides a variety of resources to its villainous clientele. Primarily, the organization acts as a temp agency for supervillains, outsourcing their particular abilities to paying customers, and networking members with others. In the past, this has created teams (both temporary and permanent) and has also bolstered organized crime throughout North America and parts of Europe and Asia. Additionally, Crimenet works to provide and protect its clients so long as they maintain the agency's enigmatic nature and pay their membership dues. This aid often comes in the form of legal help or access to other resources such as loans, henchmen and gear that may otherwise be barred to them due to location or reputation.
While many people only associate Mister Crime with Crimenet, there are actually several people around the world that are employed by the agency. Miss Information, the agency’s intelligence specialist and Mister Crime's go to gal, often coordinates missions and helps with signing new clients and employees, Kit-Bash, the young director of Crimenet’s research and development branch, and Payback works exclusively with the enforcement arm of the agency, often in the field as one of Crimenet’s most feared agents. Together, these four form what’s known as Management, who work to ensure the agency stays in their shadowy corner of the world. Directly under them are the Capos, Crimenet’s lieutenants that serve as contact and command for a region. There are currently capos in most major cities, with each commanding a small army of thugs and criminals when needed. Additionally, the agency also employs several underlings such as hackers, informants and brokers, that help keep the information and jobs flowing. Many of these agents are undercover, with only a few knowing their true purpose and identity, allowing them to discreetly gather intelligence on their area for their secret masters.
Unknown to the general public, Crimenet keeps several holdings throughout the world. Some are businesses that the agency used its illicit gains to buy out, while others are valuable real estate and copyrights that they’ve managed to get a hold of. This has afforded them an international platform where they can conduct business under the watchful eyes of organizations such as W.A.R.D. or A.C.T.I.O.N., while also granting them legitimate funds to use more openly through public channels. As of this writing, Crimenet holds business interests within the fields of technology, medicine, law and travel, with holdings in most countries and major cities, allowing them and their customers a way to cover their less than legal dealings, while also keeping a clean facade.
Being a member of the organization has its perks as well as some minor disadvantages. Primarily, criminals join Crimenet to gain access to their resources and, like any job, to get a steady paycheck. At the primary level, criminals work on a freelance basis, granting them freedom to pursue their own agendas, while also getting job offers from the agency. This level of service extends from supervillains to hired thugs, and offers basic services as defined above. But, most importantly, it also offers payment upon job completion. And, while the percentage is usually cut in favor of those with the plans or most active participation, payment always comes from Crimenet itself, minus a slight fee based upon the agency’s involvement and services rendered. Any payment is usually laundered through legitimate holdings, and paid using non-traceable, electronic accounts, for which, any participants are given a debit card to access.
This allows Crimenet to maintain their anonymous nature, as they may stop payment at any time or void out the debit card in the event that it gets lost or taken into custody. While the agency doesn’t intercede on many jobs, it does make one thing very clear: all freelancers must stay loyal to the job and Crimenet. There can be no dissension in the ranks. A few of the primary ways to get blacklisted from their system is to be a snitch or to be abusive of your employees. Everyone who works at Crimenet, from the freelance thug up to those in Management, know and understand what will happen if they rat out the agency or disobey their simple rules. There are no second chances, and, in extreme cases, failure to comply may warrant a visit from Payback to deliver any final notices.
The Serpent Society
The Serpent Society is a business enterprise whose costumed identities are based on snakes. The Serpent Society was the brainchild of Seth Voelker, alias the costumed mercenary that is better known as Sidewinder, who was inspired by three previous coalitions of criminals styling their identities after snakes; each named the Serpent Squad.
The Serpent Society advertises its services through underworld channels, claiming no job is too large. When a contract is accepted, the leader decides how many operatives the assignment requires, selects certain operatives and dispatches them. Part of the fees for each contract goes to the organization for operating costs, while the others part goes to the operatives involved. Society members are not prevented from seeking out their own outside assignments, but they must pay a percentage of their outside earnings to the group to help keep the Society funded and operational. In exchange for each member's services and financial support, the Society offers increased job opportunities, health insurance benefits (including full Dental), safe lodging, and comradeship.
Moreover, when Sidewinder (Seth Voelker) leads the group as Chairman, no member needs to fear imprisonment by legal authorities, for Sidewinder would use his teleportation abilities to rescue any captured Society member.
The Serpent Society remains one of the best-organized, most successful coalitions of costumed meta-human criminals/mercenaries in operation to this today.. earning it many well deserved comparisons to a Union.
The Zodiac Cartel
The current incarnation of the Zodiac is a team of costumed meta-human operatives that are similar in operation to the organization of Serpent Society, but with a rotating position as Chairman of the Society. These meta-human mercenaries work for a wide variety of organizations that are able to pay for their services on both sides of the law.
The Hellfire Club & Knights of Hellfire
London Chapter of the Hellfire Club (Platinum Court, Gold Court and Silver Court)
New York Chapter of the Hellfire Club (Black Court, White Court and Red Court)
Hong Kong Chapter of the Hellfire Club (Jade Court, Teak Court and Ivory Court)
Project Wideawake was an illegal government operation operated during the mid-1990s to monitor Meta-Human Mutants, in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 Terror Attacks and the Terminus Invasion of Freedom City in 2002 proving that indigenous Meta-Human Mutants were not a credible threat… the Presidential Administration of George W. Bush ended the project, and many of the officials associated with it were forced out of the Government.
Operation Zero Tolerance
Operation Zero Tolerance was the completely black book operation created by the heads of Project Widewake in case a short-sighted presidential administration ever chose to close Wideawake down. Much to their dismay, this occurred in 2002 when then-President George W. Bush learned of the existence of Wideawake. Operation Zero Tolerance was headquartered in the remains of a subterranean cold war base located in the American South West. Operation Zero Tolerance provided the Meta-human Response Division with much of the technology and equipment that was necessary for the program to get under way after the passage of the Meta-Human Registration Act. Only a few political commentators asked where the resources for the creation of the MRD came from, and those investigators whom looked into the matter were always stymied by the sheer magnitude of red tape.
AIM ("Advanced Idea Mechanics")
In its early days, AIM ("Advanced Idea Mechanics") was created by Aldrich Killian as a Think Tank to invent new and radical ideas that would be billed as a civilian version of DARPA… and thanks to the influx of grants from various major corporations and several the national governments that included the United States of America. Currently, AIM ("Advanced Idea Mechanics") has become a scientific research and development agency that is still led by Aldrich Killian and is still in part funded in part by grants from both major private enterprises and governments from all around the world. Very few know that AIM has become known for providing criminal underworld and black market with some of the best cutting-edge high-tech weapons and equipment available on the open market, and Killian takes great pains to keep this from becoming known since the reputation of AIM and its many patents held by the think-tank provides billions of dollars in royalties to stockholders and investors.
Roxxon Energies Consortium