The League of Shadows Gen.10

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Origin

History remembers the fall of the legendary Knights Templar, that on Friday the 13th in October of 1307 by order of the financially unstable ruler of France King Philip IV, the once illustrious faith based warriors of the crusades were labeled as heretics, enemies of God, and the almighty Catholic Church, and ultimately sentenced to death.

But what history does not remember, or more importantly what it was not permitted to document, was the creation of a surreptitious cabal of assassins hand picked by Pope Clement V from the Templar's hated rivals, the Knights Hospitaller.

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These assassins would carry out systematic successions of sabotage, espionage, and state sponsored murder. Fraudulently laying the foundation for King Philips betrayal birthing the formation of a league of assassins who would one day become the Order of Sancta Camisa.

Elite combat specialist of unorthodox warfare who's stealth based tactics were in stark contrast of honor bound codes of the autocratic Knights and viewed as unsavory though the undeniable success of their cloak and dagger covertness was unparallelled for its time.

After the fall of the fabled Knights the entirety of their accumulated wealth was silently bequeathed to the Order of Sancta Camisa permeating their affluence helping to establish an underground authoritative influence which, much to the dismay of the Catholic church, superseded that of the Templars in many ways. Eventually the Order broke free from the bonds of religion and disappeared.

Embarking on an intellectual pilgrimage across the known World. Analytically collecting, cataloging, and compressing various veins of knowledge and skill tailoring them into a dogmatic system of philosophy and peerless combat education. Adopting many ways and traditions. from Japanese Shinobis to Zulu tribesmen all the way through the forbidden teachings of the Kuji-kiri. Perpetuating myth like fables of supernatural like abilities, deeds, and accumulating subtle influence in various and economically strategic arenas.

Like most generational inheritance, (and simultaneously unlike any other), the OSC have thrived under the leadership of the Knightfall linage. With theoretical and philosophical evolution governing the ancient order of assassins through a myriad of historical chapters.

As legendary as the Illuminati and as mythical as the New World Order, from the Baron to Julian and on down to Jayden, and eventual Raysh, the Knightfall bloodline's unwavering influence over the League has been absolute.

Shadowland
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From the fire-breathers to mystic priests, sin-eaters and death dealers, a pilgrimage was made. Shadows and charlatans alike had come to pay homage to the initiated, to Cristen the rebirth of the League somewhere within the ancient city of Jerusalem.

By decree, the newly anointed Shaytan had taken the reconstituted cabal home, immersing his followers in a polytheists theology in direct, all be secretive, defiance of the three major Abrahamic religions.

Their dark orthodoxy silently swaying the achromatic atmosphere and subtly influencing the supernatural.

All the while, underneath tourist packed alleys and holy sites of old Jerusalem, vaulted medieval chambers have secretly become a rapidly expanding subterranean house of mystical worship, invisible from the streets above.

Veiled sigils guide the path for those in possession of the elusive cipher. Coded invitations concealed in plain sight. In literature; music, art, and arithmetic. All leading the way to the League, to the fraternity of the True Shaytan....to §hadowland.

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Marred in mystical camouflage, which help to conceal its location as well as fortify its rudimentary defenses, the reborn League, home of the illustrious al'Shaytan and an Illuminati of arcane associates, rests peacefully underground in solitary isolation. It is impossible to date the mysterious history of the subterranean catacombs, as several countries have laid claim to the labyrinth, ending in a bureaucratic nightmare. As such, it has been relatively untouched by the outside World.

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Down beneath the flourishing city the fierce Middle Eastern sun disappears, illumination coming only from fluorescent bulbs and torches. The smell, earth and mildew. Geography recalling a city that existed over 2,000 years ago. Seven hundred-year-old Mamluk-era arches help create a multilevel maze of rooms and corridors beneath the Muslim Quarter.

The same tunnels that served Jewish renegades as they fled the Romains now serving as the passageways of the League. Small shrines and dark alters, statues and symbols rest beneath the city, guarded and worshiped by the League, seeking to further enhance their already cabalistic way of life. Creating a new order of cultivated mysticism in efforts to strengthen their tireless combat training and metaphysical might.

Manifesting a library of martial arts techniques rooted in the traditional foundation of the Knightfalls, implementing ancient wrestling fundamentals with innovative striking and submission fighting, which are naturally embedded in each members muscle memory making their moves intuitively automatic.

Predisposed from initiation with an ability known as photographic reflexes, this extraordinary extra sensory perception is tirelessly cultivated into a form of combat precognition acting as an early warning system allowing the warriors of Shadowland to map out their opponents moves before they are physically expressed.

And even though the Sleeper places a premium on their hand to hand combat and the furthering development of their superhuman physiology, he places equal value on their mental acumen. Implementing strict studies of great philosophers, mathematics, science, art, and literature. Physically and mentally transformed into autodidact polymaths who's versatility in such a large range of expertise steps over into the supernatural.

The Shadows of Shaytan
Deadly and dedicated to the articles of the dark arts, the Shadows of Shaytan are supernatural priests trained in the traditional ways of the League. Like a fun house mirror the SS are distorted reflections of LoS assassins, and down right ugly. The Shadows of Shaytan are a paradoxical necessity. Not mutant, but not human either, they are simply supernatural. Infused with the blood of fallen Arashikage. Strictly operating under the direct authority of the Shaytan. However the implementation of guerrilla tactics and underhanded treacher, as well as priding themselves on the usage of terrorist tactics, has become a source of constant friction. As the Shadows are increasingly independent.

The League of Shadows (under-construction)

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With an evolving global transformation and strict regiment of Middle Eastern occultism, the highly covert Illuminati of assassins known as the LoS, have secretly rebuilt the fundamental principles of their secret society, operating within the Raysh Al'Shaytan's cabal of internationally agents.

Constables operating under the expressed design of the Shaytan, yet operating with free ranging independence and opportunities for self-serving status.

Immersed in the arcane teachings of the Order of Sancta Camisia, handed down through generations of Knightfall patriarchy, they themselves rumored to have been taught by the holy Knights and Saladin himself in the era of Crusades.

Through didactic literature, mental, and archaeological rarities, the League continues to tether itself to its ancient past.

Dueled ideology bled together for a sanctified creation of a new religion. A religion of faithful. Faithful to the one true goddess, the Goddess of Death.

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The Shadow Cardinals

The Shadow Cardinals
The Shadow Cardinals

Origins

The Shadow Cardinals have loyally served Quintus Knightfall; Father of Assassins and the Raysh Al'Shaytan of the League of Shadows, since his historic climb from the depths of the infamous Liafador Pit.Thanks to Shaytan's genetic experimentations, monetary resources, and unrepresented expertise in the area of apogee training, the Cardinals have built themselves into a secret cabal of loyalist in the service of the Father of Assassins.

Over time the former Red Cardinal sub-sect were figuratively reborn and mentally persuaded into a more prodigious geopolitical philosophy institutionalized by the Shaytan and up-held by the original Shadow Cardinal, the Grand Nahiq.

With the Cardinals limited but effective control of the esoteric forces of the supernatural they have seemingly extended their exceptional martial prowess into the realm of the mastic arts. Enjoying the benefits of strength, unbridled physical prowess, speed, cunning, deception based motion and reflexes, as well as impressive acrobatic articulations, the Shadow Cardinals are perhaps the former Knightfall's greatest reiteration of ecclesiastic assassins ever.

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Talents and Abilities: Trained with a methodical blend of perfected coordination, esoteric strength, speed, and agility, the Cardinals are taught to believe that they are inherently seated atop the top 2% of martial-taught athletic excellence. Fueled by their own genetic linage and supernatural authentication, the Shadows employ unbridled Bio-mechanics and flash forward evolutionary nuances with constitutional comprehension in the areas of muscular, joint, and skeletal actions, during the execution of any given task skill and/or technique.

This newly carved direction towards motion based abilities enable a proficient instantaneous survey of an opponents physical ceiling and whether or not a specific task or action is within their realm of successful administration. This specialized trait, which has been obsessively molded and streamlined, is stunningly conducive when implemented in a counter-striking scenario as the Shadow Cardinals are skillfully capable of anticipating an opponents over-extension, reactionary recovery, loss of centered balance, and a plethora of subtle motion based nuances.

With the acquired knowledge this enigmatic focus can also be implemented in the conscious camouflage of their own gait through unorthodox and unexpected locomotion over various substrates. Capable of adapting complex footfall patterns and maneuvering mechanics predicated on topographical locations. A martial arts performance propitiated by stylish authorization of their former warrior encapsulations.

Body Reading and the art of Combat Perception: The Shadows Cardinals are equipped through mystic, but limited clairvoyance to receive and calculate combat information. Which translates through the muscles by automatically attaching itself to every fiber within their exercised bodies, ready to instantaneously react without conscious thought. As such, the Father of Assassins has experimented meticulously with altered variations of combat training, possibly unlocking the secrets of the clairvoyant anticipation . As a result of having been re-trained in absolute isolation, the Shaytan's devoted have minds constructed from the ground up to utilize and inlude the strict architectural studies of the supernatural.. Deprived of all forms of communications and stimulation as to develop the superhuman abilities required for read physical movements and gestures. Gifting them the faculties to decipher body language with such acute precision they can potentially perceive their opponents moves and actions before they are ever implemented. Constituting an acquisition of future information that cannot be deduced from presently available and normally acquired sense-based information or laws of physics.

Reflex Senses: Their re-purposed reflexes are an extension of the Shaytan's former acrobatic glory. Igniting their combat perception which now acts as a superhuman early warning sensory system. Time between thought and action are instantaneous manifesting, a hybrid alteration to what normal science has dismissed as Precognition. But unlike the aforementioned foresight the silent assassins Reflex Sense act as an early warning detection security system ingrained in the muscle fibers capable of identifying individual threats with rapid succession and near perfect accuracy.

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Emotional Sight:An almost cruel mutation as a result of their complete isolation, the Shadows Cardinals can see emotional responses or feelings in the form of colors. Each color representing a different emotional aspect, such a red for anger or rage, and blue for apathy or sadness. When coupled with the martial arts training and esoteric abilities, the exploitation of varying conflicting morel ambiguities can be seen as an attribute. Simply by identifying which of their opponents are experiencing fear, thus exploiting the weak willed. Breaking down their mentally strained aptitude triggering their flight instinct in all creatures natural response to danger in the fight or flight scenario.

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OsC Origins

Order of Sancta Camisa

History remembers the fall of the legendary Knights Templar, that on Friday the 13th in October of 1307 by order of the financially unstable ruler of France King Philip IV, the once illustrious faith based warriors of the crusades were labeled as heretics, enemies of God, and the almighty Catholic Church, and ultimately sentenced to death. But what history does not remember, or more importantly what it was not permitted to document, was the creation of a surreptitious cabal of assassins hand picked by Pope Clement V from the Templar's hated rivals, the Knights Hospitaller.

These assassins would carry out systematic successions of sabotage, espionage, and state sponsored murder. Fraudulently laying the foundation for King Philips betrayal birthing the formation of a league of assassins who would one day become the Order of Sancta Camisa. Elite combat specialist of unorthodox warfare who's stealth based tactics were in stark contrast of honor bound codes of the autocratic Knights and viewed as unsavory though the undeniable success of their cloak and dagger covertness was unparallelled for its time. After the fall of the fabled Knights the entirety of their accumulated wealth was silently bequeathed to the Order of Sancta Camisa permeating their affluence helping to establish an underground authoritative influence which, much to the dismay of the Catholic church, superseded that of the Templars in many ways.

Eventually the Order broke free from the bonds of religion and disappeared. Embarking on a commutation across the known World analytically collecting, cataloging, and compressing various veins of knowledge and skill tailoring them into a dogmatic system of philosophy and peerless combat education. Adopting the ways of the Japanese Shinobi and through the forbidden teachings of the Kuji-kiri perpetuating myth like fables of supernatural like abilities. Though do to the Orders enigmatic secrecy substantiation of how, or if, these special talents exist is all but impossible.

Our Fathers

1963 - Birth of Bat

Five years into the Vietnam war during a period in which the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States instituted covert assassinations against perceived Left-Wing Communist threats, the military coup of South Vietnamese (and formally U.S. backed) President Ngo Dnh Diem was privately condoned. Presented to the World as having been carried out by Ton That Dinh and his ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) when in truth the CIA, driven by paranoia and an unwillingness to trust such a task to (and I quote) "Slant eyed yellow bush monkey's" employed the services of an up an coming agent who's moral degradation pertaining to ones right to life had successfully guided him through several low key assassinations. Julian Knightfall and a few zealot minded Marine soldiers enamored with the stoic assassin triumphantly executed the removal of Ngo Diem which earned them each a promotion within the now infamous Phoenix Program. Codenamed the Bat for his innovative usage of the Man-Flying-Kite first referenced in the 636 Book of Sui. It is widely known in certain circles that Julian obtained the knowledge and practical application of the "MFK" from teachings handed down from his father and his father before him by way of ancient OsC techniques.

The Knightfall Bat would implement the man lifting kites as means of stealth based infiltration into heavily fortified enemy strongholds for camouflaged assassinations. In the early 70's after Congressional hearings closed down the CIA's Phoenix program do to public outrage over wide spread rumors of (as former serviceman K Burton Osborn described it) "A sterile depersonalized murder program of Vietnamese civilians" the personalized army of Julian Knightfall were offered up as sacrificial lambs in order to protect the military's more high ranking conspirators. However, even though they had managed to escape the judicial system of the United States government, within a year each exonerated officer was found dead. Innocent of wrong doing in the eyes of the public, guilty of betrayal in the eyes of an assassin. Financially secure thanks in no small part to his off the books activities during the Vietnam war and blessed with an authenticated collection of antiquities procured through centuries of esteemed family heritage within the OsC coadunation, Julian settled down in the heart of New York city.

Establishing a modest historical museum filled with rare artifacts that subtly astonished authenticated archeologists as they lay certified validation to the museums legitimacy. Eventually Julian and the Knightfal Sanctum of Heritage's (KsH) managing curator Carolyn Sands, fell in love and married in the summer of 1973 and shortly there after gave birth to their only child, Jayden Julian Knightfall. Future father of the Dark Knight, Quintus Knightfal

An Assassin unlike any Other:

From birth Jayden Knightfall was thrust into the life of an assassin. CIA officials, as retribution for the past murders of the acquitted Phoenix Program directors, nearly killed the young Jayden when his fathers car exploded irreparably scarring 90% of his body. More devastating however was the mistaken death of his mother in the explosion meant for her husband. Enraged, the former assassin began immersing his son in the ways of the OsC forging him into the ultimate weapon of revenge. To old with a body no longer able to sustain the rigors of the Order's revolutionary training, he was forced to relinquish control of his son. Who was then flown and abandoned in an unknown location somewhere in the mountainous region of the Asiatic where he was molded by the constitutional prestige of the Order. Crafted into the perfected manifestation of a one man killing machine reflective of centuries old combat cultivation. Faster, smarter, and stronger then any normal human Jayden became the crowning achievement of the Order of Sancta Camisa, who was in no great hurry to return him to his father as to fulfill what they perceived to be a limited vision of his true potential. Orchestrating the death of Julian before brainwashing his son, who was now a young man, into forgetting his mothers tragic end. Ultimately Jayden came to believe his father had died in an accidental avalanche and thus he was raised by OsC elders in their sacred mountain temple. By the time the OsC were finished forging their instrument of death and intelligence Jayden was not only ready to take the reigns of his father's museum, but to lead the Osc into the future.

The Return of the Bat:

Purposely coupled with another OsC protegee deemed a genetic match who's more violently apathetic nature would serve as a prerequisite building block for a suitable Knightfall heir, the semi-celebrated philanthropist Jayden Knightfall married the martial arts prodigy Sandra Woosan and together they bore a set of twins, Quintus and (Name Withheld). Both trained and raised in the axiological requisites of the Order they represent the pinnacle of the Knightfall legacy. Arrogant, self-obsessed, and overtly conceited, the self-assured Playboy Prince already surpasses his predecessors in both mental acumen as well as physical attributes and skill. But a recent discovery made well on his annual pilgrimage to the temple of the Order of Sancta Camisa had caused the Knightfall heir to question everything about his families self-promoted reputation. Setting the stage for his eventual revolt against not only the Order, but his father as well.

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