"THE STORY SO FAR......"
Strategic Protocol for Executive Command of Tactical Oversight and Reconnaissance
S.P.E.C.T.O.R. was founded in 2003 by a cabal of high powered individuals (which Lady Grey was rumored to be a part of) as an independent metahuman police force that would function beyond Vanguard’s capabilities, answering the rising number of "extraordinary" threats that overwhelmed the police and military due to the heavy casualties suffered by the superhero community during the Rikti War.
By 2006, S.P.E.C.T.O.R. was officially endorsed by the UN Security Council of Metahuman Affairs and added a layer of legitimacy to the organization's operations. However, despite the official endorsement, S.P.E.C.T.O.R. was still met with negative opinions by the superhero community and the public, both of whom strongly disagreed with how they operated. The organization also formed strategic alliances with intelligence agencies like the CIA, KGB, and did not discriminate with whom they associated with, similar to Vanguard.
Enter the MANTIS
In 2007, a rogue group of SPECTOR agents, including Deputy Director Madelyn Kline splintered off to form the terrorist organization MANTIS. Madelyn Kline, aka “Mother Mantis” believed that metahumans should conquer mankind, and that their power can be used to create a "utopia": free from war and crime, and people would live in peace under MANTIS' rule. What started out as misunderstood sympathy for the non-meta population soon turned to disdain, and Mother Mantis' logic would take a dark turn: She saw the solution to saving the human race as either gaining meta abilities, or purging the earth of the weak.
Constant conflict ensued between the terrorist group and S.P.E.C.T.O.R., with S.P.E.C.T.O.R.’s ranks being eventually compromised, a number of agents and operatives becoming disillusioned with the organization's mission, and falling under the influence of the charismatic Mother Mantis. With the rise of MANTIS’ influence, and the corruption of S.P.E.C.T.O.R., Stryker had no choice but to “abandon ship” and purge S.P.E.C.T.O.R., only taking a handful of agents with him. With the disbandment of S.P.E.C.T.O.R., Stryker activated the “minuteman protocol” and sent his best undercover agent, a shapeshifter codenamed Wallflower into the MANTIS organization. Armed with intel and a pro-active superhero strike team, the Minutemen were able to execute precision strikes on MANTIS operations, hindering them in the long-run.
The Finale: Or so they thought....
After many successful missions and raids on MANTIS operations, Wallflower was finally compromised and signaled for extraction. The Minutemen comprised of Soldier-One, Wildcard, Sidewinder and Exfil, along with S.P.E.C.T.O.R. Agents Stryker, Valentine Kurtz, and Cedric Cooper infiltrated the rogue African nation of Wamemaliza, where Wallflower was being held and the final confrontation with MANTIS would take place. Both sides suffered heavy casualties, with the Minutemen losing Sidewinder, Cooper and Exfil, but were successful in their mission to extract Wallflower and cripple MANTIS for good. En route back to their base of operations, a dying Wallflower completed her final mission report to Stryker, handing him a USB drive with all the intel she's gathered over the years, letting out a final warning before finally succumbing to her wounds.
Wallflower's intel highlighted MANTIS' operations, bases and plans, but one thing stood out from her reports: the emergence of a mysterious organization called "The Ark". Wallflower's discoveries led to a revelation that MANTIS was only a small part of a grand scheme: a greater plan and threat to the world. The information on the Ark was scarce, but one thing was clear; they were everywhere, and they were ready to execute.
"How do you fight something you can't see?"
The Ark was everywhere. Some of the most powerful and influential people in the world were possibly members: politicians, celebrities, and even superheroes. Not willing to take the risk of being caught unprepared (again), and with the mysterious organization's agenda still uncertain, Stryker informed Soldier-One of a special project he had been working on over the years. The project was a successor to Stryker's "Minuteman Protocol", designed to gather powerful individuals to take on world threatening events. The project would involve recruitment, training and equipment of this team to combat any threat head-on, including prominent metahumans if they ever compromised. This team would be the planets FIRST AND LAST line of defense against any impending threat, including the newly discovered Ark organization.
"THE FRONTLINE PROTOCOL" was officially activated.
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| The Frontline was actually formed to execute the following directives:
1. Provide cover for a larger game plan.
The Ark is their number one (1) priority. The Frontline Supergroup was created to "flush out" the Ark. Having a public face will also allow Stryker and his shadow team to work without being compromised. "The brighter the light, the bigger the shadow".
2. Infiltrate the community, monitor and neutralize potential large-scale threats and compromised supers. They don't know who is working for the Ark. Could be the hero you thought was your friend.
3. Serve as a deterrent to the overpowered superteams in the world if they were ever to be compromised, including:
The Freedom Phalanx, Dawn Patrol, The Vindicators and The Regulators
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