IT Branch Groups of Interest

ITALIAN GROUPS OF INTEREST


The Foundation is not the only group with an interest and investment in the paranormal and metaphysical. There are many other groups in existence who possess, use, or attempt to create anomalous objects, either for their own personal gain or for the protection of mankind. Some are rival organizations, some are splinter groups of the Foundation, and some are trusted associates of the Foundation.

It has been deemed necessary to create and distribute a brief on what agencies the Italian Branch knows about, and our stance towards them. The following document refers to the Groups of Interest (henceforth "GoI") which operate primarily exclusively in Italian territory.

Order of Janus (or Ordo Iani)

~ OI/01 ~

Description: The Order of Janus, also known by the Latin name Ordo Iani, is the most ancient organization in Italy dedicated to studying anomalies. It was founded by the Roman emperor Titus in 79 CE, recruiting scientists and philosophers of its era. During the centuries following the spread of Christianity, the Order remained hidden, classifying a large number of anomalous entities and events; it collaborated with the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen to create of Site Deus (known to the public as Castel del Monte and ceded to the Foundation in 1985) and to its maintenance after the monarch's death.

Organization: At the moment the Ordo Iani has a few hundred members, divided into 8 locations.

Attitude towards the Foundation: The Order maintains a good relationship with the Foundation; this has led to many joint actions and to information exchanges useful to both organizations.

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Fascist Council of the Occult

~ CFO ~

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Description: The Fascist Council of the Occult (CFO) is an organization that was created at the end of the Second World War, when some of the members of RIDIA still loyal to fascism managed to avoid the administration of amnestics from the Foundation and escaped with a number of the anomalies that they guarded.

Despite having origins strongly linked to occultism, currently, the CFOs are in possession of anomalous biotechnologies that they mainly use to create biological or biotechnological entities. At the moment the origin of these technologies is unknown to the Foundation.

Organization: The individual head of the Council has the title of "Dictator"; it is plausible that this is an individual with anomalous characteristics. The organization of the CFO is decentralized: small research groups are scattered throughout Italy, and they move very frequently, making them difficult to locate.

Purposes: It is currently believed that their main purpose is to use — and, when possible, to create — anomalies that can cause significant damage and/or many casualties, in an explicitly anomalous fashion, and if possible repeatedly and independently. The aim of this activity would be to destabilize the social order, both compromising the feeling of security and physical integrity of the population, and attacking emotional integrity, showing the existence and danger of entities that should not exist.

This social destabilization has the purpose of letting the CFO take power over the entire nation. The details of this operation are unknown, but it is assumed that the members of the CFO, if successful, could present themselves as able to protect people from anomalies, emphasizing in politics and the media the inadequacy of the Police and State regarding the control of anomalies, and at the same time exposing the existence of the Foundation by pointing it out as an enemy.

Attitude towards the Foundation: The CFO is considered extremely hostile; it is believed that at the moment they do not have sufficient offensive forces to attack even just one Foundation Site, but they do not hesitate to carry out indirect attacks, typically through the use of anomalies created ad hoc. The evidence found in CFO bases captured by the Foundation suggests that they are trying to create offensive units that can be mass-produced through their anomalous biotechnology.

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Confraternity of Saint George's Knights

~ CCSG ~

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Description: The Confraternity of Saint George’s Knights (CCSG) is a secret order of the Catholic Church, created in 453 d.c. by Pope Leone I in order to contain or destroy the anomalies present in the Roman Empire and, at the same time, eliminate pagan groups that could use them. Its influence grew along with that of the Papacy, reaching its peaks of maximum splendor during the Crusades and the conquest of the Americas. The Protestant Reformation instead led to a notable loss of power as part of the Order sided with Martin Luther; this made Pope Paul III extremely suspicious and prompted him to take direct control of the Order.
 
To date, the number of members is unknown, but it is believed to be of several thousands scattered in over ██ locations in Italy and in the world.

Organization: The CCSG bases are directed by the Patriarchs; they respond to the Concilium sanctorum inter sanctos (Council of Saints among the Saints), formed by the Pope and four cardinals specially selected by the Pontiff. The Concilium has the task of electing the Patriarchs on a ten-year basis, administering the Confraternity and managing relations with other GOIs.

Purposes: The CCSG is the organ of the Catholic Church which deals with the management of anomalies, classified into two types: the angeli anomali (angelic anomalies) and the diaboli anomali (demonic anomalies); the fomer are considered Relics connected to religious figures and kept in the Vatican or in other locations, while the latter are connected to rituals and cults of a diabolical or pagan nature and consequently destroyed or otherwise eliminated.

Attitude towards the Foundation: Relations with the CCSG are quite cold: although they have proven to be reluctant to collaborate, no hostile or friendly statements have been made at the moment. Relations with the CCSG have improved following the admission to the Council of the current Fourth Superintendent, which initiated a policy of dialogue with the Confraternity and which led to a series of joint beneficial actions for both organizations.

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ROYAL INSTITVTE

OF ITALIAN

ANOMALIES

~ RIDIA ~

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Description: Founded in 1871 by Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia, the RIDIA was an organization under the control of the King of Italy whose influence extended throughout the country and its colonies; it had the function of finding and containing anomalous artifacts that could represent a danger to the monarchy or to civil life. Starting from 1926, the RIDIA was placed under the direct control of Benito Mussolini; under the command of the Dux, the RIDIA was distorted from its original function dedicated to research, becoming an extremely violent and aggressive group used to create anomalous weapons to be exploited in war.

Like the SCP Foundation, RIDIA cataloged all the anomalies it came into contact with (either contained or destroyed) and studied their properties and effects. Most of the documents were sent to large Archives (the most important is now used by the Foundation and is known as the Pluto Site) to be kept.

Organization: The RIDIA was led by a Director-General appointed by the King and was divided into three divisions, then four with the advent of Fascism: the Division for the Study of the Anomalus (DSA), dedicated to the understanding of anomalies, the Internal Administrative Division (DAI), involved in the administration of the structures, the Research Division of the Anomaly (DRA), which was responsible for identifying and capturing anomalies, and the Military Division (DM), which was created in the 1930s and used the anomalies on the battlefields.

Attitude towards the Foundation: The RIDIA was officially dismantled in 1946 and became the Italian Branch of the SCP Foundation.

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Medician Academy of Occult Arts

~ MADAO ~

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Description: Founded by the lord and patron of Florence Lorenzo De' Medici in 1484, the Medician Academy of Occult Arts (usually called the Medician Academy for brevity) is a private organization that specializes in the acquisition and classification of pre-modern works of art with anomalous qualities. At the moment, the Foundation knows about ██ locations in █ different nations of Europe, each with different degrees of autonomy from the main headquarters. The Foundation at present does not know the source of the funds used by the Academy uses to pursue its objectives.

The main headquarters is located in Medici Riccardi Palace, under cover of a museum and residence of the Prefect of Florence. In the basement of the building, there is a large underground structure of unknown depth, with a permanent exhibition of the works collected on the Italian territory. From images taken by Foundation agents during rare visits, it is estimated that there are no less than ██ anomalous objects contained in the main headquarters.

Organization: The head of the Medicean Academy is honored with the title of "Curator", while the directors of foreign headquarters have the title of "Tutors", of which only █ have full freedom of action inside the hosting nation, while the remaining Tutors are subject to the Curator himself.

Attitude towards the Foundation: The Academy is not hostile to the Foundation, and in many occasions, there have been joint actions to retrieve artifacts. Although he was extremely reluctant in revealing his identity, the current Curator gave his full support with the Academy's experience in the field of anomalous art to better identify the anomalous characteristics of the pieces contained by the Foundation. The proposal has been submitted to S5 Superintendence and is in wait for approval.

Note by Dr. ██████: "Although they love art in all its forms, members of the Academy nurture a deep hatred towards the GoI "Are We Cool Yet?" and they refer to their works as "sleazy" and "tasteless".

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Cult of the Great Eye of the Mediterranean

~ CGOM ~

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Description: Little is known about the Cult's origins, but the latest archaeological finds in the mediterranean zone indicate that this Group of Interest would have been active since the first human civilisations, as part of a now dismantled order of ultra-religious zealots. Such primitive men where all converted to the Cult's faith toward their object of worship, that they refer to as the "Great Eye".

It's suspected that the Cult has been inactive until the first decades of the IX century BC, and that it has entered this state of "secrecy" after fighting the Phoenicians and the Greeks under the pseudonym of "Sea People". The reason of such attacks is probably connected to achieving the hegemony of what was born and prospered around the Mediterranean. Since then, the Cult has lost good part of the military power at its disposal and has been reduced to thousands of adepts scattered across all the Mediterranean, which still make the Sea particularly insidious.

At the time of writing no diplomatic or peaceful contacts have been made between the Cult's exponents and the Foundation's personnel. To this day the Cult is still dangerous thanks to the use of sea creatures and adepts gifted with esoteric powers not fully known to the Foundation. Any finding, capture or retrieval of individuals/objects connected to this GoI has to be immediately assigned to the Thaumaturgic Research Division and reported to the SSM-I.

To access to the complete and updated documentation about the Cult, access to the Department of Underwater Archaeology of Site Nettuno is necessary.

Organization: During the long centuries of inactivity the Cult has risked disbanding itself several times, thereby losing countless adepts. Because of this, the Group of Interest has dedicated all of itself to the secrecy of its operations after its collapse and it seems to be divided in ranks, which to follow:

  • THE GUARDIANS - Entities that, thanks to the energy contained in their own "sepulchres" and in [DATA REMOVED], seems to be gifted with esoteric powers connected to the sea and the water, with which they're able to control life's own existence around the Mediterranean. It's not known how many of those beings are actually existing, and are also highly unknown their full capacity.
  • THE SEEKERS - Commanders of great groups of adepts, in which is possible to reach more than 100 members, these intermediaries seems to be the most loyal to the Cult's cause and are subjected to a process known as "Illumination", connecting them to the "Great Eye" and providing them partial power of Guardians.
  • THE ADEPTS - The most humans, positioned on the base of the hierarchy and constituting the labour force of the Cult, as well as the backbone of their operations. They cover the most varied tasks and seem to be chosen among the most capable, the most intelligent and the strongest. There are also reports about adepts "kidnapped" from the surface and reconditioned to serve the Cult, although the lack of additional details makes inconclusive this track.

Additional informations about the "abilities" of some Cult's individual seem to be contradictorial and, at the time of writing, not supported by actual evidences. The only sure thing is that their anomalous capacity to survive under the sea, where they have various operative bases, immune to marine pressure or erosion thanks to the power of some members.

Purposes: The Cult's purpose is to protect their divinities from impure eyes; in fact, according to them, it could even damage their own existence. The secondary purpose is to impose the Guardians' will on the sea itself, preparing to conquer the mainland if necessary. Due to their fanaticism, is to be suspected that forms of hypnotism and mass indoctrination have been used to ensure that no adept would betray the Cult (this is, obviously, only in most cases). CGOM's activity is very sporadic, not very detectable and very variable, reaching a few peaks of activity over decades. From 2006, however, such involvements have become very more commons, to this day is hypothesized that this is due to the awakening of their "divinity".

Attitude: The CGOM is currently hostile towards the Foundation and every other Group of Interest that hinders their purposes or tries to contact them. It's probable that such attitude is destined to remain in this way, due to the lack of diplomacy from both sides.

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Serenissimo Colejo degli Estri e dei Maùchi del Comùn

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Description: The Serenissimo Colejo degli Estri e dei Maùchi del Comùn (The Most Serene College of Anomalies and Oddities of the Municipality) has been a secret organization of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, active from the first half of the ninth century to the Treaty of Campo Formio in the 1797. The College's birth has been probably caused by the necessity of mitigating the impact of the use of anomalies from the Republic's rival powers. In its most relevant phase (between 1200 and 1500 AD), the SCEMC controlled a trading system of anomalies that weren't considered dangerous by Venice or weren't usable for its purposes.

Organization: The two headquarters discovered so far were situated at Costanziaco (active until 1435) and later on Poveglia's island. The SCEMC was a college composed of 10 members, and was formally chaired by the Doge in charge, whose powers were delegated to the Magistrate of the Estri, primus inter pares1 nominated on a rotating basis between Counselors in charge. Every Counselor was a College's life member. Seven of them were chosen between the patricians and three of them were chosen between the people.
Colejo's members were organized in two groups: the secretadori ("concealers"), whose job was to hide every trace of anomalies and objects of interest, and the maùcarioli ("Oddities' sellers") whose job was to collect the interest in the anomalies for sale.
The studies on the phenomena were carried out by the SCEMC's research body, the Popilian Academy.

Purposes: The SCEMC was founded with two main objectives: The Most Serene Republic of Venice's independence and its enrichment through the business of anomalous artifacts. Precisely this dual nature allowed the SCEMC to become both a powerful diplomatic lever for Venetian emissaries and a considerable source of revenue.

Attitude towards the Foundation: Being an entity to have disappeared in 1797, there hasn't been any direct contact towards the Foundation. SCEMC's existence is however known by the major Italians Groups of Interest, particularly RIDIA and CFO.

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