Before the Exterminators came to be, there was the "Super-powered Containment Unit" (SCU) first created in 1954 by the United States' Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), Allen Dulles. Super-powered individuals began appearing around the world during and even just prior to World War II (WWII). As a result, the CIA and the DCI created the SCU to study, contain and develop plans and tactics to defeat and/or contain super-powered individuals considered a threat to national security. In 1962, following reports of illegal detentions, violating both U.S. and international law, President John F. Kennedy ordered the new DCI, John MacCone, to terminate the SCU program. Once the SCU was shut down, Doctor Aaron Farlane, the SCU's lead scientist (revealed later to be KGB agent Doctor Alexi Surinov), escaped to the Soviet Union with nearly all of the SCU's super-powered secrets (and even some mystical artifacts and high-tech weapons). Doctor Farlane, upon his return to Moscow, immediately took command of the Soviet's new version of America's SCU, codenamed: Baltic Force. As America's SCU ceased to exist, the Soviet Union's Baltic Force was now born in its place.
By 1967, the Soviet Union had engaged in full-out abductions all over the world, trapping and experimenting on super-powered beings. The KGB then delivered those same beings to the Baltic Force Facility, located outside of Vilnius, Lithuania. There, hundreds of captured super-powered individuals with powers based on magics, arcane artifacts, alien and cosmic-type abilities, technology, science, experimentation, and radiation exposure, were treated as nothing more than cattle for slaughter. While being illegally imprisoned, Baltic Force's victims’ unique powers and abilities were tested and documented. Once all the prisoners’ data was collected, they would then be killed, autopsied, dissected, and in some cases even have parts stored in cryogenics coolers for future studies. Whatever was left of the mutilated corpses were dumped in numerous mass graves throughout the Soviet-controlled Baltic nations. This practice was led by Baltic Force's directors, all of which wore a mask to preserve their anonymity. Starting with General Vladimir Rusov as "Director 1", Baltic Force continued these appalling operations and inhuman practices right up until Baltic Force's eventual destruction near the end of the 1990s.
In 1963, the CIA sent in an undercover covert to infiltrate the Baltic Force. Major John Brown (AKA Major Invader) was that operative. He was embedded deeply for nearly 5 years without being extracted the entire time. Major Brown, code-named “Major Invader”, did everything he could to free, rescue and/or save any of those captured by the Baltic Force troops. There were times he had to face and participate in the cruel evils that were performed, however, he was able to arrange it that any super-powered individuals that were to actually be killed or worse by Major Invader were “only” murderous dregs that actually deserved their fate (as far as Major Invader was concerned). In his last days undercover, Major Invader was so ingrained in their organization that he was slated to become Baltic Force's next leader, "Director 5".
In 1968, days before the undercover Major Invader was to be advanced as Baltic Force's newest director, Director 4 called for the abduction of several new super-powered American heroes, their super-powered relatives and family members. As the first of the several was killed, Major Invader was no longer able to contain himself. He catapulted to action and saved a 14 year old girl from certain death. His cover now blown, Major Invader broke out his weapons and commenced slaughtering what he later called the “most 'evil' people I’ve ever seen since Baron Berlin”. In a flurry of bullets, grenades and explosives, Major Invader took out nearly half of the Baltic Force troops all the while freeing nearly dozens of other imprisoned super-powered individuals due for execution. He was also able to retrieve several reels of computer tapes from the Baltic Force's data banks on his way out of the facility before setting off explosive charges that leveled nearly half the facility. Major Invader’s legendary escape through the back alleys and sewers of Vilnius with those he rescued to a US submarine that was sitting off the coast of Lithuania is to this day considered one of the most daring (yet classified) rescues in the CIA's history.
Although Baltic Force and its facility was highly compromised by Major Invader, their evil organization was rebuilt by a new Kremlin-assigned staff commanded by the new Director 6 and his hundreds of highly trained Spetsnaz troops and STASI officers. Even though everyone in the know knew what was continuing to happen at the rebuilt Baltic Force facility, no other nation, hero group or federal organization ever attempted to take action against the facility again due to the Baltic Force’s new heightened security and heavy defenses. During the following decades, Directors 6 through 8 would continue to lead Baltic Force's renewed efforts in super-powered abductions, experimentations and killings under even further secrecy. Many years later, as the Soviet Union was about to fall, Baltic Force's leader, Director 8 would not only become the last true director of Baltic Force, but also the embodiment of Major Invader’s greatest loss.
The Berlin Wall finally fell on November 9th, 1989. As a result, the Soviet Union's "Iron Curtain" began to crumble as did the communist regime that was the "Evil Empire". Even during those final years, Baltic Force continued receiving funds from the Kremlin. Ironically, on March 11th of 1990, Baltic Force's Soviet host nation of Lithuania ousted its own communist party members and declared themselves free Lithuanians, independent of the Soviet Union. The CIA knew that while Lithuania was in this chaotic, yet optimistic state, there was no better time than to shut down Baltic Force and its sinister existence for good.
Major Invader once again volunteered to lead the raid on Baltic Force. However, rather than go undercover for five years as he did previously, he and his new highly trained tactical team would do a stealth-based incursion on the facility. They were to plant explosives throughout Baltic Force's facility, go to the dungeons to rescue every single prisoner they could and on their way out, blow the Baltic Force and its facility to Hell.
On May 31st, 1990, the stealth assault and rescue operation commenced. Not even 10 minutes into the raid, security klaxons sounded and the team's stealthy incursion became an all-out gun-blazing assault. They had somehow been compromised. Spetsnaz troops, zombified super-powered humans and high-tech security defenses began to take its toll on Major Invader’s team as they descended into the dungeons to save the prisoners. Once in the dungeons, he and his team found a total of 100 captive super-powered individuals, aliens and creatures in various states of immoral experimentations and torture. With a quarter of his team already dead or dying, Major Invader knew he had little time before they'd be defeated by the advancing Spetsnaz forces. With only seconds to spare, Major Invader and his team released as many of the prisoners they could, that is, before Baltic Force's leader, Director 8 appeared near the dungeon's ultra-secure security control booth. Director 8, seeing that the CIA's assault leader was the legendary Major Invader, he ranted like a madman, hysterically screaming,
"You bastard! I hate you! I hate everything about you! Do you know what you've done to me? To your own...to my mother? It's all your fault! You and 'the job'! It's always you and 'the job'! Even now, in the end, here with me, it’s 'the job' all over again!! It's your entire fault!! It's time you paid for your sins, old man!! I'm sending you, your 'job', your men and all these damn freaks to Hell! I hope you die in agony, you pathetic son of a bitch!!"
As Director 8 lunged towards the security booth to activate and flood the lethal VX-15 nerve gas into the dungeon, Major Invader hit Director 8 with a crowning executioner's shot right between the masked director's eyes. The director fell to the ground in a thump, well short of the booth's deadly gas switch. Major Invader saved everyone in the dungeon that night. However, as his team rallied with the now freed prisoners to fight together on their way to freedom, Major Invader looked down upon the now unmasked face of the deceased Director 8.
It was the face of his only son, Adam Brown.
Major Invader now realized why the mission had been compromised so quickly; he had been recognized by his son.
Before Adam became Director 8, he was a disillusioned and angry young man of the mid-1960s. His father, John Brown, the famous World War II hero and top CIA covert agent, was never home and seemed to care little about his wife and son. Adam, born in 1946, was raised by his mother. As Adam grew up, he worshiped his father as the incredible hero that all said he was. However, as time went on, his father wouldn't come home for months at a time, even when the missions were over. John’s excuse was always, “Sorry. It’s the job.” Through the thin walls of his room at night, he heard his mother crying more nights than few. On the rare times (a few days a year) that John Brown did come home, he couldn't relate to a 'domestic' life, and had no idea how to function, let alone talk or relate to his son, Adam. Instead, during those few days he was home, John would invite his fellow CIA agents over for parties and drinks to what he started calling his 'wife's' home. He'd carry on with the guys telling tall tales about their dangerous missions, all the while getting stone cold drunk, eventually passing out on the couch or floor. As such, John didn't spend any form of 'quality' time with his wife or child at all. His 'visits' as they became known, usually ended with him packing and leaving early before anyone in the house was awake, leaving again for weeks or months at a time. For all that John Brown did to save the world each week; he did the opposite in regards to his family.
This went on for all of Adam's young life.
As the years went by, Adam grew to hate his father. He was jealous and hate-filled towards anyone his father worked with or who had super-powers, since it seemed to Adam his father liked and respected super-powered people more than his own son. Eventually, Adam ran away from home before he'd graduated high school. After a few years, Adam went to Europe and joined meta-human hate groups. Eventually he signed on with Baltic Force.
As Major Invader stood over the dead body of his only son, he fell apart.
Picking up his son's bullet-ridden body, he slowly followed his team as they heroically battled to their way to the extraction point, all the while fixated on his son's face and what he'd done to him. As Major Invader’s team advanced their way to safety, more and more of them died in the ensuing firefight, as did many of the super-powered escapees, who sacrificed themselves to help combat the deadly Baltic Force troops. Once they finally reached the extraction point, a powerful telekinetic mutant, code-named Kinesis, came out of hiding. She was the team’s ace in the hole for getting extracted from the site. Using her powers, she lifted Major Invader’s team up and into a stealth-shielded hovering cargo aircraft only a hundred feet above their heads. Once Kinesis rescued Major Invader‘s men and the escapees, she lifted the bewildered Major and his dead son to the awaiting stealth transport. Before Kinesis was herself able to leave, she was killed by enemy troops' spray of gunfire. As he stood with his son in his arms, the Major flipped the switch on the planted explosive charges, blowing the Baltic Force facility nearly a mile into the sky. With less than half of his team left alive and only 80 rescued captives alive, the stealth cargo plane flew home to its secret airbase in West Germany.
Major Brown brought his dead son Adam home and placed his body in a tomb at a private family cemetery. Months later, his ex-wife, Clarise Brown (aka Ms. Vindicator from WWII) died in her sleep and was buried next to her only son. Some say she died of a broken heart or no longer had the will to live after what she called her son's 'murder'. Despite what Adam had done with Baltic Force, Clarise went to her grave supporting what she believed to be her son's innocence.
When the smoke cleared in the days following the destruction of Baltic Force's facility, Soviet intelligence agents went into the remains of the facility to determine what happened and what was left of Baltic Force and its facilities. What they found was nothing but enormous blast craters and debris strewn in all directions for miles. Any remaining bodies found had been burned beyond recognition. Lab and facility equipment was found in hundreds of pieces or melted amidst the debris. However, after further investigation, it was determined that dozens of critical equipment packages and devices that had been behind blast walls were now missing. Tracks about the site showed equipment had been carted away amidst multiple sets of tire tracks and footprints in the settling soot and debris. Local witnesses noted they'd seen a small convoy of dozens of soot-covered trucks go through their remote village hours after Baltic Force's destruction. They reported that a convoy of unregistered vehicles and an unknown number of uniformed troops had cleared the site of any remaining living and functioning equipment. Although the Soviets and the Lithuanian forces attempted to track the convoy down, no one ever found them. Baltic Force was considered officially shut down by the Soviets and the Kremlin, and considered destroyed by the CIA.
Medals were awarded.
Citations were given.
Survivors were reunited with their families.
Over the next decade, Baltic Force would slowly rise and be heard from again.
Through its practices, it would, at one point, help save the world, however, what comes after that can only be construed as a venture into pure evil.
After Baltic Force's destruction in 1990, its survivors hid in an old copper mine for the next month, amassing their resources, funds and making plans. Over the next four years, Director 9 was able to get nearly 30 billion Euros of equipment, resources and funds and recruit an additional 300 troops for what he still called "Baltic Force". No super-powered abductions, killings or anything of the sort were allowed until they could set up their new base, a new operations system and a new black market in selling super-powered body parts, powers and experimentation results.
Although the remnants of Baltic Force weren't powerful enough to take on the alien invaders, true to their mantra, they instead used their sciences and immoral practices against them. Although Baltic Force's 400+ troops were credited with killing thousands of alien Soltans, Baltic Force's sciences division was hard at work dissecting and experimenting on the collected alien carcasses to find out their weaknesses. During that time, Director 9 died in an assault by the Soltans on their headquarters. Director 10 died three weeks later leading a battle charge on a Soltan barracks. Regardless, Baltic Force's doctors and scientists continued dissecting and learning what made the Soltans and their creatures tick.
During these immoral operations, Baltic Force's science division finally found the Soltans' weaknesses. Working with their weapons division, Baltic Force created specialized weapons and ammunition that would easily kill the Soltan army and their creatures.
Knowing their knowledge could save the world, they gave this same information to the leaders of the resistances and the world's governments so they themselves could create their own weapons and fight off the aliens. Months later, the Soltans retreated from Earth and have not returned since, but not before severely destroying the remains of Baltic Force's operations.
During the final weeks of the invasion, the few Baltic Force facilities left were discovered by the Soltans. A majority of the dwindling Baltic Force troops was decimated. Of the few troops and scientists left, many abandoned their pots once the Soltans discovered their secret bases. As the Soltans took over the bases, most of the remaining Baltic Force troops and scientists were last seen running into the woods. At the invasion's end, Baltic Force was no more...or so everyone thought once again.
Later in 2001, word got out that the remnants of Baltic Force were to reform once again. Director 11, while trying to amass a new power base for himself, turned out to be a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions of grandeur who was summarily shot by the man who would later become Director 13. Director 12 attempted to turn the revised Baltic Force into a corporate business dealing solely in stolen blood and DNA samples of super-powered beings and selling them on the Black Market. That's when the man who would become Director 13 stabbed and killed Director 12 and his guards in front of the remaining Baltic Force leadership. When Director 13 took charge that day, everything changed...and not for the good of the world.
Within a week, Director 13, rescinded Baltic Force's old name and replaced it with a new name that his own troops voted for and approved of: The Exterminators.
Over the next year, Director 13 recruited new troops and scientists relentlessly. Eventually he was able to comprise an entire brigade of highly-trained military troops and dozens of new doctors and scientists. Director 13 introduced the new "Exterminators" to the world by performing a mass execution of dozens of super-powered individuals and their families, including children. Their executed and mutilated corpses were displayed in prominent public locations such as the steps of the Government Building in Berlin, or mounted on the railings of bridges along the Rhine River, or sickeningly, on children's playground equipment in public parks all across the neighboring cities. Continued reports of super-powered abductions and mutilations soared after 2002, with most of the abductions initiated in Eastern Germany. By 2005, the evil began to appear in the rest of Europe, and by 2010, the rest of the world.
A special United Nations Security Council session commissioned the non-governmental agency known as G.U.A.R.D. to investigate the abductions and killings. Within a year, GUARD discovered that nearly all of the abductions and deaths were done by the new face of Baltic Force - the Exterminators. GUARD has attempted to stop the Exterminators over the last decade or so, only to find the Exterminators elusive and difficult to track. It wasn't until a super-powered individual found barely alive in the Bavarian Forest of Germany that they ever found a link to the Exterminators. That individual narrowly escaped captivity from the Exterminators. He told GUARD of the horrors that were being done to them by the Exterminators. Key to this was the description of the Exterminators' brutal and barbaric treatment of what they called their super-powered 'assets'.
Although the man died from his wounds, he was able to provide GUARD with information about the Exterminator’s structure. The Exterminators had four major units that made up their evil ranks:
These units work together in a highly-militaristic manner invoking strategic and tactical planning in executing, abducting, torturing, and dissecting their super-powered "assets". The Hunter Unit recons, tracks and collects intelligence against an asset. The Capture Unit creates traps and the means for immobilizing and/or imprisoning the asset. The Science Unit performs the most unspeakable function yet - experimentation, data collection, power extractions, torture and brainwashing. The Kill Unit does their dirty work after the Science Unit is through with the asset, or if the asset is deemed too dangerous to live. The Kill Unit is also the most egregious of the any of the units, performing torture and mutilations. Each of these units are led by a highly specialized unit commander and an equally “talented” sub-commander.
To finance the Exterminators, evil power-brokers and organizations (i.e., Zenith Labs) pay top dollar to contract their services, as those with superpowers regularly foil their plans. The Exterminators help rid these corrupt organizations of the super powered “pests”. As such, the Exterminators are well-funded with the most modern weapons, defenses and lab equipment. Since 2002, the Exterminators have abducted, experimented and killed an estimated 550 super-powered persons worldwide. The abducted are usually found slain weeks to months later.
To this day, only four Exterminator facilities have been discovered by GUARD and other superhero groups. Of those, each have been abandoned days in advance of their discovery. With their current leader, Director 13, the Exterminators are more dangerous than ever.
The Exterminators are out there and if you're super-powered, an alien, a cosmic being, a magic-wielding individual or an unnatural/unholy/holy creature, it's only a matter of time before they find you and make you wish you'd never been anything more than a normal human being.
The Exterminators' evil has only just begun...
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