"Good evening, Jeremy. I am known as Eclipse Black Nine, but you may call me Fox. You may be a little curious as to why there was a communicator on your kitchen table or who put it there, but I can assure you that everything will become clear in time.
You see, we've been watching you, Jeremy, and my employers have come to the conclusion that you would make a very valuable asset within our organization. Your powers of fire wielding landed you in the Ziggursky penitentiary two years ago, and now these Arachnos fellows have tossed you in a pile of supers like a bunch of insects. But you're much better than that, Jeremy. If you work with us, you can truly make a difference. You see, my employers and I desire to know all of the ins and outs of Lord Recluse's little fan club, but unlike you we don't have the advantage of otherworldly powers.
Our offer to you is this: you work for us, digging up Arachnos' little secrets, and we'll get your back. Do you like money, Jeremy? Yes? Well then, I think you might be pleased to hear that our starting contract begins at five figures. Still listening? Good. One of our agents will meet you at the ferry to Port oakes in exactly ten minutes. Don't worry about the details. Like I said, it'll all make sense later on..."
The Malta Operatives Villain Group
In the aftermath of his faceoff with Director Jack Firenze in the action to end Operation World Wide Red, Ghost Hawk Special Qualifications Marksman Fox Masters was in line for a promotion. However, a ruling led by twelve of the sixteen remaining Directors of the Malta Group declared him a liability to the Group for his uncanny skills and in-depth knowledge of all of the Group's workings. As such, in accordance with his expected promotion to Field Commander, he had his cybernetic implants removed and was assigned to set up operations in the Rogue Isles: a sector in which the previous forward operation had been compromised and obliterated to the last man. Despite his displeasure at being handed such a burden, Fox - now granted the unique callsign of Eclipse Black 9 - has no less desire to accomplish his given objective. Disconnected from the usual support lines that other field commanders around the globe enjoy, he is forced to fortify his operation by any means possible while at the same time gathering as much intelligence as he can on the intricacies of the Rogue Isles.
The contingent of Malta Operatives - both loyal and rogue - along with the array of metahuman assets that he now commands are the focus of the Malta Operatives VG. They come from many different walks of life: they are unscrupulous mercenaries, young supers attracted by the secrecy and benefit of protection by the Group, and sworn enemies of Arachnos, all united to serve a common purpose: to get what they want.
Both current and new characters of all archetypes and powersets are welcome to join our ranks, with some restrictions for those planning to play 'genuine' Malta Operatives. The only real requirement is desire, whether it be for cold hard cash, rare goods, or the sheer satisfaction of thinking about Recluse and his lackeys squirming in the shadowy grip of something much larger and more powerful than themselves. Roleplay is standard and encouraged, but not mandatory.
If you're interested in joining up, there are two ways to do so:
1) Reply to this post or send an e-mail to: beat170(at)yahoo.com with your global ID, character info (name, level, AT, and powersets), and a brief proposal as to how your character might get involved in the VG.
2) Send a /tell to me in game as @ghostofmalta [will be defunct in ~24 hours, accursed account split!], @foxmasters, or Eclipse Black Nine and we'll sort out all the details and roleplay your initiation to the Group.
If you would like to learn more information than humanly necessary about the Malta Operatives, their origins, history, methods of operation, and organizational structure, look no further than the Malta Operatives VG site. Okay, so not all of that is actually up yet, but it will be... Someday! I swear.
Join us... We're cooler than everyone else. ;D
"The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain."
- Sun Tzu