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BlackBlood Industries Incoporated
 
Type Private Corporation
Industry Conglomerate
Headquarters Last Chance, Terrenus
Subsidiaries
  • BlackBlood Arms
  • BlackBlood Chemical
  • BlackBlood Energy
  • BlackBlood Security
  • Excursion Stationstores
  • Norkotian Motor Company
Area Served Terrenus
 
CEO Rufus Wilkinson
Notable Members
  • Daran Wenig (formerly)
  • Rufus Wilkinson
  • Joseph Tynes
  • Randolph Krieger
  • Kersh Engel
  • Naherin Weber
 
Founded
  • 18,489 WT (as BlackBlood Energy Corporation)
Reorganized 18,598 WT (as BlackBlood Industries Incorporated)
"The beating heart of progress!"
―BlackBlood tagline

BlackBlood Industries Incorporated, formerly known as BlackBlood Energy Corporation and more frequently known simply as BlackBlood Corporation, is a Terrenus-based business conglomerate specializing in energy resource exploitation, weapon and motor vehicle production, and private defense contracting. Originally formed in Norkotia as an oil drilling and production company, it has gradually expanded in size and scope over time, and its reach now extends well-beyond its early limits and into greater Terrenus.

The Corporation is ostensibly under the leadership of its CEO, Rufus Wilkinson, though former Norkotian ruler Joseph Tynes is believed to actually be in control behind-the-scenes. Though much of its profit still comes from petroleum products, BlackBlood's most visible subsidiaries are now its Security and Arms branches, both of which operate directly under Tynes.

BlackBlood attempts to fill the niche markets for non-magic-based technology, particularly in the realms of transportation and weaponry. Due to most of their technology being based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, the company often comes into conflict with the sensibilities of the Gaian majority, but has found footing in the more remote and primitive regions of the fractured continent. Even so, it is not uncommon for the company to use underhanded methods to establish themselves in towns that do not desire their presence. BlackBlood is notorious for using mercenaries and corporate enforcers to get its way.

History


Founding

BlackBlood Energy Corporation was first formed in 18,489 WT, by a merger of two smaller oil companies operating in Norkotia and the Garrison Bay basin. Over the next several decades, it grew into the largest energy company in Norkotia, eventually becoming the largest business of any industry. Having by now expanded their services to coal-based electricity, BlackBlood benefited greatly from the economic growth that persisted across the region, even as the region's so-called "Golden Age" was nearing its twilight. Despite the eventual decline of other economic sectors, BlackBlood remained at the top, owing to the necessity of their services to the economy as a whole.

Corruption scandal

As Norkotian civilization began to decline, BlackBlood became a substantial corporate sponsor of the Secular Industrialist ideology, promoting a consumer economy and working to devalue the old Directivist morals that many citizens still ascribed to. This reached its peak under the leadership of CEO Daran Wenig, who assumed control of the company in the late 570s. Wenig was particularly active in the Norkotian political scene, using both his personal fortune, as well as company assets where he could get away with it, to support the political movement. Many of his dealings were illegal, or at the very least, kept secret from the public. Most notably, he had dealings with local media outlets in order to ensure favorable coverage for both secularism and for his company. In addition to Wenig, many lower-ranking BlackBlood executives also became involved in various corrupt activities, both for political and personal reasons.

In the spring of 18,596, a pair of foreign mercenaries enacted a break-in at the headquarters for the Norkotian News Corporation, on secret orders from an agent affiliated with the recently-elected Joseph Tynes administration. The mercenaries stole a series of documents which were then released to the public, causing a massive scandal. Many current and former politicians, members of the media, and business leaders were subsequently arrested and jailed as a result. However, Daran Wenig managed to avoid arrest and holed-up in an old BlackBlood refinery with a contingent of hired gunmen. Another team of foreigners was hired to capture or kill the rogue businessman, eventually succeeding in the latter after a brief but bloody incursion into the facility. Wenig's fortune was then secretly recovered by Tynes officials and stashed in secret accounts for later use.

With Wenig dead, and most of the rest of BlackBlood's leadership arrested or otherwise deposed, the corporation was temporarily nationalized by the Norkotian Government. While the company continued to operate, it remained under state ownership for over a year, and suffered significant loss of revenue due to a significant public relation hit in the scandal's aftermath.

Reorganization

Plans were in place to return BlackBlood to the private sector, though they were repeatedly delayed. This proved fortuitous to Joseph Tynes, who soon found himself embroiled in a scandal of his own, in the form of the aftermath of his invasion of Forsthaven. After the Norkotian Council concluded that Tynes had violated the constitution, among other crimes, his office was abolished and he was banished permanantly from holding office, though he managed to avoid imprisonment. However, just prior to his removal, Tynes managed to push through BlackBlood's reprivatization. Using the late Daran Wenig's hidden wealth, Tynes and his loyalists bought-up majority ownership of the corporation, and Tynes ensured that the acting CEO was one of his own supporters. Subsequently, as soon as he was removed from office, he took up the position of Executive Director of Security with BlackBlood. Although Rufus Wilkinson, the man instilled as CEO during the privatization process, was officially named leader of the company, it was Tynes who actually took control behind-the-scenes.

Due to the Norkotian Council's desire to demilitarize and return Norkotia to its normal state, many soldiers, officers and scientists affiliated with Tynes's government military programs found themselves unemployed. Tynes took advantage of this, hiring many of them into BlackBlood, and establishing several new branches of the company to handle weapon production, security contracting, and research & development. He recovered many of the plans and resources affiliated with those programs, usually buying or salvaging them, though occasionally hiring criminals to steal them if he couldn't acquire them otherwise. As a result of all this, BlackBlood soon possessed a standing military larger than what remained of Norkotia's government security forces.

In order to avoid further controversy with the Norkotian authorities, Tynes pushed for the company to relocate outside of Norkotia. After briefly establishing a headquarters in Southport, BlackBlood finally settled on Last Chance, formerly a noted haven for organizations with colorful reputations. BlackBlood now has three primary hubs, with Last Chance serving as the main headquarters, the old headquarters in Norkotia acting as the regional hub for Zuhl, and a newly established branch in Taen's capital of Lunaris.

Ideals & identity


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Joseph Tynes became de-facto leader of BlackBlood after his ouster in Norkotia

BlackBlood has long identified itself as a vital contributor to Zuhl's economic and technological progress. Indeed, the corporation is branded around the idea that its products, mostly petroleum or coal-based, are the lifeblood of the economy. For many years, the company's tagline was "The Beating Heart of Industry", though it re-branded after its leadership change, switching to "The Beating Heart of Progress" instead. Joseph Tynes is believed to have had a say in this change, as he viewed the spread of BlackBlood's influence, and subsequently, Norkotian industry and economic theory, as the truest form of progress.

The corporate colors of Black and Gold are found frequently throughout the company, and are featured prominently on the company's security and paramilitary forces. Variations of gold and tan are paired with black on most uniforms, and though the equipment code for BlackBlood PMCs is somewhat loose, the company's colors are strictly enforced.

Due to its specialization in fossil fuels, BlackBlood's technology is based almost entirely around these resources, which are largely left unexploited in Terrenus outside of Zuhl. While Gaianist influence is strongly slanted against environmentally degrading activities, BlackBlood views Terrenus's current state of upheaval as an opportunity to stake its claim on this untapped market.

Organizational hierarchy


The company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) acts, officially, as the leader of the business, although the majority owners technically hold the power to remove the CEO if they see fit. Below the CEO the Board of Directors, a council of the highest ranking officials who oversee entire departments or critical projects of the company. Below the board are the Branch Administrators, managers who oversee local iterations of the company, and who hold considerable power within their assigned jurisdiction. Under each administrator are various Managers, Department Heads and Foremen, who oversee operations at singular locations.

The BlackBlood Security branch holds a different set of ranks from the rest of the company. The lowest ranking operatives are known as Guardsman, save for those who are members of the Enforcement Division, who are referred to as Troopers. From that point on, both the mainline and Enforcement divisions share the same ranking convention in ascending order: Corporal, Sergeant, Junior Lieutenant, Senior Lieutenant, Adjutant, Captain, Section Commander and finally Branch Commander. Branch Commanders operate directly under Branch Administrators (if part of a regional detachment) or under the the CEO.

Products and services


Fossil fuels

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An oil rig in Zuhl, during the winter season

BlackBlood's primary source of income is through oil drilling and production, which includes the sale of various types of refined petroleum to consumers. Excursion Station Stores, a chain of fuel stations, acts as the primary hub for the sale of gasoline and diesel fuel. Motor oil is also made and sold by BlackBlood. In addition, electric energy produced through the mining and burning of coal is a major asset for the company.

In addition fuel production, BlackBlood uses petroleum for a variety of other purposes. Perhaps the most predominant is Petrogel, a type of jelly that makes an effective propellant alternative to unreliable gunpowder. Another petroleum product is petrosteel, a hardened plastic alloy which was invented in the early 18,590s. Petrosteel has found a variety of uses, particularly for military-grade equipment, such as lightweight ballistic armor, heavy-duty weapon stocks, and even aircraft frames.

Perhaps the most controversial division of the company, BlackBlood Chemical has also begun research and experimentation on a wide variety of chemical products based on petroleum and other resources. While much of the research results in products for civilian use, a significant portion is devoted to weaponized chemical research. BlackBlood is believed to have significant deposits of dangerous explosive and chemical agents, including, though not limited to: napalm, white phosphorus, mustard gas and Agent Orange.

Other branches

In order to take greater advantage of their energy resources, BlackBlood operates several subsidiaries specialized in products based on their lifeblood resources. One such branch is BlackBlood Arms, which produces a variety of weapon and ammunition types designed specially to use petrogel. It also partners with several firearm producers based in Norkotia, Schmidt Arms Company most prominent among them, as a distributor and retailer of their products outside of Zuhl. BlackBlood also owns an automotive wing, the Norkotian Motor Company (NM), which produces gasoline and diesel vehicles of various makes and models for sale to both civilian and military buyers.

The most rapidly growing branch of BlackBlood is the Security Division, which provides private security guards or mercenary soldiers to paying clients. BlackBlood PMCs come from a variety of backgrounds, many being former military servicemembers, though a good portion come from less savory professions. BlackBlood PMCs are directed to be impartial when it comes to moral judgment of their clients, and they are expected to follow whatever their clients orders may be, ethical or not, provided they do not harm BlackBlood as a company.

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BlackBlood Security Company
 
Type Subsidiary
Headquarters Last Chance, Terrenus
Area Served Terrenus
 
Director Joseph Tynes
Notable Members
  • Joseph Tynes
  • Tobias Greer
  • Randolph Krieger
 
Founded 18,598 WT
"How ironic that the fathers of war tend to be the children of peace."
―Joseph Tynes

BlackBlood Security Company, often referred to simply as BlackBlood Security or simply BlackBlood, is a major subsidiary company of BlackBlood Industries Incorporated that specializes in private security and military contracting. The brainchild of former Norkotian ruler, Joseph Tynes, BlackBlood Security is primarily equipped with weapons and technology left-over from Tynes's failed attempt to establish a Norkotian Military. While most initial members of BlackBlood were natives of the Plateau of Zuhl, the company's expansion into greater Terrenus has resulted in a massive influx in non-Norkic employees.

While it does not employ a strict ban on the use of magical or supernatural artifacts, powers or technologies, BlackBlood heavily discourages them, instead promoting mundane technologies, particularly those produced within the company itself. Equipment, however; tends to vary according to local unit standards. BlackBlood Security's ethical policies are considered controversial due to their apparent emphasis on restricting certain employee recreational activities, but seeming to otherwise do little to discourage murder, theft, vandalism or environmental destruction by operatives in the field.    

Organization


Security & defense

While all BlackBlood units adhere to the same interior hierarchy and ranking system, the specialization and equipment of each troop will often vary in accordance to their locale and role. Some units are geared toward providing corporate security, either for the company itself or for clients. These units traditionally are more uniform and have higher ethical and etiquette standards, in order to present a suitable public image. Some units are also trained and equipped for personal bodyguard duty.

Contrarily, units tasked with more direct military and mercenary work tend to be staffed by men with greater combat experience, at the expense of social politeness. Combat-focused divisions, often referred to as "field units", allow their operatives much greater freedom of personalization for their uniforms, weapons and equipment. While the company provides a certain amount of gear for free, each operative is allowed to supplement with his or her own possessions, resulting in a much more rag-tag appearance.

BlackBlood is also known to subcontract other mercenary organizations to operate under their banner. These bands of mercs are issued a BlackBlood I.D. Badge, which grants them limited communication rights with official BlackBlood commanders. However, their access to BlackBlood facilities are severely restricted, on a level just barely above that of an unaffiliated civilian. Subcontractors are traditionally only used for the lowest-priority jobs, or ones that the company is unwilling to risk its own assets over.

Enforcement specialists

Unlike the bulk of BlackBlood's forces, the Corporate Enforcement Specialist Division is a highly-trained, rigidly organized branch that operates under the direct command of Director Joseph Tynes. The unit was formed primarily out of ex-members of the Norkotian Executive Guard, which had acted Tynes's praetorian guard during his time as Grand Executor. Members of the Enforcement Division, nicknamed "Bloodtroopers" by those outside of the company, and even many within, are taken from among the most talented recruits and placed through a rigorous training regiment. Bloodtroopers are expected to be well-versed in both military and police tactics, as well as be able to operate a variety of weapons and vehicles.

The Enforcement Division features a much more standardized array of equipment, all company-provided, and its members wear distict ballistic armor designed to fend off both traditional and magical attacks. Bloodtroopers are also equipped with specialized vehicles designed to accommodate their armor's bulk, while still giving them elite performance. Bloodtroopers also have communication devices built into their helmets, allowing them to speak directly with their commanders or squadmates over distances. These devices also come with audio scramblers, which ensure that only those on the Bloodtrooper frequency can understand one-another.

Personnel


Training

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A BlackBlood mercenary who has undergone extensive modification

Prospective hirees into BlackBlood Contractors are required to first undergo a general examination, which is used to weed out physically unfit recruits, and to distribute those who pass into units best suited to their individual capabilities. While some units train their rookies themselves, though most send their recruits to BlackBlood-run boot camps. Potentials who show exceptional ability at any level of the training process are often poached by the Enforcement Division, and are instead sent to a separate and far more rigorous training facility.

Ranks

BlackBlood armed personnel use a modified and condensed ranking system similar to a traditional military. The lowest ranking operatives are known as Guardsmen for the mainline branch, regardless of their unit's specialization. The lowest-ranking members of the Enforcement Division are known as Troopers, by contrast. From there, the ranks advance to Corporal and then Sergeant for non-commissioned officers (NCOs), then to Junior Lieutenant, Senior Lieutenant, Adjutant, Captain, Section Commander and finally Branch Commander. Branch Commanders operate directly under the authority of the Branch Administrator, who manage all BlackBlood subsidiaries and activities within a specific jurisdiction. Joseph Tynes is the sole individual to hold the rank of Branch Commander within the Enforcement Division.

From Corporal and onward, BlackBlood ranks function on an "every-other" basis, with "black" ranks acting as unit commanders and "gold" ranks functioning as their seconds. Gold ranks can be placed in charge of temporary groups on the battlefield and are expected to takeover as acting commander of their unit if their superior is incapacitated. They otherwise perform assistant duties to their immediate superior, such as relaying orders, providing tactical advice and overseeing administrative duties.

Rank Guardsman
/ Trooper
Corporal Sergeant Junior
Lieutenant
Senior
Lieutenant
Adjutant Captain Section
Commander
Branch
Commander
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Abbreviation GRD / TPR CPL SGT JLT SLT ADJ CPT SEC CMD
Command - - Squad - Platoon - Company - Branch
Composition - - 1 Squad - 2+ Squads - 5+ Platoons - 2+ Companies
Unit Size - - 10 - 20-50 - 100-300 - 200+

Enhancements

While magic and the supernatural are heavily discouraged by the company hierarchy, BloodBlood takes an opposite attitude toward cybernetic or biological enhancement. Wounded soldiers often have damaged or destroyed body parts replaced by mechanical prosthetics, though some even choose to undergo modification voluntarily and without prior injury. Likewise, certain types of drugs are permitted for general use, particularly steroids and stimulants. Others are restricted and only allowed on a case-by-case basis for certain individuals or units. Recreational drugs that inhibit mental function and offer little battlefield value, such as cannabis, are strictly banned for on-duty personnel.

Equipment


Weapons

Main article: BlackBlood Arms

BlackBlood guardsmen primarily employ a variety of traditional firearms, generally of Norkotian make and model, or of reverse-engineered foreign designs. The most popular Norkotian designs include the lever-action Karrick Repeater, the Garrison Firearms Mark VI Shotgun, and the Schmidt Arms Model 585 Magnum. In addition, several BlackBlood original designs, such as the R-98 Automatic Rifle and R-94 Light Machinegun are commonly used, particularly by Bloodtroopers.

However, perhaps the most popular firearm among BlackBlood mercenaries is the MP-40/bb, a re-imagined version of the German MP-40 submachinegun from the planet Earth. Along with the P08 Luger pistol and the AK-47 and M-4 assault rifles, the MP-40 was obtained as part of a business transaction with the Singlance family and their company, the Mil Dot Lunaris.

Vehicles

Main article: BlackBlood Vehicles

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A Hunter-class medium tank

Thanks in no small part to the company's Norkotian roots, BlackBlood's armed forces are heavily motorized, with a wide variety of military-grade vehicles available for use. Jeeps and various cargo and passenger trucks are available in abundance, though luxury cars or civilian pickups sometimes find usage when circumstance allows. After the disbanding of Norkotia's military, BlackBlood managed to buy up the bulk of the A-2 Prowler Tanks being scrapped or sold by the government. These vehicles were redesignated as the Prowler-class, and they provided BlackBlood with a solid base upon which to build their fleet of combat vehicles. The next generation of traditional tanks was the Hunter-class, a balanced medium tank which currently operates as the company's primary armored platform. In addition, thanks to the defection of the Castro Twins to BlackBlood, the company has begun to produce the heavily armed and armored Predator-class walker.

BlackBlood also operates the Thunderhawk-class figher-bomber, a rocket aircraft capable of outpacing most contemporary jet fighters, though it suffers from a far less sophisticated armament. A significant number of propeller-driven aircraft are used by BlackBlood for transport, ground-attack and bombing roles. There are rumors that BlackBlood is planning to build an massive airship, though no official plans have been made public.

The company maintains a small fleet of light warships to protect its sea-based interests. This fleet is made up of Protector-class frigates and Guardian-class escort carriers, both originally Norkotian "laker" designs for use in Sidereal Lake. BlackBlood owns several merchant vessels, some of which are wooden sail-based ships, for use in regions where fossil fuels are not readily available or where they do not function, such as in Orisia or Ursa Madeum, though BlackBlood has no presence in either location currently.

 


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