The terrorist known publicly as Duke Eaglevane is presumed by many in the intelligence community to be Duke Sigismund Adelsperger of Prussia, born in 1857. However, there are some that claim he’s been active since at least 1185 as a member (or possibly founder) of a secret order of the Holy Roman Empire dedicated to using money and influence to manipulate covert global events.
Although many acts of global terrorism are suspected to be the actions of Duke Eaglevane and his followers, due to the covert nature of the organization it’s difficult to assess their true activities with any degree of certainty. The Duke almost always operates through proxies or under a false flag of extremist groups. Despite this secrecy, it is agreed in the international community that the following incidents can reliably be attributed to Duke Eaglevane.
- Supplying arms and tactical support for rebels in the East Africa Protectorate
- The assassination of Émile Loubet
- The 1912 Olympic bombing
- The discrediting of US Senator and presidential candidate Jacob Black
- Sinking of the 8 Royal Navy Leander-class frigates in 1960
One of the Duke’s few open operations was the invasion of the Kachin. This act was undertaken with the approval of the majority of the world governments based on Kachin’s corrupt regime that profited off the international drug trade. It is believed that as part of this military action, the Duke stole Kachin’s gold reserves while the ultimate goal of the action was seizing control of one of the major drug sources not already in the Duke’s hands.
Analysts believe that the Duke’s standard procedure is to destabilize developing nations with economic manipulation, and then fund domestic rebels that naturally arise from the unrest in depressed areas. The Duke hires out one of several mercenary outfits under his control to that country’s leadership and slowly usurps control, as well as forcing the subject nation to sell off its national assets to companies controlled by the Duke.
Aside from unnatural longevity, the Duke’s metahuman capabilities, if any, are unknown. His organization has access to a level of technology that exceeds many known global standards including cybernetics and a “computer network” that allows communication and electronic data sharing. It is assumed, but unconfirmed, that the Duke is beyond a genius level intellect in the field of electrical engineering and is responsible for the development of these technologies personally.