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Lux E Tenebris

—Blacklight's motto, meaning "Light out of darkness"

Department15

Blacklight's sign

Department 19 of Her Majesty's Government, simply known as Blacklight and formerly known as Department of Supernatural Investigation, is a secret goverment agency set up by Abraham Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, Arthur Holmwood and John Seward to combat the supernatural threat, after witnessing it for themselves at the hands of Dracula in Transylvania.

HistoryEdit

In 1892, a secret meeting took place at the heart of the British Government, a meeting designed to combat a threat that was threatening to plunge the British Empire into chaos. At the meeting were two of the greatest men in British history; Prime Minister William Gladstone, and Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

The previous year, Van Helsing and his friends Jonathan Harker, Arthur Holmwood, John Seward and Quincey Morris had pursued the greatest monster in history, the legendary Count Dracula, across Europe, finally laying the vampire to rest in the mountains of Transylvania, a story of such bravery and horror that it was immortalised forever in the pages of Bram Stoker's 'novel.' On their return to London, the survivors swore a pact that they would always be vigilant, that if the threat of the supernatural was again to threaten Britain, they would be ready. From this pact, Department 19 was born...

Classified far beyond Top Secret, its existence known only to the men and women who serve it and the very highest echelons of the Government, Department 19 was established to protect Britain and her citizens from all supernatural creatures. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with the survivors of the encounter with Dracula, the organisation expanded throughout the twentieth century, into the highly advanced, highly mobile military police force it is today.

In honour of the four men who were brave enough to stand against Count Dracula with only wooden stakes and knives, descendants of the founders, and of the first man ever allowed to join the fledgling department, Henry Carpenter, the personal valet of Van Helsing himself, are automatically asked to join when they reach their twenty-first birthday. In this way, Department 19 remembers its glorious past, and ensures that the standards set in 1892 are continued to this day.

Guided and steered by these descendants, and expanded by the recruitment of the very best men and women from the Special Forces, the military and the Security Services, Department 19 takes the fight to the monsters that hide in the darkness, protecting a public that can never know it even exists. Encouraged and assisted by Department 19, equivalent organisations were founded throughout the last century, in every corner of the globe, creating a worldwide network of departments committed to one purpose; the eradication of the supernatural threat.

WeaponryEdit

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Current Blacklight Operatives are sent into the field with a standard kit of:

T-18 Pneumatic Launcher

T-18 Pneumatic Launcher aka "T-bone"

  • T-18 Pneumatic Launcher ‒ using a compressed gas cylinder worn on the users back, the weapon fires a stake-like projectile. If aimed correctly, it can cause instant destruction of a vampire by piercing the heart. Can also cause fatal injuries if aimed at other areas of the body e.g. throat, by causing the vampire to bleed out. This mererly renders them dead (or dormant), however, and the remains can be revived with sufficient quantities of blood. The projectile is tethered to the weapon with a metal line, and by use of a motorised winch incorporated into the barrel the projectile can be used multiple times. Nicknamed the "T-Bone" by Blacklight Operators.
  • Heckler and Koch MP5 9mm Submachinegun ‒ useful for incapacitating vampires, by causing sufficient damage to their limbs that they are rendered unable to flee. Also used against non-supernatural threats, when needed. Fully automatic gas-operated submachinegun, 30 round magazine.
  • Glock-17 ‒ 9mm semi-automatic handgun. 17 round magazine. Useful for close quarters, and getting out of tight spots, but incapable of causing any significant injury to a vampire. Used as a last resort.
  • Ultraviolet light grenade ‒ emits UV light, which is highly damaging and often fatal to vampires at close range, reducing them to ashes or setting them alight. Activated by trigger on the top for a 3 second delay, or with a remote trigger. Useful for engaging large groups of vampires that are bunched together or in tight spaces.
  • Stake ‒ lightweight alloy stake for melee combat. Used to pierce the heart of a vampire, destroying them.
  • Limiter belt ‒ explosive charge attatched to a harness, to be worn by a detained vampire directly over the heart. If detained vampire attempts escape, the charge can be remotely detonated, instantly destroying the vampire.

Operators are also equipped with Blacklight uniform, a highly durable mesh suit capable of retaining body warmth, and providing protection while being light and easy to move in. Body armour is also provided, to be worn over the mesh suit for added protection. The Blacklight helmet is the iconic image of Operators - purple visor and completly enclosed helmet, with in-built radio for communication with other operators, thermal scanner to detect vampires, UV shield to protect wearers eyes from high-intensity UV, and a voice changer to protect the Operators identitly.

At some point between Valeri Rusmanov's attack on the Loop and the Teleorman Forest Mission, Blacklight replaces their 9mm MP5 submachine guns with newer MP7 4.6mm submachine guns. At the Battle of Carcassonne, the only Blacklight "operator" with an MP5 is Julian Carpenter, who was killed there.

Other weapons have been used by Blacklight, such as the russian Daybreaker ‒ a six barreled weapon that fires large, short timed explosive charges. It is not standard issue, and has been described as a "war crime," however some of the weapons are stored in the loop.

Vehicles often used are Jeeps, vans and helicopters. On occasion, if high speed transport is required, Blacklight can use its jet, which is piloted by Colonel Cal Holmwood.

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Directors[1]Edit


Known membersEdit

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Name ID Rank, title Period active
Abraham Van Helsing NS301, 00-A Founder, Director 1892 (death)
Albert Holmwood CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Alexander Pierce[2] NS303, 41-F Major Active
Alex Lombard CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED ?-2009 (dismissal)
Alison Griffiths[3] NS302, 41-D Major Active
Andy Hardy NS303, 41-C Major Active
Andrew Johnson NS303, 55-R CLASSIFIED Active
Angela Darcy CLASSIFIED Lieutentant, later: Captain Active
Arthur Holmwood NS301, 03-A Founder 1892-1940
Arthur Holmwood II CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Benjamin Seward CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Bennet CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
Cal Holmwood NS303, 34-D Colonel, Director 1991-2009 (death ‒ murdered by Dracula)
Cathy CLASSIFIED Nurse Active
Christian Gonzalez CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Claire Lock CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
Connor

[4]

CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED ?-2005 (almost turned into vampire; death ‒ shot by Julian Carpenter)
David Harker CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Inactive (death)
David Morris CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Dominique Saint-Jacques CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
George Harker NS303, 51-A CLASSIFIED 2002-2007 (death ‒ airplane crush)
Grant CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
Harris NS303, 28-R Professor 1985
Henry Carpenter NS301, 04-A Founder 1892-1922
Henry Seward NS303, 27-A Admiral, Director 1983
Jack Williams CLASSIFIED Lieutenant Active
Jamie Carpenter NS303, 67-J Lieutenant 2009
Jeremy Holmwood CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Jess Nelson CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
John Carpenter CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
John Harker NS303, 49-F CLASSIFIED 2000-2007 (death ‒ airplane crush)
John Morton NS304, 07-B Recrut 2009-2009 (death ‒ murdered by Alastair Dempsey)
John Seward NS301, 02-A Founder 1892-?
Jonathan Harker NS301, 01-A Founder 1892-?
Julian Carpenter NS303, 24-B Colonel 1979-2007 (staged death)
Kate Randall NS303, 78-J Lieutenant 2009
Katherine Elliot NS303, 62-J CLASSIFIED Active
Larissa Kinley NS303, 77-J Lieutenant 2009
Leandro Gonzalez CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Lizzy Ellison NS303, 07-C Operator 2009
Mark Cooper CLASSIFIED Doctor Active
Matt Browning NS303, 83-C Lieutenant 2009
Miller CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
Natalia Lenski NS304, 11-L CLASSIFIED 2009
Patrick McBride NS303, 35-B CLASSIFIED 1992-2009 (betrayal; death - murdered by Thomas Morris)
Patrick Williams 2009/2010 (death)
Paul Turner NS303, 36-A Major Active
Peter Seward CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED ?-1982
Qiang Li CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED 2009/2010
Quincey Harker CLASSIFIED Director ?-1967 (retirement ‒ wanted to be there for his ill wife)
Quincey Morris II CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED
Quincey Morris III/Daniel Morris CLASSIFIED Director ?-1993 (quitting)
Richard Brennan CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED ?-2009 (betrayal)
Richard Talbot CLASSIFIED Professor, Head of Lazarus Project ?-2009 (betrayal; death ‒ killed by Jamie Carpenter)
Robert Harker CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED 1981-2008 (?) (death)
Robert Karlsson CLASSIFIED Professor, Head of Lazarus Project 2009
Shaun Turner CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED ?-2009 (death ‒ murdered by Valeri Rusmanov)
Stephen Holmwood CLASSIFIED Director 1965-1989 (death ‒ heart attack)
Stephen Marshall CLASSIFIED Lieutenant (?) Active
Stevenson CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED ?-2009 (turned into werewolf; death ‒ killed by Thomas Morris)
Terry Bishop NS303, 20-C CLASSIFIED 1970
Thomas Morris NS303, 49-T Captain 2000-2009 (betrayal; death ‒ murdered by Alexandru Rusmanov)
Todd McLean CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED Active
Victor Frankenstein NS302, 45-D Colonel 1929


ReferencesEdit

  1. Extras ‒ Directors of Blacklight
  2. ZH ‒ Let the Past Rest (34)
  3. ZH ‒ Out of the Bag (46)
  4. D19 ‒ The Beginning of the End (26)

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