—Blacklight's motto, meaning "Light out of darkness"
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.
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.
The following section is to be rebuilt.
Current Blacklight Operatives are sent into the field with a standard kit of:
- 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.
- 1892-1904: Abraham Van Helsing (died)
- 1904-1919: Arthur Holmwood (resigned)
- 1919-1967: Quincey Harker (retired)
- 1967-1982: Peter Seward (retired)
- 1982-1989: Stephen Holmwood (died)
- 1989-1993: Quincey Morris III (removed)
- 1993-2009: Henry Seward (retired)
- 2010-2010: Cal Holmwood (died)
- 2010-present: Paul Turner
|Name||ID||Rank, title||Period active|
|Abraham Van Helsing||NS301, 00-A||Founder, Director||1892 (death)|
|Alexander Pierce||NS303, 41-F||Major||Active|
|Alex Lombard||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED||?-2009 (dismissal)|
|Alison Griffiths||NS302, 41-D||Major||Active|
|Andy Hardy||NS303, 41-C||Major||Active|
|Andrew Johnson||NS303, 55-R||Unknown||Active|
|Angela Darcy||CLASSIFIED||Lieutentant, later: Captain||Active|
|Arthur Holmwood||NS301, 03-A||Founder||1892-1940|
|Arthur Holmwood II||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED|
|Cal Holmwood||NS303, 34-D||Colonel, Director||1991-2009 (death ‒ murdered by Dracula)|
|Connor||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED||?-2005 (almost turned into vampire; death ‒ shot by Julian Carpenter)|
|David Harker||CLASSIFIED||CLASSIFIED||Inactive (death)|
|George Harker||NS303, 51-A||CLASSIFIED||2002-2007 (death ‒ airplane crush)|
|Henry Carpenter||NS301, 04-A||Founder||1892-1922|
|Henry Seward||NS303, 27-A||Admiral, Director||1983|
|Jamie Carpenter||NS303, 67-J||Lieutenant||2009|
|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|
|Lizzy Ellison||NS303, 07-C||Operator||2009|
|Matt Browning||NS303, 83-C||Lieutenant||2009|
|Natalia Lenski||NS304, 11-L||Unknown||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|
|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)|
|Victor Frankenstein||NS302, 45-D||Colonel||1929|