THE ORDER OF ST. DUMAS

The Brotherhood of the Order of St. Dumas is an off-shoot of the Knights Templar. They splintered off after a falling out during the Crusades. The offshoot group followed the lead of a self-proclaimed saint named Dumas.

Though the origins are shrouded by the mists of time, it is believed that the Order of St. Dumas discovered the lost treasures of King Solomon, pillaging and looting its
wealth. In order to keep this fortune a secret from the Templars, who take vows of poverty, the newly formed order traveled to Switzerland. There they stashed their
ill-gotten goods in secret repositories, which they used to strengthen their organization. The order used their fortune for what they thought were good causes and the protection of their own members- unless any members violated their trust. Then, Azrael, the Angel of Death, was sent to punish them.

This avenging angel was created by the Order of St. Dumas to deal out retribution to violators of the order’s trust and its enemies. For several generations, the duties belonging to Azrael were passed down from father to son as a sacred responsibility, until the order perfected a genetically engineered way to control selected indoctrination and breeding of future Azraels, centuries before modern science delved into DNA analysis.

With this technique, the next generation Azrael was removed from the womb of the mother while he was still a fetus. Next, he was placed in a vessel containing special simian body fluids in which the unborn child was subjected to a series of electrical shocks and conditioned to instill the aggressive tendencies known as the “wrath.”

During childhood, future Azraels were indoctrinated with the “System,” a series of hypnotic commands and intense physical training designed to turn them into the deadliest of assassins when they wore the mantle of Azrael.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, a great upheaval came about within the Order of St. Dumas. A treasurer named LeHah looted funds in order to build an arms business for himself. Jean Paul Valley’s father, the Azrael at that time, was sent by the dwarfling known as Nomoz to punish LeHah, but he failed and lost his life. Just before dying, he found his son’s home nearby and bequeathed the title of Azrael to Jean Paul.

After coming to terms with his inheritance of the title of Azrael and avenging the death of his father, Jean Paul refused to serve the Order of St. Dumas and the sect’s
leader, Brother Rollo. The refusal generated chaos within the secret society. Brother Rollo sentenced Azrael and his friends to death, ordering the dwarflings – genetic creations of the order – to seek them out. Knowing that the only way to save himself and his friends was to take down the order, Azrael journeyed to Switzerland with Sister Lilhy, Nomoz, and Brian Bryan and destroyed their sanctuary, the Ice Cathedral, apparently killing Brother Rollo in the process.

Months later, Azrael has learned that Lilhy plans on rebuilding the Order of St. Dumas and control it herself. It appears that the era of change for the order has not ended yet.

Published by Barry Reese

Professional author that has worked for publishers as diverse as Marvel Comics, Moonstone Books, Wild Cat Books, Airship 27 and Pro Se Press!

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