However, the accession of Grigori Efimovich Rasputin would eventually corrupt Sapientes Gladio into a terroristic, supremacist organization.
Motto[edit | edit source]
Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt
"Fate leads the willing soul, but drags along the unwilling."
Background[edit | edit source]
In the early twentieth century, many secret societies of either Jesuit or Rosicrucian origin emerged in Europe, including Sapientes Gladio. Sapientes Gladio began as an idealistic group that gave equal weight to the opinions of all its members, criticized colonialism, and dissolved racial barriers.
At the height of its popularity, Sapientes Gladio inducted Grigori Efimovich Rasputin, a young man from Russia. Under the teachings of Sapientes Gladio founders Jovis Abraham and Albert Simon, Rasputin soon acquired the knowledge and willpower necessary to achieve his goal of overthrowing his superiors.
Unfortunately, by the time Jovis and Albert became aware of the actual intentions of their disciple, he already wielded enough strength to challenge the two men for the leadership of Sapientes Gladio. With the assistance of Asmodeus, the King of Demons, Rasputin was able to triumph over his former instructors in battle.
The victorious Rasputin then proceeded to expel Jovis and Albert from Sapientes Gladio. Their defeat at the hands of Rasputin and subsequent banishment from Sapientes Gladio forced the two founders of Sapientes Gladio into hiding, with Jovis leading a life of seclusion in the Goreme Valley and Albert seeking other ways to overcome Rasputin.
In the absence of Jovis and Albert, Rasputin was able to transform the ideals of Sapientes Gladio from equality to supremacy, permitting only beings he deemed worthy to join the group. Yet despite his newfound dominance within Sapientes Gladio, Rasputin, describing himself as an admirer of the French emperor Napoleon I, wanted to expand his sphere of influence beyond that of a secret society.
In order to realize his latest ambition, Rasputin ordered Sapientes Gladio to embark on a series of bizarre murders, with high-level government dignitaries from each European country comprising the majority of the victims. By targeting these individuals, Rasputin hoped to remove all obstacles to his authority, thereby ensuring his takeover of Europe.
Goals[edit | edit source]
The main goal of Sapientes Gladio was to have control of all of Europe.
They believed that it could be achieved by having their leader, Rasputin become the new emperor of Russia after killing Tzar Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. They had started assassinations to kill off any troublesome government officials within Europe to ensure that their plans would be successful.
It was decided to use the power of the Holy Mistletoe to curse Albert, supressing his pact with Amon, and silencing him once and for all.
Fearing that this man would be as bothersome as Simon, it was agreed to curse Yuri with the mistletoe instead. They were successful in doing so but Yuri's willpower mades him endure the curse's power longer than they expected, and by targetting him, the organisation unwittingly planted the seeds for their own destruction.
Membership[edit | edit source]
Known Members[edit | edit source]
- Grigori Efimovich Rasputin
- Nicolai "Nicholas" Conrad
- Veronica Vera
- Lenny Curtis
- Clawed Soldiers
- Clawed Commanders
- Clawed Admirals