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Characters: The Secret World The Big Three
A character subpage for The Secret World. For the main page, go here.

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     The Templars 
Overall Tropes

You came to us in search of a purpose, and mark this: there is no purpose greater than ours. The world will founder without structure and discipline. It needs leadership to guide it to a new age of stability. It needs those with the will to stamp out the darkness that breeds in the cracks. We do this because we are compelled- by tradition, by loyalty, by laws. Without these, we are just animals. Evil rules over animals, corrupting and compromising, toppling empires; so our empire must be incorruptible, must be uncompromising. Our conflict must be a righteous one. Your conviction will be tested, but among us, your faith will be unshaken... among the Templars.

By far the most militaristic of the three main factions, the Templars are dedicated to fighting the evils that threaten mankind in all imaginable forms- by any means necessary. Unfortunately, this means that they're more than willing to destroy an entire city just to get at a single demon. Old-fashioned, honour-bound and conservative - at least compared to the others - they naturally consider the Illuminati their enemy in every sense of the word; nonetheless, they have just as many connections in the "Real World," though they prefer to ally themselves with governments rather than corporations. Seeking new recruits among soldiers, adventurers and modern-day crusaders, the Templars invite you to their headquarters in London, offering a purpose in life and a chance to stand against the darkness. However, they also warn you to avoid becoming too fixated on chivalry; halos are fading all over town...

  • Big Fancy Castle: Temple Hall, which looks more like a palace than anything else.
  • Cain and Abel: Gladstone says the Phoenicians were once part of the Templars and that the founders of both societies were brothers, and only split when they had a dissagreement, implied by the Stuart Twins to have been over a woman because "it almost always is."
    • Quite literal in that the Phoenicians in theological history are, in fact, the Canaanites.
  • Church Militant: Partly averted; their members aren't all deeply religious, given that they value order and tradition over religion itself. However, it's clear that the faction heads to have a certain fixation on Christian imagery and biblical quotes.
  • Color Motif: Their uniforms (and quite a few rooms at Temple Court) are coloured deep crimson, symbolizing both their passionate, fanatical stance in the Secret War, and of course...
  • The Ghost: Out of all Faction leaders only the Force-Marshal, though referred to many times throughout the Templar Story, and the Grand Master, heretofore mentioned only in a an interview with IGN, have yet to have a visible presence in game.
  • Good Old Ways: At least according to them.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The vaults of Temple Hall are implied to be like this, outdoing the sizeable public library at the Temple Club. Anyone desperate enough to actually enter must be armed and ready to die at the nearest opportunity; Gladstone recommends entering on Tuesdays, when most of the books are asleep.
  • Honour Before Reason: Played with; they encourage a more practical frame of mind rather than blind pursuit of chivalry, though they still have points that they utterly refuse to budge on.
  • Knight Templar
    • The Knights Templar: Despite the name, they aren't the Knights Templar, though they did actually create them during the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, Illuminati manipulations put an end to them.
  • London Town: The Templar's homebase of Temple Court is set in an area of London known as Ealdwic, and their part of town is very much of the "paved with gold" variety.
  • Not So Different: For all their contempt for the Illuminati, the Templars will occasionally end up relying on the same methods and strategies as their enemies- acquiring Innsmouth Academy's anima battery design for their own use, for example. Even Sonnac ends up unwittingly quoting Kirsten Geary every once in a while, especially in his disregard for the citizens of Innsmouth.
  • The Order
  • The Paladin: What most of their warriors are characterized as.
  • Principles Zealot
  • Shoot the Dog
  • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: The Temple Club, a hangout for off-duty Templars. These days, it's more commonly frequented by the "Old Guard" Templars; the more liberal members prefer the Horned God.
    • Temple Hall itself has a few of these; for example, the training ground has a surprisingly luxurious sitting room equipped with its own bar.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • Torture Cellar: While the Illuminati use holographic projections and the Dragon straw dummies, the Templars chain demons up to train their initiates in weapon skills.

Richard Sonnac
You should know that I am eternally busy, but for my sins I prefer a more civilised mode of correspondence than r sonnac at the templars dot org. So, while my time is limited, my door will always be cautiously ajar.

Voiced by: Jimmy Akingbola

Dignified, affable, and occasionally quite sarcastic, Richard Sonnac is not only an administrator among the Templars, but the public face of the "New Templars," ushering new blood into an ancient society. Serving as your liason, he provides mission briefings and information on the Secret World, espousing the virtues of the Templars and their place in securing humankind's salvation.

Dame Julia Beatrix Tyburn

Voiced by: Susan Brown

One of the Templar "Old Guard," and an occasional mission provider.

Brigadier Lethe
Never mind why this power's been awakened in you. You're not the only one, and you're not The Chosen One. You're part of an army - our army - and from now on, you'll do what you're told.

Voiced by: Tom Mannion

A decorated veteran of the Templar army and head trainer at the Crucible, Lethe tutors you in the use of your magical powers in combat; to that end, he provides you with your first set of equipment for the fighting style of your choice- along with several bound demons to practice on.

Iain Tibet Gladstone
There's much in history you need to confront and tackle head-on, preferably while wearing some kind of protection.

Voiced by: Jo Dow

Explorer, scholar, expert on the occult, and current Chief Librarian of the Templars. In his younger days, Gladstone spent most of his time wandering the world, observing magical phenomena, studying ancient civilizations, performing experiments and taking many, many drugs; however, after almost losing track of him in Indonesia, the Templars decided he was too valuable to risk on fieldwork- and too dangerous to expose to the rest of the world any longer. Gladstone is currently undergoing an extensive rehabilitation, prevented from ever leaving Ealdwic and under constant supervision by the Stuart Twins; as such, he can usually be found in the Temple Club's extensive library.

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Adventurer Archaeologist
  • The Alcoholic: Judging by the Stuart twins' remarks that he stinks of sherry; plus, during his cutscene in "Sign of the Times," he seems very eager to accept the twins' offer of a drink.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Gladstone always abhorred the idea of becoming an academic...
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Erudite Stoner: Just about all of Gladstone's anecdotes will involve some kind of hallucinogenic drugs.
  • Foil: To Charles Zurn and Jin Jae-Hoon; like Zurn, he's wildly eccentric and takes a very strange view of ethics in regards to his experiments; like Jae-Hoon, he's barred from ever leaving his faction's home district. However, what makes him different from both is that Gladstone prefers fieldwork to laboratory research or academia, and his faction is actually making an effort to re-integrate him with modern society.
  • Mad Scientist: When he was younger, he demonstrated his credentials in this field by conducting a social experiment on cults... that required him to create a cult of his own. Of course, he had to bring it to an end when his followers were gearing up for a mass suicide.
  • Mr. Exposition
  • Nightmare Fetishist
  • Noodle Incident: Many of his stories end up being narrated this way:
    I have been apprehensive of the gentler gender since that run-in with the Four Whores of the Apocalypse in Timbuktu... no, it's not a topic fit for discussion, believe me. I'd rather forget all about it...
  • Retired Badass
  • Toad Licking: According to the Stuart twins, he has a habit of licking cane toads.
  • Wales: Gladstone speaks with a very noticeable Welsh accent.
  • Wild Hair: According to Gladstone, he got it from studying the Tone-Deaf Chanters of the Sunken Islands of the Seventh Atoll; apparently, the chants were meant to arouse hair follicles. The results of this encounter have been known to eat combs.

The Stuart Twins
Catherine: We're not officially Templars-
Mary: More "Templar advisors."
Catherine: Not to suggest that the Templars have ever listened to our advice.
Mary: Scandalous! We're their What Not to Wear, bringing a touch of class to a dreary military-occult complex.

Voiced by: Annabel Scholey (Catherine), Laura Aikman (Mary)

The Stuart Twins act as advisors to the Templars to one extent or another; Catherine works the political angle, while Mary provides fashion tips. Assigned to help Gladstone recover, they can usually be found in his immediate vicinity at the Templar Club.

Zamira Vata
I'm the sign of the times, Blood: young, female, from the Colonies- second generation- and proudly wearin' the red of the Templars!

Voiced by: Sarah Powell

A young Templar soldier, and an enthusiastic representative of the "New Templars." Zamira helps provide directions for new players during the introduction; outside the intro, she spends her off-hours at the Horned God, arguing with Konrad Engel.

Konrad Engels
Ah, but I have said enough. I will douse my disappointment in another pint of what goes for beer around here: dull, tepid and cream-like... not unlike the current state of inter-factional diplomacy, but not what the Trappists had in mind, I'm sure. Luella? Refill, please!

Voiced by: Tim Bentick

Engels was once the Templar ambassador to the Council of Venice; however, years of bureaucracy and corruption eventually drove him to a career-ending misdemeanor (which he refers to as "critical debate). Currently on "extended leave of absence" and replaced by someone more palatable to the Council heads, he has descended into cynicism, and is widely considered an embarrassment by the Templars- especially the Old Guard. For this reason, he is a frequent drinking buddy to Zamira at the Horned God.

     The Illuminati 
Overall Tropes

It's all about power: grabbing it, keeping it, using it... Power is our currency, our DNA, our God. We control the world. We provide the blueprint and we give the instructions. We're the people in grainy photos on grassy knolls; we're the shadowy faces in smoky backrooms and darkened boardrooms. We're right here, hiding in plain sight, buying and selling favours: blackmail, treason, deceit- these are our stock in trade. We work the magic of the drunken evenings with senators and chiefs of staff. We shake down demons, and negotiate with sorcerers. We have stocks in Hell, and compromising photos of Angels. We use any means necessary regardless of the cost, because the world is a bad place, and you can either do or get done. We're the Illuminati... and we're not done.

Focussed almost entirely on the pursuit of power, the Illuminati seek it in almost every possible aspect: physical, social, magical, scientific, political, and financial. With connections and controlling influences across the world and a very polished, corporate image, they are always looking for new ways to influence the world and attain even greater power- sometimes to their detriment. Natural worshippers of individual advancement, they offer your character a chance to harness your true potential and achieve great power- but not before warning you that failure will not be tolerated...

  • Big Apple Sauce: The Labyrinth is situated under a particularly derelict area of Brooklyn.
  • The Chessmaster: Though they control several private armies, they generally prefer to act via manipulation and subterfuge than outright warfare. The last time they tried this with the Templars, it got them booted out of Europe altogether.
  • Color Motif: The Illuminati logo and uniform colour is blue, hinting at their murky, cold-hearted worldview.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A lot of their leaders style themselves as this.
  • Deal with the Devil: Literal case, in the sense that the quote about having stocks in Hell wasn't an exaggeration; according to Geary, the Illuminati aren't above hiring demons as consulting partners- though she naturally avoids mentioning the price.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Their general attitude toward Orochi.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The Labyrinth. According to Geary, its design was so elaborate that it drove the architect insane and led him to commit suicide.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Futuristic Pyramid: Invoked by the Labyrinth's main concourse.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Neatly combining image with practicality, Illuminati agents tend to wear gas masks along with their business-suit-like uniforms. The Player Character can get one of these uniforms later in the game, complete with the requisite mask.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Geary hints that some of the "old board members" are like this. All that's know of them is that their executive suites are located inside the Labyrinth itself; they have "extreme health issues" and "extreme privacy issues"; and finally, players are not to disturb them at any cost. Given the Illuminati's habit of hiring demons as consultants, there's no telling what these board members might be.
  • The Illuminati: Well, duh.
  • Laughably Evil: They have some of the funniest comments and dialogue.
  • Man Behind the Man: Their preferred location, obviously.
  • One World Order
  • Office Romance: The Twitterverse Experiment featured a story concerning a Love Triangle between two Illuminati agents and the librarian of Innsmouth Academy, suffice it to say, it did not end well.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: This is largely what makes them Villain Protagonists as opposed to just plain villains.
  • Post Modern Magic: As the most modern of the factions, the Illuminati like to incorporate technology into their use of magic wherever possible, from the W.A.N.D. energy manipulators used in refueling the wards, to specially-made hard drives for imprisoning demons.
  • Pyramid Power: Inherent in every aspect of the Pyramid symbol, especially when used as a protective ward.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Sigil Spam: While the other factions have a habit of pasting their sigils on their uniforms and equipment, the Illuminati take it a step further by having almost everything they own marked with the Pyramid and the Eye to one extent or another: their uniforms and deck outfits are marked with it, Geary wears a medallion of it, Senator Cicero has it on the breast-pocket of his suit, and even the rooms in the Labyrinth are shaped like pyramids. And it's not entirely without purpose, either: their installations on Solomon Island are marked with versions of the sigil that form part of a protective ward, keeping troublesome zombies and familiars out.
  • Social Darwinist: The Illuminati's motto is "Fuck or be fucked," and take a very dim view of those who refuse to pull their weight or compete in their plans for world domination.
  • Torture Cellar: Questions and Answers, the heavily-soundproofed interrogations department. In the aftermath of the mission to Solomon Island, Illuminati players have to pay the department a mercifully brief visit.
  • Tracking Chip: New recruits are all fitted with microchips at the base of their spine so that the Illuminati can keep tabs on them. This becomes a plot point when you have to track down a rogue agent; later in the quest, he turns up dead courtesy of a horde of angry mummies, so you've got to retrieve his chip.
  • Villain Protagonist: Definitely the most sinister of the three main factions. The extent to which they're genuinely evil, however, as opposed to simply amoral, is disputable.

The Pyramidion
You have proved to be useful to me; if you continue to be useful, then BFFs forever. Blazers and jeans are only permissible with the proper footwear. I will be in touch... and I'm always, always watching you. I'm the Pyramidion, the All-Seeing Eye In The Sky. We will be back with more messages in a moment. Please stand by...

Voiced by: CS Lee

The apparent head of the Illuminati, the Pyramidion's voice is heard throughout the Labyrinth, always delivering cryptic public service announcements and delivering enigmatic mission briefings. As for who he is or even what he is, nobody is entirely sure...

  • Actually Pretty Funny: During the first Faction mission after you give him access to the parking garage camera, he does this to himself.
    "I am now all seeing. Heh, I am the all seeing Eye."
  • Affably Evil: For the leader of a ruthless syndicate of power-hungry psychopaths, he's actually a fairly pleasant character. Also, he's one of the few Illuminati characters that's prepared to trust you in any sense of the word.
  • Badass Boast: In the epilogue to "Rogue Agent."
    I'm going to trust you to keep a secret. If you do not keep this secret, you will, in short order, be exiled from the Illuminati, lose everything you hold dear, find yourself convicted of murder, and locked up for life... and then I'll really come after you. This, by the way, should in no way be construed as a threat.
  • Big Bad: Leader of the Illuminati.
  • Big Brother Is Watching
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A third of his dialogue consists of internet memes, and another third consists of bizarre public announcements.
  • Creepy Monotone
  • Invoked Memetic Mutation: He spits out these at every opportunity.
  • Mission Control: For many of the Illuminati-specific missions, he acts as this.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs
  • The Voice: Heard only as a voice on the PA system or over the telephone, nobody has actually seen the Pyramidion or met him in person.
  • The Wonka: To anyone who listens to his broadcasts, it's pretty clear that the Pyramidion isn't entirely sane; however, Illuminati-specific missions demonstrate that while two-thirds of his psyche veers towards the wildly-eccentric, the remaining third is very much grounded in reality and actually capable of extremely complex planning. Besides, there's little anyone can do about it either way- after all, he's the boss.

Kirsten Geary
The Illuminati are very achievement-focussed; it's like Xbox, only everything is hardcore. The ethic I really want to instil in you is to aim high and achieve even higher: it's not just in your best interest- it reflects on me too, and that is super-important. Make me look bad, I'll mount your head on my wall as an object lesson to the next fuckup. God it is so cute when you new guys think I'm kidding...

Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

A high-ranking Illuminati member charged with tutoring and directing new recruits; as an Illuminati player, you are merely the latest in a long line of students. Savvy, fast-talking and businesslike, Geary is also your contact while you're working in the field, recieving and sending important mission reports- most of which include a great deal of her trademarked sarcasm.

  • Arbitrary Scepticism: Despite interacting with numerous supernatural phenomena on a daily basis and witnessing many more thought to be impossible over the course of the game, Geary's after-mission report to "The Death of Dr Armitage" declares that the events that occurred in the story of the same name are entirely fictional. Admittedly, this is due to records stating that Sam Krieg was in rehab at the time and couldn't have gone visiting cafes for mysterious meetings, but it's still a bit presumptuous given the existence of teleportation. For good measure, the Dragon after-mission report for the same mission proves her wrong, admitting to have facilitated the meeting via a Body Double.
  • Blondes are Evil
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Apparently, she once had the Sultan of Brunei fill a bathtub with diamonds for her to soak in. She came to regret it - not because of the cost, but because the already uncomfortable diamonds ended up caught in certain orifices.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Catch Phrase: "Ciao-ciao" (one of her three signatures when sending you texts), and "Fun Fact: (insert bad news here)."
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Dragon: To the Pyramidion.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Apparently, she used to be just an "ordinary valley girl," right up until she happened to kill two junior Illuminati thugs in self-defence (more or less); curious about the organization her first victims had claimed to belong to, she decided to get herself a job. The rest is history.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Only her friends are allowed to call her a bitch.
  • The Handler
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: Admits to using a form letter system, which breaks down in the aftermath of "The Echoing Doom of Solomon Island," resulting in her congratulating you for defeating [GENERIC APOCALYPTIC THREAT], providing you with a [GENERIC REWARD], embellished with some [GENERIC FLIRTATION] and a [DICK JOKE]
  • Lack of Empathy: Best demonstrated by her report on "Journey's End", where she refers to the mission's central NPC (who hanged herself in despair over losing her husband) as "insignificant," and takes the time to chastise you for being a "bleeding heart."
    • In a cutscene, she holds a phone conversation with a man who has apparently just been shot in the stomach, in which she orders him to stop crying:
    "It takes hours to die from a gutshot like that! Literally hours. It's a total drag..."
  • Last Name Basis: According to one of her text messages, she doesn't do "that first name thing."
  • Mission Control
  • Mugging the Monster: Geary mentions that, before she joined the Illuminati, she was abducted by a couple of "fratboy necromancers" who were looking for human sacrifices. Unfortunately for them, they forgot to check her pockets for mace and duct tape.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her character design is based on Lady Gaga.
  • Noodle Incident: In the after-mission report to "The Benevolent Conspiracies," she irritably mentions that she "nearly wore out a pair of kneepads over that shit (Sarge) pulled in Khartoum."
  • Pet the Dog: After finishing one of the minor side-missions in Egypt, Geary's report actually suggests that you slow down a little and avoid sunstroke. Justified, as Geary wants to make sure that you remain an effective agent and don't end up as "another burnout."
    • In the aftermath of the mission to Egypt, she risks permanent damage to her career- if not outright assassination- by defending you from punishment. That said, she does expect something in return.
    • Following the Halloween 2013 mission "The Lantern Man," Geary expresses real sympathy for the first time in the game over the plight of Scarlet Piedmont, though this is at least partially because the two share a similar propensity for beauty treatments and Geary obviously finds the thought of sulphuric acid disguised as cosmetics naturally upsetting.
  • Seen It All: Type 2. "Oh, yeah. Hell."
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Variation; apparently she tried to murder her husband at some point in the past. Though she didn't succeed, she seems fairly content with leaving him crippled and dependant on respirators for the rest of his life.
  • Work Hard, Play Hard: On occasion, her usual after-mission response will be replaced by an error message from Leah, notifying you that Geary is enjoying the benefits of an office party with an open bar.
    • In "Breakfast of Champignons," she asks you to bring back some of the magical fungi you spent the mission tripping on.
    • Following "The Final Countdown," thanks to apparently missing a system-wide memo, the player ends up messaging Geary right in the middle of a Christmas party; on top of having no idea what she's being contacted about, she's also very drunk - as evidenced by the deteriorated spelling.
  • You Have Failed Me: Bluntly warns you that failing will result in your head being mounted on her wall as a warning to the next potential failure. Also, given how badly failure in training new recruits would reflect on her, she also does this to avoid becoming the recipient of this trope herself.

Doctor Charles Zurn
Pineal gland... overstimulated... higher brain functions... functioning. That is great work! Well above MK-ULTRA's success rate. Hey, can I ask you- have you ever seen a jaguar tripping?

Voiced by: Jeffery Combs

An eccentric scientist working in the Illuminati headquarters, responsible for helping you to acclimatise your powers and providing you with the flashback to the Tokyo Incident.

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Affably Evil: Crazed and amoral though he may be, he's a very friendly character at heart, always eager to chat and joke around with visitors.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Zurn is wildly eccentric and possibly insane, but he's also a scientific genius with some very impressive credentials.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Cutting the Electronic Leash: As the man responsible for buckling the leash in the first place, he advises new recruits not to do this.
    Oh, and you may be feeling some discomfort from the microchip I grafted to your spinal column; no worries, though, I mean it- it's gonna fade. Really. And as your doctor, I caution you... strongly caution you... don't try removing it. Okay?
  • Einstein Hair
  • Foil: To the intellectual powerhouses of the other two factions, Gladstone and Jae-Hoon; like the other two, he's a brilliant but eccentric scientist with many years of experience in studying the Secret World in one aspect or another; he never leaves his faction headquarters; and finally, like Gladstone, he's more than a little amoral and his hairstyle is decidedly manic. However, unlike his counterparts in the Templars and the Dragon, Zurn prefers biology and chemistry rather than the more "scholarly" pursuits of archaeology, anthropology and history. Furthermore, where Gladstone and Jae-Hoon are legitimately trapped within their headquarters, Zurn simply doesn't want to leave.
  • Functional Addict: It's hard to tell just how much of the regular barbituate dosages have affected his behaviour, but Zurn remains a highly efficient member of the Illuminati despite this.
  • Hikikomori: Thanks to the demands of his work, he hasn't left the Labyrinth since 2003.
  • Keet: Just about bouncing off the ceiling in every scene and conversation he participates in; he really loves that swivel chair, too...
  • Large Ham
  • Mad Scientist: Compared to some of the others found in the game, Zurn is pretty benign, however.
  • Playing with Syringes: To put his propensity for this in perspective, Zurn claims to have been part of the MK-ULTRA program.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Your first encounter with him begins this way.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Already in charge of implanting new recruits with tracking microchips, Zurn is currently attempting to take his propensity for non-consensual augmentation to the next level by pushing for you and other field operatives to be outfitted with "skull cameras." However, Geary claims to be doing her best to stall him as long as you keep providing detailed reports.

Leah Cassini
Have you tried turning it off and on? No? Then please kill yourself.

Voiced by: Roxana Ortega

As the Labyrinth's Sysadmin, Cassini is rarely seen away from her workstation in the server room; nonetheless, she is in complete control over the Illuminati's electronic security networks- and as such, she knows almost everything the base's employees are up to.

Director De La Guardia
You, my friend, are in a world of tigers and they will eat you alive if you are weak, if you hesitate, if you do not strike first. Here, you will learn to strike first and strike hard, for those combat holograms, they can do nothing to you. I, however, have a high-powered rifle and a streak of what some call sadism- I call a will to incentivize...

Voiced by: Andrew Kishino

Presiding over the test chamber, De La Guardia teaches you the basics of combat and the use of your powers.

Senator Cicero

Representing Michigan in the US Senate, Henry Cicero is also a fully-established member of the Illuminati; naturally used to help protect the faction's political interests, he also ends up helping the player in the aftermath of the mission to Egypt.

Voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo

     The Dragon 
Overall Tropes

What is chaos in theory? It's a thousand coins flung into the air. Each one wavering in the course of its rise and fall between justice and greed, tenderness and blood, calamity and boredom. Who are the Dragon? We are not the face of a coin, praying for fate to favour our side: we are the hand that makes the toss. We are the trajectory. We are the violence in the wind. Countless conditions determine every outcome, and we strive to know and manipulate them all. A thousand coins tumble down and we formulate the equations and models that predict where each and every one will fall. And when they fall? We will adjust accordingly, and throw them back in the air. For we are the Dragon, and we take chaos far beyond theory.

Probably the most enigmatic of all the factions, they are also unique in their goals; the Dragon show no plans to "rule" the world as such, but instead seek to understand the underlying system upon which Chaos operates, and to ultimately balance the world with the knowledge they have gained. To that end, they cause chaos across the world in order to test their theories and models, sometimes as destructive as a major terrorist attack, sometimes as minuscule as a butterfly flapping its wings in the wrong direction. Headed by a perpetually-reincarnating, prophetic eight-year-old child and the Silent Monks who enforce his rule, the Dragon are almost omniscient thanks to the predictive models they've created through their study of Chaos Theory; however, they still need operatives in the field to ensure that everything goes according to plan- which is where the player character comes in. Offered the chance at truth and clarity only after a kidnapping and impromptu lecture from an ex-professor and a prostitute, you join the Dragon with very little idea of your role- except that you are now officially an Agent of Chaos.

  • Anarchy Is Chaos
  • Ancient Conspiracy
  • Ancient Tradition: The monastic aspect of the Dragon, and the selection of the Child.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Dragon doesn't share the same goals or perspectives as the two other factions. They value change and information. Thus they might oppose hell coming to Earth not because of a particular preference for non-hellish landscapes or for avoiding torture, but because Hell tends to get stuck in a rut of the same type of torture. Some of this loathing bleeds into the mission debriefs in odd ways: the presence of a theme park irritates them more than the deaths used to lend its master occult power, as the former forces a transient matter into permanence, where the latter is merely misguided adaptation.
  • The Chessmaster: Even more so than the Illuminati; as well as casually manipulating fate and chance on a truly massive scale, the Dragon also have a habit of manipulating the other factions to their own ends. One after-mission report remarks that your theft of several Illuminati artifacts is of great benefit not only because of the value of said stolen goods, but because the Illuminati will naturally blame the Templars.
    • In one mission, Bong Cha reveals that the Dragon casually engineered the birth of a man who they later manipulated into joining the Templars- only to induce him to turn traitor and escape with a priceless magical artifact, just so the Dragon could get their hands on the artifact in question.
  • Color Motif: The Dragon have a specific attachment to the colour green. Their logo is green; the Child, Bong Cha, the Monks and most of the operatives wear green to some extent or another; their headquarters are furnished with green furniture; the district of Seoul where the headquarters are concealed is lit by green lamps; even Chaos magic- a favoured school of magic for Dragon operatives- is coloured green.
  • Complexity Addiction: Justified. One of the Dragon's purposes is to model behavior, and specifically complex behavior. An overly complex plan is part of the point, or even the whole point, as it tests their existing models.
  • Cryptic Conversation: A lot of their operatives speak in this fashion; even their text messages read like this.
  • Fatal Flaw: The Dragon's models have very clear blind spots, most obviously the low value they place on infrastructure or artifacts. The Priceless Magical Artifact mentioned under The Chessmaster above? Bong Cha has no idea what it is, or what it's capable of, and becomes increasingly emotional as the artifact drives the situation so far out of her models that she eventually just wants to end the experiment. During the after-mission report to "Crossroads," it's actually admitted that the Dragon have something of a weakspot in the case of targets with no predictable course of action- which is why they prefer to employ them.
  • For Want of a Nail: Some of their gambits are modeled on these kind of events.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: The Dragon have this as their hat.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The Silent Monks do not — can not — talk, and are all the more effective at interrogation for that, as a Krieg's informant/stalker found out the hard way. The minimal information even Dragon characters find about the organization's long-term goals makes them particularly frightening, as well.
  • The Omniscient: Thanks to their predictive models. Following certain missions that run contrary to your main objectives (usually on the grounds of it being overly compassionate), where other faction contacts would criticize you for wasting time, the Dragon simply remark that they predicted that you would act as such.
    • Not So Omniscient After All: For all their methods of predicting possible futures, the Dragon can still be surprised by unexpected events; quite a few points in the main storyline see them hurrying to alter events in their favour, and the player character being unexpectedly whisked off to another dimension catches them completely off-guard.
  • Out-Gambitted: The Dragon's ability to model reality makes them one of the most knowledgeable and manipulative groups in the setting short of the Agartha itself, but their limits and organizational biases mean that they're far from perfect. The Bees repeatedly redirect Dragon mission reports so they can "make ripples too", and your contact is repeatedly surprised when things, rather than people or groups, cause events to occur.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Both part of the faction's structure, and a constant assumption about the rest of the world. Dragon contacts insist that it is the nature of creations to raise up against their creators, and a good deal of the faction's interests are devoted to destroying or changing entrenched structures.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Even by the standards of this setting, the Dragon is considered something of a mystery by just about everyone who isn't a member.
  • Stupid Neutral: The Dragon desires "blood in the courtroom, and kindness in hell," ie: enforcing Blue and Orange Morality through weird and extreme methods. Thankfully, the player characters are more likely deployed to hell.
  • Warrior Monk: The Silent Monks.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: The Monks have had their lips sewn shut as part of their initiation rites—another reason why Bong Cha tells you not to speak to them.

The Golden Child

One of a long line of children selected for the role of Head of the Dragon. Nobody knows his real name, and nobody knows who he was prior to his selection.

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Big Bad / Big Good: As the head of an almost completely neutral faction, the Child qualifies as both a hero and a villain in his designs.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: In both the literal and the symbolic sense.
  • The Chosen One
  • Creepy Child
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: During the final Dragon-specific mission, the Child quite unexpectedly beckons you over and shakes your hand. Judging by Bong Cha's stunned expression and the bow one of the servants gives you on your way out, it's clear that this trope was running through their heads.
  • Puppet King: Averted; it might be tempting to believe that Bong Cha is just using the Child as a figurehead, but dialogue and events throughout the game reveal that the Child really does have as much influence as is claimed- to the point that Bong Cha actually ends up getting blindsided more than once.
  • The Voiceless: Bong Cha specifically forbids you from speaking to the Child. Though many other characters mention him speaking to them, the Child himself makes no effort to speak with you; even during your one moment of direct communication, he never speaks to you.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Silent Monks have been known to "dispose" of Children who fail to meet expectations.

Bong Cha
We believe in free will- within boundaries. I'm going to set those boundaries, and then it's up to you to make your own choices.

Voiced by: Leigh Allen Baker

The "Voice of the Dragon" and the Child's second-in-command, all the Child's orders are relayed to agents of the Dragon through her. Bong Cha also acts as your contact while you're in the field, providing mission reports and critical information via text messages and phone calls in much the same way that Sonnac and Geary do.

Jin Jae-Hoon
At first, I thought it was all coincidence: the documents I found, the books I came across, the information I uncovered... but they wanted me here. So they made sure I came here. I'm a resource to them, and as long as they need me, I can't leave. I mean, I can try... but I... Can... Never... Leave...

Voiced by: CS Lee

A former university professor and one of the Dragon's informal members, hired (or more accurately, "acquired") specifically to act as a historian of the Secret World for his faction. His most prominent role is during the prologue, where he provides information on the Dragon for new players through an appropriately roundabout lecture.

  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Unfortunately, the Dragon decided that it would be best if Jin didn't try and go public with his findings or work freelance- and ensured that he would accept their employment offer by slowly dismantling his life outside the Secret World, even having him discredited as mentally unstable by his university.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Married to the Job: Before he was employed by the Dragon, Jin's marriage fell apart thanks to his growing obsession with the Secret World.
  • Mr. Exposition
  • The Professor
  • Resignations Not Accepted: As long as the Dragon need him, he can never leave his position- or Seoul for that matter.

Dae-Su
In this martial silence, meditate on what you are; what you will become.

Voiced by: Andrew Kishino

Master of the Dojang, and directly responsible for the training of new recruits- including you.

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