La Beté Noire

La Bête Noire (The Black Beast) has no agenda beyond the acquisition of power and wealth. They do not care about military or government secrets beyond what acquiring or selling that secret will do for them. Right and wrong do not exist for them beyond what is in a contract with a client. Contracts are considered sacred and nothing is worth not fulfilling contractual obligations. Nothing is undertaken without a contract and, to date, nothing has stopped La Bête Noire from completing a contract.

A Definition of Terrorism

In the international community, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts that are intended to create fear (terror); are perpetrated for a religious, political, or ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (e.g., military personnel in peacetime or civilians). Some definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war. The use of similar tactics by criminal organizations for protection rackets or to enforce a code of silence is usually not labeled terrorism, though these same actions may be labeled terrorism when done by a politically motivated group. Usage of the term has also been criticized for its frequent undue equating with Islamism or jihadism, while ignoring non-Islamic organizations or individuals.

Overview

La Bête Noire is an intricate worldwide super secret organization that occupies the realm usually reserved for such mythical groups as the Illuminati. In fact, there is no hard evidence of their existence period. La Bête Noire has been branded as a terrorist organization without any actual evidence of their existence. Currently, the name only shows up on a few watchlists of rumored groups and organizations. Despite being termed terrorists, La Bête Noire does not operate in the manner consistent with a true terrorist organizations although they are suspected of supporting and funding known terrorist franchises.

In a carefully orchestrated campaign of disinformation, La Bête Noire has leaked that they are dedicated to bringing about a New World Order by deposing governments and destroying their network of mega corporation support.

The organization is, in actuality, a major network of power brokers. For a price, they will provide anything. Their services include, but are not limited to extortion, kidnapping, assassination and providing facilities for secret operations. The fee for their services includes absolute commitment to seeing the job through to its contracted conclusion.

Although noted for kidnapping, La Bête Noire rarely keeps captives. Instead, they sell these assets to the highest bidder as long as the buyer is not a friendly to the asset itself and as long as it does not contravene their contracted services.

No La Bête Noire operative has ever been taken alive.

Organization

La Bête Noire is highly organized and compartmentalized.

The Chairman

The Chairman is the La Beté Noire’s commander-in-chief. His true identity is unknown even to the Shareholders. He is only seen in shadow via video conference and his voice is electronically altered.

The Shareholders

This is La Bête Noire’s operational command and backbone. Their identities are secret and contact with management is never face-to-face. A Shareholder’s position is inherited and for life. If there are no suitable progeny to assume a deceased Shareholder’s position, they will elect or appoint a new Shareholder. Once a member of the Shareholders, there is only one avenue of exit…

Internal Security

IS has one and only one mandate, keep La Bête Noire’s internal operations clean and clear of compromise. They are a highly motivated, highly paid, highly trained force that will execute their orders without prejudice.

Brokers

The Brokers are comparable to middle and upper management. They are the face of La Bête Noire. If their identities are compromised, then they become targets of IS. The Brokers are the sources a client would seek out, make the deals with, negotiate their contracts, and make payment to via their instructions.  They do not handle prisoner handovers, etc.

External Security

The ES Force, like the IS Force are highly paid, highly motivated personnel. They do the Brokers’ physical work as well as any external clean-up operations. They are the units that would do physical setup on contracted facilities, handle the actual work on an extortion or assassination contract, provide private security, delivery of assets on contracted sales, etc.

La Légion Noire

La Légion Noire is its internal military force. These are not units to be trifled with. They are often recruits from military organizations. Once again, money is a prime motivator and La Bête Noire pays very well. They are ultra elite and highly organized.

Echelon International, Inc. (EII)

La Bête Noire’s public face is Echelon International, Inc. (EII), a global private security and military organization. There are few countries without at least one contract held by EII. They are owned and operated by private shareholders and are, on the surface, a completely legitimate corporation.

Hierarchy & Organization

EII follows the same model as most global corporations with layered management. There is nothing overtly auspicious or suspicious in their setup or operation.

Note: Almost all of La Bête Noire’s members are employed by EII, but not all of Echelon’s employees are La Bête Noire.

Neither Echelon or La Bête Noire is of French origin. They just like how the names sound. La Bête Noire translates literally to The Black Beast.