- "KGB-Spetsnaz Omega Group seeks to harness the energies and resources of the Dark Aether to give the USSR a strategic advantage over their Cold War foes - the Americans and NATO."
- — Background
History[edit | edit source]
Formation[edit | edit source]
Omega Group was formed on August 30th, 1975 by KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov to identify, study, and weaponize psychotronic phenomena, ranging from biocommunication, bioinformation and bioenergetics. Members of the organization are comprised of specialists from Spetsgruppas Alpha, Vympel, and Smerch, most of which are tasked with conducting military-based operations, though a select amount of key personnel derived from previous experiences in other experimental research programs are tasked with investigating possible weapon applications from any exoscientific phenomena discovered. While Omega Group’s area of operations span the world, details of their missions are left covert, so much so that both the Soviet people and the rest of the outside world are ignorant of the group’s existence and intentions.
However, as a result of little funding from Chairman Andropov, none of Omega Group's initial projects were able to advance past the research phase; due to this, the CIA would write off Omega Group in 1981, believing that their projects were abandoned.
Revival[edit | edit source]
On March 23rd, 1983, US President Ronald Reagan announces the Strategic Defense Initiative, which if implemented, could pose a mortal threat to the Soviet Union. Two days later on March 25th, KGB Chairman Viktor Chebrikov would assign Colonel Lev Kravchenko to Omega Group, with orders to restore Omega Group's readiness to offset the SDI threat. The next day, Kravchenko orders the organization's research and development group to search through NKVD and KGB archives in search of unknown files. During this time period, Omega Group would recruit two notable assets into their ranks; American-born Doctor William Peck is persuaded to leave the United States Department of Defense in favor of becoming Omega Group's Lead Scientist of Exoscientific Phenomena Research, and Captain Sergei Ravenov, a highly-regarded member of Spetsgruppa Alpha, is transferred to Omega Group for his fierce loyalties to the Soviet Union.
On July 15th, after four months of searching through the archives, Omega Group member Doctor Aleksandra Valentina would discover two reels of film that were sealed away within an intelligence vault since 1945. The contents of the films, which were recorded at the abandoned Projekt Endstation site in Poland, are immediately flagged for review by the Chairman of State Security. On August 2nd, Chebrikov meets with Chairman Andropov and several other high-ranking officials of the Politburo to screen the contents of the films and to propose the subsequent weaponization of the phenomena logged at the Endstation facility. Two weeks later, Operatsiya Grobovshchik, also known as Operation Undertaker, is authorized, and Omega Group is given command of the operation.
Operation Undertaker[edit | edit source]
On August 28th, Omega Group would secure the long-abandoned Projekt Endstation facility and its surrounding territory, using a cover story about unexploded ordnance to keep the locals away. Doctor Valentina, along with Doctor Peck, would begin examination of the abandoned German technology throughout the facility, intending to repair the damage done by the Soviets in 1945 who sought to deactivate the facility's cyclotron. After two months, Omega Group are able to restore the facility and the cyclotron to an operational condition, and prepare to reactivate the cyclotron to recreate a gateway to the Dark Aether; during this time period, Kravchenko would send additional troops to the Endstation facility to assist in the reactivation of the particle accelerator.
On November 1st, Omega Group soldiers Orlov and Medvedev are volunteered to restart the cyclotron, and although the two would perish in the attempt, Orlov is successful, which results in the creation of a rift to the Dark Aether, in addition to other smaller rifts across the globe. Valentina would soon detail the success of Operation Undertaker in one of her personal logs, in addition to the start of "Phase 2" of their plan: thorough research of the Dark Aether and the subsequent development of new technologies from the dimension's raw resources with the use of the additional rifts created from the cyclotron's reactivation.
Outpost 25[edit | edit source]
Shortly afterward, Omega Group would discover that one of the byproduct dimensional rifts had formed near the Hướng Hóa District of the Quảng Trị Province within the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On November 8th, Chairman Chebrikov would form a pact with Vietnamese Chairman Phạm Văn Đồng to establish an Omega Group research facility, called Outpost 25, outside of the district capital of Khe Sanh to occupy and eventually utilize the rift. On November 9th, the project is authorized, and on November 11th, Omega Group would begin construction of their new facility at the former site of Firebase Ripcord, using the cover story of a recently discovered US chemical weapon being detonated within the vicinity to drive away any unwanted attention.
On December 8th, Peck designs the Omega Portal Chamber, a large dome-like structure encapsulating the dimensional rift, allowing for remote manipulation of the rift's stability. On January 8th, 1984, Peck, along with Doctor Dimitri Kuhlklay, worked on stabilizing the dimensional rift, and during their thirty-second attempt, they succeed by utilizing an Aetherium sample recovered from Projekt Endstation as a conduit. By February 15th, Outpost 25 is completed, allowing Omega Group to begin harvesting raw Aetherium crystals straight from the source. To avoid expending their own soldiers, prisoners and POWs from various labor camps are conscripted by Omega Group to act as the primary Aetherium mining force, dubbing them "Aethernauts". Over the next few months, Omega Group would develop advanced technological breakthroughs from their research, culminating in the creation of Dark Aether-powered weaponry, power sources and other technologies that would enable a strategic advantage over Requiem and the West.
On May 14th, Doctor Peck would become aware of Samantha Maxis, a rogue BND agent who supplied Requiem with Soviet intel regarding Projekt Endstation, as well as a potential informant within Omega Group's ranks at Outpost 25. A few weeks later in June, Maxis would arrive at Outpost 25 to meet with Ravenov, who is revealed to have been her contact, though she would be captured by Omega Group and interrogated by Peck. Upon refusing to cooperate and withstanding torture methods, Maxis is thrown into the Dark Aether by Peck. By this time however, the Dark Aether gateway had become unstable, and before long, unleashes a burst of Aetherium energy, triggering a catastrophic chain reaction that cripples the facility's Aether Reactors, causing more Aetherium bursts to form; from these bursts came a large phasic barrier that encapsulated the base, as well as various dimensional breaches that summoned large quantities of the undead.
With that, Outpost 25 would be lost, its inhabitants being infected by the undead, killed by the phasic barrier while trying to escape or left to the mercy of the undead, with only Peck and Ravenov surviving, each taking shelter in sealed off security rooms. A few days later on June 15th, Requiem operatives arrive at Outpost 25 to procure any intel culminated by Omega Group and rescue Maxis. While Requiem are successful in their endeavors, they also unwittingly assist Peck, who transmits his intel to Omega HQ and calls for a rescue. By the time Requiem had left Outpost 25 with Maxis and Ravenov, Omega Group soldiers led personally by Kravchenko and Valentina arrive to extract Peck; as a test to prove his commitments to Omega and as punishment for letting Outpost 25 fall, Kravchenko stabs out one of Peck's eyes.
Members[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Propaganda[edit | edit source]
Research[edit | edit source]