Delta Green (group)
An intrepid/stupid Agent investigates the Unknown

Delta Green: An organisation which encourages middle-aged accountants and bureaucrats to drive vans filled with dynamite into the homes of white supremacists who worship the risen spirit of Hitler.
— Tolervi

Delta Green was once a government bureau charged with identifying and neutralizing preternatural threats against the United States, waging a secret war against the unnatural of all stripes. Following the disastrous failure of Operation OBSIDIAN the organisation was formally dissolved, it's personnel retired or reshuffled elsewhere in the federal government's vast intelligence apparatus. Unwilling to give up the fight some of Delta Green's agents and leaders regrouped, fighting on as an illegal conspiracy. Following the collapse of MAJESTIC-12 the conspiracy was brought back into the fold as the modern Program, though a hardline faction of conspirators that refuses to come in from the cold exists as the Outlaws.

Foundation and the Innsmouth Raid

Delta Green holds its origins in the little-known and little-respected P4 Division of the Office of Naval Intelligence, created to investigate strange occurrences in Central Europe during the Great War. However the organisation did not truly begin until the events of the 1927 Innsmouth Raid, in which P4 Division agents worked alongside Marines, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service in seizing the Deep One colony of Innsmouth. In the raid a number of half-human creatures were captured, along with a plethora of occult artefacts. The study of these artefacts was consolidated under the P4 Division, laying the foundation of the future Delta Green.

In subsequent years the P4 Division continued to research into and combat against the Deep Ones. In 1930 US Navy submarines depth-charged Hybrid colonies in the Philippines, and in 1933 US troops were sent into Nicaragua to destroy an Innsmouth-like colony on the country's pacific coast.

World War II and Karotechia

Following the entry of the United States into World War II a radical reform of the US intelligence apparatus was conducted. One part of this reform was the transfer of the P4 Division from the Department of the Navy into the Office of the Coordinator of Information, and then to the Office of Strategic Services where it would serve as a psychological warfare division. The activities of the P4 Division within the OSS were given a new classification - Delta Green.

The newborn Delta Green swiftly found itself fighting a war against the Nazi occultist group Karotechia, who attempted to use sacrifices to the Deep Ones and other unnatural phenomena in order to turn the tide of the war in favour of the Axis. Delta Green was assisted in its mission through close cooperation with the British counter-occult organisation PISCES and, less commonly, the Soviet GRU SV-8, both of which had been waging their own wars against Karotechia. Thanks to the efforts of Delta Green and its allies Karotechia failed to achieve substantial success and victory in Europe was achieved. Following the surrender of the Nazi regime Karotechia's surviving personnel went into hiding, many fleeing to South America. Delta Green attempted to pursue them with mixed results.

Following the end of the war the US government no longer saw the need for the OSS, and so the organisation was dissolved. As a side effect of this Delta Green was dissolved alongside it.

Reactivation and the Cold War

The decision to so drastically reduce US intelligence capabilities swiftly proved to be a short-sighted one. Almost immediately after the Nazi surrender tensions began to rise between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1947 President Truman outlined a new doctrine of 'containment' towards the Soviet Union, resulting in the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency and the reactivation of Delta Green as an independent organisation. In the same year an alien spacecraft crash-landed in New Mexico, prompting President Truman to order the creation of Majestic-12 to investigate and cover up the crash.

During the Cold War Delta Green continued its mission of investigating and countering the unnatural, but was also employed by the US government to achieve more conventional ends in service of US interests. In 1952 Operation SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS was launched with the objective of destroying a SMERSH facility that was believed to be researching a way to extend Stalin's life indefinitely, employing ex-Karotechia scientists to do so. With the unexpected aid of SV-8 the mission was a success and Stalin died a natural death.

Operation OBSIDIAN

As the United States became more deeply involved in the Vietnam War, the CIA turned to increasingly suspect forces to aid the fight against the Viet Cong. In 1969 Delta Green became aware that the CIA was funneling arms to the Tcho-Tcho, a local tribe that Delta Green suspected of having ties with the unnatural, and though Delta Green attempted to stop the flow of support they were unable to prevent the Tcho-Tcho from using their new weapons against the non-Viet Cong inhabitants of the region in an orgy of violence and cannibalism. Delta Green became increasingly aware of the influence of the unnatural in the region and stepped up their efforts to counter it, guided by the hardline leadership of Marine Colonel Satchel Wade.

On November 23rd 1969 Colonel Wade launched Operation OBSIDIAN. The goal of the mission was to destroy a temple in the Cambodian jungle whose inhabitants were attempting to summon an entity called Angka to Earth, and three hundred marines were parachuted into Cambodia to prevent this from occuring. The mission was a disaster, the marines were slaughtered nearly to a man and 'something colossal' was released into the world. The only survivors from the marine contingent sent into Cambodia were Donald Poe and Adolph Lepus, who managed to fight their way back to friendly territory.

Just under half a year later US and South Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia in order to cut off the flow of supplies Ho Chi Minh trail. The invasion was disastrous, as the Viet Cong and Khmer Rouge had been alerted to the possibility of an invasion from South Vietnam thanks to OBSIDIAN and had established strong defensive positions. The military, eager to redeem themselves after the humiliating Tet Offensive in 1968, blamed Delta Green for the entire debacle. With the Nixon administration already rocking from public outcry over the My Lai massacre and the revelation of the secret bombing of Laos, Nixon was unwilling to risk a Congressional Inquiry into Delta Green and so ordered Delta Green's dissolution. On July 24th 1970 the Delta Green security clearance was officially deactivated, and Delta Green's responsibilities handed over to MAJESTIC.

Cowboy Years

The decision to hand over Delta Green's mission to MJ-12 was deeply controversial amongst the former agents of Delta Green. In August 1970 forty former holders of Delta Green clearance met in Washington DC where they discussed what to do about the threat posed by the unnatural, as they believed that Majestic was not capable of dealing with the unnatural or might even attempt to exploit the unnatural towards their own ends. These conspirators quietly let the former holders of Delta Green clearance that they were unofficially 'back in business'. From 1970 to 1994 Delta Green did not exist as an organisation but as a secret fraternity of law enforcement, military and intelligence personnel who were all 'in the know'. During these 'cowboy years' the agents of Delta Green acted individually or in small groups, lacking any kind of central command and control. They investigated what they wished to and responded to whatever they found however they wished to.

Without official support the policy of the Cowboy's towards the unnatural was scorched earth. Armed with little more than personal experience and whatever they could 'borrow' from their day jobs, the agents of Delta Green would locate unnatural occurrences (suspected and genuine alike), stop whatever was happening, destroy any evidence that it had ever occurred and leave no trace.

During this period an unofficial truce existed between Majestic and Delta Green. Neither side trusted or respected the other, but they were not killing each other either.

Due to the fraternal nature of the cowboy Delta Green the number of personnel 'in the know' steadily dwindled as time went on. By 1994 only forty individuals who had been part of the 'official' Delta Green remained, almost half of them due for mandatory retirement. During these years however the organisation cultivated groups of 'friendlies' who, while not officially part of Delta Green and unaware of the true nature of the group, were willing to serve the organisations interests.

Assassination of General Fairfield, Reorganisation and the Majestic War

In February 1994 US Army Major-General Reginald Fairfax was assassinated on the order of Majestic. Fairfax was one of the Delta Green old guard and a pillar of the organisation during the Cowboy Years, but he had grown increasingly distrustful towards Majestic as time passed on and had attempted to go public with knowledge of Majestic's Accord with the Greys. His assassination was the first time that Majestic openly acted against Delta Green. Realising their vulnerability against further Majestic attack, long-serving Delta Green agent Joseph Camp took control over Delta Green and reorganised it into a cell-based conspiracy.

Each Delta Green 'cell' was ideally composed of three members, though this number sometimes varied depending on requirements in the field. The agents within a cell would know each other by real names and occupations, but to the members of any other cell they would be identified only by a codename. These codenames were organised alphabetically, with the codename corresponding to the letter of their cell. A-Cell, for example, was composed of agents Alphonse, Adam and Andrea. These cells were hierarchical, with some cells reporting to other cells for orders and intelligence. At the top of this hierarchy was A-Cell, which acted as a central command and control point for the entire conspiracy.

The war between the Delta Green conspiracy and Majestic was brutal, involving reprisal killings and assassinations of enemy agents both real and suspected. However by 2001 Majestic had managed to insert one of their agents into A-Cell, giving effective control over the Conspiracy into the hands of Gavin Ross, the head of Majestic's counter-intelligence division. Ross intended to use Delta Green as a weapon to purge Majestic of his rivals, but his meticulously planned coup swiftly collapsed when Adolph Lepus, now heading Majestic's wetwork division, launched his own coup against Majestic. On February 12th 2001 Joseph Camp and Adolph Lepus both vanished after a firefight in Vermont and in the subsequent chaos control over A-Cell fell into the hands of Donald Poe. Forrest James, now going by the name 'John Smith', was appointed as Director of MJ-1 and thus chairman of the steering committee. The new leaders of both organisations agreed to return to the peace of pre-1994.

The Program and the Outlaws

The 9/11 attacks rocked the US government to its core. As the US prepared to go after the perpetrators the White House began to request that Majestic release The Report into their hands. Unbeknownst to those outside Majestic the Grey's had cut contact with Majestic, leaving them without a usable report. Realising that Majestic would collapse under direct scrutiny from the White House, Director Smith transitioned the organisation from an independent group to a sub-group of the National Security Agency. Through a series of bland and uninformative cover groups Majestic inserted its agents in key positions throughout the NSA and the intelligence community. Majestic took over a number of old and shuttered programs and clearances from the Joint Chiefs of Staff - including that of Delta Green.

The reformed Majestic was split by the decision to acquire the Delta Green clearance. Those on the Steering Committee opposed to the plan left Majestic, forming March Industries as a front behind which they could continue their old ways, while those allied to Director Smith stayed behind.

Director Smith, a veteran of the original Delta Green himself, extended an invitation to all the agents of Delta Green he had contact with: come and work for the reborn Delta Green. Delta Green was officially reactivated, it had resources and federal backing again and would pick up from where it left off in 1970. Many agents within the conspiracy agreed to join up, once again becoming a part of the official Delta Green. This merger of Majestic and Delta Green became known as 'The Program' to its insiders. However there were also those that saw The Program as little more than Majestic renamed. Under the leadership of Donald Poe these 'Outlaws' refused to accept the Program as the legitimate Delta Green and continued to claim that the Conspiracy was the only Delta Green.

The conflict between the Program and the Outlaws is known as 'The Schism', and it is a closely held secret to both organisations. Neither side refers to the other as 'Delta Green'.


Agents are the backbone of the both the Program and the Outlaws. Whilst technically having the backing of the US government, the deniable nature of the Program's operations means that agents must often get by with very little information or support from above. The Outlaws have even fewer protections, having no support network except that which they have created themselves. If caught by law enforcement in the course of their operations the result is likely prison, so agents of Delta Green must understand and exercise tradecraft.

Both organisations also recruit friendlies. These individuals are not informed about the true nature of the organisation that recruits them and are used to support operations in the field, such as a trauma surgeon who can be relied upon to not ask questions about why an Agent has been shot. Many friendlies have encountered the unnatural within their own lives, but have not yet been inducted fully into the organisation. Friendlies that survive long enough and prove trustworthy may find themselves promoted to being a full-fledged Agent of Delta Green.

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References

Handlers Guide
Through a Glass Darkly
Eyes Only

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