Factions: Secret Societies
These are works of fiction, based on mostly internet research. Nothing in this is meant to be factual, although some of it is based on historical accounts. This is for use in the Reich Star RPG setting.
The 1st SS-Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (abbreviated as SS-Pz.Div. LSSAH), commanded by Josef “Sepp” Dietrich, was Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguards, responsible for guarding the Führer’s person, offices, and residences. The term Leibstandarte was derived partly from Leibgarde – a somewhat archaic German translation of Guard of Corps or personal bodyguard of a military leader (Leib = lit. body or torso) – and Standarte: the Schutzstaffel (SS) or Sturmabteilung (SA) term for a regiment-sized unit. Many of 1st SS-Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler were killed in the assassination. However, many escaped the Red Night, as they call it.
Hidden within the ranks of the SS, Leibstandarte is a secret society born from members of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler that shared the ideals of von Ribbentrop and his belief that the Reich departed considerably from Hitler’s dream. Today, this secret order search and guard many of Hitler’s secrets that Himmler’s allies (seen as the current regime) could not find. Even today, they remain relevant – bolstered by connections that remain in the Nazi Government and their direct recruiting methods within the SS. While the SS-Leibstandarte still exists as a branch of the SS charged with the very same job as their brothers had, the Leibstandarte see themselves as the true bodyguard regiment of the true Führer.
The Leibstandarte has changed since its early days after the Red Night. In the generations since the death of the Führer, they have become more fanatic in their beliefs. They have grown to resemble more of a cult and placed a messiah myth around Hitler – that he will return one day, reincarnated. This was methodically integrated into the ideologies by the early leaders in order to keep them dedicated through the generations. These ideals were all written down in a codex, called the Kodex die Leibstandarte, written in a fashion that even Goebbels would be proud. Ingrained in this group’s philosophy is the guilt for failing the Führer at the time of their assassination. Today’s members are indoctrinated with this guilt. They are on a mission to make of for the failures of their ancestors. It rumored that the Leibstandarte was behind the death of Himmler in 1960.
The Thule Society
The Thule Society was a secret society deeply connected to the origins of the Nazi party and it’s fascination with the Aryan race and had the origins of the Aryan race connected to the myth of a Atlantis-like island, perhaps between (or perhaps connecting) Iceland and Greenland. However, according most historians, the society “dissolved” in the 1930s.
Modern Thule actually evolved. With the strong secret support of Himmler and the resources from the long dormant Rothschild family (which they were able to take over, mysteriously), the Thule Society remained a influence in Nazi politics as it too evolved. Few know that the Thule high leaders (and by extension, the Vril Society) were the primary source of power and influence when Himmler made him move to assassinate Hitler.
As Himmler took power, the Thule Society was behind him the entire way. They became his secret inner circle, guiding him to victory over the Allies, the occupations of Europe and Russia, and the eventual invasion of the US. However, their key role was after the way was over – guiding Himmler and the Reich out of a war-stance era and into the occupational peaceful era. Springing up sub-cells throughout the Third Reich, it influenced governors, administrators and military leaders as they suppressed the uprisings and resistance throughout occupied Reich.
They also influence the evolution of education, and religion of occupied Reich. While the Reich was busy rearranging society by wiping out cultures and whole people groups, the Thule society members were placed in key roles to organize these new cultures, re-building the educational infrastructures, their legal systems and their religious practices.
Since his death, Himmler’s persona has been raised to near messiah levels within the Thule Society, as is Hitler to a lesser degree. Himmler was given full credit for the rise of the Third Reich, while Hitler was his puppet that strayed too far from the doctrine of the Thule.
The Vril Society (Vril-Gesellschaft)
Born out The Vril Society was founded as The All German Society for Metaphysics in 1921 to explore the origins of the Aryan race, to seek contact with the “hidden masters” of Ultima Thule, and to practice meditation and other techniques intended to strengthen individual mastery of the divine Vril force itself.
It was formed by a group of female psychic mediums led by the Thule Society medium Maria Orsic and her 4 other “sisters” – the Vril-Damen – Marian, Troute, Sigrun, Gudrun and Heike. Maria claimed to have received communication from Aryan aliens living on Alpha Tauri, in the Aldebaran system. Allegedly, these aliens had visited Earth and settled in Sumeria.
The Society taught concentration exercises designed to awaken the forces of Vril. Their primary goal was to achieve Raumflug or Spaceflight through mental power, to reach Aldebaran. Through the Thule Society, the Vril Society joined with another group called alleged the Masters of the Black Stone (Die Herren vom Schwarzen Stein or DHvSS) to fund an ambitious study of inter-dimensional travel and the psychic revelations from the Aldebaran aliens – at times referred to as the Anunnaki of Sumer.
The Vril Society grew from the original all-female five members to an nine-all female inner circle of the Thule society, strongly influencing it’s operations outwardly. The Thule Society became the secret hands and feet of the Vril Nine. All nine members were psychically talented. Upon acceptance into the Vril, each member is given a specifically designed Staff called the Vril Staff that is said enable them to focus their psychic energies. Since then, the Thule Society has been ruled by the Vril (also now referred to as the Nine Sisters of Wotan or the Valkyrie). They have been consistently always been women and always been psychically talented.
The Sisters take on the following titles as their names
- Pruor (“The Power”)
- Gunnir (“The War”)
- Hildir or Hlokk (“The Battle”)
- Gondul (“The Wand”)
- Geir (“The Spear”)
- Skegg (“The Axe”)
- Skuld (“The Shield”)
- Mist (“The Cloud”)
- Skogul or Hrist (“The Disruptor”)
- Goll (“The Tumult”)
It is rumored they are at the core of the Reich’s stability and use mind control methods to maintain it.
The Vril Society (and by association, the Thule society) have a particular interest in two mythological artifacts. However, their interpretation of the artifacts are far from traditional views of them. These two artifacts are the Holy Grail and the Spear of Destiny.
The Sanctuary of the Black Sun
The Black Sun grew out of Himmler’s own closest allies (also members of the Thule Society.) They were primarily SS officers trained at the Wewelsburg Castle in the Reichsführerschule SS (SS Leadership School) in Germany.
This group fractured off with the belief that Himmler was in fact a true Aryan and not of this world. They were convinced he ascended to a new plain of existence and they strive to do so as well. Today, it is a sign of prestige and honor for a SS officer to be a member of the Black Sun. They wear their pins with pride along side their SS decorations.
Secretly, they honor and protect the knowledge and secrets of Himmler, including his secret library in the Grand Library of Berlin (Secret Archives), as well as the true nature of the death of Hitler. They are the direct enemies of the Leibstandarte.