The history of Aegis is actually quite interesting. In the early days after the War, when the Long Winter first began to abate, Minerva faced few military or political threats. The few survivors they encountered were so weak from malnutrition and radiation poisoning that they couldn’t have posed a serious danger even if they had tried. No, it wasn’t until later, when Minerva expanded its territory that they first began to encounter armed competitors.
The following are several excerpts from logs of Metin Burakgazi, the first Minervan Minister of Security.
We received word today that one of the outer villages was ambushed by a large band of men wielding automatic rifles and other assorted weaponry. Preliminary reports indicate they’ve killed several of the men and are having their way with all the women and girls. I wish I could do something, but I have less than a dozen poorly-armed security officers. I’ve sent out messages to the nearby villages warning them of the bandits, and encouraging them to bring their people in to the Base for protection. Maybe this will wake those damned scientists up.
The bandits have raided another two villages in the sector, but the damned pacifists in command still won’t provide me with more men or weaponry. Do they think these raiders are just going to leave on their own?
It seems the cavalry have finally arrived. A sizeable group of UN Peacekeeping forces has taken up position around one of the villages and repelled the last raid. I didn’t know that any of the military were still around and trying to do their job. The regents are voting right now on whether to send my force to support them or not. They better vote yes, because I’m going irregardless.
With the help from the Peacekeepers, our combined forces managed to defeat the raider group and take back the villages. I was also able to convince the soldiers’ captain to stay on with us and help protect our people. With their training and firepower we might just be able to shield the locals from any more marauding bandits in the area. Somehow, I know we are going to encounter a lot more of them.
And thus, Aegis was born. From those first few Peacekeepers, Burakgazi was able to form a fighting force strong enough and agile enough to defend Minerva until today. From my experience, the men of Aegis have maintained the same mentality and willingness to protect the weak as those first Peacekeepers. They truly are deserving of the name Aegis.