THE ORDER OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Origins of the Order
Behind the veil of Genyosha and Kokuryukai is an inner cabal that drove the forces of ultranationalism and conquest for their own ends: the Order of the Green Dragons. The Order first appeared during the eighth century A.D., when a mysterious group of Buddhists arrived from China and built a monastery in the mountains of Kii Hanto. From Kii Hanto, these warrior-monks, or yamabushi, were deeply involved in the court intrigues surrounding the Imperial Throne in Kyoto. They offered their services in both espionage and mysticism, and there were even rumors that the Order had some mystical hand in repulsing the Mongol invasion of 1274.

The Order of the Green Dragons is but an outpost of a much larger conspiracy, based in an even more secretive group known as the Green Men. From hidden temples in the north of Tibet, the Green Men communicate with their followers through dreams, directing them towards the final goal of Tsan-Chan Empire, which will arise three thousand years from now. Few understand what this Empire will truly be. Some believe it be a Pan-Asian political hegemony over the globe, while others think of it as a spiritual movement where mankind will shed its mortal trappings to rule in transcendent glory. Occultists believe that the Green Men may be the Ascended Masters of the Cult of Cthulhu, the Leng Monastics, or the Kuen-Yuin. None but the most illuminated among the Order of the Green Dragons knows the truth.

Following Oda Nobunaga's campaign against the monasteries during the 1570s, the Order left the Kii Hanto monastery and fled into Kyoto. During the days of Kii Hanto, they gathered within their ranks several prominent criminals, hiding from the law under the guise of seeking religious enlightment. While most of the yamabushi of the Order hid in the mountainous forests around Kyoto, many of the outcasts hid themselves within the yakuza underworld of Kyoto, from which they hired themselves out as assassins and spies - shinobi.

The origins of shinobi, more popularly known as ninja are clouded by both a lack of historical documents and fictitious portrayals of ninja dating back to Tokugawa-era Kabuki theater. Never a defined social caste like the samurai and never garbed in black pajamas, the shinobi served the warring families of the pre-shogunate era as spies, scouts, sappers, couriers, undercover guards, and, occassionally, as assassins. A shinobi could be as prosaic as a street thug hired to knife a person marked for death, or a gardener also trained to serve as a lookout for attack; but, the shinobi were also spoken of as occult warriors capable of invisibility and flight. Some even claimed that they descended from the tengu, the half-man, half-bird mountain demons capable of mind control and unparalleled swordsmanship; interestingly, the Order of the Green Dragons have been rumored to bear concert with rotting, bat-winged creatures.

The Order did not travel from China to Japan in one single move. Instead, the monastery in Kii Hanto was a foothold to which several members of the Order migrated until the collapse of the Tang Dynasty at the beginning of the tenth century. These later immigrants brought with them the art of sulsa, or concealment, an ancient practice with roots in the trulkor of Tibet and vague connections with the hashishin of Hassan-I Sabah. Some of these techniques were taught and emulated by the yamabushi of other sects, who might have evolved into the shinobi of legend.

During the enforced peace of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the shinobi of the Order were not very active, eking out a living wherever possible. For many years, they retained contact with the Green Men in Tibet, but, in time, the arts of communicating through dreams became lost, and the Order degenerated into a clan of yakuza with mystic traditions. The Meiji Restoration and opening up of Japan changed all this. In 1855, the remnants of the Order were brought together in Kyoto by an apostle from the Green Men, where he taught them the black arts they had forgotten, and the Order of the Green Dragon was reborn.

The men and women (though chauvinistic, the Order has given its female descendants roles to play as spies and assassins) of the Order were not the same as those who had journeyed from China a thousand years past. Their culture was thoroughly Japanese, and the depradations of Nobunaga had instilled in them a hatred for the Shogunate and a reverence for the Emperor. Though not of the samurai class, they joined the forces of Saigo Takamori to depose the Shogunate and again in his failed bid to unseat those courtiers who took the place of the Shogun in keeping true power from the Imperial Throne. While they recognized the authority of the Green Men and welcomed the occult power their apostle restored to them, the new Order chafed under the rule of the mainlanders.

The Order and Genyosha
These prejudices naturally lead the members of the Order to join Genyosha after its creation in 1881. The Order among the veterans of Saigo's rebellion that formed Genyosha, and was with the yakuza that Toyama Mitsuru used for breaking strikes and terrorizing political opponents. As the Order learned more of the esoteric tradition they had lost since the destruction wrought by Nobunaga, their methods became more subtle than beatings and killings. They used these black arts to drive their opposition insane, corrupt them in body and spirit, or simply cause them to disappear, literally. Perhaps the Order's most awesome act was the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, which levelled the Tokyo-Yokohama area, crippling the trend towards urbanism and Western culture and giving rise to the economic depression from which grew fascism in Japan. The bosses of Kokuryukai had long conspired towards some kind of national disaster that would turn the Japanese populace away from international and socialist influences and into their embrace, but they never concieved of anything near the magnitude of the 1923 Earthquakes (some refused to believe the Order's involvement and that the quake had been a coincidence). That the Order was capable of wielding such power (in fact, the ritual was conducted under the orders of the Green Men) caused the bosses to keep them at a distance, fearing the Order as greatly as they prized its abilities.

In turn, the Order used Genyosha and Kokuryukai to their own ends. Believing that the Green Men kept from them their most powerful rituals, the Order sent out agents to the mainland under the dual cover of students, salesmen, military attaches and diplomats in service of the secret societies. While they gathered intelligence for the Japanese Army, the Foreign Ministry, and their Zaibatsu sponsors, these agents also hunted down obscure tomes and ancient artifacts, infiltrated mysterious cults in Shanghai and Indochina, and raided temples in the deserts of Central Asia and Australia.

The Order also searched within Japan's own history for hidden occult power. It was through these investigations that they uncovered an ancient conspiracy surrounding the Imperial bloodline that would elevate the Emperor through the massive death rituals into a true god, not simply as the spiritual leader of Shinto but as a being of power rumored in the ancient texts collected by the Order - one of "The Great Old Ones." Those within the Order with the most resentment over the "mainland influence" of the Green Men joined fully with this conspiracy. The conspirators called their struggle meifumado, the dark road to the Buddhist hell, the path of demons and the damned, for only by bringing Japan into Hell would their Emperor attain his birthright as a living God in the ceremony of massacre and annihilation. Meifumado found many followers within the ranks, and it would remain the secret yet primary goal of the Order throughout the war.

The Order at War
As Kokuryukai became less relevant to official affairs in Japan, the Order found homes with the newly-established organs of the Japanese Secret Service. By 1939, the members of the Order are among the ranks of both Army and Navy intelligence, the Kempei Tai (military secret police), and the TOKKO (Tokubetsu Koutou Keisatsutai, the civilian secret police). Where they cannot influence events from their own position, they use their contacts among the generals, admirals, and leading industrialists gathered during their work for Kokuryukai. Though virtually no one knows of their existence, especially after the death of Uchida Ryohei in 1937, the Order holds power in every corner of the Japanese administration.

The most openly-active contigent of the Order now exists in the Japanese Army's Tokumu Bu, or Special Service Organization. Its profile covers everything from espionage and sabotage to assassination and guerilla warfare. Tokumu Bu units follow in the wake of the regular army, setting up "liason organizations" (Renkraku Bu) in China, India, Burma, and throughout Southeast Asia. An extraordinarily secretive organization, it is rumored that one can be arrested simply for speaking of Tokumu Bu, and the officers assigned to the unit rarely appear in uniform. No records are kept, and the names of its agents are passed verbally from each chief to his successor, sometimes intentionally forgetting certain agents for special use. Besides Tokumu Bu, the Order has made ties with Unit 731, and created a seperate group - Unit 831 - for the purpose of using the occult knowledge they've gathered in biological experiments to produce weapons of mass destruction.

The Order has also developed ties within the occult world. The Green Men instructed the Order to assist certain members of the German Thulegesellschaft from its creation in September 1918 till it petered out around 1923. This assistance consisted of transporting artifacts taken from German colonies in China and the Pacific that had been conquered by the Japanese during the First World War, to an art dealer in Munich affiliated with the Thulegesellschaft. Few within the Order were pleased with this duty. The Green Men again ordered an alliance between the Order and German occultists in 1939, but this time with a new organization within Himmler's SS known as the Karotechia. This association has been much more significant, due both to the wartime alliance between Germany and Japan and the close relationship between two prominent members in each organization: Johannes Sprech and Isoge Taro. Sprech is the leading archaeologist within the Karotechia, while Isoge is the Order's highest-ranking offer in Joho Kyoko (Japanese naval intelligence). Though the two men have never met face-to-face, they have supported each other in every endeavor. There are rumors that date this relationship to Isoge's days when he worked for Joho Kyoko in Shanghai during the 1920s, a time before Isoge was inducted into the Order.

The Order has also experienced growing opposition, particular from occult-aware organizations within British and American intelligence. P Division has been aware of mystical forces within Kokuryukai since the Ellis Affair in the mid-1920s, but has been unable to identify the Order of the Green Dragons up till now. Since the beginning of the war, PISCES has felt the brunt of the Order's attacks, squaring off with them in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaya, Burma, Thailed, and India.

The Order of the Green Dragon are not insane cultists worshipping dark gods. They're just insane. Those in the higher ranks of the Order who've been illuminated to the mysteries of the Mythos see its gods as neither to be adored nor fought against. They simply are, the stuff of Nature itself, and like any other natural force should be respected, controlled, and whenever possible, exploited. Sanity is a fragile barrier against the horrors the human mind cannot comprehend, but it is also unnatural and keeps an adept of the Order achieving their occult potential. Many within the Order, especially those devoted to meifumado, do understand the Mythos as a corrupting influence but also understand its importance to the Imperial lineage. These men and women pledge their souls to shield the Emperor from the taint of the Mythos, dealing with the necessary corruption until the day of apotheosis.

References
Crossingham, Adam. "The Black Dragon Society," Cthulhu Live: Delta Green. ISBN 1-887911-43-X.
Detwiller, Dennis and Adam Scott Glancy and John Tynes. Delta Green: Countdown. ISBN 1-887797-12-2.


Written by Gil Trevizo, based on material by Adam Crossingham, Edward Lipsett, Dave Farnell, Dave Kish, Davide Mana, Mark McFadden, and Kenneth Scroggins.

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