In Autumn of 2020, Haven-folk of Washington watched as their worst fears were realized in the Siege of Evergreen
, dubbed the Green Siege or the Day of Red Pines. Though Legion failed to conquer the haven a wound was sewn so deep that the community might never heal. Fear led to a foolish deal with an organization cold as the devil, the 1007th. Quietly, the haven gave way to military control. It happened in mere hours. The Council became puppets dancing to the whim of an organization set on a quest for power and domination. A small band of individuals saw the threat and reacted.
Robert 'Pope' Messick and Captain Jamie Evans formed a resistance immediately. Members of the council, the duo feign obedience to the increasingly totalitarian presence while secretly organizing missions to sabotage and distract the 1007th. A religious leader in the community, Pope refers to the group as Shepherds, evoking the same radical action a young Jew spurred against the Roman Empire two thousand years prior. Their existence is purposefully quiet, often manipulating individuals into aiding the cause without notice. Shepherds are an extremely young group, largely populating the new epicenter of the 1007th -- Evergreen Haven.
There are Shepherds and there are the Flock. Shepherds are members who've knowingly accepted the position and thereby, if found out, would be executed by the 1007th. Flock are people aiding in the cause without knowing, often manipulated or choosing to be unaware and mistaken by 1007th as members. Thus Flock are also executed, or tortured until offering up information. Shepherds and trusted Flock are taught special ways of signalling their allegiance. A more common practice to identify a member is to draw half an ichthys
in the ground with one's foot. If the second person is a member, they will complete the ichthys, if not, they often assume it a strange quirk. The Shepherd are ultimately opposed the 1007th; where the 1007th are but Ghosts from the Past, Shepherd are merely that Phantom's Bane.