"To eradicate the light of day.
To keep the morning sun at bay.
To watch the hope leave sullen eyes.
To extend our reach across blackened skies.
Team Umbra, striking hard against all things bright.
Surrender now, and embrace the night."
Growing discontentment regarding the loose-organizational hierarchy within the Kasei Underground membership resulted in the formation of a splinter group of mid-level trainers and fusions united by the goal of covering the region, and perhaps the world under the shroud of unending darkness. Drawing resources and funding from the remnants of the Underground's now-defunct sister-group, Team Venom, Team Umbra became a haven for the ambitious, driven, morally-black individuals who have zero reservations about taking what they believe to be theirs.
Team Umbra had existed as a whisper on the lips of criminals around Kasei until the group's formal creation sometime shortly after the joint Underground/Team Stellar attack on Port Nuovo during Typhoon Carracosta. Frustrated with the groups' mismanagement of power in the underworld during the following months, members sought to bring the various crime groups to heel by offering a more organized, central hierarchy to crime and the ideal conditions to continue their nefarious deeds.
While keeping the criminal element in order is part of its role, Team Umbra's ultimate goal is to create the ideal world of darkness. While for most members, the idea of an "endless night" is more metaphorical, believing that destabilizing the governing Kasei League from the shadows will make it easier to perform greater criminal acts. For those higher up, the dream is more literal, with hopes of terminating the daylight being the driving force behind many of the group's schemes.
Publicly, the group presents itself as an organization with the singular goal of doing away with a flawed system and replacing it with a "pure and perfect" society that is free of corruption. Of course, this is couldn't be any further from the truth. Power, absolute power is Team Umbra's ultimate endgame.
Act I - Project Metus: The Null Shade Fog
Shortly after acquiring Team Venom's resources, Umbra altered the biological make-up of Darkrai's Dark Void fog and synthesized the Null Shade, a potent strain of Darkrai's signature attack that induces an instant state of forced hypnagogia, a nightmarish "waking sleep" in which the victim is clearly asleep but fully reactive to outside stimuli and suggestion. Other, less debilitating side-effects include hallucinations and a lack of emotional control, leaving its victim experiencing irrational terror, uninhibited rage, and depression, all at varying frequencies. While the effects of the Shade aren't overtly permanent, prolonged exposure can result in damage to one's mental state. Most recently, the leadership has found that despite its nature, using a less virulent strain of the Shade on the lowest-level, more expendable rank and file "Sleepers", has proven an effective means to assert control and ensure obedience.
(RPly, Dark Type Pokemon/Fusions have a natural immunity to the effects of the Null Shade. Additionally, non natural-born fusions have an increased resistance due to the fact that both the human-mind and the pokemon-mind have the chance to control the fusion, and fight off the effects individually. Outside of that, all regular type resistances/weaknesses apply when it comes to how strong the Null Shade's effect is on the individual.)
Act II - Shadow Pokemon Resurgence
Following a brazen attack on the Kasei Poison Control Center, based in Bayou Bay, Team Umbra managed to secure a highly-altered version of Amoongus's Rage Powder, and used it in conjunction with a concentrated, liquefied version of the Null Shade that was then introduced to test subjects. The subjects exhibited rage, a complete suppression of free-thought, and most noticeably, a purple, mist-like aura. Umbra Commander Ansel identified the pokemon as the same as those seen in the Orre Region and thus referred to them accordingly; "Shadow Pokemon." Unable to level up or evolve, these pokemon had the interesting side-effect of a complete lack of type weakness or resistance. Their attacks, shadow versions of regular moves, had the same neutral-typing effect. Many members of the team have since incorporated Shadow Pokemon in their schemes to their advantage.
Team Umbra has been developing Shadow Pokemon in 3 phases of increasing potency known as Primary Wave, Secondary Wave, and Tertiary Wave. Ansel has refined the shadowing process a bit more with each subsequent production wave, using higher evolutionary levels with each wave due to their increased endurance. As of late, rumor has circulated about Ansel perfecting the shadofication process, creating a group of Perfect Shadows known as the "Trinity."
(RPly, trainers who have obtained Shadow Pokemon through Umbra-based roleplays will find that they are in inexplicably good moods more often than not when in contact with their Shadow Pokemon. Unlike their Orre-based counterparts, Umbra's Shadow Pokemon actually sponge up their trainer's negativity and leave him/her in a rather cheerful mood. Why this is the case, and what happens to that negativity has yet to be revealed in RP.)
Act III - The Light-Eater Project
Little is known about the project aside from the fact that whatever Team Umbra is planning, it has Ensou City in its crosshairs.
Act IV - Operation: Chaos Angel
-DETAILS IN DEVELOPMENT-
The Shadow Man- Umbra Leader - Identity currently unknown. Actual existence is a topic of debate. Has only been mentioned in passing as well as in a brief speech shown on KNN News.
Cia - Krookodile-fusion Chief Admin NPC: Essentially in charge of Team Umbra in most cases. Cold and calculating. Very goal-oriented and easily annoyed by distraction and failure in her subordinates.
Ansel - Sableye-fusion Admin NPC: Runs Team Umbra's Shade Laboratory. Develops most of the technology the group employs in its schemes. Thought to be the most brilliant mind in the organization while also the most eccentric.
Scylla - Houndoom-fusion Admin NPC: Playful, teasing, a bit absent-minded and equally short-tempered. A VERY sore loser.
Team Umbra is comprised of a large number of sleeper cells that are activated for various reasons, and take orders from one of the 3 regional section centers. Each center is lead by one of the Admins, and serves as a base for Umbra's influence of power over its specific geographic region. Each center coordinates with each other to further the organization's goals, but each one is fully capable managing the entire organization should one or the other two another become inoperable. The exact location of each center is unknown to most, but it is speculated that each is located underground.
The Combine - Controlling Admin: Scylla. Maintains Umbra's influence in Western Kasei. The Combine is the entry point for all grunt-level members following recruitment. Additionally, it houses the bulk of Team Umbra's actual force, so to speak.
The Sandbox - Controlling Admin: Ansel. Maintains Umbra's influence in Eastern Kasei. The Sandbox is responsible for all of Team Umbra's technological advances. The Null Shade as well as Shadow Pokemon are developed here, and promptly transported to the Combine for distribution to the various cells about Kasei.
The Core - Controlling Admin: Cia. Maintains Umbra's influence in Central Kasei. The Core is the de facto headquarters for Team Umbra. The Core coordinates all of the organization's plans, and has oversight over the other two centers. It is easily the most heavily-defended of the 3 centers; the best of the Team Umbra's operatives are stationed here.
Members of Team Umbra often utilize, but aren't limited to Dark, Fire, Poison, and Ground types, employing them in the group's various schemes. As with most nearly every villainous team to date, Team Umbra does incorporate a uniform for its field operatives in the form of a simple black glove outfit with deep-red trim. The organization's emblem, regarded as the Crimson Crescent is usually noticeable somewhere on the upper chest. Of course, this isn't the case for operatives working undercover as normal attired is generally encouraged for such roles.
(Players interested in joining Team Umbra should speak to Jet or members of plotstaff directly.)