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Important factions for the Civil War timeline include…

Atlantis

Deep beneath the waves lies an ancient land, nearly forgotten for many lifetimes, populated by homo mermanus, or Atlanteans. These blue-skinned, humanoid dwellers of the deep
possess powerful physiques and aquatic abilities such as gills and an affinity with other aquatic creatures. Key locations: City of Atlantis, Hydrobase, City of Kamuu, Cave of Shadows, Namor’s Solitary Place, Realm of the Faceless One, Tomb of Princess Fen, and the Ruins of Tha-Korr.

Once a small continent estimated to be about the size of Australia, the kingdom of Atlantis suffered a Great Cataclysm about 21,000 years ago and was lost to the world of humans. The fabled kingdom was re-discovered in 1920 in the North Atlantic, purely by accident. Nazi attacks during World War II and earthquake shocks by Paul Destine’s use of the Helmet of Power destroyed much of the legendary city of Atlantis, killing Emperor Thakorr, grandfather of Prince Namor.

After a time away, Namor returned home to the Atlantean survivors who, in turn, welcomed him as their rightful king. Despite a history of conflicts with the surface-dwellers, Namor has tried to maintain peace with those above. Namor represented Atlantis as part of the Illuminati (see page CW32), a group of elite super heroes.

The Avengers

In addition to M-Day (see X-Men below) Scarlet Witch also pushed the Avengers to the emotional brink and caused them to disband. The Avengers mansion is in ruins and the teammates remain friends but their team is no more, leading to a vacuum in the superhero community for an international group backed by the United Nations. When the supervillain Electro organizes a massive jailbreak at The Raft prison facility, both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are unable to act. Instead a group of heroes teams up, later forming officially into the New Avengers. This team's lineup is composed of Iron Man, Captain America, Luke Cage, Wolverine, Ronin, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and Sentry.

The Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four have been through a lot recently, including a secret UN invasion of Victor von Doom's Latveria and the banishment of Doom to Hell. Reed Richards led the Fantastic Four into Doom's now-leaderless Latveria, where he worked obsessively to dismantle Doom's regime, neutralize his arsenal, erase Doom's legacy and create a better state, becoming increasingly tyrannical himself in the process and ignoring threats of international criminal charges from the United Nations. At the same time, unknown even to his teammates, Reed was secretly plotting to retrieve Doom and place him in a specially prepared other-dimensional prison from which he could never escape; but this transfer was unwittingly interrupted by the rest of the Fantastic Four, allowing Doom to escape long enough to kill the Thing.

Devastated, the remaining Fantastic Four returned to America, where their standing with the authorities and their reputation with the general public had taken a terrible beating due to the Latverian controversy. The Fantastic Four broke up, Reed and Sue split up, and Reed was even forced to sign over most of his patents to the government as part of a deal to escape prosecution. However, Reed was certain that Ben could be resurrected, and he convinced Sue and Johnny to join him in this quest, which ultimately led them to the gates of Heaven itself using a modified model of Doom's old afterlife machine. Persuaded it was not yet his time, Ben agreed to return to the land of the living with his friends-and the Creators allowed it, even healing Reed's facial scars as a parting gift. With the Fantastic Four back together, Reed is leading them in rebuilding their reputations and their finances.

Illuminati

Made up of the great leaders and minds of the superhuman community, the Illuminati was formed to share information so threats could be recognized and prevented before they happened. Shortly after the Kree-Skrull war, Tony Stark (Iron Man) assembled the group to ensure that heroes would be prepared for similar perils. While Tony wanted a large, official public delegation of super heroes, they finally agreed that just the few of them would secretly meet to deal with matters of great importance.

Members include: Tony Stark, Dr. Stephen Strange, Prof. Charles Xavier, Dr. Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Namor of Atlantis.

S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D., is the world’s premier covert operations and superhuman law-enforcement organization. They have the best tech, the best-trained agents, and the best intelligence on just about every known superhuman operating on planet Earth. Led for decades by the legendary Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. has recently suffered major shake-ups, including a disastrous mission to Latveria that ultimately saw Fury resign as Director and go underground, leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. in the relatively untested hands of Director Maria Hill.

Wakanda

Located in equatorial Africa, Wakanda is one of the wealthiest and most advanced nations on the planet. Its population of about 6 million people includes the 18 marsh tribes surrounding the capital city of Central Wakanda. Three languages are spoken within its borders: Wakandan, Yoruba, and Hausa. An independent, spiritually based warrior culture, the country has largely chosen to conceal itself from the outside world. Despite its membership in the United Nations, Wakanda has no formal alliances with anyone; a non-aggression policy is a cornerstone of Wakanda’s political and military history. The Wakandan people have never been defeated.

X-Men

The X-Men have taken a lot of hits recently and are trying to recover. Barely a month ago, Scarlet Witch went insane when her children died and remade the world into an alternate reality where mutants were the dominant species. In this new world, many mutants present for the act got their fondest desire, including Wolverine who remembered his entire past. He also remembered the "true" timeline and sought to bring things back to normal. While he and the other X-Men were eventually successful, the insane Scarlet Witch reversed things too far and ended up stripping 90% of the mutant population of their powers, an event known as M-Day. Initial estimates put the number of surviving mutants at only 198 worldwide, and though this figure has been revised the number stuck as a title. Currently, the 198 are camped around the Xavier Institute in Westchester, New York and a government cordon keeps them there. Mutants are not allowed to leave the grounds without notifying government officials, ostensibly for their own well-being, and many of the 198 are chafing under this treatment.

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