For nearly two thousand years, the Brothers of the Order of the Cross have been responsible for the preservation and well-being of the Catholic Church. The Order was established on the very day that Jesus Christ died on the cross at Golgotha: While Peter and the Apostles began spreading the word of the gospel, some of Christ's more militant disciples banded together to avenge the death of their former master.
The Brothers suspected that the Devil may have influenced the Sanhedrin, the council of religious leaders who had convicted Christ. It turned out that its head was actually possessed by the Black Angel of Hell. His plan was to take Christ's body and imprison it in the pits of hell, thereby calling down the heavenly hosts for a final conflict that would ravage the Earth and destroy all mankind. Before the Black Angel could do so, however, a Brother armed with the Sword of Heaven battled him to enable Christ to rise again on Easter. Too powerful to be slain, the Black Angel was defeated and, the broken Sword of Heaven still embedded in his body, sealed within a tomb guarded by holy sigils, near what is now the border of Iraq. Though mortally wounded, the victorious Brother drank from the Holy Grail and was miraculously healed. So it came to pass that the Sword represented the mission of the Order of the Cross: To battle the servants of darkness and to heal the sick and wounded.
Since the church faced relentless persecution during its early years, the Order was secretly entrusted to protect it from earthly as well as spiritual enemies. To carry out this mandate, the Order expanded the Black Angel's tomb so it could hold human enemies in addition to the servants of darkness. The tomb was named Purgatory.
Over the centuries, the Order prospered. Its membership grew to include powerful political and military personalities, but at times they lost sight of their original mission. When the Book of Judgment was discovered amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1995, however, the Order was forced to reaffirm its purpose: The Brothers learned of the Black Angel's prophesied return on Judgment Day and withdrew from the outside world to prepare for this final conflict.
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