Dasyu

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“Protect us with your guardians; saves us from the Dasyu, oh saviour gods.” Vedic hymn 424 (5.70)

The Dasyu, or Dark Ones, were hostile Vedic demons. In the Special Situations Section, the Dasyu are the eyes and ears of field commanders, gathering tactical information through deep reconnaissance and surveillance behind enemy lines. To fulfil their mission, they make extensive use of spy and communications satellites. Besides recon missions, Dasyu also specialize in personnel and material recovery, prisoner capture, target acquisition and assassination operations. Dasyu troops are undetectable, allowing them to stealthily enter enemy territory, infiltrate facilities, strike like lightning and then fade away after erasing all trace of their presence. Most operations they undertake are Top Secret, with no written records kept, as much of their work violates international laws. It is rumoured that an anti-VIP team composed of unidentifiable Dasyu exists, used for assassination of political and military leaders considered actively hostile to ALEPH. The Dasyu have no compassion or mercy and, to those in the intelligence services who suspect their existence, they are considered ALEPH’s unofficial executioners.

Dasyu take "Second Skin" auto-injections which selectively thicken and callus their skin in order to better disguise themselves while infiltrating. The results are visually unsettling, and it leaves the skin tender and vulnerable after it wears off (usually about 24 hours.)[1]


Dasyu — the Dark Ones — were hostile Vedic demons, and ALEPH’s clandestine scouting unit is worthy of the name. The eyes and ears of their field commanders within the Special Situations Section, their surveillance, in-depth scouting missions, and sabotage actions often occur deep behind enemy lines on Paradiso. Indeed, when the AI needs something acquired, it’s often the Dasyu who are dispatched to retrieve it. Materials, intelligence, or individuals, it doesn’t matter. When ALEPH gives the order, the Dasyu retrieve or destroy the nominated target. This last element gives the rest of the Human Sphere pause, as most of the Dasyu’s missions are highly classified, leaving outsiders nervous as to their true intent. Rumours abound of a clandestine assassination unit silencing the AI’s enemies across the Human Sphere. Whether true or not, the Dasyu are characteristically silent on the matter.[2]

Named after Vedic demons, the Dasyus live up to the reputation of their namesakes. The Dasyus, designed for deep infiltration missions, can return highly detailed information to a commander on the battlefield through advanced surveillance behind enemy lines. Adept at carrying out sabotage and search and kill missions, they are often used to identify and eleminate high-ranking members of an enemy force or disrupt supply lines and support structures just prior to an engagement. The Dasyus are also used in infiltration, sabotage, spying, and reconnaissance missions beyond the battlefield. They are regularly used to assassinate, capture, or recover high-priority targets identified by ALEPH or O-12. Their missions are highly classified, with few records of them available anywhere, indicating that a majority of their operations and operational parameters sit outside of international law. Rumour suggests that ALEPH has built a special Dasyu team specifically to find and eliminate political, military, and dissident leaders hostile to ALEPH’s plans, though these are only rumours. Within the intelligence community, the Dasyu are regarded as ALEPH’s executioners. Proficient, capable, and implacable, they are a force to be feared.[3]

Profile

N4

ISC: Dasyus Elite Troops Skirmisher
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: Cube 2.0
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 13 12 13 14 1 0 1 2
Skills and Equipment: Surprise Attack (-3), Camouflage, Hidden Deployment, Infiltration,, Courage, Mimetism (-6) Stealth, No Wound Incapacitation, Terrain (Total), NCO
Loadout Special Skills Weapons and Equipment Melee Weapons Points SWC
1 Boarding Shotgun, Shock Mines Pistol, CCW 35 0
2 MULTI Sniper Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, CCW 37 1.5
3 Hacker, Killer Hacking Device Boarding Shotgun Pistol, CCW 37 0
4 Hacker, Hacking Device Combi Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, CCW 39 0
5 Forward Observer Combi Rifle, Nanopulser, Flash Pulse, Shock Mines Pistol, CCW 36 0
6 Reinf. Boarding Shotgun, Shock Mines Pistol, CC Weapon 28 0
7 Reinf. MULTI Sniper Rifle, Nanopulser Pistol, CC Weapon 30 1.5
8 Reinf. Killer Hacking Device, Hacker Boarding Shotgun Pistol, CC Weapon 30 0
9 Reinf. Hacking Device, Hacker Submachine Gun, Nanopulser Pistol, CC Weapon 28 0.5
10 Reinf. Forward Observer Submachine Gun, Flash Pulse, Shock Mines Pistol, CC Weapon 25 0

Highlighted Skills available for regular profiles only, and not Reinforcements.

N3

Retired
ISC: Dasyus Skirmisher
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: Cube 2.0
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 13 12 13 14 1 0 1 2
Skills and Equipment: CH: TO Camouflage, Infiltration, Multiterrain, V: No Wound Incapacitation
Name Skills and Equipment BS Weapons CC Weapons Points SWC
Combi Nanopulser, Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines Knife, Pistol 35 0
Lieutenant Lieutenant Nanopulser, Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines Knife, Pistol 35 2
Observer Forward Observer Nanopulser, Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines Knife, Pistol 36 0
Hacker Assault Hacking Device Nanopulser, Combi Rifle Knife, Pistol 40 0.5
MULTI Sniper Rifle Nanopulser, MULTI Sniper Rifle Knife, Pistol 42 1.5
Boarding Shotgun Nanopulser, Boarding Shotgun, Antipersonnel Mines Knife, Pistol 34 0
Killer Hacker Killer Hacking Device Nanopulser, Combi Rifle Knife, Pistol 37 0

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  1. Graybeaton et al, p69. 2018. 'ALEPH'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.
  2. Graybeaton et al, p40. 2018. 'ALEPH'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.
  3. Graybeaton et al, p15. 2018. 'ALEPH'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.