The Emerald Society is a real-world long standing organization of Irish patrons serving in police, firefighting and public services of or relating to putting one's life on the line for others. Here in the MDUverse, the Emerald Society also includes Irish superheroes and super-groups.
The Emerald Society super-group was founded and formed in 2012 by the controversial Irish hero, the Irish Fighter. The Irish Fighter, who was banished from all British Commonwealth nations, including his native Ireland, moved to Boston, where, through his experiences with local Boston police and firefighters, learned of their Emerald Society charters and decided to create one for super-heroes.
The first Emerald Society super-group was a gathering of several prominent and relatively unknown Irish and/or Irish-American heroes. Most of those Irish superheroes and/or beings were either derided in their native Ireland or forced to renounce their official super-hero status unless they joined the English-controlled super-group, 'The Commonwealth'. Most of those heroes chose to travel to the U.S. and join the Emerald Society rather than be politically bound and controlled by the British and Commonwealth governments.
The Emerald Society's leader and founder, the Irish Fighter
Within days of his exile, he traveled to the United States, where, reluctantly, US Government officials authorized him not only a visa, but citizenship, so long as he went to alcohol rehabilitation and perform over 1000 hours of community service. He did go to rehab and is now a clean and sober American Citizen. He's still serving his community services hours.
Days after forming the Emerald Society, gangs throughout Boston, Philadelphia and New York were caught and arrested by the Emerald Society. This included several prominent Irish mob bosses, members of Crimewave and the Mafia-like mob, the Solano Family. In addition the Emerald Society's heroes saved dozens of citizens throughout New England from building fires, robberies and super villain attacks. Aside from the rescues, crime-fighting and super-villain battles, the Emerald Society also took on an additional tasking; training and housing the world's new and fledgling super-heroes that were in need of how to use their powers, guidance, and a super-hero community to help them in their tribulations. Within months, the Emerald Society became one of the most beloved super-groups in the world.
In order to house and train the Emerald Society and their new superheroes-in-training, they needed a safe facility to operate from. The mayor of Boston donated to the Emerald Society with a new (no strings attached) home located on an island south of Boston off of the Boston Harbor - Castle Island.
Fort Independence, Castle Island, Boston (The Society's superhero training grounds and base)
Castle Island was updated and fitted to the needs of the Emerald Society through hundreds of millions of dollars in worldwide donations, allowing for basic services, defensive weapons, facilities and a base of operations to include training grounds for the new fledgling superheroes, all at a relatively safe distance from Boston proper. Base operations and housing are located underground beneath the island's Fort Independence walls, with the training grounds located in the center courtyard of the fort (as a side note, the fort was originally an Irish castle that was destroyed by the retreating British forces at the end of the American Revolution).
The society also created the first ever (known) superhero pub called the "Shamrock Pub", open for all age 21 and over superheroes, 24/7.
The Shamrock Pub, located in the Emerald Society base on Boston's Castle Island
The society even has a nearby, historic Irish take-out restaurant called 'Sullivan's' that helps feed and support the Emerald Society on a daily basis.
Today, the Emerald Society continues to be the bane of criminal activity along the East Coast of the United States and the world (even those criminal elements in nations part of the British Commonwealth, much to the chagrin of the British Commonwealth).
With the newly empowered and (relatively) sober immortal powerhouse that is the Irish Fighter leading this team, a new era in the superhero world has come to fruition; a super-group that helps the people of the world regardless of national boundaries, politics or sovereignty.
Kyle was born near Dublin, Ireland on August 1st, 1927 to his mother, a local prostitute (only known by her made-up name of "Sarah") and an unknown father (believed to be a tall, young, rich, red-haired man). Days after his birth, Kyle was left on the local church's doorstep, abandoned. He was raised over the next few years in a Catholic orphanage outside of Dublin, where, even under its best conditions, the orphanage was nothing more than a mere farm for cheap child labor. Fights and routine beatings forced many of the orphanage's children to the meaning of survival under the establishment's harsh rules and strict adults. In the deathly cold of Irish winters, most of the children either froze to death or worked until they collapsed from disease or sickness.
Kyle, as he grew up in the orphanage, did what he could to help the other children, especially the more sickly and weak ones, by fighting off bullies, slave laborers, and the orphanages administrators. He wound up being in trouble more times than not, usually with him being locked into the orphanage's dank coal pit in the basement as punishment for his audacity, sometimes for days at a time with no food. This coal pit, as would later be discovered, held coal that was poorly mined by an old Irish miner who brought the coal from a region that would later be discovered in 1960 for its high concentrations of radioactive uranium ore.
In 1938, at the age of 11, Kyle, who'd become quite the scrapper, was adopted by the O'Brien family. Patrick O'Brien, an up-and-coming boxer, saw the fight and tenacity in Kyle at the orphanage and demanded Kyle's adoption on the spot. Since his wife was unable to have children, Kyle was to be her only son, albeit, adopted. From 1938 to early 1941, Kyle went with his mother and father from city to city, boxing match to boxing match. Sometimes his adopted father would win, most times not. Regardless, his adopted father taught him all about boxing and fighting, as well as important lessons in life, critical to this was Patrick's insistence that Ireland and its people were always worth fighting for. His adopted father was an alcoholic as well, but even in his worst case of drunkeness, Patrick never struck his wife or Kyle. Overall, their life was that of a good Irish family; spirited discussions, fights, a happy, loving husband and wife, and for Kyle, hundreds of new and fond family memories that he thought he'd never have the chance to experience in his young life. This all took a dark turn thanks to World War II (WWII).
By 1940, Britain was fully embroiled in war with Germany and Italy. German bombers, crossing the English Channel, would bomb British cities day and night, destroying towns and cities up and down the United Kingdom. At that time, Ireland was still neutral in the war, only providing assistance to Britain in the form of cattle, road repairs and emergency assistance, especially during the neighboring 'Belfast Blitz' bombing. Kyle and his adopted family had since moved to North Strand, north of Dublin, Ireland in a nice tenement for which Kyle viewed as a 'palace' through his youthful eyes. In May of 1941, his adapted mother had fallen into a deep depression over the loss of her parents who'd been killed in London from the Germany's bombing campaign. His mother rarely left the house, and usually stayed in bed most of the day in a depressed state. His adopted father started staying out late, sometimes returning in the wee hours of the morning. Kyle thought he'd been working late at night, but he eventually (later in 1944) realized his father always returned home with the smell of women's perfume about him and his clothes. Regardless, Patrick began to spend more time with Kyle during that time as well, taking Kyle out to the local park and doing fun father-son things to lighten their moods, all the while Kyle's mother's depression grew more and more. Eventually, Patrick had to hire a nanny and a cook to take care of them. Through all of this, Kyle grew to respect his adopted father more each day, considering him his greatest role model.
At 2am on May 31st, Germany unexpectedly bombed Dublin and North Strand. Although years later it was discovered that the bombing was actually an error on the Luftwaffe pilots' navigation, since Dublin/Ireland wasn't supposed to be bombed, the damage and lasting effect echoed in Ireland for the remainder of the war. When the bombs began falling, Patrick grabbed up his wife and Kyle and ran with them out into the street trying to get them to a bomb shelter for safety. The building next to theirs was hit by a bomb, causing a fire to start up in their tenement. Patrick's wife broke away from him and ran back into the house screaming she had to go back and retrieve her recently deceased parents photos back in the tenement. Patrick yelled at her to come back to no avail. Patrick told Kyle to wait in the middle of the street until he went after and returned with his mother.
That's when two bombs fell on their tenement.
One bomb landed square on their tenement killing his adopted parents instantly before his eyes. Screaming at the top of his lungs, stoked with fear and adrenaline, Kyle started running back to the tenement towards his now dead adopted parents, only for a bomb to land and crater directly in front of Kyle. The bomb impacted into the street, knocking Kyle on his backside, however the bomb did not immediately explode. As Kyle sat stunned staring at the bomb mere inches away from him, his family's cook and nanny tried to scoop up Kyle, only for the bomb, which had been on a timer, finally exploded with its full fury.
The bomb's explosion disintegrated the family cook and nanny, as well as half the town's block; Kyle, however, survived.
Miraculously, at the bottom of the bomb's large street-wide crater, Kyle was found by neighbors, who had him loaded up in an ambulance and sent to a hospital in Belfast. Although Kyle's skin had been blackened from the bomb's fiery blast, Kyle was in perfect health. Two days later, when Kyle awoke in the Belfast hospital, he came to realize what had happened that night; his 'fairy tale' life was over, and in its place, loneliness and despair.
Distraught and in a state of shock, Kyle was later taken to a children's hospital in Dublin, where, during transport, they lost his paperwork, thus he arrived at the hospital as a "John Doe". Within a week, Kyle came out of his shock. When 'John Doe' was considered good enough to travel, they local authorities took him and dozens of other children to a small town outside of Dublin where he and hundreds of other children were kept safe in an old 12th century castle that was reconditioned to be used as a bomb shelter. Within days of his arrival, Kyle saw that his grief was secondary compared to dozens of other younger children that were in their own state of shock over the loss of their parents, homes and/or family members as a result of the war. For the next 2 months, Kyle helped the other frightened children keep their spirits up and found fun ways to keep their mind off of the war and their losses, much the same way how his now deceased adopted father had done during the his adopted mother's bought with depression. In the late afternoons and evenings, in Kyle's 'alone' time, he began practicing boxing again, just as his adopted father had taught him. What was new to Kyle was that for some reason, he now had super-strength as well as what he later discovered to be near-invulnerable skin. He believed that he was given his powers to help others who needed his strength. he wasn't sure if it was 'divine' or not, however, he knew his new abilities needed to be honed, just like a boxer and his footwork in the boxing ring - practice, practice, practice.
Within weeks, Kyle learned the limits of his powers, lifting enormous rocks on the castle's grounds, leaping from castle parapet to parapet, and thrusting himself into existing deathtraps of old industrial equipment at a nearby abandoned factory. Throughout his time practicing to use his new powers, he also unleashed his rage and anger over the loss of his adopted family, pummeling rocks into sand and dismantling heavy machinery into metal shards with his growing rage at Germany and the world.
While Kyle was taking his rage out on the countryside, as well as gently taking care of the children at the castle, a Royal Air Force colonel, while visiting the castle on a survey, witnessed Kyle performing his near-inhuman feats of strength and invulnerability. The Colonel immediately contacted London about Kyle's abilities, and within days, the Colonel drove Kyle to London, recruiting the 13-year old Kyle into Her Majesty's Secret Service, MI6. Britain's Intelligence Agency had already attempted to create a team of super-skilled/super-powered agents to fight Nazi Germany's "Jerries" earlier that year, but thanks to politics, it was shut down. Kyle was brought into MI-6 without Parliament's knowledge and began his highly secretive training as their one-and-only Top Secret super-powered agent.
MI6 relentlessly trained Kyle day and night, punishing him regularly for not performing to 'British' standards. As a young 13-year old boy with little education, Kyle was not as smart as what his hard-core British 'trainers' demanded him to be, resulting in Kyle being constantly berated and verbally as well as physically abused, just like he was back in the orphanage. Kyle tried very hard to do what they wanted him to do, but it always led to more derision and disdain, fueling Kyle's youthful rage and anger. Regardless of his 'subpar' performance in MI6's training, MI6 still sent young Kyle out on deadly, secretive missions into France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. He was treated as a weapon rather than a human being. Kyle's mishandling caused many of his missions to fail, drawing the ire of MI6's directors and trainers, blaming Kyle for every mission failure or fault. Kyle quickly started falling out of grace with MI6, as did the British in Kyle's view.
During this time, scientists who had been analyzing Kyle's blood discovered that Kyle was now aging at 1/10th the normal rate of any human. Through his mutated DNA (which no one during that time knew how to map or understand), Kyle's aging slowed to the point that he only aged 1 year for each 10 years of real time. In other words, 70 years after his 13th birthday, Kyle would only look and have the body of a 20-year old. To this day, no one has ever been able to replicate his anti-aging properties of his DNA...not that he'd ever give anyone the chance to.
It wasn't until December 15, 1941, after the United States entered the war as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor was Kyle able to find a place better suited for his powers and needed camaraderie - the superhero team known as "The Allied Fighters".
From 1942 to 1945, Kyle intermittently fought alongside the Allied Fighters as a teenager in a super-powered 13-year old's body. He was an incredible asset in nearly all fights and battles, however, the British military and MI6 kept flying Kyle back to Great Britain as a result of multiple anticipations of additional German attacks on London, most of which were simply ploys made by the Nazis to misguide the Allies. When he did fight with the Allied Fighters, they gave him the code-name "Irish Fighter". As a result of this back-and-forth tug-of-war between the Allied Fighters and MI6, Kyle became more and more despondent towards his treatment by MI6 and the British government. Because of Kyle's absence in several critical Allied Fighters missions was felt when some of the team's heroes fell in battle. Again, MI6 blamed everything on Kyle saying 'he isn't ready for the war, nor at this rate, will he', even though the Allied Fighters truly believed that Kyle, regardless of MI6's training regimen, was as ready as ever. MI6 eventually cut Kyle off from the Allied Fighters. MI6 now considered Kyle as a unbalanced agent, one not to be trusted on any critical future missions.
By 1944, Kyle was kept back in London even when every single superhero in the war was storming Normandy's Beaches on D-Day. Kyle was furious over this decision. His anger eventually led to a physical confrontation with MI6 director, resulting in the MI6 director being punched through 3 concrete bunker walls, resulting in dozens of broken bones and months of hospitalization, courtesy of Kyle's rage. MI6 drugged Kyle and locked him away in a dank heavily fortified prison for the rest of the war.
On Victory in Japan (V-J) Day, the official surrender of Japan and the official end of World War II, Kyle's drugged body was unceremoniously taken and dumped along the side of the road outside of Dublin. When Kyle awoke he swore he'd never trust the British government ever again. Instead, Kyle decided to pick a new fight...a fight that would define him for decades to come.
By 1950, Kyle became involved in the Irish independence movement, siding with the combatants of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Over the next three and a half decades, Kyle participated as an IRA soldier, fighting British troops and police, bombing key British government homes and buildings, all the while terrorizing most of the British citizenry...all in the name of Irish independence. As the years wore on, Kyle became more and more disenchanted with the movement and began to feel the guilt over those that he'd hurt with the IRA. He never killed anyone directly or indirectly during his stint with the IRA, and as such, many die-hard IRA soldiers were irritated at his resolve. By the 1970s, Kyle began drinking heavily (which requires him to drink 10 times the amount of alcohol any normal man would to even get 'buzzed'). Kyle started showing up for IRA raids so drunk he couldn't even stand, nonetheless think. Once again, his actions were deemed unmanageable and he was instead relegated to being only a poster boy for the IRA, rather than a warrior.
During those decades up and into 2005, Kyle was so filled with self-loathing, guilt and belligerence that he'd hit rock bottom in his life. Before, Irish patriots would buy him pints at the pub to pay tribute to his WWII and IRA exploits, but as time went on, they stopped buying him beers and started shunning him. Kyle quickly became indignant and started a life of debauchery and drugs. Drunkeness, whoring, cocaine, you name it, he did it. In that time, as a result of his debauchery, he sired (at least, to anyone's knowledge) a dozen and a half bastard children. To this day, only one is known to have super-powers (see Irish Lad of the Allied Fighters). Considered a dead-beat dad, penniless and the 'National Drunk of Ireland', Kyle fell from grace and cratered himself in the back alleys of Dublin as a homeless bum. Even during the alien Soltan invasion at the start of the 21st century, Kyle didn't fight or stop a single alien invader, instead, he continued his drunken and/or drug-induced stupor for the duration of the eventually repelled invasion.
In 2009, Kyle was scooped from the gutters of Dublin by his own fellow Irish countrymen and handed over to British authorities as a token of cooperation between Britain's and Ireland's newly brokered peace. Kyle was to be charged for his crimes during his time with the IRA. Kyle was facing life imprisonment for his previous decade's criminal actions with the IRA. Ironically, Kyle's once-fellow IRA warriors, now all turned into rich Irish politicians, were the ones who set-up Kyle to be the fall guy and patsy for nearly all of the IRA's past evils, including murders and killings, which Kyle had never actually done. Kyle. who had sobered up while in jail, authorized a guilty plea believing that in one or more of his drunken and/or drugged stupors, he must have killed someone at one time or another (again, he never truly killed anyone). During the year long investigation and trial, Kyle's Barrister (whose father was saved by Kyle during WWII), took it upon himself to investigate the charges the IRA trumped up on Kyle, discovering that the entire list of accusations was fabricated and a lie. The result proved that Kyle's actual IRA actions never resulted in anyone's actual death or serious injury, other than the MI6 director from WWII (who was later murdered by a fellow MI6 secret agent). Nonetheless to say, the entire trial became a scandal of epic proportions.
As more information came to light over Kyle's trials and tribulations he'd gone through his whole life, the world began to pity and empathize with Kyle's life-long plight. Other facts came out in the trial to include the discovery of Kyle's biological father, Shamus O'Malley, a recently deceased multimillionaire (for which Kyle would eventually inherit), and the discovery of his birth mother's suicide months after she abandoned Kyle to the church. To add to all of this, during Kyle's trial, a super-villain in the same building attempted to escape. Kyle immediately broke out of his box, defeated the super-villain, handed him over to the authorities, and then went back to his trial chamber and sat back down in his box. The court deliberated for three days, ultimately resulting in the ruling that Kyle would be pardoned on all charges, however, a proviso was added that Kyle was banned as a citizen of the British Isles to include Scotland, Britain and even his home nation of Ireland. He was also banned from entering or becoming a citizen of any of the countries that make up the British Commonwealth of Nations. Kyle, although free, was to be deported the next day.
On 1 August, 2010, Kyle was given a one-way plane ticket to wherever he wanted to go, with the exception of those listed under the proviso. With few options, Kyle decided to go to the only other place he'd ever felt welcome - the United States, particularly Boston, Massachusetts.
With Kyle's arrival in Boston, the media permeated the TVs, computers and social media networks with "Irish Fighter sightings", discussions, testimonies and historical documentaries. The American people felt bad for Kyle, and in a not-so- unusual surge of empathy, the people of America started charitable fund drives to help the (at the time) penniless Kyle. In a month's time, they'd raised over $100,000 to help Kyle. In an rare TV interview, a tearful Kyle thanked the people of America for their support and generosity. He stated he wanted nothing more than to prove that he was worthy of their trust and goodwill. As such, Kyle started taking the baby-steps needed to emerge from his cavernously cratered life, starting with his first Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting.
Over the next year or so, Kyle went about doing local charity work, helping non-profit organizations, Habitat for Humanity work, and of course, doing everything he could for the orphans of Boston...but nothing that really required his super-powers. Kyle slowly began coming back into grace with the world. He made mistakes along the way, but he kept trying to be a better person. He did stop attending his AA meeting and started going to the pubs again, but this time, he'd only have a couple beers and leave at a decent hour, in full control of his faculties. He knew he'd been wronged time and again, but in this new start in the United States, he felt he'd found a new home with these people; a new home where he was loved and trusted. Regardless, Kyle felt he could never truly be redeemed, not even if he went through a day-long church confessional. That's when a voice from the past led him on what would be Kyle's new path as a hero.
One night in 2012, Kyle was at a Boston bar, sipping beer and talking with local patrons, when the WWII Allied Fighters' leader, Major Invader (now nearly 100 years old), showed up in full battle gear, including his powerhouse of a multi-use weapon, 'Devastator'. The Major taunted Kyle, forcing Kyle into a fight with him. Major Invader, despite his near centennial age, beat Kyle to a bloodied mess, with the resulting battle leading to the collapse and destruction of the bar they were in (no patrons were hurt; all were evacuated prior to the physical start of the fight). Major Invader chastised the bloodied and beaten Kyle for his decades of debauchery, goading him to rejoin the latest incarnation of the Allied Fighters. Although Kyle respected the Major, Kyle simply said 'no'. Kyle then emotionally told the major that he would never again be a pawn of any man and instead wanted to help people, truly help them, himself rather than at the whim of other people's or nation's agendas. He yelled at the Major, telling him that if he wanted Kyle so bad, he'd have to kill him before he'd submit himself to anyone ever again. Major Invader surprisingly started laughing and stated:
"Damn it, man! It only took you seventy years to finally figure that out! About time you started standing up for yourself! So why don't you stop saving kittens out of trees, get off your sorry ass and start using your powers to REALLY help people! Stop crime! Take down super-villains! Hell, maybe even start your own super-group, I don't care, but DAMMIT MAN start doing what you were put on God's green Earth to REALLY do - make a difference!!
Bury your f***ing past in the graveyard and show everyone what the rest of the world's true heroes already know - that the Irish Fighter is a TRUE fighter and a hero for those that need our kind of suped-up help.
Now quit yet pathetic whining and go be the REAL hero we all know you were meant to be, you damn pansy!".
With that, Major Invader walked away, gun over his shoulder, leaving Kyle, kneeling amidst the building's debris to think hard about what was said.
After the Major's departure, Kyle took what the Major said to heart. He decided it was time to start using his powers as he should and lead by example, helping the world (even the nations attached to the British Commonwealth) the way he tried to with the Allied Fighters in WWII, except this time, his own way. With that, Kyle donned a new costume that a local Boston costume shop made for him the week before (in hopes that Kyle would wear it to show off the hero they all believed he would be again) and went out to help others and stop crimes from that night on.
Over the next few months, Kyle's selfless heroism, assistance to the police, assistance to anyone in need of rescue, and his new positive direction was captured on every form of media in the world. Kyle became the world's hero; the hero he always wanted to be. Within six months, he decided to help a few fledgling heroes in how to use their powers, as well as how to fight. He offered training to any and all heroes, super-powered or otherwise, that were willing to be trained by him. Knowing that a super-hero's life can be traumatic, he even set up counseling and therapy sessions with professional psychologists, as well as free seminars for heroes to learn about local and state laws, which most were highly ignorant of. As a result, the police and federal agencies in the Boston area started working closely with the Irish fighter and his new band of heroes.
During this time, Kyle was reminded of a particular non-profit organization that the local Boston police and firefighters were a part of, the Emerald Society. Rather than joining an existing chapter, Kyle decided to form his own, first-ever super-hero chapter, simply calling the new chapter and super-group the "Emerald Society" (click here to learn more about the real-world Emerald Society) in Boston. He was praised and accepted for his actions not only by his fellow heroes and world-wide Emerald Society members, but by the citizens of the world, who were all happy and amazed at Kyle's new ascent into true heroism.
Recently, Kyle's Emerald Society formed its first roster of super-heroes. With his new inheritance (legally obtained from his now deceased biological father), and the support of the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts, Kyle was awarded a new site to operate from, so long as he allowed his new team to be annually reviewed by the state to quantify the legal standing of his new emerald Society team. As a result, the Emerald Society was awarded a new home based out of Fort Independence on Castle Island, off of Boston's south shore. There, far enough from the city to prevent any 'super-hero-related' damage, Irish Fighter and his team would be allowed to set up a base of operations and the world's first non-profit super-hero training school. In addition, Irish Fighter donated half of his inheritance to the orphanages of Massachusetts, thoroughly improving the conditions and facilities of the homes of many of the states orphans. To add to that, the City of Boston, on St. Patrick's Day, has also proclaimed that same day, every year henceforth as "Irish Fighter Day", through which Kyle and his Emerald Society lead the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade as the lead-offs.
Kyle has since been unanimously voted as the Emerald Society's super-group team leader. Today, he continues to lead like a true hero; a hero who has finally come into his own.
The Emerald Society super-group and a majority of the group's characters were created by Don 'Major Deej' Finger on 26 Nov 2010*. The team's name is not reflective or representative of the real world "Emerald Society" or its members, but is instead, representative of the society's objectives such as uniting all public safety Emerald Societies in order to develop fraternalism amongst its members, preserving the Irish culture, promoting the contributions of Irish ancestors,recognizing the accomplishments of Irish-Americans in Law Enforcement and other public safety professions, exchanging information and enhancing communications among member organizations to start new public safety Emerald Societies, providing a unified and effective voice for its member organizations to the Congress of the United States and other government institutions and finally, working with civic and public safety associations on areas of mutual concerns.
This fictional team is considered to be "Chapter 111" of the Emerald Society, based out of Castle Island, chartered on 14 March 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts by the Irish Fighter.
*The Irish Fighter is an original character created by Don "Major Deej" Finger during his childhood in 1971.
COHverse: The Emerald Society super-group and characters were originally created by Don "Major Deej" Finger in the MMORPG, City of Heroes, on Champion Server on 26 Nov 2010, with the team's leader being Irish Fighter. The Emerald Society SG transferred from the Champion Server to the Defiant server on 3 October 2011, all with the same characters, all led by Irish Fighter.