|The Vicious Packs of Corruption|
Society is governed by laws. These rules are meant to act as the bindings ensuring chaos never breaks free, and lay waste upon all that has been built and accomplished. However, such rules requires a force capable of extending their existence beyond just elegant words written on parchment. It falls upon the women and men of law enforcement to carry such demanding and potentially dangerous duties. Their badges is a symbol of the granted authority to deem when it is necessary to give orders, intervene with force, detain for questioning, or even kill if the situation escalate to violence.
It is absolutely no secret that power has a way of potentially twisting the thoughts, motivations, and goals of even the noblest of souls. Unfortunately there is no automatic immunity from corruption even when it comes to those who enforce the law. Over, and over again, exemplified by headlines, news stories, and the video recording of bystanders, two themes appear to run through these tragedies of corrupt duty; harmatia and hubris.
The first, harmatia, routinely described as a “tragic flaw of character”, is best exemplified by those men and women who somehow manage to join law enforcement with a terrible personality flaw that could never lend itself well to preforming such vital duties. Harboring racist beliefs, anger management issues, a bully mentality, chronic dishonesty, or some other extremely negative aspect, these individuals have joined for any reason other than severing their community, and are just poor judgment calls waiting to occur.
The second, hubris, occurs when one overestimate their capabilities and importance, allowing past successes, or the authority of their station, to lead them into making a foolish mistake they should have otherwise been aware of. This can result in police officers arriving at the ill-conceived conclusion that their duties automatically entitles them to some sort of fringe benefits, extra privileges, or worse, beliefs they are exempt from the very same laws they took a oath to uphold.
In worse-case scenarios, this corruption grows from just a small number of officers, until it infects the very culture of an entire police department, deluding these men and women to see themselves less, and less as civil servants keeping the peace, and more as some sort of “warrior's lodge” fighting a war. The folly of this mindset churns out would-be avengers, misplaced soldiers, or just uniformed thugs. Regardless of how the degeneracy occurs; from the Rampart Scandal, the so-called Oakland Riders, the 39th Distract Corruption Scandal, the Miami River Police Scandal, to Puerto Rico where over 1,700(6) officers were arrested for massive corruption, such shameful displays always results in far reaching consequences that ultimately erodes essential public trust, and harm the overall legitimacy of police work as a whole.
Many more supportive citizens readily take a great deal of solace in the belief that there are more “good” cops than there are “bad” ones. Perhaps there is some truth to this optimism. Yet, if such hopes are genuine, one must ask; “why are there not more bad officers being turned in by the good ones?” In the end, a lie of omission is still a lie. Much the same way inaction, when witnessing injustice, is supporting it.
For every officer, who degenerates into an oath-breaker, by surrendering to the loathsome temptations of accepting bribes, falsifying reports, planting evidence, callously using excessive force, or any other number of criminal activities, unleashes roaming packs of Dires; the Manifestations of Police Brutality and Corruption.
Equal in size to large wolves, these Manifestations appearance is best described as if some malevolent power made the horrid decision to cruelly fuse the base templates of Humans and Hyenas together, then sculpted that mixture into a four-legged, abomination. Dires stout torsos are muscular, with broad chests and lean forelegs, while their backs partially slop downward to powerful hindquarters, equipped with a long, serpent like tail.
Wild, wiry hair only covers the the top of Dires heads, backs and tails, with the rest of their body resembling hairless, onyx or alabaster, human skin. Both their head and faces strongly resemble either men or women, but are always offset by long, pointed ears, and an exaggerated snout full of thick canines. The wide, opaque eyes of Dires are always lit by an inner glow.
On both sides of these Manifestations' bodies, from the neck to the hindquarters, there are abstract, bioluminescent, patterns of vivid red and blue. When aggravated, in pursuit of prey, or attacking, these patterns brighten and begin rapidly flashing.
Dires always roam in packs, never less than four, but rarely more than ten. While on the hunt, if a single Dire spots prey or a threat, they will instantly alert the rest of their pack by releasing a powerful warning, a sound best described as a distorted between a wolf's howl, and an air raid siren.
It has been discovered that Dires coordinate and strategize with a series of sounds that resemble a combination of static and incomprehensible whispers. This form of communication extends to a sort of shared telepathy that encompass the entire pack, keeping each member aware of the others movements, and quickly able to change tactics even when separated by short distances.
All Dires have a number of organic weapons to bring down enemies and prey alike. These abilities range from being able to unleash intense, strobe like flashes from their eyes, releasing a misty cloud of CO2 cloud from concealed slits running along their back, or possessing a pair of barbs at the end of their tail that discharge a painful electric shock upon contact. The most dangerous of these organic weapons are those Dires able to fire bullet like projectiles from their tails.
All Dires can possess any of the above abilities, but none of them ever possess more than one, making pack tactics a vital part of their success. These Manifestations cannot attack any Lost Soul who once had ties to law enforcement during their life, unless they are provoked by being attacked.
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