Making the World a Safer Place
Nicholas "Old Nick" Aurelius was an industry giant at the end of the 20th century. He sat on the board of General Motors, and owned (outright) countless other companies. When the Shiawase Decision was handed down, Old Nick had to give some serious thought into incorporating all his various assets into one single megacorporation.
In an interview with the Detroit Weekly News he frankly discussed his desire to gain extraterritoriality, but was quick to add that the responsibilities that come with such are immense.
- "I think a lot of people out there are forgetting the work involved. The more control you have over things, the more work you need to put in to make sure things stay in control. this isn't something I’m doing for fun, because I won’t be having that much fun, believe me. It’s something I’m doing because it’s best for my business,"
Old Nick was CEO and Chairman of the Board for Ares Industries from its inception in 2002 until 2023. These two decades were ones of extreme growth and profitability for the megacorporation. Old Nick had a knack for reorganizing the company for maximum profits, and to minimize losses.
As the US government began to sell off their assets, Ares Industries was right there to pick up the pieces.When NASA was being sold off to the highest bidder, Old Nick made sure that would be Ares. With this acquisition they were able to turn NASA into a highly profitable satellite recovery service, refurbish the space station Freedom (now renamed the Zurich Orbital Habitat and sell it to the Corporate Court... Which they also helped form.
Everything was coming up roses for Ares. After his two decades of service, Old Nick stepped down as CEO. He left the position to his son, Leonard Aurelius. And Leonard ran things fairly competently (if a bit more hesitant than his father) for the next six years.
On Feb. 8, 2029 computer systems all over the world were attacked at random by an unknown virus. This brought about the toppling of governments, uncounted casualties, unknown billions of dollars of damages, and a world on the brink of chaos. Ares Industries somehow managed to make it through this turmoil, in part by rebranding themselves as the new and improved Ares Macrotechnology.
They slowly rebuilt, and re-established themselves in this brave new world. Leonard oversaw a few key buyouts and mergers that strengthened Ares Macrotech's position in the corporate court. Ares Arms, however, brought in the most profits during this time, with the EuroWars beginning in 2031. Ares Arms was just about the sole arms manufacturer for all sides of the conflict. With moves such as this, Leonard Aurelius, generally established himself as a competent (if careful) heir to Old Nick's corporate empire.
As Leonard corporate star began to rise, tragedy struck at home. In the late months of 2032 Old Nick Aurelius succumbed to a fatal heart attack.
Then, just three short months later on Jan. 24th 2033 at 11:42:08 EST a blitzkrieg of computerized buying and selling orders from Stockholm Sweden hit the Boston East Coast Stock Exchange . Over the next sixty-four seconds these trades caused three corporations to dissolve, two multi-millionaires to lose their fortunes, three other people became multi-millionaires, and the (then unknown) financier Damien Knight to gain 22% stock in Ares Macrotechnology. This attack became known as the Nanosecond Buyout and has been the source of much speculation.
Knight and Aurelius did not see eye to eye from the very beginning, and butted heads off and on for control over the next few years. Mostly these years were dominated by Knight's control, with the exception of a few months during 2049, when Leonard managed to wrest control away from Knight with the help of Gavilan Investments. Gavilan Investments owned 12% of Ares' stock and was just enough to swing the voting block behind Leonard's power bid. But it seems that Gavilan Investments (and it's owner, the Big D) were quite capricious and helped reinstate Knight by the middle of 2050.
Ares Macrotech, under Knight's leadership began to flourish. He expanded the role of AresSpace in the public and private sectors, expanded Ares Global Entertainment, and forged Knight Errant Securities.
In the mid 2050s, during this time of Ares' economic dominance there lurked a secret inside the company. Tipped off to the Bug Spirit threat by the Big D, Damien Knight ordered Knight Errant to become the vanguard in the war against the Bugs. Armed with the knowledge that the Bug Spirits were using the Universal Brotherhood as a front to recruit hosts, Knight Errant went out and cleared up any hives that they could track down. Things went generally smoothly for the Ares Fireteams until August of 2055 when they arrived in Chicago and were woefully underprepared for the massive infestation that stretched throughout the whole of the city. The UCAS government ordered the evacuation and quarantine of Chicago on Aug. 23rd, 2055 on the grounds that a new strain of VITAS was found in the city. KE stayed behind and attempted to fight the good fight, even going so far as to detonating a small nuclear weapon in the heart of the Chicago hive... to no avail.
The second incident that harmed Ares's name came as a direct consequence of the evacuation of Chicago. Thousands of refugees sought shelter in the surrounding sprawls, Denver most notably. The native population saw the refugees less as people and more as Bug Spirit infiltrators and tensions ran high between the two groups. Violence finally erupted between the two groups, and KE opened fire on the crowd indiscriminately gunning down both sides, and forever cementing KE's reputation as heavily armed thugs for hire.
In 2057, Damien Knight (through Ares) helped back Dunkelzahn's bid for UCAS President with funds, publicity (through Ares Global Entertainment), and lobbying. We all know how that turned out for the Big D.
Even though Dunkelzahn was assassinated (this is just what the world in general believes, he actually sacrificed himself to save our world) on his inauguration, Ares still managed to secure quite a few lucrative UCAS government contracts thanks to their relationship with President Haeffner. And they were even able to survive the Corp War relatively unharmed.
All wasn't beer and roses though. With the death of the Big D, the Gavilan Investment shares were transferred to the Big D's Voice, Nadja Daviar. That was the first thorn in Knight's side since Leonard Aurelius' bids for supremacy in the '40s. But that wasn't the only person to gain stock to oppose Knight. One Arthur Vogel also managed to scrape together quite the impressive portfolio from the Big D's will, as well purchasing Leonard Aurelius' shares in '59 . This left Knight in a weakened position on the board, but able to stay the course despite the setbacks.
Aurelius had jumped ship to AA Corp., Cross Applied Technologies. But Knight wasn't about to let his insubordination go unpunished. In the early moments of the Crash 2.0 in '64 Leonard's plane went down leading to his death, and within days the meaty parts of Cross had been purchased by Ares subsidiaries and shell companies. The rest was sold off for parts.
The Cross acquisition tarnished Ares' reputation throughout the world leading Knight to reorganize around Ares World Holdings. This was met by vehement opposition from Vogel.
Then the Draco Foundation entrusted the Gavilan shares to Nicholas "Young Nick" Aurelius in a surprise move. Now Knight had both Vogel and another Aurelius on the board to contend with. And they went into immediate action, recalling Corporate Court Rep. Paul Graves, and installed Vogel's own Michele Borden.
With the entrance of this new player on the scene, Knight has intensified his resolve to remain in control of Ares. He's been digging into the agendas of Vogel, Young Nick and the Draco Foundation, trying to find the missing Nadja Daviar, and who Vogel's secret backers are.
However he was faced with one major setback, the Ares Excalibur incident. The Ares Excalibur was a new manatech weapon that could hurt spirits. Faced with the onset of a power anti spirit weapons. Shadowruns were conducted against the corporation to ensure the project fails. The weapon was successfully sabotaged and Ares had lost most of it's defense contracts to other corporations
On September 5, 2074 Young Nick Aurelius is killed after jumping out of his gulf stream jet at 10000 meters. This is believed to be suicide although there is some evidence of wasp spirits near by. For a while it seemed the Aurelius legacy was removed from Ares for good.
However, victory was short lived, as Nadja Daviar had returned to assume control of Gavilan Ventures and undo the damage Knight had done to the company and with it came Nick's father Leonard who has returned to take the throne from Knight himself.
Corporate Hierarchy of AresEdit
- Ares Arms
- Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland (UCAS)
- Executive Vice President: General Guido Cantarelli (UCAS Marines, Ret.)
- Ares CAS
- Ares Atlanta
- Ares CFS 
- Headquarters: Cupertino, CFS
- President/CEO: Kyle Morton
- Ares Arms California
- Division Head: Dolph Hensen
- Knight Errant of California
- Location: Sacramento, CFS
- Division Head: Armin Guzman
- Leviathan Technical
- Location: Scotts Valley, CFS
- Division Head: Elton Manning
- Osprey Technical Publications
- Location: Los Gatos, CFS
- Division Head: Lisa Carleson
- Silicon Valley/Apple Computer Products
- Location: Silicon Valley, CFS
- Division Head: David Werks
- Ares Arms California
- Ares Europe 
- Headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark
- Executive Vice President: Søren Johansson
- Ares Integrated Solutions
- Products and Services: Machine tools, microtechnology, nanotechnology, and automated, mobile production and repair facilities for small arms
- Location: Hanau, Allied German States
- Division Head: Alwin Ermrich
- Ares Makrotech
- Knight Errant Security
- Division Head: Sibylle Mertens
- Mitchell Holding
- Ares Integrated Solutions
- Ares Global Entertainment
- Headquarters: Paris, France
- Executive Vice President: Troy Carpenter
- National Broadcasting Service (NBS)
- Ares Macrotechnologies (Tir Tairngire) 
- Headquarters: Salem, Tir Tairngire
- President/CEO: Walter Dorek
- Knight Errant (TT)
- Ares UCAS
- Headquarters: Houston, Texas (CAS)
- Executive Vice President: Charles Pollack
- Ares Global Commsat
- AresSpace Lifters
- AresSpace Security
- AresSpace Special Operations Division
- NASA Consulting Inc.
- Qantas (Australia)
- Bank of America
- bought a lot of obligations signed by Cross Applied Technologies from the Frankfurter Bankenverein after the second Matrix Crash - a practice which had some effect on Cross' rapid downfall.
- General Motors
- Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan (UCAS)
- Executive Vice President: Eugene Fischer
- Products and Services: Brands owned include Buick, Cadillac, Pontiac, and GMC, and component and accessories lines AC Delco, and Powertrain.
- Knight Errant Security Services
- Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan (UCAS)
- Executive Vice President: Roger Soaring Owl
- Crystal Optics
- Emerging Futures (sold to Transys Neuronet in 2063)
- Mercury Express (Delivery service) 
- Mostrans (Russian hovercraft manufacturer)
- Quick Trigger Systems
- Pratt & Whitney (Aircraft engines)
AresSpace has launch facilities at Cape Canaveral in Florida, Edwards Base, China Lake Test Range, and Inyokern Test Range in CFS, Wallops Island in Virginia, UCAS, and the Alaskan Spaceport on Kodiak Island in the Athabascan Council. Orbital facilities include Apollo, Icarus, Daedalus, Artemis, and Helios.
AresSpace launch facilities 
- ↑ Street Samurai Catalog p. 5
- ↑ Street Samurai Catalog p. 61
- ↑ Cyberpirates! p. 110
- ↑ California Free State p. 125
- ↑ Germany Sourcebook pp. 58-59
- ↑ Shadows of Europe p. 22
- ↑ Tir Tairngire p. 83
- ↑ Corporate Download p. 14
- ↑ Year of the Comet p. 15
- Arsenal, 257
- Augmentation, 13
- Blood in the Boardroom
- Cannon Companion
- Corporate Download
- Corporate Enclaves
- Corporate Guide
- Corporate Shadowfiles
- Germany Sourcebook
- Loose Alliances, 13-14
- Man & Machine: Cyberware, 12, 89-90
- Matrix, 154
- The Neo-Anarchist's Guide to North America
- New Seattle, 89-90
- Portfolio of a Dragon: Dunkelzahn's Secrets, 57
- Rigger 3
- Runner Havens, 73-74
- Runner's Companion, 129
- Seattle Sourcebook
- Shadowbeat, 25
- Shadowrun Third Edition, 316
- Shadowrun Fourth Edition, 42
- Shadowrun 20th Anniversary, 31, 46
- Shadows of Asia
- Shadows of Europe, 22
- Shadows of North America
- Street Magic, 18
- Target: UCAS
- The Rotten Apple: Manhattan
- Threats 2
- Virtual Realities 2.0, 150-151
- Year of the Comet
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