Once known as the Weimear Reich, the pagan rituals they performed to keep the upper hand in battle left them to descend into corruption and decadence. Because of this, their bodies were slowly mutating, sucking the vital essence from their own people. One by one, the Weimear lords turned into rotting, twisted, evil creatures
, more intelligent than before and free of the chains of morality, allowing them to become a dominant force in the Paradigm Worlds.
Still, these corrupted Weimear were a minority among their people. Openly overthrowing the current regime would be suicide, so they prepared a coup in secret. They acquired better equipment using knowledge found in ancient three-thousand-year-old books, containing diagrams of strange items mixing technology with magic. Technology based on the vitality of living creatures. Of course, these diagrams were useless without the facilities to produce the items - so the next step was setting up a manufacturing company. On paper, this was an economic company known as Northern Manufactures, the target of which was to conduct trade, particularly with the Alien Shimizq
. The corrupted Weimear needed knowledge far more advanced than their own to replicate the items they needed, and a division of this company was launched with a focus on industrial espionage.
The trade company proved to be such a successful source of income for the Weimear Reich that no one even thought to look into its long-term actions. In a world as competitive as the Paradigm Worlds, any advantage will do, and the people of the Reich knew this. Years passed like this, and the corrupted Weimear were free to amass power in the shadows. They were officially too big to fail.
Ultimately the Weimear Reich met its downfall, not at the hands of war, uprising or revolt, but because of one of the most powerful, vicious and insidious weapons ever created - the Persuadraton. This item is capable of making a puppet out of any living creature. Anyone hit by this weapon does anything the puppet-master wants. It works only for a limited time, with even the most powerful corrupted Weimears (now known as Necros) only able to overtake the mind of a victim for only a few days, but tremendous societal change can be brought on by even the smallest moment of control.
The most powerful people among the Weimear were "persuaded" to give away their belongings, wealth and political knowledge to the Company. Corruption, blackmail, espionage - these were the most common weapons of the Necros.
Not everyone had been persuaded to join... but before the rebels could organize, the company staged its revolution.
First, they managed to paralyze the kingdom by persuading the fifteenth Reichsfuhrer, Darlauf Herknagtin, to banish his best generals. Other lords were persuaded to revolt against their liege.
Actions like this created serious a crisis in the Weimear administration, and this gave the company everything they needed to move in and take the reich for themselves.
There was no more company. There was only Necrocorp. A new system, a new power, with no morality or ethics standing in their way.
Those who tried to resist were turned into mindless thralls, almost literal zombies, by overuse of the Persuadraton.
Today, Necros are still the minority, but most true Weimear are little more than mind-controlled slaves.
The Paradigm's ties to the occult only grew with their faction's transformation, and their connection with these old demonic forces are standing very strong today.
The Corp's higher-level soldiers and puppetmasters are known as Hauptmanns.
The ancient diagrams combined with knowledge stolen from aliens resulted in the creation of a most powerful ranged weapon - the energy lance. It is a very complicated energy condenser, similar to a lightsaber. Weaker, perhaps, but a potent thrown weapon. Necros developed their own 'cavalry', mounted on technomagical vehicles, and their last line of offense consists of the most well-trained genetically engineered Necrocorp agents. They use their most advanced weapons, and when energy or bullets are not enough they can handle their enemy by using high-tech blades.
On top of everything are the Neuromancers. They use the power of the persuadraton, able to turn enemy into ally.