- Damien Knight ( 22 PERCENT APPROX. )
- Leonard Aurelius ( 22 PERCENT APPROX. )
- Gavilan Ventures ( 12 PERCENT APPROX.)
- AEROSPACE: 11
- AGRICULTURE: 2
- BIOTECHNOLOGY : 2
- CHEMICALS: S
- COMPUTER ENGINEERING: 6
- COMPUTER SCIENCE: 5
- CONSUMER GOODS: 7
- CYBERNETICS: 3
- ENTERTAINMENT: 5
- FINANCE: 4
- HEAVY INDUSTRY : 7
- MYSTICAL GOODS/SERVICES: 3
- MILITARY TECHNOLOGY: 10
- SERVICE: 7
Ares Macrotechnology Inc. has interests in a wide range of industries, Major divisions and subsidiaries such as Knight Errant Security, Inc., Ares Arms, AresSpace, and Ares Global Entertainment make the parent corp a healthy profit in security, weapons, munitions and other military/security equipment, aerospace, entertainment, and many other areas. A wide-ranging business empire, Ares extends its interests through minor subsidiaries to such diverse markets as simsense, utilities, fashion, biotech, automotive engineering, and scientific research.
The parent corporation, Ares Macrotechnology Inc., is a public corporation based in Detroit , UCAS, with 11 series of shares and 9 of debentures trading on virtual stock exchanges around the globe. At present, company president and CEO Damien Knight is the prime shareholder in the corporation, with the current chairman of the board, Leonard Aurelius, holding marginally fewer voting shares. Several million registered shareholders divide the remaining shares between them.
Knight and Aurelius seem to be carrying on a bitter personal feud. Up until 2049, Knight served as both chairman of the board and CEO of Ares. Through a cunning proxy campaign, Aurelius gained control of the board and ousted Knight, taking over the chairman’s position. Knight apparently took this maneuver as a personal slight, and has done everything in his power to make Aurelius’ life as miserable as possible.
Because of its wide range of business interests, Ares is structured differently from most other megacorps. Instead of basing its divisions solely on region or function, it does both. Ares UCAS is one of its regional divisions, whereas Ares Arms is a functional division. Under this system of organization, different functional areas such as Ares Arms , AresSpace, Knight Errant , and Ares Global Entertainment operate as independent megacorps. For example, Ares Space has its own international HQ located in Houston. That division also has regional and functional subdivisions, such as AresSpace CommSat and AresSpace Lifters UCAS. The parent company’s Detroit HQ has an additional set of subdivisions based entirely on region. For example, Ares-CAS spawns subdivisions such as Ares-Atlanta. These regional divisions serve as management corps and holding companies for the many subsidiaries Ares owns or controls in hundreds of industry segments.
Officially, Roger Soaring Owl serves as executive VP in charge of Knight Errant Security. In practice, the ubiquitous Mr. Knight controls nearly all facets of the division’s day-to-day business.
General Guido Cantarelli, retired from the UCAS Marine Corps, serves as exec VP of Ares Arms. We suspect that Cantarelli is a figurehead, trading on his reputation to gain points with military clients while a body of advisers makes the actual business decisions for the division.
Each major division within the Ares hierarchy takes care of its own security . Not surprisingly, the effectiveness of security varies from one division to another, although overall security remains admirably high .
Physical and Magical Security
Though generalizations get dangerous when it comes to discussing Ares security provisions, physical site security generally depends more on personnel than on hardware. The people on-site may have the best gear available in their hot little hands, supported by comm nets and other infrastructure. But most of the time, if either trained personnel or a remote sensor can handle a particular security task, Ares puts its ’wetware" on the cutting edge with the hardware and software backing them up, rather than vice versa.
In terms of magical site security, Ares has a well-deserved reputation for efficiently integrating its magical assets with its physical security provisions. Rather than concentrating its mages in a single band of magical shock troops, Ares spreads them among mundane units to back up the non-magical security forces.
In this one area, Ares has fallen behind the other megacorps. Ares simply has less Sophisticated Matrix security than that established by corps such as Fuchi. Ares tends to use IC at least one generation behind the cutting edge, and its hardware generally works a bit more slowly. To make up for these drawbacks, a typical Ares system has considerable layering, often uneven, with data choke-points that look like glaciers.
Ares Arms’ Military Systems Division provides the megacorporation’s military assets. These include a competitive Desert Wars force; an extensive set of trained “test and evaluation” personnel capable of putting any new weapon or support system through its paces; and a team of “end-user consultants” assigned to train the purchasers of Ares’ military products to use them most efficiently. With the possible exception of Aztechnology, Ares has the most extensive military capability among all the megacorps.
Officially, Ares has limited “extended security” assets on staff. It appears to use few street ops, and even fewer special forces. Of course, its widespread range of subsidiaries means that nobody can watch them all. Instead of keeping a black-ops team on Ares’ payroll where someone might notice , Damien Knight buries them in the payroll of a distant subsidiary not publicly acknowledged as part of the Ares corporate empire. That way, Knight can honestly claim that Ares Macrotechnology Inc. employs no black-ops teams.