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|Appears in||Call of Duty: Black Ops II|
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
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Shadows of Evil
Zetsubou No Shima
- "After the Great Battle, they stood upon the mound. Their light shone down and cleansed all the sickness for as far as the eye could see. They are the first; they are the last..."
- — Der Eisendrache cipher.
Primis (Latin: The First) is the name given to four legendary heroes before the events of the zombies storyline. They were formed after Monty sent the Origins Crew back in time following the defeat of the Apothicons.
Primis consisted of four heroes: "Tank" Dempsey, Edward Richtofen, Takeo Masaki and Nikolai Belinski. Each of them wielded one of the four Elemental Staffs. They were widely recognized in assisting the Keepers in defeating and sealing away the Apothicons during the legendary Apothicon War.
During World War I in 1918, a German research organization known as Group 935 lead by Doctor Ludvig Maxis and Doctor Edward Richtofen began to investigate the tomb of Primis located in Northern France, where they discovered Element 115. Using the element, Group 935 began creating weapons of mass destruction in order to ensure Germany's ultimate victory in the war. This caught the attention of three other global superpowers: Japan, Russia and the United States of America, who each sent one operative to infiltrate the excavation site and secure Richtofen for their respective country.
During one of the excavations in the main tomb however, Group 935 accidentally unleashed several zombified crusaders sealed away within the depths of the tomb, causing a massive infection around the excavation site, with Maxis too succumbing to the infection. In hopes of saving Maxis' life, Richtofen preserved Maxis' brain within a drone in order for him to survive. After the surgery however, Richtofen is confronted by Dempsey, Nikolai and Takeo, who all held him at gunpoint. At that point, several zombies began to swarm the area, with the four nearly being crushed by Group 935's greatest creation: The Giant Robot.
The four are soon contacted by Samantha Maxis, who was trapped within Agartha after traveling back in time to World War I. She begged the four the help free her, with the four eventually succeeding in freeing her.
After being told about the future events that have transpired, Richtofen then goes on a two year hiatus in search of an ancient book known as the Kronorium. After finding it with the help of the TranZit crew, Richtofen discovers the location of the Summoning Key with the knowledge from the book. Travelling to the 63rd Dimension, Richtofen manages to secure the artifact from four cursed individuals from the city before escaping with the Summoning Key in hand.
Traveling to a slightly altered version of the original timeline, Dempsey, Takeo and Nikolai confront the Original Richtofen following the latter's betrayal to Maxis. After holding off several zombies, the Original Richtofen opens the door to an MDT, revealing the Origins Richtofen inside, who proceeds to kill his original self and secretly preserve his original version's soul within the Summoning Key. Enraged at Richtofen's actions, the other three become verbally hostile to Richtofen, who justifies his actions in search for a better tomorrow. After activating a beacon, the Origins Maxis locates the four and extracts them from the site.
Commandeering a Giant Robot, the four chase the remains of Group 935 to their Austrian Fortress codenamed Eagle's Nest in hopes of retrieving the original Dempsey from their clutches. However, the capsule containing his body is then launched into space via a Group 935 rocket, with the destination being Group 935's lunar research base, codenamed Griffin Station, on the Moon. Working together again, the four manage to return the rocket back to the castle and revive a deceased Keeper from its tomb with the use of the Vril Generator. With the help of the Keeper, the four manage to retrieve the MPD from Griffin Station. However, the Keeper becomes corrupted by the same energy used to turn the Keepers into Apothicons, with the four forcing to battle it in order to cleanse its soul. After charging the Summoning Key with the use of the MPD, the four send a barrage of missiles towards the Moon, ultimately destroying it. After Richtofen reveals his true plans, Dempsey is forced to shut off the life support systems keeping his original self alive, ultimately killing him. Richtofen then preserves his soul within the Summoning Key.
Traveling to Japanese patrol boat, the four are captured by the Imperial Japanese Navy and are interrogated on the Summoning Key's origins. However, the four manage to escape and barely save the Summoning Key from falling overboard. Swimming to an island controlled by Division 9, Group 935's Japanese ally during World War II, the four begin their search for the original Takeo. After discovering him mutated in the lower levels of the research bunker, the four reverse the effects of the mutation, saving the original Takeo. The two Takeos confront one another, with the original Takeo informing his younger self of the Emperor's betrayal. Horrified about this revelations, Origins Takeo then convinces his original version to commit seppuku in hopes of securing a better tomorrow. Accepting his fate, the original Takeo commits seppuku while his younger self acts as his kaishakunin. After collecting his soul, the four travel to different locations such as Alcatraz Island in order to secure several blood vials before returning to the island.
Opening a rift over the skies of a war-torn Stalingrad, the four are sent freefalling down towards the ground. Using the body of Peter McCain and his parachute, the four manage to land directly in front of the original Nikolai's Manticore mech. After failing to kill the Origins Crew, the original Nikolai and his mech are thrown into a building by a Dragon. After completing an Ascension Protocol for S.O.P.H.I.A, Maxis' former assistant turned A.I., the four assist the original Nikolai in killing a Dragon. After the Dragon's death however, the original Nikolai turns on the four, with the four managing to disable his mech. Origins Nikolai then confronts his original self, explaining why he became an alcoholic following the death of their first wife. Enraged by this, the original Nikolai attempts to kill his younger version, but is thwarted by his younger self's bulletproof vest. In an act of self defense, the Origins Nikolai then brutally kills his original self with a shotgun shot to the head, killing him instantly. After collecting his soul, Richtofen then sends to the souls to The House. After the deed is done, Nikolai, Dempsey and Takeo are contacted by Monty, who explains what Richtofen has been doing for the past few years.
After arriving at The House and meeting Maxis, Maxis accidentally releases the Shadowman, the Apothicon harbinger, from the Summoning Key during the night. The Shadowman then releases his Apothicon brethren and creates several floating islands out of Monty's perfect world. After the four manage to recover the Summoning Key, the four manage to defeat the Shadowman with the help of S.O.P.H.I.A, who then later merges with Maxis' soul before the two sacrifice themselves in order to repair the universe, ultimately destroying the Apothicons. After Monty learns of Richtofen's secret plan with the blood vials, he begins to erase the Origins Crew from existence before getting an idea, sending them back in time as Primis, ultimately causing an infinite loop within the process.