Three old men represent the highest authority of the Earth Federation Government. They have ruled continuously for hundreds of years due to prolonged life through their cybernetic implants. Cerebral implants also allow them to share their thoughts — creating a single entity united in mind and purpose.
~ Contra: Shattered Soldier instruction booklet

The Triumvirate are the main antagonists in Contra: Shattered Soldier. They are a trio of ancient men who had governed Earth since immemorial times. Its members are Nero, Gaius, and Commodus.


Twenty years prior to the events of Contra: Shattered Soldier, a space miner on Jupiter discovered the Moirai Ruin, a shrine belonging to an ancient civilization that ruled the galaxy before the birth of mankind. Men of influence wanted to monopolize their highly advanced technology, so they sent the army and brought the Moirai Relic, an object containing immeasurable power, to Earth. This caused Red Falcon, an alien army which was programmed to protect the relic, to attack Earth in order to retrieve it.

After the Emperor Java was defeated during the first invasion, and Emperor Gava and Black Viper in subsequent attempts, Bill Rizer was framed by the Triumvirate for the destruction of 80% of the world's population, as well as for murdering his partner, Lance Bean. He was sentenced to 10,000 years in cryogenic prison, but was released 5 years later by decision of the Triumvirate to fight off the Blood Falcon, a new terrorist organization led by an unknown commander. This mysterious individual was eventually revealed to be the still living Lance Bean.

After defeating Lance, he revealed the truth about the Triumvirate and the alien attacks on Earth to Bill and Lucia with his last breath. After this revelation, both set onward to confront the Triumvirate, although by the time they arrived the analysis on the relic had already been completed. Nevertheless, the power of the relic resulted to be too much for the old men to handle, so it merged with them, killing all three in the process.


Contra: Shattered Soldier

Contra: Return

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