Years wasted on pointless wars. Countless piles of gold diverted to those who least needed it. The people crushed under the rule of kings both mad and sane. At last, humanity has the apocalypse that it so badly deserved. The end of the world is upon us, and it is our fate to suffer in it until the end of time. We do not deserve rescue, we do not deserve respite. We are a plague upon the earth, and it is time for the extinction of our old way of life.
Thus reads the opening section of the manifesto of the mysterious organization that calls itself NMH. Both dedicated and despondent, the group works in its subtle way to subvert any rising force that seeks to oppose the Hand. They firmly believe that the reign of humanity upon the earth has come to its rightful end, and oppose any who would restore the old order.
Their methods are extreme and effective. They target the leadership of rebellious organizations and work to undermine their authority, raise questions about their capabilities, or, failing all else, end their lives. The same tactics are applied to any would-be heroes that rise to the fore; NMH firmly believes that heroes are the harbingers of false hope and bring with them only empty promises of a return to a diseased state of human domination.
The group is widely dispersed and lacks central leadership, relying instead on devoted individuals that either work alone or organize themselves into small cabals of like-minded agents.
While their plans tend to the subtle, they are not above the occassional public dislay of their power: they are just as likely to leave a grisly scene of murder behind as to work for months on an assassination plot that leaves barely a clue behind. Most of the cabals prefer to work in secret to undermine those who stand up against the Hand, but some are more aggressive with their tactics and, in either a show of bravado, a warning to others, or a call to join in their grim philosophy, leave behind a distinctive calling card: the letters NMH written in blood, offal, or whatever other materials are readily at hand.
Because of the decentralized nature of the organization, its targets and potential targets are all but helpless to stop the group. Few of those who draw the attention of the NMH are even aware of the existence of the organization, and fewer still find an effective means to stand against them. It is suspected that they have infiltrated a number of civil and rebel groups, operating a network of spies and informants loyal to the cause whose goal it is to watch for the emergence of natural leaders and stop their rise to power by whatever means are necessary.