In the first days of the Hassassin Society, the Old Man of the Mountain personally created a covert ops group whose mission was to investigate and uncover potential threats to the newly-founded Haqqislamite nation. This team, classified as Alpha Level Top Secret, operating strictly off the grid. Their actions went entirely unnoticed by the intelligence community up until less than a decade ago.
Completely unbeknownst even to other Hassassins, Govads were in operation well before the first public appearance of a Fiday, doing the dirty work of the Hachib as commanded by the Old Man of the Mountain. Until they were given their final orders.
Govad inquiries pointed to a surge in activity by Equinox, a scientific terrorist organization with the goal of provoking a violent technological revolution from which they expected to benefit. At the time, Hassassin Govads had free rein. Unencumbered by the need to gather evidence for an international court, they were both hunters and executioners. Due to their particular operational profile, this unit worked alone, entirely unassisted and unacknowledged by the government. Abiding by their modus operandi, Govads located and exterminated active Equinox cells from one corner of the Sphere to the other, giving them no mercy and no respite. However, once the advantage of surprise faded away, each skirmish became more violent and costly than the last. Equinox, allegedly funded by the MagnaObra Corporation, had almost limitless resources, while Govads, due to their clandestine nature, had none. The Hassassin unit accrued casualties at an increasing rate, until all its teams were eliminated. Only one of its members, Dawud Al-Dafani, was able to narrowly avoid the fate of his comrades.