In the 21st Century, history was forever changed by the advent of mass human inter-connectivity. The mind of mankind is linked through the internet, a collective consciousness woven from software and housed in mass data containment facilities. Everything changed. National borders and individual religions meant nothing before the new leviathan, as human experiences were now shared regardless of geographic affiliation. It's a new world, and it's bleeding into what the uninformed continue to refer to as reality.
The internet is now a synthetic universe where information was transmitted back and forth with the real one. Electioneering takes place over social media. Businesses deal in crypto-currency rather than national savings. Digital data breached the real world, with one able to look up information about anything in their immediate surroundings and project another layer of reality over it. What opinions do people have about that restaurant? Where is the nearest bank? Is that man armed? How is he best neutralized? Et cetera. Et cetera.
There are two human worlds now: the real, and the digital. By necessity, DETERRENCE operates in both. Only one man is fit to walk the line between mainframe and meat.
His codename is VERUS.