The Shield Church is a religious cult based out of Neumann/Gazulin (Trojan Reach 3105). The Church has absolute rule over the planet and arose in the wake of a planetary disaster caused by uncontrolled nanotechnology. The cult’s primary goal is to hold back the swarmers, which they do with their own swarms and with the cleansing power of plasma fire. The Church strictly limits new technology on Neumann.
The Shield Church is led by the Immortal Protector, a semi-mythic figure who is said to reincarnate into every new generation.