Tip of The Iceberg
To fully understand Trident and its place in The Web, one must look to its origin and complex struggle with internal politics. They are not allies, instead preferring the term "business partners." Operatives work well together out of necessity, but there's always a difference of opinion here and a border dispute there. The ocean can't be claimed by a nation or a governing body. Trident operates independently, and the organizations within equally so. Language barriers and the occasional vendetta between ship captains complicate operations regularly. This is a major reason why Trident is considered a troubleshooting organization despite their size and capabilities. Their membership numbers in the hundreds, their field of influence spanning large swaths of the globe. Still, they lack cohesion and centralized command, operating on something akin to an honor system. Once the job is done, they may as well be complete strangers.
Many organization in The Web began during the world wars, and Trident is no exception. Some of the early steam powered frigates are still in use by members of Trident today, capitalizing on The Gift of Tall Tales to empower the vessel. The first of the three organizations, Deepwatch, began in 1915 with British naval divers in search of mines along the African coast. The first of The Diluvian Leagues wouldn't appear till the battle of midway in 1942. Finally, Blackwater emerged in the late forties, a reaction to the increasing influence and logistical needs of the other organizations. The three would enter an agreement in 1968, thus officially forming what we know as Trident. The ocean is big, and that's just the surface. To manage incursions on the ocean floor, and sufficiently keep the operation going is no easy feat. By coming together, they encouraged cooperation and exchange of information. It also clearly laid out jurisdictions for operatives to help ease the burden, combat linguistic challenges, and sooth ideological differences.
Tools of the trade
Trident has little in the way of unique equipment compared to other organizations. Most of the time, they can get by with what would be available to anyone. The only exception is irisite coating. Irisite can be conditioned and refined, resulting in a glossy liquid that will coat just about anything. It adds durability and assists in diffusing energy in the case of trauma. This makes their clothing, vessels, and equipment hard to penetrate and thus hard to damage. By coating ammunition, they capitalize on another peculiar quality of irisite. Irisite has explosive qualities when heated and exposed to extreme trauma. A bullet coated in irisite penetrates up to 6 inches of steel, and detonates as the round passes through. This means annirisite round can be fired into the water without ricocheting and losing most of its momentum. It varies from vessel to vessel, but Trident often employs military equipment as well, such as advanced radar, depth charges and torpedo launchers. While it makes their operations tedious and more strategic, it's arguably their greatest strength. It's rare for deep sea entities to work out where a torpedo is coming from when launched from a Deepwatch submarine half a mile away. Deepwatch is also known for using upgraded variants of the APS, a rifle designed for use underwater.