The smart rule, the strong command, the fast work, the weak die.
Uncharted island, Indian Ocean
|Founded by||Arsenio Castillo|
|Leader(s)||Arsenio Castillo (formerly)|
Central Intelligence Agency
|Appearance(s)||Criminal Case (s3):|
God Save the Prince (first member )
Killing Spring (first mentioned by name)
I Spy a Mummy (first identified)
The Darkest Hour (last )
SOMBRA is an international crime organization appearing in Season 3 of Criminal Case. After having an evil alignment against the Bureau throughout the season, the organization was neutralized in The Darkest Hour.
Events of Criminal Case
Sahara Region—uniting the rebels
The Bureau first learned about SOMBRA in Libya when Carmen and the player found a wad of cash sent to Hamza Boussefi from "The Sword", Chief Ripley's murderer first discovered in Morocco. Fatima Boussefi said that Hamza was paid by The Sword to start and lead a protest against Sultan Mahmoud. In a Libyan oasis, Carmen and the player found another wad of cash from the Sword, with a substance from the Nile River on it.
The team departed to Egypt, where they found the corpse of Afif Wahab. Agent Asal Hawaa said that Mossad suspected him of being a hitman in cahoots with SOMBRA. Later on, Asal revealed that SOMBRA was an international crime organization, separated into organized cell groups worldwide. She revealed that the Promethian Cult was their European branch. The Bureau deduced that The Sword was attempting to unite the rebels to form a SOMBRA cell in the Sahara. With the help of Jonah Karam, the team disguised as rebel leaders and contacted Seamus Cummings, The Sword's weapons dealer, to make him believe that a new rebel group was formed, leading him to inform The Sword about them. The meeting was going to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In Dubai, Seamus was found dead. After the team arrested his killer, The Sword kidnapped Andrew Stern, Ambassador Jessica Stern's son, and shipped him out of the country. Unable to locate him on Dubai, the team (with the help of Jessica) tracked Andrew to Iraq, where the team went despite the knowledge that The Sword had laid a trap for them there.
In Iraq, the team found the body of Anir Aznag, who had cooperated with The Sword in Andrew's abduction. The team found Andrew and eventually, The Sword (whose real identity was Omar Bahir) was revealed to be Anir's killer. Omar admitted to be in charge of rising conflict and extremism in Sahara and Middle East in order to form a new cell for SOMBRA. After that, Jonah sniped Omar down to prevent him from poisoning Carmen and the player. Later, it was revealed that Omar had failed in killing Chief Ripley. Furthermore, head of COSMORUS (the Russian space agency) Natasha Romanova reported alleged spying activities on the organization. Believing that SOMBRA was behind the spying, the Bureau headed to Moscow.
Eurasia—launching a satellite
In Moscow, Jack and the player found COSMORUS employee Darya Chernova murdered. It was revealed that Darya was receiving five million dollars for classified COSMORUS information. Later, the team found out Darya received $1,700,000 over the course of three months from a logistics firm called Global Flux Ltd, which was a SOMBRA alias per Jonah.
Later, in Saint Petersburg, the team found out that Global Flux Ltd was making agreements with the Lermontov Estate and that Darya was leaking COSMORUS launch codes to SOMBRA. The launch codes contained coordinates to Siberia as well.
In Siberia, CIA operative Nick Kringle was assassinated by Asal. After the trial, Asal said that Nick was assassinated under the suspicion of being a SOMBRA agent. Later, Marina found out that Nick created Santa Inc, an offshore company to receive payments from Global Flux Ltd and that he had given a hologram/blueprint of a satellite to SOMBRA. Elliot later found out that Global Flux Ltd received money from the Russian ex-president that Marina had exposed for her student project. Furthermore, he traced the company's payments to Mongolia.
On the way to Mongolia in the Trans-Siberian Express, a murder caused the train to stop. The killer, Nikita Rukhin, was interrogated about his smuggling network. He claimed not to know the contents of the things he was smuggling. Later, Carmen and the player found out that SOMBRA was smuggling satellite parts through the Soviets' smuggling network. The train moved again and the team found a tablet which told that SOMBRA was going to launch their own satellite in order to hijack all other satellites and gain control of almost all technology on Earth.
Arriving in Mongolia, Carmen and the player found SOMBRA satellite engineer Andrei Beloglazov dead in Mount Khan, near a statue that was later revealed to be the entrance to SOMBRA's satellite factory. Tsetseg was arrested for his murder, and she explained that SOMBRA hired her to kill him to "tie up loose ends", implying that the satellite was done. After her trial, the team found counterfeit COSMORUS key cards which were going to be used to gain access to a COSMORUS launch site. Later, they also found out through a delivery slip that SOMBRA had sent the satellite to Kazakhstan.
Upon gaining clearance (thanks to Elliot) and permission from Natasha, Jack and the player found Senator Vitaly Borodin dead in the launch site. Yelena Tereshkova was arrested for the murder, who insisted that she did not know anything of the satellite and that Natasha ordered her to kill him. During her arrest, Natasha launched the satellite. Tipped off by Yelena afterwards, Jonah and the player found Nikolai Sharapov's tablet containing an incomplete code that would override the launched satellite. Intimidated by Jonah, Nikolai gave the missing code to Elliot.
Meanwhile, Marina and the player found out that Natasha was to hide in the Bayterek Tower until sunrise. Near the Bayterek tower, Agent Anya Ivanova helped the team figure out that Natasha was looking for something near the building. They found a metal briefcase with money and a note saying that SOMBRA was going to dump Natasha. Upon her arrest, Natasha said that SOMBRA had promised her power. Learning of the note however, Natasha panicked as she believed SOMBRA considered her a loose end.
After all the events, Yelena and Natasha were sentenced to 50 and 75 years in prison respectively, and Elliot was able to gain control of the satellite for the Bureau's use.
South Asia—framing the innocent
In New Delhi, Carmen and the player found out about a pharmaceutical company called O.M. MediLab, which would be revealed to be part of SOMBRA in Bhutan. The company had produced a highly effective drug called Dracoxia that would cause a disastrous plague if misused. Dr Sumati Misra said that she gave her patients the drug for access to the company's pharmaceutical catalogue.
In plague-ridden Bangalore, it was revealed that O.M. MediLab bribed Dr Shweta Noorani to research on Dracoxia. She managed to create a supervirus from its components, which would later be unleashed to cause the plague. Later, the populace of Bangalore was cured and Angela confiscated all research on Dracoxia and the virus to prevent O.M. MediLab from further research.
In Bhutan, the team found that Guru Om Padmasana was donating to One Mother Milk. Upon finding a brochure for the charity, Elliot confirmed that O.M. MediLab was a SOMBRA front, and subsequently, the guru was donating to SOMBRA. Tailing the guru's follower, Averly Worthington, the Bureau went to Tibet, where they found Sandeep Sadhra murdered by Warren Goodfellow, who only admitted he was framing the guru.
Later, the team found out that O.M. MediLab used the Royal Bank of Luxembourg to receive funds. With this information, Elliot was able to cut off O.M. MediLab's funding and return the guru's donations. Meanwhile, it was revealed that Warren established One Mother Milk. Upon interrogation, Warren confirmed his allegiance to SOMBRA. Later, the team found a letter from "The Head Hunter" to Warren, ordering him to frame Padmasana and kill Sandeep. Upon analysis, Lars said that the letter had traces of a flower endemic to Yunnan in China.
East Asia—strengthening the orphans
In Yunnan, the Bureau found a teenager named Guo Han murdered. His killer, Zhao Mei, displayed strange behavior, saying that "she was not weak". In Han's house, the team discovered that Mei was somehow related to SOMBRA. In the forest, the team discovered the ties between Warren and Ronin Ozawa, a traveler. Later, Ronin was revealed to be tracking Mei, but he claimed to have been doing that since she had disappeared from the province of Sichuan.
In Sichuan, the team had to investigate the murder of adoption agency worker Li Jun. After arresting her killer, the team found Jun's notes, which mentioned SOMBRA's name, along with the disappearance of orphans across many Asian countries. The team then headed to Beijing, as the city had the highest number of disappearances.
In Beijing, the team discovered that Sanjay Korrapati had an encounter with Ronin Ozawa. Then, Tsukada Chieko (a waitress) requested the team's help to locate her missing brother, Hiroshi. While looking for Hiroshi, they discovered that SOMBRA was brainwashing orphans to make them loyal to their ideas and beliefs. Later, the team headed to Seoul, in South Korea, where Hiroshi was last seen and were Sanjay departed after meeting Ronin.
In Seoul, the team discovered that SOMBRA was adding subliminal messages into SILVERee's music videos for their brainwashing scheme, although the K-pop star claimed not to know about them. Later, the team deduced from a photo in April's bag that Ronin was moving the orphans to Tokyo.
In Tokyo, the team found proof of Ronin giving Sanjay a gun and ordering him to blackmail an unknown person. Ronin revealed that SOMBRA paid him and the Watanabe-gumi organization to train the orphans. Before then, Sanjay ran away and (with the help of Chieko) they were able to track him to Kyushu Island in Japan.
In Kyushu, Hiroshi was found dead. Mid-investigation, Sanjay contacted the team and told them that SOMBRA was ordering the brainwashed orphans to kill each other in an event called The Hunt. All suspects turned out to be involved in the Hunt. Chieko blended in to rescue her brother, SILVERee advertised (and was forced to participate in) the Hunt for his sponsors, Sanjay actually took part in the Hunt, Ronin provided weapons to the children, and Obaasan turned out to be the mastermind of The Hunt, the orphan's brainwashing scheme, and the one who killed Hiroshi.
With SILVERee's help, Sanjay was taken out of his brainwashing. At the same time, Ronin, wanting to negotiate his freedom, helped the team stop The Hunt by directing them to a commanding unit in a temple. Ronin also provided them an important lead about SOMBRA's future plans for their recruits. The lead consisted of a video in which a girl told the sole survivor of The Hunt to go to Bangkok, in Thailand, for "the next level".
Oceania—experimenting on the recruits
The Bureau followed Ronin's lead to the Thai capital. After investigating the murder of Muay Thai boxing champion Thanid Tongproh, an unknown source called X told the team to investigate his past. The team discovered that Thanid was an orphan, was part of The Hunt, and was in contact with Obaasan. Furthermore, SOMBRA was revealed to be planning that event for longer than the team thought. The team then received another message from X, telling them to meet a woman called Michelle Zuria in Singapore for more information about "the next level".
The team arrived in Singapore to meet Michelle, who denied knowing anything about SOMBRA. Soon after though, the team had to investigate the murder of Constance Tan. Her killer turned out to be a SOMBRA agent named Anbu Devanesan, who admitted to killing Constance because she had run across the organization’s name. Anbu then kidnapped Elliot to avoid arrest. The team later deduced that Anbu was funding the "next level" program and found a document mentioning a "successful experimentation" on Thanid. After the team successfully rescued Elliot, he claimed to have overheard Anbu ordering a boat to Indonesia, so the team followed SOMBRA to the country.
In Indonesia, the team found Riaja Somalinggi, the girl who appeared on the video the team watched in Kyushu, murdered. During their investigation, they found the camp in which SOMBRA was experimenting with the recruits. Later, Maya Salim was arrested for her murder and explained that she was only hired to assess the recruits' psyche and that she only killed Riaja because she tried to escape. In the camp, the team found out that SOMBRA was genetically enhancing the orphans, improving their speed, strength, or intelligence, with yellow eyes as a side effect. The project was supervised by Marshall Metcalf and Riaja and Baxter Fraser were among the experimented recruits, being made faster and stronger, respectively. Later, Elliot received another message from X, which led the team to deduce that Riaja would have met Baxter in New Zealand.
The team found Baxter hiding in New Zealand. Baxter told them that SOMBRA was involved in the production of the movie "The Ringed Lord", created by the late director Jackson Peters. While investigating that, the team found proof that Bronwyn Peters, Jackson’s wife and casting director for the movie, was paid by SOMBRA to hire young children and send them worldwide. Meanwhile, the team found a hidden microphone in a rugby bar, leading them and Baxter to presume that SOMBRA was spying on him. X then messaged the team again, telling them that one of the recruits had been spotted in Sydney, Australia.
In Australia, the team found media mogul Rufus Murlock shot to death. The team discovered a SOMBRA shipwreck in Rufus's property. It was also revealed that he had been killed by Veronica Salter, a SOMBRA recruit who was following the organization’s orders. With her arrest, the team deduced that SOMBRA was sending the recruits as assassins around the world. On his shipwreck, the team found out that Rufus was a SOMBRA agent who left them about 30 years before. Later, the team discovered that SOMBRA was directing the "next level" program for 30 years from an uncharted island on the Indian Ocean.
On the island, the team found the body of SOMBRA’s scientist Marshall Metcalf. During his murder investigation, they found out that Marshall was leaking information to the Mossad and that Michelle worked for SOMBRA. Furthermore, Ruby Armstrong was paid by SOMBRA to design Marshall's volcano lab. Michelle admitted her identity as X and told the team that she had stopped working for SOMBRA after learning about the “next level” program, which was against her morality, leading her to assist the Bureau during their investigation. The team also discovered that SOMBRA sent their assassins on a mission to Kenya before the island sank due to a volcanic eruption.
Africa—smuggling the De Brills' diamonds
On the way to Kenya, the Bureau's plane crashed in Madagascar and their pilot, Jakobo Nkosi, was murdered while trying to get help. The team arrested Aristide Akintola for the murder. Aristide admitted to being paid to kill everyone in the plane, including the Bureau (whom he tried to shoot mid-investigation). After his trial, the team figured out that SOMBRA had a connection with Lavinia De Brills, heiress to the world's largest diamond company. Meanwhile, they also figured out that Aristide was paid by SOMBRA to cause the plane crash. Later on, through a punch card SOMBRA gave to Aristide, Elliot discovered that someone from inside the Bureau was giving inside information to SOMBRA. The team then went to Kenya to chase after Lavinia.
In Kenya, the Bureau were able to find Lavinia during her safari guide's murder investigation. After the investigation was closed, the team found out from Lavinia that there were fewer diamonds being shipped than being produced and that Prince Abioye's name was repeatedly on the company's files. Meanwhile, Elliot and Michelle figured out the mole had informed SOMBRA that their cover had been blown through their satellite and had also sent instructions to SOMBRA to send an assassin to kill Prince Abioye.
In South Africa, the team found the assassin, Kayla Pieterse, dead in a Zulu village. They also found Prince Abioye, whom they put in protective custody mid-investigation as someone tried to shoot him. After the investigation was closed, Prince Abioye told the team that SOMBRA wanted him dead because he was fighting against their diamond smuggling scheme through his home country of Mazunda.
The Bureau went to the De Brills Diamonds's largest mine to investigate SOMBRA's smuggling. Michelle and the player went to Victoria Falls and found Bureau files which the mole tried to dispose of. Elliot said they contained investigation details dating back to Europe and dossiers on everyone except Marina, who denied being the mole. Meanwhile, Frida Cruz said that SOMBRA was also involved in the diamond smuggling. They eventually found out that a sponsor had asked Lily Karam to get a briefcase (with a large diamond inside it) and take it to the 3R Race's finish line.
In the finish line in Mazunda, Lily's co-driver Nomena Leroy was found dead. Ninah Zafy confirmed during the investigation that Nomena was smuggling diamonds for SOMBRA. Later on, Lavinia was arrested for the murder and for smuggling her own diamonds for SOMBRA. After her trial, Michelle and the player found the missing diamonds in a hollow African mask, which also contained sweat from racer Thomas Moulin, who said that he did not know about the diamonds until Lavinia told him to keep them secure until her contact (the mole) came to pick them up. The two then rushed back to headquarters to interrogate Lavinia, only to be informed by Carmen that she was killed inside her cell.
During the investigation into Lavinia's murder, the mole freed Aristide, who then kidnapped Carmen. He forced her to call the player to get them to come to Nigeria so he could kill them there. However, Aristide was shot dead by Jonah. Later, Angela was arrested for the murder. During her arrest and trial, Angela explained that she was SOMBRA since she was young. When she joined the Bureau, she genuinely helped them while keeping SOMBRA informed of their every move. However, she figured out SOMBRA wanted her dead after the plane crash in Madagascar. To prove her worth, she hired Lavinia to smuggle diamonds for SOMBRA and even provided her with the murder weapon that she would use to kill Nomena.
After her arrest, Angela told Lars and the player that she was SOMBRA since she was orphaned at age 8. With Angela's help, the assassins in Africa were rescued. Later on, Angela told Lars that she loved her family and that marrying him was the first time she had disobeyed SOMBRA.
South America—hiding its past
Stranded in Antarctica, the Bureau found out that high-ranked operative Eduardo Ruiz led Antarctic expeditions for SOMBRA around the year 1970. Michelle said that he had died recently, presumably of a heart attack. After Ernest Emerson told them Ruiz was in Antarctica since 1950, Michelle and the player found a newspaper article in the penguin research lab, saying that the Argentine government had canceled one of Ruiz's expeditions, forcing them to return to the country. With communication restored, the Bureau were able to get out of Antarctica and into Argentina.
In Argentina, the Bureau found author Ernesto Cárpena stabbed and tortured to death. During the investigation, the team found a SOMBRA cáche in the mountains, which only contained the murder weapon. They also met Ignacio Muñoz who (according to Michelle) worked with anyone who paid him, including SOMBRA. Lorena Pratx was eventually arrested for Ernesto's murder, who said that she took the documents in cáche somewhere else after she killed and tortured Ernesto to find out where it was.
After her arrest, the team found out that Lorena's grandfather, Alejandro Pratx was a captain in one of Ruiz's expeditions. Upon interrogation, Lorena said that all the people in the expedition had dispersed. They were able to find out that Alejandro moved to Luzaguay. Meanwhile, the team also found out that a coded weather report instructed Lorena to burn all the documents. Jack and the player were able to find one scrap of paper, which mentioned a certain "El Rey". Michelle said that El Rey was the supreme leader of all of SOMBRA and that she thought that he was merely a myth. Later, Elliot confirmed the weather report came from Luzaguay, prompting the team to go to the secretive nation.
In Luzaguay, the team found President Adolfo Herrera shot dead. According to Sebastian Morales, SOMBRA was behind the government. This was further proven by the fact that SOMBRA wrote the country's constitution. With Vice President Valentina Silva arrested, the SOMBRA-controlled regime came to a natural end. After that, Francisco Ramirez told the team that SOMBRA financially backed President Herrera's presidential campaign so much that he was able to win the election easily. They later found out that Luzaguay was SOMBRA's first attempt in leading a nation and that because of this, Herrera and a SOMBRA agent would meet every so often. Elliot found out the Herrera would have met with an agent in Machu Picchu, so the team headed to Peru.
During a solar eclipse in Machu Picchu, Zoila Huanca met with Jack, who was disguised as President Herrera. When she suspected him of not being the real president, she was stabbed to death with a thrown Tumi. During the investigation, the team found Hacienda del Rey, El Rey's old home turned to a bed-and-breakfast. Later, Claudio Aguirre was arrested, and it was revealed that he was formerly SOMBRA. After the trial, Jack and the player found a note to El Rey dating back to 1957. Dupont said that it confirmed that El Rey founded SOMBRA as a philosophical club. Meanwhile, Amaru Condor told the team that Luzaguay was participating in the Olympics and that their representatives were like "athletic machines". With this, the Bureau headed to the Olympics to stop SOMBRA's plans.
In Rio de Janeiro, Luzaguayan gold medalist Oscar Rojas was found dead. His yellow eyes, various suspect testimonies, and a urine sample showed that he was a SOMBRA recruit trained in the Indonesian camp. Later, Brazilian athlete Edson Caetano was arrested for the murder, who claimed that he was tricked into killing him by mysterious men who told him the contents of the syringe would not do too much damage. After the investigation, the team found out that the men who approached Edson were representatives of Medicinal Biotech, an Amazon-based subsidiary of O.M. MediLab, which meant that SOMBRA was behind Oscar's murder. Meanwhile, they also found out from Hector Montoya and his flyer that SOMBRA was founded by a group of intellectuals in Campanilla, Colombia. After the Bureau concluded that SOMBRA killed Oscar to cause chaos in the Olympics, they headed to Colombia to attack SOMBRA from its roots.
In Campanilla, Michelle was crushed to death by a bell. During her murder investigation, the team encountered Alejandro. Furthermore, Isabel Amarga was proven to be a founding member of SOMBRA. Furthermore, they also discovered "The King's Shadow", a local pub where the intellectuals of SOMBRA would meet in the past. Later, Arsenio Castillo was revealed to be El Rey and Michelle's killer. Arsenio said that he killed Michelle because she had betrayed SOMBRA to join the Bureau. In his trial, Arsenio was sentenced to life in prison under maximum security. He also said that he had finished all the plotting that he needed. After Alejandro, Isabel, and Ignacio were arrested for involvement in SOMBRA, Arsenio was interrogated, where he merely told the Bureau to search the pub. There, they found a ten-year-old letter where Arsenio had passed on his title as El Rey to someone else. Upon interrogation, Arsenio said that SOMBRA's new leader was someone the team had already met and that the time for SOMBRA to come to light has come and that they would strike in the north.
North America—stepping into the light
In San Francisco, Elliot found out through a smartwatch that SOMBRA had infiltrated the USNay movement and paid Terrance Williams to kill the USStay movement leader, Sandy Turner. Investigating the USStay movement, the Bureau found out through Laetitia Badu's notes that O.M. MediLab was a sponsor of the USNay movement. Because O.M. MediLab was a respectable pharmaceutical company, the Bureau could not shut it down without irrefutable proof.
In Seattle, Erin Bryant of O.M. MediLab insisted that the organization was top-grade. Later however, the team was found out from Erin's files in the Great Coffee Seed Café that O.M. MediLab was guilty of tax evasion in multiple locations. With this, Erin was arrested for being an accomplice in tax evasion. Elliot also reported it to the authorities, guaranteeing that the medical firm would shut down. Meanwhile, the team found out that someone wanted to kill Unified Nations envoy Niilo Virtanen. The team went with him to Alaska because he needed to inspect the Bearing Straight weapons factory there.
In Alaska, both Jack and Niilo were shot, with the latter dying. Later, it was found out that UN security officer Joel Heller had orchestrated the attacks for SOMBRA. He said that killing Niilo on US soil would make the UN blame USNay radicals for the murder, which would further increase tensions between the UN and the US. After he admitted in court that he shot Jack to let the public see that Niilo had died, he was sentenced to life in prison. After the trial, Carmen and the player found out that Heller was ordered to kill Niilo in a public way through an encoded weather report. Heller said to the team afterwards that the USA-UN tension was just the first step in SOMBRA's "divide-and-conquer" plan. Later, the team showed proof of SOMBRA's existence to UN High Commissioner Leila Malak, who said that the UN would convene about the organization within the following six months. With the UN now knowing about SOMBRA's existence, and unable to risk to wait for that amount of time, the Bureau went to Camp Rushmore to warn the US president about SOMBRA's plans.
In Camp Rushmore, Elliot decided to let their satellite descend in order to retrieve its hard drive to show proof of SOMBRA's existence to its world leaders. However, someone had hijacked it and caused it to crash land in a Canadian wilderness. The team, as well as several government spies, chased it.
In the satellite crash site, Agent Jean Connerie of the French Secret Service was found murdered, and Agent Asal Hawaa of Mossad seriously injured. Later, former MGB agent Anya Ivanova was found guilty of the incident. She said that SOMBRA appreciated her talents more than MGB and COSMORUS ever did, and so she stole the hard drive for them. She was sentenced to life in jail. Later on, the Bureau were able to recover the hard drive with the help of Agent Vadim Efremov of the MGB and Agent Forrest Hunt of the CIA. They also found out that Jean and Asal knew that El Rey was going to Montreal. The team went to Montreal to meet El Rey and show Canadian Prime Minister Jason Stone the hard drive.
In Montreal, Jason was murdered in the sky box before the Bureau could show the hard drive to him. Mid-investigation, it was revealed that El Rey had killed Jason. Later on, the press got wind of the murder, which caused chaos in the world and caused some countries to start mobilizing their armies. Hector Montoya was then arrested for the murder and for SOMBRA's crimes. Hector said that his parents died in a fire that he survived, and he explained it by saying that he was strong and his parents were weak. He was drawn to SOMBRA's ideology and Arsenio gave him the title of El Rey. During the arrest, Carmen concluded that the murder was done to prevent Jason from seeing proof of SOMBRA. Hector then revealed that Chief Ripley helped SOMBRA since the beginning.
After the arrest, the Bureau pieced together SOMBRA's plan from the testimony of a deceased insane SOMBRA recruit named Peter Walker: SOMBRA would isolate the US via the USNay movement. After it was truly isolated, Hector would kill President Hewett to create a power vacuum that they would exploit in order to take control of the country.
Meanwhile, the Bureau found out the extent of Ripley's involvement. Ripley (who was part of the CIA then) offered Arsenio Castillo a deal: the CIA would fund SOMBRA, in exchange for them attacking the small country of Grenadia on the southern border of Colombia. SOMBRA complied, and the CIA was able to invade the country and gain its oil. Afterwards, the CIA tried to wipe SOMBRA out entirely but failed to do so, with Castillo able to fake his death and transfer SOMBRA's funds and the title of El Rey to Hector. When Ripley learned of this, she founded the Bureau in order to fight against SOMBRA, but she could not tell any of the agents about SOMBRA on orders from Director Nahum Meir of Mossad. After Hector was sentenced to life in prison, President Hewett was kidnapped.
During the search for the president in New York City, the team found Natasha Romanova with her throat slit in Times Square. According to Leila Malak, Natasha was present as a Russian diplomat who was meeting with the president. The team concluded that Natasha helped in the kidnapping (which was planned by El Rey) and was killed to get the US to blame the Russians for the kidnapping. Later, under orders from Vice President Sarah Bennett, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Marina.
During the investigation, the team found out Baxter Fraser was involved in the kidnapping, even though he was not able to give a coherent testimony. SOMBRA also broke Angela out of prison, who then planted a bomb in the Bureau's break room. Unfortunately for SOMBRA, Jonah was able to lessen the explosion and save the team. Later, the US declared war on Russia, putting the world on the brink of World War III.
The team then found enough evidence to arrest Sarah for the murder and for the kidnapping, but Sarah was able to escape after letting the FBI take Jack and the player away from her office. Afterwards, Baxter said that Sarah used his brainwashing to force him to help her and Natasha kidnap the president and that James was being held in the New York City catacombs. Jack, Dupont, and the player were then able to find Sarah holding James at gunpoint in the catacombs. Sarah confirmed all of the Bureau's speculations about her crimes, said that Hector wanted to kill James personally, and then shot at Jack. Since the bullet only grazed Jack's head, Sarah fired again. However, Dupont took the bullet in the chest for Jack, who then proceeded to shoot Sarah dead. James was freed and Dupont was taken to the hospital, although he would later die from the severity of his wound.
After the arrest, Marina was freed and Ingrid finally convinced James that SOMBRA was real. She was also determined to rout all SOMBRA members worldwide. With help from Baxter (whom Marina helped get free of his brainwashing) and Angela, Carmen and the player found Sarah's USB key in her bag on Air Force One, which contained a file that helped Elliot decrypt the secret file from the satellite hard drive, which turned out to be Hector's personal list of all SOMBRA members. After Elliot gave the list to all law enforcement agencies worldwide, Carmen and the player talked to Hector, who then cursed the Bureau for bringing down SOMBRA.
Later, it was revealed that the Mexico-US border wall and the US's exit from the Unified Nations were all decided by the president after being advised by Sarah. The president then resolved to initiate peace talks with Russia, bring down the wall, and reinstate the US in the UN.
- Note: The title of "El Rey" is passed down from one leader to another. The following is a list of leaders in chronological order.
- Note: Only confirmed members of SOMBRA are considered "agents".
- Note: "Affiliates" are characters who are not SOMBRA agents but willingly helped the organization anyway.
- Note: "Associates" are characters who willingly committed crimes that helped SOMBRA further their plans, although nothing suggests they were aware of SOMBRA's existence.
- Note: "Recruits" are orphans recruited and brainwashed by SOMBRA for "the Hunt" and "the next level" programs.
- All murders committed by the Promethian Cult.
- Prince Albert – Enid Grimshaw was blackmailed into killing the prince to get the people of London to vote "YES" in the referendum for the unification of Europe, given Albert was against it.
- Annette Sommeur – Constantin Perrier was paid into killing Sommeur to retrieve the Promethian manuscript she was holding.
- Hans Vogel – Johan Schnee was manipulated into killing Hans since the movie star wanted to leave the cult, not to mention he recorded a public message about them.
- Pietro Agnelli – Klaus Weissmann killed him as the cult wanted Cardinal Salieri to become the next pope instead of him as he was against the unification of Europe.
- Jacqueline Proust – The Promethians' very own leader killed her to silence her from telling the Bureau about the detonator and for betraying the cult.
- Adam Hassan – Omar Bahir manipulated Christy Mathis by providing her the murder weapon via Rafid Habadi.
- Anir Aznag – Omar Bahir killed him after he fulfilled his orders by bringing Andrew Stern.
- Andrei Beloglazov – SOMBRA hired Tsetseg to kill him after he finished working on SOMBRA's satellite, as he was considered a loose end.
- Vitaly Borodin – Natasha Romanova manipulated Yelena Tereshkova into killing him.
- Sandeep Sadhra – Warren Goodfellow killed him so Om Padmasana would be framed; The Head Hunter ordered him dead to tie up loose ends.
- Tsukada Hiroshi – Obaasan killed him because she believed that he was weak after he refused to take part in the Hunt.
- Constance Tan – Anbu Devanesan killed her after she discovered that he was involved in illegal business with the organization.
- Riaja Somalinggi – Maya Salim killed her while she was trying to escape from SOMBRA's experiments.
- Rufus Murlock – Veronica Salter was ordered to kill him because he had fled from SOMBRA and taken a folder with important documents about the organization thirty years prior.
- Jakobo Nkosi – SOMBRA hired Aristide Akintola to kill him and all the other people in the plane, but due to personal reasons Aristide decided to kill Jakobo first.
- Nomena Leroy – Lavinia De Brills killed her after Nomena blackmailed her about the diamonds she was smuggling.
- Lavinia De Brills – Angela Douglas killed her to prevent her from revealing that she was the mole within the Bureau.
- Ernesto Cárpena – Lorena Pratx killed him in order to gain information on a SOMBRA cache full of documents, which she was ordered to burn.
- Oscar Rojas – Edson Caetano was tricked into killing him with a poisonous syringe to cause chaos in the Olympics.
- Michelle Zuria – Arsenio Castillo killed her since she betrayed SOMBRA by providing insider information and joining the Bureau.
- Sandy Turner – Terrance Williams was paid by SOMBRA in the guise of a USNay movement contact to kill him in order to boost the political instability in the United States.
- James Parker – Collateral casualty in the murder of Sandy Turner.
- Niilo Virtanen – Joel Heller killed him for SOMBRA so that the UN would blame USNay radicals for the murder.
- Jean Connerie – Anya Ivanova killed him in order to retrieve BØB's hard drive for SOMBRA.
- Jason Stone – Hector Montoya killed him for unknown reasons. The Bureau speculates he was killed so he could not learn about SOMBRA from the satellite hard drive.
- Peter Walker – SOMBRA killed him most likely because he exposed their plans.
- Natasha Romanova – Sarah Bennett killed her after she helped her kidnap President James Hewett so that the United States would blame the Russians for the kidnapping.
- Armand Dupont – Sarah Bennett killed him after he took the bullet that was supposed to kill Jack.
- The word sombra translates to "shadow" or "shade" in Spanish and Portuguese.