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Providence is an extremely powerful, and supposedly ancient, secretive cabal that controls all of the world's affairs. They appear in HITMAN™.
Description and Beliefs
Providence is described by Diana Burnwood as an organization of "kingmakers" who control world affairs. 47 states in Freedom Fighters that they are also known as "The Hidden Hand". Their existence is so unknown to the rest of the world that even Agent 47 and Diana only knew of it as a hypothetical. According to the Shadow Client's link chart, their membership includes extremely high-profile politicians, media moguls, businesspeople and even clergymen.
When Diana Burnwood encountered a member of Providence on a train, he stated that Providence has been around for a very very long time, suggesting that they are ancient.
Not much is known of Providence's background except for the fact that during Diana Burnwood's encounter with a member of Providence, he stated that Providence "won a very long time ago". This implies that they are a very ancient cabal.
The fact that out of all the people in the world, even Agent 47 and the ICA believed that Providence was nothing more than a hypothetical myth indicates that Providence has at the very least the means to stay hidden from people who usually spy on spies, to remain out of the public and to take serious precautions to keep their secrecy.
There has been some hints that they have had affiliations with Dr. Ort-Meyer, but no true evidence was seen to support this.
Despite them taking absolute measures to ensure their secrecy, their existence was discovered by the Shadow Client and the reason behind him waging a war against Providence is yet unknown.
The Shadow Client has waged a war against them, even going as far as to creating his own private militia and manipulating the ICA, specifically his "old friend" Agent 47, into killing off Providence's members discretely.
Providence was also secretly funding Ether Corporation to create the Ether Virus, a DNA tracking biological agent which kills people discretely. While being contracted by the Shadow Client, 47 managed to infiltrate and destroy Providence's schemes across Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh and Bangkok.
Erich Soders, a high ranking ICA official who was actually an informant of Providence, manipulated the ICA into attacking the Shadow Client's militia at an Apricot farm in Colorado. A few of the militia's high ranking officials are killed, but the Shadow Client escapes, but the evidence he leads behind points the ICA towards Providence's members across the Globe as well as the fact that Erich Soders is also a member of Providence.
Angered by Erich Soder's betrayal, the ICA contracts 47 to infiltrate the GAMA hospital in Hokkaido, where Erich Soders will be utilizing regenerative stem cell treatments for a heart transplant. Once there, under the ICA's orders, 47 eliminates Erich Soders and his accomplice, Yuki Yamazaki, who is also a member of Providence.