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The Irregulars made an alliance with Faultline's Crew upon their formation. Agreeing to share resources and information. Weld proposed that they become pro-bono mercenaries, likely aided by the funding that the Protectorate were giving them.
This group was one of the results of the larger schism the PRT was dealing with following recent events. As the Irregulars did not voice the actual reasons for their leaving and remained somewhat affiliated the group received funding and resources from the PRT.
Cauldron had been releasing Deviation cases for various ends throughout the world. Many were used as villains to prop-up certain heroes so they gained in reputation quicker. As such they gained a reputation for villainy among the public.
Originally made of Protectorate capes, many of whom found themselves passed over for promotions and generally discriminated against because of their appearance. They are largely independent but were able to draw upon Protectorate resources. Most of the 'monstrous' capes who had been members of the Protectorate left to join them, although some, such as Hunch, chose to stay.
The Irregulars reached out to C53s across the world, and their numbers swelled.
In the period when new Endbringers appeared following the defeat of Behemoth, their numbers dropped somewhat, although they continued recruiting.
The Irregulars fought at the oil-rig battle during Gold Morning as part of the 80 strong contingent. Several of them were killed but many successfully evacuated. They assaulted the Cauldron Compound, which was eventually destroyed by Scion.
They played an important role in ending the event.
↑The Irregulars Formed of a splinter group of ex-hero Case 53s and others, following the revelations of the Triumvirate’s involvement with Cauldron. The group does mercenary work, with a focus on doing good deeds more than on making money, and retains loose ties to the Protectorate and Wards. - Cast (In Depth)
↑“Mercenaries,” Weld said. He glanced at Faultline, “But not part of your contingent, no offense.”
“So long as you’re accepting if I want to hire you?”
“I’m not about to turn down our first potential client,” Weld said. “So long as you stick to the rules. I’m thinking we’ll only take jobs that help people. Screw payment.”
↑ 3.03.1► Weld (Verified Cape) (Irregulars) Replied on July 6th, 2011: I dunno, I’m optimistic. 😉 For the record, I harbor no animosity toward the Protectorate. We’re still attached, and we’re receiving equipment, funding and contacts through them. They were very respectful as a whole, but we got a chance to interact a few weeks ago, and we collectively agreed that while the Protectorate’s plan to build a rapport between us Case-53s (as the Protectorate terms us) and the public was sound (making me leader of the Brockton Bay Wards, for example), it was too slow, and we could do more as a group. - Excerpt from Interlude 19.y
↑Cauldron capes were explicitly more stable. Case 53s (barring Shamrock, Madison and Dealer C53s) all had a reason for being dropped where they were, with individual programming. - Excerpt from a Reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑Weld’s popularity and time in the spotlight made him a figure of interest when, following undisclosed events in Brockton Bay, he turned from the established heroes and brought vast majority of the monstrous capes in the Protectorate and Wards with him. - Excerpt from Glow-worm P.8
↑ The monsters in the Protectorate have almost all left. Only one who stayed, I think, are Hunch and Polish. - Excerpt from Interlude 19.y
↑He reached out to monstrous parahumans both American and international, and he kept his together while carrying out deeds for the camera. Maintaining a group of such size isn’t an easy task when its numbers are swelling like his group’s did. - Glow-worm P.8
↑Even the defeat of Behemoth or the appearance of the new Endbringers didn’t serve to bring Weld back into the fold. If anything, Weld seemed to note that his team’s numbers were dropping. He and the monstrous capes serving under him stopped making as many public appearances. We don’t know what he started doing at this time, but this team was still recruiting. - Glow-worm P.8