Michael Coldsmith Briggs
is 6’ tall, gray blond hair, blue eyes. He is blind in the left eye due to
an injury received years before during the theft of an ultra top-secret
aircraft that had been developed by his department. His leg was also
injured, causing him to walk with a slight limp. The equipment was
ultimately recovered, but never fully returned. After recovering from his
injuries, he permanently left the field and started to rise through the
ranks to eventually become head of the CIA (aka the Firm).
his early years with the agency, he was instrumental in quietly providing
the remainder of the necessary funding for the SSRN Seaview to be
built, when Admiral Harriman Nelson (USN, ret.) faced a financial
shortfall. In doing so, he secured certain ‘promises’ from Nelson for the
occasional use of the boat for Firm purposes. It was a promise that Nelson
would regret for the rest of his life.
He is a member of the FFVs (First Families of
Virginia) and primarily lives in his family's ancestral home on the Potomac
River in Prince William County, Virginia. His father was a 'quiet' member
of the OSS (the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency) and a member
of the diplomatic corps. His mother was an accomplished painter. His older
brother, Thomas, followed their father into the 'Firm' after it became the
CIA. Thomas was subsequently killed during an assignment overseas.
Michael eventually followed into the family
'business' not long after his mother died from complications of a cardiac
viral infection. He turned his family home, a 17th Century Georgian mansion
that sat on over 500 acres, into his own private compound and retreat. He
raises horses, primarily for polo, both for his own personal pleasure as
well as for business. For all outward appearances, he is a member of the
landed gentry set, a true Virginia Gentleman, with the money and prestige
necessary for the part. Inwardly, he is an accomplished former agent and
co-director of the CIA. He would later go on to head the agency and retire
Briggs had a one-year
liaison with Captain Karen Davis, USN, prior to her meeting with Harriman
Nelson, after meeting her accidentally through a mutual friend.
was in love with Karen, but could not, or would not, commit because of the
nature of his work. Karen, in return, could not deal with the grays of the
Intelligence world and she was the one who terminated the relationship.
In the passage of time,
Briggs became, and remained, a 'guardian angel' to the Davis women and later
to the members of the Institute family as well. Unbeknownst to the entire
Institute family, he had maintained and encouraged another connection
through one of the many women he had known in his career.
Princess Aliysha el-Fayad was an agent in the underground of her country,
and had conceived a child by a wounded Lee Crane, when he had been sent
there on a mission. Crane did not know of the child but Briggs did, and he
would keep the secret until he could use Rose’s existence to his own