Founded centuries before the Victorian Era, the British India Company was originally created to pursue trade between the English Empire and the different regions of Asia, focussing primarily on the Indian subcontinent. With its shares owned primarily by aristocrats, the company took over several areas in the Indian subcontinent and funded their own private army. Under Company Rule they helped secure the colonization of India, sparking massive rebellions and large controversies. They were credited for claiming the famous Koh-I-Noor diamond as their spoils of victory, and removing Duleep Singh, the son of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh, from his home. During the latter half of the nineteenth century, the company was asked to take a step back, and in an outrage, some of the company's most prominent members joined forces with London's last remaining Templars and formed a plot to silence the revolt in India once and for all.