Jul
25
2017
1

Group Seed: The Conservatory.

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The Conservatory

 

The Conservatory started out in classic paranoid Cold War fashion: formed in 1947 as part of the provisions of the National Security Act of 1947, part of Majestic-12 and MK-ULTRA since the very beginning of both programs, firmly part of the Deep State, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.  Its focus has always been in the field of psionic development, and its efforts have long since paid off.  Conservatory scientists have by now worked out the basic principles of telepathy, psychokinesis, ESP, and bioenergy — including how to almost reliably encourage those talents in non-psionic individuals.  They also have a near-monopoly on the creation and training of psionic assets in and for the Shadow Government, and the Conservatory protects that monopoly ruthlessly.

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Jul
22
2017
2

Group seed: Emergent Intelligence Partners.

Emergent Intelligence Partners – Google Docs

 

Emergent Intelligence Partners

 

Emergent Intelligence Partners, Ltd. (EIP)  is rapidly turning into a mega-corporation and will probably become the ultra-corporation of the 2040s.  Why?  Reliable Artificial Intelligences.  EIP has AI, they can produce it on demand, and nobody can duplicate what they do.  There’s just something about their code that can’t be reverse engineered, or even successfully pirated.  And believe me, people have tried.  For that matter, EIP’s been remarkably indifferent to corporate espionage tactics: CEO Judith Bezalel has even offered a job to anybody who can break EIP’s tampering software. As of yet, nobody’s been known to have succeeded.

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Jul
11
2017
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Group Seed: Greenhalgh and Meegeren.

Blame this.

Greenhalgh and Meegeren – Google Docs

Greenhalgh and Meegeren

 

It is certain that the two entities that run this particular corporation are not actually named ‘Greenhalgh’ or ‘Meegeren;’ names have power, which means that anyone who runs the best emergency forgery firm in three universes would be well-advised to use a pseudonym whenever possible.  Even when that firm operates perfectly legally.  Even if ‘legally’ is itself at best an euphemism.

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Jun
23
2017
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Group Sed: DREAD.

DREAD – Google Docs

The Diversified Refurbished Equipment Acquisition / Distribution Corporation

(DREAD)

 

Everybody knows that DREAD is in the supernatural equipment recycling business.  Well, everybody who knows that there’s a lot of supernaturally-contaminated equipment in the world, which sometimes needs to be recycled. The rest of humanity largely muddles through, without anybody telling them anything about all the necessary infrastructure companies making a living out of the metaphysical.  Such as DREAD.

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Jun
17
2017
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Group Seed: Reasonable Metahuman Solutions.

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Reasonable Metahuman Solutions

 

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions (RMS) is in the metahuman employment business; which, in a world where superheroes and supervillains exist, is not particularly unusual. What does make RMS unusual is that they almost exclusively hire ex-convicts (both villains and henchmen).  The company will even hire violent ex-convicts, provided that they have served their sentences and have no outstanding warrants.  The employee demographics tend to skew towards older metahumans and henchmen, but RMS gets its fair share of younger ex-cons who had a taste of prison, and who aren’t eager to go back.

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Jun
12
2017
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Group Seed: Hollywood Animal Detoxification Services (HADeS)

Hollywood Animal Detoxification Services – Google Docs

 

Hollywood Animal Detoxification Services

(HADeS)

 

On the surface, Hollywood Animal Detoxification Services (HADeS) looks like one of your standard SoCal crystal and chakra weirdnesses: they bring animals to Hollywood productions in order to “cleanse the workspace of negative stress energy by cooperatively using primal life forces.” Basically, this means that the company brings in dogs and cats for the cast and crew to pet, play with, and feed (the crew is not supposed to feed the animals, but everybody does anyway, and HADeS never seems to really mind). Sometimes HADeS will provide something more exotic, like a rabbit or a sheep; on one memorable occasion the company brought in an actual cow, and encouraged everyone to touch it.  Oddly enough, that story never made the papers; you’d expect it to, seeing that the movie in question more or less swept the Oscars that year.

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May
09
2017
3

Group Seed: Ultimate Sanitation Services.

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Ultimate Sanitation Services

 

Ultimate Sanitation Services (USS) is headquartered in Washington, DC, with a second office in London and a fairly extensive online presence.  They are an exclusive company, but not in the typical ‘you will pay lots of money to use our services’ sort of way.  Instead, they are very selective over the clients that they take on.  As for cost, don’t worry about it: clients simply give USS everything except the clothes on the client’s back and whatever can fit into a standard briefcase. Part of the selection process, in fact, is weeding out the people who don’t need USS’s services that badly.

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May
03
2017
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Group Seed: Porlock Solutions, Ltd.

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Porlock Solutions, Ltd.

 

This particular company is difficult to hire, mostly because the services it offers — the removal of irritating people from one’s personal history — are equally difficult to bill for.  Let’s say that somebody employs Porlock Solutions to ensure that a crusading district attorney about to get a conviction against the client’s company is not assigned to try the case.  Porlock Solutions arranges the switch.  How does Porlock actually get paid for that?  After all, from the client’s point of view the case was now always being handled by a fumble-fingered idiot.

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Apr
30
2017
6

Group seed: Aglet Solutions.

Pardon the joke.

Aglet Solutions – Google Docs

 

Aglet Solutions

 

A variant of this group can exist at any point of a particular society’s technological or social development.  Provided, of course, that the society has access to resurrection or general necromantic magic.  Aglet Solutions exists to counter such magic, for the noblest of reasons: people will pay them extremely well to do so.

 

The pay is good because this is actually a surprisingly popular service, particularly in worlds where the resurrection process can or does have extremely nasty side effects.  There is a lot that necromancy can do with a person’s corpse, and some of it can be only be prevented or reversed by people who are effectively necromancers themselves, if only theoretical ones. Magicians who discover that they simultaneously have a talent for death-related magic and a basic ethical sense are Aglet Solution’s preferred candidates for employment, as the group gives them an opportunity to practice their art in a non-corrupting manner.

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Nov
28
2016
9

Group Seed: Silence Dogood’s Master Practical Jewelers.

Blame it all on this.

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Silence Dogood’s Master Practical Jewelers

“Lost time is never found again. Guaranteed.”

So you’ve stolen yourself a time machine.  The problem now becomes, how do you get away with it for any length of, well, time?  After all, aside from the usual questions about causality and predestination and whatnot, there’s also the practical problem that the entities that you stole the time machine from probably want that time machine back, and in all likelihood the original owners have some generally efficient way to track down their stolen property.  After all: how many times have you heard about people stealing time machines?

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Nov
14
2016
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Group Seed: The Honorable Order of Ley Engineers (HOLE).

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The Honorable Order of Ley Engineers (HOLE)

Yes, they made that joke in the 19th century, too.  At least, that’s what the surviving records (of which, more later) suggest.  With ‘suggest’ being the operative word: people back then would often be more delicate when writing things down.

HOLE was a secret society (started in 1845) that seemed destined for greatness: it was well-organized, reasonably benign, and had access to a highly useful magical gate system that allowed them to reliably transmit small (no more than 20 lb) packages between any two permanent portals.  True, building new portals was a non-trivial exercise, but by 1860 the following network had been set up: (more…)

Sep
14
2016
5

Group Seed: The ‘True Living’ cult.

Went a little ‘yikes’ pretty fast, here.  Sorry about that…

The ‘True Living’ Cult

As vaguely apocalyptic cults go, True Living cultists (or ‘True Lifers’) are… well, they’re still pretty weird and mildly dangerous, but you could probably safely get one to change your flat tire (not that he would). You’ll still get the weirdness, but the dangerous part would be dialed back because the average True Lifer is intensely wary of the outside world.  Best to keep out of its way.

The basic principle of the True Living Cult is Eat All The Meat.  It’s partially metaphorical (‘you deserve total selfishness, so be totally selfish’) but very decidedly literal, too. Note, though, that these people aren’t carnivores, in the same way that vegans aren’t vegetarians. To be fair, True Lifers aren’t really comparable to vegans, either: after all, most vegans don’t literally worship animals via elaborate ceremonies involving ritual sacrifices cast into the flames. True Lifers do that, only with plants. Each group picks a species of plant life to venerate, then proceed to do so with the aforementioned immolation of various animals. Preferably while the animal is still alive. And after all the useful flame-vulnerable bits have been, ah, recycled. Yeah, basically imagine something out of a dream flash-image sequence in a horror movie and you’ll get an idea of the average Saturday night at the True Living’s local chapel/butcher’s station.

It’s probably a special miracle that True Lifers haven’t graduated to human sacrifices yet: partially that’s due to lingering morality, and partially because of an institutional awareness of just how dangerous it is to eat human meat.  Or it’s due to the fact that the True Living Cult is not under the control of any occult or supernatural group. They came up with this way of life all on their own. (more…)

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