Oct
14
2017
3

Group Seed: The Order of Saint Cyprian.

Order of Saint Cyprian – Google Docs

The Order of Saint Cyprian

 

The Order of Saint Cyprian is a Roman Catholic religious order (Benedictine Rule) of both monks and nuns; what makes the Order unique is that membership is restricted to supernatural entities. This, in practice, means everyone from human magicians to actual demons.  Members of the Order are segregated by sex; males go to a monastery in Ireland, and females go to an abbey (New Zealand).

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Oct
08
2017
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Group seed: MCB Distribution.

MCB Distribution – Google Docs

 

MCB Distribution

 

MCB Distribution is an international corporation with offices in Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Frankfurt, with a fourth to open in Petrograd by the beginning of next year. It is privately owned, aggressively protects its privacy, and relies heavily on its client list to keep governmental interference to a minimum.  With that kind of operating methodology, you’d expect MCB to be a truly awful corporation — and guess what? You’d be right.

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Sep
13
2017
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Group Seed: NATO SUBRON 23 “Abyssal”.

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NATO SUBRON 23 “Abyssal” – Google Docs

 

NATO SUBRON 23 “Abyssal”

 

The records are there, if you know just where to look in the right Department of Defense archives.  They’re neither outrageously classified nor creatively misfiled, but they are quite sparse, and somewhat technicla.  SUBRON Abyssal started out as an American program, but later took on ‘official’ status as a NATO operation, with Israeli assets added in the 1960s.  The squadron today consists of the following submarines:

 

  • HMS Affray (UK)
  • INS Dakar (Israeli)
  • Minerve (France)
  • USS Scorpion
  • USS Thresher

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Sep
03
2017
5

Group Seed: BLIMP and ZEPPELIN.

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BLIMP and ZEPPELIN

One was called the Biometric-Learning (IMmersive) Protocols (BLIMP), and the other was known as the Zero-Emission, Population-Planning (Extra-Legal Invasive) Network (ZEPPELIN). They were both functional artificial intelligences: BLIMP was created via a DARPA grant in 1965, while ZEPPELIN was a private research project that achieved sentience 1967.  The records for both are spotty, since BLIMP and ZEPPELIN fought each other to presumably mutual destruction over the course of the next ten years.

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Aug
22
2017
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Group seed: The Order of Saint Andrew.

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Order of Saint Andrew – Google Docs

The Order of Saint Andrew

Lycanthropes — and other were-species, to be sure — have always been a difficult issue for the Church.  Penitent vampires generally have been a self-correcting problem; intelligent artificial constructs have been cleared for the last two centuries by a secret Papal bull noting that the Almighty was just as capable of ensouling a created life-form as He was of a natural-born child; and if a non-human could survive the baptismal process, well, that was that.  But werewolves were problematical. The cursed ones could be cured, of course; but the ones born into the condition were often harder to treat.  At the same time, many of these people were genuinely good sorts who happened to turn into wild beasts during the full moon. They were ill, not evil.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ultimate Sanitation Services – Google Docs

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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