Jul
25
2018
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Group seed: Cosgrove and Stewart.

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Cosgrove and Stewart

 

To begin with, that’s the name of the company, not the two people who currently run it.  Cosgrove and Stewart has the exoteric background of being a bookbindery that specializes in restoring and preserving truly antique books and scrolls; the company maintains offices in London and New York City.  It is very much a high-end business institution: Cosgrove and Stewart is on long-term retainer with numerous national and academic libraries, Cambridge University Press, B’nai B’rith, the Genda Shigyo paper company, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Universal Exports, Bolten-Brauerei, the Windsor dynasty, Schwabe, Gazzetta di Mantova, the DIA, the World Council of Churches, Chief Khalsa Diwan, the National Geographic Society, and the Girl Scouts of America.

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Jul
17
2018
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Group seed: The Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis.

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The Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis

 

Don’t believe the name: every word in “The Benevolent Gentlemen of Saint Attis” is a lie, with the possible exceptions of ‘the’ and ‘of.’  Explaining why will take some unpacking, however. In reverse order:

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Apr
19
2018
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Group Seed: the Strategic Emergency National Imitative – Occult Reserve.

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Strategic Emergency National Imitative – Occult Reserve

 

The 1970s were, in many ways, the high-water mark for organized occultism inside the federal government. There were a lot of ideas and procedures implemented during that time period that would have never been permitted either ten years before, or ten years after; but in that time period, all sorts of weird programs flourished.  And then promptly withered away to vestigial form, to be sure.

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Apr
05
2018
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Group seed: Regeneration Prison Solutions.

Regeneration Prison Solutions

 

This American private correctional company operates three facilities in the Midwest (two in Nebraska, and one in Iowa).  Each facility holds roughly six thousand inmates who have been convicted of a variety of violent and nonviolent crimes; Regeneration Prison Solutions has a mix of state and federal contracts, and does not favor one type over the other. Each facility has a special section for particularly dangerous individuals, but the vast majority of its inmates are in the general population.

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Mar
18
2018
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Group Seed: Undead Community Society.

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Undead Community Society

 

The Undead Community Society (UCS) is what is left over when the creation of reliable necromantic reanimation spells results in the sudden appearance of free-willed Undead, who then break into factions supporting/opposing living humans, each other, and society in general.  There was a rather nasty little civil war among the Undead, in fact. The UCS was one of the two main factions, and the Zombie Liberation Front (ZLF) was the other. Fortunately for more or less everybody, ZLF lost. Badly.

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Mar
04
2018
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Group Seed: Cult of the Dear Lovers.

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Cult of the Dear Lovers

 

Like many an odd fringe faith before it, the Cult of the Dear Lovers has happily taken root in Southern California. It is, however, a secret cult.  There are elements to the cult that should worry even the most jaded and cynical adept; and rumors about its priesthood abounds. While everybody knows somebody who knows somebody in the Cult, nobody ever actually admits to being in it.

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Feb
18
2018
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Group Seed: The Crowley Memorial Society.

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The Crowley Memorial Society

 

It has had many names.  The ‘Crowley Memorial Society’ is merely the latest alias, and it will probably switch again in the next two decades.  When you’re operating a fairly clandestine group to help demons on the run, you tend not to invest too much in fancy letterheads.

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Jan
23
2018
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Group Seed: The Great Autonomous Road Show

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The Great Autonomous Road Show

 

Note the lack of the term ‘classic cars’ or anything, in there.  It was felt by the sentient cars who make up the Great Autonomous Road Show that even humans would notice if they just came out and lampshaded “HI! WE’RE A FLEET OF RETIRED SENTIENT CARS WHO ARE NOW ON PERMANENT VACATION!” like that in the title.  A little misdirection is usually all that you need with humans, bless ‘em — but no need to push the envelope, there.

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Jan
05
2018
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Group Seed: The Order of the Miasmic Scalpel.

Order of the Miasmic Scalpel – Google Docs

The Order of the Miasmic Scalpel

 

Symbol: A scalpel dripping blood.

 

The Order of the Miasmic Scalpel exists to heal the sick and wounded — as long as doing so would aid the cause of Evil. There are very few places in the world where the Order operates freely, but most major cities have a hidden temple or clinic.  The Order’s missionaries are a bit more open; in fact, most Dark Hordes or other evil-themed armies will have a tireless and proactive contingent of Order physicians. In the rear. Far, far in the rear, where the enemies of evil can’t get to them.

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