The Office of Paranormal Security
Empowered by the UN Security Council, OPS is a large international agency that seeks to protect humanity from alien threats. It has connections to all of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the member nations of the UN Security Council. The OPS has permission to work closely with members of these intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and in certain situations, they can demand the cooperation of such personnel.
Although the OPS is regularly called to deal with threats of chemical, biological, or nuclear terrorism or unapproved research into such weapons, much of their work involves dealing with one of four types of incidents:
- Protecting humanity from Alien Threats
- Preventing terrorist attacks by Mythos Cults
- Preventing Alien Technology and Hyperspatial Sorcery from being used to harm humanity
- Safeguarding Space for humanity's expansion through the galaxy
THE PUBLIC FACE OF THE OPS
The OPS is the agency charged with monitoring alien-derived and other hyperspatial technology and protecting off-world settlements. In addition, it also investigates sorcery, mythos cults, and conventional weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. This broad mission provides agents with a large amount of freedom, but in most nations, OPS agents are specifically forbidden from investigating any incidents that are not directly related to their mandate and many OPS teams must be accompanied by members of local law enforcement or security organizations.
Almost anywhere across the globe, when an OPS operative shows their badge, most ordinary people understand that there may be a serious threat that they are unprepared to handle. A few police officers or other emergency service personnel are willing to help the OPS operatives, but most work to help evacuate all civilians from the area and let the OPS operatives handle the mythos dangers. The one downside of the publicity surrounding OPS efforts on Earth is that OPS agents investigating some locations are widely regarded as evidence that there is some significant danger and OPS agents often must attempt to reassure the people that they are interacting with in order to prevent widespread panic.
REMAINING MYTHOS SECRETS
OPS’s most secret and most controversial efforts are those aimed at keeping the few secrets that remained after the fall of the Soviet Union. Despite many other revelations, humanity as a whole does not know of the existence of the ghouls or of the hyperspatial intelligences often referred to as the Great Old Ones. The public has read stories of the war between the elder ones and the Xothians hundreds of millions of years ago. However, no one outside of people with the correct security clearances and a few skilled and secretive occultists know that the Xothians are anything more than another alien species, or that they still maintain very limited contact with Earth.
Also, while sorcery is publically known, much of the public information about it is incorrect and OPS attempts to limit the spread of further information about sorcery. The motives for the OPS disinformation campaign are simple. The various governments of the UN Security Council fear that revealing the truth would not only produce widespread panic but would also encourage curiosity about topics that can be exceptionally dangerous. It’s clear that ghouls attempt to kill or otherwise silence anyone who tries to publicize their existence, the Great Olds Ones are both terrifying for most and horrifyingly tempting for a few, and as long as most people assume that sorcery requires large laboratories and complex devices, they are far less likely to experiment with it on their own.
Researchers into hyperspatial phenomena have repeatedly informed the UN Security Council that the fact that more than 90% of the world’s population has no degree of exposure to Hyperspatial Exposure is one of the factors that helps to protect humanity from hyperspatial entities and phenomena. OPS officials fear that any revelation about hyperspatial entities or more truth about sorcery would encourage many more people to investigate various phenomena related to hyperspace, thus significantly increasing the percentage of the population who have some degree of hyperspatial exposure.
As a result, the OPS does not just protect humanity, it does its best to keep some of the phenomena that it investigates and deals with secret. OPS agents use a variety of tools to maintain this secrecy. Although only used when absolutely necessary, the hypnoscope has proven very useful at helping to suppress information. This device is derived from great race technology that causes targets to forget various events and experiences. Agents do their best to conclude any interviews of civilians who have had contact with ghouls or hyperspatial intelligences with a hypnoscope session designed to erase and suppress all of the subject’s memories of unusual events, replacing these memories with various cover stories involving illegal alien-derived technology, hoaxes, and misperception.
In addition, various governments have provided OPS with limited and completely covert access to a wide variety of electronic databases, including the files of various news organizations. As a result, OPS is able to erase all electronic information on any story that it would prefer to not become public. This level of electronic access also allows OPS agents to learn the location of most non-electronic pieces of evidence that they wish to suppress. Armed this with knowledge, OPS field agents can break into locations where this evidence is held and either steal it or, whenever possible, replace it with false evidence that either points to another more mundane answer or is easily determined as a fake.