Reality Patrol, Tal Sharnis Bureau
Minutes of Administrative Meeting re: Class 7 Incursion in District OB323 [excerpt]
• Regional Director Garza
• Deputy Regional Director Perkins
• Chief Special Agent Sleth
• Special Agent Sojac
• Liaison Officer Enriquez
• Administrative Aide Crowstairs (recording)
Regional Director called meeting to order. At Regional Director Garza’s request, Administrative Aide read aloud reports on the Class 7 incursion in Tal Sharnis District OB323 (henceforth referred to as “the incident”). At Regional Director Garza’s request, Administrative Aide read aloud declaration claiming responsibility for the incident, by terrorist self-identified as “Baraka Monster.” Regional Director Garza inquired as to previous incidents involving Baraka Monster. Chief Special Agent Sleth reported that no previous incidents were known. Agent Sojac offered opinion that Baraka Monster is most likely the same individual responsible for assault on squad of Monster Hunters the night prior to the destruction of ThingTown Station. Liason Officer Enriquez and Regional Director Garza agreed with Sojac’s assessment. Enriquez reported that Monster Hunters share this opinion. Enriquez reported that Monster Hunters demand Reality Patrol eliminate or apprehend Baraka Monster. Regional Director Garza emphasized strongly that Monster Hunters cannot make demands of Reality Patrol. Regional Director Garza elaborated upon this point at length, reiterating and embellishing upon low opinions of Monster Hunters expressed by himself in previous meetings. Deputy Regional Director Perkins offered opinion that Reality Patrol should independently pursue Baraka Monster because the incident involved tampering with Reality Patrol operation and Reality Patrol property, tampering with an interdimensional rift, and causing a Class 7 incursion, thus placing the incident under Reality Patrol jurisdiction. Regional Director Garza disagreed. Regional Director Garza stated that Baraka Monster’s declaration made it clear that the incident was an isolated show of force intended as warning to Monster Hunters and Tal Sharnis elites to stay out of district known as Wolf Town. Regional Director Garza opined that this is a local Tal Sharnis political matter; Reality Patrol pylon in District OB323 was target of convenience that provided easy opportunity for dramatic effect. Regional Director Garza further opined that aforementioned pylon had been a “disaster waiting to happen.” Regional Director Garza strongly reiterated his opinions, stated in previous meetings, regarding the competence, or lack thereof, of the Temporary Acting Regional Director under whose direction the pylon had been installed during the absence of the Regional Director Garza and Deputy Regional Director Perkins last year. Deputy Regional Director Perkins offered opinion that to refrain from taking action against Baraka Monster would make Reality Patrol look weak. Regional Director Garza strongly disagreed. Regional Director Garza illustrated point with colorful story involving lion and small biting insect. Regional Director Garza stated that possible negative consequences of refusal to retaliate for the incident were far outweighed by long-term negative consequences of getting Reality Patrol embroiled in local municipal politics and law enforcement. Regional Director Garza inquired as to current whereabouts of pylon. Chief Special Agent Sleth proposed sending Special Agent Ethan Rex onto Plateau to look for pylon. Regional Director Garza gave authorization to this proposal. Deputy Regional Director Perkins expressed reservations as to fitness of Agent Rex for active duty, citing drug consumption, psychological issues, and Agent Rex’s questionable conduct in connection with the still-unresolved Arthur Resyk case. Regional Director Garza noted reservations. Chief Special Agent Sleth noted that there were now several agents in the Tal Sharnis bureau suffering from psychological issues, including post-traumatic stress, and that this new incident in District OB323 had left three additional agents traumatized, one nearly catatonic. Chief Special Agent Sleth proposed that Regional Director Garza file request to have a trained Reality Patrol psychologist, with expertise in counseling, trauma, and psychological assessment, permanently added to the Tal Sharnis bureau HQ staff as soon as possible. Deputy Regional Director Perkins agreed, and added that if we were going to have a psychologist on staff here, it would be helpful to have one who was also capable of assisting with interrogations. Regional Director Garza agreed. [End of excerpt]
And that was our second chapter of Insurgent Otherworld, featuring some characters already familiar to those of you who’ve been reading the Weird Luck webcomic. All you webcomic readers know Agent Sojac, of course. Regional Director Garza and Deputy Regional Director Perkins have made brief appearances in the comic, and we’ve glimpsed Crowstairs in the background once (she prefers to stay in the background).
This is the first time Community Liaison Officer Enriquez and Chief Special Agent Sleth have shown up in a published Weird Luck story. For those of you who prefer to have some idea what characters look like, Enriquez is a short middle-aged human woman and Sleth is a 500-pound alien lizard who usually looks like he’s barely awake.
See you next Wednesday,