Ascriber's Tales: No. 1

Am I sufficiently Kawaii, mistah?"

"No. That's - that won't do."

Dr. Rascher

"That's way too on-the-nose

"Yeah, you think 'Comrade Tito' is going to give us a discount for an ingredient we don't sell?"

Parker darkly chuckled, imagining the ambiguously Balkan human trafficker. "You kidding me? He'd charge his own mother to die in his house. Fair price, market price, but no discount for family."

"Oh, plenty of people would do that," Dr. Rascher shook his head, "but he'd sell his daughter if the price was right. To us."

"No way. He hasn't, for starters."

"What? Now you're kidding me. He

Old GOI description.
Overview: This document contains various of organizations and groups that have some similarity to the Authority, and are known to deal with the paranormal and the occult. While many other organizations exist to function like the Authority, there are those who use the paranormal as a means to achieve a much bigger agenda, and may be considered as a rival towards the Authority. Their objectives and methods are monitored and documented by the Authority to understand their true goal within the paranormal world— and possibly, stop them from destroying humanity as a whole.

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Old PCAAO description:
Overview: The People’s Republic of China, since Chairman Mao founded it in the mid 20th century, has strived in all ways to be on par with the West and other major powers. To this end the People's Republic has begun investigating and “acquiring” objects with anomalous properties to expand their knowledge and military power as well as technological capabilities. While they may seek increased power for the PRC they also do not wish to upset the status quo they operate in nor cause the apocalypse, therefore they have been known to cooperate with the Authority when required for the wellbeing of China and the continuation of Mao’s vision. Although they may not have the experience of the cabal of former GRU personnel nor the influence of the CIA, they are backed by an economic powerhouse and have access to substantial material resources in their activities as well as manpower and a steady supply of test subjects from political internment camps.

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Overview: The People's Committee for the Acquisition of Anomalous Objects (PCAAO) is the primary Chinese government agency
The PCAAO has its roots in a bureaucratic collection office; created in the wake of the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War, the PCAAO was tasked with securing objects, locations, and persons inherited from China's long history with the anomalous. Operational use of anomalies was once the responsibility of the dominant Special Directorate of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). However, after China's flawed and disappointing use of the anomalous in the Korean War (provoking the most violent and effective response in the history of the typically impotent United Nations Anomalous Activities Council), the PLA's Special Directorate was castigated, its leader arrested, and its methods shamed. Shortly thereafter the PCAAO rose to prominence and gradually replaced the PLA as China's premier anomalous agency.

Backed by the enormous strength and growing confidence of the People's Republic of China, the PCAAO is a valuable ally and formidable opponent. The rise of China has coincided with the PCAAO's expanded influence in Asia and Africa, bringing the organization into global anomalous community. And yet, the PCAAO is just as likely to cooperate with the ASF in Nigeria as it is to violently assault an Authority dig team in Mongolia; often, it perpetrates friendly and hostile acts simultaneously. Fundamentally, the PCAAO of the 21st century is torn between opposite directions; the international agency that works for the good of mankind, and the government force that protects China and her people from the anomalous at all costs, often at others' expense. Authority personnel are warned to treat the PCAAO with significant caution; it's often difficult to predict whether the PCAAO will act with cooperation or violent self-interest.

The PCAAO is a strange mix of competing interests

The PCAAO maintains the traditions of various Dynastic
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Improved PCAAO Overview:

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UNAAC Overview: The United Nations Anomalous Activities Committee, or UNAAC, is the international regulatory body for anomalous agencies and security worldwide. Member States within this regulatory body are referred as the World Security Council, and contain one of the most powerful political nations to ensure that the rule of law of anomalies are not disrupted.

Established under the Deceleration of the International Anomalous Accords, in 1945, the UNAAC has since been operating under the World Security Council to ensure that the IAA regulatory international laws are enforced and followed to prevent groups and national governments from obtaining anomalous artifacts as an advantage to their cause or agenda.

Improved Overview: The United Nations Anomalous Activities Committee (UNAAC) is a global regulatory body for "official" anomalous agencies, usually those operating with the backing of a national government (PCAAO, MI13, etc). Established in 1945 with the signing of the International Anomalous Accords, UNAAC's charter directs it to restrict and police the actions of anomalous agencies; actual enforcement of the Accords is weak and mostly left to the collective pressure of UNAAC member organizations during particularly outrageous rule breaking, such as national governments using the anomalous in wartime.

In practical terms, UNAAC is a negotiating table where the Authority carries the most weight. Relatively impotent by itself, UNAAC is valuable as a forum to redress grievances and smooth over competing interests between anomalous agencies in an established, diplomatic setting; conflict between these agencies amounts to fratricide, only benefiting the extreme groups that lurk below. To that end, as well, UNAAC facilitates the coordination of agencies and governments against dangerous anomalous GOIs.

In the field, UNAAC maintains a small (low thousands) armed force - the United Nations International Security Anomalous Assistance Force (UNISAAF), commonly referred to as the ISA. Though powerless to physically enforce the Accords on UNAAC members, the ISA serves a valuable and often overlooked role in the forgotten, miserable corners of the globe; operating openly in the guise of regular UN peacekeepers, the ISA suppresses anomalous trafficking and nasty operations by Malthus and others in conflict-prone regions. Notably, these operations often occur in remote areas where Authority presence is light or nonexistent. Often, ISA peacekeepers are the only forces capable of fighting anomalous experiments, massacres, or worse on remote and vulnerable populations; Authority agents are expected to liaise with UNAAC peacekeepers when applicable, and the ASF has provided support for UNAAC operations on certain, desperate occasions. Dangerous anomalies that fall into UNAAC's hands during these operations are sent to the Authority due to our resources, expertise, and clout.

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"Yeah? Look me in the eyes, and tell me that all these people are going to live full lives. That their crushing poverty will disappear, rule of law will appear, and

"I think…" he finally said, trailing off again. "I still think it's right. I can't imagine living any other way."

"That's fine, in a way," the Malthus fighter shrugged, wincing as she gestured with her wounded arm. "We're both kind of selfish, aren't we? Everybody is. Whatever holds your head up high."

"Whatever lets you sleep at night," the peacekeeper grimaced. "Your - your thinking, your perspective, I think I can see the elements now. Some of them. I just can't piece them together into something I'd ever believe, enough to hold an AK for."

"And I won't understand how you make the jump, every day, into thinking your actually 'making a difference' or some shit," the Malthusian smirked, "you really think you're some kind of blue-helmeted hero, huh?"

"Hell of a drug, living with yourself," he blithely offered, drawing a chuckle from the Malthus fighter. "No. Not a hero. Maybe some words on my gravestone, if I get one. Cherished life, especially the forgotten. Or, Loved humanity. Maybe, Died for a Good Cause. Something sappy, but with an outline of my rifle etched into the stone, so the dumb kids know I was goddamn serious about it, you know?"

"No, but we're still coins, you know."

The peacekeeper gave her a weary look, half-smiling. "That's real stupid. There's the Malthus idiocy I've been waiting for this whole time. Coins? What's that even mean?"

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"You think

"No, probably not," she shook her head, pursing her lips. "They can't just agree to disagree, you know?"

"And they can't give up, either.

"I hope they don't end the negotiations by drawing their sidearms," the peacekeeper said, squinting at the negotiators again.

"Uhuh. You don't know Dr. Cobbler, if we threw him into the camp the starving kids would tear him apart. He's got spindly little legs under that suit, and no gun. Something about his beliefs.

"Beliefs? Sounds pretty stupid," the peacekeeper chuckled. "That's going in my report, you know. If we don't end up shooting each other."

"Like I care. He showed up in a Learjet last Monday, he hasn't bled with us. Smooth talker, though."

"Alright," the peacekeeper said, revising his vision, "so Lieutenant Milliard shoots Dr. Cobbler in the chest, and gets a dozen slugs in his chest for the trouble. Everybody down the hill starts shooting."

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"Family's gone, remember? Amazing. A good part of my memory, you know, as a person, would be in the head of some UNAAC puke," the Malthusian groaned good-naturedly.

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