|Extract - Secure - Classify|
|-NB-||ESC Parent Organisation|
- "Demons. Monsters. Things that go bump in the night. All the little horrors you don't want to think about are real. And we collect them. That's right. Every single nightmare you've ever had is behind these doors." - Cpt. Tacitus
The Extranatural Security Council is worldwide organisation formed under orders from the United Nations to help combat threats to planet Earth "which the people shouldn't know about". It is a primarily British organisation, however it is documented as an international effort. It operates on three founding principles, Extract - Secure - Classify.
The ESC's founding principles form the basis for the entire operation, and provide a system for classifying the found Caches.
The ESC seeks to neutralise paranormal threats occuring on Earth, before they catch the attention of mass-media outlets. This requires working in the utmost secrecy, and very quickly. To this end, units E-I to E-XIV are dedicated teams of "Extractors ", who are on constant standby to retreive any information, objects or organisms which may be in the interests of the council.
The ESC operates a number of containment facilities, classified as S-I to S-VI . These facilities are in the most remote corners of the planet, and are designed to keep all Caches out of the reach of the public. Each facility is staffed by approximately 50 carers, who manage the Caches; around 150 analysts, to help continue with the research; and a defence unit for the protection of the facilities, classified S-D-I to S-D-VI. These defence units are permanent - more may be called in, but none will be removed.
The ESC has the largest archive of any United Nations organisation. It is all but impossible to completely destroy the records, as they are continually backed up, both on computer storage and on paper. The analysts involved in the process can be broadly classified into four main categories:
- Digital Analysts, who use the internet to research information and work with the internet archive
- Field Anaylsts, who conduct research usually alongside an E- team, to document finding and retreival of a Cache
- Archivists, who work solely with the paper records, usually linked to one facility
- Experimentors, informally called "creeps", who conduct research experiments on secured Caches.
Across these four types is a complex heirachy of command.
The ESC's command structure was self-designed and improved, and is now radically different to how it was originally. The current hierachy looks like this:
Officer Commanding (OC) x1
Second in Command (2IC) x2
Branch Managers (BrM) x4
Chapter Commanders (ChapCom) x16
Unit Officers (UOC)
First in Command: Unit (IC:U)
Second In Command (2IC:U)
This command hierachy shows the progression through the ceremonial ranks of the ESC. As the ESC operates from a military standpoint, these posts do not correspond to ranks; however, generally higher-ranked officers have higher-ranked duties.
The rank structure, however, is identical to that of the British Army. Promotions are gained by conventional methods, and it is not designed to be in line with classifications. However, moving up a classification usually prompts a promotion. All ranks are officially backed.
On completion of ESC Basic Training, all new soldiers start as Privates although the title may be Analyst, Craftsman, Assisting Private, or Junior Researcher.
Promotion to Lance Corporal may follow after ESC Junior Leadership Training or after about 3 years as a private. Lance Corporals are required to supervise a small team of up to four staff called a section. They also have opportunities to specialise and undertake regular military training.
After 6-8 years, and depending on ability to lead, promotion to Corporal typically follows. In this rank additional trade and instructor qualifications can be gained. Corporals are given command of more staff and equipment such as ReLAUs and guns.
Sergeant is a senior role of responsibility, promotion to which typically takes place after 12 years depending on ability. Sergeants typically assist within a unit of up to 35 staff with the important responsibility for advising and assisting junior officers.
After a few years as a Sergeant promotion to either Staff or Colour Sergeant may follow. This is a senior role, on a personnel level, involving management of around 120 staff, as advisers to a Chapter.
Warrant Officer Class 2
This is a senior management role focussing on the training, welfare and discipline of a Unit, squadron or battery of up to 120 staff. WO2s act as senior adviser to the Captain in command of a Branch and may also be selected for a commission as an Officer.
Warrant Officer Class 1
The most senior soldier rank in the ESC, typically reached after 18 years of outstanding service. WO1s are the senior advisors of the ESC Commanding Officer, with leadership, discipline and welfare responsibilities of up to 650 officers and soldiers and their equipment.
This is the rank held during initial officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
The first rank held on commissioning. It is normally held for up to 2 years, during which time they complete special to arms training relevant to their Corps. Afterwards they are responsible for leading up to 30 soldiers in a platoon or troop, both in training and on operations.
Lieutenant is a rank typically held for up to 3 years. They normally command of a platoon or troop of around 30 soldiers, but with experience comes increased responsibilities. They also have the opportunity to gain specialised skills outside their unit.
Captains are normally made second-in-command of a sub-unit of up to 120 soldiers. They are key players in the planning and decision-making process, with tactical responsibility for operations on the ground as well as equipment maintenance, logistic support and manpower.
Promotion to Major follows between 8-10 years service. Typically a Major will be given command of a sub-unit of up to 120 officers and soldiers with responsibility for their training, welfare and administration both in camp and on operations, as well as the management of their equipment.
Lieutenant Colonels typically command units of up to 650 soldiers, containing four or five sub-units. They are responsible for the overall operational effectiveness of their unit in terms of military capability, welfare and general discipline. Typically a two-year appointment.
Colonels are not usually field commanders (except in the Royal Army Medical Corps) - typically they serve as staff officers between field commands at battalion/brigade level. It is the lowest of the staff ranks and they are the principle operational advisors to senior officers.
Main article: E-Branch
E-Branch is the name given to the teams upholding the Extract tenet of the ESC founding principles. It is commanded by [REDACTED], BrM.
E-Branch's main function is the collection of Caches. As a Cache could theoretically be absolutely anything, their teams are prepared for utterly anything, including the frequent deaths of their members. As training of this kind is hard to give and very selective, members of E-Branch are usually pulled from Special Forces within world military organisations, particularly the SAS.
E-Branch's work starts with the huge network of informants all over the world. Though not technically ESC staff themselves, they will be paid to report in to E-Branch operatives working under front organisations. To this end, the ESC's presence in most countries is huge, except for those more remote countries, in which is it difficult to report all goings-on.
E-Branch's informants are usually neutralised at the end of their service, however, on some occasions, have been invited to join the ESC due to exemplary service.
The E TeamsEdit
Main article: E Teams