To protect the Human Sphere, intelligence is a necessity: namely, what is cooking and who is cooking it. Hence the need for O-12 to have an intelligence service.
And hence the existence of the Psi Unit, the intelligence branch of Bureau Aegis, an agency dedicated to collecting data for both prosecutors and judges of Section Statera and for SWORDFOR agents. Hundreds of analysts and intelligence trackers collect and classify all kinds of data that may be vital for fighting crime and preserving the political-economic balance of the Sphere. However even today, in a quantronic society where everything can be found in the datasphere, it’s necessary to have ground agents searching recycling dumpsters, the secret compartments of desk drawers, or inside a safe.
Of course, these tasks are better done discreetly, as they are usually illegal. But even if evidence obtained unlawfully isn’t admissible in court, it can still lead to gathering lawful evidence that puts a criminal in jail or placing a surveillance alert on any person or organization that may be dangerous to the balance of the Sphere.
These are the kind of delicate tasks that cannot be entrusted to just anyone and for which the Psi Unit has agents whose codename is simply COps, an acronym for Covert Operatives, a generic term for direct-action, low-profile assets used in intelligence operations. This is the kind of highly versatile operative who is capable of many things, even killing if necessary, and always gets the job done.
They’re the kind of agents who never question their orders because they trust the ideals of the Psi Unit, the epitome of such, since being a branch of Bureau Aegis its task is to act on behalf of the common good, of all the citizens of the Sphere, which includes their enemies. Hence their unofficial motto: “For your own good,” even if some of them cannot help but sound a little sarcastic when quoting it.
Gathering intelligence typically means data analysis, but the Psi Unit does have covert agents whose job it is to gather intel the old-fashioned way, by hand. Covert operatives regularly engage with agents from other international agencies as the secretive dance for intel plays out in the shadows and alley ways of the Human Sphere.
Every power requires up-to-date and fine-grained information in order to take effective and impactful action, even when that information is often something others don’t want them to have. Bureau Aegis’s Psi Unit is the intelligence department of SWORDFOR. They employ the analysts and agents responsible for combing every scrap of available data that can be found, drawn, pulled, or beaten out of the Human Sphere, the Tohaa, and the Combined Army. While a vital part of Bureau Aegis, and funda- mental to the effective utilisation of Tactical Police Department, GloPol, and Starmada assets, they also liaise closely with the O-12 Security Council and Bureau Noir. A majority of the members of the Psi Unit are data analysis experts across a swathe of fields, but there are times when cracking data packets and putting together the pieces is just not enough. These occasions require an agent in the field, and Psi Unit field agents are called COps, or Covert Operatives. Trained in the mind-breaking Der Irrgarten facility in Bergelmir, a secretive little settlement in Concilium’s arctic region, agents are drilled, lectured, quizzed, interrogated, and trained to the point that most break. Those that make it through are all-purpose field agents capable of finding the torn pieces of a scribbled note, tracking and observing a mark unseen, and, if necessary, getting information from those less than willing to share it. Psi Unit teams can be found supplying information to the Security Council and working alongside almost every Section Spatha operation in the field and with O-12 conventions. The Director of the Psi Unit is a member of Section Spatha Command, and the department is vital to the main- tenance and success of O-12’s vision.
PSI-Cops are members of the elite Psi Unit.
The political climate of the Human Sphere is not unlike the void between its planets: harsh, lethal, and completely unsurvivable without the proper tools. For space, that’s exosuits and ships. For politics, it’s spies. Sure, the nice folks from the Psi Unit will tell you that they’re “military intelligence,” but they’ll also tell you that they’re part of Bureau Aegis’s Section Spatha. While both are technically true, the reality is that O-12’s Psi Unit has been essentially autonomous for a long time now, with an independent chain of command and a hazily- defined mission statement. Psi Unit is seen as a larger, more aggressive agency than Bureau Noir. Responsible for the majority of intelligence gathering and counterespionage activities, its public budget is much, much greater than Bureau Noir’s. So, when Psi Unit assets are assigned to a Bureau Noir task force, it often comes as a small shock exactly how much more latitude Bureau Noir has in allocating its substantial resources.
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|ISC: PSI-Cops||Veteran Troop||Light Infantry|
|Fury: Non-Impetuous||Training: Regular||Back-Up: Cube|
|Skills and Equipment: Immunity (Shock), Mimetism (-3), Specialist Operative|
|Loadout||Special Skills||Weapons and Equipment||Melee Weapons||Points||SWC|
|1||Combi Rifle, Nanopulser (+1B)||Heavy Pistol, DA CC Weapon||19||0|
|2||Multispectral Visor L1||MULTI Marksman Rifle, Nanopulser (+1B)||Heavy Pistol, DA CC Weapon||25||0|
|3||Discover (+3), Biometric Visor||MULTI Marksman Rifle, Nanopulser (+1B)||Heavy Pistol, DA CC Weapon||24||0|
|4||Hacker, Hacking Device||Combi Rifle, Nanopulser (+1B)||Heavy Pistol, DA CC Weapon||24||0.5|
|5||Hacker, Killer Hacking Device||Combi Rifle, Nanopulser (+1B)||Heavy Pistol, DA CC Weapon||22||0|
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- https://www.infinitythegame.com/blog/item/851-december-releases Published December 15, 2020
- https://infinitytheuniverse.com/blog/december-releases-2021 Published December 17, 2021
- Graybeaton et al, 89. 2019. 'O-12'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.