Sunday, May 29, 2011

Operation Gone Fishing Underway

Will report success or failure later. Hope the PATCH isn't screwing with us.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Our Tablet knock-off is done.

Now, barring the thing pulling a SKYNET and trying to kill us or someone trying to fuck with it, we can probably keep it secure and operational long enough to do us some good.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Called it

Specter has been arguing with the PTC command staff for the last hour. They got word that information on Conference 1452 got leaked, and Specter's taking the heat for it. They're actually calling for us to shut the blogs down, and one of them's trying to swing support from the others to shut down the SMD altogether.

It's not gonna be a pretty argument, but I'm sure Specter will win. He normally has his head on straight for this sort of thing. Good news, though. The PATCH goes online tomorrow afternoon. In all likelihood, we can start using it to plan our next operation. Specter says I'm not allowed to talk about what it is.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Specter's angry

Specter is kind of pissed right now. I asked him about public response to the PATCH announcement about twenty minutes ago. He says he really didn't want to talk about it. So, I pressed him on the matter, and he decided to yell at me before calming down.

Apparently, one of you guys knows his name, or something, and posted it in the comments section over on his blog. He's not happy to hear that. That's the sort of thing the PTC keeps seriously under wraps. There's a reason we use all these whacked-out aliases. If the Runners know the names of PTC executives or the command staff, then it's a serious security breach, because none of you know how to keep your mouths shut. At least, that's how Specter's putting it.

The fact that any of you know about Conference 1452 is bad news in and of itself. I didn't know about it until Specter told me a very short, concise version of what happened once he cooled off.

Guys, you probably think this is a small thing to raise hell over, considering how open we've been with you as it is, but Specter's freak out was actually pretty legitimate. We can't have that information circulating in the blogosphere. We've got enough PTC secrecy blown as it is. The fact that the names of our command staff are still a secret is part of how we're able to operate at all anymore. The Feds are watching this blog, and they do want to shut us down once and for all.

Keep that in mind.

Don't say anymore than is necessary from now on.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Operation Headhunter After Action Report

Date: May 18th, 2011
Time: 14:30-15:43 Hours, SMD HQ time
Location: Classified

Operation Headhunter's primary objective was an attempted elimination of Target Alpha in what is believed to be Target Alpha's primary base of operations, referred to in various intelligence reports and in the Irregular community as 'the Path of Black Leaves.' Secondary objectives included locating and rescuing surviving members of the previous expedition into the Path of Black Leaves, if any such individuals existed.

An all-volunteer unit was selected for Operation Headhunter. Rather than assign a specific squad, PTC operatives were selected from four different units and deployed as a single team into the Path of Black Leaves. This unit was designated Headhunter Squad for the purposes of the operation. Headhunters 1 through 5 were outfitted with light body armor and the newly-upgraded Type-5 Multi-Barreled Laser Carbines, while Headhunter 6 was given a suit of heavy body armor, and the Type-21 Electrified Melee Weapon (Designation: Hammer of Thor) prototype. The operation was intended to be a combat mission, as well as a field test of the new design.

All members of Headhunter Squad were given HelmetCams for the purposes of analysis of combat footage at SMD HQ. Upon entering the Path of Black Leaves, Headhunter Squad began a sweep of their immediate area. After no sign of hostile contact, Headhunter 1 took point. Navigation software loaded into the squad's helmets was ineffective in the Path of Black Leaves, with no clear direction that led north. This indicates severe magnetic interference, or some as-yet unknown effect stemming from Target Alpha's influence on his immediate environment. Opting to take a randomly-selected direction for an extended sweep, Headhunter Squad did not encounter any hostile contact for ten minutes. Video footage of the operation contains heavy audio and video distortion, as is normal when dealing with Target Alpha, or objects, persons, or areas related to Target Alpha.

No transcripts have been provided, but at 15:00 hours (SMD HQ time), Headhunter Squad confirmed contact with Target Alpha. Headhunters 1 through 5 opened fire, shooting to kill. Multiple head and torso shots were confirmed with laser carbines while Headhunter 6 attempted to flank and attack with the Hammer of Thor. Target Alpha engaged Headhunter 6 in close combat, managing to evade the Hammer of Thor (suspected to be highly dangerous to Target Alpha). Target Alpha succeeded in neutralizing Headhunter 6 while under direct fire from the rest of Headhunter Squad, and fell back quickly after throwing Headhunter 6 at the rest of the squad. The Hammer of Thor was damaged, and rendered useless for the rest of the operation as a result. It is presently undergoing repairs by the SMD's Science Department.

Headhunter Squad gave pursuit, and lost track of Target Alpha. Target Alpha re-engaged Headhunter Squad with a flanking maneuver, hitting them from the left and almost managing to pierce Headhunter 3's left arm. Headhunter 3 engaged Target Alpha directly in hand-to-hand combat, while the rest of the squad prepared to hit Target Alpha with concentrated fire. Throwing Headhunter 3 off, Target Alpha made a second attempt at what was believed to be a false retreat. Headhunter 1 called for the squad to disengage, and Headhunter Squad was back at SMD HQ within the hour.

Combat footage analysis indicates Target Alpha is not slow or sluggish when the situation is believed to require rapid movement, such as in the case of Target Alpha's hand-to-hand engagement with Headhunter 3. Target Alpha is also confirmed to have excellent upper-body strength, judging from how Target Alpha threw Headhunter 6 at the rest of the squad.

Operation Headhunter has been deemed a failure, due to a lack of any useful information being gleaned from the operation's footage analysis, and the failed primary and secondary objectives. Advise against further deployments into the Path of Black Leaves.
Suspected as much. Power failures when we tried to post this last night. Not sure if that's a bad sign, or if we're just being paranoid.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

No casualties

Not sure if they managed to hurt the bastard, but they're all back in one piece. Definitely gaps in some of their memories, but they're alive and unharmed.

After-Action Report sometime tonight. Tomorrow night, if there's any problems with the site, or power failures on our end like Specter said there was last time.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Alright. So, my first official act as Field Commander of the SMD is sending an all-Military Department strike team into the Path of Black Leaves.

They've been deployed as of two hours ago. HelmetCam feeds have all cut out, but according to Specter and the nerds, they did that last time.

Best of luck to them. They're taking a shot at that slim bastard. If they're lucky, they'll find the other team, too. We're going to make sure to get a full after-action report from whatever fragments of information come out of the survivors and video footage.

Specter's also posted a heads-up about our soon-to-be computer buddy, the PATCH. Check his blog for any further details, like what PATCH stands for.

Off to go get drunk, now.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

the plan

Subject: SMD/Central Command Conference
Sender: PTC Central Command Transcript Office
To: PTC Transcript Record Databank
Date: 5/12/11, 13:15

Conference 1452 Audio Transcript

PTC General Marcus Karmac (Callsign: Orca)
PTC Head Executive Omar Carlyle (Callsign: Drumroll)
PTC Head Scientist Dale Elb (Callsign: Venom)
PTC Head of Internal Affairs [REDACTED] (Callsign: Knight)
SMD Head Executive Kyle Leonard (Callsign: 'Specter')

Specter: Gentlemen, I believe you know why I called this conference.
Orca: Leonard, our decision is final. Central Command absolutely will not permit the Slender Man Division to continue reverse-engineering this 'Reintegration Tablet' alone.
Specter: I am aware, and cannot permit you to take it into Central Command's custody. It is absolutely vital that the Tablet remain in the SMD's control. Information on the Slender Man could come from this device, and may finally permit the SMD to deal with the creature once and for all.
Venom: Leonard, with all due respect, your Division has shown multiple attempts at killing the creature, with a zero-percent success rate. Your scientists should be focused entirely on the elimination of the Slender Man. My science team here at Central Command can deal with the matter. You're in no position to deny us access to the Tablet.
Specter: So that's your plan? Take a valuable asset from the SMD? The SMD is becoming high-priority. You've all said as much. We're permitted certain assets denied to other Divisions. I believe that includes the Reintegration Tablet.
Knight: That may be, but you have proven to have a problem with dissent in the ranks, multiple times. We can't permit the Tablet to fall into rogue hands. Turn it over to our control, or we'll see to it that your Division receives no further support.
Specter: That isn't your jurisdiction, Knight.
Drumroll: It's my jurisdiction. Knight, further attempts to undermine my authority will not be tolerated. The SMD will receive additional support as the situation warrants. That is PTC policy, and will not change at the whim of Internal Affairs.
Knight: Do not presume to threaten me, Carlyle. I don't answer to you.


Specter: Knight's getting bolder.
Drumroll: He is. About this Tablet. I'm not sure leaving it in your hands is the safest option for the device. You have to understand, Kyle, this dimensional bleeding, it might not stop, and it seems to be centered on your Division. We can't risk losing the Tablet because we didn't move it sooner.
Specter: Omar, I'm telling you, this isn't going to be a problem. We're fixing the bleeding now.
Drumroll: How can you be so sure?
Specter: Just trust me, alright?
Venom: How can we? All you've done this entire time is present multiple failures, despite miscellaneous advances in scientific aspects of the paranormal. We've been putting your data to work, but your primary mission has shown minimal success. How do we know you haven't been squandering your resources to simply bleed us dry?
Specter: Bleed you dry? Are you insinuating that I'm Indoctrinated?
Venom: The proxies are a subversive group. You know that. You could be operating under the Slender Man's control on a purely subconcious level. And the constant use of that blog Arthur made, which you should have shut down, is a major breach of PTC policy in and of itself. We've given you a lot of leeway, and evidence has been piling up that you might not be operating within PTC policy any further.
Specter: Do NOT say that I've been compromised. I am NOT Indoctrinated.
Venom: I see. Leonard, I want this made very clear. We can do better with the Tablet than you can. By rights, you SHOULD pass it over to us.
Specter: And if I refuse, your little council will just use it as ammo against me, right? Get me reassigned, or locked up in The Box.
Orca: You're being paranoid, Leonard, and perhaps a bit obsessive. That's a dangerous sign.
Specter: My fears are well-founded.
Drumroll: Leonard, if it really means that much to you, we'll permit you to keep the Tablet. But absolutely ANYTHING related to the creation of the PATCH is to be handed off to Central Command as priority traffic.
Specter: Acceptable.
Drumroll: Are we done here?
Specter: No. There's still the matter of Arthur Nile.
Drumroll: Leonard, he got a lot of PTC intelligence into the wrong hands. We can't possibly track down all of his contacts. Nightcrawler is untouchable.
Specter: Is he really?
Drumroll: You're proposing a solution to Nightcrawler's rampage?
Venom: Don't entertain his ideas any further. Specter's proven time and again that he can't be permitted to-
Specter: Be very careful of the next words that you say, Elb. It would make things far more difficult for the both of us.
Venom: Is that a threat, Leonard?
Specter: Yes.
Venom: You're in no position to threaten me. I'm-
Specter: A beaker-slinger with an over-sized budget and a gun at his back.
Venom: You don't get to make demands, Specter.
Specter: Yes, I do. I've got the Tablet, and I'm the head of a high-priority Division. And we have a psychotic PTC agent on the loose. He's my mess, and I intend to deal with him. Nightcrawler will be killed. I'm proposing the first task we use the PATCH for is hunting down Nightcrawler and his contacts that he has passed classified PTC information to.
Venom: I see. The PATCH would be able to sift through meaningless data, calculate probability of who's got what information. Then...
Drumroll: We use that information to track down and kill all of Nightcrawler's contacts at the same time, before anyone can pass it along that we're after him.
Specter: Brilliant in its simplicity, isn't it? This is why I'm requesting additional scientists for my Division, to speed the reverse-engineering process of the Reintegration Tablet. We'll settle for the core systems. It should be more than sufficient for the shakedown run.
Venom: I'll send out a memo for volunteers.
Specter: Our business is concluded, gentlemen.


Venom: We can't permit Leonard to strong-arm us like this. We're the heads of Central Command.
Drumroll: Leonard's always been focused on what he thinks is the correct course of action. Thank God he didn't go insane like Nile.
Venom: Has he been compromised? Do we need to send in Internal Affairs?
Orca: Absolutely not! Knight will not take charge here. We took a risk permitting him to send in Cyclops.
Venom: What risk? We already told Specter as much just now. We suspect he's Indoctrinated, if only on a small level. This Slender Man creature has been conducting limited activity within a specific sphere of influence, and we've been throwing lives and money and time at the problem until it stops. It's not stopping. I'm recommending we shut down the Slender Man Division once and for all. It's gotten us valuable assets, but we need to cut expenses now.
Drumroll: That is my jurisdiction, Elb. I will deal with the matter as I see fit.
Venom: At least give it a thought, Carlyle.
Drumroll: I will, Elb. Everything is spiraling out of control, but we can get our hands on the steering wheel and pull the PTC back from the brink. The key lies in ensuring the Slender Man Division can generate enough gains for all of the losses it's brought us.
Venom: And Nightcrawler?
Drumroll: Leonard's absolutely right on that course of action. The plan proceeds.
Orca: I'd say this concludes our business, then?
Venom: Yes, I believe so. Marcus, meet down in the bar for drinks. I have an idea for a new standardized firearm to issue to the troops.



Drumroll: Stacy, bring me that map you drew for daddy. Oh, this thing's still on.



they are on the right path

my Friend will help them seal the veil

it won't stop the faceless one, but it will set things right

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Settling Into the New Job

Being the new Field Commander isn't exactly awesome. Lots of boring shit to deal with. Gotta keep briefing the soldiers on how to best kill an Indoctrinated, keep drilling them with the new Hammer of Thor weapons, gotta keep signing requisition forms, and on and on and on.

It's really, really boring.

So, even though there's a bit of a dimensional bleeding issue, only the Science Department's getting assets shifted to working on it. There's only so much that my men can do to deal with the matter. We shoot stuff. And Specter signs paperwork. In other words, this one's all on the eggheads. We've got a betting pool going to see how long it takes for them to totally fuck things up worse than they already are.

The clocks seem to have started working normally again. I give it a week before they're back to being all wonky. Could be a sign that the nerds are actually fixing the problem.

To keep the troops from going stir-crazy and get them used to killing off Indoctrinated, we've gone back to search-and-destroy operations for the time being, along with scouting missions to try and find Benefactor and Dr. Zelphest like Specter wants.

No word on the reverse-engineering of the Reintegration Tablet. Not my department. Specter says he'll be updating his own blog later today with some information on that. They've apparently been making some progress, but not enough for us to actually get our own version of the Tablet operational.

For the return expedition to the Path of Black Leaves we've been planning, we've decided to only send an all-Military Department team armed with the Hammer of Thor prototype and some laser carbines. I don't want to get our hopes up, but we're running out of wiggle-room. We need to take a shot at the bastard.


Thursday, May 5, 2011



So, Specter was on the line with Central Command, wanting another new Field Commander, but the last two we got either went nuts, or went missing. Central Command can't free up anyone else until they get some new blood in for reassignment to the SMD. As Specter brilliantly put it, this was 'a problem', and needed to be rectified. So Central Command decided to promote a dude.

Guess who got the job?


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Updates all around

Specter here.

First, it is with great relief that I am announcing I'll be returning to handling my own personal blog, leaving this one in the hands of B2. He'll be updating here from now on. Now I don't need to be the bearer of bad news when things go wrong.
Second, our tests with the Reintegration Tablet have been extensive these last few days. We've confirmed it can run software intended for Windows operating systems, as well as at least a few Mac programs. B2 won't let go of the damn thing, but that's more his crippling video game addiction than anything. The science team appreciates the test data either way. Other tests we have in mind involve taking it apart to see how it operates, and eventually seeing if we can't reverse-engineer it for more all-purpose uses than Reintegration, whatever that is. The Tablet and its creator, Nathaniel Crowley, have both proven very cooperative so far. If the Tablet can process supernatural activity, then it's very likely that anything based off of it will be able to do the same. That would be a massive boon to the PTC as a whole, and especially the SMD.

Third, on the matter of Dr. Cairo Zelphest's disappearance, we're still searching. We'll provide an update on the subject if we find anything at all. We can't devote everything to finding Dr. Zelphest, but we're doing what we can with what we've got. That's generally more than the likes of, say, Zeke Strahm, or the young men who operate the EverymanHYBRID channel on Youtube, but we're not omniscient. If we can't find him, then we simply can't find him. So, apologies in advance if that turns out to be a massive disappointment. I know some people out there appreciated what the Doctor did for the Irregular community, and if he turns out to have been Indoctrinated the entire time, we'll just line him up against the wall and shoot him. Target dummies for the troops to practice on are expensive, so he'll serve the PTC as a cost-cutting maneuver, if nothing else. We're also trying to track down Benefactor, and there's been no word on that so far.

Fourth, on the subject of the Path of Black Leaves, we've been making an effort to try and see if we can't somehow take another shot at an expedition into the Path to see if there's any way we can use it. The prospect of a reverse-engineered Reintegration Tablet is critically important in this capacity; it could make all of the necessary adjustments to our calculations to see if we can't solve this dimensional bleeding issue. We're not even sure if that's possible, but we need to try and see what we can do. Zero may not have intended for the Solstice to cause the problems it did, but it's something we need to fix, desperately. If this gets bad enough, there's no telling what will happen. Time can become a hellish nightmare with no beginning or end, but there's also the possibility that the sky will just turn pink and everyone can go about their merry day without any further issues. Two nights ago, just glancing at the clock on my nightstand, I can tell you that it actually stopped for no good reason, and didn't match up with the computer clock. I unplugged it, reset it, checked every other clock we had to see what the time was, and came to the conclusion that everyone's perception of time is off. Clocks all over our current base of operations are showing different times. Now, that's not exactly important on its own, but what really raised the red flag was that nobody was sharing the same perception of time. I've asked around. It's been getting worse whenever someone is alone, but the time discrepancies apparently haven't gone beyond an hour in difference between any two people. Everyone's been given orders to check in every ten minutes ('their' time) when they're alone, even if it's just by radio, and more people have been switched to the night shift. I've already been considering bumping the time between each check-in down to five minutes, just in case.

So, in short, B2's right. Fixing the dimensional bleeding is our top priority at the moment. This clock thing is already getting annoying, and it hasn't been a full week yet.

Anyways, that's all for now. The science team's gearing up for another round of tests regarding the Path, so I need to at least check in on that. Every time we do something, we probably risk the dimensional bleeding getting worse, so we need to wrap up the 'bend reality to our will' part and just skip to the 'fix what the Slender Man is doing to the fabric of our realm of existence' part.