Groups Of Interest KO

GROUPS OF INTEREST KO


File Overview: The Foundation is not the only group with an interest and investment in the paranormal and metaphysical. There are many other groups in existence who possess, use, or attempt to create SCP objects, either for their own personal gain or for the protection of mankind. Some are rival organizations, some are splinter groups of the Foundation, and some are trusted associates of the Foundation. In any case, it has been deemed necessary to create and distribute a brief on which agencies the Foundation knows about, and our stance towards them.


National Paranormal Emergency Service (NPES)

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Overview: The National Paranormal Emergency Service, a security agency of the Republic of Korea, is a secret presidential organization to cope with paranormal cases in Korean territory. The NPES was founded per the Joint Statement of December 5th issued by the Korean Government under agreement with the Foundation and the GOC.

Since the ROK government signed the "ROK-Foundation Memorandum of Agreement on Anomalies of the Korean Peninsula", commonly known as the "Pierson Memorandum" in 1981, Korea has entirely delegated paranormal security issues to the Foundation. However, the ever-increasing anomalous threats in the 21st century, especially the rise of illegal paranormal organizations' domestic activities called for a more appropriate response system. The ROK government persuaded the Foundation for the establishment of the NPES and initiated in a crackdown mission by listing GoIs from 2018.

The NPES is capable of quickly detecting anomalies and deploying on-site personnel, thanks to the linkage between government organizations and surveillance assets deployed across the country. However, under the Pierson Memorandum, the NPES does not possess any anomalous objects or technology that utilizes them and are to hand over most of the anomalies they've retrieved to the Foundation.

The NPES is a national agency that prioritizes the national interest and public safety of the Republic of Korea and is also a latecomer that entered the international paranormal society belatedly with many restrictions. The NPES aims to benefit from the GOC and the Foundation by maintaining a good relationship with them but is not wholly dictated by their principles of conduct.

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Dinodon's Hand (SH-KO)

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Overview: Dinodon's Hand is a subordinate organization of the Serpent's Hand, which is active in Korean peninsular. It is not clear when exactly was the cell of the Serpent's Hand organized in Korean peninsular. They were completely undetectable until a clash the Foundation in 2011.

Since the appearance of 2011, they are frequently struggling against GOC Far East located in Japan. The Foundation Korean Regional Command is consuming considerable assets and manpower to conceal their struggle and its sign from the public. Occasionally the Foundation suffers collateral damage from them. But the Dinodon's Hand is avoiding the active engagement with the Foundation. This is considered as a strategic avoidance to prevent a two-front war, and it is believed that they are hostile to Foundation as well as GOC.

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Celeste

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Overview: Celeste is a private education business in Korea. It aims to improve its clients' academic performance by offering anomalous products and services while operating underground to shake off organizations such as the Foundation. Celeste is primarily known to operate within education complexes in Seoul but has numerous front companies and affiliate businesses. Due to this, little information is known about its core architecture or members. Known affiliates of Celeste include Antré Stationery, Pioneer Academy, and Education Consultation firm Gluon Inc., but not much is known about their connections to Celeste.

The exact date of Celeste's founding is unknown, but its earliest known operations date back to the mid-2010s. No activity outside Korea has been observed to date, but the number of reports regarding its activity in the Korean private education industry is steadily on the rise. Related anomalous technologies are generally considered not very dangerous. However, considering that Celeste aims to serve clients of a certain age group, its expansion might potentially be a significant threat to the Foundation's Veil Policy. The Foundation continues tracking Celeste under the cooperation of the Republic of Korea Police Force and the National Paranormal Emergency Service(NPES).

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Beyond Entropy (BE)

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Overview: BE is one of the groups of interest that try to overcome environmental crises by using anomalous items. In former days, the members of a minor environmental group called ESC (Environmental Shelter Community) agonized over the second law of thermodynamics, and learned information of objects that are classed as "ectoentropic" from SCP Foundation. They got some real ectoentropic SCP items, and visited a famous person called "Bernard Engelbert" who once departed the ESC because they needed some aid of capital of him. After several hostile contacts with the Foundation, they made a new secret underground organization "Beyond Entropy" that was headed by Bernard Engelbert, holding the old organization for a surface party (now the group is known as Edible Scraps Community).

BE does its task based on the clandestine cell system, and each cells work with their own purpose. For this reason, BE makes various environmental works (which are associated with irregular elements) its tasks, as well as study of the ectoentropy, such as extortion of SCP items of the Foundation, development of new anomalous items, rescue of the beings which suffer from anomalous things, sabotage of a machine civilization, and eco-activity by application of SCP items. Although the Foundation already have punished several cellular point organization, the Foundation can not be in the least daunted the activity of BE because they hide its leadership and core research facilities exhaustively. BE members armed with firearms in the region where permit possession of arms, and they are at enmity with the Foundation.

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The 10th Bureau, Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA 10th Bu.)

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Overview: The KCIA 10th Bureau was a paranormality government facility of the 4th Republic of Korea, which lasted from 1973 to 1981. The 10th Bureau mobilised anomalies for the benefit of the South Korean regime, under the pretence of restoring paranormal sovereignty. By absorbing professional human resources nationally and globally, the Bureau quickly grew into a force to be reckoned with. During this growth, the South Korean government attempted to replace the Foundation with the KCIA 10th Bureau, placing a burden on the Foundation Korean Regional Command's actions.

Since 1945, the South Korean government has left anomalies in the southern Korean peninsula in the Foundation's hands. However, such cooperation was discontinued after the founding of the 10th Bureau. Albeit the Foundation's presence on the Korean peninsula, the 10th Bureau, which aggressively gathered, assetised, and weaponised anomalies, emerged as a considerable threat to the Foundation, despite its lack of theoretical background. After seven years of constant constraint, alas, following the political turmoil in October 1979, the conflict lulled down as the KCIA, including the 10th Bureau, spiralled into dysfunction.

Following the reorganisation of the KCIA to the Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP) in 1981, the 10th Bureau was dissolved, along with other cooperative departments scattered about the government structure. The Foundation absorbed most personnel and assets, but there are confirmed cases of acquisition by other Groups of Interest. The Foundation then again took control of anomalies in South Korea, later cooperating with the NPES(founded 2018) to this day.

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PlugSoft

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Overview: The PlugSoft is the video game company which produces anomalous 'video games.' They firstly detected by the Foundation in 20██, during the investigation into the case about SCP-185-KO. This company is known to sell their games on the online game mall '██,' but the Foundation has been failing in all attempts to access this shopping site by unknown causes.

Although the Foundation chased the PlugSoft through various means from the first contact, little is known about the PlugSoft. The only source of the information about them is the company's personnel who appear in the Foundation facility and SCPs for the activities called the 'bug fix.' Most arrested personnel rejected a statement and automatically vanished away, so the Foundation only figured out it from the personnel that the PlugSoft intend to influence a reality.

According to the research on the video games of the PlugSoft, there seem to be not a few gamers who are playing this games. But the attempt to find the game players has also been fruitless to date. Some of the games are significant dangerous, so the Foundation presume that the PlugSoft do not pursue a positive way.

The PlugSoft create games belonging to various genres, such as PC games, console games, mobile games, and board games. The PlugSoft seems to have a space warping technology or more, but their technical limitations are unknown.

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Noonday Oak Troupe (NOTE)

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Overview: Originally this troupe was one of the bands which are made up of street musicians who performed in the ██████ City, Taiwan, 191█. The NOTE says that they can control the people's feeling (even natural phenomenons in some cases) by their music.

After the end of the Chinese-Japanese War, the whole country was devastated. This group and local people had been persecuted. So the troupe held the concerts to encourage people and take part in the philanthropy to help paupers, under the motto 'Be against dictatorship and communism, and help the people in need.' Thereafter, the troupe's second generation made an orchestra with comrades who agree with them, created some musicals, hosted the world tour concert, and finally formed the NOTE.

The NOTE make musical instruments with anomalous items and perform them. In some cases, performers and manufacturers seem to be humanoid SCP objects. The troupe only used anomalous objects for classical instruments in the early times, but now they use anomalous electronic instruments and equipments also, after the joining of Japanese electronic instrument specialist ███ ███ and Korean personal electronic device engineer ██.

Sometimes the NOTE donate anomalous items to public in good will, but most of them malfunction or even cause harm to people. In these cases, the Foundation cooperate with the NOTE to reduce the damage occured by the items and prevent the worst situation. The NOTE also know their circumstances and frequently ask for help from the Foundation. Despite these continual failures, the NOTE don't give up and resume the activity.

The relationship between the NOTE and the Foundation is amicable. The Foundation treat this group as the last place of the caution ranking.

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