| OUT OF CHARACTER |
|Still waiting on final equipment decisions from Linda Thompson, but we'll begin anyway. You might want to make some adjustments after you find out your first assignment.|
After completion of your Esoteric Studies Program training, you are finally given your two federal government identification cards – one that indicates you are an employee of the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Protective Services and another that indicates you are an agent of the Department of Homeland Security, Department-7 – and assigned to a Gamma Team. It is possible that some of you interacted with each other during training, but, on the whole, your new teammates are still relative strangers to you.
Your team's Control Officer, the person responsible for handing out your assignments, is Celeste Fellowes. From what you've heard, she is a tough, no-nonsense sort of woman who prefers that her teams figure things out for themselves, with minimum waste of ESP resources. You won't get a lot of coddling or sympathy from her, but you won't get any micromanagement either.
Her office is accessed via a secret door behind the exhibition of First Ladies' Gowns at the National Museum of American History. Rumor has it that Ms. Fellowes finds this location infuriating – the frilly gowns really aren't her style – but her superiors refuse to give her an office in a place more suited to her personality.
After the Museum of American History closes for the day, you make your way to the First Ladies' Collection and through the secret door to Ms. Fellowes office. You immediately believe the rumors: seated behind a black oak desk is a severe, almost Goth-looking woman with short blonde hair and a lip ring, dressed all in black. The walls are also painted black and only a single, flickering florescent desk lamp lights the office. There are no other chairs in the room, so you are all forced to stand. Celeste Fellowes looks up from the files she's reviewing, “So you're the new Gamma Team? I am Celeste Fellowes. I will be your Control Officer. Call me Ms. Fellowes. Do not call me Celeste. Do not ask me questions about the First Ladies' Collection.”
“My emergency contact number is 202-555-0666. Do not become an emergency.”
“First order of business: tell me who you are and a little about your skills and experience. These personnel files are completely inadequate; the people who write them have no idea what makes a good field agent. After that, I'll give you your mission assignment.”