The Anomaly Containment Foundation: Overview
The Anomaly Containment Foundation (abbreviated A.C.F., or simply called “The Foundation”) currently exists as an underground volunteer organization dedicated to the study, containment, and protection of objects with properties not yet understood by modern science or, alternatively, the form of highly-advanced "science" popularly known as magic.
Until recently, the Foundation existed almost entirely in secret, comprised of a vast network of interconnected agents, researchers, and locations kept out of reach of humanity as a whole. This network is controlled by a five-person Security Council, which serves a legislative role and is unofficially led by an individual known as "Leviathan". The Foundation is funded by a single person known simply as "The Benefactor," who, when desired, may override the say of the Security Council unless the Council's vote was unanimous. The Fondation consists of two main branches, the Agency Branch, assigned with the obtainment and containment of anomalous objects, and the Research Branch, assigned with the study and exploration of the abilities of contained anomalous objects.
The Foundation's locations often exist in the form of front companies, such as [REDACTED], and individual, well-hidden locations designated L-0 through L-500. [Note: although the series of events in 2018 -2019 has reduced the total number of locations, numerical designation remains the same.] Contained within each location are anywhere between one (1) and three hundred (300) anomalies, of various hazard levels.
The Anomaly Containment Foundation was founded in [REDACTED] by three individuals, known as The Founders, for the purpose of locating, securing, and containing anomalous objects, creatures, and persons. The reason for the Founders’ interest in such objects is unrecorded and unknown, but the Foundation's objective ultimately grew to the prevention of harm to humanity by anomalies most could not comprehend; the means of doing so would be by studying those objects as well as a contained environment would allow. One Mr. [REDACTED] acted as the first S-1 "Leviathan" of the ACF Security Council, alongside Mr. [REDACTED] [S-2 "Grayhound"], and Mr. [REDACTED] [S-3 "India"], with their base at what today is known as L-0. Upon the death of Leviathan, [REDACTED] was elected by the surviving Council members, as well as the heads of the Agency and Research departments, which would later be added as the remaining two SV members. No members of the original council are, to the knowledge of any member of the Foundation, still alive, although one did disappear by anomalous causes, presumably due to the anomalous influence of ACF-[REDACTED]. The considerable fortune of the original founding members is believed to be currently in the possession of the Benefactor.
Originally, the Foundation handled only what are today classified as Risky-class [second-level] anomalies. After the events of Incident I-[REDACTED] in 1923, the Security Council, which now consisted of five members that included the heads of the agency and research departments and was now abbreviated as the "SV-Council", deemed it necessary to begin locating and retaining Household-class anomalies. When Mr. [REDACTED] became the chief benefactor to the Foundation, he donated locations L-1 through L-5 to be used for the location and containment of Leviathan-class anomalies. After the significant emergence of metahuman activity in the twentieth century, and later the rise in magical capabilities and use, objects and persons who fell under these two branches of classification would be removed from any Foundation locations and databases, and amnestic protocols were to be performed on all sentient entities that fell into these categories and had previously been contained.
The current Security Council and heads of department have been in power since [REDACTED], 2019, with the election of the most recent SV-1 "Leviathan" following the events classified as "Blossom".
"The Breach" (2018)
The exact beginning of the mass event known as "The Breach" is unclear, but it is generally agreed that the series of events leading to the date of the breach itself began on April 14, 2018. The inciting incident was one involving a Leviathan-class entity calling itself "Plaguefather," the containment of which was deemed of [REDACTED]-level priority. Former ACF-408 was approved for use by the council for the containment operation. SV-1 "Leviathan" also requested permission for the use of asset ACF-404 "Pollux" in the operation, a request that was denied by the SV-Council on the grounds that the anomaly was too volatile for use in such a situation. SV-1 released Pollux anyway.
The Council's concerns were validated when ACF-404 breached containment and turned against his fellow asset following the successful containment of the Plaguefather, and stole the artifact the Foundation now believes was related to the anomaly. ACF-404 was successfully recovered during a Leviathan-class collection event involving [REDACTED]-class entity if interest "Volksgeist", but the location of the artifact is currently unknown.
Following this failure to control and contain his assets, SV-1 "Leviathan" was voted into retirement by the remaining members of the Security Council. To the surprise of many, he nominated a junior research staff member, [CLASSIFIED], to take his place as Leviathan. The Council accepted the new SV-1 "Leviathan" and bestowed on her all power of the previous Leviathan.
The forced retirement of SV-1 Leviathan caused his senior staff to be dispersed between the other members, as the new Leviathan would choose her own staff from other branches. [REDACTED], his right-hand man, was given to SV-4 "Other" of the security branch; Dr. [REDACTED], primary researcher of major reality-bending entity ACF-707 "The Butterfly Effect," was transferred to location L-8 at the request of SV-2 "Llama"; [REDACTED] was transferred to the command of SV-5 "Numbuh Five" as the primary medical and psychiatric professional for location L-5; and [REDACTED] and R. Starek, both junior agents despite their A-Class-D authority, was placed under the command of SV-3 "Apex" as the chief collector for her locations.
In May, a thorough investigation of SV-2 "Llama" was initiated at the request of senior staff member Dr. [REDACTED], a former Leviathan-staff researchers transferred to location L-8. The research agent was then elected into his council seat in a 2-2 vote, with the tiebreaker vote cast by the Benefactor.
The beginning of June saw the voluntary retirement of SV-3 "Apex", and her replacement as SV-3 by "Jupiter".
The Breach itself began on June 15, 2018. On this date, a massive, uncontrollable breach of containment in Level-1 locations L-0, L-1, L-2, L-3, and L-4 that nullified the containment properties of the sites and killed the majority of on-site staff, including A-Class-E agents D. C'terr and E. Waxx, R-Class-E researcher M. Near, and SV-4 "Other." On the same day, SV-5 "Numbuh Five" disappeared, presumably by anomalous causes; approximately 350 anomalies were permanently destroyed, and 45 Leviathan-class anomalies escaped containment. In the following weeks, the Foundation lost nearly 300 more sites, mostly Level-2 Locations with a few Level-3 locations forced into "closing" to provide space for recontained Risky- and Household-class anomalies on-site. It was not until the middle of July that the Foundation was certain enough to elect the two remaining members of the Council, SV-5 "Strings," and SV-4 "Hack," in that order. Since then the primary purpose of the Foundation has been survival and recovery, and even now, their presence is less likely in Risky-class situations that can be otherwise handled.
The Foundation has been active at a large scale again since December 01, 2018.
Four months following the mass reactivation of the Anomaly Containment Foundation, an individual entity of extraterrestrial origin approached Earth in search of an object contained by the Foundation some time earlier. Unknown to the Foundation at the time, ACF-236 "Perfect Geometry" housed the soul of the conqueror Surgath's daughter, and the physical presence of an extraterrestrial artifact known as a "Ynerax Stone". Following repeated demands for and refusals of the anomaly, Surgath's second-in-command, an entity known as Myrmidon, assaulted Level-1 location L-6 with intent to seize the artifact by force. This proved unnecessary, as by unknown means the artifact was removed from the anomaly by the soul and delivered to Myrmidon without bloodshed, but the Society of Superheroes was called upon by a Foundation asset to intervene, and did so immediately.
During this event, it was also learned that former Councilman SV-5 [REDACTED] was in possession of a second "Ynerax Stone", as well as a juvenile extradimensional deity-class entity. It is unknown at this time whether he was aware of the nature of the two entities before the Decimation event. He is known to have engaged another of Surgath's assets, but lost the artifact in the subsequent conflict, before disappearing from the battlefield. The extradimensional entity was terminated during this conflict. No other Foundation asset engaged in the related fighting, and the Councilman was at the time believed to have died in the action.
Another extradimensional entity was summoned to the location, either by Surgath or by the Councilman himself; before action could be taken to attack or contain it, however, non-Foundational assets engaged and terminated it. Shortly thereafter, Surgath disengaged, but promised to return with "ruination". In the months following, no sign of Surgath had been observed, but Foundational assets were to remain vigilant in relation to any related information.
Due to extenuating circumstances, the Foundation did not engage with Surgath during "Ruination", and this was their final interaction with the entity before his termination during that event.
Several months following the "Decimation" event, former Councilman SV-5 [REDACTED] was recovered in [REDACTED] National Park following what seemed to be a successful ritual to revive the terminated juvenile extradimensional entity. The entity and former Councilman SV-5 [REDACTED] were retrieved by Agent [REDACTED], or ACF-833, who remained with them in L-9. According to detailed reports, Agent [REDACTED] attempted "synergy" with former Councilman SV-5 [REDACTED], which ultimately resulted in a location-wide breach involving several Leviathan- and High-Gradient Risky-Class anomalies. The Foundation immediately enlisted the assistance of the group of interest, "Society of Superheroes," and the situation was resolved with the retirement of former Councilman SV-5 [REDACTED] and return of ACF-833 to appropriate containment conditions at L-6.
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The SV Security Council
The Security Council consists of five members who make the ultimate decisions for the Foundation. Each member of the Council has a staff of [REDACTED] agents and [REDACTED] researchers, and is responsible for [REDACTED] locations and the ACFs contained inside them. Typically, SV members serve for life unless they retire or are forcibly removed by a vote of the Security Council.
When a staff member is selected for the Security Council, all remaining information on the staff member is expunged from all Foundation databases and, usually, Class-C anmestics are given to other staff members to entirely erase the former existence of the newly-elected council member. In the case of the current council, however, the Foundation has lacked the resources since the Breach to perform such a Foudation-wide memory wipe. As soon as the Foundation has recovered the necessary resources, the standard procedure will be performed.
SV-2, codename: Butterfly. [CLASS-E OR HIGHER CLEARANCE REQUIRED.]
SV-3, codename: Jupiter. [CLASS-E OR HIGHER CLEARANCE REQUIRED.]
SV-4, codename: Hack. [CLASS-E OR HIGHER CLEARANCE REQUIRED.]
SV-5, codename: Sunshine. [CLASS-E OR HIGHER CLEARANCE REQUIRED.]
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The Agency branch is responsible for the investigation, collection, and containment of anomalous objects, creatures, and persons. Agents are classified under five ranks, as follows:
A-Class-A: persons being detained by the Foundation for various reasons, including but not limited to misconduct on the field, maltreatment of ACFs, release of classified or redacted information especially to sources outside the Foundation, and civilian casualties. Often used in experiments involving Household-Class ACFs, or as janitorial staff for laboratories at Level 2 and 3 locations.
A-Class-B: new personnel, low-ranking personnel, and personnel who have committed infringements not severe enough to be demoted to Class-A. These often perform reconnaissance of areas where a potential ACF is residing, and collection of potential ACFs deemed Household-level, or are responsible for security at Level 3 locations; internships at Level 1, 2, and 3 locations.
A-Class-C: most personnel within the agency branch of ACF. Assigned with the collection of Risky and some Leviathan level objects as well as the security detail of level 3 and 2 locations; management in Level 2 and 3 locations.
A-Class-D: High-ranking and experienced personnel. Assigned with command of Class-C and below details, the collection of most potential Leviathan level anomalies, and security of Level 1 locations; management in Level 2 Locations.
A-Class-E: Highest ranking personnel, including SV-3, SV-4, SV-5, and surrounding staffs. Non-SV A-Class-Es still have clearance to nearly all locations and information; management in select Level 2 Locations.
The Research branch is responsible for study, evaluation, and experimentation of anomalous objects, creatures, and persons. Researchers are classified under five ranks, as follows:
R-Class-A: persons being detained by the Foundation for various reasons, including but not limited to misconduct on the field, maltreatment of ACFs, the release of classified or redacted information especially to sources outside the Foundation, and civilian casualties. Often used in experiments involving Household-Class ACFs, or as janitorial staff for laboratories at Level 2 and 3 locations.
R-Class-B: new personnel, low-ranking personnel, and personnel who have committed infringements not severe enough to be demoted to Class-A. These perform regular physical evaluations of agents and organic anomalies deemed Household-class and work as assistants to higher-level staff members. Laboratories in Level 3 locations; internships at Level 1, 2, and 3 locations.
R-Class-C: most personnel within the research branch of ACF. Assigned with assessment and experimentation on, between, and with anomalies labeled Household and Risky. Sometimes called to assist R-Class-D and above personnel. Laboratories in Level 3, 2, and 1 locations; management in Level 2 and 3 locations.
R-Class-D: High-ranking and experienced personnel. Assigned with command of Class-C and below laboratories and staffs, and research and experimentation on, with, and between Leviathan level anomalies. Laboratories in Level 2 and 1 locations; management in Level 2 Locations.
R-Class-E: Highest ranking personnel, including SV-1, SV-2, SV-5, and surrounding staffs. Non-SV R-Class-Es still have clearance to nearly all locations and information; management in select Level 2 Locations.
Locations are all on the property of the Foundation's Benefactor. Their chief purpose is for the security and containment of anomalies obtained by the Foundation, but they also have living quarters for on-site staff and laboratories for research teams. Each location is run by 1-3 Class-C or higher Location Managers, who bear responsibility for ethical care of anomalies and personnel, as well as control of the location's paperwork.
L-500 through L-200: Designated Level 3 locations, located within boundaries of civilization. Located underneath "Big City Burgers" chain fast-food restaurants around the world, these contain mostly Household-class ACFs and Risky-class ACFs deemed nonthreatening to humanity or the Foundation if exposed. Most on-site staff is Class-C and below. Access granted to all levels of staff.
L-199 through L-11: Designated Level 2 locations, located beyond the borders of society or beneath "Containment". Located on isolated plots of land owned by Mr. [REDACTED], these house most Risky-class ACFs and select Leviathan-class ACFs. These locations are far enough from society to remain almost entirely secret, and their isolation allows for the easy recontainment of escaped ACFs. They are occupied by Class-A, Class-B, Class-C, and some Class-D staff.
L-10: official Foundation Security Staff location. There are a few temporary containment cells for the associated artifacts of SV council members and their surrounding staff, but no anomalies are permanently contained at this location.
L-5 through L-9: Designated Level 1 locations, located far from society where their contents may pose minimal threat to humanity if a breach in containment occurs. Contains only Leviathan-class ACFs. They are mostly under the guise of oil rigs or mines owned by Mr. [REDACTED], and at the locations of [CLASS-E CLEARANCE REQUIRED].
L-0 through L-4: Former Level-1 locations abandoned following the Breach, until initiation of Operation: Snow Plow, headed by [DATA EXPUNGED].
Anomalies held by the Foundation include persons, objects, and creatures of anomalous origin or ability, classified according to the strength of their abilities as well as their threat to humanity. Anomalies are affixed with an "ACF" prefix, shorthand for "Access Containment File", attached to an identifying numeric, a combination of which is most often used in paperwork and cross-experimentation.
Containment Procedures vary based upon the classification and abilities of the anomaly in question. Typically, for objects, containment procedures take the form of placement in an appropriately sized containment unit and stored in designated areas of a site. Household-Class objects are often kept alongside files and related documents; Risky-Classes are most commonly stored together, but separate from other anomalies and files; and Leviathan-class objects are often kept by themselves, usually in separate containment units. For persons and other biological entities, living accommodations meet necessary standards of living, and are intended to be comfortable unless certain have been designated as hazardous to either staff or the anomaly in question.
Class Household: objectively safe, despite anomalous properties. Cause no immediate threat to humanity yet are contained for research purposes, to prevent individuals from enhancing their properties, or to test their anomalous effects on more dangerous anomalies. Contained within Level 3 locations unless being used in higher-risk experiments.
Class Risky: dangerous to individuals rather than large groups/human structures, or possess no ill-will against humanity or human society. Once an object is classed as Risky it cannot be demoted back to Household without express SV permission. Risky objects or organisms are classed on gradient scales that vary from location to location and staff to staff, ranging from "low-gradient" to "high-gradient". Low-gradient risky-class entities and objects are contained and experimented on alongside Household-class objects, and on occasion are employed as emergency assets in the case of a breach. All other Risky ACFs are contained in Level 2 locations unless requested for experimentation in Level 1 locations.
Class Leviathan: pose a high, immediate, and/or deliberate threat to humanity, earth, or the universe. Again measured on a gradient scale. Considering the limited number of Level 1 locations, low-gradient Leviathan class objects are stored in Level 2 locations. High-risk Leviathan objects cannot be removed from Level 1 locations without express, documented, unanimous SV permission.
Amnestic administration is reserved for use on persons with inappropriate information to their classification level, persons released from Foundational work or containment, and persons exposed to anomalous events without knowledge of the Foundation, especially memetically hazardous events or items. While a number of Foundational researchers have found alternative filters to memetic hazards, amnestic protocols continue to be used in the case that a filter fails. In most cases, the amnestic used is a highly specialized chemical compound, designated A through E, and is combined with external therapy of some kind to assist the mind in filling gaps in the memory before returning the patient to their idea of normalcy.
Class-E Amnestics: Precise and controlled, this is the lightest memetic used by the Foundation for removal of a specific entity from a specific moment in the patient's memory. It is designed for the erasure of recent short-term memories before their transference to long-term. Overdose of a Class-E amnestic typically nullifies its properties entirely, occasionally requiring two or three doses to complete the amnestic protocol.
Class-D Amnestics: Designed for the removal of specific but recent events, rather than specific but recent moments. The Class-D amnestic is designed for removal of anomalous entities or Foundational personnel from recent events. Like Class-E Amnestics, it is designed for the erasure of short-term memories before they can be transferred to long-term. Overdose of Class-D amnestics results in confusion and occasionally uninitentional removal of other non-vital information.
Class-C Amnestics: Typically utilized for erasing specific and somewhat dated events from the human memory. In appropriate doses, a Class-C Amnestic can erase events of several days from up to a year before the date of amnestic administration. Caution is strongly advised in the administration of Class-C Amnestics, as overdose may result in complete amnesia in the patient.
Class-B Amnestics: Like Class-E amnestics, Class-B Amnestics are precisely directed toward a certain person or event that is laced throughout the patient's memory dating back several years. Caution is strongly advised in the administation of Class-B Amnestics, despite their precision over Class-C amnestics. Overdoes of a Class-B Amnestic may result in removal of all memories from the first date of encountering the person or entity the administrator is attempting to remove, resulting in extensive or even complete amnesia.
Class-A Amnestics: Desigend specifically for complete amnesia, Class-A Amnestics are reserved for cases when influence or memory are so extensive that recovery following lower-class amnestics would be ineffective. Overdose of Class-A Amnestics may result in permanent mental damage, both psychological and physical. Extreme caution is advised when Class-A Amnestics are required.
The Surveillance and Containment Projects
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Groups of Interest
Assurance, and its related subsidiaries: AlphaWare, Armagear, and ASF.
The Cult of the Lotus.
The Front Line.
The Global Contracting Agency.
The Society of Superheroes.
The Varcolac Cartel.
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