While Morpheus Security is rather relaxed in its procedures and organization for an agency of its nature, they do still maintain some level of organization. Some of the most important are detailed here.
Morpheus has a large staff of specialized support personnel. Security forces for their facilities, pilots, analysts, maintenance workers and a hand full of forensic inspectors, tactical officers, hackers, secretaries, and air traffic controllers make up the majority of the personnel employed by Morpheus. However, all of that wouldn’t amount to much if not for the field agents they support.
The members of the Executive board are all seasoned field agents that are mostly retired from field work. On occasion they do go into the field, and when they do they are usually referred to as Executive Team. The codenames of the executive board are secret, known only to themselves.
- Julian Chambers (Codename ██████████) is a telepath of moderate ability. He is intelligent and methodical, and has a particular talent for investigative work. He has consistently maintained a basic rating with handguns, rifles, and explosives, and is an expert pilot.
- Brandon Fisk (Codename ███████) is a very intelligent and eccentric computers expert, and works much better with machines than people. He is an avid follower of extreme sports and practices parkour, free climbing, base jumping, and similar activities. These talents often came in useful in the past when gaining access to isolated systems in secure facilities. He has on occasion failed to maintain even a basic rating with firearms, but he is rated advanced in hand-to-hand and explosives.
- Donald Gallagher (Codename ████████) is a handsome and charming people person. He prefers to make friends rather than enemies, and his greatest asset is in the horde of relationships he cultivates and maintains. He holds an advanced rating with handguns, and a basic rating with most other weapons.
- Marcus Wickerson (Codename █████████████) is a devoted gear head. He is an expert pilot with both fixed and rotary wing craft, and an expert tactical driver. He is also a skilled mechanic and radio operator, and holds advanced ratings with handguns and shotguns.
Alpha Team is currently Morpheus’ primary agent team. They were recruited in 2007 by the executive board and handle most of the priority missions the agency conducts.
- John Wright (Codename Ox).
- Steven Emerich (Codename Hal).
- Bruce (Codename ).
- Kanen (Codename ).
- Demoneyes (Codename ).
Bravo Team is Morpheus Security’s junior agent team. They were recruited in 2010 and primarily handle low priority missions. Their recent work has been centered on further recruitment and establishing a regional headquarters somewhere in Europe. They have now been reassigned to handle followup to Desert Oasis.
- Gäbeler “Gabe” Koch (Codename Noble Fox), a Swiss marksman.
- Alexei Gaveril (Codename Echo Fall), a career Russian opperative.
- Patrick Bartleby Williamson III (Codename Victor Lake), a British stage actor.
- Paul (Codename Castle Red), an American, former military.
- Nuhn (Codename Temple Song).
Morpheus doesn’t use codenames as a matter of general practice. Agents should adopt handles or call signs for use in real time communication which may not be entirely secure (2 way radio or internet chat for instance). When conducting covert operations, agents should requisition cover identities if they are not issued during the briefing. However, agents may be referred to by codename in sensitive documents in order to protect both the agent and the agency should they ever be compromised or targeted for investigation.
Agents and support personnel at Morpheus are organized into one of four readiness conditions, indicating acceptable maximum response times and minimum levels of contact with their control.
- Condition 1 “Active Engagement”: Agents and support personnel at Condition 1 are actively engaged with a priority mission, or are preparing for an imminent mission. Caliber III+ missions fall into this category. Agents and personnel are at or en route to the mission site, and maintain the greatest degree of contact that circumstances allow.
- Condition 2 “On Duty”: Agents at Condition 2 are engaged with diplomatic, investigative, or otherwise low priority missions, or are preparing for such a mission. Note: Support personnel that are engaged on any mission are always at Condition 1, regardless of mission priority. Most caliber I or II missions fall into this category. Support personnel at Condition 2 are engaged in their regular duties at Morpheus facilities. Agents are required to make regular real-time contact with control as well as apprise control of any significant change in circumstances. They are also required to be able to reach certain designated locations within 30 minutes, such as airports or local secure facilities.
- Condition 3 “On Call”: Agents at Condition 3 are not engaged with any active mission, but may be performing other duties such as recruitment, training, or analysis. They are required to make daily real-time contact with control, and as much non-real-time contact as they deem necessary. They are required to be able to reach certain designated locations within 2 hours. Support personnel at Condition 3 are away from Morpheus facilities on low priority duties such as taking delivery of commercial purchases or liaising with other agencies. They are required to make daily real-time contact with their control and additional contact as necessary.
- Condition 4 “On Leave”: Agents at Condition 4 are not engaged with any agency duties at all. They are essentially on vacation. They are required to make daily contact of some kind, and to be able to reach one or more designated Morpheus facilities within 24 hours. Support personnel at Condition 4 are on extended leave. They are required to make daily contact with control and keep control appraised of their location. They are required to return to their assigned duties at some scheduled time.
- Condition 5 “Retired”: Agents at Condition 5 no longer perform regular duties for the agency. They are required to keep the agency informed about their location, and they may be called upon to assist with current missions where their knowledge or expertise cannot be replaced. Agents at Condition 5 may be kept under surveillance if circumstances warrant. Currently there are no Morpheus agents at Condition 5.
It is sometimes necessary to pass information to control or other agents in the clear. In these situations, it is important to convey certain vital information without revealing it to any outside observers or even alerting them that this information is being passed. To facilitate this, the agency has established certain words and phrases which can be used without arousing suspicion, and which carry special meaning with Morpheus personnel.
Agents can indicate their general situation using the memory-December or memory-July code words. To do so, the agent simply says the word “memory”, followed a short time later by either “December” or “July”. December indicates that the situation has gone beyond the agent’s control and they need assistance. July indicates that, possibly despite appearances to the contrary, the agent has the situation in hand and the listener should standby or stick to the plan.
Lovely this time of year.
Agents may use the phrase “lovely this time of year” to indicate that they are in severe danger and need to abort the mission. They may indicate a location where they can be extracted, for instance, “Paris is lovely this time of year”. They may also indicate a general time when they can be extracted by using a month or season. Spring for morning, Summer for afternoon, Fall or Autumn for evening, and Winter for night. Or January for 1am/pm, February for 2am/pm, and so forth.
Agents can use the word “rose” to indicate that they are unable to speak freely, but are not in distress. Using the word “bluebird” indicates the agent is in distress, but is not requesting assistance.
If a communication channel becomes compromised, there are a variety of ways agents can make this known without alerting outside parties. If possible, using the words “bulldog”, “sunshine”, or “overcoat” all indicate the communication is compromised. The phrase “lost my keys” can also be used. If for some reason those options won’t work, the agent can also address the other person by their initials. This last option should be avoided if possible, so as not to reveal or confirm the identity of other agents.