The Colville Group

Getting In

After God knows how long idling in boredom in some other department within the Laundry (see Intake), you applied for Operations - presumably to put your skills to some good use. You went through the interminable application process, waited for an unknowable period, endured probing and dismissive selection interviews followed by more more waiting, and were finally, probationally, admitted to Operational training. Over the next several months, you were cycled through a wide variety of courses on subjects abstruse, recondite, occult and confusing. You learned (a little) about Real Magic (a little more in some of your cases), plenty about How The Laundry Plays With Other Government Agencies (answer: poorly and, by preference, not much), The Extent of Your Official Power & Authority (by turns frighteningly vast and alarmingly limited, with "poorly defined" as an added bonus). and lots of Elementary Tradecraft. However, the majority of your Field Operations training involved learning how to fill out forms, minute meetings, prepare reports and compile timekeeping records. Regardless how much paperwork your previous departments generated, Field Operations generates more. Finally, you were anointed as actual field officers and seconded to the Colville Group.

The Real Deal

The Colville Group is your shorthand for your little clique in the Operations Division - it's actually the Operations Division-Department of Field Operations-Office for Oversight and Coordination(or OD/DFO/OOC). Field Operations handles a ridiculous amount of poorly-defined crap1 - and Oversight and Coordination (sometimes just called "OC") tries to keep all those plates spinning at once. John Colville is officially your boss, but he's so often away in meetings beyond your clearance level that you've only met him a handful of times. There are officers more senior to you who work for Colville, and they're usually the ones doing your face-to-face supervision.

It has occurred to you that suddenly receiving an odd assortment of completely raw field officers to "help" with a complex and increasing workload has not been either helpful or stress-relieving for your boss.

Day To Day

Currently, your days are split about 40-60 between your OC work and your "home department" (on whose payroll and ToE you remain, at least for now). Expect your primary line manager to get irked whenever Colville calls for you - whatever tasks they want you to do must be balanced with your Operational workload. Congratulations - you now have *two* jobs to do. Days in the OC include rotations through the

Who's Who

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