Friday, July 16, 2010

PSYCHOPOMP - CHAPTER EIGHTEEN (Twitter Novel / Keitai Shousetsu)

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The Mueller-Toch Consortium is made up exclusively of ex-Agency men, but it is not some repository for retirees looking to supplement their pensions for a few years until they can come to some kind of peace with their newfound uselessness. The ex-agents that have found employment with Mueller-Toch were all terminated from the Agency for cause: drug or alcohol addiction, unlawful termination of subjects or, most regularly, their methods simply became unsound. With the unusually high levels of stress and the extreme demands upon both the Agents’ professional and personal lives, a shockingly high number of Agents have been discharged in this manner. Several observers have suggested that the Mueller-Toch Consortium is some sort of a sympathetic branch of the Agency, created as a safety net to catch otherwise useful Agents and keep them in employ despite surface issues that would demand their discharge from a recognized government body. Either way, as Mueller-Toch is regarded as a private concern, the outward issues of conduct and method are minimized, and the money is provided by private individuals so public scrutiny is kept to a minimum.