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Real-deal Men In Black. Nothing to see here, move along.
If the Sleepers were based in the USA, had a larger budget, and intimidating black suits, they'd be the UIB. The Unusual Incidents Bureau is a secret government organization with one goal: to make sure that the occult underground never goes public or does anything else to threaten the peace. No unearthly forces will ever threaten Uncle Sam while the UIB is on watch.
In the early 1940's, when the States was just starting to enter into the war against the Axis powers, Allied intelligence began to find more and more reports of Hitler's interest in the occult, suggesting that some secretive group of people with supernatural powers were supporting the Third Reich. Of course, conventional wisdom in the European occult underground today is that several of the top members of the Nazi party (people disagree on who, but Himmler is usually at the top of the list) were actually phobomancers, but at the time, no one really knew for sure what Jerry's deal was, and so the secret services of Britain and the USA decided to form a special group whose sole purpose was to investigate the supposed supernatural abilities of the German forces and find a way to counter them.
The reason why you won't find this in any history book is party for reasons of national security, but mostly because the unofficial committee ultimately didn't help much with the war. The old underground truism that a knife in the heart works as well on an adept as it does on a normal person (usually) applies just as well to bullets, and the combined armies of the allies were more than enough to smash the German army and kill off most of their phobomancer support in the process. Mostly what the committee did was flail around trying to figure out how magick worked, with only the faintest clue what they were doing, and didn't have a concrete idea of what adept magick was or how to counter it until October of 1944, by which time their ability to contribute was fairly negligible.
The head of the committee was a man named Edward Calvert. Calvert was a charismatic, driven man whose experiences with the occult during the war were unquestionably life-changing. He'd seen crazy people do terrible things to eachother for the sake of sanity-shattering power, and though he could do little himself to stop the Reich, his growing awareness of the supernatural prompted him to ask President Truman for permission to start his own, super-secret department: the Unusual Incidents Bureau. Initially, the stated mission the Bureau was to prevent Communist subversion via witchcraft, but later on their mission expanded to its current state. Calvert and his crack team of experienced field agents were quite skilled and rooting out and killing magick-users in their day, but the occult underground isn't something that can be easily contained. After decades of trying and failing to stomp out occultism in the USA for good (and accidentally starting a lot of urban myths in the process), Calvert decided that the Bureau's real goal should be to keep a lid on the underground, and study the nature of magick until they could find a way to finish it.
Privately, Calvert has a goal of his own, one that he formed in the 1970's after a chance encounter with the Comte St. Germain: to foil the ascension of Invisible Clergy members in the hopes of stopping the world from being destroyed/recreated. Calvert's understanding of the Statosphere is fairly limited, but he sincerely believes that humanity hasn't developed to the point where they can be entrusted with making a new universe.
Nowadays, the Bureau does the work the Sleepers wish they could do: hunt down and kill troublemaking adepts with impunity, and then blame and public fuss on swamp gas, or whatever. Of course, undergrounders will tell you that, often as not, they'll capture magickers or unnatural creatures alive to dissect them in a lab somewhere. Only the Bureau could tell you for sure, and they tend to respond negatively to close questioning.
It's a small group: somewhere between 60-80 members, mostly working out of an undisclosed location on the East Coast. They do, however, have a federal budget that they spend on military-grade weapons and surveillance gear. They recruit people by singling out anyone who tries to go public with any discoveries of an occult underground: if they're not completely crazy (and not adepts or avatars themselves), and they're willing to keep quiet in exchange for a decent federal salary, they receive some basic training and get set to save the world for supernatural threats. As such, their members tend to balance open-mindedness with mental stability, a winning combination in the underground, and they're always well-equipped. Plus, the Bureau has gotten very adept at pretending to be FBI or CIA and using illusory authority to shanghai local authorities into helping them find things and cover things up.
They've also got a sizeable and ever-growing collection of occult lore. They take a decidedly empiricist approach to understanding the supernatural, which isn't always practical, but at least their library is better-organized than most.
Last but not least, they've got Ed Calvert. The man is over 100 now, but still manages to keep the bureau running from behind his desk and several people who present themselves as the Director of the bureau in public. His body is withered, but his mind is sharp, and his force of will has kept him alive and active long past his sell-by date.
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I like this idea. It would fit well with the fast, action-heavy UA I like to run.
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