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It's a bit of a maze, unless you haven't noticed.Jay Thorntree, "What Might Have Been"

Headquarters, or PPC HQ, is the base of operations for the Protectors of the Plot Continuum. Most of the departments and divisions are based there, and all agents have their response centers in HQ. It is accessed chiefly by portal (or plothole), but it also has physical doors, if you can find them. The complex has been invaded on multiple occasions.

Communication

Headquarters has a paging system. It is rarely used, which is fortunate, because the acoustics of the facility are described as "positively maddening."[1] An all-call issued by Jay Thorntree was "not only annoying, it bounced from the walls, hid in the closets to leap out at people, and was otherwise deafening."[1]

Most agents seem to prefer communicating via Inter-Console Electronic Post (ICEP). Some have individual communications devices, including mobile phones, from various continua. There does not seem to be a hardwired phone system.

There is a Postal Department that handles both internal and external mail.

The Flowers, of course, primarily communicate in BEEP!s and the occasional irate summons demanding that you be in their office yesterday. And they mean it.

Location

PPC HQ is located, well, everywhere. Some of it is built within plotholes and some of it may be Unplottable, but for the most part, it is made up of tiny fragments of the various worlds. A short stretch of corridor may be inside the Misty Mountains, while the next stretch could be in orbit around Hoth, but most corridors seem to be underground. These are natural plotholes, so in the event of a complete power failure, they will still remain open. Most of these natural plotholes have suspended HQ in a null space between worlds, which contributes to the large number of beasts and beings from all continua dropping into HQ at a much higher rate than they'd drop into anywhere else in the multiverse.

The original core of HQ was on the Flowers' homeworld of Origin.[2] It expanded off-world via plothole,[2] and massively increased in size when the young Makes-Things set off the plothole-creation event known as the Cascade. The Cascade led to the destruction of Origin and HQ's original complex, leaving the multiverse-spanning plothole network. This massive network is incredibly unstable, due to the interlocking canonical interference of several worlds combined with the inherently improbable nature of plothole-based architecture, and is kept in place largely by a combination of HQ's powerful shielding and not paying attention to the problem.

On Earth, the PPC's official address is in New Caledonia. A small town has sprung up around one of the aboveground entrances, purportedly to service a local mine but in actuality housing a high number of agents' civilian connections (family, mostly), along with agents themselves and other businesses. This town is alternately referred to as a city and as a town, and is hidden by a Somebody Else's Problem field.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Maiden" by Jay and Acacia, c. May/June 2002
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Origins: Chapter 4" by Huinesoron, Aug 14, 2013
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