July 28, 2022 Appendix Faction Liminal Horror

Faction: The Bureau

The Bureau is a government organization tasked with controlling the paranatural.


Contain and control any paranatural threats. Dimensional bleeds, planar anomalies, noneuclidian mathematical incursions, monsters and magic” all fall in the operational domain of The Bureau.

Given their unorthodox and wide purview, and an operations budget of [redacted] means they can apply whatever scope and scale Director [redacted] deems necessary.

Their primary directive(since 19xx), is to safeguard, control access too, and protect all information related to the paranatural. This goal supersedes common rights of everyday citizens.


The Bureau’s main headquarters is The Monolith (see page 8 of The Bureau: Operation Manual for unredacted details).

The Bureau often maintains satellite offices, black sites, as well as operations outposts. Given the extensive powers granted by the Privacy Act of 1974 (Pub.L. 93-579, 88 1974, 5 U.S.C 552a) The Bureau is authorized to commandeer local police resources as deemed necessary .

Organizational Structure

  • Administrative
    • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
  • Support
  • Analysis
  • Research & Development
  • Operations
    • Asset Recovery
    • Field Operatives
    • Containment
    • Divers


Extensive budget and scope allows for a wide range of methodology.

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Evidence of Involvement

  • Coldwater Lake Incident

  • Shadow Incursion

  • Plague of Frogs

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Using The Bureau in your Liminal Horror game

Often in horror/paranormal media there are shadowy government organizations that either involved in some capacity. They either directly come in conflict with the players & events of the story or are waiting in the wings to negatively influence events.

Having such a faction can introduce another variable and antagonist that is tangential to the weird. The humans involved may be temporary allies, but their presence creates a new complication since their motives of extermination & containment often fall at odds with the players’ continued survival.

Similar organizations in media:

Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense from B.P.R.D.

Delta Green from Delta Green/Call of Cthulhu

FBC [Federal Bureau of Control] from Control

SCP Foundation & United Nations Global Occult Coalition (UNGOC) from SCP

The Patriots & The Philosophers from Metal Gear

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