Trying to solve a problem
The tall man was already displeased. Even as he entered the room and created a chair to sit on, he had realised that only five people were present.
The sixth, he assumed, was late. A man given to great care in everything, he was easily annoyed by the poor attention to detail of so many of the younger staff. Especially, now when everything hung on small issues.
Even as he prepared himself, a young woman bustled in
'Domine, I am sorry, the meeting went on and then I tried to get him to tell me more”
“Well, be careful … at this rate you will be late for your own funeral. But tell me, what you found, it must be of value to have kept me waiting?”
“Domine … well he thinks it is still a secret, that no-one suspects this is anything but an experiment gone wrong. But … well … he seemed to be prepared to say more then went quiet”.
“So not really worth making me wait … well I am sure you meant well”
Turning to the others, he laid out documents and images on the table in front of him.
“So what do we know? Well there is a problem that someone has destroyed most of the records. But we can assume the usual team of six was sent .
We know that Gabriella has killed the two helpers?”
Here he turned to the young woman who nods in agreement.
“We do not know where the other three human members of the team are. By now they are either very old or have changed form.
We have to assume that this is not just a normal test but till we know more it is hard to intervene. I would like four volunteers to go into this world”.
At this he looked around the room, only one hand, tentatively, was raised.
“I see you are keen to serve our order. Well let me dampen your enthusiasm even more.
You know that once a world is set in motion we are limited in what we can do. We can send humans but not machines. In theory it is possible for us to return. If not you will have to face the challenge of ageing.”
Looking up he saw surprise on most faces.
“Yes you will age, and die of age if you go to another world … do they teach you nothing in training? Anyway, there are solutions. Find one of the safe places we installed and you can repair yourself – you may also find weapons that we can no longer transport. Or take the body of a human. Easiest done when they are just born – but of course you then have to live as a child for many years and will only slowly recover your original memories.
Or … and be warned this is not easy. Take the body of an adult. But you will inherit their memories, some of their personality and the pain they felt as you crushed out their life.
You may want to avoid doing that too often – our records show that done too often you cease to be yourself”.
Looking around, surprise had been replaced by a horror on the faces in the room.
“Come, you know all this … Now who is willing?”
This time two hands are slowly raised, and, as he stares around the room, the younger woman nods in agreement.
“You, no, I need you here, we have to tackle this challenge at both ends.
You two … yes, that is probably enough. Prepare yourselves to be ready soon. This world will enter a period of unrest  – always a good time for strangers to appear”
“Do we go together?”
“No, look at this material, we know too little to be sure what he plans. So you will need to go to different regions until we are sure. We know the focus is Russia but we do not know if the goal is something that happens within Russia, or something that Russia does to the wider world”.
“Who can we trust?”
“Well we only know where one of the original team are now. I would be cautious with Gabriella. She clearly no longer trusts anyone from our world … and she must either die or change very soon, so we may lose track of her. The other three – if they live – are probably best treated as hostile.
As I said the records are poor, but we do know where one safe base is located. I believe the local legends keep away the unwary  … but of course there are other protections in place”.
 Two to oversee the planned change, two to protect them plus two helpers
 ie the revolutions of 1848-9
 Lago di Pilato in the central Appenines was reputed to be the burial place of Pontius Pilate. As such it became very popular with would-be witches and warlocks in the Middle Ages till the Church walled up the entrance to the valley. In our modern age such legends are no longer believed – but having climbed there it is still a spooky place … a bit like Glencoe.
 And as a reassurance that there will be lots of PoN in this … game settings. From experience I find the harder setting seems to give the AI a better handle on its economy. If the game slows down in later years I may remove the 'more time' option .., but best left on if I can.