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Transcript 002: Stress Analysis


Transcript 002: Stress Analysis

To answer your question, Agent Nem conformed to the standard parameters for her functions and context. This required a certain amount of post-recruitment adjustment, but not above the median for her age and skillset group. Her neurochemistry was already nearly perfect, as shown by her early records of school misbehavior and problems with the local authorities. We only needed to strengthen her OCD tendencies in order to make her a more effective agent, setting up operational patterns of conduct as effective anxiety inhibitors. The problem of downtime, of course, solved itself, as she never requested any.

We also rebuilt her libidinal agression bridge, which is, as we joke in Conditioning, "built in" for the species. The procedure to reset the muscle activation patterns is well-known, although delicate, and I am proud to say that I oversaw personally her training, as well as setting up the foundation for her later specialization in Combat Linguistics. As her reports indicate, she showed very strong paralogical capabilities, with high resiliency to semantic traps and good Searle/anti-Searle patterning.

Overall, our assessment of agent Nem was very satisfactory. She complied with her expected mission behavior profiles, only twice adquiring enough self-awareness to put in jeopardy the assigned mission, and in both cases she could be brought back into the operational profile through traditional threat-and-bribery methods, which we of course tend to avoid as much as possible. Her performance was excellent during emotional entrampment missions, having a high atractiveness quotient, and a very satisfactory tendency to fall in love with her targets, highly improving the efectiveness of the method. As we usually provided her with tainted information about the mission profile, her attempts to help the target usually falicitated the success of the missions, as expected.

I remark these facts because it has been suggested in front of this committe that agent Nem might have violated operational protocols and either kill or be killed in a non-sanctioned way. I must indicate that our models show this to be a very low probability event. Our in silico model of agent Nem, parametrized according to all available information, displays strong qualitative behavioral similarities to her actual behavioral patterns, and it shows no proclivity to terminal behavioral singularities relatted to the event in question.

Her sexual attachment to agent Nil was nothing more than a temporary aberration, a minor deviation from profile with no actual relevance to her psychic mechanisms. I cannot understand this committe's focus on their so-called liason, beyond the accidental fact of the... incident having taking place when they were both sharing a non-contact recreational activity. One, I have to add, I was actively working on correcting. I have our computer grid working on hypothetical posthypnotical conditionals designed to target the specifics of their relationshp, and I feel confident that, with the opportunity to apply them, agent Nem's behavior could be brought back into a satisfactory pattern of interaction. While their sexual relationship fell under the letter of the acceptable code of conduct for field agents in non-intersecting domains of action, my expert evaluation indicated that it was highly detrimental to the well-being and effectiveness of agent Nem, as further events have clearly demostrated.

Besides, to say that they hated each other is to state the obvious. They were both born and conditioned to hate. We select these people, I remind you, for their specific adaptability to a highly violent lifestyle incompatible with so-called normal human social patterns, and rwe einforce these proclivities through every one of our very expensive and effective behavioral shaping techniques. To suggest that they also loved each other is, at best, a gross misunderstanding of the psychological patterns we induce on our agents. They are as capable of love as you or me could be capable of ultraviolet-specific photophobia. I must strongly suggest this hypothesis be removed from the purview of the commite. It can only lead us astray from the understanding of the truth, and the truth is that agent Nil either killed, attempted to kill, or was involved in a violent incident deliberately targetting agent Nem.

What we have here is an unique configuration of libidinally redirected agression by agent Nil, and a classic -and, I must add, very efficient- gambit/holding defense pattern by agent Nem. The highly controlled setting is only a semantic marker of the premeditation of agent Nil's desire to kill agent Nem, a desire, I might add, that had been long identified by our psychological screening systems. I do not yet understand how such a dangerous situation was kept unresolved, endangering the life of a critically valuable agent. I specifically requested Agent Nil's termination, a request that was unjustifiably defined by the Human Resources department on a numner of ocassions. The logic of my request remains true: he must be terminated.

I must also demand a detailed report on Nem's current whereabouts and status, both physical and psychological. I have been informed of a death in the facility she occupied at the time with agent Nil and their chosen sexual facilitator, but I have no confirmation of agent Nem's survival. Why this? You must tell me if she is alive. You must.

As head of the Conditioning Division, it is my right to be made aware of any event in the operational lifetime of one of our products that might be linked with a conditioning issue. This clearly falls into that definition. I need to know why she was in that room with him, what they where doing, why. If she was harmed in some way, I must now. You have to tell me if she is dead.

I am the one who created her, after all. I approved her initial selection. I designed her early training patterns. I oversaw her posthypnotic programming. I was her handler during her alpha period. I... You don't understand.

We build them loveproof, but we don't have that luxury ourselves.

I need to know if I have to start building another.

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dessieoctavia
Jan. 22nd, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Dang. For a minute there, I thought it was going to turn out the speaker was Nem's father or something, but you wouldn't make it that obvious, would you? No, you wouldn't, and didn't.

You make my brain go scary places.
__marcelo
Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Now that's and interesting idea.
sockich
Jan. 22nd, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
No, seriously, this whole things has me hugging myself with glee. It's just so deliciously, brain-breakingly fucked up. I love it!
__marcelo
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks!
not_sally
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
I knew the dude was in love with Nem from paragraph 3. I'm laughing because it's just so...
I don't know what to say.
I have t admit I am giggling like a loon because of the Nem thing. Yeah, she's one hot chick, but I keep picturing her as the thing that abducted Daniel in "Fire and Water" and... *snorts*

Also, Beta time:

Besides, to say that they hated each other is to state the obvious. They were both born and conditioned to hate. We select these people, I remind you, for their specific adaptability to a highly violent lifestyle incompatible with so-called normal human social patterns, and rwe einforce these proclivities through every one of our very expensive and effective behavioral shaping techniques.

We reinforce

I specifically requested Agent Nil's termination, a request that was unjustifiably defined by the Human Resources department on a numner of ocassions. The logic of my request remains true: he must be terminated.

Number of occasions.
__marcelo
Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yay, glad you liked it!

Fixed, thanks.
rubynye
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
DAMN. Just... see, you can write amazing stories longer than 200 words! All those details, cool worldbuilding (cool both in the sense of 'rational, dispassionate' and the sense of 'very nifty') and then it all builds to that emotional peak!
__marcelo
Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
*jumps around winning*
katarik
Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yep, still in the GYAH place.

Man, Marcelo, this is... okay, your normal work is great. This is stellar. This is *beyond* stellar.
__marcelo
Jan. 23rd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D :D
razorsmile
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
And since he's in love with her, he is ultimately and essentially full of shit. Everything he said from paragraph 5 is suspect.

I like this story/series, I like it a lot.
__marcelo
Jan. 23rd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Unreliable narrators are fun.

And I'm *always* the most unreliable of them all.
razorsmile
Jan. 23rd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Awww, you can be relied upon ... to be awesome!!! Can I get a "WHAT razorsmile SAID!" WooWOO!
katarik
Jan. 23rd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
You can indeed get a "WHAT RAZORSMILE SAID!"
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