Oversight was the only group composed of different races, each operating in isolation from the races they came from. They had the whole picture to look at, and could make decisions that no one, not even The Group were qualified to make.
Greys, humans – both male and female, beings like those that composed the Group …it made for an interesting environment, one that forced compromise on everyone; compromises only made possible through technology that allowed the coexistence of their different bubble universes within the same spatio-temporally indexed location. It made for the occasional distortion; made for the occasional stressor upon one of their members; but also fostered a spirit of cooperation that each of the members saw as far superior to that of any of the groups they considered themselves senior to; which was all of them.
They had originally been set up by The Group, but of necessity no one in The Group remembered this – they had to be able to operate entirely independently, just like The Viragos, in fact in the way every facet of the agency was supposed to ideally operate.
‘Are we convinced that The Viragos can contain this situation?’
‘Well, if we aren’t it’s a bit late in the day to be raising the concern, isn’t it? Every failsafe system before this has dominoed into shutdown, so we don’t have much choice but to rely upon them to do the job they were designed for.’
‘They remain untested – at least in an actual situation and not some simulation. We have prepared as much as we can – this doom-laden conjecture does little but to cause worry and spread panic. If we lose our heads in Oversight, then what hope can we have for our underlings? Is Bellwether dangerous? Yes, that goes without saying. Is it possible that he could overwhelm us despite all our efforts? Of course it is possible. It’s always a possibility. But as best as we can determine, The Viragos should be able to handle this situation for us, and if they can’t and the agency falls, then we will have to work out something else, won’t we?’
‘Yes, so why fret? Let the event reach its conclusion. We have exerted as much influence as possible, and now we must wait.’
Geraint (a human) and Xent, one of those of The Group’s race, were usually the most vocal members of Oversight, and best represented the two camps: the cautious and the proactive. Many held their own counsel while these two argued out the points of the policies they all generally agreed on. The decisions had been made, the actions taken, and now all they had to do was wait, and observe, watching through their carefully placed surveillance systems.
They would survive regardless of the outcome of the actions of The Viragos, but their lives would not be the same, and their level of influence would be severely mitigated; this was not particularly acceptable, but it was survivable.
Time to wait and watch.