Terra Nova is generally considered to be battleground between fighting nations states jockeying for power in a bid to get whole planet under their influence. However, there are smaller fish in the bond too. Not every mover and shaker in Terra Nova is a general, important politician or a billionaire. At the same time humans are humans with human failings and misgivings and thus get into trouble despite their position. The best connected and influential can call in authorities to do the dirty work but this is not an option to many rich individuals. When they get into trouble, they call in professionals.
Professionals are rather loose term depicting a number of private investigation companies who specialize in more sensitive services to private individuals. These services include finding (and retrieving) missing persons or items. This could mean getting back something stolen that cannot be get through legal channels. For example, client could be described as a wanted criminal. Companies are usually far more interested in obtaining information with shady means if necessary. Many companies are very interested in these kinds of missions wishing often to retrieve pictures, material samples, prototypes or possibly pure data from their targets. Both client types usually want their job done quickly, efficiently and without undue attention. Thus careful planning is usually very necessary to get the job done.
Typical professional company is a small, two to five person group that usually contains people who have a background in security services and/or police or possibly more specialized functions such as military intelligence in various Terra Novan armies. Many have extensive experience in these shadowy operations and long service in these experiences while others might be composed of younger, hungrier (and very probably less cautious) breed of professionals. However, all groups put a premium to unique skills, such as surveillance, impersonation, personal protection and even commando skills.
Professional groups do not usually advertise and recruitment is usually invitation only. Its existing members usually have an array of contacts, favors to pull and possibly even friends (even if this is rare). They can contact individual or a small group to carry on a small part of their work when it is necessary. Unknown groups are usually not used, as trust is a precarious asset in paranoid existence of professional group.
Anyway, specialized missions are usually quite rare. Thus most of these groups make their bread from working as private investigators, pretty much like any other small investigative company would. However, when the right questions are asked and the price is right, things can turn into far more interesting work and at times, far for than was bargained for...
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