ER:Department of Homeland Security
From The Heretic Knowledge Vault
Irrespective of its label, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS for short) is an arm of the government of Tsuiraku that is tasked with protecting the country (or at least its most important city -- not clear that they care about much else) from the barbarians beyond, and to some extent, within. They appear to function as a combination of police force, intelligence agency, quasi-military unit, and support organization for diplomatic missions. Homeland Security operations are known to exist in Kiyoka, Rinkaiel, Saus, and probably elsewhere.
This outfit is important to Errant Road largely because it includes the menacing Captain Kitaura, a big shot who has crossed paths with many of the player characters at one time or other. Near the beginning of the game, Kitaura has just taken command of the DHS unit in Kiyoka, and is taking an interest in the mission that the Veracians have set up there. This unit is based in what amounts to a fortress, which PCs Argus and Sister Rose try to reconnoiter in connection with some odd events at the mission. However, its magical defenses are so forbidding that they don't get very far (which is itself interesting). The DHS presence in Kiyoka also includes a military barracks (and perhaps more) separate from the main installation that plays a role in the game too. The appealing young battlemage Kristi Yugawa is quartered there, and the mission's "fact finding" (sic) with her, by way of energetic young priest Brother Farley, is rather more successful ... in more ways than one.
We don't know much about the corresponding site in Saus, except that Kitaura travels there for unspecified reasons. As for DHS in Rinkaiel, they operate out of the main Tsuirakuan consulate, Kitaura having been transferred there mid-game, again for unspecified reasons. It's clear, however, that the Homeland Security people are keeping a close eye on the Tsuiraku-town district of Rinkaiel (in which capacity PC Layla and colleagues cross paths with them), apparently because at least one and maybe more revolutionary groups are using Tsuiraku-town as a base of operations while they plot against the government of Tsuiraku. The PCs have become unwillingly entangled in this conflict, and have developed a relationship with DHS and Kitaura that might be called "cordial but uneasy," if that isn't an oxymoron.
Named Homeland Security personnel
- Haniko Goto -- scary big shot, in charge of things in Kiyoka, nemesis of Argus Cleiviein
- Captain Kitaura -- scary big shot, formerly in Kiyoka, now in Rinkaiel
- Kristi Yugawa -- battlemage, Brother Farley's fiancee, Kiyoka
- Private Ryono -- cannon fodder, Kiyoka, now deceased following an encounter with Grope