Caerleon Order Installations

Defending Sovereign, Church, and Country from the Forces of Darkness

When Abraham Van Helsing defeated Vlad Drakulya and took him as the family protector, he really didn't know what to do with him. It was Dindrane Amanda Pendragon who suggested he use him to hunt down and destroy monsters. Old Abraham realized that the best way to accomplish this was within an organization dedicated to that purpose, so he created the Caerleon Order of the Companions of St. George.

In the beginning the Order was very small, just Abraham as director and Dindrane as field agent, with Jonathon Harker as solicitor, Mina Harker as secretary, record keeper, and librarian, and Dr. John Seward as medical and scientific advisor. Arthur Holmwood Lord Godalming was their chief financial benefactor. At the time, government, military, and constabulary officials would forward reports of unusual or bizarre occurrences to the Order and Abraham evaluated them to determine which warranted further investigation. Dindrane would then investigate and either deal with the situation herself or call for backup, which meant Vlad. It wasn't long, however, before Abraham realized that the Order needed dedicated field agents trained to search out and investigate occurrences on their own. He began recruiting constables, soldiers, and spies, and setting them up in field stations, essentially buildings Abraham bought with Order funds. The agents would perform their own investigations and file reports for Abraham's review.

This system worked well for many years, but as the Order grew and the frequency and severity of paranormal events increased, too many reports came in for one person to handle. Abraham finally hired a small staff to perform the initial reviews and pass on to him the most important reports, but he also relied on his son George and later his daughter Angela, who seemed to have a knack for analysis.

When George became Director, he realized that the Order had grown too large for the Director to handle analysis, and he appointed his sister Angela to be Chief Analyst, with the support of his brother Reginald who served as Manager and their sister Lucille who was a field agent. Angela set about revamping the entire process by which the Order conducted investigations. Her plan was that local substations manned by field agents would investigate paranormal events in their areas and send reports to one of five main stations. There they would be evaluated and the most urgent sent to a central clearinghouse. Those reports would be further scrutinized, with only the most critical sent to Caerleon Hall for a final review before presentation to the Director for action. At any point along the way, a station or substation could deal with the threat themselves; that way, only the most catastrophic need be handled by the Director personally. She presented her plan to George, who discussed it with Abraham, and they approved it, though Abraham did so reluctantly.

She began by persuading George to purchase a stately home in London to serve as the clearinghouse. It would eventually become known as Denver House. Next, she divided the analysis staff, sending half of them to set up in London. Meanwhile, she divided the United Kingdom into five districts—the East centered on County Norfolk, the South centered on Greater London, the Midlands (including Wales) centered on County Shropshire, the North (including Scotland) centered on County Northumberland, and Northern Ireland centered on Antrim—and drew up plans for the acquisition of properties to serve as the main stations in those districts. She made the London house the main station for the South and Caerleon Hall the main station for the East, but budget restraints being what they were, there were no funds to purchase any other properties. Next she hired more staff to fill out the teams in both locations. Finally, she began to set up the network of substations. Again because of budget restraints, she couldn't purchase more than a few additional properties, so she had to make do with those Abraham had acquired years before. She had to be frugal as well, because whereas Abraham had used the field stations like safehouses with at best some radio equipment, she wanted them to be able to perform their own analyses, which meant analysts and their equipment.

Nonetheless, she showed great ingenuity with improvisation. Some properties were being rented; she canceled the leases and used the savings to buy them outright or purchase cheaper alternatives. For a number of existing buildings, she found it cheaper to renovate or tear down and rebuild the existing structures. In a few cases, purchasing land and building a structure from scratch was cheaper than purchasing an existing building. In places where there were more installations than her plan called for, she sold off the extras, as well as those that were unsuitable for her needs, and used the funds to purchase more in areas that had too few, or none. For the rest, however, she concentrated on upgrading the equipment and the staff. Most of the field stations were scattered across the south and east, with fewer in the Midlands and the fewest in the North, and none in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Nonetheless, by the time she finished each county had at least one substation, with larger ones having two or three. She concentrated on isolated cottages, longhouses, and blackhouses, avoiding country houses, stately homes, and townhomes with a few exceptions. She preferred simple, nondescript structures that were so ordinary that people could confuse them for any other like it. She even purposely stripped several of decorations and had others whitewashed or covered over with dingy plaster to make them seem more like hovels. Otherwise, the only modifications were made inside, to accommodate the people and their gear.

She expanded the substation system as best as she could during her tenure, particularly counties beyond England, but the only extra main station she was able to purchase was the Tyrone Mansion outside of Banbridge in County Down, and the Order acquired that as part of its negotiated settlement with the Holy Order of St. Antony Demons-Bane over the division of jurisdiction in Ireland. Her biggest contribution was in finalizing and consolidating the analysis teams at Caerleon Hall and Denver House, as well as the establishment of an intelligence and command center at the Hall to coordinate air and sea defenses off the south-eastern coast of England during World War II. (This command center is still in operation, though it now serves the Order.)

George's son Miles was in may ways a rather poor director, but he was a marvelous administrator. He vastly increased the worth of the investment portfolio that partly funded the Order, allowing for an expansion of the subsystem network, both in terms of the number of installations and in properly staffing them. He purchased Connarath Castle outside of Shrewsbury in Shropshire to be the Midlands main station. He arranged to have the wartime command center at Caerleon Hall added to the Royal Observation Corp's nuclear deterrent system for tracking bombers and later missiles, to prevent it from being dismantled. But perhaps his biggest contribution was his inspiration based on the ROC Nuclear Reporting Cells, which were underground bunkers with disguised entrances in camouflaging surface buildings. During the tenure of his father, a number of stations had been discovered and overrun by monsters. While he acted to increase security, he decided the best way to defend the substations would be to bury them, while providing escape routes. This modification to Angela's original plan made it possible to locate the substations in more tactically favourable areas, as well as construct them to meet local required needs rather than have to take potluck and modify existing structures, and they could take advantage of house types that Angela had avoided. They could also be made larger, more sophisticated, and more self-sufficient. They were more expensive to build, operate, and maintain, but they would also last longer.

Miles's son Henry did little beyond continuing to replace older substations with his father's new design, but he did purchase Bethmoira Castle outside of Belford, Northumberland, to be the North main station. However, his daughter, Sir Differel, not only completed the substation rennovation, she also expanded the whole system. She added two main stations on the Continent, Adlerlager Castle in Austria to cover western Europe (now destroyed) and Bran Castle in Romania to cover eastern Europe, as well as studied possible locations for additional stations elsewhere in the Commonwealth. She also purchased Camdel Castle outside of Camdel, County Cambridgeshire, to be the central location for the Order's battlegroup and its land vehicles, as well as negotiated arrangements to store the Order's aircraft at Royal Air Force Station Marham outside of Marham, Norfolk, and the Order's watercraft at the Cromer Lifeboat Station in Cromer, Norfolk. She has plans to expand the support stations further, to decrease the time needed to respond to paranormal threats. She is also considering making Scotland a sixth region all its own and acquiring its own main station.

The following links provide more detailed information on installations:

  • Main Stations
    • Caerleon Hall, County Norfolk — Primary, and East Main Station
    • Denver House, Greater London — Secondary, and South Main Station
    • Connarath Castle, County Shropshire — Midlands (including Wales) Main Station
    • Bethmoira Castle, County Nothumberland — North (including Scotland) Main Station
    • Tyrone Mansion, County Down — Northern Ireland Main Station
    • Adlerlager Castle, Austria — Western Europe Main Station
    • Bran Castle, Romania — Eastern Europe Main Station
  • Substations
  • Support Stations

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