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Special Circumstances (SC for short) is a subset of Contact that assigns itself the handling of unusual, tricky, secret, or otherwise "special" situations. Generally viewed with a mixture of contempt and admiration by the Culture at large, SC does the dirtiest and bloodiest work that the Culture (in SC's opinion) needs doing. Described by Bora Horza Gobuchul as "their [the Culture's] euphemism for Military Intelligence,"[1] SC often acts outside of the values and morality of the Culture, in order to propagate and preserve those same values. More...