This department operates within the Intelligence Division of the Hoffmann Institute.
Dr. Nakami is known to take a personal interest in the affairs of this department, which specializes in the hands-on investigations of paranormal cases.
The investigations of Department-7 fall into three main areas: isolating new technology, cataloging new species, and tracking signs of the changes that have been wrought on humans and on the Earth. Such projects are generally led by a field director, who in turn parcels out portions of the work to various teams. When this work is split over multiple teams of field operatives, it is always divided up and compartmentalized so that no single team can put all the pieces together.
Isolating New Technology: Department-7 agents are often charged with liberating alien technology wherever it is found – sometimes from government facilities. Retrieved items are quickly passed along to researchers in the Analytical Division for study. A few of the most dangerous of these items are simply examined, classified, and filed away. Others are subjected to reverse engineering or taken apart to study their internal construction and deduce the methods in their manufacture. a few such items simply defy all attempts at understanding.
Cataloging New Xenoforms: There has been a surge in the appearance of new breeds of mutants and even entire new species of unknown origin. The Institute investigates all such appearances, takes samples when it can, and makes careful notes on the powers,weaknesses, and behavior of each species.
Tracking Signs of the Dark Tide: Finally, Department-7 agents routinely track new phenomena, including evidence of psychic powers, alleged incidents of magic, and reports of miracles (often dubbed as “operative faith” among Institute staff). While much of this is just statistical tracking of the general background level of weirdness, the Institute singles out the most unusual reports for further investigation.