|“If the choice is between you and the contact? Send flowers.”|
Fang Dai Lin isn't a public person, and she is quite content to let that be known. Its often said that in the NNSO, if you want to talk to politicians you go through the Chief of Operations, and that if you want to talk to agents you go through the Assistant Chief. That is very true and Dai Lin embodies that well. She is not one often seen in front of cameras at press conferences, nor does she have a taste for big corner offices with floor-to-ceiling windows. She can come across as both very reserved and at times unnervingly calculating. Those who have known her long enough know that this is how she has been for many years: function before form, deciding on facts presented more than on emotions or social pressures.
Dealing with outsiders is something she doesn't do unless she feels she must. You are either worth her time and energies or you are not, and those that are worth it will know. Friends of Nepleslia are friends of the NSO, and by proxy they are friends of Dai Lin. Though being a personal friend of the Assistant Chief is much more beneficial: being allowed taps into sources of information previously unavailable, being informed of some of the darker and more mountain-moving going-ons of Nepleslian politics and the intelligence community, and exceptionally good friends might find themselves with a number to get an FED strike team. But to abuse those gifts or to go against Neplesia is a quick way to draw her ire.
Where politics are concerned, she despises them, but her position requires her to be familiar with them to a certain degree. She often angles to examine and, if necessary, play both sides of issues. She is infinitely more loyal to the citizens of the nation than she is to those who hold political offices, or even to members of the military in higher levels of command. It comes with the nature of her job within the agency. Those she meets for the first time are treated as an unknown element, somebody who could be as much a traitor as an ally with the power and resources entrusted to them. She treads carefully and is always careful. The simple rule is that if somebody thinks they know how she really sees them – they likely don't.