The Minder serves as the leader of the Minds of MORTAC, maintaining morale and the organizational hierarchy as the HiveMind grows in size and knowledge. Former Grand Navarch Shane Lawrence, first resident of MORTAC, invented the role for himself in recognition of the leadership required to guarantee MORTAC's success.
It's basically like herding Gromdornox while playing three simultaneous games of Lies and Allies at once, and everyone is screaming at you with varying degrees of language skills. You know, a typical Tuesday.The Minder must be a capable and organized leader, able to analyze, delegate, and maintain order within the informal ranking structure of the Minds of MORTAC. The Minder must also be recognized as the chief authority by those Minds, as without this recognition the position holds no power. Former Grand Navarch Shane Lawrence has been recognized as the only logical choice for leadership, as his role as founder of the Mordena captures the loyalty of younger souls while memories of his leadership already command the old guard. It is well recognized that, should he ever decide to move on into , he must personally select and train his successor to maintain the effectiveness and loyalty of the MORTAC.
I've followed him through pain and certain death more times than I can count. But there's always room for once more.
Shane Lawrence appointed himself, as he has done for every other position he has ever held in life. Subsequent Minders, should he ever choose to step down, will probably be selected by their predecessor. Currently this does not appear to be a likely event.
MORTAC contains the souls of the Mordena's most knowledgeable and analytical deceased experts. Collecting so many egos in the same team and expecting them to work together tends to present its own tribulations, most of which reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole. And this is before accounting for other, more personal issues, including each new soulbound's adjustment to life within the Supercomputer. Officially the Minder is responsible for maintaining the efficiency and accuracy of the MORTAC HiveMind, but unofficially this duty takes on many forms. The Minder is therefore part task master, part therapist, part confidant, and part coordinator, not to mention the analytic roles held by each member of the MORTAC. As the population of the Supercomputer grows the Minder must adapt its structure to suit the new dynamics. This also requires delegation to effective members of the team, assigned to tasks based upon their strengths, and sometimes it means identifying when an individual is not a good fit for the team and helping them determine their next steps. Whatever it takes to keep the team happy, healthy, and helpful to the primary goals of the Mordena.