The Aeon Conspiracy
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- Issue 6
- Marshal Brass (Cap au Diable)
- After Action Report/A bootleg recording
- 15 - 19
Defeat all Wyvern in base
Aeon's connection to the Goldbrickers makes something else clear. Wyvern had been targeting them, but seemed to drop that recently. Now they're going after Arachnos, but it looks like they're searching for something. Possibly evidence of that connection. They can't be allowed to find it, and it has to be done without revealing it actually exists. That means I'll need another job done by a deniable outside contractor.
I have no special hatred of Wyvern. they help to cull out the weaker villains. However, they've somehow gotten a lot of information on our bases recently. They're searching throuh files with near impunity. This has me upset.
They triggered a false radiation alert and forced one base to evacuate. I want you to find out why they targeted that base, and then find and defeat every last one of them in there. Report back to me when you're done.
Radiation alarms blair false alerts down every hallway of this base.
Objective: You found an open file on a Dr. Egon.
This file contains Arachnos's records of the notorious mad scientist Dr. Egon. His pursuit, trial, and capture are all matters of public record, known to most people living in the Rogue Isles. Where these files disagree is on Dr. Egon's final fate. While he was shown to be executed on live television, these files continue on, detailing his negotiationgs with Arachnos to work for them in exchange for a new identity. An identity called Dr. Aeon.
|Professor Echo [Boss]|
Professor Echo has been a thorn in Dr. Aeon's side for some time. No one knows where he came from or what his purpose is, only that he's determined to thwart Dr. Aeon at every turn.
Mission Complete: You defeated Wyvern and got the files.
I can assume you read that file? If you were an actual Arachnos Operaative, I'd have to order your death for that. But you're not. In fact, there's no way of me knowing what you have or haven't read, since we don't know each other and have never met. Isn't that something?
Yeah, Dr. Aeon used to be Dr. Egon, the mad scientist. He hasn't changed much. I was one of the people who brought him in. Now you know the truth in a deniable fashion, meaning now you know enough to be helpful with a few more jobs. Aeon's always been unstable, but I'm concerned. he's working on a number of projects that might endanger the whole island. If that were to happen under my watch, they'd have my head. Literally. What do you think controls the drones?
Recover Amanda Vines and find out what she's learned
Now youre one of the people who know about Dr. Aeon's past as Dr. Egon. In a deniable fashion, that is. Now, you can do jobs that would arouse too much suspicion in others. Which is good. Because I got a lot of jobs. The first is a two-for-one. First point is Amanda Vines. She's WSPDR's star reorter. She's popular. A 'crusading reporter' type. people love her. She's got a bad habit of investigating Arachnos business. Lord Recluse finds her presence useful, though. A voice of dissent makes him look more tolerant, more legitimate. And a bit of manipulation makes her very useful. That's what you're going to do. Ms. Vines has been digging into Dr. Aeon's current research. Now she's in trouble. And that's the second part. She snuck into a base where Aeon's experimenting on something. Knowing him, it's something he shouldn't be experimenting on. I want you to find her, find out what Aeon's working on, and find out what she's learned.
Aeon keeps a lot of secrets, even for me. If I'm to look after Arachnos's interests, I need to know them. Vines is an expert at finding out secrets, and she's been after Dr. Aeon hard the last few weeks. i want to know what she knows. Don't hurt her, though. Like I said, Lord Recluse likes to have her around. oh, and there's one more thing: You rememeber Professor Echo? He might be after Vines, too. Make sure he doesn't get to her.
You can see why this place was abandoned. There's slime everywhere!
Objective: Professor Echo shared some information with you before he left.
|Professor Echo [Boss]|
Professor Echo has been a thorn in Dr. Aeon's side for some time. No one knows where he came from or what his purpose is, only that he's determined to thwart Dr. Aeon at every turn.
Mission Complete: You rescued Amanda Vines
After you rescued her, ace reporter Amanda Vines told you:
'I came here looking for some information for a report on the Power Transfer System. It's putting out too much power, more power than it should be capable of, and I wanted to know why and how. According to my informants, Dr. Aeon was working here back when he began designing the PTS, so I figured that there might be some clues. I snuck in to check it out, and got more than I bargained for.'
'You did me a good turn, so I'll pass one on to you. Information is power, you know. I ound out that Dr. Aeon has been continuing the work of Dr. Egon, the mad scientist executed by Arachnos several years ago. In fact, I suspect that they may be the same person!'
'I still don't know what's going on with the PTS, but if I'm right about Dr. Aeon, this could be big. Hope you can profit by that. And thanks.'
Aeon's working on the Shivans, and VInes suspects Aeon's real identity. The first part is a surprise. The Shivans are supposed to be isolated in Bloody bay. He could get in a lot of trouble for that. Good. I had suspected she might have started to figure out Aeon's real story. Don't know how close she is, though. I also didn't expect her to be looking into the Power Transfer System. that's very interesting. Dr. Aeon keeps the PTS under very close watch. Even I don't know all the specifics. Maybe it's time to learn more.
Kidnap Aeon's workers during the Clockwork attack
Opportunity is a funny thing. I was just talking about learning more about the Power Transfer System. Seems part of it is about to be attacked. Those wierd little robots are massing to attack a section. Dr. Aeon syas he needs all his own troops for something else, so he's asked me to handle it. So I'm asking you . But I don't care about stopping the attack. I just want more information. So I want you to concentrate on the workers trapped in the attack. Deliver them to safety. The safety of my interrogation rooms.
This has to be quiet. So I want you to go in underground. The sewers of New Gaven have an exit in the PTS. If no one sees you go in, we're clear. As far as Dr. Aeon will know, his men were captured by clockwork. I'll make sur eyou have an alibi. Aeon will suspect noting, I'll learn what I want to know, and you'll be well paid.
The air crackles with electricity; some from the PTS, and some from the Clockwork.
Mission Complete: You delivered all of the PTS workers to the Marshall's men.
After you got him out of the Clockwork attac, the PTS Foreman named Carl told you something interesting:
'That was wierd, but I have worked for Doc Aeon for a couple a' years, so I have seen wierd. You wanna see wierd? You should see the control room for the PTS. I been there once, and I still have trouble sleepin' when I think about it. You want to check it out, you go ahead. I'll even tell you where it is. just, ah, don't tell anyone you heard about it from me. Dont' wanna get in trouble the boss-man, you understand. Sure, wierd metal things sometimes try ta kill me, but at least it's a union job, so I'm gonna get comp time for this.'
Those men talked. Didn't take much. Seems that there is something strange with the pTS. Not too surprising. Vines really was on to something. If Dr. Aeon has jeopardized this island with his experiments and the PTS, I need to know before an Arbiter gets involved.
Find out what's wrong with the Power Transfer System for Marshall Brass
The workers you captured have told me where the COntrol center for the Power Transfer system is. I want to know what Aeon's hiding. I can't let on what I suspect, so I'm going to ask you to find out for me.
We have the location of the control room That was the easy part. Now I want you to get inside. Find out what Aeon's hiding. The men in there are loyal to Dr. Aeon, not me. I don't care what happens to them. That won't be a problem.
There is a complication, though. Amanda Vines. She might have learned about the place. Security leak. It was take care of. if she's there, get her out, unharmed. Like I said, Recluse likes to keep her around.
Something tells you that you're way down the rabbit hole now, and into Dr. Aeon's wierd wonderland.
Objective: You copied the real schematics of the PTS.
As you skim the files on the Power Transfer System, words and sentence spring up at you from the hundreds of pages. Even in fragments, they lay out a strange picture indeed:
'Geothermal power output still too low. Recluse will have my head! Brass waiting to give it to him.'
Must drill farther down. Inner Volcano far hotter. Hotter than it should be.'
'Power output off charts! Must study further.'
'Piles of Clockwork bought for crap-iron are reanimating before being melted down. Too far for Clockwork King. Attacking wokers. What could it be?'
'Circle of Thorns seen around powerlines. Wonder why?'
'Entering Volcano tunnel tomorrow. With this much geothermal heat, island should have exploded by now. Must know what's going on!'
'WHAT WAS IT? Was it alive? Pure accident we drilled into it. I think it's still alive...'
'Found an old local legend, about a Demon sealed in mountain by priest? Bat'Zull?'
'Of course! It's animating them! The Clockwork here ar it's reponse. And Circle interested in demons. Must tighten security. Get Brass off my back.'
'Now that I understand, power output is rising. It can be tapped, like any other resource. It's power is immense, and it can be harnassed. I am a genious!'
The final image shows the complete layout of the PTS as it is now. The geothermal lines are almnost completely ignored; bypassed for a new kind of power: Eldrich energy transformed into electricity, collected by conduits of cold iron connected to the heart of a fiend.
|Ace McKnight [Elite Boss]|
Ace McKnight is the source of Willy Wheeler's missions. Unfortunately, McKnight has turned out to be an undercover Longbow agent and needs to be taken down!
Mission Complete: You secured the data about the Power Transfer System.
As you rushed her out of the PTS control center, Amanda Vines made a strange offer to you:
'Okay. I know that you're working with Marshal Brass. I've interviewed him. He's not that bad a guy, but it's impossible to get more than ten words out of him at a time. i've figured out that I'm living under his protection for some reason. I think it's because he, r someone above him in Arachnos, thinks I'm useful. I can live with that. I'll be a tool in their internal squabbles if it gives me a chance to get the truth out and help the people who have to live here.'
'And that's what I want to ask you about. Look, I found the evidence I need. I have proof that Dr. Egon wasn't executed by Arachnos, that they altered his looks and came up with Dr. Aeon. I know Arachnos probably doesn't want that information out, but the people need to know they're being ruled by a maniac. So we're going to try to tell them. I'm pretty sure they're going to send you to make sure we don't get a chance.'
'So that's what I'm going to ask you. We've hired guards from Wyvern to help us, and maybe they'll be able to keep us on the air long enough. But I've seen you fight. If you help Arachnos, there's a good chance we'll be shut down before we can broadcast. So I'd like to ask you not to interfere. Take the mission, and just do nothing. Let us tell the truth, and warn the people of Cap au Diable. I'm not asking for charity or appealing to your higher ideals. I've been around enough people like you to know that it probably won't work. All I can offer you is enough money to match whatever the Marshal will pay you, and my thanks.'
'That's the offer. I hope you take me up on it, but I know it's a long shot. Anyway, thanks for the rescue, again. I'll see you in the papers.'
This, this is too much. This re-defines going too far. Tapping into a demon? Al these attacks? The clockwork out here? And now I got it. Thanks to you. I told you Vines was useful.
Speaking of Vines, did she talk to you? The next thing I need done involves her. Her and WSPDR. Sources on the inside tell me they're going to go live with all that they know. I'd like to see Aeon get what he deserves. But deserve's got nothing to do with it. I can't let that broadcast happen.
Destroy generators to stop transmission
My sources inside WSPDR have altered me to a problem. Amanda Vines has proof about Dr. Aeon's identity. She intends to broadcast it. This cannot be allowed. I'm sending in assault troops, but I know they have guards. Mercenaries. Wyvern, probably. That's where you come in. I want you to make sure that WSPDR doesn't transmit anything. Once the pressure's on, they'll try to act fast. Broadcast ahead of schedule. You'll have about 90 minutes. After that, either the news will be out of commision, or the news will be out on the airwaves.
We're setting up jamming stations as back-up. Activating them would alert enemies and scramble communications. I'd rather you handled this cleanly. There should be four generators. Sonme on the roof, some back-ups scattered around. Destroy all of them. That will cut their power. We can then get their evidence at leisure.
Amanda's offer sticks in your head. She said she would pay if you let them stay on the air. It's really all up to you, now.
Objective: You have destroyed one of the dummy not-yet completed generators.
Mission Complete: You destroyed the generators before the broadcast could begin.
Mission Failed: WSPDR had enough power to transmit. The only question is how much of the truth got through the jamming?
Good work. We've confiscated all of the evidence. Pinned the whole thing on a Hero assault. No one suspects the truth. Except Ms. Vines. I've had my men have a little 'talk' with her. Discuss her boundaries. What she can and cannot say. Nothing too severe. No marks for the cameras. It should make her even more determined, but reign her in some. She gets to live.
Me? I get to crucify Aeon with what you've found. That should keep him in line. For a while.
And you? You get paid. Not that you were ever a part of this. Everybody wins.
Or, on mission failure:
The jamming went up in time. Maybe. Still left us blind. We'll find out what the damage was. It'll take a few weeks. We've confiscated all of the evidence. We'll let the spies figure out who suspects what. Then there's Mrs. Vines I've ordered my men to have a little 'talk' with her. Discuss boundaries. What she can and cannot say. Nothing too severe. No marks for the cameras. It should make her even more determined, but reign her in some. She gets to live.
Me? I still get to crucify Aeon with what you found for me. That should keep him in line. For a while.
And you? I'll still pay you some. You earned it. Not that you were ever a part of this.
Souvenir: After Action Report/A bootleg recording
If you complete the final mission:
From: Marshal Leon Brass
To: Governor Aeon
As requested, I have summarized te events leading up to the WSPDR incident for your files.
A series of events brought this to our attention. it began when a freelance villain tangles with members of the Goldbricker group. The freelancer came to my attention after an attempt to sell a captured hoversled to Arachnos. I decided to make use of that audacity, and recruited the Freelancer as a deniable agent.
I found a first use for the Freelancer immediately. Wyvern had somehow triggered a false radiation alert in one of our bases. Rather than send our own troops to fight them and reveal that we had seen through their ruse, I sent the Freelancer to handle it. Wyvern was apparently working with a new and unknown Metahuman threat, known as 'Professor Echo'. The freelancer was a bit too zealous, and whatever records Professor Echo and Wyvern were looking for were destroyed.
I next utilized the deniable operative to retrieve the WSPDR reporter Amanda Vines. I know you filed a protest that I did not order her killed, but my hands are tied in that matter by direct orders from Lord Recluse. i report to you, but we all report to him. Additionally, Wyvern forces were present, led by Professor Echo. I can also confirm that Wyvern had already destroyed whatever research was occuring in the lab. Even I don't know what was going on in there.
I was next distracted from interrogating Vines by the incident at the Power Transfer System. Unfortunately, by the time my troops arrived, all of your men had been killed by the Clockwork. Not even the freelancer in my employ was able to arrive on time.
When we next tried to locate Ms. Vines, we found that she'd uncovered the control center to the PTS. With my forces spread out, I had to utilize the freelancer. Unfortunately, Wyvern communications sabotage prevented me from getting word to your men in the control center. the full account of this tragic event and it's costs has already been sent to you. The freelancer was still able to stop Ms. Vines' investigation, and also battled against Professor Echo again.
Up until this point, we had thought that we'd acted quickly enough in al cases to prevent Ms. Vines from gaining enough information to formulate any solid theories. Fortunately, I have operatives in place within the WSPDR news organization who informed us of how wrong we were. I activated our deniable operative to work with your forces to contain the situation and prevent WSPDR from broadcasting while my own forces manned the jamming stations against counter-attack.
After the WSPDR offices were occupied, we cleansed all dangerous information, and took those involved into persuasive custody. As per my orders, Ms. Vines herself was not harmed in a permanent or visible manner. We did discover that she was being provided with information through a secret source. We believe that this source was none other than Professor Echo. I have requested further funds to investigate. At the end of the clean-up phase, I executed the freelancer personally to prevent information from leaking out. I've sealed the freelancer's file to maintain secrecy, as per standard operating procedure.
If you fail the final mission:
A copy of this bootleg broadcast was left for you in a security deposit box along with a substantial amount of money. When you play it, you see Amanda Vines, urgently reporting from within the WSPDR building:
'This is Amanda Vines, reporting from WSPDR news with a special report.'
'People of Cap au Daible, and of all the Rogue Isles, I'm speaking to you tonight with a message of gravest importance. We have uncovered a conspiracy within the governorship of Cap au Diable to decieve the peoples of all the Rogue Isles. A conspiracy that's placed every one of us in danger. A secret that we call:'
The Aeon Conspiracy
'It began during our investigation of the gang called the Gold Brickers. These notorious thieves and air pirates have been the source of some debate, but we've found proof positive connecting them and Dr. Aeon's government. Proof that they may well be nothing more than Dr. Aeon's secret squad of sabatuers and hi-tech thieves. Though King Midas, the leader of the Gold Brickers had no comment on these allegations, proof was uncovered by...'
'I'm sorry, but I've been informed that Arachnos Forces are starting to head towards the WSPDR building. I think they're going to try to take us off the air. I'll have to try and hit the high points, but I assure you that everything I'm telling you is true. We next attempted to interview Wyvern agents who had also been pursuing the connection between Dr. Aeon and the Gold Brickers. They had been trying to obtain secret files on Dr. Aeon's mysterious early years when they were stopped by a freelance villain suspected to be working for Marshall Bras, the head of all Arachnos operations in Cap au Diable. While none of the Wyvern operatives were willing to talk on camera, this reporter continued to investigate.'
'Working on an informant's tip, this reporter found himself in an abandoned Arachnos facility, over-run with one of Dr. Aeon's extremely dangerous and highly illegal experiments on the Shivan life-forms found in Bloody bay. Caught between these alien monsters, this reporters life was spared by a powered individual who chose to remain anonymous. Can we roll some of that footage?'
The next few minutes show security camera footage as you lead Amanda Vines to safety. Your features and identifying details of you costume have been blurred out. The footage stops suddenly, and cuts back to the studio. From the flames and wreckage, it looks like something just exploded.
'What was that? Was that a rocket? Ladies and gentlemen, we are currently under attack by Arachnos forces. I don't know how much longer we'll be on the air. Information gained in that laboratory and the sudden dissapearance of several Power Transfer System workers during a Clockwork attack led us to discover that something was wrong with the PTS. Our investigation is still continuing, but one thing is clear: We are being lied to. Not only is Dr. Aeon lying about the supposedly safe and clean power he's providin us, but he's been lying to us about who he is. I'll cut to the point and hope that we have time to show you the proof later: Dr. Aeon is a lie! He is none other than the notorious mad scientist Dr. Egon, who once terrorized these islands and with his mad experiments and scientific depredations. And we have proof! we have'
At this point, the transmission is nearly cut off as a massive explosion shakes the studio. Amanda Vines appears on screen after a moment. She's bleeding from a scalp wound.
'The sounds that you are hearing are the sounds of a desperate battle being waged outside and within this building, as Arachnos forces are trying to storm WSPDR to shut us down before we can complete this broadcast. We know that they're jamming our transmissions, but we have to hope that someone out there will still be able to hear us. Dr. Aeon is a threat to us all!'
The transmission breaks up into static. According to Marshal Brass, Amanda Vines was spared so that Lord Recluse could keep his 'aura of respectability' by having a voice of opposition. You wonder how other at WSPDR faired. You still got paid, though, so it looks like Vines was true to her offer to pay you if they got a chance to broadcast. They got their chance, but you have to wonder if anyone ever heard it through the jamming.