Breaking the Cage
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- Issue 6
- Crash Cage (Sharkhead Isle)
- Darkened Crystal
- 20 - 25
Help the Circle make a move on Cage Consortium
This is a big day for me, Dread Tomax. My friends in the Circle have come to me for help. They're ready to make a move on Cage Consortium, to take it over from the outside! I've agreed to lead them to a key executive within the organization. Boy, my dad will flip! But, listen, I can't be associated too closely with this move. Everyone knows I'm disloyal, and I'm the first one dad will look to when he senses trouble. So the actual info's coming from someone my dad really trusts: Vince Dubrowski.
The truth is, Vince is loyal. Totally loyal. And he likes me. Makes a great patsy, don't you think?
Crash told me to expect you. She said she'd uncovered evidence that someone was cheating the Consortium, and she wanted me to lead you to 'em. Well, at first I wasn't sure I believed her. But the evidence she provided was pretty convincing. Good 'ol Crash! I always knew she'd come back to the consortium eventually!
The guy's name is Leonard Sykes, our CEO. According to Crash's evidence, he's been embezzling for almost twenty years. Do what you want with him. He's dead to me now.
Cage Consortium's offices are always well-guarded
Mission Complete: You have kidnapped Leonard Sykes.
Ha hah! I knew VInce would fall for that trumped up embezzling info. He's so dumb, and so predictable! He'll be a good source of intel for us. now that he believes we're working in the consortium's interest, I can get him to keep feeding us scraps about all the higher ups. It won't be long before the Circle accomplishes its goal and takes over Cage Consortium for good! And when they do, they'll have the two of us to thank for it!
Deliver Sykes' location to the Circle of Thorns
Thanks for kidnapping Leonard Sykes for me, Dread Tomax. I've got him all tucked away, and I just need you to deliver his location to the Circle of Thorns. Think you can handle that?
I knew Sykes when I was a kid. Nice guy. Pity he's in the way of the Circle's plans.
Is that a gust of wind you hear, or a mournful sigh?
Mission Complete: You have communicated Sykes' location to the Circle, despite the efforts of the Legacy Chain.
You have done well, Dread Tomax, and the glorious Circle is in your debt. As for me, my mind has shifted in recent days. I see no more need for my father. I will return to the Cage Consortium, and help the Circle lead it to greatness. And you? I will have use for you, I expect. Come see me soon.
Investigate Crash's strange comments
The Circle's origins stretch far back into the past, and our glorious empire will extend eternally into the future. This I know. As for you, Dread Tomax: you are intelligent, and powerful. I have no doubt that, if you are allowed to go unchecked, some day we will come into conflict. But it is my hope that, with proper guidance, you may be useful to our cause. I want you to go to a certain lair of the Circle. There, you will meet your destiny.
Get out of my sight at once! You have the Circle's work to do!
So Crash is acting all funny? That's bad, Dread Tomax, real bad. Things have been nasty for the consortium ever since I gave up Sykes. Looks like the Circle used his information to take out a number of other ey people. They got Frankie Tomlin, and Noel Powers. Big nanes in the company. And now it looks like they've done something to Crash, too.
Fortunately, she told me what to do if something like this happened. She wants you to go to a Circle cave and bring back a crystal that can restore her. Oh, don't worry. She'll pay you well. And if she couldn't, I would. I can't see anything happen to Crash. She's way too special for that.
You knew Crash's reckless attitude would get her into trouble someday. She's just lucky she's got enough dough to pay you to get her out of it.
Objective: When you touch this strange purple crytal, you feel a familiar presence touch your mind.
Objective: Leonard Sykes gasped, 'You've ruined everything!'
When you defeated Leonard Sykes, the Cage executive who became a Circle mystic, he said, 'You've ruined everything! You and that pesky child! Her animosity for her father was a useful tool to turn her to our side, but now it impedes our progress. And so we had to take steps. You may have defeated me, but Crash will serve our purpose by leading Cage COnsortium to a new era -- whether her soul is in it or not.
Mission Complete: You have retrieved the crystal that should restore Crash to her old self.
The crystal? No! Nooo! Don't bring it any nearer; you'll disrupt the --
Well, that's better. Thanks, Dread Tomax. Thanks a million. I guess I got in a little over my head with the Circle. I thought they just wanted me to help them get in with Cage Consortium, but they were far more devious than I expected! They wanted me to go back to work for my dad, and I wouldn't do it. So they nearly changed me forever! They probably would have done the same to you, given the chance. I'm glad you didn't give it to them.
The good thing is, the Circle's done a lot of damage to Cage Consortium, and I can take the credit for that! Maybe this'll make my dad respect me at last!
Souvenir: Darkened Crystal
You've kept this dark purple crystal that you stole from a Circle lair. Although its colour has darkened and you no longer feel any power within it, it's a potent reminder of the adventure you like to think of as:
Breaking the Cage
It began with an insidious plan. Crash Cage wanted to feed the Circle intel on some Cage higher ups, but she knew she'd be the first suspect when things began to go wrong in her father's company. So she sent you to a patsy, Vince Dubrowski. Vince was unfailingly loyal to Cage Consortium, but he had a crush on Crash, so she was able to manipulate him into giving up the name of the company's CEO: Leonard Sykes. You kidnapped the unfortunate Mr. Sykes, despite the best efforts of Cage security.
You went to deliver Sykes' location to the Circle, but the LEgacy Chain was waiting for you. You defeated them and managed to get the information to the Circle representatives on the scene. When you returned to Crash, however, her speech was strange. Something had clearly happened during your absence.
Crash advised you to go to a Circle lair where you would 'meet your destiny', but something about the situation seemed fishy. Instead, you went to Vince Dubrowski, to see if he had any insight into Crash's strange behavior. He told you he had been warned against just such an event. He wanted you to retrieve a Circle crystal that would restore Crash to her old self. You did so, and in the process came face to face with Leonard Sykes for the second time. The wimpy executive had undergone quite a transformation, setting himself up as a Circle of Thorns mystic. Once you secured the crystal, you took it back to Crash, who became her old self once again. She said that the Circle had decided to change her once they learned that she was unwilling to return to Cage COnsortium and help them cement their control.
In the end, Crash was happy to have done so much damage to her father's company. You, of course, were happy to get paid.