An Arachnos Ghost Story
Check out the lab and bring Rauscher back
We may have a problem with Special Operative Rauscher, the leader of the Arachnos lab tasked with investigating the Red Hands. Lataly, he's been erratic. Half the time he doesn't file his reports, and when he does, they're sketchy to say the least. Ghost Widow's concerned that Rauscher may be using Arachnos property for his own pursuits. I'd like you to check out the lab and bring Rauscher back to me. I think I can get the truth out of him.
My Marco knows tons of ways of getting to people's secrets. Don't you, darling?
You hear a howl that you swear could split the Earth.
This doesn't look good for Rauscher. At a minimum, he's let his project get way out of hand. At worst, he's off on some crazy quest for power. We've got to find him, Dread Tomax. If we let him get away, Ghost Widow may well take her frustration out on both of us.
Check out Rauscher's second lab
If we don't find Special Operative Rauscher, Ghost Widow will have both our heads. Fortunately, I've got an idea of where he may be. Rauscher maintained a secondary lab, where he kept most of the ghosts his men had captured. Not a lot of people know about it. It'd be a good place for him to hole up if he suspects trouble - which he should. Care to check it out?
I've already made my contingency plans, kid. If this thing goes sour, you're on your own against Ghost Widow.
You hear a rough voice whisper, 'I feel so strange'.
Objective: You found a disturbing file.
You found this file on Special Operative Rauscher's mainframe. It reads:
'The path to the spirit world has been arduous, but it has been worth the cost. My armies of spirits will serve me faithfully. Perhaps someday I can take on Recluse himself!'.
A set of coordinates indicates a set of sewer tunnels. Apparently, Rauscher's portal to the spirit world is right beneath Port Oakes!
Objective: Operative Fowler snarled, 'You'll never get your hands on Rauscher!'
Mission Complete: You defeated Operative Fowler and gained a clue to Rauscher's location.
So, Rauscher's in the spirit world, eh? If you're brave enough, we should go looking for him there. It's safer than facing Ghost Widow, I can assure you of that.
Follow Rauscher to the spirit world
All right, Rauscher's in the spirit world, and we have to get him back. At all costs. According to that file you found, Rauscher has managed to open a portal to the spirit world inside a sewer tunnel over in Dockside. I need you to get there and see if you can follow him. It's the only way to save ourselves from Ghost Widow's wrath.
If you find him, let him know how displeased we are with his work. This should help. It's something I've developed to keep me safe from any sort of spectral interference.
The anti-spirit gun. Like it? Too bad, you only get 50 shots. And only 6 bombs. So make 'em count.
The sewer access point is evidently Rauscher's portal to the spirit world! Arachnos will want to know about this.
Mission Complete: You defeated Special Operative Rauscher.
So, Rauscher discorporated in the spirit world. That would be trouble, but luckily we've got that portal you found. That discovery ought to stem Ghost Widow's wrath. I hope. If you continue to work with me, you'll find that she can be a cruel taskmistress.
Souvenir: A fragment from the Spirit World
This simple piece of stone might not look special to anyone else, but for you it's a reminder of your brief sojourn in the spirit world, during an escapade you like to call.
An Arachnos Ghost Story
It began with a routine operation. Veluta Lunata was having some trouble with an Arachnos operative named Rauscher, so she asked you to shake him down and see what was going on. You went to Rauscher's lab, but encountered only the terrible ghosts that haunt Port Oakes. You battled through the dreadful specters, and found a disturbing note indicating that Rauscher was using the Arachnos lab for his own purposes.
Veluta told you of another of Rauscher's labs, where he kept the ghosts he studied imprisoned. You went there, and encountered more ghosts, but also something else. Several Arachnos soldiers were there, though they appeared in a ghostly form. You realized that Rauscher had found a way to shift his men into the spirit world.
And so, you had to follow him. Not only to satisfy your own curiosity, but also to stave off the wrath of Ghost Widow, who would not be pleased with Rauscher's defection and who might take her fury out on any convenient target. You encountered Rauscher in the spirit world and defeated him, although his last words continue to echo in your mind: 'I will return'.