Ubelmann the Unknown
- Story Arc
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- Laurie Pennington (Independence Port), Ashwin Lannister (Independence Port)
- Letter from Requiem
- 25 - 30
Stop the Council raid
I got a tip this morning about a Council raid on a government office. I haven't been able to find out any details, even the function of this particular office. Red Tomax, I have the feeling something big is going down. I need you to stop that Council raid.
Try to find out what the Council's after, won't you?
Office @ Random (Council)
There is no directory in this lobby, no license, no photographs. No detail reveals anything about the business done here.
Objective: You found some old documents.
Mission Complete: You have defeated the Council.
That's odd. I know the Council's roots date back to Mussolini's government, but what possible use could World War II documents be to them today?
Rescue the historians from the Council
Apparently the Council isn't satisfied with stealing World War II documents. Now they're actually stealing World War II historians! Several experts in the era have been reported missing. I need you to rescue those historians from the Council!Something tells me the Council's interest is more than academic.
The Council isn't looking into the past out of simple curiosity. There must be something they hope to gain.
Mission Complete: You rescued the historians from the Council.
It looks like that last mission gave us more questions that answers. Who is this Ubelmann, anyway? And what does he have to do with the Council's interest in World War II?
Stop the Council from getting the files
I just received an anonymous tip that the Council is still investigating World War II history. Seems there's a warehouse in this city that has a bunch of old FBI files on civil and military leaders and heroes from the 1940's. The government hasn't touched the place in decades, but it sounds like the Council is eager to rummage through it now. Can you stop the Council from getting those files?
The Council has been really focused on the past recently, and we still don't have a clue why.
Dusty file cabinets stand against the wall, their contents ripped out and scattered on the floor.
Objective: You found some old files
Mission Complete: You stopped the Council raid and found a possible clue to their next target.
So the FBI had full files on all the heroes from the war years? That's not too surprising, really. But why would the Council take the file on Thunderhead? From what I understand, Thunderhead's days as a hero are ancient history. Still, I better check on him. Last I recall he was still alive.
Rescue Jim 'Thunderhead' Bartlett from the Council
After that Council raid on the old FBI files I did some checking. Turns out that the World War II era hero Thunderhead is still alive in retirement. Jim 'Thunderhead' Bartlett goes by his civilian name these days, it looks like someone's out to upset his retirement. His granddaughter just reported that he's been kidnapped by the Council! Fortunately, my anonymous tipster is still on the ball. I have a good lead on where we can find him.
I wonder if this is was all about Thunderhead? but that doesn't make any sense. Why would the Council care about what he did back in the war? Or maybe there's something here that we're just not seeing yet.
You've heard stories of Thunderhead's exploits during the war; who hasn't? You hope you're in time to save him.
Mission Complete: You have rescued Jim 'Thunderhead' Bartlett from the grasp of the Council.
When you rescued Jim 'Thunderhead' Bartlett, he told you:
'Good to see you, kid. I thought I was done for. The ol' lightning ain't what it used to be, I guess. Those Nazi goona brought in a fellow to interrogate me. When I saw him, my jaw nearly hit the floor. He was the spitting image of Wolfgang Ubelmann, a German intelligence officer I crossed paths with back in the war. He introduced himself as Ubelmann, and acted like he knew me. Heck, he even remembered stuff only Ubelmann should have known. But he hadn't aged a day. He took off as soon as he heard you were coming.'
The Bartlett family wanted to extend their thanks to you for rescueing Jim, who's doing fine by the way. From what he told you I'm starting to think that this 'Wolfgang Ubelmann' character may be the key to all of this. But it doesn't seem like we have all of the pieces together yet.
Stop the Council raid
I got another anonymous tip about the Council. This time it seems like a normal Council operation. No browsing document archives or kidnapping historians and old heroes; this time they're raiding a Lockhart Aerotech lab working on prototype defense systems. Are you ready to stop that Council raid?
This anonymous tipster sure seems to know a lot about the Council's recent forays into history, as well as this mysterious Ubelmann character.
Lockhart's security system was no match for the brute force of the Council. It's up to you to protect the company's inventions.
Mission Complete: You stopped the Council raid and found a note on one of the defeated soldiers.
You found these orders on one of the Council soldiers you defeated at the Lockhead Aerotech lab. The orders list several items to steal, including some high tech equipment that was produced for Portal Corp. They also give the location of the Council base these stolen items are to be delivered to. The papers are signed by one Lt. Wolfgang Ubelmann.
So, the anonymous tipster is still trying to help us find Ubelmann, or stop him at least. But something doesn't add up. How does this informant know so much about the Council? Why weren't those orders you found encoded? And who is Wolfgang Ubelmann?
Investigate the base
These signed orders you found on the Council place this Lt. Ubelmann at one of their underground bases. The place will be well defended, but you may be able to find some answers there, if you can fight your way through to them. Will you investigate the base?
Make no mistake, this is going to be dangerous.
You're a lot more interested in Ubelmann than his underlings, but you know you'll have to fight through them to get to him.
Objective: You found an extremely interesting book.
This book, written in German in the last days of World War II, appears to be about early time travel experiments. One section has been highlighted heavily, and notes are scribbled along the margin in English. The notes are about the abysmal failure rates of the program, and about the test subjects used in the experiments. The identity of the last test subject jumps off the page at you: an intelligence officer named Wolfgang Ubelmann.
Objective: There's a message addressed to you on this computer.
You found the following message on a computer in a Council base:
It is good that you have found the orders I had planted. I have been pleased with your ability to follow the anonymous tips I've left for you so far. Unfortunately, Lt. Wolfgang Ubelmann left this base shortly before you arrived. While I am sorry to see so many of my comrades captured, it was a risk worth taking.
Lt. Wolfgang Ubelmann must be stopped. Now that he has gathered much of teh information he sought, he will sonn attempt to complete the purpose he was sent here for. Even now he is likely attempting to jury rig a devise to return him to his original point of origin. This cannot be allowed.
I have provided you with coordinates for your next target. Stop Ubelmann.
Mission Complete: You discovered Ubelmann's location and found a clue to his real origins.
All the interest in the Second World War, the way he acted like he knew 'thunderhead' Bartlett, the tech thefts, and the mention of his name in that book. I hate to think it, I hate to say it, but it would explain so much. Wolfgang Ubelmann may be a time traveller from the 1940's. A man from the past sent to observe the future. With the information he now has, he could change his future, our present. I'm sure you know that the Council's roots lie with Mussolini's government. If the war had turned out differently, who knows how much power they could wield today?
It explains everything. Everything, that is, except why that Council informant is trying to help us stop him.
Stop the construction of the device
Whoever Ubelmann is or whenever he's from, our inside informant has given us a good shot at catching him. Apparently the Council has been stockpiling parts for a time machine to send Ubelmann back to the past. I still don't know if I believe that Wolfgang Ubelmann is a time traveller from the Second World War, but we should stop the construction of that device. We can't take the chance that it might work.
As far as I know, Paolo Tirelli formed the Council during the final days of World War II, when Mussolini's government was crumbling around him. If he was truly involved in Ubelmann's journey to our time, however, he had a lot of power even before he made himself known as the Center. And this plot of his has been generations in the making.
The idea of changing the past is one that has long tempted the world's greatest temporal pyhsicists. Most of the sane ones have learned to let it go.
Objective: You secured the parts and found some orders signed by Ubelmann.
Mission Complete: You prevented the Council from building a time machine and found a clue to Ubelmann's location.
You prevented the Council from constructing that crazy time machine, but there's one last thing to do. You've got to capture Ubelmann and put an end to this. If he does have a way back to the 1940s with enough information to change history, then he has to be stopped. The Center has had more than half a century to plot out exactly how his younger self can wrest control of the world from his masters. I don't even want to think about what will happen if Ubelmann succeeds.
Stop Wolfgang Ubelmann
The orders you found in that Council base told us exactly where to find Wolfgang Ubelmann. Now you just have to catch him. According to those orders, the Council plans to modify the machinery in a Portal Corporation lab to make a one-way time gate and return Ubelmann to the past. We can't let that happen. This is the last chance we have to end this. If you can stop Wolfgang Ubelmann, then this is over.
Take out Ubelmann, and we're home free.
As far as you're concerned, neither past nor present is safe as long as Ubelmann remains free.
Mission Complete: You have defeated Wolfgang Ubelmann, the man from the past.
|Entrusted with the Secret|
Awarded for completing the story arc
Ubelmann is recuperating from the battle, but the prison doctors say his recovery will be short lived at best. It seems that he'd already suffered a massive radiation overdose during his trip through time. The doctors give him a year at the outside.
It's ironic. Even if Ubelmann had made it back to the past, he never would have lived to see the future.
This letter came. I haven't opened it, but it's addressed to you from Requiem. The Requiem. The villain from the 40's, the one who led the original regime that was subsumed by the Council. I don't know if it's real. I really hope that it's not. But old evils like him seldom just disappear.
You did well, Red Tomax. Generations yet to come owe you their thanks.
Souvenir: Letter from Requiem
To the one this world calls 'hero':
It was fortune alone that began this. a twist of fate that allowed you to be the one to intervene. But that is the nature of fortune. to test those who would be greater than those around them. When you disrupted the strike against the document warehouse. I thought perhaps that fortune was coming into alignment. I did not yet take steps to force fortune's hand. however.
Your further tenacity was overwhelming to me. as you rescued all of the kidnapped historians. It is also. I would guess. at this point that you first head the name of Wolfgang Ubelmann from the men you rescued.
Now having seen a measure of your quality I decided it would be time to employ your ability. A tip was sent to you anonymously on my order. and enabled you to prevent the theft of more documents to be used in Ubelmann's plans.
You needed no help from me to learn of the kidnap of James Bartlett. known to you no doubt by the more colourful name 'Thunderhead.' However. I sent aid to you in the form of his location. From him too. you no doubt heard the name Wolfgang Ubelmann.
Once again. I gave you aid to stop Ubelmann from securing the devices and data he sought. You performed admirably. a true credit to your kind.
Time was growing short. and fortune turned against both of us in ways you did not know. It was a sacrifice. but I revealed Ubelmann's location to you at great cost. Fate is often cruel. however. and Ubelmann escaped. But the clues I left for you were enough to reveal his true nature.
Now that you understood Ubelmann's true point of origin. I am sure his motives were clear to you. A time traveler. he sought to glean knowledge and technology from our present to return to the past and change his future. Using my information. you were able to disrupt his plans by capturing the equipment he depended on.
And so the final stage was set. Upon it you played your part. capturing Ubelmann and ending his threat.
But you may wonder what were my reasons for betraying a man I knew so long ago. for helping you to stop a victory by the Axis powers whom I once served. It is no great surprise. Take but a moment and consider the course of history from my point of view. If the powers I served had won. if their rule had extended across the Earth. then consider what place I would have held within it. Perhaps a mere princeling of some minor state. perhaps forced to the periphery by those with more voice in the halls of influence. Perhaps dead before my time. for the Center had great plans for the new world order. and I suppose they did not include a rival such as myself.
I could not act against Ubelmann directly; to do so would be to reveal myself to the Center. And so. like many others. I turned to you for my salvation.
For I do not intend to toil beneath another forever. The seeds of my victory have been carefully sowed. and will one day bear a full harvest.
I cannot say that you have gained my respect. but I will acknowledge that you fought well. Drink deeply of your success. Bask in the adulation of your peers. Savor this victory. Know that you have saved your world and this moment from the shadow of history. But you have only saved it for now. Do not think that you have saved this world for your future. Know that you have saved this world for my coming Dominion.