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- Ghost Widow (Grandville)
- Operation: DESTINY files
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- Mission #6: Citadel, Hero (Freedom Phalanx)
Perform a task
I have not forgotten your recent betrayals, Dread Tomax. Nor shall I ever forget. But I am bound to Arachnos, and thus to my Lord Recluse. And my Lord Recluse feels that your success against me is the ultimate display of your true power. You have risen up through the ranks, and now stand at the heights of power, as was foretold. No doubt you've heard that Lord Recluse seeks a 'Destined One' to bring about his final victory against Statesman and the heroes of Paragon City? He believes that you are that one, and that it is time for you to join us in Operation: Destiny. The first step on that road begins with a small taskThere is an Arachnos operative who has information that is critical to Operation: Destiny. Unfortunately, she is having some trouble reaching the Rogue Isles. I wish you to rendezvous with her ship and make certain that information reaches me.
The sea breeze is bracing.
Wonderful. These files contain information that means a great deal to Arachnos. You have done well.
Kidnap Dr. Franks
According to these files you recovered, my agent had found four probable candidates whose knowledge and talents are needed for Operation: DESTINY to succeed. Of course, in order to properly persuade them, I need these gentlemen to be in Arachnos custody. You can take care of that, can't you, Dread Tomax? The first candidate is a Dr. Franks. He is a SERAPH researcher, currently working with their temporal mechanics division. And while the Paragon Police will likely have him under heavy guard, that should present no obstacle for you to go in and retrieve him from Paragon City.
I would exercise caution in this task if I were you. Breaking into a SERAPH lab is not exactly the world's easiest assignment.
Instanced Outdoor [Steel Canyon] / SERAPH Lab @ Grandville
You take a moment to reflect how it's always the little people, like Dr. Franks, who are hurt by Arachnos' big schemes. Saps.
Mission Complete: You have kidnapped Dr. Franks.
I assure you, Dr. Franks is being attended to most well. He is comfortable, and will remain so as long as he continues to expend his considerable talents in service of Arachnos. Now, we have two more scientists to 'recruit'.
Kidnap Dr. Murphy
Your next target is a Dr. Murphy. He used to work for Portal Corporation, and it is there that he acquired the expertise that we so desperately need. Fortunately, the good doctor then defected to the Council, so you will not have to go quite so far this time. Murphy is quite close, in the Council compound on Sharkhead Isle. I trust he will be here shortly.
The Council's tunnels will be well guarded, but I trust you know that by now.
Dr. Murphy sounds like a sensible man. No doubt he'll go along willingly.
Mission Complete: You have kidnapped Dr. Murphy
Dr. Murphy seemed most amenable to our terms. There is only one more scientist I need you to recover.
Kidnap Dr. Nelson
We have but one scientist left to recover. Dr. Nelson was lured away from Portal Corporation by the Malta Group. I have learned that the lab he works in is right here, on Grandville. Go and get him for me, won't you?
Yes, every one of the men we seek has experience in working on portal technology. That experience will be most critical to Operation: DESTINY.
The Malta Group hates and fears all super-powered beings. You have to wonder how Nelson will react to you.
Mission Complete: You have kidnapped Dr. Murphy
Excellent. All three scientists are now busily doing the work of Arachnos, with differing degrees of cooperation. But do not imagine that you have worked off your debt to me yet. I have more work in store for you.
Stop Longbow from freeing the scientists
We have only 2 more scientists to go, but my spies have discovered that Longbow is attempting to stop us by stealing our kidnapped scientists back. They must be stopped, and as the Destined One, it falls to you to stop them.
Longbow is attacking the research facility where the prisoners--er--scientists are being kept. Your job will be to extract all 3 of them. While you're getting that finished, I'll prepare the final phase of our part of this operation.
There are sounds of fighting within.
Mission Complete: You have fended off the Longbow attack!
You did well, Dread Tomax. Doctors Frank, Murphy, and Nelson remain in Arachnos custody, and shall do so for the rest of their natural lives. The feelings of admiration and trust in your abilities are spreading among Arachnos. They see you as strong, powerful, and on the rise. And since I am bound to Arachnos, the feelings of the troops influence my opinions. Fortunately for you. But you will have to perform greater services to truly re-earn my trust.
Capture last scientist for Operation: DESTINY
The preparations for Operation: DESTINY continue, but our part is nearly complete. Black Scorpions' forces are preparing to strike Portal Corp to steal technology. I want you to go along with his team, but your target will be different. You are to capture one last scientist during the Portal Corp raid. Then, our part of the preparation will be complete. But before you leave, I do strongly suggest you bring some cronies with you. The heroes surely know what we're up to by now, even if they don't know why. They will likely have someone in place, ready to protect this last asset.
You will be joining an assault force on the three main buildings of the Portal Corp campus on Peregrine Isle near Paragon City. Your target is building 112, on the right side of the Portal Corp. campus. But in order to get inside, you'll need to take the codes from the security computer. There should be one in the lobby of both buildings 110 and 111, but I cannot tell you which you'll need to access. Once you're inside, find Dr. Roberta Crow and extract her back to the flyer. Black Scopion's troops have been told not to interfere in building 112, so you should be clear to face any guardian without their interference.
And I would again recommend you bring some allies. I do confess, much as I hope that we will succeed for the greater glory of Arachnos, I would not be saddened to hear that you were humbled. I suppose that's petty, but at least I'll be honest about it.
Instanced Outdoor [Portal Corp] @ Grandville
Black Scorpion's boys are already on the attack. They'll stay away from the building on the right. That's going to be your target.
Objective: You got the security codes for building 112
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Mission Complete: You have kidnapped Dr. Crowe
With Dr. Crowe added to our newly acquired scientists, we have completed our part of Operation: DESTINY. Or rather, I have completed my part of it. Surely you feel the excitement in the ranks of Arachnos? They all believe Lord Recluse's 'Destined One' is here, and Operation: DESTINY is about to begin. And Operation: DESTINY is all about you. Or rather, how you will finally change Destiny itself and allow my Lord Recluse to change the fate of the world. This is what your entire existence has been leading up to. I hope you won't disappoint.
Souvenir: Operation: DESTINY files
You retained these Operation: DESTINY files, out of the belief that they may come in useful someday. They're a potent reminder of the adventure you like to call
The schedule for Operation: DESTINY was tightening up, and Ghost Widow needed to make her contribution felt. So she sent you to rendezvous with an Arachnos operative who has some critical files. You met the operative, fended off a Longbow attack, and learned that the files contained the names of three scientists who could be useful to Operation: DESTINY.
The first scientist was Dr. Franks, a SERAPH researcher working in Paragon City. You kidnapped him in Steel Canyon, right under Positron's nose.
The second scientist was Dr. Murphy, a former Portal Corporation technician who had been lured away by the Council. Dr. Murphy was only too happy to go with you, and now there was just one more scientist to acquire.
The last man was Dr. Nelson, also an erstwhile employee of Portal Corporation. You kidnapped him from the Malta Group, over his strident purposes.
You now had three scientists in custody, all of whom had experience with portal technology. Ghost Widow was worried about a Longbow raid, and with good reason. Soon enough you were battling to keep Longbow from recapturing the scientists you'd worked so hard to acquire.
But there was still one more scientist to capture on your list. As Black Scorpion sent his troops in to raid Portal Corp to steal technology, you went along with them to kidnap the last scientist needed for Operation: DESTINY.
Thanks to you, the operation was a success. With all the scientists now forcibly recruited, Operation DESTINY was on the way. Even Ghost Widow seemed to be losing some of her hostility towards you from your earlier betrayal. You feel like you're on the top of the world, and things are getting better all the time.