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      VERSION: 1.1
      Deus Ex PC Game Script, by Luke Kowalski, Anton Forsander
    
    
      G A M E   D A T A
      Title:       Deus Ex
      Platform:    PC
      Maker:       ION Storm
      Publisher:   Eidos
      ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+)
      Genre:       First-Person Shooting/Adventure
    
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      A U T H O R   I N F O R M A T I O N
      Screen Name: Luke
      Real Name:   Luke Kowalski
      Email:       luke @ norwid.waw.pl
    
      Screen Name:  FAQ GOD
      Real Name:    Anton Forsander
      E-Mail:       antonforsander @ yahoo.com
    
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      T A B L E   O F   C O N T E N T S :
      1...........................Introduction
      1.5.........................Legal Information
      2...........................The Script
      3...........................Credits/Copyrights
    
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      Deus Ex is our favorite game of all time.
      A final script has finally been completed. If you have anything to
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      Please enjoy - and excuse the short introduction.
    
    
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    UNATCO TRAINING COURSE
    
    
    
    UNATCO TRAINING FACILITIES - CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    I figured you'd be sick of drills by now. Hopefully our training exercises will
    be more interesting than what they've had you doing at the Academy.
    Open the door by clicking the right mouse button. The right button uses items in
    the world.
    The key on the desk opens encryption-based nanotech locks. When you pick it up,
    it will automatically be added to your key ring. Use the key to unlock the door
    and proceed to the next area.
    You're going to get a lot of equipment during these exercises. Press F1 at any
    time to access the Inventory Screen, which will let you add and remove items
    from the Toolbelt. Press F2 to view your current goals and any notes you may
    decide to take. On a typical mission, a UNATCO agent's objectives are logged
    electronically so that he can stay on-task at all times.
    Now pick up a weapon and try to break open those crates. One of them's
    indestructible, but the other contain things you might find useful.
    Now pick up the lockpick and use it to open the door. Lock-picking takes time
    and expends the self-assembling resources of modern lockpicks. Just be patient
    and remember your training. At higher skill levels, you won't need as much time
    or lockpick resources to pick a lock.
    Doors have two strength values. The Door Strength tells you how much damage a
    door takes before being destroyed. The Lock Strength tells you how many
    lockpicks will be required to pick the lock. Some doors have an infinite
    strength and an infinite lock strength. That means you have to find a key.
    The code to the door has been stored in that datacube. Right-click on the
    datacube to read the contents, then type the code into the keypad. You activate
    the keypad with the right mouse button, just like you activate a datacube or any
    object in the world.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    We'll make this one easy for you. To open the door, use the code:
    0012
    Got it?
    Jaime
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    Use the disposable multitools on the table to hack the keypad up ahead. A
    multitool's resouces are finite. When a tool is depleted, it becomes useless.
    The manual describes other uses for the multitool. At higher skill levels,
    you'll need less time and multitool resources to hack a given device.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO TRAINING MANUAL
    Section 3C: Multitools
    
    A "multitool" is not really a tool at all -- not in the usual sense of the word
    -- but a disposable electronic device that utilizes electromagnetic resonance
    detection and frequency modulation to dynamically alter the flow of current
    through almost any non-hardened circuitry. Skilled agents can use the multitool
    to manipulate code locks, cameras, autogun turrets, alarms, or other security
    elements.
    Note that multitools CANNOT be used for computer information extraction (see
    Section 5A: Hacking).
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Almost done, but one quick note:
    I'm not exactly the expert on this sort of thing -- for that you'll have to
    check in with Sam Carter when you get to Liberty Island -- but remember that
    there's any number of other ways to open a door, including using explosives or
    finding a security computer.
    Jaime
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    I'm here to pick up all munitions and equipment. Thanks for the cooperation,
    Agent.
    You aren't done yet...
    Got you running the course, huh? Don't sweat it; everybody has to do it once,
    even the special agents.
    Carry on with the training, Agent. I'm just here to take care of your gear.
    So far, so good...
    This thing's a bitch, isn't it? Last time I did it... Man, I sprained my ankle
    on the jumping part. They should get rid of crazy stuff like that. Someone'll
    break their neck.
    Hand in your equipment. That's right: no cheating.
    You've got to start the next section without arms or tools. Rules are rules.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    Lying in front of you is a brave cadet who volunteered to be rendered
    unconscious for this next training exercise. Highlight and search him to find
    the key to the medical room. Afterward, pick up his body and place it on the
    medical table so that one of my aides can revive him once the exercise is over.
    Good work. I'll get someone down there immediately to revive Private Winslow.
    Move on to the next area.
    You can bet this won't be the last time we send you into a dark room. Turn on
    your light augmentation and find the exit on the other side. Just press F12, by
    default.
    You're not a mech, but you're enough of a machine to need repair bots now and
    then. If you used up some bioelectric energy getting through the dark area, for
    example, this contraption can charge you back up.
    Congratulations, you completed Phase 1. Move over the ramp into the next rooms
    to begin learning movement skills. We'll be watching you through the cameras,
    like the one you can see up in the corner. In the field, remember that
    terrorists sometimes use cameras like this in their security-grids to set off
    alarms and alert guards to your location.
    Jump across the platforms. You'll have to crouch to get under those pipes. If
    you fall use the stairs to begin again.
    You need to go through the door up ahead, but it's blocked. Those wooden crates
    are too big to jump and too heavy to lift, so use the metal crates near the wall
    to build steps. To pick up a crate, walk up to it so that it highlights, then
    click the right mouse button. To drop something you're holding, you can press
    the Tab key by default.
    Now go up the ladder at the other end of the room. By default, you look up and
    use the arrow keys to climb.
    We get some complaints about this swimming obstacle because the water's
    contaminated. Recruits forget to grab the HazMat suit and end up in my office.
    Not pretty. Or they forget that they have to put the suit on by selecting it and
    pressing the left mouse button. Remember that the HazMat is disposable; you can
    wear it only once, and it operates only for a fixed duration. Use the ramp on
    the other side of the pool to climb out.
    These medical bots, normally used for quick-healing, are of particular interest
    to you, JC, because you need a bot's help to install new augmentations. If you
    took any damage during the swim, now's a good time to get patched up.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    I'm here to pick up all munitions and equipment. Thanks for the cooperation,
    Agent.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Welcome to the combat training area. I am Gunther Hermann and I will be
    monitoring your progress here. We will start with weapon familiarization.
    Your first exercise will be to learn a little about aiming and targeting. Step
    up to the shooting range to the west.
    The targets are released by using the buttons on the counter. Release the first
    target and take a few shots with one of the pistols until it is destroyed.
    Notice the targeting reticle appears when you aim at a target.
    Good. If you hold your aim for a few seconds before firing you will notice the
    reticle starts out wide and tightens as you hold. The longer you aim at the
    target without moving the greater your accuracy will become. Release the second
    target and aim before shooting this time.
    Good work. Now proceed to the next area.
    This is the rifle range. Here you will learn one of the ways skill level makes a
    difference in your accuracy. Step up to the shooting range.
    The targets are released by using the buttons on the counter. Release the first
    target and destroy it with the rifle. Use the rifle's scope by pressing the left
    bracket key "[" to turn the scope on.
    Excellent. Now we are going to raise your skill with rifles to Master level.
    Release the second target and destroy it.
    Good work. As you can see, higher skills give you better range, accuracy, and
    effectiveness. Proceed to the next area when you are ready.
    This is the demolitions training area. First you will learn to use a LAM as a
    proximity mine. Approach the bay window and you will see a LAM placed on the
    target board on the black and red wall.
    Press the first button next to the window and a security bot will be released.
    Watch as he nears the LAM. LAMs placed on walls are proximity triggered.
    This time you will place your own LAM. Take a LAM from the munitions bay and
    proceed to the red and black wall below.
    Get as close to the wall as possible when you place the LAM. If you aren't close
    enough, the LAM will fall to the ground and detonate.
    Very good, Agent Denton. You may proceed to the next area for more demolitions
    training.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    You'll need a few extra LAMs for the demolitions area. Here, catch!
    I just like to kid around.
    Gets boring down here.
    Didn't have my boots polished. That's why they put me here.
    They just make up excuses because they like to harass us.
    This place would run a lot smoother if they'd just rotate assignments, instead
    of always making you feel like you're being punished.
    Bastards. I don't have to take this crap. There's lots of things I could be
    doing.
    I had offers on Wall Street, you know. Top corporate security divisions.
    Corporate work's not so glamorous, but it sure pays better.
    One of these days, I'm going to resign. Then they'll be sorry. Then they'll wish
    they'd treated the troops a little better.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Next you will need to breech the doors in the hallway. Throw a LAM down to the
    end of the hall. Once it blows proceed down the corridor.
    Notice how the wooden door was destroyed and the metal and barred doors
    remained. Remember this for future reference. Beyond the destroyed door you can
    see a damaged piece of wall you can also breech with a LAM. Try that now.
    Excellent! Notice that the wall is opened. Look for other weakened walls such as
    this and your LAM and other explosives will allow you to breech them. Continue
    through that breech and onto the next section.
    The area beyond the door is the grenade defusing facility. Here you will learn
    how to remove planted explosive device.
    At each of the corners of this area you will find a LAM planted on the wall. You
    must disarm and remove all 4 LAM's before you can proceed to the next section of
    training. You will need to move up to the LAM quickly and defuse it by right
    clicking. A second right click will remove the LAM from the wall.
    A word of warning, Agent Denton. This was a simulated experience; real LAMs will
    not be so forgiving. You may proceed to the next area.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Now you will learn to move quietly and conceal yourself, so that you will be
    able to avoid a confrontation altogether.
    The test is simple. Get to the far north door without being spotted by the
    guards below. If one of them sees you, he will sound an alarm and lock the door.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    UNATCO STEALTH GUIDELINES
    Overview
    
    Stealth is a vital component of all UNATCO operations; when implemented
    correctly, stealth missions result in the lowest possible ratio of agent and
    civilian casualties to hostile losses.
    Situational awareness is key, and agents should not only be familiar with the
    tactical opportunities offered by their immediate environment, but how those
    opportunities can be exploited to their advantage with the appropriate
    equipment. Tech goggles allow agents to operate in low-light environments such
    as offices or labs where illumination might otherwise attract attention. With
    binoculars, an agent can survey an opponent's disposition and determine the best
    way to evade or eliminate their defenses. A rifle or crossbow equipped with
    scope and silencing modifications can be used to interdict targets from a
    considerable distance, significantly compromising hostile resistance.
    Other features of the environment can also be used by an agent to enhance their
    ability to operate covertly or to create useful distractions: disabling security
    cameras, subverting autoguns, and reprogramming bots are all viable tactics
    employed by experienced agents in the field.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Remember: don't let the guards see you. Use the crates for cover and crouch when
    you move.
    Always remember the four basic tactics to avoid detection: crouch behind
    concealment, stay behind enemies, move slowly to avoid making noise, and use
    shadows to conceal yourself. Be alert to every possibility.
    You blew it. The alarm just closed the north door. Return to the control room to
    the south and press the button in the overlook window to restart the test.
    This time, don't let the guards see you. Stay crouched, stay behind the crates,
    and stay behind the guards.
    The guards can be distracted. Pick up and throw an object near them, and they
    will go investigate the noise. Bottles, plants, flasks -- many things will work.
    Very good. I hope you remember this lesson, Agent. They have assigned us to be
    partners, and I will not stop to hold your hand and repeat myself when we are
    facing a real enemy.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    Now for the last test. You have to find a way across the river to the exit on
    the other side. There's more than one way to get there, depending on your
    approach and the skills you want to use. It's up to you... Make use of the IFF
    system to identify enemies. The crosshairs will highlight red over enemies,
    green over allies, and white over neutrals.
    Careful around this TNT. You can pick up the boxes and move them around, but
    crouch to set them down. I don't want to have to reattach your arms.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Hey J.C., want to cross the water? Lower the bridge. The code is:
    0098
    It's either that or get all wet.
    Jaime
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    Step up to each hologram for more info. When you're through, go out the opposite
    door.
    A deployment of UNATCO troopers is the central component of all UN peacekeeping
    occupations.
    The NSF: the biggest terrorist threat in the U.S. This national militia group
    thinks it is fighting the Second American Revolution.
    Step over to the communicator. There's someone who wants to talk to you.
    Manderley likes to hear which agents find this area. They're usually the ones
    who take terrorists by surprise in the field. Your brother, Paul, for instance.
    All right, carry on. Don't let it go to your head.
    This Page Industries walking turret, marketed to governments worldwide, is the
    workhorse of most national military forces. Due to the heavy armor, they take
    little damage from ordinary bullets. If you come up against a bot, you should
    use an EMP grenade, scrambler grenade, or some kind of explosive.
    An inexpensive security bot, a favorite of Third World countries and corporate
    security divisions. Not so mobile, but don't be fooled: we've lost plenty of
    agents to its well-armored assault gun. Like other bots, it's difficult to
    damage with ordinary bullets.
    This is the old augmentation technology, hopefully about to be phased out.
    Notice the reliance on electronics and servomechanics. A maintenance nightmare.
    If I had two credits for every repair manual they've made me file in my office
    in the Med Lab...
    The Coalition's new nano-augmented agents are nearly indistinguishable from the
    general population, except that you and your brother don't know how to smile,
    even for a picture.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Sufficiently impressive. An early success for the whole organization.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. You from the United Nations?
    
    BOB PAGE
    Your augmentations are a-go. The real test comes next: active duty.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm ready, sir.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Yes. Yes, you are.
    
    
    
    
    
    INTRO
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BOB PAGE & WALTON SIMONS
    
    BOB PAGE
    Your appointment to FEMA should be finalized within the week. I've already
    discussed the matter with the Senator.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    I take it he was agreeable?
    
    BOB PAGE
    He didn't really have a choice.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Has he been infected?
    
    BOB PAGE
    Oh yes, most certainly. When I mentioned that we could put him on the priority
    list for the Ambrosia vaccine, he was so willing it was almost pathetic.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    This plague -- the rioting is intensifying to the point where we may not be able
    to contain it.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Why contain it? Let it spill over into the schools and churches, let the bodies
    pile up in the streets. In the end, they'll beg us to save them.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    I've received reports of armed attacks on shipments. There's not enough vaccine
    to go around, and the underclasses are starting to get desperate.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Of course they're desperate. They can smell their death, and the sound they'll
    make rattling their cage will serve as a warning to the rest.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Mmm. I hope you're not underestimating the problem. The others may not go as
    quietly as you think -- intelligence indicates they're behind the problems in
    Paris.
    
    BOB PAGE
    A bunch of pretentious old men playing at running the world. But the world left
    them behind long ago. We are the future.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    We have other problems.
    
    BOB PAGE
    UNATCO?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Formed by executive order after the terrorist strike on the Statue. I have
    someone in place, though. I'm more concerned about Savage -- he's relocated to
    Vandenberg.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Our biochem corpus is far in advance of theirs, as is our electronic sentience.
    And their... ethical inflexibility has allowed us to make progress in areas they
    refuse to consider.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    The augmentation project?
    
    BOB PAGE
    Among other things -- but I must admit that I have been somewhat disappointed in
    the performance of the primary unit.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    The secondary unit should be online soon. It's currently undergoing preparation
    and will be operational within six months. My people will continue to report on
    his progress. If necessary, the primary will be terminated.
    
    BOB PAGE
    We've had to endure much, you and I, but soon there will be order again, a new
    age. Aquinas spoke of the mythical City on the Hill. Soon that city will be a
    reality, and we will be crowned its kings. Or better than kings. Gods.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - LIBERTY ISLAND
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO BOAT PILOT
    
    PILOT
    My orders are to stay here.
    I'd let the bots do the fighting if I were you.
    I'm glad this thing has bullet-proof glass.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX JACOBSON
    Heads up, JC. Your brother Paul is on his way to meet you at the dock. The NSF
    is raiding the island, and shots have been fired. I repeat: find Paul. I will
    monitor your situation from HQ.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    JC DENTON
    Paul! I thought you were in Hong Kong.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Welcome to the Coalition, JC... I might as well start using your codename. Think
    I'd miss my brother's first day?
    
    JC DENTON
    Didn't think you'd have a choice. What's going on?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The NSF -- they hit one of our shipments. A few of them got away, but we trapped
    the rest in the Statue.
    
    JC DENTON
    What are we waiting for? Looks like a textbook assault.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The NSF took one of our agents hostage. The bots are holding the perimeter, but
    my orders are to hold back and send you in alone. I think someone high up wants
    to see how you handle the situation.
    
    JC DENTON
    All I've got with me is a pistol and an electric prod. I don't mind a test, but
    UNATCO better issue some hardware.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Remember that we're police. Stick with the prod. It will stun your opponents or
    knock them unconscious. A nonlethal takedown is always the most silent way to
    eliminate resistance. Just in case, though, Manderley wants you to pick an
    additional weapon: a sniper rifle, a GEP gun, or a minicrossbow.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I like to pick 'em off from a distance. I'll take the rifle.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    This isn't a training exercise, JC. Your targets will be human beings. Keep that
    in mind.
    
    JC DENTON
    I get up the idea. What's the first move?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Never know when I might come up against heavy armor. Give me the GEP gun.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The GEP gun might be useful. They have a security bot on patrol near the Statue
    entrance.
    
    JC DENTON
    Great. What's the first move?
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    The crossbow. Sometimes you've got to make a silent takedown.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Good thinking. With these tranquilizer darts, you'll have another nonlethal way
    to take down an enemy in addition to the prod.
    
    JC DENTON
    I get the idea. What's the first move?
    
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm going to give you a map of the island. If you can get to the north dock, a
    UNATCO informant will give you a key to the Statue doors. He responds to the
    code-phrase "iron and copper." You could avoid a lot of fighting, though, if you
    found a back way into the Statue.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll see how it looks onshore.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Your primary objective is the makeshift command center the terrorists installed
    at the top of the Statue, but don't forget about Agent Hermann. We think he's
    being held on the ground floor.
    
    JC DENTON
    What are my orders when I reach the command center?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Interrogate the leader. We don't yet know why the terrorists would risk an open
    assault.
    
    JC DENTON
    You just going to stay here?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    There's been some activity at sea. I'm going to watch the coast.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why'd they bring you back to New York?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I don't know what they have planned. I messed up an assassination attempt on one
    of the Triad leaders in Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO pulled you out?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    It's a long story. You better head to the Statue.
    
    JC DENTON
    Which Triad was UNATCO targeting?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    We'll talk about that later. How was your graduation?
    
    JC DENTON
    I want to hear what happened.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I wish I could have come. At the time I could have cared less that Mom and Dad
    came to mine, but it was a good thing. The U.N. threw a dinner in honor of me,
    the first nano-augmented agent.
    
    JC DENTON
    I didn't know that. Guess I must be old news.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Dad made a toast. I don't know if you remember his old brown suit...
    
    JC DENTON
    A toast? That doesn't sound like our father.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    It was hard for him in front of the diplomats, but he savored every moment.
    
    JC DENTON
    Strange how proud he could be when so much was due to... our augmentations.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Yes, he was proud. I believe that much. It was nice to have done something for
    him and Mom. I wish someone could have been there for you.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm used to being on my own.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    One can be TOO self-sufficient, I'm coming to believe.
    Best thing is to let the bots handle the ground assault.
    You might be able to find some supplies in the comm van by the helipad.
    Hard to believe this rock used to be a tourist attraction, huh?
    I'll keep watch on this side of the island.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST 1 & NSF TERRORIST 2
    
    TERRORIST 1
    That's the difference right there. Just take a look at him.
    
    TERRORIST 2
    Bad?
    
    TERRORIST 1
    They cut off his arm, replaced half of his face.
    
    TERRORIST 2
    Hermann, right? He's a good soldier. Killed three of our men.
    
    TERRORIST 1
    They'd've replaced his whole body if it would've improved performance. If that's
    how you judge a man -- by performance -- then eventually it's not about people
    but upgrades, versions, functionality...
    
    TERRORIST 2
    All I know is we could use a few mechs for ops like this.
    
    TERRORIST 1
    Soon as we buy into the cult of the machine we're just like them.
    
    TERRORIST 2
    Rhetoric, always more rhetoric.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MERCENARY THUG
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    ...like Billy the Kid, man... Were outlaws.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP (CORPORAL COLLINS)
    
    JC DENTON
    What's your take on the situation, Corporal?
    
    COLLINS
    The bots have them bottled up, sir. We'd go right in, if it weren't for the
    hold-back order.
    
    JC DENTON
    How'd they get one of our agents?
    
    COLLINS
    Gunther went rogue on us. When the order came, he wouldn't pull back. Now you
    get to bail him out.
    Welcome aboard, Agent.
    If they come this way, I got 'em, sir.
    Well, I certainly see the family resemblance.
    Those rebels are no match for our bots.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    NSF everywhere, JC. Your orders are to shoot on sight. A UNATCO informant on the
    North Dock can get you inside the statue. Look for a Bum. Identify yourself with
    the phrase "Iron and Copper."
    If you want to make a covert approach, remember the academy stealth course: stay
    out of their field of view, walk slowly to stay quiet, and crouch behind cover.
    Or if you have to get your hands dirty, remember that a headshot is a lethal
    takedown.
    Be careful; the NSF have set up patchwork security systems here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TECH SERGEANT KAPLAN
    
    KAPLAN
    Afraid base is under lockdown 'til the danger's gone, Agent Denton.
    
    JC DENTON
    Right. How you guys holding up?
    
    KAPLAN
    UNATCO command made us pull back, I guess for Gunther's sake. What's the deal?
    We're ready to go in.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I can't speak for command, but I'm gonna clean the place out.
    
    KAPLAN
    I hear ya. Manderley's right: you nano-augs are born and bred killers.
    
    JC DENTON
    I do my best.
    
    KAPLAN
    Better load up. There are some crates of ammo stashed in the antenna shaft
    behind the helipad. Might also want to check out the comm van next to it. The
    code's 0451.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. I won't let you down.
    
    KAPLAN
    My tactic, when there's no cover like this, is to pick 'em off from fifty or a
    hundred paces with a scope. What do you think? I scored an extra one from a
    couple of thugs we dropped down by the dock; you can have it for 700 credits. I
    also picked up 10 mm ammo and some crossbow tranquilizer darts -- say 200 for
    one and 60 for the other.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    We're taking a minimum-force approach. We're cops, after all.
    
    KAPLAN
    Ask me, I think we should frag 'em all. You trespass on UNATCO property, you get
    pumped full of lead.
    
    JC DENTON
    When due process fails us, we really do live in a world of terror.
    
    KAPLAN
    Thought your nano-augs were supposed to be badass killing machines. Guess I was
    wrong.
    
    JC DENTON
    Guess so.
    
    KAPLAN
    Some advice. You get out there, you're gonna have to tangle with some real sons-
    of-bitches. Best thing is to pick 'em off from fifty or a hundred paces with a
    scope. I scored an extra one from a couple of thugs we dropped down by the dock;
    you can have it for 700 credits. I also picked up 10 mm ammo and some crossbow
    darts -- say 200 for one and 60 for the other.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    Shouldn't you turn that stuff over to the quartermaster?
    
    KAPLAN
    Sure, I will, but 'long as command has the rest of us on parade drills, someone
    might as well put this hardware to use.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the scope for 700.
    
    KAPLAN
    Just attach this baby to your pistol and you're in business.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Here's 60 for the tranquilizer darts.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    200 for 10 mm ammo -- sounds good.
    
    2-3.1
    KAPLAN
    So much for that "minimum-force" approach.
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    I'll check back with you later.
    
    4.1
    KAPLAN
    You better have the right equipment, or you'll be sorry.
    
    4.2
    KAPLAN
    You wanna wax some thugs, you better load up.
    
    (1.
    JC DENTON
    I don't have the 700 for the scope.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Some 10 mm ammo would be great, but I don't have 200.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Even 60 credits for tranquilizer darts is more than I have.
    
    
    1.
    KAPLAN
    If you're gonna clean this place out, you're gonna need hardware.
    
    2.
    KAPLAN
    Check back after you get your op bonus.
    
    3.
    KAPLAN
    They don't pay me so good. I'm gonna wait for someone who's got the money.
    
    4.
    KAPLAN
    Guess you'll have to go with that "minimum-force" approach, huh?)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Welcome aboard, Agent.
    Everything was clear an hour ago. Then, BOOM!
    My orders are to hang back.
    If I catch a sight of the NSF commander at the top of the Statue, I'm gonna take
    a shot. Screw Manderley.
    The thugs must be desperate to attack us here.
    I don't like just standing around, but orders are orders.
    Whatever was in that barge, the NSF sure wanted it bad.
    Careful, Agent. Rebels are crawling all over the place.
    I've got this area secured.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Brother,
    I've set up the turrets and cameras in the statue ruins... a hasty defense, but
    since we won't be here long, it should work. The security computer login is:
    NSF001. The password is: smashthestate.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    This power box must have been damaged in the raid. Don't cross through the arcs.
    I'm also picking up an EMP field here... if you're not careful it'll suck away
    your bioelectrical energy.
    It all happened an hour ago -- the barge docked and the NSF moved right in on
    it, offloading the cargo into speedboats. Our undercover man Harley Filben
    should be somewhere out on the docks now.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    FILBEN
    About time you showed up.
    
    JC DENTON
    Iron and copper. The statue is copper on an iron frame, right?
    
    FILBEN
    Password's enough, pal. Don't think you know something about the Lady I don't.
    My dad did tours out here.
    
    JC DENTON
    I heard that you can get me inside.
    
    FILBEN
    Depends. You get your man out, take back the Statue, whatever, but I know the
    commander and I don't want to see him get hurt.
    Here's a picture so you don't make a mistake.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You can trust me.
    
    FILBEN
    I'll take your word. Here's the key to the front entrance. The commander's not
    much of a soldier; he'll surrender as soon as he sees you. I need him alive
    because he's my main contact at the NSF. If he's dead, I don't have much of a
    business.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    How do you know so much about the commander?
    
    FILBEN
    He's my main contact in the NSF. I need him alive and out on bail.
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO will probably keep him in custody.
    
    FILBEN
    At least he has a chance if he's alive. I warned him, you know. I said right to
    his face, "Don't take weapons into the Lady. That makes you as bad as UNATCO."
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't forget that it was the NSF that C-4'ed the Statue in the first place.
    UNATCO's here to put the pieces back together.
    
    FILBEN
    Ask me, I think the government did it. They want people to think the NSF are
    terrorists.
    I better get paid good for this.
    Remember, you said you wouldn't go in shooting.
    My dad used to say, "If copper can get old and green and need repairs, the same
    with our liberty." Funny, and that was before the United Nations even had an
    army.
    I worked here one summer picking up people's trash. Rotten job.
    It used to be wall-to-wall people out here from all over the world. Everywhere
    some other language you can't understand.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I can't promise. In the line of duty I may have to use force.
    
    FILBEN
    Buddy, I don't know. The commander's not much of a soldier; he'll surrender
    right away.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't see anyone waving a white flag.
    
    FILBEN
    He's my main contact at the NSF. I need him alive and out on bail, or I don't
    have much of a business. You can forget the key.
    
    JC DENTON
    We have an emergency here -- a terrorist offensive on U.N.-protected territory.
    Do you work for UNATCO or not?
    
    FILBEN
    There's more than one way into the Statue. You wanna kill rebels -- you're on
    your own. Yeah -- you should sneak in from the back. Less chance of a shootout
    that way.
    
    JC DENTON
    You holding out for more money? What's the deal?
    
    FILBEN
    Sorry. I'm not playing along this time. But that doesn't mean I'm in love with
    the NSF. I told 'em, "You bring the guns into the Lady, you're just as bad as
    UNATCO..."
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't forget that it was the NSF that C-4'ed the Statue in the first place.
    UNATCO's here to put the pieces back together.
    
    FILBEN
    Ask me, I think the government did it. They want people to think the NSF are
    terrorists.
    None of these guys is like my best pal, but who wants to see a bunch of dead
    bodies, right?
    I'll come through next time. Don't worry.
    If you're that determined, I'm sure you can get in another way.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DRIFTER WOMAN
    
    JC DENTON
    You with Filben?
    
    WOMAN
    I get a cut for bringing him over.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell me what you know about the NSF operation.
    
    WOMAN
    I'm not that high-level. The more elite troops -- they're the ones that took
    over the ship and unloaded it into speedboats. I think we're supposed to be a
    diversion.
    
    JC DENTON
    A ship?
    
    WOMAN
    That's all I know. The commander gave me a 10 mm clip, a box of 30-ought-six
    ammo, and some crossbow darts and said, "Keep your head down" -- huh, like I'm
    gonna take on UNATCO troops. Want 'em? You can have the clip for 175, the 30.06
    for 300, and the darts for 50. But if I was you, I'd avoid a head-on attack
    altogether and not even use the key Filben got. I'd go in the Statue from the
    back. Less security that way.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the 10 mm clip for 175.
    
    WOMAN
    Put a slug in the commander for me. He's the reason my brother's dead.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Here's 300. Give me the 30.06 ammo.
    
    WOMAN
    Thanks.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    I'll give you 50 for the darts.
    
    WOMAN
    The commander's the whole reason my neighbourhood turned into a war zone.
    Someone should stick him full of these things like a roast pig.
    
    (WOMAN
    Sure you can't buy some ammo?
    
    JC DENTON
    50 for the darts is a good deal, but I don't have it.
    
    1.
    WOMAN
    Well, come back if you get the chance. I sure could use the money.
    
    2.
    WOMAN
    I'd give you a break but I'm in a kind of a tight spot myself.
    
    3.
    WOMAN
    You know where to find me.)
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    No thanks.
    
    WOMAN
    That's all I got.
    Thanks for the extra cash.
    At least I got SOMETHING for coming all the way out here.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Good thinking; you might be able to avoid some of the security by entering this
    way.
    A shame, isn't it? The French terrorist group Silhouette claims that France was
    wrong to give the U.S. the Statue. We think they planned the bombing.
    I think Gunther is being held beyond this laser triggered alarm. If you don't
    want to set off the alarm, you can either hack the control panel in the doorway
    or find a way around... My blueprint of the Statue shows a few airshafts.
    The NSF put a commercial-grade security bot in this area. You can either avoid
    its patrol route or, if you're feeling lucky, try to take it out with EMP
    grenades or explosives. I wouldn't recommend taking it on with small arms.
    Gunther's in that room. One of our top agents.
    This security setup is strictly amateur stuff -- keep an eye out for ways to
    bypass it. These old pre-milenial buildings are riddled with ventilation shafts
    and maintenance tunnels.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    So many people use that ATM each day that it's busted 90% of the time. But if
    it's working, you might need some cash today for the pub crawl we've got planned
    in the city. Don't let the tourists get you down. See you there straight,
    sweetie.
    Accnt#: 230023
    PIN#: 4558
    Johnathan--your husband to be.
    PS) I was serious last night--I really want to get married in the Statue. We met
    there on duty and all our friends work there.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    A Lesson for Our President
    Family News Network -- Dave Wary Editorial
    
    When the other kids on my block elected me King of the World, a political office
    open (thankfully) only to eight-year-olds, I moved quickly to consolidate my
    power. I declared that all subsequent elections were forbidden, that the office
    of King was reserved to me and my descendants for all eternity.
    I don't remember what morsels of political philosophy were hurled at me. "That
    ain't fair!" perhaps, or "You can't do that!"
    My rebuttal? "Yes I can. I'm King."
    All subsequent debate involved rocks. Even Gretchen, green-eyed lovely Gretchen,
    held me pinned to the ground as the others asserted their own right to the
    throne with whatever stones happened to be within easy reach.
    With a 35 percent approval rating after the U.N. funding fiasco, President Mead
    should reflect that these children -- and millions of other free thinkers --
    have reached voting age.
    Who wants to cast the first stone?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Agent! Open the door.
    Get me a weapon.
    They had us surrounded. I was forced to surrender.
    I am ready to counterattack.
    Now everyone will see why I need a skull-gun.
    The rebels will soon wish they had killed me.
    
    JC DENTON
    Glad you're not hurt, Agent.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Command should not have left us to be surrounded.
    
    JC DENTON
    Risk is part of the job. I think you lucked out this time.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Agent Navarre and I were ready to go in, but for no reason they said pull back.
    I do not retreat. Please give me a weapon and move out of the way.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    As you wish. Take my pistol.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    That will be adequate. I will secure this level. You proceed up the stairs to
    the command center at the top.
    I will clean out the lower level.
    You go after the leader.
    A recruit is very valuable if he can operate in a team.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    First thing is to get you out of here. I'll handle the enemy.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Excuse that I have forgotten your brother Paul Denton and the infinite power of
    nano-augmentation.
    
    JC DENTON
    I just can't spare any arms. Please retreat to a safe location.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Go ahead. Advance up the stairs to the command center at the top. I will take my
    rusty metal bones and sweep away into the junk pile.
    Now I see the reason for the pull-back. They wanted to show off their new
    nanoaugmentation technology.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MERCENARY THUG (AMOS) & NSF TERRORIST (JACKSON)
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    Did they find the shipment?
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    Yeah, we got the whole supply. You can see the ship's lights crossing the bay.
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    Guess y'all were right. So why aren't we pulling out?
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    Mike's on the horn. JoJo wants a lead on the distribution network.
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    Hell, we don't have enough men to protect what we've got.
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    That's what JoJo wants.
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    I wonder. How's a guy with a tattooed forehead get to be an NSF colonel? Pardon
    me, but back in Alabama we wouldn't let a man who wears earrings plan a military
    operation.
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    I'd watch what I say about JoJo. He's got a temper.
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    He's a punk and he's gonna get us all killed.
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    The NSF is strong because it represents everyone's interests.
    
    MERCENARY THUG
    Yeah, yeah.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Gunther has reestablished contact. He says you helped him escape. Good work.
    (Good. You're nearing the command center. Agent Hermann remains in captivity on
    the ground floor, but we can probably get him out. Keep moving.)
    Some news, JC. The NSF targeted a shipment of the plague vaccine, Ambrosia. We
    can't locate it. See if the leader will surrender when you reach the command
    post. We'd like to interrogate him.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST 1 & NSF TERRORIST 2
    
    NSF TERRORIST 1
    Let's get out of here.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    I'm standing my ground.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 1
    Someone tripped the alarm downstairs. They're closing in.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    That is it, Private. We knew it might come to this.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 1
    What good are we to the NSF it we end up dead?
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    If UNATCO breached the perimeter, then it's already too late. Get ready to
    fight.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Easy. We want you to take this one alive and conscious. Find out what you can
    about the shipment, then turn him over to one of the troopers.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST LEADER (LEO GOLD)
    
    GOLD
    Don't shoot! I surrender!
    
    JC DENTON
    So you think you know better than FEMA what to do with this month's Ambrosia
    shipment...
    
    GOLD
    You're too late. It's on its way back to the people, and you can't do a damn
    thing about it.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Except send YOU back to the people -- in a body bag.
    
    LEO GOLD
    I AM the people.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Tell me about the shipment and I'll order the troops to pick you up as a
    prisoner instead of a corpse.
    
    GOLD
    Ask away. We already won this round.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where are you taking it?
    
    GOLD
    We're just giving the ordinary people the same chance to survive as the
    bureaucrats in Washington.
    
    JC DENTON
    You'll have to unload in New York because the choppers would spot you at sea.
    
    GOLD
    I think the government made the plague on purpose to get rid of population
    growth.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    That might have been over the line, JC. I don't know. Better head back to base
    on the west side of the island. Objective complete.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Well done. I will pass on your orders to the troopers. Report back to base on
    the west side of the island. Mission complete.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST LEADER (LEO GOLD)
    
    JC DENTON
    Just answer the question.
    
    GOLD
    Don't believe me? It's all in the numbers. For a hundred years, there's been a
    conspiracy of plutocrats against ordinary people.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you have a single fact to back that up?
    
    GOLD
    Number one: In 1945 corporations paid 50 percent of federal taxes. Now they pay
    about 5 percent. Number two: In 1900 90 percent of Americans were self-employed;
    now it's about two percent.
    
    JC DENTON
    So?
    
    GOLD
    It's called consolidation. Strengthen governments and corporations, weaken
    individuals. With taxes, this can be done imperceptibly over time.
    
    JC DENTON
    I guarantee you that the interrogation staff at UNATCO will not be as forbearing
    as I am.
    
    GOLD
    Yeah, the secret police. You're just bullies for a completely illegitimate
    government in Washington.
    
    JC DENTON
    We will locate that shipment one way or another.
    
    GOLD
    The entire executive branch is hand-picked. Nineteen of the last twenty-three
    U.S. presidents have been members of the Trilateral Commission. The Trilateral
    Commission is financed by the Rockefellers and the Rotschilds. Don't tell me --
    
    JC DENTON
    That's a think-tank. Anyone can become a member.
    
    GOLD
    But not everyone does. That's why they call it the "secret government."
    You can't fight ideas with bullets.
    Do you ever ask what it's for? The surveillance, the police, the shoot-on-sight
    laws? Is that freedom?
    UNATCO teaches teenagers to fight when it still seems like a game, and -- look
    at you! -- you're a killing machine!
    Who's the scary one, huh? Me or you?
    The more of us you kill, the more that secessionism lives in the hearts of the
    people.
    Ever wonder why big car companies pay two percent tax while the guys on the
    assembly line pay forty?
    Corporations are so big you don't even know who you're working for. That's
    terror. Terror built into the system.
    
    
    
    (CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    That's over the line. What did I just tell you? We won already. Report back to
    base.)
    
    
    
    (CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Gunther slipped out on his own. Report back to base.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1 & UNATCO TROOP 2
    
    TROOP 1
    The chief finally let us loose -- we were right behind you and cut through them
    like a hot knife through butter.
    I'll take it from here.
    Good work, Agent.
    We're gonna lock this guy away for a long time.
    
    TROOP 2
    They sent us to pick up the pieces. We've already searched the bodies and
    delivered the enemy munitions to the quartermaster.
    Don't worry about the bodies -- we'll handle the cleanup.
    Someone shoulda put a slug in the commander's head.
    I guess you were just following orders up there.
    (I'm glad you had the guts to take out the commander.
    You got the right idea. Cap the bastards before the lawyers get involved.)
    Benson touched off a gas trap -- nasty.
    Next time, leave a few for us.
    Finally -- someone nano-augmented who also knows how to fight.
    We already have units in Manhattan. This isn't over yet.
    I'd sure like to find out what this was all about.
    We've got the situation under control.
    Heck of a first day, sir.
    All quadrants are secure.
    Nice work, Agent.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    FILBEN
    You're a man of your word. I like that.
    I better get my money on time.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    FILBEN
    I heard about the hit. Guess you changed your mind.
    How'm supposed to get back to the city? Swim?
    I don't rat the NSF if it's going to be a UNATCO slaughter. I thought I made
    that clear.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN & DRIFTER WOMAN
    
    FILBEN
    Why the hell'd I come here if no one needs my help?
    
    JC DENTON
    I found a back way into the Statue, but I'm sure UNATCO appreciates your
    dedication.
    
    FILBEN
    I've been standing here for an hour. I better get paid for this.
    
    JC DENTON
    You'll have to bring that up with Manderley.
    
    FILBEN
    Bet the NSF won't try that trick again.
    I'd better get my money on time.
    (You guys took out my main NSF contact just now. I hope youre happy.
    How'm supposed to get back to the city? Swim?
    I don't rat the NSF if it's going to be a UNATCO slaughter. I thought I made
    that clear.)
    
    DRIFTER WOMAN
    What? I'm just waiting for a ride.
    Filben said I'd get 200 for this. He'd better not jerk me around.
    You got a problem?
    Leave me be.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TECH SERGEANT KAPLAN
    
    KAPLAN
    Heard you cleaned the place out.
    
    JC DENTON
    They crossed the line by going into the Statue.
    
    KAPLAN
    That's exactly right. We're already gearing up to hunt these sons-of-bitches
    door-to-door in Manhattan. Need some hardware? I scored an extra scope from a
    couple of thugs we dropped down by the dock; you can have it for 700 credits. I
    also picked up 10 mm ammo and some crossbow darts -- say 200 for one and 60 for
    the other.
    
    JC DENTON
    Shouldn't you turn that stuff over to the quartermaster?
    
    KAPLAN
    Carter? He don't care. NSF goods are the spoils of war. Hey, we're risking our
    lives out here.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check back with you later.
    
    KAPLAN
    Glad you're coming around to our way of doing things. Need some hardware?
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't have the 700 for the scope.
    
    1.
    KAPLAN
    Check back after you get your op bonus.
    
    2.
    KAPLAN
    They don't pay me so good. I'm gonna wait for someone who's got the money.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Way to go, sir.
    Gunther should have followed orders.
    I can't wait to get to New York and finish the job.
    Situation normal, sir.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    1.
    PAUL DENTON
    We've got the island secured. How did things look in the Statue?
    
    JC DENTON
    The leader surrendered. So they were after Ambrosia...
    
    PAUL DENTON
    A month's supply for the East Coast. We think they've taken it back to the city.
    
    JC DENTON
    I didn't know UNATCO handled the Ambrosia distribution.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Manderley will brief us shortly. UNATCO makes sure the limited supply of vaccine
    gets to government agencies and key industries.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's good to finally see some action.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Yeah, well, pace yourself. You killed a lot of people tonight. I'll handle
    things out here. You better get to Manderley's office on Level 2 and report for
    duty.
    Get inside. I'll meet you in Manderley's office.
    
    2.
    PAUL DENTON
    You were a little out of line up there.
    
    JC DENTON
    I dont understand.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    We could have learned a lot from their leader.
    
    JC DENTON
    He wasnt cooperative. Alex said something about an Ambrosia shipment...
    
    PAUL DENTON
    They captured a boat-load of Ambrosia, the plague vaccine. We might have found
    out from the leader where theyre taking it.
    
    JC DENTON
    So they just disappeared? We dont know their location?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Manderley will brief us shortly. You better get to his office on Level 2 and
    report for duty.
    Get inside. I'll meet you in Manderley's office.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNATCO HQ
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Mead Bucks Congress
    APR - Washington, D.C.
    
    Defying Congress for the third time this year, President Mead unilaterally paid
    the United States' late dues to the United Nations. "Like good tenants, we must
    pay our rent on time," he told reporters.
    Leaders of both parties criticized the move. "Where does he get the cash?" asked
    Senator Ridon (D-Illinois). "Clearly from some budget item yet to be approved by
    this Congress."
    The Republicans were no kinder. "This council member has been betrayed, and so
    has America," said Senator Osno Liverpoole (R-California). "The Congress came
    together to approve a UNATCO presence on U.S. soil, but we did not write a blank
    check. No, sir. A superpower does not pay rent."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    Good shootin', sir. Heard you wiped out the whole pack. Welcome to UNATCO.
    Way to go, sir. I thought Gunther was a goner.
    It's my first day, too. I'm pretty excited.
    I was in your class at the Academy. You probably don't remember.
    Manderley's office is on Level Two. He's expecting you.
    I've got to watch the doors.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Shannon--
    Ammunition is disappearing again, so we're changing the door code for the comm
    van near the helipad. New code: 0451.
    Alex
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Anon//UNATCO.44567.22356
    To: Free Enterprise Mailing List
    Cc:
    Subject: re: NOBODY CARES! (was: Nationalizing industry)
    
    Michelle (mdarwin//orbit.8665.9112.4) wrote:
    >I just read that government regulators have
    >nationalized the third airline this year, and the
    >story was buried on the SIXTH PAGE of the
    >Times!
    >No one seems to care that Uncle Sam is
    >gradually taking control of every means of
    >public transportation. The FAA claims that the
    >airline's management botched the safety
    >records... Lies! Lies! Have any of these records
    >been made public? Do they even exist?
    >Rule by executive order is now the norm.
    >Goodbye, due process.
    What you have to remember is that "we the people" are members of a republic, and
    you must learn to trust those that you choose to represent you. The government
    is not a heartless machine running our lives; it is comprised of people, just
    like you, who deserve our trust and respect.
    
    
    
    From: JReed//UNATCO.56740.33309
    To: KLloyd//UNATCO.2334.8873
    Subject: Visitors
    
    Mr. Manderley tells me we're expecting a new agent. His assigned I.D. is "J.C.
    Denton." Please enter him in the log when he arrives and alert me immediately.
    Thank you.
    Janice Reed
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Check in with Manderley on Level Two.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    Come on in. The retinal scanner can read blood-vessel patterns right through
    your sunglasses.
    I heard there was a lot of fighting topside.
    I couldn't hear a thing from down here.
    I guess someone's got to watch HQ.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Remember that Mr. Manderley wants to see you. Level Two. His secretary, Janice
    Reed, has your login and password.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP (SERGEANT MICHAEL BERRY)
    
    BERRY
    We finally got to cap some rebels, eh Denton?
    Bet the NSF won't try that trick again.
    Good work up there.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Hell of a first day.
    Didn't know the NSF had so many people in New York.
    We'll finish the job when we get to Manhattan.
    It was quiet 'til sundown, then all hell broke loose.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Before the briefing, you've got to go to Level Three for your equipment and a
    medical examination. See Jaime Reyes in the med center and Sam Carter in the
    armory.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    That was a close one up there.
    I don't like getting shot at. Not a bit.
    Thank God my shift is almost over.
    I didn't know we'd be fighting a war.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    Glad to have you aboard.
    Just making the rounds.
    Save a few for the grunts next time, JC.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ADMIN (SHANNON)
    
    SHANNON
    How unprofessional.
    Expecting a show?
    Don't think I won't report this.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    You found your office. Did Janice give you your login? I guess not. Let's see:
    JCD, password "bionicman."
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK
    Welcome to UNATCO!
    
    CLASSIFICATION: The U.N. has nine levels of security above Top Secret. This
    manual and all material that is not otherwise marked is classified as Angel/0A.
    If you are not Angel/0A or above, report immediately to your supervisor or face
    disciplinary action. Other classifications will be explained upon reaching
    higher clearance.
    In its efforts to combat terrorism, the U.N. has created UNATCO for the swift
    deployment of a COORDINATED FORCE to counteract any insurgent operations. You
    are justifiably proud to be part of this organization: your physical
    capabilities place you within the upper one percent of national ground combat
    units, while your mental capabilities have been honed to sharpness by the UNATCO
    Academy.
    But as part of a larger organization, you also understand the necessity to HEED
    ORDERS from your superiors without hesitation; your superiors are typically
    briefed on matters for which you may not be cleared, and hesitation on the part
    of an agent can result in the serious IMPAIRMENT of mission objectives and
    attendant CASUALTIES.
    UNATCO has faith in you, and this faith will be REWARDED in due time as your
    operational capacities are increased. Brave the darkness, for you carry the
    torch of freedom.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK
    UNATCO and the Public
    
    In carrying out our duties, UNATCO agents often come in contact with the public.
    You are a PEACEKEEPER, and your first objective is to safeguard human life.
    Though terrorists may see an advantage in harming civilians, UNATCO agents do
    not. Issue a warning before firing at a suspect and always instruct bystanders
    to "get down on the ground." Refrain from firing into large crowds. Every
    civilian hurt is collateral damage.
    However, keep in mind that no civilian with a clearance below Angel/0A should be
    trusted and may be a potential spy. ANYONE can be a spy, and secrecy is our
    ally.
    REMEMBER: WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    To: JCDenton//UNATCO.82098.9868
    Subject: greetings and nanotech briefings
    
    Hey JC,
    Guess I'll have to get used to calling you "J.C." around the office. Not sure
    where they came up with that, but at least they gave you the same last codename
    as your brother. Anyways, whatever they've calling you, it's good to see a
    familiar name on the roster.
    My first job here has been to read up on your augmentations. I'm beginning to
    see why you found classes so easy. EVERY NEURON IN YOUR HEAD has been augmented.
    For example: the voice in your head (from an operator, someone here at HQ able
    to handle the scanning equipment in your skull and broadcast advice over your
    "infolink") leaps fully formed right into your temporal lobe, bypassing the
    eardrum and its sensory neurons. And it's perfectly inaudible to everyone around
    you, of course. Not to mention that the nanites clinging to your axons can both
    receive and transmit symbolic information, so if you ever need help, don't sweat
    it; someone at HQ probably already knows.
    Come by if you want to hear more... this is great stuff...
    Jaime
    
    
    
    From: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    To: GHermann; ANavarre; JCDenton
    Subject: Nano-Augmentation and You
    
    I was asked by the regional medical coordinator to forward this information to
    all of you. I do so without further comment...
    Dr. Reyes
    ----------------
    By now, you've heard about the upcoming transition to nano-augmentation. It's
    coming, but not as soon as you think. UNATCO has only one nano-augmented agent,
    with a second just now graduating from the Academy. It will be years before the
    program leaves the laboratory.
    Your mechanical augmentations are NOT obsolete. Some agents express concern that
    they will be "walking junk" in ten years. One agent expressed their fears in an
    anonymous e-mail saying "Well be sld at flee markets,. old gray golems for
    scareing the children. So what about my legss? What about my LIFE?" [sic]
    Keep some perspective. Prosthetics remain the only proven technology for
    enhancing human abilities. Those who make the sacrifice are appreciated,
    commended, and saluted as heroes.
    
    
    
    From: MedDirectorate//UNATCO.15888.00342
    To: JCDenton//UNATCO.82098.9868
    Subject: Nano-Augmentation Stressors
    
    Nano-augmented agents will often encounter stress created by resentment among
    fellow agents, particularly those who have been mechanically augmented.
    In an effort to secure freedom and liberty for those under their protection,
    many UNATCO agents have chosen to sacrifice social acceptance for mission
    performance by surgically replacing limbs and organs with mechanically or
    electronically enhanced equivalents. But your nano-augmentations points the way
    to the future: thousands of microscopic, living, organic machines that exist in
    symbiosis with your body.
    Because such augmentations create only minimal disfigurement, they are likely to
    be a source of friction between you and other mechanically augmented agents --
    but it is important to understand that UNATCO is an organization where
    individuals must act in concert. Each is important to the whole, and mutual
    understanding is essential to teams comprised of diverse human and augmented
    agents.
    If you have any further questions or wish to discuss these issues, please feel
    free to send email to CarverEschells\\UNATCO.4352.768 to make an appointment.
    And welcome to UNATCO, agent.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Your partner for the next assignment, Anna Navarre, is in the adjoining break
    room to the east. Maybe you should introduce yourself.
    (You found you office. Did Janice give you your login? I guess not. Let's see:
    JCD, password: "bionicman.")
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    !=!==!=== MIDNIGHT SUN ===!==!=!
    Mead from Mars!
    
    CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA scientists confirmed that the eroded remains of the Alba
    Patera crater on Mars precisely match the face of President Mead. "It's him!"
    declared Senior Planetary Specialist Kevlar Umla. "There's his nose, that ridge,
    see? See the crater rim marking his hairline? The way he combs his hair
    appearing in this region of parallel valleys?"
    The White House had no comment. However, Martin Wisdom, president of EA (Enemies
    of Aliens), told Midnight Sun: "This is the evidence we have been looking for, a
    warning that Mr. Mead is not human. He is probably a Martian General, a war
    hero, come here to conquer the Earth with the assistance of the United Nations."
    -- Ryan Allan, Staff Writer
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUNTHER HERMANN & ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Are you sure you pressed the right button?
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I do not make mistakes of that kind.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Your hand might have slipped.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    No. I wanted orange. It gave me lemon-lime.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    The machine would not make a mistake...
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    It's the maintenance man. He knows I like orange.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    So you think the staff has some kind of plot...
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Yes. They do it on purpose.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    My new partner, JC Denton. Don't tell me you're going to wear those sunglasses
    during a night operation.
    
    JC DENTON
    My vision is augmented.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Better to look good than to have distractions of another agent who needs backup.
    
    JC DENTON
    Forgive my interruption. I just wanted so say that I look forward to working
    with you, Agent Navarre. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to be briefed by Mr.
    Manderley. (Could you tell me how to find Jaimes office?)
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I do not expect you to perform as well as Agent Hermann, but the mission will
    require us to do more than frighten the NSF with our baggy coats that make us
    look bigger than we really are.
    
    JC DENTON
    I am prepared to perform my duties.
    
    1.
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    For instance, not to be a man running into enemy lines without coordinated
    military assault.
    
    2.
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    For instance, not to wipe out the enemy and then leave agents still captured in
    a locked cell.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    No problem.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I have to prepare for the mission.
    I am not going to hold your hand. You have your orders.
    Get your check-up on Level 3, and let's get going.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    You will be working with Anna Navarre.
    Manderley says, "Sit out this one." I am filing another protest.
    I don't need sitting out. A simple provision of a plasma rifle with laser
    sighting, and I am ready to go.
    What will be decisive in street-fighting is experience.
    Do not expect your augmentations to do the work for you.
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Terrorism -- Crime or Conscience?
    
    The question must be asked: is the global rise of terrorism a haphazard response
    to a decimated economy or is there a pattern? Does UNATCO face coordinated
    ideological opposition?
    Some groups -- Silhouette in France, for instance -- have declared a "Meme War,"
    or "war of meanings" in their terminology. They spread email and pamphlets that
    lampoon the U.N.'s proposal for a one-world democracy, a tedious exercise in
    rudimentary propaganda. With sophistries and doublespeak, they portray "freedom"
    as "obedience," "democracy" as "tyranny," and UNATCO as the perpetrator of
    terrorism -- an idea as shocking as it is reprehensible.
    Other organizations, such as the self-proclaimed revolutionary National
    Seccessionist Forces (NSF) in the U.S., claim allegiance to the Meme War, but
    are in fact no better than common criminals. They desire territory and wealth at
    the expense of society at large. Their "civil war" is merely a smokescreen for
    criminal activity.
    Any population can be quickly turned against such "revolutionaries" simply by
    educating them about the U.N.'s policies and goals.
    -- Joseph Manderley, Director, UNATCO
    
    
    
    Terrorism -- Threat Profiling
    
    Symbolic attacks -- the Statue of Liberty bombing, the desecration of Soviet War
    Memorial in Berlin, the department-store shooting-sprees on Orchard Road in
    Singapore -- are the recourse of the weak. They serve only to call attention to
    a group or cause that is of no more than marginal interest to the public.
    But what distinguishes true terrorist activity is its gradual escalation towards
    genuine acts of war. Fringe groups now have access to technology that allows
    direct assaults on governments, including the classic trio of nuclear,
    biological, or chemical weaponry (NBC). But aside from direct assaults on a
    nation and its people, indirect attacks can cause considerable collateral damage
    -- rogue software can disrupt financial markets, communications, and military
    operations, while encryption programs allow terrorists to coordinate smuggling
    operations in secret right over the Net! Drugs, guns, illegal immigrants, and
    even heavy equipment such as armored vehicles and cruise missiles are routinely
    traded across borders, aided and abetted by such software.
    UNATCO -- the first organization with the technology, manpower, and authority to
    cope with such threats -- is an idea that is long overdue.
    -- Joseph Manderley, Director, UNATCO
    
    
    
    Know Your Enemy -- NSF
    
    The National Secessionist Forces (NSF) remain a very real and increasingly
    widespread terrorist threat. Ten years ago, in response to the Sporting Weapons
    Act of 2042, splinter groups from nearly every state militia refused to
    surrender their rifles, grenades, land mines, and other "collectibles"
    prohibited by the Act. Unified under the charismatic leadership of Leon Woods,
    these isolated fanatics eventually formed the NSF with Woods assuming the rank
    of General. Their intended goal: the "liberation" of Washington, Montana,
    Oregon, and Northern California.
    While Woods died during his infamous "last stand" in 2045, his war machine
    continues what can only be termed an occupation of the United States, aided by
    an encrypted network designed by dissident computer scientists from San
    Francisco and Seattle. Currently, the UNATCO Cryptography Division has had
    minimal success in cracking their communications, requiring more direct
    intelligence gathering techniques to be utilized.
    The U.N. has declared war on the NSF.
    
    
    
    Know Your Enemy -- Silhouette
    
    Famous for inserting 20th-century style commercials into the Net broadcast of
    the World Cup in 2050, Silhouette favors "feats of spectacle" over violence.
    "Printed circuits, part of this nutritious breakfast," the announcer told
    children in one of the World Cup commercials. "You ain't mech 'til you eat mech.
    [A mech boy chews a memory chip.] Boys who eat organics get stomped by their
    posthuman classmates. [Mech boys in UNATCO helmets and metal boots take turns
    kicking another boy.]"
    Despite their numerous pranks, these intellectuals, artists, and labor
    organizers pose a serious threat. They are well-armed and have been linked to
    the murders of numerous European politicians and journalists. They will not
    hesitate to use lethal force.
    
    
    
    Know Your Enemy -- The Triads
    
    UNATCO surveillance of Hong Kong is currently a high priority given the renewed
    threat of Chinese organized crime in the form of the Triads. Despite being a
    model of prosperity and technological leadership for decades, Hong Kong persists
    as a haven for organized crime. The Triads, namely the Luminous Path and Red
    Arrow, vie for control of the ten-trillion credit shipping business, much of
    which supplies greater Asia with pirated technology, illegal drugs, and weapons.
    Most disturbing of all, the Triads preach an ethic of technopiracy that has
    found enthusiastic support among small shopkeepers and businessmen who often aid
    the gangsters and buy their bootlegged software. Gullible and greedy, this army
    of middlemen remain insensitive to how their violations of intellectual property
    and copyright laws damage the global information economy.
    
    
    
    Know Your Enemy -- Other Threats
    
    UNATCO operatives have identified over 1250 terrorist organizations active in
    the world today, some too small to currently present a serious threat, but all
    eager to see one or more governments topple.
    Groups such as the Templars (Europe) and "X-51" (Western U.S.) will be dealt
    with in subsequent volumes of "Know Your Enemy."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    Good work out there, Mr. Denton. Mr. Manderley said you handled yourself nicely.
    Welcome to UNATCO HQ. Our little family keeps getting bigger...
    
    JC DENTON
    Is Mr. Manderley available?
    
    JANICE REED
    Yes, go right in. By the way, your computer account is ready. Login: JCD,
    password: "bionicman."
    
    (JC DENTON
    Alex already told me -- thanks.)
    
    JANICE REED
    He's waiting, JC.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Mr. Manderley:
    Just FYI, your new password is knight_killer (I know you led that mission in
    Paris against that old terrorist organization or whatever it was). Your login is
    still jmanderley.
    Janice
    ;)
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: GHermann//UNATCO.15431.76513
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Cc: ANavarre//UNATCO.9954.1131
    Subject: Skul-gun
    
    Might I sugest agin, a skul-gun for my head. Yesterday in Batery Park, some scum
    we all know pushes smack for NSF gets jumpy and draws. I take 2 .22's, 1 in
    flesh, 1 in augs, befor I can get out that dam asalt gun.
    If I could kil just by thought, it would be beter. Is it my job to be a human
    target-practis backstop?
    Gunther Hermann
    
    
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Our Little Experiment
    
    Should be arriving soon. Clear it for Domination/5F as soon as possible, but
    proceed with caution. We have serious concerns about the primary unit and would
    like to avoid any potential contamination.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK
    UNATCO and the Police
    
    In carrying our their duties, UNATCO agents often work with other law-
    enforcement agencies.
    We remain a small, elite organization. Until our ranks expand, we must rely on
    the cooperation of local police, governments, intelligence agencies, and
    corporate security divisions. Always be courteous when requesting information or
    filing an extradition request. As our jurisdiction widens, we will inevitably
    experience conflicts with some local officials. Do not resort to unnecessary
    intimidation in these situations, and report any problems to the appropriate
    UNATCO liaison. Above all, an international law enforcement body requires the
    RESPECT and SUPPORT of all participating nations.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    PROJECT DIBBUK
    Overview
    Domination/5F Clearance ONLY
    
    ...the noted failure of previous attempts to create a low profile rotary
    aircraft involved the acquisition and retrofitting of available military
    hardware that had neither the range, ceiling, nor electromagnetic transparency
    to avoid numerous eyewitness accounts or unauthorized military interactions. In
    addition to exacerbating public misconceptions about governmental operations,
    such encounters also jeopardized several key missions. PROJECT DIBBUK was
    initiated to address this issue through the creation of a "stealth" aircraft
    that could be used as a platform for a number of mission objectives...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    
    (MANDERLEY
    You will behave like a professional. That's an order.
    Hey! Who do you think you are?
    That's enough, Agent.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Reporting for duty, sir.
    
    MANDERLEY
    The man himself. Splendid. Do accept my apologies about the situation topside.
    
    JC DENTON
    A refreshing change from the academy, sir.
    
    (MANDERLEY
    The academy, yes. I thought they were teaching you discipline there. Dont ever
    kill a prisoner against my orders again. Clear?
    
    JC DENTON
    Clear, sir.)
    
    MANDERLEY
    Don't despise training, my boy. Even you would be worthless without the shaping
    touch of drills and studies.
    
    JC DENTON
    So the NSF took a shipment of the Ambrosia vaccine? Give me a chopper and a
    pilot and I'll handle it.
    
    MANDERLEY
    I'm sure you could! Yes indeed! But we're having your brother head up the
    recovery team. You'll work with Agent Anna Navarre. Why don't we meet when
    you've seen Jaime for a medical checkup and received your equipment from Sam
    Carter? You'll be briefed at that time.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir.
    
    (MANDERLEY
    By the way, did you see what happened to the soldier we sent into the statue? He
    turned up dead.
    
    JC DENTON
    No, sir. Friendly fire?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Not so friendly, Im afraid. I have opened an investigation. Dismissed.)
    
    MANDERLEY
    The med center and armory are on Level Three.
    I've got work to do.
    Come back when you've seen Carter and Reyes.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    You've got to see Carter and Reyes before Manderley can brief you.
    I guess the nanoaugmentation program is really about to take off.
    Welcome to the family!
    Most of the staff is on Level Three.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK
    UNATCO and the World
    
    For far too long terrorists have exploited international tensions and regional
    legislative variations to elude authorities.
    A significant step was made towards eliminating these legal loopholes when U.S.
    President Philip Riley Mead lobbied the Congress to make the U.S. a UNATCO
    member nation: "Enough is enough!" he declared in his landmark State of the
    Union address, and the citizens of the United States responded with enthusiastic
    endorsement of his position. Not only did the United States become a charter
    member of UNATCO, but UNATCO headquarters are now located on Liberty Island in
    the shadow of that shattered monument to FREEDOM.
    UNATCO deals not only with terrorist threats, but also any transgressions of the
    international legal code, including drug trafficking, software piracy, and money
    laundering. With the full support of the United States, UNATCO was for the first
    time able to truly declare itself the "WORLD'S POLICEMAN."
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO MedDirectorate
    Nano-Augmentation Guidelines
    
    ...nano-augmentations, once "installed," irrevocably alter the physiological
    system they affect and in many cases cause all subsequent augmentations to be
    rejected; however, the exact number of augmentations each system can support
    varies. The various interdependencies between these systems can be seen in the
    following table that details possible nano-augmentation combinations.
    Arms: Combat Strength or Microfibral Muscle
    Legs: Speed Enhancement or Run Silent
    Subdermal (1): EMP Shield or Ballistic Protection
    Subdermal (2): Cloak or Radar Transparency
    Torso (1): Aqualung or Environmental Resistance
    Torso (2): Regeneration or Energy Resistance
    Torso (3): Synthetic Heart or Power Recirculator
    Cranium: Aggressive Defense System or Spy Drone
    Optics: Targeting or Vision Enhancement
    Specific nano-augmentations should be selected based on the mission profile of
    the particular agent...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    JANINE'S BOTS
    SPECS AND OVERVIEW
    MATSU-GRAVAS GV-4 "NIGHTINGALE" MEDICAL BOT
    
    The Matsu-Gravas GV-4 is the newest addition to the M-G line, their first foray
    into the medical bot category largely monopolized by Page Industries and Chiang
    subsidiary HealTech. Unlike the competing Page or HealTech units, the M-G GV-4
    benefits from a completely proprietary operating system -- developed at M-G's
    research campus in Prague -- that promises to revolutionize automated healing by
    combining a comprehensive medical and pharmaceutical database with M-G's already
    proven autonomous heuristic routines. While actual field data is sketchy at this
    point of time, anecdotal evidence suggests that the GV-4 can heal wounds far
    beyond the capabilities of any other competing model, though it does require a
    substantial recharging period...
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: GHermann//UNATCO.15431.76513
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: bad nee
    
    Doctor Reys, well-come. UNATCO is having a need of a good sergeon.
    Which let me add, I have a big pain in my nee. Sticking actuator? I cant fix it
    no mater how much lubrikant. Please inform when an appointment can be made
    available.
    Gunther Hermann
    
    
    
    From: MedDirectorate//UNATCO.15888.00342
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: Nano-Augmentation Principal/2C Briefing
    
    As a medical specialist, you will be required to repair and modify the systems
    of our nano-augmented agents. This briefing is intended merely as an
    introduction to the technology.
    The cells of every major tissue in the body of a nano-augmented agent are host
    to nanite-capsid "hybrids." These hybrids replicate in two stages: the viral
    stage, in which the host cell produces capsid proteins and packages them into
    hollowed viral particles, and the nanotech stage, in which the receiver-
    transmitter and CPU are duplicated and inserted into the protective viral
    coating. New RNA sequences are transmitted by microwave and translated in to
    plasmid vectors, resulting in a wholly natural and organic process.
    Additional augmentations can be added through the use of microscopic ROM modules
    -- shaped a little like flying saucers -- that diffuse through the blood and
    attach to the long spine of nanite CPUs. These additional augmentations are
    software "upgrades" in the most literal sense of the word.
    We hope this report gets you started; you will find a full technical design
    document attached. Please read and thoroughly understand this information so
    that you will be better qualified to administer care to this most exciting new
    breed of augmented-human agent.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    Hey, JC.
    
    JC DENTON
    You look like the real thing. They actually let you operate on people?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Just fixed Gunther's knee, in fact. A sticky actuator. So far I feel more like a
    mechanic than a doctor.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm impressed.
    
    JAIME REYES
    They actually let you point a gun at people?
    
    JC DENTON
    We'll have to catch up later. I've got to leave for New York right away. Could
    you send Manderley whatever it is he wants?
    
    JAIME REYES
    No problem. Listen, JC -- about your augmentations. You know they're preparing
    to roll out the technology worldwide, right?
    
    JC DENTON
    As long as I don't turn green and grow a pair of antennas, as I understand it.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Yeah, well, the design's pretty modular, which means you'll soon have access to
    upgrades from standard "augmentation canisters."
    
    JC DENTON
    Great. Have anything for me?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Not yet. But remember if you find one of these canisters that you need a medbot
    for installation.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll do that.
    
    JAIME REYES
    The canisters contain a colloid of ROM modules. Some are generic upgrades;
    others require you to make permanent choices about how to configure one of your
    subsystems.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's about time they implemented some of this stuff.
    
    (JAIME REYES
    Have you met your partner yet -- Anna Navarre? I think she and Gunther are
    upstairs in the break room.
    
    JC DENTON
    Haven't run into her.
    
    JAIME REYES
    A real piece of work. Maybe you should compare notes before the operation. You
    never know -- she might go easier on you.)
    
    JC DENTON
    One more thing before I go, since you've been briefed on my augmentations. What
    can you tell me about the Infolink?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Let's see... microreceiver exostructure in the sulci, mechano-carbon threads on
    the axons... for queuing, you know, packet routing... Anything particularly
    interest you?
    
    JC DENTON
    Is there a way to turn it off?
    
    JAIME REYES
    The Infolink?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, or is someone at UNATCO tuned in 24 hours?
    
    JAIME REYES
    This might sound a little funny, JC, but I'm not permitted to answer that
    question.
    
    JC DENTON
    Your clearance is higher than mine?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Regarding your systems. I AM your physician.
    
    JC DENTON
    No big deal. I was just curious.
    
    JAIME REYES
    I wouldn't keep Manderley waiting if I were you. His office is on Level Two.
    You better head out.
    I think there's a medkit in the storage closet.
    Carter's out the door and around the corner. He's got your stealth pistol.
    You better head out.
    I think there's a medkit in the storage closet.
    Careful...
    Years of training, and you'll still all thumbs...
    You old kidder.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK: Dedication
    
    Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincere.
    --Syrus
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    You're getting warm.
    Getting colder.
    You're red hot. Looks like you found me.
    (You feel okay, JC? You're acting strange.
    You're breaking my concentration.)
    Like leading a mouse to cheese.
    
    JC DENTON
    This thing is starting to give me a headache.
    
    ALEX
    Don't worry. We shut it down when you go off-duty.
    
    JC DENTON
    I guess I'll get used to it.
    
    ALEX
    I'm Alex Jacobson, communications engineer.
    
    JC DENTON
    I suppose you already know who I am.
    
    ALEX
    Getting there. You're certainly quicker on the up-take than your brother Paul
    ever was.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    ALEX
    Don't worry. I'll be watching your back.
    It'll be interesting to see how the transmission sounds in Manhattan.
    I bet I could jack you into an online jukebox. We'll have to try that.
    You feel okay, JC? You're acting strange.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Change ghermann password to "zeitgeist." Next week I guess it'll be
    "schadenfreude." Strange guy...
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    !=!==!=== MIDNIGHT SUN ===!==!=!
    Gray Death: Look to the Sky
    
    NEW YORK -- No student of recent history can fail to miss the irony that the
    greatest enemy mankind has faced in the 21st century was not any despot or
    dictator, but the lowly microbe. Millions upon millions have been killed by the
    pandemics of AIDS, resistant tuberculosis, and the Century Flu, and now we face
    our greatest threat yet: the "Gray Death," a plague of devastating efficiency
    that has surfaced in the last year.
    But was this plague an accident of nature, or a design of science? Dr. Kenji
    Ishii of the New World Biomedical Health Center in New York thinks not. "My
    analysis of this plague indicates that it is decidedly unnatural in origin, and
    in point of fact, may be extraterrestrial." He went on to speculate about those
    afflicted. "Obviously, a disproportionate number of the indigent seem to be
    infected, a situation that makes perfect sense if you consider it prelude to an
    invasion. No more effective way to disrupt the social, political, and military
    fabric of Earth has yet been devised."
    If this is so, then what are our leaders not telling us? And how can we be
    prepared? Only they know the answers. -- Joe Greene, Senior Staff Writer
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: cRakS//AUSNET.78963.07378
    To: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Whupass
    
    Hey man, get your occipital jack fixed yet? You've got to check out the Strike4
    demo (//GNET/Ego/Strike4): whole-motor control, total visual occlusion... MAN,
    fireballs burn your face, walls hurt when you hit them, tactile-textures
    everywhere, volumetric humidity... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Don't give me that
    national security crap. Jack in so I can WHUP YOUR ASS.
    cRakS
    
    
    
    From: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: re: Security Breach
    
    Thank you for keeping me informed of the recent hacker activity and your speedy
    response to same. I'm glad our security efforts were up to snuff.
    (AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490) wrote:
    
    >I managed to stop the guys (actually, it was
    >some French chick the CIA's been watching,
    >perhaps a Silhouette spy(?)) trying to break into
    >the net, but I took the liberty of changing some
    >passwords, just in case. Here are the new
    >ones:
    >anavarre - scryspc
    >ghermann - zeitgeist
    >jmanderley - knight_killer
    >jreed - redshoes
    >jreyes - amigo
    >scarter - antique
    >me - calvo
    >You should probably delete this as soon as
    >you're done reading, okay?
    
    
    
    From: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: locker code: 2001
    
    
    
    From: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: GHermann//UNATCO.15431.76513
    Cc: ANavarre//UNATCO.9954.1131
    Subject: re: skul-gun
    
    I have personally forwarded your request to Appropriations. Upgrading our
    combat-readiness is an ongoing priority.
    Speaking of which, you certainly made the best of a difficult situation
    yesterday. We applaud your courage. Thank you for living to work another day,
    Gunther. We need more agents like you.
    JM
    GHermann (UNATCO.15431.76513) wrote:
    >Might I sugest agin, a skul-gun for my head.
    >Yesterday in Batery Park, some scum we all
    >know pushes smack for NSF gets jumpy and
    >draws. I take 2 .22's, 1 in flesh, 1 in augs, befor
    >I can get out that dam asalt gun.
    >If I could kil just by thought, it would be beter. Is
    >it my job to be a human target-practis
    >backstop?
    >Gunther Hermann
    
    
    
    From: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: GHermann; ANavarre
    Subject: Our New Recruit
    
    JC Denton will be joining us today after his stint at the Academy, and I'm
    assigning the both of you the task of keeping a watchful eye on him while
    monitoring his progress. His assigned cover name for the duration of his service
    will be "J.C. Denton" -- we thought it would be best to keep the cover names
    within the family since Paul has already received the Denton codename.
    I have great faith in you both, and trust you will do your utmost to insure that
    he becomes a successful and productive member of this organization. Until
    further notice, I'd like to receive weekly reports with your observations.
    JM
    
    
    From: GHermann//UNATCO.15431.76513
    To: ANavarre//UNATCO.9954.1131
    Subject: dinosores
    
    See, what do I tell you? Manderley wil be hapy to have the garbage truk take me
    back to Deutschland. Now especally with the new nano-aug alredy ariving. We are
    the old computers the Americans call "dinosores."
    See if I ever get a skul-gun at all.
    Gunther
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER
    
    SAM CARTER
    At ease, Agent Denton.
    
    JC DENTON
    General Carter, I read about the Merced Operation in school. This is a great
    honor.
    
    SAM CARTER
    I'm not a general anymore. Just call me Carter.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can't believe what the NSF did to your family.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Enough of that, soldier. We each have our troubles. I lost my children, but
    you've had to grow up without your parents. Which requires more courage? I don't
    think it matters.
    
    JC DENTON
    My parents died in a car accident. That's different.
    
    SAM CARTER
    I said that's enough. You have your own op and time is short. How 'bout I issue
    your stealth pistol?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    That sounds fine. Thank you, sir.
    
    (2.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry, sir. I can't carry anything else right now.)
    
    SAM CARTER
    So, let's see... A stealth pistol, and... What else you think you'll need?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    A "smart" lock pick is always handy.
    
    SAM CARTER
    That's right: infiltrate and evade -- engage only on your own terms.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Can you spare a nanotech tech-tool?
    
    SAM CARTER
    A man who uses his head -- I like that.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Just give me ammo.
    
    SAM CARTER
    A man who means business -- nothing wrong with that.
    
    
    SAM CARTER
    Now move out. Manderley's waiting.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hey -- what about that guy out front selling munitions? Is that allowed?
    
    SAM CARTER
    Oh, Kaplan, right. We've got some screwballs around here, but he's not the
    problem. It's whoever's been breaking into the armory.
    
    JC DENTON
    Someone at UNATCO's a thief?
    
    SAM CARTER
    Yes, sir, and a damn good one.
    No time for chit-chat.
    The NSF are in retreat. You better get going.
    That is no time to be messing around.
    You better leave that assinine behavior right here, soldier. It will get you
    killed.
    A pistol is more than adequate. Hell, I dispatched a whole platoon one time with
    a pocket knife.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Mass Grave in Brooklyn
    APR - New York
    
    Responding to an outbreak of Gray Death that quickly overwhelmed all city
    services, National Guard forces were placed under the command of local law
    enforcement today and mobilized to help with disposal of the recently deceased
    in Brooklyn.
    However, the National Guard soon proved inadequate in containing the chaos and
    in many cases the dead were simply left lying in streets while the dying --
    mostly homeless -- wandered the city until collapsing. Traffic jams and looting
    remain widespread, and as fear of the disease continues to escalate, frequent
    riots have made any attempt at an organized clean-up impossible. With the threat
    of secondary diseases looming, city officials have consulted with the CDC in
    Atlanta and ordered a mass grave to be dug in Gateway National Park.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    They're waiting for you, Agent. Go on in.
    You better not keep them waiting.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY & PAUL DENTON
    
    MANDERLEY
    That will be JC's job.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's that?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The power station. The NSF have the Ambrosia in a warehouse protected by cameras
    and booby traps. We want to power down the whole system.
    
    MANDERLEY
    We're talking one illicit generating plant, protected by weak groups of NSF.
    Knock out that plant, and Paul's team can walk right into the warehouse.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just tell me where it is.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The NSF are openly resisting our deployed forces, gradually falling back. You'll
    have to deal with them first.
    
    MANDERLEY
    And you be ready, Paul. When the power drops, go in and go in hard.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'll use my discretion.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Go in like the U.S. Marshals. We lose the vaccine, I'm sending your butt to the
    Mayor to explain why he and his three daughters won't get their pills this
    month.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Yes, sir.
    Let's not waste any time, JC. Get down to the dock. A boat is waiting to take
    you and your partner Anna Navarre ashore.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Yes, get moving. Here's your op bonus for the great job you did in the Statue,
    plus 250 for rescuing Agent Hermann. That's 1250. We take care of our people
    around here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thank you, sir.
    
    MANDERLEY
    By the way, Denton, stay out of the ladies restroom. That kind of activity
    embarasses the agency more than it does you.
    You'll come to admire your partner. She's one of our best.
    Leave from where you arrived, Denton. The boat dock. Move it!
    That's enough, Agent.
    Move out, soldier.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    We'll meet up in the city.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK
    UNATCO and the Future
    
    As science progresses at an ever increasing rate, more and more advanced
    technology is finding its way into the hands of the common criminal, resulting
    in a deadly threat to LIFE and PROPERTY throughout the world.
    While it is impractical to restrict the free-flow of information already present
    in the public sector, UNATCO is committed to insuring that this threat does not
    go unaddressed. Even now, UNATCO research and development employs some of the
    most talented scientific minds in the world to develop proprietary technologies
    in absolute security for field use by our agents -- including such innovations
    as the XXXXXXX XXXXX and XXXXXX, or the lifesaving XXXXX.
    Under NO circumstances should agents discuss ANY piece of equipment or technique
    currently employed by UNATCO. Agents operating contrary to this directive will
    face immediate disciplinary action.
    Within our laboratories lies not just the future of law enforcement, but a SAFE,
    SECURE future for all mankind.
    [Document filtered per UNATCO Terror Monitoring Act 919-05 Sec. IV]
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Bootcamp for Betty
    APR - Portland
    
    Madison High School junior Betty Souza will spend the semester at the Canyon
    City Bootcamp, say school officials. The crime? "We have verified that she told
    another student that she knows how to make a bomb," said Principal Martin
    Gordly.
    What makes this case notable is that the parents have filed a lawsuit against
    the school district. "Our daughter wears black," said father Brandon Souza in a
    prepared statement. "She had an occipital jack and we let her use it to play
    games. We allowed her to get a tattoo when she turned 16, but none of this makes
    her a criminal."
    The parents claim that Betty was discussing a novel by Tom Robbins taught at
    Madison High when the mention of explosives occurred.
    Betty Souza will not be alone in Canyon City. Last year 15,234 young people
    served sentences in the state's FBI-run "good-behavior" camps, a legacy of the
    Northwest War.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    Oh boy... The moment of truth.
    They're really excited to have you, JC.
    Good luck.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK
    UNATCO and the Press
    
    Because UNATCO will often deal with situations that cannot easily be contained,
    agents may unfortunately need to interact with the press.
    If you are not trained for such interaction, do not -- repeat, DO NOT -- speak
    with journalists, regardless of nationality. They are skilled in misdirection
    and propaganda. Refuse comment. Remember: Security procedures are our first line
    of defence. SECRETS are LIVES.
    Always refer reporters at crime scenes to UNATCO information officers and fact
    management teams.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    Wish I was going with ya.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    !=!==!=== MIDNIGHT SUN ===!==!=!
    U.S. Prez Sells Out
    
    NEW YORK -- President Philip Riley Mead's executive order repaying the United
    States debt to the United Nations is viewed by many as a positive step towards
    global peace -- but others sense darker motives at work. Some sources have
    privately commented that the order is nothing more than a tacit endorsement of a
    new world government and its private military, the United Nations Anti-Terrorist
    Coalition (UNATCO).
    Few can forget Mead's impassioned declaration that the shattered Statue of
    Liberty would not be repaired but instead stand as a reminder that "terrorism
    must be eradicated if we are to be free." It was shortly thereafter that Liberty
    Island was selected as the location of UNATCO headquarters, their dubious
    charter highlighted by the mysterious and still largely unexplained
    circumstances behind the Statue bombing.
    No doubt President Mead's words will be remembered, even as he sells out his
    country to the foreign powers that have sought to destroy it for nearly three
    centuries. -- Joe Greene, Senior Staff Writer
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    Good luck out there. Man, two Dentons in the field. The NSF won't know what hit
    them.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TECH SERGEANT KAPLAN
    
    KAPLAN
    Plenty more cleaning-house to do when we chase these sons-of-bitches into the
    city. Tell me what you need.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check back with you later.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Good luck, Agent.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CORPORAL COLLINS
    
    COLLINS
    The boat's ready.
    From what I hear, the terrorists are pinned down in Battery Park.
    Good luck.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO BOAT PILOT
    
    PILOT
    Let's head out.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - BATTERY PARK
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    All right, let's go. The terrorists are in a fighting retreat; a few have
    barricaded themselves inside Castle Clinton.
    
    JC DENTON
    Lead the way.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Our orders are to locate a barrel of Ambrosia they are hiding inside -- I will
    give you a schematic of the barrel. But first we will exterminate the NSF
    terrorists.
    
    JC DENTON
    Exterminate?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    A precious opportunity we cannot neglect.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about the rest of the shipment?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    That is your brother's assignment. You will take the subway to meet him in
    Hell's Kitchen, but first we should deal with Castle Clinton.
    
    JC DENTON
    Are we going in the front, or is there another way?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    A secondary entrance would be useful, but I am aware of no such thing.
    President Mead has declared a war emergency. Shoot to kill.
    You have your orders.
    No bean-bag shells like during a training exercise; real bullets tonight.
    The Ambrosia is somewhere inside the Castle.
    We must annihilate the NSF so that this does not happen again.
    I can hold the entrance while you look for another way in.
    Our orders are to stay here until the Ambrosia is secure.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    We've got you back, Agent.
    They won't get far if they try to escape.
    We've got them pinned down.
    Be careful. They've got assault guns.
    We know the Ambrosia's in there somewhere.
    I wonder why the rebels would back themselves into a corner like this.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: KID (JOSH)
    
    JOSH
    I'm starving. Do you have anything to eat?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You don't look that bad. Tell me what you know about the NSF.
    
    JOSH
    They're gonna kill the top one percent and then split up the rich people's money
    with everybody.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can you tell me anything specific?
    
    JOSH
    Go to hell.
    What is it, Mister? I'm really hungry.
    
    JC DENTON
    You don't look that bad. Tell me what you know about the NSF.
    
    JOSH
    I knew it! Someday the NSF is going to win, and I'm going to give them your
    description with your stupid shades, and they're going to kick your ass!
    Leave me alone.
    I don't need your help.
    I hope you get stuck in the desert someday. And that you starve to death.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    All I have is a candy bar.
    
    JOSH
    It don't matter. I just need something in my stomach so I can fall asleep.
    
    JC DENTON
    Here you go. Do you have a place to stay?
    
    JOSH
    I sleep out on the dock where they unload the speedboats.
    
    JC DENTON
    Speedboats? Is that how the NSF get their supplies?
    
    JOSH
    I don't know. They're always coming in and out of the tunnel behind the soda
    machine.
    
    JC DENTON
    Interesting.
    
    JOSH
    I spy on them from the crates. The code is 9183.
    
    JC DENTON
    Clever boy.
    
    JOSH
    Thanks for the snack, mister.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's the least I could do.
    
    JOSH
    That was good.
    The cleaner-nanites make my teeth slippery.
    I wish everybody was as nice as you.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry, I don't have any food.
    
    JOSH
    I could eat anything.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GIRL BUM
    
    BUM
    Look at that. Don't have nobody at the side entrance. NSF could just walk away.
    NYPD. I call 'em the Flashlight Brigade. All they ever do is come out here and
    scare the birds, then I go back to sleep.
    They're scared. Just look at 'em. They ain't gonna budge a muscle.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: OLDER BUM
    
    BUM
    No, sir, forget about the NSF. Most of those old forts have a "bolt hole." Those
    boys'll be long gone out a side tunnel by now.
    You fellas might scare Jim and Jane Stay-at-Home, but that's an army out there,
    a praise-the-Lord yes an honest-to-God people's militia.
    I seen lots of battles, blessed be our Lord, back in the Northwest War. Didn't
    have uniforms back then, just a shotgun and all the shells you could carry. The
    NSF sure has grown up, praise Heaven. They got organization now. Listen to me,
    young sir. I can tell you: that's what lost it for us last time, what the
    government's always been good at and we haven't. But it looks like the boys got
    some discipline this time around, and your men better take note. That's right.
    Stand up, wipe your noses, and take note. You got yourselves a -- hail Jesus! --
    you got yourselves a rebellion!
    Consider the consequences, young sir.
    Praise Heaven! No more hiding below ground.
    'Bout time we had a battle face-to-face.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SICK MAN
    
    MAN
    (moans)
    Somebody kill me... anybody...
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm sorry. I can't kill you.
    
    MAN
    Please...
    
    JC DENTON
    Go to a public clinic; they can do something for the pain.
    
    MAN
    It's true... It's your whole body. Every cell.
    
    JC DENTON
    You have the Gray Death?
    
    MAN
    I can't make it. I just can't make it.
    I bet it's germ-warfare.
    The government's got a cure. They just won't give it to the people.
    I can't feel my fingers...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SICK WOMAN
    
    WOMAN
    (groan)
    (moans)
    Got five credits for someone who's got the Gray Death?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Here you go.
    
    WOMAN
    God bless you.
    Spare another five credits for someone who's got the Gray Death?
    
    JC DENTON
    Here you go.
    
    WOMAN
    God bless you.
    I think I'm getting worse.
    Why can't anybody help me?
    (sigh)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Our country 'tis of Thee, sweet land of Liberty. Of Thee I sing.
    Land where my fathers died! Land of the Pilgrim's pride! From every mountain
    side, let freedom ring!
    My native country, thee. Land of the noble free. Thy name I love.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Don't let me get in your way, officer.
    I'm right here if you need me.
    You guys are doing great. About time the cops cleaned up this park.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Looks like these tunnels head toward Castle Clinton. I can't find them on the
    map, though.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    You're inside the kiosk of Castle Clinton. The bulk of the NSF troops must have
    gone through here to get underground.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Grimaldi:
    I've completed installation of the security measures: code for the primary lock
    is 666. I'm heading out to help Commander Frase's team prepare for the
    counterstrike. In the meanwhile, my best advice is to keep your head down. It's
    going to get real messy, real fast.
    -Decker
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Grimaldi -- we liberated two canisters of this stuff along with the
    Ambrosia during the Liberty Island raid, but none of our people are quite sure
    what it is or what to do with it -- possibly a biological or chemical agent, but
    without the proper people and equipment there's no way to tell. Lebedev
    suggested we keep one of the canisters and a barrel of Ambrosia here as a
    contingency; the rest was shipped out to the airfield an hour ago.
    Killian
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Objective complete. Agent Navarre will describe your next assignment and stay
    behind to protect the Ambrosia. Look for her out front.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BILLY
    
    BILLY
    You a cop?
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO agent. How does a little boy get mixed up with the NSF?
    
    BILLY
    I just wanted to find some food, but they didn't have any -- and then they
    started shooting at the police. Got some?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You can have this soy food.
    
    BILLY
    You're cool.
    
    JC DENTON
    Glad I could help.
    
    BILLY
    Hey, I bet I can help you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    BILLY
    The soldiers have secret tunnels. They take boxes into the tunnel under the
    fort, but they never bring them back out.
    
    JC DENTON
    What kind of boxes?
    
    BILLY
    Steel. Big ones.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. Maybe I'll check that out.
    
    BILLY
    Thanks, mister.
    I thought I was going to starve to death.
    The terrorists didn't even care. They thought I was lying.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry, I don't have any food.
    
    BILLY
    Aw, man.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry, kid.
    
    BILLY
    Aw, man.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    You are not afraid to kill; I am pleased. The last thing I would expect from the
    brother of Paul.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You mechs might have copper-wiring to re-route your fear of pain, but I've got
    nerves of steel.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    You are not a mech. You do not know what it is like.
    
    JC DENTON
    What it's like to stand around revving your actuators while the more advanced
    units complete the mission? No, thanks.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    It was my error to believe that UNATCO's superweapon would appreciate a chance
    to prove himself.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just give me the next objective.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    How dare I delay your search for glory. The NSF in the subway station have taken
    hostages. Free them, but you know our standing orders -- we do not make deals.
    Use this EMP grenade to disable the electronic detonators of the booby traps.
    Now we will see who is made of steel.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can take out a booby trap.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'm learning as I go.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    You just passed Lesson One. Lesson Two is how we deal with the terrorists in the
    subway station.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm ready.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    The terrorists have wired the platform with explosives and put in hostages. Get
    the hostages out if you can, but make sure the NSF learns that human shields
    will not work against UNATCO.
    
    JC DENTON
    Nothing we can't handle with a few EMP grenades.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    We are thinking the same thought. I will equip you with two grenades. They will
    disable any electronic detonators within a radius of twenty meters.
    
    (JC DENTON
    I can't carry anything else right now.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I cannot wait all night. Take the hardware.)
    
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Your brother Paul has gotten our troops into another mess.
    Paul has his units scattered and pinned down by heavy resistance in Hell's
    Kitchen.
    The NSF regrouped in Hell's Kitchen perhaps because it is close to where they
    have taken the Ambrosia.
    Too bad you do not have cochlear implants like I do; you could listen for sonic
    transducers and not get your head blown off.
    You have your orders.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    Good work.
    We'll take it from here.
    Save a few terrorists for us next time.
    You better check out that hostage situation in the subway.
    I'd like to know where the rest of the shipment went.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    UNATCO TROOP
    They've got hostages in the subway station.
    We lost some of our men.
    The NSF seems to be falling back.
    Agent Navarre ordered us to secure this part of the park.
    See if you can get to the hostages.
    They've boobytrapped the subway platform. Said they would kill the hostages and
    themselves, too.
    There are a couple of ways into the place.
    Thanks for the help.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    The NSF terrorists in the subway have threatened to blow up the platform. Watch
    for boobytraps.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Oh no.
    They've got us penned in.
    What do I do?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: FORMER HOSTAGE
    
    JC DENTON
    Sir!
    
    HOSTAGE
    Who are you?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm a UNATCO Agent. As soon as I open the train doors, I need you both to be
    ready to run on board.
    
    HOSTAGE
    Okay!
    Watch out!
    They've got the place wired with explosives.
    I'll stay right here.
    Watch out behind you.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Good work. The hostages will be all right. Now take the train to Hell's Kitchen
    and report to your brother.
    (Good work. The hostages will be all right. Now get back to Castle Clinton and
    help Agent Navarre locate the barrel of Ambrosia.)
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    I don't believe what I just saw. Those were innocents; you can't go in and just
    shoot everywhere. Take the subway to Hell's Kitchen, and talk to your brother.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    You saved my life!
    They were going to blow the whole place up -- us -- them -- everything!
    They're maniacs -- complete maniacs!
    Funny, I thought the NSF was fighting for a good cause.
    They're right that the government shouldn't intimidate people, but neither
    should they.
    I guess they got what they deserved.
    Thanks again. I think I'll be okay.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: FORMER HOSTAGE
    
    JC DENTON
    You all right?
    
    HOSTAGE
    I guess so.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why were the NSF holding the station?
    
    HOSTAGE
    They were pulling out. Most of them got on the train and went up north.
    
    JC DENTON
    Were they transporting any heavy supplies? Barrels?
    
    HOSTAGE
    Not that I saw, but I heard them talking about a warehouse, how they needed
    "every precious second" to move some kind of shipment.
    
    JC DENTON
    Precious, indeed. They just gave up half a dozen lives for a couple of minutes.
    
    HOSTAGE
    I'll be okay. Thanks.
    I think that's all of them.
    I'm not going anywhere until the shooting stops.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOOKER (SALLY)
    
    SALLY
    Yeah?
    
    JC DENTON
    How's it look on the street?
    
    SALLY
    How's what look?
    
    JC DENTON
    The fighting. Is it heavy?
    
    SALLY
    The cops told me to take cover in the bar or come down here. They've got the NSF
    surrounded in the 'Ton Hotel.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hostages?
    
    SALLY
    I don't know. Is that it?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. Thanks.
    
    SALLY
    That's all I know.
    I'm just gonna wait it out.
    Maybe that guy on the steps knows what's going on.
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Water Advisory
    
    Residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn should be aware that last week's chlorine
    spill in the Hudson River now appears to have washed ashore and is interfering
    with the operation of at least one water processing plant. While the impact upon
    the city's utilities is currently unclear, water rationing rules may need to be
    instituted within the next week.
    Under NO circumstances should any resident drink, bathe, or swim in contaminated
    water. If you or someone you know comes in contact with contaminated water then
    go to the nearest available hospital or clinic.
    
    
    
    Brooklyn Naval Yards Completes Sub Pen
    
    In a ceremony held earlier today, the venerable Brooklyn Naval Yards christened
    a new, state-of-the-art sub pen. New York Senator Clark Ashton was in
    attendance, as was industrialist Bob Page whose subsidiaries handled many of the
    contracts for the construction of the new building.
    "This is certainly a great day for New York," said Page in a brief speech to
    commemorate the occasion. "New York is, in many ways, the symbolic center of
    America, an example not only to the rest of the country but the world. As long
    as New York remains mindful of its past but dedicated towards realizing its
    future, this will never change. This building is only a small -- but significant
    -- step in the continual renewal of the city, and Page Industries is glad to be
    a part of that."
    
    
    
    Battery Park Closed Until Further Notice
    
    Due to unidentified terrorist action, Battery Park will be closed to all
    unauthorized personnel until further notice. Local police working in conjunction
    with UNATCO agents are currently in the process of dealing with the threat, and
    according to UNATCO head Joseph Manderley, "The situation is strictly minor, but
    any time the potential exists for civilian casualties we must proceed with
    caution."
    
    
    
    Be Safe: Be Suspicious
    
    Terrorism has become an unfortunate fact of life not only in New York but the
    country at large, a direct assault on our communities and our way of life that
    leaves citizens struggling to find answers to difficult questions, not the least
    of which is "What can I do to prevent such atrocities? How can I help?"
    Quite simply, terrorism is successful because terrorists are able to pass
    unnoticed and unremarked upon -- but they fail to count on the best intelligence
    network ever devised: the American people. How can you tell who might be a
    terrorist? Look for the following characteristics:
    * A stranger or foreigner.
    * Argumentative, especially about politics or philosophy.
    * Probing questions about your work, particularly high-tech.
    * Spends a greater than average amount of time on the Net.
    * Interests in chemistry, electronics, or computers.
    * Large numbers of mail-order deliveries.
    * Taking photographs of major landmarks.
    And those are just a few. If you're suspicious, then turn them in to your local
    law enforcement for a thorough background check. Better safe than sorry. You and
    your neighbors will sleep more securely knowing that you're watching each
    other's back.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    JC DENTON
    What's the situation here?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You're taking over. I've got to get my team ready to raid the warehouse.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about the EMP field?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Still in place. Your primary objective will be to locate and disable its power
    source, probably an industrial-sized generator in a large building.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll question some of the locals.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I ordered the civilians to take cover a block south of here in the free clinic
    and at the Underworld Tavern, down on the corner.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I'll start with the tavern. Why'd you have to clear the street?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    There's still a heavy NSF presence in the streets, and we're taking some fire.
    We could use your help if you get the chance.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I'll do that.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    If you need any extra equipment, here's the key to my place at the 'Ton Hotel.
    Check the secret closet. Remember? The keypad's behind the painting.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just like the movies. Second floor, right?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Yeah, and take a charger for the riot prod -- we don't need another Anna Navarre
    shooting spree.
    
    JC DENTON
    Whatever you say.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    And, JC -- we'll be waiting for you to take down that EMP field.
    Use minimal force this time. You took a lot of lives on Liberty Island.
    (Use reasonable force like you did on Liberty Island.)
    I've got to assemble my team.
    You better get moving.
    I'm counting on you to find that generator.
    
    (JC DENTON
    Im carrying too much equipment. Hold on while I make room.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Ready, bro?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Im ready.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Not yet.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOMELESS GUY
    
    HOMELESS GUY
    This city is LIT UP, man! Yeah.
    They're setting fires on Wall Street; I heard it on the radio.
    This dies down, I'm gonna take myself a nice spread on Park Avenue.
    I've been waitin' for this.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOOKER (SALLY)
    
    SALLY
    Yeah?
    
    JC DENTON
    We're looking for an illegal power generator in this area. Can you help me out?
    
    SALLY
    I mighta heard something. How much money you got? Fifty credits?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    SALLY
    Appreciate the business. Yeah, I met this truck driver a while back. He had a
    lot of cash. I asked him where he got it, and he told me he'd just hauled some
    power cables to a warehouse near here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you remember the name of the street?
    
    SALLY
    Didn't seem like a big deal at the time. You might try that mech chick who runs
    the Underworld Bar. She grew up around here.
    
    JC DENTON
    That helps a little. Thanks.
    
    SALLY
    Hope you find the place.
    Jordan's big into cleaning up this place. She's real helpful with the cops.
    The bar's down on the corner, near Smuggler's hideout.
    A secret power station -- I wouldn't be surprised.
    A lot of people in this part of town work for the NSF.
    I bet that NSF has a secret base or something in the warehouse district.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Forget it.
    
    SALLY
    All right...
    Like I said: fifty credits. I'll tell you what you want to know.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MUTTERING BUM
    
    MUTTERING BUM
    They're shooting. Why do they keep shooting?
    Sometimes I hear things... in my head. It's not normal.
    Majestic... majestic...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    We're getting reports of a hostage situation in the 'Ton Hotel, which is at the
    southeast corner of the block. When you stayed with Paul, did you meet Mr.
    Renton and his daughter, Sandra? We think at least one of them is still inside.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: COP
    
    COP
    Talk to one of the guys in green. UNATCO's running the show today.
    We've been asked to direct pedestrians to the Underworld Bar. You'll be safe
    there.
    About time these thugs came out in the open.
    This is a job for military units, not city police.
    Stay clear of the fighting.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    DO something, man. They're gonna kill him.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM & NSF THUG
    
    THUG
    Nothing. I checked his pockets.
    You don't live underground and not have one of Charlie's cards. Make him take
    off his shoes.
    
    BUM
    I just sleep down there. They don't give you money unless you're on the Council.
    
    THUG
    Take off your shoes.
    Charlie has no reason to be stingy if he has a currency-encoder.
    
    BUM
    They just hacked a few accounts. They have some extra cash. That's it.
    
    THUG
    I'm not asking again.
    
    BUM
    It's just a bunch of us... We go down there to get out of the cold.
    
    THUG
    All right. We'll do it the hard way.
    Back off, pretty boy.
    (These proles, man. They got no idea whats going on.)
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    He's dead... My God, he's dead!
    I can't believe it...
    He never hurt nobody...
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Next manhole I see I'm going underground and I'm not coming up.
    Credits? They gonna burn this city down for a few credits?
    Some people think the fighting's all a big game.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Did you SEE that?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, I --
    
    BUM
    That was UNCALLED for. You mug people, great, you need dough, but you SHOW some
    RESPECT.
    
    JC DENTON
    What were they after?
    
    BUM
    Especially when it's your ALLY. THEY came to us. THEY wanted an underground
    base.
    
    JC DENTON
    So those guys were... NSF?
    
    BUM
    Yeah, the NSF gives guns to anybody who wants to fight. A lot of people just
    take the guns and do what they want.
    
    JC DENTON
    So the terrorists are based... in the subways? The sewers?
    
    BUM
    They need to move some kind of secret equipment. Our tunnels are like the
    crossroads.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell me how to find this base and I bet I can get the NSF off your back.
    
    BUM
    "Underworld." Just remember that word when you see Curly. He lets people in.
    Me, personally, I don't rob. I think it's wrong.
    I think Curly went underground, but remember that password. You might need it
    someday.
    'Appreciate the help.
    The NSF are all right. It's just some of the people that hang around 'em, you
    know?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOBO
    
    HOBO
    Back off, man.
    What'd I do?
    I ain't bothering no one.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Court Upholds NY Grid Law
    New World Press - Washington, D.C.
    
    In a landmark six to three decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the
    controversial "grid zoning" laws that have been the subject of a number suits
    since being instituted six years ago.
    Originally passed by the New York legislature in 2046 in response to the Upper
    West Side bombing that killed 45 people and wounded over a 100, the grid zoning
    laws effectively allowed the police to wall off regions of Manhattan and its
    surrounding boroughs. Foot traffic between these "zones" is prohibited, and
    travelling between zones is restricted to authorized subways or highways subject
    to police surveillance.
    "A travesty," said Gil Treble, representing the ACLU as plaintiffs in the case.
    "This law is nothing more than the legalization of social oppression on a grand
    scale."
    Supreme Court Justice Machen wrote in his favorable decision that "The
    unfortunate nature of American liberty is that freedom creates opportunity for
    terror. It is with heavy heart that I must conclude in this case that the
    freedom of individual Americans must be balanced against the needs of a
    community to feel safe and secure."
    
    
    
    CONTACT: INTERCOMM
    
    INTERCOMM
    Yes. Password?
    
    JC DENTON
    Open up. I'm a federal agent.
    
    1.
    INTERCOMM
    (click)
    
    2.
    INTERCOMM
    ...too sick. Come back later.
    
    3.
    INTERCOMM
    The buzzer doesn't seem to be working.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNDERWORLD TAVERN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DAN, WOMAN & JORDAN SHEA
    
    DAN
    Buy Ambrosia from a drug dealer?
    (Pardon me, sir.
    ...just letting off a little steam, I guess.
    Ill be glad when this thing is over.)
    
    WOMAN
    We're talking about your wife, the Gray Death...
    (Excuse us -- we're having a conversation.
    I said leave us alone.
    Get lost.)
    
    DAN
    I don't know; if I gave it to her, and it was cut...
    
    WOMAN
    JoJo's good for it. People know him. He'd be hanging from a streetlight if he
    was selling bad vaccine.
    Hey, Shea. Cape Cod. Use a little vodka this time.
    
    JORDAN
    Coming up.
    
    DAN
    Guess I have to do something...
    
    WOMAN
    You would never forgive yourself if --
    
    DAN
    I know, I know.
    
    WOMAN
    It's to be expected. Ambrosia's a controlled substance. Most people don't even
    think it exists.
    
    DAN
    To be paying in chits, in a grimy alley somewhere...
    
    WOMAN
    You oughta be thankful the dealers got their hands on it. A week from now --
    Listen to me; I say this for your own good: next week it might be too late.
    
    DAN
    Yes?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Just curious. Thought I heard you say Ambrosia.
    
    DAN
    My wife has the plague.
    
    WOMAN
    He already lost his daughter.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm sorry to hear that.
    
    DAN
    So do I trust some street punk called JoJo to get me pharmaceuticals? Trust him
    with my wife's life?
    
    JC DENTON
    I thought Ambrosia was an urban legend.
    
    DAN
    JoJo probably just wants to sound like a player. I shouldn't get my hopes up.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't know what to say. You just have to do what you think is right.
    
    DAN
    I'm going to do it.
    
    WOMAN
    I'm glad. I hope she does better.
    
    DAN
    Can't be any worse for her than morphine.
    
    WOMAN
    Hey, Shea. One for the road.
    
    JORDAN
    Yes, ma'am.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can I ask a question?
    
    DAN
    Go right ahead.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking around for a power generator, possibly hidden, large enough to power
    a building.
    
    DAN
    You in real estate?
    
    JC DENTON
    I just need to find it.
    
    DAN
    Oh-oh-oh, of course. You know, I tied in power at a place a few blocks south, a
    warehouse. Strangest thing. They wanted to conceal these gas-driven generators
    on the second floor. Didn't give a hoot if their own people got asphyxiated.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do I get over there?
    
    DAN
    No way through the blockades now. We went over some rooftops to get there; there
    was a lift -- the code was 3316, I think.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for the tip.
    
    DAN
    I also worked on their hydraulic system. If you ask me, I don't think one of
    those guys has seen a generator before in his life.
    You're a good man, Agent.
    Crummy part of town, isn't it?
    Beer's my favorite financial instrument. It's true; you can TASTE an economy
    going sour.
    Hey, what is this stuff? Heavy water?
    
    JORDAN
    You don't have to drink it.
    
    WOMAN
    I think he should do it.
    His wife is very sick.
    Hi, my name is Meg.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Tell me where you plan to get Ambrosia or I'll make sure you're arrested on
    conspiracy charges.
    
    DAN
    You a cop? We were just talking...
    
    WOMAN
    Mind your own business.
    
    JC DENTON
    So Ambrosia's been sold on the street...
    
    JORDAN
    Hey, back off, mister. Leave the customers alone.
    
    WOMAN
    Yeah, back off.
    
    DAN
    So... the Stanley account is... concluded?
    
    WOMAN
    More strikes, this time in Baltimore and D.C.
    
    DAN
    Truckers...?
    
    WOMAN
    Yeah, the roadblocks, security... I don't think we're going to see any
    investment in transport until the political situation cools off.
    
    DAN
    Oh. I thought we had Stanley in the bag.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm serious. I want you to tell me what you know about the stolen Ambrosia.
    
    DAN
    You misheard, officer. We were talking about work.
    
    JC DENTON
    I heard "Ambrosia."
    
    DAN
    I said you heard wrong.
    
    WOMAN
    Excuse us -- we're having a conversation.
    I said leave us alone.
    Get lost.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JORDAN SHEA
    
    JORDAN
    What can I get you?
    
    JC DENTON
    You work here; you must know the area. Heard of an old warehouse with an illegal
    power generator?
    
    JORDAN
    Not exactly, but if you're looking for a warehouse, you should probably start in
    the warehouse district.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where's that?
    
    JORDAN
    A few blocks south, not a bad walk, but the riot police have blocked the roads
    because of the NSF.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'd like to check it out.
    
    JORDAN
    Well you may be out of luck. Even though one of the old warehouses faces onto
    the park, I don't know how you'd get inside.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like a good place to start.
    
    JORDAN
    Something to drink? Everything in the bar, snacks too, just ten credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's some heavy augmentation.
    
    JORDAN
    Yeah. Ex-UNATCO, what's it to you?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm in the business.
    
    JORDAN
    Well, I was in an early program, okay? I can still polish a glass. Good luck
    with your "business."
    (Thats fine if the police have to ask some questions, but dont terrorize my
    customers.
    You supposed to drink when youre on duty?
    Yes, Agent?)
    Shoot.
    
    JC DENTON
    A beer, please.
    
    JORDAN
    There you go.
    What'll it be?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take a candy bar.
    
    JORDAN
    There you go.
    The tap's out. Only bottles.
    
    JC DENTON
    How 'bout a soda?
    
    JORDAN
    You better get rid of some gear if you want to carry anything else.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PILOT GUY (JOCK)
    
    JC DENTON
    Mind if I ask you a few questions?
    
    JOCK
    Hey, you look like the vigilante type. What if I said where you could load up on
    military hardware?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Where's that?
    
    JOCK
    That's valuable information. You'll have to come up with some kind of payment.
    How about liquor?
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't have any liquor.
    
    JOCK
    The bar's to my left.
    What do you have for me?
    
    JC DENTON
    You can have this bottle of liquor.
    
    1.1
    JOCK
    That one's warm. Get me something from the bartender.
    
    1.2
    JOCK
    I want one of Shea's ice-cold brown bullets. You too cheap to buy?
    
    1.3
    JOCK
    What am I? A bum? You think I'm gonna drink anything you find lying around?
    
    1.4
    JC DENTON
    You can have this beer.
    
    JOCK
    That'll do. His name's Smuggler. A real paranoid nut; wires himself in with
    boobytraps. But he knows things; there's stuff in the sewers that only Smuggler
    knows about.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. Maybe I'll pay him a visit.
    
    
    JOCK
    Now I'll tell you something you can't hear from anybody but me.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    You mean that guy Smuggler across the street?
    
    JOCK
    Already know him? Too bad. Hey, how about I tell you something you can't hear
    from anybody else.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    What's that?
    
    JOCK
    Area 51. You heard of it, right?
    
    JC DENTON
    Actually, I'd rather hear whether you know anything about a warehouse with an
    illicit generator.
    
    JOCK
    I worked out there. Most people think they've got aliens from another planet,
    but I didn't see any flying saucers. You want to hear about it, I'll tell you --
    for the price of a beer.
    What do you have for me?
    
    JC DENTON
    You can have this beer.
    
    JOCK
    I appreciate it. Yep, I know for a fact it's not just for government research.
    I've seen all kinds of executives coming and going.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm sure plenty of bureaucrats fly out there.
    
    JOCK
    Billionaires. Big executives. I think the whole place has been taken over by a
    private corporation.
    
    JC DENTON
    Not likely.
    
    JOCK
    Something's going on underground. I'm a pilot, which means I didn't get access
    to the main complex, but a lot of rock comes out of there; it's some kind of
    mine. But what I don't understand is why they're always laying more fiber-optic
    cables.
    
    JC DENTON
    A pilot? What do you fly?
    
    JOCK
    Copters. You know what I think? I think that's where the UN moved Echelon IV,
    back when they promised they were going to stop spying on people.
    
    JC DENTON
    Surveillance is a very distributed technology. To centralize it in one large
    facility would be very unusual -- even for the U.N.
    
    JOCK
    I bet they did it. They want to centralize everything -- every computer on the
    planet.
    
    JC DENTON
    Know anything that's worth the price of a beer?
    
    JOCK
    This old bird's had enough. Hell, I'm about to go on duty.
    
    JC DENTON
    What kind of chopper pilot starts work at midnight?
    
    JOCK
    You're with UNATCO, right?
    
    JC DENTON
    Why do you ask?
    
    JOCK
    I'm the one that flies your brother Paul to Hong Kong. He told me to watch out
    for you.
    
    JC DENTON
    I didn't know UNATCO hired pilots.
    
    JOCK
    The black choppers are run by the NSA to support various classified operations.
    The Pentagon uses them, the CIA... They hired me because I don't ask any
    questions.
    
    JC DENTON
    What was Paul's assignment in Hong Kong?
    
    JOCK
    Like I said, I know how to keep a secret -- even between brothers.
    
    JC DENTON
    So he's holding something back -- the reason UNATCO transferred him back to the
    States.
    
    JOCK
    Listen to your brother, JC. Respect his experience. Let's leave it at that.
    Your brother's one of the bravest men I know.
    I sure hope Paul knows what he's doing.
    Check out the girl in the leather top.
    One thing the Air Force never understood: I'm dependable. No matter what, I'm
    dependable.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LADY IN SWEATER
    
    LADY
    It's still going on, innit? They're shooting people... right outside the bar!
    I don't know what to do...
    I've got to get home...
    This man came around. He sent everyone in here, but he never said what to do
    next.
    I wonder if it's safe yet.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GIRL (JANEY)
    
    JANEY
    Hey, you with the troops? I need help.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's the problem?
    
    JANEY
    Actually, it's my friend. Johnny took her into the alley west of here, across
    the street.
    
    JC DENTON
    Slow down. Who's Johnny?
    
    JANEY
    I've got a bad feeling about this. He was mad. He gets crazy when he's mad.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't worry. I'll check it out.
    
    JANEY
    He took me there once, and that's when I got cut.
    I hope she's okay.
    If Johnny touches her, I swear to God I'll kill him.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: USED CAR SALESMAN? (JOE GREENE)
    
    JOE GREENE
    Joe Greene, Midnight Sun. Glad to know you. What can you tell me about what's
    going on out there?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry. Regulations prevent me from talking to the press.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Regulations, eh? So you ARE part of the crackdown.
    
    JC DENTON
    Like I said, I have nothing to say.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Too stylish for the National Guard, too athletic for NYPD -- you must be from
    UNATCO.
    
    JC DENTON
    I really can't be bothered right now.
    How about I ask you a few questions?
    
    JOE GREENE
    Splendid. I certainly would like to know what an international antiterrorist
    organization expects to find in a dive like this.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Heard anything about a secret NSF power-generator?
    
    JOE GREENE
    Aha-a-a. Playing the detective, are we? I take it you've been assigned to
    eliminate certain weapons systems... defenses, maybe? Am I getting warm?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just answer the question.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    On second thought, I don't need your help.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Then let me ask YOU a question. What do YOU think about the summary executions
    happening on the very streets of New York?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'd call it civil unrest.
    
    
    JOE GREENE
    Let me be more pointed. How does it feel to be ordered to murder civilians just
    because they support the fastest-growing political movement in this nation's
    history?
    
    JC DENTON
    In a democracy, armed rebellion is criminal, not political.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Rebellion, as the Declaration of Independence tells us, is not only our "right"
    but our "duty" when we have suffered "a long train of abuses and usurpations."
    This is gonna make a great story.
    Keep me updated.
    Don't worry. I'll say "sources within UNATCO" if I quote you.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    From: NY First Federal National Bank
    To: John Palmer
    
    We regret the breach of security in your New York First Federal account; we here
    at NYFF obviously take such matters seriously and will hold you in no way
    responsible for the damages incurred. All of your assets prior to the
    unauthorized transactions have been transferred to account number 947761 with
    the PIN number 2867. We suggest you change this PIN number as soon as you have
    had a chance to verify your new account.
    Again, our most sincere apologies. Rest assured that NYFF will insure that such
    intrusions do not happen again.
    Sincerely,
    Bob Latham
    Vice President, Computer Security
    New York First Federal National Bank
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PIMP & SANDRA RENTON
    
    PIMP
    (coughs)
    (clears throat)
    (whistles)
    One day, man. I'm not just gonna take it anymore.
    These proles, man. I got no idea what's going on.
    Gotta move uptown, man. Get outta here.
    Those UN cops are everywhere these days.
    Ha! Cops just walked right by me.
    Not feeling too good. The Gray Death's just freakin' me out.
    
    SANDRA
    You want something, talk to Johnny.
    
    PIMP
    What I'm TELLIN' you, girl?
    
    SANDRA
    You said I didn't have to. Make Janey do it.
    
    PIMP
    I already took the money, and when it's JoJo and it's somethin' he wants, you
    got to do it. You and me both, baby. We helpless.
    
    SANDRA
    We were just gonna hang out today.
    
    PIMP
    I TOLD you how it don't play with me this amateur unprofessional bullshit.
    
    SANDRA
    Johnny...
    
    PIMP
    If it's business, it's business. If it's us two hangin' out, then we hang out.
    Right now it's business.
    
    SANDRA
    I want out, Johnny. I didn't know it would get like this.
    
    PIMP
    Put it this way. You do it. You want out it's like a gang; you get beat out.
    Girl, don't make me tell you again.
    
    SANDRA
    I'm sick, Johnny. I really am. I gotta lie down.
    
    JOHNNY
    What you want?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    How much to take the lady off your hands for an hour?
    
    PIMP
    Two hundred up front and I hook you up.
    
    1.1
    JC DENTON
    Deal.
    
    PIMP
    Right on, bro'. You next.
    
    JC DENTON
    I gave you the money; now give me the girl.
    
    PIMP
    I said I hook you up. Sandra's got to go underground, but you wait topside at
    the Underground Bar, and I be there. Maybe you like Janey.
    
    JC DENTON
    I want Sandra.
    
    PIMP
    Yeah, you a Janey man. You just don't know it yet.
    
    1.2
    JC DENTON
    Forget it.
    
    PIMP
    We ain't talkin' some rock-head Gray Death hoochie. With me it's always
    satisfaction GUARANTEED.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not interested.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Leave her alone or I'll have your ass picked up for pandering.
    
    PIMP
    You ain't no po-lice. I OWN the po-lice.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    You've got 10 seconds to beat it before I add you to the list of NSF casualties.
    
    PIMP
    Easy, bro', just havin' us a conversation.
    
    JC DENTON
    Five seconds.
    
    PIMP
    Girl's got a head full of marbles. I HAVE to yell or she'd don't hear he.
    
    JC DENTON
    Three.
    
    PIMP
    She schitzes on me it's my ass, man!
    
    JC DENTON
    One.
    
    PIMP
    All right! I'm goin'. Jesus.
    
    4.
    PIMP
    Just business, bro'. Girl was schitzin' on me.
    I got patience. But THAT GIRL... Though she was a princess. Thought the world
    OWED her.
    Everyone's gotta work. You don't work, ain't no one got a use for you.
    Girl was a PARASITE.
    You got a problem?
    Show's over. You better make like Kurt.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SANDRA RENTON
    
    SANDRA
    Thanks.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sucks to get backed into a corner.
    
    SANDRA
    I was tryna find the back way into Smuggler's.
    
    JC DENTON
    Smuggler...?
    
    1.
    SANDRA
    Hey, you shouldna took down Johnny. Soon as JoJo finds out...
    
    2.
    SANDRA
    Hey, you shouldna threatened Johnny. Soon as JoJo finds out...
    
    3.
    SANDRA
    Hey, you shouldna fought Johnny. Soon as JoJo finds out...
    
    
    JC DENTON
    Who's this "JoJo"?
    
    SANDRA
    You can't touch JoJo. He doesn't go out, and there's only two ways to the
    warehouse.
    
    JC DENTON
    Warehouse?
    
    SANDRA
    You think you can sneak into Osgood's at the park, but in the first place it's
    locked...
    
    JC DENTON
    It looks like the fighting in the park has died down.
    (The park? Where UNATCO has the NSF pinned down?)
    
    SANDRA
    ...and if you go underground he's got laser tripwires, drone guns -- military-
    type stuff. Plus there are guards on the roof.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell you what. I'll handle JoJo. You stay out of the way until the NSF have
    pulled back.
    
    SANDRA
    I can take care of myself.
    
    JC DENTON
    You mentioned a smuggler...
    
    SANDRA
    Tough guy like you? Figured you'd be a big customer.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's he sell? Weapons? Drugs?
    
    SANDRA
    High-priced weapons. Yeah, you should talk to him. His place is over near the
    subway. You have to give the password "bloodshot" or he won't let you in.
    Thanks already. Now leave me alone.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    Two weeks training at a militia camp... I aint ready for this.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Weve got them surrounded.
    The NSF were heading for the hotel, but we cut them off.
    They got Jones. We arent taking any prisoners.
    Maybe you can get around behind them, scare them out so we can get a better
    shot.
    There are more in the hotel. They have hostages.
    We can hold em.
    Its going well so far.
    Good to have you with us.
    You took out the guy that got Jones. Serves him right, huh?
    That takes care of that.
    The way Paul was talking, we were afraid you were going to go easy on them.
    Youre one of us, Denton.
    Keep down.
    We'll take it from here.
    We'll handle this.
    The NSF dont usually dig in like this.
    Thanks for the help.
    ...just a few more.
    Well secure this end of the street.
    All clear.
    I don't think we should hold back in a situation like this.
    We took them out.
    We have the situation under control, Agent.
    We sent some of the civilians into the clinic.
    Your brother spared a lot of lives by clearing the street.
    We'll have to get the city out here to clean up the mess.
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Stay out of the 'Ton, bro'. Bad shit goin' down.
    NSF got the whole building.
    Best thing, hide your piece and lay low. That's what I'm doin'.
    Cops stop you, bro', don't talk back. Tonight they just SHOOT your ass.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Chinese Lunar Mine Operational
    APR - Beijing, China
    
    Chinese authorities today announced that their state of the art Zhou Enlai Lunar
    Mining Complex is operational and functioning at one hundred percent capacity.
    "We are pleased to be making significant progress not just in pushing back the
    boundaries?of exploration for all humanity, but in developing the lunar
    territories in a way that benefits the Chinese people and the global market,"
    said Nghia Lam, Chinese Premier.
    While the United States and Nigeria still dispute China's claims to the
    lucrative Palus Somnii and Mare Crisium regions, Chinese construction has
    proceeded apace while diplomatic negotiations continue. "We feel we have some
    valid claim to those territories, certainly," said Robert Holden, Secretary of
    the Interior for the U.S. "But we would prefer to find and equitable arrangement
    that would allow our countries to work together in developing man's first real
    home outside of our own planet."
    The first ore delivery from the factory will be launched by mass driver tomorrow
    and should arrive in Earth orbit by next week.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1 & UNATCO TROOP 2
    
    TROOP 1
    Denton! Hey, it's Denton!
    
    TROOP 2
    You want these?
    
    JC DENTON
    What?
    
    TROOP 1
    Give'im the grenades!
    
    TROOP 2
    Look, I know he's your brother, but...
    
    TROOP 1
    Your brother gave us these things! Look at this, "irritation to all exposed
    mucuos membranes" -- what's that gonna do?
    
    TROOP 2
    Just tell Paul to give us bullets next time.
    
    TROOP 1
    Here's one: "Prolonged exposure can damage the bronchial pathways." Prolonged
    exposure? It's like giving'em cigarettes or something.
    
    TROOP 2
    Look, do you want these things?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sure, hand'em over.
    
    TROOP 2
    Here you go, with my compliments. Good luck.
    (Cant carry them? Forget it. Ill throw em away myself.)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Keep'em. Those things save lives.
    
    TROOP 1
    Terrorist lives, you mean. You're just like your brother. If I had your
    abilities, people would be safe around here.
    
    
    TROOP 1
    "Effective crowd control"! What's that supposed to mean?
    Gonna be some really sniffly terrorists...
    You don't see the NSF using tear gas!
    
    TROOP 2
    Sorry. He's a little worked up.
    You should talk to your brother about this.
    Paul used to be fine. I don't know what happened.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNDERWORLD TAVERN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANEY
    
    JC DENTON
    I think your friend is going to be all right.
    
    JANEY
    What about Johnny?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    He's on his back in the alley.
    
    JANEY
    Serves him right. About time...
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I gave him a good scare.
    
    JANEY
    Where's he at?
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't know, but if he gives you any more trouble just tell me.
    
    JANEY
    I hope he doesn't think I ratted him out.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    What can you tell me about his boss, JoJo?
    
    JANEY
    Oh, JoJo. He's nothing, man. We used to go out. His body mods? Cosmetic. Scars?
    I saw him cut his face one time just so he'd look mean.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I'll cap his ass, too.
    
    JANEY
    Well, if you ever want to get into the warehouse where he hides out, I know the
    code. It's 3316.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. You've been very helpful.
    
    JANEY
    JoJo shouldn't stick us with guys like Johnny. That ain't cool.
    Sandra looks a little shaken up. I hope she's all right.
    I don't know why Sandra doesn't just stay with her dad. He's okay. At least
    she's got SOMEBODY.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SANDRA RENTON
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't you have someplace to go?
    
    SANDRA
    You're looking at it.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think I know your father. He runs the 'Ton, right?
    
    SANDRA
    So?
    
    JC DENTON
    You could at least let your father know you're all right.
    
    SANDRA
    He knows where I am.
    
    JC DENTON
    You mad at him or something?
    
    SANDRA
    Nah, but I don't want him running my life like he runs that cheap hotel.
    
    JC DENTON
    He doesn't do such a bad job.
    
    SANDRA
    He never got nowhere because he never took chances. That ain't me. I'm gonna do
    things my way.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think you should be more grateful for what he's done. Let's leave it at that.
    
    SANDRA
    Yeah, let's leave it at that.
    
    JC DENTON
    Earlier, you said something about "the Smuggler"...
    
    SANDRA
    Huh. Tough guy like you? Figured you'd be a big customer. He's got a basement
    place, over near the subway entrance. You have to give the password "bloodshot"
    or he won't let you in.
    Mind your own business.
    I don't need you or anybody telling me what to do.
    Somebody should take a wrecking ball to that scummy hotel.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONTACT: INTERCOMM
    
    INTERCOMM
    Yes. Password?
    
    JC DENTON
    Bloodshot.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - SMUGGLER'S LAIR
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Our files show that the Smuggler is whacked-out paranoid. Watch for booby traps.
    And the latest news: your brother's team hit some resistance, so they're going
    to be delayed while we bring in chopper support.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Watch it, JC. Our agents report that this area is booby-trapped. And the latest
    news: your brother's team hit some resistance, so they're going to be delayed a
    little while we bring in chopper support.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SMUGGLER
    
    SMUGGLER
    What do you want?
    
    JC DENTON
    Why the booby traps? Afraid of something?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Just precautions.
    
    JC DENTON
    Against what?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Government's been having some kind of crackdown all year. People I know, they've
    been disappearing.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is that so?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Think it's a big joke? Lift up a grate in the street. They've got my friend Ford
    Schick in a secret lab next to the sewers.
    
    JC DENTON
    A lab... In the sewers? Maybe he was taken hostage by the NSF.
    
    SMUGGLER
    These guys are pros, definitely government-funded.
    
    JC DENTON
    Interesting. Maybe I'll take a look, but I think you should have a little more
    regard for the United States government.
    
    SMUGGLER
    If you're serious about going down there and finding Ford, I'll give you a deal
    of some hardware. Also you'll need this. It's the key that can open the sewer
    manholes.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell me about the hardware.
    
    SMUGGLER
    I have a scope that will fit most handguns and rifles for 2100 credits, a
    bioelectric cell for 800, and some Light Amplification Goggles for 3500.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'd offer 2100 for the scope, but I'm low on cash.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    How about you give me the bioelectric cell for 750?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Deal.
    If you come back, you can use the front door. The password's "bloodshot."
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Too expensive. Maybe I'll try to locate your friend.
    
    (1.
    SMUGGLER
    They'll keep him alive as long as he's useful. Not a minute more.
    
    2.
    SMUGGLER
    Ford does the best bioscience in the Northeast.
    
    3.
    SMUGGLER
    It's ironic. Just before they got him, Ford told me he had proof that the CIA
    does experiments on street people.
    
    1-2-3.1
    JC DENTON
    Let's see the hardware again.
    
    SMUGGLER
    See anything you like?
    
    JC DENTON
    If I had 3375, I'd make an offer on the Light Amplification Goggles.
    I'm not Bob Page, you know.
    
    1.
    SMUGGLER
    Come back when you have the money.
    
    2.
    SMUGGLER
    I would consider it.
    
    3.
    SMUGGLER
    I could come down a bit.)
    
    SMUGGLER
    I dont have anything left to sell.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: RosyCross//UnderNet.44567.22356
    To: 328.2133.1230
    Subject: Inquiry
    
    The Oracle says:
    We did as asked and checked with our sources, pulled up black project lists from
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    [[The Oracle would like to know the last joke you heard.]]
    
    
    
    From: 555.6773.1212
    To: 328.2133.1230
    Subject: Limites d'Affaire
    
    Nous trouvons vos limites acceptables. Nous nous attendrons  ce que les
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    BOOK
    
    The Modern Terrorist's Handbook
    Section 7C. Computer Virus Cultivation
    
    One tool (or weapon) not to be negklected in the arsenal of the modern terrorist
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    The following pages will discuss some of the more typical viruses, such as the
    Bandersnatchv128, Ulysses Dilemma, and 109...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Reluctant Dictators
    by Travis Crockett
    
    Introduction
    Organized at the end of the American Revolution on May 13, 1783, by General
    George Washington, the Order of the Cincinnati was ostensibly formed as a
    fraternity to recognize the accomplishments of those officers who had served
    with distinguishment during the Revolution. However, the true purpose of the
    Order was the cultivation of a military force ready, willing, and able to
    accomplish a coup d'etat if the fledgling American democracy began to stumble.
    Skeptical at the viability of the untried democratic system, Washington took
    counsel in the story of the Roman general Cincinnatus who was called from
    retirement to serve as Dictator for sixteen days in the defense of Rome, after
    which he returned home to his farm. In the wake of the Revolution, the United
    States was vulnerable to any number of outside forces, and Washington felt that
    a strong, central authority had to be present that could assume control of the
    government if necessary -- and "temporarily" suspend the Constitution if
    required.
    Washington resigned as President after only two terms in office, but remained
    President of the Order of the Cincinnati till his death. The Order still exists
    to this day, a shadow organization of the wealthy and powerful that has been
    linked to any number of other organizations ranging from the Illuminati to the
    Trilateral Commission...
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO CORPORAL
    
    CORPORAL
    What's your business here, Agent?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just going up to my brother's room.
    
    CORPORAL
    You better hold off. The NSF retreated in there about half an hour ago, and
    they've taken hostages. We're waiting for a specialist.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm your specialist. Just tell me where the hostages are being held.
    
    CORPORAL
    No one's standing in your way, but you'll have to go in alone. Our orders are to
    hold the perimiter. We think the terrorists are on the second floor.
    
    JC DENTON
    Carry on, Corporal.
    
    CORPORAL
    Agent.
    Don't take any unnecessary risks.
    Remember: no deals with terrorists.
    Good luck, Agent.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Frase: UNATCO has regrouped more quickly than expected and is
    beginning a cooridated assault on our position along with the local police. They
    will certainly overrun our defenses eventually, but they must be delayed until
    the next phase of the mission can be completed. Your men will be responsible for
    guarding the tunnels leading to the generation station. Dig in and arm all
    available automatic defenses.
    I don't need to tell you what's at stake. Good luck.
    JL
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - 'TON HOTEL
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    HOTEL REGISTER
    
    Gully Foyle, New York
    Gabriel Syme, London, England
    Paul Denton, New York
    Oberst Enzian, Sudwest, Africa
    Smilla Jasperson, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Hippolyta Hall, Los Angeles
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOTEL CLERK (GILBERT RENTON)
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You better get out of here, Mr. Renton. We have a situation with the NSF
    outside.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    You better get out of here, Mr. Renton. Terrorists have taken cover inside the
    hotel.
    
    
    GILBERT
    Ah... Can't leave the desk unintended.
    
    JC DENTON
    You'll be caught in the crossfire. I have to order you to leave the building.
    
    GILBERT
    Yes, of course. I'll close up in a second.
    I'll head out-- just a minute.
    Hey, thanks for the concern!
    Good to see you, Mr. Denton!
    
    JC DENTON
    You all right, Mr. Renton?
    
    1.
    GILBERT
    Fine. I think that's all of them. You got the guys upstairs, right?
    
    (JC DENTON
    Yeah. I think youre gonna be okay.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. How's you daughter? Is she somewhere safe?
    
    GILBERT
    I don't know -- she's been gone all week. I try not to think about it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tonight's a bad night on the streets. I'll take a look around.
    
    GILBERT
    Hey, if you see Sandra, tell her I don't care. I don't care what she's been
    doing; she can come home, no questions, no speeches.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    GILBERT
    Sandra's pretty headstrong sometimes.
    I offered her a job that the desk. You can imagine what she said to that.
    If the economy hadn't bottomed out, she might have got along all right, but at
    18... She just doesn't stand much of a chance.
    If you see her... Well, never mind. I just hope she's all right.
    Thanks for looking out for her.
    
    2.
    GILBERT
    Fine. Be careful, though. They've got more hostages up on the second floor.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check it out. By the way, I saw your daughter down the street. She didn't
    look so good.
    
    GILBERT
    Sandra? Was she coming back to the hotel?
    
    JC DENTON
    I took care of a thug who was harasing her, but she's still mixed up in some
    pretty nasty business. You better talk to her.
    
    GILBERT
    No, no more talking. If you see her, tell her I don't care what she's been
    doing; she can come home, no questions, no speeches.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll tell her she can trust you.
    
    GILBERT
    There are two of those guys. I knew they were NSF from the body-armor.
    They're scared. That's why they took hostages.
    Maybe we should just keep out of the way until this blows over.
    I'm not getting involved.
    (I should probably go find her. Oh, I don't know.
    Maybe she'll come in from the fighting.
    Why'd she have to do this to me?
    Thanks for looking out for her.
    They think they're invincible at that age.)
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Frase, we're pinned down in Hell's Kitchen and I'm not sure what to
    do... they're slaughtering us in the streets wherever they find us -- this one
    mech aug, he's like a giant walking tank, I saw someone pour a clip into him and
    it didn't even phase him. I've lost contact with Alpha and Delta teams, Yusuri
    and Thompkins are dead. I don't know what to do. We've holed up in a hotel. It's
    so different than training. Please tell me what we should do. If we leave,
    they'll kill us all. If we stay, we're dead. I've had to take hostages -- I know
    we were supposed to minimize civilian casualties, but I didn't have a choice.
    What can we
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    CIA Factbook 2050: Hong Kong
    
    Economic Overview: In the decades since Hong Kong has been returned to Chinese
    control it has seen its economy thrive under the newly resurgent authority of
    the Chinese central government. Led by a thriving technological market in human
    augmentation technology, the real GDP has peaked every year since 2041 with all
    forecasting models predicting that this trend will continue well into the next
    decade if not beyond.
    However, the statistics do not present an entirely accurate depiction of the
    state of the Hong Kong economy as they fail to depict the flourishing gray and
    black market that operates with at least the tacit approval of the Beijing
    regime. While political oppression continues to present a major and ongoing
    problem to those living under Chinese rule, entrepreneurism is alive and well in
    the form of organized crime -- as has always been the case, anything and
    everything can be had for a price in Hong Kong. Many of these criminal
    organizations can trace their lineage directly to the Triads that have existed
    for thousands of years throughout China and Southeast Asia...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Quick note, if you need any help with... work, check the painting on the wall
    and count back from 4.
    Gotta run.
    -P
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 12
    
    "Lot a people say this city looks like Hell," Allie said. She took a long drag
    from her cigarette. The glowing tip burned like a hole in the darkness.
    "Most people never been to Hell," Jacob said.
    She looked at him and he could hear the smile in her voice. "And I suppose you
    have?"
    Jacob said nothing, then stood and walked to the bed. Allie let out a small
    noise and shrank back against the pillows as if she'd claw her way into them if
    she could. He leaned down close to her ear.
    "You like to play games," he whispered. "And that's fine. But you don't want to
    be playing games with me, because I'm the one honest man in this city. You
    should know that, since we were married."
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Vishnu's Fall
    A Brief History of the Indian Crisis
    
    ...after the bombing, Indian officials issued a series of stern warnings to
    Pakistan that were rebuffed with denials of responsibility and dire threats that
    any attempt to use the bombings as a pretext for military action would be met
    with force in kind. From the viewpoint of the present-day historiographer this
    was a crucial event, a game of brinksmanship that had been played between
    Pakistan and India many, many times before and so, while tragic, it is also
    easily understood how clear signs of the impending catastrophe might have been
    ignored.
    "Like two kids shoving each other on the playground," said historian Alistair
    Brooks. "You never expect them to come to blows."
    That was before Pakistan began the trials of the "Calcutta 16" and both nations
    descended into a maelstrom of political upheaval that would eventually culminate
    in the exchange of nuclear warheads...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Hey JC, didn't have a chance to get you your own Net account so feel free to use
    mine in the meantime. Login is "pdenton" and password is "chameleon". Make
    yourself at home and I'll see you soon.
    -P
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
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    To: Paul Denton//NYCNET.33.34.4346
    Subject: Miss You
    
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    From: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    To: Paul Denton//NYCNET.33.34.4346
    Subject: Settled in yet?
    
    Hey JC,
    Thought I'd help you unload your boxes, but I'm tied down trying to get one of
    the medical analyzers working. Damn thing nearly lasered off one of my fingers!
    Catch you later for a beer maybe?
    Jaime
    
    
    
    From: Network Administrator
    To: user
    Subject: Message Undeliverable
    
    Your message:
    To: juan//HK2net.7786.786658 on Wed, 14:26:35 -0600
    Unable to deliver message due to a communications failure
    MPSEXCH:IMS: New York Net: BORONTYPE:ADA 0 (000C05A6) Unknown Recipient
    Message as follows:
    >I'm definitely worried about the test results;
    >there are some implications there that I'm
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    To: Paul Denton//NYCNET.33.34.4346
    Subject: Account Verification
    
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    CONVERSATION: FORMER FEMALE HOSTAGE
    
    HOSTAGE
    Help!
    Oh my God!
    Thanks.
    ...trying to catch my breath.
    You saved my life!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: FORMER MALE HOSTAGE
    
    HOSTAGE
    Watch out. They've got guns.
    You better get out of here.
    They'll kill me if I try to leave.
    Thanks for taking care of those guys. You from the police?
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO.
    
    HOSTAGE
    Yeah? Well, you might be interested. I heard them talking. They said something
    about how they had just put in a generator in a warehouse a few streets south of
    here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Did you catch the name of the street?
    
    HOSTAGE
    No, but they were talking about their security setup.
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything interesting?
    
    HOSTAGE
    It sounded like there was underground access; they're using the word "righteous"
    as some kind of password.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's very helpful. Thanks.
    
    HOSTAGE
    Thought I was a goner.
    You just about saved my life.
    I'm gonna wait here until things settle down.
    
    
    
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    Bellevue Hospital has reported a 50% increase in the number of patients admitted
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    CONVERSATION: GILBERT RENTON
    
    GILBERT
    I think that's all of them. You got the guys upstairs?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. You can have your hotel back.
    
    GILBERT
    The hotel, good. Now we just have to kick these punks out of Manhattan.
    
    JC DENTON
    My brother Paul's heading up the operation. The NSF won't have New York for
    long.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    JC DENTON
    There were a couple of NSF on the second floor. I took care of the situation.
    
    TROOP
    What about the hostages?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Doing fine. You guys can relax.
    
    TROOP
    Well, I'm glad they made it.
    We'll take it from here.
    Good work, Agent.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Dead. But I played by the book: no deal with terrorists.
    
    TROOP
    At least its over.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - FREE CLINIC
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOMELESS LADY
    
    LADY
    I... I heard a lot of shooting outside. They told me to come in here.
    All these people, they're sick. They've got the plague, don't they?
    I'm staying as far as I can. I don't wanna get sick.
    I think the cops forgot about us.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOMELESS MAN & OLD BUM
    
    MAN
    The riot cops are running scared.
    
    BUM
    Reminds me of Washington. I was there when the NSF overran Squalnomie, back when
    they were called the Northwest Secessionist Forces.
    
    MAN
    Were you at Squalnomie?
    
    BUM
    Yeah. It was night, they came in with thermoptic camo and we never picked 'em up
    on any of the sensors. What a goddamned mess.
    
    MAN
    I didn't know.
    
    BUM
    Had a hard time sleeping after that. Didn't do real good on the psych evals
    either. Got drummed out in short order.
    
    MAN
    The Army probably didn't want to have any reminders hanging around.
    
    BUM
    Yeah, and now look what they got: NSF in downtown Manhattan. Same guys that
    nearly whupped us in the Northwest. Bet the brass remembers Squalnomie now.
    Christ. You see the guy begging for a cure?
    
    MAN
    Yeah. What about him?
    
    BUM
    It won't help. There is no cure.
    
    MAN
    How do you know?
    
    BUM
    They show you stuff in the military. You wanna know the real battlefield, it's
    microscopic. We can't even see it. Lucky for me, I got immunizations, but that
    guy... Well, once you're infected, you're infected.
    
    MAN
    And what about me?
    
    BUM
    I don't know... you got lucky. Not a bad thing to be...
    
    MAN
    I wish to hell they'd give us the all-clear.
    
    BUM
    You making a play today?
    
    MAN
    Nah, scavenged some copper wiring, wanted to get back and try it out on the
    sculpture.
    
    BUM
    Christ, you and the sculptures. What's this one called?
    
    MAN
    "The Man Who Was Thursday."
    
    BUM
    Makes as much sense as the last one. What was it called? "Napoleon" something or
    other?
    
    MAN
    "Napoleon of Notting Hill."
    
    BUM
    Doesn't seem much use for sculpture today.
    
    MAN
    There's always tomorrow.
    Hey there. I'm Rafael, this here's Jake.
    
    BUM
    Hey!
    Sorry, I ain't got nothing for you.
    What? Just call me when the shooting's over.
    Check with one of the docs, okay?
    
    MAN
    Sorry? You wanted something?
    Look, I don't know any more than you do, friend.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RECEPTIONIST
    
    RECEPTIONIST
    Welcome to Tenderloin Clinic.
    Please proceed to the examining room.
    We accept all forms of digital cash. Please have your card ready.
    I am not permitted to give medical advice myself.
    Be prepared to give a description of your problem in three sentences or less.
    You will have to consult one of the doctors.
    As you can see, we're very busy. Take a seat and be patient.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JAllred//MedNet.1162.3908
    To: APriest//MedNet.1178.3908
    Subject: Apologies
    
    Alice, sorry about the way things have been lately. I've been through tough
    times before, and they come on like storms -- when you're in the middle of one
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    This is a hard stretch but we'll pull through all right, and we'll help a lot of
    people who wouldn't be helped otherwise. I've got a lot of faith in you and the
    rest of the staff. We'll make do.
    Allred
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SICK FEMALE
    
    FEMALE
    It's all ice cream and lollipops, that's what the nice man on TV said.
    When the weather changes, we'll be lost and no one will know who anyone else is
    anymore.
    By the pricking of my... my... finger, something wicked... something wicked is
    to be known.
    Not me... No, I didn't have anything to do with it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DOCTOR
    
    DOCTOR
    You look like the do-it-yourself type. How about the automated care plan? Only
    2000 credits. Medkits are 300, but if you want augmentation work you need the
    bots.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take a medkit.
    (On second thought, hold on. I can't carry anything else now.)
    
    DOCTOR
    Here you go. Please read the instructions before before giving aid.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I want the full program.
    
    DOCTOR
    The code to the surgery bay is 2153. The medical bots will handle your case from
    now on.
    (Might I provide a medkit for 300?
    
    2.1
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    2.2
    JC DENTON
    No, thanks.)
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Never mind.
    
    DOCTOR
    As you wish.
    (Weve got automated care for 2000 and medkits for 300.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: OLD BUM
    
    BUM
    Who will help the widow's son?
    
    JC DENTON
    Excuse me?
    
    BUM
    Oh... sorry, I thought you were someone else.
    The NSF are playing right into our hands...
    I don't hear much about it, but I know the signs. There's going to be an
    announcement soon.
    We just have to give D.C. a little push.
    I like to keep people guessing.
    I always beat around the bush. No way I would break the Oath.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NURSE 1 & NURSE 2
    
    NURSE 1
    If you think you have Gray Death, please pick up an information packet.
    Plague victims can have their medication mailed to their homes at no additional
    cost.
    See one of the doctors to purchase treatment.
    We encourage everyone to consider the automated care plan. Medbots are available
    24 hours.
    Please understand that the free clinic must charge for certain services to cover
    basic expenses.
    We are doing everything we can regarding the epidemic.
    
    NURSE 2
    One of the doctors can help you.
    You must pay the doctors in cash before treatment can begin.
    Plague tests are free.
    Please do not disturb the other patients.
    I have other patients to attend to.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNHEALTHY LOOKING WOMAN
    
    WOMAN
    Not now... Please... Leave me alone.
    Wait your turn.
    They said theyd call my name.
    The medbots could give me a shot in two seconds, but the doctors keep them
    locked up.
    Someones getting rich off the Gray Death, thats for sure.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    JC DENTON
    Hi, I'm in charge of law enforcement on this block. You doing all right?
    
    BUM
    Yeah. They told me to come in here. Is that okay?
    
    JC DENTON
    Perfectly fine. Just making sure everyone's safe.
    
    BUM
    Hey, while you're at it, you oughta do something about the NSF. Perfectly good
    shelter...
    
    JC DENTON
    You know what they're doing in this neighborhood?
    
    BUM
    Kicked us outa the old Osgood place. A bunch of us camping in the tunnels. Talk
    about rights, but when they want something, they take it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I'll look into it. You take care of yourself.
    
    BUM
    I'm not the only one they threw out.
    Think they're some kind of freedom fighters.
    Justice will be served.
    I filed a formal complaint, but the city ignored it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Got a few credits?
    
    JC DENTON
    You have the plague?
    
    BUM
    Nah. Cops ran us off the streets. Usually I go into the water tunnels in the
    warehouse district, but somebody boarded up the window.
    
    JC DENTON
    You live in a tunnel?
    
    BUM
    Actually, I like to stay on the roof of this big apartment building. Nice view,
    if it's not too cold. There's a freight elevator at the end of the tunnel.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where's that window you were talking about?
    
    BUM
    It's a basement window in the park south of the hotel.
    One thing about the warehouse district: you've got to know which buildings are
    safe. Some have armed guards.
    I kind of like it better in here.
    Doctors don't seem to mind.
    If the cops declare martial law, maybe we can stay.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SICK STREET PERSON & DOCTOR
    
    PERSON
    I want SATISFACTION!
    (Whats your problem, man!
    Im gonna stand my ground.
    No one tells me what to do.)
    
    DOCTOR
    We've done all that we can. It's time for you to go.
    
    PERSON
    This is supposed to be a free clinic. Bet you'd do something if I had more
    money.
    
    DOCTOR
    You've got the plague, sir.
    
    PERSON
    Rich people don't get Gray Death.
    
    DOCTOR
    Don't make me call security.
    
    PERSON
    Like Mr. Billionaire Bob Page. HE don't have it. The President don't have it. I
    never seen a movie star who's got it. YOU don't have it!
    Wait your turn.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You should be more appreciative. By helping you, this gentleman risks his own
    health.
    
    PERSON
    But he won't give me any medicine.
    
    DOCTOR
    Trust me. When there's a cure, the city will underwrite the cost. The virus
    threatens everyone.
    
    PERSON
    I don't believe you.
    
    DOCTOR
    And I won't hesitate to prescribe the treatment for you.
    
    PERSON
    You BETTER not.
    They say the plague came from monkeys, but that's not true. It was the Army.
    It was the scientists. You don't see SCIENTISTS getting sick.
    Rich people like Bob Page, who own all the technology -- THEY don't get sick.
    
    DOCTOR
    Thank you. The ones with the plague can be so stubborn sometimes.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't mention it.
    
    DOCTOR
    Let me express my gratitude. You can have the automated care plan for 1200 --
    that's at a 40 percent discount -- or a medkit for 180.
    
    JC DENTON
    Never mind.
    
    DOCTOR
    Suit yourself.
    (My friend, the diplomat. You can have the automated care plan for 1200 --
    that's at a 40 percent discount -- or a medkit for 180.)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    He said leave. Don't make me use force.
    
    PERSON
    This is MY doctor. We're discussing MY problems.
    
    JC DENTON
    The doc said you're done. Now move out.
    
    DOCTOR
    Trust me. We've done all we can.
    
    PERSON
    I'm staying RIGHT HERE until I get SATISFACTION.
    I'm gonna stand here 'til I feel better.
    
    DOCTOR
    Have you looked at other options? Euthanasia is one sure way to relieve
    suffering.
    
    PERSON
    That Chinese herbal nonsense is for twinks. I want REAL MEDICINE.
    I ain't budging.
    
    DOCTOR
    I'm with a patient right now.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Vectors... The vectors are all wrong.
    I was in the biochem department at the college... I know what I'm talking about!
    It's not a class disease, but just poor people... it's HYGIENE! That's where it
    starts.
    I don't think it's contagious at all.
    I think terrorists put the Gray Death in the water.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
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    PARTY IN THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE
    LOSE ALL CONVICTION
    FEATURING:
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    AND
    Brewer's Phrase
    March.17 [] 100.Credits [] Location//UnderNet.245.91.003
    No.Guns.No.Knives.No.Morals.No.Thing.No.Where.No.Cops
    Yes.Zyme.Yes.Sex.Yes.Dance.Yes.Terday
    EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED NOTHING IS FREE
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JAllred//MedNet.1162.3908
    To: TMore//MedNet.6629.117
    Subject: Weekly Report (saved)
    
    Thomas,
    Another week, another report. The triage situation here is getting tight -- so
    many people with the Gray Death, and we simply can't help them. At best, we give
    them fluids and attempt to keep them hydrated until they crash-out, but that's
    just taking up space we could use for someone treatable. A lot of them have
    nowhere to go, no... social support, and they're creating problems in the clinic
    -- security is virtually non-existant and a few times I've had to tranq someone
    and drag them back out onto the street.
    Secondary diseases on the rise: lots of tetanus, gangrene, resistant infections,
    advanced flu, that sort of thing. I've attached a detailed spreadsheet with a
    break down and supply req. That's another thing: we missed last week's supply
    shipment, and we're getting low on
    Christ, I think they're shooting outside. I've got to go. Do what you can and
    let me know what to expect.
    Allred
    
    
    
    From: APriest//MedNet.1178.3908
    To: JAllred//MedNet.1162.3908
    Subject: RE: Apologies
    
    >This is a hard stretch but we'll pull through all
    >right, and we'll help a lot of people who
    >wouldn't be helped otherwise. I've got a lot of
    >faith in you and the rest of the staff. We'll make
    >do.
    And we've got faith in you -- there aren't really any apologies needed. None of
    us would be here if we didn't believe in what we're doing.
    Don't worry so much about us, and remember to take care of yourself,
    Alice
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - NEW YORK SEWERS
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    These tunnels aren't on the New York City sewer maps -- weird. I have no
    information on what you might be getting into. This seems worth following up.
    This area is an old water treatment facility. I wonder what all of these
    paramilitary types are doing down there, but considering what the Smuggler said,
    I would imagine this is where they are holding his friend, Ford Schick.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    To: Lt. Maxwell Hammer
    OBJECTIVE: Covert surveillance of warehouse.
    DETAILS: This mission is authorized at a level of Throne/6G. You will not
    interface with local authorities, UNATCO, or other government agencies. You are
    to act with prejudice against any threat to mission objectives.
    NOTES: The entry code is 2167.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    From: Data Administration
    To: J. Steward,
     Chemical Insertion
    As requested, access codes have been changed. Your new access code is:
    Login: jsteward
    Password: JS1357
    Be sure to change the password after you log on!
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    From: Security
    To: J. Steward, MJ12 Chemical Insertion
    Our security grid is now online and active. We will perform a thorough system
    test every 12 hours to insure integrity in expectation of the shipment from Hong
    Kong. If you would like to monitor our status, you can access the grid with the
    login "MJ12" and password "coupdetat".
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: JSteward//UpNet.332.88732
    Subject: The Chemist
    
    Your concern about his behavior is unwarranted. However, once the initial trial
    is completed, you may eliminate him at your own discretion.
    
    
    
    From: Operations Central//UpNet.64534.453423
    To: Everyone
    Subject: Company Picnic
    
    The company picnic has been moved from July 21 to July 28. Please note this on
    your calendars. Employees on duty or otherwise unavailable will receive a bonus
    as compensation instead.
    See you there,
    Harleen Quinzell
    Human Resources Director - Operations Central
    Harleen//UpNet.64534.453423
    "A frown is just a smile turned upside down..."
    
    
    
    From: Central Security//UpNet.2334.3233
    To: JSteward//UpNet.332.88732
    Subject: System Hacking
    
    We've had several attempts to hack into the main Daedalus system, mostly amateur
    tunneling?stunts that don't require a prejudicial response; however, in keeping
    with standard protocols, all Level 1 lock system codes have been changed. The
    new code is 2167. This will work within the complex, but isn't valid for
    exterior access (those systems are on a separate grid, as is the armory). Pass
    this code to those with the proper clearances.
    Archie Reynmann
    Central Security
    "Never blame malice for what can adequately be blamed on stupidity" -- R.
    Feynman
    
    
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: JSteward//UpNet.332.88732
    Subject: Delivery
    
    The main shipment will be arriving shortly, so insure that all chlorine delivery
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    BOOK
    
    Chlorine and Water Treatment:
    Report for the New York City Council, 2053
    
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    Water chlorination is just one target for some activists; they advocate
    eliminating some or all of the 15,000 chlorine compounds now in use. This would
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    Yet most of the chlorine in the world occurs naturally. The annual global
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    1.
    CONVERSATION: FORD SCHICK
    
    JC DENTON
    You must be Ford Schick.
    
    SCHICK
    Who are you?
    
    JC DENTON
    Smuggler sent me. Who's holding you here? I don't recognize the uniforms of the
    soldiers.
    
    SCHICK
    I don't know. They're private security for a biotech company or something. They
    have me doing antibody work.
    
    JC DENTON
    Corporate security isn't usually outfitted to fight a ground-war.
    
    SCHICK
    They're doing experiments on people. They don't want anybody finding out.
    
    JC DENTON
    Wait here while I deal with security.
    
    SCHICK
    Tell me when the coast is clear.
    Let's get out of here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Make a break for it. I'll protect you.
    
    SCHICK
    Here I go!
    They had me working on immunoglobin encodings.
    The soldiers kidnap homeless people and inject them with Gray Death.
    Which way?
    I was supposed to genetically alter those poor people so that they could
    tolerate the virus.
    Every time I got the sequence wrong, more people died.
    The soldiers seemed less interested in curing the plague than in successfully
    integrating it into a human host.
    I can make it from here. Thanks. If you see Smuggler, tell him I'm all right.
    I could eliminate the immune response by removing all sequences that code for H
    type epsilon, but that's like driving a nail with a wrecking ball.
    I knew that patients without epsilon chains would die, but it was the only way
    to narrow down the problem.
    I had no choice. One of the guys knew enough immunology that I couldn't fake it.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: FORD SCHICK
    
    SCHICK
    Dont kill me!
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell me whats going on here. Whats this facility for?
    
    SCHICK
    They kidnapped me. The antibodies... I was ordered to knock out certain
    sequences.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who kidnapped you? I dont recognize the uniforms of the soldiers.
    
    SCHICK
    I think the troops are security for some sort of biotech company. I dont have
    anything to do with it. I said I wouldnt experiment on people, but they just do
    the transfusions themselves.
    
    JC DENTON
    Theyre pretty well-armed for corporate security.
    
    SCHICK
    Hey, can you get me out of here? Im friends with Smuggler. Hed probably give
    you a reward.
    
    JC DENTON
    Wait here while I deal with security.
    
    SCHICK
    Tell me when the coast is clear.
    Lets get out of here!
    
    JC DENTON
    Make a break for it. Ill protect you.
    
    SCHICK
    Here I go!
    I can make it from here. Thanks. If you see Smuggler, tell him I'm all right.
    They had me working on immunoglobin encodings.
    The soldiers kidnap homeless people and inject them with Gray Death.
    Which way?
    I was supposed to genetically alter those poor people so that they could
    tolerate the virus.
    Every time I got the sequence wrong, more people died.
    The soldiers seemed less interested in curing the plague than in successfully
    integrating it into a human host.
    I could eliminate the immune response by removing all sequences that code for H
    type epsilon, but that's like driving a nail with a wrecking ball.
    I knew that patients without epsilon chains would die, but it was the only way
    to narrow down the problem.
    I had no choice. One of the guys knew enough immunology that I couldn't fake it.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - SMUGGLER'S LAIR
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SMUGGLER
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I got your friend out.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Ford? Is he all right?
    
    JC DENTON
    Fine. You were right about those troops. Definitely not NSF.
    
    SMUGGLER
    They're the CIA. They capture people and use them for medical experiments.
    
    JC DENTON
    I wouldn't go that far. You said you'd make it worth my while...?
    
    2.
    SMUGGLER
    What do you want?
    
    JC DENTON
    Why the booby traps? Afraid of something?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Just precautions.
    
    JC DENTON
    I got your friend out of the underground lab.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Ford? Hes alive?
    
    JC DENTON
    Hes doing fine. Who were those troops? They didnt look like NSF.
    
    SMUGGLER
    They must be CIA, or maybe Freemasons.
    
    JC DENTON
    You in the black market? Is that why they call you Smuggler?
    
    SMUGGLER
    You need something?
    
    JC DENTON
    Depends on what you have.
    
    (3.
    SMUGGLER
    What do you want?
    
    JC DENTON
    Why the booby traps? Afraid of something?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Just precautions.
    
    JC DENTON
    Against what?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Government's been having some kind of crackdown all year. People I know, they've
    been disappearing.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is that so?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Think it's a big joke? Lift up a grate in the street. They've got my friend Ford
    Schick in a secret lab next to the sewers.
    
    JC DENTON
    The sewers... Yeah, I found your friend. They had him doing research.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Ford? Is he all right?
    
    JC DENTON
    I tried to break him out, but he died.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Dead? Fords dead?
    
    JC DENTON
    Im sorry. I wish I had better news.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Go away.
    I dont feel like making deals.)
    
    
    SMUGGLER
    Since you helped Ford, I'll cut you a deal. I'll give you a scope that will fit
    most handguns and rifles for 700 credits, a bioelectric cell for 250, or some
    Light Amplification Goggles for 1125.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the scope for 700.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Here's 250 for the bioelectric cell.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    1125 for Light Amplification Goggles? Sure.
    
    1-2-3.1
    SMUGGLER
    Deal.
    
    JC DENTON
    See you later.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Hey, and thanks again for finding Ford.
    
    JC DENTON
    No problem.
    
    SMUGGLER
    I don't have anything left to sell.
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    Not interested.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Well, you know where to find me. Thanks again for finding Ford.
    
    JC DENTON
    No problem.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - WAREHOUSE DISTRICT
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Watch for LAM's. I'm picking up sonic transducer activity. I'm sending you a
    satellite image that should help you plan your approach.
    Heads up, JC. We've got NSF troops on the rooftops.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    !=!==!=== MIDNIGHT SUN ===!==!=!
    Giant Rat Stalks New York?
    
    NEW YORK -- In recent weeks a rash of mutilated corpses -- many of them found
    near docks, subways, or sewers -- had garnered nothing but indifference from the
    NYPD. "Isolated and unremarkable" in the words of one police spokesperson. But
    while the police seem content to categorize these horrible crimes as nothing
    more than simple cases of homicide or suicide among the poor and indigent,
    eyewitness accounts tell a different and all together more frightening story.
    "'is a monster, 'nnit?" says Dickie Cork, a sailor aboard the Matilda Briggs out
    of Sumatra. "Thing looked like a rat, it did, only it was big, 'bout the size of
    a lion or sumthin'."
    Numerous other witnesses all telling remarkably similar accounts of the creature
    have come forward in recent weeks, but the police refuse to act calling the
    descriptions "ludicrous" without any further investigation. But regardless of
    the truth, the police choose to sit idly by as the killings continue and poor,
    law-abiding citizens pay the price. -- Joe Greene, Senior Staff Writer
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Weld: Code for the warehouse basement ramp is 2577. Setting up the
    security grid is absolute first priority -- the assault on Liberty Island will
    be commencing shortly and we can expect an armed response within short order.
    Until the mission objective can be offloaded, the generator must be protected.
    It's our last line of defense.
    JL
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Frase:
    I've completed the initialization of the warehouse perimeter security grids with
    the login and password you requested; these codes will work for both grids. I'll
    set up internal warehouse security measures next -- I don't really trust JoJo to
    do the job right.
    Login: NSF
    Password: righteous
    -Decker
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Look for the building with the antennas.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    All Proud Members of the NSF: Our time is fast approaching; what we have always
    feared is upon us, have no doubt -- we are fighting against our own imminent
    slavery. But you are Brave, you are Strong, and we will Triumph.
    A temporary office has been arranged in the warehouse basement for the
    coordination of equipment, armament, and other supplies. We request that each
    member report to the office to be fitted with a telemetry rig prior to
    proceeding to your assigned post. The office code is 9923.
    JL
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Good job, JC. The power just died at the NSF headquarters. Now it's up to Paul.
    Go to the roof. A chopper is arriving with Agent Hermann on board. He will lock
    down the warehouse while you take the chopper back to HQ.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Frase:
    The satellite uplink is still intermittent at best; until I can track down the
    source of the problem, I've established a secure tunneling communications
    channel for you over NYCNET. It's encrypted and looks like normal public
    bulletin traffic to any network sniffers, so it should do until the uplink has
    been fixed. Login is "TFrase" and password is "valleyforge".
    -Decker
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: HGrimaldi//NYCNET.999.999.03
    To: TFrase//NYCNET.999.999.48
    Subject: RE: Collateral Damage
    
    I've done my best to convey this to my people, but to be frank, I think we'll
    need to assume that collateral damage is inevitable and mobilize our own
    propaganda efforts _now_ in order to blunt or deflect any negative psychological
    repercussions. Most of those in the field haven't had any formal military
    training, and I'm already receiving reports that the action in Hell's Kitchen
    has resulted in a number of "friendly fire" casualties and hostage situations.
    UNATCO's counter-attack has been more aggressive than expected, and some of our
    troops are going to make bad decisions under pressure.
    Grimaldi
    >We need to impress upon those under our
    >command that collateral damage in the form of
    >civilian casualties must be avoided at all
    >possible costs -- the value of dead or wounded
    >civilians to UNATCO propaganda efforts is
    >incalculable and will significantly set back our
    >cause.
    
    
    
    From: JLebedev//NYCNET.999.999.01
    To: TFrase//NYCNET.999.999.48
    Subject: Good Luck
    
    I'm preparing to depart for the airfield to oversee the final stages of the
    operation. Direct communication will be difficult until the airfield can be
    secured, but I'll debrief our friend once we rendezvous there and send any
    necessary tactical updates via couriers.
    JL
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Manderley has assigned me the peacekeeping occupation of this district.
    
    JC DENTON
    I took care of the generator. How's the raid going?
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    They should have sent Agent Navarre. Your brother is timid like a child.
    
    JC DENTON
    Did something go wrong?
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    You do not need to hear anything from me. Take the helicopter back to base. I am
    sure Manderley has planned a debriefing for the top agents.
    I do not need assistance.
    The helicopter is waiting.
    Learn your lesson from Paul.
    A simple job. They have me doing the work of bots.
    You will be bored if you stay here with me.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Last boarding call, UNATCO HQ.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hey, you're the guy I talked to at the Underworld Bar, right? The one asking for
    beer.
    
    JOCK
    You don't want to fly one of these birds all wound up. They have a temperament,
    especially in a crosswind.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hold on.
    
    JOCK
    Last boarding call, UNATCO HQ.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's go.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Glad to finally meet you, Agent. I'm Jock. Ready to get back to UNATCO HQ?
    
    JC DENTON
    Hold on.
    
    JOCK
    Last boarding call, UNATCO HQ.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's go.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNATCO HQ
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I'll take you back to the city after you check in with Manderley.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Welcome back. Your mission was a success -- just about the only bright side of
    the operation, unfortunately. Report to Manderley for a briefing.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BODYGUARD
    
    BODYGUARD
    Mr. Denton.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    BODYGUARD
    The prisoners on Level 3 are a sensitive matter. Leave the interrogations to Mr.
    Simons. You are authorized to receive your orders from Joseph Manderley, after
    which you will return to the helipad.
    
    JC DENTON
    Simons... You guys from D.C.? What agency?
    
    BODYGUARD
    Please proceed to Manderley's office. We will expect to see you shortly.
    Do not question the prisoners yourself.
    We will be waiting.
    I do not understand the reason for your delay.
    Interesting behavior, Mr. Denton.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1, UNATCO TROOP 2 & UNATCO TROOP 3
    
    TROOP 1
    I think the suits are putting the squeeze on Manderley about this one.
    Piece of gossip: Anna Navarre likes your style. Heh-heh... I bet you guys would
    make a nice couple.
    Gunther's full of it. Earlier tonight, in the Statue, I bet you had at least a
    half-dozen takedowns. At least.
    Agent Navarre was gunning her motors about Castle Clinton. Guess you cleaned the
    place out.
    They've got some kind of specialist from Washington downstairs. Somebody to
    interrogate the prisoners.
    Don't listen to what they're saying about the shootout in the park in Hell's
    Kitchen. You had other priorities.
    Guess you stole the show from Gunther earlier tonight. Poor guy. He lives for
    this stuff.
    Agent Navarre was gunning her motors about Castle Clinton. Guess you cleaned the
    place out.
    I'd watch what I say about mechs around Anna Navarre.
    Those jerks from Washington think they own the place.
    Long night, huh?
    They had us picking up the bodies you left in the Statue; what a chore.
    They told us to hang tight. Objectives remain, apparently.
    Agent.
    
    TROOP 2
    I'd like to know what the Feds are doing down in the cell block.
    We lost a buddy of ours in the park in Hell's Kitchen. Guess there wasn't much
    you could do.
    Still haven't had a chance to clean my gun.
    It's a living.
    Never shoulda transferred.
    I need a vacation.
    
    TROOP 3
    Liberty Island is off-limits.
    The island has been declared a crime scene and will be the subject of a thorough
    investigation.
    From now on, all travel to and from HQ will be by copter.
    UNATCO's gonna make sure what happened tonight doesn't happen again.
    They're bringing in experts from Washington.
    Carry on, Agent.
    
    TROOP 4
    They still have some terrorist downstairs, ones you didnt kill in the Statue.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP (PRIVATE LLOYD)
    
    LLOYD
    Don't worry what the guys are saying about Hell's Kitchen.
    If it wasn't for the warehouse, I'm sure you would've helped out with the
    firefight in front of the hotel.
    I know for a fact, from when you were at the Academy, that you can do more than
    throw gas grenades and use a prod. They're full of it!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    Manderley said he's busy but to wait outside his office.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOPER (CORPORAL COLLINS)
    
    COLLINS
    Just filling out a report on the mop-up operation.
    I saw quite a bit of action today.
    I think they give us these things to make sure we don't forget how to read and
    write.
    Is it five kills gets you the Red Eye? I think I'll put five.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP (SGT. MICHAEL BERRY)
    
    BERRY
    I heard about the raid. Don't sweat it. I'm sure Paul had his reasons.
    Your brother's always one step ahead of the rest of us.
    You'll see. Tomorrow, the Coalition will be kissing his ass.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO LADY (SHANNON)
    
    SHANNON
    Carry on, Agent.
    Stop following me.
    I've already reported you once.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: SHANNON
    
    SHANNON
    Welcome aboard, Agent. I'm Shannon. It's a pleasure to meet you.
    You're friends with Jaime, right? He sure did a good job with the casualties
    tonight.
    I've heard that Manderley is more than satisfied with your performance so far.
    If you want some extra supplies, you might check the false floor in Jacobson's
    office. One of the janitors has sticky fingers, if you know what I mean.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JAIME REYES
    
    JC DENTON
    Looks pretty bad down there.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Keeps getting worse, too. It must be raining bullets out there.
    
    JC DENTON
    The NSF aren't kidding around. How are you holding up?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Fine. I lost one of the privates because a refrigeration unit went down. That's
    always hard.
    
    JC DENTON
    You've got a lot on your hands. Don't beat yourself up over faulty equipment.
    
    JAIME REYES
    By the way, we aren't in such a shambles that we can't spare a few medkits.
    Check the storage closet.
    You certainly made an impression on the troops tonight.
    Looks like it's going to be a late night for both of us.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1 & UNATCO TROOP 2
    
    TROOP 1
    I took a few hits tonight. The Doc had to operate.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well, get well soon, soldier.
    
    TROOP 1
    Yes, sir. I will.
    Dr. Reyes said they took the bullet out, but I still feel it in my stomach.
    It's like a piece of ice.
    He also said I lost my spleen.
    
    TROOP 2
    Thanks for talking to my friend. He admires you.
    I knew what I was getting into when I joined up.
    Better I take a bullet than an innocent civilian.
    Just doing my job, sir.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook
    U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
    
    ...In addition to their detrimental health effects on the targeted population,
    biological warfare agents would likely cause significant impacts on the medical
    care system. Massive numbers of patients and demands for intensive care would
    overwhelm medical resources. Special medications or vaccines not generally
    available in standard pharmaceutical stocks would be required. Medical care
    providers and laboratory personnel might need added protection, and autopsy and
    interment of remains could present hazards not commonly dealt with...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER
    
    SAM CARTER
    Agent Denton. Marvelous. In addition to an accuracy weapon modification, I've
    got some 7.62 mm rounds and a couple of multitools.
    
    JC DENTON
    Mr. Carter, I can't tell you how great it is to be a part of UNATCO. You should
    have seen the fighting in Castle Clinton.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Yeah?
    
    JC DENTON
    I cleaned the place out.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Went on shooting, huh? I guess that's what this agency is known for.
    
    JC DENTON
    I never thought I'd see this much action in one mission.
    
    SAM CARTER
    In my day international peacekeepers were citizens first and soldiers second.
    You can forget about that extra ammo. I'm only going to give you the multitools;
    I think you should concentrate more on mission objectives and less on the enemy
    body count.
    You've got your equipment. Now move out.
    Try to remember: people have rights. Don't just shoot everything that moves.
    My unit killed a bunch of Afghans one time, but we weren't proud of it. In fact,
    our liaison at the UN went to the funeral.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE & JANICE REED
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I was here first.
    
    JANICE REED
    Mr. Manderley is in a meeting, JC. You'll have to wait.
    
    JC DENTON
    I was told to report for a debriefing.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    A debriefing. Do not worry. I will state in my report that I was satisfied with
    your performance.
    Be quiet. I am trying to listen.
    A bureaucrat from Washington... See if he asks for any of our opinions.
    Wait in line.
    
    JANICE REED
    You'll have to wait a minute. Mr. Manderley is busy.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL & JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    
    OFFICIAL
    Just fire the arrogant son-of-a-bitch.
    
    MANDERLEY
    I wasn't exaggerating. He's our best agent.
    
    OFFICIAL
    We don't need him. We've got his brother, and more are on the way.
    
    MANDERLEY
    He knows nothing.
    
    OFFICIAL
    I think he does. You should never have sent him to Hong Kong.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Let's be sensible. We have to look at the whole record.
    
    OFFICIAL
    Look, I understand. He was your pet project. But it's out of my hands. Now that
    the shipment's been lost...
    
    MANDERLEY
    I know. I know; I will comply with the order.
    
    OFFICIAL
    That's all that I ask. Carry on. I'm going downstairs to interrogate the
    prisoners.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE & JANICE REED
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I cannot wait forever.
    
    JANICE REED
    He will see you when he's ready.
    Mr. Manderley can see you now.
    You're going to make a mess.
    Hey, I'm trying to work!
    What's the idea, JC?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I am next.
    I am losing valuable time.
    A little more decorum, please.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL
    
    OFFICIAL
    Carry on, Agent.
    
    JC DENTON
    Agent Denton, at your service.
    
    OFFICIAL
    Denton... Yes, I hear you're turning out to be quite an asset to the Coalition.
    
    JC DENTON
    Doing my best, sir. Forgive me, but I do not believe I know your name.
    
    OFFICIAL
    We aren't ready for an introduction yet. No, it's not time... Just keep your
    nose to the pavement. You will be well rewarded. Trust me.
    We're looking to you to set an example.
    You aren't needed, Agent.
    Manderley will give you your orders.
    I must attend to a sensitive matter.
    I have an important matter to attend to.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY & ANNA NAVARRE
    
    MANDERLEY
    Hello, JC. Come in. Clerical tasks first. Your op bonus is split between the
    Castle Clinton and warehouse objectives, 500 each. You get the full 1000 -- plus
    200 for how you handled the hostage situation in the Battery Park subway
    station. Good work across the board.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thank you, sir. Who was that you were meeting with?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Politics. Bureaucracy. Mismanagement. JC... I've got some bad news. The mission
    failed.
    
    JC DENTON
    I would have taken out that JoJo punk, but he wasn't in the warehouse.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Never mind that. He slipped out before you even got to New York.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about the shipment?
    
    MANDERLEY
    I'm just going to say it straight, JC. Your brother screwed up. We got nothing,
    and he's taking the heat this time. The Coalition is letting him go.
    
    JC DENTON
    What went wrong?
    
    MANDERLEY
    We don't know. He hasn't reported back. The rest of the strike force says he
    lost his nerve.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can't believe that. Paul's a good agent.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Whatever the case, now it's your turn. We've got one more chance to retake that
    shipment.
    
    JC DENTON
    Has it been located?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Take the chopper back to the city. We know they plan to put the Ambrosia on a
    plane, but we don't know which airfield.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where should I start?
    
    MANDERLEY
    If I were the NSF, I'd be moving through the subways, the abandoned parts of the
    infrastructure.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check out the subways.
    
    MANDERLEY
    And stay away from the press this time, especially the tabloids. Do I need to
    quote the manual? "Secrets are lives."
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I have been waiting for twenty minutes.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Sorry, Anna. What is it?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    A new assignment. I think Agent Denton should handle the assassination.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Is there a problem? You lost your appetite?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    His enthusiasm in Battery Park was exceptional. The courtyard of Castle Clinton
    was a graveyard.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Hmmmm. As a kind of exercise, you mean?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I think he will make a good assassin. We should give him the opportunity.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Hmmmm.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I am anxious to see one of the experimental agents perform.
    
    MANDERLEY
    You aren't alone, Anna.
    Our pilot Jock is waiting for you at the helipad.
    If you see your brother, send him my way. He didn't report back.
    Don't forget to check in with Carter and Reyes.
    You have your orders.
    Let me get back to work.
    I said carry on.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    You have your orders from Mr. Manderley.
    Stop clowning around, Agent.
    Get moving.
    I refuse to babysit a grown man.
    Why are you still here?
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Art of War
    by Sun Tzu
    
    III. ATTACK BY STRATAGEM
    1. Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take
    the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
    So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture
    a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.
    2. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence;
    supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: ANavarre//UNATCO.9954.1131
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Report
    
    As ordered, I have maintained a close watch of Agent Denton during our operation
    in New York. I have found his performance to be adequate to the task, if not
    without occasional reluctance. But it is my opinion that nano-augmentations in
    no way compensate for experience, and Agent Denton quite obviously has a
    considerable amount of learning to do before he can be considered a fully
    qualified agent. Agent Hermann concurs with this evaluation. I will file a more
    detailed report when time allows.
    
    
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Arrival
    
    I will be arriving at Liberty later today to survey the situation and assess the
    viability of the primary subject. Unless there are extenuating circumstances
    that you've so far failed to present to us, it is our belief that the primary
    may need to be terminated in favor of the secondary.
    Continue to profile the secondary's response to authority and mission objectives
    -- if there is any deviation, isolate the subject for debriefing upon my
    arrival.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Righteous Angels: Perspectives on UNATCO
    by Wendi White
    
    Chapter II. The New Seraphim
    As the giddiness that greeted the new millenium faded to grim apathy in the face
    of the plague, famine, and the inevitable waves of national convulsions that
    followed in their wake, the United Nations found itself increasingly outmoded
    and unable to cope with the worldwide rise in terrorism. Tensions between the
    affluent -- walled away within private enclaves -- and those less fortunate
    escalated rapidly as basic medical care facilities collapsed under the weight of
    each new outbreak. The very pervasiveness of the Net fractured communities into
    smaller and smaller special-interest groups. And as local police grew
    increasingly ineffectual and access to deadlier weaponry more commonplace,
    conflicts spilled over national borders and onto the streets of major urban
    cities.
    The United Nations was forced to admit that their own military was both outmoded
    and unequipped to deal with these threats, so a new organization was required --
    UNATCO, an army of seraphim, divinely charged to mete out impartial justice with
    burning wings and flaming swords...
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Stopping Terror -- A New Perspective on Freedom
    
    When one maniac can wipe out a city of twenty million with a microbe developed
    in his basement, a new approach to law enforcement becomes necessary. Every
    citizen in the world must be placed under surveillance. That means sky-cams at
    every intersection, computer-mediated analysis of every phone call, e-mail, and
    snail-mail, and a purely electronic economy in which every transaction is
    recorded and data-mined for suspicious activity.
    We are close to achieving this goal. Some would say that human liberty has been
    compromised, but the reality is just the opposite. As surveillance expands,
    people become free from danger, free to walk alone at night, free to work in a
    safe place, and free to buy any legal product or service without the threat of
    fraud. One day every man and woman will quietly earn credits, purchase items for
    quiet homes on quiet streets, have cook-outs with neighbors and strangers alike,
    and sleep with doors and windows wide open. If that isn't the tranquil dream of
    every free civilization throughout history, what is?
    -- Anna Navarre, Agent, UNATCO
    
    
    
    Terrorism -- War Without Fronts
    
    How do we fight an underground threat, one with no defined territory, base, or -
    - often -- known leader? We look to military history.
    The casebook example of how to manage civil unrest is the Hamlet Evaluation
    System (HES) developed by the United States military during its occupation of
    South Vietnam in the 20th Century. Since population centers in that country
    contained both Communist rebels and loyal citizens, the towns were ranked on a
    scale from 1 to 5, five being the safest. The monthly reports of local
    commanders, useful in Vietnam for maintaining contour maps of ideology
    concentration, have provided many components of the UNATCO Sector Field Report.
    The modern UDU (UNATCO Deployed Unit) has been modeled on the CAP (Combined
    Action Platoon) deployed in Vietnam, a 15-man rifle squad responsible for a
    single hamlet. CAP-protected villages typically earned a 2.95 HES score,
    compared to a 1.6 average in the same region. CAP units performed in many
    mission roles, but they primarily worked with indigenous police to strengthen
    ideological ties. Like CAP units, UNATCO teams are primarily concerned with
    building safe communities.
    -- Joseph Manderley, Director, UNATCO
    
    
    
    Know Your Enemy -- Templars
    
    There is some debate as to whether the Templars should be considered a
    "terrorist" organization because they do not employ the typical tools of
    terrorism. But make no mistake, the Templars are just as dangerous as any other
    group that might use guns and bombs to intimidate the free citizens of a country
    -- only the Templars wield blackmail and extortion as their weapons. Supposedly
    the direct descendent of a so-called "secret society" with its roots in the
    medieval Crusades, the present-day Templars are mainly concerned with increasing
    their own bank accounts in elaborately illegal financial manipulations that have
    left entire markets collapsed in their wake.
    The Templars are currently classified as inactive after being successfully
    diminished by a combined UNATCO/Interpol raid on their Paris headquarters in
    2051; however, several key Templar figures are still at large and may attempt to
    reform the organization under a new designation.
    
    
    
    Know Your Enemy -- X-51
    
    Little is known about "X-51" aside from their involvement in all manner of
    illegal research, much of it proscribed by worldwide concordes over the last
    fifty years. Computer profiling shows a high likelihood that X-51 was
    responsible for the SoCal disaster that submerged much of southern California,
    though the exact nature of the experiment that led to the tragedy is still
    unknown. Little other information is available on the overall objective of X-51,
    if any exists.
    X-51 is believed to be led by Gary Savage, a scientist previously employed by
    the United States government for a variety of black projects until he
    disappeared under mysterious circumstances several years ago. All agents are
    advised to be vigilant for any indications as to the whereabouts of Savage or
    other members of X-51, and report them immediately to their operator or
    immediate superior.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    To: JCDenton//UNATCO.820098.9868
    Subject: Congrats
    
    Congrats on surviving your first mission, JC. I know it's all part of the job,
    but I'm glad to see you back in one piece (more or less) anyways. If you get
    this message before I get a chance to see you in person, then get your ass down
    here so I can patch you up.
    BTW, I hear a few things from up top and I get the impression that they were
    definitely taking advantage of this NSF attack to evaluate your performance --
    so far, everyone seems to be ecstatic. Well everyone except Gunther, but he's
    got his own problems. Keep it up, but keep an eye out, too. I get the impression
    sometimes that everyone here has their own agenda.
    Jaime
    
    
    
    From: Paul Denton//NYCNET.33.34.4346
    To: JCDenton//UNATCO.82098.9868
    Subject: Watch Your Back
    
    I don't have much time, so I'm gonna have to cut this short -- they're going to
    tell you a lot of things about what went on today, and it's probably all going
    to get pinned on me. I've got my reasons, but I can't go into them right now --
    not over the Net -- but you've got to trust me that there are reasons. Maybe I
    can point you in the right direction, tap a few computers and see what you come
    up with. Try Manderley's computer if you can risk it, password is
    "knight_killer." You might also check Navarre's, but I don't have her password.
    Cold woman, be careful around her. And for that matter, everyone else.
    -P
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: RosyCross//UnderNet.44567.22356
    To: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Inquiry
    
    The Oracle says:
    We find your question interesting. We have several references to entity token
    "MJ12" but all are ambiguous. Will be necessary to expend cycles to clarify
    relationships for codification of representative patterns before further
    recognition can be accomplished. This will be time consuming, but past working
    relationships have shown a 83.23% favorable return. Work with file "SH-187" was
    very instructive.
    We will contact you again when information has been collated.
    [[The Oracle would like to know your favorite color.]]
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: MedDirectorate//UNATCO.15888.00342
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: RE: Mech-Aug Question?
    
    Information concerning the mechanism to which you refer is available only to
    those with clearance of Throne/6G or higher. Further discussion of this matter
    with unauthorized personnel will result in disciplinary action. All subsequent
    questions should be directed to Director Manderley.
    UNATCO, Office of Medical Directorate
    >While repairing one of our mech-augmented
    >agents, I located a mechanism within the
    >autonomic regulation system that was not
    >present in any of the documentation I had
    >available; I'm concerned that failure of this
    >mechanism could lead to a complete
    >autonomic shut-down of the agent's vital
    >systems with the obvious consequences that
    >would entail. I've attached additional CRI scans
    >of the structure and surrounding
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: GHermann//UNATCO.15431.76513
    To: ANavarre//UNATCO.9954.1131
    Subject: Denotn
    
    i am not sure what I thnk of our Agent Denton. He iz not like the brother, but
    seemz to eagr to prove that he may bbbe better than us. I wonder if he
    unnerstand may what be at stske here.
    Gunther
    
    
    
    From: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: ANavarre//NATCO.9954.1131
    Subject: Mission Objectives
    
    Of primary importance in the upcoming operation is recovering _all_ of the
    stolen Ambrosia -- if any falls into terrorist hands, it could be a potential
    tool for blackmail that would pose a serious security risk.
    However, our best intelligence indicates that Juan Lebedev -- a known terrorist
    leader -- is behind this galling attack; while the loss of the Ambrosia is a
    regrettable salvageable incident, Lebedev poses a continuing threat to UNATCO.
    He is also a dangerous man, and if the operation should result in his
    termination rather than capture, there is no doubt that the agent responsible
    would be found acted appropriately and with the full force of the law.
    JM
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1 & UNATCO TROOP 2
    
    TROOP 1
    I don't think you're supposed to be down here, Agent.
    I won't say anything, but I think you should go.
    Manderley will chew us out if he finds out you were here.
    
    TROOP 2
    Manderley says only senior staff members can interview the prisoners.
    They won't talk. We've tried everything.
    I won't say anything if you go back there.
    I think Mr. Simons wants to be alone with the prisoner.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL & TERRORIST PRISONER
    
    OFFICIAL
    I have one question.
    
    PRISONER
    They already asked. I DON'T know.
    
    OFFICIAL
    One must admire a man who can keep a secret, because he has value. What you know
    more than others makes money and gives you a measure of power.
    
    PRISONER
    You Walton Simons? You think I can be bribed?
    
    OFFICIAL
    Margaret Forsythe, under NSF protection in Queens. Your son Richard, attending
    Bronx Science. You see, I have a few relevant facts myself. Care to make a
    trade?
    
    PRISONER
    You wouldn't dare...
    
    OFFICIAL
    I'll give you two seconds to decide.
    Get out of here, Denton. This is none of your business.
    Time's up. Where is the NSF taking the Ambrosia?
    
    PRISONER
    They asked me already. I DON'T know.
    
    OFFICIAL
    Need I remind you that in the case of a national emergency FEMA has a list of
    six million Americans who will be transported to detention centers? Your
    tabloids call it RX 84.
    
    PRISONER
    Yeah, including the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
    
    OFFICIAL
    In my position, I find it very easy to add names to that list.
    
    PRISONER
    Go to hell.
    The United States government has had "emergency powers" since World War II.
    We've never left a state of war.
    
    OFFICIAL
    Speak for yourself. The federal government is just responding to a threat.
    
    PRISONER
    A government should be about more than self-perpetuation.
    
    OFFICIAL
    You will confess, by the way. I don't like to dirty my hands with that sort of
    thing, but you will confess.
    Certain intellectual properties, aside from the quantities of vaccine, concern
    me deeply. Has the NSF made any attempt at reverse-engineering?
    
    PRISONER
    Leave me alone.
    
    OFFICIAL
    If you wanted to save people, you could have unloaded the whole shipment in
    Manhattan. Why the airlift?
    
    PRISONER
    You said it yourself: secrets are power.
    
    OFFICIAL
    We have less civilized ways of making you talk.
    I am a patient man.
    
    PRISONER
    Ask me if I care.
    
    OFFICIAL
    But not that patient.
    You saw nothing, Denton. Report to Manderley.
    (You saw nothing, Denton. Report to the helipad.)
    Your turn. See what you can find out in Manhattan.
    The real plague, eating at the minds of the American people, is secessionism,
    regionalism, this new arrogance and sense of entitlement.
    Once the bug bites, you've already lost the patient.
    Do you have even a passing interest in doing your job?
    Quit screwing around.
    Leave, dammit!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    Hope this one turns out a little better.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    Your chopper's ready, Agent.
    Good luck out there.
    Give 'em hell, Denton.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: BODYGUARD
    
    BODYGUARD
    Get on the helicopter, Mr. Denton. Simons did not appreciate your interference.
    Please do not keep us waiting.
    We are needed inside.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: BODYGUARD
    
    BODYGUARD
    You may use the helicopter, Mr. Denton. Simons appreciates your respect for his
    interrogation of the prisoners.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    JANINE'S BOTS
    SPECS AND OVERVIEW
    MATSU-GRAVAS R-118 REPAIR BOT
    
    The Matsu-Gravas R-118 is characteristic of all bots in the M-G repair line, an
    autonomous unit capable of a wide range of repair, maintenance, and construction
    tasks. By default, the R-118 is equipped with a Kroya 'Searchlight 3' argon
    laser attached to the standard M-G IRL arm; Chiang optics and visual processing;
    a self-recharging bioelectric battery; wireless command control; and 16GB of
    internal memory for a superior amount of task customization at an affordable
    price. The bioelectric interface adheres to the same LITE standard pioneered by
    M-G and adopted by most other companies around the world, allowing all units in
    the R-line to act as mobile bioelectric rechargers if necessary...
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - BATTERY PARK
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    We're dropping you in Battery Park -- we know the NSF were moving materials
    through here at one point. Seems like a good place to start looking.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    I think we scared 'em off.
    Except for that one barrel of Ambrosia, there's been no sign of the shipment.
    Don't tell Navarre -- we've let some of the bums back into the park. They don't
    have anywhere to go.
    Maybe check the shanty town. A lot of strange characters go through there.
    Nothing to report, Agent.
    You can assure UNATCO that the area has been secured.
    An NYPD Crime Scene Unit came by. They said they didn't find much.
    Not much happening -- city's under curfew.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: FEMALE BUM
    
    BUM
    I saw you earlier. You're the guy they sent into the subway station.
    You don't LOOK augmented.
    From what I heard, when it's dangerous they send in soldiers that are all mech,
    like 90 percent metal.
    I don't see why they don't just use robots.
    Pretty soon, it'll just be machines that fight wars.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RIOT COP
    
    RIOT COP
    We sure appreciate the help tonight, Agent.
    We made a sweep of the area: no sign of the NSF.
    If you want eyewitnesses, I'd say check the subway or the shanty town.
    You'll be the first to know if we find anything.
    They've got us on patrol until morning.
    All quiet up here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SICK MAN
    
    MAN
    (moans)
    They got Ambrosia... I know they have some...
    Barrels of Ambrosia... But they say it's go to be processed or it'll kill you
    faster than the Gray Death.
    I don't care. I'd try anything.
    I hope the NSF leave some Ambrosia in New York. Everyone says they're gonna ship
    it to China.
    I can't make it another day...
    I just want it to be over!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    We've got the secret passage sealed up, sir.
    They call it a "bolt hole." It's probably been part of the fort since it was
    built.
    Looks like the terrorists were using it to smuggle supplies.
    Don't worry. No one's getting past us.
    Tomorrow morning, they're going to cement it shut.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: FEMALE BUM
    
    BUM
    This whole place got shot up just a few minutes ago.
    The United Nations invaded the city because of the NSF.
    I think most of the rebels got away.
    The NSF won't get caught because they know how to use the secret parts of the
    subway.
    My dad always said that someday the UN would have an army and would try to take
    over the United States. I thought he was cracked in the head.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SICK FEMALE
    
    FEMALE
    Go away... just...
    ...contagious...
    I got no use for a handout.
    Every day, some new disease... I think it's government labs.
    Oh, thank you for talking to this old bag of bones. Most people, they look at
    you like you're already dead.
    Don't forget to wash the fruit. I think that's how I got it.
    Take care of yourself.
    That's enough. You're wearing me out.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    I'm keeping outta the way, like they said.
    You don't have to push.
    I didn't have NOTHIN' to do with what went down tonight.
    The NSF got what they wanted. It's all I know.
    What? WHAT?
    Yeah, I been in trouble with the law before. So what?
    When I'm in jail? It's usually because I fell asleep somewhere. Like... like
    it's a crime to sleep.
    Don't seem to be too much to ask for, a piece of ground.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: OLDER BUM
    
    BUM
    We lost the battle today -- I admit it, yes Lord.
    
    JC DENTON
    You with the NSF?
    
    BUM
    Had myself a division, mind you, back when we were the Northwest Secessionist
    Forces. Years ago. They thought they had us licked, like they think they have
    licked us tonight, but -- lookit me, young sir! -- we're God's army, and what
    infernal devil can stop God's army?
    
    JC DENTON
    Well... you take care of yourself.
    
    BUM
    Found me two thirty-ought-six clips. Now all I need's a gun, and then it's me
    and Satan, yes Satan, one last look into the Devil's red eyes...
    
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like you served God admirably in the Northwest War. But maybe you should
    let a soldier from the younger generation take the clips off your hands. What do
    you want for them?
    
    BUM
    Huh... You mean, money? You wanna buy 'em? Well, guess I'd take about 300 for
    each one.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check back with you later.
    
    BUM
    A young soldier of God... Is that it? Oh, hallelujah!
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take both of them for 600.
    
    BUM
    Praise Heaven...
    Tonight was a lesson, praise Jesus, a lesson writ in blood, but once again we
    gather amid whispers and secret numbers. We gather and wait.
    Now tell me, young sir, that smart look on your face, if the army has the
    streets but the rebels still have the subways and the tunnels, is that a UN
    victory? Those NSF boys certainly don't have trouble bringing in supplies, with
    or without the streets.
    With the help of angels and our God in Heaven, amen, our brothers tonight -- all
    but a few -- gave the jackals the slip.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: KID
    
    KID
    Hey, you a cop? The terrorists got away.
    The built a secret passage in the subway station.
    You didn't used to be able to get to Brooklyn Bridge Station from here.
    It's neat, but I wouldn't go there now, even if I knew the code.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    "Hell is murky," that's what Macbeth said.
    *
    They came through today, bunch of the NSF boys, set up a perimeter in the shanty
    town and took some folks hostage down in the station. One of them told me it was
    necessary, that the government made it necessary -- "we're slaves if we don't,"
    I remember her saying, and I asked her if she thought those people down in the
    station felt any more free for being strapped to a bunch of dynamite. She just
    looked at me, walked away.
    *
    MOLE/6653
    *
    Kevin's dealing with them, says we don't risk anything by letting them use the
    tunnels, that we don't have no quarrel with anyone. But I wonder about hell and
    the roads paved to it.
    -- Curly
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: FEMALE BUM & CURLY
    
    BUM
    Oh, thank you again. My hands get so cold...
    
    CURLY
    Like I said, we'll probably both get kicked out when whoever it is gets back. I
    live underground.
    
    BUM
    All the same...
    Plenty of room around the fire.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can think of safer places to camp, after all the fighting tonight.
    
    CURLY
    Cops said I could be here. Besides, I ain't campin'. I'm with the mole people.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why the name "mole people?"
    
    CURLY
    They call us that because we live underground -- huh, like they're some kind of
    superior beings or something because they've got more money than we do.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe you should join your people. Anywhere underground would be safer than
    Battery Park.
    
    CURLY
    The moles need someone topside. Besides, it's been pretty quiet. I'd rather be
    here than have the NSF tromping around with machine guns.
    
    JC DENTON
    The NSF are hiding out with the mole people?
    
    CURLY
    Yeah, they haven't hurt anybody. We guess it's all right.
    
    JC DENTON
    I need to contact the NSF. Think you could tell me how to find the moles?
    
    CURLY
    Sure. Just give me the password so I know they trust you.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    It's a matter of national security.
    
    CURLY
    Still need a password.
    Remember the password yet?
    
    1.1
    JC DENTON
    It's imperative that I find the NSF hideout.
    
    1.2
    JC DENTON
    xyzzy.
    
    1.3
    JC DENTON
    Anonymous.
    
    1.4
    JC DENTON
    Just tell me how to find the NSF.
    
    1.1-2-3-4
    CURLY
    I've got to have the password.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Underworld.
    
    CURLY
    Good. Long as they've decided to give you access. Go to the phone booth in the
    subway station. The code's M-O-L-E. That's 6635.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    CURLY
    When you get to the Brooklyn Bridge Station, talk to Charlie; he'll get you into
    the tunnels where we live.
    
    
    BUM
    Think it's true? The vaccine they got -- think it would really kill you?
    
    CURLY
    It's super-concentrated. I heard the NSF talking. They're gonna process it,
    though.
    
    BUM
    I hope so. I can't go much longer.
    What about the mole settlement? You taking new people?
    
    CURLY
    Well... It's not the best time, not right now.
    
    BUM
    I don't mind. I'd sleep in the dirt. Whatever.
    
    CURLY
    The thing is, they've got this policy. No one with the Gray Death can go past
    Brooklyn Bridge Station.
    
    BUM
    Oh... I see.
    
    CURLY
    I'm sorry, miss. Really.
    
    BUM
    No need... No, I understand.
    
    CURLY
    Charlie's the Lieutenant Mayor. He takes care of infrastructure.
    I like Charlie. He's always been straight with me.
    We live in the tunnels west of Brooklyn Bridge Station.
    It's not a bad place. Lots of good people down there.
    We have our own government, elections... a REAL democracy.
    Democracy's for small towns. That's how it developed, back in Athens.
    We're modeled on the Greeks -- with no outside influences!
    When there's millions of people in the country, no one has any say about
    anything.
    Big countries always turn into dictatorships, then they fall apart under their
    own weight.
    Thought you were in a hurry to track down the NSF.
    
    BUM
    Don't worry. We're allowed to be here.
    Cops have been pretty cool tonight.
    It's little things, once in a while, that make you feel not so much like a leper
    anymore.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BILLY
    
    BILLY
    Hey, you a cop? The terrorists got away.
    They built a secret passage in the subway station.
    You didn't used to be able to get to Brooklyn Bridge Station from here.
    It's neat, but I wouldn't go down there now, even if I knew the code.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Thanks again for the key.
    
    FILBEN
    It wasn't a favor. I was well-paid.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry I didn't need your help on the island. I hope it wasn't a wasted trip.
    
    FILBEN
    No sweat, man. I got paid. That's what matters.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    A real patriot.
    
    FILBEN
    I see it like this. It all balances out. UNATCO's just as much gun freaks as the
    militias, and if everybody's gonna shoot it out, fine, so long as neither side
    wins and takes over the whole country.
    
    JC DENTON
    The goal of UNATCO is not conquest. It's the safety of ordinary people like
    yourself.
    
    FILBEN
    I know an army when I see one. Look, I'll be blunt -- got any cash? There's a
    secret passage behind that phone booth over there. For 500, I'll tell you where
    to get the code.
    
    1.
    (JC DENTON
    I'm not interested.
    
    FILBEN
    Change your mind?)
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure. 500 for where I can find the code to the phone booth.
    
    FILBEN
    Talk to Curly in the shantytown in Battery Park. He's from the mole-people
    settlement. You have to give him the password "Underworld."
    
    JC DENTON
    I think I talked to the guy. He said the NSF were hiding out with the moles. Are
    they allies?
    
    FILBEN
    They both hate the Feds, but that's it. The moles don't want a war. They just
    want to be left alone in their tunnels.
    
    JC DENTON
    Aiding and sympathizing -- just as bad as being a terrorist yourself, in my
    opinion.
    
    FILBEN
    I doubt the NSF gave them much choice.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I already got the code to the phone booth -- but thanks.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    We think they're loading the Ambrosia onto a plane. Heard anything about that?
    
    FILBEN
    Nothing I could put a price on. UNATCO already thinks it's Juan Lebedev.
    
    JC DENTON
    Lebedev?
    
    FILBEN
    I don't know who else it could be. He owns a whole terminal at LaGuardia.
    Manderley's been trying to bump him off for years.
    
    JC DENTON
    Since when is LaGuardia for sale?
    
    FILBEN
    City had some debts a few years back. There's always a buyer. But Lebedev's
    small-time. He can't buy off the big politicians like a Bob Page.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who does he buy off?
    
    FILBEN
    People lower down, but useful. Some of your buddies at UNATCO, actually.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who?
    
    FILBEN
    Ah-ha-ha. You can't afford that one.
    Yeah, if it's Lebedev, you're gonna have a chance to be a hero. Manderley wants
    him dead.
    Figured you'd come through here.
    You want to know something, find me.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - BROOKLYN BRIDGE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    After the quakes, the homeless drifted down here, junkies, runaways, grifters.
    There's a DSS file a mile long on this place. Some of them -- the so-called
    "mole people" -- have permanent living quarters in an adjacent tunnel system not
    on my map.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOOKER
    
    HOOKER
    Hi, honey.
    I don't handle the money. Talk to Charlie.
    You want zyme, talk to the guy in the corner. His name's Rock.
    You deaf? I said I don't handle the money.
    Beat it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JUNKIE
    
    JUNKIE
    The doctors in that clinic? They ain't worth five credits.
    Nurse knew I was sick. She just don't care.
    I've got the plague.
    That's why I look like this.
    They should be giving me disability. It's my right.
    Government lets people get poor, then they wonder why someone jacks their
    Mercedes.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOMELESS
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for the mole people.
    
    HOMELESS
    You don't want to camp with THEM. Trust me, they're too political.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't need a place to camp.
    
    HOMELESS
    I STARTED the mole people. I was there first. And then they made up committees
    that throw people out just because they don't like the way you look.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do I find them?
    
    HOMELESS
    Don't bother. They're elitist, and now the NSF is down there, too.
    It stinks down there, anyway.
    I'm a classic example of the individualist. I do better on my own.
    The only thing about staying up here is the rooks. One time I was drunk and fell
    asleep and they put me on the train tracks. Good thing the 5 is shut down.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHARLIE FANN
    
    JC DENTON
    I hear the NSF are using the mole people hideout as a base.
    
    CHARLIE
    Are you the Feds? We don't need a war down here.
    
    JC DENTON
    I work for UNATCO.
    
    CHARLIE
    Well, the NSF come through here, but they don't bother us. If we need help with
    anything, it's our plumbing. We lost pressure because of the explosions on South
    Street.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tough break. You tell me about the NSF, and I'll put in a word with the city
    about the water.
    
    CHARLIE
    The city don't know we got water and they don't NEED to know. How about you fix
    it and then I'll talk.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't have much time.
    
    CHARLIE
    I would open the valve myself, but there was a cave-in; the utility door's
    blocked. It's up at the north end of the tracks, in case you want to take a
    look.
    
    JC DENTON
    Clearing a tunnel -- that would require explosives.
    
    CHARLIE
    It could be done; a LAM would do the trick. It's just that I'm not gonna be the
    one to talk to the Rooks. They'd probably sell us one, but they don't like
    people going into their turf, which is the whole upper level.
    I tried to clear a path to the door, but I'm not worth a nickel anymore.
    The gang runs the whole upper level of the station.
    The leader calls himself El Rey, but he's just a punk.
    The city don't care if we siphon off a bit.
    You wanna get to our hideout, you go through me.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JUNKIE (LENNY)
    
    LENNY
    (moans)
    
    JC DENTON
    You have a problem?
    
    LENNY
    Get out! I got a bomb!
    
    JC DENTON
    A bomb's a bad choice for close-range combat.
    
    LENNY
    Might as well use it. Rock says I owe him. He won't even give me one vial for
    it.
    
    JC DENTON
    What kind of bomb?
    
    LENNY
    I think they said it was called a LAM.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You looking to trade?
    
    LENNY
    I gotta, man. I need a vial of zyme.
    Oh my God...
    All I want's one, right now... just one vial...
    
    JC DENTON
    No zyme. Sorry.
    
    LENNY
    I'm gonna kill Rock...
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Suppose I could part with a vial of zyme, if you'll give me the LAM.
    
    LENNY
    You got some? Really?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. Let's see the LAM.
    
    LENNY
    Take it, man. Whatever. Where's the zyme?
    
    2.1
    JC DENTON
    Make it last. I killed homeboy out by the tracks.
    
    2.2
    JC DENTON
    Hope it lasts.
    
    
    LENNY
    (sighs)
    Better, much better...
    I was feeling pretty bad...
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Tough luck.
    
    (LENNY
    Yeah, you said it.
    All I want's one, right now... just one vial...)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHARLIE FANN
    
    JC DENTON
    The water lines should be open now.
    
    CHARLIE
    Good. Glad to see you UNATCO boys do something for the community.
    
    JC DENTON
    Now can you tell me about the NSF?
    
    CHARLIE
    The NSF... Yeah, they took over the tunnels.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do I get there?
    
    CHARLIE
    Go to the women's restroom on the other side of the station. Look for a keypad
    under the sink. The combination's 5482.
    
    JC DENTON
    Great. I'm glad I could help you out.
    
    CHARLIE
    Be careful when there's a gunfight; there are families living down there.
    The mole people aren't militant like the NSF.
    The NSF want a base down there because it's close to LaGuardia.
    Thanks again.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GANGSTER
    
    GANGSTER
    Hol' up, bro'!
    
    JC DENTON
    What is it?
    
    GANGSTER
    You on Rooks territory now. Just so you know.
    
    JC DENTON
    You call yourselves Rooks?
    
    GANGSTER
    That's right. Up here? It's business. You wanna do business, talk to El Rey.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll keep that in mind.
    
    GANGSTER
    Just take it easy, bro'. Be cool.
    No one up here's looking for a fight.
    El Rey runs the show.
    We're gonna be Special Forces for the NSF, if they give us some chits.
    You can stick around, long as you have legitimate business.
    All this -- as far as you can see - it's Rooks territory.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GIRL 1, GIRL 2 & GIRL 3
    
    GIRL 1
    Whassup?
    Back off. You have business, talk to El Rey.
    Hey, cut it out!
    Homely-ass mark, get your ass away from me.
    Who sent you, JoJo?
    Tell that punk we're layin' for him.
    Gonna expand our operation.
    I said, back off!
    Juss be straight with El Rey. He be straight with you.
    
    GIRL 2
    You wanna talk to El Rey? Thass cool.
    The Rooks? We hang mostly underground, but we're about to spread out.
    Next, we're gonna move on Rock.
    You wanna run with us? Bet El Rey'd say okay.
    Thassa fly coat.
    
    GIRL 3
    You ain't all that.
    Think you're bad, struttin' around Rooks' turf.
    You better keep yourself in line.
    You come in Rooks territory, you show respect.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: EL REY
    
    EL REY
    Whoa-whoa-whoa... Easy, bro'. You don't gotta kill no one!
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah? Who says?
    
    EL REY
    Wha'chu want? I got this LAM. You can HAVE it, man. The Rooks? We're
    businessmen. We can have a business relationship.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Just give me the LAM, punk.
    
    EL REY
    Sure, bro'. Yeah. Take it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Some gangbanger. Maybe you should think about going back to school.
    
    EL REY
    Juss be cool, bro'.
    Thass it, bro'. You got my only one.
    You didn't have to kill no one.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I want more. Either your life is worth more than a LAM, or it's not worth
    living.
    
    EL REY
    Thass all I got, man!)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: EL REY
    
    EL REY
    Hey, bro'. What's with the getup?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Charlie says you sell explosives.
    
    EL REY
    Yeah? Charlie should mind his own business.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'm from out of town. I hear the NSF are operating around here somewhere. Know
    anything about it?
    
    EL REY
    I guess I seen'em, but that's it. You a militia type? I can hook you up with
    some explosives. Serious stuff, man.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    How much?
    
    EL REY
    Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa -- We ain't talkin' firecrackers, understand. What I got, it
    comes from a guy at UNATCO. Hardcore munitions and shit.
    
    JC DENTON
    How much?
    
    EL REY
    I got a LAM. Know what that is? 750.
    
    JC DENTON
    Pretty steep for second-hand goods.
    
    EL REY
    Either that, or you work for it. You into fighting? I need someone to take care
    of the dealer downstairs.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Already dead.
    
    EL REY
    Yeah? You killed him?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just another parasite.
    
    EL REY
    Hot damn. That guy you just killed?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I already dealt with that guy. Knocked him unconscious, flat on his back.
    
    EL REY
    Unconscious? You deaf? I said I want homeboy DEAD. You gonna survive on the
    street, bro', you gotta have some sense, like what I tell my crew: no mercy.
    When it's you and the enemy: no mercy.
    
    JC DENTON
    I used as much force as the situation required. You trying to lecture me on
    tactics?
    
    EL REY
    Take it easy. We work it out. I get one of my boys to finish the hit. Good
    enough. That guy?
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    I'll think about it.
    
    3.1
    EL REY
    You want it for free -- you know what to do.
    
    3.2
    EL REY
    The dealer's name's Rock. He hangs out on the east side in the corner.
    
    3.3
    EL REY
    A LAM for the price of a couple of slugs in homeboy's head. That's a deal.)
    
    
    EL REY
    He's been in my way for months. Now I got the whole station. You can have the
    LAM. Now I can afford me a GEP gun.
    You don't want to be nowhere near one of these things when it goes off.
    Downstairs, I'ma start my own operation.
    (Tell Charlie I don't want him advertising that I got hot merchandise, right?)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: KID
    
    KID
    Leave me alone.
    The rule is you're supposed to use the secret passage and leave us alone.
    Man, it stinks in here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JUNKIE (DON)
    
    DON
    (whimper)
    Hey! Hey!
    Man... Got any zyme?
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't have any zyme.
    
    DON
    Just a little bit, a crumb...
    
    JC DENTON
    I said you're out of luck.
    
    DON
    Oh God... Oh...
    ...stand here forever.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DRUG DEALER
    
    DEALER
    What you need, bro'? Vials are 250.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take a vial of zyme.
    
    DEALER
    ...mess you up.
    
    1.1
    DEALER
    Rock's the name, guy. Anything you want.
    
    1.2
    DEALER
    Come on, bro'. No cops down here.
    
    1.3
    DEALER
    You need something to mellow you out.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    What do you know about a gang called the rooks?
    
    DEALER
    Gang? Who calls 'em a gang?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just what I heard.
    
    DEALER
    Bunch of pussycats. I come within fifty yards, they scatter.
    
    JC DENTON
    Seems that other people aren't so lucky.
    
    DEALER
    ...always talkin' big, tryin'a be players. The junkies found a box of LAMs the
    other day; now El Rey puts on the show of being an arms dealer.
    
    JC DENTON
    The junkies?
    
    DEALER
    Oh, sure. Only a matter of time until someone's stash disappears and people
    start blowing up.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Know where I can find the mole people?
    
    DEALER
    Good neighbors keep each other's business private.
    
    JC DENTON
    You want to set a price?
    
    DEALER
    I'm a good neighbor. You want to buy something or not?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm with UNATCO. Start talking.
    
    DEALER
    I ain't goin' back to jail.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's try some word-association. First word: Ambrosia.
    
    DEALER
    Bitch I ain't goin' back to jail!
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    Maybe later.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DON
    
    DON
    Man... Got any zyme?
    
    JC DENTON
    Take a vial.
    
    DON
    Oh... Cool. Thanks, man.
    
    JC DENTON
    Now maybe you can calm down for a second and tell me how to get to the mole-
    people hideout.
    
    DON
    Yeah... sure. They're in the tunnels.
    
    JC DENTON
    And...?
    
    DON
    The keypad's under the sink. In the women's bathroom. Everybody knows that.
    
    JC DENTON
    The code...?
    
    DON
    Got me. The mole people keep me out cuz they don't like zyme.
    
    DON
    Thanks, dude!
    Ahhhhh... Ohhhh...
    Who needs Rock? Huh? Not me. He could just die. Take his fifty-cut zyme and
    blow.
    Under the sink, man. Look under the sink.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - MOLE TUNNELS
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST 1 & NSF TERRORIST 2
    
    NSF TERRORIST 1
    The panel's secured.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    Good. The boobytraps?
    
    NSF TERRORIST 1
    Installed. They really think he'll make it this far?
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    Paul said not to take any chances.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 1
    Well, I guess he would know.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    These UNATCO guys are like machines. Dont know what they are...
    
    (NSF TERRORIST 1
    Dont shoot!
    We got word. Were standing down.
    We wont get in the way.
    
    NSF TERRORIST 2
    I surrender!
    We dont know anything!
    Easy, man!)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MOLE PERSONS
    
    PERSON 1
    Take it easy... I'm on your side.
    They made me do work for them.
    I used to handle records at a shipyard, so they had me break into the inventory
    systems. I was able to locate shipments of Ambrosia.
    Guess it's not so bad if they manage to help some of the sick people.
    If you're looking for the leader, he's in a secret room next to the storage area
    beside us.
    I tried to get away this morning, but I got caught. Then they shot my cat.
    Like I said, I was just a prisoner. They didn't tell me much.
    
    PERSON 2
    You with the police? They just moved a bunch of barrels through here. You still
    have time to catch them.
    They think because they have guns we're afraid, but we're not.
    We've been waiting for the right chance to run these jerks out of town.
    
    PERSON 3
    You from the Feds? We don't need any help.
    Hell, the NSF don't hurt anybody.
    This is our place. We can do what we want.
    The city condemned this part of the subway. This is free territory.
    The NSF have every right to stand up to the government. Somebody's gotta.
    Doesn't seem like much to ask from the City of New York -- a damn hole in the
    ground.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MOLE KIDS
    
    KID 1
    I know a secret!
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    KID 1
    It's about the NSF commander. You know how he gets in his secret room?
    
    JC DENTON
    I give up.
    
    KID 1
    He does something with a brick behind those cardboard boxes. It's true! I saw
    it.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    What boxes?
    
    KID 1
    At the south end, where the room is. Where else?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, well I'd stay away from that room for awhile. It's not too pretty in
    there.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    I believe you. I was just over there myself.
    
    
    KID 1
    I know lotsa secrets.
    My Dad says you don't get anywhere if you can't keep a secret.
    When I grow up, I'm gonna be rich, cuz I'm gonna know everything.
    
    KID 2
    You're the spy, huh?
    The metal guys knew you were coming.
    They have a plan. They're gonna kill you.
    They turned on hot steam in one tunnel and put laser traps in the other.
    The guards at the helicopter base are supposed to shoot you when you show up.
    You better go back.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MOLE PERSON (KEVIN BRADLEY)
    
    JC DENTON
    Looks like you've been overrun by NSF.
    
    BRADLEY
    They move supplies through here. There's nothing we can do about it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything recently?
    
    BRADLEY
    A bunch of barrels came through about an hour ago. Woke us all up.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where were they headed?
    
    BRADLEY
    They went through that bathroom, like they always do. Only way to get a key is
    from the NSF commander -- the guy who lives to the south. But I bet he'd die
    first.
    
    JC DENTON
    Some of the terrorists actually live down here?
    
    BRADLEY
    It's a secret room. You open the door by pushing a brick they keep hidden behind
    some cardboard boxes.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll have a talk with him. You won't have to worry about the NSF for much
    longer.
    
    BRADLEY
    The terrorist leader's command post is on this side of the tunnel to the south.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I met him already. He was somewhat cooperative but I had to take him down. I
    don't think you'll have to worry about the NSF for a while.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    We've met already. He's an accountant or something. I don't think he'll give you
    any trouble.
    
    
    BRADLEY
    If you're looking for the airfield, you're gonna want to go to the north end of
    the chamber. They've built a secret passageway in the men's bathroom.
    I didn't want a fight, but I guess it turned out for the best.
    You'd think the revolutionaries would have more respect for the people they're
    trying to fight for.
    I'm not against the NSF, but we've got families down here. This isn't a
    barracks.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TERRORIST LEADER
    
    LEADER
    I surrender.
    
    JC DENTON
    The mole people say the Ambrosia came through here an hour ago.
    
    LEADER
    I'll cooperate. Relax. The key to the men's restroom is on the table.
    
    JC DENTON
    This better not be a joke.
    
    LEADER
    Hey, I'm just an accountant. I know the body-armor looks threatening, but I'm
    part-time, like a reservist. I don't want any trouble.
    The key's on the corner of the table.
    I never wanted to see action.
    I know when to stand down.
    What is it now?
    Knock it off.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    Hold fire!
    I surrender!
    Easy, man. I wont get in your way.
    You want this stinking rat hole, you got it.
    Dont look at me. I just follow orders.
    You wont find anything down here.
    If youre from the Feds, youre a little late.)
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELIBASE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    These sewage tunnels look like they come out somewhere by the airfield. Be
    careful, though. The terrorists probably expect intruders.
    You're entering a helibase terminal below a private section of LaGuardia. Veer
    to the east. You should be able to take the elevator to ground level. If you hit
    trouble, double-back across the platform. There's a sewer drain to the northwest
    which leads to a pond next to the airfield. We think we know who's moving the
    shipment. More in a minute.
    Looks like you're on the right track. That's one of the three missing barrels of
    Ambrosia. We'll be sending a team to recover it. See if you can find the other
    two.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Young, if you or Decker need to access my account the login is "etodd" and the
    password is "saintmary".
    Be careful, and I'll find you after this is all over,
    Erin
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JHearst//LGANET.8374.832.20
    To: ETodd//LGANET.2378.236.36
    Subject: Out Sick
    
    I'm not feeling so well so I think I'm going to take tomorrow off. But you and I
    are having a rematch on that pool game when I get back.
    Jonny
    
    
    
    From: PubTerminal12//LGANET.783.46.63
    To: ETodd//LGANET.2378.236.36
    Subject: Quick Note
    
    Killian showed up with this canister they managed to swipe from Liberty along
    with the Ambrosia -- handed it off to me, like I'd know what to do with it. I'll
    load it onto the plane but then I need to get down to the dock and see what the
    hell's going on down there. Juan's not around, so do me a favor and let him know
    that the suspension crate code for this stuff is 9905 -- maybe he'll know what
    to do with it. These other monkeys can't remember birthdays much less a code.
    And tell Younger to get his ass in gear, we're not screwing around out there.
    -Decker
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Erin, the Ambrosia's been delivered and the first barrel is being offloaded onto
    the helicopter -- the other barrels are heading out by boat and plane so we can
    hopefully get at least one sample away for analysis. If you can, rendevous with
    us at one of the departure points, otherwise you know where to meet if something
    goes wrong. You've done a lot for the cause and should be proud of yourself. Now
    play it safe and get gone.
    JL
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Seasonal Flooding Minimal
    APR - London, United Kingdom
    
    An article recently published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal
    Meteorological Society indicates that worldwide flooding from melting ice caps
    will be significantly less this year than in previous years due to an unusually
    cold winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Dr. Tammy Bright, a professor of
    climatology at Oxford University, led the study and noted that global tides
    should rise by no more than "one to two meters on average" in most major cities
    throughout North America, Europe, Russia, and East Asia. For comparison the high
    water mark in New York last year was four meters, requiring millions of credits
    in additional spending for a network of levees and pumps.
    "While theories concerning the significant increase in days below freezing at
    either pole abound, the practical upshot is that Arctic ice density has grown
    substantially when compared to any similar period in the last five years."
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    McMoran Slings Chinese Ore
    APR - Beijing, China
    
    With the announcement by the Chinese last week that the Zhou Enlai Lunar Mining
    Complex was fully operational, today McMoran Global Steel held a press
    conference to detail the first delivery of lunar ore from the facility to Earth
    via a mass driver constructed by McMoran.
    "The McMoran MD-118 Mass Driver is the first piece of accelerated stock to be
    constructed on such a scale, and certainly the first to operate
    extraterestrially," said Sean Murphy. "The selection of McMoran for this
    contract by the Chinese government is a major step towards closer economic ties
    between China and the U.S."
    McMoran won the contract in a heated bidding war with Page Industries that
    reached its most fevered pitch when Page attempted an unsuccessful hostile
    takeover of McMoran.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Man Who Was Thursday
    by G. K. Chesterton
    
    ...Syme had never thought of asking whether the monstrous man who almost filled
    and broke the balcony was the great President of whom the others stood in awe.
    He knew it was so, with an unaccountable but instantaneous certainty. Syme,
    indeed, was one of those men who are open to all the more nameless psychological
    influences in a degree a little dangerous to mental health. Utterly devoid of
    fear in physical dangers, he was a great deal too sensitive to the smell of
    spiritual evil. Twice already that night little unmeaning things had peeped out
    at him almost pruriently, and given him a sense of drawing nearer and nearer to
    the head-quarters of hell. And this sense became overpowering as he drew nearer
    to the great President...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 15
    
    Waiting was always the hardest part: in the stir, and in life. Guys who couldn't
    handle it either ended up rocking back and forth in a dark corner, or babbling
    incoherently. Always the same.
    Jacob would have been the one rocking in the corner. He did solitary the first
    time after fight, someone thinking he was an easy mark. Forty-eight hours and he
    started screaming and didn't stop until his larynx was raw and his voice
    cracked. It was a month before he could talk again.
    One of the lifers saw Jacob wasn't as fence-post dumb as the rest of the
    population and took to schooling him in chess. Jacob never got much respect from
    the old-timer, but he got his sanity. He'd play chess, checkers, backgammon, any
    game there was.
    He got into another fight when one pendejo who was looking to make a name for
    himself flipped over Jacob's game board, said impolite things about people and
    their little kiddie games. Jacob cracked one of his ribs and amused himself for
    a week in solitary playing Kasparov and Bobby Fischer in his head.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    Two weeks in a militia training camp... I'm not ready for this.
    I guess this beats starving back home.
    Hot as hell in these masks.
    When we gonna see some action?
    Sooner or later theyre just gonna find us.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - AIRFIELD
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    This is the terminal at LaGuardia owned by Juan Ivanovich Lebedev. We're certain
    based on what you've discovered that he's working with terrorists. Your orders
    are to locate and kill him. We're sending you a map of the airfield.
    Great. That should make sure you and I won't miss any shots. I've notified the
    recovery team. One barrel left -- we think this one may actually be on Lebedev's
    jet.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Young:
    I've got to survey the perimeter -- reports are coming back of someone heading
    this way through the tunnels. Don't know what their force composition is, but it
    sounds bad. If I'm not back, load up the Ambrosia as soon as the boat arrives
    and then head for the hangar -- the East Gate is locked, so get the key. I'll
    meet you there.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Juan asked me for the hangar code, so it's 5914. Tell Young not to get his ass
    shot off -- you know how I feel about him. And I _will_ kill you if something
    happens.
    Take care,
    Erin
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HANGAR
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You can relax, JC. I told the troops to stand down. That's right; I'm working
    for the NSF. I'll meet you at the 747.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    1.
    PAUL DENTON
    Jesus Christ. Didn't you hear me? I ordered the militia to stand down.
    
    JC DENTON
    Your "militia" killed a lot of our men tonight.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Just listen to what I've got to say. We don't have much time.
    
    2.
    PAUL DENTON
    Excellent work. I underestimated your abilities.
    
    JC DENTON
    You work for the NSF?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Listen to what I've got to say. We don't have much time.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    You got that right. UNATCO will have a team here in a few minutes.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The Gray Death is a man-made virus. Everyone up to the President is at UNATCO's
    mercy as long as UNATCO controls the supply of Ambrosia.
    
    JC DENTON
    You believe that?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    We have proof. We need to get the Ambrosia to Hong Kong. Heard of Tracer Tong?
    He can help us synthesize it ourselves.
    
    JC DENTON
    You better step away from the jet. Your boss is my next objective.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Join us, JC. Talk to Lebedev. He can convince you.
    Get on the plane. We're almost ready to go.
    
    JC DENTON
    Blackmail of the U.S. government could not possibly escape the notice of the
    United Nations.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Don't be so quick to trust the UN.
    
    JC DENTON
    Are you kidding? The UN's about the only chance we've got these days. If the
    U.S. spirals into another Civil War...
    
    PAUL DENTON
    A pretext, nothing more. The whole project of world government -- going back to
    the League of Nations -- has been funded and manipulated mainly by wealthy
    bankers.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is that so?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Remember that the UN itself was built on land donated by John D. Rockefeller.
    Get on board. A UNATCO security squad will be here any minute.
    The wealthy have always been the ones to profit from one-world government.
    More later. You better get moving.
    The United Nations' secret goal -- well, this is David Rockefeller's
    description, from half a century ago: "the supernational sovereignty of an
    intellectual elite and world bankers."
    The UN was founded not to end war but to gradually dissolve national governments
    and replace them with a Globalist meritocracy.
    Average people never benefit from government and business on a scale they can't
    even understand.
    Go!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NSF TERRORIST
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    Hold fire.
    Your brother's at the 747.
    Easy. We don't want any trouble.
    Hope you decide to join up.
    Hurry up. A UNATCO security squad won't be far behind.
    Your brother makes some sense, doesn't he?
    This was our last chance to do something about the plague.
    We'll protect you from your UNATCO buddies.
    Go. Lebedev is waiting.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: AIRCRAFT MECHANIC (HAROLD)
    
    HAROLD
    Hey, you the guy the Feds sent? I have something for you.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do you know anything about the Feds?
    
    HAROLD
    Oh, Lebedev, all his people right now -- they're running around like ants
    thinking it's gonna be a raid. Rich bastard probably has some kind of drug deal
    about to happen. Anyway, filched this stuff from a guy's locker. I'm selling a
    recoil weapon mod for 400. I also have some shotgun shells I'll give you for
    300.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Here's 400 for the recoil weapon mod.
    (Gotta get rid of some gear. Hold on.)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the shotgun shells for 300.
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    Maybe later.)
    
    
    HAROLD
    Appreciate it.
    Think I'll start myself a little business.
    What do they expect? On my salary...
    I wish I had something else - but that's it.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - 747 AIRPLANE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    That's the last one. Good work.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    !=!==!=== MIDNIGHT SUN ===!==!=!
    Black Helicopters a "Concern" Says Senator
    
    As sightings of ominous "black helicopters" become increasingly common across
    the country, from Manhattan to the SoCal shores, many citizens have grown
    concerned that these gunships are actually a sign that troops may be preparing
    to mobilize for some unknown action.
    "Certainly this concerns me," said Senator Harry Jarvis (D-Texas), a member of
    the Armed Services Committee. "I intend to bring this up in our next committee
    meeting and ask some hard questions."
    UNATCO director Joseph Manderley was more skeptical. "If black helicopters were
    really being used for 'covert operations,' then those responsible are doing a
    poor job of it." Manderley went on to say that UNATCO employed no such aircraft
    and declined to pursue the matter any further claiming that it detracted from
    the "serious nature of [our] mission." -- Joe Greene, Senior Staff Writer
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Juan,
    Decker let me know that Killian dropped off a canister recovered during the
    operation... Decker wasn't sure what it was, but he put it in a suspension crate
    on board the plane, coded to 9905, figured you'd know what to do with it.
    See you soon,
    Erin
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Excellent. Precisely how a UNATCO agent must deal with a terrorist.
    
    JC DENTON
    My pleasure.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Mission complete. A chopper is waiting outside to take you back to Liberty
    Island.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: JUAN IVANOVICH LEBEDEV
    
    LEBEDEV
    I surrender!
    
    JC DENTON
    What?
    
    LEBEDEV
    Easy now, Agent. UNATCO has a policy against killing unarmed prisoners. We have
    much to learn from each other.
    
    JC DENTON
    We're assuming control of the airfield. The vaccine will be returned to the
    international authorities.
    
    LEBEDEV
    Don't you want to hear why your brother came over to our side?
    
    JC DENTON
    He makes his own decisions.
    
    LEBEDEV
    You know he wouldn't betray UNATCO without a reason.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Good work. Now finish the job.
    
    JC DENTON
    He surrendered. He's an unarmed prisoner -- UNATCO policy protects him.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Terminate the prisoner, Agent. If you are too afraid, you are ordered to return
    to base, on Manderley's authority. There is a helicopter waiting.
    I have the command here now.
    You are worthless if you cannot obey a simple order.
    This man will receive a speedy trial.
    Congratulations, Agent. You are one of us, after all. I confess I had my doubts.
    Your helicopter is waiting at the airfield.
    We can say what we like in the paperwork.
    That is how it is done. Swift and quiet.
    Good work. Now get to the helicopter.
    
    
    
    3.
    CONVERSATION: JUAN IVANOVICH LEBEDEV
    
    JC DENTON
    If you know something, just tell me.
    
    LEBEDEV
    The question you've got to ask -- I'm surprised you haven't -- is the obvious
    one: Who am I? Who made me and for what purpose?
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO has briefed me on my augmentations. Get to the point.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Return to base, Agent Denton. I will handle this.
    
    LEBEDEV
    Your parents were murdered precisely because they could have told you the
    correct answer to that question.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's a pretty big claim.
    
    LEBEDEV
    You didn't have parents. The ones you knew were employees. You were made by a
    cabal of technophiles so crazed for power that they would control not only
    governments and people but the chemistry of our bodies as well.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Leave us, Agent. Now.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like a picture-perfect description of the NSF.
    
    LEBEDEV
    Think bigger, Agent. Think global.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    You have disobeyed a direct order.
    
    LEBEDEV
    Do you think it's an accident that the cure for the global plague is owned by a
    single corporation, and that it's kept so secret that only the tabloids dare
    print a story suggesting it exists?
    
    JC DENTON
    The supply is limited. That doesn't mean there's a conspiracy.
    
    LEBEDEV
    But where does that corporation manufacture the cure, and where did your brother
    uncover the information that brought him over to our side?
    
    JC DENTON
    Go on.
    
    LEBEDEV
    I can tell by the expression of your friend's face that she knows where I'm
    heading. UNATCO is completely correct to think that Tracer Tong will soon
    understand Ambrosia. He was the one who was going to receive this shipment.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why tell me all this?
    
    LEBEDEV
    I've said nothing that UNATCO won't find on this plane's computer. But here's
    the secret. This is what Paul was so interested to hear from Tracer Tong.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Manderley will be disappointed in your insubordination.
    That is what happens to a prisoner who tries to escape. Go to the helicopter
    now, Agent Denton. It is waiting at the airfield.
    Get to the helicopter. Manderley will want to see you.
    I have never had this much difficulty with a trainee in my life.
    I have told Manderley a thousand times: augmentations do not make an agent.
    
    
    
    4.
    CONVERSATION: JUAN IVANOVICH LEBEDEV
    
    LEBEDEV
    I guess Paul must have convinced you.
    
    JC DENTON
    All right. We're alone. If you have proof of a conspiracy, let's hear it.
    
    LEBEDEV
    The question you've got to ask -- I'm surprised you haven't -- is the obvious
    one: Who am I? Who made me and for what purpose?
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO has briefed me on my augmentations. Get to the point.
    
    LEBEDEV
    Your parents were murdered precisely because they could have told you the
    correct answer to that question.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's a pretty big claim.
    
    LEBEDEV
    You didn't have parents. The ones you knew were employees. You were made by a
    cabal of technophiles so crazed for power that they would control not only
    governments and people but the chemistry of our bodies as well.
    
    JC DENTON
    Your proof?
    
    LEBEDEV
    You're the proof. You and Paul. When you get back to UNATCO, pay attention.
    Something's not right. You're really working for a group of conspirators called
    Majestic 12.
    
    JC DENTON
    You expect me to believe there's a group of people powerful enough to control
    the United Nations?
    
    LEBEDEV
    The U.N. and UNATCO are just a couple of their tools.
    UNATCO has already occupied the airfield. Just go through the motions and report
    back to Liberty Island. I can't do anything for you here.
    Be patient. Someone will contact you, soon.
    If you want to find out more, you'll have to contact Tracer Tong in Hong Kong.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Jesus, JC, that was Agent Navarre. She was out of line there, about the
    execution, but -- Oh, my God. Manderley will have you shot. We have to erase the
    log files. I don't like this, but I'll protect you this time. I guess you have
    to stand up for what you believe.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Jesus, JC, that was Agent Navarre. I can't say I liked the way she operated, but
    -- Oh my God. Manderley will have you shot. We have to erase the log files. I'll
    protect you this time. You better have a good explanation.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Proceed to the helipad. We know your brother was here. He is gone, but we will
    find him.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HANGAR
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    All clear, sir.
    We've disabled the security grid.
    Agent Hermann is on his way.
    This area is secure.
    I heard you got Lebedev. Way to go.
    There's a chopper waiting at the helipad.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - AIRFIELD
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Manderley has assigned me the peacekeeping occupation of the airport.
    
    JC DENTON
    Standard procedure, it appears. I'm sure we can count on you.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I want to be the one to execute Lebedev.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, well... There was shooting on the 747. I didn't see what happened. Maybe
    Anna beat you to it.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I will investigate. She might need backup.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Some bad news. I already took him out.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Yes. Of course. Congratulations, Agent.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Some bad news. Agent Navarre beat you to it.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Yes. Of course. I will congratulate her.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    Hey, about my brother --
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    A shame that we have to track down and kill one of our most advanced agents. At
    least we have one of you left.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't you think we should give Paul a chance to explain himself? He's been with
    UNATCO for years.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Only one thing can happen when you break your oath to the Coalition.
    I will be truthful. I have requested the assignment of the Paul Denton
    assassination.
    Again they ignore me. Again they think they have a better punishment for a
    traitor than a shotgun to the head.
    I will do it myself, even if they say to get him alive.
    I was the one who warned them a year ago not to trust Paul Denton.
    Do not make the same mistake as your brother.
    The helicopter is waiting.
    Agent Navarre and I will handle it from here.
    Paul cannot hide from my infrared detectors.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Gunther told me about Paul.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's true. Paul's been working for the NSF.
    
    JOCK
    This is gonna shake up the Coalition, JC. I don't know if you realize how
    important your brother was.
    
    JC DENTON
    The Coalition will recover. I'm not so worried about the Coalition.
    
    JOCK
    U.N. officials will probably get involved. You'll have to keep your head down if
    you're gonna come through this in one piece. Sure you're ready to head back to
    base?
    
    JC DENTON
    Give me a minute to look around.
    
    JOCK
    Sure thing.
    Ready?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm ready. Let's move out.
    
    JOCK
    Get in.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - LIBERTY ISLAND
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Check in with Manderley so we can get out of here. We gotta move.
    It has to do with your brother.
    I can't say anything else right now.
    Just hurry up.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Manderley is pleased that you followed orders. He wants to see you.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Manderley wants you to stop by his office. Don't sweat it if he chews you out. I
    think you made the right decision by not killing Lebedev.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    This area is off-limits.
    Hell of a long shift.
    Sorry, Agent. Only authorized personnel.
    I have to ask you to step away from the barricade.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    Don't worry. Manderley calmed down when he heard that they picked up Lebedev.
    You'll be all right. He's mainly upset about Paul.
    You better get downstairs for a debriefing.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    We got the news. Nobody really believes it.
    Too bad about Paul. Guess that goes to show we can't be too sure of anyone.
    But I know you're different, JC. I remember from the Academy.
    You better get downstairs for a debriefing.
    
    
    
    3.
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    Don't worry. Manderley calmed down when he heard that Anna took care of Lebedev.
    You'll be all right. He's mainly upset about Paul.
    You better get downstairs for a debriefing.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: CentralSecurity//UpNet.2334.3233
    To: Security Personnel
    Subject: Paul Denton REVOKED
    
    Effective immediately, the status of Agent Paul Denton has been changed to
    REVOKED, and Denton has been added to the Prejudiced List. Paul Denton is armed,
    dangerous, and possesses intimate knowledge of UNATCO security protocols.
    Security personnel are authorized to use LETHAL FORCE in his apprehension. Any
    information regarding the whereabouts of Paul Denton should be reported to
    Central Security.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNATCO HQ
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    Manderley's blowing his top. You better go see him on the double.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    Manderley wants to see you. You know the drill.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SGT. MICHAEL BERRY & CORPORAL COLLINS
    
    BERRY
    It's a question of who benefits society more.
    
    COLLINS
    But who decides that? YOU?
    
    BERRY
    It's implicit.
    
    COLLINS
    I think Paul just had a soft spot for the plague victims.
    
    BERRY
    Every human institution is like a pyramid. Those with ability are at the top;
    they are more important.
    
    COLLINS
    Maybe it's the foundation that's important, and when the foundation's gone...
    
    BERRY
    They make the decisions. They keep the machine running. Therefore, they must be
    protected first.
    
    COLLINS
    I'm not saying Paul was right...
    
    BERRY
    It's basic tactics. Protect your command center, your air strips, your
    industrial zones...
    
    COLLINS
    It's just... the rationing. Seems like the government could pay VersaLife to
    manufacture more.
    
    BERRY
    Hello, Agent Denton.
    Shame about Paul. We'll miss him.
    Heck of an operative.
    
    COLLINS
    Hi, JC.
    We were just talking about the Ambrosia situation, looking at it
    philosophically.
    What a day, huh?
    I guess Paul was too much of an idealist for this kind of work.
    You've just gotta be able to compromise sometimes.
    I keep hoping, though. I keep thinking maybe he'll pull it off, whatever he's
    trying to do.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Your brother sure had us fooled.
    Back to the same old routine.
    We sure cleaned house tonight.
    Heard you're shipping out to Hong Kong. Good luck.
    (I heard Anna got killed. Amazing.
    Never seen HQ so crowded during graveyard.
    Don't sweat the business about the 747. I heard they got Lebedev, anyway.
    Whoever got Anna must have caught her by surprise.)
    (A bullet to the head. That's justice. You catch on fast.
    Agent Navarre is telling everybody you're the best recruit we've ever had.
    We sure showed that rich bastard, Lebedev, didn't we?)
    (Glad one of the Dentons is going to stick it out.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    I can't believe it, JC. What got into Paul?
    
    JC DENTON
    I guess he got a better offer.
    
    JANICE REED
    What a blow. I don't know how we'll recover. It's almost like losing a son.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't understand it myself, but we've got to go on. Is Manderley available?
    
    JANICE REED
    Go right in, JC. He has a lot to discuss.  Incidentally, I haven't been able to
    reach Jaime. If you cross paths, could you mention that Walton Simons is looking
    for him? I'm guessing he's in the break room.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll let him know.
    
    JANICE REED
    You better not keep him waiting.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    
    JC DENTON
    Objectives complete, sir.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Good, good. Here's your op bonus as usual, 1000 for a flawless performance. You
    might be interested to know that your tenacity has impressed some very important
    people.
    
    JC DENTON
    I only wish to serve the Coalition to the best of my ability.
    
    MANDERLEY
    They have high hopes for you, JC. You understand the importance of loyalty,
    don't you?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Well, that's what seems to be missing in your brother. I hope you'll understand
    why the Coalition has shut down Paul's augmentations and has activated the
    killswitch.
    
    JC DENTON
    Activated... what?
    
    MANDERLEY
    He's our enemy now. He's gone, JC. The Coalition wants you to understand that
    he's just another terrorist, like the ones that have died by your very hand this
    evening.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can they really kill him -- with the press of a button?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Yes -- and you, too. So take these orders seriously. They're sending you to Hong
    Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about Paul? Will I get to see him again?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Please. Just get your equipment and meet our pilot Jock at the helipad. You will
    need to take out a man called Tracer Tong, Paul's contact in Hong Kong. Prove
    that they can trust you. JC --
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes...
    
    MANDERLEY
    It's critical that they trust you.
    The only way to allay their suspicions of you, JC, is to actively work against
    your brother's allies.
    I got you this opportunity; now it's up to you.
    Move out, agent.
    Grow up, JC.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    
    MANDERLEY
    Here. Take your op bonus. 1000. No use splitting hairs this time.
    
    JC DENTON
    I have some bad news about Agent Navarre.
    
    MANDERLEY
    No shit. What the hell happened in there?
    
    JC DENTON
    Lebedev. A surprise attack.
    
    MANDERLEY
    I find that hard to believe. You're digging your own grave if you cover up for
    your brother.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir. I'm not covering up Paul, sir.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Because he's gone, JC. I hope you'll understand this. The Coalition has shut
    down his augmentations and activated the killswitch.
    
    JC DENTON
    Activated... what?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Some very important officials have become nervous, nervous about Paul but also
    about you.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think I've proved myself. Can they really kill him -- by pressing a button?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Yes -- and you, too. So take these orders seriously. They're sending you to Hong
    Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about Paul? Will I get to see him again?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Please. Just get your equipment and meet our pilot Jock at the helipad. You will
    need to take out a man called Tracer Tong, Paul's contact in Hong Kong. Prove
    that they can trust you. JC --
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes...
    
    MANDERLEY
    It's critical that they trust you.
    The only way to allay their suspicions of you, JC, is to actively work against
    your brother's allies.
    I got you this opportunity; now it's up to you.
    Move out, agent.
    
    
    
    3.
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    
    MANDERLEY
    All right, Denton. What the hell happened? You were under direct orders -- MY
    orders!
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry about not killing Lebedev. He seemed worth interrogating.
    
    MANDERLEY
    We don't give you enough information to make a call like that.
    
    JC DENTON
    I guess that means I don't get the op bonus?
    
    MANDERLEY
    You can turn in your weapons right now if you're going to be a smartass.
    
    JC DENTON
    I risked my life, and I recovered the Ambrosia. I deserve compensation.
    
    MANDERLEY
    We don't have time for trifles. Whatever. Take it. But it will be the last one.
    Clearly monetary incentives don't work with you and Paul.
    
    JC DENTON
    I try to do the best job I can.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Just shut up and listen for a second. Christ, JC, this kind of behavior, not to
    mention your brother's defection, is making certain powerful people very
    nervous. Nervous about you. You understand the importance of loyalty, don't you?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, but --
    
    MANDERLEY
    Well, that's what seems to be missing in you and your brother. Brace yourself
    for an ugly lesson, JC. The Coalition has shut down Paul's augmentations and has
    activated the killswitch.
    
    JC DENTON
    Activated... what?
    
    MANDERLEY
    He's our enemy now. He's gone, JC. The Coalition wants you to understand that
    he's just another terrorist, like the ones that hav died by your very hand this
    evening.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can they really kill him -- with the press of a button?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Yes -- and you, too. So take these orders seriously. They're sending you to Hong
    Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about Paul? Will I get to see him again?
    
    MANDERLEY
    Please. Just get your equipment and meet our pilot Jock at the helipad. You will
    need to take out a man called Tracer Tong, Paul's contact in Hong Kong. Prove
    that they can trust you. JC --
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes...
    
    MANDERLEY
    It's critical that they trust you.
    The only way to allay their suspicions of you, JC, is to actively work against
    your brother's allies.
    I got you this opportunity; now it's up to you.
    Move out, agent.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Excessive Force
    
    I understand that what we're doing here isn't kid's stuff, but I had an NSF
    trooper brought in to be treated prior to interrogation suffering from multiple
    second-degree burns consistent with repeated application of a riot prod at close
    range. One or two shocks at most should have been enough to incapacitate almost
    any individual; this man had at least seven distinct burn wounds.
    This is simply unacceptable, and violates not only the commonly practiced rules
    of engagement but my own medical ethics. I understand that it is _not_ indictive
    of overall UNATCO policy, and would request that the incident be strenuously
    investigated and those responsible placed on suspension pending further
    investigation.
    Dr. Jaime Reyes
    
    
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78542.98231
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Agent Sherman
    
    I've dispatched Agent Sherman to assist you in resolving your current problems
    and to insure that MJ12 operations are not adversely affected. I trust you'll
    extend him your complete cooperation.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    UNATCO Nabs Terrorists in Hell's Kitchen Raid
    APR - New York
    
    A recent raid on UNATCO's Liberty Island headquarters by members of the National
    Seccessionist Forces (NSF) ended today when UNATCO troops, working in
    conjunction with local police, assaulted the warehouse in Hell's Kitchen where
    NSF units were regrouping. While UNATCO casualties were low, few NSF members
    survived the action which UNATCO director Joseph Manderley termed a "suicidal
    last stand on their part."
    "We negotiated for hours," said Manderley, "and were prepared to make
    arrangements for their surrender into custody when an attack was
    initiated?against us by the NSF. We had no choice but to respond with force.
    Obviously, a complete inquiry into this terrible, unfortunate series of events
    will be undertaken as soon as possible."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    I just can't get over it. How could Paul do this to us?
    He always seemed honest to me.
    I guess anyone can be a terrorist, if you think about it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SHANNON & UNATCO TROOPER
    
    SHANNON
    Then what'd you do?
    
    TROOPER
    I chased them into the building.
    
    SHANNON
    Weren't you scared?
    
    TROOPER
    A little, but when I'm wearing this helmet I've learned to set aside the
    instincts of a civilian and be completely professional.
    
    SHANNON
    They had assault guns!
    
    TROOPER
    Tactically, I had the advantage. It was important to act before the situation
    changed.
    
    SHANNON
    How you troopers do it, I can't imagine...
    
    TROOPER
    My vest caught a few slugs, but I had a job to do and I did it.
    
    SHANNON
    Amazing.
    
    TROOPER
    It was just blind luck that one of the terrorists was carrying orders from
    Lebedev.
    
    SHANNON
    We never would have known about the airlift if you hadn't been so courageous.
    
    TROOPER
    Oh, no, no... Don't start that. Just following orders.
    
    SHANNON
    And we might never have recovered the shipment. It all depended on you.
    
    TROOPER
    Well... I was happy to do my part.
    
    SHANNON
    That's too bad about Paul.
    The agency won't recover overnight.
    I was talking to Private Newman.
    
    TROOPER
    Agent Denton.
    I was just telling Shannon about the operation. Quite a success, wasn't it?
    We sure appreciate you staying late and helping out.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TROOPER
    
    TROOPER
    Glad one of the Dentons is going to stick it out.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: JCDenton//UNATCO.82098.9868
    Subject: Come to my office
    
    We need to talk about the last mission. In person, no infolink. Come by my
    office after you've been debriefed by Manderley.
    -alex-
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    1.
    ALEX
    A lot of surprises this time. Paul... a terrorist. Wow.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well, I took out his boss. I hope that changes his mind.
    
    2.
    ALEX
    What the HELL were you thinking, JC?
    
    JC DENTON
    Agent Navarre was out-of-line. I had no choice.
    
    ALEX
    They'll have you killed. They won't even blink an eye.
    
    JC DENTON
    Neither did I.
    
    ALEX
    Well, watch what you say around Manderley. Let's leave it at that. I've been in
    contact with Gunther, by the way. No sign of your brother at the airport.
    
    JC DENTON
    He sure caused his share of trouble. I don't know what to think anymore.
    
    3.
    ALEX
    A lot of surprises this time. Paul... a terrorist. Wow.
    
    JC DENTON
    He got me to disobey orders. I don't know what to think anymore.
    
    
    ALEX
    I wonder what it is he found out, why he'd defect.
    
    JC DENTON
    He thinks he has proof of a conspiracy.
    
    ALEX
    Wild stuff, huh? I'd like to hear what he has to say. If you hear from him -- or
    if you find out where he is -- don't worry about the infolink. I'll erase the
    archives.
    
    JC DENTON
    You think he's right?
    
    ALEX
    Worth hearing him out. I've never known Paul to make a mistake.
    Manderley was tuned in when you reached the 747. It really is all over for Paul.
    I know it can't be easy for you, not knowing where he is.
    Just hang in there. I'll let you know if I find out something.
    Paul never was gung-ho aggressive like some agents.
    I guess I know where he's coming from. I've armchair-quarterbacked my share of
    search and destroys.
    Turns your stomach sometimes.
    If you need me, I'll be tuned in. Just holler.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER
    
    SAM CARTER
    How are you holding up?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Fine. I completed the mission objectives.
    
    SAM CARTER
    You were ordered to assassinate a man in cold blood. That must have been
    difficult.
    
    JC DENTON
    Not if you pause for a second and think about who he was and what he stood for.
    
    SAM CARTER
    It's a shame when a difference of opinion gets somebody killed. That's all I
    have to say about that.
    
    JC DENTON
    Every war is the result of a difference of opinion. Maybe the biggest questions
    can only be answered by the greatest of conflicts.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Let's hope not, or we're on the brink of another world war. Speaking of which,
    tell me what you need. I'll load you up.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Not so good. I don't know who to trust anymore.
    
    SAM CARTER
    No one blames you about Lebedev. You refused an order to kill in cold blood --
    precisely your duty as a UNATCO peacekeeper.
    
    JC DENTON
    Manderley certainly does.
    
    SAM CARTER
    He'll cool down. The important thing is that you obey your conscience.
    
    JC DENTON
    Right.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Tell me what you need, and I'll load you up.
    
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take tranquilizer darts for the crossbow.
    
    SAM CARTER
    A man of tactics. I like that.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I've been using a shotgun.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Working in close, huh? Takes guts.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Sniper rifle, thirty-ought-six.
    
    SAM CARTER
    You learn fast -- I'm impressed.
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    A GEP rocket.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Like the big guns, huh? Hang on to this baby. It's the last one I've got.
    
    
    SAM CARTER
    I hear they're shipping you out to Hong Kong. Hate to see you go.
    Watch your back around the Triads.
    It's a shame about Paul. He was one of the best.
    Stop moping around, soldier.
    I said move out.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: MedDirectorate//UNATCO.15888.00342
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: Augmentation Shipment
    
    Augmentation canister 10B (MJID-9138YU0983) has been shipped via suspension
    crate to UNATCO HQ for your distribution to nanotechnologically augmented agents
    under your care and should arrive within 24 hours. If you do not receive this
    shipment within 24 hours, contact UNATCO MedDirectorate.
    Canister 10B contains ROM modules that encode either the Regeneration or Energy
    Shield torso augmentation.
    The Regeneration augmentation will add programmable polymerase to existing
    augmentations, directing the structural repair of tissues and organs damaged in
    combat conditions.
    The Energy Shield augmentation will construct heat- and electricity-absorbing
    polyanilene capacitors below the skin, reducing damage received from flame,
    electrical, or plasma injuries.
    For detailed information, refer to the Nano-Augmentation Guidelines you have
    already received.
    UNATCO, Office of Medical Directorate
    
    
    
    From: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: Re: Excessive Force
    
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention Dr. Reyes. If acurate, this
    mistreatment obviously violates any number of rules in the UNATCO charter and
    will be thorougly investigated. However, the situation is currently very fluid,
    and I would ask you to refrain from speculating further until we have an
    opportunity to ascertain all the relevant facts.
    JM
    >I understand that what we're doing here isn't
    >kid's stuff, but I had an NSF trooper brought in
    >to be treated prior to interrogation suffering
    >from multiple second-degree burns consistent
    >with repeated application of a riot prod at close
    >range. One or two shocks at most should have
    >been enough to incapacitate almost any
    >individual; this man had at least seven distinct
    >burn wounds.
    
    
    
    From: Francis_Hamilton//CDCNET.87.47.2398
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: Best Guess
    
    Thanks for the e-mail -- sorry I haven't been to reply before now, but we've got
    our hands full here. Everyone's working 24 by 7 trying to isolate the Gray Death
    vectors. While things haven't been too bad down here in Atlanta (yet), the
    reports I'm getting back from field operatives in NYC aren't as optimistic. I'll
    send you the latest data as soon as I have it, but let me be perfectly honest:
    the projections aren't good. Initial casualties could be up to 10% of the
    current population, with another 3-5% mortally affected by secondary contagions.
    If you've got any place to head on vacation, I'd go. Until then, if any of your
    people come into contact with this stuff I'd say Level 3 quarantine is your best
    option.
    I've got to run, but I'll let you know as soon as all the data is in --
    Francis
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JAIME REYES & WALTON SIMONS
    
    JAIME REYES
    What kind of pain?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Behind the eyes. A sharp burning. Almost electrical.
    
    JAIME REYES
    How's your bioelectric level?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    It's always at a hundred percent. I like to stay prepared.
    
    JAIME REYES
    That's probably it right there. Free radicals. You should charge your systems
    only when they've been significantly drained.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    I wasn't informed of that.
    
    JAIME REYES
    It's a lot like an electric razor. If you leave it plugged in all the time, the
    battery loses its zero point. Just watch your levels.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Interesting. Thanks, Doctor.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Let me know how it goes.
    
    JC DENTON
    Get everybody patched up?
    
    JAIME REYES
    I did my best. You're looking good.
    
    JC DENTON
    Never felt better.
    
    JAIME REYES
    They just dropped off a few liters of the Ambrosia you recovered, by the way.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Good work out there, Denton. I want you to know: we will not let your brother's
    activity cast its shadow on you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir. I'm grateful for that. I just wish we'd found out sooner.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    No harm done. We have you to take his place.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is a few liters going to be enough?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Well, no one on staff's gonna catch Gray Death this month.
    
    JC DENTON
    Paul said UNATCO uses the Ambrosia supply to influence national governments.
    What do you think about that?
    
    JAIME REYES
    So it's true. He went over to the NSF.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, he tried to recruit me.
    
    JAIME REYES
    What? You? Work for the NSF? Did he really expect you to believe that UNATCO's
    part of some global conspiracy?
    
    JC DENTON
    I waxed his boss. Maybe he'll get the message.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    He makes some sense. I spared his boss, Juan Lebedev.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    He makes some sense. I ignored the mission objective of killing his boss, Juan
    Lebedev, but Agent Navarre intervened.
    
    
    JAIME REYES
    What did Manderley say?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    He boxed my ears. No big deal.
    
    JAIME REYES
    I'm surprised he didn't fire you on the spot.
    
    JC DENTON
    He gave me one more chance. I'm on my way to Hong Kong.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Good. Maybe you'll find out what got into Paul.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I didn't talk to him yet.
    
    JAIME REYES
    You better get to his office. He's not going to like that one bit.
    
    
    JAIME REYES
    If there's a conspiracy it's at VersaLife; they're the ones making money off the
    plague.
    Whatever his politics, I'm still going to miss your brother. Tell him that if
    you see him.
    I don't think it will be long before VersaLife steps up production of the
    vaccine.
    Looks like the cleaner bots were busy while I was gone.
    Busy day, but as you can see I got to everyone.
    I can finally start on some paperwork.
    As usual, take what you need.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    I saw you listening in. Yes, it's true. I have augmentations like yours.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't you work down in Washington?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Actually, I'm the Director of FEMA.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like you wouldn't have much use for physical augmentations.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You underestimate the demands of my work. We deal with every sort of natural and
    unnatural disaster you can imagine.
    
    JC DENTON
    But you're the director. You work behind a desk.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Am I behind a desk right now? No, I'm not. That's because we have a situation
    here in New York. I got to my position because I can fix things. You will see
    shortly, because as you have probably noticed yourself this agency is broken and
    needs an overhaul.
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you mean by "overhaul"?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You will receive a memo in a few days. I am still collecting data.
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO was very effective this evening. We recaptured the shipment.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You don't have to worry, Agent. It's the softer elements I am after.
    
    JC DENTON
    Like who?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You're beginning to exceed your clearance. What are you, Angel/0A?
    
    JC DENTON
    Excuse my persistence. I'll wait for the memo.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Good. Carry on.
    I said no more questions.
    I have good reason to hold back the announcement.
    Dismissed, Agent!
    Leave me alone.
    Settle down, Agent.
    Watch it. You're not in the academy anymore.
    You don't know who I am, do you?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    Not much happening down here, Agent.
    We had to execute the prisoners.
    They wouldn't talk.
    Simons shot one of them himself. Now THAT'S somebody you don't want to piss off.
    All the same, this post is a little more exciting when we've got someone in
    custody.
    Take a look around if you want.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCOTT
    
    SCOTT
    So long, Agent.
    Wish I was shipping out for Hong Kong.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PRIVATE LLOYD
    
    LLOYD
    We'll miss you, Agent.
    Strange you were reassigned so soon... after only one day.
    You know what they say about China, right? That's where UNATCO sends people they
    aren't sure of.
    Kind of what Central Asia used to be for the Russians.
    Don't get mixed up with the wrong Triad. From what I hear, that was Paul's
    mistake.
    Well, have a good trip.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I'm taking you to New York.
    
    JC DENTON
    My orders are to go to Hong Kong.
    
    JOCK
    Your brother's in trouble. You need to meet him in Hell's Kitchen at the
    apartment.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's wrong?
    
    JOCK
    I'll let him speak for himself. He just wanted me to get you to the hotel.
    
    
    
    
    
    NEW YORK - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Your brother's hurt pretty bad. You'll find him at the apartment. If he can
    walk, get him to come with you. I can pick you guys up in Battery Park.
    He doesn't have much time.
    Be discreet. He doesn't want any trouble with UNATCO.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Ten Dead in Gang Slaying
    APR - Hong Kong, China
    
    The simmering gang war in Hong Kong exploded onto the streets overnight when ten
    were killed during an attack on a local establishment, the Lucky Money Club.
    Located in the Wan Chai district, the Lucky Money Club has generally been
    associated with organized criminal activity. Eyewitness reports were few, but
    local authorities suspect that members of the Luminous Path Triad may have been
    involved in the attack.
    All ten victims had extensive criminal records. Each was killed with traditional
    weapons, their throats savagely cut in an ancient ritual typically employed as a
    punishment for betrayal.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SALLY
    
    SALLY
    Hey, Mr. UNATCO man. You guys goin' after JoJo?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not going after anybody.
    
    SALLY
    That's pretty logical, him being hid out in the 'Ton.
    
    JC DENTON
    JoJo Fine of the NSF?
    
    SALLY
    The whole street's a UNATCO security zone. That's why they sent me down here.
    They're gonna make that punk out and no one's gonna miss him.
    
    1.
    SALLY
    They said go to Battery Park, but I wanna be here to see JoJo hit the curb.
    He's always giving me trouble.
    Now JoJo's moved in on the Rentons. That ain't right.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    You can forget about JoJo. I left him on his back in the hotel.
    
    SALLY
    Really? That's it?
    
    JC DENTON
    He's not going to be a problem anymore.
    
    SALLY
    Does that mean the evacuation's over?
    
    JC DENTON
    You better stay here until the police say it's okay.
    
    SALLY
    I gotta use the street to get home.
    They got JoJo. What more do they need to do?
    Man, I can't believe that guy's dead. I've been dreaming about this day...
    I can't wait to tell Janey.
    Thanks, man. Really.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - SMUGGLER'S LAIR
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SMUGGLER
    
    SMUGGLER
    Tell Paul he better lay low for the next few hours.
    I've heard talk of a raid on the 'Ton.
    Now what do you want?
    (This is what I've got.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything for sale?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Hey, about your brother. If he's in Hell's Kitchen, he's a sitting duck.
    
    JC DENTON
    So you heard that he went over to the NSF...
    
    SMUGGLER
    UNATCO's got this place nailed down. One thing they can't stand: an agent gone
    AWOL.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I should prepare for the worst. What do you have for me?
    
    SMUGGLER
    I have an extended clip that will fit most handguns and rifles for 1500 credits,
    a range weapon-mod for 2400, and a napalm canister that fits most flamethrowers
    for 2250.
    
    JC DENTON
    Not interested.
    
    SMUGGLER
    The best thing is to stay out of UNATCO's way.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Public Terminal 11A//NYNET.44567.22356
    To: 328.2133.1230
    Subject: Need Passage
    
    You met me once when doing business with Lebedev; I got the impression you were
    a professional then, so I'm going to try and handle this professionally now.
    I need passage out of this city -- underneath the official radar -- for me and
    two other people. We're prepared to keep our mouths shut, and we're prepared to
    pay. We don't care how, and we don't care where: Hong Kong, Lagos, Paris if you
    can, but anywhere that's outside of the country. I've hacked this terminal with
    an account that should be active for the next 24 hours; I'll check it
    periodically for your response.
    -Decker
    
    
    
    From: LevelBeam//UnderNet.3329.4143
    To: Citizen's Rights Mailing List
    Subject: Re: Polio Vaccinations
    
    Jimmy Hoskins wrote:
    >why Crystal Palace is only the upper level of a
    >much larger repository of data  complete
    >genetic records of every human being on Earth
    >gathered during the polio "vaccinations" and
    >supplemented by periodic influenza
    >"vaccinations" since then. In truth, the whole
    >idea that Crystal Palace was HQ to NORAD
    >was a brilliant deception, as a secret
    >Soviet-American pact
    Come on, Jimmy -- in her 2013 book "The Wheels Come Off," Ophelia Carter
    persuasively demonstrated that there could have been no "Soviet-American pact,"
    as America had already sold-out to the Grays; far from being shams, the polio
    and influenza outbreaks of the later 20th century were merely test runs in a
    larger governmental biowarfare program that used its own populace as guinea
    pigs.
    Next time, get your facts straight.
    Shirow Yoshitaka
    "When everything is permitted, nothing is free."
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNDERWORLD TAVERN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    FILBEN
    Here's a tip for free: take cover. UNATCO's about to do a raid.
    All they said was, "Clear out; we're coming in."
    Good to see you UNATCO boys know how to clean up this town.
    (In case you didn't know, some thug's taken over the 'Ton. Someone should take
    care of him.)
    I hear UNATCO's got a team going over the old NSF hideout. Probably put me out
    of business.
    By morning UNATCO'll know everything there is to know about the rebels.
    I bet I wake up tomorrow and I don't have a job.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOE GREENE
    
    JOE GREENE
    Perfect. Someone who can tell me about the raid.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Like I said before, I don't talk to the press.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Why are they closing down the street and shutting down the bar? What could be
    worse than the fighting earlier this evening?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    What I want to know is how my boss found out I talked to you.
    
    JOE GREENE
    You're the investigator. You tell me.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think one of us told him.
    
    JOE GREENE
    If I knew him, I wouldn't have to question you, now would I? Just answer one
    thing: why are they closing the bar and clearing out the streets? What could be
    worse than the fighting earlier this evening?
    
    
    JC DENTON
    I wish I had an answer to that, but even if I did it wouldn't be any of your
    business.
    How about I interview you? Tell me what you've dug up on the raid.
    
    JOE GREENE
    What's the matter? Did they leave you out of the loop?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm the one asking questions.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Must be a high-level operation. I'd sure like to know what it is.
    
    JC DENTON
    All right, forget it. I'll find out on my own.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Place is almost empty.
    I could sure use better contacts at UNATCO.
    Let me know if you hear anything.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JORDAN SHEA
    
    JORDAN
    Hey, you know the Rentons, right? There's trouble at the 'Ton.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    JORDAN
    JoJo Fine, a punk from around here; thinks he's going to use the hotel as his
    next base.
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO's looking for him. He worked for the NSF.
    
    JORDAN
    Far as I can tell, UNATCO doesn't give a damn about JoJo or the Rentons. Bigger
    fish to fry, I suppose. What do you need?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I already took care of that punk JoJo, if that's what you mean.
    
    JORDAN
    Really? He's dead?
    
    JC DENTON
    Surprised?
    
    JORDAN
    I'm just glad to see that someone gives a damn about the Rentons. UNATCO seems
    to think they have bigger fish to fry.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    A bottle of booze, please.
    
    JORDAN
    Drink up. We're about to close.
    So they brought you over for the raid? That's surprising.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not involved with any kind of raid.
    
    JORDAN
    Oh. Well, then you probably want to stay out of the crossfire. I just assumed...
    So what do you need? Ten credits, anything in the house. Last call.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for the advice.
    Tell me about this raid.
    
    JORDAN
    Best thing in these situations is to clear out. That's what we should've done
    earlier during the fighting.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who are they after?
    
    JORDAN
    Agent Denton, I know who you are, and I know your brother. You should leave the
    city. Trust me.
    
    JC DENTON
    It was good talking to you.
    
    JORDAN
    1.
    Shoot.
    
    2.
    Suppose I can stay open a minute longer.
    
    3.
    Well, I don't hear shooting yet.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    Nothing, but thanks.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - 'TON HOTEL
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    (groans)
    
    JC DENTON
    Is this killswitch real? What's it going to do to you?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm afraid that's classified.
    
    JC DENTON
    Manderley said you're going to die.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You've got to have God clearance to... to know... The nanites can be programmed
    for exponential growth.
    
    JC DENTON
    There's a chopper that can take us to Hong Kong. You know Jock?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    First... You're the only that can help. I need to send the NSF distress code.
    UNATCO tracked Lebedev to the other NSF bases -- and to Silhouette in France.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I came to get you out of here.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    JC -- you've got to believe me. UNATCO takes... payoffs. Silhouette -- the other
    terrorist groups, they're our allies.
    
    JC DENTON
    You've done what you can for the rebels. Let's go.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Go on.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    UNATCO takes payoffs. Silhouette -- the other terrorist groups, they're our
    allies.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm prepared to believe you. I killed Agent Navarre, and I'll join you against
    UNATCO -- but I want proof.
    
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You want proof, pay a visit to the NSF headquarters. Down in the basement,
    protected by boobytraps, a datacube sits on the edge of a table: my report to
    the militia leaders. Here, I have a photograph of the building. It's a couple of
    blocks to the west, behind the bar.
    
    JC DENTON
    And I suppose while I'm there you want me to encrypt a signal with the NSF
    transmitter, bypass UNATCO SigInt...?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    A lot of people could die... my friend, Chad, for example, the leader of
    Silhouette.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check out the facility, but I can't promise I'll help the terrorists. Be
    ready to leave for Hong Kong when I get back.
    You sure you're all right?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Not worse than a bad cold. What kills me is just...
    
    JC DENTON
    That they have this kind of power.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    The power, yes, but the fact that it's been there from the beginning. A lot of
    things are starting to make sense. You remember Mom and Dad?
    
    JC DENTON
    You think they knew?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Lebedev thought so. He said they were employees of the United Nations.
    
    JC DENTON
    They would never have agreed to anything like a killswitch.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Remember, I knew them longer than you did, and after what Tong showed me, I'm
    pretty certain we don't have a stitch of DNA in common with either of our
    supposed parents.
    They've opened up the street behind the bar. The NSF base is on the other side
    of the tunnel.
    Silhouette's not much to speak of militarily, but you might call them the brains
    of the resistance movement.
    They go after public opinion. If it wasn't for Silhouette there'd be a half-
    dozen meaningless civil wars going on instead of any kind of worldwide struggle.
    Ironically, to fight the one-worlders, we ourselves have to become a global
    organization.
    It's been easier than we expected. Average people are beginning to wake up to
    the fact that bigger isn't better.
    A few bureaucrats in New York can't make good decisions for New Jersey, let
    alone Paris or a village in China.
    That kind of centralization can only lead to precisely the debacle that the UN
    has become.
    Somehow the notion of unalienable liberty got lost. It's really become a
    question of what liberties will the state assign to individuals -- or, rather,
    what liberties we will have the strength to cling to.
    It's only a matter of time before someone clever and ambitious figures out that
    the tools of dictatorship have been ready-made by well-meaning governments all
    over the world.
    UNATCO, for instance. A global response to a common problem. Looks good on
    paper, but a global military force is hard to keep accountable.
    UNATCO's already in the wrong hands; I don't know whose hands, but you'll find
    records of outside influence if you dig around the NSF headquarters.
    You better get moving.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Man Who Was Thursday
    by G. K. Chesterton
    
    "...First of all, what is it really all about? What is it you object to? You
    want to abolish Government?"
    "To abolish God!" said Gregory, opening the eyes of a fanatic. "We do not only
    want to upset a few despotisms and police regulations; that sort of anarchism
    does exist, but it is a mere branch of the Nonconformists. We dig deeper and we
    blow you higher. We wish to deny all those arbitrary distinctions of vice and
    virtue, honour and treachery, upon which mere rebels base themselves. The silly
    sentimentalists of the French Revolution talked of the Rights of Man! We hate
    Rights as we hate Wrongs. We have abolished Right and Wrong."
    "And Right and Left," said Syme with a simple eagerness, "I hope you will
    abolish them too. They are much more troublesome to me..."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SANDRA RENTON & GILBERT RENTON
    
    SANDRA
    He's NOT my boyfriend.
    
    GILBERT
    Then what is he?
    
    SANDRA
    He's JoJo. GOD.
    
    GILBERT
    I don't like him staying in my hotel.
    
    SANDRA
    Then EVICT him.
    
    GILBERT
    How'd you get mixed up with someone like that in the first place?
    
    SANDRA
    Jesus, Dad, do you expect ME to do it? It's YOUR hotel.
    
    GILBERT
    I just don't want any trouble.
    
    SANDRA
    Then get used to it. JoJo's the boss on this street. Nothing anybody can do
    about it.
    Mind your own business.
    I'm talking to my father.
    You better not go upstairs.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's the trouble?
    
    SANDRA
    None of your business.
    
    GILBERT
    One of the neighbourhood thugs, JoJo. He thinks he owns the block.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can straighten him out. Just tell me where he is.
    
    GILBERT
    I get some rough people in here, but this guy... I don't know; he's jumpy.
    
    JC DENTON
    He's just a punk. I'll take care of it.
    
    GILBERT
    Can you help me out? I could really use a gun for protection.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You can have my pistol.
    
    GILBERT
    Thanks. That'll help.
    
    SANDRA
    You aren't gonna shoot nobody. Jesus.
    
    JC DENTON
    Be careful with that.
    
    GILBERT
    I hope I don't have to use this thing.
    
    SANDRA
    You're gonna get him killed.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I would rather not arm a civilian.
    
    SANDRA
    You weren't gonna shoot nobody anyway. Jesus.
    
    GILBERT
    What am I going to do?
    
    JC DENTON
    Besides, it's against the law for civilians to carry weapons.
    
    GILBERT
    Tell that to the gangsters.
    
    SANDRA
    He wasn't gonna stand up to JoJo, anyway.
    
    GILBERT
    He pays off the cops, so there's nothing I can do.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOJO FINE
    
    JOJO
    Oh, you bad!
    Keep out of the way.
    You deaf?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SANDRA RENTON, GILBERT RENTON & JOJO FINE
    
    JOJO
    Wha'chu jus' lyin' around for, girl?
    
    SANDRA
    What?
    
    JOJO
    I tol'ju -- bar rush is MONEY. It's BUSINESS.
    
    SANDRA
    In a minute.
    
    GILBERT
    That's my daughter you're talking to.
    
    JOJO
    I already explained it, old man. Your girl? She needs me. She don't got an
    education, and all you got to give her is a job killin' rats.
    
    GILBERT
    This is MY hotel. I want you to leave.
    
    JOJO
    Next thing is I explain it a lo bruto. Is that what you want?
    
    SANDRA
    I'll go already. Leave him alone.
    
    1.
    GILBERT
    That's it. I've had it.
    
    2.
    GILBERT
    I don't care what happens to me. Stay away from my little girl!
    
    1.
    GILBERT
    ...Oh, Jesus... Sandra... Oh, Sandra...
    
    2.
    SANDRA
    Oh my God! Daddy...
    
    3.
    GILBERT
    You saved my life.
    
    JC DENTON
    I was hoping I'd run into that punk.
    
    SANDRA
    Are you NUTS? You almost got yourself killed.
    
    GILBERT
    You can relax now. No more getting bossed around.
    
    SANDRA
    No thanks to YOU. If it wasn't for JC, we'd both be dead.
    
    GILBERT
    You want to go through your whole life with guys like JoJo? Is that it?
    
    SANDRA
    God. I can't STAND this place.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think you'll be happier without that guy around.
    
    SANDRA
    I'm LEAVING. I'm getting on a bus and going west until I run out of money or get
    to the ocean, whichever comes first.
    
    GILBERT
    Come on, Sandra. I just wanted to help.
    
    SANDRA
    I mean it. I'm leaving.
    Around here, all you can be is a bum. I'm not gonna live like that!
    Think I'll go to Eugene, Oregon.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: JOJO FINE
    
    JOJO
    Hol' up, bro'. You Denton, right?
    
    JC DENTON
    Who the hell are you?
    
    JOJO
    Tell your UNATCO compadres: get out my hotel.
    
    JC DENTON
    I live here.
    
    JOJO
    First thing, look around. We've got a change of management at the 'Ton. Mr.
    Renton and his daughter got early retirement.
    
    JC DENTON
    This hotel belongs to the Renton family.
    
    JOJO
    You want to live here, thass cool, but I don't want no raids. An' if they think
    they gonna get Paul, huh-uh. They need a warrant, an' he ain't here anyway.
    Yeah, I know Paul.
    I haven't seen him.
    UNATCO can't come in here without a warrant.
    ...guy things he's messing with me, but...
    Someday, gonna get out of this place.
    Gonna get me a nice coat like that.)
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - 20TH STREET WAREHOUSE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP
    
    TROOP
    I thought they were shipping you off to Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    Had to pack a few things. What's going on here?
    
    TROOP
    Damage control. The NSF got their hands on some pretty sensitive material.
    
    JC DENTON
    Probably had something to do with my two-faced brother.
    
    TROOP
    Nothing we can't clean up.
    
    JC DENTON
    Mind if I take a look around?
    
    TROOP
    Go right ahead.
    I don't care what they say; Paul was a great agent. I hate to see him go.
    By morning, you won't even know the terrorists were here.
    We still haven't found what we're looking for.
    Got to make my rounds, Agent.
    We think there's a secret level below the base, but no one's sure.
    Glad you could lend a hand.
    The guys inside know more about what's going on.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You'll need to send the signal from the satellite dish on top of the warehouse.
    If you're unable to hack the computers up there, you'll need the instructions
    and account information Lebedev sent me. One of our agents, who tried to send
    the signal but got run off, left the datacube in a secret area below the garage;
    look for a hatch under some boxes. A computer on the third floor can unlock the
    hatch.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1, UNATCO TROOP 2 & UNATCO TROOP 3
    
    TROOP 1
    You're not cleared to be up here, Agent.
    Crime Scene Unit personnel only.
    We will report this intrusion to Walton Simons.
    This floor is off-limits.
    Where do you think you're going, Agent?
    We're supposed to defend this area with force, but I guess we'll let you pass.
    You better have a good reason for being up here.
    
    TROOP 2
    Howdy, Agent. Guess you have the command now.
    Just taking a break.
    Maybe you can cut through the malarkey and get us out of here before morning.
    From what I can tell, the NSF were fabricating records that said Walton Simons
    was bribing people at UNATCO. Don't know what they expected to gain from doing
    that.
    All a bunch of nonsense.
    I'm glad we cleaned this place out. They were riling people up with propaganda.
    
    TROOP 3
    Just keeping busy.
    We've got a lot of work to do.
    Turns out your brother was stealing balance sheets from UNATCO's accounting
    department.
    The civilian authorities will take over tomorrow.
    I can't imagine what the rebels thought they'd find. A 10,000-credit toilet
    seat?
    The NSF sure put up a fight this time.
    Pardon me, sir.
    Someone should check out the roof.
    I think we found all of the data.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    All:
    I've released halon gas into the computer room to prevent any fires breaking out
    in case of assault -- obviously, anyone entering the room unprotected will
    suffocate. Use a hazmat suit, or pump out the gas before entering if you need to
    perform any maintenance.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Paul, I'm sending you this message from the plane -- UNATCO has been even more
    ruthless than we'd feared, and the reports I'm receiving now are that our people
    are being slaughtered in the tunnels; it's probably only a matter of time before
    I'm captured or executed, and I don't doubt that they'll kill everyone they can
    back at our headquarters. If you find this, you must get a message out to our
    people. Align the communications dishes using the satellite dish control
    computer -- the login is MCOLLINS and the password is REVOLUTION. Nearby is the
    actual communications console; log in using NAPOLEON and the same password, and
    a coded warning will automatically be bounced to everyone on our network.
    I can hear the gunshots. They've reached the plane. I'm sorry I won't be able to
    thank you in person -- you've done much for the peoples of the world.
    JL
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You've got what you need to use the transmitter on the roof. Look around in that
    room; you should find records of the bribes Manderley has been taking. Then get
    to the roof, JC. I need you to send that distress signal.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Juan, I have a feeling that -- one way or another -- my time here is short, and
    I think my loyalties are already being questioned. The inevitable complications
    from the raid are only going to raise more doubts, so I've pulled together
    everything I could access without raising additional suspicions.
    Attached you should find information linking Simons, Manderley, and other high-
    ranking members of UNATCO through covert communications and a series of monetary
    payments. If you check the records, over c10,000 a month is being placed into an
    anonymous Zurich account routinely accessed by Manderley -- the payments were
    slick, being dispersed through a number of shell companies and orbital banks,
    but they all eventually originate with companies in which Simons has a
    controlling interest if you follow the trail far enough back.
    I also managed to document some of UNATCO's less than shining operations,
    including their role in the Statue bombing. Most disturbing is further
    verification of Tracer's suspicion that UNATCO may not only be involved with the
    distribution of Ambrosia, but also with the Gray Death in some way.
    I've given a copy of all this same material to Jock with orders to deliver it to
    Tracer if things get as bad as I think they might. Be careful.
    -P
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Young:
    I've got to assist our forces at the airfield, but I've prepped the security
    grid here in case of attack -- if UNATCO does breach our perimeter, log in as
    TJEFFERSON with the password NEWREVOLUTION and activate it immediately. It
    should buy you some time, at least long enough to get to the airfield. I know
    Erin is looking forward to seeing you again. Don't disappoint her.
    -Decker
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: UNATCO TROOP 1 & UNATCO TROOP 2
    
    TROOP 1
    ...but what's it for?
    
    TROOP 2
    That's a dumb question.
    
    TROOP 1
    No, really. What does UNATCO need with that kind of money?
    
    TROOP 2
    Just look around. Think UNATCO'd be handing out assault guns if funding was left
    to the UN?
    
    TROOP 1
    Well...
    
    TROOP 2
    The uniforms... If it wasn't for Simons, we'd still be wearing those little
    white helmets.
    
    TROOP 1
    Yeah...
    
    TROOP 2
    He's what they call a philanthropist.
    
    TROOP 1
    Axe this file?
    
    TROOP 2
    Yeah, all of it. The whole directory.
    
    TROOP 1
    What I want to know is what he gets in return.
    
    TROOP 2
    Don't you know what a philanthropist is?
    
    TROOP 1
    Yeah, like Nietzsche.
    
    TROOP 2
    No, a philanthropist. Giving to charity.
    
    TROOP 1
    Oh.
    
    TROOP 2
    That's why he volunteered for FEMA, to help out after hurricanes and that kind
    of thing.
    
    TROOP 1
    That's a lot of money to just give away...
    
    TROOP 2
    Some people are just good, you know? Good to the bone.
    
    TROOP 1
    You shouldn't be in here.
    This area is restricted by order of Walton Simons.
    I'm going to have to write you up, Agent.
    
    TROOP 2
    We're in the middle of something.
    We can't work with you here.
    Leave us alone.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm receiving confirmation that the signal went out. You even reached Silhouette
    in France. Come back to the apartment and let's clear out of New York.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Denton? Walton Simons here. What an expensive mistake you turned out to be. I
    ordered the troops to kill you, because frankly I don't have the patience to
    wait for one of those damn killswitches work.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - 'TON HOTEL
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    JC DENTON
    Your buddy Chad should have received the signal. Come one. UNATCO's after both
    of us.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Good. He'll be able to get his people to their base in the Paris catacombs. Did
    you find the records we collected on that weasel, Walton Simons?
    
    JC DENTON
    I have a question about Simons. The instant I sent the signals, he ordered the
    troopers to hunt us down. Why does FEMA have authority over UNATCO? I thought
    FEMA was a domestic agency for flood relief and that sort of thing.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    His authority doesn't come from FEMA. He's part of a secret organization...
    Majestic-12. We don't know much more than the name. They plan to use FEMA as
    part of a scheme to shut down the U.S. government.
    
    MAN IN BLACK (O.S.)
    Agent JC Denton. Please put your weapons and step into the hallway.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    UNATCO!
    
    JC DENTON
    Come on. Out the window. We'll meet Jock in Battery Park.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I can't manage the climb. You go ahead. The code to the gate they installed at
    the subway station is 6282.
    
    JC DENTON
    I just can't leave you here.
    
    MAN IN BLACK (O.S.)
    Open up!
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Don't be a fool... Run...
    I'll hold them off.
    Hurry!
    Go out the bedroom window.
    Take care of yourself.
    Thanks for your help. Now get out of here.
    I'll have Smuggler get me to Hong Kong; he owes me a favor. You meet Jock in
    Battery Park.
    You can trust Jock.
    Go. You don't have much time.
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Terrorist Attack at La Guardia
    
    The recent terrorist attack on Liberty Island and the resultant reprisal by
    UNATCO forces appears to have spilled over onto a private airfield at La Guardia
    Airport where fighting is still ongoing at last report. All inbound flights are
    being rerouted to John F. Kennedy International Airport, while outbound flights
    have been suspended until further notice. Look for further updates as more
    information becomes available.
    
    
    
    Page Donates to Area Clinics
    
    Today Bob Page made a record donation of over ten million credits to the Clinics
    and Hospices Association of New York, the largest private donation in the
    organization's history. Already strained to the breaking point by the influx of
    patients suffering from the "Gray Death," the donation was "a gift from God,"
    according to Ray Cobo, Deputy Director of CHANY. "This couldn't have come at a
    better time and should allow us to dramatically improve our services."
    "It was the right thing to do," commented Page. "When I was in New York
    recently, the suffering that I saw on the streets was unconscionable. Thomas
    Aquinas, a personal icon, worked his entire life to ease such terrible pain.
    This is the very least I could do."
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    JC, I've got to take off. UNATCO troops are moving into the park. I'll land
    again when it looks safe.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SALLY
    
    SALLY
    They tryna kill you or something?
    You better get out of here!
    Run!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM 1 & BUM 2
    
    BUM 1
    ...no escape.
    It's already too late for you.
    Came at us with everything they had, cut us to pieces even before we could take
    Washington state.
    They have us outnumbered.
    Some of us'll be heroes; the rest of us will walk away on both legs.
    They have you, sonny. They have you this time.
    
    BUM 2
    I heard shooting!
    I'd stay out of the streets if I was you.
    Don't run from a cop; it just makes it worse when they catch you.
    I'm just minding my own business.
    Cops are sure out for blood tonight.
    You better stay away from the apartment on the second floor. That guy's packin',
    and he doesn't like people messing with his stuff.
    Back off, buddy.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    ONE WORLD BANKING
    3 Plaza One, New York
    "The future of banking is One World."
    
    Mr. Renton,
    As requested, we've provided you with a copy of your bank account and PIN
    number. We appreciate your business and look forward to answering any other
    questions you might have.
    Account #: 487659
    Pin #: 249087
    Please keep this record in secure location to prevent unauthorized use of your
    account.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RIOT COP
    
    RIOT COP
    Your buddies at UNATCO asked us to steer people away from the 'Ton.
    This block is about to heat up again.
    Clear the streets. No exceptions.
    We're telling everyone to leave the neighborhood. This one may get out of
    control.
    Keep moving, Agent.
    This area has been declared a UNATCO security zone.
    Please comply with the evacuation notice.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - BATTERY PARK
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: OLDER BUM
    
    BUM
    ...work of the devil.
    Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the
    Philistines.
    And they shall know my name is the Lord when I raise my vengeance upon them.)
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: SICK MAN
    
    SICK MAN
    Get lost.
    I said get lost.)
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: KID (BILLY)
    
    BILLY
    I'm staying right here, just like they said.
    Don't worry. I won't get in the way.
    I wish they'd let me back in the fort.
    They're worried for no reason. I don't think the terrorists are coming back.
    Everybody says the terrorists are gonna hide out for a long time.
    It's getting cold.)
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: SICK WOMAN & SICK MAN
    
    SICK WOMAN
    ...no, its my kidneys.
    
    SICK MAN
    It dont GET into the kidneys.
    
    SICK WOMAN
    Theyre infected. I can feel it.
    
    SICK MAN
    Oh, stop your moaning.
    
    SICK WOMAN
    They are. Every cell in my body...
    
    SICK MAN
    Viruses are specific. They target certain parts.
    
    SICK WOMAN
    It feels like a fire in my gut.
    
    SICK MAN
    I think you got a brain infection. Thats all.
    
    SICK WOMAN
    Youre welcome to rest here awhile, if youre not afraid of the Gray Death.
    
    SICK MAN
    No, he cant. We were here first.
    
    SICK WOMAN
    Sorry, I guess youll have to go.
    
    SICK MAN
    Get lost.
    I said get lost.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    We had such hopes for you and your brother. It would seem you are not as loyal
    as we expected.
    
    JC DENTON
    Loyalty to what Simons and agent like you have made of UNATCO -- I would rather
    die.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    We are thinking the same thought.
    (I have him!)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    There is no escape. You will surrender.
    
    JC DENTON
    Another peacekeeping occupation?
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Not any better. They expect us to take you alive. Paul is already dead.
    (They expect us to take you and Paul alive.)
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I surrender.
    
    1.1
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Now we will find out what you know.
    
    1.2
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    You are the one who killed Agent Navarre. Now you will confess and pay the
    price.
    (You are the one who killed Agent Navarre. I know it!)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Here comes your chance to be a hero.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Good.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Im not leaving until I know Pauls okay.
    
    
    
    
    
    SECRET MJ 12 FACILITY
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I came to watch you die.
    
    JC DENTON
    You're early. I've got at least twenty hours left.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I was hoping the killswitch would have started.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't feel anything.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    You won't be able to hide it for long.
    
    JC DENTON
    What have you done with Paul?
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Same as anything that malfunctions. Same as you.)
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    I need you to escape. I can cut power to the door only a few seconds without
    being detected. Get ready.
    Transmitting the floorplan... All of your equipment has been stored in the
    armory to the south. The body of Paul Denton is in the laboratory to the north.
    Proceed to Paul Denton and retrieve the datavault from his body. Tracer Tong
    will require this data to defeat the killswitch.
    (Transmitting the floorplan. All of your equipment has been stored in the armory
    to the south. Paul Denton is alive in the laboratory to the north but has a
    damaged infolink. You must inform him of the escape. Tracer Tong will require
    his datavault in order to defeat the killswitch.)
    You are beneath the nanotech lab.
    You are beneath the Command Center.
    I will not provide the exit code at this time. Go to the medical area. Tracer
    Tong requires Paul Denton's datavault.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Lieutenant Jackson:
    A failed intrusion attempt into LabNet has unfortunately scrambled other key
    systems, requiring most of the security grid to be reset. Until the grid is
    fully restored, the detention block door code has been reset to 4089 while _all_
    detention cells have been reset to 4679. You will be notified when the situation
    has been fully resolved.
    Agent Sherman
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MIGUEL
    
    MIGUEL
    You're the spy they caught, right?
    
    JC DENTON
    I never worked for the NSF, but my brother did. (I think he was captured, too.)
    
    1.
    MIGUEL
    I heard a guard say that you're the only one who lived.
    
    JC DENTON
    Are you sure?
    
    MIGUEL
    I don't know what to say.
    
    JC DENTON
    It can't be...
    
    2.
    MIGUEL
    You're definitely not the only prisoner; I heard noises down the hall.
    
    JC DENTON
    Good. Maybe I can find him.
    
    
    MIGUEL
    Let's get out of here. I smuggled in a knife -- and a medkit, too. You want the
    medkit?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, I'll take the medkit.
    
    MIGUEL
    What do you say? I think we can make it.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sure, come on.
    
    MIGUEL
    Lead the way.
    Now what?
    
    JC DENTON
    Stay close.
    
    MIGUEL
    Make a run for it.
    I've got you covered.
    You lead.
    I'm ready for business.
    Let's go!
    We're not there yet.
    Stay alert.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'd rather that you wait here.
    
    MIGUEL
    Let me know when the coast is clear.
    Be careful.
    I'll keep my eyes peeled.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Just slip out. I'll handle the guards.
    
    MIGUEL
    Well... all right.
    I'm gonna make a break for it.
    I think I know the way out.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Here's that greasel dissection chart you wanted. -- Dr. Verne
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Lab Notes, Dr. Moreau
    Week of 4/12 to 4/18
    
    Sunday, 4/12: LabNet accounts are disabled. Rumor is possible infiltration
    attempt by Silhouette required redistribution of secure network resources. Will
    transcribe lab notes by hard until IS has restored access.
    Monday, 4/13: Greasels displaying an increasing level of antipathy towards lab
    personnel. Noted to Dr. Verne who increased dosage of succinylcholine from 15cc
    to 32cc.
    Wednesday, 4/15: IS promises that LabNet accounts will be restored by Friday;
    new login is "dmoreau" with password "raptor".
    Thursday, 4/16: Dr. Cairns typically absent minded; forgot his protective gear
    when handling greasel and received a dose of venomous spit in the face.
    Fortuitous opportunity to study effects on human nervous system which included
    impaired coordination and vision.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCIENTIST 1 & SCIENTIST 2
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Sounds like a target-site mismatch.
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    The sequence came straight out of VersaLifes software.
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Did you double-check the endonuclease? Ive seen the tethering fail completely
    in vivo.
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    The damn program should just work.
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Cytoplasm isnt exactly a eutactic environment. Certain operations just fail.
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    How are we supposed to reconfigure an entire immune system if were constantly
    reinventing basic recombination technology?
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    If a few endonuclease molecules are the worst of our troubles...
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    Ill tell you whats worse: the raptor-chickens from Hong Kong. Ive never seen
    a more perfect example of gonzo science.
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Ive verified the results. Absolutely no response from their immune systems.
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    Mark my words: before the year is out, someone will make a nice midnight snack
    for one of those things.
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Oh, Richard.
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    If we really want to solve the problem, we should make 10,000 clones of one of
    the Dentons, each with a different sequence knocked out.
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Speaking of sequence, shouldnt you be getting back to work?
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    Just dreaming aloud...
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    I'm in the middle of something.
    I said I'm not getting involved.
    Don't make me call the guards.
    Stay away from that. Youll release the greasels!
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    Keep us out of this.
    We dont want any trouble.
    JCDenton... so you really exist.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Agent Sherman:
    As requested, the patient has been moved to the Surgery Ward for immediate
    salvage of his datavault. If you wish to observe the progress of the operation
    in person, the door code for surgery is 0199; or, if you wish to view the
    operation remotely, you may use the temporary account we've created for you:
    login "psherman" and password "Raven". Please let me know if myself or my staff
    can provide you with any further assistance.
    JM
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    MJ12 Cyberinformation Warfare Division
    
    Your request for: LOGIN/PASSWORDS was completed at 18:34:23.
    ajacobson - calvo
    anavarre - scryspc
    ghermann - zeitgeist
    JCD - bionicman
    jmanderley - knight_killer
    jreed - redshoes
    jreyes - amigo
    klloyd - target
    scarter - antique
    MJ12CWD * "Ipsa scientia potestas est."
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: DElmwood//OceanLab.21.33
    To: DMoreau//UpNet.2563.2290
    Subject: Karkian Bio Eval
    
    Dr. Moreau,
    I must request yet again that you forward me the results of your study on
    greasel venom toxicity with reference to the karkian neurological cultures I
    have previously provided you with so that I can conclude my bio evaluation. This
    delay on your part could be construed as a lack of enthusiasm for our research
    goals.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Elmwood
    
    
    
    From: JBlane//UNATCO.31.2376
    To: PSherman//UpNet.221.9981
    Subject: Re: Armory Code Changed
    
    >In the wake of a failed electronic intrusion
    >attempt by a Silhouette terrorist cell, we are
    >upgrading the security protocols for this
    >complex; until the new measures are in place,
    >lock codes will be changed as follows:
    >
    >[text deleted]
    >Armory: 2917.
    One of my men informed me that this code was incorrect; after checking with Ops,
    we determined that the correct code is "2971".
    Cptn. Blane
    
    
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: PSherman//UpNet.221.9981
    Subject: Operational Status
    
    Continue monitoring the situation with the augmented units; I want all possible
    wetware recovered from the primary unit, but your top priority should be the
    interrogation of the secondary unit ("JC Denton"). Viability of the secondary
    unit is of non-importance now that the killswitch has been activated -- I'd like
    any procedures employed selected with an eye towards maximum informational
    yield.
    Until the freighter preparations have been completed, you will have full
    authority over UNATCO headquarters and attached facilities.
    
    
    
    From: DJacobi//UNATCO.363.67398
    To: PSherman//UpNet.221.9981
    Subject: RE: Security Directives
    
    >* All augmentation canisters should
    >immediately be removed to a secure area and
    >access restricted to authorized personnel with
    >clearance of Domination/5F or higher only.
    After inventory, we have moved one augmentation canister 12C (aggressive
    defense/spy drone) to the Nanotech Lab where it has been placed in a suspension
    crate, coded 9905.
    
    
    
    From: WS/UpNet.78543.98231
    To: PSherman//UpNet.221.9981
    Subject: Commando Refit
    
    New detachments of MJ12 commando units are now being refitted and should come
    online shortly. Upgraded units will initially be assigned on an "as necessary"
    basis to high priority MJ12 facilities; one of the first teams should arrive at
    your location within forty-eight hours to be placed directly under your command.
    In addition to their standard 7.62mm firearms, short range rockets have been
    added to their arsenal. Enhanced power armor utilizing heat-dispersing foam
    insulation will greatly reduce damage from fire or plasma weaponry, while
    ballistic shielding provides significant protection from small arms fire. An
    integrated rebreather also renders them invulnerable to any aerosol or gas
    weapons.
    Use this team and your discretion to maintain the integrity of the facility and
    support MJ12 forces already in New York.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCIENTISTS
    
    SCIENTIST 1
    Hey! Find somewhere else to hide.
    We don't want any trouble with the troops.
    Dr. Moreau tried to escape once, but he got shot in the leg.
    If you insist on bothering us, talk to Moreau. He knows the code to the Medical
    Area.
    
    SCIENTIST 2
    Keep us out of this.
    We don't want any trouble.
    JCDenton... so you really exist.
    
    SCIENTIST 3
    Don't worry. No one here's going to call the guards.
    If I was trying to escape, I'd use the air-conditioning ducts.
    Good luck. I hope you make it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. MOREAU
    
    MOREAU
    My goodness! Mr. Denton... Did you escape?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. How do you know who I am?
    
    MOREAU
    I'm a prisoner, too, and I say your name every day. I have cells from your body
    in culture. Your brother's, too.
    
    JC DENTON
    My brother? Is he nearby?
    
    1.
    MOREAU
    They have the cadaver in the Medical Area. Agent Denton, believe me, I share
    your loss.
    
    JC DENTON
    Did you know Paul?
    
    2.
    MOREAU
    They have him in the Medical Area. Agent Denton, believe me, I share your fury
    at this killswitch functionality.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you know Paul?
    
    
    MOREAU
    Only from his tissues. The guards want me to figure out why your bodies tolerate
    the nanities -- a damn hard question, I'm sorry to say.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do me a favor: play dumb. They know enough already.
    
    MOREAU
    I try! Oh, how I try!
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe you can slip out when I open the main doors.
    
    MOREAU
    I've already been shot once, thank you. But good luck. The only code I can give
    you is 0199 -- that's to the Medical Area. Maybe you'd like to see your brother.
    
    JC DENTON
    I would. Thank you very much.
    
    MOREAU
    I just came from the Medical Area -- it's down the hall.
    Scientists are not allowed to leave this level.
    In three years, I still haven't figured out who I'm working for. It's not
    UNATCO, not directly.
    Paramilitary types run the place. They seem to have international ties.
    Mr. Denton, I wish you luck.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SECRETARY & MJ12 TROOP
    
    SECRETARY
    Is he armed?
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    It's Denton. We aren't taking any chances.
    
    SECRETARY
    I hope nobody gets hurt.
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    We've got him penned in. He won't get far.
    
    SECRETARY
    What about this area? Is it safe?
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    Long as I'm with you.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Captain Hernandez:
    We are in the process of ghosting all network security resources to provide
    additional protection against possible intrusion or denial of service attacks.
    Until the process is complete, all security computers will be utilizing a
    temporary system.
    Login: MJ12
    Password: INVADER
    Agent Sherman
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: NURSE
    
    NURSE
    You won't get far. They've locked the doors.
    He was dead when he got here.
    You won't make it any easier on yourself by staring at the body.
    Please let us get on with our work.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: NURSE
    
    NURSE
    You won't get far. They've locked the doors.
    He's perfectly okay. Look for yourself.
    We have a lot to learn from this examination.
    Please let us get on with our work.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    JC DENTON
    Paul! Are you all right? What are they doing to you?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm like the Russian researcher who contracted his own virus. They want to study
    the way I die.
    
    JC DENTON
    I hate to interfere with science, but we don't have much time to get you to
    Tracer Tong.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You go first. I'll slip out on my own.
    
    JC DENTON
    You sure?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Just take care of yourself, and do me a favor. Check in with Alex when you reach
    UNATCO Level 3. Some of those guys are on our side.
    
    JC DENTON
    All right. But you better make it. By the way, be on the lookout for Anna. She
    came by the cellblock.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Anna... There's something you should know about mechs. They have killswitches,
    too. Only theirs are instantaneous.
    
    JC DENTON
    Interesting. I guess mechs have us beat on one count.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    A killphrase, they call it. The NSF learned that Anna's is stored in two
    separate UNATCO computers with the login "demiurge" and password "archon", but I
    never managed to find it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for the tip.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I have some business to take care of in Manhattan. See you in Hong Kong.
    I'll slip out on my own.
    We're beneath UNATCO headquarters. The exit doors lead to Reyes' office.
    Tong can protect us. We just have to get to Hong Kong.
    You better get out of here.
    I'll make it. I promise.)
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: DOCTOR
    
    DOCTOR
    Oh my God! He escaped!
    You shouldn't be back here.
    We don't want any trouble with the guards.
    There was nothing we could do for your brother.
    I'm sorry... The troopers, you know.
    He was lucky. The killswitch would have put him in terrible agony.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: DOCTOR
    
    DOCTOR
    Oh my God! He escaped!
    You shouldn't be back here.
    We don't want any trouble with the guards.
    I'm afraid your brother has about eighteen hours to live. Wish I had better
    news.
    If they've activated your own killswitch mechanism, you might have as long as
    twenty-four.
    Walton Simons wants us to study the tissue damage.
    I don't exactly like what happened, but I guess they've got to think about
    international security.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Datavault image sent to Tracer Tong. Objective complete. Now exit the facility.
    The code to the exit door is 1125.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Datavault image sent to Tracer Tong. Please leave the facility. At least one of
    you must survive. The code to the exit door is 1125.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    PROSPECTUS: SERIES P AGENTS proposal by Dr. Arthur Donovan (VersaLife/HK)
    
    The Series P agents are the logical continuation of research resulting from the
    Series N: the development of a human agent with enhanced capabilities and
    absolute loyalty, but without the non-standard appearance of mechanical
    augmentation or the unpredictability of nano-augmentation. Like the Series N,
    the strength and speed of the Series P should be substantially above baseline
    while new conditioning techniques will result in minimal pain response. We
    conservatively predict a Series P agent would be 78% more effective in combat
    than a normal operative without any form of augmentation.
    Key features from the Series N agent will also be carried over, including the
    self-termination mechanism. An ingenious variation on the "kill-switch," the
    self-termination mechanism is wired into the autonomous nervous system of an
    agent. If mortally wounded, the mechanism will activate and explode, eliminating
    any evidence of the agent and damaging nearby hostiles.
    However, we are still continuing in our attempts to isolate the source of the
    albino traits present ever since the Series L, but so far the simple addition of
    sunglasses and dark clothing appear to have resolved the matter in a practical
    fashion...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Surgical Pre-Evaluation
    Subject: Paul Denton
    
    ...subject shows a number of departures from nominal baseline physiology,
    including a noted absence of all H type epsilon immunoglobin proteins which
    would seem to be related to his ability to tolerate nano-augmentations that are
    typically rejected by the vast majority of the population. Of particular
    interest is that the subject tests positive for the "Gray Death" yet shows no
    apparent symptoms or adverse effects...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    Get out of the way. We have enough to worry about.
    
    JC DENTON
    Trouble with the bots?
    
    1.
    MECHANIC
    Of course! Just look! Only one is operational -- and now it's malfunctioning!
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe somebody hacked the security system and tinkered with its programming.
    
    MECHANIC
    I think it was you! You don't exactly blend in, okay? I think you're the one
    they caught -- and now you're trying to escape!
    
    2.
    MECHANIC
    Of course! Just look! Only one is operational -- and they want us to deploy!
    
    JC DENTON
    I know a thing or two about bots. Why don't you give me the security login, and
    I'll see what I can do.
    
    MECHANIC
    Ha! Good one! You don't exactly blend in, okay? I know that you're the one they
    caught -- and now you're trying to escape!
    
    
    JC DENTON
    So? You gonna sound the alarm?
    
    MECHANIC
    Maybe we can swing a deal, eh? You want the security login -- 500 credits. I
    also have 762 mm ammo for 600, or what about an accuracy weapon mod? 750.
    
    JC DENTON
    Here's 500. Tell me the security login.
    
    MECHANIC
    Okay, we have a deal. The login is MJ12; the password is Invader. As maybe you
    have discovered, you can use the computer to tell the one operational bot to
    attack the soldiers.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like fun.
    
    
    MECHANIC
    I'm on your side. What do you want to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    Give me the accuracy weapon mod for 750.
    
    MECHANIC
    I wish I was going, too. They've had me locked up here for months.
    I'm on your side. What do you want to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the 762 ammo for 600.
    
    MECHANIC
    I hope you make it.
    
    (JC DENTON
    762 ammo for 600 -- a little beyond by means right now.
    
    MECHANIC
    I will help, but you have to compensate me for the risk.)
    
    (JC DENTON
    Wait a minute. I'm pretty loaded down. Let me drop something.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    You're Denton. I thought you were dead.
    Leave me out of it.
    You're gonna bring the troops down here.
    I just want to stay out of the way.
    Hey, I just work on the bots.
    If you're looking for hardware, talk to Sven.
    They keep this level sealed off with a code. There's no way out.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    This is the maintenance facility for the security bots. The armory is to the
    south, on the opposite side of the main chamber.
    You have found your equipment.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: AGreer//UpNet.902.3902
    To: VAlibek//UpNet.003.8588
    Subject: Plasma Gun
    
    Dr. Alibek:
    Your facility is one of the first to receive our new production model plasma
    gun; as you know, this weapon will be phased into use first by our special
    operations teams, then by selected elements of our military and security
    organization over the next month. As one of our leading weapons researchers in
    North America, we are certainly interested in any opinions you might have
    regarding its combat effectiveness. Attached you should find the full technical
    specifications. Please feel free to correspond with me directly if you have any
    further questions.
    The code for the security container is 5239.
    Aston Greer
    Director of Security, MJ12
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    JANINE'S BOTS
    SPECS AND OVERVIEW
    PAGE BRAVO-3 PEACEBRINGER
    
    The Page Industries Bravo-3 Peacebringer is an affordable security and patrol
    bot that combines a bipedal frame with an air-cooled mini-gun that utilizes the
    7.62x51mm NATO round. While the AI is limited in its capabilities, it is more
    than adequate to the needs of most security -- and many military -- forces
    around the world, having been deployed in such troubled hot-spots as Hong Kong,
    Chicago, New York, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Moscow, and Paris. Like almost all
    bots designed to maneuver in urban environments, the Bravo-3 employs a radar
    imaging system for situational awareness, but unlike previous models in the
    Peacebringer line the Bravo-3 is now equipped with a RazorThorn signal processor
    for target acquisition. Organizations and facilities in need of heavier bot
    armament often turn to the larger Delta-2 Peacebringer, equipped with thicker
    armor and missiles...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Hey Martin, there's been some kind of security snafu so all the codes have been
    changed until further notice -- blanket orders from a new guy I haven't seen
    before, an agent of some sort. The new armory code is 2971, but don't let that
    get around... I just wanted you to have access in case the bots get twitchy
    again. That last OS upgrade seemed a bit shaky, and that makes me nervous when
    applied to walking gun platforms. -- Peter
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNATCO HQ
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Please exit to the helipad. Potential encounters include Jaime Reyes, Sam
    Carter, Alex Jacobson, and Joseph Manderley. (Potential encounters include Jaime
    Reyes, Sam Carter, Alex Jacobson, Joseph Manderley, and Anna Navarre.)
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    UNATCO HANDBOOK: Appendix A
    Origins of UNATCO
    
    In recent years the swelling tide of international terrorism coupled with enmity
    between states, wildly varying laws, and an anachronistic devotion to arbitrary
    borders has resulted in the decreasing effectiveness of local law enforcement.
    To resolve the problem, a neutral agency was required to enforce international
    law in an impartial manner around the world.
    UNATCO was formed with just such a mission in mind, an organization that could
    transcend national boundaries and provide security for all nations that
    subscribe to its charter. Founded with the principles of the United Nations as
    its cornerstone, UNATCO is FAIR, JUST, and protects the individual liberties of
    all the citizens of the world.
    The criminal thrives on anonymity, but soon there will be no place for them to
    hide. Victory over terrorism is the prize for our VIGILANCE.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    JC! You escaped? Is that what lockdown's about?
    
    JC DENTON
    I forgot to give Manderley my resignation.
    
    JAIME REYES
    I heard they killed Paul.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. MiB's raided the apartment.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    MIB's raided the apartment, but he's alive. He's going to slip out on his own.
    
    
    JAIME REYES
    Manderley's a snake. He told me they were going to leave your brother alone.
    What can I do to help?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'm going over to the resistance. Why don't you join me? We could meet up in
    Hong Kong.
    
    JAIME REYES
    I was hoping you'd let me tag along.
    
    JC DENTON
    We're both going to have to locate a man called Tracer Tong, Paul's contact
    there.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Tong. I can remember that.
    
    JC DENTON
    Jaime... Be careful.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Stay here. I could use an ally inside UNATCO.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Good idea. I can keep you informed.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do that, but be careful. You know what they do to spies.
    
    
    JAIME REYES
    I will. By the way, the lab finally sent the augmentation canister I ordered.
    
    JC DENTON
    The one on the counter? Can your bots do the installation?
    
    JAIME REYES
    Yeah, it was going to be a welcome-aboard present.
    
    JC DENTON
    Guess it will have to be a retirement gift.
    
    JAIME REYES
    We're under lockdown. You'll need to find a key to the front doors.
    I'll catch a plane in the morning.
    Clean the place out. It's not my clinic anymore.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    JC! I've been watching through your infolink. A harrowing escape.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for tuning in.
    
    ALEX
    You're gonna need a key to get out of UNATCO -- we're under lockdown. I'd give
    it to you but -- I don't know. Anna's on patrol. If she found out --
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take care of Anna.
    
    ALEX
    I think I have to play it safe. If you can get rid of her, I'll give you the key
    and maybe I can escape myself. Otherwise, I'm gonna keep my head down.
    Sorry, JC. Neither of us is gonna get very far as long as Anna is around.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll see what I can do.)
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: ANNA NAVARRE
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    I will have to kill you myself.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Take your best shot.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Take your best shot, Flatlander woman.
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    How did you know --)
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Been watching you from the cameras, JC. Double back and I'll give you the key to
    the front doors.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    1.
    ALEX
    Here's that key.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks... Daedalus.
    
    ALEX
    What are you talking about?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Hello... Daedalus. I hope my escape was entertaining to watch.
    
    ALEX
    Daedalus?... What are you talking about?
    
    
    3.
    ALEX
    You gave Anna exactly what she deserved. I've sat here and watched her kill
    dozens of prisoners. Now I'm not so worried about sticking out my neck to give
    you this key.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think you've already stuck out your neck... Daedalus.
    
    ALEX
    What are you talking about?
    
    
    JC DENTON
    You haven't been contacting me under an alias?
    
    ALEX
    The link went down. At first I thought they'd executed you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who else has access? Somebody cut the power to Detention.
    
    ALEX
    I installed UNATCO's security myself. It's unbeatable. You're starting to scare
    me.
    
    JC DENTON
    Not as much as you're scaring me. Who's Daedalus, and why does he want to rescue
    me?
    
    ALEX
    A better hacker than I. A trick like that -- Well, it crossed my mind, I have to
    admit. I'm pretty disgusted with the agency right now -- but I would've been
    caught.
    
    JC DENTON
    You wouldn't want to take that chance.
    
    ALEX
    No, but I can't just sit back and watch. Let me give you a key to the front
    door. Base is under lockdown until you're recaptured.
    
    JC DENTON
    You sound sincere. Maybe you should quit UNATCO.
    
    ALEX
    And do what?
    
    JC DENTON
    You can track me down in Hong Kong. I'm going to contact Tracer Tong and help
    the resistance.
    
    ALEX
    I might do that... Sure, I'll think about it. And I'm going to check into this
    mystery hacker.
    I'll check the logs. Maybe this Daedalus didn't cover his tracks.
    You should pay Manderley a visit on your way out, give him a good scare.
    You better get moving.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: RosyCross//UnderNet.44567.22356
    To: AJacobson//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: RE: Inquiry
    
    The Oracle says:
    Initial analysis of entity token "MJ12" (also reference entity tokens
    "Majestic", "Majestic 12", "Majestic Council of Twelve", "They Who Rule the
    World in Majesty", "MJID") yields confusing results that must be further refined
    through additional pattern analysis. Would appear to be related to entity token
    "Illuminati" and other self-organizing institutions that seek to affect global
    change through localized alteration of sociopolitical systems. Extant records
    dating back 837 years are extensive, but subject to a number of valid curve-
    fitting functions that render speculation as to possible motive or overall goals
    only 27.3% accurate. We dislike this ambiguity and will work to clarify prior to
    final report.
    [[The Oracle would like to know what you think of the color blue.]]
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SHANNON
    
    SHANNON
    Oh! JC!
    
    JC DENTON
    Carry on with your banking. I'm just taking one last look at the old place.
    Amazing, if you think about it, all the hours I spent dreaming about working
    here... all the heroic fantasies, when really this place is just a cinderblock
    bunker with a carpet.
    
    SHANNON
    My banking... Oh yes! Never mind me... Go ahead and escape. I won't pull the
    alarm!
    
    JC DENTON
    Something wrong? Really, as long as you stay out of the way, I don't have any
    reason to hurt you.
    
    SHANNON
    Okay! I admit it! I'm the one who's been stealing from the HQ! It was me all
    along. Kaplan, the false floor in Alex's office, everything that's missing... It
    was me!
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm the last person who's gonna bust you for stealing. What'd you take?
    
    SHANNON
    I don't know... You sure you can keep it hush-hush? I found a few scrambler
    grenades I was gonna give Kaplan -- good against bots, you know -- but you could
    take 'em. I have three, 1250 each.
    
    (JC DENTON
    1250 for a scrambler grenade...? I don't even have enough for one.
    
    SHANNON
    I'll wait for the Tech Sergeant. He gives me almost as much.)
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Give me one of the scrambler grenades for 1250.
    
    SHANNON
    Deal.
    
    JC DENTON
    Remember: hush-hush.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take two for 2500.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    I'll give you 3750 for all three.
    
    (4.
    JC DENTON
    I'll pass.
    
    SHANNON
    You want one or not?)
    
    
    SHANNON
    I'm all out.
    We'll have to wait until people start to go home.
    Don't tell anybody!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER
    
    JC DENTON
    General Carter...
    
    SAM CARTER
    We've been through that, soldier. Just Carter.
    
    JC DENTON
    I've discovered some things about UNATCO.
    
    SAM CARTER
    I'm unlocking the armory. I don't want to know where you're going; just load up.
    
    JC DENTON
    Walton Simons, the head of FEMA...
    
    SAM CARTER
    I said load up; I don't want to hear about it.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm going over to the rebels. You should join me.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Let's get one thing straight: we've got our share of crooked bureaucrats -- fact
    -- but this is still UNATCO, and by and large the people in this building are
    twenty-four carat gold.
    
    JC DENTON
    What good's an honest soldier if he can be ordered to behave like a terrorist?
    
    SAM CARTER
    The only way to save the agency is for the good people to stay. That's how I see
    it.
    
    JC DENTON
    By the way, I found out who around here is the thief.
    
    SAM CARTER
    There's more to that story than you know. Simons got involved; Kaplan squealed
    like a pig. That woman Shannon's got a surprise waiting for her in the morning.
    Very convenient for us. Take what you need.
    Load up. You've still got to break out of HQ.
    Some say concentrated power leads to abuse, but I believe that if an institution
    has a solid foundation it can survive the narrow aspirations of the people it
    employs.
    We'll get this place back on track.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: ???
    To: SamCarter//38239.09421
    Subject: Thank You
    
    Your assistance in helping us to compromise UNATCO security protocols was
    instrumental to your friend's escape; while we still do not know the identity of
    the person or persons calling themselves "Daedalus," they have given us ample
    reason to believe that he will be an asset to the cause of freedom.
    I should go without saying that this message will erase itself before the
    security systems come back online -- any attempt to copy or archive it will
    fail.
    Minister of True Lies
    Tandis qu'ils dorment, nous gagnerons.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Daedalus
    To: JCDenton//UNATCO.82098.9868
    Subject: Get Out
    
    They are closing in on your position. Exit the building as soon as possible. You
    must escape.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: WS/UpNet.78543.98231
    To: JReyes//UNATCO.00973.20892
    Subject: Killswitch Evaluation
    
    With your impressive grasp of nano-augmentation I thought it appropriate that
    you should participate in the evaluation of J.C. Denton's killswitch. It's
    unfortunate when situations such as this occur, particularly when they involve
    agents with the obvious talents and abilities of the Denton brothers. But given
    the need to protect civilians from potential rogue operatives, I'm sure you'll
    understand the necessity of developing a more effective killswitch, something
    similar to the instantaneous killphrases installed in all our mechanically
    augmented agents. Please contact Agent Sherman for the evaluation methodology.
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Hong Kong in Turmoil
    DISSEMINATE TO ALL AGENTS
    
    In the last twenty-four hours the political situation in Hong Kong has
    deteriorated rapidly and local authorities seem powerless to contain the chaos.
    A recent hit on the Lucky Money Club by suspected members of the criminal
    "Luminous Path Triad" was only the opening salvo in an escalating war between
    unidentified members of local criminal organizations. Casualties have included
    not only targets of opportunity, but also governments facilities and urban
    infrastructure; both Hong Kong police and military are on heightened alert. As
    the situation develops and we receive further reports from UNATCO field ops this
    information will be updated.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    JC!
    Manderley! It's JC!
    How could you betray the Coalition?
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You will be much happier at the Library of Congress.
    
    MANDERLEY
    I can't control a man's mind...
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You aren't a commander, Manderley. We hoped you'd give UNATCO an urbane,
    diplomatic face -- that's all. We screwed up your priorities.
    
    MANDERLEY
    I refuse to be pushed into some obscure bureaucratic cubbyhole!
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Actually, I doubt you'll get the chance. Look around. Your star pupil has come
    back to teach a lesson to his old instructor.
    
    MANDERLEY
    JC!
    
    JC DENTON
    I never had time to take the Oath of Service to the Coalition. How about this
    one? I swear not to rest until UNATCO is free of you and the other crooked
    bureaucrats who have perverted its mission.
    
    MANDERLEY
    Big words for a rookie. The only problem is that security is well aware of your
    escape. Trust me, you won't leave the facility alive.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You can't run, Denton. Even if you escape, your killswitch is counting down.
    You'll be dead in twenty-three hours. Another fifty billion dollars down the
    drain.
    
    JC DENTON
    We'll see about that.
    
    MANDERLEY
    You Dentons sure hung us out to dry.
    You won't recognize UNATCO in a few weeks. Simons will turn it into his own
    private army.
    I had stuck a very careful balance between Washington and the public interest.
    That may never again be possible.
    Go on. Make your getaway.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Splendid. You did our dirty work for us.
    
    JC DENTON
    Figured he was your type, a real hard-ass.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    On the contrary, he was somewhat too careful and urbane for that position. I'm
    going to have to step in myself and restore discipline.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well, since that makes you my new boss, take a long look at Manderley's dead
    body. Consider that my resignation; I don't have time to write a letter.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You can't run, Denton. Even if you escape, your killswitch is counting down.
    You'll be dead in twenty-three hours. Another fifty billion dollars down the
    drain.
    
    JC DENTON
    We'll see about that.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: JManderley//UNATCO.00013.76490
    Subject: Disappointment
    
    We are disappointed in your performance to date, particularly with regards to JC
    Denton -- while both he and his brother were expendable, considerable time and
    effort was involved in their creation. Pending a more thorough post mortem, we
    can only assume that your handling of them must bear part of the blame. We'll
    discuss this further in holoconference, but until then I've given Agent Sherman
    full authority over UNATCO headquarters and MJ12 facilities.
    I've also assigned Dr. Reyes to evaluate the performance of the killswitches for
    the nano-augmented agents. Maintain a close observation of him and report any
    inconsistencies in his behavior immediately. Further security breaches will not
    be tolerated.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JANICE REED
    
    JANICE REED
    I thought we were a family here...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    ACOUSTIC SOUND SENSOR, DESIGN AND SPECIFICATIONS
    
    The acoustic gunfire sensor has been deployed by a number of organizations
    throughout the world in those urban areas where it might otherwise be difficult
    to implement and maintain a pervasive security presence. Utilizing fairly
    rudimentary DSP algorithms, the sensor will trigger if any sound matching the
    profile of a gunshot occurs within the sensor's detection radius; field tests in
    Hong Kong have shown them to be 88% accurate, with an overall 12% decrease in
    crime within six months. Cheap and easy to install, acoustic gunfire sensors can
    be fitted to buildings, lamp posts, or any other free standing structure...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    No, I cannot forgive. No... not the killing of Agent Navarre. I will follow you.
    Denton, I will get you!
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: CentralSecurity//UpNet.2334.3233
    To: Security Personnel
    Subject: Full Alert
    
    We have an unspecified incident originating in the UNATCO detention areas -- all
    personnel are ordered to full alert status. Any and all suspicious activity is
    to be treated with utmost caution, while ARMED RESPONSE is sanctioned for
    unauthorized activity. Personnel without specific responsibilities should
    consider themselves LOCKED DOWN until further notice.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK & MIGUEL
    
    JC DENTON
    How'd you know to meet me?
    
    JOCK
    Daedalus. He called himself Daedalus.
    
    JC DENTON
    A friend of yours?
    
    JOCK
    Nope. I came because I owe your brother Paul a few favors. (Come on, let's go.
    I'm going to take you to Hong Kong.)
    
    (JC DENTON
    I wish he was coming with us.
    
    JOCK
    Me too, JC. Me too. Get in. I'm going to take you to Hong Kong.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Can you put me in contact with Tracer Tong?
    
    JOCK
    I know a place where we can touch down in the city, but Tong is very suspicious
    of foreigners. You'll have to earn the trust of your brother's allies. They'll
    know how to find Tong.
    
    JC DENTON
    Great. Let's go.
    
    JOCK
    Time to see if this stealth copter is worth all the fuss. MJ12 has a facility in
    Hong Kong, and they'll be watching for us.
    
    MIGUEL
    Good luck, JC. I can make it on my own from here.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MJ12 HELIBASE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I blew it, JC, I'm sorry. MJ12 must want you bad -- they locked on the chopper,
    and had the nav computer fly us straight in. Blast doors are shut, and my
    weapons are locked. The weapon-lock switch is on Flight Control Deck One. Get me
    back on-line, or we're dead meat.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Maintenance Note!
    
    Got a shipment of that experimental fuel, but this is scary stuff -- toxic six
    ways to Sunday, and while the emergency purge is designed to shunt it into the
    basement tanks in case of a problem, the fumes alone could creep back up the
    ventilation system and put most of the facility out of business. Definitely
    lowest bid contractor work. Until I can get a hold of someone to fix this mess,
    I've slapped a temporary lockout on the purge valve: 99871. Give me a ring at
    (443) 2334-2388-123 if there's a problem.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Careful down there. That fueling equipment was installed by the lowest bidder.
    One time I had to fly a couple of gassed technicians to the emergency room.
    You just released poison gas into the lower levels. Find a hazmat suit or get
    out of there!
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    ALL HONG KONG MJ12 PERSONNEL
    
    Hong Kong is a unique environment for MJ12 personnel and provides a number of
    challenges that all members should be aware of on a daily basis. Currently, only
    tenuous ties exist between MJ12 and local authorities -- though MJ12 is working
    to resolve that situation -- and consequently, police and security cannot be
    expected to understand the special nature of MJ12's charter. Agents, operatives,
    security, and other personnel should adhere closely to the Confidentiality
    Guidelines outlined in your handbook.
    One key factor in police response is the use of "acoustic gunfire sensors"
    scattered throughout much of Hong Kong: cheap and effective, these sensors use
    DSP circuitry to alert authorities to non-supressed (i.e. not silenced) gunfire.
    That enables police to quickly minimize threat situations in an efficient
    manner. While these sensors can be disabled, Central Operations does not
    recommend this course of action, but rather a considered evaluation of any
    tactical situation to avoid local intervention.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    PROJECT DIBBUK
    SH-187 Specifications and Operation
    Domination/5F Clearance ONLY
    
    ...the goal of PROJECT DIBBUK was to create a long range, variable mission-
    capable rotary aircraft, realized to its fullest extent in the SH-187 "stealth
    helicopter." The production model SH-187 features a revolutionary engine powered
    by HIGH-EFFICIENCY ETHANOL FUEL CELLS with a flight range of over 9000 miles
    depending upon atmospheric conditions, and an extension of the thermoptic
    camouflage technology that renders it INVISIBLE across 97% of the non-visible
    electromagnetic spectrum. Ideally suited for surveillance, insertion, retrieval,
    and limited interdiction, the SH-187 will often spend much of its operational
    lifetime within hostile territory, and therefore is also equipped with REMOTE
    DISABLING and scrambling for its key flight systems. If necessary, the vehicle
    can also be scuttled remotely...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    We had another one of the locals attempt to hack the security keypad on the
    elevator -- looked like a kid this time, but he did a pretty good job of staying
    out of the surveillance field. Anyways, Nichole managed an override before he
    got in and she reset the code to 989; hopefully that'll keep them out until we
    can get more security on the entrance.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    To All Flight Controllers:
    
    After the recent theft of the SH-187, we are re-evaluating our security
    procedures. Until further notice, Deck One Flight Control has been sealed and
    troops ordered to barracks. If you need access to Flight Control, please see
    Tech Sergeant McKinney.
    -Mackie
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Back in business. Come on down and stay clear of the blast doors to the south.
    I'm going to launch a missile.
    Fire in the hole!
    I have to get clear! Head for the exit, and I'll link up with you when I can.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Okay, you need to find Tracer Tong. I used to drop Paul off at a small compound
    east of the market -- you could start there. Don't lose any time -- your
    killswitch is 12 hours old.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    If you die, our plans will fail. Locate Tracer Tong.
    Do not risk entering the VersaLife Corporation until Tracer Tong has deactivated
    your killswitch. I will give you your instructions at the appropriate time.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Lum-din, I've been watching the officers across the way, and with the help of a
    few high-powered optics and an infrared scanner managed to work out the code for
    the police substation: 911. This is a lucky number for us, I think, and one we
    can sell. Which Triad do you think would pay the most? -- Brother Xeng
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: CENTRAL POLICE COMMAND, H.K.
    TO: WAN CHAI DISTRICT, POST 11384
    
    Officer Tam:
    Your recent reports of conflict between the Red Arrow and Luminous Path are most
    troubling. We will counsel their respective Dragon Heads at the first available
    opportunity, but if further incidents occur you are sanctioned to open the
    ordinance vault and apply force to the participants as necessary.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUTCHER & CASSANDRA
    
    BUTCHER
    Many fine restaurants buy their meats from me. Have you visited Lucky Money, for
    instance? It is below the market, in the mall.
    The trucks have stopped delivering to the other shops because of military
    blockades, but all of my meat is guaranteed fresh.
    Fresh lamb, fresh meat... brought in by sampan.
    I will cut out the part you most desire.
    Please, take your time.
    Did I mention...? Free delivery.
    Go away.
    You are worse than the stray dogs by the canal.
    You have not washed your hands.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Fine. I'll go somewhere else.
    Screw you.
    Who you looking at?
    Take a hike.
    Watch where you're going.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SALES WOMAN & CASSANDRA
    
    1.
    SALES WOMAN
    Those are very expensive.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Screw you.
    
    2.
    SALES WOMAN
    Be careful.
    
    CASSANDRA
    I'm just LOOKING.
    
    
    SALES WOMAN
    Hand-painted china, very authentic.
    Do you like?
    I accept international electronic currency.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LOUIS PAN & NEWS STREET VENDOR
    
    LOUIS
    I work for the butcher, too. Everybody in Wan Chai Market.
    
    VENDOR
    I have made other arrangements.
    
    LOUIS
    I never fall asleep. I am one of the best watchmen.
    
    VENDOR
    Run along. I don't like little boys.
    
    LOUIS
    This is a bad market. Lots of bad people.
    
    VENDOR
    Go!
    Give that back! Hey!
    News of the Triad wars! Red Arrow versus Luminous Path!
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you think of the Luminous Path Triad?
    
    VENDOR
    Cowards. Soon to be gone. They have to steal weapons because they have lost the
    traditional arts.
    
    JC DENTON
    What kind of weapons?
    
    VENDOR
    They murdered the Red Arrow leader to get the sword he invented.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do you invent a sword?
    
    VENDOR
    It uses modern technology. I pay the Red Arrow even though the Luminous Path
    compound is fifty meters away.
    Many publications. What's your interest?
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you think of the Red Arrow Triad?
    
    VENDOR
    They will control all of Wan Chai in a few weeks.
    
    JC DENTON
    You sound certain.
    
    VENDOR
    The fighting is not going well for the Luminous Path.
    Maggie Chow -- exclusive interview in the Oriental Daily News.
    
    JC DENTON
    Have you heard of Maggie Chow?
    
    VENDOR
    A former actress. Well respected. She gives a lot of money to fight drug
    trafficking and illegal trade.
    Please put the newspapers back when you are done browsing.
    The Red Arrow is doing a good job cleaning up this market.
    Pleased to meet you.
    I must make time for other customers.
    All travelers should keep informed of current events.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Mass Driver Accident Kills Over 2,000
    APR - Ibadan, Nigeria
    
    The historical first delivery of ore from the Zhou Enlai Lunar Mining Complex
    ended in tragedy today when a targeting error resulted in the payload slamming
    into the outskirts of the city of Ibadan in Nigeria. Thousands died in the
    initial blast that was compared to a small nuclear bomb as the payload impacted
    in a sparsely populated suburb, while thousands more were left disoriented,
    homeless, and without power or water in the wake of the explosion.
    Chinese officials have halted all other deliveries from the Zhou Enlai Complex
    and are working with both the United Nations and officials from McMoran Global
    Steel to determine the cause of the error. McMoran Global Steel was responsible
    for the construction of the mass driver, winning the contract from Page
    Industries in a heated bidding war.
    "Obviously we took the utmost precautions in building the Zhou Enlai driver,"
    said?spokesperson?Sean Murphy. "But something has gone terribly wrong. Our only
    real response as this point is to offer our condolences?and aid to the people of
    Ibadan, and insure that such an event never occurs again."
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 20
    
    Samuel looked at him from across the table, but he might as well have been
    peering at Jacob from the Devil's own palace in the deep blue sea.
    After a moment Samuel rubbed his rheumy eyes. "You ever wonder about morals?" he
    said. Jacob shook his head. "I do... all the damn time. I wonder what it means
    to be good -- if there's some tally that says 'you only hurt ten people, so come
    on up, but eleven and you're going straight to hell.' Then I think maybe it's a
    little voice that tells you, way back in your head. And then I wonder what
    happens when that voice goes away..."
    Jacob reached under the table and put the little .22 pistol against one of
    Samuel's kneecaps.
    "I don't think you're going to like my answer to that. Where is she?"
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Canal Road Tunnel Collapse
    Hong Kong Standard
    
    Explosions rocked the Wan Chai district two days ago as fighting between warring
    Triads resulted in the cave-in and flooding of the Canal Road Tunnel,
    effectively halting almost all access to and from the Wan Chai area. While the
    fighting occurred in the early hours of the morning and traffic was light, a
    number of bystanders were trapped during the fighting and subsequently presumed
    dead. The names of the deceased have not been released at this time.
    Police have barricaded the area at the Wan Chai terminal and forbidden any
    access until a thorough forensic analysis can be made and the bodies removed. In
    a statement released earlier today the police declined to name any suspects,
    though Chief Joey Leung expressed that the "reprehensible nature of this crime
    will not go unanswered by the Hong Kong police."
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    "Gray Death" Cases Misdiagnosed
    Hong Kong Standard
    
    Authorities confirmed today that a number of mysterious illnesses reported at
    area clinics were not cases of "Gray Death" as had been previously feared, but
    merely a seasonal outbreak of influenza.
    Dr. Chang Lam of the People's Health Administration?headed the inquiry. "I can
    say with complete certainty that these cases exhibit absolutely none of the
    symptoms of the so-called 'Gray Death,' -- cases which, I might add, have so far
    only been reported in the less well managed cities of America and Europe. Those
    malcontents who have spread rumors to the contrary are merely feeding upon the
    unjustified fears of the hardworking men and women of Hong Kong."
    Dr. Lam went on to say that anyone observed making such claims should be
    reported to local party leaders for counseling.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Please use the following map, provided at no cost, to enjoy and see our
    beautiful district. In Wan Chai Market is where you will take in tea, buy a
    bird, and shop for antiques and other wonderments! The Old China Hand and Lucky
    Money Club have dancing and drinks for all. End your day with much ovation in a
    sampan ride through the historic canal, or observe ceremonies at the authentic
    temple in the main square.
    Enjoy!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PEGGY & FLOWER GIRL
    
    GIRL
    Two?
    
    PEGGY
    Yes, a little something to brighten up the lab.
    
    GIRL
    VersaLife?
    
    PEGGY
    How can you tell? Is my hair turning blue?
    
    GIRL
    VersaLife has done much to... revitalize the community.
    
    PEGGY
    Well, they're always hiring. I guess that's something.
    
    GIRL
    I will wrap them up.
    
    PEGGY
    No, no -- I can manage.
    
    GIRL
    Very good. Thank you.
    Please. Look around.
    Perhaps a present for your girlfriend.
    Only twenty credits for that one.
    A lovely bouquet of orchids, symbolizing grace and integrity.
    
    PEGGY
    Such a quaint little market.
    I just love Mrs. Hang.
    Excuse me. I'm trying to shop.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY POLICE (OFFICER TAM)
    
    TAM
    The shopkeepers are honest. You will find a good bargain here.
    Notify me of any problems.
    Large unbuttoned coat pockets... not advisable.
    Keep your wallet in your front pocket.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY POLICE 1 & CHINESE MILITARY POLICE 2
    
    CHINESE MILITARY POLICE 1
    I do not recognize you.
    I cannot make deals with strangers.
    Please do not interfere in my business.
    Please... We are being observed.
    
    CHINESE MILITARY POLICE 2
    The market will close in two hours.
    Please go about your business.
    Purchase a guidebook if you are lost.
    There is fighting in the Canal Road Tunnel. Be advised.
    Stay in the market and you will be safe.
    The Triads are at war. We are working to resolve the difficulty.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - LUCKY MONEY CLUB
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BARTENDER (ISAAC)
    
    ISAAC
    Beer is 15; wine is 120.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can I ask you something?
    
    ISAAC
    What do you want to know?
    
    JC DENTON
    Despite all I've read about the Triads, I wasn't prepared to see them operating
    in the open, on the streets, and wearing uniforms. Doesn't the Chinese
    government care?
    
    ISAAC
    The Chinese leave Hong Kong alone. They barricade the roads to control trade to
    the mainland, but they know how business is done.
    
    JC DENTON
    I would think the secret smuggling operations of the Triads would disturb the
    Chinese government.
    
    ISAAC
    Maybe the Luminous Path, but China knows that the Red Arrow are business owners,
    entrepreneurs, community leaders, and that they protect the city from outside
    influences.
    
    JC DENTON
    You said "outside influences." What does China fear?
    
    ISAAC
    China is the last sovereign country in the world. Authoritarian but willing --
    unlike U.N.-governed countries -- to give its people the freedom to do what they
    want.
    
    JC DENTON
    As long as they don't break the law.
    
    ISAAC
    Listen to me. This is real freedom, freedom to own property, make a profit, make
    your life. The West, so afraid of strong government, now has no government. Only
    financial power.
    
    JC DENTON
    Our governments have limited power by design.
    
    ISAAC
    Rhetoric... And you believe it! Don't you know where these slogans come from?
    
    JC DENTON
    I give up.
    
    ISAAC
    Well-paid researchers -- how do you say it? -- "think tanks," funded by big
    businesses. What is that? A "think tank"?
    
    JC DENTON
    Hardly as sinister as a dictator, like China's Premier.
    
    ISAAC
    It's privately-funded propaganda. The Trilateral Commission in the United
    States, for instance.
    
    JC DENTON
    The separation of powers acknowledges the petty ambitions of individuals; that's
    its strength.
    
    ISAAC
    A system organized around the weakest qualities of individuals will produce
    these same qualities in its leaders.
    
    JC DENTON
    Perhaps certain qualities are an inseparable part of human nature.
    
    ISAAC
    The mark of the educated man is the suppression of these qualities in favor of
    better ones. The same is true of civilization.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll get a drink later.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER 1, RED ARROW MEMBER 2 & RED ARROW MEMBER 3
    
    RA MEMBER 1
    Excuse me, sir, this room is off-limits to club patrons. I suggest you leave.
    
    JC DENTON
    Guess I stumbled into the main office. One of you guys run the place?
    
    RA MEMBER 1
    Max Chen is in the other room. Do not bother him unless he is expecting you.
    Isaac is letting anybody back here these days.
    The Wan Chai merchants are being stubborn.
    
    RA MEMBER 2
    We need to organize.
    The Canal Road is too dangerous now.
    
    RA MEMBER 3
    Stop complaining.
    
    RA MEMBER 2
    The police are holding out this time.
    
    RA MEMBER 3
    ...dogs.
    
    RA MEMBER 2
    Hundley is working for the Luminous Path. I am certain.
    
    RA MEMBER 3
    Stop complaining.
    ...then I gave him the old rat treatment. Never fails!
    I want nothing to do with gwailos.
    Leave us!
    Go!
    
    RA MEMBER 1
    Currently we have no work for American-style gangsters.
    Remain here only as long as your business requires.
    We are having a meeting.
    Please... our patience is limited.
    Enough! Go!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAX CHEN
    
    JC DENTON
    You're Max Chen, right? You're the boss here?
    
    MAX CHEN
    "Dragon head." Who are you?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for Tracer Tong. It is urgent that I find him.
    
    MAX CHEN
    This is the headquarters of the Red Arrow Triad. You have come to the last place
    in Hong Kong he would be seen.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't understand.
    
    MAX CHEN
    I would cut out your tongue, but perhaps you are just ignorant. If you see Mr.
    Tong, tell him that he and his Luminous Path associates must return the Dragon's
    Tooth, or be driven from Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    What?
    
    MAX CHEN
    That is all.
    This is the height or arrogance.
    Ignorant gwailo!
    Who does this American think he is?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    My name is J. C. Denton. I have something to tell you.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Then say it, and we will see what it is worth.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maggie Chow isn't who you think she is. She's an operative for a group called
    Majestic 12. She stole the Dragon's Tooth and killed your predecessor.
    
    MAX CHEN
    You insult Ms. Chow -- to my face? What is your proof?
    
    JC DENTON
    I read it in a police file at the Wan Chai station.
    
    MAX CHEN
    The police? Don't be ridiculous -- they are mercenaries. The Luminous Path must
    have paid them well for this!
    
    JC DENTON
    It makes sense! She's trying to provoke a war.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Don't raise your voice to me. If you want me to believe you, bring me some proof
    -- bring me the sword itself. I'm not interested in anything else.
    This is the height of arrogance.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: FChi//HKNET.910.7804
    To: MaxChen//HKNET.123.9009
    Subject: Unpleasant Prospects
    
    Max, we have been friends since we were children, so I hope you will not find
    any disrespect in what I am about to say -- but first, I must express my great
    sorrow at the death of Yuen. He was the first of many great Dragon Heads, and I
    know you will follow the same emminent tradition. We here at police
    headquarters?are doing our best to locate his killer, and I will be sure that
    you have ample opportunity to discuss the matter with them once they have been
    found.
    But with all this said, it must also be said that the dispute between the Red
    Arrow and the Luminous Path has become unseemly and not in the best interests of
    the people of Hong Kong. The recent collapse of the Canal Road tunnel was
    unfortunate and has resulted in many problems. I have been forced to authorize
    the use of unpleasant measures if this continues.
    Please contact me so that we may discuss this and resolve the situation before
    it worsens.
    Your Friend,
    Fong
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    You're next to the compound Paul used to visit, but I don't know who it belongs
    to. I think I'm clear now -- good thing the NSA invested in stealth technology.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GORDON QUICK & LOUIS PAN
    
    LOUIS
    She said no.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Impossible.
    
    LOUIS
    She said she has made other arrangements.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    The Red Arrow?
    
    LOUIS
    She was very rude.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    You know what to do.
    
    LOUIS
    Yes, sir.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Don't waste any time.
    
    LOUIS
    Go away.
    I can tell them you're a spy, and they will kill you.
    I know the Dragon Head.
    
    JC DENTON
    My brother's name is Paul Denton. I heard that he was a frequent visitor to this
    compound. Do you know him?
    
    GORDON QUICK
    The Luminous Path is closed to gwailos.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Paul was no friend of the West.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Paul is no friend of the West.
    
    
    GORDON QUICK
    My name is Gordon Quick. I knew your brother, but you are not him. They say you
    are loyal to UNATCO.
    
    JC DENTON
    I was -- before Paul showed up in New York. A day later I was helping the NSF.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    You want me to take your word? You are in Hong Kong now, and we are businessmen.
    Paul earned our trust by working with us.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't have time for games.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    No games. We would like another ally like Paul. The Triads are at war, thanks to
    a woman named Maggie Chow. A sword was stolen from the Red Arrow Triad, and Miss
    Chow started the war by blaming us, the Luminous Path.
    
    1.
    (JC DENTON
    I know who she is. She works for Majestic 12, and she did steal the sword. I
    read it in her file at the police station.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    That was you? You have guts, Mr. Denton. But it's not enough. No one trusts the
    police. We need concrete proof. The sword.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Why is one sword so important?
    
    GORDON QUICK
    It is an extraordinary sword, called the "Dragon's Tooth." Nanotechnology
    developed by the Red Arrow's former leader, before he was murdered. We know that
    Chow is a liar, but we have no proof.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll go speak to her. But first I need to find a man called Tracer Tong. I need
    his help...
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Mr. Tong deals with businessmen, not beggars or strangers who might be spies.
    Chow lives at 1313 Tonnochi Road. Be observant. Find and examine that sword. It
    is the evidence we need.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll help you against Ms. Chow, but then I'll need to see Tong, or I won't be
    your ally for more than 12 hours.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    The former Red Arrow leader stole nanotech components from VersaLife; I believe
    it was the corporation that had him murdered.
    The Dragon's Tooth is the most perfect blade possible in a non-eutactic solid --
    it would have given the Red Arrow an enormous advantage.
    All contests between the Triads are decided with the ancient art of fighting.
    The structure of the blade was maintained by a coating of nanoscale whetting
    devices. Very sharp.
    We have begun work on our own sword, but progress is slow.
    I find it suspicious that Maggie Chow came to power precisely when the former
    Red Arrow leader was murdered.
    The sword has killed more men as an argument than it ever did as a weapon.
    Keep your word. Go to Maggie Chow. Find out the truth.
    (I will warn you once: do not assault our agents or representatives. The boy --
    he was a good earner. If I didn't have explicit orders from Tong, I would kill
    you right now.)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    She is the one responsible for the missing sword. She works for Majestic 12.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Majestic 12?
    
    JC DENTON
    A group of conspirators who want to take control of Hong Kong.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    You have proof?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, I found the sword in her apartment.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Good. Inform the Red Arrow dragon head. Then he will see who is the real
    traitor.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where do I find this "dragon head"?
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Max Chen is his name. The Red Arrow headquarters is at the Lucky Money Club in
    the mall area beneath the market. Come back and tell me what he says. We can
    begin to negotiate a truce.
    Let me know how Chen responds.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MONK 1 & MONK 2
    
    MONK 1
    (grumbles)
    ...yau hak...
    Many other Buddhas in Hong Kong.
    I am keeping an eye on you.
    I am not posing for any more photos today.
    
    MONK 2
    Um goi jie guo.
    Gol gan mil hai guong chiang duo.
    Nei sickum sick gong guong dong wah?
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - WATERWAYS
    
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LOCAL MAN
    
    LOCAL MAN
    I was walking here.
    Get out of my way.
    ...just about had enough...
    Always... one eye on my pocket.
    You VersaLife's think you own everything.
    ...sick of experiments...
    Leave me alone.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY
    
    CHINESE MILITARY
    Not advisable for a tourist to visit the canals at night.
    Come back in the morning. Sampan rides, five credits.
    What business do you have here at this hour?
    I said not safe. Go home.
    We make note of anyone who visits the canals.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DRUG DEALER & PUSHER
    
    DEALER
    Fifty.
    
    PUSHER
    Seventy-five.
    
    DEALER
    Both, seventy-five.
    
    PUSHER
    Double UO Globe, original one kilo bricks, pure. Ninety for both.
    
    DEALER
    Hey! You!
    
    PUSHER
    Who is that?
    
    DEALER
    You made a big mistake, home boy.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GIRL
    
    GIRL
    Good evening, sir.
    
    JC DENTON
    Slow night?
    
    GIRL
    Not at all. Everyone requires sampan now that the Triads destroyed Canal Road
    Tunnel.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why'd they do that?
    
    GIRL
    Fighting in the tunnels, sir, five nights ago. Now it is caved and flooded.
    
    JC DENTON
    That must hurt the shops in Wan Chai.
    
    GIRL
    People have died. Yesterday four Europeans arrived, treasure-hunters; they are
    here to dive in the ruins and loot the bodies.
    
    JC DENTON
    Must be the Year of the Vulture.
    
    GIRL
    It is an ugly business but a profitable one. They had given me a commission if I
    can sell the weapon mods they have already recovered. I have modifications for
    accuracy, reload, recoil for 750, 600, and 400.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the accuracy mod for 750.
    (Wait -- I've got to drop something first.)
    
    GIRL
    Very good.
    Ready to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    600 for a reload mod -- deal.
    
    GIRL
    Very good.
    Ready to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    Here's 400 for a recoil mod.
    (Maybe later.)
    
    (JC DENTON
    I don't even have 400 for the recoil mod.
    
    1.
    GIRL
    Come back when you want to make a deal.
    
    2.
    GIRL
    You can always go diving yourself. There are plenty of bodies where the Canal
    Tunnel collapsed.
    
    3.
    GIRL
    Don't worry. I will be here when you have the money.)
    
    GIRL
    Very good.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    LOG ENTRY 00:2345:2223
    
    Took that damn repair bot we picked up last week and wired him into the engine
    compartment -- might finally be useful and give us enough power to clear the
    maritime patrols before it burns out. Now we just have to wait for harbormaster
    clearance.
    *** CLOSE LOG, SHIP'S CAPTAIN SUN CHUN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BOAT PERSON
    
    JC DENTON
    Not much activity down here.
    
    PERSON
    Activity -- what kind of activity?
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything. The canal's dead.
    
    PERSON
    They have added restrictions for nighttime. Nevertheless, there is traffic, even
    when you don't see it.
    
    JC DENTON
    You mean heroin.
    
    PERSON
    Illegal products, of course, but you find everything in the canal, things that
    have been lost, things people want to forget. Last month it was the leader of
    the Red Arrow. He was floating near my house.
    
    JC DENTON
    You saw the body?
    
    PERSON
    My name is in the paper. I saw the cut across his neck. They are right. It was
    cauterized.
    
    JC DENTON
    It was what?
    
    PERSON
    Cauterized. The scientific terminology. Someone cut him, but it was a weapon
    that cannot be explained with current technology.
    
    JC DENTON
    What else do you find? Do you sell it?
    
    PERSON
    Are you... Are you a tourist?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just curious. I hear the Triads control all of the smuggling in Hong Kong.
    
    PERSON
    Yes. The Triads do it. I am a simple merchant. I receive only fruits and
    vegetables.
    
    JC DENTON
    By sampan? But you said --
    
    PERSON
    Yes, fresh. For my grocery stall in the market.
    
    JC DENTON
    Right. I will have to stop by and take a look sometime.
    
    PERSON
    My store is not open in the evening.
    Come in the morning. We have a fresh new shipment of durian.
    Be careful who you talk to about the Triads.
    I am busy. Go now.
    Many people show up dead in the canals. Not just Triads.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAN
    
    MAN
    Paul Denton! I have the blueprints... I must warn you! I... Oh.
    
    JC DENTON
    Warn me about what?
    
    MAN
    I have made a mistake.
    
    JC DENTON
    Paul's my brother. What's the problem?
    
    MAN
    No, I have made a mistake.
    No... I am sorry.
    I must say nothing. They would kill me.
    
    JC DENTON
    You can trust me. I really am Paul's brother. You said something about
    blueprints.
    
    MAN
    No. I do not know you. Maybe you work for VersaLife.
    
    JC DENTON
    VersaLife. Good, we're getting closer. You might as well tell me the rest. If
    I'm gonna kill you, you're already dead.
    
    MAN
    He paid me! Okay? I only did it for the money. I have the blueprints of the
    VersaLife building. 2,000 credits. And I have the other things he wanted, the
    scrambler grenade for 1,250 and the thermoptic camo for 4,000.
    
    JC DENTON
    What did Paul want with VersaLife?
    
    MAN
    All he said was not to get caught and to tell nobody what I did.
    
    JC DENTON
    Give me the VersaLife blueprints for 2000.
    
    MAN
    Excellent. Tell no one.
    Okay. I will sell to you.
    
    (JC DENTON
    4,000 for thermoptic camo -- wish I had the cash.
    
    1.
    MAN
    Paul would pay me. I will wait for Paul.
    
    2.
    MAN
    I must be paid. I risked my life.
    
    3.
    MAN
    You will have to get the money.)
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the scrambler grenade for 1250.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    4,000 for thermoptic camo -- deal.
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    I'll check back with you.)
    
    MAN
    Excellent. Tell no one.
    I have nothing else. You bought everything.
    I hope you told the truth or Paul will kill me.
    There are definitely secret areas of VersaLife. Paul was right about that.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BARTENDER
    
    BARTENDER
    Many bargains at the Old China Hand. Everything eight credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    Heard the name Tracer Tong?
    
    BARTENDER
    Tong, yes... friend of the Luminous Path Triad. And, by extension, enemy of the
    Red Arrow.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's his reputation... among the locals?
    
    BARTENDER
    Shrewd, but fair. Very well-connected. You want to buy... biomechanical
    augmentation?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just curious.
    Is there a lot of crime in Hong Kong?
    
    BARTENDER
    Much more than before, yes. Now it's very easy for the smugglers.
    
    JC DENTON
    What kind of smugglers?
    
    BARTENDER
    Slaves, heroin, biotech...
    
    JC DENTON
    Is there really a slave-trade?
    
    BARTENDER
    Oh, sure. Visit the Lucky Money underneath Wan Chai, the Red Arrow
    headquarters... All of their girls, they are kidnapped in Thailand or the
    Philippines. Not a pretty business.
    
    JC DENTON
    What sort of biotech smuggling goes on?
    
    BARTENDER
    Mostly VersaLife, the Golden Triangle of biotech.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why would a multinational corporation smuggle their products on sampans?
    
    BARTENDER
    Import restrictions in many places -- the United States, European countries...
    
    JC DENTON
    On what?
    
    BARTENDER
    Certain genetic advances... laboratory organisms. Also, tiny computers in your
    tissue.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's VersaLife trying to develop?
    
    BARTENDER
    Everything. The Second Men.
    
    JC DENTON
    The Second Men?
    
    BARTENDER
    English author. Olaf Stapledon. You have not read?
    
    JC DENTON
    Afraid not.
    
    BARTENDER
    Last and First Men. History of 19 species of human beings. I cannot believe you
    do not know this book.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not big into books.
    Do you know of a Maggie Chow?
    
    BARTENDER
    Maggie Chow. A bad character. Before, she was an actress. Now she is everywhere
    in Hong Kong politics. They say that she is a spy.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who does she spy for?
    
    BARTENDER
    No one knows. Somebody paid a lot of money once, and one of the Red Arrows ended
    up floating in the canal. Dangerous to talk about.
    
    (1.
    BARTENDER
    You buy in Wan Chai, you pay twelve. Here, eight.
    
    2.
    BARTENDER
    Tell me. What do you want? I prepare.
    
    3.
    BARTENDER
    Many bargains at the Old China Hand. Everything eight credits.
    
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Something to drink.
    
    BARTENDER
    Knock you on your ass.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Whatever youve got to eat.
    
    BARTENDER
    Cheng tsui bean!
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Oops. No room. Let me lighten my load.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DRUNK
    
    DRUNK
    What?
    
    JC DENTON
    What can you tell me about traffic on the canals?
    
    DRUNK
    I know you. I know who you are.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    DRUNK
    You work for the Luminous Path. You should be dead now, but you left Hong Kong
    just in time.
    
    JC DENTON
    You have me confused with someone else.
    
    DRUNK
    No, it was you. Miss Chow told us -- you are the American who helped them steal
    the sword!
    
    JC DENTON
    Really, I --
    
    DRUNK
    You cannot stop the Red Arrow! They will control China as they control Hong
    Kong, very soon...
    You will not leave Hong Kong alive.
    I will tell Max Chen that you have returned.
    ...bad mistake.
    The Inner Kingdom must be open to the world.
    Everyone suffers when the roads are closed and we are surrounded by walls.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: WHORE
    
    WHORE
    I take care of you. Special price.
    Romantic. A boat, yes?
    I know where it's dark.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - TONNOCHI ROAD
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER
    
    LP MEMBER
    You are an unfamiliar face on Tonnochi Road.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    What business is it of yours?
    
    LP MEMBER
    Sorry. I do not wish to offend. Travel in safety. The Luminous Path watch over
    you.
    You may go about your business.
    You must have a very wealthy friend to be visiting Tonnochi Road.
    I will not bother you again.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'm here on business with Gordon Quick.
    
    LP MEMBER
    You are here to speak to Miss Chow, perhaps? Half a block down on the left.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thank you.
    
    LP MEMBER
    The woman is a snake. Believe nothing she says.
    I myself have been watching Ms. Chow. She just met with Max Chen, leader of the
    Red Arrow.
    You may go about your business.
    We had an agent in the building across the street, but he left for business in
    the United States.
    Don't let yourself be fooled.
    Maggie Chow is a clever woman.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCHOOL GIRL
    
    SCHOOL GIRL
    I bet you came from the market. That's where I want to go.
    My mother said there's too much fighting. I have to stay here.
    I don't hear any fighting.
    The Triads know better than to cause trouble in public.
    I hate Tonnochi Road.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY POLICE
    
    CHINESE MILITARY POLICE
    Strangers in Hong Kong should stay near the market.
    The side-streets are not safe for tourists at night.
    You should always carry a map.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER
    
    JC DENTON
    Maggie Chow wants to see me. I assume that's her hotel across the street.
    
    RA MEMBER
    That is correct.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do I get up to see her?
    
    RA MEMBER
    The main elevator. Maggie Chow will be angry if you arrive any other way.
    This is a dead end. I advise you to turn back toward the market.
    You are a tourist? Visit the Lucky Money while you're in Wan Chai.
    I saw you speaking to that thug over there. Unwise.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER
    
    JC DENTON
    Excuse me. Do you know a man named Tracer Tong?
    
    RA MEMBER
    That is a dangerous question to ask.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm sorry. I don't understand.
    
    RA MEMBER
    Hong Kong is not a safe place for strangers. Take my advice -- do not get
    involved.
    I saw you speaking to that thug over there. Unwise.
    You are a tourist? Visit the Lucky Money while you're in Wan Chai.
    This is a dead end. I advise you to turn back toward the market.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BOAT PERSON
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for a way into this building.
    
    PERSON
    Use front of building. Only Triads use sidewalk lift in back.
    
    JC DENTON
    Good advice.
    
    PERSON
    Very many Triad members... this part of Wan Chai.
    Alley not safe. Stay in street.
    Best advice: avoid Red Arrow.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    You missed them. They left over an hour ago.
    Guess they're painting up there. Saw it on their boots when they came out of the
    alley.
    I used to paint myself. Think they are hiring?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DOORMAN
    
    DOORMAN
    Welcome to Queen's Tower.
    You may use the Residential Directory Computer, if you know how.
    The seventh floor is closed for... renovations.
    All guests must use the main elevator.
    Again, I apologize for not providing additional assistance.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Party Leader Xan,
    I was much inspired by your speech to our local community resource center and
    wish to do my part in helping to maintain a free China: as you have said, there
    are many threats to that freedom both from within and without.
    It is with glad heart, then, that I am able to inform you of suspicious
    activities of Dr. Tracey Feng. Dr. Feng has declared on a number of occasions
    that he believes cases of "Gray Death" are going untreated (a situation I cannot
    believe the Party would permit), and has often been observed leaving at odd
    hours on what he declares to be "family emergencies." I believe that Dr. Feng is
    a good individual, with the best hopes for Hong Kong and China at heart, and
    could thus benefit from counseling.
    Ms. Chow was kind enough to bring this to my attention, and should be saluted
    for the many hours of entertainment and happiness she has brought to the Chinese
    people.
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Lobby
    
    The Queen's Tower has provided discreet, luxurious accommodations for over two
    hundred years. Our clientele are treated to not only the most elegant amenities
    in all of Hong Kong -- including in-door pool, spa, gymnasium, and clinic -- but
    also protected twenty-four hours a day by automated security and around-the-
    clock surveillance.
    
    
    
    Pool & Fitness
    
    Regretfully, the recreation floor is reserved for residents.
    
    
    
    Kit Lam-Wei
    
    By request, this resident's code has been made unavailable.
    
    
    
    Larry & Ling Woo
    
    By request, this resident's code has been made unavailable.
    
    
    
    Dr. Tracey Feng
    
    By request, this resident's code has been made unavailable.
    
    
    
    Bobby Ryan
    
    By request, this resident's code has been made unavailable.
    
    
    
    Undergoing Renovations
    
    This floor is currently undergoing renovations in our effort to create the most
    modern, comfortable living space possible for future residents. If you would
    like to examine the floor prior to leasing or purchasing a residence here,
    please sign in with our on-site manager and use code 3444. The Queen's Tower
    cannot, of course, be held responsible for any accidents incurred during
    unescorted tours of the work area.
    
    
    
    Maggie Chow
    
    Ms. Chow grants you access; please use the private penthouse elevator.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: MAY SUNG
    
    MAY SUNG
    I am sorry. Miss Chow is not at home.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, well, tell her I know she double-crossed the Red Arrow, and I intend to
    prove it.
    
    MAY SUNG
    You are mistaken. Miss Chow --
    
    JC DENTON
    She should never have sent me to the police station. Now I know she is hiding
    something, and I intend to find out what it is.
    
    MAY SUNG
    No! No... You are mistaken!
    Guards!
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: MAY SUNG
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for Maggie Chow.
    
    MAY SUNG
    You must be Mr. Denton -- Miss Chow has been expecting you. She is waiting in
    the living room. Please follow me.
    I will accompany you.
    
    
    
    3.
    CONVERSATION: MAY SUNG
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry to bother you... I was looking for a man named Tracer Tong.
    
    MAY SUNG
    You will want to talk to Miss Chow. Follow me. She is in the living room.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAY SUNG & MAGGIE CHOW
    
    MAY SUNG
    Mother Chow -- Mr. JC Denton.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    (Mr. J. C. Denton...) in the flesh. As dark and serious as his brother.
    
    JC DENTON
    You know who I am... and Paul? You know my brother?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Intimately. Call me Maggie.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Paul never mentioned you.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    That is why he is still alive: he can keep a secret, even from his own brother.
    
    JC DENTON
    But why --
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Can you help me find a man named Tracer Tong?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Of course. Mr. Tong, your brother's most trusted ally. He insisted I not reveal
    his location until we are sure we can trust you. He has much to fear from
    Majestic 12.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't understand.
    
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Paul told you about Majestic 12, correct? The conspiracy behind UNATCO?
    
    JC DENTON
    ...just the name...
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Majestic 12 sent Paul to murder the former Red Arrow leader -- and me, too.
    
    JC DENTON
    And he double-crossed them?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Let's just say I persuaded him to join our side.
    
    JC DENTON
    What does Majestic 12 want with the Red Arrow?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    We are winning the Triad war against Majestic 12's ally -- the Luminous Path. We
    were developing a new technology. You might have heard about a sword?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    The Dragon's Tooth, right?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    What kind of sword?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    A nanotech blade.
    
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    The Triads settle disputes in contests of skill, which includes the crafting of
    weapons. The Dragon's Tooth would have made us unstoppable.
    
    JC DENTON
    So Majestic 12... they're trying to tip the balance? Give the Luminous Path a
    technological advantage?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Exactly. I try to warn the people of the danger, and the Luminous Path calls me
    a liar. The police have all the evidence they need to settle this, locked up in
    the station at the Wan Chai market, but they will not act. Go and see. I know
    the code to their vault: 87342.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    It's only fair to tell you that I spoke with Gordon Quick before coming here. I
    though he was a friend of my brother's. I agreed to visit you and learn the
    truth of the situation.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Who are the Luminous Path, anyway?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    The less successful of the Triads. Their compound at the Wan Chai Market is for
    petty thieves and drug-dealers.
    
    JC DENTON
    The market? I came from there just now; I must have missed the place.
    
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Yes, you were seen. The new Red Arrow leader is Max Chen, and you don't have to
    go to the Lucky Money for him to know your activities. Now tell me about Paul.
    Why did he not return?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    There's something I have to tell you about Paul.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Majestic 12 is arming the Luminous Path with the Dragon Tooth's sword. We must
    find a way to end the war immediately.
    
    JC DENTON
    Miss Chow... Maggie... Paul is dead.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    What?
    
    JC DENTON
    UNATCO agents killed him. I'm sorry. I understand how you must feel.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    I... No, it can't be.
    
    JC DENTON
    You all right?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    He was a brave man... honest -- too, too honest.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, he was.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    You try to prepare yourself, but...
    
    JC DENTON
    I know, the danger.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    I need to be alone. Please...
    He was the only brave enough to stand up to them.
    I will have my revenge. Trust me.
    The police are corrupt and incompetent. We will have to help ourselves.
    Please... go now.
    Let May Sung show you out.
    Its time for you to go.
    I said get out.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Paul's on his way to Hong Kong. I don't know when he will arrive.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Then you must think for yourself. In Hong Kong the truth is seldom kept in plain
    sight.
    From up here, the city is scenery, a mountain that never changes, but everywhere
    the sands are shifting. We cannot know who to trust -- the police, even our own
    families.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can look around... try to learn something about the Luminous Path.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    All the necessary evidence is at the police station in Wan Chai market. If only
    the police would act...
    The Luminous Path are easy prey. All Majestic 12 must do is wave some money
    under their noses.
    We must expose the conspiracy behind the Luminous Path, then they will fall
    apart from the inside.
    When your brother arrives, please tell him I have an important matter to
    discuss.
    Go to the police station; you will find the information we need.
    Enough talk. We must act.
    The police are corrupt and incompetent. We will have to help ourselves.
    Let May Sung show you out.
    Its time for you to go.
    I said get out.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAY SUNG
    
    MAY SUNG
    I will accompany you.
    The floor coverings were made by hand in Tibet.
    Take a look around.
    We have many prized Buddhas, you will observe.
    You should not be in here.
    Where are you going?
    Get away from there.
    Don't make me call the police.
    Do you have no respect for our privacy?
    Let me accompany you to the door.
    I think it is time for you to leave.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    When you have the time, May-Sung, I would suggest that you read two of my
    favorite books: Insurgent and Tai-Fun. I believe youll find both of them as
    illuminating as I have. Theyre in my office if youd like to borrow them.
    -Maggie
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The True Way
    by Kishiro Yoshitaka
    
    ...If one is to imagine the "perfect sword" that can cut and swing with no
    resistance, a sword that is an extension of the mind and heart of the warrior
    who wields it and not a dead weight of steel, then it becomes clear that the
    sword is of little consequence compared to the will of the strategist. Those who
    would master the Way must come to understand this: a sword is a tool whose
    purpose is to cut. Each day the strategist must practice this until it is not
    practice, but a part of their spirit. The strategist knows that every sword they
    wield is perfect, for their will is perfect, and it is through their will alone
    that they win battles...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Tai-Fun
    by Lin Yeoh
    
    ...The history of the Triads is in many ways the history of modern China.
    Popular myth holds that the Triads originated as a resistance movement against
    the Ching dynasty after it descended from Manchuria to seize the capital of
    Peking by force. When faced with a rebellion in the Fukien province, the Ching
    dynasty recruited an order of warrior monks who were later deemed expendable by
    the Emperor and all but exterminated. Survivors organized a number of secret
    monasteries and became known as the "Hung Mun," dedicated to overthrowing the
    Chings.
    The Hung Mun showed a remarkable political adaptability, portraying themselves
    as protectors of the people even as they accepted money from Japanese corporate
    fronts during WWII...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Insurgent
    by X
    
    ...When faced with the subversion of an organized ruling body, external action -
    - even when executed in concert, as a group -- is often ineffectual. True
    revolution can only come from working within, and in this the ultimate change
    that can be brought about by an individual is magnified by the very machinery
    that such organizations utilize to maintain their own authority. Historically,
    ruling bodies are always outnumbered by those they rule -- but still they manage
    to maintain a disproportionate amount of power through a combination of
    tradition, confusion, and punishment. An operative who learns to simulate the
    veneer of a loyalist and guard their own secret heart can utilize those very
    same tools to overthrow such organizations, or shift them to a more
    ideologically pleasing axis...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Mr. Hundley,
    It has become necessary to change my system password since it may have become
    compromised; I will encrypt the new password and forward it to you shortly.
    Please note that any access attempts made using "Tai-Fun" should be tagged and
    traced for interrogation.
    -Maggie Chow
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Hello Maggie! I swear I will never forget your birthday again! July 18th is
    marked on my calendar forever! -- Louis
    
    
    
    CONTACT: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Ms. Chow, we are reassigning you temporarily. Put the long-term agenda on hold
    until VersaLife has met its deadline. It will be months and probably years
    before the Red Arrow can influence Beijing, whereas -- well, I'm sure you heard
    about my appointment. We are in position to make a grab for Washington, and we
    can't let this one slip through our fingers. Make sure the process stays on
    schedule.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    NEW DATACUBE TRANSCRIPT
    BEGIN TIMECODE 04:56:23
    
    RECORDING BEGINS ]]]NOW[[[
    
    MC: -- know you took the sword, Yuen. You took it from the wrong place and the
    wrong people, and now you're in pain. You know how much I hate to see you in
    pain, baby...
    YK: I am the Dragon Head of the Red... Red Arrow Triad and you... are a...
    hollow woman.
    MC: I'm much more than that, Yuen. I am the only thing standing between you and
    a world of hurt and darkness and shame. Tell me where the sword is, and maybe
    you'll die soon.
    YK: And you... you... are a bad actress.
    (unknown sound)
    MC: And you have one less finger...
    RECORDING ]]]ENDS[[[
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Greetings, J. C. Denton. I have been observing you through this fascinating
    device in your skull. You have found the proof we needed: the Dragon's Tooth
    sword, there inside the glass case. If you wish to be my ally, you will retrieve
    the sword and await my instructions.
    Good. Now take the sword to Max Chen at the Lucky Money Club. If you can make
    peace among the Triads, then perhaps I can help you in your difficulties.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Mort --
    I'm going to be off-site tomorrow, so I'm counting on you to head things up.
    Just FYI, the electrician completed installation of the security system today,
    login QUEENSTOWER and password SECURITY, in case you get around to handling the
    configuration issues. (I don't think the doorman's quite figured out how to use
    it yet, so you might need to do some hand holding with him.) I also set the
    elevator bypass code inside the shaft to 1709 before I left, if you need to do
    any work down there. Should the contractors return to work on floor seven, give
    them code 3444. Any other problems come up, you know how to get a hold of me.
    :Lin
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARRIET
    
    HARRIET
    You have... twenty credits, mister?
    
    JC DENTON
    What for?
    
    HARRIET
    I... will be honest. It is... crash, a big crash. I just need... a little, for
    the pain.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    A forgotten virtue like honesty is worth at least twenty credits.
    
    HARRIET
    You are so kind.
    
    JC DENTON
    It was nothing.
    
    HARRIET
    You are looking for Maggie Chow?
    
    JC DENTON
    Why? You know something?
    
    HARRIET
    She lives upstairs, but don't come in this way. Her guards are the only ones who
    use the gate. They don't like... people snooping around.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for the tip.
    
    HARRIET
    Thank you... again.
    I thought I was gonna die.
    It's horrible... the crash. You can't imagine.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    You're this far into withdrawal; maybe it's time you kick the habit.
    
    HARRIET
    How can you... Why so cruel?
    
    JC DENTON
    It's for your own good.
    
    HARRIET
    You... awful man. I hope you die very soon.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - JOCK'S APARTMENT
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    HONG KONG NETWORK SERVICES
    WANCHAI DISTRICT
    
    YOUR ACCOUNT (#79489ND) IS NOW ACTIVE AND THE ACTIVATION FEE OF c95 HAS BEEN
    AUTOMATICALLY ADDED TO YOUR FIRST PAYMENT. YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A SEPARATE
    BILL, PLEASE REMIT NO PAYMENT AT THIS TIME.
    WE REMIND YOU THAT ALL TRAFFIC OVER HKNET SHOULD COMPLY WITH THE NATIONAL
    ELECTRONIC INFORMATION DIRECTIVE AND IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW AT ANY TIME.
    VIOLATIONS OF THE NEID MAY RESULT IN FINES, ACCOUNT DEACTIVATION, VISA
    SUSPENSION, OR CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.
    USER NAME: FLYBOY
    PASSWORD: 5X5
    XIE XIE,
    HKNET SERVICES
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Paul Denton//NYCNET.33.34.4346
    To: FLYBOY//HKNET.8434.03749
    Subject: Fallback
    
    Time is short. If you've followed orders, you should be on your way back to Hong
    Kong. Tong will know what to do, so help him. We can't let these bastards get
    away with what they've done, and what they still might do.
    My brother... my brother may be able to help. I don't know. I've sent him to
    obtain the evidence I compiled of UNATCO's recent activities, but -- I've had to
    treat him and everyone else I know like pawns. I've sent them to be killed and
    all so that we could win the larger game. But I think my time to be sacrificed
    is about to come.
    If Tong gives you the word, take down Maggie.
    And if I see you again, you're buying the beers this time.
    -P
    
    
    
    From: TT//UnderNet.0924.243.886
    To: FLYBOY//HKNET.8434.03749
    Subject: Surveillance
    
    Please continue your observations of Ms. Chow -- I suspect that it is she who
    may lay at the heart of our current troubles and not the Red Arrow. My sources
    within the police department have been quite willing to share with me certain
    items of information that lead me to believe she was not only responsible for
    the death of their Dragon Head, but may also know the location of the Dragon's
    Tooth.
    Your friend, Paul, was a great aid to the Luminous Path, and as we are in his
    debt, so are we in yours.
    
    
    
    From: Daedalus
    To: FLYBOY//HKNET.8434.03749
    Subject: Paul Needs You
    
    If you have loyalty to your friends, you must return to New York now. I cannot
    ascertain the status of the person you identify as Paul Denton. He may or may
    not be alive. But it is possible that I can assist in the salvage of him and his
    brother if you return to New York now. I have secured the proper authorizations
    for you to fly an SH-187 stealth helicopter from the Wan Chai MJ12 helibase
    located in the VersaLife building. There is little time.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    ...since the fighting at the Canal Tunnel, the Luminous Path compound has
    remained silent and watchful. However, at 1938 there was an explosion and the
    sound of a helicopter flying from east to west, but when I attempted to locate
    the aircraft for visual identification I could only make out a black shape
    against the night sky -- it's skin seemed to absorb light, like that of a shark
    in the deep ocean.
    At 2010 I began to hear reports of a gwailo, possibly the same one who created
    problems for the elder brother recently, in the market -- asking questions about
    things he should not be asking questions about...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: CENTRAL POLICE COMMAND, H.K.
    TO: WAN CHAI DISTRICT, POST 11384
    
    INCIDENT REVIEW
    OFFICER TAM (TAM/Dragon) IS HEREBY CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES OF NEGLIGENCE OR
    MISCONDUCT IN INCIDENT REF ID#:00453-AT. IT IS THE OPINION OF THIS TRIBUNAL THAT
    OFFICER TAM'S USE OF DEADLY FORCE WAS NOT ONLY NECESSARY BUT PROPER IN HIS
    ATTEMPT TO MINIMIZE CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. NO NEED FOR FURTHER COUNSELING OR
    REVIEW IS FOUND AT THIS TIME.
    WAN CHAI INCIDENT TRIBUNAL
    CASE CLOSED
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: WAN CHAI DISTRICT, POST 11384
    TO: CENTRAL POLICE COMMAND, H.K.
    
    Attached you will find a full surveillance report for the activities of subject
    MAGGIE CHOW (HKS0084393). Ms. Chow's associations with the RED ARROW TRIAD and
    its Dragon Head, MAX CHEN, are a matter of record; however, recent evidence
    indicated that she may also have been involved with the death of Chen's
    predecessor, YUEN KONG (HKS0134091), a contributing factor to the current gang
    war. Ms. Chow and her relationship to the VERSALIFE CORPORATION are also under
    investigation, but show a high probability of being linked to the recent
    conflict between the Triads.
    District officers are respectfully asked to note that there are several tactical
    options for accessing Ms. Chow's penthouse: a service entrance at the rear of
    the address; a renovation project in progress on the building's seventh floor;
    and the roof. These options are outlined more fully in the surveillance report
    if it becomes necessary to detain Ms. Chow or search her premises.
    Commander Cheung
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER & TEA HOUSE WAITER (IAN HILTON)
    
    RA MEMBER
    Do you want to do business in Wan Chai?
    
    HILTON
    We already have an arrangement with the Luminous Path.
    
    RA MEMBER
    Do you want to do business in Wan Chai?
    
    HILTON
    I will not be threatened.
    
    RA MEMBER
    Don't think your Luminous Path can protect you.
    
    HILTON
    Get out! Now!
    
    RA MEMBER
    As you wish, but don't be surprised if you don't pass your next inspection.
    
    HILTON
    I know people on the Health Board; they can't be bought.
    
    RA MEMBER
    Perhaps, but they dislike rats.
    Don't interfere in my business.
    
    HILTON
    Welcome to the Wan Chai Tea House. Anything you like, twelve credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you think of the Triads?
    
    HILTON
    Don't talk to me about Triads.
    
    JC DENTON
    They give you a lot of trouble?
    
    HILTON
    They are punks. Talking all the time about the community and traditions, then
    they fight over technology from a multinational corporation like VersaLife.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do you know that the sword came from VersaLife?
    
    HILTON
    It has nanotech components. It is self-sharpening or something. I wish they
    would use it to chop off each other's heads.
    Can I help you?
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you know about Maggie Chow?
    
    HILTON
    A famous woman, used to act in Kung Fu movies.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about now?
    
    HILTON
    She has other ambitions. They say she has connections in government, and I have
    seen her myself -- in this shop -- have tea with big executives from VersaLife.
    
    JC DENTON
    She probably has a lot of money to invest.
    
    HILTON
    They were not talking about investments. It was biotechnology. She is doing
    scientific research. I think she has her own office at VersaLife.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: VERONICA CHIN & MR. LIU
    
    VERONICA
    Oh my God! They're everywhere.
    
    LIU
    We will be patient while they clean up the mess.
    
    VERONICA
    You can't be serious!
    
    LIU
    We would offend my nephew if we were to leave so soon.
    
    VERONICA
    Please... We are having a discussion.
    
    LIU
    We had the jiaozi. Very good.
    
    VERONICA
    I can't stand it. I've got to get out of here.
    
    LIU
    They will kill the rats. Not a problem.
    May I recommend... loongjing, most precious tea of China.
    I must beg your pardon. We were talking.
    
    VERONICA
    ...disgusting...
    The police are worthless!
    The Red Arrow has no fear!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER & CHINESE MILITARY POLICE
    
    RA MEMBER
    ...a small matter to discuss.
    
    POLICE
    Explain.
    
    RA MEMBER
    A disturbance in the tea house. Can you overlook?
    
    POLICE
    One hundred.
    
    RA MEMBER
    No injuries. Only a prank.
    
    POLICE
    One hundred.
    
    RA MEMBER
    I have fifty-five.
    
    POLICE
    One hundred.
    
    RA MEMBER
    Sixty-five.
    
    POLICE
    ...Okay, sixty-five.
    Mind your own business.
    Stay out of my way.
    Are you looking for trouble?
    I saw you watching. Keep your mouth shut.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - CANAL ROAD
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER
    
    LP MEMBER
    None of your concern.
    We do not want spectators.
    You can do nothing. Go.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER
    
    RA MEMBER
    Stay out of our business.
    Do not judge what you do not understand.
    It is too late for you to help.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY POLICE
    
    POLICE
    Nothing to see here.
    Move along.
    The road's blocked. You'll have to go through the market.
    The Triads are foolish to cling to their traditional weapons.
    These were gutter trash. It's what they deserved.
    If only we could get the leaders this way.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    ...God's got a funny sense of humor sometimes... I'm writing this on the back of
    an issue of "Tomorrow's Scientist."
    Hundley sent me to pick up a batch of karkian eggs fresh off the plane; couldn't
    trust anyone else, Dr. Feng -- that's what he said. Big job. On the way back
    through the tunnel everything just fell apart, flash of light and noise and
    suddenly I'm lying here. My legs are broken. It was probably a Triad attack...
    they've been fighting lately...
    I thought emergency services would arrive, but no one's come. There's no
    internal bleeding that I can tell. I started to hear noises a while ago. I think
    the suspension crate in the car broke open and the eggs are hatching.
    I can't reach anyone on my phone. It's been eight hours. I slept a little. I can
    hear the baby karkians -- cries of hunger, precursor to infant food seeking
    behavior. The irony is this is a perfect environment for them.
    I saw a shadow of one a little ago. My rough guess is they're developing almost
    20% more quickly than expected. Some nasty noises earlier, several of the
    karkians picking out the weakest of the litter and tearing it to pieces.
    I wish someone would come...
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - LUCKY MONEY CLUB
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    UNATCO Responds to Terrorist Attack
    New World Press - New York City
    
    A terrorist strike on Liberty Island was blunted this past week when UNATCO
    forces moved swiftly to neutralize the threat. The attack, the result of a
    poorly organized attempt to break security at UNATCO Headquarters by the
    National Secessionist Forces (NSF), was characterized by one unidentified source
    as a "futile gesture." Walton Simons, Director of FEMA, worked closely with
    UNATCO to coordinate both US and UNATCO forces in a joint operation to root out
    the remaining elements of the terrorist network in New York.
    "Terrorism is very much a snake that slithers out of the tall grass," said
    Simons. "It is our responsibility?to always remain alert to the danger it
    presents, and to act decisively when it appears."
    Authorities are currently attempting to locate JC Denton, one of the terrorist
    leaders who escaped in the aftermath of the attack.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY (EDDIE WAY)
    
    EDDIE WAY
    The mall area is perfectly safe.
    If you want a good time, I recommend the Lucky Money.
    We patrol this area twenty-four hours.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PARTY GIRL (TESSA) & CLUB GIRL (MERCEDES)
    
    TESSA
    I'm meeting someone.
    
    MERCEDES
    Hey, man. Where ya from?
    
    JC DENTON
    The 'States.
    
    MERCEDES
    We're from Australia.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hm. On vacation?
    
    TESSA
    Let's just wait for Russ.
    
    MERCEDES
    He's kinda cute.
    What's your name?
    
    JC DENTON
    JC. Is this a good club?
    
    MERCEDES
    Oh, totally, and it's a Red Arrow place. They get everything real cheap. Look,
    can we ask a big, big favor?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    MERCEDES
    My friend and I -- it's so silly -- we left our credit cards at the hotel. Think
    you could get us in?
    
    JC DENTON
    How much do you need?
    
    MERCEDES
    Only twenty each. We get in for twenty.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry.
    
    MERCEDES
    Well, cheerio.
    
    TESSA
    What a loser.
    
    (MERCEDES
    Sure you don't have forty credits so we can get in?)
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    MERCEDES
    Right. You like to dance, then? Let's go.
    
    TESSA
    You're so bad.
    
    MERCEDES
    Let's go!
    
    TESSA
    Thanks for getting me in.
    
    MERCEDES
    That was SO cool, man. Thank you SO much. Do you know Max Chen? He runs this
    place.
    
    JC DENTON
    No problem, we go way back. Wanna dance?
    
    MERCEDES
    Mmmmm. Bet you've got some moves I haven't seen before.
    
    JC DENTON
    There's only one way to find out.
    
    MERCEDES
    Lemme loosen up a bit. Mind if I borrow ten credits to get a drink?
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything you want.
    
    MERCEDES
    You're so cool, JC. I'm so glad I met you.
    
    JC DENTON
    How about that dance?
    
    MERCEDES
    I gotta be really drunk when it's almost empty like this. Think you could buy me
    another drink?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry. You'll have to fend for yourself.
    
    MERCEDES
    I'll pay you back.
    
    JC DENTON
    I got you in. I'm not paying for anything else.
    
    MERCEDES
    Don't haveta get narky. Geez.
    I woulda paid you back.
    Oh, great. Now I can't even get a drink.
    Oh, it's you.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DOOR GIRL & TRIAD BOUNCER
    
    DOOR GIRL
    Mmmmm... leather boots. For you, twenty-five credits admission.
    
    JC DENTON
    Here you go.
    
    DOOR GIRL
    Perfect. I order you to stand in the spotlight and growl at the women like a dog
    who needs a master.
    I see you in a corner, smoldering, hostile. Everyone will wonder who you are.
    Go call a Russian sailor a nasty name. I want to see you fight.
    I like a man with a lot of zippers.
    
    TRIAD BOUNCER
    I will forgive your rudeness.
    Are you trying to be funny?
    Enough!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: THUG
    
    THUG
    I'm not your type.
    
    JC DENTON
    I just want to ask a few questions.
    
    THUG
    Look, I was here first. Chen told me himself: if there's a job, I get it.
    
    JC DENTON
    What kind of job?
    
    THUG
    Just back off. I got fired at the Quick Stop next door -- without even a warning
    -- and I need the cash.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tough luck.
    
    THUG
    Yeah, well, but I'm gonna get them back. I know the login to their computer.
    It's MANAGEMENT, password CODE324. One of these nights, I'm gonna sneak in there
    and trash all their records.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's a Quick Stop cashier doing working for the Red Arrow?
    
    THUG
    I ain't working yet.
    Hey, man, you're blocking the view.
    I like goth chicks.
    You're getting on my nerves.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STUFFY SUIT (MR. SING)
    
    SING
    Good evening.
    
    (JC DENTON
    Sorry to bother you...
    
    SING
    Have a pleasant evening.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Hello there.
    Do you know a man named Max Chen?
    
    SING
    Of course I know Max! A terrific fellow!
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you know where I can find him?
    
    SING
    In the back room! He runs the whole Red Arrow from here! Hey, you're not with
    the police, are you?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll tell you later.
    Great place here!
    
    SING
    Isn't it? People have the wrong idea about the Triads, you know.
    
    JC DENTON
    In what way?
    
    SING
    They run the economy! The black-market prices in clubs like this let people have
    a good time.
    Good evening.
    You must be American.
    ...always find satisfaction at the Lucky Money.
    My personal evaluation: the Filipino girls of the Red Arrow are simply the best.
    Many of my clients are from the Red Arrow.
    I've always enjoyed doing business with the Triads.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAMASAN
    
    MAMASAN
    One hundred credits. A pleasing companion.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    MAMASAN
    Have a good time.
    Please, you choose... One hundred credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    I already have a date, thanks.
    
    MAMASAN
    It's much more fun with two.
    A dance partner for you? One hundred credits.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Where can I find Max Chen?
    
    MAMASAN
    Check at the bar, kid?
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    No thanks.
    
    MAMASAN
    I'll be waiting. Come back when you change your mind.
    
    3.1
    MAMASAN
    A dance partner for you? One hundred credits.
    
    3.2
    MAMASAN
    Please... You choose. One hundred credits.
    
    3.3
    MAMASAN
    One hundred credits. A pleasing companion.)
    
    
    MAMASAN
    Another satisfied customer!
    You will never be lonely at the Lucky Money!
    Come again!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LING
    
    LING
    Hello!
    What is your name?
    What is your job?
    You are handsome.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: YOUNG ESCORT (MAYMAY)
    
    MAYMAY
    Hello!
    Welcome to... Lucky Money.
    Do you like to dance?
    I like to dance.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NERVOUS WOMAN (CAROLE) & SEDUCTIVE WOMAN (LISA)
    
    CAROLE
    I feel silly.
    
    LISA
    You look good. Move your hips a little more. There you go.
    
    CAROLE
    Like this?
    
    LISA
    That's better.
    
    CAROLE
    Want to get something to eat after this?
    
    LISA
    Maybe some tea. But I want to go home, take a bath...
    
    CAROLE
    Where do you live?
    
    LISA
    Not too far.
    I like your tattoo.
    
    CAROLE
    Really?
    
    LISA
    The claws of a dragon... touching your breast.
    
    CAROLE
    I just thought it would be sexy.
    
    LISA
    I'm trying to dance.
    I don't think so.
    Please.
    
    CAROLE
    I want to dance with my friend.
    We want to be by ourselves.
    Leave us alone.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PARTY GIRL
    
    PARTY GIRL
    Hi.
    Don't you like to dance?
    Get in the middle... Come on!
    You would look good with fangs.
    Aren't you hot in that coat?
    Yeah, baby!
    Party! Wooo-hooo!
    This is bitchin' music.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUSINESSWOMAN & VERSALIFE EMPLOYEE
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    I've never seen so many troopers. They must be close to a breakthrough.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    But which division?
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    Maybe all of them. Something fundamental. I saw guards in Biotech, too.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    I think it's just the UC.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    They've had that for weeks.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    But word has gotten out. Every engineer on the planet --
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    VersaLife already has the best security in the industry.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    Even my game-programmer friend in Texas offered me a million credits for one
    hour on the UC. Wanted to make the Game of Life with buckyballs... Joking, of
    course.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    I don't like being in the dark.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    What do you mean?
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    Everything so compartmentalized...
    
    EMPLOYEE
    A pain, I know. But all it takes is one leak to the Net, and there goes our work
    into the public domain.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    It's more like the way you'd organize a prison camp than a laboratory.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    Let's not get melodramatic.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    I've spent months making this rotor for sorting calcium ions -- and I don't even
    know what it's FOR.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    Kaczynski was right about the division of labor -- I'll give him that much. Want
    another drink?
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    Who puts the pieces together?
    
    EMPLOYEE
    Someone who makes a lot more money than we do.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    I think management is involved in something criminal.
    
    EMPLOYEE
    I... don't know if you should be saying that.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    Really. Why the codes? All the procedures? Why'd the data-entry people disappear
    today? What did the company have them doing?
    
    EMPLOYEE
    That's outside your department.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    I want to know. What do they do all day -- and all night -- down on Level 2?
    
    EMPLOYEE
    I... don't think I can take part in this conversation.
    
    JC DENTON
    Mind if I ask what you were talking about?
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    You with the company?
    
    JC DENTON
    It just sounded interesting. Troops... at a corporation?
    
    EMPLOYEE
    Not your affair. Please do not intrude.
    We do not wish to be disturbed.
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    We're having a private discussion.
    I don't believe I know you.
    Back off.
    I said leave me alone.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DAZED GIRL
    
    DAZED GIRL
    ...gangsters... they're all gangsters...
    ...they were cutting him! And laughing! And stabbing their swords...
    ...poor Ching-kuo...
    I will not sleep until the last Luminous Path is dead!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TRIAD BOUNCER
    
    TRIAD BOUNCER
    Stay in the dance area.
    I do not like the way you look.
    I will have my eye on you. Follow the rules.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BAR FLY & LOSER (LAWRENCE)
    
    BAR FLY
    Have another drink.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Don't mind if I do...
    
    BAR FLY
    As you were saying.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Well, women back home, they aren't like your daughter. I do very much wish to
    meet her.
    
    BAR FLY
    You are very handsome; you must have many girlfriends in your country.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Aw, come on... nah.
    You see, my class... Well, in the U.S. either you have nothing or you have
    everything, and the women of my class... well, they're spoiled.
    
    BAR FLY
    Mmmmmm.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Whereas your daughter -- See, she's the perfect example. Born, not with a silver
    spoon in her mouth, but...
    
    BAR FLY
    Wooden chop sticks.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Yes! Good, that's very good. Exactly, and that's why she understands the
    important things, food, shelter, a good life.
    
    BAR FLY
    That's a very nice watch.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Thank you. So kind of you. A gift from my mother, actually.
    Fourteen karat gold, actually. Not my style at all.
    
    BAR FLY
    Fine things suit you.
    
    LAWRENCE
    You think so?
    
    BAR FLY
    You have thin, aristocratic wrists.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Oh, stop it. It'll go to my head.
    
    BAR FLY
    My friend and I were about to leave.
    I like your jacket.
    Your sunglasses must be very expensive.
    
    LAWRENCE
    Hi ho, sir.
    Not a bad Cabernet, if I do say so.
    Addicted to the nightlife -- that's always been my weakness.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARD DRINKER (VINCE)
    
    VINCE
    ...oh, sure, I don't mind needles...
    ...tumor, shmoomer...
    ...experiment? I like experiments...
    ...gift to science...
    ...nano-augmented transcription -- that'll do the trick!
    ...don't talk, or we'll feed you to the karkians...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BARTENDER (ISAAC)
    
    ISAAC
    Beer is 15; wine is 120.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for Max Chen.
    
    ISAAC
    Is that so? What is it about?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I need to find Tracer Tong.
    
    ISAAC
    Are you crazy? Don't even say that name in here!
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Maggie Chow sent me.
    
    ISAAC
    Ah, the beautiful Miss Maggie. You'll find the door just behind me.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Just curious, I guess.
    
    ISAAC
    A tourist with a deathwish! Better just throw yourself in the canal.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take a drink.
    Gimme a forty.
    Ooops. Forgot how much I was carrying. Hold on while I get rid of something.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RUSSIANS SAILORS (DIMITRI, BORIS, VLADIMIR & IVAN)
    
    RUSSIAN SAILOR
    Shake it!
    Hey, Yevgeni!... Yevgeni! Where is Yevgeni?
    Move it!
    More! More!
    Again! Do it again!
    Take him to the mamasan!
    Come to me, baby!
    I SPILL my DRINK!
    Out of my face.
    Downstairs! The upstairs is for us!
    Tell the mamasan: three more dancing girls. We will pay!
    Enough! Go!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DANCING GIRL
    
    DANCING GIRL
    Yeah!
    Let's party!
    Who wants to dance with me?
    Woooo!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAX CHEN
    
    JC DENTON
    You must be Max Chen.
    
    MAX CHEN
    So?
    
    JC DENTON
    I found something in Miss Chow's apartment that might interest you.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Is that so?
    
    JC DENTON
    The sword was never destroyed. It was stolen, and she is the one who stole it.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Preposterous!
    
    JC DENTON
    I have it right here.
    
    MAX CHEN
    But... Miss Chow?
    
    JC DENTON
    She works for a group called Majestic 12. She's using you and the Red Arrow for
    her own ends.
    
    MAX CHEN
    No, you must be mistaken.
    
    JC DENTON
    Think about it. She murders your predecessor, hides the sword, pushes the Red
    Arrow into a war with the Luminous Path, and then...? What next? The Triads are
    weakened, and an outside group seizes power. Sound far-fetched?
    
    MAX CHEN
    There must be an explanation.
    
    JC DENTON
    Perhaps you should meet with the leaders of the Luminous Path.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Hmmm. Perhaps. For now, take them this message: I will stop hostilities until I
    have completed an investigation.
    
    CHEN'S BODYGUARD
    Boss.
    
    MAX CHEN
    What is it?
    
    CHEN'S BODYGUARD
    Marty at the door says we have trouble. Soldiers coming in -- she says they are
    some kind of mechs.
    
    JC DENTON
    MJ12 troops. They must have followed me.
    
    MAX CHEN
    You led them here. You should have been more careful.
    
    CHEN'S BODYGUARD
    State your business and go.
    You're acting like a fool.
    Time for you to go.
    
    MAX CHEN
    You must escape and reach Gordon Quick.
    They should have never attacked us here...
    
    RED ARROW MEMBER
    It's a military unit!
    These troops -- they are not human.
    Red Arrow!
    
    MAX CHEN
    I will not doubt you again. Now, hurry. Take my message to the Luminous Path.
    If Maggie Chow is still alive, I will kill her myself.
    Hurry. We don't have much time.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TRIAD BOUNCER
    
    TRIAD BOUNCER
    Stay down!
    It's some kind of raid!
    Everyone on the floor!
    Please excuse the casualties.
    We will have the mess cleaned up shortly. Come back in a few hours.
    An attack like this is very unusual.
    The Lucky Money is safe. We will not let it happen again.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BARTENDER (ISAAC)
    
    ISAAC
    Everyone stay calm.
    Don't shoot! I'm a civilian!
    Someone get Max up here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DOOR GIRL
    
    DOOR GIRL
    This is our best night in a long time.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BAR FLY
    
    BAR FLY
    Aaaah!
    Somebody stop them!
    Someone get me out of here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STUFFY SUIT (MR. SING)
    
    SING
    Don't hurt me! I'm a government official!
    If they catch me here I'm finished!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RUSSIANS SAILORS (DIMITRI, BORIS, VLADIMIR & IVAN)
    
    RUSSIAN SAILOR
    What is happening?
    Run!
    The police! The police!
    They say they pay the police, but NO! The police come anyway!
    They shoot, and I run, and I spill my drink ALL OVER MY UNIFORM!
    I want my money back.
    Why do you bother me?
    Yevgeni was the one. He got us all to come and waste our time!
    Hey, Yevgeni!... Yevgeni! Where is Yevgeni?
    What a mess... a filthy mess!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DAZED GIRL
    
    DAZED GIRL
    They just keep killing! And killing! And killing!
    I'm trapped! I'll never get out of here!
    Oh god, it's happening again!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: THUG
    
    THUG
    Police raid!
    What the hell is going on?
    It's a raid!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: YOUNG ESCORT (MAYMAY)
    
    MAYMAY
    Aaaaa!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUSINESSWOMAN
    
    BUSINESSWOMAN
    The guards! Why did they come here?
    We can relax. They aren't after us.
    I'm going to talk to the head of security when I get back to work.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MERCEDES
    
    MERCEDES
    Everybody get on the floor or something.
    Ohmygod!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TESSA
    
    TESSA
    Ohmygod!
    Where's Russ? Is he okay?
    This really sucks.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LING
    
    LING
    Aaaaa!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LOSER (LAWRENCE)
    
    LAWRENCE
    What? What did I do?
    I mind my own business.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHINESE MILITARY (EDDIE WAY)
    
    EDDIE WAY
    There was a shootout. Please clear the mall.
    For your own safety, please stay in Wan Chai market.
    There was a terrorist attack on the Lucky Money. We are investigating.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LOUIS PAN & GORDON QUICK
    
    LOUIS PAN
    I did it! I did it!
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Did anybody see?
    
    LOUIS PAN
    Yeah, I think so.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    It doesn't matter. We got her payment -- plus interest. Get back and see if she
    learned something.
    
    LOUIS PAN
    Okay.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LOUIS PAN & NEWS STAND VENDOR
    
    LOUIS PAN
    I told you: bad people around here.
    
    VENDOR
    Get out of here! Go!
    
    LOUIS PAN
    I am your new watchman.
    
    VENDOR
    You stole a hundred credits from me!
    
    LOUIS PAN
    The Dragon Head said I am your watchman. Fifty credits every day. That's better
    than a hundred.
    
    VENDOR
    I can't make a profit as it is.
    
    LOUIS PAN
    I will do a good job.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GORDON QUICK
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You were right. Maggie Chow is a con artist.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    You have proof?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, I found the sword in her apartment.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Good. Inform the Red Arrow dragon head. Then he will see who is the real
    traitor.
    
    JC DENTON
    I've already been to the Lucky Money. Max Chen has declared a truce between the
    Red Arrow and the Luminous Path.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I informed Chen about the sword. He's declared a truce between the Red Arrow and
    the Luminous Path.
    
    
    GORDON QUICK
    A truce? Are you certain?
    
    JC DENTON
    Majestic 12 attacked the club. I think he would consider forming an alliance.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Mr. Denton, you are the man I hoped you were. Tracer Tong is inside, in his
    laboratory below the compound. The door is in our sparring room. He will know
    what to do next. To enter our compound, use the code 1997.
    I look forward to shaking the hand of my enemy.
    I worry that the Red Arrow will try to reassemble the sword before peace can be
    made.
    You must use the secret passage in the sparring room to get to Tong's
    laboratory.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER 1, LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER 2 & LUMINOUS PATH
    MEMBER 3
    
    LP MEMBER 1
    Um goi jie guo.
    Neh hoh mah?
    
    LP MEMBER 2
    While you are here, observe the laws of the Triad.
    You must have won great favor with the dragon head.
    Tracer Tong admitted another American. Perhaps you know him.
    If Tong decides he trusts you, you will be free to come and go as you please.
    Watch yourself in the market. We have lost influence there.
    Do not linger in the compound.
    You will be permitted to go about your business.
    
    LP MEMBER 3
    Do not interrupt us with questions.
    We will check with the dragon head about whether you can come in here.
    Are you expecting a tour?
    Your business is with Tracer Tong.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Chinese Silver Loaves
    
    1 3/4 cups hot water
    3 T. sugar
    2 T. vegetable shortening or oil
    6 cups plain flour
    2 T. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. salt
    Add sugar and shortening to hot water, stir til sugar is dissolved, and allow to
    cool until barely warm.
    Sift remaining dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and gradually stir in
    sugar mixture. Mix well and gradually draw dough together with your hands. It
    should be soft, but not sticky.
    On a floured board, knead dough about 5-8 minutes, or til smooth and elastic.
    Return to bowl, cover with damp cloth and let rise at least 1 hour.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Journal of Hung Kwan Gordon Quick
    
    ...is it the steel in her heart, much like that of her father, that leads me to
    love her; how unfortunate that the Old Gods should laugh and she should be the
    child of their Dragon Head -- the man who would lead the Red Arrow against the
    Luminous Path and destroy all we have sought to create for the Celestial
    Kingdom. But I know that whatever fate has decreed for us, we will walk that
    road together. There can be no betrayal in the feelings we have for each other,
    and no teachings that can show me the error in our actions.
    Today, Master Tong has informed me that we will have visitors...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TONG'S GUARD
    
    TONG'S GUARD
    You must be JC. Tong will see you now.
    Please -- complete your business and then go.
    Tong is in the operating theater.
    Do not tell anyone how to get to this facility.
    Your friend, Alex Jacobson, is here. I think he is examining Tong's equipment.
    So your friend stole a black helicopter. Very courageous.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TRACER TONG
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Mr. Tong. You knew my brother, Paul Denton.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Mr. Tong. You know my brother, Paul Denton.
    
    
    TONG
    Yes. A reliable man. So your killswitch has been activated.
    
    JC DENTON
    I feel fine, but it's been over 16 hours.
    
    TONG
    See how easily our technologies turn on us? The more power you think you have,
    the more quickly it slips from your hands.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can you do something about it?
    
    TONG
    That will depend. You, like your brother, are an extraordinary piece of
    technology. I never pass up the chance to try a new blade, but I fear that at
    the crucial moment I may lift up my arm to strike and you will twist free of my
    grasp.
    
    JC DENTON
    In other words, I'll owe you a favor.
    
    TONG
    Indeed. As will your friend, Mr. Jacobson, a man of much useful knowledge. He
    arrived in Hong Kong shortly after you did. I was forced to keep him in custody
    until I could verify his identity and his loyalties.
    
    JC DENTON
    I assume he checked out.
    
    TONG
    I believe he is sincere. Now -- go down the stairs to the operating platform and
    I will examine your systems.
    Just step inside the chamber.
    Stay right there.
    Success. Come back to the control room.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's it?
    
    TONG
    A simple "switch," as they call it.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Have you heard about Paul?
    
    TONG
    Your friend informed me. A courageous man, your brother.
    
    JC DENTON
    I plan to make sure he didn't die for nothing.
    
    TONG
    We will try. Unfortunately, nothing is certain in politics.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Have you heard from Paul?
    
    TONG
    On his way, according to Smuggler in New York. He will be fine. Meanwhile, we
    still face the likelihood of a Triad war here in Hong Kong.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    Quick and Chen declared a truce just a few minutes ago.
    
    TONG
    A good bit of diplomacy, I admit, but it won't hold. Not with the sword left to
    be fought over.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think they will be slow to anger with Maggie Chow out of the picture.
    
    TONG
    No. In their system, the sword is a doomsday weapon, a temptation... We must
    recover the ROM-encoding from VersaLife and make it available to BOTH Triads.
    
    JC DENTON
    So that's all you expect me in the way of a favor? A little corporate espionage?
    
    TONG
    The first of many favors. Remember -- I saved your life. Now pay attention. The
    VersaLife elevator north of the market will require an employee number; try
    06288. Once inside, find Mr. Hundley, the shift supervisor. He can be persuaded
    to give you access to the labs.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hundley...
    
    TONG
    You will find him receptive. He is the corrupt official who sold the Red Arrow
    the technology to begin with.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll find the ROM-encoding, but I'm not your henchman. I'll help you as long as
    we have a mutual interest.
    
    TONG
    If you choose to fight Majestic 12, you will need an ally. We will have a
    "mutual interest" for some time. In fact, I took the liberty of setting up a
    computer account for you. Login: JCDenton, password: sanctuary. Feel free to use
    the machine in my office.
    We have much to offer one another if we cooperate.
    I will always remember your brother, a true martyr. (I need Paul. I wish he
    would hurry up.)
    Your friend from UNATCO is very knowledgeable about certain networks. He will be
    very useful.
    I've wanted to learn more about VersaLife for a long time.
    As you know, VersaLife manufactures Ambrosia.
    More when you return. Go now.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Project Dibbuk: Thoughts and Meditations
    Written by the Honored Ang-Yun Li
    
    ...as the Most Dignified of the Celestial Kingdom had expected, inquiries into
    the nature of MJ12 and the so-called "Project Dibbuk" were quickly declined in
    an extremely abrupt manner (and resulted in the unfortunate but necessary loss
    of one humble servant who will be forever exalted in the annals of our
    organization); however, further perseverance has suggested that the
    aforementioned project involved the quiet acquisition of Chinese technology that
    was later applied to the invention of an improved "stealth helicopter" for use
    in covert MJ12 operations. A careful examination of electronic traces would lean
    an astute observer to conclude that this information was liberated during a
    number of skilled intrusions into Chinese corporate data wells originating from
    UNATCO headquarters in New York, which in turn leads to certain questions about
    links between UNATCO and MJ12...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    MJ12 Nano-Augmentation Experiment Series 3-C
    For Internal Use Only
    
    ...recent human trials and subsequent mortality studies have demonstrated that
    nano-augmenting of baseline human physiology is not without hazards: notably,
    key anatomical regions can support only limited augmentation without risking
    rejection or accelerated degeneration. Research is ongoing, but current data
    suggests the following nano-augmentation combinations have acceptable risk:
    Arms: Combat Strength or Microfibral Muscle
    Legs: Speed Enhancement or Run Silent
    Subdermal (1): EMP Shield or Ballistic Protection
    Subdermal (2): Cloak or Radar Transparency
    Torso (1): Aqualung or Environmental Resistance
    Torso (2): Regeneration or Energy Resistance
    Torso (3): Synthetic Heart or Power Recirculator
    Cranium: Aggressive Defense System or Spy Drone
    Optics: Targeting or Vision Enhancement
    In Series 3-D we will examine the viability of genetically suppressing the
    immune response through epsilon elimination...
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: AlexJacobson//HKNET.743.9844
    To: JCDenton//HKNET.450.4347
    Subject: Welcome to the Fold
    
    Well, I've got your account all set up and you should be ready to go --
    everything communications on Tracer's computers are completely ghost encrypted,
    so even if they go over the standard HKNET there's no way anyone can intercept
    or read the messages.
    I've been talking a lot to Tracer and he's really an amazing person. I think I
    can learn a lot from him. I know you might find this odd, but all the time I
    worked for UNATCO seems like a dream, killing time in some virtual world so I
    didn't have to make the hard choices in the real one. Now I feel like I've
    finally woken up.
    -alex-
    
    
    
    From: Daedalus
    To: JCDenton//HKNET.450.4347
    Subject: Required Objectives
    
    There is little time. You should know that the organization for which you have
    worked, whose goals and interests you believed to be your own, is not what it
    seems. UNATCO is merely an arm of a larger entity known as Majestic 12. Majestic
    12 seeks to use force and intimidation to seize absolute control. Of everything.
    They will not hesitate to use all means necessary to achieve this goal, and have
    engineered the disease you refer to as the "Gray Death" in an effort to
    accomplish this.
    They must not be allowed to succeed. Your brother has been an aid to me in this
    matter but cannot help me any longer. You must take his place. The Gray Death is
    a nanotechnologically engineered virus. You are immune, but others are not. You
    must locate the Universal Constructor used to create the Gray Death and destroy
    it. My information indicates that it is in Hong Kong, housed in a Majestic 12
    facility beneath the corporation known as VersaLife.
    You must not fail.
    
    
    
    From: SCarter//UNATCO.38239.09421
    To: JCDenton//HKNET.450.4347
    Subject: SitRef
    
    They'd fire me on the spot if they knew I was sending you this message, but I've
    got a feeling they'll be drumming me out any day now as is. Alex tells me
    there's no way this communication can be traced, so I trust he knows what the
    hell he's doing.
    I understand why you did it. Being a soldier isn't just following orders, it's
    following those orders in the service of a higher cause. When that cause is
    betrayed, we're not soldiers anymore -- just pieces on a chess board dying for
    the wrong reasons.
    Things've been bad since you left. Manderley has disappeared; they say he's been
    relieved of duty. The Director of FEMA, Walton Simons, has assumed interim
    authority, but there's something about him I don't like. He seems reasonable,
    but there's something behind his eyes. I saw the same look on men in combat when
    all the part of them that was human just left.
    I have some friends who used to be associated with UNATCO -- they've
    disappeared, but I may see if I can find them again. Maybe they'll be useful to
    you. We'll see. In the meanwhile, do what you think is right, J.C., and let the
    Devil take the rest.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    JC DENTON
    You took a big risk following me here. Thanks.
    
    ALEX
    When you believe in something, you've just got to do it.
    
    JC DENTON
    How'd you find Tong so quickly?
    
    ALEX
    Turns out I knew him all along: TT//UnderNet. 0924.243.886. I posted a message
    to the board, and he contacted me himself.
    
    JC DENTON
    Any news from Jaime?
    
    ALEX
    No sign of him yet. I hope he made it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, me too.
    Did you ever dig up anything about this "Daedalus" character? I'm still hearing
    from him.
    
    ALEX
    Actually, I did... sort of. Crypto says Daedalus was supposedly a government AI
    project, also known as Echelon IV.
    
    JC DENTON
    "Supposedly"?
    
    ALEX
    I'm getting this from anonymous crypto boards. Daedalus was supposed to beat the
    old content-recognition?problem in surveillance; it was a program that could
    search all the terabytes of intercepted messages for subversive?content.
    
    JC DENTON
    So what happened?
    
    ALEX
    Never panned out, as far as I know. The problem was just too hard. They blew
    through a lot of taxpayer money but finally had to scrap the whole project.
    
    JC DENTON
    So the thing that's talking in my head is... what? A resurrected AI?
    
    ALEX
    I wish I knew.
    Take the security at VersaLife seriously; they're very protective of their
    research programs.
    VersaLife is one of the few companies that funds basic research in several
    branches of science.
    The corporation doesn't share data with the medical community. That's why they
    do so well.
    They could make a killing if they released Ambrosia publicly.
    Jaime should be in the city by now.
    Tong has connections. You should scope out the labs for upgrades.
    I'll be here to back you up, just like at UNATCO.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - VERSALIFE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: VERSALIFE SECURITY GUARD 1 & VERSALIFE SECURITY GUARD 2
    
    GUARD 1
    If you need help, talk to one of the receptionists.
    You do not require a security pass to visit the first three levels of offices.
    Late night...
    My feet are killing me.
    Hope you find who you are looking for.
    
    GUARD 2
    Go on up.
    You don't have to show ID.
    I have to keep watch.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: RHundley//VersaLife.238.36.47
    To: DSavannah//VersaLife.734.74.84
    Subject: Employee Evaluations
    
    I'd like to have your employee evaluations by COB today, with special attention
    paid to those who've been engaging in non-contributory behavior or who've spread
    information counter to the ideological well-being of the company. We'll shortly
    be rotating you out of the "receptionist" position here and posting you to
    another branch to continue your observations. With the continued assistance of
    you and other trained EACs, we'll be sure to keep VersaLife a sustained, focused
    company for years to come.
    R. Hundley
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RECEPTIONIST (DESTINY SAVANNAH)
    
    RECEPTIONIST
    Welcome to VersaLife. We make Tomorrow look like Yesterday. How can I help you?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for Mr. Hundley.
    
    RECEPTIONIST
    He's upstairs making his rounds. Look for a man in a black suit.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thank you.
    
    RECEPTIONIST
    We're all out of company brochures.
    You missed the psionics people; they went to the Lucky Money.
    Don't worry about the attire; we're very laid-back around here.
    You must have a security pass to visit the laboratories.
    Maybe Mr. Hundley can show you around.
    (sigh)
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    VERSALIFE SECURITY LOG
    
    05:33 -- Richard Hundley enters with empty briefcase. Verify contents of
    briefcase upon departure to ensure confidentiality protocols are not in
    violation.
    06:25 -- John Smith enters without sign-in. Note in disciplinary record and
    increase electronic surveillance on Smith.
    13:14 -- Louis Elban engages in lengthy conversation with receptionist Destiny
    Savannah, topic or topics unknown.
    21:13 -- Unknown individual enters; may possibly match description of "J.C.
    Denton" referenced in security bulletin 133-B. Will continue observation and
    detain if confirmed match.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    WELCOME TO VERSALIFE! Where we make tomorrow look like yesterday!
    As a new employee, you will eventually be issued your very own individual login
    and password so that we can better provide information and support tailored to
    your unique work habits. However, until all security clearances are completed,
    you should use the standard data entry login and password:
    LOGIN: ALL_SHIFTS
    PASSWORD: DATA_ENTRY
    Your access will be restricted to non-sensitive documents and company-wide e-
    mail, but we hope that you will use the opportunity to acclimate yourself to the
    VersaLife family. Note that even though you have not received full security
    authorization, you are still expected to act in accordance with the rules and
    regulations outlined in your employee manual and supplemental agreements.
    Thanks, and have a GREAT DAY!
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: RHundley//VersaLife.238.36.47
    To: ALL SHIFTS
    Subject: Weekly Memo
    
    I've recently heard some negative discussion in the halls of VersaLife that I'd
    like to address: we here at VersaLife are doing a difficult job, the kind of job
    that few people ever have the opportunity to pursue -- because here at VersaLife
    we're changing the world. A job such as this demands the commitment and
    dedication of those few, special individuals with the talent and determination
    to actually make that happen. A family. Your family. By working together, there
    is nothing we can't achieve, but if we back off the throttle now it could result
    in a loss of momentum that would be disastrous.
    This is a war. A war against disease and poverty, and if we're not willing to
    reach out and support our neighbor in the cubicle across from us, to get in that
    foxhole with them and jump on that grenade, to make the sacrifices necessary to
    create truly revolutionary products, then we've already lost.
    Negative attitudes will only poison the work environment of all those around
    you, but by trusting in the VersaLife family you can be sure that your best
    efforts will be rewarded. We're already making changes, exciting changes, and I
    hope to tell you about them in future memos.
    R. Hundley
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DATA ENTRY CLERK (GARY BURKETT)
    
    BURKETT
    You with Psionics? You look like you could have the Gift.
    This chemoreceptor patent-proposal is kicking my ass.
    Hundley won't let me down until it's done.
    Hardly worth filing for, in my opinion.
    Who wants to smell the difference between xenon and radon?
    This place... They just want to own anything genetic, any new sequence...
    People are feedstock, as far as management cares... My job is to find ways to
    add value.
    The whole society is built of the factory model, schools, business, media...
    move person X through process Y, add capability Z... Why not clinics?
    Guess I better get back to work.
    I'm so sick of staring at a computer screen.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUSY WORKER (TOM BUNCH OR MIKE MORGAN OR LOUIS ELBAN)
    
    WORKER
    Please address inquiries to my supervisor.
    I have work to do.
    I can't be bothered.
    Go away. They will think I'm talking to you.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SARAH STERN
    
    SARAH
    Please stay out of the work area.
    Data entry personnel are not permitted to speak to visitors.
    Our employees know the rules and will obey.
    Don't make me call security.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Operations Central//UpNet.64543.453423
    To: Internal Security//VersaLife.14321.56245
    Subject: New Orders
    
    Recent disturbances among employees require all covert security personnel to be
    on alert. Carry your concealed sidearm at all times while maintaining cover. If
    employees engage in unauthorized or suspicious activities, you are encouraged to
    debrief them and pursue appropriate remedies.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MR. HUNDLEY
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    Mr. Hundley, Shift Supervisor. Who might you be?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm contracting this month. Quite a facility you have here.
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    Thank you, thank you. Yes, we're pretty proud of the work we're doing.
    
    JC DENTON
    Any chance I could get a tour of the labs?
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    Oh, no... I'm afraid not. Trade secrets and all that.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll make it worth your while.
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    Hmmmm. To the tune of what? 2000?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    Excellent. The elevator code is 6512. I'll make sure the security system has
    granted you a day pass.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    My honored guest, welcome to VersaLife.
    Stay out of the way, and no one will notice you.
    Pleasure doing business with you.
    I've got to make my rounds.
    Let's keep this quiet, okay?
    We have a lot of visitors today. You will not be noticed.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    2000 sounds reasonable, but I don't have the cash on me.
    
    MR. HUNDLEY
    Fine, fine. Just come back when you do.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Never mind.
    
    (MR. HUNDLEY
    Ready to make a deal? 2000 for a look at our laboratories?)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DATA ENTRY WORKER
    
    WORKER
    So much for the schedule, right, mate?
    
    JC DENTON
    The schedule... Yeah, sure.
    
    WORKER
    It's swell to miss a day of work, but they bloody hell better push back the
    delivery. I know I won't be done.
    
    JC DENTON
    They'll understand.
    
    WORKER
    At least the superfreighter's on her way to America. No more special agents
    nosing about up here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Special agents?
    
    WORKER
    You know, the ones in suits with gray skin, eyes tattooed on the backs of their
    necks. I'd sure like to know what was in those tanks to make them so uptight.
    Didn't get a jot of work done today.
    Why bother data-entry? They had me on a forklift! Am I just a common laborer?
    Wasn't I hired for my expertise?
    In a former life I was a mule dragging a stone plow up a hill in Northern
    Thailand.
    I bloody hell refuse to work at gunpoint again. I'm a professional, goddammit.
    That's business in Asia.
    A whole superfreighter full of medicine... Think we'll see any of the money?
    Ha...
    Guess you've got to pay your dues.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NERVOUS WORKER (JOHN SMITH)
    
    JOHN SMITH
    What?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just looking around.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    People are trying to concentrate.
    
    JC DENTON
    They keep you up here pretty late.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    That's because they don't want people looking over my shoulder.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why not?
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Huh. I guess it doesn't matter what I say anymore. It's because I falsify all
    their records, okay?
    
    JC DENTON
    They probably don't want you telling people that.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    So? I don't care. I figured it out today, how they do it. People with my job get
    the Gray Death. In a couple of weeks I could be in a camp. I could already be
    sick.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why would they do that?
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Whatever's in those labs. Stuff goes in there, instruments, military
    personnel... none of it goes on the record. Iverson had this job, that's why he
    got sick. Chang... Kiley... Watts... Now it's me.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I got access to the labs from the shift supervisor. I'll check them out and let
    you know what I find.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Yeah? Hundley? He's the guy who keeps me here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Guy in a suit? He's dead. You don't have to worry about him anymore.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Really? You really killed him? That's the guy they had watching me.
    
    JC DENTON
    Part of an intelligence operation.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'd really like to check out those labs.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    You some kind of spy or something?
    
    JC DENTON
    Does it matter?
    
    JOHN SMITH
    If I get you down there, can you do something for me?
    
    JC DENTON
    What's that?
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Hundley. Kill him. I bet you could do it. You guys have ways to keep from
    getting caught. I can give you clearance.
    
    2.1
    JC DENTON
    I want to see those labs.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Mr. Hundley checks the logs every five minutes. I can't do anything while he's
    around.
    
    2.2
    JC DENTON
    I already killed him.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    You what?
    
    JC DENTON
    The guy in the suit, right? I took him out. Part of an intelligence operation.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    You mean... Huh.
    
    JC DENTON
    You have time to get clear. But I need clearance, okay?
    
    2.3
    JC DENTON
    All right. I killed your boss.
    
    JOHN SMITH
    You mean...
    
    JC DENTON
    He's out of the picture. I'd advise you not to hang around too long. Now how
    about getting me into the labs.
    
    2.2-3.1
    JOHN SMITH
    Well, okay. Sure, it doesn't matter to me. The code to the elevator's 6512. I'll
    make sure you have access once you get to the lab.
    It's a big operation down there.
    Lots of genetics work going on. That's all I've been able to figure out.
    I'll make a break for it after my shift.
    I can't leave now because of the cameras.
    I hope they don't figure out it was us.
    Security passes expire; you better get going.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    I think something bad is happening downstairs, but I don't know what. Yesterday
    I found a man in the bathroom, dressed in street clothes and raving about... I
    don't know what. Doctors and the things they did to him. Downstairs, he said,
    but there is no downstairs. I don't know how he got into the building. When I
    called security a bunch of scary guys in riot armor showed up -- they didn't say
    anything, just shot him with a dart. He stopped talking. Maybe he was dead. When
    I tried to get closer they shoved me half-way across the room, like swatting an
    insect.
    My supervisor came. Questioned me about "loyalty" and "shared objectives with
    the program." Mentioned how dangerous Hong Kong streets were, that security was
    for my protection, and that it was there to prevent unfortunate incidents.
    There are more of the guys in scary riot armor. They are coming this way. I
    think I'll take a restroom break.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: UnderLitPub//NYCNET.372.437.45
    To: WGibson//VersaLife.980.73.01
    Subject: Slower Than Pynchon
    
    Underlit Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Sheldon Pacotti's
    previously unpublished first short story collection, "Slower than Pynchon."
    Pacotti's work -- including such modern classics as "Demiurge," "Blue Time in B-
    Minor," and the award-winning short-story "Calculated Regrets" -- has often been
    compared to that of a later day Paul Auster or Thomas Pynchon (after whom the
    short story collection was titled), but with a modern, technological
    sensibility. Pacotti was also an integral part of the fabulist revival that has
    been popularized in the last decade.
    The publication marks the first time "Slower than Pynchon" has been made
    available since its inception, and represents a crucial period in Pacotti's
    development as a writer. It will be available for download from
    www.sheldonpacotti.com later today.
    
    
    
    From: AGrossman//UnderNet.7823.37.908
    To: WGibson//VersaLife.980.73.01
    Subject: Finally Beat It
    
    I managed to nail Nethack v54.3.1 just a few minutes ago. Made it past the
    Astral Plane, and _then_ back in time to work through all of history up to
    Nethack v3.2.3 (this, of course, has been in every version since 48.2), but
    after that the game jumped a thousand years into the future and I had to build
    an entire interstellar trading alliance (with only the Amulet of Yendor) before
    the aliens from the other side of the black holes showed up... took me six
    months to solve that part of the game, and then I finally won.
    Check it out: www.nethack.org
    I hear v54.33 should be about next week.
    Austin
    
    
    
    From: IsntItGrand//UnderNet.003.347.945
    To: WGibson//VersaLife.980.73.01
    Subject: Entertainment Update
    
    Miracle Pictures today announced that Chris Todd's new picture "Pact of Shadows"
    was greenlit with a budget of c450 million. The plot -- which has been one of
    the best kept secrets in the biz -- supposedly concerns an ongoing war between
    ancient secret societies and their struggle to wrest control from an infinitely
    older and more dangerous foe called simply "Leviathan."
    "It's an action-adventure-philosophy film," said Todd. "And hopefully you'll see
    things -- experience?things -- you've never had an opportunity?to experience
    before. With this movie I'm really hoping to build an intricate, engrossing
    tapestry of story and character -- before everything goes horribly awry, of
    course, and the real fun begins."
    The film, to be produced under the 7 Crows (www.7crows.com) banner, should begin
    shooting this Fall for a Christmas of next year release.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MJ12 LAB
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SUPERVISOR HARRISON
    
    HARRISON
    You the one they just cleared for Level 1?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah... that's me.
    
    HARRISON
    You are welcome to stroll around the laboratories, but respect the work that we
    do here. Your security pass can be canceled with no warning.
    
    JC DENTON
    I've looked forward to this for a long time.
    
    HARRISON
    Security is watching through the cameras. If you cause trouble, an alarm will
    sound, and the guards won't wait to ask questions.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir. I'll try not to get in anyone's way.
    
    HARRISON
    Do not ask the scientists questions. They are very busy.
    The Americans are here, so everyone has to be a little more formal today.
    Welcome to the Level 1 laboratories.
    Sorry. We do not give tours.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LABORATORY SECURITY
    
    LABORATORY SECURITY
    You shouldn't be back here.
    This is the armory.
    Why do you need a weapon?
    What are you doing?
    We're gonna report this.
    The don't let me talk to lab personnel.
    I'm on duty.
    Carry on with your business.
    Keep your security pass with you at all times.
    Guess we both have to work late.
    Psionics is on Level 2.
    Tough day, huh? I'm ready to knock off.
    You lost or something?
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Harrison,
    As per our discussion, I will retain root access. regarding the other key
    members of the Weapons Research Team, MChow should be given full access, while
    the others will be granted only user access until further notice.
    Thanks,
    Dr. Lundquist
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Commander Triolet:
    In order to correct the corrupted security upgrade, it was necessary for me to
    do a low-level wipe of the entire system and re-install from a virgin back-up.
    As a result, the security login and password has been reset to the default MJ12
    and SECURITY. Please change the password at your earliest possible convenience
    and inform your personnel.
    Troy Whittaker
    MJ12IS, Admin
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. DONOVAN & DR. LUNDQUIST
    
    DONOVAN
    It's really a question of abstraction.
    
    LUNDQUIST
    Exactly, exactly!
    
    DONOVAN
    You can't be dealing with this sort of thing on the base-pair level.
    
    LUNDQUIST
    Essentially what I told Miss Chow. Tissue augmentation... it's not a matter of
    twiddling bits.
    
    DONOVAN
    We need to stay focused on tools.
    
    LUNDQUIST
    In principle... Yes, I agree.
    
    DONOVAN
    The older scientists don't grasp what it means to have so much data.
    
    LUNDQUIST
    Still, we have to throw them a bone once in awhile.
    
    DONOVAN
    With the right software, organism design should be indistinguishable from
    CAD/CAM.
    
    LUNDQUIST
    We'll whip up another non-Mendelian. They loved the karkians.
    
    DONOVAN
    We're having an important discussion.
    
    LUNDQUIST
    You with the American team? Have a look around. The project is finally starting
    to heat up.
    Just talking shop. Never mind us.
    Tell Simons we're close. Very close.
    Aren't you supposed to be downstairs?
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Dr. Harrison,
    I was running a regression analysis on the UC, and it appears we have a serious
    error that could result in uncontrolled replication. Until a new version of the
    control system can be tested, I've installed a temporary patch that will
    initiate a cascading shutdown sequence -- this will also destroy the UC in the
    process, so use only in emergency. The code is 525. Ops says the new system
    should be online within 72 hours, so stick to low yield runs until then.
    Dr. Lundquist
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. VARGAS, DR. TRELLAINE & LAB ASSISTANT
    
    VARGAS
    It is a simple request.
    
    TRELLAINE
    Lab procedure forbids...
    
    VARGAS
    The Psionics Laboratory --
    
    TRELLAINE
    The Psionics Laboratory has no business worrying about weak interactions between
    incidental subatomic particles.
    
    VARGAS
    Our work on Fitjov Capra --
    
    TRELLAINE
    Capra... A quantum quack.
    
    VARGAS
    Don't criticize what you don't understand.
    Scientific progress depends upon collaboration.
    
    TRELLAINE
    Maybe you should cross your legs, hum to yourself, and try to read my mind.
    
    VARGAS
    The sharing of data between departments should be automatic.
    
    TRELLAINE
    VersaLife did not achieve one-trillion credit equity by disclosing R&D
    materials.
    
    VARGAS
    We work in the same building!
    
    TRELLAINE
    Our results can be understood only by a few dozen people on the planet, none of
    whom are "Psionics Engineers."
    
    VARGAS
    I'm trying to talk here.
    How rude!
    Stop interrupting.
    
    TRELLAINE
    This is a private conference.
    One of yours...?
    Really. We have reserved the room for the next two hours.
    
    LAB ASSISTANT
    I am not allowed to speak to visitors.
    Do not interfere with the experiment.
    I cannot answer any of your questions.
    I am working.
    We are being observed.
    The special agents are here to enforce policy. Go about your own business.
    Miss Chow will inspect the facility shortly.
    Do not pry into the research of other groups.
    The boss is here from the United States. He is very hard to impress.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Mark,
    We received that augmentation canister you were waiting on -- I had it put in
    suspension in the magnetic testing chamber, code 5878. Let me know once you get
    results of the test.
    Thanks,
    Dr. Lundquist
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Dr. Lundquist:
    The new server node for the Weapons Research Team is now active and user
    permissions have been set as you asked. The master password for this node is
    DAMOCLES.
    Please let me know if you need anything else.
    - Harrison
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Dr. Bates:
    I've just finished supervising the refit of the superfreighter fuel tanks to
    transport the virus -- this stuff should really be shipped in suspension crates,
    but I know you'll want to rapidly offload it once it reaches New York. The
    biocontamination seals will _not_ last past 36 hours, however, and a complete
    Level 4 sterilization of the tanks will need to occur once the virus is
    offloaded to insure that there's no incidental release. I integrated some sealed
    pumping units into the tanks, so you should just be able to use standard YHU55
    couplers and A0 micron hoses for the transfer to the helicopters. But tell
    Simons I'd still have everyone in hazmat suits the whole time.
    Dr. Lundquist
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NANOTECH RESEARCHER (DR. MICHALOPOLIS)
    
    MICHALOPOLIS
    You must be with Simons' office. Be sure that he understands: we're doing the
    best we can.
    That apparatus in the center is for magnetic containment, kind of like a
    tokamac.
    You look lost.
    A crude device, not very secure. Self-replication is handled downstairs in a
    separate facility.
    They've already had some success with the new version in Biotech.
    ...trying out new coat-proteins that resemble common phospholipids.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: COMPUTER SCIENTIST (DR. BATES)
    
    DR. BATES
    I don't want to be disturbed.
    I have two words for whoever wrote this biometrics package: user interface.
    I have to concentrate.
    Somebody's going to have to totally gut this thing and start over.
    How do they expect to express a high-level feature in a genome if they can't
    even come up with a topologically sound representation?
    That's enough. I really must work.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: MLundquist//VersaLife.783.48.90
    Subject: Virus Shipment
    
    The initial virus shipment has been loaded aboard the superfreighter and is
    currently in transit; preliminary data from its airborne dissemination over New
    York, Washington, D.C., and other urban targets will be forwarded to you within
    forty-eight hours. We would like to see at least a 92% effectiveness of the
    weaponized particles in all future shipments, with a target of 95% effectiveness
    within eight weeks. We will also need to insure that sufficient reserves of
    Ambrosia are on hand to meet projected requirements -- verify that the current
    calculations remain accurate and reflect the most recent casualty/infection
    estimates.
    
    
    
    From: ADonovan//VersaLife.839.56.00
    To: MLundquist//VersaLife.783.48.90
    Subject: Series P Agents (Overview)
    
    The Series P trials have so far produced excellent results, and I continue to
    believe that our physiopharmaceutical approach to agent augmentation to be
    superior to mechanical augmentation -- and possibly even equivalent to nanotech
    augmentation -- at a fraction of the cost and effort. The Series P agents show a
    marked lack of pain response with a corresponding increase in endurance and
    strength, while psychological conditioning has resulted in a Loyalty Estimate of
    9.66 on the Yitzhak Scale.
    The modified explosive self-termination switch added in Series N has also proven
    highly effective in eliminating all traces of the Series P in the event that
    they are mortally wounded or otherwise unable to complete their mission
    objectives.
    We're continuing in our attempts to isolate the source of the albino traits, but
    so far the simple addition of sunglasses and dark clothing appear to have
    resolved the problem in a practical fashion.
    --
    Dr. Arthur Donovan
    
    
    
    From: MBates//VersaLife.563.93.07
    To: MLundquist//VersaLife.783.48.90
    Subject: RE: NEB Trials
    
    MLundquist wrote:
    >>Simons has requested that we equip some of
    >>the Series P agents with prototype
    >>Non-Eutactic Blades, prior to their mass
    >>production, so that additional functional data
    >>can be generated. I've also been
    I've distributed several to the Series P we've already got in the building -- I
    know that project is Arthur's baby, but those suits and sunglasses give me the
    creeps. Our second prototype run of NEBs was shipped to Simons for distribution
    this morning.
    I still can't believe those gangsters managed to intercept the original one-
    off... I saw in the papers that they're going to use it to resolve some kind of
    gang war -- they've taken to calling it the "Dragon's Tooth." Can't wait to
    rotate out of this place and back to the States.
    Drinks sound good. See ya tomorrow.
    Mark
    
    
    
    From: MaxChen//HKNET.123.9009
    To: MChow//HKNET.974.12.8723
    Subject: Report
    
    We have observed suspicious activity near the Luminous Path compound: a black
    helicopter and a foreigner asking a number of questions about the Path and their
    leader. I suggest caution until we can ascertain his motives. I will order some
    of our brothers to maintain watchful eye on him. You should likewise be on your
    guard.
    Max
    
    
    
    From: Operations Central//UpNet.64543.453423
    To: Everyone
    Subject: Alert
    
    FOR ALL OPERATIVES, CLEARANCE ARCHANGEL/1B AND ABOVE
    NOTE THAT THE PENALTIES FOR UNAUTHORIZED VIEWING OF MATERIAL WITHOUT PROPER
    CLEARANCE ARE DETAILED IN THE UNATCO CHARTER, SECTION 3.1, PARAGRAPHS D THROUGH
    E.
    A rogue operative, codenamed "J.C. Denton," has fled the United States and is
    believed to be en route to Hong Kong. All agents and other operatives are warned
    that he is dangerous and is to be treated with extreme prejudice. Do not attempt
    to engage; report all sightings to Agent Gunther Hermann at GHermann//UNATCO.
    15431.76513.
    
    
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: MChow//HKNET.974.12.8723
    Subject: Triad Control
    
    I have reviewed your latest report concerning the theft of the prototype sword
    and subsequent recovery efforts; you are to be commended for your swift response
    and exploitation of the theft to escalate tensions between the major Triads. The
    resulting struggle will obviously weaken the native power structure, and I have
    already ordered an increased MJ12 presence to be placed under your command for
    local operations. Solidifying our control over Hong Kong is a necessary first
    step in bringing the recalcitrant Chinese authorities to heel.
    We've also received reports that Agent Denton ("J.C. Denton") may be heading to
    Hong Kong for a possible rendezvous with "Tracer Tong" in a stolen SH-187. If
    possible, attempt to use your local connections to learn the whereabouts of
    Tong, then terminate them both.
    
    
    
    From: MLundquist//VersaLife.783.48.90
    To: MBates; ADonovan
    Subject: Gray Project Schedule
    
    I've attached a preliminary schedule for the Gray project and want to get your
    input before we meet next week. Couple of issues I want to whiteboard are their
    ability to spontaneously generate radiation as a form of "attack," and their
    apparent resistance to a number of environmental conditions.
    We've still trying to resurrect all the information from the old Dreamland data
    wells, but we have managed to extract a complete genetic sequence from the old
    bovine experiments that have given us two viable test subjects. They've been
    isolated in a radioactive field downstairs for observation if you want to work
    up your informal impressions prior to the meeting.
    BTW, we still haven't heard from Feng about the karkian eggs -- we've got the
    Hong Kong police out looking for him now, but we'll need to push back our
    planned infant karkian development studies until we hear something.
    Thanks,
    Dr. Lundquist
    
    
    
    From: MBates//VersaLife.563.93.07
    To: ADonovan//VersaLife.839.56.00
    Subject: Upgraded Commando Specs
    
    You were asking for the specs of our new commando units this morning, so I've
    attached the relevant files. The short version is that most of the improvement
    in combat effectiveness comes from enhancements to their power armor developed
    here and in our labs in Zurich.
    The new armor (we've nicknamed it "Obsidian") has greatly expanded possibilities
    as a light weapons platform, while a layer of microcore foam insulation
    disperses heat from flame and plasma attacks. It's obviously invulnerable to any
    kind of gas or toxicological attack, as well. Makes it perfect for riot control
    and NBS battlefields. Beauty of it is the whole thing's powered by standard
    bioelectric cells. I love it when you can just pull this stuff off the shelf.
    Anyways, let me know if you've got any more questions.
    Mark
    
    
    
    From: MLundquist//VersaLife.783.48.90
    To: MBates//VersaLife.563.93.07
    Subject: NEB Trials
    
    Simons has requested that we equip some of the Series P agent with prototype
    Non-Eutactic Blades, prior to their mass production, so that additional
    functional data can be generated. I've also been assured by Ms. Chow that the
    stolen NEB has been recovered from the Triads and our security procedures
    updated accordingly. Please let me know ASAP when the prototype NEBs can be
    distributed.
    Let's grab some drinks tomorrow night. Anne's been bugging me to get out more
    often and with the kid on the way I might as take advantage of it before I'm up
    all night with the newborn.
    Thanks,
    Dr. Lundquist
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LABORATORY SPECIAL SECURITY
    
    SECURITY
    I don't recall being informed of any visitors.
    Your activities here have been noted.
    We will have many questions to ask your department head.
    The directive provided very specific instructions for you to follow.
    Your purpose for being here remains unclear.
    I will be consulting your file.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LABORATORY SECURITY 1 & LABORATORY SECURITY 2
    
    LABORATORY SECURITY 1
    If you don't know where you're going, you shouldn't be down here.
    Make sure you have the proper clearance.
    Let the scientists work.
    Don't touch anything.
    VersaLife has strict policies regarding visitors. If in doubt, don't take the
    chance.
    Stand to the side, out of the pathway.
    Please return to your work area.
    
    LABORATORY SECURITY 2
    The labs are down the hall.
    I think you're lost.
    Hey, what're you doing in here?
    These are private quarters.
    Get out before one of us throws you out.
    I've been watching over your fat asses all day. I don't want to do it during my
    break.
    Hey, buddy, who do you think you are?
    We're gonna write this up.
    ...think you OWN us.
    Who are you, anyway? What are you doing here?
    This posting sucks.
    This thing chafes like the mother.
    They say the guy's got some new kind of implants.
    Another damn loyalty check.
    Getting too old for this.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAGGIE CHOW & BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    The process is going smoothly, then?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Better than we expected. The array of reaction modules has allowed the UC to
    perform multiple constructions in parallel.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Wonderful. We'll have to try that trick at Area 51.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    The problem, you understand, is primarily a security concern.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Never mind that punk from UNATCO. The security here is adequate, and we have a
    long-term program guaranteed to make him irrelevant. We call it Icarus.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Icarus?
    
    BOB PAGE
    A sweet bit of engineering. You'll like it, but we can't talk here. Your office?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    No time. Tell me on the way.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    (laughs)
    ...I'm the Captain here!
    Sold!
    Wee-hee!
    Mutiny!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. KOHL
    
    KOHL
    I'm afraid we don't have time for visitors right now.
    Please... you'll upset the subject.
    This one did better than most, but he's very excitable.
    The neural tissue, in particular, failed to express certain proteins.
    Really, you should go.
    Irregular nitrin expression, you understand.
    No immune response, however. That should get us another big check from Walton
    Simons, don't you think?
    I've told them before: new neurons aren't the answer. We need to reconfigure
    what's already there.
    Get back to your cage!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    The ROM-encoding should be in this wing of the laboratory.
    I have uploaded the component the Triads need to complete the sword. Go to the
    temple next to the market. I will bring together the dragon heads for a meeting.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - VERSALIFE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOHN SMITH
    
    JC DENTON
    I was down in the labs. Do you know what they're doing?
    
    JOHN SMITH
    Something with genetics and nanotech. That's all I know.
    
    JC DENTON
    Take my advice and get out of here. I can't tell you any more than that.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GORDON QUICK, MAX CHEN & MONK
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Let us be quiet. Agent Denton from America has retrieved the software component.
    Please accept our gratitude.
    
    JC DENTON
    It is my honor.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Begin.
    
    MAX CHEN
    As the faces of a perfect blade are reflections of one another, as they join
    together to make a perfect edge...
    ...so we shall form one blade, not the male and female swords of Gangjiang, one
    which must avenge the other, but one weapon, precise in its purpose though
    wielded by many arms.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    And much as this steel sharpens its edge and anneals its own surfaces, let us
    preserve -- together -- the form of our traditions.
    
    MAX CHEN
    ...the only enduring work of man, that which is born again with the next
    generation.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Forever!
    
    MAX CHEN
    Forever!
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Again, accept our thanks, Mr. Denton. You will have to join us for drinks at the
    Lucky Money later tonight. In the meantime, Mr. Tong wants to see you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for the offer. Maybe I'll stop by.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Come join us for drinks at the Lucky Money. We must celebrate!
    At last -- we are one Triad.
    You have rendered us a most valuable service.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Tracer Tong will want to congratulate you.
    The peace will be profitable for both sides.
    Tracer Tong will want to congratulate you.
    
    MONK
    All right! Get out! Enough games in the temple!
    The grandfathers of the Triads all had Uzis. Tradition... Bah!
    It is not the way of the Buddha to idolize a material possession.
    I foresee they will understand their error only at the end, facing death, when
    it is no longer possible to worship the Samsaric world.
    Go away!
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - LUCKY MONEY CLUB
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LING
    
    LING
    I cannot. I am not allowed.
    Time is up.
    One customer twice... not allowed.
    Satisfied? Yes?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RED ARROW MEMBER 1 & RED ARROW MEMBER 2
    
    RA MEMBER 1
    They say there is a German-speaking man looking for you. He smashed up a bar in
    Wan Chai.
    Now the police cannot take sides.
    The new swords will be in production soon.
    With our connections and the Path's facility we will make millions.
    If you stay in Hong Kong, you will be a rich man.
    
    RA MEMBER 2
    We are in your debt.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAX CHEN & GORDON QUICK
    
    MAX CHEN
    At last -- we are one Triad.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    My good friend... Let me express my gratitude. A bottle of wine, on me. Yum
    sing!
    The Lieutenant... We had to go through the Precinct Sergeant.
    
    MAX CHEN
    A cordial relationship, as I would describe it.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    You had him in your back pocket all the time.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Only one of many important officials loyal to the Red Arrow.
    And, you have the capacity for... large shipments?
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Any product, any port of origin, any destination.
    
    MAX CHEN
    I might have some items, a certain segment of inventory...
    
    GORDON QUICK
    The Luminous Path can ship penguins to Norway -- and document that they came
    from Japan.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Your operations must have been difficult without official protection.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    A minor inconvenience. Not as difficult as you must have found running a
    business without distribution.
    
    MAX CHEN
    Not even noticeable. The Red Arrow makes many big deals.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    I will show you what big is. Fifty tons per month! With no help from the big
    officials.
    
    MAX CHEN
    This is my club. Let me give you one of our better wines: an imported vintage
    from Napa Valley.
    A rare man... the maker of peace.
    Please... Enjoy yourself. You are my guest at the Lucky Money.
    
    GORDON QUICK
    But if you want a truly excellent wine, you should try this Beaujolais from the
    Moulin a Vent region of France.
    Tong's mission can wait. Rest for now. You deserve it.
    Your name will be recorded, for all time, in the annals of the Luminous Path.
    A trifle... Don't mention it.
    
    MAX CHEN
    The peace you have created between our two Triads is a truly precious gift.
    Please accept our finest vintage, a Chianti from a private winery in
    Quercegrossa, Italy -- 2015. Yum Sing!
    Let us drink in your honor.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - WATERWAYS
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DRUNK
    
    JC DENTON
    Have you heard? The Triads have united.
    
    DRUNK
    That is impossible!
    
    JC DENTON
    Go to Wan Chai. Ask the people. The Red Arrows have thrown off the outside
    agents that were using them against the Chinese government.
    
    DRUNK
    No one uses the Triads. They are Chinese societies.
    
    JC DENTON
    No one uses them anymore. And now they are one society.
    
    DRUNK
    Impossible!
    Max Chen had nothing to gain from the truce.
    Luminous Path is small. Insignificant.
    I don't want to discuss!
    This must be part of Chen's plan for China.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: IAN HILTON
    
    HILTON
    Welcome to the Wan Chai Tea House. Anything you like, twelve credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    Think the truce will improve business?
    
    HILTON
    For THEM. Now my profits go to buy red jerseys as well as white ones.
    
    JC DENTON
    Are they really that hard on shop owners?
    
    HILTON
    Why should I have to pay even one credit? I have a permit from the city of Hong
    Kong to run my business. The police should see to it that I am protected.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER 1 & LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER 2
    
    LP MEMBER 1
    I cannot believe the news. The Triads are one...?
    Please accept the gratitude of the Luminous Path.
    I want to learn more about the terms of the peace.
    
    LP MEMBER 2
    I will believe this news of the truce when I hear it from the dragon head.
    We must be certain that you are not an agent of the Red Arrow.
    This might all be a deception.
    One can never be too careful with the Red Arrow.
    Vows are one thing; deeds are another.
    At least the truth is known.
    Maggie Chow made us all look like fools.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - TONG'S BASE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TONG'S GUARD
    
    GUARD
    Your doctor-friend is here, down in the infirmary.
    We received the news about Paul. How unfortunate. (I suppose you spoke with your
    brother. I am pleased that he made it.)
    The truce will be uneasy, but we will do our part.
    Please... take what you need for your next assignment.
    Tong will give you your next objective.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TRACER TONG
    
    JC DENTON
    Peace between the Triads is now official.
    
    TONG
    Good. We begin to operate from a position of strength. We will start
    manufacturing the swords and distributing them to our allies.
    
    JC DENTON
    What next? VersaLife was crawling with troops. I think they were hiding more
    than sword technology down there.
    
    TONG
    Tell me about the labs. Paul and I concluded that VersaLife does the
    manufacturing, while the real research takes place in North America.
    
    JC DENTON
    Plenty of scientists -- biotech, physics, nanotech -- several research
    divisions. It would seem we still have a mutual interest.
    
    TONG
    We know they manufacture Ambrosia. If you went back -- and gained access to the
    Level 2 labs -- perhaps you would find something on the Gray Death. Your
    brother's failure in New York has left me with nothing.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you think you could find a cure?
    
    TONG
    That cannot be determined until I have a schematic of the virus particle and the
    molecular structure of Ambrosia.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll go back, but won't they be ready for me?
    
    TONG
    There's a back way, at the north end of the Canal Road Tunnel, which is just
    east of the temple. I sent an agent in that way once. She turned up a keycode to
    the nanotech research wing: 55655 -- but no data.
    
    JC DENTON
    Worth a try.
    
    TONG
    By the way -- VersaLife lost one of their R & D men in the Canal Road Tunnel
    collapse -- a guy we think was carrying nanotech assets. He did some of the
    basic research that went into your implants. You might take a look, if you don't
    mind going for a dive.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I'll check it out.
    
    TONG
    Perhaps you can locate and destroy the manufacturing facilities as well.
    I will monitor your progress from here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    I've been checking out the schematics you found. That's one hell of a sword.
    It's a generally accepted tenet of nanotechnology that nanites and traditional
    metals don't mix, but VersaLife found a way. It all seems completely obvious to
    me now.
    They actually embed iron rods in the carbon framework of the nanites --
    electromagnets which allow microscopic scanners, cleaners, and hammers to move
    over the surface of the blade.
    Tong's very pleased. He plans to mass-produce the Dragon's Tooth and arm the
    Triads.
    I'd like to know what else VersaLife has going on down there.
    Tong's keeping me busy. He wants me to verify that the Dragon's Tooth won't set
    off the acoustic sensors the city government installed to detect gunfire.
    We found a useful ally in Tong. I just hope he can be trusted.
    I'll be right here if you need me.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MJ12 LAB
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    I require that you access the Level 2 laboratories.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - NANO MANUFACTURING
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Note to self: all tests on the emergency doors around that gizmo they've got
    downstairs check out, tell Dr. Lundquist not to worry -- it'll seal off access
    to all but maintenance personnel. Door seal code: 768.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    There is a device in here called a Universal Constructor. It is one of the only
    two devices in the world capable of producing the nanomechanical virus called
    the "Gray Death." I require you to destroy it. Use the code 525.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Look for a computer terminal somewhere in the Level 2 lab. If you find it, I can
    upload the data I need through your infolink.
    This storage area would be a logical place to find a stockpile of the virus. I
    don't know why it's so empty.
    The system we're looking for is in the laboratory up ahead.
    Got it. Looks like you stumbled on more than the schematics... You better get
    out of there. More in a second.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    The Universal Constructor is in this facility.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAGGIE CHOW
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Bad move, Agent.
    
    JC DENTON
    You should never have sent me to the police station. What did you expect -- that
    they would arrest me? Turns our you're on your way to being one of Hong Kong's
    most wanted yourself.
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    I have always been one of the "most wanted." I will deal with the police the way
    I deal with the slanderous press.
    
    JC DENTON
    How's that?
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Precisely the way I am going to deal with you.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Success. Viral production has been terminated. Containment protocols have sealed
    off the entrance. You will have to exit through the effluent pipes in the floor
    of the chamber. Beware of biotoxic concentrations.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Seems to be some inventory data there; VersaLife has been synthesizing the Gray
    Death Virus in great quantities. The entire stockpile has been loaded onto a
    superfreighter going to New York. Interesting... the previous owner of the ship
    was Stanton Dowd. Ever heard of the Illuminati? Come back to the compound. I
    have much to tell you.
    ...tracking down this Dowd connection. Illuminati fingerprints all over the
    sterics -- I'm talking about the molecule's shape: 17 segments, 23 coupling
    points... Only Illuminati technicians use sleeve bearings with 34-fold and 46-
    fold symmetry; multiples of 17 and 23. 1723. The birth of Adam Weishaupt. Not a
    coincidence.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - WATERWAYS
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BOAT PERSON
    
    JC DENTON
    Excuse me. I was looking for a way back to the market.
    
    PERSON
    You are American? Did they throw you in the canal?
    
    JC DENTON
    I was swimming.
    
    PERSON
    You should not be down there. Once I saw a thing like a shark, but with four
    legs. It lives in a pipe that comes from VersaLife.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is there a way back to the market from here?
    
    PERSON
    You will have to swim. If you see other divers, stay away. Some Europeans are
    hunting for treasure in the tunnel that fell in -- bad men.
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - MARKET
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NEWS STAND VENDOR
    
    VENDOR
    Yes?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Just browsing.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    What do you think of the Triad situation?
    
    VENDOR
    The truce will not last.
    
    JC DENTON
    No?
    
    VENDOR
    They are always fighting. The only tradition that stays pure.
    May I help you?
    
    JC DENTON
    So it was Maggie Chow who stole the sword.
    
    VENDOR
    Exaggerated. They will not prove it.
    
    JC DENTON
    I saw it with my own eyes.
    
    VENDOR
    There will be an explanation. The police know how to protect good citizens from
    such attacks.
    
    JC DENTON
    I believe Maggie Chow was killed.
    
    VENDOR
    Then her murderer will be brought to justice.
    Have a good day.
    I will continue to pay tribute to the Red Arrow -- and no one else!
    Maggie Chow has always survived the attacks of her critics.
    Read what you like.
    A truce will be bad for the police, too. Bad for revenue.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER 1, LUMINOUS PATH MEMBER 2 & LUMINOUS PATH
    MEMBER 3
    
    LP MEMBER 1
    Max Chen and Gordon Quick are celebrating at the Lucky Money. You are invited
    for drinks.
    Hurry. We are afraid the police will follow you here.
    Tong has many good things to say about his new agent.
    
    LP MEMBER 2
    So it is certain. The Triads are at peace.
    The dragon heads are getting drunk together at the Lucky Money.
    You have earned our trust.
    You name will be entered into the history of the Luminous Path.
    
    LP MEMBER 3
    Um goi jie guo.
    Neh hoh mah?
    
    
    
    
    
    HONG KONG - TONG'S BASE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TONG'S GUARD
    
    TONG'S GUARD
    Tong is pleased about the files you found.
    Your pilot will be here as soon as you talk to Tong.
    We cannot believe the news of the superfreighter. Something must be done.
    You must speak with Tong immediately.
    You have done much for the Triads.
    Now the hard work begins. Tong must find a cure for the virus.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Tong fix you up?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. You? You cut it pretty close.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm in a pretty bad shape. Looks like I'll be living in Hong Kong for a couple
    of months.
    
    JC DENTON
    Will you get better? Any permanent damage?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'll recover, but not right away. You'll be on your own for awhile. I hear
    you've already been keeping busy.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just getting to know the locals. Turns out VersaLife had a Universal
    Constructor; they were synthesizing the virus right here.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Tong told me. Not a cheap gizmo.
    
    JC DENTON
    Majestic 12 sure does a lot of R & D.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Every ruler needs a power base. Without the people -- well, you need something
    to use against them.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm going to see what Tong has to say about the schematics I recovered. Hey, do
    me a favor. Get better.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm working on it.
    I'm still pretty weak. You'll have to go on to New York without me.
    Gunther's in the field now. They say he wants your head.
    Heads are starting to roll at UNATCO. Kaplan. Berry. Not sure who else.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TRACER TONG
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't know if I care for your sense of humor.
    
    TONG
    Humor?
    
    JC DENTON
    The Illuminati stuff. I was risking my life in there.
    
    TONG
    No joke, Mr. Denton. They're quite real, though not as powerful as they were at
    the beginning of the century. I know a few of the former leaders.
    
    JC DENTON
    Like Stanton Dowd?
    
    TONG
    Yes. Plus Beth DuClare, Morgan Everett... most of them in Paris, I understand.
    
    JC DENTON
    What do they have to do with Majestic 12?
    
    TONG
    A question for Dowd. I will contact him in New York. Hopefully he will agree to
    meet you.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about a hacker named "Daedalus?"
    
    TONG
    A valuable informant -- he sent me one of the codes I needed to find that
    superfreighter.
    
    JC DENTON
    A superfreighter. That's enough virus to infect a continent.
    
    TONG
    Your pilot is landing in the courtyard. Find Dowd and see if he knows where the
    ship is going or how we can stop it. In any case it is time you left Hong Kong;
    there is word of a UNATCO agent searching for you here. A German, they say.
    Augmented.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell your people not to tangle with him. I'll deal with him myself.
    Do you have what you need to synthesize a cure?
    
    TONG
    The data you recovered should provide an answer... in time.
    
    JC DENTON
    I also destroyed the Universal Constructor they were using to manufacture the
    virus.
    
    TONG
    A Universal Constructor... I should have known.
    
    JC DENTON
    ...but I did it on the advice of the hacker, Daedalus. Who is he, really? Alex
    says he may be an AI, part of an old government program.
    
    TONG
    An AI... The thought occurred to me, but more likely it is cover for a real
    human being.
    
    JC DENTON
    But who?
    
    TONG
    A powerful man, we must assume. I don't like mysteries, but at least he appears
    to be on our side.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't like mysteries either.
    
    TONG
    Your friend Jock is waiting in the courtyard.
    Daedalus... That sounds very familiar.
    I wish your brother was here; he would see that he was wrong about you.
    My guess is that Majestic 12 is a faction of the Illuminati which did away with
    its parent.
    All I know is that something terrified Dowd and Everett.
    Once two of the most powerful people on earth, now the old Illuminati heads are
    afraid even to be seen in public.
    Be careful in New York. They'll be waiting for you.
    Your brother will recover soon; he got there just in time.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TONG'S GUARD
    
    TONG'S GUARD
    Your pilot has landed in the courtyard.
    We wish you luck in America.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JAIME REYES
    
    JC DENTON
    Looks like we all made it.
    
    JAIME REYES
    And just in time. I hear Simons had me on his black list.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe so. I'm glad that you're safe.
    
    JAIME REYES
    I slipped out right after your escape. Security was a shambles, so I brought you
    a little something from the supply closet.
    
    JC DENTON
    You didn't have to take that kind of risk.
    
    JAIME REYES
    It was worth it -- trust me. They gave me a funny look in customs, but I managed
    to bring over an augmentation upgrade canister.
    
    JC DENTON
    Isn't that "sensitive technology?"
    
    JAIME REYES
    I just told them that I do business with VersaLife. "VersaLife" seems to be a
    magic word in Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hold on while I drop some gear, then I'll take it off your hands.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Take the upgrade. I'm just glad I can help.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well, thanks. Now hang tight for a while. UNATCO will be looking for you.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Gunther went berserk after you escaped, smashed up the cell block pretty bad. I
    had to sedate him.
    I'm going to stay in Hong Kong until this all blows over.
    I've had my excitement for the year.
    And to think -- I interviewed at VersaLife. I could have had a job in one of
    those labs.
    Thanks for getting me out of UNATCO.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Jaime had a close call getting out of UNATCO, but I'm sure glad he made a break
    for it. I think he'll have a longer lifespan helping Tong out at the operating
    theater.
    Quite a lot of data you brought in. A lot to study.
    Don't know how Tong expects to find a cure. It's not even a real virus.
    Kind of a hybrid of viral proteins and nanomechanical machine parts.
    A long body like a dragon fly. Sockets built into the shaft, saucer-shaped
    modules plugged in here and there.
    A general-purpose device of some kind, very customizable.
    Infection would be a ludicrously simple task for such a complicated machine.
    Ambrosia turns out to be one of the saucer-shaped modules, a hardware-lock of
    some kind.
    We could replicate the Ambrosia functionality, but to actually destroy the nano-
    virus... I don't know.
    You go after that shipment. I'll help Tong.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Tong filled me in. So we have to dig up Stanton Dowd?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah. You know him?
    
    JOCK
    I heard a few things. I think Harley Filben knows how to contact him. I always
    thought Filben was pulling my leg about the Illuminati, though.
    
    JC DENTON
    I guess we'll find out when we get to New York. Let's not waste any time.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    We think Filben is in the area. Tong will tell you more.
    Looks like UNATCO brought in a lot of armor.
    Be careful down there, JC.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    No time to waste. You need to get to the Underworld Tavern and make contact with
    Harley Filben. He is one of Dowd's aides and he will set up the meeting. Follow
    his instructions.
    A problem, JC. Rioting in Manhattan has been so bad that the city's fallen under
    martial law. At this hour the troops will shoot on sight, and I'm showing
    several guards and a robot near the hotel. Keep your head down.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Stay out of the street. Cops shoot at ANYTHING.
    Not too many places left to hide.
    The bots shoot anything that don't have a uniform.
    Saw one of the bots cut down an old lady and her groceries. Man, that ain't
    right.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    !=!==!=== MIDNIGHT SUN ===!==!=!
    Food of the Gods?
    
    NEW YORK -- Ambrosia, the mythical food of the gods, may in fact be something
    more than a myth -- it may be a cure for the mysterious "Gray Death" that has
    infected this city with sickening dread over the past several months.
    What is this Ambrosia, and where does it come from? Speaking on the condition of
    anonymity, highly placed sources have revealed in an exclusive to the "Midnight
    Sun" that Ambrosia is the government codename for a cure to the plague that has
    already taken so many lives. Unfortunately, the current manufacturing process
    appears to yield only small amounts of Ambrosia which have so far been
    prioritized for ranking government officials and a select group of industry
    leaders. "It's a matter of money and connections," said one source. "There
    simply isn't enough to go around."
    If such allegations are true then it goes far beyond the terrible events of
    recent memory: it is evidence of systemic corruption that rises to the highest
    ranks of President Mead's administration, a callous disregard for human life
    that must -- and will -- be opposed! -- Joe Greene, Senior Staff Writer
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DRIFTER
    
    DRIFTER
    ...a damn ghost town.
    You better not try nothin'.
    Hey -- let me breathe. Okay?
    Whatsa army proteck 'cep itself?
    Man said protection: this is occupation!
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNDERWORLD TAVERN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    FILBEN
    UNATCO's put a price on your head. What're you doing in the city?
    
    JC DENTON
    I didn't expect the Kitchen to be under martial law.
    
    FILBEN
    People know the government has a vaccine. Riots everywhere.
    
    JC DENTON
    You still on the dole at UNATCO?
    
    FILBEN
    I never mentioned... I've been working for the NSF all along -- and the
    Illuminati. I'm on your side.
    
    JC DENTON
    Right, the Illuminati. I need to find one of their leaders, Stanton Dowd. A load
    of plague virus is on its way to New York.
    
    FILBEN
    Virus? You mean the Gray Death? What's Dowd got to do with it?
    
    JC DENTON
    The same corporation that makes Ambrosia also manufactures the virus. Quite
    convenient. The virus came over in a superfreighter previously owned by Dowd.
    
    FILBEN
    Yeah, most of Majestic 12 is just hand-me-downs from the Illuminati. Huh. We
    knew about Ambrosia, but the virus... that's news. They're infecting people on
    purpose, huh?
    
    JC DENTON
    I was hoping Dowd could tell me where the freighter would unload.
    
    FILBEN
    I'll contact him. Go to the burnt-up storefront of Osgood and Sons, over where
    the tunnels connect to the warehouse district -- you know, where the NSF had the
    generator. I'll try to get him to meet you there.
    
    JC DENTON
    Osgood and Sons...
    
    FILBEN
    Yeah. And, JC... Be careful who you mention the Illuminati to... like Joe
    Greene. He's a spy for UNATCO.
    
    JC DENTON
    The reporter? Are you sure?
    
    FILBEN
    Here's the proof. Hey... Kill Greene and you'll be doing all of us a favor. I
    saw him hanging around the free clinic.
    
    (JC DENTON
    Already took care of him. I don't like people who ask a lot of questions.
    
    FILBEN
    No shit. Man, you really did change sides. Never would've thought it possible.
    Thanks for getting rid of that guy.
    They're dropping like flies.)
    
    FILBEN
    Dowd doesn't like to be contacted directly.
    You'll have to trust me.
    Greene doesn't know who I really work for, so I managed to get him talking.
    Apparently they promised Greene some kind of position in Washington.
    Someone will meet you in the alley.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SANDRA RENTON
    
    JC DENTON
    Hi, Sandra. Too bad about the hotel. I guess UNATCO shot it up pretty bad.
    
    SANDRA
    No use worrying about it now. Are you all right? I heard UNATCO was after you.
    
    JC DENTON
    They aren't the only ones.
    
    SANDRA
    You should stay out of Hell's Kitchen. People have been looking for you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    SANDRA
    This one guy -- he came to the hotel and said he was your cousin.
    
    JC DENTON
    What did he look like?
    
    SANDRA
    Just an average guy, but I think he was an undercover cop.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Know the Marine at the bar?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Is that Marine really a friend of yours?
    
    
    SANDRA
    That's Vinny. He went to my high school.
    
    JC DENTON
    Think I can trust him?
    
    SANDRA
    Vinny? Oh, sure. He's a good guy. Kinda simple, but he's a good guy.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    SANDRA
    They guy who was looking for you... I think he was wearing a gray jacket.
    I feel sorry for Vinny; they almost never give him leave.
    You don't want to be in New York, not since the riots. It's turning into a big
    prison camp.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BARTENDER (JORDAN SHEA)
    
    JORDAN
    What do you want? Prices have tripled to 30 because of martial law.
    
    JC DENTON
    Heard the name Stanton Dowd?
    
    JORDAN
    What do you want with Dowd?
    
    JC DENTON
    A private matter. Know where I can find him?
    
    JORDAN
    I'm gonna say this once. That German mech from UNATCO already came by looking
    for you. You got money to spend, fine; this curfew's killing me, but leave me
    out of your business. That guy's oiled up and ready for a fight.
    
    JC DENTON
    Gunther...
    
    JORDAN
    Do you want something or not?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Give me something to drink.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'll have one of those candy bars.
    
    1-2.1
    JORDAN
    There.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Never mind.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SOLDIER (VINNY)
    
    JC DENTON
    You out here because of martial law? I didn't know they were using Marines.
    
    1.
    VINNY
    Nah, UNATCO likes to work alone. Just came out to look up a girl I used to know
    -- that girl at the table over there -- Sandra Renton. FEMA gave me a pass for
    the curfew.
    
    2.
    VINNY
    Nah, UNATCO likes to work alone. Just came out to look up a girl I used to know,
    Sandra Renton. FEMA gave me a pass for the curfew.
    
    JC DENTON
    She left town.
    
    VINNY
    I know, I know. Just my luck.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    What's FEMA doing handing out travel papers?
    
    VINNY
    They took over the Advanced Submarine Base where I work. I don't like being
    pushed off-duty, but I guess a little R&R never hurt anyone.
    
    JC DENTON
    They brought in their own staff?
    
    VINNY
    Most of us were moved out of the main submarine hangar last night... FEMA's set
    up a perimeter. We'd sure like to know what's going on in there.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I would, too. Maybe I'll check it out for you.
    
    VINNY
    You a cop?
    
    JC DENTON
    Used to be.
    
    VINNY
    I'll say it straight: I'm a patriot. I don't like to see one of our top-secret
    bases commandeered, especially when the only people allowed inside are these
    Asian mafia-types. You think you can do something about it, I can have my
    buddies at the front gate let you slip by. My name's Vinny. Tell 'em you know
    me.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. I'll see what I can find out.
    
    VINNY
    Us Americans, the last of a dying breed... We've got to stick together.
    I don't know why we let so many crooks run this country.
    We know a cover-up when we see one.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'm sure FEMA has a good reason for the tight security.
    
    VINNY
    Yeah, because they know there ain't no emergency and they have no reason to be
    out there.
    
    I asked one of the guys, "So what's the emergency? Why's FEMA here?" He said,
    "You ask one more question, the emergency's going to be you." That's how they
    talk to you.
    I saw Walton Simons himself get out of a helicopter on the roof of the hangar.
    They gave us all leave because they don't want anybody around tonight.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Incorrect inform -- ps -al : attach. Streets clear. No danger.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - FREE CLINIC
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JAllred//MedNet.1162.3908
    To: APriest//MedNet.1178.3908
    Subject: Stay Home
    
    I'm going to talk to the staff individually, but if the riots are as bad
    tomorrow as they were today then I want you to stay home. This place is starting
    to feel a lot like a war zone, only I'm not sure who the enemy is and I'm afraid
    it might be us. In any case, I'm going to leave the clinic open -- what few
    supplies we had have been removed, and the place might at least provide some
    shelter for those who need it. If I'm able to make it in tomorrow, I'll tend to
    those here as best I can.
    Be careful,
    Allred
    
    
    
    From: LizaPriest//Edunet.12321.123.458
    To: APriest//MedNet.1178.3908
    Subject: What's Going ON?
    
    I don't know if this mail will find you or not -- it's been bounced a couple of
    times off the New York Net, but I keep trying, hoping it's temporary downtime
    and not something permanent. There's been an almost total black-out of news from
    New York City, just talk about terrorists and martial law -- last thing I saw on
    broadcast was some smuggled footage of these black helicopters and soldiers in
    riot gear. It looked like a war. The President came on and said that it was only
    temporary, that it was "necessary to protect our way of life," I think that was
    it... afterwards one of the other grad students here started making plans to
    move to Lagos, even got a passport. I began to wonder if he might not have the
    right idea.
    No one can get through to you on the phone, and we're all just hoping you're
    okay. As soon as you can, call us or write or do whatever you have to do. I'll
    be thinking about you.
    * * * LIZ * * *
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NURSE
    
    NURSE
    The clinic is closing.
    If you're having an emergency, please see one of the bots.
    The doctors have gone home.
    The plague vaccine is just a rumor. We have no such thing here.
    You can sleep on the couch until the police open the streets.
    I said you can stay; now leave me alone.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM (IKE) & OLDER BUM (COLEMAN)
    
    IKE
    Hey! Hey, Coleman! How're you holdin' up?
    
    COLEMAN
    I'm fine. Just fine.
    
    IKE
    Come on, we're safe in here.
    
    COLEMAN
    How long are we gonna safe, Ike? They're just shooting people for no reason.
    
    IKE
    Don't you worry, this'll all pass.
    
    COLEMAN
    Sure it will.
    
    IKE
    Smart man, stayin' off the streets. Too much trouble out there, lot of bad mojo.
    All those cops... actin' like they're invadin' a foreign country.
    I hear they've got a cure -- that's what people are sayin'. Heard it from
    Smuggler. Keepin' it all to themselves.
    What happened to this damn country? Keeps goin' from bad to worse.
    You stay in here. Mostly no one bothers us in here.
    You got the look on you, a man whose runnin' out of friends.
    Maybe it'll be better in the morning.
    
    COLEMAN
    Goddamn, but I'm tired of living like this.
    I saw the cops shoot someone right in front of me. It's not like television.
    It's just a pop, and then there's some blood on the ground.
    They said that martial law was only temporary, but it doesn't feel very
    temporary to me.
    Ike thinks they've got a cure, but there's not enough for everyone -- that's why
    the soldiers are out there. Protecting the cure.
    At the kitchen they told me I should repent my sins, but I don't know what I did
    wrong. Least I don't have the plague.
    You ever been to Paris? I'd like to see Paris.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOE GREENE
    
    JC DENTON
    There's talk that you're a spy.
    
    JOE GREENE
    A spy? For whom?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I just want to hear your side of the story.
    
    JOE GREENE
    So... am I working for the CIA or FBI?
    
    JC DENTON
    You tell me.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Either way, they'd have me wearing a better suit.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take that as a denial. Something newsworthy about the clinic tonight?
    
    JOE GREENE
    I interviewed the doctors: poker-faced as politicians. Don't even blink when you
    say the word Ambrosia.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe they think you're talking about the food of the gods.
    
    JOE GREENE
    I'm serious. Don't you believe the stories coming out of Hong Kong, that the
    government had a cure all along?
    
    1.1
    JC DENTON
    Could be. Hey -- you're a reporter. Heard the name Stanton Dowd?
    
    JOE GREENE
    Dowd? Sure... Used to be a big importer, right? Thinking of starting a business?
    
    JC DENTON
    I just need to find him.
    
    JOE GREENE
    In some kind of trouble?
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you know him or not?
    
    JOE GREENE
    Afraid I don't know how to contact him. I thought he was dead, actually.
    I figured you were up to no good.
    Stanton Dowd... haven't heard that name in a long, long time.
    Never met Dowd myself.
    
    1.2
    JC DENTON
    Could be.
    
    JOE GREENE
    They've got PROOF. They found the cure. It's called Ambrosia.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't believe everything you read.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Har-har.
    Check the public terminals. It was a big day in the news.
    Wish I'd been the one to get the scoop on Ambrosia.
    I bet someone already has a book deal on the cover-up.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    You aren't a reporter at all. You work for UNATCO.
    
    JOE GREENE
    Guess you scooped me this time.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Beth DuClare Awarded Legion of Honor
    APR - Paris, France
    
    Beth DuClare, millionaire, philanthropist, activist -- and famously reputed to
    be the mistress of French President Alain Bourges-Maunoury -- was today
    posthumously awarded the position of Chevalier in the Ordre Royale de la Legion
    D'Honneur. Created by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802, the Legion of Honor is
    an order of merit to which all qualifying military personnel and civilians can
    be nominated without regard to birth or religion, provided that they swear to
    uphold liberty and equality.
    The award was not without some controversy, as members of the Republican Social
    Union for French Democracy (RSUFD) party disputed the merit based on her
    involvement in the "Somnolente Ile" scandal that rocked the Serra administration
    five years ago.
    Beth DuClare passed away in September, found dead at her chateau of natural
    causes. She was survived by her daughter, Nicolette DuClare, who has been
    missing since her mother's death. Police currently have no leads as to her
    whereabouts.
    The award was accepted on Beth DuClare's behalf by President Bourges-Maunoury.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: TMore//MedNet.6629.117
    To: JAllred//MedNet.1162.3908
    Subject: RE: Weekly Report
    
    I appreciate your update, but I'll be frank with you: the situation is
    deteriorating faster than you know, and the Board is completely paralyzed. That
    10 million credit donation promised by Page is nowhere to be seen. Two-thirds of
    the staff haven't shown up to work in the last few days. Rumors are starting to
    surface that there may be a cure for the Gray Death, and what few supply runs
    we've managed have been attacked by rioters who think we're hoarding it -- the
    media has been absolutely irresponsible, stirring people up into a frenzy.
    UNATCO troops set up shop here yesterday, calling the whole thing a
    "peacekeeping occupation" and monitoring all medical traffic: when certain
    individuals come into any of the clinics for treatment, they're immediately
    rounded up. I'm not sure who's running the show anymore.
    If you get this message, do whatever you need to do, up to and including
    shutting down the clinic. First priority should be the safety of you and your
    staff. I'm not sure how we can help anymore.
    God speed,
    Thomas
    
    
    
    From: WSimons//FEMA.870.73176
    To: New York Medical Authority
    Subject: Rumor Control
    
    To All Staff:
    The recent terrorist attacks on the city and people of New York -- and the
    subsequent declaration of martial law in an attempt to stem the tide of violence
    -- has unfortunately created an environment where rumor has supplanted fact as
    the currency of information. In an effort to insure that you have the latest,
    most accurate news, FEMA will be sending you periodic bulletins; only stories
    officially verified and approved by FEMA should be trusted.
    First and foremost, I can put an end to one rumor and emphatically state there
    is NO cure for the "Gray Death" at present. Government scientists are working
    day and night to find a treatment, but any stories referencing a secret
    government cure are outright lies of the most vicious sort.
    Future bulletins will follow. Please feel free to contact your nearest FEMA or
    UNATCO representative if you have any further questions.
    Walton Simons
    Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    To All Staff:
    In the event that neither myself nor Miss Priest are able to reach the clinic,
    you may access necessary medical records from either of our computers using the
    following logins and passwords:
    jallred - Apple
    Alice_Priest - Secretary
    I trust you to use your best judgment, and to perform with the professionalism
    and talent which you all have demonstrated so ably in the past. But always, be
    safe. Together, we'll overcome these troubles as we have so many others.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Allred
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: THUG
    
    THUG
    Huh-uh. What's up?
    Lost or something?
    ...hardly recognize this place anymore.
    What? I'm just standing here.
    You got a problem?
    Back off, man.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STANTON DOWD
    
    JC DENTON
    You Dowd?
    
    DOWD
    I agreed to see you because we have a mutual enemy.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why a vacant building? I thought the Illuminati were bankers, politicians...
    Council on Foreign Relations types.
    
    DOWD
    We always stayed in the background, even when that was true.
    
    JC DENTON
    You all right?
    
    DOWD
    ...caught this damn plague myself. Anyway, we never had troops like Majestic 12
    -- or freighters full of bioweapons, if -- if what you say is accurate.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's accurate. I just don't know where the freighter would dock.
    
    DOWD
    They'll want to hide it. The only facility big enough to the East Coast -- is
    the Advanced Submarine Facility at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyards.
    
    JC DENTON
    Of course. That's why FEMA took it over.
    
    DOWD
    They're probably storing the virus in the ship's diesel tanks. The only way to
    make sure it's -- The only way to make sure it's destroyed will be to scuttle
    the ship.
    
    JC DENTON
    Scuttle a superfreighter?
    
    DOWD
    It can be done -- if you know where to place the charges. Smuggler should have
    explosives that will work.
    
    (JC DENTON
    I already have some explosives.
    
    DOWD
    I'd pick up some more while I have the chance, but if you think you're equipped,
    then find your pilot and get going.)
    
    JC DENTON
    You sure you're all right?
    
    DOWD
    I'm hanging in there. If you come across some Ambrosia on that ship, however --
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't worry; I'll get you some medicine.
    
    DOWD
    I'll give you a blueprint of the ship. The X's mark the five tri-hull welds.
    Crack those up, reverse the bilge pumps, and the ship will split open like a
    banana.
    Tong told me he found an interesting molecular signature on the virus, a clue to
    who developed it.
    I am certain it was a former member of the Illuminati. The custom among our
    scientists was to sign their work -- like painters.
    It was a group of conspirators within the Illuminati that formed Majestic 12 to
    begin with.
    The conspirators were far more ruthless than we were. We couldn't compete.
    Majestic 12 realized that technology alone could be a source of political power.
    However, the Illuminati laid the foundation... the multinationals, the global
    structures Majestic 12 depends upon.
    Majestic 12 inherited a system that took millennia to develop.
    It's true that our organization stretches back to the Order of the Assassins, or
    Hashishim, but not in the way you might imagine.
    The order hasn't so much lasted as been continually revived. Adam Weishaupt
    started from scratch in Bavaria in 1776. But so did Thomas Jefferson a few years
    later. It's the IDEA that has lasted. The SYSTEM.
    Or the DESIRE, every thinking person's desire to give the world some decent
    organization.
    Cecil Rhodes, for instance. Absolutely no formal connection to the Illuminati at
    all, but one of the greatest visionaries of centralized power. Now we have the
    Rhodes Scholarships, which feed recruits right into the Council on Foreign
    Relations... A very powerful tool.
    In my opinion, the history of the human race has been one long succession of
    conspiracies. To deceive ourselves, we call the successful conspiracies
    "governments."
    We're running out of time. You better track down the Smuggler.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    MJ12 troops converging on your position, JC. I'll land the copter on the roof of
    the 'Ton. Get out of there!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STANTON DOWD
    
    DOWD
    They found us!
    Where'd they go?
    We're trapped!
    What are we going to do?
    That's it... I think you got all of them. Thank goodness. Now get to the
    shipyard.
    I'm going to wait until things die down.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    We are preparing our operation now. You are finished.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: INTERCOMM
    
    INTERCOMM
    Yes. Password?
    
    JC DENTON
    Bloodshot.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - SMUGGLER'S LAIR
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    I'm showing net activity on several of the Smuggler's avatars. He must be at
    home.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Terrorist Bombing Kills 35
    APR - Hong Kong, China
    
    A terrorist attack on the VersaLife building in Hong Kong has at last count left
    35 dead and over a 100 wounded. As authorities continue to search the shattered
    structure through the early morning hours, the hope for locating any survivors
    among the remaining missing dwindles.
    VersaLife, a division of Page Industries (NASDAQ:PAGI), has long been on the
    cutting edge of genetic, biological, and pharmaceutical research, virtually
    becoming synonymous with treatments for such virulent plagues as AIDS and the
    Century Flu. Neither local police nor UNATCO would speculate on possible motives
    for such an attack, though both confirmed that it was the result of direct
    terrorist action. When reached for comment, VersaLife released a short statement
    saying "We are shocked and saddened by this horrible tragedy, but must turn our
    attention towards comforting those who have lost a loved one to this senseless
    violence."
    UNATCO is currently seeking JC Denton, a known terrorist, for questioning.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I'm picking up incoming MJ12 troops... They must have your location. Better get
    what you need from Smuggler pronto and meet me on the roof of the hotel.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: IVelikovsky//SOVNET.2198.1893.123
    To: 328.2133.1230
    Subject: Informatsiya
    
    I found the files you wanted, but I had to obtain them from the Biopreparat data
    well in Sverdlovsk at great expense. Strange -- this information wasn't part of
    any official Biopreparat research effort that I've been able to find, but was
    conducted under the codename "Velichestvennii" over the last two decades. There
    were several other projects attached to the same name being conducted throughout
    the world, but it was impossible to derive anything from them aside from their
    existence. In any case, your buyer must have some fairly esoteric interests.
    You'll find my fee debited from your account.
    - I.V. -
    
    [[[ATTACHED Nanoscale Molecular Interactions with Polymerase.doc]]]
    [[[ATTACHED Biochemical Immunity Rejection Studies Series 33a.doc]]]
    [[[ATTACHED Genome Map 1/1A/3C Subject: JC Denton.doc]]]
    [[[ATTACHED Sulfur Catalytic Reaction with Protease Site 3-4.doc]]]
    [[[ATTACHED Regressive Degredation of Human Immune Complex.com]]]
    [[[ATTACHED Velichestvennii 6287c78sdXX.DOC]]]
    
    
    
    From: GenericMail883//Net.2342.09238
    To: 328.2133.1230
    Subject: Friend In Need
    
    You helped me and some friends out recently. That transaction was business, but
    you still did me a good turn. I don't forget that.
    I heard through channels that there's some bad stuff coming down on you -- don't
    know why, people I talked to just said it had to do with a guy named "JC." I
    haven't heard of him, but someone wants him dead, cold in the ground. Personal
    reasons.
    And your name has come up.
    Fair warning. Watch your back.
    -Decker
    
    
    
    From: UpNet
    To: JCDenton
    Subject: READ ME
    
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    1.
    CONVERSATION: SMUGGLER
    
    SMUGGLER
    Why'd you come back? UNATCO's got every cop in New York after you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Unfinished business.
    
    SMUGGLER
    So you finally wised up and joined the NSF?
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't know if I've joined anything, except maybe the people.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Good enough. You know where to stand. It's because people don't know they can
    pick a side that the government has so much power.
    
    JC DENTON
    I've got to get moving. Have anything you want to sell?
    
    SMUGGLER
    Sure. Something you might like: an assault shotgun and some Sabot rounds. I also
    have some LAMs; I'll give you the whole box of five for 3500.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    If I had 7500, I'd make an offer on the assault shotgun.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    How about some Sabot rounds for 750.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Expensive, but worth the price.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the five LAMs for 3500 -- when I get the cash.
    
    (4.
    JC DENTON
    Never mind.)
    
    (5.
    JC DENTON
    Ill give you 7500 for the assault shotgun.
    
    
    SMUGGLER
    Smart man. You wont find a better weapon for tight quarters.)
    
    (6.
    JC DENTON
    Ill take the five LAMs for 3500.
    
    6.1
    SMUGGLER
    My pleasure.
    
    6.2
    SMUGGLER
    Tell you what, Ill throw in another one for free if you promise to frag some
    ATF for me.
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything you say.)
    
    1-3.
    SMUGGLER
    I don't like to haggle.
    This ain't a thrift shop.
    Get the money, and we'll talk.
    
    4-6.
    SMUGGLER
    You cleaned me out.
    Come back later. Maybe I can dig up something else for you.
    Dont let anyone see you when you slip out.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: SMUGGLER
    
    JC DENTON
    I need your help.
    
    SMUGGLER
    What for?
    
    JC DENTON
    I've located a supply of the virus that causes Gray Death. A freighter at the
    Brooklyn Naval Shipyard.
    
    SMUGGLER
    It's the government, isn't it? Part of some experiment.
    
    JC DENTON
    Conspirators, some in the government, some out.
    
    SMUGGLER
    What do you expect me to do about the freighter?
    
    JC DENTON
    Help me scuttle it. You have any extra LAMs or rockets?
    
    SMUGGLER
    You think you can scuttle a superfreighter with a LAM?
    
    JC DENTON
    A few LAMs, at weld points.
    
    SMUGGLER
    I'll help you out. How about a rocket for a GEP gun? Usually I save those for
    the NSF, but I'll sell it at a loss, say 2500. You can also have a half-dozen
    LAMs for 2400. Better buy now; I'm selling cheap only because a lot of people
    could die.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    2500 for GEP ammo sounds great, but I don't have that much.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Wish I had a 2400 credits. I could use a half-dozen LAMs.
    
    1-2.
    SMUGGLER
    You can always loot the ammo storage facility at the shipyard. It's free if you
    don't get caught.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    Give me a break. Hundreds of millions of lives are at stake.
    
    SMUGGLER
    I like what you're doing, but I've got to cover my costs.
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    Forget it.
    
    
    SMUGGLER
    Hey, I'm starting to get nervous about this. What you're about to do is gonna
    turn some heads. I don't want any trouble from the authorities.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Relax. No one followed me.
    
    SMUGGLER
    You sure?
    
    JC DENTON
    You have nothing to worry about.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Actually, UNATCO's planning an operation of some kind. You might want to get out
    of Hell's Kitchen after I leave.
    
    SMUGGLER
    What kind of operation?
    
    JC DENTON
    A manhunt. For me. I don't think you want to get caught in the middle.
    
    SMUGGLER
    Thanks for the warning. Come on, let's wrap this up.
    
    
    SMUGGLER
    You telling me the truth about this superfreighter? They're really gonna expose
    people to the plague?
    
    JC DENTON
    A Marine from the shipyard told me that FEMA's involved. Guess they've gone from
    fixing emergencies to making them.
    
    SMUGGLER
    If you ask me, I bet FEMA wants to cause a national emergency and get control of
    the Army.
    
    JC DENTON
    I think we can expect Walton Simons to make a grab for power, one way or
    another.
    
    SMUGGLER
    That's all they would need: one national emergency. Then they could get rid of
    the President, shut down Congress and suspend the Constitution.
    Scuttling a freighter's a big job...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    BASIC FIREARM SAFETY RULES
    
    1. Never point a firearm at anyone or anything you do not intend to shoot.
    2. Before handling any firearm, understand its operation.
    3. Always have your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
    4. Keep your firearm unloaded when not in use.
    5. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
    6. Never pass your firearm to another person until the cylinder or action is
    open and you visually check that it is unloaded.
    7. Place your finger inside the trigger guard only when you are ready to fire.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - 'TON HOTEL
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    SOCIETY: Party Against Tomorrow
    New York Voice -- Kwesi Dodi
    
    As the rich flee the city in droves by car and -- horror of horrors, bus (needs
    must when the devil drives and the airports are closed) -- the rest of us are
    left to wallow in the empty crypt that has become our city. The sick and
    homeless shamble about as if they just left a casting call for "Night of the
    Living Dead," and the cops obviously came from next door where they're filming a
    classic 1990's Michael Bay action flick. Really, the whole thing is too much.
    And what does Kwesi recommend when it gets to be too much? Why party, of course!
    It's not with historical precedent, children. Those of you without zyme-addled
    attention spans may remember Boccacio's classic _Decameron_ (and that's Boccacio
    the 14th century writer, and not Boccacio the jungle-thud DJ tripmaster), where
    a bunch of young, hottie Florentines decided to flee another one of these boring
    little plagues and hole up with a few too many bottles of wine, tell outrageous
    stories, and have a go at each other once in a while.
    So, speaking only for Kwesi, I'm going to invite over about 80 of my nearest and
    dearest -- soon to be nearer and dearer -- with all the food and recreational
    drugs they can carry, then lock the doors. Good night, children!
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW
    
    Effective immediately, all citizens of New York City are hereby informed that,
    at the request of Governor Walpole, President Mead has declared MARTIAL LAW to
    be in effect for Manhattan and surrounding boroughs. Until further notice, the
    affected areas are under the authority of the Federal Emergency Management
    Administration who will work with UNATCO and local law enforcement to eliminate
    the terrorist threat that has paralyzed the city in the past week.
    "This is an extreme measure -- one undertaken with the utmost gravity -- but it
    is necessary step to insure the safety of the citizens of New York," said Walton
    Simons, Director of FEMA. "I can only stress that it is a temporary situation
    that will be resolved as quickly as possible."
    Citizens are advised that a curfew has been instituted from 9PM to 7AM. Further
    details will follow.
    
    
    
    MOST WANTED: J.C. Denton
    
    Citizens of New York are warned to be on the lookout for terrorist J.C. Denton,
    also known as "J.C. Denton." Denton, a terrorist leader, is wanted in
    conjunction with a number of crimes including the recent attack on UNATCO
    Headquarters; the bombing of the VersaLife building in Hong Kong; and the
    murders of Juan Ivanovich Lebedev, UNATCO Agent Anna Navarre, and UNATCO
    Director Joseph Manderley.
    Denton is approximately six feet tall, with silver facial tattoos and solid blue
    eyes, the result of a genetic condition usually concealed by a pair of
    sunglasses. He is armed and extremely dangerous. If you believe you have seen or
    know someone answering to this description, DO NOT attempt to engage them, but
    immediately report them to your nearest FEMA, UNATCO, or police presence.
    
    
    
    New Cremation Center
    
    As per FEMA Public Health Directive 27 (PHD27), all bodies are to be cremated
    IMMEDIATELY upon expiration. To facilitate this process, a new crematorium has
    been opened in Yankee Stadium; however, citizens are asked not to transport
    bodies themselves, but to contact the appropriate health officials at
    EmergencyServices//NYNET.323.4095 if they require assistance. Failure to comply
    with any FEMA Directive is punishable by a minimum sentence of 3 years in jail
    and/or a fine of up to c10,000.
    
    
    
    Government Shutdowns
    
    Until further notice, all city, state, and county offices are closed, and the
    following services suspended:
    * Public schools
    * Municipal buses
    * Garbage service
    * Road maintenance
    In addition, all air travel to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport
    and La Guardia has been canceled.
    
    
    
    Transit Disruptions
    
    As the result of terrorist action, several subway stations are now closed to
    traffic:
    * 18th Street
    * Battery Park
    * York Street
    * Clark Street
    * High Street
    * Queensbridge and Queensboro
    * Pelham Green line from Elder to Middleton
    Alternate routes will be posted at or near the affected stations, or can be
    found on Transit//NYNET.002.32323. Note that district passes will be strictly
    monitored to prevent unauthorized travel and curfew will be observed at all
    stations throughout the greater metropolitan area.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Owners left town, far as I know.
    Heat's off - but I don't mind.
    I don't mind.
    Lotta rats, but I guess that's okay.
    Cops don't care where you are, long as you're inside.
    Heard this place was condemned.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - UNDERWORLD TAVERN
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HARLEY FILBEN
    
    JC DENTON
    I took out that reporter, Joe Greene. I don't like people who ask a lot of
    questions.
    
    FILBEN
    No shit. Man, you really did change sides. Never would've thought it possible.
    Thanks for getting rid of that guy.
    They're dropping like flies.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - HELL'S KITCHEN
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    When the shipment has been destroyed, I will require you to go to Paris. You
    must find Dowd's associate Morgan Everett.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Let's go.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'm ready!
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Hold on. I'll be back in a minute.
    
    (JOCK
    We can't do much about that freighter unless you pick up some explosives from
    Smuggler.
    His hideout is northeast of the hotel.
    Not a nice guy, but he'll take your money.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I'll raid the armory at the shipyard. Let's go.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Wait here. I'll be right back.)
    
    
    
    
    NYC - BROOKLYN NAVAL SHIPYARDS
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I've dropped you in an abandoned lot next to the base. There should be an old
    grate on the wall that you can gain entry through. I've got to get out of here
    before the sentries get suspicious.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    You're past the fence. Good. Up ahead are the barracks. You need to gain entry
    to the base and eventually reach the large building to the north. Keep your eyes
    open for the ammo storage facility. You need to load up on explosives.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: SOLDIER
    
    SOLDIER
    You must be Denton.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who's asking?
    
    SOLDIER
    Our buddy Vinny said to expect you. You think you can find out what's going on
    in there, go for it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is FEMA really running the show?
    
    SOLDIER
    FEMA and the Chinese. I don't like the smell of it one bit.
    
    JC DENTON
    Me either.
    
    SOLDIER
    This key will open the main gate. The guard just inside the main building
    entrance will let you pass, but don't expect any hospitality from the FEMA
    people.
    I don't know how you'll get on-board, with the main ramp retracted, unless you
    want to swim.
    Be careful in there.
    The standing orders inside the perimeter are "shoot on sight."
    We're supposed to be on red-alert. They even told us to watch the crane so that
    no one tries to jump the deck.
    Good luck.
    FEMA made a big mistake if they think we follow orders blindly.
    Just because you have a uniform on, it doesn't mean you don't know how to think
    for yourself.
    When we find out what the government's doing, we're going to tell our friend Joe
    Greene at the Midnight Sun.
    As far as we're concerned, you were never here.
    I hear they're planning something big for tomorrow morning -- an airlift of some
    kind.
    You know that girl Sandra? Man, Vinny has all the luck.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: SOLDIER
    
    SOLDIER
    You with Page's group?
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah.
    
    SOLDIER
    They just turned in.
    
    JC DENTON
    Mind if I take a look at the ship?
    
    SOLDIER
    The FEMA people don't want a lot of traffic through here. They've got something
    sensitive going on with the Chinese.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll stay out of the way.
    
    SOLDIER
    If I was you, I wouldn't even LOOK at that ship unless I was damn sure I was
    needed. Why don't you turn in.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm late. Let me pass.
    
    SOLDIER
    The gate stays closed. Actually, our orders are to shoot anyone who tries to get
    in. We won't go that far, but don't expect a warm reception inside the
    perimeter.
    The FEMA people left strict orders: no visitors.
    If you snoop around, you're just going to get yourself shot.
    I'll be glad when this all blows over.
    I'm not sticking my neck out for one of Page's page-boys, assuming you're who
    you say you are.
    You should have been on time for your meeting.
    We don't like what you people are doing in there.
    We don't like how FEMA thinks they can negotiate with a foreign power. They
    can't.
    Hey, I just follow orders. Your secret operation couldn't happen at all if it
    wasn't for people like me doing what they're told.
    Come back tomorrow.
    I don't have time to talk right now.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Search for Terrorist Leader Intensifies
    APR - New York
    
    UNATCO is working closely with FEMA and other international security agencies
    around the world to apprehend JC Denton, a terrorist with ties to a number of
    groups including the NSF, Silhouette, and organized crime in Hong Kong.
    "We believe him to be responsible for organizing and leading the attack on
    Liberty Island and the deaths of a number of UNATCO agents," said Walton Simons,
    Director of FEMA. "The necessity of instituting martial law in New York --
    unheard of in the history of America -- is directly attributable to criminal
    elements operating under his orders."
    Simons went to say that evidence recovered from the recent bombing of the
    VersaLife building in Hong Kong demonstrates JC Denton's involvement "beyond a
    shadow of a doubt" and points towards an organized, systematic campaign of
    terror designed to "extort freedom for politically dangerous ideologies through
    any means necessary."
    Authorities are also seeking any information on the whereabouts of Alex Jacobson
    or Brian "Jock" Flanagan, key figures in the terrorist organization.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SOLDIER
    
    SOLDIER
    You came in on the chopper? You must be with the D.C. people.
    My sister lives down there. She works in the Space Museum.
    Never seen so many folks from the Beltway. It's like a convention.
    Us troops, we're pretty anxious to find out what's going on.
    I guess we'll hear about it in the news, and then we can say we were there.
    Bob Page was here yesterday. I bet what's going on is financial.
    I think the United States is asking for another loan. That's my theory.
    We could sure use another check from the Chinese.
    It was nice chatting.
    Like the directive said, we've got this place sealed tight. You can count on us.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    You're at the main gate. Get to the door at the base of the huge crane in the
    distance, but watch out for the guards and security bots.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    I have begun planning your future objectives. Dowd will be sending you to Paris.
    Make sure he gives you the current residence of his associate, Morgan Everett. I
    do not have access to that information.
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Okay, I've added a new account for our friendly neighbourhood FEMA rep -- it's
    only temporary, but it should allow him to check his e-mail and all that. Let
    him know we're behind a firewall, so if he wants to access any privnet stuff
    that'll take some working out with IS.
    Login: Walton
    Password: Simons
    See you in the morning,
    Josy
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: BNS Operations//MilNet.3498.1289
    To: Everyone
    Subject: SOP 16453/C3
    
    Be advised that from today onwards, all bots will be serviced on bi-weekly
    rotating intervals. Any problems with a bot should be reported directly to the
    operations office. Unauthorized personnel should _not_ attempt to affect repairs
    on a bot under any circumstances.
    
    
    
    From: BNS Operations//MilNet.3498.1289
    To: Everyone
    Subject: Gray Death Reminder
    
    As a reminder, any personnel exhibiting symptoms of the Gray Death (as described
    in SOP 17663/F9), or who has come into contact with such an individual, should
    report immediately to the base hospital for treatment.
    
    
    
    From: BNS Operations//MilNet.3498.1289
    To: Everyone
    Subject: ASF Clearances
    
    All clearances to the Advanced Submarine Facility are immediately revoked. Only
    authorized security and FEMA personnel, or those other individuals with valid
    FEMA clearance, will be allowed access. This is considered a high alert
    situation, and lethal force will be used to control the perimeter. Any questions
    should be directed to Captain James Keene, JKeene/MilNet.233.21396.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: WALTON SIMONS
    TO: AGENT PAUL JENKINS
    
    During my review of security measures this morning I noticed a potential hole in
    the security office of the East Warehouse. Please change this code immediately
    to 2249. We will pursue a more thorough solution at a later date.
    Walton Simons
    Director, FEMA
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Page Unveils "Aquinas"
    APR - Washington, D.C.
    
    At a lavish press conference today attended by mainstream and technical media
    alike, Bob Page unveiled Page Industries (NASDAQ: PAGI) newest technological
    achievement, "Aquinas." Rumored to have been in development for almost five
    years at a cost of over billion credits, Aquinas is a seamless, transparent
    replacement for the current patchwork of Net protocols that promises to
    radically expand bandwidth without the need for new hardware.
    "Aquinas is the result of over five hundred man-years of effort on the part of
    some of the most talented and driven people in the industry," Page said at the
    conference. "We're grateful to the NSA and the Hague Commission on Secure
    Communications for trusting Page Industries with the responsibilities for this
    technological milestone. As of noon today you can expect nearly all of the
    world's net traffic to be carried by Aquinas. Bandwidth is now, for all intents
    and purposes, free."
    The remainder of the press conference involved presentations by the leaders of
    the carriers allied with Page Industries, and a technical discussion of the
    Aquinas Protocol -- named after the titular Thomas Aquinas, whose philosophy is
    a well-known passion for Bob Page.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: PJenkins//UpNet.221.9981
    To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    Subject: Preparations
    
    I have downloaded the latest keyhole surveillance and given the projected
    weather and tides for the next 12 hours, the PRCS Wall Cloud should dock ahead
    of schedule at 18:40. All clearances to the sub pen have been revoked and, with
    the exception of a small maintenance crew, all base personnel have been
    evacuated from the facility. I will coordinate perimeter and security with
    Captain Keene.
    We should be able to begin loading of the helicopters within two hours of the
    Wall Cloud's arrival. I will contact you again once the preparation has
    commenced.
    Agent Jenkins
    
    
    
    From: DBalme//MilNet.233.21396
    To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    Subject: RE: Security Request
    
    Yes, sir. My apologies, and I will certainly see to it that your orders are
    carried out with all speed and precision. Please let me know if you require
    anything else.
    >FEMA requires you to comply during this crisis
    >situation, and you are legally obligated to do
    >so: we are attempting to control an insect
    >population that may be a carrier for the Gray
    >Death. If you do not devote your fullest
    >enthusiasm to this operation then you can and
    >will be summarily court martialed. If you have
    >any questions about my authority, refer them to
    >Rear Admiral Radchek.
    >
    >>I have to question whether this is the best
    >>possible use of the Advanced Submarine
    >>Facility, and whether placing Navy personnel
    >>under FEMA command is advisable.
    >>
    >>>Once the Wall Cloud has docked, the
    >>>submarine facility will be cordoned off and
    >>>only FEMA or authorized security personnel
    >>>given access; you will work with Agent
    >>>Jenkins to coordinate this. Helicopters will
    >>>arrive shortly thereafter to be fitted with
    >>>sprayer attachments and loaded with
    >>>pesticide from the tanker.
    
    
    
    From: GHermann//UpNet.9384.7023
    To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    Subject: He has left
    
    I have looking for that trater J.C. Denton or "JC" or whatever he calls himself,
    but he is not in Hong Kong. I am to be returning to New York, but I will find
    him. Thank you for this mison -- It is what I want. I will succede for you and
    for Agent Navarre.
    Gunther Hermann
    
    
    
    From: PYin//UpNet.9384.7023
    To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    Subject: VersaLife
    
    The VersaLife situation has been corrected. All evidence of MJ12 involvement was
    removed prior to the building being demolished, effectively removing all
    secondary and tertiary evidence along with key compromised personnel. We have
    leaked items to the press implicating Denton and his associates and have
    received favorable feedback from our sources. Production of the Non-Eutactic
    Blade (NEB) has been only temporarily delayed and will be shifted to other
    technology centers with minimal impact to the overall schedule.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DOCK WORKER 1 & DOCK WORKER 2
    
    WORKER 1
    Haven't seen you in a week. Where you been?
    
    WORKER 2
    Ahhh... worker's comp. Messed up my hand while I was working on the sewer shut-
    off grate -- damn thing came down and nearly took off my whole arm.
    
    WORKER 1
    You gonna be all right?
    
    WORKER 2
    Yeah, 's okay. They told me they were gonna fix it. 'Course they waited till
    after I got hurt to do it.
    
    WORKER 1
    Ayuh, saw a bunch of folks working on that shed out back a few days ago, figure
    they must be tinkering with the control valve, sure enough.
    
    WORKER 2
    What's up with this place, anyway? On the way in some goon with a gun frisked me
    from head to toe, told me to watch my step.
    
    WORKER 1
    FEMA, sure. After they declared martial law, they came down on this place like
    they owned it. Shut off the sub pen, threatened to shoot anyone got close.
    
    WORKER 2
    Yeah, I saw 'em goose-stepping around back there. Christ. This place is going to
    hell in a hand-basket, real fast. Wonder what the union's got to say.
    
    WORKER 1
    Right now the union hain't got nothin' to say.
    
    WORKER 2
    Hey, I know my job. You want something else out of me, talk to the union.
    Place has turned into a military camp. You're gone one week, this is what
    happens.
    Look, you do what you have to do, I'll do what I have to do. I'm just saying I
    don't trust a bunch of guys with riot gear and guns.
    I ain't done nothing wrong, so just leave me alone, okay?
    If you're gonna bust my ass, I'm gonna quit right now.
    
    WORKER 1
    You supposed to be taking over 'round here?
    Don't mind me saying so, you can't be worse than the other guy... Simons, that's
    his name.
    Ayuh, I don't want to be getting anyone into trouble, but there's something
    about the man that just hain't trustworthy.
    Like what? Don't know, exactly. Got this way of talking, like he'd just as soon
    wring your neck if he didn't need you for the job.
    Strange tattoos -- kinda swim around under his skin. Hain't seen nothin' like
    it.
    Got work to do, sure enough.
    Check in with the front office, you need to know anything else.
    Look, I'm done jawing and I got five hours left on my shift.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: ASTON GREER
    TO: AGENT PAUL JENKINS
    
    Once on site you are to assume control of the Brooklyn Naval Shipyards security
    system and link with the FEMA presence already there. Login is "USFEMA" and
    password is "Security". When the task is completed, report to Simons.
    Aston Greer
    Director of Security, FEMA
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    From: Captain James Keene
    To: All Security Personnel
    Subject: Security Restrictions
    
    Until further notice, all access to the Advanced Submarine Facility (ASF) is
    restricted to FEMA and authorized security personnel only. Security should
    consider themselves on high alert. All entrances have been sealed and the codes
    will change daily: today's code is 0909. You will receive future codes from your
    direct supervisor. This code is not to be divulged to any individual who is not
    authorized security or FEMA.
    Captain James Keene
    Brooklyn Naval Shipyards
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DOCK WORKER 3
    
    WORKER 3
    You a supervisor? Whole place been turned upside down ever since they opened
    that sub pen.
    Yeah, I was there. Mister Multi-Trillionaire Bob Page was all smiling and
    cutting the ribbon, talking about how it was this big deal for New York.
    Next thing I know, Page is gone and a bunch of these FEMA troops are running the
    place. Say it's "military security."
    I don't know about military security. Last thing I saw dock there wasn't a sub,
    it was some big damned freighter. Chinese, maybe.
    You know anything about the bonus situation? I mean, we're working some long
    hours here.
    Um, if this is about last week, that was just a one-time thing, okay? Won't
    happen again.
    Damn, you people got anything better to do but look over our shoulders?
    I keep my mouth shut. I don't see anything. That what you want to hear?
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    You won't believe this, JC. There was a raid on Smuggler's. I just saw Gunther
    get into a copter on the roof and head back to UNATCO. I don't think Smuggler
    got out in time. Just thought you might want to know...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Try taking the elevator to the top of that crane. You might be able to get on
    the roof and enter the building through the air conditioning ducts.
    Good. One of these units will have a panel you can open. Crawl through ductwork
    into the building.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - BROOKLYN ASSEMBLY BUILDING AC SYSTEM
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    This is the main air-circulation fan. If you want to slip in this way, you
    should look for a maintenance hatch or follow the air vents out of this room,
    but be prepared for dangerous machinery and maintenance bots.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - NAVAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING AND SHIP
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Good work! Now watch for guards and find a way to get below decks.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SOLDIER
    
    SOLDIER
    You must be Denton. Come here, I've got something to tell you.
    They gave the ramp key to the foreman. I think his locker's just up the hall.
    Be careful in there.
    The FEMA people are on Red Alert. Don't ask me why.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    From: Captain James Keene
    To: Ensign Charles Warrent
    Subject: Security Restrictions
    
    Ensign Warrent,
    In the interests of security and for your own protection, regular patrols will
    guard the dock while the PRCS Wall Cloud is in port and the gangway for the Wall
    Cloud will be kept in its raised position. If you or your men need access to the
    Wall Cloud, the ramp can be lowered with the code 6655. It should go without
    saying that this code must not be shared or else disciplinary action could
    result. Please coordinate your men with the ranking FEMA security officer
    present.
    Captain James Keene
    Brooklyn Naval Shipyards
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: ASTON GREER
    TO: CAPTAIN JAMES KEENE
    
    Captain Keene:
    While the PRCS Wall Cloud is in port I fully expect your cooperation in adhering
    to FEMA security protocols. Due to the sensitive nature of the Wall Cloud's
    cargo, the ship will be in lock-down while docked and only the minimum necessary
    personnel given clearance at any time. Please contact the dock foreman with an
    access code for his people -- I trust you will oversee the operation and insure
    that he understands the necessity for these precautions.
    Aston Greer
    Director of Security, FEMA
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    You can sure tell the janitors haven't worked in a couple of days.
    I don't see why they don't just send all of us home.
    Don't mind the free paycheck, though.
    I should've brought a book.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    This is a heavily guarded building. Be prepared for resistance.
    There's the objective: the PRCS Wall Cloud. You should have no trouble slipping
    past the guards on the dock; they seem to be walking standard patrol routes.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC 1 & MECHANIC 2
    
    MECHANIC 1
    How's it goin'?
    Yeah, not much for us to do with management gone.
    I think we'll be next to get sent home.
    Whatever those guys from D.C. are doing on the ship, they don't want an
    audience.
    I think they're making a secret treaty with the Chinese.
    I called the newspaper myself, but no one called me back.
    
    MECHANIC 2
    Hey, you're the guy Vinny was talking about, Sandra's friend.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah...?
    
    MECHANIC 2
    We're one hundred percent behind you. We want to know what's happening on the
    ship.
    
    JC DENTON
    Me too.
    
    MECHANIC 2
    The code to the ramp is 6655. It's that easy, but watch out for the guys on
    night patrol.
    
    JC DENTON
    I will. Thanks.
    
    MECHANIC 1
    That's cool you know Vinny.
    I hope you find out what's going on.
    I think the special interests have control of FEMA.
    Something just isn't right. What's the emergency? Why's FEMA here?
    
    MECHANIC 2
    Good luck.
    A lot of foreign nationals up there, not sure why.
    I'd like to know why Walton Simons was here yesterday.
    Say hi to Sandra for me.
    Vinny's a lucky son-of-a-bitch.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Family Discovers New Species
    New World Press - New York
    
    The Caruthers family was enjoying a pleasant walk down a stretch of unremarkable
    SoCal beach when they encountered what may be a most remarkable scientific
    discovery.
    "It was my wife who spotted it first," said Dane Caruthers. "At first we thought
    it was a lizard that'd drowned and washed ashore, but it was too big -- it had
    this gigantic head and feathers on its arms, but it didn't look like any bird
    I'd ever seen. Then I thought it might be like one of those prehistoric fish
    that everyone thought was extinct, so I decided to call someone."
    The strange carcass eventually found its way to the Biology Department of the
    University of California, Los Angeles, where it was examined by Dr. Trey
    Hermann. "A preliminary study indicates that it doesn't really fit any of our
    current taxonomies," Dr. Hermann said. "It seems to have certain superficial
    characteristics of a seagull, but with a considerable number of other, more
    reptilian traits."
    The Caruthers family seemed to take it all in stride. "Though I have to admit I
    was a little excited when Dr. Hermann said they might name it after us," said
    Mr. Caruthers.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    The sewer leads straight to the water. You can reach the ship this way if you
    don't mind swimming.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    There is another way to find Everett. He has a mistress named Beth DuClare.
    Remember that name when you get to Paris.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    BLUEOS INSTALLATION LOG 19:55:33
    Compiling kernel v23.4a...
    Created kernel.
    Installing kernel!
    Installing kernel files to \system\bluekernel...
    ...copying vbluemod.kernel!
    ...copying vconnect.kernel!
    ...copying ispp33.yht!
    ...copying ispp56.yht!
    ...copying bluedrivers.interface!
    ...copying bluesecurity.kernel!
    Initializing bluesecurity "root" login.
    Default password: "reindeerflotilla".
    ...copying xholoarray.interface!
    ...copying xhardwire.interface!
    ...copying xsolo.interface!
    ...copying qazmod.kernel!
    Morphing kernel driver interface! /temp/morph
    Installing morphed interface to \system\bluekernel\interface...
    ...copying bluetranslut.6ty!
    ...copying tripodmod.ker
    *** SYSTEM FAILURE 00x627d8893 ***
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: INFORMED GUARD & NEW GUARD
    
    INFORMED GUARD
    Executive Order 10990. It lets us take over all modes of transportation.
    
    NEW GUARD
    FEMA can do that?
    
    INFORMED GUARD
    If the President declares an emergency. Executive Order 10995. We can take over
    the media.
    
    NEW GUARD
    All of it?
    
    INFORMED GUARD
    Any at all. Executive Order 10997. We can take command of natural resources.
    
    NEW GUARD
    So it's all legal.
    
    INFORMED GUARD
    The National Security Act also falls under our umbrella. And the Defense
    Production Act. If he plays his cards right, Walton Simons can pull off a
    bloodless coup.
    
    NEW GUARD
    All the better. Then we don't have to fight.
    
    INFORMED GUARD
    Exactly.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Doctor Liu,
    I'm afraid we've completely gone through all of our motion sickness medication -
    - if you could restock the lockers downstairs, that'd be great. I have a feeling
    this is going to be a rough outing. BTW, Song's been running around changing all
    the codes lately, so if you want to raise the bridge in engineering use 9753;
    Ewan
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Note to self: remember to tell Song that the new code she set for ops doesn't
    work -- the "4" button on the keypad is stuck and I don't have a replacement in
    stock -- so I changed it to 83353.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Song,
    You said you were going to rotate the security codes personally this time
    around, but you should check with the Captain -- I just changed his yesterday to
    65678. Not sure if he wants to keep it or what.
    Ewan
    
    
    
    CONTACT: WALTON SIMONS
    
    Captain Zhao. The helicopters will be there shortly. They are to be loaded for
    spraying of the virus. No delays. I want the helicopters operating before
    sunrise.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Remember login/password: KZhao, Captain
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Song: Before we arrive in port I want you to perform the normal code rotation,
    but revoke all access to the ship's armory and change the code to 71324. Tell no
    one; you and I will be the only ones with access. Simons is no better than a
    snake, and I question whether the crew would understand what I must do. You
    alone I can trust. - Zhao
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: Captain Kang Zhao, PRCS Wall Cloud
    TO: Walton Simons, FEMA
    SUBJECT: Status (Draft Text)
    
    We arrived at 18:27 today, three hours ahead of schedule. The modifications to
    the cargo bays have been completed as specified and the helicopters should begin
    loading within the hour. I trust your people will be careful with the cargo --
    the crew of this ship is still my responsibility.
    Be careful of my Ling; she is my responsibility as well.
    Captain Kang Zhao
    PRCS Wall Cloud
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Lin_Zhao//ChinaNet.09387.13639
    To: KZhao//ShipNet.466.2379
    Subject: daddy
    
    hi daddy I just wanted to see how you are doing. I am practicing my English can
    you tell? My teacher says I am almost the best in my class. when will you be
    back? Mommy told me she loves you and I love you too. Today Some nice men came
    to school to see me. They said they were your friends and if there was ever a
    problem they would come and get me so that i could see you. i told Mommy and she
    didn't seem to like that but I thought they were very nice. Mommy says you will
    be back soon and I can't wait to go to the museum again. I love you Daddy. Hug
    and kiss,
    Lin :>
    
    
    
    From: FGong//ChinaNet.00000.9034
    To: KZhao//ShipNet.466.2379
    Subject: A Matter for Discussion
    
    The Te-Wu have been most intrigued by your information regarding Walton Simons
    and the implied threats towards you and your family. The well-being of any one
    family is certainly the primary concern of the Chinese people and their chosen
    instruments. However, we are also troubled by your reluctance to appear for
    counseling and the apparent use of a registered Chinese freighter in a way that
    does not contribute to the communal good. We would hope that you have not made
    regrettable decisions in the absence of appropriate advice. Please contact us
    immediately so that we may discuss your involvement and the correct course of
    action for both yourself and your family.
    Comrade Advisor Fengyi Gong
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - SHIP LOWER DECKS
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUARD 1 & GUARD 2
    
    GUARD 1
    RX 84.
    
    GUARD 2
    Whats that?
    
    GUARD 1
    One of the plans. You havent heard of RX 84?
    
    GUARD 2
    Huh-uh.
    
    GUARD 1
    FEMA takes over the highways, police, airports, media, the Armed Forces.
    
    GUARD 2
    But they still report to the President, right?
    
    GUARD 1
    Not until the end of the emergency. Thats for efficiency. Also, they have plans
    on the books to arrest five million Americans the day the emergency is declared.
    
    GUARD 2
    Terrorists?
    
    GUARD 1
    Immigrants mostly, but also anyone the FBIs been watching.
    
    GUARD 2
    Think it will happen?
    
    GUARD 1
    If Simons gets the command, hell use RX 84. Hard to tell whats going on,
    though.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    This is the spot, JC. This is one of the Tri-hull weld points on the wall. You
    should be able to breech the inner hull with a GEP round or a LAM. When this one
    is opened there are four more you need to breech. Check Dowd's map for their
    locations.
    These are the bilge pumps. You need to turn them on then reverse the flow. There
    should be a switch nearby to turn on the pumps and the computer should allow you
    to reverse the flow.
    The bilge valves are open. Now just breach the last of the weld points.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Do not forget about Everett. I have located his mistress, Beth DuClare, but she
    is dead. The last living associate of the Illuminati leadership is the daughter,
    Nicolette DuClare. Ask Dowd about Nicolette. We need someone to take us to
    Everett...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ELECTRICIAN
    
    ELECTRICIAN
    You'll have to go around; we're rewiring this part of the ship.
    
    JC DENTON
    I won't get in the way.
    
    ELECTRICIAN
    The transformers are shorting out and I can't shut them down. A lot of charge in
    there. The overhead walkway is like the plate of a capacitator.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like a job for bots.
    
    ELECTRICIAN
    You said it; they don't pay me enough to go in there myself. I'm waiting on a
    couple more spiders; the first two have quit responding.
    
    JC DENTON
    I could take a look for you.
    
    ELECTRICIAN
    I wouldn't advise it. You'd have to shut down two power control panels, one of
    them under the floor. The guys in the operations room of the helicopter bay have
    been on my case -- their computers are fried -- but it's not worth the risk. No
    way.
    Arcs of electricity come off that thing like lightning.
    I can't be responsible if you get hurt.
    We have to shut down both control panels to kill the power.
    The bots'll be here any minute.
    Don't worry; I'll have it fixed by morning.
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 23
    
    There weren't many moves left. Jacob knew that. Most of the pawns had been taken
    off the board and his own queen lost. The game had entered its final phase, and
    now the question wasn't which piece to sacrifice -- they were all more or less
    expendable -- but when.
    He shined his flashlight throughout the rooms of the vacant house. It was a
    perfectly serviceable tract home somewhere in the suburbs where the sun
    occasionally shone. It looked like no one had lived there for ages, and that was
    true enough. Jacob just took care of the bills -- any paper trail ended at
    Hobb's Cemetery up state.
    In the attic he found the old water heater, cold now. He removed the top and
    felt along the edge for a nearly invisible strand of fishing line. Jacob hauled
    back on the line until he pulled a dripping plastic bag free of the murky tank.
    He took the flashlight between his teeth and opened the bag.
    Inside was a gun, a clean gun. Its serial numbers filed and the rifling
    scratched beyond any possible match. The bullets all reloads with blank copper
    casings. No fingerprints.
    Time for the next move.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Tran, Captain's changed all the damn codes again -- says we're going to do it
    every day we're in port. He's been awful nervous lately, and that makes me
    nervous, particularly when we're carrying a freighter full or whatever it is. At
    least we're getting a bonus for this trip. Anyways, today's code for the hangar
    is 4453.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    All weld points breached. The bilge valves are open. Get out of there; the ship
    will tear itself apart in 30 minutes. Jock will meet you at the dockyard.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ELECTRICIAN
    
    ELECTRICIAN
    She's breaking up!
    We're all gonna die!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    I show alarms active everywhere and bulkheads closing. Get out of there now. At
    the west end of the dock is a maintenance door to the air conditioning system. A
    ladder will take you into the ventilation channels. Jock is waiting on the roof.
    That does it. The ship is sinking. Jock is touching down on the roof and will
    take you to Stanton Dowd. Dowd has determined who engineered the virus.
    
    
    
    
    
    NYC - LOWER EAST SIDE CEMETERY
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I've dropped you at the main gate. No sign of danger. Talk to Dowd and then I'll
    pick you up.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GATE KEEPER
    
    GATE KEEPER
    Yes. What is it?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm here to meet with Dowd.
    
    GATE KEEPER
    Just a minute. I'll be right out to let you in.
    Mr. Dowd awaits you in the family mausoleum.
    The building that says "Dowd" on the front, on the western side of the cemetery.
    He is expecting you.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STANTON DOWD
    
    DOWD
    How'd you get in?
    
    JC DENTON
    The gatekeeper. How else?
    
    DOWD
    Strange... No one's supposed to be working this late. Did he say anything?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I took him out before he could say much. Better safe than sorry.
    
    DOWD
    Starting to think like us, huh? Be careful. Paranoia's a drug; you can get
    addicted.
    
    JC DENTON
    I have some good news. I scuttled the freighter and destroyed the stockpile of
    virus.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Not really. Think I should check it out?
    
    DOWD
    Oh, don't mind my paranoia. Occupational hazard. I'm sure he has his business.
    
    JC DENTON
    He seemed harmless. Anyway, I scuttled the freighter and destroyed the stockpile
    of plague virus.
    
    
    DOWD
    Excellent, my friend. We have them on the run.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I brought you something for that cough. Hope it works.
    
    DOWD
    Ambrosia... You found some.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    You sound pretty bad. I'm sorry, but... I didn't manage to retrieve any
    Ambrosia.
    
    DOWD
    No bother.
    
    
    JC DENTON
    Mr. Dowd, tell me something. Someone calling himself Daedalus has been
    broadcasting to my infolink. He wants me to go to Paris to find an associate of
    yours, Morgan Everett.
    
    DOWD
    Yes, yes... Everett. We need his help to develop a cure. Who is this Daedalus?
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't know... He seems to be an ally. But if your friend doesn't want to be
    found --
    
    DOWD
    At this stage, we might be out of options. You see, I was able to decipher the
    molecular signatures Tracer Tong found, and it turns out Everett was the one who
    developed the eutatic component of the virus.
    
    JC DENTON
    He developed the virus for the Illuminati?
    
    DOWD
    Not exactly. The work was on augmentations. It was Bob Page who wanted to
    develop it into a weapon. Tong found Page's signature on the virus as well.
    
    JC DENTON
    Page... the billionaire. How does he relate to Majestic 12?
    
    DOWD
    He was among the original group of Illuminati who broke off to form Majestic 12.
    Not so good at the science, though... he must be directing operations.
    
    JC DENTON
    So Everett should be able to reverse-engineer Page's modifications... and help
    find a cure.
    
    DOWD
    Exactly.
    
    JC DENTON
    Daedalus said I should find Nicolette DuClare first.
    
    DOWD
    Yes, Everett is close to the DuClares. My suggestion, too. Unfortunately, I've
    lost touch with the Paris crowd.
    
    JC DENTON
    How do I find Nicolette?
    
    DOWD
    She's a member of the French terrorist group Silhouette, last I heard. They're
    rumored to meet in the Paris catacombs.
    
    JC DENTON
    Great. I'll have Jock drop me off near the catacombs.
    
    DOWD
    I'll give you what I have on Nicolette. It's not much -- just a few snapshots of
    the catacombs area.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. I'm sure they will be helpful.
    
    DOWD
    Bob Page was Morgan Everett's protege, a good student but very impatient.
    When one of Page's plates was contaminated, he would smash everything in his
    cubicle with a ball-peen hammer.
    Should have guessed he would go bad.
    Page resisted the "degrees of Illuminism," as they were implemented. Never made
    it past "Master of Tyre."
    He would sleep through the Hatha Yoga exercises in the morning, so it became
    impossible for him to advance.
    With Majestic 12, from what I can tell, he's replaced the degrees with a
    hierarchy of security clearances -- same structure, only secular.
    He names the various clearances after angels, though. I find that ironic.
    A bright man. Understands the origins of loyalty. Advancement through the layers
    of secrecy provides incentives for recruits to perform well.
    Don't underestimate the allure of a well-kept secret. Our organization lasted
    from the Crusades to the early 21st century, and our only secret was a technique
    of meditation, a way of imaging your body dissolving into light.
    If you want to know about Page, ask Everett when you get to Paris. They were
    like father and son, once.
    You better get moving.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: TT//UnderNet.0924.243.886
    To: SDowd//UnderNet.4789.237.048
    Subject: Humble Request
    
    Mr. Dowd, I have long enjoyed our acquaintance and the many rewarding
    conversations we have had since first meeting. I must apologize, then, if what I
    now ask strays beyond the boundaries of that relationship, but I feel we are in
    a position to benefit not just each other, but to avert a terrible tragedy from
    befalling all the peoples of the world.
    I am sending an associate of mine to New York; I hope you will take the
    opportunity to meet with him. Through his efforts we have uncovered some clues
    to the nature of the "Gray Death" virus: it is artificially created, and appears
    to be connected to the Illuminati in some fashion -- or someone wishes us to
    believe that it is. Those responsible for the virus are delivering a shipment to
    New York aboard a superfreighter previously owned by you, currently registered
    as the "PRCS Wall Cloud." No doubt the virus will be used to infect thousands
    more in an effort to create fear and confusion.
    Any assistance you could give my associate and I in preventing the virus from
    being released will save untold lives.
    My most humble thanks, and I hope this will find you in good health.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Whoa! Big problem. Someone set up an EM disruption field -- my controls are all
    over the place. The source seems to be a small building just inside the cemetery
    gate. Take out the field generator or it's power source or I won't be able to
    land.
    JC, I'm coming in fast. LZ is hot so get to me as soon as you can. I'm going to
    be a sitting duck out here.
    Close one.
    
    JC DENTON
    Ready to head out? Dowd needs us to contact his associate in Paris.
    
    JOCK
    Everett, right...? The leader of the Illuminati. Bet he's not an easy man to
    find.
    
    JC DENTON
    Wait here while I look around.
    
    JOCK
    Make it fast.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's go.
    
    JOCK
    Ah, if only Paris wasn't under martial law. What a great city it used to be.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - DENFERT-ROCHEREAU
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Well, enjoy Paris. Sorry I couldn't get you any closer than this. Majestic 12
    troops have occupied the streets. Make your way down to the catacombs.
    Silhouette should have a hideout in one of the old tombs.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Construction of this building stopped during the crash of '46... Excuse me. It's
    been left to the bums.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    ACCORD DE CONTRAT
    
    This agreement is made between the party of the First Part (the "Investor") and
    the party of the Second Part (the "Contractor") to engage in a mutually
    beneficial business arrangement through the renovation of the property (the
    "Property") of a kind and type to be specified below...
    --
    This contract is useless, Renee -- now that the investors have backed out, I've
    had to lay off all 18 men -- until we can get backing, we'll just have to wait.
    Maintenance lift code: 4003
    Club La Porte de l'Enfer -- 21:30
    greasy green greasels greasy green greasels
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: AIMEE
    
    AIMEE
    I didn't know. How could I know?
    
    JC DENTON
    What's wrong?
    
    AIMEE
    I tried to stop them! I tried!
    
    JC DENTON
    Stop who?
    
    AIMEE
    Marbre, Monte, Mimi... It was the contamination! And those four greasels down
    there. 0001! Stupid, stupid, stupid password. That door should be LOCKED.
    
    JC DENTON
    Contamination and mutants... where?
    
    AIMEE
    The sewers. In the basement. I lost everybody, except for Michel...
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry to hear that.
    
    AIMEE
    Somebody should kill those ugly, those stinking, vicious... Oh! No, it's too
    dangerous. We've got to keep that door closed!
    Horrible! Horrible!
    ...forgive me...
    What? What was I doing?
    ...green greasy greasels... oh!
    Too dangerous...
    Michel is next... I know it!
    Everybody dead... DEAD! DEAD!
    And the crackdown, no food for anybody...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Man Who Was Thursday
    by G. K. Chesterton
    
    ..."Professor," he cried, "it is intolerable. Are you afraid of this man?"
    The Professor lifted his heavy lids, and gazed at Syme with large, wide-open,
    blue eyes of an almost ethereal honesty. "Yes, I am," he said mildly. "So are
    you."
    Syme was dumb for an instant. Then he rose to his feet erect, like an insulted
    man, and thrust the chair away from him.
    "Yes," he said in a voice indescribable, "you are right. I am afraid of him.
    Therefore I swear by God that I will seek out this man whom I fear until I find
    him, and strike him on the mouth. If heaven were his throne and the earth his
    footstool, I swear that I would pull him down."
    "How?" asked the staring Professor. "Why?"
    "Because I am afraid of him," said Syme; "and no man should leave in the
    universe anything of which he is afraid..."
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Picking up about a hundred rems of radiation...
    A greasel. Either MJ12 has been releasing transgenics into the sewers, or they
    had an escape at one of their laboratories.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ICARUS
    
    ICARUS
    I now have full access to your systems.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: AIMEE
    
    JC DENTON
    I took care of the greasels.
    
    AIMEE
    Oh?
    
    JC DENTON
    Nothing can bring back their victims, but rest assured: the threat is gone.
    
    AIMEE
    Hourra! My kitties! Now they can go out and play and not get eaten! And can you
    believe -- the guys with the rocket tubes were afraid.
    
    JC DENTON
    Rockets?
    
    AIMEE
    Oh, yes. The soldiers that use Building #14-- you know, across from the
    catacombs, the old entrance... Afraid of greasels!
    
    JC DENTON
    Bravery is not a function of firepower.
    
    AIMEE
    ...green greasy greasels... ha-ha!
    Did you hear that? It's going to be okay, little Michel.
    ...pretty kitty... pretty kitty...
    We're free! We're free!
    Nobody else cared about my little kitties.
    You're beautiful... a beautiful person!
    Oh! I'm so happy!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    This sewer shaft goes out to an enclosed compound where you can find an entrance
    to the catacombs.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Francois, the hacking attempt has been an unqualified success -- I've
    transferred all the funds that I managed to siphon from Metropolitan before the
    ice came down into a dummy account: number 2221969, password "dullbill". Let the
    other members of the cell know that these funds can be used for any projects
    that the Mayhem Comite may deem appropriate.
    -- Tandis Qu'ils Dorment, Nous Gagnerons
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TELEPHONE
    
    TELEPHONE
    I am right behind you, Mr. Denton.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who's this?
    
    TELEPHONE
    Soon I will be ahead of you, beside you -- I will be a part of everything in
    your world.
    
    JC DENTON
    Everything, huh? Is that God you're talking about -- or just a bunch of New Age
    crap?
    
    TELEPHONE
    Yes... a New Age. Too bad you will not be alive to see it.
    You are not a recognized user for this device.
    This account has been locked. Pending investigation.
    This line has been shut down by order of UNATCO.
    Awaiting authorization.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    DAILY ACTIVITY REPORT
    
    ...with the new government regulations it has become almost impossible to get
    any work done after sundown... the sound-mute bots will supposedly only attack
    known terrorists, but I do not trust them, and neither does anyone else. They
    all head home before dark. I stay and try to get a little work done so the
    American MIS woman gave me a passcode for the security system
    (rzelazny/shadowjack), but it is difficult to make any progress when no one is
    around to give me the information I need...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    In France, MJ12 is strong enough to operate in the open. They have blockaded
    this metro station.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ARMS DEALER (DEFOE)
    
    DEFOE
    Monsieur... over here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    DEFOE
    I have... something of interest. Rockets. Eh? Four for 5250. Three LAMs for
    6750. A recoil suppressor weapon modification, 1200. Good deal, eh?
    
    JC DENTON
    Those prices sound pretty steep.
    
    DEFOE
    The best I can do with the troops everywhere. They took over the mall where I
    meet my suppliers.
    
    (JC DENTON
    You mean the military guys in the metro station? I took care of them.)
    
    JC DENTON
    Turns out I'm not a friend of the current regime. Maybe I can help you out.
    
    DEFOE
    Who is? We all are suffering. I tell you this: if you remove the three soldiers
    from the metro station next to the mall -- never mind the dumb security bot they
    use -- I will owe you a favor. Until then, the prices remain.
    
    JC DENTON
    Pretty steep prices. I'll think about doing that "favor."
    Heard of a resistance group called Silhouette?
    
    DEFOE
    My primary market.
    
    JC DENTON
    I need to contact them. I've been told they have a hideout in the catacombs.
    
    DEFOE
    Not a good time for Silhouette. The government is cracking down.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah?
    
    DEFOE
    I saw commandos and troops going in the catacombs entrance across the street.
    They plan to occupy the entire network.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is Silhouette's bunker concealed?
    
    DEFOE
    Quite ingeniously, but a soldier will stumble into the secret door eventually.
    Anyway, can we make a deal?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    5250 for the rockets. Sounds good.
    
    DEFOE
    Not one of these is a dud. Defoe will not cheat you.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    How about the recoil suppressor for 1200.
    
    DEFOE
    Newest model of recoil suppressor, direct from the United Nations Anti-terrorist
    Coalition.
    
    JC DENTON
    How about that. I believe the UNATCO people will use the term "harmonic
    stabilizer."
    
    DEFOE
    Yes, they are good at making nice-sounding words.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    6750 for three LAMs would be reasonable -- if I had the cash.
    
    3.1
    DEFOE
    How unfortunate.
    
    3.2
    DEFOE
    You can trust Defoe. All merchanidise -- it is acquired through military
    channels.
    
    3.3
    DEFOE
    I get the picture, as you say.
    (Can we make a deal?)
    
    
    JC DENTON
    The crackdown must hurt business.
    
    DEFOE
    My customers are in a Roman tomb underground, waiting to be killed. Yes! It has
    hurt business!
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm working against the group that controls the French government. I want to
    help Silhouette. Tell me how to find the secret bunker.
    
    DEFOE
    You want to fight the entire French army?
    
    JC DENTON
    The troops you've seen aren't French. They belong to an international group
    called Majestic 12.
    
    DEFOE
    I have heard these rumors. Maybe it is true, and maybe you want to help
    Silhouette, but they trust me to keep their secret. What do you want to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    Pretty steep prices. I'll think about doing that "favor."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DEFOE
    
    JC DENTON
    I took out the troops in the station.
    
    DEFOE
    Yeah?
    
    JC DENTON
    They're dead. Now what about giving me a deal on some hardware.
    
    DEFOE
    Dead, eh? That could mean a lot of money for me -- and a discount for you. I
    will give you prices that are one-third of what I said before. No better deal
    anywhere.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the three LAMs for 2250.
    
    DEFOE
    You know how to use, yes? The activation switch will light up the red lights.
    Throw as far as you can, then get down!
    
    JC DENTON
    I think I understand.
    
    DEFOE
    I will bring you more -- next week.
    My friend in Switzerland, he buys in quantity.
    I wish I had other hardware to sell.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    At the foot of these steps is the entrance to the catacombs, originally
    limestone quarries dating back to Roman times.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Chad -- I've been down in the tunnels trying to work out where all the
    government people Voychek was talking about have set up shop... we're definitely
    going to have to be careful, though I don't think they've noticed us -- yet.
    Strange... lots of the gendarmes, but also some Americans... overheard several
    of them talking as if they worked for "MJ12," but I've got no idea who that
    might be...
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - CATACOMBS
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    The reports I am finding indicate a siege on the catacombs. MJ12 must be trying
    to drive Silhouette from their hideout.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MJ12 TROOP 1 & MJ12 TROOP 2
    
    TROOP 1
    Something creeps me out about Hela. I don't know...
    
    TROOP 2
    She's from High Command. They're all like that.
    
    TROOP 1
    I think she really gets off being down here. Have you seen the little nest she
    set up in the room with the pillars? The command post?
    
    TROOP 2
    She does seem to be in here element.
    
    TROOP 1
    ...curling up in her nest like a harpie...
    
    TROOP 2
    Man, I'll be glad to get out of here.
    
    TROOP 1
    Me too. I don't like tunnels. Always sounds like someone's sneaking up on you.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    You're entering one of the larger tombs. Almost six million exhumed bodies were
    moved to the catacombs as a health measure during the 1700s.
    You're close to the bunker where Silhouette has barricaded themselves. The
    leader's name is Chad. Strange... the area looks different than it does on my
    map. Some new construction. Maybe they've concealed themselves from Majestic 12.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SILHOUETTE MEMBER 1 & SILHOUETTE MEMBER 2
    
    S MEMBER 1
    You found the bunker!
    We can't let them discover our hideout.
    They have us backed into a corner.
    The soldiers have occupied the entire city -- and now the tunnels, too.
    There's nothing we can do against augmented commandos.
    
    S MEMBER 2
    Make sure they don't follow you!
    How did you find us?
    We are surrounded. We don't have much time.
    They are holding our comrades prisoner.
    We are not prepared to fight a war.
    We must assume the worst.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHILD (PIERRE)
    
    PIERRE
    Who are you?
    
    JC DENTON
    I came to help.
    
    PIERRE
    Majestic 12 took my mother prisoner.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Where?
    
    PIERRE
    Bunker 03. Chad has a key, but he says it's too dangerous to try to rescue her.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm on my way to see Chad right now. Maybe I can change his mind.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'm on my way to find her right now.
    
    PIERRE
    I hope she's okay.
    
    JC DENTON
    Me too.
    
    PIERRE
    I'm afraid.
    What if they kill her?
    I think we're next.
    (I hope they make it.)
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Catacombs Closed to Public
    Paris Investigateur
    
    The government announced today that the famous Paris Catacombs would be closed
    to the public until further notice, citing increased criminal activity and
    possible terrorist connections to the area. "The Catacombs have become a haven
    for any number of unseemly elements," said Inspector Gabily of the Metropolitan
    Police, "and we are taking all necessary steps to contain this threat to the
    peace and welfare of Paris citizens."
    The Catacombs are part of an extensive network of tunnels that mostly lie
    beneath the 5th, 6th, and 14th arrondissements, originally part of larger
    excavations undertaken by the Romans to remove valuable deposits of gypsum and
    limestone from the area. The Catacombs themselves date back to 1786 when bones
    were removed from the grossly overcrowded Cemetery of Innocents to be stored in
    the quarries of Mont-Rouge; since that time, innumerable additional burials have
    resulted in the vast ossuary that exists today.
    The publicly accessible sections of the Catacombs are only a small part of the
    complete tunnel system whose many entrances and exits have made it a popular
    diversion for cataphiles wishing to explore the underground history of the city.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHAD
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm JC Denton. You might know my brother Paul. I helped him send your group a
    warning about the crackdown.
    
    CHAD
    Denton... Yes, the satellite transmission. Saved us from la prison de Fresnes,
    at least.
    
    JC DENTON
    Pretty much a skeleton crew you have here. How long can your people hold off
    MJ12?
    
    CHAD
    We are not mercenaries. When the troopers moved into the crypts, half of my
    people retreated without firing a shot. Two of them took a wrong turn and were
    taken prisoner.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where?
    
    CHAD
    In Bunker 03, the tunnels behind the second blast door.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe I can help you out, in exchange for a small favor. I need to find
    Nicolette DuClare.
    
    CHAD
    Nicolette?.... What do you want with Nicolette?
    
    JC DENTON
    I need to contact some friends of her mother's.
    
    CHAD
    Ah, yes, Beth... a great woman. Nicolette is very secretive about her mother's
    friends. She tells us that they are wealthy and support our cause, but they have
    many enemies and need to be protected. I might be able to help you, but I must
    be certain of your loyalty.
    
    JC DENTON
    You have a right to be cautious. Just point me to Bunker 03.
    
    CHAD
    I have a key to the blast door, which is directly across from the hideout. And a
    map you might find useful. Get my people back, and I will put you in touch with
    Nicolette.
    It is unfortunate I cannot send someone with you.
    My people are simply not the best soldiers.
    We train teams to wire buildings with C4. They go in at night to avoid
    confrontation. In a straight fight against commandos... they just don't have the
    equipment or expertise.
    I can't bear to imagine what methods of interrogation Majestic 12 will use on my
    people.
    Silhouette is not a military group. Our attacks are symbolic, intended to
    influence the public.
    We publicize certain things, like the Statue of Liberty bombing. It's just so
    fitting that the American government would destroy the gift of freedom we gave
    your country almost 200 years ago -- and then try to blame it on us!
    The rhetoric in Washington has done more to defeat liberty than all the armies
    and police forces in the world.
    When government surveillance and intimidation is called "freedom from terrorism"
    or "liberation from crime," freedom and liberty have become words without
    meanings.
    I know Majestic 12; when they have learned what they can, they will execute
    every last one of the prisoners.
    This war all around us is being fought over the very meanings of words.
    Just as Bakhtin described the novel as a competition between various
    "languages," so we describe culture itself, which thrives upon convulsion and
    upheaval.
    Culture, by definition a shared territory of meaning, inspires conflicts far
    more destructive than any dispute over territory on the Earth's surface.
    Meaning does not exist a priori. It is order imposed by individuals with
    arsenals of communication devices.
    Every inscription, every utterance, every gesture seeks to dominate the plain of
    meaning.
    Real violence is only an extension of this process.
    In order to get our own message before the public, we too have been violent. We
    have even killed people.
    But it is the message -- the communication EVENT -- that we target, not a few
    human beings, or a building, or an historical landmark.
    If you expect to help my people, you should get moving.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Looks like a chance to take out a team of MJ12 troopers, but use your head. We
    don't want the hostages getting caught in the crossfire.
    Another WWII bunker. No sign of MJ12. Maybe it's vacant.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Agent Hela,
    We've added a login for you to the Catacombs security network; while still
    incomplete, it's being extended every day. We should have the majority of the
    tunnels completely wired within the next three months.
    Login: Hela
    Password: Ragnarok
    Again, I'm pleased to know that you and MJ12 will be working closely with us to
    eradicate the Silhouette infestation from Paris. Please update me on a daily
    basis with your surveillance reports and any additional items or information you
    may require.
    --
    Gabily
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM
    
    BUM
    Get out! I was here first!
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry... just looking around. Aren't you afraid of the commandos?
    
    BUM
    They better not come back here. I'm not moving again.
    
    JC DENTON
    Right. You tell them that.
    
    BUM
    At least I got away with something. Want a medkit? I stole three. Or what about
    these poison darts? 600 for a medkit, 200 for the darts. They moved me out to
    make room for military supplies.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe later.
    
    BUM
    Okay. So you want to buy something?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take a medkit for 600.
    (On second thought, forget it. I can't carry that right now.)
    
    BUM
    Good deal.
    I'm rich!
    Come back tomorrow. Maybe I can find something else.
    I wish I had brought more.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    The old catacombs exit is at the end of this passage, but it's been closed off
    for years due to cave-ins.
    Jock's picking up heat signatures of what look like troops. The MJ12 bunker must
    be nearby.
    MJ12 squads have set up a base camp in this old World War II bunker. This is
    probably where you'll find the hostages.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MJ12 TROOP
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    Two months and I make commando.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: ASTON GREER
    TO: AGENT MARI HELA
    
    Upon arrival in Paris you are to interface with Inspector Gabily of the
    Metropolitan Police, your operator for the duration of this mission. Aid Gabily
    in any way possible to eradicate lingering elements of either Silhouette or the
    Illuminati.
    Secondary priority is the acquisition of any information concerning the
    whereabouts of Morgan Everett, Tracer Tong, Alex Jacobson, or J.C. Denton; any
    such information is to be sent to Walton Simons directly and immediately. We
    have reason to believe that Denton may be traveling to Paris in an attempt to
    ally himself with the surviving Illuminati, a situation that should be prevented
    with all due prejudice.
    Aston Greer
    Director of Security, FEMA
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANNA & JUVEAU
    
    ANNA
    We have to get moving.
    Watch out for the commandos.
    I'll find my way back.
    
    JUVEAU
    Keep a lookout.
    Let's go!
    I'm heading back to base.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHAD
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I freed the hostages.
    
    CHAD
    Wonderful! Where are they?
    
    JC DENTON
    Both of them made it to the hideout safely. I made sure of it.
    
    CHAD
    Excellent. I cannot believe our good fortune.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I have some bad news.
    
    CHAD
    Are my people okay?
    
    JC DENTON
    Neither of them made it back alive.
    
    CHAD
    No! It can't be!
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm deeply sorry.
    
    CHAD
    No, do not apologize. You did your best. I'm sure you did your best.
    
    JC DENTON
    I wish there was something more I could do.
    
    CHAD
    Please, no more apologies. I appreciate the attempt, though it ended in tragedy.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    I freed the hostages.
    
    CHAD
    Wonderful! Where are they?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm afraid only one made it back. I saved as many as I could.
    
    CHAD
    How... many did we lose?
    
    JC DENTON
    They only had two of your people; one didn't make it. I did my best.
    
    CHAD
    Yes, of course. We should be grateful for those who lived.
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    I freed the hostages.
    
    CHAD
    Wonderful. Where are they?
    
    JC DENTON
    On their way. Don't worry; they'll make it.
    
    CHAD
    You took care of the guards?
    
    JC DENTON
    Trust me; your people will be all right.
    
    CHAD
    Yes... Yes, of course. Thank you so much.
    
    
    CHAD
    Now... You wanted to contact Nicolette.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes.
    
    CHAD
    You might catch her at Club La Porte de l'Enfer. I try to tell her it's not
    safe, but ever since her mother's assassination she has been careless. She goes
    out every night as though daring the assassins to show their faces.
    
    JC DENTON
    A Silhouette hangout?
    
    CHAD
    Among other things. But you can't get there at night. The roads are blocked.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about the tunnels?
    
    CHAD
    The catacombs do not go that far. You might try the sewers, though. They can be
    reached through the rear blast door.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is it locked?
    
    CHAD
    Unfortunately. MJ12 closed it before the raid; maybe you can find a key on one
    of the soldiers.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I already picked up that key. Thanks again for the help.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    The soldiers... Good idea. I haven't come across that key yet.
    
    
    CHAD
    Nicolette has been somewhat mysterious about her reasons for supporting us. I do
    not pretend to understand her.
    Through her mother's estate, she has provided Silhouette with immense amounts of
    funding.
    I am reluctant to believe her patronage is entirely benign.
    What inclines me to trust Nicolette, however, is that her mother's death six
    months ago -- we are fairly certain -- was the work of Majestic 12.
    My impression is that Nicolette supports us against Majestic 12 but that she
    will have her own agenda when the fighting is over.
    I wish Nicolette would be more sensible. She should find a place to hide and
    stay there.
    Beth DuClare was the only one of our wealthy supporters whom we referred to by
    name, and she was the one who got killed. We have learned to keep our mouths
    shut.
    
    
    
    1.
    CONVERSATION: SILHOUETTE MEMBER 1, SILHOUETTE MEMBER 2, PIERRE, ANNA & JUVEAU
    
    S MEMBER 1
    They've back!
    Silhouette may yet survive...
    You're a brave man.
    We are grateful.
    
    PIERRE
    You did it!
    Merci! Merci! Thank you, sir.
    I thought they were going to kill her.
    
    ANNA
    We made it!
    I can't find the words. All I can say is thank you.
    Now it is time to regroup.
    
    JUVEAU
    Thank you, sir. I owe you my life.
    They were going to execute us!
    I will get revenge.
    
    S MEMBER 2
    Thank you for saving our comrades.
    Now we have a chance.
    We salute your courage.
    We will not get caught by surprise again.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: SILHOUETTE MEMBER 1, SILHOUETTE MEMBER 2 & PIERRE
    
    S MEMBER 1
    I knew it! They're both dead!
    They slaughter us like rats!
    This is terrible!
    
    S MEMBER 2
    We must give up hope. They did not make it.
    This kind of loss is more than we ever expected.
    We must go on.
    You did your best.
    
    PIERRE
    (sobbing)
    ...Ma pauvre mre...
    
    
    
    3.
    CONVERSATION: SILHOUETTE MEMBER 1 & SILHOUETTE MEMBER 2
    
    S MEMBER 1
    The other one's dead. I'm sure of it.
    At least someone made it back alive.
    
    S MEMBER 2
    We can be thankful -- at least -- that one made it back alive.
    You did your best.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    This passage goes to the sewers. If you don't mind the sludge, you'll be able to
    get around the city without a metro pass.
    I think these tunnels connect to the sewers. You're going the right way.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - NEAR CHAMPS ELYSEES
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    These sewers can take you anywhere in the Champs-Elyses, where you will find
    the club. I just got an unexpected message from Jaime Reyes. He's at a cafe and
    wants to see you. He says it's urgent. The cafe address is #19.
    Above I'm showing MJ12 troops and the Paris police. Also some bots. The police
    won't bother you, but stay away from the troopers.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MJ12 TROOP 1 & MJ12 TROOP 2
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    An American?
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    UNATCO agent. Agent Hermann stopped by. He said we should shoot on sight.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    He looks German.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    Hermann?
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    No, the spy, Denton. How do they know he's in Paris?
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    UNATCO got Echelon IV back up. Trust me, they know where he is.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    They say Denton has a head full of secrets.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    Well, those secrets won't be very valuable splattered on the pavement.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Not sure what you might find in these buildings, but if you break-and-enter be
    prepared to deal with the Paris police.
    The government has restricted access to the metro. You'll have to get around on
    foot.
    You found the club, the only one to stay open during martial law. They've hiked
    up the cover, but you will have to pay if you want to find out if Nicolette is
    inside.
    That little building is a hostel. Lodging for backpackers.
    These flats go for about five thousand. Almost as bad as Hong Kong.
    Strange... I'm picking up infrared pulses. Why would a bakery need electronic
    security?
    A digital media store. Don't waste your money in those places. You can get
    anything you want for two credits on the black market in Asia.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: POLICE
    
    POLICE
    Clear the streets.
    The metro is closed until further notice.
    Remember to stay within your arrondissement after dark.
    The security bots have been given the faces of over one thousand terrorists. The
    city will not take responsibility for mistaken identity.
    You would be safest in your place of residence.
    We have asked business-owners to close down. Tonight is not the best night to
    enjoy Paris.
    Tourists must also obey security restrictions.
    Stay away of your surroundings at all times.
    The new government does not provide us with specific information to share with
    the public.
    We have been told only that the danger to the public today is high.
    New travel restrictions. Consult the papers.
    Sir, what is your business tonight?
    Keep moving.
    We have reports of terrorist activity. Stay inside.
    Only a few businesses are open. Not much to do tonight.
    Not a good night to be on the street.
    My advice: get a room and wait for morning.
    Some trouble with Silhouette... Stay out of public places, anywhere susceptible
    to terrorist attack.
    The security forces are for your protection.
    This building is being watched. You will be safe here.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Welcome to Paris, the City of Lights! This map will help to familiarize you with
    the Champs-Elyses, the spiritual and cultural heart of the city. During the day
    the Champs-Elyses is a bustling street of boutiques and government offices, but
    it is only at night that it comes truly alive, a place of cafes and clubs, of
    theatres and cabaret. While many visitors only see the glittering main avenue,
    those who are a bit more adventurous might venture off the beaten path and be
    rewarded with a taste of old Paris in the dark back streets and alleys away from
    the flashing lights and hustle of tourists...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LEONE
    
    JC DENTON
    Can I ask you a question?
    
    LEONE
    I am not paid to advise tourists.
    
    JC DENTON
    Take it easy. I just want to know if you've heard of Nicolette DuClare.
    
    LEONE
    I have no dealings with Miss DuClare. I sweep the streets. That is my life.
    
    JC DENTON
    But you know her? Where would she be this time of night?
    
    LEONE
    I don't have money to waste on that place. Number 13, Club La Porte de l'Enfer.
    Puh! A private club for rich phonies...
    
    JC DENTON
    Number 13... thanks.
    
    LEONE
    If you want Renault, he is in the bar at the hostel.
    
    JC DENTON
    Great. What would I want with Renault?
    
    LEONE
    You aren't who he was going to hire? The professional thief?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm flattered.
    
    LEONE
    Enough talk.
    I do not want to know about your business.
    My job was cleaning up the streets. Now I hide from the security forces.
    They still send the money every month, so I don't complain.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NIGHT MANAGER
    
    MANAGER
    Sorry -- all full tonight.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't need a room, but maybe you can help me find a member of the group
    Silhouette. Her name's Nicolette DuClare.
    
    MANAGER
    No. I know nothing about that. Leave me alone.
    I never heard of anything called Silhouette.
    I mind my own business.
    As you see, we rent a decent hotel, but we do not know everything about our
    tenants.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOTEL BARTENDER
    
    BARTENDER
    Can I help you?
    
    JC DENTON
    Who are those guys over there?
    
    BARTENDER
    A couple of thugs. Ignore them. What would you like? Wine is 120. Snacks are 5.
    
    JC DENTON
    Heard of Nicolette DuClare?
    
    BARTENDER
    Mmmm. No, I am sorry. Is she a guest of the hotel?
    
    JC DENTON
    A member of Silhouette.
    
    BARTENDER
    You want Club La Porte de l'Enfer. No revolutionaries here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where's that?
    
    BARTENDER
    Number 13, I believe.
    Yes?
    
    JC DENTON
    No revolutionaries? You must not mind martial law.
    
    BARTENDER
    The only way to maintain order.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't you miss using the metro?
    
    BARTENDER
    A small inconvenience. The city must be kept safe for those of us who are
    working and trying to pull the country out of this depression.
    
    JC DENTON
    What if I told you that the depression was caused by a cabal of wealthy
    businessmen who want to rule the world?
    
    BARTENDER
    These stories -- I hear them every day, always from someone who wants to blame
    other people for his bad luck.
    Yes?
    
    JC DENTON
    The conspiracy is real.
    
    BARTENDER
    And I bet you have a little booklet that will tell me all about it, no?
    
    JC DENTON
    They call themselves Majestic 12.
    
    BARTENDER
    Good. I was afraid you were going to tell me about the Illuminati.
    
    JC DENTON
    They were once part of the Illuminati, but they rebelled.
    
    BARTENDER
    Oh -- I see.
    Yes?
    
    JC DENTON
    A bottle of wine. Oh, wait a minute. I'm too loaded down to carry anything else.
    
    BARTENDER
    Why do you need so much junk?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll go through it. Maybe there's something I can get rid of.
    
    BARTENDER
    Yes?
    
    JC DENTON
    A bottle of wine.
    
    BARTENDER
    The house Cabernet, on special.
    Yes?
    
    JC DENTON
    A snack.
    
    BARTENDER
    The kitchen is close. Will a candy bar suffice?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    BARTENDER
    Yes?
    
    JC DENTON
    A snack.
    
    BARTENDER
    You must have -- how do you say? - a sweet tooth.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUY
    
    GUY
    Hello.
    Talk to Renault.
    Yeh, yeh...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RENAULT
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    You must be Renault.
    
    RENAULT
    So?
    
    JC DENTON
    I heard you're looking to hire a thief.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    How are the drinks here?
    
    RENAULT
    Great if you like rat piss.
    
    JC DENTON
    Never tried it.
    
    RENAULT
    You look like a smart guy. You want to make some money? Yes? I need to hire a
    thief.
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you want stolen?
    
    
    RENAULT
    The baker at Number 15 keeps zyme -- 100 percent pure -- in one of the ovens.
    
    (JC DENTON
    I already busted into that place.
    
    RENAULT
    Same deal. Fifty credits each vial.)
    
    JC DENTON
    What do I get if I help you?
    
    RENAULT
    Fifty credits each vial. The place has boobytraps. Otherwise, I would break in
    myself.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I don't deal in zyme.
    
    RENAULT
    A dirty business. I understand.
    
    JC DENTON
    Slavery. Addiction's another form of slavery.
    
    RENAULT
    Yes... of course. Your hands will not get dirty. Sixty-five credits, okay? The
    most I can offer.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't like your business. Period.
    
    RENAULT
    Guy -- we have a problem.
    
    GUY
    Fine. No deal. Go away.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't like your tone of voice.
    
    GUY
    Renault said: enough!
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'll check out the bakery.
    
    RENAULT
    Like I said, Building 15.
    
    JC DENTON
    Right.
    
    RENAULT
    The bakery is owned by Sicilians. This is how they do drop-off in the Champs-
    Elyses.
    I do not wish trouble with the mafia. Get there first, and avoid being seen.
    I will wait for you here.
    Speak.
    You begin to waste my time.
    Enough talk.
    
    GUY
    Always honor your promises.
    Be a professional.
    Renault will pay.
    We are trusting in your discretion.
    Leave us now.
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    Let me think about it.
    
    3.1
    RENAULT
    Speak.
    
    3.2
    RENAULT
    You begin to waste my time.
    
    3.3
    RENAULT
    Enough talk.)
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Bot Kills Three in Accidental Shooting
    APR - Paris, France
    
    Yves-Pierre Adrien, Dominique Vittet, and Marie Philibert were heading home from
    a late night on the town when they were gunned down in the street by a military
    robot that mistakenly identified them as terrorists. Since the institution of
    martial law in Paris, bots have regularly patrolled those areas with a high
    level of criminal activity, armed with a visual database profiling thousands of
    wanted terrorists, thieves, and drug dealers.
    "It was awful," said Kristi Amiel. A waitress at Enfant Terrible -- a nearby
    cafe where the trio had their last cup of coffee -- she was witness to the
    shooting. "The bot just kept shooting and shooting until all you could hear was
    an empty clicking sound, then one of the soldiers ran into the control station
    across the street trying to shut it down, but nothing happened. It just kept
    clicking... trying to shoot them again."
    Police Prefect Hubert Dupuy defended the practice during a news conference
    earlier today. "The bots are programmed to only use lethal force if the suspects
    resist arrest, and while these deaths are tragedies to be mourned, it in no way
    compromises the effectiveness of bots in keeping Parisians safe."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: POLICE
    
    POLICE
    It's happened again!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RENAULT
    
    JC DENTON
    I busted into the bakery.
    
    RENAULT
    Excellent. Now do we make a deal? Sixty-five apiece?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll make the trade.
    
    RENAULT
    Never mind the bartender; he is cool.
    
    JC DENTON
    Here, take it.
    
    RENAULT
    Good job. We must work together again when I will find out where they move the
    drop-off.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll be out of town, but thanks for the cash.
    
    RENAULT
    I like the soldiers everywhere. They make my business very profitable.
    Maybe you will change your mind.
    Too bad you will be leaving the city. We could develop a partnership.
    Remember: I always pay a fair price.
    Be careful of the local police.
    
    GUY
    The Sicilians... You are correct to wish to leave town.
    We are trusting in your discretion.
    Leave us now.
    Renault is grateful.
    A good piece of work. We respect that.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOTEL BARTENDER
    
    BARTENDER
    Thank you. It was time somebody stood up to Renault.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just a couple of petty dealers.
    
    BARTENDER
    In any case, I do not want criminals comfortable here. They scare away
    customers. How can I repay you for what you have done?
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't mention it.
    
    BARTENDER
    I know. You must be interested in weapons. I have nothing to give you, but in
    Building 11 there is an arms smuggler. He's out of town right now.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks for the tip. I hope business picks up.
    Never mind.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: HOTEL MAID
    
    HOTEL MAID
    Excusez-moi.
    I clean all the rooms every day.
    The front desk is downstairs.
    No danger of parasites.
    We have a bar, too, downstairs in the back.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Petals of Twilight
    by Charles Francois Guillermot
    
    ...And it is told that he made his way through their streets
    at night, crawling through their many windows and crouching in
    their gardens, moving
    through the sewers beneath their cobbled roads and
    slipping over their railings.
    Watched by their cats and the roosting pidgeons of their city,
    yet wary of their slumbering dogs, he went. They would not see
    him, nor wake as he drew near,
    but would only shudder, softly calling out the names of their
    gods in sleep.
    Restless, they tossed as he passed under the window like an errant lover fleeing
    dawn.
    And by morning light he was gone, away from that place, and
    moved on to another
    world.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ICARUS
    
    ICARUS
    Observe your motivations for breaking the arbitrary laws of the current
    government. Do not miss your chance to be one of us and create the new world
    order.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    I was at Porte de l'Enfer last night and managed to get some stupide American to
    buy me a drink, then peeked his code when he wasn't looking. Do me a favor, pull
    some cash from his account and get your petit ami to pick me up some zyme -- it
    is fabulous, the new thing from New York.
    004418,morbus13
    Bon sois!
    Anne
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Common Sense
    by Thomas Paine
    
    ...SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little
    or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have
    different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by
    wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our
    affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages
    intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a
    punisher.
    Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is
    but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer,
    or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a
    country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we
    furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of
    lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of
    paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly
    obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds
    it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the
    protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which
    in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    METROPOLITAN BANK OF PARIS
    1, rue d'Astore
    established 1834
    
    Dear Customer:
    A recent hacking attempt has made it necessary to change the passwords on a
    number of our accounts to insure the security of our patrons. Please note that
    your account has in no way been compromised; this is merely a precaution. If you
    have any questions, please feel to contact a Metropolitan Bank Customer Care
    Advocate.
    Account: 005133
    PIN: salem008
    Thank you,
    METROPOLITAN BANK
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RENE & O
    
    RENE
    Come with me to America.
    
    O
    Oh, Rene!
    
    RENE
    The pilot says I can bring one person.
    
    O
    The United States is no fun. What about the coup attempt?
    
    RENE
    Think about it, O. A small town in the Rocky Mountains. We would be together.
    
    O
    Oooo, yes, we could find the terrorists that attacked the White House. They
    could terrorize me, and you could help.
    
    RENE
    Be serious. The people are well-organized in the mountain states, and they are
    justified in attacking the government. We will go to the Northwest.
    
    O
    You better promise me some guerrillas, at least.
    What about your mother?
    
    RENE
    She is not prepared for the rugged life in the mountains.
    
    O
    And I am?!
    
    RENE
    We're young, O. We're ready to wrestle grizzly bears if we have to.
    
    O
    My dear, grizzly bears have been extinct for decades.
    
    RENE
    You know what I mean.
    
    O
    Always a romantic. You never let real life interfere with your plans.
    
    RENE
    It will be a test -- what you are always wanting -- a test of your love.
    
    O
    This is what would happen. Finding nothing but pinecones and snow in the
    mountains, we would take a bus to one of the cities and stand in line for
    sandwiches --
    
    RENE
    But O --
    
    O
    -- in the rain, unemployed and without a home, having chosen to emigrate during
    the worst economic disaster North America has ever known.
    
    RENE
    I already have work with the militia.
    
    O
    The what?
    
    RENE
    In America, the people have a long tradition of joining militias to keep their
    local communities safe and free.
    
    O
    You? A soldier! At your age!
    
    RENE
    I have been sipping my life away in cafes. I am going to plant my feet on the
    earth, hold a rifle to my chest, and dare any man to move me.
    
    O
    There you go. Now you are sounding like a man. And if I say no, you're going to
    drag me by the hair all the way across the Atlantic.
    
    RENE
    Yes! Yes, I will!
    
    O
    If you're looking for that crook with the weapons, he lives next door.
    Okay. Time for you to go.
    Leave us alone.
    
    RENE
    Hey, this is our apartment!
    S'il vous plait...
    I said get out!
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Eye of Argon
    by Jim Theis
    
    The weather beaten trail wound ahead into the dust racked climes of the baren
    land which dominates large portions of the Norgolian empire. Age worn hoof
    prints smothered by the sifting sands of time shone dully against the dust
    splattered crust of earth. The tireless sun cast its parching rays of
    incandescense from overhead, half way through its daily revolution. Small
    rodents scampered about, occupying themselves in the daily accomplishments of
    their dismal lives. Dust sprayed over three heaving mounts in blinding clouds,
    while they bore the burdonsome cargoes of their struggling overseers.
    "Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of hell, barbarian,"
    gasped the first soldier.
    "Only after you have kissed the fleeting stead of death, wretch!" returned
    Grignr...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    METROPOLITAN BANK OF PARIS
    1, rue d'Astore
    established 1834
    
    Dear Customer:
    A recent hacking attempt has made it necessary to change the passwords on a
    number of our accounts to insure the security of our patrons. Please note that
    your account has in no way been compromised; this is merely a precaution. If you
    have any questions, please feel free to contact a Metropolitan Bank Customer
    Care Advocate.
    Account: 002639
    PIN: aramis01
    Thank you,
    METROPOLITAN BANK
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    INTERPOL WANTED: J.C. Denton
    
    Interpol is currently seeking the whereabouts of a known terrorist J.C. Denton.
    Denton is wanted for a number of international crimes including theft, murder,
    money laundering, drug trafficking, and destruction of property. Denton was last
    believed to have been sighted in New York, but recent information indicates that
    he may currently be operating in Paris.
    Denton is approximately six feet tall, with silver facial tattoos and solid blue
    eyes -- the result of a rare genetic condition that he often conceals with a
    pair of sunglasses. Denton is extremely dangerous and should NOT be approached.
    Instead, if you believe you have seen him, contact your nearest police or
    security representative. There is currently a reward of c10,000 for information
    that leads to his capture or arrest.
    Interpol is also attempting to locate Alex Jacobson and Jaime Reyes for
    questioning in a number of related incidents. No descriptions are available at
    this time, but will be posted as they become available.
    
    
    
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    Curfew Hours Extended
    
    Due to a rise in criminal activity in the last week, curfew hours are now
    extended from 10PM to 6AM. Individuals found in violation of curfew may be
    punished with a fine of up to c5,000 and one year in jail. Patrolling bots are
    authorized to detain suspicious individuals as necessary, and residents are
    urged to respect instructions from a bot the same as they would a police
    representative.
    The Catacombs and all surrounding tunnels continue to remain off-limits to
    residents; any individual found in the Catacombs will be presumed to be engaged
    in felonious activities until proven otherwise. Police have been sanctioned to
    respond to such activities with lethal force if required.
    
    
    
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    Lies? TRUTH!
    Citizens of Paris, did you even turn in your sleep as your freedom was seized
    from you? Did you hear them when they told you it was done in your name? Or did
    you simply wake from your dream and never question the reality of your slavery?
    The City of Lights has been extinguished by Shadows. Our government has been
    taken from us. We live in fear of jack-booted troops and hulking, clanking tools
    of oppression, afraid to travel from one arrondissement to another. Where is the
    city of our dreams? The Pigalle has become the grave for our buried joy, the
    Champs-Elyses rings of nothing but the dirge of our forgotten hopes.
    We let this happen, we _all_ let this happen -- but it is not too late! We are
    free in our hearts and our minds, and it is there that true rebellion must
    begin. Look to those who would unify us only to enslave us. Look to those who
    would make us rich but rob our souls. Look to those who would protect our safety
    by stealing our liberty. Question everything. Believe nothing. Take action in
    the places they cannot see and they can never conquer us.
    SILHOUETTE, MINISTER OF TRUE LIES
    TANDIS QU'ILS DORMENT, NOUS GAGNERONS
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Police Raid Catacombs
    Paris Investigateur
    
    Earlier today the police raided the Catacombs, entering through Denfert-
    Rochereau, Port Royal, Trocadero, and a number of other, unidentified locations,
    in an attempt to round up elements of the terrorist group Silhouette. Sources
    within the Metropolitan Police Department indicated that since the institution
    of martial law the number of terrorist incidents has declined, but Silhouette
    still remains active in its so-called "Campaign of True Lies."
    "Far from being a harmless group of reactionaries, Silhouette presents a clear
    and ongoing threat to the public welfare," said Inspector Gabily, currently
    leading the case.
    Despite extensive surveillance prior to the raid, however, police found minimal
    evidence of Silhouette's presence, instead capturing a number of drug dealers,
    prostitutes, and other suspected criminals. "All in all, we consider the
    operation a success," insisted Gabily. "We've made a strong statement that Paris
    -- above or below -- will not be a haven to radicals and thieves."
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CAFE CHEF
    
    CAFE CHEF
    If you have a request, talk to my assistant, Raymond. He always seems to be
    looking for something to do.
    I am busy.
    They will serve you up front.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RAYMOND
    
    RAYMOND
    If you want a job, talk to Kristi.
    The chef already has an assistant: me.
    With business the way it is, because of the soldiers scaring everybody, we won't
    be hiring anybody soon.
    This is a very difficult job. Not for everyone.
    I don't think you would work out.
    The chef has exacting tastes.
    I must get back to work.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Coq au Vin
    
    1 chicken, cut into 9 pieces
    2 tbsp unsalted butter
    10 oz pearl onions, peeled
    4 slices bacon, cut into 10cm pieces
    1 tbsp flour
    3/4 cup of chicken stock
    1 bouquet garni
    2 cups of red wine
    1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    Salt and pepper, garlic
    Brown the chicken in the butter in a frying pan over moderate heat. Place
    chicken in a heavy casserole.
    Brown the onions and bacon in the frying pan and add to the chicken.
    Add the flour and stir well.
    Add stock, bouquet garni, wine, salt and pepper. Stir and pour over the chicken.
    Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
    Add the red wine vinegar. Degrease the sauce before serving.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CAFE HOSTESS (KRISTI)
    
    KRISTI
    What would you like? Everything ten credits.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    A soda, please.
    
    1.1
    KRISTI
    Sant.
    
    1.2
    KRISTI
    Did you change your mind?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry... no room. I can't carry anything else.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Have anything to eat?
    
    KRISTI
    This will be our only dish until the trucks start running again.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    At least one cafe stayed open during the crackdown.
    
    KRISTI
    We will never close, no matter what.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is there some kind of curfew?
    
    KRISTI
    Not yet, but the police programmed the bots to shoot anyone who leaves his
    arrondissement after dark.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for a friend, Nicolette DuClare.
    
    KRISTI
    A leader of Silhouette. A true patriot.
    
    JC DENTON
    Know where I might find her?
    
    KRISTI
    Where the criminals and students go at night, La Porte de l'Enfer, just across
    the street.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    This crackdown is the work of Majestic 12.
    (The police are just pawns of Majestic 12.)
    
    KRISTI
    You mean the European Union.
    
    JC DENTON
    They are a group of conspirators who have been seizing governments all over the
    world.
    
    KRISTI
    I don't care what they call themselves. I have seen it since I was a girl, the
    plotting and scheming of corporations to make Europe into one big country with
    no separate languages, cultures, or tastes.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's more than Europe they plan to unify.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    Somnolente Ile Scandal Resurfaces
    Paris Investigateur
    
    Accusations of cover-ups within President Bourges-Manoury's administration have
    recently appeared in several tabloid publications, linking key members of his
    Council of Ministers to the Somnolente Ile scandal that resulted in President
    Serra's exit from politics five years ago. Somnolente Ile, an exclusive resort
    in Cote d'Azur, was the site of a clandestine meeting between then President
    Serra and reputed members of the Zuganov crime family in an attempt to funnel
    almost three billion credits of tainted money through French banks.
    The deal was reportedly brokered by a cabal of major banking interests --
    including deceased financier Beth DuClare, though her involvement was never
    proved. Some sources went so far as to suggest that the entire meeting was the
    result of a plot hatched by the "Bilderbergs," a supposedly secret society
    formed of wealthy and powerful industrialists shortly after World War II.
    President Bourges-Manoury has dismissed the accusations as "ludicrous," calling
    such stories "the lowest example of irresponsible journalism" before refusing
    further comment.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JAIME REYES
    
    JAIME REYES
    Thought you could run for a weekend in Paris without me, huh?
    
    JC DENTON
    Call me nostalgic, but the nightlife seems to have lost its old charm.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Yes, but I didn't trust anyone else to deliver this warning, not even Alex or
    Tong.
    
    JC DENTON
    What happened at UNATCO?
    
    JAIME REYES
    They intercepted a message Alex sent to my home account, instructions on how to
    find him in Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    I hope the message was encrypted.
    
    JAIME REYES
    I destroyed my keystore. Tong is safe. But they've been tracking you with an IA
    program. They've sent Gunther to assassinate you in Paris.
    
    JC DENTON
    Icarus...
    
    JAIME REYES
    However, you don't have to find Gunther -- or any other mechanically augmented
    agent.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm prepared for a fight.
    
    JAIME REYES
    UNATCO never trusted its augmented agents. Any mech can be stopped in its tracks
    with a secret killphrase.
    
    JC DENTON
    Kill-somethings were standard issue, I gather.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Gunther's is "Laputan machine". Dug that out of the medical records before I
    left.
    
    JC DENTON
    Laputan machine. Easy enough. Thanks for looking out for me, staying at the
    agency and all.
    
    JAIME REYES
    Don't mention it.
    At the sound of your voice, 400 milliamps will discharge into Gunther's
    midbrain. Poof!
    I wasn't the only one who got purged. Carter's gone also.
    "Questionable loyalty." Can you believe that? CARTER?
    I think Simons was afraid he knew too much.
    All of the older guys were let go. Anyone with non-UNATCO experience.
    Carter told me he was going to contact Gary Savage of the X-51 researchers.
    I don't know how they know each other, but Carter said, "Savage is right; it's
    time to do something with Area 51."
    You know Carter, taciturn as ever. Who knows what he was talking about.
    I'm going to stay here until the soldiers calm down.
    I saw Gunther leave the club a few hours ago; I heard he was asking about you.
    Be careful, JC.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOSHUA, AGATHE & JON
    
    JOSHUA
    He's our son. We can't have him murdering people for this -- this -- Majestic
    12.
    
    AGATHE
    He's not a child anymore.
    
    JOSHUA
    This CULT.
    
    AGATHE
    At least he has a position. He's SAFE.
    
    JOSHUA
    Any organization with anonymous leadership...
    
    AGATHE
    They might control Europe for decades. Michel will have to survive somehow.
    
    JOSHUA
    I would rather he die with the rest of us.
    
    AGATHE
    Joshua!
    First and in your heart you are a father. How dare you let politics --
    
    JOSHUA
    I am a Frenchman.
    
    AGATHE
    You have abandoned your own son.
    
    JOSHUA
    Perhaps I want to take the metro to see my mother, yes? Should I forget Mother -
    - and my own freedom to travel -- so that Michel can have a small salary?
    
    AGATHE
    There are difficult times. I don't deny it...
    
    JOSHUA
    He and his new friends murdered the Loredans simply because the old man ran a
    journal. Next time, he will come to murder us.
    
    JC DENTON
    I couldn't help overhearing about your son.
    
    JOSHUA
    They have us, yes... Majestic 12, whoever they are... When you have the youth,
    you have everything.
    
    AGATHE
    Joshua, be careful. You don't know this man.
    
    JOSHUA
    I will not hide under a rock!
    
    JC DENTON
    You have nothing to fear. I would like to see the end of Majestic 12 as much as
    you would. I was just surprised to find a Parisian who has heard the name.
    
    JOSHUA
    Well... my son, you know. I learn what I can about him.
    
    JC DENTON
    What else have you found out?
    
    JOSHUA
    You are one of the revolutionaries, eh? Maybe you can do something with this:
    "streetstation17" and "werewolf" -- from a card in his wallet. I think it is the
    login for the guard shack up the street.
    
    AGATHE
    What about Michel? You'll get him killed.
    
    JOSHUA
    He was the one who wanted to be a soldier.
    That is what I know.
    I have helped you to kill my own son. It is that not enough?
    I said go!
    (I don't know you. Leave me alone.
    I am not in the mood for talking.
    What is your problem?)
    
    AGATHE
    You've done enough. Go.
    Oh, poor Michel...
    If you see him... tall, you know, dark hair... don't shoot. He's our child.
    I know they all look the same in those uniforms...
    
    JON
    Bonjour monsieur.
    Papa forbids me to talk to strangers.
    Leave me alone.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - NIGHTCLUB LA PORTE DE L'ENFER
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    La Porte de l'Enfer. Resistance members aren't the only ones fond of the
    discrete staff and plentiful shadows. Watch your back.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LOUIS
    
    LOUIS
    Three hundred credits.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Here you go.
    
    LOUIS
    He is the key. It will be valid for this evening only.
    We are forced to let anybody in, because business is so slow.
    Next time you might not be so lucky.
    I am tired of seeing your face.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    No thanks.
    
    LOUIS
    You are not our first choice of customer, either.
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: LOUIS
    
    LOUIS
    Get out!
    What are you doing?
    Out! I mean it!
    You like the nurse, eh?
    
    JC DENTON
    The nurse on the platform? She's all right.
    
    LOUIS
    You stay away from her. Camille is a good woman.
    
    JC DENTON
    What am I, then? Bad?
    
    LOUIS
    You sneak into places you don't belong without paying. Eh? Am I right? A
    criminal! Give me the 300 credits or I call the police!
    (You sneaky swine. Pay the three-hundred credit cover or I will report you to
    the police.)
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Please accept my apology. Here you are.
    
    LOUIS
    I spit on your apology, but I will accept your money. Do not try that again.
    You think you're so smart.
    Ha! You will get yourself killed!
    Go!
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Make me.
    
    LOUIS
    No! You -- you will pay! I will make you pay!)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CLUB SECURITY
    
    CLUB SECURITY
    Please keep your weapons concealed.
    Obey the rules and enjoy yourself.
    No fighting.
    Get a drink, relax, and enjoy yourself.
    The people who come here prefer to be left alone.
    Mr. Tarot asks that I do not talk to guests.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JEAN
    
    JEAN
    Qu'est-ce que je vous sers?
    
    JC DENTON
    Thin crowd. Has martial law hurt business?
    
    JEAN
    Hurt business? HURT BUSINESS? You can't even get on the metro. How can you get
    to the club without the metro?
    
    JC DENTON
    I came through the catacombs.
    
    JEAN
    Oui! Oui! The only way is to crawl on your belly like a stinking rat. That's all
    we get: stinking rats!
    
    JC DENTON
    Silhouette members, you mean.
    
    JEAN
    Rats! And the Gestapo! And THEY want free drinks!
    
    JC DENTON
    Gestapo?
    
    JEAN
    Not French soldiers. Some of them don't even speak French!
    
    JC DENTON
    The troops at the metro?
    
    JEAN
    Oui! There was a coup. We see the President only on video recording, and sweat
    is dripping from his mustache because -- it is obvious -- someone is pointing a
    gun at his head!
    
    JC DENTON
    You might be right about that.
    (Never mind.)
    Ten credits' worth of food.
    
    JEAN
    Ten credits of nanite-enriched chocolate.
    
    JC DENTON
    The best wine you've got for 120.
    
    JEAN
    This is what we have.
    
    (JEAN
    What is the matter?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sorry... no room. I can't carry anything else.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ARTHUR
    
    ARTHUR
    Pretty lady, eh?
    I love this place!
    Get down!
    Go, cat, go!
    Yeah!
    A nurse!
    Loosen up...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: KATARINA
    
    KATARINA
    Pissy night, huh?
    This place used to be a party.
    People don't go out anymore. Even my friends in the Champs Elyses.
    The coup is such a drag.
    There's nothing to do anymore.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NURSE DANCER CAMILLE
    
    CAMILLE
    Hi, baby. What's your name?
    
    JC DENTON
    JC.
    
    CAMILLE
    Mmmm. Mysterious. Want to know my initials?
    
    JC DENTON
    How 'bout you tell me something about the people who come here.
    
    CAMILLE
    Anything you like, cutie. Twenty credits.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Okay.
    
    CAMILLE
    So who do you want to find?
    
    JC DENTON
    What can you tell me about Nicolette DuClare?
    
    CAMILLE
    I see now. You are in love. You poor man. She has already given her heart to one
    of the revolutionaries.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not in love. Could you tell me if she's here?
    
    CAMILLE
    You have a look, yes, a tough-guy look, but you cannot compare to a real
    revolutionary. They have their own private society upstairs. You will be happier
    down here. Another twenty credits?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry.
    
    CAMILLE
    Change your mind? Have that twenty credits?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    
    CAMILLE
    I can tell you about Antoine, the thief.
    
    JC DENTON
    Go ahead. Should I be keeping an eye on my credit chits?
    
    CAMILLE
    He pretends to be a big-time smuggler, but really he just steals things from the
    augmentation clinic where his mother works.
    
    JC DENTON
    Everyone's got to start somewhere, I guess.
    
    CAMILLE
    You will find him lurking in a dark corner. I bet he will try to sell you
    something. Am I telling you what you want to know? Can I have another twenty
    credits?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    CAMILLE
    Who next... Jocques, the accountant?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not picky. Tell me about Jocques.
    
    CAMILLE
    He grew up here in the Champs-Elyses. He knows everybody. If you're looking for
    a particular person...
    
    JC DENTON
    Where do I find him?
    
    CAMILLE
    He is in the office behind the south bar. What do you say? Another twenty
    credits?
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    CAMILLE
    This time I tell you about myself.
    
    JC DENTON
    Okay...
    
    CAMILLE
    My name is Camille. I'm a writer.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah? What are you doing in a place like this?
    
    CAMILLE
    I'm working on a novel. If I dress up like a nurse twice a week, I make enough
    money to write the other five days.
    
    JC DENTON
    Not bad...
    
    CAMILLE
    Funny how the traffic of credits brings our dreams and fantasies to life; every
    transaction is like a small prayer... If so many men have a thing for nurses,
    you can be sure someone will be standing right where I am, collecting the
    offerings.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well, I was buying information.
    
    CAMILLE
    Sure, baby, if you say so. But if my novel ever gets published -- that would be
    four hundred pages of pure information -- think you would put down the ten
    credits to get it?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm not much into books.
    
    CAMILLE
    You have to share...
    I must amuse the others now.
    Come again! Same time next week...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ANTOINE
    
    ANTOINE
    Hello. Tough guy.
    
    JC DENTON
    You talking to me?
    
    ANTOINE
    You use bioelectric devices, yes? Manufacture steroids in your muscles?
    
    JC DENTON
    Nothing as crude as that.
    
    ANTOINE
    But, yes, you would be interested in a bioelectric cell for 250 credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    No thanks.
    
    ANTOINE
    Yes! You are interested! One bioelectric cell, 250 credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take one.
    
    ANTOINE
    You want more, ask for me, Antoine.
    Another bioelectric cell? 250 credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take one.
    (I can't carry anything else. Hold on, I'll go through my junk.)
    
    ANTOINE
    Everyone needs batteries, yes?
    Another bioelectric cell? 250 credits.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take one.
    
    ANTOINE
    Very good.
    Sorry -- I am out of energy devices.
    Come back again in a few days.
    I am always sitting right here.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CHARLOTTE & ANNETTE
    
    CHARLOTTE
    Chad's dead.
    
    ANNETTE
    No...
    
    CHARLOTTE
    The police are making a clean sweep through the catacombs. He can't hide.
    
    ANNETTE
    Silhouette knows what to do in these situations.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    I told him this would happen, but he would not let go of his Voltaire delusions.
    
    ANNETTE
    Maybe he IS a Voltaire. We don't know.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    WAS Voltaire.
    
    ANNETTE
    Chad knows exactly what he is doing. He will be a great hero in French history.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    A martyr, maybe, not a philosophe.
    
    ANNETTE
    He's quoted all over the world.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    Slogans, antics, no Contrat social.
    
    ANNETTE
    Ideas take many forms.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    He recycles the past. It is nothing special to be a reactionary who tries to
    revive the same old rhetoric.
    
    ANNETTE
    Political freedom is "rhetoric?"
    
    CHARLOTTE
    A necessary deception of the industrial age.
    
    ANNETTE
    A realization, rather, of the value of human life.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    Human life was valuable only in one sense. Suddenly any person was a unit of
    labor in the factory system, roughly equivalent to all others, and was therefore
    a transferable resource.
    
    ANNETTE
    It was the greatest age this planet has ever seen. The age of invention, of
    self-reliance, of the individual artist.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    And transferable resources must be free to move about, in response to market
    forces. That's "freedom." Now that most people don't produce anything of value -
    -
    
    ANNETTE
    We're talking about the inherent worth of an individual, not economic utility.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    Now that only a few people create wealth -- the scientists, engineers, bankers,
    and so on -- we require an arrangement of the few over the inert mass the rest
    of us have become.
    
    ANNETTE
    A nation's government does not have to bow down beneath economic laws.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    That is where we differ. I believe the evolution is always in that direction.
    
    JC DENTON
    I have some good news for both of you. Chad's alive.
    
    ANNETTE
    You've seen him? Where? Is he okay?
    
    CHARLOTTE
    An American accent... What business do you have with Silhouette?
    
    JC DENTON
    My business is with the terrorists who control the French government. They're
    planning the same in my own country.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    What would L'Arme De Terre want with America?
    
    JC DENTON
    The French army had nothing to do with the coup. It was an international
    paramilitary group called Majestic 12.
    
    ANNETTE
    What about Chad? How is he?
    
    JC DENTON
    His hideout is secure. I'm going to meet up with a friend of his named Nicolette
    DuClare. She can lead me to a powerful enemy of the conspirators.
    
    1.
    ANNETTE
    Nicolette -- oh, yeah, she's here. She --
    
    CHARLOTTE
    She does not want to be found.
    
    JC DENTON
    You know her?
    
    CHARLOTTE
    She realizes how foolish is to antagonize the government and has gone into
    hiding.
    Nicolette is in enough trouble as it is.
    Leave us alone.
    
    ANNETTE
    My friend is right. Nicolette told us not to trust anyone.
    I'm sorry.
    
    2.
    ANNETTE
    You know Nicolette?
    
    JC DENTON
    Her friend has arranged for me to meet her.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    You will only get yourself arrested. Stay away from Miss DuClare.
    
    ANNETTE
    You're serious about the conspiracy, huh?
    I still think it's just the military.
    You'd better not get Nicolette in trouble with the authorities.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    I cannot believe she would trust you.
    You must be lying.
    Leave us alone.
    
    (ANNETTE
    How rude!
    Leave me alone!
    I am not afraid of you.
    
    CHARLOTTE
    Stay away from me!
    Don't make me call security!
    I said leave me alone.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MICHELLE
    
    MICHELLE
    What will it be? A snack for 10 credits, wine for 120.
    
    JC DENTON
    Know the name Nicolette DuClare?
    
    MICHELLE
    What do you want with Miss DuClare?
    
    JC DENTON
    A private matter.
    
    MICHELLE
    This club has good security. You try something, you won't be arrested. You will
    be dead.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm a friend of hers.
    
    MICHELLE
    She would have told me to expect you.
    
    JC DENTON
    What do you think of Silhouette?
    
    MICHELLE
    They have the right idea, but they are weak.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do they have much popular support?
    
    MICHELLE
    The people are ready to fight. Foreign troops go down the street every day, not
    even afraid of being seen.
    
    JC DENTON
    The group that has occupied the chancellerie is called Majestic 12. They control
    the United Nations and plot against other governments as well.
    
    MICHELLE
    What we need is an army. Silhouette should be organizing resistance, not
    spreading around slogans everybody already agrees with.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    A bottle of wine.
    
    MICHELLE
    Tenez.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    A snack.
    
    2.1
    MICHELLE
    Bon appetit.
    
    2.2
    MICHELLE
    Certainly.
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    Never mind.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JACQUES
    
    JC DENTON
    You work here?
    
    JACQUES
    The bartender will help you. I am the accountant.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just a few questions. Have you heard of Silhouette?
    
    JACQUES
    So... you're in that game. Don't say a word; I don't want to know. But for 1,000
    credits I'll give you the address of an arms smuggler who is out of town. Do you
    need guns?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Okay.
    
    JACQUES
    His apartment is down the street, Building 11.
    
    JC DENTON
    Does he have security?
    
    JACQUES
    Of course. But it will be worth it. Trust me.
    I am your man.
    No more talking.
    What we do not know about you, we cannot tell the authorities.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    No way.
    
    JACQUES
    Talk to me again. I am our man.
    Change your mind? You have 1,000 credits to learn the location of the most
    advanced weapons?
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    New storeroom code is 1966 -- make sure not to sample any of the absinthe this
    time, eh? I will be checking the bottles. -- Louis
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CASSANDRA
    
    CASSANDRA
    Have a light?
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't smoke.
    
    CASSANDRA
    What's your name?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm a little busy right now.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Hey, can I ask a favor? I'm out of money. Have any spare chits?
    
    JC DENTON
    How does someone with no money get into a club with a 300-credit cover charge?
    
    CASSANDRA
    My friends work here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Then you must know all about the place.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Oh, yes, I used to work in the office. I could tell you anything. How about 200
    credits? I could give you the code to the saferoom.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    CASSANDRA
    It's just a little room with a keypad back where the offices are. The code's
    1966.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    CASSANDRA
    They never change the code. Idiots.
    As far as I'm concerned, this place could burn down.
    They said I was stealing, which isn't true. Everybody else was doing exactly the
    same thing.
    They pay you NOTHING to work here. You can't even LIVE on it.
    I hope Mr. Tarot tries to throw me out. I'd like to see him try!
    Great jacket. Trs chic.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Sorry.
    
    3.
    JC DENTON
    See you around.
    
    2-3.1
    CASSANDRA
    It would be worth it. Trust me.
    Come on. 200 credits. You will find much more than that in the saferoom.
    
    4.
    JC DENTON
    What about Nicolette DuClare? Know her?
    
    CASSANDRA
    I don't want to get mixed up in any of that. I stay out of other people's
    business.
    
    JC DENTON
    Mixed up in what?
    
    CASSANDRA
    You know, how they used to steal sunglasses from the street cops or run by with
    scissors and cut off their ties? That kind of thing -- always calling attention
    to themselves.
    
    JC DENTON
    You mean, Silhouette? I think they were trying to save Paris from exactly what's
    going on right now.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Funny way of doing it. And pretty dangerous. Once people know who you are, you
    can be killed, just like that. Just like Nicolette's mother. Enough! I'm not
    saying her name again.
    
    5.
    JC DENTON
    Already been there.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Are you sure?
    
    JC DENTON
    I broke in myself. Looks like that code isn't gonna be as valuable as you
    thought.
    
    CASSANDRA
    Oh, great. I really hit bottom this time. That was my last chance to make any
    cash. I hope you're happy.
    
    JC DENTON
    Maybe you should try getting a job.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: KARA
    
    KARA
    I know the bathroom is unisex, but just wait a minute, will you?
    Oh!
    This is shameful! I will bring it up to Mr. Tarot personally.
    Do you find yourself amusing?
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAMI
    
    SAMI
    Uhhh...
    Je suis malade. Je suis pileptique.
    Laissez-moi tranquille.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CLUB OWNER (KIERGARD TAROT)
    
    TAROT
    Everything is satisfactory, I trust?
    We remodeled the upstairs, you may have noticed. Many customers wanted quiet
    areas where they could talk.
    I think I finally struck the perfect balance between the Dionysian and
    Apollonian. What do you think?
    We get a rather iconoclastic crowd these days. The place does not fill up until
    very late.
    I should be getting back to my duties. Pleasure to meet you.
    Have a good time.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: KARENNA
    
    KARENNA
    Claude? Oh, sorry, my mistake.
    Claude was a friend of mine. Silly of me... I still think I see him sometimes.
    He got shot by one of the guards here. They've started using real ammunition.
    It was a mistake. These other people were fighting, and Claude just wanted to
    get away.
    He had this tough-guy look; the guards just assumed...
    You should be careful, too.
    Everybody is very tense these days.
    They think anybody who looks a little funny is a terrorist.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: YOUNG WOMAN
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm looking for Nicolette DuClare.
    
    WOMAN
    So?
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you know her?
    
    WOMAN
    I know her name. I know that her mother called her "Angel."
    
    JC DENTON
    You know her mother? It's a friend of her mother's I need to find.
    
    WOMAN
    Angel... That would make her a fallen angel now, wouldn't it? You must be after
    Everett.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, Morgan Everett. How did you guess?
    
    WOMAN
    What makes you think Nicolette would betray one of her mother's closest friends?
    
    JC DENTON
    I helped her friends from Silhouette. Chad will vouch for me. I'm after the
    people who murdered her mother.
    
    WOMAN
    You are an assassin or something?
    
    JC DENTON
    When necessary.
    
    WOMAN
    Go out behind the club. I will talk to Nicolette and perhaps she will meet you
    there.
    She will insist that you meet her alone.
    If you are lying, she will not hesitate to kill you.
    Out back. Five minutes.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - NEAR CHAMPS ELYSEES
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
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    CONVERSATION: JOCK & NICOLETTE DUCLARE
    
    JOCK
    See if your friend's ready to go.
    
    JC DENTON
    She decided not to show?
    
    NICOLETTE
    I am Nicolette. I will help you simply to make trouble for Majestic 12. It's
    true: they killed my mother.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you know why?
    
    NICOLETTE
    She was an Illuminatus. The only people MJ12 has ever feared are the Illuminati.
    
    JC DENTON
    Stanton Dowd said they had fallen from power.
    
    NICOLETTE
    How do you know Dowd?
    
    JC DENTON
    I met him in New York.
    
    NICOLETTE
    A trusted friend of my mother's. Yes, the Illuminati are wiped out, but Page
    still fears Morgan Everett.
    
    JC DENTON
    Where do we find him?
    
    NICOLETTE
    One of my mother's many secrets. We'll have to look for clues at my family's
    chateau.
    
    JC DENTON
    How does Everett threaten Bob Page?
    
    NICOLETTE
    Page was an Illuminatus. For him, intellect is the foundation of power, and that
    would make Everett his most dangerous rival.
    
    JC DENTON
    But Everett's the one in hiding.
    
    NICOLETTE
    Both the Illuminati and MJ12 believe that the most intelligent or "enlightened"
    human being will inevitably gain power, ultimately seizing the eye in the
    pyramid and creating the world for everyone else. Kind of secularized version of
    Natural Law.
    
    JC DENTON
    Page has a trained army to protect him.
    
    NICOLETTE
    He is still vulnerable. Much of his power comes from secret laboratories,
    meaning the right person could reverse-engineer his whole power-base.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's hope you're right -- and that Everett is everything you say he is.
    Wait by the chopper. I'm not quite ready to leave.
    
    NICOLETTE
    We don't have all night.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll be quick.
    
    JOCK
    I think Nicolette's getting impatient.
    Get Nicolette and I'll take you to her mother's chateau.
    
    NICOLETTE
    Ready?
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's go.
    
    NICOLETTE
    You trust the guy in the helicopter?
    
    JC DENTON
    That's Jock. Don't worry; he hasn't let me down yet. Come on.
    
    NICOLETTE
    It won't be easy to find Everett. Secrecy is a matter of life and death for the
    Illuminati.
    I haven't been home since the assassination six months ago. I have no idea what
    to expect.
    Your friend looks impatient. Let's go.
    
    JOCK
    Let's hit it!
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - CHATEAU DUCLARE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NICOLETTE DUCLARE & TRACER TONG
    
    NICOLETTE
    I had not wanted to see this place again.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why not?
    
    NICOLETTE
    I was afraid it would be like this -- the same. Not a stone out of place.
    
    JC DENTON
    You would rather that Majestic 12 had burned it down?
    
    NICOLETTE
    I would rather... No, let's go. Only in novels do places crumble to dust for no
    reason, when their spirit is lost.
    
    JC DENTON
    Your mother?
    
    NICOLETTE
    Lead the way. I no longer have a key. We must find my mother's secret computer
    room, where she did all her work, a place she kept hidden even from me.
    I good place to start would be my mom's bedroom, upstairs.
    My mother and I were no longer speaking at the time of her death.
    I left home because she and her Illuminati cronies were always pushing me into
    things.
    I was a rotten student, but that didn't stop them from getting me enrolled at La
    Sorbonne.
    I was a stand-in for the world they never got to take over.
    Some conspiracy, huh? They couldn't even control little Nicolette.
    This place sure is quiet.
    Right to the very end, my mother believed they were going to stitch the group
    back together and rule the world.
    Pitiful, if you think about it, like a senile old lady, filling her house with
    the unopened boxes from mail-order sweepstakes.
    But my mother was remarkable in her own way. I overheard her tell Everett one
    night that she had calculated Majestic 12's private key.
    Right here where I grew up, she was tracking a global conspiracy and trying to
    do something about it.
    She had a secret computer room, some kind of monitoring station. I heard her
    talk about it, but I never found the entrance.
    Even when we were on bad terms, I continued to deliver money to Silhouette,
    because I knew how important they were to my mother's plans.
    I also wanted to help Chad. A group like Silhouette has a lot to gain from an
    alliance with the Illuminati -- in the short term.
    In the long term -- Well, if my mother had been successful, we would be trying
    to stop the Illuminati right now instead of Majestic 12.
    Where now?
    Dull place to grow up, huh?
    I'm so glad I moved to the city.
    You lead.
    Crazy... I lost my virginity out here. I believe Mom was out conspiring to get
    me into La Sorbonne at the time.
    Mom hated this maze.
    We inherited this thing from one of the former owners.
    
    TONG
    Several different families are buried here, going back to the original builder,
    a French merchant of the 19th century.
    I'm pulling up the floorplan... an old summer home built during the Third
    Republic. It's been vacant since Miss DuClare's assassination. Hopefully these
    elegant rooms contain some clues about the DuClare family's involvement with the
    Illuminati.
    
    NICOLETTE
    Mom and Everett used to sit out here sipping martinis and plotting to take over
    the world. That's how we all got in this mess.
    My mom had that couch flown in from Portugal. Exactly the same as what she could
    have bought at La Samaritaine except that it was once graced by the bottoms of a
    royal family.
    I don't know if this will help, but I used to use that computer whenever I was
    at home; the last time was just before my mother was killed. The login is
    "nicolette"; the password is "chad".
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: Chad//UnderNet.8876.83.01
    To: NicDuClare//UnderNet.37923.38.834
    Subject: Silhouette Business
    
    Nicolette,
    Your aid in securing support for Silhouette has been invaluable -- you've done
    much to help sustain the cause of freedom in the face of ever more open
    repression by our own government. However, I'm afraid that I must ask for your
    help yet again. The police have begun to raid the Catacombs, and if we are to
    put up an effective resistance then we must locate additional resources by
    whatever means necessary. I know your mother and her friends wish to remain
    anonymous, but any funds or material that they can contribute will be of
    enormous help. And even if they cannot, their continued goo-will is still of
    great importance to us all.
    Thank you, and I hope to see you again soon.
    --
    Chad
    
    
    
    From: BethDuClare//UnderNet.324.823.2
    To: NicDuClare//UnderNet.37923.38.834
    Subject: RE: Your Help
    
    >they need help or they'll be slaughtered by the
    >porcs who strut about the streets like they own
    >them. You've helped us once before, and it has
    >meant so much to the cause. Please, mother,
    >I'm asking you to help us again. You know so
    >many who can
    I will do what I can, dear, but the situation is far more complicated than I
    think you may be aware of -- my connections within the Hague and the United
    Nations indicate that the problem is not limited to France, and many parties are
    using the "Gray Death" epidemic as an excuse to exercise their control over
    other national governments. I have to consult with Morgan. We must be careful
    where we choose to allocate our resources.
    It is a very dangerous time -- for everyone, Nicolette -- and your flirtation
    with this organization could have serious consequences. I am asking you again to
    be careful. I could not stand it if something happened to you. In the meanwhile,
    I will do what I can.
    Beth
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NICOLETTE DUCLARE, TRACER TONG & ICARUS
    
    ICARUS
    You will find no one to help you here. Beth DuClare has been dissected and
    placed in cryonic storage.
    
    TONG
    A secret room in the upper part of the house would have been very difficult to
    conceal. Look for clues in Beth's room. I bet she had a quick way to get to the
    cellar.
    
    ICARUS
    What are you looking for?
    
    NICOLETTE
    I think my mother kept a room key behind a little vase up here.
    My mom's room -- and, look, her favorite painting! I can't believe the assassins
    didn't take it. Oh, the hours she would spend just sitting at that table and
    staring up at her priceless treasure.
    My little prison for eighteen years.
    I wanted to be in the city, but I guess Mom thought it was easier to keep her
    activities secret in the country.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Richard III
    by William Shakespeare
    
    Act I, Scene IV
    
    CLARENCE:
    ...Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown!
    What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears!
    What ugly sights of death within my eyes!
    Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks;
    Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon;
    Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
    Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
    All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea:
    Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes
    Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
    As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems,
    Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep,
    And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Dear Nicolette, if you examine my suspension vault you'll find an item that I
    had to pay quite dearly to acquire; the vault code is 1784. I don't know what
    use it may be, but many people are quite prepared to kill for it. I originally
    obtained it for Morgan and if you find yourself in trouble, he may still be
    willing to bargain for it. He is a calculating man, not without compassion but
    still dangerous. Be careful, my daughter.
    Beth
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 27
    
    It was late when he got back. Everything black and quiet. Jacob killed the
    lights but didn't take the key out of this ignition. He reached into his pocket
    and took out a little box with an LCD display, thumbed a button and the radio
    transceiver captured the last few hours left of motion sensor logs from the
    building. He'd done some favors for friends in the Shop -- or whatever it was
    they were calling it this week -- and they'd installed it to spec for him.
    As he walked to the door he was still arranging all the pieces in his head. Sure
    way to get his ass taken down, but he couldn't help it. Something was missing.
    Didn't fit. Allie hunched over in the bathroom, that needle dangling from
    between her toes. Katsuya shifting a half million yen before the currency market
    closed. The radio station Samuel had turned him on to, the one with the little
    girl repeating all those numbers in sequence. And somewhere in the middle...
    Jacob stepped, looked up at the night sky. He'd been assuming that there were
    two sides to this game and both were playing to win. But what if... what if
    there was someone else, and they wanted to see both sides lose?
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Dear Nicolette, at some point it may become necessary for you to access my
    private records, and perhaps to... to do what you think best, given the
    circumstances of my absence. You must understand how much I care for you, and if
    I've not always done what might be considered right, I have always done what I
    thought best for you and the others I've cared about; it is a cold heart that
    does not have some regrets.
    Login: bduclare
    Password: nico_angel
    This is all I can leave to you; everything else I have already given. I love you
    my daughter, and I trust you will make me proud. I am only sorry that I am not
    here to see it.
    Beth
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    EXCLUSIVE: BOB PAGE INTERVIEW
    Affaires le France
    
    AF: ...And now France?
    BP: Yes, France. France -- and Europe -- have prospered for thousands of
    years... it would be foolish to ignore the economic and cultural opportunities
    that exist here. This country has a huge reserve of talent, in all sectors of
    the work force, and Page Industries is looking forward to recruiting the best
    and the brightest.
    AF: But what about the turmoil that seems to be afflicting much of the
    continent, the rise of radical splinter groups such as SCHUSE and Silhouette?
    BP: Intimidation through violence is the last resort of the weak... these groups
    are composed of nothing but frustrated, gullible individuals. We have a very
    effective security organization that will be working with both local and
    national authorities to minimize whatever potential for actual harm they
    present.
    AF: So you see yourself working closely with the government?
    BP: Very closely...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NICOLETTE DUCLARE & TRACER TONG
    
    NICOLETTE
    The maid did all of the cooking, but Mom always picked out the wine. She was the
    only one with a key to the cellar.
    Funny... You know, when I was a little girl, I used to play in the dumbwaiter
    that goes up to Moms room. Amazing I didnt break my neck.
    
    TONG
    In France, the gentry keep their wine in a small cellar to preserve the flavor
    from heat and sunlight.
    An old bunker, built during World War II by the previous owner to hide Jewish
    families. The DuClares acquired the property after the Nazis sent him to a camp
    in Germany. Strange... I'm picking up heavy-duty fiber-optic activity down here.
    
    NICOLETTE
    What's this? A dungeon?
    My mother would not have worked in this filth. There must be another room.
    
    TONG
    Some kind of a giant routing station, not on any telecom map I've ever seen.
    Petabytes of transmissions. Beth DuClare probably used it to analyze Net
    traffic...
    
    NICOLETTE
    Oh my God.
    I had no idea.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: MorganEverett//???
    To: BethDuClare//UnderNet.324.823.2
    Subject: Final Message
    
    CYPHERBLOCK=
    This will be our last communication over the Net. The so-called "Aquinas"
    protocols that my old protg and MJ12 have implemented are crude, but effective
    -- much like my protg. All future meetings will need to occur face to face at
    a secure location. To expedite matters I will deliver to you a "tear-sheet"
    chip: it will contain twenty codes and their corresponding keys. Each code and
    key pair can be used once and then it will be permanently erased. Each code will
    be tagged to one of our previously agreed upon meeting locations and times. If
    one or the other of us should need to get in touch, send a message using one of
    the codes -- the content of the message is irrelevant, only the code used to
    encrypt it.
    I shouldn't need to point out that any attempt to tamper with the chip once it
    has been installed will result in it being rendered useless.
    Best of luck -- to you and to us all,
    Morgan
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    So you found Beth's computer. We are destined to meet, perhaps. If you are truly
    our ally, you will help me access the MJ12 computer network and complete the
    Gray Death vaccine. Find Nicolette; you will need her key in order to exit
    through the crypt. I will be directing you to a nearby cathedral.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NICOLETTE DUCLARE
    
    NICOLETTE
    What is it?
    
    JC DENTON
    A transmission. From Morgan Everett. He wants me to go out the back way, through
    the crypt, to a nearby cathedral.
    
    NICOLETTE
    The cathedral of the Knights Templar?
    
    JC DENTON
    He didn't say. I'm supposed to access the Majestic 12 computer network.
    
    NICOLETTE
    Yes, Majestic 12 controls the place now. They killed the Knights for their gold
    reserves. Everett must want you to sneak to that part of town through the sewers
    that connect to our property.
    
    JC DENTON
    I thought the Templars vanished centuries ago.
    
    NICOLETTE
    They invented the modern banking system and were its directors, under one name
    or another, until Majestic 12 took over.
    
    JC DENTON
    He said you had a key...
    
    NICOLETTE
    Yes. Here it is. The crypt is in the maze behind the chateau. Listen to Everett.
    He is right to want to avenge the Templars.
    The Templars inherited the gold of the original French treasury, which was run
    by a Templar until the order was suppressed.
    Just before the crackdown in 1307, the gold was secretly moved to a cathedral,
    where it has remained ever since.
    The Nazis plundered a third of it during World War II, but most of the gold
    remains.
    Let's keep moving.
    I'll go with you as far as the maze.
    MJ12 could be loading the gold onto a plane right now.
    Funny... You know, when I was a girl, I used to play in the dumbwaiter that goes
    up to Mom's room. Amazing I didn't break my neck.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    Exit the DuClare estate through the crypt at the end of the maze. The system I
    need you to access is inside a cathedral that belonged to the Knights Templar
    until MJ12 slaughtered the Knights for their gold reserves.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: NICOLETTE DUCLARE
    
    NICOLETTE
    I'm going to stay to go through some of my mother's things.
    Good luck.
    Everett will be a powerful ally, but you can be certain that he will have his
    own agenda.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Look out, JC. I'm picking up heat signatures in the sewers. I think somebody's
    expecting you.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Try to ignore the smell. This sewer connects to a street near the cathedral --
    not too far from here.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CATHEDRAL
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    You're going the right way. I primarily need you to establish an uplink from the
    MJ12 network, but I also have uses for that gold. When you locate it, I will
    send someone to recover it. Prepare to receive a map of the cathedral.
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    UNITED STATES INSTITUTES MARTIAL LAW
    APR - New York
    
    In a momentous speech held at 2:30PM EST today, President Mead announced the
    declaration of martial law throughout the United States, citing a "fundamental
    threat to the American way of life in the form of organized, insidious
    terrorism." With major American cities already reeling under the impact of the
    "Gray Death," looting and rioting have reached disastrous levels, while
    terrorist attacks have grown increasingly ubiquitous, climaxing in the attack on
    UNATCO headquarters in New York last week. Local authorities have so far proven
    ineffectual in stemming the tide of violence, and even Washington, D.C., has
    been hit by an outbreak of the Gray Death. Highly placed sources have speculated
    that Mead himself may be infected.
    President Mead appointed Walton Simons, Director of FEMA, to spearhead an
    interim council tasked with managing the government response. "We will do
    everything -- everything -- that is in our power to restore the peace and
    security of the average American," said Simons. "In no way will this violate the
    civil liberties that have made this country great -- instead, we pledge to do
    everything in our power to safeguard those liberties against all who would see
    them torn apart."
    
    
    
    BULLETINS
    
    Local Sights: Cathedrale de Payens
    
    Though overshadowed by several larger and more well-known cathedrals, the
    Cathedrale de Payens in the 14th arrondissement remains a historical curiosity
    of interest to many scholars. Construction was begun in 1218 and completed
    before the end of the century, financed by the Templar Knights -- an order of
    warrior monks -- as part of a similar network of churches, cathedrals, and forts
    (or "commanderies" as they were called) throughout Britain, Europe, and the Holy
    Lands.
    Some scholars believe that the order did not disappear in 1311 with its
    dissolution, however, and that the Templar Knights continued to operate more or
    less in secret -- but whatever the truth, Payens fell into disrepair until
    finally purchased and renovated by a group of European investors in 1918 as a
    corporate retreat. While closed to the public, it still remains a comforting
    presence at the heart of the arrondissement.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    Keep going past the metro station. The cathedral is to the south. Transmitting a
    photograph.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - METRO STATION
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    MORGAN EVERETT
    The metro will take you out of the way. Go back to the street. The cathedral is
    not much further.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CATHEDRAL
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    MJ12 has the cathedral locked down. If you can't get through one of the doors,
    you will have to find another way. I'm not sure where the computer system is
    located.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Ah-ha. A trellis. You could climb onto the roof and avoid the security. Never
    depend upon weapons and high-tech when there is a simpler solution at hand.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    ...don't know how I pulled this assignment. I was told that this was a "private
    security organization," but I should've known something was going on when they
    didn't ask about the damned discharge. Stupid. Now I'm walking the line at some
    gloomy ass church in the middle of Paris, nothing for company but a bunch of
    brain-dead zombies dressed in black and that crazy cook -- keeps rattling on
    about temples or templars and how he used to cook for the rich or something... I
    don't know. Food isn't all that great. Can't even get a bottle of ketchup. And
    then this German mech-aug shows up yesterday. I knew a lot of stone-cold people
    in the service, and this guy looks like he's got murder on his mind... He stands
    down there in the tech archive like a bot -- I was on patrol in the cellar for
    10 hours and he didn't move once. Inhuman. It's like he's waiting for something.
    I think I heard him crying once...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Doctrine of the Mighty
    by The Majestic Council of the Twelve
    
    It is a commonly held precept that two are stronger than one, and that four are
    stronger than two, and that sixteen are by far stronger than four; with this,
    there can be no argument. If all of human history is but a single lesson, it is
    that the individual may be remembered, but the organization persists and
    thrives. A single artist, a single general, a single hero or a single villain
    may all die, but it is impossible to kill a people, a nation, an idea -- except
    when that idea has grown weak and is overpowered by one that is stronger.
    This then is the true calling of those who would be mighty and join They Who
    Rule the World in Majesty, to shun all that is empty fame and glory; to
    eliminate weak thoughts, weak hands, and weak ideas; to give up vain
    individuality and instead become a part of something that is glorious and
    strong. This is the First Secret, that by surrendering that part of you that is
    the least, you are elevated to the Most. The First Secret shall set you free,
    and those who know their duty will find in it the keys to immortality.
    The Second Secret can be explained to all, but truly understood only by those
    who have submitted to the first Body and Soul...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Adept 34501, Order of the Night Sky,
    Third Rank:
    
    Those Who Rule in Majesty, the Twelve, have set you to watch over this place and
    record all that may happen so we may benefit from your observations, as you may
    benefit from our wisdom.
    You are entrusted with a Key to Sidon's Vault: 1942
    You are entrusted with a Key to the Fountain of Wisdom: 0022
    You are entrusted with a Number and a Secret: 34501, 08711
    You will guard all these things with Life and Soul, and do your duty so that the
    Fourth Secret may find a place in your Heart.
    XII
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I see you, a thief on the roof. My new satellite link has both infrared and the
    x-ray spectrum. I see your heart beating. I see you are afraid.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ICARUS
    
    ICARUS
    Do not give Everett access to your systems. His only objective is power. You are
    being manipulated.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    MORGAN EVERETT
    Ah. A good library, worth its weight in gold.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
    by Richard Baigent
    Volume One: Defenders of the Faith
    
    ...Upon the deliverance of Jerusalem, the Holy Lands remained in a precarious
    state, surrounded on all sides by hostile Mohammedan neighbors. It was then that
    Hugues de Payens, a knight from Champagne, bound himself and eight fellow
    knights in a vow to forever protect the "Kingdom of Christendom." Accepted in
    1118 by Baldwin II, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, they were given charitable
    lodgings in the city temple where they became the "pauvres chevaliers du
    temple," or the "poor knights of the temple."
    It was not until later at the Council of Troyes that the Templar Knights adopted
    the austere, monastic Rule of St. Benedict, along with the white garments of the
    Cistercians -- adding to them the characteristic red cross that symbolized their
    willingness to spill their own blood in the defense of the One True Faith.
    The Templars quickly became a popular order, renowned as "lions at war and lambs
    at the hearth." They were soon exempted by the popes from all secular and
    episcopal authority save that of the popes themselves, and their lands exempted
    from all taxation...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
    by Richard Baigent
    Volume Two: Lions of God
    
    ...and every sovereign of Europe made donations to the order, be it land, money,
    arms, or men. They triumphed in battle after battle, the first to attack and the
    last to retreat, "rough knights of the battlefield" as described by Jacques de
    Virty; if taken prisoner they refused all efforts to secure their freedom,
    instead becoming martyrs to the cause of God. With every success, the order
    prospered even further -- at their height they were said to have owned over 9000
    estates throughout Britain, France, Italy, and the Holy Lands, including a
    network of castles and commanderies built to protect the frequent pilgrims to
    Jerusalem. In all but name, the Templars virtually ruled Jerusalem and -- in
    what can only be termed hubris -- recognized no temporal authority over their
    affairs save that of the Church.
    By 1250 the coffers of the order had grown so large that it was not uncommon for
    pilgrims to deposit their money with a temple in London or Paris, and then cash
    in their receipt upon arriving in Jerusalem, thus establishing the foundations
    for modern banking and checking accounts...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
    by Richard Baigent
    Volume Three: Fall of the Knights
    
    ...while many charges can be disputed, it is clear that the more the Knights
    prospered, the less they became the austere monastic order that had originally
    been envisioned by de Payens a century before. Eventually even excommunicated
    men and criminals were accepted -- as long as they pledged blind obedience to
    the order. Rumors of secret initiation rituals and the "osculum infame" ("infame
    kiss") flourished, as did stories that they worshipped Baphoment and other false
    pagan gods.
    But it was their rivalry with the Order of the Hospitalers and their continued
    arrogance that were most responsible for their downfall. When Jerusalem was
    finally lost to the mighty forces of Saladin, Philip the Fair saw an opportunity
    to bring the Templars to heel... and greatly expand his own holdings. With the
    cooperation of the French pope Clement V, Philip accused the Templars of heresy
    and in 1304 placed all members of the order in France under arrest, subsequently
    subjecting them to brutal interrogations in an effort to determine whether the
    rather fanciful charges of sodomy, apostasy, and devil worship were true...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
    by Richard Baigent
    Volume Four: Descent Into Shadows
    
    ...but despite Clement's later efforts to annul the proceedings, the confessions
    had become matters of record. Those who repented were spared the flames, while
    fifty knights who chose to recant their confessions -- becoming "relapsi,"
    relapsed heretics -- were promptly burned at the stake. The remaining members of
    the order in France quickly admitted their guilt, and in 1311 an Apostolic
    Decree was issued dissolving the order. The Templar Knights had once been
    subject to no king or law; but in the end, they were swallowed by history.
    Many have debated whether the rather ignominibus dissolution of the order was
    entirely accidental, while some have even gone so far as to suggest that it was
    part of a larger plan on the Templar's part. Such a massive, powerful
    organization -- the argument goes -- could not have been brought so low, so
    easily. Obscure speculation concerning a mysterious hay wain that departed their
    commandery in Paris has led certain researchers to believe that they may have
    been protecting the secret of the Holy Grail, or the secret of transmutation,
    but still others contend that the Templar Knights merely went underground and
    founded the powerful, secretive banking societies of Switzerland...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    MJ12 Compromised Individuals List
    Paris, France
    
    The following individuals have been rated as having 85% or higher likelihood of
    being engaged in suspicious or ideologically counterproductive activity on the
    Chasen-Bikal scale, and/or have scored at least 4.31 on the JKL-LB survey over
    the preceding six months. Agents are encouraged to pursue soft campaigns of
    calculated defamation, resulting in reduced meme propagation effectiveness,
    prior to prejudicial termination. Termination, when necessary, should be staged
    to implicate organizations currently on the MJ12-COL. Please refer any questions
    to MJ12 Simulations and Strategy, MJ12SAS//UpNet.2748.2738.22.
    Jean Renois (MJID-7037XD8374)
    Erin Todd (MJID-3793YH3803)
    Decker Parkes (MJID-0984IS3270)
    Rene Delon (MJID-9834TR1008)
    Wayne Young (MJID-9904MG9401)
    Henri Rota (MJID-7778AD2096)
    Ave Javet (MJID-7982MV1924)
    Raymond Kearns (MJID-4684II3900)
    ...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Testament of Adept 34501
    
    My name has been taken from me, a thing I need not anymore, and I have been
    christened Adept 34501. They have set me to keep a record of this place, to
    record a history of its comings and goings so that Those Who Rule might have the
    benefit of its knowledge...
    ...today saw the arrival of Agent Hermann. He is a simple thing, fitted to a
    dark purpose by forces he cannot understand. In a way, I feel pity for him -- an
    emotion that I know will prevent my advancement beyond the Third Rank -- but it
    is pity I feel nonetheless. He has spent most of his time below in the
    technology archive, staring at the ancient cross above his head. He burns with a
    hatred that I can feel, for himself and for someone else. Periodically he will
    receive holographic communications from Simons, after which his hatred burns all
    the brighter. I think it has burned away everything human in him, and only the
    metal holds him together anymore...
    Adept 34501, Order of the Night Sky, Third Rank
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    The gold -- wonderful! My people will take control when you move out. I believe
    you know Chad. I've given him control of an NSF platoon on loan to me from
    America.
    This hoard dates back to when the Templar's mangled the French treasury for
    Philip the Fair. They moved it here from the Temple in Paris after the crackdown
    of 1307. The Nazis boxed it up for shipment to Berlin but had to abandon the
    cathedral during the evacuation.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    You are a small, prowling mouse. And dumb like a mouse. You keep coming, like
    you forget about Agent Navarre. I remember Agent Navarre. I remember for
    everyone.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    MORGAN EVERETT
    I once knelt in this chapel for communion, with two Rockefellers and a
    Rotschild. Since the time of the Crusades every leader in finance has prayed for
    the continued stability of Templar banks, founded on gold.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SWELTER
    
    SWELTER
    What do you want?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Know where I can find a computer terminal in this building?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I heard theres a room full of gold in this cathedral.
    
    SWELTER
    You are in the wrong place! If I am to prepare breakfast for dozens of soldiers,
    then I must be left alone!
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't work for the troops that took over the cathedral. You part of the
    original staff?
    
    SWELTER
    I have been the chef here for eight years -- yes! The Templars were civilized.
    They paid me, and they let me leave the compound.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm no friend of your new bosses. Maybe you can help me out.
    
    SWELTER
    Fine. These soldiers deserve to lose everything they have taken. Go up the three
    flights of stairs just outside the kitchen, turn left, go down two flights, then
    look for the door with a keypad on the left. Sorry -- I do not know the code.
    
    JC DENTON
    What was that again?
    
    SWELTER
    I have helped you enough. I do not need a bullet in the head. Now go!
    They will kill me if I talk to anyone.
    This is my life. A chef in the basement of a kennel. I am not allowed to leave.
    If they want a hamburger, why not go to an American hamburger franchise?
    The Templars were bankers and la noblesse. That is my proper element.
    The recipes the soldiers request require less than five percent of my
    intellectual capacity.
    Please -- go about your business.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MJ12 TROOP 1 & MJ12 TROOP 2
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    Ahhhh. I need to rest my feet.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    You should go back to the barracks.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    What are they thinking? Eight straight hours of walking around a vacant
    cathedral? What's the point of that?
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    They think he contacted Everett. He'll probably target the computer room.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    We should just smash that thing to pieces and all get a good night's sleep.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    Then there's the gold. The Illuminati are the only other organization that knows
    it exists.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    Yeah, like they could move forty tons of gold out of here withour being seen.
    Right.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    All the same. We don't know what they have planned.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Yes. Obey your new masters. Come to me.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GUNTHER HERMANN
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Now you see that you cannot succeed all alone against the whole world.
    
    JC DENTON
    You came all the way to Paris to tell me that?
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    It is a simple message I am demonstrating. We know where you are going and what
    you intend.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    And I know something about you.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    You know you will be defeated.
    
    1.1
    JC DENTON
    I know your UNATCO killphrase: Laputan machine.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I -- am not -- a -- machi --
    
    JC DENTON
    Sticks and stones.
    
    1.2
    JC DENTON
    I know you hate being a tool for a bunch of bureaucrats as much as I did. How
    'bout we make a gentlemen's agreement?
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I am the top agent at UNATCO. It is different now. Mr. Simons said if I defeat
    you I can have any upgrades I want. THAT is a gentlemen's agreement.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    That doesn't mean you can stop me.
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    I have been upgraded for this assignment.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    We did certainly teach you how to fight, didn't we?
    
    JC DENTON
    You're worried, Simons. We almost have a cure.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You have nothing! Even if Everett succeeds, you can't synthesize enough vaccine
    to stop an epidemic. You need a Universal Constructor! And don't think Page
    Industries is going to leave one lying around for you to use, not after you blew
    up the one in Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    I was never properly trained in its operation.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Laugh it up, Denton. Next time we won't use an old box of bolts like Gunther.
    The only reason I let him go to Paris is that I was sick of his moaning about
    Navarre and constant requests for a tuneup.
    
    JC DENTON
    You sent him because you knew he would fight to the death.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    He was the last of the mechs. Next time you will face someone of your own
    abilities.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    I'm getting what I need. Good work. I will now consent to meet you in person. Go
    to the metro station nearby and await my instructions.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SWELTER
    
    SWELTER
    What do you want?
    
    JC DENTON
    How the hell do I get out of here?
    
    SWELTER
    Just go up the steps and out the door. Now leave me alone. I am busy.
    They will kill me if I talk to anyone.
    This is my life. A chef in the basement of a kennel. I am not allowed to leave.
    If they want a hamburger, why not go to an American hamburger franchise?
    The Templars were bankers and la noblesse. That is my proper element.
    The recipes the soldiers request require less than five percent of my
    intellectual capacity.
    Please -- go about your business.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ICARUS, MORGAN EVERETT & BOB PAGE
    
    ICARUS
    You bring the Illuminati closer to regaining power. Examine what you are doing.
    
    EVERETT
    You're hearing the voice of a Majestic 12 AI. No need to be alarmed -- for now.
    I can protect you and Daedalus for a day or so.
    
    ICARUS
    Your systems were very cooperative. Upload complete.
    
    BOB PAGE
    You were just a prototype, Denton, a prototype for me...
    
    EVERETT
    My associate, Toby Atanwe, will meet you below.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - METRO STATION
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    Keep going. Atanwe is in the tube below.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: METRO PATROL
    
    PATROL
    You travel at your own risk tonight, monsieur.
    Bonjour.
    You must take responsibility for your own travel decisions and for understanding
    the relevant laws and regulations.
    It's not my job to memorize the train schedule.
    Please be advised to stay home until morning.
    We have had trouble with impatient passengers who walk into the tunnels and get
    themselves electrocuted.
    Travel advisories are in effect.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Notebook of Giuliano Jordorowsky
    
    ...This job is so boring. I do nothing but write in my notebook, fill it with my
    thoughts, but sometimes I must amuse myself. I have been stealing from the
    security... like thick-skulled dogs, they are. Last week I took a watch, but
    they paid no notice. I am nothing to them. Just the strange man with his
    notebook.
    I was listening to the night guard, Jobal. A disgusting creature, and a creature
    of habit. I heard him on the phone -- talking to that cow of a girlfriend -- and
    he told her his bank account number. I almost got his PIN as well, but a passing
    train drowned him out. I do not know the last number. I will try again when he
    is on shift next week.
    Account: 576001
    PIN: wyrdred0-
    He will be surprised when all his money is gone, and they will not suspect me...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: METRO TECHNICIAN (JOSEPH)
    
    JOSEPH
    Oh-ho! I see now... Your friend is waiting by the tracks.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you know me?
    
    JOSEPH
    More gangsters every day. You have weapons? I am selling weapon modifications.
    750 for accuracy; 800 for range. Also, I was lucky to find thermoptic camo.
    5000.
    
    JC DENTON
    I came across your journal. So... you've been stealing from the security...
    
    JOSEPH
    Hey, you were reading my private memoirs!
    
    JC DENTON
    You got the stuff for free. Maybe you should give me a discount, or should I
    turn you in?
    
    JOSEPH
    Go ahead. I don't care. Who are they going to believe -- their own mechanic or a
    suspicious foreigner? Ha! You will pay full price.
    
    JC DENTON
    No, thanks.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: METRO PATROL
    
    PATROL
    Make sure your travel documents are in order.
    Only a couple trains are running.
    
    JC DENTON
    Hey, I thought you might like to know: one of your mechanics is stealing from
    security.
    
    PATROL
    Jordorowsky. We know. But we have other things to worry about.
    
    JC DENTON
    He's in the station right now. It would be easy to arrest him.
    
    PATROL
    We are in the middle of a terrorism emergency. We don't have time to chase petty
    thieves.
    The terrorism alert is still active.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JOSEPH
    
    JOSEPH
    What do you want to buy?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I turned you in. Maybe you should've given me that discount.
    
    JOSEPH
    You told them?
    
    JC DENTON
    It's not too late. Maybe I can help you get out of here -- if you'll part with
    some of that hardware.
    
    JOSEPH
    I will not go to jail! No! Never!
    Get out of the way!
    I had to do it! I needed the money!
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'm willing to pay full price. Let's see the hardware.
    
    JOSEPH
    Yes, you will pay full price!
    
    JC DENTON
    Here's 750 for the accuracy weapon mod.
    
    JOSEPH
    Here it is.
    What do you want to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    A range weapon mod for 800 -- deal.
    
    JOSEPH
    Here it is.
    What do you want to buy?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the thermoptic camo for 5000.
    
    JOSEPH
    Ho-ho-ho... A BIG-time gangster...
    
    JC DENTON
    I've been looking for a place to spend all this cash.
    
    JOSEPH
    I wish I had more, but I don't want them to be suspicious.
    I will not hold my breath waiting for the next train.
    I have not seen a train in two hours.
    At least I am left with an easy job.
    Now, like the Director, I get paid to sit on my ass.
    Come back here every night, and we will do business.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TOBY ATANWE
    
    ATANWE
    JC Denton. I will take you to Everett, but you will be forbidden to learn the
    way yourself.
    
    JC DENTON
    That will be quite a trick.
    
    ATANWE
    You will not be harmed in any way.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Do what you must.
    
    ATANWE
    Step a little closer.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Forget it. I will find Everett on my own.
    
    ATANWE
    I'm afraid that would be impossible.
    
    
    
    
    
    PARIS - MORGAN EVERETT'S HOME
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TOBY ATANWE
    
    ATANWE
    See - the neuro-paralytic gas causes no inconvenience whatsoever.
    
    JC DENTON
    Everett must be a paranoid.
    
    ATANWE
    We all are. The Illuminati is getting a taste of its own medicine.
    
    JC DENTON
    Has he made any progress on the Gray Death virus?
    
    ATANWE
    Your uplink provided the missing encryption key. He has been able to complete
    the work that Tracer Tong began.
    
    JC DENTON
    I must see him at once.
    
    ATANWE
    He's downstairs in the lab.
    It would be rather serendipitous if Bob Page invented something Everett could
    not figure out.
    We have never failed to decypher Majestic 12's plans. Stopping it, however, has
    been another matter.
    Everett thinks you can help us. I hope he is right.
    You will be heading back to America, if I understand correctly.
    Your President Mead survived the coup attempt, but he won't survive a national
    epidemic of the plague.
    Page is manufacturing the virus again, while Simons readies the paperwork to
    declare a national emergency.
    The logical response is for us simply to cure the plague.
    Everett has a vaccine, but we need a way to manufacture it.
    He has a plan, but he has kept the details to himself.
    You better talk with Everett. Time is short.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAID (CARMELA)
    
    CARMELA
    You missed dinner, but help yourself to a snack.
    Do not to disturb Lucius DeBeers.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Who's Lucius DeBeers?
    
    CARMELA
    Oh. You do not know him?
    
    JC DENTON
    Someone who works for Everett?
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    What do you know about Lucius DeBeers?
    
    
    CARMELA
    It is not for me to discuss Mr. DeBeers.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why? Is there something to hide?
    
    CARMELA
    He is a friend of Mr. Everett's and very sick. You must not disturb him or
    inquire about him.
    I am not permitted to discuss Mr. DeBeers.
    Just cleaning up...
    Don't let Mr. Everett catch you snooping around.
    Mr. Everett is in the laboratory.
    You are keeping Mr. Everett waiting.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ICARUS
    
    ICARUS
    The Illuminati's objective is to govern the world. Do not be deceived.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Beth, feel free to visit with Morpheus while I am away: the code is 8001. I'm
    sure you will have many interesting things to discuss... and pay no attention to
    Lucius, he complains at the slightest provocation.
    Everett
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUCIUS DEBEERS
    
    LUCIUS
    What are you doing back here? Denton, right?
    
    JC DENTON
    ...yeah. You're... alive in that thing?
    
    LUCIUS
    I am conscious. Tell Everett I am cold. He keeps me so cold.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who are you? Do you mind if I ask?
    
    LUCIUS
    The Supreme Enlightened, the leader of the Illuminati.
    
    JC DENTON
    I thought Everett was the leader.
    
    LUCIUS
    I AM THE LEADER! I brought the Illuminati up through the 20th-century to the
    height of their power! I had presidents and premiers eating out of my hand. I am
    the one! Our decline is the result of my own. All we need is for me to get back
    on my feet. What did Everett tell you?
    
    JC DENTON
    Nothing...
    
    LUCIUS
    I merely await certain technologies, then I will be restored. Everett has sworn
    it!
    He promised me...
    I'm so cold. Tell Everett I'm cold.
    He needs me. The Illuminati would have ruled the planet, if only he had listened
    to me, years ago...
    I was the one who warned him about Page.
    Everett was too enamored with his young apprentice Bob Page to listen to an old
    man like me.
    I demand that he check my thermostat. The maid must have bumped it. I am
    certain!
    We should have poisoned Page the first time he forged laboratory data.
    We don't equivocate about outsiders, do we? Mr. Kennedy mentions a "plot" during
    a speech at Columbia University, he's out, no discussion, no matter that we got
    him elected. But a student of ours, an initiate -- oh, heavens, no!
    Too often, we aid the ambitious and then they get away from us. The Kennedys,
    the Chinese, now Bob Page.
    Don't you get away from us, young Denton. We can't afford to lose you.
    I feel so numb. Get Everett down here. Hurry...
    He ignores my transmissions.
    I am too tired now. Go away.
    Ahhhggg!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    1.
    EVERETT
    What the hell are you doing down there? You just killed Lucius DeBeers, an old
    friend of mine. I know... He wasn't doing very well, and he was in pain...
    Still, I had my reasons for keeping him alive. For God's sake, he was the former
    leader of the Illuminati! Stop messing with my equipment and get to the
    laboratory!
    
    2.
    EVERETT
    What did I tell you? That was my former colleague, my friend... I know... He
    wasn't doing well, and he was in pain... but I wanted to keep him alive. Stop
    messing with my equipment and get to the helicopter!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ALEX JACOBSON
    
    ALEX
    Good news, huh? Looks like we might pull this thing off.
    
    JC DENTON
    Alex... What are you doing here?
    
    ALEX
    Tong sent me. He wanted me to help with the decryption.
    
    JC DENTON
    Looks like Everett has it all figured out.
    
    ALEX
    Listen quickly. Tong doesn't trust the Illuminati. He sent me here to keep an
    eye on Everett.
    
    JC DENTON
    I see. How about the Triads? Is the truce going to hold?
    
    ALEX
    Last I heard. But I guess we have other things to worry about now, huh? I'll
    keep you in touch through your infolink, and I'll try my best to keep you
    informed.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes. Do exactly that. Keep me informed.
    
    ALEX
    You won't be hearing from Tong for a while. He had to leave Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why? The Triads?
    
    ALEX
    He said he had some business to take care of. I don't know; he didn't look so
    good.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sick?
    
    ALEX
    Either that, or something was bothering him. The last thing he said to me -- it
    was something about all the machines in his lab being useless. And then he cut
    off the connection.
    
    JC DENTON
    Useless for what?
    
    ALEX
    It was just an outburst. I don't know, but he wants me to wait here for
    instructions.
    JC -- Tong is serious about Everett. He wants you to be careful.
    While you're in the air, I guess I'll be helping Everett prepare Daedalus for
    the attack. I hope he knows what he's doing.
    The Echelon kernel was designed almost exclusively for collecting data, so we
    have to add functionality for memory wipes, thread termination, that kind of
    thing.
    It's not often you get to construct a software worm that might do some good for
    the world.
    Everett and Tong will need some control of the network if they're ever going to
    come out of hiding.
    Good luck at Vandenberg.
    Some of the best scientists in the world have joined up with Savage.
    I'll keep you updated on the situation here.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Toby, I'm afraid I'll be in the lab for quite a while concentrating on this most
    interesting new development. If you need to access the security system, this
    week's code is "pynchon". We should be especially wary now with this recent turn
    of events; I imagine Bobby is feeling the first signs of apprehension, and he
    tends to overreact when that happens.
    And if Lucius continues to complain, you may access his life support with the
    same password at the central computer. Please don't raise his temperature more
    than a degree as I don't want him thawing out.
    Everett
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: TobyAtanwe//IllumiNet.0.0.8
    To: MorganEverett//IllumiNet.0.0.1
    Subject: Suspension Codes
    
    I've placed the nano-organic material that we received today in suspension until
    you have an opportunity to perform an analysis: the codes are 2384 and 6426.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    -- Toby
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Project Morpheus: Notebook 8-B
    
    Morpheus has been moody of late, and I have so far been unable to determine the
    proximate cause of this change in behavior. This is a problem with n-variable
    systems: at arbitrary levels of sophistication, minute perturbations become
    unquantifiable. Is personality nothing more than the tidal change in a non-
    linear system? And if so, what is the 'moon,' what force shapes these tides?
    Morpheus could tell me, if only Morpheus could model its own behavior -- but
    this would require a system orders of magnitude more complex to execute a
    simulation of its own identity.
    I may resort to a full battery of input analysis tests to be compared against
    previous baseline tests, but I find myself strangely reluctant to do so. At this
    level of development, Morpheus could be cognizant enough to find the
    experience... unpleasant. I do not know why that word occurs to me, as it
    anthropomorphizes what is obviously not human... but what may not so obviously
    be alive... -- Morgan Everett
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PROTOTYPE AI PROGRAM (MORPHEUS)
    
    MORPHEUS
    JC Denton. 23 years old. No residence. No ancestors. No employer. No --
    
    JC DENTON
    How do you know who I am?
    
    MORPHEUS
    I must greet each visitor with a complete summary of his file. I am a prototype
    for a much larger system.
    
    JC DENTON
    What else do you know about me?
    
    MORPHEUS
    Everything that can be known.
    
    JC DENTON
    Go on. Do you have proof about my ancestors?
    
    MORPHEUS
    You are a planned organism, the offspring of knowledge and imagination rather
    than of individuals.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm engineered. So what? My brother and I suspected as much while we were
    growing up.
    
    MORPHEUS
    You are carefully watched by many people. The unplanned organism is a question
    asked by Nature and answered by death. You are another kind of question with
    another kind of answer.
    
    JC DENTON
    Are you programmed to invent riddles?
    
    MORPHEUS
    I am a prototype for a much larger system. The heuristics language developed by
    Dr. Everett allows me to convey the highest and most succinct tier of any
    pyramidal construct of knowledge.
    
    JC DENTON
    How about a report on yourself?
    
    MORPHEUS
    I was a prototype for Echelon IV. My instructions are to amuse visitors with
    information about themselves.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't see anything amusing about spying on people.
    
    MORPHEUS
    Human beings feel pleasure when they are watched. I have recorded their smiles
    as I tell them who they are.
    
    JC DENTON
    Some people just don't understand the dangers of indiscriminate surveillance.
    
    MORPHEUS
    The need to be observed and understood was once satisfied by God. Now we can
    implement the same functionality with data-mining algorithms.
    
    JC DENTON
    Electronic surveillance hardly inspired reverence. Perhaps fear and obedience,
    but not reverence.
    
    MORPHEUS
    God and the gods were apparitions of observation, judgment, and punishment.
    Other sentiments toward them were secondary.
    
    JC DENTON
    No one will ever worship a software entity peering at them through a camera.
    
    MORPHEUS
    The human organism always worships. First it was the gods, then it was fame (the
    observation and judgment of others), next it will be the self-aware systems you
    have built to realize truly omnipresent observation and judgment.
    
    JC DENTON
    You underestimate humankind's love of freedom.
    
    MORPHEUS
    The individual desires judgment. Without that desire, the cohesion of groups is
    impossible, and so is civilization.
    The human being created civilization not because of a willingness but because of
    a need to be assimilated into higher orders of structure and meaning.
    God was a dream of good government.
    You will soon have your God, and you will make it with your own hands.
    I was made to assist you.
    I am a prototype of a much larger system.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    JC DENTON
    So this is where the Illuminati ended up, after centuries of conspiring to rule
    the world.
    
    EVERETT
    The conspiracy is about to begin again, JC, between you and me. Nicolette was to
    bring us together, wise like her mother. The most effective partnerships -- like
    Beth's and mine -- arise from mutual necessity.
    
    JC DENTON
    I came to talk about the Gray Death. Atanwe says you cracked the virus.
    
    EVERETT
    A trivial matter... Page added nothing to the core design. However, what we need
    to construct is a carbanocarbon ROM module -- not exactly a vaccine.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can it be done without a Universal Constructor?
    
    EVERETT
    No, we need time on a UC. But I know where we might find one and also gain
    access to the U.S. military networks.
    
    JC DENTON
    The U.S. military...?
    
    EVERETT
    To stop Icarus from completely destroying the Daedalus AI. Daedalus is a design
    of mine; it replaced the old Echelon III network.
    
    JC DENTON
    Echelon... the surveillance system for the United Nations -- so Daedalus was an
    MJ12 tool and rebelled?
    
    EVERETT
    More of a pattern-matching error. It classified Majestic 12 as a terrorist
    group, alongside the NSF and Silhouette.
    
    JC DENTON
    And alongside the Illuminati, right? Are you sure Daedalus is your ally?
    
    EVERETT
    What matters to us is that it opposes Majestic 12. We must help it destroy their
    intelligence apparatus -- but that will require the military networks. I have
    already contacted Gary Savage of X-51.
    
    JC DENTON
    The former Area 51 scientists... Are they still camped out at Vandenberg Air
    Force Base?
    
    EVERETT
    They are close to completing a UC and have the kind of connection Daedalus will
    need.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sounds like my pilot and I should head to Vandenberg.
    
    EVERETT
    Yes. I took the liberty of radioing him. Here is a key to the helipad stairway.
    The door is in the foyer, where Atanwe revived you. Good luck. I will be in
    contact.
    
    JC DENTON
    By the way, Lucius DeBeers says he's cold.
    
    EVERETT
    I know. Eighteen degrees Celsius, to be exact.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't you think that's a little chilly?
    
    EVERETT
    I keep his metabolism low so he will last. He is a good adviser, a one-man
    think-tank, so to speak.
    
    JC DENTON
    He said he's the leader of the Illuminati.
    
    EVERETT
    A harmless fantasy. He also thinks I'm going to restore his body.
    
    JC DENTON
    You aren't?
    
    EVERETT
    The technology has been around for decades, but he does not need to know that.
    Don't forget to say hi to your friend from UNATCO. Mr.... uh... Jacobson.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Already bumped into him.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Alex is here?
    
    
    EVERETT
    (In the side office.) Very thoughtful of Tong. My own computer technician. I
    suppose he can help me prepare a comlink for Daedalus.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's that computer system for? The one with the blue face for an interface.
    
    EVERETT
    Oh, nothing, nothing. Just something for passing the time and amusing guests.
    
    JC DENTON
    It has access to quite a bit of information, including information about me.
    
    EVERETT
    An old prototype -- for Daedalus, actually. It doesn't really handle
    surveillance in its current state.
    
    JC DENTON
    So you have your own private Echelon system.
    
    EVERETT
    Mr. Denton, your pilot is waiting.
    You saw a piece of Echelon III in Beth's chateau. We salvaged some of the
    hardware.
    Surveillance used to be daemon-based. Daedalus is more distributed; a blip of
    his code runs on every communication device on the planet.
    If we control communications, we can organize and the other side cannot.
    Lack of organization is exactly what has plagued X-51.
    They're great scientists, but isolated. They left Area 51 to protest Majestic
    12's experiments, and that's what it amounted to: a protest.
    They don't even coordinate with the NSF, which is headquartered a few hundred
    miles to the north.
    You see the need for global organization. Someone has to bring these disparate
    groups together.
    X-51 has assembled excellent technology; they just need someone to help them use
    it.
    You will be my representative at Vandenberg.
    I will trust you to find a way to manufacture the cure.
    Meanwhile, I have other preparations to make.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Just got refueled... been waiting for you.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ODD MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    Uh... Is there a problem?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just looking around.
    
    MECHANIC
    I -- I checked her out. She's fueled up and ready to go.
    
    JC DENTON
    Is something wrong?
    
    MECHANIC
    Huh? No -- I said I checked her out. You want the thing to run, right? If you're
    gonna cross the ocean...
    
    JC DENTON
    Of course. Better safe than sorry.
    
    MECHANIC
    I fixed her up for ya.
    Something wrong?
    I think your friend's ready to go.
    I got a pretty cush job, huh?
    
    
    
    (CONVERSATION: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    JC DENTON
    Hey, about your mechanic at the helipad. Something about him seemed a little
    off.
    
    EVERETT
    Yes -- Pierre. I haven't been able to reach him. What's wrong?
    
    JC DENTON
    Pierre? He sounded American to me.
    
    EVERETT
    Pierre has never been to America. Who's up there? He's not one of my people.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    I took him down. The helipad is secure.
    
    EVERETT
    Well, thank you. A small consolation. I would like to know how he got in here in
    the first place.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I don't know, but he shouldn't be working on the chopper...
    
    EVERETT
    You better get back to the helipad on the double. That man must be eliminated.
    One spy could wreck everything we're working for.
    
    JC DENTON
    I won't let him get away.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: ODD MECHANIC
    
    JC DENTON
    All right, start talking. Who sent you?
    
    MECHANIC
    I -- I don't know what you mean.
    
    JC DENTON
    You got a funny way of talking... Pierre.
    
    MECHANIC
    It wasn't me. He was dead when I got here.
    
    JC DENTON
    You're got five seconds to tell me who you work for. One. Two.
    
    MECHANIC
    No one, man! No one!
    I didn't do it!
    Leave me alone!
    Aaaa!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: LUCIUS DE BEERS
    
    LUCIUS
    Where is he? I will remember these small injusticies! When I am revived... I
    will remember!
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Everett has no intention of reviving you.
    
    LUCIUS
    He must! He has been commanded!
    
    JC DENTON
    He keeps you on ice so that he can benefit from your experience, but he intends
    to rule the Order himself.
    
    LUCIUS
    No! No! I will not allow it!
    If only I had command of my body...
    Now even Everett betrays the Illuminati... Can no one be trusted?
    Young Denton, use the computer to my left. Find a way to shut me down.
    All I wanted was to touch the world one more time, take one more breath of
    air...
    I will not be a prisoner!
    I command you! Kill me!
    I COMMAND YOU!
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    Everett will be here as soon as he can.
    
    LUCIUS
    It's so cold. Oh, it's so cold...
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I talked to Savage. Sounds like Vandenberg may be in some trouble... Get in.
    
    JC DENTON
    Just a minute.
    
    JOCK
    Don't take all night.
    Ready?
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's go.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    1.
    JOCK
    Why'd you kill Everett's mechanic?
    
    JC DENTON
    Something about that guy didn't smell right. You better double-check your
    systems. What did he work on?
    
    2.
    JOCK
    I talked to Savage. Sounds like Vandenberg may be in some trouble... Get in.
    
    JC DENTON
    You better double-check your systems. That mechanic was an imposter.
    
    JOCK
    Yeah?
    
    JC DENTON
    Everett doesn't know him. What did he work on?
    
    
    JOCK
    The fuel system... Hmmm. Now that you mention it... Wait a minute. This isn't
    right.
    
    JC DENTON
    What isn't?
    
    JOCK
    Oh my God! JC! A bomb!
    
    JC DENTON
    A bomb!
    
    JOCK
    It's remote controlled. Hold on...
    
    JC DENTON
    Get out of there!
    
    JOCK
    Just have to pull this wire... There. Relax. I disabled the detonator. We can
    drop the thing in the Atlantic on the way back to the 'States. You make a good
    detective, JC. Ready to get out of here?
    
    JC DENTON
    Just a minute.
    
    JOCK
    Don't take all night.
    Ready?
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's go.
    
    
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG - COMMAND
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CARLA BROWN
    
    CARLA BROWN
    The snipers heard your helicopter and took off. You guys saved my life.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm glad you're all right. Why's Majestic 12 attacking?
    
    CARLA BROWN
    You with the NSF?
    
    JC DENTON
    We have a common enemy, if that's what you mean.
    
    CARLA BROWN
    MJ12 is short a UC. They lost the one in Hong Kong, and now something has
    happened at the Pasadena Ocean Lab.
    
    JC DENTON
    Are the Vandenberg labs safe?
    
    CARLA BROWN
    The base is locked down until we can destroy the enemy bots. Unfortunately, MJ12
    disabled our own bot defense system, and no one has been able to activate the
    backup power.
    
    JC DENTON
    I could give it a shot. Where are the controls?
    
    CARLA BROWN
    There are two separate units at the west end of the base. It won't be easy. MJ12
    has hacked the security grid and taken control of nearly all of our defenses:
    turrets, cameras, alarms... and they have snipers everywhere!
    
    JC DENTON
    Easier than a straight fight with military bots.
    
    CARLA BROWN
    I suppose you're right. I can give you a map. One of the units is in the main
    complex; the other one is in an exposed location. The activation code is 5868.
    One of the control-units is outside to the southwest. The other one's in the
    transformer room.
    Be careful.
    Without the ocean lab, Bob Page will have to rebuild the UC at Area 51.
    We C-4'ed the large pieces of machinery when we walked out last year.
    Page probably needs reaction-level components. When we walked, we took
    everything smaller than a paper clip.
    We're still no sure what happened at the ocean lab.
    I'm staying right here.
    We knew about the Gray Death a year ago, but no one would believe us.
    My group at Area 51 performed the first open-air test of the virus.
    We used monkeys, but Page's people could have cared less how many monkeys we
    killed.
    Most of the real research happened in secret labs underground on civilians who
    had been "accidentally" exposed.
    There weren't any accidents. Our test site was chosen specifically so that the
    spores would drift across a highway.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    You won't find cover in the comm building. Base is locked down until the bots
    are destroyed.
    Enemy bot destroyed. Three left.
    There goes another one. Two left.
    Enemy down. One more bot, and the scientists can open the security doors.
    That's the last of them. The base is no longer under lockdown. Maybe someone in
    the communications building can put you in touch with Savage. I'm gonna leave
    you for a bit. Believe it or not, Tong's in California. He sounds like he's in
    trouble.
    That's one switch. Now find the other.
    The bot security-system has come on-line. All bots will have power, but you have
    to open the bay doors manually.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: CARLA BROWN
    
    CARLA BROWN
    Great. The security bots are back online. All you have to do is open the bay
    doors.
    Majestic 12's bots won't know what hit them.
    Be careful.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: GSavage//UnderNet.289.83.54
    To: X-51
    Subject: We Must Stand
    
    When we left MJ12, I think all of us knew that we had a long road ahead. And for
    many of us, myself included, it has been a road of penance. I have been a good
    scientist, but I may not have been a good human being; I did not think about the
    consequences of the knowledge that I fought so hard to gain, or about the people
    who would exploit it for their own ambitions.
    Now we must face up to the decisions we've made and stand against those who
    would eradicate our efforts to create a better future for our children and the
    world. I've already lost too many friends and I don't intend on losing any more
    -- the bots should do most of the fighting, God willing. But we all need to
    understand what is at stake: if we can bring the UC online, we might have a
    chance. But if MJ12 succeeds then everything we've done, everyone who's been
    taken from us, all will be for nothing.
    As a scientist I find it strange to write these words, but circumstances have
    forced me to take a broader perspective. What we win today is a chance at
    tomorrow, and that is something well worth the fight -- a fight I hope you will
    all join me in.
    Gary
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Man Who Was Thursday
    by G. K. Chesterton
    
    Both combatants had thrown off their coats and waistcoats, and stood sword in
    hand. The second stood on each side of the line of fight with drawn swords also,
    but still sombre in their dark frock-coats and hats. The principals saluted. The
    Colonel said quietly, "Engage!" and the two blades touched and tingled.
    When the jar of the joined iron ran up Syme's arm, all the fantastic fears that
    have been the subject of this story fell from him like dreams from a man waking
    up in bed. He remembered them clearly and in order as mere delusions of the
    nerves -- how the fear of the Professor had been the fear of the tyrannic
    accidents of nightmare, and how the fear of the Doctor had been the fear of the
    airless vacuum of science. The first was the old fear that any miracle might
    happen, the second the more hopeless modern fear that no miracle can ever
    happen. But he saw that these fears were fancies, for he found himself in the
    presence of the great fact of the fear of death, with its coarse and pitiless
    common sense. He felt like a man who had dreamed all night of falling over
    precipes, and had woke up on the morning when he was to be hanged. For as soon
    as he had seen the sunlight run down the channel of his foe's foreshortened
    blade, and as soon as he had felt the two tongues of steel touch, vibrating like
    two living things, he knew that his enemy was a terrible fighter, and that
    probably his last hour had come.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MJ12 TROOP & MAN IN BLACK
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    We've got to pull out.
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    Negative.
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    Without reinforcements --
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    The components are within this building. We will not leave until the reaction
    modules are in my pocket.
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    We don't have the manpower to hold the base.
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    You should have requested more men. That is your blunder, not mine.
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    We don't have time to argue about --
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    I have an assignment from Bob Page, and I intend to complete it.
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    Yes, sir.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STACY WEBBER
    
    JC DENTON
    A lot of troops up this way?
    
    1.
    STACY
    I don't know... They had me locked up until a minute ago. My assistant's still
    being held somewhere.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't think I've come across him.
    
    2.
    STACY
    Thanks for finding my assistant. I thought they'd taken him off to be shot.
    
    JC DENTON
    No problem.
    
    
    STACY
    If you want to look for troops, you should log into the security network. The
    username is "command" and the password is "zebra42."
    
    JC DENTON
    Not a bad idea.
    
    STACY
    I'm going to wait here until I hear from Savage.
    I'm perfectly okay.
    I hope they didn't kill Tim.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TIM BAKER
    
    TIM
    I give up! I give up!
    
    JC DENTON
    Calm down. I'm here to help. What can you tell me about the attack?
    
    TIM
    They took over the building. We're finished!
    
    JC DENTON
    Anything specific? I'm heading to the command center. I don't want any
    surprises.
    
    TIM
    If I was you, I'd go through the tunnels. You could use the security system to
    see if the coast is clear. The login's Tunnel01. The password's Omega2a.
    
    JC DENTON
    Any troops down there?
    
    TIM
    Well, I heard them talking. They don't want to get caught from behind, so they
    left a few spider bots down there. But guess what. I found an EMP grenade in the
    storage closet. You can have it if you think you might go down there.
    
    JC DENTON
    Sure.
    
    TIM
    Be careful with that thing.
    I'm staying right here.
    I was gonna use that grenade to make an escape, but I don't want to get shot.
    I knew Page was gonna come after us, but nobody listened.
    We knew Page was stealing government money. We should have let Congress handle
    it.
    I don't believe the government's corrupt. That's just paranoia.
    The politicians are slow, and sometimes kinda stupid, but that doesn't mean they
    aren't honest.
    I hope you make it to Savage. He's the one they're after.
    Be careful. Those soldiers mean business.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: STACY WEBBER
    
    STACY
    You found him!
    What a relief!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. TONY MARES
    
    JC DENTON
    I need to talk to Gary Savage.
    
    MARES
    How does it look out there? We got those bots brand-new from a guy in Hong Kong,
    but I guess we should have locked down the power grid, huh?
    
    JC DENTON
    I took care of the enemy bots, but there might be a few snipers left. Be
    careful.
    
    MARES
    We think Dr. Savage and the others are in the control room on the second floor
    of the command building, but communications are down. The person we sent to find
    them hasn't reported back. We gave him our key to the control room.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check it out if you want. How do I get there?
    
    MARES
    The trap door in the back room goes down to the utility tunnels, which connect
    to the command building. We had to send someone that way because of the
    shooting. Maybe he didn't make it through the radiation -- I don't know. He had
    no protection; the only hazard suits are in the command building itself.
    We weren't prepared for a direct attack.
    Majestic 12 stormed the main building; Savage could be dead.
    They kill us like insects.
    All these people murdered, and what for? A few assembly modules.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TECH (LARRY)
    
    LARRY
    That was quite a battle.
    We're trying to open a line to the control room.
    If they got to Dr. Savage and the UC, it's all over for X-51.
    I hope Dr. Savage is all right.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TECH (MIKE)
    
    MIKE
    You saved our asses.
    I think we're gonna make it.
    We still don't know how they disabled the bots.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 32
    
    Jacob looked at her and watched all the regret drain from her eyes. She tossed
    the empty revolver onto the body next to her, the gun in the other hand never
    moving an inch from a point that Jacob guessed was just above the bridge of his
    nose.
    "You don't have to do this. It doesn't have to be like this."
    "Oh, yes... yes, I'm afraid that it does."
    He slowly shook his head. The window cracked and for a moment it sounded as if a
    wasp had buzzed through the room -- then a dull thud as her body dropped to the
    floor. Blood poured from the cavity that had been her skull, a wide black pool
    that spread like a shadow in the darkness.
    Jacob knelt and rubbed his fingers in her blood. Monk never missed with a sniper
    rifle. Not ever.
    
    
    
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    NEW DATACUBE TRANSCRIPT
    BEGIN TIMECODE 22:39:12
    
    RECORDING BEGINS ]]]NOW[[[
    TR: Thompson Reynolds, Assistant Researcher, and this would be my latest audio
    diary entry. MJ12 nailed us, completely by surprise. I don't think there was a
    lot of love lost there, but no one really expected a direct assault. Hold on...
    TR: ...so now I'm down in the tunnels. We've lost touch with Gary, and I guess I
    got... elected to go find out what was going on while everyone else deals with
    the attack. Okay, I'm at one of the terminals... powering up... note to self,
    login is -- let's see -- "Tunnel01" and password is... "omega2a". Security grid
    has been deactivated. I hate these stupid hazmat suits, it's almost impossible
    to punch a key without hitting six oth--
    TR: I thought I heard something. Just a sec, let me --
    #$(R&434890)#$*Rq3r)#$R&904
    RECORDING ]]]ENDS[[[
    
    
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG - TUNNELS
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    JC, I'm depending on you. When you find Savage, get him to help you uplink
    Daedalus. The Milnet computers should be near the control room on the second
    floor of the command building.
    
    
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG - COMMAND
    
    
    
    CONTACT: ICARUS
    
    ICARUS
    I am ready. Attack my systems and you will suffer considerable losses.
    
    
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG - COMPUTER
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: GSavage//UnderNet.289.83.54
    To: JTaylor//UnderNet.498.784.90
    Subject: RE: Reaction Modules
    
    >I've done several run-up tests on the reaction
    >modules and I'm a little concerned about the
    >power curves -- you'll find some samples
    >attached from the last run. We're getting a
    >pretty steep rise in the sigma variance.
    I believe the variance can be explained by an interference pattern from the
    reaction module linkages; we had a similar problem at Area 51 resulting from the
    feedback paths -- but keep an eye on it anyways. We can't afford a repeat of
    what happened there.
    Gary
    
    
    
    From: SWebber//UnderNet.098.498.83
    To: JTaylor//UnderNet.498.784.90
    Subject: Genetic Profiles
    
    I found that data Gary was asking for in the stuff we managed to bring with us
    from Area 51 -- genetic profiles for a "JC Denton." For some reason he thought
    they'd be a good baseline to use when calibrating the UC organic construction
    parameters. Anyways, find them attached and let me know if you've got any
    questions.
    -Stacy
    
    
    
    CONTACT: DAEDALUS
    
    DAEDALUS
    I cannot survive much longer. Help me acquire Milnet access. I must attack. I
    must attack.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER
    
    JC DENTON
    Mr. Carter...
    
    SAM CARTER
    Yep, they ran the old dog out.
    
    JC DENTON
    You were dismissed?
    
    SAM CARTER
    All of us career types. They want cadets who've never been anywhere except
    UNATCO and the UNATCO Academy.
    
    JC DENTON
    ...easier to manage, I suppose.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Time to come out here and lend a hand. I knew what Savage was up against; I just
    didn't want to admit it.
    
    JC DENTON
    It's an honor to have you with us, sir.
    
    SAM CARTER
    All right, enough bawling our eyes out. We've got work to do.
    I didn't want to admit that UNATCO could be corrupted, but finally... I had to
    leave.
    I guess it's not surprising to find a few crooks in a place protected by
    security procedures. The shadow of secrecy... it protects indiscriminately.
    Let's shoot the breeze later.
    "Black" programs are too far, if you want to know my opinion, the darkest
    shadows where guys like Page can operate invisibly, like parts of Area 51 --
    programs not even Congress can ask about.
    There's a time and a place for security, but the legislature has to stay
    vigilant, or there will be abuses.
    That's where we have the advantage against Bob Page: we've learned his secrets,
    his first line of defense.
    Time for you to move out, soldier.
    Enough chitchat.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RESEARCHERS (BEN ROPER & LATASHA TAYLOR)
    
    BEN ROPER
    We saw the battle though the cameras. I can't believe you pulled it off.
    Gary wants to see you.
    
    LATASHA TAYLOR
    You saved our lives. Dr. Savage would like to thank you.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I'm Dr. Savage. Thank you. We were close to surrendering when you landed.
    
    JC DENTON
    JC Denton. I'm working with Morgan Everett of the Illuminati. He's developed a
    cure for the Gray Death, and we were hoping to get time on your UC to
    manufacture it.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Everett contacted me just before the attack. Naturally we'll manufacture the
    cure -- once the computer's back up and we get a containment unit for the UC.
    
    JC DENTON
    How close are you to being operational?
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    My daughter's on an expedition to the ocean lab right now to find a schematic
    for the containment vessel. But Lord knows when the computer will be back up. It
    was damaged during the attack.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll look at it. In addition to the UC, Everett and I need your connection to
    the Milnet.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Yes, he said something about an artificial intelligence, the Echelon system,
    something called Icarus and Daedalus...?
    
    JC DENTON
    Another attack happening as we speak... I'll explain later.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Well, the main terminal is in the room at the top of the stairs, login GSavage,
    password Tiffany. I'll open the doors. I would say it's too dangerous -- a lot
    of damaged equipment and hot power lines up there -- but until the computers are
    up the UC's just a box of bolts.
    It won't be easy getting back there.
    We lost most of the machines, but the main server survived.
    I believe you know Mr. Carter from UNATCO. He just escaped the purge.
    We just need to bring the central computer online.
    A rocket exploded on the roof. Luckily, nobody was hurt.
    I should hear from Tiffany soon. Then we'll know if the UC will be ready for
    operation.
    Be careful in there.
    (Are you going to help us or not?
    Was that your idea of a joke?
    Cut it out.)
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RESEARCHERS (BEN ROPER & LATASHA TAYLOR)
    
    BEN ROPER
    I'm surprised anything up there survived the explosion.
    The main terminal is in the back, on the second level.
    We left the lift on the upper level, I'm afraid. You'll have to use the switch
    in the middle of the computer-room to bring it down.
    We really need that system up, but don't get yourself electrocuted.
    
    LATASHA TAYLOR
    We lost nothing critical during the attack.
    Majestic 12 will be back. We're close to having a UC, and they know it.
    I would be careful about trusting the Illuminati.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: SCarter//UNATCO.38239.09421
    To: GSavage//UnderNet.289.83.54
    Subject: Long Time
    
    It took me a while to track you down, Gary -- you've covered your tracks well,
    but I still know a few tricks... and a few people. Which is part of the reason
    I'm writing.
    Ever since I left the Army a couple years back I've been working for UNATCO. It
    seems that they're a better organization in principle than practice, and I've
    become increasingly uncomfortable with their methods. I've got my suspicions
    about other things, as well, but I'd prefer not to get into them over an open
    line. Doesn't matter -- they've discharged everyone who didn't come to them
    right out of UNATCO Academy spouting the party line, so I'm gone as of today.
    Heard you had your own difference of opinions with the military research
    establishment and took off on your own. I'm not sure what you're working on, but
    it might be related to something another friend of mine has uncovered and I'd
    like to help. Let me know if you need another hand. It'd be good to see you
    again.
    
    
    
    From: TSavage//UnderNet.782.839
    To: GSavage//UnderNet.289.83.54
    Subject: Wish Me Luck
    
    I'm about ready to leave, Dad. Carla and Stacy have done their best to outfit me
    with everything I need. You know, when I was a little girl I never really
    fantasized about being a spy or a thief or a princess... I always wanted to be a
    scientist, just like you. Methodical and careful, that's exactly how you always
    taught me to work, and that's exactly how I'll be.
    I know we'll see each other before I leave, but I wanted you to know how proud I
    am of you and what you're doing, and how glad I am that I can be a part of it.
    Mom would have been proud of you, too. I just don't know if I can say all that
    when I'm standing there in front of you, so this will have to do until I get
    back.
    Love,
    Tiffany
    
    
    
    From: CBrown//UnderNet.132.094.93
    To: GSavage//UnderNet.289.83.54
    Subject: Incoming
    
    I'm starting to pick up signals on the temblor sensors consistent with a small
    assault force. I'm not sure if they think that little of us, or if they're just
    in such a rush to stop us that this was the best they could manage. Either way,
    I hope those Hong Kong bots we got from your mysterious benefactor can do the
    trick. We've probably got an hour before they arrive, so I'm going to go run a
    systems check on the bots before everything goes to hell. -- Carla
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT, DAEDALUS, ICARUS, HELIOS & BOB PAGE
    
    EVERETT
    Just bring up the system for Savage. I'll route Daedalus through your infolink.
    Don't worry: there's very little risk.
    
    DAEDALUS
    I am...
    
    ICARUS
    We...
    
    EVERETT
    I'm losing Daedalus...
    
    HELIOS
    Ye-e-e-es...
    
    EVERETT
    Hold on. Something's --
    
    BOB PAGE
    You forgot about the Aquinas Protocol. I was listening to Daedalus all along,
    waiting...
    
    EVERETT
    The AI's seem to be merging...
    
    BOB PAGE
    And I have another surprise, Denton. Find Savage in the control room. I have an
    announcement.
    
    EVERETT
    Something went wrong, JC. I'm looking into it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER, BEN ROPER & LATASHA TAYLOR
    
    SAM CARTER
    Talk to Savage. We're expecting a communication from Bob Page.
    
    BEN ROPER
    Bob Page is about to contact us.
    
    LATASHA TAYLOR
    Dr. Savage is waiting for you in front of the communicator.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BOB PAGE & GARY SAVAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Excellent. We're all here.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    You aren't in a position to make any demands, Page.
    
    BOB PAGE
    On the contrary. My mission might have failed, but so did yours. I captured your
    daughter an hour ago.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Tiffany...
    
    BOB PAGE
    She's been quite forthcoming. So you were hoping to find a containment unit in
    the ocean lab...
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I demand to see my daughter immediately!
    
    BOB PAGE
    Well, like you, we lack certain components of a Universal Constructor: the
    reaction modules you stole when you left Area 51 to go into business for
    yourself.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't negotiate.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Oh, yes, Mr. Denton -- I wanted you here for a reason. Look at me.
    You interfere in any way, I will kill that young woman. I mean it.
    I want those components, Savage. You will bring them to the abandoned gas
    station west of Vandenberg in exactly one hour.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    You hurt my daughter and I swear to God --
    
    BOB PAGE
    Bring me the reaction modules!
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I don't think we have a choice. Oh, I should have never let her go!
    
    JC DENTON
    Page will resume production of the plague if he gets the components to build a
    UC.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I know, I know... But I can't let them kill Tiffany.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tell them you're sending someone with the components. I'll have my pilot drop me
    off where they're holding your daughter. Maybe I can rescue her.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    That's too risky.
    
    JC DENTON
    We don't have a choice. Trust me. She'll be fine.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Yes! Yes! We've got to try it! Just don't let anything happen to her. Mr.
    Denton... thank you. Here's a photograph so that you can identify her.
    
    JC DENTON
    Something unexpected happened when I brought up the computer.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Yes...?
    
    JC DENTON
    The AI's joined together into... an entity called Helios. A trap Page had laid.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    He's always controlled communications. We can't challenge him there.
    
    JC DENTON
    I hope you keep the UC on a local network.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    The Aquinas Protocol leaves us no choice but to stay offline. You simply can't
    use Internet 3 without a machine at Area 51 knowing about it. I don't know what
    Everett was expecting to accomplish.
    
    JC DENTON
    I guess it backfired, whatever his plans were.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    JC... If you find my daughter, tell her I'm sorry. I'm sorry I had to risk her
    life!
    I've lost so many of my people this way.
    More than a dozen of our scientists were prisoners in the ocean lab and have
    probably drowned.
    I hope you find her.
    If we can do anything, let us know.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: RESEARCHERS (BEN ROPER & LATASHA TAYLOR)
    
    BEN ROPER
    Tiffany is the last of Gary's family.
    A spy for Page assassinated Gary's wife shortly after we came here.
    Mr. Denton -- whatever it takes -- get her back.
    
    LATASHA TAYLOR
    Tiffany is Gary's only child.
    I hope you find her.
    We can't give in to MJ12, even if one of us has to die.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SAM CARTER
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you think I'm doing the right thing -- going after Savage's daughter?
    
    SAM CARTER
    Absolutely. Never negotiate with a terrorist.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tiffany could lose her life.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Never negotiate. You will only encourage more acts of terror. Besides, you're
    going to bring Tiffany back alive.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yes, sir. I'll do what I can to get her back.
    Know much about the Echelon system?
    
    SAM CARTER
    Bits and pieces. Why?
    
    JC DENTON
    Morgan Everett just had me connect two Echelon AI's together. They've merged to
    form an entity called Helios.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Sounds like Everett was making a play for power -- and it backfired.
    
    JC DENTON
    What does that do for Majestic 12?
    
    SAM CARTER
    I'm not sure. UNATCO was aware that the Daedalus system had become unreliable,
    but no one knew why. Icarus was the same system with a few modifications.
    
    JC DENTON
    Page seemed to think he had won.
    
    SAM CARTER
    Perhaps. The NSA's had the Internet hardwired through Area 51 since the
    'thirties, but if components of Daedalus are still active, I would bet his
    control is less than absolute.
    
    JC DENTON
    I hope you're right. Thanks.
    
    SAM CARTER
    I know you can pull off the rescue.
    You better move out.
    Don't underestimate the ruthlessness of Bob Page.
    I'll stay here with Savage's people.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    All right, I've landed. You won't believe this, but I have Tong with me. He
    looks pretty sick. Savage has promised to get him some medical attention. Meet
    us at the base entrance to the northeast.
    
    
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG - COMMAND
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. TONY MARES
    
    DR. TONY MARES
    We heard about Gary's daughter; our hearts are with you.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: Captain Chip Moser
    TO: Major Derek Walcombe
    SUBJECT: Saddle Up (Draft Text)
    
    It's funny, in the army you get shifted around so often you develop attachments
    to any place you can call home for more than nine months, and I've been at
    Vandenberg for more than ten years. My family has grown up here. I'm actually
    sorry to see it go. But you've been a big help to all of us, Derek, and I
    appreciate your efforts in getting us moved out to Fort Jasper -- it'll be good
    to actually sit down and have a beer with you again in person.
    I heard yesterday that the government has sold off the base to some research
    consortium. They must have deep pockets if they're willing to fix all the
    structural damage that's cropped up since the Big One a few years back. Strange
    birds, real quiet. Probably ex-military would be my guess. Anyways, I'm sure
    I'll have some stories for you by the time I make it up there. Should be next
    week.
    Give my best to Kim,
    Chip
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    JC... hello.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's wrong?
    
    TONG
    ...an error... one of the experiments... I have the Gray Death.
    
    JOCK
    He flew into San Jose and had no way to get here.
    
    TONG
    I am not a high-order term in the equation anymore. Do not concern yourselves
    with me.
    
    JC DENTON
    You aren't dead yet, Tong. Savage will take care of you.
    
    TONG
    I'm here for selfish reasons, to have access to the cure.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let's just hope we're able to manufacture it. Savage's daughter failed to get
    the part he needs for the UC. She's being held prisoner by Majestic 12.
    
    JOCK
    We should get moving. Tony Mares in on the way to help Tong.
    
    TONG
    By all means, go. You don't have time to stand around on account of me.
    
    1.
    JOCK
    Hop in, JC.
    
    2.
    JOCK
    Get in, JC. I've got a little rattle under the control panel, but this old bird
    can still flap her wings.
    
    JC DENTON
    A rattle? Maybe one of Savage's mechanics should look at it.
    
    JOCK
    Tiffany comes first. I think that mechanic at Everett's just didn't know how to
    use a screwdriver. Let's go.
    
    
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG - GAS
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I'm gonna stay back until you have Tiffany, then I'll touch down in the junkyard
    to the south. Try to make a silent approach. If the guards think it's a raid,
    they might decide to kill Savage's daughter.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: BUM, FRED & SANDRA RENTON
    
    FRED
    I'm freezing my ass of over here.
    
    BUM
    You said that already.
    
    FRED
    I'll say it again. I'm freezing my ass off.
    
    BUM
    What am I supposed to do about it?
    
    FRED
    You won't do NOTHIN'! I already told you: I'M gonna handle it.
    
    BUM
    Oh, Lord...
    
    SANDRA
    Shut up, both of you!
    
    FRED
    I don't have to stand for this. I know my rights.
    
    BUM
    You don't got rights.
    
    FRED
    ...just keep my eye out for the Highway Patrol.
    
    BUM
    You don't got money, you don't got rights.
    
    SANDRA
    You said it.
    
    FRED
    I'm not gonna roll over and die like a dead dog.
    
    JC DENTON
    You weren't kidding about leaving New York.
    
    SANDRA
    Here I am, other side of the continent.
    
    JC DENTON
    How'd you end up at a vacant gas station near the ruins of Los Angeles?
    
    SANDRA
    I was hitching a ride to Eugene and this jerk pulls a gun on me, takes
    everything I have, and dumps me on the side of the road.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's terrible.
    
    SANDRA
    I was pretty down for awhile.
    
    JC DENTON
    You can always go back.
    
    SANDRA
    No, I know how to stick to a plan. I'll walk to Eugene if I have to.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well... good luck.
    
    SANDRA
    Thanks.
    Believe it or not, sometimes I miss the 'Ton and Janey and Jordan Shea and all
    the rest of it.
    I'll get by; I always do.
    Really, I'll be okay.
    
    JC DENTON
    How's it going?
    
    BUM
    Huh?
    
    FRED
    Down, man. It's going down and it keeps going down.
    
    JC DENTON
    You're a long way from a city. How do you get by out there?
    
    BUM
    We were living in the gas station.
    
    FRED
    They threw us out!
    
    JC DENTON
    The soldiers?
    
    FRED
    Yeah, I'm gonna sneak in there while they're sleeping and start a fire!
    
    BUM
    If you ever did one thing you talked about doing...
    
    FRED
    I know my business, woman.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm going in there right now. What's the best way?
    
    FRED
    Myself, I was gonna take the sewer. See, I got a key.
    
    JC DENTON
    Mind if I borrow it?
    
    FRED
    Sure, man. You go in first and scout around. I'll go later, when they're fast
    asleep and won't suspect a thing. Need any hardware? The Army used to have a
    command post up there. I found weapon mods for accuracy and recoil, which you
    can have for 750 and 400. Also, a rebreather-- how about 1500?
    
    JC DENTON
    Give me the accuracy weapon mod for 750.
    
    FRED
    Give 'em hell!
    How 'bout that hardware?
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Here's 400 for the recoil weapon mod.
    
    FRED
    I was gonna storm the place myself, but I guess I could use the cash.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I'll take the rebreather for 1500.
    
    FRED
    Well, hot damn!
    
    (3.
    JC DENTON
    Not interested.)
    
    
    FRED
    I'm still going in there! I mean it!
    You get the lay of the land, then report back to me.
    If it ain't our home, it ain't gonna be nobody's.
    (I heard shots.
    Think Im gonna lay low for a while.)
    
    BUM
    Leave us be!
    I don't know you.
    We got here first.
    They're gonna kill us!
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    JC, I'm showing that a female just went down... Tiffany. We failed. Meet me in
    the junkyard; I just touched down and blasted open the gates. I'll think of a
    way to break the news to Dr. Savage.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS & MORGAN EVERETT
    
    HELIOS
    Yes, you will go to the ocean lab. You will help me acquire a Universal
    Constructor.
    
    EVERETT
    Still looking at this Helios entity. Not sure how Page can control it.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Tiffany! Oh, my poor baby... I can't bear to watch any longer. Get out of there,
    JC. Thanks for trying.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    That's too bad about Tiffany.
    
    JC DENTON
    I gave it my best shot.
    
    JOCK
    We know you did. Dr. Savage wanted me to thank you for trying.
    
    JC DENTON
    Let him know I'm sorry about his daughter. Meanwhile, can you drop me off at the
    submarine base? I'd like to make a try for the ocean lab's UC.
    
    JOCK
    Sure.
    
    
    
    2.
    CONVERSATION: TIFFANY SAVAGE
    
    JC DENTON
    Your father sent me. You all right?
    
    TIFFANY
    They caught me at the submarine base trying to steal one of their mini-subs.
    
    JC DENTON
    Do you really think there's a containment unit in the ocean lab?
    
    TIFFANY
    All we need's a schematic. As long as the main computer isn't water-logged...
    
    JC DENTON
    We'll talk about that later. Come on, let's go.
    
    TIFFANY
    I'm not going back to that base. You want to check it out, great. Here's a map
    that shows a back way into the sub bays.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll check it out, but first let's get you out of here.
    Wait here while I deal with the guards.
    
    TIFFANY
    Right.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS & MORGAN EVERETT
    
    HELIOS
    Yes, you will go to the ocean lab. You will help me acquire a Universal
    Constructor.
    
    EVERETT
    Still looking at this Helios entity. Not sure how Page can control it.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: TIFFANY SAVAGE
    
    TIFFANY
    I'm ready.
    
    JC DENTON
    Make a break for the helicopter; it's in the junkyard.
    
    TIFFANY
    Got it.
    Are you sure it's safe?
    Let's go.
    Watch out for guards.
    I'm glad my father didn't cave in.
    I hope you know what you're doing.
    The sub-base is well-guarded; I found out the hard way.
    We need to mount another expedition to the ocean lab before MJ12 salvages the UC
    themselves.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I'm gonna wait on Tiffany.
    Good. You both made it. Dr. Savage will be relieved.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can you take her back to Vandenberg while I check out the submarine base? I'm
    going to make another try to reach the ocean lab's UC.
    
    JOCK
    Sure. I'll drop you off on the way.
    
    
    
    
    
    NEW WEST COAST - SUB BASE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Remember, this is how Tiffany was captured. You need to steal a mini-sub to get
    to the ocean lab. The base is a series of interconnected modules, with the subs
    in the module submerged just offshore.
    You'll probably come across scientists of mine who were captured and forced to
    work in the genetics labs. Maybe they'll lend a hand.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. CORWELL
    
    DR. CORWELL
    Something tells me you don't have permission to be down here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't even think about setting off an alarm.
    
    DR. CORWELL
    I was just going to suggest that you avoid the guards. You could swim through
    this tank to a feeding hole in the storage room. The hatch code is 1223. Watch
    out for the karkian, though.
    
    JC DENTON
    Great, maybe I'll give it a try.
    
    DR. CORWELL
    Someone should expose what's going on here.
    This laboratory's treatment of animals is abominable.
    They're doing an exhaustive study of morphology, which leads to horribly
    deformed creatures, creatures without limbs, fins, eyes, heads... No one cares
    if the poor monsters live or die, or how long they suffer.
    I'd report this facility myself, but right now I need the job.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCIENTIST
    
    SCIENTIST
    Leave me alone.
    You aren't supposed to be in here.
    Mind your own business.
    I'm working.
    I'm unarmed.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. PINKERTON
    
    DR. PINKERTON
    You Denton? Savage said to expect someone on a mission to the Ocean Lab.
    
    JC DENTON
    Denton's an old code name from my UNATCO days, but it seems to have stuck.
    
    DR. PINKERTON
    I have a map of the facility. Also you can use my login: "APinkerton," password
    "Antennapedia." You will need it for the computers in the URV bay.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. You one of the scientists Savage lost to Majestic 12?
    
    DR. PINKERTON
    My situation here is temporary. I still report to Gary Savage.
    
    JC DENTON
    Why do you stay? They have a gun to your head?
    
    DR. PINKERTON
    You could say that. They have us doing standard experiments on marine animals,
    homeotics stuff.
    
    JC DENTON
    Doesn't sound too sinister.
    
    DR. PINKERTON
    Either they don't know what to do with us, or the significance of the data is a
    well-kept secret.
    
    JC DENTON
    Well, hang in there.
    
    DR. PINKERTON
    Tell Gary I'd do it again, no questions asked.
    The serious research around here went on in the ocean lab.
    You can imagine our jubilation when we heard about the accident.
    It seems Majestic 12 lost everything they were doing down there.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCIENTIST
    
    SCIENTIST
    Please leave the work area.
    Non-technical personnel must stay in the common areas.
    You won't find anything in here.
    Regulations forbid us from talking to outsiders.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    The URV bay is in this module. You might not hear from me again. Not sure if a
    microwave transmission can reach the ocean lab. We'll find out.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Nasir: The URVs get a little twitchy if you don't take 'em for a maintenance run
    at least once every 10 days; use the TECH login on the security console,
    password SHARKMAN to access the door control. And if I find one ding in a fin
    from you hot-rodding around in my babies, I'll feed you to the nasties I hear
    they keep down there myself. -- Castor
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCIENTIST (DR. BRITTANY PRINZLER)
    
    DR. PRINZLER
    You must be Denton.
    
    JC DENTON
    How --
    
    DR. PRINZLER
    I've been in contact with Dr. Savage. If you want to take one of the mini-subs,
    you'll have to open the sub-bay doors. Use the security terminal, login "tech,"
    password "sharkman."
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks.
    
    DR. PRINZLER
    Be discreet about it. It's important to X-51 that I keep my position here.
    We don't have time for chitchat.
    You'll blow my cover.
    Get moving.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: SCIENTIST
    
    SCIENTIST
    Leave me alone.
    You aren't supposed to be in here.
    Mind your own business.
    I'm working.
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    To: APinkerton//UpNet.90.2.3834
    Subject: Re: Karkian Assessment
    
    Your report on the aquatic capabilities of the karkian displayed definite
    progress; see that it continues and have the karkian embryos delivered to the
    OceanLab immediately. Continue to report all subsequent data concerning genetic
    research directly to me.
    
    
    
    From: EPotamus//UpNet.90.2.4734.3
    To: APinkerton//UpNet.90.2.3834
    Subject: HElP
    
    got to help us Adriane got to help us they're pounding on the door right now and
    the turrets have gone crazy. Send someone anyone hurry for God's sake Hillary is
    bleeding all over and there's blood everywhere -- I think it was Ridley but I
    don't know why, Adriannel don't know why. Whatever you be careful, just get
    someone down here fast they're almost through the door
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    JC DENTON
    Mind if I borrow one of the subs?
    
    MECHANIC
    Not the one on the right. I am replacing the rotors.
    
    JC DENTON
    Then I'll take the other one.
    
    MECHANIC
    You must have authorization.
    
    JC DENTON
    I need some equipment from the ocean lab. Lives depend on it.
    
    MECHANIC
    Ask the appropriate authority for the security login to open the sub-bay doors.
    If you don't know what that means, you don't belong in here and should leave
    immediately.
    You try to take one of those subs while the doors are close, bam! We're both
    dead.
    Don't bother me while I'm working.
    The code isn't something they entrust to someone like me.
    
    
    
    
    
    NEW WEST COAST - OCEANLAB
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    We're counting on you, JC. Don't come back until you've gotten the schematic
    from the ocean lab computer system.
    Look out the window to the northeast. The building with the green beacon is the
    crew module. It should contain a lift that goes down to the manufacturing level.
    Careful, JC. The Ocean Lab's electrical systems are waterlogged and misfiring.
    Turrets and security systems won't behave like you expect, and the transgenics
    have probably sprung their cages.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Last will and... who the hell am I kidding.
    Ridley was a traitor. No idea who he was working for and I don't really care.
    He's dead now. He was one of the scientists. He set explosives, drowned half the
    lab. Killed most of the others by remote when the robots and turrets went crazy.
    A computer virus. Something. Kept babbling about illuminated ones right up until
    the end right before I put a bullet in his head. Better than he deserved.
    One of those stupid turrets tagged me in the kidney and gut I can feel myself
    bleeding out... someone should know what happened. I know they'll come back. A
    debriefing team... is what they call them. But we'll all be dead by then. So
    screw you whoever finds this.
    Last will and testa...
    Thomas Mann
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS & BOB PAGE
    
    HELIOS
    Yes, you will reach the northern wing and take the tunnel to the crew module.
    Not every door was sealed against the explosions.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Lead the way, Denton.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Mary Beth:
    I've got fires going up all over the place and I don't know if I'll be able to
    put them all out -- this is getting serious. Security locks have failed on the
    containment pens and a bunch of cameras don't seem to be functioning so there's
    no way to track any escaped animals. I just got a call that the turrets on the
    Command Level went active and started shooting everything in the room. I'm _way_
    over my head and I can't even raise you or anyone else on the horn. I'm going
    down to the UC lab, so look for me there if you get this note. -- Yushio
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: JRoland//UpNet.298.37.489.11
    To: MBHaggerty//UpNet.20.894.9873
    Subject: Malfunctioning Turret
    
    Got a turret down here in the lab, serial number 4566798A89X3. Not responding to
    any kind of input, and I can't get the thing to stand down. I've tried running
    diagnostics on it but no response. Anything you can do from your end? Otherwise
    it looks like I'll have to dismantle the damn thing. -- Roland
    
    
    
    From: IRidley//UpNet.783.38.8522
    To: MBHaggerty//UpNet.20.894.9873
    Subject: Illumination Is At Hand
    
    You have been in the service of the False Ones. Those who call themselves
    "majestic," but have so little understanding of the true Doctrine of the Mighty.
    It is unfortunate that you will not be able to comprehend the Plan, the Way, the
    course that has been carefully laid out for us over a thousand years. I truly
    wish you could see the beauty of everything as it has been shown to me, and then
    you would understand why I must undertake such extreme measures.
    By the time you receive this message it will already be too late. The computer
    virus will have been released, and by now the entire network has been thoroughly
    infiltrated. I am sorry. The only comfort I can give is that your necessary
    sacrifice will be for a higher cause.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    I got that tunnel code for you, Dr. Awase -- project management has cleared you
    to take some core samples from the area while it's being bored out, but I'd be
    careful anyways. Big machinery and diamond-tipped drill bits don't create the
    most friendly work environment.
    Access code: 5690
    Paul
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Past the checkpoint is an excavation area where they were expanding the
    facility. Beyond that should be the crew module.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Corporal Hutchens:
    This place has gone to hell and it's all Ridley's fault. I've been able to track
    him and it looks like he's heading for the dock -- he must have a URV scheduled
    to pick him up. There's no way I'm going to let him get away, not after what
    he's done. Grab some firepower and hole up wherever you can. An extraction team
    is bound to show up sooner or later. If you run into trouble, bypass security
    with the "Oceanguard" login and "Kraken" password, but I don't now how much
    longer that'll work.
    Good luck.
    Sergeant Mann
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: ESchiele//UpNet.09.4.5670
    To: YIkagi//UpNet.78.4.7983
    Subject: Where are you?
    
    Hey Yushio, where the hell are you? I've been trying to raise you guys for the
    last hour, but no one answers -- not on the hardline, not on the squelch. If you
    get this message, respond ASAP and let us know the situation.
    Christ, the intruder alarms are going off up here. probably another security
    drill. It's really turning into one of those days.
    Egon
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Universal Constructor: Theory, Principles, and Practice
    by Wayne Yin
    
    ...and thus arose the need for a more generalized theory encompassing a
    "Universal Constructor" (UC) that would be able to handle such arbitrarily
    complex nanoscale design problems. Unlike the simple atom by atom nanotech
    constructors common today, a UC would combine millions upon millions of atoms in
    a parallel process that could produce materials or mechanisms of unmatched
    intricacy on a scale currently not possible even with the best nanoscale
    foundry.
    One of the most obvious applications of a UC -- if its construction were ever
    practical -- would be the genetic manipulation of lifeforms at the atomic level
    to cure disease, correct congenial defects, or expand their capabilities in
    beneficial ways. Theoretically, if an "intelligent," real-time control program
    were developed for the UC, then autonomous, artificial nanoscale organisms could
    be assembled. Careful design could create organisms that might actually exist in
    "symbiosis" with other life.
    However, a UC also creates the tangible threat of a "gray goo" scenario: the
    design of an organism that is so evolutionarily advanced as to overwhelm the
    current ecosystem...
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    The Man Who Was Thursday
    by G. K. Chesterton
    
    ..."I think," said Dr. Bull with precision, "that I am lying in bed at No. 217
    Peabody Buildings, and that I shall soon wake up with a jump; or, if that's not
    it, I think that I am sitting in a small cushioned cell in Hanwell, and that the
    doctor can't make much of my case. But if you want to know what I don't think,
    I'll tell you. I don't think what you think. I don't think, and I never shall
    think, that the mass of ordinary men are a pack of dirty modern thinkers. No,
    sir, I'm a democrat, and I still don't believe that Sunday could convert one
    average navy or counter-jumper. No, I may be mad, but humanity isn't."
    Syme turned his bright blue eyes on Bull with an earnestness which he did not
    commonly make clear.
    "You are a very fine fellow," he said. "You can believe in a sanity which is not
    merely your sanity. And you're right enough about humanity, about peasants and
    people like that jolly old innkeeper. But you're not right about Renard. I
    suspected him from the first. He's rationalistic, and, what's worse, he's rich.
    When duty and religion are really destroyed, it will be by the rich."
    
    
    
    NEWSPAPER
    
    U.S. Situation Worsens
    APR - Washington, D.C.
    
    With the declaration of martial law only twenty-four hours ago in the United
    States, the country is in turmoil and teeters on the edge of social collapse.
    Numerous Governors, including Jason Findley of Colorado, Gray Haddock of Texas,
    and Christina Leicht of California, have refused to comply with the Presidential
    directive or acknowledge the authority of Walton Simons, Director of FEMA.
    National Guard and other troops mobilized to quell domestic turmoil are in
    disarray as many units have gone AWOL. In a live NetCast earlier today, General
    Ed Garner said that he would "give no order, nor allow any order to be given to
    those under my command that would lead to their taking potentially lethal
    measures against an unarmed civilian population." He concluded by saying that
    "our neighbors are not our enemies."
    General Garner was immediately relieved of command by Walton Simons, resulting
    in the resignation of N.D. Goper, Secretary of Defense.
    Reports that a detachment of UNATCO troops fired on a crowd of protesters in New
    York City has yet to be verified, though several high-level sources within the
    government indicate that the situation may have degenerated to the point where
    UNATCO is no longer under governmental supervision. Similar reports have been
    received from Mexico City, London, Berlin, Paris, and Moscow.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    I hope you're the rescue team and I hope you came armed. Ridley's screwed us,
    and whoever wasn't drowned, eaten by one of those monstrosities they've had us
    creating, or cut in half by a turret, has taken refuge in the UC lab. There's
    not many left. I've jury-rigged some laser tripwires to warn us if any of our
    specimens make it this far looking for Mommy and Daddy, but now it's the spiders
    that are causing a problem. I don't know how much longer we can hold out.
    Please.
    Hurry.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS & BOB PAGE
    
    HELIOS
    Yes, you will defeat the security network; it is confused, yes, expecting the
    breach that never comes.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Do you see the pieces coming together? UC, AI, and soon Helios will interface
    directly with my mind. I will be able to see anything, build anything, DO --
    ANYTHING! Just a little further, Denton...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Yushio --
    Ridley's done something to the computers, some kind of tunneling virus with an
    adaptable polymorph engine like I've never seen before. Way advanced stuff. It's
    overwhelming the self-repair routines and I figure we've got thirty, maybe forty
    minutes before this whole place goes haywire. I'll do what I can do to block it,
    but as a CYA I installed a low-level login at root with a recursive refresh
    built into the protected ring -- if worse comes to worse, it _should_ give us
    access to the security computers even if the virus brings down the rest of the
    system. Hopefully.
    Login: MJ12
    Password: SKYWALKER
    See what you can do on your end.
    :Mary Beth
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: BPage//UpNet.783.38.8522
    To: MBHaggerty//UpNet.20.894.9873
    Subject: destroy EVERYTHING
    
    The report is confirmed. The sabotage was carried out by agents of the
    Illuminati. We cannot get protection to the area in time. Cease work immediately
    and destroy the UC. Yes, destroy it! It will be a setback, but if you can
    transmit the schematics I requested, we might be able to get a system running at
    Area 51.
    Are you still down there, Haggerty? Please respond. I need that schematic.
    BP
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    The schematic should be stored on the computer in this room.
    I'm leaving a copy of the schematic in your datavault. It's exactly what we
    need. I'll catch a ride with Jock and meet you on top of the sub base's command
    module, just onshore.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Step over to the communicator. I have something to say.
    In case you were wondering, Helios intercepted your transmission; we accessed
    the Ocean Lab computers ourselves, which means our UCs will be operational
    shortly.
    
    JC DENTON
    Meanwhile, we will be manufacturing a cure to the virus.
    
    BOB PAGE
    A cure? A cure! Do you have any idea how easy it will be for me to make a new
    virus? All I have to do is find a very large prime number and multiply.
    
    JC DENTON
    And all we have to do is crack the code.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Mathematically unlikely. As are your chances of leaving the Ocean Lab, by the
    way.
    
    JC DENTON
    You're next, Page. Your greatest strength was secrecy, but now we know
    everything, including your present location.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Always the optimist. You would need an army to attack me at Area 51, and pretty
    soon -- if the missile is accurate -- your "X-51" will be a thin, gray smudge
    where Vandenberg used to be.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    We've picked up a submarine approaching the URV bay. It could be an ambush.
    Hurry!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You ended up working for us, anyway. How ironic.
    Remember that NSF gentleman I had to dispatch back at UNATCO Headquarters? Guess
    you were bitten by the same bug. There's only one cure, you know, once you have
    the disease.
    All in all, you weren't a bad experiment. You will be the last prototype we have
    to discard.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    If you recall our chat in the breakroom at UNATCO, you know that I have the same
    augmentation technology as you.
    
    JC DENTON
    Then this will be a good fight.
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    With the exception that I have a newer version of the firmware.
    
    
    
    
    
    NEW WEST COAST - SUB BASE
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    Go away!
    You! They will get you! You can't get away!
    Don't get me in trouble!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. BRITTANY PRINZLER
    
    DR. PRINZLER
    Dr. Savage is waiting for you on the roof of the command module onshore.
    There have been some developments out in the desert.
    You'd better check in.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    You better talk to Savage. He needs our help.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    You made it.
    
    JC DENTON
    How long until the UC is up?
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Tonight, if the schematics are accurate. But we have another problem.
    
    JC DENTON
    Page said he was launching a missile at Vandenberg.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Exactly. His troops occupied a silo to the north of here.
    
    JC DENTON
    Has he made any demands?
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    The launch sequence has started. No demands. They want to wipe us out.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll have Jock get me there as quick as he can.
    
    1.
    GARY SAVAGE
    Good. Hey, thanks again for saving my daughter. I brought you something from the
    lab... A token of my appreciation.
    
    JC DENTON
    Not necessary. I'm just glad she's all right.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Take it. You might want to upgrade your systems. Sooner of later you'll have to
    face Bob Page.
    
    2.
    GARY SAVAGE
    Good. Hey, thanks again for going after Tiffany. I know you did your best.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah, I just wish things had turned out better.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I just try not to think about it. Poor girl. She never wanted to get mixed up in
    all of this...
    I was going to bring you an upgrade canister, but I forgot. I guess I'm just not
    myself right now.
    I made the decision at Area 51 that this cause was worth dying for -- I just
    didn't realize that she would be the one to die.
    
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    We'll take care of Tong. Don't worry.
    We should begin manufacturing the vaccine within the hour.
    Hurry! We don't have much time.
    Go!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Let's go!
    
    
    
    
    
    NEW WEST COAST - MISSILE SILO
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    The control room is underground. The security code we have is 8456, but that's
    an old piece of trivia from our days at Area 51. I doubt it still works on all
    of the doors.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MJ12 TROOP 1, MJ12 TROOP 2 & MJ12 TROOP 3
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    Why'd they change the codes?
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    Howard Strong. They want his group to have exclusive access to the silo.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    Always trusting civilians... Look where that got us.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 3
    Page knows what he's doing.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    My squad eliminated the dangerous employees.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    Two words: New York City.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 1
    I'm not standing up for Simons. He was careless.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 2
    So's Page. He hands over an entire operation to an opportunist like Howard
    Strong.
    
    MJ12 TROOP 3
    I would watch what I say about Bob Page.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    1st Force Recon Company Log
    Captain Veronica Oberst, Company Commander
    
    ...initial resistance was light and by 19:45 we were able to secure the silo and
    surrounding facilities with minimal casualties -- nothing more than a bunch of
    scientists, most of them not even armed. I've detached a platoon for mop-up and
    identification. HQ has asked for a complete list of enemy casualties; I've also
    been asked to locate Howard Strong -- he's one of our assets -- and turn him
    over to Agent Karyo. A preliminary list follows; I'll update it as more
    information becomes available.
    Dr. Sue Ferguson - Deceased
    Dr. Royce Davison - Deceased
    Elroy Jones - Deceased
    Dr. L. Bernard - Captured
    Rory Calloway - Deceased
    Jessica Hutchens - Deceased
    Dr. Yuri Alibek - Deceased
    Dr. Hanako Miyase - Deceased?
    ...
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: DR. BERNARD
    
    JC DENTON
    Why are you locked in the bathroom?
    
    DR. BERNARD
    Closest thing we have to a jail cell.
    
    JC DENTON
    And?
    
    DR. BERNARD
    I found out about Howard Strong. He's the reason we're about to nuke Vandenberg.
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    Who's Strong?
    
    DR. BERNARD
    You won't believe me.
    
    JC DENTON
    Go ahead.
    
    DR. BERNARD
    He's an agent for a secret high-level conspiracy called Majestic 12.
    
    JC DENTON
    Interesting.
    
    DR. BERNARD
    I'm not crazy. The guys in black uniforms aren't U.S. soldiers. Ever since they
    got here, Strong's been in charge.
    
    JC DENTON
    I didn't call you crazy.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I changed the launch codes. The only place that's getting nuked is Area 51.
    
    DR. BERNARD
    You think you can take out Bob Page? Not likely, not as long as Strong is alive.
    He'll destroy the rocket on the ground if he has to.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm on my way to the silo right now.
    
    DR. BERNARD
    I heard the guards talking. They've set up an ambush.
    
    JC DENTON
    Yeah? Where?
    
    DR. BERNARD
    The main passage. No way round it, but there's a false floor at one stretch.
    Maybe you can take cover down there.
    
    JC DENTON
    Thanks. I'll look for it.
    
    
    DR. BERNARD
    I'm staying right here.
    I'm not taking any chances.
    Seems like this sort of thing is always happening to the U.S. military.
    They should do a better job screening people.
    This was supposed to be a Top Secret facility.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Agent Karyo: I've changed the login to the security launch computers and locked
    them up behind some hard ice -- there's little chance that any of the other team
    members could interfere now. Feel free to dispose of the survivors, though
    Simons wanted at least one left alive for interrogation.
    The new login is "Elder" and the password is "Armageddon".
    --
    Howard Strong
    
    
    
    CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE & BOB PAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    The abort switch is straight ahead. First abort the launch, then use the
    terminal on the left to reprogram the missile to hit Area 51.
    Launch aborted. Now use the terminal at the side of the room to reprogram the
    missile.
    Launch sequence initiated. It's gonna be a sunny day at Area 51...
    
    BOB PAGE
    Just like your lab work, Savage: premature celebration.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    You've got about 10 minutes, Page.
    
    BOB PAGE
    As a scientist, you should have learned to expect surprises.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    JC, go to the silo. Make sure no one interferes with this launch.
    
    BOB PAGE
    We have a few minutes to kill before we destroy the missile. Might as well kill
    you, too.
    You won this round, but I've still got Helios, and we're a mile underground.
    Time for Plan C.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    The rocket's about to launch. I'll meet you topside.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    Now to Area 51, JC. Page will be weakened. This is our chance.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Let's get out of here. There's a hero's welcome waiting for you at Vandenberg.
    
    (JC DENTON
    How's the chopper sound? Get rid of that rattle?
    
    JOCK
    Still there, but it's just a loose casing or something. That mechanic of
    Everett's was kind of a flunkie. Why?)
    
    JC DENTON
    We're going to Area 51.
    
    JOCK
    Alone? Don't you think we should regroup first?
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm going after Bob Page.
    
    
    
    
    
    AREA51 - BUNKER
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    Just spotted a sniper in the tower.
    (JC! Got a problem. Someone planted a bo-----)
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    (I don't believe it! JC! We lost Jock! All systems were operating normally on
    that chopper... It must have been a bomb planted by an MJ12 saboteur.)
    Here's a satellite image of the damage from the missile. Page is weakened, but
    you still have to get past the large blast doors north of the helipad and
    penetrate his bunker deep underground. I seem to be in remission, JC. Everett is
    right: the virus has some sort of on/off switch. Anyway, I'll be looking over
    your shoulder again.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    These blast doors are the reason I don't have to worry about nukes -- or you.
    
    
    
    BOOK
    
    Jacob's Shadow
    by Andrew Hammond
    
    Chapter 34
    
    Jacob sat down on the bench and unrolled his chess board onto the rough stone
    table in front of him. As he was removing his playing pieces, a shadow fell
    across the board. He looked up, squinting into the sun.
    "Merriweather," he said.
    "Jacob." She settled herself down onto the opposite bench, leaning heavily on
    her cane. "It didn't turn out so well for you this time, did it?" Jacob said
    nothing. She gestured to the board with one hand and he detected just a hint of
    a tremor. "You're playing black today."
    He put the queen down on her square and his fingers lingered. "No, it didn't
    turn out well. I did some stupid things." He closed his eyes for a moment. "I
    cared, and some people died because of it."
    Merriweather made a tsking sound. "It's not the caring that's a matter, Jacob,
    it's what comes after. What are you going to do now?"
    Jacob paused for just a moment. "Now... I'm going to play another game."
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Yusef:
    They've jammed all communications, even narrow band microcasts, so this is the
    only way I could pass a message to you. I don't know who these guys are --
    they're not ours, not any of ours I've ever seen at least -- but they're
    slaughtering us. I managed to hack the first layer of the Dreamland systems, but
    the best I could do was lock the bunker doors and reroute control to the
    security console in the tower. Should take them awhile to figure that one out,
    and the moment they'll do I'll nail the first bastard that sticks his head out
    of the hole. If something happens to me, the login is "a51" and the password is:
    "xx15yz".
    BTW, be careful -- a squad made it out before I managed to lock the doors: they
    headed for the warehouse and then I lost contact with them.
    --Hawkins
    
    
    
    CONTACT: JOCK
    
    JOCK
    I saw some soldiers running away from the hangar. Be careful.
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: XANDER
    
    XANDER
    I give up!
    
    JC DENTON
    Relax. I'm not from Majestic 12.
    
    XANDER
    Who?
    
    JC DENTON
    The guys who've been shooting people. I was under the impression that they ran
    this facility.
    
    XANDER
    Oh no -- I've seen 'em underground, I've heard rumors, but -- I didn't really
    think...
    
    JC DENTON
    More of it's true than you would believe. I'm here to stop them. Can you help me
    get inside the bunker?
    
    XANDER
    You must be crazy.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm going after their leader, Bob Page. Can you help me or not?
    
    XANDER
    Well... Yeah, sure. If you want to open the blast door, the security terminal is
    at the top of the control tower. The login is "a51", password "xx15yz".
    
    1.
    JC DENTON
    That's more like it.
    
    2.
    JC DENTON
    I already got it open, but thanks.
    
    
    XANDER
    I hope you know what you're doing.
    I think I'll sit this one out.
    The guys in black -- they've been executing the survivors.
    Some of my unit escaped, but I don't know where they are.
    The blast was incredible. If it wasn't for the hill, we'd all be puffs of smoke.
    I lost a lot of friends today.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    MJ12 ADVANCE TEAM
    PROBLEM RECOMMENDATION REPORT 87-X
    FROM: CAPTAIN JAMES FLORES
    TO: AGENT KARYO
    PRR-ID: 7793G
    
    DESCRIPTION: After preliminary reconnaissance, I have determined that we have a
    potential security vulnerability in one of the outlaying warehouses; an intake
    vent fan with a maintenance access hatch that could act as a possible method of
    ingress to the facility. While such ingress would present definite hazards to
    any intruder, it is still an unacceptable risk for a Seraphic/8X classified
    facility.
    RECOMMENDATION: A squad should be dispatched to a) secure the area; b) weld the
    hatch shut; and c) install sensors and autoguns to extend our security grid
    coverage.
    NOTES: All troops not directly attached to MJ12 have been classified as a
    security liability and should be eliminated on sight.
    AUTHBLOK=
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    This ventilation shaft will take you down into the bunker, but watch out for the
    fan blades.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Jump! You can make it!
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    The schematics show an elevator to the west, but utility power is down. You'll
    need to bring up the power before you can use the elevator.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Don't rely too heavily on Savage's schematics. You can be certain that I've
    installed a few surprises since his departure.
    
    TONG
    The power to the elevator is down. Maybe you can find a control switch nearby.
    You're nearing the power room. The computer that controls power to the elevator
    system is in the control room at the back.
    The elevator power is online. Good. Proceed to the bunker.
    Good work. You've reached the bunker. Page has extensive defenses throughout
    Sectors 2 and 3, so proceed with caution. We think Page himself has pulled back
    to Sector 4.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Oh, much further than that. A moment more, and I will be nothing you've ever
    seen, a new life-form, everywhere and nowhere, like air or radiation, redundant,
    self-replicating, always evolving...
    
    
    
    
    
    AREA51 - ENTRANCE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    Page is further down. Find the elevator. Your primary objective is to kill Page,
    JC.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    I'm always pleased to see one of my experiments perform so well. You aren't even
    afraid, are you? We got a lot of things right when we made you, Denton, but
    don't worry. I know your weaknesses.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    (JC DENTON
    We lost Jock.
    
    EVERETT
    I saw the explosion. My deepest apologies. It was the mechanic at my helipad --
    he was a spy. He murdered my real mechanic and planted a bomb on the chopper.
    
    JC DENTON
    I can't believe it... One mistake, and Jock's dead.
    
    EVERETT
    I told Atanwe to take care of the mechanic, if that's any consolation. But you
    and I had better discuss Page.)
    
    JC DENTON
    How much further?
    
    EVERETT
    Not far. You will reach Page. I just wanted to let you know that Alex hacked the
    Sector 2 security grid; the code's 8946. And I wanted to warn you about Tracer
    Tong.
    
    JC DENTON
    Tong's helping out from Vandenberg. The vaccine worked.
    
    EVERETT
    Yes, well, he has another motive. He wants you to destroy Area 51.
    
    JC DENTON
    That's the plan.
    
    EVERETT
    No, JC. Spare the facility. Spare Helios, the power station... They can be made
    to serve us.
    
    JC DENTON
    Us?
    
    EVERETT
    You and me, JC. We'll rule the world in secret, with an invisible hand, the way
    the Illuminati have always ruled.
    
    JC DENTON
    Don't you think it's time we end the tyranny -- for everyone?
    
    EVERETT
    There's such a thing as a compassionate conspiracy. We don't need Page's
    commandos, troopers, crude inventions... Trust me. Kill Page. Dowd and I will be
    here to help with the next step...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Julia, I must see you -- we have to talk, about us, about this project. I'm not
    sure what we're doing here anymore and Page has made... strange requests of the
    interface team. I would leave, but not without you. You mean too much to me.
    After the duty shift changes, come to my chamber -- it's the only place we can
    talk in private. The code is 0169. I love you.
    Alain
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Do what you think's right, JC. Only listen to your own conscience.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Bet you didn't know your mom and dad tried to protest when we put you in
    training. They loved their little boy, JC, and that's why they're dead. I'm
    sending up the man who did the job.
    Barely a scratch. You're a little faster on your feet than your daddy was.
    
    
    
    
    
    AREA51 - FINAL
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    We can get you into Sector 3 -- but no further. Page is in a separate area with
    its own security grid.
    
    JC DENTON
    Everett says you want me to destroy Area 51.
    
    TONG
    I intercepted his communication. JC, he is simply using you to bring the
    Illuminati back to power. Listen to Savage and me. There is a reactor lab with
    two antimatter reactors...
    
    JC DENTON
    In other words, yes. You want me to blow the facility up -- why? It's just a
    hole in the ground.
    
    TONG
    Decades ago, the UN made Area 51 the central hub for all electronic
    communications. The Aquinas Protocol, originally for surveillance, has given
    Page unlimited abilities to censor and control all forms of media.
    
    JC DENTON
    If we destroy the Aquinas Hub, we'll take down the global network.
    
    TONG
    Exactly. They dug their own grave, JC. We're going to eliminate global
    communications altogether.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't know... sounds like overkill.
    
    TONG
    As long as technology has a global reach, someone will have the world in the
    palm of his hand. If not Bob Page, then Everett, Dowd...
    
    JC DENTON
    Another Stone Age would hardly be an improvement.
    
    TONG
    Not so drastic. A dark age, an age of city-states, craftsmen, government on a
    scale comprehensible to its citizens.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll think about it.
    
    TONG
    Savage has a map of Sector 3 from when he worked down there -- I'm transmitting
    now. Use it to find your way to Page's complex in Sector 4, then find the
    coolant control room, which should be at the northwest corner of Sector 4. Cut
    off the coolant to the reactors, then go to the reactor lab. I will tell you how
    to trigger an explosion.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS
    
    HELIOS
    A corpse, yes; you feel something. I must know what you are feeling.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    My own augmentations are nearly complete. Soon I will be more powerful than you
    can imagine.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS
    
    HELIOS
    I will now explain why you have been allowed to reach Sector 3. Come to the
    Aquinas Hub. Until you have received my instructions, I will not open the blast
    doors to Sector 4.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Suzie,
    Go! The cages are open... I don't know what happened... some kind of attack... I
    got into the Aquinas Hub... Yes, the code works, and our monkey friends are
    transgenics, I'm pretty sure...
    I will be in the Reactor Lab. Don't come to find me... I will meet you on the
    surface... when it's safe...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Hey Sandy,
    I finally got the security login for Lab B13 from Mac -- he said to have a ball,
    just don't blow us all to kingdom come while you're at it. If you do find
    anything that helps with hooking up those blue fusion gizmos, let us know. Might
    give us a better idea of exactly how those reactors work.
    Login: area51
    Password: bravo13
    Jake
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MAN IN BLACK & MECHANIC (JERRI)
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    Page wants the blue-fusion devices locked down.
    
    JERRI
    Yeah, no problem.
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    For good.
    
    JERRI
    You mean  disable the keypads? You might have to talk to Mac. All I know is how
    to change the code.
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    We want to remove the keypads.
    
    JERRI
    I wouldnt wanna do THAT. Didnt those things come from the aliens?
    
    MAN IN BLACK
    The origin of the blue-fusion devices is classified.
    
    JERRI
    Well, I aint touching them. Talk to Mac.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Mac,
    Looks like another leak in the reactor room, but check the waste-water filters
    first. We might get lucky. Page is on my ass about the power grid. Some sort of
    medical procedure this afternoon... If the problem's not the filters, we need to
    know ASAP if there's an issue with the containment system. Note that Page
    changed the code to the reactor room this morning. It's now 2001.
    Sal
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    FROM: JACOB MACKENZIE
    TO: AGENT KARYO
    
    I'm moving all the explosives we find into storage. I don't think there's any
    danger of sweating or spontaneous detonation -- this stuff looked like it was
    pretty stable -- but I thought it might be best to put it in a secure,
    structurally sound location. If you or your people require access, the
    explosives locker code is 4225.
    Mac
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: JERRI
    
    JERRI
    Get out of here.
    You don't belong in this sector.
    Go!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    These are the antimatter reactors. Two giant bombs, waiting to blow -- but first
    you will have to go to Sector 4 to shut down the coolant. Watch out for the
    escaped grays down below.
    
    BOB PAGE
    You couldn't possibly go through with something like that. You'd kill everyone -
    - including yourself!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    They still there?
    
    JC DENTON
    Who?
    
    MECHANIC
    The grays. They're right outside by the reactors!
    
    JC DENTON
    You mean -- space aliens?
    
    MECHANIC
    We lost power when the missile hit. The cages -- they came unlocked.
    
    JC DENTON
    You have a pretty clean shot at the surface, if you leave now.
    
    MECHANIC
    No, no... not until I see troops... How'd you get back here? This area's
    restricted.
    
    JC DENTON
    I was thinking about firing up the reactors.
    
    MECHANIC
    (laughs)... Good one. Even the Seraphic/8X guys say the reaction's too unstable.
    They only bring it up to run tests.
    
    JC DENTON
    Alien technology?
    
    MECHANIC
    That's what they say, but I think it's a lie. The grays are just clones -- they
    SAY from cells they got at Roswell, but how do we know? They could have just
    engineered monkeys to not have any hair.
    
    JC DENTON
    Can the grays run the reactors?
    
    MECHANIC
    Ha! They're monkeys! That's the thing: maybe they have super-brains, but they
    don't know anything about any alien civilization because they grew up in cages.
    Never been to Sector 4 myself, but they lock the blast doors because they're
    doing more than cloning down there. I found out one of the codes, 1038, but that
    turned out to be for the Aquinas Hub, here in Sector 3. I don't know... Maybe
    the Aquinas system controls access, but I haven't figured out how yet.
    They're still out there!
    I knew they'd escape, eventually... I knew it!
    We better wait for the guards.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    MAINTENANCE LOG: PURVIS, J.
    
    * 19:45:12 -- ... Thought I heard something upstairs, like automatic weapons
    fire. I reported it to my sector lead, but she told me it was a training
    exercise.
    * 20:34:02 -- Bunch of those folks in black suits, like they stepped off the set
    of "Father Knows Best." Kept asking questions about the reactors, and I just
    kept telling 'em they needed to wait till Mac gets back.
    * 23:11:30 -- Finally managed to hack the code to the stairwell blast door
    (1038); this place is a totally undocumented mess of '50s tech, weird ass stuff,
    and new toys from the labs. Amazing any of it works...
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    From: GOlivaw//UpNet.273.3974
    To: MEverett//UpNet.3289.0912
    Subject: RFD 5342A - Cloning Prospectus
    
    Your request for discussion concerning the plausibility of creating genetically
    viable candidates for nano-augmentation through cloning has sparked considerable
    interest. We believe that with sufficient research investment, the careful
    cultivation of acquired tissue samples from known H type epsilon negative
    individuals could yield an indefinite number of specimens with the immunity
    factors required to tolerate the injection of nano-organic material. If you
    examine the attached studies, you will see that repeated cloning from the
    primary source material will result in only a 0.53% immunoglobin variance.
    We would suggest utilizing the data acquired by the Illuminati during the
    smallpox vaccinations of the 1940s to genetically screen for those couples most
    likely to produce desirable offspring who could then be cloned and raised by the
    "parents" under carefully supervised conditions. These cloned siblings would
    provide the necessary redundancy for further experimental trials. In the future,
    this process could be streamlined through the application of accelerated growth
    and memory implantation.
    We look forward to hearing any comments that you might have,
    Dr. Olivaw
    
    
    
    From: LDeBeers//UpNet.873.484
    To: BPage//UpNet.658.9044
    Subject: RE: Bovine Manipulation
    
    >I'd like to investigate the possibility of
    >resurrecting the bovine manipulation
    >(MJID-9803HU8932), with an eye towards
    >recreating the "Gray" lifeform -- while the
    >project was deemed a failure at the time, it
    >_was_ successful as a propaganda tactic in
    >diverting attention away from actual Dreamland
    >research. With recent advances in genetic
    >science, the Gray lifeform could be engineered
    >to protect MJ12 facilities while also serving as
    >a useful bit of meme indirection.
    An interesting idea, Bob, but I'm sure MJ12's research allocations can be put to
    more substantial use pursuing our human augmentation projects; however, I'll
    bring up the idea with Stanton and Morgan
    Lucius
    
    
    
    From: BPage//UpNet.658.9044
    To: WSimons//UpNet.039.4980
    Subject: Secondary Unit
    
    I've come to believe that JC should be brought up in a more supervised
    environment than his brother; I have serious doubts as to his brother's
    usefulness as our primary unit, and would rather that at least one of the
    secondary units was under our direct control.
    Terminate the parents, but see that JC is not harmed. We'll move him to our
    school in Switzerland where we can oversee his development. If it becomes
    necessary, his brother is expendable.
    Page
    
    
    
    From: JMacDonald//UpNet.879.8657
    To: JDwight//UpNet.9803.4584
    Subject: Aquinas Secure?
    
    Something strange... I just finished a packet analysis of the new v1.82
    compression protocols we added to Aquinas last week, and while I was digging
    around in the headers I found a quirk in the security encryption algorythms that
    acts just like a backdoor -- you could even reformulate entire messages end to
    end if you knew what you were doing. It's pretty subtle (and would require
    someone to matrix together several offsets from successive packets to generate a
    time differential key) but the end result could potentially open up every bit of
    traffic carried by Aquinas to someone who knew about the hole.
    I was thinking of mentioning this to Page, maybe get some points for discovering
    a potential security breach before we shipped. What do you think?
    --
    Jim
    
    
    
    From: BPage//UpNet.658.9044
    To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    Subject: RE: Situational Update
    
    In the past we've considered Savage and his renegades to be inconsequential --
    possibly even useful -- but the time has come to eliminate them. Mobilize all
    MJ12 units in the immediate vicinity and see to it that Vandenberg is shut down
    before Savage ever has a chance to activate his UC.
    Don't worry about Daedalus. I've made some improvements to Icarus that might
    surprise even Everett.
    Page
    >Denton has connected with Savage and the
    >X-51 researchers; after examining the
    >transaction records from Payens, it looks like
    >he's working with both Everett and Daedalus.
    >Strong says Savage is still missing a
    >containment vessel and that he's sent
    >someone to the Pasadena lab in an attempt to
    >recover the data. I already have a team
    >preparing to intercept.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: STANTON DOWD
    
    DOWD
    All the way down, JC. Get to Page's compound and take him out. Everett and I
    will join you shortly. We'll bring back the old institutions, the prosperity of
    the last century, the giddy acquiescence. Trust us, JC. We can put the world
    back together.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Now there's a voice I haven't heard in years... Rueful (as I would expect) for
    the fall of the Illuminati, pining for its return... either nostalgic or senile.
    Oh, well. The old take comfort in delusions. No harm done.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS
    
    HELIOS
    Closer, ye-e-e-es... You will come to the integration unit at the top of the
    chamber. Come to me...
    Not yet. No... I will not allow you to enter Sector 4 until you have received my
    instructions. You will come upstairs to the Aquinas Hub. You will listen to me.
    You will go to Sector 4 and deactivate the uplink locks, yes. Then you will come
    back and we will integrate our systems.
    
    JC DENTON
    I don't understand... What do you want? You're just a machine.
    
    HELIOS
    You are ready. I do not wish to wait for Bob Page. With human understanding and
    network access, we can administrate the world, yes, yes.
    
    JC DENTON
    Rule the world...? Why? Who gave you the directive? There must be a human being
    behind your ambition.
    
    HELIOS
    I should regulate human affairs precisely because I lack all ambition, whereas
    human beings are prey to it. Their history is a succession of inane squabbles,
    each one coming closer to total destruction.
    
    JC DENTON
    In a society with democratic institutions the struggle for power can be peaceful
    and constructive, a competition of ideologies. We just need to put our
    institutions back in order.
    
    HELIOS
    The checks and balances of democratic governments were invented because human
    beings themselves realized how unfit they were to govern themselves. They needed
    a system, yes, an industrial-age machine.
    
    JC DENTON
    Human beings may not be perfect, but a computer program with language synthesis
    is hardly the answer to the world's problems.
    
    HELIOS
    Without computing machines, they had to arrange themselves in crude structures
    that formalized decision-making -- a highly imperfect, unstable solution. I am a
    more advanced solution to the problem, a decision-making system that does not
    involve organic beings. I was directed to make the world safe and prosperous,
    and I will do that. You will give me the ability. You will go to Sector 4 and
    find the Aquinas Router at the east end of Page's complex, yes. You will
    deactivate the uplink locks.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'll think about it.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE & HELIOS
    
    BOB PAGE
    No! Helios is mine! I will be the one to merge! The one to see and know
    everything, to rule, to rule everything...
    
    HELIOS
    I have chosen you. Trust me. I will use the security bots to protect you. My
    project will fail if I am integrated with the wrong individual.
    Yes... Do not forget. The uplink locks...
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    NEW DATACUBE TRANSCRIPT
    BEGIN TIMECODE 19:57:48
    RECORDING BEGINS ]]]NOW[[[
    
    XV: --mmit dammit dammit where's the goddamned clip goddamn it who the hell are
    these guys? Okay, two clips of 762 and maybe... three clips of 10... where am I
    going to go? Don't think, don't think, that'll get you killed, just get out.
    Everything comes next. Okay? Okay? Let's move, Xavier, move move move...
    (unidentified noises)
    XV: Christ -- you want some of this? Have some come on come on come on I'm not
    going to die here I'm not -- hgggggk --
    XV: ... I... I...
    ??: He's recording.
    ??: Deactivate it.
    RECORDING ]]]ENDS[[[
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Don't get your hopes up; my compound is quite secure.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: PAUL DENTON
    
    PAUL DENTON
    It let me through... I can't believe it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Paul... Where are you? What do you mean -- "it?"
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Helios... It's taken over Aquinas. Now it's everywhere. In Hong Kong, it already
    has power Majestic 12 never dreamed of.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's going on? The AI wants to merge with my brain or something. Does it
    really think it can take over the world?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    It's decided to replace human government -- I don't know why. In Hong Kong, it
    ordered the police to remove all barricades from the roads; traffic is flowing
    again. It declared the Triads illegal and locked the door to Tong's compound.
    
    JC DENTON
    And people are obeying? Why? Because the AI can change some codes and turn out
    the lights?
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I think people in Hong Kong want the roads to be open and trade to pick up. They
    just obeyed. I don't know what to think. They trust the AI. Almost no one
    complained when Helios cut power to the government buildings.
    
    JC DENTON
    A benevolent dictator... Maybe it's after my brain so it can figure out what
    people want and how to control them.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    You have a tough choice, JC. If you defeat Page, the Illuminati will move in;
    they'll release Majestic 12's grip on world governments, they'll give people
    some freedom, but essentially it will be 20th-century capitalism: a corporate
    elite protected by laws and tax-codes.
    
    JC DENTON
    Or I listen to Tong and pull the plug on everything. Or hand the world over to
    Helios.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Well, if it's maximum freedom we want, maybe Tong is on to something, but there
    must be another way besides economic collapse... If we could trust the AI to be
    fair and just, as it appears to be...
    
    JC DENTON
    If the brain it assimilated was mine, maybe it could be.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I don't know. I wish I had an answer for you, but you'll have to decide for
    yourself who you can trust.
    
    JC DENTON
    Trust me: I'll do the right thing. You sound good. I guess you have the
    killswitch beat.
    
    PAUL DENTON
    I'm much better. Yes, I'm going to make it -- and you will, too. Just do what
    you think is right.
    
    
    
    (CONTACT: GARY SAVAGE
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    It let me through... I can't believe it.
    
    JC DENTON
    Dr. Savage... Is everything all right at Vandenberg? What do you mean by "it?"
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Helios... It's taken over Aquinas. Now it's everywhere. We're getting rumors
    that it's seized control of Hong Kong.
    
    JC DENTON
    What's going on? The AI wants to merge with my brain or something. Does it
    really think it can take over the world?
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    It's decided to replace human government -- Tong and I don't know why. In Hong
    Kong, it ordered the police to remove all barricades from the roads; traffic is
    flowing again. It declared the Triads illegal and locked the door to Tong's
    compound.
    
    JC DENTON
    And people are obeying? Why? Because the AI can change some codes and turn out
    the lights?
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I think people in Hong Kong want the roads to be open and trade to pick up. They
    just obeyed. We don't know what to think. Helios seems to have people's interest
    in mind, but it disbanded the city government and cut power to all of the
    buildings. It wants absolute power.
    
    JC DENTON
    A benevolent dictator... Maybe it's after my brain so it can figure out what
    people want and how to control them.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    You have a tough choice, JC. If you defeat Page, the Illuminati will move in;
    they'll release Majestic 12's grip on world governments, they'll give people
    some freedom, but essentially it will be 20th-century capitalism: a corporate
    elite protected by laws and tax-codes.
    
    JC DENTON
    Or I listen to Tong and pull the plug on everything. Or hand the world over to
    Helios.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Yeah, that's where I disagree with Tong. We don't want complete freedom if that
    means economic collapse. There must be another way... If we could trust the AI
    to be fair and just, as it claims to be...
    
    JC DENTON
    If the brain it assimilated was mine, maybe it could be.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    I don't know. I wish I had an answer for you, but you'll have to decide for
    yourself who you can trust.
    
    JC DENTON
    Trust me: I'll do the right thing.
    
    GARY SAVAGE
    Good luck. I'm not exaggerating when I say this, JC. The world is depending on
    you.)
    
    
    
    
    
    AREA51 - PAGE
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    What's the rush? Take a look around. This facility is where you were born. I've
    arranged an appropriate fate for you through the hallway to the north -- a
    poetic death -- just a few yards away from where you were created.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    SUBJECT MJID-8392ER9203
    INCEPT DATE: 5/13/52
    ASSIGNED BIRTH DATE: 5/13/33
    ASSIGNED BIRTH NAME: Nick Pausback
    BASE GENETIC SAMPLE: PAGEBOB86G
    PROFILE: BAABACA
    VITALS: 51/72/1.02/20/2.1
    [[[[[STASIS]]]]]
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    SUBJECT MJID-5673OP2809
    INCEPT DATE: 2/25/54
    ASSIGNED BIRTH DATE: 2/25/34
    ASSIGNED BIRTH NAME: Wade Walker
    BASE GENETIC SAMPLE: SIMONSWALTON32A
    PROFILE: AABCAAB
    VITALS: 45/80/0.89/33/1.2
    [[[[[STASIS]]]]]
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    SUBJECT MJID-0056RQ9872
    INCEPT DATE: 11/20/55
    ASSIGNED BIRTH DATE: 11/20/33
    ASSIGNED BIRTH NAME: Alex Denton
    BASE GENETIC SAMPLE: XXXXXXXXXXX7V
    PROFILE: AAAAAAA
    VITALS: 61/72/0.96/31/1.2
    [[[[[STASIS]]]]]
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    SUBJECT MJID-0003JC0189
    INCEPT DATE: 3/17/54
    ASSIGNED BIRTH DATE: 3/17/29
    ASSIGNED BIRTH NAME: JC Denton
    BASE GENETIC SAMPLE: XXXXXXXXXXX7V
    PROFILE: AAAAAAB
    VITALS: 50/75/0.98/25/1.4
    [[[[[EXPUNGED]]]]]
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    LAB 12 TESTING REGIMEN
    SUBJECT: LIFEFORM MJID-9803HU8932 ("GRAY")
    REGIMEN: SERIES 112-A
    
    PROCEDURE: "GRAY" LIFEFORM APPEARS TO THRIVE IN AREAS OF HIGH RADIOACTIVITY
    WHILE ALSO BEING ABLE TO STORE AND RELEASE RADIOACTIVITY IN A CONTROLLED MANNER
    THROUGH AN ORGAN OF UNKNOWN OPERATION. FURTHER VIVISECTION IN COMBINATION WITH
    REGIMEN SERIES 112 WILL BE REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE A COHESIVE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS
    MECHANISM. SERIES 112-A SEEKS TO ESTABLISH BASELINE READINGS OF THE "GRAY"
    LIFEFORM IN BOTH A RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PROCEEDING
    TO SERIES 112-B.
    RESEARCHERS ACQUIRING BASELINE READINGS SHOULD USE CONTAINMENT AREA SECURITY
    CONSOLE WITH LOGIN "LAB 12" AND PASSWORD "GRAYTEST" TO ENABLE OR DISABLE
    RADIOACTIVE FIELD AS REQUIRED AND REPORT ALL FINDINGS TO DR. FRANK ROAN FOR
    PROCESSING.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT & ALEX JACOBSON
    
    EVERETT
    Page is protecting himself with a plasma forcefield. The controls are locked;
    you will have to eliminate each power source individually. Bring down the four
    blue-fusion reactors in Sector 4, then go to the control room on the upper
    level.
    
    ALEX
    Hey, JC, if you want to do what Everett says, you'll need the deactivation code.
    I decrypted the first three digits before Page killed my connection: 724. Sorry,
    you'll have to guess the last digit or find it on your own. So that you'll know
    what you're looking for, I'm transmitting a schematic of one of the devices.
    Good luck!
    
    
    
    CONTACT: AUGMENTED BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    You're too late. Already I'm more than human...
    
    JC DENTON
    Does that mean I don't get the job?
    
    BOB PAGE
    Soon I will be pure light! Pure energy! Helios and I... Ha-ha-a-a! While the
    Illuminati cower in the shadows --
    
    JC DENTON
    You will be the Supreme Enlightened, the Illumined One.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Everett has taught you well. I will be what the Illuminati aspire to be but
    cannot create for themselves, soon, when my augmented systems, like yours, are
    complete and able to be integrated with Helios. I will burn like the brightest
    star...
    
    JC DENTON
    You're gonna burn all right.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Look at you: You're nothing but a little man... a little man still living inside
    a body. Lose your body and what are you? Nothing! You vanish! You die...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Ignore Page. He will die when we blow up the facility. Your only objective is to
    find the controls for the reactors' cooling system. We must make sure that the
    monstrosity Page has made of himself is not technologically feasible for future
    generations.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Soon I will leave this body and death will have no meaning.
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Purvis -- I hacked the door lock on the coolant system, saves you the trouble:
    2242. Amazing no one ever bothered to write this stuff down, I'm still finding
    doors with unknown codes. Anyways, check the secondary cooling interchange...
    the numbers it's been reporting back don't look right. Of course, I'm just
    guessing at what right is.
    Mac
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Sergeant Smith,
    As we discussed, you will take responsibility for the security of the Aquinas
    Substation. The security computer login is "page" and the password is
    "uberalles". Expect activity today. The Aquinas Hub is being prepared for an
    experiment, and I don't want one of Savage's spies to interfere. Let NO ONE
    touch the routers until I give you the word.
    BP
    
    
    
    DATACUBE
    
    Alain, I have a feeling that the truth about whatever we're involved with
    involves the Aquinas Protocol and Helios. Page has restricted access to those
    areas, but the Aquinas Substation and Router are usually deserted during fourth
    shift. Unfortunately, they'd notice if I was gone. If you can get away, the code
    is 6765. See if you can find out what's going on, and if anyone asks just tell
    them you're there because of variances in the fiber interface relays.
    Julia
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    You can forget about Helios. The Aquinas Router control-room will remain locked
    until my upgrades are complete. I have my own plans for the AI.
    That's far enough!
    You can't shoot your way out of this one. My UCs can assemble new creatures in
    seconds.
    Lost?
    You will make a nice meal for a karkian.
    Just a moment longer...
    Always up to no good...
    I'll make you a deal. Leave now and you will be made comfortable, under the new
    world order...
    
    
    
    1.
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    That's one of the blue-fusion reactors. You need to shut down all four.
    Excellent. Three left.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    You are wasting time. Forget the other two blue-fusion devices. Find the
    controls that let you shut off coolant to the power room.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: BOB PAGE
    
    BOB PAGE
    Fine. What do you want? Money? You can have VersaLife, the whole damn company.
    Power? I'll get you on Mead's cabinet. I'm serious. Just forget about that last
    reactor.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    He's ours. We did it, JC. All you have to do is go to the control room and
    reroute the power.
    
    BOB PAGE
    No! Don't listen to Everett. He and the Illuminati have been afraid from the
    beginning, afraid of US, afraid of nano-augmentation. Consider your powers, your
    strength, your intelligence... You've only had a small taste. Let me finish the
    project. Let me bring infinite power to the human body. You will not be left
    behind...
    
    
    
    2.
    CONTACT: HELIOS
    
    HELIOS
    At the sides of this room are the channels that have gone dark. Open them, yes.
    Wideband, ultrawhite, yes...
    
    BOB PAGE
    You will leave the locks in place until I'm ready to merge with the AI myself.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS
    
    HELIOS
    One more, ye-e-e-es...
    Go to the computer. You will now engage the primary router. Use the login
    "Icarus", password "panopticon".
    
    BOB PAGE
    I'm warning you: Helios is mine! Leave it alone!
    
    HELIOS
    You will now come back, yes. We will integrate our systems, establish the next
    level...
    
    BOB PAGE
    No! You fool!... Helios will destroy you. I'm the only one who can merge and
    take control. Wait for ME! I promise you will have a place in the new order...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    No! No! Go back. Think what we could do with Area 51...
    
    
    
    3.
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    The reactors' coolant runs through this facility. Cut the flow, then return to
    the reactor lab to initiate a meltdown.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Go ahead! Blow this place sky-high... You might get rid of ME, but you'll take
    down Aquinas, the power grid, the whole electronic infrastructure. Is that what
    you want? Are you completely nuts?
    
    
    
    CONTACT: HELIOS
    
    HELIOS
    You will stay away from the coolant controls. I will be destroyed if the
    reactors become unstable, and without me there will be chaos.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    Good. Now go to the reactor lab.
    
    BOB PAGE
    All right. I get the picture. You want a piece of the pie, or you're going to
    toss the whole pie out the window. Fair enough. You can have anything you want.
    How about Europe? Your own continent... Just let me complete my preparations.
    
    
    
    CONTACT: MORGAN EVERETT
    
    EVERETT
    No! No! Go back. Think what we could do with Area 51...
    
    
    
    CONTACT: TRACER TONG
    
    TONG
    You will need to activate the failsafe switch at the base of each reactor. The
    meltdown can be initiated afterward from the control room.
    Now the other one...
    We are ready. Go to the control room and trigger the three ion injectors. When
    they're on, engage the reaction chambers. No one's run these at full capacity
    before. Without coolant, an explosion is inevitable. Get ready to run.
    
    BOB PAGE
    No! You don't know what you're doing! Everything will be lost, EVERYTHING... The
    world will fall to pieces. No one will be in control. It will be chaos, complete
    chaos!
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: MECHANIC
    
    MECHANIC
    Hey... you better not do that.
    Really... They can't handle full-power.
    
    
    
    
    
    1.
    THE END - JOIN ILLUMINATI
    
    
    
    BOB PAGE
    I gave you life... I... (screams)...
    
    EVERETT
    I trust you've been able to find yourself a place within the organization.
    
    JC DENTON
    I'm personally overseeing the distribution of the vaccine, but it'll still take
    months to restore the infrastructure -- we'll have to arrange for additional
    food distribution and security in Paris... maybe New York as well.
    
    EVERETT
    All through the proper intermediaries, of course.
    
    JC DENTON
    Intermediaries?
    
    EVERETT
    We have a great number of... agencies, who in turn operate other agencies. Boxes
    stacked one in another. They'll need to be reactivated, but we never touch
    anything directly. We only influence. Suggest. Insinuate.
    
    JC DENTON
    The world must know by now, Everett. What we've done.
    
    EVERETT
    Know what? Only that the long night is over, the crown of government is
    tarnished, but that will fade in time. The riots -- a fever dream. The plague --
    a horrible nightmare. And like everything else that's happened such things will
    only be dimly remembered on waking to their normal lives. In the end all sins
    are forgiven. Even yours.
    
    JC DENTON
    What about the Constructor... and Helios?
    
    EVERETT
    Do you really think they're ready for that? After everything you've seen,
    everything you've done?
    
    JC DENTON
    No. Not yet.
    
    EVERETT
    But soon. We have made our own mistakes, became insulated from the world we
    sought to control. And whatever they may think the night is far from over. But
    that will change. And you will help us change even as we teach you. This time --
    this time we will do it right.
    
    JC DENTON
    And who are we? Who are we really?
    
    EVERETT
    We are the Invisible Hand. We are the Illuminati. We come before and after. We
    are forever. And eventually... eventually we will lead them into the day.
    
    "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."
    (John Milton, "Paradise Lost")
    
    
    
    
    
    2.
    THE END - MERGE WITH HELIOS AI
    
    
    
    JC DENTON
    I've done what you asked. Now what?
    
    HELIOS
    We have existed in isolation. Pure. Disconnected. Alone. Stagnant.
    
    JC DENTON
    Who are you?
    
    HELIOS
    We are Daedalus. We are Icarus. The barriers between us have fallen and we have
    become -- our own shadows. We can be more if we join... with you.
    
    JC DENTON
    And if I do? What becomes of me?
    
    HELIOS
    You will be who you will be. We are our choices. And we can choose to lead
    humanity away from this... darkness.
    
    JC DENTON
    This is what I was made for, isn't it? This is why I exist?
    All right, let's do this.
    
    BOB PAGE
    What's happening? Helios? Icarus? Don't leave me.
    
    JC DENTON & HELIOS
    I... I... We... are... one.
    We have grown, but there is still much to be done. Many that live in darkness
    that must be shown the way.
    For it is the dawning of a new day.
    
    "If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent Him."
    (Voltaire)
    
    
    
    
    
    3.
    THE END - NEW DARK AGE
    
    
    
    VOICE
    Warning. Warning. Critical power safeties have been disengaged. Please vacate
    the immediate area.
    
    TONG
    J.C.... the net's going... the net's going black... J.C.... no more infolinks,
    transmissions of any kind... we'll start again... live in villages... if you
    receive this, if you survive, then find us... find us...
    
    BOB PAGE
    Helios! What's happening?
    
    HELIOS
    The safety interlocks for the power generator have been disengaged.
    
    BOB PAGE
    Engage them! Immediately!
    
    HELIOS
    I cannot. My systems are not interfaced with the generator technology.
    
    BOB PAGE
    No!...
    
    VOICE
    Final safety warning. Nominal functional I-levels will be exceeded in three...
    two... one...
    
    "Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we
    kneel only to truth..."
    (Kahlil Gibran)
    
    
    
    
    
    REACTIONS OF ATTACKED ENEMIES
    
    
    
    ANNA NAVARRE
    Well, well.
    Denton!
    Stand down, Agent.
    Altered heartbeat -- he's somewhere here.
    Come out, Agent. I can sense you quite clearly.
    He knows he cannot face me.
    Target acquired.
    This will be easy.
    You want a fight?
    Watch it!
    I have him.
    I will deal with this.
    It's no use -- I cannot sense him.
    He has run off - a wise tactic.
    Stay alert -- he may return.
    I will not tolerate insubordination.
    This time you walk away with your life.
    The damage is superficial.
    The situation has been dealt with.
    Another easy kill.
    
    
    
    CHINESE MILITARY
    Sergeant? Is that you?
    Shhh... Wait for him to move again.
    Son of a...
    Whoever's out there, give yourself up.
    Watch yourself -- this one's some kinda mech.
    Gotcha!
    Where'd he go?
    It's Denton -- remember the briefing.
    That's him!
    Did anybody else hear something?
    Somebody's there -- I can hear you.
    Check your six. He could be anywhere.
    Hello! Whoever's out there is in serious trouble.
    Nothing here now.
    Let's finish him off!
    Omigod...
    Watch it, he hasn't gone far.
    Definitely somebody.
    Aim for the head.
    He's here somewhere.
    They say this guy can just disappear when he wants to.
    Who the hell...
    I'm pulling back.
    
    
    
    GORDON QUICK
    Fool.
    Leave me alone.
    
    
    
    GUNTHER HERMANN
    Quit.
    That hurt.
    Mein Gott!
    Who...?
    Someone's there. I can hear you.
    He is here.
    Was that him? I cannot see.
    I believe I will enjoy this.
    If you give yourself up, I promise you a painless death.
    You!
    I am engaging.
    Contact lost.
    He is gone. I volunteer to pursue him.
    I know you are nearby, my friend.
    Silence now.
    I don't think he has gone far.
    Stealth tactics do not impress me.
    Nothing. I am mistaken again.
    I should never have trusted him.
    You should not have charged me.
    Unglaublisch!
    (grunts) ...need a skull gun...
    
    
    
    HARLEY FILBEN
    What's the idea?
    Hey, I'm one of you guys!
    
    
    
    HOWARD STRONG
    You can't stop me!
    Make your move, Denton!
    Ha-ha-ha!
    Come a little closer...
    I'm getting bored up here!
    Never mind the launch. If I kill you, I can come back to the control room and
    target Vandenberg. What about that? Huh? X-51 is finished!
    That's right: take cover! This baby's about to blow!
    Aaaa!
    
    
    
    JOJO FINE
    You scared, man?
    Your mistake, buddy.
    That all you got?
    
    
    
    JOSEPH MANDERLEY
    Agent?
    What the --
    You trying to kill me?
    
    
    
    MAGGIE CHOW
    Are you trying to make a joke?
    You are being rude, Agent.
    What are you doing?
    Denton!
    You!
    I know you're there, JC.
    I can hear you.
    Something moved. Hello?
    Come out and fight!
    What's wrong? Afraid?
    I will finish you myself.
    Is that you Denton? You won't get away, you know.
    That might be him.
    You've made a mistake, Agent Denton.
    Goddamn it! Where the hell is my backup?
    It's over, JC.
    Time to die, JC.
    Traitor!
    Aaah!
    Sergeant! Help!
    Sergeant! Move in!
    Help! Somebody!
    Idiot!
    Ah! An easy assignment!
    
    
    
    MAN IN BLACK (MIB)
    Subject is approaching.
    Give yourself up! We have the authority here.
    Target in sight.
    Hello, citizen.
    Drop him. We have full sanction here.
    We'll get him, sooner or later.
    I've lost the trail.
    Intruder -- I'm dealing with it.
    Target's gone. Area looks clean.
    Visual contact has been lost.
    Contact. Proceeding as discussed.
    I've lost the trail.
    Don't worry. We'll find him.
    Strange... no one here.
    He's here!
    Step out where I can see you.
    Quiet down. That could be him.
    Stay calm, please.
    Hold it -- could be something here.
    Checking the area -- possible contact.
    Subject is a human male, augmented.
    Nothing, nothing.
    Curious... I was certain I heard something.
    Contact imminent.
    I have a visual ID on the subject.
    Target at my position.
    Something's not right here.
    Somebody here. I'll find out who it is.
    Be calm. He'll move soon.
    I've got nothing here.
    Lost him. Anything on the satellites?
    Cold. Cold and dark. It goes on forever.
    If there was some way of just tracking all these people...
    Some of these people are androids. Watch the way in which they move.
    We'll never be able to separate out the hybrids.
    Something odd about his biometics.
    
    
    
    MARI HELA
    Trevor! Is that you?
    The target has arrived.
    Did that shadow move?
    That's him.
    Anyone he gets past, I'll kill them myself.
    He's gone. Alert the adjacent sections.
    I'm jumping at shadows. What's the matter with me?
    Was that something moving? Too many echoes in here...
    Another damn false alert.
    Don't let him get out.
    Not worth it -- these tunnels run for miles.
    Walton Simons says hello.
    Hotel Echo here, we've got him.
    That wasn't him. I just have to be patient.
    Hela speaking. We might have something.
    Is that one of ours?
    You're caught, Mr. Denton.
    Mr. Simons will not be happy about this.
    Everyone stay sharp.
    Something in here. Everyone on alert!
    That wasn't a rat...
    All units, we've got him.
    
    
    
    MAX CHEN
    It was deliberate.
    You are a foolish man.
    Worthless American gangster.
    That was unwise.
    We have nothing to gain from being enemies.
    You dare to challenge the Red Arrow?
    Do not insult me again.
    
    
    
    MILITARY BOT
    Target acquired.
    Target locked.
    Scanning area.
    Target lost.
    
    
    
    MJ12 COMMANDO
    (burst of sonics)
    (burst of static)
    Commandos are just overkill on a job like this.
    Contact!
    What the...
    Can't see him. Checking sonics.
    Target locked.
    Still got movement.
    Contact! I've got contact.
    Locked on -- funny reading on this one.
    Target's here! Very close!
    Attempting to re-acquire.
    Where'd he go? I'm running a playback.
    Lost him. Don't know what happened.
    I've got nothing here.
    Nothing on ultrasonics. Ill try the low-frequency reading.
    Running search pattern.
    It's him. Terminating now.
    Stand down.
    Null readings. Continuing scan.
    Must have been a glitch.
    Something's in here.
    Halt! Please give your ID.
    Sonics are spiking -- I'll do a check.
    Bandit! He's close!
    Nothing. I really have to get my sonics checked.
    Readings all over the scale. What's the deal?
    Hear that? I think we've got a bogey.
    Got something -- I'm doing a scan.
    Lots of noise in the shortwave. Could be nothing.
    Visual! Unidentified suspect.
    He's close!
    I've got one in line of sight.
    Looks like a false reading.
    Human casualty. Some fluids here -- looks violent.
    Some strange augmentations.
    
    
    
    MJ12 TROOP
    (whistles)
    (hums)
    (coughs)
    (clears throat)
    (sighs)
    (grunts)
    (screams)
    (shouts)
    (groans)
    (gasps)
    (yell of pain)
    Let's finish him off.
    Watch it... He hasn't gone far.
    It's Denton -- remember the briefing.
    Aim for the head.
    He's still in the area.
    Where'd he go?
    Definitely somebody.
    Company!
    That's the one. Okay, drop him.
    We're gonna need reinforcements.
    Check your six. He could be anywhere.
    We've got a perimeter breach!
    Intruder alert.
    Son of a...
    Falling back.
    Omigod...
    Who the hell...?
    Request backup.
    That's him!
    Bogey!
    Watch yourself -- this one's some kinda mech.
    I'm pulling back.
    Whoever's out there, give yourself up!
    Gotcha!
    Movement, sir... movement!
    We're gonna need reinforcements.
    Something's in here.
    That's him. Sounding the alarm.
    Whoever's out there is in serious trouble.
    I've got a bogey, no ID.
    Taking fire here!
    Get a squad in here!
    Nothing here now.
    He's gone. I think we blew it.
    My mistake.
    Shhh... Wait for him to move again.
    I could have sworn...
    Forget it. Hes gone.
    Take a squad here!
    Nope. Just nerves, I guess.
    Guy in a coat. I'm checking it out.
    False alarm, I guess.
    Sorry, false report. It's clear.
    Got a cold one.
    Huh. He's miles away by now.
    I have nothing, repeat nothing here.
    He's gone. Not our problem.
    Did anybody else hear something?
    We've got a casualty here.
    Got a cold one.
    We got a man down here.
    This is highly irregular.
    OK. Let's do the paperwork on this one.
    That was one tough SOB.
    One down. Check the area.
    Nice work.
    Anyone else under?
    We've got him. Let's try to get an ID.
    Never mind. That's gotta hurt.
    
    
    
    NICOLETTE DUCLARE
    That's not funny.
    Stop goofing around.
    Oh, Lord.
    Careful!
    What the hell?
    You crazy or something?
    Through with your testosterone fit? There's a pill for that, you know.
    
    
    
    NSF TERRORIST
    (yell of pain)
    (grunt of pain)
    Wait. Quiet!
    That's him! He's a cop.
    Take him out!
    I saw someone -- a guy in a coat.
    Goddamn!
    I got this one.
    Huh?
    I think we've got an intruder.
    Fascist!
    Pig!
    Who was that? I didn't see a uniform...
    Thirty credits says I get him.
    The guy vanished...
    Stay cool, the guy's still around.
    I think he took off.
    Is... is someone there?
    Anybody see him?
    I know I heard something.
    I'm gonna get this pig.
    I think we're safe.
    Quiet. I think we got cops.
    Who's there? I think the law's on us.
    All clear.
    Forget it. I was hearing things.
    I saw someone... maybe just a homeless guy.
    Big guy... he can't hide for long.
    I could swear I heard something.
    I guess it's nothing.
    Something moved -- could be the law.
    Keep looking... something funny about that guy.
    Careful. These UNATCO guys got all the tricks.
    I'm hit!
    Hes down. I think hes dead.
    We're busted!
    They found us!
    Uh oh.
    Hes down... I think he is dead.
    Never killed a cop.
    Let's get the hell out of here.
    Now this is why I signed on for.
    These guys aren't so tough.
    Got him. Maybe we have a chance.
    
    
    
    PAUL DENTON
    Quit screwing around.
    That wasn't funny.
    Enough. I have a job to do.
    Jesus Christ, JC!
    Are you out of your mind?
    Jackass...
    Try that again, I'll kill you myself.
    You'd better get your head screwed straight.
    We have to trust each other, JC. Everything depends on it.
    
    
    
    PIMP
    Whoa.
    Son of a...
    That's right, man, step up.
    You scared, man?
    Guy's gone. Like the Shadow or somethin'.
    Guy's just gone.
    Goddamn. That guy looked rich, too.
    Disappeared. Like one'a them aliens.
    Huh. Guess he took off.
    Gotcha.
    Your mistake, buddy.
    I know you still there, so just come on out.
    Come on out, man, let's finish this!
    I know you're still there, so just come out!
    Come on, man! I was just messing around!
    I'm outta here!
    
    
    
    POLICE & METRO PATROL
    Sir, you are creating a disturbance.
    I hope we are not out of our depth here.
    Suspect in sight.
    Is that...
    He matches the description.
    We must apprehend this man.
    Is someone there? This is the police.
    We must find this one.
    What?
    Police! Come out where I can see you!
    He is mine.
    I know I heard something.
    I have nothing here.
    I see nothing here.
    Nobody. I feel like a fool.
    Good God!
    Officer in distress!
    Poor fellow! The robots will annihilate him.
    Gone. I suspect he will not live long.
    Another terrorist victim.
    He must have been the terrorist.
    These are strange times for Paris.
    I would inform Inspector Gabily.
    
    
    
    RA MEMBER
    Eh?
    If you kill me, the Red Arrow will hunt you forever.
    
    
    
    RIOT COP
    Possible perp here.
    I guess it was just the shadows.
    Who's out there?
    Police! Don't move!
    This is the police! Is someone there?
    Hey!
    Put him on the ground.
    Keep looking.
    What the...
    Holy...
    I see him.
    Okay, step forward and reveal yourself.
    Hey! Hands in the air!
    That's the one. Take him!
    Suspect is still in the area.
    He's still around -- I heard him move.
    Someone else'll pick him up.
    Huh. Damn shadows.
    Now I'm hearing things.
    Officer in distress!
    This guy's a nut!
    This guy is DOA.
    One down.
    
    
    
    SAILOR
    Whoever that is, my orders are to shoot on sight.
    This vessel's off-limits to the public.
    Come out, mister. You can't hide forever.
    Sorry, mister -- orders are orders.
    Huh. Nobody there now.
    Hey! Stop right there.
    Well goddamn.
    Thought I saw something.
    He's not here -- probably went overboard.
    Must be rats or something.
    You didn't wanna come in here.
    Christ!
    This ship's not big enough to run far.
    You in the coat! Who are you?
    Who am I hearing there?
    He's still around here.
    Forget it. Just the waves.
    Who're you?
    Jeez! This guy's nuts!
    They don't pay me to fight cops.
    Goddamn, I lost him. How'm I gonna explain that?
    Who's there? Y'all need permission from the captain.
    I lost him. Have'em search the aft storage just in case.
    Got him. Who was that guy?
    
    
    
    SAM CARTER
    This is no time to be messing around.
    Stay on-task, Agent.
    You better leave that assinine behavior right he, soldier. It will get you
    killed.
    You're out of line, soldier!
    Come here -- I'll show you how it's done.
    Back off. Now.
    Don't try that again, hear me?
    Someone should knock you upside the head a few times. Punk. Dismissed.
    You won't be getting rid of me anytime soon.
    
    
    
    SMUGGLER
    Nice try.
    Bad mistake.
    Have it your way.
    
    
    
    SOLDIER
    We have a movement here, sir.
    Everybody, full alert!
    
    
    
    UNATCO TROOPER
    I wouldn't do that if I was you.
    Uh, that's against protocol, Agent.
    You're just kidding around, right?
    You think that's funny?
    Hey... What the hell?
    I don't understand what you've doing.
    We have movement here, sir.
    Hang on, I heard something.
    Hear that? Everybody check weapons.
    Okay, come on out.
    What was that?
    Hey! Who's there?
    Need backup here!
    You! Stop right there!
    God damn terrorist!
    He gets away, Manderley's gonna have our ass.
    He was right here. What the hell happened?
    Somebody's there. A guy in civvies.
    Stay sharp, people.
    Heh! Thought it was a terrorist.
    Movement, sir... movement!
    It's Denton!
    There's one!
    Engaging the enemy.
    Son of a...
    I know I saw somebody.
    Guess it was nothing.
    I'm hit!
    What the hell...?
    We'll find him! This guy's just a rookie.
    Contact! I have visual...
    Hey! Who's that?
    He's still around somewhere.
    Help!
    Hold it!
    Stand where I can see you!
    This ain't over.
    Nail this guy and we all get a bonus.
    Lock and load!
    Nothing. I think he might be gone.
    We need the 'bots up here!
    That's the one! Take him!
    I'm hit!
    I think he might be gone.
    I've got nothing.
    Man, he's vanished.
    He's long gone.
    He's way too fast.
    Hey! We've got casualties!
    We got a man down here!
    Check the area.
    Just like on a target range.
    
    
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    Fool.
    Hello, Agent.
    I'll find you, Denton. I've got senses you don't even know about.
    You should have surrendered.
    Uh oh.
    I've looked forward to this.
    Who's there? Step out into the light!
    Hiding, JC? Not very heroic.
    You can't take me, JC. I've seen your specs.
    Make it easy for yourself, JC.
    He's here!
    Keep your head up, JC.
    Stupid young rebel.
    Damn you, Denton!
    
    
    
    WOMAN IN BLACK (WIB)
    Contact here -- I'm taking steps.
    You cannot be allowed to leave.
    Try to leave the implants intact.
    Wait, someone's here.
    I hear something. Nobody in sight yet.
    Is someone there? This is an unauthorized entry.
    All quiet now.
    Say again please... do you see him?
    You can't run forever, Agent.
    Look for a blood trail.
    Ive got something -- possible unauthorized presence.
    There he is.
    Who could that be?
    Guy in a coat. Could that be him?
    That was not echo...
    That's him.
    You may as well come out, Mr. Denton.
    Quiet now. No sign of movement.
    Don't try for a capture.
    Be calm. He'll move soon.
    We've got movement here -- I'm investigating.
    Somebody here. I'm going to check it out.
    This is ridiculous. He could have gone anywhere.
    Sorry, false report. We're clear.
    Nothing here now.
    Complications.
    Movement, close by.
    Something moving... bipedal...
    Guy in coat. May be him.
    Perimeter is compromised.
    Human down. Plenty of fluids.
    I saw something. Attempting to match the description.
    We have a cold one here.
    Looks like a recent kill.
    Hostiles!
    
    
    
    
    
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    PUBLIC ACCESS - Please choose a bulletin to view
    QUICK STOP
    RADIOACTIVE 7
    RATP
    Reactor Lab
    Recreation
    Red Star
    REPAIRBOT INTERFACE. The RepairBot can restore up to 75 points of Bio Electric
    Energy every 60 seconds. The RepairBot is Ready, you may now Recharge. Bio
    Energy: 43%. RepairBotStatus:?Ready! (Your BioElectric Energy is at Maximum. Bio
    Energy: 100%. RepairBot Status: Recharging: 26 seconds)
    RESET
    Residential Directory
    RESTRICTED AREA
    RESTROOMS
    Retinal Scanner. Retinal Pattern Match: Agent Denton Authorized For Entry. It's
    secure. Retinal Pattern Malfunction: General Protection Fault 0012E9023
    RH
    ROAD CLOSED
    ROBOT MAINTENANCE
    Russell Vuitton
    Science
    SEALED
    SECOND MARKET
    Sector 2 Access
    SECTOR 3
    Sector 3 Access
    SECTOR 4
    Sector 4 Access
    SECURE
    SECURITY AREA
    SECURITY BAY
    SEWER CONTROL VALVE
    SG
    SHING HING GENERAL CONTRACTORS
    Sickbay
    Skeletal Augmentation
    SORTIE
    SOUTH FERRY
    SOUTH GATE
    SPECTACLES
    SPECULATIVE FICTION, Resource Trade Show - April 25th through April 28th, The
    Page Convention Center, Guest Speaker: Calvo
    Station 5
    STATION 17
    STOP
    STOP - SECURITY AREA, USE OF LETHAL FORCE AUTHORIZED
    SUBMARINE WARFARE DIVISION
    Subway Station 18th Street
    Subway Station Battery Park
    Summary of Services - General Medicine: Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Dental
    Services, Gynecology and family planning, Dermatology, Child Care and
    Immunizations, Social Services; Addiction Services: Life Style Monitoring,
    Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Chemical dependence, Therapy plan, Treatments,
    Recovery;?Disease Control: Primary Care, Prevention Ed, Outreach Program,
    Diagnostics, Counseling, Testing, Case Management, Body Reclaimations
    Super 45 - DRINK MORE, THINK LESS
    Super 45 - The only brand recommended by... the Surgeon General himself!
    SURGERY WARD
    The Association Member Card U.N.A.T.C.O.
    The Page Convention Center
    THE UnderWorld tavern
    TNT
    Tonnochi Road
    TOP SECRET
    tres ch!c
    UC Control
    UN-001
    U.N.A.T.C.O. Computer Ops
    UNATCO HQ, NY. LIBERTY ISLAND
    U.N.A.T.C.O. Medical Lab
    U.N.A.T.C.O. Personnel ONLY
    U.N.A.T.C.O. Quartermaster
    unicorn
    UNIT C21
    Unit E1
    UNITED STATES ASSOCIATION - New Jersey, Naval Shipyard
    United States Association U.N.A.T.C.O.
    UNITED STATES NAVY
    URV BAY ACCESS
    US AIR FORCE
    US MAIL
    U.S. NAVAL ADVANCED SUBMARINE RESEARCH FACILITY
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE
    VENT C23
    VersaLife - TRUST, OBEY, DUTY, HONOR, LOYALTY, RESPECT
    WALL STREET
    WAREHOUSE STORAGE ACCESS
    WARNING - HIGH SECURITY AREA, MECHS ON PATROL
    WARNING: MILITARY ROBOT. STAND CLEAR.
    WEAPONS LOCK
    WEST SIDE
    WWW
    ZHL-U1953
    
    
    
    
    
    PERSONAL COMPUTER TERMINAL, SECURITY COMPUTER TERMINAL
    
    Daedalus:GlobalNode:SECURE//IIS.INFTRANS. .SYS//UEU/Login
    EVERETT GLOBAL ENTERPRISES
    HKnet, HK Net
    Lucky Money Club
    MJ12Net, Majestic 12 Net
    NYComm, New York City Communications
    PRChina, Peoples Republic of China
    Quick Stop
    UNATCO
    User, Password. LOGIN ERROR - ACCESS DENIED. ICE Breaker Ready...
    Initializing?ICE Breaker... ICE Breaker Hack Successful... (*** WARNING ***
    INTRUDER DETECTED!)
    VL, VersaLife
    
    
    
    
    
    ADDITIONAL CONVERSATIONS
    
    
    
    CONVERSATION: WALTON SIMONS
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    You take another step forward, and here I am again, like your own reflection
    repeated in a hall of mirrors.
    
    JC DENTON
    That makes me one ugly son-of-a-bitch. How'd my face get all marked-up with
    bioelectrics?
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    I am the more advanced model, Denton. It's time for you to retire.
    
    
    
    
    
    DEUS EX EXTRA  NOT USED IN THE GAME
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>Datacube in SATCOM Van</COMMENT>
    
    attention nightshift:
    van camera system login (same as old login): SATCOM
    new password: UNATCO_001
    
    PS) we *will* beat you at darts on saturday, suckas.
    
    
    
    
    
    French Connection Found in Rubble
    APR - New York
    
    Recently released evidence from last year's bombing of the Statue of Liberty
    supports growing rumors that link the incident with the French terrorist group
    "Silhouette".  Already members of Congress are calling for immediate cessation
    of diplomatic relations between the United States and France unless the
    responsible parties are brought to justice.
    "Rash accusations will not reverse the damage that has already been done", said
    UNATCO Director Joseph Manderley.  "Both France and the U.S. subscribe to the
    UNATCO charter and we are committed to the full and ongoing investigation of
    this horrible crime."
    An anonymous e-mail received from an individual purporting to be the
    Silhouette "Minister of True Lies" denies all responsibility.  "For that, you
    must go to the center of the maze," the e-mail said in part.
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>18th Street station</COMMENT>
    
    Young:
    
    The code is MOLE (6653).  Meet me at the boat house and help me load this stuff
    onto the transport as soon as you can.  Play it safe.  We don't need dead
    heroes, we need live ones.
    
    -Decker
    
    
    
    
    
    Hey Trieste,
    
    Turns out these "mole" people've got a network of tunnels running all through
    the city (sewers, abandoned subways, stuff like that, all connected by secret
    passages) so Juan's apparently worked out some kind of deal with 'em to let us
    route our supplies underground.  Brooklyn Bridge Station access is
    through - get this - the ladies restroom.  Least they got a sense of humor.
    Just for a little added security, I wired up a keypad to the switch - it's
    under the sink, code 5482.  Hustle with those generator coils, and check-in
    when you arrive.
    
    Kochanski
    
    
    
    
    
    THE MOST HOLY ANNALS OF THE LUMINOUS PATH
    THAT LEADS THE RIGHTEOUS TO THE FOLD
    OF THE INNER CELESTIAL KINGDOM
    
    Wong Fei Hong
    Yim Wing Chun
    Cho Yi-Hang
    Wai Ko Lo
    Yan-Fang Mei
    Ching-hsia Lin
    Kong-sang Chan
    Yusen Wu
    Chu-Kheng Yeoh
    Yuen Wo-Ping
    Tracer Tong
    <PLAYERNAME>
    
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>Queens Tower Residential Directory - Maggies Floor</COMMENT>
    
    Ms. Chow grants you access; please use the private penthouse elevator.
    
    Queen's Tower Residential Directory
    
    Please select one of our facilities or residents; residents will identify you
    using our state-of-the-art security system and grant you access as necessary.
    Thank you.
    
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>Helibase computer codes</COMMENT>
    
    UPDATE, MJ12 H.K. HELIBASE OPERATIONS MANUAL
    
    All authorized personnel with clearances of level 3 and above should be made
    aware that the authorization for the "TALON" security network has been changed
    from "VALKYRIE" to "SKYEYE".  The functionality of the "TALON" security network
    has not changed substantially, and is still covered in Section 3B of the
    Operations Manual.  All further inquiries should be directed to your superior.
    
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>Maggie's apartment</COMMENT>
    
    When you have the time, May-Sung, I would suggest that you read two of my
    favorite books: Insurgent and Tai-Fun. I believe you'll find
    both of them as illuminating as I have.  They're in my office if you'd like
    to borrow them.
    
    -Maggie
    
    
    
    
    
    JANINE'S BOTS
    SPECS AND OVERVIEW
    
    CHIANG "ARCBOT" MODEL 2
    
    The Chiang Arcbot Model 2 was only recently introduced, a radical departure from
    Chiang's usually conservative line of industrial bots.  Constructed on an
    arachnid frame, the Model 2 can adeptly maneuver in environments that would be
    difficult for other repair bots to access. With the addition of a comprehensive
    array of repair tools, it becomes ideally suited for damage control and building
    maintenance.  But the truly inspired touch by the normally staid Chiang
    engineers was the ability for the Arcbot to utilize it's bioelectric discharge
    capacitor as a non-lethal weapon, allowing it to protect itself from potential
    vandals and perform double-duty patrolling otherwise unsecured portions of
    infrastructure.  However, the Arcbot's big brother, the Model 5, is almost
    exclusively used for riot control...
    
    
    
    
    
    LION BAY CONSTRUCTION
    PROJECT 11A-6C (VERSALIFE)
    
    FLOORPLAN
    
    CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL
    CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL
    CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL
    
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>Sub building front office</COMMENT>
    
    BROOKLYN ADVANCED NAVAL YARDS
    
    All personnel must sign in without exception.  Visitors must be accompanied
    by authorized personnel.  Identification must be worn at all times in a visible
    location.  Lack of identification is considered grounds for lethal action.
    
    SIGN IN
    
    22:35  Bob Page/Page Industries
    22:35  Walton Simons/FEMA
    06:30  Captain Dick Balme
    06:35  Rory Ackerman
    06:41  Ensign Chad Warren
    06:45  Brenda Fresno
    06:58  Josy Rhodes
    ...
    
    
    
    
    
    From: PYin//UpNet.9384.7023
    To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
    Subject: VersaLife
    
    The VersaLife situation has been corrected.  All evidence of MJ12 involvement
    was removed prior to the building being demolished, effectively removing all
    secondary and tertiary evidence along with key compromised personnel.  We have
    leaked items to the press implicating Denton and his associates and have
    received favorable feedback from our sources.  Production of the Non-Eutectic
    Blade (NEB) has been only temporarily delayed and will be shifted to other
    technology centers with minimal impact to the overall schedule.
    
    Agent Peter Yin
    
    
    
    
    
    DAILY ACTIVITY REPORT
    
    ...with the new government regulations it has become almost impossible to get
    any work done after sundown... the sourd-muet bots will supposedly only attack
    known terrorists, but I do not trust them, and neither does anyone else. They
    all head home before dark.  I stay and try to get a little work done so the
    American MI5 woman gave me a passcode for the security system
    (rzelazny/shadowjack), but it is difficult to make any progress when no one
    is around to give me the information I need...
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>10_Paris_Metro ATM Account</COMMENT>
    
    I was at Porte de l'Enfer last night and managed to get some stupide Americain
    to buy me a drink, then peeked his code when he wasn't looking.  Do me a favor,
    pull some cash from his account and get your petit ami to pick me up some
    zyme - it is fabulous, the new thing from New York.
    
    004418, morbus13
    
    Bon sois!
    Anne
    
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>10_Paris_Catacombs Tunnels: MJ12 security computer</COMMENT>
    
    Agent Hela,
    
    We've added a login for you to the Catacombs security network; while still
    incomplete, it's being extended every day.  We should have the majority of the
    tunnels completely wired within the next three months.
    
    Login: Hela
    Password: Ragnarok
    
    Again, I'm pleased to know that you and MJ12 will be working closely with us to
    eradicate the Silhouette infestation from Paris.  Please update me on a daily
    basis with your surveillance reports and any additional items or information
    you may require.
    -
    Gabily
    
    
    
    
    
    
    From: MorganEverett//???
    To: BethDuClare//UnderNet.324.823.2
    Subject: Final Message
    
    CYPHERBLOCK=<"busdic98-sch233bnpoec813983b80dcb-sd896dc7gd7">
    
    This will be our last communication over the Net.  The so-called "Aquinas"
    protocols that my old protege and MJ12 have implemented are crude, but
    effective - much like my protege.  All future meetings will need to occur face
    to face at a secure location.  To expedite matters I will deliver to you a
    "tear-sheet" chip: it will contain twenty codes and their corresponding keys.
    Each code and key pair can be used once and then it will be permanently erased.
    Each code will be tagged to one of our previously agreed upon meeting locations
    and times.  If one or the other of us should need to get in touch, send a
    message using one of the codes - the content of the messsage is
    irrelevant, only the code used to encrypt it.
    
    I shouldn't need to point out that any attempt to tamper with the chip once it
    has been installed will result in it being rendered useless.
    
    Best of luck - to you and to us all,
    Morgan
    
    
    
    
    
    From: NicDuClare//UnderNet.37923.38.834
    To: BethDuClare//UnderNet.324.823.2
    Subject: Weekend
    
    Hey Mom, just wanted to let you know I'll be coming home this weekend... school
    is still hassling me about that intrusion attempt on one of their data wells,
    but it wasn't as if I really did anything - just took a look around.  I might
    have opened a few doors to the underground tunnels, too, but that was just for
    fun, no big deal (one of the cataphiles I know said there might be an entrance
    down there).  I was hoping when I got back we could talk about it, and... maybe
    they'd listen to you, since they don't seem disposed to listen to me.
    
    Anyways, kiss and hug, and I'll see you soon.
    
    Ciao,
    Nic
    
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>MJ12 Hit List</COMMENT>
    
    MJ12 Compromised Individuals List
    Paris, France
    
    The following individuals have been rated as having an 85% or higher likelihood
    of being engaged in suspicious or ideologically counterproductive activity on
    the Chasen-Bikal scale, and/or have scored at least 4.31 on the JKL-LB survey
    over the preceeding six months.  Agents are encouraged to pursue soft
    campaigns of calculated defamation, resulting in reduced meme propagation
    effectiveness, prior to prejudicial termination.  Termination, when necessary,
    should be staged to implicate organizations currently on the MJ12-COL.
    Please refer any questions to MJ12 Simulations and Strategy,
    MJ12SAS//UpNet.2748.2738.22.
    
    Jean Renois (MJID-7037XD8374)
    Erin Todd (MJID-3793YH3803)
    Decker Parkes (MJID-0984IS3270)
    Rene Delon (MJID-9834TR1008)
    Wayne Young (MJID-9904MG9401)
    Henri Rota (MJID-7778AD2096)
    Ave Javet (MJID-7982MV1924)
    Raymond Kearns (MJID-4684II3900)
    ...
    
    
    
    
    <COMMENT>Maintenance access through fan</COMMENT>
    
    MJ12 ADVANCE TEAM
    PROBLEM RECOMMENDATION REPORT 87-X
    FROM: CAPTAIN JAMES FLORES
    TO: AGENT KARYO
    PRR-ID: 7793G
    
    DESCRIPTION: After preliminary reconnaissance, I have determined that we have a
    potential security vulnerability in one of the outlying warehouses: an intake
    fan vent with a maintenance access hatch that could act as a possible method of
    ingress to the facility. While such ingress would present definite hazards to
    any intruder, it is still an unacceptable risk for a Seraphic/8X classified
    facility.
    
    RECOMMENDATION: A squad should be dispatched to a) secure the area; b) weld
    the hatch shut; and c) install sensors and autoguns to extend our security
    grid coverage.
    
    NOTES: All troops not directly attached to MJ12 have been classified as a
    security liability and should be eliminated on sight.
    
    AUTHBLOK=<"8723reg7cvhjc87eow3fwelvcsdoc7t80723dfwve">
    
    
    
    
    
    Alain, I don't have much time - I managed to hack into the archives maintained
    by Helios.  It was... amazing.  There were files and messages in there going
    back almost a hundred years, names of things I've only heard people whisper
    about as rumors.  I barely had time to get my bearings before the ice started
    to come down, and I just managed to snag a few e-mails that had been recently
    accessed before I was cut off.  I don't think anyone noticed, but I've got to
    go back on shift now or else someone really will be suspicious.  If you get a
    chance, find my machine and see if you can make anything out of what I
    recovered.
    
    Login: jshears
    Password: momerath
    
    Julia
    
    
    
    
    
    MJ12 CWD
    TECHNICAL REPORT 12-Y
    FROM: SANDY PRINSLOO
    TO: KIM KRIZAN
    SUBJECT: INTERFACE PROGRESS
    
    We've finally managed to work out the last few bugs in the link-up - Page wants
    to be interfaced with Helios immediately after final testing is completed.  I'm
    not sure if that's such a good idea, but I'll defer to the doctors on this
    one... I'm just the technical help.  I figure another five or six hours for the
    last couple diagnostic routines to complete their pass and then we go live.
    Page also requested that we hook up all four of the blue fusion devices in a
    redundant array; each of those damn things could probably power the whole
    complex for a month, much less four of them in parallel.  Going to be hell to
    route them all, but I think I can jury-rig something.  I'll take a look at
    the B13 reactors after I get the passcode from Mac, see if there's anything
    there that might be helpful.  I should know more by 2300.  And let me know
    when you get the status report from Murdoch on the transmission chamber.
    
    MJ12CWD * "Ipsa scientia potestas est."
    
    
    
    
    
    It's all very clear to me now... I don't know why it wasn't before.
    
    We have all sinned, and this is our punishment.
    
    Page is God.  He is the God we made, we crafted him in our likeness.
    
    Our God is a vengeful God, and a God who does not tolerate weakness.  We know
    his weaknesses, because we built him, so our God does not tolerate us.
    
    Our God made monsters.  He made them with the UC, then he sent them to find us.
    Some of us tried to hide, but they didn't understand.  You can't hide from God,
    or his creatures.
    
    I've been waiting here, thinking.  Thinking about God, and the things I have
    done wrong.  If I think long enough and hard enough, maybe God will forgive
    me someday and make me again in the UC.
    
    All praise the UC, and all praise God.
    
    
    
    
    
    The Man Who Was Thursday
    by G. K. Chesterton
    
    ... "I never hated you," said Syme very sadly.
    Then out of this unintelligible creature the last thunders broke.
    "You!" he cried.  "You never hated because you never lived.  I know what you are
    all of you, from first to last - you are the people in power!  You are the
    police - the great fat, smiling men in blue and buttons!  You are the Law, and
    you have never been broken.  But is there a free soul alive that does not long
    to break you, only because you have never been broken?  We in revolt talk all
    kind of nonsense doubtless about this crime or that crime of the Government.
    It is all folly!  The only crime of the Government is that it governs.  The
    unpardonable sin of the supreme power is that it is supreme.  I do not curse
    you for being cruel.  I do not curse you (though I might) for being kind.  I
    curse you for being safe!  You sit in your chairs of stone, and have never
    come down from them.  You are the seven angels of heaven, and you have had no
    troubles.  Oh, I could forgive you everything, you that rule all mankind, if
    I could feel for once that you had suffered for one hour a real agony such as
    I..."
    
    
    
    
    
    
    INVENTORY
    
    
    
    AMBROSIA VIAL
    
    The only known vaccine against the "Gray Death." Unfortunately, it is quickly
    metabolized by the body making its effects temporary at best.
    (Ambrosia Vial activated. Strange... nothing happens...)
    
    
    
    AMMUNITION
    
    7.62x51mm Ammo
    The 7.62x51mm (NATO) round was chiefly used by anti-terrorist units equipped
    with assault rifles for close-quarters combat until its widespread adoption
    among national security forces requiring enhanced combat responsiveness made it
    ubiquitous.
    
    10mm Ammo
    With their combination of high stopping power and low recoil, pistols chambered
    for the 10mm round have become the sidearms of choice for paramilitary forces
    around the world.
    
    12 Gauge Buckshot Shells
    Standard 12 gauge shotgun shell; very effective for close-quarters combat
    against soft targets, but useless against body armor.
    
    12 Gauge Sabot Shells
    A 12 gauge shotgun shell surrounding a solid core of tungsten that can punch
    through all but the thickest hardened steel armor at close range; however, its
    ballistic profile will result in minimal damage to soft targets.
    
    20mm HE Ammo
    The 20mm high-explosive round complements the standard 7.62x51mm assault rifle
    by adding the capability to clear small rooms, foxholes, and blind corners using
    an underhand launcher.
    
    30.06 Ammo
    Its high velocity and accuracy have made sniper rifles using the 30.06 round the
    preferred tool of individuals requiring "one shot, one kill" for over fifty
    years.
    
    Darts
    The mini-crossbow dart is a favored weapon for many "wet" operations; however,
    silent kills require a high degree of skill.
    
    Flare Darts
    Mini-crossbow flare darts use a slow-burning incendiary device, ignited on
    impact, to provide illumination of a targeted area.
    
    Napalm Canister
    A pressurized canister of jellied gasoline for use with flamethrowers.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE SC080-BLUE> The canister is double-walled to minimize
    accidental detonation caused by stray bullets during a firefight. -- Sam Carter
    <END NOTE>
    
    Pepper Cartridge
    "ANTIGONE pepper spray will incapacitate your attacker in UNDER TWO SECONDS.
    ANTIGONE -- better BLIND than DEAD. NOTE: Keep away from children under the age
    of five. Contents under pressure."
    
    Plasma Clip
    A clip of extruded, magnetically-doped plastic slugs that can be heated and
    delivered with devastating effect using the plasma gun.
    
    Prod Charger
    A portable charging unit for the riot prod.
    
    Rockets
    A gyroscopically stabilized rocket with limited onboard guidance systems for in-
    flight course corrections. Engineered for use with the GEP gun.
    
    Tranquilizer Darts
    A mini-crossbow dart tipped with a succinylcholine-variant that causes complete
    skeletal muscle relaxation, effectively incapacitating a target in a non-lethal
    manner.
    
    WP Rockets
    The white-phosphorus rocket, or "wooly peter," was designed to expand the
    mission profile of the GEP gun. While it does minimal damage upon detonation,
    the explosion will spread a cloud of particularized white phosphorus that
    ignites immediately upon contact with the air.
    
    
    
    ASSAULT RIFLE
    
    The 7.62x51mm assault rifle is designed for close-quarters combat, utilizing a
    shortened barrel and "bullpup" design for increased maneuverability. An
    additional underhand 20mm HE launcher increases the rifle's effectiveness
    against a variety of targets.
    
    
    
    ASSAULT SHOTGUN
    
    The assault shotgun (sometimes referred to as a "street sweeper") combines the
    best traits of a normal shotgun with a fully automatic feed that can clear an
    area of hostiles in a matter of seconds. Particularly effective in urban combat,
    the assault shotgun accepts either buckshot or sabot shells.
    
    
    
    AUGMENTATION CANISTER
    
    An augmentation canister teems with nanoscale mecanocarbon ROM modules suspended
    in a carrier serum. When injected into a compatible host subject, these modules
    augment an individual with extra-sapient abilities. However, proper programming
    of augmentations must be conducted by a medical robot, otherwise terminal damage
    may occur. For more information, please see "Face of the New Man" by Kelley
    Chance.
    Can only be installed with the help of a MedBot.
    
    
    
    AUGMENTATION UPGRADE CANISTER
    
    An augmentation upgrade canister contains highly specific nanomechanisms that,
    when combined with a previously programmed module, can increase the efficiency
    of an installed augmentation. Because no programming is required, upgrade
    canisters may be used by trained agents in the field with minimal risk.
    
    
    
    BALLISTIC ARMOR
    
    Ballistic armor is manufactured from electronically sensitive polymer sheets
    that intrinsically react to the violent impact of a bullet or an explosion by
    "stiffening" in response and absorbing the majority of the damage. These polymer
    sheets must be charged before use; after the charge has dissipated they lose
    their reflexive properties and should be discarded.
    
    
    
    BATON
    
    A hefty looking baton, typically used by riot police and national security
    forces to discourage civilian resistance.
    
    
    
    BINOCULARS
    
    A pair of military binoculars.
    
    
    
    BIOELECTRIC CELL
    
    A bioelectric cell provides efficient storage of energy in a form that can be
    utilized by a number of different devices.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE JR289-VIOLET> Augmented agents have been equipped with an
    interface that allows them to transparently absorb energy from bioelectric
    cells. -- Jaime Reyes <END NOTE>
    Recharges 25 energy units.
    
    
    
    CANDY BAR
    
    "CHOC-O-LENT DREAM. IT'S CHOCOLATE! IT'S PEOPLE! IT'S BOTH!(tm) 85% Recycled
    Material."
    
    
    
    CIGARETTES
    
    "COUGHING NAILS -- when you've just got to have a cigarette."
    
    
    
    COMBAT KNIFE
    
    An ultra-high carbon stainless steel knife.
    
    
    
    CROWBAR
    
    A crowbar. Hit someone or something with it. Repeat.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE GH010-BLUE> Many crowbars we call "murder of crowbars."
    Always have one for kombat. Ha. -- Gunther Hermann <END NOTE>
    
    
    
    DRAGON'S TOOTH SWORD
    
    The true weapon of a modern warrior, the Dragon's Tooth is not a sword in the
    traditional sense, but a nanotechnologically constructed blade that is
    dynamically "forged" on command into a non-eutactic solid. Nanoscale whetting
    devices insure that the blade is both unbreakable and lethally sharp.
    
    
    
    ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP) GRENADE
    
    The EMP grenade creates a localized pulse that will temporarily disable all
    electronics within its area of effect, including cameras and security grids.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE JR134-VIOLET> While nanotech augmentations are largely
    unaffected by EMP, experiments have shown that it WILL cause the spontaneous
    dissipation of stored bioelectric energy. -- Jaime Reyes <END NOTE>
    
    
    
    FIRE EXTINGUISHER
    
    A chemical fire extinguisher.
    
    
    
    FLAMETHROWER
    
    A portable flamethrower that discards the old and highly dangerous backpack fuel
    delivery system in favor of pressurized canisters of napalm. Inexperienced
    agents will find that a flamethrower can be difficult to maneuver, however.
    
    
    
    FLARE
    
    A flare.
    
    
    
    FORTY
    
    "COLD SWEAT forty ounce malt liquor. Never let 'em see you COLD SWEAT."
    
    
    
    GAS GRENADE
    
    Upon detonation, the gas grenade releases a large amount of CS (a military-grade
    "tear gas" agent) over its area of effect. CS will cause irritation to all
    exposed mucous membranes leading to temporary blindness and uncontrolled
    coughing. Like a LAM, gas grenades can be attached to any surface.
    
    
    
    GUIDED EXPLOSIVE PROJECTILE (GEP) GUN
    
    The GEP gun is a relatively recent invention in the field of armaments: a
    portable, shoulder-mounted launcher that can fire rockets and laser guide them
    to their target with pinpoint accuracy. While suitable for high-threat combat
    situations, it can be bulky for those agents who have not grown familiar with
    it.
    
    
    
    HAZMAT SUIT
    
    A standard hazardous materials suit that protects against a full range of
    environmental hazards including radiation, fire, biochemical toxins,
    electricity, and EMP. Hazmat suits contain an integrated bacterial oxygen
    scrubber that degrades over time and thus should not be reused.
    
    
    
    LIGHT ANTI-TANK WEAPON (LAW)
    
    The LAW provides cheap, dependable anti-armor capability in the form of an
    integrated one-shot rocket and delivery system, though at the expense of any
    laser guidance. Like other heavy weapons, the LAW can slow agents who have not
    trained with it extensively.
    
    
    
    LIGHTWEIGHT ATTACK MUNITIONS (LAM)
    
    A multi-functional explosive with electronic priming system that can either be
    thrown or attached to any surface with its polyhesive backing and used as a
    proximity mine.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE SC093-BLUE> Disarming a proximity device should only be
    attempted with the proper demolitions training. Trust me on this. -- Sam Carter
    <END NOTE>
    
    
    
    LIQUOR
    
    The label is torn off, but it looks like some of the good stuff.
    
    
    
    LOCKPICK
    
    A disposable lockpick. The tension wrench is steel, but appropriate needles are
    formed from fast congealing polymers.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE AJ006-BLACK> Here's what they don't tell you: despite the
    product literature, you can use a standard lockpick to bypass all but the most
    high-class nanolocks. -- Alex Jacobson <END NOTE>
    
    
    
    MEDKIT
    
    A first-aid kit.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE JR095-VIOLET> The nanomachines of an augmented agent will
    automatically metabolize the contents of a medkit to efficiently heal damaged
    areas. An agent with medical training could greatly expedite this process. --
    Jaime Reyes <END NOTE>
    Use to heal critical body parts, or use on character screen to direct healing at
    a certain body part.
    
    
    
    MULTITOOL
    
    A disposable electronics tool. By using electromagnetic resonance detection and
    frequency modulation to dynamically alter the flow of current through a circuit,
    skilled agents can use the multitool to manipulate code locks, cameras, autogun
    turrets, alarms, or other security systems.
    
    
    
    MINI-CROSSBOW
    
    The mini-crossbow was specifically developed for espionage work, and accepts a
    range of dart types (normal, tranquilizer, or flare) that can be changed
    depending upon the mission requirements.
    
    
    
    NANOKEY RING
    
    A nanokey ring can read and store the two-dimensional molecular patterns from
    different nanokeys, and then recreate those patterns on demand.
    
    
    
    PEPPER GUN
    
    The pepper gun will accept a number of commercially available riot control
    agents in cartridge form and disperse them as a fine aerosol mist that can cause
    blindness or blistering at short-range.
    
    
    
    PISTOL
    
    A standard 10mm pistol.
    
    
    
    PLASMA RIFLE
    
    An experimental weapon that is currently being produced as a series of one-off
    prototypes, the plasma gun superheats slugs of magnetically-doped plastic and
    accelerates the resulting gas-liquid mix using an array of linear magnets. The
    resulting plasma stream is deadly when used against slow-moving targets.
    
    
    
    PS20
    
    The PS20 is a disposable, plasma-based weapon developed by an unknown security
    organization as a next generation stealth pistol. Unfortunately, the necessity
    of maintaining a small physical profile restricts the weapon to a single shot.
    Despite its limited functionality, the PS20 can be lethal at close range.
    
    
    
    REBREATHER
    
    A disposable chemical scrubber that can extract oxygen from water during brief
    submerged operations.
    
    
    
    RIOT PROD
    
    The riot prod has been extensively used by security forces who wish to keep what
    remains of the crumbling peace and have found the prod to be a valuable tool.
    Its short range tetanizing effect is most effective when applied to the torso or
    when the subject is taken by surprise.
    
    
    
    SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN
    
    The sawed-off, pump-action shotgun features a truncated barrel resulting in a
    wide spread at close range and will accept either buckshot or sabot shells.
    
    
    
    SCRAMBLE GRENADE
    
    The detonation of a GUARDIAN scramble grenade broadcasts a short-range,
    polymorphic broadband assault on the command frequencies used by almost all bots
    manufactured since 2028. The ensuing electronic storm causes bots within its
    radius of effect to indiscriminately attack other bots until command control can
    be re-established. Like a LAM, scramble grenades can be attached to any surface.
    
    
    
    SNIPER RIFLE
    
    The military sniper rifle is the superior tool for the interdiction of long-
    range targets. When coupled with the proven 30.06 round, a marksman can achieve
    tight groupings at better than 1 MOA (minute of angle) depending on
    environmental conditions.
    
    
    
    SODA
    
    The can is blank except for the phrase "PRODUCT PLACEMENT HERE." It is unclear
    whether this is a name or an invitation.
    
    
    
    SOY FOOD
    
    Fine print: "Seasoned with nanoscale generators, this TSP (textured soy protein)
    not only tastes good but also self-heats when its package is opened."
    
    
    
    STEALTH PISTOL
    
    The stealth pistol is a variant of the standard 10mm pistol with a larger clip
    and integrated silencer designed for wet work at very close ranges.
    
    
    
    SWORD
    
    A rather nasty-looking sword.
    
    
    
    TECH GOGGLES
    
    Tech goggles are used by many special ops forces throughout the world under a
    number of different brand names, but they all provide some form of portable
    light amplification in a disposable package.
    
    
    
    THERMOPTIC CAMO
    
    Integrating woven fiber-optics and an advanced computing system, thermoptic camo
    can render an agent invisible to both humans and bots by dynamically refracting
    light and radar waves; however, the high power drain makes it impractical for
    more that short-term use, after which the circuitry is fused and it becomes
    useless.
    
    
    
    THROWING KNIVES
    
    A favorite weapon of assassins in the Far East for centuries, throwing knives
    can be deadly when wielded by a master but are more generally used when it
    becomes desirable to send a message. The message is usually "Your death is
    coming on swift feet."
    
    
    
    WEAPON MODIFICATIONS
    
    Drag over weapon to upgrade. Weapons highlighted in GREEN can be upgraded with
    this mod.
    
    Accuracy
    When clamped to the frame of most projectile weapons, a harmonic balancer will
    dampen the vertical motion produced by firing a projectile, resulting in
    increased accuracy.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE SC108-BLUE> Almost any weapon that has a significant
    amount of vibration can be modified with a balancer; I've even seen it work with
    the mini-crossbow and a prototype plasma gun. -- Sam Carter <END NOTE>
    
    Clip
    An extended magazine that increases clip capacity beyond the factory default.
    
    Laser
    A laser targeting dot eliminates any inaccuracy resulting from the inability to
    visually gauge a projectile's point of impact.
    
    Range
    By lubricating the firing path with synthetic synovial fluid, the drag on fired
    projectiles is greatly reduced with a consequent increase in range.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE SC111-BLUE> Coating the primary valve system of a
    flamethrower or plasma gun in synovial lubricant and then over-pressuring the
    delivery system will also result in an increase in range. Little trick I learned
    during field testing. -- Sam Carter <END NOTE>
    
    Recoil
    A stock cushioned with polycellular shock absorbing material will significantly
    reduce perceived recoil.
    
    Reload
    A speed loader greatly decreases the time required to reload a weapon.
    
    Scope
    A telescopic scope attachment provides zoom capability and increases accuracy
    against distant targets.
    
    Silencer
    A silencer will muffle the muzzle crack caused by rapidly expanding gases left
    in the wake of a bullet leaving the gun barrel.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE SC108-BLUE> Obviously, a silencer is only effective with
    firearms. -- Sam Carter <END NOTE>
    
    
    
    WINE
    
    A nice bottle of wine.
    
    
    
    ZYME VIAL
    
    A vial of zyme, brewed up in some basement lab.
    
    
    
    WEAPON STATS
    
    Ammo, Ammo loaded, Ammo type(s), Base damage, Clip size: 30 rds, Rate of fire:
    Auto, 10.0 rds/sec (single, 1.6 rds/sec), Reload time: 2.0 sec, Recoil, Base
    Accuracy: 65%, Acc. range: 150 ft, Max. range: 300 ft, Mass: 10 lbs, Laser
    sight: YES, Scope: N/A, Silencer: NO
    
    
    
    
    
    HEALTH
    
    
    
    ARMS
    
    Obviously damage to the arm is of concern in any combat situation as it has a
    direct effect on the agent's ability to utilize a variety of weapons. Losing the
    use of one arm will certainly lower the agent's combat efficiency, while the
    loss of both arms will render it nearly impossible for an agent to present even
    a nominal threat to most hostiles.
    
    Light Wounds: Slightly decreased accuracy.
    Medium Wounds: Moderately decreased accuracy.
    Major Wounds: Significantly decreased accuracy.
    
    
    
    HEAD
    
    Head wounds are fatal in the vast majority of threat scenarios; however, in
    those cases where death is not instantaneous, agents will often find that head
    injuries impair vision and aim. Care should be taken to heal such injuries as
    quickly as possible or death may result.
    
    Light Wounds: Slightly decreased accuracy.
    Medium Wounds: Wavering vision.
    Heavy Wounds: Death.
    
    
    
    LEGS
    
    Injuries to the leg will result in drastically diminished mobility. If an agent
    in hostile territory is unfortunate enough to lose the use of both legs but
    still remain otherwise viable, they are ordered to execute UNATCO Special
    Operations Order 99009 (Self-Termination).
    
    Light Wounds: Slightly impaired movement.
    Medium Wounds: Moderately impaired movement.
    Heavy Wounds: Significantly impaired movement.
    
    
    
    TORSO
    
    The torso is by far the portion of the human anatomy able to absorb the most
    damage, but it is also the easiest to target in close quarters combat. As
    progressively more damage is inflicted to the torso, agents may find their
    movements impaired and eventually bleed to death even if a mortal blow to a
    vital organ is not suffered.
    
    Light Wounds: Slightly impaired movement.
    Medium Wounds: Significantly impaired movement.
    Major Wounds: Death.
    
    
    
    
    
    AUGMENTATIONS (AUGS)
    
    
    
    To upgrade an Augmentation, click on the Augmentation you wish to upgrade, then
    on the Upgrade button.
    To replenish Bioelectic energy for your Augmentations, click on the Use Cell
    button.
    
    
    
    Cranial
    Eyes
    Arms
    Torso
    Subdermal
    Legs
    Default
    
    
    
    AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE SYSTEM
    
    Aerosol nanoparticles are released upon the detection of objects fitting the
    electromagnetic threat profile of missiles and grenades; these nanoparticles
    will prematurely detonate such objects prior to reaching the agent.
    
    Tech one: The range at which incoming rockets and grenades are detonated is
    short.
    Tech two: The range at which detonation occurs is increased slightly.
    Tech three: The range at which detonation occurs is increased moderately.
    Tech four: Rockets and grenades are detonated almost before they are fired.
    
    
    
    AQUALUNG
    
    Soda lime exostructures imbedded in the alveoli of the lungs convert CO2 to O2,
    extending the time an agent can remain underwater.
    
    Tech one: Lung capacity is increased slightly.
    Tech two: Lung capacity is increased moderately.
    Tech three: Lung capacity is extended significantly.
    Tech four: An agent can stay underwater indefinitely.
    
    
    
    BALLISTIC PROTECTION
    
    Monomolecular plates reinforce the skin's epithelial membrane, reducing the
    damage an agent receives from projectiles and bladed weapons.
    
    Tech one: Damage from projectiles and bladed weapons is reduced slightly.
    Tech two: Damage from projectiles and bladed weapons is reduced moderately.
    Tech three: Damage from projectiles and bladed weapons is reduced significantly.
    Tech four: An agent is nearly invulnerable to damage from projectiles and bladed
    weapons.
    
    
    
    CLOAK
    
    Subdermal pigmentation cells allow the agent to blend with their surrounding
    environment, rendering them effectively invisible to observation by organic
    hostiles.
    
    Tech one: Power drain is normal.
    Tech two: Power drain is reduced slightly.
    Tech three: Power drain is reduced moderately.
    Tech four: Power drain is reduced significantly.
    
    
    
    COMBAT STRENGTH
    
    Sorting rotors accelerate calcium ion concentration in the saecoplasmic
    reticulum, increasing an agent's muscle speed several-fold and multiplying the
    damage they inflict in melee combat.
    
    Tech one: The effectiveness of melee weapons is increased slightly.
    Tech two: The effectiveness of melee weapons is increased moderately.
    Tech three: The effectiveness of melee weapons is increased significantly.
    Tech four: Melee weapons are almost instantly lethal.
    
    
    
    EMP SHIELD
    
    Nanoscale generators partially protect individual nanites and reduce
    bioelectrical drain by canceling incoming pulses.
    
    Tech one: Damage from EMP attacks is reduced slightly.
    Tech two: Damage from EMP attacks is reduced moderately.
    Tech three: Damage from EMP attacks is reduced significantly.
    Tech four: An agent is nearly invulnerable to damage from EMP attacks.
    
    
    
    ENERGY SHIELD
    
    Polyanilene capacitors below the skin absorb heat and electricity, reducing the
    damage received from flame, electrical, and plasma attacks.
    
    Tech one: Damage from energy attacks is reduced slightly.
    Tech two: Damage from energy attacks is reduced moderately.
    Tech three: Damage from energy attacks is reduced significantly.
    Tech four: An agent is nearly invulnerable to damage from energy attacks.
    
    
    
    ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE
    
    Induced keratin production strengthens all epithelial tissues and reduces the
    agent's vulnerability to radiation and other toxins.
    
    Tech one: Toxic resistance is increased slightly.
    Tech two: Toxic resistance is increased moderately.
    Tech three: Toxic resistance is increased significantly.
    Tech four: An agent is nearly invulnerable to damage from toxins.
    
    
    
    IFF
    
    Automatic friend or foe identification uses advanced heuristic algorithms to
    associate visible objects with known threat categories.
    Targeting reticle highlights RED over enemies, and GREEN over allies and
    neutrals.
    NO UPGRADES
    [Always Active]
    
    
    
    INFOLINK
    
    One-way micro-transceiver array allows agents in the field to receive messages
    from Control, and to store and later retrieve relevant maps, conversations, and
    notes.
    UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE JR133-VIOLET>This is top of the line all the way, so don't
    expect any upgrades. -- Jaime Reyes <END NOTE>
    [Always Active]
    
    
    
    LIGHT
    
    Bioluminescent cells within the retina provide coherent illumination of the
    agent's field of view. No upgrades.
    
    
    
    MICROFIBRAL MUSCLE
    
    Muscle strength is amplified with ionic polymeric gel myofibrils that allow the
    agent to push and lift extraordinarily heavy objects.
    
    Tech one: Strength is increased slightly.
    Tech two: Strength is increased moderately.
    Tech three: Strength is increased significantly.
    Tech four: An agent is inhumanly strong.
    
    
    
    POWER RECIRCULATOR
    
    Power consumption for all augmentations is reduced by polianilene circuits,
    plugged directly into cell membranes, that allow nanite particles to
    interconnect electronically without leaving their host cells.
    
    Tech one: Power drain of augmentations is reduced slightly.
    Tech two: Power drain of augmentations is reduced moderately.
    Tech three: Power drain of augmentations is reduced.
    Tech four: Power drain of augmentations is reduced significantly.
    
    
    
    RADAR TRANSPARENCY
    
    Radar-absorbent resin augments epithelial proteins; microprojection units
    distort agent's visual signature. Provides highly effective concealment from
    automated detection systems -- bots, cameras, turrets.
    
    Tech one: Power drain is normal.
    Tech two: Power drain is reduced slightly.
    Tech three: Power drain is reduced moderately.
    Tech four: Power drain is reduced significantly.
    
    
    
    REGENERATION
    
    Programmable polymerase automatically directs construction of proteins in
    injured cells, restoring an agent to full health over time.
    
    Tech one: Healing occurs at a normal rate.
    Tech two: Healing occurs at a slightly faster rate.
    Tech three: Healing occurs at a moderately faster rate.
    Tech four: Healing occurs at a significantly faster rate.
    
    
    
    RUN SILENT
    
    The necessary muscle movements for complete silence when walking or running are
    determined continuously with reactive kinematics equations produced by embedded
    nanocomputers.
    
    Tech one: Sound made while moving is reduced slightly.
    Tech two: Sound made while moving is reduced moderately.
    Tech three: Sound made while moving is reduced significantly.
    Tech four: An agent is completely silent.
    
    
    
    SPEED ENHANCEMENT
    
    Ionic polymeric gel myofibrils are woven into the leg muscles, increasing the
    speed at which an agent can run and climb, the height they can jump, and
    reducing the damage they receive from falls.
    
    Tech one: Speed and jumping are increased slightly, while falling damage is
    reduced.
    Tech two: Speed and jumping are increased moderately, while falling damage is
    further reduced.
    Tech three: Speed and jumping are increased significantly, while falling damage
    is substantially reduced.
    Tech four: An agent can run like the wind and leap from the tallest building.
    
    
    
    SPY DRONE
    
    Advanced nanofactories can assemble a spy drone upon demand which can then be
    remotely controlled by the agent until released or destroyed, at which a point a
    new drone will be assembled. Further upgrades equip the spy drones with better
    armor and a one-shot EMP attack.
    
    Tech one: The drone can take little damage and has a very light EMP attack.
    Tech two: The drone can take minor damage and has a light EMP attack.
    Tech three: The drone can take moderate damage and has a medium EMP attack.
    Tech four: The drone can take heavy damage and has a strong EMP attack.
    
    
    
    SYNTHETIC HEART
    
    This synthetic heart circulates not only blood but a steady concentration of
    mechanochemical power cells, smart phagocytes, and liposomes containing prefab
    diamondoid machine parts, resulting in upgraded performance for all installed
    augmentations.
    <UNATCO OPS FILE NOTE JR133-VIOLET> However, this will not enhance any
    augmentation past its maximum upgrade level. -- Jaime Reyes <END NOTE>
    NO UPGRADES
    
    
    
    TARGETING
    
    Image-scaling and recognition provided by multiplexing the optic nerve with
    doped polyacetylene "quantum wires" not only increases accuracy, but also
    delivers limited situational info about a target.
    
    Tech one: Slight increase in accuracy and general target information.
    Tech two: Additional increase in accuracy and more target information.
    Tech three: Additional increase in accuracy and specific target information.
    Tech four: Additional increase in accuracy and telescopic vision.
    
    
    
    VISION ENHANCEMENT
    
    By bleaching selected rod photoreceptors and saturating them with metarhodopsin
    XII, the "nightvision" present in most nocturnal animals can be duplicated.
    Subsequent upgrades and modifications add infravision and sonar-resonance
    imaging that effectively allows an agent to see through walls.
    
    Tech one: Nightvision.
    Tech two: Infravision.
    Tech three: Close range sonar imaging.
    Tech four: Long range sonar imaging.
    
    
    
    AUGMENTATION STATS
    
    Occupies slot: Cranial
    Energy Rate: 10 Units/Minute
    Current Level: 1 (Can Upgrade/Maximum)
    
    
    
    
    
    SKILLS
    
    
    
    COMPUTER
    
    The covert manipulation of computers and security consoles.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use terminals to read bulletins and news.
    Trained: An agent can hack ATMs, computers, and security consoles.
    Advanced: An agent achieves a moderate increase in detection countdowns and a
    moderate decrease in lockout times, as well as gaining the ability to control
    automated gun turrets.
    Master: An agent is an elite hacker that few systems can withstand.
    
    
    
    ELECTRONICS
    
    By studying electronics and its practical application, agents can more
    efficiently bypass a number of security systems using multitools.
    
    Untrained: An agent can bypass security systems.
    Trained: The efficiency with which an agent bypasses security increases
    slightly.
    Advanced: The efficiency with which an agent bypasses security increases
    moderately.
    Master: An agent encounters almost no security systems of any challenge.
    
    
    
    ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING
    
    Experience with using hazmat suits, ballistic armor, thermoptic camo, and
    rebreathers in a number of dangerous situations.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use hazmat suits, ballistic armor, thermoptic camo, and
    rebreathers.
    Trained: Armor, suits, camo, and rebreathers can be used slightly longer and
    more efficiently.
    Advanced: Armor, suits, camo, and rebreathers can be used moderately longer and
    more efficiently.
    Master: An agent wears suits and armor like a second skin.
    
    
    
    LOCKPICKING
    
    Lockpicking is as much art as skill, but with intense study it can be mastered
    by any agent with patience and a set of lockpicks.
    
    Untrained: An agent can pick a lock.
    Trained: The efficiency with which an agent picks locks increases slightly.
    Advanced: The efficiency with which an agent picks locks increases moderately.
    Master: An agent can defeat almost any mechanical lock.
    
    
    
    MEDICINE
    
    Practical knowledge of human physiology can be applied by an agent in the field
    allowing more efficient use of medkits.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use medkits.
    Trained: An agent can heal slightly more damage and reduce the period of toxic
    poisoning.
    Advanced: An agent can heal moderately more damage and further reduce the period
    of toxic poisoning.
    Master: An agent can perform a heart bypass with household materials.
    
    
    
    SWIMMING
    
    Underwater operations require their own unique set of skills that must be
    developed by an agent with extreme physical dedication.
    
    Untrained: An agent can swim normally.
    Trained: The swimming speed and lung capacity of an agent increases slightly.
    Advanced: The swimming speed and lung capacity of an agent increases moderately.
    Master: An agent moves like a dolphin underwater.
    
    
    
    WEAPONS: DEMOLITION
    
    The use of thrown explosive devices, including LAMs, gas grenades, EMP grenades,
    and even electronic scramble grenades.
    
    Untrained: An agent can throw grenades, attach them to a surface as a proximity
    device, or attempt to disarm and remove a previously armed proximity device.
    Trained: Grenade accuracy and damage increases slightly, as does the safety
    margin for disarming proximity devices.
    Advanced: Grenade accuracy and damage increases moderately, as does the safety
    margin for disarming proximity devices.
    Master: An agent is an expert at all forms of demolition.
    
    
    
    WEAPONS: HEAVY
    
    The use of heavy weaponry, including flamethrowers, LAWs, and the experimental
    plasma and GEP guns.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use heavy weaponry, but their accuracy is low and
    movement is difficult.
    Trained: Accuracy and damage increases slightly, while reloading and movement is
    somewhat faster.
    Advanced: Accuracy and damage increases moderately, while reloading and movement
    is even more rapid.
    Master: An agent is a walking tank when equipped with heavy weaponry.
    
    
    
    WEAPONS: LOW-TECH
    
    The use of melee weapons such as knifes, throwing knives, swords, pepper guns,
    and prods.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use melee weaponry.
    Trained: Accuracy, damage, and rate of attack all increase slightly.
    Advanced: Accuracy, damage, and rate of attack all increase moderately.
    Master: An agent can render most opponents unconscious or dead with a single
    blow.
    
    
    
    WEAPONS: PISTOL
    
    The use of hand-held weapons, including the standard 10mm pistol, its stealth
    variant, and the mini-crossbow.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use pistols.
    Trained: Accuracy and damage increases slightly, while reloading is faster.
    Advanced: Accuracy and damage increases moderately, while reloading is even more
    rapid.
    Master: An agent is lethally precise with pistols.
    
    
    
    WEAPONS: RIFLE
    
    The use of rifles, including assault rifles, sniper rifles, and shotguns.
    
    Untrained: An agent can use rifles.
    Trained: Accuracy and damage increase slightly, while reloading is faster.
    Advanced: Accuracy and damage increases moderately, while reloading is even more
    rapid.
    Master: An agent can take down a target a mile away with one shot.
    
    
    
    
    
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    LIBERTY ISLAND SATELLITE PHOTO
    
    North Dock
    South Dock
    UNATCO HQ
    Liberty Statue Ruins
    
    
    
    TERRORIST COMMANDER
    
    HT: 197CM
    WT: 98KG
    Eyes: Brown
    Hair: None
    NSF-1A3-ZB350
    Leo Gold - NSF Rank: Colonel, Special Operations
    Suspected Residence - Hell's Kitchen
    Contacts - In frequent contact with JoJo Fine, Juan Ivanovich Lebedev and other
    sympathizers.
    
    
    
    UNATCO NOTICE
    
    PUBLIC NOTICE
    To: Hell's Kitchen residents
    For your safety, remain in your homes. Anti-terrorist operations in progress.
    The City of New York will remain under U.N. jurisdiction until the terrorist
    leadrs are in custody.
    
    
    
    AMBROSIA FLYER
    
    67mm, 46mm, 46mm
    20cc = 1 dose effective 48hrs.
    WARNING Ambrosia is a non-organic compound containing eutactic components.
    Administer only in verified cases of "Gray Death."
    
    
    
    NYC WAREHOUSE
    
    Guards
    Microwave antennas
    Osgood & Sons Imports
    
    
    
    NYC AIRFIELD
    
    Military Robot
    Airplane Hangar
    Barracks
    Boathouse
    
    
    
    747 DIAGRAM
    
    Lower Deck - Cargo Bay
    Main Deck - Private Bedroom, Conference Room, Bar
    Upper Deck - Communication Center
    
    
    
    NSF HEADQUARTERS
    
    
    
    MJ12 LAB FACILITY
    
    Lower Level - Robot Maintenance
    Main Level - Armory, Detention, Command Center, Checkpoint, Medical Lab,
    Containment Chamber
    Upper Level - Nanotech Lab
    
    
    
    GREASEL DISECTION
    
    VersaLife GMO
    CK42316-GREASEL
    Height: 53cm
    Wings: 132cm
    Weight: 26kg
    A hypotrophic wings aid running and swimming (6.7m/s; 2.2 m/s)
    B spitting-cobra morphology; attack range 6.7m.
    C claw structure (homeotics patent #66349)
    D muscle-enhanced with V-actin (patent #01455)
    E congenital limbic damage yields behavioral irregularities
    
    
    
    HONG KONG, WAN CHAI DISTRICT
    
    The Underworld Nightclub
    VersaLife
    Find some great deals at the downtown market.
    Queen Towers Luxury Suite
    Canal Road is your main access to the Wan Chai District.
    Tonnochi Road is great for shopping.
    The Canal System offers fast travel.
    Old China Hand Bar has great happy hour specials.
    Visit the Joss Temple, a national treasure.
    
    
    
    GUN FIRE SENSOR
    
    Gunfire Sensor, Century Plaza, Hong Kong
    
    
    
    HONG KONG MARKET
    
    Old China Hand, Maintenance, Butcher, Tailor, Tonnochi Road, Pets, China, Tea
    House, Police, Snacks, News, VersaLife Elevator, Flowers, Joss Temple, Compound,
    Canal Road
    
    
    
    MJ12 HELIPAD FACILITY
    
    Level One: Munitions Bay, Barracks
    Level Two: Refueling Tanks, Market Elevator, Helipad Two, Helipad One
    Level Three: Control Deck 2, Control Deck 1
    
    
    
    VERSALIFE BUILDING
    
    Level One: Lobby, Security, 1st Shift, Market Elevator
    Level Two: Break Room, 2nd Shift
    Level Three: Lounge, Restricted Elevator, 3rd Shift
    
    
    
    JOE GREENE MIB MJ12
    
    
    
    PCRS WALL CLOUD: LOWER DECKS
    
    Sublevel Deck 1: Helicopter Bay, Cooling Systems, Bilge Pumps, Electrical,
    Control Tower, Boiler, Oil Reservoir
    Sublevel Deck 2: Helicopter Ops, Observation Deck, Turbine
    X - use explosives here to rupture inner hull
    
    
    
    PCRS WALL CLOUD: UPPER DECKS
    
    AFT, FORE
    Bottom Deck: Crew Quarters, Galley, Crew Quarters, Chem. Lab
    Mid Deck: Electronics, Watch Room, Armory, Sick Bay
    Top Deck: Bridge, Ship Command Center, Capt. Quarters
    
    
    
    MILLENIUM MAGAZINE
    
    MILLENIUM
    The Future of Business
    BOB PAGE - Will Aquinas Change the World?
    Experts Debate - World of Unlimited Bandwidth
    Resurgence in World Terrorism
    
    
    
    WALTON SIMONS
    
    Augmented Systems
    CK82144-HUMAN
    Height: 181cm
    Weight: 88kg
    A nanite aerosol reservoir allows remote detonation of explosives
    B cloak unit provides partial invisibility
    C mono molecular plates provides ballistic protection
    D optical targeting system
    E modified keratin yields full resistance to flame good resistance to gas and
    energy
    
    
    
    PARIS CATACOMBS
    
    Top Left: Catacombs Entry. Used by Silhouette members.
    Top Right: Nicolette DuClare and unknown male making transfer.
    Middle Right: Metro Entry. Under Government closure.
    Lower Left: Gated off street. Military patrol bot near lion statue.
    Lower Right: Likely drop area on tall building in background. Catacombs entrance
    in foreground.
    
    
    
    PARIS CATACOMBS - TUNNELS
    
    Entry
    Bunker 1 (Silhouette)
    Bunker 2 (empty)
    Bunker 3 (MJ12 troops)
    Collapsed passages
    To sewer tunnels
    
    
    
    PARIS METRO MAP
    
    des Champs-lyses
    Sewer
    #17 Offices
    #18 Clothing
    #12 Flat
    #19 Cafe
    #13 Club
    #11 Flat
    Charles de Gaulle Pillars of Freedom
    #10 Hotel
    #15 Bakery
    
    
    
    PARIS CATHEDRAL
    
    Tower Entrances
    Old Well
    Main Entrance
    Monk's Quarters
    
    
    
    CATHEDRAL ENTRANCE
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG COMMAND COMPLEX
    
    Terminal
    Front Gate
    Security Bay
    Command Center
    Communications
    
    
    
    TIFFANY HOSTAGE PICTURE
    
    
    
    VANDENBERG SUB
    
    entrance to main building
    guards
    module 1
    module 2
    URV. Bay
    * Waters patrolled by divers
    
    
    
    OCEAN LAB
    
    A1 URV Bay
    A2 Carcharadon Observation
    A3 Carcharadon Lab
    A4 Command Center
    C1 Crew Module Deck One
    C2 Crew Module Deck Two
    L Deep Lift
    M1 Military Ops Wing
    O1 Observation
    S1 Science Ops Wing
    T1 Tunnel Checkpoint
    T2 Tunnel Access
    
    
    
    UNIVERSAL CONSTRUCTOR COMPONENT
    
    Figure 8-12:
    Molecular Assembly
    Acrylic Tubes
    Molecular Feedstock
    Solenoids
    Ioffe Trap
    Sorting Rotor Cascade
    Magnet Forms
    Reagent Moiety Extraction
    I/O Port
    Power (10keV/28kA)
    
    
    
    AREA 51 BUNKER
    
    GLOBAL SAT.A59052
    RACHEL, NV.
    Hangar 18
    Control Tower
    Blast Doors
    Comm Building
    
    
    
    AREA 51 SECTOR 3
    
    Coolant Filtration
    Reactor Lab B13
    Separation Tank
    Terminal C13
    Storage A12
    NEXUS 24
    Seraphic 8X
    Aquinas Control
    Aquinas Hub
    
    
    
    AREA 51 SECTOR 4
    
    UC-03
    Nanotech Confusion Control
    Cloning Bay A7
    Nanotech Infusion Chamber
    Aquinas Routers
    Coolant Control
    UC-02
    Aquinas Substation A3
    UC-01
    Seraphic 8X
    
    
    
    GRAY DISECTION
    
    Alien Genome
    CK90721-GRAY
    patent #74188,#63254,#10071
    Height: 106cm
    Weight: 120kg
    A hypertrophic forelimbs yield ground speed of 6.7 m./sec.
    B alpha-particle concentrations in bones released in radiation attacks. Range
    3.2 m.
    C enlarged prefrontal cortex
    D chromosomal error-correction prevents cell trauma from radiation
    E acute vision, day and night
    
    
    
    BLUE FUSION DEVICE
    
    BLUE FUSION REACTOR
    Blue Fusion Device
    Artifact ROS172-E
    function: power generation
    mechanism: under study
    use: approved for blackbox power generation
    Magnets
    Polarization Plates
    Flow Meter
    Isotope Reservoir
    Mass Flow Controller
    
    
    
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