Man on record: He found me. I don't have much time. Ethan trusted you... I... *scream*...
Rosa: I received the call 10:36 this morning.
Farrell: Any idea who this man is? Why he called you?
Rosa: No, sir.
Farrell: Where is former Agent Thomas?
Dorland: We're not sure. It's been 11 months since his suspension.
Rosa: He was cleared of those charges...
Dorland: Right. Nevertheless, he resigned from the agency shortly after and basically disappeared… probably passed out in some gutter.
Farrell: Unlikely. A man like that doesn't just lie down quietly. Okay, let's find Mr. Thomas and bring him in.
(The scene changes to a bar, and we see Ethan sitting at the counter, drinking alcohol with some drugs.)
(Alt-rock music playing in background)
Bartender: It’s for you. Says his name's Malcolm Vanhorn.
Ethan: *Exhales* Not now.
Bartender: Alright, but if he calls again, I'm hanging up. I’m not some fucking answering machine…
(Ethan begins hallucinate and the drink in his glass turns black, but he somehow gets into the senses. After that, he tries again to drink the poured, then he is pushed by a guy in a hood that seems to him a demon. Ethan screams at him, brutally beat a guy who turns out to be an ordinary person.)
(Alt-rock music playing in background)
(Sounds of violence)
Bartender: Get out! Now!
(Ethan breaks the glass and leaves the bar.)
Ethan (voice): That's me, Ethan Thomas... Drunk, tired and pissed off. Why? Because this damn city is too fucking blind to see what's killing them... but I can, I've seen the unspeakable, it's out there. And l have a feeling we're about to get better acquainted.
CONDEMNED 2: BLOODSHOT
Bum: It’s too damn cold to be sitting in the mud. Here, let me help you up.
Ethan (respond): Piss off!
Bum: Hey... Just offering, no need to bite my head off.
Bum: Hey buddy, I gotta tell ya… you smell worse than I do and I sleep in garbage.
Ethan (respond): Hey, screw you!
Bum: Whoa... We got ourselves a mean drunk, a real grade A asshole... Look man, I don't need another enemy and you probably don't either… so let's say we start over. I've got just the thing that will make us friends. Follow me.
(The game starts. Ethan follows the bum.)
Bum: I'm guessing not much's waiting for you at home, except drinking alone. When you're ready for that drink, give me a hand getting this gate open. Hey, step in there and open it up, will ya.
Ethan (respond): Get out of the way.
Bum: Jeez man, you broke the latch... Oh well, entrez vous, my new friend. My secret stash is just over... Motherfucker! Those were mine! Wake up!
Demon: Stinking drunks… A couple of losers…
Ethan (respond): Come say that to my face!
Demon: We should kill you a long time ago.
Bum: Uh… maybe we should get out of here.
(The demon is kicking a lying bum.)
Demon: Get up all of you!
Bum 2: Ugh… Huh? Yeah man, I’ll mess him up for you.
(A fight with the bums begins. Our vagabond friend gives Ethan advises.)
FIST COMBAT: Use L1 and R1 to perform jab attacks.
HINT: Look for opportunities to strike without leaving yourself vulnerable to enemy counterattacks.
Bum: Block, man! You’re getting the shit kicked out of ya.
Bum: Hellz ya! That’s how you do it!
Bum: Ooh… ouch…
Bum: Goddamn, you’re a badass.
Bum: Come on buddy, you're going to get your ass handed to you.
Bum: Bam! Yeah. Wooooohoooo!
Bum (if Ethan is hit): Whoa! Shake it off… you'll recover.
Bum: Serves them right, I worked hard to acquire that stash…
BLOCK/PARRY: Press and hold L1, R1 to Block. Time your block to an enemy's attack to perform a parry. This will cause the enemy to stumble, giving you an opportunity to counterattack.
Bum: Bam! Yeah. Wooooohoooo!
ONE-TWO COMBO: Perform two alternating jabs and then attack when the screen displays the Combo Attack timer.
HINT: A combo will fail if damage is taken at any time during the sequence.
Bum: Get in there and mix it up. You know left, right.
Bum: Hellz ya! That’s how you do it!
PARRY COUNTER COMBO: parry an incoming attack and then do a quick jab, ending with a Combo Attack.
Bum: Get in there and mix it up. You know left, right.
Bum: Hellz ya! That’s how you do it!
MELEE COMBAT: Melee combat works exactly the same as fist combat. Arm yourself with a 2x4 from the garbage can and defeat the remaining enemies.
HINT: Melee weapons will break after extended use.
Bum: He's a piece of trash, now take him out!
Bum: Toss that dirtbag into the dumpster, like a garbage man!
Bum: Look out!
(After Ethan defeats all the homeless, a demon suddenly attacks from behind.)
Demon: Ready to have some fun?
(Demon hits Ethan with a brick, and he loses consciousness.)
(Ethan comes to himself in another place, takes his weapons and goes to explore the surroundings. He finds a TV.)
NEWS REPORTS: TV's and radios with antenna offer important information. To find reception grab the antenna and slowly adjust it using the Right Stick.
Man on TV: Ignoring that call from Vanhorn was foolish and you knew it. Forget the past, how he used you... How he destroyed your life. Find him. Like you, he knows about them and right now that’s all you’ve got.
(The TV goes blaсk after which someone suddenly turns Ethan.)
Ethan: Vanhorn? What are you... Ugh!
(Vanhorn is looked like a zombie. He throws up some black goo on Ethan and disappears. Ethan starts looking for him.)
Man on TV: You know better than most that there's scum in this city. Violent, hateful, fucking insane scum. There’s no talking, there’s no reasoning, just killing. Kill first or be a rotting corpse for the birds.
(Ethan continues to look for Vanhorn and finds some kind of strange device producing a nuisance noise.)
SONIC EMITTERS: These mysterious devices are scattered throughout the city. Their purpose is unknown, but they've been linked to the steady increase in criminal violence. Destroy them when found.
(Ethan founds another TV.)
Man on TV: The city is full of these sonic devices... they're fucking with people's brains and they don't even know it. Where they come from is something you need to learn, but in the mean time, do yourself, and this city a favor: destroy them.
CHAIN ATTACKS: Chain Attacks are extremely damaging attack sequences. To initiate, double tap the L1 or R1 when near an enemy and then respond to HUD prompts as they appear on the screen.
HINT: Before a Chain Attack can be initiated, the Chain Attack Meter must be full.
ENVIRONMENTAL KILL: When an enemy is in a defeated state (on his knees) approach and press L1 R1 to put him into a headlock. Walk him to the nearest kill opportunity (white skull icon.)
(Ethan climbs out the window and sees Vanhorn walking slowly down the street.)
Ethan (respond): Hey, wait!
(Ethan descends into the street and continues the pursuit. After a while he sees a helicopter and a policeman speaking into a megaphone.)
Policeman: Residents, find safety indoors immediately. Do not remain on the streets. I repeat, return to your homes and lock the doors.
(Ethan continues to search for Vanhorn and after a while again sees him in the distance behind the fence.)
Ethan (respond): Vanhorn, hold up! I want to talk to you.
(Ethan goes further, battling aggressive bums, dogs and creatures from black goo.)
THROWING WEAPONS: In some cases thrown weapons can interact with the environment. Throw a weapon at the ladder cover to open.
(Ethan finds another TV.)
Man on TV: Think about it, asshole! If something happens to him, if Malcolm Vanhorn dies, you're on your own and you'll be left to discover the answers the hard way. Find him before it's too late. Don’t let anger cost you your greatest ally.
HOOK ATTACK: A Hook Attack will push an enemy back, reducing his ability to quickly counter. To perform a hook attack, click L3 and then quickly press either L1 or R1.
(Ethan finds Malcolm Vanhorn locked inside some room with glass window. Vanhorn helplessly knock the window trying to escape. A black goo flows from his eyes and, it seems, he is blind.)
Ethan (respond): Malcolm, what’s happened to you?
(Suddenly, something grabs him and drags into the void.)
Ethan: Oh shit!
(Ethan climbs in the window and finds in the room a lot of black goo cocoons and Vanhorn attached to the wall by a black goo and unconscious. Ethan smashes several cocoons to free Vanhorn, but when he did it the demon attacks him and again beats his head with a brick. The screen is white and Ethan is in the same place he had his first fight. Was everything happening a reality or was it the consequences of a head injury?)
Ethan: What the?!
(Ethan comes to his senses. A demon with a brick in his hands is preparing to strike a new blow, but Rosa stops him, pointing a gun on him.)
Rosa: Drop it!
Demon: Hey... We're just having a little fun.
Rosa: Do it… now! Now step away. Keep your hands where we can see them.
(A demon is trying to escape.)
Dorland: Let ‘em go. This is Dorland. Subject secured. Affirmative.
Rosa: What was that about?
Ethan: ...Forget it.
Rosa: I need you to listen to this.
Man on record: He found me. I don't have much time. Ethan trusted you... I... *scream*…
Rosa: Do you recognize the voice?
Ethan: His name is Malcolm Vanhorn.
Dorland (over the phone): Sir, we have a positive ID. Yes, Malcolm Vanhorn.
Farrell (over the phone): Vanhorn? Okay, get Thomas in here. We need to act on this right away.
Dorland (over the phone): Yes, sir. (approaching Ethan and pointing at him) Report to SCU in one hour.
Ethan: You're joking!
Rosa: Ethan, help us.
(Rosa and Dorland leave. Ethan also want to leave, but feels that there is someone behind him. We see a lot of faceless demons in black robes, pulling his hands to Ethan. Ethan turns back but there’s no one behind him.)
CHAPTER 1: THE BOTTOMEdit
(We see a helicopter hovering in the air and an equipping soldier, as well as Rosa's voice on the radio.)
Rosa: Search Team, check in.
Dorland: Dorland here. Rooftop is secure.
Le Rue: Le Rue here, ready to give this shit hole an enema.
Pilot: No signs of activity. Good luck down there.
Dorland: Copy that.
Rosa: Ethan, you with us?
Dorland (to Ethan): Listen, you agreed to help us, but if you want to crawl back under your cardboard box, that's fine by me.
Ethan: Back off…
(The game starts. Dorland approaching Ethan.)
Dorland (to Ethan): Let's get one thing straight, Mr. Thomas, you're here to help us locate and identify Malcolm Vanhorn, nothing more. Understood?
Ethan (respond): What the hell's your problem, Dorland?
Dorland (to Ethan): You're a drunk and a liability. Here, take a moment to get familiar with your weapon.
Le Rue: Yeah, and shoot some of these rats while you're at it. Flea-carrying bastards...
FIREARM COMBAT: Use R1 to fire. Note that ammo is limited to what can be carried in the firearm.
Rosa (over the radio): Alright, we're going in from the top. Phone records indicate the call originated from this area.
Le Rue: Of course it would be in the worst friggin' part of town... So, what exactly are we looking for, Rosa?
Rosa (over the radio): According to the message, a body, possibly two.
La Rue: Got it, two stiffs more important than the hundreds of others found dead out here.
Dorland: Can it, Le Rue.
Le Rue: I'm just saying, shit's fucked up in this city.
Dorland: That’s enough. Let’s move.
(The heroes begin to explore the area.)
Le Rue: The cops call this place Needles Inn. Speedballers jacked up on coke, heroin, and amphetamines rule this place. You best stay alert.
Dorland: Okay team, prepare for entry. Stand clear of the door. Access the Lock Box over there and reload your weapon.
LOCKBOXES: SCU Lockboxes are scattered throughout the city and are typically filled with medical supplies, ammo and firearms. Most boxes are fitted with satellite transmitters and can easily be found using an SCU issued GPS.
Dorland (over the radio): Le Rue, we’re in.
Le Rue: Copy that.
Dorland: Mr. Thomas, check it out.
(Ethan goes to examine the corridor.)
Dorland: Let me remind you, unnecessary use of force will not be tolerated.
Le Rue: Don't mind him. No one gives a shit about these drug-sniffing freaks.
(Ethan frightens some drug addict. There is nothing else in the corridor.)
Dorland: Okay, let's keep moving.
Le Rue: Mr. Thomas, take a look at this… Wanna hit a speedballer where it hurts? Destroy one of their methlabs. Go ahead... The honor is all yours, brother.
(Heroes go further and find a hole in the wall, covered with plywood.)
Dorland: You first, Mr. Thomas.
Le Rue: Take it slow.
(Ethan is attacked by a drug addict. Dorland and Le Rue is attacked too.)
Le Rue: We're pinned down! Thomas! Flank this motherfucker! Don't play possum with me, you soulless piece of human waste!
(Ethan defeats all enemies.)
Dorland: The elevator lobby should be up ahead. Let's go.
(Ethan finds another TV.)
Sarah Brenton: Good evening, I’m Sarah Brenton with City News. Tonight we like to introduce you a new segment called Streets, hosted by Tony Rhodes. Tony is perhaps best known for his work last year during the SKX murders and we’re very exited to see to learn what he uncovers about the city we live in. Tony?
Tony Rhodes: Thank you, Sarah… The streets scream out for us they are in pain but no one knows why. I’m going to live, eat, breathe the streets for the next few weeks if we the public can find out what evidently the local government can’t or won’t tell us. Stay tuned for the Street News for further live on the scene reports. I’m Tony Rhodes.
(Ethan finds Dorland.)
Dorland: We've reached the elevators.
Rosa (over the radio): Roger that, Search Team, stand by.
(Ethan pulls out some kind of smartphone.)
Rosa (over the smartphone): Okay Ethan, it'll be up to you and me to locate Vanhorn. I've uploaded your field with what we know so far. Now let's get started. There were two gunshots in the recording, suggesting that we may be looking for two bodies, one being Vanhorn, the other s Metro Police Officer. Signature overlays indicate that both shots came from the same weapon, a .38 caliber handgun.
Are you ruling out other weapons?
Any officers reported in the area during the time of the call?
.38 caliber weapons are also known to jam right?
Ethan: Any officers reported in the area during the time of the call?
Rosa (over the smartphone): We’ve been informed that a Metro Officer in the area is no longer responding. Find him. He may be in need of assistance. Alright, let’s move on… While reviewing the recording, I came across a rumbling noise in the background. It was faint, but when I cross-referenced the sample to known sources, I was able to narrow it down to a passing commuter train.
Are there trains still operating in this part of town?
Is there a commuter train that passes near the hotel?
Were there any trains in operation during the time of the call?
Ethan: Is there a commuter train that passes near the hotel?
Rosa (over the smartphone): Yes, Metro Transit Rail passes by the North wing. Narrow your search to that area.
Dorland: Proceeding to the hotel lobby.
Rosa (over the radio): Copy that Search Team.
(Dorland tries to open the elevator doors with his hands.)
Ethan (respond): What the hell are you planning on doing?
Dorland: Taking a short cut, now step back. We can access the main lobby through here. I’ll go first. Le Rue will bring up the rear.
(Dorland jumps into the elevator shaft, grabs the ladder and descends.)
Dorland (over the radio): Your turn Mr. Thomas.
(Ethan jumps and grabs the ladder, but it breaks off and Ethan falls down.)
Dorland (over the radio): Are you hurt? Did you break anything?
Ethan (respond): No! I'm good!
Le Rue (over the radio): Here it comes!
(Ethan opens the door and begins to explore the area. While he does it, he hears the conversations of his friends on the radio.)
Dorland (over the radio): Mr. Thomas! Respond. Christ, we've lost contact.
Rosa (over the radio): Any sign of Ethan?
Dorland (over the radio): Negative. These old buildings are shit for reception... Mr. Thomas, if you can hear me, make your way to the hotel lobby - we'll meet up with you there.
SPECTROMETER: Your Spectrometer can detect and track suspicious sound sources. To use, access your tool inventory by pressing and holding Square Button and then select Spectrometer. Use the Spectrometer to locate the Sonic Emitter.
(Ethan continue to search the area.)
Rosa (over the radio): Search team be advised that a surge of riot activity has been reported in your area.
Le Rue (over the radio): In the hotel?
Rosa (over the radio): Negative, a block north of your location.
Dorland (over the radio): Understood.
(Ethan goes further.)
Dorland (over the radio): We've got riot activity outside.
Le Rue (over the radio): I hope that riot don't get the bright idea of comin' in here.
Dorland (over the radio): Just stay focused on finding Vanhorn.
AIMING MODE: To bring the gun up and increase accuracy, press and hold L1. Your alcohol withdrawals cause jitters so find and drink small quantities to 'calm' your nerves.
(Ethan goes on and stumbles over the very extremists that Rosa was talking about.)
Le Rue (over the radio): Sounds like the situation's on its way to completely fucked out there.
Dorland (over the radio): Cut the cutter Le Rue.
(Ethan kills the extremists and goes on.)
Dorland (over the radio): Mr. Thomas?
Ethan (respond): Stop worrying. I'm in the main lobby.
(Ethan stumbles on his first corpse and studies it.)
FORENSIC INVESTIGATION: The goal is to find evidence, decipher clues and make observations that answer the forensic task. To get started approach the body and press Cross Button to Study Evidence.
Ethan: Rosa, come in.
Rosa (over the radio): Glad to hear you're still with us. What do you got?
Ethan: A dead body...
Rosa (over the radio): Okay, let's try and make an ID.
(Ethan inspect the corpse as a real forensic expert.)
Rosa (over the radio): Receiving evidence now. Hmm… male police officer-service number belongs to a… Deputy Dennis Black of the Metro Police Department. I'll notify MPD. According to dispatch, he’s been missing for almost two days now. Can you determine the cause of death?
(Ethan inspects the body again.)
Rosa (over the radio): Got it. Good work. It appears the victim bled out from a gunshot wound to the chest. I’m guessing this shooting is connected to our investigation somehow.
Rosa (over the radio): Has the body been moved? Is this the crime scene?
(Ethan examines the traces on the floor.)
Rosa (over the radio): Okay it's coming through now. The blood trails suggests the victim crawled to this location then dies. It may lead you back to the crime scene and possibly Vanhorn.
(Ethan finds a radio and adjust its antenna.)
Tony Rhodes: Unemployment grown dramatically in the city, especially in the downtown districts. We now have an unemployment rate of 16%. Where did they all go? They didn’t leave the city from what we can tell. They’re right here — on the street, livin a life of crime, murder — and insanity… Why did they walk away from their family, good-paying jobs, their homes — to sink into a quagmire of drugs, violence and hard-core crime? You want to know… we want to know… Stay tuned to the City News for further live, on the scene reports — I’m Tony Rhodes.
(Ethan continue to explore and finds a body.)
Dorland (over the radio): Jesus. Is that... what IS that?
Le Rue (over the radio): Well... it's a body, but it ain't Vanhorn.
Dorland (over the radio): Keep moving, then.
Le Rue (over the radio): Didn't think meth could DO that to somebody.
Dorland (over the radio): I don't think it's just the meth.
Le Rue (over the radio): What the fuck IS this shit then?
Dorland (over the radio): Who cares, stick to the mission and keep searching.
(Ethan finds a police radio.)
Officer: Dispatch, twenty-fourteen, we need additional units at Fourth and Stafford, the crowd's spreading out now.
Dispatcher: Twenty-fourteen, roger.
(Ethan finds a new crime scene and studies it.)
Ethan (to himself): Well, the blood spatter fans outwards, so the victim must have dropped down from the floor above.
Ethan (to Rosa): Rosa, I'm proceeding to the second floor.
Rosa (over the radio): Are you onto something?
Rosa (over the radio): Copy that. Watch your back.
(Ethan opens the elevator doors with his hands and descends into its shaft. He comes down and hears Dorland's voice on the radio.)
Dorland (over the radio): Rosa, we're hearing multiple gunshots from the floors under us. What's the status on the riot?
Rosa (over the radio): Satellite imagery confirms that the rioters have entered the building.
Le Rue (over the radio): They just entered the building! First floor!
Dorland (over the radio): Damn! Rosa, we'll need an air-evac once the victim has been located.
Rosa (over the radio): Copy that. Transport is on stand-by.
(Ethan finds another TV.)
Tony Rhodes: I have walked where they walk. I have taken the bum tour — and much of what I have seen can’t be fully explained. They appear to be rambling madman, crazy women — all bent on destruction — but there is a sense of purpose, almost a sense of organization. The violence spirals out of control for the police and fire departments — and here I remain — at ground zero… Stay tuned to the City News for further live, on the scene reports — I’m Tony Rhodes.
(Ethan finds police radio on a table in a big room.)
Dispatcher: Eleven-eighteen, we have several individuals seen here moving down alleys, probably moving to join the riot.
Officer: Dispatch, twenty-fourteen, we need Metro PD in here now.
Demon: Do you feel it? The fear of being alone?
(Ethan finds the room he needed.)
Ethan: Rosa, I've got more evidence here.
Rosa (over the radio): Is it related to the victim you found earlier?
Ethan: Let me verify.
(Ethan investigate the crime scene.)
Rosa (over the radio): Okay, receiving data... Awesome work. If the killer murders his first victim, then seconds later shoots Vanhorn, Vanhorn's body must be nearby, like in an adjacent room.
(Ethan sees a hole in the floor, looks into it and sees a mutilated corpse.)
Ethan (respond): Jesus.
(Ethan jumps into the hole. On the wall next to the corpse, we see an inscription written in blood: “My eyes have seen the glory”)
Ethan: Rosa, I've located Vanhorn.
Rosa (over the radio): Excellent!
Dorland (over the radio): Mr. Thomas, what's your location?
(Ethan explore the room and finds its number.)
Ethan: I'm in room one one nine.
Dorland (over the radio): Copy that. We're on our way. You're not to touch anything until we arrive.
Rosa (over the radio): Ethan tin the meantime send me a picture of the body.
(Ethan takes a picture.)
Rosa (over the radio): Now get a close up of his face. (sitting in her office) And finally, get a tight shot of the chest area.
Ethan (over the radio): Got it. Sending it to you now.
Rosa (sitting in her office): Copy that. Be careful, Ethan. I hear it's getting pretty crazy out there.
Dorland (over the radio): Have the lab ready… nobody is to examine the body until it's been removed. Is that understood? Good. I'll see to our other problem personally. Dorland out.
Rosa (sitting in her office): I wonder what that was about. Okay, receiving image now. God what a mess, he took the entire sternum... Wait a minute… this… this is not possible. Ethan. Ethan, come in.
(The scene changes, we see Dorland and Le Rue running along the railroad tracks and carrying a corpse, followed by a crowd of crazy people along with Ethan.)
Dorland: God dammit! Where's our fucking transport?
Pilot (over the radio): I'm en route. Two minutes tops.
Le Rue: You better make that one or there'll be no waiting for this table.
Pilot (over the radio): English Le Rue!
Le Rue: Get your ass here or we're toast!
Pilot (over the radio): Roger that.
(Dorland shoots at the madmans that follows him. He makes several shots on the electric box and its explodes forming a fiery barrier. Dorland and Le Rue escape and Ethan remains alone with the madmans.)
CHAPTER 2: WALKER DOLL FACTORYEdit
(The game continues.)
Dorland (over the radio): That should buy us some time.
Le Rue (over the radio): Sir, Mr. Thomas is still back there.
Dorland (over the radio): He'll find his way, he lives in this filth.
Ethan (respond): Fucking dick.
Le Rue (over the radio): Thomas, we're just up ahead. We'll secure the area until the chopper arrives. Find your way around and meet up with us before this shit gets out of hand.
Dorland (over the radio): You his mother? We have Vanhorn, that was the objective.
(Ethan hears policeman talks on the radio.)
Officer: Four-twelve, there's some smoke coming from behind the factories near third, let Metro dispatch know.
Dispatcher: All ground units, pull back from the corner of fourth and Stafford, let Metro PD handle this.
Officer: Dispatch, five-eight, copy?
Dispatcher: Go ahead, five-eight.
Officer: Five-eight, we're moving down Stafford from the north, there's people coming out of the woodwork here.
Officer: Yeah they're coming out of the woodwork everywhere.
(Ethan finds another police radio.)
Radio: We interrupt this program with important information from the Metro Emergency Broadcast System. This is not a test. Fires and rioting extending over three city blocks in the Trenton District, have erupted. Officials have cordoned off all entrances between Stafford and Carlisle. Do not attempt access. Stay tuned for more information as it comes in.
(Ethan comes across another police radio.)
Dispatcher: Air two, fuel status?
Officer: Air two, we're about 2-7, we're good for now.
Dispatcher: Metro PD, reports shots fired at the 400 block of Preston.
Officer: Eleven-eighteen, we're with Metro PD here, the crowd isn't staying put, they're ducking down alleys and staying away from the riot squad. Can we get air support to tell us just - just what's going on?
Dispatcher: Roger, eleven-eighteen.
(Ethan finds another TV.)
Sarah Brenton: We just received breaking news from Tony Rhodes live above Trenton district where massive fires and riots have broken out. Tony can you hear me?
Tony Rhodes: [Over heli noises] Yes Sarah, fire has engulfed the Addington Plaza near the Walker doll factory. Governmental agencies including the SCU and the local PD in riot-gear are now fighting running battles with random groups below us. The rioters appear to be pouring out of the buildings and pushing the law enforcement officers back [bullets hit the helo] OH SHIT! We’re taking fire, we’re taking fire! GET US OUT OF HERE!
Sarah Brenton: Okay… thank you, Tony for the update [speaking off camera] is he alright? Uh, we’ll be right back. This is City News.
(Ethan climbs to the top floor and steps onto the balcony.)
Pilot (over the radio): I have visual contact. Support is here gentlemen. Now make it quick, this place is swarming with nutjobs.
Dorland (over the radio): Le Rue, help me with the harness while I get the body into position.
Le Rue (over the radio): On my way…
(Ethan uses the zip line and descends, bypassing a fiery barrier. He gets on the roof where he finds another radio.)
Officer: Five-eight, dispatch, we're seeing some individuals carrying incendiary devices down the alleys here, please advise Metro PD.
Officer: Metro PD is reporting outbreaks of fire north of factory row down Stafford, can anyone confirm?
Dispatcher: Dispatch, eleven-one, agent injured, we need a bus.
Officer: Eleven-one, get clear of the area if you can, try to get over to Grand or Central, and we'll get medical units there.
Dispatcher: All units, Metro PD riot control is halting at 5th and Stafford, unable to advance.
Officer: Eleven-eighteen, we're seeing the crowd breaking up back here, they're running, or moving...
Dorland (over the radio): Hold them back!
Le Rue (over the radio): Accueillez au diable (Welcome to hell) jerkoffs!
Pilot (over the radio): You guys need to get this situation figured out… I’m a sitting duck up here.
Dorland (over the radio): There, I got it. Subject is secured and ready…
Pilot (over the radio): Roger that. Stand clear. I'm taking fire!
Dorland (over the radio): Go! Go! We'll evac on foot. Le Rue, let’s go.
Le Rue (over the radio): What about Thomas?
Dorland (over the radio): He's on his own.
Le Rue (over the radio): You nuts? He won't last ten minutes out there.
Dorland (over the radio): Leave him! That's an order!
(Ethan kills all the madmen attacking him and finds an iron door, beyond which he sees Le Rue.)
Ethan (respond): Le Rue, open the fucking gate!
(Le Rue leaves without answering. Ethan continues exploring and fighting. Finding the way to the next building, he knocks out the window and gets inside. There he hears someone's voice.)
???: Who's there? Are you one of em? Do you make the sound?
(A bum runs up to Ethan with a lighter.)
Bum: Hmm, you look normal enough, but it's hard to tell sometimes… What? Arg... Back away! The Dark Blood, the Metal Kings... The Oro! Here…
(Bum shows Ethan some kind of symbol. Ethan touches it.)
Ethan: Do you know these people?
Bum: Don't want to know em… but they know us.
(Unexpectedly, an explosion occurs. Ethan falls to the floor.)
Rosa (over the radio): Ethan, come in! Are you there?
Rosa (over the radio): You're alright! Talk to me — I've lost contact with the team.
Rosa (over the radio): Sounds like I missed something.
Ethan: Nothing I can't take care of... Tell me, why was finding Vanhorn so damn important?
Rosa (over the radio): Don't really know. I was hoping you could tell me that.
Ethan: No fucking clue.
Rosa (over the radio): Hmm, we need to talk. Hang tight I'm on my way.
(Change of scene. We are shown a moving frame of a terrible, broken doll. Next to the doll is a girl, but we see only her shadow. After a few moments Ethan knocks the door.)
Ethan: Rosa, how will I find you?
Rosa (over the radio): They’ve closed the roads leading into that part of town. The nearest I can get is Stafford Street. Can you meet me there?
Ethan: It beats stickin around here.
Le Rue (over the radio): Mr. Thomas? This is Le Rue. Come in. Mr. Thomas? Please respond. Look, what happened back there… I was obeying an order, that's all.
Ethan: Yeah, I heard… that prick Dorland says jump, you jump.
Le Rue (over the radio): It's more complicated than that… my feathers are ruffled, like yours, but now is not the time. An eyewitness saw somebody fitting your description entering the old doll factory. Is that where you're at? My parents moved here from New Orleans when I was a young boy. I grew up in this neighborhood and want to help.
Ethan: Yes, the Walker Doll Factory.
Le Rue (over the radio): Good. I played in that old place as a kid and know it like the back of my hand. Now, the first thing you need to do is find a mask, ASAP. That doll stuff is toxic when burnt. What part of the factory are you in? Looks like we're trapped in here, and man, I got a bad feeling in my stomach… There's some bad mojo in this place, I'm telling ya. Dang it, this door is closed up nice and tight.
Ethan: I see four Type-A tanks, two Type-B tanks and a bunch of other factory stuff.
Le Rue (over the radio): Sounds like the factory's mixing facility. There's only one way out of there--a roll up door at the far end. The panel that opens the door is located on the catwalk above the tanks.
Ethan: The panel has lock on it.
Le Rue (over the radio): The factory's manager couldn't remember more than his name so he wrote the combo on the wall in his office.
(Ethan finds another radio.)
Dispatcher: Metro PD is reporting fire has broken out, confirmed, in some factories in the 300 block of Stafford street, all units stay clear.
Officer: Four-twelve, does anyone know where the crowd went?
Dispatcher: Five-eight, negative, most of them aren't where we're at, they may be moving through the alleys towards Preston.
Officer: Jesus, what a clusterfuck.
Dispatcher: Clear the channel, all units stand by.
(While Ethan is studying the evidence in search of padlock number, he notices some bum standing at the iron shutters and talking to someone.)
Bum: Hey, I hear something… it… it sounds like a baby, no wait it's talking… crap, I can't tell. Hurry and open this door so I can see.
Bum: Yikes, what the hell is that?
Doll: Hi, my name is Blowup Tommy.
Doll: I can count backwards… wanna see?
Doll: Three, two, one...
(Ethan sees an explosion. After going a little deeper into the factory, Le Rue contacts to him on the radio.)
Le Rue: Mr. Thomas, the whole factory is going up in flames. You need to find the Safety Foreman's office and grab a mask.
Ethan (respond): Where is this damn office?
Le Rue: On the second level. Oh, and one more thing, if you come across ventilation control room, use the air duct as a short cut. You usually have to move a bunch shit to find the vent though.
(Ethan finds another radio and tunes it.)
Tony Rhodes: Sir, can you tell me what you saw?
Bum: Fuck yeah! I was over by that old doll factory taking a piss when out of the smoke comes that looked like a small robotic doll-like creature.
Tony Rhodes: What happened?
Bum: The damn thing waved at me and then exploded. Not a little puff of smoke explosion but a big ass burn your eye-brows off kind of explosion. Fucking A man!
Tony Rhodes: Did you see any more of them? Or do you think that was an isolated case?
Bum: You go look, I got the hell out of there.
Tony Rhodes: Hmm, interesting story, but is it true? Who knows? This is Tony Rhodes.
(Not far from the warehouse with dolls, Ethan finds another TV and sets it up.)
Sarah Branton: Mayor Rachel Mars made the following statement regarding the emerging riots.
Rachel Mars: At 2am this morning, fighting broke out in the Trenton District and quickly escalated to a Class 3 riot. We are doing all we can to control the situation. Rest-assured, officials currently investigating the increased activity. Thank you.
Sarah Branton: She further stated after the news conference that city businesses outside of the riot zone should, if at all possible, stay open. Normal economical activities must continue if we are to make it through this tough time. This is Sarah Branton, City News.
(Fire reigns everywhere. Ethan makes his way through the rubble.)
Ethan: Le Rue, I'm in the Safety Foreman's office and those stupid masks better be here...
Le Rue (over the radio): They should be in a large cabinet marked, "Masks".
(Ethan opens the drawer, but it’s empty.)
Ethan (respond): Great, it's fucking empty! Now what?
Le Rue (over the radio): Okay, okay... let me think for a minute... try looking in the bottom drawer of the Foreman's desk. Jesus, I hope I haven't been stirring you in the wrong direction.
(Having rummaged on the desks, the hero finally finds a mask and puts it on.)
Man: Hey, over here.
(Under collapsed beams, Ethan sees a homeless.)
Bum: Help me. My leg is hurt and I can't move.
(Ethan helps the homeless to get out.)
Bum: Phew, I thought I was a goner. I can't... breathe... Damn, my leg hurts. It was my good dancing leg too.
(The homeless runs away. Going one floor down, Ethan blasts the barrels blocking the way. Little further ahead, in one of the rooms he hears talks on the radio.)
Officer: Dispatch, eleven-eighteen, they're still out here, but the smoke is starting to build up, it's... it's like they're using it for cover.
Dispatcher: All ground units, pull out of the factory district and move towards 6th and Central. Air two, stay on station.
(Ethan continues to go through the fire barriers. When he enters the assembly line, the passage behind him collapses. Ethan has to fight a strange-looking clown. Having won, he go to the top floor.)
Le Rue (over the radio): Mr. Thomas, you still breathing? What's your location?
(Ethan exploring the floor trying to figure out where he is.)
Ethan: I'm near service elevator 4C.
Le Rue (over the radio): Hmm, I'm not familiar with that elevator. But... maybe it don't matter. At the top of the shaft is a vent that leads to the alley. It's how I used to sneak in and out of that place as a kid.
(Ethan gets into the elevator, but it immedietly breaks down.)
(After Ethan leaving the factory we see cutscene. Rosa inspects the dirty alley, when suddenly Ethan jumps out of nowhere.)
Rose: Damn it! (yelp) You scared the crap out of me Ethan!
Ethan: Where's your car?
Rose: Just down the street.
Ethan: Good. Let's get the fuck out of here.
(Rose gives Ethan a hand.)
Rose: My gun?!
(Ethan is shocked. He does not understand how the gun was in his hands.)
Rose: I need to show you something at the office first.
Ethan: You're kidding! I'm not going anywhere near that place. I might... do something I'll regret...
Rose: Listen, just calm down a minute, I may have found something important, a connection...
Ethan: A connection? Between what?
Rose: Between you and Malcolm Vanhorn.
(We are teleports to the prosectorial. On the operating table lies the corpse of Vanhorn.)
Rose: Preliminary pathology indicates the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head. More remarkable is the extensive damage done to the chest area. If we look here, we can see that the entire sternum has been extracted. Now the killer inserted what I'm guessing to be a large hunting knife roughly six to eight inches in length here, at the base of the belly. He then made an X-shaped incision that extends up to the bottom of the chin. He was clearly not concerned with surgical technique. It appears he only wanted access to the ribcage and the...
Ethan: You said you found a connection.
Rose: I'm getting to that.
Ethan: Rosa, I'm tired... and my head is screaming for a drink, so get to the point.
Rose: Alright. Take a look at this.
(Rosa shows Ethan some X-rays.)
Rose: When I first examined the crime scene photos you sent me, I was a little taken back by the abdominal structure of his vocal cords. They're really quite amazing and unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Ethan: So, he had a deformity?
Rose: Possibly. Does this looks familiar?
(Rose points Ethan at a snapshot of the chest.)
Ethan: It's an x-ray of my chest. You showed me this during the SKX investigation.
Rose: Right. And we noted it odd that your throat area was redacted, or in layman's terms, blackened out.
Ethan: I remember, but...
Rose: Why? Why is it classified as top secret? And why was the same done to Vanhorn?
Ethan: Vanhorn? What do you mean?
Rose: His vocal cords are missing... they've been cut out.
Rose: Yeah and the question is, who's trying to keep it a secret?
Rose: There's something else... I overheard a conversation... and well, I don't know if I trust Dorland.
Ethan (respond): Dorland's a two-faced ass if you ask me.
Rose: Well there's certainly no love loss between you two. Here, lay down on this table. I want to take an x-ray of your chest. Let's find out if you have the same abnormality. Ethan, this is important. Get on the table.
(Our hero goes to the x-ray machine and go into it.)
Rose: Now lie still. I'll be back shortly. Okay, I'm going to take few shots. Try not to move.
Ethan (respond): Rosa? I'm ready to get the fuck out of this thing.
(After a few minutes in the dark, Ethan begins to worry.)
Ethan (respond): Rosa? You still there?
(In the darkness, the face of the demon that pursuing Ethan flashes, after which Ethan gets out of an X-ray machine and begins to investigate the suddenly deserted police station.)
Ethan (respond): Hello? Anybody here?
(After a few meters the light goes out mystically. Ethan turns on the flashlight. Along the way, he sees the enemies appearing here and there for one second, and he hears various mystical rustles.)
Officer 1 (over the radio): What's going on here?
Officer 2 (over the radio): We don't know sir. The power grid for the entire block just surged. We're looking into it.
Officer 1 (over the radio): Is the building still secure?
Officer 2 (over the radio): I believe so, but I'll know more in a minute.
Officer 1 (over the radio): Keep me posted.
(Ethan goes further.)
Voice: You shouldn't be here.
Officer 1 (over the radio): Where're the others?
Officer 2 (over the radio): Don't know. They're longer responding.
Officer 1 (over the radio): Sweep the area. I'm getting a bad feeling about this.
(Ethan continues to explore empty rooms. After a while, he notices movement.)
Ethan (respond): Rosa?
(However, this is not her. A special forces man approaches the door to the Ethan’s room.)
SWAT: Mr. Thomas, right? I'm Agent Pennington, head of security. Are you okay? Are you hurt?
Ethan (respond): I'm fine. What the hell's going on?
Pennington: We've got to get you out of here. We're evacuating the building.
(Agent Pennington tries to open the door, but she doesn't give in.)
Pennington: See if you can open it from your side. The magnetic locks didn't release when the power went out. Mr. Thomas, are you sure you're alright?
Voice: You're losing control. Just like the others.
Ethan: Damn it! Leave me alone!
Pennington: Who the hell are you talking to?
Voice: Forget this man, he's already dead.
Ethan: You're not real!
Voice: You're wasting time!
Pennington: Mr. Thomas, who the fuck are you talking to?!
(The light abruptly and suddenly goes off.)
Pennington: Security team, come in!
Pennington: Stay back!
(Pennington shoots the lock several times and the door opens.)
Pennington: Come with me and stay close.
Pennington: MILLER! Miller?
(Something Miller pulls in the ceiling and spits out his lifeless body on the floor.)
Miller: Get out... there's too many of them.
Pennington: He's dead. Let's get out of here. We just need to get out of here and everything will be fine.
(They going through numerous corridors, destroying crowds of monsters.)
Pennington: W-Where's that exit? It should be right here. It should be RIGHT here! No, no! Aggghhh!
(A crowd of monsters begin to attack the hero. Everything is getting dark. From the dark we hear the voice.)
Rosa: Ethan, hold still.
Ethan: God! I'm getting tired of seeing shit in my head.
(Here we understand that everything that happened was not real. Ethan leaves the X-ray unit without any problems.)
Rosa: Still having hallucinations? Perhaps it's your drinking.
Ethan: My drinking is not an issue-
Rosa: Right. Look, I'll go get this processed. In the mean time, Farrell wants to see you in his office for a mission debriefing. Keep your cool. Corner office, fifth floor.
(Ethan goes to report his former boss.)
Loudspeakers: Metro PD reports the rioters have dispersed. All agent on duty please continue to exercise caution.
Radio: These three refrigeration units outside of the SCU headquarters contains an "overflow" of death and destruction in our city. Our morgue can't hold the number of victims streaming into the SCU Forensics unit. Although we approached to get a detailed accounting of the number of bodies held within tractor trailer units, we were forcibly pushed back by agents in full riot gear. What are they hiding and why? Stay tuned to City News for further live, on the scene reports - I'm Tony Rhodes.
(In the office of his boss, Ethan stumbles upon another radio.)
Rachel Mars: I will NOT stop the Grand Opening ceremonies of the Museum of Natural History. We have the full support of the city's best, our own local police Department, as well as support from the SCU - and we will open to show the city that life does go on.
Serah Brenton: These were the words from the Mayor Rachel Mars, as she headed to a meeting with the Museum Director. With the opening only days away, increasing pressure on the Mayor has many wondering if she truly intends to divert law enforcement resources away from the inner city to protect such an event. It appears that she will. Serah Brenton, City News.
Farrell: Come in. Sit down Mr. Thomas. Can I get you anything?
Ethan: Yeah... five Aspirins and a shot of soda water.
Farrell: I don't think we...
Ethan: Forget it.
(Ethan sits in a chair across from his boss.)
Farrell: Okay, let's begin. I will be asking you questions regarding recovery mission of Malcolm Vanhorn. Please answer them to the best of your ability. Are you ready to begin?
Ethan (respond): As ready as I'll ever be.
Farrell: Alright. What happened immediately after leaving the hotel?
(Ethan chooses: "We carried Vanhorn's body from the hotel".)
Farrell: Was Le Rue with the group at the time?
(Ethan chooses: "Yes".)
Farrell: What happened next?
(Ethan chooses: "Dorland shot a power transformer creating a small explosion.")
Farrell: And that's when you were separated from the team jeopardizing the success of the mission?
Ethan (respond): Jesus! That was not my fault! Grill Dorland... or Le Rue about what happened.
Farrell: Mr. Thomas, you should know that, Special Agent Dorland is missing. We picked up Agent Le Rue a few blocks from the hotel. He and Dorland got separated soon after the victim was extracted. I need you to help us fill in the blanks. Let's continue. Where were you when the helicopter arrived?
(Ethan chooses: "I was in an apartment complex next door.")
Farrell: Explain what happened once Vanhorn was secured.
(Ethan chooses: "The helicopter started taking fire.")
Farrell: Who ordered the pilot to leave the team behind?
(Ethan chooses: "Dorland.")
Farrell: Now, this next question is very important, Mr. Thomas. Why did the team split up?
Ethan: Look, let's stop holding hands like a couple of fucking girls... I know alright. You didn't want me to come back. Dorland made that perfectly clear.
Farrell: Mr. Thomas, please...
Ethan: You gave Dorland the order to leave me behind... an unfortunate casualty in the line of duty of some bullshit.
Farrell: Did Le Rue tell you that?
Ethan: So you're not denying it then?
Farrell: Wires got crossed. These was a misunderstanding.
Ethan: A misunderstanding! I almost got killed!
Farrell: Sit down!
Ethan: Fuck you.
(Farrell aims his gun at Ethan. The screen starts to blur, a nasty buzzing sound is heard. All this is reminiscent of some kind of crazy dream.)
Farrell: I'm ordering you to sit down!
Ethan: Jesus Christ, just shoot me and get it over with!
Farrell: Why did you bring me back? You knew Vanhorn... what to look for.
Ethan: He was just another stiff, why the risky mission?
Farrell: It was important we control the situation. Cooperation Mr. Thomas, that's all I wanted...
Ethan: Cooperation? Then what... kill me?
Farrell: NO! You've got it wrong!
Ethan: You're lying! Why the order to leave me behind?
Farrell: That order did not come from me. My orders were to keep you safe. I swear it!
(Suddenly the madness ends. We hear a beep of Farrell’s intercom.)
Secretary (over the intercom): Ah... Excuse me, Director? Sir, I've got Agent Dorland on the phone. He says it's important.
Farrell: Put him through.
Secretary (over the intercom): Is everything okay in there?
(Ethan grabs Farrell.)
Farrell: Yeah, yeah. Just do it.
Dorland: This is Dorland.
Farrell: Agent, where the hell have you been?
Dorland: Mayor Rachel Mars has been murdered.
Farrell: What?! Where?
Dorland: She was found... well, most of her was found in the new museum downtown.
CHAPTER 3: HISTORY MUSEUMEdit
(We are teleporting to the crime scene. The lights of the police cars are flashing, the perimeter is cordoned off, and police are everywhere. Farrell and Ethan approach Dorland standing by the corpse.)
Farrell: What do we got?
Dorland: Skin peeled away, strips of muscle torn from bone and her head is missing. Actual cause of death is unknown.
Farrell: How'd you make an ID?
Dorland: She was wearing this badge.
(We see visitor badge with handwritten text "Rachel Mars".)
Dorland: Apparently, she was visiting the Museum Director to discuss delays regarding the grand opening.
Dorland: Expect a maelstrom any minute.
(Dorland takes Farrell away from Ethan.)
Dorland: Someone knows... first Vanhorn and now...
Farrell: Keep your voice down...
Officer: Agent Thomas?
Ethan: "Mister"... Thomas.
Officer: I found this on the body.
(The officer hands over to Ethan the evidence packed in a plastic bag, which is a note with a lot of painted eyes and a large “SKX” sign.)
Farrell: Mr. Thomas, take a look around. Dorland and I are heading back to the agency.
(Dorland, passing by Ethan, gives him an unkind look.)
Farrell: Remember our discussion, I'm trying to protect you -
(Ethan gives the evidence to one of the cops.)
Ethan: Get this to Agent Rosa, SCU, ASAP.
Officer: I'll have it delivered right away.
(The cutscene ends. Ethan proceeds to investigate the crime scene. He approaches the corpse.)
Officer: There's too little blood. It should be splattered all over the place.
(The officer finds a wheelbarrow.)
Officer: Whoa. Looks like the prep used the wheelbarrow to transfer the body.
(Ethan studies the traces left by the wheelbarrow.)
Officer: A bloody tire trail leads to the door. Certainly suggests the actual crime scene and possibly the head are somewhere in the museum. Unfortunately we're on the strict order to not enter the museum.
Ethan (respond): That doesn't mean dick to me.
Officer: ...yeah, I didn't think it would. Follow me.
(They approach an unfinished wall.)
Officer: Here, let me give you a lift.
(Ethan jumps over the wall and get to the museum.)
Officer: Due to theft, the museum has beefed up security. Avoid the guards if possible. If you need to take them down, don't use a weapon.
Ethan (respond): I'll take that under advisement.
INCAPACITATE WITHOUT KILLING: Use only fists when fighting guards. Once a guard is in a defeated state grab him by the neck and incapacitate.
(After some time, Rosa contacts Ethan over the radio.)
Rose (over the radio): Ethan, this is Rose. I just received that little present you sent me. It's a bit disturbing to think that SKX is still alive.
Ethan (respond): Last time I saw that psycho, half his face lined the inside of a trunk.
Rose (over the radio): Well, the body was never recovered so I guess the chance he survived was always there.
Officer (over the radio): Mr. Thomas, the coroner just arrived. He's examining the body now. I'll keep you posted if anything turns up.
WALKING QUIET: To walk quietly, slightly move the L-Stick. If you can hear your footsteps so can the enemy.
Guard in a distance: Every night assholes break in here and start stealing shit. It seems to be getting worse. I bet one of us will get it tonight if we're not careful.
(After a few minutes of walking Ethan’s phone starts ringing.)
Rose (over the phone): Okay, this is what we know so far. Mayor Rachel Mars, age 55, found dead inside the City Museum of Natural History. Body has severe lacerations about the back, chest and arms resulting in excessive hemorrhaging. There is also an extensive tearing of muscle and ligament within the same region. Head decapitated just above the collar bone whereabouts is still unknown.
Rose (over the phone): Alright, and now for the note you sent me. Found on the victim's body was a piece of paper with strangely drawn eyes on the side and on the other, the acronym of the serial killer known as Serial Killer X. Both written with a black felt tip pen.
Can you determine the type of ink used?
Were the eyes and the three letters made by the same person?
Did you find any fingerprints on the paper?
(Ethan chooses: "Did you find any fingerprints on the paper?")
Rose (over the phone): Yes. I ran it through IAFIS and guess whose name popped up - Leland Vanhorn. I don't need to tell you this but let's make it official. Leland Vanhorn, a.k.a. Serial Killer X or just SKX was allegedly responsible for nine serial murders in the greater Metro area. He's the nephew to Malcolm Vanhorn and what the thought to be dead - killed by a gunshot to the face. His body was never recovered.
Do you think Vanhorn nursed his nephew back to health?
Do you think he faked his injury?
Do you think he managed to recover from the injury on his own?
(Ethan chooses: "Do you think Vanhorn nursed his nephew back to health?")
Rose (over the phone): I'd say it's the most likely scenario.
(Ethan put the phone away.)
Rose (over the radio): I have a theory. SKX gets one in the grill. His own flesh and blood, Malcolm Vanhorn, nurses him back to health. SKX turns on his uncle, and kills him, for perhaps the same reason he murdered Rachel Mars. Keep searching the museum. We need more information.
(Ethan takes a photo of bloodstained saw.)
Rose (over the radio): That's an odd shape saw, looks medieval in origin. Get a shot of the handle will you?
(Ethan sends a photo of the handle.)
Rose (over the radio): Look at that... a fingerprint. Give me a moment.
(Switch back to the phone.)
Rose (over the phone): Okay, over fifty percent of the fingerprint found on the handle is compromised by smudging. However, after running the print through IAFIS, I'm able to get a positive match on our suspect, SKX. I'd say SKX is very much alive and is now the prime suspect in the murder of Rachel Mars.
What about the saw? You said it looks evil?
What about the saw? You said it looked medieval?
What about the saw? You said it looked ancient?
<(Ethan chooses: "What about the saw you said it looked medieval?")
Rose (over the phone): Yeah, I hear the museum will future one in the largest medieval exhibits in the country.
(Ethan put the phone away.)
Rose (over the radio): Ethan, find the exhibit that tool came from, SKX was certainly there at the one point.
(Climbing the stairs, Ethan finds a camera. He examines it and finds it’s number.)
Rose (over the radio): Okay, hold on a sec... Camera 1501 was installed a week ago and just completed its 48-hour stress test. Ethan, if you think SKX maybe on camera find the surveillance room and let's take a look.
(Walking under the ceiling, Ethan hears two guards talking on the radio.)
Guard 1 (over the radio): Damn, we have intruders in the east wing, main exhibit hall.
Guard 2 (over the radio): How many are we talking about?
Guard 1 (over the radio): Half dozen or so. They looted prices artifacts from the medieval display.
Guard 2 (over the radio): Swords and shit?
Guard 1 (over the radio): Affirmative.
(Jumping off the ceiling, Ethan finds a TV.)
Sarah Brenton: Good evening, this is Sarah Brenton, City News. With her head reportedly missing Mayor Rachel Mars is dead. Her decapitated body was found earlier today at the Museum of Natural History. Apparently she was murdered suffering extensive cutting about her body. There are no leads as of yet but the Federal and local authorities have cordoned off the area in an attempt to locate the perpetrators of this heinous crime. More after this...
(Ethan finds a video surveillance room.)
Ethan: Okay, I'm in this surveillance room.
Rose (over the radio): Find the Backup Drive and let's see if our favorite madman has made a cameo.
(After inspecting the rack with hard drives, Ethan finds the number 1501.)
Rose (over the radio): Okay, the feed is coming in now...
(The image from the camera appears on the TV screen. Quite a large man, standing back side to camera, chops off the head of a corpse lying in a wheelbarrow.)
Rose (over the radio): Wow disturbing, but not overly revealing. Keep looking for the exhibit.
(The adventures in the museum continues. On the way, Ethan stumbles upon several bandits and beats them.)
Guard 1 (over the radio): I saw three of them heading towards the dinosaur area.
Guard 2 (over the radio): How are they getting in here?
Guard 1 (over the radio): I don't know. We're in deep shit if we don't get this situation under control.
Guard 2 (over the radio): On my way.
(Ethan finds a TV.)
Sarah Brenton: With the museum Grand Opening cancelled due to the death of the Mayor, residence wonder if the battle to regain the city they once knew has been lost. At the scene is Tony Rhodes. Tony, what do you make of this? Tony?
Tony Rhodes: Yes, Sarah... I'm now a block away from the museum and have seen of the unthinkable. Looters scurrying away from the museum, arms loaded with priceless objects of antiquity. It appears the museum has been targeted by these thieves, some literally wearing artifacts out on their persons. Excuse me, Sir, care to make a comment about face latest event?
Citizen: Craziest damn thing... A god-damn Sir Lancelot running down the street - knight's armor and shit... even had a fucking sword!
Sarah Brenton: Well, that was a rather "colorful" description, thank you Tony. This is City News.
Guard 1 (over the radio): I see a group of them outside the main entrance. They look like the same dudes from the other night...
Guard 2 (over the radio): Are you shitting me? How many are out of there?
Guard 1 (over the radio): A lot! Just get your ass down here. I don't like the looks of this.
Rose (over the radio): Thomas, I just got a high-priority message for you. An undisclosed department head has requested that you take photos of several artifacts within the museum. He's going to upload their positions for you on your GPS.
(Ethan finds bloodied equipment for medieval torture. He takes a picture of the tools lying on the table.)
Rose (over the radio): Looks gruesome... are we sure it's even blood and not red paint? Get a sample so we can determine one way or another. And while you're at it, collect a sample of those weird looking metal pieces.
Rose (over the radio): Receiving sample data from your field kit now...
Rose (over the phone): Let's see... Blood type is AB-negative which is the same as Rachel Mars. Less than 1% of adults have this type, so I would say we have match. Alright, now let's take a look at those metal pieces... Evidence sample consists of thin metal strips and small bolt shaped pins. Alloy properties similar to Damascus steel but does not match known foundry formulas. Blood, human tissue, and bone fragments are present on all surfaces of sample.
Any evidence of the metal pieces came from Rachel Mars's body?
Any evidence of the metal pieces were used to kill Rachel Mars?
Any evidence of the metal pieces came from SKX?
(Ethan chooses: "Any evidence of the metal pieces came from Rachel Mars's body?")
Rose (over the phone): Yes. The Coroner has found extensive scar tissue throughout her body and bored holes in her bones matching of the dimensions of the metal pieces you discovered.
(Ethan put the phone away.)
Rose (over the radio): I'd say, Rachel Mars had a secret and it may have gotten her killed.
Ethan (respond): What? Some sort of fucked up masochistic lifestyle?
Rose (over the radio): Whatever it was it looked painful. The pathology report will tell us if she was abusing pain killers.
Rose (over the radio): Ethan, the cops are on their way. We finally managed to get a warrant to search the rest of the museum. Get to the main lobby if you can.
(Entering the exhibition hall of medieval armor and weapons, Ethan hears a conversation between two guards on the radio.)
Guard 1 (over the radio): They're in the building. Last seen heading towards the medieval exhibits.
Guard 2 (over the radio): Roger that. Conners and I are on the way.
Guard 1 (over the radio): Anybody left in the main exhibit hall? We're outnumbered. These assholes are smashing up all the displays. They must be jacked up on something because they fight like maniacs. Really hard to stop... oh fuck. Hey, stop right there! Get down! I said get down on...
(Going further, Ethan confronts a huge thug clad in knight armor. When Ethan deals with him, the cops come along with Rose and Dorland.)
Rose: You're looking more beat up every time I see you.
Ethan: I think I overstayed my welcome.
Rose: I found something when investigating Vanhorn's body.
Ethan: Metal pieces?
Rose: No, something better. I found traces of fecal matter on his shoes... Let me finish... It belongs to an endangered deer species found only in the Black Lake region.
Ethan: You mean the Wildlife Preserve up North?
Rose: Yeah, I figured the best way to track SKX is to start with Vanhorn and work our way back.
Ethan: It's like a long shot, if you ask me.
Rose: Two-hour flight tops. I'll make the arrangements for a plane to take you there.
Ethan: ...Alright, I could use some sleep.
Rose: Good. Dorland has volunteered to take you.
(Ethan and Dorland get in the car.)
Dorland: What do you hope to find up there?
(Ethan says nothing and gets out of the car.)
Dorland (to the headset): The target just boarded the plane.
CHAPTER 4: LODGE IN SNOWY MOUNTAINSEdit
(New scene. Ethan is flying in the clouds on an airplane. Rosa contacts him on the radio.)
Rose (over the radio): Ethan, your chest x-ray shows you do have vocal cords similar to Vanhorn's, but even more bizarre.
Ethan: I'm related to Vanhorn... is that what you're saying?
Rosa (over the radio): The thought crossed my mind... however I was able to confirm that you do not share blood with that family.
Ethan: That's comforting... but you still think I'm connected somehow?
Rosa (over the radio): Yes, I do.
Ethan: Just seems kind of crazy that's all.
Rosa (over the radio): When you land, search the lodge thoroughly and learn as much as you can. It's been abandoned for decades, but I have a hinge both Vanhorns were there recently.
Ethan (to pilot): How much time we got left? Hey buddy, did you hear me?
Demon: Hello Ethan. We don't have much time, so I'll get right to the point. You old boss, Farrell, is trying to protect you. Have you taken a moment to contemplate the meaning of this? He's the one that hired you. He guided you through the ranks of SCU and has kept a close watch on you carrier. Perhaps he's done this under false pretenses... He may have ulterior motives, using you... something to think about when choosing your friends.
(The demon disappears, and the pilot is dead.)
Ethan: Oh shit! Mayday! Mayday! This is flight 324, come in. Damnit!
(The plane loses control and crushes. On its way is a flock of crows smashing the windshields and fly in. The scene abruptly ends. We see Ethan lying in the snow.)
Demon: Do you really expect to find anything out here other than a cold death?
Farrell (over the radio): Mr. Thomas... Ethan... this is Deputy Director Farrell. Going there alone was not a good idea.
Ethan (respond): It's time you leveled to with me... no bullshit.
Farrell (over the radio): Yes... you have every right to question me. Look, there are... some of us who see you as a threat - the enemy.
Ethan (respond): And where do you stand?
Farrell (over the radio): I see you as an asset, a special tool too great to be wasted... Rememdium...
Ethan: Rememdium? I don't understand... Hello?
(Ethan begins to explore the snow-covered mountain hike. After a while he finds blood in the snow.)
Ethan: Rose, come in.
Rosa (over the radio): You made it. How was your flight?
Ethan: Slept like a baby.
Rosa (over the radio): Good, what do you have?
(Ethan scans the severed hand lying in the snow.)
Rosa (over the radio): Receiving evidence. A human arm? Ew... See if you can determine how fresh it is.
(Ethan scans the watch on the severed arm.)
Rosa (over the radio): It's coming in now... Let's see, February 24 is today and 12:03 in the morning was less than six hours ago. This is pretty fresh. You better get a sample and send me the data.
(Ethan takes the sample.)
Rosa (over the radio): Receiving data... Okay give me a moment... The skin tissue and blood type are definitely human in origin. I'm also detecting... concentrations of mineral salts, urea, and amino acids in the sample... It looks like saliva. I need more time to analyze this properly. Keep looking for the lodge. I'll call you back in a few.
(Having literally walked a few meters, Ethan heard Rose again.)
Rosa (over the radio): Okay, this is unexpected... Your spectrometer is picking up concentrations of formaldehyde. This should be interesting... FYI, I'm still working on that saliva simple.
Rosa (over the radio): Ethan, take a look at your field kit. I've found of arginine vasopressin is the saliva... very unusual. Arginine vasopressin is an amino acid that naturally occurs in mammals, and is typically triggered by dehydration.
Dehydration? With all this snow?
You think someone is torturing animals, depriving them of water?
Where does Arginine Vasopressin come from?
(Ethan chooses: "Dehydration? With all this snow?")
Rosa (over the phone): Dehydration can also be caused by disease... kidney failure, dysentery, hydrophobia... By the way Ethan, hydrophobia is the later stages of rabies so watch yourself...
(Soon, Ethan finds a lodge, in which he sees a corpse.)
Ethan: Rosa, I found a body...
Rosa (over the radio): Can you make an ID?
(Next to the body, Ethan finds documents.)
Rosa (over the radio): Hmm, I know this name, one of Dorland's men. Very odd. Nobody but you should be up there. I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this.
Ethan (respond): Hell of a time to change your mind.
Rosa (over the radio): Search the main lodge then get the heck out of there. I can't get into it right now but something weird is going on here too.
(Exploring the lodge, Ethan stumbles upon a huge bear, tearing apart another special forces. Having run away from the bear, Ethan finds a TV.)
Professor: ... some sort of sonic resonance, almost an abnormal tuning quality - the likes the world has never seen!
Sarah Brenton: One moment, Professor, one moment. So you're... stating that this metal sample that you have... excuse me, HAD... was something not of this world?
Professor: No, no, no, dear lady, you misunderstand. It IS of this world - but we don't have the technology, the capability, to make this form of metal. But someone did! Yes, yes, someone did - but it couldn't of been any known technologically advanced country that we are aware of.
Sarah Brenton: There must be some faction, some unknown group that has taken metallurgy to a new level - but for what purpose? And where is this metal sample now, professor?
Professor: It is - regrettably - missing...
Sarah Brenton: This is City News.