Path into Darkness

-- Culex(Virtue), Boiler(Liberty)

Basic Info

  • Levels: 35 - 40
  • Factions: 5th Column, Circle of Thorns
  • Contacts: Colleen Nelson(brickstown),
  • Reward: The book 'The Rites of the Dark'(souvenir), SO enhancement

1) Capture 5th Column soldiers before they flee the country.

Mission: Defeat all 5th Column on site

Selection Text: The 5th Column is planning on getting a number of its men out of the country. Each one is on the most wanted list for numerous crimes, it would be a tragedy if they escaped justice. Luckily, I had an informant tip us off to where they're being gathered right now before they go on their trip. Would you be interested in rounding up these men before they can flee the country?
I think there might be more at work here than getting these men out of the city. I have a feeling that this could be the start of something larger.
Type: Indoor: 5th Column base
Sub-goals: --
Notable mobs: Raserei Ubermenschen Initiate (Raserei Ubermenschen Oberst) multiple
Raserei Ubermenschen Initiate (Raserei Ubermenschen Unteroffiziere) multiple
Clues: A book called 'The Rites of the Dark'
Commentary: --

2) Raid Oranbega for information on the Path of the Dark

Mission: Get book from Circle

Type: Indoor: CoT temple
Sub-goals: Find Path Book
Notable mobs: Librarian Mnemcanthraxus (Death Mage)
Clues: The Praetorian's Tale
Commentary: You must defeat all mobs and find the correct bookcase glowie to complete this mission.

3) Meet with Bentley Berkeley

Mission: Find Bentley Berkeley

Type: Indoor: abandoned office
Sub-goals: Meet with Bentley Berkeley
Notable mobs: Wolfpack Robot (MkII Wolfpack robot)
Clues: A note from Bentley Berkeley
Commentary: All you need to do for completing this quicker is find the glowie desk.

4) Rescue Bentley Berkeley

Mission:  Rescue Bentley Berkeley

Type: Indoor: 5th Column base
Sub-goals: Rescue Bentley Berkely
Notable mobs: Perimeter Defense MkII Wolfpack robot (MkII Wolfpack robot)
Interior Defense MkII Wolfpack robot (MkII Wolfpack robot)
Clues: Bentley's Tale 
Commentary: You only have to defeat the mobs group with him.  An ambush will be waiting outside after finishing this mission.

Mission: Talk to Peter Stemitz

Type: Delivery (Founders' Falls)
Sub-goals: --
Notable mobs: --
Clues: --
Commentary: --

Mission:  Find Sam Bassie, get journal

Type: Indoor: office
Sub-goals: Find Sam Bassie, Find 2 Journals
Notable mobs: Commandant Rotgreifer (Vampyr Commandant)
Clues: First part of Jennie's Journal
Second part of Jennie's Journal
Third part of Jennie's Journal
Commentary: Grab the two glowies and defeat the mobs grouped with Sam to complete the mission.  You should now have a clue window that is about a mile long. hehe ;p And at least you don't have to defeat the Vampyr Commandant.  I was given an SO enhancement after leaving this mission.

5) Investigate 5th Column's travel agent front company

Mission: Find travel data

Type: Indoor: office
Sub-goals: Find travel data
Notable mobs: --
Clues: Travel Reports
Commentary: Mission can be finished quickly by just grabbing glowie only.  Watch out for an ambush when you leave the building.

Mission:  Get files to Marisel Valenzuela

Type: Delivery (Brickstown)
Sub-goals: --
Notable mobs: --
Clues: --
Commentary: --

Mission:  Search base for clues

Type: Indoor: 5th Column base
Sub-goals: Find 2 clues
Notable mobs: Perimeter Defense MkII Wolfpack robot (MkII Wolfpack robot)
Commandant Ulfheim (Vampyr Commandant)
Clues: The Seed of Darkness
Personnel transfer forms
Commentary: All you need to do is get the two glowies.

6) Take the Shadow Seed from the 5th Column

Mission:  Defeat Blutzahne, Get Seed

Type: Indoor: abandoned warehouse
Sub-goals: Find Shadow Seed
Notable mobs: Perimeter Defense MkII Wolfpack robot (Mk II Wolfpack robot)
Commandant Blutzahne (Vampyr Commandant)
Clues: Shadow Seed Missing
Shadow Seed Delivered!
Commentary: There will be an ambush after accepting this mission.  Bah! We were too late to get the Shadow Seed.

7) Take the Shadow Seed from the 5th Column

Mission:  Defeat Todesangst & his guards

Type: Indoor: cavern
Sub-goals: Find Bentley Berkeley, Find Shadow Seed
Notable mobs: Captain Grausigkeit (Dark Vampyr)
Commandant Todesangst (Dark Vampyr)
Steamer Trunk (Equipment - Object)
Clues: The Shadow Seed
Commentary: The Steamer Trunk heals enemies that are near it, so you have to destroy it.

Souvenir: The Book 'The Rites of the Dark'

You kept a copy of this thin book on the strange secret society you fought as a memento of the adventure you call

A Path Into Darkness

It all began when you stopped a group of 5th Column soldiers who were about to be sent overseas. After capturing them, you found that each of them carried a book of strange initiation rites for something called 'The Path of the Dark'.

You began to look for more information on 'The Path of The Dark.' Deep in the Circle of Thorns' city of Oranbega you found the firsthand account of a Roman soldier, who encountered the Path while guarding the last Roman Emperor, Romulus Agustulus.

With this chilling account heavy in your mind, you were contacted by Bentley Berkeley, an immortal who had fought The Path of The Dark back in the 1920s. When you went to meet him, you found that the 5th Column had already captured him. But all wasn't lost yet.

You received a tip to Bentley Berkeley's location, and were able to free him from the 5th Column. He told you something about his own battles against the Path of the Dark in the 1920's and directed you to find a man named Sam Bassie, the descendant of Henry and Jennie Bassie, people he used to battle the supernatural with. You contacted Paul Stemitz, who had also worked with the Bassies in an earlier incarnation. You went to get Sam Bassie's grandmother's Journal, but had to defeat the 5th Column in order to protect him and get the book. The Journal detailed the battle against the Path from almost a century ago, including the final fate of Ridolfo Uzzano, a power-hungry Italian fascist. Most chilling of all was Jennie Bassie's certainty that Requiem was none other than Uzzano, given power by the Path of the Dark.

With a better idea about the Path's history, you continued investigating it's connection to the 5th Column. By following the travel records and personnel files, you were able to discover that many of the initiates sent overseas by Requiem to join the Path of the Dark returned as War Wolves. You also discovered that Requiem was planning on setting up a branch of the Path of the Dark beneath Paragon City using something called a Shadow Seed.

You struck the 5th Column to intercept the Shadow Seed, but found out that it had been a trick! They knew you were looking for the Seed and had already made off with it deep beneath the city.

Just when all seemed darkest, you received a message from Bentley Berkeley. He'd followed up on the whole operation, and had tracked the 5th Column and the Shadow Seed deep underground. You attacked the 5th Column at Bentley's location, and found that the Circle of Thorns had also moved to stop the 5th Column from planting the Shadow Seed and starting a branch of the Path of the Dark so close to their own sunken city. The caverns beneath Paragon city became the battle-field for a three-way war, but you emerged victorious.

The 5th Column has suffered a major defeat, and the Shadow Seed is now in MAGI's hands, where their studies will help to determine the nature of it's malign power. You are left with a number of questions about the Path of the Dark, Requiem, and the 5th Column; but for now you know that the City is safe again thanks to your actions.

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