The Blood-Stained Stars

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Part VII: Closing In

A Stranger's Face

Your anger is understandable, but we've got more reason to cooperate than to quarrel. Dagan's your real enemy. You'll be interested to know that some of his Corp Mates have been spotted at a nearby Station. We've prepared an Agent to gain their confidence and extract information on their further operations. To you, she'll be Tahaki Karin, a ship's engineer from the Damsel. Before our operative can infiltrate Dagan's group, Karin's identity records will need to be altered. Take these records to an archive station. Once they're updated there, our friends will make sure they're changed throughout the entire network.

Mission type: Courier.

Objective: Transport the Altered Identity Records to the Bank of Luminaire Depository in Aydoteaux.

Distance: 8 jumps (round trip).

Excellent work, pilot. The altered records are being distributed as we speak.

The Sisters and the Spy

With those records replaced, our agent is Tahaki Karin.

What happened to the real one? Electronically speaking, she's a non-person. She's alive and safe, though; if she wanted better, she shouldn't have joined the Society. Now, we need to get our Karin into place. I've filed a travel request in her name, which the Society has granted. All you need to do is rendezvous with a Society transport and drop her off.

Once that's done, we just have to wait for her to tell us where Dagan is.

Objective: Deliver Tahaki Karin to the SoCT Luxury Spaceliner.

Mission and Space type: Courier, Deadspace

Republic intelligence tells me you might have a lead on our prodigal son, Dagan. He needs to be taken down for everyone's good. The Republic will watch your back.

Well done, Capsuleer. I believe Karin has begun transmitting data already.

Sealing the Deal

Karin's information is still coming in. But if you really want to find Dagan, you're going to have to help us deal with a little problem. The Society of Conscious Thought has deployed a refitted cruiser, the Omnipresence, nearby… with a substantial escort. We think they may be recording our local communications. If they are, there's a good chance they'll be able to decipher them, and root out our agent. The Society will certainly murder our sister if they uncover her identity. We need you to locate the Omnipresence, and destroy her. If necessary, engage her escort, but try not to destroy them. The loss of human life would be catastrophic.

Objective: Destroy the Society spy.

Mission and Space type: Encounter, Deadspace.
Faction: Society of Conscious Thought.

7x Frigate (Independent [Green-Crewed] Maulus/ Imicus/ Atron/ Incursus/ Exequror/ Tristan)
1x Cruiser (Society Spy)

Tip: Kill the Escort Ships 1st as they will warp away once the Cruiser is destroyed.

I am Adani Yusev from Ishukone Internal Security. We've been monitoring data traffic between you and the Servant Sisters of Eve. No, don't get excited. We're all on the same side, here. The State will help you get Dagan... as long as you hand him over to us once you've got him.

Excellent work. The Omnipresence has been destroyed, and there's no indication that she managed to inform her Society masters. We'll be resuming contact with Karin immediately.

Chasing Shadows

Our agent hasn't been able to determine where Dagan is. But in decoding her sensory data, we managed to pick up a clue. An Amarr pilot named Kritsan Parthus recently delivered a cargo of drone parts to Dagan. These parts were black market, and may have been scavenged from some of your recent battles. We contacted Parthus. He's an independent operator, but wouldn't see the light.

We've managed to locate him by tracing his communications signals. Unfortunately, it will be necessary for you to bring him in for a meeting under duress. Our archive data suggests that Parthus will travel with a small contingent of support ships. Identify his command vessel, destroy it, and retrieve him from his pod. Bring him to me, personally.

Objective: Eliminate the squadron and bring Kritsan Parthus back for interrogation.

Mission and Space type: Encounter, Deadspace
Faction: Mercenaries.

5x Frigate (Mercenary Rookie)
1x Battlecruiser (Kritsan Parthus [Independent Prophecy]) Neutralizer/ Weapon Disruptor

3x Frigate (Mercenary Fighter)

That's an Amarr citizen you've kidnapped, pilot. But if I understand your motives correctly, we can overlook that. Once you've extracted Dagan's location, we'll help you bring the hammer of God down on that bastard.
I'll handle questioning Parthus. Rest assured, he will be treated humanely, and compensated well.

The Missing Piece

We've finally determined Dagan's location. It appears that he's outfitting another expedition. If he successfully acquires more of those drones – and worse, maintains control of them – he and his clients will be able to wreak terrible destruction across the cluster. I'm sure you can take out Dagan yourself, but it looks like he's hired some muscle. You've made some Imperial contacts, yes? They might be able to clear a path for you to engage Dagan.

The empires will want Dagan not just for justice, but for his knowledge. Accept their help, but consider delivering him into our merciful hands, instead. We'll spare him... and make sure his knowledge does no harm. You have to make a choice between the Empires. Which one do you want to help you in taking down Dagan?

Select the Commander from the Empire to which you would like to receive a standings boost.

The Amarr/ Caldari/ Gallente/ Minmatar Commander

Objective: Report to the Agent specified.

Distance: 5 jumps (for Caldari, distance may vary based on the chosen Empire Faction).

(Gallente Commander) - Brus Colterne's Megathron in Sheroo. (4 Jumps)
(Minmatar Commander) - Kitar Ang's Tempest in Avyuh. (3 Jumps)
(Caldari Commander) - Adni Yusev's Raven in Sosh. (5 Jumps)
(Amarr Commander) - Lear Evanus' Apocalypse in Manarq.

Warp to location and start a conversation with the Agent in Space.

Our Man Dagan

We are ready when you are. My forces will disarm the station. Engage Dagan and retrieve him from his pod.

Objective: Destroy Dagan's ship and bring him back to your agent.

Mission and Space type: Encounter, Deadspace with gate.
Faction: SoCT.

The Ally Fleet takes out several of Dagan's Escort Fleet ships and leave.

3x Frigate (Dagan's Escort)
1x SoCT Cruiser (Dagan) Target Painter

You set a fine example. We will show reels of the fight in Corps Academy for years.

Dagan's Ship Detail
Damage TypeResist (%)
EM 85
Explosive 73.8
Kinetic 77.5
Thermal 81.3

Tip: new Players have the most difficulty with this mission, if you don't fly a Cruiser yet you may want to fleet up with a mate.

Dal Segno al Fine

As per our agreement with the Sisters of Eve, we will turn Dagan over to their care. A Sisters of Eve ship awaits his delivery. Sister Alitura assures me Dagan will be treated humanely.

Objective: Deliver Dagan to the awaiting Wreathe-class industrial.

Mission and Space type: Encounter, Deadspace with gate.

Hello, old friend. Simply deposit Dagan in the Wreathe Prison Transport, and your long journey will be at an end. No matter what you see, I must ask you to stay calm and do not fire.

I told you you had nothing to fear, Pilot. Thanks for your help, the Rogue Drones need no longer be a hindrance to our efforts. Return to your commander, and tell him Dagan will no longer trouble the empires. Farewell. Perhaps there is hope for your kind yet.

The rogue drones did what? That's the damndest thing. I've heard that they can think for themselves, but I've never heard of them just watching like that. There's something much larger going on than we realize.
Regardless, you've been a tremendous help to the [Empire Faction]. Whether you continue your efforts defending the Empires or forge your own empires with your fellow Capsuleers in the depths of lawless space, know that you have proven your worth as a demigod.

Messages may vary depending on the Empire Faction chosen.

Completion of this mission gives a standing boost of 8.4% to the Empire Faction of your choice.

Tip: mark the date of completion in your Toon's info notes or notepad, as you may do this Epic Arc again in 3 months.

The End

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