REPOST – Deus Ex MiB/WiB background


A/N: Taken from http://theosek.sitesled.com/seriesp.html

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Series P Agents

 

Written and Edited by walton simons

 

An in depth look on the men and women in black

SECTION 1

Before we start here is a text dump of some of the in-game text that is used.

„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…

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-Eutectic Blades, prior to their mass production, so that additonal 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”

Lets start with the first one:

„PROSPECTUS: SERIES P AGENTS
proposal by Dr. Arthur Donovan (Versalife/HK)”

First of all for those who don’t know:

„prospectus –
A formal summary of a proposed venture or project.”

Dr. Arthur Donovan appears in most information about the M/WIB. All the instances when his name appears relating to W/MIBs can be found in the text dump at the top of the page. The Series P Prospectus was written by him, as is a e-mail regarding „The Series P trials”. The Series P project is refered to as „Arthur’s baby” in another e-mail between Mark Bates and Dr. M Lundquist. Dr. Arthur Donovan seems to be the main man behind Series P agents. Dr. Donovan also seems to have ties with The Gray Project and MJ12 commandos. In one e-mail his input in asked for about the Gray’s radiation oriented abilities. Dr. Donovan also asks for the MJ12 Commando’s specs in another e-mail. Dr. Arthur Donovan works inside the Hong Kong Versalife building as stated by „by Dr. Arthur Donovan (Versalife/HK)” and this sign in list:

„WELCOME TO VERSALIFE
„We Make Tomorrow Look Like Yesterday”

PLEASE SIGN IN

20:55 A. Donovan
21:20 Miriam Casswell
21:32 Richard Hundley
21:34 Dr. Michalopolis
21:46 Claude Harrison
22:52 Cassandra Vargas
22:52 Dr. Lundquist
23:51 Bates, M.
01:10 Dr. Kohl
01:45 Sarah Stern
02:12 Tom Bunch
02:17 Louis Elban
02:24 M. Morgan
02:36 Trellaine V.
03:13 Gary Burkett
…”
This list is particulally interesting as at 21:13 JC Denton enters the Versalife building. That is 18 minutes after Dr. Arthur enters. So Dr. Donovan could very well be in the Versalife building when JC is mucking about. We know this because of the Versalife security log:

„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.”

The most common misconception about W/MIBs is that Series N agents are the nanotech agents like JC and Paul, Series L agents and mechanically augmented agents like Gunther and Anna and Series P agents are physiopharmaceutical augmented agents also known as W/MIBs. The logic behind this being: N stands for nanotech and P stands for physiopharmaceutical. I suppose Series L being mechanical is just a logical attempt at filling in the gap. But however, this is all wrong.

„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.”

Read this part carefully paying close attiention to the use of the words „without” and „nano-augmentation”. Series N agents are simply an older version of M/WIBs. Series N is NOT referring to nano augmented agents. Series N, P and L refer to different version of the M/WIBs. Series P agents are what you fight in the game.

„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.”

Notes:
-strength and speed above that of a normal human
-minimal pain response due to „conditioning techniques”(ouch)
-78% more effective in combat then a normal operative with out augmentation.
An normal operative with out augmentation can be assumed to be an average MJ12 Trooper.

„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.”

Autonomous Nervous System:
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/auto.html

Again more evidence supporting the view that Series N is not nano augmentation. The self-termination mechanism is an variation on the kill switch. It is a key feature on the Series N. Therefore the Series N didn’t have a kill switch but instead had the blow-up-when-you-die M/WIB mechanism.

„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…”

Well this explains why M/WIBs are albino. But why the black eye tattooed on the back of there neck? It’s a symbol of the illuminati so Harvey Smith himself told me. Speaking of Weird M/WIB details… What’s with that mechanical voice?

The second most common misconception about W/MIBs is that their metallic voice is caused by an integrated rebreather in their bronchial pathways and that there is an e-mail which states this.

I have done a comprehensive Deus Ex text search on two different copies of the in-game text and the conversation text on this and came up with nothing. This e-mail does not exist. W/MIB’s voice was never mentioned in the game. Therefore I assume that this was merely a rumor and that M/WIB’s weird voice will remain a mystery. Although the self termination mechanism is mechanical so there is no reason why M/WIBs can’t have something else mechanical inside of them as well.

Moving on to Text number 2:

„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.”

Now this is interesting, lots of stuff to pick through. It states the official name of Series P,N and L augmentation physiopharmaceutical. Now physiopharmaceutical is apparently not a real word as 5 dictionaries tell me. But using what we know of other words we can depict its meaning:

physio
1. Nature.
2. Physical.

pharmaceutical
1. Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists.
pharmacy
1. The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.

augment
1. To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity.

Now put this together to make: physiopharmaceutical augmentation. Which means: The enhancement of the physical natural body through drugs. As stated earlier M/WIBs have minimal pain response due to „conditioning techniques” and the 2nd text section states: „while psychological conditioning has resulted in a Loyalty Estimate of 9.66 on the Yitzhak Scale.” So M/WIBs have been conditioned in both pain response and loyalty. Before we move on to what exactly conditioning is… what the heckzorz is the Yitzhak scale?

Here is something funny too note and also puts the obscureness of the Yitzhak scale into perspective. Do a google search on „Yitzhak scale” and the first thing that comes up is this article.

Yitzhak Frishman is an experimental physicist who has minor connections with nano-technoalagy (http://www.weizmann.ac.il/home/fnfrishm/).

But I couldn’t find any trace of his scale if it even exists. By the context that it is used in the e-mail the Yitzhak Scale is apparently used to measure loyalty. Anyway on to conditioning.

„Conditioning:
A process of behavior modification by which a subject comes to associate a desired behavior with a previously unrelated stimulus.”

Example: Every time you feed the dog you ring a bell. You do this for a couple of months. You ring the bell with out food. The dog will come because he heard the bell and expects food. The dog has been „conditioned” to think of food every time he hears the bell. Classic Pavlov’s dog scenario.

So M/WIB’s augmentation is a combination of drugs and conditioning.

„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.”

Modified explosive self-termination switch added in Series N? Well the nano augmented agent’s kill switch sure isn’t explosive. So for the last time Series N is not nano augmentation.

SECTION 2

„Sometimes you’ll get a M/WIB just whispering to himself, saying weird stuff.
Mentally, these guys are pretty far from normal.
MIB Cold. Cold and dark. It goes on forever.
MIB Something’s not right here.
MIB Some of these people are androids. Watch the way they move.
WIB They said the process would make me smarter, but I can’t tell.”

The note at the beginning is a note from one of the developers that was in the conversation file. These examples lead back to the conditioning and use of drugs and suggest that it causes mental damage and is mentally tough and perhaps physically as well on the M/WIBs.

There are three unique M/WIBs in the game. Unique in a way that there is a story for each one. The following text is the story of Adept 34501. Agent Hela and Agent P. Sherman also have a story as well.

„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

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”

Adept [5 digit #] could be theorized as to what nameless lower class M/WIBs are called. Third Rank? It seems there are not only different Series of M/WIBs but there are also different ranks.Order of the Night Sky? Night suggests black… M/WIB clothes?
Also she states that her emotion will prevent promotion. So MJ12 encourages M/WIBs to be emotionless. The fact that emotions will prevent promotion in the Order of the Night Sky also suggests M/WIBdom again. Although im not completely convinced „Adept [5 digit #], Order of the [Night Sky], [1st, 2nd, 3rd…] Rank” is referring to M/WIBs only so it will remain just a interesting theory.

Thief of Always was nice enough to point out some familiarities between a novel by Ayn Rand called Anthem and the text „Adept 34501”. This is what he had too say:

„This could be a reference to Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem. In the story, a totally collectivist society has formed, each person refers to himself as „we” to crush feelings of individuality, and people are referred to by a term of unity followed by a number. For example, the main character is named Equality 7-2521. The reference makes sense because each member of society is assigned an occupation and is bred to be totally obedient, never questioning anything. The society is even ruled by a small council of appointed men.”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Agent Mari Hela and Agent P. Sherman both lead operations. Adept 34501 is told to: „keep a record of this place, to record a history of its comings and goings” which sounds like a pretty low level non-important operation. Lets see: Adept 34501, no name, low level operation. Agent Mari Hela, name, higher up operation. Agent P. Sherman, name, higher operation. An obvious pattern occurs. Perhaps higher up M/WIBs are rewarded with ether their original name back or a new name. Agent Mari Hela’s and Agent P. Sherman’s story is really unimportant at this point. But for the sake of completeness i’ll do a brief summary of some useful info.

Agent Sherman and Agent Hela both lead operations. Agent Sherman is a temporary acting director for the MJ12 and the normal components of UNATCO HQ. Agent Sherman takes over until Walton Simons comes in. We know Agent P. Sherman is an MIB for the following reasons:

1. The highest ranking officer in the building is an MIB.
2. The above mentioned MIB is siting in Agent Sherman’s Desk.
3. Like nanotech and mechanical personnel W/MIBs tend to be referred to as „Agent”.

Agent Mari Hela leads an operation in Paris and the Paris Catacombs hunting terrorists, remnants of the illuminati and later JC Denton. This leads me to believe that M/WIBs are by default higher ranked then most MJ12 personnel. Sherman’s password is raven, and this suggests dark and evil. Agent Hela’s password is Ragnarok. Ragnarok is from Norse mythology, it is the Norse Apocalypse. In the catacombs you can over hear two MJ12 troopers discussing Hela saying she creeps them out (understandable) and she is in her element. Besides the Ragnarok password which could be just be a random reference, it seems obvious that the developers wanted to give the M/WIBs a dark, scary and freaky emotionless look.

Outline:
Series P agents = current M/WIB
Series N and L agents = older version of M/WIB

Physiopharmaceutical and Conditioning Augmentation in M/WIBs results in:
-strength and speed above that of a normal human
-minimal pain response
-Loyalty Estimate
of 9.66 on the Yitzhak Scale.
-78% more effective in combat then a normal operative. An normal operative can be assumed to be an average MJ12 Trooper.
-The conditioning and use of drugs causes mental damage and is mentally tough and perhaps physically as well on the M/WIBs.

Name and Rank Theory:
-Lower ranked W/MIBs have no name, instead thay have an ID number: Adept [5 digit #]
-Higher ranked M/WIBs are rewarded with ether their original name back or a new name.

M/WIBs appearance:

The Physiopharmaceutical and Conditioning Augmentation (Most likely the Physiopharmaceutical part)
has given M/WIBs an albino trait ever since series L.
They wear sunglasses(red eyes) and black clothes(white skin) to resolve this problem.
M/WIBs have a black eye tattoo on the back of their neck because it is an illuminati symbol.
The M/WIBs weird metallic voice remains a mystery however.

Blow-up-when-they-die:
M/WIBs have had (since Series N) a self termination mechanism that is wired into their
autonomous nervous system. If they are mortally wounded they explode.

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