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Ahh, there you are, Agent. Finally, we're alone.
Oh, don't look so nervous! I just wanted to ask for a teensy favor. It will benefit us both, I promise!
There's a demonic puzzle box called the Cryptessence. It's ancient and powerful, but also lying in pieces all over the world. If we can gather the pieces and re-assemble it, its power will be ours.
I knew you'd be interested! For now, let's just keep this between the two of us, shall we? My brother and the good Doctors mean well, but they would just get in the way.
Now then: the Cryptessence was created thousands of years ago by a necromancer in the court of Hatshepsut. I suggest we start by cajoling some information out of our favorite Egyptologist: the "Living Pharaoh".
Good news, Agent! Ahmet showed me the Egyptian magic necessary to begin re-assembling the Cryptessence.
At least, I think he did. It's hard to perform ritual gestures when your arms are broken in several places.
He also said The Hood would know more. Ah, the hunt. Doesn't it get your heart pounding?
Alright, what are you up to, Satana? You've been beating information out of every goon who's ever dabbled in magic. Did you think I wouldn't notice?
I, er... dear brother, that wasn't me! It was another Satana from an Incursion!
...An Incursion. Really.
It's true, I swear! In fact the Agent was just about to go take care of it for me! Weren't you, darling?
I don't believe this! A Maggia family has declared a blood hunt on me!
I have no idea why they're so angry... well, I guess I killed a couple of them. Or maybe more than a couple.
Also I may have... possibly... kind of devoured the soul of one of their capos. But you'll get rid of them, won't you? For me?
No more distractions, Agent. We need arcane power to perform the ritual. Lots of it.
Luckily I know a place to get it from: Magik. Or rather, her little queendom in the infernal realms.
Just talk Blondie into opening a few portals to Limbo and I'll siphon off all the power we need. She won't even notice, I promise.
Mmm, fresh infernal power. Though it could use a pinch of... chaos magic! Yes, that's it.
Agent, be a peach and have Wanda craft a few hexes for us, won't you?
As much as it pains me to admit, we may need some assistance from... shall we say, the other side of the tracks.
Now, we don't have a divine magic user... but we do have an "Angel". Eh, close enough.
This is magic we're talking about, after all. Leave that whole "making sense" thing to science.
Good, good. Now we need a bit of Unstable Iso-8, just to kick-start the enchantment.
Oh, don't tell me you're surprised. The stuff's used in everything.
We're so close, Agent. You've been so good to me. There's just one more thing we need.
Before I can perform the ritual, you have to defeat Apocalypse. It's the only way.
Why? Oh, don't worry your pretty head over why. Just take care of this one thing, and you'll have your reward.
Y-you're back? I mean... oh, dearest, thank hells you're back! I was just, uh...
Okay, you got me. I wanted the Cryptessence for myself. The Maggia weren't enough to do you in, so I was hoping Apocalypse would be.
Oh, don't be mad, sweetheart. It's not you, it's me. Look, I'll finish the Cryptessence for you, and in return, you won't ship me back to Mephisto. See, everyone's happy!
There, the Cryptessence is complete! Here you are, Agent, as promised. Take it...
Agent, no! Do not touch the box!
The puzzle box is a trap, Agent. Only those of demonic ancestry can safely handle it.
Open it, she-devil. Unless you wish to be consigned back to the flames... and Mephisto.
Oh all right! Spoilsports. Take whatever stupid thing's inside, see if I care.
Hmm... the Scroll of Aknazsak was inside the box. Perhaps not as powerful as the Cryptessence, but far less dangerous.
Except for the Fourth Seal.
Oh, by the Vishanti, yes! Agent, NEVER use the Fourth Seal of the Scroll of Aknazsak. Its power was not meant to be wielded by mortal hand.
Except you totally should. Seriously, it's pretty sweet. Would I lie to you?
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