The Let's Play Archive

Syphon Filter

by Lunethex, et al

Part 30: Logan's Tomfoolery

Update 30 - Logan's Tomfoolery

Syphon Filter Logan's Shadow Episode 2 - Indian Ocean 2
Logan returns to the scene of the crime with a huge aussie twat helping him out. Gabe risks his neck fighting Spetsnaz divers while Dane kills time!

Evidence so far posted:

Evidence #14
Duct tape. Bishop grew up on an offshore oil rig where he developed most of his anti-authority attitude. It’s also where he became a very savvy marine mechanic, learning to fix big or small problems with anything on hand. Of course, most of the things that needed fixing, Bishop broke in the first place. Since he was forced into ‘early retirement’ from British SAS for disciplinary problems, Bishop found only one person willing to hire him: himself. As his own accountant, he became almost dangerously frugal with repair expenditures. On the ocean floor, I found a part that had fallen off his mini-sub. His backup oxygen lines had been held together by duct tape. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #15
Sea mine. The Spetsnaz Divers were deploying mines around the St. Helens wreckage. Bishop’s mini-sub had been constructed out of glass fibers to reduce its magnetic signature against such weapons. But the minefield was denser than expected, and his path moved too close to the magnetic sensors. The Spetsnaz were here to find something. Judging by the density of their defensive perimeter, they expected to be here a long time searching for it. Or maybe they were expecting company. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #16
Missile shell. It’s hard to believe the Navy would sink its own vessel. Yet I was on the bridge when cruise missiles slammed into the deck. And I heard the radio traffic first-hand. The markings on this missile shell prove it came from a Navy destroyer. However, the cruise missile is a ‘beyond the horizon’ weapon, meaning it can be fired from thousands of miles away, without visual confirmation of its target. That leaves open the possibility that the Navy didn’t know they were firing on their own ship. It’s possible they were firing on a target given by Cordell. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #17
NIOC shipping protocol. I discovered NIOC shipping protocol documents on the dead courier. They outline the steps to be taken in the event of hostile encounters. A) Send coded signal to satellite uplink. B) Ensure that crew complies with interrogation counter-measures. C) Retreat to and remain in secure hold. D) Activate primary and redundant tracking devices. The courier hadn’t completed steps C and D, which means the tracking devices weren’t activated. Cordell has no idea where his stolen cargo went.
Code: K6S D4F NV9J –Gabe Logan

Evidence #18
ICBM warhead. The St. Helens had a vertical launch missile silo below deck. Supply ships are equipped with close range defensive systems above deck, but any armaments below deck are those stored and read for loading onto other warships. There was nothing defensive about the missiles onboard the St. Helens. Locked into the launch bays were two tactical missiles with small yield warheads. Sometihng tells me the St. Helens had been in a hurry, and was therefore traveling light. Otherwise, these missiles could have been much heavier, because the launch system was certainly nuclear capable. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #19
Captain’s body. The captain died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He didn’t stay alive long enough to go down with his ship or be captured by the enemy. The years of service required to obtained the rank of captain are designed to filter out the cowards and mentally unstable. It looks like he killed himself, not because he was afraid of being captured, but because of some twisted protocol that required him to commit suicide. Or maybe it’s just meant to look this way. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #20
Satellite photos. According to the timestamp, this photo was taken by a Russian SVR reconnaissance satellite two weeks ago. It shows the St. Helens being loaded with cargo at the Navy’s sealift command base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. A second satellite photo, dated four days ago, shows IPCA recovery crews pulling me out of the ocean near the St. Helens wreckage. The Spetsnaz knew about the classified cargo, but al-Jamil beat them to it. They didn’t consider it was a priority two weeks ago. Judging from this salvage operation, their priorities have recently changed. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #21
Reactor. In the late 90’s, Cordell worked for a defense contractor that designed next-generation battleships. The design goals were to utilize remote controls for performing a variety of reconnaissance and other covert functions. Nuclear propulsion was a key feature, which would have allowed them to stay at sea indefinitely. Congress cancelled the program, and the idea was moth-balled. Apparently, Cordell never let it go. It’s been obvious for a while now, but the St. Helens wasn’t a supply ship. I doubt it even belonged to the Navy. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #22
Sergeyev. On a mission to Russian Georgia in 2000, I killed Sergeyev’s predecessor, Maksim Lebedev. I would have killed Kudrenko as well had the bullet intended for both men not tumbled and ricocheted around Maksim’s skull instead of exiting the other side as I had planned. In the ensuing gunfight, I crippled most of their Spetsnaz company and left Kudrenko with burns over fifty percent of his body. Sergeyev assumed command and rebuilt the company as Kudrenko recovered. In a position where it is almost customary to stage coups, Sergeyev remained loyal to Kudrenko, and now serves as his right hand man. He owes that promotion to me. But that didn’t stop him from trying to kill me inside the reactor room. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #23
Depth charge. The unexploded depth charge had been a dud, but plenty of other charges had detonated and decimated the remaining Spetsnaz dive teams. Not content to scuttle their own ship once, the Navy is now carpet bombing the entire wreck site. Cordell had originally sunk the St. Helens to prevent al-Jamil from escaping with classified cargo. But I’m not sure if Cordell ordered this attack to stop the Spetsnaz, or to stop me. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #24
Dive sled. Sergeyev’s escape craft was a Russian Velo-5 diver rider. Rumored to exist, but never seen outside of Russia, this was the underwater equivalent of a jetpack. While I was trapped in the missile room, Sergeyev had the courier codes and a big head start, but Bishop sabotaged the sled and prevented his escape. I know it must have been painful for Bishop to leave such valuable equipment behind, but something tells me he’ll be coming back later to salvage the sled. –Gabe Logan

Evidence #25
Borrowed things. The engine compartment lid fell off of Bishop’s mini-sub. Inside I could see the cobbling together of salvaged parts from all over the world, and form a variety of vehicles. The hydraulic valve I installed from the Agency seemed to complete this international collection. Manufacturer markings on each part told the story; an Israeli electrical system, Chinese armaments, and a Spanish chassis, to name a few. Considering that Bishop enters most ports covertly, his mini-sub bore the stmap of more countries than his passport. –Gabe Logan

Bonus Ep1 – Killing Time
Evidence #26
Treasure map. Not sure if this came from the Warsingala boat, or if it’d been swimming around down there for years. Didn’t have time for a close look, so I pocketed the old, rolled-up parchment. And I won’t be telling Cassie about it either.
From a family of marine biologists, and raised on the Atlantic just right of Brazil, Cass fell for the lure of an adventurous life, and after a round-about journey, that landed her on my lap.
A female version of me, she’s the best partner I’ve ever had, and I trust her with a lot of things, including my life. That is, unless money’s involved. –Dane Bishop

Evidence #27
Warsingala flag. When I tell most people what I do for a living, the tone of their voice changes, and they stop looking me in the eye. They just assume that ‘freelance marine salvage’ is a euphemism for pirate, and that I’m scum of the earth.
First of all, they’re flat wrong. And second, they never met real pirates. I’m not talking about the eye-patch and parrot variety; there’s nothing romantic about these modern killers and crooks. With GPS, sophisticated radios, and vast international waters to terrorize, the scumbags will rob you of all your freight, and might, if the feeling strikes ‘em, kill you just for sport. –Dane Bishop

Evidence #28
Record time. Cassie sweated me the whole time, but I scoured the entire wreck site, collected everything worth collecting, and still managed to beat Logan inside to the reactor room. Cassie should have known better because she’s watched me do the same thing a dozen times. I always come through. Well there was that one time in Jakarta, but that’s a whole other story.
This is what you’d call the ‘moral grey area’ of what I do. I’m not beholden to anyone but good-ol’ number one—me. And there’s nothing in my rule book against extracting useful wares from a place they’ll never be useful again. –Dane Bishop

I was talking to Crow and I had to ask about who the best character in the series is so far. He asked "what metric is this based on" and I quickly corrected myself to saying there is none because everyone aside from Teresa is a war criminal. Then I got to introduce Mr. TORGUE to him, which is a fair point, front runner for top character.