This article details the storyline of Deus Ex: Human Revolution by chapter.
|Bob Page||Adam Jensen||Megan Reed|
|Publicly, not much is known about Page. He is the CEO of VersaLife and its parent company Page Industries. He is also a high ranking member of the secret organization known as the Illuminati.||Adam Jensen is the protagonist of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. He is the Head of Security of Sarif Industries, and the ex partner of one of Sarif's top scientists, Megan Reed.||Megan Reed is the lead researcher on mechanical augmentations for Sarif Industries. She makes a groundbreaking finding related to augmentations that promises to revolutionize the industry.|
Human Revolution begins in the office of Bob Page as he participates in a meeting with fellow members of the Illuminati including Hugh Darrow, Zhao Yun Ru, and possibly William Taggart. Much of what they discuss foreshadows events that will occur later in the story. In a private conversation with an unknown person, Page talks about the research done by Megan Reed but claims that she is "out of [their] reach". However, later events prove that this is not the case.
As part of her research for the biotechnology company Sarif Industries, Megan Reed discovers a way for humans to receive mechanical augmentations without suffering from the rejection syndrome known as Darrow Deficiency Syndrome. Her findings promise to revolutionize the augmentations industry as it removes the need for the anti-rejection drug Neuropozyne to be administered. This should allow augmentation technology to reach a much larger number of people as at the time, only one in every 25 people are augmented. Reed and her team are scheduled to present their research to the National Science Board in Washington D.C. The night before these hearings, Sarif Industries' Chief of Security Adam Jensen finalizes the security for the following day. He is requested to visit his boss's office for one last briefing on his security plans.
On his way to the office, Jensen strikes up conversation with his colleague Francis Pritchard. Pritchard informs him that the Sarif scientists who will talk in Washington have implanted GPL devices. This is so that they can be located even if Jensen's security plans "don't measure up". During the briefing with his boss, an environmental malfunction occurs in a sub-section of the laboratories. Jensen is instructed to investigate the cause.
Once in the labs, it becomes clear that it is not a malfunction that has caused the disturbance, but rather a break- in by a paramilitary group known as the Tyrants. The Tyrants kill any scientists they come across, except for the members of Megan Reed's team. When Jensen finally locates Megan, he is intercepted by one of the Tyrants' members, Jaron Namir. Namir shoots Jensen at close range, almost killing him. The Tyrants kidnap Reed and her team, and set the Sarif labs on fire to frame the kidnappings as murder. Due to the fact that the "remains" of the scientists have been burned, it is not possible to verify their identity and thus it is presumed that they have died.
Following the life-threatening injuries sustained by Jensen, he is augmented extensively to save his life. These augmentations are funded by his boss David Sarif, who did not need to consult Jensen about them due to an agreement in his employment contract.
|David Sarif||Francis Pritchard||Faridah Malik|
|David Sarif is the founder and CEO of Sarif Industries, a world leader in augmentation technology. Despite its success, Sarif has had to deal with multiple recent setbacks to his company including the Tyrants' attack.||Francis, or Frank, Pritchard is the Chief of Cyber-Security for Sarif Industries. Although his job in the company compliments Jensen's, the two often do not get along well with each other.||Faridah Malik is Sarif Industries primary VTOL pilot. She is responsible for transporting important members of the corporation to various locations in Detroit, the rest of the USA, and the wider world.|
Following a short recovery period of only six months, Adam Jensen is requested to return to work by his boss, David Sarif. He is informed that yet another attack on Sarif Industries has taken place, this time a break-in of the Sarif Manufacturing Plant at Milwaukee Junction. Before leaving, Jensen must first have his Retinal Prosthesis repaired by Frank Pritchard.
Jensen and Sarif are transported via VTOL to the manufacturing plant by Faridah Malik, one of the company's VTOL pilots. During the journey, Sarif debriefs Jensen on what to expect. The manufacturing plant has been stormed by a group of extremist anti-augmentation activists known as Purity First. Sarif informs Jensen that a secret military augmentation has just been scheduled for production at the manufacturing plant, known as the Typhoon Explosive System. He says that it is crucial to secure the plans for it before the extremists do. A secondary objective is for Jensen to rescue a number of Sarif employees who are being held hostage at the plant, but the priority is the Typhoon.
|Ezekiel Sanders, more commonly known as Zeke, is a member of the extremist anti-augmentation group Purity First. He orchestrates an attack on Sarif Industries' manufacturing plant to search for evidence of illegal activities.||Yune is an augmented hacker that poses as a member of Purity First, despite the fact that Augs are not allowed into the group. He is in fact being remotely "controlled" by a professional hacker hired by competitors of Sarif Industries.|
Once Jensen has arrived at the plant, he is contacted by Frank Pritchard via Infolink on the possible routes into the building. A SWAT team are already on standby in the facility, waiting for the go-ahead from Sarif to enter the main building. Sarif wants Jensen to infiltrate it first so that the Typhoon prototype is secured.
The building is heavily guarded by Purity First members, who are also searching for anything incriminating on Sarif Industries' activities. In the labs, a number of Sarif employees are being held hostage in a room with an explosive device. Jensen can choose to rescue these hostages or not, but either way proceeds to locate the Typhoon. He is surprised to find an augmented Purity First member called Yune stealing the Typhoon blueprints. Upon being found, the hacker shoots himself in the head while pleading for help, as if doing this against his will.
In order to get an explanation for this augmented hacker, Jensen confronts Zeke Sanders, the Purity First leader responsible for the attack. Sanders denies any knowledge about the augmented hacker leading Adam to believe that Purity First is being manipulated by a third party.
With the Typhoon in his possession, Adam returns to the Sarif Industries Headquarters in Detroit. He brings the Typhoon to Frank Pritchard for him to examine. However, the Chief of Cyber-Security says he is too busy to inspect the prototype right away. This is because he is running a diagnostic sweep on Sarif's network and router security to find out how Purity First managed to breach it.
Following a visit to David Sarif's office, Adam learns that the corpse of Yune, the augmented hacker, is being held at the Detroit Police Station. However, police are denying that he was augmented and are refusing Sarif permission to view the body. Sarif suspects that this is an intentional cover-up, and that securing Yune's neural hub will give them information on the people who attacked the company. He sends Jensen to the police station morgue to steal the augmentation.
In the Detroit Police Department morgue, Jensen talks to the coroner instructed to perform the autopsy on Yune. The coroner mistakes Jensen for the person sent by Homeland Security to retrieve the neural hub, so does not prevent him from taking it. The coroner informs Adam that the hub has been modified with some sort of wet drive, but that it is possible it was damaged when Yune shot himself. He assures Jensen that he did not have a look at the contents of the neural hub, since Homeland Security issued an "ultraviolet" security classification on the case. Evidence found in the police station reveals that both the manufacturing plant incident and the Sarif Industries HQ attack had crucial pieces of evidence covered up by the government official Joseph Manderley.
Jensen is instructed by Sarif to bring the neural hub to his own apartment as the Sarif Industries network has not yet been secured. Connecting an unknown piece of hardware to the network would be risky. Once Jensen brings it to his apartment in the Chiron Building, Pritchard examines it and discovers that the augmentation effectively turned Yune into a human proxy. Another person remotely hacked through Yune rather than Yune doing it himself. The person who actually performed the hacking hid their tracks well using multiple satellite signals. However Pritchard manages to trace the source to an abandoned factory complex in Highland Park.
Shortly afterwards, Pritchard also figures out what was compromising Sarif's network. A signal being transmitted from Derelict Row in Detroit is keeping a back door open to the corporations network. Before investigation Highland Park, Jensen is sent to disable it.
|Lawrence Barrett||Jaron Namir||Yelena Fedorova|
|Barrett is one of the Tyrants, the paramilitary group that attacked Sarif HQ and kidnapped Megan and her team. He does not plan to let Jensen escape a second time...||Jaron Namir is the Tyrants's leader. He was also the person who almost killed Jensen on the night that Sarif Industries' headquarters was attacked.||Yelena Federova is a high ranking member of the Tyrants. She does not speak often, but her silence means that she has a deadly stealthy attack.|
Faridah Malik brings Adam to the abandoned warehouses in Highland Park, only to discover that they are not abandoned at all. The facility is occupied by black-ops mercenaries, just like the ones that attacked Sarif HQ six months previously. Jensen spots a number of mercenaries that he recognizes from the attack, namely the Tyrants Jaron Namir, Yelena Fedorova, and Lawrence Barrett. He follows them deeper into the facility and discovers that it is a secret internment camp run by FEMA.
Not only was this facility used as a base of operations for the hacker controlling Yune, but it was also used six months previously by the Tyrants when they attacked Sarif HQ.
Jensen intercepts the Tyrants right before they leave the facility, but he is caught off guard by Lawrence Barrett and has to fight him. The other two Tyrant members escape in the meantime. Adam emerges from the fight victorious and with an address in Hengsha, China for the hacker who worked through Yune. Before he dies, Barrett implies that Sarif Industries has "worse enemies than FEMA" despite the fact that it was their facility the Tyrants worked from.
Jensen visits Sarif HQ before going to China. Here Frank Pritchard tells him about a backdoor access into Sarif's security system that was set up almost a year before. This is the means through which the terrorists accessed the network. Pritchard claims that it was Sarif that set up this backdoor access and was streaming a lot of information through it shortly before he hired Jensen. Adam questions Sarif on why he set up this private access route to bypass the firewall. Sarif may choose to divulge the reason why, depending on how persuasive Adam is. It turns out that before Jensen was hired, Sarif hired a private investigator to look into Jensen's past. The investigator uncovers Adam's history as a test subject in White Helix Labs, a subsidiary of VersaLife. The experimentation he was subject to gives Adam the unique ability to accept mechanical augmentations without rejection. This genetic quirk is the basis of Megan Reed's research that she was scheduled to reveal six months before.
|Tong Si Hung||Arie van Bruggen||Zhao Yun Ru|
|Tong Si Hung is the owner of The Hive, and is in charge of the Harvesters. He often poses as a regular bartender in the club to weigh up anyone wanting to do business with him.||Arie van Bruggen goes by the alias of "Windmill" in hacker circles. He is a professional hacker hired by Tai Yong Medical to carry out an attack on Sarif Industries.||Zhao is the CEO of the augmentation manufacturer Tai Yong Medical. Tai Yong is one of Sarif Industries' largest competitors, and Zhao has tried multiple times to buy out the company.|
Malik flies Jensen to Hengsha, China where he investigates Hengsha Court Gardens, the address given by Barrett. When he arrives, Adam discovers that the apartment complex is under lockdown by Belltower Associates. He finds the ransacked apartment of Arie van Bruggen inside, who was the hacker that worked through Yune during the second attack on Sarif. Van Bruggen has gone into hiding since the people who hired him are now hunting him. There are hints that Jensen might find information on his whereabouts in a local nightclub called The Hive.
Once at The Hive, Jensen speaks with the club owner Tong Si Hung. Tong reveals that van Bruggen is hiding out in the Alice Garden Pods. When the hacker speaks with Jensen, he admits to his involvement with the attack on Sarif Industries. He was employed by Zhao Yun Ru, the CEO of Tai Yong Medical, to do the job. She has since sent Belltower guards after him because he failed to extract the entire Typhoon plans from Sarif's servers. Van Bruggen claims that agreeing to that hacking job was the worst mistake he ever made, and agrees to help Jensen. As insurance in case anything went wrong, van Bruggen stored security footage that could be used against Zhao on one of TYM's servers. He tasks Jensen with finding it, and encodes a TYM employee card with his biometrics so Adam can gain access to the corporations headquarters. Just after this conversation, the Alice Garden Pods are stormed by Belltower troops and Jensen must escape.
Jensen gains access to the lower portion of Tai Yong Medical using the card provided by van Bruggen. The server he is looking for is in the upper half of the building, so he makes his way up through the Pangu, a platform that separates the lower and upper halves of Hengsha. Upon locating the server, Jensen watches the security footage that the hacker talked about. From it, Adam learns that the attack on Sarif HQ six months before was actually to kidnap rather than kill Megan and her team. The recording also mentions that the scientists GPL devices have been disabled, and hints that an "Eliza" is involved.
He immediately sets out to locate Tai Yong's CEO Zhao Yun Ru to demand answers about her involvement with the abductions. When questioned in her penthouse, Zhao claims that she was just a pawn in the situation and that there were other more powerful people that had forced her into doing it. She manipulates Jensen into letting his guard down and uses this moment to escape into her panic room. This alarms the buildings security and the penthouse is soon overrun with Belltower troops. Adam escapes to the helipad where he is airlifted out by Malik.
Jensen interprets the mention of "Eliza" on the security footage as meaning Eliza Cassan, a world famous news anchor for Picus TV. To confront her, he asks Malik to bring him to their Montreal headquarters, Picus Communications. When he arrives, the building is unusually empty. Picus is a twenty four hour media agency so should have employees in the building around the clock. The fire doors have also all been shut. This is because those in charge of the company were alerted beforehand to Jensen's visit, and had the building evacuated before he arrived. Despite its emptiness, Eliza is still in her office and has a brief conversation with Jensen. She tells Adam that she has been watching him ever since being ordered to disrupt satellites over Detroit six months before. This was to disable the Sarif scientists GPL trackers, thus making them appear dead. Adam wants more answers from her and tries to bring her with him. However, when he grabs her hand he realizes that the Eliza he is speaking to is just a hologram.
Adam has walked right into a trap as a team of black-ops mercenaries enter the building right after this conversation. The spike in activity associated with Eliza's hologram originates in an undocumented sub-basement of the building. He makes his way through the Picus Web and Picus TV offices to a funicular that leads to the sub-basement. This part of the building is off limits to regular Picus workers. It is where the company's more clandestine activities take place, such as intentionally fabricating news stories and taking down political figures with smear campaigns. Eventually Jensen reaches the room were the spike in activity originated. Here he discovers Eliza Cassan's true form: a sophisticated artificial intelligence system. She explains that her role is to monitor data streams to see what people are talking about, and to ensure it is being discussed the "correct" way. If it is not, her programming allows her to spin the news so that it is. She is unable to tell Adam who created her, but suspects that Zhao is one of them. One of the Tyrants is preventing her from giving too much information about the Illuminati and their role in the Sarif kidnappings. Once Jensen has defeated the Tyrant Yelena Fedorova, Eliza is free to explain the involvement of Isaias Sandoval in disabling the scientists GPL implants. She shoes him being given orders by Jaron Namir to perform the operation. Eliza also hints that David Sarif knows more about the motivation behind the kidnappings than he lets on.
Back in Detroit, riots have broken out by people protesting human enhancement technology. The streets are unsafe and are patrolled heavily by police. As a result, it is not safe for Jensen to return to Sarif HQ, and instead meets his boss in his own apartment. When confronted, Sarif admits that he suspected why Megan and her team were kidnapped, but was not sure if the elusive "Illuminati" were actually involved. Sarif states that the secret society The anti-augmentation activist William Taggart is currently in Detroit, and is presenting a conference about the dangers of the technology. Sarif asks Jensen to visit the Detroit Convention Center to try to uncover if Taggart had anything to do with the kidnappings.
|William Taggart||Isaias Sandoval||Hugh Darrow|
|Taggart is the leader of the anti-augmentation activists Humanity Front. As a member of the Illuminati, he is involved in spreading propaganda about the danger of augmentations.||Isaias Sandoval is Humanity Front's second in command and therefore a close ally to William Taggart. He is also the brother of Ezekiel Sanders.||Hugh Darrow like Taggart is a member of the Illuminati. He is also the creator of mechanical augmentations and was once a mentor to David Sarif.|
In the Detroit Convention Center, Jensen can choose to confront William Taggart, and demand to know the location of his aid Isaias Sandoval. Otherwise, evidence of his location can be found on Taggart's computer. Using this information, Jensen tracks Sandoval to a make-shift office in the Detroit sewers. After Taggart puts the blame for the abductions and riots on Sandoval, he gives up hope and decides the best course of action is to commit suicide. He knows that he will be put in jail for his involvement with the Sarif scientists kidnappings. Rather than be used any more, he states that he would rather be judged by God in death. Jensen can talk him out of suicide but during the conversation, he learns that Sandoval failed to fully disable the scientists GPL devices. Instead he changed the frequency they were transmitting at to something too low for people to check, so the signal from them went unnoticed. Pritchard uses this information to search for the GPL signals.
Jensen returns to Sarif HQ to tell his boss about what he has found out. However, he is instead greeted by the billionaire Hugh Darrow, the creator of mechanical augmentations. Darrow talks about how far the technology has developed since he created it, and David Sarif's request for him to encourage the UN not to regulate it. He also mentions his geo-engineering project Panchaea, built to curb global warming. Sarif interrupts to inform Jensen that one of the GPL signals has been found, that of Vasili Sevchenko. The signal has been traced to Hengsha, China. Sarif warns that the Illuminati will know that Jensen is arriving since a favor had to be called in from the Department of Defense.
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Chapter 14 - Part 1Edit
The Missing LinkEdit
|Netanya Keitner||Pieter Burke||Garvin Quinn||Tiffany Kavanagh|
|Netanya Keitner is the commander of the Rifleman Bank Station. She is secretly investigating illegal activities there for who she believes is Interpol.||Burke is Director of Special Operations for Belltower and the commander of RBS's detention center. He oversees the OCM Project that is being researched there.||Garvin Quinn is an engineer on Rifleman Bank, but in reality is an undercover Juggernaut Collective agent. His Irish persona is a cover for his true identity.||Tiffany Kavanagh is a VersaLife scientist, sent to the RBS to do research on the OCM project. She questions the ethics of the work she does there.|
Chapter 14 - Part 2Edit
|Declan Faherty||Nia Colvin||Eric Koss|
|Declan Faherty is one of the Sarif Industries scientists that was kidnapped by the Tyrants and forced to work on the Illuminati biochip at Omega Ranch in Singapore.||Colvin is another one of the kidnapped scientists. Unlike Faherty, she claims that she is beginning to enjoy working at Omega Ranch due to the high quality facilities.||Eric Koss is the other remaining kidnapped Sarif scientist, apart from Megan Reed. He finds it difficult to complete his work while being isolated from the other scientists.|