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Brian "Jock" Flanagan is a freelance helicopter pilot, often hired by UNATCO to fly black helicopters. He works closely with Paul and JC Denton.

BackgroundEdit

"Now, Jock is a really great pilot. He can pilot a chopper straight up a cyclone and right down a drainpipe. Well, maybe not really a cyclone, but he knows how to compensate for the updraft over an all-out firestorm, and isn't the least bit fazed when the thick pastic windshield starts buckling from the heat. He can drop you as safe as a kitten into enemy territory, and when you need him to pluck you out of a heavy-fire zone, he'll be there for you. Nap-of-the-earth is almost a real nap for him. He's that good.

More than that, though, Jock is a really great guy. He's not into all this nouveau-macho touchy-feelie crap, but he knows what's important and he's fearless when it comes to doing the right thing. He's more than the guy you call for a combat pick-up, he's someone you can call when you just don't know what to do next. "

- description of Jock to the player, Deus Ex
Jock was a test pilot for the United States Air Force at Groom Lake airbase (Area 51). He was intrigued by the activity in the base - it had been visited by big executives, and many tons of rock were being extracted. He started his personal investigation and soon discovered the existence of the Majestic 12. Although he only uncovered the tip of the iceberg of this vast conspiracy, it was enough to put a scare on him, which pushed him into drinking. He was later expelled from the US Air Force and became a UNATCO pilot entrusted to fly one of the so-called "black helicopters"; low-noise, low-visibility stealth helicopters deployed to assist MJ12 and UNATCO with their covert operations.

He first appears to JC Denton after the first mission in the Underworld Bar at Hell's Kitchen, New York (the only time he can be found apart from his chopper), and for the price of a few drinks, JC learns more about Jock's ambitions. As a longtime pilot for covert operations, Jock is aware of many top-secret forces at work involving ECHELON, Area 51, and other covert government operations. JC is initially skeptical of Jock's claims of massive centralized surveillance and artificial intelligence, but as the game progresses, the proof presents itself. From that point on, he'll be JC's primary method of transportation. After Paul's defection at LaGuardia Airport, he will be ordered to take JC to Hong Kong, to assist the resistance, but he will take him to Hell's Kitchen to meet up with Paul. After JC escapes from the MJ12 base, he will take JC to Hong Kong.

He has an apartment there near Maggie Chow. Prior to the events of the game, Jock was employed by Tracer Tong to spy on Maggie Chow. This is evident by accessing Jock's apartment, which is across the street from Maggie's. There the player can find a set of binoculars and orders of the surveillance. Also, the same building has a rifle hidden on a ledge, though it can't be used from that position. If you read his e-mail in his apartment, it will be revealed that Jock has been ordered by Daedalus to transport JC around.

At Morgan Everett's house, an undercover MJ12 operative disguised as a mechanic will booby trap his helicopter. If the player kills or knocks out the mechanic, Jock will ask JC about his actions, and will search his helicopter after being told to by JC, finding and disarming the bomb. Alternatively, the player can report the mechanic to Everett, and not attack him in any way. Jock will still find the bomb through this route.

If the player keeps the mechanic alive or conscious, and does not report him to Everett, Jock will be killed after dropping JC at Area 51.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Jock is only seen in person briefly.
  • The longtime friendship between Jock and Paul is not expressed to a substantial level.
  • Prior to the events of the game, Jock was employed by Tracer Tong to spy on Maggie Chow. This is evident by accessing Jock's apartment, which is across the street from Maggie's. There the player can find a set of binoculars and orders of the surveillance.
  • Jock may have had another mission involving Maggie Chow. In an e-mail from Paul Denton, when visiting Jock's apartment, Paul writes that if Tracer Tong gives him the word, Jock is to kill Chow.
  • If the player manages to travel on the edges of buildings to a scaffold supporting a sign on Tonnochi road, one will find a sniper rifle, some 30.06 ammo, and a bottle of beer. Since Jock is being charged with the duty of assassinating Chow, it is likely to be his sniping position for doing so.
  • Jock may or may not die in the progress of the game's story by means of sabotage to his helicopter, depending on whether or not the player discovers an infiltration by an MJ12 operative at Morgan Everett's labs.

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