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Lucius DeBeers is the Prima Illuminatus (head of the ruling Council of Five of the Illuminati) during the 2020s and is one of the antagonists in Deus Ex games and media set in the 2020s.

BiographyEdit

Early yearsEdit

DeBeers has been a member of the Illuminati since the 20th century, and potentially even acted as its leader since then. During his rule, he ordered the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert in 1963 and 1968, respectively.

2027 Edit

In the events of Icarus Effect, which take place in 2027, DeBeers is living in a fifteenth century home in Geneva, Switzerland. Because of his age, he requires regular treatments from Dr. Roman, whom he strongly dislikes. However, the treatments are necessary to maintain his leadership of the group because the others, his protégé Morgan Everett first among them, watch for his possible weaknesses. During a conversation with the holographic busts of five men and two women (data tags showed their locations: Hengsha, Paris, Dubai, Washington, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York), drinking his favorite Saint Helena coffee, they report on the progress of the "their plan".[1]

During the events of Icarus Effect, the Illuminati deploy the Tyrants to assassinate William Taggart of Humanity Front in Geneva, which would make him a martyr for the anti-augmentation cause and push for a vote on UN regulation. The operation is foiled by Ben Saxon, Anna Kelso, and the Juggernaut Collective led by Janus.[1]

After the Tyrants' operation in Geneva, DeBeers meets Morgan Everett at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They recollect about the operation. Morgan claims that, even with Taggart alive, the assassination attempt has pushed the United Nations to hold a conference on regulating Mechanical Augmentation. They also speak of Bob Page, Morgan's apprentice, whom Everett notes is working on the "biochip initiative." They speak of several other plans for the near future, including the cure for AIDS, the "D Project" and an experiment with manipulating the California Fault line. Finally, in light of the losses taken by Juggernaut Collective and their allies, as well as the apparent disappearance of Saxon and Kelso following the events in Geneva, DeBeers tells Everett that Janus is of no concern, and that they have successfully dismantled Janus' Juggernaut Collective.[1]

After the Tyrants attack Sarif Industries Headquarters, DeBeers tries to make contact with Sarif Industries CEO David Sarif, but Sarif tells his Executive Assistant Athene Margoulis by e-mail to block all future calls from DeBeers "regardless of how much money he has."[2]

Late 2028 and early 2029 Edit

In late 2028, DeBeers is in a private meeting with Elizabeth DuClare at Hotel Imperioli in Sorrento, Italy. DuClare's role as de facto head of the World Health Organization has given her access to experimental medical systems to help DeBeers fight off the ravages of time and illness, creating a special bond between them. DeBeers' actual age is his most closely guarded secret.[3]

During the meeting, they talk about the other members of the Council, and of Janus and his Juggernaut Collective, who strikes Illuminati's grand, complex plan for mankind. DeBeers acknowledges to Elizabeth DuClare that Janus is an uncommon foe, given the precise and perfectly pitched nature of recent occurrences tied to the Collective, including the their leak of secret activity at the Rifleman Bank Station. DeBeers admits that in his earlier meeting with Everett, he had prematurely declared victory over the Juggernaut Collective. DuClare tells DeBeers that she has formulated a plan of action to uncover Janus, by playing a subtle and lengthy game.[3]

At this time, DeBeers suspects that Page may find the courage to oust him some time in the future, if the conditions are right. However, he knows that Stanton Dowd will never make such a move, because Dowd is too comfortable in his current position.[3]

In early 2029, the Illuminati attempt to extract military-grade augmentations from the Sarif Industries Manufacturing Plant, now abandoned since the Aug Incident, for use in operations in Europe. However, this operation ultimately ends in a failure as a result of interference by Adam Jensen, who defeats a team of Illuminati operatives and causes the military-grade augmentations to be destroyed in a train crash. After the failed operation, DeBeers contacts DuClare and tells her that further errors of judgement by anyone will not be tolerated, thus placing blame on DuClare presumably for failing to bring the Jensen situation under control after Jensen had escaped from a facility in Alaska run by the World Health Organization. DuClare cuts off DeBeers, and shatters an antique clock with a jolt of anger.[3]

Later 2029 Edit

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DeBeers meeting with the Council and Bob Page

Later in 2029, the Illuminati deploy Shadow Operatives to ambush an arms deal in Dubai. The Shadow Operatives surprise Task Force 29 (with Adam Jensen now in their ranks), who were there to intercept the deal.[4] Afterwards, DeBeers holds a secret meeting using Neural SubNet to discuss recent and upcoming matters. The meeting is attended by all the other members of the Council of Five, as well as Bob Page. During the meeting, DeBeers reminds the group that their long-term goal of maintaining order and stability has veered off-course as a result of the societal schism caused by the Aug Incident. DeBeers then demands that disruptive elements must be excised.

The Council proceeds to discuss the Human Restoration Act, which the United Nations is set to vote on soon. Volkard Rand, one of the Council members, states that he will go to New York to rally support for the passage of the Act. DeBeers agrees, and tells Stanton Dowd to accompany Rand. Rand, Dowd, and Elizabeth DuClare log off from the meeting, leaving DeBeers with Morgan Everett and Page. Everett argues that Rand and Dowd won't succeed in getting the Act to pass, and notes that Nathaniel Brown (the CEO of the Santeau Group, a corporation currently building a safe-haven for the augmented) is an unknown factor in this scenario. DeBeers acknowledges this, and tells Everett that they are already proceeding with the alternate strategy, later revealed to involve the orchestration of terrorist incidents intended to ensure the passage of the Human Restoration Act. Page tells DeBeers that everything is in place. In response, DeBeers tells Page that it is his chance to deliver. DeBeers remarks that "Dubai laid the foundations," suggesting that having Jensen's TF29 team witness the attack by the Shadow Operatives was part of the plan. At the end of the conversation, DeBeers instructs Page to proceed by activating the "sleeper cell," a group of agents embedded in the Augmented Rights Coalition (ARC). This group would later orchestrate the bombing of the Růžička Station in Prague and the assassination of ARC leader Talos Rucker.[5] After Rucker is assassinated using the Orchid, Shadow Operatives acting under the instructions of Page attack Nathaniel Brown's Safe Harbour Convention held in London. The attack succeeds in framing ARC as a terrorist group, but the Human Restoration Act may or may not pass, depending on whether Jensen is able to prevent the assassination of Brown and the UN delegates attending the convention.

After the events in London, the DeBeers holds another Neural SubNet meeting with the other Council members, along with Bob Page. Rand voices his anger, stating that they all should have been "informed" of the actions of others, presumably referring to the actions that DeBeers had instructed Page to put into play. DeBeers tells Rand that the recent actions were only adjustments that typically occur on the field. After DeBeers adjourns the meeting, DuClare's avatar switches to that of Delara Auzenne. Auzenne tells DeBeers that DuCulare sends her regards, and report that Jensen's memories are currently consistent with their objectives of utilizing Jensen to unveil Janus. DeBeers remarks that it's only a matter of time before Janus is unveiled.[6]

By 2029, DeBeers is the richest person in the world.

At this point, DeBeers is preparing to go into cryostasis due to his increasingly deteriorating health. His doctor, Dr. Roman, observes that DeBeers needs to be carried to bed. Everett supports placing DeBeers in cryostasis, but Page argues that it would be safer to let DeBeers die of natural causes rather than keeping him alive in stasis.[7]

2052Edit

"By one set of criteria, Lucius DeBeers is the most powerful man on earth. He is, after all, the long-time head of the Illuminati, the organization that has controlled human civilization for centuries. By another, and probably more accurate measure, Lucius DeBeers is a human Popsicle.

About the time that the fortunes of the Illuminati began to decline sharply, and MJ12 first begun to quietly exert overt influence, 'by remarkable coincidence' Lucius DeBeers became deathly ill. His protégé in the organization, Morgan Everett, offered to keep Lucius safe in a form of cryogenic suspension. The system Everett devised kept Lucius's physical systems totally inert, while still allowing him to think and even speak. It must be a cold hell for DeBeers, but he would have never got to the position he attained if his survival instincts weren't miles beyond those of ordinary people. And he does keep busy... Everett often comes to him for advice and guidance. Will DeBeers ever be released from his icy prison to resume his rightful place on the seat of power? Of course he will. Morgan promised, didn't he?"

- description of Lucius DeBeers, Deus Ex
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Lucius with JC

In 2052, DeBeers can be found in a cryo pod in Morgan Everett's house, now a shadow of what it once was. He was put there under the false impression that when the technology was invented to help cure his ailment, Everett would restore him to his former glory. However, unbeknownst to DeBeers, the technology has already been around for some time, and Everett has no intention of ever reviving him. You can tell DeBeers the truth about Everett's deception or lie to him and tell him that Everett is still with him. If you tell him the truth, DeBeers will ask you to power down his pod, euthanizing him. Everett will scold you via infolink if you do this, but besides that, he will do nothing else. An e-mail message from DeBeers to Bob Page can be found on a computer terminal in Area 51.

TriviaEdit

  • His name alludes to the powerful real life De Beers diamond cartel that in the past controlled roughly 90% of the world's diamond production. De Beers has been accused and condemned by human rights activists, economic analysts, and conspiracy theorists for a number of both confirmed and unconfirmed controversies.
  • He refers to himself as "The Supreme Enlightened" and "The One,", names which are similar to those given to Siddhārtha Gautama such as the "Supreme Buddha" and "The Enlightened One."
  • Despite being from southern England, he has a slight southern United States accent in Deus Ex. However, in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, he has a fairly neutral British accent.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Deus Ex: Icarus Effect
  2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (This conversation can be seen on her computer when she isn't at work)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Deus Ex: Black Light
  4. Black Market Buy (mission in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided)
  5. "Green Light" (pocket secretary)
  6. Mid-credits scene in Mankind Divided.
  7. "RE: Important Matters" (email in Picus corporate vault computer)

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