Provost Marchand

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This information contains features that were to be implemented in Issue 24 and was current as of the game's shut down date.

Overview

Provost Marchand
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Provost General of Praetoria
Zone Nova Praetoria
Coordinates (-5871, 329, 709)
Level Range 4-20
Introduced By None
Introduces == Level 4 ==
Deputy Assistant of Information
Chief Interrogator Washington
== Level 9 ==
Mr. G
Interrogator Kang
== Level 15 ==
Dr. Hetzfeld
IVy
Enemy Groups None
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Provost Marchand is a Praetorian contact in the Ellysian Avenue neighborhood of Nova Praetoria at coordinates (-5871, 329, 709).  His level range is 4-20. Provost Marchand is a referral contact for Loyalists, providing missions at levels 4, 8, and 15 to introduce other contacts.

For the missions that he gives after the fall of Praetoria, see Provost Marchand (Primal Earth).

Introductions

Contact Introduced By

  • None

Contact Introduces

Information about each contact is shown in Provost Marchand's missions, below.

Level 4
Level 8
Level 15

Information

Provost General of Praetoria

Provost Marchand owes his life to the regime of Emperor Cole. His current power armor suit is what keeps Marchand alive - without it, he would live for only a few minutes before his entire body shut down. Marchand's main goal is to ensure the peace and prosperity of Praetoria and is willing to get his hands dirty to do so.

Prior to Introduction

I'd love to speak with you, but I have many more things that I need to get done.

Contact Unlocked

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Provost Marchand

You've received a message from Provost Marchand. He wishes to speak to you about further opportunities within the Loyalists.

You can call up Provost Marchand by opening your Contacts window and clicking on the Call button to the right of his portrait.


Initial Contact

Nice to talk with you, Character. My name is Marchand, Provost Marchand. You may have heard of me - I am one of the oldest members of the regime, having been around for all of the Hamidon Wars and even before.

The one thing I seek, above all else, is the safety of Praetoria. Sometimes that means rather... extreme measures. Other times it means ensuring the members of Powers Division get what they need to continue their work.

What exactly do you need?

Greeting

  • Hello, Character. Let's make this conversation short.
  • Character, what can I do for you?

Too Busy

You seem to have many tasks on your plate, Character. Speak to me when you're a little less busy.

Too Low Level

None

No More Missions

At the moment, I have nothing for you. But perhaps more will develop in the future.

Store

Provost Marchand does not sell Inspirations or Enhancements.

Contact Missions

Meet with the Deputy Assistant of Information

Do you know about the Deputy Assistant of Information?

He's an up and comer within the government. He has a lot of ambition and asked me to contact you. Normally, I wouldn't send you his way, but if you're looking for a chance to make a name for yourself here, the Deputy Assistant is the way to go. He has a habit of finding information on things that shouldn't be found.

Deputy Assistant of Information is the start of the Power storyline for the Loyalists. Those who are in Power use the law for their own benefit, whether it be to gain power, fame, or glory. If they do help the people of Praetoria, it's only because it happened to fit into their own plans. People who follow the Power path are often praised by the people as heroes while hiding their true agenda from the masses.

Mission Acceptance

Here's where the Deputy currently is. Be careful when you speak with him, the man can be somewhat...well, let's just say he has an air of desperation to him.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Have you met with the Deputy yet?

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet with the Deputy Assistant of Information

Briefing

It's an honor to meet a fine, upstanding member of the Powers Division such as yourself. No doubt that my good friend Marchand spoke with you? Yes, yes of course.

I'm pleased to begin our working relationship, just as much as you are, I imagine. Shall we get started?

  • Let's get started.


Meet with Chief Interrogator Washington

Do you know about Chief Interrogator Washington? I'm sure he knows about you.

It's his job to keep various departments in Praetoria together and investigate any possible crimes.

He's heard of your work in the Powers Division and wants to start some cases with you.

Chief Interrogator Washington is the start of the Responsibility storyline for Loyalists. Those who follow the path of Responsibility seek to protect the people of Praetoria without oppressing them. They seek to enforce the law for the peace and safety of everyone, not for their own gain.

Mission Acceptance

Be careful with Washington, he has the mind of a jackal and the body of a lion. If you have any thoughts of siding with the terrorists, he'll know right away.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Washington will help you ensure that the people of Praetoria are safe, trust me.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet with Chief Interrogator Washington

Briefing

Hello, Character. My name is Washington, I assume that Marchand has already given you the introductions.

I'll cut to the chase. If you're here talking to me, it means that you're out to help keep Praetoria safe. I can use more people like you by my side. There are too many show-offs in the Powers Division and even the PPD. You can see it reflecting in the state of Praetoria - Destroyers lounging around, even those 'Resistance' scum making their way to the surface.

Someone needs to enforce the law and keep the peace - that's going to be us.

  • Let's get started


Meet with Mr. G

Have you heard of a man called Mr. G, Character?

He's a very powerful man within the government of Praetoria. He focuses his efforts on Imperial City, due to the fast paced nature of the area. You should speak with him if you want to further your career there.

Mr. G is part of the Power storyline for the Loyalists. Those who are in Power use the law for their own benefit, whether it be to gain power, fame, or glory. If they do help the people of Praetoria, it's only because it happened to fit into their own plans. People who follow the Power path are often praised by the people as heroes while hiding their true agenda from the masses.

Mission Acceptance

You can find Mr. G near People's Park. He might seem unassuming, but don't let that fool you. He's a very powerful man.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Have you spoken with Mr. G yet?

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet with Mr. G

Briefing

Pleasure to meet you, Character, absolute pleasure. I've heard all about you, all about you. I think you and I will go very far in our business together, very far.

  • Perhaps we will.


Meet with Interrogator Kang

Imperial City has become a rat's nest of crime over the past few weeks. I'm assigning you to work with Ray Kang, an Interrogator who is working a case that has recently become one of TPN's top stories. Assist Kang in solving the case in a timely manner, public opinion is showing signs of wavering according to the latest data provided by Praetor Tilman.

Interrogator Kang continues the Responsibility storyline for Loyalists. Those who follow the path of Responsibility seek to protect the people of Praetoria without oppressing them. They seek to enforce the law for the peace and safety of everyone, not for their own gain.

Mission Acceptance

I trust you and Kang will be able to clean up Imperial City.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Have you spoken with Kang yet?

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet with Interrogator Kang

Briefing

Marchand informed me that you might be lending me a hand on this case, Character. I appreciate it, really.

The boys in the PPD seem to forget that we're all in this mess together, and if we're going to make a real difference, it's going to happen because of teamwork. The bad guys seem to understand this, I just hope it isn't too late for our side.

Well, I don't aim to make this case a publicity stunt, but it may well just turn out that way. We've got ourselves a serial killer on the lose, and TPN is having a field day with it.

Let's get to work.

  • Agreed, let's get moving.


Meet with Dr. Hetzfeld

I've been contacted by a brilliant scientist in Neutropolis by the name of Dr. Hetzfeld. He's made no secret of his displeasure with Praetor Berry as head of the Science Academy, and honestly, I have to agree with him. Hetzfeld has decades of solid research under his belt, while Berry is more of a 'shoot from the hip' kind of guy. But before I blather on about politics, Hetzfeld asked for you specifically. He's been following your career and believes that you are exactly what he's been looking for in his latest research project.

Dr. Hetzfeld is part of the Power storyline for the Loyalists. Those who are in Power use the law for their own benefit, whether it be to gain power, fame, or glory. If they do help the people of Praetoria, it's only because it happened to fit into their own plans. People who follow the Power path are often praised by the people as heroes while hiding their true agenda from the masses.

Meet with Dr. Hetzfeld

Splendid. I'll let the good doctor know that you are on your way to meet him. Oh, as an aside, don't be alarmed by his, um, 'personal augmentations'. He believes that if Praetor Berry's neural enhancement were applied to a real scientist then the results would be phenomenal. As such, he has been pursuing just such a breakthrough on himself. It can be a little... unsettling.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet with Dr. Hetzfeld

Briefing

Don't worry, unlike that butcher, Neuron, I believe in extensively testing my inventions before implementation. Do you think I'd rewire my own brain without testing the equipment first? Unlike Neuron, I actually have something to lose upstairs.

Good to know



Meet with android IVy

The state of Neutropolis has degraded over the past few months, mainly due to the behavior of Praetor Berry. He is a brilliant man, but never bothers to repair what he has created, preferring to move on to the next 'big project'. The people that live in Neutropolis send many of their requests to an android he created some time ago for such a purpose. Its name is IVy. If you want to do some good in Neutropolis, I would contact IVy to see what information she has. I doubt that Praetor Berry bothers to check her tasklist anymore; most likely she has a long backlog of people who could use your help.

IVy continues the Responsibility storyline for Loyalists. Those who follow the path of Responsibility seek to protect the people of Praetoria without oppressing them. They seek to enforce the law for the peace and safety of everyone, not for their own gain.

Meet with the android IVy

Praetor Berry programmed IVy with a peculiar personality. Be careful when you're dealing with it.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet with IVy

Briefing

I am welcoming you to the utopia of Neutropolis. Praetor Berry has designated me to file all issues that the people of this prosperous city send to me! Please state in a clear and slow tone what you need.

I am hearing that you were sent here by Provost Marchand to aid in the clearing of my task list? Affirmative! I shall begin loading up said tasklist for you now.

Alright then.


Missions

The Rift Enclosure

Character, as I'm sure you're fully aware, Emperor Cole is planning on a massive invasion into Primal Earth.

As commander of the military, I would like to do my best to avoid any sort of conflict if we can. I know nearly every member of our military, at least the human ones, by name. If I can avoid putting them in harms way, all the better. It is why I want you to act as an ambassador of sorts for us in Primal Earth.

They all believe that all Praetorians are evil, that we seek to destroy them. With that mentality, it will be impossible for us to avoid any kind of war, which is exactly what Emperor Cole believes. However, if we can show them that not all of us are evil, that we are just simply concerned about their chaos, then perhaps peace can be made.

Completing this mission will send your character into Primal Earth and out of Praetoria. If you have any other business to finish in Praetoria, now would be the time to do it.

How would I get to Primal Earth?

Through the Rift Enclosure beneath Keyes Island. It is one of the many projects that Anti-Matter has been working on. We currently have two portals beneath there. One of them leads to a location in Paragon City, the other goes into the Rogue Isles. The choice of where you go is up to you, though I would heavily suggest going to Paragon City. They will be the ones that can be more easily convinced that we are on their side, that some of us here in Praetoria do not wish to wipe them all out.

The Rogue Isles, on the other hand, is a place where only scum and villainy live. Arachnos will not see any reason, not until they are destroyed. To go to the Rogue Isles would not help anyone but yourself; it is only a place where one would go to seek to increase their own power.

I implore you to make the right choice, Character, if you truly care for the safety of Praetoria and Primal Earth.

Unnecessary Solicitation

I cannot make the choice for you, Character. I can only hope you make the best choice possible.

Mission Objective(s)

You travel deep beneath the Keyes Island before you arrive to this room, the crossroads between the portal to Paragon City and the portal to the Rogue Isles.

  • Go through the Rift Enclosure (Single Player)

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Rift Enclosure

Your time in Praetoria is coming to an end...

... and now, the choice of your new life in Primal Earth lays before you.

You know now, that Cole intends to wipe out all supers in Primal Earth, believing it is for the safety of those in Praetoria.

Will you go to Paragon City to try and prevent Cole's invasion? To try to ensure that no innocents in Praetoria or Primal Earth come to harm?

Or will you go to the Rogue Isles to seek your own power and glory, allowing Cole to do as he wishes? Or, perhaps, to rival his own power?

Moral Choice

Players are presented with a moral choice: to go to Paragon City or go to the Rogue Isles.

  • Go to Paragon City. Become a Hero. There may still be time to save the innocents of Primal Earth from Cole's invasion, if you can convince them that not all Praetorians seek to destroy their way of life. You'll have to go to Primal Earth and help the people there in any way, shape, or form in order to show them the goodness that resides within Praetoria. Perhaps then, Cole will see that an invasion doesn't have to happen, that the war effort can be used to help secure Praetoria from monsters like the Hamidon. (As your own story unfolds on Primal Earth, you will have opportunities to switch sides.)
  • Go to the Rogue Isles. Become a Villain. Why would you want to go to help the people of Primal Earth when all they've shown is disdain and hatred towards Praetoria? If you go to the Rogue Isles, you can carve out your own destiny, your own path for power, for glory, for whatever you want. When the time comes that Cole invades, you'll either join alongside him, or fight him off using your new found power. (As your own story unfolds on Primal Earth, you will have opportunities to switch sides.)

Go to Paragon City

Mission Objective(s)

  • Go through the Rift Enclosure (Single Player)
    • Speak with the PPD Representative
    • Speak with whoever awaits through the portal

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PPD Representative

Briefing

Character, I'm here on behalf of Provost Marchand to help make your transition into Primal Earth a smooth one. He commends your choice for moving forward to help keep the peace on Praetoria.

There are a few things you need to know before going into Primal Earth.

What do I need to know?

Primal Earth is a somewhat more... chaotic place than Praetoria. Specifically, Paragon City is faced with many threats a daily basis. We will be placing you on the center of the action, as they say, in a place called Talos Island. There, you will be on your own to help, protect the people of Paragon and prove that we are a force of good. I will give you a quick combat analysis of some of the groups you will be facing in Paragon City.

Alright, who will I be facing?

One of the chief threats, as you may have seen already, is Arachnos. I'm sure you're fairly familiar with them. Next we have two warring groups, , the Council and the 5th Column. Both seek complete domination of the world and have attempted to do so numerous times.

The two groups are constantly fighting each other in Paragon and many innocent civilians are dragged into their battles. Taking the fight to them will help lower the chaos and destruction that Cole sees in Primal Earth.

Who else will I be facing?

There is the Freakshow, a group of anarchists who love nothing more than destruction. I assume you're seeing a pattern here, correct? They fight with cybernetic implants and constantly recruit those youths in Paragon who share their same ideals. As you can see, the youth in such a world are worse off than our own.

Here, they only risk being recruited by the Resistance. In Primal Earth, nearly every major group seeks to bolster their ranks by manipulating those too naive to see through their lies. I should mention, also, that Primal Earth also faces a threat that we are all too familiar with: Hamidon.

Hamidon is in Primal Earth as well?

Yes, though it is contained to a place called The Hive. At least, the center of the beast is. Many of its creatures roam through Paragon City, seeking to destroy the very fabric of it. I sincerely believe it is only a matter of time until they face the same catastrophic events that we encountered during the Hamidon Wars.

Those are the main groups you should be aware of.

If you find yourself in Paragon City and do not have anyone direct to help, you can check a police scanner that you will receive when you go through. The scanner will allow you to pick up any crimes in the area that are happening. As you can see, their police force is much more... loose than ours in handling crime. By following the scanner long enough, you will surely be able to find the source of a major plot by one of the hundreds of villains running rampant in Paragon. Doing so will gain you the attention of a number of people who could use your help. It's a primitive way of doing things, but that's why we call them Primals.

Understood. Anything else I should be aware of?

Only one thing. We have intelligence to believe that there is a group on the other side called SAM who are already on the look out for you. It appears there is someone who looks exactly like you causing chaos in Primal Earth.

I would seek out this agent as soon as you enter Talos and put a stop to this as soon as you can. Clearly, someone is aware that we seek to improve the image of Praetoria in Paragon and is moving against us as we speak.

I'll make sure to do that



(Characters have an opportunity to say their goodbyes to some people they have met in Praetoria, before stepping through the Rift Enclosure; who you meet depends on what path and contacts you chose in Praetoria.)


Briefing

Hello, Character. I have to say it's surprising to see one of the Powers Division here in Primal Earth. I can only assume that Marchand wants to make an attempt to form peace here.

Emperor Cole? What are you doing here?

That's my own business, Character. I have to wonder, however, about your own loyalty to Praetoria. Are you truly fine with putting our fair city at risk of being invaded first by these creatures of destruction in Primal Earth?

1- I have killed good people in the name of Praetoria, Cole. Don't question -my- loyalty
2- My own loyalty? You have -no- idea, what I've been through.

1- I have killed good people in the name of Praetoria, Cole. Don't question -my- loyalty

And yet here you are now, seeking to stop more deaths from happening. Your hands are already stained with blood, Character, much like mine. But we both have done all of these things to protect what we believe in, to protect Praetoria.

That is why I fought Hamidon, to protect the world. That is why I have made Praetoria as it is today, to protect the people from themselves.

From themselves?

2- My own loyalty? You have -no- idea, what I've been through

I believe I can have some semblance of what you've been through. Much like myself, I imagine. Hardships, pains, difficulties. And all of it was in the name of Praetoria, was it not? To protect the people, to protect the city?

I have done all the same, Character, only for myself, it was to protect the world. That is why I stepped forward to save this world from Hamidon, and that is why I have taken such measures to protect the people of Praetoria from the chaotic nature of humanity.

You're protecting the people from themselves?

Yes, Character. People are weak. At least when it comes to doing the right thing. That is why you cannot give them the choice to do what is wrong. I have done so in Praetoria, and look at how it has flourished. Primal Earth, however, allos this to continue, even with some of the worst examples of humanity. That is why it must be wiped away. They know of our perfect world and already, as you have seen, they seek to destroy us.

People, when left to their own free will, will seek only to destroy that which is good, that which is pure, Character. I will not give them the option to do that. I will strike them down before they can actand ensure that no others ever get the chance to make that choice, the choice to destroy. Humanity cannot be trusted with that choice of destruction; only someone like myself can.

1- They may be weak, Cole, but they deserve a chance to live.
2- Maybe you don't believe in humanity anymore, Cole, but I still do.

1- They may be weak, Cole, but they deserve a chance to live.

Those who are in Praetoria deserve the chance to live, Character. But not the people in Primal Earth. They have gone for far too long believing in their own way of life. I cannot simply go in there and have them change. No, doing so would be far too difficult and would risk the lives of those in Prateoria.

The only way this can end is for all those in Primal Earth who can stand against me to be wiped out. The others will be assimilated into the new Praetorian society on Primal Earth. I will not hesitate to have my army turn on you, Character, if you choose to fight in the side of Primals. But I believe that your time in Primal Earth will show you the true, rotting nature of humanity and the horrors that it's capable of.

And you? What are you going to do?

2- Maybe you don't believe in humanity anymore, Cole, but I still do.

Cole smiles for a brief moment before his face returns to a neutral expression

You remind me of myself, Character, so long ago. I, too, once believed that humanity was good, that it could band together and be saved from the horrors that it was capable of. But this isn't true, Character. I have learned this the hard way. You, too, shall learn this the hard way as well. Your time on Primal Earth will show you the true nature of humanity. That I am sure of.

And what are you going to do?

I have other matters to attend to, Character. This will be the last time you will see me for some time. When we meet again, it will be either be with you by my side as we enter Primal Earth, or you staring down one of the War Walkers. Make your choice wisely.

I already have, Cole.


Go to the Rogue Isles

Mission Objective(s)

  • Go through the Rift Enclosure (Single Player)
    • Speak with the PPD Representative
    • Speak with whoever awaits through the portal


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PPD Representative

Briefing

Character, I see you've chosen to go to the Rogue Isles. I'm with you in your thoughts, believe me. Primal Earth is full of nothing but chaos and destruction, but it doesn't mean that it isn't ripe for opportunity.

I'll give you a brief rundown of what you can expect when you go through to the Rogue Isles.

Alright then.

The Rogue Isles are 'ruled' by Arachnos. I use that term in the loosest sense possible, given how powerful our Emperor Cole is. You will, unfortunately, have to deal with them many times while you are in the Rogue Isles. Luckily, we have an agent on the inside, one you will meet shortly. But suffice to say, you will have to put up with a lot from this organization while you are in the Isles.

Just know, however, that they are all beneath you and every single Praetorian that inhabits this city.

I'll keep that in mind. What else?

If you find yourself lacking someone to... let's say, 'help you move forward', you can use the newspaper in the Rogue Isles to look for plenty of opportunities. These can range from simply beating down anyone who would seek to take you down to stealing valuable items to use for yourself. Doing enough of these tasks will lead you to people who you can properly use to further your own power within the Rogue Isles, though I would keep my eye on them. They all think like Primals and would try to take advantage of you just as soon as you'd take advantage of them.

So, I will have no allies in the Rogue Isles?

You may have some allies, yes. You can try to build your own base of power, but I would be careful. Many have tried, but only few have succeeded. Even if you do so, you may be seen by our great Emperor as a threat to be disposed of when the invasion happens.

I'll bear that in mind. Anything else?

That would be it. We have an ally of ours waiting on the other side of the rift. Proceed through to meet with them.

I'll do that.



(Characters have an opportunity to say their goodbyes to some people they have met in Praetoria, before stepping through the Rift Enclosure; who you meet depends on what path and contacts you chose in Praetoria.)



Mission Objective(s)

    • Speak with whoever awaits through the portal

Briefing

Hello. You would be Character, correct? Good to meet you.

I am Viridian, spymaster for Arachnos and the head of Project: Praetoria. Not the most creative of titles, but I'm not a man who is concerned about 'creativity'. I've been informed that you wish to enter the Rogue Isles. I am in place to help bring you in.

I'm not working for Arachnos, if that's what you're proposing.

I don't imagine you'd work for anyone, Character. I'm here to ensure that Arachnos remains a lucrative ally for you and any other Praetorian that is coming through to Primal Earth. I'm well aware of your Emperor Cole's plans for an invasion. To have you not on his side will benefit all of us in the end.

So, what are you going to offer me?

First, the title of 'Destined One'. I've put your name into the list that Kalinda has. Not a real difficult thing for me to accomplish, as you may imagine. Being a Destined One within the Rogue Isles will grant you certain priveleges and also a certain air of power. Some in Arachnos will respect you for it, though most will still be willing to bash your head in.

You can do whatever you want with this title. Ignore it, go along with it, or anything. But it is yours, should you wish to utilize the benefits that come with it.

Fair enough. What else?

I've seeded word of your name into various groups that work within the Rogue Isles. Though they may not have encountered you, they already believe you're a force to be reckoned with. It may not be the best start, but there is a man who will help you get started on your path in Sharkhead Isle. His name is Dean MacArthur. He will be able to get you whatever it is you want as you get started within the Isles.

Alright. And what about you?

Myself? I'll be working from the shadows, Character. Perhaps in the future, you and I will work together. There is a lot going on behind the scenes in this project of mine, much of which is not exactly... fully revealed to the Arbiters.

Should an opportunity arise that can benefit both you and myself, I will contact you. But for now, I shall keep your true origin a secret, so long as you agree to keep this little meeting of ours secret. Lord Recluse is not extremely happy with the idea of Praetorians in the Rogue Isles, given how Cole operates. It is best to keep your true nature a secret until you've built up enough power.

Oh, and just so we keep this formal. Welcome to the Rogue Isles.

... Thanks.


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