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Enter the Zero

Welcome to New Arkham

City Under Siege

16 hours ago…

The Arklight Corporation receives the information that a letter has been delivered to Mayor Lincoln West. This letter is a declaration of war from a mysterious person or organization. It simply states that as of midnight the City of New Arkham will arrange the release of The Notorious Nine immediately. Every hour that this does not happen an event will be carried out. These events are preventable by the release of the Notorious Nine. The severity of each event will escalate until the city cooperates.

Midnight (T minus 16 hours)

An ambulance explodes enroute to St. Peter’s Hospital in Midtown

One AM (T minus 15 hours)

Three taxis are hijacked in each area of New Arkham: Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown. The all arrive at the New Arkham International Airport, each is carrying a mob enforcer.

Two Am (T minus 14 hours)

A Protectorate Division vehicle with three dead guardsman in it is found on the docks in Downtown.

Three AM (T minus 13 hours)

A firefight breaks out near the Midtown Water Treatment plant, a dozen employees and security are found dead. The access codes have all been reset on the chemical filtration system. It takes 4 hours to get them all fixed and the system calibrated properly.

Four AM (T minus 12 hours)

An Investigative Reporter named Sam Lane and his camera crew are taken by ambulance to the Sheal General Hospital after a drive-by shooting. They have an expose in the morning paper celebrating their commitment to chronicle the success of the recent crime wave and criticize the Arkham Protectors. It is on all the news stands by 6 AM.

Five AM (T minus 11 hours)

A yakuza boss, a mafia lieutenant, and an Irish hitman are all found dead within minutes of each other in Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown respectively.

Six AM (T minus 10 hours)

A news feed is hijacked in New Arkham and the WXZV News Agency broadcasts the names of all businessman that were indicted last year for criminal activities. Coincidentally they were all acquitted. Several of them flee the city, all receive death threats and contact from the Investigative Division

Seven AM (T minus 9 hours)

A tanker truck jackknifes passing through the Sheal area and causes substantial delays getting into the city from the western bridges.

Eight AM (T minus 8 hours)

The letter and an audio recording of it are released to the news agencies and show up on WXZV’s website. Hysteria ensues as people try to decide what to do.

Nine AM (T minus 7 hours)

The resulting gridlock going into and out of the city causes a temporary closure of the underground tunnels. This is fixed by noon. Many accidents and fights breakout as the stress level rises.

Ten AM (T minus 6 hours)

The law firm of Lighter and Bond is evacuated due to a bomb threat. They handle all the current indictments for money laundering for the current year. At 10:45 the top floor of the building explodes.

Eleven AM (T minus 5 hours)

A Protectorate division vehicle is found on fire in each island Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown.

NOON (T minus 4 hours)

A video showing the assassinations of several key mob enforcers is leaked online and via Twitter. The words “Crime Doesn’t Pay” are repeatedly flashed between each video.

One PM (T minus 3 hours)

A New Arkham Marshall and his team are gunned down at a coffee shop immediately following the release of their last apprehension.

Two PM (T minus 2 hours)

The assistant DA Miles Lindenhoff is found in the burn unit of the ST. Peter’s Hospital

Three PM (T minus 1 hour)

A city transit bus explodes while headed for the airport.

42 minutes ago…

A Video is leaked online that shows the symbol and a distorted voice that New Arkham has failed to protect its citizens and will now be shut down.



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