|One Thousand Suns|
Mercer versus the Supreme Hunter.
|Web of Intrigue||Peter Randall|
Wearing the guise of Taggart, Alex Mercer and Cross board the Reagan. They meet up with General Peter Randall, who shoots Mercer, not knowing that it really isn't Taggart at all. Randall then points the gun at Cross' head after being asked about the fate of Blackwatch, at which point Mercer reveals himself. Unfortunately, the countdown has already started, and Randall is the only one who knows the code. Mercer consumes Randall, obtaining his memory. Cross then suddenly turns on Alex, revealing himself to be the Supreme Hunter!
As it turns out, Alex stepped in the puddle of biomass when he rescued Dana from the Core hive, which in turn enabled the Supreme Hunter to regenerate itself. During the time when the base at Battery Park was overrun, the Hunter killed Captain Cross and assumed his identity. Alex now faces off against the Hunter on deck with the Marines and Spectres joining the party. Red Crown Command gives the command for the military to abandon the Reagan, leaving Alex to deal with the Hunter on his own in the short time before the nuke explodes. Once the Supreme Hunter has been critically weakened, Alex uses his Blade to sever the creature's big claw, then rends the Hunter's head from its shoulders.
Knowing that there's not enough time to stop the nuke from detonating, Alex hops in a helicopter and drops the bomb in the ocean, far away from the city. The bomb goes off as Alex flies away, but the line of fire overtakes the copter.
Alex washes up on shore as a puddle of biomass. When a crow tries to consume him, Alex consumes the crow instead, and regenerates. Knowing what has just happened, and what he has become, Alex wonders if there is a place for him in the world...
- "I looked for the truth. Found it. Didn't like it. Wish to hell I could forget it. Alex Mercer... This city suffered for his mistakes, for what he did at Penn Station. And whoever he was - that's a part of me. When I close my eyes, I see the memories of a thousand dead men, screaming as I take their lives. Moments I'll relive forever. What have I become? Something less than human. But also something more."
- ―Alex Mercer[src]
|Two Tickets|| Prototype Missions|