The barcode (640509-040147) means: 64 (year of birth), 05 (day of birth), 09 (month of birth) - 04 (series), 01 (class), 47 (number of chromosomes).
Hitman: Codename 47
In the 1950's, a man known as Otto Ort-Meyer begins to delve into practicing cloning after being laughed at by the scientific community. Apparently he discovered the secrets of chromosomes and altered them, and so he makes different "series" of clones, with the number of altered chromosomes being the number he assigns the clones.
In the 60s, Ort-Meyer creates series 4, of which only a single clone is known to exist. In the next 30 years, the only series 4 clone, 47 is raised unusually and taught how to kill. In this time, all of the clones have bar-codes inserted onto the back of their heads for identification and tracking purposes. Of the clones known to have survived, there is 17, 47, and 48 (17 and 48 are not indicating number of chromosomes here).
Around 1998 or 1999 I'd guess, 47 finally learns all that Ort-Meyer had wanted him to. He escapes from the lab and somehow comes into contract with ICA (aka The Agency) who hires him as a Hitman. The escape and the contact with The Agency was all part of Ort-Meyer's plan though. This is hinted at the end of the first level in Codename 47, when Ort-Meyer laugh's while seeing 47 escape on a monitor.
Over the next year or two, 47 takes out Lee Hong in Hong Kong, Pablo Ochoa in Columbia, Frantz Fuchs in Budapest, and Boris (aka Arkadij Jegorov) in Rotterdam. The strange thing is he notices that these men were all in possession of letters that were exchanged between each other and talked of creating an army of totally obedient super-soldiers, and a Professor who was working on it. 47 and, furthermore, the Agency begin looking into this. Apparently all of them, including a Professor Otto Ort-Meyer (the client) all served together in the French Legion.
In the year 2000, after all of these hits, the Agency learns that all of these hits were connected and that they were ALL requested by the same client, who NOW wants 47. He's going to be payed an outrageous sum (compared to previous hits) to go to an Asylum in Romania and take out a single doctor (hence the level name "The Setup"). When 47 arrives at this Asylum, he checks in under his usual alias of "Tobias Rieper" and the security guard tips off the "Professor" that "Mr. Rieper has arrived.", to which the Professor calls the Romanian Police and requests the SWAT team. 47 takes out the Doctor and explores the Asylum, once again finding the CIA Agent he had helped out before. As we all know, our Hitman is a clone and this is the point in time when such information is revealed to him. The CIA Agent leads 47 to a secret staircase under the elevator which leads to a secret laboratory.
Downstairs in the Laboratory, Professor Ort-Meyer's booming voice echos out. Seems he doesn't like clones who can think for themselves. He sends out several series 48s, who don't think for themselves, to kill 47. Luckily, 47 finds a powerful Minigun stashed in one of the lab rooms and uses it to take care of the otherwise superior clones. When they are all dead, 47 searches around the lab. It all becomes clear to 47. He finds a chamber where there are clones being grown with specific names on them. Otto Ort-Meyer, Frantz Fuchs, Pablo Ochoa, Lee Hong, and Arkadij Jegorov. He learns that he is cloned from the sum strengths of these men and further altered.
Having learned this, and after having been betrayed by his insane creator who wants totally obedient clone-slaves who won't question anything, 47's new objective is revenge. Using the body of a dead clone to pass the scanning chamber, 47 enters the Professor's personal area and kills him. After this, he escapes per "Asylum Aftermath" level in Contracts.
This is the end of Codename 47.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
The game opens by a cutscene where a mystery man and a russian man named Sergei Zavarotko are talking Sergei's brother, Arkadij Jegorov. The mystery man explains he was cloned, and Sergei wonders who would want to clone a fool like his brother. The mystery man offers to take Sergei to where this took place, and they then head to the Asylum in Romania. There they find the surveillance tapes of Mr. 47 killing many of the Asylum's inhabitants and the SWAT teams that were sent in. Sergei wonders who the man in the tapes is, and the mystery man explains that it's Mr. 47. Sergei then wonders if he's for hire, and the mystery man again offers to find him, presumably for some hefty cash.
Sometime later, assumed after the Asylum incident, 47 disappears. Apparently he joined up with some church to try to lead an honest life away from the contract killing. One day, unfortunately, the priest who runs this church, and is also a friend to Mr. 47 is kidnapped by a local mob boss.
47 gets back in Contact with the Agency who thinks he is dead and offers to do a job for the information that will help him get his friend, Father Vittorio back. He kills the Mob boss who kidnapped Vittorio only to find that Vittorio is not there. 47 agrees on taking more contracts but only if The Agency keeps on searching for his friend, and if he is paid a huge sum of money for each hit. They agree on his conditions.
From there he goes on to kill 4 Russian Generals for a "client" who wishes to get rid of some kind of evidence. After killing the 4th general and escaping with a suitcase, he opens the suitcase to learn that they had a friend in Japan. This friend is none other than the weapons dealer Masahiro Hayamoto, his next target. In Japan he kills Hayamoto's son, and then follows the trail to kill Hayamoto himself in the valleys of Japen. He steals Hayamoto's missile guidance system again, for the same client.
In Malaysia, a hacker named Charlie Sidjan apparently stole some important military software and was requested to be eliminated. This software can apparently disable a country's missile defence system. 47 kills both Charlie and his twin brother. The client learns that someone ELSE had in turn stolen something from him, and again sends 47 to Punjab to take care of some more business. 47 there kills some local terrorist militia officers and figureheads, then secures a helipad to get the nuclear device they stole back to the client. Again the client finds himself betrayed, this time by a cult near India.
47 is again sent into action, to kill the cult leader. After he does so, however, 47 finds a man who looks like himself shooting a silenced pistol at him as he makes his escape. The client, Sergei Zavarotko is somehow then exposed by the Media. Enraged, he wondered how he could have been exposed even though everyone else involved with his terrorism who knew anything is now dead, thanks to 47. The mystery man, still working with Sergei, suggests that perhaps Mr. 47 knew and exposed him. Again, 47 has been used and targetted by the person who has used him.
The Agency decides that since Sergei is now a wanted man, they would pay 47 for a hit on Sergei to boost their standing with several world powers for more business. 47 is sent to St. Petersburg again where he killed the first Russian General to take Sergei out. Unfortunately, 47 finds that Sergei is not there. Instead, he finds another "brother", a clone like himself was sent there to kill HIM. After disposing of the clone, Mr. 47 talks to Sergei over the headset the clone was wearing to find out that the clone is Mr. 17, and that Sergei has Vittorio. 47 makes his escape and heads back to where it all began, Gontranno in sicily.
In a fierce shoot-out, 47 kills all of Sergei's bodyguards, and then Sergei himself. The priest, Vittorio, unfortunately appears to be dying and his wish is for 47 to lead a "righteous life", but 47 knows his skills can best be used elsewhere. He hands 47 a crucifix, which 47 leaves on the gate of the church as he leaves. He's decided to follow his own path, and do what he feels is right, what he feels is justice. After all, Vittorio must have somehow given his presence up if even the Agency thought he was dead after all this time. He trusts no one now.
This is the end of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
My opinion is that Sergie was hired by the Indian cult leader to obtain a nuke, a Missile Guidance System and the software to turn off a missile defense system. Proof: Sergie says after 'The Graveyard Shift" that he is double-crossed by his own client who is apparently located in India.
To do this, Sergie had help from his old KGB friends, the 4 generals. But he wanted the money for himself, so when he got the information he needed, he wanted them dead. This is the reason for the St. Petersburg hits.
Then he needed the guidance system, and that's the reason for the Japan hits.
When he sent 47 to Malaysia to obtain the software, it was stolen by the Indian cult leader, so he didn't need to pay for it.
In Nuristan again, the chopper that Sergie sent to get the nuke was stolen by the cult leaders people, and he was double crossed once again.
So the natural move for Sergie is of course to put a hit on the cult leader in India, and this is what he does.
The Mystery Man then exposed Sergie to the media and told Sergie that 47 did it, so Sergie used 17 to attempt to kill 47.
First off, the flashbacks in this game are all products of 47's mind, so if you want to know what really happened in some of these levels, play Codename 47.
Sometime after Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, 47 is given a routine hit in Paris, and he has 3 targets. He is to kill them an opera house. He kills the first two targets, but the third is somehow onto him and puts a bullet into him. 47 escapes to his hotel room, wondering about this "Inspector Fournier" who shot him. He seemed to know about 47, or at least about him to be cautious. There, 47 has flashbacks to many of his previous missions as he drifts in and out of consciousness. An unknown man comes to patch him up a bit through the course of this and brings him a suitcase with a change of clothes and some equipment.
As he regains consciousness completely, and is fit enough to leave, he discovers that SWATs from the french Metro Police have surrounded the building. He seems to think it odd that the Inspector knows so much about him, and decides that the Inspector has learned too much and must die, even if it means 47's life. 47 works his magic and slips past the SWATs using disguises acquired from lone officers and/or paramedics in the area. He manages to kill Fournier undetected in the confusion and leaves the area, heading for the airport.
On the airplane, he meets Diana who explains the Agency is losing support and all because of him. However, she has an idea of who it is and the Agency will be paying 47 to take care of it. 47 remarks that it's some serious business, and wonders if the Agency has this kind of cash. Diana tells him it's under his seat. The plane flies off.
This is the end of Hitman: Contracts.
Hitman: Blood Money
With the US election a year away human cloning has become a major campaign issue in the United States. Following a seemingly innocent car accident that killed Vice President Spaulding Burke, The incumbent President is forced by Congress to elect a Vice President who has a strong opposition to cloning. Daniel Morris, a reclusive man, is elected with approval from Congress. The president himself, Tom Steward, favors the idea of human cloning and wishes to make it legal in the States. With the public's support, he hopes to regain the presidency in the election year against his opponent Frank Morgan.
In the past years, a group known as the Franchise has entered the mix and put serious pressure on the Agency. They have managed to engineer their own albino clones and gained an influence in the US government. With this new power they got Daniel Morris elected as the new Vice President. Their hope is to engineer the perfect clone for their operations and prevent any competition among their enemies. For this reason they plan to assassinate the President so that cloning is not legalized and made available to competing organizations.
The Franchise's front-runner, Alexander Leland Cayne, has spoken out against cloning in an attempt to prevent public support for its legalization. Since 2004, he has become obsessed with finding agent 47 so that he can use 47's bone marrow to create the perfect clone. This obsession has put pressure on the Agency to try and get at 47. Following his near death experience at the Opera, 47 decides to lay low until the Agency sorts out its problems.
After 47's return he speaks in person with Diana in a confession box. It turns out that there has been a mole in the Agency. 47 takes on a mission that brings him to a rehabilitation clinic for alcoholics in Northern California ('Flatline'). He meets with Agent Smith who has been held hostage at the clinic. Using an experimental serum 47 fakes Smith's death and thus takes him out of the clinic. Meanwhile Tom Steward continues to gain support in the polls. Also, the ICA is continuing to lose agents in the field. Cayne and the Franchise are constantly tracking 47 throughout his missions in the United States. A slew of assassins are sent on 47's trail but he manages to evade them.
Finally, the Agency collapses under the pressure and Diana must end contact with 47. She splits the Agency's resources with him and leaves him to a mission off the strip in Nevada. 47 encounters two more assassins from the Franchise during his mission but takes them out. During the ride back from Vegas, 47 finds Agent Smith in the back of the car and pulls it to a grinding halt. Smith tells 47 that a group is planning an attack on the President and that he needs his help. The group wants the president dead so that Daniel Morris can rise to the presidency and prevent cloning from being legalized. 47's only reason for taking the job is the pay.
47 must assassinate the Vice President himself, who has been in league with the Franchise from the beginning. In addition, he must take down his final assassin, Mark Parchezzi III aka. the Albino. Genetically engineered to perfection the albino has plans to take down 47 once and for all. 47 successfully infiltrates the White House and eliminates Daniel Morris. 47 then meets the Albino in the oval office and after an explosion, which sends the building into chaos, 47 chases the Albino up to the roof where he kills him in a vicious gun fight. 47 barely escapes alive.
47 retreats back to his hideout where he waits for his inevitable destruction by the Franchise. However, Diana reaches 47 before them and warns him that he's surrounded and any resistance would be futile. With his back turned Diana takes out a syringe and injects it into his neck sending 47 crashing to the ground. After a brief struggle 47 finally goes still. Medical rushes into the room to collect a bone marrow sample before he goes cold. Diana calmly walks up the stairs to meet with Cayne. She explains that she has never killed a man before. Cayne insures that she has gained his trust and will make a valuable aid in the Franchise.
Just day's later Cayne invites reporter, Rick Henderson to his estate to talk about current events. However, it's just a ploy so that Cayne can get 47's story out in the open. Cayne fabricates many events and lies about aspects of 47's missions. Cayne uses the reporter to get his propaganda out to the people. By showing how dangerous a clone can be, he hopes to turn public opinion against cloning, which would stop any competition. Cayne decides to take Rick to 47's funeral, a cremation ceremony on a sunny cliff side. Diana, Cayne's new nurse, accompanies them. At the site, Diana mixes a revival serum into her lipstick and kisses 47 on the lips. 47 has in fact only been in a hibernatory state exactly like the one he put Smith into via the 'Flatline' level. 47 awakes to a crowd of unsuspecting Franchise members. After a bloody battle 47 emerges the victor after killing the priest, the reporter, a slew of bodyguards and Cayne himself. He leaves the church.
We see an office with a UK skyline, where Diana receives a phone call. She refers to the caller as 'your majesty'. Diana says that all of the agencies services are up and running again. However, she explains that she has lost contact with 47. Far away, we see 47 entering a Chinese brothel. He speaks with a man about what the place has to offer, particularly in the back. The man leads him to the back of the brothel as red curtains close on the screen.
This is the end of Hitman: Blood Money.
And there's alot of info on the journal from the old Hitman 2 website here
Here are the letters from Hitman Codename 47:
Edited by Fleur, 20 January 2012 - 06:18 AM.