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Hitman: Codename 47
In the 1950s, a man known as Dr. Otto Wolfgang 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 60s, Ort-Meyer creates series 47 in his laboratory (located inside an asylum building in Romania) of which only the single clone is known to exist. Note: 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). In the next 30 years, the only series 47 clone is raised unusually and taught how to kill. In this time, all of the clones have bar-codes tattooed onto the back of their heads for identification purposes. Of the series known to have survived, there is 17, 47, and 48.
Around 1998 or 1999, 47 escapes from Ort-Meyer’s lab and somehow comes into contact with the International Contract Agency (ICA) who hires him as a Hitman. 47’s ICA handler is Diana Burnwood.
Over the next year or two, he takes out Lee Hong in Hong Kong (rescuing CIA Agent Smith and a prostitute called Lei Ling in the process), Pablo Ochoa in Columbia, Franz 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 served together in the French Foreign Legion.
In the year 2000, after all of these hits, the Agency learns that all of them 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, Dr. Kovacs (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 Dr. Kovacs, however during their brief encounter 47 recalls the doctor as “the one with the needle”, indicating a past memory of the doctor as 47 was growing up. 47 then explores the asylum once again finding Agent Smith. whom he had helped out before in Hong Kong. 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 echoes out. It seems he doesn’t like clones who can think for themselves. He sends out several series 48s, who don’t question orders, 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 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, Franz 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 by snapping his neck. After this, he escapes. The events of the escape are played out in the level, Asylum Aftermath in Hitman: Contracts.
This is the end of Hitman: Codename 47.
Dr. Ort-meyer’s Diary (featured on the H2: SA site):
The doctor behind the clone experiments, Dr. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer kept a private journal or diary with personal notes on each of the clones, right from their “birth”.
Most of these journals were recovered as the asylum was overtaken by the government authorities.
Here are some noteworthy exerpts from Dr. Ort-Meyer’s private journal of Clone #47:
Sept. 5th 1964: Series 4, clone 47 has been successfully taken out of his incubation chamber. Preliminary medical examination suggests a completely flawless clone. He has been given the number 640509-040147, which, as per standard procedure, has been tattooed to the back of his head.
Aug. 21st 1970: 47 responds very well to initial tuition, and appears to have a very high rate of learning. Socially, he is very quiet, and does not communicate much, but he is very observant of his surroundings. He has recently taken a runaway lab-rabbit into his care, and the staff has allowed him to keep it. The rabbit is the source of his only displays of affection.
Dec. 13th 1971: During a routine check, 47 bit one of the doctors, who were examining him. He seems to get along well with the personnel, but is very anxious around the medical staff. I have ordered a guard to accompany him on future visits to the medical department.
April 10th 1972: All the series 4 clones were administered various vaccines today. Several of the clones, among them 47, appeared quite anxious about the needles and resisted the doctor. Two of the biggest guys in the personnel had to restrain him while he was given the injection. I hope we wont see this kind of trouble again.
Jan. 12th 1975: A bar code has been added to the tattoo on the back of the heads of the clones for automatic identification purposes. Scanners have been installed in key locations of the lab, so we can easily track the whereabouts of our boys.
Feb. 8th 1978: Over the last period of observation, a few of the clones have stood out, and proven themselves exceptional entities. One of them 47. Still quiet in his class, he is among the sharpest. In physical training he continues to impress the instructors, and even at his young age he is a brilliant marksman. I was made aware that the personnel had confiscated slingshots and similar contraptions from him on several occasions.
May 15th 1984: One of the doctors was severely hurt, during a routine blood sample test of 47. The guard who had escorted him was momentarily unattentive, and we found the doctor unconscious with several needles in his arms. 47 was surprisingly calm after the incident, and was escorted back to his quarters without problems. Upon interrogation, the guard explained that it had all happened very fast, and that he was unable to stop 47 himself. We have now doubled the guard when 47 makes his visits to the doctor.
Nov 16th. 1987: One of the Legionnaires, overseeing today’s shooting practice, told me about an incident regarding 47s skill at the range. The targets do not seem to present a challenge difficult enough, and 47 was shooting various patterns, and what the instructor referred to as “smileys”, in the cardboard targets. Again his skills seem perfect, but his mind has it’s own ways. There is work to do yet!
Sept. 5th 1989: Today, it was 47’s 25th birthday. Off course, he was unaware of this himself, but more interestingly, he has put many of his boyish habits behind him and he is starting to behave like a man. It looks very promising for my future ideas, and he seems to be absolutely perfect regarding the original intentions of his creation.
July 8th 1993: Clone 47 has successfully completed all the training courses we can throw at him, and to me he is ready for greater things. The blueprints of my master plan are ready, and I have set in motion, the necessary things for commencement of the final stage…
Transcript of Dr. Ort-meyer’s final words (as spoken in Meet Your Brother)
The return of the prodigal son - now this calls for a celebration! Heeeeere’s Daddy! Welcome home!
I gave you the best start in life - perfect genes! You are a perfect diamond, but it would seem that there’s still a bit of grinding to do, before you’re finished!
You little ingrate! I should have known you would rebel against your old man - not at all like No. 48. Now there’s a loyal and trusting clone.
Loyal, trusting and dead.
Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired. I greatly improved on all of the built-in flaws. I’ll prove to the whole world who’s right - and decide who will be left! A little play on the words there, my boy - I know you like that sort of thing.
He thinks he’s bigger than god. And look what happened to the last guy who said that.
Son - I hope you know that this will hurt me more than you. The effort to make you! Every little manipulated gene! Oh, you we’re so pampered! You are the apotheosis of Man. When I created you, I was standing on the shoulders of midgets. But I ironed out all the wrinkles - and still you turn on me!
I discovered the true power of 47 chromosomes. Do you think that was easy? As always, I was ahead of my time. They shook their bony little heads, looked at me with their beady little eyes and said I was crazy. You, my friend, are the living proof I’m not!
No, no. I think the bony head, beady eyed guys were right.
I know you want me dead, my boy, and I forgive you! But let me tell you - dying is the last thing I plan to do! You wouldn’t believe what my experiments with recombinant DNA have made possible!
It’s such a comfort to see you working so perfectly - I knew I was on the right track. I will close this chapter, and turn a fresh page! You have problems with subordination, and we can’t have that, can we?
I have the power to create life, to mold, tailor and perfect humans - do you have any idea of the potential - no mushy sentiments, no quirky traits – and no betrayal! - DO YOU HEAR ME?
He always has to have the last word.
If you only knew what painstaking research went into this project. I had a clear vision of it - but you look into the sun, and all you see is darkness! I had to shed new light, erase all previous scientific knowledge in this field. I was setting new standards - don’t you understand?
I was almost worried, but I knew you would not let me down!
That boy was such a disappointment - I am so happy I still have you!
You have proved to be my favorite son - I’m so proud of you!
That’s how you raised me - always follow through what you begin!
I have lost one son - but you can more than replace him, thank God!
Y-you… I… I should ha-have known. I-I-I didn’t even recognize m-my own son. Y-you broke my heart, my son. W-what good is a b-bullet proof vest, when death strikes from within?
Hong Kong 11/08/89
My good Professor,
We are growing impatient with you and this damn project! We’re spending a fortune on this undertaking and we want to know the status. If you only have one trained man I’ll say that you have been a failure. We will not tolerate deceit or failure! Show us results soon!
Blood and Muscle,
The Camp 13/12/89
I understand your troubles, but I have grown so tired of this whole thing. I will allow you one year to show me real results. I want my share soon. I want 47 to be mine. I don’t know weather I’ll carve him up and just use his organs or unleash him upon the land. A new heart might allow me to indulge my tastes even more.
Bottom line: Either you produce a new model for me within a year or our little friend is mine. Rumors from your staff are that you already have version 48 fully-grown and hidden in your basement!
Deliver the goods and you will have my riches and loyalty… otherwise YOUR BLOOD WILL BE SPILLED.
Hong Kong 14/06/99
Greetings my smuggler friend,
I’m getting very impatient. I will contact the Professor. I need better men, and I need them now. The other triads are giving me some problems. Thank god for their foolish superstitions and the service of my loyal Tzun.
I went to see the project. I’m not sure the Professor is trying hard enough. I’ll squeeze him a bit. I want my men!
Blood and Muscle,
Somewhere near Liberia 21/07/99
My dear friend,
I too am annoyed at these silly delays. I also need more muscle to increase my power base…
I have thought of another way of putting the project to good use for our mutual gain. I will speak to the Professor. I think you will like my idea. When you come to Rotterdam we can discuss the situation.
Blood and Muscle,
I must support the new thoughts on our project. I’m sick and tired of waiting for this old man.
As you know my work needs a steady hand and sharp wit. And I’m not getting younger. Therefore I support the idea about splitting the fruit. Let’s split the fruit while we can still savor it!
Blood and Muscle,
It is our pleasure to inform you, that the roses you ordered are now available. They can be picked up at your convenience against this receipt.
The Hotel Florist
Under these circumstances it would be advisable to keep walking on separate paths.
I made arrangements to store our precious merchandise safely, and I intend to keep the key close to my heart.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to visit my old friend, he is the hotel florist and very loyal to the cause.
Your loving brother,
The Camp 02/09/99
I don’t give a shit about splitting the fruit. I want better men who follow orders! Drugs are keeping me fit, and I believe that they can keep me on top. Spare me the babble of this old man! If you have any problems keeping your hand steady, I can always send you a package of my fine white elixir. She keeps me steady as a rock and sharp as nails. If it weren’t for my powder, these damn tribesmen would already have killed me.
Blood and Muscle,
Satu Mare 12/10/99
Things have changed. I hope for your understanding that the project must be kept running financially even though our great brotherhood is in disagreement. More than ever we need to accelerate the project. We might have to move the entire lab soon. I feel that some of my staff are getting a bit scared by the project’s implications.
Remember friend, 47 belongs to me, but I just might send him to you for a personal demonstration of his talents.
Blood and Muscle,
Missions and Assassinated Targets Spoiler •Kowloon Triads in Gang War [Unnamed Red Dragon Negotiator] •Ambush At The Wang Fou Restaurant [Unnamed Blue Lotus Emissary, Several unnamed Blue Lotus Triad members] •The Massacre At Cheng Chau Fish Restaurant [Hong Kong Chief of Police, Red Dragon Negotiator] •The Lee Hong Assassination [Lee Hong] •Find the U'Wa Tribe [non-assassination mission] •The Jungle God [non-assassination mission] •Say Hello To My Little Friend [Pablo Ochoa] •Traditions Of The Trade [Franz Fuchs] Note: Fritz Fuchs also killed, although not a listed target. •Gunrunner's Paradise [non-assassination mission] •Plutonium Runs Loose [Boris Ivanovich Deruzka] •The Setup [Dr. Odon Kovacs] •Meet Your Brother [Dr. Ort-Meyer, series 48 clones]
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
The game opens by a cutscene where a mystery man and a Russian man named Sergei Zavarotko are talking about Sergei’s brother, Arkadij Jegorov (who was killed by 47 in Codename 47). 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 surveillance tapes of 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.
It’s assumed that after the asylum incident 47 disappears. 47 is revealed to be living now in Sicily and working in a church (the Gontranno Sanctuary) as a gardener, trying to lead an honest life away from contract killing. He becomes close friends with Father Vittorio, the priest who runs the church and confesses his sins to him, confiding in him many of his thoughts about his past life. One day, unfortunately, Father Vittorio is kidnapped by a local mob boss and a ransom demand is left.
In need of help, 47 gets back in contact with the ICA who thinks he’s 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.
From there he goes on to kill 4 Russian generals in St. Petersburg 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 someone had friends in Japan with some “serious guns” and that this friend is none other than Masahiro Hayamoto, his next target. In Japan he kills Hayamoto’s son and puts a tracker in his body to lead to his father, and then follows the trail to kill Hayamoto himself in the mountainous valleys of Japan. He steals Hayamoto’s missile guidance system for the same client.
In Malaysia, a hacker named Charlie Sidjan apparently stole some important military software and was requested to be eliminated. 47 does so, killing both Charlie and his twin brother. The client learns that someone else had in turn stolen something from him, and 47 is sent to Punjab to take care of some more business. There he 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 then sent to kill the cult leader. After he does so, however, 47 finds a man who looks identical to him (although with an orange tie) shooting a silenced pistol at him as he makes his escape. The client, Sergei Zavarotko is somehow then exposed by the media. Enraged, he wonders 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 targeted by the person who employed 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 Russian Generals 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 no. 17, and that Sergei has Father Vittorio. 47 makes his escape and heads back to where the game began, Gontranno in Sicily.
In a fierce shoot-out, 47 kills all of Sergei’s bodyguards, and then Sergei himself. The priest, Vittorio, appears to be injured 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 and states the following:
“Always knew I didn’t belong in this world. I wasn’t made for this. But I’ll never forget, those who betrayed me, and those who never failed my trust. I’ll be carrying nothing from Gontranno but this lesson: never trust anyone and rely on your instincts. Forget the past. I’ll never find peace here. So, I’ll seek justice for myself. I’ll choose the truth I like.”
Missions and Assassinated Targets •Gontranno Sanctuary [non-assassination mission] •Anathema [Giuseppe Giulliani] •St. Petersburg Stakeout [Unnamed Russian General/ex-KGB officer] •Kirov Park Meeting [General Makarov, Igor Kubasko] •Tubeway Torpedo [General Mikhail Bardachenko] •Invitation To A Party [General Vladmir Zhupikov] •Tracking Hayamoto [Masahiro Hayamoto Jr.] •Hidden Valley [non-assassination mission] •At The Gates [non-assassination mission] •Shogun Showdown [Masahiro Hayamoto Sr.] •Basement Killing [Charlie Sidjan] •Graveyard Shift [non-assassination mission] •The Jacuzzi Job [unnamed Sidjan twin brother] •Murder At The Bazaar [Lieutenant Ahmed Zamir, Colonel Mohammed Amin] •Motorcade Interception [Khan Abdul Bismillah Malik] •Tunnel Rat [Yussef Hussein] •Temple City Ambush [3 unnamed assassins] •Death Of Hannelore [Dr. Hannelore Von Kamprad] •Terminal Hospitality [Deewana Ji] •St. Petersburg Revisited [Agent 17 killed, original target was Sergei Zavorotko] •Redemption At Gontranno [Sergei Zavorotko]
Sometime after the events Hitman 2: Silent Assassin with 47 continuing his work for the ICA, he is given a routine hit in Paris (later revealed to be Curtains Down in Blood Money). He kills his two targets, Ambassador Delahunt and a famous tenor, but during 47’s escape he is shot by a policeman who has been informed of his presence. 47 escapes, wounded and bleeding, to his hotel room, wondering about this man (Inspector Fournier) who shot him. He seemed to know about 47, or at least enough about him to be cautious. There, 47 has flashbacks of many of his previous missions as he drifts in and out of consciousness. An unknown man (apparently a doctor) comes to patch him up 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 SWAT from the French Metro Police have surrounded the hotel and surrounding area. He seems to think it odd that the Inspector knows so much about him. 47 then escapes as he slips past the SWAT 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 an airplane, he meets Diana who explains the Agency is losing support and many powerful friends because of him. However, she has an idea of where the pressure is coming from. She hands him a classified document. 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.
Missions and Assassinated Targets * = remade missions from Codename 47•Asylum Aftermath [non-assassination mission] •The Meat Kings Party [Campbell Sturrock, Andrei Puscus] •The Bjarkhov Bomb [Fabian Fuchs, Sergei Bjarkhov] •Beldingford Manor [Lord Winston Beldingford, Alistair Beldingford] •Rendezvous in Rotterdam [Klaas Teller, Rutgert Van Leuven] •Deadly Cargo* [Boris Ivanovich Deruzka] •Traditions of the Trade* [Franz Fuchs, Fritz Fuchs] •Slaying a Dragon* [Unnamed Red Dragon Negotiator] •The Wang Fou Incident* [Unnamed Blue Lotus Emissary, Several unnamed Blue Lotus Triad members] •The Seafood Massacre* [Unnamed Red Dragon negotiator, unnamed Blue Lotus negotiator, Hong Kong Chief of Police] •Lee Hong Assassination* [Lee Hong] •Hunter and Hunted [Albert Fournier]
The rest in the following post