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Legendary: The Box

Developer: Spark Unlimited
Publisher (US): Gamecock Media Group
Publisher (UK): Atari

Legendary: The Box tells the story of Charles Deckard, an art thief who is duped into stealing Pandora's Box. When he opens the box, he releases hordes of beasts thought to be fictional -- werewolves and gryphons and all means of beast and demon -- into an unprepared modern world. A full scale war between man and myth begins, and it is quickly complicated by the actions of powerful secret societies. As the person responsible for releasing this terror, Deckard's unwittingly become the only person capable of containing it once more and saving civilization from being destroyed by the terrifying creatures of the box.

The game takes place in New York City and London.[4] The protagonist is a professional thief named Charles Deckard, who is hired by a mysterious organization known as the Black Order to steal an artifact from a New York museum which turns out to be the fabled Pandora's Box. Unaware of the Box's nature, Deckard opens it, unleashing all kinds of mythological creatures rampaging throughout the world, as well as granting him a strange power (the Signet) which could be the key to resolving this crisis. It's up to Deckard and a secret paramilitary force known as the Council of 98 to set things right, while the Black Order seeks to acquire the box and control the creatures to conquer the world.

The game's prologue slide show shows the original myth of Pandora's Box, which was a gift from a devious Zeus as a wedding present, with a warning that it should never be opened. Pandora's curiosity got the better of her, and she peeked inside, releasing all the misfortunes of mankind. That was the myth. In reality, Pandora's Box was a device of incredible power. After countless wars were waged over it, a secret society called the Council of 98 hid the artifact away. In the early 21st century, archaeologists found the artifact in a ruin at the bottom of the ocean. Unable to pinpoint its origins, they place the artifact in a New York City museum for safe keeping. A wealthy millionaire named Ormond LeFey, knowing the true nature of the box, hires a professional thief named Charles Deckard. Charles Deckard is tasked with opening the box, and stealing the contents inside (with, of course, a substantial payment). He has his assistant, Vivian Kane, to drop him off at the museum.

The game opens with Deckard sneaking into the museum, easily bypassing all the security and opening the box. When he does, he has a Signet branded onto his left hand, and the box suddenly releases a huge energy surge that shoots toward the sky. Deckard gains the ability to absorb Animus Energy, which he can use to heal himself. He escapes the museum to discover that griffins have materialized, and are flying through the city attacking people. As Deckard continues to walk through the city, trying to escape the creatures, a golem forms from the building debris and cars. The golem then crashes through several buildings and disappears. Deckard continues to run to shelter, and eventually finds a door leading to the subways. When he tries to go there, a griffin attacks him, but he is able to repel the attack with a burst of energy from his Signet, called the Animus Pulse.

From the building, Deckard makes his way to the subway, where he encounters firedrakes, fire breathing lizards made from living rock, rampaging through the sewers. He fights through them in the subway, and makes his way to the surface. On the surface, he finds out that LeFey has sent his private army, known as the Black Order, against him, as well as Vivian Kane. He fights his way through those soldiers, and he makes his way into a building. There, a police officer greets him, but he is killed by a werewolf. Deckard kills the werewolf, and makes his way into the building, where he is greeted by even more werewolves. He fights his way through them, as well as more firedrakes. Finally, he meets up with Vivian Kane. Both are contacted by LeFey, who explains to them why he wants them killed. While he is talking, an onslaught of Black Order soldiers attack. Deckard holds them off while Kane calls for help. Eventually, the Council of 98 arrive, and kill the remaining Black Order soldiers. They are distrusting at first, especially their commander, Lexington White Deer, but eventually agree to help upon seeing the Signet on Deckard's arm. A deal is struck; in exchange for Kane's information on the Black Order's plans, the Council will help them.

Deckard, Kane, and the Council all make it to the surface. There, the golem returns, and sucks up Pandora's Box. Needing Pandora's Box, the Council explains that the golem is held together by a special energy that can be disrupted with an EMP burst. There are three EMP devices. Each has to be powered up by Deckard feeding Animus Energy into it. However, there are enough werewolves attacking, so Deckard has more than enough Animus Energy. When the first one is powered up, he tries to get to the second one. However, the golem causes the ground around him to fall, and he falls into the subway along with some Council soldiers. In the subway, he encounters the Echidna tentacles, and Nari, ghostlike creatures that can become solid to attack. Deckard pushes forward and finds his way into a subway, where it turns out that the EMP device was broken into three pieces. He finds the three pieces, and has a Council member put it back together. He then powers up the EMP device. Later, he makes his way back to the surface, and gets into a building, where the last EMP device was. He fights through several Nari and manages to power up the machine. The three EMP devices release a beam of energy that takes out the golem. The Black Order comes and tries to take the artifact, but Deckard manages to take it first. The Council then takes Deckard, Kane, and the artifact to where the headquarters of the Council is stationed: beneath the Houses of Parliament in London.

While the Council is unraveling the mysteries behind Pandora's Box, Vivian tells the Council of the locations of LeFey's secret labs in an abandoned cathedral. Deckard, Vivian, and the Council decide to go to the cathedral. The whole town is werewolf infested. The helicopter that carries Charles Deckard, Vivian Kane, and Lexington White Deer is knocked down by a flock of griffins. The crash leaves most of the crew dead, and Lexington wounded. Vivian stays behind to look after Lexington, while Charles Deckard is sent to the cathedral. On the way to the cathedral, he meets two new creatures: blood spiders and the alpha werewolf. As he continues to move toward the cathedral, he finds out that the Black Order was capturing werewolves, although some members question why. Deckard meets up with a team of Council members, and it turns out that the werewolf infested town is preventing them from getting to the cathedral. After holding off waves after waves of werewolves, Deckard and the surviving Council soldiers decide to wait for reinforcements that will arrive tomorrow. They find a building where they can safely sleep for the night. The next day, Deckard and the newly arrived reinforcements fight the Black Order soldiers protecting the cathedral. Deckard goes on ahead, and he encounters a minotaur. He kills the minotaur, several werewolves, and a griffin, and finally makes it into the cathedral. From there, he and other Council soldiers hold off werewolf attacks and Black Order soldiers, and eventually make their way into a secret room. There, they find a hard drive that contains all of LeFey's plans. They take the hard drive and bring it to the Council headquarters.

At the headquarters Deckard finds out that LeFey has built a machine that could harness Animus Energy and control the creatures. He aims to use it to take over the world. The surge of energy could also find its way to Deckard's Signet, and the energy surge could kill him. Suddenly, the power goes out. It turns out that the hard drive also contained a Trojan Horse, which powered off all the power in the facility. All the creatures that they were keeping are released. The hard drive also gave the location of the headquarters away, and Black Order soldiers land and attack. Deckard and all the Council soldiers get up onto the roof, where they wait for reinforcements from other parts of the world. Suddenly, a Kraken surfaces in the Thames and attacks. Deckard runs away, and ends up inside the library of the Houses of Parliament. He kills two minotaurs that attack him, as well as several squads of Black Order soldiers, and gets back out. There, he finds a rocket launcher just as the Kraken resurfaces. Firing several rockets down the Kraken's mouth, Deckard succeeds in killing the Kraken. While the Council was distracted, however, the Black Order manages to steal Pandora's Box, and kidnap Vivian Kane. Deckard and the Council chase after them back to New York City.

In New York City, Deckard and the Council launch a full scale attack on the Black Order headquarters. Deckard kills a griffin, two minotaurs, several werewolves, and an entire army of Black Order soldiers on his way to the roof. Inside the building, he manages to free Vivian, and she goes up the command post to help Deckard. On the roof, Deckard finds the machine. It turns out that Deckard can overload the machine, and destroy it by putting a lot of Animus Energy inside of it. Fighting waves after waves of monsters, Deckard absorbs Animus Energy and promptly transfers it to the machine. In the end, the machine overloads, and then explodes. LeFey is hurled out of his control booth by a werewolf, grabbed in midair by a griffin and impaled on the machine, killing him. After the explosion, Vivian is nowhere to be seen. The Council arrives, and assumes that she was vaporized. The Council immediately turns on Deckard, locking him up, stating that Deckard's Signet contains information that could create a new Pandora's Box, the first one being destroyed when the machine exploded. Later, it turns out that Vivian survived, and Deckard, being a thief, easily escapes. Deckard goes out to set things right, but not in the way everyone expected. A final picture shows Deckard sticking his Signet branded hand out to a griffin, taming it, and is presumably successful in brokering peace between the humans and the creatures.

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