Recap: Star Trek Online - Foundry - “Divide ut Regnes”
WARNING: This page contains spoilers for episode "Romulan Mystery", mission "Divide et Impera"."Divide ut Regnes"
is a Star Trek Online
Foundry mission by Captain.Hunter. It was the Spotlight mission for the week of January 6, 2014, and the winner of Foundry Challenge #8. It is playable by Federation or Fed-allied Romulan characters of level 46 or above.
The Cryptic mission "Divide et Impera" in the Starfleet side of the "Romulan Mystery" story arc is reviled
by the playerbase for a particularly blatant case of railroading
that led to the Player Character
massacring a Romulan Star Navy medical research facility. On top of it, you turn out to be an Unwitting Pawn
of an Undine infiltrator impersonating Admiral Zelle, enabling it to Kill and Replace
the facility's commander. According to Cryptic's writing team, it was supposed to be the start of a three-mission arc, but in the end its events never came up again
. Even Cryptic hated that it never got finished.
That's where Captain.Hunter came in. Using Time Travel
(the topic of the Foundry Challenge), the Undine species' Psychic Powers
, and some clever writing incorporating minor details from mission briefings elsewhere in the "Romulan Mystery" arc, he managed to find justifications for the Railroading
and for why Zelle continues to stand immobile in Admiral T'nae's office after the mission was over.
The Player Character
is called to meet Adm. T'nae at Starbase 39-Sierra in Alpha Centauri Sector Block and is introduced to a Department of Temporal Investigations officer. DTI has helped Starfleet put together a mission to travel back in time to just after your ill-fated mission with Adm. Zelle, and explains you couldn't stop killing the innocent researchers because Zelle is a Psi Master and was exerting subtle Mind Control
over you. Then it turns out that right after you left on the mission, you yourself turned up at the starbase with a catatonic Zelle in tow. There's a Stable Time Loop
going on, and it's time for you to fulfill it.
Tropes present in this Foundry mission include: