The Dive
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Mission guide
H.A.R.M.'s Promise
If Our Demands Are Not Met

"The Dive" is the eleventh level in Monolith's Game of the Year The Operative: No One Lives Forever. It is the sixth mission in the game and consists of three scenes. It features the game's only scene to be set entirely under water. It is followed by the briefing/training level If Our Demands Are Not Met.

Briefing[edit | edit source]

Return to your hotel to see if Agent Goodman has left a message for you. In either case, contact him and make plans. You'll need his help if you're to succeed.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Scene 1[edit | edit source]

47 Minutes Later...
Frankfurt Inn

Cate Archer enters the lobby, asking if any messages were left for her. When she is told there are none, she goes to her room, and notices that the was left ajar. It opens up to reveal a nonchalant Goodman. Archer is furious that he did not warn her of his plan to blow up the ship, of which Goodman did not expect her time on board to be an issue. As they have acquired neither the shipping manifest nor the captain's log, they are to head out to the wreckage to obtain them. They are then ambushed by enemy agents and Goodman advises Archer to "head for the roof, they won't expect that".

Scene 2[edit | edit source]

Reaching the upper levels of the hotel, Archer proceeds across the roof, which, in spite of Goodman's assurance, is filled with thugs, and through an air vent towards the back exit. Following her escape, Inge Wagner punishes one of her agents with a 2-week ban from her motivational concerts. Assuming she is out of earshot, the agent dances and sings in delight. Wagner, who was just about to leave, reconsiders her decision and threatens to have him electrocuted instead.

Scene 3[edit | edit source]

The North Sea

Archer is surprised when Goodman sends her down to the sunken freighter without talking down to her. At the same time, in a nearby H.A.R.M. submarine, Inge Wagner and Magnus Armstrong are sending divers of their own to retrieve the log and manifest. As soon as Archer obtains the required items, these divers ambush her. She soon returns to the surface and informs Goodman of her encounter. He responds that he saw nothing from the boat before they both leave.

Memorable quotes[edit | edit source]

Archer: "You might have warned me you were planning to blow up the bloody ship."
Goodman: "I wasn't expecting you to be aboard long enough for it to matter. After all that talk about how sneaky you are, I figured you'd get aboard, grab the stuff, and get back off."
Archer: "Things got complicated."
Goodman: "I've heard that before."
Archer: "Probably from your mother. What the hell were you thinking, anyway?"

Goodman: "Are you afraid of heights?"
Archer: "I'm comfortable with anything under cruising altitude."
Goodman: "All right, then, head for the roof. They won't expect that. I saw a fire escape in the back. You should be able to get down that way. Try to slip out of here without being seen."

After Archer encounters a number of H.A.R.M. thugs on her way to the roof.

Archer: (sarcastically) "Head for the roof. They won't expect that."

Wagner: "You disgust me."
Armstrong: "So?"
Wagner: "You are a drunk and a coward."
Armstrong: "You can say what you want about my hobbies and my hygiene, but I swear if you ever cast aspersions on my manhood again, I'll pound you. I'm not a coward."
Wagner: "Your threats don't frighten me."
Armstrong: "A good beating might knock some of the ugly out of you. Care to find out?"
Wagner: (turns to Sailor) "I will be in my quarters rehearsing. I am not to be disturbed."
Armstrong: "That's right, it's the rest of us who will be disturbed, you bloody great banshee. I've heard cats in heat that sing prettier than you."
Wagner: "Criticism is the refuge of those without the talent or discipline for the pursuit of art. I pity you."
Armstrong: "And well you should. You call that bellowing of your Art? Fart is more like it!"
Wagner: "Imbecile"
Armstrong: "Fattie fattie fattie."
Wagner: "Huff"

References[edit | edit source]

Acme Meat PackingAlbaughAntitoxinApfelstrudelBarretteBeaconBeerBelt BuckleBody ArmorBoatBremenCaptain's LogCatCate ArcherCheeseCoffeeCroutonEggElectrocutionFefferhausenFilet MignonFishFizzy SodaFleischgelatinFrankFrankfurt InnFreighterGordon 9mm SubmachinegunGround MeatH-2000 Waterproof Wall SafeHampton MPL 9mm SMGH.A.R.M.Inge WagnerKassler RippchenLandersLaphroaigLatenschiewster MotorsLipstick ExplosiveLockLoreleiMagnus ArmstrongMaidMaintenance (H.A.R.M.)Mel BorshtMilkMorris Model 14 SpeargunMulkey JNorth SeaOde to DaisyOktoberfestOktoberfest SurpriseOnionOrange FizzPaprikaPork SnoutsRadioReginald Auto CompanySafe HouseSauerbratenSaulsberry CheeseSCUBA DivingSecurity CameraSharkShepherd Arms 9mmShipping ManifestSubmarineTasty ColaTeaTom GoodmanWagnerWarehouse 894Wiener WurstchenWienerschnitzel

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Even though it's called "Frankfurt Inn", it is highly unlikely that the hotel is actually in Frankfurt as that city is hundreds of miles south of Bremen.
  • There is a message for Room 202 behind the front desk, but when Archer enters the room, it is under renovation.
  • Goodman wears a new shirt here, possibly due to Archer's remark back in A Tenuous Lead. In the sequel, the player can find a chest of drawers in Melvin Blitzny's home with both types of shirts in them.
  • There is a large banner in the hotel's courtyard with "Oktoberfest" written on it. This is a reference to the annual folk festival of the same name. While the date is accurate, the location is not as the festival only takes place in Munich, Bavaria. Then again, it could just be for theatrical purposes.
  • Unlike the other civilians at the inn, a maid with a cockney accent can be found fiercely professing that she will not clean up the mess resulting from the shootout. She will ignore dead bodies, and takes no notice or care when weapons are pointed at her.
  • There are intelligence items, in the form of a long tape and a small film roll, that represent the villains Wagner and Armstrong. The tape is labelled as Inge Wagner's song "Ode to Daisy", whereas the film apparently shows Armstrong in the midst of a brawl.
  • Moving through a certain air duct will see the player landing in a huge barrel of beer. The hotel appears to have its own brewery, which is not an uncommon occurrence in West Germany.
  • A time or date is not given in Scene 3, which could cause some confusion about the mission's time frame. While it was night time in the first two scenes, the sun is shining in Scene 3. It could be inferred that Scene 3 takes place during the early hours of the next morning.
  • The areas of the freighter Cate travels through are very different to the ones in the previous mission. The only room that reappears (although not accessible before) is the galley where Armstrong was drinking.
  • Armstrong mentions a "half-empty bottle of Laphroaig", which is a popular whiskey distilled in Scotland.
  • On the official website, the sunken freighter is shown to be located somewhere in the Caribbean, as opposed to somewhere in the North Sea.
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