This doesn't really count as a puzzle; all you need to do is follow The
Hegemon's instructions and decode the message. I'll put the decoded message
below as a convenience.
Question 5: The "Atlas" riddle.
To: High Command
From: Obersturmfuhrer Vogel, Paragon City
Re: Project X
It is my sad duty to inform you that the traitor agent Ilsa has
resumed her search for the Five Keys for Project Xylophone. This
is solely due to the bungling of Unterscharfuhrer Schmidt.
After the death of The Hegemon, the recovery of the stolen Enigma rotors,
and the erasure of Ilsa's "Mori" personality, Unterscharfuhrer Schmidt
felt that it was best to allow Ilsa to remain in Paragon City. However,
Ilsa's latest personality ("Peppermint") has received a set of
communications regarding the Five Keys. These communications were
purportedly from The Hegemon...this might be some unknown party using The
Hegemon's name. (Unless Schmidt killed the wrong target again, which
wouldn't surprise me at all.)
Acting on his own initiative, Schmidt posed as "Overgroupleader Smith"
in order to feed misinformation to Ilsa and lead her off the trail.
However, his lies were exposed by several Paragon City agents, most
notably "Master Wonderful". To make matters worse, Schmidt forgot to
change out of his uniform before meeting Ilsa, so now she knows that
he's connected to the Fifth Column. (In addition, "Overgroupleader"
is a fairly direct translation of our "Ubergruppenfuhrer" rank, which
Schmidt isn't entitled to claim, so we can probably add "impersonating
an officer" to the list of crimes he's committed.)
Upon realizing his mistake, Schmidt decided to erase Ilsa's memories
with 2-Diethylaminoethyl 4-aminobenzoate lethe-chloride. Since the
Medical Section believed that another full dose would likely be fatal,
he decided to give her a half-dose. This caused her a brief period
of confusion but did not trigger a permanent loss of memory or any
noticeable personality change. Further use of the drug is absolutely
contraindicated by the Medical Section.
Since Ilsa's memories can no longer be erased, we need to insure that
she stays in Paragon City, where we can keep her under surveillance.
We've tried holding her captive in the past, but she always winds up
escaping, causing significant damage to property and personnel in the
process. Of course, killing her is not an option, as long as there's
a possibility that she'll lead us to the two Keys that we're missing.
Finally, and this may be nothing...I'm hearing some odd rumors that
a few misguided soldiers think that Project Xylophone is somehow
incompatible with the goals of the Fifth Column. If these rumors are
true, then they want to allow Ilsa to obtain the Five Keys, in hopes
that she'll use them to gain access to the Harmonizer and then re-seal
it with a new set of keys, eliminating all the work we've done up
Our proposed course of action:
* Ilsa will be kept under surveillance.
* Internal Affairs will vigorously seek out evidence of attempted
sabotage against Project Xylophone.
* Unterscharfuhrer Schmidt will be given a fair court-martial
and then executed.
* A strike force will be tasked to deal with "Master Wonderful";
he's been a thorn in our sides for too long and it's time we took
* Operatives will be assigned to track and identify "The Hegemon".
* It's come to my attention that we're storing the Fourth Key in the
Roosevelt Tower, where Ilsa used to have an office. Her returning
memories might lead her there, so I've had the Key moved to our new
offices in the Liberty Building.
PS - I just found out that 100,000 influence is missing from the
treasury. Schmidt probably embezzled it to support his gambling habit.
When I questioned him about it, he denied having any knowledge of the
theft, and then he had the audicity to suggest that I took the money
myself. He is completely irredeemable. I've added the theft and the false
accusations to the charges against him.