Pirates of the Sky


  • CategoryTask Force
  • IntroducedIssue 6
  • Team Size4 team members required
  • ContactsSilver Mantis (Supergroup Base)
  • Level Range20 - 25
  • Badge Air Pirate You disrupted the Skyraider's wave of thefts and defeated Col. Duray himself on their off-shore base.
  • Note

    You need a Mission Computer in your SG base. This is a crafted item. The recipe is unlocked by an SG badge SG Mission Computer - Your work mentoring others has unlocked the Supercomputer for base use. This badge is awarded for lackey/sk time. The recipe is under the Raid tab on the expert tech workbench, requiring 6 Tech Material. Once crafted, the computer can be placed in your base. If it has enough power and control, you can click on it and get options for the Cathedral of Pain trial and the Silver Mantis SF.

Notable Foes

  • Mission #6: Colonel Duray, Arch-Villain (Sky Raiders)

Agree to form a strike force

Silver Mantis

Colonel Virgil Duray, the leader of those pathetic paramilitary renegades known as the Sky Raiders, has hatched a plan to vault his little band of mercenary misfits to the top again. They plan to plunder enhancement technologies, drugs, ad even some minor magics from every group they can. They just made one mistake: They didn't clear this desperate little power-grab with Arachnos. So now they have to fail.

Lord Recluse has asked Black Scorpian to handle it, and he's authorized me to create a task force of whomever I see fit. So I'm looking for mercenaries, killers, and murderers who can get the job done and crush the Coloney Duray's little plan.

You'll have 3 things to do in there. First you have to defeat the leaders on both sides, and their personal guards. The Sky Raiders have a captain Lee, and the Tsoo have a Master Li. Don't worry about getting them confused, as long as they both end up the same way. Oh, and also find 2 of their tatoo artists, and return them to us. Scirocco is always interested in anything magic, having a few of these tatoo masters on ice could be a good bargaining chip.

I think I'm going to call you Strike Force Stilleto, after one of my favourite implements of mutilation. Do you like it?

Part 1: Stop Sky Raider attack (1 artist to kidnap, Defeat Lee, Defeat Li)
Abandoned warehouse @ Sharkhead Isle Freakshow,Sky Raiders,Crey,Council

The Sky Raiders normally stick to high-technology thefts. They must be n trouble if they're experimenting with magic.

Objective: You have defeated Captain Lee of the Sky Raiders.

Objective: You have defeated Master Li.

Mission Complete: You defeated both sides' leaders and captured the tatoo artists!

Silver Mantis

Good work. I'm sure our Mu mystics will want to have words with those weak old men about their tatoo magic. I'm only sorry I won't be there to watch them work. Now, the Sky Raiders aren't over yet. There's still a lot more violence that needs to be done!

Stop Sky Raiders attack on the hospital

Silver Mantis

Duray's next target is an underground hospital being run by the Lost in New Haven. Those bedraggled scavengers have scrounged up a good deal of Rikti medicines from the war, and are using them to patch up their forces. The Sky Raiders want that for their own troops, and are willing to kill to get it. So you better be willing to do the same to stop them.

The main objective is to stop the Sky Raiders, and capture those Rikti drugs the Lost have gotten their reeking hands on. You know, come to think of it. I don't particularly care for those filthy Lost vermin either. The only good thing about them is the noise the mutated ones make when they die. So, you know what? Get their leader too. No one gets away alive!

Part 2: Stop Hospital Raid (5 medicines to steal, Defeat Adams, Defeat Hubbins)
Abandoned hospital @ Cap au Diable

Desperate paramilitary air pirates versus militant underground freaks who live in squalor and constant desperation. This is not going to be an easy battle.

Objective: The Jump bot's transponder will bring reinforcements.

Objective: You found some alien combat drugs and recieved an inspiration

Objective: You defeated Captain Adams!

Objective: You found a scavenged Rikti medical kit

Objective: You defeated Anchorite Hubbins!

Mission Complete: You beat the raiders and the Lost and stole the medicines.

Silver Mantis

Hope those alien medicines worked for you. There's still a lot more to go. And don't worry about what you took for yourself. Keep what you take, that's the Arachnos way.

Such style. Such power. Such bloodthirst. I'm impressed!

Shut down Freaks and stop Sky Raiders

Silver Mantis

Duray's next target is the Freakshow. The Freaks have set up shop in an un0used office building, and are using the place as a front to bring shipments of cybernetic parts and that Excelsior drug of theirs in from Paragon City. Very clever of them, as long as no one found out. Must have been Bile's doing. Well, the little game is up, and now Duray is on to their import/export business. The Sky Raiders no doubt want to get their hands on the Freakshow's cybernetics and combat drugs for their own enhancement research. Black Scorpions orders are to make sure that doens't happen, and I want to see those orders carried out by shutting down everything and leaving it in ruin.

This should be a lot of fun for you. The Sky Raiders are being led by a Captain Tanner, and the Freaks' leader is called Lotus.xls. Take them both out. They aren't supposed to bring those kinds of playthings out to the isles, so break their toys while you're at it.

Part 3: Stop Sky Raider attack on Freaks (2 sonic bombs to destroy, Defeat Tanner, Defeat Lotus.xls)
Abandoned office @ Sharkhead Isle

When you entered from the normal looking exterior, you saw a sign saying@ 'You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps!'

Objective: Your team has destroyed a sonic bomb.

Objective: Your team has destroyed a sonic bomb.

Objective: Your team has defeated Captain Tanner.

Objective: Your team has defeated Lotus.xls

Mission Complete: You stopped the Sky Raider attack on the Freakshow.

Silver Mantis

Silly Duray! Excelsior is for Freaks!

Black Scorpion told me he was impressed with you. I thought you might want to know.

Travel to Striga Island to Stop Sky Raiders from buying Council technology

Silver Mantis

The Sky Raiders are ranging pretty far from the Islands for their next operation. I hope you hate the Council, because you're going to Striga Island. It's the Council's little stronghold where they hatch their plots and make their monsters. Colonel Duray wants to learn the secrets of their superhuman enhancement programs, and apparently, the Center is willing to sell it to the Sky Raiders to have that technology after all the trouble they caused, and you're being sent to Striga to stop them.

Striga is an interesting place. Unfortunately, this will have to be quiet, since the Raiders aren't technically stealing anything yet, and we have other plans against the Council we can't disturb. You'll be going under the radar and will be dropped into the ventilation shafts. hopefully, you'll be able to catch the Sky Raiders before they can complete the deal. Defeat the ones making the deal. That should be Captain Drake of the Sky Raiders and Ascendent Tiger. You'll also need to defeat their cronies, and while you're at it, destroy all the chambers they're using for their Vampyr transformation process. I mean, can't leave any loose ends.

Part 4: Stop Negotiations (8 capsules to destroy, Defeat negotiators)
Council base @ Sharkhead Isle

Even as a villain, you know this place feels wrong.

Objective: Your team has destroyed the transformation capsule.

Objective: Your team has destroyed the transformation capsule.

Objective: Your team has defeate dthe negotiators.

Mission Complete: You forcibly broke up negotiations.

Silver Mantis

They should thank you for breaking that up. I mean, they're the Sky RAIDERS, and they weren't even there to STEAL anything. Pathetic.

Take out Sky Raiders and the base they're raiding

Silver Mantis

Duray's next target is a Crey facility in New Haven. Rumours are Crey moved a lot of strnage things in there. I'm really curious what Duray thinks they have. Of course, if something were to happen to every last one of the personel at that place during a Sky Raider attack gone horribly awry, well then, there would be no one around to complain if we take a look for ourselves.


I like how that works. We stop the Sky Raider heist and get a peek at what Crey is up to; and the only 'cost' is the pleasure of wiping out a Crey base. Sounds like a win-win to me. I can't wait to hear all about what you find.

No one knows what's in that facility but Countess Crey and Duray. I can't wait to learn what you find out. Just take out eveyrone. I think you'll enjoy it. it should be fun! We do know that whatever is going on in there, it's a pretty big installation. So, be ready for a long fight.

Part 5: Defeat everyone in Crey facility
Laboratory @ Cap au Diable

You followed the Sky Raider attackers in through blasted corporate offices above, and entered the underground complex.

Mission Complete: You stopped the Sky Raiders and cleaned out the base.

Silver Mantis

Ooooh! Crey had super-human clones! I kind of wish we'd let the Sky Raiders get away with some of that stuff now. That would have made them so much more fun to fight!

Destroy Sky Raider sea base and defeat Durary

Silver Mantis

Duray's gambit is almost over. Unfortunately, they've still managed to steal a lot of things I sent less competent villains to deal with. Now they're about to move all of their booty to a secret new base they've built offshore. You're going to go there, smuggled aboard one of the container ships. And once you get there, you're goig to wrecjk the base, and defeat Colonel Duray himself. This should be all kinds of fun!

We've arranged transit for you in the hold of a cargo ship waiting in Sharkhea Island. You'll be put into a cargo container and loaded aboard one of the two ships headed to the Sky Raider's secrt new sea-base. Once you're there, figt or sneak your way out of the hold. Once you're outside, start destroying the emplaced defenses. That should cause some havoc and draw Duray out. Defeat him, and you're done.

Part 6: Destroy defenses to draw Duray
Cargo Ship/Sky Raider sea base @ Sharkhead Isle

The Sky Raiders are in for more trouble than they can imagine. Time to destroy!

Colonel Duray [Arch-Villain]
Colonel Duray has had a long time to culture his hatred for the heroes he holds responsible for the Rikti War. In combat with heroes, he won't give an inch.

Mission Complete: ?

Air Pirate
Awarded for completing the last mission of the Strike Force
Silver Mantis


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