The Division Lore: Survival Guide Secrets
Welcome back agents. I have spent my remainingtime in the Division Beta collecting intel and today I wanted to share with you the mostinteresting collectable items in the Division, April Kelleher’s survival guide. This detailsApril Kelleher’s experience during the pandemic through hand written margin notes in a survivalguide book.
Whilst this information is collectable in game, a hard copy of the survival guide,with April’s margin notes will be available when the Division is released in March. Theactual book is called Tom Clancy’s The Division: New York Collapse.Ubisoft Massive Managing Director David Polfeldt said this about the book. «Not only does NewYork Collapse explore the topic of urban survival with real tips and advice, ranging from basicsurvival needs to catching edible game in city parks, it will also reveal enlighteninginformation and key secrets about The Division.» Fortunately, some of the book pages have alreadybeen released online and they contain some juicy lore. This is Myelin Games and I hopeyou enjoy this latest lore video on the Division. Our starting point is a tweet posted on the25th August 2015 by the Division Game. It links to an image of the New York Collapsebook with Arpil Kellerher’s hand written scrawl.We can see from this image, that the author of the book is Warren Merchant. We have actuallyalready seen this name before, in fact he appeared in E3 2015 promotional newspaperarticle.
In the newspaper article it says this, “Warren Merchant, author of the recentbook New York Collapse: A survival guide to urban catastrophe, said in an interview withNY News Media. “A coordinated attack would explain how the virus has spread so quicklyand thoroughly throughout the city. A pathogen with such a high mortality rate would normallyburn itself out before affecting such a large swathe of the population all at once.”April Kelleher is somewhat suspicious of the author, Warren Merchant, as it seems morethan just a coincidence that he published a book detailing the collapse of New York,just prior to the outbreak. On the back of the book it lists other publicationsby Warren Merchant, April has written notes all over the page.
The notes are color codedto indicate the date they are written, black = 3rd December, blue= 12th December, yellow=23rd December, Red= 24th December and the Pencil markings = 31st December. On the 12thDecember April writes “None of these in the library or any bookstore I’ve been ableto get into. Are they just out of print or is there some kind of message? Maybe I amjust grasping at straws….” Later, on the 31st December, April would discoverthat the book does contain a secret message from the author, she says “wait- not everyother letter, every second letter”. If you then take every second letter of the booktitles, it spells a sentence, “Move off Manhattan Island now.” April then writes,“Good advice, Merch but I found it a little too late.”This confirms that the author Warren Merchant was aware that an outbreak was about to occurand this book was secrete message to anyone that could decode it. April makes some furthercomments on certain pages saying, “I’m almost onto you, “Warren””, Warren isthen scribbled out and in quotation marks.
This makes it appear that maybe Warren isnot his actual name. She then says, “What did you know, Merch? I am going to find out…”Interestingly, the book was provided to April by her husband, Bill. Did Bill also know aboutthe message in the book? Bill is definitely involved in this plot insome way. There is a page online, that we have not been able to collect yet in the betaand in the margins April has left some pivotal information. On the 3rd of December Aprilwrites, “I couldn’t get a hold of Bill and was worried about the outbreak, so I decidedto go to his office and see if I could convince him to take a few days off while people gotit under control. As a kind of morbid joke with myself I brought this along to read onthe subway. Already it doesn’t seem so funny anymore.
I got off a Broadway- Lafayette around10am and walked down toward the lab. It’s a little building that you wouldn’t thinkheld a biotech lab. There isn’t even a sign for SBGx on the door.
As I got close to thebuilding, two cars screeched up front. Bill and two other people came running out of thebuilding. I was shocked to see him in that situation, so at first I didn’t even callout to him. The men coming out of the cars had guns. There were more men coming out ofthe building, also with guns.
I ducked behind a food truck but kept watching because Billwas right there…” If we now look at the in-game survival guidepage 5 collectable it says, “April’s text in black pen: Dear Diary: It’s December3rd and you’re not a diary and I’m stuck in Manhattan with a dead husband and no phoneand suddenly I’m feeling luck that I have good shoes and a pen and friend I can crashwith tonight. I think. If I can find her. This really bad, Diary.
Getting worse. Talkingabout it doesn’t help, but maybe writing about it will. Bill is dead. Not from thebug, someone killed him. For his work, I’m sure.
I’m going to find out why.” April’stext in pencil, Merch knows why. It continues in black pen, indicating it was written onthe 3rd December, “I called the homicide squad and asked about Bill. They don’t haveany record of an incident at SBGx, or Sequent Biotech Group- it took me a minute to rememberthe company’s full name.
I told them what had happened and I don’t think the deskoffice, or whoever was on the phone, believed me.Using the online pages and the in-game information we now know, April’s husband Bill workedfor a biotech company called Sequent Biotech Group. It appears that he was taken from theoffices at gunpoint, we are unsure about how exactly he died, but from the dates in thebook, it appears he died on the same day and that April witnessed the incident. I speculatethat Bill’s company was likely working on a vaccine which may have been why they wereat the offices, potentially trying to destroy any progress on a vaccine.Whilst this is speculation, I think it is safe to assume that Warren Merchant knowsa lot of information about the origins of the virus and we can only hope that he isan ally. Interestingly, page 5 of the survival book speaks about very specific techniquesto survive a catastrophic event, such as “the go-bag” and the “72 hour rule”. Thesetechniques should sound familiar as they are the techniques that Division agents employ…Is Warren Merchant a Division Agent? A sleeper agent disguised as an author who left a secretmessage in a publication. Thank you for watching, I am really enjoyingthe Division Lore series, if you would like to support the channel and cannot think ofa comment, leave the phrase, Agent Merch.
As usual it has been a pleasure, this is myelingames, peace.
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