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The Black Pyramids Edit
In classic ATC tradition, of course, the Lieutenant's first priority was his own enrichment. After reluctantly helping Sergeant Janus to assassinate Captain Pascius and leave him in a shallow desert grave, Vells promoted himself to Acting Captain and secured one of the Black Pyramids, but not before seizing as many artifacts as he could from the Kirvan Oasis, the site of the ATC's forward base. After a slave uprising, desertion by the Telranian auxiliaries under Tamarak (a loyal friend of Captain Pascius) and constant interference by the Cult of the Unnamed, Vells's embattled position led him to rashly order the ATC forces at the first Aetheric Gate to open fire on an unidentified airship, which Vells believed to be under Knights Mercantile control. Vells feared that the KM would outflank his remaining forces and cut off his retreat from the Pyramid to the Aetheric Gate. Ultimately, Vells was incinerated by the blast-back of the Black Pyramid as it fired a second time to seal the third Aetheric Gate, which led to the twisted domain of the Scaled Man.