This article is about the villain Strike Force. For the hero Task Force, see Mender Silos Task Force.

Mender Silos

Trading Places

Contact: Mender Silos
Level Range: 46 - 50
Notes: You can attempt this strike force solo, but a team is recommended.
Zone: Ouroboros
Location: Ouroboros Citadel ledge
Primary Enemy: Longbow
Name: Trading Places

Missions[edit | edit source]

Agree to form a Strike Force[edit | edit source]

Trading Places
Part One

Strike Force briefing

It might be hard to believe that there was a time when Lord Recluse stood at the precipice of taking over Paragon City. As is so often the case, he and his 'patrons' failed in their mission due to the supposed heroes of your time. I propose a pronunciamento to you, one who is not so terrified of the taboo, that perhaps Recluse should have succeeded. Not justfor his gains or even all of the Rogue Isle, no it's much bigger than that. For mankind to survive the 'coming storm', Lord Recluse must rule the world.

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in issues #10 - 12 of the City of Heroes comic book. Enjoy.


I'll send you back in time, insert you into the Archnos and guide you through it all. Our goal is to make sure Lord Recluse succeeds this time.

The first step is for you to track down a mendacious man I believe to be at the root of this. Seek him out and aid him if he'll take it. He is at the fulcrum of these events and you may very well be right at his side, Character.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Aid the "Mendacious Man"
    • Escort Manticore to Arachnos Flyer

You've escorted Manticore to the Arachnos flyer. From here on out, it'll be Lord Recluse who determines what to do with him.


V badge LongbowBadge.png Longbow

Notable NPCs

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Trading Places
Mender Silos, a man who claims something beyond the good and evil you surround yourself with, sends you to Siren's Call to find Manticore. History tells him of a time when Manticore crossed the line from hero to villain. Silos believes that this point in history is key to determining what happens in the future and how to stop it. You go to Siren's Call and discover the Vindicators are there engaged in battle with Manticore. Never one to turn down a fight with Ms. Goody-two-shoes, you decide to aid Manticore. Afterwards, he looks you straight in the eye and says the funniest thing, 'take me to your leader.'

This should be interesting.


Well done, Character. Are you wondering why you aren't seeing the changes in the time stream. You wouldn't, not yet. I however can. You are a rock rising out of the stream with all of possibility flowing around you.

Before you leave, I want you to be aware of my gratitude.

Determine the true depths of Manticore's evil ways.[edit | edit source]

Trading Places
Part Two


Mender Silos: You don't have to hide your thoughts from me. I can see them all over your face. You don't believe Manticore would turn against his kind. Very well, I have just the place for you to go next. You will see who Manticore is willing to become.

Are you interested in seeing this transformation ?

Recluse made a proposal to Manticore: take out Sister Psyche. If you had difficulty believing Manticore would turn on his own, you'll likely find this even harder to believe. So, go back in time and see what this man who claims to be a hero did and then tell me, is it the actions or the intention behind them that makes us heroes or villains ?

Mission Objective(s)

Sister Psyche has infiltrated Arachnos. Be warned, things might not be what they seem.

  • Aid Manticore against Sister Psyche
    • Capture Sister Psyche

You've found a hand written letter addressed to Character.
You've aided Manticore in capturing Sister Psyche.


V badge ArachnosBadge.png Arachnos

Notable NPCs

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Dear Character...
While time traveling into the past, you visit an Arachnos Base and in a crate you find a handwritten letter addressed to Character...

"While you have not yet met me face to face, I hope you've grown to see the truth to my words and begun to question your Ouroboros masters. You, of all people, should not be bound by their constraints. They have come all across the cosmos, disregarding the law of nature, but yet they bind you to the events they control.Have you noticed how they rarely send you into the future? What secret do they guard there that they don't want you to learn ?

Mender Silos gives you no choice. It is only I who offer you that simple right. All I ask in return is that you question him, question Ouroboros, question everything - even me. I expect nothing less from you. You are an individual of intellect who will see through their lies and once you do, you will find me at the end of it, offering you the truth you deserve. It is then and only then that we shall truly meet for the first time.

Until that time, I trust that you have found my letters and have taken them to heart.
Ultimately, the choice will be yours. As always, look for me in the Pillar. I will make myself known when the time is right.

Travel well."


Well done. You've captured Sister Psyche. Now Lord Recluse will use her to power his Jade Spider. This of course, will kill her, nothing I'm sure you're too worried about. However, her death may well be what saves the world. I apologize if you find this mission morally ambiguous.

Lazarus was right about you. We did come to the correct time.

Assault Siren's Call[edit | edit source]

Trading Places
Part Finale


The time has come. Recluse has made his assault on Siren's Call. From there he will sweep across Paragon and then the world. If my hypothesis is true, then he will succeed and in his success, he will actually save the world from annihilation.

Mission Acceptance

Siren's Call will be the staging ground for the Arachnos assault. You must go there and aid Lord Recluse's army. There will be many trying to stop you, but you must succeed.

Mission Objective(s)

  • 50 Longbow to defeat
  • Defeat Synapse
  • Defeat Ms. Liberty
  • Defeat Mynx
  • Defeat Infernal
  • Defeat Malaise
  • Defeat Numina
  • Defeat Citadel
  • Defeat Positron
  • Defeat Synapse again
  • Defeat Manticore
  • Defeat Sister Psyche
  • Defeat Statesman

You've managed to destroy the Freedom Phalanx as well as the Vindicators. Siren's Call is now in the hands of Arachnos.


Freedom Phalanx
V badge LongbowBadge.png Longbow

Notable NPCs

Hero set 1:

Hero set 2:

Hero set 3:

Hero set 4:

Badge bughunter 01.png Bug! The name of Malaise is incorrect: Maliase

V archetypeicon stalker.png Ambush!

You will be ambushed by a hero when the hero is entering the mission. At the beginning there's no hero in the mission. Synapse will attack you after 15 Longbow have been defeated. When Synapse has been defeated, Ms. Liberty will attack you followed a little later by Mynx. Thereafter heroes will attack you in "sets" of 3 heroes like displayed in the NPC description. The heroes of a set will not appear simultaneously but with a short delay between each hero and not necessarily in the order given above. Beware that each hero has his/her Longbow support.


You've managed to alter the timeline so that Lord Recluse overtook Siren's Call. From there, he will be able to siege Paragon City. There will be resistance of course, but all the major powers have been taken out thanks to you.

The causality curve should catch up to our own time like a wave. However, I must tell you, do not expect a tsunami to wash across us. There are too many other factors from then to now that could push the time back to when it was. Time is a difficult thing to change, often taking numerous alterations to make even a minor adjustment in the future.

This is why I have chosen to bring Ouroboros here rather than some when else. Lazarus and I have determined that this is the strongest temporal node with the potential for greatest alterations, but as with everything else, only time will tell.

Reward[edit | edit source]

Unlike the larger Strike Forces, "Trading Places" is more like a Story Arc, and can be completed in about an hour. Consequently, it has no accomplishment badge, and offers only a Single Origin Enhancement reward instead of a Pool C Recipe.

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