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Research and Development was a virtual representation of one of Jacob Frye's genetic memories, relived by a Helix initiate through the Helix Navigator.


Pearl Attaway tasked Jacob with stealing a set of internal combustion engines from the Millner Company.


Jacob entered Attaway's moving carriage.

  • Attaway: Mr. Frye! I told you to make an appointment.
  • Jacob: My schedule was open.
  • Attaway: You're fortunate I like you.

Attaway gave Jacob a document.

  • Jacob: "Internal combustion engines"?
  • Attaway: Eight small syllables that mean a great deal of money. The engines will be delivered to Millner by train. Secure them for me and he will be... devastated.
  • Jacob: I'll need a second train to pull this off... And I think I know just the man.

As Jacob was about to leave, Attaway stopped him.

  • Attaway: So we have a deal, Mr. Frye?
  • Jacob: "You're fortunate I like you", Ms. Attaway.

Jacob made his way to a police convoy escorting Ned Wynert.

  • Policeman: The Captain's been looking for you for some time, Wynert.
  • Ned: There are laws against arresting an innocent?
  • Policeman: Shut your trap!

Jacob hijacked the carriage Ned was in.

Jacob rescuing Ned

  • Ned: What the hell's going on out there?
  • Jacob: A change of plans, that's what's going on!
  • Ned: Frye? God damn it! Where do you come off rescuing me?
  • Jacob: I believe it's pronounced "thank you", you ingrate!
  • Ned: I operate on a strict policy of keeping people indebted to me, not the other way around. I hate having to return favors!
  • Jacob: I could leave you here for the police to collect you.
  • Ned: No, it's too late now. Just get us out of here.

Jacob opened the doors to the carriage.

  • Ned: So, what do you want, Frye?
  • Jacob: What makes you so sure I want something? Perhaps I saved you out of the kindness of my own heart.

Ned laughed.

  • Jacob: Come on, let me tell you about the job.

Jacob, Ned and a group of Rooks stole another train and prepared to attack Millner's train.

  • Ned: Millner's pulling a lot of cargo there!
  • Jacob: Just be sure to make the transfer!
  • Ned: Give 'em hell!
    Hurry up, man!
    We don't have all day! Get cracking!
    Get a move on, Frye!

Jumping aboard Millner's train, Jacob searched the crates for the engines.

  • Jacob: Not this one!
    Not what I'm after!
    Here we go!

After finding the engines, Jacob detached the cargo wagon and defended Ned from the thugs aboard Millner's train.

  • Ned: All right, boys and girls! You know what to do!
    What are you waiting for, friends? Get moving!

Jacob opened a crate holding an engine, which he and Ned inspected.

Ned and Jacob opening the crate

  • Jacob: The internal combustion engine. The end of horse-drawn transport. It's like gazing into the future.
  • Ned: And what is the going rate for the future, do you think?

Jacob gave Ned the document he had received from Attaway.

  • Jacob: Oh, we're not selling them.
  • Ned: You're giving them to your contact?
  • Jacob: You'll be paid all the same.
  • Ned: Who is this Pearl, anyway? How long have you been working with her?
  • Jacob: She's a business partner. That's all you need to know.


After freeing Ned Wynert from the police, Jacob was able to steal Millner's internal combustion engines for Attaway.



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Sequence 1: A Spanner in the Works
A Spanner in the Works
Sequence 2: A Simple Plan
A Simple Plan
Sequence 3: A Modern Babylon
Somewhere That's Green - Abberline, We Presume - To Catch an Urchin - Gang War (Whitechapel) - Freedom of the Press
Sequence 4: A Quick and Reliable Remedy
The Crate Escape - A Spoonful of Syrup - Unnatural Selection - On the Origin of Syrup - Cable News - Playing It by Ear - Overdose
Sequence 5: The Perils of Business
A Room with a View - Friendly Competition - Breaking News - The Lady with the Lamp - Research and Development - Survival of the Fittest - End of the Line
Sequence 6: A Run on the Bank
A Case of Identity - One Good Deed - A Spot of Tea - A Thorne in the Side - A Bad Penny
Sequence 7: All is Fair in Politics
Playing Politics - The Bodyguard - Driving Mrs. Disraeli - Change of Plans - Unbreaking the Bank - Motion to Impeach
Sequence 8: The Joys of Freedom
Strange Bedfellows - Triple Theft - Fun and Games - Final Act
Sequence 9: Shall We Dance?
Double Trouble - Dress to Impress - Family Politics - A Night to Remember
Pressed Flowers
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Charles Dickens
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Charles Darwin
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Karl Marx
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Queen Victoria
Operation: Dynamite Boat - Operation: Locomotive - Operation: Drive for Lives - Operation: Westminster
Train Hideout
Stalk the Stalker - Nigel in for the Chop - Hullo Mr. Gatling - Runaway Train - A Long Night Out on the Town
The Dreadful Crimes
A Simple Matter of Murder! - The Case of the Conflicted Courtship - Death Stalks the Colonel - The Fiend of Fleet Street - The Mystery of the Twice-Dead Professor! - Locked in... to Die! - The Most Hated Man in London - Next Stop: Murder! - Conjuring up a Killing! - Murder at the Palace!
Duleep Singh
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Bounty Hunts
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Martin ChurchThe Lambeth BulliesThe FletchersBeatrice GribbleThe Slaughterhouse Siblings Eveline DipperThomas BlackrootLouis BlakePeter NeedhamArgus and Rose BartlettMyrtle PlattPhillip BeckenridgeThe Jekyll BrothersTom EcclestonCaptain Hargrave IIHarold DrakeWallace BoneEdgar Collicott and Bodyguard
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The Darkest Hour
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The Apothecary Twins - The Magpie - The Master Spy
Spy Hideouts
Hopton's - Clarence Stock House - 17 Walpole Lane
The Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy - Runaway Train - A Long Night Out on the Town - The Dreadful Crimes - The Last Maharaja
Jack the Ripper
Sequence 10: A Monster's Creed
Prologue - Autumn of Terror - The Unfortunates - The Lady Talks - Letters of Intent - Prisoners - Loose Ends - The Mother of All Crimes - Family Reunion - Live by the Creed, Die by the Creed
Bounty Hunts
David Jack-Emmings - Woody Shinnings
Cargo Hijack
Opium Cargo - Egyptian Spoils
Close the Fight Clubs
Mitre Square - Cock Lane
Lost Women
Lost Women - Lost in the City
The Ripper Letters
From Hell - Saucy Jack - Dear Boss
Carriage of Justice
John Pizer - Seweryn Klosowski - Robert Donston Stephenson
Jack's Lieutenants
City of London - Whitechapel
Walk of Shame
Walk of Shame - Shameful Abuse
Brothel Attack
Ludgate Hill Brothel - Gracechurch Street Brothel - Buck's Row Brothel
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