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Denton was about to jump up to the fire escape when he heard a police officer behind him yell freeze. He turned around to face him.

"Anti-terrorist operations in progress. I am UNATCO agent JC Denton," he said and flashed his ID. "Get your man and surround the Hotel. Anyone except me trying to leave, shoot to kill. You might not get a second chance. And call the SWAT we will..."

"Who do you think you are giving orders to, "agent"? The days that UNATCO did whatever they wished are over." Officer Millan glared at Denton. Not too long ago UNATCO opened fire on a crowd of protesters here in New York, before he overthrew Page.

"US national security is threatened by a known terrorist. It's not only under my jurisdiction, but it's also my duty to act. Now stop protecting this criminal by wasting my time."

"I don't see why you don't make Hell's Kitchen your official HQ, so many times you have put it under U.N. jurisdiction.."

"What happened Sir?" asked a young cop behind the officer.

"Its Denton. He is in command of the block now."


"Yeah..." Both man looked at Denton with fear and disgust in their eyes. The lies of Walton Simons still burned in their minds. He was a dangerous criminal who assassinated political adversaries in cold blood and killed numerous innocent people when he blew up a whole building. Some of their colleagues have spent time on the hospital due to his liberal use of tranquilizer darts.

"Lets go and i'll give you his orders..."

Denton turned around and started climbing the fire escape.

"Hey. Agent. Do you want me to send some back up up there?"

He stopped climbing and looked back. Through his black glasses he looked the officer in the eyes.

"No. I'd rather not put your man in danger and I'm used to being on my own. Besides, I don't want to have to watch my back against potential backstabber's."

Denton found Jensen on the roof making adjustments on his augs. It didn't take him a second to get up and ready.

"Give up Jensen. You know you cant go anywhere."

"I don't need to go anywhere. My allies have plans and they can execute them without me. I only have to get rid of you," said Jensen and jumped at Denton with all the power his augmented legs could master and with armblades drown out.

Denton barely had time to jump aside and he pulled out the weapon that was the easiest to pull, his 10mm pistol, while he was 7 feet higher then Jensen. Not even a moment after he landed he saw Jensen charging again. Jensen tried to punch him in the neck with the blades. He barely dodged it and fired his pistol at Jensen's heart. But that didn't seem to slow him down. Denton jumped, but with the other hand Jensen grabbed his leg and threw him to the ground.

"What the matter Denton? Did you slip?" said Jensen as he was launching himself at him.

Denton fired his pistol at the augmented hand of Jensen. Some fingers stop responding.Those arms were not designed to take such powerful hits point blank  Denton fired some more shots to release the hold. The next thing he knew was that Jensen was on top of him and his fist was punching his face.

"Now you must die," said Jensen and in his voice he could discern determination and desperation.

Jensen grabbed both his hands. He knew that now he was fighting uphill. Jensen risked it all to try to force a close combat were he had a small advantage, and his gamble had succeeded. Denton was trying to find a way to get Jensen off him, not only for his life, but because the world could not afford to go through another civil war. Jensen did not try to force his way to his head or torso. Instead he was pushing his hands to the ground. Jensen was using his whole weight to support his move and that gave him an even bigger advantage, one that Denton had no hope of countering. His hands hit the floor hard.

"Boys should not play with guns. Now let it go." He hit his hands even harder.

Dentons pistol fell off his hand. Jensen hit his hand again with an even greater strength again and again. Dentons arms were failing him. Not because of the damage, the nanites could handle the repairs, but from exhaustion. Much of his arm was human and this part was starting to get really tired.  Then Jensen lifted his arms, took out his blades and stuck em on Dentons chest, missing the heart by inches. Denton realizing how close to death he was, he started punching Jensen with his weakened arms in the face, ruining his aim for dear life, blades penetrating his chest every few seconds. The nanites healed the damage and then a new wound again at the same spot. Denton was in agonizing pain. Jensen was pounding away like a jackhammer made for tearing up flesh. No ending was in sight. Denton stopped punching to let his arms rest for a bit. He had to regain some strength to push him away from him. He didn't have enough time, his bioelectrical energy was failing. Jensen felt that he was close to winning, he thought that Denton has given up.

"You're finished Denton," said and aimed for the head.

That second that took him to aim gave time to Denton to read his next move and his tilted his head. The armblade had gone through the floor and with the power of his blow, rocks came out of it. In a split second Denton knew what to do, he mastered all his strength and punched the side of Jensen's right arm. The blade, weak when hit on the side by such a high strength blow and because it was stuck on the floor, broke. Denton quickly took a rock from the smashed floor and he hit Jensen, who was not prepared. Blood and teeth came out of his mouth. The second hit knocked out his augmented eye and made him roll to the floor.

Both opponents stood up and weighted each other. Jensen looked at Denton who's upper body was a mass of blood and teared up body armor and clothes, some of them caught up on the regenerated wounds. In his hand there was still the rock that he used to hit him, dripping blood at the floor. His own bio-electrical energy was almost depleted from the constant pounding. And he only had one armblade left. But the boy looked weak. Only if he could be on top of him again, get a clear shot at his neck or brain..

Denton saw a barely wounded opponent, in contrast with the pool of his blood that was on that floor. While he was on the verge of collapsing from the exhaustion, every muscle in his body demanded some of the precious few litres of oxygen he had in him. Jensen on the other hand didn't saw any sign that he was tired or that he was about to stop in spite of his augmented eye that was out of the socket and only hold on by some wires. He was like an unstoppable machine, dedicated to kill him. His augmentations were almost out from then constant use of his regeneration augmentation. So he had to depend on his skill as a fighter. He didn't have time to load sabot slugs on his shotgun that could help pierce Jensens antiballistic augmentations, nor he could dodge him like he did when he got up there. Knowing that Jensen couldn't hurt him with firearms, at least until his energy level was completely depleted, he pulled out his Dragon's Tooth Sword. If Jensen dared, he was ready for another round of close combat.

Both of them locked eyes with their opponent. There was no need for words. Both of them wanted to end this quickly, both were fighting for their lives and their cause. But non of them made the first move. Jensen didn't know anything about that sword, but he didn't like the looks of it. Denton was barely holding on to consciousness and Jensen could overpower him easily at every physical activity.

And that weakness is what started the battle again. Denton made a move, as if he was about to faint, and that convinced Jensen that Denton didn't have the power to fight back. He launched himself at Denton, who had just enough power to use his sword. With a horizontal cut, he cut of Jensen right arm, his defense augmentation was not enough to stop the sword, that cut through them with ease. If Denton had enough power to use the sword he could probably cut through the rest of Jensen's body. Jensen's augmentations were not programed to transmit pain, so he stuck his blade at Dentons face from the side. But with only one eye it was quite hard to aim properly and he missed the brain. Dentons cheek's were pierced and his teeth and his jaw were broken. Jensen pulled his blade towards himself and now Denton didn't have any lips. He felt he was going to shock. He had just a few seconds before he passed out. With what strength he had left, he kicked Jensen on the groin and as Jensen backed a bit he sliced his head off. Then he collapsed. He was found unconscious 1 hour later when Special Unatco Unit arrived to see what has happened.

"You did good JC," said Morgan Everett with caring voice.
"Too bad i couldn't arrest the son of bitch. I would really like to find out who send him."
"Yes, well, you did your best. He was one of the best mechs out there. No one blames you for killing him."
"He just surprised me."
"The American Congress has just voted for one hundred billion dollars for further research for Nanoaugmentation Technology. Those money will go explicitly to upgrade your augmentation system as well as creating some new. You will work with some of the best scientists and you can ask them for exactly what you need."
"There is no need. He really just surprised me and i didn't have time to take out Dragon's Tooth from the beginning. Besides, intelligence indicates that there are no other mechs as experienced Jensen. Those money could be better used serving the people, we have too much infrastructure to restore."
"They are serving the people JC. We need to stay in power. If we lose our place again there will be chaos. And from what Jensen said his allies have plans. The technology to create mech augmentations is no secret. Helios made a report that someone unauthorized downloaded the schematics for the universal constructor, while you were on the operation table. We could have a mech agents, threatening to destroy the peace we are trying to create."

Denton stood there thinking what he just heard. He could feel the icy air of the Alps on every molecule of his body, except for the bottom half of his face, were now existed a mechanical prosthetic. Unconsciously he brought up his hand to touch it.
"Don't worry JC, just a temporary solution. As soon as the nanotube mold is complete, we can begin steam cell therapy, and you will get your own face back," said Everett with kind voice.
"It just feels wrong. I touch it and it just feels like dead skin. A few inches higher and I would be dead. It makes me uncomfortable."
"Lets go practice our meditation. Posthotel Achenkirch has a dedicated facility, the Zöhrerhaus, for that purpose. I rented it for 3 hours. You will find it quite different from what you are used by meditating near sea level. Much more refreshing and your uneasiness will disappear. Some books suggest it happens because we are closer to the great lightgiver, the sun, it is easier to dissolve into light."
The battle between the two protagonists continues at the top of Ton Hotel.

Everyone is free to use it and change it if you like as long as you include a link of the original at the end. But if used for commercial purposes, i would like to be asked first.
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Mana4X2 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that is not what I was expecting but... wow :la:. Talk about intense. Your ability to capture combat scenes is phenomenal. I mean I'm not happy Jensen lost yet I'm still very much appreciating what took place in this. I really do love the mention of them both fighting hard for their cause. That really summed up this piece in a nutshell.

As a new Deus Ex fan fiction writer I am glad to have found you. Cheers, and thank you for accepting the invite to :icondeus-ex-4eva:. Hopefully you'll be just as inspired after Mankind Divided comes out :clap:.
DDentonas Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Professional Writer
And thank you again! 

This story was written before Human Revolution came out. If I had written it after I played the game, the battle would look veeeery different. Adam's augmentations may be strong for his era, but they don't even come close to what JC could do in his own game. So the story would turn Adam into the underdog, trying to survive by using his 30 years of experience against the younger (but still very experienced himself) agent! 

I am very psyched about Mankind Divided! There are not enough games with a Deus Ex feeling out there. Although the style of the story is turning away from what I loved about the first Deus Ex... But that is a topic for another day! :D 
Mana4X2 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, in knowing it was written before the game came out I can now understand what you were trying to achieve even better now. For you to say Denton is stronger makes me want to go find his bio on the Deus Ex Wiki and read up on him properly. I can actually see how he would be stronger though. I've always been fascinated with Nanotechnology and am thus developing a fully nanotech based character in my own fan fiction. The story I'm doing at the moment is a teaser for the main story set straight after HR. If you have the interest I'd love to get your thoughts on it? No worries if you'd prefer not to. Just nice to talk to someone who knows so much about that side of Deus Ex ;).

And please... pick a day to start that conversation about your feelings on the style of the new game. I'm interested. No doubt there will be plenty of replies to the blog I plan to put up in the group after I've played it myself. In fact, I'll be encouraging everyone to have their say. I love this universe but the Mechanical Apartheid trailer turned me off in the sense of the cruelty. That sort of thing hits me right in the core, but as Adam, I can beat the living heck out of those behind it. LOL. Actually, no, stealth, non lethal take-downs are how I play the game, but still, the option is there :giggle:.
DDentonas Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Professional Writer
Well, I'll let you know in what way he is stronger, so you don't have to open a wiki (and spoil the first game for yourself) :D 

Full combat oriented JC is just way faster. As in, he can run 100 meters in 5 seconds and can keep that up for 2-3 minutes, while reloading and firing weapons. (I just opened the game to measure that)
He has 65% reduced damage from all incoming attacks. If you add a bullet-resistant vest, all incoming damage is reduced by 93%
Add to that the ridiculously useful regeneration augmentation, which heals about 1/4 of his total health each second... and well, you have a walking tank.
The power to destroy robots with a single swing of a sword!

I once tried that combination (with cheats) and I was just standing there, surviving the concentrated fire of 2 Military bots, 3 Commandos and 2 police officers and every new second I was back to my top health. For reference, imagine standing in front of 4 Barretts, and 8 belltower soldiers. 

Of course this is very hard to pull off in game. You don't get that many upgrades for your augmentations. But after the end, if we're talking about the Illuminati ending (which this story is), upgrading your augmentations to the max level, would be trivial.  

Oh yes, the power of Nanotech (and old first person shooters xD )! I could write a completely different story based on an underdog Adam instead of a Terminator style Adam. Maybe I will do that one day!

I will read your story at some time. Unfortunately now I'm working 24/7 for a project of mine. (Teaching game development to people) But rest assured that I will read it once I have some time for myself! :) 

Same goes for my opinion about the style of the new game. I am planning on making a blog post about it when I have the time. So when I do, you're going to be the first one to read it!
Mana4X2 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Seriously? That's really cool but no challenge at all! :P I love augmentations but come on, there has to be a limit. Even my character isn't a walking tank. Still, to picture that... yeah, okay, that's awesome, especially now I've put myself in Denton's place :D. I love that you seem to get just as excited about these sorts of things as I do. Very, very cool to meet other fans like that :nod:

You teach game development... well that does explain where the passion for it comes from then. Kudos to you. Absolutely no rush or pressure on either reading my story or sharing your blog post but I am very happy that you will be doing both at some point. Oh, and if you ever get around to an underdog story of Adam, I'm so reading that :la:.

By the way, if you haven't already seen it in the group gallery, just for reference and if you're interested, this is Shaali, my character:
DDentonas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Writer
I uploaded an old video I just found for you :D
Mana4X2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Lol. I totally get it now. Thanks, D. I left a comment over there. My main thought is at least he did fall... eventually ;P. Took a bit, though.

Btw, I know you mentioned being pretty busy so, great to hear from you :D.
DDentonas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Professional Writer
Hehe, like I said, there are plenty of limits in game. First of all, if you activate all of your augmentations at the same time, your energy will run out at about half a minute. With intelligent use of your augmentations (activating them as needed, with the exception of the armor and the Aggressive Defense system* you can make that 2 minutes. After that you start using consumables to restore energy.

And really, this is my optimal build after playing the game countless times. First time players can't turn JC into a Walking God of Death and Destruction! Or they could, and they would run out of energy consumables in 5 minutes and then they would have to proceed with limited use of their augmentations, which is hard. 

Deus Ex was the game that got me into game design. You can only hope for a new game that will surpass your favorite game for so long, before you decide to do it yourself! 

I really wish I had the time to read your story now! Your character looks cool! (and also I'm developmental editor on another Deus Ex story in the making, (can't talk about it), and I could give you some more in depth thoughts on your story!)

Thank you again for liking the story and for the conversation! You may also like my other story, "JC Vs Ironman"! It shows a better use of augmentations and it is a much more even fight! (Hehe, now that I think about it, Captain America vs Ironman was a pretty similar battle! :D ) No I don't know why I'm only writing Vs stories about Deus Ex. I just like having fun with the augmentations I guess!

*Aggressive Defense System: Aerosol nanoparticles are released upon the detection of objects fitting the electromagnetic threat profile of missiles and grenades; these nanoparticles will prematurely detonate such objects prior to reaching the agent. 
Tactics: At level 4, any enemy using rockets, missiles or plasma weaponry against you will kill himself with his own splash damage.
You may remember it from the first part of the story! Adam using the Typhoon would be suicide and I only let him survive for the sake of drama!  

MclaneJeremiah Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Incredibly well written story, but when you ask me, i suppose that Jensen should win. It's only my opinion, based on both games. Jensen seemed more powerful than Denton. Nevertheless amazing job!
DDentonas Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks :D

Well endgame Denton is almost immortal. Nothing can bring him down, while Jensen has to stay in cover. A few seconds of sustained fire kills him. Also JC can run faster and without stopping.
MclaneJeremiah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Ahh, good old games. It's a shame they cannot be brought back. Everywhere you have "important decisions" and "action-packed warfare". Keep up the good work.
aurigale Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good. It has a lot of potential. However there are some errors that should be addressed. When a character is speaking you don't need to put a full stop before 'said'. And speech should be put in quotation marks, E.g. You did good, JC. Said... Should be "you did good, JC", said...
DDentonas Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks, I'll try to correct it as soon as possible. :)
EricaLeeV Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice conclusion (or at least what I assume to be a conclusion due to the ending of the confrontation).

I quite like the violence and feel you handled it nicely...reminded me of the sophisticated brutality in Blade Runner and from what I heard there is a lot of violence to be done in the next Deus Ex game as well.

My excitement for that game is further encouraged thanks to you. C: Well done.
DDentonas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you for the kind words and the support! :)
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