Jean Vares' hideout on Pluto in ES 473 in a flashback in Phase 70
|Part of||Solar System|
|Debut||First mentioned in Phase 15 |
Later shown in Phase 16 and Phase 70
Pluto is shown as having a very inhospitable environment characterized by rugged terrain covered in methane snow. Temperatures can reach as far below as -230° C. Charon, its largest moon, is clearly visible from the surface.
Jean Vares had constructed his hideout on Pluto, making it very difficult for his pursuers to reach him. ORDER however was able to track him here in ES 473, although the team was practically wiped out, leaving only Lakshmi and its commander, Aga Mbadi, alive. Gambling that Vares would send someone to confirm their deaths, Mbadi was forced to cut all power to their spacesuits except for minimal heat to conserve battery power. He survived by using yoga to place himself in suspended animation, but was unable to save Lakshmi, who slowly froze to death in his arms.
The tactic worked however, and Mbadi was able to corner Vares in his hideout, during which the terrorist was critically injured. Mbadi then triggered a recording that Vares had made earlier that revealed his motivations for his crimes, but also acknowledged Mbadi as the victor, a scenario that he had foreseen. He also told Mbadi that to return from Pluto, they would both have to cooperate. This necessitated the transplant of Vares' brain bio-chip into Mbadi's head in order to repair a spacecraft, gather fuel, and navigate home. Exhorted by Vares to undertake the process and become an Übermensch, Mbadi succeeded. He was able to return from Pluto in triumph, launching his rise to fame.
- Pluto on Wikipedia