Port Oakes

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Port Oakes
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Villain City Zone (7-12)

Trainers: Arbiter Unger
TF Contacts: none
Events: none
Exploration Badges: Scurvy Dog, Washed Up, Powder Monkey, Driller, Long Walk, Big Spider, Commuter's Woe, Hidden Getaway, Thrill Seeker
Plaques: Lorekeeper II, Swashbuckler I
Day Jobs: Architect, Pain Specialist, Marketeer, Pilot, Duelist, Monitor Duty, Smuggler, Demagogue
Enemies: Arachnos, Coralax, Council, The Family, Hellions, The Lost, Mooks, Snakes, Spectral Pirates, Turrets
Connecting Zones: Cap Au Diable, Mercy Island, Pocket D
Transits: Rogue Isles Ferries
Port Oakes VidiotMap


Upon exhausting the readily available missions on Mercy Island, villains are next directed to a broker in Port Oakes. To reach it, they catch a ride on the ferry on Mercy Island's southwestern tip. Port Oakes is a much rougher place than Mercy Island, so they should probably be at least threat level 7 before venturing out of the (relative) safety of Mercy.

Upon entering Port Oakes for the first time, each villain is assigned a Broker, either Mikey the Ear or Drea the Hook. Port Oakes is the beginning of the "Broker, Newspaper Missions, Mayhem Mission, Contacts" steps to begin in every new villain zone. Port Oakes's trainer is Arbiter Unger, standing next to the Arena.


(Copied from City of Heroes official Web site [1])

Dominated by Fort Hades and the Arachnos Watchtower, Port Oakes lies at the heart of Lord Recluse’s ocean dominion. A mixture of modern high-rises, sprawling slums, and dubious commerce, Port Oakes is a den of thieves with a history steeped in mass murder.

The pirate known as Blackbeard had just captured the Concorde and rechristened her the Queen Ann’s Revenge. He sought a place to test her in battle, and narrowed his choice to one isle in particular with a newly completed French fort. Lacking a full complement of guns, the fort and its French defenders were no match for the bloodthirsty assault made by Blackbeard and his crew. The overwhelmed soldiers surrendered and asked for quarter, but none was given. The fort became a ghastly scene of mass carnage. Only the sight of a frigate on the horizon ended the massacre. Though the ship never approached the isle, Blackbeard and his crew slipped away, beginning their now infamous course of fire and blood. When the French finally arrived with the rest of the fort’s cannons, they found only death and destruction. Despite the ominous pall that hovered over the isle, the new cannons were installed and the ship’s marine complement was left to garrison the fort.

The hauntings began on the very first night. The spirits of the slaughtered French soldiers materialized from the darkness and attacked the marines. The terrified marines left the fort to the ghosts, never to return. Abandoned and haunted, the nameless fort remained relatively unused for over a hundred years. Many bands of pirates sought to use the fort as a refuge, but each time the angry spirits rose with a bloody vengeance. Most of those slain by the phantoms joined their ranks the very next night as lesser spirits. Over time, the original spirits have come to be called “Red Hands” for the blood that stains their ethereal forms. Their servants are called the “Night Haunts.” During the early 19th century, the long-ignored harbor below the fort provided an attractive hiding place for mutinous crews and any other scum looking for a remote place to hide. This community of dregs eventually came to form a village simply called “Dockside.” The locals tried to occupy the fort on several occasions, but the Red Hands were as relentless as ever.

Finally, an aging Jesuit priest named Padre Gerard Henri took it upon himself to cleanse the fort and lay the spirits to rest. Henri performed a sort of exorcism on the place. When he finally finished the ordeal, the spirits were laid to rest. Or so it was thought. In truth, the spirits were driven from the fortress only by day. They returned each night with a vengeance.

The settlers on the island used the fort as a residence but had no modern armaments to properly outfit it. Thus the town of Dockside was easy pickings for Sergeant Westin Oakes when he “liberated” the town in 1901. He rechristened the isle Port Oakes but Dockside itself retained its name. Oakes’ followers reoccupied the fort and used it to watch over the murderous scum below. Order was imposed and despite the draconian nature of the new rulers (or more likely because of it), Dockside prospered. The wanton criminals of the town were rounded up and put to use creating a new market for smuggled goods.

The coming of Arachnos was not unwelcome by the people of Dockside. Arachnos provided security against several mercenary, hero, and government agencies who had threatened to clean up Dockside on several occasions. Several new buildings were erected downtown in Arachnos’ wake, though construction slowed soon after. Heroes who could no longer directly threaten Dockside instead put pressure on those they did business with overseas—generally derailing anyone who traded with Port Oakes. Some of that eventually spilled back into Dockside in the late 1980s, so Arachnos occupied and refurbished the old fort to give the crime bosses more tangible protection. They also finally gave it its name— Fort Hades, for it was truly a place of the dead. Lord Recluse’s agents took quick notice of the Red Hands of Fort Hades. They’ve been studying the ghosts to see if they might be used as a sort of ethereal army. The problem is that the Red Hands are bound to the site of their horrible death. If the spirit-bond could be removed, however, they would make deadly assassins.

At this time, there is no Governor of Port Oakes. The former governor was arrested by Interpol, leaving a power vacuum that has sparked a gang war between his son, Emil Marcone, and his former consigliore, Guido “the Mooch” Verandi. Emil claims the governorship is his by right of blood. Guido has a more “enlightened” view and says there’s no such thing as bloodlines in Arachnos’ “republic.” Lord Recluse could easily end this pointless fight if he were simply to appoint a governor. He finds the fight amusing, however, and firmly believes in “survival of the fittest.” He’ll wait and see who earns the governorship. It won’t hurt to erode The Family’s power a bit in the meantime—they were becoming a bit too strong for Recluse’s tastes.

Port Oakes Reconnaissance Officer 
(-2553, 124, -1006)

This is Fort Hades. If you haven't noticed it yet, it's tougher than the rest of Port Oakes so you will probably need reinforcements in this area. Oh, and there's something about this Fort you need to understand. It's no walk in the park here, there are real ghosts haunting this Fort so you best be on your guard at all times.
Now, see my report for more information. It should give you an idea of what to expect:
History: The pirate Blackbeard had just captured Queen Ann's Revenge and sought a place to test her in battle. He came upon a newly erected French Fort and used his massive firepower on the half-manned structure. Upon storming the beach, the French were outarmed and outmanned by Blackbeard's cutthroats and were soon surrounded. They asked for quarter but his crew had already tasted blood and cut down brutally to the last one. The haunting began soon after.
These ghost are of particular interest to Lord Recluse. He's been studying them, with the help of Ghost Widow, to see if they might be used as an ethereal army. The problem is that the ghosts are bound to the island and the site of their horrible deaths.
Hostiles Strength: Levels 10 through 12.
Suggested Squad Parameters: 3-5-man teams.
Highlights: Spirit Trapping: Spectral Pirates materialize constantly, arising from the ground or simply appearing. Every ghost who is defeated within 10 feet of a trap has a chance of having it's essence sucked in and held. As villains successfully trap ghosts, they are awarded either the Pirate and Spectral badges.
Identified Hostilities:

-Hospital in Arena District
-Trainer (Arbiter Unger in Dockside)
-Notoriety Contact in Arena District.




Regular Contacts

Level 5-9
└►(The Radio)
Level 10-14
  • The Radio (Arena District: -1456.8, 64, 59.6)

Special Contacts

Zone Events

Major events

  • None

Lesser events

  • None

Important Locations


Exploration Badges

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Scurvy Dog

The owner of Blackbeard's pub is rumored to have sent more than one patron to Davey Jones locker.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Washed Up

Emil Marcone's brother was found at low tide in this particular vehicle.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Powder Monkey

The last of the pirates died at this location defending the fort against Blackbeard.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Driller

Three years ago, Ms. Liberty smashed the supervillain Thermonuke through the deck and into the volatile crude below. Thermonuke's devastating powers ignited the oil and cracked open the Cairo Queen like a pixie stick.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Long Walk

These long parking tunnels are the last thing that many who cross the Marcones see when they're asked to "come take a long walk." Those who live in Port Oakes know to steer clear - and that all of the cars in the lot belong to the Marcones.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Big Spider

This towering skyscraper used to belong to the Marcones before Arachnos seized it for the purpose of "overseeing operations in Port Oakes." The Marcones have been bitter about it ever since.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Commuter's Woe

The Mount Diable Tunnel, destroyed following a turf war gone explosive, connected Port Oakes to Cap au Diable. Much to the chagrin of many commuters, no effort has been made to rebuild it.

File:V badge TourismBadge.png Hidden Getaway

When things became heated between rival families, heads of the Marcones have been known to hide in this cabin, sometimes using the nearby submarine to escape to better grounds. Some say this may even be where the first monkey fight club was started.

File:V badge TourismBadge.pngFile:Badge tourist 01.png Thrill Seeker

You're always looking for new forms of entertainment, and it's said that the Mission Architect technology is entertainment in its purest form.


File:V badge HistoryBadge.png Lorekeeper

You have learned much that is hidden from the eyes of mortal men.

Lorekeeper II - This monument is south of the Mercy Island ferry, at the end of the rocky peninsula. Coordinates (-1550, 35, 1945)

File:V badge HistoryBadge.png Swashbuckler

Arrhh, matey! You be a mighty scholar o' piracy!

Swashbuckler I - The plaque is on the outer wall facing west near the northwest corner of Fort Hades. Coordinates (-3113, 207, -1550)

Day Jobs

File:Badge DayJob Architect.png Architect

Your study of the Mission Architect system has earned you the Architect Day Job. Logging out in the Mission Architect will earn you 2 bonus Mission Architect Tickets, when you log back in, each time you complete a mission for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob Duelist.png Duelist

You spend your free time battling other heroes and villains in Arena matches earning you the Duelist Day Job. Logging out in an Arena will earn you a bonus to your maximum Endurance, when you log back in, for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob MonitorDuty.png Monitor Duty

Your time spent protecting your Supergroup's base has earned you the Monitor Duty Day Job. Logging out in your Supergroup base will earn you a Prestige bonus, when you log back in, each time you complete a mission for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob PainSpecialist.png Pain Specialist

Your expertise in surgery and understanding pain has earned you the Pain Specialist Day Job. Logging out in a Hospital will earn you a Regeneration Bonus, when you log back in, for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob Auctioneer.png Marketeer

Your time spent supplying the Black Market has earned you the Marketeer Day Job. Logging out near a Black Market will grant you a power that will allow you to teleport to a Black Market of your choice, when you log back in.

File:Badge DayJob Pilot.png Pilot

You have aided Arachnos by piloting its fliers, helping Lord Recluse better mobilize his troops, earning you the Pilot Day Job. Logging out near a Black Helicopter will earn you a Speed Bonus, when you log back in, for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob Smuggler.png Smuggler

You spend your free time smuggling in illicit black market goods earning you the Smuggler Day Job. Logging out near a ferry will earn you a random enhancement, upon each mission completion, for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob Demagogue.png Demagogue

You spend your free time spreading Arachnos propaganda to better manipulate and placate the masses of the Rogue Isles earning you the Demagogue Day Job. Logging out in the Arachnos Building in Marconeville will earn you an Infamy bonus, upon each mission completion, for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob CareGiver.png Caregiver

You have spent a great deal of time working in the hospitals of Paragon City during your free time earning the Caregiver Day Job. Logging out in a Hospital will earn you a Regeneration Bonus, when you log back in, for a short time.

File:Badge DayJob Auctioneer.png Day Trader

Your time spent working at Wentworth's has earned you the Day Trader Day Job. Logging out in Wentworth's will grant you a power that will allow you to teleport to an Auction House of your choice, when you log in.

File:Badge DayJob Pilot.png Grounded

Arachnos is more likely to pound you into dust than let you near one of their fliers. And your license is no good in Paragon City, it seems.

File:Badge DayJob Smuggler.png Gunrunner

You've scored the biggest coup of all; smuggling directly into Paragon City. Unfortunately, it's a long round-trip.

File:Badge DayJob Demagogue.png Professional Liar

While you're no longer interested in spreading Arachnos lies, there doesn't seem to be many opportunities in a similar vein here in Paragon City.


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