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Rucker's Evidence is a story item and pocket secretary in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The item is found during the main mission M7: The Rucker Extraction. Although the item is added to the database as a story item, it behaves like a standard pocket secretary in some respects. When first read as a pocket secretary, the title of the message is "Green Light."
This pocket secretary contains evidence which Rucker believed could prove ARC's innocence. The email on it reads:
SPOKE TO H.K.
PHASE 1 IS GO.
DEL'VR ORCHID ASAP THEN MAINT'N COVR.
REST OF CELL ON STDBY.
ADD.L ORDRS TO FLLW.
The message is signed by "JM" (Joseph Manderley) and is an assassination order instructing the recipient of the message, who is part of a "cell" of agents embedded within ARC, to move forward with the deployment of the Orchid, the substance that would kill Talos Rucker.
The phrase "spoke to H.K." refers to a conversation between Manderley and Bob Page in which Page instructed Manderley to issue the orders for Rucker's assassination. Adam Jensen would later discover a recording of this conversation. The recording indicates that Manderley was to give the assassination order to their "man inside ARC."
The item is found in the locked room of Talos Rucker's office. The locked room is opened by a keycard that is either given by Talos Rucker (if the debate was completed successfully) or obtained on his desk.
- If given to Miller (during the conversation after returning from Golem City), nothing will come of it.
- If given to Vega (during M9: Checking Out the Men in Charge), Vega will provide you with a keycode in one of the final missions of the game.
- If given to neither, nothing will come of it.
Pocket secretary transcript
Unlike standard pocket secretaries, this item is specially labeled as "Rucker's Evidence" (rather than "Pocket Secretary") in the interact prompt. The item is read like a pocket secretary when first picked up, but is added to the database as a story item rather than a pocket secretary message.
When first picked up and read like a pocket secretary, the message title "Green Light" is visible, as well as the following fields:
- To: [UNKNOWN RECIPIENT]
- From: [UNKNOWN SENDER]
The main text of the email is the same as the story item description, except for a minor discrepancy in that the story item description recites "ADD.L" whereas the pocket secretary transcript recites "ADD,L".
- When viewed as a story item, the graphical model displays the same generic humorous message that appears on all pocket secretary environment models, rather than the actual text of the message.