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Overview Edit

Vitaly Cherenko
Vitaly Cherenko
Zone Skyway City
Coordinates (1580, -84, -668)
Level Range 15-19
Introduced by Fareed Abdullah
Introduces Dr. Cheng

Wyatt Anderson
Juliana Nehring
Piper Irving

Enemy groups Badge villain cot Circle of Thorns
Badge villain outcasts Outcasts
Badge villain trolls Trolls
Badge villain tsoo Tsoo


Vitaly Cherenko is a City of Heroes contact located in the Land of the Lost neighborhood of Skyway City at coordinates (1580, -84, -668). Vitaly Cherenko is a Magic origin contact. His level range is 15-19.

Introductions Edit

Contact Introduced By Edit

New Contact(s) Edit

There's a wise old man named Dr. Cheng who knows just about everything there is to know about the Banished Pantheon and the Circle of Thorns. He has access to Training Enhancements.

Dr. Cheng is very wise, Hero. Pay close attention to his words.

There's a great young historian you should talk to named Wyatt Anderson. He's an expert on the history of all things super-powered, and he can be a big help to new heroes like you. He's especially interested in taking down the Clockwork and the Trolls. Wyatt's research has him in Steel Canyon these days.

Have you ever read Juliana Nehring's column? She's an Internet reporter who specializes in super-powered villains. She's always looking for new sources to help her investigate the latest Vahzilok and Outcast activities. Juliana files her stories in Skyway City.

Juliana is tough as nails and is willing to do whatever it takes to get a story.

I'd like you to go see my friend Piper Irving. She's an anthropologist working here in the city. She knows a ton about the obscure beliefs of the Banished Pantheon and the Circle of Thorns. Piper knows where to get Training Enhancements.

I am sure you will find Piper quite knowledgeable.

Information Edit

Mystic Healer

Vitaly Cherenko thinks of himself as a doctor, though he practices magic, not medicine. Vitaly is a powerful mystic who uses his prodigious healing powers to treat the homeless, free of charge. His standard of living is not much better than his clientele's, but he is fulfilled and happy. That is, until he runs across a problem he can't cure with his magic. Then he turns to the city's heroes. Heroes comprise a large portion of his patients as well, especially the younger ones just starting out. Vitaly is currently quite worried about the Tsoo and the amoral Circle of Thorns, both of which threaten his homeless patients.

Initial Contact Edit

This city is in need of a great deal of healing.

Store Edit

Vitaly Cherenko sells the following items:

  • Inspirations
  • Level 15 Natural/Magic Dual-Origin Enhancements
  • Level 20 Natural/Magic Dual-Origin Enhancements

Story Arc Edit

Story Arc Notes Edit

This story arc may start with either the Check out the warehouse in Steel Canyon mission or the Pick up the Tsoo data from Juliana Nehring mission.

Pick up the Tsoo data from Juliana Nehring Edit

Briefing

Hey there. I've got a pretty simple task for you today. My friend Juliana Nehring has some info on the Tsoo that I would very much like to hear. Trouble is, she's kind of paranoid about using normal channels. Could you go pick up the Tsoo data from Juliana? I know I can count on you to keep it safe.

Thanks a lot; this will set Juliana's mind at ease.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Get Tsoo info from Juliana

Briefing

I'm so glad Vitaly Cherenko sent you. My sources tell me that the Trolls have been meeting secretly with the Tsoo. In fact, I just got word that some Tsoo were seen entering a Troll-occupied office building not far from here. I think you should go check it out.

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Conversation with Juliana Nehring
Juliana Nehring told you, 'My sources tell me that the Trolls have been meeting secretly with the Tsoo. In fact, I just got word that some Tsoo were seen entering a Troll-occupied office building not far from here. I think you should go check it out.'

Mission Objective(s)

This seems like an ordinary office building, but the unnatural hush tells you that no legitimate business is being conducted here.

  • Bust gang leaders, their crews
    • 3 office workers to rescue

On one of the defeated Tsoo, you found a drug ampoule.

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Drug ampoule
You found this ampoule on a defeated Tsoo, in an office that had been taken over by the Trolls. The white skull logo indicates that it is probably Superadine.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain trolls Trolls
Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Debriefing

Thanks for taking on the Tsoo and the Trolls. This ampoule you found probably contains Superadine, but I'll check it out to make sure.

I have a bad feeling that the Tsoo are planning something big. We need to look further into their meetings with the Outcasts and the Trolls.

Check out the warehouse in Steel Canyon Edit

Briefing

Good day. I am hearing some troubling rumors today. Could you check out a warehouse in Steel Canyon for me? There have been reports of high-ranking Tsoo going in an out of there for days.

I have the feeling the Tsoo are planning something big. Please see what you can find out.

Mission Objective(s)

The scorch marks and patches of frost on the walls mark this building as an Outcasts hangout.

  • Bust gang leaders, their crews
    • Search for clues

You defeated the villains and recovered an artifact.

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Statue of falcon
While fighting the Outcasts, you recovered this bronze statue of a screaming falcon. It seemed that the Tsoo were trying to sell it to the Outcasts, though you don't know what they expected in return.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain outcasts Outcasts
Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Debriefing

That statue you found is exactly the kind of artifact the Outcasts crave. It may be that the Tsoo were trying to sell it to them. Now, if we only knew what they wanted in return.

Take drug ampoule to Wyatt Anderson Edit

Briefing

I got a call about that drug ampoule you found at the meeting between the Trolls and the Tsoo. My friend Wyatt Anderson is pretty interested in seeing it for himself. Would you take the drug ampoule over to Wyatt?

I'm still trying to learn more about that artifact the Tsoo were trying to sell to the Outcasts. The minute I hear anything, I'll let you know.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Take drug to Wyatt Anderson

Briefing

You're right, this drug is packaged exactly like Superadine. But it isn't. It's Rage.

The Tsoo have been manufacturing Rage lately; they're hoping it will become the new drug of choice. Let me tell you, you don't want to mix the two. It would cause a massive chemical imbalance in the brain, turning you into a berserk killing machine.

Oh, I almost forgot; Vitaly Cherenko called me. Apparently Vitaly Cherenko wants a look at some artifact you recovered from the Outcasts. Vitaly Cherenko said you should get it to him without delay.

V archetypeicon stalker Ambush! After speaking to Wyatt Anderson, you will be ambushed by the Tsoo.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Take artifact to Vitaly Cherenko

Contact Small Vitaly Cherenko
Vitaly Cherenko
Briefing

You say the Tsoo were trying to sell this artifact to the Outcasts? Well, that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'buyer beware!' This statue gives the bearer power all right, but it does so by eating away at his soul!

I think the Tsoo may be trying to sabotage the Outcasts. Maybe you should hit the streets in Steel Canyon. If you defeat enough Tsoo, you may convince one of them to tell us more about their plans.

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Vitaly Cherenko's observations
Vitaly Cherenko told you:

'You say the Tsoo were trying to sell this artifact to the Outcasts? Well, that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'buyer beware!' This statue gives the bearer power all right, but it does so by eating away at his soul! I think the Tsoo may be trying to sabotage the Outcasts.'

Mission Objective(s)

  • Interrogate Tsoo about plot
    • Defeat 15 Tsoo

You found a coded note on one of the defeated Tsoo.

Ambush
Procrastination may spawn an ambush by Tsoo.

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Coded note
You found this note on a Tsoo gangster. It reads:

'R Y N P S K N G S E Q S R J T P D P J I R C J H L S I X J D R J Q Y A P J N I K A I N N P A I K S P N J L N P S R A I K S R 9 7 C S L S C A R X V N S Q F R Y S R H J P N Q X I R Y N Q A Z N P Q E N S O O N O Q J V N C S I A I C P N S Q N L P J O T C R A J I H P L J'

Debriefing

So, one of the Tsoo you defeated was carrying this note? Nice job. I think I can get this decoded pretty quickly. With any luck, it'll tell us more about the Tsoo's recent meetings with the Trolls and the Outcasts.

I've sent the note that Tsoo gangster was carrying to a cryptographer. Hopefully he can give us some solid information to go on.

Clear Out the Tsoo Headquarters Edit

Briefing

I've got a guy hard at work decoding that Tsoo you note you found, but I don't think we can wait for his translation. I just got a tip on the location of the Tsoo headquarters; if we don't move quickly, they may have a chance to move. I need you to clear out the Tsoo headquarters now. Take this com unit so I can get in touch with you wherever you are.

Mission Acceptance

The headquarters is under the control of a Tsoo known as Mr. Po. Above all, I want Mr. Po in custody.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Get out there and find that Tsoo hideout.

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Com unit
This waveband communications unit should allow your contact to get in touch with you anywhere in Paragon City.

Mission Objective(s)

Discarded tattoo needles testify to the Tsoo's unwavering allegiance to their gang.

  • Defeat Mr. Po and his crew

Do you copy? It's Vitaly Cherenko. I got that note decoded. It seems the Tsoo are using that Rage drug to poison the Trolls! The note you found reveals the location of their Rage lab. We need you to get over there and shut it down. Vitaly Cherenko over and out.

You found a strange bronze statue, similar to the one the Tsoo were trying to sell to the Outcasts.

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Statue of deer
You recovered this bronze statue of a wounded deer in a Tsoo hideout. It is similar in design to the dangerous artifact you found the Tsoo trying to sell to the Outcasts.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Unnecessary Solicitation

What are you doing here? I told you to get over to that lab and shut it down!

Mission Objective(s)

This high tech equipment wasn't purchased by a bunch of floundering gangsters. The Tsoo must have resources no one has guessed at.

  • Defeat all Tsoo in Rage lab
    • 12 Rage synthesizers remaining

You have defeated the Tsoo and destroyed the Rage synthesizers.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Debriefing

Great job. The Tsoo won't be poisoning the Trolls with their Rage anytime soon.

The way I figure it, the Tsoo are trying to weaken all the other gangs in Paragon City. They tried to poison the Trolls by giving them Rage, a drug that reacts badly with the Superadine that the Trolls regularly take. And they tried to cripple the Outcasts by selling them artifacts that consume the bearer's soul. Who knows what they are doing to undermine the other gangs?

Souvenir Edit

Rage ampoule

You've kept this Rage ampoule as a reminder of the efforts to stop the Tsoo from poisoning the Trolls, in an adventure you've come to think of as:

The Tsoo Shenanigans

Concerned by the activities of the aggressive Tsoo, your contact sent you to Juliana Nehring for some data. She provided the information, and tipped you off to a possible connection between the Tsoo and the Trolls. You went to an office building where the two groups were meeting in secret. There, you recovered an ampoule of a drug you assumed to be Superadine.

You were also sent to an Outcasts hideout, where you encountered the Tsoo and recovered a strange bronze statue.

You took the drug you found to Wyatt Anderson for analysis, and learned that it was a new, Tsoo-manufactured drug called Rage. You took the artifact to Vitaly Cherenko, who told you that it was an extremely dangerous artifact that could consume the bearer's soul. It seemed clear that the Tsoo were trying to weaken their rival gangs. At Vitaly's suggestion, you hit the streets. After defeating many Tsoo, you recovered a note written in code.

You learned the location of the Tsoo headquarters and went to shut it down. There you discovered another bronze statue, much like the first one. Your contact then radioed you, to tell you the coded not had been deciphered. According to the note, the Tsoo were using Rage to poison the Trolls! You hastened to the Rage lab and destroyed it, putting an end to the Tsoo's evil plot.

Missions Edit

Be introduced to Jim Temblor Edit

Briefing

Have you been to Faultline lately? The City's finally begun to rebuild the place! The Circle of Thorns have moved out, and the villain populations are down. Parts of it are almost as safe as any other part of the city. But there's still a lot of trouble out there. In fact, I recently heard about a young man by the name of Jim Temblor who's having some trouble, and could use some help.

Jim Temblor's problems mirror some of the trouble affecting Faultline as a whole. There's a lot of promise, if it doesn't get crushed beneath the weight of the past.

Oh, and take this briefing on the zone, too. It will get you up to speed on the area.

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Faultline briefing
Overbrook was built on top of one of the may tributaries leading into the small lake outside of town. Eventually, the city dammed the lake, turning it into the reservoir. Overbrook became a beautiful place, with waterfront property and gleaming skyscrapers. But this was not to last. Right after the war, the arch-villain Faultline tried to blackmail the city with his earthquake devices. A few novice heroes tried to stop him, but failed. The villain set off his machinery and leveled Overbrook. No one has heard from Faultline since, and the area adopted his name until this day. A lot of villains have crawled out of the woodwork to claim the ruins of this zone.

Recently, the city's begun to rebuild the zone. It won't be easy, and the criminal elements aren't leaving. They found out that many of the pre-war supergroups had their bases there, and are now trying to scavenge the ruins. While Longbow has set up near the dam, and the PPD have done their best to keep the rebuilt neighborhood of New Overbrook safe, every hero who can patrol the area is a big help to the reconstruction effort. Faultline isn't quite the trial zone anymore, but it's not a safe place.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Meet Jim Temblor

Go to Faultline and defeat as many Circle mystics as you can find Edit

This mission is no longer offered as of Issue 8. This mission will be changed to Defeat 15 mystics on characters who already had accepted the mission.

Briefing

There have been an number of disappearances reported in Faultline lately, and I think we both know who's behind them: the Circle of Thorns. I want you to get over there and defeat as many mystics as you can find. Maybe we can stop any more people from falling into the Circle's clutches.

Downfall and Dark Astoria are full of mystics. Maybe you should start in one of those neighborhoods.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Combat Circle in Faultline
    • Defeat 15 Circle of Thorns

Debriefing

Well, you stopped the kidnappings in Faultline, at least for a time. Never forget, though, that the Circle is a persistent enemy. I'm afraid they will be back to their old tricks all too soon.

Defeat 15 Circle mystics Edit

Briefing

There have been a number of disappearances reported lately, and I think we both know who's behind them: the Circle of Thorns. I want you to defeat as many mystics as you can find. Maybe we can stop any more people from falling into the Circle's clutches.

Mission Acceptance

The Circle is quite strong in Steel Canyon. Perhaps that would be a good place to look?

Unnecessary Solicitation

Missing Info

Mission Objective(s)

  • Combat Circle of Thorns
    • Defeat 15 Circle of Thorns

You have battled a sufficient number of the circle.

Enemies

Badge villain cot Circle of Thorns

Debriefing

Your efforts have put some pressure on the Circle. Hopefully, this will help slow down their activity.

Hit the streets and stop the Circle of Thorns rituals Edit

Briefing

The Circle of Thorns is getting bolder by the day! They're performing their arcane rituals right out in public, and it's causing panic among the civilians. I need you to hit the streets and stop the Circle of Thorns rituals. I don't want the citizens of this fair city living in terror.

Mission Acceptance

Faultline is probably the best place for you to start. Boomtown also has a large Circle population.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Missing Text

Notes

  • The mission briefing is incorrect in stating that there are Circle of Thorns in Boomtown.

Mission Objective(s)

  • Combat Circle of Thorns menace
    • Defeat 15 Circle of Thorns

You have discouraged the Circle of Thorns from performing their rituals in public.

Enemies

Badge villain cot Circle of Thorns

Debriefing

You've done a good thing by pushing the Circle rituals back into the shadows. People will feel a lot safer now, and I always consider that a victory.

Defeat Tsoo in Steel Canyon Edit

Briefing

The Tsoo have been seen more and more frequently in Steel Canyon lately. Rumor has it that they're looking for more territory to increase their power base, and are leaning on the Outcasts pretty hard. I need a hero who's willing to help keep them out of Steel Canyon. They've been spotted in Gimry Ridge and the Copper District, but I'm sure any neighborhood in the zone would welcome your assistance.

Mission Acceptance

The Tsoo aren't a major force in Steel Canyon yet, but with their strength they could be a big player in the zone if they aren't stopped. Defeat about 20 of them and it should help to slow down their plans.

Unnecessary Solicitation

Missing Text

Mission Objective(s)

  • Defeat Tsoo in Steel Canyon
    • Defeat 20 Tsoo

Missing Completion Text

Enemies

Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Debriefing

The Tsoo will definitely be left hurting from that. Good job.

Destroy the portal Edit

Briefing

We have located a Circle of Thorns lair under the control of Dimas, a specialist in magical transportation. We think he's trying to set up a portal. You've got to get in there and destroy that portal. If you don't act quickly, it could become permanent. You only have one hour to destroy the portal.

If they activate that portal, it will be one more way for them to move their forces within the city.

Mission Objective(s)

The scent of dried herbs tells you the Circle has made themselves at home.

  • Defeat Dimas and his coven - 60:00

You have closed the portal and defeated Dimas.

Notes

  • The name of the Circle leader varies. Possible names include Dimas, Movian and Ravelar.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain cot Circle of Thorns

Debriefing

With that portal gone, the Circle will have one less foothold in Paragon City. Well fought.

Meet the hacker and get the file Edit

Briefing

A computer hacker I know claims that he got into a database filled with Tsoo smuggling records. He wants to get them to the right people, but he's afraid the Tsoo are watching his office. If the Tsoo are watching him, they'll certainly try to stop you. Those files could reveal a lot about their smuggling operations. I can understand why he might be nervous. Can you meet with him and get the encrypted files and encryption key?

The hacker calls himself PyR4T. He could be in very serious trouble.

Mission Objective(s)

A paper sign taped to the door outside says that this office is closed today. This is the address where you were supposed to meet the hacker, and the door is open. But you notice the lock has been forced.

  • Save hacker from Tsoo
    • Take hacker to computer

You have rescued the hacker and retrieved the files.

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Tsoo files
These computer files contain Tsoo smuggling record.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Debriefing

Thanks to you, the hacker is safe and we have his files. I'll make sure they get to the right people. This might be what we need to crack the Tsoo's smuggling operations. Good work!

Re-Capture the cursed weapons and defeat Lion Mane Edit

Briefing

A new Tsoo boss called Lion Mane has been stockpiling cursed weapons he's had his men steal at a warehouse downtown. I don't know what his plan is, but it cannot be good. We need a hero to go in there before they can use them.

You'll have two objectives this time. Your first objective is to re-capture the cursed weapons Lion Mane has gathered. Your second objective is to defeat Lion Mane and make sure he doesn't try something like this again.

Mission Objective(s)

Something feels wrong in this place. A sense of dread permeates everything.

  • Defeat Lion Mane & get weapons
    • 4 Artifacts remaining

You have re-captured all of the cursed artifacts and defeated Lion Mane .

Notes

  • The enemy boss's name can vary. Possibilities are Crazy Phoenix, Golden Fist, Lion Mane, and Storm Strider.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain tsoo Tsoo

Debriefing

It looks like you re-captured all of those cursed artifacts, and I heard you even beat Lion Mane himself. You did better than I could have hoped for.

Go to the sewers and clear the Circle out Edit

Briefing

The Circle of Thorns has been spotted in a section of the sewers. We have enough trouble down there without them adding to it. Get down to the sewers and clear the Circle out.

Watch out for their mystic blasts. They pack quite a punch.

Mission Objective(s)

The air smells of roses and jasmine. Magic is definitely being used here.

  • Defeat all mystics in sewers

You have cleared this sewer section of Circle of Thorns activities.

Notable NPCs

Enemies

Badge villain cot Circle of Thorns

Debriefing

It sounds like the Circle nearly succeeded in casting a spell that would keep all of Paragon City asleep forever! It's a good thing you went after them. Otherwise, the lives you've worked so hard to protect would be nothing more than unending siestas!

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