My position in Cyberpunk 2077 is simple: as long as you don’t mess with me, you’re not my enemy. An approach that I have clear since I began my adventure in Night City and I have kept at bay at all times, because as soon as I see that there is a hint of doubt, I stab in the back. However, the one with the bleeding wound now is me.
I have come across the Sons of Voodoo, some real jerks who have not only played a detestable trick on me, but have done the same to practically anyone who has tried the RPG of CD Project RED. What should have been a simple job ended up becoming a toss-up decision that has gone terribly wrong for me.
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My investigations to find out who Evelyn’s contact was ended with the rescue of the head of Lizzie’s from the dump in which the de Clouds have put her. Honestly, I don’t know what kind of help Judy is offering me, because my job is to make sure we don’t get seen and don’t shoot a single shot. I show off my stealth mastery and run into an Evelyn who’s practically a corpse, so we take her back to her house. After a couple of hacks here and there, I manage to explore her memories to find out that whoever she was, the person she agreed to get the Relic back with, belongs to Pacifica.
I hardly say goodbye to Judy when I leave the apartment and close the chapter with them; for me they no longer exist. Mr. Hands gets me a job with the so-called Sons of Voodoo, and if he keeps it, I’ll have an audience with Brigitte, their leader. I agree, because I have no other choice, and by the time I arrive in the region I begin to understand the fame of the place. Pacifica is a pit of extreme poverty, crumbling shacks, and a towering domain of violence. for each corner. It is normal for corporations to want to destroy everything to take over the area.
While looking for Brigitte, I enter the church where Evelyn met her and that’s when I start to hallucinate. They are celebrating some kind of ritual with cyberpunk lights, they have monetized the church confessor -six edis to atone for your sins- and I am not astonished. Placide is the next contact I have to approach and I find him in a butcher shop that would set off all the alarms of the Ministry of Health. Being introduced to a program so I can see and hear what I’m doing isn’t cool, but Silverhand says shut up, so we’ll have to listen. I pray Agwe is the name of the system used by the Children of Voodoo and it has more crumb than it seems.
Prayer is a word belonging to the French Creole language, which is typical among the Haitian Creole population and part of the French term réseau, or what is the same, network. For its part, Agwe, has a more theological origin and is linked to Haitian voodoo. This religion is one of the most famous and reviled in the world, mainly due to his constant relationship with spirits, attempts at possession and the resurrection of the dead. For those who practice it, there is a figure called praise, which are subordinate beings to the creator deity for believers, Bondye. Rituals that allow the praise possess people, which makes it easier to communicate with them and ultimately with Bondye. Having more than a thousand loa in the voodoo religion, we find that Agwe is the one corresponding to the sea, which provides protection and guidance in aquatic lands.
Similarly, Rezo Agwe possesses V to provide a means of communication for the Children of Voodoo regarding what they want to see, beyond serving his purposes against NetWatch. What is all this nonsense for? For him to walk like a headless chicken into the Grand Imperial Mall, an abandoned shopping center that has been taken over by the Animals. There I have to find out what the hell they are up to, with whose help and get information about the whereabouts of Brigitte, who has been kidnapped.
Two overalls are the ones who give me the last instructions before entering and I already see what the problem is. These savages are nothing more than beasts cybermodified, but not like the Maelstrom, but in order to grant them colossal brute strength. Considering that they are capable of jumping five meters and there is a Sasquatch waiting in a room, I decide that confrontation is not my preferred option. However, the real dilemma appears when I find out that a netwatch netrunner It’s hidden in the movie theater. I find him, he is the one who gives logistical support to the Animals and before he catches him to close the deal with the Sons of Voodoo, he starts a Russian roulette.
This agent begins to tell me that Rezo Agwe is nothing more than a virus that they can fry me with at any time and they will as soon as I fulfill my part of the bargain. I don’t have to believe him, but I decide to exhaust all dialogue options with him; If I can get a piece of a betrayal, I will do it without hesitation. He tries to convince me in every way that the Voodoo are going to betray me and that I form a team with him, but I know corporations; After all, I come from Arasaka. I smack him in the face, connect to his network to quickly exterminate him, and suddenly see Placide fry half NetWatch, me in the process. The mother who brought him, I wake up ghastly, but alive. Silverhand, who always thinks he’s two squares ahead of the rest, is cursing all over the place and so am I. Brigitte has already been released and I’m going to have a few words with her.
The Boss of the Sons of Voodoo does not have that name by chance. Maman Brigitte is the name given to the praise of the cycle of life and death for Haitian voodoo, showing herself as a female representation of a young woman, with long black hair. In cyberpunk 2077 It has not been decided to include his face painted in white in the shape of a skull, but it is an unequivocal sign of his link with the afterlife, which gives him extraordinary powers within the religious organization chart. To calm my spirits, he assures me that he will help me with the Relic and for that he needs to introduce me to the Black Wall. You have to find Alt Cunningham, creator of Almicia -as a consequence of Relic himself- and a love affair that Johnny Silverhand had set up. He serves as a lure to help us contact her, which is just a set of engrams within the Network.
By the time I’ve managed to get out of the virtual world, Brigitte sends me off to fry asparagus, simply because she thought I was going to die in the process. There is no further discussion, I am going to annihilate each and every Son of Voodoo as soon as the opportunity presents itself.
Am I the only one who doesn’t swallow the Pacifica gang? The truth is that no, according to the comments and threads that I have discovered on the Internet. I have informed myself in depth about the Children of Voodoo and I have made a spoiler that I appreciate. I’m not sure how, but apparently they are going to try to betray me again, in a second mission and I put God as witness that they will not get out alive from the trap that I am going to do to them. However, it must be admitted that they have not had it very easy either.
We are talking about emigrants from Haiti, a region that has been tremendously affected by natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake and the subsequent outbreak of cholera among the population. Looking for a better place to live and work is perfectly understandable, but society hasn’t helped them settle into the Night City routine. They live in shacks, in miserable conditions, earn their living in butcher shops and have a network set up as netrunners around the city. They have not made it easy for us to like them either, because voodoo is not the best letter of introduction for strangers. Placide warned me to be careful, because people like me stand out too much. Not like its graffiti and the chapel, mixing voodoo with Catholicism, which is a common practice in the Caribbean country.
Brigitte assures that the gods stayed on the island, but that does not prevent them from paying them a certain tribute. If she by tribute means betraying everyone, I don’t want to know anything about her gods. The general feeling among the community is that there is no way to warm up to the Sons of Voodoo and it’s a shame considering that they had everything to like us. That doesn’t mean that cyberpunk 2077 do a poor job of building characters; on the contrary, has created a band that reflects humans better than ever.