Adrian Veidt, the exalted and athletically gifted masked vigilante Ozymandias, was the smartest man in the world. In 1985 he executed the greatest con in history: genetically-engineering an “alien” squid monster and teleporting it to New York City, killing half the city’s population. His deception
“Veidt Declared Dead,” an obituary posted on HBO’s
In the immediate aftermath of the squid attack (officially known as D.I.E., Dimensional Incursion Event), Veidt became the largest donor to the Democratic party and progressive causes, helping fund the “blue wave” of 1992 that put Robert Redford into the White House after Richrd Nixon’s 24-year reign (as of
A far bigger problem for Veidt than campaign finance reform was what happened to technology in his world. The tech of
(Note: In fairness to the world, baby squid rain began almost immediately after the giant squid appeared. As far as anyone knew a transdimensional rift remained open for unknown reasons. Ironically, the continuance of cephalopod showers into 2019 appears to be proof old technology wasn’t to blame, leading to a revival of technology in the
A global rejection of technology in the ’90s not only harmed his plans for a world made better through science, it cut into his vast fortune. His electric car energy sources known as spark hydrants became worthless, as did his Millennium by Veidt brand, which tried “to evolve society toward a technology-based utopia led by transcendent supermen.” It wasn’t until 1999 that his company gained back all of its value by “licensing proprietary technology to other fields, most notably, pet cloning.” Veidt had mastered genetic-engineering, which he used to make his famous pet lynx Bubatis and his monster squid.
The release of Rorschach’s journal by the right wing paper the
Veidt made his last public appearance in 2007, but by that time he had already become known as a recluse, though no one could agree why. He wasn’t declared formally missing though until 2012, after Trieu Industries purchased his companies but could not find him to approve the deal. There were no signs of any foul play at his known homes in the states of New York and Vietnam, or at Karnak, his base in Antarctica. After a seven-year worldwide search the FBI finally declared him dead in 2019.
Of course, the 80-year-old is still alive, living in a hidden chateau with two very weird servants, Crookshanks and Philips, writing plays about Dr. Manhattan and eating cake. But becoming a playwright doesn’t require total seclusion and the appearance you are dead; so why did he go into hiding in the first place? Was he running from someone? It seems unlikely the government was after him, since, strained relationship with Redford or not, he was a champion of progressives and the left. And while he was a target of right wing domestic terrorists, the smartest man in the world with unlimited resources could better protect himself than even the president.
He must want to have total anonymity and freedom for prying eyes for some other reason.
The last time Adrian Veidt operated in secret, he produced a giant squid and changed the world with the greatest lie ever told, but not in all the ways he hoped or wanted. What master scheme is he working on now to reshape mankind in the image he always intended, one where science and technology help produce supermen of unlimited potential? And how will he keep it all hidden this time? Rorschach was able to reveal his plan to the world, even though Veidt killed everyone else who worked on his project. Did he genetically-engineer loyal servants completely dedicated to him this time? Is that why Crookshanks and Philips are so strange, because they were only recently created in a lab like Bubastis?
Ozymandias had a plan in 1985, and it almost worked perfectly. But one person who knew the truth almost ruined it, and the same technology Adrian Veidt used to pull off his scheme, something he hoped would help mankind, made the world wary of it entirely.
Now everyone thinks he’s dead, and once again war that threatens the peace he killed so many to achieve. What will he sacrifice to “fix” both issues in 2019?