The Goat HAEDUS – The TrollWhile repairing a monitor bank at Affirm Research, a maintenance worker received a call telling him to go to an Inquest complex and repair a malfunctioning router. Just then, he came across Vincent, who, empowered by the Eternal Warriors’ fold map he ate, teleported him across town to the Inquest facility. As it happened, a man working for the intergalactic arms dealer Citadel had sabotaged the router to allow Citadel entry into the facility so he could retrieve a child code–named X19, the carrier of one of the deadliest viruses on Earth. Before Citadel could enter X19’s room, however, Vincent bonded with the child and teleported him away.
When FBI Agent Tempest Sheridan arrived on the scene to investigate X19’s disappearance on behalf of the CDC, two unidentified armed men in bio–hazard suits attacked her and destroyed her own suit. Just then, Vincent returned and the men followed him into a vortex. After donning Amy Fishbein’s uniform, which she found in a duffle bag from Affirm Research, Tempest left to investigate what linked Vincent to the kid.
After Joe and Holly told her how Vincent’s powers worked, Tempest, following Holly’s advise, returned to Affirm Research thinking that Vincent would go home. Instead she found Citadel, who revealed that the men who shot at her worked for the government, who wanted to kill X19.
Using the transporter in his uniform to track Vincent, Citadel took Tempest across the globe until he lost his trail. Tracing the comm signals in Quantum & Woody’s to a secret complex, Tempest and Citadel found Vincent standing atop a glass container holding Quantum captive. When Tempest asked the guys where they bought Vincent, thinking that was where he took the kid, Citadel teleported away. After freeing Woody from the tube, Tempest leapt off it with Vincent and they followed Citadel to Malaysia.
Grabbing hold of Vincent’s cape, Tempest followed him across the space–time continuum through different dimensions in a futile search for X19 that culminated back at Affirm Research. Tempest was ready to give up, when then Vincent took her to a meadow atop a mountain where she found X19 surrounded by dead cattle, two sheepherders, and the bodies of the men that shot at her earlier.
While Citadel pushed Tempest to choose between letting the government take the boy or letting him take him, Vincent approached X19 and the energy in his body reacted to the virus, which pushed him off the cliff into a river. Leaping after him, Tempest grabbed hold of Vincent, who teleported back to Affirm Research, where Citadel revealed that the X19 virus mutated Vincent’s genetic structure, and when Vincent reinfected X19 with the mutated strain, it rendered the X19 virus inert and cured the boy. Showing that he was not a bad guy after all, Citadel handed Tempest a card with the address to the house of the daughter she gave away.