Insula Lacrima is the smallest of Medici's land-based regions and the second smallest region overall. It consists of a group of islands in the shape of a seal that were previously the property of the eDEN Corporation. In the past, the Black Hand struck a deal with eDEN and took some of the islands for themselves. In exchange, eDEN was provided with a small battalion of Black Hand mercenaries to provide security on their airship. Later as the eDEN Corporation completely disappeared, the Black Hand took over the entire region and started looting technology.
The islands are formally introduced to the game in Stowaway, the first mission of the Mech Land Assault. Under Black Hand ownership, the region has become home to a number of detention centers, weapons depots and abandoned eDEN research facilities.
History and cultureEdit
The oldest settlement on the islands is a set of ruins located on a small lake island. Near that island is a cave/natural tunnel that leads to more ruins inland.
Almost nothing is known about the region's history between the ancient era and Di Ravello's rule. The Eden Callaghan tapes reveal that on October 13th, 1990, President Dante of Medici arranged a meeting with the CEO of the eDEN Corporation, Eden Callaghan. During the meeting, Dante explained that he was interested in supporting advanced research on the application of Bavarium. He showed several samples of the ore to Ms. Callaghan and offered to form a partnership with her company. On March 16th, 1992, as part of the deal made with Dante, eDEN was permitted to lease Insula Lacrima for its own personal use. Even after Di Ravello seized power, the company was permitted to continue leasing Lacrima so long as it acknowledged and recognized the new government of Medici.
Until going out of business, the eDEN Corporation used Lacrima primarily for conducting research and testing its drone and A.I. programs. The company also struck a deal with the Black Hand and permitted the mercenary group to establish a small presence on the islands. Once eDEN disappeared (via genocidal A.I. that killed everyone on Lacrima and the EDEN Airship), the islands were completely taken over by the Black Hand who looted the company's assets (drones, mechs, advanced technology, and weapons) for their own gain.
Both factions have left their mark here, a blend of artificial and natural scenery bursting with overgrowth.
- This is the only land-based region to not have an FOW-protected central command, civilian settlements, or any trace of the Medici Military because the land is privately-owned.
- The nature of the region and everything that goes on there is kept under tight wraps by the Black Hand. So secretive are the group's operations that even Tom Sheldon claims to have never heard of the Lacrima islands when Rico Rodriguez first mentions them to him.
- One of the old eDEN bases here is responsible for communications jamming to help keep the area a secret.
- If Rico attempts to reach Insula Lacrima in any way before the mission Stowaway has been completed, an anonymous voice will radio to inform him that the gravitational repulsion field will not be deactivated without authorization. An invisible force will then turn Rico (or the vehicle that he's in) a full 180 degrees away from the islands.
- The region is always surrounded by a strange yellow mist which is easiest to notice in daylight.
- Depending upon the context, "Lacrima" can mean "crying" or "tear" in Latin.
- Every part of these islands is a restricted area (until after Storming the Hive anyway) because even if you don't commit crimes you will get heat level 1 when you are spotted.
- The Bavarium Sea Heist DLC reveals that Lacrima was once classified as one of the 3 components of the "eDEN Network"; the other two being the eDEN Airship and Stingray. The network served as the cornerstone for the majority of the eDEN Corporation's scientific research (energy sources, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, aeronautics, robotics, weather studies, advancements for mankind, and bavarium).
- There is a long and wide runway on the south-eastern island. Near it is a mountain, inside the mountain a hangar that holds 3 helicopters. Each one can be either CS Navajo or Urga Postolka, all are the Black Hand version, while they are destructible and movable you are not able to fly them, because they're locked. Destroying them will grant you points for destroying enemy helicopter.
- Inside the before mentioned hanger there is also a U41 Ptakojester cargo plane with it's cargo door open, it is the black hand version, it can not be destroyed, moved or flown. This is a Stationary vehicle.
- The runway near the hanger is very useful for taking off and landing the U41 Ptakojester, it is one of the if not the widest and longest runways in the game. Note that even after liberation of the entire island there will still be satellite dishes, 2 unhacked SAMs and 3 radio towers as well as a few electric boxes along the the runway, therefore it is advised to blow them up/hack them before taking off.