"So what's the plan?"
"Get outside and run as fast as you possibly can"
"...So I'm guessing you're not the brains of this operation"

― Rivera and The Freelancer


In the mission, the Freelancer is tasked with extracting a defecting Halcyon scientist named Rivera. They infiltrate a remote safehouse near London, Ontario under Jackdaw's coordination.


The map is located in an isolated area near London. It is covered in snow and an outline of the city can be seen towards the road. The safehouse is fenced off by wooden and chain fences, with the rest of the area being covered by sparse trees. The main structure of the mission is the safehouse found in the middle. The house has 2 floors and a basement. There is also a garage and a shed.

The lower floor of the house has a main living room with a big TV, a smaller living room with a christmas tree, and stairs to the upper floor. This room connects to the kitchen which has an entrance and a small pantry room. The kitchen is connected to an open space with a table, an entrance, and stairs to the upper floor. This room also has a hallway leading to the main living room which has an entrance at the end. The basement door is also in this hallway. The main living room connects to a working room through 2 doors, which has 2 glass doors. The house also has a fourth entrance at the back, which opens to a small room with a network box that connects between the 2 doors found next to the main living room.

The stairs at the christmas tree lead to a small balcony. The balcony also has a potential spawn for the control room door. The other stairs lead to a hallway next to it which has a small balcony and connects to the other control room spawn and 2 locked off concrete rooms. The basement can be accessed by a single door and holds the saferoom.

The outside has a few trees, a shed, and a garage. The shed is right next to the spawn and has 2 doors and an open gate. The garage is on the other side of the map and has a locked door and an open garage door. Inside, there is a small metal structure with stairs and a network box. The doors with multiple windows can also be opened by shooting one of the middle windows next to the lock, which will enable you to reach inside and open the it without any tools. This is however not advised as after that it will behave as if it had been drilled with the Precision Drilling perk.


There are 3 types of NPCs in this mission: Falcon, Halcyon Operatives, and Rivera. The Halcyon Operatives are guards that roam the map, stopping at certain locations for some time. Some of the operatives have partners they will radio to for a bit, and their detection rate will be higher while they are doing this. Taking out a Halcyon Operative will begin a timer and after 4-5 minutes the control room will be alerted. Taking out more operatives will shorten this time. This can be negated by taking out the control room guards.

If loud initiates they will fight the TRU instead of despawning.

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Falcon is a special Halcyon operative in command of the safehouse. He holds a high-security card and a USB drive. He will frequently radio his second in command, who also holds a card. Jackdaw will notify you when Falcon is on the radio and if you wait long enough, he will mark Falcon's second in command for you. Taking out Falcon will raise the alarm after 1 minute.

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Rivera is a special NPC found in the basement. She will wait outside of the saferoom once you rescue her, going to the escape once all objectives are completed. If loud initiates she is executed by her guard if you didn't take them out already.

Mission Progression

The main objective of the mission is the extraction of Rivera. This can be done in both stealth and loud, but she can be killed during loud. The tools can be found either in the shed, concrete rooms, behind the desk in the workroom or on the metal structure in the garage. The propane tanks can be found in the shed, pantry, concrete rooms, inside room with the distraction or the garage.


Stealth requires you to first reach the basement and rescue Rivera. This can be either done by opening the saferoom with a high-security keycard or opening the vent and giving her tools so she can disable the door. The keycard is carried by Falcon and his second in command. After obtaining the keycard you can insert it at the saferoom door which will open after a bit. Once inside you have to take out Rivera's bodyguard who will get alerted upon opening the door. Instead of the keycard, you can also get the screwdriver and wire cutter which will enable you to open the saferoom vent. The guard inside will instantly get alerted and you have to shoot them, after which you can hand Rivera the tools and she will open the door from the inside.

After that, you have to take out the control room guards to disable the radios. The room is opened by using a screwdriver to open the panel next to the door after which Rivera will tell you how to rewire it. After taking out all control room guards you have to take out every single guard found on the map, including Falcon. Once everybody is taken out, Rivera will come upstairs to the extraction zone where Sparrow arrives with her helicopter.


Loud starts off the same as stealth, you have to get into the saferoom in the basement. Since Rivera is shot when loud begins you just have to confirm her death before moving on. You can either open the door via keycard, open the vent using the screwdriver, or blow the wall up with C4 or Thumper. If you initiate loud after you rescued Rivera, she will not be killed. Next, you have to get into the control room which can be either done by blowing it up with C4 or with two propane tanks. After getting into the control room, you need to hack the Halcyon servers. This can either be done by hacker, anyone who picked up the USB dropped by Falcon, or anyone if Rivera is alive as she will give you the password.

Hacking with the USB will take 5 minutes and cannot be sped up. Hacking with a hacker or hacker subclass will take 5 minutes, but can be affected by hacking speed. If you use the password it is the same as hacking it with a hacker, except that the base time is 4 minutes during this time the TRU soldiers will shut of the power and you have to turn it back on. Once the servers are hacked you can escape by helicopter.


Breaking and Entering (Stealth)

  • Get to the basement of the house
  • Get through the blast door
  • Break into the control room
  • Breach and clear the control room
  • Take out all the Halcyon operatives and Falcon
  • Escape

Breaking and Entering (Loud)

  • Get to the basement of the house
  • Get through the blast door
  • Break into the control room
  • Breach and clear the control room
  • Raid the control room for intel
  • Escape

Intel: Falcon

  • Taking out Falcon will raise the alarm

Improvised Explosives (Loud)

  • Setup propane tanks on the door
  • Shoot the propane


Rookie Professional Operative Elite Legend
Guards (outside) 4 4 4 4 4
Guards (inside) 3 3 3 3 3
Falcon (inside) 1 1 1 1 1
Guards (guarding Rivera) 1 1 1 1 1
Guards (control room) 3 3 3 3 3
Rivera 1 1 1 1 1


Rookie Professional Operative Elite Legend
XP 5,000 10,000 14,000 18,000 25,000
Bonus XP (No kills + no alarms) 1,000+1,000 2,000+2,000 2,800+2,800 3,600+3,600 5,000+5,000
Contract $2,500 $3,500 $4,500 $5,500 $7,000


  • Breach and Clear - Complete "The Scientist" on Rookie or above
  • Not Completely Hopeless - Complete "The Scientist" on Operative or above on stealth
  • Torching The Forest City - Complete "The Scientist" on Legend without killing anyone on stealth


  • This was the first mission which did not take place in the United States, occurring in Canada near London, Ontario. The city is nicknamed "The Forest City", as referenced by the Legend badge.
  • A snowman with shades can be seen if you look into the distance at the driveway next to the road.
  • The password Rivera tells you for the servers is "Allegiance", which was the former name of the cutscene Payoff.
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