"I manipulated the OSS. I manipulated the Monuments men and convinced Rideau to send us on our last mission. I did it to save my brother. I do not regret this. I've got to see him, one last time."
— Marie Fischer
Marie Fischer grew up in the town of Mittelburg, Austria, alongside her brother, Klaus, under the care of their father, Heinz. Many years later, after the events of the Beer Hall Putsch, Marie sensed that it was the beginning of a dark time, while Klaus saw hope within the Nazi party; their conflict of political viewpoint led to a heated argument, and Marie proceeded to leave her homeland in 1933. She would become an American citizen and end up joining the Office of Strategic Services years later and train with them.
In 1941, Marie began to receive several letters from Klaus, addressing the situation back home: about the artifact that he has uncovered below Mittelburg, now part of Bavaria, Germany, and the Nazis' movement upon the village. In 1943, she tried to request an operation to take place in Mittelburg to investigate the Nazis' activities, only to be met with obstacles. She was suggested by her contacts to sign up for the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program, which may give her an opportunity to get her request approved. Marie was eventually contacted by Major Hank Rideau of the MFAA, who expressed interest in the artifacts that Klaus had uncovered. She then shared with Rideau the information that Klaus had shared to her: about the discovery of a secret chamber underneath Mittelburg, as well as its relation to the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and the artifact it contained.
Weeks later, the MFAA received intel from Olivia Durant, a Maquis agent of the French Resistance, regarding the Nazis' transportation of more artifacts and art pieces from Paris to Mittelburg, which prompted the MFAA to approve an operation in the village to secure the artifacts. Rideau informed Marie of the news, and also implied that he has forwarded her name to be selected as leader of the operation. Weeks later, Marie was officially assigned as lead operative of the mission, and would later begin tactical planning with Rideau. For her mission, she began to assemble a small 4-man squad, comprising of herself, Olivia, as well as two other agents, one who has extensive knowledge in medieval antiquities, and one who has experience on the battlefield.
Despite getting approval, it still took two years before the MFAA was allowed to carry out the Mittelburg operation. On one night, Marie, Olivia, Drostan Hynd and Jefferson Potts along with Rideau moved out to Mittelburg by train, as they go over the details of the mission: secure the stolen art pieces and artifacts, as well as rescue Klaus Fischer. However, their train ride was interrupted by a colossal figure that flipped the train over. In the aftermath, Marie was separated from the group, and also heavily injured. As she attempted to crawl out of the trainwreck, she heard Nazi officers screaming as they are threatened by unseen enemies. She picked up a Geistkraft elektroschnalle from a fallen Nazi soldier, which then healed her wounds. Marie then spotted a wandering figure and attempted to sneak up on him, but then an undead soldier jumped at her suddenly, spooking her. After disposing of the other soldier, she spotted a Gröesten farm house and proceeded to enter, while taking out several more "broken soldiers". She held out for a while inside the house, utilizing the weapon cache and Blitz machine inside to fend off against the oncoming zombie horde, until she acquired enough Jolts to escape the house and head toward the village.
Reuniting with Olivia, Drostan and Jefferson at the village, the four then headed down a bunker where they were greeted by Doctor Peter Straub, who claimed he had already disposed of Klaus for his betrayal. They traveled further down the mine, where they found the secret chamber containing the Hilt of Frederick Barbarossa's Sword. As they attempted to reactivate the machineries surrounding the hilt, they were thwarted by Colonel Heinz Richter, who used a Geistkraft-powered zeppelin to attack them from the sky. Eventually, the four retrieved the Hilt, along with a red ruby attached onto it. As they moved back out into the village, they encountered the colossal creature from earlier, the Panzermörder. Marie was horrified to find her brother Klaus, whose arms were clamped onto the creature's chest. While evading the creature as well as Richter's zeppelin, the group shot down several Uberschnalles from the zeppelin, which they then attached to the Panzermörder's body. The magnetic force from the batteries pulled the creature toward the zeppelin. The creature's resistance resulted in it and the zeppelin being destroyed, along with Klaus, whose body then fell right in front of the group. As Marie mourned her brother, the Hilt began to glow, and Klaus was miraculously revived. He, however, belittled Marie for her actions, and then stumbled toward the village, as he called out Straub for having "opened the gates of Hell". While warning Marie and the group to continue fighting and prevent the return of the Emperor, Klaus activated the well trap in the middle of the village, setting him on fire as he seemingly perished once more, despite Marie begging him to stay with her.
Several days after the Mittelburg operation, Marie and the group were dispatched once more on another mission upon receiving intel of Straub operating on an island north of Germany. While traveling by boat to Heligoland, Marie expressed disapproval of Rideau's decision to send her and the others out so soon, in light of recent events. Drostan, due to his previous experience on the island, also showed disgust toward the location and its history. As they approached the shore of the island, they noticed the other Allied boats traveling alongside them were missing. Zombies began to swarm them from the sea, forcing the four to fend them off. The group traveled further into the island, and began discussing Drostan's hatred for the island. When Drostan refused to talk without the others divulging their own secrets, Marie started first by admitting her manipulation of the OSS and MFAA to get approval for their last mission at Mittelburg, solely for the purpose of rescuing Klaus. Marie was furious to hear that Drostan came to this island once at the request of Heinrich Himmler, but calmed down once she heard about his findings, and his successful attempt at stealing ancient scrolls from Himmler and surviving, while also making money in the process.
Later, the group discovered a containment area where Straub stored all of his undead creations. They attempted to contact the Allies to bomb the island to remove all undead presence, but Straub interfered, destroying the sole radio tower on the island, and ordering Nazi forces patrolling the island to open fire on them. Using the artillery cannon, they were able to eliminate the Nazi boats. Later on, they discovered an ancient ritual room dedicated to the goddess Nerthus, and recovered the head of a monk, which they then put on one of Straub's machines. The monk's head came back to life, and gave them riddles to solve. Upon solving all riddles, they managed to retrieve the second piece of Barbarossa's sword: the Pommel. The four returned to the surface, where they then battled and won against several Meistermeuchler zombies, as well as a mixture of several other zombie types. As the bombing began, the four retreated and attempted to escape the island, only to notice Straub taking off on his zeppelin. They hopped on and climbed on top of the zeppelin, as it and several others head toward Berlin in response to Adolf Hitler's call for rescue.
June 22, 1943
"June 22, 1943 Today has been difficult. I continue to run into obstacles with the Colonel, despite the clear and alarming evidence I have documented for him. While I am grateful for the training I have received here, I fear I will have to extend my reach beyond Prince William County. The messages from Klaus have grown more desperate and... and I hesitate to write this, but they begin to border on madness. My contact in the UK recommended that I get in touch with a military architect who is spearheading a new organization that may be useful. He called it "The Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program", rolling his eyes at the clunky, no-nonsense American name. But he said that they might be my best shot for getting behind enemy lines. This group will be focused on recovering and safeguarding historic and cultural monuments — items that the Nazis have stolen from the most valuable collections in Europe. While I could care less about the dusty artifacts Klaus claims to have uncovered for the Nazis, they may provide the angle I need to get an operation moving in Mittelburg into my hometown. After my exodus from Bavaria ten years ago, I never thought I would return. I saw the Beer Hall Putsch for what it was: the first winds of a coming storm. Klaus was more optimistic — he drew hope from the fiery words of the Kampfbund. Klaus has always been an idealist. Always a patriot. But even those pillars of his generally stalwart character are beginning to wear thin. I worry about my brother. He has a brilliant mind — top of his class at Heidelberg, mentored by one of the greatest physicists of our time and one of the ambitious new voices leading the Deutsche Physik. I have tried not to think about Klaus, to put him out of my mind, for years. Our last fight was about Father's death... Now I fear my years of training with the OSS must come to service for one singular cause: to rescue my brother."
"July 24 1943 I have just received an interesting letter, a response from Major Hank Rideau of the newly-formed MFAA — apparently the program has been rubber stamped by the President himself. After weeks of being deferred through pencil pushers and secretarial layers, my inquiring finally landed on the desk of someone who may be able to make a difference. Major Rideau is direct and to the point. He expressed a clear interest in the artifacts that Klaus has alluded to, and pressed me for details. Unfortunately, my brother is far less interested in these medieval museum pieces than he is in his captors' attempts at discerning their metaphysical properties. I have highlighted the few pieces of archeological evidence Klaus managed to share in his notes, in hopes that it will be enough to entire Rideau into action. It is a paltry list, I know: — Six years ago the Mittelburg mines uncovered a chamber below the salt mines, buried in the roots of the Kyffhäuser Mountains. It contains several altars and is adorned with "remarkably preserved" medieval carvings. — A hand-picked band of fanatical Nazi thugs, a group known as the Ahnenerbe took over the mines shortly thereafter and sealed off the area. Nobody was allowed in or out of Mittelburg. Klaus believes the chamber to have been the chamber dedicated to the Emperor Frederick I, King of Germany and Roman Emperor, and that it has been untouched for 800 years. — There is something in the chamber, some relic from the era which their leader believes to be sacred and... powerful. A tool that is important to what will lead to the "Fourth Reich"—apparently a quote from the Anführer. I must confess that I refrained form communicating this final bit to the Major. The Ahnenerbe has always been something of a joke in Allied Intelligence circles, chalked up to their leader's fanatical superstition and a welcome waste of Nazi time and money. This is why I believe that even the OSS has been hesitant to engage in such obvious nonsense. I pray that the hint of medieval treasures will be enough to bring the MFAA to my door."
"August 3, 1943 After weeks of careful questioning in regards to the Mittelburg discoveries, Rideau has finally approved a mission into Bavaria. My careful framing of Klaus' notes had nothing to do with this good news, apparently. As is so often the case, events beyond my control opened the door for opportunity. According to a source from our agent in "La Résistance", the Nazis have begun shipping stolen art into the very same mines we have been discussing for the past two months. This was enough to convince the MFAA to take this risk — their first mission behind enemy lines. But the best news comes at the very bottom of Rideau's letter: a simple request for an operations leader with experience running espionage, someone with extensive knowledge of the area, preferably an agent fluent in the local dialect. The Major says he has already forwarded a requested name to OSS. Name. Singular. Dare I hope?"
"August 25, 1943 I am trying to keep my emotions in check. The papers that I have been waiting for just came across my desk: I have been assigned lead operative on the Mittelburg mission! Major Rideau and I will begin tactical planning in another week, and I have to remind myself not to be too effusive in my gratitude for his help. He is an interesting man: fairly unremarkable in both stature and presentation, but with a quiet drive that has helped him to move through bureaucratic channels with impressive speed. Rideau has presented me with a list of his top men from the MFAA, a collection of soldiers and academics from across the Allied spectrum. I need to form a small team, no more than three experts to join me in a mission that formed around the recovery of a handful of stolen paintings, a relic from the reign of Frederick I, and, God willing, Klaus Fischer. I need to make sure that it is a team that can display flexibility and strength under duress. If even a small part of what my brother has said is true, this will not be a simple mission. My first priority will be to recruit the Maquis agent who discovered the paintings being moved from Paris. Beyond that, I will need somebody familiar with medieval antiquities. Finally, I will need some muscle. A soldier with experience on the front lines. I'd like to avoid bloodshed, but my instincts say we should prepare for the worst. We will need to arrive and depart without notice — I am thinking we may take cover under the guise of a military supply train, preferable in the snowy season. The line that runs by Mittelburg should still be in service, as that section of Bavaria is benign enough to have avoided Allied shelling. But I am getting ahead of myself. For now, it is enough to know that I jave set things in motion to return home. To set things right. And to save my brother from whatever horrors he has uncovered."