|“||We can't afford any delays later when the masks arrive...||”|
Casing the Joint is 13th mission in Thief II: The Metal Age. Garrett must find secret stairway to third floor without alerting anyone in Lord Gervaisius' mansion.
Viktoria has made Cavador "spill his guts". He was instructed to deliver two kinds of artifacts: brass masks and some kind of agricultural device called the "Cultivator", thirty of each. Garrett suggests where they can lay their hands on one of those Precursor Masks: Lord Gervaisius, a collector with an interest in masks and headdresses, and had a commission out for them when Garrett was down in the Lost City before. Gervaisius is planning an exhibition of his mask collection on the top floor of his mansion. Access is by an elevator controlled from the top floor, but there is talk of a secret passage. Garrett has to find it, and do so without alerting anyone in the mansion.
- Find and operate the door to the secret stairway.
- Find and read the correspondence from the Mechanists to Gervaisius (optional).
- Find at least seven secrets (Expert)
- Map out at least half of the mansion.
- Get out to the streets.
- Don't get into any confrontations with the locals.
- Expert: 2455 Gold + 0 Gems + 230 Goods = 2685 Total Loot
Loot lists: Keeper's Chapel
A book located in the second floor trophy room relates the story of "Captain Rufus T. Spaulding" (an amalgam of "Rufus T. Firefly" and "Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding", both character names of Groucho Marx) who hunts for the fabled "frumious Bandersnatch" (from Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky")
- The level is almost identical to the following mission Masks.
- It is possible to reach and enter the third floor to either collect additional loot or to explore the level. However, it is extremely difficult to leave the third floor passed the guard post. The alarm system on the third floor doesn't yet exist in this mission, and neither does the elevator returning to the second floor.