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A Hero's Quest
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Hiro keeps a blog at

First mentioned: February 9, 2010
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After Hiro Nakamura learns that Charlie lived a full life without him, he keeps a blog on called A Hero's Quest.

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On February 10, 2010, Hiro Nakamura sent a message to fans from

Greetings fellow Hero!

Now that Claire Bennet has let the proverbial cat out of the bag, we have been revealed to the world. There's no telling what the repercussions of this "outing" will be, but one thing's for sure: our lives are about to change forever.

In order to aid our progress through the tough times ahead, I've set up my new blog at the Yamagato Fellowship:
It's my intention to uncover the secrets of the past to help us navigate the future. Check back every week for new insights and info.

You must decide what you're going to do now. Whether you're with a group, or on your own, the course of your destiny is entirely up to you. I'll do whatever I can to help, and I'll definitely let you know what I find out. Keep an eye out for me in the weeks ahead - I'll be in touch!

In brightest day and blackest night,

To read more of Hiro's messages to users, see Hiro's messages.

Blog Posts

The introduction to A Hero's Quest reads:

Sun Tzu, the legendary Chinese military strategist and general has said, "Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril." This is a teaching I take to my heart, as we face the impending storm that the recent exposure of our abilities to the world is sure to bring. One thing is clear: the roots of our current situation are seeded in the events of the past.

Consider this your invitation to join my quest to uncover the history of the Company: how it came to be, what really happened, and what impact it continues to have over our lives. The truth will set us free...

Message from Hiro Nakamura

On February 9, 2010, Hiro posted:

Hello everyone - I hope this message finds you well.

Now that Claire Bennet has let the proverbial cat out of the bag, we have been revealed to the world. There's no telling what the repercussions of this "outing" will be, but one thing's for sure: our lives are about to change forever. Our paths will never be the same again. It's going to be harder than it ever was to distinguish the dark from the light.

Now's not the time for drastic action, but preparation. A hero should know what they're up against before pitching headlong into battle. And the key to our future lays in our past.

Samuel Sullivan, Building 26, Sylar. When you think about it, it's the Company that's behind everything, setting the events of recent years into motion. We know that the roots of the Company took hold at Coyote Sands, but what else do we really know? It seems obvious that the Company has touched all our lives, but how? These are the questions that I must endeavor to answer...

You must decide what you're going to do now. Whether you're with a group, or on your own, the course of your destiny is entirely up to you. I'll do whatever I can to help, and I'll definitely let you know what I find out. Keep an eye out for me in the weeks ahead - I'll be in touch!

Back on Track

On February 22, 2010, Hiro posted:

Last time I blogged, I was all fired up to get going, investigating the past of my father and the other founders of the Company. To fully understand our legacy, in an attempt to level the playing field in this daunting new era of exposure. How else can we face the future?

I've combed through my father's office looking for anything that might give me a place to start my quest - a sign, a clue, anything. I went back through the safe, all through the last few years of his files, took up the carpet. I even brought in a team of guys with spectrometers and sniffing dogs. Nothing, nada, zilch, zip, zero.

I sat quietly, and started to think it through... and I thought myself right into a dark, existential funk. After all, what is the legacy of our fathers, really? A world plagued by war and on the brink of economic chaos, where millions of children go to bed hungry every night? Where so many still refuse their fellow man the dignity and respect inherent in the phrase "we are all created equal"? How do specials like us stand a chance out in the open?

It was only after a serious, soul-searching talk with Ando that I realized the true root of my distress. It's grief over the loss of my Charlie. Yes, I know what you'll say... That Charlie led a beautiful and productive life. That we mustn't step on the butterflies. A true hero knows when it's time to let go... And I have. But there's a part of me that will always mourn what might have been. There's a part of me that wonders if I'll ever love again. Sometimes, especially late at night, the pain of losing Charlie is almost unbearable.

For now, I've decided to take it easy on myself. Let this grief flow through me, honoring it without holding on to it. Use the pain to fuel my quest. I'm just beginning to understand the gift that Charlie has given me. When her world changed forever in an instant, she simply got on with life. Did the best she could with what she had. As always, Charlie inspires me to a better person.

So, it's time to get on with it. I am certain that the door to the rabbit hole of the past lays somewhere within the walls of this building. I am going to search every square inch of it until I find something. Until then -


A Sign!

On February 24, 2010, Hiro posted:

This morning, the universe gave me a sign that I'm on the right track, and a prod in a particular direction. It all makes me wonder, is Destiny steering my course, or something else...?

So I'm sitting in my office at Yamagato, reading up on my favorite sci-fi movie from 1963, when a drop of water splashes on my keyboard. The air conditioner vent is leaking again, so I go down to the basement to talk to maintenance, but no one's in the office. So I start poking around - this place is huge! Curiously, there's a little puddle on the floor, so I follow it looking for the source. Lo and behold, I find a battered, dirty door hidden away behind a bank of filing cabinets with this symbol on it:

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My pass key won't open the door, so I run to find Kenjiro, who holds all the master keys. According to him, no one's been in this room for twenty years; he forgot it even existed. Apparently, my father used it for deep storage, and besides Kenjiro, only Kaito and his assistant had the key. Kenjiro opens the door, and we go inside. The place is a mess, dripping ceiling, puddles on the floor, torn apart files everywhere, videotape, stacks of old computers. There're muddy footprints on the floor that look fresh, so I'm guessing someone's been in here recently - looking for something. If this was my father's store room - his Danger Room - then it would have been spotlessly clean and organized.

Kenjiro spots a broken pipe, which explains all the water damage, and leaves to get some tools, so I have a look around. There's an exploded box of files near my feet, so I pick up the first one I see. Here's the only thing it contains:

Chris Coolidge flyer.jpg

What do you think? Should I go back in time to check this out? I'm a little wary of time travel these days... Too many butterflies. But I have a nagging feeling that this is one show I really shouldn't miss...

Anyway, I have my hands full for now. Going to take the next few days and start sorting through these files. Did I tell you Destiny spoke to me? Here, in Kaito's Danger Room, I will start my quest!

I'll share anything that looks interesting. Let me know if you come up with anything on your end.

The ticket stub Hiro shows is number P013. This is Chris Coolidge's Assignment Tracker 2.0 file number.

Blast from the Past

On March 2, 2010, Hiro posted:

Door-to-Door Revolutionary.jpg

As it turns out, Kenjiro likes to listen to his Django Reinhardt records during his lunch break, so he had a turntable in his office. Is this Chris Coolidge somebody? Is there a message in his music? The great time-space philosopher Albert Einstein once said that music is the driving force behind intuition. Perhaps there's something here for me to intuit.

I'm going to listen to the song a few more times while Kenjiro and I muck out the Danger Room. We've brought in some Air Blasters, and set up an area for triage. It's going to be a big undertaking, salvaging the contents of my father's past. Afraid we lost most of the tapes to water damage...

Regardless of what Ando says, I'm still tempted to attend Coolidge-san's concert at Uncle Ira's Counter & Culture. Trying to think carefully, decide by the Heroes code. Not sure if I'm quite ready to go back to the past after everything with Charlie. No matter what I decide, I promised Ando that I would NOT step on any butterflies. And that my friends, is a lot harder than it looks.


Hiro posts an image of Chris Coolidge's album, Door-to-Door Revolutionary. This is record number P013, and it says "CChcg10kn" on the label. These are the file number and password for Chris's Assignment Tracker profile.

Day of Despair in 1963

On March 3, 2010, Hiro posted:

Friends -

I'm so sad to show you my latest finding...

Riot article.jpg

It seems like a great light was eclipsed on the day that Chris Coolidge was killed. Somehow, I feel sure that my father was a witness to this devastating event. He would have been a young man then, full of idealism. I wonder what he was like... Anyway, thanks to your support, I've decided to go witness what happened on July 12, 1963 with my own eyes.

Oh, one more thing. I found this in the same file as the newspaper clipping:

Loft AD.jpg

Figure I'll check this out too, as long as I'm there. Why does that address look familiar to me? Does anyone recognize it? I'll be checking in while I'm gone, and will report back when I return to Tokyo.


The Loft

On March 10, 2010, Hiro posted:

Greetings and salutations -

I've just returned from that fateful and tragic evening in Greenwich Village, 1963, and I'm still reeling. Perhaps it is indeed as the immortal Billy Joel once said: only the good die young.

Who knew my father was on the run, trying to escape his destiny? Is it possible that he had some ability he kept hidden from us all these years? This all feels like the tip of a very large iceberg.

I decided to drop by the loft to see if I could find anything.
I had just run across what must be Angela Petrelli's dream journal, when forces beyond my control prompted me to skedaddle. But I did get a chance to snap a picture of this:

Angela's journal.jpg

Not sure what it all means, but I figure it was the universe's way of shifting my exploration further ahead in time. So I checked out my father's files to see if I could find anything relating to the date in Angela's journal. And here's what I got:


Zoinks! Any idea what this means?


The puzzle Hiro posted changes each time a user clicks on it. It shows the same words, but they are scrambled differently each time. After unscrambling, the words are:






The letters m, i, and t are circled in the puzzle. These letters could be unscrambled to spell "TMI", which is the abbreviation for Three Mile Island, located very close to Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Mindy Goes TMI

On March 29, 2010, Hiro posted:

I've always thought you could measure the mettle of a hero by the company he keeps, and you guys have once again proved me correct. Thanks for all your good work in putting some sense to recent confusion.

I've taken some liberties, poking around TMI's executive offices back in 1978. Ran across a code scrawled on a chalkboard. And Mindy was carrying a file on Adam Monroe. Zoinks! What could my diabolical arch enemy have to do with all this? Especially since my father locked him up in 1977?!

Also, ran across a code scrawled on a chalkboard. Seems likely it's the password we've been looking for, to unlock Mindy Sprague's AT profile.

After spending several hours, Ando finally got a hit off our growing Danger Room database. One of the few videotapes we were able to save from the deluge, this was labeled "020678." I'll go back to TMI on that date just as soon as I can.

In the meantime, check out the video and let me know what you think.


More Strange Video

On April 13, 2010, Hiro posted:

So Ando convinced me to delay my second trip back to TMI, advising me to comb the Danger Room for any material on Adam Monroe. So far, the only thing I came up with was this video:

The videotape has a handwritten note: AM: Send M/P007. Could this be a reference to Maury Parkman, father of Matt? I know that Maury Parkman was one of the Company founders, per the one photo I have of the Original 12. Check it out:

Heroes 12.jpg

Even though I know that Maury Parkman is no longer on this earth, I have to admit, I'm still a little scared of the guy. He has the kind of ability that knows no bounds, and from what Matt has told me, his father was truly a cruel and unpredictable man. Anyway, back to work. There must be some kind of AT profile on this guy...

Memories of Maury

On April 20, 2010, Hiro posted:

Thanks for your help in unlocking Maury's AT profile. I was curious as to how and why he first came to The Company, so I poked around 1978. Figured Angela and the gang must have had some kind of post-mortem on the Mindy incident. Lo and behold, there was Maury! Looks like Linderman brought him into the fold.

Back on February 7th, 1978, Company brass opened a conversation on tracking specials, in the aftermath of Mindy and Ted's disappearance. Ando input the info we got out of Maury's AT profile into the Danger Room database, and came up with a few odds and ends, see below.






If you ask me, this is the moment that changed the whole game, whether The Company knew it or not. It certainly doesn't seem like they considered the long-term, real-world implications of tracking us. Doublethink, anyone? Anyway, it's a provocative new thread, which may yield important answers about the past.

Numbers Numbers Everywhere

On April 21, 2010, Hiro posted:

Much as I prefer to keep my brain tidy and my thinking concise, I have found myself obsessing over the malevolent mentalist, Maury Parkman. To that end, I took a second look at his AT profile, and I noticed a numerical sequence I hadn't noticed before. Luckily, Ando and Kenjiro are still hard at work on the Danger Room database between their marathon games of Call of Duty. After several hours, we found a document that includes both numbers, which appears to be one page of many from Agent Eric Thompson, Sr.'s personnel file. Here it is:

Thompson PF364.jpg

Yeah, that's a lot of numbers, alright. We're going to start the process of checking them out right after lunch. In the meantime, if you come up with any leads in terms of what this all could mean, please ping. I know it all may seem a little tangential, but I'm sure we're getting closer to something big.

Old School Fun & Games

On May 4, 2010, Hiro posted:

I've known my father for most of my life, and I never knew him to be a fun-and-games kind of man. You know, he was more of a stoic, imposing, implacable, unimpeachable kind of guy. But fun?

So yesterday, Kenjiro's pet cricket Aiko went on walkabout. Being very attached to Aiko, who's suffering from restless legs syndrome, Kenjiro went to great lengths to find her, and was crawling around the ducts for most of the day. Finally, he found Aiko, sleeping on top of what looks like an old school game cartridge, unmarked. I didn't think it was anything. But Ando, as usual, thought otherwise. Game boy that he is, he cranked up the emulator -- and what do you know? There was a game in there! We've got it rigged up so you can try it.

Space Race Game

Ando thinks this game must have been put together in the late '80s, based on the code. Obviously, my father was alive at that time and so not a game player. Ando suggested that he may have used the game to stash some sensitive information. So me, Kenjiro and Ando have been hammering on the Cowboy, but so far nothing. Can you give it a try? Let me know what you come up with.

Oh, and before I forget, were you able to make anything out of all those numbers I wrote about in my last blog? We're still stumped over here.

Clicking on the link provided leads readers to a game called сомядаΣ соШбоч Space Race. ("сомядаΣ соШбоч" does not have any meaning. It is mostly Cyrillic letters, but also uses Greek and upside down Cyrillic letters to mean "Comrade Cowboy".)

СомядаΣ соШбоч.jpg

The game is similar to the popular and revolutionary game Pac-Man. A Russian Comrade Cowboy, "moving at the speed of light" must make his way through the board. His goal is to clear the screen of all dots and stars, while avoiding aliens. Eating the stars will "turn off the alien force field," rendering the aliens vulnerable and able to be eaten.

10 points are awarded for each star and alien eaten. When all dots and stars are cleared, the player advances to the next level. The player is given three lives to do so. At the end of the game, a list of high scores is displayed, as well as the player's individual score. As well, the words "война и мир" are shown; this means "war and peace".


  • Hiro's February 10, 2010, email ended with the farewell "In brightest day and blackest night." This is very similar to Green Lantern's oath.
  • In a post, Hiro says that he was reading up on his favorite sci-fi movie from 1963. Some notable sci-fi movies released in 1963 include Atragon, Battle Beyond the Sun, The Crawling Hand, The Damned, The Day Mars Invaded Earth, Ikarie XB1, Jason and the Argonauts, Matango, No Survivors, Please, The Nutty Professor, Son of Flubber, The Unearthly Stranger, Voyage to the End of the Universe, and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.
  • In another post, Hiro mentions a video. At the time of posting, no such video was available. This was later rectified.
  • In a post, Hiro uploads a roster from Thompson's personnel file. The roster mentions the date November 31, 1987. Of course, this date does not exist in reality.

See Also

  • For the other blog that Hiro has maintained, see Hiro's blog.
  • For an archive of messages Hiro sent to users alerting them to new blog posts, see Hiro's messages.

External Links

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