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At some point in 2077, the USS Democracy entered Mount Desert Island Naval Facility for repairs after a deployment. Wabash received his orders from Rear Admiral Edward Grath, in Washington, D.C. Wabash learned from Grath that his ship was to be deployed to the South China Sea sooner than they anticipated and that repairs were of utmost priority. Wabash knew the Democracy was likely being deployed to launch nuclear missiles and was hesitant to utilize such extreme methods. A containment leak on the Democracy caused its deployment to be delayed for weeks while a hazmat team cleaned up the radiation. Though Wabash reported this as an accident, Grath suspected Wabash had sabotaged the Democracy.
While leaving the base, Wabash contacted his mistress, Franny Richardson, by the terminal and holotape, in which he confessed he couldn't possibly partake in a nuclear war, that it all seemed insane to him and invited her to their hotel room at the Harbor Grand Hotel. He said they could just pack up everything on their boat and leave everything behind. Franny then confronted Arnold in their hotel room at gunpoint. Unbeknown to Franny, Arnold also had a concealed pistol. Franny then tortured Arnold, saying he was a coward and demanding the location of the nuclear launch key for the Democracy's missiles. Arnold gave in, and told her he hid the launch key on their boat, at Fringe Cove docks, as well as telling her the combination for the safe containing the key. Before she could leave, however, Arnold shot and killed her, in one final act of defiance. He would later die in the hotel room from wounds he received during the torture.