After rescuing Vienna and sending Carmen to the cubes for a second time, Judge Dredd, rather than risk putting his niece in any further danger decides it’s better if he plays no further part in her life. So Dredd sends Vienna, along with the disapproving Mrs. Pasternak away to live in Brit-Cit, and true to his word does not visit his niece again.
Twenty three years later Vienna Pasternak (as she’s now known) on an assignment in her new career as an actress is in Mega-City One and decides to look up her estranged uncle.
Conversation is stilted to say the least, but Vienna is determined to learn some more about her background.
Vienna knew that Dredd had to kill Rico when he turned bad yet she had never discovered the fate of her mother.He relates the details and explains he was just doing his duty.
Called back to duty, Dredd has to leave but before he does Vienna gives him a ticket for her show, and determined to make amends for the past,he agrees to turn up for her performance.
Having promised Vienna he would make it to her show Dredd logs out for some personal time.
Meanwhile,the leading lady in Vienna's play has pulled out due to illness and, as understudy she has been called on to act in her first starring role!
Vienna’s re-appearance has disturbed Dredd,unbeknownst to his niece,he has followed her development in Brit-Cit,from afar.Thinking what he did was for the best,he can’t pretend her words at their meeting didn’t make him feel a little uncomfortable,almost…guilty. He is determined to attend her performance.
Dredd arrives at the theatre on time and is just about to walk the steps into the auditorium when the obligatory emergency call comes over the radio, pulling him back onto the streets.
Inside Vienna cannot help but notice her uncle’s absence.
Utterly dejected,Vienna leaves as soon as her performance ends. So, when Dredd eventually makes it to the theatre, three and a half hours late and makes his way to her dressing room, the only thing he finds is a torn photograph that his niece used to treasure,showing himself and Rico at the Academy. The discarded half just shows his picture, making Vienna's intentions perfectly clear.
Having left for Texas City and by now probably back in Brit-Cit, Judge Dredd is unsure whether he will see his niece again, however events are about to take a sinister turn…
Having attempted to become a part of Vienna's life again, then consequently letting her down, Judge Dredd gets a call from her old guardian in Brit-Cit, Mrs. Pasternak informing him that his niece has gone missing.
On a case at the time in a suspect’s apartment, the call emanating from the house com would be strange enough, but Pasternak dying the month before convinces Dredd something is definitely wrong!
Dredd's investigation takes him to Brit-Cit, and the trail leads back to a Satanist cult, a notorious black magician named Horus Mercator ending at a house he used for his evil rituals.
Mercator appears to the Mega-City Judge in the cellar where he had brutally slain a woman and her child,taunting Dredd with the whereabouts of his niece.
Having no alternative but follow his tormentor Dredd obliges, and aware he is walking into a trap he arrives on Glastonbury Tor allowing himself to be captured.
Seeing his niece for the first time since coming to Brit-Cit, Dredd is shocked as it is obvious she has been heavily drugged and appears to be brainwashed.
It is at this point Mercator reveals himself to be a minor demon wearing the skin of the Satanist, having tricked him out of it in Hell. Now walking around on on Earth,the demon plans to kill the most decent, honourable man alive therefore tipping the balance of Good and Evil in his favour.
Dredd scoffs at this remark telling him he has the wrong man, then breaks free of his bonds punching Mercator.
The demon raises a ceremonial dagger to plunge it into Dredd but before he can complete this act of evil, a bolt of lightning strikes the blade, vapourising Mercator on the spot - “Someone up there must like me!”,remarks Dredd.
After alerting the Brit-Cit Judiciary, who come in to arrest the remainder of Mercator's cult,the Secret Satanist Society and clean up the crime scene, the Mega-City Judge tends to his disoriented niece. Dredd remains in Brit-Cit until Vienna is well enough to travel and although a full physical recovery has been made,large parts of her memory needed to be scrubbed away to help repair the damage done by the demon, ‘Mercator’.
Vowing to stay by her side until her memories return, Dredd takes his niece back to Mega-City One so when and if her memory eventually returned, it would be her choice whether she still wanted to be a part of his life but until then he would be there for her.
After her hideous ordeal at the hands of the demon, Horus Mercator, Vienna Pasternak is slowly adjusting to life in Mega-City One. Suffering from severe agoraphobia and panic attacks, but refuses to take drugs after her experience in Brit-Cit.
To try and make her feel more settled Uncle Joe has asked younger clone, Judge Rico to look in on Vienna from time to time,when he isn’t able.
Doing just that, Rico has brought with him another from the bloodline, Cadet Dolman. Momentarily surprised to see another with what could have been her father’s face, Vienna is genuinely pleased to have guests, and invites them in for tea.
Vienna instantly takes to young Dolman,especially when she realises he has a wilful side and intends to quit the Academy of Law.
When Vienna hears of Dolman's departure off-world to begin training for the Space Corps, she rushes to the spaceport to see him off with some mock-chocs, money and a kiss! Dolman is touched and heads off to begin a new life, knowing that he has a family member that cares about him.
In the midst of a terrorist threat from democracy extremists,Total War, Judge Dredd's niece,Vienna receives a call from Justice Department's Applied Genetics Facility(AGF) asking her to sign a Euthanasia Order. When asked to explain, it is revealed there is an experimental clone from Fargo's gene-stock, codenamed Nimrod (after the mighty hunter), who due to processes in his development involving insect and animal DNA, has begun a sort of cell death or neural decay.
Vienna agrees to go to the facility to visit Nimrod and on arrival is shocked by what she finds there: a shambling hulk of what was supposed to be the pinnacle of human genetics. Caught off-guard by a rare moment of lucidity from Nimrod, Vienna responds to her twisted cousin’s pathetic plea and tells him she wants to help.
Meanwhile Total War have carried out their threat and detonated two nuclear devices, threatening the Judges that unless they relinquish the reins of power and resign their posts with immediate effect, another two hundred bombs will be set off.
Returning home, Vienna receives a message from Uncle Joe urging her to leave the city. She angrily replies to his call telling him of her meeting with Nimrod, Dredd dismisses the experimental clone ,vowing to admonish the facility for burdening her with their mistakes. Vienna however disagrees, telling her uncle she intends to do right by her unfortunate relative, to which he gives a derisive snort, encouraging her to leave it and Mega-City until the immediate danger is over.
Elsewhere in the city the Judges have discovered that there are, as suspected, not two hundred nuclear devices,merely twelve, still - more than enough to destroy the city. Although they have uncovered the whereabouts of the bombs and defused or relocated the majority, one is still unaccounted for. All they know is that it is on board a mo-pad, a mobile home set on an eternal circuit ringing the city,and is currently travelling somewhere in Sector Two.
Unfortunately for Vienna this is the Sector housing the AGF, the destination she is now approaching in her friend’s slabster road vehicle, set on auto-pilot. Dredd and the AGF send Vienna am urgent message imploring her to turn around, which she receives just as the device goes off, destroying much of the area - including the facility.
Vienna comes to, with Nimrod lifting a huge chunk of debris from her, saving her life. Carrying the familiar girl Nimrod is suddenly afflicted by a seizure, causing him to lurch toward a fiery chasm endangering both of their lives.
Arriving on the scene Judges can only see a staggering behemoth manhandling a citizen and take Nimrod down accordingly. Moving in for the kill, Judges advance on Nimrod. Vienna stands in front of her warped relative imploring the Judges to show mercy, for what was once one of them.
Dredd arrives and Vienna explains how Nimrod somehow picked up on her distress, coming to her rescue. Her uncle rejects it as coincidence but Vienna insists.
Perhaps because of Vienna's pleas or maybe due to a familial feeling Dredd is unwilling to admit, he approaches the deformed clone and concedes that once aware of Nimrod’s existence should have played a more active role in his life. Now all he can offer is a quick, painless death and carries out the deed,ending his tragic brother’s suffering.
Dredd meets with Chief-Judge Hershey once events are over tending his resignation, citing personal commitments interfering with his duty. Hershey dismisses this, reminding him it wasn’t a crime to be human.
Vienna, in hospital again after yet another ordeal due to her inexorable link to the Fargobloodline, is visited by Judge Rico.
Vienna tells her cloned relative that she no longer wishes to be part of the extended family,informing him that it is just too stressful.
Rico leaves Vienna and informs a waiting Dredd of her intentions, who solemnly accepts her decision.
Meanwhile, in the hospital reception a sinister presence notes the events with a keen interest.
Having made her decision to opt out of familial ties, Vienna Pasternak is finally moving on with her life accepting a role in a trashyTri-D series,playing a busty bimbo, complete with breast implants.
Aware this is not her ideal role, she goes to a bar every night after work to drown her sorrows. Sick of getting hit on, Vienna reveals this has happened on four other occasions and she politely explains that she’s not interested.
Little does she know this was the not the first time certain forces had tried to get close because of her, as yet unestablished, links to Judge Dredd.
These forces are in fact the twisted offspring of deceased former East-Meg One leader,War-Marshal “Mad Dog" Kazan; the crippled Anatoli Kazan and his small but loyal band of followers.
At her favourite takeaway Hottie restaurant, Vienna meets a charming man with a Brit-Cit accent who shares her unusual taste in Mega-City One delicacies and sweeps the lonely young woman off her feet.
It soon becomes apparent that Vienna's suitor is in fact a Sov assassin (though not to her,of course) codenamed ‘Pasha' and has been sent to kidnap this woman now known to be the niece of hated Mega-City Judge, Dredd.
Judge Rico a regular visitor of Vienna's is immediately suspicious of her new boyfriend, so with the knowledge of Judge Dredd and assistance of Judge Guthrie begins to look into his background.
Meanwhile Pasha, or Travis Cole as he is known to Vienna, takes her and best friend Renee, along with Brit-Cit boyfriend,Colin,out to dinner. Unfortunately, ”Travis" slips up in his backstory during the meal leading him to kill the couple later, in their home to prevent any further unravelling of his cover.
The next day Dredd visits his niece’s apartment informing Vienna of the death of her friends. Pasha,who is present begins to be questioned by Dredd but Vienna throws her uncle out, angrily and takes the Sov agent to her bed, where they make love.
Giant and Guthrie visit Pasha roughing him up in the process, this pleases the Sov agent as he thinks it will help him garner more sympathy with Vienna, but the Judges have an ulterior motive and now have traces of his blood with which to determine his true identity.
Unfortunately, before they realise he is the Sov's top assassin, Pasha has laid a trap for the Judges and escaped with Vienna.
Dredd pursues the East-Meg agent and his prize to a ship moored on the Black Atlantic coastline, where Vienna is being kept below deck by another agent.
Stowing onboard the ship, Dredd comes face to face with his niece’s kidnapper.
The Mega-City Judge gives his East-Meg counterpart a beating but eventually the Sov's youth and size gives him an advantage, getting the drop on Dredd.
Just as Pasha is about to deliver the killing blow, Vienna having overpowered her captor, has picked up the assassin’s fallen weapon and shoots him through the head, finally accepting her distinguished gene-stock!
Eventually appearing to embrace her bloodline, Vienna's troubles are far from over as she comes to realise she is pregnant, with Sov assassin, Pasha's child.
Unsure what to do she visits the block robo-doc who reveals Mega-City One's policy on abortion (it's illegal,unless mutation is detected,then it's compulsory) and informs her about the alternative course of pre-natal adoption, whereby the foetus is removed,then re-implanted in another womb or cryogenically frozen until an adoption subject is available.
Vienna apparently resigns herself to this course of events,although until now we have learned no more of the unborn child’s fate..
Christmas with Vienna and the extended Dredd family is an awkward affair at the best of times and due to recent events;Vienna's attempted abduction by the Sovs; Rico's injury on the same operation and Dolman quitting the Academy of Law, an extra strain has been put on the usual tense atmosphere.
Judge Dredd gets an urgent call from Vienna, worriedly telling him of Dolman's failure to appear at her apartment where he was staying whilst studying for his exam to be a galactic explorer.
Dredd calls it in and finds that the ex-Cadet has been arrested and is now serving four years for manslaughter! It appears Dolman was attempting to save a man from a serious ARV (armed robbery with violence) using the only way he knew how: the training he was given at the Academy.
When the Judges arrive they find the perps (offenders) beaten and bound,one with a cracked skull,who would later die of his injuries.
When Dredd later informs Vienna of the exact circumstances, he tells her he can’t interfere, that Dolman used excessive force and if he were to get Dolman off, it would look like nepotism.
His niece scoffs at this statement iterating that to accuse him of this, over anyone in the Department, would be patently ridiculous as he was willing to kill his own brother in the execution of his duty. Dredd is momentarily caught off-guard as he ponders this, then quietly takes his leave.
Dredd goes back to the Hall of Justice and convinces the arresting Judge, McGinn to overturn his decision, citing Dolman's Academy training, the lack of malice in his actions coupled with the fact that they were automatic and perhaps if anyone were to blame then it was Justice Dept. themselves. Dredd also suggests he may reluctantly,have to get Dolman's verdict overturned if McGinn isn’t prepared to do it himself.
This obviously has the desired effect as we see Dolman welcomed back to Vienna’s apartment and relieved, both decide to stay out of the affairs of Mega-City Justice in future!
Another Christmas at Vienna's and Judge Dredd has his usual brusque, awkward demeanour, introducing himself with an excuse not to appear later for the annual get-together.
Vienna has a visitor, a male friend Clif Pritchard from her drama group,whom Dredd suspiciously interrogates until his niece reminds him where he is. Dredd apologises, then wishing Vienna a stilted festive greeting, takes his leave. Clif Pritchard, probably wisely,decides he isn’t going to wait around for Rico's visit!
When the visiting Fargo Clan are in the Big Meg they make a point of visiting their distant cousin, Vienna, who politely welcomes them, until Judge Dredd makes an appearance and they leave on the trail of a kidnapped child.
After being sidelined into managing the Cursed Earth mutant camps by the manipulative acting-Chief-Judge Sinfield, Judge Dredd returns to Mega-City One to try and expose what he believes is a corrupt,unjust government.
Whilst in the city he takes time to visit Vienna who suggests he resign after his unfair treatment in the Cursed Earth and take up private security work.Dredd nearly chokes on his tea and hurriedly leaves to begin his plan to overthrow Sinfield and his newly instated Council of Five…
Vienna's most recent appearance has been during the chaotic and dangerous “Chaos Day” storyline,where she has managed to stay alive with the help of Judge Rico's security measures installed in her apartment and her own self-preservation instincts thanks to her pre-eminent bloodline.
Calling on his niece to convince her to leave the apartment Dredd is surprised at Vienna's reluctance.
Inviting Dredd in for a customary cup of tea,his niece explains she feels safer where she is and it’s not until someone sets a fire outside the front door that Vienna agrees to leave with her uncle.
Skirting the myriad dangers beyond her apartment door Dredd leads his niece to safety.