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Miss Burnwood, we won a long time ago. This? This is just maintenance.
~ The Constant to Diana Burnwood.
It will always gonna end like this. All your hard work... all your sacrifice... only sped up its process. And now, you find yourself alone. Only death awaits.
~ The Constant taunting Agent 47 in the trailer of HITMAN III.

Arthur Edwards, also professionally known as The Constant, is the secondary antagonist of Hitman franchise (next to Dr. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer) and the main antagonist of the World of Assassination trilogy.

He served as the overarching antagonist of HITMAN (2016), the main antagonist of both HITMAN 2 (2018) and HITMAN III (2021), and the World of Assassination trilogy's final antagonist.

He is the former controller and second-in-command of Providence and the successor to Janus in his Constant position. After embezzling all the silent shares of his former superiors, the Partners, he became the sole owner of the Providence empire. He is also the arch-enemy of both Lucas Grey and Diana Burnwood.

He is voiced by Philip Rosch.

Biography

Backstory

Little is known about the Constant's past. In 1976, he submitted a scholarship application to the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sometime afterwards, he succeeded his mentor Janus as the second Cosntant for the Providence.

HITMAN (2016)

After Lucas Grey, also known as the mysterious Shadow Client, assassinated Providence member Eugene Cobb, he manipulated the ICA into foiling some Providence's plans, including the development of a virus weapon by Silvio Caruso, and a coup of General Reza Zaydan to take over Morocco.

Alerted by the Shadow Client's actions, the Constant and Cobb's successor, Director Fanin, visited a Providence vault in New York. Upon discussing the recent events and opening the vault, they discovered that the Shadow Client had raided it and obtained information on all their operatives.

The Providence immediately contacted the former ICA training director Erich Soders to gain control over the ICA's activities and deploy them in the war against the Shadow Client. However, after the hit against Sean Rose and his colloeagues, the ICA discovered Soders' treachery and retaliated by sending Agent 47 to assassinate him and Providence Herald, Yuki Yamazaki, thwarting a transaction in which Providence was to receive a list of active ICA operatives.

After Soders was assassinated, the Constant personally confronted 47's Handler, Diana Burnwood, on a train. He promised to her that there would be no action taken against the ICA for the recent transgressions and proposed a partnership between Providence and the ICA to eliminate the Shadow Client. Diana innitially rebuked it, but the Constant had persuaded her to follow his advice.

HITMAN 2 (2018)

Following the assassination of Robert Knox and his daughter, Sierra Knox, the Constant was summoned by the Partners, who confidently assured that he was in control of the situation. After the revelation of Lucas' true identity, 47 restored his memory and (along with Diana) learned about the Providence's role in Dr. Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer's projects. Thus, they joined Lucas and Olivia Hall to wage war against the Providence.

Upon assassinating Janus and Nolan Cassidy, ICA made false claims that Janus was the Shadow Client, the Constant was escorted by the Ark Society to their base and installed a poisonous chip inside his body, which will kill them once the kill-switch was activated by Zoe and Sophia Washington, two Providence agents and the newly appointed chairwomen of the Ark Society following Janus' demise.

After 47 assassinated the Washington Sisters, Lucas managed to capture the Constant with 47's assistance. After realizing he was staged, the Constant decided to betray the Partners. He spilled about the Partners' details, and Diana discovered that they had faked their deaths and plan on resuming their lives under new identities. The Constant, seemingly unaware of this contingency plan, told 47 and Lucas to follow their bank accounts, which leads the two to Milton-Fitzpatrick Bank in New York.

To achieve this, 47 had managed to retrieve the data to Olivia, either through infiltrate the vault and retrieve a data core or retrieve three backup data disks carried by the bank's director, Athena Savalas, and her two subordinates: Head of accounts, Fabian Mann, and head of security, Mateo Perez. In addition, Savalas was a Providence agent, and hence 47 had her eliminated in order to cut off the ties between the bank and the Providence.

Whilst 47 and Grey went to New York, the Constant was bitter at Diana's betrayal and suggested that 47 was the man who killed her parents under the contract of Blue Seed Pharmaceuticals, which was also affiliated with Providence. With the data acquired from the Milton-Fitzpatrick bank, Olivia discovered that the Partners paid transactions to HAVEN; a corporation based in the Maldives which presented itself as a reputation management service, but secretly created new identities for wealthy criminals. In order for Olivia to successfully breach HAVEN servers, 47 managed to inflitrate the HAVEN Island's HQ as a potential client and eliminated the resort's trio of owners, Tyson Williams, Steven Bradley and Ljudmila Vetrova.

Nevertheless, once Olivia had access to HAVEN's files on the Partners, she discovered that the Partners' controlling business shares have not been allocated to their new identities, but rather to the Constant himself, much to her confusion when she saw the name Arthur Edwards on it. Horrified by this information, Diana rushed to the Constant's jail room, only to find that he had already escaped after successfully embezzling from the Partners.

HITMAN III (2021)

Having escaped with the aid of a bribed crew member, Arthur Edwards called Diana after 47 assassinated Marcus Stuyvesant and Carl Ingram at the Burj Al-Ghazali. Denying that he masterminded Grey's rampage, he hinted at larger plans. Soon later, after Grey's death in a CICADA ambush, Edwards directly approached Diana and revealed to her that 47 killed her parents, which was enough to convince to her to defect to him.

After dealing with the ICA and bidding goodbye to Hall, 47 finds Diana in Mendoza, Argentina. After she has him assassinate Don Archibald Yates and Tamara Vidal, she paralyses him with a neurotoxin and hands him over to Edwards.

Edwards brings 47 to a train in Romania, preparing to wipe his memory and use him as an agent for Providence. However, 47 recovers, makes his way to the front of the train and confronts Edwards. Edwards deduces that Diana deliberately applied an insufficient amount of toxin and accepts his defeat. He then brings up the memory-wiping serum and offers 47 the opportunity to use it, which he denies. Edwards then declares that he will die knowing who he is and turns his back to 47, waiting for 47 to execute him.

47 can then choose to eliminate Edwards in any way he pleases, brake the train and leave on foot. A year later, he will reunite with Diana to continue their working relationship.

If 47 forcibly injects Edwards with the syringe, Edwards will yell out in shock and stumble backwards onto a chair. He declares that 47 is making a mistake before his memory is completely wiped. 47 then leaves the amnesiac Edwards sitting in confusion as he brakes the train and leaves, the rest of the ending proceeding as usual. What will become of Edwards later is unknown, but it is possible he will be committed into an asylum or starve to death on the streets.

However, if 47 hesitates and then chooses to take the serum, 47 will collapse to the floor, Edwards thanking and promising to take care of him. 47 will then wake up in the same padded room he awoke from in Hitman: Codename 47, greeted by Edwards, who presumably intends to train 47 to be a ruthless assassin again and use him to assassinate Diana and any other rivals.

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Trivia

  • Some fans have theorized that the Constant is the Mystery Man/Mister X from Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, who claimed to have seen 47 while in Rotterdam, presumably during his hit on Arkadij Jegorov, as well as manipulating Sergei Zavorotko on behalf of another organization. If that is officially confirmed, then the Constant can be considered as the overarching antagonist in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and the central antagonist in the series.

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International Contract Agency
Agent 47 | Diana Burnwood | Benjamin Travis | Jade Nguyen | The Saints (Jennifer Anne Paxton) | Birdie | Praetorians | Erich Soders | Agent Banner | Agent Tremain | Agent Montgomery | Agent Thames | Agent Green | Agent Rhodes | Agent Swan | Agent Lowenthal | Hush | Imogen Royce

Providence
Leadership: The Partners (Marcus Stuyvesant | Carl Ingram | Alexa Christine Carlisle)
Constants: Janus | Arthur Edwards | Diana Burnwood (fake)
Agents: Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer | Silvio Caruso | Francesca De Santis | Claus Hugo Strandberg | Reza Zaydan | Yuki Yamazaki | Erich Soders | Sierra Knox | Robert Knox | Nolan Cassidy | Zoe Washington | Sophia Washington | Athena Savalas | Tamara Vidal | Don Archibald Yates | Orson Mills
Assets: IAGO (Viktor Novikov | Dalia Margolis | Nila Torvik | Owen Wagner | Scott Sarno | Kieran Hudson) | HAVEN (Tyson Williams | Steven Bradley | Ljudmila Vetrova)

The Franchise
Leadership: Alexander Leland Cayne
Agents: Albert Fournier | Raymond Kulinsky | Angelina Mason | Mark Purayah II | Female Assassin | Maynard John | Eve | Mark Parchezzi III | Daniel Morris
Assets: Alvaro D'Alvade | Richard Delahunt | Anthony Martinez | Vaana Ketlyn

Private Militia
Shadow Client: Lucas Grey
Agents: Olivia Hall | Sean Rose | Penelope Graves | Ezra Berg | Maya Parvati | Patrick Morgan | Alma Reynard | Orson Mills | Richard M. Foreman | Pertti Järnefelt | Rico Delgado | Wazir Kale | Vanya Shah | Dawood Rangan

Mission Stories Targets
Original Series
Hitman: Codename 47: Five Fathers (Lee Hong | Pablo Belisario Ochoa | Frantz Fuchs | Boris Ivanovich Deruzka | Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer) | Odon Kovacs | No. 48s

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin: Giuseppe Guillani | Russian Generals (Rinat S. Rumyantsev) | Igor Kubasko | Masahiro Hayamoto Jr. | Masahiro Hayamoto | Brat Charliego Sidjan | Charlie Sidjan | Ahmed Zahir | Mohammad Amin | Abdul Bismillah Malik | Hannelore Von Kamprad | Deewana Ji | Agent 17 | Sergei Zavorotko

Hitman: Contracts: Campbell Sturrock | Andrei Puscus | Fabian Fuchs | Sergei Bjarkhov | Winston Beldingford | Alistair Beldingford | Rutgert Van Leuven | Arkadij Jegorov | Frantz Fuchs | Fritz Fuchs | Lee Hong | Philippe Berceuse (off-screen) | Richard Delahunt (off-screen) | Albert Fournier

Hitman: Blood Money: Joseph Clarence | Scoop | Fernando Delgado | Manuel Delgado | Alvaro D'Alvade | Richard Delahunt | Carmine DeSalvo | Rudy Menzana | Lorenzo Lombardo | Vinnie Sinistra | Mark Purayah II | Raymond Kulinsky | Angelina Mason | Lorne de Haviland | Chad Bingham Jr. | Mysterious female assassin | Gator Gang (Everett Jefferson | Skip Muldoon | Junior O’Daniel | William S. Corfitz | Adam Hendrikson | Joe Netberg | Elijah Krup | John LeBlanc | Hank Leitch Muldoon) | Sheikh Mohammad Bin Faisal Al-Khalifa | Tariq Abdul Lateef | Hendrik Schmutz | Vaana Ketlyn | Eve | Maynard John | Anthony Martinez | Mark Parchezzi III | Daniel Morris | Alexander Leland Cayne

Hitman: Absolution: Diana Burnwood (spared) | King of Chinatown | Dominic Osmond | Larry Clay | Bill Dole | Frank Owens | Edward Wade | Hope Cougars | Lenny Dexter (optional) | Marcus Green | Raymond Valentine | Warren Ashford | Sanchez | The Saints (Jennifer Anne Paxton) | Clive Skurky | Layla Stockton | Blake Dexter | Jade Nguyen | Praetorians | Benjamin Travis

"World of Assassination" Trilogy
Hitman (2016): Kalvin Ritter | Jasper Knight | Viktor Novikov | Dalia Margolis | Silvio Caruso | Francesca De Santis | Claus Hugo Strandberg | Reza Zaydan | Jordan Cross | Ken Morgan | Sean Rose | Penelope Graves | Ezra Berg | Maya Parvati | Yuki Yamazaki | Erich Soders

HITMAN 2 (2018): Alma Reynard | Sierra Knox | Robert Knox | Rico Delgado | Jorge Franco | Andrea Martinez | Wazir Kale | Vanya Shah | Dawood Rangan | Janus | Nolan Cassidy | Zoe Washington | Sophia Washington | Athena Savalas | Tyson Williams | Steven Bradley | Ljudmila Vetrova

HITMAN III (2021): Marcus Stuyvesant | Carl Ingram | Alexa Christine Carlisle | ICA Agents | Hush | Imogen Royce | Tamara Vidal | Don Archibald Yates | Arthur Edwards

Elusive Targets
Hitman (2016): Sergei Larin | Anthony L. Troutt | Adalrico Candelaria | Jonathan Smythe | Vito Đurić | Dylan Narváez | Gary Busey | Howard Moxon | Owen Wagner | Nila Torvik | Xander Haverfoek | Brendan Conner | Richard Ekwensi | Inez Ekwensi | Gabriel Santos | Etta Davis | Richard J. Magee | Wen Ts’ai | Richard M. Foreman | Walter Williams | Adeze Oijofor | Pavel Frydel | Akane Akenawa | Pertti Järnefelt | Kieran Hudson | Bartholomew Argus | Ji-Hu | Mr. Giggles

HITMAN 2 (2018): Mark Faba | Vicente Murillo | Miranda Jamison | Barbara Keating | Censor | Jimmy Chen | Legacy Elusive Targets (Ji-Hu | Owen Wagner | Adalrico Candelaria | Anthony L. Troutt | Richard J. Magee | Mr. Giggles | Bartholomew Argus | Richard M. Foreman | Brendan Conner | Vito Đurić | Walter Williams | Etta Davis | Adeze Oijofor | Xander Haverfoek | Gabriel Santos)

HITMAN III (2021): Kody Haynes | Joanne Bayswater | Terrence Chesterfield | Legacy Elusive Targets (Anthony L. Troutt | Richard J. Magee | Jimmy Chen | Barbara Keating | Owen Wagner)

Others
Non-Targets
Margeaux LeBlanc | Malcolm Sturrock | Mister X | Aleksander Kovak | Isabella Caruso | Dexy Barat | Katashi Ito | Orson Mills | Hector Delgado | Emma Carlisle

Side Story & Campaign Targets
Patient Zero: Liberation (Oybek Nabazov | Sister Yulduz | Craig Black | Brother Akram | Bradley Paine | Owen Cage) | Klaus Liebleid
The Sarajevo Six: Sarajevo Six (Scott Sarno | Gary Lunn | Walter Menard | John Stubbs | Patrick Morgan | Taheiji Koyama)

Special Assignment Targets
HITMAN (2016): Kong Tuo-Kwang | Matthieu Mendola | Harry Bagnato | Marv Gonif | Marco Abiatti
HITMAN 2 (2018): Dmitri Fedorov | Blair Reddington | Basil Carnaby | Ajit "AJ" Krish | Galen Vholes

Sniper Assassin Targets
Hitman: Sniper Challenge: Richard Strong Jr.
HITMAN 2 (2018): Dorian Lang | Guillaume Maison | Doris Lee | Jin Noo | Re Thak | Lhom Kwai | Roman Khabko | Vitaly Reznikov

Organizations
Blue Lotus Triad | CICADA | Crystal Dawn | Delgado Cartel | The Franchise | Gator Gang | IAGO | Khandanyang | Liberation | Private Militia | Providence | Red Dragon Triad | Yardbirds

Novels
Hitman: Enemy Within: Puissance Treize (Ali bin Ahmed bin Saleh Al-Fulani | Pierre Douay | Louis Legard | Cassandra Murphy | Mrs. Kaberov | Tova Holm | Hans Pruter | Aristotle Thorakis)
Hitman: Damnation: Hector Corado | Dana Linder | Darren Shipley | Bruce Ashton | Charlie Wilkins

Movies
Hitman (2007): Mikhail Belicoff | Yuri Marklov | Udrei Belicoff
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015): John Smith | Antoine Le Clerq | Dr. Albert Deleriego | Fabian


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