Cyrus Vanch was the head of a criminal empire until one day he was captured and sent to Iron Heights Prison. His crimes included drug dealing, human trafficking, and many other crimes. Years later he was released however he set out to return to power and to kill Green Arrow. He kills his old lawyer and makes his plans to rule all of the city's underworld. Laurel Lance grows suspicious of him so she enlists Green Arrow to get involved. Cyrus knows that Arrow always carries 24 arrows so he has 25 armed guards attack him when he comes to Cyrus's mansion to save Laurel after Cyrus kidnappes her. The last remaining guard manages to capture Arrow, however his friend comes in, takes out his guard, and knocks him out.