Metal Gear Solid Series Plot Summary & Analysis
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Metal Gear Solid Series Plot Summary & Analysis

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This walkthrough was originally written for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty on the PS2, but the walkthrough is still applicable to the vita version of the game.
                     === A COMPLETE PLOT SUMMARY & ANALYSIS ===

                                     === OF ===

                           === THE METAL GEAR SERIES ===

                      BY GRANT MORRISSEY   ZEOBRIA@HOTMAIL.COM

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                              WARNING DANGER CAUTION

THIS IS A PLOT RELATED DOCUMENT AND GIVES AWAY ALL THE SPOILERS ASSOCIATED WITH
THE METAL GEAR SERIES. YOU CAN'T OVERLOOK THEM IN THIS. THEY COULD BE ANYWHERE
AND ARE WRITTEN OUT IN LAYMAN'S TERMS TO MAKE UNDERSTANDING THEM AS SIMPLE AS
POSSIBLE

PLEASE BE MADE AWARE THAT THIS DOCUMENT WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PEOPLE UNINITIATED
TO THE SERIES- IT WAS WRITTEN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FINISHED THE GAMES AND WANT A
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLOTS. THE BEST INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES IS TO
PLAY THE GAMES YOURSELVES (REALISTICALLY, MINUS METAL GEAR & METAL GEAR 2:
SOLID SNAKE)

SUCH THINGS AS PHYSICAL DESRIPTIONS OF CHARACTERS, ENVIRONMENTS AND BATTLES YOU
 YOU CAN ONLY GET BY PLAYING THE GAMES AND WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THIS GUIDE.
REMEMBER- THE PLOT IS ONE THING, BUT READING THIS SUMMARY IS NOWHERE NEAR AS
FUN AS PLAYING THE GAME AND FINDING OUT YOURSELF!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
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CONTENTS:
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1.  Introduction, Legal mumbo-jumbo, Update History
2.  Metal Gear
     (i) Plot Summary
3.  Metal Gear 2- Solid Snake
     (i) Plot Summary
4.  Metal Gear Solid
    (i) Briefing
    (ii) "He'll be through here...I know it..."
    (iii) "Call me 'Deepthroat"
    (iv) "The brother of light...and the brother of dark..."
    (v) "Furnace"
    (vi) "We're not tools of the Government..."
    (vii) "Les Enfants Terribles"
    (viii) "You can't let yourself be chained to fate..."
    (ix) Legend
    (x) Epilogue
    (xi) Conclusions
    (xii) Observations
    (xiii) Unanswered Questions
    (xiv) 'Different Endings' - Otacon
    (xv) Somewhat Frequently Asked Questions
    (xvi)Themes of 'Metal Gear Solid'
         *. The Perils of Nuclear Weapons
         *. Tampering with the natural order
         *. Independence
         *. Confinement
         *. Love
 5. Game Characters
    (i) Solid Snake
    (ii) Roy Campbell
    (iii) McDonald "Master" Miller
    (iv) Liquid Snake
    (v) Revolver Ocelot
    (vi) Psyco Mantis
    (vii) Sniper Wolf
    (viii) Decoy Octopus
    (ix) Vulcan Raven
    (x) Big Boss
 6. 'Metal Gear Solid 2 - Son's of Liberty'
    (i) Prologue - Discovery
    (ii) Legend
    (iii) Metal Gear Raiden
    (iv) "Laugh! And grow fat!"
 7. Conclusion, Kudos and Contact Details.

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                   INTRODUCTION, LEGAL MUMBO-JUMBO & UPDATE HISTORY

   When I started summarising Metal Gear Solid I had no idea what I was getting
myself into. When I started summarising it in November, 2000 I was thinking it
would take a fortnight...one month at the most. Its only after roughly 5 months
work that I've realised what a bugger it was. When I had finished up to Snakes
battle with Psyco Mantis I *knew* why the plot had never been completely
summarised before- its WAY to big and comprehensive. I intially thought that I
could simply summarise the demo theatre- but the characters spoke way to
quickly. So I ended up running the PSX through my VCR and recording the demo
theatre. Once it had been recorded I was following the general cycle of
watching for 15 seconds, pausing, writting down in point form what was said,
and repeating the process. Watch, pause, write. Watch, pause, write. Watch,
pause, write...

   This document is copyright 2001 by me, Grant Alan Morrissey. No part of this
document may be reproduced in any way, shape or form, without my expressed
permission. And so on. And so forth. Tresspasers will be
prosecuted...motorcycle riding prohibited...employees must wash their hands...

   All bad jokes aside, I don't think I can make it any clearer that this thing
was written by me and all work was done by me. This document is one-of-a-kind
so I'm sure its very tempting to yoink it and use it somewhere else. Stealing
this is unethical and illegal. And, if you are souless and copy this without my
permission and wack your own name on it, rest assured. I WILL FIND OUT. The
Copyright notices strewn through this document are here for a reason.

	All recognizable concepts from the Metal Gear series are copyright Konami, and
their usage in this document does not constitute a challenge to that copyright
(heh yeah- like I would) That last sentence was cut-&-pasted from Thomas
Wilde's Resident Evil FAQ (With the RE Stuff replaced by Metal Gear stuff) I
still meant what I said Konami! Please don't sue me!

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UPDATES
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April 1, 2002 - Big trouble in the Big Shell! Start of Plant chapter
summarised. I'm trying to do a better job with the storytelling in MGS2 (as you
may have noticed) Including more direct quotes and more descriptions. Hope you
like it. Various sentences changed in the MGS summary (chapter names changed as
well) and the disclaimer was added to the very start of this document.

March 24th, 2002 - 'Tanker' chapter of 'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty'
has been summarised. A new FAQ and minor updates. Some paragraphs deleted in
the intro and conclusion.

December 1, 2001 - Thanks to Rob McGregor's transcript of 'In the Darkness of
Shadow Moses' it is now confirmed that I was completely wrong about the ending
of Metal Gear Solid, regardless of how justified I was, and I suck. Henceforth,
the 'Different Endings' have been swapped, the 'Why?' and 'The Official Stance'
sections erradicated, and I loose 10k from this damn thing.

November 27th, 2001 - Its finally here. Excluding me. I've updated with a
summary of the opening stage's of Metal Gear Solid 2: Son's of Liberty. Minor
update's, regarding particually MGS2, will continue over the next few months
but comprehensive coverage will have to wait until the PAL release of the game
in Feb 2002. For people who have just picked up MGS2 and haven't played its
predecessor I'm hoping this document will help you get an understanding of the
original plot (and its characters)

October 12, 2001 - Some quick wording changes in the headings (nothing special)
I don't trust Hotmail so I've changed my e-mail- if someone has tried e-mailing
me before and gotten no response, try again at my new address
(zoobra101@yahoo.com) Don't go reading this thing for major changes this update
cause there are none - just some re-written paragraphs.

August whatever, 2001 - Added more chapters to MGS summary so people have an
easier time finding certain FMV summaries. More 'Observations' cause I thought
that was the "forgotten" section of the summary. Gone over the MGS summary for
the kazzillioneth time and fixed some sentences.

August 10th, 2001 - Cosmetic updates. I noticed every paragraph in the MGS
summary starts with the word "Snake" so I fixed that. Got rid of my evil-online
reference cause the site has died for the trillioneth time. Added a new section
the 'Different Endings' about Konami's current stance on the issue.

July 22nd, 2001 - 3 days later I got carried away again. Added a little piece
underneath the 'Metal Gear Solid' heading. New section detailing the characters
from MSG (and I mean DETAIL- none of this 'Age: 20, Sex: Male, Nationality:
British' BS) And, guess what? MORE FAQS!!! Hooray for me...

July 19th, 2001 -  Following the floodtide of e-mail I have gotten about Liquid
& the Hind I finally got around to making a big deal about it. I fixed up 'The
Best is Yet to Come' and added some more FAQS (PLUS I placed them in
chronological order) From now on Updates to this document are going to be
fairly cosmetic until I get my grubby hands on MGS2 (Anyone here have a spare
PS2?...Anyone?...Hello?)

July 1st, 2001 - Updated the 'Son's of Liberty' section with some basic
information. Heaps more FAQ's added. I've added a new section that deals
strictly with the themes I believe that the game raises.

May 30th, 2001 - 'Different Endings' section is UP! Both the endings are
summarised including a rationale on why I chose my selected ending over the
other.

May 17th, 2001 - Thanks to alert readers I recified some of my FAQ's and
Unanswered Questions (as well as added a few more). Once again general odd's &
ends added to this work.

April 27th, 2001 - Since the document got posted at Gamefaqs (to my
immense surprise) I went crazy. The introduction and conclusion has been
totally re-written. Some completely new sections have been added to the Metal
Gear Solid section and I've added a disclaimer to the document as well. Some
grammar and spelling errors were fixed in the summary of MGS as well as a few
odd's-and-ends. The document has been posted online as well (See 'CONCLUSION')

April 25th, 2001 - Document posted at Gamefaqs for first time.


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                                     METAL GEAR

                (AS TAKEN FROM 'METAL GEAR SOLID - PREVIOUS OPERATIONS')

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	The Year is 1995. Deep in South Africa, 200km north of Garzburg, Outer Heaven-
an armed fortress nation, established by the legendary mercenary. He was feared
in combat by both his friends and foes as a hero and a lunatic. The "Western"
nations have found that a weapon of mas destruction capable of rewritting war
history is under development at Outer Heaven. They have called upon the
high-tech special forces unit FOX-HOUND to take care of the situation. In
response to this order, Big Boss, the commander-in-chief of FOX-HOUND, sent
Gray Fox, the man with the code name "Fox" which is given to the best member of
the unit "Operation intrude N313"

	After a few days, his last messafe being "Metal Gear..." Gray Fox was missing
in action. Taking the situation seriously, the top men of the "West" again
called for FOX-HOUND. Big Boss selected Solid Snake, who had recently joined
FOX-HOUND, as the agent and entrusted everything to him.

	Successfully making a solo infiltration to Outer Heaven, Snake got in touch
with local resistance members Schneider, Diane and Jennifer. With their
co-operation, Snake suceeded in rescueing Gray Fox. Gray Fox laid out the
terrifying facts about "Metal Gear" Metal Gear was the development name of a
nuclear warhead-equiped twi-legged walking tank. It can walk through over the
toughtest terrains that would stop normal tanks. It can conduct local warfare
by itself with unique weapons like its vulcan-cannon and anti-tank missiles. It
was indeed a new type of weapon that can conduct a nuclear attack against any
place on the face of the Earth from any l and surface...
	
	With Metal Gear, Outer Heaven was trying to establish its military superiority
over the entire world. In order to destroy Metal Gear, Snake rescued Metal
Gear's chief engineer Dr. Pettrovich and his daughter, Elen, who was taken
hostage to force her father to continue with his development. Snake hears from
Dr. Pettrovich how to destroy Metal Gear.

 However, as Snake approached the heart of Outer Heaven and Metal Gear, well
designed traps are set all around Snake- as if his actions are being leaked to
the enemy...
	In the midst of the escalating battle, the leader of the resistance,
Schneider, fell into the hands of the enemy, and Snake himself was injured
through the deadly battles with Outer Heaven's best mercenaries. But Snakes
indomitable spirit lead him to the 100th floor basement of the secret base
where Metal Gear was developed. Evading the powerful defense system that wipes
out all intruders, Snake ultimately succeeded in destroying Metal Gear.

	Snake tried to escape from Outer Heaven upon completing the
mission. However, during the escape he was comfronted by one man- FOX-HOUND's
commander-in-chief Big Boss. Big Boss laughed at the astounded Snake and told
him the truth behind his mission. While serving as commander-in-chief of
FOX-HOUND Big Boss also ran a mercenary dispatch company utilizing his
connections and capitals from his own years as a merc. He was planning on to
build this company a larger military establishment, and he built Outer Heaven
as its base. His purpose for sending the rookie Snake was to cause information
confusion amongst the west. However, Big Boss miscalculated. He never thought
Solid Snake would make it this far...

	Having lost Metal Gear, Big Boss activated the self-destruct system of the
underground base. While the countdown to destruction continued, his screamed
echoed in the emptiness

	"YOU HAVE GONE TO FAR. TOO FAR!!!"

	On the 100th floor basement, the battle between the 2 men commenced- free of
idealogy and politics. The armed fortress nation Outer Heaven collapsed. The
impenetrabe fortress made from the best military technology and occupied by the
toughest mercenaries burned in flames. Behind him, the flames reached skyward,
as Outer Heaven fell leaving Solid Snake all alone...

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                             METAL GEAR 2: SOLID SNAKE

                (AS TAKEN FROM 'METAL GEAR SOLID - PREVIOUS OPERATIONS')

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	1999, the world was facing an energy crisis. It was obvious that the petroleum
would run out faster than what was expected. However, the development of an
alternative energy resource is far from completion. The price of petroleum has
skyrocketed and the world economy in confusion. The 21st century was expected
to be one of chaos. One mans invention changed the entire situation. A Czech
genius and biologist, Dr. Kio Marv, invented OILIX, a microorganism that
refines petroleum to product a highly purified form of petroleum. The world was
filled with hope upon the discovery of this messiah to solve the energy crisis,
but at the same time the world entered a time of tension regarding this new
algae.

	Just when the whole worlds attention was drawn to OILIX and Dr. Marv, he was
abducted by someone and disapeared. Nations begun investigations immediatly and
a name soon appeared...'Zanzibar Land'... 	Zanzibar Land was a democratic
military regime that suddently appeared in central Asia in 1997. When their
uprising took place, the CIS Army, formed around Russia, sent in a suppressive
unit immediatly. Zanzibar Land resisted by gathering a band of Mercenaries from
nations around the world and fortifying most of its land. As a result, the CIS
Army was repeatedly defeated, and Zanzibar Land declared its independence. Due
to the active role mercenaries played, this war was called the 'mercenaries
war' and Zanzibar Land was referred to as an armed fortress nation. A military
nation with a group of strong mercenaries, surrounded by a tough fortress.

	According to the latest information, Zanzibar suppoedly was armed
with Nuclear Weapons. The whole scenario was crystal clear. By obtaining OILIX
in addition to nuclear weapons, Zanzibar Land was trying to establishits
economoic and military superiority over the entire world. Concerned about the
situation, the United States of America ordered Roy Campbell,
Commander-in-Chief of high tech special forces unit FOX-HOUND, to rescue Dr.
Marv. Campbell was a former member of FOX-HOUND. He brought back Solid Snake,
the man who single handedly brought down the armed fortress nation of Outer
Heaven 4 years ago, and asked Snake to bring back Dr. Marv and OILIX.

	Successfully infiltrating Zanzibar Land and with help from CIA
angent Horry and others, Snake was able to go deep into the fortress and meet
again with Dr. Pettrovich, the chief engineer of Metal Gear from Outer Heaven.
He too was abducted to Zanzibar Land and forced to develop another Metal Gear.
He told to surprised Snake an even more shocking fact. Big Boss, the man Snake
had defeated at Outer Heaven, turned out to be the General Commander of
Zanzibar Land.

	Snake rescued Dr. Pettrovich in co-operation with Natasha, Dr. Marv's guard
and former Czech International Secret Police agent, and then headed for the
confinement facility deep in the fortress to save Dr. Marv. When Pettrovich and
Natasha crossed the narrow suspension bridge over the deep valley, a missile
blew the bridge away. Natasha flew into the air because of the explosion. While
unable to do anything to save Natasha, Snake started hearing a well-known voice
"Hey Snake, were good buddies. I can let you go. Just leave this place at
once!" Gray Fox. Snake saw Gray Fox controlling Metal Gear. The best soldier in
FOX-HOUND who, after the fall of Outer Heaven, disapeared as if he followed Big
Boss. Losing Natasha infront of his eyes and letting Pettrovich get taken away,
Snake screamed "Fox! I will not give up!"

	After a series of deadly battles with mercenaries, Snake finally made it to
Dr. Marv's confinement facility. However, he arrived to late. He saw Dr. Marv's
corpse and Pettrovich, who could do nothing but just stand there. Pettrovich
told Snake that Dr. Marv could not withstand the repeated tortures because of
heart problems. Snake then recieved an emergency call from Horry. The
information she supplied was very shocking. Pettrovich had been voluntarily
visiting Zanzibar Land to develop Metal Gear. The abduction of Dr. Marv was
conducted under the the directions of Pettrovich himself. After the truth came
out, Pettrovich attacked Snake, but Snake easily put an end to him and obtained
the structual plan of OILIX.

	While trying to escape, Snake was confronted by Metal Gear again, controlled
by Gray Fox. The tremendous battle took place in the underground base. Snake
finally succeeded in destroying Metal Gear. However, Gray Fox did not submit
and challened Snake to the final battle. In the midst of a minefield, Snake and
Fox fought without any weapons. A fist-to-fist duel involving no hatred or
murderous intent. During that moment of purity the 2 were bound by forces
transcending words and emotions. Snake won the tough but pure battle against
Gray Fox. However, there was still someone else. Snake had to fight Big Boss.
Just like 4 years ago at Outer Heaven Big Boss was waiting for Snake. 	"One who
has experienced the tension of battle can never leave the battlefield. I'am the
one giving you something to live for, and that is war" Snake was infuriated at
the arrogant Big Boss "There is only one battle I have to fight. To free myself
from you, to shatter the nightmare...Big Boss, I will kill you!"

	With the structual plan of Oilix, Snake and Horry escaped from
Zanzibar Land on a rescue helicopter. Snake once again saved the world.
However, there was no smile on his face. Big Boss's last words kept ringing in
his head "Whoever wins, out battle does not end. There loser is freed from the
battlefield, the winner must remain there and the survivor must live his life
as the warrior until he dies" Snake then disapeared into the whitelands of
Alaska...alone...

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                                  METAL GEAR SOLID

                             If I die in a combat zone
                          Tell all the people in homeland
                                 That I did my best.

                             If I die in a combat zone
                           Tell that pretty girl of mine
                         That I bring best memories with me.

                             If I die in a combat zone
                              Tell all my best friends
                            That I died facing the gun.

                             If I die in a combat zone
                           I don't need my name on grave.
                            Etch instead that there was;
                         A man who lived, fought and died.

                          From "IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE"

                             The Song of Mercenaries

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	The year is 2005. In the remote area of Alaska, located in the Bering Sea, is
the chain of islands known as the Fox-Arcipelago. In there exist's Shadow Moses
island- the location of a top-secret nuclear warhead storage facility. During
an exercise on the Island involving ARMSTECH Inc. (Once the 2nd largest arms
manufacturer in the world and primarily involved in the development of SDI and
Rail guns) and DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. A
government department involved in researching technology for implementation
into military systems and weapons), Next-Generation Special Forces, lead by
members of FOX-HOUND, invade the island and capture it. There, they make the
(somewhat puzzling) demands- they want the remains of Big Boss. They state that
if these demands are not met- they will launch a nuclear weapon within 24
hours.

	Understanding the seriousness of the situation, the secretary of defense, Jim
Houseman, call's upon retired FOX-HOUND commander Roy Campbell to deal with the
situation. In turn, Campbell call's upon the services of Solid Snake (now a dog
musher in an isolated part of Alaska) Understanding Snake would not simply hear
him out, armed soldiers are sent out to bring Snake in for a briefing. Within 5
hours of the terrorists taking over the island,  Snake has been stripped and is
sitting down, alone, in an isolation chamber.

	Campbell comes in, he is quick and to the point, they are in an extremely
serious situation and only Snake can get them out of it. Campbell introduces
Snake to Dr. Naomi Hunter, FOX-HOUND's chief medical officer, and she gives him
a quick injection. Campbell then briefs him on his 2 mission objects- he is to
rescue DARPA chief Donald Anderson & ARMSTECH President Kenneth Baker and he is
to, most importantly, access whether or not the terrorists have the ability to
launch a nuclear weapon.

	Snake is quick to point out that he hasn't even agreed to the mission-
Campbell wants to know whether living in Alaska is all that great. All he is is
a dog musher. He then elaborates on the site- the disposal facility is a
hardened underground base. For Snake to infiltrate the base, air insertion is
impossible. Snake must go in through the water- a submarine will go within a
few miles of the island, but then will have to launch a SDV (Swimmer Delivery
Vehicle. The sub must stay away from the island because it may be picked up on
Sonar) Campbell also informs Snake that, unfortunatly, weapon and equipment is
OSP (On Site Procurement. He cannot take anything with him)

	The colonel explains that the President is in supervisory control of the
operation but the Secretary of Defense is in operational control. A COG will
not be issued until it can be determined, by Snake, whether or not the
terrorists can launch a Nuclear Weapon. The National Security Agency and the
Defense Intelligence Agency will be working with them as well- but Snake is not
interested in "desk jockeys" Campbells agree's and briefs him on Natasha
Romaneko- she will act as an advisor on the nuclear weapons present on the
island.

	Snake is curious- why is Campbell in on the mission? He replies that he knows
FOX-HOUND. Snake doesn't believe him- he wants to know the real reason.
Campbell apologises and admits its because his niece is being held hostage. The
day of the revolt several soldiers didn't show up. Meryl was called in as a
replacement. She is Campbell's little-brothers daughter (he died in the Gulf
War and Campbell was charged with looking after her) At this point Snake
agree's to do the mission, on 2 conditions. The first one being that no secrets
are kept from him. He wants to know everything at all times. The second
condition being that he will only accept orders from the Colonel and no-one
else.

	The retired operative ask's Campbell about the injection Naomi gave him.
Campbell gets Naomi to answer it- she knows the soldiers in FOX-HOUND better
than anyone else. She explains that the injection was a combination of
nanomachines and anti-freezing peptites. They will stop his blood from freezing
(even at sub-artic temperatures) Many nanomachines are working in the
bloodstream to replace adreniline, sugar and nutrition (Snake will not have to
worry about food) Neotropics are present (these will improve mental
functioning) and benzadrine as well (responsible for keeping him awake and
alert for 12 hours) In addition, the nanomachines will also keep the CODEC
batteries going.

	Snake wants to know why ARMSTECH and DARPA were present on the island. Were
they there for a new weapon? Campbell explains he is not available to access
that kind of information. Snake wants to know if they can launch- Campbell says
that they have given a warhead serial number (seemingly the one they intend to
use) and that it has been confirmed. However, the PAL (Permissive Action Link)
system is present to prevent a launch- but the DARPA chief knows how to stop
it...

	The colonel explains that the Next Generation Special Forces aren't just
"grunts" They are heavily armed and their 6 leaders are hardened veterans. The
terrorists are demanding cell specimins from a body (specifically, the
individuals genomic information) the terrorists apparently *need* this
information. The Next Gen Special forces were involved in the human genome
project and, henceforth, have been strengthened through gene therapy. The
military have indentified the genes that make effective soldiers and can put
these into regular soldiers to make them better.

	Following the fall of Zanzibar, as is explained the Snake, Big Boss's body,
though badly burned, was recovered. It was possible to restore his DNA profile
from a single strand of hair. So far more than 60 soldier genes have been
identified and these are transplanted into soldiers. Superior soldiers aren't
just trained- hereditary factors are just as crucial. The Next Gen Special
Forces are mainly mercs from Outer Heaven- the U.S. government bought out their
contracts. They were merged with Force 21 and have no real battle experience
(they are "video game players" as pointed out by Snake) All of the Next Gen
Special Forces conspired in the attack. The whole unit went through the same
gene therapy and feel closer than brothers (Henceforth the title "The Son's of
Big Boss") They see the unit as their only family. Campbell explains that there
was no signs they were interested in partaking in an uprising- they were all
evaluated through random, psycological testing as patriotic and upstanding
soldiers. They all had IQ's over 180 and even, at strange intervals, partook in
their own gene therapy experiments.

	The agent is then briefed on the worst part of the mission - the FOX-HOUND
members who are the leaders of the terrorists. Snake is briefed on them Psyco
Mantis (who is the worlds most powerful tactioner of reading minds and moving
objects with his own mind), Vulcan Raven (A giant and shayman) Sniper Wolf (who
can stay in the same position, looking through a rifle scope, for days or even
weeks) Decoy Octopus (master of disguise) Revolver Ocelot (Gun fighting and
interrogation specialist) and the leader of the terrorists...Liquid Snake...

	This astounds Snake- someone with the same code-name? Snake has his "brother"
explained to him.  Following being the Youngest SAS operative to be employed in
the Gulf War, and penetraring Western Iraq for the Secret Intelligence Service,
Liquid Snake was captured and not heard from for several years. He was rescued
and joined FOX-HOUND after Solid Snake retired to Alaska. Snake is greatly
concerned and nervous about the mission, and this is not helped when he is
shown a picture of Liquid...with a face exactly the same as him. Just as Snake
is leaving the room, preparing to prep for the mission, as an afterthought, he
ask's to borrow Naomi scissors. He begins to snip his hair- he doesn't want to
be mistaken for the terrorist's leader...

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	Solid Snake arrives in the lower Dock of Shadow Moses island via the SDV and
surfaces in scuba gear just in time to overhear Liquid Snake warn genome
soldiers that "he" will be through the area they are patrolling (obviously
referring to Solid Snake) before Liquid makes his way up in the freight
elevator. Snake makes his way through the guards and waits for the elevator to
return, then uses it to go to the surface. He hides behind a storage block &
contact's Campbell VIA CODEC who alerts him as to how to go about infiltrating
the main hangar of the complex where Metal Gear is stored further on. At that
point a Russian Hind-D gunship (piloted by Liquid) takes off to intercept F-16
fighters sent as a diversionary operation to allow Snake to infiltrate the
base. There is 18 hours left till the deadline is reached.

  	Snake goes through the base and sneaks into the DARPA chiefs (Donald
Andersons) cell through the venting system. There he confirms the worst
possibility- the terrorists can, indeed, launch a nuclear weapon. When Snake
queries that the island complex is a Nuclear weapon's storage facility, so the
terrorist's shouldn't be able to launch a weapon, Anderson reveals that Shadow
Moses Island is, infact, the site where a new weapon is in development that
will change the world with its ability to launch a nuke from anywhere on the
globe. The weapon is a new version of Metal Gear known as Metal Gear Rex. The
original 2 weapons didn't lead to the project being scrapped. It was actually
the opposite - it led to a huge joint venture between ARMSTECH and DARPA.

With the terrorists able to use Metal Gear to launch a nuke Snake ask's if
there is a way of stopping a launch. He is told that there is the PAL safety
system- 2 passwords are required to override the safety mechanisms. Donald
Anderson had one and Kenneth Baker had the other. Psyco Mantis, however,
discovered Anderson's one with his mind probing abilities. A guard (Johnny)
hears Anderson talking and tells him to shut up. Anderson, however, waves off
the guard...
The DARPA chief then informs Snake of a safety mechanism that can be employed
to override even the passwords. Apparently Kenneth Baker had the 3 keys
required to do this and was being held in the lower basement. After informing
Snake as to the means to find him Snake tells Anderson his intentions to get
him out of the cell and, ultimately, the compound. With that Anderson begins to
press Snake for details as to whether the government will give into the
terrorist's demands and whether there are any other safety measures for Metal
Gear. Snake insists, in his usual nature, he doesn't know anything. With that
the DARPA chief begins to convulse violently, falls to the ground and dies.
Snake crouches at his side to confirm his condition and contacts Naomi and
Campbell VIA CODEC where both parties conclude their belief that it was a heart
attack that killed Anderson.

Snakes rises from the DARPA chief's side and hears the muffled sounds of a
struggle in the next cell. Within a few moments his cell has unlocked. Leaving
it Snake has a gun pointed at his head by the "guard" on duty. When Snake looks
at the guard he can tell from the shaking gun pointing at him that she is
"green" and plays on her inexperience by taunting her. When things between them
reach the tensest stage enemy guards swarm the cell. Snake fights back
immediately. The female guard just stands there unable to say a word. While
shooting the soldiers Snake shouts at the female soldier "What are you doing?
Shoot! Don't be afraid!" As if woken up, she immediately begins shooting the
guards storming the cell with her FA-MAS and soon the threat has been
eliminated. She walks to the door of the cell block and sarcastically thanks
him for his help and begins jogging to the elevator. Just as Snake begins
persuing- she turns around and shoots blindly into the area Snake was running
through, he dodges the bullets and she escapes through the elevator. Snake
looks to where she was...and hallucinates a man with a gas mask on floating at
the elevator. The mysterious figure implies he had been controlling her at that
point and disappears. Snake contacts Naomi to ask her about it and she informs
him that it was most likely "psychometric interference coming from Psyco
Mantis.." (As in, the brainwaves and thoughts of Psyco Mantis became
un-controlled and found their way into Snake's mind)

Snake takes the elevator downstairs into the armory of the compound and uses C4
explosive to gain access to a secret area where the ARMSTECH president is being
kept prisoner. When he arrives in the large room he see's the president tied to
a large central pillar. Upon closer inspection it is revealed the pillar is
booby trapped with wires that would set off C4 explosive connected amongst the
central column. At that point a gun shot is fired at Snakes feet...which he
instinctively jumps back from...and he comes face-to-face with Revolver Ocelot-
Fox Hounds torture and weapon's specialist. After a tense standoff Snake
battles Ocelot and drives him to bay. When Ocelot hides behind a pillar to
reload "...but I'm only gettin' warmed up" a quick, mysterious figure, with a
metallic exoskeleton and a long samarai sword, jumps out of nowhere and cuts
off his right hand (with its gun still in it) as well as cutting Kenneth Baker
down from his trap. Ocelot retreats and Snake confronts the figure demanding to
know who it is- "I'am like you", it says, "without a name..." it then shakes
uncontrollably and retreats. Kenneth Baker seemed to have identified the figure
as he was still regaining himself after being cut down. Helping the ARMSTECH
President to his feet, Snake sits him down against a wall and questions him
about metal gear.

	Baker, to, gave the terrorist's his password. Psyco Mantis didn't succeed
because of surgical implants inside the ARMSTECH President's brain that
protected him from psycic probes. However, Revolver Ocelot used physical
torture to get Baker to talk and, in the process, broke his arm. Baker is
surprised and angry to hear the Anderson gave his password due to the mental
probes of Psyco Mantis- because he received the same surgical implants as
Baker. He is also angry when he hears that Anderson died of a heart attack-
saying its impossible and is led to believe that Snake came to the island to
"shut them up"  Calming him down, Snake ask's Baker about the 3 card keys he
apparently has in his possession and Baker says that he gave them to a young
female soldier who refused to take place in the rebellion and was incarcerated.
Baker also says he was in contact with the soldier VIA the stolen guards CODEC
and tells him he could contact her by finding her number "on the back of the CD
case"
 Baker also tells Snake there may be one person who could find out a way to
stop Metal Gear. Its chief engineer, Hal Emmerich, might know a way to stop or
even destroy the weapon.

	Baker elaborates on the history of Metal Gear. With the end of the nuclear age
at the turn of the century it would be thought it would mean the end of the
arms race- not so. Infact, the threat of nuclear war is greater than ever he
says. With nuclear waste storage buildings filled to capacity uses for the
material's had to be found. Greater pounds of MUF (Material Unaccounted For)
are being reported every year and Russian nuclear engineer's had nowhere to
turn, except terrorism, to find employment in their fields. This proves the
existence of a well- maintained black-market for nuclear weapons. Since pretty
much any nation could afford to have a nuclear weapon's program- a new launch
system of overwhelming power was required.
   ARMSTECH suffered badly due to cut back's in the military and their failure
to produce the next line of fighter jets. The construction of Metal Gear was
the company's last hope. However, the construction of Metal Gear was financed
confidentially by the Pentagon so mainstream-Government exposure to the project
was unlikely. This means that the capabilities of Metal Gear are not restricted
by "bureaucrats and hard liberals" But where that didn't work- bribes were
used.

 	The exercise on Shadow Moses island was to test Metal Gears
capabilities with a dummy warhead- after that the Metal Gear program was to be
formally adopted. Baker gives Snake the sole remaining copy of metal gears test
data- the main hard drive was destroyed by gunfire. The terrorist's also don't
know of the existence of the disk.
 	Snake ask's Baker about the mysterious Ninja that cut off Ocelot's hand-
since Baker seemed to have identified him. As Baker is explaining the cyborg to
be "FOX-HOUND's dirty little secret" and experimental genome soldier he begins
to convulse like the DARPA chief...in the process talking to himself about how
the Pentagon "actually went and did it!" His last words, before he succumbs to
a heart attack are "Their just using you to...."
 Speaking to Campbell and Naomi via CODEC both parties agree that Baker died
from what appeared to be a heart attack just like Anderson. Snake ask's Naomi
about the Ninja and she stresses that no-one like it is in FOX-HOUND.

	Making contact with Meryl, Snake gets her to open the door of the hangar which
will take him to the Nuclear Warhead Storage Building. She informs Snake that
the island is owned and operated by a dummy corporation of ARMSTECH (It is a
civilian base) Meryl also confirms to Snake her inexperience and her naive
views on what she believed she had to become a soldier. Snake convince's Meryl
to settle down for awhile and ask's her to meet him in the Nuclear Warhead
Storage Building. Snake goes through the hangar door but while going across the
field on the other side of it he receives a CODEC call from an unknown person
called 'Deepthroat' who warns him that a tank is behind a blast door on the
otherside of the snowfield waiting to ambush him. Sure enough, when Snake moves
on a blast is fired at him (which he just manages to dodge) and a tank roll's
out from behind the blast door. The man controlling the tank is Vulcan Raven.
Snake confuses the Tanks electronic's systems with chaff grenades and manages
to kill the gunner of the tank (a genome soldier) to destroy the it. Solid
Snake uses a card key stolen from the body to access the Nuclear Warhead
Storage Building. Vulcan Raven, inside the tank wreckage, communicates with
Liquid Snake and Revolver Ocelot (he actually names the latter "General Ivan"
in this instance- a reference to "Ivan the Terrible" A Russian historical
figure) He warn's the 2 not to underestimate Solid Snake- he is a worthy
adversary.

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(III) "CALL ME DEEPTHROAT..."
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Making his way through the storage building Snake comes to the
computer labs on floor B2...and stumbles upon a metallic hallway filled with
corpses of genome soldiers...they appeared to have been cut with a blade. Then
a barely-alive soldier stumbles around the corner saying it was a ghost...just
as another soldier is impaled on the blade of a Katana sword...by a molgy,
barely seeable figure...who walks into the computer labs. Snake follows and
see's it confronting a quivering, terrified scientist- so scared he soil's his
pants. The Ninja makes it clear to Snake that he has not taken sides (is not
there to help Snake or work against him- he is "from a world" where such terms
are meaningless) But, however, seeks battle with Snake. With that the scientist
runs into a storage closet and the ninja and Snake begin a tense hand-to-hand
combat duel (The Ninja believes that it is foolish to use weapons-
"hand-to-hand is the basis of all combat")

 	By the end of it the cyborg Ninja's suit is malfunctioning and
electric field's are stabbing out from all over his body. When the ninja is
finally defeated it begins to suffer the same effects as the DARPA chief and
ARMSTECH President. But instead of dying...it retreats. Snake realizes who the
Ninja is and contact's Campbell via CODEC- the Ninja is Grey Fox. His old war
Buddy from Zanzibar and Outer Heaven- believed dead. Naomi admits that he
should've died but didn't. The body of a soldier from Zanzibar was used by
Naomi's predecessor Dr. Clark into gene-therapy experiments. For 4 years he was
drugged, and fitted with a prototype exoskeleton, purely for experimental
purposes. The records say that the "ninja" died in a explosion, along with Dr.
Clark, 2 years ago. Naomi ask's if Snake will kill the Ninja- he says he would
prefer not...but that might be what he want's...

 	Snake walk's over to the closet where the scientist hid. After
convincing him to emerge he confirm's the scientist's identity as Metal Gears
Chief Engineer Hal Emmerich. When Snake ask's Emmerich about Metal Gear he
explain's that its a mobile TMD (Theatre Missile Defense) to be used for
defensive purposes. Angry, Snake grab's him by the collar and aggresively
tell's him the terrorist's intention to use Metal Gear as a launch system for a
nuclear warhead. Emmerich is shocked to find they plan to put a warhead in a
TMD launcher. He convinces Snake he didn't know what Metal Gear was really used
for by saying the armament of Rex was built a different department- supervised
personally by President Baker who also supervised the assembly of the final
unit. Because he wasn't involved with the armament directly Emmerich doesn't
know what Rex is truly capable of and only know's it is armed with a rail gun
(which uses magnets to fire projectiles at extremely high velocities), a laser
and vulcan cannon.

  	According to Emmerich, Metal Gear has a launcher on its back for 8 missiles.
Snake questions this saying that if it just used standard warhead's then all
the test data should have been collected before the exercise on Shadow Moses
Island and Otacon realises Metal Gear's co-developer Rivermore National Labs
was working on a new technology that, up until that point, had only been tested
in virtual environments. The test on Shadow Moses Island was for the new
technology. Emmerich realizes the mistake he made in being so naive in the
construction of Metal Gear and begins to blame himself (This is made all the
more worse through his families connection to nuclear weapons- his Grandfather
worked on the Manhattan project and his father was born on August 6th 1945- the
day of the Hiroshima bombing)

 	 Emmerich to pulls himself together (thanks to some not-so urging from Snake)
and the operative ask's him about Rex's location, which Emmerich explains is in
a underground maintenance base north of the Island. Emmerich also say's that
since they haven't sent for him for a few hours they must be ready to launch.
Snake tell's him to go and hide and contact's Meryl to get her to look after
him, but before she can answer she is spotted by guards and communication with
her is abruptly cut off. Emmerich explains that if he want's to find her he has
to look in the only place where she will be by herself. Snake ask's where that
is and Emmerich blatantly tell's him not to be so naive. Emmerich also tell's
Snake to take his keycard so he can progress further through the base and as he
is handing it to him Snake begins to worry about whether he will suffer the
same affect's as the DARPA Chief and ARMSTECH President. Emmerich gets all
defensive with Snake's sudden, caring change of character and is seemingly
fine. He also tell's Snake to call him 'Otacon' (Which stands for Otacu
Convention-  a person who likes Japan Animation or 'anime') Otacon originally
got into science to make robot's like the ones in the cartoons. Otacon tell's
Snake his CODEC frequency and then goes off- with the ability to hide easily
because he has a stealth unit the same as the ninjas.

	Making his way out of the lab and upstairs - Snake spot's Meryl
entering the female bathroom and follows her. Inside she sneaks up on
him (again) and he confirms her identity with a few sexist comments. She talk's
to Snake about her Uncle and himself and the glory days of FOX-HOUND- they were
real heroes and there was no such thing as gene-
therapy, they didn't need it.  Snake detests what she says saying that the only
heroes he knows are dead or in prison. There are no heroes in war. All Snake
believes is he is a man that is good at killing- nothing more. He has no
ambition, no ultimate goal. He establishes himself as a cold individual who
feels his best and most alive when his taking other lives. Meryl is shocked, to
say the least, at this revelation of his character.

 	Changing the subject Snake informs Meryl of no progress being made in the
negotiations & how, essentially, its all up to Snake. They find they have 2
options- initiate the safety system or destroy metal gear itself. However, to
use the safety system, they need the 3 card keys- Meryl has the first one but
the location of the other 2 is a mystery. Meryl works to try and convince Snake
to let her go with him- she knows the base better than him and can act as a
navigator. Snake is apprehensive knowing that Campbell would want Meryl to be
safe & that she would slow Snake down as well. He allows her after she simply
says he can shoot her if she does.

 	Meryl walks over the mirror and looks at herself- talking about
how she believed in following her fathers footsteps by becoming a
soldier (She thought she could understand him better by following that course
in her life)   She had never used make-up or been like other girls- she had had
her heart set on the military her whole life. It had been her driving force. By
being through the experiences on Shadow Moses island she came to realize
something- up until that point she had never TRULY looked at herself. She had
never made her own dicisions. She had always viewed herself as someone who had
to follow. She cries, feeling the emotion of what she just realized.  Snake, in
a disciplined and confident manner, gets her to bring herself together. This is
a war- there is no losing. They will die if they do. Realizing the importance
of their actions Meryl brings herself together & tell's him that they have to
take the commander's room in order to get to where Metal Gear is being stored-
the overland route is blocked by glaciers. They leave the bathroom and find all
of the guards have left- and as they make their way to the commanders room
Meryl begins acting weird...

 	When they get inside Meryl points her gun at Snake and, as if
possessed, stumbles towards him coldly yet seductively muttering sexual phrases
to him. Just when she is less than 2 feet from him a man in tight leather and a
gas mask flashes behind her, floating. Psyco Mantis. The worlds best
tactitioner of physical movement with the mind and controlling of others minds
with his own. Realizing Meryl is under his mental control and will shoot him if
he doesn't act, Snake knocks her out.
 	After a few quick taunt's Mantis makes his appearance again and
begins fighting with Snake. He dodges his attacks as if he knew they
were coming. In a fierce yet extraordinarily difficult hand-to-hand
combat duel Snake manages to outsmart Mantis (thanks to Campbell's help) and
defeats him.

	Mantis, defeated and sprawled on the ground, is approached
ominously by Snake. Realizing he will die soon Mantis tell's Snake he
will look into his future. He then uses an out-of-body experience to
explain to Snake the way to get to where Metal Gear is being stored-
through a secret door behind a bookcase. Asking Mantis why he is helping him
Mantis explains that he has read thousands and thousands of minds & how each
one contained the same selfish and disgusting desire- to reproduce. To pass on
their DNA. Everyone was focused on the future.

	Mantis helped Snake because he is different- he has no future, no past- he
lives in the moment. Mantis holds onto the belief that they aren't meant to
bring each other happiness- from the moment we enter the world we are here to
bring each other nothing but pain & misery (this is based on his awful
experiences as a child- his mother died giving childbirth to him. When he
looked into his fathers mind he saw nothing but hate & disgust for him. This
analysis of someone else's mind and the hidden elements within it waked up
Mantis's own subconscious and made him kill his father. The power that was
released from him during that episode wiped out his whole home town, of 1000
people, and horribly scarred his face making him lose his eye's and nose)

 	Mantis somehow "bonds" with Snake because he understands they both have
buried past's and they don't enjoy looking back on them. Mantis explains why he
became involved in the siege of the island, he didn't believe in Liquid Snake's
ideals, he just wanted to kill as many people as he could. Meryl is disgusted
and nearly hit's Mantis but Snake gets her to stop- Mantis doesn't have much
time left. This prompt's Mantis to look into Meryl's mind & he find's Snake
hold's a large place there. Nearly dead Mantis makes a last request- to have
his mask put back on. With it other people's thoughts force their way into his
mind and he is in his own "world" His last act is to move the bookcase blocking
the doorway with his telekinetic power's- he admits its the first time he used
his powers to help someone and it feels "kinda nice"

  	Rising from his side Snake makes his way to the secret door
prompting Meryl to follow. She stay's where she is, uncertain of herself after
Mantis manipulated her the way he did. Snake disciplines her telling her never
to doubt herself- just learn something from it and let it make her stronger.
Meryl agree's and begins to ask Snake something, about what Mantis said, but
Snake gets defensive and impatient. Reconsidering her questions & considering
its a bad idea to ask, she ask's him different questions about his personal
life- which only results in indirect and emotionless answer's that reveal he
was raised by many people and is, essentially, a loner. Meryl expresses her
sympathies and pity at his lonely, sad persona and Snake leaves the room
through the secret doorway. Meryl follows.

	Traveling through wolf-dog cavern's the 2 of them come to the communication's
towers. A large, wide pathway lead's to the entrance. Just as they begin to
make their way to the cavern's a laser-sight is pointed at Meryl. Snake yell's
at her to get down, but he is to late, Meryl is shot in the left thigh. Falling
to her knee's she is shot again in the right thigh. Now on the ground she
reaches for her pistol which she dropped- and is shot again in the arm.
Realizing the seriousness of her mistake Meryl tells Snake to leave her and
run. Or, furthermore, shoot her so he can go on with his mission. He tell's her
to save her strength. In the pain of the gunshot wound's Meryl realizes the
mistakes and the untutoredness of her feelings of being a soldier. However, she
selflessly beckons Snake to run off and never forget her.  Campbell contact's
Snake and inform's him that the sniper is trying to lure him out so that he can
pick him off. Naomi add's that the sniper is most likely Sniper Wolf-
FOX-HOUND's best shooter. Campbell begins to tell Snake how to go about saving
Meryl- but Snake can tell he is getting alarmed and panicked. Snake reassures
him that he will save Meryl- but Naomi scrutinizes him. Saying that his gene's
are that of a soldier- not a savior. Snake barks back that he works on instinct
(not on his genes) and that he will save her- he doesn't need an excuse.

 	Backtracking to the armory Snake aquires a PSG-1 sniper rifle and heads back
to  where Meryl was shot- but she has dissapeared. However, Snake can't
investigate and must deal with Sniper Wolf. He uses his sniper-rifle against
wolf and defeat's her. He makes his way towards where she retreated to look for
clues as to where Meryl went-  but at the door to the base of the
communications tower he is surrounded by soldiers and is confronted by Wolf.
After she affectionately toy's with him he is knocked out and dragged off.

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(IV) 'THE BROTHER OF LIGHT...AND THE BROTHER OF DARK...'
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	The unconscious operative awakes to bright, circular lights. Snake finds that
he is lying down on a metallic bed with his arms and legs shackled by modern
locks. Worst still, he has been striped of his equipment and is lying down
half-naked. He then overhears a man telling others not to kill him- it seems he
want's no more accidents like the DARPA chief. Then the man begins to talk to
Snake- unaware he is awake. Snake "stole" what was rightfully his- his
birthright. He always knew he would meet Snake and finally they do- the brother
of light, and the brother of dark. Liquid Snake. Liquid agrees to have some of
his DNA taken while he is still alive- and use it to correct the gnome soldiers
mutatons but not to "cure" them. Apparently Big Boss's DNA is required for
that. With that Ocelot realizes Snake is awake and tilt's the bed from 180
degree's to a full 90- parallel with Liquid Snake. Solid comes face-to-face
with Liquid for the first time. The first revelation made to Snake by Liquid is
that they are the last surviving son's of Big Boss. He also realizes that 8
hours have past since the start of the mission- there are 10 hours until the
deadline is reached. Oblivious to Snake's presence the FOX-HOUND parties in the
room- Ocelot, Liquid & Wolf discuss the Ninja. It has killed twelve men- how
did it learn of the incident? Ocelot conjectures that there must be a spy
amongst them...

	Liquid receives a call from Vulcan Raven and must go to deal with more
negotiations- he order's Ocelot not to screw up with Solid Snake like he did
with "the chief". He also observes the seriousness of their current situation-
Mantis is dead. They also have to find out what killed "Baker and Octopus"...he
then leaves with Ocelot's correction that its an interrogation about to be
conducted on Snake- not a torture. Ocelot asks Sniper Wolf, who was quietly
hanging off in the background, if she want's to stay. She declines- citing she
has to feed her wolves. She leaves and Ocelot & Snake are left alone. Snake
asks Ocelot about the new technology on Metal Gear- Ocelot suggests Snake
contact's Campbell for the full story. He asks Snake about the optical disk
that Baker would have given him- Snake doesn't answer. Instead, he asks if
Meryl is OK. Ocelot say's she is- but they are about to play a game. When the
pain becomes to much for Snake he can submit and it will end...but if he does
he will kill Meryl.

 	Snake resist's Ocelot's torture with Meryl's life at stake. He is taken to a
cell in order to regain his strength. Inside he finds the DARPA's chief's
corpse- drained of blood, apparently dead for days. Campbell contact's Snake
and tell's him that the government won't give into the terrorist's demands.
Snake gets annoyed- telling him to stop playing dumb. He tell's him to talk
about the new kind of warhead for metal gear. He asks why Campbell can't "tell
the grunts" & how deep the cover-up goes. Campbell admits that up until the
previous day the President had not been briefed on the Rex project. The
President could not be informed of the Rex project because the next day himself
and his Russian counterpart are due to sign the Strategic Nuclear Missile
Reduction Treaty-3 (START) Campbell explains that that is the reason for the
terrorist's deadline- although START-2 hadn't even been ratified or the issue's
of TMD's dealt with. If the deadline for the attack went public, when START-3
was due to be signed, it could compromise the Presidents reputation & America's
place as a dominant world superpower. Campbell pleads with Snake to stop the
terrorist's insisting he is the  only one who can. The government simply can't
give into their demands (The President had been vocal in  his opposition to
eugenics' experiments- so the genome armies can't go public at any cost)
Campbell then tells Snake not to worry about the safety keys- his priority now
is to destroy Metal Gear itself.

	Once again Snake is taken into Ocelot's chamber and "interrogated" However,
this time he simply can't last out against the pain he is enduring. He submits
to Ocelot's torture. Snake is dragged back to his cell. Campbell contact's
Snake, and he is overcome with feelings of doubt when telling Campbell that he
gave into the torture. He couldn't save Meryl- how can he save the world? Snake
gave in...he sacrificed her life to save his own. Campbell reassures Snake she
knew the risks- she was a soldier. Naomi also reminds Snake he has a mission to
do, he has to stop blaming himself. After a long pause Snake asks Naomi to talk
about herself to get his mind of the pain from the extreme-electric shock's his
body sustained, as well as the guilt he feels. She say's that it isn't a happy
topic for herself. Snake tries to compel her to talk by telling her the story
of the man who once claimed he was his father- Big Boss. She is even more
shocked to find that Snake killed Big Boss knowing that. Asking how he could,
Snake emotionlessly replies that he just needed killing, Big Boss wanted it.
Snake also explains that that action was the hidden trauma that Mantis was
talking about before he died- the one they share in common. Naomi explains that
she never had any family at all- only a big brother that put her through
school- he was much older and they weren't even blood related. Naomi ask's, as
did Meryl, if there is a woman in Snakes life. He say's he feels like he can
trust no-one after all his war experiences. Naomi then ask's if Snake has any
friends- he without hesitation replies 'Roy Campbell' (who is surprised to hear
that after all the lies he has told him) and one other man who taught Snake
alot- Frank Jaeger. Gray Fox. Naomi is very shocked by this revelation- she is
aware of their final battle. Snake counter's that they were just professional's
on opposite sides- it was nothing personal. Jaeger showed him that ropes while
Snake was still 'green' However, they didn't know each other well (Snake
believed it was like an unwritten law not to talk about personal lives) Snake
asks Naomi why she got into genetics' which she explains was because she wanted
to analyze her fate- she never knew her parents and she she could analyze where
she came from.

 	Snake fool's a guard, who caught a cold off Meryl and went to the bathroom,
into coming into his cell. He kill's him and escapes. He makes his way through
the facility back to where Meryl was shot. He run's past the blood-soaked
ground but then turns around and walk's back to the spot where she was shot. He
remembers her final word's to him & her willingness to sacrifice herself in
order to help Snake complete his mission. "I was a fool. I wanted to be a
soldier. But war is ugly, there's nothing glamorous about it." She had said in
enormous pain and lossing a great deal of blood "Snake...please...save
yourself. Go on living and don't give up on people. Don't forget me" she had
implored...

 	As his despair sinks in Snake receives a CODEC call from Campbell who
reassure's Snake that he knows he did all he could. He say's Meryl was a
soldier and was prepared for that. She joined up of her own free will. But
Snake say's his wrong- she felt she had to become a soldier to better
understand her father. He also say's that Meryl was never prepared for real
combat. Snake's old mentor, FOX-HOUND survival instructor Master Miller, then
interrupt's their conversation. He tell's Snake he can have regret's- its only
natural. But he can't let it interfere with his mission. Mei Ling, Snake's
communications support person, back's him up. Then Naomi join's in adding that
Meryl must be special to Snake. Snake moves around a direct answer (yet again)
and in doing so reminds Campbell of a personal joke about Naomi's Grandfather.
Apparently he rose as high as Assistant Director of the FBI during Edgar
Hoover's time. Naomi add's that he was Japanese. However, Master Miller is
skeptical, and presses Naomi for details. She answer's in a UN-confident manner
the questions then abruptly wishes Snake good luck and disconnects.

	Snake makes his way up a massive communications tower- which he must pass in
order to make it to the Metal Gear storage hangar. But when he reaches the top
the large communications dish is blown up- as well as the bridge connecting the
2 rooftops. Then Liquid Snake appears in the Hind D gunship. He taunt's Snake
with the helicopter's loudspeaker and Snake makes the only escape possible- by
abseiling down the side of the building. He succeed's and arrives at the
mid-section platform connecting the 2 tower's. He takes the bridge across
to Tower B and rises through the tower. However, near the top, he comes across
Otacon. Otacon ask's Snake if he ever loved someone. Snake is confused- did he
come all that way just to ask him that? But Otacon rephrases- asking if love
can bloom even on the battlefield. Snake says it can, he believes it can bloom
anywhere, anytime. But if you love someone you have to be able to protect them.
Snake asks Otacon to fix the elevator in Tower B so he can access the bottom of
the Tower to which he says he'll take care of it. Meanwhile Snake has to swat
down a bothersome fly...

 	Reaching the roof of Tower B Liquid surprises Snake by appearing suddenly in
the Hind. He shines his spotlight on Solid Snake and bid's farewell to his
"brother" Solid demands to know why his calling him that- "I'am you!" Liquid
says "I'm your shadow! Why don't you ask your father? I'll send you to hell to
meet him!!!"  Snake uses a newly acquired Stinger missile launcher to shoot
down the Hind. After many hit's the chopter finally crashes "See you in hell
Liquid" he says. A large fireball climbs up the side of the building and
disapates above Snake "that takes care of the cremation..." he remarks. Snake
then makes his way to the base of the tower B and notices a parachute in the
trees. He recieves a CODEC call from Campbell and the 2 discuss Snakes find.
They both conjecture the parachute was left in the tree as a warning to
Snake...from Liquid...

	He has little time to recover from the relevation that Liquid may still be
alive as he is soon sniped on the snowfield. He call's Otacon who confirms it
is Sniper Wolf who is shooting at him. However, Otacon sounds happy. When
questioned Otacon pleads with Snake not to kill her. He claims she's a good
person. Snake, of course, disagrees with him trying to make him see she's a
merciless killer. However, Wolf interrupts the CODEC conversation. She taunt's
Snake and order's Otacon not to g et in their way. In a silent yet deadly
battle across the expansive snowfield Wolf is murdered by Snake. Believing her
to be dead he makes his way to the warehouse where Metal Gear is being stored,
however, on the way he see's a lone figure spawled on the ground.

	Lying down and coughing up blood Sniper Wolf is nearly dead. She say's she
waited for the moment all her life. She is a sniper- all she does is wait.
Wolf, with her last strength, urges Snake to kill her. She can't be saved-
Snake has to put her out of her misery. Wolf explains that she was a Kurd- she
always dreamt of dying in a peaceful place like the snowfield. She was born on
the battlefield- gunshots and screams her everyday sounds. Hunted like dogs-
that was her whole life. Everyday she would wake up and find a new family
member or friend of her's dead. The government's of the world turned a blind
eye to her suffering. Then one day he appeared- her savior. Her hero- "Saladin"
(Big Boss) She was taught to see war as a Sniper- through the len's of a rifle
scope as an observer. She joined the terrorist's to take her revenge on the
world. She believed now that she had shamed her people in the name of
vengeance. She sold her body and her soul & is less than a whore.

 	Snake assures her of what she is and what she stands for. People like Snake
(mercenaries) are called "The Dogs of War" and he agree's with the reasoning
behind it. They are up for sale to the highest bidder. But Wolf is different-
untamed & solitary. She's not a dog- she's a wolf. Snake's reassuring attitude
prompts Wolf to ask him if he is "Saladin", but he ignores her question and
asks Wolf why she spared Meryl's life. Wolf says she was never her target & she
doesn't kill for sport. Wolf has tired herself out and urges Snake to "set her
free" (calling him "hero") Just as Snake stands, his SOCOM pointed at her head,
Otacon arrives. She beacon's to her rifle, which she dropped on the ground, and
Otacon brings it over. She believes the gun is a part of her and it must be
with her when she dies. Now that she believes everyone is there she ask's, with
her last ounce of strength, for Snake to put her out of her misery. Otacon
turns his back and block's his ear's muttering goodbye to her. Snake shoots her
in the forehead with the sound of the gunshot echoing throughout the snowfield.
Snake then places her handkerchief, which he acquired earlier, on top of her
head covering the bullet wound. Otacon ask's why he is returning it- to which
Snake simply replies he has no more tears to shed. This distresses Otacon
greatly. Snake reinforces that they're out of time- he has to act. He tell's
Otacon to get away from the island & get a new start on his life. But Otacon
say's he want's to help him, but Snake tell's him to hide and stay in touch.
But just as Snake is walking off and nearly out of sight, the snow covering him
up, Otacon yell's to him- what are the terrorist's fighting for? What is Otacon
& Snake fighting for? What was Wolf fighting for? Snake yell's back that if
they make it through the incident he'll tell him.

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	Snake makes his way past through the entrance to the underground base & the
blast furnace of the facility. But as he is catching a large freight elevator
down the bottom of the base he receives a CODEC call from Master Miller. Before
anything he ask's  Snake to make sure the conversation is secure. Snake ensures
it is which prompt's Miller to say he was in the FBI and, because of that, has
found many error's in Naomi's story about her Grandfather. He says it was all a
big lie. Snake is disbelieving and Miller add's to his story that Naomi might
be a spy. He informs Snake of the exact error's in Naomi's story about her
grandfather- which are well founded. Miller observes that with the mysterious
deaths of the ARMSTECH President & the DARPA Chief and the mysterious Ninja- to
many strange things are happening. Snake suggests that she might be behind it-
Miller say's either that or she is with the terrorist's.

	Snake makes his way off the elevator and gets into the underground storage
warehouse. On top of the massive crates of the room a dark, massive figure
begins to lurk- with a large ammo back on his back and 20mm Cannon in his arms.
Vulcan Raven. He begins to taunt Snake & mentally paralyses him then control's
a bird to place the "mark of death" on his cheek. Vulcan begins to elaborate on
Snake's history- stating that Eastern blood flow's through his vein's and his
ancestor's were raised on the plains of Mongolia. Apparently the Japanese & him
are cousin's. Vulcan metaphorically comment's that although Snakes & Vulcan's
are not the best of friends, nethertheless it will be a glorious battle. This
causes Snake to try and reason with Vulcan- it isn't glorious, its just plain
killing. Violence isn't a sport. Alas, it is to no avail.

	The deadly battle between Snake & Vulcan Raven ravages on for several minutes.
Snake hides himself amongst the boxes while Raven shoot's overwhelmingly with
his cannon. However, Snake comes out the victor. Raven, his strength depleted,
brace's himself against a wall for support. He begin's to reinforce "the
boss's" idea that his existence in the world is no longer needed. His body, as
well as his spirit, shall leave so that he may return to mother Earth and
become one with the ravens. Vulcan scream's out Snake's name & declares he will
be watching him. Then, like Mantis, he assist's Snake by giving him a security
clearance card. Raven explains that he is helping him because Snake is not one
that was created by nature- Snake & Liquid are from a different world that
Raven does not wish to know about. Before dying Vulcan say's he will give Snake
a clue, when Snake saw the DARPA Chief die in front of him, it wasn't the DARPA
chief at all- it was Decoy Octopus. He was able to deceive Snake, but he
couldn't deceive the angel of death. Snake is confused- why did he impersonate
the chief? Why go to all the trouble? Vulcan simply states he must solve the
rest of the riddle himself. At that point the birds that surrounded Raven in
the warehouse begin to converge on him and start eating at his flesh. Snake
turn's his back on him and begins to walk off as Raven is quickly pecked away
and his words haunt Snake with his belief that there is always an end to
slaughter in the natural world. Snake is different- his path is littered with
the corpses of the people he has killed. They will haunt him forever and he
will never have any peace. The next time Snake turns around Raven's body is
gone and there is only the remnants of his large machine gun.

	Miller contact's Snake about Naomi. Before the monitor can be switched off
Campbell interrupts and ask's what it is about Naomi. Miller reluctantly let's
him  in on their speculation about Naomi. Miller reveal's that Dr. Naomi Hunter
is not Dr. Naomi Hunter at all. There was once a Naomi Hunter- that disappeared
in the middle east. Campbell ask's who she is- Miller reluctantly suggests
she's a spy to
him. Master speculates she may have been sent to sabotage the operation.
Campbell also suggests she might have been part of the uprising. Master goes
further to suggest she might be part of a different group altogether. Master
say's she must be arrested.  When Campbell say's their in big trouble if she is
with the terrorist's- Master angrily ask's Campbell if it has anything else to
do with the deaths of the DARPA Chief & ARMSTECH President. Campbell doesn't
know. In any case, Master say's, Naomi can't be allowed to participate any
further in the operation. But Campbell say's the mission can't be completed
without her, this confirms something to Snake, he is hiding something. Campbell
tell's Snake to give him sometime, when he is questioned about this.

	Filled with feelings of doubt Snake arrives in the massive hangar where Metal
Gear is stored. However there are no guards there. Otacon call's Snake & Snake
ask's him about this- Otacon speculates that they might be ready to launch. He
also say's he hasn't found out about the PAL safety system- his found something
just as good. He accessed the secret Metal Gear file and found the secret
technology on Rex- the warhead is fired from the railgun like a projectile. The
missile's won't use fuel so, henceforth, it isn't considered a missile. This
means it can get around all kinds of international treaties. But the even more
shocking fact is its a stealth weapon. Although work had been conducted on a
stealth missile since the 70's they could only develop it now because the
propulsion system would show up on radar. The warhead's are also surface
piercing so they can reach into hardened bunkers. Otacon also say's that if
word got out of Metal Gear it could delay START-3, possibly get the US
denounced by the UN & even bring down the President.
  Snake ask's the colonel if he knew about the real capabilities- Campbell
admits he did & doesn't make excuses. Otacon say's the result's of the exercise
were better than what they expected- but he can't find the actual data. Snake
say's he had it- but Ocelot took it (seemingly much to Campbell's dismay) Snake
ask's for Otacon's opinion on whether they can launch or not- Otacon say's they
can most probably. The dummy warhead's are designed to be identical to the real
ones so they should launch fine. Otacon gets back to trying to find out how
activate PAL by looking through Baker's files.

 	Snake makes his way up and over metal gear arriving at the command room where
he see's Liquid & Ocelot talking. He hides and overhears the pairs
conversation. Liquid confirms that no response has been given from America and
changes the prime target, at Ocelot's question, from Tuniton, Russia to
Lochnaw, China. When Ocelot questions why the change Liquid states he wouldn't
want to upset Ocelot & Galouchovich (its their homeland) but Ocelot is
skeptical & Liquid say's its really because if they nuke a major population
centre "the game is over" However, Lochnaw is a nuclear test site (it can still
be covered up) If Lochnaw is attacked Washington will be worried about the
retaliatory strike- which would mean top-secret talks between the 2 countries
resulting in America having to divulge the existence of a new & advanced type
of nuclear weapon. This would also mean a breach of the CBTB (Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty. A treaty reached by the UN at the Geneva conference abolishing
all forms of Nuclear Testing) meaning America's reputation would be in ruins
and several nations would flock to the terrorist's wanting to purchase Metal
Gears information off them. Liquid is sure this plan will ensure the President
gives into their demands. Ocelot  reiterates their demands- Big Boss's DNA & 1
billion dollars. Liquid  reveals that the money can be used to cure the genome
soldiers & he is also including something called the "Foxdie" vaccine as part
of the deal..
  	Ocelot observes that Foxdie killed Decoy Octopus & the ARMSTECH President.
It seems that it affect's older people first, according to Ocelot. He
speculates that maybe it didn't affect Mantis because of his mask, and Liquid
speculates it didn't affect Wolf because of all the tranquilizer's she
continuously took. Maybe its due to the amount of adrenaline in the blood?
Maybe because Foxdie is experimental?

 	Liquid changes the subject regarding their ally in the terrorist attack-
Colonel Serge Gurlukuvich. He ask's if they have heard from him. Ocelot say's
that Galouchovich still has doubt's over the capabilities of Metal Gear, they
can talk after the test launch is successful & Liquid observes his very
cautious nature. But Ocelot reassures him- Gurlukuvich wants Metal Gear so bad
he can taste it. He say's that if Russian wants to regain its strength as a
military superpower they need a weapon that can't be detected- they need Metal
Gear. However, Liquid is irritated at Gurlukuvich plans to use nuclear weapon's
as a way to restore their superiority- his army is in shambles. Liquid feels
Galouchovich is more worthy of the title of "politician" than "warrior"
However, Ocelot defends him, revealing that Gurlukuvich was the one that gave
them the Hind Russian Gunship and most of their heavy firepower. Liquid
suggests that they join forces with Gurlukuvich- he has over 1000 soldier's
under his control. An alliance is just what's  required- since Mantis died the
genome armies brainwashing has begun to wear off. An alliance could boose the
morale of the soldiers. Ocelot say's they can still escape- but Liquid refuses-
They are going to dig in. He reaffirms their position- they can launch a
nuclear missile, to anywhere on the planet, that can't be detected. They also
have spare warheads. Once they have Big Boss's DNA & the money- the world will
be theres! Ocelot ask's about Gurlukuvich's position in all this- Liquid simply
states he has no interest in the rebirth of "mother Russia"  Liquid is going to
revive Big Boss's dream "from this day call this place 'Outer Heaven!'"

	Ocelot spot's Solid Snake on the video monitor but continues talking with
Liquid about the PAL safety system. They discuss how, since it is the only
thing that can stop them launching, its the number one priority. However they
conclude that Snake doesn't have it in his possession. Ocelot also ask's Liquid
about "the girl" asking if he want's her killed. Liquid refuses- knowing that
Solid Snake care's for her & that can be used to exploit a weakness in him. At
that point Snake receives an CODEC call from Otacon. Snake learns that Otacon
has accessed the top-secret files of Metal Gear. Otacon tell's Snake that if
the PAL is used when the warhead is active, it deactivates it. And vice- versa.
When Snake questions that he only has one key Otacon surprisingly say's he
already has all 3 keys. The one card, it seems, is made of a Shape Memory
Alloy. It changes shape at different temperatures- all Snake has to do is use
it at room temperature, cool it and use it & heat it up and use it. When Snake
looks into the command room to see the  terminals that Otacon directs him to
use the cards in Ocelot see's his arm and shoots at him. This causes Snake to
drop the card into a drainage ditch. Liquid spot's Snake when he runs after the
card & taunt's him from behind bullet-proof glass. At that point a red alert
goes off and Snake must fight his way past genome soldier's that Liquid has
alerted. Snake makes his way back to the command room at a later time, when
Ocelot & Liquid have left, and uses the key at room temperature. He then makes
his way to the warehouse where he fought Vulcan Raven & cools the card there.

	After he uses the cooled card & he makes his way to the blast furnace, the
hottest place in the facility, Snake receives a CODEC call from Master Miller
who, once again, ensures that the CODEC monitor is off. Miller states he has a
good friend in the pentagon and used him to find out about a assassination
weapon called Foxdie. Miller ask's Snake if he knows about it- but Snake can
only say he heard Ocelot & Liquid mention it. Miller say's its a virus that
targets & kill's specific people. He also can't bring himself to deny that fact
that the manner it kill's people is to similar to the deaths of the DARPA Chief
& ARMSTECH President. It mimic's a heartattack. Snake, also, can't believe that
Naomi was behind it when he understands what Miller is trying to say  when he
ask's if she gave Snake any injections. But Snake know's she did- the nano
machines that monitor his body temperature & condition. Miller speculates she
was in the best position- however he doesn't know her motive. When Snake ask's
Campbell whats new with Naomi, since he was going to ask him if he knew about
Foxdie, Campbell say's he placed her under arrest because she was sending coded
messages to the Alaskan base. Campbell is sure at this point that she is with
the terrorist's. Miller supposes that since Naomi might be involved in the
Foxdie incident the vaccine must be around somewhere. Snake shrug's it off
saying he has more important things to worry about- but Miller worries that
Snake might have been infected with Foxdie as well. All he can do, Snake says,
is leave it up to the colonel.

	Snake makes his way to the blast furnace and heats up the card. On his way
back to the command room, however, he receives a CODEC call from Naomi. Naomi
explains that she's using a hidden CODEC. Snake ask's if what's was said about
her was true- she admits it is...but not everything was a lie. She did get into
genetics for a genuine reason. She didn't know her parents, she doesn't even
know who she is- she bought her identification. She became involved in genetics
because she wanted to know her age, race. Anything at all. In Rhodesia (what is
now known as Zimbabwe) she was found sometime in the 80's- an Orphan. Due to
the English owning the nation until 1965 there were many Indian laborer's
around and she conjectures that is where she got her skin color from. But she
isn't even sure about that. She becomes angry at Snake's suggestion that she
worry about herself now- stop worrying about the past. No-one else has worried
about her. Naomi say's she was alone...until she met her big brother...Frank
Jaeger. Snake is shocked & amazed at this unexpected twist. Naomi explains that
she was nearly dead from starvation- but Jaeger shared his rations with her.
And Solid Snake was the man that took away her only family. Jaeger & Naomi
survived together- he protected her. She was in Mozambique when Big Boss came.
He brought them to America. However, Jaeger & Big Boss returned to Africa to
continue to fight & thats when Snake destroyed her only source of support.

	Naomi says vowed revenge & joined FOX-HOUND. For 2 years she waited, knowing
that being in FOX-HOUND was the best way of meeting Snake, and she became
entangled in the current crisis. She also say's she will get Liquid & the
others. When questioned by Snake Naomi admits she was partly wrong about him &
doesn't hate him. Snake also ask's if she killed her predecessor, Dr. Clark.
Naomi say's that Gray Fox did that- she helped cover it up to look like an
accident & helped Gray Fox hide out. Snake ask's for her opinion on Fox- does
he want to kill him? Naomi say's she didn't understand before- but now she
thinks she does. Gray Fox believes in a final battle with Snake- thats all he
lives for. Snake can't believe it. Snake begins to ask Naomi a question but she
automatically finishes it off- about Foxdie. She explains its a retro virus
that target's & kill's specific people by essentially carrying the virus along
the bloodstream to the heart. There it connect's with the heart cell's &
mimic's a heart attack. Snake ask's if it was programmed into him- Naomi can't
bring herself to answer. He reassure's her that he doesn't blame her for
wanting him dead- but he still has a job to do. Naomi then reveals a shocking
fact...she wasn't the one that made the dicision to use Foxdie. It was injected
into Snake as a part of the operation. Just as Naomi begins to tell Snake
something else, something seemingly more important, communication is abruptly
cut off. She is wrestled away from the CODEC & Campbell returns. He tell's
Snake he can't let Naomi make any more unauthorized transmissions- she's not a
part of the operation. Campbell ignores Snake's enraged accusations of
double-crossing & demanding to know what Naomi said about Foxdie being a part
of the operation. Instead he order's Snake to stop Metal Gear- that being the
number one priority at the moment.

 	Filled with suspicion for Campbell Snake find's his way back to the command
room of Metal Gear. After he enter's the 3rd PAL key the siren's in the room
begin to activate acknowledging the acceptance of the 3rd key. But the computer
voice announces that the detonation code has been activated! Angry & confused
Snake gets a CODEC call from Master Miller- who thanks him. He say's nothing
can stop Metal Gear now & also apologizes for getting him involved in "that
silly shape memory alloy business" Master explains that he couldn't learn the
DARPA chief's detonation code & even Mantis couldn't read his mind and then
Ocelot accidentally killed him. Because of this "they" couldn't launch- and
understandably "they" were getting pretty worried. Thats when they decided they
might be able to use Snake. They believed they could get the info from him- so
Decoy Octopus was made to disguise as the DARPA Chief- unfortunately Foxdie
killed him. Solid angrily ask's if he had it planned from the beginning to get
Snake to plant the detonation code- Master is shocked by his naivity. He feigns
that he can't believe Snake believed he got it that far by himself. Once again
Master ignore's Snake demand to know who he is- instead saying that the launch
preparations are complete. Once the world glimpses the power of the weapon they
will have no choice but to hand over the Foxdie vaccine. Master observes that
the Pentagon's 'Ace-in-the-hole' is useless now. Their plan to use Snake was
successful- in the torture room. Master is sarcastically amazed, Snake is the
only one that doesn't know, he pities him. Snake once again demands to know who
he is talking to- Master teases saying he will answer all when he finds him- he
very close by. Campbell then interupts- the man Snake has been talking with
hasn't been Master Miller, his body was just found in his house. He looked like
it had been dead for 3 days, Campbell didn't know because his CODEC link with
Master was cut. However, when Mei Ling did a line
search, she found it was coming from inside the base! Snake ask's who it is and
before Campbell can answer Master say's, in a totally different yet instantly
recognized voice, "Me...dear brother" He then take's off his sunglasses &
undoes his pony tail- revealing the face of Liquid Snake. At this shock
revelation Liquid tells Snake he can die- he has outlived his usefulness. The
command room door seal's and begins to fill with poisonous gas. However, thanks
to Otacon's hacking skill's, the door is unlocked again and Snake run's
outside. There he see's Liquid & chases after him.

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	Solid Snake catches up with Liquid right next to Metal Gears cockpit. The
mercenary point's his gun at Liquid- but holster's it on Liquid's simple
question that he'd shoot his own brother? Liquid discloses that he disguised as
Master so that he could manipulate Snake more easily. And he also admits Snake
did well- though the "boys at the Pentagon" would probably be saying the same
thing as well. According to Liquid, Snake has lost his warrior's pride-
justified by Liquid's observation that Solid is following order's with no
question's asked. Snake is no more than a pawn. Rescuing the hostages &
stopping the nuke launch was a just a diversion, according to Liquid. The
Pentagon needed Solid Snake to come into contact with all the terrorist's &
kill them so that they could retrieve Metal Gear undamaged as well as the
bodies of the genome soldiers- all Snake was was used as a tool to spread
Foxdie.
Snake is shocked- does that mean that Naomi was working with the Pentagon?
Liquid say's that they thought she was- but she obviously couldn't be
controlled to easily. A spy Liquid knew in the Pentagon revealed that Naomi
changed the Foxdie program before the operation- but Liquid doesn't know how or
why. Snake wonder's as well. Maybe she was arrested to find that out? Liquid
had no idea she was motivated by such petty revenge. They still don't know what
changes she made to the Foxdie program- but that doesn't matter because Liquid
has added to vaccine to his list of demands. Snake ask's if there actually is
one- Liquid would assume there is but acknowledges that only Dr. Naomi Hunter
really knows.

 	It might not even be necessary, Liquid admits. Foxdie did kill the ARMSTECH
President & Decoy Octopus but Ocelot, himself & Solid Snake remain uninfected.
It might possibly be a bug- but if Snake isn't infected then Liquid certainly
has no reason to worry. After all, he explains, there genetic code is
identical. Snake half say's & half ask's 'its true'- their twins? Liquid say's
yes but not ordinary twin's. They're linked by cursed genes. Solid Snake
received Big Boss's dominant genes. Liquid got the flawed recessive genes.
Everything was done so that Solid could be the greatest. The only reason Liquid
exists so that Solid could be created. Liquid angrily ask's Snake if he knows
what its like to know you were garbage from the day you were born? He got all
the leftovers. Snake shakes his head in pity. However, Big Boss chose Liquid.
And that's the reason Liquid is obsessed with Big Boss he ask's. Like some kind
of twisted love. Liquid shockingly say's 'Love? Its Hate!' Big Boss would
always remind Liquid he was inferior & Solid Snake killed Big Boss with his own
hands. He stole Liquid's chance for revenge. Liquid want's to finish Big Boss's
dream- he will surpass him. He will destroy him. Solid say's his just like
Naomi- motivated by revenge. But Liquid concurs he is not like Naomi- his proud
of the destiny imbedded into his genes. With that Liquid jump's into the
cockpit of Metal Gear before Snake can get a shot off at him. The tremendous
battle tank begins to tremble & begins to elevate on a raised platform. It
reaches into a large hangar and begins to sit. Intimidatingly quiet.

	Metal Gear has finally been activated. Liquid mocks Snake who can do nothing
against the overwhelming fire power of the nuclear equipped walking tank. Snake
gets Otacon's advice via CODEC that if he destroys the radome it will disable
all sensor's & force Liquid to open the cockpit and shoot inside it to destroy
metal Gear. Snake, while dodging insistant missile attack's and heavy machine
gun fire, manages to hit the radome enough to make the large weapon to start to
shudder. It finally surges to a halt and rests. For a few moments it sit's
still- until Liquid mockingly congratulates "Nice try!" Just as the tank
regains its feet and begins to stomp towards Snake Gray Fox decloaks and lands
on the ground in front of him. Just as the foot is about to step on Snake Fox
jumps underneath the foot and hold it- stopping the immense machine from taking
another step. Fox, underneath the staggering weight, admits he was the one who
contacted him called 'Deepthroat' He also observes how Snake looks terrible &
has aged well. Snake turn's around and runs & when the weight of Metal Gear
becomes to much Fox uses the weight to spring himself out into a series of
intricate flips- firing his plasma cannon at the radome. This causes Liquid to
loose the pair of mercenaries as they hide behind a cargo container.

	As Metal Gear hastily searches for them amongst the immense hangar Snake asks
Fox what he want's - to which he replies that his a prisoner of death and only
Snake can free him. Snake tell's Fox he has to stay out of this- for Naomi's
sake. She is hell bent on taking revenge for Fox and only he can stop her. Fox
say's he can't because he was the one that killed her parents. He was young and
couldn't bring himself to kill Naomi as well. So he took Naomi and treated her
like his own blood to soothe his guilty conscience. They might have seemed like
a happy brother & sister- but everytime he looked into her eyes he saw her
parents eye's staring back at him. Gray Fox makes his last request to Snake-
tell Naomi Fox was the one that murdered her parents. At this point Liquid
spot's them behind the container- Fox say's their out of time. He then tell's
Snake he'll stop it from moving. Running out from behind the container, in a
stunning display of skill & bravery, Liquid goes up against the immense weapon.
After shooting its radome and losing his arm, yet continuing to fight, Fox
jumps 30m up onto a ledge bringing him at the same level as the cockpit. Just
as he flip's around and is about to shoot Metal Gear run's full-speed into him-
the cockpit pinning him up against the wall. Liquid mocks Snake over the
loudspeaker- "Are you just going to watch him die?" Summing up all his strength
Fox uses his one arm, free from being pinned, to shoot the radome and finally
destroy it. The cockpit opens and Liquid, now unable to pin Fox against the
wall, comments on how Fox is indeed worthy of his codename. Fox urges Snake to
fire the stinger at the pair to destroy metal gear- but Liquid say's he'll
murder fox as well. Snake can't bring himself to fire the Stinger at the 2 as
Fox mutter's his last words of being taken from Zanzibar & the battle, neither
dead or alive. An endless shadow, in a world of light. The tip of Metal Gear
nudges Fox from the ledge and brings him crashing to the ground. Liquid finally
put's an end to Fox by stamping him on the ground. Under its giant foot- Fox
say's his final words.

 	"Snake...we're not tool's of the government or anyone else. Fighting was the
only thing...the ONLY THING I was good at. But atleast...I always fought for
what I believed in."

 	He then bids Snake farewell, and is crushed by Metal Gear as it
begins to trudge again towards Snake. Firing his stinger in anger and
grief Snake manages to execute enough rocket's into the cockpit, sending Metal
Gear crashing towards to ground. It erupts in a violent explosion and site's
dead on the hangar. the force of the explosion propels Snake backwards into the
hard, metal wall. Just before he loses consciousness he spot's Liquid slowly &
patiently walking towards him.

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       Snake wakes up to find himself on top of the "head" of Metal Gear
with his hands tied with Liquid Snake standing over him. He comments how he is
still alive "I cannot die as long as you live" remark's Liquid. Snake is
unfazed and rub's in the fact that Metal Gear is destroyed- now Liquids
revolution is a failure. But just because Metal Gear is destroyed, Liquid
say's, doesn't mean he's done fighting. Snake asks Liquid what he really
want's- to which Liquid replies he want's a world where warriors are honored as
they once were "Thats how it should be!" remark's the leader of the
insurrection. Snake says that was Big Boss's dream- but Liquid corrects that it
was his dying wish. When Big Boss was young, during the Cold war, the world
needed people like him.  They were valued and desired. Things, though, are
different now. With the bureaucrats & hypocrites running the world war isn't
what it used to be. People like Solid & Liquid Snake are losing their place in
a world that no longer needs them. The whole world contempts their very
existence. Liquid lays out his plans- after he launches the weapon and gets 1
billion dollar's they can bring chaos & order "back to a world gone soft"
Liquid plans that conflict's & conflicts will begin & reunite hatred's- then
they can expand their "sphere of influence"

 	However, Snake say's that as long as there are people there will be wars. The
problem, Liquid says, is balance. Big Boss knew the correct balance- this is
what made him such a great warrior. "Is that the only reason?" ask's Solid
Snake. "Its reason enough...for people like us..." remark's Liquid. Snake
quickly retort's he doesn't want a world like that- Liquid say's his lying. Why
is he here then? Why does he follow orders while his superiors betray him?
Liquid answer's it for him- he enjoys the killing. Solid can't believe what
Liquid has said about him. But he can't argue it- he has killed all of Liquid's
comrades. Liquid has seen his face when he did it- filled with the joy of
battle. He say's they can't deny it- they were created to be that way. Solid
questions the use of the word "created" and Liquid explains.

	'Les Enfants Terrible' (The Terrible Children) the project was called & was
started in the 70's. It was a plan to artificially create the most powerful
soldier possible. The model for that was taken from what was then known as the
best soldier in the world- Big Boss. He was wounded in combat and in coma when
he was brought in. Solid & Liquid were created from his cell's with a
combination of 20th Analogue cloning & the superbaby mechanism. The superbaby
mechanism involved fertilizing a egg with Big Boss's cells & letting it divide
into 8 cloned babies. These were then transferred into a uterus but later 6 of
the babies were intentionally aborted to promote strong feutal growth. Liquid &
Solid were originally octuplets- 6 babies were sacrificed so they could be
created. Liquid says they were accomplices in murder before they were even
born. Liquid & Solid both has the DNA but their creators weren't done yet.
Liquid was used as a guinea pig to create a phenotype in which all the dominant
gene's were expressed- to create Solid Snake. Liquid got all the recessive
genes & Solid took everything away from Liquid before they were born.

	Liquid then goes further to reveal that they are not the only children. The
genome soldiers are Big Boss's as well, carrying his genetic legacy. With the
completion of the human genome project, the mysteries of humanity were laid
bare with Big Boss's DNA. With that they found nearly 60 "soldier" genes
covering everything from strategic thinking to the "proverbial killer instinct"
These soldier genes were then injected into the Next-Generation Special Forces-
that is how they became "genome soliders" But they were the results of numerous
sacrifices...specifically human experiments. In 1991, the Gulf War, the
military secretly injected soldiers with 'soldier genes' The so-called 'Gulf
War syndrome' that hundreds of thousands of returning servicemen reported was a
side affect of the experiments. When Solid laugh's what Liquid say's off, with
the statement that it was really caused by exposure to depleted uranium in the
anti-tank rounds, Liquid say's that was just a cover story the Pentagon made.
The poison gas detection units & anti-serin injections were all just lies used
to cover the experiments. Solid also realizes that that means the Gulf War
babies, that vets of the war have reported, are their brothers & sisters as
well. Solid interpret's this to mean that the genome experiments were a
success- but Liquid angrily confirms it was a failure.

	Liquid uses the 'assymetry theory' to explain why it was a
failure. Nature favors the assymetry theory. All species that have gone extinct
show signs of symmetry and Liquid & Solid Snake do as well. They are all on the
verge of death at a genetic level. They don't when or what disease will occur-
thats why they need Big Boss's genetic information. Solid is humorously
touched- Liquid want's the information to save his "family" but Liquid puts it
into perspective- in nature animals that don't mate with each other to help
each other- they do it to survive because they want to pass on their genetic
information. Autism amongst blood relatives is a response to natural selection
(called the 'selfish gene' theory) Solid is amazed- Liquids gene's are telling
him to save the genome soldiers? Liquid says you can't fight your genes- its
fate. All living things are created for the sole purpose of passing on their
genes. Liquid will follow what his genes tell him. He'll go beyond it & break
the curse of his heritage. And to do that he must kill Solid Snake.

 	Liquid tell's Snake to turn around- Meryl is lying down unmoving. Snake is
shocked & tensely asks Liquid if Meryl is alive- he replies that she was a few
hours ago, and the poor girl kept on crying out his name. Liquid is
disappointed in her- falling in love with a man with no name. Solid says he has
a name, but Liquid barks back "No!" They have no name, no past, no future. And
even if they did it wouldn't be theres- they are just copies of Big Boss. Snake
doesn't care- he just wants Liquid to let Meryl go. Liquid says he will...as
soon as their finished. "We're almost out of time" Not from Foxdie, Liquid
reassures, because the Pentagon apparently knows of Metal Gears destruction &
are launching a BDA. Liquid prompt's Solid to call the Colonel if he wants the
full details.

	Snake CODEC's Campbell and ask's him what the Pentagon is trying to do-
Campbell say's the secretary of defense has taken over the mission & is on his
way via AWACS to bomb the place. Not only that, B2 bombers have just lifted off
from nearby Galena base armed with Surface Piercing Nuclear Bombs. Snake
frantically tell's Campbell that Metal Gear is destroyed, but Campbell reveals
that the secretary of defense knows that Naomi double-crossed them & is worried
about Foxdie. Now that there is no more danger from Metal Gear, he will do
whatever is necessary to cover it up. Snake understands- the strike will wipe
out all the evidence as well as anyone who knows anything. Campbell tell's
Snake not to worry- he'll stop the strike. He is still officially in charge of
the operation & if he issues a delay order it will confuse the chain of command
& buy some time to give Snake a chance to escape. But Snake is worried- if
Campbell does that he will be seriously reprimanded. Campbell say's its OK. The
truth is FOX-HOUND was already the subject of an undercover investigation &
Meryl was transferred to the island, just before the terrorist attack, as a way
of manipulating him. They forced Campbell to co-operate in exchange for her
life. Snake is moved as he finally realises why Campbell had to lie to him...he
tell's Snake to get out. Helping him is the least he can do after all the lies.
Just as he tell's Snake he is ordering the bombing run to be cancelled, he is
wrestled away from the CODEC. For a few brief seconds their is the muffled
sounds of a struggle- until Jim Houseman, the secretary of defense, appears on
the CODEC.

	Houseman explains that Campbell has been relieved of duty. He is under arrest
for leaking Top-secret information & for the crime of High treason. He comments
how Campbell truly believed he was in charge of the operation. He also
reassures Snake there won't be a speck of evidence left on the island- the
President would want that. Snake asks if the President ordered it- Houseman
generalizes the President is a busy man- Houseman has complete authority. Snake
also asks how they'll explain a nuclear attack in the middle of Alaska- to
which Houseman reassuringly replies they've prepared a convincing cover story. 
They'll simply say the terrorist's exploded a nuclear device. Snake also
observes that they'll be murdering everyone & Houseman says he might reconsider
if he got the optical disk. The metal gear test data. When Snake say's he
doesn't have it Houseman say's its OK. Solid & Liquid Snake are an
embarrassment from the 70's. They are America's dirty little secret & they
can't be allowed to live. He farewell's Snake citing he must have alot of
"catching up" to do.

	Liquid unties Snakes hands. Liquid then walk's over to Meryl, looking down on
her he clenches his fist's in rage. Snake stole everything from him. Only
Snake's death can satisfy him & return to him what is rightfully his. He
comments how she will make a beautiful sacrifice. Liquid then gestures a box
next to her body- a nuclear device timed to go off at the moment of her death.
He then set's the box for 3 minutes and activates it. In a purely hand-to-hand
battle, Snake manages to overcome his "brother" and throw him off the top of
Metal Gear. Liquid bays Solid Snakes name as he falls off into the top of the
weapon into the infinite abyss below.

Snake runs over to Meryl and unties her. He gently lifts her up by her
shoulders and says her name....she comes to and instantly embraces him. He asks
her if she's OK, to which she replies it wasn't to bad. She didn't submit to
the torture...or things worse than that... Meryl says that fighting against the
terrorist's when she was captured made her feel closer to Snake. He gave her
strength despite her fears. She had held onto a single hope throughout all the
pain and suffering- a pain that kept her alive. She wanted to see him again.
Snake and Meryl affectionately stare at each other as Otacon calls by his
CODEC. Snake confirms she is OK and Otacon is extremely relieved to hear this.

	Snake informs Otacon that the whole complex is to be bombed soon and they must
evacuate. Otacon informs Snake of the parking garage located next to the
hangar- with a goods tunnel leading to the surface. He reassures Snake that he
will also take care of the security devices located along their escape route.
But Snake wants to know what Otacon will do- Otacon says he is staying. Snake
is angrily concerned for Otacon- staying behind is suicide. Otacon says he is
the only one who can take care of security- he MUST stay. Otacon says he is a
complete person now- he doesn't have to worry about the past anymore. He has
found a reason to live. This prompts Snake to thank Otacon- who is genuinely
flattered by the sincere comment.

 	Disconnecting, Snake can't bring himself to explain to Meryl what Otacon is
doing. He simply says he is fighting his own battle to be the man he wants to
be. Snake jumps off the top of Metal Gear and uses pieces of debris to reach
the ground. Meryl jumps into his arms as she gets down. They enjoy each others
company for a second before the wreck of Rex begins to violently shudder. Snake
observes how they most probably won't have a love scene after all and Meryl is
sarcastically disappointed. Making their way out, Snake finds his sneaking
suit, and manages to escape the hangar (with one final look back) before an
immense chunk of metal collapses infront of the door.

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	In the garage, Snake holds genome soldiers at bay as Meryl fights to get a
jeep working. When she does Snake climbs aboard and mans the gun turret and she
drives them through a goods tunnel towards the surface. Just as they are
nearing the exit Snake hears an unmistakable voice call out his name which
echo's down the tunnels. Liquid drives up behind them and starts to shoot at
them. Snake manages to return fire, but as they emerge out of the exit they
crash and are pinned by the weight of the jeep. Snake, in a sudden change of
character, quirkily observes Liquid emerging from the jeep with a FA-MAS in his
hand. As he walks over to Snake and points the barrel at his head he suddenly
is struck by an invisible blow, he falls to the ground on his knees and his
body finally, violently strikes the ground. FOXDIE has killed him. Solid Snake,
however, if both Solid and Liquid have the same DNA...that means his time will
be up soon as well. Snake also notices the air raid hasn't begun...where are
all the bombers?

	Right on cue, Campbell call's by CODEC. He informs Snake that Jim Houseman has
been arrested- Campbell managed to get in contact with the President and inform
him of Metal Gear, the training exercise, the "whole thing". All of it was
Houseman acting alone. Campbell was reinstated in control of the mission and
the bombers were ordered to return to base. He observes that Washington wasn't
stupid enough to use Nukes to bury a few secrets. Snake tells Campbell that
Meryl is fine and he can barely control his joy. Campbell is compelled to
apologize to Snake for keeping so many secrets from him- Snake interjects that
it is OK. Campbell is also compelled to remind Snake, as he did at the start of
the mission, that he isn't a Colonel anymore. Campbell tells Snake of a nearby
snowmobile (Mei Ling found it on Satellite photos) it would be good to use it
to escape- the jeep they escaped in sunk into the ocean  and they officially
died when that happened. Campbell tells Snake of a helicopter on nearby
Fox-island they can use to escape in. Snake thanks him one last time, for all
of his support, calling him Roy.

	Campbell reassures Snake that he'll take care of Hal Emmerich who is still on
the island. Campbell himself and Mei Ling will be OK as well- they have all of
Mei Lings data from the mission on a hard copy. When Snake observes he will run
out of battery power soon Campbell sadly observes that they probably won't meet
again. Snake reassures Campbell that he will pay him a visit sometime. But
Snake has to ask him one last thing...about Foxdie. Campbell responds, before
Snake can even ask, that Meryl was not in the Foxdie programming and she will
be fine. When Snake ask's about himself, Campbell says he will get Naomi to
answer that question (She has been released and is in good health)

	Naomi has heard about what happened to Frank Jaeger. Snake gives her his final
message- he wanted her to forget about him and get on with her own life. She
chokes back tears as Snake also tells her Frank said he would always love her.
Snake tells Naomi that Jaeger just saved him and, most probably, the entire
world. Naomi says maybe it was for the best- maybe he has found some peace. He
has never been himself since Zanzibar...he had been like a ghost...
Snake finally ask's Naomi about FOXDIE- if Liquid Snake died shouldn't he to?
Naomi doesn't answer, instead she urges Snake to use FOXDIE as an incentive to
appreciate what he has now- life.

	Snake helps Meryl recover herself from for injuries from the jeep crash and,
as they make their way down to the snow mobile, Naomi
explains the nature of DNA and life to Snake. Each person has their fate
written into their DNA when the are born- but that isn't all there is to life.
Naomi has realized that- she'd been to focused on using DNA to learn about her
past. DNA at its best can be used to determine *potential* strengths. It is up
to the person to decide their strengths. They can't let themselves be chained
to fate. Whether Snake is involved in the FOXDIE program or not isn't
important- he has to choose LIFE regardless. And live. Naomi intends to do that
as well.  As Snake and Meryl find the snowmobile and push it out of its hidden
cave, Naomi states that ones hopes and dreams are passed VIA our dreams to our
children. Life works in that way- living is a link to the future. Loving and
teaching is how the world is changing- and Naomi has realized that.

	And Snake and Meryl climb on the snowmobile. Snake observes, in a optimistic
tone, how he had lived only for himself up till that day. Survival was the only
thing he cared about and he only felt the most alive when staring death in the
face. Now maybe his genes (as they might have been governing his past) are
telling him to live for someone else. Someone like Meryl. She is speechless,
yet happy. She asks him where they are going- but the use of the name "Snake"
prompts him to tell her to call him by his real name "David" He comments how
its time to look for a new path in life. His sure they will find it. Filled
with a new appreciation for life, and observing how Alaska has never looked
more beautiful to him, he rides of with Meryl into the rising sun...

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In the 1980's, there were more than 60,000 nuclear warheads in the world at all
times. The total destructive power amounted to 1 million times that of the
Hiroshima A-bomb.

In January 1993, START2 was signed and the United States and Russia
agreed to reduce the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to
3500 - 3000 in each nation by December 31, 2000

However, as of 1998, there still exist's 26,000 nuclear warheads in the world.

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	Sometime after their escape, Revolver Ocelot, the sole terrorist survivor,
communicates with an inaudible person. He informs the individual that the whole
unit was wiped out except Otacon and Snake. FOXDIE should become activated
soon. The warhead data was collected by Ocelot and his cover is stll intact.
No-one knew his real identity, except the DARPA Chief, but he is dead anyhow.
According to Ocelot the inferior one was the winner- Liquid though he was the
lesser one until the very end. No-one knows that the person Ocelot is
communicating with, Solidus, is the 3rd one...

	Ocelot then bids goodbye to "Mr. President"....

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Based on the ending of Metal Gear Solid we can safely say the following things:

1) Solid Snake, Hal Emmerich & Meryl Silverburgh have survived.

2) Psyco Mantis, Vulcan Raven, Sniper Wolf, Decoy Octopus, Liquid Snake,
Kenneth Baker and Donald Anderson are dead

3) Metal Gear Rex has been destroyed

4) The hard-data on Metal Gear's test exercise has been acquired by
Revolver Ocelot. He is the only survivor from the terrorists.

5) Campbell is still in operation control of the mission, replacing the
Secretary of Defense. He will be, most likely, controlling the de-
briefing and aftermath of the operation. His work is far from done.

6) The President has been briefed by both the terrorist's, *and* the
force's working against them, about the situation. He is the only person who
has heard the story about the terrorist action from both sides.

7) Big Boss's DNA is still in government possession. In fact, the
government did not give into any of the terrorist's demands.

8) More generally most of what Liquid talked about in Metal Gear's
control room, with Ocelot listening, has gone up in smoke.

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1) For those of you wondering- the total time of all of the cutscenes in Metal
Gear Solid runs at about 3hrs and 30 minutes. This is equivalent to watching
'Saving Private Ryan' or 'Ben-Hur'

2) Funny how Campbell, despite the fact he is a retired Colonel, showed up for
duty in his Army uniform and Berret.

3) Those of you interested in an early peak of 'Solidus Snake' take a look at
the pictures in the Commanders room. It seems that Houseman is up there but it
remains a mystery who the other people are.

4) The ability to do this was probably limited by the PSX's polygon power...but
wouldn't it have been more interesting (and symbolic) if Snake & Otacon had
left on a husky sleigh? It would have also made Naomi's words (and the visual)
make more sense at the end of the credits.

5) FOX-DIE, FOX Island, Gray FOX, FOX-HOUND, "...FOX hunting...", FOX
archipelago...any I missed?

6) 'Buffy: The Vampire Slayer' season 5 finale, at the very end, remind you of
MGS at all? With her urging to her sis to choose life and live, and the way in
which that BIG THING happened (you know what I mean- I don't want to spoil it
for you if you don't know) was simular to the cinematic after you kill Vulcan
Raven?

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1) Naomi helped "Frank" hide for 2 years- but what was he doing in that time?
Surely a person, with such an advanced exoskeleton, wouldn't stayed couped up
in a house or equivalent space for that amount of time?

2) This is the most obvious one...but what is Revolver Ocelot's
affiliation with the "President"? Why was he working for him? Why is he a
double-agent? There are lots of questions to do with this and they'll obviously
be answered In 'Son's Of Liberty'

3) The DARPA Chief & ARMSTECH President weren't the only important
people present on the island. Important government and corporate
officials were present also. Where were they and all the other hostages?

4) What is to become of the bodies of all of the FOX-HOUND members? Will they
be taken to be used in gene-therapy experiments as well?

5) What's to happen to the wreckage of Metal Gear Rex? Surely technology from
the weapon is still able to be obtained from the remains...?

6) Why wasn't Snake affected by FOXDIE at the same time as Liquid?

7) Liquid detailed in his monologue on the top of Metal Gear that the 2 of them
were bore from a uterus. Who was Liquid & Solid Snakes mother?

8) Did Big Boss ever know of Liquid Snake's existence? If he did...why didn't
he ever tell Snake? (Realistically I can see the logic in him not telling him-
but its still an issue)

9) Why did the DARPA Chief know Revolver Ocelot's true identity? (Maybe
something to do with the fact he was "accidentally" killed during the
interrogation?)

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Snake runs over to Meryl and undoes he wrist ties. He gently lifts her up
against his chest...and she slumps in his arms. Snake is overcome with grief
and rage. He screams her name out. He angrily ask's her to forgive him. He hits
the top of Rex feeling worthless for giving into his fear and pain. He sold her
life to save his own. He says he's nothing. His a loser...and was never a hero.
As Snake tenderly apologises to her Otacon arrives and say's she can't forgive
him. She's gone. Snake reminds himself and Otacon that it was because of
himself. Otacon understands- blaming himself makes it easier. It keeps the pain
at a distance. Snake is enraged- she's dead, he lost. Otacon calmly ask's if
Snake is going to stay and die along with her.

	Otacon reminds Snake that people die...but death is not defeat.
Otacon lost Wolf...but that wasn't defeat. They'll be together forever, their
love didn't die. Life is more than a game of win or lose. Otacon wants to live.
He walks over to Snake and places a hand on his shoulder, drawing him away from
Meryl's body. Otacon reassures Snake that they can escape in the nearby parking
garage (Otacon has released all the locks) Otacon promises this to Snake.
Snake, in turn, relises that Otacon has hanged. Otacon says he is through
regretting the past- life isn't all about loss. The hangar begins to shake and
collapse...but Otacon isn't scared. He beckons them to destroy it. They can't
destroy the human spirit. Snake gets himself together and speaks to her body.
He hopes she is still watching him. Maybe he can still prove himself to her...

	Climbing down the wreckage, Snake retrieves his sneaking suit as Otacon runs
out of the hangar. Just as Snake is nearly out the door, he turns around for a
final look back on Rex and remembers Meryl's innocent body lying on top of it.
He turns around and runs out of the hangar as a giant piece of shrapnel
collapses over the door...

	In the garage, Snake holds genome soldiers at bay as Otacon fights to get a
jeep working. When he does Snake climbs aboard and mans the gun  turret and he
drives them through a goods tunnel towards the surface. Just as they are
nearing the exit Snake hears an unmistakable voice call out his name which
echo's down the tunnels. Liquid drives up behind them and starts to shoot at
them. Snake manages to return fire, but as they emerge out of the exit they
crash and are pinned by the weight of the jeep. Snake, in a sudden change of
character, quirkily observes Liquid emerging from the jeep with a FA-MAS in his
hand. As he walks over to Snake and points the barrel at his head he suddenly
is struck by an invisible blow, he falls to the ground on his knees and his
body finally, violently strikes the ground. FOXDIE has killed him. Solid Snake
wonders- if both Solid and Liquid have the same DNA...that means his time will
be up soon as well. Snake also notices the air raid hasn't begun...where are
all the bombers?

	Right on cue, Campbell call's by CODEC. He informs Snake that Jim Houseman has
been arrested- Campbell managed to get in contact with the President and inform
him of Metal Gear, the training exercise, the "whole thing". All of it was
Houseman acting alone. Campbell was reinstated in control of the mission and
the bombers were ordered to return to base. He observes that Washington wasn't
stupid enough to use Nukes to bury a few secrets. Campbell tells Snake he knows
Meryl died. He then tells Snake something that makes the loss even worse- Meryl
was Campbell's daughter. He had recently recieved a letter from Meryl's mother,
Campbell's deceased brothers wife, telling him. Campbell was going to tell her
the truth after the mission...

	Campbell is compelled to apologize to Snake for keeping so many secrets from
him- Snake interjects that it is OK. Campbell is also compelled to remind
Snake, as he did at the start of the mission, that he isn't a Colonel anymore.
Campbell tells Snake of a nearby snowmobile (Mei Ling found it on Satellite
photos) it would be good to use it to escape- the jeep they escaped in sunk
into the ocean and they officially died when that happened. He also tells Snake
of a helicopter on nearby Fox-island they can use to escape in. Snake thanks
him one last time, for all of his support, calling him Roy.

	 Campbell reassures Snake that himself and Mei Ling will be OK as well- they
have all of Mei Lings data from the mission on a hard copy. When Snake observes
he will run out of battery power soon Campbell sadly observes that they
probably won't meet again. Snake reassures Campbell that he will pay him a
visit sometime. But Snake has to ask him one last thing...about Foxdie.
Campbell says he will get Naomi to answer that question (She has been released
and is in good health)

	Naomi has heard about what happened to Frank Jaeger. Snake gives her his final
message- he apparently wanted her to forget about him and get on with her own
life. She chokes back tears as Snake also tells her Frank said he would always
love her. Snake tells Naomi that Jaeger just saved him and, most probably, the
entire world. Naomi says maybe it was for the best- maybe he has found some
peace. He has never been himself since Zanzibar...he had been like a ghost...
Snake finally ask's Naomi about FOXDIE- if Liquid Snake died shouldn't he to?
Naomi doesn't answer, instead she urges Snake to use FOXDIE as an incentive to
appreciate what he has now- life.

	Snake helps Otacon recover himself from for injuries from the jeep crash and,
as they make their way down to the snow mobile, Naomi
explains the nature of DNA and life to Snake. Each person has their fate
written into their DNA when the are born- but that isn't all there is to life.
Naomi has realized that- she'd been to focused on using DNA to learn about her
past. DNA at its best can be used to determine *potential* strengths. It is up
to the person to decide their strengths. They can't let themselves be chained
to fate. Whether Snake is involved in the FOXDIE program or not isn't
important- he has to choose LIFE regardless. And live. Naomi intends to do that
as well.  As Snake and Otacon find the snowmobile and push it out of its hidden
cave, Naomi states that ones hopes and dreams are passed VIA our dreams to our
children. Life works in that way- living is a link to the future. Loving and
teaching is how the world is changing- and Naomi has realized that.

	Snake & Otacon arrive at the snowmobile. After climbing on Snake observes how,
up until that point in his life, he had lived only for himself. Survival was
the only thing he cared about. Otacon reminds Snake that everyone is like that-
not just him. Ignoring Otacon's perspective, Snake remembers how he only felt
alive when staring death in the face. All Snake wants to do now is enjoy life,
and Snake ask's Otacon about himself. Otacon say's he feels like a new man.
Snake is curious- will he continue his research? Otacon decides he is finished
with science, he is now more interested in human psycology. The whole reason he
got into science was because he was not good with people. He was scared of them
and life. He believed he could never understand them- people were to illogical.
But now Otacon has become sick of being a spectator- he is going to enjoy life.
His going to stand on his own 2 feet and hide no longer.

	Snake jokes- does this mean his done with his stealth cammoflage? Otacon
understands he will no longer need it, and they share a laugh as he hands it
over to Snake. Otacon reminisces that they will both be saying goodbye to their
loves now as well, and when Snake doesn't reply, Otacon ask's Snake if he wants
him to drive the snowmobile. Snake refuses the offer. Otacon ask's him where to
and the use of the word "Snake" prompt's Snake to tell him his real name is
"David" They both share a laugh at their names- Hal & Dave. Maybe they should
go to Jupiter...

	When Otacon ask's Snake where to, David comments his looking for a new path in
life. His sure he will find it. Starting up the snowmobile, they ride off into
the rising sun...

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XV SOMEWHAT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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These are question's that I've taken from personal e-mails and the Metal Gear
message forums available on the net, they're also question's that I've formed
out of assorted pieces of writting associated with the games.

Q. Who are you and what are you doing here?

A. I'm a student residing in Sydney, Australia. I'm the predictable game &
sci-fi nut-stereotype you associate with lazy teenagers and, as of yet, there
isn't much more to me than that. I'm willing to bet in 5 years time I'm going
to look back on that sentence and wonder why I wrote it.
	I've written this thing because I was annoyed that nowhere on the net was ANY
information on the plot of MGS. The closest thing to it was the
walkthroughs that just gave general information on what happened (but no
detail's like FOX-DIE or anything) I thought I'd do the legion of MGS fans on
the net a favour and write this up for them.

Q. Why does my manual say 'Sean Barker' did the voice of Solid Snake?

A. Because the name 'Sean Barker' is David Hayter's alias. www.IMDB.com will
inform you that he used the same name for his work on the emmy-award winning
(not) 'Spider-Man: Unlimited'  Its a good idea to check out the site to see
what work the other voice actors have done (James Flinders' AKA Liquid Snake
who also has an alias [Cam Clarke], work is also fairly impressive)

Q. What exactly IS FOX-HOUND?

A. FOX HOUND is a specially formed special forces unit inside NATO. Its duty
is, under non-official combat status, to sneak deep into enemy borders where no
national intelligence can enter, and collect information about enemy military
forces.

All members of FOX HOUND have mastered various skytrooper techniques and are
thoroughly acquainted with secret invasion techniques from under and over
water, so they can sneak by any kind of breaching path.

Moreover, they have masteries and knowledge of survival over extended length in
bushes, jungles and desert and maintain skills in acute tailing, detonating
operation, wireless communication, seizing and reusing enemy weapons,
collecting information, various martial arts, emergency medical operations,
linguistic and hi-techs or essentially anything required for being as a hi-tech
special squad.

FOX HOUND members are never chosen as civilians, but are chosen out of recruits
and self-nominees from various special force members.

In the selection proceedure the aspirants initially receive exams in 3 aspects
- physical, psychological and intelligence;

Physical Exam

	*. Basic physical ability
		---->	Short-range run
		---->	Uninterrupted 80 push-ups
		---->	Uninterrupted 100 situps
		---->	50 meters free swimming
      *. Underwater diving ability
	*. Lone wilderness march (carry a backpack of 30kg, and conquer
         64 km of length in 15 hours)

Psychological Exam

      *. Mental recovery
	*. Concentration
	*. Endurance
	*. Self-control
	*. ESP expectancy score
	*. Marksman ability
	*. Recognizing and making decision on emergency environment

Intelligence Exam

	*. Language
	*. Non-domestic geology
	*. World situation
	*. Hi-tech technologies
	*. Medical in outdoors
	*. Detonation operation
	*. Concealed communication
	*. Foreign weaponry
	*. Drills

Those who passed the selection course have to take the following
professional training courses:

	*. Battlefield survival test (14 weeks)
	*. Shooting practice (very high standard is required; 100% to           	  
the target 548 meters away, 95% to the target 914 meters away)
	*. Patrol
	*. Conquering mountain terrain
	*. Martial arts / Hand-to-Hand combat
	*. Border crossing
	*. Guerilla combat
	*. Land navigation
	*. Map reading
	*. Escape - avoiding dangers
	*. Field combat medicine (10 weeks)
	*. Rebelling ranger practice
	*. Weapons
	*. Nautical control and navigation
	*. Diving, underwater sneaking
	*. Canoe
	*. Parachute skydiving practice (4 weeks)
	*. Assault paratroopers skydiving practice: H-A-L-O and H-A-H-O
	*. 11 normal skydiving exercises, 15 in full gear, 2 in
         nighttime, 2 mass-tactical strategic diving.
	*. Intelligence operation
	*. Language and customs of destination country (4 weeks)
	*. Sneaking technique
	*. Improved flammable operation
	*. Utilizing hi-tech arms
	*. Communication (16 weeks)

	(This was taken from the 'Metal Gear 2' manual with shoddy
translation & grammar fixed up- I'm still appreciative I got it though!)

Q. When does MGS take place?

A.  The year 2005. After you defeat Ninja Campbell says that Jaeger died in a
mine field 6 years ago. So I put 2 & 2 together (not literally) and got 2005.
(As those events occured in 1999. So, for the mathematically impaired, 1999 + 6
= 2005)

Q. Why was Liquid down in the Dock?

A. He says so himself. He expected Snake to be coming through at any time. I
was willing to bet that minutes before Snake surfaced Liquid had been at the
waters edge looking out for him. Snake certainly had good timing.

Q. How was it possible for Ninja to be beaten by Snake? THE GUY COULD HOLD UP
METAL GEAR's LEG FOR GODSSAKE!!!

A. Ninja said he had come back to fight Snake. Thats all he wanted. It would
have been pretty anti-climatic if Ninja had used all his strength and just hit
Snake's head off his shoulders. You could probably assume Ninja held onto not
just some mental humanity, but physical humanity as well. Let me put it this
way- Ninja would have reduced his strength to that of a normal human male's in
order to maintain an even fight. Because an even fight was all he wanted.

Q. How come Otacon wasn't affected by FOXDIE?

A. Because the Pentagon didn't forsee Snake running into him, so they didn't
include Emmerich in its "programming"

Q. Why did Mantis control Meryl to make her try and seduce Snake?

A. He said on his deathbed that of the thousands of minds he read they all had
one thing in common- they were filled with the selfish desire to pass on their
seed. The thought and concept of contraception totally disgusted Mantis. When
he controlled Meryl he wanted to put, what he believed to be, the worst thought
possible into her mind.

Q. (From Snesman64) Liquid said that when he moved the bookcase for Snake it
was the first time he had used his powers to help someone- how could that be
when he worked for both the KGB and FBI?

A. Well he could have, for all we know, just been working there to get insights
into the criminals and make it look like he was PRETENDING to help the
agencies. And, failing that, he did say it was the first times he used his
POWERS to help someone. Its possible that he didn't use them when in the
FBI/CIA (Yeah- thats pushing it I know)

Q. Who's 'Johnny'?

A. The guard who got his ass kicked by Meryl and caught the cold off. He got
his name from having to go the the john (READ: Dunny) every time Snake was
taken back to his cell during the torture.

Q. "Dunny"?

A. You American's know anything? Its the toilet.

Q. Who were the 'Kurds' Sniper Wolf referred to?

A. The Kurds are a band of tribal nomads, numbering about 26 million, that
reside in parts of Iran, Turkey & Iraq. The area's they inhabit all connect
into a mountanous region known as Kurdistan. Sniper Wolf is probably refering
to the repression of the Kurds during the Gulf War. The Kurd's had always
fought for independence and the fighting reached its height at that point in
time.

Q. Why didn't Snake get tired running up the stairs?

A. Because if he stopped running the world would end! DDDUUUHHHHH!!! Actually,
if you CODEC Campbell when you reach the top you get a bit of mockery from him.

Q. There was no way Mr. Kojima was going to let Liquid die there...but how in
the hell did Liquid survive the Hind crash?

A. Its good that the characters atleast DISCUSS Liquids survival. There are
heaps of possibilities. If the chopper had an ejection seat he would be cut to
ribbons...and if not that its possible the wreckage would crush him. So there
are other possibilities...

	*.In some Twilight Zone crossover event (slightly
	unlikely) Liquid turned intangible for a moment so that if he
	made himself into a spread-eagle position to promote wind
	resistance and thus slow his descent the hind would be able to
	pass through him (or he passed through the Hind- if you  prefer).    	However,
with his newfound intangibility, Liquid would not likely still 	be susceptible
to wind resistance and that would mean that...NAH!
      *. Liquid, with his oh-so-perfect (we assume) sense of timing
	waited for the hind to twist when falling to the ground so that
	bottom of the hind was facing up. He then ejected, shooting
	straight towards the ground, inverted again so the wreckage was
	falling above him, shook off the dizziness resulting from being
	inside the spiralling, fiery ball of death, pulled the ripcord,
	managed to land the parachute clear of the wreckage in the tree
	where he used his combat knife (or teeth) to cut/gnaw through the straps of
	the parachute and fall to the ground, avoiding a broken neck, arm, leg, 	big
toe, right index finger, etc.
	Making his way over the fence, ahead of Snake, in a trenchcoat
	which was either un-damaged during the crash, or simply a spare
	one he had lying around, and warning Wolf and Raven about Snakes
soon-to-	be-appearance (and giving Raven some more rehersal time for climbing
on 	top of the crates and jumping down) he managed to disclose his plans with
	Revolver Ocelot when Snake just happened to be near in typical arch-	nemesis
fashion while avoiding any rabid wolves, polar bears, wolverines 	and the
rarely seen Alaskan pigeon of Death on the way...

Please allow me to catch my breath...

Q. Why was there a blast furnace?

A. Alot of the FAQ's I have gotten can easily be answered IN THE GAME. All it
involves is calling up Campbell or something around the time the
event/place/whatever you are wondering about occurs. In any case, if you call
Campbell when you enter the blast furnace he will explain that due to Shadow
Moses Island's location, and the lack of an airport to fly in goods, a blast
furnace was built to form the materials required to construct the base.

Q. If Vulcan Raven could see into the future wouldn't he have seen that Snake
would defeat him? Why did he bother fighting then?

A. Raven is established very early as an honorable fighter. He is simular to
Ninja in a way- he doesn't care about the outcome, he just wants to fight. He
enjoys the battle ("violence isn't a sport!")

Q. (From Snesman64) If Liquid Snake needed Snake to activate Metal
Gear...why did he and everyone else from FOX-HOUND try to kill him?

A. Yeah this is a good one. I noted that, before you fight Metal Gear itself,
in most of the circumstances where you fight a boss (except for when you fight
Liquid in the Hind & Rex and Sniper Wolf the 2nd time) they never actually
state their intent to kill you. We'd just have to assume that they are trying
to convince you, when they battle you, that they are trying to stop you (when
they really aren't) I derived this from Liquid's line "You didn't think you
made it this far by YOURSELF did you?"
	If, when you as the player control Solid Snake, you die, you'd
just have to assume that its because the boss made a mistake (IE. Psyco Mantis
with the original DARPA Chief) I mean...the ending of Metal Gear Solid Snake
LIVES. So, cannon wise, that means any other events that may happen as you play
the game (like Snake, say, DYING) mean nothing. Snake never is defeated when he
battles a boss- maybe thats because they LET him win...

Q. Meryl has to die at the end of Metal Gear Solid! Heres a completely
implausable theory!

A. I don't like the fact that the official ending of Metal Gear Solid is the
one where Meryl lives any more than you do but we're going to have to live with
it. Nastasha's book says that Meryl escaped and, since the book was written by
Mr. Kojima or someone hired by him, that means its official "cannon" material
and thats all there is to it.

Q. How does 'The Best is Yet to Come' Go?

A. The song was originally sung in Gaelic in an Irish studio (by Aoife Ni
Fhearraigh) The original lyrics I posted were apparently mis-translated (if
there is such a word) even though they were the OFFICIAL translation. This was
probably due to the fact that the original lyrics got mixed up with the
Japanese language (or something like that) Its a fairly appropriate song when
you consider its about returning to nature and simplicity. The stuff that is
said in the song is very simular to Solid Snake actually. Following is the
Irish lyrics and the english translation:

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       IRISH/GAELIC                             ENGLISH
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                                 ||
An cuimhin leat an gra           ||     Do you remember the love
Cra croi an ghra                 ||     Tormented love from the heart
Nil anois ach ceol na h-oiche    ||     It wasn't but music at night
Taim siorai i ngra               ||     It is an eternal love
Leannain le smal                 ||     It is a misfortune
Leannain le smal                 ||     It is a misfortune
                                 ||
Lig leis agus beidh leat         ||     Go now and be
Lig leis agus beidh gra          ||     Go now and be in love
                                 ||
Cuimhne leat an t-am             ||     Remember the time
Nuair a bhi tu sasta             ||     When you were satisified
                                 ||
An cuimhne leat an t-am          ||     Do you remember the time
Nuair a bhi tu ag gaire          ||     When you were happy
Ta an saol iontach               ||     Life is wonderful
ma chreideann tu ann             ||     Can you believe it
                                 ||
Tug aghaidh ar an saoi           ||     Your face says that your
is sonas siorai inar measc       ||     happiness
Ceard a tharla do na             ||     Will go on forever
laethanta sin                    ||     What happened during those
Ceard a tharla do na             ||     days?
h-oicheanta sin                  ||     What happened during those
                                 ||     nights?
                                 ||
An cuimhin leat an t-am          ||     Do you remember the time
Nuair a bhi tu faoi bhron        ||     when you were sad?
An cuimhin leat an t-am          ||     Do you remember the time
Go siorai sileadh na ndeaor      ||     when you were weeping dear?
                                 ||
An ormsa na orainne a bhi        ||     Myself and others were at
an locht                         ||     fault
Ag mothu cailite s'ar fan        ||     Our feelings were lost on
Cen fath an t-achrann is         ||     waiting
sileadh na ndeor                 ||     Why were we fighting for
Ta ailleacht sa saol             ||     so long?
Ma chuardaionn tu e              ||     There is beauty in life
Ta gliondar sa saol              ||     Do you believe
Cuardaimis e                     ||     there is beauty in life?
                                 ||     Believe me
---------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------

	Thanks to Aurora02 from the MGS Gamefaqs forum for the original
lyrics. And then I extend another thank you to Damian Dennehy in his
expertise of the Irish language for informing me of the gross mistakes made in
the translation of the OFFICIAL song lyrics (Such as the fact that Irish &
Gaelic language is the same thing and, specifically, pointing out heaps of
confusions between the lines "t-am", meaning "time", and "gra", meaning "love")

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XVI THEMES
---------------------------------------------------------------------

         The plot of Metal Gear Solid is one that is filled with
intricate plot twist's and side-stories. Although some of these themes may be
un-intentional on Kojima's behalf, the ones that were plainly obvious will be
included here. In that joyful spirit I'am dedicating this section to
elaborating on some of the most obvious & apparent themes in the game.

-----------------------------------
THE PERILS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
-----------------------------------

	One's encounter with Donald Anderson really opens their eyes to
the state of nuclear weapons. Although MGS is set in 2010 it uses a
context that seems to convey that the problem is just as strong NOW as it is
THEN. Mr. Kojima really wanted to enlighten us, through a successful and well
established entertainment medium, what the current state of nuclear armament
across the world is.
	Metal Gear Solid put forward the "What if?" question. It showed us the danger
nuclear weapons represent to the world. This is probably the most important
theme in the game as the Legend at the end provided us with an insight into the
current state of them. There are also several CODEC conversations (Particually
with Nastasha) about the dangers nuclear waste and radiation pose to the world.

-----------------------------------
TAMPERING WITH THE NATURAL ORDER
-----------------------------------

	The history of Solid & Liquid Snake enlightened us to the perils and moral
non-enchantment of messing with nature. This theme is made very prominent
towards the end of the game (with Liquid & Solid Snake) but also in the start
at the briefing (where we first hear about the Genome soldiers)
	The negative consequences of tampering with the natural order are symbolised
through the revolt of the soldiers and Liquid's not-so-good intentions for the
world. ("This is what will happen if we continue to play god! The world will be
held at ransom!")

-----------------------------------
INDEPENDENCE
-----------------------------------

	It might not be so obvious- but independence was central to alot of characters
in this game. Meryl wanted to become a soldier to understand her father
better...but its only when she was shot by Wolf that she realised the error of
her ways. Her lack of independence ultimatly cost's her her life.
	However, at the end of the game we're seeing both Solid Snake &
Otacon develop a new independent attitude to life. They want to be their own
selves now and cast-off the previous label they had of themselves. The
terrorists, also, want independence. Thats what caused Liquid & the rest of
FOX-HOUND to take over the island.

-----------------------------------
CONFINEMENT
-----------------------------------

	This theme is mainly associated with Solid Snake. He is trapped on the island
and forced to do what he does best- kill. There is no way around it. He can't
escape. He is forced from one place to another by Liquid's careful scheming
disguised as Master Miller. The whole game see's Snake confined physically.
However, he is also psycologically confined to a state of mind that prevents
him expressing the emotions that we take for granted (like happiness, sadness
etc) The only way he can express it is through the only way he knows-
aggression. Its only at the end of the game, when he has achieved independence,
that he learns more about expressing emotion (like him laughing with Otacon and
reflecting upon how he will change his life)

-----------------------------------
   LOVE
-----------------------------------

	Both Otacon and Solid Snake go through stages of this in the game. The big
question to do with this theme is "Can love bloom on the battlefield?" This
pretty much meant- can love bloom where Snake & Otacon are trapped? It seemed
to- for both Otacon and Snake. That is what made Meryl's death even more
tragic.
	For Otacon love bloomed as well. Its unfortunate that it wasn't
elaborated on why Otacon loved Wolf (Watch the 'demo theatre' again
people- maybe I missed something!) I also wonder whether his love for
Wolf was mutual.

                            ----========  7  ========----

                                     CHARACTERS

	As I've mentioned, MGS went out of its way to supply background
information on most of the main characters and make them more than just
one-dimensional heroes and villains. Considering that, I felt it would be
appropriate to summarise the characters and their stories, as well as comment
on what we can tell about them based on what they have said.
	There are several websites I have visited that have information on the
characters that the games or any kind of official reading material do not
mention. Apprehensively I'm including that here as well even though it is
questionable whether it is "official" or not. I believe it is as all the
websites will tell the same consistent story.

-----------------------------------
  Solid Snake
-----------------------------------

	True name and family are concealed through "Classified National
Security Codes" A former FOXHOUND squad member, he is Japanese-British, with an
IQ rating of 160. He is conversant in 6 languages, well trained in
high-altitude skydiving, scuba-diving and free climbing. Able to sneak
anywhere, and under any circumstances; he is "a man who can make the impossible
possible". The very man who famed the name FOXHOUND worldwide through Operation
Intrude N313. He retired, but was later scouted by the CIA. He served as a deep
cover agent in the organisation but however, opposed to the bureaucracy of the
system, left after 6 months. Snake worked for a number of years as a mercenary
selling his skills to the highest bidder. Earning enough money to semi-retire
and needing a break due to a large amount of political assasinations over the
world, Snake retired in deep seclusion in the central Canadian wilderness. Only
Campbell knew his location and scouted him out, quickly, to re-instate him back
into active service due to a volitile situation developing in the middle east
(later known as "The Uprising in Zanzibar")

 	However, even though he was successful in the infiltration of
Zanzibar land and retrieving OILIX, the traumatic events of the end of the
mission once again overwhelmed Snake and compelled him to retire once again to
Twin Lakes, Alaska. Living a cabin in an environment of abundant Flaura and
Fauna, Snake suffered severe Post-traumatic stress as a result from his
previous 2 missions. This led to him suffering intense confusion and
hallucinations- which he attempted to banish by racing Huskie Sleighs.

-----------------------------------
Roy Campbell
-----------------------------------

	Ex-Commander of FOX-HOUND. Though already retired from the armed forces, he
has been called out because there was no other commander who could get in touch
with Solid Snake. He accepted the mission on Shadow Moses islandin order to
save his niece Meryl. Though a civilian now, he showed up in a military uniform
wearing a beret.

	Before entering the "former" FOX-HOUND, he served in the US Marine Corps,
Green Beret and Delta Force. In FOX-HOUND, he was assigned to X.O. of the unit
for his strategic planning capabilities and his battle experience. After the
death of Big Boss, he discarded the code name system in the unit, and built up
the "new" FOX-HOUND making full use of various hi-tech equipment including
reconnaissance satellites. After being discharged, he served as a special
instructor of the Marines Boots Camp. Friends with Master Miller. Called to
persuade Solid Snake, Campbell was originally against FOX-HOUND's introduction
of genetic treatment and that caused him to step down from Commander post.
After Campbell left, the commander-less FOX-HOUND returned to the code name
system.

-----------------------------------
McDonald Miller
-----------------------------------

 	Hired by Campbell as survival consultant for FOXHOUND during the Outer eaven
revolt. Born in the United States 60 years after his grandparents immigrated
there, he has served as a survival master in SAS, The Green Beret Squad, US
Marine boot camp, and most recently FOXHOUND. He also volunteers as a coach in
MERC SCHOOL (Mercenary School) twice a year. When he served as a drill sergeant
in FOX HOUND, he was referred to as a 'Hell Master' and draftees called him
"Master Miller" with respect. He divorced his first wife (Nadine), and is
currently residing in Los Angeles with his daughter (Catherine). Miller is full
of ideas and is quite knowledgeable in the area of science.

-----------------------------------
Liquid Snake
-----------------------------------

	Mastermind of the attack with a IQ of 180. Born through the 20th century
analogue cloning technology. Shares same mother as Solid Snake. While Solid
inherited the genes (traits) of "light", Liquid did the genes (traits) of
"dark". At birth, Liquid was given from the US government to the British
government. This was to measure effects of  acquired surroundings and not only
inherited traits. Under the tutelage of MI5 he was educated and received battle
training. He is fluent in 7 languages such as English, Spanish, French, Malay,
etc and speaks Arabic like a native. Unlike Solid, he does not serve in an
official military but instead in the dark world as a mercenary and assassin.
Due to his appearance, which cannot be with any nationality, as well as his
superb fighting skills, he was recruited by the British information agency
(SIS) to act as a sleeper in the Middle East for espionage and destruction
activities. To further vitalize his skills, he was put in real combat in his
teens. In his high teens he worked for the British special force (SAS) to
destroy the mobile launchers of SCUD missiles in the Gulf War. During the
mission he became a POW of Iraq and disappeared. Due to his outstanding battle
skills he was brainwashed and used for terrorist activities in the Middle East.

	He can withstand the cold and heat due to his experience in the Arab nations
and deserts. Fox hunting in the Middle East is actually jackal hunting. After
the UPRISING OF ZANZIBAR (and after Solid Snake left the unit) he joined FOX
HOUND, an official unit for the first time. There he became the battle leader
of FOX HOUND.

-----------------------------------
REVOLVER OCELOT
-----------------------------------

	Ex-Spetsnaz (Russian SAS- specialising in reconnaissance, sabotage and
assassination) After the fall of the Soviet Union, he joined the Russian
police. Then he joined the special tactics division of the SVR, which was
formally the KGB Administration Headquarters No.1. However, he did not adapt
well to the old KGB system, and he was scouted by the US and joined FOX-HOUND.

	A gun nut who loves cowboy movies and spaghetti Westerns. He uses a revolver
(single action army) and shoots with one hand (western style). He is an amazing
gunfighter and has the ability to recochet bullets with surprising accuracy (he
hates wasting bullets) He fought mainly in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Mozambique,
and other local dispute areas in Central Asia. This is when he met and was
scouted by Big Boss who was running his mercenary business in Africa. During
his Afghan days, his helicopter was shot down by an Afghan guerilla with a
stinger missile, and to this day he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder.

-----------------------------------
PSYCO MANTIS
-----------------------------------

	Has powerful psycho-kinesis powers and the ability to read people's minds. In
his childhood, for the first time he dove into the mind of his father and found
out that his father hated him. This was because his mother died when giving
birth to him. He then finds out about the different facets (the "parasite") in
one's conscience. This shock changed his personality & the feeling of despair
within himself woke up his subconscious and made him kill his father. The power
that
was released from him during that episode wiped out a whole town of 1000
people. The KGB was impressed by his ESP abilities so they took him in and
trained him. He is from the "dormitory school" known for training former Soviet
agents. The KGB was the organisation he first used his powers for. Losing his
position in the Soviet Union after its crumble, he moved to the US and served
in the FBI for a short period of time. There he was in charge of several cases
in the agency. He dove into the minds of serial murders and ended up uniting
with such minds (after going beyond the threshold of the element of crime),
becoming a serial killer himself. He then became a freelance espionage agent
and was scouted to join FOX-HOUND.

	In order to prevent his own destruction with his ESP powers, he keeps another
personality (the parasite) within himself. He is called Mantis because of this
mental parasite in him. By mentally living together with this single-celled
mental parasite, he can somehow manage to keep his original self. He wears a
gas mask to hide his facial burns he suffered when wiping out the town. The
mask is also necessary to protect his self from spiritual powers and thought
powers in the air. In his youth he was a muscular athlete, but since the
awakening of his ESP powers he had no reason to act physically, making him lose
his muscles and leaving him with just skin and bones. Due to his childhood
trauma, he has no happy memories. When he assassinates he dives into the
target's mind and "deprives" the target of his likes. He is also known as the
dream robber.

-----------------------------------
SNIPER WOLF
-----------------------------------

	Sniper Wolf comes from an Iraqi tribe called the Kurds (Kurd in Turkish means
"wolf"), a rather poorly treated people. Towards the end of the Iran-Iraq War
in 1988 a five-year-old Sniper Wolf watched a gas attack on her village by
Saddam Hussein's troops, who killed her parents and siblings. More than 3,700
people died in this attack. As an orphan, she was taken in by the Iraqi
Ministry of Internal Affairs, and was trained rigorously. In 1991, during the
internal fighting in Iraq after the Gulf War, she fled to a Kurdish refugee
camp. It was here that Big Boss witnessed her skill on a visit with the U.S.
Secretary of State, and hired her as an operative. In the U.S., she received
counselling and deprogramming (ridding the Iraqi brainwash she was given),
leaving her with only fighting abilities. She was extremely grateful for this
gesture, comparing Big Boss to Saladin (who defeated the Crusaders in the 12th
century).

	On September 3, 1996, the U.S. sanctioned missile attacks on the Iraqi
military due to its intervention in Kurdish residential areas (known as the
August 31 Intervention). After this, the southern flight prohibition area was
expanded to 33 degrees north. This was not done to protect the kurds in the
north, but for strategic benefit of the Pentagon. This caused a major refugee
problem, similar to the one experienced at the Iraqi borders in the spring
after the Gulf War. Wolf was disgusted by this incident and moved to join Big
Boss with whatever plans he decided to hatch. Finally, she was scouted by
Liquid Snake, and joined FOX-HOUND as a sniper.

	With exceptional sniping capabilities, Sniper Wolf strikes a
stunning pose. Her care for her appearance extends to the time she takes when
executing her target. She has such incredible patience that she can keep aiming
at her target over a week without eating or drinking. This dedication stemmed
from her formative years, when she learned sniping techniques from a Gurkha in
Nepal, the world's most accurate sniper. Employing the PSG-1 Sniper Rifle, she
also uses special mercury ordinance (bullets packed with mercury) to not only
wound her victims but poison them as well. However, her malicious tendencies
are tempered by her love for animals, as she cares for wolf dogs. This is
possibly because she sees something of herself in the rossbred wolf dogs - a
strong, almost nomadic personality. As she firmly states, "Wolves only howl
when necessary." She also sees freedom in Solid Snake's indulgence in dog sled
racing.

-----------------------------------
DECOY OCTOPUS
-----------------------------------

	Decoy Octopus was born in Mexico and grew up worshipping Hollywood make-up,
animatronics and special effects. When he became an adult he moved to
California and became an actor. His mimicry and special effects skills were so
accurate that the CIA approached him and he took up their job offer. It was
through his work with them that he began to work with FOX-HOUND. Octopus can
speak over 10 languages including German, French, Spanish, Polynesian and even
Ebonics (The "jibe" language the old lady speaks in Mel Brooks' "Flying High!")
When Octopus is assigned someone to impersonate his background check of the
individual will include that of the persons habits and their home country's
culture & history. In order to maintain the most realistic physical identity he
has shaved his cheek, jaw and nose bones, as well as cut off his ears.

	Octopus can walk in any manner he chooses by dislocating his
joints. This means he can also slip through narrow spaces. His sense of touch
can be controlled enabling him to grip very hot or cold items. His metabolism
must also be changed when impersonating someone, which means he must constantly
use steroids. When on a long term mission Octopus will even use the persons
blood as well as recieve a bone-marrow transplant. However, the consequences of
these missions are severe as Octopus almost completely forgets who he really is
(as he has almost completely became the person he imitates) He always ask's the
military for thorough mental de-programming after a mission is completed.

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VULCAN RAVEN
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	Handles a gatling gun (normally equipped on jet fighters) as easily as a small
rifle. Can withstand extreme cold because of his amazing physical prowess. Has
a birthmark of an raven on the forehead and a tattoo of circuit wiring
(actually PETROGLYPHS) all over the body. Eskimos and Indians worship the raven
as the creator. An elite soldier who graduated from the University of Alaska.
When frozen, he walked across the Bering Strait and visited Russia, making his
connections with Russia strong. He knew Ocelot well in his GRU days. Took part
in a special missions in the former Soviet Union. He was demoted upon the coup
in Moscow in 1993. Like fellow members of this secret unit, he leaves Russia.
He then joins the mercenary dispatching company "OUTER HEAVEN" and is
introduced to FOX-HOUND by Revolver Ocelot.

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BIG BOSS
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	Former general troop commander of FOX-HOUND. An American who participated in
LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol) in Vietnam, and afterwards, exploited
his superior skills in SOG (Special Operations Group), the Green Berets and the
Wild Geese. He has completed more than 70 missions. In the late 80's, he
participated in several regional conflicts and race liberation wars. He was
heralded as a true hero and made the front covers of popular magazines in many
countries. Following being diagnosed sterile due to war injuries the US
goverment highly valued his warfare ability and coverly agreed with Big Boss on
a external fertilization program (a project code-named the Son's of Big Boss:
Les enfant terrible, and also known as the Eve project) using external DNA
procedures. Despite its inhuman nature, the US military deemed this necessary
during the Cold War period.

	The loss of an eye prompted him to retire from the front line to concentrate
on military education and training. The 1990's arrived and he was nominated as
general planning commander of the international special forces squad FOX-HOUND.
Then, "BIG BOSS", transformed by greed and dreams of absolute power, managed to
take control of Outer Heaven (A military fortress nation in Salzburg) and tried
to establish world domination. He was stopped by Solid Snake in operation N313.
He was defeated by Snake, once again, after fleeing to the middle east and
developing the armed fortress nation Zanzibar Land. His remains were taken into
possesstion by the U.S. Government for gene-therapy experiments.



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                        METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY

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NIGHT. 2007. GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE, NEW YORK.

    Miserable and wet weather envelop's the big apple. On the George Washington
Bridge a lone figure stalk's the sidewalk; enveloped in a trenchcoat, smoking a
cigarette. As the car's race past him, in a un-focusable blur, the figure
instantly breaks out into a sprint. Within second's the coat has been discarded
and the figure is almost invisible- the light bending off him. He then, without
hesitation, leaps off the bridge and is jerked as a bungee cord breaks his
fall. Almost as soon as it began, the figure has been violently jerked around
and lands in a crouch on the deck of the tanker 'Discovery' in a flurry of
explosive lightning. From a helicopter, a safe distance away, the face of a
familiar and dangerous adversary observes his seemingly imminent arrival...

    Taking cover behind an anchor motor, the weathered and veteran infiltration
specialist Solid Snake contact's his support, Hal Emmerich (Otacon) Snake
explains the un-subtle approach to landing on the tanker- his camoflage unit
broke upon landing. The 2 quickly discuss their new employment in the private
sector- no unwanted "presents" (Snake hasn't forgotten Naomi Hunter & FOX-DIE)
Snake is also concerned about Mei Ling- the equipment she readily takes from
the S.S.C.E.N (U.S. Army Soldier System's center) will get her caught one day.
Otacon and Snake then focus- after the incident on Shadow Moses island Revolver
Ocelot sold the Metal Gear test data on the open market. Because of that,
anyone with enough money (including both private enterprises and government's)
has their own Metal Gear program. A new Metal Gear prototype had been
constructed to blow all the other one's out of the water (literally). This new
prototype was amphibious and, because of that, is in the juristiction of the
United State's Marine Corps.

    Otacon tell's Snake why they are here and what they are doing- their goal
is to collect evidence of the new Metal Gear development and expose it to the
world. Although they are part of a United Nation's sanctified group (named
"Philanthropy") they are still fringe- so Snake and Otacon have to be careful
with what they do. Otacon help's Snake investigate his equipment. As Snake is
testing out his digital camera he notices the marines on patrol- wearing no
visible weapons or uniforms. Otacon reminds Snake of the secret-nature of the
transportation and the easy visibility of the ship (even from the shoreline)
These marines can't arouse suspicion. Snake then ask's Otacon about his source
of the information regarding the transportation of the Metal Gear and Otacon
explains that he hacked it out of the Pentagon's top-secret files. The
infiltration specialist is worried it is a trap, but Otacon is confident that
they are safe. As Snake views the water line higher than it should be (the
cargo should have been removed by this point) Otacon reminds Snake that the new
Metal Gear would be quite heavy and weight down the ship. This prompt's Otacon
to explain to Snake how the best way is to get into the cargo hold.

   Snake then observes the security on the boat. Special Operation's
Counter-Terrorist force's are trained to watch for threat's from the stern-
security should be much tighter. As if someone heard his words, Snake hear's
low flying helicopters and starts looking around. Using his camera again and
viewing the marines he spies them quickly and cold-bloodedly murdered by
soldier's dressed in camoflaged overalls. Snake dryly comments "...looks like
we're not the only ones after Metal Gear tonight" Wondering if they are
hijacking the boat or not, Snake ask's Otacon how many people it would require
to take over the ship. The specialist informs Snake that, since the ship is
computer controled, only about 18 people could do it. Spying the invader's
further, Snake view's a man who seem's to be giving out orders, and judges from
his appearance that he is Russian. Transmitting a photo to Otacon for
confirmation of the identity both Snake & Otacon are left guessing as he
disconnect's CODEC communication and begins to make his way to the bridge...

    Making his way through the tough & experienced soldier's who have taken
over the ship, Snake quickly find's himself at the bridge. Cautiously entering,
he see's bodie's strewn across the consoles. He spots outside the "Kasatka" -
Russian choppers. Quickly checking the navigation console Snake confirms the
tankers destination to be 35 degree's longtitude and 58 degree's latitude. When
he tell's Otacon this, it is found this is 500 miles off the coast of Bermudas
- in the middle of the Atlantic. Otacon is quick to conjecture that this means
the project must be ready for solo testing. Because the test's will be
conducted outside the range of the Naval fleet this means that no assistance
will be required and the project must be solely a marine corp one. As the 2
discuss that position, however, Snake is interrupted from a noise outside...

    Leaving the bridge Snake hide's behind some crates and spies a female
figure communicating with someone on a radio. Snake is hesisitant to fire
because she reminds him remarkably of Meryl- so he listen's in on her
conversation. She makes it clear, to the person on the radio, that the control
room, communications and engineering have all been secured as well as all the
entry point's to the ship. But she is worried about the vehicles pilot. He is
the only one who underwent V.R. training, she is assured. He is the only one
who can do it. The person on the radio changes the subject- ordering the female
to leave the ship. The person she is communicating with has a bad feeling about
the mission and he remembers that she promised she would leave. She beg's the
man- telling him that she has nowhere to go. But he reminds her that she is
carrying his grandson...and abruptly disconnects. She disapointingly gestures a
helicopter with a large arm wave and it signal's back, she begins to wait for
it to pick her up.

   Snake pounces. From the crate Snake jump's out and point's his weapon at the
girl. Cooly & professionally Snake order's her to drop her gun- she does so.
"Who are you?" ask's Snake. The girl slowly lift's her head and takes off her
cap
"We are nomads" she replies. The girl then begins to toy with Snake- asking if
he would shoot an unarmed woman. "I'm a nomad to" retort's Snake. She is
obviously surprised by his response and he order's her to drop her knife. As
she slowly moves to get rid of the weapon the rain stops and the girl, Olga,
makes a note of this. The ship rock's and she take's this opportunity to throw
the knife. Snake instinctively dodges the blade, moving faster than what his
vision can see, but loses sight of her. Pulling a spare gun from her holster,
she begins firing at Snake and the 2 battle for their lives. Snake has to dodge
both her gunshot's and explosives from the professional but he defeats Olga by
hiding behind large crate's and blasting away at her with all of his skill.

 Carefully approaching her body Snake crouches beside her and take's her gun.
But he is startled and looks up...to see a Cypher drone spying on him...what is
a tool of the United State's Army doing up there? It flies off...

    Snake contact's Otacon on the CODEC and tell's him that the ship is
definitly under their control. Snake is pretty sure the invaders are Russian
and Otacon proves this by confirming the identity of the man giving order's
that Snake saw. His name is Sergei Gurlukovich- one of Revolver Ocelot's
allies. Snake can remember that both Liquid Snake and Revolver Ocelot discussed
him 2 years previously on Shadow Moses Island. Liquid proposed an alliance with
Gurlukovich's  forces, to boost morale, as their brainwashing from FOX-HOUND
member Psyco Mantis wore off. However, it is most likely this alliance was
never made as Liquid Snake was defeated shortly after it was proposed. The 2
Philanthropy members are worried now, things aren't going to be as simple as
they seem, the cypher Snake saw is just one thing that has confirmed that.
Otacon then confesses to Snake how he got the intelligence about the tanker- it
was an anonymous tip. However, Snake is curious, Otacon has never trusted tips
before so why now? Otacon explains that the sender of the tip was "E.E"- which
is what Otacon's nickname was for his little sister who he has not seen in more
than 10 years (Her name is 'Emma Emmerich') Otacon tries to justify it though
as he did break into the Pentagon's files to confirm the information sent. An
un-easy Snake begins to make his way down to the holds.

    The interior of the tanker is just as heavily guarded as the outside and
Snake sneaks through the crew's lounge, outside and the engine room in order to
make it to the hold. However, when he reaches the surrounding corridor he finds
that most of the doors to the holds have been welded shut. Sneaking through the
corridor Snake comes to the one door that hasn't been sealed but stops short
and crouches behind a box. A trio of soldiers swoop in from a hatch and secure
the door. The leader of the group then communicates with Gurlukovich telling
him that the stern hatch and the lift have been secured. The soldier tell's
Gurlukovich that the head of the marines has just started his speech, but
Gurlukovich tell's the soldier that he must finish his prep before the end of
it. Acknowledging this order, the soldier also tell's Gurlukovich that all
communication's with the hold's have been severed. Gurlukovich orders them to
secure the only entrance, which they just secured, with their lives. And,
lastly, they are ordered to ensure that his daughter is kept safe.

    They obey and begin to scan the corridor Snake is hiding in. The lead
soldier spots him. Equiped now with his USP Snake put's an end to the soldiers
in a fierce fire-fight and before any more can come he edges his way through
the door that they secured. A soldier, which escaped the battle unscathed,
sneaks up behind him and locks the door preventing any chance for Snake of
escape. As the soldier is finishing locking the door a figure approaches him
from behind. Lifting up his rifle he is relieved to find it is one of his
allies.
"Oh Shalashaska. Why are you here? We thought you were with the colonel" he
ask's.
Before the soldier can flinch Shalashaska draw's his weapon and points it at
the soldier's head. Realisation and fear wash over his eyes as he is shot
straight through the forehead. Collapsing on the ground in a bloody heap
Shalashaska walk's casually past and secures the door. Then he turns around and
walks back to the corridor. However, before leaving he looks at the soldiers
body:
"The Colonel will be joining you shortly. Comrade" he says in a genuinly
spiteful tone.

    Snake arrives in a large hold and looks down on a group of dozens of
Marines looking up at a speech being given on a large projector screen. Otacon
call's Snake and ask's him if he has made it to the holds. Snake says he has
except it has taken longer than expected- they have passed the Verrazano bridge
checkpoint (it was announced on a loudspeaker when Snake entered the corridor
surrounding the hold) and he will have to be "picked up" somewhere else. Otacon
is also amazed to hear that they may be changing course. Snake sums it up in
one "If they get their hands on Metal Gear we're going right off the fringe"
Looking down on the holds again Otacon is dissapointed to hear Snake say that
Metal Gear is not in that hold- he will have to sneak to the bow. These marines
won't know that the tanker has been taken over because the access to the decks
are sealed.
"They have some serious defenses here. I doubt the recent revials want to blast
their way through the marines either..." Snake says as he looks closely at the
marines.
"I wonder where they're headed?" Otacon asks
"I don't know...not the beach thats for sure..." Snake un-humoursly jokes.

    Otacon tells Snake to take 4 reconnaisance photos of Metal Gear Ray- from
the front-right, front-left, front and a close-up of the 'Marines' insignia on
the weapon. As Otacon says- "the photo's need to speak louder than the
governments plausable denials"
After giving Snake these instructions Otacon reveals that someone is monitoring
their transmission. What is creeping Otacon out, above everything else, is the
fact that no effort is being made to interfere with them- the interested
parties are just listening in. Because of this unexpected complication Snake is
instructed to use a workstation to transmit the pictures through (not VIA the
CODEC) Snake is instructed on how to use the terminal and told he has 7 minutes
to take the photo's and transmit them (Otacon has read the speech, being given
in the hold, and approximated its length to about 7 minutes)

    The 2 holds that must be passed through, in order to reach Hold 3 where
Metal Gear Ray is being held, are filled with marines that are listening to the
speech. These marines are completely oblivious to the carnage on the top decks
as all communication lines and access points have been cut off. Snake must
tip-toe around the edges of these holds, and crawl under the video projectors,
in order to reach Hold number 3. However, when he reaches there, a part of him
undoubtly wishes he wasn't. Infront of him, the large behemoth Metal Gear Ray
sit's eerily still. Major Scott Dolph stands on a walkway just underneath its
cockpit giving the speech to a small group of soldiers (the speech is being
broadcast from there into the other 2 holds) Snake is quick to take the 4
photographs required and and transmit them from the computer terminal in the
corner of the hold (a specially created computer program named 'Sprite 2.21' is
used with a cartooney Otacon asking for "...any CODEC moments?")

   Just as the transmission of the photo's is being completed Major Dolph
completes his speech "We, the marines, will lead the charge into the new world
order with Metal Gear Ray" he triumphantly declares. He then salutes and
dismisses his soldiers. However, as Dolph and the soldiers hold their salutes a
lone clapping sound comes from behind Metal Gear Ray.
"Gift of the silver tongue. They say thats the mark of a good officer...and of
a liar!" remarks Shalashaska as he emerges from behind the weapon. "Americans
are too in love with the sound of their own voices to speak the truth!" he
angrily remarks. Dolph orders the man to identify himself and no less than a
dozen soldiers run up beside him- all training their guns on Shalashaka.
not worried in the slightest, he replies "I'am Shalashaska! Also known as
Revolver Ocelot!" Snake hears this and his mind instantly flashes back to
Shadow Moses Island. He remembers his showdown with the former FOX-HOUND
operative and the cold-bloodedness he displayed when he tortured both Snake and
other hostages.
"What do you want?" an un-easy Dolph asks
"This machine will be quite useful" a relaxed Ocelot answers with a spread of
his arms
"What are you planning to do? Steal this thing?"
"Steal? No, I'm taking it back!" Ocelot says

    Before Dolph can dwell on Ocelot words a hand reaches up behind the Major
and jerks him back. Sergei Gurlukovich, who at one point was labelled a
"politician" and not a "warrior" by Liquid Snake, holds a gun to Dolph's head.
All the guns are then trained on Gurlukovich and Ocelot is briefly forgotten-
until he orders no one to move. Ocelot declares that he has wired enough Semtex
onto the tankers key structural points to blow it out of the water & all he
needs to do is a press the button on the control unit in his hand. The marines
begin to edge back.
"Thats right...no-one needs to die needlessly" Ocelot re-assures as
half-a-dozen of the terrorists, dressed in camoflaged fatiques, abseil down and
train their guns on the marines. A few start work on untying Metal Gear Ray
from its restraints. The camera's remain trained on the fiasco as the marines
in the other holds, watching over the large screens, look around to each other
in fear and confusion.

    Dolph is being held tightly by Gurlukovich and wants to know whats going
on- he ask's what does Gurlukovich want with Metal Gear?
"I was raised in Snezhinsk. Formerely known as Chelyabinsk-70 the nuclear
research outpost. After the end of the cold war my home was bought out by the
American's" he says
"Is there a point to this sad story?" an unmoved Dolph ask's
"Not that you would understand" an angry Gurlukovich says pushing the gun hard
into Dolph's temple "land, friends, dignity. All sold to the highest bidder."
The colonel explains that the technology, materials, everything on Ray is
Russian in origin. "Russia will rise again...and Ray is the key" he confidently
remarks
However, Revolver Ocelot is also unmoved, he didn't go there to sell Metal Gear
he says. He came to take it back...to "the patriots"
A furious Gurlukovich ask's if he has sold him out- but Ocelot says he was
never employed by Gurlukovich in the first place!
"Are you in league with 'Solidus'"? Gurlukovich demands to know
"No hard feelings Colonel...mother Russia can rot for all I care" Ocelot says
"But when Ocelot? When did you turn?" a now desperate Gurlukovich ask's
"I'm glad you noticed comrade...I abandoned her during the cold war" Ocelot
sarcastically emphasises the 'comrade'
Now beyond any idea of what to do next Gurlukovich instinctively pushes Dolph
towards Ocelot. In a swift motion the ex-Spetsnaz member throw's his dark
trenchcoat off and draws his revolver- shooting Dolph in the thigh and
Gurlukovich 3 times in the chest. Continuing to hold his revolver at the 2
suffering bodies Ocelot observes "looks like you were long overdue for
retirement" and he drops his gun. Before the 4 members of Gurlukovich's forces,
surrounding Ocelot, can do anything he draws his other revolver and shoots all
of them in a swift circular motion. The stunned marines look on. Ocelot informs
them that the tanker is still in the lower New York harbour- they can make it
to shore if they swim for their lives. With that he detonates the semtex and
the holds begin to flood with water.

    The soldiers in the other 2 holds begin to run for their lives- the ones
that aren't killed by the initial explositions are under threat of drowning if
they can't ascend the ladders to the decks. However, clouds of explosives and
dangerous vibrations rock these parts of the ships making movement nearly
impossible. In the confusion of the explosions Ocelot climbs a ladder onto the
catwalk and calmly makes his way to the cockpit of Ray. The surviving marines
fire their rifles at him narrowly missing but Ocelot is unfazed. Snake, who has
seen the entire incident from behind a crate, wades through the waist-deep
water going past the escaping marines. Running up to Ray's feet Snake points
his gun up at Shalashaska- who is making his way to the cockpit "Ocelot!" he
yell's over the sound of the entering water. Before Ocelot can respond his
right arm, the one he lost at the start of the Shadow Moses incident, begins to
move around as if it has a mind of its own. Ocelot grabs it obviously in pain.

    Suddenly, as if it never happened, Ocelot has composed himself. "Its been
awhile brother!" he says in a completely different, but eerily familiar voice.
"Who are you?" Solid Snake demands to know from below
"You know who I'am!" Ocelot says
"Liquid...?" Snake quietly ask's to himself.
"Not so young anymore eh Snake?" Ocelot says with a large arm gesture. "Your
drowning in time. I know what its like brother! No wonder Naomi passed you over
for the FOX-DIE program!" With that the arm, once again, starts putting Ocelot
into agony and 2 voices, emerging from the same body, scream "get out of my
mind Liquid!" Snake hasn't moved an inch and keeps his gun pointed at the
surreal person standing above him. Once again, the figure composes himself.
"The price of physical prodigy!" Ocelot continues in Liquid Snakes voice "Few
more years and you'll be another dead clone of the old man. Our raw materials
are vintage brother. Big Boss was in his late fifties when they created his
'copies'. But I...I live on through this arm!" The tanker holds begin rocking
violently. Solid Snake loses his balance and falls off where he was standing
into the growing-depths next to him. Not far away Gurlukovich mutters his
daughters name as he succumbs to the depths he is floating on. He will be
joining Major Scott Dolph who already floats lifeless beneath.

    Taking advantage of Snake's loss of composure Ocelot gracefully jumps up
and climbs into the cockpit of Metal Gear Ray. The behemoth comes to life and
Snake, who has climbed out of the water, stares straight up at it.
"You don't have what it takes after all!" Liquid's voice announces over the
machines loudspeaker. "Your going down with this tanker!" a blast from Ray
throws Snake against a wall and knocks him out cold. Ocelot's attention is
diverted from Snake when a group of marines, trying in vain to stop the
armory-on-legs, take shots at it with their side arms, rifles and grenade
launchers. Ray slowly looks up at them and a flash of realisation crosses the
marines faces as Ray slowly raises a leg up at them and slams it, in an
impossibly quick motion, into the catwalk where they were standing. As they
scatter Snake comes to and looks up at Ray "Otacon..we have a problem" he
comments. A laser then emits from beneath Ray's cockpit and cuts a tear in the
side of the hold. Water starts jetting in and Snake is knocked back by one of
Ray's movements. His still body sinks into the depths. Ray begins to make its
way to the surface of the ocean and, when it emerges, jumps hundreds of meters
into the air. Snake emerges to, not nearly as gracefully, and struggles for
breath. Ray stands ontop of the tanker wreckage and looks down- locating Snake
wading on the surface of the ocean. Ignoring him it jumps backwards into the
immense depths and slowly-but-surely starts moving off. Inside the cockpit of
Metal Gear Ray Revolver Ocelot, in his original voice, communicates with a
nameless individual. He informs this party of where he will meet them and
confirms that he took evidence of Snake on the sea "...the cypher proved most
useful. I can't wait to see tommorows news flash. I'd say the Marine Corp's
plans are on indefinite hold" Ocelot then bids goodbye to "Mr. President" and
Ray speeds off into the depths...

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"...Scientists had to make thousands of calculations to create the (atomic)
bomb and determine its effects...Computers and atomic bombs, both products of
World War II, grew up together."

   Information Age: People, Information and Technology

   National Museam of American History, Smithsonian Institute

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DAWN, APRIL 29TH, 2009. VERRAZANO BRIDGE, NEW YORK.

2 helicopters carrying squads of Alpha and Bravo SEAL teams 10 fly under the
bridge. A trio of N.Y.P.D. officers look on curiously as the choppers make
their way out to sea. As this happens, 20 miles offshore, a man named "Snake"
but not 'the' Snake surfaces infront of the Big Shell containment facility and
quickly survey's the area, before submerging himself again. As he carefully
navigates through the underwater obstacles, and the murky depths, the briefing
he recieved run's through his head. Colonel Roy Campbell had explained to him
that terrorist's had blown a hole in an oil tanker 20 miles off the coast of
Manhattan 2 years ago and, in the meantime, an oil fence had been set up around
it. At a later date the cleanup facility known as 'The Big Shell' had also been
constructed. This had since become a landmark & a symbol of environmental
protection. 6 hours previously, to "Snake's" infiltration, this complex had
been taken over by members of the Navy SEALS special anti-terrorist training
squad 'Dead cell' Russian private army members had also been involved in the
takeover. Campbell had explained that both of these were highly trained groups
and they had the Shell under their complete control. The contingent of SEAL's
arrive on the roof of a section of the Big Shell and begin to rapel down. Snake
swims through the perimeter fence closer to the shell's foundation. However, he
finds he can do this with ease because he is surprised to find that a hole is
already in the fence- that someone has obviously recently swum through. "Snake"
remembers he had asked what their demands were and Campbell had answered that
they had demanded 30 billion dollars cash. They would get that much ransom to,
Campbell explained, because there was a government sponsored tour on at the
time and a VIP from a major conservation group had been captured as well as
"the most important person in a sense" had been there- President James Johnson.
If their demands were not met, Campbell revealed, they would blow the Big
Shell. Crude oil would ignite and spread out over the ocean turning Manhattan
into an inferno. If the chlorides being used to decontraminate the sea water
were to be released the ecosystem would be wiped out and the planets sea's
would be turned into toxic waste.

    "Snake" had been told he had 2 mission objectives- to safeguard the
President & other hostages, and to disarm the terrorist's by "any means
necessary" SEAL team 10, who were obviously performing their operation at the
same time as "Snake", were conducting their own rescue operation. The operation
is not joint- the team is not aware of FOX-HOUND's precense and "Snake" is
ordered not to alert them that he is there. He surfaces in the lower dock of
the facility and quickly climbs out- CODEC'ing Campbell with his internal
nano-machines. He calmly, almost too calmly, informs Campbell that there are no
sentries and he is inside strut A of Shell 1. Campbell, also in an extremely
calm voice, ask's "Snake" if there were any problems. "Snake" replies that a
new hole was cut into the oil fence "Theres someone else besides me that wanted
to get in badly" Campbell disregards this and tells "Snake" that SEAL team 10
has landed. He also tell's "Snake" that, as a precaution, they are now changing
his codename- it will be now known as "Raiden" (pronounced 'Rye-den') Raiden
explains that he has covered infiltration in V.R. training and remarks "I feel
like some kind of legendary mercenary" Campbell instruct's Raiden to make his
way to the upper section of the Big Shell (he can use the elevator at the end
of the area he surfaced in) The colonel then explains Raiden's sneaking suit to
him in order to build up his confidence. He explains that the suit uses
electrofibre technology (which was a by-product of fibre optics research) The
material is not much different from rubber but does protect against a wide
range of toxic substances. The suit is filled with sensors and information
about the body (blood loss etc) is relayed between the suit and nano-machines
in his bloodstream. "There's alot of pressure on my torso" complains Raiden.
"Relax" assures Campbell. "It places pressure on various internal organs to
maximise performace. Its called a 'skull suit'"
"Seems appropriate somehow" remarks Raiden.

Walking away from the pool he surfaced from and opening a hatch Raiden spots a
sentry. He can quickly conclude, from the guard carrying an AN-94 assault rifle
and a makarov, that the adversary is Russian. He call's Campbell on the CODEC
and tell's him this. "Must be a Gurlukovich man" Campbell remarks.
"Gurlukovich?" ask's Raiden
"A Russian private army group that was in line to work with the Shadow Moses
takeover group 4 years ago" Campbell answers
"Whats their stake in this one?"
"They must have made a deal- an arrangement with the terrorist's. They become a
band of mercenaries, an army without a country" he explains. He leaves Raiden
to infiltrate the strut.

Raiden sneaks into a small warehouse and hides around the boxes. However, he
notices an enemy sentry slumped on the ground. Knocked out cold. He see's
another one thrown from a rising elevator and gets a glimpse at a man standing
on it. He is short and broad...in a grey sneaking suit. With thick, messed up
hair secured by a blue bandana...
The rookie infiltration specialist CODEC's Campbell and tell's him there is
definitly another intruder in the compound with him. Its not a team, he
explains, but it looks like a solo job "Whoever he is...he's got some skills"
remarks Raiden- noticing all the sentries have been knocked out cold. Campbell
completely disregard's this possibility and tell's Raiden how to go about
accessing the soliton radar (a special node access terminal is needed to turn
it on) He quickly locates it and presses his hand against the screen. Painful
streams of electricity run up and through his body for a few brief second's
before it subsides. He log's into the terminal and turns on his radar. Using
his nano's to contact Campbell Raiden has the radar system and operation
thoroughly explained to him. It is then explained to him how he can save
mission data & the person who will be going about doing so. A girl named Rose
introduces herself calling Raiden "Jack". Raiden is angry at this point- she
isn't meant to be involved (Rose is his girlfriend) Campbell explains that the
FOX-HOUND analyst that was meant to be looking after the mission was in an
accident and Rosemary was brought in as a replacement. Raiden whinges and moans
some more about it but Campbell has made up his mind- she stays. End of story.
"You familiar with the Shadow Moses incident?" he asks "If theres a crucial
detail that case taught us, it was the power of the operatives will to survive"
Rose explains to Campbell that she will be keeping a record of the
conversational data and she clears up with him that she is not required to
follow his orders "outside her immediate duties" With some words of
encouragement she disconnects.

By now the guards that were knocked out by the mysterious intruder have come to
and are beginning to patrol the area again. They immediatly place the compound
on yellow-alert and Raiden must sneak a short distance, through the perceptive
soldiers, to the lift up the back of the warehouse. As he takes the lift up
Campbell continues to brief him "The terrorists call themselves 'Son's of
Liberty'" he briefs "The name of their leader is 'Solid Snake"
"The hero of Shadow Moses?" Raiden asks "So thats why you changed my
codename..."
"But he can't be 'the' Solid Snake. He died 2 years ago on that tanker. After
he blew it sky high" Campbell confirms
"Could he have survived?"
"Not a chance..."
When the lift reaches the top Raiden darts across to a stack of boxes and hides
behind them. Campbell tell's Raiden that SEAL team 10 has landed on struts B &
C (Raiden is on strut A) The President was apparently spotted on strut B.
Raiden is told that the Big Shell comprises of a central core and 6 struts
surrounding this. There are 2 of these structers (they are hexagon shaped and
placed end-on-end) As Raiden is leaving the roof he contact's Campbell and
ask's about the SEALS. Campbell re-iterates that they do not know he is there;
"You know we work in the dark and this mission is no exception. Only a few
people know about your presence here" Raiden is still edgy but Campbell
re-assures him that the dicisions and orders, although top secret, have gone
through both the Secretary of Defense and the Vice-President. A slightly
relaxed Raiden disconnects and go's through Strut A. He takes a connecting
bridge across to Strut B and emerges into a hallway filled with corpses and
blood...

Edging down the hall & around the corner the unarmed Raiden looks at the door
into the generator room. Inside, 3 SEAL's slowly patrol, their sense's tuned to
max.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, 3 darts shoot down and hit one SEAL straight in
the side of his head. Collapsing into a bloody heap, the 2 remaining SEAL's
completely panic and begin to shoot blindly into the air. Then, a blur dart's
down and strikes another SEAL across the chest, he collapses too. The lone
SEAL, his comrades dead, continues to fire panic striken in all directions.
Terror and fear are covering his eyes. From the safety of the corridor outside
Raiden listen's to the subdued sounds of gunfire and can't help but feel some
remorse for the men he knows are dying. The SEAL doesn't notice that up,
suspended on the pipes above him, the attacker crouches poised ready to murder
his last victim. It jumps down into a hunch infront of the SEAL & looks up from
the ground. The middle-aged man, with jet-black hair and a goatee, snarls at
the remaining soldier. The SEAL begins to fire at the attacker. But he, in a
move that defies physics, dodges the bullets by spinning on a vertical axis all
the way to the SEAL. Darting around his side he cuts the SEAL's wrist and wraps
his arm around his victims throat. He cuts the SEAL's throat with a large arm
movement and the last victim fall's to his knees. Blood spurts out from his
throat like a hose. The attacker patiently walks off as the radio unit on one
of the murdered SEAL's continues to ask if anyone is there.

    As the sounds of the melee die down Raiden cautiously enter's the generator
room where the the SEAL's were murdered. Sneaking around a unit Raiden looks
into the corner and see's the attacker suspending the body of a SEAL against
the wall. His body is being held inches off the ground. The attacker's mouth is
up against the SEAL's throat...and is sucking the victims blood! The attacker
hears Raiden behind him and turns around with a snarl.
"What are you?!" ask's Raiden.
The attacker draws his blade from its sheath and makes a long cut in his chest.
"Five today" The attacker, Vamp, says. "or rather...six..." With that, Vamp
jumps into the air and lands behind Raiden. However, Vamp has done this so
quickly that Raiden is still looking up from where Vamp jumped from! Vamp
slowly raises his hand to take out Raiden...but is quickly stopped when another
party enters the room.
"Get down!" the 3rd person says. Raiden ducks and the man sprays bullets behind
Raiden's position. Raiden quickly turns around and finds no-one is there. The
man slowly edges into the room and, in a voice that dictates anger, not fear or
apprehension, ask's "Where is he?" Scanning the room, the man is dressed in the
SEAL's combat fatiques and wear's a balaclava over his head. He looks around at
his eye level and down, but fails to look up. Vamp jumps down and cut's the
SEAL's wrist making his gun fly across the room to Raiden. Raiden snatches up
the gun and points it at Vamp- who has pushed the SEAL onto his knee's and is
being held down by having his head drived into his torso. Suddenly Vamp throws
the SEAL, like a flimsy rag doll, up against the wall with only his left hand
and holds him a foot off the ground. Vamp also has his hand wrapped around the
SEAL's head- making it impossible to breathe & simply not able to resist Vamp's
vice-like grip. Drawing his face to the SEAL's neck he takes a quick breath in;
"HHHMMM...strange smell..." he remarks in a thick European accent "You smell
like Sol--has to be" He throw's the SEAL off the wall and onto the ground.
"Shoot him! What are you waiting for?!" the SEAL yell's to Raiden. The
FOX-HOUND operative, who has watched this entire sequence in awe, doesn't
hesitate to shoot at Vamp. Raiden empties a full clip trying to shoot Vamp, who
dodges the bullets simply by spinning, but as he empties the end of his round
Vamp recieves a call.
"Vamp?" a woman on his radio ask's
"Yeah Queen?" Vamp replies in a calm tone
"Are you all done cleaning up?"
"Yes...but wait till I tell you what I found..."
"Something interesting?"
"I'll tell you in person. Where are you?"
"In the central unit with the President"
"Be right there"
As Vamp has had this conversation the weakened SEAL had managed to remove a
clip from his pouch and slide it across the floor to Raiden. By the time it had
reached him, and been inserted into the automatic assault rifle, Vamp had
jumped off. He teases Raiden by darting over him a few times...then he is gone.

     Raiden approaches the collapsed soldier and point's his gun at him.
Imploring him to calm down the SEAL slides over to a generator unit and sits up
against that. He removes his balaclava. The face that Raiden see's, but doesn't
realise, is that of Solid Snake- the man who undertook the mission to gain
evidence of Metal Gear Ray on the tanker 2 years ago. Even more surprising, he
identifies himself as Lieutenant Junior Grade Iroquois Pliskin. Raiden ask's
Pliskin if he is a SEAL but he doesn't reply. However he explains that he
infiltrated the facility by fastroping from a navy chopper. Raiden examines
Pliskin some more and see's a bug crawl out from underneath him. Pliskin could
only have gotten that bug if he was near, or in, a vent...
Pliskin, who is sitting down against a unit, looks up at Raiden who is standing
over him. The suit is very familiar to Pliskin and he ask's Raiden if he is
with FOX-HOUND. Raiden is obviously very surprised that Pliskin would have such
a knowledge of the top-secret unit and, apprehensively, answers that "yes" he
is with FOX-HOUND.
"FOX-HOUND was dispanded" Pliskin states. Raiden replies with a questionable
grunt and Pliskin tries another question;
"Where were you before FOX-HOUND? Delta force?" he ask's.
Raiden explains that he was a apart of the Armies Force 21 trials (which were
about tactical I.T. deployment) He admits that he has no real field experience
but has had extensive V.R. training which is indistinguishable from the real
thing.
"A virtual grunt of the digital age...thats just great!" remarks Pliskin
sarcastically.
"Thats far more effective than live exercises" retort's Raiden
"You don't get injured in V.R. do you?" Pliskin asks "Every year a few soldiers
die in field exercises"
"Theres a pain sensation in V.R. and even a sense of reality and urgency! The
only difference is it isn't actually happening" Raiden enthusiastically replies
"Thats the way they want you to think to remove you from the fear that goes
with battle situations" Pliskin explains "War is a videogame...what better way
to raise the ultimate solider..."

Raiden holds the rifle he used, against Vamp, to Pliskin and he takes it. As
he's doing this he recieves a CODEC call from Campbell who ask's for a status
report. Raiden explains that he has seen SEAL team 10's Alpha squad be wiped
out & there is a single survivor. Campbell says that it looks like they took
the President somewhere else and ask's about the survivor. Raiden tell's
Campbell the survivors name but Campbell wants to know if Pliskin has seen his
face;
"This is a top-secret mission" he explains "No-one can know we're involved"
"Its a little to late for that" teases Raiden.
The pair walk down a small flight of stairs to a body slumped at the bottom of
them. The corpse is that of a male's and is dressed in a Navy uniform that
implies the person held a senior rank. As they study the body Pliskin becomes
disoriented and stumbles back onto the stairs. He know's he's like this because
Vamp cut his wrist and he lost a few pints of blood. He tell's Raiden to give
him a few minutes.

Raiden ask's Snake about the man that just attacked them. "That blood sucking
freak?" he contemptly expresses "That was Vamp" Pliskin explains that he is
Romanian and a wizard with knives. "You won't see the way he moved in V.R." he
remarks. Pliskin also explains that Vamp is a member of dead cell. Raiden ask's
what 'dead cell' is and Pliskin explains the it was a special forces unit
created by ex-President George Sears. The name was meant to reflect the unit's
anti-terrorist functions. They would launch unannounced assaults on government
complexes for "the ultimate terrorism simulation". "They were needed to show
V.R. troopers, like you, how to deal with the real thing" Pliskin explains "But
around the time their original leader died in prison, the unit began to
unravel" he reveals. They were always close to the edge, but they went even
further, going after U.S. allies, even civilians. There are conservative
estimates that no less than 100 people died because of "accidents" dead cell
members made. The unit was out of control and 6 months ago it was shut down.
Pliskin now figures there are 3 members left in the squad. Raiden ask's why
'Dead Cell' were going after the big shell. "How the hell should I know?"
answer's Pliskin "They were on the lunatic fringe"

Raiden ask's Pliskin about the 'Dead Cell's leader Solid Snake and Pliskin
explains that the real Solid Snake died 2 years ago. He then ask's Pliskin if
the Big Shell's location was where Snake died and he replies Snake sunk the
tanker.
"But he's a legend!" counter-charges Raiden
"Legends are usually bad news. There's not a lot of difference between heroes
and mad men" Pliskin explains
"You saying Snake is still alive? And pulled another one?" Raiden hopefully
ask's
"No, Snake's not involved in this one. His body was positively I.D'ed 2 years
ago..."
Raiden ask's about the other forces that have obviously taken over the facility
& Pliskin says that they are former members of the Soviet Military. Most likely
Mercenaries. They were required because 'Dead Cell' could obviously not cover
all of the shell by themselves. Pliskin is amazed- he was never told any of
this in the briefing...and came in alone as well? Pliskin ask's Raiden what
he's really doing at the Shell but Raiden doesn't answer. The SEAL doesn't
really care- his more-than used to people not answering his questions. He takes
out a cigarette and offer's the pack to Raiden, who refuses. Pliskin tell's him
to keep them for luck. He also hands his USP sidearm to Raiden, who more than
gratefully takes that. There's a moment of awkward silence before the radio on
Pliskin's back activates;
"Come in Alpha zero. This is Bravo zero. Currently at the bridge between struts
B & C. The President is-- damn! I can't hit this thing. Its like some bad
dream..." The radio is drowned out continuously by sounds of gunfire. Raiden
anxiously ask's Pliskin if he's going to answer, this time its Pliskin's turn
to ignore the question. Pliskin say's its best if Raiden goes to the bridge
because he needs some more time. Raiden begins to walk up the stairs that
Pliskin is resting on, then he turns around and ask's Raiden what he's name is.
Raiden gives Pliskin the name assigned to him by Campbell.
"Raiden? Strange codename" replies Pliskin
"Make's up for the boring one my parents gave me" retorts Raiden (Rose has been
calling Raiden 'Jack' on the CODEC)
"Maybe I'll find out someday" Pliskin says with a signal from his hand in
farewell. He quickly passes out.

Leaving Pliskin to recover from the serious wound, Raiden leaves the generator
room and exit's the strut to access the B-C connecting bridge. As he walks out
the sound of seagull's quickly get his attention, but then their squarks are
drowned out by the sound of automatic gun fire. As he walks out the doorway, he
notices straight ahead is the bridge to strut C, but he also notices the
junction halfway down that leads to the central core. Raiden can see a group of
SEAL's (Bravo team), positioned on either side, are shooting at something down
near the core. As he edges out he see's that the soldiers are firing at a
woman. She calmy walk's out of the doorway and wields a gun that is nearly as
long as her entire body height. She walks over and stands in position over the
body of a man- Raiden identifies him as the President. How the SEAL's could be
possibly missing this woman is beyond Raiden- until he see's that the bullets
are swerving around her! The placid look on her face, as well as the
gracefulness of the bullet's skimming around her, make the scene seem very
peaceful and tranquil. The violent eruption of gunfire and seriousness of the
situation overshadow's this thought in Raiden's head. Suddenly, the woman
speaks;
"Come! Put me out of my misery!" she orders the SEAL's. They continue to vainly
shoot at her.
Although he is standing right next to them, Raiden's precense has gone
un-noticed to Bravo team. Right next to him, a SEAL taps another one on the
shoulder "This is impossible. Nothing will hit her!" he says
"Is she the one they call Fortune?" the other SEAL ask's back.
Suddenly, the serenity and calm in the situation is dropped as Vamp walks out
from the central core and stands next to Fortune. Knowing that Fortune is
protecting him, he bends down and effortlessly picks up the limb body of the
President, one handed, and places him over his shoulder. He picks up his
briefcase to. Vamp then carries the 2 asset's back into the core. The SEAL's
are now very anxious- their goal and mission objective, as well as their
leader, is being whisked away. They quickly swarm Fortune. She stands at the
end of a bridge no more than one meter (3ft) wide. The men begin to scramble
down, single file, and the leader launches an explosive from the undercarriage
of his assault rifle. It lands right next to Fortune's feet but fails to
explode. She gently nudges it aside. "Today is another bad day" she
dispointingly remarks. Suddently, a fork section expands from the barrel of her
weapon "Is there anyone here that can give me happiness?" she ask's the
marines. Now to tightly grouped together to fall back, she fires her weapon at
Bravo team 4 times. The blasts, and resulting explosions, from her rail cannon
throw the SEAL's back like pieces of tissue paper. The one's that aren't riped
to shred's by the laser blast's are simply blasted off the bridge into the
depths far below. The bridge section between her and the SEAL's is completely
wiped out. However, a few meters of bridge continue to hang suspended in front
of her gradually tilting downwards. A SEAL grips the top of this vainly hoping
to pull himself up and Fortune just stares straight down at him. The bridge
breaks off and falls down, along with the SEAL. A smoldering bird carcas then
fall's down next to Fortune "I'm so sorry my beauties. I'll see you again
someday" she apologises. Turning around, she walks back into the central core,
dozen's of birds caught up in the wash of the explosion fall down to the ocean
in her wake.

Raiden contact's Campbell and informs him that, now, both SEAL teams Alpha and
Bravo have been wiped out. Campbell informs Raiden that the terorist's now
posess a harrier aircraft and, although they have that, the SEAL's got the
terrorist's attention and allowed Raiden to slip in un-noticed. That also
allowed Campbell to conjecture the Big Shell's defensive capabilities. Campbell
is now worried as the terrorist's may elect to retaliate for the failed strike
and blow the C4 placed over the facility. Campbell instruct's Raiden to work on
removing the explosives placed over the shell- the President can wait, this
can't. He tell's Raiden to meet the Bravo teams explosive's specialist, who
wasn't involved in the battle, over at Strut C. Raiden becomes increasingly
worried- the Dead Cell members are obviously a force to be reckoned with and
what he has just seen was theoretically impossible. Rose interrupt's and gets
Raiden to snap out of it "Nothing seem's real" he remarks...

Filled with feelings of fear and disbelief, Raiden quickly makes it to Strut C
and goes into the mess hall. Spotting a man crouched next to an oven, Raiden
point's his USP at him and orders the man not to move. Slightly on edge, as
he's seen too many bad things and too many people die, he refuses to take any
risk's. The man he holds up is dressed in a large blue coat with 'POLICE'
written on the back of it.
"You a cop?" Raiden asks. The man continues to crouch but rest's his weight on
a cane.
"I'm not NYPD" he explains "I came in with the Bravo team" Then, its the man's
turn to ask Raiden a question- demanding to know who he is and wanting to know
what happened to SEAL team 10. Raiden explains that they are dead and the man
begins to get up.
"Did I tell you you could move?" an impatient Raiden declares. He then point's
his gun away to another noise entering the room.
"Its OK- he's not one of the bad guys" Pliskin says casually walking into the
room "Don't go pointing that thing everywhere kid" he remarks, unfazzed at
having the gun pointed at him. The man identifies himself as Peter Stillman and
Pliskin recognises the name almost instantly- he's a lecturer and a consultant
for the NYPD bomb squad. Stillman sums it up best; "...a poor old man who got
dragged along for this picnic"
"Thought you retired...?" Raiden ask's
"I did, can't keep up with everybody as you can see" he explains, refering to
his prosthetic limb. "A famous church got wiped off the map thanks to me. There
were to many lives inside. All I lost was this leg"
Ignoring his plight for sympathy, Raiden ask's if Stillman is the bomb disposal
guy.
"Kid- this is 'the' bomb disposal guy" Pliskin replies. He goes onto explain
that if you open any book on explosives you'll see his name somewhere inside.
Stillman goes on to explain that he was called out of retirement, even though
he is 'ancient history', because one of the terrorist's is a former student of
his- Fatman. Known as the 'emperor of explosives' Stillman reveals that Fatman
had such an aptitude with explosives that he built an atomic bomb when he was
just 10 years old.

"Are you two with SEAL team 10? I didn't see you at the briefing..." Stillman
asks. Caught between a rock and a hard place Snake quickly dismisses the
question explaining that the pair are with another squad (Pliskin, knowing
Raiden is with FOX-HOUND, understand's that he can't explain why he is there or
who he is) Pliskin, however, introduces himself to Stillman who, in turn,
ignores Pliskin's outstretched hand and ask's him if he has any bomb disposal
experience. "Don't worry about me" Pliskin assures then indicates Raiden "and
he looks young but he can do it" Raiden begins to say something but feels
insecure when the 2 men turn to him. Still ask's Raiden what his name is and
Raiden gives him his codename. Stillman also thinks its a strange name.
Standing infront of these 2, everyday personalities with normal names and
clothing, Raiden can't help but feel a little embarrassed.
"Any other survivors?" ask's Pliskin
"There was also an engineer with me" explains Stillman "A skinny guy...he went
in with us. I haven't seen him since that skirmish"
"Was he killed?" Pliskin ask's in a slightly-worried tone.
"I don't think so...I didn't find his body" Stillman was told that the 'skinny
guy' was a security systems architect for the Big Shell. He was supposed to get
them past the security checkpoints.
Understanding they have more pressing concern's Pliskin advises them to worry
about the bombs- and they'll have to do it themselves.
"I've never defused a bomb before..." complains Raiden. He is cut short when he
recieves a CODEC call.

Campbell is glad to hear that Stillman is safe and instruct's Raiden to assist
him in clearing the C4 from the structure. Raiden is still worried at the
prospect of bomb maintenence but Campbell reassures him that if he follows
Stillman's directions he will be fine. Stillman is the best in his field.
However, Campbell once again order's Raiden to ensure that he keeps his
identity & objectives to himself. He is ordered to destroy the bombs with
Stillman's assistance and, with some words of encouragement from Rose, he
disconnect's. Stillman, Pliskin and Raiden walk over to a buffet and Pliskin
hold's a demo bomb unit infront of them. He clears up that they will not be
dismantling the bombs- thats not for amatuers. Although complete defusion is
optimal they have to settle for a special freezing measure. He explains that
this will knock the detonator out of commision for atleast 24 hours. Stillman
presses a button on the bomb and a red light starts flashing. A soft beeping
sound is also being emitted & he explains that the bomb is now "live" Stillman
then takes a small cannister of what looks-like bug repellent and sprays it on
the bomb. Within seconds it has turned into a giant ice cube. He assures that
the coolant spray can be used from several feet away- but the bombs are small
and they're going to have to check everywhere. Stillman then gives each of them
a small cylinder- he explains that it is an ion mobility spectrometre. These
will help them locate the bombs as they "sniff the C4's scent" (they actually
recognise the ionised gas released by the C4's) The area the bomb is in will
appear as a green blur on their radar. Rayden, however, is curious- will
Fatman, the one who undoubtly created the bombs strewn over the structures,
make all his bombs give off a scent? Stillman is very familiar with Fatman's
work and knows that he gives the aesthetics (looks) of his bombs the utmost
importance, as well as different kinds of signatures. All of his bombs have
traces of cologne and the Ion sensor they have picks up that scent spectrum.

"Is that something he learnt from you?" Raiden asks
"No, it was his own quirk. He wouldn't work by any rules except his own. And he
followed them like a religion. And common sense wasn't one of his strong
points. I thought I taught him everything I knew. I had no children of my own
and I thought I found a son in him." Stillman sadly remarks "He had the right
stuff you know. There's something very unusual about an ability like that. Even
at Inidian head he got special treatment. I remember some people called him one
of the 'fatcats' Maybe thats what started all this." confiding in the 2 men,
Stillman takes a deep breath. "I didn't teach him the most important thing I
had to tell him, there are some things you have to pass on, the trick is to
know which one. Right. All I taught him was skill's. And now I have to stop him
from using it to destroy us all"
Getting straight back into it, Stillman quickly explains the use of the ion
mobility spectrometer to them. He then explains that he knows where Fatman
would target if he wanted to destroy the plant- he knows the structure. "I
taught him the techniques he uses. His idea's are based on my theories.
Demolition is a kind of ideology- it makes no exception for time or place"
Stillman easily conjectures that there will be C4 on each Strut which means
there are atleast 12 bombs. Pliskin volunteer's to do Shell 2. Stillman gives
him a level 3 card that will allow him to access Shell 2 (the engineer gave him
the card before he copy any more for anyone else) Raiden is left to do shell 1.
As the 2 men begin to exit Stillman starts to walk with them. An impatient
Pliskin tell's Stillman to stay in the messhall "I don't have time to babysit"
he remarks. Raiden, slightly impatient as well, suggest's that Stillman helps
over the CODEC. Stillman reluctantly agree's "Good luck to all of you. This is
a dangerous one" he remarks "Who dares wins" Pliskin says back. He wishes
Raiden luck and begins to walk out. As he's walking out he says the word
"semperfy"- more to himself than to anyone else.

"That man's no SEAL" Stillman say's after Pliskin has left. "I don't even think
he's a Navy man. 'Semperfy'. Marine corp talk." Stillman explains it further to
Raiden- the headphones that Pliskin wears are used by team leaders at command
points. The team leaders are usually kept away from the field as well. And 'who
dares wins' is the motto of the S.A.S.
"Is he one of the terrorist's then?" ask's Raiden
"No, somehow I don't think so. If there's someone to suspect...I'd put my money
on you"
Raiden wants to contest this, wants Stillman to know he's wrong, but can't. He
musn't risk blowing his cover. Somehow, Stillman picks up on this and tell's
Raiden to worry about the bombs for the time being. He get's up and slowly
walks into the pantry. He points out its a good hiding spot- it has a lock &
plenty of food. When the door to it is nearly shut Stillman gives Raiden some
final words of advice; "Bomb disposal is a face off with your own mortality.
Don't let the fear get to you. When you give into the fear the darkness
comes..."
He slams the door shut. All of the sudden Raiden feels very isolated &
vulnerable.

Down the hallway, from the mess, is a woman's bathroom. Using the ion mobility
spectrometer Raiden effortlessly locates the bomb in there and defuses it.
Calling Stillman and telling him he has defused the bomb, Stillman is very
worried- Pliskin too has reported the locations of the bombs and they aren't
effective demolition points (Raiden found the bomb attached to the ceiling,
above the sink) If they have the genuine intention of blowing the Shell, then
all Stillman has seen is a waste of good explosives. "He couldn't have
overlooked the fact I would be called into this. There's something going on" he
remarks.
Raiden goes back to the generator room, where he first encountered Vamp & met
Pliskin, and finds a bomb hidden behind an open door to a control unit. He
defuses that and goes back to Strut A- where he first accessed the shell. He
enters a room he couldn't access previously (the pump room) and quickly finds
the bomb by crawling through some pipes. After "cooling" his one he calls
Stillman again. "This is all wrong. This is something only an amateur would do"
Stillman grows increasingly worried- the bombs aren't in the right locations
and aren't in enough quantities. Raiden is told to watch his back and hurry up-
something isn't right.
Raiden walks across to strut F (a warehouse) and drops down from a balcony, to
behind some boxes, and defuses the bomb there. He quickly sneaks out and
arrives at the bridge between struts F & E. As he begins to make his way across
he recieves a CODEC call from an unidentified party. The person warns him that
there are claymore mines on the bridge and he should use a mine detector. The
person, in a rusty, metallic voice identifies themselves as 'Deepthroat'
"Deepthroat? You mean from Shadow Moses?" ask's Raiden
"Mr. X then" they reply
"Why did you contact me?" an apprehensive Raiden asks
"Lets just say I'm one of your fans"
Raiden quickly contact's Campbell to try and get some information. Campbell,
however, doesn't know anything. He confirms that the call was not burst
transmission- which meant is came from inside the base. Campbell is certain
that it is absolutely not the man who used the some alias from Shadow Moses
island- Gray Fox (AKA Frank Jaeger. An ex FOX-HOUND member who was the only
operative worthy of the distinction of being called 'Fox' After the fall of
Zanzibar his body was used for gene therapy experiments and was fitted with an
exoskeleton. He was revived and almost-definitly on the brink of insanity when
he fought alongside Snake in the Shadow Moses uprising. He was killed there by
Metal Gear Rex- which was controlled by Liquid Snake at the time)

Raiden deactivates some mines blocking his way on the bridge but doesn't waste
any time making it across to Strut E (a parcel room) and going up the stairs to
the helipad on top. However, as he goes outside and goes towards the stairs up
to the helipad he hears a conversation. A lady with short white hair stands on
top of the stairs on the radio.
"I've taken care of that annoying fly. Whats the situation there?" the man on
the other end asks. His voice dictates power and projection.
"Buzzling. I saw a man dressed like a ninja just now" she ask's in a thickly
Russian-accent
"Ninja?"
"Its the only way to describe it. A kind of cyborg Ninja. Complete with a
sword."
"What?" he asks. The radio trembles with the power of his voice.
"Are you hiding something from me?" she ask's.
"Olga. Are you sure it wasn't an Arsenal Tenchu?"
"Don't be a fool. Think I wouldn't know the difference?!" Raiden can tell from
her body language she is angry, though she doesn't sound that way. "I've never
seen gear like that. Ever."
"Alright. We'll intensify patrols. Anything else?"
"Actually, one more thing. You'll find it hard to believe though. I saw a man
hiding under a cardboard box"
"Where?" he skeptically asks
"On the connecting bridge to shell 2" there is a long pause. Olga continues
"...so you believe me this time?"
"I've seen someone use that box trick before. We'll lay a trap on the Shell 2
connecting bridge" he finalises.
"Over and out then" She puts the radio away.
Raiden had always suspected there was more going on in the shell than he
thought and this confirms it. He needs answers. Although he has no idea what
he's going to do with her, he follows his instincts and jumps out pointing his
USP at her. He's at the bottom of the stairs, she's at the top & siloetted by
the sun.
"Freeze!" he yell's at her. He orders her to drop the gun. Olga can't help but
get a small feeling of deja vu. "Not a chance" she remarks. Suddenly, she does
a side flip off the stairs to the bridge below. Raiden bolts up to the top
where she jumped down from. She's disapeared.
Raiden CODEC's Pliskin and tell's him he saw a Russian woman. Pliskin is quick
to assume it must be Olga Gurlukovich.
"How do you know?" a skeptical Raiden asks
"Unlike you, I've been briefed" Pliskin replies. He goes on to explain that she
isn't with Dead Cell but leads a Russian army. She's led the group since her
father, Sergei Gurlukovich, died 2 years ago. "Watch yourself with her" Pliskin
warns "She's a tough one"

Up on the helipad Raiden defuses the bomb underneath the harrier jump jet. He
call's Stillman and tell's him that much. Pliskin interupts to inform Stillman
that he's looked into Strut H on Shell 2 & explains that there is C4 packed
into the strut. Raiden ask's if its possible that they are dummies but Stillman
confirms that they are a threat- just not enough of one. The bombs Pliskin
found would inflict serious structural damage. The worst thing, Pliskin
confirms, is the ones he found were sensor proof- he only discovered them
through luck. Raiden, increasingly worried, ask's if there are any more.
Stillman volunteers to check it out himself but both Pliskin & Raiden agree
that he can't go anywhere. Stillman says he has no choice- it has to be him.
Raiden reminds him of his bad leg- but Stillman says he can walk just fine. He
can even run!
"What do you mean?" Raiden asks, confused
"That bomb, five years ago, I messed up. Even with all my experience I lost it.
And a church was lost in the explosion. All those kids playing nearby
to...these past five years I've lived a lie" he confesses
"Lied?" ask's Raiden
"Yes, lied. I didn't lose my leg in the explosion" Stillman reveals "So many
dead...all because of my mistake! All I could think about was hiding from the
crime, shielding myself from the public outcry. I wanted people to be sorry for
me...for my weakness..." Stillman faked being a victim himself because he
couldn't bear to face the families of the real victims
"I lived my lie so well I haven't answered to myself for my sins. It was
supposed to be a shield...and its become a shroud instead. I've killed my soul
by playing the victim. Instead of protecting me its made my life more hellish"
"What good can that do to victims?" Pliskin, who had been listening intently up
till this point, asks.
"I know...I'm a coward!" he confesses.
Pliskin tries to re-assure Pete- they still need him to fix the bombs. Stillman
then begins to speak about Fatman.
"...his crimes are also mine. One of ommision, and one of arrogance. No-one
should teach the skill's I taught him without a clear conscience. This is the
only way I can defuse my own sins" Stillman resolves.
Pliskin tell's Stillman that he has "taken care" of guards in struts G & H of
Shell 2. All the other ones are unsecured. Both Raiden and Pliskin wish
Stillman luck "Just don't ask for 'Peg-Legged-Peter'" he requests "He's gone
for good"

Raiden makes it to the sediment pool and locates the final explosive hidden
under a hatch. After freezing it he call's Stillman and ask's him about the C4
at the bottom of Strut H. Stillman explains it is sealed C4 in huge quantities.
Raiden ask's if there's another one and Stillman confirms for sure there would
be. It would be at the bottom of Strut A, Shell 1 (where Raiden first arrived)
Stillman says that if the bottom section of Strut H in Shell 2 were to be
destroyed the entire Big Shell would be well on its way to destruction.
However, it wouldn't sink immediatly- there would be 5 struts left to act as
support. However, if Strut A in Shell 1 sinks its an entirely different matter.
The structural integrity of the Big Shell depends on a very exact balance- if
both shell's were to loose a Strut each they would tear apart. Stillman
explains to Raiden that he has a sensor which will find the scentless bomb- he
created it when he was locked in the pantry. Stillman explains that he left it
there and Raiden should go and get it. Raiden run's back to the mess and gets
the sensor from the pantry & call's Stillman. He has examined the bomb further
and found that the detonator hasn't been activated but the sensors are live.
Stillman dwell's on this as Pliskin tunes in and gives a commentary as he
deactivates the final bomb on Shell 2. As Pliskin is nearly finished spraying
Stillman yell's "Wait!" but its to late. Stillman understands- the big one he
is investigating was rigged to start counting down when all the little ones
were deactivated. Raiden is told to get to the bottom of Strut A as that will
be counting down too- he has 400 seconds.

Darting through the sentries & through the Struts, Raiden arrives at the lift
that goes down to the dock on Strut A. It is there the bomb would be located.
As he takes the lift down he recieves a CODEC call from Stillman. The man
sounds completely defeated. He explains he fell for a proximity trigger.
Stillman never taught Fatman that, nor the multiple bomb trap. "Looks like he's
far surpassed me as far as explosive techniques goes" he remarks. Pliskin
desperatly tries convincing Stillman to get out, who knows its to late. He has
30 seconds left till the bomb detonates. He instruct's Pliskin to get out of
Strut H and Raiden to keep his distance. There's a moment of difficult silence
between the 3 men for a few seconds before a thunderous explosion rips through
the CODEC and in the distance. Nothing but static then on the other end.

Running through the underground warehouse Raiden finds the final C4 underneath
a small underwater probe and defuses it quickly. Campbell calls Raiden and
congratulates him for a job well done. "It was a sad loss to everyone" remarks
Raiden. Campbell agree's and gives him a damage report from the explosion on
Strut H- the duet for diverting contaminated seawater was destroyed, the
central section of Shell 2 is flooding and an oil slick ignited on the surface
of the ocean. Raiden is relieved to hear that the shell is still stable and the
chemicals are in containment. He's informed of his next objective- rescue the
President. Raiden, feeling slightly more secure now that a substantial threat
has been neutralized, makes his way back to the lift. When he is running down a
corridor, however, he gets another call from Campbell. He tell's Raiden that a
hostage has been executed in retaliation. They were shot on the roof to make
sure that a satelite caught it. Raiden wants to rescue the hostages as they
seem to be in the most compromised position- but Campbell re-iterates that he
must rescue the President first and foremost. Angry that one mans life is given
priority over 30 others Campbell is unmoved and tell's him he can't rescue them
all.
"Not by myself" Raiden snaps back
"Are you expecting this Pliskin to come through?" Campbell sarcastically ask's.
He tell's Raiden that Pliskin has turned his CODEC off. Campbell then tell's
Raiden that Pliskin was not a factor in the simulation and he must do the
operation alone. Raiden is curious- why does Campbell keep calling it a
simulation? Rose cuts in and tell's Raiden to relax. Raiden then hopefully
ask's Campbell about the SEAL's, or more precisely, if any more squads will be
coming in. Campbell confirms that Raiden is their only hope. Another mission
isn't even on the drawing boards.

Raiden enters the warehouse but stop's short when he see's the lift arrive at
the bottom and a lady, with a massive gun, step off. Thousands of cockroaches
have converged at the entrance to the lift. But when the lady, Fortune, steps
off they move aside for her. Raiden carefully peer's out at her. "I can't tell
you how happy I'am that your alive after all. I knew this moment would come.
Show yourself and finish me- like you finsished my father!" she urges. The lift
doors behind her close and the elevator goes up. "Otherwise you'll be the one
to die" She begin's to charge her weapon and point it at Raiden.
"Oh crap" he mutters. He dashes aside and dodges the long bolt of plasma
emitted from the gun. It is so powerful & hot that it melts a hole in a metal
crate. Jumping out from the side of a box he points his USP at her. Her eyes
widen when she realises he isn't who she thought he was. "This could be
interesting" she observes. "You've seen the fire of hell haven't you? Maybe you
can give me death!" she begs "My name is Fortune. Nothing more, nothing else.
And without a death to call my own...hurry! Kill me please!" she begs. Raiden
had seen the uselessness of the SEAL's weapon's earlier but can't hide and do
nothing. He vainly shoots his USP at Fortune in the small hope that perhaps a
bullet can get through. The rail cannon destroy's everything in the warehouse,
ignites chemicals, topples a forklift and melts hole's in any materials. As
Raiden shoots at her she teases him by saying things such as "Kill me!" or "put
me out of my misery!" When the room has been nearly completely destroyed, and
Raiden has only a few USP rounds left, he recieves a CODEC call from Campbell.
He quickly explains to Raiden that Fatman just called and said he placed a bomb
on the heliport. He specifically asked for Raiden. Worse, Campbell says a
countdown has begun with 400 seconds remaining. Raiden speaks his thoughts to
Campbell, guessing that Fatman is planning on taking the place out "Looks like
his agenda is different from that of Dead Cell" he remarks...

Fortune stops firing and the smoke and dust in the warehouse clears. The lift
reaches the bottom again...and Vamp walk's from it coming to a stop next to
Fortune.
"I'll take over Queen" he smoothly offers
"What is it?" she asks
"It seems out friend Fatman is out of control"
"He'll actually try to destroy this place?" she contemplates
"Yes. This could unravel everything we've planned"
"But why would he do such a thing?"
"Who knows. But he's nothing more than a stereotyped mad bomber now. He's
completely lost sight of out ideals. And with it his loyalty to Commander
Jackson..."
"Alright" Fortune resolves "I'll take care of the wayward soul" the barrel at
the end of Fortune's cannon shortens "It wasn't him. I expected more of this
one. Really" She sounds genuinly disapointed
"But he couldn't kill you I see?"
"Completely useless" she agrees
"Then he's all mine" Vamp sadistically says, stepping forward.
"Later Vamp" Fortune says.
All of the sudden, Raiden jumps out from the side of the box. "NOW!" he yells.
He shoots bullet after bullet at Fortune, all missing. 2 that move around her
haphazardly hit Vamp in the head and chest. He collapses to the ground with a
violent thud. Fortune, taken aback by the speed of the attack, quickly crouches
next to him and shields his body. Raiden continues to fire but bullets continue
to miss. Raiden gives up on trying to hit her.
"Vamp...are you gone?" she whispers at him. She begins to stroke his face
"No...NO! That death was meant for me! Why am I the only one who can't die?!
Alone again...cheated out of death again?!" She begins to weep on his body.
"How long will you force me to live? How much longer dead? You've punished me
enough..."
Raiden approaches her and points his useless USP at her crouched body. She
ignores him and Raiden carefully walks around her.
"I thought you could give me peace. But you couldn't kill me either" Raiden is
unsure as to whether she is speaking to him, he ignores her and gets onto the
lift. It begins to go up & Raiden rest's all his body against the lift wall.
For some reason, the relief at being out of there is overpowering.
Down below, as her tears fall onto Vamp's face, the man's eyes shoot open
"There's no need for sorrow Queen" he placidly remarks. Fortune stops crying
and hapiness beams over her face. He looks up at her, his head gently cradled
in her arms, "I died once already...I can die twice..."

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                        CONCLUSION, KUDOS AND CONTACT DETAILS

   Writting this thing has been damn-near addictive for me and there's nothing
more fulfilling than spending a year and a half writting this and getting all
the positive words I have recieved from people. Thanks to all those who have
e-mailed me with their words of feedback and encouragement.

    More specifically a big thanks to Dan Birlew for starting the concept of a
"plot guide", Thomas Wilde for letting me rip-off the concept from him,
Aurora02 (gamefaqs nickname) and Damian Denehy for the information on 'The Best
is Yet to Come' and to Maarten ter Huurne for his translation of the manual of
'Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake' (his website is worth a read at
http://www.msxnet.org/gtinter/mgear2us.htm)
	
    The online version this document is dead now as I gave up on using HTML. If
your computer, for some stupid reason, hates TXT and loves HTML the site is
still up (just not going to be updated) and is available at:

Http://www.geocities.com/zoobra101/Metal_Gear_Solid.htm

Of course, this document is availble in .txt format (in order of sites you
should check for updates) at:

www.gamefaqs.com
www.neoseeker.com
www.psxcodez.com

I'm happy for anyone with a MGS website to host this as well because it'd
obviously be a win-win situation for both of us. However, please contact me
before doing so.

My e-mail address for now is zeobria@hotmail.com. If you have any queries about
this document (gripes and suggestions) or any queries about the games that I
haven't covered here please don't hesistate to contact me.

Grant 'Dispicable Moose' Morrissey

zeobria@hotmail.com

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