We may all be headed straight to hell. But what better place for us than this? Its our only home. Our heaven and our hell. This is Outer Heaven.-Big Boss
Wake up, old Friend. Time is running short.-Zero.
Who am I?…you’re talking to yourself-“Ishmael”.
After the Peace Walker threat is ended, Big Boss decides it would be best to fortify Mother Base with their own AI weapon. Using leftover parts from the Peace Walker prototypes, and the input of Drs. Huey Emmerich and Strangelove, Metal Gear ZEKE is created-and armed with a nuke, as well as controlled by an AI system.
Eventually though, a series of escapes by Galvez-who is being detained at MSF after revealing his true identity as KGB agent Zadarnov-leads Big Boss and Kaz to suspect a mole at the base. After Zadarnov’s final escape-and death-Zeke is surprisingly launched.
The pilot turns out to be Paz-going by her real name, Pacifica Ocean. She is in fact a CIPHER triple agent, who wants Big Boss and MSF to rejoin the organization as it’s armed forces-or else Paz would launch ZEKE’s nuke and frame MSF for it, leading to it’s destruction.
Big Boss was able to disable the gear, and Paz was flung into the ocean. ZEKE continued to run, but with it’s backup AI instead. Big Boss however, realized that the events of the Peace Walker project had gotten MSF noticed by the world’s superpowers during the cold war-and that MSF might’ve upset the balance of power….and that CIPHER would come “knocking real soon”. He also stated that they would have to fight against the changing times-and perhaps sacrifice their moral high ground to do so
A few months later, Mother Base was scheduled for a UN inspection. For the inspection, ZEKE was placed in the ocean. At the same time, it was revealed via MSF intel that Paz had in fact, survived, and ended up captured and interrogated at a “black site” military site in Cuba. MSF’s teen soldier, Chico, went searching for her as well and was also captured. As the inspection proceeded, Big Boss infiltrated the base, and rescued them both.
However, the inspection was a ruse-the UN inspection team were in fact Cipher’s XOF branch, who were plotting a coup against Zero led by Skull Face-and wanted Big Boss out of the way as well. XOF launched an assault on Mother Base, killing many soldiers and destroying the base itself by planting explosives. They had also booby-trapped Paz in the helicopter as well. Despite being able to extract Kaz, they could not get the other device out of her body.
She exploded, although she threw herself clear of part of the helicopter. The resulting explosion injured Miller, Big Boss, and a medic, and killed helicopter pilot Morpho and Chicho.
Big Boss and the medic spent the next nine years in a coma, while Miller-obsessed with revenge-began hunting down those who he felt were responsible for the attack.
Unbeknownst to Miller, the helicopter medic was altered into a physical and partially mental double of Big Boss, known as “Venom Snake”-partially by Zero’s instruction himself, who still felt some sympathy for his old friend, and that he was needed.
My full profile of “Venom” is available here.
Big Boss woke from his coma earlier than his counterpart-where Ocelot briefed him on several detailed,-and assisted Venom with his escape from the hospital, masking his face in bandages and perhaps a false eye. He also adopted the alias “Ishmael” (labeling Venom “Ahab”)
After escaping the hospital, Big Boss met with Ocelot and boarded a motorcycle, while his ‘double’ remained in the ambulance and would also be recovered by Ocelot.
Eventually, when Venom Snake recovered his memories of being the medic, Big Boss sent him a tape after Venom had had success foiling the plans of XOF and Skull Face, and started to build his concept of Outer Heaven-a country for soldiers-something rejected by Kaz, who vowed to take down his former friend.
Listening to the tape (A reference to a David Bowie song, The Man Who Sold The World), Big Boss thanked his friend-and had him keep up his facade-for it would be useful later.
Now do you remember? Who you are? What you were meant to do? I cheated death, thanks to you. And thanks to you I’ve left my mark. You have too – you’ve written your own history. You’re your own man. I’m Big Boss, and you are too… No… He’s the two of us. Together. Where we are today? We built it. This story – this “legend” – it’s ours. We can change the world – and with it, the future. I am you, and you are me. Carry that with you, wherever you go. Thank you… my friend. From here on out, you’re Big Boss.