Metal Gear Profiles- Tretij Rebenok/Psycho Mantis

Treti Rebonok, born during the 70s (His name pretty much meaning “Third child” in Russian) for some reason, had strange psychic powers. When these powers awakened, he became a sort of empath, and these negative emotions caused him to destroy his village. He was then taken into soviet custody, and fitted with a straitjacket and gas mask to keep him under control.

 

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However, upon transportation, he escaped, sensing the awakening of Venom Snake and Big Boss, and also destroyed that transport. Eventually making it to the lab, he found an even more powerful conduit-Volgin, who also awoke and had deep hatred for Big Boss.

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If Snake hadn’t had enough of a bad day, the site of the duo made things even more complicated, and they attacked both Venom Snake and the XOF forces sent to kill him.

Eventually, after Big Boss and Venom’s escape from the hospital, Skull Face somehow managed to get a degree of control over Psycho Mantis and Volgin, and discovered that the boy’s psychic powers-channeled by Volgin’s anger-were capable of piloting the Metal Gear Sehelanthropus without an actual pilot in the cockpit.

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The two encountered Venom Snake several times during his missions, but eventually, when Eli sneaked aboard a Diamond Dogs helicopter, he was able to establish a psychic connection, with a drive for revenge against his “father” that was even greater than Volgin’s.

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The combined Eli/Mantis team then tried to take out Venom Snake with the Metal gear.

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After Venom Snake defeated the hulking mech, disabling it, Mantis-stealing a vial of the vocal cord parasites that was another weapon of Skull Face’s-traveled to Diamond Dog’s mother base with Eli, handing him one of the vials.

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Eventually, he also helped him escape Mother Base in the repaired Metal gear. Eventually fleeing to an island, Eli got infected with the vocal cord parasite, and after another battle with the Metal Gear, were forced to sterilize the site-but Eli and Mantis managed to escape, with Mantis removing the parasite from Eli’s body, and then floating him away to safety.

 

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Over the next twenty years, Mantis worked in the KGB, FBI, freelance, and then eventually joined his friend in FOXHOUND. When FOXHOUND took over Shadow Moses Island in a coup, Mantis also participated, coming up in part with the plan to deceive Solid Snake into activating REX. He eventually encountered Solid Snake by taking over Meryl’s mind, and even managed to escaped the confines of his Playstation (or Gamecube) disc to read the mind of your memory cards, often remarking on your choice of game(!)

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After knocking out Meryl, Snake took on Mantis himself, and managed to overpower him and take him out. His mask was then removed, revealing a scarred, messed-up face. He used his final moments, in part, to tell Solid Snake that he was a worst person than him, but then also hinted that Meryl had a big place in her heart for Snake.

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However, he wasn’t quite dead yet. Like with the other psychic character, the Sorrow, a part of him managed to survive, and eventually latched onto the leader of the “Beauty and the Beast” core, Screaming Mantis. She even kept a doll of him on her right side, and confronted Snake in Outer Haven, even managing to once again use Meryl as a puppet.

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When she was defeated, the ghost of Mantis appeared before Solid Snake.

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However, the spirit of the Sorrow intervened, and dragged Mantis permenantly into his spirit world. Before leaving, he told Snake “The spirit of the Warrior will always be with you.”

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Metal Gear profiles-Granin

Granin was an engineer in the soviet union, and one of the designers of the SS-1C missiles, and helped the Soviets fight back on the Eastern front during World War II with many of his inventions. Although his screen time was short in the series-he provided Naked Snake-the later Big Boss-with vital information that would change the fate of the world.

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Eventually-and working with a colleague, Huey Emmerich-Granin thought of the concept of a Bipedal walking tank, a link-or rather, a “gear” between infantry and artillery..

Yep….METAL GEAR!

Granin’s designs for the mech included one similar to Rex and Sehelanthropus, as well as earlier versions of the mecha.

 

 

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However, he and Huey were kind of laughed off the stage for the concept, much like Madnar would be with his later designs. Sigint-Donald Anderson-also thought that the concept would never work…

if you ask me, it’s got to be a joke. Not only is making a tank walk on two legs a technical nightmare, but there’s no point in making a walking tank to begin with. Putting legs on a tank would raise its clearance, increasing its frontal projection area. It’d also be less stable. Suppose the legs help the tank travel bad roads… I don’t see the logic in that. Isn’t that what treads are for? I mean, anyone who’d seriously consider making a thing like that has got to be a wacko. …Come to think of it, there was a guy in the States who wrote a paper on that subject. What was his name… Emerson? Heinrich? …Something like that; I don’t really remember. ‘Course, no one took that seriously.

Ironic of course, since Sigint eventually was one of the creators of Metal Gear REX.

 

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Granin eventually allied with volgin, but his Metal Gear idea was passed over in favor of his rival Sokolov’s Shagohod. Bitter and drunk, he decided to help Snake rescue Sokolov, so his rival could be taken back to the states and the Shagohod hopefully destroyed in the process. He also sent his plans for the Metal Gear to Huey, and gave Snake a key to access Grozny Grad, Volgin’s fortress. Likewise, he also told Snake of the philosopher’s Legacy being used by Volgin to fund the Shagohod and Grad. He also allied himself with “Tatanya”-actually the Chinese spy Eva-and she put a transmitter in his shoe.

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Just like another certain 1960’s spy….

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Suspecting Granin of being a spy, Volgin then beat him to death inside an oil drum, and with such kinetic force that the drum flew into the other drums, and then *into the air* with Granin’s body falling out.

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His death drew a sharp rebuke from Ocelot, but Ocelot had his own uses for Granin, as he himself was a double agent for the CIA, and managed to get some of the Metal gear plans as well. (Something he also would later repeat with REX).

Huey would later use Granin’s concepts to design the Peace Walker…

….and (if you ignore Portable ops) the first named Metal gear, ZEKE.

 

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….and of course those that would follow, under the command of XOF, Outer Heaven, FOXHOUND and others.

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Star Wars comics history-Bane of the Sith

Darth Bane was a character sort of introduced in George Lucas’s story notes for The Phantom Menace-basically, one of the lone survivors of the extinction of the Sith, who decided to make the order a secret two-person cult of Master and Apprentice, working through the next millennia to eventually overthrow the Republic and the Jedi from within-culminating in the Empire. It was also-for a while-thought that he had originated the title of “Darth”, although the Knights of the Old Republic games-taking place 3000 years earlier-quickly tossed that concept out. Oops.

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This final conflict is partially portrayed in “Jedi Vs. Sith”, a 2001 comic series in which three cousins-Bug(Hardin),Rain( Zannah), and Davorit-are swept up into this conflict, now taking place on the world of Ruusan. The Jedi are led by Lord Hoth-who is probably the namesake for the Ice planet seen in Empire-and the Sith, by Lord Kaan, with Bane and female Sith Lord-Githany-as soldiers in this war, although with larger ambitions.

 

 

The series takes the “knight” concept of the Jedi to an interesting look,  with both Jedi and Sith wearing armor and capes that wouldn’t look out of place in “Lord of the Rings” or “Game of thrones” (The concept of Jedi wearing armor was briefly considered during the Phantom Menace, and utilized to a degree in the Clone Wars animated series).

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There’s even a guy who’s pretty much a centaur/Elf-Lord Farfella, one of the few Jedi survivors.

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In the conflict, Davorit finds himself drawn to the dark side, but eventually doesn’t give in; Bug dies, and Zannah….

The Sith-and the large Jedi army (although of course not all the Jedi)-are eliminated eventually by a “Thought bomb” which destroys their bodies and largely traps their souls. Bane’s the only Sith Lord left standing (although Gitany *almost* makes it), and takes Zannah-who has used the force to kill a man on the battlefield-as his apprentice.

 

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The story of Zannah and Bane-as well as Bane’s backstory-would be embellished later on in the Darth Bane series of novels, released five years later.  The novel would also attempt to explain certain discrepancies between the “ancient” Star Wars universe and the prequel movies, explaining why everybody says the Republic is only a thousand years old, and why it’s also been disarmed (minus the Jedi) ever since and needs the Clone Army.

 

 

In addition to providing an explanation for the Sith’s near-extinction mentioned in the prequel’s, Jedi vs Sith also ties itself to the Jedi Knight video game, in particular the graphic novel which sheds some light on the Valley of the Jedi-which is in fact, Ruusan itself, with the Dark Jedi Jerec eager to use the trapped Jedi/Sith souls to put the Empire back on top.

 

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Bane himself-wearing a biomechanical armor detailed in the novels-would also appear as a hologram in the “Legacy ” comics…

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as well as get his own figure, as a three pack along with shirtless Darth Maul and Nihillus from the Old Republic series of games: 

However, given the 2014 re-shuffling of Star Wars canon, the events in the above material is no longer considered canon, although Bane sort of got it off easy, as he’s part of Lucas’s main story canon, and also made an appearance in the final season of the still-canon “Clone Wars” series as an illusion on the Sith World of “Moriband” (Formerly Korriban). Although the circumstances of the events are different, and his armor has more in common with Darth Vader’s than his formerly bald and organic looks, his basic place in Star Wars history is still sound as we hear from his dialogue.

 

The Sith killed each other, victims of their own greed. But from the ashes of destruction, I was the last survivor. I chose to pass my knowledge onto only one, I created a legacy so resilient, that now you come before me. Have you come to be my apprentice? You must kill me to gain my place. 

 

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It remains to be seen if the other parts of his backstory are re-introduced into Disney’s canon.

 

Star Wars-The Big Question-Who are Rey’s parents? *possible spoilers!*

Along with the background of villain Supreme Leader Snoke, this is probably the no.1 question on Star Wars fan’s minds….who were Rey’s parents?

 

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Rey is introduced in “The Force Awakens” living alone on Jaaku, collecting junk from the long-ago battle (chronicled in many Star Wars novels and games by now) and selling it for food. She also appeared to be semi-raised by Unkar Platt, but like with Watto and Anakin there’s little love lost between the two.

We know that Rey was left on Jaaku by her parents, as revealed in the force vision in Maz’s castle. We don’t know anything really beyond that, except that she was waiting on Jaaku for them to come back, and once she embarked on her journey, she was often adamant about going back in case they showed up. How and why are of course still unknown.

 

 

 

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Let’s look at some of the candidates.

 

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Luke

Of course, the big one, and perhaps the most obvious. Luke of course might have had reasons for leaving her behind (although it’s fairly implied by some sources that Luke’s exile/Ben’s fall is fairly recent, about 5 years before, and Rey is born considerably earlier).  If Luke is the father, makes you wonder who the mother is; and while Luke of course got married and had a son (and also apparently didn’t age for twenty years) in the now non-canon Expanded Universe legends stuff (His Jedi order was a bit different on the attachment/marriage issue)….

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…Maybe his giving away of Rey has something to do with the Jedi rules forbidden attachment? Although of course Luke’s attachment to his father brought him back to the light in the end, Anakin’s fear about Padme’s death drove him in part to the dark side. Maybe Luke in this continuity is trying to follow the old Jedi rules? Then again, wouldn’t his nephew, Ben (Who, ironically, is the name of his son in the “Legends” stuff) count?

 

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Certainly Rey being related to Luke would explain why the Lightsaber “calls” to her, and her affinity for the force. The second trailer for “The Force Awakens” also used Luke’s line from ROTJ, although edited a bit. “The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too”. Although of course nothing was revealed in TFA regarding that (Unless you count Ben/Kylo, as he’s that same bloodline as well), it still makes you think….

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Plus of course Rey’s also a good pilot and mechanic, which of course also apply to Anakin and Luke…. (although I wouldn’t say piloting is genetic…)

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But it could also apply to….

 

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Han and Leia

I gotta admit, this one’s considerably more far-fetched and unlikely. Rey’s a good pilot and pretty much the new captain of the Millennium Falcon, and of course saw Han as a father figure. While many also speculated that Rey was their daughter in the initial buildup to TFA, neither Han or Leia seems to have any family connection. Also, why would they dump their daughter behind and simply raise Ben? Although the Falcon eventually ends up on Jaaku, I’m thinking there isn’t any connection here either. Although being a good pilot and a Jedi are both attributes of their “Legends” daughter, Jaina Solo…..(Who almost got her own book series before the Lucasfilm sale to Disney pulled the plug).

 

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

While this one’s also far-fetched, it’s gained a bit of traction, and could explain why we hear Ben’s voice-in a mix of Alec Guiness(“Rey!”) and Ewan Mcgregor’s (“There are your first steps”) when her force vision ends. While Kenobi of course is shown to be a pretty straight-laced Jedi in the films, the “Clone Wars” series established that Obi-Wan had a past relationship with the queen of Mandalore, Satine (Which is said to not be an intentional Moulin Rouge reference, but it just seems like a major coincidence if it isn’t)

 

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….and nearly left the Jedi Order for her (presumably during his apprenticeship under Qui-Gon). The two were reunited during the wars, and still had some feelings for each other, although Obi-Wan of course was committed to the Jedi Order. Their story forms an interesting parallel to Anakin/Padme’s. Unfortunately, Satine is later killed.

 

 

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Although Satine leaves no heirs, this does show that Obi-Wan, much like his apprentice-but with less recklessness and anger-was sometimes willing to ‘bend’ the rules of the order just a bit….and so it’s possible he might’ve gotten in a relationship during his exile on Tatooine-or perhaps even earlier? That could’ve produced a son or daughter who might also be one of Rey’s parents. (He’s a bit too old and dead to be Rey’s direct parent, unless we’re talking something like Anakin’s birth). It also could explain Rey’s British accent.

 

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Palpatine

While Palpatine never is shown to have taken an Empress or any form of female relationship, several of the old “Legends” expanded universe books did imply that he did possibly have heirs. They were….a bit odd, to say the least….Triclops, Triocolous from the strange YA books, and Irek Ismaren, AKA “Lord Nyax”, whose eventual form in the New Jedi Order books looks more like a video game boss than a believable Star Wars villain.

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The last two ended up as pretenders to the throne, although the first one was kind of legit. Anyway, like with Kenobi, it’s possible, although somewhat more unlikely, and would form an interesting link with Kylo Ren-both being the grandchildren of Sith Lords….

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Snoke

Here’s another theory, that Rey is possibly related to Snoke somehow. Granted, we don’t know much about Snoke quite yet, although he does appear to have a larger-and more corporeal-role in The Last Jedi. Could his talk of “raw power” be him talking to Rey?

 

“When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special.”

Somehow supported by Luke later on, talking to Rey…

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me then. It does now.”

Of course, in both instances this could be referring to Kylo Ren….but maybe not?

 

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Jyn Erso

This gained a bit of traction before Rogue One came out, due in part to her similar looks and accent. Since then, not so much, for good reason .

 

 

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Idien Verso and Del Meeko

This is a new one.

 

Spoilers for Battlefront II-these two former Imperial “Inferno Squad” special forces members who eventually defect to the rebel alliance, fall in love, and apparently get married and have a daughter, although Meeko eventually meets his end at Kylo Ren’s hand. An upcoming DLC will continue her story. Some fans of course assume that the daughter might be Rey, but  I think that’s a bit far fetched. Even though the “Lucasfilm story group” generally keeps the movies/comics/novels/games tightly connected these days compared to the old EU, with several characters crossing over (Admiral Rae Sloane, for instance) I seriously doubt they’d have such an important plot point be relegated to spin-off media that will probably be seen by a fraction of the viewing audience. Although there is a bit of precedent for this-Poe Dameron’s parents were revealed in a Marvel Star Wars comic, Shattered Empire.

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But let’s face it, Poe’s parentage isn’t exactly a big deal, and from all accounts he was raised pretty normally by these people (and of course inherited his mother’s piloting skills) as opposed to Rey and Finn. So it’s not a huge plot point like Rey’s parents.

 

Just Some ordinary people

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In Marvel comics history, part of the reason that Steve Ditko left the Amazing Spider-Man is that he had a different idea for the reveal of the man behind the mask of the Green Goblin-he would just be some ordinary guy Peter Parker didn’t know. Stan Lee however, decided to have him be Norman Osborn, a character introduced a few issues before, and the father of Peter’s college friend, Harry Osborn.

So perhaps the ‘reveal’ will be something like Ditko’s original plan for the character, and not some “big reveal” like Stan’s plan, or of course, that other famous Star Wars revelation….

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So maybe the parents aren’t that important or any character we’re aware of at all, maybe they couldn’t care for Rey somehow, didn’t care to, gave her to Platt to pay off some debt etc. or were scared of her force powers or something.

There was no father.

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One of the other theories that’s a bit weird is that Rey doesn’t have a parent, or even that she’s actually a reincarnation of Anakin, and that maybe it’s the force making amends for kind of screwing up that whole thing in the first place.

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While an interesting theory, it just seems a bit weird even for Star Wars, although I’m sure the film will delve into some arcane Jedi lore, if the shots in the trailer of the books in Luke’s tree are any indication. But something kind of feels a bit too hokey about this one. And it would certainly make the training a bit awkward for Luke.

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Ricardo “Chico” Valencio Libre

Venom Snake: When you pick up a gun, there’s always the chance you’ll die for nothing. He knew that as well as the rest. Now that he’s gone, it’s up to the rest of us to decide what it was all worth. If we don’t, there’s nothing to prove Chico ever lived at all. We’re his mark on the world.

 

 

Chico was the younger brother of Amanda, and with their father, were members of the FSLN. His sister and her “compas” were forced to be pawns of the “Professor Galvez’s” KGB drug trafficking.  When Chico discovered this, he ran away and began plans to destroy the plant.

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It was during this camping out he saw what he described as a giant monster. A fan of UMAS (Unidentified mysterious animals) he termed it “El Basilisco” after the Chilean legend.

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However, this “UMA” was actually the bipedal form of Peace Walker.

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After an argument with his sister, Chico was kidnapped by the massive flying AI prototype, Chrysalis, and brought to Peace Sentinel, where he was forced to reveal information about his compas.

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However, he was eventually rescued by Big Boss, despite his shame in what he did.

 

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Despite his young age, he became a member of the MSF along with his sister, and they helped rescue Big Boss from the hands of Peace Sentinel.  Echoing the words of his idol Che Guevara, he said “Hasta la Victoria Siempre”-a man who some compared to Big Boss.

 

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Chico felt betrayed when Paz turned out to be a double agent and commandeered Metal Gear ZEKE, and believed that it wasn’t really her doing. This, unfortunately, would lead to tragedy for the young man. When he learned that Paz had survived and had been captured and held at a camp in Cuba (Secretly run by XOF), he attempted to rescue her.

However, he himself was captured and subjected to cruel torture by XOF and Skull Face, and his feet were bound to his cell. He would be extra bait for Skull Face’s plan to destroy MSF and Big Boss.

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Although Big Boss managed to rescue both Chico and Paz, Paz was loaded with explosives, and as they watched MSF’s Mother Base sink into the Ocean, Paz herself ignited.

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The explosion seriously injured Big Boss and the medic, causing them to fall into 9 year comas (and eventually leading to the creation of “Venom Snake”). Kaz recovered quickly and began rebuilding MSF as Diamond Dogs. Morpho, the helicopter pilot was not so lucky….and neither was Chico, who died. His death was one of the many reasons not only Venom Snake and Miller were haunted by those events, although it also made them believe in helping to rehabilitate child soldiers, including Eli, the future “Liquid Snake”.

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However, it didn’t quite work out so well with the rebellious youth, who later escaped in Selanthropus with the young soldiers.

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Chico, in a largely “non-canon” context, is the one who tells Big Boss of Trenya the cat and the “Monster Hunter” side ops.

 

 

 

Star Wars Comics history: Quinlan Vos,-Part one

Master Vos has moved his troops to Boz Pity.-Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Revenge of the Sith”

 

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The Star Wars expanded universe has always had a history of taking a background character in the films and building a whole complex backstory around them. One of the more interesting examples is Quinlan Vos, a character that’s seen briefly in the background of a “Phantom Menace” scene where Sebulba nearly picks a fight with Jar-Jar, but is bailed out by Anakin. So writer Jon Ostrander decided to expand on this face-painted character, and we therefore got Quinlan Vos.

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Vos first appears in “Twilight”, a storyline where he appears amnesiac,  and first sort of gets his ‘sidekick’: Vilmarh Grahk, kind of the “Han Solo” to his Luke Skywalker. We learn that Vos also has a fairly unique force ability-Psychometry, the ability to read the histories of objects by touching them (slightly similar to Rey’s touching of the lightsaber in TFA started her force vision, although perhaps a bit more complex).

 

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Eventually it turns out Vos-along with his apprentice Aayla Secura-had gotten too far into their investigation of a spice smuggling ring involving the Twi’leks (Those guys with tails coming out of their heads first seen in ROTJ, and of whom Aayla is also a member) and Vos’s own surviving family. Throughout the adventure, Vos is able to recover some of his memories, but unfortunately discovers that his apprentice Aayla is even more amnesiac, and has become a servant girl much like Oola, the ill-fated dancing girl from ROTJ. Unfortunately, he’s not able to do much for her, although he himself rejoins the Jedi Order, although he needs to be retrained a bit.

 

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Vos next appears in the storyline “Infinity’s End” which has him confront the Witches of Dathomir. Although the story has little to do with Vos’s overall storyline, it’s notable for using the “Sith witch” design for the witches (Also used in the “Darth Maul” comic) which would carry over to the use of the witches in Clone Wars.

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Zos’s major story arc continues in “Darkness” where he once again finds himself with Aayla Secura, as well as teaming up with three Jedi masters- Tholme, his former master; T’ra Saa (Who has a relationship with Tholme, which he kind of justifies to be within the Jedi code…sort of) and Zao, who’se basically similar to one of TPM’s podracers.

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Turns out Aayla is under the dark side control of thousand-year old dark jedi Vollfe Karko, who is pretty close to “Dracula” as Star Wars gets. He’s of the Ansazi species, who are vampiric.

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One of these guys is in the Star Wars cantina. Basically, they eat brains through their cheeks. Kind of nasty.

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After the mission, Aayla recovers her memories, and rejoins the order. As a Padawan however, she can’t be apprenticed to Vos, who the Jedi still feel isn’t quite ready to train her again, and so they assign her to Tholme instead. Vos decides to leave the order temporarily and work with Grahk.

Something kind of interesting happens with Aayla around this period. George Lucas saw this:

 

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and found the visual interesting enough that he decided to incorporate the character as a Jedi into the upcoming “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” played by Amy Allen.

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So when Aayla shows up next in “Rite of Passage”, she notably has her AOTC outfit and the likeness of actress Amy Allen.

 

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In “Rite of Passage”, Tholme is kidnapped by a group of Nikto (Nikto were seen in “ROTJ” as members of Jabba’s guards) and Aayla teams up with Vos to stop them.  She’s uncertain about her former Master, who has flirted close to the dark side since he lost his memory. Together, they rescue Tholme and overcome the Nikto.

 

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The comic also went into detail about how the two first met when Vos was just a Padawan, saving her from a wampa.

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Ultimately, they are promoted for their actions-Aayla becomes a full knight, and Vos a Master for selfless acts.

 

…..And just in time too. For, “Begun this Clone War has”.

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Metal Gear Profiles-Frank Hunter/Yeagar/Grey Fox/Cyborg Ninja

 

 

A Cornered Fox is more dangerous than a Jackal!

 

 

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(I’m leaving “Portable Ops” out of this one due to questions about it’s place in Metal Gear’s overall canon.)

Frank Yaeger, in his thirties, fought in the Rhodesian Civil War, and killed the parents of a young girl during the conflict. Jaeger would rescue the girl and raise her as his sister, although Naomi remained oblivious to this for years, and Jaeger would be wracked by the guilt.

 

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During the war, although years after rescuing Naomi, he was also tortured, but was rescued by Big Boss, who also fought in the conflict; although it is unclear whether this was the original Big Boss, or his double Venom Snake.

 

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Serving as Frank and Naomi’s benefactor, Big Boss had them brought to the states. Later, Frank fell for Czech figure skater Gustava heffner, while attending the Winter Olympic games in Canada. Unfortunately, he was unable to bring her back to the states with him.

 

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Eventually, he joined the special forces group FOXHOUND, largely becoming the group’s second-in-command under Big Boss. It was Gray Fox who was initially set into Outer Heaven, to uncover the identity of the weapon the mercenary state was developing (unknowingly, under the orders of his own commander and/or Venom Snake). He was ultimately captured, but eventually was able to relay the name of the project: Metal Gear.

 

Big Boss then set Solid Snake to rescue and contact Gray Fox, as well as uncover and possibly destroy the Metal Gear (although given that he was behind the whole thing, he wanted Solid Snake to fail.) Solid Snake eventually rescued Gray Fox, who revealed the identity of Outer Heaven’s commander: Big Boss, as well as the nature of the Metal Gear itself-a bipedal nuclear walking tank.

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After that, Fox dissapeared, and was thought lost in the destruction of Outer Heaven. However, he resurfaced in Zanzibar Land, now once again at the side of his former commander, and now in control of a new Metal Gear-Metal Gear D. Snake was once again sent into Big Boss’s lair, and the somewhat conflicted Gray Fox did occasionally attempt to contact him and give him intel as a ‘fan’, although he remained mostly loyal to Big Boss. His former lover, Gustava, joined Snake as an ally, and Gray Fox killed her as she helped Snake by destroying a bridge with Metal Gear D.

 

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Eventually, Snake confronted Gray Fox in the Metal Gear D, and managed to destroy the tank.  However, his fight with Gray Fox was not over.

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The two got into a brawl shortly thereafter, with the room lined with hidden landmines. Snake overpowered Fox, who then was critically wounded by a land mine.

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As he laid dying, Fox said that the reason he rejoined Big Boss was because his only real purpose was to be a soldier-and Big Boss felt that it was only in war that men like them felt truly alive.

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But Gray Fox’s story was not quite over. Enter the Patriots-specifically, the former “Para-Medic” Dr. Clark, who was now FOXHOUND’s chief medical officer.

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She recovered Gray Fox’s body and ran tests on it, eventually bonding an experimental exoskeleton to it, creating a cyborg. Other data gathered from the experiments would allow for the Patriots to also create the Genome soldiers and the “Sons of the Patriots” system, allowing them to jumpstart their “War economy” project.

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Eventually however, Naomi Hunter became Foxhound’s assistant Doctor, and freed her brother, in a lab explosion that killed Dr. Clark (Leaving Patriot control mostly to the AI’s and their main handler, Donald Anderson). Although he was now a cyborg with superhuman agility and strength, his mind was messed up and he was prone to seizures. Eager for a rematch with Snake, and choosing a sword of his weapon of choice-giving him the appearance of a ninja-he went to Shadow Moses Island. Naomi served as Solid Snake’s support, and largely gave him the FOXDIE in part to avenge her brother, as well.

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He first appeared to Snake when he cut off Ocelot’s hand, and under the alias “Deepthroat” gave him advice on the mission (such as the location of land mines). He also made things slightly easier for Snake by killing a number of Liquid’s genome army forces.

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Finally, in Otacon’s lab, the two had a confrontation, with Snake engaging him once again in hand-to-hand combat, and eventually realizing the true identity of this mysterious “ninja”.

 

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After he fled the lab after a seizure, Grey Fox reappeared when Snake fought Metal Gear REX, using his abilities to damage the Gear’s radome, and confessed to Snake about his role in the death of Naomi’s parents and his guilt over it. However, Liquid Snake was able to quickly get the upper hand and pin Grey Fox to a wall, Fox was able to completely destroy the radome, forcing Liquid to leave the cockpit open to see his targets.

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Unfortunately, Gray Fox was in Snake’s line of fire and he couldn’t kill his old friend.

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Fox then allowed himself to be stomped underfoot by the Metal Gear, once again stating that fighting was the only thing he was ever good at, but at least he fought for what he believed in. Solid Snake chose not to tell Naomi his confession, although he considered Fox an inspiration in his later exploits.

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