Metal Gear Profiles-Solid Snake Part IV

War has changed. It’s no longer about nations, ideologies or ethnicity. It’s an endless series of proxy battles, fought by mercenaries and machines. War, and its consumption of life, has become a well-oiled machine. War has changed. ID tagged soldiers carry ID tagged weapons, use ID tagged gear. Nanomachines inside their bodies enhance and regulate their abilities. Genetic control. Information control. Emotion control. Battlefield control. Everything is monitored, and kept under control. War has changed. The age of deterrence has become the age of control. All in the name of averting catastrophe from weapons of mass destruction. And he who controls the battlefield, controls history. War has changed. When the battlefield is under total control, war… becomes routine.

 

Five years past-and Snake starts to age much faster than anticipated, seeming to age nearly at 5 times the normal rate as he reaches his 42nd birthday, physically resembling a man in his early 70’s. Solid Snake becomes “old Snake”-although he’s still formidable. He grows a mustache as well. He appears to have only a year to live as well…

 

 

He lives mostly on board the carrier Nomad with Otacon and Sunny Emmerich, Olga’s daughter who was rescued by Raiden and adopted by Otacon. However, one day Roy Campbell-his former commanding officer-tells him that they’ve located Liquid Ocelot in the middle east-and it’s time to take him down. Ocelot has formed his own PMC-part of a military industry being controlled by the Patriots AI-which has extended it’s database into much of society (The dream of the Boss and Zero-but badly warped)…but has other plans up his sleeve as well.

 

Arriving in the Middle East-and musing the war has changed-and after evading multiple “Gekkos” (Mass produced Metal Gear-esque units) FROGS (Ocelot’s main soldiers) and the Beauty and the Beast Unit.Snake soon teams with Meryl’s rat patrol unit, and Meryl is shocked at the aged sight of her ex. Snake also receives some extra support in the field-gun runner Drebin 893 (Who gives Snake an injection to take control of SOP ID weapons) and Metal Gear Mk.II, a tiny remote robot much less deadly than it’s larger cousins.

However, about to confront Ocelot, Snake is incapcitated by Liquid activating the SOP system, causing all the soldiers in the area with nanomachines in their systems-including Meryl’s team (minus Johnny Sasaki) suffer seizures..and Liquid Ocelot escapes.

After recovering, the Nomad received a clue from Naomi Hunter-who helped Snake during the Shadow Moses inciddent. He went to meet her in South America, and also have her examine why he was rapidly aging. Unfortunately, he had double the bad news.

 

Not only was Snake aging to death because of his clone nature, but FOXDIE-the virus designed to target the rogue Foxhound unit-was mutating, and wouldn’t just target any specific person-it could target anyone. The only way to stop it was for Snake to die before it mutated to that stage. With the help of Raiden-now a cyborg ninja, he was able to rescue Naomi. Raiden-injured in a battle with Vamp-implored him to seek out the mysterious “Big Mama” who might hold the key to defeating Ocelot.

 

Big Mama as it turned out, was Eva, Big Boss’s friend and lover during Operation Snake Eater, and also one of the founding members of the Patriots. She outlined her involvement in his birth-The Les Infant Terribles-and how it led to the Patriots breaking into two factions-One-Big Boss, Ocelot, and Eva-who went with the “Outer Heaven” idea, and the others-Zero, SIGINT/Donald Anderson and Para-Medic/Dr.Clark-who went for AI control over society. She then worked with Snake to move Big Boss’s body to a safe location, but unfortunately Ocelot caught up with them, and used the body to hijack the SOP system, giving him total control over the world’s nano-machined controlled weapons-and starting his own war on the Patriots.

 

 

The chaos that followed led to a fire that consumed the body, fatally wounding Eva and burning Snake’s face, scarring him permanently (Meryl nearly died, but was saved by Rat Patrol team member Johnny Sasaki). He and Otacon next worked out that Liquid’s plan was to use Metal Gear Rex-which had laid dormant at Shadow Moses after his battle with Liquid nearly a decade before-to take out the Patriot’s AI using it’s nuke to attack an orbiting satellite. He would have to once again return to Shadow Moses, to get to the gear before Ocelot did.

Snake re-entered the base, which had been mostly abandoned except by Ocelot’s AI weapons, the Gekkos and their dwarf counterparts.  REX was still in it’s hanger, but Snake was too late-Rex’s railgun had already been taken-and he found himself surrounded by Gekkos. Naomi Hunter also took her life as well.

With the help of a grieving Otacon and Raiden, however, Snake was able to reactivate Rex, and the old gear still packed a punch.

Finally reaching the outside, Snake found himself to face with Ocelot, who had his Metal Gear Ray handy, and the two might war machines clashed. Eventually Ocelot however summonded his arsenal gear, the Outer Haven, and started heading toward a point where he could attack the satellite.

Snake and the others then boarded the USS Missouri, and laid out a plan to take out Outer Haven before Ocelot could use Rex’s railgun (Which Snake dubbed “Liquid’s very own Death Star” to attack the satellite. Their plan was to board the ship-despite heavy opposition-FROGS,Gekkos, Metal Gear RAYS and the last member of the Beauty and the Beast unit, Screaming Mantis.

 

Supported by Raiden, Meryl, and Johnny, as well as Otacon and Mei Ling in the Missouri, Snake undertook his final mission.  After grueling combat-and most agonizingly of all, a long  corridor of microwaves….

Snake finally reached the GW AI that was giving Ocelot control of the SOP system, and sent it a virus. Unexpectedly though, the virus actually erased the entire Patriot control network-undoing their influence but leaving several other systems intact. The virus was called “FOXALIVE”.

But there was still a score to settle with “Liquid”. On the top of Outer Haven, the two got into brutal hand to hand combat, mirroring Solid Snake’s duel with Liquid on top of Rex a decade before. Liquid also revealed that he wanted Snake to defeat the Patriots all along, although he thought society would tumble into anarchy, like the Wild West.

Finally, Ocelot collapsed, and seemed to once again regain his former personality, giving Snake his catchphrase one last time “You’re pretty good!” as he died.

As others celebrated at Meryl and Johnny’s wedding, Snake went to Arlington, and considered ending his life so that the FOXDIE virus would not turn into an epidemic. However, he had an unexpected guest-Big Boss-who had been revived.

However, Big Boss was not there to fight, but to explain things-and reconcile somewhat with his ‘son’. How both he, Zero, and the Patriots managed to mess up the will of the Boss; how Ocelot in fact hypnotized himself into believing he was Liquid to get the Patriots confused; how the body of Solidus-and not him-was used to get into the system etc. He also explained that the FOXDIE would not mutate into an epidemic-in fact, a *new* virus was implanted into Snake by Drebin earlier (as Drebin was acting on behalf of the Patriots), that actually killed Eva and Ocelot-and which would now kill Big Boss, but not anybody else.

 

Big Boss finally pulled the plug on Zero, who had been in a vegetative state since the 80’s due to the machinations of Skull Face, and ending the last trace of the original Patriots.

 

After finally saluting his mentor one last time, Big Boss implored his son to live not as a not as a snake-but as a man…although he probably would die soon himself, he would be at peace and not waste the life he had left fighting. Solid Snake lit his father’s cigar as he died.

 

Solid Snake then joined Otacon and Sunny once again, but as he left, Otacon noticed he forgot his cigarettes.

 

Otacon : Snake, wait up! You forgot these….

Snake : No thanks. I’m quitting.

Otacon : Snake? Snake : These things will kill ya.

Otacon : Where will you go…? Our fight is finished. There’s nothing left for us to do.

Snake : No. There’s one thing I still have to do. I have to see this age off… See what the future brings.

Otacon : Sounds good to me. I’ll go with you.

Snake : Otacon, I’m gonna be dead soon. You don’t have to come.

Otacon : You said it yourself, Snake. There’s nothing inside you can pass on to the next generation. No genes, no memes… You’re man-made… You’re a beast.

Snake : I know… A blue rose. There won’t be any happy “Beauty and the Beast” ending for me. What little time I have left will be spent living… As a beast. A shadow of the inside… Of the old age.

Otacon : Exactly. That’s why you need me. As a witness.

Snake : A witness?

Otacon : Yeah. Someone on the outside to bear witness to your final days. Someone to pass on your story… Not that I’m the only witness. But I’ll remember everything you were… And stick with you to the end.

Snake : Otacon….

Otacon : Besides, you wouldn’t let me suffer Sunny’s eggs alone, would you?

Solid Snake, at some point later, died…but peacefully.

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Big Boss part V

About a decade passes. Big Boss-as both Venom and himself-becomes even more of a legend. At some point, he returns to lead FOXHOUND, while developing Outer Heaven in South Africa with Venom. He also became a benefactor to the war-orphaned girls who would grow up to be Naomi Hunter and Sniper Wolf; and a friend of Frank Jaeger (Who possibly knew him as far as the San Hierenymo inccident). While Big Boss was publicly leading Foxhound, the identity of the leader of Outer Heaven remained a mystery.

 

During his leadership of FOXHOUND, Big Boss came across his cloned son, David, who was a rookie in the unit (Venom had an encounter with Eli, his brother, earlier on). At some point, Big Boss commissioned development of a new Metal Gear-the TX-55-which could hold two nuclear weapons, although it was smaller and squatter than it’s predecessors. He captured the scientist Dr. Madnar and his family to develop the device.

 

Eventually, Metal Gear neared completion. A member of FOXHOUND-Frank Jaeger-code named Gray Fox-was sent into Outer Heaven to investigate. Before he was captured, he sent of a transmission warning of the Metal Gear.

 

In his capacity as FOXHOUND leader, Big Boss sent David-now codenamed Solid Snake-into Outer Heaven, hoping he would fail the mission or give false intel. However, Solid Snake performed above Big Boss’s expectations, rescuing Fox and destroying the Metal Gear before it could be deployed as well. In an attempt to make him fail, Big Boss started to give him false information and orders, such as to abandon the mission. But Solid Snake pressed on, and then confronted the leader of Outer Heaven, Big Boss’s “phantom” Venom Snake, and killed him.

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After the defeat of Big Boss and destruction of the main Outer Heaven fortress, the county itself was destroyed in multiple air strikes (possibly ordered by the Patriots who still viewed Big Boss as an enemy, and his outer heaven counter to their world order), killing a large number of it’s civilian population, as well as those who had rebelled against Big Boss. However, Big Boss managed to evacuate many, who then devoted themselves to him. He also swore he’d meet Solid Snake again.

Presumed dead, Big Boss built up “Zanzibar Land”, possibly close to Tselinoyarsk…in a way, Big Boss had become like Volgin before him-a warmonger with a deadly nuclear weapon. With Madnar, Grey Fox, and former rebel leader Schneider now serving under him, he commissioned the development of a new Metal Gear-Metal Gear D. In order to create further conflict, he kidnapped the developer of a revolutionary algae called OILIX (in an attempt perhaps at a monopoly), and raided several nuclear sites using the fully operational Metal gear-to give Zanzibar band a leg up in nuclear power-and presumabely as ammo for D.

 

 

 

FOXHOUND-now led by Colonel Campbell-brought Solid Snake out of retirement, and sent him to Zanzibar land where he quickly learned the truth-and also was shocked about the loyalty of his former comrades to Big Boss. Nevertheless, he destroyed the new Metal Gear, and then finally confronted Big Boss, who outlined his somewhat more twisted vision of a nation for soldiers-but also a world in perpetual conflict so those soldiers would always be needed. He also revealed that he was Solid Snake’s father.

 

Snake-who had lost most of his equipment during the battle with the Metal Gear-was able to improvise a flamethrower with just a lighter and aerosol.

 

Seems familiar, doesn’t it? Plus this was a snake he was killing, to boot.

This left Big Boss heavily injured but still somewhat alive. Once again in a coma, the Patriots identified his “soldier genes” and used them to treat some soldiers to give them abilities similar to this, the “Next Generation Special Forces”, or Genome army. However, this caused unfortunate side effects, such as mutations. When he took over Shadow Moses, Liquid Snake wanted to procure the body of his father to help cure the mutations of the army, who were brainwashed or served Liquid willingly.

Big Boss’s body however-it’s DNA code, to be precise-also held another secret, a way to access the Patriot’s mainframe (The Patriots themselves had gained far greater control at this point, and had created a “War Economy” somewhat similar to Big Boss’s own vision) His body was eventually recovered by his former lover Eva thanks to the help of Raiden, and she managed to repair it in part using Liquid and Solidus’s body. The remaining parts of Solidus remained useful however-the DNA of Solidus was pretty much identical to Big Boss (although it was still a fast aging Clone) and could be used to access the system just as easily. It also served as another decoy-and once Liquid Ocelot was able to use it to access the Sons of the Patiots system, he destroyed it…and everyone assumed that Big Boss was dead for good.

But when Solid Snake finally defeated the Patriots AI, Big Boss was revived, and able to finally find Patriots leader Zero, now in a vegatative state, his location a secret hidden using the AIs. He took Zero with him to Arlington cemetery, where he met Solid Snake/David….not to fight, but to explain how this whole mess with the Patriots started, that he and Zero had been wrong about the boss’s will…that it meant not a world of perpetual war or a world of information control, but to respect the will of others and one’s self.

 

Standing in front of her tombstone, he once again saluted, as he had fifty years before.

He also ended the life of Zero as well, cutting off his life support and choking him, ending the Patriots. However, he quickly got the FOXDIE virus from Solid Snake, which had been used to target specific enemies of the Patriots (But, to Solid Snake’s relief would not become a non-specific epidemic as he feared). As he lay dying, he shared one final smoke with his son, and told him to spend his remaining months not as a Snake, wasting his life fighting, but a man.

 

 

“This is good, isn’t it?”-he says, and Big Boss-hero, villain, legend-passed.

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Big Boss Part IV

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.

https://chrism227.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/metal-gear-profiles-venom-snakebig-boss-spoilers/

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.

Metal Gear Profiles: Big Boss Part III

 

After the death of the boss, Snake retired from the FOX unit, and the unit itself was mostly disbanded. However, during a revolt by members of the FOX unit in San Hieronymo-during which he and the other members of FOX were framed-Snake-who did not wish to fully adopt the title “Big Boss” yet-sprung into action. However, the exact nature of these events is not clear-due to “Portable Ops” having a sort of tricky place in the Metal Gear “canon”….what is known is that Big Boss shortly created the FOXHOUND unit as successor to the FOX unit, although he would shortly abandon it for years….

 

 

 

Shortly thereafter, using the funds from the Legacy secured during the rebellion, Big Boss, Major Zero, Ocelot, EVA and the other survivors of Operation Snake Eater formed a new group to help realize the Boss’s vision of a united world. Called the Patriots, or Cipher after Zero himself, they worked on several ways to make this happen.

 

However, eventually Big Boss’s ideal of a haven for soldiers “Outer Heaven”-and Zero’s view of the world being united through control-collided. Zero wanted to use Big Boss as an icon to draw people into Cipher. Fearing that Big Boss would leave, Zero asked Paramedic to create clones of Big Boss. Using DNA from Dr. Clark’s assistant as the “mother”, the embryos were then placed in Eva’s womb. Later, they were born-David and Eli, with a third, more ‘perfect’ clone Solidus being born through another method.

However, this made Big Boss even more angry, and he totally abandoned the Patriots and FOXHOUND, and in 1974, he formed the mercenary group Militaries San Frontieras in Columbia, co-led by fellow mercenary Kaz Miller. Starting with a few recruits, the size and significance of the group grew when they accepted an unusual contract-from a “Professor of Peace” (In reality a KGB agent) Professor Galvez and his “student” Paz. Their bait-an apparent tape-was a recording of what seemed to be the Boss, who had somehow miraculously survived Operation Snake Eater. They wanted Big Boss as well to investigate the mysterious group known as “Peace Sentinel” which were operating in Costa Rica-and bringing in nukes as well.

MSF took the job-in part because of the pleas from Paz. Galvez supplied them with an offshore facility, which eventually swelled to over 300 men and women. He quickly discovered that Sentinel-a somewhat rogue CIA unit-was developing a mobile walking tank weapon known as the Peace Walker, which was, in part, based on Granin’s “Metal Gear” ideas.

 

The voice heard on the cassette was in fact an AI pod used as part of Peace Walker’s “brain”, developed by Dr. Strangelove and Dr. Huey Emmerich. Strangelove was a colleague of the Boss’s, and blamed Big Boss in part for her death. MSF also teamed up with a group of Sandinista led by Amanda Libre, who also grew to admire Big Boss, and bailed him out of a hairy situation at a Peace Sentinel base.

 

 

After fighting various prototypes, Big Boss then confronted the Peace Walker itself which was on a buildup to launching a nuke, and after damaging it-but still about to fire-the unit submerged itself in Lake Nicouraga-successfully ending the nuclear threat, supposedly as the will of the Boss AI.

 

Snake took this the Boss giving herself up as a soldier; putting down her gun, and somehow rejecting his mercenary lifestyle. He vowed to not follow the same path, and threw away her bandana. He finally decided to accept the title given to him ten years before.

 

Big Boss: in the end, she put down her gun… and when she did… she rejected everything in her life up to that point, including me.

Kaz Miller:what do you mean?

Big Boss: in giving up her life she abandoned everything she was as a soldier…

Kaz Miller and you consider that betrayal…

Big Boss: I won’t make the same choice as her, my future’s going to be different…

 then…

 yeah, that’s right… from now on… call me BIG BOSS!

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Big Boss Part two

Upon his return to Tselinoyarsk, Snake is told of new contacts-one, through radio, was SIGINT, who would serve as technical support-another, ADAM, he would meet near the factory where he encountered Ocelot. However, he was quickly intercepted by the Boss, who once again implied he should go home, and she injured him with QCQ.

 

However, Snake continued on his mission to meet with ADAM-sustaining himself on various wildlife, including Snakes. However, he instead met EVA (The real ADAM, Ocelot, arrived later but still posed as an adversary of Snake’s-Eva’s mission was quite different), who was attracted to Snake, and would continue to support him on his mission.

 

 

After Eva returned to continue to be a mole in Volgin’s fortress, Big Boss proceeded on his mission, tangling with Ocelot and the Boss’s COBRA team.

 

During an infiltration of the labs of Graniny Gorki (in a somewhat unconvincing “scientist” disguise), where Snake expected to find Sokolov, he instead found Alexander Granin, who shared with him his concept of the “Metal Gear”-a walking nuclear battle tank-that had been passed on in favor of the Shagohod. Granin gave him the key to Grozni Grad, Volgin’s main fortress where Sokolov, the Shagohod and Volgin were located. He also first heard the whispers of the Philosopher’s Legacy-a microfilm containing the whereabouts of a vast fortune amassed by a group of powerful people after World War I-and ultimately in Volgin’s possession, funding his vast war machine.

However, once he arrived at Grad, the operation quickly went south. Volgin saw through his disguise as GRU colonel Raikov, and beat and captured Snake.

 

During the subsequent torture and interrogation-in which EVA’s duplicity was almost exposed as well-Snake’s right eye was ruptured by Ocelot’s gun, causing an injury that would become his trademark for the rest of his life. Sokolov was also killed.

 

Ultimately, Snake would be able to escape, and EVA gave him an eyepatch. He then returned to Grozny Grad to destroy the Shagohod and Volgin for good.

 

Snake-with the covert aid of Ocelot-bested Volgin in combat, but did not defeat him entirely. He also attempted to destroy the Shagohod in it’s hanger, but his attempts initially failed. Volgin gave chase in the massive mech.

 

 

Ultimately, they were able to finally destroy the Shagohod-first by disabling it’s drive unit, and then taking out the rest-and stop Volgin as well, although he would survive to become the “Man on Fire”.

 

But Snake had one thing left to do-confront-and kill-his mentor-in a field of white, “star of bethlehem” flowers. Before the fight, the Boss outlined some of her reasons-her past with the philosophers, her multiple betrayals, her lost child (in fact her comrade Ocelot) and her vision of making the world whole again.

Big Boss was able to overcome her, and as she lay she passed the legacy to him. He then gave the killing blow-with her own Patriot gun.

 

He then had a brief fight on board the escaping WIG with her son, Ocelot, in which both revealed their true names.

 

He then retired to Alaska where he drank and consumated his relationship with Eva.

 

However, when he woke in the morning, Eva was gone-as was the Legacy. Eva was in fact working as a triple agent for the Chinese philosophers-although she truely loved Snake-and knew of the Boss’s true mission all along.

Snake then went to Langley, where he was given the title of Big Boss by Lyndon B Johnson.

You are above even the Boss… I hereby award you the title of Big Boss. You are a true patriot.

 

The newly minted Big Boss then went to Arlington-Eva’s confession-and the Boss’s true motive going through his head. The Boss did not, in fact, truely defect, but simply tried to earn Volgin’s trust to get her hands on the Philosopher’s legacy for America. However, the nuke Volgin used on his own people was blamed on her, and she became a scapegoat…but she saw it through to the end.

 

Eva: Snake, history will never know what she did. No one will ever learn the truth. Her story… her debriefing… will endure only in your heart. Everything she did, she did for her country. She sacrificed her life and her honor for her native land. She was a real hero.  She was a true patriot.

As tears flowed from his remaining eye, he saluted her grave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Jack/Naked Snake/Big Boss-Part One

“Everyone dies. You can’t stop it. You can’t run away from it. Let me tell you something… Don’t… Don’t waste the life you have left fighting. I’ve never thought of you… As a son. But I’ve always respected you as a soldier. And… As a man. If you’d been in my place back then… Maybe you wouldn’t have made the same mistakes that I did. Ever since the day I killed The Boss… With my own hands… I… Was already dead.”

The man who would later be known as Big Boss was born in the 30s, and first fielded during the Korean war. Little is known about his past before then, except his name (Jack) that he celebrated Christmas, and believed in Santa well into his adult years. His fighting prowess caught the attention of the World War II heroine known as the Joy, or the Boss, and she took him on as an apprentice, teaching him the art of CQC (Close Quarters combat)-especially using a gun and a knife in tandem.

At the same time, he participated in the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests, making him sterile (although that didn’t stop hiim having sons, as we later find out). He also served with the Green Berets. Early in the 60s-and after a period of estrangement from the Boss (During when she partipated in the Mercury program and the seeds of Operation Snake Eater were planed), he was recruited into Major Zero’s Fox  unit. His first mission-where he would use the codename “Naked Snake”- was to extract scientist Sokolov from the Russian occupied Tseilonarsk. Sokolov was designing the mobile nuclear platform known as the Shagohod.However, during the extraction, he came across the boss on a drawbridge-carrying two small nukes and working with Russian colonel Volgin, who then recaptured Sokolov.

In an attempt to stop her, he engaged her in CQC combat on the bridge, but she quickly overpowered him, tossing him over the bridge (although he did manage to grab her bandana).

As Snake sat badly wounded (but able to tend to his immediate injuries with the help of Para-Medic), she waved goodbye to her former apprentice as Volgin launched one of the small nukes- a “Davy crockett” nearby-an act that would be the shot heard around the world, and would start a war with (almost) no end over the next half century.

Extracted, he was taken back to America, and put into the ICU, and interrogated as to why the mission went south-and threathened with execution, as it was thought he was ‘in’ on the Boss’s defection and the nuclear attack. He had one chance at redemption. Return to Tseilanarsk, rescue Sokolov again, destroy the Shagohod-and also kill his mentor. Doing so would not only clear his name, but also that of the US, whom the USSR was not pleased with since the Boss was a former American hero-who had technically launched a nuclear strike on soviet soil. Sent in on a capsule, he wore the bandana of his former mentor.

Operation Snake Eater had begun.

Metal Gear Profiles: George Sears/Solidus Snake

In Honor of Solidus Snake’s voice-actor, John Cygan, who passed away yesterday.

George Sears was the third product of the “Les Infant Terribles” program, an attempt to clone Big Boss (It’s unclear if he was carried by Eva, though). Unlike his ‘brothers’, he was a perfect clone, although still sterile and with accelerated aging. Like his father, he became a mercenary, participating in the Liberian Civil War; however, his methods were somewhat harsher at times than Big Boss, and produced a sort of split persona in one of the boys he trained, Jack-who became Raiden, but back then was also known as “Jack the Ripper”.

During the 2000s, the Patriots managed to manipulate events to make George the President of the United States, where he continued to exert their will. (Apparently nobody noted any resemblance to Big Boss,Solid Snake, or even Venom Snake for some reason, but maybe that’s the Patriot’s work too). However, he began to work against the organization/overbearing AI, working with Revolver Ocelot to provoke Liquid Snake into starting the Shadow Moses incident. Solidus’s role in all this is explained, in part, by the phone call from Ocelot-who escaped-that ends the game.

Yes sir. The entire unit was wiped out. Those two are still alive. The vector? Yes sir, FoxDie should become activated soon… Right on schedule. Yes, sir. I recovered all of Rex’s dummy warhead data. …No, sir. My cover is intact. Nobody knows who I really am. Yes, the DARPA Chief knew my identity, but he’s been disposed of. Yes. The inferior one was the winner after all. …That’s right. Until the very end, Liquid thought he was the inferior one. Yes, sir. I agree completely. It takes a well-balanced individual… such as yourself to rule the world. No, sir. No one knows that you were the third one… Solidus. …What should I do about the woman? Yes sir. I’ll keep her under surveillance. Yes. Thank you. Good-bye…….Mr. President.

After he leaves office, Solidus takes over the  Big Shell platform in the Hudson River with the help of the Gurlucovitch commandos, Revolver Ocelot, and his own former special ops team, Dead Cell, and kidnaps his successor, James Johnson, who was undergoing an inspection. Unbeknownst to Solidus, he’s actually being manipulated by the Patriots to create a scenario similar to Shadow Moses-The S3 plan. However, Solidus plans to take control of Big Shell’s secret-the Arsenal Gear-and use it to detonake a nuke that would create an EMP, which would disrupt the Patriot’s network in Manhattan, and allow him to eventually defeat their control. During this, he dons an exosuit (Complete with two mechanical tentacles) , and takes the identity of the missing “Solid Snake” (Solid Snake infiltrates Big Shell under another name, Iriqous Plisskin).

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When Raiden is sent in by the Patriots to stop Solidus, he and Solidus are reunited, and Raiden learns how he’s been manipulated by the Patriots, and the secrets of his forgotten past. During the mission, Solidus is injured in his right eye-making him even more like Big Boss, except with the eyepatch on a different eye.

After Arsenal Gear is sabotaged, Raiden and Solidus fight on the top of Federal hill, with Raiden-forced to kill Solidus in part, to save Olga’s baby from the Patriots. This causes severe damage to Solidus’s spine, leaving him brain dead.

Years later, Solidus’s body then ended up in the hands of Eva, who used organ transplant from Solidus to help repair Big Boss’s body, and restore him to life, after that it was used as a ‘decoy’ of Big Boss’s body, to throw off the scent of the Patriots (and Ocelot, to a degree) What was left of Solidus was later stolen by Ocelot to access the Patriot’s SOP program, which controlled a great deal of the world’s military. When finished with his access, Liquid allowed the body to burn, in a fire that also took Eva’s life and burned Solid Snake’s face, leaving permanent scars.

Although Liquid Ocelot would later honor his “brother” with a place on Outer Haven’s “Mt. Snakemore”-somewhat apt considering Solidus’s former role.

Ultiametly, Solidus’s organ transplant was sucessful in reviving Big Boss, and his “father” died soon after.