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    Metal Gear Solid Substance : Snake Tales Script/Synopsis
    By Wesker
    wesker@smartbee.com
    Version 1.1 (Complete)
    Last Updated 10/23/2004
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    Updates
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    Sorry for the long wait for the Dead Man Whispers Synopsis I've been very busy
    lately I will finish up the FAQ with the final Eternal Gazer script and synopsis
    by the end of October or sooner.
    
    0.2 Snake Tale A Wrongdoing and Synopsis Completed & Minor Spelling Errors
    
    0.4 Snake Tale Big Shell Evil and Synopsis Completed
    
    0.5 Snake Tale Confidential Legacy Completed
    
    0.6 Confidential Legacy Synopsis Completed
    
    0.7 Dead Man Whispers Completed
    
    0.8 Dead Man Whispers Synopsis Completed
    
    0.9 Eternal Gazer Completed
    
    1.0 Added some of the script that was missing in Eternal Gazer thanks to
    Rick-sama.
    
    1.1 Re-uploaded faq due to a cut-off in the text resulting from a bad
    upload to Gamefaqs.
    
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    I. Why I wrote this?
    II. Spoiler Warning
    III. Snake Tale Mission Text and Synopsis's
    IX. Any questions or corrections?
    X. Copyright Information
    
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    I. Why I wrote this?
    
    In Metal Gear Solid Substance's snake tales some people skip through the
    text during the missions or read it and don't care what it means I never used
    to either but as I read it as I was typing it. It is a really good story and I
    actually got more into the missions although I had read them before. For those
    people who read the 1 to sometimes even 14 pages of text and don't completely
    understand the meaning because you don't have a general knowledge of previous
    Metal Gear Solid games or just simply didn't understand don't worry my
    synopses explain everything clearly. In this guide I am providing all the text
    from ALL the snake tales including some missions where you choose an ending
    I've written text for all of the endings and provide a brief synopsis for
    those of you who didn't completely understand or just would like to understand
    the story better.
    
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    II. Spoiler Warning
    
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    WARNING If you do not wish to be spoiled only read the captions for the snake
    tale you want by using the Table of Contents below.
    
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    III. Snake Tale Mission Text and Synopses
    
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    The following Snake Tales are written first the text then the synopsis I have
    condensed them as much as I could and added some background information on the
    characters mentioned in the tales. The truth is some of the explanations in
    the tales I really can't explain more abruptly then they did although the
    synopsis's are long they are shorter than reading all the pages of the tale
    nonetheless.
    
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    IV. A Wrongdoing
    V. Big Shell Evil
    VI. Confidential Legacy
    VII. Dead Man Whispers
    VIII. External Gazer
    
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    IV. A Wrongdoing Level Text
    
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    He was in. Snake's underwater
    infiltration of Big Shell was complete.
    As he entered the elevator in the lower
    part of Strut A, he paused to reflect on
    his briefing with Campbell.
    Six hours earlier, Big Shell had been
    taken over by a group of heavily armed
    extremists. The terrorists had kidnapped
    the President, who was visiting Big
    Shell on an inspection tour, and taken
    him hostage along with several
    
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    employees of the facility. Now they were
    using hostages to blackmail the
    government. The terrorists' demands
    were a joke: a list of 20-odd trivialities,
    plus $30 billion in cash.
    "Your mission objectives are as follows,"
    Campbell had said. "First, infiltrate the
    ocean cleanup facility known as 'Big
    Shell' and rescue the President and the
    other hostages. Second, neutralize the
    terrorists. You are authorized to use
    
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    any means necessary to complete this
    mission. Your contact will be able to fill
    you in with more details later."
    "Contact?"
    "One of the President's Secret Service
    agents, a man by the name of Richard
    Ames, seems to have eluded the
    terrorists."
    The name triggered something in
    Snake's brain. He'd heard it before.
    "Ames? Isn't that Nastasha's husband?"
    
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    "Ex-husband," Campbell corrected him.
    "He's also the one who requested our
    help in the first place. But whatever
    means he was using to communicate
    with us has apparently been destroyed,
    and we can't get a hold of him any
    more. You've got to get in touch with
    Ames directly and find out anything you
    Can about the situation inside. His last
    Transmission came from Strut F, and he
    Should still be hiding somewhere in that
    
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    Area. That's where you should head first."
    
    The elevator began its ascent. As Snake
    took off his diving equipment, he went
    over Campbell's last directive one more
    time in his head. Ames was supposedly
    hiding from these terrorists. Even if
    Snake managed to get close to him,
    Ames wouldn't come out of hiding if
    Snake were being followed. Once he
    
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    Arrived at Strut F and started looking
    For Ames, he'd have to be extra careful
    to avoid being detected by the enemy.
    Strut F was located northeast of Strut A.
    
    Mission Begins
    
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    Snake  addressed the man.
    "You must be Ames."
    Ames nodded. "And you must be Solid Snake."
    Learning to read Snake's shrugs, Ames
    took this as a "yes".
    "I knew they'd send you. After all,
    I asked for the best man they had. That
    was quite an impressive job you pulled
    On that tanker a few years ago."
    "You mean slaughtering those terrorists
    
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    to the last man?" He felt the painful
    memories resurfacing in his mind --
    scores of fresh, young soldiers lying
    dead in heaps on the deck, the acrid
    smell of blood permeating every corner
    Of the ship....
    "But you managed to get all the
    hostages out safely, didn't you?"
    asked Ames.
    Snake had heard these words countless
    times. They never helped ease the
    
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    pain. They never would. Snake did not
    feel like explaining that.
    "Where is the President?" he said,
    getting to the point.
    Ames looked away.
    "I...don't know."
    "What about the other hostages?"
    "...I'm not sure."
    "Are you telling me you don't know anything?"
    "I've seen the leader of the terrorists."
    
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    "Who? Who is it?"
    "Fatman."
    Snake searched his memory. It didn't
    Take long for him to trace the name.
    Fatman. A disgraced former Navy SEAL
    Turned mad bomber. The self-styled
    "Emperor of Explosives." A man with no
    philosophy or creed. A hardened criminal
    who'd sell himself to anyone for the
    right price. But hadn't he been arrested
    three years earlier after that
    
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    Church-bombing incident?
    "He was acquitted," Ames spat in
    disgust, as if anticipating Snake's
    question.
    "Even though more than thirty people
    died in the blast?"
    "The jury found him not guilty. They said
    there was still a 'reasonable doubt' as
    to whether he had done it or not.
    Fatman's got a lot of rich and powerful
    friends who can afford to hire the best
    
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    defense attorneys in the business. He
    bought his freedom -- with the same
    blood money he made from killing those
    innocent people!"
    Ames' mouth twitched. Maybe he was
    going to grin.
    "If he was judged correctly, this would
    not have happened.... In other words,
    the jury's mistake is about to kill us,
    and their President."
    Ames turned around toward Snake.
    
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    "Snake, rescue the President. I know
    Fatman was at the heliport. He's
    probably still giving orders there now."
    "The heliport...On the roof of Strut E, right?"
    As Snake nodded and got up to leave,
    Ames stopped him.
    "Don't waste your time trying to take
    him alive. He's got too many tricks up
    his sleeve. And the President's life is
    still in danger."
    
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    Ames took out his USP and looked
    straight into Snake's eyes.
    "Promise me you'll kill him."
    He handed the USP to Snake. Then he
    produced a few more objects from his
    jacket.
    "Here, you'd better take these along
    with you, too. I picked them up on my
    way here. They should come in handy
    when you're taking care of Fatman."
    Coolant spray, the bomb-detecting
    
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    Sensor A, and a Level 1 security card.
    Snake took the items and added them to
    his equipment.
    "All right. Leave the rest to me."
    "I'm counting on you, I think I'll just
    stay here for a while."
    "Sounds like a good plan to me."
    Snake left the room. He heard a "click"
    As the door locked behind him. True to
    his word, Ames was planning to hole up
    in that room.
    
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    The Codec sounded. It was Campbell.
    "Snake, we've found out where the
    hostages are being held."
    "How?"
    "By e-mail. Someone in there is using
    their cell phone to send messages to
    the government - a Secret Service
    agent named Jennifer."
    "Where are the hostages?"
    "She says they're in the Shell 1 Core,
    on Level B1."
    
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    "I found out where the terrorist leader
    is, too. What's my priority here:
    the leader or the hostages?"
    "I'll leave that up to you, Snake.
    Good luck."
    
    Mission Resumes
    
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    If you chose the Fatman option and went to the Strut E Heliport.
    
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    A huge shadow appeared from behind
    the crate - Fatman. Ames had been
    right. Fatman turned to face Snake and
    shouted:
    "WHERE IS THE PRESIDENT?!"
    Snake felt a wave of relief wash over
    him. So they hadn't found the President
    yet, either.
    "You're that guy who's been sneaking
    around here, aren't you?! Fatman's
    enormous body trembled as he spoke.
    
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    "Hand over the President!"
    What was he talking about? Had
    someone already helped the President
    escape? Snake tried to mask his
    bewilderment with a bluff.
    "Not a chance!"
    Fatman thrust out his right hand to
    Reveal a small object with a switch.
    "This is a remote triggering device for a
    bomb. Hand over the President or the
    hostages die."
    
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    He's not bluffing, thought Snake as he
    searched frantically for a response.
    Noticing Snake's silence, a gruesome
    smile spread across Fatman's grotesque
    features.
    "Well then..."
    He raised his right hand into the air.
    "Stop!" yelled Snake.
    Fatman pushed the switch.
    An explosion rang out in the distance,
    causing the entire Big Shell to shake
    
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    violently. Whirling around, Snake saw a
    thick plume of black smoke rising from
    the Shell 1 Core. Fatman's cackles
    echoed in his head.
    "They're all dead now. And it's all your fault."
    "Fatman..."
    "OK, now I'm gonna give you a few
    seconds to reflect on what just
    happened. I don't want to kill you
    without giving you a chance to mourn
    
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    For those poor, innocent people, now.
    1... 2..."
    Fatman lifted his fingers one by one
    as he counted.
    "... 3... 4... 5! Are you finished?
    'Cause it's time to die!"
    
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    Fatman fell with a sickening thud.
    Snake stood silently over his bloated
    corpse. No doubt dozens of hostages
    were lying in a similar fashion over in
    the Shell 1 Core.
    "Why did things turn out this way?"
    Snake wondered. "Everything went
    wrong.... No, I'm the one who went
    wrong. There must have been some
    other way".
    The Codec sounded. It was Campbell
    
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    he reported that the Coast Guard had
    the President safely in their custody.
    He'd already managed to escape from
    Big Shell in a patrol boat.
    Moreover, the SEALs had just entered
    the facility. They were going to clean up
    the rest of the terrorists and rescue any
    hostages who were still alive in the
    wreckage of the Shell 1 Core. Snake
    knew, though, that their search would be fruitless.
    
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    "There's no sign of Ames anywhere,"
    said Campbell. "Do you have any idea
    where he might have gone?"
    "Negative..."
    "I see..."
    Campbell's reassuring voice offered
    encouragement, but Snake wasn't
    listening. His ears were already deaf to
    the world.
    
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    If you chose the save the hostages option and went to the Shell 1 Core and you
    haven't brought the D-Mic with you. After Reading this scroll down past the you
    brought the D-Mic with you section and to the conclusion to this decision.
    
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    Snake entered the assembly hall.
    There were the hostages -- more than
    twenty of them by the looks of it.
    Terrorist guards patrolled the area
    checking in every so often by radio.
    If they got even a whiff of anything
    suspicious, the whole place would be
    flooded with reinforcements in no time.
    Once that happened, there'd be nowhere
    to run. Snake would somehow have to
    get in touch with Jennifer without being
    
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    detected. There was, however, another
    problem -- how to tell which hostage was
    Jennifer? Snake called Campbell on the Codec.
    "Colonel, can you tell me if Jennifer has
    any distinguishing features?"
    "Sorry, I'm afraid I can't help you there."
    "Why not?"
    "Jennifer is apparently sending us
    e-mail with her hands tied behind her
    back. You wouldn't be able to tell
    
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    which one is her even if we sent her
    mail from here."
    Snake clicked his tongue in frustration.
    Campbell thought for a minute.
    "I've got it. If you hear the sound of
    someone punching keys on a
    cell phone, that person must be
    Jennifer. Listen for that sound."
    "The sound of keys on a cell phone..."
    "There should be a directional
    microphone somewhere in the Shell 1
    
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    Core. Look for it before you go in."
    
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    As Snake entered the assembly hall,
    Campbell's voice sounded on the Codec.
    "Good, you found the microphone.
    Now use it to find Jennifer."
    Campbell continued, "Jennifer is using
    her cell phone to send us e-mail. If you
    hear the sound of someone punching
    keys on a cell phone, turn towards the
    nearest hostage and press the Action
    Button to talk to that person. If it really
    is Jennifer, she should give you some
    
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    sort of response."
    "What if I'm wrong?"
    "The enemy might hear the noise and
    come to investigate. Don't talk to just
    anyone. Don't press the Action Button
    until you're absolutely sure that it's
    Jennifer you're talking to."
    
    Mission Resumes
    
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    If you chose the save the hostages option and went to the Shell 1 Core and you
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    Snake entered the assembly hall.
    There were the hostages -- more than
    twenty of them by the looks of it.
    Terrorist guards patrolled the area
    checking in every so often by radio.
    If they got even a whiff of anything
    suspicious, the whole place would be
    flooded with reinforcements in no time.
    Once that happened, there'd be nowhere
    to run. Snake would somehow have to
    get in touch with Jennifer without being
    
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    detected. There was, however, another
    problem -- how to tell which hostage was
    Jennifer? Snake called Campbell on the Codec.
    "Colonel, can you tell me if Jennifer has
    any distinguishing features?"
    "Sorry, I'm afraid I can't help you there."
    "Why not?"
    "Jennifer is apparently sending us
    e-mail with her hands tied behind her
    back. You wouldn't be able to tell
    
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    which one is her even if we sent her
    mail from here."
    Snake clicked his tongue in frustration.
    Campbell thought for a minute.
    "I've got it. If you hear the sound of
    someone punching keys on a
    cell phone, that person must be
    Jennifer. Listen for that sound."
    "The sound of keys on a cell phone..."
    "Snake, use the directional microphone."
    Campbell continued, "Jennifer is using
    
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    her cell phone to send us e-mail. If you
    hear the sound of someone punching
    keys on a cell phone, turn towards the
    nearest hostage and press the Action
    Button to talk to that person. If is really
    is Jennifer, she should give you some
    sort of response."
    "What if I'm wrong?"
    "The enemy might hear the noise and
    come to investigate. Don't talk to just
    anyone. Don't press the Action Button
    
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    until you're absolutely sure that it's
    Jennifer you're talking to."
    
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    This is the conclusion no matter if you decided to bring the D-Mic ahead of
    time or not.
    
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    Jennifer looked as if she were about to
    say something. Snake swiftly reached
    out and covered her mouth with his
    hand.
    "Keep your voice down. They'll hear us."
    Snake removed her blindfold, keeping
    an eye out for approaching guards.
    Upon seeing Snake's face, Jennifer's
    clear brown eyes glowed with joy.
    But now was not the time to grant her
    wish. Snake said to her.
    
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    "I don't mean to disappoint you, but my
    first priority is to rescue the President.
    You'll just have to be patient until I get
    him to a safe place."
    Jennifer's shoulders sagged.
    "First, though. I need you to tell me
    everything you know. If you understand
    me, nod your head."
    
    Jennifer nodded. Snake lifted his hand
    from her mouth.
    "What's going on here?"
    
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    "Well, when they tied me up and
    dumped me here on the floor, I thought
    I'd never get out alive. Then this guy
    came to rescue me. But he turned out
    To be a cold-blooded jerk, and now I'm
    really mad."
    Snake was at a loss for words. "I...
    that's not..."
    "Just kidding. You're looking for the
    President, right? He's already gone,"
    said Jennifer, almost casually. She
    
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    continued while enjoying Snake's
    puzzled look.
    "He escaped through the bottom of one
    of the struts. He should be on a boat
    back to Manhattan right about now. One
    of my fellow agents managed to sneak
    him out as we were being attacked."
    "Are you sure?"
    "Yes. Pretty good, aren't I?" Jennifer
    beamed with pride. "Too bad we got
    caught before we could see him off....
    
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    So, that's that. Maybe it's about time
    for you to save me."
    If the President had escaped safely,
    Saving the hostages was the new
    Mission. Snake nodded.
    "...OK. I've gotta take care of that guard first."
    As Snake rose, Jennifer stopped him.
    "That's not a good idea."
    "Why not?"
    "They supposedly set a bomb in here.
    
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    They said they'd set if off if we tried to
    escape."
    Snake made a small grunt. This wasn't
    going to be that easy.
    "Do you know where is it planted?"
    "As far as I've been able to tell, it
    should be somewhere here in the Shell
    1 Core."
    "All right. I'll get to that first."
    Just then, he overheard one of the
    terrorist guards talking to his comrades
    
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    on the radio. It sounded like they were
    going to tighten the security in the
    hostage room. He'd have to get out fast.
    "The terrorists don't seem to have any
    intention of harming the hostages. For
    now, at least, sit tight and pretend to be
    captured for a little while longer."
    "Sure. I've got a Level 2 security card
    hidden in my jacket. Go ahead and take
    it."
    As Snake felt through the jacket for the
    
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    Card, Jennifer lets out a squeal.
    "Hey, watch your hands, mister!
    ... that's it, just a little lower... there,
    there it is."
    As Snake retrieved the level 2 card,
    Jennifer looked into his eyes.
    "Hurry back, okay?"
    "Don't worry, I will."
    Snake put the blindfold back around
    Jennifer's eyes, then made his way out
    of the assembly hall.
    
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    Snake called Campbell by Codec and
    reported that the President had already
    escaped and that he'd neutralized the
    bombs with the coolant spray.
    "Good Work," said Campbell. "Now it's
    time to take out Fatman. I don't think
    even you could get all those hostages
    out at once. You'll have to take care of
    the terrorists first."
    Snake nodded. He was worried about
    Jennifer and the others, but he had to
    
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    agree with Campbell's assessment.
    "According to Ames, Fatman should be
    at the heliport."
    "That's on the roof of Strut E. Snake,
    head for the heliport and take out
    Fatman. Make sure he stays down for
    good this time."
    "Roger that, Colonel."
    
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    A huge shadow appeared from behind
    the crate -- Fatman. Ames had been
    right. Fatman turned to face Snake and
    shouted:
    "WHERE IS THE PRESIDENT?!"
    "You'll never find him," answered Snake.
    "I don't believe you! You're lying!"
    "You go ahead and believe what you
    want."
    Fatman thrust out his right hand to
    reveal a small object with a switch.
    
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    "This is a remote triggering device for
    a bomb. Hand over the President or the
    hostages die."
    "It's no use, Fatman," Snake replied
    coolly.
    Fatman pushed the switch. Nothing
    Happened. He pushed it several more
    times. Still, nothing happened.
    "Do you believe me now?" asked
    Snake.
    Fatman tossed the switch aside and
    
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    Stamped his feet in anger. "That
    bastard Ames! I pay him good money
    and he can't even manage to keep an
    eye on one old man! I never should
    have agreed to work with that amateur
    in the first place!" He turned back to
    face Snake, the color rising to his
    cheeks. "Look like our little plan has
    failed. I'm getting out of here while the
    getting's good. But first I'll take care of
    you!"
    
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    Fatman's skates sprang into motion.
    
    Mission Resumes
    
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    Fatman fell to the ground with a
    sickening thud. A pool of blood began to
    spread under his grotesque body. The
    so-called "Emperor of Explosives" had
    finally met his match.
    
    
    Snake called Campbell by Codec and
    told him what had happened. Campbell
    reported that the President was safe in
    the custody of the Coast Guard.
    Moreover, the SEALs had entered the
    
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    facility while Snake was fighting Fatman
    and were in the process of cleaning up
    the last remaining terrorists.
    Yet something about the whole situation
    seemed odd to Snake. "Fatman said
    that Ames was the one who had
    captured the President. I don't think he
    was lying. But if Ames was involved,
    then why did he ask for my help...?"
    
    
    Suddenly, Snake heard a women's
    
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    voice. It was Jennifer. The SEALs had
    rescued her, she said. The other
    hostages were safe as well. But she
    was disappointed that Snake didn't
    come to rescue her personally. She
    asked him if he was happy now that the
    mission was over.
    "Yeah, but something's bothering me,"
    Snake responded. "Something just...
    doesn't seem right."
    "What doesn't seem right?"
    
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    "Fatman said that Ames was in league
    with the terrorists, But he -- "
    Jennifer's eyes widened. "That's
    impossible! Richard's the one who
    helped the President escape!"
    "What are you talking about?"
    Something didn't add up. Fatman
    seemed to be telling the truth. But it
    was also true that Ames had cooperated
    with Snake. Now Jennifer was saying
    that Ames had helped the President
    
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    escape. Even if Fatman was lying and
    Jennifer was telling the truth, why would
    Ames neglect to mention that he'd
    already rescued the President?
    Snake pondered this riddle in silence.
    Jennifer seemed to take offense at this.
    "I don't know what you're thinking, but I
    can assure you that Richard is one of
    our finest agents. There's no way he
    could be working with the terrorists."
    "And why's that?"
    
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    "Because he lost his sister in a terrorist
    bombing attack. Three years ago..."
    A chill ran down Snake's spine. The
    words came together in a rush. Three
    years ago... terrorist bombing... sister...
    church... Fatman. Snake suddenly
    recalled Ames' strange behavior. The
    way he spat as he said that Fatman had
    been acquitted. His passionate
    conviction that the jury did not bring
    justice to Fatman. The look in his eyes
    
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    as he gave Snake his gun and said,
    "Promise me you'll kill him..."
    The pieces were all falling into place
    now. Fatman had killed Ames' sister
    and gotten off scot-free. Ames promised
    revenge. He plotted his revenge. He
    approached the extremist group and
    proposed kidnapping the President. He
    hired Fatman to help carry out the job.
    He led the terrorists. He helped the
    President escape, but didn't bother to
    
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    contact the authorities. Finally, he
    called and asked for Solid Snake, the
    notorious terrorist-killer, to intervene
    personally. Big Shell was the execution
    ground. The President was the bait
    used to lure Fatman to his doom. And
    Snake himself was the executioner
    "Where is Ames?! Have you seen
    him?!"
    Jennifer looked startled by Snake's
    sudden change in attitude. "No. He's
    
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    probably still hiding somewhere. He's
    actually pretty timid, you know. But I'm
    sure he'll come out once he hears that
    the terrorists have all been captured."
    Snake knew Ames wasn't coming out.
    Later, they conducted a search for
    Ames, but there was no trace of him
    anywhere in the country, let alone Big
    Shell. He was gone.
    
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    The Big Shell has been taken over by heavily armed extremists they had
    kidnapped the President, who was visiting the Big Shell on an inspection tour
    and took him hostage with other employees of the facility. Their demands were a
    list of "20-odd trivialities" and $30 billion in cash. Basically in this
    mission Snake must infiltrate the Big Shell his top priority is to rescue the
    President and the hostages his secondary priority is to neutralize the
    terrorists. First Snake must find his contact in the Shell one of the
    Presidents Secret Service agents, a man named Richard Ames. (Ames was a
    character in Sons of Liberty that also lets you know where the President is and
    gives you a brief explanation of the Patriots.) (Suprisingly also it is
    revealed that Ames is Nastasha's ex-husband. Nastasha is a nuclear weapons
    specialist in MGS for the PSX by whom you can call and she would give you
    random advice and tell you about nuclear weapons.) Campbell tells Snake it
    turns out that Ames requested Snakes help. But whatever he used to communicate
    with them was destroyed.
    
    Snake meets Ames in Strut F. Ames says "I knew they'd send you. After all, I
    asked for the best man they had." He also comments him on the job he pulled on
    the Tanker five years ago. But all Snake remembers is "Scores of fresh, young
    soldiers lying dead in heaps on the deck." Ames then says "but you managed to
    get all the hostages out safely, didn't you?" But as many times as Snake heard
    that it didn't ease the pain. First when Snake asks where is the President or
    the hostages Ames says I don't know. When Snake asks him if he knows anything
    he says "I've seen the leader of the terrorists." He says its Fatman. (Fatman
    is a mad bomber in Sons of Liberty that worked with Solidus until he turned
    against even him because he "completely lost sight of our ideals" and planned
    to destroy the Big Shell.) In this tale he is a disgraced Navy SEAL turned mad
    bomber the self styled "Emperor of Explosives" "a man with no philosophy or
    creed". A criminal who'd sell himself for the right price. He had been
    arrested three years after a Church-bombing incident. Ames then explains that
    Fatman has powerful and rich friends and Fatman was acquitted because the jury
    had "reasonable doubt" whether he did it or not. With "blood money" he made
    from killing those innocent people. He says now to jury's mistake is about to
    kill us and their President. He handed Snake a USP, a Level 1 Keycard, Coolant
    Spray, and bomb detecting Sensor A. The Codec sounds. It was Campbell he finds
    out where the hostages are being held. They were told by a woman using here
    cell phone to send messages to the government. She says Shell 1 Core B1 this is
    where the option comes up Snake asks what is my priority here the leader or the
    hostages. Campbell leaves it up to you.
    
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    A huge shadow appears from behind a crate Ames was right it was Fatman. Fatman
    shouted "WHERE IS THE PRESIDENT!". Snake feels relief that they didn't know
    where he was either. "Hand over the President!" Snake is puzzled had someone
    already helped the President? He masked he bewilderment with a bluff "Not a
    chance!". Fatman trust out a detonator for a bomb "Hand over the President or
    the hostages die." As Snake searched frantically for a response a grotesque
    smile appears on Fatman's face. "Well then..." "Stop!" yelled Snake but it was
    to late an explosion rang out in the distance, which shook the whole Shell.
    Snake saw a plume of smoke rising from the Shell 1 Core. Fatman cackled
    "They're all dead now and its you fault." He gave him 5 seconds "to mourn" and
    then fights Snake. Fatman fell with a sickening thud. Snake wondered why things
    turned out this way. "Everything went wrong." He reported that the President
    was safely in their custody. He escaped the Shell in a patrol boat. The SEALs
    had just entered the facility and are going to clean up the rest of the
    terrorists and rescue any hostages that are alive. But Snake knew their search
    would be fruitless. There's no sign of Ames anywhere he asks him if he knows
    where he is Snake replied "Negative." While Campbell' words offered
    encouragement, but Snake wasn't listening. "His ears already deaf to the
    world."
    
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    Snake entered the assembly hall that hostages were there more than twenty of
    them by the looks of it. Terrorist guard patrolled the area checking in every
    so often by the radio. If they got suspicious the whole place will be flooded
    with reinforcements in no time. Snake had to get inside without being detected
    and he also had no way of finding out which hostage is Jennifer. Campbell tells
    Snake that the only way to find out which one is Jennifer is to listen for
    someone punching keys on a cell phone, that person must be Jennifer use the
    D-Mic to listen in if you think the hostage is her ask if its her. What if
    I'm wrong? Then the terrorists will probably investigate don't just ask any
    one Campbell said. Jennifer looked as if she were about to say something Snake
    covered her mouth and told her to keep her voice down. He removed he removed
    her blindfold, keeping an eye out for the guards. Her eyes began to glow with
    joy but now was not the time to grant her wish. Snake said to her. Her
    shoulders sagged. First I need you to tell me everything you know Snake said.
    I you understand nod your head. She nodded and he lifted his hand from her
    mouth. What's going on here? He asked.
    
    She then jokes with him talking about him who she thought would rescue her and
    turned out to be a cold-blooded jerk. She then asked him if he was looking for
    the President she continued while enjoying Snake puzzled look. He escaped
    already he should be on a boat back to Manhattan by now. One of her fellow
    agents sneaked him out while they were being attacked. So that's that isn't it
    about time to save me she asked Snake nodded. She then tells him that they
    supposedly set a bomb in here and they'd set it off if they tried to escape.
    Snake asked her where it was planted and she said probably the Shell 1 Core. He
    then heard the terrorists talking to his comrades on the radio. It sounded like
    they were going to tighten security in the hostage room. He tells her to sit
    tight and pretend to be captured for a little while longer. She then gives him
    a level 2 security card takes it she tells him to hurry back and he putts the
    blindfold back on and leaves.
    
    Snake called Campbell and told him that he had neutralized the bomb and
    reported that the President had escaped. Campbell tells him that now it is time
    to take out Fatman. I don't think even you can take out all those hostages at
    once Snake agreed. According to Ames, Fatman was at the heliport. And make sure
    he stays down for good this time said Campbell. Roger that, Colonel Snake said.
    A huge shadow appeared from behind a crate it was Fatman he shouted "WHERE IS
    THE PRESIDENT!" "You'll never find him," answered Snake. "I don't believe you.
    You're lying." Fatman said. Fatman thrust out a detonator for a bomb "Hand over
    the President or the hostages die." "It's no use Fatman" Snake said coolly. He
    pushed the switch nothing. "Do you believe me now?" asked Snake. He tossed the
    detonator aside and stamped his feet in anger. "That bastard Ames! I pay him
    good money and he can't even manage to keep an eye on one old man! I never
    should he agreed to work with that amateur in the first place." "He turns to
    Snake looks like our little plan has failed." "I'm getting out of here while
    the getting's good. But first I'll take care of you!" Fatman's skates sprang
    into motion.
    
    Fatman fell to the ground with a sickening thud. A pool of blood began to
    spread under his grotesque body. The so-called "Emperor of Explosives" had met
    his match. Snake called Campbell by codec and told him what had happened.
    Campbell told him the President was safe in the custody of the Coast Guard. The
    SEALs had also entered the facility while Snake was fighting Fatman and were in
    the process of cleaning up the last of the terrorists. Yet something about the
    situation seemed odd to Snake. "Fatman said that Ames was the one who captured
    the President." He didn't think he was lying. "If Ames was involved then why
    did he ask for my help?" Suddenly Snake heard a woman's voice it was Jennifer
    the SEALs had rescued her she said the other hostage were safe as well. She was
    disappointed that Snake didn't come to rescue her personally. She asked him if
    he was happy now that the mission was over. "Yeah, but something's bothering
    me," Snake responded. "Something just... doesn't seem right." "What doesn't
    seem right?" "Fatman said that Ames was in league with the terrorists."
    Jennifer's eyes widened that's impossible she said Richard is the one who
    helped the president escape! "What are you talking about?" Something didn't
    add up. But it was true that Ames had cooperated with Snake. Now Jennifer was
    saying that Ames had helped the President escape.
    
    Why would Ames neglect to mention that he'd already rescued the President?
    Snake pondered the riddle. Jennifer assured him that there is no way he could
    be working with the terrorists. "And why's that?" Snake asks. "Because he lost
    his sister in a terrorist bombing attack. Three years ago..." A chill ran down
    Snakes spine the words came together. Three years ago, terrorist bombing,
    sister, church, and Fatman. Snake recalled his strange behavior. The way he
    spat as he said that Fatman had been acquitted. The looks in his eyes when he
    gave Snake the gun and said, "Promise me you'll kill him...". Fatman killed
    Ames' sister and gotten of scot-free. Ames promised revenge. He approached the
    extremist group and proposed kidnapping the President. He hired Fatman for the
    job. He led the terrorists. Helped the President escape, but didn't bother to
    contact the authorities. Finally, he called and asked for Solid Snake, the
    terrorist-killer, to intervene personally. Big Shell was the exaction ground.
    The President was the bait used to lure Fatman to his doom. And Snake himself
    was the executioner "Where is Ames?! Have you seen him?!" Jennifer looked
    startled by his sudden attitude change. "No he's probably still hiding
    somewhere. But I'm sure he'll come out once he hears that the terrorists have
    all been captured." Jennifer said. Snake knew Ames wasn't coming out. Later, a
    search was conducted for Ames, but there was no trace of him anywhere in the
    country, let along Big Shell. He was gone.
    
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    "Snake, I have a favor to ask," said
    Otacon.
    Snake's face creased into a frown.
    Otacon's "favors" always meant trouble,
    usually for Snake.
    "Forget it. I don't know what you're up
    to this time, but I'm through running
    around the country on some half-baked
    crusade I don't even understand."
    "It's nothing like that. It's... it's my sister."
    
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    "Your sister?"
    "Yeah. Her name's Emma." Otacon's
    voice suddenly became grave as he
    began to relate his story. He'd recently
    discovered the whereabouts of his
    long-estranged sister-in-law. Apparently,
    she was working as a systems
    programmer at an ocean cleanup facility
    in Manhattan Bay called "Big Shell."
    "Wait a minute. Big Shell... isn't that
    where...?"
    
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    "Exactly. So you've heard the rumors
    too."
    There had recently been a string of
    accidental deaths among the employees
    of Big Shell. A number of rumors were
    circulating about the cause of these
    deaths - there was a serial killer on the
    loose, the employees were going
    stir-crazy, the whole place was haunted.
    Big Shell had gone from being a
    symbol of environmental responsibility
    
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    to being a source of tabloid
    gossip.
    "I'm worried about Emma. Will you go
    and check on her for me?"
    Snake waved his hand in dismissal.
    "Go ask the police or something."
    "You know they wouldn't do anything
    about it."
    "And you assumed that I would?"
    "I've got a bad feeling about this thing.
    Just go and check for me, please?"
    
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    "You go."
    "Come on!"
    "No way!"
    "I'm telling you, Snake, I've got a
    REALLY bad feeling about this! Please,
    I'm begging you!"
    "Leave me alone!"
    
    Six hours later, Snake found himself
    standing on the heliport of Big Shell.
    He watched as a group of armed men
    
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    began to take over the facility before
    his eyes. Snake hid himself behind a
    crate. Just then, Otacon called on the
    Codec.
    "...You think they're some kind of
    terrorists?" he asked.
    "I dunno. But it's pretty clear that
    the situation is a little more dangerous
    than before. Congratulations. Looks like
    you guessed right."
    "That's not exactly reassuring. I hope
    
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    Emma's still okay..."
    "Yeah, me too," said Snake. His eye
    drifted over to a Harrier jet parked on
    the heliport. "What about that Harrier?
    Does it belong to them?"
    "No, that belongs to the Marines.
    Apparently they made an emergency
    landing here three days ago, after a
    problem occurred during a training
    exercise."
    Snake nodded. "First things first. We'd
    
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    better find out what exactly is going on
    here. I'm going in."
    "Roger. Be careful in there. Oh, and
    Snake..."
    "What?"
    "If you do happen to meet Emma, don't
    mention my name, okay?"
    "Why not?"
    "Well... we haven't seen each other in a
    long time... and it's all kind of sudden..."
    Otacon hesitated. Snake realized that
    
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    there was more to the situation than
    Otacon was willing to let on. He decided
    to let it drop as he headed inside Big
    Shell.
    
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    Snake emerged onto the DE connecting
    bridge. Sensing a presence nearby,
    he quickly hid himself in the shadows.
    Soon he heard the sound of footsteps,
    accompanied by voices.
    "What about that girl who got away?"
    said a man's voice.
    "We lost her in Strut C," said another
    man.
    Girl? Were they talking about Emma?
    Snake cocked his head to listen more
    
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    closely.
    "Lost her? Ooh, that's not good," said
    the first man.
    "Why?"
    "Well, I don't know all the details, but I
    heard that we need that brat to get it
    back. So until we got our hands on her,
    we're screwed."
    Snake stole a peak at the two men.
    They were decked out in full military
    gear, but they didn't seem to carry
    
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    themselves like soldiers.
    The first man continued.
    "What about... you know... ?
    " The 'ghost of Big Shell'? Nobody's
    seen him yet."
    "He must know we're here to pick it up.
    He'll be coming for us as soon as we
    find it."
    "If he does, I'll kick his ass."
    "Heh, I'd do more than that. I'd kill the
    bastard. He's already iced three of our
    
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    guys..."
    The voices trailed off into the distance.
    Snake called Otacon on the Codec.
    "That 'girl' that they were talking
    about -- that's Emma! I'm sure of it!"
    "They mentioned that some of their
    comrades were killed by the 'ghost of
    Big Shell'.... What do you think they
    were talking about?"
    "I have no idea. Don't worry about it.
    Just head for Strut C, quickly.
    
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    Emma's..."
    Otacon was right. Right now, saving
    Emma was the top priority. Snake
    decided to head for Strut C.
    
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    Snake slowly approached the girl, who
    shrank into the corner of the food
    storage locker.
    "You're Emma, right?"
    "Who are you? How do you know
    my name?!"
    "Calm down," said Snake, trying to
    reassure her. "I'm on your side. I came
    to rescue you!"
    "You're... on my side?"
    "That's right."
    
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    "You came to save me?"
    "Yes."
    "...Really?"
    "Really."
    Emma regarded Snake with a suspicious
    look.
    "...Do I really look like I can't be
    trusted?" said Snake.
    "What's the matter, don't you have a
    mirror in your house?"
    Snake started to protest, but Emma cut
    
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    him off.
    "Whatever. So, why exactly did you
    come to rescue me?"
    Snake had recalled what Otacon had said to
    him -- whatever happens, don't mention
    his name.
    "I can't tell you that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because, I just can't."
    Emma looked Snake up and down, from
    head to toe. She didn't exactly look
    
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    convinced, but she seemed to let her
    guard down.
    "...You know, for a hero, you don't
    sound very convincing. But I guess you
    don't seem like such a bad guy, either.
    What's your name?"
    "Solid Snake."
    Suddenly, Emma stood up and grabbed
    Snake by the ear.
    "Hel-LO? Hable Ingles? I asked you
    what your NAME was, not what your
    
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    NICKNAME was. God, what a freak!"
    Emma released Snake's ear and looked
    him square in the eye. "What's -- your
    -- REAL -- name?"
    "I got rid of it."
    "Huh?"
    "People in my line of work don't need
    names."
    A slight frown crossed Emma's face.
    "...Hmph. You might not be a bad guy,
    but you sure are weird. But whatever.
    
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    So... Solid?"
    "Call me Snake." Snake sighed. Talking
    to this kid was making him tired.
    "Man, you're really uptight about names,
    aren't you? Okay then, SNAKE,
    you're..."
    Snake interrupted her. "Let me ask you
    a few questions, all right?"
    "...Sure, fine."
    "Why are those terrorists looking for
    you?"
    
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    "Maybe it's because they find me
    irresistibly attractive."
    Snake couldn't think of anything to say
    to this. Emma seemed a little
    disappointed.
    "... Or maybe it's because I changed the
    password for the computer system and
    locked them out."
    "What do you mean?"
    Emma explained. She'd seen the
    terrorists trying to use Big Shell's
    
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    computer system to do something.
    Then, after creating a diversion and
    making her escape, she'd made a
    change to the system so they
    couldn't use it anymore. "It bought me
    some time, and I thought it might irritate
    them as an added bonus, too."
    She was probably more concerned with
    the latter, Snake thought to himself.
    "So what are the terrorists trying to do
    with the system?"
    
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    "How should I know?"
    "Does it have something to do with the
    'ghost of Big Shell'?"
    "What are you talking about?" Emma
    feigned a look of surprise.
    "They said that some of their comrades
    got killed by the 'ghost of Big Shell.'
    So who is this 'ghost' they're talking
    about, anyway?"
    Emma glared at Snake in disgust.
    "Why are you looking at me like that?"
    
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    "The 'ghost of Big Shell'? That's so
    lame!" She waved her hands above her
    head. "Sure, it's true that three of them
    have died in the last month. It was
    actually really sad. Two of them just up
    and disappeared one after another.
    Then this other guy who'd just got here,
    he disappeared, too... But they were all
    accidents, okay? They're just
    connecting it with some stupid, childish
    legend...."
    
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    "'Legend'? So this 'ghost' story has
    been around for a while?"
    "Yeah. They say that there was this one
    employee a long time ago whose son
    died, and he tried to kill himself, but he
    didn't really die, he just got really
    mangled and stuff, and now he haunts
    the place.... You know, that sort of
    thing."
    Something in Emma's eyes seemed to
    flicker for a moment, but she quickly
    
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    recovered. Her voice became cheerful
    again.
    "Hey, these kinds of places always have
    one or two ghost stories associated with
    them, right?... Some people say they've
    seen shadows lurking around in
    supposedly empty rooms, but personally
    I think someone's probably just slacking
    off on the job."
    "But..."
    "There's no such thing as ghosts!"
    
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    Emma was clearly getting flustered.
    "Okay, settle down. I don't believe in
    ghost stories, either."
    "I know! Stupid, aren't they?" Emma
    looked relieved.
    "Right. But I don't want to rule out any
    possibilities. Do you think anyone could
    have gotten in here without
    authorization?"
    Emma thought for a minute. "...Big Shell
    is almost completely automated, so
    
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    most of it's inaccessible to people.
    But yeah, I guess it might be possible.
    Still..."
    Suddenly, the door to the Dining Hall
    burst open. Enemy guards started
    pouring into the room, shouting angrily.
    It looked like their conversation had
    dragged on a little bit too long. Snake
    grunted in frustration. It was tough to
    concentrate with Emma around.
    "Emma! Get down!" Snake yelled as
    
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    he drew his USP.
    
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    The guards all lay silent on the floor.
    Snake put away his gun and moved
    towards Emma, who was cowering in
    the corner again. He put his hand on
    her shoulder.
    "Emma, are you all right?"
    "Yeah..." Emma hung her head, trying
    to avoid Snake's gaze.
    "Emma?"
    "...I know I've only known you for 10
    minutes but I've already learned
    
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    something about you."
    "What's that?"
    "You're just like them. You're good at
    killing people." She was trying to put a
    strong face on, but her voice was
    wavering.
    "In my world," said Snake, "there's only
    one law: kill or be killed. That's what's
    kept me alive so far. And that's the only
    thing that's keeping you alive right now.
    If you want to survive, you'd better
    
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    learn to be strong."
    Emma raised her head. "... I just learned
    something else about you. You're also
    good at justifying yourself, aren't you?"
    Emma drew closer to Snake.
    His face was covered with the blood of
    others. It was a face exhausted by
    battle.
    Snake was wounded in numerous places.
    Emma tried to avert her eyes. He'd
    suffered all that, just to protect her.
    
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    "...I'm sorry."
    Emma handed Snake a ration.
    "Here..."
    "It's nothing. Forget about it," said
    Snake. "Now let's get back to the task
    at hand. Where are the other
    hostages?"
    "They're all on the first floor of the Shell
    2 Core. I don't think anybody's been
    hurt yet, but still..."
    "Don't worry. I'll do everything I can to
    
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    help them. You'd better stay here...."
    "Wait! You can't get to the Shell 2
    Core!"
    "What?"
    "I locked the door in Strut D that links
     the Shell 1 and Shell 2 Cores. It won't
    open, even with a card."
    "So how do I open it, then?"
    "You've got to access the node in Strut
    B and enter the password." She dictated
    a 16-character string of letters and
    
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    numbers to him.
    Snake nodded. "Got it."
    Emma looked surprised. "Shouldn't you
    write it down or something?"
    "In my line of work, we don't take
    notes."
    Snake demonstrated by reciting the
    password from memory.
    "So you're good at memorizing things,
    too, huh?"
    "I'm heading for Strut B. You stay put."
    
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    "But..."
    "No buts. Just leave everything to me.
    I'm good at running errands, too."
    Emma smiled. "Okay. Here, take this
    with you. It's an extra security card.
    You'll need it to get into Strut B. I've
    got my own card with me, so it's okay."
    Snake took the card from Emma. "I'll be
    back before you know it. No matter
    what happens, don't open the door. And
    try not to make a sound."
    
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    Emma nodded and close the door to
    the locker.
    
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    Snake accessed the node. He entered
    the password that Emma had given him.
    After a moment, the monitor displayed
    a message saying that the lock on the
    door to the Shell 1 - 2 connecting bridge
    had been released. Snake turned to
    head back to strut C, he heard a voice
    emanating from an unseen speaker. It
    sounded like some kind of building-wide
    announcement.
    "This is a message for the 'ghost of Big
    
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    Shell'. You are hereby ordered to
    remove the lock on the system using the
    control key you got from the girl at
    once. You have fifteen minutes to
    comply. If you fail to do so, we will kill
    the girl. I repeat..."
    The voice repeated its warning. A chill
    ran up his spine. That girl they were
    talking about had to be Emma. Had
    they really gotten their hands on her?
    And what does this control key they
    
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    were talking about? Snake called Otacon
    via the Codec.
    "They got Emma?!" Otacon exploded.
    "What did you..."
    "Just calm down for a minute. I'm trying
    to think of a way to save her."
    The calm returned to Otacon's voice.
    "All right."
    "This control key that they're talking
    about, could it be this card that Emma
    gave me?"
    
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    "No, that's just a security card. It's
    only good for opening doors. The
    control key is just what it sounds like --
    an actually key that only Big Shell's
    system administrator would have access
    to. It acts as a verification device.
    Basically, you can't make any changes
    to Big Shell's computer system without
    it. The terrorists need it to release the
    lock on the system...."
    "What if they used a password like I
    
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    just did?"
    "That wouldn't work. Passwords are
    only good up to security level 3. Beyond
    that, you'd need the control key to gain
    access...."
    "Sounds like you've been doing your
    homework."
    "Snake, are sure Emma didn't give
    you anything else?"
    "Yeah. What makes them think I have
    it, anyway?"
    
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    "...Maybe Emma lied to them."
    "Or maybe she gave it to the real 'ghost
    of Big Shell.'"
    "That's not possible," said Otacon
    quickly.
    "And how can you be so sure?"
    countered Snake.
    "Hey, you said yourself that there's no
    such thing, didn't you? We have to
    hurry and save Emma!"
    "You're right. But we don't even know
    
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    where they've taken her...."
    Over the Codec, Snake heard the sound
    of Otacon smacking one hand against
    the other.
    "That's it! Why didn't I think of it
    before?"
    "What?"
    "Emma said she had her own card with
    her, right? Security cards in Big Shell
    word on an RFID system -- that's radio
    frequency identification. Each RFID
    
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    card is imbedded with an IC chip that
    sends date via a radio signal. The card
    readers can use these signals to detect
    and IDs within range. All data in Big
    Shell is managed by an integrated
    management system. And that system
    is accessible with a level 3 password!"
    Otacon was speaking rapidly now.
    "...Meaning?" said Snake.
    "Meaning that you can use the node to
    find out which strut Emma is in! Snake,
    
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    try accessing the node again using that
    password."
    Snake did as Otacon said. After a
    moment, the system displayed a blinking
    light in Strut F.
    "That's her. She's in Strut F. Snake,
    you've got to hurry!"
    
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    As Snake emerged onto the Shell 1 - 2
    connecting bridge, he got a call on
    the Codec. "That is Snake."
    "Don't give me that 'this is Snake'
    routine!" Otacon was furious. "Where
    do you think you're going, anyway?
    Emma is in Strut F! Get over there
    now!"
    
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    Snake passed through the door to Strut
    F. Emma was being held captive
    somewhere in this part of the facility.
    He'd have to be extra cautious from
    here on out. If the enemy spotted him,
    they'd kill Emma without hesitation.
    Snake would have to find her without
    being detected.
    
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    Snake had found Emma.
    "Emma!"
    Emma looked up without rising from
    her crouched position. "You're late!"
    She had a sullen look on her face, but
    she didn't appear to be hurt.
    "Sorry. It took me a while to find the
    control key."
    Emma stuck out her tongue at Snake's
    sarcasm. "Oh, that.... You have to admit
    it did buy us some time, didn't it?"
    
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    She showed no sign of remorse.
    Just as Otacon had guessed, Emma
    had indeed lied to the terrorists.
    "What in the world made you do a thing
    like that? If you'd made one false
    move..."
    "Hey, I just didn't want them to get
    away with it, that's all. And... I believed
    in you."
    "Believed what?"
    "That you'd come and rescue me, of
    
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    course."
    Snake shook his head. "That's not the
    point. The point is, you shouldn't be
    putting yourself in so much danger...."
    "I know. But listen, you're never gonna
    believe this! I found out what the
    terrorists are looking for!"
    "What is it?"
    "Drugs!"
    Emma related a story she'd heard form
    one of the guards while she was being
    
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    held captive.
    The armed group that had taken over
    Big Shell belonged to a Russian crime
    syndicate. With the collaboration of a
    number of employees in the facility,  the
    syndicate was using Big Shell as a
    waypoint in their drug smuggle
    operations. At night they'd sneak the
    drugs from smuggling ships out at sea
    into the Big Shell using small boats. Then
    they'd ship the drugs in with the
    
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    outgoing cargo from Big Shell and get
    them into the country that way. Security
    in the harbor had been getting tighter in
    recent years, and this was a convenient
    and effective way of getting the goods
    through without being exposed.
    One month earlier, they'd brought in a
    600 kg shipment of drugs with a street
    value of over $7 million. The following
    day, two of the employees who were
    working with the syndicate were killed
    
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    in two consecutive accidents. The
    syndicate immediately sent one of their
    men in to investigate, but he too was
    killed in an accident shortly after
    arriving.
    The leaders of the syndicate decided
    that these incidents were the word of a
    rival syndicate that had been competing
    with them in the drug trade and that
    were now trying to seize their shipment.
    They'd sent in their troops in to recover
    
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    the drugs, leading to the current
    situation.
    "So the 'ghost of Big Shell' is..."
    A mischievous grin spread across
    Emma's face. "Exactly. It's not a ghost
    at all. It's just a plain old hitman who's
    been sent by the rival syndicate to
    steal the drugs."
    "...And you told them that I'm the hitman."
    "Well... yeah, but what's done is done,
    
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    right? No use arguing about it."
    Snake decided not to pursue the matter
    any further. He changed the subject.
    "So where could they be hiding such a
    huge amount of drugs in Big Shell?"
    "I have no clue. I didn't have any idea
    what was going on. I'm still having
    trouble believing it even now...."
    Snake, too, was puzzled. How could it
    be possible for a few employees to
    keep hundreds of kilograms of drugs
    
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    hidden in Big Shell without the others
    finding out? He couldn't afford to waste
    any more time thinking about it, though.
    The hostages' lives were still in danger.
    "The hostages are still in the Shell 2
    Core, aren't they?"
    "Yeah...." Emma tried to get up and
    stumbled. She slowly staggered to her
    feet.
    "Are you all right?" Snake asked.
    "Yeah, I'm find.... Actually, the
    
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    terrorists injected me with something.
    They said it was to keep me from
    running away again. I think it was some
    kind of tranquilizer.... Now my feet feel
    like they weigh about a ton each...."
    Emma started to lose her balance
    again. Snake caught her as she fell.
    Even in her incapacitated state, she'd
    managed to extract information from the
    enemy, and never lost sight of her
    purpose for being there. This girl was
    
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    full of surprises. In that respect, at
    least, she resembled her stepbrother.
    "That's enough. You'd better go hide
    somewhere."
    "No way. I'm coming with you."
    "But..."
    "Please, take me with you." Emma's
    eyes leveled with Snake's.
    "You've saved my life twice now. I want
    to return the favor if I can. I know
    I'll come in handy somehow... Please!"
    
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    Snake gave in at last. To get to the
    Shell 1 Core, he'd have to cross the
    Shell 1 - 2 connecting bridge from
    Strut D. The two set out for Strut D.
    
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    Snake and Emma arrived at Strut E.
    Emma's eyes were drawn to a nearby
    conveyor belt.
    "I've got it!" she exclaimed.
    "Got what?"
    "I know where they hid the drugs."
    Emma went over to the node and
    immediately began punching in
    commands.
    "How do you..."
    "Just wait and see."
    
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    A second later, the conveyor belt spat
    out a crate. Emma opened it. It was
    packed rightly with plastic bags full of
    white powder.
    "The syndicate guys knew that no
    matter how good the hiding spot,
    someone was sure to find the drugs if
    they hid them in just one place,"
    said Emma as they watched more and
    more crates arrive via the conveyor
    belt. "So they hid the drugs in these
    
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    crates and set them up so they'd just
    go around and around Big Shell without
    actually coming out anywhere."
    Snake couldn't help but admire the
    girl's brilliance. He watched as Emma
    took out her PDA and connected it to
    the node.
    "Now what are you doing?" he said.
    "Hmm. I think I might have found
    something interesting here.... this must
    be..."
    
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    Just then, a figure emerged from
    behind the conveyor belt. It was one of
    the terrorists. As soon as he spotted
    Snake and Emma standing there, he
    ran away. Snake moved to pursue the
    escaping terrorist, but Emma grabbed
    his hand.
    "Wait!"
    "Let go! He's going to go call his
    friends!"
    "I know that! Just wait one more
    
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    minute!" Emma began to punch
    commands into the node with incredible
    speed.
    "What the hell are you up to now?"
    "If we run now, they'll just come after
    us. So..."
    Within seconds, Snake could hear the
    sounds of a crowd beginning to gather
    outside the door. Footsteps, voices
    barking orders, rifles being cocked.
    They'd come crashing into the room
    
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    any minute now. Emma, however,
    remained glued to thee screen of the
    node.
    "Emma!" yelled Snake.
    She finally detached herself from the
    node. "There, that should do it. Okay,
    then, let's get going!"
    The door burst open.
    
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    Somehow, the two managed to escape
    from Strut E onto the DE connecting
    bridge. Snake turned back towards
    Strut E, keeping an eye on their rear.
    The terrorists would be coming after
    them any moment now. He slapped a
    new cartridge into the chamber of his
    gun and shouted at Emma, urging her
    to move quickly towards Strut D. She
    responded with a nonchalant look.
    "There's no need to be in such a hurry,
    
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    you know," she said.
    They waited a while, but the door to
    Strut E remained shut. From the other
    side, they could hear a tumult as the
    soldiers bashed in vain against the tightly
    sealed door. Snake turned to Emma.
    "What did you do?"
    "OI programmed the node to seal off all
    the doors to Strut E once we were out
    safely. Those guys aren't going
    anywhere." Emma looked extremely
    
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    proud of herself. It seemed she'd
    picked up a thing or two from her
    experience with Snake in Strut C.
    They entered Strut D. Snake looked
    around for signs of the enemy, but
    there was no one in sight. The
    terrorists must have sent the bulk of
    their forces to Strut E. If that were
    true, then the rest of the struts would
    be nearly deserted. Rescuing the
    hostages would be a breeze.
    
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    Snake and Emma passed through Strut
    D and emerged onto the Shell 1 - 2
    connecting bridge. Here, too, the
    enemy was nowhere to be seen. Emma
    smiled her characteristic smile.
    "See, no problems at all. Didn't I say
    I'd come in handy?"
    "I have to admit, you were pretty good
    back there," Snake said with a nod. He
    recalled the way Emma had connected
    to the node using her PDA. "By the
    
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    way, weren't you downloading
    something back there?"
    "Yeah. Was it that obvious?" Emma
    took out her PDA. "When I was
    activating the conveyor belt, I found a
    suspicious-looking hidden file next to
    the conveyor belt control file. I decided
    to download it, and this is what I
    found...."
    The screen of her PDA displayed the
    file. It appeared to be some kind of note
    
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    from one of the two employees who'd
    been killed in the accidents -- the same
    ones who were helping the syndicate
    smuggle drugs into the Big Shell. In it, he
    explained that he was only cooperating
    with the Russians because his wife and
    child were being held hostage. But last
    year, he found out that they'd already
    been killed while trying to escape. He
    fell into a deep despair, and at one
    point he even thought of killing himself.
    
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    But then he had a vision. It was still too
    early for him to die. No, he had to get
    his revenge on the syndicate first.
    Indeed, he'd make them pay in blood
    for what they did to his wife and child.
    Over the course of the next year, he
    devised an ingenious plan. He'd make it
    look like he was killed by a rival
    syndicate that was trying to steal the
    drugs. This would start a war between
    the two syndicates that would end up
    
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    destroying both. First, he faked his own
    disappearance. Shortly afterward,
    he used a crane to crush the man the
    syndicate has sent to watch him.
    When the Mafia sent a man to
    investigate both incidents, he threw him
    into the ocean.
    Just as he'd expected, a war erupted
    between the two rival syndicates. With
    everything in place, he could finally rest
    in peace. He said he was going to join
    
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    his wife and child.
    Finally, he implored the person reading
    the memo to say a prayer for his
    departed wife and child. The file
    ended there. It was dated three days
    ago.
    Snake looked up from the PDA.
    "...I guess this means the 'ghost of Big
    Shell' is dead?"
    Emma was unable to hide her shock.
    "I... I guess so.... Actually, I
    
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    downloaded one more file...."
    Snake's ears picked up a faint sound of
    something flying through the air.
    Instantly, he grabbed Emma and held
    her tight. There was an explosion. The
    force of the blast knocked Snake and
    Emma off their feet.
    "What was that?" Emma groaned in
    Snake's arms.
    A thunderous gale of wind beat against
    their cheeks. Hovering over the bridge.
    
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    beyond the wavering heat from the
    blast, was the Harrier.
    "Oh yeah, I guess there WAS
    something that could get out of Strut
    E...." Emma muttered, a look of blank
    amazement on her face. The Harrier
    strafed the bridge with waves of
    machine-gun fire. Snake and Emma
    fled back to the entrance to Strut D.
    "Now what do we do?"
    "I guess we'll just have to kill it."
    
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    "How?"
    "I'll think of something."
    "Are you serious?!" Emma began to
    protest, but before she could finish,
    Snake thrust her through the door of
    Strut D.
    "What are you doing?" she demanded.
    "Stay there! No matter what happens,
    don't come out here!"
    "But!"
    "Just listen to me for one, okay?"
    
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    Snake smiled at her. "I already
    promised someone I'd bring you back
    with me."
    "Wha-"
    The door slammed shut.
    Snake heard the sound of a helicopter
    approaching. It was Otacon in his
    Kasatka.
    "Snake, use this!"
    Otacon tossed down a box from the
    cockpit. Stinger missiles. With these,
    
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    it became somewhat of an even fight.
    Snake turned and prepared to face the
    Harrier in battle.
    
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    The Harrier lost control and crashed
    into the bottom of Shell 1. As Snake
    watched it plummet to the earth, the
    door to Strut D opened. Emma peeked
    out cautiously. She looked as if she'd
    been crying.
    "It's over."
    "What took you so long?"
    "Sorry."
    "Are you okay? You're not hurt or
    anything?"
    
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    "I'm fine, really."
    Snake and Emma freed the Big Shell
    employees who had been taken hostage
    and used the Big Shell's radio to contact
    the police. The cops would no doubt be
    arriving soon. The terrorists were still
    trapped in Strut E. Snake and Emma
    decided to go to the heliport on Strut 1
    to wait for reinforcements to arrive.
    "By the way, Emma, weren't you saying
    something about a second file earlier?"
    
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    "Oh, right. I managed to dig up the
    personal folders of the guys who were
    working with the syndicate. This first
    guy who died, the guy who wrote the
    memo, had a password-encrypted file
    in his folder. I downloaded it, and..."
    Emma pulled something up on her PDA.
    "Huh?" Emma tilted her head to one
    side.
    "What's wrong?"
    "It's not coming up..."
    
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    The memory IC that was storing the file
    had been shot and damaged. She tried
    to download the file onto another IC,
    but it was no use. The server that the
    file was on had been damaged, she
    said. The data room in the Shell 1 Core
    must have been hit by the shock of the
    Harrier's crash.
    
    Snake heard the sound of a helicopter
    approaching.
    
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    Emma gazed up at the sky. "Is that the
    police?"
    The Kasatka came into view. Upon
    seeing its dark shadow, Emma tilted
    her head to one side, puzzled. "That's
    not the police. Who is that?"
    Snake looked up at the Kasatka.
    "That's my ride."
    Otacon's face peered out of the
    cockpit. Snake could detect fear and
    apprehension in his eyes, but there
    
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    was something else, as well -- a kind
    of grim determination.
    "And I think he's got room for you, too."
    "Me?"
    "You'll understand soon enough."
    The Kasatka begun to descend. The
    wind from its rotors bear fiercely upon
    their faces. Emma brushed her hair
    back from her cheeks. As the helicopter
    drew closer, Emma recognized the
    figure in the pilot's seat. She gasped.
    
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    Her eyes remained frozen. She stood
    perfectly still, as if rooted in place.
    Tears began to roll down her cheeks.
    The Kasatka touched down at last.
    Without even waiting for the rotors to
    stop spinning. Emma rushed to meet
    her long-lost brother.
    
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    Basically the synopsis of this level is Otacon asks a favor of Snake but Snake
    knew his little favors always meant trouble. He had a feeling that his Sister in
    law Emma may be in danger at the Big Shell where she works. Otacon tells Snake
    of the rumors of accidental deaths at the shell. (Emma Emmerich is in MGS Sons
    of Liberty her purpose in the game is to install the worm that will corrupt the
    Metal Gears neural network.) Snake doesn't resists to go but Otacon persuades
    him and he goes. Just as he arrives he watches and armed group take over the
    facility as he arrives. He calls Otacon and says he was right. Snake wants to
    know more about this armed group and goes in to investigate. Otacon tells him
    not to mention his name if he sees Emma. Snake eventually finds Emma in the
    pantry and after some colorful remarks back and forth about Snakes appearance
    and name she got to the point. Why are those terrorists after you she responds
    because she changed the computer password and locked them out. Snake then asks
    her why he overheard those terrorists saying the 'ghost of Big Shell' killed
    their comrades she regards it as "lame" and tells him what she's heard of the
    story. "They say that there was this one employee a long time ago whose son
    died, and he tried to kill himself, but he didn't really die, he just got really
    mangled and stuff, and now he haunts the place.... You know, that sort of
    thing." Shortly after terrorists come pouring in the room Snake eliminates them
    and they continue their conversation. Emma tells him that to save the hostages
    he has to go to the Shell 1 - 2 connecting bridge but the door is locked and it
    won't open even with a card she gives him a security card a password and tells
    him to go to the node in Strut B to unlock it. Snake leaves Emma in the pantry
    and activates the node shortly after he unlocks the door there is a building
    wide announcement over the Shell the terrorists have captured Emma and demand
    the 'ghost of Big Shell', which they think is Snake to use the control key to
    release the lock if he doesn't comply she will be killed.
    
    Snake calls Otacon and he advises Snake to use to node to locate Emma since she
    had her own keycard on her and use it as a tracking device to find out which
    Strut she's on. After he locates the Strut he heads there he is very stealthy
    and rescues her. Emma admitted she lied to the terrorists that he was the 'ghost
    of Big Shell' and she did it to buy some time. Overhearing a terrorists
    conversation while she was captured she heard Emma related a story she'd heard
    form one of the guards while she was being held captive. The armed group that
    had taken over Big Shell belonged to a Russian crime syndicate. With the
    collaboration of a number of employees in the facility, the syndicate was using
    Big Shell as a waypoint in their drug smuggle operations. At night they'd sneak
    the drugs from smuggling ships out at sea into the Big Shell using small boats.
    Then they'd ship the drugs in with the outgoing cargo from Big Shell and get
    them into the country that way. Security in the harbor had been getting tighter
    in recent years, and this was a convenient and effective way of getting the
    goods through without being exposed. One month earlier, they'd brought in a 600
    kg shipment of drugs with a street value of over $7 million. The following day,
    two of the employees who were working with the syndicate were killed in two
    consecutive accidents. The syndicate immediately sent one of their men in to
    investigate, but he too was killed in an accident shortly after arriving. The
    leaders of the syndicate decided that these incidents were the word of a rival
    syndicate that had been competing with them in the drug trade and that were now
    trying to seize their shipment. They'd sent in their troops in to recover the
    drugs, leading to the current situation. "So the 'ghost of Big Shell' is..." A
    mischievous grin spread across Emma's face. "Exactly. It's not a ghost at all.
    It's just a plain old hitman who's been sent by the rival syndicate to steal the
    drugs."
    
    After the conversation Emma asks to come with Snake and on their way to the
    hostages they are in Strut E she then says I got it. She begins punching numbers
    on a node and a crate with drugs in it comes out. She then explains the total
    story "The syndicate guys knew that no matter how good the hiding spot, someone
    was sure to find the drugs if they hid them in just one place," said Emma as
    they watched more and more crates arrive via the conveyor belt. "So they hid the
    drugs in these crates and set them up so they'd just go around and around Big
    Shell without actually coming out anywhere." Snake couldn't help but admire the
    girl's brilliance. He watched as Emma took out her PDA and connected it to the
    node. "Now what are you doing?" he said. "Hmm. I think I might have found
    something interesting here.... this must be..." Just then, a figure emerged from
    behind the conveyor belt. It was one of the terrorists. As soon as he spotted
    Snake and Emma standing there, he ran away. Snake moved to pursue the escaping
    terrorist, but Emma grabbed his hand. "Wait!" "Let go! He's going to go call his
    friends!" "I know that! Just wait one more minute!" Emma began to punch commands
    into the node with incredible speed. "What the hell are you up to now?" "If we
    run now, they'll just come after us. So..." Within seconds, Snake could hear the
    sounds of a crowd beginning to gather outside the door. Footsteps, voices
    barking orders, rifles being cocked. They'd come crashing into the room any
    minute now. Emma, however, remained glued to thee screen of the node.
    "Emma!" yelled Snake. She finally detached herself from the node. "There, that
    should do it. Okay, then, let's get going!" The door burst open. After escaping
    Emma tells Snake that the door to Strut E is locked behind them and that the
    terrorists are trapped inside and there's no way out of that Strut.
    
    "By the way, Snake said weren't you downloading something back there?" "Yeah.
    Was it that obvious?" Emma took out her PDA. "When I was activating the conveyor
    belt, I found a suspicious-looking hidden file next to the conveyor belt control
    file. I decided to download it, and this is what I found...." The screen of her
    PDA displayed the file. It appeared to be some kind of note from one of the two
    employees who'd been killed in the accidents -- the same ones who were helping
    the syndicate smuggle drugs into the Big Shell. In it, he explained that he was
    only cooperating with the Russians because his wife and child were being held
    hostage. But last year, he found out that they'd already been killed while
    trying to escape. He fell into a deep despair, and at one point he even thought
    of killing himself. But then he had a vision. It was still too early for him to
    die. No, he had to get his revenge on the syndicate first. Indeed, he'd make
    them pay in blood for what they did to his wife and child. Over the course of
    the next year, he devised an ingenious plan. He'd make it look like he was
    killed by a rival syndicate that was trying to steal the drugs. This would start
    a war between the two syndicates that would end up destroying both. First, he
    faked his own disappearance. Shortly afterward, he used a crane to crush the man
    the syndicate has sent to watch him. When the Mafia sent a man to investigate
    both incidents, he threw him into the ocean. Just as he'd expected, a war
    erupted between the two rival syndicates. With everything in place, he could
    finally rest in peace. He said he was going to join his wife and child. Finally,
    he implored the person reading the memo to say a prayer for his departed wife
    and child. The file ended there. It was dated three days ago. Snake looked up
    from the PDA. "...I guess this means the 'ghost of Big Shell' is dead?" Just
    then a Harrier approaches from the Strut E heliport Snake tells Emma to go back
    into Strut D and don't come out, just be chance Otacon comes by with his Kasatka
    and drops him a Stinger launcher Snake destroys the craft and Otacon sets down.
    Emma and Snake call the police on the Big Shell radio and when Emma sees the
    pilot is her brother she cries. Then Snake and Emma leave with Otacon.
    
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    The wind howled as the rain beat down
    in torrential sheets upon the churning,
    undulating surface of the river. A
    single, lonely rubber boat, painted jet
    black, was being tossed back and forth
    upon the waves like the plaything of
    some capricious river god. Snake lifted
    his face to peer over the edge of the
    boat. Over the din of the storm, he
    could hear the sound of helicopters.
    At length, he saw three black choppers
    
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    approach the tanker in front of him.
    "Am I late?" muttered Snake to
    himself.
    
    
    Three days earlier, Campbell had
    visited Snake at his home in Alaska.
    Unlike Snake, who had gone back into
    retirement after the Shadow Moses
    incident, Campbell had gotten himself a
    position at the Defense Intelligence
    Agency. Snake had known right away
    
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    that Campbell wasn't there to rekindle
    old ties with his former comrade.
    After making some brief small talk,
    Campbell had jumped straight to the
    point.
    "Do you remember a man by the name
    of Sergei Gurlukovich?"
    Snake nodded. A former GRU colonel,
    Gurlukovich was known as a ruthless,
    cold-blooded strategist. During the Cold
    War, when Campbell was the
    
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    commander of FOXHOUND,
    Gurlukovich had humiliated him on
    numerous occasions. After the collapse
    of the Soviet Union, he had organized
    a group of former Red Army soldiers
    into his own personal mercenary army.
    Since then, Gurlukovich and his troops
    had drifted from one war zone to the
    next, selling their services to the
    highest bidder.
    "We received a report that Gurlukovich
    
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    and his men attacked a group of
    Marines who were on a secret mission
    in the South American republic of
    Eldera. The Marines are being
    tight-lipped about it -- as usual, they'd
    rather keep a lid on the whole affair.
    But from what we've been able  to tell,
    it sounds like Metal Gear is involved."
    "Metal Gear?" Snake growled. He'd
    heard the rumors, too. Following the
    Shadow Moses incident, the technical
    
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    specs for Metal Gear had been leaked
    onto the black market. As a result,
    bastardized versions of Metal Gear
    were starting to crop up all over the
    world. Eldera was a small country in
    South America that happened to be
    engaged in a civil war. Since the
    1980's, the country had been under
    the control of a pro-American
    dictatorial regime. But as the Cold War
    drew to a close and American influence
    
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    in the region declined, the country's
    minority ethnic population had taken up
    arms against the government, calling
    for the establishment of a separate
    homeland. The country had been torn
    apart by the civil war ever since.
    Mercenaries and arms merchants were
    constantly coming and going in and out
    of Eldera. Given those circumstances,
    Campbell had figured, it wouldn't be
    too surprising if one side or the other
    
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    had managed to get their hands on a
    new type of Metal Gear. It seemed that
    some people still clung to the belief
    that the threat of nuclear war could
    bring stability to the region.
    "And the Marines were there to try and
    destroy it?" asked Snake.
    "No. It looks as if they were trying to
    seize it for themselves. There's still a
    lot we don't know about the true nature
    of the new Metal Gear. This would
    
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    have been a good chance to pick up a
    lot of valuable information."
    In other words, Eldera had managed to
    get itself a new type of Metal Gear, the
    Marines were plotting to seize it, and
    Gurlukovich was planning to steal it
    from the Marines. And now Campbell
    was proposing to go after Gurlukovich.
    Snake shook his head. "Sorry, but
    you'll have to find someone else to do
    your dirty work this time. I'm out of the
    
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    hero business."
    "Snake...."
    "Times are changing, Colonel. I think
    it's about time you gave it a rest."
    "You mean retire from the military?"
    "No, I mean time to stop this damn
    vendetta of yours against Gurlukovich."
    The look of fury on Campbell's face
    confirmed Snake's suspicions.
    Campbell still hated Gurlukovich with a
    passion. It was an old grudge left over
    
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    from the Cold War. The passage of
    time had done nothing to diminish it.
    Rather, it had grown in intensity.
    "Is that why you joined the DIA? To
    settle old scores?"
    "...Yes, you're right. But I didn't come
    all the way here to ask for your help
    just for the sake of a personal grudge."
    Campbell's hands clenched into fists.
    "...The truth is... Meryl was part of that
    mission."
    
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    The rubber boat drew up alongside the
    tanker. Snake gripped the rope tightly.
    Meryl Silverburg. Campbell's niece.
    The woman who had risked her life
    alongside Snake on Shadow Moses.
    At one time they'd been living together.
    Then, six months earlier, Meryl had left
    him. She said she there was something
    important she had to take care of.
    Her voice was resolute. Her eyes were
    
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    clear and cold as steel. There was
    nothing Snake could do to stop her.
    
    
    Snake climbed the rope up the outer
    hull of the tanker and emerged onto
    the aft deck. Nearby, he could see a
    number of soldiers standing guard.
    They appeared to be Russian
    mercenaries. He called Campbell on
    the Codec.
    "This is Snake. I've managed to
    
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    infiltrate the tanker. It looks like our
    Russian friends have already taken
    control of the ship. I'll try to get in
    touch with Meryl somehow."
    
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    Meryl lowered her gun.
    "What are you doing here?"
    "I just wanted to see you," answered
    Snake.
    "You think you're funny?"
    "Actually, I was only half-joking."
    "...My uncle sent you, didn't he?"
    Snake nodded. He explained that
    Campbell had gotten word of
    Gurlukovich's attack.
    "You've got a lot of nerve coming
    
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    here!" Meryl snapped.
    "Look who's talking," Snake shot back.
    "What?!"
    "Sneaking into another country under
    the guise of a military operation when
    all you're really after is the Metal Gear.
    Who's got a lot of nerve coming here?"
    His voice took on a condemnatory tone.
    "Is this that 'something important' that
    you had to take care of?"
    "...You wouldn't understand." Meryl
    
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    turned away. "Someone like you, who
    could happily spend the rest of his life
    taking care of sled dogs day after day,
    could never understand."
    "I was only trying to live my life free of
    hatred."
    "No. You just didn't want to face up to
    reality, that's all. Society, your past...
    even me."
    "...Is that why you left?"
    "No, that's not it...." But the look in
    
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    Meryl's eyes told Snake that it might
    well have been. A deep silence fell
    between them. Six months of
    separation had created a cold, empty
    gap that was difficult to fill. At last,
    Meryl broke the silence.
    "...My father... he died here, in this
    country," she murmured.
    Matt Campbell, Meryl's father and
    Campbell's younger brother, had been
    a DIA agent. Snake had heard that
    
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    he'd disappeared during a mission
    when Meryl was very young.
    "I wanted to see for myself what my
    father saw...." Meryl's eyes drifter over
    to the window, but the only sight was
    that of the storm raging outside. She
    suddenly turned back to Snake and
    held him firmly in her gaze.
    "Snake, please just get out of here.
    This is my battlefield. I don't need
    anyone from the outside to get involved
    
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    in this."
    "It's a little too late for that. I'm already
    involved."
    "Nothing can change your mind?"
    "Nothing," Snake said firmly.
    Meryl sighed in exasperation. Snake
    pretended not to notice.
    "Now tell me what our situation is. This
    mission was supposed to be top-secret,
    right? So how did Gurlukovich find out
    about it?"
    
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    "That's what I'd like to know, too."
    "You think there's a leak?"
    "I doubt it. But seeing as how you
    know all about it, then I suppose
    anyone might know about it."
    Snake thought for a minute. Meryl was
    right -- anyone might know. But
    whatever the case, might be, they had
    to stop Gurlukovich from getting his
    hands on the Metal Gear.
    "Where's the Metal Gear?"
    
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    "In the cargo hold."
    "All right. I'll go check it out. You...."
    Meryl cut him off. "I'm not about to
    take orders from you. We'll split up and
    go our own separate ways. If you're
    planning on heading for the cargo hold,
    then you'll need me to do something
    about the boxes that are blocking the
    first deck stairway."
    Before Snake could stop her. Meryl
    had left the bridge.
    
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    In the pitch darkness of the corridor,
    something moved in front of Snake's
    line of vision. Reacting quickly, Snake
    dove into the shadow of a nearby crate.
    There was a flash of light. Snake heard
    the sound of a gunshot. A bullet
    whizzed past his head, igniting sparks
    as it ricocheted off the wall behind him.
    It was a trap. No time to think about
    the particulars, though. There were at
    least five enemy soldiers up against
    
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    him. He could hear the sound of guns
    being readied. Snake drew his USP.
    
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    Snake peered down the corridor. No
    hail of bullets came to greet him this
    time -- the coast was clear. He pressed
    forward, past the bodies of the fallen
    enemy soldiers, and entered the cargo
    hold.
    The cargo hold was dominated by a
    massive shape covered by a tarp.
    There was no mistaking it -- it was a
    Metal Gear, the ultimate weapon of the
    21st-century.
    
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    Sensing the place to be deserted,
    Snake approached the Metal Gear. Its
    immense shadow loomed over him. He peeked under the tarp. But what he
    found was nothing more than a decrepit
    shell.
    The armor plating was speckled with
    rust. The body was covered with a
    thick layer of dust. The old, badly
    outdated actuator was a crisscross
    road map of tiny cracks. It looked as if
    
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    it hadn't been used in over 10 years.
    "Do not look so disgusted." A voice
    suddenly sounded behind Snake's
    back. "What you see before you is a
    magnificent legacy of hatred left to me
    by my distinguished predecessor. You
    really should treat it with more respect."
    Snake turned around in time to see
    Sergei Gurlukovich emerge from the
    shadow of a pillar.
    "Drop your weapon," said Gurlukovich.
    
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    "Make me," Snake retorted.
    Gurlukovich dragged another figure out
    from behind the pillar. It was Meryl. He
    drew her closer and jabbed his gun
    against her throat. Snake watched as
    the barrel slowly traced the contours
    of her slender, white neck and brushed
    gently against the corner of her mouth.
    He threw down his gun.
    "A wise choice," said Gurlukovich.
    "All right, Gurlukovich. Let her go!"
    
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    Meryl shook off Gurlukovich's grasp.
    Gurlukovich pointed his gun at Snake.
    He regarded Meryl with a leer.
    Suddenly, Snake realized what was
    going on. Meryl was working with
    Gurlukovich. Meaning....
    "...So you were the leak?"
    Meryl was silent, confirming Snake's
    fears.
    "But why?"
    "...What if I told you that it was my
    
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    father's dying wish?" Meryl looked
    pleadingly at Snake. "...I'll ask you one
    more time. Please, leave this place."
    "I can't do that."
    Gurlukovich cocked the hammer of his
    gun. "Then I'll just have to get rid of
    you!"
    He pulled the trigger.
    "No!" Meryl grabbed Gurlukovich's
    hand from the side. The bullet went
    astray, striking the ground between
    
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    Snake's feet. "We had a deal! You
    promised you wouldn't kill him!"
    As the two continued to argue, Snake
    retrieved his USP and made his
    escape. As he ran, he heard the sound
    of Gurlukovich shouting angrily at his
    men.
    "Kill him!"
    Snake heard Meryl trying to stop him,
    but he didn't turn back. His only thought
    was to escape as quickly as possible.
    
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    Snake closed the watertight door
    behind him and turned the handle to
    lock it. That should buy me some time,
    he thought. In the meantime, there was
    something he had to check on. He
    called Campbell on the Codec and
    described what had happened.
    "Meryl and Gurlukovich...." Campbell's
    voice quivered.
    "Meryl said something about her
    'father's dying wish.' What the hell was
    
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    your brother doing in this country,
    anyway?"
    Campbell explained.
    During the Cold War, while the country
    was under the control of a
    pro-American dictator, the American
    military had been conducting a
    top-secret project in Eldera. Matt
    Campbell had been a member of that
    project. When the Cold War ended, the
    project was terminated as well, and the
    
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    Americans had prepared to withdraw
    from the country. Matt, however, went
    AWOL. Shortly afterward, the
    pro-American regime, having lost its
    backing, was faced with armed
    uprisings among the country's minority
    groups. Eldera was plunged into civil
    war. Matt's corpse was discovered
    later. Spetsnaz had been behind the
    uprising. And the name of their
    commander was Sergei Gurlukovich.
    
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    "Some say that Matt was actually
    collaborating with Gurlukovich. But I
    don't believe it for a minute."
    Campbell's words made it sound as if
    he believed the Gurlukovich himself
    had killed Matt.
    "Is that why you've been so obsessed
    with Gurlukovich for all this time?"
    asked Snake.
    "...Yes," admitted Campbell. He hated
    Gurlukovich. Hatred spawned hatred in
    
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    kind.
    "Were you involved in the project,
    too?"
    "No. There's a rule against that. We're
    forbidden to take part in an operation
    involving family members. They say it
    compromises your judgment."
    "Is that all?"
    "...I guess Matt wanted to put some
    distance between us at the time."
    Campbell's voice was tinged with
    
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    regret. But he ventured no explanation
    as to the reason behind his brother's
    actions. "The antique Metal Gear you
    saw is the end result of that project....
    That's all I know. The whole thing is
    highly confidential. Even now, the
    records are all sealed.
    I believe it, thought Snake to himself.
    After all, it was only natural for people
    to try and forget horrible things that
    happened in the past. Governments
    
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    were no exception. But some people
    held on to these kinds of memories.
    Some people never forgot their hate.
    Like Gurlukovich and Campbell.
    "Snake, we can't let Gurlukovich and
    his men escape with that Metal Gear,"
    said Campbell. "It could still be armed
    with live nuclear warheads. They're
    probably planning to test the Metal
    Gear's capabilities somewhere out at
    sea. You've got to change the course
    
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    of the ship. Head for the bridge."
    Snake had no objections.
    
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    Snake made his way to the ship's
    bridge. Outside the window, beyond the
    storm, he could see the figure of Meryl.
    He opened the watertight door and
    stepped into the navigation room.
    Meryl turned around.
    "You're late."
    "Were you waiting for me?"
    "There's no one to interrupt us here. I
    need to tell you something."
    "You mean like the reason why you're
    
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    helping the man who killed your
    father?"
    "Is that what my uncle told you?"
    Snake nodded. Meryl shook her head.
    "He was lying."
    Meryl explained.
    Matt Campbell's part in the top-secret
    Metal Gear development project in
    Eldera had been to ensure the
    country's stability. Part of his job was
    feeding falsified information to the
    
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    minority separatist guerillas, and he
    was good at it. First he'd pick a
    suitable candidate. Next, he'd find his
    target's weak point and use it to
    blackmail him. Then he'd dangle a
    carrot in front of the victim's eyes and
    convince him to cooperate. Matt would
    then send his now-willing accomplice
    into the ranks of the separatists. Once
    there, the spy provided the Americans
    with useful information, selling out his
    
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    comrades in the process.
    But in carrying out his mission, Matt
    made one fatal error. In his dealings
    with the separatists, he came to
    sympathize with their cause. He
    became enchanted with the idea of
    independence. He grew to resent the
    U.S. for the way it exploited smaller,
    weaker nations for its own gain. In the
    end, Matt decided to help the guerillas
    create their own nation. He wanted to
    
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    give them the trump card they needed
    to secure their independence. And
    what better gift than a bipedal,
    nuclear-capable walking tank that was
    conveniently being developed in Eldera
    (albeit secretly and quite illegally) by
    the American military? Sergei
    Gurlukovich, who was also supporting
    the guerillas, agreed to cooperate.
    Matt's plan was executed. The guerillas
    succeeded in stealing the Metal Gear
    
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    from the American base. But then their
    plan was discovered. Matt was
    executed by the Americans. Meryl's
    father had been punished for the crime
    of believing in his own ideals. The price
    of having a conscience was high in
    those troubled times. In the tumult of
    the civil war that followed, the Metal
    Gear disappeared without a trace.
    However, six months ago, its existence
    was reconfirmed, and the Marines had
    
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    been sent to recover their long-lost
    dirty secret.
    After hearing the true story from
    Gurlukovich, Meryl agreed to follow his
    instructions and infiltrate the Marines.
    Her intent was to transfer the Metal
    Gear over to the guerillas through
    Gurlukovich, who was still providing
    support to the rebels. In this way, she
    could carry on her father's memory and
    the ideals for which he died.
    
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    "Is that what Gurlukovich told you?"
    asked Snake.
    Meryl nodded. Snake shook his head.
    "Didn't it ever occurs to you that he
    might by lying?"
    Meryl looked at Snake with sorrow in
    her eyes. "...You're not going to let me
    get away, are you?"
    "So what are you going to do?"
    Meryl drew her gun and pointed it at
    Snake.
    
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    "You're not going to shoot me," said
    Snake.
    She released the safety with her thumb.
    "Watch me."
    
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    Snake watched as Meryl crumpled to
    the ground. He rushed to her side and
    cradled her in his arms. She was
    bleeding profusely. Her breath was
    faint... and her wounds were mortal.
    Snake clasped her tightly to his chest,
    covering the wounds he himself had
    given her. He felt her body grow cold
    and lifeless in his grasp.
    "Do not trouble yourself over it," said a
    voice behind Snake's back. It was
    
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    Gurlukovich. He held a pistol in his
    hand.
    "Why were you using Meryl?" Snake
    demanded, fighting to control his anger.
    "USING her? I merely told her what
    she wanted to know."
    "I don't think so."
    A slight smile crossed Gurlukovich's
    face. It was the smile of a master
    strategist, a smile that told of lies,
    manipulation, and betrayal. "Perhaps I
    
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    did embellish the truth a bit. After all,
    people will believe what they want to
    believe."
    "Is this your idea of revenge on the
    Colonel?"
    "Of course. He deserved to suffer. I will
    make him squirm in agony until his pain
    is as great as the suffering of all of the
    men that I have had to bury, and all of
    the widows and orphans they left
    behind."
    
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    Gurlukovich hated Campbell. Campbell
    hated Gurlukovich. Hatred spawned
    hatred in kind.
    "That is why I chose her. Is she not
    the most important person in
    Campbell's life? This I heard from
    Matt... as he lay dying."
    "So it was you that killed Matt?"
    Gurlukovich's eyes darkened for an
    instant. "I see my reputation precedes
    me. I simply gave him that which he
    
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    desired. He was only waiting for
    someone to kill him. That is the kind of
    man he was." For a moment, it almost
    looked as if Gurlukovich were truly
    grieving the loss of an old friend.
    Perhaps his grief was real. But the look
    soon passed.
    "I will not hand the Metal Gear over to
    the Elderan guerillas. My men and I
    have other plans for it. The machine
    itself may be a wreck, but all we really
    
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    need to do is recover the nuclear
    warheads and the launching system. A
    nuclear-equipped ballistic missile is still
    a precious commodity, even in this day
    and age."
    Snake gritted his teeth. Gurlukovich
    laughed.
    "Do not be so angry with me. This is
    Matt Campbell's dying wish. This was
    his intention from the beginning."
    "What do you mean?"
    
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    "If you do not believe me, than ask him
    yourself."
    Gurlukovich aimed his gun at Snake.
    "In hell!"
    The sound of a gunshot ripped through
    the air.
    
    
    Gurlukovich fell to the ground.
    The shot had come from Meryl.
    Meryl's body slowly went limp in
    Snake's arms.
    
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    The gun slipped from her fingers.
    "Snake...." Meryl moaned. She looked
    as if she were trying to say something.
    Snake lowered his head closer to her
    mouth. But his ears could not detect
    the slightest trace of breath.
    
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    Snake watched as Meryl crumpled to
    the ground. He rushed to her side and
    cradled her in his arms. Fortunately,
    she'd only been temporarily knocked
    out. He clasped her tightly to his chest.
    "Do not trouble yourself over it," said a
    voice behind Snake's back. It was
    Gurlukovich. He held a pistol in his
    hand.
    "Why were you using Meryl?" Snake
    demanded, fighting to control his anger.
    
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    "USING her? I merely told her what
    she wanted to know."
    "I don't think so."
    A slight smile crossed Gurlukovich's
    face. It was the smile of a master
    strategist, a smile that told of lies,
    manipulation, and betrayal. "Perhaps I
    did embellish the truth a bit. After all,
    people will believe what they want to
    believe."
    "Is this you idea of revenge on the
    
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    Colonel?"
    "Of course. He deserves to suffer. I will
    make him squirm in agony until his pain
    is as great as the suffering of all of the
    men that I have had to bury, and all of
    the windows and orphans they left
    behind."
    Gurlukovich hated Campbell. Campbell
    hated Gurlukovich. Hatred spawned
    hatred in kind.
    "That is why I chose her. Is she not
    
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    the most important person in
    Campbell's life? This I heard from
    Matt... as he lay dying."
    "So it was you that killed Matt?"
    Gurlukovich's eyes darkened for an
    instant. "I see my reputation precedes
    me. I simply gave him that which he
    desired. He was only waiting for
    someone to kill him. This is the kind of
    man he was." For a moment, it almost
    looked as if Gurlukovich were truly
    
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    grieving the loss of an old friend.
    Perhaps his grief was real. But the look
    soon passed.
    "I will not hand the Metal Gear over to
    the Elderan guerillas. My men and I
    have other plans for it. The machine
    itself may be a wreck, but all we really
    need to do is recover the nuclear
    warheads and the launching system. A
    nuclear-equipped ballistic missile is still
    a precious commodity, even in this day
    
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    and age."
    Snake gritted his teeth. Gurlukovich
    laughed.
    "Do not be so angry with me. This is
    Matt Campbell's dying wish. This was his intention from the beginning."
    "What do you mean?"
    "If you do not believe me, then ask him
    yourself."
    Gurlukovich aimed his gun at Snake.
    "In hell!"
    
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    The sound of a gunshot ripped through
    the air.
    
    
    Gurlukovich fell to the ground.
    The shot had come from Meryl.
    Meryl staggered painfully to her feet
    and turned her back to Snake. The rain
    beat down upon her ragged frame.
    "Meryl...."
    "Please, just don't say anything."
    Her shoulders were trembling. Snake
    
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    The tanker and the Metal Gear it was
    carrying were recovered by the U.S. forces.
    Meryl, meanwhile, found herself the
    subject of a military inquiry.
    Several days later, Snake ran into
    Campbell while visiting Meryl at the
    detention center.
    According to Campbell, the military had
    conducted a full investigation on the
    recovered Metal Gear. It was judged to
    be a complete failure, little more than
    
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    scrap metal. The nuclear warheads
    too, were noting but cheap imitations.
    Whether or not Matt had been aware
    of this was unclear. There were no
    records left. And, Campbell added, it
    was his fault that Matt had betrayed his
    country.
    "What?!" Snake exclaimed.
    "Matt hated me. And not just me,
    either. He hated his wife, too... and
    Meryl...."
    
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    "What are you trying to say?"
    "Meryl is my daughter."
    Snake was thunderstruck. He started at
    Campbell in utter disbelief. "So... you
    and you brother's wife...?
    Campbell nodded. "...I knew what I did
    was unforgivable. But I thought she...."
    He hung his head.
    "Did Matt know about it?"
    "He sensed that something was up.
    That's why he went to Eldera along --
    
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    to get away from us. And that's where
    Gurlukovich found him...."
    The first rule of intelligence gathering
    is to find your opponent's weak point.
    Dig up the ghosts of his past. Rub salt
    into his old wounds. Then pretend to
    sympathize. Gain his trust. Steal his
    heart. Then he would be yours to
    control. In Matt, Gurlukovich had found
    the perfect target.
    "...Does Meryl know about this?"
    
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    "No. But... I was about to tell her."
    With that, Campbell turned and started
    walking towards the visiting room. As
    Snake watched him recede into the
    distance, he thought to himself. It
    would take time for Meryl to accept the
    truth about what had happened. He
    wasn't even sure whether or not she'd
    ever acknowledge Campbell as her
    father. But it would be enough for
    Snake if, one day, the two could smile
    
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    at each other once again. There wasn't
    any room in the world for more hatred.
    
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    The mission starts like any other a tanker that is going to Eldera transporting
    a Metal Gear has been captured by terrorists under command of Sergei
    Gurlukovich. While Snake refuses to go Campbell mentions Meryl is on this
    mission (Meryl Silverburg the woman who fought alongside with Snake at Shadow
    Moses MGS1 for PSX) Snake agrees to go. Unlike Snake who had retired after
    Shadow Moses Campbell had gotten a position at the DIA (Defense Intelligence
    Agency) (Roy Campbell is the man who helped Snake and commanded him during
    Shadow Moses in MGS1 for the PSX and commanded Raiden in MGS2.) After Snake got
    aboard he found Meryl and the Navigational deck "You've got a lot of nerve
    coming here" Meryl said. "Is this that 'something important' you had to take
    care of? "You'd never understand." Meryl said. "Someone like you, who could
    happily spend the rest of his life taking care of sled dogs day after day, could
    never understand."
    
    "I was only trying to live my life free of hatred." "No. You just didn't want to
    face up to reality, that's all. Society, your past... even me." "...Is that why
    you left?"  "No it's not but by the look in her eyes it might as well have been.
    "...My father... he died here, in this country," she murmured. Matt Campbell,
    Meryl's father and Campbell's younger brother, had been a DIA agent. He heard he
    disappeared during a mission when Meryl was very young. Meryl asks him to leave
    and not to get involved Snake can't do that and says he's already involved.
    Snake then asks Meryl if this mission was supposed to by top-secret there must
    be a leak. Meryl agreed and says if you know about it there must be a leak. In
    any case we must stop Gurlukovich from getting his hands on Metal Gear. Meryl
    said she won't start taking orders from Snake and they'd go their own separate
    ways. If you're planning on heading for the cargo hold, then you'll need me to
    do something about the boxes that are blocking the first deck stairway."
    Before Snake could stop her. Meryl had left the bridge. In the pitch darkness of
    the corridor, something moved in front of Snake's line of vision. Reacting
    quickly, Snake dove into the shadow of a nearby crate. There was a flash of
    light. Snake heard the sound of a gunshot. A bullet whizzed past his head,
    igniting sparks as it ricocheted off the wall behind him. It was a trap. No time
    to think about the particulars, though. There were at least five enemy soldiers
    up against him. He could hear the sound of guns being readied. Snake drew his
    USP. Snake peered down the corridor. No hail of bullets came to greet him this
    time -- the coast was clear. He pressed forward, past the bodies of the fallen
    enemy soldiers, and entered the cargo hold.
    
    The cargo hold was dominated by a massive shape covered by a tarp it was a Metal
    Gear. Sensing the place to be deserted, Snake approached the Metal Gear. Its
    immense shadow loomed over him. He peeked under the tarp. But what he found was
    nothing more than a decrepit shell. The armor plating was speckled with rust.
    The body was covered with a thick layer of dust. The old, badly outdated
    actuator was a crisscross road map of tiny cracks. It looked as if it hadn't
    been used in over 10 years. "Do not look so disgusted." A voice suddenly sounded
    behind Snake's back. "What you see before you is a magnificent legacy of hatred
    left to me by my distinguished predecessor. You really should treat it with more
    respect." Snake turned around in time to see Sergei Gurlukovich emerge from the
    shadow of a pillar. "Drop your weapon," said Gurlukovich. "Make me," Snake
    retorted. Gurlukovich dragged another figure out from behind the pillar. It was
    Meryl. He drew her closer and jabbed his gun against her throat. Snake watched
    as the barrel slowly traced the contours of her slender, white neck and brushed
    gently against the corner of her mouth. He threw down his gun. "A wise choice,"
    said Gurlukovich. "All right, Gurlukovich. Let her go!" Meryl shook off
    Gurlukovich's grasp. Gurlukovich pointed his gun at Snake. He regarded Meryl
    with a leer. Suddenly, Snake realized what was going on. Meryl was working with
    Gurlukovich. Meaning.... "...So you were the leak?" Meryl was silent, confirming
    Snake's fears. "But why?" "...What if I told you that it was my father's dying
    wish?" "...I'll ask you one more time. Please, leave this place." "I can't do
    that." Gurlukovich cocked the hammer of his gun. "Then I'll just have to get rid
    of you!" He pulled the trigger. "No!" Meryl grabbed Gurlukovich's hand from the
    side. The bullet went astray, striking the ground between Snake's feet. "We had
    a deal! You promised you wouldn't kill him!" As the two continued to argue,
    Snake retrieved his USP and made his escape. As he ran, he heard the sound
    of Gurlukovich shouting angrily at his men. "Kill him!" Snake heard Meryl trying
    to stop him, but he didn't turn back. His only thought was to escape as quickly
    as possible.
    
    Snake closed the watertight door behind him and turned the handle to lock it.
    That should buy me some time, he thought. He called Campbell on the Codec and
    described what had happened. "Meryl and Gurlukovich...." Campbell's voice
    quivered. "Meryl said something about her 'father's dying wish.' What the hell
    was your brother doing in this country, anyway?" Campbell explained. During the
    Cold War, while the country was under the control of a pro-American dictator,
    the American military had been conducting a top-secret project in Eldera. Matt
    Campbell had been a member of that project. When the Cold War ended, the project
    was terminated as well, and the Americans had prepared to withdraw from the
    country. Matt, however, went AWOL. Shortly afterward, the pro-American regime,
    having lost its backing, was faced with armed uprisings among the country's
    minority groups. Eldera was plunged into civil war. Matt's corpse was discovered
    later. Spetsnaz had been behind the uprising. And the name of their commander
    was Sergei Gurlukovich. "Some say that Matt was actually collaborating with
    Gurlukovich. But I don't believe it for a minute." Campbell's words made it
    sound as if he believed the Gurlukovich himself had killed Matt. "Is that why
    you've been so obsessed with Gurlukovich for all this time?" asked Snake.
    "...Yes," admitted Campbell. He hated Gurlukovich. Hatred spawned hatred in
    kind. "Were you involved in the project, too?" Campbell answered no. "...I guess
    Matt wanted to put some distance between us at the time." Campbell's voice was
    tinged with regret. But he ventured no explanation as to the reason behind his
    brother's actions. "The antique Metal Gear you saw is the end result of that
    project.... That's all I know. The whole thing is highly confidential. Even now,
    the records are all sealed. I believe it, thought Snake to himself. After all,
    it was only natural for people to try and forget horrible things that happened
    in the past. Governments were no exception. But some people held on to these
    kinds of memories. Some people never forgot their hate. Like Gurlukovich and
    Campbell. "Snake, we can't let Gurlukovich and his men escape with that Metal
    Gear," said Campbell. "It could still be armed with live nuclear warheads.
    They're probably planning to test the Metal Gear's capabilities somewhere out at
    sea. You've got to change the course of the ship. Head for the bridge."
    
    Snake had no objections. Snake made his way to the ship's bridge. Outside the
    window, beyond the storm, he could see the figure of Meryl. He opened the
    watertight door and stepped into the navigation room. Meryl turned around.
    "You're late." "Were you waiting for me?" "There's no one to interrupt us here.
    I need to tell you something." "You mean like the reason why you're helping the
    man who killed your father?" "Is that what my uncle told you?" Snake nodded.
    Meryl shook her head. "He was lying." Meryl explained. Matt Campbell's part in
    the top-secret Metal Gear development project in Eldera had been to ensure the
    country's stability. Part of his job was feeding falsified information to the
    minority separatist guerillas, and he was good at it. First he'd pick a
    suitable candidate. Next, he'd find his target's weak point and use it to
    blackmail him. Then he'd dangle a carrot in front of the victim's eyes and
    convince him to cooperate. Matt would then send his now-willing accomplice
    into the ranks of the separatists. Once there, the spy provided the Americans
    with useful information, selling out his comrades in the process.
    But in carrying out his mission, Matt made one fatal error. In his dealings
    with the separatists, he came to sympathize with their cause. He became
    enchanted with the idea of independence. He grew to resent the U.S. for the way
    it exploited smaller, weaker nations for its own gain. In the end, Matt decided
    to help the guerillas create their own nation. He wanted to give them the trump
    card they needed to secure their independence. And what better gift than a
    bipedal, nuclear-capable walking tank that was conveniently being developed in
    Eldera (albeit secretly and quite illegally) by the American military?
    
    Sergei Gurlukovich, who was also supporting the guerillas, agreed to cooperate.
    Matt's plan was executed. The guerillas succeeded in stealing the Metal Gear
    from the American base. But then their plan was discovered. Matt was executed by
    the Americans. Meryl's father had been punished for the crime of believing in
    his own ideals. The price of having a conscience was high in those troubled
    times. In the tumult of the civil war that followed, the Metal Gear disappeared
    without a trace. However, six months ago, its existence was reconfirmed, and the
    Marines had been sent to recover their long-lost dirty secret. After hearing the
    true story from Gurlukovich, Meryl agreed to follow his instructions and
    infiltrate the Marines. Her intent was to transfer the Metal Gear over to the
    guerillas through Gurlukovich, who was still providing support to the rebels. In
    this way, she could carry on her father's memory and the ideals for which he
    died. "Is that what Gurlukovich told you?" asked Snake. Meryl nodded. Snake
    shook his head. "Didn't it ever occurs to you that he might by lying?" Meryl
    looked at Snake with sorrow in her eyes. "...You're not going to let me get
    away, are you?" "So what are you going to do?" Meryl drew her gun and pointed it
    at Snake. "You're not going to shoot me," said Snake. She released the safety
    with her thumb. "Watch me."
    
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    Snake watched as Meryl crumpled to the ground. He rushed to her side and cradled
    her in his arms. She was bleeding profusely. Her breath was faint... and her
    wounds were mortal. Snake clasped her tightly to his chest, covering the wounds
    he himself had given her. He felt her body grow cold and lifeless in his grasp.
    "Do not trouble yourself over it," said a voice behind Snake's back. It was
    Gurlukovich. He held a pistol in his hand. "Why were you using Meryl?" Snake
    demanded, fighting to control his anger. "USING her? I merely told her what
    she wanted to know." "I don't think so." A slight smile crossed Gurlukovich's
    face. It was the smile of a master strategist, a smile that told of lies,
    manipulation, and betrayal. "Perhaps I did embellish the truth a bit. After all,
    people will believe what they want to believe." "Is this your idea of revenge on
    the Colonel?" "Of course. He deserved to suffer. I will make him squirm in agony
    until his pain is as great as the suffering of all of the men that I have had to
    bury, and all of the widows and orphans they left behind." Gurlukovich hated
    Campbell. Campbell hated Gurlukovich. Hatred spawned hatred in kind. "That is
    why I chose her. Is she not the most important person in Campbell's life? This I
    heard from Matt... as he lay dying." "So it was you that killed Matt?"
    urlukovich's eyes darkened for an instant. "I see my reputation precedes me. I
    simply gave him that which he desired. He was only waiting for someone to kill
    him. That is the kind of man he was." For a moment, it almost looked as if
    Gurlukovich were truly grieving the loss of an old friend. Perhaps his grief was
    real. But the look soon passed. "I will not hand the Metal Gear over to the
    Elderan guerillas. My men and I have other plans for it. The machine itself may
    be a wreck, but all we really need to do is recover the nuclear warheads and the
    launching system. A nuclear-equipped ballistic missile is still a precious
    commodity, even in this day and age." Snake gritted his teeth. Gurlukovich
    laughed. "Do not be so angry with me. This is Matt Campbell's dying wish. This
    was his intention from the beginning." "What do you mean?" "If you do not
    believe me, than ask him yourself." Gurlukovich aimed his gun at Snake. "In
    hell!"  The sound of a gunshot ripped through the air. Gurlukovich fell to the
    ground. The shot had come from Meryl. Meryl's body slowly went limp in Snake's
    arms. The gun slipped from her fingers. "Snake...." Meryl moaned. She looked
    as if she were trying to say something. Snake lowered his head closer to her
    mouth. But his ears could not detect the slightest trace of breath.
    
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    Snake watched as Meryl crumpled to the ground. He rushed to her side and cradled
    her in his arms. Fortunately, she'd only been temporarily knocked out. He
    clasped her tightly to his chest. "Do not trouble yourself over it," said a
    voice behind Snake's back. It was Gurlukovich. He held a pistol in his hand.
    "Why were you using Meryl?" Snake demanded, fighting to control his anger.
    "USING her? I merely told her what she wanted to know." "I don't think so."
    A slight smile crossed Gurlukovich's face. It was the smile of a master
    strategist, a smile that told of lies, manipulation, and betrayal. "Perhaps I
    did embellish the truth a bit. After all, people will believe what they want to
    believe." "Is this you idea of revenge on the Colonel?" "Of course. He deserves
    to suffer. I will make him squirm in agony until his pain is as great as the
    suffering of all of the men that I have had to bury, and all of the windows and
    orphans they left behind." Gurlukovich hated Campbell. Campbell hated
    Gurlukovich. Hatred spawned hatred in kind. "That is why I chose her. Is she not
    the most important person in Campbell's life? This I heard from Matt... as he
    lay dying." "So it was you that killed Matt?" Gurlukovich's eyes darkened for an
    instant. "I see my reputation precedes me. I simply gave him that which he
    desired. He was only waiting for someone to kill him. This is the kind of
    man he was." For a moment, it almost looked as if Gurlukovich were truly
    grieving the loss of an old friend. Perhaps his grief was real. But the look
    soon passed. "I will not hand the Metal Gear over to the Elderan guerillas. My
    men and I have other plans for it. The machine itself may be a wreck, but all we
    really need to do is recover the nuclear warheads and the launching system. A
    nuclear-equipped ballistic missile is still a precious commodity, even in this
    day and age." Snake gritted his teeth. Gurlukovich laughed. "Do not be so angry
    with me. This is Matt Campbell's dying wish. This was his intention from the
    beginning." "What do you mean?" "If you do not believe me, then ask him
    yourself." Gurlukovich aimed his gun at Snake. "In hell!" The sound of a gunshot
    ripped through the air. Gurlukovich fell to the ground. The shot had come from
    Meryl. Meryl staggered painfully to her feet and turned her back to Snake. The
    rain beat down upon her ragged frame. "Meryl...." "Please, just don't say
    anything." Her shoulders were trembling. Snake wondered if she was crying.
    
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    The tanker and the Metal Gear it was carrying were recovered by the U.S. forces.
    Meryl, meanwhile, found herself the subject of a military inquiry. Several days
    later, Snake ran into Campbell while visiting Meryl at the detention center.
    According to Campbell, the military had conducted a full investigation on the
    recovered Metal Gear. It was judged to be a complete failure, little more than
    scrap metal. The nuclear warheads too, were noting but cheap imitations. Whether
    or not Matt had been aware of this was unclear. There were no records left. And,
    Campbell added, it was his fault that Matt had betrayed his country.
    "What?!" Snake exclaimed. "Matt hated me. And not just me, either. He hated his
    wife, too... and Meryl...." "What are you trying to say?" "Meryl is my
    daughter." Snake was thunderstruck. He started at Campbell in utter disbelief.
    "So... you and you brother's wife...? Campbell nodded. "...I knew what I did
    was unforgivable. But I thought she...." He hung his head. "Did Matt know about
    it?" "He sensed that something was up. That's why he went to Eldera along --
    to get away from us. And that's where Gurlukovich found him...." The first rule
    of intelligence gathering is to find your opponent's weak point. Dig up the
    ghosts of his past. Rub salt into his old wounds. Then pretend to sympathize.
    Gain his trust. Steal his heart. Then he would be yours to control. In Matt,
    Gurlukovich had found the perfect target. "...Does Meryl know about this?"
    "No. But... I was about to tell her." With that, Campbell turned and started
    walking towards the visiting room. As Snake watched him recede into the
    distance, he thought to himself. It would take time for Meryl to accept the
    truth about what had happened. He wasn't even sure whether or not she'd ever
    acknowledge Campbell as her father. But it would be enough for Snake if, one
    day, the two could smile at each other once again. There wasn't any room in the
    world for more hatred.
    
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    "Big Shell," off the coast of New York.
    The offshore decontamination facility
    was selected as the setting for a
    top-secret joint exercise between the
    Navy SEALs and Dead Cell due to its
    complex structure and isolated
    environment. During the exercise,
    Dead Cell and a team under their
    command portrayed terrorists, while
    the SEAL team acted to suppress them.
    
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    Dead Cell was a specialized naval
    combat team feared for their brutality.
    Their main function was anti-terrorist
    training, launching unannounced
    assaults on important government
    installations to determine their level of
    security. Although famous for the
    ferocity of their attacks, there was
    another reason for their reputation. It
    was rumored that their anti-terrorist
    training was cover for their true
    
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    mission: operating above the law to
    undermine threats to American
    national interests. Whether inside the
    country or out, whenever anti-American
    sentiment was suspiciously crushed or
    leaders died unnatural deaths, military
    insiders inevitably associated Dead
    Cell's name with the act. The rumors
    were never confirmed. However, that
    the name of Dead Cell had become
    equated with death, disaster, and
    
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    calamity was undeniable. Until one
    year ago....
    
    
    One year ago, Dead Cell commander
    Colonel Jackson was arrested on
    charges of graft and corruption. From
    that point on, the overzealous tactics
    during attacks, the shady pasts of the
    team members, and their combined
    inhumanity made Dead Cell's name
    synonymous with military corruption
    
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    and dishonor. Even their very fighting
    ability had come under question. This
    exercise marked their first official
    assignment in some time, but only
    Dead Cell leader Vamp was granted
    permission to participate.
    
    
    The joint exercises were drawing to a
    close. I was guarding my assigned
    area in Strut F. Immediately after
    receiving a report that half of the
    
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    terrorists had been subdued, a codec
    transmission signifying an emergency
    situation came through my Codec.
    ",,,Come in, anyone! This is Alpha
    team. We're under attack!"
    "This is Pliskin. What happened?!"
    I replied.
    "...Dead Cell... it's Vamp!
    He double-crossed.... The team is
    almost... by him...."
    I could hear screams and the sound of
    
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    gunfire in the background. "What is
    your location?" I asked.
    "Strut B...."
    I heard a scream, and the line went dead.
    I immediately punched in a different
    frequency. A low voice answered:
    "This is Dolph. Is this Snake?"
    It was Marine Commander Scott Dolph.
    He was in Big Shell as part of the
    exercise.
    
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    I explained the situation to Dolph.
    He answered through a burst of noise:
    "Looks like things just started on my
    end too."
    "What's the status?"
    "There was an explosion in the Shell 2
    Core. B1's almost totally flooded."
    "...Is this what you were worried
    about?"
    Three days ago, I accepted a request
    from Dolph to join the exercise. Dolph
    
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    was worried something might happen,
    and he asked me to put a stop to it if
    it did. But he didn't say why. All he
    told me was, "I'm counting on you."
    Dolph and Dead Cell were connected.
    Dolph's daughter Helena was
    Jackson's wife. When Jackson was
    arrested, Dolph was the only one who
    defended Dead Cell and Jackson. As
    a result, he risked his own position.
    Dolph seemed to be worried about
    
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    something concerning Dead Cell.
    I accepted without any questions.
    I owed Dolph.
    
    
    Dolph created a fake identity for me.
    And here I was, along for the exercise
    as Lieutenant Junior Grade Pliskin. I
    then asked him: "What is Vamp up to?"
    "I have no idea...." Dolph said in a
    deeply troubled voice.
    "Snake, we must figure out what's
    
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    happening. We're trapped in the north
    part of Filter Chamber No. 2 by debris
    and flooding. Looks like it'll take us
    some time to get out of here. I want you
    to rescue the SEALs. Head over to
    Strut B."
    "Roger that."
    "Be careful! You aren't carrying live
    ammunition, are you?"
    Dolph was right. I was equipped for
    exercise and didn't have any live
    
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    rounds. "No. But I'll be okay," I replied.
    
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    I was greeted at Strut B by the sight of
    a total massacre. The bodies of dead
    SEALs littered the entire area.
    Everything had been torn apart and
    splattered with blood. I heard a moan
    coming from a body in a pool of blood.
    "Hold on!"
    I ran over and lifted the soldier in my
    arms, He was still breathing, but his
    wound was deep reaching his internal
    organs. It was clear that he wouldn't
    
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    make it. He looked at me with
    unfocused eyes.
    "It was Vamp.... He called it a
    'lynching'.... revenge for those who
    backstabbed Jackson. He called... the
    bribery charge... a sham..."
    "You'd better not talk now," I said,
    trying to quiet him.
    But he kept on talking.
    "Vamp's going after Captain O'Brien...
    but that's nonsense. There's no way
    
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    the Captain's involved... He's just...
    not like that."
    Navel Captain O'Brien, multiply
    decorated in the Persian Gulf, Europe,
    and Africa, was commander in chief for
    the entire exercise. The mass media
    praised the Captain as a competent
    and noble-minded military man who is
    well-liked by his fellow soldiers.
    He grabbed my chest. His grip was
    surprisingly strong for a man on his
    
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    deathbed.
    "The Captain is... on the first floor of
    the Shell 2 Core.... Save the Captain!
    Please...."
    His body lost its strength. I closed his
    eyes. That was all I could do for him.
    I contacted Dolph, telling him what I'd
    just heard.
    "I see...." mumbled Dolph.
    His voice didn't sound surprised at all.
    In fact, he sounded like he'd just
    
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    confirmed some bad news.
    "Did you know about this?" I asked.
    He became quiet, answering hesitantly.
    "There've been a lot of cases involving
    murdered government employees and
    servicemen lately. Rumor has it Vamp
    is behind it all...."
    "Is Jackson really innocent?"
    "I don't know for sure, but perhaps. He
    was a real proud soldier. He was not
    the corrupt kind."
    
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    "You think O'Brien backstabbed
    Jackson?"
    "No, I don't think so. I know his
    reputation...."
    "How can you be so sure?"
    "It was O'Brien who planned this
    training. If he was involved in Jackson's
    case, there's no way he would involve
    Vamp."
    "That's only if O'Brien knew of the
    rumors of the lynching, right?"
    
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    "He knew."
    "Are you sure?"
    "Oh yeah. I heard of the rumors from
    O'Brien."
    "...You and O'Brien talked about the
    rumors?"
    I was a bit surprised. O'Brien and
    Dolph... political Navy captain and
    head of the Marines. They didn't seem
    like a likely pair of friends.
    Dolph answered as if he knew of my
    
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    doubts.
    "O'Brien and I didn't always get along
    because of our positions. I don't think
    he liked me either. But I don't think he
    hated me so much that he wouldn't give
    me advice that would save my life."
    "What do you mean?"
    "O'Brien came to warn me -- that I was
    Vamp's next target."
    I then knew the true person Dolph had
    participated in this exercise.
    
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    "So you tried to rid Dead Cell of its
    infamous rumors by revealing yourself
    to Vamp...."
    "Correct. If nothing happened to me
    during this exercise, I could prove that
    the rumors were false."
    "... You do trust Vamp."
    Dolph scoffed.
    "I wouldn't go that far. If I trusted him
    completely, I wouldn't have called you....
    I'm a coward."
    
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    I said to him that trusting something or
    someone isn't that easy. Dolph did not
    respond. I then asked him. "But then
    it's not you but O'Brien that Vamp's
    after?"
    "Yeah.... Either O'Brien's information
    was wrong or Vamp's wrong..."
    It seemed Dolph was confused too.
    "The only thing that's certain is that
    Vamp is trying to kill O'Brien.... Snake,
    you've got to stop Vamp."
    
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    "Got it."
    I considered the structure of Big Shell
    again. I'd need to use the Shell 1 - 2
    connecting bridge from Strut D to get
    to Shell 2, where Vamp should be heading. That meant I'd have to head
    for Strut D first.
    
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    Dolph contacted me as I
    arrived at Strut D. He had apparently
    managed to get a hold of O'Brien.
    O'Brien had sealed off the door to the
    Shell 1 - 2 connecting bridge from
    Strut D to prevent Vamp from getting
    through. He'd also reorganized the
    remaining SEALs to defend Strut G.
    Dolph said:
    "Snake, join the SEALs. Vamp is the
    enemy. Those men might be SEALs.
    
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    but I doubt they can stop him on their
    own."
    "But how can I get to Shell 2? The
    Shell 1 - 2 connecting bridge is closed
    off."
    "There is another way. Go across the
    oil fence in the lower part of Big Shell.
    Use the ladder on B1 of Strut E to get
    down to the oil fence. You should be
    able to get to Strut L of Shell 2 by
    crossing it."
    
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    Vamp must have already left for
    Shell 2. I needed to hurry.
    
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    I reached the Strut E ladder and
    climbed down about 40 meters. When I
    finally made it to the oil fence, I heard
    the sound of gunfire from above. It
    was coming from the Shell 1 - 2
    connecting bridge. I could see the
    SEALs fighting Vamp. But it wasn't a
    normal fight. It was a one-sided
    massacre. Vamp ran. The SEALs fired.
    But the bullets didn't hit him. Vamp
    threw knives. Some of the mean went
    
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    down. Other SEALs fought back. Vamp
    wove and dodged. He slit the throats
    of the SEAL man, slicing their
    stomachs open and stabbing deep into
    their hearts. The SEALs went down in
    a split second. I saw the last man
    screaming at the totally unhurt Vamp.
    Suddenly, the connecting bridge
    exploded. It must have been wired up
    with bombs beforehand. A series of
    explosions enveloped the connecting
    
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    bridge in flames, and it began to
    collapse with a roar. Debris rained on
    the surface of the sea. I made a run
    across the oil fence. A huge column of
    water rose behind my back. Waves
    churned, throwing the oil fence up with
    every undulation. I struggled along and
    finally made it to the lower part of
    Strut L. As I turned around, my eyes
    met Vamp's. He had tumbled from the
    sky and landed on the Shell 2 side.
    
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    Vamp sneered, licked a knife with his
    long tongue and hurled the knife at me.
    And then he disappeared into the
    interior of Strut G.
    I climbed the ladder and made it into
    Strut L of Shell 2. Vamp had already
    penetrated Shell 2. O'Brien was in
    danger, I ran for the Shell 2 Core.
    
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    I entered the Shell 2 Core. There
    wasn't any gunfire, or any sign of
    people. The silence made me uneasy.
    The Codec rang. It was Dolph.
    "Snake, what is your location?"
    "Right above your head. I've just
    entered the first floor of the Shell 2
    Core. How's O'Brien?"
    "I've lost contact."
    I clicked my tongue. Were we too late?
    "We still don't know what's happened
    
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    for sure...." said Dolph. But he didn't
    sound too sure of himself.
    "O'Brien should be on this floor,
    right?" I asked.
    "That's right. He should be barricaded
    in the Air Purification Room. He told
    me he was going to electrify the floor
    to stop Vamp from getting inside."
    I looked at the passageway. The floor
    there was glowing dimly.
    "Looks like the trap's still working."
    
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    "Yeah? ... But we're up against Vamp.
    Who knows if it'll help."
    There was only one way to confirm if
    O'Brien was dead or alive: going inside.
    "How do I disarm the trap?" I asked.
    "Destroying the circuit breaker in the
    room is probably the only way. You
    should be able to do it with a
    remote-controlled missile from a duct.
    You're going to have to find a
    remote-controlled missile first."
    
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    As soon as I entered the Air Purification
    Room, I found O'Brien on the floor
    slumped against a wall. Judging by the
    cut covering O'Briens body, Vamp had
    tortured him instead of killing him
    instantly. O'Brien looked at me,
    recognizing my uniform. He was
    covered with blood, but he smiled in
    relief.
    "I guess we haven't been wiped out
    yet...?"
    
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    I signaled for him to keep quiet and
    examined the surroundings. O'Brien
    said,
    "Vamp isn't here anymore.... Looks
    like he left for B1 from the duct."
    It seemed nobody was in the room
    except the dying man and myself. I
    went up to O'Brien.
    He was bleeding pretty badly. It looked
    like he didn't have much time.
    I tried to treat him, but O'Brien refused.
    
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    "Stop it... I'm not going to make it
    anyway. I know that.... get out of here
    now. Call for backup."
    "No, I can't do that. You said he went
    to B1, right?" I said.
    Dolph was on B1. As O'Brien told
    Dolph, he might be the next target.
    But Dolph was Jackson's father-in-law.
    And besides, he wasn't the kind of
    person to backstab someone....
    Something was wrong.
    
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    While I was turning this over in my
    head O'Brien said, "Don't do it,
    Lieutenant. You'd better leave. Don't
    get involved with Vamp."
    "But we can't let him continue his little
    lynching game, right?"
    "Lynching?"
    O'Brien tried to laugh. But he coughed
    up blood instead.
    "Vamp said you falsely charged
    Jackson...."
    
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    "That's crazy. I didn't do that. Nobody
    could."
    "What do you mean?"
    "The corruption case is airtight.
    There's plenty of proof...."
    "What?!"
    O'Brien tried to say something, but
    only coughed. He coughed up more
    blood. Then he was quiet for good.
    I tried to contact Dolph numerous
    times by Codec without any response.
    
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    I knew Vamp had already left for B1.
    I had to get to B1 right away.
    
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    I got on an elevator. I arrived at B1.
    B1 was exactly as Dolph had described.
    The passageway had been closed off
    by an explosion and flooded from a
    damaged water-purification tank.
    I swam through the debris to move forward.
    Dolph had to be to the north. I opened a
    door and entered the second filtration
    room. Dead silence. Suddenly I spied
    someone standing in the darkness.
    
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    Vamp. He slowly opened his closed
    eyes.
    "I was waiting for you...."
    "Waiting for me?"
    "That's right. I was waiting for the
    perfect opponent to commemorate the
    end of Dead Cell. And you're it... Solid
    Snake."
    "What are you saying!? Vamp, knock
    it off. No one backstabbed Jackson.
    His corruption...."
    
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    Vamp spoke calmly.
    "I know."
    "What?!"
    Vamp stared at me with sad eyes.
    "Snake, you don't understand anything,
    and you won't have to. All you need to
    know is that you'll be gracing Dead
    Cell's legacy... as the final victim.
    C'mon!"
    
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    I approached Vamp as he lay in a
    pool of his own blood.
    "Vamp, tell me why you went on with
    your lynching when you knew it was
    meaningless?"
    Vamp's mouth twitched.
    "Because it wasn't meaningless."
    Jackson's arrest had been the final
    blow to Dead Cell's reputation. They
    called it a stain on the entire U.S.
    military, called them a group of
    
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    disgraced losers.... The military had cut
    Jackson off as a liability. But that
    wasn't all. The brass tried to bury
    Dead Cell's previous record of success
    as well. It was a fate worse than death.
    "We killed more then a few people. We
    killed civilians, woman, children, the
    elderly. Some were unarmed. Some
    didn't resist. Some even begged for
    their lives. But we killed them all. Of
    course, we didn't kill them for pleasure.
    
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    It was our mission. Dirty work, those
    types of missions. Everyone hated
    them, but they had to be done. So we
    took them all. A man like O'Brien owes
    his spotless reputation to the fact that
    we got our hands dirty, crawled
    through mud, and woke up screaming
    from nightmares...." Vamp clenched his
    fist.
    "Are we the lowest of men? Perhaps.
    But the lowest of soldiers? Definitely
    
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    not. I won't allow our honor and purity
    to be stained. That was all we had!
    But now... this last bit of pride has
    been denied us as well. That's why I
    went on this mission."
    "You mean your 'lynching'?"
    "That's right. If I kill people out of
    revenge, people may start wondering.
    They may even think that perhaps
    Colonel Jackson could be innocent.
    The more I keep on killing, the more
    
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    the public will have to believe. Believe
    in his innocence...."
    "Did you really expect anyone to
    believe that crap?"
    "Of course. The world lives and
    breathes on what you call 'crap.' Don't
    you think?"
    Vamp coughed coldly. But his eyes
    looked empty. His eyes weren't those
    of someone who had regained what
    they had lost. They were of those who
    
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    had lost something instead. Then I
    realized.
    "But you don't believe it, do you?
    Even if Dead Cell's reputation is
    restored, it won't matter for you...."
    Vamp shut his eyes as if he were in
    pain.
    "Maybe you're right."
    Any "purity" Dead Cell had possessed
    in its mission had been lost at Vamp's
    hand. The person in front of me wasn't
    
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    a proud soldier. He was nothing more
    than a pathetic terrorist. And he knew
    it. Perhaps that was the punishment
    for the 'lynching' Vamp said:
    "I don't care. At least I can protect
    someone."
    "Protect?"
    "I'd do anything for Colonel Jackson,
    Helena, their unborn baby... and
    Scott...."
    "You fool!"
    
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    The shout echoed through the air.
    It was Dolph. He must have heard the
    battle and found us. Vamp smiled as
    he saw Dolph. His eyes quickly began
    to cloud. Dolph came up to Vamp and
    said:
    "Nobody asked you to do what you did.
    Not Helena, no Jackson... not even
    me. You knew that, didn't you?"
    Dolph picked up Vamp's hand.
    "Just having you around was good
    
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    enough for me...."
    Vamp died with a smile on his face.
    
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    Vamp died. A backup SEAL team
    secured the Big Shell. Dead Cell was
    officially dissolved some time after
    that. Dolph retired from the military,
    and Jackson died in prison. They said
    it was due to mental exhaustion.
    
    
    Some time later, a rumor began
    making the rounds. It said Jackson
    had been falsely accused, and Dead
    Cell had been framed.
    
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    The tale begins on the Big Shell, which was selected as the setting for a top-
    secret exercise between the SEALs and Dead Cell. Dead Cell portrayed the
    terrorists, while the SEAL team acted to suppress them. Dead Cell was a
    specialized naval combat team feared for their brutality. It was rumored that
    their anti-terrorist activities were a cover up for their true mission:
    operating above the law to undermine threats to American national interests. The
    name of Dead Cell soon became equated with death, disaster, and calamity. Until
    one year ago their Commander Colonel Jackson was arrested on charges of graft
    and corruption and with it combined with their inhumanity made the name Dead
    Cell synonymous with military corruption and dishonor. This assignment was their
    first official in some time, but only the leader Vamp could participate. While
    the exercises were coming to a close Pliskin was guarding his assigned area in
    Strut F. Suddenly Snake gets an emergency call on his codec "Come in anyone!
    This is Alpha team. We're under attack!" "This is Pliskin. "What happened?!" He
    replied. "...Dead Cell... it's Vamp! He double-crossed.... The team is almost...
    by him...." "What is your location?" He asked. "Strut B...." He heard a scream
    and the line went dead. Snake quickly punched in a different frequency "This is
    Dolph. Is this Snake?" It was the Marine Commander Scott Dolph. He was in the
    Shell for the exercise. Snake explained the situation to him. "Looks like things
    started on my end too." "What's the status?" Snake asked. "There was an
    explosion in the Shell 2 Core. B1's totally flooded." "...Is this what you were
    worried about?" Three days ago, Snake accepted a request from Dolph to join the
    exercise. Dolph was worried something might happen, and he asked Snake to put a
    stop to it if it did. All he told him was "I'm counting on you." Dolph and Dead
    Cell were connected. Dolph's daughter Helena was Jackson's wife. Snake accepted
    he owed Dolph. Dolph created a fake identity for Snake. And there he was on the
    exercise as Lieutenant Junior Grade Pliskin. Snake then asked him "What's Vamp
    up to?" "I have no idea...." Dolph said in a trembled voice. "Snake, we must
    figure out what's happening. Were trapped in Filter Chamber 2 by debris and
    flooding. It'll take us some time to get out of here. I want you to rescue the
    SEALs. Head over to Strut B." "Roger that." "Be careful! You aren't carrying
    live ammunition are you?" Dolph was right Snake was equipped for exercise and
    didn't have any live rounds. "No but I'll be okay," Snake replied.
    
    Snake was greeted when he head reached Strut B by a total massacre. The bodies
    of fallen SEALs littered the area. Snake heard a moan from a body in a pool of
    blood. "Hold on!" Snake ran over and lifted the soldier in my arms. He was still
    breathing but it was clear he wasn't going to make it. "It was Vamp.... he
    called it a 'lynching'.... revenge for those who backstabbed Jackson. He called
    the bribery change... a sham..." "Vamp's going after Captain O'Brien... but
    that's nonsense. There's no way the Captains involved he's just not like that.
    Naval Captain O'Brien, multiply decorated in the Persian Gulf, Europe, and
    Africa, was commander in chief for the entire exercise. He grabbed Snake's
    chest. His grip was surprisingly strong for a man on his deathbed. "The Captain
    is... on the first floor of the Shell 2 Core... Save the Captain! Please...."
    His body lost its strength. Snake closed his eyes. Snake contacted Dolph and
    told him what he heard. "I see...." mumbled Dolph. His voice wasn't surprised
    but as if he just confirmed some bad news. "Did you know about this?" asked
    Snake. "There've been a lot of cases involving murdered government employees and
    servicemen lately. Rumor has it Vamp was behind them all...." "Is Jackson really
    innocent?" "I don't know for sure, but perhaps. He was a real proud soldier. He
    was not the corrupt kind." "You think O'Brien backstabbed Jackson?" "No, I don't
    think so. I know his reputation...." "How can you be so sure?" "It was O'Brien
    who planned this training. If he was involved in Jackson's case, there's no way
    he would involve Vamp." "That's only if O'Brien knew of the rumors of the
    lynching, right?" "He knew." "Are you sure?" "Oh yeah. I heard of the rumors
    from O'Brien." "You and O'Brien talked about the rumors?" Snake was surprised.
    O'Brien and Dolph... political Navy captain and head of the Marines. They didn't
    seem like a pair of friends. Dolph answered as if he knew Snake's doubts. "
    O'Brien and I didn't always get along because of our positions. I don't think he
    liked me either. But I don't think he hated me so much that he would give me
    advice that would save my life." "What do you mean?" "O'Brien came to warn me -
    that I was Vamp's next target." I then knew the true reason that Dolph had
    participated in this exercise. "So you tried to ride Dead Cell of its infamous
    rumors by revealing yourself to Vamp...." "Correct if nothing happened to me
    during this exercise, I could prove that the rumors were false." Dolph scoffed.
    "I wouldn't go that far. If I trusted him completely, I wouldn't have called
    you.... I'm a coward." "But then it's not you but O'Brien Vamp's after?"
    "Yeah.... Either O'Brien's information is wrong of Vamp is wrong." The only
    certain thing was that Snake had to stop O'Brien. "Got it." Snake considered the
    structure of the Big Shell again. He'd need to use the Shell 1 - 2 connecting
    bridge to get to Shell 2, where Vamp will be heading. That meant I'd have to
    head for Strut D first.
    
    Dolph had contacted Snake as he arrived at Strut D. He had apparently managed to
    get a hold of O'Brien. O'Brien had sealed off the door of the Shell 1 - 2
    connecting bridge from Strut D to prevent Vamp from getting through. He also
    reorganized the remaining SEALs to guard Strut G. "Snake, join the SEALs, Vamp
    is the enemy. Those mean are SEALs but I doubt they can stop him on their own."
    "But how can I get to Shell 2? The connecting bridge is closed off?" "There's
    another way. Go across the oil fence in the lower part of Big Shell. Use the
    ladder on B1 of Strut L of Shell 2 by crossing it. Vamp must have already left
    for Shell 2. Snake needed to hurry. Snake had reached the Strut E ladder and
    climbed down about 40 meters. When he finally made it down, he heard the sound
    of gunfire from above. It was coming from the connecting bridge. Snake could see
    the SEALs fighting Vamp. But it wasn't a normal fight. It was a one sided-
    massacre. Vamp ran. The SEALs fired the bullets didn't hit him. Vamp threw
    knifes some of them went down. Vamp wove and dodged. He slit the throats of the
    men, slicing their stomachs open and stabbing deep into their hearts. The SEALs
    went down in a split second. Suddenly, the connecting bridge exploded. A series
    of explosions enveloped the connecting bridge in flames, and it began to
    collapse with a roar. Snake ran across the oil fence. Waves from the debris
    churned, throwing the oil fence up with every undulation. Snake struggled along
    and finally made it to the lower part of Strut L. As I turned around, my eyes
    met Vamp's. He had tumbled from the sky and landed on the Shell 2 side. Vamp
    sneered, licked a knife with his long tongue and hurled the knife at me. And
    disappeared into the interior of Strut G. I ran for the Shell 2 Core. I entered
    the Shell 2 Core. There wasn't any gunfire, or any sign of people. The silence
    made Snake uneasy. "Snake what is your location?" "Right above your head. I've
    just entered the Shell 2 Core. How's O'Brien?" "I've lost contact." Were we too
    late? "We still don't know what's happened for sure...." said Dolph. But he
    didn't sound too sure of himself. "O'Brien should be on this floor right?" Snake
    asked. "That's right. He should be barricaded in the Air Purification Room. He
    told me he was going to electrify the floor to stop Vamp from getting inside."
    The floor was glowing dimly. "Looks like the traps still working." "Yeah? ...
    But we're up against Vamp. Who knows if it'll help." There was only one way
    Snake could know if O'Brien was dead or alive going inside. "How do I disarm the
    trap?" Snake said. "Destroying the circuit breaker in the room is probably the
    only way. You should be able to do it with a remote-controlled missile from a
    duct. You're going to have to find a remote-controlled missile first."
    
    As soon as Snake entered the Air Purification Room, he found O'Brien on the
    floor slumped against a wall. Judging by the cut covering O'Brien's body, Vamp
    had tortured him instead of killing him instantly. He was covered with blood,
    but he smiled in relief. "I guess we haven't been wiped out yet...?" Snake
    signaled for him to keep quiet and examined the surroundings. "Vamp isn't here
    anymore.... Looks like he left for B1 from the duct." It seemed that nobody was
    in the room except the dying man and Snake. He was bleeding badly and it didn't
    look like he had much time. Snake tried to treat him, but O'Brien refused. "Stop
    it... I'm not going to make it anyway. I know that.... get out of here now. Call
    for backup." "No, I can't do that. You said he went to B1, right?" I said. Dolph
    was on B1. As O'Brien told Dolph, he might be the next target. But Dolph was
    Jackson's father in law. And besides, he wasn't the kind to backstab someone....
    Something was wrong. While Snake was turning it over in his head O'Brien said.
    "Don't do it Lieutenant. You'd better leave. Don't get involved with Vamp." "But
    we can't let him continue his little lynching game, right?" "Lynching?" O'Brien
    tried to laugh but coughed up blood instead. "Vamp said you falsely charged
    Jackson...." "That's crazy. I didn't do that. Nobody could." "What do you mean?"
    "The corruption case is airtight. There's plenty of proof...." "What?!" O'Brien
    tried to say something, but only coughed up more blood and he was quiet for
    good. Snake tried to contact Dolph numerous times with no response. Snake knew
    Vamp had already left for B1. I had to get to B1 right away. Snake got on an
    elevator. He arrived at B1. It was exactly as Dolph had described. The
    passageway had been closed off by an explosion and flooded from a damaged water-
    purification tank. Snake swam through the debris to move forward. He opened a
    door and entered the second filtration room. Dead silence. Suddenly I spied
    someone standing in the darkness. Vamp. He slowly closed his eyes. "I was
    waiting for you...." "Waiting for me?" "That's right. I was waiting for the end
    of Dead Cell. And you're it... Solid Snake." "What are you saying!? Vamp knock
    it off. No one backstabbed Jackson. His corruption...." Vamp spoke calmly. "I
    know." "What?!" Vamp stared at Snake with sad eyes. "Snake you don't understand
    anything and you won't have to. All you need to know is that you'll be gracing
    Dead Cell's legacy... as the final victim. C'mon!"
    
    I approached Vamp as he lay in a pool of his own blood. "Vamp tell me why you
    went on with your lynching when you knew it was meaningless?" Vamp's mouth
    twitched. "Because it wasn't meaningless." Jackson's arrest had been the final
    blow to Dead Cell's reputation. They called it a stain on the entire U.S.
    military; called them a group of disgraced losers.... The military had cut off
    Jackson as a liability. But that' wasn't all. The brass tried to bury Dead
    Cell's previous record of success as well. It was a fate worse than death. "We
    killed more then a few people. We killed civilians, woman, children, the
    elderly. Some were unarmed. Some didn't resist. Some even begged for their
    lives. But we killed them all. Of course, we didn't kill them for pleasure. It
    was our mission. Dirty work, those types of missions. Everyone hated them, but
    they had to be done. So we took them all. A man like O'Brien owes his spotless
    reputation to the fact that we got our hands dirty, crawled through mud, and
    woke up screaming from nightmares...." Vamp clenched his fist. "Are we the
    lowest of men? Perhaps. But the lowest of soldiers? Definitely not. I won't
    allow our honor and purity to be stained. That was all we had! But now... this
    last bit of pride has been denied us as well. That's why I went on this
    mission." "You mean your 'lynching'?" "That's right. If I kill people out of
    revenge, people may start wondering. They may even think that perhaps Colonel
    Jackson could be innocent. The more I keep on killing, the more the public will
    have to believe. Believe in his innocence...." "Did you really expect anyone to
    believe that crap?" "Of course. The world lives and breathes on what you call
    'crap.' Don't you think?" Vamp coughed coldly. But his eyes looked empty. His
    eyes weren't those of someone who had regained what they had lost. They were of
    those who had lost something instead. Then I realized. "But you don't believe
    it, do you? Even if Dead Cell's reputation is restored, it won't matter for
    you...." Vamp shut his eyes as if he were in pain. "Maybe you're right." Any
    "purity" Dead Cell had possessed in its mission had been lost at Vamp's hand.
    The person in front of me wasn't a proud soldier. He was nothing more than a
    pathetic terrorist. And he knew it. Perhaps that was the punishment
    for the 'lynching' Vamp said: "I don't care. At least I can protect someone."
    "Protect?" "I'd do anything for Colonel Jackson, Helena, their unborn baby...
    and Scott...." "You fool!" The shout echoed through the air. It was Dolph. He
    must have heard the battle and found us. Vamp smiled as he saw Dolph. His eyes
    quickly began to cloud. Dolph came up to Vamp and said: "Nobody asked you to do
    what you did. Not Helena, no Jackson... not even me. You knew that, didn't you?"
    Dolph picked up Vamp's hand. "Just having you around was good enough for me...."
    Vamp died with a smile on his face. Vamp died. A backup SEAL team secured the
    Big Shell. Dead Cell was officially dissolved some time after that. Dolph
    retired from the military, and Jackson died in prison. They said it was due to
    mental exhaustion. Some time later, a rumor began making the rounds. It said
    Jackson had been falsely accused, and Dead Cell had been framed.
    
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    I opened the door to Strut B. I went
    out on the AB connecting bridge. No
    enemies sighted. Otacon gave me
    instructions via Codec.
    "Listen carefully, Snake. I'll explain
    again. Our target this time is that
    mysterious unidentified monster that's
    got the whole world in an uproar. They
    call it the Gurlugon."
    Whats is he talking about? The only
    ones in an uproar are Otacon and
    
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    Mei Ling, and I bet they're the only
    ones using that nickname, too. That's
    what I was thinking, anyway. But I
    didn't say anything. Otacon continued.
    "I think you already know this, but do
    NOT hurt the target! Take a picture of
    it before it has a chance to get away.
    You've made it this far, so don't do
    anything stupid!"
    My hands were tied. Ridiculous or not,
    a mission is a mission. I made up my
    
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    mind, and began walking across the AB
    connecting bridge.
    
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    I stared in stunned silence at the
    churning whirlpool the sea had become.
    The surface of the sea was beginning
    to rise. No question about it, something
    huge was getting ready to make an
    appearance. My mysterious, ludicrous
    quest, my so-called "Monster Search
    Mission," looked to be coming to an
    unexpected conclusion...
    
    
    How did I get involved in this ridiculous
    
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    mission? It all began three days ago.
    I was testing Otacon's latest invention,
    the VR system, at Philanthropy's
    hideout in New York.
    
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    The world disappeared before my eyes.
    As my senses returned to my body,
    I realized that I wasn't actually on a
    bomb-disposal mission on a tanker;
    I was setting in the VR training seat.
    I pulled off the headset and Otacon
    turned to speak.
    "You were doing just fine."
    I nodded reluctantly. Otacon asked me
    with pride:
    "What did you think about the new VR
    
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    system?"
    "Not bad."
    "That's all?" Unsatisfied, he cocked
    his head.
    "I can't believe it, to tell you the truth.
    I didn't expect it to work so well."
    "I know! The VR system incorporates
    something called the Koppelthorn Engine.
    I just got it the other day."
    "The Koppelthorn Engine?"
    Hearing the question, Otacon removed
    
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    his glasses, a smile on his face.
    "The Koppelthorn Engine is a quantum
    calculation system that's been getting
    a lot of attention in certain quarters
    recently. You know about quantum
    computing, right?" began Otacon.
    He went on and on, q-bits this and
    Tensor products that. For the next two
    hours and thirty-seven minutes,
    I regretted my stupidity in having asked.
    "...In short, it allows the construction of
    
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    virtual-reality environments containing
    a hitherto unprecedented amount of
    information. That information is
    converted into a signal and conveyed
    into your brain via the headset, directly
    synthesizing information for each of
    your senses while simultaneously
    cutting off feedback from your actual
    body. That way, it's possible to realize
    a virtual reality environment that is
    completely indistinguishable from the
    
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    real world, down to lights, sounds, even
    your sense of smell and touch."
    He took a breather. I couldn't miss my
    opportunity.
    "I see, I understand now..." I said,
    trying to get up out of the seat.
    But Otacon stopped me.
    "Wait a second. Let's try it again.
    The goal of the next scenario will be to
    eliminate the enemies and secure an
    escape path for the hostages on Big
    
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    Shell."
    I guess Otacon just couldn't wait to try
    out his new toy. Reluctantly, I took the
    seat again. Otacon continued his
    briefing.
    "You mission is to eliminate all
    enemies within a certain period of time.
    Ready? Here we go!"
    I put the headset back on and closed my eyes.
    A burst of light flashed
    through my eyelids. The next moment,
    
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    I found myself surrounded by a world
    I could hardly believe was a mere
    construct.
    
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    The VR simulation ended. The all-too-
    real virtual reality disappeared, and the
    senses returned to my body. I removed
    the headset.
    "How was it?" asked Otacon. I told him
    what I'd noticed during my two trials.
    "It's well done, no question. But it
    feels kind of unnatural, like something's
    wrong with my senses."
    "Unnatural in what way?"
    "It's tough to explain, but... I feel like
    
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    I'm possessing someone else's body...."
    "That's because of the pseudo-signal
    filling your brain. Theoretically, it should
    be possible to replicate the exact same
    stimulus as from the sensory structures
    of your physical body."
    Midway through my discussion with
    Otacon, the door opened, and in strode
    Mei Ling.
    "Hey, check this out!"
    Mei Ling threw us the tabloid she'd
    
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    ( A news paper article reads in bold A Monster at Big Shell!?)
    
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    It was an article describing the
    appearance of some kind of huge
    creature near Big Shell. The title
    shouted, "A Monster at Big Shell!?"
    Completely ridiculous.
    "So what?" I said without hesitation.
    Mei Ling blinked in surprise.
    "So what'?! It's a monster, Snake!"
    Otacon hit the table.
    "That's right! It's a monster!"
    "That picture has to be fake."
    
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    It was the most normal opinion in the
    world, but you wouldn't have known by
    the way they glared at me. Finally they
    simply decided to ignore me.
    "It sound incredible, doesn't it,
    Mei Ling? A monster in New York?
    It's amazing!"
    "I agree! It's amazing! Too
    amazing!!"
    "So it's at Big Shell.... I want to go and
    see it...."
    
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    "Hey, Otacon, I have an idea. How
    about catching the monster? What do
    you say?"
    "Great idea! Let's get him! It'd be a
    real boon to biology -- no, I take that
    back! To ALL of the sciences!"
    "That's right! Hey, do you think we
    could get a lot of customers if we built
    a monster zoo?"
    "Of course! Judging from the dorsal
    fin, I think this monster must have
    
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    come from underwater.... What do you
    think?"
    "Maybe. What about making stuffed
    animals or T-shirts?"
    "Not bad! But I can't help thinking that
    it might be a messenger from space,
    you know?"
    "Oh, totally. But we'd better register a
    trademark first."
    They excitedly kept on with what
    seemed to be a totally disjointed
    
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    conversation. I couldn't believe they
    were actually considering it, but I had
    to ask.
    "Hey, I hope you're not serious about
    catching this thing...."
    Otacon regarded me with utter shock.
    "Wake up, Snake! We're talking about
    a monster here!"
    Mei Ling kicked a chair.
    "He's right! This is about a monster!"
    "But..."
    
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    Otacon leaned toward me.
    "A monster of unknown origin has
    appeared! AS a scientist, I can't
    simply ignore it!"
    "Do I have to remind you about
    Philanthropy's financial situation?!
    We don't even know if we have enough
    to cover our rent this month!" snapped
    Mei Ling, fire in her eyes.
    "But..."
    "What do you propose instead of
    
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    catching it?!"
    "Are you just going to quietly let this
    opportunity slip by?! You coward!"
    "But, but..."
    Otacon and Mei Ling kept up their
    simultaneous tirade as I hesitated.
    "We've got to do it!"
    "We've got to do it!"
    At this point, there was nothing to say
    except "Okay."
    That's the story. And so I came to Big
    Shell. That was three hours ago.
    
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    I contacted Otacon via Codec as
    I entered Strut C.
    "What's up Snake? Found any
    clues?" asked Otacon.
    "Negative. But I've seen some strange
    people wandering around."
    I told Otacon about the soldiers I'd
    seen on the CD connecting bridge.
    Otacon replied:
    "I bet they're trying to get Gurlugon,
    just like we are."
    
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    "I don't think..."
    "It has to be!" he swore with
    confidence.
    "Anyway, just move ahead without
    getting caught. Most of the sightings
    of Gurlugon have been southwest of
    Big Shell. Head for the AB connecting
    bridge."
    I'd come this far, so there was nothing
    to do but follow Otacon. I started
    moving towards the AB connecting
    
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    Anyway, that's the story. Here I am,
    forced to hunt down a monster, and it
    looks as though something's about to
    appear before my very eyes.
    At this point, there's nothing to do but
    get ready. I checked over the camera.
    I have no idea what I'm about to see,
    but I'm going to shoot first and ask
    questions later.
    
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    "Get out of my way!" screamed Olga.
    She wasn't armed. She didn't seem to
    be making a move to attack. I began
    talking to her as I holstered my gun.
    "What are you doing here?"
    Olga smiled a little. But something about
    her smile wasn't right. She looked so
    different. She didn't carry the sense of
    darkness and tragedy I remembered.
    In fact, she looked like a totally different
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    "Don't get too friendly. I'm not the me
    that you know, and I don't know the
    me that you do know."
    "What are you talking about?"
    "I'm looking for the key to get back to
    my universe. And that strange creature
    is it. It doesn't belong in your universe.
    Neither do I. We're from a different
    place. And you universe is in for
    trouble, too, if you just ignore things!"
    I just couldn't wrap my brain around
    
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    Olga's story. I was lost. Grinding her
    teeth, Olga looked down to the surface
    of the sea.
    "Damn. He's getting away. Listen!
    Check the VR system! It's allowing
    you to peek into another universe.
    That's what's causing all this trouble!"
    shouted Olga as she jumped from the
    connecting bridge.
    "Wait!"
    I leaned over the railing, but Olga had
    
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    already disappeared into the sea.
    Olga's henchmen were jumping into the
    sea one after the other.
    I was left on the connecting bridge
    along. I couldn't see Gurlugon
    anymore.
    
    (A picture you took of Gurlugon is shown on the screen followed by more
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    My photo of Gurlugon sat on the table
    at the hideout.
    "No sign today?" I asked Mei Ling.
    "No. Looks like it hasn't shown up
    today, either."
    It had been a week. No new sightings
    of Gurlugon. No one knew where he'd
    show up next.
    Maybe he'd never show up ever again.
    I believed Olga. It didn't seem like she
    was lying, and what's more, the
    
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    existence of that ridiculous monster
    was proof in and of itself. There was no
    way something like that could live in
    our world, but it might be possible in
    another. Otacon brought up a theory
    about "parallel universes."
    As usual, Otacon gave far more of an
    explanation than necessary. But in a
    nutshell, the idea was that rather than a
    single universe, there were countless
    universes existing in parallel. That
    
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    meant that one universe might be
    exactly the same as mine, except the
    number of hairs on my head was off by
    one. In another universe, civilization
    might have sprung from paramecia.
    There could even be a universe full of
    monsters. Otacon thought these
    universes were supposed to be mutually
    exclusive, but for some reason had
    begun randomly intersecting. That was
    how the Olga we knew became switched
    
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    with an Olga from a parallel universe,
    and how that monster came to be in
    ours. And Otacon warned that the
    phenomenon seemed to be progressing
    as we spoke.
    But if his theory was correct, we were in
    for big trouble. For example, it was
    possible that in an hours, I might switch
    with another version of myself from a
    different universe. Otacon might have
    already been switched with a different
    
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    Otacon. What would happen to us if we
    switched to a universe, say, where the
    Moon was about to collide with the Earth
    or something? It was simply impossible
    to predict what might happen next.
    Fortunately, the moon hadn't smashed
    into use yet - or at least not in our
    universe. Of course, that didn't
    guarantee we'd be safe tomorrow.
    "How's the analysis of the VR system
    coming?"
    
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    Otacon shook his head.
    "I'm not getting anything at all...."
    
    
    Otacon looked sick when he heard Olga
    had said that the VR system was the
    root of the problem. He told me that the
    Koppelthorn Engine, the heart of the
    new VR system, was a quantum
    computational device designed by
    Dr. Koppelthorn, but the principles
    behind it remained unknown. He
    
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    opened the housing, a literal black box,
    and found nothing inside except some
    mysterious circuits, clattering gears,
    and what appeared to be some iron
    spheres. But somehow, it worked.
    That's probably why it was such a
    source of excitement for some people.
    Pseudo-science aficionados had
    examined the thing, but the only
    conclusions thus far had centered
    around the possibility that it made use
    
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    of components from UFOs or aftifacts
    from a lost civilization. Meaning nobody
    had figured out what made it tick. And
    what's more, nobody had ever seen this
    Dr. Koppelthorn himself or herself
    either.
    So what was the connection between
    the mysterious VR system and the
    collision of the parallel universes? Olga
    had said that the root of the problem
    was the VR system's "peeking" into
    
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    other universes. But Mei Ling had her
    own theory. The Koppelthorn Engine-
    based VR system wasn't simply
    constructing a virtual reality through its
    calculations, but managed to get around
    the wall separating the parallel
    universes, peering into parallel realities
    that satisfied certain requirements, and
    incorporating that information into the
    VR systems virtual reality construct.
    Perhaps that observation and
    
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    interference was creating the
    disturbance in the parallel universes.
    But that wasn't all, said Mei Ling.
    Perhaps Olga was searching for the
    Gurlugon because it was the cause of
    the distortion among the parallel
    universes. The Gurlugon had become
    the fulcrum around which space had
    warped. And if that was true, there
    would be no way to stop the distortion
    without getting rid of the Gurlugon
    
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    itself.
    And for that reason, we continued
    searching for the Gurlugon. We'd lost
    all trace of the monster, and hadn't
    made any further progress into
    analyzing the VR system. But the
    disturbance of the Parallel universes
    might well be continuing. It was
    possible that some of the universes
    might even be in peril. And it was
    equally possible that our universe
    
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    could follow the same path moments
    later. We were completely frazzled.
    
    
    Suddenly, Mei Ling spoke.
    "If killing Gurlugon will make things
    right, there might be a way."
    "What do you mean?"
    Otacon raises his face, and Mei Ling
    began her explanation.
    "If it's true that the VR system can
    interfere with other parallel universes,
    
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    why not try killing Gurlugon within the
    VR system? That could mean we're
    actually killing the original Gurlugon,
    and the Gurlugon in our universe could
    disappear...."
    "Isn't that just a little too extreme?"
    objected Otacon.
    To which Mei Ling shot back:
    "We can't just sit back and stare at the
    photo! We've got to do something!
    You agree with me, right, Snake?!"
    
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    "I'm not sure...." I answered. Her logic
    seemed extreme no matter how I
    looked at it. But at the same time, I had
    the feeling that I'd end up doing it
    anyway. Doing something for the sake
    of doing it wasn't the answer, but I had
    to agree we still hadn't come up with a
    solution to the problem.
    A few hours later, I squared off against
    Gurlugon inside the VR system.
    
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    Gurlugon defeated, we turned the VR
    system off. But somehow, I still wasn't
    convinced. I removed the headset and
    spoke to Otacon.
    "So. Do you think we really did it?"
    Otacon shrugged. Looked like he felt
    the same way I did.
    Just then, Mei Ling said:
    "Of coarse the mission has succeeded."
    I saw a wicked smile on her face.
    "We've just lost the only way to restore
    
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    the parallel universes to normal."
    "What did you say?!" I said, rising
    from the seat. Mei Ling responded:
    "There's no question that the Gurlugon
    was the singularity that represented the
    warp in the parallel universes. But the
    only way to restore space as we know
    it wasn't destroying the singularity. The
    solution was to capture the singularity,
    perform a counter-unitary conversation via
    the Koppelthorn Engine, thereby
    
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    dispersing the wave function to its state
    before convergence..."
    Mei Ling continued, her voice full of
    satisfaction.
    "Anyway, the disappearance of the
    singularity means the disappearance of
    the only method to restore space, too."
    "Who are you?!"
    Mei Ling sneered at Otacon's cry.
    "TO borrow Olga's words, I'm not the
    Mei Ling you know. But no hard
    
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    feelings, okay? I was just following
    someone's orders to complete a certain
    objective."
    "Someone? Who?" I asked her back.
    "My husband." Mei Ling replied sweetly.
    "I believe he's called Solidus in your
    universe."
    "Solidus?!" we screamed without
    thinking. Mei Ling slowly pointed at a
    wall and said:
    "Oh, speak of the devil..."
    
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    Just then, the wall exploded. Debris
    poured from the gap. Dust enveloped
    the area. And Solidus Snake, clad in a
    powered suit, stood in the middle.
    Solidus said to Mei Ling,
    "Kept you waiting, huh?"
    "Honey!"
    Mei Ling
     threw herself into Solidus'
     arms.
     I dove for Solidus. He fired a missile
     from his snake hand. A dazzling flash.
    
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    An explosion. I was thrown against the
    wall. I lost consciousness momentarily.
    By the time I managed to get to my
    feet, I saw Solidus cradling Mei Ling
    and escaping through the hold he'd just
    blown in the wall.
    
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    In the end, I couldn't keep up with
    Solidus. Otacon and I discussed what
    to do next as we stood in our
    half-destroyed hideout. If they were
    telling the truth, we'd just lost the way
    to restore the balance of the parallel
    universes. But there still had to be
    something we could do.... Finally,
    Otacon spoke.
    "What about Olga?"
    It wasn't a bad idea. The Olga we'd run
    
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    into at Big Shell seemed to have a
    good grasp of the situation. She might
    be able to come up with some kind of
    solution. There was just one problem.
    Where could she be?
    I told Otacon my concerns, and he
    nodded with confidence.
    "I have an idea."
    
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    "So, what's your skill?" asked Otacon.
    A beautiful black woman with a slender
    build was sitting in front of us. She
    was too cheerful. She laughed far too
    often.
    "I've got, like, really good luck!"
    "Good luck?! Is that a skill?"
    "You betcha!"
    Somewhat dismissively, I watched
    Otacon continue questioning the
    applicant.
    
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    Otacon had placed an ad entitled
    "Wanted: Gurlugon Search Team
    Members!" in the city's main
    newspaper the other day. "Let's catch
    the mysterious monster with our own
    hands! We have creditable information
    about where the creature will appear.
    Experience a plus. Details to be
    discussed during an interview...."
    Unbelievable, quite a few people had
    shown up. We'd already met with more
    
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    than ten people, but there was still no
    sign of Olga.
    "We'll contact you later."
    "I really look forward to hearing from
    ya!"
    The woman stood up, gave him a big
    smile, and left. I said to Otacon,
    "DO you really thing this is going to
    work?!"
    "She has to be on the lookout for
    information about Gurlugon. She'll
    
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    show up."
    "But all we've gotten so fare are
    weirdos! Like that old man whose still
    was back flips and sliding, and..."
    "Yeah, he was funny!"
    "Hey!"
    Obviously, Otacon was getting a kick
    out of the whole scene.
    "Relax. Let's wait a little bit longer.
    Next!" yelled Otacon. The door
    opened. Lo and behold, in walked Olga.
    
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    Back in the remains of our hideout,
    we explained the situation to Olga.
    After hearing our full account, Olga
    told us that there was still a way out.
    "it's true that the Gurlugon singularity
    might have been erased, but that
    doesn't necessarily mean that all of
    singularities in all of the parallel
    universes have been."
    A glimmer of hope flashed through
    Otacon's eyes.
    
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    "You mean there are other
    singularities?"
    "Most likely. But their forms and
    locations in the parallel universes are
    unknown. They won't be easy to find."
    "we have some data about Gurlugon.
    If we analyze its pattern, scan the
    vicinity of the strange attractor with VR,
    maybe we can..."
    Otacon and Olga continued their
    technical discussion. The end result,
    
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    said Otacon, was settling on a method
    to find the singularities of other parallel
    universes by continuously and finely
    adjusting the wave function parameter
    of the VR system to mimic the unique
    pattern generated by a singularity.
    In other words, it looked like I'd
    have to make through a series of VR
    constructs. Preparations were made
    faster then I expected.
    I returned to the seat of the VR system.
    
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    Otacon said, "I'll tell you as soon as I
    locate the singularity. Until then, I want
    you to continue clearing VR stages.
    But be careful. I don't think Solidus will
    just take this sitting down. You may
    run into traps. Stay alert!"
    Otacon initialized the VR system.
    A virtual reality spread before my eyes.
    
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    "Located any singularities?" I asked
    Otacon.
    "No, not yet," echoed Otacon's voice
    through the VR construct.
    "Let me try a different setting. I'm
    getting ready. Hold on a minute."
    I was left along in the virtual reality.
    "You must have figured out how to find
    singularities using VR, Snake. But you
    won't find one," boomed a voice
    suddenly from out of nowhere. It was
    
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    Solidus.
    I called Otacon.
    "Otacon, it's Solidus."
    "I know. I detected him from my end,
    too. He's hacking into the VR system,
    but he wasn't gotten full control yet.
    Let's hurry into the next VR construct.
    Are you ready?"
    A new VR space spread in front of my
    eyes.
    
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    (If you don't get a high enough score)
    
    "How are you doing, Otacon?"
    I asked empty air. Otacon's voice
    answered.
    "I detected a likely pattern. But it's too
    far away. Change the settings of your
    variables and aim for a higher score.
    Let's try again!"
    I squared off. It looked like I had to get
    a higher score this time. The VR
    simulation began again.
    
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    "How are you doing, Otacon?"
    I asked empty air. Otacon's voice
    answered.
    "We're getting a lot closer I'll get
    ready for the next setting."
    As soon as I nodded, I heard Mei Ling's
    voice. "They're doing a lot better than
    we expected, aren't they?"
    "Indeed. We'd better change our
    strategy. We're going to have to
    somehow block the singularity so they
    
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    can't get any closer," answered
    Solidus' disembodied voice.
    "How about using 'them'?"
    "It's too dangerous. Even if they did
    stop Snake, it'd be pointless if the
    world was destroyed in the process."
    "True enough."
    "Using 'them' has to be our last resort."
    "Everything is in your hands, honey."
    Their voices were a lot clearer than
    before. They were definitely getting
    
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    closer. I yelled to Otacon: "Otacon, it's
    Solidus!"
    "I know. Their intrusion is progressing.
    We have to find the singularity before
    they get full control. Let's go!"
    
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    "Otacon, have you sighted a
    singularity?" I asked from inside the
    VR.
    "I'm picking up a reaction! Hurry to
    the next goal!"
    "Honey! Snake is..."
    I heard Mei Ling click her tongue.
    I heard it as if she was whispering to
    me. Solidus answered,
    "I know. It may be time to use 'them.'
    Get ready."
    
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    "Roger that."
    I heard Otacon's excited voice.
    "Come in, Snake! Solidus has taken
    control of the VR system! We don't
    have much time. Let's begin!"
    
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    There was nothing there. There was no
    light, no sound, no feeling of
    temperature or even of height. Was
    this the singularity? I called Otacon.
    But it was Solidus who answered.
    "You're in what's called - how can I put
    this so you can understand it? - a gap
    between parallel universes."
    "Solidus?! What are you tryin to
    do?! Why are you trying to destroy
    the universe?!" I screamed.
    
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    "Destroy? Don't be stupid. This is a
    correction. Back to how things should
    be..."
    "What do you mean?!"
    "I don't know who created the
    Koppelthorn Engine, or where or when,
    or even why. But my guess is that it
    was designed as part of a grid
    computing system spread between the
    parallel universes."
    Grid computing. I'd heard the term from
    
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    Otacon. It was a technique for creating
    a networked supercomputer with
    massive computational abilities by
    connecting numerous servers. If one
    could be built spanning across
    countless parallel universes, it would
    be possible to obtain near-limitless
    computing power.
    "But when the universe-spanning
    Koppelthorn Engine was applied to the
    VR system, it became a device for
    
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    controlling possibility itself." Solidus
    continued.
    "Controlling?"
    "That's correct. When a VR system
    using the Koppelthorn Engine is
    instructed to build a virtual reality
    having a given set of conditions, it
    selects a group of universes having the
    potential to satisfy those conditions from
    amount a still indefinite number of
    parallel universes that still have wave
    
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    functions that have not converged.
    It then presents these as the VR
    construct you see before you. What you
    call VR training is nothing less then the
    external observation of parallel universes!"
    I recalled the bizarre sensation of
    possessing another person's body
    when I was engaged in VR training.
    I suppose that was the sensation of
    interfering with another universe.
    
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    Solidus' voice echoed:
    "When you go through VR training,
    your actions within virtual reality are
    reflected in a set of corresponding
    universes. The resulting interference
    simultaneously acts as observation with
    regards to a group of still-indefinite
    parallel universes besides the one that
    is receiving the interference. That
    means that the possibilities of the
    universe converge on the conditions
    
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    corresponding to the actions you took.
    For example, let's say you just killed an
    enemy soldier within the VR simulation.
    That means that the universe containing
    the killed soldier was observed and
    made definite. In other words, universes
    where the soldier has not been killed
    lose their indefinite potential and are
    erased from existence," Solidus
    continued.
    "The only universe permitted to exist
    
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    in the end is the one that doesn't
    contradict the actions you took in
    the VR simulation. Do you realize what
    this means? When your game is over
    in the VR system and you try again,
    the potential for existence for that very
    universe is denied and eliminated as
    never having existed. That means that
    every single time you replay the game,
    an uncounted number of universes are
    destroyed!"
    
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    I was in total shock.
    "The disturbance of the parallel
    universes you've seen is a distortion
    generated by external interference.
    I suppose you could see it as the death
    cries of the universes that have been
    killed off. The singularities are a
    condensed form of that distortion."
    I had a flashback of Olga, the
    Gurlugon, and Mei Ling. If this
    disturbance has really been caused by
    
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    external interference, that meant....
    "That means my own universe is
    receiving interference from VR systems
    in other universes?"
    "Or course. Haven't you ever felt like
    your body wasn't your own, like you
    took an unexpected action after the
    fact? Or you were able to do
    something you didn't think was
    possible? That's because of
    interference from other universes.
    
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    Perhaps the reason you were able to
    topple Shadow Moses is because of a
    helping hand from someone in another
    universe." Solidus' laugh echoed
    through the space.
    "Through my research into parallel
    universes, I learned that I was killed
    many times in different worlds.
    I decided to protect my selves. I refuse
    to recognize any universe when I am
    killed! And that's why I decided to
    
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    make thing right with the VR system.
    I interfere with other parallel universes
    using the VR system and control them
    such that I won't die there. I don't care
    how much of a disturbance I create or
    how many contradictory universes are
    eliminated. The only things that's
    important is my survival. Period."
    "That's crazy!"
    "Do you really have the right to criticize
    me? Haven't you refused to recognize
    
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    your own failures within the VR
    simulation by retrying a level again?"
    Solidus laughed at my lack of a
    comeback.
    "This conversation is over. I won't give
    up the singularity. And I can't let you
    restore the universes that I have
    corrected. So I'd like you to stay
    here... FOREVER!" He spat.
    "You're going to regret forcing me to
    break the seal. 'They' will be here
    
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    soon... a loathsome unit, infamous in
    uncountable universes, hatred and
    feared by all. Their presence along has
    the ability to destroy a world. They are
    children of darkness on whom is
    focused the combined hate of the
    entire universe. The princess of hell
    and the prince of chaos. Allow me to
    introduce... Rose and Jack!!"
    A dazzling light enveloped everything.
    
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    "Jack! Earth to Jack!" Rose leaned
    over the table. She cocked her head
    and looked into my eyes.
    "What's wrong? You looked out of it."
    I gently stroked Rose's hair.
    "Uh... I was enchanted by your eternal
    beauty."
    "Very funny, Jack."
    Rose became as bashful as a little girl.
    "I'm being serious."
    Rose touched my hand.
    
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    "Do you remember what day tomorrow
    is?"
    "What, March 21st?"
    "Yeah."
    "Of coarse. It's the luckiest day of my
    entire life. The day I met you." I said.
    "Wrong!"
    "...Really?"
    "Yep."
    Rose puffed out her cheeks.
    "I'm sorry. I think of how lucky I am to
    
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    have met you every day, so I always
    think of the anniversary as being right
    around the corner.
    "That doesn't exactly make sense, but
    I'm happy to hear it anyway," smiled
    Rose. "By the way, your mission this
    time is to defuse all bombs. Good luck."
    
    
    My vision darkened. Just then,
    I thought I heard someone calling me
    from far away. For some reason, hte
    
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    voice seemed very familiar.
    "Snake, that's Solidus' trap!
    Wake up!"
    
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    (From here you have a choice to get out of VR and continue or stay in the VR
    to hear some very funny stories a few of them are below I didn't write all
    of them.
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    I'm smack in the middle of the
    battleground on a mission. The roar of
    cannons and gunfire punctuate the
    darkness. Conditions are unbelievably
    harsh this time around. No one on
    either side is without injury, and the
    bodies of the dead lie sprawled
    everywhere. It's hell on Earth.
    I instinctively duck, feeling a bullet cut
    through the air inches away. Just then,
    the Codec rings. It's Rose.
    
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    "Do you want to.... Jack? What
    happened to the mission?"
    "I'm in the middle of it!"
    "Oh, that's right."
    "Whats is it?"
    Rose hesitated for a moment before
    she spoke.
    "...Jack, I need to talk."
    "Talk?"
    "Yes, it's very important. And we'll talk
    about it, tomorrow."
    
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    Why is she telling me now about
    something she wants to discuss
    tomorrow? Confused, I put the
    question to her:
    "Why not now?"
    Rose eagerly said:
    "All right, I'll tell you. Jack... I'm...
    I'm carrying..."
    A heavy silence filled the air. Finally,
    Rose seemed to make up her mind.
    "...I think I'm gaining weight! I'm
    
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    getting love handles. What should I
    do?"
    "What should you...? I didn't notice at
    all!"
    "Really? But my old skirt is getting
    kind of tight on me...."
    "If it really bothers you that much, why
    don't you start working out? I'll even
    join you if you like."
    "That's great! How about jogging?
    Oh, before I forget, you mission this
    
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    time is to hold up all enemies and get
    to the goal. Good luck."
    
    
    My vision darkened. Just then,
    I thought I heard someone calling me
    from far away. For some reason, the
    voice seemed very familiar.
    "Snake! Get out of Solidus' trap!"
    
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    Rose and I were having dinner at a
    riverside restaurant. Rose was beautiful
    this night, as usual. A bit of wind had
    made her already cute cheeks all rosy.
    Just as the main dish was being served,
    the Colonel ran up to the table.
    "Raiden, something happened to me
    last Thursday...."
    "Colonel! What's wrong? Were you
    abducted by aliens again?"
    The Colonel became upset.
    
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    "Aliens?! What the hell-- There's no
    such thing as aliens! I highly
    disapprove."
    "What is it, then?"
    Making a visible effort to calm himself,
    the Colonel began his story.
    "Listen carefully. There's a barley field
    behind my house. Thursday night,
    I saw something - many things - flashing
    in there. When I went into the field the
    next morning, I discovered that the
    
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    stalks of barley had been flattened into
    huge circular patterns. They were very
    complex.... What do you think?"
    "Huh?"
    I was at a loss for words, but Rose
    answered on my behalf.
    "You know, I think it's some kind of a
    message."
    The Colonel said in a shaky voice:
    "I... I thought so. I guess I'll need some
    scissors, then.... Anyway, your mission
    
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    this time is to destroy all targets and
    head to the goal. Stay focused."
    
    
    My vision darkened. Just then,
    I thought I heard someone calling me
    from far away. For some reason, the
    voice seemed very familiar.
    "Snake! You're caught in Solidus'
    trap! Get out of VR mode!"
    
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    Rose and I were taking a walk in the
    park early one afternoon. The sunlight
    filtered down through the treetops.
    We walked to a pond and sat down on
    a bench. As I put my arm around Rose,
    somebody jumped out of the pond with
    an odd squeal. It was Vamp! Pulling
    out a knife, he threw it directly at us.
    Protecting Rose with my body, I drew
    my gun and shot down the knife.
    I continued firing. A bullet struck Vamp
    
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    between the eyes, knocking him to the
    ground. But groaning slightly, he stood
    back up again. I heard Rose's trembling
    voice.
    "I don't believe it.... How...?"
    Licking a trickle of his blood with his
    long tongue, Vamp replied:
    "I died once already, I can't die twice."
    Rose nodded.
    "Well, I guess it can't be helped, then."
    Squealing again, Vamp lunged toward
    
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    the pond. Landing directly on the
    ponds's surface, he ran across while
    yelling:
    "Your mission this time is to take out
    all enemies and get to the goal!
    Go, NOW!"
    
    
    My vision darkened. Just then,
    I thought I heard someone calling me
    from far away. For some reason, the
    voice seemed very familiar.
    
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    "Snake! Get out of VR! Turn it off!
    Exit!"
    
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    Rose and I were watching a monster
    movie in her bedroom. Suddenly, the
    screen filled with static.
    "Is it broken?"
    When I got up from the bed, the
    static-filled television screen began to
    speak.
    "Raiden, are you receiving? We're still
    here."
    "The La-li-lu-le-lo?!" said Rose, in
    shock. The La-li-lu-le-lo continued:
    
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    "Raiden. You want to know who we
    are, don't you?"
    I jumped from the bed in surprise.
    The La-li-lu-le-lo let out something
    approximating a laugh.
    "Heh, heh, heh. As you already know,
    we're not what you'd call -- human.
    But you know what? Toilets get all
    kinds of stains: dried urine, yellow
    stains, water stains.... They need
    constant cleaning. Don't you agree?"
    
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    "What are you talking about?!"
    Just then, I heard another voice from
    the radio, in spite of it being turned off.
    "Raiden, are you receiving? We're still
    here."
    "Ta-ti-tu-te-to! Jack! It's the
    Ta-ti-tu-te-to!" shrieked Rose.
    The Ta-ti-tu-te-to said,
    "Heh, heh, heh. We have some advice
    for you about those yellow stains.
    First, lay some toilet paper over the
    
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    stain. Then sprinkle on the detergent.
    Let it sit for a few minutes, and then
    scrub hard... with the paper."
    "What the--?!"
    As soon as the words left my mouth,
    the answering machine began to speak.
    "Raiden, are you receiving? We're still
    here."
    "I-ro-ha-ni-ho-he-to?! Oh, no, Jack!
    What should we do?!"
    Rose held on to my arm. I held her as
    
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    she trembled. The I-ro-ha-ni-ho-he-to
    said,
    "Make sure to pay attention to the rim,
    inside the toilet. The urine sprays onto
    it."
    The La-li-lu-le-lo jumped in.
    "Wear rubber gloves, and use a sponge
    or a piece of cloth to rub dirty spots
    you can't reach with a brush."
    The Ta-ti-tu-te-to continued.
    "It wouldn't be a bad idea to use an old
    
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    toothbrush."
    The I-ro-ha-ni-ho-he-to spoke up.
    "Don't forget to wipe the outside of the
    toilet or the floor, either. If you leave
    any urine stains behind, it'll smell later."
    I yelled a question.
    "What in the hell does this have to do
    with who you are?!"
    "NOTHING!!!" La-li-lu-le-lo yelled
    back. I was floored.
    "Uh, so... what's your point, then?"
    
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    The three of them answered at the
    same time.
    "Heh, heh, heh.... Our point is very
    simple."
    The La-li-lu-le-lo said:
    "This time..."
    Ta-ti-tu-te-to said:
    "...your..."
    The I-ro-ha-ni-ho-he-to said:
    "...mission is..."
    Rose said:
    
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    "...to get to the goal without being
    discovered. Good luck!"
    
    
    My vision darkened. Just then,
    I thought I heard someone calling me
    from far away. For some reason, the
    voice seemed very familiar.
    "Snake! Get out of VR! Turn it off!
    Exit!"
    
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    I was enveloped in an overpoweringly
    bright light. The next moment, I was
    thrown into a huge space with a
    mysteriously lit floor surface. I could
    hear Otacons voice.
    "Snake! Snake!! Are you okay?!"
    I shook my head to clear a mile
    headache. It felt like I'd been dreaming
    for a long time.
    "I've completely retaken control of the
    VR system from Solidus!" said Otacon
    
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    excitedly.
    "That's good. So where's the
    singularity...?"
    I've found it! It's there! You're in the
    singularity! Now we can start returning
    the universe to normal!"
    Just then, I felt something huge closing
    in from the front. A Metal Gear RAY
    emerged from the darkness. Then a
    second one, then more, right after the
    others. Otacon screamed:
    
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    "It's Solidus' final attempt to stop us!
    I need a little more time to finish things
    on my end. Just hold on for a little bit!"
    The Metal Gear RAY units closed in.
    I squared off against them. I'd have to
    fight until Otacon finished his work.
    
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    When I camo to, I once again found
    myself in what Solidus had called the
    gap between the parallel universes.
    I heard Otacon's happy voice from
    somewhere.
    "Snake! We did it! Everything went
    perfectly on my end! Space has begun
    to repair itself!"
    "Exactly like it was before?" I spoke to
    thin air.
    "Should be. You should be pulled into
    
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    our universe soon. But it looks like the
    repairs are occurring sequentially.
    It could be some time before everything
    goes back to normal...."
    "SNAKE!!" echoed Solidus' angry
    voice.
    There was a flash of light, and when
    I opened my eyes I found myself
    standing atop the destroyed Federal
    Hall along with Solidus. Solidus drew
    his swords. I said:
    
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    "Just stop! It's over. The universe is
    repairing itself."
    "No, it's not over. If I manage to kill
    you here, at least one universe where
    I survive will be made definite!"
    "Stop it! There has to be another way!
    I'm returning to my universe. I have no
    intention of interfering with yours.
    There's no reason for us to fight!!"
    But Solidus merely laughed at my
    words, readying his swords. He fixed
    
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    me with a piercing, menacing stare.
    "Enough talk! FIGHT ME!!"
    
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    Solidus tumbled from the roof of Federal
    Hall. I threw my hand out for him, but
    caught nothing but air. Solidus' body fell
    in silence. I couldn't do anything but
    watch. The moment his body hit the
    ground, I was enveloped in a blindingly
    powerful light,
    
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    When the light cleared, I found myself
    in the hideout. Otacon and Olga stood
    right in front of me. Otacon raised his
    hand.
    "Hi. Welcome back, Snake."
    "Your return could mean that I'll be
    next to go," said Olga.
    "We'll miss you."
    Olga smiled gently.
    "I'll miss you, too. But I have to go.
    There's somebody I want to see."
    
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    "Your kid?"
    Olga looked at me in surprise.
    "What? I don't have any children....
    not yet."
    She lowered her eyes as if
    embarrassed and said,
    "My husband is waiting for me."
    "H-Husband?!" Otacon and I
    exclaimed in shock.
    "That's right. In my universe..."
    I quickly interrupted her.
    
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    "No. We'd probably be better off not knowing."
    Olga smiled broadly. A bright light
    enveloped her body, and she was gone.
    Otacon said sadly:
    "She's gone."
    "Yeah."
    "...But now that I think of it, the Snake
    standing in front of me seems different
    from the Snake I know from my
    universe...."
    
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    It was just as Otacon said. In an
    uncountable number of parallel
    universes, there had to be some that
    were incredibly similar. We hadn't felt
    anything out of the ordinary, but it was
    possible that the Otacon in front of me
    was a millimeter taller than the Otacon I
    knew. Or maybe he didn't like dogs.
    Perhaps his father was still alive.
    The memories we thought we shared
    might have been erased from existence.
    
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    But there was no way to check for sure.
    As I stood engrossed in though,
    Otacon extended an open palm.
    "... The Snake in my universe owes me
    a hundred bucks."
    Ignoring him, I said:
    "The Otacon from my universe wouldn't
    be angry even if I told him I accidentally
    broke one of his action figure toys."
    Otacon's eyes widened in shock.
    "What?! Which one did you break?!"
    
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    I let out a laugh. Soon both of us were
    laughing. We realized something.
    We might not have the same shared
    memories. And perhaps we'd be going
    to different universes shortly. But one
    thing was clear. We were friends.
    The world filled bright light.
    Otacon and I shook hands.
    
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    When I came to, I was sitting in a chair
    in the hideout. I looked around the
    room. It was the same hideout as ever.
    There was no trace of the damage
    Solidus had caused. Had I returned to
    just before the whole incident even
    happened? MY path of vision crossed
    with Otacon, who was sitting across
    from me.
    "Did we come back?" asked Otacon.
    Judging from his tone of voice, it
    
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    seemed he'd been through a similar
    experience to mine. But there had to be
    an uncountable number of universes
    where nearly the same thing had
    occurred. I didn't know if this Otacon
    had been in the same universe with me,
    and there was no way to check. But I
    didn't really care. The person sitting in
    front of me was Otacon.
    "It's all over..." said Otacon, stretching.
    Something occurred to me, and I said:
    
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    "Are you sure?"
    "What do you mean?"
    "...I just wonder if it's really over yet."
    I told Otacon about what I couldn't get
    out of my head. When I faced Solidus
    at the end, I really hadn't wanted to
    fight him. But I did fight, and I killed
    him. It was as if I hadn't been in control
    of my own body.... Solidus said the
    Koppelthorn Engine and the VR system
    interfered with the parallel universes,
    
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    but what if he was wrong? Or what if
    there was another device that allowed
    one to externally observe and interfere
    with a parallel universe...?
    "You're thinking too much," Otacon
    said, laughing it off. "And anyway..."
    He leaned towards me.
    "Did you say you broke one of my
    action figures?!"
    "No, I was just..."
    Suddenly the door opened, and in
    
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    walked Mei Ling. She looked like
    nothing had happened to her at all.
    "Hey, check this out!"
    Mei Ling threw us the tabloid she'd
    brought with her.
    
    The tabloid reads once again
    (Monster at Big Shell)
    
    Whew well that was a pain to type and I can't help but find this story a
    little creepy don't you? But remember Snake Tales have nothing to do with
    the actual story their kind of like as another FAQ put it the Twilight
    Zone version of the Metal Gear series.
    
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    IX. Any questions or corrections?
    
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    Although I have worked very hard on this FAQ making sure every word was right
    and double-checking the text I was copying was accurate. I tried to make my
    synopsis as easy to read as possible. I am only human and can make mistakes if
    you have any revisions or changes I can make or simply have game questions
    please by all means e-mail me at
    wesker@smartbee.com.
    
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    X. Copyright Information
    
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    Copyright 2003 Wesker (Mark Wynn).
    
    This FAQ may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
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