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                 === A COMPLETE PLOT SUMMARY & ANALYSIS ===
                       
                             === OF ===

                    === THE METAL GEAR SERIES ===  

                                    BY GRANT MORRISSEY

Contents

1.  Introduction, Legal mumbo-jumbo, Update History & Disclaimer
2.  Metal Gear
     (i) Plot Summary
3.  Metal Gear 2- Solid Snake
     (i) Plot Summary
4.  Metal Gear Solid
    (i) 'Briefing'
    (ii) 'Arrival'
    (iii) 'Storage Building'
    (iv) 'Torture'
    (v) 'Furnace'
    (vi) 'Re-Union'
    (vii) 'Revelations'
    (viii) 'The End of the Run'
    (ix) Legend
    (x) Epilogue
    (xi) Conclusions
    (xii) Observations
    (xiii) Unanswered Questions
    (xiv) 'Different Endings' - Otacon                     
    (xv) Somewhat Frequently Asked Questions
    (xvi)Themes of 'Metal Gear Solid'
         *. The Perils of Nuclear Weapons
         *. Tampering with the natural order
         *. Independence
         *. Confinement
         *. Love
 5. 'Metal Gear Solid 2- Son's of Liberty'
    (i) What everyone knew...or thought they knew...
    (ii) 'Discovery'
 6. Game Characters
    (i) Solid Snake
    (ii) Roy Campbell
    (iii) McDonald "Master" Miller
    (iv) Liquid Snake
    (v) Revolver Ocelot
    (vi) Psyco Mantis
    (vii) Sniper Wolf
    (viii) Decoy Octopus
    (ix) Vulcan Raven
    (x) Big Boss
 7. Conclusion, Kudos and Contact Details.

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          INTRODUCTION, LEGAL MUMBO-JUMBO & UPDATE HISTORY

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

	The main motivation for me to do this was my annoyance at the
complete LACK of ANY comprehensive summary of Metal Gear Solid on the
internet (to my knowledge) I also wanted to get some writting
experience...and have something to do on Friday and Saturday nights
beside's sit on the computer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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DISCLAIMER
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                      WARNING DANGER CAUTION ETC

THIS DOCUMENT, LIKE ALL THE OTHER PLOT AFFILIATED DOCUMENTS ON THE INTERNET, 
DEALS WITH IN GAME REVELATIONS AND INFORMATION THAT WE KNOW. 

THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY DOCUMENT THAT DEALS STRICTLY WITH PLOT ASPECTS OF THE 
METAL GEAR SOLID SERIES. IF YOUR DUMB ENOUGH TO ASK ME SOMETHING TO DO WITH 
GAMEPLAY- I WILL NOT RESPOND. ALL OF THE METAL GEAR SOLID DOCUMENTS ON THE 
INTERNET, MINUS THIS ONE, HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH GAMEPLAY

AND PERHAPS THE BIGGEST WARNING- THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T 
PLAYED THE GAMES YET, I 100% GUARANTEE THAT THIS DOCUMENT WILL *RUIN* THE GAME 
FOR YOU AND *DESTROY* ANY PLEASURE YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

METAL GEAR SOLID 2 IS DUE FOR A LATE 2001 RELEASE. IF ANYONE DECIDES TO DO ME 
A "FAVOR" AND "SURPRISE" ME WITH A COMPLETE SUMMARY OF THE GAME (INCLUDING THE 
DEMO) - I WILL NOT READ IT. THAT MEANS *IT WILL NOT GET POSTED* AND THAT MEANS 
***YOU WASTED YOUR TIME*** MGS2 WILL BE PLAYED AND ENJOYED BY ME BEFORE ANY 
COVERAGE ON IT IS DONE HERE- I DON'T PLAN ON HAVING THE GAME SPOILT FOR ME BEFORE 
I PLAY IT!

 And now...on with the show!!! (cliche #7361)

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                           ***METAL GEAR***

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

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

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

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

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

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

	Having lost Metal Gear, Big Boss activated the self-destruct
system of the underground base. While the countdown to destruction
continued, his screamed echoed in the emptiness
	"YOU HAVE GONE TO FAR. TOO FAR!!!"

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

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                     ***METAL GEAR 2: SOLID SNAKE***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                         ***METAL GEAR SOLID***

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

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

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

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

                 From "IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE"

                      The Song of Mercenaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 	Snake fool's a guard, who caught a cold off Meryl and went to the 
bathroom, into coming into his cell. He kill's him and escapes. He makes his way 
through the facility back to where Meryl was shot. He run's past the blood-soaked 
ground but then turns around and walk's back to the spot where she was shot. He 
remembers her final word's to him & her willingness to sacrifice herself in order 
to help Snake complete his mission. 

 	"I was a fool. I wanted to be a soldier. But war is ugly, there's nothing 
glamorous about it. Snake...please...save yourself. Go on living and don't give 
up on people. Don't forget me"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the ending of Metal Gear Solid we know the following things:

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

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

3) Metal Gear Rex has been destroyed

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

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

6) In addition, we know that Meryl was not Campbell's niece, as stated
in the briefing, but infact his daughter.

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

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

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

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

2) Separated at birth- Revolver Ocelot and 'Wheel of Time's' Thom
Merrilin?

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

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

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

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

7) 'Buffy: The Vampire Slayer' season 5 finale, at the very end, remind you of 
MGS at all? With her urging to her sis to choose life and live, and the way in 
which that BIG THING happened (you know what I mean- I don't want to spoil it for 
you if you don't know) was simular to the cinematic after you kill Vulcan Raven? 
   
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1) Naomi helped "Frank" hide for 2 years- but what was he doing in that time? 
Surely a person, with such an advanced exoskeleton, wouldn't stayed couped up in 
a house or equivalent space for that amount of time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. What exactly IS FOX-HOUND?

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

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

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

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

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

Physical Exam

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

Psychological Exam

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

Intelligence Exam

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

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

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

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

Q. When does MGS take place?

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

Q. Why was Liquid down in the Dock?

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

Q. Do you think that..uumm...you know...uuuhhh...Snake is...uuumm...a
virgin? I mean...think about it. He has no social skills...no experience with 
women...

A. [Expressionless Face. Develop's into pitying look] Anyway...good
question! I doubt it in anycase...he did get fairly sexist with Naomi & Meryl & 
Mei Ling. He was just the kind of person that put work first, pleasure second 
(explaining his inappropriate social skills on the island) Still...I wouldn't 
want to be one of his huskies with him when he spent 11 years in the Alaskan 
wilderness...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. Who's 'Johnny'?

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

Q. "Dunny"?

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

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

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

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

A. Because if he stopped running the world would end! DDDUUUHHHHH!!!

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

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

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

Please allow me to catch my breath...

Q. Why was there a blast furnace?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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       IRISH/GAELIC                             ENGLISH
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                                 ||
An cuimhin leat an gra           ||     Do you remember the love
Cra croi an ghra                 ||     Tormented love from the heart
Nil anois ach ceol na h-oiche    ||     It wasn't but music at night
Taim siorai i ngra               ||     It is an eternal love
Leannain le smal                 ||     It is a misfortune
Leannain le smal                 ||     It is a misfortune
                                 ||
Lig leis agus beidh leat         ||     Go now and be
Lig leis agus beidh gra          ||     Go now and be in love
                                 ||
Cuimhne leat an t-am             ||     Remember the time
Nuair a bhi tu sasta             ||     When you were satisified
                                 ||
An cuimhne leat an t-am          ||     Do you remember the time
Nuair a bhi tu ag gaire          ||     When you were happy
Ta an saol iontach               ||     Life is wonderful
ma chreideann tu ann             ||     Can you believe it
                                 ||
Tug aghaidh ar an saoi           ||     Your face says that your
is sonas siorai inar measc       ||     happiness
Ceard a tharla do na             ||     Will go on forever
laethanta sin                    ||     What happened during those
Ceard a tharla do na             ||     days?
h-oicheanta sin                  ||     What happened during those
                                 ||     nights?
                                 ||
An cuimhin leat an t-am          ||     Do you remember the time
Nuair a bhi tu faoi bhron        ||     When you were sad
An cuimhin leat an t-am          ||     Do you remember the time
Go siorai sileadh na ndeaor      ||     When you were weeping dear
                                 ||
An ormsa na orainne a bhi        ||     Myself and others were at
an locht                         ||     fault
Ag mothu cailite s'ar fan        ||     Our feelings were lost on
Cen fath an t-achrann is         ||     waiting
sileadh na ndeor                 ||     Why were we fighting for
Ta ailleacht sa saol             ||     so long?
Ma chuardaionn tu e              ||     There is beauty in life
Ta gliondar sa saol              ||     Do you believe
Cuardaimis e                     ||     there is beauty in life?
                                 ||     Believe me
---------------------------------------------------------------------
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	Thanks to Aurora02 from the MGS Gamefaqs forum for the original
lyrics. And then I extend another thank you to Damian Dennehy in his
expertise of the Irish language for informing me of the gross mistakes made in 
the translation of the OFFICIAL song lyrics (Such as the fact that Irish & Gaelic 
language is the same thing and, specifically, pointing out heaps of confusions 
between the lines "t-am", meaning "time", and "gra", meaning "love")

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


                       ----========  5  ========----

                ***METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY***

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(I) WHAT EVERYONE KNEW...OR THOUGHT THEY KNEW...
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 "In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth"
                        
 Author: Nastasha Romanenko   ||   Reviewed by George Franklin
       
        
 Some topics in the recent American past have the immediacy and power that still 
engage our collective imagination. Names like, "The Grassy Knoll," or "Roswell," 
roll off our tongue with deliberates reserved by most other nations for holy 
lands. With this new non-fiction account from Nastasha Romanenko, Shadow Moses - 
the scene of a nuclear siege two years ago - is set to join their ranks.
        
 Official history states that the takeover of a nuclear weapons disposal facility 
on a lonely outpost in the Fox Islands, Alaska was the work of a radical right-
wing group. Their demands for the release of group members incarcerated in 
federal penitentiaries were never met, and the incident was speedily resolved by 
the successful deployment of a commando unit. B.S., the author asserts.       
Romanenko says that she served as an advisor to the Nuclear Emergency Search 
Team, and deconstructs what she claims to be a cover-up story by the government 
with precision.
        
 According to the author, Shadow Moses Island was nothing less than the U.S. 
Army's testing grounds for a top-secret weapon known as Metal Gear Rex, an all-
terrain bipedal tank with advanced nuclear capabilities. As for the facilities 
takeover, Romanenko alleges that it was the U.S. military's own shadowy 
"wet-works" force, known as "FOXHOUND", that staged an armed insurrection in a bid
for REX's possession.
        
The government responds to this crisis by sending in a lone operative, a former 
FOX-HOUND member known only by the code name "Solid Snake," into Shadow Moses.
His infiltration is aided by a remote mission control team consisting of an 
unidentified "Colonel Campbell." a FOXHOUND medical chief "Naomi," a radar and 
electronics expert "Mei Ling" (supposedly a teenager), and the author
 herself. Once on the island, "Snake" joins forces with Metal Gear's developer-
turned-prisoner "Otacon" to eradicate the weapon of mass destruction.
     
 Among the other remarkable characters that make an appearance in Romanenko's 
expose another FOXHOUND commando, a revolver-virtuoso called "Shalashaska" 
a.k.a. "Revolver Ocelot." One of the most controversial  allegations in the book 
deals with this figures connection to a disavowed Russian militia led by 
a "Colonel Gurlukovich",  Romanenko paints a bleak picture of a thousand-strong, 
highly disciplined army with nuclear weaponry operating covertly within the 
American border. Even more irresistible to conspiracy scholars and students of 
recent history is her thinly veiled suggestion that the whole affair was planned 
from the beginning by certain forces inside the U.S. government.
                
The U.S. Army and the usual suspect of federal agencies have issued a statement 
denouncing the book as a complete fabrication. However, with a number of detailed 
eyewitness accounts that back up the author's assertions cropping up daily on the 
Web, the denials serve more to enhance the book's growing reputation. "Shadow 
Moses" is an engrossing read for casual and serious readers alike, and promises 
to involve readers in a meaty debate over the truth of the matter for many years 
to come.
        
    Excerpted from the literary review column  "All Booked Up"
            
                                The New York Mirror
        

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(II) 'DISCOVERY'
--------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Snake pounces. From the crate Snake jump's out and point's his weapon at the 
girl. Cooly & professionally Snake order's her to drop her gun- she does so. He 
want's to know who she is- she says she is a Nomad & a wanderer. She toy's with 
Snake- would he shoot an unarmed woman? Snake retorts he is a Nomad to. She is 
obviously surprised by his response and he order's her to drop her knife. As she 
slowly moves to get rid of the weapon the rain stops and the girl, Olga, makes a 
note of this. The ship rock's and she take's this opportunity to throw the knife. 
Snake instinctively dodges the blade, moving faster than what his vision can see, 
but loses sight of her. Pulling a spare gun from her holster, she begins firing 
at Snake and the 2 battle for their lives. Snake has to dodge both her gunshot's 
and explosives from the professional but he defeats Olga by hiding behind large 
crate's and blasting away at her with all of his skill.

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

 To many questions...no answer's at all.

       TO BE CONTINUED...


                       
			     ----========  6  ========----

                             ***CHARACTERS***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VULCAN RAVEN
-----------------------------------

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

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BIG BOSS
-----------------------------------

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

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

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                   CONCLUSION, KUDOS AND CONTACT DETAILS

	I have no doubt, this being my first FAQ, that I have made somekind of of 
error regaring Metal Gear Solid. All I can do is just pray for your forgiveness 
and hope you'll drop me a line and POLITELY explain to me if I went wrong 
anywhere. I'm prepared for ALOT of flaming about how I forgot to mention what 
color that little dot on Sniper Wolf's hankerchief is.

	This plot summary is the consequence of alot of work by me...but I also 
can't deny the sources and inspiration I have gotten from people. Heres some 
people I just HAVE to thank...

	*. Thomas Wilde / Dan Birlew
		Any of you with an elementary gaming knowledge would no-
	doubt be holding this in comparison with Thomas Wilde/Dan
	Birlew's EXCELLENT Resident Evil Plot Thesis. One day I hope this 
	thing will be a quarter-way as good as theirs but that's
	unlikely. A big thanks go out to Thomas for letting me
	essentially "rip off" the plot thesis idea from him.

	*. Aurora02 (Gamefaqs MGS Forums) and Damian Denehy
		For giving me information on 'The Best is Yet to Come'

	*. Maarten ter Huurne & Takamichi
		For their amazing translation of the manual of 	Metal Gear   
	2:  Solid Snake, which provided invaluable information on the characters 
as well as FOX-HOUND itself. If you want to play the original 2 	Metal 
Gear games through an 	emulator, or read the 	original manuals for the games 
(and listen to some chart topping MIDI tracks) visit their site at:

	http://www.msxnet.org/gtinter/mgear2us.htm

	 I've spent several months working on this and I'm not planning on 
letting this document die down. Allow me to repeat myself- THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT 
GOING ANYWHERE!!! I know whats it like to see something you really like but 
knowing it will never be updated- I'm not going to let it happen to this thing.

The online version this document is dead now as I gave up on using HTML. If your 
computer, for some stupid reason, hates TXT and loves HTML the site is still up 
(just not going to be updated) and is available at:

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

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

www.gamefaqs.com
www.neoseeker.com
www.psxcodez.com
www.gamesages.com (AKA http://codes.ign.com- when they eventually update my 
document from %$#*ing May!)

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

	Schools finished- I'm gonna have alot of free time on my hands. MGS2 is 
going to be here in a matter of weeks (hopefully) And you can expect immediate 
coverage as soon as the game is out. My PS2 is on lay-by now (OH YEAH! I KNEW you 
all were anxious to know whether I got it or not) as well so expect extended plot 
coverage- in only one place! 

Anyway- best be to you all. At the moment I can be reached through
zoobra101@hotmail.com with any questions about the game, this project or myself. 
Please write e-mails with half-way decent grammar and without excessive 
abbreviations that will cause me to have to decrypt what is said. I simply won't 
respond to e-mails I can't understand (Excepting people who write badly because 
english is their second language) Please don't send me e-mail's asking questions 
about 'Metal Gear Solid 2' either as I would not be able to answer them and 
you'll probably end up spoiling the game for me! We wouldn't want that now would 
we?

Grant 'Dispicable Moose' Morrissey

zoobra101@yahoo.com

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