|"Hmm, I don't remember that one. It mustn't be that important." |
This article is about a subject from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
- "Every cyborg is a person. People are different"
- ―Blade Wolf
Blade Wolf, officially designated IF Prototype LQ-84i, (IF standing for "Interface"), also known as Wolf and once informally referred to as K-9000 in reference to his more canine-like design, is a quadrupedal robot with a learning optical neuro-AI and a prototype verbal interface, resembling Crying Wolf's beast form. Known weapons systems included a chainsaw attached to his back that could be used to cut opponents, springloaded HF knives, a rail gun, as well as extendable claws. His tail also acted as a manipulator arm similar to that of the Gekko units. Similar unmanned gears called Fenrirs existed as well, apparently being mass-produced models of LQ-84i.
Blueprints for LQ-84i were downloaded into Raiden, an agent for the PMSC Maverick Security Consulting, Inc., during or prior to being severely injured in a mission. Maverick later recovered the cluster file via Raiden's arm, although they not only had to input a password to bypass the encryption process, but also enact an override system in the process.
LQ-84i was built as a prototype to a next-generation weapon meant to replace both human combatants and cyborgs. To achieve this, it was deemed necessary to be able to communicate and make intelligent decisions on how to act, hence why he was outfitted with an interface system. During his development, he was outfitted with a learning program, which the researchers, who doubled as his instructors, utilized with an extensive battery of conversations, the nature of which included miscellaneous matters, breakfast-table greetings, the structure of elementary particles, the challenges resulting from rapid globalization, and recent trends in music. Before that, he also was supplied with various website texts and eBooks in a steady stream to acquire literacy, which aided him into developing from an infantile state of mind, even gaining a processing reading speed of 60 megabytes for plain text for the first year. As the LQ-84i was funded by DARPA for the purpose of being a weapon, he was rarely treated by his instructors as more than equipment, although some did treat him as a pet or child. The LQ-84i, as a result of this, was also exposed to various ideals, with the stronger ones weeding out the weaker ones, similar to humans. However, although the goals of giving him intellect had succeeded with flying colors, he lacked brutality, largely because he was still not human, nor did he have humanity inside his programming. Because of this, after three years of testing, the project was cancelled, and the LQ-84i himself ended up deactivated, hence why he was a "one-of-a-kind" prototype.
Early activities with Desperado
- See also: Raid at World Marshal, Ambush in Africa, Abkhazian Coup, Investigation in Guadalajara, Raid in Denver, and Operation Tecumseh
A period of time later, Desperado Enforcement LLC. somehow managed to locate LQ-84i, and reactivate him, presumably due to Sundowner's sense of humor, as the robot had more concern for his "fellow man than an actual fellow man." Sometime afterwards, he was ordered to attack the Brazilian swordsman Samuel Rodrigues in the Denver sewers. He eventually gained the opportunity to attack Sam while utilizing stealth camouflage. Sam then told him to make his own decisions. The robot seemed to consider Sam's advice, but then attacked him again, as he had also been ordered to fight otherwise his memory would be wiped. The mech was eventually defeated by Sam, who then told him that the reason why he lost was because of their different motives for fighting: While the robot had been forced to fight, Sam fought from his own free will. LQ-84i then went offline.
After being repaired by Desperado, despite his failure, he still retained his memory. In addition, he also fought alongside Sam, now a Desperado affiliate, in three missions, with the AI gaining respect to Sam. As a result Sam was the one person he looked up to.
Coup in Abkhazia
By 2018, Sundowner viewed him as useless, although Mistral decided to have him operate under her command. It is unknown why she did this, although LQ-84i speculated that it was due to her seeking companionship and liking dogs. During the Abkhazian Coup, he was given directives to "ensure freedom" in the country, in the aftermath of Desperado and Andrey Dolzaev's coup d'état against the parliamentary government, which included killing Raiden should they meet. LQ-84i was forced to obey their orders lest his AI memory be wiped but still retained his original order to fight for freedom. He later attempted to escape for freedom when Mistral had removed his range inhibitor, although she secretly intended for Khamsin to be killed by the renegade UG. He then proceeded to escape through Abkhazia, also deducing from Mistral's words how to escape. He eventually encountered Khamsin, and killed him despite the latter's best efforts at stopping him. However, Mistral then reactivated the range inhibitor shortly thereafter and revealed her deception.
Shortly after Khamsin's death, after Raiden was redeployed by Maverick with a new cyborg outfit to Abkhazia, LQ-84i, by that point under strict orders to kill Raiden, ambushed him and attempted to cut him down with his chainsaw, but Raiden successfully parried him. Upon being questioned about his identity and purpose, LQ-84i identified himself and revealed that he was to kill Raiden under Desperado's orders. However, he also insisted that he was sentient "beyond human reckoning," and also reluctant to carry out the order, but he could not disobey the order without Desperado wiping his AI if he did. Raiden expressed doubts about his superior intellect, and tried to test him by asking him about the meaning of life. Upon learning of his orders to kill him, he then taunted him by claiming that there's no point to having a superior intellect if the LQ-84i couldn't use it. They then fought, with the LQ-84i attacking Raiden with his chainsaw and attempting to pounce on him. In addition, he occasionally retreated onto a high ledge and summoned cyborgs and Gekko to assist, remaining there until Raiden defeated them.
LQ-84i was ultimately subdued and destroyed by Raiden, with the AI relaying its last words via Codec regarding freedom , much to Raiden's bemusement. Nonetheless, his conflicted programming convinced Raiden to deliver what was left of the robot to Maverick, where he had Doktor make some adjustments and repairs. Desperado's AI wiping and remote piloting capabilities were disabled, freeing Wolf from fear of punishment for his failure. As a result, he accompanied Raiden on some of Maverick's missions, although some members such as Kevin Washington were initially hesitant to utilize the "K-9000."
Mexico and World Marshal HQ
During one mission in Mexico, Blade Wolf and Raiden infiltrated the sewer system, with Wolf scouting ahead and reporting the presence of Desperado-aligned cyborgs to Raiden, warning him to exercise caution. He also suggested that Raiden use the catwalks to evade them. Wolf later encountered George, a boy who had escaped Desperado's hidden laboratory, and eventually located the facility, alerting Raiden to these developments.
The Blade Wolf later accompanied Raiden in his raid on the HQ of the largest PMC, World Marshal Inc. After Raiden was exposed by Sam to the idea that all the cyborgs he was fighting may have been forced into it and unwilling to fight to the death, Blade Wolf explained to Raiden that every cyborg was a person, and that "people are different" after Raiden stated that he thought the Desperado cyborgs, actually had a "fair choice" to serve Desperado, unlike Blade Wolf. Blade Wolf also revealed his previous acquaitancence with Sam to Raiden, and noted that Sam's parameters were not in their usual methods. Sensing Raiden's volatile psychological state, he advised Raiden to avoid combat. Despite this, Raiden ended up beating him to the near top level of the building. Raiden also thanked Blade Wolf for his help in unleashing Jack the Ripper earlier. He also accompanied Raiden and Doktor on the chopper to retrieve the cyborg brain casings from World Marshal HQ, although he decided to accompany Raiden to Pakistan, after finding a way out of the chopper.
Blade Wolf eventually bore witness to Raiden and Sam's final duel in the badlands of Colorado. Following his victory over the final Wind of Destruction, Raiden gave Sam's sword to Blade Wolf as a memento of his old ally.
Unbeknownst to Raiden, Sam approached Blade Wolf prior to the duel. He told him that what would happen next depended on who emerged victorious in the coming battle. If Sam won, Operation Tecumseh would continue as planned - however, if Raiden won, Blade Wolf would inherit Sam's blade. Sam also told his former ally that the sword's sheath would unlock two hours after Sam's death - after that, it was up to the robot to decide what to do with it.
Blade Wolf then arrived at the Solis launch pad alongside Raiden, and met Sunny. Although he shook Sunny's hand, he didn't do so when Raiden attempted the same. Upon arrival at Pakistan, Blade Wolf attempted to scout ahead regarding the location. However, his signal was lost shortly after he reached the control tower - Raiden found him damaged and knocked out, suspecting a nearby ambush (it is implied that Senator Armstrong had done the deed).
When Blade Wolf regained consciousness, he found that the lock on Sam's sword had disengaged and Raiden was fighting a losing battle against Senator Armstrong. He supplied the blade to Raiden to assist him in his fight, also declaring that he had finally gained the ability to make his own directives. Enraged by this, Armstrong kicked Blade Wolf away, angrily calling the canine robot a "little fuck" and a "damn mutt" as he flew into portions of the ruined Metal Gear EXCELSUS. Although heavily damaged, he still was functional enough to, when being contacted, tell Raiden to finish Armstrong off.
Living with Sunny
Blade Wolf survived Armstrong's attack, and proceeded to live at Solis with Sunny and George in the aftermath of Operation Tecumseh. However, he ended up accidentally causing a huge mess from raising his head up suddenly from being alerted, after Sunny accidentally stepped on his tail. Sometime after this point, Blade Wolf told Sunny about his past, in particular his dealings with Mistral. He also learned his name from her at that point. He briefly talks of Raiden, saying that he has seen the dark side of humans, yet continues to hold on to his beliefs. Sunny then says that this is why she believes in Raiden, before affectionately patting Blade Wolf. Blade Wolf is seen wagging his tail in response.
Personality and traits
- "Directive... liberate Nation... ensure freedom... Obey directive... must obey directive... no freedom... freedom undefined..."
- — Blade Wolf.
The Blade Wolf was known to possess an advanced intellect, even by human standards. His overall neuron count for his optical AI amounted to 90 billion. To put it in perspective, his mass produced models, the Fenrirs, had a neuron limit of 1.6 billion. With his advanced intelligence, Blade Wolf was a highly effective UG weapon, capable of using logic, reason and independent thought to aid him in missions. Blade Wolf's AI was sentient and modeled after the human brain, hence capable of human emotions and behaviors, such as curiosity, sarcasm, fondness, affinity and learning capacity. He also appeared to be able to experience physical sensations such as pain, as seen when Sunny stepped on his tail. Due to Desperado's programming, Blade Wolf was forced to follow orders or would lose his memory. Hence, he followed orders out of self preservation rather than a willing desire to fight. As a result, Blade Wolf yearned for his own freedom, fighting Sam and Raiden reluctantly after they both, in their separate encounters, encouraged him to think and decide for himself.
Blade Wolf sometimes has a sarcastic attitude, as when Mistral supposedly deactivated his range inhibitor, he took the remote used to control it from her and fled, though not before saying "Of course. Thank you." When Raiden was talking to Kevin about Wolf joining Raiden on his mission, Raiden made a pun about deciding to "throw him a bone," Wolf pointed it out and said it was amusing on two levels. As expressed during their dialogue when Wolf tells Raiden to hurry to World Marshal HQ and Raiden jokes about picking up a souvenir for Rose on the way, Wolf thinks that Raiden isn't funny. Wolf also generally has a dry, disrespectful sense of humor when talking to Raiden.
Blade Wolf's programming lacked any fear of termination itself, but his primary directives (particularly that of Directive Zero-One) prior to meeting Raiden prevented him from disobeying orders, as his directives were to ensure that any and all observations were retained for analysis, as Blade Wolf admitted to Steven Armstrong prior to throwing Sam's blade to Raiden.
Blade Wolf often questioned the need to fight, especially if it meant killing. As shown by his sentiment to Raiden how he "lacks brutality." It is possible that this is a chosen trait by Blade Wolf, rather than a simple programming defect, as he is shown to posses compassion and concern for others, despite what he had said. Visibly expressing concern towards Raiden's mental state after Jack the Ripper returns, as well as explicitly stating he has no choice in fighting Sam and Raiden, though this could be out of a desire of obeying his directive of ensuring that any information is retained.
After being freed by Raiden and Maverick, Blade Wolf maintained this mentality by assisting Raiden with reconnaissance rather than as a combatant. This was largely the reason why the testing for Blade Wolf ended in failure and resulted in his initial shutdown, as he lacked the brutality of humanity in spite of his AI being comparable to that of a human. This lacking in brutality was best demonstrated in a VR training session where he was dispatched to assassinate a "certain pesky politician" in Africa, and completed the mission with a B- rank, killing only 4 individuals out of 54 (two being hunt kills, and two via blade mode), and taking 2 hours, 35 minutes and 31.23 seconds to accomplish, as well as having a ranking of C+ (with 64% completed); D+ (with 45% completed); C+ (with 62% completed); and C (with 59% completed) for at least four prior missions, and a kill count of only 1 in most of them for varying factors.
Blade Wolf also expresses some levels of anxiety and unease in his personality, as shown when he shakes Sunny's hand, but not Raiden's. Initially seeming to disrespect Raiden, it is more likely Blade Wolf was questioning if Samuel's death was necessary.
He seemed to have been fond of Sam, and having fought with him before, was uneasy that two of the cyborgs he had grown close to had to fight to the death. Throughout his missions with Raiden, he had grown close to him, choosing to assist him out of obligation for freeing him and would later feel a strong affinity towards him. He learned how to think for himself and not to follow the directives he was programmed with. He grew concerned for Raiden when he was emotionally shaken and saved his life by giving him Sam's sword to fight and kill Armstrong. This same fondness also extends to Sunny as he stayed with her at Solis and appeared to have developed a certain attachment to her as he explained his rough past to her and she was able to relate to his past and appeared to become something of a companion as he stayed with her. It was also Sunny who gave him the name Blade Wolf after he explained his history with Desperado to her.
Weapons systems and equipment
While under his forced servitude under Desperado, Blade Wolf, then known as the LQ-84i, had a variety of blade-type weaponry. These included at least six spring-loaded knives that can be flung at an enemy at a quick rate. These knives, upon being launched, are also superheated to the extent that they can sear through metallic surfaces, indicating that they were a knife variant of the HF blade. In addition, he also had a chainsaw attached to his back, with a cutting ability strong enough to cut through stone as well as single handedly cause most of an entire building to collapse, as evidenced by his use against Raiden before formally introducing himself. This was because the rotating mechanism had been modified to allow the chainsaw's teeth to vibrate at high-frequency. The chainsaw was useful for multiple applications in combat, including securing battle zones and close range offensives, which included using the chainsaw to cut into an enemy's heart, seriously wounding most individuals. He also had sharp claws, which he could use to grip and pin down enemies. Similar to Gekko, the Blade Wolf's tail also acted as a manipulator arm, which he would utilize to hold his chainsaw. Blueprints that Raiden somehow managed to uncover prior to his mission into Africa also indicated that Blade Wolf's creators at least initially intended to outfit him with a man-portable rail gun system. He also possessed stealth camo, which he had used to ambush Samuel Rodrigues in the Denver sewers.
After his reconstruction into Blade Wolf, his weaponry remained largely the same although his chainsaw was removed. Instead, he possessed knife-like blades attached to the underside of each leg.
Similar to Raiden, Blade Wolf, post-upgrade, was outfitted with an augmented reality mode mask. When not activated, the mask's two halves bore a superficial resemblance to wolf ears. In addition, Blade Wolf can also play back audio files that he was present for. This proved especially helpful when Raiden was losing against Armstrong, where he played Sam's final conversation with him when deciding to aid Raiden by supplying him with Sam's sword.
Behind the scenes
Blade Wolf (ブレードウルフ Burēdo Urufu?) first appeared in promotional artwork in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance next to Raiden, back when the game was titled Metal Gear Solid: Rising and when it took place between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4. His similarities to Crying Wolf, as well as the original timeframe, led to speculation as to whether she was to appear in the game. Kenji Saito's commentary on Blade Wolf's concept art, included in the Collector's Edition of the Metal Gear Rising Piggyback guide, also mentioned that in the original concept, Blade Wolf was pilotable by humans. He also resembled an unused concept art of a robotic dog in the Platinum Games-developed game Vanquish.
Blade Wolf's name was given by a corrupted encrypted blueprint uploaded onto the "Make It Right: decryption" viral marketing website for Metal Gear Rising, by inputting the password "FOXALIVE." The password was also hinted at in the Facebook post informing the user of the upload, with the elements Fluorine, Osmium, Xenon, Arsenic, Lutetium, Iodine, Vanadium, and Europium. This was later referenced in his match against Crying Wolf on the official Metal Gear Solid website.
The blueprints for the Blade Wolf being included in Raiden's arm, along with similar data being found on thirty other cyborg soldiers in Metal Gear Rising that was explicitly referred to as Patriot data, has led to the implication that the Blade Wolf had actually been conceptualized by the Patriots prior to their downfall.
Kevin calls Blade Wolf: K-9000: this is a reference to the canine units used by the police (also known as K-9) and likely the artificial intelligence HAL 9000 feautured in Stanely Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Blade Wolf eventually appeared in the expanded version of the E3 trailer at Gamescom nearing the end of the trailer, where he encountered Raiden and attempted to kill him, as well as seen accompanying him in a flooded tunnel as the trailer ends. The trailer identified him as an IF Prototype LQ-84I, as well as the K-9000 in two separate scenes. According to Saito's commentary in concept art for Blade Wolf, they initially attempted to use Blade Wolf's original design during testing due to the 3D model being completed, but his size required redesigns due to him being too large.
The boss fight was later showcased at the Tokyo Game Show, and was likewise included in the Metal Gear Rising demo that was prepackaged with Zone of the Enders: HD Collection.
Blade Wolf was confirmed to be an important character in the KP report podcast session 167. Platinum Games director Kenji Saito stated that Blade Wolf would be "more of a support role ... he moves forward without Raiden to gather intelligence for him. He won't be in battle situations, but he will gather map information and recon that Raiden will be able to use."
According to the Official UK PlayStation Magazine, the Blade Wolf was similar in characterization and role to Gray Fox.
Blade Wolf, or rather, LQ-84i's boss theme is called "I Am My Own Master Now." Its lyrics talk about a chained wolf who is forced into battle and yearns for freedom.
A DLC pack includes a scenario for LQ-84i regarding his background. It was released on May 9 in Japan, May 14 in North America and May 15, 2013 in Europe. Although the player can get a B rank or more in the first VR mission, the cutscene afterward will still display it as being a B-.
Blade Wolf is also a boss in the sewer during the Jetstream DLC.
In the scene where Blade Wolf delivers Sam's sword to Raiden to save Raiden, Senator Armstrong sarcastically calls Blade Wolf "Fido," referencing an Italian street dog that came to public attention in 1943 because of his demonstration of undying loyalty to his master, even after the master died.
On the official Metal Gear Solid website, there was a special vs. page, where Blade Wolf, or rather, the LQ-84i, fought against Crying Wolf, and lost. Blade Wolf's stats revealed that he was skilled at aerial attacks (mispelled as "Arial Attacks"), but was weak against EMPs. His Featured Fact section referenced his debut on the Metal Gear Rising viral marketing teaser site.
Blade Wolf's current exoskeleton has various features that resembles Raiden's, such as the AR mask, the same color pattern, the spikes on its shoulders and the gold plates under his chest armor, as well as its artificial muscle tissue having the same color as those of Raiden's.
In the game Star Fox Zero, the Star Wolf team's Starfighter – the Wolfen's alternate mode, called the Hunter, bear a strong resemblance to the Blade Wolf, more specifically his Desperado incarnation. In addition, Wolf's special attack, Electric Tornado, while in Hunter Mode, was taken from one of Blade Wolf's attacks during the boss fight against it. PlatinumGames, the co-developers of Star Fox Zero, had previously worked on Metal Gear Rising, so the similarity in design was most likely intentional.
- "Blade Wolf
STRENGTHS: Arial [sic] Attacks
FEATURED FACT: The Blade Wolf's name was given by a corrupted encrypted blueprint.
FEATURED GAME: METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE"
- — Blade Wolf's bio in the vs. page on the Metal Gear Solid official site.s
Notes and references
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/PlatinumGames (2013).
Blade Wolf's nationality is stated to be American in his Codec profile.
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/PlatinumGames (2013).
Blade Wolf's age is given as 3 years in his Codec profile, although Blade Wolf himself inferred that this was only the number of years he had been under development, not his full lifespan (which would have covered the period between his initial shutdown and his reactivation under Sundowner).
- ^ This can be seen in the Blade Wolf blueprints from the viral marketing site.
- ^ This is implied by both their overall similarities and the LQ-84i referring to itself as a prototype.
- ^ Facebook post on May 14, 2012 regarding a new blueprint
Metal Gear Solid
Decipher the hidden message below and enter the code into the terminal at http://www.metalgearsolid.com/rising/ to unlock the next classified image.
03:02:27 – Error! Encrypted File located. Attempting override…
03:12:02 – Password Root Found: Fluorine, Osmium, Xenon, Arsenic, Lutetium, Iodine, Vanadium, Europium
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/PlatinumGames (2013).
LQ-84i: I am IF Prototype LQ-84i. // Raiden: IF Prototype? // LQ-84i: Interface prototype. All autonomous UGs feature high-level onboard artificial intelligence. An additional prototype interface enables verbal communications. I possess an intellect far beyond human reckoning. // Raiden: You don't say. Okay then: What's the meaning of life? Why are we here? // LQ-84i: I am here to kill you. // Raiden: That's it!? Pretty simple thinking for such a mighty intellect. // LQ-84i: I may analyze orders, but I may not disobey them. Should I disobey a direct order, my memory would be wiped. I must destroy you. // Raiden: What good is an intellect if you can't use it // LQ-84i: Your taunting is pointless. Exterminate!
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
LQ-84i: Directive... liberate Nation... ensure freedom... Obey directive... must obey directive... no freedom... freedom undefine... d (static) // Raiden: What would an AI know about freedom... (heh)
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
Kevin Washington: Are you sure you want the K-9000 there along for this one? // Raiden: I had the good "Doktor" make some adjustments along with the repairs. Remote piloting and AI wiping have been disabled. So, yeah, I say let's throw 'em a bone.
- ^ Rising Mastiff Boot Camp Trailer.
- ^ This can be seen in the opening cutscene shortly after the first VR mission in the Blade Wolf DLC.
- ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/08/28/metal-gear-rising-revengeance-character-to-be-revealed-at-tgs
- ^ http://sgcafe.com/2012/09/tgs-2012-konami-booth-coverage/
- ^ http://www.kjp.konami.jp/gs/hideoblog_e/2012/08/000267.html#more
- ^ http://www.4gamer.net/games/093/G009308/20130213084/
- ^ http://www.konami.jp/mgr/jp/dlc/
|Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance characters|
| Raiden — Blade Wolf|
Boris — Kevin — Courtney
N'mani — Doktor — George — Sunny
Samuel Rodrigues — Sundowner — Mistral — Monsoon — Dolzaev
Steven Armstrong — Solidus Snake