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Anna Grímsdóttir
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Anna Grímsdóttir in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Biographical information
Nicknames Grim
Ice Queen[1]
Born 1974, Boston, Massachusetts[2][3][4]
Citizenship Flag of the United States American
Family Mother
Physical description
Hair Auburn (SC)
Brown (CT)
Blonde (E)
Red (C and B)
Eyes Brown
Height 5′8″[2][3][4]
Weight 128 lbs (SC[2], PT[3] and CT[4])
160 lbs (C)
Career information
Occupation Third Echelon Communications Lead (SC[2], PT[3] and CT)
Third Echelon Chief Technical Analyst (C)
Fourth Echelon Technical Operations Officer (B)
Affiliations National Security Agency
Second Echelon
Irving Lambert
Third Echelon
Sam Fisher
Patricia Caldwell
Fourth Echelon
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series information
Appearances See Appearances in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell media
Voice actor(s) Claudia Besso (SC, CT, E and C)
Uncredited (PT)
Kate Drummond (B)
Performance capture actor Kate Drummond (B)
Anna Grímsdóttir: "You must be Sam Fisher. I'm Anna Grímsdóttir."
Sam Fisher: "Third Echelon lead programmer."
Anna Grímsdóttir: "You've done your homework."
— Anna Grímsdóttir and Sam Fisher meet for the first time in the monitoring room of Third Echelon's training ground.

Anna Grímsdóttir is the Fourth Echelon technical operations officer. Previously she was Communications Lead at Third Echelon. Her job was to provide Sam Fisher with technical support while he is in the field, addressing any high-technology issues that he encountered during operations. A skilled hacker, Grim fronted the remote intelligence retrieval operations that Third Echelon conducts prior to inserting field operatives, if required. She was also responsible for direct technical operations through Fisher's OPSAT (OPerational SATellite Uplink) connection to computer terminals in the field. Anna plays as a central character in the series.

BackgroundEdit

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Anna Grimsdóttir in 2004

Anna Grímsdóttir was born in 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts. Being a second generation American, her mother immigrated to the U.S. alone from Akureyri, in northern Iceland. She had once mentioned to Fisher that while he was fighting overseas in 1989, she was in the tenth grade.

Grim dropped out of St. John's College in the mid-1990s and worked as a programmer in different private communications firms contracted by the U.S. Navy. She was recruited into the NSA in the late-1990s, and rose quickly in rank as the Internet became more and more important to national security. Grímsdóttir then moved on to Third Echelon, where she was put in charge of a small team of programmers responsible for providing technological, cryptographic and data support as part of the Splinter Cell program and assist field agents via their interface with the high-tech components of their missions.

Third EchelonEdit

Grímsdóttir has helped Third Echelon with her work as a civilian computer/SIGINT (SIGnals INTelligence) technician throughout several different missions including the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia in 1999[4], the Checkmate incident in 2003, the Georgian Information Crisis in 2004, the Indonesian Crisis in 2006, and the Cyber Attacks/East Asian Crisis of 2007. She was also one of few people able to communicate with Fisher during missions. She was an extremely useful asset for the agency during the information warfare attacks that took place in 2007.

Third EchelonEdit

Late 1990s: RecruitmentEdit

Grímsdóttir is a second-generation American and a college dropout. She had been studying computer science at St. John's College in the nineties, but decided she could program rings around her instructors. She worked for several different communications firms contracted by the U.S. Navy. She had been recruited at the ground floor of Third Echelon in the mid-1990's by Lambert himself, and had worked as a programmer and eventually became the technical director. She was one of Third Echelon's original employees, and he has known her for a long time.[5][6][7]

1999: NATO bombings of YugoslaviaEdit

Main article: NATO bombings of Yugoslavia

2003: CheckmateEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Checkmate

2004: Georgian Information CrisisEdit

Main article: Georgian Information Crisis
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Grim watching Sam's training
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On August 7, 2004, Grim met Sam Fisher face to face for the first time, after he discovered her in an office in the CIA Training Farm in Camp Peary, Virginia. She introduced herself, and discussed her past with Second Echelon. In the Xbox/PC version, Grim met Sam at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on board the Osprey in October 2004. She introduced herself to him, and talked a little about her past. Essentials is similar to the Xbox/PC version, except that Sam's meeting with Grim and his Third Echelon training took place in the 1990s (as stated in Operation Barracuda), rather than 2004. Sam is forced to explain the events surrounding the Oil Rig.

Soon after Grim went on psychological leave in Hawaii for a year.[8]

2006: Operation Barracuda/MRUUV IncidentEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda

Grim returns from psych leave following the death of acting technical director Carly St. John to help Fisher track down Carly's murderer (Mike Wu) and members of "The Shop".

2006: Indonesia CrisisEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

2007: Cyber Attacks of 2007/Crisis in East AsiaEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
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Grim in 2007
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Grim, Lambert and Sam in the HQ during The East Asian Crisis.
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The Masse Kernels, initiated by Douglas Shetland, starts a Blackout. Abrahim Zherkezhi and Bruce Morgenholt are the only ones who saw the Masse Kernels. So, Fisher is sent to infiltrate Zherkezhi's Penthouse. Grim reveals to Sam who "Dvorak really is. Along with Irving Lambert and William Redding, Grim gives Sam briefing before the start of every mission.

2008: FalloutEdit

2009: The Fisher InvestigationEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials

Grim uncovered Director Lawrence Williams' tampering of Fisher's files. When Director Williams confiscated the disc where she kept evidence of the file modifications, she helped Fisher infiltrate the NSA's headquarters to reach Williams' office in order to get the disc back.

2008/9: Korfovka MissionEdit

2009/10: The Search for Sam Fisher/Doppleganger Arms Factory ConspiracyEdit

Eighteen months later, Grímsdóttir became the director of Third Echelon in the interim between Director Williams and Tom Reed.[9][10]

2011: Third Echelon ConspiracyEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
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Grímsdóttir meets Fisher at Price Airfield.
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Once Sam's technical support within Third Echelon and the confidante of former agency Director Irving Lambert, Grim played a much larger role within the new Third Echelon as Chief Technical Analyst. Working closely with the then-new Director Reed, Grim is the agency's conscience, as well as its most effective and ruthless asset. She wields a great deal of influence within the organization, and is referred to as "The Ice Queen" by Andriy Kobin, due to her cold nature. During the conspiracy, Grim manipulated and deceived Sam numerous times, but she always did so with the best of intentions.

While Fisher was in Valletta, Malta, Grim contacted him and warned him of an impending hit by a group of criminals. With her help, Fisher was able to covertly eliminate his would-be killers and track down their leader, Andriy Kobin. However, this was actually a trap set by Grim, as a group of Splinter Cells storm Kobin's mansion and take Sam into Third Echelon custody while he's interrogating Kobin. Sam was taken for interrogation to Price Airfield in Virginia, where Grim helps him escape after revealing that she was working for President Patricia Caldwell as a mole inside Third Echelon and she tells him that his daughter is alive to get him "back in the game".

Throughout the conspiracy, Grim manipulated both Fisher and Reed, which culminated with Grim and Fisher foiling Reed's assassination attempt against President Caldwell. Grim then kills Reed herself.[11] As Sam turned to leave, Grim asked Sam to return to Third Echelon, since he is the only one left she trusts. Sam remarked on the irony of her using the word "trust" and walked away.

Fourth EchelonEdit

2013: Fourth Echelon and the BlacklistEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
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Sam, Grim and Briggs abroad Fourth Echelon's mobile base, The Paladin
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In 2013, Grímsdóttir became the technical operations officer of a new unit commissioned by President Caldwell to replace Third Echelon, called Fourth Echelon, under Sam Fisher, the unit's commander. The unit is currently engaged in efforts to disrupt and destroy a planned series of terrorist attacks against U.S. interests known as the Blacklist.

Grim in Blacklist is also a side mission provider, similar to Charles and Kobin. Her missions, however, requires Sam and Briggs to be completely stealthy, like some missions in older Splinter Cell games, one alarm will fail the entire mission.

Appearances in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell mediaEdit

GamesEdit

NovelsEdit

TriviaEdit

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  • In Version 1 of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Sam Fisher met Anna Grímsdóttir in a room in the CIA Training Farm, Virginia, on his first day of training for Third Echelon (August 7th, 2004).
    • In Version 2 of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Ubisoft Shanghai), Grim introduces herself to Sam for first time at Andrews Air Force Base on board the Osprey (October 15th, 2004).
    • In Essentials (and the novels) Sam Fisher first met Grímsdóttir when he joined Third Echelon in the nineties. According to the manual for Essentials; "Anna Grímsdóttir was a civilian computer programmer and communications specialist in the mid-1990s when Irving Lambert recruited her into Third Echelon." She appears working for Third Echelon during the 1999 NATO bombings of Yugoslavia issuing advice on Sam Fisher's mission and in 2003 during the Checkmate incident.
  • En-route to Sam's first mission in T'Bilisi in Splinter Cell, Grim injects him with subdermal microchips and a cochlear implant (on PlayStation 2 he already had the implants and used them back in the Pacific ocean before being recalled by Third Echelon).
  • Grim handles Sam's training mission in Double Agent, but she never appear in the other part of the game.
  • Grim frequently jokes about Sam's relatively old age in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
  • Essentials founding of Third Echelon in the 1990s seems to follow the chronology of the Splinter Cell (novel), Operation Barracuda, and Checkmate which states that Third Echelon had been founded years before 2003 (though Sam Fisher was still the original Splinter Cell). Sam Fisher and Irving Lambert had known Anna Grímsdóttir for years (from the time she was brought into Third Echelon). Checkmate states that Third Echelon was founded by presidential executive order several years before 2003. Operation Barracuda states that Grim was one of Third Echelon's original employees, and likely recruited in the nineties.[12]
  • In the novels Splinter Cell: Conviction and Splinter Cell: Endgame set around 2009, Grim is mentioned to be the Director of Third Echelon.

References in other Tom Clancy mediaEdit

  • Grim is mentioned to be Director of Third Echelon in The End Begins: Splinter Cell, a short narrative in a news article on the web site for Tom Clancy's EndWar. She's known as the "Grim Reaper".[13] With the reveal of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, this has been made non-canon in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell universe.
  • She also appears in the novel Tom Clancy's EndWar: The Hunted, as head of the NSA's Splinter Cell program. She, along with Major Dennison, brief Ghost Recon Captain Alexander Brent on their mission to capture the "Snow Maiden". She assigns them two Splinter Cells, the brothers George Voeckler and Thomas Voeckler.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 [1]ubisoft.custhelp.com, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell PC manual, page 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 [2]ubisoft.custhelp.com, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow PC manual, page 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 [3]ubisoft.custhelp.com, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory PC manual, page 4
  5. Operation Barracuda, 109-110
  6. Checkmate, pg
  7. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials manual
    "Anna Grímsdóttir was a civilian computer programmer and communications specialist in the mid-1990s when Irving Lambert recruited her into Third Echelon. As a key member of the field support team, her job is to maintain secure OPSAT communications and provide information analysis and computer support at a moment's notice. Frequently called upon to perform miracles of research and invasive work and invasive network operations on the fly, she is one of the most highly skilled technical specialists the agency has."
    ― {{{2}}}
  8. Operation Barracuda, 110
  9. Conviction, pg
  10. "Director Grímsdóttir", Endgame, pg 12
  11. SMI database in Blacklist
  12. Operation Barracuda, pg 109-110
  13. http://endwargame.us.ubi.com/article.php?news_id=8702
    "“Director Grimsdottir. This is an honor.” That wasn’t exactly true. Having the Grim Reaper on the line with you meant two things, neither of which was an honor. It meant that what you were doing was top-line priority, and it meant that you were screwed."
    ― {{{2}}}

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