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Douglas Shetland
Douglas Shetland
Biographical information
Full name Douglas Wayne Shetland[1]
Nicknames Doug
Born April 18, 1959[1]
Boone, Iowa[2]
Died July 10, 2007 (aged 48)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death Killed by Sam Fisher by drowning, or Hemorrhaging due to ballistic trauma.
Citizenship Flag of the United States American
Physical description
Hair Brown (Thinning)
Eyes Brown
Height 6′0″[2]
Weight 201 lbs[2]
Career information
Occupation President and CEO of Displace International[2]
Rank O-4 Major
Affiliations United States Marine Corps
Sam Fisher
Displace International
Milan Nedich
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series information
Appearances Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials
Voice actor(s) Marcel Jeannin
David Bowers: "Who's Shetland?"
Irving Lambert: "Former Marine Recon, among the very best. He was one of my top candidates for Third Echelon a few years ago. No love lost for the military, or the United States. Rumor is that we hung him out to dry for political reasons over an incident that wasn't his fault. We can only speculate as to what his agenda is."

Douglas Shetland (April 18, 1959 – July 10, 2007), was a significant recurring character in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series. He was a close friend and comrade of Sam Fisher and was the president and CEO of the private military corporation Displace International. Shetland appeared in both Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory in which he played a major role in the story. He also appeared in Splinter Cell: Essentials during a flashback as a hostage Sam must rescue in Colombia.

BackgroundEdit

Douglas Wayne Shetland was born on April 18, 1959, in Boone, Iowa. He received an Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama State University in 1981. He then joined the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Reconnaissance Battalions (Marine Recon). During the Gulf War in 1991, Shetland served as the leader of a laser sighting team in the Desert Storm bombing campaign in Kuwait. At some point during his time in the USMC he operated alongside the Navy SEALs, where he met Sam Fisher. The two became close friends when they were both stationed aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during the war to conduct special combat missions in then-occupied Kuwait.

In May 1992, Shetland was captured in Norte de Santander, Colombia, by FARC guerillas while serving as a liaison to the Colombian Army. He was successfully rescued by Fisher, who, despite going against direct orders, went off the radar, left camp and freed Shetland from captivity. It was heroic acts like this that earned Fisher his highly respected reputation as a solo operative, which later led to him being recruited as the first field agent for the "Splinter Cell" program, as part of the NSA's Third Echelon initiative.

Displace InternationalEdit

In 2002, Shetland's superiors tried to make him a scapegoat for a friendly fire incident in Bagram, Afghanistan that wasn't his fault. Although he was granted a full honourable discharge by the court, he was disengaged from Afghanistan and demoted to a "five star office job". Embittered, Shetland left the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after the incident, sued the U.S. military and won. He used the proceeds ($700,000) from his lawsuit and established Displace International. Due to Shetland's extensive background in special operations and connections within its community, Displace International became an extremely successful Private Military Corporation (PMC), with extensive global contracts for the U.S. government. It also went on to become the first private security company to be listed on the Fortune 500.

2006: Indonesian CrisisEdit

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Douglas Shetland in the US Embassy to Dili

During the Indonesian Crisis in 2006, Shetland was captured by Indonesian guerrillas known as the Darah Dan Doa (Blood & Prayer) led by Suhadi Sadono after their raid on the U.S. Embassy to Dili in East Timor. But Shetland was rescued by his friend, Sam Fisher, as a bonus to his mission there. Shetland and Fisher would later perform a joint operation against Sadono's Kundang camp, in which Shetland provided tactical support and sniper cover with Displace mercenaries and helped facilitate Fisher's risky extraction.

2007: Cyber Attacks/East Asian CrisisEdit

During the events in 2007, it was believed that corrupt members of Displace International were responsible for elevating tensions between South Korea (backed by the United States) and North Korea (backed by China and elements of the old U.S.S.R.), in hope of initiating war in the region. This plot was uncovered by Third Echelon, as a result of tracking kidnapped U.S. enginner Bruce Morgenholt, who was responsible for working on the information warfare (IW) algorithms derived from the Masse Kernels. Third Echelon eventually discovered that it was in fact Shetland who had orchestrated the covert plot, in an attempt to bring about a new global regime change by means of the East Asian Crisis.

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Shetland in 2007.

Shetland organized payment to "The People's Voice" leader Hugo Lacerda to interrogate Morgenholt and retrieved the Masse Kernels from the Georgian Information Crisis. Shetland's PLC was also in charge of protecting Abrahim Zherkezhi, the only other person to work with Morgenholt on the Kernels, and used Zherkezhi's detailed knowledge of the IW algorithms to cause blackouts in New York City and Japan. These algorithms were also used to launch a North Korean anti-ship missile that successfully destroy the USS Clarence E. Walsh. This was thought to be impossible as the USS Walsh was considered to be the greatest technological warship of its time. It turns out her defensive systems were disabled by the same IW algorithms. The destruction of the USS Walsh sparked an armed conflict involving China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. Shetland later killed Zherkezhi in Hokkaido, Japan, to ensure the knowledge of the algorithms would remain with him before dropping off the radar.

DeathEdit

Third Echelon later tracked Shetland down, as he resurfaced to attend a meeting at a bathhouse in Tokyo. Fisher is sent to infiltrate the bathhouse to learn of the purpose of the meeting and discover who Shetland is working with. He is later ordered to eliminate him by whatever means necessary. Eventually the two meet in a face-to-face "Mexican Standoff" styled showdown on a rooftop of the bathhouse, after Shetland's meeting turns sour, leaving him as the sole survivor. While the two stare at each other down the barrels of their guns, Shetland explains to Fisher his outrage at the "politicians and bureaucrats" and their "dirty little wars" that have left America "sick and dying", as he justifies his cause to his ex comrade in arms. He tells Fisher that the corruption within America runs too deep and it will "not change by degrees". The only possible solution now was to "Tear it all down, and start over." While he lowers his weapon and backing away, Shetland tells Sam that the world is built upon three basic values - "honor, courage and fidelity". He explains that he knows that Fisher "believes in these things more than any government", which is why he "wouldn't shoot an old friend".

After the conversation, Sam [the player] is giving the option to either shoot Shetland, or lower his weapon. If Sam holsters his weapon, Shetland will quickly raise his gun and shoot. However, he will miss as Sam ducks, stabs Shetland in the stomach and then pushes him backwards. Both ways lead to Shetland falling through a window into the water and Sam saying: "You're right, Doug. I wouldn't shoot an old friend," as he stares at Shetland's corpse.

Relevant historyEdit

03/09/77 - 24/05/81-
Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama State University

28/08/81 - 01/06/82-
Westpoint.

21/06/82 - 16/10/01-
U.S. Marine, rising to the rank of Major.

16/01/91 - 26/02/91-
Laser sighting team leader in Desert Storm bombing campaign in Kuwait.

04/03/91-
Umm Qasr, First contact with Sam Fisher, then a Navy SEAL

12/03/91
Kuwait, Operation SCARAB TOOTH, second contact with Sam Fisher.

05/05/94-
Author of essay, "The Trojan World," in the monthly American Republic Magazine.

12/09/98-
Author of essay, "A Better Fight," in the American Republic.

11/10/01-
Ghazni, Afghanistan, Operation SAND GLASS.

16/10/01-
Bagram, Afghanistan. A man under Shetland's command mistakenly shoots U.S. soldier Kelly Lewis. In the media furor following the "Bagram Incident," Shetland is removed from the field.

03/02/02 - 15/04/02-
Bagram incident trial. Shetland found not guilty of all charges. Promoted to a 5-star desk job just shy of civilian work.

03/07/02-
Shetland leaves the Marine Corps.

17/11/02-
Shetland awarded over $700,000 in damages from counter-lawsuit to the Bagram Incident.

03/01/03-
Founds DISPLACE, INTERNATIONAL, a Private Military Corporation.

25/10/04-
Akhalts'ikhe, Georgia: Displace International spearheads Operation RIVER DOG. Zero American casualties. Six Georgian casualties. Georgian airfield and eleven aircraft captured.

NOTES-
You probably know more about Doug than we do. Could almost believe the two of you are competing for the title "World's Most Amoral Reluctantly-Aging Badass." (Author: Grimsdottir)

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In Chaos Theory, Lambert states that Shetland was formerly a member of the USMC's Reconnaissance Battalions (Marine Recon) and he was "among the very best." He also states that Shetland was one of his top candidates to become a Splinter Cell for Third Echelon in 2004.
  • Also, the friendly fire incident which make Shetland leave the Army was mentioned by Lambert in Chaos Theory.
  • Shetland attempted to recruit Fisher for Displace International multiple times over the course of events spanning from Pandora Tomorrow to Chaos Theory, well aware of his skills and the comradeship the pair had established together back in the early nineties. He first hinted at possible work for him back stateside (most likely to assist with his chaos theory) when Fisher encountered him in the U.S. embassy to Dili in 2006, and again more clearly when the two re-united for the joint raid on the Kundang Camp. He attempted one final time when he dropped in on Fisher while he was sat at the bar in the Sanjuro Hotel, near Sapporo, Hokkaido, watching the news on the evening of July 4th 2007, shortly after the USS Clarence E. Walsh was destroyed.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 [1]ubisoft.custhelp.com, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory PC manual, page 5

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