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Hugo Lacerda
Hugo Lacerda
Biographical information
Born 1972, El Carmen, La Union, El Salvador[1]
Died July 24, 2008
Peru
Cause of death Killed by Sam Fisher.
Citizenship Salvadoran
Physical description
Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Height 6′0″[1]
Weight 128 lbs[1]
Career information
Occupation Leader of the People's Voice
Rank Commandante
Affiliations People's Voice
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series information
Appearances Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Voice actor(s) Luis De Cespedes

Hugo Lacerda (1972-2007), was the leader of the "People's Voice", a guerrilla group based in El Salvador. Working with an unknown contractor, Lacerda organized Bruce Morgenholt's capture to interrogate and obtain information regarding the Masse Kernels. Lacerda fled the Punta Blanco Lighthouse on the cargo freighter, the Maria Narcissa, but was eventually found and neutralized by Splinter Cell Sam Fisher on Third Echelon's orders.

BiographyEdit

Early life Edit

Lacerda was born in 1972 in El Carmen Department of La Union, El Salvador to peasant farmers. Having to grow up during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980–1992), he was strongly in the pro-communist side, preaching communist ideas across El Salvador and later on to Latin America. Lacerda believed that information warfare was the only realistic means by which to achieve revolution in the modern world, and was thus eager to acquire whatever data he could on information warfare attacks.

2007: Cyber Attacks of 2007 Edit

In 2007, Lacerda moved his base of operations to the outskirts of Medellin in the mountains of the department of Antioquia, Colombia where he established a radical guerrilla organization known as the "People's Voice", which employed mercenaries and rebels from various Latin American nations. Despite his anti-Western theology, Lacerda was admired by many of his men due to his natural leadership towards them. However, Lacerda was feared by many civilians due to his aggressiveness operations, terrorism, and guerilla tactics. Backed and heavily protected by his loyal elite bodyguards who were past Salvadoran Commandos whom he has known since the days of the Salvadoran civil war. Lacerda got his first taste of killing innocent victims back in 1987 in the "Massacre de el Pueblo" while he was in the "Escuadron De La Muerte" or the "Death Squad". Having those past Salvadoran Ex-Commandos at his disposal he hand chose his body guards with the help and guidance of Salvadoran Santeria (Witchcraft).

During the formation of the "People's Voice", Lacerda established numerous contacts throughout Latin America, among them other guerrilla leaders, Colombian and Salvadoran mobsters and bankers. Through his contacts, he established a vast trading network through which he and his allies exchanged weapons and cash to fund their various causes.

During the crisis of 2007, American PMC Displace International was contracted to protect computational genius Bruce Morgenholt, who studied the Masse Kernels responsible for engineering the Georgian Information Crisis. However, Displace wanted the Masse Kernels for itself, and indirectly ordered Hugo Lacerda to kidnap Morgenholt in Colombia, in exchange for more modern equipment and guns. Lacerda ordered his men to torture Morgenholt in the hopes of forcing him to divulge the Masse Kernels to them. Lacerda succeeded in acquiring the Kernels, and Morgenholt died from his torture before he could be rescued by Splinter Cell agent Sam Fisher, who was ordered to recover whatever data Morgenholt might have divulged. Lacerda then fled the scene with the Kernels to the Maria Narcissa, a freighter under his control. Fisher recovered the intelligence he could and gave chase.

Fisher infiltrated the Maria Narcissa and was authorized to track down and kill Lacerda to ensure his knowledge of the Masse Kernels never left the vessel. Fisher eventually learned of Lacerda's Panamanian mafia contacts, higher-ups of the MCAS Bank who were providing revolutionaries with illegal arms. Fisher learned from the ship's captain that Lacerda had taken residence in his private cabin, so Fisher worked his way down to the lower decks. There, he found Lacerda with a pair of heavily-armed bodyguards, foreign mercenaries provided to Lacerda by his contacts. These mercs are later revealed to belong to Displace. When Lacerda went to get a drink, Fisher was able to grab him and interrogate him. This revealed that Lacerda did not know the identity of his contractors. He was contacted indirectly, and was warned not to try to find out who he was hired by. Despite Lacerda's cowardly pleas for mercy, Fisher assassinates Lacerda as ordered. Fisher then fled with the intelligence he gathered.

Trivia Edit

  • "Hugo" means "Bright in Mind, and Spirit" or "Intelligence."
  • When the player reaches Lacerda when he is in the Captain's Cabin on board the Maria Narcissa, he leaves the table where his bodyguards are sitting at and will be distracted getting a drink out of the refrigerator. He will stay here until the player intervenes.
  • Lacerda's location can be found either two ways: Interrogating the Captain or by investigating the security monitor room.
  • Like Milan Nedich, once the player grabs him, Sam will use a lethal attack regardless of which option the player actually chooses.
  • contacting Lacerda will grant the player the "Final Cruise" Trophy

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