|Born||1972, El Carmen, La Union, El Salvador|
|Died||July 24, 2008|
|Cause of death||Killed by Juan Rincon.|
|Occupation||Leader of the 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.
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 tries to assassinate Lacerda as ordered but successfully escaping a certain death. That was not the ending of the guerrilla leader's campaign. Fisher then fled with the intelligence he gathered.
2008: Mafia Connections Edit
In 2008 after months in hiding in El Carmen, El Salvador Hugo Lacerda went to met the dangerous mobster Juan Rincon outside El Salvador in Miami. During his trip to Miami Hugo with 3 of his Elite Bodyguards went to met Juan Rincon to get gather funds for an expensive operation in need to control the goverment of Colombia and El Salvador. During his met Hugo and Juan had discrepancies over how much money is needed to fund his entire operation as this was a risky investment for Juan Rincon. Hugo Lacerda to prove and show the track record that he has the right connections and the right brain power to get the job done he talked about the Masse Kernels and how he had connections with now deceased Philip Masse and his group of programmers. With a $200 Million need Juan Rincon was the only person with the liquid capital to facilitate this, Hugo Lacerda within 24 hours go his money wired to multiple bank accounts and routed onto 1 direct fund channel. A few months into the operations Hugo Lacerda's mission failed and without money to payback the mobster Hugo had 1 choice and that was to get a massive credit with Displace International to make a massive heist with mercenaries. Juan Rincon caught wind of Hugo Lacerda's little side venture and forgot to payback the mobster back in Miami.
July 24, 2008
Juan Rincon went all the way into the dense jungles of Colombia where Huga Lacerda was hiding. Not really knowing of Juan Rincon and his connections in Colombia, Juan the Mobster came with a secret stealth like group of deadly mercenaries to kidnap Lacerda. Lacerda being kidnapped in the hands of the mobster Juan Rincon he took Lacerda in his private jet back to Miami. Hugo Lacerda woke up tied down to a chair strapped with dead snakes and in a pool full of his dead Elite bodyguards and the dead corpses next to him in an abandoned factory back in Miami where they met. Juan Rincon went right to Lacerda and asked "My money?" Lacerda responded with scared to death "I have it and I will give it to you as soon as I am back to my base" Juan Rincon responded "Wrong Answer... you forgot how i gave you $200,000,000.00 and you went and got double without paying me back". Hugo Lacerda tourtured and dumped in a cold pool of water died of being electrocuted inside of pool of water.
- "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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