Kestrel in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.
|Full name||Mikhail Andreyevitch Loskov|
|Known aliases||Glib Lakeev|
|Born||August 7, 1982|
Novgorod, Russian Federation
Mozdok, North Ossetia
|Height||175 cm (5′9″)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lbs)|
|Occupation||Voron Field Operative|
|Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series information|
|Appears in||Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction|
|Voice actor(s)||Alex Ivanovici|
Kestrel (real name: Mikhail Andreyevitch Loskov) (1982–2011) was a field operative for Voron (rough translation: Raven), an SVR special operations group, featured as one of two protagonists in the co-op campaign mode of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction. He was paired up with Third Echelon Splinter Cell Daniel Sloane-Suarez (callsign Archer). He was voiced by Alex Ivanovici.
Most of Mikhail's military dossier is classified. What is known is that he is no stranger to death, misery, and misfortune. Loskov's parents were killed in a terrorist attack when he was six; he had a tempestuous and violent relationship with his foster father and at the age of 14, he ran away from home to live on the streets of St. Petersburg for more than four harrowing years. After numerous run-ins with the local police, Loskov was arrested at age 18 and turned over to the army for his period of conscription. Unlike many conscripts, Loskov thrived in the brutal atmosphere of Russian army life, and was quickly transferred to a special counterinsurgency unit charged with tracking down and neutralizing Chechen guerrillas and Wahhabist fighters in the Chechen capital of Grozny.
After an incident where his entire unit was ambushed and subsequently captured, Loskov was forced to witness the systemic executions of his friends. He endured three days of unspeakable torture before the Spetsnaz came to his rescue. After reading his report on the incident, an SVR officer named Viktor Kovalev approached Loskov to discuss a new, special operations group dedicated to high-risk infiltration and information gathering. From that day on he was known as KESTREL.
According to command observations, Kestrel is "reclusive", "introverted" and "unforgiving".
Two months prior to the events of the Third Echelon conspiracy, Kestrel teamed up with Third Echelon agent Archer. After successfully extracting the EMP device with Archer and Kobin via transport plane, Kestrel became aware of Archer's orders to kill him as Archer left his OPSAT next to Kestrel. The two briefly fought in the hold of the plane (as an in-game event forces both players to fight each other one-on-one). The victor sadly crouched over the body of his partner and exchanged a few last words, only to be killed himself as Kobin emerged from the shadows.
- "Our Russian agent had a much more traumatic history. He was former Spetsnaz, the Russian special forces with the most fearsome reputation (and that was just because of their training). Of the two, Kestrel probably had the most in common with Sam Fisher because of their wartime experience. Like a bird of prey, he is a survivor and an efficient predator, but only out of necessity. He takes no particular pleasure in what he does."
- — Patrick Redding, Splinter Cell: Conviction Co-Op Game Director.
- According to the Prima Game Guide and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction manual, Kestrel's original real name was Mikhail Volkov.
- "Kestrel" is the name given to several different members of the falcon genus, which can be easily distinguished by their typical hunting behaviors.
- The Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Starter Kit says that he is 5′10″, which would make him slightly taller than 175 centimeters.
- Kestrel wears the VR SV1 Akula as his default uniform.
- Kestrel is distinguished from Archer in Conviction by his red two-lensed monocular Sonar Goggles which cover his right eye, as well as additional red light on the same side of his head.
- Kestrel's armor differs from Archer's, for example: an obvious bulging chest rig for pistol magazines. It looks as if it is made up of at least three different layers of clothing.
- Kestrel is a Voron field operative on loan to Third Echelon. In terms of role and training, he is considered on-par with a Splinter Cell.
- His biography lists his birthplace as the Russian Federation. This is impossible, as Russia was still part of the Soviet Union when he was born.
- According to his file he was single and lived in Saint Petersburg.
- It is likely that he was a Russian Airborne soldier before being recruited into Voron, as he is pictured in the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) uniform.
- Kestrel has a sleeve tattoo on his right arm.
- If Kestrel loses the face-off match at the end of Prologue his last words are, "Orders are orders, right Chief?"
- Kestrel was either 28 or 29 years old, depending on the month he died.
- When wearing the 3E Shadow Armor his Sonar Goggle lens will glow red instead of green, as with all other uniforms that both Archer and Kestrel are able to wear, except for the 3E Elite.
- In the credits he is listed as "Mikahil Loskov Kestral". This is likely a typographical error.