|Special Missions HQ|
|Game||Splinter Cell: Blacklist|
|Objective||Infiltrate Qods Force HQ and retrieve intel on their connection to the Blacklist.|
Special Missions HQ is the seventh solo campaign mission in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Mission Overview Edit
After the events in the abandoned mill, Fourth Echelon paused their search for Majid Sadiq and focused on the intel Sam Fisher obtained. It is assumed that Iran doesn't involve with the Blacklist Attacks and unless an answer is given to who was responsible, US will declare war on Iran soil. Meanwhile Fourth Echellon lead programmer Anna Grímsdóttir had prepared an operation, without authorization from President Caldwell, at the US embassy in Tehran, Iran which has been converted into Qud's headquarters. The mission was to enter the embassy and extract all IT information from an airtight server which must be pulled manually. Sam decided he would go in himself without Isaac Briggs. Grim provided with a person who would help him infiltrate the embassy complex, General Ali Rohani.
In the Embassy grounds, General Rohani was leaving to his car and upon getting in, he noticed his driver was incapacitated. Sam approached him and introduced himself, saying he wants to get inside. Rohani resisted but Sam used a ruse about threatening the General's wife and kid if he doesn't co-operate. The General denies that he and his headquarters are involved in the Blacklist, but Sam needs more proof than his words. Rohani accepted and Sam gave him a earpiece so he could speak to him. As both were on the move, the General asks Sam to not harm his people or he won't cooperate anymore. He also expressed his surprise that no Americans had infiltrated the embassy for ages, while Sam expresses ironically about the decoration of the place which was changed since 1979. Sam manages to get inside the embassy through the garage. Grim informed Sam that the words the General used could have been a code-phrase that would activate an alert. Sam and the General meet at the bottom of the parking Garage. He takes him inside through a security checkpoint and he asks Sam to stay close as his clothes have a device that allows entrance to authorized personnel.
Sam was lead into the holding cells and the General stopped expressing his idealism about he and his family would die than live as traitors. At this point Quod soldiers came for Sam and tried to capture him, but Sam gave her the word to start a temporarily blackout that gave him time to evade. San left the holding cells and scales higher to reach main sections of the embassy. The power went back on and most of the system was operational as certain doors would operate through authorized Quod staff. Sam takes an elevator to the server room and Charlie gave him two options to how to enter. Sam manages to reach the vault's server and plugged all the necessary data.
While escaping the embassy, he had to deactivate security and went for a security room. Afterwards he climbed down through the main lobby. Iranian Special Forces came through the building, consisting of heavy geared units with shields, sweeping around for Sam. Same leaves the building and more guards with dogs are patrolling the grounds waiting on Sam. He manages to escape the embassy with a van that Brigs drove as the only conventional way was for Sam to exfiltrate. Grim noticed some enemy vehicles were pursuing their escape van and couldn't find a better solution around them but go through them. She utilities the Fourth Echelon drone to pick up the targets with AGM missiles, reluctantly in Sam's opinion and manages to clear the way for them to escape.
Grimsdottir was talking to President Caldwell realizing her actions, while Caldwell explained it was "a very unfortunate drone malfunction." She also expresses Grim's importance to her in succeeding in Fourth Echellon but has her doubts. Sam tells her that she wouldn't have been grateful either-wise, yet she replied that he would do the same. However it turns out The data found in the embassy clears Iran's involvement with the Blacklist. Sam questioned Grim's point in making bad decisions which was something all team members did in their previous ops, while Grim asks Sam not to turn his work into a personal matter. Sam thanks Grim, yet she also tells to thank Briggs as well. Meanwhile Charlie was able to locate the chemical bombs near US soil.