The History of FOX-HOUND - Page 1

JACK OF ALL TRADES

A highly controversial figure of the 20th century, the life and legacy of Big Boss has meant different things to different people. In more recent times, he has been deemed a terrorist and a despot, blamed for nearly plunging the world into nuclear chaos. However, recent events uncovered have brought to the forefront intimate details surrounding his past, casting a more clearer light on his motives. The events that would ultimately shape his life would begin in the 1960's, during the height of the Cold War era. Long before he had assumed the mantle as FOX-HOUND's commander-in-chief, the man known as Big Boss was known simply as Jack to those who knew him. While seemingly innocuous at the surface, the mild mannered billing was perhaps chosen to represent the every man or average joe who operated during that period of time.

Jack was never the most affable of personalities. He was by most accounts considered to be a rigid loner who kept mainly to himself. In particular, his unapologetic vice for cigar tobacco may have been a point of contention for many, who viewed the off-putting habit unsavory. His negative qualities however, was matched by his fierce loyal to those whom he considered his friends. Like the many soldiers who had served during the Cold War period, Jack was trained in a variety of skills that were suited to the changing times. These skills would later be put to practical use, serving him well early on in his career. Chief among them were his proficiency in various military firearms and his uncanny use of camoflage and concealment techniques. In addition, Jack was a also a trained sniper who was experienced in urban and marine environments.

Jack took the Big Boss codename after the person whom he had trained under during his formative years. Surprisingly, his mentor turned out to be a woman who had gained her distinction as a highly exceptional soldier in her own right. This distinction came at a time when female soldiers were virtually nonexistent. During the second World War, she had traveled extensively around the world, and had taken part in some of the world's most bloodiest conflicts. In Russia, she was affectionately billed under the nickname, "Voyevoda" by Kremlin officials. By the mid-1940's, American officials came to refer to her by her correlative name "The Boss." Training under her direct tutelage, it was here that Jack first learned his many tricks of the trade. Together, the two developed a martial-arts form called Close Quarters Combat (CQC) -- a unique hand-to-hand fighting style that integrated advanced handgun and knife techniques.

To this day, The Boss remains a point of intrigue to many. One of the most secretive operatives in history, much of her past remains a mystery. Recent records obtained however, have directly tied her to the subversive guild known as the Philosophers -- an Illuminati-like order whose sphere of influence had spanned the globe. Historically, the group had been the subject of numerous speculation by outsiders long suspicious of their activities. Early on during the twentieth century the true holders of power in the United States, the Republic of China, and the newly-formed Soviet Union, gathered together in a secret meeting that would later be known as the Wiseman's Committee. The secret pact they formed there marked the beginning of the Philosophers. Their purpose was to consolidate their power and to establish a new world order.

The members that made up the Wiseman's Committee itself consisted of twelve anonymous individuals from prominent backgrounds. Each of them had ties to the various industries that were involved in affairs of politics, business, banking, and the military. By the end of the first World War, the group had already gained its foothold in many of the world's leading institutions. For the most part, they had managed to keep much of their activities concealed from the public. However, by the outbreak of the second World War, the Philosophers threw their support behind the Allied Forces in their effort to push back the Axis Powers.

PHILOSOPHERS' LEGACY

To secure their victory, the three countries pooled together their vast resources to conduct some the most covert types of operations and research. This came to be known as the Philosophers' Legacy -- an immense monetary fortune that was estimated to be worth over a hundred billion dollars. The creation of the atomic bomb, the development of rocket technology, and the emergence of the modern day computer were all products of this Legacy. However, the Legacy itself was not confined strictly to research and development alone. The establishment of the Legacy also saw to the formation of the experimental Cobra Unit -- an elite wetworks team whose roster consisted of paranormally endowed specialists.

From the very start, the Philosophers were intent on ensuring the new team's effectiveness. As a measure of their commitment, they appointed The Boss to serve as the Cobra Unit's squad leader. Under her command, the team eventually became one of many factors responsible for leading the West to victory. During this period, a kinship developed between she and her fellow teammates. Her most loyal comrade at the time was "The Sorrow" -- a soothsayer and mentalist who purportedly had the ability to communicate with the deceased. An affair later developed between the two, and eventually culminated in the conception of a child. This courtship was frowned upon by the Philosophers, whose interest in The Boss had extended beyond the war.

As a show of power, the group reacted in cold manner by arranging for the child's abduction upon its birth. The act in turn forever left its mark on The Boss, who had already suffered through complications during her pregnancy. To compensate, the child was delivered through an unusual cesarean technique that left her scarred from naval to breast. The wavey, stitch-like pattern symbolically resembled that of a snake -- a lasting reminder of what had been taken from her. However, her child was not the only person taken from her by the Philosophers. The Boss was well aware of the Philosophers' methods even before she had been appointed as the head of their Cobra Unit. The events that transpired during her childhood taught her just how dangerous they were.

It turned out that her father was among the Committee's twelve founding members that had established the group. Through this direct lineage, The Boss had enjoyed an unprecedented level of wealth and privilege, and came to be known as the last child of the Philosophers. At some point however, her father became privately disillusioned by the group's ruling hierarchy, and it was through him that she learned the truth surrounding the Philosophers at a very early age. Unfortunately, the group soon caught wind of her father's perceived disloyalty and arranged for his murder shortly thereafter. What happened in the years that followed remain unclear, but The Boss maintained her ties to the Philosophers, and eventually went on to become one of their main operatives. In hindsight, the murder of her father, and the taking of her child may have been threatening tactics used by the organization to keep her in check. This tactic may have also been used against her several years later, when she was reportedly forced to eliminate The Sorrow during a classified mission.

To some degree, The Boss grudgingly went along with the Philosophers' initial agenda for a unified global order. By the 1930's however, the last of the founding members had reportedly died out. After that, it became apparent to her that the Committee had lost its focus and had begun degenerating into a shell of its former self. The Philosophers from that point forward adapted to a new form of policy steeped heavily in the theory of perpetual conflict. Their influence extended to countries and organizations that were involved in every aspect of war, thus becoming a driving factor behind various conflicts around the world. This doctrine would gain further traction as the Cold War heated up. As tension between the East and the West continued to intensify, deep fissures from within the Philosophers became increasingly apparent.

The main point of contention centered squarely on the Philosophers' Legacy itself. In the years that followed the second World War, the Legacy had grown exponentially, increasing at an estimated five times its original worth. The post-war plan was to evenly divide the Legacy amongst the three nations that represented it. However, animosity and deep seated mistrust ultimately fractured the group into their three respective branches. Throughout this period, funds from the Legacy were discreetly syphoned out by both its American and Soviet affiliates, and later used in the aquisition of scientific minds from Germany and abroad. For a time, it seemed as if the two sides were locked in a neverending stalemate. However, by the late 1950's, the Soviet faction had succeeded in gaining the upperhand when one of its members entrusted in managing the Legacy had reportedly seized its entire assets.

In the confusion that followed, a series of ingenious plots were devised to ensure that the Soviet Union would maintain its hold over the Legacy. Through illegal laundering practices, the money was later divided up and distributed to various banking institutions throughout the world, including banks in Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Australia. To keep a vital record of each of the original transactions, the man who was instrumental in the Legacy's theft printed the information onto a laminated strip of microfilm. There, the film remained in his possession until it was inherited by his son shortly after his death.

COLONEL VOLGIN

The man who would ultimately inherit the Philosophers' Legacy was a GRU colonel and Russian born prodigy who went by the name of Volgin. Yevgeny Borisovich Volgin was a man whose reputation preceded his name. Bold, ambitious, and utterly ruthless, he had established himself as both a brilliant military tactician and a feared harbinger of brutality. Volgin was no ordinary soldier, nor was he a typical thug from the KGB. Volgin was an intelligent, scheming giant of a man who possessed a fiery rage that matched his musclebound form. In addition to his formidable stature, Volgin was a living human capacitor, whose body reportedly carried an electrical charge of over ten million volts. In this capacity, he was able to control and manipulate electrical currents around him at will -- a feat which appropriately earned him the nickname "Thunderbolt" by his Western counterparts. Feared by his allies and enemies alike, he has been observed on repeated occasion uttering the phrase, "Kuwabara, Kuwabara" during battle.

Wealth, technology, and military might all became the fundamental benchmarks behind Volgin's grab for power. However, his sense of depravity knew no bounds. Along with atrocities he had perpetrated during the war, he was also a noted sadist who was known to indulge in routine acts of torture and mass murder. In many ways, he came to represent the crossroads his country now faced during this particular stage of the Cold War era. A hardline communist to the very end, Volgin strongly believed that it was his country's given right to take its place as the world's leading superpower. Like the many who had lived under the Iron Curtain at the time, he had grown dissatisfied with the current ruling regime. Using much of the confusion caused by the Cold War, Volgin sought to outdo the Philosophers by creating his own unique brand of global disharmony. With the money he had collected from the Philosophers' Legacy, and the support of powerful opposition forces, Volgin sequestered himself deep in the mountainous region of Tselinoyarsk -- a remote area situated 3 miles west of the Virgin Cliffs. There, he constructed the military compound known as Groznyj Grad to serve as his primary base of operations.

Massive in its scale, Groznyj Grad was a heavily armed fortress that housed nearly a thousand men under Volgin's command, including his Spetznas unit. Flanked by its many gun towers and round-the-clock personnel, the base was designed to safeguard him from intruders outside its hardened walls. Groznyj Grad boasted the latest in military technology available at the time, and contained several enimities which allowed for its own sustainability. This included its own battallion of tanks, an assembly line factory, and even an airstrip runway to shuttle supplies on and off the base. The heart of the fortress lied within its weapons lab, which was used for the research and development of new technology. All told, the base operated at a multi purpose level, and kept Volgin well protected from harm. Perhaps most important of all however, was the fact that Groznyj Grad now housed the microfilm containing the records of the Philosophers' Legacy.

A global maverick well versed in the theory of nuclear deterrence, Volgin was not about to let his country fall by the wayside in the race to aquire nuclear arms. In an effort to undermine America's growing role as the leading nuclear superpower, Volgin invested heavily in the research and development of various types of weaponry. One of these projects was initially proposed to him early on by a man named Aleksandr Leonovich Granin. Aleksandr Granin was director of the Granin Research Bureau, and was among the many engineers who had worked on Volgin's behalf. By his own admission, Granin considered himself to be a man of great importance. The foremost weapons scientist living in the Soviet Union at the time, he had created countless weapons in the service of his country. For his many contributions during the second World War, he had recieved the coveted "Order of Lenin" -- an honorary award given to him in recognition for his services.

Granin was noted for his mastery in virtually every aspect of ballistics technology, and it was through this knowledge that he later developed the basic blueprint design for the mobile ballistic system "SS-IC." However, Granin was of the frame of mind who believed that a tank needed more than advanced weapons in order to be effective. In what was considered his most ambitious project ever, he proposed to Volgin a new type of weapon system that effectively combined the fundamental aspects of tank design with robotic engineering. Granin was a daring risk taker who was not afraid to commit to projects that were deemed unconventional. Drawing from his many years of knowledge, he eventually produced the design specifications for a new breed of tank: a bipedal, nuclear equipped walking battletank with the ability to launch a precise attack from any spot on earth. This technology was to be the missing link between infantry and artillary, and was the next evolutionary stage in weapons development. However, this was not to be. A prisoner to his own personal vices, Granin lacked both the clear focus and discipline to produce the results that Volgin was looking for. Volgin may have also dismissed his plans altogether, perhaps viewing the concept of a walking tank absurd. Undaunted, Volgin stripped Granin of his authority, and soon turned his collective attention to Granin's chief rival, Dr. Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov.

THE TREADING BEHEMOTH

From the onset, Nikolai Sokolov seemed like an unlikely choice to replace the inebriated Granin. His main expertise up until that point was in the field of astronautics and orbital rocket design. During the early 1960's, Sokolov had achieved his fame through the development of his patented multi-engine cluster -- a device which was later put to use in the A1 Vostok Rocket design. Sokolov never aspired to be a leading weapons scientist, nor did he care for the glory that went along with it. However, he soon found himself caught up in the Cold War struggle between the East and the West. The space race had become the prey and tool of choice used by politicians.from both sides, and soon enough, the space race itself and the arms race that preceded it both became one of the same. Within a short period of time, Sokolov had literally gone from a low ranking technician to the head of a weapons design bureau. Many viewed this promotion as a sign of success. However, growing concern and a personal crisis in conscience would later prompt him into fleeing his country.

What blighted his conscience, was the doomsday weapon known as the Shagohod. Referred to colloquially as "The Treading Behemoth," the Shagohod was an advanced mobile launching platform that was capable of launching inter-regional ballistic missiles (IRBM). Under the technical direction of Dr. Sokolov himself, the Shagohod was built from the ground up using the vast resources afforded to him by Volgin personally. Volgin, for his part, pulled out all the stops in terms of the funding that went into its development by cutting off money and staff previously reserved for Granin's research, and diverting them into the Shagohod Project. Development of the Shagohod secretly took place from the Granin Design Bureau building, otherwise known as 0KB-812, and from there, its first workable prototype was assembled. Formidable in its appearance, the Shagohod prototype came equipped with the most advanced weapons that were available at the time, inluding numerous machine gun placements and 2 surface-to-air guided missile launching units. In addition, Shagohod itself was outfitted with twin drilling devices that were positioned in tandem at the front end of its treads. Combined with its heavy armored plating, the Shagohod was virtually a mobilized fortress in of itself.

For its time, the Shagohod was the pinnacle in modern day tank design, and was unlike anything that had come before it. Although it didn't break new ground aesthetically, the machine was considered a technological breakthrough in terms of its performance. What set Shagohod apart from its conventional counterparts, was the direct method of attack used by its main weapon, the launching platform. Shagohod employed 2 separate, but crucial phases in its offensive repertoire. "Phase-1" of its attack involved the actual launching stage itself. However, "Phase-2" was far more complex. Although Shagohod was technically designed as a medium-ranged launching platform, its ulterior purpose was to launch ICBM's. There was just one problem. The current ICBM's were simply too big for the Shagohod to carry on its own. However, Volgin would hear none of this. He demanded that the weapon be capable of launching a nuclear missile directly into the United States itself. That is when Sokolov came up with the idea for Phase-2.

Borrowing heavily from design concepts taken from medieval siege weaponry, Sokolov devised an ingenious way to enhance the Shagohod's ballistic capacity. He would accelerate the machine itself by incorperating the same technology he had previously used in the Vostok rocket design. For the execution of Phase-2, a rocket booster engine was attached to the frame of the Shagohod. Using this booster, the Shagohod could achieve a land speed of over 300 miles per hour, effectively acting as the first stage of an orbital rocket. From this state of accelerated motion, the machine was now capable of launching a long range attack into any part of the United States. On top of that, the attack itself could be conducted free of detection by even the most advanced spy plane or satellite, thereby rendering the concept of "deterrence" obsolete.

The perceived advantage of Shagohod was in its relative stealth of attack, and its existance in effect eliminated the need for conventional missile silos altogether. Its creation in turn, elevated Volgin to a whole new playing field. However, Volgin had no intentions of stopping there. His plan was to mass-produce the Shagohod, and to deploy them all throughout the Soviet Union and abroad. This multi-faceted approach in turn threatened to bring in parts of Europe, Asia, and the Eastern bloc into the fray. Worse yet, Volgin was willing to use the Shagohod itself as political bait to fan uprisings against rival dictators, ethnic insurgents, and revolutionary groups throughout much of the Third World region.

DEFECTION

Inevitably, this development placed Sokolov in a precarious position. He had managed to avoid inciting Volgin's wrath by cooperating in the development of the Shagohod. However, Sokolov realized that his cooperation alone would not guarantee the safety of his family. Nevertheless, he remained acutely aware that the completion of the Shagohod would mean a new phase to the Cold War era, with Volgin and the Shagohod firmly entrenched at the center of it all. Wanting no part in this particular scenario, Sokolov contacted officials from within the United States government and made secret arrangements to flee the Soviet Union.

To protect Sokolov from potential retribution, arrangements were made beforehand to smuggle his wife and daughter out of Soviet territory prior to making his own defection. In all, Sokolov spent 2 weeks travelling over 600 miles to get from the Granin research facility where he was situated at to the East Berlin capital. With help from the various moles assigned to protect him, he succeeded in crossing over the Berlin Wall in one piece. However, the ordeal had left him both exhausted and incoherent. Sokolov was checked into a hospital in West Berlin shortly thereafter, and it was hoped by American officials that they would be able to collect information regarding his weapon at a later time. However this would not come to pass. Within a week, the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis took place, nearly plunging the East and West into nuclear chaos.

Although the tense confrontation was later resolved through diplomatic relations, both sides remained largely dissatisfied with the outcome. The compromise proved particularily embarrassing for the Soviet Union, who was seen as backing down from a situation they had created. The American government on the other hand, was not at all happy with the end result either. For Sokolov, it was a betrayal by the United States government, who had promised to grant him political asylum. Among the many concessions agreed upon by the United States was the unconditional surrender of Dr. Sokolov. At the time, American officials were clueless as to what Sokolov had been working on. However, they were given little time to contemplate. In the end, they were left with no other choice but to hand Sokolov over to agents stationed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall. There, his status remained largely in question, until his whereabouts were uncovered several months later.

It turned out that Sokolov had been kept alive by the Soviet government, and that he had been forced to resume his work on the Shagohod project. To keep a tighter rein on its development however, the Soviet government ordered that the Shagohod be taken from the OKB-812 design building, and transferred to its smaller abandoned research outpost, OKB-754. Sokolov was put to work on completing the Shagohod's Phase-2 attack mode. During this time, he was kept under heavy monitor by members of the KGB, who were stationed at the outpost. Their job was to maintain Sokolov's captivity, and to kill him if necessary. This created a severe conflict of interest for the embattled Volgin, who had spearheaded in much of its development.

Feeling no sense of deference toward the current Soviet government, Volgin made plans to claim both Sokolov and the Shagohod for himself. However, his position at the Spetznas made it too troublesome for him to attack Sokolov's facility directly. To circumvent this obstacle, Volgin was forced to resort to more subtle means to achieve his objective. Using the very spy network that had been established by the Philosophers many years earlier, Volgin made contact with one of their operatives. The operative in question turned out to be The Boss, whom he believed had since severed her ties with the Philosophers. In a bold, but highly audacious proposition, Volgin extended an olive branch to The Boss, and suggested that she throw her loyalty behind him. For Volgin, his reasons may have been fueled in part by his belief that they both shared common ground with one another. Unbeknownst to him however, The Boss had in fact maintained her ties to the Philosophers into the present day.

In the years that had followed Volgin's aquisition of the Philosophers' Legacy, the group's 2 remaining affiliates -- both China and the United States -- had broken off and formed their own separate factions. Although their net worth assets came nowhere near to matching the vast sums of resources currently held by Volgin, they remained viable threats in their own right. The American affiliate in particular, retained the services of The Boss, and through her, came to learn that the Legacy had fallen into Volgin's hands. The members who made up the Philosophers of America proved to be equally ruthless as a divided front, and were not at all above resorting to cutthroat tactics against their enemies. When they learned of Volgin's desire to obtain the Shagohod for his own, they made plans to strike at him when he least expected it.

-- Article by crackhead_bob

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