|Faction||United Nations Nominate|
|Location|| Von Braun|
|Game(s)|| System Shock 2 |
System Shock 3
~ His only line of dialogue.
After selecting either of the three branches of the military - O.S.A, Marines, Navy - Soldier G65434-2 began his first three years of duty and gained a lot of experiences and skills. The precise postings and skills he chooses are left up to the player.
When the announcement came that the Von Braun would be launching soon, Soldier G65434-2 sent a request application to Captain Diego to be assigned to the UNN Rickenbacker. His request was granted and he transferred just before the Von Braun began her journey.
When the Von Braun reached Tau Ceti V, while the soldier was sleeping in his cryo bunk, a security bot shows up to Grassi with orders from Dr. Polito that the soldier is to be placed in the freezer suite and be fitted with an illegal R-grade cyber implant. Grassi at first was puzzled by Polito's request and mentions the implants were outlawed after the Citadel Station incident.
Despite his objections, he blindly follows her order and moves the soldier while still sleeping in his cryo bed, to be fitted with the implants and began his healing coma. Unknown to Grassi, Polito had already committed suicide and SHODAN was using Polito as her cover.
During the healing coma, Polito/SHODAN, ordered Bayliss to purge the restoration memory unit so that the soldier doesn't remember he "volunteered" to have the implants installed.
By the time the game begins, The Many is almost in complete control of the entire ship, save for a few resistance fighters. Polito/SHODAN wakes the soldier and briefs him on the situation, thus beginning the events of System Shock 2.
Since System Shock 2 is a role-playing game, he is without much backstory, personality, or character development, as players are supposed to project themselves onto the character.
The soldier awakens in a cryo-tube on the MedSci Deck of the Von Braun with amnesia due to a computer malfunction. He is immediately contacted by another survivor, Dr. Janice Polito, who guides him to safety before the cabin depressurized. She demands that he rendezvous with her on the Operations Deck of the Von Braun. Along the way, the soldier battles the infected crew members and security devices. The Many also telepathically communicate with him, attempting to persuade the soldier to join their collective.
After restarting the ship's engine core and purging an elevator shaft, the soldier reaches Deck 4 and discovers that Polito is dead. He is then confronted by SHODAN, a malevolent artificial intelligence that devastated Citadel Station, in the previous game. It is revealed she has been posing as Polito to gain the soldier's trust.
She goes on to mention that she is responsible for creating The Many, the results of her bio-engineering experiments on Citadel Station. The Hacker ejected the grove that contained her experiments to prevent them contaminating Earth, an act that also allowed part of SHODAN to survive the events of the first game. The grove crash-landed on Tau Ceti V. While SHODAN went into forced hibernation, The Many evolved beyond her control.
SHODAN issues an ultimatum to the soldier, stating his only chance for survival lies in helping destroy her rebellious creations. SHODAN informs the soldier that destroying the Von Braun is their only option, but he must transmit her program to the Rickenbacker first. While en route, the soldier briefly encounters two survivors, Tommy Suarez and Rebecca Siddons, who flee the ship aboard an escape pod.
With the transfer complete, the soldier travels to the Rickenbacker and learns both ships have been enveloped by the infection source, a gigantic mass of bio-organic tissue. The soldier enters the biomass and destroys its core, stopping the alien infection from spreading. SHODAN congratulates the protagonist on his accomplishments and informs him of her intentions to merge real space and cyberspace by subverting the reality-altering mechanics of the Von Braun's faster-than-light drive. The soldier confronts SHODAN in cyberspace and in a decisive battle, defeats her, bluntly rejecting her offer to join her and regaining control over the ships.
The final scene shows Tommy and Rebecca receiving a message the soldier sends them from the Von Braun. Tommy responds, saying they will return but that Rebecca is acting strange. Rebecca is shown speaking in a voice similar to that of SHODAN, asking Tommy if he "likes her new look", as the screen fades to black.
Soldier G65434-2 is set to return in System Shock 3. Though in what capacity his role will take remains to be seen.
|System Shock 2 Characters|
|Starship Von Braun|
|Engineering Deck||Marie Delacroix • Juan Curtiz • Constance Sanger • Martin|
|MedSci Deck||Grassi • Taz Amanpour • Angela Loesser • James Watts|
|Hydroponics Deck||Marc Miller • Erin Bloome • Prefontaine|
|Operations Deck||Janice Polito • Melanie Bronson • Rebecca Siddons • Turnbull • Malick • Yount • Wood|
|Recreation Deck||Frank Yang • Alice Murdoch • Rosenberg • Enrique Cortez|
|Command Deck||Anatoly Korenchkin • Norris • Malone • Myers|
|UNN Rickenbacker||William Diego • Bayliss • Thomas Suarez • Croker|
|Non-Specific Location||XERXES • SHODAN • The Many • A. Bananas|