William Bedford Diego
William Diego
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Race Human
The Many
Faction UNN
The Many
Status Deceased
Location UNN Rickenbacker
Game(s) System Shock 2
Voice Actor Stephen Russell

Captain William Bedford Diego is the son of Edward Diego and the hero of the Battle of Boston Harbor during the Eastern States' police action. He was assigned as the captain of the UNN Rickenbacker, the United Nations Nominate ship latched onto the Von Braun.


Without a Father

Diego grew up fatherless as his father, Edward Diego unleashed SHODAN and was declared dead after Citadel Station was destroyed. William's early life would not be easy as he was labeled as the son of the man who assisted Shodan in nearly destroying humanity. Wherever he went from school to going home, the press would follow and ask countless questions.

Faced with countless lawsuits as well as losing everything, William's mother committed suicide leaving the boy an orphan. As he pulled his mother from the sink, he thought in order to survive, he would have to do the opposite of what his father did, to become the "anti-Diego".

Life as a Soldier

After the UNN was formed, Diego quickly enlisted into the armed forces believing he could make a difference. He rose through the ranks until he was able to command warships and lead men into battle with success. A person who likes method, precision and procedure, he enjoyed Sim-Cigs which he used to summon from his wrist replicator.

He also undertook peacekeeping. It was at the Battle of Boston Harbor (especially the way the media covered the event) when Captain Diego was presented as the man who kept the peace, restored order and oversaw the executions of the ringleaders. Captain Diego became a national hero and the public symbol of the UNN. Even when he rose through the ranks and became a Rear Admiral, he was still known affectionately as "Captain Diego". He was nominated for 2116 Interior Minister of the Bureaucratic candidate party.

Hearing news about the development of Sarah, a new AI development by TriOptimum, Diego sought to meet Dr. Marie Delacroix. She was not in her office at Paris, but Diego's spies informed him that she secretly traveled to Massachusetts, New England. Delacroix was surprised to see Diego waiting for her on a deserted promontory on the coast. Diego told her that UNN was disturbed about Sarah, and knowing Delacroix's concerns about her own work, offered his help to stop Sarah in case she went out of control.

Diego, Delacroix and Anatoly Korenchkin were present at the proceedings of the UNN senate sub-committee concerning the authorization of this new technology. Although there was an attempt to buy more time for the development of Sarah, Diego's influence did not manage much. It was decided to authorize Sarah, and to launch a prototype ship during the following 3 months.

An Uneasy Voyage

When the Von Braun was ready for her maiden voyage, the UNN required the ship have an armed escort, which was the destroyer Rickenbacker. Diego, now a household name and wartime hero, was automatically selected to command the Rickenbacker to escort and protect the Von Braun.

Tensions between the TriOptimum and UNN crew were at an all times high from day one of the voyage. Diego despised the captain of the Von Braun, Anatoly Korenchkin, because of his loyalty to TriOptimum, and also remarked that the executive was a bad choice to command such a high value starship. Arguments would arise between the two men with Diego nearly losing his temper.

First Contact

During the voyage, the ships received a distress signal coming from Tau Ceti V. Diego along with Anatoly Korenchkin lands on the planet's surface to investigate the source of the signal.

Unfortunately Anatoly, wanting to give TriOptimum the glory of first contact, skips the mandatory level B Hazard Suit exam in an attempt to humiliate Diego. Diego also skips the exam and manages to come out together with Korenchkin.

After surveying what appears to be a crash site, Korenchkin ordered his men to began loading eggs into the shuttle, requesting the Hydroponics deck be cleared. Diego, puzzled by the CEO's action asks him if he is crazy, to which Korenchkin replies 'Oh, Captain... WE are not Anatoly..."

Hostile Takeover

Captain Diego started to fall under The Many's spell and began a transformation from a hero captain to ordering his men to protect the eggs and killing the Resistance.

When Melanie Bronson begins her attempt to retake the ship, Diego sends a squad to execute her and her security guards. Once the main resistance forces are no more, he opened the Rickenbacker and lets The Many to take over both ships.

The crew that were not infected broke away from his command tried to save the Rickenbacker by cutting access to Pod 2 and the command bridge, but the efforts were in vain.

Diego was going to be transformed into a Psi-Reaver, but manages to resist the call of the Many late into the game.


Somewhere during the game, Diego begins resisting The Many, informs General Laurie Brasco of the entire event and begins to retake his body.

He manages to contact SOLDIER G65434-2 and reaffirm himself as the commanding officer and ordering the player to find him and stop The Many at all costs.

Having realized the power the Many had over him, Diego proceeded to perform self-surgery from an autodoc; however before the Soldier could meet up with him, gravity is reversed, and Diego is killed from the fall, or may have died during the operation. His body contains his last audio log and the keycard to his quarter.

Audio Logs and E-Mails

Audio Logs


System Shock 2 - Diego audio logs

System Shock 2 - Diego audio logs

All of Captain William Bedford Diego's audio logs as they were recorded in chronological order


  • He has the only unique corpse in the whole game. All the other ones (Polito, Delacroix, etc) share the same models as the crew members.