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This article is about a subject from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
- "Buckle the fuck up, little doggy. Remember this, we're bringin' freedom here if it kills us. Or better yet: them."
A former Marine who first served active duty during the Gulf War, he was once a loyal soldier who greatly contributed to the success of Operation Desert Sabre, but his lack of flexibility and disastrous personality caused internal troubles within his own team, ultimately leading to his discharge during the Iraq War.
Khamsin became a private military contractor afterward and used the majority of his income to turn himself into a cyborg. His large cyborg body deviates from the regular humanoid image by essentially being more of a large mech. Khamsin's primary weapon was an abnormally large battle axe with a chainsaw-like mechanism on its blade that was too heavy to lift even for him, but made up for the excessive weight with a jet propulsion mechanism for increased speed. His combat capabilities were second only to the three members of the Winds of Destruction.
- See also: Raid at World Marshal, Ambush in Africa, Abkhazian Coup, Investigation in Guadalajara, Raid in Denver, and Operation Tecumseh
Shortly after a VR training exercise for the LQ-84i, Mistral contacted Khamsin, ordering him to take the robotic wolf-dog along for his mission to "bring freedom." Khamsin thought he was taking along a Fenrir, although hearing the LQ-84i speak piqued his interest and he introduced himself. When learning that the LQ-84i had no knowledge of freedom, he mentioned he should prepare for an education when the prototype arrived.
A day later, Mistral then had the LQ-84i arrive at Abkhazia to aid in the military coup occurring there, although he used the opportunity of gaining unlimited range to attempt to escape. Khamsin, having been notified by Mistral of the LQ-84i's current AWOL status, proceeded to attack the canid UG just near the Abkhazian shore. He then told LQ-84i that he didn't expect him to easily escape due to his lack of knowledge, and also arrogantly stated that the UG would die all the same even if it did know freedom. He then fought a devastating battle with the LQ-84i, until his chainsaw mechanism was removed by the UG. Undeterred, and determined not to let himself lose to a "mutt," he then attempted to use his mech's remaining arm to grab the UG. After losing both his remaining arm and his leg, he then started to panic as the LQ-84i impaled his chainsaw into him and threw his torso out. Afterwards, critically injured, Khamsin contacted the LQ-84i and angrily lamented that despite his efforts, he was beaten by "a goddamn mutt." He then cursed at the LQ-84i's mention of "all dogs have their day," as well as his killer's declaration of almost being free, citing that Abkhazia was still needing to be liberated in protest. The LQ-84i then replied that freedom couldn't be forced unto others, but must be earned for oneself. Khamsin angrily retorted, but died mid-sentence, with his self-destruct protocol going off shortly thereafter.
Despite Khamsin's defeat, however, the LQ-84i ended up captured immediately thereafter by Mistral. Mistral also commented that she'll come up with a story for Khamsin's death for the debriefing, making it clear that she intended for him to be killed off. In addition, he also was led to falsely believe that their mission in Abkhazia was to grant freedom to the Abkhazians, which Mistral commented on.
Personality and traits
Khamsin seemed to be a believer in freedom, as evidenced by his expressing desire to liberate the Abkhazian people, "if it kills us, or better yet, them," and his mentioning that he planned to give the UG an education on the subject of freedom. However, his belief in it also made him gullible to his mission, as Mistral mentioned shortly after his death, when revealing the Abkhazian mission was never about freedom.
He lacked efficient people skills, however, which led to him being discharged from the Marines during the second war in Iraq, and later to Mistral orchestrating his death.
Because of his earlier conversion into a cyborg, as well as his choice of body, he didn't have a lower body, only tentacle like wires for connecting to his mech.
Like his compatriots, his codename was derived from a weather pattern on Earth. In his case, it was derived from the desert winds of the Middle East that bring about sandstorms. His codename was most likely derived from his participation in the First Gulf War, due to there being a military operation in that event known as the "Desert Storm," which is one translation of "Khamsin." He commented on this when LQ-84i asked him his ID, stating "I'm Khamsin, a.k.a. the desert storm."
Behind the scenes
Khamsin (カムシン?) is a character who is featured in the Blade Wolf downloadable mission pack for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. He is voiced by Rikiya Koyama in the Japanese version and by Benito Martinez in the English version.
The song "The Hot Wind Blowing featuring Ferry Corsten" is used for him, as a screenshot was shown that implied that he and LQ-84i would end up fighting. Indeed, a leaked trophy confirmed that the fight would occur. The song reflects the sacrifices made by soldiers in war, acting as living weapons, dying without recognition.
Like the other bosses of Metal Gear Rising, Khamsin's name is wind-themed; the Khamsin is a hot, dry, dusty south-north wind in North Africa and the Middle East.
Although the Desperado/World Marshal cyborgs were shown to have a self-destruct protocol upon being defeated, Khamsin is the only one of the cyborg boss characters (including the Winds of Destruction) to actually be seen utilizing it upon defeat (not counting Monsoon, as he was still alive after his body exploded). In addition, he is also the only named enemy cyborg in Desperado that Raiden does not encounter at all, as he had been killed a short while prior to Raiden's arrival.
Depending on whether one goes by release order or chronologically, Khamsin is either the first or second character to angrily refer to Blade Wolf as a "little fuck", with Steven Armstrong doing so in the main game. Coincidentally, both used such terminology around the time Blade Wolf sabotaged their plans, with it ultimately resulting in their demise afterward.
According to Yuji Korekado in Volume 542 of Dengeki PlayStation, Khamsin was originally meant to be one of members of the Winds of Destruction as well as fightable in the main game, but because they could only allow for three members, he was relegated to DLC instead. Yanase in his commentary for Khamsin also mentioned his design was newly created for the DLC, implying that Khamsin was cut before he even entered the design stage.
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
Blade Wolf DLC
Khamsin: (labored breathing) All this... and beaten by a goddamn mutt... // LQ-84i: It is said all dogs have their day. // Khamsin: (heh) You little fuck... // LQ-84i: Finally, I am almost free... // Khamsin: You piece o' shit... What about the freedom of this whole country?! (groan) // LQ-84i: Freedom cannot be forced on others. It must be earned for oneself. // Khamsin: Mangy... goddamn... son of a... (death rattle, then explosion)
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- ^ https://twitter.com/HEITAIs/status/1338048039768879105
- Metal Gear Rising DLC page (in Japanese)