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This article is about a subject from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." Its canonicity within the continuity is disputed, therefore reader discretion is advised.[?]
- "I lost my whole family, everything... But I butchered those fuckers. My family's killers. That's when I realized... I am a killer too. And a good one at that."
Mistral was a female cyborg mercenary and a member of Desperado Enforcement LLC. Mistral was one of the Winds of Destruction, alongside Sundowner and Monsoon. Her code-name is derived from the dry northern winds that blow from the Alps to the Mediterranean. Mistral used multiple copies of her main weapon called "L'Étranger" (French for "Stranger") in whip and rod configurations and could easily rebuild a new one at ease. Outside of combat operations, she wore a black and violet coat with pauldrons, which she removed in a suggestive manner before engaging her opponent. Mistral's serial number was 977-AZQEE.
Mistral was born to French and Algerian parents in the country of Algeria. She was orphaned at a very early age during the Algerian Civil War in the 1990s. She would eventually find her parents' murderers, and, in her words, "butcher" them. Afterwards, she decided that killing people was her calling, and served in the French Foreign Legion. She participated as a combatant in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a kill count in the dozens. Despite killing being her calling, she found the action itself to be "dull," comparing it to dominoes. She even grew envious of her prey because they had causes to fight for. Eventually, she met a man who changed all that and allowed her to fight for an ideal.
- See also: Raid at World Marshal, Ambush in Africa, Abkhazian Coup, Investigation in Guadalajara, Raid in Denver, and Operation Tecumseh
Training Blade Wolf
After the IF prototype LQ-84i was reactivated by Sundowner, she was assigned command to the UG due to his getting bored with him. She then proceeded to give him several VR missions, including the assassination of a pesky African politician, and several ops within Denver. Mistral then reflected upon seeing his kill rating that it was disappointing and felt Sundowner may have been right about him, but eventually decided he was ultimately useful and had him continue VR training. She then contacted Khamsin, ordering him to take the LQ-84i for the mission to liberate Abkhazia. However, shortly after Khamsin signed off upon being introduced to the LQ-84i, she privately planned to backstab Khamsin. She also smirked when the LQ-84i questioned why he was not allowed freedom, even when their mission was to liberate Abkhazia.
A day later, Mistral arrived at Abkhazia, and allowed the LQ-84i to scout ahead in case PMCs arrived, despite being under orders to have the LQ-84i guard her at all times. She eventually released him from her control, although the LQ-84i seized that chance by removing the restraint inhibitor remote signal from her. After Khamsin was killed attempting to stop the now-renegade LQ-84i, she managed to reinstate the restraint inhibitors via Codec, revealing she had tricked the LQ-84i into killing Khamsin and then forced him to shake her hand (or rather, that of a Humanoid Dwarf Gekko). She commented that she'd cover up Khamsin's death during the debriefing. She then mentioned that LQ-84i, due to him only being logical and rational, could never "understand" her motives. Ironically, her treacherous actions to Khamsin made Mistral indirectly responsible for Maverick's later relative ease in infiltrating Abkhazia.
Shortly thereafter, around the time the Maverick agent Raiden located the plant, Mistral and Desperado client Andrey Dolzaev had a conversation near the top of the plant. He attempted to threaten her with a gun, but backed off. As he left, she turned around, spotted Raiden from afar, and blew a kiss at him. This alarmed Raiden and he crouched into a defensive stance that caused Doktor some concern regarding his spiked heart rate. As Raiden redirected his attention back to Mistral, he noticed that she had disappeared. Raiden remarked that he was okay and that he simply "dodged a bullet."
Mistral later encountered Raiden at Desperado's base of operations, a refinery plant located near the coastline. After dropping her coat off, she revealed all she knew about him, including his former nickname from the Liberian Civil War, "Jack the Ripper." She remarked about their similar pasts, although she quickly learned that the similarities ended there and that they were quite different as people. At first, she had her Dwarf Gekko fight Raiden, but eventually the two fought on the rooftops.
Later on, their fight fell down to the main level of the plant. Sensing the end of the battle to be near, Mistral then attempted to smash Raiden with "L'Etranger" with a downward slam. However, Raiden parried the blow with his sword, and then proceeded to inch closer and proceeded to backhand her. Irritated at Raiden's persistence, she then tried to thrust at him with the L'Etranger. However, Raiden jumped over one of her thrusts and L'Étranger pierced a liquid nitrogen tank instead. Landing on her weapon, Raiden performed a flip and cut open the tank, freezing her with the liquid nitrogen. Raiden then finished off the immobilized Mistral in mid-air. After her defeat, she realized what it felt like to die for a cause, and expressed her wish towards someone (implied to be Steven Armstrong) to continue to fight due to her belief that he wouldn't fall. Her last words, however, were imparted in French, "je t'aime de tout mon coeur," as she expressed her love with all her heart. Her client, Dolzaev, having contacted Mistral just after Raiden had landed the finishing blows to her, ended up confused with her remarks and almost broke down regarding her last words due to her never having said this before then, before Raiden took over Mistral's communication radio and informed Dolzaev that she was not talking to him. Afterwards, her Pole-Arm weapon was later copied after a careful analysis of her battle data.
Although she herself died, her overall form was later given a body double that was controlled by an AI. Such a body double was later dispatched to guard the World Marshal Inc. HQ building's server room at Denver, Colorado, alongside a Monsoon body double. The double's appearance was similar enough that Raiden initially mistook it for the original and expressed shock that she apparently survived his duel.
Personality and traits
Mistral, like Raiden, experienced civil war at a very young age and had been made into a cold killer as a result. Before she came to Desperado, she felt she did not have a purpose other than to kill anything in her path. She said that she even envied her prey due to many of her enemies actually having had a cause to fight for. She was the youngest member of the Winds of Destruction. Around 2018, Mistral had learned to cherish the notion of an individual possessing their own ideals, expressing her happiness upon learning to possess one of her own.
Because of her background, she sometimes utilized French accent and words when speaking, such as referring to fellow member Khamsin (then-recently deceased) as "batard odieux" and "l'imbecile," meaning "odious bastard" and "the imbecile," respectively, as well as "mon gars," meaning "my boy" to Raiden, and also saying "Je t'aime... de tout mon coeur" upon her death, meaning "I love you... with all my heart."
Mistral seemed to had a tenuous relationship with fellow Desperado member Khamsin. Although she ordered Khamsin to take the LQ-84i along with him for a mission, she also said shortly after Khamsin signed off, "We will see who gets the education" while chuckling to herself, in response to his final line before signing off, implying that she intended for him to be killed off.
Mistral gave demeaning treatment towards LQ-84i, viewing him as a pet, and took great pleasure in manipulating his intelligence which led to Khamsin's death. Mistral also demonstrated ruthless and cruel behavior, particularly towards the Dwarf Gekko, which she objectified and seemed to have little regard for, except when they were useful to her in battle. On one occasion, she used the Dwarf Gekko as a makeshift chair and to cradle herself, while the Dwarf Gekko clearly struggled to support her weight. Evidence of Mistral's callous treatment could also be seen when she briefly gave tender care to a damaged Dwarf Gekko, before forcibly yanking two of its arms off and stomping the core, much to its discomfort. Mistral herself appeared to experience pleasure upon merging with multiple Gekko arms prior to her battle with Raiden.
Mistral held some respect for Raiden, even recognizing his reputation as an effective soldier and killer. This was due to the similarities in their upbringing as well as both losing their parents in the past. Valuing the notion of possessing one's own ideals, she even asked Raiden about his own ideals out of curiosity. Upon learning about Raiden's desire of protecting the weak, she expressed that they both had "less in common than [she] thought"; further adding that Raiden's mentality was "still so naive." During her battle with Raiden, she exclaimed tremendous excitement and joy towards Raiden's fighting prowess, even going so far as to claim that she desired "more" of it in a flirtatious manner. This later turned into frustration as Raiden bested her at the end of their fight.
Based on her last words, it was heavily implied that Mistral held Steven Armstrong in very high regard due to his non-conformist ideals, as well as his philosophy regarding a person's free will to make their own decisions in life. This strongly adhered to Mistral's statement of finding value in ideals ever since meeting "him."
Weapons and abilities
Mistral had the ability to take the arms of Dwarf Gekko, a.k.a. Tripods, and attach them to her body, while also using them as weapons. She could attach up to 14 arms of Dwarf Gekko to her body, 7 arms on each side of her body. She could also use the remaining cores as volleys to bombard her foes with, throwing them at a fast enough velocity to generate flames. In addition to using her L'Etranger as a whip and spear, she could also utilize it in addition to a cartwheel to mow people down in a similar manner to a buzz-saw. She could also loosen both ends to act as grappling hooks to damage the environment and her opponents with a slam, as evidenced with what she did with one of the pipes in the plant during the fight with Raiden.
Most of Mistral's body consisted of cybernetic parts. Similar to Raiden, she possessed optical implants in her eyes. Shortly after her arms were inserted into her body, her eye glowed crimson. In addition, she also saw Raiden from afar and even blew a kiss at him, revealing that her optical implants could also zoom in via AR. Her breasts are suspected by Doktor, due to their natural movement, to either be originally human or an advanced chassis, but believed the former was more likely.
Similar to her compatriots, Mistral's codename was derived from a weather pattern on Earth. In her case, it was from the cold northern winds in the French Alps. Although not originating from France herself, she did possess French heritage, and she did hold membership to the French Foreign Legion.
Behind the scenes
Mistral (ミストラル Misutoraru?) is a cyborg boss character and the only female antagonist who appears in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Her multiple arms give her a slight resemblance to Screaming Mantis, though her original concept show more similarity to Laughing Octopus and her African heritage gives her a resemblance to Crying Wolf. In concept artist Yong-Hee Cho's official blog on Platinum Games' website, he explained that he was tasked to create Mistral by director Kenji Saito, as he wanted "tendril like objects to come out of this girl [Mistral]." It eventually resulted in the concept of her fusing with Dwarf Gekko. Cho also implied that, similar to other female boss characters in the Metal Gear series such as Sniper Wolf, Fortune, The Boss, and the Beauty and the Beast Unit, he was going to make her a femme fatale with a tragic backstory. He wanted to make her sick and perverse looking initially. He also wanted to place a helmet on her, although this ended up cut.
In commentary for Mistral's concept art, included in the Collector's Edition of Piggyback Guide's Metal Gear Rising strategy guide, Kenji Saito, Etsu Tamari, and Cho explained the process of her development: her overall concept, according to Saito, was namely created as he wanted a whip-based boss character who used AI weapons, due to the whips adding a mysterious and erotic touch to Mistral's fighting style, in addition to being a key component to her weapon. Her pole arm was also initially intended to twist around her body, and could be loosened to use as a weapon, with gradual damage being done that would reveal more of her body. However, this concept was not used. Because of Saito wanting to add a bit of a Japanese touch to the character design, she also bore a strong resemblance to the Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara.
Etsu Tamari also explained that they made Mistral a French-Algerian woman for two reasons: to give her a similarity to Raiden regarding her past; and their being fans of The Stranger by Albert Camus. Cho also explained that the reason they decided on using Dwarf Gekko arms for the Pole Arms/protective gear was because they were a natural fit in the Metal Gear world, as they were searching for something that could be freely attached and removed, and also noted that they carried both a sense of disgust and sensuality regarding their attachment to Mistral, as they were androgynous. Cho also was inspired to use the "spider woman" from Japanese folk tales for the basis of Mistral, due to her role as a femme fatale, and his desire to add a Japanese flavor to Mistral.
Prior to the release of the game, the Official PlayStation Magazine's website, in an article explaining how Metal Gear Rising was indeed a Metal Gear game, unveiled details about the Mistral boss fight, including the manner in which she was killed.
Mistral has similarities to the character Sniper Wolf, as she was "rescued" by someone she admires on the battlefield without a purpose and they both also have a fondness of wolves and dogs.
Mistral's weapon is an improvised double-sided polearm called L'Étranger, a reference to the novel L’Étranger by Albert Camus. The novel's protagonist is a French-Algerian man named Meursault. It is literally made out of multiple Dwarf Gekko arms, with the end arms holding a knife.
Owing to the character's background, her English voice actor, Salli Saffioti, voiced her with a French accent.
Full details of Mistral's battle were leaked in UK Official PlayStation Magazine's coverage of Metal Gear Rising.
At one point in the TGS trailer, Mistral's right eye glowed red, hinting that, similar to Raiden, she possessed optical implants.
Mistral's boss theme is called "A Stranger I Remain." Its lyrics talk about a constant stranger who can only consider the battlefield her home. Owing to her partial heritage, some of the lyrics are also sung in French.
She shares the same serial number as Samuel Rodrigues. She is the only human boss other than Senator Armstrong not to have at least part of her face covered in battle by cybernetic parts. The left side of her face is, however, covered by locks of her red hair. She is also the only "talking" boss (ie, those that utilize the Codec immediately after being defeated) whom Raiden/the player character doesn't talk to at all. She is also the only one who gets a Codec picture in the DLCs after it being blank in the main game (specifically, in Blade Wolf's DLC)
Mistral is a major character in the LQ-84i DLC, where she acted as the LQ-84i's commanding officer. Mistral is the only major cyborg character whose reason for becoming a cyborg is never stated (Monsoon became a cyborg due to his body being violently shattered during a gang shootout; Sundowner became a cyborg after sustaining an injury from an IED that was severe enough to put him out of commission otherwise; Sam, although not stated in the main story, became a cyborg after Steven Armstrong severely injured the former's right arm in a fight; and Khamsin became a cyborg out of his own volition via funding he received as a PMC soldier).
Mistral is the second French-African character in the overall Metal Gear series, the first being Sophie N'dram from the non-canon game, Metal Gear: Ghost Babel. Coincidentally, both also had a similar backstory and overall characterization (such as having a large respect for their superior: Armstrong in Mistral's case, and General Augustine Eguabon in the case of Sophie).
Mistral also appeared in Versus Battle, where she fought against Sundowner.
Ranged Hand-To-Hand Combat
Named after the dry northern winds that blow from the Alps to the Mediterranean
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE"
- ―Mistral on Versus Battle
- ^ The approximate date can be inferred from becoming an orphan during the Algerian Civil War (1991–2002).
- ^ http://sgcafe.com/2012/09/tgs-2012-konami-booth-coverage/
- ^ http://gematsu.com/2012/09/three-new-metal-gear-rising-enemies-introduced
- ^ http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/09/the-brand-new-metal-gear-solid-rising-revengeance-trailer-and-its-sexy-new-bad-guys/
- ^ a b Blade Wolf DLC
- ^ a b http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2012/11/30/metal-gear-rising-why-it-really-is-a-metal-gear/3/
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn3DgYhh1Lg
"A pole-arm made by linking multiple Tripod arms together. The user can use it like a spear, or relax the arm's tension to use it like a whip. Developed after careful analysis of Mistral's battle data."
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013)
Raiden: (spotting the Mistral double) What? Mistral?! But she's-- // Doktor: No -- a spare body, if I had to guess. Likely controlled by an AI.
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU29-0LwOlM
- ^ http://platinumgames.com/2013/01/11/ruminations-on-character-design/