Six months after the events of Conviction, a group of twelve terrorists initiate a world-wide ultimatum known as the Blacklist. An escalating countdown on the safety of the United States.
After the eradication of Third Echelon, Sam Fisher, now the leader of his own highly trained counter-terrorism unit called Fourth Echelon, is tasked to put an end to the Blacklist. Fourth Echelon now answers directly to the President of the United States, who was the one who ordered the shutdown of Third Echelon and founded Fourth Echelon.
Sam Fisher is the main protagonist of Splinter Cell stealth, action video game franchise. The character was created by JT Petty, designed by Martin Caya and formerly voiced by Michael Ironside up until Conviction. Eric Johnson will replace Ironside's voice acting role as Sam Fisher in the upcoming game, Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Origin and Early Life
Sam Fisher was born on the 8th of August 1957, in Towson, Maryland. While not much is known of his childhood, Fisher attended military boarding school after the death of his parents when he was young. He majored in Political Science from the U.S Naval Academy.
During the 1980s, Sam met an NSA cryptanalyst, Regan Burns, while he was serving in Eastern Europe, Germany. They had an affair, and after learning of Regan's pregnancy, they had a small wedding ceremony. They then had a daughter they had named Sarah Fisher, who was born on the 31st of May, 1985.
After a difficult three year marriage, Regan and Sam filed for divorce. Regan took custody of Sarah and went back to the United States. Sam, reluctant to follow, remained in Europe where he dedicated his life to his work, operating extensively in Germany, Afghanistan and Soviet.
Fisher took a bureaucratic job with the CIA in the United States after Regan's death in 2000, in order to be closer to Sarah.
Recruitment into Third Echelon
On August 7 2004, Sam Fisher underwent standard CIA and Special Force training at a place called "The Farm" at Camp Peary, Virginia. This course was to demonstrate to Irving Lambert (head of Third Echelon) that he had the adequate skills to successfully perform in the field as a Splinter Cell.
The training course tests individuals with the navigation through obstacles, stealth, lock-picking, interrogation, excessive force, non-lethal force and bypassing surveillance cameras.
Surprised by his skill, Lambert personally welcomed Fisher to the NSA, Third Echelon division. Sam was then introduced to his new team thereafter, including field assistant, Vernon Wilkes Jr and later, technical expert, Anna Grímsdóttir.