|Shadow of Chernobyl|
Rookie - Expert
|Call of Pripyat|
|“|| I don't know whether I was right or wrong, I guess I'll never know... But I made it. And I guess I should be thankful for that.|
- Strelok after destroying the C-Consciousness.
Strelok (Стрелок), the "Marked One" (Mеченый), is the protagonist and player character of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. The character also appeared in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. He was intended to be the protagonist in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 , but little is known about the cancelled project.
Меченый (Mechenyi) as it is written in Russian, roughly translates to "The Marked One". Giving a general description rather than a name for the player's character is fairly common in video games as it allows the player to substitute the title with any name that they wish.
Стрелок (Strelok) in Russian literally translates to "Gunslinger".
One of the most experienced and capable stalkers in the Zone, Strelok and his associates are some of the few people that managed to reach the power plant and live to tell the tale. He begun accumulating experience early, as he was one of the first people to enter the Zone and bring back artifacts.
During one of his excursions, he found maps of the underground city under Pripyat. Realizing that this would allow him to bypass the Brain Scorcher and reach the power plant, he gathered his men and set out. This first raid to the center of the Zone was unsuccessful - while Ghost, Fang and Strelok infiltrated the Sarcophagus, they were stopped from reaching the Monolith control center by a code-locked door.
During their retreat, the C-Consciousness became aware of their presence virtually on its doorstep. Furious, it unleashed a massive emission in an attempt to kill them. Strelok was badly hurt in the process and put in the care of Doctor by his two friends.
Clear SkyEditWhile Strelok is under Doctor's care, Fang and Ghost searched for means of bypassing the code-locked door. They created two decoders, one of which was taken by Strelok as he attempted to reach the CNPP alone, realizing that Clear Sky is onto him. He manages to elude capture long enough to reach the power plant, but he's a few minutes short, as Scar disables Strelok's psychic field nullifier using the electromagnetic quality of the rounds fired from the EM1 Rifle.
Strelok is captured by the C-Consciousness, who are unaware of his true identity due to his emission induced amnesia, and reprogrammed with a single mission - to kill the Stalker that was beginning to learn too much, known as Strelok, thus giving their assassin the objective of killing himself.
Shadow of ChernobylEdit
Brainwashed, and having no recollection of the Zone (and yet with an affinity for finding and avoiding anomalies) he quickly begins to piece together his past. Every time he has to find a new contact, it takes him deeper, back into the heart of the Zone.
After assisting Professors Sakharov and Kruglov in their research of the Yantar area, he secures a fully functional Psy-protection device that will shield him from the damaging effects of the Kaymanov emitter in Lab X16 and, later, the Brain Scorcher in Lab X19. He finally finds Ghost's corpse in X16 after disabling the troublesome Kaymanov emitter and killing the Controller responsible for his demise. When Strelok manages to escape Lab X16 with the documents from Ghost, he learns of Guide, a member of his group. Upon finding Guide, Guide tells him about Doc, who was in the group's hideout in the Agroprom underground. After making his way there, Strelok tripped an explosive tripmine which knocks him unconscious. When he awakes he finds Doctor, another member of his group, who tells him that the Monolith is just a lie - it was made in a laboratory inside the Sarcophagus - and of a decoder that Fang assembled, hidden in a hotel room in Pripyat. Doc also informs him that he is actually the stalker called Strelok his earlier intended target.
Now, with Strelok remembering the most important information, he proceeds north to the Brain Scorcher, where he manages to overcome numerous Monolith troops to deactivate the Brain Scorcher and then makes his way to Pripyat, where he finds Fang's grave and the decoder that Fang hid in an abandoned hotel.
With the aid of a few expert Stalkers, Strelok fights his way to the Chernobyl NPP interior, fortified by fanatical and dedicated veteran and elite Monolith troops; and under attack by Spetsnaz agents accompanied by APCs and Hind Gunships.
Against all odds, Strelok fights through the hordes of Monolith soldiers, with the Military nipping at his heels, and manages to enter Reactor #4 in spite of the impending Third Emission. Whilst in the Sarcophagus, Strelok faces off with Monolith's most elite troops, and with considerable effort in the heavily irradiated areas, manages to neutralize them. Ignoring repeated, temptuous calls from the Wish Granter, he finds a strange, code-locked door that he is able to open with Fang's special Decoder (it has been speculated that this apparently must be the same door that Strelok's group failed to unlock previously). After defeating more of Monolith's elite agents, he destroys the generators which powered the Monolith, thereby destroying it. A hologram appears in place of the destroyed Monolith, presumably a worker of the C-Consciousness experiment. The hologram answers some of Strelok's questions, such as the purpose of the Death trucks and C-Consciousness' ulterior motive. The hologram then prompts Strelok to either join them or be killed. Strelok chooses the latter and is forced to fight his way through still more elite Monolith troopers with teleporting one area to another at the top of the CNPP Side. Finally, he arrived at the heart of the C-Consciousness: a central laboratory that contained stasis pods of multiple people that sacrificed themselves to cover up the deepest secrets of the Zone. Using his AKS-74U, Strelok shoots the pods that support the C-Consciousness subjects and manages to escape from a seemingly convenient portal that appeared.
Call of PripyatEdit
Strelok is curiously absent through most of the early going of the game. Later on, stashes belonging to him can be found via an UAV module in the Yanov area. He apparently abandoned his SGI 5K used in Clear Sky, leaving it for Fang, but his comrade obviously never recovered it. The player can recover the rifle and Strelok's note - as well as a note he left for Ghost and a note Fang left him prior to their fateful trip.
He finally appears in Pripyat as a fourth, massive emission strikes. It is here that he offers to provide the Military with information that will help them take control of the zone and destroy it. While he does not state to the player or Kovalsky what he has done, he wonders aloud if he made the right choice. He also offers insight that explains what happened to the helicopters of Operation Fairway, thus solving the game's main mystery and allowing a new helicopter evacuation mission to be called to Pripyat. The player can turn the notes over to him, winning his gratitude - and also extending his durability and efficiency in the game's finale.
Strelok aids the Military during their escape of Pripyat, cutting through the gathered horde of zombies, escorted by the group to the Prometheus Cinema where rescue awaits. The game has two ending 'portions' dedicated to him - one where Strelok survives the evacuation, and joins a team dedicated to researching the Zone as an 'advisor', and another where he dies, taking the secrets of the Zone with him.
Strelok was confirmed to appear in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 as the main protagonist. Nothing much else however, is known about his role in the sequel. Due to problems in GSC, the game's development has been indefinitely frozen.
- In his in-game avatar in Shadow of Chernobyl, he wears a Stalker Suit, which was his signature suit.
- In Build 1935, he was originally supposed to be called "Gunslinger", the english translation, instead of Strelok. This appears in Sidorovich's old dialogue in Build 1935, which can be viewed in his article.
- He is undoubtedly the most influential character in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series as he set into motion the events that shaped the entire S.T.A.L.K.E.R. storyline.
- He uses an AKM 74/2U as his signature weapon, and in the entire S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series he is the only one to fire his gun in a cutscene. However, in Clear Sky he makes use of a SGI 5k during the final gunfight in the Chernobyl NPP area. In Call of Pripyat, his custom SGI 5k can be recovered from a cache.
- Strelok's suit changes during his ending in Shadow of Chernobyl. He uses a kevlar vest with the design of a SEVA Suit, but does not incorporate the screen helmet. He then uses a SEVA Suit during Call of Pripyat, although again, does not make use of the helmet.
- Strelok is the only surviving Stalker inducted into the ranks of the Monolith known to be marked with the C-Consciousness acronym "S.T.A.L.K.E.R."
- Strelok is the only character who assumes the roles of Protagonist, Antagonist and NPC in the entire S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series
- He is one of the few characters to appear in all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.
- Despite his appearance in all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, the only game the player can see his real in-game face is in Call of Pripyat (since in Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky, his in-game face is different from what it looks like in the cutscene).
- You can find a crashed truck in the Cordon, near the entrance to the Garbage. It is highly irradiated and there is a backpack, which if you find the stash info, has some medical supplies. However, this does not appear to be the truck the Marked One was in, as the truck landed on its wheels (or axles, since the wheels were blown off), whereas the crashed truck at the Cordon was on its side. Also, the bodies it was carrying were scattered around the truck while the truck at the Cordon had everyone still in the back.
- There is a unique Strelok's SGI 5k in Call of Pripyat that is in top condition, and has an "S" engraved in the stock along with 16 crosses. It is assumed it belonged to Strelok. The fact that the weapon is in a stash of his group, has an "S" engraved on it, and that he mentions leaving a weapon for his group in his stash notes, lends credence to this. Even if you drop this weapon, he'll not use it.
- The 16 crosses mentioned on Strelok's custom SGI 5k are probably marks left by Strelok indicating that he has killed 16 times of the same type of enemy (Bloodsuckers?) or has collected 16 different types of artifacts throughout his life in the zone. It could also mean that Strelok killed "only" sixteen Stalkers, since he used the weapon only in Clear Sky where he doesn't kill dozens of enemies like in Shadow of Chernobyl.
- If one uses mods to spawn Strelok in Clear Sky, he will have the same player model as Wolf and the same dialogue box as typical loners. He cannot give any stash locations nor can he give out any missions.
- According to Ghost, Strelok had a "distrust" for the Ecologists.
References and footnotes Edit
- ↑ (In the opening cut-scene)
- ↑ (end cut-scenes)
- ↑ (end cut-scene)
- ↑ (During the Red Forest chase sequence)
- ↑ (During the end)
- ↑ S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Anarchy Cell design document
- ↑ S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Anarchy Cell design document