An Obituary

Originally Published: 10 February 2009

[The unavoidable unscripted death of a character in Far Cry 2 prompted this blog]

Warren Clyde, gun for hire, has been killed during a skirmish in Africa. He was 33. Clyde, who held a civil aviation license in the Bahamas, was believed to have been involved in a bitter civil war between two rival factions – the United Front for Liberation and Labour (UFLL) and the Alliance for Popular Resistance (APR). It is thought that the fighting between these factions has escalated since a man know as “The Jackal” has entered the fray, bringing large supplies of munitions to the country. Clyde was, it is believed, indirectly helping a lone soldier to bring down the Jackal and end the conflict.

Although Clyde was a secretive person, he was known to be friends with Jake, a correspondent of well-known and well-respected gaming website, who has fought beside Clyde several times.

“I was absolutely devastated,” said Jake, when asked to comment on his friend’s death. “Warren has been there for me so many times, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. I never thought that I’d be in a position where the roles were reversed, or that things could turn out so badly. There was literally nothing I could do to save him, no matter how many times I reloaded. It was all I could do to make it out of there in once piece myself. He was covering me while I, how can I put it? While I acquired some gold in an oasis in the Northern Territory. The mission went without a hitch, but as soon as I placed a tracer on the gold all hell broke loose.

“I could hear the gunfire above me. The sounds of people screaming, of Warren shouting for me to get up there and help him. When I emerged from my hole the scene was one of devastation. I was operating on autopilot, just trying to stay alive.”

It is believed that the mission which claimed Clyde’s life was arranged by one of the factions in the civil war, but that their opponents lay in wait, ready to spring their deadly trap. Jake tells us more about what happened,

“When I looked around, there were people everywhere. Shouting at me. Shooting at me. I caught a glimpse of Warren as he staggered across the desert, before he collapsed from his injuries. I wasn’t faring too well myself, and began to lose consciousness. When I came to, I found that I had been dragged to safety by Josip Idromeno – someone that both Warren and myself got along with. I guess I feel guilty for being the one that was dragged to safety. I don’t know what it is that makes me angry about it. I just couldn’t do anything to save him.”

It is believed that Clyde received medical attention in the field, but that his injuries were too severe. The body was never recovered, but it is thought that Clyde died from numerous bullet wounds, although there are reports to suggest that he may have suffered severe burns as many locals reported seeing smoke coming from the direction of the oasis around the time of the skirmish.

Clyde leaves an empty place at Mike’s bar, and a bag of drugs that he’d asked to be liberated from a nearby greenhouse.