Characters: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
This page lists characters who first appeared in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.For other characters in the franchise, see the Metal Gear character index at Characters.Metal Gear.
Characters that debuted in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake:
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"Snake, this mission isn't an order from Washington... not like the old days."A rather amiable man, driven by duty, and one of Solid Snake's closest friends, Campbell has been around for a long time. He's an old friend of Big Boss' and helped him defeat Gene in Portable Ops before helping establish FOXHOUND. He then fought helped Solid Snake fight Big Boss in Zanzibar Land, and was forced to pull Snake out of retirement for the Shadow Moses takeover. The bad ending of MGS1 reveals that he is Meryl Silverburgh’s father, a fact that she did not know for most of her life.In MGS2, he doesn't appear, and is instead impersonated throughout most of the game by GW, the Artificial Intelligence created by the Patriots to control the United States media.By MGS4 he is married to Rosemary, Raiden’s old girlfriend, and sends Snake on ‘’another’’ mission, though it’s more of a personal favor, to hunt down and eliminate Liquid Ocelot.
- Affectionate Nickname: Snake continues to refer to him as "Colonel" years after he has retired from the military.
- Bad Liar: Colonel Campbell, during the briefing, as well as the overall story in Metal Gear Solid, is terrible at lying. In the briefing, he tries to claim he participated in the mission because of inner desire for conflict, but Solid Snake saw through it. Later on, when suspicious things are occurring, it is further exemplified that Campbell is such a bad liar that whenever he tries to react with shock or deny any involvement, Snake seems to see through it.
- Cool Old Guy
- Chivalrous Pervert: In a few radio calls in Portable Ops, Campbell will often give advice to soldiers on how to land them chicks when asking him for advice, for which the subject matter, although initially similar, actually turns out to be quite different (namely it pertains to the battlefield). He also gave similar advice to Big Boss when giving advice to commanding soldiers. He also gave up an opportunity to go out with a woman he was attracted to for his brother's sake, which served as the reason why he joined the Green Berets in the first place.
- Cowardly Sidekick: Subverted during Portable Ops. Although he doesn't actually help Big Boss in any way besides driving a truck and occasionally planning missions with Big Boss and was initially reluctant to help, he actually had a very good reason for his limited involvement in the action and reluctance to get involved: His leg was broken at the time (not serious enough to be rendered completely incapable of moving, but enough to slow him down), and he also very early on in the mission suffered from malaria. Although the malaria infection was gone shortly thereafter, he still had a broken leg for the remainder of the story.
- Dirty Old Man: While he did apparently marry Rosemary, someone young enough to be his daughter in Snake's own words, he actually faked the marriage in order to protect her as well as Little John, the son of Rosemary and Raiden, from the Patriots.
- He comes off as one in MGS2 as well; if you start doing perverted stuff like stalking around the women's bathroom and peeking under a female hostage's skirt, Rosemary will call to chew you out, while Campbell will sympathize with you. Of course, we discover later that it's not actually Colonel Campbell, and instead the Arsenal Gear AI.
- Do Not Call Me Sir: By Guns of the Patriots, he's long retired from the military and is serving as a consultant for the UN. Still doesn't stop Snake from calling him "Colonel" like old times.
- I Was Quite a Looker
- I Have Your Niece/Daughter: This is the reason why Roy Campbell ended partaking in the Shadow Moses and why he had to keep secrets to Solid Snake, as the Pentagon and the Patriots arranged for the Sons of Big Boss to hold Meryl hostage by sending her in the same day they would revolt, and it is implied that they would have Meryl murdered if he refused to cooperate.
- Meryl, I Am Your Father
- Mission Control
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His portrait in the MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2 was modeled after likeness of Richard Crenna in his role as Colonel Troutman from the Rambo film series.
- Reluctant Traitor: Roy Campbell, during the Shadow Moses Incident, was forced to lie to Snake as well as keep a lot of secrets from him during the mission because Richard Ames, and The Patriots, threatened both his life and Meryl's life if he didn't.
- Retirement From Decadence: In the non-canon game Ghost Babel, Roy Campbell retired from FOXHOUND due to guilt after a person named ANONYMOUS (later revealed to be Steve Gardner) supplied him with false information that terrorists were arriving back in America, and dispatched FOXHOUND to eliminate them. It wasn't until after the fact that Campbell learned that the "terrorists" that he and FOXHOUND ambushed were actually the Black Chamber unit.
- Running Joke: See Chivalrous Pervert
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Near the end of Solid, he disobeys orders from the Secretary of Defense to save Snake and Meryl. When that doesn't work, he fakes their deaths to protect them from the government.
- Shout-Out / Expy: His design was inspired directly from Colonel Troutman from Rambo. Likewise, his younger self seems to have some physical traits that mirror that of Shaggy.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Green Berets unit that was sent into San Hieronymo after the FOX unit ambushed him. He almost ended up "going back" on that had Snake not found the necessary drugs to eliminate the malaria infection that he managed to get.
AKA: McDonnel Benedict Miller/Kazuhira Miller
"We're not mercenaries. We're not a foreign legion. MSF's a business. A new kind of business."Master Miller, real name Kazuhira / McDonell Benedict Miller, was the Japanese mentor of Solid Snake, who helped him in Zanzibar Land. He had a huge military background, including training Marines, Green Berets, the SAS, and even acting as a coach at a mercenary school twice a year before joining FOXHOUND.In Metal Gear Solid, he does not appear at all, and instead is impersonated over the CODEC by Liquid Snake. This fact comes to light near the game's climax after Miller's body is discovered inside his home with the predicted date of death three days before the Shadow Moses incident, with his implied murderer as Liquid Snake.In Peace Walker, he is revealed to be the second-in-command to Big Boss of Militaires Sans Frontieres.In The Phantom Pain, he's revealed to be the one running Militaires Sans Frontieres' successor, Diamond Dogs.
- An Arm and a Leg: In The Phantom Pain, Miller loses his right arm and left foot from his time as a captive in Afghanistan.
- Ascended Extra: Goes from a relatively minor member of Snake's support team in Metal Gear 2 and Metal Gear Solid to one of the major characters of the Big Boss era with Peace Walker and The Phantom Pain.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a khaki trenchcoat in The Phantom Pain.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kazuhira Miller might be a person who never attempts to refuse kindness to anyone who wants it, but if he wants to ensure MSF to expand, he will do everything he can to ensure it happens, being quite ruthless.
- Big Damn Heroes: Miller, alongside the rest of MSF and the Sandinista group led by Amanda, managed to save Big Boss at the last possible moment from Zadornov by storming the tower, seriously injuring if not killing most of Zadornov's group.
- Broken Pedestal: As revealed in The Stinger of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Big Boss planned to create Outer Heaven without his assistance and Kaz, justifiably pissed, intends to train his phantom, as well as one of the Sons of Big Boss, in order to eventually destroy him. Ocelot tells him that if he does, he himself will train the other son. Miller rolls with it and leaves Ocelot, completely bitter.
- By-the-Book Cop: Miller was a deconstruction of this trope while he was a JSDF officer. His skills in the force were unmatched, but the head brass chose not to promote him with those skills because they feared the skills.
- The Casanova / Chivalrous Pervert: Miller is shown to be a playboy and womanizer during his youth. A notable instance is when he picks up Cecile on Big Boss's orders partly because she was a blond Parisenne (initially, he was going to refuse due to Mother Base having little room left for civilians). This attribute also got him into deep trouble.
- Characterization Marches On: When Solid Snake contacted Miller during the final battle with Big Boss in Zanzibar, he referred that Big Boss is nothing but a monster that needs to be put down. The Big Boss era instead presents him as Big Boss' right hand man and Miller deeply trusted Big Boss. Nothing was said about how Big Boss ended up becoming a Broken Pedestal for Miller. The Phantom Pain actually revealed this in the stinger. To say that Miller felt betrayed by Big Boss' decision to abandon him and build Outer Heaven without him, while Miller was convinced that Venom Snake was the real deal, is putting it quite mildly.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Is implied to be this in the (optional) date with Kaz mission. Basically, CQC him into unconsciousness and wait for him to wake up, and he will act oddly happy about it, and doing it three times or more will likewise result in getting an S-rank.
- Cool Shades: A trademark of him since Metal Gear Solid, to the extent that they even significantly altered his original face portrait to make him more in line with his "appearance" in Metal Gear Solid.
- Dead All Along: The real Master Miller in MGS1.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: How he originally joined Big Boss. See Taking You with Me below for more details.
- Didn't See That Coming: In the Ground Zeroes side mission "Eliminate the Renegade Threat", he sounds genuinely shocked if Big Boss decides to bring Glaz and Palitz back to Mother Base alive rather than killing them. Justified since Miller has spent the entire mission lecturing Big Boss on how much his clients want these men dead.Miller: Y-you're extracting the targets?! Well...okay then...
- Distressed Dude: He is captured by the Soviets in Afghanistan in Phantom Pain, and Big Boss has to infiltrate the country to bust him out.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: His position upon becoming a member of FOXHOUND. It's also the reason why his recruits often refer to him by the name "Hell Master."
- '80s Hair: He sported a mullet during the 1970s.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He not only wanted Huey dead for causing the destruction of Mother Base, but during the latter's trial he's also disgusted upon recounting that Huey tried to put his two year old son in the Sahelanthropus' cockpit and let his wife suffocate for objecting.
- Overall, he seems to have a soft spot for children, even going so far as to declare any mission an instant failure in The Phantom Pain if you kill a child soldier.
- Gay Option: A side mission in Peace Walker is explicitly called "A Date with Kaz", allowing Big Boss to go on a date with him to the beach. While it amounts to "Mess around with him using non-lethal weaponry as much as you want", most actions raise his affection meter and ends by the two of them climbing into "The Love Box" doing some... implied actions... inside of it. Also you can take pictures of him in a speedo if you have it unlocked. Also worth noting the mission has him calling Snake up and inviting him on the date, rather then the other way around.
- Genius Bruiser: He was described to be well-read and possess scientific knowledge, and his stats on Mother Base suggest he is decent at R&D, cooking, and doing medical related things. He's also shown to be quite skilled in Combat.
- Handicapped Badass: Loses an arm and a foot by the time Phantom Pain rolls around. The newest trailer implies he has also partially lost his vision due to severe cataracts as well.
- Heroic Bastard: He was heavily implied to have been the byproduct of prostitution in Post World War II Japan.
- Historical Person Punchline: In Phantom Pain, "The Hamburgers of Kazuhira Miller" tapes has Miller having an epiphany of peacefully uniting the world with flavor additive-enhanced hamburgers rather than nukes or Metal Gears, seemingly implying (based on his alternate English first name) that he ultimately becomes the founder of McDonalds in the Metal Gear universe.
- Hypocrite: In Ground Zeroes, he repeatedly goes on bleak, venomous rants about Paz being The Mole for Cipher during the rescue, when he himself was leaking info to Cipher behind Big Boss' back during Peace Walker. Furthermore, Miller chose to work for Cipher as a double agent, whereas Paz had no say in the matter.
- Identical Stranger: As of Peace Walker, he really does look enough like Liquid Snake for Liquid to have convincingly impersonated him in the first MGS.
- Ironic Name: His name is actually Japanese for peace, and yet he's been in all sorts of different military groups. Tellingly, he stops using "Kazuhira" by the time he's aiding Solid Snake.
- Killed Off for Real: Sometime before MGS1. The Phantom Pain's true ending implies that Ocelot killed him eventually.
- Military Brat: His father was one of Whitney's men among the American occupation force in Japan (GHQ), sort of. See Heroic Bastard.
- Mooning: Miller once did this during a monthly birthday celebration for various MSF members who had birthdates on that month, due to his becoming drunk while supervising Paz at the party, while also implying that the "real Kazuhira Miller" was like his butt.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Shows this way of thinking twice in The Phantom Pain:
- Should Snake choose to spare Quiet after their fight and bring her back to Mother Base, Kaz is very adamant on killing her, even stating outright that he would do so regardless of Snake's wishes if Quiet came back to Mother Base with him. Not that he ever does.
- When the various atrocities Huey has committed become public, Kaz, as well as everyone else at Mother Base, cheers for his death, and is genuinely shocked when Snake instead opts to exile him.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Miller's nickname of Kaz is pronounced both "kahz" and "caz" (the latter as in "Taz") at different points.
- Not What I Signed On For: It's heavily implied that Miller did not know about Cipher's plans to nuke the East Coast of the United States to frame MSF if Big Boss refused to rejoin them. To elaborate: Miller briefly worked with Cipher solely to expand MSF, even doing so behind Big Boss's back, something that would been ruined if Cipher succeeded in launching a nuke at the East Coast of the USA and then framing MSF with the launch, and certainly something that would have resulted in Miller not agreeing to help Cipher had he known about the nuclear launch plan, and after the battle Kazuhira apologized to Big Boss for not revealing anything about what they did, with the implication that he helped them.
- He's also quite pissed in The Stinger of The Phantom Pain: he was under the impression that he was working with Big Boss to restore MSF to its former glory and beyond, creating the "Outer Heaven" where soldiers would always be welcome…not serve as a decoy while the real Big Boss quietly built the real Outer Heaven without his involvement.
- The Obi-Wan: To Solid Snake, and to some extent Big Boss. It was, after all, Kaz who devised the framework of their PMC and production of their very own Metal Gear, as well as the rent-a-war philosophy behind Outer Heaven.
- Properly Paranoid: Miller makes it very clear that he does not trust Quiet and Huey in The Phantom Pain, since Quiet is a former XOF agent and Huey is suspected at the very least of being complicit in MSF's destruction, and he'd rather throw them both off Mother Base and into the sea. It turns out that his suspicions are completely right. Quiet was sent by Skull Face to infiltrate Diamond Dogs to spread the English vocal parasite, and it's only a Heel-Face Turn that prevents her from doing so. It's also later revealed that Huey is responsible for many of Diamond Dog's woes in Chapter 2 by secretly repairing Sahelanthropus for Eli and releasing mutated vocal cord parasites in an effort to sell them to Cipher.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Ocelot's blue in The Phantom Pain.
- Retcon: Miller's original profile states that was a third generation American of Japanese descent. It was changed in Peace Walker to him being born in Japan, with his father being a GHQ officer under Whitney.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge/Revenge Before Reason: In trailers for The Phantom Pain, he is shown to openly favor more brutal and extremist methods for exacting vengeance upon XOF and Cipher for what they've done.
- Shout-Out: Although its not likely to be intentional, some fans have noted that he resembled either Johnny Bravo, Tyler Durden, or Albert Wesker.
- According to Hideo Kojima's twitter account, he apparently partly based the physical appearance of Miller in Peace Walker on the captain in Westworld, although most of the studio never heard of the film.
- Similarly to Campbell, Miller's dress uniform in The Phantom Pain is one to Colonel Troutman from the Rambo films.
- Sunglasses at Night: Miller possesses sunglasses for every instance of his appearances (save for his original design in Metal Gear 2), even at times when it wouldn't have been beneficial at all (eg, when driving during a storm).
- Taking You with Me: In the backstory tape regarding when he and Snake first met, he had been severely wounded by Big Boss and the Militaires Sans Frontieres, with his own guerilla army also being wiped out. He attempts to kill Big Boss by luring him close and then blowing themselves up with a grenade. Big Boss actually managed to keep the grenade shut, and also save Miller's life as well.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Word of God confirms that this is his relationship with Ocelot in The Phantom Pain, with the two only working together because of Big Boss.
- That Man Is Dead: At some point, he stops using "Kazuhira" and insteads opts for either "Master Miller" or just his American name, as Solid Snake knows him by. The Stinger of The Phantom Pain shows why.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He's considerably more bitter, cynical, and irritable in The Phantom Pain than he was in Peace Walker. Justified, considering all he's been through.
- Two-Timer Date: Actually did this trope once with two female MSF members. Let's just say that when the girls reported it to Big Boss, he made sure he let Miller know that it was a very bad move on his part.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: While at the end of the day he's glad to have killed Skull Face, it doesn't bring back the friends and limbs that he's been deprived of, and he starts to become increasingly bitter upon realizing that nothing will bring back what he's lost.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He worked for Cipher as a business partner, not for any malevolent intent, but rather so MSF can expand.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives this to Venom Snake if he spares Quiet and extracts her. He then tells him he'll kill her himself once she arrives.
- Who's Laughing Now?: A subtle instance of this is alluded to in the briefing tape relating to Kazuhira's past. During his childhood, Kaz was frequently mocked by the other Japanese children for his distinctly Caucasian appearance (blond hair, blue eyes and tall stature). When Kaz's request to see his estranged father in America was granted, the older Miller arranges to have Kaz picked up by a limousine, causing all the kids who mocked Kaz to literally stand agape.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In The Phantom Pain, while he authorizes incapacitating Child Soldiers, he explicitly forbids Snake from using lethal force against them to the extent that killing even one of them is an automatic mission failure.
- You Don't Look Like You: Master Miller went from having a distinctively Asian appearance in the original MSX2 version of Metal Gear 2, to looking like a blond-haired Caucasian in Metal Gear Solid. Later ports of Metal Gear 2 gave Miller a new character portrait that was more consistent with his design from MGS1.
A legendary FOXHOUND mercenary with intel on every active mercenary in the world. Helps Snake by providing information on the bosses he encounters.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas
- Jerkass: He has very little confidence in Snake and will often tell him that there’s no way he can beat the boss he’s currently fighting. This works as excellent moral support as it gives the player a determination to prove him wrong.
- Living Legend: It is said that if you don’t know who he is, you’re unworthy as being called among the elite.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His portrait in the original version was based on Dolph Lundgren.
- Tempting Fate: He told Snake there was no way he could beat Big Boss. We all know how that went.
A chopper pilot who picks up Snake and Holly at the end. His dialogue with the former implies they're good friends, but he is never mentioned after Metal Gear 2.
- The Faceless: All we see of him is his chopper.
A freelance journalist who infiltrated Zanzibar Land in 1999. The daughter of a French mother and a British father, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the wars in Afghanistan. She was also a well-known director for KTV and received an Emmy for her acclaimed documentary The Unknown Bloodshed. Holly also worked as a fashion model for the magazine Depeche Vogue. Behind all of this, however, she served as an undercover agent for the CIA, which made use of her status and fame to further its intelligence operations.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Averted; Holly is a CIA agent with no ulterior motive in helping Snake in his mission.
- Faux Action Girl: She was able to infiltrate Zanzibarland, but got captured and had to be rescued by Snake. Then at the end she hands you her gun and just follows you around.
- Girl of the Week: She and Snake become quite infatuated with each other during the events of the game, and at the end, he even invites her out for dinner. The Stinger then reveals that he not only went back on the dinner invitation but even hasn't contacted her since they got home.
- Intrepid Reporter: Who works for the CIA.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Modeled after the likeness of actress Brenda Bakke in her role as Sgt. Nim in the Japanese sci-fi film Gunhed. Coincidentally, Bakke would later show up alongside Richard Crenna in Hot Shots! Part Deux.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The original MSX2 version spells her first name as "Horry".
Dr. Kio Marv
A Czech scientist, responsible for the creation of the genetically-modified oil-producing microbe, OILIX. Dr. Marv accidentally discovered the basis for OILIX in one of his experiments, subsequently refining the concept to completion. OILIX was a microalgal organism capable of producing high amounts of petroleum-grade hydrocarbons, with relatively little expense and effort. He's kidnapped by Zanzibar Land agents, and had to be rescued by Solid Snake. He only speaks Czech and Slovak.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Dr. Kio Marv's name is VRAM 0.1K backwards, a riff on the MSX booting sequence, as revealed during the ending.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite the fact that OILIX was supposed to end the energy crisis, and it was recovered in the end of the game, no mention of it was ever made again in the Metal Gear Solid games, and Metal Gear Solid 4 goes out of its way to state that there is still an oil crisis, although this may be an effect of the War Economy.
Natasha Marcova/Gustava Heffner
Formerly an Olympic gold medalist figure skater, Gustava was known as the "Ice Princess" both in professional ice skating and in the Olympics, where she previously won two championships in a row. During the 1980s, she met and fell in love with a Westerner named Frank Hunter (Gray Fox) during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She tried to elope with him, but she was denied U.S. citizenship and could not leave her country. Because of her failed defection, Gustava was stripped of her competition rights and her family was constantly persecuted and humiliated. With very few places left to turn, Gustava joined the StB (the Czech State Police). She reveals that while in the service of the StB, she managed to kill a man. She was assigned to protect Dr. Kio Marv, acting as his bodyguard as well as his translator.
- Action Girl: Is far more capable than Holly, having evaded capture and successfully infiltrated Zanzibarland while protecting Dr. Marv.
- Disposable Woman: She's killed right after you meet up with Dr. Madnar and start to cross the bridge.
- Heel-Face Door Slam: This is a large part of the reason why Gray Fox was ticked off with America: Gray Fox, going by the name Frank Hunter, met Gustava, they fell in love, and planned to marry, after defecting to the United States. Unfortunately, the politics at the time barred her from getting US citizenship, the Czechoslovakian governmentnote managed to find out, and she likewise was stripped of her competition rights, and her family was constantly harassed and persecuted.
- Orwellian Retcon: She was originally named Natasha Marcova in the MSX2 version. The name change in later versions is thought to avoid confusion with the similarly named Nastasha Romanenko.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her field sprite was shown to have waist-length hair shortly after being hit with a missile courtesy of Metal Gear D.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her death was the very reason why Snake does not like women dying in front of him. Metal Gear Solid pretty much confirms this.
- Vasquez Always Dies: She dies while Faux Action Girl Holly survives.
A zoologist providing Snake with information on the wildlife of Zanzibar Land.
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
- Fragile Speedster: Unfortunately for him, his speed doesn't save him from being blown up by mines.
- French Jerk: He was formerly a French athlete.
- Gas Mask Mook: He was seen wearing a Gas Mask when fighting Snake. Justified, as the area they were fighting in was slowly being filled with nerve gas.
- Persona Non Grata: Was banned from the Olympic Games after he was caught doping (in other words, using steroids).
- Puzzle Boss: An extreme version in the fact that he never actually engages Snake directly, but spends the entire "fight" attempting to stay out of Snake's reach, meaning Snake has to lay traps for him.
- Super Speed: His most apparent trait.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Was the former subcommander of a terrorist group (named "Les Enfant Terribles" in the original, which was edited out in rereleases presumably because it shared the same name as the government project that gave birth to Solid Snake.
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
- Dirty Communists: Was formerly a Spetsnaz operative in the Soviet Union.
- Renegade Russian: Like Shotmaker before him, its unknown whether he planned to revive the Soviet Union when joining Zanzibar Land, although what is clear is that he was left without a job thanks to the Soviet Union's collapse.
A four-man assassination team in Zanzibar Land.
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
- Whack A Monster: He can only be harmed when ever he pops up from the tall grass in his area to take shots at Snake.
Night Sight/Night Fright
A mercenary in Zanzibar Land.
- Dirty Communists: Non-Russian example: He fought alongside the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War alongside a unit of guerillas who were more skilled in the job than even the Green Berets, implying communist ties.
- Last of His Kind: Non-racial example: He is the last surviving member of the guerilla unit "The Whispers."
Metal Gear Codename: D
Metal Gear D was a nuclear-armed bipedal tank, redesigned from the original TX-55 Metal Gear, featuring a more streamlined design and improved weaponry, with the intention to be mass produced.
Metal Gear Codename G (Gustav)
Metal Gear G were meant to be smaller scale, mass produced walking tanks serving as infantry support. However Zanzibar Land was destroyed before they could be build.