|Organization:||U.S. Homeland Protection Agency (Formerly)|
|Date of Birth:||June 13, 1960|
|Place of Birth:||Warsaw, Poland|
|Date of Death:||July 4, 2007|
|Place of Death:||Hokkaido, Japan|
|Height:||6' 3" (191 cm)|
|Weight:||207 lbs (94 kg)|
Abrahim Zherkezhi is an adviser to the U.S. Homeland Protection Agency.
Abrahim Zherkezhi has a doctorate in cryptological number theory from Gottingen University, and was an adviser for the U.N. Homeland Protection Agency following the blackouts in 2003. He worked for the U.N. to help unlock the secrets of the Masse Kernels following the Georgian information crisis, in a project codenamed Project: Watson. During this time, he cooperated with American computer genius Bruce Morgenholt to study the Masse Kernels. Sometime after the project's conclusion in 2006, Zherkezhi abruptly disappeared from public life. He also had been rumored to have gone insane at the time.
2007 East Asia CrisisEdit
During the year 2007, tensions raised between Japan and its long-time enemy North Korea, when the Japanese Self-Defense Force activated the Information Self-Defense Force, or I-SDF. The People's Republic of China came to Korea's aid while the U.S. supported Japan, threatening to encourage conflict in the Pacific. It was during this crisis that Abrahim Zherkezhi came under the protection of American PMC Displace International in the wake of the kidnapping and subsequent murder of associate Bruce Morgenholt. Displace deployed its mercenary forces to New York City, where Zherkezhi and his penthouse were kept under tight control.
Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Zherkezhi, Displace had deceived him into divulging valuable secrets on how to operate the Masse Kernels for their own usage. They intended to employ means of information warfare to promote greater conflict in East Asia, ultimately planning to profiteer from the imminent war amongst the Pacific powers. Zherkezhi complied with their requests and Displace subsequently engineered the blackouts that crippled the Northeastern U.S. and Japan. Zherkezhi was then moved to the Displace retreat in Hokkaido where he would be safe from prying eyes.
Zherkezhi was then tricked into divulging more data on the Masse Kernels, which allowed Displace and its associates to force-launch a North Korean anti-ship missile at the U.S.S. Clarence E. Walsh in the Yellow Sea. This attack completely destroyed the vessel and brought the U.S. and North Korea to the brink of all-out war. Alarmed by the political crisis at hand, the NSA's Third Echelon deployed Splinter Cell Agent Sam Fisher to capture Zherkezhi for interrogation.
On July 4, mere hours after the sinking of the Walsh, Sam Fisher infiltrated the Displace retreat in Hokkaido in the hopes of arresting Zherkezhi. Unfortunately, this operation failed when Displace CEO Douglas Shetland arrived at the retreat to meet with Zherkezhi. By this point, Zherkezhi had become suspicious of Displace's true intentions, and Shetland feared he would talk. Having outlived his usefulness, Zherkezhi was personally murdered by Shetland in the retreat's tea house as a means of silencing him. Shetland then fled before Fisher could intercept him.
- Zherkezhi is briefly referenced in a WNM broadcast in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, during which it is announced that he successfully reverse-engineered the Masse Kernels used during the Georgian Information Crisis.
- How Zherkezhi dies at Hokkaido is determined by the player. If the player approaches the tea house, Shetland will catch on to his presence and subsequently shoot Zherkezhi in cold blood. If the player waits and allows the whole conversation to play itself out, Shetland will pull out a katana and slash Zherkezhi to death.