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|Appears in||Call of Duty: Ghosts|
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (mentioned only)
|Affiliations||Rapid Reaction Force - CIF Team 1|
Defense Intelligence Agency
David Archer (formerly)
|Voice Actor||John Eric Bentley|
The Beast from Beyond (mentioned only)
- "It isn't the Cryptids that give me nightmares, sir... It's the masters they serve."
- — Godfather in the ending cutscene of Mayday.
Brigadier General "Godfather" Castle is a character and deuteragonist in Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction mode. He is the commander of CIF Team 1, a squad of the Rapid Reaction Force and one of the main protagonists of the Extinction saga. He is heard in Intel and in cutscenes in Nightfall, Mayday, Awakening and Exodus.
Before the re-emergence of the Cryptids, General Castle met SAS operative David Archer during the Tel Aviv War, striking Castle not the type to crack under pressure. Following retirement from the USMC, Castle became a commander of the Rapid Reaction Force.
Following the Nightfall Program's headquarters being compromised to the government, Castle began investigating Archer's past military experience, as well as his employee Dr. Samantha Cross. Days later, Castle dispatched CIF Team One to the second Cryptid outbreak, intending to locate Cross and kill or capture Archer, now deemed an international terrorist. Under the codename "Godfather", Castle watched his squad's progress, and presumed Cross was among Nightfall's casualties and demanded that Archer was brought out in handcuffs or a bodybag. His claim was quickly proven false when Samantha confirmed she was alive, hiding in the facility's research lab, only to be captured by Archer and taken with him into the Alaskan Frontier. Determined to salvage as much as possible of the mission, Godfather demanded CIF Team One to kill the Breeder. He later extracted his men from the facility's wreckage and began a search for Archer. Following the events of Nightfall, Godfather was relocated to the Exodus Space Station.
Weeks into their search, Godfather was unexpectedly contacted by David Archer himself, intending to form an alliance with his forces against the invading Cryptid threat. Knowing the government would benefit greatly from his knowledge of the creatures, and fearing the President unable to perform the necessary decisions in the war, Castle agreed to extract Archer from his vessel under the condition Cross' severed head was brought with him. After receiving a distress call from Archer's ship, Stormbreaker, now stranded in the Tasman Sea, Castle yet again guided CIF Team One through another Cryptid outbreak, this time intent on killing Cross and saving Archer. After Cross disappeared from the vessel and the Kraken was defeated, Castle immediately evacuated the sinking ship, with Archer being recruited under the name DARPA alongside his soldiers. When Cross' body failed to resurface, he declared her among the deceased, the scene of destruction in the Beacon Chamber attributed to "severe weather". As his men descended on a Cryptid colony beneath Ball's Pyramid, Godfather conversed with an infuriated President, explaining Archer to be a necessary evil in the fight against the alien threat.
A day after the events of Mayday, Godfather oversaw the infiltration of Ball's Pyramid in order to obtain the Cortex biological weapon, having David Archer leading a small team into the depths of the island. However, when Archer and two American soldiers were surrounded, one tried to throw a grenade, but was decapitated by a Gargoyle, thus causing the live grenade to head towards Archer and the other soldier. However, Archer grabbed the soldier and used him to shield the blast The grenade explodes, killing the man and causing Archer's arm to rub against a poisonous Cyptid bush, infecting his arm and causing him to lean on an Obelisk. Suddenly, Samantha Cross appeared and explained to Archer about his wound. Archer then thought that was dreaming, which prompted Cross to then cut off his right arm with her Machete, sparing him and saving him from the infection. Having lost contact with Archer's team, Godfather then sent Rapid Reaction Force - CIF Team 1 again to scan Obelisks, gain access into the Ark, and secure the Cortex. In the epilogue, he and the Rapid Reaction Force fled Ball's Pyramid to the Exodus Launch Site, with Cross in tow.
During Exodus, due to the President being declared K.I.A., he became the man in charge of the fate of the United States as well as the rest of the world. He sent CIF Team 1 in order to power up the generators, which in turn would supply power to the Medusa Device. When the 5th/6th generators were activated, Samantha Cross contacted Godfather, stating that she was going to be boarding the space shuttle. When the CIF Team activated all of the 6 generators, they later met up with Cross at the outpost, where she told them that she'd be boarding the shuttle, and they would not. She then instructed them to defend the Medusa Device while it charged off of the ongoing onslaught of Cryptids and Ancestors and activate it when its fully charged as she prepared to board and launch the space shuttle into space. Realizing that the CIF Team's fate was sealed, he gave out his final instructions to the CIF Team to do as Cross instructed them to do. When the device fully charged, Godfather then shouted out to the CIF Team that they needed to activate the cortex immediately. They did so, and the space shuttle launches, en route to the space station. Godfather is never heard of after the CIF Team activated the device, and sacrificing themselves.
Godfather created the majority of the Intels in Exodus, talking about the Arks, the Ancestors, and the Gargoyles.
The Beast from Beyond Edit
Godfather is mentioned by Samantha Cross in an audio file, where she ponders if he's still alive after losing communications with him.
- "Godfather to CIF Team 1. It's started. Contain the outbreak before it spreads even further. Target the hives first. Deploy the drill and establish a defensive perimeter. If we lose control of the situation, this will end just like Colorado."
- — At the start of the game.
- "David Archer. He was a top shooter with the SAS until he washed out on a section 8. Now he's the shot caller for the Nightfall outfit. I met Archer during the war. He didn't strike me as the type to crack under pressure. But this tape from his psych evaluation suggests otherwise."
- — Castle's thoughts on David Archer in Nightfall intel.
- "Samantha Cross. PhD in paleolinguistics. She was a rising star at Harvard before she vanished last year. Cross is some kind of sevant. A natural code breaker. She turned down a seven figure contract with the NSA to dig holes in the jungle. She disappeared a week after this interview aired."
- — Godfather on Samantha Cross in Nightfall intel.
- "There's nothing out there except for 600 miles of thin ice."
- — At the end of Nightfall.
- "CIF 1, this is Godfather. We have a category three Cryptid outbreak in progress aboard that ship. Your objective is to rescue a double agent held somewhere inside. Bio-readings suggest we're dealing with new Cryptid lifeforms. You'll know what's waiting for you in there. Keep your head down and your finger on the trigger. Godfather out."
- — At the start of the game.
- "Mr. President, I wasn't expecting your call."
- — To the President in the Mayday ending cutscene.
- "Fighting a war sir. We've been hit twice on our own soil. Now we're taking the fight to the enemy. My sources have located a second Cryptid colony, twice the size of Colorado."
- — Godfather, responding to the President in the Mayday Epilogue
- "Archer is a necessary evil. He's the only man alive who's been this close to them."
- — Godfather, responding to the President's thoughts about Archer
- "It isn't the Cryptids that give me nighmares, sir... It's the masters they serve."
- — In Mayday
- "Where is Cross? What the hell just happened?"
- — In Mayday.
- "How do you lose a dead woman in a glass box on a damn boat?!"
- — When the Kraken takes Cross in Mayday
- "Good work, CIF 1. I've deployed search teams to look for Cross. Round up Archer and stand by for extraction. This isn't over yet."
- — At the end of Mayaday.
- "Godfather to CIF 1. We've been fighting our way up the Cryptid food chain since Colorado, and we've finally made it to the top. You're about to go head to head with the Ancestor race on their home turf. They'll be expecting an attack on the Ark. Let's not disappoint them. Your team has been assigned to a cipher prototype. It's an optical scanner mounted on a modified drill chassis. Use it scan the glyphs on those Obelisks. The cipher uses Cross' translation software to decode the Ancestors' hieroglyphics. Use it to scan the inscriptions on those obelisks."
- — At the start of the game.
- "Godfather to Strike One, do you copy?"
- — In Awakening intel.
- "What have you done with Cross?"
- — Awakening
- "Listen to me Archer. If Cross knows what the Ancestors are planning, she's far more valuable to us alive than dead."
- — Awakening
- "Negative. You will return Cross to the surface unharmed. That is an or-(static)"
- — In Awakening to Archer.
- "Copy Archlight. Proceed directly to the Exodus launch site. I'll tell them to save four seats."
- — Godfather responding to Archlight.
- "I'll be damned."
- — After finding out Cross escaped.
- "The war is over, sir. We lost. We project eighty percent of the planet's surface will be overrun within two hundred hours."
- — To the President in the Awakening cutscene.
- "There's only one page left in the playbook - scorched earth."
- — To the President.
- "The Ancestors survived the last apocalypse in arks hidden under our feet. But we've got an ark of our own... Hanging right over their heads."
- — Godfather's last words in Awakening, referencing space.
- "The Disruptor Grenades can jam telekinetic effects."
- — Godfather when picking up the Schematics for the NX-1 Grenades.
- "The Disruptor was designed to neutralize the Ancestors' telekinetic fields."
- — Godfather when picking up the Schematics for the NX-1 Disruptor.
- "Detonate the Cortex. Now!"
- — Godfather when he urgently demands the CIF Team to activate the Medusa Device.
- "Still no sign of Cross. Either she's dead or she's..."
- — Godfather before getting cut off by the voice of David Archer.
- "Cross?! CROSS!? Damn it! What game is she playing at?"
- — Godfather after hearing Cross.