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South Dakota
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Name: South Dakota
Affiliations: Freelancer, Recovery
First Appearance: Recovery One Part Two
Armor Color(s): Purple with Green Trim
Weapon(s): Battle Rifle, Magnum, Shotgun, Sniper Rifle
Relative(s): North Dakota
Armor Enhancement: Domed Energy Shield
Voice Actor: Shana Merlin


" I always thought, being a twin was, a hard thing. Everyone always finds a way to put you together. It's like you're not considered two people. Even when we were kids, our parents dressed us alike, and when we joined up and got sent to the program, they stuck us together. People thought we were special somehow I suppose. I used to hate that. All I ever wanted was to have my own life. And here I am now, just wondering how I'm gonna live without him."
—South commenting on her brother's death.

Freelancer Agent South Dakota was an agent in the Special Operation's program Freelancer, as well as the Special Operations Recovery Unit, with her call sign being Recovery Two. As she was in the implantation group behind Washington, she did not receive an AI.

Character HistoryEdit

Project FreelancerEdit

Infiltration of Bjørndal CyrogenicsEdit

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South Dakota battles several guards.

South and North are sent to the Bjørndal Cyrogenics Research facility to recover a data file from an unknown enemy. South goes in to recover the file while North provides sniper support. South skillfully inflitrates the command center and recovers the needed file. Things go awry when the body of a dead guard accidentally hits an alarm, alerting the entire facility of North's and South's presence. Souths runs out of the room and makes her way to the helipad for extraction. She runs into North and the two kill anything that gets in their way. However, once they reach the helipad, they find they are surrounded by guards.

Surrounded, Freelancer Carolina, who was sent to their aid, revealed herself and aided South and North in dispatching all the guards. While fighting, one of the guards, seemingly the one in charge, grabs a turret attempts to shoot South. North however noticed this and pushed his sister out of the way, only for him to get shot and injured instead. South carried her brother on the edge of the platform and requested for extraction. At that moment, they are pulled down, off the edge by Carolina, who reveals that there was a pelican waiting for them. With the data file successfully captured, the three Freelancers escaped the facility.

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South without her helmet.

However, as they flee, several enemy Longswords pursue them in an attempt to prevent their escape. Engaging the pilot in a brief argument, she is left in the cargo hold. As the ship dodges incoming attacks, South is constantly knocked against the floor and walls of the ship, knocking her unconsious.

As North was temporarily recovered, he strapped her into a seat, before leaving to fend off the Longswords. The pelican managed to destroy the two Longswords with the help from a Project Freelancer frigate, which opens up its landing bay for the pelican to land. Later, all three soldiers are briefed on what the data chip contained. Afterwards, the Director asked the Counsellor to update the board, putting South in 5th place and North in 4th. Enraged at this change, she demands why this change was necessary, to which the Director claimed only half the mission was a success. The other half, stealth, she ruined and in their next mission they will be expected, making it harder.

South then walks off, before punching and breaking a door control.

LaterEdit

South was later seen watching a battle between Wyoming, York, and Maine, against Tex. She made a comment about Tex rivaling Carolina for top Freelancer causing Carolina to insult her telling her to watch the fight as she may learn something. She is then yelled at by The Director along with everyone else who was watching.

Experiment At Project FreelancerEdit

South and her twin brother North, were part of an experiment to see how one agent who did not receive an AI would react to being partnered to another soldier who did have an A.I. The result was South's obvious jealousy and treachery towards her brother and stealing the Delta A.I. towards the end of Recovery One.

Recovery OneEdit

She joined the special ops after her brother enlisted, despite her relative distaste for being paired together just because they were twins. Her status as a Recovery agent was unknown to both Recovery One and the Delta AI she was charged with recovering. She seemingly harbors a grudge against Washington over the Epsilon incident, as he indirectly caused her to miss out on the construct implantation part of the program. Recovery Command, for whatever reason, fails to detect her jealousy, and commissions her as a Recovery Agent (for which they later accept blame).

South Recovery One
While operating for the Recovery team, South and her brother ran into The Meta (the former Agent Maine), who was hunting down all Freelancer agents to steal their AI's and armor enhancments. The twins engage in a shootout against Meta, but he is able to outmatch them, which leads South to betraying her brother. She turns her brother to Meta in exchange for her own life and is knocked out and left behind by Meta after he kills her brother.

Agent Washington later finds her and her deceased brother and after disposing of North's body, he takes her with him in order to set up a trap for Meta. The Delta AI is implanted into South in order to attract Meta, who takes the bait and attacks them. Washington attempts to fight off Meta and asks for South's assistance; however, since she'd already gotten what she wanted (an AI) South betrays Washington and shoots him in the back. She then lies to The Meta and tells him she put explosive charges on Washington in order to convince him to search through Wash's body while she flees.

After her escape, South contacts Freelancer command and informs them that she has accomplished her mission by recovering Delta. However, when asked ot return the AI to base South refuses, claiming that since she has her own AI she no longer needs Project Freelancer. An arrest warrant is issued for South and she has officially gone rogue.

ReconstructionEdit

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South inside her domed-energy shield.

South’s first appearance was at the end of Reconstruction Chapter 4, when Agent Washington is leaving the base that Church was stationed. The Meta uses his transmission to send a false transmission to the Red Base in Blood Gulch. After doing so, South comes out of some rubble watching Washington leave. Soon a familiar AI hologram (Delta) appeared beside South mentioning that if he and South were tracking Washington, someone else likely was as well. The final picture is of the Meta coming up behind South and Delta. The end of Chapter 5 implies that South has been badly injured by the Meta, but not actually killed.

In Reconstruction Chapter 6, Washington, Church, and Caboose come to South's aid. She is originally intending to ditch the Delta AI to save herself, just as she had shot Washington in the back to do the same at the end of Recovery One. As she is about to ditch Delta, and lose her shield energy, two Mongooses carrying the three other soldiers come flying out of nowhere and cause the Meta to run away. Church uses Caboose's habit of shooting his allies to stop South by telling Caboose to help South. This results in Caboose shooting South, causing her to fall so she is unable to escape. After the fight, Washington is told by Delta that he needs a new host. Caboose takes Delta with eagerness to "meet new people". Soon after, Delta tells Wash about South's attempt to sacrifice him to the Meta, and mentions that he believed South's brother, North Dakota, suffered a similar fate. Washington kills South with his pistol to get revenge and to keep her from, as Delta put it, "Hamper [their] progress", on hunting the wounded Meta.

Following her death, Agent Washington destroys her corpse by first blowing it up, then by using a flamethrower to incinerate whatever is left, then blowing her up again.

PersonalityEdit

South Dakota's personality is an exact opposite of her brother's calm nature. Unlike him, she tends to be very overconfident, and tends to rush things during the mission at the Bjordnal Cyrogenics Research Facility. She seems to also have a competitive nature. During Realignment, she seems to have reacted for the fact that her brother was placed 4th, and the now angry South Dakota in 5th.

Death

South Dakota was shot and crippled by Caboose's Friendly Fire. Following this Caboose recovered the Delta AI and implanted it himself and Delta informed Washington of Dakota's plan to abandon him to the Meta and advised him that, due to her injuries and the likelihood of her betraying them, they do not let her "hamper our progress." Washington, replying with a causal "okay", immediatly points his pistol at Dakota. Dakota mockingly expresses doubt that Wash would kill a person in cold blood, only for Wash to kill her mid-sentence. Following her death, Agent Washington destroys her corpse by first blowing it up, then by using a flamethrower to incinerate whatever is left, then blowing her up again.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Throughout the series, South Dakota and her brother North Dakota have shared a number of similarities
    • Both of their freelancer names are derived from one of the Dakota states.
    • Both of their armors were primarily a shade of purple with a shade of green for their trimming.
    • Both used Domed Energy Shield Enhancements
    • Both were killed by a Freelancer (North by Maine/The Meta, South by Washington).
    • Both would have the A.I. that they were using prior to their deaths stolen by The Meta.
    • Both have taken off their helmets in Season 9.
    • Both are blonde.
    • Both suffered injuries to their left cheeks, as South was seen with a scar on her cheek while North was shown with a bleeding wound on his left cheek.
  • South and North, being brother and sister, are depicted of showing some level of caringness to each other (North pushing South out of a firing turret's way and South shouting out his name after he is shot). However, South's jealousy of North owning an AI, ultimately lead her to placing her brother in a position to be killed by the Meta.
  • South is the third character in Red vs Blue to remove her helmet.
  • She is also the first female character to remove her helmet


Project Freelancer
Carolina · Connecticut · Maine · New York · North Dakota · South Dakota · Texas (ε) · Washington · Wyoming · Utah · Recovery Six · Recovery Nine

Recovery
Recovery Command · Recovery One · Recovery Two · Recovery Six · Recovery Nine

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