Karl Fairburne
OSS agent / Sniper
Gender Male
Nationality German
Voice actor Tom Clarke Hill
Appearances Sniper Elite
Sniper Elite V2
Sniper Elite V2: Nazi Zombie Army
Sniper Elite V2: Nazi Zombie Army 2
Sniper Elite III
Zombie Army Trilogy
Sniper Elite IV

Karl Fairburne is an American-German World War II veteran scout sniper and a member of the Office of Strategic Services. The Office of Strategic Services is a wartime intelligence agency of the United States during World War II. The OSS coordinated espionage activities deep behind enemy lines for all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Fairburne is a combat veteran of World War II carrying out covert operations in espionage, sabotage, and assassination.

History Edit

Karl Fairburne was raised in Berlin, Germany. He was the son of a U.S. ambassador to Germany before the war broke out. He studied at West Point, a United States Army military academy located in New York, shortly after America's entrance into the war in December of 1941 after the events of Pearl Harbor. One of the reasons he was chosen to be an Office of Strategic Services operator was from his high family status within the American government; this was a common way of citizens being hired to join the OSS coming from high status. He was probably chosen for the mission due to his experience and high knowledge of the city and the German language. Due to his extensive military training, skill and experience Fairburne has gained invaluable experience on the battlefield during World War II. Operating deep behind enemy lines and completing extremely difficult operations. Due to the fact he works alone in the field, shows that he is a soldier who the American government can rely on to conduct covert espionage, sabotage, and assassinations within hostile territory. During the war, Fairburne has conducted operations in North Africa, Italy, and Germany as a scout sniper. During his time in North Africa he was known and feared by the Germans as the "Desert Ghost".

North African Campaign Edit

In June 1942, during the Battle of Gazala, Fairburne is sent to assassinate General Franz Vahlen and uncover his top-secret project. He helps British soldiers repel General Erwin Rommel's forces, but ultimately, the port of Tobruk is lost. Fairburne heads to the Gaberoune oasis in Libya to kill several officers and reveal Vahlen's whereabouts. He only finds a document revealing the name of Vahlen's project, Project Seuche (literally meaning plague). The Long Range Desert Group asks for Fairburne's assistance in destroying several Flak 88s in Halfaya Pass.

Fairburne's only hope of finding Vahlen is by rescuing a British informant inside Fort Rifugio previously held by the British during Operation Compass. The man, Brauer,SHARES intelligence about officers meeting at the Siwa Oasis in Western Egypt. Fairburne, whose sniping has earned him the label Wüstengeist (Desert Ghost) by the Germans, sneaks into the town and finds out that the officers plan to betray Vahlen to Hitler by giving him the general's personal diary in Berlin. Fairburne kills the officer tasked as the courier and steals theBOOK, which details Vahlen's plans to conquer Europe when the Afrika Korps win in North Africa, with his base of operations somewhere in theKasserine Pass.

Fairburne and Brauer infiltrate the base and discover from a secret movie reel that Project Seuche is a supertank codenamed Ratte. Tragically, Brauer is killed by a Tiger tank but Fairburne destroys it in revenge. He buries Brauer and takes a round from Brauer's gun. With the location of the Ratte production facility still unknown, Fairburne joins the LRDG in assaulting the German-controlled Pont du Fahs Airfield and finds a map leading to the facility, which is nestled inside the Mides canyon. He gets inside the complex and prepares satchel charges to collapse the base as well as destroy the Ratte prototype. To trigger the detonation, Fairburne puts an explosive on the Ratte's turret and drops a load of the supertank's massive shells on it. Vahlen is mortally injured trying to escape the hangar and Fairburne kills him before escaping the base.

It is revealed that the intelligence Fairburne acquired on the Ratte enables the USAAF and the RAF to launch the Battle of the Ruhr. The effect of Operation Chastise on steel production forces the Germans to scrap work on the Ratte.

Battle of Berlin Edit

Fairburne is inserted into Berlin in 1945, during the final days of World War II. as part Operation Paperclip and its predecessor Operation Overcast, the plan by the USA to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany and to assassinate those trying to defect to the Soviet Union.

Fairburne sent into Berlin to first assassinate German Major-General Hans von Eisenberg who was attempting to defect to the Soviets. Shortly after, he is given the mission to eliminate Doctor Gunther Kreidl, a Nazi scientist who is being led out of the city in a convoy. After laying an ambush, Fairburne escapes with the doctor's personal documents revealing further information about the V-2 rocket program including the location of other scientists. As the only American within the region, he is sent to the outskirts of the city to infiltrate a V-2 production facility in search of another scientist, Dr. Schwaiger. While the scientist is absent, Fairburne learns that he originally made plans to defect to the United States, before sabotaging and escaping the facility. US intelligence then sends him into Opernplatz where the Soviets are in full invading force. As the Soviets and Germans engage one another, Fairburne slips by and saves Schwaiger from being executed by Nazi officers after his plans to defect were discovered. However in the ensuing firefight, Schwaiger is mortally wounded and in his dying words states that "Wolff has a plan" and the unknown word "tabun". Following these events, Fairburne continues to track and eliminate the remaining scientists, assassinating Doctor Müller in his command tower during a series of bombing raids on the city.

With no location of the V-2 launching site, Fairburne infiltrates and searches the Soviet HQ. There he finds that documents revealing that tabun is actually a nerve gas that is to be carried by the V-2 rockets. As a last act of revenge the remaining scientist Doctor Wolff intends to launch them at London. With only the information that location is somewhere outside Berlin, Fairburne goes to Wolff's offices within the city to find more information. However by the time he arrives the office has been already destroyed, yet Fairburne is able to find a ripped notebook and learns that Wolff is about to escape from an airfield. Fairburne retrieves a map detailing V-2 storage facilities and sets out to destroy the rockets before they can be launched. With only Wolff left, Fairburne goes back to the Brandenburg Gate, where he had assassinated von Eisenberg few days earlier. Fairburne climbs on top of the structure and, as Wolff is about to escape in a car, shoots and kills Wolff, causing the car to lose control and flip over. Fairburne remarks that World War II is over but the Cold War has just begun, in which he has acted as the first soldier.

Physical Appearance Edit Edit

Karl is a Caucasian male. he has Blue Eyes and Brown hair, which he keeps brushed back. He sports a light stubble. he stands about 6'4".

Karl wears different uniforms depending on circumstances:

  • During his time in North Africa, he wore a yellow short sleeved shirt, and brown cargo pants, and brown combat boots. He also had a pair of goggles, presumably in case of a sand storm.
  • During the battle of Berlin, Karl wore an olive drab coat and pants,

Several features always remain consistent with Karl's uniform. He always wears bandages wrapped around his hands in lieu of gloves, presumably, to grant more grip, yet maintain full dexterity. Karl always wears a scarf. He also wears spats, with a bandage around the one on his left leg.

Personality Edit

Karl is very stoic, even in the face of a full enemy assault, helping him excel on the battlefield at being a scout sniper. He is very quiet, but when he speaks he's very direct in his approach. Being a soldier who serves during World War II he has been tested in terms of morality. He has been known to show respect to allies such as when he buried the informant who was killed by a tank round in North Africa.

Karl is very dedicated to his missions and will eliminate anyone who stands in his way of completing his objectives. However, he will disregard orders when he uncovers new information regarding the mission and has been known to change his objectives.

Skills and Abilities Edit

Fairburne is an expert Marksman, scout and sharpshooter, making him an excellent scout sniper. Able to take out moving enemies, targets at great distances, and take on multiple enemy snipers and soldiers single handedly while remaining undetected, ricochet bullets, and is accurate enough to detonate an enemies grenades. Karl can focus to give the illusion of time slowing down, allowing him to be more highly accurate. Karl will wait for extensive periods of time for an opportunity to kill his enemies.

Karl is extremely efficient in both armed and unarmed combat trained extensively in the use of explosives bladed weapons, firearms, and unarmed combat, able to silently sneak up on and take out enemies, either with a combat knife or his bare hands. He utilizes a military grappling system witnessed by his extensive silent hand to hand combat tactics.

He is an expert of fieldcraft and stealth, very useful when conducting recon of an area of operation. Usually deployed as a solo unit, Karl travels deep behind enemy lines, into occupied territory on his own to carry out a wide range of operations. He is adept in infiltration when it comes to penetrating enemy strongholds he always finds a weak spot to penetrate.

Fairburne is also capable in a firefight, able to use most weapons, he finds in the field. He is able to hold his own against multiple enemy infantrymen, snipers, and even tanks, Karl has also been caught between rival factions fighting each other, and managed to defeat them all.

Karl is an expert in guerrilla warfare, laying traps to provide an ambush against large enemy forces to give himself an advantage against his enemies. Even when time is against him.

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