Ghost and Soap Are Totally Boyfriends In Modern Warfare 2

Only Ghost can call him Johnny.

I’m not saying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ’s campaign was made better because I ship John ‘Soap’ Mactavish with Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley, but this unexpected headcanon definitely helped. I’m not alone either, given the internet is now awash with cute fanart and theories around the couple who not only commit war crimes, but do so with their hubby supporting them every step of the way. We love to see it, and these boys are dreamy.

Fans are already embroiled in debates over Ghost being a sexualised softboi , but that’s precisely the identity he adopts whenever he’s in conversation with his comrade. Soap is still wet behind the ears, and depends on Ghost to guide him during tough situations that could mean life or death if he steps a foot wrong. His partner is tough yet genuine, often hiding his admiration behind playful jokes and insults in spite of how he really feels. That’s the conclusion my twisted mind came to after finishing the campaign anyway, because there are too many romantic tropes being alluded to amidst dialogue that is dripping with queer subtext to ignore. Ghost is the only one allowed to call Soap Johnny, because they’re boyfriends.

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While the campaign teases us with brief exchanges between the two hunks throughout, it isn’t until the final act that things really start heating up. Alone is when it all starts to go wrong for our heroes. Commander Shepherd has left them for dead amidst a controversial cover-up, while their former allies in Shadow Company are now hunting them down across the small town streets of Mexico. Soap is badly injured and unarmed, nothing but his own intuition and Ghost’s sultry tones to keep him alive. Call of Duty has always been one for excessive bravado and overzealous masculinity, and that remains here, but there’s an aura of subversive vulnerability on display throughout this mission that has hardened friends becoming something more when the possibility of not making it out alive begins to surface.

Ghost makes light-hearted japes while dealing out advice, reassuring his love that it will all be okay so long as he keeps on moving. The truth is that both of them are moments away from death, knowing the impossibility of getting away as a genocide unfolds around them. It’s messed up, but I felt a sense of warmth as these two grew closer and teased their history together before the book closed for good. Through sheer perseverance and the promise of seeing each other again, we make it out alive in a hail of gunfire. As they jump into a pick-up truck and drive away, Ghost praises Johnny for making it out unscathed. Soap turns to him with a tilt of the head and a smirk, only to correct him by saying they both made it. They are in love and I will accept no other explanation.

Their relationship is only further cemented in the missions that follow, with the two proving almost inseparable after escaping the clutches of death. It becomes clear they have cute nicknames for one another that spawned after years of fighting side-by-side, and aren’t afraid to make inside jokes in spite of the trauma that brought them together in the first place. You can shake your head and claim it’s simply a case of guys being dudes, but I’m the sort of trash weasel who will ship anyone if the potential is there, and Modern Warfare 2 offers it up in spades. If anything I’d say there’s founded ground to speculate on a romantic connection between the two, and one that would actually fit nicely in the narrative if it became reality.

Call of Duty is the manliest of manly games, so suddenly having my interest piqued through queer shipping of all things was an unexpected delight. Soap and Ghost are perfect for each other in ways that certain fans have somehow gravitated towards, whether that be through risqué fan art or wholesome observations away from the grim nature of war.

I’m probably one of the few people in existence who plays this series for the solo campaigns and actively enjoys the blockbuster storytelling, so having it suddenly adopt a fruity angle only makes it that much better.

Laswell is also a lesbian, with her wife being brought up in an optional piece of dialogue, so I’d love to think that Task Force 141 is actually a big group of LGBTQ+ legends fighting to save the world from nuclear annihilation, with Ghost and Soap at the helm as buff gay himbos unafraid of what people think of their love. Here’s hoping Modern Warfare 3 has the pairing share a big ol’ smooch before throwing a knife into

Makarov’s face. Oh, and Ghost is totally a power bottom.

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Ghost and Soap Have the Bromance of the Year in Modern Warfare 2

Mw2's campaign is carried by these cheeky lads..

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In a series first, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ‘s single-player campaign has been released a full week ahead of the game’s full launch, giving players a taste of the tactical action that’s to come when multiplayer and Spec Ops become available on October 28. Infinity Ward’s 2019 reboot of the Modern Warfare series featured one of the franchises’s greatest campaigns to date, so hopes were high for Modern Warfare 2’s story mode. Unsurprisingly, it delivers the pulse-pounding action and cutting-edge visuals that fans have come to expect from Call of Duty, but there’s another thing that elevates the experience to another level: banter.

Task Force 141 has always been a tight-knit group since its debut in the original Modern Warfare trilogy, but Infinity Ward’s rebooted saga takes things even further with a much more character-focused story. Ghost and Soap and two of the most beloved Call of Duty characters of all time, so fans were already looking forward to seeing their reimagined versions interact in Modern Warfare 2’s campaign. However, it’s not their actions in the cutscenes, but their continuous back and forth throughout each mission that does most of the heavy lifting in making their new iterations likable.

Throughout most of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign , Task Force 141 is split into two groups operating on two different fronts. Captain Price and Gaz spend most of their time on stealth ops in places like Amsterdam and Spain, while Soap and Ghost are sent to Mexico to work alongside Mexican Special Forces to track down the leader of a deadly cartel.

While Price and Gaz’s excursions are enjoyable, Soap and Ghost’s adventures in Mexico are easily the highlight of the game. Even though both characters are grizzled veterans ready for any kind of firefight, they’re clearly out of their element culturally. Their alliance with newcomer Alejandro and the Mexican Special Forces is uneasy at first, with the pair struggling to understand Spanish and having a hard time adapting to the new rules of engagement made necessary by Mexico’s corruption and the cartel’s deep roots. It’s this uneasiness that brings the duo closer together, however, and their relationship is one of the driving forces behind Modern Warfare 2’s story.


Trust is the main theme of Modern Warfare 2. With missiles out in the wild and new factions being pulled into the conflict after seemingly every mission , Task Force 141 grows increasingly wary of their so-called allies as things progress. It’s through these trials and tribulations that the squad grows closer, however, and that is best seen through Ghost. He’s arguably the main character of Modern Warfare 2. Refusing to take off his mask, talk about his past, or even be addressed by his actual name, Ghost is obviously the most closed-off of the group.

That brings us to the bromance. Ghost and Soap have been given a sibling dynamic in this version of Modern Warfare 2, with Soap acting as the excitable and cocky younger brother and Ghost playing the part of the tired, embarrassed older sibling. Like any good sibling story, Ghost warms up to Soap as the story progresses, and their banter is the best part of the entire game.


They don’t start out that way, though. When Ghost and Soap gear up for their trip to Mexico, Ghost seems almost disappointed that Soap is tagging along. After touching down in Mexico, Soap’s eager and playful attitude when meeting Alejandro is shut down immediately by Ghost.

Flash forward to the second half of the game and things are wildly different. Ghost and Soap have to depend on one another more than ever, and that’s best shown through one of the game’s standout missions: Alone . Without spoiling much, Soap has to sneak through a city swarming with enemies without a weapon of his own, being forced to craft improvised mines and smoke bombs to bypass armed guards as he attempts to regroup with Ghost. Ghost is on comms throughout the mission, and the two strike up a conversation to break up the quiet and ease some of Soap’s stress.

They tell stories, make sarcastic remarks, and crack some of the worst jokes you’ve ever heard. It’s a surprisingly touching mission that makes you forget you’re playing a modern military shooter for a second. Ghost even drops Soap’s nickname and starts addressing him as Johnny. This is the turning point of their relationship. This marks the moment when Ghost finally learns to trust someone not as an ally on the battlefield, but as a friend.

Without spoiling anything else, Ghost’s journey of trust continues after this mission and extends to the rest of the team in surprising ways. He and Soap even begin to drop some amateur Spanish later in the game, much to the amusement of their Mexican allies. Modern Warfare 2’s campaign is so good that you should definitely play it yourself though, so I won’t go into any more detail.

Still, Ghost and Soap’s relationship is the heart of Modern Warfare 2. The game’s story is rife with smoke and mirrors. Between the Mexican Special Forces, Las Almas Cartel , and the Shadow Company PMC just to name a few, Task Force 141 is never quite sure what — or who — to believe at any given moment. It’s only when they learn to rely on each other that things finally start to come together. New allies come together, old friends lend a hand, and nobody gets left behind.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  will be released on October 28, 2022, for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The single-player campaign is available now for digital pre-orders.

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GhostSoapRoach is the poly ship between Simon “Ghost” Riley, John “Soap” MacTavish and Gary “Roach” Sanderson from the Call of Duty fandom.

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In 2016, upon Captain John “Soap” MacTavish and Sergeant Gary “Roach” Sanderson returning from a successful mission to retrieve an ACS module from a downed satellite from a Russian airbase in the Tian Shan mountain range, they regroup with Lieutenant Simon “Ghost” Riley. Following the death of new teammate Private First Class Joseph Allen, they travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to investigate an alleged contact of Makarov, the man who killed Allen, Alejandro Rojas. Due to Allen’s death, Russia initiates an attack on American soil, believing Makarov’s terrorist attack was an American-supported attack, due to Allen being American. They locate and subdue Rojas’ assistant, with Ghost and Soap staying back to interrogate the man. A short time later, they get the location of Rojas and inform Roach. Roach is further ahead when he gets the call, leading to Soap telling him there’s no time for back up and that he’s going to have to do it on his own. Soap wishes Roach good luck. Soap radios back a minute later, giving Roach advice of the area he’s in and telling him to look out for ambush positions and to check his corners. He stays in contact, further telling Roach to intersect, as he and Ghost follow from their end. Roach comes up to his intersection when he and Ghost watch as Soap crashes into Rojas, tackling him out of a two story building, landing on a parked car.

Upon torturing Rojas, he tells the team the only person Makarov hates more than Americans is locked up in a Russian gulag – Prisoner #6-2-7. As the team decides to get the person in the gulag, they’re pursued by the Brazilian Militia, actively trying to kill them. Soap radios for an exfil and as they’re jumping from rooftop to rooftop, Roach misses a jump. Soap tries to reach for him, however he is too late. Roach falls and struggles to gain his bearings as more militia fill the streets, heading straight for him. From the exfil helicopter, Ghost and Soap call out to him – Soap telling him to wake up and for him to find his way back to the rooftops, with Ghost moments later warning him as he can see an incoming group of the militia coming for him. Roach picks himself up and begins evading enemies. Soap radios him, telling him they’re circling the area in their helicopter, but they don’t see him. Eventually, Roach emerges and Soap spots him. He tells Roach to jump down from the rooftops and meet him south of Roach’s position. With Soap’s guidance, Roach reaches the rooftops and manages to jump for the helicopter and climb the ladder to see Soap looking down to him, relived Roach made it.

In order to retrieve Prisoner #6-2-7 from the Russian gulag, Ghost, Roach, Soap and team take a small submarine ride to an oil rig. After disabling SAM sites, they ride to the gulag. They navigate their way through the prison and come to a point where Ghost separates from the team and stays back to hack from the prison’s control room, opening cells and cell doors. Ghost informs them the prisoner is on the other side of the wall. Breaching the wall, Roach is punched in the process as the prisoner overwhelms his guard. Roach falls to the ground as the prisoner holds him at gunpoint. Soap yells for the prisoner to stand down, only to quickly realize the prisoner is fellow man Captain John Price, who was captured during Operation Kingfish. The prison begins to shake as the Navy has resumed their bombardment. The team run to avoid falling debris and find an escape, with Ghost finding his own means of escape. With Soap, Roach is struck by debris and knocked out, with Soap yelling Roach is down. Roach wakes to see Soap firing a flare, alerting their location. The team is rescued and hoisted into the air as the gulag explodes and burns beneath them.

Following the rescue of Price, the team carries out a plan to end the war in the United States. They need to secure a route to a docked submarine at the Rybachiy naval base, which is located near Petropavlovsk, Russia. Soap watches from a satellite feed, however he is unable to spot Roach due to too much interference. He asks Price if he can see Roach, with Price telling him he can. Roach and Price partner up and meet up with Ghost and the rest of the team, Soap remaining back, guiding Ghost and Roach through the mission. Price leaves to head for the submarine, asking Ghost and Roach to cover him from the guardhouse. Ghost tells Roach to follow him and the two take up positions of defensive. As they defend the guardhouse, the silo doors on the submarine open and a nuclear missile launches.

Knowing Makarov is hiding in one of two places, General Shepherd sends the team to both locations to eliminate him. Soap and Price go to the Boneyard in Afghanistan, while Ghost and Roach head to a safehouse on the Georgian-Russian border. Before the mission is set to begin, Ghost requests to be partnered with Roach, which is granted by Price. Ghost, Roach and their team reach the safehouse, only to be ambushed. Roach barely survives, but they press forward. Upon clearing the safehouse, they gather intel from Makarov’s computer, where Roach sets up a DSM to download the information while still evading off Makarov’s forces. With the download complete, Ghost yells for Roach to follow him to the LZ, where Shepherd is. As Ghost and Roach are heading for Shepherd’s location, Roach is struck by a mortar attack. Ghost yells he has Roach and for him to hang on. He helps Roach stand up while telling him to get up and that they’re almost out of there. Too injured to walk on his own, Ghost wraps an arm around Roach, steading him as they continue toward Shepherd. Shepherd’s helicopter lands, with him asking if they have the DSM, Ghost confirming they do. Shepherd immediately shoots Roach, with him falling to the ground. Ghost turns to try to catch him while screaming “no”. As Roach hits the ground, Ghost turns back to shoot Shepherd, though Shepherd is quicker and shoots Ghost as well. Shepherd gestures for a couple operatives of the Shadow Company to come in and dispose of their bodies. Roach, still alive, though too injured to fight back is thrown into a shallow pit, with Ghost’s body being thrown in next to him moments later. Through Ghost’s radio, Price’s voice is heard trying to warn them of Shepherd’s betrayal. Gasoline is poured over them, before Shepherd tosses his cigar onto their bodies, setting them alight.

On Soap’s own mission in the Boneyard in Afghanistan, he desperately attempts to get a hold of Ghost and Roach, though to no avail. Price has to tell him they’re both dead as Shepherd’s “cleaning house”. From that point on, he and Price go on an effectively one-way suicide mission in order to kill Shepherd, in which they succeed in, Soap delivering the fatal blow.

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GhostSoapRoach is a popular ship within the Call of Duty fandom. The ships GhostSoap and GhostRoach are amongst the fandom’s most popular, GhostSoap being the #1. Due to Ghost being so actively shipped with both Soap and Roach and for how well all three work together in the original Modern Warfare sub-series (2007-2011), it didn’t take too long before all three men were being shipped. However, the ship didn’t truly begin to take off until the 2019 reboot of the Modern Warfare series, more specifically the 2022 game, even though Roach does not appear in that game. With Ghost and Soap returning as main characters without Roach, fans were quick express their disappointment in him being absent. Though since Roach is absent and both Ghost and Soap are alive, fans are hopeful for them to be reunited in the next installment.

On AO3, GhostSoapRoach has 135+ works in its romantic/poly tag, and 15+ in its platonic/general tag. In most fan works, Ghost and Roach are typically portrayed as being in an established relationship, with Soap then being invited in.


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Cbs' ghosts: every ghost time period & backstory explained.

The CBS sitcom Ghosts features eight characters who died during different historical periods. Here's a guide to each one's backstory and death.

  • Ghosts on CBS' Ghosts come from various time periods, forming a unique family. Their deaths range from lightning strikes to diseases.
  • Thorfinn, the oldest ghost, is a Viking who died around the 1020s. Sasappis, a Lenape man, died in the 1520s and loves discussing deaths.
  • Alberta, a jazz singer from the 1920s, was poisoned by her bootlegger boyfriend. Pete, who died in 1985, is a chipper ghost with no unique powers.

CBS' Ghosts features a cast full of spectral characters that each hail from a distinct time period, making fans wonder what order did the ghosts die in Ghosts ? Each ghost comes with its own unique backstory and death. Though each of the eight ghosts has a wildly different perspective based on their experiences throughout history, they nonetheless form a sort of family, which is one of the show's greatest charms. After all, being stuck with the same people for all eternity allows for plenty of time to get to know each other. Ghosts stars Utkarsh Ambudkar and Rose McIver as Jay and Sam, a young couple who inherit a mansion in upstate New York.

In an adaptation of a BBC show of the same name, the couple discovers the house also comes with several ghostly inhabitants, who Sam is able to see after a near-death experience. These are Thorfinn (Devan Long), Sasappis (Román Zaragoza), Isaac (Brandon Scott Jones), Hetty (Rebecca Wisocky), Alberta (Danielle Pinnock), Flower (Sheila Carrasco), Pete (Richie Moriarty), and Trevor (Asher Grodman). Although other ghosts feature in the show, such as those in the basement " cholera pit ," the British soldiers from the shed outside, and even Hetty's nefarious husband Elias, the main eight are the most fully fleshed-out and will continue to be in Ghosts season 3 .

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Unlike Marvel's Thor from the MCU , with whom he shares a name, Thorfinn is not a god, although he does have some pseudo-lightning powers. The oldest ghost in the show, Thorfinn is a Viking who traveled to North America but was accidentally left behind by his compatriots. The Vikings' historical voyage was about 1000 years ago, meaning Thorfinn died around the 1020s. He died on the land that would one day hold Sam and Jay's house after being struck by lightning, which leaves him with the ghostly ability to make lights flicker. Never one to pass up a good discussion about fishing or fighting wild animals, Thorfinn is a Viking through and through.

When it comes to what order the ghosts died in Ghosts , Sasappis is about 500 years younger than Thorfinn, dying in the 1520s. He's a Lenape man, an indigenous group from the Hudson Valley in New York as well as parts of present-day Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Unlike most of the other specters in Ghosts , Sasappis has yet to reveal how he died, but one of his favorite pastimes is reminding all the others of how they met their ends, most of which he was there for.

While this ghost's backstory remains unknown, it is revealed in Ghosts season 1, episode 7 that a woman Sass loved in life, Shiki, is also a ghost, and he tries to get in touch with her. Sasappis is also a big fan of watching TV and often asks Sam and Jay to cook junk food, so he can smell it.

A Revolutionary War captain who knew the likes of real-life figures Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr , Isaac Higgentoot unfortunately died of dysentery before he could make any lasting historical mark of his own. Killed by the disease sometime between 1775 and 1783, when the American Revolutionary War was taking place, Isaac now has the ghost power to make people smell sewage any time they walk through him.

Despite these circumstances, however, Isaac always maintains his pride, as evidenced when he has to negotiate with the Redcoats who also died on the property back in the day, including British officer Nigel, who Isaac has an obvious crush on despite having accidentally shot him.

Sam and Jay's house, Woodstone Manor, was built in the late 1800s by a family of robber barons, and it's this lineage and time period that Hetty hails from. But Hetty has started to gradually let go of her antiquated notions and bigotries as Ghosts goes on. As with Sasappis, Hetty's death is also still a mystery, but given the corruption she was a part of during her life and the vile nature of her husband Elias, she certainly had no shortage of enemies who might have wanted to off her.

There was only one thing known about her death. Hetty was wearing dry clothes and died in heels. As for ghost powers, Hetty hasn't displayed any unique abilities yet but does manage to possess Jay in season 1, episode 10, which is something all ghosts seem capable of.

A jazz singer from the 1920s, Alberta finally confirms her suspicions in Ghosts episode 9 that she was poisoned by her no-good bootlegger boyfriend. But while Alberta has an unfortunate Great Gatsby -style death, she also embodies a lot of what made the 20s roaring, as well. From her tasseled flapper attire to her lively vocabulary, and from her confident singing voice to her fiery passion for women's rights, Alberta is one of Ghosts ' most engaging and fun characters.

Fittingly, her special ghostly ability is that she can be heard humming by the living when she so chooses. And although Alberta offers constant reminders of all the low lives and two-timers she's dated, she may have a romance arc with Pete in store later on.

As her name suggests, Flower is a hippie from the 1960s who was killed by a bear on the Woodstone property after leaving a nearby music festival. If she looks familiar to some viewers, it's because Sheila Carrasco, who plays her, has had brief appearances on other shows like The Good Place and Jane the Virgin . Flower's ghost power is that people who walk through her get high for about an hour, and she herself is often forgetful and off chasing butterflies. But Flower has interesting depth to her character as well, as she was involved in multiple cults and cult-like organizations in her life, and even helped one such group rob a bank.

Of all the eponymous characters in Ghosts , Pete's death is the most apparent. Shot in the neck by one of the Scouts from the troop he was leading, Pete met his untimely demise in 1985 and still has the arrow in his neck to prove it. Despite the tragedy of his passing, however, and the later revelation in Ghosts episode 6 that his wife was cheating on him in life, Pete is perpetually chipper in Ghosts . What is Pete's ghost power? While he doesn't possess a unique ghostly ability, Pete's affinity for compromise and teambuilding makes him a crucial member of the ghosts' de facto family and could earn him a shot at romance with Alberta later on.

Trevor is the youngest of the ghosts, whose special power is touching or moving solid objects (with great effort). A spoiled yuppie party boy who died in the late 1990s, Trevor is all about popularity and scoring attractive women. Trevor died when he and his colleagues went to stay in the Woodstone Mansion, and he took some pills with some alcohol while partying. This caused him to overdose, and he died of a heart attack. His friends just dumped his body in the lake and never talked about it again. Only Sasappis originally knew the truth of his death, but Jake fished his head out of the late in "Trevor's Body."

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Most of the ghosts in Ghosts are kind, funny, and often helpful. However, there is one ghost who was mostly only had a short stint on the show and is none of those things. Elias Woodstone is Hetty's husband (and cousin). While he was alive, his marriage was not good because he was controlling and had several mistresses. His death came when he ended up locked in his vault by its designer after Elias slept with his wife. He died in the vault and his ghost reminded bound to the house. He was trapped in there for a century until Sam and Jay found the vault and opened it, freeing him.

However, something terrifying happened to Elias. He was the only ghost in this house that ever ended up sent to Hell . Hetty gave her dead husband a chance to redeem himself from his past sins, and he refused, saying there is no such thing as good and evil. As a result, she told him to "go to Hell" and he did. Humorously, she made the other ghosts think that was her special power after that.

There are also some recurring ghosts on the show, and when it comes to Crash and the answer to what order did the ghosts die in Ghosts , it is hard to tell here. From his look, he appears to be from the 1950s, but he could also be younger and just dressed the part. Crash wears a black leather jacket, white t-shirt, and blue jeans, and looks like a James Dean-styled character, which explains the possible era where he died. It is unknown how Crash died, but he was decapitated, so it is possible he was in a vehicular accident. He only appeared in the pilot and later in the episode "Ghost Father of the Bride" in season 2.

Like Crash, Stephanie is another ghost from Ghosts who only appeared a few times as a recurring specter. She died in the 1980s, and while she was born in the same year as Trevor, she still looks like a teenager since he died a decade later. She was an '80s mean girl who died on Prom Night. Stephanie was the victim of a slasher killer. She and her boyfriend were parking at Woodstone Mansion and were about to hook up when an escaped chainsaw murderer showed up and attacked and killed her. She also has a nickname from the other ghosts, who refer to her as "Attic Girl." She ends up dating one of the Chlorea ghosts.

The Cholera Ghosts

In the original British version of Ghosts , there were ghosts who lived off by themselves in the mansion known as the Plague Ghosts. The U.S. version of the comedy series has a similar group, known collectively as the Cholera Ghosts. As their name mentions, they died of cholera, and they all live in the basement of the mansion. There is no telling how many of them there are, but there are three named on the show (Stuart, Nancy, and Creepy Dirk) and three more named in the credits (Nigel, Catherine, and Cody).

These were all people infected with cholera who were placed in the pest house, where they were supposed to get treated, but were left to die by starvation, illness, or suffocation from living in the basement. While not trapped in the basement as ghosts, that is still where they live as it is where they feel most comfortable. These ghosts died sometime between 1832 and 1870, which puts their deaths between Isaac and Hetty.

The British Ghosts

Finally, the British Ghosts don't live in the house. Instead, they live in a shed on the property based on an agreement made after they died in the Revolutionary War. Since they died then, they know Isaac, but they mostly keep in the shed and to themselves. Every few years, they come back up to the main house to redraw the boundary lines, although some ghosts feel it is because British Ghost Nigel does it to flirt with Isaac. Outside of Nigel, the other two known British Ghosts are Baxter and Jenkins.

Nigel is a lieutenant colonel while Baxter and Jenkins are his two officers. As for how these ghosts died in Ghosts , Nigel's death was a terrible accident. Isaac was admiring Nigel from the telescope on his rifle when he accidentally sneezed, pulled the trigger, and killed Nigel, who was reading a book at the time. Isaac later apologized as a ghost 133 years later, and Nigel accepted the apology. In season 2, the two start a romantic ghostly relationship. As for Baxter and Jenkins, they led the fight against the Americans after Nigel's death and died when their army fell in battle.

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Alone is the thirteenth mission featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II .

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After being betrayed by Graves and his Shadow Company PMCs, Soap escapes into the city of Las Almas. Wounded and without a weapon, Soap has to link up with Ghost and escape the city while evading Graves and Shadow Company, who are on a bloody mission to find Hassan Zyani as well as Soap and Ghost themselves.

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  • Johnny "Soap" MacTavish (playable, W.I.A.)
  • Simon "Ghost" Riley
  • Alejandro Vargas (P.O.W., cutscene and mentioned)
  • Phillip Graves
  • John Price (mentioned)
  • Kate Laswell (mentioned)
  • Shepherd (mentioned)
  • Hassan Zyani (mentioned)
  • Valeria Garza (mentioned)

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The mission features a new crafting mechanic, allowing players to build different and unique Lethal and Tactical equipments by combining different items found throughout the level.

There are 8 types of crafting materials that can be found.

A total of 4 equipments can be crafted, additionally, the Bottle material can be used on its own and thrown to attract or keep enemies away. Players can also find Throwing Knifes to be used against hostile soldiers.

There are two safes that can be found within the level.

The first safe is found inside the café on the first floor on the left side of the entrance inside a closed room with a "No Entry" sign. The players need to use a Pry Tool to open the room. In the room, there will be a calendar with the date "October 10, 2020" circled with the number 40 besides it, implying there's a 40th birthday or anniversary. The safe is located next to the desk and it is unlocked using the code 10-10-80. Inside the safe, the players can find a Throwing Knife and a Silenced .50 GS .

The second safe is found in a room located at the back of the garage. Within the garage, there is a computer with different codes visible on screen, among them will be the code 37-60-80 mentioned for the garage. Inside the safe, the players can find another Throwing Knife and a Crossbow .

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  • None of the weapons dropped by dead Shadow Company soldiers have attachments on them.
  • Both Shadow Company soldiers killed by Ghost will have a randomized appearance.
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The Hidden Ghosts of America’s Slave Past

An illustration showing what appears to be a blurry photograph of three Black men in front of an American flag, framed by water damage.

By Colin Dickey

Mr. Dickey is the author of “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.”

I had come to Charleston, S.C., in search of ghosts. So I signed up for one of the many “haunted Charleston” nighttime walking tours of the “Holy City.” A few hours later, I wandered through the historic French Quarter, flanked by other tourists searching for a thrill. Gas lights flickered over decaying structures, cobblestone alleys, and houses that were at least a century old.

I’ve found that ghost tours can be a creepy, fun way to spend an evening, but also to get to know a city. They tend to focus on the notorious underside of a place: its gruesome criminals and tragic socialites; the terrible scenes of violence that might otherwise be forgotten. Ghost tours like the one I went on in Charleston offer a kind of history that might not be found in a museum; they can also tell you how a city sees itself.

Having taken ghost tours in a number of Southern cities — New Orleans, Richmond, Va., and Savannah, Ga., among them — I’ve come to notice a curious sameness to many of them.

What many of the major tour operators in the South seem to implicitly agree on is that race will go unmentioned. That cool May night was no exception: For all the attention paid to the city’s past, there was no talk of the injustice of slavery, which was especially brutal in Charleston, home to the largest slave auction in America’s history. And yet, there was no mention of it — and certainly no mention of the attempted slave revolt that changed the city forever.

The nighttime walking tour had promised death and depravity in the Holy City, and, in its own way, it delivered. As we walked through the downtown, the tour guide told us stories of the Barbadian pirate Stede Bonnet , who supposedly haunts the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon; of Harriet Mackie , the tragic 17-year-old who, perhaps poisoned by her sewing woman, died shortly before her marriage; and of Sue Howard , the mother in eternal mourning whose ghost haunts the cemetery of St. Philip’s Church. (The church discourages these stories; a plaque on the grounds reads: “The only ghost at St. Philip’s is the Holy Ghost.”)

Leaving race out of any history is a striking blind spot — even in a ghost tour. Ghost stories, after all, are one of the ways we talk about historic injustices and crimes unavenged. Focusing on pirates and poisoned Southern belles, while ignoring the cruelty and horror of chattel slavery, is one of many ways the past gets whitewashed. The ghosts of slavery are still here, though sometimes they don’t lurk in creepy old buildings. Sometimes they are right in front of your face.

The one ghost in particular I was looking for in Charleston was Denmark Vesey. Born into slavery, Vesey had purchased his freedom in 1799 after winning a lottery , and became a prosperous carpenter. He was a prominent member of the community, and even helped found the African Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as “Mother Emanuel”). But in June 1822 , he was arrested and charged with masterminding an insurrection . Vesey and his confederates were accused of planning to murder a sizable number of white Charlestonians, set the city ablaze, and flee to Haiti on waiting ships. While historians once debated whether the existence of the conspiracy to rebel was made up by the whites in power, a panic ginned up as an excuse to pass more draconian restrictions, most now seem to agree that it was probably real.

Vesey and 66 other men were convicted; he and 34 others were hanged.

The legacy of Vesey is complicated. As the likely organizer of a plot to murder on a wide scale, he’s long been viewed as a terrorist, his memory suppressed. Even the trial record was considered so incendiary (lest it fall into the hands of other enslaved Carolinians) that it was ordered to be destroyed soon after it published. His name was barely spoken, and the details of his life were buried, as was his memory.

There are no ghost tours that I know of that tell Denmark Vesey’s story. Some websites will tell you to look for Vesey’s ghost at the Old Charleston Jail, a structure that’s stood since 1802. According to varying reports, Vesey was imprisoned either here, or the long-destroyed workhouse on the premises, while awaiting trial and execution. Long after my own tour, I tracked down two longtime ghost tour guides, Joy Watson and Randy Johnson, who regularly take visitors up to the old jail. They told me that they had never heard of any Vesey ghost sightings there.

Talking to them answered a lot of my questions about Charleston’s history and how it has historically been represented. Both tour guides criticized the city’s tendency to gloss over its darker past; Mr. Johnson told me that when he was growing up in Charleston, slavery “was always whitewashed, literally, a great word for it — you don’t mention slavery.” Now he, Ms. Watson and others are slowly trying to change that, telling more inclusive stories of the entire city.

In the end, I found Denmark Vesey’s most lasting imprint on Charleston by accident, at an Embassy Suites Hotel. Overlooking the finely manicured Marion Square, and near some of the city’s most beautiful churches — including Mother Emanuel — the building is coated in pink stucco. It looks like some kind of medieval castle: a few stories tall, with a crenelated roof, and two turrets flanking the entrance.

As I walked through the lobby’s grand atrium, I felt like I had entered a fortress of some kind; I soon discovered that it indeed once had been one. The building was constructed in the 1820s to serve as the state arsenal , and was later converted into the Citadel , the military college.

As it turns out, it was built in direct response to the Vesey plot . Inside, the hotel clerk explained to me, “They built it like this so that in case the city was ever attacked again, all the white people could take shelter here.” Alarmed by the thought of the people they’d enslaved turning on them, the white population of Charleston had memorialized their terror in a striking edifice that still stands more than 200 years later.

Cities all over the world have fortifications like this, but normally they’re built on their borders, or in the harbor — they’re meant to protect against invading forces. But in Charleston, the fortification built to defend against an attacking enemy is situated right in the middle of town. It’s as if the architecture and layout of Charleston reveal a city at war with itself, and now, a city reckoning with the ghosts of its brutal past.

More recently, Denmark Vesey has also been recognized as a liberator , a freedom fighter against injustice, and a martyr. In 2014, a monument of Vesey was erected in Hampton Park; last year, the city hosted a range of events to commemorate the bicentennial of his planned uprising. In these ways, Charleston has begun to face the ghosts of the enslaved people who built it. Perhaps, in the process, it will even find some peace.

Colin Dickey is the author of “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” and, most recently, “Under the Eye of Power: How Fear of Secret Societies Shapes American Democracy.”

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Mysteries of Mount Vernon: Meg and Sina take a Baltimore ghost tour

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October 31, 2023 / 12:12 PM EDT / CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Nothing is more fitting on Halloween than a spooky ghost tour, and it turns out Baltimore has quite a few haunted spots. 

Well, Sina and Meg went for a ghoulish stroll with Baltimore Ghost Tours and walked around Mt. Vernon, where they discovered some of the city's haunted and scary history!

Sina and Meg learned the haunted histories and restless spirits of the Garrett Jacobs Mansion and the Mount Vernon Club, where great hostesses once reigned. Watch the story in the player above to learn their stories. 

It doesn't need to be Halloween season to get spooky, Baltimore Ghost Tours offers tours all year long, and you can get more info on their website . 


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