ArmA 3's Remnants of War campaign has players assume the role of Nathan MacDade, an explosive specialist working for the IDAP Non-Government Organisation stationed on Altis, the main island in the Mediterranean country of the Republic of Altis and Stratis. It was added with the release of the Laws of War DLC.
Following the dissolution of the hardline AAF government led by Colonel Akhanteros, IDAP has returned once more to the island nation in order to provide humanitarian aid to the civilian population affected by the fighting.
As a senior veteran of IDAP's field operations, Nathan MacDade and his assistant are sent to aid in the clean up of UXO and minefields that are still scattered throughout Altis and Stratis. After reports come in of a civilian being found to have been killed by a landmine, one of their destinations include the long abandoned village of Oreokastro, a former FIA stronghold located in the north-western half of Altis.
Throughout the painstakingly slow demining operation, Nathan MacDade reminisces about his time spent as an aid worker in Oreokastro, and discusses the various incidents and reports that occurred in the lead up to the town's destruction and abandonment in an interview with Katherine Bishop, a journalist working for AAN World News.
|«|| Katherine: Tell me more about Staff Sergeant Adams - you met on a previous deployment?|
Nathan: No, actually, this was after I'd left the military. Previous deployment with IDAP - Takistan. Must've been... God. Fifteen years ago? I think. Feels like another lifetime.
Nathan remembers SSgt. Adams
A week after the failed FIA uprising at Kavala, essential supplies such as water, medicine, rice, and grain at the IDAP camp in the centre of the village were running critically low. With guerrilla raids on convoys making ground transportation too risky (not to mention controversial in light of the recent uprising), Adams arranged for an airdrop instead.
Though it was extremely risky and his team came under attack from bandits in the process, Adams successfully guided the airdrop safely.
|«|| Y'see... the guerrillas there, they'd found themselves a new leader. Charismatic. Ex-military. For him, this was no 'time to surrender' - far from it. In fact, he used that time to rally his people - encouraged them to resist, build defenses.|
Nathan comments on Stavrou having sown the seeds of rebellion amongst the citizens of Oreokastro
Nathan's second recollection also dates back almost a year ago, and this time discusses the story of Alexis Kouris. Disillusioned with the rampant corruption throughout the military, he defected to the FIA after the NATO withdrawal.
A new and highly charismatic leader of the FIA rallies the citizens into open rebellion, turning the village into a major FIA stronghold. Months after the village was forcibly taken away from government control, Oreokastro has now become a major symbol of the ongoing insurgency.
With the village representing a significant threat to the stability of his government, Akhanteros orders a full scale attack to retake the village by any means necessary.
As the AAF prepares to lay siege to the village, Alexis assists in the defence by setting up a roadblock using vehicles requisitioned from the locals, and establishes a minefield at key chokepoints leading into the village.
Despite the odds being against them, the guerrillas fare better than expected and half a month later they continue to hold the line against the AAF.
|«|| The army's offensive against the town, it seems like - well - a disaster, to be honest. Some even blamed the army command - said they gifted the enemy time to organize.|
Nathan commenting on the AAF's disastrous attempts at taking Oreokastro
Meanwhile, Akhanteros was beginning to grow impatient with the AAF's continued defeats. Their repeated failures to seize the village from a small group of guerrillas was politically embarrassing, not to mention a drain on its resources.
Growing desperate, the AAF eventually resort to drastic measures in order to quell the uprising once and for all.
|«|| Katherine: A cluster bomb - that's... rather indiscriminate. Even if it was laser-guided. |
Nathan: Sure, I mean, with a designator, you just... switch it on, aim it at, well, whatever. The idea is that you remain in place - y'know, keep the laser on-target. But, even if it's done perfectly? Lotta... uncontrolled variables.
Nathan recalls the cluster airstrike after finding a disused laser designator in one of the ruined houses
Nathan's third recollection then goes into detail about a supposed cluster airstrike ordered in by CSAT special forces that not only broke the guerrilla's defences, but was also responsible for the razing of the entire town aside from the local church and IDAP camp, leaving it in its present day state.
His fourth recollection goes into the story of a local mechanic called Markos Kouris, the younger brother of Alexis Kouris, who recalls the aftermath of the cluster airstrike that obliterated the village.
Lawfully protected by his rights as a non-combatant, Markos limped his way unarmed through both the rubble and crossfire in order to get medical aid at the church. But along the way he witnesses many war crimes being committed by both the AAF and the FIA.
The fifth and final recollection details the story of Antoniou Dimitriou, an officer assigned under the command of Major Gavras. Taking place at the height of the NATO invasion of Altis, the AAF are being quickly overwhelmed as CSAT withdraw their support for Akhanteros.
Remaining CSAT units begin to either pull out towards the east of the island or surrender peacefully to the invasion force. With NATO closing in, Gavras attempts to buy time for the remainder of the AAF in the south to evacuate by setting up a defensive position at Oreokastro, hoping to draw NATO forces away from Kavala and other AAF-held towns.
The attempt is essentially a suicide mission however, as there is no way for AAF command to reinforce him. Gavras' position is predictably overwhelmed by NATO air power and his extraction helicopter is shot down as well. Out of options and unable to retreat, Gavras decides to make a last stand at the church.
With Antoniou in tow, they (illegally) utilise mine dispensers to cover their flanks and even manage to successfully hold off a small squad of NATO soldiers and FIA guerrillas (including Alexis Kouris himself who is killed in the assault on the church). To both their surprise and luck, AAF command are able to send a helicopter to extract them.
|«|| Katherine: Talk to me about the Major. What happened when he returned? Did he survive the war?|
Nathan: Yeah, he did. He's pretty much the reason NATO's invasion lasted three days instead of one. You heard about the fierce fighting at Kalochori, right?
Katherine: Yes, a colleague of mine covered that, actually.
Nathan: Well, that was Gavras. He held the line 'til the government capitulated. And now? Actually, he's involved in the peace process.
Nathan remarks on Gavras' survival
It is explained that Gavras survived all the way to the end of the war, and even managed to take charge of the defence at Pyrgos several days later.
Towards the end of the cleanup, it is finally revealed that the remains of the civilian that was reported to have been killed at the church is none other than Markos Kouris himself. He was attempting to find out what happened to Alexis, but in a somewhat ironic twist ended up dying at the same location as his brother.
|«|| Now, there's just one last question I'd like to ask you. It's subjective, so, take your time. In your opinion, who's most to blame for all the suffering in Oreokastro? NATO? The guerrillas? CSAT? The Altis Armed Forces?|
Or, I don't know, something else?
Katherine asks for Nathan's opinion on who is blame for all the destruction
Having gathered enough information to write her article, Katherine thanks Nathan and concludes the interview, but not before asking for his opinion on who is to actually blame for the village's destruction. She then shows him a draft of her final article before bidding a farewell.
With the last of the UXO and landmines at Oreokastro now finally removed, Nathan and his team pack up and prepare to proceed to another site to clean.
Oreokastro Memory (16th May, 2034)
|«||Nathan MacDade arrives at IDAP's camp in Oreokastro.||»|
Nathan details his memories at Oreokastro more than a year prior to the events of the The East Wind, when he was first assigned to the village while it was still under government control.
NOTE: While chronologically this is the first mission in the timeline for the campaign, it is either the second or third mission gameplay-wise depending on whichever memory that the player accesses first.
The Peacekeeper (28th May, 2034)
|«||NATO performs an airdrop to supply an IDAP camp in remote town of Oreokastro.||»|
Adams directs the paradrop of much needed humanitarian supplies.
The Guerrilla (30th September, 2034)
|«||Guerrillas turn Oreokastro into a fortress. IDAP's camp moves from the center of the town to the church.||»|
With the AAF's siege imminent, Alexis assists in setting up the defences by creating a roadblock of vehicles that are then set alight. He also sets up 'hybrid' minefields comprised of bounding APERS and heavy AT mines at key chokepoints on roads leading into the village.
The Redacted (13th October, 2034)
|«||Oreokastro is destroyed by a cluster strike. IDAP's camp is spared, but the town is left in ruin.||»|
An alleged CSAT 3-man special forces team is paradropped behind enemy lines near the Oreokastro castle ruins. They clear out the guerrillas one by one and proceed to call in the cluster bomb airstrike that would break the siege, but would also result in the annihilation of the town.
The Survivor (13th October, 2034)
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|«||After a two week siege, the town is taken by the AAF. Some guerrillas escape into the surrounding mountains.||»|
Heavily injured and caught up in the crossfire between the remaining FIA guerrilas and AAF assault force in the aftermath of the airstrike, Markos limps his way through the ruins to reach the church where the IDAP camp was relocated in order to get medical assistance.
The Major (8th August, 2035)
|«||Trapped by NATO forces, Major Gavras and his adjutant, Antoniou Dimitriou, make a stand at Oreokastro's church. The area is mined during their defense, but Antoniou later visits IDAP and reports the location of the mines, significantly helping clearance efforts.||»|
Gavras and Antoniou decide to make their last stand at the church where the IDAP camp used be located several months ago. They set up minefields at three points leading into the churchyard, and manage to fight off overwhelming numbers of NATO soldiers and FIA guerrillas. Alexis Kouris is killed in the fighting.
The Brother (15th August, 2035)
|«||Markos Kouris returns to Oreokastro in search of his brother. He dies after stepping on a mine, leading IDAP to investigate the region.||»|
Several days after the end of the war, Markos attempts to find out what happened to his brother Alexis by returning to Oreokastro. He enters the church but is inadvertently killed by the same landmines that were placed by Antoniou. His death is what leads to IDAP returning to the village to investigate the incident.
NOTE: This mission is chronologically the last mission in the timeline, but is played first as it is what leads to the events of the mini-campaign.
- Remnants of War is the first ArmA campaign to involve more than four playable characters.
- It is also the first campaign where one playable character is able to canonically kill another one (albeit in separate missions).
- Chronologically, it is the longest campaign to date as it takes place over the span of multiple time periods; beginning more than one year prior to the events of The East Wind, six days after the first mission in the Prologue, and then reverting to the present day while the fourth/fifth missions of Apex Protocol take place.
- Katherine's final draft of the article will be written differently depending on the player's actions throughout each memory and who they choose to have Nathan lay the blame on.
- It is heavily implied in the ending for The Redacted memory that the cluster bomb strike on Oreokastro was not called in by CSAT special forces but by a CTRG team led by Scott Miller instead.
- This is further reinforced by the fact that "NATO mil-spec casings" were reported to have been found by the investigation team. Co-incidentally, the CTRG members that are briefly visible in the ending cutscene are shown to be wielding the SPAR-16 series of assault rifles.