The Washington Monument is an obelisk located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument was built to honor the first President of the United States, George Washington. Standing at 555-feet tall, the monument started construction in 1848, but did not reach completion until 1884 after facing a 23-year halt from 1854 to 1877.
2011: Third Echelon Conspiracy Edit
The Washington Monument was briefly used by former Splinter Cell agent Sam Fisher and his war buddy, Victor Coste, as a rendezvous location during the Third Echelon Conspiracy in 2011. When Fisher attempted to meet with Coste in the security screening room center, but the two are delayed when Coste notifies Fisher that the area was being scouted by three undercover agents sent by Third Echelon director Tom Reed. After taking out the undercover scouts, Fisher was finally able to meet with Coste. Coste provided Fisher with vital intelligence regarding Black Arrow, noting that they had recently been providing private security for a company called White Box Laboratories. He stated that it was strange because Black Arrow doesn't normally provide private security. After giving Coste gave Fisher some equipment to use, Black Arrow operatives stormed the Washington Monument fair grounds in HAZMAT suits. They used an excuse of a gas leak to clear the fair grounds of any civilians, making the path back to Fisher's vehicle an even greater challenge. Fisher was able to reach his vehicle and head towards White Box, further investigating the elaborate conspiracy.
- During the changes during the development of Splinter Cell: Conviction, Washington D.C. was the main source of location for the previews and demo videos. In much of the images, the Washington Monument (as well as many other monuments and landmarks) could be clearly seen in much of the material.
- During the level in Splinter Cell: Conviction, there seemed to have been a state fair currently being held - which usually start late-summer or early fall.[verification needed]
- In retail version, most of the Black Arrow mercenaries do not wear any protective gear, despite their initial claim of a gas leak, while some did wear gas mask.