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- "Good to see you, Captain. Now let's get to the dropship!"
- —General Stratson to Jan Templar[src]
Dwight Stratson was an ISA general of Southern Vekta, a supporting character, and later, the final boss of Killzone: Liberation. He proposed the controversial idea of using nuclear weapons to repel the Helghast invasion force from the south. He is secretly a traitor in league with the Helghast.
Dwight Stratson was a native Vektan who joined the ISA military at a young age and rose steadily to the rank of general. Privately, Stratson saw the ISA being "soft and weak" in which his dissatisfaction with the ISA led him to be convinced by General Stuart Adams to secretly support the Helghast to conquer Vekta.
Stratson was in contact with Adams and Helghast General Armin Metrac, who gave them information on the Helghast invasion plan. Stratson's task was to lure most of the ISA forces out of Vekta's cities, which the Helghast could easily take control of and gain better positions. Adams was to disable the SD weapons platform so that the Helghast fleet could bypass Vekta's defenses and invade the planet.
In 2357, the Helghast invaded, and Stratson and Adams fulfilled their missions perfectly. Stratson was in command of areas in the south of Vekta, and so was not involved in the heavy fighting at Vekta City. When the initial invasion force at Vekta City was defeated and Adams was killed and his treachery revealed, Stratson stayed low, fearing that he would be discovered.
He regained contact with Metrac, who told him that he would be leading the Helghast who were still in Southern Vekta. Stratson began devising plans and preparations for this. He had decorated the team of soldiers that had stopped Adams, led by Jan Templar, and offered one of the members, Sergeant Rico Velasquez, a squad of his own soldiers, known as the Hellhounds.
When Metrac invaded, Stratson provided ISA plans to the General, allowing him to pushed through the south with brutal efficiency. Over the next few weeks, Stratson began assassinating top ISA officials in the south so that he could become in charge of the remaining troops there. He also oversaw the creation of the Red Dust nuclear weapons, and proposed on deploying them against Helghast. This caused an uproar among the ISA Council due to the potentially devastating loss of life. To foster support for his plan, Stratson called for a meeting with Defense Minister Heff Milcher and Dr. Evelyn Batton, a weapons researcher who helped created Red Dust, at Rayhoven Base.
The base came under attack as they met, and the three were cut off. Stratson was trapped inside a small building with the automatic door broken. He is rescued by Jan Templar who gets him to a dropship carrying the other two VIP's. Just before leaving, Stratson tells Templar to destroy the elevator that leads to the main weapons cache so that the Helghast can't take a hold of it.
Stratson secretly informed the Helghast where the nukes are stored. As they are heading back to Vekta City, they are shot down by the Helghast, and crashed somewhere in the Reag swamp lands. They send out a distress signal, but are eventually captured by Helghast, who leave the pilot for dead.
Evelyn was taken to Metrac's secret base for interrogation, and Stratson and Milcher were taken by Colonel Cobar. Rico was also captured by the Helghast, and Stratson approaches him in confidence, telling him that it is a secret operation, and that he is working as a double agent. He tasked Rico to become a double agent for him. Rico agrees and is taken to Metrac's, along with Evelyn. Cobar realizes that he is being followed by Templar, and executes Milcher to warn him to stay away. Stratson is in Cobar's tank with him, and is taken to a Helghast outpost, when Templar attacks.
He manages to destroyed the tank, leaving Cobar injured. Stratson shoots Cobar, before he can kill Templar, and is taken back to an ISA base. They discover the location to Metrac's base inside Cobar's tank, and so Stratson orders a bombing run over the base. Templar requests that they try and rescue Rico first, but Stratson denies. He later realizes that Templar left and managed to kill Metrac. Stratson, now secretly in command of the Helghast, leaves for the besieged Sedah city, in secret, to kill the last few generals above him. He asks for the codes to the sewer systems below the major cities of Vekta for "security purposes."
He opened the sewer systems to the Helghast and ordered an attack on Sedah city and all of the major cities, including Vekta City, from beneath. He finds out that Rico, still believing that it is a secret operation, is in the sewers below Sedah. He throws Rico in a cell containing the Rayhoven nukes and revealing to him that it was a set-up to make Rico look like the traitor.
Stratson goes to the city palace and killed General Murphy, leaving him in full command of the forces in the south. His treachery was discovered by Templar, who then confronted Stratson to arrest him for treason. Treason ordered his men to kill Templar, but Templar prevailed. This forced Stratson to pilot an EXO-Skeleton suit to battle Templar but only to ultimately be defeated. Before being arrested, Stratson rant to Templar that he was doing for the good of Vekta and that the ISA need him to get back the Red Dust nuclear weapons from the Helghast. But Templar ignored him.
Stratson is an extremely capable leader and soldier, and commands the respect and admiration of nearly all of the ISA on Vekta. He is an understanding man who his men have learned to trust. However he still does not allow failure in his ranks.
In reality, Stratson saw the ISA being "soft and weak" and incapable of winning against the Helghast. He and along with Stuart Adams planned to have Vekta placed under military rule, as part of the Helghan Empire, claiming that it is for the good of Vekta.
When he is confronted by Templar, he shows a darker, angrier side, and appears to gladly betray the ISA and kill anyone who stands in his way. He shows a lot of cunning and deceit in his acts that are revealed after his treachery, such as assassinating all of the other generals of Southern Vekta.
General Stratson is a tall man with short black hair and appears to be in his 50's. His appearance and voice greatly resemble a classic WW2 American army general steryotype. He wears a green beret, grey trousers, and very long dark boots. He wears a light blue sweater vest with a white shirt and tie beneath it. He also wears a grey jacket with some yellow edges. He always carries an M3 Revolver and when fighting Templar he uses a new exoskeleton combat suit. His voice sounds like it is from the WW2 era.
- "Dammit, I'm taking fire! Keep me covered, soldier!" -After taking damage
- "Listen up, Captain. Our main weapons cache is in an underground bunker north of here. The demo squad wasn't able to take out the access elevator before the Helghast attacked. So you're gonna have to take care of it. We can't let those weapons fall into enemy hands!" -After being escorted to the dropship