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- ❝ I used to have faith in people, too. I got a good man killed once.❞
- ―Nigel Cass
Nigel Cass is a character and one of the main antagonists in Watch Dogs: Legion.
Nigel Cass was the CEO of Albion, the security corporation in London. He had led the company to overtake London, replacing the old law enforcement, and to hunt down DedSec members. Unknown to the public, he made a back door deal with Sabine Brandt, otherwise known as Zero Day, allowing her to create a terrorist attack on the Parliament House in order to convince the government to give Albion control of London. When Dalton Wolfe managed to disarm the bombs with help from Bagley, Cass went back on the deal and tried to have Sabine killed, but she escaped.
After the terror attack, Nigel was granted full security control over the entire city along with the CTOS system provided by Blume, which he used to hunt down DedSec members and operatives. Later, he shot the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and had the blame put on DedSec when the former refused to allow Nigel to use advanced combat drones from Tidis to eliminate crime.
Cass' main aim was to take full control of London and the entire United Kingdom and control the entire law enforcement system. The main reason behind this agenda was because he saw his father get killed by random gangsters which set him on the path of revenge.
In the mission London's Protectors, a DedSec operative (chosen by the player) infiltrates the Tower of London, where Cass is hiding in the bunker beneath the fortress. He fights the operative using a prototype combat drone and sending Albion soldiers to the bunker. Despite these efforts, his drone is destroyed by the operative, and Cass, armed with a rifle, attempts to kill them but is gunned down. As he dies, he tells the operative that their faith in the people’s willingness to join the resistance will lead to their downfall.
Nigel keeps a calm and organized demeanor, while also being a cold and unforgiving liar, murdering the Metropolitan Police Commissioner without any sign of remorse and pinning the Commissioner's death on DedSec to assume more power and justification to Albion. In the mission Inside Albion, it is revealed that Cass experienced a deeply traumatic event when he witnessed his father, Gareth, being murdered by random gangsters. Because of that, he began exhibiting symptoms after what he frequently described as a 'random' event. His initial symptoms included insomnia, paranoia, distorted blame and recurring flashbacks, however he channeled his anger and self-described powerlessness into his work, and to ensure Albion become a quote "mechanism for preventing unpredictable violence."
- Cass is strikingly similar to Jonathan Irons, the antagonist of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: both of them were the leader of a private military contractor, both secretly abetted a terrorist attack to consolidate power and support, and both of their fascist ideologies were strongly influenced by the death of a close family member.