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I Would Have Been Your Daddy...Edit

{Cutscene}

Fade in to the interior of a large Forerunner dome, pan down to a long shaft, a Grunt paces on an open platform.

Close up of the walking Grunt, while other Grunts are sleeping around him. He stops as he hears jets, he sniffs the air, and yelps as a Pelican rises up from the chasm in front of him, screams and runs towards the door.

{Gameplay}

  • Foehammer (COM): "Good luck. Foehammer out."

The Pelican hovers at the edge of the platform, the Chief gets out. He proceeds into a series of circular rooms and begins clearing them of Covenant.

  • Cortana: "The Covenant presence here is stronger than I anticipated. They seem to have the entire region secured."

The Chief emerges onto a bridge, where he discovers that it is snowing.

  • Cortana: "Interesting... the weather patterns here seem natural, not artificial. I wonder if the ring's environment systems are malfunctioning... or if the designers wanted the installation to have inclement weather. "

A Pelican Dropship flies over the bridge. The Covenant forces on the bridge open fire.


  • Fire Team Zulu Sergeant (COM): "This is Fire Team Zulu requesting immediate assistance from any UNSC forces. Does anyone copy? Over."
  • Cortana: "I didn't think there were any human forces left on this part of the ring." (COM) "Cortana to Fire Team Zulu, I read you. Fire Team Zulu, this is Cortana. Hold position. We're on our way."
  • Fire Team Zulu Sergeant (COM): "Roger that. Make it quick."

The Pelican descends to an area below the bridge.

The Chief enters another structure and descends to the ground level, where he returns to the canyon. A large number of Covenant have three Marines with an overturned Warthog cornered. A Covenant Wraith tank fires plasma mortars as Shade turrets and Ghost vehicles strafe the Marines.

  • Marine: "Glad you could join the party, sir!"

or

  • Marine: "Master Chief, Sir! Good to see you!"

After enemies in the area are eliminated

  • Marine: "They gave it their best shot, but they didn't count on running into the biggest squad of Marine bad-asses in the Corps!"

or

  • Marine: "That's all of them. The area's secure."

The Chief finds a second group of Marines fighting near a Scorpion tank. With his assistance they clear the area.

  • Marine: "Enemy forces eliminated. The area's secure."
  • Fire Team Zulu Sergeant: "That's the last of 'em - area secure. Stand down, team! They did their damnedest, that's for sure. This is all that's left of my platoon! The Covenant are down here in force... and they brought plenty of toys! I wouldn't have given us a snowball's chance until you showed up, Chief."

The Chief and the Marines advance.

  • Marine: "Aw, crap. Let's get the hell outta here, man! Somebody call the dropship!"


  • Fire Team Zulu Sergeant: "You stow that garbage right now, mister. You're a Marine, so act like it, dammit! We've got a job to do here."

or

  • Marine: "Shut up! Show some backbone, amigo!"
  • Cortana (COM): "Negative, team. No evac available at this time. But the Chief and I could use some assistance."
  • Fire Team Zulu Sergeant: "Okay, Marines. Time to pay back the Chief for pulling your sorry tails out of the fire. Prepare to move out!"

The Chief reaches a second large open area, where one Wraith hovers on the ice and another lurks on top of the cliff at the far end of the canyon.

  • Marine: "Bloody hell! Enemy forces have armor support... it's time to earn our pay."

or

  • Marine: "Enemy mortar tanks sighted at my position... it's gonna be a busy day."

or

  • Marine: "Dang, they got armor support! Watch out for those tanks!"

or

  • Marine: "Contact, contact! Covenant mortar tanks are moving in!"
  • Cortana: "The Covenant placed their tanks to defend the entrance to the tunnel."

The Chief destroys the first Covenant tank.

  • Marine: "Looks like that armor wasn't so tough after all! Let's mop up the rest of 'em!"

The Chief enters the tunnel, and comes across a large cavern. More Covenant wait inside.

  • Marine: "More Covenant sighted!"
  • Marine: "Man, these guys are like cockroaches!"

The Chief crosses the cavern and exits into another tunnel, which soon turns into a rocky slope heading upwards.

Rolling ThunderEdit

The Chief clears the area, including the fourth Wraith of the level.

  • Fire Team Zulu Sergeant: "You monkeys almost look like golden boys!"
  • Marine: "Damn straight!"

The Chief comes across two Hunters chasing after a squad of Marines and Sergeant Stacker, where the path switches back and goes down to a frozen river leading to the cave to the last area of the second chasm.

  • Cortana: "I thought the Covenant had eliminated all the Marine forces in this area."

After the Chief engages and defeats the Hunters, a Covenant Spirit appears from behind the cliffs and drops in on the ridge he just descended from.

  • Marine: "Anybody else hear that? Aw, man... Covenant dropship inbound, take cover!"
  • Marine: "The Covenant are dropping in behind us! We're trapped!"

The Chief nears some switchbacks leading up to final area of the second chasm.

  • Marine 2: "Master Chief, the Covenant have stationary guns dug up in those rocks!"

or

  • Marine 3: "Whoa, Sir! The Covenant are dug up in those rocks! They've got us pinned down here!"
  • Cortana: (to Master Chief) "We need to get up this ridge." (O.S.) "Marines, hold your positions. We'll handle those guns." (to the Chief again) "Master Chief, we should scale the ridge and get below those stationary guns."
  • Marine 2: "Roger that. Marines, stay here and cover the Master Chief."

or

  • Marine 3: "I'm in no hurry for a heroic charge on those guns, Cortana. Holding position."


The Chief eliminates all enemies in the area, including a Banshee and two Ghosts, and approaches a door in the cliffs.

  • Cortana (COM): "Cortana to Fire Team Zulu. I've sent a distress signal tagged with your current position. Hold your position and await evac. The Master Chief and I are going to continue on ahead."
  • Marine: "That's affirmative! Fire Team Zulu out!"

or

  • Marine: "Affirmative! Okay people, evac bird's on the way!"

or

  • Marine: "Give 'em hell, sir! Fire Team Zulu out!"

The Chief battles his way through more interior areas and across two more bridges.

  • Cortana: "Resistance appears to be increasing. We must be close to the Control Center."

The Chief reaches a door to the third chasm.

If I Had a Super Weapon...Edit

  • Cortana: "Analyzing. This must be the Control Room. Subtle. The entrance to the Control Room is at the top of that pyramid structure. Bring me up there and I should be able to get us inside."

If the Chief doesn't get to the Banshees in time, he proceeds through more inside areas before reaching the ground floor, where he once more emerges into the chasm.

  • Cortana: "The entrance to the Control Room is at the top of the pyramid. Let's get up there. We should commandeer one of those Ghosts, we're going to need the firepower."

The Chief battles his way up the pyramid and through big doors into a large corridor, where he kills all of the Covenant inside, including a Zealot.

  • Cortana: "Scanning... Covenant forces in the vicinity have been eliminated. Let's move on to Halo's Control Room."

The Chief opens the final door.

{Cutscene}

  • Cortana: "This is it. Halo's control center."

The Master Chief walks through the door and to a control panel at the center of a circular glass walkway projecting into the middle of a massive open chamber. A holographic map of Halo surrounds a smaller holographic map of the system, which shows Basis and Threshold, and Halo itself between them. Also noticeable are the red areas shown on the lands of Halo, possibly indicating where the Flood is currently spreading.

  • Cortana: "That terminal, try there."

The Chief unplugs Cortana's chip from his helmet and places her chip in the terminal. A moment later, she appears above the display. Data streams out from her in all directions. Her eyes are now red and her body is green, shifting occasionally to blues/purples.

  • Master Chief: "You all right?"


  • Cortana: (smiles) "Never been better! You can't imagine the wealth of information. The knowledge... so much... so fast. It's glorious!"
  • Master Chief: "So...what sort of weapon is it?"
  • Cortana: "What are you talking about?"
  • Master Chief: "Let's stay focused. Halo... how do we use it against the Covenant?"
  • Cortana: "This ring isn't a cudgel, you barbarian, it's something else... something much more important. The Covenant were right... this ring... it's Forerunner. Give me a second to access... yes, the Forerunners built this place, what they called a "fortress world", in order to... no, that can't be. Oh, those Covenant fools, they must have known, there must have been signs!"
  • Master Chief: "Slow down. You're losing me."
  • Cortana: "The Covenant found something, buried in this ring, something horrible, and now... they're afraid."
  • Master Chief: "Something buried? Where?"
  • Cortana: (looks horrified) "The Captain, we've got to stop the Captain!"
  • Master Chief: "Keyes? What do we—"
  • Cortana: "The weapons cache he's looking for. It's not really— We can't let him get inside!"
  • Master Chief: "I don't understa-."
  • Cortana: "There's no time. Get out of here, find Keyes, stop him! Before it's too late!"

The Chief turns and runs from the Control Room.

Level ends.

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