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{Cutscene}

View of a dimly-lit room in the Superintendent's Data Center is shown, with an elevator car on the bottom of its shaft. The Rookie descends from the elevator shaft, and drops to the top of the elevator car.

  • Dare (COM): "Buck, is that you? (Static) They've got me cornered! I'm low on ammo! If you can hear me, I'm on sub-level nine, near station t-"

As Dare is cut off by static interference, The Rookie clicks his comlink with his fingers, and glances at the wall to his right, where the text "SUBLEVEL 07" is written, accompanied by the Superintendent's avatar.

{Gameplay}

After going down the first service corridor for some time, The Rookie can overhear a brief conversation between two Grunts before they spot him.

  • Grunt #1: "Why Yanme'e not yet seal this entrance?"
  • Grunt #2: "Too busy building fancy spit house!"
  • Grunt #1: "Nah. If traitor escape, it their fault, not ours."
  • Grunt #3 (After spotting the Rookie): "Alarm! Intruder, in tunnels!"

The Rookie traverses through the facility, encountering small amounts of Covenant resistance. He then starts to pick up a conversation between the Superintendent and a lone survivor.

  • Survivor: "Do it Vergil, now!"
  • Survivor: "I'm gonna die, you hear me!"
  • Brute: "This way! We have it trapped!"

As the Rookie pushes through a few Covenant lances, he rescues the survivor, who turns out to be an NMPD Officer.

  • NMPD Officer: "Thanks, Trooper, they almost had me. I'm trying to get down to the next level checking my team, but...this stack is locked down tight."

The Data-Stack suddenly activates when the Rookie approaches it.

  • Superintendent: "WELCOME. ACCESS GRANTED."
  • NMPD Officer: (whispering) "Well, guess you have something I don't."

or

  • NMPD Officer: (whispering) "Well, looks like you got the magic touch."

Drones suddenly flies out of the shaft.

  • NMPD Officer: "Buggers, look out!"

After the Drones are killed.

  • NMPD Officer: "What's wrong with you, Vergil? You trying to get me killed?"
  • Superintendent: "WARNING! HITCHHIKERS MAY BE ESCAPED CONVICTS!"

The two descend down into the stack. They drop into a circular room. The Rookie heads through a door.

  • NMPD Officer: "Can't see a damn thing. You go first."

The Rookie can see Drones eating some bodies.

  • NMPD Officer: "Son of a bitch! These are my guys. Buggers got all of them! (whispers) Now I'll have to check on the Doc myself..."
  • NMPD Officer: "What are you doing down here, anyway? Don't want to tell me? That's all right...we all have secrets."

The two continue through many locked data stacks filled with Covenant.

  • Brute: "Seal all exits from the lower levels!"

The two defeats the Covenant forces. They eventually meet a dead end with a Data Stack.

  • NMPD Officer: "You going down to Level 9 too? Guess I could use some backup..."
  • Superintendent: "WELCOME. ACCESS GRANTED."
  • NMPD Officer: "Go ahead trooper, raise the stack."

If the Rookie doesn't have 29 of the Audio Logs, the officer will stay up as Drones appear.

  • NMPD Officer: "You hear that? Buggers! Down at your level. Oh no! They're up here too! Coming out of the damn vents! Get back! No! Ahhh!"

The stack closes as the officer is killed by the Drones.

  • Superintendent: "CRIME DOESN'T PAY!"

Alternatively, if the Rookie does have 29 Audio Logs, the officer jumps down with you.

After heading through the door, the two emerge into an icy hallway, with Covenant patrols and a War Chieftain ahead. The two kills all of them.

  • NMPD Officer: "Trooper, hold up a sec. I got to check on a...personnel issue."

The officer walks up to a door on the left side of the frozen room.

  • Superintendent: "CRIME SCENE. RESTRICTED ENTRY."
  • NMPD Officer: "Shut up, Vergil! You hear me?"
  • Superintendent: "ICY CONDITION. CHANGE REQUIRED."
  • NMPD Officer: "Freaking machine! The whole city's gone to hell... Wait here, watch for hostiles! I'll be back."

If the Rookie follows him:

  • NMPD Officer: "What are you, stupid?! I told you wait outside!"

In front of him, a frozen body is crouched against the wall.

When the Rookie approaches the body:

  • NMPD Officer: "Step away from there. This ain't none of your business!"
  • NMPD Officer: "Kinsler gave me real specific instructions: Make sure the Doc's dead, and make double sure no one knows about it."
  • Superintendent: "CAUTION, TRAVELER! CAUTION!"
  • NMPD Officer: "Sorry, friend... You know way too much."

The Officer fires on the player. The Rookie kills the traitor.

  • Superintendent: "CRIME DOESN'T PAY. GOOD CITIZENS DO THEIR PART!"

If the Rookie approaches the telephone next to Sadie's father, he can download the last part of Sadie's Story.

The Rookie leaves the room and continues to a cross road. To the left is a dead end with a Flamethrower in the corner. Up ahead is a path. The hall starts to go from frozen to normal temperature.

  • Dare (COM): "Buck? Who knows if he can hear me but... I'm sorry. I should have told you more about this mission, more...about everything."

At the end of the hallway is a Covenant lance, trying to break through a locked door. The Rookie kills them. The door at the end of the hallway opens.

  • Superintendent: "WELCOME. ACCESS GRANTED."

The door leads to a narrower hallway, with a locked door at the end. The Rookie knocks on the door.

{Cutscene}

The Rookie approaches the door cautiously, watching the hallway, SMG at the ready. He lowers it and knocks on the door two times. He readies his SMG again. The door opens and Dare pulls the lever on her pistol. Seeing the Rookie there, she looks surprised.

  • Dare: "It's you! I thought..."
  • Dare: "Never mind... What was your name again?"

The two hear a Drone's screeching coming from the hallway.

  • Dare: "Inside! Now!"

The Rookie enters the room. Dare hits a button and the door closes and locks. Cut to one of the Superintendent's cameras. It looks over the room that Dare and the Rookie are in.

  • Dare: "This way, and stay quiet!"

The view cuts from the Superintendent to a view of the window, in which Dare and the Rookie can be seen walking towards the window. He displays the "Happy" expression upon seeing them.

A Drone crawls on the wall above the window, then flies away. The view goes inside the room. The Rookie walks up to the window.

  • Dare: "Down there? That's the Superintendent. The AI that runs every system in the city. My mission — our mission, is to secure the Superintendent's data."

The view goes to the Superintendent's camera, showing the Rookie and Dare.

  • Dare : "Problem is, there's only one way in from here...right through the hive. It would've been suicide to go alone, and I was hoping for more backup. I guess you're it."

View returns to the room. Dare walks up to the exit.

  • Dare: "You've been solo since we dropped? Fighting on the surface?"

The Rookie nods his head.

  • Dare: "Unless you spent all night hiding in your pod...you must know your stuff."

Dare readies her pistol.

  • Dare: "Show me."

{Gameplay}

The two head to the exit at the end of the room. Back at the hall, the two encounter Covenant reinforcements.

  • Dare: "Company!"

The two defeat the first group and encounter more groups Covenant.

  • Dare: "Hostile reinforcements!"

The two destroy the reinforcements.

  • Dare: "This is just the start of the hive. It'll be worse down below. Come on, we'll have to find a way down."
  • Dare: "Here trooper, through the door."

The two make their way to the hole.

  • Dare: "We'll have to jump."

The Rookie jumps through the hole and lands hard, injuring himself slightly. Dare jumps after him. They emerge into a huge room. The two turn into another room with a Covenant patrol. The Rookie and Dare kill all of them and turn right, into a huge cavern like room with Covenant crates all around.

  • Dare: "It's getting warmer. We must be right under the hive. Head across the bridge. Let's see if we can find a way up."

The two make their way across the bridge, heading left to an open door.

  • Dare: "Trooper! Through here."

The door opens to a small room with another door,locked,and an elevator.

  • Dare: "I found an elevator! Come to me."

If the player stalls:

  • Dare: "Trooper, come to my position."

or

  • Dare: "Get on the elevator, trooper."

The Rookie gets on the elevator and activates it. It starts to go up.

  • Superintendent: "ELEVATOR UP. NEXT STOP:"

The Superintendent doesn't finish the sentence, but Dare speaks up.

  • Dare: "...bugger central."

The elevator opens to a narrow hallway. The two walk through it, reaching a opening in it in the middle. They reach another cavernous room.

  • Dare: "Let's stick together. Move fast and quiet."

However, it isn't long before the Drones find them and swarm them.

  • Dare: "Damn! Here they come."

The Drones start firing. The Rookie and Dare defeat them, but as they progress, more Drones come.

  • Dare: "We can't go back. We have to keep pushing through."
  • Dare: "Good shooting trooper. Keep it up! We're almost there."
  • Dare: "Follow me. I see a way across. The data center is close."

The door at the end leads to a narrow hallway. At the end, a short drop leads to an open door. The door opens to a huge room, with the data center in the middle. A Phantom arrives.

  • Dare: "It won't be long before they smash through that door. Let's take them out, now!"

The two runs to the door, where a Brute Chieftain and his bodyguards are trying to break in.

  • Brute Chieftain: "(roars) Open this door, traitor!"
  • Superintendent: "SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. ALL DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON LEASH!"
  • Brute Chieftain: "By the Prophets... You will pay for your insolence!"

The Rookie and Dare defeat them and secure the door.

  • Dare: "Not bad. You do know your stuff."

or

  • Dare: "Wow. I'm impressed!"

or

  • Dare: "Something tells me you're not a rookie..."
  • Superintendent: "WELCOME. ACCESS GRANTED."
  • Dare: "Nice and slow. Check your corners."

The door opens to a slanting hallway with another door at the end. The door opens to a hallway with a scanning device. At the end is another door, which opens to the entrance to the data center.

{Cutscene}

The view shifts to inside the data center. The entrance opens to see the Rookie and Dare. They walk slowly in, weapons at the ready. At the end of the room is what appears to be the data core. As the two look at it, a spark lights off in it and there is a strange noise. The door closes on them. Dare activates the flashlight on her pistol. She points it at the core.

The view goes to the Superintendent. The camera is above the Rookie and Dare.

  • Superintendent (on-screen): "EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN INITIATED."

The screen then goes to static, then shuts off entirely. Back with the pair, they walk to the core. Suddenly, Dare's pistol shows a small tentacle through a hole. If the player has 30 audio logs, Dare will raise her pistol but the Rookie stops her and shakes his head. He then whistles to bring the creature out. However, if the player doesn't have 30 audio logs, the Rookie will raise his SMG but Dare objects.

  • Dare: "Don't shoot!"

Either way, a long and thin head sticks out. The view goes to the pair, where it reveals it's a Huragok.

  • Dare: "We've seen them before on other ops, but we've never gotten this close."

Dare puts her pistol down.

  • Dare: "Best we can tell? They're prisoners, or slaves. Either way, they don't like the Covenant any more than we do."

The Huragok comes close to them.

  • Dare: "The Slipspace event fried most of the Superintendent's circuits. I thought it might be finishing the job. But now I see that you weren't trying to hurt the Superintendent."

Dare reaches out a hand and puts it close to the Huragok.

  • Dare: "You were trying to fix it. "

The Engineer points his head toward a shard of metal on his back. Dare reaches up and takes it off. Dare reaches out and the Huragok appears to sniff her hand.

  • Dare: "ONI calls them Engineers, believes they're some sort of biological supercomputers. If I'm right, this one's taken the Superintendents data and combined it with it's own."

Dare starts to pat the Huragok's head.

  • Dare: "Everything we need to know about the Covenant, what they're looking for under the city is right...in...here."

A beeping noise from the core catches their attention. The Huragok floats toward it and uses a tentacle to push a button, revealing a small monitor. The Superintendent zooms in on some Jetpack Brutes landing on the rooftop. The view goes back to the room. Dare approaches the monitor.

  • Dare: "Damn! Buggers must have raised the alarm."

The Superintendent zooms out of the Brutes and zooms in on a black figure. It's an ODST.

  • Buck (COM): "Veronica? Where the hell are you?"
  • Dare: "Data Center, but we're coming out."
  • Buck (COM): "We?"

The Superintendent zooms in on him from another camera.

  • Dare: "No time to explain but do not, I repeat, do not shoot anything pink!"
  • Buck (COM): "Whatever you say, just come on!"

The view goes back into the data center, where Dare picks up her pistol.

  • Dare: "Those Brutes are here for the Engineer. They'll kill it if they get their chance."

Dare pulls the lever on the pistol.

  • Dare (to the Engineer): "You. Stay behind me. Okay?"

Dare then nods to the Rookie, whose next to the door. The Rookie opens the door. They both raise their weapons.

{Gameplay}

The three head back to the exit. Both troopers have energy shields now, provided by the Engineer.

  • Dare: "The Engineer still has shields, but they won't last long in a firefight. Take point, clear a path to Buck."

Outside, two Jetpack Brutes jump out while a Phantom drops off more. The Rookie and Dare defeat them. The Rookie proceeds to the Covenant reinforcements.

  • Dare: "Go, trooper! I'll cover the Engineer."
  • Buck: "Rookie? I could use a hand over here. Come on!"

Buck and the three regroup. A door opens to the right.

  • Buck: "This is our exit Rookie. Head through the door."

Behind the door is a short hallway leading to a hole. The Rookie and the others drop inside a dark room filled with sleeping Drones. They can either fire on them or sneak past. Buck is now protected by the Engineer's shields as well.

  • Buck: "About this uh, asset. Feel free to fill me in whenever."
  • Dare: "Not now, Buck!"

An opening in the left part of the room leads to the hallways that looks like the ones at the beginning. The four head to a right.

  • Buck: "Door's locked. Damn!"
  • Dare: "Don't worry. We have a key."

The Engineer heads to the door and starts unlocking it.

  • Buck: "I've seen hundreds of these things today! Why is this one so important?"
  • Dare: "This Engineer knows what the Covenant is after. If I could safely capture more of them I would. What they know can win the war!"
  • Buck: "Oh."
  • Dare: "You haven't...killed any of them, have you?"
  • Buck: "No!"
  • Buck: "Well, maybe one or...two."
  • Dare (sarcastically): "Nice work."
  • Buck: "How was I supposed to know?"

After this conversation, the Engineer successfully opens the door. Up ahead, more sleeping Drones are spotted. The four can kill them or simply ignore them. The four head to a door at the end of the hall. It leads to a small room with an elevator. At this point, the Drones awake and start attacking. The four defeats them.

  • Buck: "Elevator. Come on."

The level ends as the four gather on the elevator.

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