Sergeant Forge, Red Team and a Marine Officer is standing at the The Apex site, next to the Spirit of Fire's FTL drive.

  • Forge: "Gentlemen, we're burning sunshine here!"

Forge and the Spartans start to get the FTL drive ready, while the officer goes to open the site's main door. The Marine Lieutenant presses a panel on the Forerunner door.

  • Marine Lieutenant: "It's active!"

Simultaneously, a camouflaged figure behind him activates his Energy Sword.

  • Jerome-092: "Sergeant!"

Forge stops working on the reactor and turns his head towards the Spartans: Honor Guards deactivating their camouflage are charging towards them, holding Energy Staves.

  • Marine Lieutenant: "Aaaah!"
  • Forge: "Lieutenant?"

Forge turns around and sees the Arbiter killing the Marine.

  • Forge: (to the Spartans) "Take care of those Elites! He's mine."

Forge releases the safety locks on the reactor to crush the Arbiter; Red Team gets in position to engage the incoming Elites.

  • Jerome-092: "Let's go!"

Jerome kills the first Elite with a shot from his shotgun; Douglas-042 and Alice-130 pitch into other two Elites and kill them with their SMGs. Alice manages to grab a spear from another attacker as Douglas shoots him and she then finishes him off. An Elite attempts to impale Douglas but is quickly dispatched while another's spear is stopped by him and cut in half by Alice's; Jerome quickly reloads his shotgun and kills the unarmed Elite, while Douglas and Alice throw two spears and impale two Elites from the distance. Meanwhile, Forge finds out 'Moramee had evaded the reactor's blow and realizes the latter's behind him, camouflaged. Forge barely dodges an Energy Sword's lunge, but manages to hit the Arbiter, evade and face him. As Moramee advances, Forge starts shooting him with his MA5B but to no effect; the Arbiter tries to hit him again with a sword's slash which Forge avoids, but manages to destroy his Assault Rifle with a second hit. Forge charges the Arbiter and makes him fall; Moramee tries to raise his right arm to kill Forge with his sword, but the Sergeant blocks it by using his body mass, then hits Moramee's head with his elbow and manages to disarm him of his sword by shooting the Arbiter's hand with his M6C. Moramee immediately grabs Forge with his left hand, strikes him to the ground and punches him in the stomach.

  • Ripa 'Moramee: "Like the rest of your race, weak and undisciplined."

The Arbiter throws Forge against the reactor; in the meantime, Red Team kills the last remaining Elites.

  • Ripa 'Moramee: (as he throws Forge away and picks up his Energy Sword) "There will be no female to save you this time."
  • Forge: (slowly sitting up) "Look me in the eye and say that."
  • Ripa 'Moramee: (closing from behind) "As you wish."

The Arbiter grabs Forge's head and brings his face close to his.

  • Ripa 'Moramee: "My face will be the last thing your pathetic eyes would ever see."

Just as 'Moramee raises his sword for the kill, Forge drives his combat knife into his opponent's neck, who drops his sword; Forge picks it up and uses it to impale the wounded Arbiter, who dies.

  • Forge: "And for the record, I would have kicked your ass the first time, if the lady hadn't stopped me!"

The Arbiter's body is rolled off the platform by Alice, while Douglas places the reactor inside the elevator; thereafter, Jerome realizes the reactor has been damaged during the fight.

  • Jerome-092: "Sir, it's already overheating. I'll have to separate the core and align them manually when they need to blow."
  • Forge: "Son, I've a feeling before this is over, we'll need every last Spartan in the fight. I can do this. Report back to the ship."
  • Jerome-092: "Good luck, sir. It's been an honor."

The Spartan and Forge stare at each other as the elevator's door close and salute with a nod; then Forge begins his ascent while looking at the artificial sun.

{In-game Cutscene}

Cinematic opens as two Pelicans fly over a closed exit portal.

  • Serina: "Captain, the exit passage has been sealed. Our escape is blocked."

The Pelicans touch down near a UNSC Station with some UNSC Marines nearby.

  • Cutter: "Ground teams. Find a way to open that portal or we're all dead!"
  • Anders: "The portal has six doors. You'll need to open them in the correct order."

The Pelicans lift off from the base.


  • Serina: "Based on Anders' observations, the alien technology will only react to human touch. Any other alien life nearby will lock the system."
  • Jerome-092: "Clear out the area around this interlock."

Upon releasing the first interlock:

  • Jerome-092: "We got this interlock released."
  • Anders: "The doors have some sort of alien glyphs on them. That may be the key to opening them."
  • Forge: "Forge to Cutter, I'm beginning my ascent. Estimate thirty minutes to the detonation site."

A 30-minute countdown to the detonation appears.

  • When the timer reaches 19:10:
  • Forge: "Forge here. I'm at the access point to the sun. I'll need some time to break through."

When the timer reaches 11:10:

  • Serina: "Covenant forces will be at Forge's position in approximately ten minutes."
  • Forge: "I'm in the sun. You heard Serina, I'll wait ten minutes, then detonate the core. That's all the time I can give you."
  • Cutter: "Roger that. We can't let them leave with those ships. Good luck, Sergeant."

Upon spotting a Scarab:

  • Serina: "Watch out. Several large Covenant vehicles have been spotted."

Upon spotting the Covenant base west of the portal:

  • Serina: "We've spotted a large Covenant base west of the portal."
  • Anders: "We are detecting movement coming from the east side of the portal. Possible large alien infection."

Upon releasing the second interlock:

  • Anders: "That's it. The doors are paired. You need to activate both doors of a set to open them."

Upon releasing the third interlock:

  • Jerome-092: "Another interlock is down."

After releasing the final interlock, the mission ends.

{In-Game Cutscene}

The portal opens, the arms supporting its central ring unlock and descend into the pit one by one. Finally, the central ring releases a burst of energy and falls into the tunnel. Two Pelicans fly over the portal.

  • Cutter: "Sergeant Forge, all ground forces are evacuating back to the Spirit of Fire."
  • Forge: "Copy that. Get our people out of here, I'm blowing the core!"

{One Less Sun in The Universe}

Cinematic starts with Spirit of Fire seen facing toward the artificial sun which is beginning to degenerate. Camera gradually pans to the bridge where Cutter and Anders are gazing out the window.

Serina: "Hangar bay reports all crews checked in."

Cutter: "Then let's not outstay our welcome. Best speed away."

Serina: "Captain, the gravity field from the sun is expanding. We're not going anywhere."

Cutter and Anders look at each other, Anders with a disgruntled look on her face. Cutter turns back towards the sun.

Cutter: "Let's see if we can't turn that to our advantage. Serina, plot a course that takes us into the sun. We're going to slingshot around it."

Serina: "Threading a needle, while accelerating around an exploding star, inside a planet that's falling apart. Sure, why not?"

Cutter: "Serina, can you do it?"

Serina: "It's done. You might want to hold onto something."

Cutter and Anders move away from the window and sit down.

Serina: "Closing your eyes might help, too."

Spirit of Fire accelerates toward the artificial sun as a several pieces of the planet are pulled into it. The ship circles perilously close to the sun, burning it's edges as blinding light floods into the bridge. Spirit of Fire successfully slingshots around the sun and accelerates through the exit passage. It bursts out of the planet just as it begins to collapse. As the ship speeds away the planet begins to implode, then suddenly explodes outward along its horizontal axis.

{The End}

The camera pans over Marines and Navy personnel in cryo-chambers.



MARCH 11TH 2531

  • Anders: "Captain, I would much rather stay awake to monitor this area."
  • Cutter: "Professor, there's been no sign of the Covenant for almost two weeks. There's nothing to do."
  • Anders: "But, Captain-"
  • Cutter: "But nothing, Professor. You got us all out of there alive. Get some rest."

Cutter guides Anders into her cryo-chamber and taps its key pad.

  • Anders: "Not all of us, Captain. Not all of us."

Her chamber's cover closes and she immediately falls asleep. Frost forms on her face. Cutter walks to the chamber beside Anders' and closes it, empty. The camera fades to black as it centers on the name on the chamber's cover: SGT. J. FORGE.

Level ends.

Credits roll.

On Legendary, extra dialogue plays after the credits.

Serina: Captain, wake up. Something has happened.