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{Cutscene}

BUCK

Kikowani Station

5 hours after drop

Cutscene opens as the Squad approaches the entrance to Kikowani Station. Buck is helping Romeo to walk, while Mickey jumps the rail to scout ahead.

  • Buck: "We're almost there."

Romeo starts to have difficulty breathing and protests.

  • Romeo: (wheezing) "Put... Put me down, put me down for a sec."

Buck puts Romeo against a wall.

  • Buck: "Dutch, medkit."

Dutch kneels down, Buck looks through Dutch's pack for a medkit.

  • Dutch: "What's wrong with him?"
  • Buck: "He's got a punctured lung, can't breathe."

Romeo begins coughing and choking, Buck finds a Biofoam Canister and fills the wound with biofoam, Romeo takes in several deep breaths.

  • Buck: "Better?"
  • Romeo: "N...now what?"
  • Buck: "Trains ran underground up to the old city, we're gonna find one of the tunnels, walk on outta here."

Romeo pulls out the canister.

  • Romeo: "Ugh...you gonna carry me all the way, sweetheart?"
  • Buck: "Was planning on it, but, now that you're feeling better..."

A Phantom suddenly flies overhead, carrying some Engineers underneath it.

  • Buck: "Get the door!"

Dutch reaches inside a ticket booth and hits the button to close the security shutter. The view switches to a Superintendent's camera. It watches the Phantom flies away, then shows a confused face at the closing shutter.

  • Superintendent: "LOST-AND-FOUND ITEM! DISABLING SECURITY SHUTTER!"

The shutter stops just before being fully closed. The view switches back to the ODSTs, Buck offers Romeo a hand up and Romeo places the empty canister in Buck's hand. Romeo gets up, and Buck casually tosses the Canister away, where it rolls under the door for the Rookie to find later.

  • Mickey (radio): "Gunny...you're gonna wanna see this."

Buck, Dutch and Romeo head down the stairs into the tunnel, the view switches to another Superintendent camera, this one in the tunnel; it shows the tunnels have been flooded. The camera than starts to zoom in on the squad, the avatar showing a happy face. The view switches back to them, as Buck looks around.

  • Mickey: "This means we're screwed, right?"

The camera then shows two trains, one apparently damaged, before returning to the squad. Buck looks up.

  • Buck: "Not yet."

They watch a Phantom pass by, then the view switches to Buck's point of view.

  • Buck: "Wait here. We're gonna steal that ride. It's landing, now's our chance! Mickey! You're with me!"

Mickey looks and shrugs, Buck nods.

{Gameplay}

  • Mickey: "Gunny, I can fly a Pelican, but a Phantom? It's been years since I even ran a simulation!"
  • Buck: "Well, let's see what you remember trooper, move!"

If Buck stalls:

  • Romeo: "Sure, what's the hurry, right? I'll just sit here bleeding through my foam."
  • Dutch: "Better get going, Gunny. The sooner we get him out of here, the better."

Buck and Mickey advance, engaging the Covenant troops dropped off by that Phantom and another that lands soon after, also dropping off some Huragok. The second Phantom leaves after it drops off it's troops, but the first stays.

  • Mickey: "Gunny, more of those floating squids. Should we smoke 'em?"
  • Buck: "They're between us and that Phantom, what do you think?"

Once the area is clear, the two of them advance towards the first Phantom.

  • Buck: "Go, Mickey. Up the lift, kill the pilots."
  • Mickey: "Here comes nothing!"

Mickey goes up the Phantom's lift, soon SMG shots are heard as Mickey takes out the pilots.

  • Mickey: "Ugh, cabin secure. Flight controls read green across the board...well, purple, but she's good to go...I think."
  • Buck: "OK, I'll grab a Banshee, you go get Dutch and Romeo."
  • Mickey: "On my way."

Buck finds a Banshee while Mickey goes and picks up Dutch and Romeo.

  • Mickey: "All set back there?"
  • Dutch: "Affirmative. Romeo, let's man these turrets."

If Buck flies upward, he can see CCS-Class Battlecruisers flying around a burning crater.

  • Mickey: "What do you see, Gunny?"
  • Buck: "A whole lot of Covenant, scattering around the Slipspace crater. I wonder what they're looking for."
  • Mickey: "I bet the Captain would have knew."
  • Buck: "Yeah... I bet you're right."

The squad moves forward, being engaged by Covenant from nearby platforms and balconies. After they clear the area the door opens and a pair of banshees fly out.

  • Romeo: "Ah! Banshees, comin' through the tunnel."
  • Buck: "That's the way we're headed, take 'em out!"

The squad quickly defeats them and heads into the tunnel, engaging more Covenant forces including a tower, and a Wraith.

  • Mickey:: "Head through the tunnel Gunny. Go on Gunny take the lead! Everyone watch their elbows, its gonna be a tight squeeze."

The squad makes it out into the next area where a Phantom is dropping off Huragok at a Recharge Station

  • Dutch: "Well, look at that. I think we found us a squid house."
  • Romeo: "Give me an angle, I'm gonna burn it to the ground."

The squad destroys the Recharge Station.

  • Romeo: "That's right, you damn aliens. Doesn't feel so good does it?"
  • Dutch: "Well, like the good book says, payback's a bitch."
  • Mickey: "I don't think it actually says that, Dutch."
  • Dutch: "I'm paraphrasin', ya heathen!"

The squad approaches the door, but it doesn't open.

  • Mickey: "Damn! Covenant must've locked the door to the next area. I see an override switch Gunny. Hang on, I'll set a beacon."

If the player hesitates, or engages the newly arrived squad of Banshees:

  • Mickey: "We're stuck here until you open that door, Gunny!"

Buck lands near the door and opens it manually.

  • Buck: "Door's open, I'll go first."
  • Mickey: "Roger that, following your lead."

Inside the next section, a large squad of Grunts are waiting, but, are easily destroyed by the Banshee. Farther in, another Phantom is dropping more Huragok into another Recharge station, but Buck fires on the station blowing it up, causing the Huragok still on the Phantom to explode, damaging the dropship. The Phantom then tries to take off towards the next area but is easily destroyed.

In the next area there are several more Recharge stations, and a Phantom drops off an AA Wraith. Heavily armed Grunts and Brutes also fire on them from a balcony. The squad soon defeats the present Covenant defenses. The door to the next area, like before, is locked.

  • Mickey: "Gunny, another locked door, hit the override."

Buck hits the override but only the smaller doors open, the larger section remains closed.

  • Mickey: "Damn, door's jammed. Must've lost power."
  • Buck: "I'll head through on foot, see if I can find a work around inside the tunnel."
  • Dutch: "Go on in Gunny, we'll cover the door, make sure no one gets in behind you."

Buck heads into the tunnel, and is engaged by multiple enemy forces, including Brute Stalkers and a Brute Chieftain, he soon defeats them.

  • Mickey: "Gunny, check the far end of the tunnel, might be a back up generator."

If Buck stalls:

  • Mickey: "I bet there's a generator right here! Let me place a beacon."

Buck soon finds another room, and another switch, which opens both doors.

  • Mickey: "That did it! Door's open."

Buck makes his way back to his Banshee, heads to the other end of the tunnel and spots a Scarab near the next door.

  • Buck: "Troopers, I got bad news."
  • Romeo: "What, you really are gonna make us walk outta this city?"
  • Buck: "We got a Scarab, right by our exit."
  • Romeo: "Ah! This is the best mission ever!"
  • Dutch: "Take out its legs, and it'll stop moving, Gunny!"

Buck fires at one of the Scarab's legs, immobilizing it.

  • Dutch: "Get behind it! Shoot it in the ass!"

Buck destroys the Scarab.

  • Dutch: "Oorah Gunny, let it burn!"
  • Mickey: "Head into the tunnel, before another one shows up."

The squad heads into the last tunnel, which is covered with Recharge Stations.

  • Romeo: "Ah, damn! We hit the squid jackpot!"
  • Dutch:" Take 'em out Gunny so we can get through."
  • Buck: "Stay clear, this is gonna be one hell of a chain reaction!

If Buck stalls:

  • Dutch: "I'll do it, Gunny. Move back!"

The Phantom advances. Dutch and Romeo fires on the Recharge Stations, causing a large explosion.

Level ends.

{Cutscene}

The explosion from the Recharge Stations reaches outside, as Buck and the others burst through. Buck flies up to the Phantom, exits the Banshee, and is picked up by the grav lift. The Banshee falls into the water.

  • Buck: "Keep her steady Mickey. (to Romeo) You doin' okay?"
  • Romeo: "Just glad we didn't go with your first plan. Look at those tunnels. Ones that aren't flooded are probably...packed with Buggers. Hell, I wouldn't go down there even if you ordered me to."

This triggers something in Buck's memory.

  • Buck: (flashback) "Come on, Veronica! What could be more important than that carrier?"
  • Dare: (flashback) "My orders. And Buck? Call me Captain."

Buck suddenly realizes where Dare could be.

  • Buck: "Mickey, turn around! Find a safe place to set us down!"
  • Mickey: "What? Why?"
  • Buck: "I lost something! (whispering) Now I know where to find her."

Mickey turns the Phantom around and they head back into the city.

Cutscene ends. Fade to black.

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