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Screen fades into Babd Catha Ice Shelf, two UH-144 Falcons head toward the coast, Noble Two is shown slipping a chip into a data pad and typing something.

Sword Base, Babd Catha Ice Shelf, Eposz

July 26, 2552, 11:26 Hours

  • Sword Control: "Be advised, kilo-three and kilo-three-four, your current LZ is too hot!"

The Falcons pass a large island. A Covenant Corvette holding position comes into view.

  • Auntie Dot: "Yes, Commander... coordinates received. Initiate immediate course correction. The Office of Naval Intelligence Sword Base is presently under siege from a corvette-class Covenant vessel. Due to the sensitive nature of this facility, use of orbital rounds has been, for the moment, prohibited. Regrettably, my efforts to obtain relevant data on enemy forces have been unsuccessful. However, current defensive forces are insufficient. ONI has requested Team Noble's direct intervention to help secure Sword Base."
  • Carter-A259: "Alright people, we're stuck with that ship for the time being. Let's focus on the hostile infantry - give those troopers a hand."

A base security camera shows Covenant ground forces engaging UNSC Army troopers, as the Falcons fly overhead.

  • Carter-A259: "Kat, Six - you're out here. Jorge, Emile - you're next, get prepped."
  • Catherine-B320: "Let's move, Lieutenant."

The Falcon lowers close to the ground. Kat and Six jump out.

{Gameplay}

The Best Defense...Edit

  • Carter-A259: "Kat, Six: push back the attack on Sword Base, find out what we're dealing with."
  • Catherine-B320: "Roger that, we're your strike team."

Kat, Six, and a few trooper engage and eliminate some Covenant troops on an upper walkway.

  • Sword Control: "Spartans, hostiles north."

The two Spartans head north to a courtyard, where they engage a significant number of Covenant troops.

  • Catherine-B320: "Let's knock some heads, Lieutenant!"
  • Sword Control: "You got three new contacts, Spartans."

After clearing the courtyard, the Spartans head down a ramp where they engage several Skirmishers, eventually making it down to a gate.

  • Catherine-B320: "Noble Two to Sword Control: courtyard is clear, over."
  • Sword Control: "Head to the main gate to the east, I'll brief you as you go."

The two Spartans enter the main gate, coming across several ordnance packs.

  • Catherine-B320: "Sword Control, I see a Target Locator. Any artillery support in the area?"
  • Sword Control: "Limited, but we'll prioritize whatever you need, ma'am."

Get the Hell Off My Lawn!Edit

Noble Six takes the Target Locator, and the Spartans then heads out of the base. The Covenant Corvette opens fire on the base. A damaged M831 Troop Transport is seen attempting to escape from two enemy Wraiths.

  • 3 Echo 57: "3 Echo 57 heading back to base, but we got enemy tangos on our six. How copy?"

The Warthog is soon destroyed by one of the Wraiths.

Using the Target Locator, Noble Six calls in artillery to destroy the two Wraiths.

A Pelican is seen coming towards them with a Warthog.

  • Catherine-B320: "Outstanding!"
  • Catherine-B320: "Pelican inbound with transport, Six."
  • Sword Control: "The old Farragut Station has its own comms array that should bring back online with command. Airview Base has an anti-air battery that will help clear the skies."
  • Catherine-B320: "AA gun is to the west, comms array to the east. Let's roll."

Noble Six heads west.

  • Catherine-B320: "I agree, go for the gun."

After heading further west, they are engaged by Covenant forces, soon eliminating them.

  • Catherine-B320: "I'm picking up a power source, we're close to the AA gun."

They arrive at the base, to find it under Covenant control.

  • Trooper: "Contacts!"
  • Catherine-B320: "That's the gun over there. Should be a reset control somewhere, get it online."

After eliminating the Covenant in the area, Noble Six heads into the two-floored building next to the AA gun. He finds the reset control on the roof of the building, and activates it. The AA gun immediately opens fire on the Banshees and Covenant dropships around the Corvette.

  • Catherine-B320: "That did it, Six. AA gun is online."
  • Sword Control: "Nice work, Spartans. Get to Farrgut Station and get that comms array up and running."

A Pelican delivers a Gauss Warthog, facing the direction the Spartans must go.

  • Sword Control: "Spartans, this is Sword Control. Thought you could use some mobile firepower."
  • Catherine-B320: "All right, take that 'hog Six.

The Spartans head toward the comms array, encountering various Covenant troops.

  • Catherine-B320: "We need to get that comms array online."

The Spartans soon arrive at the station.

  • Catherine-B320: "Hope that comms array has a working generator."

The station is also occupied by Covenant forces, including a Revenant.

  • Catherine-B320: "Let's search the area for a generator switch."

Noble Six searches the buildings, eventually finding the switch, and activating the generator.

  • Catherine-B320: "Okay, generator is up and running. Find that comms array, should be up high."

Noble Six soon finds the comms array in an adjacent building and activates it.

  • Carter-A259: "Noble Strike, this is Noble Leader. Get back to Sword Base ASAP."
  • Catherine-B320: "On our way, Commander. Six, let's go."
  • Sword Control: "Good work, Spartans. Return to Sword Base, the rest of your team is inbound, imminent."
  • Carter-A259: "Noble, be advised: Covenant Corvette moving into position. Kat, Six, get here quick. We need you inside."

The Spartans arrive back at the gate, to find it under attack by several Covenant forces, including more Revenants, soon eliminating them.

  • Jun-A266: "We're stalled in the tower atrium, Kat. Where are you?"
  • Catherine-B320: "Opening the gate now."

Once inside, Kat and Six head back up the courtyard, which is once again occupied by the Covenant.

They find a few troopers under attack from more Covenant troops, including a Hunter pair. Kat and Noble Six engage the Hunters and other Covenant troops, neutralizing them.

  • Catherine-B320: "Let's get to the atrium, we have to go through the security office. Elevator, Lieutenant. Take it."

Noble Six activates the elevator to take them to the security office. Midway up, an explosion rocks the elevator.

  • Emile-A239: "Corvette's hitting this base hard."
  • Catherine-B320: "Where's our orbital support? Got to be four platforms that could take it out with a single MAC round."

Office of Naval IntelligenceEdit

The elevator soon reaches the security office, Kat and Noble Six are immediately engaged by Covenant forces.

  • Sword Base Automated PA: "WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE. AN ONI REPRESENTATIVE WILL MEET YOU SHORTLY."
  • Catherine-B320: I doubt that very much.
  • Sword Base Automated PA: "THANK YOU, LIEUTENANT. YOU HAVE BEEN CLEARED FOR ACCESS."

Kat and Six soon move into a multi-level room, where Noble One, Three, and Five are engaging Covenant troops.

  • Jorge-052: "Hold it, everybody move up!"
  • Carter-A259: "Six, head upstairs and assist Emile. Jorge, make sure he (she) gets there."
  • Jorge-052: "Depend on it."

Six and Jorge make their way upstairs, engaging various Covenant forces as they go.

  • Sword Control: "Corvette's gonna rip this base apart. What's the situation, Noble?"
  • Emile-A239: "Can't do this on my own! Need another Spartan up here!"
  • Carter-A259: "Six, get to the top floor and assist Emile."

Jorge and Six make it up to the top floor, which is in ruins from an explosion.

  • Sword Control: "Commander, this base won't survive another salvo from that corvette. Kill those Banshees!"
  • Carter-A259: "Upstairs, Lieutenant, we need those Longswords in the air."

Six goes through a doorway to the top floor, where there is a massive hole in the building. The Covenant corvette is holding position just outside.

  • Emile-A239: "About time."

Noble Four, Five, Six, and other Army troopers engage several Banshees, and a Phantom, which drops off a pair of Sangheili.

  • Emile-A239: "Noble Six, watch down low."
  • Emile-A239: "Are you havin' fun yet?"

The Covenant air and ground troops are soon eliminated.

  • Emile-A239: "Yeah, clear. That's the way we get it done, Spartan! Clear."
  • Sword Control: "Noble Team, Longswords are inbound and ready to push. Orbital defense is standing by to take the shot."

{Cutscene}

Two Longswords fly towards the corvette, which is attempting to flee. Noble Six and Jorge watch as the Longswords follow the corvette for a distance, but soon break off. A MAC round suddenly penetrates the corvette. Its engines flicker, and it loses altitude. The view changes to Six and Jorge.

  • Jorge-052: "Beautiful, ain't it. Someone should take a picture."

The corvette crashes into the lake.

  • Jorge-052: "Nice work, by the way."
  • Noble Six: "I aim to please."
  • Carter-A259: "Five, Six... Get down to the science wing, Doctor Halsey wants a debrief, and Command's saying we're all hers."
  • Jorge-052: "Repeat? Sounded like you said Halsey."
  • Carter-A259: "I did."
  • Jorge-052: "Copy that, on our way. Don't need Command to tell me... Been all hers half my life."

Jorge, Emile and Six walk away. The Corvette is shown in the background sinking into the lake.

They soon arrive at the science wing, where Carter is talking to Dr. Halsey, who is behind a shield door.

  • Halsey: "I requested your assistance, Commander, and do not need reports on events that occur on my own doorstep. What I do require is a detailed account of your previous engagement-"

Halsey pauses mid-sentence as she notices Jorge enter the room.

  • Halsey: "Jorge. It's been too long."
  • Jorge-052: "Ma'am."
  • Halsey: "What have you done with my armor?"

Jorge and Noble Six look at his armor.

  • Jorge-052: "Just some...additions I've made."
  • Halsey: "Indeed. Visegrad Relay. Its data center was home to one of my xeno-archaeologists, Professor Laszlo Sorvad. Perhaps you could shed some light on his death."
  • Carter-A259: "If he was a civilian male in his mid-sixties, he died with a Covenant Energy Sword through his abdomen."
  • Halsey: Elites, then.
  • Jorge-052: "They engaged us as well. It was just, uh, just after we found your scientist's daughter, ma'am. She was hiding in the-"
  • Halsey: "Irrelevant. The Elites. Tell me more about them."
  • Jorge-052: "Three. Zealot class. One got by us. The leader, from the looks of him."
  • Halsey: "Zealots. You're certain?"
  • Jorge-052: "Their armor configuration matched."
  • Noble Six: "Shield strength, too."
  • Carter-A259: "I gave the order not to pursue. Our primary objective was to get the station's relay back online."
  • Halsey: "Your primary objective? Commander, are you a puppet or a Spartan?"

Emile and Jun look up at Dr. Halsey.

  • Carter-A259: "Ma'am?"
  • Halsey: "There are those at ONI, myself included, who believe the Covenant dispatch Elite advance teams to hunt down artifacts of value to their religion. Survivor accounts suggest such teams are small, nimble, and almost always Zealot-class. No doubt they came to the station for the abundance of ONI excavation data stored there. And you let them get away".
  • Carter-A259: "Data retrieval was not a command directive. Even had we known, we had other, more urgent matters to attend to."
  • Catherine-B320: "Like warning the planet."
  • Halsey: "Professor Sorvad's final entry in his field notes made reference to "a latchkey discovery". Latchkey... Not a word he would use lightly. So let's hope that the data module your Lieutenant Commander stole contains it."
  • Carter-A259: "Kat?"
  • Halsey: "Before you ask, I was alerted the moment you attempted to access its contents. As I am with any unauthorized tap."

Kat walks over and places the module in a container in the shield door.

  • Halsey: "That data is classified Tier One... I could send you to the brig for interfering with my work."

Halsey pulls the container towards her side of the shield door and retrieves the module.

  • Carter-A259: "Maybe you'd like to join her."
  • Halsey: "...I'm sorry?"
  • Carter-A259: "We're currently under emergency planetary directive, WINTER CONTINGENCY. I'm sure you're familiar with the punishment for civilian interference with a Spartan deployment."
  • Halsey: (chuckles) Are you threatening me, Commander?"
  • Carter-A259: "Just making a reading suggestion, ma'am."

Carter and Kat start to leave, while Halsey begins to examine the module.

  • Carter-A259: "Let's move, Noble Team."
  • Jorge-052: Ma'am?
  • Halsey: (examining the module) "That... will be all, Jorge."

Fade to black.

Level ends.

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