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{Cutscene}

BUCK

Tayari Plaza

Immediately after drop

The sound of the Slipspace rupture opening can be heard. Cutscene begins:

View opens on one of the Superintendent's cameras (location labeled as Lumumba) just as the shockwave from the Slipspace rupture passes through the city. The screen adjusts to the brightness, and the air is still full of blue particles from the rupture. From a camera below the Superintendent watches two SOEIVs drop in, one of them bounces off a building, deflects into a second and crashes upside down, the other pod goes straight behind the second building. The Superintendent zooms in on the first pod, its avatar showing a sad face.

  • Dare (COM): "Squad, what's your status? You still with me, Buck?"
  • Buck: "Yeah. Give me a sec."
  • Dare (COM): "I hit pretty hard. My hatch won't open. How about yours?"

Buck's hatch opens and he falls out of his pod.

  • Buck: "Ah! (sarcastically) Works great."
  • Dare (COM): "Right. When you get done fooling around, I could use some help."
  • Buck: "Did I...do something wrong? Because the only thing I regret about you and me? Not knowing you were a spook when we first met. I would have been a lot less charming."
  • Dare (COM): "That's what I miss most about you, Buck. The way your mouth's always move a little faster than your brain. Look, don't start about my job. We both agreed to end it."

Buck tries to take out his Assault Rifle, but it is stuck.

  • Buck: "That was years ago, Veronica! I'm (grunt) a little (grunt) fuzzy (grunt) on the..."

He finally gets his Assault Rifle out.

  • Buck: "...details. Must have met a lot of other saps since then. Why pick me for this safari?"
  • Dare (COM): "First, you're the best soldier I know, and second... You don't really remember, that night? What you asked me in the morning?"

A Phantom flies overhead. Buck looks up.

  • Buck: "I remember not getting an answer..."
  • Dare (COM): "Say again Buck? You're breaking up."
  • Buck: "I said stay put! I'm on my way!"

{Gameplay}

  • Dare (COM): "We missed our LZ. This grid is packed with Covenant. Be careful."
  • Buck: "I appreciate the concern."

Buck cocks his Assault Rifle.

  • Dare (COM): "Won't be much of a rescue if you're dead."

After fighting through a group of Covenant, Buck comes across two Marines behind a destroyed Warthog.

  • Chips Dubbo: "I saw your pod hit... You're one lucky S.O.B."
  • Buck: "See any more come down?"
  • Dubbo: "Nah, negative! But I didn't see much of anything after that flash. Uh, but listen! Some of these buildings are open. Should be able to get inside, flank the Covenant on the streets."
  • Buck: "Roger that, thanks!"

In the building on the second floor, Buck finds various Elites and Brutes dead.

  • Superintendent: "TOLL ZONE. PLEASE, SLOW DOWN."
  • Buck: "What the hell happened here?"
  • Superintendent: "FINAL NOTICE. BILL PAST DUE."

After battling through more Covenant forces, Buck comes across more Elite and Brute corpses.

  • Buck: "Veronica, what's with all the dead Elites?"
  • Dare (COM): "What do you mean?"
  • Buck: "It's like a family feud, like they were killed by Brutes. Is there something I should know?"
  • Dare (COM): "It's classified."
  • Buck: "Huh, some things never change."

Buck comes across a Deployable Lookout Tower with some various Jackals and Grunts around it.

  • Buck: "Got a little Jackal problem!"
  • Buck: "Oh yeah? Where were you a minute ago?"
  • Dare (COM): (irritated) "Still trapped inside my pod."

If you linger around the door without opening it:

  • Buck: "Gotta get through this door. Should be a switch around here somewhere."

After opening the door Buck finds a group of Marines armed with Silenced SMGs around a destroyed Warthog, taking fire from Covenant on higher ground, soon getting killed.

If Buck goes left to the building, he'll find a female Marine taking cover.

  • Marine: "Trooper, we're pinned down! Flank through this building, hit 'em from behind!"
  • Dare (COM): "Buck, location?"
  • Buck: "Almost there! What's wrong?"
  • Dare (COM): "Multiple hostiles closing in on my position. Listen carefully, if I don't make it..."
  • Buck: "Whoa! Hang on, I'll be right there!"
  • Dare (COM): "Too late, they spotted me!"
  • Buck: "Damn it, no! Veronica? Talk to me! Don't move! I'm coming, you hear?"

A pair of Hunters emerges from the set of doors on the other side of the area.

  • Buck: "Hunters?! No, I do not have time for this! Turn around you bastards, let me shoot you in the back."

After clearing the area of Covenant and proceeding through another door, Buck arrives at Dare's location.

  • Superintendent: "ATTENTION, TRAVELER! LOST ITEM CAN BE CLAIMED ON...LOWER LEVELS.""
  • Dare's SOEIV comes into view, under attack by three Grunts.
  • Buck: "There's her pod, now I just need to find a way down..."

After dispatching the Grunts he approaches her pod and tries to open the door.

Level ends.

{Cutscene}

  • Buck: "Arrgh! I'm here...I got ya..."

Buck manages to shove the hatch off the pod, but it is empty. Suddenly, an Engineer pops out at Buck.

  • Buck: "Aw, nuts."

The Engineer gets closer to Buck, who falls over backwards, and a blue light appears from its helmet.

  • Buck: "Whoa, whoa!"

Buck sees Dare's damaged helmet in one of its tentacles.

  • Buck: "Whoa!"

A sniper rifle goes off, killin the Engineer. Romeo is revealed to have taken the shot. Romeo waves to Buck, who returns it.

Buck gets up, the Engineer starts to shake and starts to give off a high pitched whine, Buck dives for cover and it explodes, propelling Dare's helmet into the air. The Superintendent tracks the helmet.

  • Superintendent (on-screen): LOST-AND-FOUND ITEM! CALCULATING TRAJECTORY...

The Superintendent finds that the helmet will be launched through a window.

  • Superintendent (on-screen): OPENING WINDOW SHUTTER!

The Superintendent's avatar shows a happy face.

  • Buck: "What the heck was that? You ever seen one before?"

Romeo doesn't respond. Buck takes his helmet off.

  • Buck: "Hey, Romeo! You got your ears on?"

Romeo shrugs.

  • Buck: "Oh, I get it. Permission to speak, smart ass."
  • Romeo: "No, I don't know what it was, but it was gonna grease your ass good. Just like it did the Captain."
  • Buck: "Yeah, maybe. You hear from Mickey, Dutch?"

Buck investigates a piece of the Huragok's armor, with Dare's stomach armor plate attached to it, stuck in a wall.

  • Romeo: "Negative."
  • Buck: "The Rookie?"

Romeo shakes his head.

  • Buck: "We need to get above this crap, link up with the bee-net. One of our drones must have seen where they hit."
  • Romeo: "So, we're poppin' smoke on the lady's mission? She ever tell you what she wanted?"
  • Buck: "No...never. Doesn't matter. All I care about now is gettin' my men out of this city. Even you."

Buck puts his helmet back on.

Fade to black.

Level ends.

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