|Faction||Coalition of Ordered Governments|
|Tools||Lancer assault Rifle, Snub pistol, Gnasher Shotgun|
First Four YearsEdit
Marcus was born 21 years before Emergence Day to Dr.Elain Fenix and Major Adam Fenix. His mom would often take him on trips to the mall, where he would explore, and on her research trips near the Hollow.
Father on DeploymentEdit
In the 62nd year of the Pendulum Wars, Marcus was almost five years old, and Adam was getting ready to be deployed to Kashkur. Marcus had gotten old enough to understand where Adam was going, and became upset whenever his deployment date neared. Marcus was reading a map book in the library when his parents arrived, and Adam asked him to come along for a walk. Marcus got out of his chair and asked Adam why he had to leave again, and his father explained how being a Gear meant going where you were sent, and watching out for your friends and comrades on the battlefield. Marcus was struck by the comradeship being a Gear brought, and declared he would become a Gear as well. Adam told him that he wouldn't have to be one, and that the war would be over by then, which upset Marcus. As they went to the garden, Adam told Marcus that his mom had discovered some monsters, but Marcus told him that monsters didn't exist, and if they did, Adam would kill them. They then went around the garden, and Marcus impressed his father by naming all of the plants in the garden. Afterwords, he ate lunch with his parents. Marcus started school several weeks after Adam left, and began trying to make sure he knew where his mom was at all times. Adam returned several months later, having been wounded in the leg during a Battle of Ragani|battle. Marcus rushed out to greet him, but slowed down and stopped himself, and greeted his father formally. He asked if Adam had saved everyone, but Adam told him he had been unable to, but he would change things so he could save everyone in the future. Marcus was skeptical, and Elain sent him to get some pictures he had drawn at school so he could show them to Adam.
Olafson Intermediate SchoolEdit
Four years later, at the age of nine, Marcus was sent to Olafson Intermediate School by his parents in order to "mix with people" after having been home schooled for a couple years. On his first day of class, his math teacher, Major Fuller, had him introduce himself to the rest of the class. Several members of the class were resentful of him because he was rich, but another kid named Carlos Santiago defended him, and ate lunch with him when no one else did. During a Thrashball gym in gym class, Carlos picked Marcus for his team, and did well, but another kid, Joshua Curzon, tackled him harder than he needed too. In the locker room, Marcus told Carlos not to worry about him, and that he would be okay, but Carlos told him it wasn't fair that the other kids were picking on him. Carlos left first, and was attacked by Joshua and his older brother, Roland, along with one of their friends. Marcus intervened, and grabbed Joshua by his collar and slammed him into the ground, and punched Roland hard in the face, and got a glancing blow in return. The Curzon's and their friend backed away from him, scared, and Marcus warned them to leave him and Carlos alone. The three ran off, and Marcus helped Carlos up, and asked if a mark was forming over his eye yet, because his father might get worried. Carlos told him to tell his dad that it had been Thrashball, and asked why he was in a regular school. Marcus told him that hid dad wanted him to "mix with regular" people because he was alone a lot. Carlos thanked him for his help, and they talked a bit more until they left. After this, Marcus and Carlos became really good friends, along with Carlos's brother, Dom.
Three years later, Marcus was at the Santiago's house helping work on an engine with Carlos and his dad, Eduardo Santiago. He ate lunch with them as well, putting large amounts of hot sauce on his food. He asked Eduardo if he would ever reenlist, and Eduardo told him that he would because it had been the best times of his life with his friends, but he now had a steady job and a family to take care of. Carlos said he was going to join the army. Marcus became worried that he would be alone without Carlos, and began thinking about joining the army as well. The phone then rang, and Eva Santiago answered it. She told Marcus it was his dad, and Marcus took the phone. He learned that his mother had gone missing, and his father came and picked him up. Marcus missed the next day of school, and his mother remained missing. When he went back to school, he stayed afterwards and talked with Carlos and Dom, telling them he didn't think his mom was coming back. He told them the police were looking for her, but that his dad wouldn't tell him where she had been when she disappeared. He was worried that she might have left because of him, but Carlos and Dom told him that that wasn't the cause. Elain remained missing for several months, and by the time of Marcus's fourteenth birthday, he no longer talked about her, and began spending even more time at the Santiago's house.
Joining the ArmyEdit
Five years later, Marcus decided to join the COG army as a regular infantry soldier, rather than going through officer school. Carlos had already joined, and came with him to the Fenix Estate when Marcus decided to tell his dad. Carlos asked him if his joining had made him decide to do it, but Marcus assured him he had made up his mind long ago. They found Adam in the front room, and Marcus told him they needed to talk. He informed him that he was going to enlist in the army as a regular Gear, and Adam protested that he was throwing away a college education. They argued for a moment, and Adam asked Carlos if he could talk some sense into Marcus, but Carlos told him he would do his best to keep Marcus safe. Adam realized he couldn't do anything to stop Marcus, and said he would support him. Marcus and Carlos then went to get lunch, and Carlos told him that Dom was marrying his girlfriend, Maria, and that she was pregnant. Marcus was surprised, and offered to help out, but Carlos told him that Dom wouldn't accept money. Marcus enlisted later that week, and was proud to receive his uniform. At Dom's wedding, he and Carlos wore their dress uniforms, and Dom later joined the army to support his family.
Joining The Pendulum WarsEdit
Arriving at the Acastu Imulsion FieldsEdit
After finishing basic training, Marcus and Carlos were assigned to C Company 26th Royal Tyran infantry|C Company of the 26th Royal Tyran infantry, and were deployed to the Acastu Imulsion Fields in Dushin to defend them. They were flown there on Corva CC-4005, and Marcus read a letter from his father that he had received prior to deploying. Major Helena Stroud, Marcus' commander and a old friend of his father, saw him reading the letter, and asked him if Adam still worked all day long. Marcus told her that he did, and she asked him to tell Adam that his old Lieutenant said hi, and to take a day off from the lab sometime. After she walked away, Carlos remarked that she was one to talk, since she never took any time off either. Marcus remarked that he had heard her daughter, Anya, had joined up as an officer cadet, which excited Carlos. He asked Marcus if he had seen her, and Marcus told him he had noticed how attractive she was. As the Corva prepared to land, Helena addressed Marcus and the other Gears, warning them that they needed to stay sharp and realized they were out of training now, because she didn't want to have to write anyone's parents if they were killed. After disembarking from the Corva, Marcus and Carlos, along with the other two members of their squad, Cpl.Maxon]] and Pvt.Quinn, listened as Helena remarked that they could now see the thing the COG was really fighting for: Imulsion. The four Gears then began a patrol around the refinery, and Carlos asked Marcus what his dad had said in the letter. Marcus told him Adam was still talking about him coming back from the war and going to university, acting like Marcus was only taking a year off from his studies. Carlos remarked that his dad just didn't give up, and Marcus said that people thought he took after him in that regard. Quinn asked if Adam was really the top scientist at the DRA, and after Marcus confirmed that he was, Quinn asked if he was working on anything cool. Marcus told him that he never told him about any of that kind of stuff, since it was classified. Maxon then alerted them to a report that a UIR Khimera had been detected, and they looked up and saw it flying at maximum altitude, doing a recon of the plant.
Night Patrol and First ContactEdit
Two nights later, Marcus and the others were assigned to do a night patrol around the fields. As they walked among the pipelines, Carlos said that he wished somebody would shoot at him to get the waiting over with. Marcus told him they would enter battle eventually, and that he just had to be patient. Carlos told him he was worried that he would freeze up, but Marcus assured him that drill would kick in and he would shoot back. Maxon then contacted them and asked them where Quinn was, and Marcus told him he was with them. Maxon ordered them to meet him at the north perimeter gates, because one of the drillers claimed to have heard a bike near there. The three of them hurried to meet Maxon and began searching for signs of an intruder. Marcus told Maxon that he didn't hear anything, but Maxon stopped him and said there was someone else out there, and called in to control to report a possible contact. They then saw a moter bike zoom out from under a pipeline, and opened fire on it. However, more Indie soldiers appeared and opened fire on the Gears, causing them to take cover behind some pipes. Maxon was hit in the throat, and Marcus told Quinn to see to him, and asked Carlos to give him some covering fire. Carlos told him he was crazy, but Marcus told him to just do it, and jumped over the pipe and charged at the Indies. He shot two of them, and a Packhorse arrived, driven by Sgt.Bernadette Mataki and with Sgt.Daniel Kennen on the gun. Kennen ordered him to get down, and he fired on the rest of the Indies with the gun, cutting them down. Kennen asked him if he was okay, but before he could answer, an explosion from the other side of the facility lit up the night. Marcus realized the Indies had blown up the Imulsion wells, but Bernie told him not to worry about that, and that they had to get Maxon help quickly. Marcus helped Carlos load Maxon into the Packhorse, and asked him not to mention this to his dad, and Carlos reassured him he wouldn't. Marcus waited at the medical building to see if Maxon would be okay, but Bernie eventually arrived and told him that Maxon hadn't made it. Marcus remarked that it was a fucking terrific start to his first tour of duty, and Bernie told him that he had stopped them from blowing the pipelines. Marcus protested that it didn't matter since Maxon had been killed, but she interrupted him and said that they lost people and it would never stop hurting, but that they had a job to do, and had to go back out every day until it was done. Marcus told her he understood, and she told him that he and the others had done a good job, and told him to follow her. Bernie led them on the remainder of their patrol, and Quinn remarked that the damage would be repaired in just a couple of days. Marcus looked at the burning fires and remarked that this was all for just keeping the lights on back home, but Bernie told them to stop talking and finish the patrol.
Dealing with CasualtiesEdit
A week later, Marcus was out on another patrol with Carlos and Quinn in a Packhorse. Quinn told Marcus that his dad should try inventing an alternative to Imulsion, since if they increased the fuel supply, nobody would have to fight over it. Carlos pointed out that all the alternative fuels from the past had had wars fought over them as well, so it likely wouldn't do any good. When control reported that Khimeras had been detected along the border, they pulled over next to some pipelines and tried to see if they could spot them. They couldn't, and as Quinn climbed onto a pipeline to try to get a better view, he asked Marcus what he thought they were doing. Marcus told them they were just assessing their strength, and would be back sooner or later. Quinn then began telling Marcus about something his mom was sending him in the mail, but he was suddenly shot in the head by a sniper and fell off the pipeline and onto the ground in front of Marcus and Carlos. Marcus told Carlos to stay down, and cradled Quinn's body in his arms. Carlos was deeply upset, remarking that it was just Quinn's first week, and he was just picked off from a kilometer away, and not even in a proper firefight. Marcus told him that he understood exactly what he meant. Two days later, Marcus was called into Helena's office, and she asked him if he was okay. He remarked nobody could feel okay after seeing one of their friends die within a week of deployment, and Helena told him not to beat himself up over the deaths of his comrades like his father did. Marcus told her he would get used to it, but she told him he wouldn't and shouldn't. Helena remarked that they all learned to deal with loss in their own separate way, and his father had done by deciding to leave the army and focus on building weapons. Marcus told her that he understood him a lot better now, and she ordered him to call his dad, saying that it was bad to leave things unsaid, since you never knew if you would get another chance to say them. Marcus agreed, and called his dad on the bases phone. Adam was surprised, and asked him if he was okay, and Marcus told him he and Carlos were fine, but that they had lost a couple of guys, and that he knew how it was. Adam told him he did, and that he was sorry about his comrades. Marcus asked him how his project was going, and Adam told him it was fine, and that they would get there eventually, and that Marcus knew how it was.
Battle of Irohma IslandEdit
Later that year, Marcus and elements of the 26th RTI were sent to Irohma Island to Battle of Irohma Island it from the UIR. While there, Marcus learned of a massacre of a native village by the UIR that left few survivors. While out patrolling, Marcus noticed a native, Tai Kaliso, shadowing him and carrying a bow and arrow. He told Tai that he knew he was there, and warned him not to fire on him. Marcus told him that he was sorry about what had happened to his village, and explained that he and the COG were there to drive the UIR out of the South Islands. Marcus told Tai that while the COG were not Saints, they were going to win the war, and that he wanted Tai to be on the winning side, offering him a place in the COG army. Since he had nothing left on the island, Tai accepted Marcus' offer and joined C Company.
Stationed on the Sarfuth-Maranday BorderEdit
One year later, Marcus had been promoted to Corporal, and was stationed at a base along the Sarfuth-Maranday border along with the rest of C Company. It was winter in Sarfuth, but Marcus refused to wear a helmet, instead using wearing a do-rag that was permitted under regulations. He and Carlos were assigned to work with sniper team Three-Zero to protect a pipeline from sabotage by Indie soldiers. As they drove in a APC towards the pipeline, Marcus told Carlos that Captain Harrie had been killed after charging a gun position. He then contacted Pvt.Padrick Salton, and he told Marcus that someone had been digging animal traps along the pipeline for the past half hour, and he needed them to check it out. They arrived at the pipeline and inspected the traps, which looked legitimate but might have just been preparatory work for a bomb. They hid in the shadow of the pipeline to see if anyone else showed up, and they eventually spotted a Ski-Bike arriving at one of the traps. Marcus reminded Carlos they were not to cross the border into neutral Maranday, and to wait and see if the guy was actually a saboteur before acting. Padrick told them that the guy was taking a lot of things out of his pack. Marcus told him to wait, and they watched they guy a little longer, until he got spooked and began running. Marcus and Carlos chased after him after shooting and disabling his bike. Marcus told Carlos to try and take the guy alive for Intel to have, and to try to avoid killing him. Their chase took them over the border, but Carlos managed to tackle the guy. However, he reached into his jacket for a weapon, forcing Carlos to stab him. Marcus helped Carlos carry the body back across the border, and they met Pad and his spotter Baz at the APC. Marcus searched the body, and found explosives in his jacket, as well as some papers. They loaded the body into the APC for Intel to look at, and drove back to the base. Marcus was upset with Carlos for crossing the border during the chase, but didn't say anything on the ride back. The Intel guy was happy with what they had found, and he and Carlos went back out in the APC to check for any more possible sabotage. Marcus apologized to Carlos for getting angry about him not following the SOP's, and that he had been right to chase the guy over the border. Carlos said he might have brought Maranday into the war if he had been caught, and that he was too caught up in trying to make a difference to pay attention to regulations. Marcus told him that they would be able too once winter was over and the regular fighting began again.
Training For the OperationEdit
Nine months later, Marcus and the rest of C Company had been sent to Merrenat Naval Base, where they began training for a unknown operation. During a training exercise for a beach landing, Carlos tripped and fell into the water while exiting the landing craft. Marcus pulled him out from under the water and dragged him ashore, stopping for a moment to let him recover. However, Helena yelled at them for stopping, and ordered them to continue the exercise. They began crawling up the beach with the rest of the unit, and Marcus asked Carlos if he was okay. Carlos told him he was, but was angry with himself for falling. Marcus told him it was, and that it was their first time trying that landing at night and he had probably hit a hole or something. As their training op continued, Carlos continued to cough up water, and Marcus ordered him to fall out and see a medic, worried about secondary drowning. Carlos tried to convince him otherwise, but Marcus called for a medic over the radio, and Helena backed up his order. Two hours later, the training op was over, and Carlos returned to where the rest of the unit was camping in the woods. Marcus was expecting an argument, and told him that it had only been an exercise, and that they needed him for the actual operation. After eating a meal with Bernie and Tai, they joined the rest of the unit in being debriefed by Helena, who had brought her daughter, Cadet Anya Stroud, to the briefing. Marcus attempted to get more information about the mystery operation they were training for, and Helena told him that even she didn't know beyond a beach landing. After the briefing, Marcus remarked to Carlos that Helena was a psycho, but Carlos told him that she was psycho who wins, and that that was what they needed.
Before the OperationEdit
After training ended, C Company was transferred to Fesor Naval Base, where they were kept in their quarters until they were ordered to board the CNV Kalona at five in the morning, two days before the operation. Marcus stood next to Carlos in the line of Gears as they waited to board the ship. Marcus asked him Carlos if he had managed to get hold of Dom before they got their orders, and Carlos told him that they had left messages with each other, and that Dom was now completely locked down, and that Maria was due to give birth anytime. Carlos then asked Marcus if he had called his dad to let him know he was shipping out, and Marcus told him he had, and that his dad just went real quiet, as usual. Carlos asked if he had told him he was shipping out on the Kalona, and Marcus realized that he hadn't told him, and that he hadn't asked, and felt puzzled and hurt. Carlos told him they could work it out after he got back, but Marcus told him that he said that before every deployment. When Helena began approaching the Gears, Marcus called them all to attention. As they stood in line, they noticed Anya was following her mom, and Marcus was worried she would fall walking up the ramp onto the ship in her high heels. The Gear in front of them remarked that Marcus could give her CPR if that happened like he was dying to, but Marcus rebuked him and made him shut up. They then boarded the ship and dropped their equipment in there bunk, and headed up to the deck with the rest of the Gears to wave goodbye to their families. As Carlos waved goodbye to his parents, Marcus saw that Adam was also there, and waved at him. As went out to sea, Carlos told Marcus that at least his father was trying to be there for him, but Marcus just thought that it was interesting that he had managed to figure out where he was deploying from, suspecting that he had known all along. Two hours later, Marcus and the others were briefed by Helena, and learned their objective: to prevent UIR reinforcements from reaching Aspho Point from Aspho Fields while a COG commando team, which included Dom, secured vital information on weapons research from the facility. Marcus realized that his father must have been involved in the planning of the operation, and hadn't told him. Two days later, the Gears were getting some sleep before the operation began, but were interrupted when a navy rating came down and informed Carlos that his niece, Sylvia Santiago, had been born. Marcus and the other Gears began congratulating him. The company then assembled in the hanger deck to wait for the go order. Helena briefed them one more time, and they boarded their landing craft. Marcus asked Carlos if he was okay in the craft, and Carlos told him he would be fine when they landed. As they set off, they watched the divisionary attack on Berephus start, and realized that meant Dom was under way as well, and they both wished him luck.
Battle of Aspho FieldsEdit
Twenty minutes after landing, Marcus and Carlos were set up behind a machine gun position. Carlos was worried because they weren't hearing anything from Aspho Point, but Marcus reassured him that that was how things were supposed to go during commando operations. They heard over the comm that an Indie commando squad had been spotted near Aspho Point, but Marcus told Carlos not to worry. Marcus then noticed some movement in the tree line near the field, and Carlos confirmed it as well, and contacted Helena. Helena ordered Marcus to load up a Longspear to fire, and Sgt.Daniel Kennen reported that Indie vehicles were approaching. Marcus spotted more Indie troops and informed Helena, and shooting broke out at Aspho Point. Marcus locked onto the lead Indie vehicle, and Helena ordered the company to open fire. As the battle raged on, Asps began approaching the battlefield, moving along the road to Aspho Point. Worried that they might try to take out the facility and to prevent the COG from getting its hands on the research, Marcus began to look for a way to stop the Asps, and determined they would have to cross a bridge to get in range. They tried to figure out a way to stop them, but were distracted when anti-air units arrived as well, which would prevent the COG's Petrels from destroying Aspho Point's backup site. Marcus and Carlos continued to fire Longspears at the Indies, but began running low as more and more Indie vehicles arrived. Kennen was killed during the fighting, and Marcus forced Carlos to focus on the task at hand. He had two Longspears left, and waited for the order from Helena to use them, hoping that Dom and his team would be extracting soon. Marcus watched as several Petrels flew over the battlefield toward their target, but was shocked along with the rest of the unit when some were shot down, forcing the others break off. Helena ordered Marcus to take out the Asps that had somehow managed to shoot them down, but Marcus' first shot missed, hitting the ground. His second shot also missed, taking out an APC that moved to cover the Asp. Marcus was torn up by his failure, and apologized to Helena, who told him it wasn't his fault. She decided that someone had to work their way across the battlefield and drop grenades onto the Asps, and Marcus and Carlos volunteered to try, but Helena shot them down and told them she would do it herself. The remaining Gears in the company began regrouping as she made her way towards the Asp, and Marcus and Carlos joined Pvt.Jakovs, Pvt.Marasin, and Pvt.Hurnan. They wondered what they would do about the second Asp, but watched as Helena reached the first one undetected and opened the hatch, dropping the grenades. However, her webbing got caught on the vehicle, and she was unable to jump clear, and died when the Asp exploded. Marcus and the others were horrified, but he contacted Bernie to inform her that she was in command now. Marcus was worried about Anya, who was providing mission control over the comm, and wondered how they were going to take out the second Asp so air support could arrive, and how they would take down the Khimera's flying towards Aspho Point.
Turning the Tide and Carlos' SacrificeEdit
Soon after, the commando team destroyed Aspho Point and began their extraction, but the Petrels still could not reach the backup site to destroy it. Bernie began making plans for extraction, but Marcus requested permission to try and take out the last Asp, as it was moving into position to attack the extraction zone and provide support to the Khimiras searching for the commandos. She gave approval, and Marcus organized Carlos, Jakovs, Hurnan, and Marasin alongside the road the Asp was moving along and hit it with five Gut-Punchers. They succeeded, but someone in the Asp remained alive and it continued to function, heading for the bridge to cross the battlefield. Carlos jumped up with Jakovs and Hurnan to charge the Asp, but all three were hit. Jakovs and Hurnan were killed, but Carlos rolled off the side of the road and into a ditch, and told the others he was fine after Marcus began shouting and asking if he was alright. Marcus then somehow managed to hijack the Asp, and charged into the Indie lines, shooting up all of their vehicles and soldiers. For ten minutes Marcus devastated the Indie forces, and was hit three times by Indie light armor, but nothing slowed him down. He took out everything capable of shooting down airborne assets, including a Khimera that was hunting Dom and the other commandos. The Asp eventually came to a stop near the COG lines, and Marcus got out and Bernie congratulated him on his work. He asked her if Carlos was back with them yet, but she told him that he was still near the bridge firing on the Indies. Marcus was annoyed with him, thinking that he didn't trust him to take out the Indies by himself, and headed for the bridge. Bernie also began making her way to the bridge, and she asked Carlos if he could make his way back to the rally point. Carlos responded that he had been hit badly and couldn't move. Marcus was shocked, and demanded to know why he hadn't told anyone or called for a medic or him. Carlos told him that it was because he knew Marcus would try to rescue him, but he told him that it was useless and that he was already dead. Marcus told him to shut up, and continued to head towards him, moving from cover to cover to avoid Indie fire. Bernie ordered him to go back to the extraction zone, but he refused, and pointed out that she was still heading for Carlos as well. Carlos told them to stop, and that he had messed up and gotten Jakovs and the others killed, and told Marcus that he needed to take care of Dom. Carlos was hit again by Indie fire, and began begging Marcus to shoot him to put him out of his misery. Marcus froze, but regained control and told him that he was going to get him out of there. Carlos told him that he wouldn't be able to, and that he had to stop him from getting himself killed. Carlos then detonated a grenade, killing himself and destroying the bridge that the Indie vehicles would need to cross to get to the extraction point. Marcus bellowed in grief, but took advantage of the explosion to rush to the site and recover what he could of Carlos while Bernie covered him.
Extraction to the PomeroyEdit
Marcus and Bernie took Carlos' remains the extraction zone, and Marcus kneeled next to the sack containing the remains as they waited for a Sea Raven to arrive and extract them to the CNV Pomeroy. Bernie came up to him and told him that she had just talked to control, and learned that Dom had made it, saving the lives of the rest of his unit in the process. Marcus remarked that Dom was a natural Gear, and Bernie offered to tell him about Carlos, but Marcus told her that it was his job, and that he was an honorary Santiago. Bernie comforted him, and told him how sorry she was, and Marcus began sobbing and crying silently, and asked her what he was going to do without Carlos, and that he had been like a brother to him. Bernie told him that he needed to be there for Dom, and that the rest of the unit was going to be there for them, and that they were family as well. Marcus asked her if she would have put Carlos out of his misery if had gotten the chance, and she told him she would have, but he did it first. He wondered if there was something he could have done to save him, if he had gone after him instead of taking the Asp, but Bernie told him that he had done the right thing. They then wondered what they were going to tell Dom, as the truth that Carlos had made a mistake and gotten himself and others killed might devastate him. They decided to lie, and say that Carlos and the others had sacrificed their lives to blow up the bridge and stop the Indies. No one in the unit would contradict that, and the radio had been shut off so control had not heard what happened. The Sea Ravens then arrived, and Marcus made sure that Carlos' was the first one on board. When the Sea Raven landed on the Pomeroy, Dom was waiting for them, and Marcus saw he was disturbed when Carlos didn't emerge. Marcus went up to him, and tearfully informed him that Carlos had died.
Aftermath of the OperationEdit
Five weeks later, Marcus had been promoted to Sergeant and was at an awards ceremony at the House of Sovereigns, where he and Dom would be presented with the Embry Star for their actions, and Carlos and Helena would be awarded ones posthumously, with Dom accepting Carlos' and Anya accepting her mothers. Marcus, Dom, and Anya stayed together before the ceremony, and they worked to protect her from the press who wanted to interview her. After being awarded their medals, Marcus and the others went outside to the graveyard where Carlos was buried, and found Lt.Col. Victor Hoffman there, paying his respects. Marcus didn't say anything, but Dom invited his commanding officer to come with them to dinner that evening with Adam and the Santiago's, but Hoffman turned the offer down, saying he would like to drink with them sometime. After Hoffman shook their hands, he left, leaving them alone to say goodbye to Carlos. Marcus dug a small hole into the grave, and placed his Embry Star in there with him, and buried it. After enduring an extremely awkward dinner with his father, the Santiago's, and Anya, Marcus volunteered to make sure that Anya got home safely after she had a little too much to drink, and they spent the night together.
End of the Pendulum WarsEdit
Skirmish in Ghato CityEdit
Two years later, C Company was deployed to the Independent Republic of Furlin. Marcus was in a squad with Dom, Tai, and Pad, and they were sent to Ghato City to secure it. They encountered a small squad of Indies in the ruined city and engaged them, but became pinned down in a destroyed building. Marcus asked Pad if he could reach a nearby roof and snipe the Indies heavy weapons, and Pad told him he could if Marcus gave him some cover. Marcus told Tai to user their last RPG on the Indies to provide cover, and as Pad used the smoke from the explosion of the rocket hitting the Indies position to run for a building with a roof, Marcus, Dom, and Tai opened fire to cover him even more. Dom asked Marcus to remind him how much ground they had secured that week, and Marcus said that he was guessing it was zero, again. After Pad sniped the Indie manning the machine gun position, Marcus led the others in a charge against the Indie position with Pad providing sniper cover. Marcus asked Pad how many were left, and he told him that he had taken down three, leaving three left. Marcus, Dom, and Tai quickly shot two of them, and Marcus then jumped into the Indies building and finished the last one off. He called in to command that Ghato was secured, and that they would meet up with the rest of the unit at Tenla. They began walking out of the city towards the RV point, and Dom said that he had thought the war would end within months after Aspho Point, and he was now starting to think that Carlos had died for nothing. Marcus told him not to think like that, and that his dad said that the Indie research had saved him years of work on whatever he was doing. Dom asked if Adam was still not discussing it with him, and Marcus told him that top secret meant top secret to Adam.
Ceasefire and AmbushEdit
Two weeks later, C Company was driving along a road on a cliffside overlooking a Furlin town, which Dom was relieved to see hadn't been bombed, but Marcus told him not to jinx it. The convoy stopped, and one of the other Gears called Marcus over to listen to the radio, telling him his father had done it. Marcus listened with the others as it was announced that Chairman Tomas Dalyell had announced that he was meeting with Premier Yori Deschenko to discuss the term of the UIR's surrender after the deployment of the Hammer of Dawn, which had been created by Adam. All of the Gears began celebrating, and Tai told him that his father had found his true path. Marcus told him that the war wasn't ove yet, and that the peace process could still take days or weeks. He was proven right moments later when Indies began shelling the convoy and the town below. Dom was horrified, saying that it was insane and that somebody needed to tell the Indies that they had surrendered. Marcus told him that they hadn't technically surrendered yet, and took cover with the rest of the unit and began returning fire. Pad yelled that the Indies had to know the war was over, but Marcus pointed out that it was them, they would fight to the last as well, and that the Indies likely thought the announcement was COG propaganda. As they returned fire, Lt.Preston told him that the Captain was trying to offer the Indies an informal ceasefire, but Marcus doubted it would work. Several Gears were then hit by mortar fire, but the Indies then stopped attacking, receiving word that the surrender was for real. Marcus was released the Pendulum Wars were at last ending, and hoped that it was the real thing. Three hours later, Marcus watched through binoculars as the Indies in the mountains began to surrender to the COG, and told Dom that it hadn't all been in vain. The next day, C Company had moved into the city below the cliffs, and Marcus and the others gathered together in silence as it turned noon, at which time the offical surrender took effect.
Early Locust WarEdit
The Hammer of Dawn counterattac]Edit
Approximately a year and a month after E-Day Marcus was serving in A Company Two-Six RTI, in a unit with Dom, Tai Kaliso, and Padrick Salton, when the recall order for all military units to return to Ephyra came in. Despite their orders they took a detour to engage Locust forces at Jannermont, and were involved in a skirmish there.
During a battle ten years after E-Day, Marcus abandoned his post in a vain attempt to save his father, Adam Fenix. As a result, he was court-martial for cowardice and failure to obey orders, and only narrowly avoided execution due to his two exemplary tours of duty in the Pendulum Wars. Dominic Santiago testified for him, but to no avail. He was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment in Jacinto Maximum Security Prison, where he was prisoner number 098356-GX. While in the slab, Fenix was housed in Cell Block-38, where he gained his infamous scars.
The Lightmass OffensiveEdit
Freedom from the SlabEdit
For four years, Marcus was imprisoned in the Slab. Hoffman visited the prison and pardoned all the inmates except for Marcus when the Locust began closing in on the prison. With Marcus to die in the prison, which was soon overrun by Wretches and Drones, Dom tagged along on a mission to the area and broke into the Slab and was able to free him from his cell before Wretches broke into his ceiling bars with the help of JACK. Soon Dom explained to Marcus that everything changed after he was imprisoned and Hoffman pardoned all the prisoners expect for him. Dom gave Marcus a duffle bag with his armor and a Hammerburst and both head out of the cells into the main cell blocks. Marcus questioned why Dom was in the prison and how he could get into trouble, but Dom told him that, "things had changed". Dom then gave Marcus the option of taking a route through the guards quarters which would take some time or into the prison block where Locust were located. After clearing the main building of Drones, Marcus and Dom searched the room for any ammo, but were interrupted by a group of Drones trying to blowtorch there way inside. Forcing the pair to get into cover, the Drones enter the first door and blasted the second door, injuring Dom and forcing Marcus to fight them off and save his friend. The pair soon entered the courtyard and found that KR-64 and KR Six-One giving cover fire over the courtyard. Marcus and Dom battled their way to the back of the courtyard only to witnessed that Six-One gets shot down and the mission in the area is aborted, KR-64 came down to pick up Delta-Two while a Corpser emerged from the courtyard. While on board the King Raven, Marcus meets his new commanding officer, Lt.Minh Young Kim, and Pvt.Anthony Carmine, becoming a member of Delta-One.
Flying over the ruins of Ephyra city, the former capital of the COG and now a Locust stronghold, Kim informed Marcus that they were going to land on Embry Square. Kim told Marcus that Col.Hoffman was leading the operation and prompting a great headache for Marcus since Hoffman was the man that sentenced him to 40 years in prison and left him to die when the Locust took over the prison. While Carmine take potshots at any Locust down below, he ask if Marcus Marcus was THE Marcus Fenix, hero of Aspho Fields. Carmines reaction to the Pendulum Wars hero was a "Wow! Cool!" and giving a negative reaction from Marcus while Carmine went back to taking potshots. The King Raven soon lands in the square and Hoffman greats Kim and reminds Marcus that he is still a traitor and unworthy of the armor of a Gear. While Hoffman explained to Kim that he has a way to win the war and wipe out the Locust, Marcus sees Anya for the first time in years but only gives her a fixed look. But the Locust interrupted the reunion, forcing the Gears to hit the sandbags while Anya retreated to the landed King Raven. Marcus and Delta engaged the Drones while Hoffman gives him the details of the Lightmass offensive and how they need to find Alpha Squad and the Sonic Resonator which is more important than the Gears. Marcus and the Gears defeated the drones and Hoffman left the square before telling Marcus that he needs 110% of him and Marcus reminded Hoffman he is not fighting for him. Soon more Drones attacked Delta-One but Hoffman's Raven took them out. Delta-One soon have to battle their way to Alpha's last known location, after batting the Locusts and closing three Emergence Holes, Delta soon discover three dead Gears, Dom hoping it was not Jan Rojas. After getting access to the dead Gears who were next to a large E-Hole, Delta soon discovered that there were no COG tags on them, and the resonator wasn’t there.
Delta and Marcus were soon ambushed by a group of Drones with a Troika Heavy Machine Gun, but Marcus was able to flank the turret and kill the advancing drones. Delta soon found themselves inside a fountain and several E-Holes pop out around them forcing Delta to hunker down in the fountain. Fighting of several Drones, Marcus was able to close at least two of the E-Holes but the third one was out of sight and sent wave after of wave of Drones. After killing all the Drones, Marcus and Delta move on from the fountain and into a building while they discuss how Command can stop the Locust from attacking from underground. Soon Delta entered a building and spit into two teams, battling their way inside, Marcus was sent to take out a spotter that was guiding a troika. After gaining the Locust turret, another Locust E-hole opened up and Marcus and Delta slaughtered the Locust before killing a single Drone that came from the room behind them.
After leaving the building, Delta was in front of the House of Sovereigns, the capital building of the COG. Delta battled their way into the courtyard in front of the House of Sovereigns, Kim ordered Marcus to hit the entrenched locust from the right and battle his way inside the building, engaging in close quarters combat with Locust's Grenadiers, after killing all the Drones and taking out the turret, Delta follow up on their squad leader. In cover behind the sandbags, Anthony exposes himself to show Kim that his Lancer was jammed leading to his death. Soon several Drones attack them and Delta was able to fight them off. After the attack, members of Delta including Marcus felt sympathy for Carmine but moved up into the capital building, fight several more Grenadiers. The squad hit a locked door but Kim had the codes to enter it. Hearing distant gunshots, Marcus and Delta climb the stairs to find Augustus Cole single handily fighting and killing a whole squad of Drones. But Cole was wounded by a grenade, Marcus was able to save Cole and he reported to Delta CO on the whereabouts of Alpha squad, but also told them that Seeders are inside the building and stopping them from communicating with the CIC and the Nemacyst from allowing any air support. Delta with Cole move on to find all the Seeders, finding the first seeder next to a canal inside the building, Marcus used the Hammer of Dawn and took out the first Seeder. Delta then move back inside the House of Sovereigns. After being attacked by packs of Wretches, Delta discovered the remains of Rojas, and Cole paused to pay his respects. Delta soon took out the two remaining Seeders but not before one took out a causeway inside the building. After regaining contact with Alpha squad, Delta new objective was to gain access to the roof. Delta was able to make it to the roof and kill the Drone on the turret and open fire on the drones on ground level and clear the skies of any Nemacyst. After a short firefight, Delta was able to relieve Alpha squad that was trapped inside the Tomb of the Unknowns. Regrouping with Alpha, Kim called for a King Raven, while Cole told Baird that Rojas did not make it, when General RAAM attacked the Gears and took out the King Raven that crashed on top of Delta's and Alpha's location, splitting Kim from the rest of the Gears. Marcus and the others were pinned down in front of the Tomb and were not able to save Kim from RAAM, who stabbed him with his sword. Without their Lieutenant and temporary without leadership, Marcus asked for advice from control but the Locust unleashed a Berserker inside the Tomb, the Berserker killed Gyules leaving only Baird and Cole left in Alpha. Anya advised Marcus to get the Berserker outside to kill it with the Hammer of Dawn. Marcus told Baird and Cole to sit tight and him and Dom lead the Berserker in a game of cat and mouse before leading her outside and killing her with the Hammer. The pyrrhic victory lead to Marcus promotion to sergeant over Baird and the remaining members of Alpha was transferred into Delta, giving Baird a great dislike at the situation that he was passed over for Marcus. Marcus asked for a King Raven, but Locust air assets could not allow for any reinforcement, forcing the Gears to walk to the Lethia Imulsion Facility, but Dom had a plan that involved getting a Junker from the Stranded.
Marcus in commandEdit
With Delta under his command and night soon coming, Marcus went along with Dom's plan but Baird did not believed that he really had a plan. Marcus spilt up at a fork in the road and soon battled two Bombers. Inside the building they find a Corpser and some drones, Delta was able to kill the two Drones but the Corpser followed Delta around the city, while they fight their way out of the building and taking several fortified positions. After taking a Locust hard point and hitting a lock door, Dom told Delta that he knows a Stranded that have a Junker that could drive them too Lethia Imulsion Facility. With a new goal Marcus and Delta set out for the Stranded outpost, battling their way on a bridge and taking out a Drone on a Troika. Delta successfully reached the Stranded outpost, but did not meet a warm welcome from the Stranded, with some members hiding from the Gears while others openly taunt them.
The Gears meet Franklin Tsoko, the de facto leader of the Stranded camp, Marcus gave the pass to Dom on how to deal with the Stranded and after a short conversation, the Stranded will give him his Junker but Cole and Baird have to stay behind in the camp in case any Locust attacked them. Leaving with the information that the Junker was at Aspho Gas Station, Franklin told them they have to go to Checkpoint One and Checkpoint Two to get too the gas station. Reaching the river, Marcus and Dom rode abroad a cable ferry across the river, but night finally reached and the Kryll attack the surface looking for any food. Marcus and Dom were able to get across the river but now had to stay in the light to avoid being killed by the Kryll. Marcus contacted Delta-Two and ordered Baird to eat any food the Stranded gave him and told Cole and Baird to get ready for anything. Reaching checkpoint one, Marcus was told to stop and the Stranded would approach them, but their overhead light busted and the Kryll killed them. Dom contacted Franklin and told them that the Stranded at the checkpoint one where dead, Franklin began organization the settlement defense. Marcus and Dom bypass checkpoint one and reached a street where a Locust E-hole opened behind cover and forcing Marcus and Dom to engaged in a firefight, Marcus ordered Dom to shoot any Propane Tanks they encounter while Dom told him that the Stranded lived off the tanks, but Marcus told him its either them or the Locust. Engaging in several more firefights with the Locust and destroying more propane tanks, Delta was finally able to make it too the second checkpoint, finding a drunk Stranded, Marcus ordered Jack to go with the Stranded to get the power on inside the building so they can pass safely across into the gas station. Marcus finding the building full of dead bodies and Wretches, Marcus and Dom was able to get out of the building. They found the gas station on a bottom of the hill and they push a burning car so they can pass safely to the gas station. Reaching Aspho station and Chaps, the owner of the gas station, Chaps scorned them for burning down half the neighborhood and alerting the Locust too his presences. Marcus asked him if the Junker is ready but Chaps figured they would never made it too him, so Marcus had to gassed the Junker but the Horde attacked them and Marcus and Dom, along with Chaps had to defend the station. Battling over a dozen of Drones and a boomer, Marcus and Dom, along with Chaps escaped the gas station before the Junker taking damage and ramming a Boomer which was still able to take out the gas station, destroying it can all the store fuel.
Now in the damage Junker and a power problem that can't let the Junker use the UV Turret and engine at the same time. Marcus would have to stop the Junker and used the turret, to kill any attacking Kryll. Marcus drove the Junker across the highway and into some streets frying any Kryll. Marcus was able to reached the Stranded settlement in time before being overrun, getting off the Junker Dom and Marcus regroup with Baird and Cole help the Stranded fight off the Locust while Chaps walked away drinking a beer.
At the walls of the settlement, Marcus and Delta battled dozens of Drones while more E-holes pop outside the settlement. Delta was able to kill all the attacking Locust outside the camp, but a massive E-hole open inside the settlement, but Marcus shot a massive gas tank and it fell on the Boomers inside the E-Hole and killing all of them, saving Delta and the Stranded. After the battle, Delta joined up inside the Junker and headed for the Imulsion factory.
Lethia Imulsion FacilityEdit
Delta reaching the gates of the Lethia Imulsion Facility, move into plant the Resonator inside the Hollows, which the factory would allowed them access too. When they enter the factory courtyards, they discover the Lambent Wretch, which had few reported sightings before. At the front door of the factory, they found it lock and too thick for JACK to rip it. Marcus ordered Cole and Baird to take the sewers while he and Dom tried to find another way in. After pasting a guard post, they encountered the Lambent Wretches and had to fight their way inside the factory. After finding the elevator to the second level of the factory and entering though a window, Marcus and Baird discovered how rundown the factory was since its abandonment and the Lambent wretches kept on stalking the two Gears while they tied reaching their objective. Marcus and Baird entered a room with no power and had Baird restored the power but to find that the wretches massacred a group of Stranded. Find the mauled bodies of some Stranded, Dom was visibly sickened, but they were unable to get pass the door without a key but found a Stranded hiding in another room hoping for rescue. Marcus had the Stranded lead them to the cart control room, the Stranded lead them to a room with dimensional lumber as the floor, the Stranded was the first to walk on the wooden planks but fell in and was killed by the Wrenches below. Marcus and Dom was able to safely though the room. Marcus and Dom eventually meet up with Baird and Cole and noted their smell from the sewers. With the squad at full strength, Delta headed out to the Cart control room and battled a large numbers of Wretches and Drones along with a Boomer, finally reaching the cart control room. Marcus ordered one Gear per cart, mostly because of how Baird and Cole smelled. Anya controlled the carts and to navigate them safely to the drilling zone and barley missed the furnace and a Boomer "checking for tickets". The squads finally reached the end of the rails and proceeded on foot. Finally reaching the elevator too the Hollows, four Bombers was waiting for them. Delta was able to kill them and entered the Hollow, some of the first Serans in years.
Inside the HollowEdit
After reaching the bottom of the lift, Marcus ordered Baird and Cole to stay back with the resonator while he and Dom tried to find a way to the objective point. Fighting several wretches and Drones, Marcus and Delta had to find a way to set off the resonator and get the data before the Kryll come back into the Hollows before dawn comes. Marcus and Dom was walking near a ridge when they fell down into a ravine and into a Locust ambush, after defeating the Drones, Marcus ordered Baird and Cole to go on without them, while Marcus and Dom would try to find them and the pump zone where they would set off the resonator. Marcus and Dom, battled their way thought the Hollow, trying to find their way back to Baird and Cole, but like before, they fell down into a ravine and had to start over. Unfortunately for Marcus and Dom, a Corpser was waiting for them near a Imulsion pit. Marcus and Dom battled the giant hollow creature and forced it onto a trap and shot all the clamps, which dumped the Corpser into the Imulsion, but was still alive and jumped out at one last ditch attack on Marcus who did not move an in wake inch of the hollow creature attack. After the duel with the Corpser, Baird and Cole arrived after the battle and joined up with Marcus and Dom. Now at full strength, Delta heads out for the pump room inside the Hollow. The squad headed to the pump room, spitting into two teams, Theron Guards where head whispering in the building, both Marcus and Dom never seen them before, but Baird know them by name. The Therons and the drones under their command attack them but Marcus and Delta was able to defeat them and place the Resonator. With the Resonator in place, Delta headed for the elevator and got to the surface before the resonator sent off a sonic blast that even hit the surface and knocking them down. But unfortunately the resonator did not map all of the Hollows, but Baird found a Geobot that contained data about the hollows, the data belonged to Marcus' father, Adam Fenix. Hoffman ordered Marcus to return home to get his father's data so they can map the Locust tunnels.
Delta flew to East Barricade Academy on KR Six-Four, with KR Two-Five and another Gear squad flying alongside. A group of Locust Nemacyst attacked their King Ravens, nearly taking out Six-Four, but Two-Five was hit and crash landed in the city below. KR Six-Four landed in a courtyard of the academy in that was full of Locust. After clearing the courtyard, Locust reinforcements arrived in the formed of two Boomers and Drones. Delta was able to beat back the Locust, and Marcus contacted control for the fastest way to get to the Fenix's Estate through the ruins.
Deploying the Lightmass bombEdit
After arriving at Tyro Station, Delta fought a large group of Locust as they waited for the Tyro Pillar to arrive. Only Marcus and Dom only made it onto the train, while Baird and Cole waited for pickup by a King Raven. The two Gears had to battle their way to the first cart where the Lightmass Bomb is located. Marcus and Dom had to defeat a group of Therons and Lancer armed Drones, after clearing the carts, the duo hit a locked door. While ordering JACK to rip the door, a Berserker jumped onto the end cart. Marcus contacted Control, and begged for Anya to use the Hammer of Dawn in the Berserker, but the Seeders Nemacysts had "inked" up the sky and prevented the Hammer of Dawn from being used. Without they're only weapon against the Berserker, Marcus had to use his wits to kill the Berserker. After killing the Berserker, Marcus and Dom moved into the train cars.
After the Lightmass OffensiveEdit
The Pirnah Badlands and Mission to MontevadoEdit
Several weeks after the Lightmass Offensive, Delta-One (including two new members; Jace Stratton and Gil Gonzalez) were sent to the Pirnah Badlands to search for and rescue missing Gears. The only survivor they found was Michael Barrick of Echo-Six. After recovering Barrick, Delta set off on the return to Jacinto. However, during the journey the squad picked up a distress signal, which turned out to be a Locust ambush. Although all enemy forces were destroyed, Gonzalez was fatally wounded. Despite this Marcus was able to get his squad back to Jacinto, and gave Gil a proper funeral. During down time in Jacinto, Fenix went to The Rusty Nail for rest, relaxation and to meet up with Anya, but ended up fighting (and beating) two men. After the week of leave was up, Fenix and the rest of Delta-One was sent to Montevado. Whilst flying over the Dorado Hills, they were shot down by Locust, but survived and managed to reach a Stranded camp outside of Montevado, appropriately named Fucked. Marcus and Delta-One had to neutralize a force of Locust raiders in order to protect the encampment, in what became known as the Battle for Fucked. Afterwards, Delta used a |Junker (that a stranded named Jonboy had promised them) to get to Montevado. During the journey they were attacked by a brumak, but were saved by the intervention of Sigma-One. Fenix and the rest of Delta made it to Montevado. Unfortunately, however, the Riftworm sank the city just after they had entered.
Operation Hollow StormEdit
Marcus Fenix and Dominic are at a hospital in Jacinto six months after the Lightmass bombing. He and Dom both clear out the hospital, and then meet up with Tai Kaliso and Benjamin Carmine, who he trains beforehand. After facing the Locust raid, Chairman Prescott orders dozens of Gears in the Coalition to assault Landown, a nearby location, and drill deep into the Locust's Inner Hollow. Marcus boards an Assault Derrick named "Betty" with the squad and an ex-Stranded soldier named Dizzy Wallin. Many Gears are lost on the trip due to an Aerial Assault, but Marcus and Delta Squad] reach Landown safely. As he boards the Grindlift, the drilling device, Skorge, the Kantus priest leader, leaps onto the Derrick and engages in a chainsaw duel with Tai and Dizzy. Tai instructs Dizzy to escape, and Marcus attempts to exit the lift to assist Tai, but the Grindlift launches too soon.
The two of them land in the Hollow and quickly engage Locust forces to save other Gears. The fate of Dizzy and Tai remains unknown, but Carmine is saved by Marcus as he is cornered by two emergence holes. They journey further underground, making a first-time engagement with the Locust Kantus Priests at what appears to be a locust stronghold and witness the movement of a gigantic Riftworm. The worm, large enough to swallow the foundations for which entire cities were built on, destroys the city of Ilima just as Marcus, Dom and Carmine exit the Hollow. They trek across the city, meeting up with Cole and rescuing Baird from Locust captivity. They board a Locust Prison Barge, and discover a brutally tortured Tai. Marcus arms him with a Gnasher Shotgun, not noticing/taking into account the countless scars and whip marks on him. Tai glances at the Shotgun, realizing his soul already left his body, then points it at his chin, and fires. At this point and further on, Dizzy is still MIA. The squad leaves the Beast Barge and order an extraction from Illima. Just as their King Raven picks them up, the Riftworm bursts out of the ground and swallows the helicopter whole. The fate of the pilot is unknown, but the squad wakes up inside the worm, finding that Carmine is missing. They battle parasitical Nemacites and find Carmine being mauled by one. He soon dies, and the remaining four chainsaw themselves out of the worm after disabling its three hearts. Marcus then calls for extraction.
A King Ravens drops Delta Squad a Centaur tank instead of an extraction, and they are instructed by Hoffman to drive to a nearby research facility, where Niles, an autonomous security system, warns them to stay away from the status tanks. Marcus and Dom extract data from the lab about the Locust queen, and accidentally awaken the Sires inside the tanks. They burst free, but Marcus and Dom make it out of the facility alive. Marcus and company then drive the Centaur atop Mount Kadar and into the highway to Nexus, the Locust stronghold. Chaps, a gas station owner, tells them the only way to Nexus is via the internal river location inside the mountain. Baird and Cole extract several human survivors to the surface, whilst the two others make their way to Nexus, boarding a Locust gunboat and slaying a Locust Leviathan Fish.
They both make it to the entrance, as Dom expresses his desperation for his missing wife, Maria. Marcus is reluctant to follow him on the search, but gives in. They find Maria, who is bruised up and battered, similar to Tai, and realizing that she will never function again, Dom kills her so she won't have to suffer a slow death. They enter Nexus, a complex network of structures deep underground, inside an immensely gigantic cavern, above a seemingly infinite sea of Imulsion below. They fight to a location where summoning COG reinforcements would be probable. The beacon is activated, and the assault on Nexus begins. Baird and Cole reunite with Marcus and Dom, so the four of them enter the Locust palace and face the queen] She escapes, and Baird and Cole give chase. Myrrah instructs Skorge to kill Marcus and Dom before leaving, so a rageful fight ensues. Skorge is beaten, and boards his mutated Reaver mount, the Hydra, and lifts off. Delta hops on two Reavers to flee and are pursuied by Skorge.
Aboard the Reavers, Delta flies to Jacinto. After Dom and Marcus encounter the High Kantus's mount, they dogfight with him in a drawn-out chase and eventually (presumably) kill Skorge. They assist in the COG defense against a massive Locust raid, and Colonel Victor Hoffman orders Marcus and Dom to clear out the underground space beneath Jacinto to allow a Lightmass Bombing; doing so would flood the Hollow, which the COG believes would kill the Locust Horde. Marcus and Dom make their way down, hijacking a Brumak, and wreaking havoc with it in the process. The Brumak is infected with Imulsion after having to step in it clear out the aforementioned underground space, and turns into an explosive, Lambent Brumak. The Brumak hits the raven carrying the bomb, and it is lost. Marcus then realizes that a Lambent Brumak is the same as a Lambent Wretch, except on a gargantuan scale. Baird confirms this, and Marcus then destroys the Brumak, causing an enormous explosion which ultimately ends up flooding the Hollow, making Operation Hollow Storm a success.
In the hours after the sinking of Jacinto, only 60% of the city's population survived. Marcus was evacuated along with the remaining population. Bernie, who was left behind in Jacinto, was able to signal Marcus and was rescued. The remnant of the COG began to make their way to Port Farrall. At the new settlement, Delta was put on crowd control and they spent much of their time trying to keep the citizens under control. Though they believed that the war was over, they soon saw the truth. After an attack by a battalion of Locusts, a Corpser and other stragglers around the port, the true enemy began settle in; winter. At first, the abandoned port city lacked of resources and shelters, though after almost a week, engineers of the COG Army started to rehabilitate potential buildings for sheltering. After scouting the area, Marcus along Delta Squad, found a underground tunnel complex, which they explored and found ammunition and rations. This underground warehouse came into attack by a pack of wild dogs, during the animal raid, Bernadette Mataki was bitten in the leg, but was treated right away by medics, Marcus comments on how even animal are struggling to survive. Though Marcus was struggling with his personal feelings with Anya, she revealed that she shares Marcus' attraction. When the GOG disbanded, most of humanity split up.
When Hellcat Squadran Investigated the planet, he and the rest of Delta was found by Zeta Wing onboard the CNV Sovereign. Due to so few survivors, Hellcat Squadran was able to evacuate the entire planet's human inhabitants. The COG reformed under Vicor Hoffman, Miran Trescu, and Quentin Michaelson, Marcus was made leader of the Gears.
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