- “I have the gun. Good luck, sir.”— SPARTAN-B312
- “Good luck to you, Spartan.”— Captain Keyes
- “The ship-breaking yard in Azsod. The only off-planet extraction point left on this continent. Small scale air attacks have decimated many convoys en route. An armada of Covenant cruisers have hastened to side as well. UNSC cruiser, Pillar of Autumn is waiting for your arrival.”
As the UNSC lost control of their military operation, the Covenant Fleet of Particular Justice began to glass the planet. With the ship-breaking yards of Aszod being among the few places left unmolested by Covenant plasma bombardment, remaining UNSC land and air forces in the region pulled back to this sector. Because of this retreat, Aszod became the last possible place to leave the planet across Eposz.
Noble Team's Last PushEdit
On August 30, the three remaining members of Noble Team, SPARTAN-B312, Emile-A239, and Carter-A259, had finally arrived in the region via Pelican. Following Banshees had critically injured Carter and forced Emile and B312 to jump from the dropship, some distance away from the Autumn.
Emile and B312 were actually dropped behind enemy lines. They encountered all sorts of resistance and eventually caught up to the advancing Scarabs. One of these would corner and threaten the duo. However, Carter would sacrifice himself by ramming the Pelican into it, destroying the walker.
The last two SPARTANs reached the scrapping yard of the UNSC Commonwealth. UNSC Marines had pushed up from the Autumn but were cut off. With the help of the two SPARTANs they secured the area and fell back to the ship.
The Marines and two SPARTANs held off the Covenant before giving Captain Jacob Keyes the package. Several Sangheili stormed Emile's position at a mass driver and killed him. Seeing an incoming CCS-class battlecruiser, B312 chose to stay behind and man the mass driver. Shooting out the energy projector, B312 managed to save the Autumn and let it take off.
Pockets of UNSC resistance existed all across Aszod but numbers were dwindling. After the Autumn's successful escape, SPARTAN-B312 was left to fend for himself in a now Covenant occupied Aszod. The SPARTAN managed to hold off the Covenant forces for some time, but was ultimately overwhelmed by Sangheili warriors and slain by a Sangheili Zealot.
The Autumn, one of the few ships to survive the Fall of Reach, would arrive at Installation 04 three weeks later, pursued by a portion of the Fleet of Particular Justice, igniting the Battle of Installation 04.
|Halcyon-class light cruiser||UNSC Pillar of Autumn||Survived|
|UNSC Navy||Captain||Jacob Keyes||Survived|