|Lord Terrence Hood|
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- “We will take our city back. And drive our enemy into the grave they've been so happily digging.”—Lord Terrence Hood, to UNSC Marines just before the Battle of Voi.
Before the Battle of EarthEdit
Hood was a decorated UNSCDF combat veteran and a British noble as the Human-Covenant war neared its end. SPARTAN-IIs saved his life twice and he generally defended the program against its detractors. Hood met John-117 prior to the Fall of Reach.
He had been promoted to Fleet Admiral and taken a prominent seat on the UNSC Security Committee by September 4, 2552. In the aftermath of the Fall of Reach, Hood received Lieutenant Wagner's report on the Fall of Reach in front of the Committee. The admiral was interested in the fate of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn and its SPARTAN-IIs, and was dismayed to find most of the supersoldiers had been expended during the battle. Hood also considered Wagner's petition to authorize a mission to search for survivors on Reach.
Battle of EarthEdit
- Main article: Battle of Earth
In October 2552, Hood presided over an awards ceremony aboard Cairo Station recognizing the participants of the Battle of Installation 04. Captain Jacob Keyes and Sergeant Major Avery Johnson were awarded the Colonial Cross; Commander Miranda Keyes received her father's posthumous award.
The ceremony was interrupted by the attack on Earth by the Prophet of Regret's Covenant fleet. The Admiral ordered John-117 to defend Cairo from enemy boarders and assumed command of the defense from the station.
On November 3, 2552, Doctor Catherine Halsey sent a request to Admiral Hood requesting Spartan support on Onyx. The Admiral obliged; he authorized SPARTAN-II Blue Team, consisting of Frederic-104, Linda-058, and William-043, to assist.
Late Battle of EarthEdit
- “Master Chief, you mind telling me what you're doing on that ship?”—Lord Hood discovers John's return to Earth
- “Sir... finishing this fight.”—John-117
Hood was commanding from a damaged Orbital Defense Platform when John-117 arrived in the Sol System aboard a Covenant-controlled Forerunner Dreadnought. The Spartan established a communication link with the Admiral indicating he was aboard the alien ship.
John-117 was not the only returnee from Installation 05. Commander Keyes and Sergeant Johnson preceded him. Hood gave Johnson permission to interrogate a rebel Engineer. The engineer had been extracted several weeks earlier from New Mombasa by Captain Dare's Helljumper squad. The UNSC was interested in what the Covenant were looking for.
The battle left the Admiral with few ships. By now it was obvious the Covenant were excavating something near New Mombasa. Commander Keyes proposed a daring offensive to destroy the grounded Forerunner ship; Hood gave his approval only after John-117 was recovered. Once the Spartan and Thel 'Vadam disabled local enemy air defenses, Hood led a squadron of frigates from UNSC Forward Unto Dawn and Longsword fighters in a low altitude strike on the dreadnought. The attack failed and the Covenant left through a Slipspace portal to Installation 00.
Battle of the ArkEdit
The departure of the Covenant was followed by a Flood attack. It was repelled with the aid of Covenant Separatists, and a message from Cortana was retrieved. The AI claimed a solution to the Flood could be found on Installation 00. Hood met with Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum aboard the Separatist Assault Carrier Shadow of Intent. The two disagreed on strategy. The Admiral was not confident of the AI's advice given its damaged state and was prepared to fight a conventional battle against the Flood. The Ship Master saw this guaranteed suicide as foolish and opted to lead an expedition through the portal to find Cortana's solution. John-117 and Commander Keyes agreed with the Ship Master, and convinced a weary Hood to spare ships and troops to accompany the Separatists. Hood remained on Earth as the combined task force departed.
At the end of the war, he conducted the memorial service near the city of Voi, Kenya and the Portal. While he could not forgive the Sangheili for their part in the war, he thanked Thel 'Vadam for helping John-117 and the UNSC and expressed his sorrow at John-117's apparent "death", saying "it's hard to believe he's dead," to which Thel agreed (also assuming John had died).
Lord Hood facilitated an official peace treaty with the Sangheili through Thel 'Vadam. Thel 'Vadam was invited to the Hillside Memorial. Later during the Sangheili Civil War he offered the Arbiter assistance from the UNSC Infinity on a "Thursday War" after being convinced by Admiral Margaret Parangosky.
- His Command Neural Interface port is clearly visible at the back of his head.
- Hood was voiced by Hollywood actor Ron Perlman in Halo 2 and in Halo 3. His appearance is closely based on Perlman's.
- Lord Hood's name is most likely based upon Admiral Hood who fought Napoleon at the Battle of Toulon.
- Lord Hood is the highest ranking UNSC officer shown in the entire Halo Trilogy.
- Lord Hood's military decorations are (from top left) the Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Service Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy "E" Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Rifle Marksman Ribbon, the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. It is odd that he wears his high-ranking medals below the lesser non-medal ribbons, although UNSC uniform regulations in 2552 are probably different from those in the present-day military.
- In Halo: First Strike and the Halo Legends episode Origins, Hood has grey hair. Yet in Halo 3, he is clearly shown to be bald. Though it is possible he shaved his head between events or he was wearing a wig.
- Strangely, though Lord Hood is a Fleet Admiral, which would be shown by five stars, his shoulderboards only show four stars, which suggests the rank of Admiral. It is unknown if this is a personal preference or if the ranking insignias have been significantly changed by 2552.
- He is known as "Shipmaster of Shipmasters" among the Sangheili.
List of appearancesEdit
- Halo 2
- Halo 3
- Halo 3: ODST (Mentioned only)
- Halo: First Strike (First appearance)
- Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
- Halo Legends
- Halo: Glasslands
- Halo: The Thursday War