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Tobias Foucault

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“We're at war Commander, Reach has fallen, our backs are against the wall, extreme measures are necessary to ensure our survival. ”
“Is that all we're fighting for now? Survival...”

Commander Tobias Foucault was the Captain of the UNSC Red Horse some time after the Battle of Installation 04.


Mission to SoellEdit

In October 2552, he was assigned to a top-secret recon mission in Installation 04's debris field in the Soell system. The initial mission objectives were to "jump to coordinates classified higher than top secret, retrieve samples of an alien artifact for study, conduct basic recon, expect Covenant trouble." As soon as the crew found a lifepod with a survivor from the Mona Lisa, Foucault was shown the expanded orders: "Assess the status of the Mona Lisa, and if compromised beyond retrieval, destroy."[1] Throughout the mission, he was aware that he didn't know everything that was going on with the situation around the Installation 04 debris field, and later, the situation of the squad aboard the Mona Lisa and why the Red Horse was brought here. He knew the recently transferred "Smart" A.I. Rebecca knew more, but was unwilling to share as per her orders.

As the mission progressed and it was evident that his squad on the Mona Lisa could be in harm's way, he was reluctant to follow Rebecca's suggestions to make their orders priority as he tried to find out what was happening and help his squad. In the face of unknowns, with the in-the-know A.I. making some strong suggestions, he was determined to not abandon his men and fire at the Flood-infested Mona Lisa. After Rebecca finally revealed the Flood threat, Foucault became shaky in his resolve, unsure about what actions he should take. He finally told Lopez (who was on the Mona Lisa) that the ship had to be destroyed, and the crew on the Mona Lisa had 8–10 minutes to evacuate.

Personality and TraitsEdit

Before his promotion to Commander, Foucault was described as a robust man. At the time of the story "The Mona Lisa," however, he is described as looking "haggard and thin and prematurely aging."[2] Commander Foucault was a cautious man who used extreme tactics when it had seemed the only option for his continued survival. It had made him a hero and given him his command, but he didn't feel like a hero.[3] At times Foucault dislikes his command, wishing he were a private and in a firefight rather than making overarching high-level and distant decisions.[4]


Sources Edit

  1. Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Mona Lisa, pages 237-238
  2. Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Mona Lisa, page 232
  3. Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Mona Lisa, page 237
  4. Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Mona Lisa, page 298

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