A team to be reckoned with
Noble Team is a powerful team, controlled by Colonel Urban Holland (Noble Actual) and last led by SPARTAN-III CDR Carter-A259 (Noble One). Since its inception, Noble Team has been in many battles, most of which were suicide missions, which left only Carter and LCDR Catherine-B320 (Noble Two) of the original team.
By their introduction in Halo: Reach, Noble Team consisted of Carter-A259, Catherine-B320, Jun-A266 (Noble Three), Emile-A239 (Noble Four), Jorge-052 (Noble Five) and the protagonist SPARTAN-B312 (Noble Six). Together, they fought in the Battle of Reach in 2552 and managed to secure an important package which would later turn the tide of the Human-Covenant war. But before they were able to deliver this package they had to fight through many Covenant forces.
One of the major battles Noble fought on Reach was the Battle of Viery in which Noble Team desperately tried to deny a Covenant foothold on Reach. The Covenant had tried to secure a massive landing zone by deploying many spires, but their true nature was still unknown to the UNSC. When deployed, these spires would envelop the surrounding area in a shield that is resistant to conventional weapons, and is capable of disabling any enemy vehicles that pass through it. The Spire was later deactivated by Noble Six and destroyed by the heavy frigate UNSC Grafton. Thinking they had won, the Grafton was then destroyed by the sudden appearance of a CSO-class supercarrier which had been cloaked by the spire. The Battle of Viery ended with the narrow escape of Noble Team and the destruction of the Grafton and one Spire.
Teamwork and Sacrifices
Noble Team then set their sights on destroying the now identified Long Night of Solace by sub-orbital means. During Operation: UPPER CUT; an operation designed to destroy the ship, UNSC EVA teams transported a Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine onto a SDV-class heavy corvette called the Ardent Prayer that was on a refuelling run with the supercarrier. Jorge-052 then sacrificed himself to activate the slipspace manually, believing he had saved Reach from Covenant invasion. The unrestricted slipspace rift teleported the middle half of the hull into atomized bits, destroying the Long Night of Solace. The remains of Long Night of Solace then crashed in a mountain range on the surface of Reach just as the main wave of ships from the Fleet of Particular Justice jumped out of slipspace over the planet.
On a large scale, this victory was of no consequence, as it would not halt the Covenant armada which was approaching. The entire fleet of Covenant ships was detected on "slipspace radar", but it was too massive to be considered viable; they simply thought it was some error on the scanners.
Having returned to solid ground, Noble Team received information about an impending attack on the city of New Alexandria. The city was enveloped in many Covenant aerial forces, which had placed comm jammers to keep any survivors from mounting any kind of offensive. It was up to Noble Six to locate and destroy these jammers in spite of the now overwhelming Covenant air superiority. He managed to destroy all three jammers, and restore communications with the outside, and helped in the evacuation of ONI HQ on Reach. As Noble Team fled to a fallout bunker, a Phantom flew overhead and a Sangheili fired at Kat. The round went straight through her helmet, killing her instantly. Noble Six quickly caught her and dragged her body in the bunker while the rest of Noble team quickly returned fire.
Evacuation and a Lone Wolf
It was time to leave the planet, the Covenant was too strong and defeat was unavoidable. But they could not simply leave, they had to secure any and all data which could be used by the Covenant. Noble Team's top priority became the transfer from an important package from Dr. Halsey to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. By piloting a Pelican, Carter intended to bring the Package quickly to the docked Autumn, but were attacked by some Covenant Banshees. Heavily wounded, Carter managed to keep the Pelican in the air so that Emile and Noble Six could safely jump from the dropship and distracted the Banshees. In a last attempt to save them, Carter sacrificed himself by plunging the Pelican in a Scarab which was about to fire on Emile and Six. Emile and Six finally managed to get to Autumn's drydock, they were instructed by Captain Keyes to free the air from Covenant forces and thus Emile entered the nearby Mass Driver.
After the sky was cleared, Captain Keyes arrived in his Pelican to take possession of the package. While the trade-off was taking place however, a Phantom drops a group of Sangheili Zealots who attacked Emile. Emile shoots and kills one Elite with his shotgun and challenges the other Zealots, but then a Sangheili in active camouflage managed to grab and impale him with an Energy Sword from behind. Emile unsheathed his kukri and kills the Sangheili. Emile's death left the mass driver unmanned, and the Pillar of Autumn was rendered vulnerable to the Covenant attack. Noble Six decided to remain behind and commandeer the mass driver and ensure the Autumn's safe passage into space. Meeting much resistance, Noble Six defeated the Covenant forces and took the seat in the Mass Driver. Here he managed to destroy many Phantoms and Sangheili and eventually even the battlecruiser in orbit, which was blocking the Autumn's path; the Autumn immediately launched.
At last, the Covenant had disabled the last of Reach's defenses, and proceeded to glass the remainder of the planet. Six was among the last surviving UNSC soldiers left fighting the Covenant forces on the ground. In an incredible display of heroism, he held off an entire army of Covenant single-handedly, including Wraith tanks and air support. Eventually succumbing to the Covenant ground forces, his cracked helmet laid there in the sand for many years, even after the partial glassing of Reach and its eventual terraforming.
Noble Team would never experience the peace they had fought for, but their sacrifice was not forgotten. Not only did Dr. Halsey honour Noble Six in her eulogy, the UNSC also modelled a new armour configuration after Carter's own armour.
It didn't take long for Reach to fall: our enemy was ruthless. Efficient. But they weren't nearly fast enough. For you had already passed the torch. And because of you, we found Halo, unlocked its secrets, shattered our enemy's resolve. Our victory — your victory — was so close, I wish you could have lived to see it. But you belong to Reach. Your body, your armor — all burned and turned to glass. Everything… except your courage. That, you gave to us. And with it, we can rebuild.