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The Assault on Franklin's Outpost was an attack on the Stranded outpost led by Franklin Tsoko in the ruins of Ephyra by the Locust Horde during the Lightmass Offensive.


While the Locust had occupied most of Ephyra, their presence had been stirred by the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army during the Lightmass Offensive. Alpha-One and Delta-One were tasked with transporting the Sonic Resonator to the Lethia Imulsion Facility in order to map the Locust tunnels in the Hollow so that the Lightmass Bomb could hit the heart of the Hollow with the most precision. However, the Locust met with them in Ephyra and resulted in many causalities. It then became a reality that Delta-One, led by Sgt. Marcus Fenix, would not be able to arrive at the Lethia Imulsion Facility before sundown, and would be threatened by the swarms of Kryll at night.

Cpl. Dominic Santiago then advised that they procure a Junker from a nearby Stranded leader named Franklin Tsoko, who was employed by Cpl. Santiago to help search for his missing wife, Maria Santiago. The Junker was an APC fitted with Ultra-Violet Turrets to defend against the Kryll during the drive in the night. Upon arriving to Franklin's outpost, Cpl. Santiago met with Franklin and obtained the keys to the Junker, but it still had to be acquired and filled at Aspho Gas Station, owned by Chaps. In addition, Tsoko demanded that Cpl. Santiago's squad mates Pvt. Augustus Cole and Cpl. Damon Baird stay with Tsoko and protect the camp until Cpl. Santiago would return.

Order of Battle[]

The Locust began attacking the outpost's checkpoints not long after this, causing Franklin to assume that they were planning to attack the outpost as well. He ordered his militia forces to begin preparing for an attack and warned Cpl. Santiago and Sgt. Fenix to hurry in getting back with the vehicle. Checkpoint One was lost to the Kryll and Franklin ordered his men to check the lights around the outpost. He and his men began bringing their heavy weaponry out in anticipation of a large assault.[1] Pvt. Cole then messaged Sgt. Fenix that the Stranded began to arm themselves and barricade the camp, and he feared that a large Locust assault was underway.

Lt. Anya Stroud then alerted a massive Locust army approaching the Stranded camp, urging Cpl. Santiago and Sgt. Fenix to quickly find the Junker and return to the outpost. Cpl. Santiago and Sgt. Fenix eventually met with Chaps at the Aspho Gas Station and fueled the Junker. However, when attempting to contact Franklin's outpost and Pvt. Cole - the line went dead, as the attack on the outpost had just begun, as confirmed by Lt. Stroud. Locust once again attacked Cpl. Santiago and Sgt. Fenix, but the two and Chaps managed to escape the area just as gas station exploded from the attack. As Pvt. Cole and Cpl. Baird assisted Tsoko and his camp from the Locust, Cpl. Santiago and Sgt. Fenix used the Junker's UV turret to destroy the nearby swarms of Kryll that threatened the camp. After doing so, the three returned to Franklin's outpost and joined the defense against the Locust.

Sgt. Fenix and Cpl. Santiago arrive to assist Delta-Two and the Outpost.

The majority of the defense was fought along the perimeter wall, as numerous Emergence Holes appeared in front of the outpost. After destroying the Emergence Holes and killing the ground forces, the Locust were attacking from various high-rise buildings. Sgt. Fenix noticed weaknesses in two of the major areas. In the high-rise across the perimeter wall was a cement ceiling that was barely being held up by a load-bearing wall. Sgt. Fenix shot at the load-bearing wall and was able to collapse the entire floor onto the stationed Locust in the high-rise. Near the wall was a rooftop of a low-rise building that held more Locust troops. On the roof also was gas pipe running across it. At some point in the battle, the gas pipe was punctured and began leaking gas. Sgt. Fenix was able to shoot at the pipe and cause the rooftop to explode, killing all Drones.

Delta Squad evacuating the Outpost.

As the battle continued, a majority of the Stranded were killed. After the attack in front of the outpost, the Locust pushed one final time and opened a massive Emergence Hole behind the perimeter wall within the camp, unleashing four Boomers. The Boomers began to open fire upon the outpost. The explosions caused the outpost's massive Imulsion tank to dislodge and roll towards the propane storage. Sgt. Fenix noticed the large Imulsion tank leaking over the supply of Propane Tanks. Sgt. Fenix then shot at one of the propane tanks which, caused a chain reaction of explosions. The Imulsion tank then rolled off the propane tank storage and fell into the Emergence Hole, causing it to explode, collapse the Emergence Hole, and kill the Boomers. The surviving Stranded, such as Franklin Tsoko and Chaps, escaped the area. Meanwhile, Delta regrouped and boarded the Junker.


Cpl. Santiago driving the Junker.

The Locust were fought off, but many of the Stranded defenders died. Franklin and Chaps escaped alive, but with the loss of one of the Stranded's largest outposts, many Stranded fled underground to try and seek shelter.[2] Franklin and Chaps would also flee underground in the following months under the caves of Mount Kadar. Delta was reunited and are promised safe travels against the Kryll on their way to the Lethia Imulsion Facility which they were successful in reaching and deploying, but failed to acquire the desired tunnel date.


  1. Gears of War: Act 2: Nightfall: Lethal Dusk
  2. Gears of War 2

Locust War
0 A.E. Emergence Day (Emergence in Jannermont · Emergence in Mattino Junction · Emergence in Ilima · Emergence in Porta Ogari · Emergence in Ephyra · Fall of Gorasnaya · Evacuation of Mercy) · Battle of Nordesca · Battle of Kinnerlake · Destruction of Halvo Bay (Destruction of Old Town · Battle of the Museum of Military Glory · Siege of Halvo Bay Military Academy · Evacuation of Seahorse Hills · Battle of Elliott's Mansion · Raid on Onyx Point · Bombing of Downtown Halvo Bay · Ambush on the Halvo Bay Courthouse · Battle of the Plaza)
1 A.E. Battle of Kaia (Battle of Jasper · Battle of Autrin) · Battle of Bonbourg · Second Battle of Jannermont · Fall of Ostri · Battle of Andius · Ambush on Voslov Bridge · Hammer of Dawn Strikes · Assassination of Ukkon (Mission to CIC Aldair · Rescue of Echo-Five · Assault on Industrial District · Mission to Claybourne · Rescue of Alpha-Two · Mission to Nedroma Health Institute · Battle of Imtik Imulsion Rig · Mission to Winlock Outpost · Mission to the Badlands · Mission to Zenic Province · Battle of Ukkon's Laboratory) · Battle of Oblivion · Skirmish in the Live Zone
5 A.E. Fall of Landown
9 A.E. Battle of Noroa · Riverside Skirmish · Evacuation of Ilima (Ambush on Checkpoint Zeta · Assault on Ilima Savings and Trust · Mission to Ilima High School · Battle of Downtown Ilima · Battle of Dr. Wisen's Orphanage)
10 A.E. Battle of Estana · Skirmish at Shenko Falls · Fall of Ephyra
11 A.E. Skirmish Outside the Wire
12 A.E. Raid on Ginnet Drive · Incursions at Endeavor
13 A.E. Battle on the Andius Highway · West Barricade Campaign · Raid on the CIC
14 A.E. Operation: Midnight · Jilane Massacre · Siege of the Slab · Lightmass Offensive (Battle of Embry Square · Mission to House of Sovereigns · Ambush at Tomb of the Unknowns · Mission to Old Ephyra · Assault on Franklin's Outpost · Mission to Lethia Imulsion Facility · Mission to East Barricade Academy · Battle of Haldane Hall · Mission to Timgad · Battle on the Tyro Pillar) · Ambush at Sovereigns Boulevard · Evacuation of North Gate · Mission to Tollen · Battle of the Tollen Dam · Evacuation of Speyer · Evacuation of Fort Reval · Battle Outside of Jacinto · Mission to the Pirnah Badlands · Battle for Fucked · Mission to Montevado · Battle Near Jacinto · Unidentified M.O.U.T. Battle · Liberation of Jilane · Siege of Jacinto City · Operation: Hollow Storm (Battle of Stromson Forest · Assault on Landown · Assault on the Inner Hollow · Battle of Ilima · Destruction of the Riftworm · Mission to New Hope Research Facility · Assault on Mount Kadar · Siege of Nexus · Battle of the Royal Palace · Sinking of Jacinto City) · First Mission to Merrenat Naval Base · Skirmish South of Port Farrall · Second Mission to Merrenat Naval Base · Battle of Port Farrall · Ambush Outside of Port Farrall
15 A.E. Skirmish in the Kashkur Foothills
17 A.E. Skirmish at Endeavor · Siege of Azura · Victory Day (Attack on the Sovereign · Battle of Centennial Bridge · Ambush on Hanover Coast · Battle of the Deadlands · Battle of the Anvegad Plains · Battle of Anvil Gate · Mission to Halvo Bay · Skirmish in Concord · Mission to Mercy · Mission to Char · Battle of Endeavor · Incursions in the Serano Ocean · Battle of Azura)