The Attack on the CNV Sovereign was an assault by Lambent creatures in 17 A.E. Polyps, Lambent Drones, and Drudges boarded the vessel while it was near the shore of Southern Tyrus to support elements of Delta-One during the Mission to Hanover. The battle ended when a Lambent Leviathan attacked the Sovereign and exploded, causing what remained of the vessel to crash on the beaches near Hanover. Most of the crew survived the attack, but were scattered and lost many vital supplies.

Order of BattleEdit

Initial AssaultEdit

"Sovereign to all KR Units off-ship. We are under heavy Lambent attack. The ship has been boarded, and we require support. I say again-we are under attack and require immediate assistance."
Anya Stroud asking for assistance during the attack.

Shortly after KR Zero-One began approaching the CNV Sovereign and requested permission to land, several Polyps boarded the ship and began attacking the crew. Nash was killed outside of the galley, which Delta-One defended with the help of Mike and Oscar as Lt.Donneld Mathieson organized the counterattack. While Mike and Oscar secured the galley, Delta-One went up to the deck to help secure it to allow KR Zero-One to land. The Gears encountered Drudges for the first time, but managed to overcome their shock and kill them. KR Zero-One then landed, allowing Chairman Richard Prescott and his Onyx Guard bodyguards Rivera and Lowe to board. They went to meet Cpt.Quentin Michaelson while Delta-One continued to defend the deck along with Keith. More stalks assaulted the ship, dropping off more Lambent creatures. As Delta-One worked to secure the deck with Paul, Prescott called for assistance when Michaelson's office came under attack and the captain was wounded. Delta-One fought their way to Michaelson's office, but arrived too late to save him, Rivera, and Lowe. Prescott was wounded in the attack and informed Delta-One that the hanger deck was under attack. Delta-One went to secure the hanger deck so the King Ravens could take off and join the battle while Prescott stayed in the office due to his wound.[1]

Securing the HangerEdit

"Its been pretty hairy down here Fenix. We've lost a lot of men. And we still got two Ravens waiting to take off."
—Jerry to Marcus, during the Lambent attack on the Sovereign

Two Ravens were still waiting to launch from the hanger, but the ships defenders had been forced to fall back from the hanger after tacking heavy casualties, including the deck chief. The pilot of KR Zero-Three contacted Delta-One and asked for assistance in getting out of the hanger, and reported that his crew had been killed in the attack. Delta-One promised to get there soon and began fighting through the ship towards the hanger. Polyps began using the pipes to travel around the ship, bursting out and ambushing Gears across the ship. After clearing the mess hall, Delta-One entered a storage room next to the hanger, where they joined up with Jerry, Eli, and Amy to secure the hanger deck. After securing the control room, Sgt.Marcus Fenix activated the lift to allow KR Zero-One to take off. Delta-One then headed to assist KR Zero-Three, who was pinned down by Lambent Drones. As they headed to get on board the Raven after killing the Lambent, a Lambent Leviathan attacked the ship, using a tentacle to grab the Raven out of the hanger and drag it outside, destroying it and killing the pilot. After finishing off the remaining Lambent in the hanger, Delta-One activated the lift controls in bay three to reach the deck and confront the Lambent Leviathan.[2]

Leviathan AssaultEdit

By this point, much of the ship was on fire, and Mathieson gave the order for all non-essential personnel to evacuate the ship immediately. Delta-One attempted to help stop the spread of the fires by activating the irrigation pumps, but were stalled by Lambent creatures attacking them. They managed to activate two pumps, but the Lambent Leviathan attacked them and ripped part of the deck apart, sending them falling into the engineering section. Delta-One was then contacted by Pvt.Augustus Cole, who was leading the mission in Hanover. Marcus ordered him and Cpl.Damon Baird to find some way to kill the Leviathan, and they began heading back up towards the deck. By this point, all the lifeboats had been safely launched and were reaching safety on the shores near Hanover. The Leviathan smashed through more decks and released polyps throughout the ship. Delta-One managed to reach the deck again and confronted the Leviathan using Silverbacks, wounding it severely. As the CNV Sovereign passed under the Centennial Bridge, Cole and his squad dropped Tickers onto the Leviathan, causing it to explode.[2]


The explosion tore what remained of the CNV Sovereign in half, and if washed up on shore near the lifeboats. Prescott was further wounded in the explosion, and passed away from his wounds after passing along vital information about Azura to Marcus. After a Locust force was stopped from attacking the survivors, Lt.Anya Stroud coordinated the supply recovery efforts and treatment of the wounded while Marcus led part of Delta-One through the Deadlands towards Anvil Gate. After the situation of the survivors of the CNV Sovereign was secured, Anya led a convoy of Gears to follow them in some of the surviving vehicles.[3]



  1. Gears of War 3: Anchored
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gears of War 3: Abandon Ship
  3. Gears of War 3: Shipwreck
Battles of the Lambent Pandemic
14 A.E. Sinking of the Harvest
15 A.E. Sinking of the Nezark · Sinking of the Levanto · Sinking of the Coral Star · Skirmish on the CNV Clement · Battle of the Emerald Spar Platform · First Battle of New Jacinto · Battle of Pelruan · Battle of Grid Echo-Five · Battle of the Vectes Imulsion Field · Battle of Edlar Farm · Second Battle of New Jacinto · Emergence on the Southwest Coast of Vectes · Vectes Imulsion Field Incident · Meadow Skirmish · Stalk Emergence at the Reservoir · Third Battle of New Jacinto · Flooding of Pelruan · Battle of Gerrenhalt
17 A.E. Victory Day (Mission to Hanover · Battle of Cougars Stadium · Attack on the Sovereign · Battle of Centennial Bridge · Battle of Anvil Gate · Mission to Halvo Bay · Mission to Mercy · Mission to Char · Second Battle of Anvil Gate · Second Battle of Azura · Battle of Pinnacle Tower)
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