- "Azura was a bunker for the COG's elite, so they could hide until the war was over. The LAST war..."
- —Sgt. Marcus Fenix explaining Azura's purpose.
Azura is an island on Sera, located in the southern Serano Ocean. Built during the mid-Pendulum Wars, it was designed as a bunker for the COG's elite in case of a global holocaust. The island was suitable to be self-sustainable and mount a massive defensive effort. The bunker was fitted to be an island resort for the wealthiest and most elite of the Coalition. Azura was later used as a research facility. Among the research there was finding a cure for Rustlung and Lambency, creating weapons of mass destruction such as the Hammer of Dawn, and preparation of rebuilding civilization should the world fall into global annihilation. The final battles of the Locust War and Lambent Pandemic took place on Azura, as Professor Adam Fenix was successful in activating the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon - a targeted radiation device aimed at killing Imulsion. Azura was later abandoned and used as a massive burial site for the crystallized Locust bodies.
- "And this bloody facility's been here all these years."
"With all the scientists. No wonder they disappeared. We thought they'd been killed."
- —Pvt. Samantha Byrne and Lt. Anya Stroud discussing the purpose of Azura and its relation with the missing scientists all over Sera
When Imulsion was discovered as a fuel source in 79 B.E., a global conflict was created in an effort to retain political and economic power over regions that held Imulsion. The Coalition of Ordered Governments, being the supreme power in the war, had government officials fearing the war will cause a global holocaust. If the events were to come so, the great minds and leaders of Sera would be housed together and rebuild humanity.
In the early years of the war, the COG issued the construction of a resort bunker on Azura Island in the middle of the Serano Ocean. The island was chosen for its capacity to support a massive defensive effort. The bunker was fitted to be an island resort hotel, giving total peace to the minds of Azura. And until 17 A.E. Azura remained confidential.
Sometime after the Pendulum Wars began, the COG began to kidnap scientists for study in the possible cure for Imulsion, for the research they would conduct outside of Azura would cause a leak of the information regarding the Imulsion parasite. This led to public speculation as to where the scientists have gone, and several tabloids were correct on the fact that a secret island is holding these missing few. Some, however, were volunteers. Between the New Hope Research Facility and Azura, Niles Samson was a common visitor. This research would continue on until the end of the Lambent Pandemic in 17 A.E.
For obvious reasons, the research was not met with results by the end of the Pendulum Wars as a Lambent threat was occurring in the Inner Hollows which forced the Locust Horde, inhabitants of the Hollow, out from underground and emerging on the surface.
Mutiny at OZP-11
During the Mutiny at OZP-11, COG forces were alerted to the threat posed by rebelling UIR forces attempting to launch their own Hammer of Dawn satellite network. In response, the COG fired a Lightmass Missile from Azura to successfully put down the rebellion.
Evacuating the COG's Elite
After the Locust emerged six weeks after the end of the Pendulum Wars, Chairman Tomas Dalyell did not stop evacuating key scientists and political leaders to Azura, now more for their safety rather than research. After the death of Dalyell, Richard Prescott took position as Chairmen and was given A2897, a disk which contained the layout, maps, and route to and of Azura Island. Prescott was an avid visitor, but spent most of his time on the mainland with the remaining Human race. He continued to evacuate key figures of Sera just as Dalyell and others did before him. Like before, he would use cover stories that expressed those kidnapped were actually killed or died.
In fear of Azura being compromised by Locust or Human, Prescott had Adam Fenix build an Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System or a "Maelstrom Barrier." This device would create an artificial hurricane storm around Azura island to make it impassable for sea and air transport. Submersive transportation or strong-altitude vehicles were used as transport. Though Adam Fenix was successful, he was not informed about Azura or what purpose the Maelstrom device would be used for.
When Adam Fenix let slip his involvement with the Locust Horde predating Emergence Day, Prescott had Adam's assistant, Nevil, and Adam himself relocated to Azura in 10 A.E. There, Adam recovered from the injuries sustained from the collapse of his mansion during the Battle of Ephyra. Prescott then stayed on Azura for some time to monitor Adam. Upon learning of Adam's knowledge of the Locust Horde and Queen Myrrah before E-Day, Prescott then coerced Adam into working at Azura in an attempt to cure the Lambency.
- "Oh, God... are those the research staff?"
"Hard to say. I can't tell whether their coats were white or not."
- —Lt. Anya Stroud and Cpl. Damon Baird discussing the hanged bodies of some scientists
Continuing Research into Lambency
While on Vectes during the Lambent Pandemic, communication between Adam and Prescott was constant. Adam informed Prescott on the Lambent spreading, but mentioned that he would need live samples. After Prescott left, Adam spent the remaining years of his life at Azura, experimenting with the Lambent samples. He then used his research to build a weapon on the roof of Azura known as the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon. Adam had failed at creating a biological cure for Lambency, so the last line of defense was to kill all Imulsion-colonized cells with an energy wave released by the countermeasure, input by the radiation needed to kill all Imulsion cells.
Siege of Azura
Prescott and Adam worked together until 17 A.E. when Queen Myrrah and forces discovered Azura and passed through the Maelstrom. Queen Myrrah ordered her forces to kill all civilians until she discovered Adam Fenix, who she believed to be dead. After discovering the countermeasure he had made, she ordered him to modify it to kill all Lambent and Humans, without harming the Locust. She kept him prisoner while he sent Prescott away with a message to his son, Marcus, and a request for an offensive.
Final Battle of Azura
Prescott fled with his Onyx Guards and a private Raven to CNV Sovereign to request such an offensive to take back Azura. Only then did Prescott hand Marcus the message from his father, and the encryption to A2897 was given right before Prescott died. After Marcus and his squad left the Endeavor Naval Shipyard and reached Azura, he finally reunited with his father, who he had long thought dead. Azura would become the location for the last battle of the Locust War and the end of the Lambent Pandemic. The Humans fought Locust forces and emerging Lambent until Adam activated the countermeasure device, which effectively destroyed all organisms heavily affected by Imulsion exposure. The end result was the near-instantaneous deaths of all Locust and Lambent. Adam Fenix died as well, due to his self-experimentation with Lambent cells.
The island was subsequently abandoned and according to Marcus, only a handful of people made it off of the island. It also became one of dozens perhaps hundreds of burial sites for crystalized Locust corpses.
Reactivating the Hammer of Dawn
While looking through Adam Fenix's data disk for information on the Hammer of Dawn, Damon Baird found a reference to Azura that he'd either missed before or overlooked. However, he didn't understand the significance of the reference to the island.
Based on the information from the disk, Baird dispatched Delta Squad on a mission to the Abandoned Research Facility on the island where the Hammer of Dawn was first developed and launched. The data revealed a single intact silo with a COG Rocket ready to launch a prototype Hammer of Dawn satellite which Baird hoped could be used to restore the network. By this time, the Locust burial site on Azura had become active and the island was a Swarm Hive. Fighting through the Swarm forces occupying the facility, JD Fenix used Dave to open a locked door, causing him to download data from the facility's consoles which drew Baird's attention to data that had been removed by the facility commander. JD and Delmont Walker recovered an external hard drive containing the data from the facility commander's office safe and successfully launched the rocket despite the complication of the silo hatch only partially opening at first. Delta was then evacuated from the island by Samantha Byrne in a King Raven. However, Baird was unable to use the satellite to find the other fifteen from the original network, giving him very limited use of the Hammer of Dawn, which caused a disaster when it was fired during the Evacuation of Settlement 2.
- "Shit... who'd they build this for, anyway."
"It's a frickin' palace! Thanks, Prescott. Good use of my taxes."
- —Pvt. Augustus Cole and Cpl. Damon Baird overviewing Pinnacle Tower's structure and decoration
Pinnacle Tower is the main, central, and tallest tower in Azura. Pinnacle Tower houses the most key figures of Azura and Sera including scientists with their research on Imulsion. Key leaders were also housed here as well. Accompanying the main lobby was followed by art galleries and escort service. Down the hall is the main atrium where the two main elevators resided. The first several stories were basic housing. Following the next seven floors were advanced rooms by key residents who required isolation, then the top penthouse floor where the main leaders rooms and lab were, including the room of Adam Fenix. The roof was used as a helicopter landing but since the ending years of the Locust War was the location of the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon.
After the Maelstrom was deployed, the only entrance to Azura was through the caves under the island. The cavern to Azura was blocked by a reinforced steel door and guarded by torpedo turrets. The submarine, if given access, drives through a cavern to the Submarine Port which welcomed newcomers to Azura. The port is fitted as a luxiorus park in the cavern and was then linked to the train station leading into Central Azura.
Rose Train Station
Rose Train Station was the beginning of the passenger and cargo train that took new residents of Azura from the Submarine Port to the Cargo Holding, Central Azura and Pinnacle Tower.
Azura Beach was the shoreline of Azura Island. Aside from holding the agriculture, the beach was used as a docking area for Locust and COG forces to land on the island. It was also had for a defensive standpoint infront of the island cliff.
On the edge of Azura's Beach Cliff, the COG and Adam Fenix built the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System, or the 'Maelstrom Generator' to shield Azura from enemy forces or intruders. The facility was built by a main lobby being connected to the beach and hotels. Beyond the lobby are the three generators that power the device, followed by a large generator with six coolants in the main room which, when activated, beams into the atmosphere in Azura and creates an artificial hurricane.
Aqua Solarium Resort and Spa
Based on Azura's beach, Aqua Solarium was the more social places on Azura. This included several hotel housing for the average citizens and families in Azura. The Solarium included the Hyrdro-Electric Dam which powered parts of Azura, art galleries featuring art from the National Museum of Ephyra, Spas and Therapy Treatments, Restaurants, Schools, and Theatres. Aqua Solarium has been built as the City of Azura and is known as 'City of Dreams.' The Solarium then connects to Acanthus Station and the hotel leading to Pinnacle Tower.
Acanthus Train Station
Acanthus Station was the third major train station that rode through Azura Island. Acanthus Station was linked by Aqua Solarium and the Hotel leading to Pinnacle Tower.
Acanthus Hotel was a major housing for citizens of Azura that was connected by Aqua Solarium and led to Pinnacle Tower.
Hammer of Dawn Research Facility
The Abandoned Research Facility, built underground in the wilds of Azura, was a top-secret research and development facility used to build and launch Hammer of Dawn satellites in the final years of the Pendulum Wars. After it had fulfilled its purpose, it was mothballed.
- Doctor Jason Almsted - Unknown
- Doctor Zoe Almsted - Unknown
- Doctor Esther Bakos - Senior Biochemist
- Doctor Julian Bissell - Pharmacologist
- Doctor Nevil Estrom - Physicist
- Doctor Adam Fenix - Physicist/Pathologist
- Doctor Toru Hoshi - Engineer
- Doctor Rex Jerome - Senior Geneticist
- Doctor Koenig - Engineer
- Doctor Erica Marling - Molecular Biologist
- Doctor Alex Mayfield - Agronomist
- Doctor Gabrielle Ornar - Theoretical Physicist
- Doctor Niles Samson - Geneticist
- General Bardry Salaman
- Captain Paul Dury
- Corporal Jeremiah Keegan
- Corporal Lowe
- Corporal Anton Morrisey
- Corporal Rivera
- The Slab
- Dirty Little Secrets
- Gears of War 3 (First appearance)
- Ascendance (Mentioned only)
- Gears 5
- Gears: Hivebusters (Mentioned only)
- Hivebusters (Mentioned only)
Behind the Scenes
- In Dirty Little Secrets, Chairman Richard Prescott reveals that Azura had been used for the last 40 years, indicating that Azura was built around 25 B.E. However, this conflicts with Gabrielle Ornar, who spent 48 years in Azura. Also, Dr. Niles Samson was an architect and inhabitant of Azura, but he went missing before 25 B.E. Given the time period of Dr. Ornar and Dr. Samson, it's more likely that Azura was built around 50 B.E.