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"We're not Stranded. We just lost radio contact"
—Cpl. Hugo Muir

The Battle of Noroa was after the Battle of Kaia, a mass exodus from that island led people to Noroa Island including the Gears from the 5th Kaian Grenadiers. Around 9 A.E., the Locust Horde attacked Noroa Island with full force and killed most of the population except for a small band of survivors led by Bernadette Mataki. The Locust returned to Noroa, looking for supplies and raiding the towns on the island. Only fifteen civilians and a handful of Gears were left on the island and the occasional Stranded that visited.[1]

Guerrilla warfare[]

"Do they have mothers? Families? I hope so. I want them to suffer and grieve like we have."
—Bernie's inner thoughts before killing a group of Drones

In the summer of 9 A.E.,[2] Bernie along with two Gears of the 5th Kaian watched a group of twelve Drones moving a bakery delivery van down the road so it could be stripped for parts. The island of Noroa was stripped of all of it's valuable resources by the Horde.[3] Bernie lined the first Drone up while Darrel, Hugo and Miku took positions up for the killzone. The Gears opened up on them while Bernie was able to can a headshot on one of the Drones while the rest either bolted or took cover. Miku was able to kill the three Drones that retreated.[4] The Gears converged on the truck to find a Drone alive inside with a crossbow bolt in his chest. Bernie executed the Drone, making sure that if there was a Grub “medic”, this Drone would never kill another human.[4]

Leaving Noroa[]

The group decided that they would have a better chance on Galangi Island as it was protected by an abyssal trench until a Stranded came to the island asking for water. The Stranded was surprised to see the Gears since Chairman Richard Prescott ordered a recall to Jacinto. Hugo tried to get the idea out of Bernie's head that she could return to her old unit - the 26th RTI. But no matter what Hugo said, Bernie needed to return. She loaded the supplies up and headed for the mainland while the rest of the camp survivors left for Galangi.[5]


  1. Gears of War: Coalition's End pg 353
  2. Gears of War: Coalition’s End chapter 20
  3. Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 348
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 350
  5. Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 356
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)