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"Hold on guys, I got your back! The cavalry has arrived!"
—Clay riding in on a Raven to support Delta Squad in fighting Queen Myrrah.

Chief Sergeant Clayton "Clay" Carmine, also called Grub Killer by his fellow Gears, and Sarge by his trainees is one of the four Carmine brothers and a Gear in the Coalition of Ordered Governments army. Holding the rank of Private throughout the Locust War and the Lambent Pandemic , Clay is the oldest brother in the Carmine family, he is an experienced and veteran Gear; unfortunately, he is also one of only two surviving brothers of the Carmine Family. Like Dominic Santiago, the war with the Locust was extremely personal for Clay because of the losses his family have suffered. He bears a deep grudge with every Locust, Lambent or not. Clay continued fighting in the last days of both conflicts alongside Delta-One and lived to see their victory. While most of his comrades in Delta-One had chosen to retire from the military sometime after the war, Clay chose to remain in the army under the reconstituted COG. Rising to the rank of Chief Sergeant, Clay went on to become a training instructor for officer cadets and trained James Dominic Fenix (the son of his old comrade Marcus Fenix) and his friend Delmont Walker. Clayton soon returned to action during Swarm Invasion and assisted in the Evacuation of Settlement 2 along with the rest of Delta Squad and his niece by leading a unit of DeeBees to defend evacuees, although his niece Corporal Elizabeth Carmine was accidently killed by a Hammer Strike. He later fought in the Battle of Old Ephyra and helped to deploy targeting beacons for the newly activated Hammer of Dawn satellites and later helped to kill the Swarm controlled creature known as the Kraken.


Early Life

Clayton Carmine was born several years before Emergence Day and was the first born of his four brothers followed by an unnamed brotherAnthony and Benjamin

Locust War

Fighting the Locust

Clay, being the oldest of his brothers, was the first to join the Coalition of Ordered Governments army. Clay thought of himself as a Gear all his life, and on the day he was eligible, signed up and joined the army.[3] He quickly earned a reputation among Gears of being a "Grub Killer" - brutally killing any and all Locust with an undying hatred.

Anthony's death was the first among the Carmine brothers, and caused Clay and Ben to suffer in grief but they took solace in knowing he died a "hero's death."

Operation: Hollow Storm

Fearing Jacinto would be the next to fall, the Coalition launched Operation: Hollow Storm - to deploy Gears into the Inner Hollow and take the war to the home of the Locust Horde. Both Clay and his younger brother Ben were part of Operation: Hollow Storm but in different squads. Clay, as a part of 7th Mangler Squad,[2] managed to fight and survive the two days during Operation: Hollow Storm. While Ben fought courageously, he died after being devoured by the Riftworm following the sinking of Ilima City. Sgt. Fenix was with him when he died and took Ben's COG Tags as well as a letter Ben had written for Clay.

Pvt. Carmine fighting in the Siege of Nexus.

On 2nd Frost, 14 A.E., Clayton took part in the second wave of Operation: Hollow Storm. After the COG received intelligence that the Locust Horde stronghold, Nexus, was located beneath Mount Kadar, Clayton fought in the assault of the Kadar Valley and drilled into the Inner Hollow, where he alongside fellow Gear Pvt. Samantha Byrne and thousands of other Gears destroyed the Locust and their home. He then managed to evacuate before the COG could sink Jacinto City and flood the Hollow, destroying all Locust civilization underground.

Port Farrall

Clay and the remnant of Jacinto relocated to Port Farrall. There, he learned of Ben's death and received his tags and letter from Sgt. Fenix. In his grief, Clay got a tattoo dedicate to his lost brothers Anthony and Ben on his right shoulder. His hatred for the Locust grew even larger, and would often kill Locust in the name of his brothers. Clay later moved to Vectes with the rest of the COG.

Lambent Pandemic

Evacuating Vectes

—Clay, to a pig during the evacuation of Vectes

During the evacuation of the island in the wake of many Lambent attacks, Clay would often stand and stare at the pigs, and murmur "bacon" at them. Clay evacuated Vectes aboard the CNV Sovereign, becoming part of the rapid response force of Gears aboard the ship.[4]

Clay mummering about bacon.

Victory Day

Mission to Hanover
"Ohhh... bacon."
—Clay, after hearing the Stranded willing to trade bacon for Sam

Fourteen months after leaving Vectes, Clay went on a mission with Cpl.Damon Baird, Pvt.Augustus Cole, and Pvt.Samantha Byrne to the city of Hanover in order to search for supplies. As they flew to the city on KR Seven-Zero, Sam asked him if he was alright, because he had been quiet the whole way there. Clay told her that someone had to be, since Baird was yapping all the time. Sam laughed and said it would be her treat to gag Baird if Clay wanted her to. As they landed, Clay and the others jumped off of the Raven and began scouting the landing zone. They found an overrun Stranded outpost, and noticed several dead Lambent Stalks in the area. Cole told them they should keep moving, and on the next street they found another Stranded outpost that was still inhabited. The Stranded refused to trade with them unless they handed over Sam in exchange for bacon, causing Clay to mummer "bacon" to himself. Cole refused, and the Stranded said they could try trading with other groups in the warehouses and Cougars Stadium, if they could make it past the Lambent. As the Gears moved on, Clay remarked that the Stranded seemed anti-social, but Baird told him they were just assholes. As they entered a playground, a Lambent Stalk emerged from the ground, sending debris into the air, which nearly landed on Clay. The Gears engaged Drudges and Lambent Drones as they emerged from the pods on the Stalks, and fought their way through the park and the street to a grocery store. As they approached the store, more Stalks emerged, one of which sent a car flying through the air towards Clay. Cole shouted a warning to him, and he managed to stop and duck just in time to avoid getting hit. After they killed the Lambent outside the store, Clay said they should get in there quickly before more showed up, and they entered it and began looking for food supplies. They stopped for a moment as Cole stared at an old cardboard cutout ad of himself advertising cereal, and he asked them if it ever felt like they were dead, but nobody had told them. Clay and the others just looked at each other as Cole moved on, and then followed him. Sam wondered where they kept the coffee, but Clay was more interested in finding bacon. They fought through more Lambent until they reached the back of the store, where Clay found several crates of food, causing him to remark that they were in luck for a change. Cole used a Mechanical Loader to take the food outside, where KR Seven-Zero was waiting to pick it up. Clay and the others killed more attacking Lambent, and after the King Raven picked up the food, the Gears moved out to continue searching for more supplies.[5]

A sniper bullet grazes Clay's helmet.

Clay and the others began heading for the warehouses to meet with the Stranded there. They quickly ran through a collapsing tunnel that fell down behind them, and found a large Stranded fortification in the middle of a plaza that was under attack by Lambent, including a giant Gunker. Cole said it looked like they needed some help, and Clay responded that it was pretty obvious that they needed some backup. The Gears entered the plaza and engaged the Lambent, killing two Gunkers and dozens of other Lambent. As they approached the gates of the Stranded compound, a sniper shot at Clay, thinking that they were Lambent. The bullet bounced off his helmet, but Clay became extremely annoyed with the Stranded and began yelling at them. Sam yelled as well, telling them to check their fire and that they were Gears. The sniper apologized, and the Stranded's leader came out to talk with them. She thanked them for the help, and was excited to recognize Cole, and said that they didn't have any food to trade, but might have something else they needed. Clay, Cole, and Baird all looked at each other, and the Stranded leader laughed and said that wasn't it, and to come on in. As they entered the camp, Clay remarked to her it was a good thing he wore a helmet. The Stranded leader led them through the camp and gave them several crates of ammo, and warned them not to try going to the stadium because the leader there hated the COG. Cole told her they had to try to get some more supplies, and they called in KR Seven-Zero to pick up the ammo. Clay remarked that it seemed that his fans still loved him, and Cole said it was because his momma had raised him with some manners. Before they left the camp, KR Seven-Zero contacted them and said some Stranded on the Centennial Bridge had taken some potshots at them, and to keep an eye out for them.[6]

Clay asks Baird if he has a pair of wire cutters that they could use to open the gate with.

Clay and the others began making their way across the docks towards the stadium, more stalks emerged, and the four Gears fought through another Gunker and other mutated creatures. As they fought, Clay remarked that the Lambent were really starting to piss him off. After finishing off the Lambent, they cut through a warehouse to reach the stadium. They discussed the hostile Stranded on the bridge, and Carmine was worried since the Sovereign was going to have to pass right under the bridge. Sam didn't think any Stranded would be crazy enough to attack a warship, but Baird thought they should blow the shit out of the bridge just to be sure. When they reached the doors to the stadium, Baird asked Cole to remind him what he had played again, and then said he remembered that it was ladies field hockey. Cole told Carmine that Baird was a Sharks fan, and had never gotten over Cole winning the Allfathers Trophy. They found that the gate was locked, and Clay and Baird began banging against it, trying to break it open. Clay asked Baird if he had any wire cutters, and Baird told him to wait one second before pointing at his Lancers chainsaw. Before Clay could respond, two stalks emerged from behind them, cutting off the path they had come from. After they killed the Lambent that emerged, Clay held the padlock while Sam cut through it, and they entered Cougars Stadium.[6] Upon entering the Standed camp, Cole was mobbed by several fans, who were positive that their leader would be willing to trade with them. However, more Lambent attacked, and stalks emerged within the stadium. The four Gears split up, taking the lower and upper levels, with Clay going with Cole. As he fought, Clay yelled out that this was for Anthony and Benjamin, cutting down several Lambent. After killing another Gunker, the four Gears regrouped and advanced further into the stadium. The entered the players locker room, and gave Cole a few minutes to look around. When a stalk emerged in the middle of the playing field, Clay and the others covered Cole with the help of the Stranded as he placed a bomb on the stalk and destroyed it. He was knocked into the air by the explosion, and Clay and the others rushed to make sure he was okay. Clay and Sam turned him over, and he began talking about how he had first used those moves against the Eagles, but that they hadn't exploded. They helped him up, and headed to go find the Stranded leader. However, they were then contacted by Lt. Anya Stroud, who said that the Sovereign was under heavy Lambent attack and that they needed assistance. Clay was annoyed, and they rushed to find the leader to ask for assistance in getting back to the ship. More Lambent stalks emerged, and the Stranded leader refused to help them, telling them to leave while they could. Cole led them to a set of elevators that took them up to the top floor,[7] where Clay and the others used grappling hooks to slide along some cable car lines to the Centennial Bridge.[8]

Clay interrupting Baird and Sam's argument.

Battle of Centennial Bridge
"Look, ladies- one way or another, we gotta help Sovereign. Or she’s screwed, and so are we!"
—Clay interrupting Baird's and Sam's argument to notify them that they have to figure out a way to rescue the Sovereign

After landing, Clay and the others were immediately attacked by Lambent, including a Gunker. They killed all of the mutated creatures, and began working towards the Stranded encampment in the middle of the bridge. As the bridge began shaking, Baird commented he was more worried about the stability of the bridge than the trigger-happy Stranded, and Clay agreed with him. Sam told them to forget about that, and that if they lost the Sovereign, they would lose everything they had. Cole tried to contact the Sovereign but failed, and they decided that they needed to talk with the Stranded and try to get a better view of the ship before it passed under them. Baird said his unique charisma should do the trick, but Clay told him that he would have to lend Baird some of his. As they approached the Stranded gate, they were fired upon, and took cover. Sam spotted one of the attackers with her Longshot Sniper Rifle, and told them that it wasn't Stranded, but Locust. They engaged the Locust as several came charging out at them, and eliminated the snipers on the outposts walls. A second group of Locust emerged from the gate, including several Boomers, but they managed to cut them down. They began working their way across the bridge, cutting down all of the Locust they came across. Clay was worried the ship would be twenty klicks away by the time they crossed the bridge, and Sam observed that he was a glass-half empty man. Clay told her to buy him a beer and he would show her, but Baird said she wouldn't buy him anything since his name "was not Dominic Santiago", causing Sam to tell him to shut up. They then split up along a catwalk and the lower deck, and spotted the Sovereign. Clay went with Baird, and the Gears managed to see the Sovereign and observe that it was on fire. They reunited and broke through a gate, giving them a view of the Sovereign under attack from a giant Lambent Leviathan. They managed to contact Sgt.Marcus Fenix, who told them to find a way to kill it. Baird and Sam began arguing over finding a way to kill it, causing Clay to interrupt and tell them that one way or another, they had to find a way to help Sovereign, or else they were all screwed. Baird told them to find him some ordinance, and he could use it to find a way to make the Leviathan go bang. After they were attacked by some Tickers, Baird told them to find some more so they could drop them on the Leviathan. As they emerged back into open air, they came under attack by a Locust Mortar crew. Clay told them to use the containers on the bridge for cover, and they charged down the bridge and killed the mortar crew. They then took out a Gas Barge, and proceeded to proceed through the lower levels, fighting off Polyps and more Drones until they reached the upper level again. They found a crate of Tickers, and after killing the Locust guarding it, pushed it over the side and onto the Leviathan. As it began to explode, several of its tentacles attacked the bridge, collapsing the part Clay and the others were one. They began sliding off, and failed to hold on, falling into the water below.[8]

Clay listens as Marcus tells him and the others about Prescott and Michaelson.

Ambush on Hanover Coast
"Look sharp people! That's not search-and-rescue!"
—Clay, pointing out the multiple Locust creatures advancing on the crash site.

They survived the fall, and Clay and the others emerged on the Hanover coast exhausted and wet, and collapsed onto the beach. Clay looked over at the wreckage of the Sovereign and the Centennial Bridge, both of which were scattered all over the coastline, and joked to Baird that he thought he had gotten the Leviathan. Baird told him that they had walked away in one piece, and that was what counted. They tried contacting the others but failed, and Clay spotted Brumaks and Siegebeasts advancing along the cliffs toward the main part of the wreck. He alerted the others, and Cole told them they needed to hurry and assist the survivors. They quickly gathered what weapons they could, and began making their way through the wreckage, fighting several dozen Locust who were searching for survivors to kill. They eventually reached the main wreckage, and saw the ship was almost completely destroyed. They spotted Marcus and Dom lying unconscious on the ground, and Clay rushed over to Marcus with Cole while Sam and Baird went to Dom. They turned them over and helped them cough up seawater. As they recovered, Marcus contacted Anya, who told him that she and Pvt.Jace Stratton were with Chairman Richard Prescott, who had been badly wounded in the attack. Clay and the others were shocked to hear Prescott was back, and Marcus told them that Captain Quentin Michaelson had been killed in the attack as well, and that Prescott had brought news that his father, Adam Fenix, was still alive. Anya contacted them again and said that a lot more wounded were coming ashore aboard the lifeboats, which were beaching just north of the ship, and that they needed help there as well. Marcus ordered Clay and Sam to head there and help out, and the two of them rushed off to assist the survivors.[9]

After assisting with the lifeboats, Clay stayed behind at the crash site with Anya, Sam, and Jace to help with the salvage operation while the rest of Delta headed for Anvil Gate, in order to retrive data disc A2897 from Col.Victor Hoffman. The disc contained the location of Azura, where Prescott had been keeping Adam, and which had been taken by the Locust several days previously.[9] After finishing with the salvaging operation, Anya and Sam took the first wave of Gears to Anvil Gate to provide assistance to the defenders there, with Jace and Clay following with the second wave. Clay regrouped with the others, and joined Baird and Cole in a mission to find reinforcements.[10]

Clay asking Cole what's wrong with Baird.

Mission to Halvo Bay
"What's his problem?"
—Clay to Cole, after Baird remarked that he hated Halvo Bay

Clay, Baird, and Cole drove to the city of Halvo Bay, hoping to find a ship and join the Gorasni fleet, who were gathering with the remaining COG forces to retake Azura. Upon arriving at the outskirts of the city, Baird remarked that he hated the city, and Clay asked Cole what Baird's problem was. Cole informed him that it was a long story, but they were interrupted when Garron Paduk came up behind them with a Snub Pistol and remarked that COG soldiers were noisy. Clay trained his Lancer on the new arrival, but lowered it after Paduk put his pistol away and shook Baird's hand. After Baird asked for help and a boat, Paduk told them to follow him into the city, explaining that it had been deserted for years except for his people, who had taken refuge in and around an Imulsion rig that had washed ashore shortly after Jacinto City had been sunk. As they entered the city, they encountered Locust forces, and Clay eagerly joined the others in engaging them.

After wiping out a small group of Locust, they were forced to run for their lives when the Locust set off explosions on a hillside that caused a landslide to fall along their route. After finding shelter in an old service station, Baird wondered why they wore so much armor if it just slowed them down, but Clay remarked that at least they were not dead. After exiting the service station, Clay wondered if the heavy fog was normal, but Paduk informed him that nothing in Halvo Bay was normal. They fought through a pack of Tickers in an old junkyard and then encountered a group of Locust snipers guarding a long street. However, the fog obscured both sides vision, and Clay wondered where the Locust had gone. The Locust then burst out and engaged the Gears in heavy close-quarters combat, but the Gears prevailed and continued on. They entered the Halvo Bay Shopping Plaza and took out a large group of Locust, but Clay spotted mortar fire coming in. They located the mortar crews and killed them, along with their reinforcements. Clay stated that he thought that was all of them, but a massive group of Locust then arrived, causing Baird to tell him not to say that again unless he was sure that was all of them. After finishing off the last of the Locust, they exited the shopping plaza and Paduk guided them to the gates of his compound.[11]

Clay and the rest of the group entering the Imulsion rig.

Upon entering Paduk's camp, they discovered that it appeared deserted, which caused Paduk to be confused along with the lack of a guard. Clay asked if his people were Stranded, but Paduk told him that everyone there had fought for something, and that they were not Stranded. Paduk grew increasingly concerned as they moved through the camp and did not find anyone, and Clay questioned him about the boat he was going to give them. Paduk told him to shut up and that they needed to reach the Imulsion rig to try and find someone. Upon entering a small courtyard, they were attacked by a pack of Formers, revealing that Lambency had spread to humans. They entered a nearby building and fought through more Formers, fighting to the roof to take a lift up to the Imulsion rig.[12] Paduk informed them that the control deck was at the top of the rig, and they began their search for survivors. They entered a room full of Imulsion vapor, and fought their way through Formers swarming among the catwalks and Imulsion filled floor towards lockers that had gas masks. After they had put on gas masks, Paduk told them that they needed to reach a stairway in the far corner, but had to go down onto the ground floor to reach it. Clay did not like having to go down where the Formers had been emerging from. Paduk remarked that he would have thought a Gear with "Grub Killer" on their armor would be braver, but Clay retorted that they were not fighting Locust, and Paduk conceded his point. After fighting through a few more Formers, they reached the main deck and found a flare to signal for evac. Clay wondered what would happen if nobody saw their flare, but another one shot up in response. However, the Locust also say the flare, and Reavers arrived to attack the Gears as ground forces scaled the rig. Clay eagerly engaged the Locust until they saw a King Raven approaching, but Clay noted that it was not moving very quickly. Paduk told him that it was going as fast as it could, and they continued to fight the Locust forces and more Formers until the Raven landed, and they ran to the helicopter and successfully evacuated on the Raven.[13]

Clay asking Paduk if they can have his Raven.

They flew to another part of the city, where Paduk pointed out a Union of Independent Republics vessel that had been beached by a giant tidal wave on top of the Regency Hotel. He informed them that they needed explosives to get it down, but Clay asked if they could have his King Raven instead, which Paduk to incredulously tell him no. After being dropped off, they started heading for a police station where Paduk's people had stashed explosives. After exiting a bookstore and killing a group of Locust, they used a truck to make a bridge across a stream of Imulsion. Clay asked what the plan was after getting the boat, and Baird told him they would head for Azura with whatever COG and Gorasni forces could join them. Paduk was surprised they knew other people from the Republic of Gorasnaya, and Clay asked if he wanted them to say hi to anyone for him, but Paduk declined the offer. They entered the police station and began gathering explosives, but Clay was annoyed at having to carrying more equipment. Paduk retorted that they would get them one step closer to having a ship, and they began fighting their way out of the police station and towards the Regency Hotel. As they walked through some allys, they explained to Paduk about what was going to happen, and he asked if it would be as big as the Hammer of Dawn Counterattack and when they flooded his coast. Clay enthusiastically said it would be bigger, leading Paduk to sarcastically mutter "great".[14]

Clay telling Cole to call Anya back.

When they got within sight of the Regency Hotel, a large Locust force armed with One-Shots opened fire on them. They weaved through the buildings for cover, fighting through some Locust before reaching the front to the hotel and taking out the Locust defending the entrance. Before entering, they scavenged some supplies, and discovered a statue dedicated to Col.Ezra Loomis, who Clay excitedly recalled hearing about as the "Hero of Halvo Bay". Cole remarked that that was one of putting his role in the battle there, and Baird told Clay that while Loomis had been a man of principal, he had also been "kind of a dick". They then entered the Regency Hotel and began planting charges on four support pillars in each corner of the ground floor. Clay, Cole, and Paduk covered Baird as he set and primed the charges and then repelled a Locust attack once all the charges were set. They then moved a safe distance away and after Cole was contacted by Anya and told her that they had transport and would meet her at Azura, Baird detonated the charges, but it failed to knock down the building and free the ship. Clay sarcastically told Cole that he better call Anya back to let her know, which Cole retorted by telling him that he should call her. A few seconds later Baird told them that he had a new plan.[14]

Clay and the rest of the group entering the restaurant from the roof.

They entered a nearby building and began climbing up the stairs to the roof, and Baird explained that they would get to the boat from that building’s roof. Clay asked how they were going to do that, and Paduk agreed with his question. Baird told them he would figure it out when they reached the roof, and they continued climbing several more stories. When they got to the twentieth floor, they exited the staircase and found three Stranded exchanging fire with Locust in another building. One Stranded was killed, but Clay and the other Gears were able to defeat the Locust. They then climbed up another floor and reached the roof, where they engaged more Locust and fought towards the ship on the roof of the Regency Hotel. After reaching the Regency rooftop, they cleared out the Locust and Baird told the others to follow him into the restaurant below them.[15]

Clay grabbing a hook and making his way out of the restaurant.

When they entered the restaurant, Clay asked if anybody remembered when they last took a girl to a place like it, and said that he did not. Cole told him that he had eaten there once, but that the food had just been okay. The building then began shaking, and Clay was worried about the stability of the building. After clearing out a group of Locust from the dining area, they entered the kitchen, where they engaged an Armored Kantus and its Savage Theron guards. After killing them, Baird ordered Clay and the others to locate the kitchens gas lines and activate them. After turning the first one, two more Armored Kantus attacked with Ragers supporting them, but Clay and the other Gears were able to defeat them and activate the other two gas lines. Baird then revealed his plan was to use a Bolo Grenade to set off the gas and bring the building down, while they escaped using hooks to slide down a gondola line. As they slid down the lines, Clay enthusiastically yelled out as he watched the ship start sliding off the falling Regency Hotel and across multiple other buildings towards the bay. They took out several gondolas on their path with their pistols, and safely landed on a building next to where the ship had come to a rest within the water. Clay joined the others on the ship, where they set about getting ready for departure. Paduk parted ways with them to return to his own people after explaining to Baird and Cole the fate of their friend Sofia Hendrik and asking them to never come find him again. They then departed Halvo Bay and rendezvoused with the rest of the assault force heading for Azura.[16]

Clay arriving abroad a Raven during the retaking of Azura.

Battle of Azura
"Eat dirt and die, motherfucker!"
—Clay to Queen Myrrah, as he fires upon her and her Tempest

Clay joined in the assault to retake Azura, with the combined COG and Gorasni forces being led by Commander Miran Trescu. Clay was part of the force that attacked the island after the Maelstrom device was shut down, providing air support for other Gears from a King Raven. When Marcus, Anya, Cole, Baird, and Adam arrived at the top of Pinnacle Tower to activate the device that would kill all the Lambent and Locust, Clay arrived aboard his Raven and contacted them, saying he would provide air support for them. He cut down several Lambent creatures and Palace Guards that were attempting to stop them, but then Queen Myrrah arrived aboard her Tempest. Clay's Raven began circling the beast, and he opened fire while yelling insults at Myrrah. The Tempest attacked the Raven, hitting it with an energy blast from its mouth, and the Raven was lit aflame. As it lost control and began heading towards the ground, Clay called for help on the comms as the rest of Delta watched, unable to do anything.[17]

Clay putting his helmet back on after surviving the Raven crash.

Clay survived the crash which had knocked his helmet off his head. After retrieving his helmet and cleaning it off a bit before putting it on, he assisted another wounded Gear and directed several other Ravens to come in to land on the beach. The Imulsion countermeasure device was activated and Myrrah was killed, but Adam lost his life in the process. Clay joined Sam, Jace, Pvt.Dizzy Wallin, and dozens of other Gears in greeting the rest of Delta after they descended from the tower, and talked with several of the other Gears. However, he and the rest of Delta noticed that Marcus and Anya were sitting on the beach, both devastated over the loss of Dom and Adam, and he and the others looked at them and joined them in wondering what would happen next.[18]

Interwar Period

Rebuilding the COG

For his heroic actions during the Battle of Azura, Clayton was promoted to Chief Sergeant by the newly constructed Coalition of Ordered Governments, now led by First Minister Anya Stroud. During this time, Clayton's only surviving brother met a woman and gave birth to Clayton's niece, Elizabeth Carmine, affectionately known as "Lizzie". He also had another family member, Gary Carmine, born. Both Lizzie and Gary grew up admiring Clayton, with Gary becoming obsessed with him. However, Gary grew to distrust the COG and resented it, unlike the entire Carmine Family that embrace the COG and military - making him a black sheep in the family. Out of the ruins of Ephyra, Damon Baird, now CEO of DB Industries, used a recycling, three dimensional printer called the Fabricator and automated workers named DeeBees to construct the new capital of the COG, New Ephyra. Sgt. Carmine was then appointed to trained the next generation of Gears at the Coalition of Ordered Governments Military Academy.

In 39 A.E., James Dominic Fenix, first and only son of the late Anya Stroud and Marcus Fenix, and childhood friend, Delmont Walker, joined the academy and was trained by Sgt. Fenix. Sgt. Carmine trained JD Fenix and Del Walker, along with his niece, Lizzie, and Fahz Chutani and used the experiences he learned during the Locust War and the cause of his brothers' deaths to teach his cadets how to fight and avoid the same fates as his brothers. He taught them to correctly reload, keeping their heads under cover, and to always check their surroundings. He also talked in admiration about his youngest brother, Benjamin, and how he did more fighting on his first day that many Gears did in a lifetime. JD, Del, Fahz, and Lizzie graduated in 39 A.E., meanwhile Gary left the COG and joined the Outsiders, former Stranded who reject the new COG jurisdiction and live off the Wilds, at Fort Umson. Lieutenants Fenix, Walker, and Chutani were posted on security detail in Settlement 2.

Settlement 2 Protest Massacre

In Thaw 41 A.E., the citizens of Settlement 2 felt the COG was enforcing heavy-handed laws and displaying favoritism toward New Ephyra rather than allowing the Settlements to develop their own culture and independence as they promised. Gears and security DeeBees were called to Landa Square to deal with them, which then increased the aggression on both sides. By the order of First Minister Mina Jinn, Lt. Fenix ordered the DeeBees to open fire on the civilians. The massacre caused Del to become so disillusioned with the COG that he abandoned it. Not knowing that JD was responsible, Del asked JD to come along with him. JD and Del then joined Gary Carmine at Fort Umson, becoming Outsiders and enemies of the state. After this incident, First Minister Stroud appointed Sgt. Carmine to be chief Settlement 2 security.

Clay alongside his niece Lizzie at the Settlement 2 construction hub.

Swarm Invasion

Evacuation of Settlement 2

"Yeah, and now I gotta get up again."
—Clayton, before reuniting with Lizzie.

Six months later, it was discovered that the Locust Horde did not die from the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon, but instead formed a chrysalis in which they evolved into Scions during their twenty-five year hibernation. In order to rebuild their army, the Scions created a bio-organism called the Swarm to transform humans and other forms of life into soldiers for their army. A former Locust burial site near Settlement 2 began to show activity, prompting First Minister Jinn to evacuate Settlement 2 in preparation of large Swarm offensive and ordered Chief Sgt. Carmine to lead the evacuations.

Soon after, the Swarm began their attack, calling First Minister Jinn for backup. He was stationed at the Settlement 2 Construction Hub and was later joined by his former trainees JD, Del, Fahz and along with his former teammate Augustus Cole, in addition to his niece, Lizzie. They soon find themselves under attack by the Swarm. After a brief fight with a Flock, Clayton flees with the rest of the team. JD later radios Baird asking the status of the rest of the group, Baird responds by telling him that Clayton managed to find a Raven and was able to get out of the Settlement.

Clayton giving Delta Squad a situation report on Old Ephyra.

Battle of Old Ephyra

"Look, I'm not gonna lie to you, it's real ugly out there."
—Clayton to Delta Squad about the state of the battle outside the wall

Five months later, Clayton met with Delta-One and instructs them on where to plant the targeting beacons. Along with Delta-One he and his squad help protect the entrance to New Ephyra by using the Hammer of Dawn.

Later, Delta-One regroups with Clayton joining him on the New Ephyra wall rail gun battery alongside a squad of Onyx Guards to fight off the Krakens advance. He assist the squad up the ladder and assists Kait in firing the Railgun at the Kraken. After blowing off the Krakens mandibles and being pushed back into a corner by the creature, JACK turned himself into the final beacon - sacrificing himself so the Hammer of Dawn could destroy the Kraken. Clayton, along with the rest of the group, was able to survive the Hammer of Dawn blast.

Clay's memorial tattoo of his brothers.

Personality and Traits

"I hope you're doing well out there, Clay. Not sure where you are but I trust that the COG will get this letter to you safely. I know that you'll be excited for me, but it'd be great to hear from you before I ship out."

"I just wish Anthony was still here bro. I really miss him. I take comfort knowing he died a hero, but still... I miss him, as I'm sure you do too. Well, you know I'm not that good at letters, so I'll keep this short. Hope you're doing well, big brother, and know that I'll be doing my very best to serve our country and make you and our family proud."

"Your little brother [aka the Squirt], Ben.
—Ben's letter to his brother Clay

Clayton was extremely intimidating compared to his youngers brothers Anthony and Benjamin Carmine with his numerous tattoos, muscular build and deeper bloodlust, and unlike Anthony and Benjamin, Clayton had risen to become a seasoned veteran. Clayton was grim at times and as such, was described as a "glass half-empty" man by fellow Gear Samantha Byrne; Clayton in retaliation bitterly retorted with "Buy me a beer and I'll show you". However, Clayton cared deeply for his brothers, as clearly shown with his memorial tattoo to them on his arm.

Clayton was very customized in his look, to say the least. He carried a tattoo of his two late brothers, Anthony and Benjamin Carmine, on his right arm with a Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle, with the words "Born 2 Saw", underneath it. On his left arm he has a tattoo of an ammo belt. On the front of his armor, the words "GRUB KILLER", "KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN", "PRACTICE RELOADING", and "DESTROY LOCUST" are all inscribed on his chest plate. On the back of his armor he has "KILL GRUBS" inscribed. The reason as to why Clayton wears his standard issue COG Combat Helmet is because he hates getting hit in the face with tiny splinters of bone as he saws through Locust with the Lancer's Chainsaw Bayonet.[19]

Clay also loved bacon, shown by his murmuring of "bacon" to the pigs of Vectes, and his primary concern about finding some during the Mission to Hanover.

In Gears 5, Clayton begins showing signs of aging, evident by his more raspy voice and pained sounds.

Appearance Gallery

Notable Quotes


"Good thing I wear a helmet."
—Clayton taunting the Warehouse Stranded Leader, after nearly being killed by their sniper.
"These ugly bastards are really starting to piss me off!"
—Clayton preparing to face another Lambent attack
"That ones for Anthony! And Benjamin!"
—Clay, while killing Lambent
"Check your life insurance, Freak Boy!"
—Clay fighting alongside Cole in the Cougars' Stadium.
"Uh, yeah, I'll have to lend you some of mine..."
—Clay after Damon Baird joked about his unique charisma
"Damnit! That ship is going to be twenty klicks away by the time we cross this bridge!"
—Clay, as he and the others try to make their way across the Centennial Bridge to rescue the Sovereign
"Did you see that!? I'm on fire, man!"
—Clayton assisting Delta aboard his Raven.
"Oh shit, shit! We're on fire! We're on fire!"
—Clay as his chopper is shot down by Queen Myrrah's Tempest


"This is for you, Anthony. This is for you, Benjamin."
—Clayton, when a Horde round starts.
"Awww, I'm sorry - did I hurt you? Little baby? FUCK YOU!"
—Clayton, using a Meat Shield.

Behind the scenes

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A piece of concept art from RAAM's Shadow done by Chris Wells that depicts Recruit Clayton with the main cast.[20]

  • Clay is voiced by Michael Gough.
  • Unlike his brothers, Clayton doesn't have a unique face model. He uses Minh Young Kim's head. This can be seen using the Ghost Cam in multiplayer.
  • Clay's alternate fate.
  • At one point during the development of RAAM's Shadow, there was talk of having Clayton Carmine appear at some point, but that idea was scrapped. In the end, the writers were happy with the cast they already had.[21]
  • Clayton is a playable multiplayer character in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, however his character model does not have his tattoos or armor graffiti that his Gears of War 3 model had. This is most likely an error on The Coalition's part.
  • Clayton can be seen on the extended version of the Gears of War 3 box art in the back right corner about to be attacked by a mutated Lambent Drudge that Sam is holding off.
  • Clay is one of the "Heroes" that appear in Beast Mode. He makes extensive use of the Boomshield and Boltok revolver.

Early story boards from the final Gears 5 cinematic depicting Clayton.

  • Clayton was originally planned to appear in Gears 5 final cinematic where he would have been looking down at Lizzie's melted COG Tags in his hands while present on the platform with the rest of the group.[22]
    • This scene was ultimately cut and Clayton never appears in the final cinematic, however campaign director Matt Searcy confirmed during a Gears of War live stream that Clayton did survive the Hammer of Dawn blast but just wasn't present on the platform with the rest of the group.[23]


  • In Gears of War 3, Clay is an unlockable multiplayer character, available after reaching Level 14.
    • For those who purchase the Fenix Rising DLC, players can play as Recruit Clayton, which is what Clay looked like when he first became a Gear.
  • In Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Clay is an unlockable multiplayer character, available after reaching Level 20.
  • In Gears of War 4, Clayton Carmine is a playable multiplayer character, available in the Carmine Gear Pack.
  • In Gears 5, Clayton Carmine is a playable multiplayer character, available as part of Operation 3.

Two Xbox Live Avatars displaying both shirts.

Live or Die?

Main article: Fate Of Carmine Campaign

On July 21, 2010 Epic announced that Clayton Carmine will appear in Gears of War 3, and the fans will decide if Carmine will live or die. Starting July 29, 2010 and ending on September 2, 2010, fans were able to purchase on Avatar Marketplace on Xbox LIVE one shirt reading "Save Carmine," and the other reading "Carmine Must Die." Alternately, attendees of Comic-Con International in San Diego were able to purchase real-life limited edition T-shirts for $20 USD. Additionally, the limited edition T-shirts are also available to purchase for $20 USD on the NECA Club Website.[24] All proceeds went to the Child’s Play Charity.[25]



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  2. 2.0 2.1 Gears 5 Hollow Storm Clayton skin
  3. Fenix Rising Announcement
  4. Gears of War: Coalition's End pg 396
  5. Gears of War 3: Homecoming
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gears of War 3: Helping Hand
  7. Gears of War 3: MVP
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gears of War 3: Hanging by a Thread
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gears of War 3: Shipwreck
  10. Gears of War 3: Rescue
  11. Gears of War: Judgment: Act VII: Aftermath: Reunion
  12. Gears of War: Judgment: Act VII: Aftermath: Anybody Home?
  13. Gears of War: Judgment: Act VII: Aftermath: Dead End
  14. 14.0 14.1 Gears of War: Judgment: Act VII: Aftermath: One Step Closer
  15. Gears of War: Judgment: Act VII: Aftermath: Straight to the Top
  16. Gears of War: Judgment: Act VII: Aftermath: A Few Complaints
  17. Gears of War 3: Reckoning
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  19. Gears of War 3 BrandyGames Signature Series Guide, Page 8
  21. Josh Q&A Email
  22. Final Gears 5 Cinematic Story Board
  23. Gears 5 Live Stream with Campaign Director Matt Searcy