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The Emergence in Ilima was one of the first battles fought during the Locust War in the initial attack known as Emergence Day. Residing on the Jacinto Plateau, Ilima was easily defended and reclaimed during the attack, but natural fissures and underground facilities such as subtrains and sewage systems allowed the Locust to dig and emerge within certain areas of the city.


After seventy-nine years, the Pendulum Wars came to an end, with the winning victor as the Coalition of Ordered Governments. During the six weeks of peace, earthquakes were reported across Sera.

Emergence in Ilima[]

Attacks in the City[]

Six weeks after the end of the Pendulum Wars, a race of subterranean creatures called the Locust Horde emerged from the Hollow and into the streets of Ilima City, along with every other major city on Sera. The Locust, with no clear motivation, began to slaughter all humans without discrimination as men, women, and children were slaughtered.

Hunting of Humans[]

One of the areas hit hardest was the suburban area of Ilima City. As citizens were ordered to remain in their homes, the Locust Drones began home invasions, massacring families, and setting the houses on fire. Among the houses was the Stratton Residence. Mr. Stratton, Mrs. Stratton, and their eldest son were shot to death by the Locust, while their youngest son, Jayson Stratton, hid from the Locust.

However, the Locust Drones brought in a female Drone, the Berserker, to find any remaining humans as they hunted by smell. Just as the Berserker led the Drones to Jayson's hiding spot, a squad of Gears entered and opened fire, eliminating the Locust forces. However, the fire caused parts of the house to collapse on Jayson, suffocating him. As he neared death, a man named Dr. Gregory Wisen, rescued Jayson Stratton from the wreckage. As Dr. Wisen facilitated an orphanage in the city, he adopted Jayson.

Repelling the Locust[]

As the Locust exploited the plateau's fissures and subterranean facilities to emerge in the city, most of Ilima was still protected by the Jacinto Plateau, keeping the Locust from receiving reinforcements. As the Coalition of Ordered Governments realized the cities located on the Jacinto Plateau had a natural defense, they pushed to secure those select cities, including Ilima. After repelling the Locust forces, the Coalition either collapsed certain sub facilities or filled them poisonous gas to keep the Locust from exploiting it.


While the Locust continually staged small attacks within Ilima, it wouldn't be until a massive invasion, led by Uzil RAAM, accompanied by a Kryllstorm, finally took the city in 9 A.E. as part of the Locust campaign to reach Ephyra by conquering surrounding cities on the plateau.


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)