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"Drivers! Listen up. Rule one-stay in radio contact at all times. You won't be able to see what the hell's going on fore or aft, gentlemen, and if the shit hits the fan, then this is where your redirection will come from. Let me remind you that standard operating procedures are not a suggestion-you will maintain one-hundred-meter intervals, you will clear a kill zone as fast you can, you will not stop in a kill zone, you will use maximum firepower. Now-listen for your call sign and start your engines."
—Col. Hoffman, before the evacuation of North Gate

The Evacuation of North Gate was an evacuation of the North Gate Agricultural Depot that occurred a week after the Lightmass Offensive.

Order of BattleEdit

IncursionEdit

After defeating around a dozen Drones and a Boomer, Delta Squad reported to High Command that Locust incursions were at their lowest levels and were only sending out small units of Drones with no heavy support. High Command, thinking the war was in its last days, begun recuperating. These actions were shown to be premature when a massive Locust attack force approached North Gate Farm, a zone that was previously thought to be secure, now under direct threat from the Locust Horde. High Command, knowing they couldn't spare any men or equipment to defend North Gate, decided to evacuate all personnel and equipment to Jacinto.

The Road to North GateEdit

The COG convoy began seeing something that they thought to be impossible: humans living regular lives. Stranded had small shops, trying to live the type of life thought normal before E-Day, thinking the Lightmass bombing was truly successful. After getting to North Gate, the Gears dismounted from their vehicles to help the COG civilians load their belongings onto the trucks.

Preemptive strikeEdit

While the Sappers were loading supplies onto the trucks, Anya took control of JACK and sent the bot on a recon mission, discovering a group of 20 plus Drones. Anya informed Col. Hoffman of the Locust forces and decided to go en route with Delta-One. Taking KR A-108, they landed near the Locust forces and engaged the enemies. Hoffman and Bernie were both wounded in the skirmish but their injuries were not life-threatening. Hoffman was shot in the calf while Bernie received a black eye and stiff lip from a Drone she chainsawed, and had to dig out its bones fragments from her face.[8]

The Race to JacintoEdit

Before departing, COG forces destroyed anything that could not be taken with them in a scorched earth policy, both to prevent the Locust from utilizing them, and to force the remaining Stranded to join Operation Lifeboat. The convoy hurriedly left North Gate as the impending Locust assault was coming closer. In the city of Ephyra, they came under attack from the Locust. What made matters worse was that most of the Gears defending the convoy were pushing 60, including Hoffman and Bernie. Locust Grenadiers began to attach Bolo Grenades onto the APCs, destroying one, and leaving a second explosive on Hoffman's APC while he and Tai Kaliso were scouting out a nearby street. The two got ambushed and tried to fight off the Locust and were nearly killed, but were rescued by Dom and Marcus who came back for them after hearing of their predicament from Anya. The four dispatched the Locust Drones and JACK disarmed the explosives. During the continuing journey to Jacinto, a cargo truck was lost, the Gear riding shotgun killed, and the civilian driver badly wounded. With one APC and a few trucks left, the COG forces barely made it back to Jacinto. When the battered convoy arrived, they received a hard earned hero's welcome from the local population, which was a great morale booster.

AftermathEdit

Tai led a mission back into the city to recover the remains of the fallen Gears and civilians, and to get back the stolen supplies from the Stranded. Back in Jacinto, rumors spread that the war was won and the Locust defeated. However, seismic activity around Tollen forced HQ to send Delta-One on a recon mission to the city. When they arrived, they found a ten kilometer long lake in its place.[9] The sinking of Tollen, along with the loss of Montevado, forced the COG to launch Operation: Hollow Storm.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 257
  2. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 135
  3. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 199
  4. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 202
  5. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 69
  6. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 70
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 206
  8. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 145
  9. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 382
Locust War
Unknown B.E. Mount Kadar Laboratory Uprising
0 A.E. Emergence Day (First Battle of Jannermont · Battle of Mattino Junction · Battle of Porta Ogari · First Battle of Ilima · First Battle of 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 · Destruction of Downtown Halvo Bay · Ambush on the Halvo Bay Courthouse · Battle of the Plaza) · Battle of Kaia · Battle of Autrin · Battle of Jasper
1 A.E. Battle of Bonbourg · Second Battle of Jannermont · Fall of Ostri · Battle of Andius · Ambush on Voslov Bridge · Hammer of Dawn Strikes · Battle of Oblivion · Skirmish in the Live Zone
2 A.E. Hunt for the Locust Scientist
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 · Battle of the Slab · Lightmass Offensive (Battle of Embry Square · Mission to House of Sovereigns · Ambush at the Tomb of the Unknowns · Mission to Old Ephyra · Skirmish at Aspho Gas Station · Assault on Franklin's Outpost · Mission to Lethia Imulsion Facility · Mission to East Barricade Academy · Battle of Haldane Hall · Mission to Timgad · Skirmish at Timgad Station · 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 (Raid on Pomeroy Depot · Raid on Jacinto Med) · 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 · Mission to Mount Kadar · Battle Outside of Nexus · Siege of Nexus · Battle of the Royal Palace · Assault on Jacinto Command · 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 · First Battle of Azura · Victory Day (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 · Assault on Griffin Tower · Battle of Endeavor · Incursions in the Serano Ocean · Raid on the Maelstrom Barrier · Second Battle of Anvil Gate · Second Battle of Azura · Battle of Pinnacle Tower)
42 A.E. Mission to Mount Kadar Laboratory
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