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"Queen... Myrrah captured it days ago."
—Chairman Richard Prescott's dying words

The First Battle of Azura was an attack on the safe haven of Azura by the Locust Horde. Azura was an island located deep in the Serano Ocean where the COG relocated their elite citizens and researchers. Azura had a state-of-the-art, complex and combat-ready defense system which included underwater torpedo launchers near the island, a complex network of bunkers and fortifications, a large contingent of COG military forces from the three branches as well as the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System, but the Locust are able to reach Azura, bypass their defenses and launch an assault upon the COG's doomsday bunker. The islands' military protection included the Onyx Guard, the elite of the COG Army who protected the island and the Maelstrom Barrier which created an artificial hurricane surrounding the island and hiding it from outside sources until the Locust are able to breach Azura's defenses.

Order of BattleEdit

PreludeEdit

During the Pendulum Wars, the COG was relocating their social elite, the greatest and most renowned scientists and the greatest military strategists and many others to the island in the hopes of having the greatest minds help rebuild Human society if Sera was destroyed and the Pendulum Wars ended with a cataclysm. Azura was protected by the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System or the Maelstrom, a massive tower containing a generator capable of producing an artificial hurricane protecting both the land and sea of the island and the Onyx Guard, the elite of the COG Army along with the groups of COG forces from the rest of the Army as well as the Navy and the Air Corps. Notable citizens including Adam Fenix who created the aforementioned Maelstrom generator, but was creating a weapon that could kill all infected Lambent cells across Sera. Five years before Emergence Day, Adam Fenix made a pact with Queen Myrrah to help stop the Lambent from spreading, but not kill the Locust off, but now he could not figure a way out to save the Locust Horde. By 16 A.E., Adam’s weapon was in near perfection and almost ready to be deployed, but would kill all infected cells in both Locust and Lambent so Myrrah was not willing to sacrifice her race for mankind so she decided to attack Azura.

BattleEdit

Scouting mission to EndeavorEdit

Two years after the COG officially disbanded on Vectes, Chairman Prescott retreated to Azura where the Onyx Guard protected the elite of COG society. On Azura, Adam Fenix was working on a weapon known as the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon that would completely destroy both the Lambent and the Locust Horde if they are infected with Imulsion. The Azura based COG would send King Ravens on recon missions to the mainland to study the effects of the Lambent Pandemic on the surface. One King Raven, KR Zero-Four was on a Recon mission to Endeavor Naval Shipyard where they discovered that the Queen's Guard occupied the shipyard and organized it into their main base of operations. The Locust opened fire on the Raven and sent the Reavers out to chase them down. KR-04 reported back to the Azura CIC that the Locust reorganized and only Myrrah had that power. Myrrah ordered her Reavers to find the origin of the Raven since not all of the humans became nomadic tribes and if the humans had a sanctuary from the Lambent, the Locust could use it. One month after the recon mission, a Beast Rider found the Maelstrom, but was unable to bypass it. Queen Myrrah ordered a ship to recon the artificial storm. KR Zero-Five discovered the Barge on the ocean and reported back to Azura. Queen Myrrah saw how the Maelstrom worked and believed that the beam of light from the island to be the generator which produced the hurricane and ordered a group of Drones to dive underwater and attack the power source at night.

Locust assult plans for Azura

The Locust assault plans for Azura.

Locust InfiltrationEdit

A group of at least six Drones swam past the underwater mines and are able to land on the island, sneak past the island's defenses, go to the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System's main facility and enter it and proceed to enter the generator room. The Drones killed one Onyx Guard soldier, but a female scientist was able to raise the alarm. The Drones are able to disable the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System, but lost the element of surprise. With the whole island on high alert, the Onyx Guard mobilized for the upcoming battle.[1]

Onyx Guard vs Locust

The Onyx Guard not faring well against the Locust Horde.

The Battle of AzuraEdit

"Those bastards are going to land everywhere now. Red squad- secure the tower, stop them from getting Fenix’s gizmo."
—Cpt. Paul Dury

Captain Dury ordered all King Ravens into the air and mobilized all of the Gears under his command. He also sent Red Squad to defend the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon. But, he realized that without the Maelstrom, the Locust could land anywhere on the island. KR Zero-Three reported that a massive Locust fleet and airborne units are moving in from the south side of the rail and requested information on if the Chairman was being evacuated. Chairman Prescott announced that he was not leaving the island and was heading toward Fenix’s suite. On the beachhead, the Onyx Guard was trying to hold the Locust invasion force and requested artillery. KR-05 reported that the Locust Barges are on the north side of the island and the Locust was trying to spread the COG forces thin. The only advantage that the COG had was that the Locust did not know the layout of the island. Soon, the Locust are able to land the Brumaks in and broke though the COG defensive lines. With the civilians running to the air raid shelters, the Onyx Guard soldiers requested more air support while Queen Myrrah surveyed the battlefield from her Tempest.

Later, inside Adam Fenix’s lab, Adam tried gathering his paperwork, but Nevil told him that he needed to leave. But soon, a group of Drones breached the room and opened fire on him and his staff, but Nevil covered him with his Lancer. Queen Myrrah ordered no human in a white coat to be harmed since the COG was planning something on the island and she needed to know what. While Adam retreated to the top of the Pinnacle Tower, Nevil placed snipers on top of the tower and the Onyx Guard fortified the front doors. Deep inside the island, Dury and Prescott are held up in an elevated position trying to reach Adam and Nevil. Queen Myrrah was able to listen in on their conversation.

Cpt. Dury and Prescott are able to reach the Pinnacle Tower and Prescott tried to reason with Adam to leave the island, but Adam decided to stay. Dury also told Prescott that it would be best if he evacuated and headed to the CNV Sovereign to get Hoffman so he could counterattack, but was worried that he could not retake the island. Adam gave Prescott a message to give to his son and the key to A2897. Adam also ordered Nevil to take his data and hide it underground. With the Tower now surrounded by the Locust, Dury decided to fight to the center of the island along with Nevil to take refuge in the caves. However, they are intercepted by the Locust forces on the way there and it was unknown if they survived.[1]

LegacyEdit

A few days later, Prescott was able to reach the CNV Sovereign and give Marcus Fenix his father's S.O.S. forcing him to go halfway across Sera to find Azura and his father where Marcus Fenix along with Delta-One and their Gorasni allies attacked Azura, retaking the island and destroying the Locust and the Lambent with Adam Fenix's Imulsion destroying weapon which was located at the top of the Pinnacle Tower.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gears of War: Dirty Little Secrets Part Six (No Hiding Place)
  2. Gears of War 3
Locust War
0 A.E. Emergence Day (First Battle of Jannermont · Battle of Mattino Junction · First Battle of Ilima · Battle of Porta Ogari · 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 Jasper · Battle of Autrin)
1 A.E. Battle of Bonbourg · Second Battle of Jannermont · Fall of Ostri · Battle of Andius · Ambush on Voslov Bridge · Hammer of Dawn Strikes · Fall of Claybourne · Siege of Zenic Laboratory · 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 · 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 · 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 (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 · Assault on Mount Kadar · Mission to Nexus · Siege of Nexus · Battle of the Royal Palace · Assault on Jacinto City · 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 · Mission to Char · Battle of Endeavor · Second Battle of Anvil Gate · Incursions in the Serano Ocean · Second Battle of Azura · Battle of Pinnacle Tower)
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