- "Geril Atar. You’ve admitted to an act of injurious theft as defined by the Military Emergency Measures Act, that by stealing rations intended for Coalition soldiers you endangered them and their ability to defend the COG. The penalty is death, and in the name of the Chairman of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, I shall now carry that out."
- —Victor Hoffman to Geril Atar, stating the legalities before executing him for his crime
Siege of Anvil GateEdit
Food and water became scarce three months into the siege. There was a famine among the civilians, while the larger amount of rations was used for Gears to keep them capable of fighting. Raids on the rations store were frequent. One man was found having a pantry full of stolen COG rations; Geril Atar. Lt. Hoffman insisted that the man be put to death, as an example to other civilians on what would be the consequences to stealing essential supplies. Food thefts needed to be stopped and Hoffman saw this as the only warning he could give to be taken seriously. Alderman Buyal Casani tried to convince Hoffman of Atar's desperation, because he was otherwise helplessly watching his children starve. Casani also said he would likely have done the same if he was in Atar's situation. However, Hoffman was determined to make a statement. Geril Atar had already been arrested and was brought to a small room, guarded by rifleman Bai Tak, one of the Pesanga who had volunteered.
Lieutenant Hoffman at first insisted that Casani, as the civil leader, carry out Atar's execution. After arriving at the room where Atar was being held, Hoffman handed the Alderman his sidearm to do the job. Casani, however, had already refused to shoot one of his own people, calling Atar a neighbor and a friend. Hoffman took the sidearm back from Casani and placed the muzzle at Atar's head, saying the last legalities. For a brief moment, their eyes met, before Hoffman averted his and pulled the trigger.