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"As all of Sera has learned, peace is fragile. This new, ruthless enemy has rendered most of Sera's leaders either helpless or dead. This enemy believes Sera is finished. Some in the Coalition of Ordered Governments also seem to believe Sera is finished - a sick, feeble animal waiting for slaughter. But today, citizens of Sera, we - Tyrus, the heart of the Coalition - will take back our planet. To ensure your safety and cooperation, we are reinstating the Fortification Act. All of Sera will be under martial law. No one is exempt. Survivors should immediately start evacuating to Ephyra. These unclean creatures, these Locust, are unable to penetrate Jacinto's granite base. Therefore, in Jacinto, we are safe - for now. We won't let this rampage go further or surrender power. The Coalition will employ Sera's entire arsenal of orbital beam weapons to scorch all Locust-infested areas. For those citizens who cannot make it to Jacinto, the Coalition appreciates your sacrifice. Please forgive us. This is the only way."
—Chairman Richard Prescott, 30th day of Bloom, 1 A.E.

The Hammer of Dawn Strikes was an orbital Tyran/COG targeted attack against the Locust Horde in occupied territories across Sera. The decision to use weapons of mass destruction was a difficult one for Prescott and his military advisers, since all of them had family outside of Jacinto Plateau. However, it was the only way to deny the Locust any more human military technology and resources.

Order of EventsEdit

Fall of OstriEdit

After the fall of Ostri, under the leadership of Premier Deschenko, a retreat was ordered to Pelles.[3] The newly elected Chairman Richard Prescott realized the remainder of the COG nations could not look past their own borders (except for the South Islands) for help.[4] Chairman Prescott decided he must go back on everything the late Chairman David Prescott believed in and had Attorney General Milon Audley draw up the papers to enact the Fortification Act, and requested his cabinet and Gen. Salaman, Col. Hoffman, and Adam Fenix to decide on a timeline for the retreat to Jacinto Plateau.[5]

The DebateEdit

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Locust forces advancing before the Hammer strikes.

"This is wholesale slaughter."
—Adam Fenix to Chairman Prescott

With less than a month for the nation of Tyrus to survive, Chairman Prescott announced his plan to his advisors. They reminded him that the Hammer of Dawn strike was not tactical, but strategic in nature.[6] The news did not sit well with Adam Fenix, knowing he would kill his fellow countrymen and countless other millions across Sera, but Prescott surprised Adam when he told them they were going to evacuate every citizen they could into Ephyra city within a three-day deadline.[7] Gen. Salaman reported that the Locust might learn of the evacuation and either retreat or speed up their offensive into Tyrus. So only Tyran Gears were evacuated into the safe-zone, including areas from Zone Three-Alpha.[8]

"I have to tell the people what the stakes are, but we want to catch the Locust on the wrong foot, too."
—Chairman Richard Prescott, on his decision to give only three days time

In regards to Adam Fenix's "ethical" disagreement with the plan, an enraged Col. Hoffman, who was recommended to eliminate all the civilians from Aspho Point (by Adam Fenix, no less) to prevent the UIR from building another Hammer of Dawn, reminded Adam that he built the Hammer of Dawn and that many men and women lost their lives to capture it.[9] Adam and Hoffman debated on how much of humanity would have to die to "save" the COG, what the Hammer was built for, and reminded them how both humans and Locust would be killed off from the Hammer of Dawn, from instantiation to after-effect from particle debris in the atmosphere and water contamination.[9] Adam had one alternative plan, but no time to launch it,[10] leaving only the Hammer of Dawn strike as the only viable option on the table. After Prescott's military advisory agreed to his plan, he brought in his Cabinet to let them in on his decision. Not a single one had a problem with the Fortification Act, but almost all objected to virtually destroying the entire planet. The cabinet, however, had no real say in the matter, only having the "luxury" of finding out before the public.[11] After the cabinet members had been dismissed, Adam followed Richard to his office and revealed his alternative plan to sink key cities, which would result in the flooding of the Hollow.[12] Unfortunately, the plan would ask for too much time, time that, Prescott felt, neither Tyrus nor the rest of humanity had. Unable to convince Prescott, Fenix requested the Chairman to at least rescue his son, who was still outside the security line, which the Chairman agreed to do.[13]

The Hammer is DeployedEdit

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Sera being burned.

After the three day evacuation, 33rd Day of Bloom, the Hammer of Dawn was deployed. While it was normally the Duty Tactical Officer's job to fire the weapon, Prescott decided to take that burden upon himself and personally pressed the two buttons that fired the Hammer of Dawn. At that point, Sera was ultimately destroyed; everywhere but Jacinto Plateau was completely burned to ashes. Among the dead were possibly Colonel Hoffman's wife, Margaret, and her sister, Natalie, who couldn't make it back in time, along with untold, countless millions of others.

AftermathEdit

Char

Char was created directly from the HoD attack.

In the aftermath of the Hammer strike on Sera, the entire planet succumbed to massive environmental damage, caused by raging firestorms that swept across the landscape. The air was filthy and clogged with debris for weeks. It took five days for enough of the debris to settle for sunlight to filter through. Entire cities were completely leveled. Massive firestorms caused damage for kilometers. Forests were burned and exploding chemical plants seeded massive pollution into the ground and air that would linger for decades, if not centuries. All of the Locust on the surface were presumably killed, but the ones underground, naturally, survived. It took the Lightmass Bombing and the flooding of the Hollow (ironically, the alternate plan Adam Fenix had recommended) to end most of the Locust threat. The ultimate effect of the Hammer of Dawn strike was the creation of an area called the Char, a vast landscape where human bodies were still intact from the fires that had flash-fried them, little more than statues of solidified ash.

The event, having caused destruction, caused those who survived the Hammer strikes to become Stranded, who would loathe the COG for all the destruction and pain they had caused. Many Stranded groups would be hostile whenever they dealt with the COG, especially in areas such as Char where Aaron Griffin's group of Stranded were notoriously hostile to all visitors, especially COG.

Due to this event, following the end of the Lambent Pandemic and reconstruction of Sera, First Minister Anya Stroud, having been in the Hammer of Dawn control room when the strikes occurred, permanently shut down the Hammer of Dawn system and banned it from ever being reactivated again. Her eventual successor, Mina Jinn, continued to uphold Anya's proclamation as she too had witnessed the Hammer strikes and knew that it caused more COG deaths then the Locust, Lambent and Swarm combined. Despite this, the Hammer of Dawn was reactivated to deal with the Swarm threat in 42 A.E.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant
  2. Gears of War 3
  3. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 53
  4. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 52-53
  5. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 65
  6. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 67
  7. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 69
  8. Gears of War:Jacinto's Remnant pg 130
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 70
  10. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 71
  11. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 142
  12. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 146
  13. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 147
Locust War
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 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 · Incursions in the Serano Ocean · Raid on the Maelstrom Barrier · Second Battle of Anvil Gate · Second Battle of Azura · Battle of Pinnacle Tower)
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