"I've never met a soldier who knew he was a hero. It's not false modesty. They simply decide to do something that they know they must do, usually for there comrades, because if they don't, those people will suffer in some way. For them, that compulsion is far stronger than any fear. The fact we find it exceptional is a sad indictment of the human race. I'd like to live in a world of heroes. If we did, there would be no wars."
—General Jolyon Iver

General Jolyon Iver was the commander of the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army two years before Emergence Day.[1]


Planning Operation LevelerEdit

"Let's crack on, then, people. This is where we start Operation Leveler. In all the years the Coalition has been fighting, there's never been a more critical mission."
—Iver, at the start of the planning for Operation Leveler

Three years before Emergence Day,[2] Iver was one of many military leaders for the COG Army during the Pendulum Wars. He attended a briefing where Chairman Tomas Dalyell ordered him to draw up the battle plans for Operation Leveler to capture the Hammer of Dawn technology from the UIR. After Dalyell left, Iver took over the meeting and ordered everyone assembled to come up with ideas.[3] As time went on, the planning team was reduced to Iver, Major Victor Hoffman, Agent Louise Settile, Captain Quentin Michaelson, and Professor Adam Fenix. At one of the meetings, he informed the others of a buildup of UIR forces in the area, and believed that the UIR had either realized how vulnerable Aspho Point was, or were close to finishing the Hammer project. After Settile gave Fenix updated technical assessments, they waited on him to decide if they needed to capture or kill any enemy scientists. When he said that the scientists could eventually rebuild the project from scratch, Settile decided that assassination might be necessary. Iver decided to run the option past Chairman Dalyell, but Hoffman and Fenix got into an argument over if it was necessary to kill civilians. Iver tried to stop the argument, but Settile did it for him by insulting Fenix for creating weapons that kill people. Iver was reluctant to punish her for the infraction because she was an intel agent. He attempted to defuse the situation by steering the topic onto a new infiltration route, and Michaelson came up with an idea. He asked Iver if he could borrow a few Sea Ravens and set his engineers loose on them, to which Iver agreed. The meeting then broke up as Iver, Fenix, and Michaelson left, while Settile and Hoffman stayed behind to go over more details.[4]

Operation LevelerEdit

"I thought it was Iver's operation."
"Maybe Iver still does.
—Hoffman and Michaelson, after learning that Iver's authority is being superseeded by Chairman Dalyell

Hours before the Operation began, Iver's authority was superseeded by Dalyell, who was getting nervous about the operation, and might order an air strike and naval bombardment on the facility if he thought something was going wrong.[5]

Later lifeEdit

What happened to him after the Pendulum Wars is unknown, and it is presumed that he is deceased since Hoffman is the highest-ranking officer left in the COG.[6]

Personality and TraitsEdit

Although he wasn't a squeamish commander, Iver had political ambitions, and was relucant to order the execution of enemy scientists without the Chairman's approval to prevent it from being used against him.[7]


  1. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 211
  2. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 90
  3. Gears of War: Aspho Fields page 111-112
  4. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 156-165
  5. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 188
  6. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 48
  7. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 161
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