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"I hope no one believes in ghosts."
—Cpl. Damon Baird after Delta arrives at New Hope.

The Mission to New Hope Research Facility was reconnaissance mission assigned to Delta Squad in order to discover information on the location of a Locust stronghold. It began when Chairman Prescott declassified documents detailing the location of the complex and sent Delta a Centaur Tank. Other details about the facility remained classified meaning that even Colonel Hoffman and Command knew nothing about its purpose.

BackgroundEdit

After the sinking of Ilima, the COG realized they did not have sufficient intel on the Locust stronghold to make Operation Hollow Storm a success. After declassifying documents on the New Hope Research Facility, Command gave Delta Squad a Centaur Tank and dispatched them to the location, believing that it may contain vital information on where to find the stronghold.

Arriving at New HopeEdit

After reaching the facility and finding it run-down and abandoned, Cole and Baird stayed behind to guard the Centuar while Marcus and Dom entered the complex. They encountered a semi-sentient AI system controlling the security, and after bypassing the security door, they had to find ways around laser turrets whilst dealing with Wretches that had somehow gotten inside. After reaching the main computer terminal and downloading data relating to Mount Kadar, they found that they had unknowingly awakened the dormant subjects still inside the complex.

The Sires and the Locust ambushEdit

As biogenetically mutated creatures known as Sires broke out of their Stasis tanks, they went on a rampage and attacked Delta Squad. Delta were forced to destroy all the subjects in order to escape. After disabling the rampant AI system, Delta Squad were ambushed by Locust forces as a Razorhail storm broke out. Fighting their way through the storm, Marcus and Dom encountered a surprisingly large amount of resistance considering the remote location of the complex. They managed to reach the Centaur just as the Razorhail subsided, protecting it from Reavers whilst Baird carried out repairs. Once fixed, Delta was able to escape as a swarm of Reavers descended on the site.

AftermathEdit

The mission was an important strategic victory for the COG. The information retrieved from New Hope led Delta Squad to Mount Kadar, where they found an entrance into the Locust capital, Nexus. Once they were deep enough, they were able set off JACK's beacon, guiding a second wave of Grindlifts into the Hollow and triggering the Siege of Nexus. During the three-way battle, the COG discovered something that could potentially wipe out the Locust Horde once and for all.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant pg 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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