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"It was tough not to feel disappointed. Three weeks out in the field, and we'd only found one Gear. One survivor. The APC was packed with ammo and supplies, but still...we needed people a lot more than we needed supplies"
Jace Stratton on his disappointment of the mission

The Mission to the Pirnah Badlands was an event which occurred two months after the Lightmass Offensive. Spanning several weeks, several Gears are ambushed by the Locust forces until High Command sent Delta-One with new recruits in. Delta was only able to find Michael Barrick as a lone survivor of Echo-6. The squad was going to relocate to Jacinto until they picked a distress beacon up which turned out to be a Locust ambush, leaving a member of Delta, Gil Gonzalez killed.

Order of Battle[]


The mission to the Pirnah Badlands was a rescue mission to find the missing Gears in the aftermath of the Lightmass Offensive that turned into a minor skirmish. After several Gears went missing in the Badlands, HQ decided to send Delta-One to locate them and bring any survivors back[1].

Initial Deployment[]

After COG HQ lost contact with several Gears including Echo-Six, Command sent Delta-One with an APC loaded for a weeks long mission to the Badlands. After entering the area and a week into the mission, Delta discovered that all of the missing squads are killed. After defeating a swarm of Drones, Delta-One was able to locate Michael Barrick[1]. After recovering him, Delta collected all COG tags and ammo and pulled back to the APC to head back to Jacinto. However, on the way, they picked a distress beacon up on the shortwave transmitting the COG distress frequency.


Gil being gun down, leading the rescue mission into a shootout

After locating the beacon, Fenix discovered that it was on full power and realized that the situation was a trap. A Sniper Drone took Gil Gonzalez down and the rest of Delta are being pinned down by the Drones and the E-Holes are popping up. While being flanked from the right, Fenix and Dom were able to lead a counterattack while Jace took the sniper out and Barrick tried to stop Gil's bleeding. However, the three Boomers[1][2] entered the fray. With Barrick, Gil and Jace's cover lost to the Boomers, Fenix used a Bolo grenade as a distraction. With Barrick chainsawing a Boomer, Fenix killed another with a Bolo Grenade while Dom gunned the last one down.[2] However, Gil lost too much blood and died from his wounds.


Delta-One was able to make back to Jacinto City, carrying the body of Gil Gonzalez. Fenix gave Gil a proper funeral and the squad was allowed one week to rest. Fenix went to the The Rusty Nail to think over losing another Gear while Jace would go to the orphanage, leaving Dom to keep to himself just thinking about Maria. After the week's rest, Barrick is assessed to Delta-One and sent to Montevado on a recon mission.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Gears of War:Hollow Issue 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gears of War:Hollow Issue 2
  3. Gears of War:Hollow Issue 5

Locust War
0 A.E. Emergence Day (Emergence in Jannermont · Emergence in Mattino Junction · Emergence in Ilima · Emergence in Porta Ogari · Emergence in 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 · Bombing of Downtown Halvo Bay · Ambush on the Halvo Bay Courthouse · Battle of the Plaza)
1 A.E. Battle of Kaia (Battle of Jasper · Battle of Autrin) · Battle of Bonbourg · Second Battle of Jannermont · Fall of Ostri · Battle of Andius · Ambush on Voslov Bridge · Hammer of Dawn Strikes · 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 · Lightmass Offensive (Battle of Embry Square · Mission to House of Sovereigns · Ambush at 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 · 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 · Siege of Nexus · Battle of the Royal Palace · 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 · Siege of Azura · Victory Day (Attack on the Sovereign · 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 · Battle of Azura)