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"And we know it’s comin,’ baby. Sooner or later. The big one"
—Cole inner thoughts on the impending assault

The Riverside Skirmish was in 9 A.E. COG Command sent Foxtrot-Six to locate and destroy a Locust built bridge. After leaving Jacinto City and noticing that the COG was relocating from Ephyra, the Packhorse left the safety of the wire and headed into No-Man’s Land where the Locust had a minor presence, but the Stranded took their chances.[2] The Locust Horde was preparing for their massive assault on Ephyra City and was building surface structures from bridges to railways.[2] While the COG fortified Jacinto, they sent the squads out to deal with any new Locust structures.

Leaving Jacinto[]

"Is it because I’ve got opposable thumbs?"
—Baird, after finding out he has to lay the charges

After being given their orders, Foxtrot-Six was leaving Jacinto City where they witnessed the new recruits from Operation Lifeboat who looked more like prisoners of war than new recruits, built defenses around the city while the COG prepared for Ephyra to be attacked. The Locust Horde was amassing for a major assault on the COG capital and began building logistics for their assault. Foxtrot-Six noticed one of the banks in the business districts was now occupied by the COG Defense Department and became division commutations centers while the COG Army was eyeing the Treasury for military importance. Foxtrot-Six left the city and entered No-Man’s Land where the Stranded settlements and the Locust Horde had a minor occupation. The Packhorse passed several Stranded settlements and discovered a new rickety bridge next to an old power station.[3] The Locust was able to build the bridge in a few days and had poles sunk into the ground. The river was shallow and the bridge was just rafts of wooden planks suspended from metal poles.[3] Baird was nominated for laying the charges as he was the lightest.

Demo job and ambushed[]

"You selfish motherfuckers."

While the rest of the squad covered Baird, he laid the charges on the bridge until he noticed that he missed one and went back to set it up. When he returned to the squad, he was half way back to them until one of the charges exploded from a premature detonation.[4] The explosion sent Baird into the river, drifting away while the bridge began falling apart. Cole went back to the Packhorse to use it's hitch only to find out that the Packhorse was stripped of all of it's parts by the Stranded leaving an angry Cole and the realization that he possibly could not save Baird. Cole with only one option left called in for support from Command.[5] Command promised to free a King Raven up while the ten Drones attacked the Gears from the opposite bank of the river. After returning to his fellow Gears, Cole and the rest of Foxtrot-Six engaged the Grubs and was able to kill one of them. The Gears began hearing a noise coming over the river banks and the ground began vibrating. Command sent a Mammoth, a bridge-laying tank, driven by a conscript name Ailsa. She drove the tank over the river and ran over all of the Drones, allowing Cole to retrieve Baird from the river.


Alisa drove her tank back across the river and Cole wished that Baird was alert to notice that a “Stranded bum” saved his life and a woman at that.[6] Alisa drove Foxtrot-Six back to Jacinto and left the stripped Packhorse.


  1. Gears of War: Coalition's End pg 368
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 365
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 366
  4. Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 367
  5. Gears of War: Coalition’s End pg 369
  6. Gears of War: Coalition's End pg 371
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)