- "There's a difference between war and cruelty."
- —Sofia to Garron Paduk when they're discussing the fate of General Karn
Cadet Sofia Hendrik was a Gear soldier in the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army who served in Kilo Squad. During the Pendulum Wars, Sofia was a journalist, but joined the army after Emergence Day and was sent to the Halvo Bay Military Academy in Halvo Bay where she became a cadet in the Onyx Guard. When the Locust assaulted Halvo Bay, Sofia was assigned to Kilo Squad to keep an eye on Garron Paduk. She and Kilo Squad helped defeat General Karn by disobeying orders and she left the COG to travel with Paduk. They led a group of former COG and Union of Independent Republics soldiers and civilians who lived in Halvo Bay, but she was kidnapped by the members of the COG at an unknown point, leaving her fate unknown.
Sofia had nine siblings, but only grew up with an older brother, Jason because their father moved around a lot and fathered the children in the different cities. After Jason was killed fighting in the Pendulum Wars, Sofia dropped out of school and started her career as a news reporter.
The Pendulum WarsEdit
Sofia first served as a media correspondent for the Coalition of Ordered Governments as part of The New Ephyran news agency and The Eagle Newspaper during the Pendulum Wars and was scarred by the horrors of war that she saw. She was highly critical about the COG and its conduct during the war.
Emergence Day and Academy LifeEdit
After the Locust emerged, Sofia joined the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army hours after the Locust War started which surprised the people due to her previous criticism of the COG. Sofia was sent to join the Halvo Bay Military Academy in Halvo Bay and became an officer cadet in the Onyx Guard. In addition, she was trained to become a medic. She and the other cadets heard rumors about a "doomsday weapon" that the headmasters installed incase the academy was ever overrun, but she dismissed it as fake. Sofia became an expert shot with a Snub Pistol by winning every ribbon that the academy gave out for its use and she also took fencing lessons. Sofia entered into a relationship with a weapons designer named Professor Kurt Elliott who let her test the experimental weapons in his lab at the academy and gave her access to a secret entrance in his mansion. When she discovered that he was married and had children, Sofia broke their relationship off.
The Destruction of Halvo BayEdit
The Museum of Military GloryEdit
Advancing to the MuseumEdit
Around six weeks after Emergence Day, Halvo Bay came under heavy Locust assault. Sofia was assigned to Kilo Squad under the command of Lt.Damon Baird with orders to keep an eye on Pvt.Garron Paduk who was a former Union of Independent Republics soldier from the Republic of Gorasnaya who the COG feared would try and steal the military technology. Pvt.Augustus Cole who was a former Thrashball star turned Gear was rounding the squad out. During the early stages of the battle, Kilo was sent to meet a convoy in the Old Town district. They moved through the alleyways toward the convoy, hearing a massive Locust moving through the streets on the opposite side of the buildings in front of them. They engaged a small group of Locust in a courtyard and after defeating them, they discovered that their convoy was completely wiped out. Sofia stated that she wanted to find whatever destroyed them and gain revenge. They destroyed a small Locust force that was still at the convoy site which included the Lambent Wretchs. After informing Col.Ezra Loomis about the situation, Sofia and the others are ordered to head to the Museum of Military Glory and help defend it from the Locust. Sofia and the others entered a basement that led to the riverwalk district in order to bypass the Locust between them and the Museum. When they exited the basement, they discovered that the Hammer of Dawn strikes are authorized in the area and are forced to quickly battle through an entrenched Locust force along the riverfront to escape in time. After cutting through some abandoned buildings, they scavenged the Hammerbursts and Sawed-Off Shotguns to use against the Locust. They exited the building and entered the Museum gardens just in time to see the last of the Gears outside fall to the Locust. They engaged the enemy and took several Kantus out before securing the balcony. They defeated a Locust counterattack, closing several Emergence Holes and securing the gardens before entering the Museum.
Defending the MuseumEdit
Upon entering the Museum, they discovered a group of Onyx Guard soldiers. After Baird told them that Loomis sent them, the commanding officer commented that they are not Onyx. Sofia stepped up and said that she was, but the Gear told her that she was not and dismissed her as just a cadet, causing Paduk to laugh and Sofia to shoot a dirty look at him. The officer ordered them to stay there and defend the Great Hall while they went to reinforce the East Wing, shoving Sofia out of the way as they left the room. After receiving word that a large Locust force was coming, Sofia and the others began setting defense turrets and grenade traps up around the room. When the Locust assaulted, they opened the Emergence Holes up inside the room and sent the Nemacysts in through the windows. After repelling the two waves of the Locust, Kilo received a call for help from Black-Four who are getting hammered in the East Wing. Sofia and the others entered the Kashkur Wing where they encountered heavy resistance from a few Cyclops, but managed to overcome them. Upon entering the East Wing, the remaining members of Black-Four ordered them to hold the room while they engaged the Locust in the street. Sofia and the others set up defenses in the room to protect Nassar Embry's armor and held a massive Locust assault off on the room. After defeating the Locust, they spotted a massive creature outside the Museum and Paduk said that its presence meant the end of Halvo Bay.
Exiting the MuseumEdit
They decided to leave the Museum and assist in the battle outside, but are forced to go through the Archives to do so. While down there, they encountered the two Serapedes that are protecting the ten egg clutches. They killed the massive creatures and destroyed the eggs to prevent more from hatching and proceeded into the diCordia Archive Room. After fighting through the Archives, they went up a stairwell toward the Vaults and Baird ordered everyone to check their radios, but Sofia informed him that she could not hear any communications. Upon entering the Vaults, they discovered that there was so much dust and it was nearly impossible to see more than a few feet in front of them. Sofia and the others are forced to fight through the Theron Guards and Butchers by using cleavers as well as the Maulers and Wretches. After defeating the Locust and exiting the Vaults, they made contact with Loomis and informed him that all of the other Gears at the Museum are killed and Paduk informed them that the Locust leading the attack was General Karn who wiped his nation out in a matter of days. Loomis dismissed Karn's ability, but Sofia suggested using the Lightmass Missile to kill him and Shibboleth. Loomis told her to leave the strategy to the officers and ordered them to engage Karn and not to contact him again until the Locust general was dead. However, they lost radio contact with Loomis and witnessed Karn and his forces occupying the area around the Museum. Cole asked Sofia how the Missile worked and she explained to them that it was classified, but the designer, Elliott worked at the Halvo Bay Military Academy and the Missile was located at Onyx Point. Baird agreed that it was a good plan, but Paduk expressed his distaste for it by explaining that his scars are caused by a Lightmass Missile and guessed that it would burn the entire city. Sofia was shocked to learn about the origin of Paduk's scars and she told them that this Missile was low yield, but Elliott stopped working on it after the Hammer of Dawn was completed. She explained that they would need to get a beacon to guide the Missile, secure the launch codes and activate the Missile on site to fire it. However, she also pointed out that they would need to get approval from Loomis to fire the Missile. Paduk tried to contact him and explained their plan and reasoned that since no one responded to object, they had approval. Baird said that worked for him and ordered Sofia to take them to the Academy.
Halvo Bay Military AcademyEdit
Crossing the Enfield BridgeEdit
Despite her reservations with the plan, Sofia led Kilo to the Academy out of a desire to see what happened to her fellow cadets. They used a sewer line to reach the outskirts of the Academy and did not encounter any Locust since they are busy on the ground. After exiting an alleyway, they had a clear view of the Academy and discovered that it was already attacked by Karn. Sofia became determined to recover the beacon and use it to destroy the Locust General. Sofia stated that she knew that her fellow cadets fought hard and Paduk told her that there was no shame in losing a battle. As they approached the Enfield Bridge, Sofia and the others found themselves low on ammo and supplies. When they are halfway across the bridge, they came under attack by a Reaver squadron, but managed to survive the onslaught and defeat the flying Locust. After taking a few more Locust out at the entrance to the Academy, they entered the Academy's ground.
Locating the BeaconEdit
Sofia was well aware that she would find her friends, teachers and comrades dead inside the Academy and forced herself to ignore her emotions and get the mission done. They discovered that the entrance hall was blocked and on fire and are forced to detour around to the courtyard. They learned that the Academy’s defense system was activated and was preparing to release poison gas into the courtyard, forcing them to quickly battle through the Locust there and proving Sofia wrong about her dismissal of the Academy's "doomsday weapon". After taking the Locust out, she told the others to follow her to the Van Slyke Institute for Science and Technology. When they reached the Institute's door, a Rager burst through and transformed in front of them before charging straight at Kilo. They managed to put it down and fought through more Ragers and the supporting Locust before reaching Elliott's lab entrance. Sofia bypassed the security station and they discovered that the lab was filled with toxic fumes from the fire suppression system which made fighting difficult. They are still able to defeat the Locust that are occupying the lab and Sofia remarked that it looked different from the last time that she was there. Baird asked Sofia if she worked there, but Sofia explained to him that she tested the prototype weapons and Elliott had a crush on her which surprised him. Sofia led them to a lab at the back, past the bodies of several scientists and opened a secure door where the beacon was. They discovered that the beacon was a bot named Troy and Sofia deactivated its restraints to free it. As the bot floated free, Baird said that he thought that he could cloak and Sofia explained that the Academy had anti-cloaking fields set up to prevent that and they would need to protect him on the way out of the Academy.
Escaping from the AcademyEdit
Baird ordered Troy to guide them out of the Academy and it hacked through another door in the lab that led to the Monroe Commons. Halfway through the Commons, Troy stopped and began beeping while putting a shield up. Sofia explained to the others that it meant that Troy detected the enemies nearby and would not move until the area was clear. As they engaged the Locust, Baird told her that they all knew that, but Paduk informed him that he did not know that. After taking the Locust out, Sofia asked the bot to open the door leading outside and they defended it from another Locust assault which included the Nemacysts that Sofia guessed that they are annoyed by the bot's electronic signals since they all zeroed in on it. After Troy unlocked the door, they entered a giant courtyard where more Locust assaulted them. They managed to defeat them and protect the bot and overheard the radio chatter from a King Raven that was shot down over the Academy. They entered the atrium where they switched to Snub Pistols due to being low on ammo, but Sofia did not mind since she was an expert shot with them. The Wretches jumped down at them from above and the Locust swarmed the hall, but Sofia and the others are able to repel the attack and defend Troy by using only the pistols. They entered a courtyard where they spotted the King Raven that they heard going down earlier. The crew was dead, but they managed to scavenge some equipment from the wreckage. Another King Raven flew overhead and informed them that a large Locust force was closing in on their position. They quickly set up traps and turrets to take on the Locust which included the Serapedes and Corpsers. After defeating the two waves of the Locust, they are able to make it out of the Academy without further incident and headed for Seahorse Hills where Elliott's house and the launch codes are. Sofia hoped that Elliott was having better luck against the Locust than her fellow cadets had.
Fighting Toward Elliott's MansionEdit
Kilo made their through the city to the Amador Park in Seahorse Hills by scavenging the Gnasher Shotguns and Sawed-Offs from a mansion due to a lack of ammo. Sofia was horrified at the state of the neighborhood and Paduk doubted that Elliott was still alive which was a sentiment which Baird agreed with. They smashed through the Locust front lines and Sofia commented that they had a long way to go before reaching Elliott's mansion. They entered the courtyard of one of the mansions where they encountered a Corpser with the Locust supporting it. After clearing the Locust out, they proceeded across the street toward the next group of houses. Sofia recommended that they should cut through the Magadha Villa, but when they entered, they are ambushed by the Locust who used smoke grenades to obscure their vision. They fought their way out of the ambush and villa by destroying the Locust that are sent to ambush them. They overheard the radio chatter between Loomis and another Gear who reported that Omega-Two took the Seeder out at the airport, but Karn was destroying everything there. Sofia and the others worriedly listened as Loomis demanded that the Gear should drive Karn and the Locust into the sea, but the Gear was killed by the Locust while protesting that they are outnumbered. They entered the Soleno Villa which they discovered was rigged with explosives to stop the looters and the Locust. They fought through the Kantus led Locust forces in the Villa and Sofia called a warning to the others out when she spotted the two Ragers. They cut the rampaging Locust down and took several more supporting troops out before exiting the villa and crossing a broken bridge. As they made their way through the broken street, Sofia noticed that the barriers are not made by the COG and Paduk identified them as being built by the Locust. After taking a small group of Locust out, they came into view of Elliott's mansion which had multiple turrets guarding it. Sofia noted that they could not get past the security system guarding the mansion, but informed the others about the hidden entrance that led to Elliott's lab. Paduk asked how well that she knew the professor and she simply told him that she knew him well enough and began guiding the others toward the hidden entrance.
Securing Elliott's MansionEdit
They swept through the streets by taking the Locust barriers down before locating a Locust Mortar crew. They took it out and Baird decided that they needed to take all of the mortar crews out before Elliott's house was destroyed. They fought through a huge Locust force on the street and cleared a captured COG checkpoint out, killing a Locust mortar crew inside. They left the checkpoint and headed for the Risea Estate where another mortar crew was firing from. They managed to clear the estate out despite heavy covering fire from the Locust One-Shots. They headed for the guest bungalows to take the final mortar crew out and repulsed a Locust counterattack after they killed the final crew. Baird asked Sofia to take them to the hidden entrance and she told him that it was just beyond a nearby gate. As she led them into the canal where the entrance was located, Sofia admitted that she did not think that Elliott would be alive. Baird said that he could be, but she told him that even he did not believe that. He admitted that he did not and asked her if she was alright. Sofia responded that Elliott's body would not be the first friend that she had saw to be dead on that day. She entered the code to the hidden entrance and led Kilo to Elliott's lab. They discovered that Elliott committed suicide after learning that his wife and kids are killed by the Locust. Baird ordered Troy to hack the computer and Sofia was grieved by the entire situation. Baird offered his sympathy and Cole asked what happened between the two of them. She briefly explained how she discovered that Elliott was married with the kids and decided to move on after that. The power went out and Sofia guessed that Troy disabled something when hacking into the system. With the defenses down, the Locust could now enter the mansion. Baird ordered everyone to go out front and defend the mansion until the bot finished hacking the computer. They repelled the first wave and Troy managed to open the mainframe. However, this left it exposed to attack, forcing Kilo to worry about defending it when the next attack arrived. Near the end of the second attack, a Berserker joined the battle. After eliminating the Berserker and its supporting forces, Troy finished getting the codes and Sofia and the others left Elliott's mansion.
Assaulting Onyx PointEdit
Sofia and the others hijacked a Locust landing ship and used it to reach Onyx Point which Cole knew the location due to taking a tour of it when being guided around Halvo Bay by a general a few years prior. They landed on the beach to find out that the Locust heavily fortified it and are using grenade traps and Sofia complained that she had never trained for amphibious assault. They managed to push up the beach and clear the fortifications of the Locust. They fought through the container terminal and barely escaped from the area before it was hit by a bombardment form an offshore COG artillery unit. Kilo found themselves at the motor pool and took an outpost out that the Locust set up there before leaving. They climbed over several vehicles and boxes that are blocking the tunnel out of the motor pool and found themselves on a cliffside with a view of the Endeavor Naval Shipyard which was under heavy Locust assault. Sofia noted that Karn captured the port and sadly lamented that she had friends who are stationed there and Cole said that he did as well. They rounded the Torque Bows and Breechshots up since their weapons are getting low on ammo. As they headed toward an elevator, Sofia spotted the snipers on the ridge opposite of them and warned the others. They took cover and exchanged fire with the Locust until the elevator came down behind them carrying several Drones. They quickly took them out and rode the elevator up, but Sofia spotted more Locust on the ridge opposite of them and warned the others to take them out quickly since they did not have any cover and they managed to safely reach the top while taking several Locust out. They entered the central area of the base, but the weather took a turn for the worse and the fog and heavy wind made it difficult for the Gears to see or move. They managed to defeat a large force of Drones and located an elevator that took them down deeper into the base.
Arming the Missile and EscapingEdit
At the bottom of the elevator, they finally located the Lightmass Missile and arming station. As Baird began arming the missile, the communications came back online and Loomis ordered all squads to head for the Museum of Military Glory to retake it. Sofia told Baird that he needed to tell Loomis what they are doing and Baird contacted Loomis and reported that they are preparing to arm the Missile. Loomis was furious and Paduk tried to warn him that Karn was too dangerous to use anything less than the Lightmass Missile. Loomis dismissed his concerns, stating that a Locust who could wipe a bunch of Indies out was no threat to the Gears and he would shake Karn's hand if he could, shocking Sofia and the others. Loomis ordered Kilo to remain on Onyx Point and for Sofia to arrest Paduk along with Baird if he protested. Sgt.Marcus Fenix from Omega-Two broke in over the communications, reporting that they are pinned down two blocks away from the Museum and needed evacuation, but Lt.Anya Stroud reported that they could only get a King Raven to them in an hour. Cole pointed out that they could rescue them in less than an hour and Baird stated that he was going to rescue Omega. Sofia informed him that she was as well and they quickly entered the launch codes to prepare the Lightmass Missile for firing. Kilo began to escape from the fort, but are forced to fight through the darkness when the power went out. After clearing the Locust out from the area, Sofia remarked that the Missile was useless if the Locust could reach it, but Baird told her that they could have Troy seal the door from the other side. After sealing the door, they made their way back up to the surface. When they reached the beach, Troy began beeping, alerting the Gears to the incoming Locust. They quickly set up defenses along the beachfront and several waves of Locust assaulted the beach by using the landing craft. Once the Locust are defeated, Sofia and the others took one of the landing craft back to the mainland.
Moving Through Downtown Halvo BayEdit
They landed in the wharf district of Downtown Halvo Bay and are forced to fight through a heavily fortified Locust position which they suspected that Karn set up to stop them. After cutting through a hotel, they wounded up in the middle of a parade grounds where the end of the Pendulum Wars was celebrated. As they tried to go through a gate, a Serapede came out form under it and attacked them, supported by several Locust. After they killed the monsters, they finished lifting the gate up and proceeded through. They spotted a Locust patrol approaching and set up an ambush with Sofia and Cole setting up on the left side of the street and Baird and Paduk on the right. They annihilated the Locust patrol, but Paduk was worried that they would encounter more. Sofia suggested climbing up the ruins of a destroyed building to reach the rooftops and use them to get closer to the Museum. They directed Troy to open the door leading to the rooftops and defending against a massive swarm of Ragers that assaulted their position. After killing the rampaging Locust, they headed up to the rooftops.
Upon entering the stairwell, they discovered that the citizens of Halvo Bay that are not evacuated fled to the rooftops hoping for safety, but are slaughtered by the Locust that are sent to exterminate them. They scavenged the Longshot Sniper Rifles and Boltok Pistols due to low ammo and proceeded to continue up the building floors to the roof. They encountered several dozen Drones as well as the Shriekers, but managed to fight through them. A Reaver flew overhead and attacked them, but they managed to defeat it as well. They proceeded onto the next set of rooftops where they found even more bodies. By this point, Kilo was extremely low on ammo and worked to scavenge whatever they could find. After fighting past another group of Locust, they kicked a door down and entered a small building. They heard another transmission between Omega-Two and Control with Omega getting close to being overwhelmed. After clearing the rooftop of the Locust, Kilo found themselves looking over the Museum square. They sent the bot toward Karn's position under his cloak and monitored the hundreds of Locust occupying the Museum square. Sofia realized that she did not even know the bot's name and Baird revealed that it was Troy. Sofia was contacted by Loomis who demanded to know her position. She informed him that they are aiding another unit and he asked which unit and why they are not still at Onyx Point. Baird cut in and told him that they are preparing to fire the Lightmass Missile to kill Karn, but Loomis informed him that the Missile was being saved for a purpose by Command and he would have them all tried and shot. Baird looked at the others for approval and Sofia gave him a nod while the others signaled their assent as well for him to fire. Baird launched the Missile. The Missile flattened the Museum and took all of the Locust out there while also kicking a huge cloud of smoke up. Omega-Two reported that they are clear, but Kilo had no time to celebrate as the Locust arrived to assault them. They killed the first few Locust and bunkered down to repel an assault by Karn's personal guard. After repulsing the two waves of Locust and the two Reavers, the Locust assault ended and Kilo was victorious. The two King Ravens arrived and Loomis and his personal unit of Onyx Guard placed Sofia and the rest of Kilo under arrest.
Sofia and the rest of Kilo are flown in chains to a courthouse by Loomis where he informed them that he would listen to their testimony and hand his judgment out at the end. Sofia asked him if they are being tried for doing their job and Loomis informed her that he would define the charges as he heard their testimony. He ordered Baird to proceed first, beginning with their mission to the Museum of Military Glory. Once he finished and reached Kilo's decision to head to the Halvo Bay Military Academy, Loomis asked Sofia what it took for an Onyx Guard cadet to steal a Lightmass Missile. She informed him that she was against the plan, earning Paduk's scorn. Sofia angrily told him to show her and the COG Army some respect, but Paduk told her to look what doing that got them. The courthouse was rocked by a massive explosion and the Onyx Guards rushed outside to help defend the building. Loomis demanded that Sofia should give her testimony now and she began explaining their battle and actions at the Halvo Bay Military Academy. She began by stating that she went to see if her friends are still alive and upon witnessing the death and destruction at the academy, she became convinced that Karn had to die. Once she finished, Paduk recounted the group’s mission to Seahorse Hills to get the launch codes form Elliott's house. When Paduk finished, Loomis turned his attention to Cole, but the Locust suddenly pushed into the courthouse. The Onyx Guard repelled them and Cole began to give his testimony on Kilo's actions at Onyx Point. Loomis was astounded at their actions and refused to stop the tribunal even when Cpt.D. Jones suggested evacuating the courthouse due to the Locust assault, forcing Baird to give his next round of testimony. Once Baird finished recounting the events that led up to firing the Missile, Loomis announced that he reached his verdict and asked if they had any last words. Sofia claimed that they saved a lot of people with their actions and Cole added that included Loomis. After Baird stated that Karn had to die, Loomis prepared to open fire on Kilo, but a huge explosion rocked the building and threw everyone to the floor. The Locust poured into the courtroom and Kilo took cover behind a fallen pillar as the Onyx Guard are cut down and Loomis fled after Paduk saved his life. They grabbed the weapons off the ground and engaged the Locust.
Escaping the CourthouseEdit
Sofia and Kilo first had to deal with a Reaver that smashed through the roof, supported by dozens of Locust. After taking it out, Sofia and the others retrieved the cleavers to use against the Locust and Sofia commented that she was glad that she took fencing at the Academy, causing the others to mock her. After cutting their way through the Locust, they exited the courtroom. They discarded the cleavers and viewed the battle raging across the city from a hole in the wall and Sofia commented that they should have been out fighting instead of being tried. After gathering the weapons and ammo, they entered the Halls of Judgment and encountered a pack of Shriekers which they managed to defeat. In the next room, they saw that the Raven that brought them to the courthouse was still waiting in the Plaza for the Tyran Dead and Baird decided that they would use it to escape from the Locust assault. In the next room, they fought through a large Locust force that used smoke grenades to cover their position. After a long fight, Kilo managed to hunt down and kill all of the Locust in the room. In the next room, Kilo gathered some more supplies, but are getting increasingly exhausted from their days of fighting. They managed to preserver through a heavy Locust presence on the terrace and commented on the fact that the Locust are still fighting despite Karn being dead. They entered the North Entrance where the two large forces of the Locust occupied the next two rooms, but Kilo managed to defeat both of them. Sofia asked Paduk why he saved Loomis' life during the firefight in the courtroom and he suggested that maybe he was aiming for Loomis and missed. Sofia did not believe him and said that it was because he might be a decent man which Paduk reluctantly agreed with. Upon entering the hall leading to the main entrance, Kilo was horrified to discover dozens of Gears in body bags who died defending the courthouse during Kilo's trial. Sofia felt bad about leaving the bodies behind and Baird agreed that it felt wrong. They scavenged the Sawed-Offs and Boomshields due to a lack of ammo, but Sofia was disappointed in their limited weapon choice. They defeated a Locust force guarding the main entrance and made their way over a pile of rubble blocking the exit. This gave them a clear view of the Raven waiting in the Plaza below as well as Halvo Bay burning. After closing an Emergence Hole, they encountered Loomis killing a Boomer. He joined them in fighting the rest of the Locust off that are occupying the Grand Staircase and they rushed down toward the Plaza to escape on the King Raven.
As they took cover behind a sandbag before beginning the final rush toward the Raven, Karn emerged atop the Shibboleth and kicked the Raven over their heads, sending it crashing into the Grand Staircase. Loomis ordered Kilo to engage and the five Gears moved into the Plaza for the Tyran Dead and engaged Karn and his mount. After wounding Shibboleth several times and dispatching the elite Locust forces that supported Karn during the battle, King Ravens arrived and helped Kilo put the beast down for good. Karn was thrown from his mount and Kilo Squad surrounded the wounded Locust general. Sofia asked what they should do with him and Paduk suggested taking their time torturing him. Sofia protested that there was a difference between war and cruelty, but Loomis arrived and shot Karn in the head before telling her that war iwa cruelty and this one was not over. Kilo noticed that they are surrounded by Loomis' Onyx Guard forces, but Loomis simply dropped the charges against them and demoted Baird to Private. Sofia watched as Paduk refused to shake Loomis' hand and as they began to leave the Plaza, Sofia told Paduk that she was assigned to keep an eye on him. Paduk asked what for and she told him that they are worried that he would steal the COG's military technology which he did. Baird corrected her by saying that they only "illegally accessed" the Lightmass Missile and informed her about his demotion. Sofia guessed that meant that she was now in charge of the squad much to Paduk's dismay.
Kidnapping and LegacyEdit
At some point after the battle for Halvo Bay ended, Sofia left the COG to travel with Paduk. They went to Halvo Bay and became important figures in a community comprised of the former COG and UIR members who refused to fight with either side, but did not consider themselves Stranded, even going as far as not letting them "operate" in their city. However, while out on patrol one day, several men kidnapped Sofia. Paduk saw the whole thing happen through his scope. He was only able to kill one of the men who he discovered that he was a former Gear and seeing the COG tag solidified Paduk's hatred of the COG. He informed Baird and Cole about her kidnapping when they were about to leave Halvo Bay after they arrived in the city during the Lambent Pandemic looking for reinforcements and a ship to take to Azura. They were saddened to learn about her fate and Paduk told them that if they wish to remain friends, they were to never see each other again.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Sofia believed in doing things by-the-book and felt that ethics should not be compromised for victory. Due to her by-the-book attitude, she was assigned to ensure that Garron Paduk did not steal any COG military technology, but ended up helping him do so out of a desire to get revenge on General Karn for slaughtering her friends.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Sofia was voiced by Ali Hillis.
- Sofia was not confirmed to be dead as the writers wanted to keep as many storytelling possibilities open as possible. A writer named Rob Auten stated that "We are not saying if Sofia was dead. I actually tweaked the Gearspedia reference myself a few days ago as it said that she was murdered which Paduk never actually said. It was intentionally left unclear."
- By 42 A.E., the Coalition of Ordered Governments erected a memorial wall of soldiers who lost their lives during the Pendulum Wars, Locust War, Stranded Insurgency, and Lambent Pandemic. Despite Baird receiving her fate, her name is not on the memorial wall, indicating that she is believed to still be alive.
- In an interview, Gears of War: Judgment's writers Rob Auten and Tom Bissell stated that early on in the game's development, Sofia and Paduk's roles are originally switched with Sofia being a UIR refugee and Paduk being an Onyx Guard Cadet. At the time, both character's even had completely different names and ages, but later on during the development, the writer decided to swap them because "it made more sense".
- Sofia was one of the four characters available right from the get-go in Gears of War: Judgment's competitive multiplayer.
- In OverRun, Sofia represented the COG Medic, one of the four available classes available to the defending team. Equipped with a Mark II Lancer, a Sawed-Off Shotgun and a Stim-Gas Grenade, Sofia could hold her own in combat as well as heal and revive the wounded teammates.
- Gears of War: Judgment (First appearance)
- Kilo Squad: The Survivor's Log
- Aftermath (Mentioned only)
- Gears 5 (Photo only)(Mentioned only)