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Anders' Signal
Date: February 23rd 2531
Place: Unnamed Shield World
Objective:

Investigate ECHO and INDIA Teams and rescue the Elephants.

Enemies:
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Anders' Signal is the eighth level of the real-time strategy game, Halo Wars.

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Description

It is the first level in the Halo Wars campaign to feature the Flood. After the UNSC Spirit of Fire finishes Slipspace travel to pursue a Covenant ship holding Professor Anders, they enter into orbit around an unknown planet, and as Captain Cutter orders Sergeant John Forge to the surface, they encounter units of new Covenant species, the Brutes. As Sergeant Forge's Elephant crew kills all of the Brutes, they are assisted by Spartan Red Team. Two other Elephant crews on the surface, ECHO and INDIA, however, reported attacks from unknown hostiles, before all contact from them was lost.

As Sergeant Forge's units and Spartan Red Team investigate, they eventually encounter the Flood, and are forced to destroy and clear any Flood forms surrounding the two other Elephants. Then they are ordered to bring all the three deployed Elephants back to a nearby firebase for evacuation.

Transcript

Cutscene

Prof. Anders and Sgt. Forge are at the remains of the destroyed Super Scarab. Anders holds a small hand-held camera, documenting the Scarab's remains. Forge grabs a piece of debris and poses with it.

Sgt. Forge: "Hey, how 'bout one for the scrapbook, Professor?"

Anders:(Annoyed) "If you don't mind, Sergeant, I'm trying to document this area for study."

Forge drops the piece and turns his back at Anders. Moments later, an invisible Arbiter grabs Anders by her throat and uncloaks. Forge draws a pistol and points it at The Arbiter

Arbiter: "You will come with me."

Sgt. Forge: "Why don't we put the lady down and talk about this, man to freak?"

Arbiter: "As you wish."

Arbiter drops Anders and moves torwards Forge. He shoots the Arbiter with his pistol but it has no effect. The Arbiter activates his camo, moves behind Forge and cuts his Pistol in half with a swing of his Energy Sword. Forge goes down and the Arbiter moves to finish him with a stab.

Anders: "Stop!"

Sgt. Forge: "Anders, get out of here!"

Anders: "I'll come quietly if you let him live."

The Arbiter grabs Anders by her throat and walks into the Gravity Lift of a Spirit dropship hovering nearby. The ship moves away as the Spartan Red Team arrives with a Warthog shooting at it. After the ship goes away, the Spartans get off the Warthog and secure the area.

Jerome-092: "Sir?"

Sgt. Forge: "I'm okay. Spirit of Fire, this is Forge. I lost Anders."

Captain Cutter: "What happened?"

Sgt. Forge: "Some massive Elite came out of nowhere!"

Serina: "Captain, I'm tracking her transponder. It's heading away from the planet."

Captain Cutter: "Damn it! Sergeant, get up here on the double."

A Pelican flies towards the Spirit of Fire.

Sgt. Forge: "Already en route, sir."

Forge enters the bridge with Spartan Jerome-092 behind him. Captain Cutter leans over the holographic display of Arcadia.

Sgt. Forge: "We're all accounted for; why haven't we left yet?"

Captain Cutter: "Why aren't you in the med-bay, Sergeant?"

Serina: "The professor's signal has gone to lightspeed, headed for the border."

Jerome-092: "That puts it outside weapon range."

Sgt. Forge: "What? We have to go after her!"

Serina: "Sir, I can only track that transponder a few more seconds."

Sgt. Forge: "Captain!"

Jerome-092: "Sir, Anders represents a significant security breach."

Cutter pauses, then he finally makes a decision.

Captain Cutter: "Serina, get us underway immediately. Follow that signal."

Serina: "Aye aye, sir."

Forge and Jerome leave.

Serina: "So... we left a note saying we're leaving, right?"

UNKNOWN LOCATION

FEBRUARY 23rd 2531

Two ships come out of slipspace in orbit as seen in the atmosphere of an unknown planet. A piece of the landscape twitches, then turns around towards the camera, revealing an unknown lifeform that appears to be similar to an Elite. The camera cuts to the Spirit of Fire's bridge.

Captain Cutter: "Where the hell are we, Serina?"

Serina: "We're in orbit around a planet in the middle of... actually I'm still working on that, sir.

Captain Cutter: "Anders?"

Serina: "The Covenant vessel we pursued appears to have taken cover on the planet's surface. I have rough coordinates."

Captain Cutter: "Any sign of other Covenant activity?"

Serina: "Not that I can detect, although this world is giving off some pretty crazy readings."

Captain Cutter: "Get Forge down there."

Serina: "I believe he is already aboard a Pelican, awaiting your word."

Captain Cutter exits the bridge and the screen fades to gameplay.

Gameplay

Recon Team ECHO/INDIA: "Spirit of Fire, Elephant recon teams ECHO and INDIA are clear of hostiles and moving to potential base sites. Over."

Captain Cutter: "Roger that. Sergeant Forge, you will need to clear that fire line just ahead of your location and get to your beacon. We'll follow up at that time."

Captain Cutter: "Sergeant, logistics are preventing reinforcements. Train squads out of that Elephant."

After several Marine squads are trained, Forge and the Marines move towards the beacon but run into Covenant forces.

Sgt. Forge: "Serina, I thought you said there weren't any signs of the Covenant down here. What do you call all this?"

Serina: "Designation "Jiralhanae," a.k.a. Brutes, responsible for the attack on Harvest."

Alice-130: "Spartan Red Team reporting in. Sergeant, we will flank the enemy and move to your location."

After the Covenant forces are cleared.

Sgt. Forge: "Our beacon is just up ahead. Should be easy going now."

Recon Team ECHO: "ECHO is operational. Situation normal. All is...hold on...something's...moving! We've got movement, all over!"

Recon Team ECHO: "This is ECHO! Help! Help! They've breached our-aahhhHhh!!"

ECHO suddenly disappears on map and radar

Serina: "ECHO signs are offline - quite suddenly I might add."

Captain Cutter: "Sergeant, take a team out there and find out what's happening."

Very soon, Recon Team INDIA reports in.

Recon Team INDIA: "INDIA, reporting in. Elephant unpacking. Hold for... wait... over there....what the hell was that?"

Recon Team INDIA: "Spirit! This is INDIA! They've... they've taken over... get us... aahhhHhh!!"

INDIA also disappears

Serina: "INDIA signs are offline as well. How very ominous."

Sergeant Forge's forces move close to where Recon Team ECHO was stationed.

Marine: Signal flares. We must be close.

Once they reach ECHO's last known location...

Sgt. Forge: "Forge here! I believe teams ECHO and INDIA are compromised. Over."

Captain Cutter: "Covenant? I'm not reading any Brute signatures."

Sgt. Forge: "Not Covenant, sir - something else, something worse. Much uglier."

Sgt. Forge: "Clear that crap around the Elephant. We need to get it mobile."

After all the Flood surrounding the Elephant are destroyed.

Sgt. Forge: "You're clear - let's get you home."

Captain Cutter: "Sergeant, I'm approving your beacon for a fire base site. Serina, prep pods for launch."

Serina: "Aye aye sir. Location marked and pods launched. Don't do it wrong, boys."

Once the base has been set up.

Serina: "Well that's new. And scary. These organisms are... interesting. Our database has nothing on their origins - or, well, anything about them, really. At first glance, they appear to be a species of virulent, parasitic organisms that thrive by consuming other sentient life of sufficient biomass."

Sgt. Forge: "Serina, you ever hear the phrase "Too much information?"

With a stronger UNSC force, Sergeant Forge heads out to recover the second Elephant, and succeeds.

Sgt. Forge: 'Hostiles clear. Let's move - it's getting darker out here."

Captain Cutter: "We need those units intact. Bring all Elephants back to base, Sergeant!"

Sgt. Forge: "All right, let's get everyone back to the base. Move. Move. Move!'

If lost ODST squads are found.

ODST: "There were more of us in our platoon. We all scattered when it hit the fan."

If more ODSTs are found.

ODST: "Thanks for the rescue, sir."

If the 3rd lost ODST squad is found

ODST: "Thank god you found us - we thought we were goners for sure."

At the last missing ODST squad

ODST: "One of them bit me and ran off... Is that bad?"

ODST: "Something's wrong...I feel funny..."

The entire ODST squad turns into Flood Combat Forms.

When all Elephants are back at the base.

Captain Cutter: "All Elephants are home. Hold for new orders."

Gameplay Ends

Sgt. Forge: "Spirit, any closer on that transponder location?"

Serina: "I'm still trying to confirm Professor Anders' coordinates... a watched pot and all that."

Trivia

  • If one fails to destroy an Infection Form, it will easily infect Marine and Flamethrower units and transform them into Combat Forms, and can tear your Infantry up in seconds. Thus it is advised to complete the mission using vehicle units like the Scorpion tanks and Warthogs; any surviving Infantry units should be advised to stay away from the Flood at all costs.
  • The soundtrack, Put the Lady Down, which is the music for the cutscene, is also a reference to Sgt. Forge's line: "Why don't we put the lady down and talk about this, man to freak?"
  • Not only is this the first Halo Wars mission to feature the Flood, but chronologically this is the first mission out of all other Halo games to reveal the Flood, since the events took place in 2531, 21 years before the Halo trilogy.
  • Do not use a lot of Infantry when attacking the Flood and saving the first Elephant(in order), it will be too hard to see which units are yours, and the Flood spores will blind your view to see your units, thus giving Infected Flamethrowers an advantage to kill your units easily.
  • Even if you do get to the Spartans without destroying the Choppers, the Choppers would still have to be destroyed before you gain control of the Spartans. Thus the Spartans cannot be used to hijack the Choppers, thus making the mission easier by using them against the Flood. Also, when AI-controlled, the Choppers will repeatedly run the Spartans over, but they will not board it.
  • Players should avoid using the Boomstick skull on this level. The effect of the skull causes some enemy units to explode when killed, and the Flood surrounding the Elephants can severely damage and even destroy it, causing the player to fail the mission.
  • Serina's line "Well that's new. And scary," was first said in an early Halo Wars demo video, however rather than the Flood she was referring to the sudden appearance of a Scarab.

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