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Edward Buck
Biographical information
Homeworld

Draco III

Date of birth

August 22nd, 2510[1]

Physical description
Rank

Gunnery Sergeant

Gender

Male

Height

188 centimetres (6.2 ft)

Weapons
Equipment
Vehicles

Single Occupant Exoatmospheric Insertion Vehicle

Hair color

Brown

Eye color

Brown

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Human-Covenant War

Subclasses

ODST/Special Op

Affiliation

UNSC Marine Corps

  [Source]
Eddie Buck is a career Marine that has seen more than his fair share of this war. He has had the dubious honor of participating in many of the wars’ most vicious battles; including both the liberation of Harvest and the fall of Reach. That he has survived through it all speaks volumes. Truly, if he was any better he’d be a Spartan.[2]

Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck (Service Number 92458-37017-EB) is a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in the UNSC Marine Corps, and is an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper.[3]

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Summary

Counting time spent in cryo-sleep, Buck is a 25 year veteran of the war. He served in numerous battles throughout the Human-Covenant War. Watching so many of his fellow marines die has left Buck thick-skinned and short-fused, but this wasn't always so. He was regarded as an extremely skilled Marine and by the Battle of Earth, was the commander of "The Squad" until Capt. Dare took responsibility before the drop on New Mombasa, Kenya in October 20, 2552.

Biography

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Early Life and Military Career

Edward Buck was born in 2510 in New Albany in Lombard on Draco III. In 2528, when he was eighteen, he enlisted in the UNSC Marine Corps and followed it through as a career. He served in many battles, including the Harvest Campaign and the Battle of Reach.[4] At some point, Buck was in a romantic relationship with Dare.[5]

Battle of Earth

During the Battle of Earth in 2552, Buck's squad was a part of a larger ODST unit that was to be inserted onto the Prophet of Regret's Flagship stationed over the city of New Mombasa. His mission changed when Captain Dare took control of the squad at the last moment before the drop, in order to use them for her own classified mission.

In mid-drop, Dare ordered the squad to steer their drop pods away from the carrier. Right after this, the carrier jumped into Slipspace above the city, generating a massive EMP shockwave and disabling the pods' electronic systems. As a result, the pods were scattered around the city.

After the EMP, Buck's pod bounced off one building, deflected off a second, and landed upside down. He immediately made radio contact with Dare, whose hatch malfunctioned and wouldn't open. After a brief discussion, he realized that Covenant forces were heading for Dare's crash site. On his way to the crash site, he found the corpses of several Elites; upon asking Dare about the matter (and noting that the Brutes appeared to be responsible), he was told that the information was classified. Later, Veronica contacted him, telling him the Covenant had found her and were moving in on her location. After fighting off the rest of the Covenant forces including a pair of Hunters, he made it to Tayari Plaza, Dare's crash site, where her pod was under fire by a trio of Grunts. After dispatching the Grunts he opened up her pod to find that she wasn't in the pod. An Engineer approached him holding Dare's damaged helmet, but Romeo sniped it, saving his life.

Buck abandoned Dare's original mission and focused on reuniting his squad and evacuating the city. He and Romeo made their way to the NMPD Headquarters building, where he made contact with Dutch and Mickey via an NMPD Officer. Dutch and Mickey, who were at the ONI Alpha Site, offered Buck an air evac via Pelican. On the way to the landing zone, Buck tried to contact The Rookie, but received no response.

When Dutch and Mickey's dropship arrived at NMPD HQ, it was shot down by two Banshees. Romeo and Buck then moved through the NMPD Headquarters to find and rescue their squadmates on top of a neighboring skyscraper, defending it from waves of Covenant aircraft and infantry assaults. During the ensuing fight, a Brute Chieftain badly wounded Romeo before being fatally stabbed by Buck. Buck then led the other ODSTs to Kikowani Station, intending to take the train out of the city, but finding that the tunnels had been flooded. He decided to steal a Phantom and escape the station. On the way out they encountered and destroyed a Scarab, which they successfully destroyed. After finally making it out of the city, he realized where Dare might be and ordered Mickey to drive the captured Phantom back into the city.

He headed into the Superintendent's Data Center alone, going right through the Drone hive. When he neared the Data Center, he was reunited with Dare and the Rookie and he met Vergil. He had a short conversation with Dare about why Vergil was so important, and upset Veronica by telling her he had killed "one or two" Engineers. After finally making it to the elevator he received a punch from Dare for "abandoning the mission"; he complained that she was missing and his squad was scattered only to be cut off by Dare, who gave him a passionate kiss from her for "coming back". Remembering the Rookie and the Engineer were there and watching, he congratulated the former on doing a good job.

After battling through a Covenant outpost, and boarding another elevator for the highway, he and Veronica had another argument over Vergil and the arriving Covenant fleet. Taking the gunner position on various Warthogs and a Scorpion, Buck and the Rookie covered Dare and Vergil's Olifant down the highway, witnessing the arrival of more Covenant ships -- including two Assault Carriers -- and marveling at their size. When the first Carrier started to glass the city, he was reminded of Reach and briefly began to panic. The Olifant was later severely damaged by a Scarab, and the Covenant had glassed the highway further down. Buck ordered Mickey to meet them at a new location.

Buck and the others took the next exit and the Rookie secured a building to hold and wait for Mickey's dropship to arrive. After fighting off waves of Covenant, Mickey arrived, and as the squad was evacuating, an Assault Carrier arrived close to their position. Vergil then refused to get on the Phantom, and was shoved in by Buck while Dare pulled it in the gravity beam. The group successfully evacuated the city.

A month later, Buck and his squad guarded Vergil at an ONI Orbital facility, while watching as Sgt. Johnson "interrogated" the Engineer.

Trivia

  • Buck is voiced by Nathan Fillion, who also starred in Halo 3 as Gunnery Sergeant Reynolds. He is described by Nathan Fillion himself as "a bit hardened and a bit cranky." Fillion's likeness was also used to model Buck. Also, Reynolds quotes are shared by Buck in the game.
  • Buck is unlocked for play in Firefight by getting the Tayari Plaza Achievement.
  • In an interview with Worthplaying, Brian Jarrard hinted that Buck might be featured as one of the characters in Halo: Reach. [6]
  • It is unknown how he made it back to Earth when he survived the Fall of Reach. There is a possibility that this will be explained in Halo: Reach.
  • Some of his lines, such as "Bam, said the lady" and "GORRAM!" come from the television shows Castle and Firefly respectively, which Nathan Fillion also starred in.
  • He is the only known non-Spartan to destroy a Scarab solo, if the player chooses to destroy the Scarab on Kikowani Station.
  • In an Easter Egg in the Epilogue cutscene after the credits, if you look to the left near the end of Johnson's talk with the Engineer, the camera will pan over to Buck standing next to a monkey (Cavemen), he attempts to groom and eat off it. [7]
  • Rarely, if you jump with Buck somewhere in the vehicle, he will sing the first few bars of "Dixie" in reference to The Dukes of Hazard.
  • Buck is to be made into an action figure by McFarlane Toys, and is to be released June of 2010.

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Sources

Halopedia has a collection of quotes related to Edward Buck on its quotes page.
  1. Age 42 by 2552
  2. Bungie.net - Meet the Squad
  3. Halo 3: ODST
  4. Bungie.net - Meet the Squad
  5. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30501433/vp/31714988#31714988
  6. [1]
  7. [2]
Dare's Squad
Orbital Drop Shock Troopers
Capt. Veronica Dare | GySgt. Edward Buck | Cpl. Taylor "Dutch" Miles | LCpl. Kojo "Romeo" Agu | LCpl. "Rookie" | PFC Michael "Mickey" Crespo

This article uses material from the "Edward Buck" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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