|Date:||November 17th, 2552|
|Place:||Voi, East African Protectorate|
|Halopedia has a walkthrough guide to this level, Floodgate (Level). See Floodgate (Level)/Walkthrough.|
|Stop the Infestation. Find Cortana.|
It takes place in Voi, Kenya on the continent of Africa on Earth during the Battle of Earth. Floodgate is the first campaign mission where the non-playable Elites are encountered in Halo 3. It is also one of the shortest levels in the game (in terms of distance traveled).
Shortly after John-117 disabled the Covenant Anti-Air Gun in the previous level, The Storm, UNSC Frigates under the command of Lord Terrence Hood attacked the Covenant controlled Forerunner Dreadnought. This attempt failed, and it appeared the Dreadnought survived unscathed. The Covenant Loyalists activated a Portal to the Ark, temporarily disabling the UNSC's nearby ships. The remainder of the Covenant Loyalist fleet followed the Dreadnought into the portal. With the UNSC fleet disabled, and the Anti-Air gun out of commission; a Flood-controlled Covenant CCS-class Battlecruiser came out of Slipspace nearby and crashed into Traxus Factory Complex 09.
In order to eliminate the infestation, John-117 and the Arbiter Thel 'Vadam must overload the crashed cruiser's engines, wiping out the entire city and the Flood with it. To do this, they push back through the factory where they just came from, fighting many Flood Combat Forms, including a new Flood evolution, the Pure Forms. They are then aided by the arrival of Rtas 'Vadum and a Covenant Separatist fleet. 'Vadam and John, along with some Elites, push forward to the crashed ship, and 'Vadam holds position while SPARTAN-117 extracts what is believed to be Cortana, stored in a Covenant Storage Device. This eventually turns out to be only a recording.
Once on the Covenant Separatist ship, Shadow of Intent, 343 Guilty Spark extracts Cortana's recorded message from the Covenant Storage Device. The UNSC and Covenant Separatists then begin to prepare for the voyage to The Ark. While doing so, Separatist warships begin to glass Voi and the immediate vicinity to prevent further contamination by the Flood.
Upon completing the level on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary difficulties, the player will earn the "Cleansing" achievement and 30 Gamerscore. Earning over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game will give the player the Exterminator achievement and 10 Gamerscore.
Note: In co-op game play, Thel 'Vadam doesn't speak, and real time conversations including him do not play.
Hot zone. Weapons free.
To the right of a couple of Marines are seen on the cliff edge fighting off several Flood Combat forms. They typically are overrun and mutate into more Combat forms. Occasionally, however, the Marines survive, and run out of view (the Flood 'mist' obscures them)
Sometime later, when the Chief and 'Vadam re-enter the city.
At this time, a human Flood combat form jumps from the building on the right: killing it will result in the dropped Fog Skull.
You find a group of Marines in a loading ramp.
The sergeant becomes mutated by an Infection Form.
They fight off the current wave of Flood.
The Marines accompany the Chief and 'Vadam into a building, where a lone Marine fights off a horde of infection forms. (It is possible to save him, but more often than not he will be mutated before your eyes).
If the Marine is not saved, the Infection Form dives into his chest, gruesomely transforming him into a Flood Combat Form. This forces the Master Chief and 'Vadam to kill him immediately.
Marines are pinned down behind sandbags with more Flood surrounding the area. The Chief and 'Vadam clear this section of the warehouse.
If the Marines are saved from being killed or infected.
Reaching the other end of the warehouses, the surviving Marines who joined the Chief and 'Vadam hold position after clearing the area.
Upstairs, some Marines, one wielding the Flamethrower, try to combat the Flood as well, but they soon die, leaving the Flamethrower for the Chief or 'Vadam to pick up as they head up there and down a hole in the floor into the office areas.
The Chief and 'Vadam force their way through another wave of Flood, and find a marine huddling in a corner of the large room previously used as an Aid Station, surrounded by three dead marines. The Marine is holding a pistol, and will occasionally aim it at his own head, before lowering it and burying his face in his hands.
With no time to spare, the Chief and 'Vadam continue on ahead to the lake bed.
The Flood. It has Evolved.
The Master Chief and Thel 'Vadam enter the lake bed of Voi where the Scarab was previously fought and destroyed.
Ship Master Rtas 'Vadum (COM): "This is the carrier Shadow of Intent."
Ship Master Rtas 'Vadum (COM): "Clear this sector, while we deal with the Flood."
The Chief, 'Vadam, and Elites fight their way through the infestation and arrive at the crash site.
Once outside again, a couple of Separatists Phantoms arrive, dropping off more Elite reinforcements to combat the Flood.
The Master Chief, 'Vadam, and the remaining Elites fight past dozens of Pure Forms, Combat Forms, and Infection Forms to the massive, burning hulk of the crashed Flood battle cruiser. Up an incline, an ominous hole resides in the ship's hull, leading to the interior.
Master Chief drops in alone.
The Chief reaches a large room after passing several dead Ultra Elites.
Inside the central chamber of the Flood-infested crashed cruiser. The Chief finds 'Cortana' in a small Covenant hand held memory unit.
Cortana's projection above the holographic unit flickers and then disappears.
Suddenly, the humming of a Phantom's gravity drives are heard, and a Phantom appears over the open chamber. The Chief turns and readies his Assault Rifle at it while 343 Guilty Spark floats down from the Phantom, which continues to hover overhead.
A Flood Combat Form appears to the right, and 343 Guilty Spark turns and uses a powerful energy beam on it, destroying it in a single glancing hit. 343 Guilty Spark turns back to the Covenant device where Cortana supposedly is, and begins to interface it with a beam projected from his central eye.
The Chief grabs 343 Guilty Spark and pulls him away from Cortana's storage unit.
343 Guilty Spark continues to try to project his multicolored energy beam into Cortana's storage unit.
The Master Chief stares wordlessly at 343 Guilty Spark, then slightly motions with Cortana's storage device. 343 Guilty Spark takes Cortana's device away, shooting his beam into it, while the Phantom projects a Gravity Lift. 343 Guilty Spark enters it first and the Master Chief reluctantly follows.
The view cuts to an aerial one over the whole town of Voi at a high altitude. Clouds completely obscure the surface of Earth, but part of the crashed Flood-controlled battle cruiser is visible in the distance. The Phantom flies away from the surface while two CCS-class Battle cruisers of the Fleet of Retribution Glass the town of Voi with plasma beams.
The view then cuts to an aerial one above the Forerunner Portal. Its 'wings' are open and blue energy streams from their tips to the open Slip space portal drifting ominously above the construct. The scene is quiet, and the moon is in the background. Fighting on Earth has ceased, and the Battle of Earth has ended with the departure of the Prophet of Truth's fleet through the Portal hours earlier. Four vessels of the Sangheili Fleet are gathered above the Portal, and 343 Guilty Spark's Phantom arches to the largest of them: the assault carrier Shadow of Intent.
Inside the bridge of the Shadow of Intent. Elites and humans are gathered around a long holographic table, with Ship Master Rtas 'Vadum floating on a gravity throne at one end with his Elite attendants, Master Chief and Thel 'Vadam in the middle, and Fleet Admiral Hood and Commander Miranda Keyes at the far side of the table. All are silent except 343 Guilty Spark, who is bobbing at the center of the table and interfacing with Cortana's memory unit with his projector beam.
343 Guilty Spark glances at 'Vadum and Lord Hood
Coincidentally, the storage device works again, and a holographic projection of Cortana springs up.
Cortana's image flickers, and the Chief turns to Rtas 'Vadum.
343 Guilty Spark jolts the device with another beam.
Suddenly, Cortana's skin lights with lightning. She clutches her head, gasps in sudden pain and collapses onto the 'floor'."
Cortana's recording ends, she is left staring with desperation at the Chief.
Special Operations Elites around the room raise their forearms and roar in agreement.
Lord Hood angrily raises his fist at 'Vadum, but Miranda Keyes places a hand on his shoulder.
While Hood and Keyes argue, the Master Chief bends down and observes Cortana's pained, frozen figure, still collapsed on the holographic table.
Lord Hood turns, looks wordlessly at Miranda Keyes, and then exits the bridge.
Inside the Shadow of Intent's hangar bay, both the Elites and the UNSC are getting ready for battle; the battle through the Portal. While a Separatist Phantom drifts into the hangar on the far side, two M12 Warthog LRVs race to the loading elevator, drawing near a group of Marines clustered around some UNSC crates. At uneasy rest opposing the Marines are a Major Elite sitting on a Ghost and a few SpecOps Elites. The Major Elite's Particle Beam Rifle is resting on the floor. Sergeant Major Johnson, with his arm full of 'stolen' Covenant Carbines brushes past the wordless Elites, scooping to pick up the Major Elite's rifle. The Elites, resentful at this non-permitted weapon collection, rise challengingly around Johnson.
Nearby, a pair of ODSTs are joking with each other as 'Vadam passes by, with an acquired M41 Rocket Launcher over his shoulder and carried a Flamethrower underhand. The ODSTs and a pair of nearby Marines observe 'Vadam in half-awe, half-disappointment over the loss of their heavy weapons, when 343 Guilty Spark drifts through the Marines in tow behind 'Vadam, leaving a Marine speechless. Johnson re-joins the Marines, beginning to hand out Carbines, the scene cuts to the fore of the hangar, where a Pelican Dropship lays before the hangar's energy field.
The Chief and Miranda Keyes stand at attention before Lord Hood, who looks at them grimly from the rear of the Pelican as the troop bay door shuts and the Pelican takes off. Keyes glances at the Chief wordlessly, and the two leave, going off to their own businesses.
Hood's Pelican arcs away from the gathered Sangheilian Fleet as the Shadow of Intent powers its engines and thrusts into the Portal, followed by eight Cruisers, a Carrier, and the UNSC Frigate Forward Unto Dawn.
The Shadow Of Intent leaves Earth via The Portal.
Lord Hood's dropship leaves the Shadow of Intent.
The supposed demon's face on Covenant wreckage.
A Marine under attack by Flood Combat Forms.
Flood biomass-covered walls of the crashed Flood-controlled Battlecruiser.
Lord Hood grimly watches Miranda Keyes and Spartan-117 as his Pelican departs from the hangar.
Thel 'Vadam converses with a Sangheili Major about the Flood.
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