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Halo 2: The Things That We Fight For [Part 3 of ?]
Posted By: Nick
Date: 3 October 2004, 2:11 AM

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      The Pelicans engines hummed in the background as the Master Chief watched the clouds in a small window inside the pelican. He was ready for the mission that lies ahead of him, the mission of manually letting out the water from the ten thousand gallon tanks inside and around New York. The Pilot maneuvered the Pelican downward, and said, "We will be landing shortly, hang in there soldiers!" The other 7 ODST's in the pelican snapped on their helmets and loaded their guns. 1 minute later, the Pelican landed in a small section of central park where the covenant hadn't destroyed the foliage. The other 11 pelicans landed next to them, and the marines stepped out.

      Meanwhile, a Sergeant that the Master Chief didn't know said, "Lets move marines! Lock and load! We are gonna kick some covenant ass!"
"Sir, where should we start to look? Central park is huge, not to mention the water station's perimeter is filled with covenant soldiers." Said Corporal Grey to the Sergeant.

      The Sergeant replied, "Here is what we are going to do, we will follow the foliage until there is none left, than, 5 other pelicans from another Highcom HQ in Washington D.C. are going to provide us with 3 warthogs and 2 scorpion tanks, because our base seems to have "run out" of them."

      The Master Chief let the information flow into him, as did Cortana. As if on cue, Cortana said, "Even with the extra firepower, I doubt we will come out of this battle alive." The Master Chief shrugged of the comment and followed the marines into what was left of the forests of central park. After ducking under branches, swimming through small ponds and walking through what looked like a glassed playground, the Master Chief and crew finally made it to the desert like section of central park.

      15 ghosts patrolled the far off area, and with the help of his MA7B's scope, the Master Chief could vividly make out a small building, otherwise known as the water station. The Master Chief explained this to the Sergeant and he nodded, passing down the information to other soldiers. After waiting 20 minutes, the 5 pelicans came, but also, unexpectedly being flanked by the 12 pelicans that they rode in on, followed by 12 more. The 5 pelicans landed, and 4 of the other 24 pelicans landed as well.

      Once they landed, the Master Walked up to the pilot and said, "Why are there extra pelicans?" The pilot replied, "The 4 extra pelicans are reinforcements, and the 20 others are the 64th brigade of Washington D.C. They were sent in with the same objectives as you, because the president thought that 100 men might fail. Anyway, here are your vehicles."

      With that, the Master Chief walked into a scorpion, with 2 snipers in the front and 2 men with MA7B rifles in the back. The other scorpion was manned by the Sergeant, whose name was Kwami Johnson. He had 2 snipers in the back, and 2 men with shotguns in the front. The warthogs were manned with men armed with the standard MA5B rifle and M6D pistols.

      The army of 100 men soon marched out, having the vehicles go ahead, to soften up the battlefield. Cortana then said to the Master Chief, "Uh oh, I'm picking up 5 ghost signals, 10 brute signals, and 10 elite signals on your suites radar mechanism, although it contains minor flaws, ones that I could easily have fixed." The Master Chief knew that Cortana was just messing around with the fact about his suite, so, taking in all of the good points that Cortana said, he broadcasted it on a private channel that only the marines could hear, not some trigger happy elite.

      Once the message was sent, the warthogs went into a position that protected the scorpion's flanks, and sure enough, a covenant strike force was seen heading towards them, with the brutes in front, running at speeds that even the strongest elite couldn't cope with. They were 20 meters away when all 5 of the vehicles opened fire. The 30mm rounds from the warthogs pinged off the ghost's armor, until they hit the engine, which exploded the whole vehicle and anything inside of it into molecules.

      However, the missiles that the scorpion's fired ripped through the ghosts and elites, but 4 brutes that were not hit kept coming forward. The warthog gunners shot and shot at them, but the brutes armor held up. Their armor eventually failed, but not before they reached the vehicles. 2 brutes jumped onto a warthog, and pushed aside the driver and passenger, killing them. The gunner shot at him though, and killed the brute, but another came from behind and ripped the unlucky soldier in half. The same brute turned around, aiming his whitish-blue fuel rod type gun at the 2nd warthog.

      After charging it for 3 seconds, the huge bolt of plasma whizzed towards the warthog, creating a massive explosion when it hit because of the fragmentation grenades that the warthog was carrying. The chain reaction shredded through the other warthog as well, leaving only the 2 scorpions. The Master Chief had just finished killing the other brutes with the tanks machine gun when a thump was heard on the top of his tank.

      He said, "Cortana, what is that?" Cortana replied, "Analyzing, Master Chief! The brute is attempting to board the scorpion! Activating security lockdown in 3 seconds." Before the lockdown was complete, the brute ripped through the tanks upper armor, where it was at its weakest. The brute grabbed the Master Chief by the throat and said in a translated voice, "What are you up to human?" But before he could get an answer, the 4 soldiers from the other scorpion tank shot at the brute, not even leaving a mark.

      The Brute laughed and pulled out his cannon. He aimed it at the scorpion and fired. The tank was blown sky high and the soldiers on the outside of it were sizzled into atoms. However, the tank was not as damaged, and the sergeant climbed out unscathed. He took out a stolen plasma grenade and lobbed it at the brute. It stuck to his back, but them fell off, and amazingly flew back at the sergeant and stuck to him. The Chief watched in horror as the last member of his vehicle squad was decimated. The brute then turned his attention back to the Master Chief and said, "Tell me human what your plans are if you want to live!" The Master Chief, still amazed at the resilience of this brute's armor said, "You think that I will tell you our resistance's secrets? No way you ugly covenant worm" The brute then threw the Master Chief at the remains of the other scorpion in anger and fury.

      But that was a mistake, as it gave the Master Chief valued time to throw 2 fragmentation grenades at the brute. The beast screamed and was then blown into bits flash fried alien skin. The Master Chief knew that this mission was already turning out to be a failure. If they couldn't hold of 4 brutes with 5 vehicles, they were in big trouble. The Master Chief also wondered if the marines back hiding in the foliage waiting for a signal to proceed were still alive. Since he couldn't take on thousands of covenant alone, he took his damaged scorpion back to where the marines were supposed to be.
      Lance Corporal Hadix waited for Sergeant Johnson's signal to proceed through the desert part of central park into the water station. He and 81 men were waiting there for the signal, until a far off rumbling sound was heard, and it wasn't from a Scorpion. It was from a vehicle that all marines feared the wraith tank. The rumbling sound got louder, until the tank was right on top of them, guarded by 162 covenant grunts, jackals, and a single elite with gold armor and a plasma sword. The marines hid the best they could until a jackal started to sniff and walk towards one marine's position. At Lance Corporal Hadix's command, all 81 marines opened fire on the unsuspecting covenant soldiers, instantly killing 49 covenant grunts and jackals. The wraith tank then stopped, and 2 brutes climbed out. Their armor was almost impervious to bullets, but marines were well aware of that. They all took out fragmentation grenades and threw them, killing all of the covenant soldiers except for the gold elite and 1 brute with thick black armor and strangely, a very strong shield. He easily killed 20 soldiers before his shields stopped working, but his armor was even tougher. Eventually, 37 remaining marines shot him until his armor disintegrated and his body was only ashes. They then turned to the elite who were finishing off 2 marines trying to block its plasma sword.

      The elite were really angry, and his blue plasma sword whizzed through the air, disposing of 7 marines before his armor was cut through and he fell to the ground. The 30 remaining marines were than engaged by hundreds of grunts, of which the marines fought of vigorously, still wondering how so many grunts could pass through unnoticed. The marines fought bravely until they ran out of ammo and grenades. They tried to run, but were cut down by white hot plasma and plasma grenades. But the marines took their toll, killing 387 of the 450 attacking grunts. It was then that the Master Chief's scorpion made its way to the area where the 5 pelicans dropped of the vehicles. He fired a single rocket at the remaining grunts and killed them all.

      The Master Chief walked up to where the battle had taken place, and saw 81 dead marines sprawled across the battlefield, as well as hundreds of grunts, jackals, and an elite and brute. Cortana than said, "We...We...failed...what are we going to do? Our squad is gone..." The Master Chief replied and said, "Not if I can help it, my superior gave me an order, and I plan on seeing it through, whether it means putting myself in danger or not." Cortana said back to him, "You can't do this alone, we need help! We should join up with the Washington D.C. brigade." The Master Chief then nodded and climbed back into his scorpion tank, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice.