Commander Miranda Keyes, Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, and Sgt Major Avery Johnson brief the Marines participating in Operation: BLIND FAITH’s surface engagements . Among them several hardened veterans of The Battle of Earth as well as the Battle of Installation 04 - all eager to see the war’s end.
Operation: BLIND FAITH marked the final engagement between the Covenant Empire and the United Nations Space Command. Its the only known UNSC operation conducted outside the known galaxy.
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Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, better known to the public as the Master Chief, is a Spartan-II commando of the UNSC Navy’s Special Weapons division. He served as one of the most important figures of the Human-Covenant War. After nearly thirty years of active duty, he is one of the most decorated war veterans of the United Nations Space Command, having fought in more than two hundred ground engagements against the Covenant and Insurrection, earning every major service medal except the Prisoner of War Medallion.
For much of his career, John served as the leader of Spartan Blue Team. As the war neared its end, most of John’s fellow SPARTAN-IIs were killed in action during the Fall of Reach. However, John and his AI companion Cortana fled Reach and their vessel fortuitously arrived at Halo Installation 04, a one hundred millennia-old superweapon created by the Forerunners to destroy their parasitic enemy, the Flood, by killing all life in the galaxy. Having destroyed Halo, the surrounding Covenant fleet, and the Flood forces on the ring, John-117 returned to Earth and resisted the Covenant’s impromptu invasion. Pursuing the invaders’ flagship, the Master Chief encountered Installation 05, where civil war soon broke out within the Covenant. Weeks later, John followed the remaining Covenant forces to the Ark, the Halo Array’s control center, which he disabled before the Halos could be fired.
John went missing in action after the war’s final battle in December 2552, having stymied the threat of the Covenant, the Flood, and the Halos. In the interbellum, John was lauded as a hero, and though he was officially declared MIA like all Spartans, he was ostensibly believed by the UNSC to have perished. After his recovery in July 2557, he played a key role in the conflict between the UNSC and the Didact’s Promethean forces and Covenant devotees, beginning on the shield world Requiem. This culminated in an attack on Earth and the Didact’s temporary defeat, as well as the loss of Cortana. John subsequently reunited with Blue Team and with their help, vanquished the Didact for the second time. John and his Spartan compatriots then departed Earth to embark on new missions, eventually falling out of contact with the UNSC.
UNITED NATIONS SPACE COMMAND PRIORITY TRANSMISSION 07848K-49 ENCRYPTION CODE: CYAN PUBLIC KEY: FILE/EXCISED ACCESS OMEGA/ FROM: DOCTOR LAURA TRAVELA, PSHYCOLOGICAL ADVISOR TO THE OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLEGENCE, LUNA MEDICAL FACILITY TO: REAR ADMIRAL ARTHUR WILLIAMS, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, UNSC MEDICAL STATION SERINITY. SUBJECT: PSHYCOLOGICAL EVALUTATION OF SPARTAN-II7 CLASSIFICATION: RESTRICTED (BGX DIRECTIVE)
received the full set of files and your request for my input. I don’t
know why you came to me; you know I’m not going to parrot back to you
what you want to hear. If you’re hoping I’ll confirm your suggestion
that Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is “broken” or “troubled” I can
tell you right now that I cannot agree with such an assertion. I know
what Doctor Marnon’s report said, but I’ve turned a deaf ear to ONI’s
mouth-piece and you know it. You know me well enough to not bother
clumping in that sort of garbage to try to sway my opinion. But you
asked me for my thoughts, so I shall give them.
Petty Officer John-117 has, without a doubt, an impressive military
career. But I believe the analyses of my colleagues have been missing
one major factor: the subject is a Spartan. Every examination
I’ve read so far has compared the Master Chief’s profile with the
profiles of standard UNSC soldiers - but a Spartan simply can’t be
compared to that standard. Instead it must be taken in reference to the
psych profiles of the remaining living Spartan-IIs, which I have taken
the liberty of procuring to insure a thorough analysis. After comparing
the Master Chief’s behavior to that of other individuals in his peer
group, I have come to the conclusion that - for a Spartan - the Master
Chief is healthy. The Spartan-II team consisting of Frederic-104,
Kelly-087, and Linda-058 (designated “Blue Team”) has been consistently
deployed to active combat positions for the past five years, and their
behavior is identical to that of John-117. And as there has been no
question of the stability of mental states of the other Spartan-IIs, I
can see no reason to assume differently in regards to Master Chief Petty
Though I suppose I must address the incident that took place on the bridge of Infinity - the one most extensively outlined in the files you sent me.
There are two possibilities here as to what was going on under the
surface, but from what I can gather from your message it seems that
you’re unlikely to believe in the same one as me. As a colleague and
friend, I advise you to not put so much stock into one idea before
examining all the facts. For starters it should be acknowledged that the
Master Chief went above and beyond the call of duty towards the end of
the war and afterwards, and that the events he experienced would be
considered highly stressful even when accounting for level of training
afforded a Spartan-class soldier. It is also noticeable that there were
no other reported incidents of insubordination in the file that you gave
me. So I feel I must point out that one event does not equal a pattern.
first of the possible reason for such an action can be the attributed
to the direct losses suffered by John-117 during the last several weeks
of his tour during the Human-Covenant War. This idea boils down to one
point: that even a Spartan can only take so much defeat. According to
some records I’ve looked into, 95% of the Spartan-II personnel that
remained in 2552 went KIA or MIA just prior to the Battle of Earth. This
left the Master Chief without a reliable team to lead into combat -
which, judging from his service history, would be an experience somewhat
outside his comfort zone. And after experiencing the deaths of his
known associates Commander Keyes and Sergeant Johnson on the Forerunner
Installation known as “the Ark”, in addition to working under the
reasonable assumption that all of the other Spartans were possibly KIA
in 2557, lead to a situation where when faced with giving up the AI CTN
0452-9 (designated “Cortana”) he refused. Doctor Karban was the first
one to at least put this theory forward, reasoning that the Master Chief
was not willing to sacrifice the last teammate he’d acquired in absence
of the other Spartan-IIs. In that moment he defied direct orders to
keep the remaining personnel (albeit an artificial one) under his
command safe. The obvious concern that goes along with this is the
possibility that the Master Chief might react drastically to similar
orders in the future. I believe such a fear is unfounded however, as the
files you sent me clearly state that he has been returned to work with
Blue Team. I also have to point out that such a concern is based in
faulty logic to begin with; the Master Chief has lost multiple
long-standing teammates during his career while maintaining optimum
mental stability, so the idea that the deaths of those associated with
Spartan-117 for only a few weeks would result in a progressive
psychological breakdown is quite ridiculous. Though you’ve always been a
fan of the dramatic.
The reason for these actions that I stand
by, and that I’m sure you’ll dismiss, is that he was simply acting in
accordance with his Spartan training. Captain Del Rio dismissed the
Master Chief’s assessment of immediacy of the threat of a hostile
Forerunner (known as “the Didact”), though the danger was proven to be
true later with the attack on New Phoenix. It is very likely that the
Master Chief fully understood the gravity of the situation and, as the
Spartans have been indoctrinated to do, did what was needed to protect
humanity. No one can really argue that his defiance of orders was not
the right choice, as his actions resulted in the neutralization of this
enemy before any more lives were lost. I read the transcript of the
verbal altercation that occurred on the bridge of the Infinity,
and I have to disagree with your assertion that the Master Chief’s
refusal to follow the Captain’s orders had a great deal do with the AI.
It was rather clear from John-117’s words that he was responding largely
to Del Rio leaving the Didact without taking care of the threat. Your
confusing desire to make the focus of this incident about an AI, which
the keeping of appeared more to be an act of desperation, is unfounded
and only muddles the facts and the analysis of the subject.
again, I know this isn’t the answer you wanted; but you asked me for my
honest opinion. I request only that you don’t completely toss aside my
assessment and at least give it a chance. I know that you and I don’t
often see eye-to-eye, but even when your opinion has been the polar
opposite of mine I have always respected it. I would think that our
years of friendship would lead you to do the same. I also understand
that you have a job to do, so if you hit the delete button as soon as
you read this I can understand that as well. I hope only that you
honestly consider my reasoning before erasing it from your computer, and
I’m sure mine, and moving on to reading more of the mindless reports
that I’m sure ONI’s puppets have sent you.
P.S. Steven was upset
that you didn’t come over for dinner the last time you were on Luna, and
demands that you don’t make the same mistake next time. We’ll keep a
place at the table set.