February 25th, 2531 (aged 29)
6'3" (190.5 cm)
215 lbs (97.5 kg)
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- "He’s the guy you want in the foxhole next to yours... but you’d never introduce him to your sister."
- —Common saying among Marines under Forge's command
Sergeant John Forge (service number: 63292-94758-JF) was a veteran non-commissioned officer in Foxtrot Company, 13th Battalion, in an unknown regiment of the UNSC Marine Corps. Although he excelled in tactics and combat, his repeated acts of insubordination caused him to receive three demotions, with infractions such as fighting with an officer, which resulted in 2.4 years in jail time, and striking a superior officer. He sported an ace of spades playing card attached to his left shoulder pauldron, and also carried a combat knife he named "Lucy".
Although not physically gifted, Forge was strong for his size and weight. He displayed desire and toughness in nearly everything he did and was incredibly competitive and driven to succeed. These qualities made him a lifetime member of the Corps. His training and discipline had left him with a "unique" personality and method of getting things done. Those under his command trusted him greatly, despite the fact that he failed his last psychological exam.
Forge was a born warrior, but had difficulty coping with life outside the military. His wife was a distant shadow in his mind, but his daughter had never really given up on him, though it had been only months since they had talked. Forge has been decorated numerous times for valor and gallantry on the battlefield, but just as many counts for insubordination, conduct unbecoming, and striking a superior officer.
He spent 2.4 years in prison, an infraction that removed any chance of moving through Officer Candidate School or even progressing beyond the rank of sergeant. In 2531, Lieutenant Prosser assaulted a woman in a bar, in which Sergeant Forge stopped and confronted the lieutenant. They engaged in a fist fight, with charges brought upon the sergeant. Luckily for Forge, the woman who had been attacked proclaimed him as a hero and all charges were dropped, where he was later reassigned to the UNSC Spirit of Fire by Admiral Preston Cole personally.
Securing the Prophecy
- Main article: Harvest campaign
In February 2531, the Spirit of Fire was sent to assist the crippled Marathon-class heavy cruiser UNSC Prophecy in the Epsilon Indi system. Captain James Cutter ordered the Prophecy's navigation database and survivors to be recovered, sending Forge and multiple marine fireteams on board the vessel while the Spirit of Fire engaged several Covenant ships. Forge's Pelican was hit by a Phantom and crash landed upon the Prophecy's hull. Forge and Team Lima breached and entered the Prophecy. Upon entering the cruiser, the Marines were attacked by Kig-Yar Rangers. During this engagement, Forge's ankle was broken. With the guidance of Serina, the Spirit of Fire's "Smart" AI, he was able to find the a terminal to recover the ship's black box and wipe its navigation core, while the rest of Team Lima rescued the ship's survivors. Serina warned Forge that the Prophecy's AI may "act peculiar" due to high radiation levels.
Upon scanning his retina to gain access to the terminal, Forge was halted by the ship's AI, FitzGibbon, who explained he could not allow him to enter due to the latter's poor service record. Forge reminded the AI of the Cole Protocol, stating that he was aboard the vessel to ensure the protocol would not to be violated. FitzGibbon then reluctantly allowed Forge into the terminal room and enabled radiation repair routines. Forge purged the navigation database and returned to the Pelicans as FitzGibbon activated the Prophecy's self-destruct sequence, which soon scuttled the ship. After the Marines and Forge escaped with the survivors, they were taken to the medical bay of the Spirit of Fire. When Forge asked how the survivors were doing, Serina told him that there will be no survivors, due to all of them suffering too much radiation poisoning when aboard the Prophecy. According to Serina, all the crew could do was watch them die. Forge was angered by the AI's indifference towards the survivors and comforted them in their final moments, believing that even if they would soon be dead, they were still people and so deserved better.
Reclamation of Harvest
Forge was sent to the surface of Harvest on his first mission to scout out Covenant activity in the northern polar region of the planet. He drove through Quadrant 4 to find a battalion of Sangheili that a Hornet squadron had spotted earlier. Reporting the Covenant activity to his superiors, as to how the aliens had found a a Forerunner structure buried within the ice, he returned to an overrun UNSC forward-operating base, designated as Alpha Base, and helped organize scattered Marine units along the way. Forge and his rag-tag assault force were able to retake Alpha Base a short-time later. Before the Relic was demolished by the Covenant, the Forerunner site is captured by Forge and Marine forces. Professor Anders was then sent to the planet's surface to personally investigate the relic, and Forge reluctantly escorted her inside. He was present when Anders activated a Forerunner holographic projection of a star map, and protected her when they were ambushed by a team of Sangheili warriors. The Spirit of Fire then evacuated most of its ground troops, including Forge, and set course for Arcadia, a UNSC colony planet to which the star map had pointed.
- Main article: Battle of Arcadia
After arriving at Arcadia, Forge was one of the first UNSC troops to set foot in the besieged capital of Pirth City, where he aided the evacuation of civilians via three cargo vessels. When the civilian transports took off, Forge and his men abandoned the besieged city, and fell back to the outskirts. There, he took part in the destruction of a nearby Covenant base, assisted by Spartan teams Red and Omega. He also participated in the battle to destroy a Covenant energy domewhich was protecting an unfinished Type-36 Scarab. While he and Anders were surveying the area, Ripa 'Moramee, an Arbiter, ambushed them. Forge was swiftly defeated and was about to be executed, until Anders stopped the Arbiter by agreeing to go with him without incident. After Spartan Red Team's unsuccessful attempt to stop the Arbiter from escaping, they immediately retreated back to the Spirit of Fire. He was aboard the ship when it made a slipspace in pursuit of 'Moramee's retreating vessel.
- Main article: Battle of Shield 0459
After Jerome-092 recommended destroying 'Moramee's ship and killing Anders rather than let classified information fall into Covenant hands, Forge confronted the SPARTAN. The altercation resulted in a broken chair, a seal malfunction on a bulkhead and a stern interruption from Serina. From then on, Forge and Jerome always ate together in the mess hall.[note 2]
Upon arriving at a mysterious planet, Forge was sent down to the planet's surface, and was subsequently one of the first human beings to encounter the Flood. It was soon discovered that the "planet" was not a planet at all, but a Forerunner Shield World. Immediately following this revelation, he was put in charge of the evacuation of the Spirit's ground troops and the decontamination of Flood from the ship's external hull. Through an amazing stroke of luck, he came upon the recently escaped Ellen Anders in the Shield World's interior, and escorted her back to the Spirit of Fire. He was then put in charge of the strike team that would deliver the Spirit 's Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine to the Apex, to destroy the Shield World and its armada of Forerunner ships. Atop the Apex, he once again faced 'Moramee in battle, while the SPARTANs of Red Team eliminated the Arbiter's comrades. Although Forge was nearly killed, he overcame his foe at the last minute by tricking the Arbiter to look him in the eye, and then stabbing him in the neck with his prized combat knife, "Lucy". He then proceeded to pick up the Arbiter's energy sword, and drove it through the Sangheili's stomach, killing him. As Alice-130 rolled the Arbiter's corpse off the platform, Jerome-092 examined the Translight Engine, realizing that it had been damaged in the fight.
When it became clear that the damaged Translight Engine would have to be detonated manually, Forge realized that the SPARTANs would play a far greater role in the war than he ever could, and volunteered to take the FTL drive into the Shield World's sun. He gave the Spirit's crew the time they needed to escape the hollow planet and then detonated the drive, sacrificing his own life, but dealing the Covenant a massive blow in the process.
- "Hero Unit Ability":
- "Leader Power": Carpet Bomb — A bombing run with a long range that deals devastating damage to ground units.
- "Unique Unit": Cyclops — A powerful exoskeleton that can punch enemy ground units, throw wreckage, and repair buildings.
- "Super Upgrade": Grizzly — a superior version of the Scorpion tank which has dual cannons and an additional mounted machine gun.
- "Economy Bonus": All Supply Pads on Forge's bases start as Heavy Supply Pads.
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- Forge was voiced by Nolan North, who had previously voiced Marine NPCs in Halo 3 and who later voiced Kojo "Romeo" Agu in Halo 3: ODST.
- He has nine Legendary symbols on his right breast plate. This could be a tally of enemy kills of some sort. It may also be a count of battles he has fought in or won.
- While on foot, Forge will occasionally shout "Yipee-kai-yay!" in reference to protagonist John McClane's catchphrase from the Die Hard film series.
- Forge's death was notably similar to that of Spartan Jorge-052. Both died by manually detonating slipspace drives that had been converted to bombs in order to end a Covenant threat, having to stay behind because the bomb was damaged and would not detonate autonomously at the right time. They both voluntarily gave their lives to save a Spartan: Jerome-092 in Forge's case and SPARTAN-B312's in Jorge's. This similarity has been noted on Halo Waypoint.
- ^ Despite being consistently referred to as a sergeant (E-5), Forge performs duties that would typically be performed by a higher-ranked NCO or even a commissioned officer, such as reporting directly to the ship's captain. He also leads dozens of infantrymen and coordinates both aerial and armor support. This suggests that he is at least a first sergeant (E-8) serving as the senior non-commissioned officer of Foxtrot Company, if not the sergeant major (E-9) of 13th Battalion. Curiously, Jerome-092 occasionally addresses Forge as "Sir". Although the UNSC's non-commissioned officers may be addressed as such, Jerome holds at least the rank of petty officer second class, though he is likely ranked at least one grade higher given his command of Red Team. If Forge is indeed an E-5, this means that he is addressed as a superior by a serviceman who holds a rank equal to or higher than his own.
- ^ The in-game timeline states that Douglas-042 made the suggestion to destroy 'Moramee's vessel, that he fought Sergeant Forge over the suggestions, and that the two later bonded over meals. However, Red Team's leader, Jerome-092, clearly makes the suggestion in the game proper. Jerome is also the only Spartan seen to interact directly with Forge during the campaign. More importantly, Forge takes Jerome's place in the suicidal attempt to destroy the shield world's star, suggesting the camaraderie said to have developed between Forge and the Spartan in question.
Forge as he appears in Halo Wars: Genesis.
Forge aiming his handgun at Ripa 'Moramee, who is taking Ellen Anders hostage.
Sergeant John Forge with Red Team.
List of appearances
- ^ a b c d e f g Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 72
- ^ Halo Wars
- ^ Gamerzines - Accessed on 2009-02-17
- ^ a b Xbox-Halo Wars - Accessed on 2009-02-02
- ^ GameDaily - Halo Wars Character Profiles
- ^ a b c Halo Wars: Official Strategy Guide
- ^ Halo Wars: Limited Edition, Forge leader card
- ^ Gamepro - Issue 245, February 2008, page 59
- ^ a b c Halo Wars: Genesis
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Alpha Base
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Relic Approach
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Relic Interior
- ^ Halo Wars,campaign level, Arcadia City
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Arcadia Outskirts
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Dome of Light
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Scarab
- ^ Halo Wars, cutscene "She is Not My Girlfriend"
- ^ Halo Wars Timeline Events
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Anders' Signal
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Cleansing
- ^ Halo Wars cutscene "Judgement Day"
- ^ Halo Wars, campaign level, Reactor
- ^ a b Halo Wars, cutscene "Monsters"
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Hero-Sacrifice