Kat-B320

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This article is about the SPARTAN-III. For the creator of the SPARTAN-II program, see Catherine Halsey.
Catherine
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Biographical information

Birthplace:

New Harmony

Date of birth:

January 30, 2530

Date of death:

August 23, 2552 (aged 22)

Gender:

Female

Height:

205.7 centimetres (6 ft 9.0 in)

Weight:

98 kilograms (220 lb) [1]

Hair color:

Black

Eye color:

Blue

Political and military information

Spartan tag:

B320[2]

Rank:

Lieutenant Commander

 


"In recognition of this, her unparalleled brilliance, we honor her as the true genius of Noble."
—The Monument to Noble Team.

Lieutenant Commander Catherine-B320,[3] commonly known as Kat, was a SPARTAN-III commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to Special Warfare Group Three of the UNSC Army.[2] She fought with Noble Team as Noble Two during the Fall of Reach in 2552.

Biography[edit]

Childhood and early career[edit]

Born on Monastir, New Harmony in 2530, she was conscripted as part of Beta Company. She was taken out of Beta Company by Kurt-051 and Franklin Mendez after Operation: CARTWHEEL, not long before Operation: TORPEDO commenced.[4] She was later assigned to Noble Team when it was formed.

She, along with Carter-A259, is one of the only two survivors from the original Noble Team, and they share a close bond as a result. She is Noble Team's second-in-command, and described as being fiercely loyal to Carter and the team.

Later career[edit]

On April 22nd, 2552, Kat put together an operation to destroy a CCS-class battlecruiser maintaining position above a city on Fumirole.[3] The operation was successful, but at the cost of Thom-293. The operation also cost Kat her right arm, which has been replaced by a robotic prosthetic.[1] Kat clearly has no problem working with the arm, which she moves just as naturally as her real one, even continuing to hold her M6G pistol in her dominant right hand. Both Carter-A259 and Kat took responsibility over the death of Thom, unable to admit that the death of the SPARTAN was his own fault. Thom was replaced on Noble Team by SPARTAN-B312 a few months later, just prior to the Fall of Reach.

At some point during her career, Kat developed a bypass system for the MJOLNIR armor's safety limiters on their actuators and "muscles", allowing a short burst of superior performance at the expense of the suit's coolant systems, leading to overheating.[5]

Fall of Reach[edit]

Main article: Fall of Reach
Kat returns the data module she stole from Visegrád to Dr. Halsey during Noble Team's debriefing at SWORD Base.

The SPARTANs of Noble Team participate in an operation to investigate a communications blackout at the Visegrád Relay, a mission that led to the first confrontation with Covenant forces on the planet.[6] In the operation, Kat recovered a data module containing Laszlo Sorvad's "latchkey discovery" from the Relay's console and uncovered an unfortunate discovery; the Covenant has successfully deployed their forces on Reach.[7] The discovery led the team to SWORD Base, currently under siege by Covenant forces and their corvette.[8] Kat and Noble Six engaged the Covenant forces on foot and repelled them off the site and the airbase. The team was debriefed by Dr. Catherine Halsey following the attack, and Kat returned the module containing Sorvad's data.

Intelligence gathered from Noble Six and Jun-A266's reconnaissance mission lead to a large-scale UNSC assault on a Covenant-occupied site.[9] Kat and Noble Six engaged Covenant forces on the groundside while other members of Noble Team provided aerial support. Noble Six assisted Kat in reconnaissance of the Covenant-occupied site, destroying multiple aerial defenses and unveiling a large Covenant installation codenamed Spire One.

Kat telling Carter her plan for Operation: UPPER CUT.

The destruction of the UNSC Grafton by a Covenant CSO-class supercarrier, Long Night of Solace, after the Battle at Szurdok Ridge prompted Carter and Kat to reassess the situation. Recognizing the presence of the supercarrier as a large threat, Kat suggested to Noble Team to reconfigure a slipspace engine into a makeshift slipspace bomb, which would destroy the supercarrier immediately.[10] Carter, along with Kat, Jorge-052 and SPARTAN-B312, helped UNSC ground forces repel Covenant invaders from a UNSC base, which housed the Sabre Program Launch/Research Range. Noble Team was separated from this point, with Jorge and Noble Six participating in Operation: UPPER CUT while the rest focused on groundside operations.[10]

At some point during the Fall of Reach, Kat and the remaining members of Noble Team assisted the UNSC in repelling the Covenant from civilian population centers. They reunited with Noble Six during the Siege of New Alexandria and helped in the neutralization of Covenant jammers and the evacuation of ONI personnel.[11] Soon, Noble Team was hailed by its superior, Colonel Urban Holland, and was ordered to destroy Sword Base. The team was forced to enter a radiation bunker to shield them from the Covenant's glassing of New Alexandria. As Noble Team exited the elevator and ran towards the bunker, a Sangheili Field Marshal in a Phantom overhead shot Kat through the head with a needle rifle, killing her instantly. When the surviving members of Noble Team were extracted on August 26, Carter carried her body out of the bunker.[11]

Personality and traits[edit]

Kat's Firefight profile image.
"This one seems to like me. Someone kill it."
—Catherine-B320[12]

Kat generally exhibited a sardonic attitude and had a dry sense of humor. She was described as an inspired tactician and an exemplary combatant, but also a brilliant cryptanalyst and a hacker; allegedly, there has not been a system yet that she has been unable to crack. According to Colonel Urban Holland, she had a habit of occasionally investigating classified intel more than her superiors would like her to. Her ability to acquire and digest information has been described as "supernatural"; more than once, she was able to read a situation, working with information many would find overly limited.[3]

Kat had a close working relationship with Noble Team's leader, Carter-A259, and the latter valued her tactical input and planning ability. Carter was also particularly upset about her death. Much like Carter, Kat blamed herself for Thom-293's death while it was apparent that neither was responsible; according to Colonel Urban Holland, Thom died because he pursued a group of enemies by himself rather than waiting for backup.[3]

Kat's death can be attributed due to a fatal lack of situational awareness. Like the loss of her right arm in a previous operation, Kat underestimated the gravity of her situation and failed to initiate her armor's shielding system.[13] However, another explanation could be that excess radiation from the nearby Covenant glassing shorted out her shields, as she may have been exposed to the radiation longer than the other members of Noble Team.

Equipment[edit]

Kat wore MJOLNIR Mark V armor with an Air Assault helmet upgraded with a Command Network Module-Improved, which can only be used by the player with an Up Armor plate as well, incorrectly called FC-I. She wore FJ/PARA shoulders on either arm and had a Tactical/Hard Case utility on her left thigh. Kat also notably sported a robotic prosthetic in place of the right arm she lost during an earlier operation.

Trivia[edit]

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  • Kat was voiced by Alona Tal.[14]
  • Kat's voice is available for use in Halo: Reach's Firefight mode.
  • As shown in an early production note, Kat was originally intended to have been born in 2529 and to have been a member of Alpha Company. In this version of the story, she and Carter were the last remaining members of a SPARTAN-III team known as "Blue Team", (not be be confused with the SPARTAN-II unit). This is apparent in the similar coloration of their armor in early concept art.[15]
  • During gameplay, Kat is the only member in Noble Team other than Noble Six that has a secondary weapon holstered.
  • Kat is one of only three Spartan-IIIs known to be held under the ONI Directive 930 and listed as MIA.
  • Kat's helmet is available as an avatar award and is obtained by earning an Avenger Medal in Matchmaking. Kat's armor is available for both male and female avatars, but it lacks her cybernetic arm. A prosthetic arm similar to Kat's is available in the Armory on three different chest pieces, but none of them are default like hers.
  • According to the Halo: Reach Legendary Edition developer commentary, due to a glitch early in the game's development, Kat laughed when the player killed moa, as she was programmed to occasionally laugh when the player killed Covenant forces.[16] Later during the commentary, Lee Wilson jokes that Carter was upset by Kat's death because "She was cute." Martin O'Donnell responds, "We know there was some relationship between Carter and Kat at some point."[17]
  • During the 2010 Penny Arcade Expo, a hired cosplayer dressed as Kat was escorted by the Bungie staff where she entertained many of the visitors by dancing. During the event, she was depicted by the Charisma model Jordan Konkel.[18][19]
  • Kat is frequently held by the community as a bad driver of any vehicle, mainly due to clips of her betraying teammates or driving off cliffs posted on the Internet or on Rooster Teeth's Halo: Reach series "Fails of the Weak". In reality, her AI is no better or worse than the rest of Noble Team's, though the flaws in her own appear more often because she accompanies the player for more missions than any of your other team members. Her purported driving skills have developed into a memetic status, enough that she is even jokingly blamed for driving accidents in other games outside of the Halo series.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b GameInformer: February 2010 issue
  2. ^ a b Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 29
  3. ^ a b c d Bungie.net: Halo: Reach Project Page - Kat's profile
  4. ^ Bungie.net: Halo: Reach Project Page - Personnel
  5. ^ Halo: Reach - Game Manual
  6. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level, Winter Contingency
  7. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level, Winter Contingency
  8. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level, ONI: Sword Base
  9. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level, Tip of the Spear
  10. ^ a b Halo: Reach, campaign level, Long Night of Solace
  11. ^ a b Halo: Reach, campaign level, New Alexandria
  12. ^ Halo: Reach
  13. ^ Bungie.net: Halo: Reach Project Page - Kat's profile ("Unfortunately even having MAGICAL INTEL can’t protect you against a fatal lapse of situational awareness.")
  14. ^ Halo: Reach, Credits
  15. ^ YouTube: PAX 2010: Bungie Halo: Reach Panel (Part 2)
  16. ^ Youtube: Halo Reach Legendary Edition - Developer Commentary Part 1
  17. ^ Youtube: Halo Reach Legendary Edition - Developer Commentary Part 6
  18. ^ 405th: Interview with the girl in the Kat suit from PAX
  19. ^ Bungie.net: Kat & Bungie @ PAX 2010

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Carter-A259† • Kat-B320† • Jun-A266Emile-A239† • Jorge-052† • SPARTAN-B312† • Thom-A293