Lucy-B091

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Lucy
Biographical information

Date of birth:

2533

Gender:

Female

Height:

160 centimetres (5 ft 3 in) (age 12)[1]

Weight:

70 kilograms (150 lb) (age 12)[1]

Hair color:

Black[2]

Eye color:

"Dark"[2]

Political and military information

Spartan tag:

B091

Rank:

Petty Officer Second Class[2]

 

Lucy-B091 is a SPARTAN-III supersoldier of Beta Company.[3] She is distinguished by her comparatively small stature and her inability to speak, a condition she developed after witnessing her unit's destruction in Operation: TORPEDO.[4] She and her fellow fellow Beta Company survivor Tom-B292 subsequently served as Lieutenant Commander Kurt Ambrose's aides and trainers for SPARTAN-III Gamma Company and fought in the Battle of Onyx in late 2552.[2] After the Human-Covenant War, Lucy and Tom were assigned to the new Spartan branch.[5]

Biography[edit]

Childhood and training[edit]

In her childhood, Lucy's family had a pet cat.[6] She would also later recall a faint memory of a horse.[7] She was orphaned at age six in 2539 when the Covenant glassed her homeworld and murdered her family. Lucy, distraught, volunteered for the Spartan-III program to get revenge on the Covenant aliens.

She was trained by Lieutenant Commander Kurt Ambrose and Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez at Camp Currahee on Onyx for six years. Lucy, along with Tom-B292; Adam-B004 and Min-B174, became Team Foxtrot, one of the organized SPARTAN-III combat teams in Beta Company.[3] On August 24, 2541, Lucy and the rest of Team Foxtrot participated in one of a series of exercises meant to filter out extra candidates the program lacked funds to train. Lucy and Tom appropriated automated M202 XP machine guns and with the help of the rest of their team, completed the objective. However, they continued to ambush several waves of their instructors before being forced to stand down by Chief Mendez and Lieutenant Commander Ambrose. Kurt commended them for their actions and they were accepted for further training and eventually Spartan augmentation.[8]

Operation: TORPEDO[edit]

Main article: Operation: TORPEDO
"How are you sure we're alive?"
—Lucy's last words to Tom[4]

In 2545, Lucy and the rest of Beta Company were sent on Operation: TORPEDO to destroy a Covenant refinery on Pegasi Delta. The majority of the company was killed before reaching the refinery, but Team Foxtrot managed to get to the refinery's reactor core. They destroyed the reactor core, and only Lucy and Tom managed to survive by jumping into the ocean nearby, sparing them from the immense heat.[4]

Although the mission ended up as a 'success', only Lucy and Tom survived the battle. Adam and Min never made it, killed by the Covenant and reactor, respectively. Lucy, traumatized by the incident, was diagnosed with posttraumatic vocal disarticulation, rendering her unable to speak.[4] Because of her inability to speak, she was to be classified as "unfit for duty," and reassigned to ONI's psych branch for "psychological evaluation". Kurt Ambrose rescued her from this fate, along with Tom, convincing Vice Admiral Parangosky that he needed Spartans to train Spartans. Over the next several years, Lucy and Tom became Kurt's adjutants and were instrumental in the training of the third generation of SPARTAN-IIIs, Gamma Company. They stayed at Camp Currahee and helped in the training until 2552. By early 2551, Lucy and Tom had spent significant time in microgravity which was noticeable from their gaits. In February 2551 they accompanied Kurt aboard UNSC Hopeful to oversee Gamma Company's augmentations.[2]

Battle of Onyx[edit]

Main article: Battle of Onyx
"You two didn't survive Pegasi Delta to die here. There's too much left for you to do."
—Kurt Ambrose convincing Lucy and Tom to leave him[9]

When the Battle of Onyx broke out in late October 2552 with Onyx Sentinels attacking the humans on the planet, Lucy and Tom were based in Camp Currahee. After destroying one of the Sentinels in the camp they met with Lieutenant Commander Ambrose and SCPO Mendez.[10] Lucy accompanied Kurt to retrieve ordnance from his personal armory where he briefly contemplated on donning his old MJOLNIR armor, revealing to Lucy—to her great surprise—that the lieutenant commander was a SPARTAN-II.[11] They subsequently moved to El Morro Point and, after several days of guerrilla warfare against the Sentinels, met with Dr. Catherine Halsey and Blue Team. Lucy and Tom subsequently coordinated with Linda-058 to destroy a Sentinel overlooking the area,[12] before the group pushed deeper into the restricted Zone 67 and made their way into an excavated Forerunner city.[13] Pursued by Covenant forces, they were redirected to destroy a Sentinel manufacturing facility by Zone 67's ONI AI Endless Summer. Lucy and Tom completed one portion of the operation, coordinated by Dr. Halsey via the use of local translocation nodes and the factory was successfully destroyed.[14]

After retrieving Team Katana, who had been placed in slipspace field pods, the group pushed on to Onyx's core room antechamber where they prepared to make a last stand against the incoming Covenant army to prevent them from accessing the slipspace portal into the shield world. After all of the other survivors had retreated into the portal, Lucy and Tom were the last to remain at Kurt's side. At first, she and Tom were adamant not to leave their mentor behind, but Kurt knocked Tom unconscious and managed to convince a reluctant Lucy into entering the slipspace rift. Before leaving, Lucy made a respectful gesture with two fingers to Kurt's faceplate but only managed a half-choked cry when attempting to verbally express her farewell.[9] She and Tom were the last to go through, before Kurt detonated two FENRIS nuclear warheads, denying the Covenant access to the shield world.[15]

Shield world and recovery[edit]

Several hours after their entry into the shield world, Lucy was part of the recon team consisting of Fred-104, Linda-058, Mark-G313 and Ash-G099.[16] Along the way to the Forerunner structure her team was able to find food of some kind. The teams regrouped at a pair of Forerunner structures and after Dr. Halsey found the entrance to one of the structures, Lucy was the first inside. She spotted something moving down a corridor and chased after it. Anxious to find what she was chasing after she continued on looking and got separated from the rest of the team, by falling into another room which appeared to be a hangar of some kind.[17] In here she discovered what she had noticed earlier: a Huragok, which she accidentally killed.[18] Three other Huragok were present, and started to mourn the loss of one of their own. In order to get them to help her, she showed them her helmet, one of them—named Prone to Drift—took interest in the helmet and started disassembling and reassembling it. Once it gave her the helmet back she noticed two Forerunner symbols on her HUD—seemingly an attempt by the alien to establish communication.[19] After several attempts at contact the Huragok had Lucy follow it and the others.[20]

The Huragok led her into another room where Lucy and the Engineers managed to communicate with each other using a data terminal. Here, Lucy discovered that the Huragok had access to communications with the outside of the sphere and thus might be able to help the human survivors escape.[21] They also revealed that the passage of time inside the slipspace bubble the sphere occupied was different from that in normal space, and that the utility area Lucy had fallen into was located within another slipspace pocket where time passed considerably faster than in the rest of the sphere.[22] The Huragok then led Lucy to the other human survivors, who were relieved to see her as she had been gone for days in their time.[23] Dr. Halsey immediately began questioning Prone to Drift, becoming increasingly agitated as the Huragok failed to provide her answers or allow them to establish contact with the outside in accordance with their instructions. When Halsey began threatening the creature, Lucy had a sudden emotional outburst and attacked Halsey, repeatedly screaming "No!", overcoming her posttraumatic vocal disarticulation.[24] However, her ability to speak normally was not immediately restored although she managed to speak several words afterward.[25]

Soon after, the humans managed to convince the Huragok to open communications to the ONI ships outside the slipspace bubble.[26] Lucy, along with the other survivors were then taken aboard the UNSC Port Stanley by the ONI team Kilo-Five, and would be transported to Earth for a debriefing in HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6.[27]

Lucy and the other remaining SPARTAN-IIIs were later offered the chance to integrate into the SPARTAN-IV program.[28] Lucy and Tom were assigned to the Spartan branch in August 2553. Their location remained classified following their reassignment.[5]

Personality and traits[edit]

Despite her speech impediment, Kurt Ambrose considered Lucy a capable Spartan and relied on her and Tom-B292 as his trusted aides both in the training of Gamma Company and in live combat.[29] Kurt also believed her to be more rational than Tom, knowing he had a better chance convincing her to leave him behind.[9] Because of what the two had gone through, Tom-B292 remained her closest friend and one of the few constants in her life.[30] Regardless of any difficulties she had communicating with others, Tom was always able to easily understand her.[31]

According to doctors, Lucy was physically capable of speaking, but over time, it became harder and harder for her to express her traumatic experiences, and she felt that "her head was full of things that nobody else would understand or want to hear", so she would stay silent.[31] After years of silence, she found that she had thoroughly forgotten how to speak even when she wanted to,[32] though she occasionally produced faint and indistinct sounds of surprise, for example.[11] She would still communicate by sign language[11] as well as writing basic notes such as basic coordinates.[33] She also occasionally exhibits symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as sporadic flashbacks of Operation: TORPEDO.[34] However, this did not obstruct her performance in combat during the Battle of Onyx, for example.[12][14]

Physical description[edit]

Lucy is one of the smallest SPARTAN-IIIs. By age 12, at the time of Operation: TORPEDO, she was only 160 centimetres (5 ft 3 in) tall and weighed 70 kilograms (150 lb) which was small for a SPARTAN-III of that age.[1] She has neotenous facial features,[35] dark eyes and black hair which she wears close-cropped,[2] and is recognizable by her short, careful gait.[36] She has pale skin,[1] likely from being inside her Semi-Powered Infiltration armor for long periods of time; Kurt Ambrose noted that she and Tom spent so much time in their SPI armor he had difficulty recognizing them without the suits on.[2]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 26-27
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 98
  3. ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 15
  4. ^ a b c d Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 27
  5. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Catalog Interaction - Page 38
  6. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 122
  7. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 141
  8. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 89-96
  9. ^ a b c Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 368-369
  10. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 15
  11. ^ a b c Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 140-141
  12. ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 29
  13. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 30
  14. ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapters 33-34
  15. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 372
  16. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 13
  17. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 118
  18. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 122
  19. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 143
  20. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 146
  21. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 186-194
  22. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 273-281
  23. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 302-308
  24. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 312-317
  25. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 329, 335
  26. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 336-337
  27. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 401
  28. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 435
  29. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 137
  30. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 335
  31. ^ a b Halo: Glasslands, page 99-100
  32. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 144-145
  33. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 304
  34. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 99
  35. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 303
  36. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 16