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Mark was conscripted into the Gamma Company of the SPARTAN-III program, initiated around 2546. Conscripts were between the ages of 5 and 7 when he, along with other orphans volunteered to become Spartans and avenge his family and home planet. Once on Onyx, he and the other Spartan candidates were trained by LCDR Kurt Ambrose, SCPO Franklin Mendez, as well as the surviving Beta Company members, PO2 Lucy-B091 and PO2 Tom-B292.
Battle of Onyx
Mark was assigned to Team Saber, under the command of Private Ash-G099. When the human forces on Onyx came under attack by Sentinels, the teams were still vying for top honors. Team Saber went dangerously close to Zone 67 to avoid the other teams. The team spied what they assumed at the time to be a new kind of Covenant drone due to its energy shields and anti-gravity technology it possessed. They decided to investigate and the Sentinels engaged. Mark remained with the team as they tried to figure out the weak spots of the drones. He and the rest of the team hurled rocks at the drones and to their surprise, the drone's shields did not activate. The Sentinel chased Ash into a hole and Mark and the rest of the team pummeled the drone with huge rocks, destroying it.
A general decision was made and the Team moved to the armory to get heavier armaments. Team Saber met up with Commander Ambrose, Chief Mendez, as well as PO2 Tom and Lucy and they spent several days fighting the Sentinels using guerrilla tactics. Mark and the team later met up with PO2 Kelly-087 and Dr. Catherine Halsey and were subsequently engaged by a pair of Sentinels. After the skirmish, Mark and the rest of the Spartans took Dr. Halsey and Kelly to a bombed-out bunker where Halsey revealed the origin of the Sentinels and what to do next.
After the team destroyed the two Sentinels and the overwatch position at Camp Currahee, they moved back to Zone 67. After making their way through an excavated Forerunner city, they discovered Onyx's map room, where they learned that Onyx was an artificial construct, as well as pinpointing the location of Team Katana. Before recovering Team Katana, however, AI Endless Summer sent them on a mission in a Sentinel manufacturing facility to make sure no more Sentinels were produced. Mark and Team Saber played a key role in destroying the factory, using its teleportation grid to their advantage. Later, they moved out to discover Team Katana and found them in slipspace field pods. However, the Covenant knew the location of the two teams and were advancing towards their position with four legions of Sangheili, Mgalekgolo, and other soldiers, as well as armored vehicles.
End of the battle
The humans fell back to a portal which led to Onyx's interior shield world, located within a massive room in Onyx's core, where they soon found themselves surrounded by the Covenant. Mark and the other Spartans formed a loose half-circle "killzone" around the portal and picked off targets at close and long range. They managed to defend the entrance to the shield, although it had come at some serious losses. William-043, Dante-G188, and Holly-G003 had already been killed by the advancing Covenant army. Due to little time left, Commander Ambrose ordered Team Saber through the portal before it closed. Soon after, Dr. Halsey and the surviving Spartans entered the portal. On the other side of the rift, Mark awaited Kurt's arrival, but he never came, having given life by detonating a pair of FENRIS nuclear warheads to prevent the Covenant from following them.
Once Mark, Dr. Halsey, and the other Spartans were safely inside the Dyson sphere that lay beyond the portal, they made gravestones for Kurt Ambrose, William-043, Dante-G188, and Holly-G003. After the ceremony, Mark and the other SPARTAN-IIIs were reassigned to SPARTAN-II Blue Team by Lieutenant, Junior Grade Frederic-104 and Petty Officer, Second Class Kelly-087.
Mark and the other survivors then proceeded to explore the vast construct, soon establishing base camp in a Forerunner structure. A group of Huragok, discovered by Lucy-B091, eventually helped them bring the sphere out of its slipspace bubble into normal space, and an ONI team was dispatched to retrieve them. The few days the survivors had stayed inside the slipspace bubble turned out to equal over three months in normal space-time, and as such they returned to normal space in February 2553. Mark and the others were taken to Earth aboard the UNSC Port Stanley for a debriefing in HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 in Sydney.
Following their recovery from the shield world, Mark and the other survivors of Team Saber continued to serve with Blue Team. In May 2553, they were assigned to escort the 717th Xeno-Materials Exploitation Battalion, which had been sent to recover a Forerunner ancilla on the human colony of Gao. In early July, they became mired in a major crisis after several Gao inhabitants were found murdered in the Montero Cave System. Veta Lopis, a Special Inspector of the Gao Ministry of Protection initially suspected the Spartans to be responsible for the murders, but the killer turned out to be the Forerunner AI the UNSC had been looking for, Intrepid Eye.
After the events at Gao, Admiral Margaret Parangosky decided to have Mark, Olivia, and Ash reassigned to a classified infiltrator unit nicknamed Ferrets, led by now-ONI agent Veta Lopis. To prevent knowledge of the dangers of their enhancement, Parangosky decided to publicly list Mark, Olivia and Ash as KIA, with Fred-104 personally deciding their false fates. By September 2553, Mark and the other members of Team Saber had their status changed to killed in action.
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Personality and traits
Nicknamed "The Mark" by his fellow Spartans due to his marksmanship abilities, Mark-G313 is proficient with sniper rifles, although he is noted as being even more skilled with an assault rifle in a free-for-all scenario with an abundance of targets. He has a remarkable ability to handle stress, only becoming more composed under increased pressure.
List of appearances
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 100
- ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 116
- ^ a b Halo Waypoint - Catalog Interaction: Page 23
- ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 383
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 117-119
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 130-135
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 170-176
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 313-324
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 341-343
- ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 360-372
- ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 378
- ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 382-389
- ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 401
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Azure Noir
- ^ Halo: Last Light, pages 330-333 (Google Play edition)
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Catalog Interaction - Page 38