6'9" (2.057 meters)
241 pounds (109 kg)
|Political and military information|
Commander (title, not formal rank)
- "They believe this is the home of one of their gods! Way I see it, if those freaks wanna meet God, it's our duty to help them along!"
- —Commander Palmer discussing the Covenant presence on Requiem.
Commander Sarah Palmer (Service Number 65287-98303-SP) is a member of the Spartan branch and a veteran of the Human-Covenant War. After the war, Palmer transferred from the UNSC Marine Corps Shock Troopers into the newly independent branch and was augmented as the first SPARTAN-IV supersoldier. Now a commander, she is currently assigned as the commanding officer of the 300-member Spartan contingent aboard UNSC Infinity.
Palmer was born on Luna to embittered colonial parents,[note 1] though she did not share their disdain for the United Nations Space Command. She joined the Marine Corps sometime during the 2540s and served in twelve tours on eight different worlds as an ODST, with most of that time spent as a lieutenant.[note 2]
In October 2552, she was part of an ODST unit deployed to reinforce a UNSC outpost under attack by the Covenant. Immediately upon touchdown, Palmer was forced to single-handedly defend an escaping Admiral Kovalic, who was carrying an important AI. She fought an attacking Jiralhanae Chieftain and eventually killed the alien by running him over with the admiral's Warthog. During the escape, she was hit by a Needler shard, but survived thanks to her armor.
 Becoming a SPARTAN-IV
In January 2553, aboard the Lockhart medical station, she was visited by the former SPARTAN-III Jun-A266. Because of her physical prowess, innate tactical leadership, unquestioning loyalty to the UNSC and her record service, Jun offered her a place as the first recruit for the Office of Naval Intelligence's new project: the SPARTAN-IV Program.
Palmer agreed to join the Spartans. Soon, she and the other candidates underwent a series of biological and chemical augmentations that lasted three weeks. After the augmentation procedures were complete, Palmer and fellow inductees Edward Davis, Yeong-hao Holst, Vladimir Scruggs, and Joel Thomas trained under Jun's supervision. During a simulated engagement with a group of Marines, Palmer rushed to the Spartans' objective at the expense of her teammates' "lives". Jun berated the Spartans' poor performance; former Spartan Musa-096 (who was largely responsible for the program's existence) singled out Palmer for her glory-hounding recklessness.
Before March, Jun and the trainees were soon transferred aboard the UNSC Infinity, which was undergoing the final stages of construction in the Oort cloud. These seven Spartans were the ones aboard the ship at the time, though Infinity would later maintain a complement of up to 300 Spartans after her shakedown cruise.
 Rebel incursion on Infinity
Around this time, a group of Insurrectionists led by Ilsa Zane - a former participant in the prototype phase of the SPARTAN-IV Program - captured Captain Andrew Del Rio and the bridge crew, in addition to disabling the ship's AI, Aine. Commander Thomas Lasky, the ship's executive officer, grudgingly allowed the Spartans to access the armor bay. Choosing function over form, Palmer selected a suit of GEN2 Scout armor, which would be her mainstay from that moment on. Together, the Spartans helped repel the takeover attempt. Palmer distinguished herself during this engagement, as did Davis. She personally battled Ilsa Zane in hand-to-hand combat. Despite Zane's superior physical augmentations, Palmer got the upper hand and knocked the rebel leader out of the ship's airlock.
 Battle of Draetheus V
- Main article: Battle of Draetheus V
Between March 2553 and July 2557, Palmer and Davis were stationed on X50, Draetheus V's moon, where they defended against Merg Vol's Covenant forces. Despite the efforts of the UNSC forces, the Covenant managed to surpass them in less than an hour, forcing Palmer to go to Draetheus V to inform the planet of the impending attack.
The Covenant forces soon discovered that the X50 was a former Forerunner installation capable of planetary destruction and used it on the planet. With the planet on the verge of collapse, Palmer, with a handful of UNSC forces, assaulted the Covenant landing zones on the planet and took over the Covenant ships to evacuate the planet. Soon after, Palmer led an operation to eliminate Merg Vol. By appropriating one of his lieutenants' ships, Palmer managed to infiltrate the Covenant base on X50 and remove Merg's lieutenants before facing Merg Vol himself at the activation site. Despite the possibilities, Palmer executed Merg Vol with her M6H magnum and destroyed the artifact. After this, Palmer and the remaining Marines escaped the moon moments before the artifact was sabotaged.
 First tour on Requiem
- "I thought you'd be taller."
- —Palmer upon meeting John-117
In July 2557, Infinity intercepted a distress beacon from the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn near the Forerunner shield world Requiem; the remains of the vessel carried MCPO John-117, one of the few remaining SPARTAN-IIs, as well as his AI companion Cortana. Infinity was soon drawn inside the shield world, where its Spartan contingent was deployed to battle both local Promethean constructs under the command of the Didact, as well as Covenant forces. The Master Chief rendezvoused with the Spartans under Palmer's command and eventually made his way aboard Infinity.
Palmer later sent Gypsy Company to aid the Master Chief and Lasky in an attack on the gravity well generator, but did not participate in the battle herself. Later, when the Master Chief refused to hand over Cortana, determined to stop the Didact alone, Captain Del Rio ordered Palmer to arrest the Spartan-II;[note 3] however, she and the rest of the bridge crew ignored the order, allowing the Master Chief to leave without attempting to stop him.
 Second tour on Requiem
- Main article: Second Battle of Requiem
 First missions
- "Your new workplace is a planet called 'Requiem'. Some of the old hands here know what you're in for. The rest of you - you're due for an education."
- —Palmer briefing the Infinity's Spartans on their deployment to Requiem.
In February 2558, Infinity was deployed back to Requiem. On February 8, Palmer authorized Fireteam Majestic's deployment to the surface to recover a Forerunner artifact. She also deployed Fireteam Crimson with a similar objective in support of Majestic; Crimson eventually recovered the artifact. After the artifact was brought aboard Infinity, it suddenly emitted an energy pulse and started draining power from the ship. When the artificial gravity was disabled, Palmer magnetized her boots to stay on the ground. She then ran at the artifact and kicked it, temporarily deactivating the device. After Dr. Glassman began examining the artifact it reactivated, pulling Dr. Glassman inside it through a portal. Captain Lasky attempted to save Glassman, but Palmer noticed he was being pulled in as well and tackled him, keeping him out of harm's way.
After the incident, Dr. Catherine Halsey was brought in to examine the artifact in Glassman's absence. Palmer expressed particular disdain for Halsey, believing that ONI incarcerated her for a reason. Her suspicions were not entirely wrong, as it was later revealed that Halsey was secretly communicating with someone. After this discovery, Lasky ordered Palmer to arrest Dr. Halsey. She was not heard from for some time, forcing Jared Miller to run Spartan operations with Infinity AI Roland in her absence.
Palmer eventually returned to run operations again, and later held off the Covenant/Promethean forces when the alliance attempted to retake the artifact that Crimson had recovered. However, she failed to realize the true goal of their invasion until it was too late: while arguing with Dr. Halsey, a Promethean Knight translocated behind her and temporarily incapacitated her before taking Dr. Halsey. Angered by this, Palmer slammed down on the holo-table, denting it, and left the bridge.
 Further operations
She later returned to running Ops just as Crimson was redeployed to the Apex. She ordered Crimson to shut down three slipspace portals in the area. While that was going on, Miller detected an SOS signal on a Covenant frequency, she responded quickly that the Covenant did not use SOS. After Crimson secured the Apex for Fireteam Lancer, Paul DeMarco radioed in that they were under attack from Covenant artillery and needed assistance. She ordered Crimson to take out the artillery. As they arrived at the artillery's location, Miller told her the Covenant seemed prepared for them, as if they knew they were coming; she told him not to be paranoid. After Crimson destroyed two of them DeMarco radioed in asking how many more, Palmer told him to relax and that there was one more. When Miller noticed the Covenant converged on the third location immediately after he told Crimson where to go, Commander Palmer became suspicious. After Crimson destroyed the final piece of artillery she told Majestic they owed Crimson a round, and told Crimson to secure the LZ for evac.
Terry Ledge of Fireteam Lancer informed her that they had found a Covenant base in the Warrens. After Crimson cleared the area she ordered them to head for the Warrens. When Crimson and Lancer arrived at the Warrens they encountered shields with cloaked generators; Palmer ordered Miller to find out how to de-cloak them. While Crimson and Lancer engaged the Covenant forces in the area, Miller found the SOS again, but Palmer quickly yelled that he should be focused on the generators. Miller located a Covenant soldier with the cloaking device and when Crimson killed him the generators were de-cloaked. Palmer told Crimson to "kindly exercise extreme force" on the generators. When they proceeded to the next area, Palmer informed Lancer that Crimson would have point for the remainder of the mission. After Crimson entered a cave, Miller informed Palmer that the SOS was coming from inside the cave. She told Crimson to take out the Covenant forces in the area and keep their eyes open.
Later, Miller informed Poker Squad had captured a wounded Elite willing to give up a Covenant listening post in exchange for its life. After clearing out the cave and opening another door, Crimson discovered the source of the mysterious SOS signal was from Fireteam Switchback, who were being held prisoner by the Covenant. Palmer asked where Spartan Costabile was; Bradford Gale informed her that Costabile had been killed by the Covenant. After taking out Covenant reinforcements Palmer congratulated Crimson and Lancer on rescuing Switchback. After Crimson arrived at the listening post and secured the area, Miller told her there were jammers possibly present somewhere nearby. Palmer told Crimson to keep a look out for them. After Crimson moved to the listening post, she was surprised to see them using an Army Pelican to listen in on UNSC communications. As Dalton prepared to fire on the Pelican, Palmer told him to wait until Crimson left the area. After Dalton destroyed the Pelican she commented on how it would be "nice to have the element of surprise again".
Later, Dr. Glassman needed help reading the holographic map of Requiem that Spartan Madsen recovered from Gek 'Lhar. Palmer ordered Crimson to check out a location marked by Spartan Thorne. Glassman used the map to help Crimson activate a friendly automated defense turret grid and heavy weapons; Palmer was impressed with this. After Glassman helped Crimson activate four anti-aircraft cannons, Palmer decided to end the mission. Upon eliminating the Covenant in the area, Fireteam Crimson were evacuated.
 Assassin for ONI
When orders from Admiral Serin Osman came down to kill Dr. Halsey, Palmer decided to carry it out personally. Lasky attempted to stop her, voicing his protests against ONI using the conventional military to carry out their assassinations, particularly when the target was a civilian. When Lasky continued to protest, Palmer said she wouldn't see him court-martialed because of Halsey. Lasky finally ordered her to stand down, but she ignored him, responding that orders were orders.
She eventually made her way to Halsey's position, quietly taking out Elite guards with her combat knife. She made it into the "shrine" shortly after Gabriel Thorne had, killing an Elite about to sneak up on him. She tried to shoot and kill Dr. Halsey but hit her in the shoulder. Promethean Knights started to translocate into the area and she was forced to engage them. The rest of Fireteam Majestic showed up and engaged the knights, Palmer attempted to make her way to Halsey. However, just as she and Thorne were about to reach her a Promethean Knight translocated in behind 'Mdama and escaped with him and Halsey. She yelled in frustration and asked why Majestic was there, DeMarco told her Captain Lasky had ordered them to rescue Dr. Halsey. She questioned why he would do that when she was a traitor. Thorne then told her about how Halsey made sure he got half of the Janus Key. She then redeployed all Spartan fireteams to help in recovering Dr. Halsey.
 Escaping Requiem
After the events in the Librarian's shrine, she and Fireteam Majestic were sent the deactivation codes of one of the Requiem slipspace artifacts in order to free Infinity from Requiem's orbit, while Fireteam Crimson deactivated the third. Suddenly the Covenant fleet flew overhead and left Requiem, entering slipspace just outside the exterior shell. The entire planet then began to move towards the system's sun and Palmer quickly ordered Majestic to move out.
Later, after Crimson retrieved a new power supply for the Harvester, Miller informed Commander Palmer that they were back at the Harvester. She informed Miller that she and Majestic were almost at their objective as well. She asked Dalton about the evacuation of the planet and he informed her that everyone else was onboard and that Crimson and Majestic were the only ones left on the planet. After activating the Harvester and opening a path to the artifact, Miller reported to Commander Palmer that they had a path to the artifact. Palmer told him to just tell her when Crimson had finished and then yelled at DeMarco to check his six. She congratulated Crimson after they deactivated their artifact.
Shortly after, Captain Lasky asked how things were going she reported that Crimson had accomplished their mission, but Majestic was still working on theirs. She covered Thorne as he deactivated the device, once they cleared the area and deactivated the artifact they evacuated. Palmer and Tedra Grant piloted their Pelican back to Infinity and arrived at the ship at the same time as Crimson. After they had successfully escaped, Palmer and Lasky visited Dr. Glassman's lab, where the doctor was studying the incomplete Janus Key. On the way there, she reproached Lasky for ostensibly sending Majestic to stop her. Lasky responded that he sent Majestic rescue Halsey, but Palmer saw no difference.
 Personality and traits
Palmer possesses a strong sense of duty, and displays great tenacity and boldness on the battlefield. Possessing an audacious, gung-ho attitude, she is regarded as an experienced and capable leader, and is generally cool in tense situations. At the same time, she does have a tendency to react badly when things go wrong. For instance, when Dr. Catherine Halsey was abducted off the bridge of the Infinity, a frustrated Palmer slammed her fist into the holo-table so hard, she dented the metal.
Palmer takes great pride in being a Spartan, to the point of looking down on the conventional military branches; despite her own ODST roots, she is frequently shown to have rather low expectations of ordinary infantry. In contrast, she has very high expectations for her Spartans, especially those of Fireteams Crimson and Majestic.
Palmer typically performs her job in a no-nonsense manner and doesn't hesitate to dress down her fellow Spartans when they fail to meet her expectations. Several times, she called out Fireteam Majestic's leader Paul DeMarco in front of his own team. Spartan Miller once remarked that it's rare for Palmer to praise anyone under her command. At the same time though, she does have her own dry sense of humor, which she occasionally exhibits on the job. Furthermore, she takes pride in the Spartans under her command and encourages both cooperation and competition between the various Spartan Fireteams. She is also shown to have great respect for John-117; although she initially reacted to the Master Chief's presence with a teasing remark about his height, she later refused to follow Captain Del Rio's order to arrest the Chief for refusing to surrender Cortana.
Palmer regards scientists with a general disdain, which is demonstrated by her frequent irritation when having to deal with science teams and her frequent usage of the derogatory term "eggheads". This is because she views those with an academic education as pretending to be more intelligent than herself, a perceived sense of superiority which in her view is not shared by her fellow military personnel. She reserves particular contempt for Dr. Halsey, though this may be due to Halsey's reputation as well as the doctor's own lack of respect towards Palmer and the other SPARTAN-IVs. At the same time, she does give scientists credit when due. For example, she was genuinely impressed by Dr. Glassman when he enabled Fireteam Crimson to activate a pair of friendly Forerunner Anti-Aircraft guns to assist them against the Covenant.
When it comes to relationships with others, Palmer is shown to be rather reserved. The only two people she is known to have developed close personal ties to are her partner Edward Davis and Captain Thomas Lasky. When Davis was killed, Palmer mourned him and took it upon herself to recover his remains. She and Captain Lasky often refer to each other on a first-name basis, and Palmer shows a great deal of concern for his well-being. Most notably, Palmer's motivation for following ONI's orders to kill Dr. Halsey (besides genuinely believing that Halsey was a traitor) was to protect Lasky from being court-martialed for refusing to carry out the order, even when this meant outright ignoring Lasky's direct order to stand down.
Palmer wears the Scout variant of the MJOLNIR GEN2 armor, in lieu of specialized communications models built specifically for Spartan officers, with Inner-Plated forearms and Outer-plated legs. She favors using a pair of M6H magnum sidearms.
 Production notes
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- Palmer is voiced by actress Jennifer Hale, who is best known for providing the voice of the female Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy. Her facial appearance is based on Vedette Lim.
- Palmer is the protagonist of the Halo: Initiation comic book series, which details her induction into the SPARTAN-IVs.
- Palmer's in-game model has copper brown hair; she is also shown with this hair color in Halo: Spartan Assault's motion comic-style cutscenes. However, she is depicted with much darker hair in the campaign's prerendered epilogue cutscene, in Spartan Ops' cinematics, and in the Halo: Initiation comic series. While she presumably dyed her hair after the events of the campaign, her "talking head" vignettes during Spartan Ops missions use her in-game model; as such, she is shown with the reddish hair she sports in the campaign, though the lighting of her video transmissions makes this difficult to notice.
Sarah Palmer undergoing the augmentation procedures.
Sarah Palmer on Draetheus V.
Sarah Palmer as she appears on the cover of Halo: Spartan Assault.
- ^ According to the Halo 4 guide on Halo Waypoint, her parents were colonists who held the UNSC in disdain, which suggests that they were Outer Colony citizens. The establishment of Luna as her homeworld in Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide appears to contradict such a background; Luna's proximity to Earth at the heart of the Inner Colonies makes such tensions unlikely. It is possible that her parents moved to Luna from the Outer Colonies, or were visiting Luna at the time of her birth.
- ^ Palmer's biography on the official Halo 4 website states that she was a lieutenant throughout much of her Marine career, though it does not specify her grade. Captain Del Rio calls Palmer a lieutenant when ordering her to apprehend John-117 in the level Reclaimer, which corroborates her biography Halo Waypoint. However, throughout Issue #1 of Halo: Initiation (set in October 2552), then-ODST Palmer is referred to as a lance corporal, with her being promoted to corporal in the conclusion. Despite this, Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide states that Palmer's leadership was the primary reason for her selection as a Spartan. Since a lance corporal has no authority aside from leading a fireteam in the absence of a corporal (which in practice would provide virtually no command experience), it is reasonable to assume that the original source for her Marine rank is correct.
- ^ Del Rio's order is assumed to be directed at Palmer, given the Captain's conspicuous gesturing at her, the fact there are no additional characters shown in the frame, and Palmer's visibly conflicted reaction to the order. Strangely, Del Rio refers to Palmer as a lieutenant, even though she no longer held her former rank after joining the Spartan branch. This is presumed to be an oversight, or Del Rio used Palmer's pre-Spartan rank out of habit.
 List of appearances
- ^ a b Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide
- ^ a b c d e Halo Waypoint: Halo 4 Interactive Guide
- ^ a b Halo: Initiation
- ^ a b c d e Halo: Initiation, Issue 2
- ^ Spartan Ops, Season 1, Episode 1: Departure
- ^ a b c Halo Waypoint - Halo Initiation Writer Interview
- ^ a b c Halo: Initiation, Issue 1
- ^ Halo: Initiation, Issue 3
- ^ Halo: Spartan Assault - Operation A: Umbra
- ^ Halo: Spartan Assault - Operation B: Tempered Shield
- ^ Halo: Spartan Assault - Operation D: Captured Chance
- ^ Halo: Spartan Assault - Operation E: Frostbite
- ^ Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Part 1
- ^ Halo 4 Limited Edition bonus content
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 2
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 3
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 5
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 6
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 7
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 8: Expendable
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 8, Chapter 1: "Unfinished Business"
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 8, Chapter 2: "Majestic Rescue"
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 8, Chapter 3: "Lancer"
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 8, Chapter 4: "Crystal Ball"
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 8, Chapter 5: "Glassman"
- ^ Spartan Ops, S1E9 Key
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 9, Chapter 1: "The Search for Halsey"
- ^ Spartan Ops, S1E10 Exodus
- ^ Spartan Ops, Episode 10, Chapter 5: "One Last Time"
- ^ Spartan Ops, S1E10 Exodus Conclusion
- ^ Spartan Ops: S1E7 Invasion
- ^ Making Halo 4: Infinity Multiplayer
- ^ Wired.com: First Look: Dark Horse Debuts New Halo Comic Series
- ^ Halo Waypoint, Dark Horse Announces Halo Initiation