Tom-B292

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Tom
Biographical information

Date of birth:

2531

Gender:

Male

Hair:

Black, close-cropped[1]

Eye color:

"Dark"[1]

Political and military information

Spartan tag:

B292

Rank:

Petty Officer Second Class[1]

 

Tom-B292 is a SPARTAN-III supersoldier of Beta Company and one of the two sole survivors of Operation: TORPEDO along with Lucy-B091. Tom and Lucy served as Lieutenant Commander Kurt Ambrose's senior NCOs and helped train Gamma Company up until the Battle of Onyx in late 2552. After the Human-Covenant War, they were folded into the new Spartan branch.[2]

Biography[edit]

Childhood and training[edit]

Orphaned by the Covenant when his homeworld was glassed, Tom joined the SPARTAN-III program at age six in 2539 in order to get revenge. He was trained by Lieutenant Commander Kurt Ambrose and Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez for six years. Tom, along with Lucy-B091, Adam-B004 and Min-B174, became Team Foxtrot, one of the organized Spartan-III combat teams.[3] On August 24, 2541, Tom and the rest of Team Foxtrot partook in one of a series of exercises designed to filter out extra candidates the program lacked funds to further train and augment. After most of Foxtrot were incapacitated, leaving only Tom and Lucy, he engineered a plan to appropriate the automated M202 XP machine guns pinning them down and complete the training mission. After they were successful in their designated objective, Tom, Lucy and the rest of the Spartans continued to ambush several waves of their instructors before being forced to stand down by Chief Mendez and Lieutenant Commander Ambrose.[4] However, Ambrose commended Tom and his team for their actions and they were accepted for further phases of training and eventually physical augmentation.[5]

Operation: TORPEDO[edit]

Main article: Operation: TORPEDO

When they were only 12 years old, the young Spartans were sent to destroy a Covenant refinery on Pegasi Delta in 2545. As the Spartans faced superior enemy forces, they were wiped out, but Fireteam Foxtrot managed to reach the inside of the refinery. Only Lucy-B091 and Tom-B292 survived the fight, as they jumped out of the facility into a nearby ocean just before its core went critical. Lucy was rendered mute by the shock of her friends dying. Tom was profoundly affected by the event as well and continued to reflect on Lucy's last words—"How are you sure we're alive?"—for years to come.[6]

Despite Colonel Ackerson's wish to have Tom for his own private operations, Kurt managed to have him and Lucy assigned to help him train the SPARTAN-III Gamma Company on Onyx alongside himself and Chief Mendez. Tom and Lucy subsequently became Kurt's top adjutants and were instrumental in Gamma Company's training.[1] By early 2551, the two had spent significant time in microgravity which was apparent from their gaits. In February 2551 they accompanied Kurt aboard UNSC Hopeful to oversee Gamma Company's augmentations.[1]

Battle of Onyx[edit]

Main article: Battle of Onyx

When the Battle of Onyx broke out in 2552 and the planet's Sentinels attacked the local UNSC forces, Tom fought alongside his fellow Spartans. At the time of the initial attack Tom and Lucy were in Camp Currahee and managed to destroy one of the Forerunner drones before Lieutenant Commander Ambrose and Chief Mendez arrived.[7] After retrieving ordnance and equipment they moved on to El Morro Point and, following several days of guerrilla warfare against the Sentinels, met with Dr. Catherine Halsey and the SPARTAN-IIs of Blue Team. Tom and Lucy subsequently coordinated with Linda-058 to destroy a Sentinel monitoring the area,[8] before the group pushed deeper into the restricted Zone 67, eventually arriving in a massive Forerunner city.[9] Pursued by Covenant forces, they were redirected to destroy a Sentinel manufacturing facility by Zone 67's ONI AI Endless Summer. Tom and Lucy completed a crucial part of the operation, coordinated by Dr. Halsey via the use of local translocation pads and they successfully destroyed the factory.[10]

The Spartans eventually made a stand at the entrance to the shield world in the core room antechamber to prevent the incoming Covenant army from entering the shield world. When ordered by Lieutenant Commander Ambrose to enter the rift to the shield world, he and Lucy refused to leave Kurt's side, with Tom saying that he would be court-martialed before he would leave. Kurt then knocked him out with a blow to the underside of his helmet and ordered Lucy to take the unconscious Spartan with her into the shield world. He and Lucy were the last Spartans to leave the battle, surviving through Kurt's sacrifice.[11]

Shield world and later career[edit]

After recovering from Kurt's blow, which left him with a bruise on his chin, Tom joined the rest of the survivors in reconnaissance of the shield world. He accompanied Kelly-087, Olivia-G291, Dr. Halsey and Chief Mendez in surveying the area close to the now-inert entrance portal.[12] Later, while Mendez and Halsey were having a discussion about the Spartans, a small Forerunner drone suddenly swooped down on them. Tom was nearest to Halsey and tackled her to the ground to protect her.[13] Before anyone could catch the drone, it flew off. Upon Halsey noticing his bruise Tom reaffirmed how he would not have left Kurt-051 to fight on his own.[14]

Shortly afterward, Lucy-B091 disappeared inside a Forerunner structure, and eventually returned with a group of Huragok, which helped the human survivors open communications with the ONI ships outside the shield world. Soon after, the Huragok also brought the sphere into normal space from its compressed slipspace bubble. The few days the survivors had spent in the shield world amounted for over three months in normal space-time; though they entered the slipspace bubble in early November 2552, they would exit in February 2553.[15] Tom and the other survivors were then taken aboard the UNSC Port Stanley by the ONI team Kilo-Five, and headed to Earth for a debriefing in HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6.[16]

He and the other remaining SPARTAN-IIIs were later offered the chance to integrate into the SPARTAN-IV program.[17] Tom and Lucy were assigned to the Spartan branch in August 2553. Their location remained classified afterward.[2]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 98
  2. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Catalog Interaction - Page 38
  3. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 15
  4. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 89-96
  5. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, pages 89-96
  6. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 27
  7. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 15
  8. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 29
  9. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 30
  10. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapters 33-34
  11. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 368-369
  12. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 13
  13. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 40
  14. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 42
  15. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 382-389
  16. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 401
  17. ^ Halo: Glasslands, page 435