UNSC Spirit of Fire

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Spirit of Fire
UNSC Spirit of Fire (CFV-88).png
Production information

Class:

Modified Phoenix-class colony ship

Role:

  • Transport of colonists and terraforming equipment (pre-conversion)
  • Orbital support of planetary forces, repair and supply of an orbiting fleet (post-conversion)
Specifications

Length:

2,500 metres (8,200 ft)[1]

Width:

800 metres (2,600 ft)[2]

Engine:

Eight thruster units

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Hull:

Titanium-A armor

Complement:

A total of 11,000 personnel [3]

Subsidiary craft

Ground vehicles

Armament:

Service information

Year introduced:

2473, refit for military service 2520

Commissioned:

2473

Latest sighted:

2531 (Missing, Listed as "lost with all hands.")[note 1]

Participated battles:

Human-Covenant War
Reclamation conflict

Fleet:

Third Fleet

Noteworthy crewmembers:

Known commanders:

Captain James Gregory Cutter

Affiliation:

UNSC Navy

 

The UNSC Spirit of Fire (hull classification symbol CFV-88) was a modified UNSC Phoenix-class colony ship built in 2473.[4] The Spirit of Fire's commanding officer was Captain James Gregory Cutter by 2531 and its primary shipboard AI was Serina.

History[edit]

Pre-war service[edit]

The Spirit of Fire's Ship Emblem.

The Spirit of Fire was originally a colony ship, transporting colonists as well as equipment such as hydroponics and schools, in the UNSC's expansion efforts.[5]

Prior to the Battle of Arcadia, the Spirit of Fire had visited the planet Arcadia twice, once to aid in the colonization efforts taking place on the planet, and the second time to aid the local authorities in suppressing a violent student riot.[6]

More than fifty years after being constructed, it was recommissioned and refitted for military service prior to the period of history known as the Human-Covenant War. The last civilian captain of the Spirit of Fire was Captain Alexander, who had retired from active duty in the year 2520, on the 20th of July, after colonizing the world of Verent. Directly after Alexander's retirement, the vessel was requisitioned by the UNSC and scheduled for refit in order to better prepare it for the combat operations in which it would participate.[7]

The ship was refitted with a Magnetic Accelerator Cannon and other armaments to serve as a warship. Huge storage bays that used to house machine parts now carry everything from M12 Warthogs and M808B Scorpions to construction supplies for fire bases involved in front line engagements or in rearguard actions and repair equipment for herself and other ships and crew. In 2530 the Spirit of Fire's thrust assemblies were replaced from the destroyer UNSC Calcutta, increasing output by 37%.[5]

Human-Covenant War[edit]

The Spirit of Fire took part in the Harvest Campaign as part of Battlegroup D of Admiral Cole's Third Fleet,[8] providing ground forces with supplies, reinforcements, vehicle support, orbital MAC strikes, air support and more, giving it a major role in the battle.

After the events on Harvest, the Spirit of Fire arrived at the planet Arcadia, where it assisted in the evacuation of civilians, and the eradication of the Covenant from the planet's surface. When Professor Anders was captured by the Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee, the Spirit of Fire quickly gave chase, following the Arbiter's flagship to an unknown planet in the Korinth Prior system.[9] This planet eventually turned out to be a Forerunner Shield World, containing a fleet of Forerunner warships. To ensure that the Covenant would not be able to use these warships against humanity, the reactor that powered the Spirit of Fire's Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine was detonated inside the Shield World's artificial sun by Sergeant John Forge. The ship managed to escape the exploding Forerunner installation, but without a functioning slipspace drive, the journey home would take many years, if not decades. Most of the crew entered cryonic sleep at this point, with only a skeleton crew remaining active to run the ship.[7]

Stranded in space[edit]

On February 10, 2534,[10] the Spirit of Fire, previously designated as "missing", was declared "lost with all hands" by the UNSC. The reason for this change was kept top secret. A memorial service was held for the people aboard the vessel, but many of the crew's family members chose not to attend, holding out hope that their loved ones were still alive.[7] Various theories circulated throughout the UNSC as to the ship's actual fate, ranging from being lost during a covert mission for ONI, destroyed in orbit over Arcadia, defecting to Insurrectionist forces, or being stranded in space. When Mary Cutter, wife of Captain James Cutter, was asked about the defection theory, she physically assaulted the reporter.[11]

After the Human-Covenant War's conclusion, the Spirit of Fire was honored at the dedication of the living monument, along with numerous other ships that had been lost with all hands during the war.[12]

Rediscovery and recovery[edit]

In March 2558 the freighter, Pilgrims Pride, was carrying several AC-220 Vultures and AV-22 Sparrowhawks that were previously attached to the Spirit of Fire.[13] By 2558, Spirit of Fire had arrived within Covenant-controlled territory; it was eventually attacked by Shipmaster Vata 'Gajat's forces. UNSC Infinity was dispatched to rescue Spirit of Fire and her crew. However, Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood's past with Captain Cutter threatened to jeopardize the mission.[14][15]

Crew[edit]

Spirit of Fire Command[edit]

Captain Cutter and Serina on the Spirit of Fire's bridge.

Officers[edit]

Crewmen[edit]

Spartans[edit]

Marines[edit]

Science personnel[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Sergeant John ForgeKilled in action during Battle of Shield World 0459 - February 25, 2531

The following is a list of former captains of the Spirit of Fire, found painted on the side of the ship's hull:[16]

  • Coleman — (served 2473 to 2484)
  • Rehkov — (served 2484 to 2491)
  • Donald — (served 2491 to 2499)
  • Johnson — (served 2499 to 2505)
  • Roggan — (served 2507 to 2513)
  • Alexander — (served 2513 to 2520)

Trivia[edit]

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  • The Spirit of Fire's ship emblem, "Exitus Acta Probat", is Latin for "The result justifies the deed" or "The ends justify the means."
  • "Spirit of Fire" is a translation of one of the names of Fëanor, the arch-rival of the Dark Lord Morgoth in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. Like Captain Carol Rawley's callsign, Foehammer, this is likely a deliberate Tolkien reference.
  • Early concept art of Halo Wars suggests that a cat lived onboard the ship, possibly a pet to Captain Cutter. This is a possible reference to Jonesy, a cat that was lost aboard the UNSC Pillar of Autumn.
  • The Spirit of Fire has its own onboard news publication, The Spirit.[17]

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ Halo Wars Timeline, 10 Feb 2534 (Unlockable after winning any game on repository), "The UNSC designates Spirit of Fire as "lost with all hands." The previous designation of "missing" had given hope to family and friends. The reason for the change is classified top secret. A memorial service is held for the crew, but many prominent family members do not attend, holding out hope that their loved ones are still alive."

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ GameSpy: Halo Wars / Halo Universe Panel Live Blog
  2. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 188
  3. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 72
  4. ^ a b Official Halo Wars Community Site - Spirit of Fire
  5. ^ a b Halo Wars: Genesis
  6. ^ Graeme Devine - Spirit of Fire - Sal
  7. ^ a b c Halo Wars Timeline Events
  8. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 188
  9. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 180
  10. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 71
  11. ^ Graeme Devine - Spirit of Fire: Mystery of the Spirit of Fire
  12. ^ Halo Living Monument
  13. ^ Halo: Escalation, Issue #4
  14. ^ Halo: Escalation - Issue #5
  15. ^ Halo: Escalation - Issue #6
  16. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Cleansing
  17. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Arcadia City