Locklear

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Locklear
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Biographical information

Died:

September 13th, 2552 (Revised Slipspace date)

Species:

Human

Gender:

Male

Hair:

Shaved

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Rank:

Corporal

Notable info:

One of the few Marines to leave Installation 04 alive

 
"Last time I checked, I take my orders from the Corps—not from some swabbie[1]... sir."
— Corporal Locklear to the Master Chief

Corporal Locklear[2] was a UNSC Marine and ODST stationed on the UNSC Pillar of Autumn in 2552 as one of Major Antonio Silva's company.

Biography[edit]

Among the Marines deployed aboard the UNSC Pillar of Autumn in 2552, Locklear was among a handful of survivors who fled in a Pelican when Installation 04 was destroyed. He, Lieutenant Elias Haverson, Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson and Warrant Officer Sheila Polaski hid in the debris field until they met with John-117 and Cortana in their Longsword fighter. The Master Chief recognized that Locklear was in a state of shock from the destruction of the Halo, describing him as "an assault rifle with its safety permanently clicked off." Locklear was reluctant to accept the Master Chief's command at first,[3] but was eventually subdued by the Chief's greater authority. He and the Master Chief then developed a closer working relationship over the course of their travels aboard the captured Covenant flagship Ascendant Justice.

Locklear helped in the capture of the Ascendant Justice, and was aboard when they returned to Reach. He then accompanied the Master Chief to the surface of Reach, where they rescued the SPARTAN-IIs who had survived the fall of Reach. At some point, he developed a crush on Polaski, who also returned his feelings.[4] He was greatly saddened when she was killed during a battle within the Slipspace bubble caused by the Forerunner crystal artifact.

He assisted the Eridanus rebels with the repairs they made to the Ascendant Justice during its stay at Eridanus Secundus in the Eridanus system. During the repair operation, Dr. Catherine Halsey entrusted him with the Forerunner crystal. Halsey knew it was extremely dangerous as it would never allow the Master Chief to return to Earth directly through Slipspace and that there was chance it would fall into Covenant hands. She also knew that ONI and for that matter, all members of the service would place the rewards of the object's Slipspace effect above the risks, putting countless lives in jeopardy. She did not even trust the Spartans enough to relegate them with the crystal. She knew that Locklear would destroy it in an attempt to prevent another altered Slipspace battle like the one that had killed his crush, Warrant Officer Polaski, and she also hinted to him that the object's destruction was a necessity as if to guarantee he carried out her orders. However, Dr Halsey probably did not foresee that it would lead to Locklear's demise.

Death[edit]

As the battle at Eridanus Secundus began, Locklear was ordered to collect supplies from the UNSC Gettysburg. While making his rounds, he decided to destroy the crystal with some explosives he had collected. He covered the artifact with C-7 foaming explosive. His judgement was obviously impaired by his bleak situation, and he was very distraught with Polaski's death. Locklear took shelter behind a robotic dolly, but his cover was insufficient. When he detonated the explosive, the artifact was broken into pieces and a brilliant explosion was produced. When the crystal shattered some of the parts "squeezed" into Slipspace. The humans on board the Gettysburg recovered some shards and chunks of the crystal, while the Covenant only managed to gather a few smaller pieces.

Although Corporal Locklear technically committed suicide, it was most likely unintentional. He was obviously very upset at the death of Sheila Polaski, a Naval pilot to whom he was attracted to, but he also said just before the accident that he "wasn't going to die." It is possible that he was drunk, although the book does not specify whether he drank any of the alcohol or not. Locklear had no idea of the radiation levels the crystal produced, and believed that taking shelter behind a robotic dolly would protect him from the explosion.

Personality and traits[edit]

Locklear, as described by the Master Chief, had numerous traits that allowed him to escape Halo. The most prominent of these traits was luck. In addition, as with most ODSTs, he was reckless and had a knack for charging headfirst into a fight with odds heavily stacked against him.

The ODSTs' distrust of the Spartans caused some initial friction between Master Chief and Locklear in the beginning, but later on softened to mutual respect. The Master Chief respected Locklear as an equal, considering him,"As much a warrior as any Spartan".[5]

He had a dislike of flip music.

Trivia[edit]

  • Like the ODSTs aboard the Pillar of Autumn in Halo: The Flood, Locklear was apparently not equipped with the standard ODST armor and instead wore a standard Marine BDU.
  • Locklear had a scar lining his jaw.[6]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ swabbie/alternate spelling; swabby: sailor, navy
  2. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 48
  3. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 51
  4. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 153
  5. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 334
  6. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 153 (""You guys are just jealous," he muttered and absentmindedly ran his finger over the scar that lined his jaw.")