Ellen Anders

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Ellen Anders
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Biographical information




August 13, 2503[2]






177.7 centimeters (5 ft 10.0 in)[2]


51.7 kilograms (114 lb)[2]

Hair color:

Dark brown[1]

Eye color:


Political and military information


Office of Naval Intelligence (civilian consultant)

Service number:


"Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
— Anders before interacting with Forerunner technology for the first time.

Professor Ellen Anders, Ph.D (SN: CC-500493[2]) is a human civilian researcher. She was recruited by the Naval Intelligence Section Three as a consultant in early 2531, and was part of the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire at the time of the ship's disappearance in that year.


Early career[edit]

Ellen Anders was born on the colony of Arcadia. She apparently studied under Dr. Catherine Halsey (though their relationship was tense) with neither holding the other in a fond regard.[3] At some point prior to 2531 she became engaged to an unknown person. In 2531, she was lecturing on Theoretical Xenobiology at Rishard University. When stopped on the street by a nondescript stranger, she was told that Dr. Halsey had recommended her as a "consultant". Anders told the man that there was some mistake, as she was not on speaking terms with "that woman". Despite her refusal, a car pulled up and the man dragged her in before speeding off. The man and his accomplices - ONI agents - brought her to an undisclosed location. Anders was furious and demanded to know why she was kidnapped. They showed her classified images of the Covenant on Harvest and snippets of intercepted communications, which referred to the planet as a "Treasure World". This piqued Anders' interest, and she agreed to assist ONI in deciphering the Covenant's motives and nature. She was given "unrestricted" (presumably broad, but limited to her field of study) access to ONI equipment and resources. She then traveled to the Epsilon Indi system aboard an ONI vessel UNSC Last Gleaming, where she reviewed the data on the Covenant. While on board, she determined that, while the Covenant was looking for something, they were also trying to hide something as well. Later, she was relocated to the UNSC Spirit of Fire.[4]

Before arriving on the Sprit of Fire, she put in a request for better quarters once aboard and an audience with the captain.

Liberation of Harvest[edit]

Main article: Harvest campaign
Cutter: "What made you choose my observation deck as your lab, Professor?"
Anders: "I like the view. It adds... perspective to my work."
— Cpt. Cutter and Anders aboard Spirit of Fire
Anders and Sgt. Forge inside the Forerunner Relic.

Aboard the Spirit of Fire, Anders was loaned the Observation Deck for a workspace, claiming the view of surrounding space "added perspective to her work". Her assigned minder, Sergeant John Forge, was somewhat less agreeable with her, as the two were basically polar opposites and bickered constantly.[5]

After getting some unexpected readings on an EM band in Harvest's north pole, Anders requested that a Hornet squadron en route to Rally Point Baker be diverted to investigate. A large Covenant ground force was subsequently discovered, and Sgt. Forge was dispatched to observe further.[6] A structure of unknown origin on the surface, the target of Covenant excavation, drew her attention, and Anders resolved to investigate further in person, despite protests from Forge.[7] Captain Cutter supported Anders, but ordered that she be extracted should there be any sign of danger. Upon entering the Relic, she uncovered only a holographic map of the Galaxy, not quite "what [she] expected". A Covenant ambush interrupted her examination of the structure, but was successfully repelled by Forge and Anders' Marine personal security detail.[8] After examining the artifact, she realized that the map had led the Covenant to Arcadia, and upon her recommendation, the Spirit of Fire set course to the planet with all due speed.[9]

Before departing Harvest, Anders sent her father an analysis of Homer's Odyssey, actually a coded report of her discoveries, that slipped past ONI censors, leaving the analysis unchanged to her father.[10]


Main article: Battle of Arcadia
Anders being captured by Ripa 'Moramee.
"There's something there, Captain, and I think it's important we get to it before the Covenant do."
— Anders persuading Cpt. Cutter to go to Arcadia

Over the course of the Spirit of Fire's travels, Anders softened towards Forge, especially after noticing how much he cared for those around him.[5] During the Battle of Arcadia, Anders used modified Rhino tanks to blow through a shield dome, revealing a half-built Scarab, and a complex of ruins underneath. The UNSC Marine force on the surface destroyed the Scarab, but during an investigation of the site, Anders and Forge were attacked by the Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee. When Forge was about to be killed, Anders gave herself up as a hostage to save the Sergeant's life. Forge persuaded Cutter to mount a rescue mission.

Etran Harborage[edit]

Main article: Battle of the Etran Harborage
"I know it's been a tough call, Captain, but it's the right one."
— Anders about Cutter's decision
Anders encounters Flood infection forms.

The Spirit of Fire followed Anders' signal to a previously unknown shield world. Meanwhile, she was imprisoned on top of the Apex Site, where the High Prophet of Regret intended to use her status as a potential Reclaimer to activate the Forerunner ships. Anders used a teleportation pad to escape to the surface while the Arbiter and the Sangheili Honor Guardsmen were distracted by the majesty of the ships. Shortly after she teleported, she was threatened by a number of Flood infection forms, and only narrowly rescued by Forge. The latter's Pelican was shot down immediately after, but both were successfully evacuated by Pelican after a brief overland trek.

Anders devised a plan to use the Spirit of Fire's Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine to cause the artificial sun inside the Shield World to go supernova, thus destroying the ships (and any other Forerunner technology) before the Covenant could make use of them. Forge and Red Team encountered complications, in the form of Sangheili intervention, and Forge stayed behind to manually overload the reactor. After narrowly escaping the exploding Shield World, the Spirit of Fire set a course for the nearest UNSC forces under conventional power. Two weeks later, Cutter forced Anders into cryo-stasis, stating that she got them all out of there alive. As the pod closed, Anders reminded the Captain that not all of them had survived.[11]

On January 1, 2537, six years after the events on the Etran Harborage, one of the ship's technicians, who had been awakened by Serina in order to conduct routine maintenance aboard the ship, was attacked and infected by a Flood infection form, which had been nesting out of sight aboard the ship since the escape from the shield world. In response, Serina imposed quarantine on the ship's cryo bays, inadvertently allowing the Flood to mature further and breed new infection forms that proceeded to attack other crewmen still in cryo-sleep. As the Flood threatened to breach quarantine, Serina awoke Anders and Jerome-092, who, with her aid, was forced to exterminate all infected crew members, ensuring the survival of the Spirit and its remaining crew. After all traces of the Flood parasite aboard the Spirit of Fire were erased, Anders returned to cryo-sleep.[12]

Installation 00[edit]

Main article: Second Ark Conflict

In 2559, after 28 years of being in cryo sleep, Ellen Anders and the rest of the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire were awakened in orbit above the Forerunner Installation 00. There Anders and the crew encountered the Banished, led by the Jiralhanae Atriox.[13]

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Personality and traits[edit]

Anders is highly intelligent, with a recorded IQ of 180.[3] She somewhat personifies the 'absentminded professor' stereotype, with a characteristic disregard for personal safety, in particular during potentially dangerous scientific endeavors. She appears to hold a particular grudge against the Covenant, and like many involved in the war effort considers her work to be for the good of humanity as a whole.[14]

According to Personnel_profile #21_873_B1_, Anders buries herself so deeply in her work that she forgets the people around her. Despite this, she was one of the few humans with any information that something larger was happening.[15]


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  • Anders is voiced by Kim Mai Guest in Halo Wars, who is known for voicing Mei Ling in the Metal Gear Solid series. In Halo Wars 2, Anders is played by and modeled after half-Chinese half-Irish actress Faye Kingslee, who portrayed protagonist Faith Connors in Mirror's Edge Catalyst; the recasting was due to scheduling conflicts with Kim Mai Guest.[16] Kate Pippinger voices Anders in Halo Wars 2's multiplayer.[17]
  • Anders does not appear to be bothered by freezer burn, as she goes into cryo-sleep fully clothed, although this may be due to Ensemble Studios' unwillingness to show her naked, which would lead to a potential M or AO rating.
  • Despite popular belief, Ellen Anders is not the daughter of Catherine Halsey; this has been stated by Ensemble Studios themselves.[18] She has on several occasions expressed dislike, if not active hatred, for Halsey. In the Halo Wars booklet, Anders has made a personal note under her own description: "Why mention Halsey here? She hated me and I hated her."
  • Anders has apparently always dreamed of being an A.I.[19]
  • Anders does not go by "Doctor". In her log inside the Halo Timeline, it is stated that her mother wanted her to use Doctor Anders as her career name, but she cannot abide being reminded of her. It is also stated that she suspects her mother of arranging her recommendation to ONI, remarking, "This cloak-and-dagger operation has her fingerprints all over it". In Halo Wars: Genesis, her 'kidnapper' also stated that Dr. Halsey recommended her to ONI too, although this might be false.
  • Anders is singularly organized, to the point of compulsion. By extension, she also has the habit of solving unfinished jigsaw puzzles.[20]
  • The orange and black outfit which Anders wears during the events of Halo Wars is Arcadian clothing. This is probably due to her originating from Arcadia. She often wears her lab coat over it.[2]
  • Anders is mentioned in Dr. Halsey's personal journal included in the Limited/Legendary versions of Halo: Reach.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Halo Wars: Official Strategy Guide
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 8
  3. ^ a b Halo Wars Manual
  4. ^ Halo Wars: Genesis
  5. ^ a b Game Daily: Eventually, Forge grew on her (Accessed on 2009-01-23)
  6. ^ Xbox-Halo Wars (Accessed on 2009-02-02)
  7. ^ Halo Wars, Field Trip To Harvest
  8. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Relic Interior
  9. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Arcadia City
  10. ^ Game Daily: Sending a message across the universe (Accessed on 2009-01-23)
  11. ^ Halo Wars
  12. ^ Halo: Tales from Slipspace, Something Has Happened
  13. ^ GameSpot: Halo Wars 2 New Story Details and Images Revealed
  14. ^ GameDaily: Anders is more than just a pretty face (Accessed on 2009-01-23)
  15. ^ Halo Wars: Limited Edition, Anders leader card
  16. ^ Halo Waypoint - Warzone Firefight Sneak Peek
  17. ^ Halo Wars 2
  18. ^ Official Halo Wars Community Site: Is Prof. Anders the Daughter of Dr. Halsey?
  19. ^ Spirit of Fire: Serina and Anders talk
  20. ^ Game Daily: She'll solve your Rubik's Cube (Accessed on 2009-01-23)