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Gersten

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Gersten
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Biographical information

Died:

October 25, 2552[1] (aboard Mona Lisa, Soell system)

Species:

Human

Gender:

Male

Hair color:

Black, graying[2]

Eye color:

Gray[2]

Political and military information

Affiliation:

UNSC Marine Corps

 

Gersten was a UNSC Marine stationed aboard the prowler UNSC Red Horse in October 2552. He and Sydney were Marine engineers subordinate to Technical Officer Raj Singh.[3]

Gersten was large in stature and had black, graying hair.[2] He spoke very rarely, and had an authoritative tone to his voice.[4] He had the words "NO MERCY" painted on his BDU's chest plate.[2]

Biography[edit]

Mission aboard Mona Lisa[edit]

Main article: Skirmish on Mona Lisa

He was assigned to serve under Sergeant Zhao Heng Lopez when her squad was sent to investigate the prisoner transport Mona Lisa within the debris field of Halo Installation Alpha. Unbeknownst to the Marines, the mission had been commissioned by the Office of Naval Intelligence whose operative John Smith had been secretly researching the Flood parasite on the Mona Lisa.

Soon after a firefight with a group of unarmored Sangheili in the ship's cargo bay, the Marines received orders to purge the Mona Lisa's NAV databases in accordance with the Cole Protocol. They split up into two teams, with Sergeant Lopez's team heading to the bridge and Corpsman Benti's team set to destroy the backup database in the engine room. Gersten was assigned to Benti's team, along with Orlav, Tsardikos and Clarence.[5]

When passing through the ship's recycling plant, the team became under attack by a horde of Flood. Orlav was infected and managed to bite Gersten in the face.[6] After the Marines got to safety in a maintenance room, Gersten began to show signs of Flood infection, and was shot in the head by Clarence without hesitation. His body subsequently reanimated, but Clarence shot him again, killing him permanently.[7]

Trivia[edit]

His name, as stenciled on his chest plate name tag, is misspelled twice in the motion comic adaptation of The Mona Lisa; as "Gestern" in the third episode, and "Gerstern" in the fifth.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo Waypoint: Catalog Interaction (post 2976443)
  2. ^ a b c d The Mona Lisa motion comic
  3. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "The Mona Lisa", page 243
  4. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "The Mona Lisa", page 262
  5. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "The Mona Lisa", page 261
  6. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "The Mona Lisa", page 285
  7. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "The Mona Lisa", page 291-292