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Gray Team
An illustration of Grey Team.
Gray Team in 2559. From left to right; Adriana-111, Jai-006, Michael-120.[1]

Active:

September 2517 - Active by September 2558

Affiliation:

United Nations Space Command

Branch:

UNSC Navy

Role:

Deep ground surveillance and long range reconnaissance

Size:

Three operators

Engagements:

Commanders:

Jai-006

 

"Early on during the war, we targeted prominent commanders and religious leaders. We made sure their backup strategic minds were under the constant threat of assassination. Then, as things got worse and more human colonies fell, we were asked to do more."
— Jai-006 about Gray Team's line of work

Gray Team is a group of Spartan-II supersoldiers of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Group. It consists of Jai-006, Adriana-111, and Michael-120, the most independent and individualistic of the Spartan-IIs. These qualities were used to create a unit trained to operate for extended periods with minimal supervision and support. In contrast to the typical green coloration used by most Spartan-IIs, Gray Team's Mjolnir armor is painted gray.

Compared to the other Spartan-IIs, such as the conceptually similar Black Team, Gray Team's training placed additional emphasis on individual thought and action. This made them suitable to execute and survive covert missions deep behind enemy lines with no support from friendly units. Their assignments focused on disruption of enemy operations followed by a stealthy extraction.[2]

Team composition[edit]

Operational history[edit]

Mike: "We are a team. We don't work with others, sir."
Adriana: "Right. We go out. Alone. That's how we've always done this. We've never worked with others. Not even other Spartans."
— The members of Gray Team to Commander Ivrin Yarick about their detachment.

Training[edit]

Main article: SPARTAN-II training

Gray Team was formed from the three Spartan-II candidates who proved the most difficult to control during training. This manifested in resistance to indoctrination, numerous escape attempts, and a lack of social integration with other personnel. This disruptive behavior was costly, resulted in injuries to trainers, and the theft and destruction of at least one Pelican dropship.[4] Being unconventional recruits in an unconventional project, the decision was made to train the trio separately from the others and form them into their own unit. Together, these Spartans would come together to form Gray Team, with Jai as the leader.[5]

Early Human-Covenant War[edit]

In November 2525, the members of Gray Team were briefed on the massacre that took place on Harvest shortly after first contact with the Covenant. A short time later, the UNSC Commonwealth, under the command of Captain Wallace, brought Spartans and Dr. Halsey to the Damascus Testing Facility at Chi Ceti IV, where they were to receive the MJOLNIR powered armor for the first time.[6] When a Covenant ship, the Unrelenting, attacked the Commonwealth, Gray Team, as well as any other active Spartan-II, took part in their first engagement with the Covenant. The Spartans used thruster packs to launch themselves from a Pelican dropship. Each Spartan carried an ANVIL-II warhead to be used against the Covenant ship.[7] However, they missed the ship and only Blue Team managed to board the vessel through a puncture in its hull, caused by a MAC round from the Commonwealth. They succeeded in completing the mission and destroyed the Covenant ship.

Battle of the Rubble[edit]

A member of Gray Team on the Rubble.
Main article: Battle of the Rubble

During the Human-Covenant War, Gray Team operated behind enemy lines, wreaking havoc on both the Covenant and the remaining rebels. They flew through Covenant and Insurrectionist-held space, looking for targets of opportunity, in their ship and base, the freighter Petya.[8]

In 2535, Gray Team was sent behind enemy lines in order to destroy the navigation data held by the survivors of Madrigal, a world in the 23 Librae system that had been glassed by the Covenant not long after Harvest. The survivors were living in the Rubble, an asteroid space station built by the insurgents orbiting Hesiod. A small Kig-Yar fleet, led by Reth, had created an alliance with the insurrectionists to trade weapons and slipspace drives.[9] However, these Kig-Yar were ordered by the Prophet of Truth to steal data from the humans that would lead the Covenant to other human colonies and Earth.

Jai and Thel 'Vadamee engaged in combat.

Later, Adriana returned to the Petya with Ignatio Delgado, a resident of the Rubble that was attempting to find information about the Kestrel. Unlike Jai, Mike did not care about Adriana's apparent favoritism of Delgado, whom Jai believed was an Insurrectionist.[10] While aboard the Petya, the Spartans were contacted by the Rubble's artificial intelligence, Juliana. Despite their attempts to originally prevent her from communicating, the Spartans eventually agreed to hear Juliana out. In exchange for defending the Rubble from the Covenant, Juliana agreed to give the Spartans the data they wanted.[11]

When the UNSC Midsummer Night arrived in the system, it was under attack by multiple Insurrectionists. The Spartans correctly came to the conclusion that they could not save the Midsummer Night from all the ships. Shortly afterward Juliana informed Gray Team that the Midsummer Night's crew would survive if the Spartans aided the Rubble. She sent the coordinates of Delgado's location to Mike, and ordered them to keep Delgado protected and she would help free the Midsummer Night crew.[12] While Delgado and Jai aided the Midsummer Night and her crew, Adriana and Mike pursued smuggler Peter Bonifacio to prevent him from giving the navigation data to the Kig-Yar.[13] The two Spartans encountered the insurgent leaving the Rubble aboard his freighter, Distancia. Mike quickly disabled his ship and Adriana boarded the freighter. Bonifacio promised that he would tell the Spartans where he hid the data if they allowed him to escape, which the reluctantly agreed to.[14] After retrieving the navigation data, Adriana returned to the Petya and the Spartans agreed to let the Kig-Yar betray and kill Bonifacio in time.[15]

Battle of Metisette[edit]

Main article: Battle of Metisette

As Kig-Yar ships closed in on the mass drivers, Rubble ships flew in and fired missiles to prevent the destruction of the mass drivers. Meanwhile, more and more asteroids emptied as the thousands of citizens of the Rubble evacuated. Although Juliana lost some asteroids to both the Sangheili and Kig-Yar, she managed to move several more asteroids to meet with the UNSC forces moving in on Metisette.[16]

While over Metisette, Midsummer Night performed a high-speed SOEIV deployment to the Redoubt on the surface of Metisette. As Midsummer Night came under fire from Kig-Yar anti-aircraft guns, the ship slowed down to allow the pods to drop, then sped out the atmosphere.[17] The pods landed in the Redoubt's plaza, where Unggoy were waiting in buildings. Two main forces of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers were deployed, one with Jai-006 and the other with Adriana-111. Adriana landed among a large group of Unggoy, though she fought them off and soon rendezvoused with the ODSTs.[18] Jai's team landed with the Shiva-class nuclear missile,[19] and planted it in the sensor hub, setting a 2-hour timer.[20]

Eventually, the Spartans were picked up by Delgado in a Pelican and they returned to the remains of the Rubble. All remaining UNSC and insurgent personnel were led to the Exodus asteroid or aboard Midsummer Night. The asteroid, powered by slipspace drives, and the frigate escaped into slipspace to escape a large Covenant fleet entering the system.[21]

The Exodus asteroid and Midsummer Night arrived safely at the 18 Scorpii system. The asteroid's inhabitants are safely evacuated before the asteroid shakes itself to pieces while in orbit around the human colony of Falaknuma.[22] After, Gray Team meet with Admiral Preston Cole and Commander Hadley who grants them the use of a prowler, as the Petya was abandoned in the 23 Librae system. Commander Hadley gave Gray Team new orders to venture even further into enemy lines, much to the Spartans' satisfaction.[23]

Late Human-Covenant war[edit]

Commander Hadley: "We’re giving you the Prowler. And you’re going back in. Deeper, this time. It doesn't get any easier, and you'll be even farther from our lines."
Jai-006: "That's the way we like it, sir. We’re Gray Team."
Commander Hadley assigns Gray Team to a new mission.[23]

In 2551, Gray Team was deployed on a mission against a Covenant facility within humanity's former territory and were deemed too inaccessible to be recalled to Reach.[24] A major mission that Gray Team was deployed on early in the war was to target prominent Covenant commanders and religious leaders. The purpose of this mission was to make sure the Covenant's backup strategic minds were always under the threat of assassination. However, as the war raged on, Gray Team was asked to do more and more by ONI.[25] They were not present when the Covenant invaded the planet, having been out of contact for about a year.[26] This was not cause for undue concern, as many of Gray Team's missions had been executed in a similar fashion. Gray Team were the only Spartan-IIs assigned to Naval Special Weapons who were not present at the briefing for Operation: RED FLAG.[27] They returned to UNSC held territory at some point after the Battle of Installation 04 and learned about John-117's encounter with Installation 04.[28]

Glyke and cryosleep[edit]

"We voted. We took the intel we had and we made a decision. We followed protocol. With Earth backed into a corner, we were confident humanity was about to be destroyed. So. What would you do if you knew everything you'd spent your life fighting for was about to be erased?"
— Jai to Melody Azikiwe on Gray Team's decision to destroy Glyke.

Soon after the Fall of Reach, on September, 2552, Gray Team participated in a top secret ONI mission called Operation: SUNSPEAR. The mission's goal was to locate and terminate as many Sangheili naval commanders responsible for the destruction of human worlds as possible. As the members of Gray Team proceeded with the operation, they received a message from command, that the Covenant had managed to locate the Sol system, and they had to follow through Condition Endgame. After that, they lost contact, and, unable to reach Sanghelios, as it was too well protected, Gray Team decided to venture to one of the other Sangheili worlds. Without knowledge that the war was over with a peace treaty, in December, 2552, the Spartans arrived on Glyke, where they deployed and detonated a NOVA bomb, which resulted in the complete destruction of the planet. As they escaped the blast, their prowler was heavily damaged, so the Spartans had to use the lifeboat. Without any deep-space comms equipment, Gray Team spent few days waiting for pickup, thinking about their decision, before going into cryosleep.

For the next six years they drifted in space among the debris of Glyke, until in mid 2558, their lifeboat was recovered by Sangheili fleetmaster Rojka 'Kaasan and brought to his flagship, the Varric-pattern heavy cruiser Unwavering Discipline. He hid the Spartans' cryo chambers in one of the ship storage rooms under guard, as he understood the Spartans' role in the destruction of his homeworld, Glyke. He kept this find a secret, as he planned to use these Demon Three as a mean of trade with humans in order to gain from them what he wanted for his new home, Rakoi.

Rough awakening[edit]

Main article: Carrow Conflict

"We're still Gray Team. It's us against everything else, same as it ever was. Even when it's all gone to shit. We head toward the fight, not away from it, and we'll figure it out when we get there. That's what we do."
— Mike-120 on the Spartans' camaraderie when Melody asked what happened to make Gray Team drift apart.

Awakening and escape[edit]

In 2558 at the onset of the Carrow Conflict, Gray Team were released from their cryo chambers by UEG envoy Melody Azikiwe while the Unwavering Discipline was being boarded by Thars 'Sarov's forces.[29] Mike attempted to glean information on their tactical situation while Jai checked on the injured Melody before being attacked by Rojka and Mrata, the latter of which was killed by Adrianna.[30] They then recovered their Bumblebee escape craft from a hanger and escaped the ship, killing some of Thar's forces along the way.[31] Mike attempted to pilot the craft towards the city of Suraka, but was unable to keep the ship together and was forced to crash land in the Uldt Desert. Gray Team then evacuated the craft and pushed the wreck into an oasis in order to smother a fire.[32][33]

The Uldt Desert and Gila Station[edit]

After learning more of the post-war situation from a recently awoken Melody, they began traveling on foot towards Gila Station in the northern part of the Karfu Mountains. Jai also learned that the Human-Covenant War ended in December of 2552, meaning that Gray Team destroyed Glyke after the conclusion of the war.[34] During this trip, Jai experienced how broken his team was, with Mike expressing anger over being a constant soldier and Adrianna refusing to speak to them.[35] Ninty-six kilometers out from their destination, Gray Team was engaged by a Banshee, which they promptly destroyed.[36] Arriving at Gila Station, they were admitted into the facility by Commander Greg van Eekhout, whose pleasant demeanor earned the team's distrust. Jai stayed to watch over Melody's surgery while Mike and Adrianna tried to glean more information about the facility and Van Eekhout. After the envoy awoke, Gray Team confronted Melody and Van Eekhout over being deployed into the Carrow Conflict. This led to the team discussing Operation: SUNSPEAR for the first time since they carried it out.[37] They were then briefed by Melody and Van Eekhout on the threat posed by the Jiralhanae Chieftain Hekabe and the Sharquoi situated below Suraka.[38] Sometime after the briefing, Jai spoke with Melody privately, stating that he would work to contain the Sharquoi but he could not guarantee Adrianna and Mike's cooperation. Gila Station was then attacked by a Sangheili assault team led by Thars. Gray Team was ordered to leave Melody and Van Eekhout behind and take the station's Warthog to Suraka to assist in the fight.[39] They briefly discussed if they should return to the station to save Melody, but ultimately decided that the situation in Suraka was more important.[40]

Entering Suraka[edit]

Ten minutes outside of the city, Gray Team was engaged by one of Thar's Banshees, which was eventually destroyed by Adriana while Jai drove. During this skirmish, they witnessed human ships making their attack run as a part of Operation: BUZZHAWK and felt the subsequent crash of the destroyed Jiralhanae cruiser Foebane. They were then engaged by two Voice of Maardoth Banshees. Adriana took out one before the other was destroyed by a squad of Surakan Militia Volunteers soldiers.[41] This squad, led by Sergeant Rae Carson, took Gray Team to a bunker where they allowed themselves to be detained and disarmed as a show of good faith. They then waited to relay their information regarding the Sharquoi to the Surakan leadership.[42] After the initial Sharquoi attack, they were moved to a different bunker on the outskirts of the city where they were questioned by Governor Ellis Gass and Vice-governor Lamar Edwards. From this exchange, a plan to assassinate Hekabe was put into motion. Before they started the operation, Gray Team was joined by Rojka and his remaining forces, who had recovered Melody from Gila Station and pledged themselves to fight against Hekabe and the Sharquoi.[43] Both groups were deployed alongside Sergeant Carson's squad to skyscrapers overlooking the crater where Hekabe was commanding the Sharquoi. Mike spotted for Adrianna as she took the shot on Hekabe with a militia-provided SRS99-AM sniper rifle while Jai attempted to provide assistance to Surakan militia members who were battling the Sharquoi in the streets. Adrianna shot Hekabe clean through the head, but the vertex saved his life and allowed him to remain in control of the Sharquoi.[44]

Ambush on Thars[edit]

After the assassination attempt failed, Gray Team retrieved Rojka and fled the building in a Pelican dropship, witnessing the detonation of a dozen Surakan thermobaric mines around the edge of the crater and a portion of the Sharquoi retreating back into the Forerunner facility at the center of the crater.[45] They were then transported to the Surakan command bunker, where they devised a plan with Rojka to engage Thars and force him to keep his fleet from falling into the hands of the Sharquoi. They secured a Pelican and traveled into the Uldt Desert along with Melody in order to meet with Thars in a faux prisoner transfer and duel between the two Sangheili.[46] Gray Team and Rojka were able to ambush Thars and his forces with the help of Rojka's last surviving warriors. However, the Spirit dropship that they intended to capture and take to the rival Sangheili's fleet was destroyed in the battle, leaving them powerless to stop the Sharquoi from taking over Thar's fleet. [47][48]

Battle of the Sharquoi Hive[edit]

Main article: Battle of the Sharquoi Hive

Gray Team, Rojka, and Melody were then met by Ellis, who laid out a plan for defeating Hekabe and his forces.[48] She had rigged a M68 Gauss cannon with a HAVOK tactical nuclear weapon as a power source, creating a device that fired a concentrated Electromagnetic pulse. This blast would neutralize the vertex, leaving Hekabe unable to command the Sharquoi.[46] Gray Team then refined the plan, suggesting that they enter the Forerunner facility via aerial insertion and mount the device on a M121 Jackrabbit as opposed to a Warthog.[48] The team was deployed into the structure alongside a militia squad led by Corporal Wyse, reaching the bottom of the facility with only one militia casualty. Jai and Adrianna then climbed onto the Jackrabbit piloted by Mike as the team advanced across a bridge towards Hekabe's position. Near the edge of the bridge, the two Spartans dismounted in order to face the incoming Sharquoi. However, the Jackrabbit was soon immobilized by a falling Sharquoi, forcing Mike to abandon the vehicle.[49] Jai then ripped the device from it's mount and carried it towards Hekabe's position while Adrianna and Mike provided covering fire. Mike was then nearly killed by two Sharquoi during this final push, taking a massive blow and being thrown into the air. After Ellis fired the device and took control of the vertex for herself, Gray Team and Rojka were then immobilized by Sharquoi who were under her control.[50] Jai's shoulder was nearly ripped out of its socket due to this immobilization. Ellis then informed the team that she planned to detonate the nuke and they all had ten minutes to evacuate the facility. They fled up the stairs, with Mike attempting to hail a Pelican in vain.[51] A ways from the entrance to the facility, the team was picked up by a Pelican that was hailed for them by Ellis. They were able to escape the nuclear blast, though their Pelican was caught in the shockwave and crashed with no casualties.[52]

Reintegration[edit]

"The war we were fighting appears to be over. We've obviously got some catching up to do. But even we can see that whatever is left of the Covenant is still causing trouble. The UNSC can barely control whole worlds like Carrow this far out from Earth. You're not done with us, sir. I think we all know that. So, what's the other choice?"
— Jai to Commander Yarick refusing his offer of Gray Team's decommission.

A few days after the fighting was over, the members of Gray Team and Melody Azikiwe arrived at the UNSC Welcome to the Snipehunt. There, the assembled crewmembers greeted the Spartans as war heroes, saluting them. As they proceeded to the briefing room, they were greeted by ONI Commander Ivrin Yarick. Before continuing the briefing, Yarick quickly dismissed Melody, informing her that the Office of Naval Intelligence highly regarded her services, but no longer required them. As Melody left, he also informed the Spartans that as most of the commanding officers Gray Team dealt with earlier are no longer operational, he will be taking over as their new CO. As such, he provided the Spartans a choice to decide their own fate. Because of their actions on Glyke, some people see the Gray Team as war criminals and insist on decommissioning with general discharge or hardship discharge, while ONI would secretly employ the Spartans' skills in other ways. The other option, which was more preferable to ONI, was to keep Gray Team intact and active, for them to continue operating deep in the Joint Occupation Zone with the promise of a formal pardon from Thel 'Vadam, leader of the Swords of Sanghelios. However, this option implied that the Spartans should become a part of a specialized interspecies strike team under the authority of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Believing they could not be anything but Spartans, Gray Team agreed to work for ONI, though quite reluctantly, additionally making their own requests, such as a prowler by Mike and a long list of Covenant weaponry by Adriana. Some time after the briefing, Commander Yarick reported to Admiral Serin Osman, who secretly arrived via prowler to take a look at Carrow for herself. He informed the Admiral of the Spartans' decision and requests. Osman granted their demands, additionally ordering to outfit the Spartans with new sets of armor.[53]

Gray Team is now stationed on the Winter-class prowler UNSC Perilous Contest as a part of a inter-species strike team that includes representatives from the Swords of Sanghelios.[3]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter, ʎ l l o ɯ (@mollyannArt): "left to right: Adriana, Jai, Michael" (Retrieved on Apr 15, 2022) [archive]
  2. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 113
  3. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 069
  4. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, pages 76-78
  5. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 80
  6. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 141 (2010)
  7. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 147-150 (2010)
  8. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 16
  9. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 222
  10. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 70
  11. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 87
  12. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 192
  13. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 243
  14. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 260
  15. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 262
  16. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 308
  17. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 312
  18. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 320
  19. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 315
  20. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 317
  21. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 343
  22. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol pages 352
  23. ^ a b Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 354
  24. ^ Halo Waypoint: Catalog Interaction
  25. ^ Halo: Envoy, page 178
  26. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 221
  27. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 240
  28. ^ Halo: Envoy, page 189
  29. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 3
  30. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 4
  31. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 5
  32. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 7
  33. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 8
  34. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 9
  35. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 10
  36. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 11
  37. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 12
  38. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 13
  39. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 14
  40. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 15
  41. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 16
  42. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 17
  43. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 18
  44. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 19
  45. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 20
  46. ^ a b Halo: Envoy, chapter 21
  47. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 22
  48. ^ a b c Halo: Envoy, chapter 23
  49. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 24
  50. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 25
  51. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 26
  52. ^ Halo: Envoy, chapter 27
  53. ^ Halo: Envoy, Chapter 27