Halo: Nightfall: Exposure

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Exposure is a Second Story of Halo: Nightfall's Episode 1: It's Only Just Beginning. The featurette depicts intercepted communication messages from Sedra Colonial Guard Hospital nurse Laura Daoud the day a Sangheili terrorist unleashed a biological weapon in Sedra City on Sedra. The messages were sent to ONI Section 3 agent Fixer.

Halo Channel summary[edit]

An intercepted personal call from Sedran Colonial Guard Hospital nurse Laura Daoud and husband Rowan Daoud shows civilian reaction and response at the time of the attack on Sedra.

Transcript[edit]

HALO NIGHTFALL PREMIERE STORY


ONIFILE-SXG1-L.DAOUD

ONI EYES

EXPOSURE


Cut to a patient in the Sedra Colonial Guard Hospital receiving treatment and doctors running to their stations, with an alarm sounding in the background.

0842 HOURS

SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL

Cut to Laura Daoud closing a duffel bag, before it cuts to her looking into a video messaging device.

  • Answering machine: "Rowan Daoud is not available. Would you like to leave a message?"

An identification system appears saying the following throughout the entire short.

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LAURA DAOUD
NURSE
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  • Laura Daoud: "Yes."
  • Answering machine: "Messaging recording..."
  • Laura Daoud: "Hey, sweetie. Let your sister wear the pink sweater. You can wear it tomorrow.

The following text is shown during the above text

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VOLUMETRIC SCAN
ACTIVATED
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  • Laura Daoud: Or wear that wool cardigan of grandma's.

The following text is shown during the above text

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LOCATION
SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL
MEDICAL ID OBTAINED
PARSING DATA
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  • Laura Daoud: It's not that itchy, just think about how beautiful you look.

The identification system is updated showing the following

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LAURA DAOUD
NURSE
ID: 034-227
SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL
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  • Laura Daoud: I left him a note, but make sure your dad picks you up later."

Cut to a later message. As she mentions the name of her children's school, an ONI "footnote" appears during the clip revealing info on the school, the Daoud family, and the attack.

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KEYWORD FLAG
SAIDIA ELEMENTARY
EXPOSURE RISK: SEVERE
DECON SITE: GUIA
QUARANTINED PATIENTS: 324
.. QUERYING: DAOUD
2 CHILDREN FOUND
NADIA DAOUD
SARA DAOUD
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  • Laura Daoud: "Saidia Elementary have the after-school buses this week. I will be here until 9 tonight, but we can go over your homework later. Remember to bring home your lunchbox. I'll clean it out."

Cut to the crowded hospital with doctors rushing about.

0902 HOURS

SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL

Cut back to Laura Daoud leaving another video message.

  • Laura Daoud: "Leave a message."
  • Answering machine: "Would you like to leave a mess—"
  • Laura Daoud: "Leave a message!"
  • Answering machine: "Messaging recording..."
  • Laura Daoud: "Rowan, triage is flowing into the parking lot. Look, I know you hate when I talk about these things, but their skin, their veins are black. Whatever the school and the news reported is inaccurate. It's not a quake. Something has happened to these people. Tell me, you have the girls!"

The following text is shown during the above text, detailing the seismic readings of the attack.

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AREA REPORTS
PARSING
SEISMIC ACTIVITY REPORTED NEAR SEDRA CITY MARKET
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  • Doctor 1: "We need everyone out here!"
  • Doctor 2: "We gotta go now! Everyone!"

Cut to a patient affected by the bioweapon dying.

0918 HOURS

SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL

Cut to Laura Daoud leaving another message.

  • Laura Daoud: "I don't know where you are, or why you are not responding. Do not go into town center. SER arrived. This is radiological, some sort of designer agent. Moira and Graham are here. They're unrecognizable. Everything I try to do to help doesn't seem to matter. Their bodies are rejecting everything.

The following text is shown during the above text.

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KEYWORD FLAG
S.E.R.
ACRONYM DEFINITION
EVALUATING
MATCH FOUND
PARSING
SEDRA EMERGENCY RESPONSE
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  • Laura Daoud: Rowan, ONI are here too. Some of them are even affected. What is go—"

The following text is shown during the above text.

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FLAGGED
SECTION 3
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Cut to doctors wheeling away trolleys.

0955 HOURS

SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL

Cut to Laura Daoud leaving another message. Doctors are yelling in the background.

  • Laura Daoud: "I walked into a patient's room, and Dr. Chen was doubled over. Bleeding from the face.

The following text is shown during the above text.

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VOLUMETRIC SCAN
KEYWORD FLAG
DR. CHEN
QUERYING
MEDICAL ID: 04Y-332
MONITOR ALL COMMS
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  • Laura Daoud: ONI were there too, and when they saw me, they tried to help him up. I escorted Dr. Chen out of the room and he ordered me to hand him all charts from incoming patients. He told me to stop entering them into SEDMED, to keep everything on paper.

A voice yelling in another room catches Laura's attention.

  • Laura Daoud: Chen wants me to go with ONI to some Sedran firebase. Apparently, they've set up a decontamination station. I don't know when I'm going to be able to talk again."

Cut to the Sedra City Market.

0955 HOURS(0830 HOURS in the subtitles)

SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL(SEDRA CITY MARKET in the subtitles)

Cut to Rowan Daoud leaving a video message.

  • Rowan Daoud: "Hey Laura, I got it. 34 down, Tangier. Ancient city, where a quarter of the citizens once spoke Berber. Didn't even have to look it up.

The following text is shown during the above text.

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IDENTITY CONFIRMED
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An identification system appears saying the following throughout Rowan's segment.

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ROWAN DAOUD
MECHANICAL ENGINEER
ID: 101-009
SEDRA CITY MARKET
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An identification system appears saying the following throughout Rowan's segment.

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AMBIENT NOISE ANALYSIS
PARSING
AMBIENT NOISE IDENTIFICATION
LOCATION
SEDRA CITY MARKET
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Sara, not so fast honey. She ate like a champion this morning. Two whole glasses of O.J. The large, tempered ones your mother got us. Someone has to love them. Nadia gave her usual fit. I heard the words "sweater", "Jeremy", and "unfair". So she's fine. Don't worry about them. I got your note, I'll pick them up later. I love you."

The following text is shown during the above text.

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INCOMING: S.E.R UNIT-54
PARSING DATA
RECORD #DR-23
AGENT ADER HADDAK
S.E.R. UNIT-43
TARGET ROWAN DAOUD
STATUS: IN CUSTODY
DECON SITE: GUIA
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Cut back to the hospital with an infected patient.

1015 HOURS

SEDRA COLONIAL GUARD HOSPITAL

Cut to Laura Daoud leaving another message.

  • Laura Daoud: "I'm about to leave. Service is slow, I just got your messages now. I spoke to an SER officer about Nadia and Sara. They don't have either tag record on file. I hope they're with you. I know they're with you. And I know you'll hear this. Tell Sara to be kind to her sister. She's the only one of you she's got. And you, Tangier. We both know you cheated. Love you."

The transmission is uploaded to Fixer of ONI Section 3.

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UPLOADING
PARSING DATA
RECIPIENT: FIXER SECTION 3
TRANSFER COMPLETE
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END OF TRANSMISSION

CASE NUMBER: AY-8923021


ONI EYES

PROPERTY OF THE UNSC

Trivia[edit]

When the Second Story first cuts to the Sedra City Market, it is mistakenly labeled as the Sedra Colonial Guard Hospital. The time is also placed at 0955 hours, despite the scene clearly taking place before the attack. However, the subtitles correctly label the scene's location and time.

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