Nina Kovan

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Nina Kovan
Kovan as she appears in the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition).
Biographical information




March 21, 2534[1]

Personal details






206 centimetres (6 ft 9 in)[1]


108 kilograms (238 lbs)[1]

Hair color:


Eye color:


Political and military information


Spartan Operations


Nina Kovan is a SPARTAN-IV supersoldier of Fireteam Shadow in the United Nations Space Command.[4]


Early life[edit]

For her entire military career, Kovan was considered an exemplary marksman. Eventually, when knowledge of the heroic Spartan super-soldiers like Linda-058 began to be more widely known, Kovan became obsessed with the study of the Spartan's records and methods, hoping to glean anything she could apply to her own battlefield approach. When offered the opportunity to become a Spartan herself, Kovan jumped at the chance, eager to follow in the footsteps of her heroes.[5] At some point, Kovan was assigned to ANVIL Station, testing the HIVEMIND-class Mjolnir.[6]


Main article: Requiem Campaign

In February 2558, Kovan and the rest of Fireteam Shadow assisted Fireteam Crimson in protecting the science team at "The Refuge". While Crimson defended the facility from the Covenant ground forces, Fireteam Shadow infiltrated Panom’s Canticle, the Covenant Zanar-pattern light cruiser that was deploying the Covenant forces.[4] In spite of heavy resistance, the team overloaded the ship's power core, destroying the cruiser and halted the Covenant's attack.[7]

Installation 07[edit]

On December 12, 2559, Spartan Nina Kovan was onboard UNSC Infinity when it was ambushed by Banished forces upon arrival at Installation 07. As the Infinity fell to the Banished assault, Captain Thomas Lasky was evacuated from the ship, and Spartan Hudson Griffin ordered all Spartans to evacuate.[8] Kovan left the ship on a drop pod, and she entered the ring's stratosphere, she adjusted her drop pod trajectory for a deployment of Banished Phantoms in an attempt to board one.[9] Kovan successfully took control of a Phantom and landed on the ring's surface, where she provided sniper overwatch for members of Fireteam Taurus as they attacked a Banished anti-air artillery.[10]

By December 19, Kovan and Stone, seemingly the only survivors of Fireteam Shadow, have regrouped, along with five marines.[11] The group rendezvoused with other UNSC forces at the wreckage of UNSC Mortal Reverie, which had been found by Spartan Vedrana Makovich and designated as a UNSC base of operations.[12]

On January 20, 2560, Kovan conducted a recon sweep deep inside Banished-occupied territory. She observed that Banished forces were only unified under Escharum, with internal competition among its members. She reported her findings to Griffin, and suggested that an attempt on Banished War Chief Escharum's life may fragment the Banished leadership.[13] On January 23, Spartan Griffin, the de facto leader at the crash site, led Spartans Panago, Malik, and Sarkar in an assassination mission on Escharum.[14] Kovan was among the Spartans that remained to defend the Reverie.[15] However, the assassination on Escharum failed. Griffin sent an encrypted message to the Reverie on January 31 before he was captured and handed over to Chak 'Lok for torture. In his message, Griffin warned the Reverie of an impending Banished assault.[16]

Under the combined leadership of Bertold Vettel and counsel of Makovich, the UNSC forces at the Reverie braced for the Banished's attack.[15] Despite the preparations, the Banished assault under Chieftain Tremonius forced the UNSC forces to retreat from the Reverie on February 2.[17] The UNSC forces scattered into the valley, and Kovan's fate became unknown to Makovich and Vettel.[18]

Personality and description[edit]

Nina Kovan has glacial blue eyes and pale hair that she generally has cut above her ears.[3][2] However, during the Battle for Zeta Halo, months of staying on the move resulted in her hair growing long enough to touch her shoulders.[2]

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During the Requiem Campaign, Spartan Kovan wore the Mjolnir GEN2 GUNGNIR. During Operation: VERTICAL UMBRAGE, Kovan used the Selene's Lance, a variant of the M6/E Spartan Laser, and a sniper rifle.[19][20]

During the Battle for Zeta Halo, she wore the Mjolnir GEN3 Mark VII armor, employing the Stormfall helmet, the UA/Faunus shoulder pads, and UA/Type SA knee pads.[21] However, the months of constant battle severely damaged her armor, rendering many of Kovan's systems inoperable and in need of repair.[22] Up until it was lost during the Banished assault on the Mortal Reverie, Kovan used a custom sniper rig called "Abbey Lime." After this, she often carried a standard SRS99-S5 AM sniper rifle.[23]

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List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 103
  2. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 31
  3. ^ a b Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 30
  4. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder: Rubicon Rundown (Retrieved on Aug 3, 2022) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 103
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, Halo: The Rubicon Protocol - Preview 1 (Retrieved on Jul 8, 2022) [archive]
  7. ^ Halo 4 - Spartan Ops, episode Memento Mori
  8. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #01 - Infinity Down
  9. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #04 - Perfect Aim
  10. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #05 - Overwatch
  11. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 8
  12. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #01 - Home Away From Home
  13. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #06 - Weakness
  14. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #02 - Those Left Behind
  15. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #06 - Drawing the Line
  16. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #05 - Encroachment
  17. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #08 - The Retreat
  18. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #01 - Rubicon Protocol
  19. ^ Halo Waypoint, Halo 4 - Vertical Umbrage (Retrieved on Nov 7, 2022) [local archive] [external archive]
  20. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Fourward Unto Dawn (Retrieved on Nov 10, 2022) [archive]
  21. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, cover art
  22. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 38
  23. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 23
  24. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon fodder: Foundations (Retrieved on Jan 12, 2022) [archive]