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Nina Kovan

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

Homeworld:

Gilgamesh[1]

Born:

March 21, 2534[1]

Personal details

Species:

Human

Gender:

Female

Height:

206 centimetres (6 ft 9 in)[1]

Weight:

108 kilograms (238 lbs)[1]

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Spartan Operations

 

Nina Kovan is a SPARTAN-IV supersoldier of Fireteam Shadow in the United Nations Space Command.[2]

Biography[edit]

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 know, 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.[3] At some point, Kovan was assigned to the ANVIL Station, testing the HIVEMIND-class Mjolnir.[4]

Requiem[edit]

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.[2] In spite of heavy resistance, the team overloaded the ship's power core, destroying the cruiser and halted the Covenant's attack.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

By December 19, Kovan and Stone, seemingly the only survivors of Fireteam Shadow, have regrouped, along with five marines.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] Kovan was among the Spartans that remained to defend the Reverie.[13] 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.[14]

Under the combined leadership of Bertold Vettel and counsel of Makovich, the UNSC forces at the Reverie braced for the Banished's attack.[13] Despite the preparations, the Banished assault under Chieftain Tremonius forced the UNSC forces to retreat from the Reverie on February 2.[15] The UNSC forces scattered into the valley, and Kovan's fate became unknown to Makovich and Vettel.[16]

Equipment[edit]

During the Battle for Zeta Halo, Spartan Kovan wore the Mjolnir GEN3 Mark VII armor, employing the Stormfall helmet, the UA/Faunus shoulder pads, and UA/Type SA knee pads.[17]

Production notes[edit]

Gallery[edit]


List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

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