P. Barnes

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P. "Golly" Barnes
Personal details






Over 205.7 centimeters (6 ft 9.0 in)[1]

Political and military information


United Nations Space Command




P. Barnes, also known as Golly, is a Corporal in the UNSC Marine Corps and a member of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.


Battle of Netherop[edit]

Main article: Battle of Netherop (2559)

In November 2559, during the Cortana's reign over the galaxy, Barnes was a part of Tango Team, an ODST force under the command of Spartan Olympia Vale and Gunnery Sergeant "Mama" Grim Bear that was deployed to the world of Netherop aboard the Point Blank-class prowler UNSC Hidden Point. Their aim was to recover the Divine Hand, a weapon that could be used to destroy Cortana's Guardians. Barnes was deployed towards the surface of the planet in a D102 Owl insertion craft alongside Vale, Grim Bear, Keely Iyuska, Rosa Fuertes, S. Legowski, and the other 12 ODSTs of Tango Team. During their descent, the Divine Hand was fired by Nizat 'Kvarosee and the Defenders of the Sanctum, destroying the 40 Pelican dropships accompanying the Owl and leaving Tango Team the only ones to reach the planet's surface.[2] Upon landing at the summit of the tel were the weapon had fired, Barnes and Legowski scouted ahead on a Mongoose to try to find a route down to the crater so they could infiltrate it. Upon reaching the base of the mountain, they found the ground to be semi-solid and impassible on foot and by vehicle. Barnes was forced to pull the Mongoose out of the muck and regrouped with the main force. He then recontoured the tel, eventually helping Vale and Legs unearth a tunnel at the top of the slope. Tango Team was then ambushed by the Defenders of the Sanctum as the Covenant Castaways opened up a tunnel directly below their landing zone. Barnes helped Vale fight off the defenders, but the two of them were unable to save Legs from being dropped through the floor. Barnes would have fallen through the floor himself had Vale not saved him.[1]

After the ambush, Barnes rode with Vale on a Mongoose to intercept Arbiter Thel 'Vadam's as they reached the top of the tel. They were also looking to recover the Divine Hand alongside human castaways led by Commander Amalea Petrov, and the two sides formed a plan to try to dislodge the Defenders of the Sanctum inside.[3] While the Swords of Sanghelios followed Nizat and his forces through the tunnels, Barnes and Vale unearthed and broke into a ventilation shaft at the top of the tel. They then repelled down inside of the tel, with Iyuska, Petrov, and First Squad following them. [4] Upon reaching the bottom, they reconnoitred the Aeroponics Chamber before pushing deeper into the tel. Barnes and Vale pushed ahead into a collection of UNSC wreckage and the remains of a Guardian before being ambushed again by Nizat and his forces. Barnes was tasked with keeping Iyuska and Petrov out of harms way, so they retreated to underneath the Guardian's head. They were then attacked by Nizat and Tam 'Lakosee, the last two surviving Defenders of the Sanctum. During the subsequent fight, Barnes was badly injured, losing a hand and having his cheek split open. However, he was able to rip one of Nizat's manables off of his face and repel the attack altogether once Spartan Vale and Abovian arrived. He was bandaged up by Petrov and Abovian.[5]

Due to his injuries, Barnes did not play a part in the later events of the Netherop conflict, such as the second firing of the Divine Hand and the confrontation with Atriox and the Banished.[6][7] Alongside the rest of the surviving human and Sangheili forces, Barnes was evacuated from Netherop via their Owl dropship to a group of waiting D81-LRT Condor long-range dropships, which took them into slipspace.[8]

Personality and traits[edit]

Barnes is extremely tall for an unaugmented human. His exact height is unknown, but he is described as clearly taller than Spartan Vale, making his height somewhere above 205.7 centimeters (6 ft 9.0 in). He also has a deep, rumbling voice.[1]


Golly has been seen outfitted with an extremely large set of standard ODST armor while wielding an MA40 assault rifle and an M90 shotgun.[1]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Halo: Outcasts, chapter 10
  2. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 8
  3. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 11
  4. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 13
  5. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 19
  6. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 20
  7. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 24
  8. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 26