Planetary Operations Manual
Spirit of Fire January 3rd 2531 Version
The Spirit of Fire version of the manual is split into three sections:
Operations - Chraracters
Captain James Gregory Cutter
Commanding officer, UNSC Spirit of Fire CFV-88. A superior battle tactician, but a better logistics officer. He refused command of the UNSC destroyer Prophecy in favor of the colonization vessel, Spirit of Fire. Upon the outbreak of the Covenant War, Cutter was handpicked by Admiral Preston Cole to helm the Spirit of Fire in her new role as center of repair, supply, and forward deployment operations for Battle Group D.
The “smart A.I.” aboard Spirit of Fire, Serina is capable of coordinating concurrent repair and refit operations of twelve UNSC ships of the line as well as organizing the deployment of hundreds of groundside assets among dozens of different drop zones. Her sense of humor is dry and sardonic. She has an understated fascination with human relationships and a theoretical interest in chocolate.
Sergeant John Forge
Sgt. John Forge’s service record speaks plainly: decorated numerous times for valor and gallantry on the battlefield, but just as many counts for insubordination, conduct unbecoming, and striking a superior officer. He has been promoted five times and demoted thrice. The men in his squad say: “He’s the guy you want in the foxhole next to yours… but you’d never introduce him to your sister.”
Professor Ellen Anders
With PhD’s in biology, anthropology, and psychology, Prof. Anders is the preeminent expert in theoretical xeno-biopsychology. She has been invited by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) to join their elite research team to investigate possible clues regarding the aliens’ xenophobic behavior on the UNSC colony world, Harvest. Anders has an IQ of 180 and was the student of Dr. Catherine Halsey, progenitor of the SPARTAN II program.
Little is known of the Covenant who bears this title. Some theorize that the Arbiter is a battle leader equivalent to a UNSC four-star general. Unlike UNSC generals, however, the Arbiter personally leads military actions, believing anything less is dishonorable. The Arbiter (of which there can be only one at any given time) apparently also has a socioreligious function that extends beyond military protocols.
UNSC - Overview
Established in the latter half of the twenty-second century, the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) is the military branch of the United Earth Government. The UNSC maintains order and defends humanity against all sources of aggression. The UNSC is a disciplined, highly motivated military force.
UNSC - UNSC Spirit of Fire CFV-88
They will beat their swords into plowshares… Originally commissioned as a colony ship in 2473. As Outer Colony tensions increased, however, a Magnetic Accelerator Canon (MAC) was added, capable of accelerating low-mass or depleted uranium slugs to a fraction of light speed. When the Covenant War started, ''Spirit of Fire'' was further repurposed. Vessel bays that once housed prefabricated schools and atmosphere processors now store mobile armories, self-assembling fusion reactors, and other groundside facilities that can be dropped via jet, parachute, and Pelican-directed assist to the front lines.
Covenant - Overview
The Covenant is a technologically advanced collective of alien species that controls a large portion of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. Millennia ago, the Covenant were a small, heterogeneous group who banded together for mutual protection. Intervening centuries have interwoven the customs and beliefs of the disparate species into a strong society. The Covenant is a caste-based society regulated by theocratic rule.
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