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"We got apes or alligators running the show?"
— Roland, referring to Jiralhanae and Sangheili[1]

Roland-B210 was a SPARTAN-III supersoldier of Beta Company,[2] serving within the UNSC Naval Intelligence Beta-5 Division.[3] He was a part of the elite Special Operations squad of Headhunters, along with Jonah-B283. Together, they led a semi-successful mission on an unidentified moon.[4]


Spartan-III training[edit]

Roland-B210 was one of the 418 candidates recruited by ONI for training as part of SPARTAN-III Beta Company circa 2539.[5][6][Note 1] During his training under Lieutenant Commander Kurt Ambrose, Roland was noted to be particularly proficient in combat and assigned to separate special force units outside the general population of Beta Company. Thus, he did not participate in Operation: TORPEDO, the mission that resulted in the deaths of almost all of Beta Company.

Induction into Headhunters[edit]

Sometime later, Roland was inducted into a two-man fireteam as part of the special operations program known as Headhunters. He was paired with Jonah-B283, a fellow member of Beta Company, after they were profiled to meet 97.36 percent of the desired matchmaking criteria. Only one other team scored higher.[3] Roland maintained an easy-going friendship with Jonah, frequently teasing his teammate over his violent tendencies.[4]

The infiltration[edit]

Main article: Mission to an unidentified moon
Roland and Jonah during their mission to the unidentified moon.

At some point during the Human-Covenant War, Jonah and Roland were transported to an unknown remote moon where the Covenant were searching for Forerunner relics. He, along with Jonah, had the mission to destroy six of the total ten Covenant encampments to make way for a larger UNSC force.[4]

In the beginning of the mission, Roland infiltrated the base under cover from his active camouflage to place explosives on four reactors while Jonah engaged the troops in the camp barracks. Roland placed the explosives successfully and without being spotted. Later on, he helped Jonah in eliminating the remaining targets, all of whom were still confused by Jonah's EMP and flashbang grenades.[4]


Right after Jonah had executed what they thought was the last enemy in the base, Roland was impaled with a Bloodblade by a cloaked warrior of the Silent Shadow who donned a custom Sangheili armor.[7] With his last breath, Roland managed to utter "clear" to Jonah, which meant that the explosives were armed. Jonah detonated them shortly after, vaporizing himself, the cloaked Sangheili, and Roland's corpse.[4]


Roland wore a burgundy set of modified Semi-Powered Infiltration armor with accents of white.[4] Both his and Jonah's SPI armor featured energy shielding, however only Roland was equipped with a prototype active camouflage unit—which could function for three and a half to four minutes before it depleted its power supply. Once used, the cell powering the unit would need anywhere from 10-15 minutes to recharge, putting an additional strain on his suit's other power functions such as shielding, BIOs, targeting, and tracking. Each of these functions would run at less than optimum efficiency while the "AvCam" system rebooted.[3] During this mission, Roland was armed with an M7S SMG, a suppressed M6C magnum and four M9 fragmentation grenades, as well as procuring a Sulok-pattern beam rifle from an enemy Kig-Yar Sniper.[4]


  • Roland's name is likely taken from the Song of Roland, a medieval epic that tells the tragic tale of a courageous Frankish knight of the same name, slain in battle while valiantly facing a vastly-superior force.
  • Roland's helmet bore a noticeable resemblance to the MJOLNIR Air Assault helmet.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Lessons Learned establishes that Beta Company members Tom-B292 and Lucy-B091 were six years old when they started their training. Page 106 of the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition) establishes that Tom and Lucy were born on April 14, 2533 and January 28, 2533, respectively. This makes Beta Company's start date somewhere between April 2539 and January 2540.


  1. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Headhunters", page 170
  2. ^ Halo Waypoint - MCC Flight 2.0 Banner
  3. ^ a b c Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Headhunters", page 161
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Headhunters, motion comic
  5. ^ Halo: Fractures - Lessons Learned
  6. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 106
  7. ^ Halo Evolutions: Volume I, page 239