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Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood (service number 07960-48392-TH) is the highest ranking flag officer of the UNSC Navy: the Chief of Naval Operations. In this capacity, he served as the de facto leader of humanity's war effort during the latter years of the Human-Covenant War circa 2552.
Three months later, during the Battle of Arcadia, Hood was assigned to recover a log buoy dropped by the Spirit of Fire. However, as the colony was already deemed lost by UNSC command, Roman Blue was also ordered to withhold from engaging the enemy in combat. However, Hood, enraged by the massive losses the Covenant had already inflicted on humanity, ordered his crew to attack a Sinaris-pattern heavy destroyer. Consequently, the Spirit of Fire's log buoy was not recovered. Hood would subsequently view himself as responsible for the Spirit of Fire's disappearance.
Late Human-Covenant War
Hood was a decorated officer and veteran as the Human-Covenant War neared its end. SPARTAN-IIs saved his life twice and he generally defended the program against its detractors, such as Colonel James Ackerson. Hood met John-117 prior to the Fall of Reach.
By September 4, 2552, Hood had been promoted to Fleet Admiral and taken the seat of Chief of Naval Operations, while serving as the Chairman of the UNSC Security Council. Holding these three powerful positions, Hood was effectively the de facto leader of the UNSC. In the aftermath of the Fall of Reach, Hood received Lieutenant Wagner's report on the Fall of Reach in front of the Council. The admiral was interested in the fate of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn and its SPARTAN-IIs, and was dismayed to find most of the supersoldiers had been expended during the battle. Hood also considered Wagner's petition to authorize a mission to search for survivors on Reach.
Battle of Earth
In October 2552, Hood presided over an awards ceremony aboard Cairo Station recognizing the participants of the Battle of Installation 04. Captain Jacob Keyes and Sergeant Major Avery Johnson were awarded the Colonial Cross; Lieutenant Commander Miranda Keyes received her father's posthumous award.
The ceremony was interrupted by the attack on Earth by the Prophet of Regret's fleet. The admiral ordered John-117 to defend Cairo from enemy boarders and assumed command of the defense from the station into the following weeks.
Some time afterwards, Frederic-104 was subjected to a psychological analysis conducted by Dr. Veronica Clayton of the Office of Naval Intelligence. As the doctor began pressuring the Spartan on decisions he made during the battle for Reach, Hood, who had not authorized the evaluation, came in and had MPs escort the doctor away, ordering Fred to rejoin Blue Team and defend the planet.
On November 3, 2552, Doctor Catherine Halsey sent a request to Admiral Hood requesting Spartan support on Onyx. The admiral obliged; he authorized SPARTAN-II Blue Team, consisting of Frederic-104, Linda-058, and William-043, to assist.
Late Battle of Earth
Hood was commanding from a damaged Cairo when John-117 arrived in the Sol System aboard a Covenant-controlled Forerunner Dreadnought. The Spartan established communications with the admiral, indicating he was aboard the alien ship.
John-117 was not the only returnee from Installation 05. Commander Keyes and Sergeant Johnson preceded him. Hood gave Johnson permission to interrogate a rebel Huragok, which had been extracted several weeks earlier from New Mombasa by Captain Dare's Helljumper squad. The UNSC was interested in what the Covenant were looking for.
The protracted battle for the planet left the admiral with few ships. By now it was obvious the Covenant were excavating a massive object between the ruins of New Mombasa and the industrial town of Voi, what he and Keyes believed to be "The Ark". Commander Keyes proposed a daring offensive to destroy the Forerunner ship, now grounded on the object; Hood gave his approval only after John-117 was recovered. Once the Spartan and Thel 'Vadam disabled local enemy air defenses, Hood led Battle Group Victory from the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn in a low altitude strike on the dreadnought. The attack failed and the Covenant left through a newly-opened Slipspace portal generated by the machine that also disabled Hood's ships, prompting him to regroup his forces. Moments later, a Flood-infested Covenant cruiser suddenly emerged from Slipspace nearby and crash-landed in Voi; the subsequent Flood invasion was repelled with aid from the pursuing Fleet of Retribution, and a message from Cortana was retrieved from the crashed cruiser before the Fleet was forced to quarantine the area via glassing.
Meeting with Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum aboard the Fleet's flagship, Shadow of Intent, Hood watched on as the AI warned of an impending attack on Earth by the Gravemind and a Flood-infested High Charity, claiming a solution to the parasite lay beyond the portal. The admiral was not confident of the AI's advice given its damaged state and was prepared to fight a conventional battle against the Flood whereas the Shipmaster saw this guaranteed suicide as foolish, opting to lead an expedition through the portal to find Cortana's solution. John-117 and Commander Keyes agreed with the shipmaster, convincing a weary Hood to spare the Dawn to accompany the Sangheili. Hood remained on Earth as the combined task force departed for what would become known as the real Ark, Installation 00. The final stand he had expected never came, as High Charity jumped directly toward the Ark from the vicinity of Mars one day later.
After the Human-Covenant War's conclusion, Hood took part in rebuilding the colonies. In January 2553, he headed a diplomatic mission to the remaining UEG colonies to discuss plans for reconstruction. Many colonies refused his offer, feeling that the UNSC abandoned them during the war. Hood was instrumental in phasing out many of the emergency powers that the UNSC had acquired during the conflict; particularly its direct control of many civilian agencies within the UEG. Though he had no particular love of the politicians and academics who vied for the post of UEG President, he blocked all efforts to slow the official transition back to civilian government in 2553.
He believed that a formal peace with the Sangheili, particularly Arbiter Thel 'Vadam and Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum, could be made. Hood, along with Captain Serin Osman, Corporal Vasily Beloi and Dr. Evan Phillips, were the first humans to visit Sanghelios. There, he and Thel 'Vadam discussed the fragile state of both species, as well as a treaty to formalize the peace. He invited 'Vadam to a memorial service on Earth, and in return 'Vadam invited Phillips to study Sangheili history and culture on their homeworld.
In March 2553, he conducted the memorial service next to the Portal at Voi, near the city of Voi. While he could not forgive the Sangheili for their actions during the war, he thanked Thel 'Vadam for his alliance, as well as for fighting alongside John-117 to the end.
Sometime later, Hood and Admiral Margaret Parangosky conducted an Admirals inspection of the UNSC Infinity. Parangonsky informed him Infinity was ready to deploy, hoping to take her out on a "Thursday war" over Sanghelios, however, Hood initially declined. After Evan Phillips was trapped on Sanghelios due to the Blooding Years, Hood contacted the Arbiter and asked for permission to land their own retrieval team to get Phillips, which the Arbiter eventually granted. Later on, as the crisis on Sanghelios intensified, Parangonsky convinced Hood to deploy Infinity in order to help protect the Arbiter and quell his opponents. While orbiting Sanghelios aboard the ship, Parangosky and Hood received intel that Vadam keep was about to be breached by the Servants of the Abiding Truth. Hood contacted 'Vadam, who reluctantly agreed to accept Hood's help. Infinity turned the tide over Sanghelios as it destroyed the rebel destroyer Defender of Faith and forced the Abiding Truth to retreat from the planet. Hood later planned to invite 'Vadam onboard Infinity for a tour of the ship.
Operation: FAR STORM
After it was discovered that the active installations of the Halo Array were counting down to fire in several weeks, Hood convened in Bravo-6 with several high-ranking UNSC members and scientists concerning the crisis. It was proposed that a joint UNSC-Sangheili task force be sent to Installation 00, the most likely source of the countdown, in order to prevent galactic extinction. Hood overruled Admiral Osman, who vehemently spoke against involving the Sangheili in the operation.
On October 31, 2556, at 0447 hours Hood was sent a message by General R. Dellert as part of an ongoing conversation between the two concerning interspecies relations. In it, he let Hood know that he had learned of an operation (thanks to contacts with HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6) wherein Fireteam Apollo was deployed to the exclusion zone around Threshold in violation of the Treaty of 2552. Some of the files he unearthed in the directive reports pertained were originally Hood's and pertained to Battle for Earth in 2552. Were the Arbiter to learn of this, it could undo years of work that has been put into diplomacy between the UEG and the Swords of Sanghelios. Dellert advised Hood to confront Admiral Parangosky about the matter. He also sent Hood data in the form of a translated conversation between Thel 'Vadamee and the Prophet of Stewardship, that was recovered from the black-box of Undiminished Entelechy by Apollo.
New Phoenix Incident
After UNSC Infinity arrived at Earth July 25, 2557 to aid the UNSC Home Fleet in combating the oncoming attack lead by the Didact, the UNSC Security Council learned that Captain Andrew Del Rio had abandoned John-117 on Requiem in the process. Hood and most members of the Security Council harshly judged Del Rio's actions at Requiem for leaving the Spartan behind and relieved him of command of Infinity. After John-117 managed to defeat the Didact at the loss of the population of New Phoenix, Admiral Hood and the rest of the UNSC Security Council debriefed John-117 regarding the Battle of Requiem. The Council discussed the New Phoenix Incident and how to conceal the existence of the Forerunner Didact from the public. Unsure of the finality of the Didact's defeat, the Council decided to instead present the public with the story that the attack was carried out by the Covenant. After the debrief, Hood talked privately with John and apologized for the lack of professionalism of some members of the Council. Hood suggested that with his return, John could justifiably be promoted to an officer, perhaps even as high as Admiral. The Master Chief declined the offer. Hood then informed him that one hour prior, FLEETCOM had lost contact with a science team escorted by Team Black at Installation 03, and that the attackers may have been Prometheans. On Hood's orders, John was then reunited with Blue Team and deployed immediately to Gamma Halo.
During the mission, Blue Team encountered and eventually defeated the Didact with the help of monitor 859 Static Carillon. With the Forerunner seemingly neutralized, Blue Team returned to Earth and were debriefed by Hood. Lord Hood congratulated John for finally killing the Didact, but the Spartan stated that he believed the Didact was only "contained". After years of combat, Hood ordered John and the rest of Blue Team to rest before being redeployed. However, after the debriefing, John returned to the rest of Blue Team and told them that Hood gave them the all-clear for their next mission. The four Spartans then departed for their new mission, led by John. Upon discovering the disappearance of the Spartans, Hood became panicked about their whereabouts.
On March 3, 2558, Admiral Hood and the rest of the UNSC Security Council debriefed Thomas Lasky and Sarah Palmer about the Requiem Campaign. He later joined Lasky and informed him that he was pulling Infinity away from the pursuit of Jul 'Mdama for it to partake in a more pressing matter. Infinity escorted Hood on a diplomatic mission to Ealen IV to aid in peace talks between the Sangheili and the Jiralhanae. On March 5, he met with Thel 'Vadam and the Jiralhanae Chieftain, Lydus. During the negotiations, a group of alien mercenaries attacked the delegates. Lasky, Sarah Palmer, and the Spartan-IVs defended the delegation and evacuated them from the chamber. When their evac ship was destroyed, they proceeded to escort the delegates to a nearby parts depot.
Inside the repair depot, 'Vadam informed Hood that they could take refuge in a fortified redoubt. As the party escaped the depot, they were intercepted by a Covenant Lich. Palmer quickly acted and threw her helmet filled with grenades and destroyed the Lich. As Fireteam Jackknife and the delegation's bodyguards went ahead to ensure the redoubt was safe to use as shelter, Lord Hood stopped to inspect a fallen Sangheili and discovered someone within the UNSC was leaking information to the mercenaries.
As the party arrived at the redoubt, they were betrayed by Spartan Vladimir Scruggs, who took Lord Hood hostage and held him at gunpoint. Palmer was able to put a stop to Scruggs by shooting Hood in the leg, giving her the opportunity to tackle Scruggs and then kill him. With mercenary ships inbound to their site, Palmer was ordered to evacuate Hood and the ambassadors on a Covenant cargo tug while Spartan Paul DeMarco and Fireteam Bailey remained behind to cover their escape with a Tyrant AA gun. Thanks to the Spartan IV's sacrifices, Hood and the ambassadors were able to escape the planet, however, the outcome of the negotiations themselves was left nebulous.
Soon after, Hood and Lasky discussed the troubling prospect that the UNSC's hierarchy had been severely breached, as only someone in the upper echelon could have leaked the location of the negotiations. Both men agreed that the UNSC mole needed to be rooted out with an undercover investigation. Hood bid Lasky good hunting, as he and Spartan Naiya Ray left Infinity to enlist the help of Petra Janecek, a journalist with whom Hood previously had history with.
Freighter ambush and Oth Lodon
Hood remained on Infinity and requested Commander Bradley to indulge him with a demonstration of the ship's Forerunner engines. Hood asked Roland to plot a random vector with multiple headings, but they were then notified by lieutenant Jespersen of a distress signal near the Artesia-702 system. Hood scrapped the exercise and the Infinity went to investigate. Arriving in the system on March 11, they found a damaged civilian freighter, the Pilgrims Pride. The freighter was tugged into one of Infinity's bays on Hood's order. An ambush was sprung when the freighter launched multiple assault crafts and set itself to self-destruct. With the help of Fireteams Majestic, Colossus, and Fenrir, the attack was repelled and the freighter was tugged back into space before it could self-destruct on Infinity. Following the skirmish, Hood was informed that the vessels used by the assailants were Vultures and Sparrowhawks, whose I.D. numbers belonged to the long-lost UNSC Spirit of Fire. Lord Hood divulged all he knew about the Spirit of Fire, and his own part in the ship's disappearance decades earlier. Partly due to his guilt over the incident, Hood ordered Infinity to scout the vessels' recorded point of origin, near the gas giant Oth Lodon deep in Jiralhanae space. However, when Infinity arrived at the coordinates, they encountered a Covenant battlestation. Daniel Clayton, Captain Cutter's illegitimate son and former UNSC captain turned defector to the New Colonial Alliance, opened a communications channel to Infinity and declared his desire for vengeance against Lord Hood and the UNSC. Having lured Infinity into a trap, Clayton opened fire on the ship with the station's energy projector.
The surprise attack devastated Infinity, punching three holes through the ship in a rapid succession. Hood was impaled through his abdomen by a piece of debris, with a significant portion of the bridge crew killed or incapacitated. Expecting to die in moments, Hood experienced an influx of guilt, blaming himself for allowing Infinity to fall into Clayton's trap. Thanks to Fireteam Majestic's timely capture of the New Colonial Alliance station and Captain Clayton, however, Hood survived. Confined to a wheelchair due to his injuries, Hood visited Clayton's cell before the former captain's oncoming transfer to Midnight Facility. Hood questioned Clayton about the New Colonial Alliance's goals; namely, why its leader, Admiral Drake, now intended to destroy Infinity despite wanting to capture the ship years earlier. Clayton only replied with ominous claims about the NCA's expanding power and reach. When Hood ordered his men to take Clayton away, the latter stated that they would meet again.
After the encounter, Hood reflected on the Spirit of Fire and hoped that he would one day be able to ask Cutter for his forgiveness.
In late October of 2558, Cortana, who had been restored within the Forerunner Domain and had come to believe that the Created were the true inheritors of the Mantle of Responsibility, began to unleash The Guardians to enforce the Mantle among all the galaxy's species. Having anticipated her imminent assault on Earth, the artificial intelligence construct, Black-Box, acted swiftly to ensure that at the very least, Admiral Serin Osman and Fleet Admiral Hood would be able to get off-world. Using the shell personality of a "Spartan Commander Rossbach", Black-Box had Spartan Orzel evacuate the Admirals from HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 in a Prowler. As their Prowler took off and jumped safely to slipstream space, a battle broke out in the skies over Sydney between the UNSC Plateau and a Guardian.
After a series of random slipspace jumps, the Prowler arrived on an uncharted planet, dubbed Rossbach's World, where a cabin retreat was well stocked for their long stay. In the first few days after settling in with Orzel and Osman, Hood launched slipspace reconnaissance probes to pick up any new UNSC frequencies, only to hear Created broadcasts coming from the Sol system and a distress message from the UNSC Sentry of El Morro which the UNSC Infinity responded to. During the first week of their arrival, Lord Hood spent his nights on the cabin's balcony watching the nearby forest glow due to a native bioluminescent fungus. He also began to drown his sorrows in liquor, convinced that their entire situation could have been avoided if he had prevented John-117 from returning to service following the events of July 2557. Osman tried to reassure him it was in fact the Chief who had disobeyed his orders and that he was not at fault.
Personality and traits
Although a sensible individual, Hood also made dangerous decisions during the Human-Covenant War, such as allowing John-117 and Miranda Keyes cross the Portal at Voi with the Fleet of Retribution even though it could mean the extinction of humanity and the loss of Earth to the Flood, or when he destroyed a Covenant ship on Arcadia instead of retrieving the Spirit of Fire's black box and discover the fate of his friend, James Cutter, and the rest of its crew. After the disappearance of Cutter, Hood grew more mature inside the UNSC, as well as aiding James' family as he felt shameful for his disappearance.
Hood tends to speak in hyperbolic form, such as when he stated the Fleet of Sacred Consecration was fifty times smaller than the Fleet of Particular Justice-led combined naval forces that obliterated Reach, or when Rtas 'Vadum was forced to glass the city of Voi in order to stop the Flood from taking over Earth, where he remarked 'Vadum "glassed half a continent", despite Voi being the only glassed part of Kenya.
Terrence is a public supporter of Human-Sangheili military and political relations, and despite still holding resentment over the Human-Covenant War, like Thel 'Vadam and Rtas 'Vadum he believes peaceful relations between the species would drive them to a better future, going to the point he considers Thel 'Vadam a friend. After the Voi Memorial, Hood told Thel that while he couldn't forget and forgive what the Sangheili did to humanity, he extended a hand of friendship to him.
Hood has a great deal of respect towards the Master Chief as shown with his interactions with the Spartan. Hood is shown to be somewhat more informal with the Master Chief than the disparity between their ranks requires as a result. When the Master Chief apparently died in the Battle of Installation 00, Hood sorrowfully commented that it was hard to believe that he was dead. It was partly because of the fact that Thel 'Vadam stood by the Master Chief "to the end" that Hood extended his hand to Thel at the Voi Memorial. After the Master Chief returned years later, Hood half-jokingly offered to get the Master Chief promoted as far as Admiral if the Master Chief wished, but the Master Chief declined the offer.
Halo: Fleet Battles
Lord Hood is unflappable under pressure and measured in all aspects of his command. He can choose to add +1 to the initiative dice roll each turn.
Non-canon and dubious canon appearances
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