This article is about a campaign level. For other uses, see The Package (disambiguation).
The level begins on August 29, 2552. It takes place around the destroyed Sword Base, as well as in an interior cavern underneath the facility. Noble Team is ordered to destroy Sword Base in a torch-and-burn op. Noble Six and a small strike force of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers infiltrates Sword Base to take out Covenant anti-air turrets. On their way to the facility, the team finds an operational Scorpion tank that they use to fight through Covenant forces around Sword Base. Meanwhile, the Falcons carrying the rest of Noble Team land at Sword Base and begin the assault.
Noble Six arrives at Sword Base, and the entire team pushes through to a set of prearranged coordinates. However, there is nothing there. Auntie Dot receives a set of revised coordinates from an AI of unknown origin, and a hidden door slides back to reveal an excavation tunnel. Noble Team rides a cart down the tunnel, where they find a large cavern housing a massive Forerunner vessel embedded in the ice. On the way down, Dr. Halsey reveals herself as the one who orchestrated their arrival. She asks for their assistance in defending her lab while she decrypts final information from the crashed Forerunner ship.
Noble Team uses Wolf Spider turrets to defend the lab as the Covenant begin their attack. They engage in an open firefight against incoming waves of Covenant and after a period of time, Dr. Halsey opens the doors to the lab. Noble Team walks into the lab, revealing a large, glowing Forerunner artifact in the center. Dr. Halsey tells them about a great discovery that could change the tide of the war, and stresses that it is imperative that they get the information off-planet. She then shows them Cortana, who is revealed to be the AI that sent them the revised coordinates. She stores Cortana in an armored matrix and gives it to Noble Six, whom Cortana has chosen.
Jun leaves to escort Halsey to CASTLE Base, while the rest of Noble Team gets into a Pelican to fly to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn that is awaiting their arrival. As they depart, a large underground explosion destroys Sword Base, denying the Covenant access to whatever remains.
Sword Base, Babd Catha Ice Shelf, Eposz
August 29, 2552 26:16 Hours
Fades in to the burnt and destroyed landscape outside Sword Base. A Falcon flies overhead as Noble Six walks out from a small hill. Six walks down the rocky terrain.
Six jumps out and lands beside three ODSTs.
Six signals the ODSTs and they move out.
Torch and Burn
The team moves down to the flooded Farragut Station in front of a Covenant outpost, comprising of a deployable lookout tower, Shades, a few Ghosts, and a group of infantry. While approaching the outpost, the team comes across the wreckage of a Falcon.
The team attacks the outpost and clears the immediate area.
Up ahead, they come across another deployable lookout tower and a Scorpion hidden from it.
or, if the ODSTs are dead or too far behind Six:
Noble Six commandeers the tank. More towers and Ghosts block the way, but are easily eliminated by the Scorpion's superior firepower.
The team clears the area.
The teams finally reach Airview Base, now the dwelling of two Covenant Tyrants defended by Covenant troops, Ghosts and Banshees. Hot magma and rough terrain have replaced the airfield under the base. An aerial battle between Banshees and Falcons rages above.
Noble Six destroys the first AA gun.
Six destroys the second anti-air gun.
Several Falcons, one piloted by Carter, fly over Six and towards Sword Base. Six continues to Sword Base's gate.
Six gets to Sword Base's gate area, which is defended by Covenant turrets and vehicles.
Six gets out of the Scorpion and heads for the gate.
If Six stalls at the gate:
Six finally arrives at Sword Base's courtyard. The rest of Noble Team are seen fighting Covenant troops.
Noble Team finish off the Covenant in the courtyard. They enter the base and clear out the entrance. Noble Team heads to a door at the end of the parking lot.
Noble Team enters the maintenance hall and climb up a series of catwalks, engaging some Kig-yar on the way. They finally arrive at the top and enter the security checkpoint, which has been severely damaged.
A door opens, and the team continues into Sword Base's main atrium.
The team eliminates several SpecOps Sangheili and a General guarding the atrium (along with an Engineer on higher difficulties). The team continues to the coordinates. They come across a door with the ONI emblem on it.
Six opens the door.
Noble Team enters a corridor littered with dead bodies and destroyed equipment. An unmanned turret stands behind some sandbags.
Emile continues through the corridor, but it's a dead end.
Carter holsters his Assault Rifle and accesses his TACPAD, annoyed.
A sudden grinding noise cuts Jun off. Everyone raises their weapons. A wall in the dead end opens, revealing a secret passage. Emile stands in front of it, securing the way ahead.
Carter signals Jun to take point, and the rest of the team follows him into the hidden corridor as the hidden door slides shut. The team continues down the tunnel and finds a tram. View turns to a security camera watching Noble Team entering the tram.
The tram door closes.
The view switches to a camera inside the tram as it starts to move. Dr. Catherine Halsey appears on a holographic viewscreen.
The tram begins to descend. Fades out.
Fade in to a camera overlooking the elevator traveling down to an icy cavern. Switches to Six's point of view, who walks up to the frontal part of the tram. Noble Team looks at the crashed Forerunner spacecraft.
Crumbling sounds shift the team's attention to a few falling boulders from the cave's ceiling.
The elevator door opens. Noble Team steps out.
This Cave is Not a Natural Formation
Noble Team moves out and explores the cave complex. Four Wolf Spider turrets are located in different locations.
Covenant dropships begin their descent from the cave's ceiling.
The team arrives at the lab's entrance. There are a wide assortment of weapons holstered on the side and Mongooses parked near the entrance. Weapons crates and armor abilities are also available. Sandbags provide defense and Carter, Jun, and Emile hold their position there.
While Six moves around the cavern, activating the Spider Turrets, Covenant Spirits and Phantoms are heard as they enter the area.
During combat, whenever turrets take too much fire, they will shut down and Noble Team will be notified of it:
The Phantoms begin to land, dropping Jiralhanae, Unggoy, and Kig-yar.
After the cavern has been defended for a while, Wraiths are dropped off by Phantoms.
More Phantoms appear while plasma mortar rounds hit near the entrance. Banshees enter the battlefield to aid their allies.
Noble Team continues to defeat wave after wave of Covenant troops.
Ghosts and Sangheili Rangers join the assault. The team defeats them. On Legendary, an additional wave of Mgalekgolo and Skirmishers attack the lab's entrance. The team clears the area of enemies.
The Banshees in the cavern retreat as more Phantoms approach, one of them landing right outside the entrance.
A lance of Covenant led by a Sangheili General are dropped from the Phantom. Noble Team manages to kill the majority of the attacking Covenant troops.
If Noble Six stalls:
Six activates the pad. The lab door opens.
The blast door opens and NOBLE Team rushes in. They quickly reach the corridor's end - Dr. Halsey's lab. A large sphere-shaped Forerunner artifact hovers outside the lab.
Dr. Halsey, still in the middle of preparing the Package, moves to another monitor.
Dr. Halsey looks at Cortana one last time and shuts off her projection. Jun curiously looks at the lab as Dr. Halsey pulls out the data storage unit. Halsey, holding the Package securely with both hands, walks forward as if she is approaching Carter, but passes him and holds it out to Noble Six instead.
Six looks at Carter, who nods in response. The Spartan places his/her hands over the Package.
Halsey lets go of the unit as Six looks at her.
Fade in to Noble Team and Dr. Halsey walking out of a tunnel leading to two Pelicans. View switches to the team and Dr. Halsey. The data storage unit, now attached to Six's lower back, emits a dim blue glow. Carter turns back to Halsey.
Jun and Dr. Halsey climb into one Pelican while Carter boards the other. Emile and Noble Six slowly walk back, securing the area. Cut to the cockpit of Carter's Pelican. Carter climbs into the pilot seat.
Six walks into the troop bay while Emile sits down on the tail of the Pelican. Both Pelicans take off.
Emile sits back as explosive charges detonate beneath the ice shelf, destroying the Forerunner complex and Sword Base's remains. The surrounding waters rapidly pours into the opening, flooding the excavation site.
Fade to black.