Tomas Horvath

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Tomas Horvath
A Spartan-IV (possibly Tomas Horvath) on the cover of Halo: The Rubicon Protocol.
Biographical information


Kuyik,[1] Alluvion[2]


February 3, 2528[2]

Personal details






220.9 centimeters (7 ft 3.0 in)[2]


133 kilograms (290 lb)[2]

Hair color:


Political and military information



Tomas Horvath is a SPARTAN-IV supersoldier of Fireteam Intrepid in the United Nations Space Command.[2]


Early life and UNSC enlistment[edit]

Tomas Horvath was born in Kuyik on Alluvion on February 3, 2528.[1][2] He grew up hunting in the plains outside Kuyik with his father and his older brothers.[4] In 2542, the Covenant laid siege to Alluvion,[5] and a teenage Horvath fled with his family.[1] Horvath enlisted in the UNSC and was eventually accepted into the ranks of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. However, an equipment failure on his first live jump left him with a shattered spine, but an even stronger resolve. After intense physical therapy programs, Horvath saw the Spartan branch as an opportunity to be reborn, leveraging the program's extensive augmentation suite to become more than he ever dreamed of. Horvath went on to serve as part of Fireteam Intrepid.[2]

Post-War years[edit]

Throughout the Post-Covenant War conflicts between 2557 and 2559, Fireteam Intrepid, presumably including Tomas Horvath, had worked alongside John-117 and Blue Team on numerous occasions. They were considered one of the best Spartan outfits on the UNSC Infinity.[6]

Operation: WOLFE[edit]

Main article: Operation: WOLFE

In October 2559, Fireteam Intrepid, presumably including Horvath, was deployed alongside Fireteam Taurus, assigned to aid Commander Sarah Palmer in securing nuclear weapons in possession of the Viery Militia toward the end of the Battle of New Mohács.[6]

Battle for Zeta Halo[edit]

Main article: Battle for Zeta Halo

On December 12, 2559, Spartan Tomas Horvath was onboard UNSC Infinity when it was ambushed by Banished forces upon arrival at Installation 07. As the Infinity fell to the Banished assault, Captain Thomas Lasky was evacuated from the ship, and Spartan Hudson Griffin ordered all Spartans to evacuate.[7] Horvath, along with other members of his fireteam, left the ship on drop pods. Fireteam Intrepid landed in a sector of the ring occupied by the Banished, and entered battle upon landfall.[8]

On the next day, while Fireteam Intrepid made its way to Banished artillery guns, they picked up a distress call from Lucas Browning, one of the survivors from the trapped SKT-29 Bumblebee Papa Tango Delta Zero Nine. Intrepid’s leader, Si Wheeler, commanded Horvath to locate the Bumblebee and assist its survivors. However, as Horvath made his way to the Bumblebee, Installation 07 suddenly entered slipstream space. Shortly after, an explosion on the ring fractured its surface. The ring's surface ripped open and flung Horvath off his feet, sending him tumbling across a plateau.[1] Amidst the chaos, Horvath lost contact with his fireteam, and his tumble disabled his armor systems,[9] including its motion tracker, active camoflage, and long range communications.[1]

On December 17, Horvath found a small party of Jiralhanae. He followed the party in hopes of being led to a camp or an outpost with a communications array, which would allow him to contact friendly forces. On December 18,[Note 1] Horvath followed Banished forces to an area of the ring that was nearly fractured in two, with a land bridge connecting two fragments of the ring. While attempting to contact other UNSC forces, Horvath was discovered by a pair of Jiralhanae.[10] In the ensuing chase, the Jiralhanae pursued Horvath on their Phantom and destroyed the bridge, causing the fragment to break away. Horvath was caught on the fragment and was buried by a landslide as the fragment flipped. The Spartan managed to dig his way out, but was left stranded on the ring fragment.[4] After two days alone on the fragment, Horvath discovered the wreckage of the Phantom that was chasing him. The Phantom had been attacked by an Aggressor Sentinel for destroying the alloys supporting the land bridge, and, in the ensuing crash, the Phantom pinned down the Aggressor underneath its hull. Horvath was unable to pull the Aggressor out alone, and opted to explore a nearby Forerunner superstructure, and then finally the Phantom. Inside the Phantom, he found a collection of Forerunner artifacts, weapons, excavation tools, and the Jiralhanae Bloodstar Gorian, one of two Jiralhanae that had discovered him two days prior and the lone survivor of the crash that was trapped between the crushed hull and a jump seat. Without any alternatives means to escape the fragment, Horvath freed Gorian. After a short brawl, the two formed a truce until they could escape the fragment, though both intended to kill the other once they returned to the main fragment.[11] The two spent four days digging the Aggressor out from under the Phantom in hopes to hijack its impulse drive, then use it to fly across the ring's breach to the main fragment.[12] On December 25, the two had dug out the Aggressor; Horvath’s AI Elfie disabled the sentinel's operative directive and hijacked its impulse drive, allowing the duo to hold the sentinel by its arms while it flew across the breach. Halfway though the breach, Gorian struck Horvath; the ensuing struggle sent the Aggressor slamming into an embankment, and left Horvath severely wounded with an alloy shard impaled between his intestine and spleen. Gorian, having mentioned he would best Horvath in a fair fight prior, pulled the shard out and promised he would kill Horvath fairly the next time they met. Horvath crawled up the embankment and watched Gorian board Jega 'Rdomnai's Phantom. Horvath was spared by Gorian, who did not notify the accompanying Banished forces of the Spartan's presence.[13]

Horvath was unconscious at the embankment for several days; when he woke up, his biomonitors placed him in a semicomatose state for another week or so while the armor's medical systems engaged in the regeneration of his torn insides. Once he started moving, Horvath was kept alive through the armor's emergency high-caloric nutrient supplements until he was able to hunt the gophers and land birds on the ring. The Spartan took out Banished forces whenever the opportunities arose, all the while using data from the crashed Phantom's flight recorder to map the area and locate where the UNSC and Banished would be fighting.[14] By January 8, 2560, Horvath was passing by the three Kywasky Workshop Gorespike cannons the Banished had set up south of the Silent Auditorium.[15]

On March 4, 2560, Horvath arrived at a Banish excavation site. Inside a cavern, Horvath found Kate Stalling, a member of the second exploratory expedition force sent to Installation 07 two years prior. Badly mutilated but still alive, Stalling told Horvath of the Conspectus network and the names of her captors, including Gorian. Although Horvath initially refused to perform a mercy kill on her, Stalling insisted and was eventually given Horvath's M6 sidearm. Horvath helped Stalling hold the pistol to her chin, and she waited for him to leave the cave before pulling the trigger. Afterwards, Horvath returned to record a map to a Conspectus network hub Stalling had drawn on the cave wall. The Spartan carried Stalling's body out of the cave, and buried her in a place overlooking a body of water. Horvath vowed to locate the Conspectus network hub and send the ring's location to the UNSC, so Stalling's sacrifice would not be in vain.[14]

Horvath's search for a Conspectus network hub kept him occupied, as Stalling's map was no longer accurate with the ring being fragmented and Horvath took care to keep his presence hidden in Banished territory. On May 3, Horvath found the location Stalling had marked: a tar lake, with an elevator hidden in its center. The elevator brought him down to a facility located 800 meters underground. Horvath was in the facility hours searching for the Conspectus hub, but only found the chamber's console had been sabotaged, likely by the Banished. Instead, Horvath came across a group of UNSC survivors led by Spartan Nina Kovan; guided by submonitor 091 Adjutant Veridity, the team was also searching for a Conspectus hub.[16] Horvath joined the team, catching up on the status on the larger UNSC resistance in the fragmented region of the ring that evening. They determined that they would use one of ring's beacon towers to broadcast the ring's location to UNSC space in the hopes of summoning reinforcements. In order to access the beacon tower, they needed to find 117649 Despondent Pyre, the monitor of the ring. Adjutant Veridity led the team to the Conservatory; they planned to release Despondent Pyre, who would assist them with expelling the Banished and accessing a beacon tower.[3]

On May 9, the team, led by Veridity, arrived at the Conservatory's main chamber, Pyre's Cradle. Pyre, along with a number of submonitors were sequestered by Cortana within an energy barrier. As a human and thus, a Reclaimer, Horvath was able to deactivate the barrier and awaken the monitors. Although Pyre was initially uninterested in offering any assistance, upon hearing news of The Harbinger being released, the monitor granted access to the beacon towers. She also gave the humans a two-toned data key that they must insert into the central plinth of a beacon tower in order to transmit the ring's location and data to human-occupied space. However, Pyre ordered Veridity to remain with her to counter the Harbinger, leaving Horvath and the other humans to travel to the beacon tower without Veridity’s presence.[17]

During the ensuing battle, Horvath took out the guards outside while the rest of the team went inside to deliver their message.[18] When they returned, Banished reinforcements led by Gorian arrived and Horvath faced off against him. Although Horvath was at a disadvantage initially, having to dodge grenades from Gorian’s brute shot, Robin Dimik used a spike grenade to disable Gorian’s energy shields. Horvath returned the favor by using his pulse carbine to kill two Kig-Yar approaching Dimik. Gorian followed Horvath onto an overlook and tackled him, but Horvath punched the hilt of an energy sword—provided to him earlier by Erik Bender—into the side of Gorian's ribcage and activated it, cutting through Gorian’s bones, tissue, and organs before coming out on the other side of his ribcage. However, the two fell onto a translocation pad and were teleported away just before the pad was destroyed by a Banished Thrasher missile, preventing Horvath's return or the others from following him.[19] Horvath was teleported to a partially collapsed mountain facility somewhere far away from the beacon, where he shoved Gorian's body off of the mountain. Horvath then collapsed from his injuries and spent the next day comatose—half from exhaustion—before coming to again. Only Horvath's armor and Spartan augmentations kept him from dying of exposure during this time.[20]

Horvath then spent nearly a week slowly navigating the broken, snowy peaks and then a few more days descending the mountainside. To his surprise, Horvath found the wreckage of one of the Infinity's shuttles and, although there were no survivors, he recovered a week's worth of water, rations and weapons.[20]

On May 25, 2560,[Note 2] Horvath issued a final transmission, announcing that he would be heading away from Banished territory to search for survivors. Having had no contact with any UNSC personnel, he made an open plea to the Master Chief that they need him now more than ever.[20][21]

Personality and traits[edit]

Gorian: "As soon as we’re off this fragment, I will enjoy killing you."
Tomas Horvath: "Keep talking like that and I might start thinking you like me."
— Tomas Horvath's sarcastic response when he was stranded with Gorian.

Tomas Horvath is warm and empathetic; while he was on this way to rescue Lucas Browning's lifeboat, he did not want demoralize Browning or have him focus on the Banished's advantage over the UNSC, so instead he prompted Browning to talk about his home planet, which turned out to be Alluvion as well.[1] He was unwilling to give Kate Stalling a mercy kill, but relented at her request and gave her an M6 sidearm.[14] Lieutenant TJ Murphy described Horvath as a "good-natured troublemaker" and the kind of person you would want to have your back.[3] Horvath himself has admitted that he enjoys creating chaos, especially when it involves larges explosions.[18] Horvath's sense of humor persists even in dire situations; he wished Gorian a Merry Christmas when they were stranded on the ring, musing to himself that Gorian likely did not have a present for him,[12] and said to Gorian he thought they had "a good thing going" when Gorian announced he was going to kill Horvath before they fought at the beacon tower.[19]

Horvath spoke with a Kuyik accent, but it was considered tame compared to others from Kuyik.[1] Big and burly even for a Spartan, Horvath was a large presence in any situation. He has wavy dark-brown hair, which grew so long during the Battle for Zeta Halo that he tied it back behind his neck. Also during the conflict, he had grown a beard, adding to his gruff appearance.[3]


During the Battle for Zeta Halo, Spartan Horvath wore the Mjolnir GEN3 Mark VII armor and was equipped with the Anubis helmet, UA/Castus shoulder pads, and UA/Type SA knee pads.[22] He carried an active camouflage module, but it was damaged early in the Battle for Zeta Halo.[1] His personal AI is Elfie, which he nicknamed "Fi".[1] During the Battle of the Beacon Tower, Horvath wielded a energy sword that was provided to him by Erik Bender.[19] He also wielded an MA5K carbine which was given to him by Robin Dimik which she had salvaged from the wreckage of one of the UNSC Infinity's lifeboats. However, Dimik only had forty-six rounds left for the weapon and, even with precision shooting to conserve ammo, Horvath ran out of ammunition before the rest of the boat crew rejoined him, forcing Horvath to switch to scavenged Banished weapons. This included a salvaged Kig-Yar point defense gauntlet.[18][19]

Production notes[edit]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ While the audio log in Halo Infinite is dated December 26, Halo: The Rubicon Protocol retconned the date to December 18. Given the novel was released after Halo Infinite, Halopedia uses it as the most up-to-date depiction of the events.
  2. ^ While the audio log in Halo Infinite is dated May 26, Halo: The Rubicon Protocol retconned the date to May 25. Halopedia uses the novel as the most up-to-date depiction of the events.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 4
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 103
  3. ^ a b c d Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 32
  4. ^ a b Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 6
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint, Universe - Locations - Alluvion (Retrieved on Dec 11, 2015) [local archive] [external archive]
  6. ^ a b Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 16
  7. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #01 - Infinity Down
  8. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #07 - Intrepid Descent
  9. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Ringfall #07 - Alone
  10. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #03 - Choke Hold
  11. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 10
  12. ^ a b Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 11
  13. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 12
  14. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 22
  15. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #05 - Renewal
  16. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 31
  17. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 34
  18. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 35
  19. ^ a b c d Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 36
  20. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 39
  21. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #10 - Message in a Bottle
  22. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, cover art
  23. ^ Halo Infinite, credits
  24. ^ Halo 3, credits
  25. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, credits
  26. ^ Halo 4, credits
  27. ^ Twitter, Kelly Gay (@KellyHGay): "Glad you enjoyed it! :D Fun Fact: During game development Kovan & Horvath were originally KIA in the campaign audio logs story. Writing the book during development, gave me the chance to work w/343 to pick certain Spartans to keep alive & kicking. 🤗"
  28. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon fodder: Foundations (Retrieved on Jan 12, 2022) [archive]