Name: Spartan Derek Cardelli
Service Branch: UNSC Spartans, Spartan-IV
Unit: Flood Containment Unit, Fireteam Obolus
Preferred Armor System: MJOLNIR GEN2 PAA/ANUBIS-SET (Helmet), ICARUS (Armor) and UNBREAKABLE Visor
Preferred Loadout: MA5K/A1 SOPMOD (Reflex Sight, Suppressor, Kinetic Bolt engine, Gyroc Missile Launcher/w/Typhon Warheads), M6H2/SOCOM Pistol (Subsonic HE rounds), M12 Combat Knife, M410 Napalm-C Grenades
Campaigns: Trevelyan Reclamation, Gamma Halo Reclamation, First Thales Expedition, Venezia Campaign, Talitsa Campaign, Terceira Campaign, First Battle of Requiem, Battle of New Phoenix, Second Battle of Requiem, Operation: "Dark Shot"
Dr. Catherine E. Halsey personally petitioned Admiral Serin Osman to spearhead a high-risk expedition outside of the Milky Way galaxy. This proposal was based on records recovered from Forerunner archives during the Requiem Campaign. The vast majority of these logs were the personal research of the prolific ancient Forerunner Lifeshaper, the Librarian. According to her research, "Path Kethona", a dwarf galaxy 160,000 lightyears from the Milky Way, is the alleged origin of the Precursors (and by extension, the Flood). Late in the Forerunner-Flood War, the Master Builder fired Omega Halo's neurocidal pulse at Path Kethona in a precise, directed strike. All life and Precursor structures and artifacts in Path Kethona were instantly neutralized. Or so it was believed. In theory, objects in slipspace are essentially shielded from the Halo array's pulse. Dr. Halsey surmised that Flood-infected ships were in transit to Path Kethona sometime between the discharging of Omega Halo and the main Halo array. She suspected that the Flood may have survived, posing a potential threat. At the behest of Dr. Halsey, Heimdall Station and its advanced Forerunner-derived instruments, conducted meta-spectral scans of Path Kethona and detected a faint neurokinetic signature. Even with only circumstantial evidence, Dr. Halsey was adamant about dispatching a Flood assessment and containment team to ascertain whether or not a Code: Hydra was imminent. Admiral Osman initially rejected the proposal, but later reconsidered after counsel with an anonymous party; the expedition was approved on the condition that another researcher be sent in Dr. Halsey's stead--she was, after all, a war criminal. Dr. Pak Won Soo, a colleague of Dr. Halsey and a specialist in the theoretical field of neurokinetics was elected to replace her on the voyage, dubbed Operation: "Dark Shot". The ship, UNSC Charon, was selected for the mission. It was an Umbra-class stealth corvette; a heavily modified variant of the demonstrator aboard the doomed Argent Moon research station and the only extant example of its kind. It’s ordnance consisted of conventional weapons as well as several NOVA bombs. It’s engine was sourced from a design seed recovered from the Babd Catha ruins on Reach; with this powerplant, traversal to Path Kethona would only take months. It was also equipped with slipspace stasis pods, for prolonged voyages. With the objective set and the ship in preparation, the next phase of the operation was to select and train the escorting fireteam.
Twenty-four Spartan-IV candidates were chosen from existing Flood Containment Units (FCU) and sent to Anvil Station for evaluation. The requisites were A) to not have a security clearance above Secret and/or have any intimate knowledge of strategic UNSC intelligence; this is due to the Flood's ability to hijack a host's neural system and access its memories, and B) they must pass a series of grueling War Games simulations of escalating complexity, based on human encounters with the Flood as well as Forerunner Promethean combat data and training regimens. On that end, Huragok were instrumental in translating the hyper-complex algorithms. By March 2559, only six candidates successfully completed the training simulations; the top four candidates were selected to participate in Operation: "Dark Shot" and christened as Fireteam Obolus. The other two were assigned as FCU instructors. Spartan Derek Cardelli graduated as top cadet and was delegated command of Fireteam Obolus.
Operation: ”Dark Shot” crew: 7
Spartan Derek Cardelli, Spartan Gabriel Thorne, Spartan Mahmoud Faris, Spartan Lydia Moss, Dr. Pak Won Soo, Captain Amanda Wolfkill, Lists-to-Right (Huragok), Danielle (Smart A.I.)
MJOLNIR GEN2.5 PAA/H Overview
Feedback from the candidates’ performance and other Spartans currently assigned to FCUs informed the development of the Hivemind-class MJOLNIR armor which was concurrently tested aboard Anvil Station. If successful, the armor system would replace HAZOP-class armor as the FCU’s standardized MJOLNIR variant. The Hivemind suit’s simplified HUD eschews QOL and vulnerable modularity in favor of a rigid, ultra-robust architecture. A dedicated Flood tracking suite of Forerunner design was integrated, but was so complex and taxing on MJOLNIR’s processors, it could only be installed as an external plug-in. Similar to "Promethean Vision" when activated, the suite would dynamically detect and track neurokinetic signatures idiosyncratic of not only Flood supercells, but also Precursor installations and artifacts which are highlighted and outlined with a distinctive green tint. On higher-powered bursts, the suite could also track hyperspectral, meta-phenomena in real-time including Star Roads phasing in and out of real space. A new, redundant air-filtration system neutralizes 99.99% of CBRN threats including Flood spores. There was no support for simple or smart A.I.s as they could be potentially subverted by the Flood’s coordinated stages. Instead of the standard A.I. port at the base of the helmet, an experimental neural resistor was installed which would theoretically mitigate a Gravemind's neuro-pheromonal influence on the Spartan's nervous system, significantly reducing the intensity of phero-suggestive hallucinations. Should the Spartan be compromised by the Flood, the Corruptor Protocol is declared and the suit automatically initiates an irreversible three-step process, described as follows: 1) A lethal dose of VX/2 nerve agent is administered via auto-injectors directly into the operator's brain and spine; seconds later, micro-shaped charges embedded in the helmet and dorsal region detonate, destroying the subject's neural system, preventing parasitic interface with the host. 2) After suit sensors register complete cessation of biological activity, the suit's powerplant will self-destruct, denying the parasite the MJOLNIR armor as well as neutralizing the local threat. 3) The final phase consists of a variable-scale nuclear bombardment or cleansing beam strike. If these methods are not available, conventional weapons will suffice until WMD-equipped assets arrive and complete the protocol. Preliminary trials of the prototypes in War Games were a resounding success; the suit yielded an increased survival rate against a full-scale Flood pandemic by 11%. Using Forerunner threat assessment metrics, the Hivemind-class armor registered as an equivalent to a basic Class-12 Warrior-Servant combat skin--the minimum armor grade recommended to engage Flood from the Feral to the Proto-Gravemind stages. Further refinements are currently in progress to enhance the suit’s defensive qualities, including the integration of hardlight technology. Fireteam Obolus will deploy with the Hivemind armor in Operation: ”Dark Shot”.