Char was a city near the town of Mercy. Aaron Griffin's imulsion empire was based in the city. One year after E-Day, Char along with 90% of Sera was destroyed during the Hammer of Dawn counterattack. Griffin, along with a few stranded, survived the Hammer strikes along with the war until Marcus Fenix and Delta squad scouted the area for fuel, arguably causing both the Lambent and Queen Myrrah to attack the city.
Hammer of Dawn Tactical StrikeEdit
The Char was a large city that was the headquarters of the Griffin Imulsion Corporation.
When the COG realized the advance of the Locust couldn't be stopped by conventional means, they utilised the Hammer of Dawn to enact a 'Scorched Earth' policy, destroying key targets they believed the Locust might be able to take advantage of. This was done in the hope that by denying the Locust the use of critical facilities, their advance would be slowed or halted altogether. Huge areas of Sera's surface were scorched by the Hammer of Dawn strikes. Towns and cities were either completely vaporized or turned to ash by the intense heat of the particle weapon.
Inhabitants of civilian centres were given advanced warning of the tactical Hammer of Dawn strikes. They were given approximately 3 days to evacuate to Jacinto and escape the oncoming strikes. While some managed to leave and reach Jacinto in time, countless millions were left behind. This has become the ultimate symbol of the Locust War. The city was littered with the remains of the people caught in the Hammer of Dawn counterattack, who remained in ashes, trapped in their final moments.
16 years after the Hammer strikes, Delta squad ventured to Char to find fuel on their quest to Azura island. The air in the city was filled with ash from the burnt remains of everything the Hammer of Dawn strike hit. Delta squad needed to find fuel so they could continue with their mission, but the Stranded of Char were hostile to intruders, and had set several traps, such as falling shopping carts, Polyp infested crates, and rigged Lancers. Delta Squad finally reached Griffin Tower only to meet Aaron Griffin, a former Imulsion baron and now the local Stranded leader. Griffin had captured Dizzy Wallin and forced Marcus to retrieve one of his fuel shipments after it had gone missing. Delta squad found that the Lambent and Formers had overtaken the Imulsion refinery. Soon after finding the fuel, Queen Myrrah and her royal guard attacked and killed all the Stranded at the tower except for Griffin. After freeing Dizzy and Griffin, they parted ways before Griffin left Marcus with a warning.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Char is featured in Gears of War 3 as the game's "snow" level.
- The ash statues are based on the victims from Pompeii. The ash remains of the mother and child that Dom was staring at was based on the Pietà by Michelangelo.