- "They came during the night."
- — Landown survivors
Initially, the attacks on Landown were limited to Locust forces raiding cargo trucks that had no escorts. Eventually, however, the Locust began laying siege to the city. As a result, the Mayor of Landown asked for more Gears to be sent to help reinforce the city garrison.
The Fall of LandownEdit
The city of Landown had always been under heavy threats from Locust incursion. In the fifth year of the war, in the so-called 'Winter of Sorrow', a massive Locust assault began with mortar strikes (using Nemacysts) and the Locust started taking out unprotected supply trucks on their way to the city. The COG were already low on supplies; their failure to protect their own convoys to Landown exacerbated the problem. Landown eventually fell to a massive Locust assault and was quickly turned into a Locust stronghold. Ten years after that the COG would return to Landown; not to liberate it, but to use it as a staging ground to attack the Inner Hollow.
- "I'm no hero, the real heroes won't make it back."
- — Sgt.Hudson Conners to the Jacinto Sentinel
Sergeant Hudson Conners was a Gear soldier honored for actions at Landown during its fall. A group of refugees was able to escape Landown and report the Locust attack. Since Landown's fall took place during the Winter of Sorrow, it was viewed as a bad omen. Though on the positive side, the COG and the Jacinto Sentinel Newspaper were able to find and recognize a hero of the battle, Sgt.Hudson Conners.