Hammer of Dawn counterattack


Battle of Ephyra

Fall of Landown
Jacintonewspaper--article image

Locust War




Locust Victory


COGFlag Coalition of Ordered Governments

Locust symbol Locust Horde




Unknown, likely large number of Locust troops


Unknown, likely heavy


"They came during the night."
— Landown survivors[1]

The Fall of Landown took place during the 'Winter of Sorrow', one of the darkest moments in the Locust War, in which the city of Landown near the Jacinto Plateau fell to the Locust Horde.

Order of EventsEdit


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's 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, during the so-called 'Winter of Sorrow', a massive Locust assault began with mortar strikes (using Nemacyst) 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 later, the COG would return to Landown; not to liberate it, but to use it as a staging ground to attack the Inner Hollow.[1]


"I'm no hero. The real heroes are the ones that didn't make it back."
— Sgt. Hudson Conners to the Jacinto Sentinel

Sergeant Hudson Conners was a Gear soldier honored for his actions at Landown during its fall. A group of refugees were able to escape Landown and report the Locust attack.[1] Since Landown's fall took place during the Winter of Sorrow, it was viewed as a bad omen.[2] 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.


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  2. Gears of War 2
Locust War
0 A.E. Emergence Day (First Battle of Jannermont · Battle of Porta Ogari · Battle of Mattino Junction · Battle of Nordesca · Evacuation of Mercy · Battle of Ephyra (E-Day) · Fall of Gorasnaya ) · Battle of Kinnerlake · Destruction of Halvo Bay · Battle of Autrin · Battle of Jasper · Battle of Kaia
1 A.E. Battle of Bonbourg · Second battle of Jannermont · Fall of Ostri · Battle of Andius · Ambush on Voslov Bridge · Hammer of Dawn strikes · Battle of Oblivion · Skirmish in the Live Zone
5 A.E. Fall of Landown
9 A.E. Battle of Noroa · Riverside Skirmish ·Evacuation of Ilima
10 A.E. Battle of Estana · Skirmish at Shenko Falls · Battle of Ephyra
11 A.E. Skirmish outside the Wire
12 A.E. Raid on Ginnet Drive · Incursions at Endeavor
13 A.E. Battle on the Andius Highway · West Barricade Campaign · Raid on the CIC
14 A.E. Operation: Midnight · Siege of the Slab · Battle of the Slab · Lightmass Offensive · Assault on Franklin's Outpost · Battle of Tollen Dam · Evacuation of Fort Reval · Evacuation of Speyer · Jilane Massacre · Ambush at Sovereigns Boulevard · Evacuation of North Gate · Sinking of Tollen and Montevado · Mission to Tollen · Battle outside of Jacinto · Mission to the Pirnah Badlands · Battle for Fucked · Mission to Montevado · Battle near Jacinto · Unidentified M.O.U.T. battle · Liberation of Jilane · Siege of Jacinto (Raid on Pomeroy Depot · Raid on Jacinto Med) · Operation: Hollow Storm (Assault on Landown · Battle of Ilima · Mission to New Hope Research Facility · Siege of Nexus) · First Mission to Merrenat Naval Base · Skirmish south of Port Farrall · Second Mission to Merrenat Naval Base
15 A.E. Battle of Port Farrall · Ambush outside of Port Farrall · Lambent Pandemic
16 A.E. Skirmish in the Kashkur Foothills
17 A.E. First Battle of Azura · Mission to Hanover · Battle of Centennial Bridge · Battle of the Deadlands · Battle of Anvil Gate · Mission to Mercy · Attack on Griffin Tower · Battle of Endeavor Naval Shipyard · Mission to Halvo Bay · Second Battle of Azura

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