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- "Queen... Myrrah captured it days ago."
- — Chairman Richard Prescott's dying words
The First Battle of Azura was an attack on the safe haven of Azura by the Locust Horde. Azura was an island located deep in the Serano Ocean, where the COG relocated their elite citizens and researchers. Azura had a state-of-the-art, complex, and combat-ready defense system, which included underwater torpedo launchers near the island, a complex network of bunkers and fortifications, a large contingent of COG military forces from the three branches, as well as the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System, but the Locust were able to reach Azura, bypass their defenses, and launch an assault upon the COG's doomsday bunker. The islands' military protection included the Onyx Guard, the elite of the COG Army, who protected the island, and the Maelstrom Barrier, which created an artificial hurricane surrounding the island, and hiding it from outside sources, at least until the Locust were able to breach Azura's defenses.
Order of BattleEdit
During the Pendulum Wars, the COG had been relocating their social elite, the greatest and most renowned scientists and the greatest military strategists and many others to the island in hopes of having the greatest minds help rebuild Human society if Sera was destroyed and the Pendulum Wars ended with a cataclysm. Azura was protected by the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System, or the Maelstrom, a massive tower containing a generator capable of producing an artificial hurricane protecting both the land and sea of the island, and the Onyx Guard, the elite of the COG Army, along with groups of COG forces from the rest of the Army, as well as the Navy and the Air Corps. Notable citizens including Adam Fenix who created the aforementioned Maelstrom generator, but was creating a weapon that could kill all infected Lambent cells across Sera. Five years before Emergence Day, Adam Fenix made a pact with Queen Myrrah to help stop the Lambent from spreading but not kill off the Locust, but now he could not figure out a way to save the Locust Horde. By 16 A.E., Adam’s weapon was in near perfection and almost ready to be deployed, but would kill all infected cells in both Locust and Lambent, so Myrrah was not willing to sacrifice her race for mankind, so she decided to attack Azura.
Scouting mission to EndeavorEdit
Two years after the COG officially disbanded on Vectes, Chairman Prescott retreated to Azura where the Onyx Guard protected the elite of COG society. On Azura, Adam Fenix was working on a weapon known as the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon, that, when activated, would completely destroy both the Lambent and the Locust Horde if they were infected with Imulsion. The Azura based COG would send King Ravens on recon missions to the mainland to study the effects of the Lambent pandemic on the surface. One King Raven, KR Zero-Four, was on a Recon mission to Endeavor Naval Shipyard, where they discovered that the Queen's Guard had occupied the shipyard and had organized it into their main base of operations. The Locust open fired on the Raven and sent out Reavers to chase them down. KR-04 reported back to the Azura CIC that the Locust had reorganized and only Myrrah had that power. Myrrah ordered her Reavers to find the origin of the Raven since not all the humans had become nomadic tribes, and if the humans had a sanctuary from the Lambent then the Locust could use it. One month after the recon mission, a Beast Rider found the Maelstrom but was unable to bypass it. Queen Myrrah ordered a ship to recon the artificial storm. KR Zero-Five discovered the barge on the ocean and reported back to Azura. Queen Myrrah in person saw how the Maelstrom worked, and believed the beam of light from the island to be the generator which produced the hurricane and ordered a group of Drones to dive underwater and attack the power source at night.
A group of at least six Drones swam past the underwater mines and were able to land on the island, sneak past the island's defenses, go to the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System's main facility and enter it, and then proceed to enter the generator room. The Drones killed one Onyx Guard soldier but a female scientist was able to raise the alarm. The Drones were able to disable the Adaptive Atmospheric Manipulation System but lost the element of surprise. With the whole island on high alert, the Onyx Guard mobilized for the upcoming battle.
The Battle of AzuraEdit
- "Those bastards are going to land everywhere now. Red squad- secure the tower, stop them from getting Fenix’s gizmo."
- — Cpt. Paul Dury
Captain Dury ordered all King Ravens into the air and mobilized all the Gears under his command; he’d also send Red Squad to defend the Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon. But soon realized without the Maelstrom, the Locust could land anywhere on the island. KR Zero-Three reported that a massive Locust fleet and airborne units where moving in from the south side of the rail and requested information on if the Chairman was being evacuated. Chairman Prescott announced he was not leaving the island and in fact was heading towards Fenix’s suite. On the beachhead, the Onyx Guard was trying to hold the Locust invasion force and requested artillery. KR-05 reported Locust Barges were on the north side of the island and the Locust was trying to spread the COG forces thin. The only advantage the COG had was that the Locust did not know the layout of the island. Soon, the Locust were able to land in Brumaks and broke though the COG defensive lines. With the civilians running to the air raid shelters, Onyx Guard soldiers requested more air support while Queen Myrrah surveyed the battlefield from her Tempest.
Later, inside Adam Fenix’s lab, Adam tried gathering his paperwork but Nevil told him he needed to leave. But soon a group of Drones breached the room and opened fire on him and his staff but Nevil covered him with his Lancer. Queen Myrrah ordered no human in a white coat to be harmed since the COG was planning something on the island and she needed to know what. While Adam retreated to the top of Pinnacle Tower, Nevil placed snipers on top of the tower and Onyx Guard fortified the front doors. Deep inside the island, Dury and Prescott were hold up in an elevated position trying to reach Adam and Nevil. Queen Myrrah was able to listen in on their conversation.
Cpt. Dury and Prescott were able to reach Pinnacle Tower and Prescott tried to reason with Adam to leave the island but Adam decided to stay. Dury also told Prescott it would be best if he evacuated and headed to the CNV Sovereign to get Hoffman so he could counterattack but was worried he could not retake the island. Adam gave Prescott a message to give to his son and the key to A2897. Adam also ordered Nevil to take his data and hide it underground. With the Tower now surrounded by the Locust, Dury decided to fight to the center of the island along with Nevil to take refuge in the caves. However, they were intercepted by Locust forces on the way there and it is unknown if they survived.
A few days later, Prescott was able to reach the CNV Sovereign and give Marcus Fenix his father's SOS. Forcing him to go halfway across Sera to find Azura and his father, where Marcus Fenix along with Delta-One and their Gorasni allies attacked Azura, retaking the island and destroying the Locust and the Lambent with Adam Fenix's imulsion destroying weapon which was located at the top of the Pinnacle Tower.