- "And now we go and do it all over again. Another pointless battle. Another bereaved family. Another year of war. And the UIR does exactly the same. Someone has to break the cycle. Someone has to create weapons so powerful that if politicians want to wage war, they'll face the same death as the men and women sent to fight it. A deterrent. A damn big deterrent. I can build a deterrent that'll bring governments to their sense. An orbital weapons system. That's my duty now."
- — Captain Fenix envisioning the Hammer of Dawn
The Hammer of Dawn was a COG (part UIR) Imulsion-energized, orbital, satellite-based laser. Its key components were invented by the UIR scientist Mauris Ivo and completed by professor Adam Fenix after it was stolen during Operation: Leveler. Its first test was in the Garadaner Test Ranges when two low yield beams destroyed the mock town on the island test range. Its first real military use was at the Battle of Bonbourg where the Hammer obliterated four large UIR ships in seconds, winning the battle for the COG and forcing Premier Yori Deschenko to the negotiation table.
It was first used as a strategic weapon as a deterrent by forcing politicians to rethink their decisions but would eventually be forced to become a tactical weapon for asset denial and tactical operations in the Locust War, when the Horde was only a few days away from Ephyra city. The Hammer of Dawn Counterattack burned 90% of Sera, killing any Locust or Human that was still on the surface.
- "Orbital weapons platform.. that's what we need. Reliable surveillance. Satellite targeting that can take out a single tank or a whole city."
- — Adam Fenix having the first idea about the Hammer of Dawn
The Hammer of Dawn was first envisioned by the then Captain Adam Fenix after the Battle of Ragani, where Fenix discovered a need to create a deterrent in order to end the Pendulum Wars and force politicians to rethink their decisions. Adam would leave the army and join the Defense Research Agency in 17 B.E. as deputy head of the weapons research division. Adam hoped that he could create an orbital weapon that would end all wars. With his aide, Dr. Nevil Estrom, they worked on the Hammer of Dawn for thirteen years until the UIR scientist, Dr. Mauris Ivo, published an article in Engineering Today, discussing how super-pure crystals could help with satellite accuracy. This made Adam Fenix realize that the UIR were in the weapons race for orbital satellites and winning.
- "We got the Indie research. My dad says it's saved him years of work."
- — Marcus to Dominic
With the fear of the UIR winning the weapons race while the COG's orbital satellite-based lasers were just blueprints and computer models, Chairman Tomas Dalyell ordered General Jolyon Iver and Director of Special Forces Major Hoffman to find a way to steal or destroy the Indie satellite plans. Adam Fenix objected to killing the UIR scientists who couldn't be captured, much to Hoffman's disgust. Hoffman felt that Fenix was too squeamish. The COG Army's 26 RTI Special Tactics Group were able to successfully steal the technology from the UIR and Adam Fenix would continue to reverse-engineer the data and use it to create the Hammer of Dawn.
Ending the Pendulum WarsEdit
In the last year of the Pendulum Wars, the Hammer of Dawn was completed and was being phased into military use; the Garadaner Test Ranges, which was an island off the coast of Tyrus, was picked for the first practice target. The Hammer of Dawn fired two low-intensity beams at a mock town on the island. The COG military command was satisfied with the Hammer of Dawn and ordered it to be used to end the Battle of Bonbourg where the UIR Third Fleet was inflicting losses on the COG Army that were occupying the city. The UIR Third Fleet took up positions off the coast of Orsitin and preventing any COG movement inside the city of Bonbourg. Before being used on the Indie ships, Adam Fenix asked that the Chairman give the Indies one final chance to surrender before the Hammer was used. The UIR refused to surrender and its Third Fleet was targeted. The Hammer of Dawn was used to great effect and destroyed four Indie ships in seconds, forcing the UIR to withdraw from the combat zone.
The Hammer of Dawn sent shockwaves into the UIR leadership and forced Premier Yori Deschenko to the negotiation table. The war ended soon after while some Furlin units believed the ceasefire was a propaganda trick. While the Gorasni High Council vowed to continue fighting, the Pendulum Wars mostly came to an end for the people of Sera. Adam Fenix was awarded the Octus Medal for his works.
The Destruction of Halvo BayEdit
During the destruction of Halvo Bay, many small scale hammer strikes occured over Old Town in an attempt to quell the heavy Locust presence around the area. The sky was alive with bright red laser beams. At one point, Kilo Squad was at risk of being hit by one of the strikes; they had just over 5 minutes to clear the area and get out of range.
For six weeks on Sera, there was peace until E-Day. The Locust Horde invaded the surface and killed billions in less than a day. For one year, the COG battled the Locust Horde, losing ground and more lives, until Richard Prescott was elected Chairman after Tomas passed away from a heart attack. Prescott tried organizing a counterattack but failed, with every single head of state refusing to sacrifice their homelands to save the human race.
So Prescott fell onto his last option; using the Hammer of Dawn on all of Sera that the Locust had occupied, with objections from Adam Fenix and his staff. Prescott “won” the debate and ordered the Hammer to be used on all Locust controlled cities. The Hammer burned 90% of Sera and killed billions of Humans and untold numbers of Locust on the surface, as well as leveling dozens of cities and killing scores of plant and animal life. The plan did stop the Locust from attacking the heart of Tyrus but prolonged the war for another fourteen years. The survivors of the Hammer strikes abandoned the COG and began to call themselves "Stranded", thinking they had been abandoned and left for dead. The entire planet fell into severe environmental problems in the aftermath of the attack, due to the firestorms that swept across the landscape.
Evacuation of IlimaEdit
- "You grubs are gonna love this..."
- — Michael Barrick, as he's about to use the Hammer of Dawn's command center to take down the Locust attacking their evacuation outpost
When Ilima city came under attack by Locust forces led by General RAAM, they began overrunning several COG outposts, including the one guarded by Zeta-Six. After several failed attempts to stop the Locust, Lt. Minh Young Kim requested permission to use the Hammer of Dawn. After being allowed to do so, Cpl. Michael Barrick headed for the command center of the Hammer and used it to kill waves of Reavers, Boomers, Grinders and Drones. The Hammer of Dawn was used against a Brumak that Zeta spotted but it failed to kill the creature and destroyed the nearby buildings instead in a trigger happy frenzy.
Later, during the evacuation, Lt. Kim came up with a plan to clear up communications by using the command center inside the City Hall. After killing all enemy forces outside the building, they entered the command center and used it to destroy the Seeders outside.
The Treason of Marcus FenixEdit
- "You dicked around and cost men's lives, Sergeant. You cost us Jacinto. Your father just snapped his fingers, and bang, you leave your men and stroll off with the targeting laser. You think that doesn't make you an asshole, at the very least? You got a buddy like Dom, who'd shit his last drop of blood for you, who put you first even when his wife went missing, and you do that to men depending on you?"
- — Hoffman to Sgt. Fenix, after the Evacuation of North Gate at Wrightman Base
In the tenth year of the War, Ephyra was under siege. A young Marcus Fenix, armed with a Hammer of Dawn targeting laser, was fighting the Locust with his squad until he heard his father's distress call. Marcus abandoned his men and took the targeting laser with him, leaving his men to die. Marcus was unable to save his father and allowed the Locust to capture the COG capital and get a footing on the Jacinto Plateau.
During the Lightmass Offensive, the recently freed Marcus Fenix took part in a coordinated military operation to deploy the Lightmass Bomb, with the intention of completely destroying the Hollows. While fighting inside the House of Sovereigns, Locust Seeders blocked all communications and inked the sky, thus forcing Lt. Minh Young Kim to deploy the Hammer of Dawn in an effort to eliminate the Seeders and the Drones protecting them.
Later, Marcus and Dom quickly used it on a Berserker in the grounds of the Tomb of the Unknowns before there was no more satellite coverage. During the charge through the East Barricade Academy, Delta used it against more Seeders and Locust troops. They later faced a second Berserker in the conservatory. By tempting it to run into the walls and shatter the glass roof, they managed to get a clear enough sky to use the Hammer on the beast.
Last Days of JacintoEdit
After Operation: Hollow Storm, the COG discovered that the Locust planned to sink Jacinto City, but if they sunk it first, they would drown both the Locust Horde and Lambent threat. Marcus Fenix was able to clear a way for the COG using the Hammer of Dawn to cut his way through the Siege of Jacinto and reach the sinkhole until he came across a Brumak. Utilizing the Brumak, Marcus cleared an underground path and the COG was able to send a King Raven with a Lightmass Bomb to destroy the foundations of Jacinto city but a Lambent Brumak destroyed the Raven and Marcus used the Hammer of Dawn to vaporize the Lambent creature and sink Jacinto City. The sinking caused them to lose humanity's last sanctuary, but it flooded the Hollow and drowned most of the Locust Horde.
- "She's down! Drop the Hammer!"
- — Anya Stroud during the battle with Queen Myrrah
In 15 A.E., the Lambent attacked Vectes island after the COG retreated there after Jacinto was lost. The COG and their new UIR allies joined and unified under the COG banner and had to fight the local Stranded population. Three Lambent Leviathans attacked Vectes Island and damaged several COG ships until the COG dropped the Hammer of Dawn on the Leviathans, taking them out and destroying 1/3 of New Jacinto.
A few weeks later, another Lambent Leviathan attacked Vectes. The Hammer of Dawn was employed to try to stop it, but failed because there were not enough surviving satellites to target accurately.
When Delta rescued Dizzy Wallin from an overwhelming force of Queen's Guards, Marcus Fenix discovered a Hammer of Dawn targeting laser in the supply bay. He used it to wipe out the Reavers and Guards.
During the defense of Anvil Gate, Damon Baird was tasked with repairing the fort's built-in Hammer of Dawn targeting system. He repaired the system just in time for it to be used on an increasing Lambent presence, including a Lambent Berserker. The Lambent Drones and Drudges were destroyed, but the Berserker survived a direct hit.
At the Endeavour Naval Shipyard, Marcus Fenix came across another targeting laser at a control room while searching for some Imulsion to fuel the CNV Adamant. After loading the fuel, he used it to fend off several Reavers, Bloodmounts and Guards.
During the Second Battle of Azura, the Hammer was employed to kill the Tempest and defeat Queen Myrrah. The Tempest was powerful enough that it took several hits to take it down, but it was finally killed. It was indicated that the Hammer of Dawn was the only weapon powerful enough to kill the creature.
Drawbacks and UsesEdit
- "You still got Hammer of Dawn control, Colonel? You know, the big dangerous one?"
"I do, but the targeting system's screwed. Can't risk it."
- — Baird and Hoffman during the defense of Anvil Gate
The Hammer of Dawn could only be used if a targeting laser or a Hammer of Dawn Mobile Command Center was able to paint a target with clear skies overhead. A larger version of this targeting system was also built into the command center at Anvil Gate.
The Locust could successfully stop the Hammer from being used with their Seeders by having the Nemacyst ink the skies. The design of the Hammer of Dawn was originally meant for strategic warfare but later became a tactical weapon. By 15 A.E., the Hammer of Dawn satellites began breaking down and malfunctioning due to a lack of maintenance, for obvious reasons, noticeably eroding accuracy and the overall reliability of the system.
- ↑ http://planetgearsofwar.gamespy.com/screenshots/full_res.php?ss=61
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Gears of War: Unsaid
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Gears of War: Promise Me
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant
- ↑ Gears of War: They Also Serve
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gears of War: Aspho Fields
- ↑ Gears of War 3
- ↑ Gears of War: Judgment
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Gears of War
- ↑ Gears of War 2
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