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The Liberation of Jilane, Second battle of Jilane, or the Mission to Jilane, was a COG search and rescue mission for the survivors of the Jilane Massacre after a beacon was detected coming from the city.
Order of BattleEdit
Preparation and the Fall of JilaneEdit
Four months before the mission, the city of Jilane fell to an overwhelming Locust force, leaving the city and it civilian population at the mercy of the Horde. It was a major lost for the COG since a birthing farm was located in Jilane. Coalition High Command presumed that all the women and children were killed until a Beacon was detected in the heart of the city. Col.Victor Hoffman ordered Delta-One, along with Cpl.Damon Baird and Pvt.Augustus Cole of Sigma-One and Sgt.Alex Brand of Foxtrot, to investigate the beacon and rescue any survivors.
Entering the cityEdit
Baird drives the Gears to the city in PA-142, and they detect the signal coming from the farms. When they arrived, Sgt.Marcus Fenix splits up Delta into two teams: "Delta-One" was Marcus, Baird, and Alex, while "Delta-Two" was Cpl.Dominic Santiago, Cole, and Pvt.Jace Stratton. Delta-Two was to sweep in after Delta-One after a short time. The two teams only found evidence of the massacre and the horrors committed at the farms, until Marcus, Baird and Alex were snuck up on by the Grievous Bodily Love. Baird aims his gun at women and insults them, causing one of them to open fire on the Gears. A short firefight takes place, and Marcus orders Delta-one to surrender in order to prove to the women that they weren’t a threat or hostile. The women surrounded Delta-One as they threw down their weapons, but Delta-Two arrived and forced the GBL to stand down after they heard the firing from the birthing creche.
After Marcus and Alex calm everyone down, the women’s leader, Matron, tells the Gears who they are and how they have survived in the city. Marcus tells the women that they are there because a signal was activated from inside the city, and asked if they were responsible. The women do not know what he is talking about, and many of the women have mixed feelings dealing with the men of Delta. Marcus, Cole, and Baird leave to track down the signal, while Alex, Jace and Dom stay behind to help the women and children in case of trouble. Baird tracks down the signal, and the Gears discover another female survivor, who appears to be insane, with the beacon. She activates the beacon, in order to summon the "bugs". Cole looks out the window, and discovers a large group of Locust heading for them.
Marcus grabs the beacon and throws it out the window, but they are still attacked. Alex uses a device and picks up underground tremors and alerts the women and children about the Locust coming. Alex and the other women lead the children and staff into the main bunker for safety while fighting off the Horde, while Dom and Camille head off to find Jace and another member of the GBL, Thecelia. Marcus, Baird, and Cole along with the insane girl, try to make their way back, but the radios are being jammed or have a poor signal. Jace and Thecelia are stopped right before having sex, when they too hear the ground rumbling and get attacked by Tickers. Marcus, Baird and Cole get lost, and get trapped in a garden of sorts, where the GBL was growing food. The Locust have them outnumbered, but Alex and Annalisa rush to go help them after they get communication back online. After they are saved by Alex and Annalisa, they all rush back to the bunker, while still being chased by the Locust. Jace and Thecelia link up with Dom and Camille, but Camille is killed by the Locust. The two groups reach the bunker at the same time, and begin to close it. Marcus sees a lost child in the hallway, and goes to save him, but is wounded by a Mauler who breaks through the wall and punches him in the face, knocking him out, and kills the child.
Baird in commandEdit
- "We’ve gotta get him! His heartbeat’s still pinging—He’s alive."
- — Dom’s failed plea for Baird to let him out of the bunker to save Marcus
With Marcus wounded and trapped outside the bunker, a Kantus leads the Drones to set up an ambush in hopes that the Gears would not leave him behind. While inside the bunker, the Gears and GBL debate whether not to save Marcus. The GBL priority was to get the children to safety, while Delta-One, except for Baird, wanted to attempt to rescue Marcus. Though Alex was a sergeant, she ceded command to Baird duo to the fact that he has fought with Delta longer than she had. Baird then call in control for three King Ravens and a casevac, while telling Anya that Marcus will be okay. Cole was able to find Marcus on the security feed and see he was still alive. Baird was able to see though the Locust plan and began to wonder if a Theron or a Kantus was leading the attack group. If the Locust commander was a Theron then he would be able to Torque the door open and have the Drones sent in. But if it was a Kantus, it would have unlimited supply of drones at his disposal or the fear of sending in Tickers. But the insane women gave Baird a plan, let the Horde in and bottle neck them while looking weak in hopes they can defeat them without the Horde bringing heavier forces. Baird ordered the Gears to lose their armor, and for Jace, Dom and Cole to shoot out the window in hopes the Horde would think they are low on ammo, while Alex frag tags the walls outside the door. Baird would then try to escape the bunker and kill the Locust commander while the women escape with the children. But Baird had one more trick up his sleeve; he put the children on the coms so the Horde can hear their cries of help inside the bunker while they escape through a tunnel. The Mauler then was able to break down the door and enter with a dozen drones but fell for the trap and was vaporized in seconds by the grenade. The Kantus then sent in a second wave while the Gears try to close the door, but the Kantus left cover to revive a wounded Drone, giving Baird, Alex and Annalisa a chance to kill him. With the death of the Kantus, Delta was then able to retrieve Marcus and informed him of the dead boy. After leaving the bunker Baird reminded the women that they have no choice in going back to Jacinto and that their “ass” are “COG ASSETs”. This almost caused another firefight between the two groups, but the “debate” was dropped when Locust reinforcements began to arrive in the form of a Corpser and several Reavers, leaving the Gears and civilians trapped inside Jilane.
Matron's sacrifice Edit
- "We make our stand here. Becoming slaves for your soldier factory is not an option."
- — Matron, leader of the GBL
With the arrival of the massive Locust army, Alex and Jace began trying to figure out they could escape the city. However, Matron and her followers refused to return to COG territory, not wanting to become “slaves”. Matron tried to withhold information that the GBL had vehicles, much to Marcus dismay since they could have evacuated the city earlier. The Gears and women argued over the subject for another thirty minutes. Marcus then was able to regain command over his squad from Baird and gave out new orders. The Gears will take the vehicles and escape the city, taking with them children and any women that wanted to go. But, Baird reminded him that command had ordered Delta to return all the women to Jacinto. Marcus declared that he is changing the orders since he does not want any of his squad mates to be killed trying to follow High commands orders. In the parking lot, the Gears find three working vans and moved the children inside them, with Dom reminding them to wear their seatbelts. While the children moved into the vans, Jace asked if Thecelia if she was coming too. With Marcus in the lead vehicle, he asked one last time if Matron and Annalisa are coming, but instead they opted to be a distraction. They planned on setting off a bomb in the heart of the city, in hopes of wiping out the Locust forces in the city. While in the city tunnel, Marcus ordered a status update from the rest of the convoy, and discovered that Alex and Baird had stayed behind too. Alex tried to convince Matron to escape, and promised her that she does not have to go back to Jacinto. However, when Baird appeared and tried to bring both women back to the COG, Matron told Annalisa to take him out. With Annalisa holding Baird at gun point, Alex was forced to shoot her in the shoulder, wounding her. Baird carried her out of the room, leaving Alex and Matron. Alex was unable to accept Matron apology for being part of the COG birthing program, but acknowledged she saved the children of Jilane. Baird and Alex where able to reach a van and drive out of the tunnel, while Matron defended the control room until the bomb went off, killing her and all the Drones inside the city. The van were able to escape the fireball inside the tunnel, and reunited with the rest of the convoy.
- "Thanks for being one of the good ones."
- — Thecelia to Jace
With Delta-One able to locate the survivors of the Jilane massacre, the COG gained an unknown amount of fertile women and children that could become battle ready within a few years. It was a tactical victory for the COG, while the Horde were able to destroy a human city, although resulting in a large number of casualties for the Locust.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gears of War: Barren Issue One
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Gears of War: Barren Issue Five
- ↑ http://liamsharp.deviantart.com/art/Gears-girls-132190391
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gears of War: Barren Issue Four
- ↑ Gears of War: Midnight
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gears of War: Barren Issue Two
- ↑ Gears of War: Barren Issue Three