Born 06/04/2525, Marcus A-134 is a charismatic leader and brave warrior. Though he has made very few tactical errors during his career, he had awful luck on the battlefield. Marc only began with a team of three, half a regular team, and has proved equal effectiveness. His team, Spartan Team Echo, was composed of Commander Marcus A-134, Lieutenant Jezebel A-362, and Warrant Officer Pyotor A-200.
Unlike other teams, when he lost his other three members during augmentation, they were not replaced. Echo Team was given an old UNSC Scout Ship which they named Thundering Echo. It was equipped with stealth shielding, a MAC cannon, and three ballistic cannons. It was operated by smart AI Festival, before the AI was neutralized according to the Cole Protocol.
Marcus led his Spartans valiently through battle after battle, always coming out alive. It was 2552, July 17, the Spartans were staioned on Sigma Octanus IV when the covenent attacked. They were charged with obliberating the data stored on the fallen UNSC Antioch, a space staion, nearly destroyed, floating in space and being boarded by Covenant. It had a vital tactical information on it, so the Spartans boarded EVA booster frames and set off to eliminate the data banks.
Marcus took point with Pyotor and Jezebel right behind him. They were soon intercepter by Bashees. The team took evasive action, but it did not stop the Banshees from destroying Pyotor's booster frame. Pyotor flew through the vaccum and boarded a nearby Banshee. As he regrouped with Marcus and Jezebel, his flier was immediately destroyed by a Seraph fighter. The booster frames were no match for the Seraphs, but soon a squadron of Longswords intercepted and distracted the enemy ships.
The two Spartans landed on the exploding hull of the station and ran towards the data storage banks. When they got there they were attacked by Elite Zealots, the best the Covenent had. Only being equipped with assault rifles and DMRs, the Spartans were outmatched. Jezebel distracted the Elites as she commanded Marcus to use the gauss cannon on the booster frames to blow the reactor core of the station. He hesitated, but realizing it was the only way, he followed through.
He ran to the booster frame and started charging the gauss cannon. Then he saw the ship the Elites had come in on the opposite side of the station. When the cannon was charged he destroyed the Phantom that was docked with the station. He then radioed Jezebel over the TEAMCOM, but she was already dead. Saddened and vengeful, he knew where Elites were headed. He waited patiently near the entrance the Elites had taken and armed the chain-gun on his booster frame. The Elites came out, and he saw the leader, energy sword in one hand, data pad in the other. Marcus then started sprayin the Elite with 70mm bullets, watching it's flesh tear from it's body. Marcus knew that another phantom would come for the remaining Elites so he called for a Lonsword to drop carpet bomb on the installation. The Longsword comes and fulfills it's mission, but Marcus had failed his.
It did not matter n the long run because in only a month, the Covenant invaded Reach, where he would soon meet up with Buck B-202, Quinn B-173, Josh G-029, Derrick G-399, and Buck's faithful AI Jeffery.
The Battle of Manassas:
July 19, 2552. Marcus A-134 of Echo Team, Buck B-202 and Quinn B-173 of Kilo Team, and Derrick B-299 and Josh B-029 of Joker Team met for the first time on the UNSC Thundering Echo as it was docked at the spaceport of Manassas, Reach. There, Buck was reunited with Quinn B-173, after a long coma. Five days later they recieved word that Reach had been invaded by the Covenant. The newly formed Echo team was assigned to the evacuation of the civillians of Manassas, while other teams such as Gauntlet (composed of three Spartan IIIs) and Red (composed of three Spartan IIs) where doing the same in other populace cities around Reach.
Earlier in the year, Buck was assigned an AI unit named Jeffery who took the form of a Trojan warrior that was now in control of the Thundering Echo. The Spartans started to defend Manassas by using the ballistic turrets of the Thundering Echo to shoot down enemy dropships and the MAC gun to destroy corvettes. Marcus and Josh captained the ship while Derrick and Quinn took two of the cannons, Jeffery piloted and fired the MAC, and Buck was using the main turret on the outer hull. Several other small UNSC ships aided in this onslaught until they were called into space. The Thundering Echo, however, remained behind until they were sure the civillians had escaped.
Most civillian shuttles got out got away, but some did not, and soon a Covenant Supercarrier came into view. Jeffery got Echo out of range as fast as he could and turned on the cloaking. The Supercarrier then let down a rain of plasma and began glassing the city.
The Spartans had done their job and began their second assignment. They were to evacuate as many Spartans as they could and then deploy them near the Orbital MAC gun reactors for protection. The Spartans followed through with their mission, picking up teams Red, Gray, Gauntlet, Valkyrie, and Reaver. Each one was sent to a different MAC reactor and was deployed with some of the Thundering Echo's onboard armaments.
After they completed this task they were called into space to destroy vital information aboard the space station Anchor 12. It had been boarded by Elite Zealots. Marc remembered the last time he was on an assignment like this, how he had lost his team to these monsters not but a couple months ago. It wouldn't happen again.
Jeffery deployed Echo Team on the station where they gunned down numerous grunts and skirmishers. They made their way to they central command room where they found the prize. Seven Elites, all Zealots, but they were ready. Buck used his Spartan laser to blow the leader into dust and Derrick took down the Elite's shields with a grenade launcher. Just as this had happened Josh rocketed two Elites out of the situation and Marcus sniped one more before they had time to react. Then Quinn landed a DMR shot in another Elite's head. The last Elite lept toward the team but Derrick planted a shotgun shell into his chest as he jumped.
The team planted explosives in the station and fled back to the Thundering Echo. Once on board the explosives were detonated and the Thundering Echo went silently back into the night.
The Everlasting Glory:
Echo Team recieved what looked like it's final mission. The Spartans were to board the Covenant flagship, Everlasting Glory, plant Jeffery into the command console, and have him destroy the ship. It seemed impossible to get there in the first place, but since the Thunderin Echo had cloaking technology it seemed almost possible.
Echo Team set off. Jeffery navigated through the Covenant fleet with exceptional ease. He approached the commanding vessel which was probably thoasands of times bigger than the Spartan ship. Jeffery contacted a UNSC Orbital MAC gun and ordered it to fire at the enemy ship and take down it's shields. The AI, at Marc's command, disengaged cloaking and sped into the central chamber, tearing away its armored hull. Once the Thundering Echo breached the hull the Spartans then deployed in SOEIVs, letting the ship's remains fly into the inner wall of the Supercarrier. Jeffery, catering inside Buck's head, provided tactical data to the team after they landed.
The team ran to a nearby hallway and rained fire on the Grunts who inhabited it. They tore through their enemies until the hallway was clear. Jeffery directed them through hallways and corriders filled with hostiles, all of which were gunned down by the team. They were soon in the main resting hall for the grunts. The Spartans tip-toed through the sleeping aliens until one of them woke. Derrick had stepped on the foot of a sleeping Grunt, causing it to squeel in agony. Many other Grunts were awoken and many more followed them. The supersoldiers sprinted though the beasts but the doors on the other side of the room were closing. All made it through but Derrick, who was cornered and fighting off thoasands of Grunts. Half of his body had made it through the door when it closed, slowly squeezing him in half. The other Spartans glanced at each other and at the half dead warrior in the door. Marc raised his sniper rifle and fired a single shot, ending his brother's pain.
The remaining soldiers took the last elevator leading to the bridge. As they ascended they trembled at the thought of what may be inside the bridge. The elevator doors opened, and there stood a pair of Hunters, who raised their guns and fired. Buck, Quinn, and Marc were quick to dodge the blasts, but Josh, who instead fired a rocket at one Hunter, was not. Josh's armor was breached and he layed there twitching and dying. The remaining Hunter prepared another blast, but Buck sent a grenade flying into what looked like it's head before it did. The grenade exploded, killing the beast and allowing the Spartans to continue into the bridge.
The doors opened, and there stood at least twenty of the biggest, strongest elites the three Spartans had ever seen. Marc looked at Buck and nodded. Buck pulled a flamethrower off of his back and unleashed Hell onto the Elites. Marc and Quinn killed them with DMRs, as they were burning alive. Buck's flamer ran out of fuel, and the bridge ran out of Elites. Buck ran to the central terminal and looked out the viewscreen. He saw the Covenant fleet start fleeing from the UNSC and triumph ran over him. But then, as the covenant ran, hundreds more ships came into view. All of them open firing on the UNSC fleet. Buck saw Reach below, being glassed and started to wonder why he cared. He looked beside him at Marc and Quinn. Buck inserted Jeffery into the ship's main terminal. The Spartans turned to face the door, but as they moved towards it, several large creatures emerged from it. Elite Generals, armed with energy swords and waiting for the Spartans to make the first move. The warriors pounced at one another, but before they met Jeffery initiated the Everlasting Glory's self destruct sequence. And then there was silence.
The Everlasting Glory was destroyed and Reach was lost along with all the brave soldiers who fought there. All the people who died protecting a lost cause. Protecting Humanity.