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DT Andra Profile 2559
Andra-D054
BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Name:

Andra Kearsarge Bradford

Origin:

Sigma Octanus IV (Enfield)

Born:

06 November 2545

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Species:

Human

Sex:

Female

Height:

175 cm, 5 ft 9 in

Weight:

79 kg, 174 lbs

Hair:

Dark Brown

Eyes:

Blue

Cyber:

Modified IMC-Vestol Spartan neural implant, Smart AI Althea

OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION
Faction:
Branch:

UNSC Navy - ONI (Former)

Unit:
Rank:
Skills:

Marksmanship, Bomb disposal, MQ-96 drone operator

Status:

ON DEPLOYMENT

  [Source]
"The Spartans gave me a purpose in life, I was nobody before they recruited me. Nobody. Just another war orphan after my dad offed himself. They gave me a new start. They gave me a family. They gave me everything I have."
Andra-D054 to Cassandra-G006.[1]

Andra-D054, also known as Andra Kearsarge by personal preference, is a SPARTAN-III Delta Company commando with a standing reputation as a temperamental subordinate with ongoing traumatic stress and fraternization concerns. She was the protege to late SPARTAN-III Headhunter, Joshua-G024, and partner and significant other of fellow Spartan Merlin-D032. Originally assigned to Spartan Team Boson, she served as the unit's designated marksman and bomb technician; recent performance reviews have encouraged the Spartan Headhunter community to consider her recruitment based on previous assosiation with their ranks.

Born too late to participate in the Human-Covenant War, Andra graduated from initial Spartan training before becoming a Ferret operator. Stationed on Earth in support of Internal Investigations Unit 419, she participated in several high-profile missions in North and South America. Following two team desertions and Team Boson's reorganization, Andra-D054 was attached to the Office of Naval Intelligence assassination unit, VIOLET-III, during the border war with the Imperium of Clarity and subsequent ONI frontier investigations.

During the Created conflict, Andra was acquired by Task Force Phoenix following a squabble between superior officers and deployed on missions against key Created support structures. The new conflict became a proving ground for Andra, exposing her to a wider galaxy of ideologies and organizations as she was embedded with several frontier factions, particularly the Kru'desh Legion.

Career Service Vitae

DT Andra Boson Profile
Andra-D054
UNSC-N Petty Officer Third Class
Petty Officer Third Class

NAME: K. Bradford, Andra
SPARTAN #: D054


    UNIT: VIOLET-III - Team Boson
    ROLE: Sharpshooter/Support
    ENLISTMENT DATE: ██████████
    LOCATION: ██████████

    GENDER: Female
    BIRTHPLACE: Sigma Octanus IV
    BIRTH DATE: 06 November ████
    BLOOD TYPE: O NEG
    HEIGHT: 175 cm, 5 ft 9 in
    WEIGHT: 79 kg, 174 lbs

Assessment

A war orphan from Sigma Octanus IV, Andra Kearsarge B. or "ANDRA-D054" is a SPARTAN-III graduate of DELTA COMPANY and former member of defunct FERRET TEAM BOSON. Abusive treatment from her father warped her into a recovering-selective mute capable of communication with a familial few. Setback by her childhood disorder, she has overcome improbable odds and onlooker doubts to become a top-marked sharpshooter among Spartan ranks. Coupled with a pension for handling explosives, Andra is an exceptional unconventional warfare specialist. Her infatuation with the teammate MERLIN-D032 aside, both her tutors and compatriots hold her ability and character in high regard.

Further file addendum suspended due to CREATED activity.~

Service History
  • SPARTAN-III DELTA COMPANY
  • INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT 419 support operations
  • IMPERIUM OF CLARITY conflict
  • Operation: RUNIT DOME
  • TASKFORCE PHOENIX assignment
Comments
  • Born Andra Bradford, during the reintegration process she requested a change of surname to her mother's maiden name, 'Kearsarge'. Associated with unresolved childhood trauma, the request was granted.
  • According to multiple Ops handlers, Andra's relationship with MERLIN-D032 borders on workplace fraternization. No action has been taken on this front given complications with TEAM BOSON as a whole.
  • During her duration with SPARTAN-III DELTA COMPANY, Andra failed HEADHUNTER screening due to poor psychological profile. Some complaints resolved following training with TEAM XIPHOS of GAMMA COMPANY, reconsideration for HEADHUNTERS is open. JOSHUA-G024 expressed particular high praise of Andra during the training period.
  • Symptoms regarding 'selective mutism' appear relatively resolved by APRIL 2558. Continued exposure to civilians and areas of increased conversation appear to be helping. No signs of regression at this time.

Performance Summary

The following is a summary of Spartan Andra-D054's military service performance:

Note: SPARTAN-D054 is designated paygrade Petty Officer Third Class per UNSC Navy regulation. SPARTAN-D054 is an asset of Naval Intelligence, not Spartan Operations.

  • August 2557: SPARTAN-D054 completed the initial training phase for SPARTAN-III Delta Company. Continued assignment to Spartan Team Boson under team leader SPARTAN-D003.
    • Series of training citations recorded over four years regarding motivational and attitude-related misbehavior. Additional investigation recorded following a training accident that ended in a trainee casualty; SPARTAN-D054 was roommates with the perpetrated suspect.
  • November 2557: SPARTAN-D054 completed advanced-phase SPARTAN-III training, "Ferret", under VIOLET-III direction and assigned to Major Kyser Duceppe. Team Boson transferred to local URNA Homeland Security jurisdiction, assigned as a support element for Internal Investigations Unit 419.
    • SPARTAN-D054 noted as particularly talented by VIOLET-III instructors; SPARTAN-G024's VIOLET-III acquisition request of SPARTAN-D054 denied.
  • January 2558: SPARTAN-D054 participated in high-intensity investigation mission in Rio de Janeiro involving the recovery of missing Naval Intelligence deep-cover informant. Team Boson removed from the mission after reports of stolen nuclear weapons, political corruption in favor of field-priority units.
    • Team Boson determined to be underequipped to handle the extent of a growing, multi-faceted battlespace following multiple combat-related injuries.
  • April 2558: SPARTAN-D054 participated in a low-intensity investigation at the Patuxent River Cadet Academy; members of Team Boson inserted into contemporary semester while masquerading as UNSC Navy cadets after reports of Insurrectionist-related activity. Insurrectionists apprehended post-semester.
    • SPARTAN-D054 continued to display poor people skills in the presence of cadets; retasking to frontier deployments advised, post-operation. Selective-muteness condition seemingly resolved.
  • August 2558 (early): Team Boson suspended after desertion by SPARTAN-D003 and SPARTAN-D107; SPARTAN-D111 transferred to BRUTUS division while SPARTAN-D054, SPARTAN-D032 were acquired by VIOLET-III, deployed in response to a border conflict with the Imperium of Clarity. Participated in Battle of Montak.
    • Concerns of fraternization shelved while unit cohesion between SPARTAN-D054, SPARTAN-D032 remain satisfactory.
  • August 2558 (late): Team Boson, formed by SPARTAN-D054, -D032, and junior Headhunter SPARTAN-D081, carried out a priority assignment to detonate a HAVOK-type nuclear device on the Unggoy colony, Bineb II. Immediately retasked to intercept Covenant Remnant battlecruiser and retrieve VIOLET-III Smart AI.
    • Confirmed confrontation with rogue SPARTAN-G294 without a kill confirmation, Smart AI retrieved. Assigned as new AI handler.

Biography

Father's Daughter

"My dad was in Signals Intelligence. My mom served in the Army as a combat medic. I think our family went back several generations on Sigma Octanus IV but I don't know much beyond that."
Andra-D054 reflecting on her past and family.
DT Neville Bradford

Andra's father, Neville Bradford, raised Andra on his own while his wife went to war.

Andra Bradford was born November 6, 2545, to military parents Sergeant Viktoria K. Bradford and Lieutenant Neville Bradford in the city of Enfield on the UEG Inner Colony world of Sigma Octanus IV. Incapable of staying beyond the duration of her maternal leave, Andra's mother returned to her job as a UNSC Army Ranger combat medic, leaving the newborn in her husband's care. Employed by the ONI Signals Intelligence as a communications analyst, Neville worked close to home allowing him to raise his daughter, only leaving her with a babysitter during his rare business trips.

Andra entered school early in mid-2550 as part of an accelerated education program, notably becoming a well-liked student with interest in mathematics and colonial history. Under her father's childrearing, she developed an outgoing tomboyish personality with a competitive streak she applied to all activities, often leading to disciplinary issues regarding roughhousing classmates. Her father also broadened her horizons by introducing her to guns, teaching her to swim, signing her on to preschool choir, and visiting some of Sigma Octanus IV's famous museums and amusement parks.

The happy memories of early childhood did not last for Andra however as the Human-Covenant War finally hit home for Andra on December 11, 2550. Andra only met her mother twice during brief breaks from her extended deployments; their relationship was distant but caring so it came as a shock when two UNSC Army officers arrived on their doorstep informing the Bradfords of Viktoria's death during the defense of Minab. Neville refused to take Andra to the brief funeral service that followed and returned a day later, drunk and leaning the shoulder of Lieutenant Naiya Ray, a family friend, and coworker. After that day, Andra and her father rarely discussed her mother. Neville threw himself into his work to avoid the onset of grief and depression but was ultimately consumed by it. At school, Andra's classmates and teachers treated her cautiously, wrongly assuming she was grieving when Andra was upset she hadn't felt enough; she chose to keep her classmates afar to not anger herself.

Neville's mental and emotional health continued to deteriorate as he developed a dependency on sleep medicine and psychoactive substances, reaching a point of throwing dishes at Andra while intoxicated. At work, his failing job performance led his superiors to suspend him from work. On the outs with the UNSC Navy, Neville sent Andra to school on January 26, 2551, before becoming drunk and turning his pistol on himself, attempting suicide. Andra returned from school to find neighbors and emergency services around her house as her father's corpse was removed. The death of her father promptly made Andra a war orphan and a ward of the state. Promptly picked up by Child Protection Services, Andra was transferred to the Jasmine Hope Youth Treatment Center in the colonial-capital city of Caracas with only a duffel bag and backpack of personal items as the rest were seized and liquidated per wartime law.

DT Orphan Sleeping Quarters

Jasmine Hope YTC's half-wood, half-tent dormitories. Andra came to hate this place.

As a favor to Andra's parents, Naiya Ray went to the orphanage to see Andra off and promised to return, however, she never got the chance. With the war effort eating up resources and finances, the Jasmine Hope YTC suffered from an overflow in new orphans along with food shortages and cheap amenities. By the first month's end, Andra was just another face in a sea of parentless children, most of them offworlders who saw their homes destroyed and their survival stories only isolated Andra due to her lack of shared trauma. Reverting to a defensive hostility, Andra pushed others away in favor of drawing pictures under a tree in the orphanage courtyard. The only time adult caretakers encouraged Andra to play with other children; she sent six boys to the nurse's office after they made her the designated alien in "Kill the Split-Jaw." Over the year, Andra chased away five different foster parent prospects; her only acquaintance was a boy sleeping in the bunk bed above her, nicknamed "Legs" for kicking her head in the morning.

A major change came around January 19, 2552, when Doctor Reyna Zhou-Romero, an ONI civilian consultant, approached Andra with a proposition of joining the SPARTAN-III Program after finding the girl's medical records in a colonial database. Apprehensive and shy, Andra slowly responded to Romero after admitting she believed in Andra's strength, motivating the girl into action. Romero left the orphanage on a positive note, promising to return for Andra. On April 24, 2552, Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Korn arrived to retrieve Andra and deliver her to the UNSC Eternal Flame where she was kept under cryogenic stasis with other recruits while SPARTAN-III Gamma Company completed training. However, after the unexpected destruction of Onyx, the SPARTAN-III training colony, in November 2552 almost ended the program and Andra's future as a Spartan.

Delta Company

"We selected you for a reason, Andra. You may not believe yourself to be strong, but you are. I believe you are. You just don't know it yet. Let us show you – join our program and become a Spartan."
Doctor Reyna Zhou-Romero recruiting Andra into the SPARTAN-III Program.


Imperium Conflict

IoC Battle

War with the Imperium of Clarity was among the earliest human confrontations with a major post-Covenant polity.

Main article: RP:Imperium

Beginning with the Montak Incident, the arrival of naval forces belonging to the Imperium of Clarity in the UEG-occupied star system and a formal declaration of war by their head of state, Imperial Admiral Toru 'Makhan, the UNSC found itself locked in battle with the post-Covenant polity by mid-August 2558. Team Boson, now only formed by Andra and Merlin, was assigned to the fight after a period of probation. The duo first arrived at the staging point on New Syracuse, in the care of Lieutenant Commander Frendsen as a part of VIOLET-III. With the sacking of Major Duceppe, Team Boson was reassigned from Ferret deployments to Headhunter support operations, particularly for Team Boson's old mentors: Amy-G094 and Joshua-G024. The reunion was short-lived as Team Boson was assigned Headhunter-in-training, Shizuko-D081, as its temporary leader to replace the rogue Daniele-D003.

Due to Shizuko's trauma from losing her prior Spartan team, her compatibility proved an underlying issue for Team Boson, characterized by Andra's confrontations and Shizuko's scarceness. Upon meeting the Imperium in battle on Montak, Team Boson's mission to protect UNSC Army landing sites went sideways as Imperium anti-aircraft emplacements brought down their troop carrier, knocking Andra unconscious. Team Boson regrouped at the crash site, holding the position against Imperium scouting elements until a UNSC Army armor unit arrived to assist, including a Mammoth siege vehicle.

Andra lost her helmet and received a concussion from the crash-landing leading Merlin to acquire her another from recovered UNSC casualties. It was also discovered that Imperium ground forces deployed an extensive shielding dome, trapping coalition ground forces within the Imperium fortifications while the opposing fleets duked it out in orbit. The Army armor unit, battered by their landing, decided to regroup with remnants of the 101st Shock Troops Battalion, an ODST unit that included an embedded Team Xiphos. The 101st was already engaged with a downed element from the 'Mdama Covenant Remnant's Kru'desh Legion, sent to support the Imperium of Clarity's incursion into human territory while serving as an emissary in their mission to find allies in their own campaign against the UNSC.

Team Boson, alongside Army Rangers and Cyclops-mechanized walkers, almost overran the Kru'desh crash site when part of the shield dome came down thanks to the timely work by other UNSC elements, led by Cain-131 and Aleksandra Zaytseva. However, the loss of overhead security also presented itself in the form of Kru'desh aerial reinforcements led by Simon-G294. Merlin attempted to kill one Kru'desh squad leader, the young Tuka 'Refum, but retreated upon realizing his team was in danger.

Simon covenant

Team Boson finally had its chance at taking on the infamous Gamma Company traitor, Simon-G294.

Andra caught up to Simon near the Mammoth and attempted to kill him, however, Simon claimed the upper hand due to his close-in superiority and greater experience in fighting Spartans. Because Andra was so focused on Simon, she failed to account for his Sangheili personal guard who captured her, waiting for Simon's kill order. He never got the chance however as coordination between Amy and Shizuko managed to pull Andra to safety. Forced to retreat and abandon the Mammoth siege vehicle, the combined Army-Marine force moved closer to the edge of the shielding dome and away from the alien defensive emplacements. Upon realizing that it was Simon-G294 who tried killing Andra, the conditioned hatred for Simon caught the entire Spartan-Delta team in a frenzy. They abandoned their defensive position and commandeered a Mastodon to chase after the Kru'desh Legion, last seen heading towards the inland refineries.

By daylight, Team Boson crossed into the refinery valley only to witness Swords of Sanghelios forces battering against the Imperium command element on a desert flat. Merlin designated his team's stealth satellite to fall on Simon's stolen Mammoth in hopes of killing him with a kinetic strike, however, the assassination attempt failed to kill Simon and his command element including Shinsu 'Refum, Simon's direct superior in the Covenant Remnant. The attack did damage the Mammoth's controls, forcing Simon's forces to guide the Mammoth into the refinery's safety, clear of further attacks due to the presence of civilians. Slipping between the shifting battle tides, the UNSC frigate Grand National flew in to give the Sangheili forces some air support, bringing along another combined-generation Spartan support unit, Team Harrier, of which included two more graduates of Delta Company, Sven-D340, and Oliver-D030. Relieved of their cliff overlook by Team Harrier, Team Boson took heavy weapons and descended towards the refineries with the intent of killing Simon for themselves.

After fighting their way through the refinery, between civilians and aliens, the team came just short of Simon's escape via an Imperium teleporter, unknowingly with the satellite module in hand. Retasking themselves to civilian evacuations, Team Boson witnessed the arrival of Simon's CCS battlecruiser Soul Ascension as it glassed the plains of Montak, incinerating both Sword and Imperium forces. Team Boson negotiated with a freelance freighter pilot, Elena Zaytseva, to take civilians and the Spartans into orbit, free from the Covenant Remnant's onslaught.

Once reunited with UNSC forces and the Battle of Montak won, the UNSC pushed the offensive into Imperium territory, targeting the Unggoy colony of Bineb II. Regrouping with the UNSC Maya and Lieutenant Commander Frendsen, Team Boson was subjected to a verbal rant regarding how bad the unit performed more than their marginal successes during the Battle of Montak. Frustrated but patient, Frendsen informed the team that they were being temporarily transferred out of VIOLET-III command to the services of Fireteam Stallion, led by Cody-B042 as Joshua-G024 informed Frendsen his team could not be responsible for Boson during Team Xiphos's deep strike deployments.

With Stallion, Team Boson assisted Cody's unit in defending hallways and hangars aboard the UNSC Maya when Imperium boarding parties attacked the ship. Catching the attention of Rear Admiral Hawkins, the naval officer requested a conference with the young Delta Company unit and ordered them on a risky operation. Their orders were to detonate a HAVOK tactical nuke inside the Unggoy civilian settlement on Bineb II in an attempt to force the local government to surrender and weaken the resolve of the Imperium military forces. Acceptant of their duties, Team Boson deployed to the planet's surface by way of stealthy Owl gunship and proceeded to fight their way in and out of the Unggoy city, pursued by heavy Unggoy resistance. Unable to escape the city in a timely manner, the Spartans went ahead and detonated the weapon while they were still in the kill zone. They were thrown about by hurricane-level winds but survived the detonation unharmed, eventually regrouping with their ride outside city limits.

Bineb II

Team Boson's nuclear attack on Bineb II was visible from orbit.

The Unggoy civilian government subsequently surrendered, leaving Imperium forces to retreat from the now-lost colony. However, Team Boson's newly-assigned Smart AI, Althea, was unknowing aboard the Soul Ascension as part of the ONI satellite module. After managing to gain temporary cyberwarfare dominance over the Soul Ascension, she disabled the alien warship and sent out a rescue request to the UNSC logistical convoy that Simon-G294 preyed upon. Receiving the distress signal, Merlin negotiated with Rear Admiral Hawkins for permission to go after the Smart AI in an attempt to right a mistake he made days before.

With Hawkin's hesitant support, Team Boson boarded the disabled Soul Ascension. Fighting deck to deck, they tracked their AI's distress signal only to get caught in a trap laid by Simon-G294. While Amber-G330, a fellow rogue SPARTAN-III under Simon's command, attempted to capture the invasive Smart AI, Simon went to confront the invading Spartan team only for everyone to converge at the Smart AI's prison. In a standoff, the assistance of UNSC warships outside firing into the disabled Soul Ascension allowed Team Boson to gain the upper hand in the battle frenzy.

Andra and Shizuko fought against Amber, Tuka, and their warship defenders while Merlin gave chase after Simon into the depths of the Soul Ascension. In a protracted one-on-one fight, Simon managed to get the upper hand by throwing the AI module at Merlin. Merlin caught the container but was forced to surrender when Simon held a gun to his head. However, distracted conversation with Merlin about his actions, Simon accidentally let Andra catch up to them. She dislodged Simon's prosthetic arm and freed Merlin only for Simon to again retreat, leaving the Spartan pair and their AI in the Soul Ascension's hangar bay. Vented out into space, the pair were eventually rescued by Shizuko in a commandeered Kru'desh Phantom gunboat. Simon's forces regained control over their damaged starship and escaped the battlespace.

Frontier Rebel Raids

Main article: Operation: RUNIT DOME
"This will be a series of milk runs; we'll hit every Wealthian research station we find and uncover their secrets."
Lieutenant Commander Vilda Stenbeck introducing Operation: RUNIT DOME.


Created Uprising

David Kahn Rampant

After killing Andra's assault team, the infamous bounty hunter David Kahn changed sides, recruiting her in his search for Cassandra-G006.

Main article: Halo: Heaven and Earth
"When you really think about it, isn’t that what we are? The successors to the UEG? Work with us, Andra. Be part of something better than whatever the hell it is you thought the UNSC was doing."
Tatiana Onegin to the captured Andra-D054.[2]

The mission to eliminate Helen Powell failed with the deaths of Andra's special forces team. After being detained by Syndicate forces as the only survivor, Andra refused an offer from Syndicated-turned-Created enforcer Tatiana Onegin to work on their behalf. The turncoat activities of David Kahn and Argo 'Varvin allowed Andra to breakout alongside the criminal-traitors but she was forced to leave her MJOLNIR armor behind.

Escaping on Kahn's private shuttle Eagle's Claw, Kahn informed the group about the Created letting them go and his plan to find his SPARTAN-III daughter Cassandra-G006. While not trusting of the criminal-types, Andra could not argue with her new companions. Contacting Cassandra, Kahn's group traveled to the frontier colony Fell Justice. At a Fell Justice nightclub, Andra and Kahn met with Cassandra-G006, William Hargrove, and Zoey Hunsinger, current captain of the infamous blockade runner Chancer V. While starting on bad terms, the group agreed to fight the Created and find Gavin Dunn, the former captain of the Chancer V. Syndicate enforcers interrupted the meeting, started to a gunfight, and separated Kahn from the group. Kahn was eventually overwhelmed by Sangheili enforcers and finished by Tatiana, overseeing the attack herself.

Chancer

The Chancer V, a blockade runner with a storied history.

Escaping Fell Justice aboard the Chancer V, Kahn's team now fell to Cassandra's leadership. Andra suggested returning to the UNSC only to be frustratingly overruled; she even considered shooting Cassandra over the dispute. It was decided instead that the Chancer V would seek out Gavin Dunn based on Kahn's notes, starting with the Insurrectionist commander Redmond Venter, an old friend of Gavin Dunn. Venter's last whereabouts put him on Talitsa; the colony recently became a Created stronghold after a shortlived UNSC occupation. Cassandra confronted Andra later over their different worldviews but agreed to work together to defeat the Created, for the time being. Upon arriving on Talitsa the Chancer V was intercepted by a Guardian Custode operated by Malekh, a former Colonial Administration Authority medical logistics Smart AI. Unlike previous encounters with Syndicate and Created forces, Malekh sought reconciliation for her enemies, offering the Chancer V crew a tour of Talitsa in hopes of changing the group's opinions of the Created. Andra joined Cassandra and Argo on a tour of Talitsa hosted by Malekh and Cassandra's old friend, Karina Larina. In the meantime, Hargrove guarded the ship while the ticked-off Zoey sought out Simon-G294, also on the colony, without notifying anyone in advance.

Cassandra's group completed their tour only to learn of Zoey's run-in with Venter's rebels and that the UNSC Sixteenth Fleet was coming to attack Talitsa, much to Andra's horror. Cassandra made plans to go after Zoey, knowing the futility of warning the Sixteenth Fleet even as Andra wanted to try. Frustrated, Cassandra shook Andra causing the younger Spartan to run off into Talitsa's alleyways. The group gave chase only for Andra to give up upon witnessing the UNSC fleet's decimation by a surprise, combined Created-Covenant-UNSC coalition force. Even still, The UNSC attempted to land ground troops, catching the Chancer V crew including Karina amid a battle between Created and UNSC forces.

The chaos took another turn when Cassandra's group ran into Venter's Second Vanguard Insurrectionist unit, led by Simon-G294. Upon catching sight of Simon, Andra attempted to shoot him for past grievances but Cassandra intervened, wanting to talk. Karina was subsequently reunited with her boyfriend, Thomas Koepke, who was with Simon's group. Orbital Drop Shock Troopers led by Lieutenant Justin Davis entered the alleyway and interrupted the reunion, pursued by Created forces. While suspicious of each other, actions by Davis, Simon, and Cassandra managed to get the mixed group set on escaping the battle on the Chancer V. Venter and Judith Ives, his childhood friend, were intercepted on the way to the Chancer V by Tatiana Onegin and her Created escort, the AI Avalokiteśvara in a Promethean Knight body. Ceremonially executed by the two, Venter's death would be announced in the wake of Created victory on Talitsa while Judith was relegated to a Created re-education camp.

In orbit, the Sixteenth Fleet was losing to the combined Created fleet when Shinsu 'Refum's fleet appeared, coming to the UNSC's aide and overwhelming the unprepared Created naval forces. Zoey was the first back to the Chancer V and with assistance from Hargrove attempted to reach Cassandra's position. Syndicate enforcers pressed in on the combined group as their teamwork started to slip. Across Talitsa, UNSC ground forces surrounded to the Created with the destruction of the Sixteenth Fleet. In response, Shinsu's forces fired plasma torpedoes at Talitsa to draw away the Created's attention and create an escape window. With the threat of plasma torpedoes hanging overhead, Simon dragged Andra into cover as a building came down on top of them. Under the debris, Andra attempted to shoot Simon again but ran into difficulties with his rebels and when his Sangheili reinforcements arrived, coming to Simon's rescue and subduing her.

With the arrival of the CCS battlecruiser Soul Ascension, Andra was returned to Cassandra's care while Simon escaped aboard. The ODSTs joined with Cassandra's group aboard the Chancer V and escaped with Shinsu Refum's coalition.

Character Assessment

Personal Momentos

Andra's Trunk

Andra maintained a poorly-packed footlocker throughout her travels.

  • "Lemon & Lime": Two modified M6I machine pistols acquired by Andra during her stay in New Phoenix. She nicknamed them "Lemon and Lime" for their khaki- and olive-colored finishes. She often lends them to Merlin-D032.
  • Remote Holo-Puck: After graduating from SPARTAN-III Delta Company, Andra was allowed to research her parental history through an ONI database query. Personal records of her mother, Viktoria K. Bradford, were saved to the hologram puck.
  • Photographs: Laminated copies of Andra's favorite images. One of Team Boson during post-augmentation, long-range reconnaissance patrol-training. Another of Andra walking side-by-side with Joshua-G024, her mentor from VIOLET-III. The second image was given to Andra as a parting- and late birthday-gift from Amy-G094, Joshua's best friend.
  • Soda Bottles: Known for her sweet-tooth, Andra often keeps a tray of soda bottles in her footlocker. A strawberry-lemon soda remained in her luggage, unopened during the Created conflict as it was a birthday gift from Derek Frendsen, her superior officer in VIOLET-III. Rumor suggests it was the last strawberry-lemon soda aboard the UNSC Infinity for almost three years.
  • Master Chief Plushie: A child at heart, Andra and her friends in Team Boson acquired children's products during their stay in New Phoenix in an attempt to somewhat reclaim their lost childhoods. She still sleeps with her Big M Studio Master Chief plushie every night. Team Boson offhandedly referred to the plushie as "Master Fluff."

Nicknames and Callsigns

  • "Doll": Originally a demeaning nickname favored by drill instructors for Andra's poor training performance and quiet voice, it was eventually adopted by her fellow Delta Company trainees. Even after overcoming her inhibitions, Andra is still associated with the hated nickname.
  • "Dee-Fifty-Four": Andra's Spartan tag generated a dozen short-hand nicknames over the years and its predominately used by superior officers to command Andra's attention when she turns insubordinate.
  • "NDRA/D054": Andra's TEAMCOM four-letter designation.

Relationships

Family Figures

  • Neville Bradford: Andra's father who raised Andra on his own as a stay-at-home dad while working for the Office of Naval Intelligence as a signals analyst. A proud and caring parent, he did an admirable job preparing Andra for her unforeseen future. Andra's view on him is complicated but sour due to his unraveling after his wife's death, transforming into an angry drunk before committing suicide and leaving his daughter an orphan.
  • Viktoria K. Bradford: Andra's absentee mother who she rarely got to see as a constantly-deployed UNSC Army Ranger. Salvaged records of Viktoria Bradford painted her as someone admirable, worthy of emulation when Andra went to examined stored ONI records on her mother. In recent years, she's attempted at being more assertive and vocal, taking after Viktoria. Andra even took up Viktoria's maiden name out of respect for the mother she never met.
  • Reyna Zhou-Romero: Lead recruiter and psychiatrist for SPARTAN-III Delta Company. Due to short staffing, she made several recruitment visits herself, including Andra's. Andra was quickly motivated by Doctor Zhou-Romero's encouraging words and leaned on her during her Spartan training as someone to talk to, becoming a mother surrogate that Andra never had. Even after being split apart for years, Reyna kept an eye on Andra from afar. She retooled a research Smart AI, Althea, to protect Andra where she could not.

Team Boson

Team Boson Family

Spartan Team Boson in 2557, clad in a mix of MJOLNIR armor variants. From left to right: Andra-D054, Daniele-D003 (top), Merlin-D032 (bottom), Roxanne-D107, and Zachariah-D111.

Main article: Team Boson
  • Merlin-D032: Team Boson's point-man and scout, Andra's best friend and romantic partner. Andra's relationship with Merlin-D032 is a long, complicated series of events that have come to define both their lives. Andra views Merlin as her one constant companion in life as they've been working and doing just about everything together since Spartan training. After Merlin went missing during a wayward mission, Andra developed a single-minded fixation on finding him, absolutely denying the possibility of his death.
  • Daniele-D003: Team Boson's team leader. Andra never had a strong opinion of the older boy but she did consider each other friends. As she saw him, he was a reliable team leader with a thrill-seeking streak. Due to their mutual, quiet nature, she at least felt comfortable in his presence and more than willing to execute his orders. She lost any sense of knowing him after his desertion.
  • Roxanne-D107: Andra's best friend in Team Boson besides Merlin-D032 and her first friend from SPARTAN-III Delta Company. Roxanne was the only other girl on Team Boson and the team medic. Where Roxanne was boastful, Andra was quiet and they often traveled together as a duo. Roxanne was the first to know of, and encourage, Andra's attraction to Merlin-D032. Andra also coined Roxanne's nickname, "Rox" and "Roxxy." Her desertion came as a personal betrayal but Andra still hopes they can reunite one day.
  • Zach-D111: "Zachariah," Team Boson's specialist and armorer. Andra's relationship with Zach was vaguely sibling-like, forged over long nights of weapons and uniform maintenance. Zach teased Andra the most on Team Boson even though he was the youngest. Andra encouraged him to pursue a relationship with a cadet while attending the Patuxent River Cadet Academy. She was saddened but proud when he transferred into the BRUTUS Project.
  • Shizuko-D081: Andra and Shizuko begrudgingly got along during training as roommates and later as teammates when Shizuko was temporarily assigned to Team Boson as a replacement team leader for Daniele-D003. Shizuko was never able to tell Andra what to do but they had mutual respect enough to call each other friends.

Commanding Officers

  • Jefferson Korn: Team Boson's training counselor for three years and Andra's retrieval officer. Andra looked upon him as a superior worthy of respect but rarely interacted with him beyond receiving orders and visiting his office whenever she was to receive disciplinary action, typically for insubordination or unsanctioned violence.
  • Kyser Duceppe: Team Boson's Ferret handler, an Internal Investigations Unit 419 officer, and chaperone while Team Boson resided Earth. His laidback command style earned Andra's favor and set her expectations for the UNSC officer corps. Their interactions were cordial but cut short after members of Team Boson deserted and Duceppe's ferret unit was dissolved. Duceppe and Andra occasionally traded messages during her time with Frendsen's unit as Duceppe ultimately recommended her transfer to VIOLET-III.
  • Derek Frendsen: VIOLET-III's commanding officer. Andra served under him for almost a year after Team Boson's reassignment to VIOLET-III. Their relationship never extended beyond professional even when Andra attempted to treat Frendsen like a father figure. Andra eventually negotiated out of his unit after losing faith in him from aloofness, distance, and inaction on Merlin-D032's disappearance eventually shattered her trust in him.
  • Ryder Kedar: Task Force Phoenix commander and ONI-owned SPARTAN-IV, Ryder Kedar recruited Andra into his unit from VIOLET-III, using both his wit and charm to earn her trust. Andra served in several operations under his command, many not to her liking. Even though she has a poor opinion of Ryder, she struggled with a wish to please him, likely a product of an adolescent crush. Her interactions with Simon-G294 finally shook off any loyalties she had for Kedar.

Fellow Spartans

  • Joshua-G024: Andra's often-cynical, personal mentor from VIOLET-III. While an aggressive teacher for her teammates, Joshua-G024 shared a sibling relationship with Andra born over similar childhood experiences and trauma. Joshua cared about Andra potentially to an obsessive degree, even engineering reasons to keep her team from frontline deployments to protect her purported innocence. His death weighed heavily on Andra. Much of his teachings continue to shape Andra's evolving view on galactic affairs.
  • Amy-G094: Joshua-G024's best friend and teammate, renamed "Hera" after Joshua's demise. Andra often looked to Amy as an older sister even when Amy maintained her distance in comparison to Joshua who dotted over Andra. After Joshua's death, their friendship soured as they dealt with the trauma in different ways. Since then, Amy and Andra's relationship has been combative and on poor terms, even earning the designation of "Frendsen's attack dog."
  • Simon-G294: The infamous butcher of his fellow SPARTAN-IIIs, Simon-G294 was a motivating target for many Spartans to take down, including Andra. After several close encounters where they narrowly killed one another, Andra's view on Simon shifted slowly while assigned to his undercover detail by Ryder Kedar. Instead of being a target to kill, Simon became someone to try and understand as a fixture of her extreme curiosity.
  • Cassandra-G006: A SPARTAN-III deserter and frontier doctor, Cassandra-G006 came into contact with Andra after David Kahn, her father, recruited both to fight the Iskandar Syndicate. Though Andra hides her small respect for Cassandra, she struggled to admit it given their differing worldviews. Andra's brief presence played a role in driving a wedge between Cassandra and her friends aboard the Chancer V. After tempers cooled with distance, Andra accepted Cassandra as a positive but wary influence, even a friend.

Frontier Contacts

  • Argo 'Varvin: A former Sangheili Special Operations officer and spy for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Argo and Andra share a history going back to an encounter in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. After failing to stop a wayward mission involving Andra, Argo felt indebted to the Spartan and followed her across the frontier to keep her out of trouble. Andra still doesn't know what to make of the Sangheili chaperone-turned-wary ally.

Smart AI

  • Althea: The gifted Smart AI at first assigned to VIOLET-III before being directly left in the care of Andra-D054 and Merlin-D032. After Merlin's poor handling of the Smart AI during the border war with the Imperium of Clarity, she was made Andra's responsibility. Extended exposure to Andra's neurology encouraged Althea to model herself after Andra, scaring the girl. Subsequently, Andra developed a relative mistrust of Smart AI during the Created conflict. Althea and Andra share a competitive streak after reconciliation, sharing in interests but unable to stand their shared, subdued headstrong personalities.
  • Roland: UNSC Infinity ship director. Following Merlin's disappearance during the Created uprising, he made attempts to counsel Andra through her trauma, becoming her unsolicited life coach and much-needed confidant aboard the UNSC Infinity. She dubbed him "Alarm Clock" out of spite but found his interventions to be a welcome change to her depressive state and indirectly pushed her to sign up with Ryder Kedar, after being prompted to be proactive.

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See Also

Notable Links

Literary Appearances

References

  1. Halo: Heaven and Earth, Chapter 10
  2. Halo: Heaven and Earth, Chapter 3
  3. Psychological Assessment: Andra-D054 by SilverLastname


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