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Senior Chief Petty Officer Bailey-132 (callsign Sapphire One or Sapphire Actual), sometimes jokingly referred to by his fellow Spartans as "Banana" due to his unusually colored armor, and more formally known to the Sapphire Team. One of the final few surviving members of the first class of the SPARTAN-II program still active following the end of the , Bailey and his team saw almost nonstop combat deployment throughout the entirety of the war, and his number of successful combat sorties was surpassed only by those of .at large as Project ORION, Generation II Subject, Candidate Designation Number 132, was a Class I supersoldier and the leader of
Following the formal end of the war in 2553, Bailey and the rest of Sapphire Team would be sent to the edges of human space to conduct a variety of clandestine operations, until an incident in early 2558 led to Bailey being wrongfully branded as a traitor and and subsequently imprisoned in the newly formed joint task force assigned with countering the newfound threat.. However, the emergence of the later that year would see him being pardoned and placed in a position of command within a
Bailey was born on the colony ofon February 3, 2511, in the city of New Fresno. A quiet and passive child, Bailey avoided conflict and usually kept to himself, generally preferring to draw or quietly play alone than to take part in the loud games of his rowdy peers. This often put him at odds with his older brother, Marcus, who was a highly extroverted individual, and did not understand why Bailey wanted to be by himself so much. Bailey often felt frustrated by the fact that no one seemed to understand that he just wanted to be left alone, and felt like no one understood him or his needs.
Bailey soon drew the attention of ONI, after they learned that he possessed all of the genetic markers necessary for SPARTAN-II candidacy through a blood sample secretly obtained via the. He was kidnapped soon thereafter and conscripted into the SPARTAN-II program in August 2517, being replaced with a so as not to draw unwanted attention.
Upon arrival on, Bailey and the other kidnapped candidates awoke from in the in the of . There, he and the other candidates were introduced to , in which they would be taking part. The candidates were then informed that they would never be allowed to see their families again.
The following morning, on September 24, the six-year-old SPARTAN-II candidates were awoken at 0530 hours by CPO, the man who would be responsible for conducting their training. They were instructed to head to the showers, and any who protested or refused were struck with a . From the showers, the children were sent outside, where they were put through 100 reps of jumping jacks, sit ups, deep squats, knee bends, and leg lifts. Afterwards, they jogged roughly a mile to the , where they would be given lessons by the . This was to become the Spartans' daily morning routine.
Finally, in 2525, the SPARTAN-II candidates underwent the toughest part of their journey thus far: augmentation. Through this process, the candidates would be transformed from already exceptional physical specimens into something far beyond human. However, the process was risky: in addition to the risk of implant rejection and side effects, there was the chance of lethal physiological stress, as the whole ordeal would involve minimal anesthesia, and thus although the Spartans would be technically unconscious during the procedures, they would still be able to feel everything happening to them.
Battle of Chi Ceti IV
- "Uh, why is it yellow...?"
- ―Bailey upon seeing his brand new suit of MJOLNIR armor.
Upon completing their training, Bailey and the rest of the SPARTAN-IIs were sent toto receive their new MJOLNIR armor. Unfortunately, this trip was complicated when the SPARTANs arrived to find the planet under attack by alien invaders known as the .
The Spartans were forced to put their training to the test and fight their way to the into an underground research facility, where they were given their new armor. Bailey's armor specifically had received a number of special modifications, courtesy of the Delta-3 Division, an ONI cell which had recruited him several years earlier for unknown reasons.
While leaving Chi Ceti IV, a team of Spartans was forced to board a Covenant warship and destroy it from the inside. While this succeeded, the Spartanwas killed in the process.
Early Harvest Campaign
After returning to, Bailey and his team were sent with to the colony of . Upon arriving in the , they found the breadbasket world of Harvest to be mostly and beginning to suffer the effects of nuclear winter. Battle Group X-Ray also discovered a in orbit above the colony, which they quickly destroyed at the cost of thirteen of their own ships.
After a short-lived search for survivors on Harvest's surface (which was quickly called off upon learning how horrifyingly thorough the Covenant had been in their ruthless genocide of the population), UNSC forces began to establish bases on Harvest's now frozen surface, in preparation for ground operations that would be conducted with the intent of taking what was left of the colony back from the Covenant forces remaining on its surface. Sapphire Team was attached to the aptly-named "Utgard Base"; a particularly large base located less than two kilometers from where the city ofhad once stood.
Though the Covenant's forces were initially disorganized and easily defeated, this changed when a group ofarrived above Harvest after patrolling the fringes of the Epsilon Indi system. These ships forced Battle Group X-Ray to hastily pull back away from the planet and regroup, leaving UNSC ground forces suddenly without valuable orbital support assets. Confusion spread and UNSC troops quickly became disorganized. To make matters worse, the Covenant began deploying fresh ground troops, and those already on the ground were able to operate more cohesively thanks to tactical support from their ships in orbit above.
Sapphire Team was quickly deployed to key locations in order to provide assistance to UNSCwith whom contact had been lost as Battle Group X-Ray fought to regain control of the situation in orbit. They left their commanding officers speechless; they were able to engage Covenant troops toe-to-toe and win almost effortlessly, succeeding with ease where even the best of normal human soldiers would struggle.
Two days later, on April 12, the Covenant had appeared to have begun to withdraw their troops from the colony's surface, and the UNSC believed that victory was nearly at hand. However, the next day,exited above Harvest, and immediately began to deploy ground forces. When these forces landed, UNSC marines discovered that a new alien species, which were soon nicknamed , were replacing the Brutes as the commanders of the Covenant's troops. The Elites proved to be far more disciplined and potent foes for Sapphire Team, but the Spartans still managed defeat them all the same.
After the arrival of the Elites, the campaign to retake Harvest carried on for a considerable amount of time without much in the way of progress, and it soon became clear that even if victory was possible, it would be a hard-fought battle for a goal which would be largely symbolic, and of scant strategic value. And as the Covenant began attacking other worlds along humanity's borders, more and more of the assets originally allocated to Harvest would be reprioritized and reassigned to aid in the defense of other colonies. Eventually this would come to include Sapphire Team as well, as in May of 2527, the Spartans would be shipped off to YZ Ceti IV, another farming world and likely Covenant target.
Battle of YZ Ceti IV
Battle of Meyer's World
Battle of Roleath
Late Harvest Campaign
- Colin-142: "Who the hell are you?"
- Bailey-132: "You mean you don't recognize me?"
- Colin-142: "I'm not sure... I'm trying to figure out whether you're a Spartan or just a giant banana."
- — Bailey-132 and Colin-142 meet again for the first time since their training.
In September 2530, the 17th Naval Fleet, including the members of Sapphire Team, returned to the Epsilon Indi System, where fighting continued to rage over the fate of what little remained of the colony of Harvest. Upon their arrival at Utgard Base, Sapphire Team was greeted by the first fellow SPARTAN-II they had seen in nearly five years: Colin-142.
SPARTAN-142 had been serving primarily as a solo operator for Section III the Office of Naval Intelligence since the events on Chi Ceti IV, but had been sent to Harvest to bolster the ranks of Sapphire Team. ONI had recently discovered intelligence suggesting that a Covenant general whom had been previously encountered on Roleath was now leading troops on Harvest. This leader, believed to be known as the, was suspected to possess considerable significance within the Covenant hierarchy, and thus ONI believed that the removal of this individual could prove beneficial to the war effort against the new Covenant threat. Colin was to aid Sapphire Team in their new and especially dangerous task of hunting down this Arbiter, as well as to serve as an ONI liaison for the team.
Fall of Greenway
Oxius V Revolt
Battle of Nordarus
Fall of Flourish
Siege of Redwall
Fall of Bushgardt
Beta Taurius II Campaign
Battle of New Sicily
Fall of Gryphonne II
Operation: STONE OVEN
Fall of Reach
- "You'd make one helluva Spartan, kid."
- ―Bailey to Leon Sikowsky as they escape .
Battle for Earth
Outer Colony Deployments
In 2557, Sapphire Team saw deployment on Erebus VII alongside several ONI UNSC Infinity, where it was used to create for use in by the Infinity's dedicated SPARTAN contingent., after contact was abruptly lost with research teams on the planet. Sapphire Team was quickly withdrawn from the Erebus system upon it being quarantined by ONI, although not before retrieving spectroscopic scan data from an abandoned research facility. While this data was not found to be of any use to ONI, it was later transmitted to the
Quillion III Incident
In late January of 2558, Sapphire Team was deployed on a simple operation on the backwater colony of Quillion III. Quillion III was a former Insurrectionist holdout, and though it had been spared from the wrath of the Covenant during the war, food and resource shortages caused by the destruction of nearby colonies had forced Quillion III to rejoin the UEG in 2554 to prevent the starvation of its people. In spite of the necessity of this decision, Quillion III's turmoil did not end there, with the more staunch rebel supporters taking up arms against the colony's supposedly "defeatist" government. These fighters began targeting freighters carrying much-needed relief supplies from the UNSC, capturing them and even outright destroying them, being determined to have the people of Quillion III either find a way to take care of themselves or die out in the effort.
Sapphire Team's mission was to escort an especially important delivery directly to officials of the Quillion III government, supposedly containing military-grade weaponry in addition to the usual food, clothing, and clean drinking water. However, due to a communications glitch, Bailey was accidentally sent a copy of a secret ONI message containing information that he and the rest of Sapphire Team were not meant to be privy to: that the supplies being transported by Sapphire Team were tainted with a lethal biological agent. ONI wished to kill off the loyalist Quillion population and frame the rebels, thereby wiping their hands of any responsibility to continue providing aid to the colony.
Acting alone, Bailey made anonymous contact with the largest rebel contingent on Quillion III, making them aware of the especially important supplies heading to the planet. Upon landing, the freighter was quickly overrun by rebel forces, and the supplies were destroyed. Sapphire Team was sent home, their mission apparently unsuccessful.
However, during debriefing, Bailey was placed under arrest by ONI personnel, and an incredulous Sapphire Team was shown their commander's correspondence with the rebel forces.
Formation of Operational Detachment-Sigma
Attack on the UNSC Orphellion
Raid on New Zaječar
Steinhold Rescue Operation
Mission to New Babylonia
Career Service Vitae
Personality & Traits
Bailey was a naturally quiet person, even prior to his conscription and with his social and emotional development stunted from his induction into the SPARTAN-II program, Bailey was, like many of his Spartan peers, left without much understanding of how to interact with others outside of a formal military setting. As such, he tended to avoid contact with normal people on the rare occasions he was not either actively participating in or preparing for combat operations. When he was forced to do so, he tended to be blunt and to the point, as well as often rude and condescending, feeling his time would be better spent somewhere else besides talking with other people.
However, after spending more than nine months on an ONI detention ship in 2558, Bailey's mental and emotional state took a turn for the worse thanks to the efforts of naval intelligence operatives to brainwash him as well as thanks to countless weeks spent in solitary confinement. He became somewhat unhinged; quicker to aggression and anger and markedly less reserved and calculating. Upon returning to meet Addison again after his imprisonment, the couple's relationship became somewhat strained thanks to Bailey's misplaced anger and lack of patience. He also began to suffer from insomnia and night terrors, leading to constant fatigue. In spite of this, his abilities as a soldier and a leader remained solid, and those who trusted him in the past continued to do so despite his newfound difficulties.
|SPARTAN-132's MJOLNIR suits|
Like the rest of the Class I SPARTAN-IIs, Bailey was issued his initial suit of Mk IV MJOLNIR armor on Chi Ceti IV in November 2525. Unlike the other Spartans' suits, however, Bailey's suit had been treated with a heat-masking, radar-inhibiting outer coating which gave it a distinctive yellow hue, a modification ordered by the Delta-3 Division. While Bailey initially disliked the yellow coloration which stood out sorely from the olive drab of the other Spartans' suits, over the years it grew on him, leading to him using yellow paint schemes on his later suits.
Issued to Bailey and the rest of Sapphire Team in January 2532, Mk IV[B] was a version of the baseline Mk IV that was partially constructed by private contractors, reducing costs. The advantage for the Spartans was increased compatibility with a wide array of new attachments and customization options for the MJOLNIR system, something which all of Sapphire Team happily took advantage of. Bailey's suit was customized with a CQC-optimized right shoulder plate (a design architecture later repurposed byas the basis for the shoulder plating of their ), an up-armored left shoulder plate originally designed for high-profile security details, a slew of additional storage options including a hardened tactical case on the upper left thigh, and a hardened MC5 TACPAD uplink mount on the left wrist. In 2535, this suit's original fission-based microreactor was replaced with a much more stable and efficient microfusion unit, as part of a system-wide upgrade program.
Despite being physically almost identical to the Mk IV[B], the Mk V[B], which was issued to the SPARTAN-IIs in November 2551, brought with it many improvements over the previous generation, most importantly the introduction of. While energy shields had been tested on the Mk IV platform since as early as 2531 (with Sapphire Team themselves having used them in the field on a fair number of occasions since the Beta Taurius II Campaign in 2537), they had never been especially powerful or reliable, and had never been included standard on any MJOLNIR suits until the introduction of the Mk V[B]. Like the Mk IV[B], the Mk V[B] was heavily customizable, with Bailey's suit being outfitted in much the same way as his Mk IV[B] suit, minus the specialized shoulder plates, and with the addition of a command network module on the helmet and even more storage options.
Issued during the final stages of the Fall of Reach in late August of 2552, this upgrade of the MJOLNIR Mk V intended for use by the SPARTAN-IIs during the perilouswould be considered the definitive version of the Mk V platform. This version of the Mk V came alongside an upgrade to the Spartans' neural interfaces, allowing for the use of a ship-grade to boost the connection between the armor and the wearer (though none of Sapphire Team would ever use this capability). The armor itself included many adjustments and fine improvements over previous Mk V iterations, and while Sapphire Team would be called off of Reach almost immediately after receiving the armor, they would go on to use it extensively during the opening stages of the Battle of Earth.
The most advanced iteration of MJOLNIR to see service during the Human-Covenant War, Mk VI armor was issued to Sapphire Team about halfway through the Battle of Earth, on November 5, 2552. The armor featured improved responsiveness and energy shielding over the Mk V, as well as a number of more minor improvements such as automaticinjectors and weapon recoil compensators.
Following the end of the war, a second generation of MJOLNIR was introduced. Due to being sent off on an extended set of missions in the remains of the Outer Colonies almost immediately following the end of hostilities with the Covenant, Sapphire Team was among the last to upgrade to the new [GEN2] standard, finally making the transition in April of 2554. Bailey opted to have his existing Mk VI suit upgraded to the new [GEN2] spec rather than requisition an entirely new suit. In November 2558, following Bailey's pardoning and release from ONI custody, this armor was fitted with an integrated, as this had become standard on the [GEN2] platform by that time.
The MA5B Individual Combat Weapon System would be Bailey's weapon of choice throughout much of the Human-Covenant War. Issued to him just prior to heading out on Sapphire Team's first combat deployment on Chi Rho in October 2525, Bailey's MA5B would go on to service throughout the conflict with the Covenant. A close to mid-range powerhouse with a blistering nine-hundred round per minute rate of fire and a deep sixty round magazine, the weapon was well-suited to Bailey's up-close and aggressive approach to combat.
At the outbreak of the Battle of Roleath, the members of Sapphire Team each received factory-fresh Army-issue equivalents of their preferred weapons, a gift courtesy of Major General William Hughes. For Bailey, this came in the form of the MA37 ICWS, the predecessor of his more commonly used MA5B. Though not as fond of this weapon as he was of his MA5B, he still appreciated it, and would often use it when serving closely alongside UNSC Army and Air Force assets, allowing him to share magazines with them.
Involvement with the Delta-3 Division
Upon learning of the program's existence, ONI's Delta-3 Division insisted that it have unrestricted access to at least one SPARTAN-II candidate, offering to divert a portion of their own funding towards the project in return. Project: MJOLNIR at the time, reluctantly agreed, and in 2522 the Delta-3 Division grafted Bailey into their ranks in order to grant themselves unlimited private access to him and his affairs., in need of additional funding for
The Delta-3 Division used Bailey to observe and research the combat capabilities and limitations of Halsey's supersoldiers, and also used him to test new technologies designed specifically for or that were best suited for a SPARTAN-II's unique skillset or superhuman physique.
- Bailey's tag is a 7 reference, as 1+(3×2)=7.