―Excerpt from a poem written by Lancaster, later etched into his visor
Lancaster-205, also known as Codename: TUURNGAIT was a SPARTAN-II Class II Commando active in the Human-Covenant War and post-war era. In the former he was an elite operator on behalf of the UNSC as one of the legendary Spartan-II's, and in the latter, after prolonged isolation and an attempt on his life, as an resistance fighter against the UNSC and later the Created. Due to massive amounts mental and physical trauma combined with an already unstable mental state led to Lancaster suffering from a number of mental illnesses. In spite of this, he still managed to remain a consummate survivor and warrior.
Born on Kholo to a writer father and a literature professor mother, Lancaster was raised around fine literature and poetry. From early on he was pressured by his parents to strive for greatness in education, the boy was tutored privately, had little free time, and almost no contact with other children. Lancaster was not pleased. By the time he was four thanks to pressure from his parents, he’d written his first and last book of poetry.
In 2537, he and many other children were kidnapped to become the second generation of the SPARTAN II Program to combat the insurrection, and the Covenant. Thrown onto Reach, Lancaster Cormac, now designated Lancaster-205, was placed under a brutal training regimen.
Thrown into Cobalt Team with SPARTAN-226, Marcus, and SPARTAN-243, Jason, Lancaster found himself to be the lesser among friends. After an incident in which Jason was savagely beaten and Marcus attempted to protect him, the two became inseparable, leaving Lancaster on the outside looking in.
While Lancaster was not excluded by any means, Marcus and Jason operated far better as a pair, simply employing Lancaster at times where his particular skill set came in handy, provide covering fire, or running diversions. All in all they used him, and he knew it. When 226 and 243 ran off to steal food, or make an escape attempt, or some other shenanigan in the early days of training that would inevitably get them all in trouble, 205 remained in his bunk, writing poetry.
Halfway through training, as it became clear the Covenant was not a threat that was going to fade, Class II was introduced to the menace, gaining firsthand experience by using captured members of Covenant species as subjects for study, training with some of their weaponry, and analyzing Covenant battle strategy for exploitation.
As time continued on, and Cobalt Team became more mature and effective, 226 and 243 caught the eye of ONI Section 0 while Lancaster shied away from that spotlight, the young supersoldier’s effectiveness in total war-scenarios was duly noted by interested NAVSPECWAR parties.
When the time for augmentation came, Cobalt were some of the last to go under the knife. Almost as if he knew ahead of time that this would be the last time he would see Marcus and Jason, he gave both the SPARTANs a poem, representative of the time they had shared together. All of Cobalt survived augmentations, but not on paper. Both Jason and Marcus were marked as having died in the procedure, and Lancaster was folded into Maroon team, but was told both his teammates had died clutching his poems in their hands. It brought him no peace.
Wracked by guilt Lancaster secluded himself from the other two members of Maroon, sitting quietly by himself, writing poetry in remembrance of his ‘fallen’ brothers. Later head DI Bryant Wilmer, seeing one of his SPARTANs in despair, confronted Lancaster and verbally whipped him into shape. By no means was he chipper afterwards, but Lancaster was combat ready after this conversation.
In 2546 Maroon Team was deployed in the catastrophic Battle of Sargasso. Maroon Team, consisting of Katie-203, Reggie-291, and Lancaster himself hit the ground to assist in the defense of evacuation and to launch a counter attack.
Once on the ground, the team, now clad in MJOLNIR MK IV met problems from the start. What assets they had been granted for support had been all but decimated, those that remained were critically injured, slumped against walls and such, barely keeping their weapons raised like the rest of the evacuation’s defenders. The SPARTANs knew they could not abandon the evac site, but also that without some sort of counter strike to knock the Covenant back they would be overrun.
Katie, as Maroon lead quickly devised a plan, Lancaster and Reggie would defend the evacuation while she singlehandedly assaulted the Covenant. 205 shot down her plan with haste, making the case that he was the most specialized in assault, therefore he would make the attack, though he commended Katie’s leadership as she was trying to keep her subordinates out of the more dangerous of the two objectives. Begrudgingly she agreed and Lancaster set out to push back the Covenant forces with his only his MA5B, a pair of M7s, a knife, and some explosives to aid him.
Pushing into the Covenant forces, Lancaster fought with untold ferocity. He knew the odds were against him, but if he felt he’d be with Marcus and Jason supposedly, who despite their exclusion of him at some times, were still his greatest friends. Utilizing his explosives and some Wraith mortar fire initially intended for him, Lancaster essentially dropped a building on a Covenant armor column. From there he proceeded to mow down any survivors before engaging a company-sized unit of reinforcements.
He fought until his MA5 ran dry, then turned to his M7s and eventually whatever weapons he could scoop up off the corpses of a fallen Covenant soldiers. Then he encountered them for the first time, the Sanghelli, one of the kinds of Covenant he had no experience with. Up until now. At first he was confronted with but two minors, whom he dispatched with relative ease, hammering one with a needler, before dispatching the other in hand to hand combat, in which he noted their extreme strength, one that rivaled his own.
It was then that an ultra stepped forth, energy sword ignited in one hand, plasma rifle in the other. Before he had time to react Lancaster caught to lances of plasma in his gut, bending over in agony only to be kicked to the ground and pinned there, sword to his throat. The elite then proceeded to stab through Lancaster’s torso, opening up the SPARTAN’s innards. In agony, Lancaster planted a knife in the beast’s leg and blasted it with a plasma rifle. While it was distracted, 205 fled.
As he hobbled back towards the evac site he watched in horror as the Covenant began glassing the world, starting with the site. His comrades and anyone in the area were vaporized instantly, the only survivor of Maroon was the SPARTAN who’d been on a suicide mission. Further traumatized by the loss, Lancaster debated not calling evac and simply perishing on Sargasso with the rest of Maroon, but in the end he made the call and was rescued, albeit critically injured.
Recovery and Reassignment
During his time in recovery, Lancaster attempted suicide, overwhelmed by guilt and depression. He was caught with a M6 to his head by none other than the same DI who’d consoled him after augmentations, after talking him down, the DI forcefully punched Lancaster in the face and reprimanded him for daring to take himself away from his family. Shaken up, 205 took in the lesson and progressed on with his recovery.
After moving forward, NAVSPECWAR commander Percy Lloyd made a successful requisition request and acquired Lancaster as an operator in his unit. The SPARTAN found himself surrounded by ODSTs, Force Recon, and Marines, people whom he’d seen slaughtered in droves on Sargasso. But Lancaster’s nature got the better of him, and he began to bond with the units.
While the ODSTs were somewhat off put by the supersoldier, with the intra-unit tension already had set in and led the troopers to be somewhat distant to Lancaster. He didn’t care. 205 bonded rather quickly with the troops from the Force Recon units and a group of marines. Lancaster grew especially close to one sniper team consisting of Corporal Charles Keller and Lance Corporal Lyla Matheson, who reminded him of Marcus and Jason respectively.
With a newfound since of belonging the SPARTAN entered a month of training with the unit to allow them to get a feel for operating alongside each other. Lancaster proved to be quite useful to the unit, his ability to simply stampede his way through enemies, in addition to his tactical resourcefulness.
Prepped and ready, NAVSPECWAR Group 5 was all set for deployment, and was slated to defend the UNSC Outer Colony Leridius Prime which had come under Covenant siege.
Battle of Leridius Prime
Operation: RED OCTOBER
In 2549, an insurrectionist cell on New Carthage made off with a UNSC Carrier, the Call of the Wild and fled the system into parts unknown. When located in mid-2545, instead of being destroyed, HIGHCOM ordered it recaptured, as they needed any available vessel to combat the Covenant. NAVSPECWAR Group 5 was deployed to take back the vessel.
The operation kicked off with the UNSC Bridge too Far and Cyclone, both frigates, came at the carrier from the front, employing low power weaponry to harass the vessel while avoiding it’s MAC rounds. Behind these two, a Marathon-class cruiser, Khe Sahn sat in wait, in case the carrier made a run. Behind them, a wing of pelicans from the Khe Sahn launched earlier would spring into action once the vessel had slowed.
Rushing the vessel, the Pelicans zoomed in, evading anti-aircraft fire, and barreling in one side of the hanger, dropping their troops, and speeding out without stopping. Lancaster landed and barreled into cover as the insurrection instantly targeted the SPARTAN, horrified to see one coming for them. This fear made them easy prey to the other members of the unit, who cut down the innies with ease.
Pushing from the hangar, the UNSC forces cut their way through the skeleton crew of rebels, working their way into the warhead storage and securing the nuclear ordinance. It was at this point the terrorists began attempting to destroy the vessel, detonating explosives in one of the ARCHER batteries and killing ten operators in the ensuing explosion.
Acting with haste Lancaster led the effort to cut down the remaining hostiles before they could do more damage. All in all, he succeeded, managing to clear out the rebels before they could cause tremendous damage, though they did detonate two other ARCHER batteries before he could stop them. The final total of UNSC casualties was 27 dead and 30 some wounded in comparison to the 130 dead insurrectionists. The mission was success, but the losses still weighed heavily on Lancaster.
Second Battle for Arcadia
In early 2549, Lancaster was sent to Reach and was introduced to his partner, SPARTAN-A137. Instantly the two took a liking to each other, and found themselves on a similar skill level. What 205 had in training, A137 made up for with experience. The two were tasked with the protection of the Arcadia colony as it came under siege once again.
Deployed into intense frontline combat the two SPARTANs were tasked with the destruction of the Covenant supercarrier Apostle of the Path. The two SPARTANs quickly went about devising a plan. The end result was rather extreme.
An all-out assault on the vessel was launched, and amidst the chaos, the SPARTANs and 50 NAVSPECWAR operators flew to board the carrier via booster frame. 27 of the operators were shot down en route. Once aboard the soldiers carved a path towards the ships primary cannon, HAVOK in hand.
Due to the vessels titanic size, Lee’s marksmanship played a pivotal role in the survival of the operators. However when forced into the halls, Lancaster’s skill showed once again. Wielding an M90 CAWS the SPARTAN II carved a path through the alien vessel, stacking body on top of body, taking five Covenant soldiers down for every human that fell. When his shells ran out he perforated the remaining resistance with a pair of MA5Ks recovered from fallen allies.
Once inside the main gun’s chamber, the remaining human force was confronted by a Special Operations detachment, and the final battle began. The SPARTAN duo worked in harmony, cutting down the elites swiftly, Lancaster especially, despite the results of his first encounter with the split jaws, and he had long been preparing for his eventual second face off.
When the smoke cleared the elites were dead, but so were the remaining NAVSPECWAR operators, leaving on A137 and 205 standing. Hurling the bomb into the weapon, the SPARTANs high tailed it back towards their booster frames, but the bomb detonated prematurely. As the carrier was torn apart, Lee and Lancaster were flung towards the planet, both relying on their re-entry packs to survive the fall.
Miraculously, both SPARTANs landed only a few kilometers from each other, and linked up quickly after landing. Armed with a pair of knives and an M6G with half a clip total between them, the SPARTANs had to contact friendly forces quickly.
The first contacts they encountered were human, but, they were not friendly. The two had stumbled onto a small stronghold of the local insurrection. With A137’s assistance Lancaster acquired a “confetti maker” LMG and proceeded to work his way through the stronghold leaving no survivors. To this day helmet cam footage is used as propaganda and is routinely inserted into insurrectionist networks to remind them of the capability of SPARTAN operators.
Utilizing the base’s communications the SPARTANs managed to secure evac and were transported to Forward Operating Base Thornwell for reassignment. Immediately they were tasked with the elimination of several Covenant sites providing various forms of support, designated Able, Baker, and Cooper respectively. Able was becoming a center for Covenant air forces to rearm and refuel, Baker was serving a similar function albeit for armored infantry, and Cooper appeared to be the nerve center for Covenant communications.
Cooper was marked as the first for elimination by Lancaster, who pointed out with it down, sites Able and Baker would be blind to a degree. The commanding officer at Thornwell with the SPARTAN and got in touch with the head of operations for the planet’s defense and Commander Lloyd. FORECON units from Group 5 were deployed to Thornwell along with a compliment of marines to boost the bases defenses, the latter bit being a ‘reward’ from Lloyd to the FOB’s CO for finding his SPARTANs.
Mobilizing to the nature-overrun Pirth city, Lancaster led the charge clearing out hostile emplacements as Lee and FORECON marksman eliminated the hostile sniper defenses. Despite initial success of the strike, the group was pinned in by assets from Able and Baker. As casualties began to pile up (quite literally in some cases) Lancaster and Lee both reached the conclusion that retreat was the only solution.
Taking up position in the lobby of a hotel, Lancaster covered his comrade with and M247 GMPG while Lee made the call. However, radio interference from Charlie Site made getting in contact in possible leaving the two with the only option being to retreat without support. Well aware that the non-SPARTAN operators would be slaughtered in such a move, both elected to remain behind and provide cover.
Holding their position, the two operators battled on for in excess of two hours before F99 units, called in by the troops whose escape they’d provided, allowed them to pull back. Both soldiers had sustained major injuries in the form of plasma burns and blunt force trauma strong enough to break their reinforced bones.
Both Lee and Lancaster were hospitalized rapidly aboard the UNSC I Am Your Father, a Marathon-class cruiser, and evacuated the system. Once aboard, Lancaster began to sink into a state of depression not seen since the aftermath of augmentation, but unlike the previous time, Lee was able to keep Lancaster stable. Using the tale of his past, which Lee had not shared with Lancaster in great detail.
This ‘tale of woe’ seemed to resonate deeply with Lancaster, who turned his comrade’s anguish into anger, fueling the fire within both of them against the Covenant. From this point onward, both SPARTANs, Lancaster especially displayed an extreme increase in aggression when facing off with the Covenant forces.
Operation: SWAMP FOX
"Just fuck shit up with me big guy."
In December of 2550, Lancaster and Lee alone were taken aboard the ONI Prowler Silent Night and were briefed on a Venizian based cell of insurrectionists who after a string of bombings had launched a brutal full out assault on Athena II, an outer colony simply missed by the Covenant onslaught as other colonies such as Veniza or Sedra had.
Not wanting the rebels to gain another stronghold, ONI directed the two SPARTANs to the world without support to wreak havoc among the insurrection using guerilla warfare. Deployed via slipspace capable drop pods, the two landed without detection, along with several pods of ordinance for their campaign.
The two kicked things off with a series of ambushes, exploiting the rebel’s newfound arrogance to take them down. Their preferred targets in the early days of the operation were armored convoys, which the insurrectionists had a habit of placing a tank in both the front and the rear. Utilizing a M99 SASR, A136 would incapacitate the lead vehicle, then the rear, pinning in the convoy on the colony’s narrow roads. Then, Lancaster, armed with a M41 and the M247 GMPG that had begun to accompany him everywhere, would rush in and eliminate the hostile forces quickly before retreating into the swamps lining the highways.
After a week of successful attacks, the rebels began trying to convince the public to help them against the operators, to no avail, and launched a series of desperate airstrikes into the forested areas of the planet, significantly draining their ordinance supply. Unknown to the rebels, the SPARTANs had long since relocated to New Corinth, the capital of the world, and had settled in with a group of independence seeking insurgents.
Their allies were by no means pro-UNSC, feeling abandoned by the governing body and feeling they were self-sufficient, but saw the Venizian rebels as they were, just another faction vying for control of their world. While both of the indoctrinated supersoldiers were off-put by the views of the group, they worked with them regardless, and Lancaster formed a deep, romantic bond with one of them by the name of Phoebe Snow.
Once settled in the SPARTANs began a series of sabotage and assassination missions, eliminating rebel leadership and key supply depots. Whittling the numbers of rebels down from the high thousands to the low hundreds in a matter of months, the SPARTANs began to hatch their final plan. The night prior to the finale of SWAMP FOX, Lee and Lancaster engaged in an extremely hostile argument which turned violent on the subject of 205’s interaction with Snow, with whom he’d procreated with hours earlier. The two were far too wrapped up in their argument to be alerted to the incoming RPG.
Enveloped in fire and shrapnel, their allies assumed the two SPARTANs dead, fleeing their safehouse, only to be all but massacred by rebels hopped up on rumble drugs. Of 22, only three escaped the onslaught, including Phoebe Snow, who was in fact beginning pregnancy.
Having in fact survived the blast, Lancaster dug himself and Lee out of the rubble. As the rumble drug using rebels began to fall victim to the psychological effects of the products, a trio charged Lancaster and engaged him in hand to hand combat. At first 205 was caught off guard, too focused on helping Lee to notice them coming for him, this resulted in him receiving a stab wounds from a knife being buried in shoulder and torso, as well a blade being jammed through his visor. Turning his attention to the insurrectionists, the SPARTAN II quickly killed two, wrenching the knife from his shoulder and slitting one’s throat and then plunging it through another’s skull. The final one managed to tackle him, shooting him twice at point blank with and MA2B carbine before Lancaster reached up, and snapped the woman’s neck.
Heavily injured and outgunned, Lancaster remained collapsed on the ground, only surviving thanks to Lee’s quick awakening and application of biofoam. Dragged for approximately 17 miles, Lee would evade numerous patrols all while dragging along an incapacitated Lancaster, right into the now decimated swamps. A137 would leave him there, returning to the city and finishing the operation, then coming back for his comrade.
Battle of Concord
"You have to move now Spartans! Go before we're overru-!"
―Commander Lloyd's final words before being killed by a volley of spiker rounds
Operation: SAVING GRACE
Tyrannus II, a relatively unimportant outer colony, came under Covenant siege in early 2533. In one fell swoop the colony was eradicated, with any and all evacuation attempts failing as the alien menace invaded. Humanity could do little but look away as a cloud of silence slowly consumed the world. Then, in 2551 a transmission escaped the world, revealing the Covenant had not glassed it, but occupied it, keeping the locals as a slave labor force in an intense mining operation.
With ONI curious as to the alien’s motives, and HIGHCOM desperate to save those left behind in hopes of boosting morale with a daring rescue, NAVSPECWAR Group 5 was dispatched. Aboard the Silent Night Lancaster, Lee, and a battalion of ODSTs sat in wait for over a month while the prowler conducted observation from orbit and utilizing stealth drones. While on board, Lancaster as well as Lee were outfitted with MJOLNIR Mark V.
Then, on the 22nd of March, the SPARTANs and ODSTs were deployed. Only two would return. A year later. Operation: SAVING GRACE went south from the start, as the pods were dropped, a CCS cruiser got the drop on the Silent Night and completely destroyed the vessel. With the Covenant aware of the inbound troops, AA opened up, destroying in excess of a hundred drop pods. The casualties rose after nearly twenty troopers died on impact, and another forty as the Covenant converged on their position.
Acting quickly, Lancaster took up his M247, rallied a platoon of troopers, and launched a daring counter-assault. Pushing up rapidly, Lancaster divided his troops, taking only a fireteam with himself and pushing through and out of the Covenant line. As the alien troops turned their attention to the breach of their line, the exposed their backs. The remaining troops struck without mercy.
Successfully punching a hole through Covenant lines, Lancaster had Lee lead the remaining troopers through the gap and out of the trap. The next three days consisted of constant movement and fighting without rest. The ODSTs, however tough, began to tire, and casualties began to pick up again until they reached one of the planet’s mountain ranges. Amongst the valleys and caves, the humans found shelter, and rest.
Sleeping in shifts, the SPARTANs and ODST revitalized themselves before plotting their next course of action. Considering the Covenant forces had ceased their attack after failure to find them, yet hadn’t orbitally bombarded them, they deduced that this mountain range was the site of the ‘mining’ operation being undertaken. Also Lancaster rescued a party of captive colonists. That helped.
Using the rescued colonials as their guide, the task force, still dead-set on completing their mission, to the ‘mines’. In actuality, it was an excavation site, digging up what appeared to be a long dormant teleporter array. With the majority of the Covenant’s forces still hunting for the human soldiers, they struck quickly, ambushing and annihilating the site’s guard. Unfortunately, the forces stationed there were able to get out a distress call and a quartet of hunters made a dent into the ODST’s numbers.
Utilizing the very COMs that had just been used to call the enemy to them, Lancaster watched as Lee sent out a distress call to whoever could hear it, hopefully one of the slipspace capable recon drones still active. From there, Lancaster dispatched of the remaining Covenant forces, including a zealot personally. Taking up a fallen ODST’s M41, the assault specialized SPARTAN pumped two rockets into the warrior, shattering his shields and killing his compatriots, then killing the stunned elite with his knife.
Now rid of the initial resistance, 205 led the task force’s remainder, along with all the prisoners deep into the dig site to prepare for the oncoming onslaught. Preparing for what was to come, the civilians unable to fight were pushed to the very bottom of the site, while the SPARTANs, ODSTs, and as many of the now freed captives able to hold a weapon. The total number of defenders was three hundred, but only 189 were armed, the rest were told the doctrine of the Red Army in the Second World War. When the man in front of you dies, take up his weapon.
When the Covenant arrived, the defenders stood no chance. Air and armor hammered the defense, while a mass of soldiers overran the humans. Within thirty minutes, Lancaster and the fifteen remaining defenders, including Lee, were backed against the wall. By total chance, A137 activated the dormant portal, and in an even more impulsive move, Lancaster ordered the group in. By doing so, Lancaster inadvertently led the group to the world’s interior.
Tyrannus II had been a shield world all along. Upon the activation of the facility, Sentinels rose up and completely annihilated Covenant forces on the ground, and those in orbit fled.
"Man no more, man no more, man more, I've become nothing in this war, not born nor raised I was forged, made into the sword, listen here and listen now for at my core, I am man no more"
―Man No More', a poem written by 205 as his mental state deteriorated inside the shield world
Teleported to a strange and unknown structure, Lancaster found himself amazed that he was ‘’inside’’ a planet. This shield world, simply called ‘’Venatione Terra’’ or ‘’Hunting Ground’’, it was a storage facility for a group of forerunner elite warriors, Prometheans. The first encounter was between a group of quadrepedal drones and a group of the refugees. When the group never returned from their search for food, a pair of ODSTs went looking, one came back. Blabbering on about “robot dogs with laser mouths” Lancaster ordered Lee to take the group to the structure to their north while he and a platoon of fighters, ODST and refugee alike went hunting.
He would never cease regretting this decision.
Upon encountering the mechanized quadrepedals, Lancaster led his troops in a ferocious attack, decimating the Promethean ‘Crawlers’ as well as a detachment of ‘Watchers’ which had arrived late on. Sustaining minor casualties, 205 became uncharacteristically arrogant, agitating many of the troops under his command on the way to the structure he’d ordered Lee and the others too.
Alarmed by the lack of any form of a perimeter, Lancaster’s more serious side came back into play as he led the soldiers into the facility and encountered the final, most lethal of the Promeatheans, the ‘Knights’. The last standing UNSC fighter at the base, Lee, managed to warn Lancaster to flee before a Knight decapitated the SPARTAN III. At this exact moment, Lancaster snapped. As Knights teleported in behind the detachment, Lancaster attacked with untold ferocity.
Notably bashing his way through a Knight Battlewagon’s shields with his fists, then impaling it with the bladed arm of a standard Knight, the SPARTAN II pushed himself to his limit, effectively smashing his way out. After clearing himself of the attack, Lancaster, now heavily injured was only accompanied by two ODSTs.
Over the course of the next three years the troopers and the Spartan fought guerrilla warfare across the shield world, integrating Forerunner weaponry into their arsenals, as well as modifying their now heavily jury-rigged UNSC weapons with the ancient materials. Each soldier’s armor had deteriorated over the years in their struggle to survive, Lancaster’s MJOLNIR largely in shambles, with the parts that remained being literally fused to his skin. Then, in mid-2554, the two ODSTs died, succumbing to wounds, malnutrition, and more. Utilizing what remained of their armor Lancaster constructed a patchwork set of armor.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the SPARTAN-II along with his rapidly decaying mental state went on the run. No longer did Lancaster fight, he simply survived, and barely so. When forced into combat the SPARTANs ability to act tactically seemed to decay, but his overall capability, especially in close quarters, had a significant spike.
Until late 2555, Lancaster had all but given up on rescue, and was simply focusing on surviving as long as possible, but the arrival of an ONI Prowler inside the shield world gave him a sense of hope, and fear. ONI didn't take kindly to rabid SPARTANs.
Eventually discovered by Fireteam Achilles, a SPARTAN-IV team under Section III acting as a reconnaissance team, Lancaster, though malnourished and battered was easily identified as a SPARTAN thanks to his large size as well as the MJOLNIR components which had been bonded to his skin. Without any warning, the massive super soldier was forcibly detained, being hit with stun rounds and wrestled to the ground before he could react.
Once down, Lancaster remained docile, simply looking up at the SPARTAN-IVs from behind the visor of his ODST helmet, the ominous words Man No More etched into his visor. Once onboard the prowler, the UNSC Break of Dawn, Lancaster, after a brief medical evaluation and the conformation of his identity, was debriefed. 205 described in detail the Prometheans and their incredible combat abilities, and urged the crew to move the prowler outside of the shield world. Although hesitant, they would comply.
From this point Lancaster underwent medical treatment and psychiatric evaluation which among other things revealed the likelihood of multiple personality disorder as well as paranoid schizophrenia. Unable to make contact with CINCONI, the vessel's commander would order Lancaster's immediate termination.
Spartan Fukijaw and Spartan Graff of the Dawn's Spartan compliment Fireteam Thunderbolt, entered the small room serving as Lancaster's quarters fully armed and armored. Unfortunately for them Lancaster's paranoia had led him to prepare for such an attack. As Fukijaw entered the room with shotgun raised, the SPARTAN-II sprung into action disarming the woman and cutting open her throat with a scalpel in a flash.
As Fukijaw lay dying, Lancaster ferociously assaulted Graff, blasting him with his comrades shotgun then snapping his neck. Well aware he was on a well armed ONI vessel with augmented personnel aboard, Lancaster had procured a Waverly-Class augmenter from the medical bay to further enhance his abilities. In doing so Lancaster allowed the split-personality Bear to become actualized, transforming the Spartan into little more than a rabid animal.
Cutting a swathe through the vessel's crew Bear slaughtered his way to the bridge, and quickly killing Spartan Glanton with his own knife in a brutal close quarters brawl as the two remaining Spartan's of Thunderbolt attempted to kill the rabid S-II in the bridge.
Now the last SPARTAN-IV standing, Kallista Wells, used the time her comrade had bought her to send out a distress signal, along with footage of what was occurring. Before she could send the message however, Lancaster engaged her and successfully killed her after breaking down her shields with an acquired MA5D, then beating her to death with the weapon. Wild eyed and drenched in blood, the now rouge 205 stared into the feed for several minutes before sending the transmission, then initiated a slipspace jump.
Seconds after, Bear would fade away and Lancaster was once again in control. Horrified at what he'd done, Lancaster began to blindly wander the halls of the vessel unsure of where to go or what to do, before finally deciding on his childhood home Kholo.
Hunted to Home
After regaining his composure, SPARTAN-205 would take the prowler he'd acquired and slip out of system and directly towards the glassed colony of Kholo, his homeworld. Lancaster was well aware of UNSC activity on the planet but was unwavering, the numerous voices that now screamed in his mind demanded he return home.
Upon arriving in system, a quick sweep revealed that aside from himself, no ships were in orbit around the planet, and the only signal was that which originated from a small ONI operating base. Said base, judging from the off-world transmissions he intercepted, were having issues with refugees who refused to leave what had once been their home despite the insistence and use of force by UNSC personnel. Lancaster's morality along with his pain at the betrayal of the only home he'd ever known, led him to depart in a Pelican to the planet's surface.
Upon arrival Lancaster became witness to what he perceived as a one sided massacre by UNSC personnel on the desperate refugees. Stepping in, Lancaster swiftly killed all UNSC personnel still standing before addressing the refugees leader who turned out to be none other than Phoebe Snow. After some explaining, Phoebe who had become a small-time leader in the New Colonial Alliance, an enigmatic new insurrectionist cell, lowered her weapon from Lancaster's head and offered him a chance to join her.
In the days that followed, Lancaster's life would forever change. After leading a string of attacks which wiped out the UNSC presence on Kholo, a Marathon-class cruiser arrived in orbit and deployed four SPARTAN operators tasked with one objective, eliminate him. ONI however had underestimated the bonds of the past, as two of the SPARTANs sent in were none other than Marcus-226 and Jason-243 who made an extensive effort to save their former teammate. But things changed dramatically after Jason killed Phoebe.
Slipping into the blind rage that embodied the Bear, Lancaster blacked out, and the enraged persona took control long enough to smash Jason to the ground, and stab him to death with a makeshift knife. Slipping back into his self, Lancaster was beyond mortified and the resulting trauma forced another split in his personality. After a brief scuffle with an enraged Marcus, Lancaster would flee Kholo aboard the prowler, seeking out Admiral Drake of the New Colonial Alliance.
Lancaster (Prime): Cunning resourceful, brilliant, and out-fucking-standing are all terms that have been used to describe Lancaster throughout his life. Even as a painfully shy child the boy never lagged behind in the program academically, physically, or otherwise. The drill instructors were all fond of the young boy, as were the civilian personnel who deeply enjoyed the poetry the child trainee wrote in his limited free time. When his training came to an end with the traumatic events of augmentation however, the shy teenager snapped and was stopped only moments before he could end his own life. The following events on Sargasso only worsened things, and slowly Lancaster's shyness faded and was replaced with anger and pain. Though still human 205 teeters on the edge most times and remains in a constant state of self-doubt, anger, and paranoia as a result of his experience beginning in 2550, but around certain individuals this is subject to change.
The Bear (Split): An inhuman abomination filled with nothing but rage, when this personality is in play Lancaster the man is gone, as is Lancaster the SPARTAN, all that is left is the beast. Wildly brutal and incapable of reasoning, 205 is nothing more than a rabid animal in this state.