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Biographical Information


Theresa Bradley


June 6, 2528


[OFFICIAL MIA] August 30, 2552 (age 24)


Charybdis IX

Physical Description


203.5 cm


201 lbs








SPARTAN neural interface

Political and Military Information


UNSC O-3.png Lieutenant (O-3)




Noble Team (2552)




UNSC Spartan Emblem.png SPARTAN-III Beta Company


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Human-Covenant War

"Yes, Noble Team will do. Yet only one of them can carry our last hope. Only one will hold our fate in their hands."
Dr. Catherine Halsey

Tess-B312 was a Spartan-III commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to Special Warfare Group 3. A graduate of SPARTAN-III Beta Company, she was singled out from her class due to her superior skills and allowed to perform her duties as a fully equipped Spartan instead of a suicide soldier, and became known as one of the most deadly Spartans in existence. She fought as part of Noble Team during the Fall of Reach, under the callsign "Noble Six." Despite her history as a lone-wolf assassin, she became an essential component of Noble during its last and possibly greatest missions on Reach. She perished in battle with Covenant forces at Rally Point Omega near Aszod after delivering the A.I. Cortana to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. As per ONI Directive 930, she was listed Missing In Action.

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FULL NAME: Bradley, Theresa
SERVICE #: S-312

    Unit: ONI-S3-βV
    NEC: 113X
    Enlistment Date: CLASSIFIED
    Location: CLASSIFIED

    Gender: F
    Birthplace: Scyllion, Charybdis IX
    Birth Date: 06/06/2528
    Blood Type: O-
    Height: 203.5 cm
    Weight: 86.3 kg


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At first glance, Tess-B312's service record is more like that of a SPARTAN-II than a SPARTAN-III; she is able to accomplish seemingly impossible objectives with little or no assistance, and appears to prefer working alone over being part of a group. This is a far cry from the “more family than fireteam” ethic which LTCDR Kurt Ambrose sought to instill in all Beta Company trainees, but it is what makes her the valuable agent we at the ONI deem her to be. Despite her troubling childhood, she lacks the “damaged goods” aspect of most S-III units, having learned to contain (or perhaps ignore) emotion in favor of a job well done. She is absolutely obedient, never questioning orders or attempting erroneous tactics, relying on a combination of cutting-edge training and perfectly-honed technique to fulfill our goals. While her lack of emotive response and apparent indifference to killing have raised concerns over her mental state, a series of in-depth psychological analyses have provided sufficient evidence that B312 is neither sociopathic nor afflicted by any similar mental disorders. She is above all a rationalist and a model operative, as any Spartan of her caliber should be. From the age of sixteen onward she has demonstrated exclusive talents as a scout, sniper, saboteur, assassin, and close-quarters combat specialist, all qualities which have enabled her to do the difficult deeds we demand of her. While she is not an iconic leader figure such as John-117 or his S-II brethren, she is well-suited for her role within the Beta-5 division, a shadow among shadows. Whether or not her “lone wolf” persona will affect her ability to work with other Sierras in the field remains to be seen, as she has not been part of a team since her training years, but there is no doubt that she will be an asset to whatever group is lucky enough to have her in its ranks.



Tess with her parents on Charybdis IX.

Tess was born to a middle-class family on Charybdis IX, in Scyllion's Warehouse District, during the summer of 2528. Her father, John “Jack” Bradley, was a welder who was born in Earth's United Kingdom, the son of an SAS Sergeant and a photographer. Her mother, Angelica Cortez-Bradley, was of Hispanic descent, with extended family living on Madrigal. Young Theresa was nicknamed “Tess” by her father and “Teresita” by her mother, and learned to speak Spanish as a second language. As a small child, she was shy and seemed withdrawn from her playmates, but possessed a quick mind and a keen intellect. Her favorite toy was a large stuffed bear given to her on her fifth birthday. She was rarely seen without it, as she treated it like something between a best friend and a security blanket.

In 2535, the Bradley home was ransacked by an angry mob during the Scyllion Warehouse District Riot, and Theresa watched from the safety of a hidden cupboard as her parents, who were pro-UNSC, were savagely beaten to death. The home was set ablaze by the rioters, but an ODST named Tarkov, whose SOEIV had crash-landed nearby, heard her cries for help and removed her from the conflagration before the fire could harm her. The ODST deposited her at a nearby hospital, as his orders required him to regroup with his comrades elsewhere. Theresa remained in a benumbed state for several days, displaying virtually no emotion when news of the dreaded Covenant's arrival reached the hospital, in stark contrast to other children around her age, who began screaming and crying in terror. She was herded onto an evac transport along with most of the hospital's patients and ferried offworld before the ritual glassing began.

Now an orphan, Theresa spent two years in an orphanage on Tribute, unaware that the ONI had added her name to Beta Company's roster. Because of the “sensitive” nature of the conditions that had led to her orphan status, she was routinely interviewed by psychiatrists. Their observations indicated that Theresa, who adamantly refused to answer to any name but “Tess” at this point, would likely grow up and develop avoidant or antisocial personality disorders. Her demeanor was generally independent and introverted, and her behavior toward the other orphans was often hostile, as she harbored resentment and anger that could not be vented at anything but those around her. She would bite and scratch the workers who tried to placate her, and seemed to grow more and more wild as her time at the orphanage went on. When covert operatives from the ONI came to conduct tests and sessions with the potential Beta recruit, they were pleased with her aggression and intelligence, but somewhat dismayed by her stubbornness, which could not be easily broken even by their psychological coercion techniques. Around her ninth birthday, she found a small kitten during one of her trips outdoors and smuggled it into the orphanage; an older boy played roughly with it, accidentally killing it, and a vengeful Tess struck back by pilfering a kitchen knife and stabbing him in the leg. The ONI sent retrievers to collect her shortly afterward, disguised as workers from the psychiatric ward the orphanage director had arranged for Tess to go to as a result of her violent behavior.

When Tess arrived on the planet Onyx, she and the other 417 Beta Company candidates were subjected to a perilous initiation test: jumping from a flying Pelican, at night, wearing a Falcon Wing aerial descent unit. Though terrified, she made a first impression by running toward the edge of the ramp and jumping. She successfully deployed her wing and made it to the ground in one piece, sustaining minor injuries to her arms, legs and back from being dragged over rough terrain by the cumbersome, wind-driven canvas. Rather than waiting for pickup, she removed her harness and hiked all the way back to the airfield where Lieutenant Commander Kurt Ambrose waited, evading the teams sent to collect her. Her solitary arrival and silent determination were noted by Ambrose, and he personally congratulated her, introducing her to her new identity: SPARTAN-III Trainee Tess-B312.

Spartan-III Beta Company

Tess on Onyx, 2540.

"We've been lucky with Beta so far- very lucky- to get 312 out directly after training. An opportunity like that is not liable to happen ever again."
―Kurt Ambrose to SCPO Franklin Mendez

Over the next few years, Tess's skills developed and honed through series after series of rigorous training exercises. She fought alongside other Beta Company trainees as part of Fireteam Tango, but would often take on dangerous or difficult mission roles by herself, earning the nickname “lone wolf” and incurring the wrath of her own team on many occasions, as they expected her to work as part of the group. Her actions during a training exercise were predictable up to a certain point: she would single out a drill instructor, stalk them for hours if needed, corner and neutralize them, then steal their Mark II Semi-Powered Infiltration armor and vanish, usually remaining undetected until the exercise officially ended. Often she would sabotage the efforts of the drill instructors or an opposing team, using stealth to remain hidden until the opportune moment when she would overwhelm her targets. This modus operandi made her many enemies within Beta Company, and it was not uncommon for her to get into vicious fights with other trainees. Meanwhile, LCDR Kurt Ambrose and SCPO Franklin Mendez kept careful notes on B312, believing her to be one of the few they would remove from Beta Company before any suicide missions could be executed. While Mendez was skeptical of the young Spartan's ability to fully coordinate with a unit, Ambrose was confident in her abilities, and one of the first to compare her performance to that of John-117; though she lacked 117's ability to lead, she possessed a singular devotion to winning that bordered on complete ruthlessness.

In 2544, Tess and the 299 other Spartan-IIIs to make the final cut underwent a series of bio-augmentations to increase their effectiveness in combat. Because many of them were still prepubescent, they underwent procedures to medically induce puberty a few months before augmentation. The following chemicals were used to enhance certain attributes of each Spartan-III's physique:

87556-UD61: A colloidal neural disunification solution; decreases reaction time.

88947-OP24: A retina-inversion stabilizer; boosts color and nighttime vision.

88005-MX77: A fibrofoid muscular protein complex; boosts muscle density and triples strength.

8942-LQ99: A drug which acts as a catalyst for carbide ceramic ossification; results in virtually unbreakable bones.

Aside from these four main drugs, other cocktails were administered: shock reducers, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, anticoagulants, and pH buffers. Tess remained partially sedated for seven days while a chemo-therapeutic infuser pumped these drugs into her system via intravenous and osmotic patches. The sedatives kept her in an incapacitated state, but did not block the excruciating pain that came with her body's forced alteration. Despite the unpleasantness, there were no complications, and she woke up in a remade body a day after the process was complete. For several months afterward, she and the other Spartans adjusted to their new strength and reflexes, adapting and applying their now-superhuman skills in special training exercises. At the end of this recovery period, Tess expected to be deployed along with the rest of Beta Company, but received orders from Ambrose to report to an obscure reserve post far from enemy lines. She obeyed without delay despite her desire to fight, serving as security in a facility run by ONI's Beta-5 division.

In 2545, she learned that nearly all of Beta Company had been wiped out in Operation: TORPEDO. Her reaction to the news was similar to her response after the death of her parents; she remained externally impassive, prioritizing her duty over her personal feelings. Internally, however, the feelings of loss and isolation served to increase her aversion to forming attachments, as what few bonds she had shared with her fellow Spartans had now been ripped apart forever.

Lone Wolf

"Curious. Hyper-lethal... there's only one other Spartan with that rating."
―Dr. Catherine Halsey

Shortly after Beta Company's demise, Tess received her first set of MJOLNIR Mark IV Powered Assault Armor and a transfer to the personal command of Rear Admiral Ned Rich.

Tess went on to participate in a large number of crucial but top-secret operations against both human and Covenant foes. Among these were DRIVE-BY, JAYHAWK, CLOUDBURST, DAKOTA, and the infamous BLUE MOON. Apart from these high-priority ops, she also participated in hundreds of covert black ops, working directly under Rich's direction and allowed access to resources that only served to add to her lethality. The very practices that had earned her the scorn of her teammates in boot now made her a star; she could single-handedly tear down an entire Insurrectionist stronghold and make all of its personnel disappear, leaving nothing but the ashes of wood and human bones in her wake. This destructive tendency gave birth to a legend among the Insurrection and URF of a “shadow of death” and led her ONI superiors to liken her to a “grim reaper” in her records. While she wasn't eradicating rebel groups, she acted as a test pilot in the UNSC's top-secret Sabre Program, flying prototype space fighter craft and gaining a reputation as an ace pilot. In 2549, she made an odd request of the Big Three: to remove her birth name from her dossier, leaving only a serial number. Her request was carried out, as Parangosky had full access to Tess's psych records and knew of the Spartan's private admissions of unease over the events of BLUE MOON. From then on, Tess was known simply as B312, staying encased fully in her MJOLNIR most of the time and having little to no interaction with anyone but her superiors.

In 2550, B312 came under the direct jurisdiction of Rear Admiral Vincent Shepard. Shepard, whose ambition and drive for success nearly surpassed that of Col. James Ackerson, was a favorite of Rich's, and a fellow field officer in Gibson's black ops division. He delighted in using her for his own private means, as long as they were well within the confines of what the ONI deemed “acceptable use” of a Spartan. Under Shepard's orders, B312 went back to performing assassination missions, most of them against UNSC defectors who posed a significant risk. As the Human-Covenant War began to run less and less in humanity's favor, she found herself being deployed against alien forces more frequently, and the fact that virtually none of those battles could be counted as victories irked the hyper-lethal vector, who was so used to winning her fights.

The unveiling of the MJOLNIR Mark V(B) PAA variant in late 2551 marked a turning point in her career, as she was now able to utilize shield technology and customize various aspects of the armor to suit her needs. True to her role as an assassin, she outfitted the default scheme with R shoulder plates, helmet, Tactical/Recon chest accessories, and selected a Silver/Steel coloration that would aid her with skulking in the shadows, as she would no longer use active camouflage. She spent the winter months of 2551 fighting Insurrectionists on Mamore, then returned there in May of 2552 to quell a fresh uprising. Her skills as a Sabre pilot were used extensively during this engagement, though she sustained minor injuries during ground assault due to a Lotus antitank mine. Her performance as a pilot and footsoldier was brought to the attention of UNSC Army Colonel Urban Holland, the CO of Special Warfare Group Three. Holland ordered her to be transferred to one of his SpecOps units, NOBLE Team, as a replacement for fallen SPARTAN Thom-B293. Rear Admiral Shepard was loath to have his private grim reaper reassigned, but in July of 2552, B312 arrived on Reach ready to meet her new unit.


Sunrise on July 24, 2552 found B312 en route to join NOBLE Team, driven by Warthog and escorted by two UH-144 Falcons. Upon arriving at a small military encampment, she was introduced to her new teammates, who took her arrival in stride despite lingering sentiments over Thom's death. Any opposition to her arrival that might have existed had no chance to manifest, as NOBLE received new orders from Holland as soon as B312 came. As the Spartans prepared to deploy on their new mission, Commander Carter-A259 took the liberty of welcoming B312 to the team and criticized her for her lone-wolf record, admonishing her to work as part of the group. She rode in a Falcon with the commander and Warrant Officer Jun-A266 as NOBLE headed for the territory of Visegrád, where a comm relay had gone silent, supposedly the doing of rebel saboteurs.

The team arrived at Visegrád mid-morning and immediately investigated evidence of foul play around the settlement, such as destroyed UNSC vehicles and damaged buildings. After the interrogation of a terrified farmer, who claimed that something in the fields had killed his son, heat signatures were detected in a nearby structure, where NOBLE discovered the dead bodies of UNSC Army troopers who had been brutally tortured. Upon entering the adjacent barn, the Spartans sighted Covenant troops from one of the upper level windows, and proceeded to engage the hostiles in the barnyard and the fields beyond. After rescuing Army unit 3 Charlie, NOBLE Team utilized a Falcon airlift to get to the Visegrád Relay, where they fought through a thick wave of Covenant ground troops to get into the compromised facility. While LCDR Catherine-B320 assessed the damage to the COM relay, B312 searched the body of an elderly male scientist who had been killed, discovering a strange data module in the process; Kat was quick to take possession of the module. When CWO Jorge-052 found a young woman hiding, she began to struggle and scream in Hungarian, warning the Spartans that there were more aliens in the facility. Three Elite Zealots came out of active camouflage and attacked NOBLE Team, and B312 was nearly impaled by an enemy swordsman, narrowly escaping thanks to her own tenacity and Carter's intervention. She and Jorge pursued the Zealots further into the facility's corridors, eliminating them and resetting a junction that would enable Kat to make rudimentary repairs to the COM relay.

While Kat tended to the damaged components in an effort to contact Colonel Holland, the rest of NOBLE Team waited. Carter ordered Jorge to question the civilian woman for information; B312 watched from a distance as the older Spartan attempted to do so. His friendliness to the girl, whose name was Sára Sorvad, and genuine sorrow over the fact that the slain scientist was the girl's father puzzled B312, as did his reaction to a taunt made by Warrant Officer Emile-A239 concerning the emotions shown. Immediately following this incident, Kat established contact with Holland, and Carter warned NOBLE's CO of the Covenant presence, declaring the Winter Contingency.

The Fall of Reach

ONI: Sword Base

Two days after the confrontation at Visegrad, NOBLE was deployed on the Babd Catha Ice Shelf in the polar region of Eposz. Located on the ice shelf was an ONI research facility codenamed Sword Base, which had come under attack by a Covenant Corvette and waves of infantry; a strike from orbit could not be performed on the Corvette due to the facility's sensitive nature, so the Spartans were ordered to help eradicate the alien presence at Sword manually. They were transported to the base by Falcons and split up to perform separate facets of the mission; Kat and B312 were dropped in the courtyard, while the others moved on to different areas.

The two female Spartan-IIIs led surviving Army troopers in repelling the enemy invasion, clearing the courtyard and stocking up on ordnance before exiting the main gate. Upon leaving the confines of the base, they encountered a fresh wave of Covenant ground troops supported by two Wraith tanks. Rather than attempting a direct assault on the powerful vehicles, Kat directed B312 to destroy the Wraiths using a H-165 FOM target locater, calling in an artillery strike. After the tanks were neutralized, a Pelican deposited transport for the Spartans in the form of an M12 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle. With orders from Sword Control to activate a nearby comms array and an anti-air battery, they proceeded to engage more enemy infantry, eliminating hostiles as they went. B312 successfully activated the comms array and the AA gun, then both Spartans returned to Sword Base to clear out the Covenant forces that had moved in while they were busy. As they made for the main gate, a small number of Revenants harried them and were consequently destroyed.

Kat and B312 blitzed through the courtyard once again, then discovered a pair of Hunters inside the garage that contained the elevator they needed to get to Sword Base's upper levels. While Kat took care of the infantry guarding the elevator, B312 fought off the Hunters, killing them in a matter of minutes. They then took the elevator up to the security office, which would lead them to the Tower Atrium, where the rest of NOBLE Team waited for assistance. Upon reaching the Atrium, B312 was ordered by Carter to head to an upper level and assist Emile in taking out Banshees so the UNSC could dispatch Longswords to chase off the Corvette. She did so, neutralizing the SpecOps Elites sent to stop the Spartans and using a SPNKr missile launcher to demolish nearby Banshees and a Phantom dropship. The Covenant pulled out upon the arrival of the Longswords, and the Corvette was shot through by a Super MAC round while attempting to retreat.

B312 was congratulated by Jorge-052 for her successes. Immediately afterward, they were contacted by Carter, who ordered them to report to the science wing for a debriefing with Dr. Catherine Halsey. Halsey was gratified to see Jorge, one of “her” Spartans, but showed something akin to hostility to the others, who had never met her in their lives. She grilled them for details of the Visegrad incident and berated Carter for not pursuing the Elite Zealots, and went on to threaten Kat for attempting to access the contents of xeno-archaeologist's data module. The module was promptly returned to Halsey, and Carter defended Kat, stating that any attempt by Halsey to interfere with their deployment was severely punishable. They parted on frosty terms, as Halsey returned to her research and NOBLE was ordered by Holland to mop up scattered remnants of the invasion force around Sword Base. That night the Spartans made camp in the woods and B312 had time to talk with Jorge, whose friendliness had not gone unnoticed by the former lone wolf. Though her interest in the older Spartan initially manifested as curiosity, they became fast friends, his tendency to freely give opinions filling the void left by her lack of socialization skills. The next two weeks of minor deployments proved to be valuable bonding time, during which she managed to beat him at poker; she had not yet revealed her ability to count cards. Now known as “Six,” she finally began to feel at ease among the Spartans of NOBLE Team, having regained the sense of camaraderie that had been lost when she was taken out of Beta Company.

Operation: NIGHTFALL

Battle at Szurdok Ridge

Operation: UPPER CUT

Siege of New Alexandria

Battle of Aszod


"I've done things I can't talk about...Things I won't ever be able to talk about. Some... bad things. They took my name away so I'd be able to do those things without question. A weapon doesn't have a name. It only has a number."

SPARTAN-B312 was an extremely introverted individual, more so than most S-IIIs. She rarely spoke unless words were absolutely necessary, though concise, cocky one-liners were not uncommon. Throughout her career as a Spartan she was subject to a plethora of psychiatric evaluations and therapy sessions to ensure that the brutal experiences she endured did not cause mental instability. A lifetime of losing family, friends and comrades to the horrors of war caused her to keep her reactions under tight control, though contrary to some opinions within the ONI she never lost the ability to feel emotion.

As a supersoldier, B312 was one of Beta-5's elite assassins, with a capacity for killing that her superiors dubbed inhuman. Despite this assessment, B312 was in fact very human, and was plagued by guilt from the events of Operation: BLUE MOON, during which she had killed Insurrectionist-trained, drug-enhanced child soldiers. It was because of this guilt that she had her real name obliterated from all but the most classified records, and would not divulge it to anyone until after she joined NOBLE Team.

Over the course the Fall of Reach, B312 became as close as profession would allow to the Spartans of NOBLE Team, having not worked as part of a group since 2545. She was especially close to CWO Jorge-052, whose friendly manner toward her was a stark departure from the cold approval she was used to receiving for her actions. After his supposed death, she allowed herself to mourn for the first time in nearly a decade, and kept his dog tags until the day she died.


Tess-B312 was one of the more physically robust Spartan-IIIs, standing at roughly six and a half feet tall and weighing a little under two hundred pounds. She came from Caucasian and Hispanic stock, as her father's side of the family hailed from Earth's United Kingdom and her mother's from Madrigal. As a child and preteen, she possessed an olive skin tone that gradually became pallid as she spent most of her time encased in SPI and eventually MJOLNIR armor. She had a runner's build, lacking the “bulky” musculature of most Spartans, though she was still far more muscular than a baseline human. Her feminine attributes were few, as any spare fat on her body was converted to energy due to her rigorous and physically demanding career. Her highest bench press without the aid of MJOLNIR's force-multiplying technology was 226 kilos, or 500 pounds, fairly common for a Spartan-III of her height and weight.


Tess-B312 was known to remain aloof and utterly professional when interacting with comrades, and tended to keep everyone at a distance. Her basic nature made her slow to trust and reliant on herself above all else, which made her even more socially isolated than most of her Spartan peers. The few friendships she formed were usually due to the other party making an effort to get to know her, as she was too wary of bonding and focused on objectives to waste time doing the same for others.

While B312 never engaged in romantic endeavors, her friendship with SPARTAN-052 profoundly impacted her life, and though she and Catherine-B320 were onetime rivals they grew to consider each other as sisters during their time together.


"I don't fight because I'm still mad about my planet being burned. My parents were dead before the Covenant ever showed up. I'm not angry at the aliens, not really. I just want to kill them because I can."
―A young Tess explaining her motivation to an Camp Currahee psychiatrist
"So what if I do things by myself? I win. You guys slow me down."
―Tess-B312 to the rest of Fireteam Tango
―The last thing most of Tess's victims heard before going unconscious or dying
"I remember having a name. I could tell you if I wanted. But I'm not that person anymore. I'm something... else."
―Tess explaining to Jorge her reluctance to tell him her name
"I've never liked anything the way I like flying. Risky... but worth it. There's just something about the speed, and the freedom, and..."
―Tess discussing her role as a pilot


  • The meaning of the name Theresa is uncertain; it could be drawn from Greek theros (summer) or therizo (harvest), or perhaps the island Therasia (Santorini). The author selected it as her Noble Six's name due to the fact that it bears no resemblance to any elements of the author's own name. In all actuality, this particular Noble Six is named after a character from Brian Jacques' Redwall children's book series, Tess Churchmouse, though she acts nothing like her namesake.
  • Tess was one of the oldest Beta Company trainees, having graduated at age 16 while most of the others were around 12.