|"I knew we shouldn't have let that kid join Bravo..." — Brad Michaels
This article predates the Great Reset, and is thus considered a Legacy article. It is not relevant to the current canon.
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First Lieutenant Brian Hartley is a veteran Task Force Bravo.in the and the leader of
Hartley was born on theof in . During his youth, he enjoyed hunting in the planet's forests along with his father and his brother .
Hartley enlisted in theat the age of eighteen and moved to , where he began training. His brother soon enlisted in the and remained on Actium.
First contact with the CovenantEdit
When theattacked Harvest in , Hartley was tasked with the protection of an evac site for civilians. He and his team managed to fend off the invaders by destroying a building and blocking their path. After this, he, along with the other Marines, boarded one of the evacuation shuttles and fled the planet.
Orbital Drop Shock Troopers and return to HarvestEdit
Shortly after the fall of Harvest, Hartley volunteered for theand became a member of the . He later returned to Harvest and participated in the , where he was deployed to the destroyed town of to rescue several Marine squads that had been ambushed by Covenant armoured convoys. After aiding the Marines, he was sent to to protect the various weapon prototypes it held. This eventually earned him the rank of .
Battle of Jericho VIIEdit
Hartley was present during thein . Shortly after being deployed, he witnessed the massacre of the from the top of a building. Later, he and his team participated in several evacuation efforts, before withdrawing to the , as the Covenant prepared to the planet.
Battle of CrystalEdit
- Main Article: Battle of Crystal
After participating in numerous battles of the UNSC Conqueror and sent to the human colony world of Crystal, which was under attack by the Covenant. Upon making landfall in the jungles, he met Jameson Locke, an agent, and rescued the pilot Trent Pieterson and his crew. Together, they traveled to the city of Ntesköe, where they helped Police Captain Garth Chyenka evacuate the city. With the civilians aboard the Conqueror, Wright informed Hartley of the reason for the Covenant's attack of Crystal: they were looking for a artefact called the Casket. Hartley and Locke soon encountered a warrior named Sasuun 'Grtamee who had defected from the Covenant. Locke attempted to kill the Elite, but was stopped by Hartley, who was eager to listen. Sasuun provided them with information about the Casket, as well as its location., Hartley reached the rank of and assumed command of his own ODST platoon. In late , he was assigned to the
After taking out a series of Covenant AA batteries in a desert, Hartley and the others reached the artefact and encountered Uhzre, Sasuun's co-pilot. Uhzre attempted to activate the Casket, but was soon killed by Locke. The Casket then set itself due to a combination of extreme Covenant glassing and close-proximity slipspace ruptures. Hartley and his men were evacuated to the Conqueror via Pieterson's Pelican, as the Casket destroyed the planet and its entire system.
EUREKA and Task Force BravoEdit
- Main Article: Operation: EUREKA
The loss of Crystal prompted the UNSC to organize Operation: EUREKA - the search for the Forerunner artefacts known as Caskets. Hartley was put in charge of Task Force Bravo, a group of soldiers established by James Croft that would later participate in EUREKA.
- Main Article: Daego Insertions
Operation: EUREKA's first search zone was Daego, a planet which had fallen into Covenant hands two days earlier. This location was chosen for its short distance to Crystal's system, as well as the knowledge that Hartley's brother Stephen, now an ODST, was last reported to be on the planet.
After arriving at Daego, Croft's frigate, Sword of Giants, deployed Task Forces Alpha to Lima. Hartley was part of Bravo-Three, along with Peter Ulan. During the opening stages of the battle, a used its to slice Hartley's chestplate. Luckily, the Sangheili was immediately killed by Ulan. Following this event, the team headed to a destroyed city and found Stephen Hartley, who had been hiding in a building. They then escorted him to a safe landing zone, where he was picked up by a Pelican.
Mission to New JerusalemEdit
- Main Article: First Battle of New Jerusalem
The second search zone was the colony world of, in the . It was chosen simply due to the fact that it was one of the few that had not yet been attacked by the Covenant.
After clearing the crash-site, the survivors of Task Force Bravo made their way to a settlement. They then used civilian New Haifa. Once there, Bravo and the other Task Forces used several to get to the city of Tzab Shveh, a possible search-zone for the Casket. Unfortunately, a Covenant strike force had arrived at the planet and placed an around the city. Hartley managed to destroy the shield using a captured .to link up with the other Task Forces at
Hartley and Task Force Bravo infiltrated the city and found the Armoury, a massive artefact that stored many Forerunner weapons. While Hartley investigated the Armoury, a Covenant , the Prelude to Penance, exited . Commanding it was a rogue member of the nicknamed DAB. Shortly after, DAB helped Bravo evacuate New Jerusalem. Hartley also loaded the Armoury's artefacts onto DAB's second ship, the Requisition of Prosperity.
Skirmish for the RequisitionEdit
- Main Article: Skirmish for the Requisition
While en-route to, the Requisition's reactor failed, and the ship fell out of slipspace in interstellar space. Bravo then used the Sword of Giants to ferry the civilians to Reach, leaving the Requisition and the artefacts it contained behind.
After arriving at Reach, Bravo learned that Eric Baker, one of the creators of Operation: EUREKA, was a traitor. Baker sent a squad of Marines to capture Captain Croft on the Sword of Giants. They succeeded, and Croft was taken aboard Baker's frigate, the UNSC Levittown. Bravo then split up, with a small team led by Locke going to retrieve Croft and apprehend Baker, while the remainder (including Hartley) boarded the Silent Blade in order to ferry the Requisition's artefacts to Reach. Unbeknownst to them, a small Covenant fleet had already located the Requisition.
When the Silent Blade exited slipspace near the Requisition and encountered the Covenant fleet, Bravo was forced to call for back-up. The Charles Taylor, was completely obliterated. The rest of Bravo left the aft section of the prowler using . After entering the supercruiser's hangar, Bravo split up, with Hartley and Ray Sullivan going to secure a for their escape and the rest of the team going to the engine room. After securing the Spirit, Hartley and Sullivan waited for the others to arrive at their position. However, after planting a bomb on the engines and reaching the hangar, DAB was wounded by a Sangheili wielding an energy sword. As the supercruiser was about to explode, Hartley and the others were forced to take off and leave the hangar, leaving DAB behind. They met up with the Sixth Battle Group once all the Covenant ships were destroyed.arrived shortly after, and a major battle ensued. Bravo was ordered to board the fleet's leading ship, a . Once the supercruiser's shields were down, the Silent Blade approached the ship's hangar, but was cut in half by plasma fire. The front half, carrying Private
Expedition to Cyrus VII and captureEdit
- Main Article: Expedition to Cyrus VII
When Task Force Bravo returned to Reach, Brad Michaels began showing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Hartley ordered him to take some shore leave, fearing that he would reduce the team's effectiveness. Bravo then decided to travel to the planet , another possible search-zone for the Casket.
Not long after arriving at Cyrus VII, Bravo was deployed to a forest. There, they split up, and planned to ambush a pack of. Though they were successful, Peter Ulan was killed. Shaken by his death, Hartley and Bravo continued through the forest, only to be ambushed by two . They were captured, and brought to a Covenant prison camp in an unknown system, where the Covenant were using the prisoners to activate Forerunner artefacts such as . In the prison camp, Bravo encountered DAB, who had survived the destruction of the Covenant supercruiser. Together, they started a rebellion, and managed to eliminate all Covenant forces in the space station. They then used several eager to help to remove all tracking devices from a Covenant corvette and told them to ferry all of the prisoners to the nearest human colony.
After hearing reports that a Covenant fleet carrying a Casket was heading to the station where the prison camp was located, Hartley and Bravo placed several charges on the station and left aboard their Shadow of Splendour, which had also been captured by the Covenant.,
Personality and traitsEdit
During the first half of the Crystal even prompted him to consider retiring, but as Task Force Bravo was formed, and Hartley was put in charge of it, he made the decision to continue fighting until his death, realising that the defence of humanity was more important than his welfare, and that he did not have a home to go back to anyway. Although his morale was raised by the end of the war, the emergence of the and new groups caused him to once again lose hope. Despite this, he still tries to maintain the typical ODST attitude in front of his men., Hartley was rather enthusiastic and quick to make decisions. His determination in fighting the and his ability to inspire those under his command were what earned him the rank of . However, as the years passed and the war escalated, Hartley grew tired of seeing so many fellow soldiers die, and became colder and more focused on the mission in order to avoid developing relationships with his troopers. The loss of
Hartley wears standard. He carries a large amount of and on his utility belt, and wears bright red shoulder pads that are commonly used by ODST platoon leaders. He also uses a on his left arm. In a pouch on his chestplate he carries a medallion given to him by his mother when he was a child, an object which he believes is the reason he survived so many battles of the war.
Hartley's weapon of choice is the, though sometimes he uses a .