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|Blake Pröll Karmyn|
DATE OF BIRTH
May 17th, 2526
DATE OF DEATH
August 23rd, 2622
Gronau Germany, Earth
- "I've learned many things in my years of service. I've learned what can inspire a soldier to fight for the colonies and its people. I've learned how to shoot like a professional and take down enemies from distances only the highly trained can pull off. I've learned how to fight and defeat my enemies in any situation. They even taught me how to kill without remorse, but there's one thing they don't teach you. How to deal with the mental scars war will leave on you; that you must learn on your own."
- ―Blake Karmyn
Blake Pröll Karmyn (Service Number: 79811-56632-BK) (Callsign: Howl-Two) (Codename: Schütze) was a man who came from troubled beginnings and later became a sniper for the UNSC Marine Corps, , and finally the Program. He first joined as an automatic rifleman for the UNSC Marine Corps in 2544, later specialising as a scout sniper in 2545. After three years of service in the Marines, Blake went on to join the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers in 2548, eventually become to be one of the best snipers of all ODSTs. Finally, on December 7th, 2554 he was offered a spot in Spartan-IV program which he accepted. He is currently apart of Fireteam Howl stationed aboard the .
Career Service Vitae
CONFIRMED KILL COUNT WITH THE SRS-99 SERIES
- Human: 177
- Sangheili: 201
- Jiralhanae: 102
- Kig-Yar: 77
- Unggoy: 91
- Lekgolo: 41
- Yanme'e: 62
- Prometheans: 92
ChildhoodBlake is the son of Andrew James Karmyn, an ODST captain, and his mother, Mia Pröll Karmyn, a hardworking woman who worked as an accountant for a small business in the downtown district. His father died during a raid on an insurrectionist camp a month before Blake was born, which left Mia as a widow and forced to raise two children on her own. She raised Blake and his older sister, Kathrin, in a middle-class apartment for a short amount of time until she fell ill from a disease called ITB-1, which was caused by a minor outbreak of the disease in Germany. With no other family nearby to look after the two, Mia sent her children to live with a family friend known as Abel Arbeitern, for as long as it took her to recover from her illness. Sadly, she passed away five years later from ITB-1, leaving the two to be adopted by him.
- Patron: "Hey Abel, who are those kids I keep seeing playing around in the alley?"
- Abel: "Those are Mia's kids...I promised her I'd look after them when she passed."
- ―Abel tells local patron about Blake and Kathrin
Abel was an older man in his late fifties who knew Mia when she was just a little girl, having been best friends with her father. He owned a bar in the downtown district called the "Arbeiter Rückzug", or the Workers' Retreat. The bar was known to be the best place to get a drink in the city, but Abel didn't want it to be just a bar. He also owned a small two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment above his bar and decided he would do the best he could to make it feel like home for the two he had taken under his wing. He promised them that he would be there for them, no matter the circumstances.
Blake never discussed his parents, due to the fact he barely had any memories of them. One of the exceptions to this was the memory of his mother, who would sing him lullabies at night to help him sleep when he was three. Besides her, Blake had no motherly figure growing up, with Abel becoming the equivalent of a father figure for him. Abel taught him many things growing up, from cooking all the way to shooting. Blake would be grateful for the lessons his father taught him and decided that an early age he would help Abel run the bar once he was old enough. However, things would change as Blake grew older.
Growing up, Blake was considered an outcast by his peers due to his personality and rough start in life. He was known to be easy to anger and had interests that most of his peers considered boring or lame, such as history and pop culture. After he turned thirteen, Blake strived to become history teacher, but he still wished to help run the bar as a side job. However, he struggled in school, and his grades began to slowly fall. This would frustrate him and would eventually cause him to drop out during his twelfth grade. Soon after, Abel would quickly begin to fall behind on his bills, with the risk of losing the bar and the apartment. Feeling a heavy guilt, the two siblings started taking up odd jobs to help pay the bills, although even this would barely help them. With pressure mounting, Blake decided to take drastic measures and would turn to commit minor crimes such as pick-pocketing and breaking into cars for anything he could pawn off for extra cash to give to his guardian.
- "I don't know what I was doing, being honest, I thought I was helping, but instead, I was running the risk of making the situation worse."
- ―Blake recalling his days as a small-time criminal
A year would pass, and finally, Blake would decide to join the marines and move out, a decision he hoped would help his family by allowing them to save money that would otherwise be used on a third person. While Abel was against it at first, he was finally convinced to give Blake permission to join the Marines even though it broke both their hearts to worry that they may never see each other again.
Finally, on August 9th, 2544, Blake was sent to theArmy Base in Kaiserslautern to begin basic training. He knew that he would take a substantial risk joining the Marines due to humanity's war with the Covenant. However, he reasoned that if it meant his family would have a better chance, then he wouldn't regret the decision he made. Blake was in basic training for twelve weeks. The training was intense for him, having never experienced such treatment before, but he refused to let it kick him down as high school had done. He tried the best he could in every week of training. He soon excelled at it, to the point where he graduated as the second-best in his class. With training completed and as an automatic rifleman for the UNSC, Blake was deployed to join the 21st Infantry Battalion stationed at Fort Canvas on Adonis-VI, where he would come face to face with the Covenant for the first time in his life.
Battle of Adonis VI
- "I remember that day. The adrenaline, the smell of bullets, the sight of the Covenant approaching our position... The feeling of fear among the soldiers as the Covenant slaughtered us like cattle."
- ― Blake recalling his first day of combat.
A few days after Blake had arrived at Fort Canvas on Adonis-VI, the Covenant appeared and launched an invasion towards the small planet, with much of their army heading right towards the fort. Blake and over 900 soldiers were ordered to hold their ground and defend the fort until reinforcements could arrive. Like the rest of the unit, he knew the chance of victory seemed slim as they were outnumbered three-to-one, especially as the UNSC refused to surrender the fort to the enemy. Despite being armed only with a , Blake was assigned to head out to the front lines to stall them if he could. He had a strong feeling he would die there, but he promised himself he would go down fighting.
Blake was the first to open fire upon the enemy. Firing in bursts, he was able to kill a coupleminors and wound a Major. Soon the Covenant returned fire upon the marines sent to fight them. While casualties were mounting on both sides as they grew ever closer to each other, the Covenant kept pushing until they began to overrun their position, prompting a retreat to head back towards Fort Canvas. Blake immediately fell back once the order was given out, while a fired upon the retreating soldiers, killing six people and wounding three. Blake stopped to help a nearby marine who was missing the bottom of his left leg back to the base, fortunately making it safely back to base even while under intense gunfire. Reinforcements soon arrived at the last second and began to push the Covenant away from the fort. Using the chance to resupply and rearm, Blake was sent right back out to help push the Covenant back farther. Blake was nearly wounded during the push from a that flew over his shoulder. Blake later retaliated by killing the shooter who was a Sangheili minor that later died after taking half a clip straight to the chest. The battle lasted sixteen hours, but in the end, the UNSC was able to save the colony and destroy much of the Covenant fleet. This was not without the price of heavy casualties inflicted upon both the marines who defended the fort and the UNSC fleet assigned to protect the planet.
Thanks to Blake's fearless action of saving a wounded teammate while under intense fire, he was promoted to Private first class. He was later assigned to help in the battle on a colony was known as Omen, which was suffering from a civil war between an organisation known as "The New Hope Militia" and the UNSC forces.
The battle of Omens Hill
After the events of Adonis-VI, Blake was sent as part of a large wave of reinforcements to the outer colony in order to crush the rebellion. The 21st Battalion and the 33rd Mechanized Infantry platoon was stationed at a pass called "Omens Hill". It was proven that if the Militia was able to take the hills from the UNSC, they would be able to have a safe route to move weapons, supplies, and soldiers and have a high chance of claiming more territory. This was something the UNSC could not allow as the civil war was becoming a losing fight for them.
- "We had been informed of the current situation, the higher-ups believed if they failed to take the hills, the war would start to turn in our favor, so we had one big order to follow give it our all and give them nothing but hell."
- ―Blake recalling the biggest order his battalion was given
Blake was once again ordered to the front lines to be one of the first lines of defense. him and over a hundred other men waited for hours for the militia to arrive, it wasn't until in the dead of the night the militia attacked by ambushing the right side of the front line, Blake was luckily on the other side when the ambushed was launched, but there was no time to fight back an immediate fall back was called and both him and the surviving soldiers rushed to meet with the second wave of marines and reinforce them. This time they were able to stop the first wave of militia fighters in their tracks. Before they even had time to prepare for the next assault, the militia usedto bombard the area around them. Some of the 33rd's vehicles were caught in the blast destroyed or heavily damaged, only six and two were operational and ready for use after the attack, the scorpions were moved to the back to use as the last line of defense, while three of the warthogs were moved up to help support the marines. The second attack began with a volley of gunfire flying towards the marines. The 21st held their ground and fought ferociously to defend the hills, but it wasn't enough as a second bombardment erupted and wiped out a decent amount of the marines allowing the militia, ignoring orders to stay put the Scorpions advanced up and opened fire upon the militia forces, it soon became clear the militia would win the battle so an evacuation was ordered and the air force would have to carpet bomb the area, the survivors quickly fell back deep into the hills and headed towards the evacuation area. During the escape, Blake was shot in the leg by a and crippled him, Blake was later picked up by two other marines and helped back to the area. After fifteen minutes of running from the enemy began to drop bombs all over the hills, but still, it was not enough and the militia claimed the hills as part of their territory within two months they were able to overthrow the UNSC and have the planet claim its independence from the UNSC and forced them out of the system. Blake was out of action for two months to heal from his wound was and returned to service on November 1st, 2544.
A year had passed into his service and Blake had been promoted to Lance Corporal. During his time serving his teammates made comments about his accuracy, calling him a natural with a rifle and some had even suggested he would make a good sniper, so that's exactly what he did. After meeting the two main requirements to even consider joining the sniper program he began to undergo the exams to see if he was qualified in which he was. After a few weeks of testing and having the required background checks cleared, Blake was given the go-ahead to attend the classes and courses for sniper training.
- "I remember when I got the word that the green light was given, I hadn't felt so happy in years, this was a gift from God himself and I wasn't going to waste it."
- ―Blake after given the clearance to attend the sniper training program
Blake was sent toto undergo the courses and required training so that he could be qualified as a sniper, this would take a total of 13 weeks to complete everything, but it was a difficult challenge for him. There were times he felt as if he couldn't do it and feared he would fail, but the dedication and passion Blake had would give him the push he needed to succeed. And finally after 13 weeks of grueling training, practicing, and testing. Blake graduated at the top of his class and was finally given the role of a scout sniper, this was truly one of the proudest moments in his life. Blake was moved to a different platoon that consisted of men and women with the same skills as him, he would no longer serve as an automatic rifleman on the front lines and would now carry his service out as a scout sniper for his battalion. Blake was armed with a which was nicknamed "Schmerzlos" known as "painless" in German.
The Galvnaya conflict
- "When I was young I would hear these stories of snipers taking on entire platoons of enemies by themselves and surviving to tell the tale I never thought I would be one to experience it and tell a story of it myself."
- ―Blake talking of the Galvnaya conflict.
The Galvnaya conflict occurred on March 31st, 2545 when Blake was cut off from his platoon and stranded deep in the woodlands on the winter colony of Galvnaya. After heading towards his given area to be picked up, he stumbled upon an Insurrectionist supply company marching down the riverbed and towards another rebel camp, seeing he couldn't allow this, Blake decided to take on the entire company by himself until reinforcements could arrive to stop the supply from reaching their destination.
- "It was me against one hundred innie soldiers, I knew the risks were high, but they had to be stopped. So, I did what any insane man would do, I opened fire at them."
- ―Blake telling how he first engaged the enemy.
During the spring of 2545, The colony of Galvnaya was in danger of an uprising, drones had been sent out and spotted multiple rebel camps forming in the woodlands. To gather more information and hopefully weaken rebel leadership in the near future, Blake and his sniper platoon was sent out into the wild and was ordered to find the main camp and gather information on leadership. The platoon would be gone for a week as they went out to scout the area and find the camps which they successfully found and gathered information on. After getting all the information they need they made their way back to extraction area, however, a blizzard erupted and caused Blake to be split up from his platoon. He went to a nearby cave to wait for the storm out and attempted to make radio contact only to have no luck in. After the blizzard died down, Blake attempted to make radio contact again, which came as a success. He was told to head towards the lake where awould arrive to pick him up. As he made his way down to the lake, he heard men talking in the far distance, so he went to investigate only to come across the site of an entire company of rebels moving what looked to be military grade weapons and bombs. Something inside Blake made him feel as if he had to stop it, so he radioed in his findings and gave their location. Blake was told to stay put and follow but if he had followed orders they would have disappeared into the forest, so he had decided to make them stay put. Blake began to quickly cover both himself and his rifle in the snow and get into position, he waited until he could get a clear shot at the driver in the front, once the opportunity came he took aim and pulled the trigger. The bullet made contact with the side of the driver’s head and killed him instantly but alerted the rebels of his presence. They quickly began to find cover and open fire all over into the side of the mountain trying to hit the sniper. Blake once again took aim at an exposed soldier and fired, killing her instantly as well, with the snow covering his position Blake was capable of taking them head on and not be exposed. The engagement lasted for twenty minutes, and Blake was racking up kill after kill still hidden from the enemy. Blake was able to take out over fifty-one rebels thanks to the amount of ammo given to him to last a week, finally, the UNSC arrived to take down the convoy, they came to the scene of what pilots described as a mess of bodies and blood. After running out of ammo, Blake stayed hidden until he knew it was safe to come out. UNSC forces landed and quickly overran the rebel’s position. After the fighting had died down Blake approached the UNSC forces and presented himself to the commanding officer. Where he was disciplined for breaking orders and taken back to base to be punished.
After arriving at the base and brought before Colonel Richardson. Blake believed he would be dishonorably discharged and kicked out the military but instead was praised on his skills during the fight and was promoted to Corporal by Richardson on the spot. After his promotion Blake stayed to help end the rebellion, he and other snipers tore down the rebel leadership within months and by the start of summer they had crushed the rebellion and restored peace on the Russian colony. After this, he was sent back to help in the Human-Covenant War where he was seen as one of the few shining examples of what any sniper could be if they put everything they have into being a sniper.
The duel on Hussar
On May 9th, 2455 Blake was deployed on the colony of Hussar during a Covenant invasion. During his time there Blake provided overwatch from above during battles with Covenant forces on the ground and began racking up a decently sized kill count. He scored at least 15-25 kills during each battle most of them being the more troublesome enemies such as the Sangheili andtroopers. Blake became somewhat popular among his battalion, earning many of the other soldier's respect for someone as young as he was. However, his skills would soon be put to the test as the Covenant had sent their own highly skilled sniper to Hussar as well, a sniper by the name of Muc Zhoth. Muc was considered one of the best marksmen among the Covenant ranks and had racked up a large kill count of nearly 476 UNSC personnel ever since the start of the Human-Covenant War.
Muc was deployed to be a counter sniper and did his job effectively, taking out over fourteen snipers during the first few days of arriving at Hussar armed only with a. Seeing that the UNSC had a problem on their hands a pair of snipers consisting of Blake and another soldier named Matthew Winston were sent out to hunt this sniper down and take him out, Intel had caught Muc hanging out near the capital city's central park, which was converted into a Covenant outpost. The two split up and headed into the old office buildings that surrounded the park. Each one of them took one side of the park, Blake took the south side while Matthew took the north side. They waited nearly fourteen hours for a sign that Muc was nearby, after beginning to think Muc had moved on, the sound of a beam rifle erupted and Matthew was shot dead in the head, killing him instantly. Blake quickly got out of the open and rushed for cover, after a few seconds he peaked his head out to see if he could see anything. Only to be met with a blast from the same beam rifle that killed Matthew, the shot thankfully missed and Blake saw where it had come from.
- "'This had to be the bird' I thought to myself. I mean Kig-Yar were known for being excellent snipers, hell I used to think only a Spartan could out-snipe them, but I guess there was no better time to test that theory than that very moment."
- ―Blake recalling the thought he had the moment he got into a sniper duel with Muc.
In retaliation Blake quickly took aim and fired a round back, missing its intended target. He quickly rushed to a new place and prepared his rifle, looking through the scope for any movement Blake could spot. Another beam rifle shot rang out and skinned the back of Blake's helmet. He quickly removed his helmet and turned to face where the shot had come from he took aim and looked to see Muc peaking his head out from a flipped over office table. Blake quickly fired, but due to a rushed calculation of range on his end, the bullet missed it's intended target. Muc quickly ran from his hiding spot and into a new one, but Blake stayed put and followed him as best as he could. Once Blake had pinpointed where Muc would be, he fired. The bullet flew through the air and straight into Muc's left arm, blowing it clean off his body. Blake felt the smile of victory grow upon his face when he heard the screaming pain of a wounded Kig-Yar. In anger, Muc fired blindly at Blake's position and after two shot the weapon overheated and was unable to fire. Blake quickly took aim and finished the Kig-Yar off by firing a round to the chest. After a moment of silence for his fallen teammate, Blake radioed in his success and headed back for the base, however, the job was not yet finished as a Covenant patrol came running to the sound of the duel, just as Blake was evacuating via Falcon, a volley of plasma fire came flying at the Falcon, the pilot was killed and the vehicle began to spin out of control and crashed into the streets. Blake was knocked out for nearly thirty minutes, when he began to wake up he noticed he was badly wounded with a broken left arm, a third-degree burn on his cheek. He quickly tried to pull himself together and got out of the wreckage grabbing a dead marine's. He saw a small group of Unggoy approach him and opened fire, barely able to aim he fired upon them and was only able to wound one. Seeing this was the end of his life Blake dropped the magnum and fell to his knees accepting his fate. However, a Warthog soon arrived and killed the grunts before they could reach Blake. Medics quickly loaded him up and got out of the area. Blake had survived his first near-death encounter.
By the beginning of 2548, Blake had racked up a total of 450+ confirmed kills within three years, but something began to feel empty inside him and he couldn't figure out what until he had seen a recruitment poster for the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. He soon realized that he wanted to be tested again and that he wanted to see how far he could go. He soon volunteered for the ODSTs and began to go through the tests and screening, after everything had checked out Blake was given the go-ahead to begin training to become an ODST. On June 1st, 2548 Blake once again shipped back out to Reach for training. Blake would be gone for months undergoing the most intense training, physically and mentally in order to become one of the best the UNSC could offer. In the beginning, Blake began to show signs he would possibly drop out of the training program and would be insulted by his drill instructors about it. He began to use it as fuel to push on and go as far as he could in the training.
During one of the live-fire exercises, Blake was nearly killed after a bullet was fired too close to his head, this freaked him out for a second, but he quickly pulled himself together and carried on with the exercise.
- "It was honestly nerve-racking when the instructors would fire live rounds near us, and when I nearly got hit by one that really freaked me out, though I was about to drop out the moment it happened."
- ―Blake recalling the accident
After completing the physical training, Blake and a group of other trainees were dropped into the mountains dawned in full ODST gear and weapons loaded with, they were ordered to get to the top of the mountain within a certain amount of time as a squad, during the hike up Blake was shot in the right leg with a training round which caused his leg to be temporarily paralyzed. Seeing he was already about to fall behind and that his team needed to reach the top, Blake attempted to become a distraction so that his other teammates could eliminate the "hostile" opponents and reach the top, which worked as they each made their way to the top, Blake made it up a few minutes later as the last one.
Another near-accident was during tactical training. Blake was following behind one of his teammates when they were ambushed, Blake was shot in the right thigh and had caused him to fall back, he would have fallen down the hill and possibly hurt himself on the way down if one of his teammates didn't reach out and grab him on time. Blake was thankful the trainee saved him and promised to pay him back somehow only to be met with the words. "Just watch my six and we'll call it even."
Finally, after months of training and being pushed past his limits many times. Blake graduated as an ODST on November 3rd, 2548 and was still assigned as a scout sniper, but he was transferred to the 7th Shock Troopers Battalion and sent to work with a squad known as Bullet 1-3.
The Assassination of Lieutenant Matherson
During the time of Blakes training on Reach, a string of attacks had occurred outside the inner colonies ranging from bombings of UEG supplies meant for refugees of the war to shootings occurring in mass gatherings. After a failed bombing attempt,agents had been able to capture one of the insurrectionists responsible for the latest attack and interrogated him until they would speak, after nearly three months of torture and interrogation they were able to extract a name. An Insurrectionist lieutenant by the name of Timothy Matherson. Matherson was behind the planning and execution of the attacks and was found to be hiding on a desert colony that had been failed to be colonized. After gathering enough information ONI decided to launch a surprise attack on the base by sending a platoon of ODSTs to assault the hideout.
Bullet 1-3 was the first to arrive at the base and was assigned to scout it out. After nearly three hours of scouting and gathering information, The troopers were ready to commit the assault. Blake was ordered to provide sniper support and so he stayed behind in the hills. In the middle of the night, the platoon moved in and surrounded the base and began to sneak their way inside. Once they were inside and moved into their assigned positions, they began their attack. The base inhabitants were caught off guard and rushed to defend it, Blake began to provide sniper support once the attack began by picking off any rebel he could see or had been ordered to shoot. However, the tables began to turn as reinforcements from nearby outpost showed up to help stop the troopers and allow Matherson time to escape, The platoon leader soon had an idea to send one squad to find Matherson while the rest stayed to defend the entrance of the base. During this time Blake was beginning to run low on ammo, so he was forced to provide less and less support for the platoon until finally, he was on his last magazine.
Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity, the squad seent to find Matherson was in pursuit of chasing him down. He was spotted heading towards an escape helicopter and was nearly towards his destination, Blake was ordered to kill him the moment he had the chance to. Blake quickly took aim towards the helicopter that was waiting for him and quickly killed the pilot. Now with no way out, Matherson would be trapped on the helicopter pad, but Blake still had orders to follow. Once he saw Matherson out in the open, he waited for a clear shot and soon fired after having the chance to land a shot. Matherson was killed when the bullet landed right in the middle of his chest, killing him near instantly. With the assassination completed, the ODSTs were soon ordered to pull out once they were done cleaning up the remaining rebels. The mission, in general, took nearly two hours to complete, but at the price of five ODSTs lives who died during the operation.
Invasion of Sai Sutāto
The Invasion of Sai Sutāto was a Covenant invasion of the planet that resulted in the glassing of the planet. When the Covenant first arrived there were only three CCS carriers in the first wave which two out of three were destroyed while the third one slipped through the remaining UNSC fleet and was the first to deploy warriors onto the planet by attacking the metropolis of New Yokohama. During this time, an evacuation had to be called and ODSTs were deployed to delay the Covenant advance through the city and buy the civilians enough time to escape the planet. However, during the attack Covenant reinforcements arrived and began to swarm the planet. It soon became clear the colony was lost and an official retreat was called, the battle ended with a Covenant victory and heavy human casualties.
Battle of New Yokohama
- "New Yokohama was a beautiful place to look at and visit, but now it's just another forgotten glassed war zone."
- ―Blake on the aftermath of New Yokohama
On July 4th, 2549, Blake was stationed at Sai Sutāto aboard the UNSCto resupply. Just before the ship was about done resupplying reports of Covenant carriers came in and it was clearly an invasion was beginning. During the fight between the UNSC and the Covenant, the Covenant known as the "Triumphant Faith" slipped through and attacked the metropolis of New Yokohama. it quickly deployed it's warriors to slaughter the inhabitants. As a response, the remaining UNSC ships that survived the engagement deployed its forces into the city hoping to stop the invasion in its tracks. ODSTs were deployed first close to where the Covenant warriors had cut through. This was the first time Blake was deployed without his sniper rifle and instead used an MA5B in the battle. As soon as the ODSTs landed it they were fired upon and over a quarter of the troopers were killed before they could leave their pods. Blake luckily was not one of the men. As soon as he deployed he rushed to hide behind cover and opened fire on the Covenant forces. The ODSTs were able to hold the Covenant at bay for nearly twenty-five minutes until Covenant armor arrived and began to push them back. During the retreat, Blake was shot in the left forearm by a . His armor took most of the damage, but his skin was still burned. He worked through the pain and focused on falling back and fighting against the Covenant. They retreated to the business district where armored reinforcements were able to hook up with the ODSTs and help hold the Covenant back longer as evacuations were still going on. However, it was starting to look as if the Covenant would lose the battle as their numbers began to lower and they began to slowly fall back. Finally the last of the Covenant forces were killed and a victory cheer erupted throughout the city, but it would soon be cut short when reports of an entire Covenant fleet arrived just on the other side of the planet. A retreat had been ordered for all UNSC forces. Blake and the rest of the ODSTs were ordered to head for the spaceport for evacuation. As they made their way to the evacuation area, Covenant banshees had spotted them and began to lay down the fire. Killing more of the ODSTs and wounding two. Blake and another trooper quickly helped the wounded men up and continued on. They finally arrived at the spaceport, only to find out the last pelican had taken off. However, one last civilian was still at the port due to the ship having problems that needed to be fixed. Seeing it was their only chance the surviving ODSTs quickly made it to the ship and boarded it. Blake was the last onboard ensuring no one would be left behind. Finally, the ship was fixed and it began to take off. It was almost shot down by Covenant patrols but had escaped at the last second before any damage could be done to it. The spacecraft soon arrived at a random outer colony where after landing, the civilians and the troopers were let off. Blake and the remaining troopers reported to the nearest UNSC base for medical help and were later returned back to their posts.
Battle of Reach
Years had passed for Blake as he fought with the ODST's. They had committed countless raids and defenses against both the Insurrectionist and the Covenant, because of the actions he was later promoted to Sergeant. Finally, that fateful day came the Covenant had found Reach. The 7th Shock Troopers Battalion was ordered to retreat from dealing with insurrectionist forces and head towards the planet and assist in repelling covenant attacks on the planet. The battalion arrived a day later when the covenant had shown up, scans showed that they were attempting to set up a camp in the hegyvidéki lands, local farmers and their families had been taken, prisoner and we're going to be used as food for theand . The ODSTs had been tasked with stopping the camp from forming and destroying whatever had been set up. This excited Blake as he enjoyed operations like this, loving to cause chaos within the covenant forces and tearing apart anything they would set up. The battalion sent a platoon of forty ODSTs deployed via SOEIV and straight into the camp to catch the enemy off guard, Blake and a few other troopers were deployed near the hills around the camp to provide sniper support.
Battle of the hegyvidéki lands
When Blake was deployed to his position he was already met with trouble, a covenant patrol had stumbled upon him and opened fire on his position, trapped and forced to wait for help, which he didn't have time for. Blake was on his own for this firefight. Armed with only an SRS99D-S2 AM and an M6C, Blake had to put every second of training he had into use or else he would die right there and allow the patrol to slaughter the rest of the snipers. He prepared himself and engaged the enemy, his first shot was launched towards the leader of the patrol, a Sangheili major armed with a Type-51 carbine, the first shot broke his shield while the second one blasted through his chest, causing the Sangheili to fall to the ground, leaving only two Unggoy and a Sangheili minor. Deciding to save his ammo for when the small skirmish was over, Blake switched to hisand returned fire, he had killed one of the Unggoy forcing the other to flee, but infuriating the minor, Blake saw the angry Sangheili charge at him and realized he would probably die here, but he would die fighting. Blake pulled out his combat knife and readied both his weapons as the Sangheili activated it's and rushed him, Blake dodged the first few swings and returned the attack by stabbing the warrior in his side and firing his remaining clip into its gut, breaking it's shield and wounding it, Blake finished the Sangheili off by stabbing it straight into the throat. Blake had finished the patrol off and could now focus on why he was deployed.
- "I don't know how I did it, but I did...I took out a covenant patrol on my own, I don't know what I did, but I just let my instincts take over."
- ―Blake comment on the engagement with the covenant patrol
Finally, Blake could focus on sniping without interruptions, he went to his designated spot and deployed his sniper, having a clear look of the camp, he could see the platoon engaging down below, but Blake had other plans, seeing the civilians were in bigger danger, he left it to his teammates to cover the ODSTs while he focused on the civilians who were scared for their lives, realizing the ODST's were here for the civilians they began to attempt to slaughter them, Blake stopped what he could, but he couldn't save them all. nine civilians died in the process, luckily it wasn't long until the others arrived and saved the rest of them and had been able to extract the civilians, now it was time for cleanup. Blake returned his focus on the surviving covenant forces and began to execute the Covenant warriors who didn't retreat, the battle resulted in the captured of a Sangheili Ultra and an Unggoy Major, which would give them a chance to extract Intel. Sadly, the Sangheili Ultra killed himself while in prison but the Unggoy Major, due to fear and threats, spilled intel about a coming attack to clear a path to the UNSC Shipyards.
Operation: Single Slice
What the Unggoy had spilled became valuable information for the UNSC, the Unggoy spoke about an armored battalion moving in from where the base was, something the Unggoy refused to speak about no matter how many threats were made. with the intel acquired the UNSC planned an ambush in the path of the covenant convoy by usingalong with the mines, the 23rd Armored Company, and the 55th Infantry Company was called to work with a platoon of ODSTs and commit the ambush on the covenant forces. The operation was called Operation: Single Slice, believing that the ambush would be done within minutes.
- "We waited for hours for the covenant to show up, and finally right when nighttime came, so did they. Those grunts made it obvious thanks to their bright shells. When those mines went off, it was like a half-assed firework show that leads to the fireworks exploding right in our faces."
- ―Blake's memory of the ambush.
The plan soon went south as only half the mines detonated, killing a minor amount of the covenant forces, and barely damaging any of the vehicles. The 23rd Armored Company engaged first and revealed themselves from their hiding position. The Covenant retreated and focused fire on thedestroying half of the company's tanks. Soon both the platoon and infantry company began engaging the enemy from their hiding position, but the plan was failing as the covenant began to bombard the area's the soldiers were hiding in, a full retreat soon called, and pelicans were required to retrieve the surviving soldiers.
- "Everyone! Run like fucking hell!"
- ―Captain Kunal Sims ordering a full retreat
It soon became a run for life or death for everyone, as the covenant pushed forward and began slaughtering the retreating Troopers with ease, laughing at them as they were pushed back. Blake was hit in the back of the shoulder by a, he kept on running even with the burning pain of plasma eating at his shoulder. As the pelicans arrived to extract only two dozen soldiers, they were fired upon again by the Wraiths, destroying three of the pelicans in the process, in the end only two pelicans escaped the chaos, Blake was one of the lucky ones to escape the chaos. Operation: Single Slice ended in a disastrous failure on the UNSCs end and allowed the covenant to push closer to the UNSC shipyard which resulted in having the use of s be deployed to defend the shipyard.
Evacuation of New Alexandria
After the disastrous attempt that was Operation: Single Slice, Blake was one of the two survivors of Bullet 1-3 and was reassigned to Eagle 3-7. After being assigned to his new time they were assigned to the assist in the new evacuation of New Alexandria, Eagle 3-7 and many other teams were responsible for rounding up civilians and escorting them to extraction zones, so pelicans could get them to the spaceport for evacuation off Reach. Blake and his team were assigned near the river terraces, where reports had shown that a large group of civilians was trapped by covenant forces and thewas losing the fight to protect them. Eagle 3-7 was quickly deployed to their designated area and prepared for the long day ahead of them. Blake was deployed to provide sniper support for the Army and to provide overwatch.
Immediately after reaching his designated area, Blake rushed to find a clear spot, finding one on a restaurant patio that overlooked a major area of the firefight. With an unobstructed view of the battle, Blake had a major advantage in his play. The Covenant became unaware that the ODSTs had landed near them, allowing for an ambush to occur. Blake was the first of the team to engage. He took aim at a brute minor who was exposed out in the open and fired, killing the brute instantly with a headshot. Once the covenant had been alerted to the ODST's presence, it was too late. They were slaughtered within minutes, allowing the Army and their civilians to escape the area and hook up with Eagle 3-7.
- "I remember getting pinned down by Covenant forces, we seemed doomed for sure, then all the sudden. Bang...Bang...Bang! Some sniper starts taking down covenant bastards. And before we know it, we're suddenly overpowering the dumb apes and their little henchmen."
- ―Pvt. James T. Wyatt during the Evacuation of New Alexandria
Blake then moved along the upper levels of the city to provide overwatch for the evacuation team. They began running into covenant patrols every step of the way, Blake continued to lay down support, racking up his kill count, he would take out the bigger enemies and leave the smaller and weaker Covenant forces for the ODST to pick off.
- Kenny Yulo: "Karmyn! stop stealing all the good kills!"
- Blake: "You seriously want me to waste limited ammo on the grunts?"
- Kenny Yulo: "Fair point."
- — Blake and Kenny bantering about Blake killing the Covenant
Finally, they reached the first evacuation zone while the civilians began to load up a phantom flew by and opened fire, killing six civilians in the process and three soldiers. Still, the evacuation was a success as the first pelican flew off to head for the spaceport.
Eagle 3-7 was then ordered to head towards the shopping area of the city. Where it was one of the few areas the covenant hadn't attacked yet and civilians were hiding in the area. Believing that the covenant had yet to reach the area pelicans could land near the area and get them out quickly. Realizing he was running low on Ammo, Blake scavenged aoff a fallen soldier and joined the others on foot. Once meeting up with the group, they began their movement towards the shopping area. Once they arrived, they came to a scene where New Alexandria police forces setting up a small defensive position. They soon came to learn that Covenant patrols had been spotted not too far from the shopping center. It wasn't soon after that they launched an assault on the shopping center. The ODST used what little cover they had to fight back, luckily it was a small Covenant unit, mostly made up of Jackals and Brutes. The fighting only lasted for fifteen minutes, and the ODSTs only took one casualty.
Finally, it was time to evacuate the civilians. The Pelicans were called in near the shopping center, this time learning from their first mistake. An armored gunship supervised the evacuation in case the Covenant decided to try and take another shot at the evac ships. This time it was a successful evacuation without any civilian casualties. After hours of nonstop evacuations, they evacuated themselves and escaped New Alexandria. Realizing the city and the planet was done for, they left Reach and returned to Earth, where Blake was sent to deal with minor insurrectionist skirmishes for the time being, until finally...the Covenant arrived at Earth. Blake felt the feeling of true fear for the first time in years when he saw the covenant fleet right at Earths doorstep.
Battle of Earth
- " When we saw the covenant on our doorstep, everyone was thinking about one thing. 'Kicking their fucking ass and sending them back home."
- ―Blake seeing the covenant fleet at Earth
Defense of the Highland
When the covenant had arrived at Earth, Blake and a platoon of ODSTS had been stationed onboard one of the MAC platforms called Highland Station. When the Covenant had arrived, the station was put on high alert, and all units were to report to battle stations whenwere spotted heading towards Highland. Blake was stationed to the hangar of the platform, armed with an MA5C; Blake prepared to fight harder than he ever would. He vowed not to let the covenant stop him while Earth was under an invasion. The covenant busted into the hangar, and a firefight broke out. Blake was on one of the catwalks hiding behind a crate delivering a burst of gunfire towards the boarding forces. The Covenant had begun to overrun the hangar and a retreat to the had been called where were set up from the to gun down the enemy forces believing the Covenant would chase the retreating marines. They soon came to the commons room with the Covenant forces close on their heels, finally as they entered the room the Covenant forces were gunned down by the dual M247 machine guns set up. It was a minor victory, but reports soon came in about that the Covenant was heading towards the areas. Blake and a handful of ODST and marines quickly rushed to assist the soldiers at the recreation area. When they arrived, the Covenant was already engaged with the soldiers in the recreation area. Luckily, they had the element of surprise and attacked the Covenant from behind. By the time the Covenant in the recreation area was dealt with, word of bombs being stationed on the platforms got out. Blake was assigned to one of the many search parties to check to see if the Covenant had brought a bomb on board.
- "When word got around bombs had been going off on multiple stations, some of us when into a panic state, others began to pray, while the rest of us pulled our shit together and tried to think of a plan. Finally, we decided to send out search parties all over the station. We got lucky though, we couldn't find the bomb, only more Covies."
- ―Blake after discovering bombs had been planted on multiple stations.
Finally, after an hour of cleaning up stragglers and reinforcements, Highland station was secured and safe, but the Covenant had broken through and was invading Earth. Blake and the surviving ODSTs were ordered to prepare to drop down into Earth. The Covenant had invaded multiple cities, and one of their targets was Essen, Germany. Most importantly their target was the .
Battle of Essen,Germany
After word had gotten to Highland about the Covenant-breaking through the defensive line and invading Earth, Eagle 3-7 and the rest of the ODST platoon was ordered to prepare for deployment, their assigned area was Essen, Germany was it was believed the Covenant was heading towards the, which was an important area for weapons and armor research and losing it would set advancements in military technology back.
- "I remember the fury Blake had on his face when the reports came in that the Covenant had landed in Germany. He was ready to go to war with the Covenant by himself if he had too."
- ―Sergeant Kenny Yulo on Blake's reaction to the Covenant invasion of Essen.
When the Platoon was finally ready for deployment, no time was wasted to get them to the surface. later detected that a civilian resistance force was forming all over the city, but they were barely doing any good keeping the covenant at bay. Even with police support, the ODSTs was deployed three miles away from the Beweglichkeitsrüstungsysteme. After arriving in Essen, the platoon was split up around the designated area and was ordered to meet at the rally point which was the entrance to the bridge that led to the weapon facility, but trouble would follow Eagle 3-7 as the Covenant had already pushed near their location and engaged the scattered Troopers. They would receive the worst of the Covenant's attack as they barely had any cover to fight against them, meaning they were engaged by hostile forces out in open and head on. Eagle 3-7 would have perished in the fighting if it had not been for local civilian resistance fighters rushed to support the team, even though a majority on Eagle 3-7 showed disapproval for civilian assistance, believing they could have handled it on their own. Blake, however, was proud to see the people revolt against the threat, happy to join alongside them in battle.
- "I still remember all those faces of fellow Germans who came to the defense of the Vaterland. it was their home, and no one wants their home invaded and torn apart."
- ―Blake applauding the civilians who refused to hide and came to fight the invading Covenant.
Finally, they reunited with the surviving forces of the Platoon, a total of sixteen casualties out of thirty-six had been counted for once a headcount was called for. They soon received orders to hold the bridge until reinforcements could arrive, which would take time something the platoon did not have as Covenant reinforcements began to arrive, this time they had armored infantry with them. It didn't take long for the platoon and the civilians to be pushed back to the Beweglichkeitsrüstungsysteme itself, to slow the covenant forces, charges had been ordered to be set on the bridge which would cause the bridge to collapse and hopefully slow the attacking forces. It took some time, but they succeeded in their objective at the cost of six ODSTs and fourteen civilians. Still, it worked as it gave time for reinforcements to deploy on the remains of the bridge that connected to the facility. A defensive perimeter was prepared all around the facility, it would be a long night of fighting at the Beweglichkeitsrüstungsysteme, but the ones defending the facility would refuse to let it fall.
Defending the Beweglichkeitsrüstungsysteme
After setting up multiple defensive positions inside and outside the base. It was time to prepare for the coming attack that could have occurred any second. The group of both ODSTs and civilians, alongside a handful of security forces who were stuck at the facility, were the only defense the facility had. The civilians were ordered to be a last line of defense in case the Security team and ODSTs failed to protect the area. Finally, they were ready to defend the building. The first line of defense was set up in the courtyard, using cars and barricades as cover along with setting up multiple vantage points from inside the building that overlooked the courtyard.
- " Many of us wanted to be on the front lines, but they ordered us into the building to become a last line of defense, even though we argued about it. In the end, we sat inside and waited for the action to come to us."
- ―Rudolf Gollwitzer, one of the many civilians who fought back during the covenant invasion and participated in defense of the Beweglichkeitsrüstungsysteme.
Finally, the invasion came. Wraiths moved in towards the end of the bridge and began to attempt to bombard the area, having no success as they were too far out to do any damage. Realizing the Wraiths did not affect, the Covenant sent into protect the ODSTs armed with began to shoot down the banshees, being forced to ignore the Phantoms. because of this Covenant forces deployed into the courtyard with minor losses. The first wave making up , Kig-Yar, and Unggoy forces. They were easy to deal with it, until the second wave came in, this time they arrived in both greater numbers and ranks. Blake had been stationed at a snipers advantage and could see the battle was starting to turn in the Covenants favor. After an hour of fighting in the courtyard, the third wave of Covenant forces overpowered them, and everyone was ordered to retreat inside, where the Covenant followed close behind. This time a more reinforced defensive perimeter had been set up, where three was set up in the receptionist area. As the forces made it inside the turrets provided cover support, ripping apart the third wave of Covenant forces as they entered. The battle grew more intense inside as it became more narrow and close-quartered, Blake quickly traded his sniper for a and began laying down fire on the incoming Covenant forces as they kept trying to overrun the building. The receptionist area was barely holding back the Covenant as ammo began to run dry. Realizing they had no choice, they fell back deeper into the building, leaving less and less room to fight in, it was showing to be a Covenant victory.
Finally, they were pushed back into the laboratories, where the civilians had been waiting impatiently to join the fight. When the time came they rushed in to support the dwindling ODST and security forces, it was barely enough to keep a good fight going, but it was still support they could use. The Covenant kept their push slowly going until finally, the tables began turning, after an intense shootout, the Covenant had lost a good amount of their leaders, leaving the smaller ranks confused and unable to think an attack plan out. With confusion among the ranks, the civilians broke off away from the fight and repositioned to flank the Covenant forces which proved successful as the platoon began pushing them back. After running out of ammo for most of their weapons, they began to scavenge weapons off the Covenant, but Blake had saved his sniper's ammo and began using his to take out the bigger targets. Once they got out to the open, the civilians had createdbefore the arrival of the ODSTs, and began firebombing the courtyard, many of them hitting their intended targets.
- "The moment we hit the courtyard, multiple fires began erupting everywhere, the civilians had Molotov cocktails in hand and were throwing them everywhere, burning the area and even lighting the covenant forces on fire. Now that, that felt like a way to properly repay the Covenant for everything they had done. Even asked some teen who was fighting back to let me borrow one, which he thankfully agreed to."
- ―Blake seeing Molotov cocktails being used.
The Covenant was unable to take the building, within the final hour of fighting UNSC reinforcements arrived and began to push the Covenant away from the building, a make shift bridge was put up once the area was safe, and the surviving members of the platoon was quickly assigned to help retake the city by hitting Covenant outposts and bases. The civilian resistance began their version of taking the city by cleaning up the remaining forces left over by the firefights between the UNSC and the Covenant, even getting into firefights of their own; but this led to city wide executions of covenant prisoners who had survived skirmishes and firefights with the UNSC. The fighting in the city lasted only a week, while it was only a minor victory for the UNSC, to the people it was a sign they could resist the Covenant onslaught.
After a long battle, a group of civilian hackers broke into the cities PA system and played the German national anthem over the PA system. It was a welcoming sound to the many civilians who had lost many things during the battle; it gave them hope that the UNSC would secure a tomorrow.
Post Covenant War
It was nearly two months since the Covenant invasion of Earth, during that time Blake had been fighting all over Europe dealing with Covenant forces that were left behind on Earth. Word had gotten out that the war was over and that Humanity had both won the war and survived the Covenant onslaught. Blake and his team had gotten the news during their deployment in Switzerland. When they received the news of the Covenants defeat, they returned to their base to celebrate with the rest of the soldiers deployed; It was a long night of celebration at the base, it was the first time in forever Blake had felt so happy. It was on December 7th, 2552 that he was allowed to return home to see his family again.
- "I remember the news of being allowed to go home. It was all I could think about, but then I realized something, was my family even alive after the attack? All the sudden I just wanted to know if they had survived. I just wanted to know that I didn't lose my family. They were all I had other than the military. I couldn't be a soldier for the rest of my life, I didn't want to be."
- ―Blake urging to know if his family survived to avoid a fate of serving in the military the rest of his life.
Blake returned to Gronau on December 8th, only to find that parts of the city had been destroyed in the first few weeks of the invasion and was only now beginning reconstruction. He began his search downtown to find his family. When he came to where the bar was, he only found an empty lot full of rubble standing in its place. His worries increased by the sight, and he hurried to find any information on his father or sister. He started his search by going to the hospital, believing Kathrin would be there. Once Blake arrived and began asking around he discovered that not only had the two survived but they were staying in the business district which had been turned into a camp for survivors that had lost their homes. He made his way down to the camp and began looking around, soon finding the First Aid tent and discovering that his sister had been working there. It had been almost three years since the two last saw each other and it was a moment of pure joy for the two. Blake was then told where Abel could be found and he wasted no time to see his father. After arriving at the designated tent he was staying at, Blake reunited with his father and felt a wave of peace wash over him as he knew that his family was still alive and okay. He would spend nearly three weeks in Gronau, helping out anyway he could. He would finally return to active service on the 24th.
Meeting Erika/The Sēn Lín rebellion
- "People met their spouse in the most usual ways, but how often do you hear of two people meeting during a firefight?"
- ―Erika Avösh, Future wife of Blake Karmyn.
Even with the end of the Human-Covenant War,was still waging their war with the UNSC, even if they were attempting to rebuild what had been lost. An example of this was the Sēn Lín rebellion, where an already weak UEG presence faced off against an army of rebels who wanted to break free from UEG control and ally with local URF forces. As a result, martial law was soon declared, and the entire planet was thrown into a civil war.
When the civil war began, many cities immediately became battlefields between the rebels and the UEG. While most military branches dealt with fighting the rebels. The ODSTs were assigned to pull high ranking government officials out of the cities and get them off the planet for safety reasons. Blake's team, Eagle 3-7, was assigned to Panghon, the capital city of Sēn Lín and the most active warzone than any other city. When Eagle 3-7 deployed, they were forced to deploy to their backup landing zone when their original LZ was overrun by rebel forces. Once they arrived, they quickly made their way to city hall but was stopped in their track when they came across a firefight between the Army and rebel forces. Eagle 3-7 quickly stepped in to help after seeing that the hostile forces were in their way to city hall.
During the fight, Blake found himself sharing a piece of cover with a rifleman named Erika Avösh. Blake saved Erika's life when he saw the glare of a snipers scope, he quickly grabbed her collar and pulled her back before the sniper could hit her. He was granted with a thank you, which was responded with a sarcastic joke about the need to watch her surroundings. The two then shared a small laugh and went back to fighting. It lasted nearly an hour, but the rebels were soon defeated in the end and seeing that the ODSTs would need help, the surviving Army forces joined the small ODST squad and continued to their designated location. When they arrived and found the VIPs, the platoon of soldiers had been ordered to stay put as Evac forces were unable to pull them out until the next day. During this time the platoon formed a defensive perimeter around the city hall building and waited for Evac to arrive.
During the waiting, Blake and Erika would begin to talk and find out they shared many things in common and it became clear a bond was soon forming. Blake later found out Erika was stationed onboard the same ship he was and the two made a deal that if they survived to head back to the ship, they would start hanging out whenever they could.
During their conversation, the rebels attempted to launch a surprise attack on the city hall building and intended to take prisoners. However, a soldier on guard duty spotted the rebels moving and alerted everyone to the situation. Blake and Erika quickly loaded their weapons and joined in the fight to protect the VIPs. During the fight, Erika was wounded when a stray bullet, hit her in the chest. While her armor took most the damage she was still badly wounded when the bullet became lodged in her chest and needed medical attention immediately. Blake dropped his gun and threw her on his shoulders to carry her to the medics.
- "When she was hit, I immediately dropped my gun and carried her to the medics, I was scared she would die. She felt like the first best friend I had in years."
- ―Blake recalling the thoughts that ran through his mind when Erika was hit.
Medics quickly attended to Erika's wound when Blake arrived. He stayed at her side while she was attended too. After Erika's wound was fixed Blake went back to fighting the rebels, this time a fire burned in his chest and he was furious. Blake switched his MA5C for Erika'sand went back to fighting. He landed thirteen headshots with her DMR. The rebels attack failed, and the VIPs were evacuated once morning came. The rebellion was then crushed two weeks later.
Blake and Erika kept the promise they made and began hanging out whenever they could. However, Erika retired a month after they met and returned back to her home on Europa, but it wasn't the end of their relationship, the two began dating after she left and kept in contact. Blake would finally see Erika in person after five months apart and visit her on Europa. Before Blake returned back to active duty. Erika would come to announce she was pregnant with their only child. This left Blake in a state of confusion of what to do with his life. He went on to marry Erika in the spring of '54 but began to wonder if it was time for him to retire from the military, but in the end, he decided to stay due to being the only thing he knew best.
Recruited for the Spartan IV program
- "I remember holding her for the first time in my arms. I felt my problems fade away and she became the light of my life. I was gonna retire when she was born...but then the recruiter showed up."
- ―Blake wanted to retire after his daughters birth, but things would change later on.
Nine months had passed since Erika's announcement, and only four months since their marriage, Erika and Blake welcome their first and only child, Ada, to the world on November 25th, 2554. The two had found a home in the suburbs of Berlin and decided to move there to live on their own. When Ada was born, Blake had decided to rethink his idea of staying in the military and was ready to hang his rifle up for good. However, a month after his daughter had been born Blake was approached by a man who was recruiting for theand saw that Blake had potential to become one. When he was approached Blake immediately shot the invitation down and refused to join, but the man refused to give up so easily. He had begun to talk with Blake and talk about what he was signing up for and why someone like him would be needed. It was met with denial and resistance from Blake at first, but in the end, Blake agreed to join the Spartan-IV program.
- Recruiter: "Mr. Karmyn, I know you already said no, but hear me out here..."
- Blake Karmyn: " I said no, I have a daughter and a wife to support. I don't need to stay in the military any longer I have to be, the war's over, and you don't need me anymore."
- Recruiter: "That's Where you're wrong Mr. Karmyn. We could use someone with talents like yours. The UNSC needs soldiers capable of taking on the toughest of the UEGs opponents and can come out on top, something you can do. Think about it Mr.Karmyn when the next major threat arrives, and your family is endangered will you do anything to keep them safe?"
- — The recruiter, after an hour of discussion and debate with Blake, was able to recruit him for the Spartan-IV program.
When Blake told his family he would join the Spartan-IV program, they weren't fully supportive of his move the biggest person being disappointed was Erika, who was upset he had gone back on his word about retiring. The two later had a minor argument about Blake's decision, but in the end, Erika would accept his decision, even though she was not happy with his it.
Joining the Spartan-IV program
Training/Meeting Fireteam Howl
A month passed since Blake's recruitment, and it was finally time to become a Spartan. On December 26th, 2554 Blake was sent to the Mars facility to receive his augmentations. During his trip to the facility, he met Amanda Calhoun an army medic who had also recruited for the Spartan-IV program. The two had sat by each other on the trip and Amanda began talking to him to help pass the time and to help calm her nerves. During the chat, they came to find a common love of pop culture and metal music. The two soon agreed to stick with each other until their training was complete after learning enough about each other to become friends.
When they arrived at the Mars facility, no time was wasted to begin theirand they started the day after the recruits had arrived. Blake and Amanda didn't see each other much when the surgeries began, but that was something they had expected to happen. They underwent three weeks of surgeries that felt non-stop, but Blake knew it would be the right decision he had chosen in the end. After they were finished with the surgeries. He and the other Spartans were transferred to the top-secret training base, where they had to learn how to function in their new bodies. Blake took a little more time to learn how to function with his augmentations; it took him nearly four days to learn to walk again while most learned within two to three days. It took months of intense training and dealing with constant aches and pains in his body, but once he had fully regained control and learned to handle his new abilities he felt like he was able to take on the world. But there was one thing that bugged him the most, would he be able to live a normal life again? After everything had been done to prepare him, it was time to meet his team.
Blake, just like in the past, was assigned to be the team's sniper and on March 9th, 2555. Blake and Amanda were appointed to Fireteam Howl where they first met both the team leader, Kelsey Shinn and the teams heavy, Ashton Dewicky. The four were assigned to the. Where they would be given their first assignment, something that they all looked forward too, desperate to try out their new augmentations on their enemies and raise some hell along the way.
Fireteam Howl was assigned their first mission three days after arriving at the Infinity. Their first mission was to be deployed to deal with a minor covenant splinter faction that was starting to build up. They were also assigned to assassinate the leader of the faction, Cyg 'Vosum. The Covenant faction was luckily just a single CAS carrier, but they had to be dealt with before they could expand. ONI drones had discovered they were hiding out on a glassed colony. Howl was joined alongside Fireteam Shield in the attack on the CAS, it was a minor job compared to what would come ahead in the future.
- "It was our first time in the field, we didn't know what to expect. We had to take on an entire Covenant ship by ourselves, but we were Spartans now, and this wasn't anything we were used too back in the older days"
- ―Blake describing how he felt during Operation: Swordbreaker
The squad was deployed viaand was expected to be picked up after the success of the mission. The eight-man team soon landed on the colony of Yule and were met with the barren wastelands. They wasted no time to hurry to the CAS carrier and to get the job done. Once arriving a plan had been formed to hit them from both sides, Howl would take the left side and Shield would take the right side. The two squads then split up and went to attack from the sides. Blake was assigned to supply sniper support which he did so happily. He was the first to engage when he took down a Sangheili ranger with a bullet to the skull. During this time, Blake and Ashton, the team’s heavy specialist, a friendship began forming after a bet was made of who could get the most kills and so far, Ashton was winning.
- Ashton: "Hey Karmyn! What's your kill count?"
- Blake: "Six."
- Ashton: "Thirteen! Look who's winning!"
- Blake: "Just wait till I get my other rifle DeWicky."
- — Blake and Ashton bantering during Operation: Swordbreaker over their bet.
Howl was the first to clear their area and secure their side of the gravity well, Shield soon met up with them and quickly cleared incoming reinforcements that attempted to clear out the Spartans from boarding the CAS carrier, they were wiped out within minutes, and the Spartans moved on to board the ship. When Cyg was alerted to their presence inside the ship he ordered his greatest warriors to engage them in the hangar.
The Spartans quickly set up a defensive perimeter after they were locked inside, Cyg attempted to create a kill area for the Spartans by trapping them in the hangar, but they had come prepared, Kelsey Shinn began attempting to disable one of the doors to let the other seven through. While she did so, Cyg greatest Zealots attacked Shield and Howl from above resulting in a minor firefight between the two forces, during the attack one of the Spartans from fireteam shield took a plasma round to the shoulder after the shielding broke, leaving both them and Amanda unable to fight while she tended to the Spartans wound.
Finally, Kelsey was able to hack the door and get the Spartans out of the hangar and into a temporary safer area. This gave them time to help the wounded Spartan and prepare to cut through the ship to make it to Cyg. Amanda finally finished patching up the injured Spartan, and the fireteams continued onward, being met with minor resistance at first from Kig-Yars and Unggoy. Though as they fought deeper into the ship, the harder it was to fight to Cyg, eventually they finally got to the bridge of the vessel. Armed with Covenant weaponry after running out of ammo for their weapons they found Cyg and killed him instantly with an overcharged plasma pistol shot and a carbine shot to the head. Orders had soon come in that allied Sangheili forces would take the ship over once Fireteam Shield and Howl had evacuated which they did so quickly, the mission ended up a success, and a Covenant splinter faction had been eliminated, this would be the first out of many successful missions.
Assault on the luxury liner "5 O'Clock Somewhere"
On July 6th, 2555 a civilian luxury starship by the name "5 o'Clock Somewhere" was attacked by Kig-Yar pirates. The ship was on it's way towhen during its trip it was forced to come out of hyperspace due to a technical issue onboard the ship. Soon after coming out of hyperspace a band of Kig-Yar pirates had been nearby and detected the ship, seeing a potential chance to gather loot and supplies the pirates moved in on the ship and attacked it. During the attack, pirates decided to take the ship's inhabitants hostage and planned to use them as ransom against the UNSC. The pirate queen, Kur Joth, contacted the UNSC and made her demands along with the threat of executing the inhabitants of the ship if they attempted to send in any rescue teams.
The UNSC ignored these threats and prepared to send in Fireteam Howl to rescue the ship and its crew before any harm could come to them. They then set out towards the coordinates by taking ato meet with the Kig-Yar and create a distraction so that the Spartans could sneak onboard. Once they arrived, they soon made contact with the Shipmistress on arrival to hear her demands and to be sure the civilians were still alive. As negotiations began. Fireteam Howl did not have much time to complete their objective as it was a race against the clock. The Spartans quickly lept into open space and used their thrusters to reach the bottom of the ship. Once successfully arriving, they made their way up the ship and towards one of the airlocks. As soon as they arrived Kelsey planted a breaching charge on the airlock to blow it open as it was the only way they could get in. Once they were inside they were ordered to find the civilians first and make sure they were safe. The Fireteam then advanced deeper into the ship and came across several Kig-Yar pirates patrolling the ship, which were dealt with quickly and silently.
As the team made their way into the ballroom, they came across a group of Kig-Yar pirates rounding up a small group to feast on but were immediately killed by Blake and Ashton who gunned the pirate group down. After securing the hostages and confirming they were safe Howl headed for the bridge of the ship to deal with the rest of the pirates onboard.
With the hostages secured and the pirate crew forces at a low count, Howl had decided to clean up the rest of the ship and split up into two groups, Ashton and Amanda were sent to get the hostages to a safer place while Kelsey and Blake made their way up to the bridge. Once the two arrived a breaching charge was set on the door and was used to blast the door wide open, where the two quickly stepped in and opened fire, this resulted in the death of the ship mistress and a majority of the crew with her. Only two pirates survived the attack and quickly surrendered and were taken into custody. After the event, Howl were praised for their actions on the ship and received notability from officials that would later assign to participate in more rescue missions in the future.
Personality and traits
Blake has two different personalities when it comes to being himself. One for when he is in service and the other for when he is back home and is not on active duty. Blake does not believe in still holding onto his military lifestyle when he is with his family, wanting to be more of a father to his daughter rather than a soldier. However, sometimes his military personality slips out once and a while, but very rarely does it ever happen.
When at home, Blake is described as a loving and caring family man with a somewhat peaceful attitude as he still suffers from anger issues and can easily get worked up over things if he is provoked with a hostile or annoying tone or attitude aimed towards him...or if his favorite grifball team/fighter in sports is doing a poor job or is losing badly. He tries to avoid letting Erika or Ada see him in a bad mood as he grows worried he will take his anger out on them by mistake without even noticing until it is too late. Blake puts Ada above everything else as he cares very deeply about her. he can be found near her engaging in activities with her whenever he can. He can also be overprotective at times with her, even though he tries not to.
- "My real parents weren't around when I grew up, and I don't want Ada to have that same experience. I usually spend any time I can with her while I'm at home. Granted I still make time for Erika and myself, but Ada doesn't need to know what it feels like to grow up with very few memories of me."
- ―Blake shows that he wants to be there for Ada whenever he can be.
Blake is somewhat of a drinker, while he isn't an alcoholic,is one of his many coping mechanisms in dealing with his PTSD. He only drinks at his father's bar or when he is home alone. He tries not to drink as often with the fear he will become an alcoholic and possibly ruin both his and his family’s life. Still, he relies on it to help suppress certain memories from his years in the Human-Covenant war whenever none of his other coping mechanism doesn't work or isn't available.
Blake can only recall one time his military personality truly showed in front of his wife. One night while on leave, their small home was broken into during the early hours in the morning. Blake sprung out of bed to investigate and saw three men in black clothing standing the living room robbing the place. Seeing his family was in grave danger of being harmed or killed. He grabbed his hunting knife and a handgun he had bought for Erika whenever he would be gone and rushed into the living room. He caught the three men off guard and quickly engaged them with merciless attitude. The men attempted to overpower the highly experienced trooper, but failed quickly as two of them were stabbed repeatedly in vital areas and the last one was shot in the back, crippling him from the neck down. Blake kept the three men pinned down at gunpoint until emergency responders showed up to take the wounded men away. This was the only time Blake could ever recall having to rely on his training to handle an extreme situation such as the robbery.
When it comes to serving for the UNSC, Blake personality completely changes. He becomes a man who is focused, serious, and lethal. While Blake keeps somewhat of a friendly personality among allies and friends he still shows that he has little room for sarcasm and goofing off. Blake becomes focused on surviving so that he can go home to his family. He also shows to become protective of his fireteam and does his best to help them any way he can in any situation which his fireteam shows gratitude for.
Blake becomes a merciless killing machine when deployed into battle, he focused on delivering as much death and chaos upon his enemies as he can so that they can lose both morale and focus when fighting against his team. His accuracy is focused on kill shots rather than wounding unless given orders to wound a certain target. He relies mostly on his sniper rifle to do most of the damage at long range but will switch to his assault rifle when the situation calls for it. His accuracy is known to be at around 85-90%, making him a very lethal soldier on the battlefield. However, he is known to become less focused when he becomes angry and becomes less tactical and prefers to engage his enemy head-on when in this state of anger.
Another trait of his is his lack of "funny bone". He doesn't joke around often over anything and prefers to stay quiet most of the time when outside of combat when it comes to friendly banter, granted he can take a sarcastic comment. He isn't one to throw one right back but to instead shrug it off and continue with his duties. He does, however, make the occasional friendly insult towards his fellow teammate, Ashton DeWicky as he is the only other soldier Blake jokes and makes friendly banter with during combat or training. He is also very strict. He sticks to a daily routine of training and practice while he is waiting for deployment for a mission.
- Ashton: "Hey Karmyn, you mind telling me why you always seem to have a stick up your ass?"
- Blake: "I got a Job Ashton, and that job requires focus and discipline, granted I do break it once and awhile I can't afford to screw up."
- Ashton: "Huh, you ever thought about pulling that stick out of your ass once and a while?"
- Blake: "Oh trust me, I pull it out when I go home. You can watch after my stick when I'm gone."
- — Ashton asking about Blake's strict personality.
One trait he also has is that he can easily become homesick, he keeps a small sketchbook that his daughter draws in when he is home and gives to him before he returns to service. He occasionally looks through it to help him cope with the homesickness. He also keeps very few photos of his wife and daughter on him or in his locker, except for one photo that he always keeps with him , even in combat. This photo is of Erika and Ada during Ada's first birthday. He calls this his lucky charm and keeps it tucked in his helmet or keeps it in his pants pocket, he very rarely leaves it behind and is one of his favorite photos of the two.
Blake is a metalhead, preferring the classic genres of 21st-century music that is metal and rock 'n roll. He also enjoys the modern genre of music calledthough he doesn't listen to it as much as he does metal. He also enjoys both classical German military marching songs and volksfest music, his top favorite military songs being Erika, Drei Lilien(Three Lilies), and Wenn Die Soldaten(When the soldiers). His top favorite Volksfest songs are In Himmel gibt's kein Bier(In Heaven there is no Beer) and Muss' i denn(I have to).
Blake also enjoys the works of art, he enjoys classical works of art over anything. He is also somewhat of an artist himself preferring to draw sketches and works of imagination, portraits, or still lifes. He also enjoys drawing or painting with Ada as she also shows an interest in art and teaches her everything he knows, encouraging her to pursue a career in art when she is older.
If there is one thing Blake is proud of about himself is that he's a big geek and has been since he was young. Blake prefers to show his inner geek while on leave and loves to stay up to date on the latest game, comic, movie, etc. This is usually the main source that helps him cope with his PTSD when he can just focus on something that makes him happy.
|Zerreißen||The MA5B was Blake's first weapon he ever used when serving in the UNSC Marine Corps, before becoming a scout sniper, The weapon did not receive a nickname till Blake's day as an ODST. The weapon name means "Tear Apart" in German. The Weapon was in Blake's service from
|Schmerzlos||The SRS99C-S2 was Blake's first sniper rifle, nicknamed "Painless" in German. Blake racked up a total of 450+ kills within three years of using this rifle before moving on to one of the newer models. Schmerzlos was used from 2545-2548.|
|N/A||The M6C was Blake's sidearm in his ODST days, he rarely used it, but when he did he was considered a crack shot with it at close-medium range. The pistol has saved Blake's life twice and was in his service from 2548-2554|
|Schmerzlos||Blake upgraded from the SRS99C-S2 to an SRS99D-S2 AM, the sniper kept the original nickname but proved to be more powerful, the weapon racked up an additional 240+ kills during its use. The weapon was in use from 2548-2554.|
|N/A||After Reach Blake was given an MA5C, this one he didn't nickname due to unknown reasons. The MA5C saw action, but not as often as Zerreißen did, still it was a reliable weapon Blake cared for. His MA5C was used from 2552-2554.|
|Der Wächter||Blake's current sniper is an SRS99-S5 AM, nicknamed "The Guardian" in German, Blake sniping talents have been mostly used to cover his teammates and fellow soldiers. Earning the snipers name, the weapon has been in his service since 2555 and currently has landed Blake a total of 160+ kills and continues to build up.|
|Vierten||Blake current assault rifle is the MA5D with a Recon Sight attachment, nicknamed "Fourth" due to it being his fourth assault rifle. Blake enjoys using his Assault Rifle more than his Sniper Rifle sometimes, but will always rely on both of them to protect him and his teammates so that they can return home after every mission. The rifle always has a recon sight attached to it as it is Blake's preferred sight of choice. The rifle has been in his service since 2555.|
|N/A||Blake sidearm is an M6H magnum, Blake has said it has been reliable and saved his life a few times, he only uses the magnum as his very last weapon and will fight with both his M6H and his M11 Combat Knife ferociously, some calling it animal-like. The magnum has been in his service since 2555.|
The reason Blake has an English name was that he was named after his grandfather on his father side, who hailed from the United Republic of North America.
The story of "The Galvyana conflict" was inspired by the stories ofduring the Soviet-Finnish War.