- "You are what you dare."
- —A phrase summarising Jack's philosophy towards life.
Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) Jack-A260, birthname Jack Ryan, and also known as Chief is a SPARTAN-IV commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to the UNSC Infinity as Fireteam leader of Punisher. Jack was a member of Phoenix Team, an elite team of Spartans who fought during the Fall of Reach, after which it was disbanded he was the leader of Punisher Team until the end of the Human-Covenant War.
Childhood and early careerEdit
Jack was born on Sydney, Earth on February 17th, 2527. At the age of 5, his parents were involved in a head on collision on a highway with a drunk driver, killing his mother; months later, his father was killed by a Covenant recon team scouting around a mining asteroid. After being asked if he wanted to avenge his parents, which he agreed to, he was conscripted into the Spartan-III program's Alpha Company in 2534.
During his training, he constantly impressed LCMDR. Kurt Ambrose through his constant re-adjustment to static and dynamic environmental changes, mostly due to the inclusion of Kurt being his overseer, and his commanding officer. After an unknown amount of time after finishing his training, he became the rookie of Phoenix Team. He was noted to have the quickest reaction time of all of the Spartans in Phoenix Team, noted by his Team Leader, Jon-B150. He was put into the position of the team's marksman.
Shortly before the Fall of Reach, Phoenix Team was involved in an operation on Reach which involved the cooperation of an operative from the Office of Naval Intelligence. During a car pursuit, it was revealed that he was in league with the activity, and ultimately shot and killed Phoenix's Commander, Jon-B150 to escape custody. He bled out in the hands of Lauren-A094, with him firing seven shots from his M6G to take down the agent, ultimately ending in a stoppage. They both blameed themselves for the death of Jon. After which, a "strike back" op occurred where the operative was captured and interrogated. After resisting, he was agreed to be moved to the position of Team Leader within Phoenix Team.
Fall of ReachEdit
Jack and Lauren led multiple black operations against possible insurrectionist activity on Reach, usually ending in a 100% success. Later, it was revealed that the Covenant had been deployed on Reach, in the Viery Territory. During the Battle of Viery, Phoenix Team, bar Jack, Faith-A211 and Mark-B321, were onboard the UNSC Grafton when it was destroyed by the Long Night of Solace. During which, they were participating in an overwatch operation when this happened. This wiped out Phoenix Team, and placed them as the only surviving members. After being flown to New Alexandria, they were debriefed by Cutter, and ultimately placed in the hands of him.
On August 23rd, they participated in an evac operation with the specialized shock infantry unit known as the Bullfrogs, before being requested by Colonel Urban Holland, Commanding officer of Noble Team, to participate in an overwatch operation for Noble Team, during which, they provided fire support until they reached the interior of ONI's Sword Base.
After which, they all commenced exfiltration, in which the UH-144 Falcon they had was shot down near Aszod, on route to a forward operating base to get off planet. On his way there, the three encountered and rescued a group of civilians and military contractors to get them off planet as well. That choice resulted in them not being able to exfil with the civilian transport, and as such, gained transport to get to the UNSC Aegis Fate, which was leaving at Platform Charlie near the Ship-Breaking yards nearby. They did so, and successfully got off Reach.
Battle of EarthEdit
After being redeployed to Berlin, Germany, the three Spartans formed Punisher to take vengeance against the Covenant. When the Covenant invaded Earth, they participated in the defense of the city, alongside Shadow Team, ensuring the safe evacuation of the large civilian populace. After a major setback losing a firebase within the city, Shadow and Punisher were separated from each other, not seeing either team until a later date.
After which, this eventually be led to being deployed to different combat operations around the world from minor skirmishes in Britain, alongside Shadow, eventually reaching Sydney, Australia.
Punisher, now battle hardened, were redeployed to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo Six to ensure the safety of ONI documents and persons. During a large scale skirmish near Circular Quay, Mark was injured by a falling building, placing him trapped underneath the wreckage, leaving only Faith and Jack to defend the area. After hours of fighting, they eventually found the time to pull him from the wreckage, having fallen unconscious from his injuries.
With a man down, Faith and Jack continued to defend the areas, even after the main forces had headed to The Ark. With forces starting to retreat to head to 00, Faith was injured by a Fuel Rod blast, and attacked forces head on, almost causing her death, had Jack not pulled her back she would have died. However with the Prophet of Truth dead, and the Covenant disbanded, it was only a matter of time before Sydney was taken back. The two of them were tasked to stand down, and report to HIGHCOM for debriefing, and stand-by protocols.
Post Human-Covenant WarEdit
After the war, Jack and the rest of Punisher were integrated into the SPARTAN-IV Program and assigned to a new team in the newly formed Spartan branch. Along with being placed in Fireteam Punisher, the Spartans were also assigned to the UNSC Infinity with several other Spartan teams under the command of Commander Sarah Palmer, Infinity CIC.
In 2554, after reports of a nuclear bombing of the UNSC's Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, Jack and Punisher were deployed to the Shah-i-Kot Valley to quell the insurgency, also encountering Covenant Asylum Seekers. During the raid, they recovered their former CO, Sam Mitchell, having been declared MIA since the Fall of Reach. After the operation, Jack and Punisher were returned to the Infinity for debriefing and a possible medal ceremony.
In 2555, Punisher was deployed to Taipan Science Base on a formerly glassed planet. During their time there, Jack and Shado eventually gave in to their feelings for each other, locking themselves in their personal barracks for hours, and did not return until 8 hours later. Having realized that they may compromise themselves, they kept their status hidden from Mark. Jack was shocked when he found out that one of the members of the security team was a Spartan III Headhunter - James Kozak. After a weeks time, CMDR Palmer decided that the science base was not worth protecting, and pulled Punisher out; and Kozak with them. Kozak then joined Punisher permanently.
In 2557, Fireteams Delta and Punisher were deployed to the UNSC's Kepler Research Station, to a distress call sent out by a stationed UNSC Infinity science team investigating a trapped artifact located inside of an asteroid belt occupying a nearby planet. After inserting by thrusters, they fended off enemy boarders, and secured the area using Insurrectionist Mantis' being used by the Insurrectionist's themselves. After a 30 minute firefight, the asteroid belt was secured, and the science team placed under Fireteam Mountain's supervision. After which, Delta and Punisher were extracted to the Infinity due to a distress call of the previously thought lost UNSC Frigate Forward Unto Dawn, where Jack changed his armor for the first time, changing his shoulder pauldrons and forearm armor pieces due to damage sustained through space debris and close quarters battle situations.
Unfortunately, upon exiting slipspace, the ship was immediately pulled into the planet, and both Delta and Punisher as well as other Spartan fireteams defended the ship from enemy boarders. They then participated in providing cover fire for Commander Thomas Lasky's Mammoth, attempting to destroy the gravity well that held Infinity in place. Once the operation succeeded, Infinity returned to Earth.
In 2558, Jack and Punisher participated in the Second Battle of Requiem, where they were deployed via Pelican to destroy AA weaponry destroying reconnaissance drones, during which, it was shot down by Forerunner Anti-Air, and caused it to crash on a remote island located 50 kilometres from Copernicus. Punisher, led by Jack, and housing two new members, Spartans Kevin Ryan, and Conor Smith, they eliminated the AA guns, and requested extraction for survivors from the UNSC Infinity. A short time later, whilst Jack, Shado, Kozak and Mark were deployed to provide security for a recovering Armored Division, the UNSC Infinity was boarded by Promethean and Covenant forces, splitting Punisher into a smaller group due to the deaths of Spartan Ryan and Spartan Smith during the fighting.
After which, they assisted Fireteam Zulu during an HVT recovery mission, unfortunately resulting in the loss of Zulu, and injury of Jack due to an overwhelming Promethean force, and soon after, escaping aboard the INFINITY before the destruction of Requiem. Jack's injuries were extremely severe, and resulted in him having further augmentations to his body, whilst also replacing his armor, now operating at the highest output for a Fireteam Leader's GEN2 capacity unit. This came at a cost however; he lost complete feeling in his right leg and left side of his torso.
- "By my wishful thinking, Jack is a lethal vector. He is also a Spartan with compassion."
- —Colonel Sam Cutter in the Phoenix Performance Report.
Jack is described as being a quiet, lethal, and most compassionate Spartan, as well as a born leader, inspiring those under his command to follow his word 100% of the time. He is said to be cool under pressure, with beam-like focus, even while maintaining environmental adaptability and personal flexibility. Jack is also noted as being capable of interacting with non-SPARTAN personnel effectively and efficiently with low-to-no expected stress issues from those involved.
During his recruitment for the Spartan-III program, Jack would be relaying tactical information about weak points and numbers. This made some members of the program uneasy, as they were lead to believe that he would easily be captured, and made an example of, something the III program would not be allowed to do. Despite that, his skills are unmatched from any member within ACOY, notably his capacity for leadership and marksmanship with a designated marksman rifle, or a sniper rifle.
As Fireteam Leader of both Phoenix and Punisher, Jack has grown to accept his mistakes, often laughing them off later on with his second in command. However, his constant thought is his desire to bring his people back alive, but he knows that it isn't always possible. When the deaths of Phoenix occured, he was noted to have a concrete focus on then keeping the rest alive, and evacuating as many UNSC and civilian persons alike off planet. This caused him to have many issues during his debrief between the moment of peace after Earth and before the Battle of Requiem.
As he was trained under SCPO Mendez, he holds high respect for the "Chief", mainly for him convincing CMDR. Kurt Ambrose to choose him to be a part of Phoenix in the first place.
However, the one person he always relies on is Shado (Faith). After the death of Lauren and the rest of Phoenix at Viery, he was struck by something he had not felt for years: fear. Faith instilled hope back into him, when they evacuated the civilians off planet. Due to the augmentations, Spartans cannot love, however, Shado augmentations holding those feelings back were compromised at Reach, as were his, and they are slowly falling in love with each other, the other not knowing either's feelings. At points where Shado has almost sacrificed herself, Jack has pulled her back, almost sacrificing himself with her. If she were to be killed, Jack would be extremely devastated. During Punisher's deployment to Taipan Science Base, Jack and Shado finally gave in to their feelings for each other, hiding it from the other members of the SPARTANs and Punisher alike. This has made Jack a stronger person through mental relief, and toughness, as had finally found something worth living for.
Jack is known to be extremely cautious and observant, only making changes in plans if they are extremely important. He does not open easily to strangers, and is withdrawn even by Spartan standards. Friendships are made for life, however -- once given, his trust is forever, one example being Shado, whom he initially doubted during their introduction to each other. In the end they formed a relationship that stormed the battlefield more times than countable, and off.
While still feeling the loss of comrades deeply, he has grown more accustomed to combat than most sodiers. Jack's determined nature also serves to mask his feelings on many occasions, as he prefers to devote all attention to the goal at hand. Jack knows his duty as a Spartan is to serve and help those in need, and can work professionally with anyone he is sent into battle with. He is fiercely protective of their lives and humanity as a whole. Because of his many years of constant combat and military conditioning however, Jack is not as emotional or sensitive as he once was, He has been known to have vivid and long-enduring memories of the past, such as in dreams. No matter how well-adjusted he is, however, he always seems to need to have a quiet place away from crowds after a battle in order to feel at peace.
Jacks's age is affected by the same symptoms of those who undergo extended voyages through space. By technical human Earth years, Jack is approximately 26 years old at the time of the Battle of Earth, and 31 years old in 2558. However, during the Earth years that he has spent fighting the Covenant, considerable time was spent in cryo-sleep. The aging process is slowed in slipspace by deep sleep in cryo chambers, in which cellular aging can be halted almost completely. As a result, Jack's biological age is significantly less than his age as measured by Earth-standard chronology.
Jacks facial appearance is somewhat rugged, with either a short back and sides cut (simliar to most III's, or IV's), or slicked back medium-ish hair, with medium brown facial hair. At some point during the Human-Covenant War, he put the front of his beard into a short pony tail, however this ended prior to 2554. He has a scar running from his right cheekbone to the mid-top left side of his nose, as well as a slanted line running into his hairline from just above his eyebrow. His body is similar, with scars in places where his SPI, and his MJOLNIR armor has been breached, as well as an athletic build. During his augmentations after the Battle of Requiem, his scars eventually healed, only being able to be seen by looking extremely closely
His MJOLNIR MKV PAU consisted of MJOLNIR MKV (a) Helmet, with the Field Tactical attachements. He wore a UA/Base Security pauldron on his right shoulder, and a FJ/Para pauldron on his left. Jack also had a Tactical/TACPAD on his left wrist, as well as a Tactical/HARD CASE on his left thigh, with standard MKV knee guards.
His MJOLNIR MKVIGEN2 consists of a MKVIGEN1 helmet, with Pathfinder chest armor. He wore Air Assault pauldrons on both shoulders. He also opted to choose standard Recruit forearm pieces, and GEN1 leg armor systems. After the Second Battle of Requiem, Jack opted to replace his broken armor pieces with the Scout torso piece, Rogue and Pathfinder shoulder pauldrons, GEN1 forearm pieces, and a maximised output unit for his GEN2, resulting in faster reaction times, more shield generator processing power, and more protection from plasma bolts/energy swords.
- His birthday is shared with the author, as well as his name. However his physical appearance is based on both the author, the character "Sam Fisher" from Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and the DEVGRU operator "Voodoo", from the video game series Medal of Honor (Medal of Honor 2010, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter). However, his accent is Australian, as he is not of American descent.
- Prior to him receiving the Mark V helmet, he used the Mark V (b) variant, where it was sent to after the events of Reach was previously unknown, however discovered that it was sent to the UNSC's HIGHCOM Bravo 6 Facility, and that the sender was under the impression that the Spartan had been declared MIA.
- Due to the switch from the Spartan III Program to the IV Program, upon armor request Jack decided to do opposite colors for his armor, white and blue instead of blue and white, mainly to let go of the losses of the Human-Covenant War. Before rapid response to the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn however, Jack switched out his previous armor set shoulder and forearm pieces for new ones, due to insertion and close quarters battle damage during the reclamation of the UNSC's Kepler Research Station. After the Second Battle of Requiem however, Jack opted to replace his broken armor pieces with the Scout torso piece, Rogue and Pathfinder shoulder pauldrons, GEN1 forearm pieces, and a maximised output unit for his GEN2. He also recolored his armor, changing it back to blue and white; signifying that Humanity was at war once again.
- Between 2553, and 2557, Jack and 15 other Spartan Fireteam Leaders were evaluated for possible usage for 4th Generation Smart AI's, however, this project was shut down immediately by Admiral Serin Osman, whilst running her own program to decide which Fireteam Leader would be chosen to have an AI, ultimately after the UNSC Infinity's return from Requiem to Earth, Jack was chosen as the test template for 4th gen Neural Interface systems between MJOLNIR MKVIGEN2/MKVII and 4th Generation Smart AI's.
- Due to the respect given to the previous programs, Jack is known to disobey uniform orders, by wearing militaristic civilian clothing, which runs him into problems with the UNSC Infinity's security detail.
List of appearancesEdit