The Soul Killers Codex
A Series Collection
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Hello one and all! Welcome to “The Soul Killer Collection” a thread created to hold all the information about my Fanfic series.
I’ve always enjoyed creating characters and writing stories about them, it’s just something I do. Ranging from the totally bizarre to fan stories based on other universes. Gears of War was the first Xbox360 game I played and I was pretty much hooked on it since then.
I joined up and wrote my first Fanfic “Revival” about a young Drone being rescued by the elite Soul Killers after the light mass bombing. It actually became quite popular, and was nominated for a place in the Fanfic centrals “Notable Fanfics”
A Sequel was created, followed by a third, followed by a side story and spin off’s, I had quite a collection.
Soon, it was pointed out by user Jonesybites. (Author of Fanfic Snowblind) that it would be a good idea to put all these stories into a collection, so new readers could get all the information they need and get into the series easier.
Thanks to the support of the Fanfic writers support group, this thread has truly come to life, now all The Soul Killer stuff is presented neatly here. Big shout out to you guys.
Read on and I hope you enjoy!
“Have you ever been to a Soul Killer cleanup sight? What they’ve done to Gears, one cleanup sight is probably enough to demoralise the whole army!”
The “Soul Killers” are the elite soldiers of The Queen. Made up of the strongest, most cunning and in some cases, most scary Locust of the Horde. One Soul Killer is more than a match for Cog forces. The very name can send a terrified shiver down the spine of ever the toughest Cog veteran.
The rank was originally given to just one Locust, who’d proven to outdo others in the field of combat. RAAM spent a short time as a Soul Killer, leading Locust against the Lambent, before he ascended into the rank of General.
Though one year after E-Day, a young Theron, named Hakar, was offered the honoured position of Soul Killer, after he and his crew of fellow Therons easily outwitted a large number of Cog forces and helped the Locust destroy a Cog command centre. Hakar happily accepted, but he felt he worked better with a team, and requested that others may join him. It was agreed, thus, The Soul Killers were officially formed.
Soul Killer armour is easily recognizable, it somewhat resembles traditional Theron Guard armour, though it is entirely black, save for the odd patch of Crimson red around the shoulders. The Soul Killer Helmet adorns a “V” symbol in the middle.
If there is ever a mission The Queen feels the normal soldiers of the horde cannot handle, she will send The Soul Killers. These soldiers live up to their elite status, as they have almost never failed a mission, decimating Gears and Lambent forces wherever they go. Their actions alone inspire the Horde to keep fighting, as if Locust forces see the Soul Killers on the battle field, they know they can’t lose.
Most Gears are terrified of the very words “Soul Killer” while some mask their terror with a bravado charade of tough guy, they secretly dread having to go to a location where Soul Killer activity is reported.
The Gears coined a phrase forever known as “Soul Killer Cleanup sight” this means the scene of a battle where Soul Killers utterly annihilated Gears forces, leaving various body parts and pools of blood everywhere. One cleanup sight is said to demoralise even the toughest Gear.
Soul Killers are treated with undying respect from the rest of The Locust Horde. Even the lowest Boomer or Wretch recognizes them as heroes of the Horde. Any Locust is more than happy to take orders from A Soul Killer, in fact, they see it as an honour.
Hakar leads The Soul Killers with superb efficiency. His skill and strength alone are enough to motivate the others to keep fighting. Hakar often gets advice and assistance from his second in command and most trusted friend Onwa. Some say that they really have joint leadership, with Hakar leading the charge while Onwa plans the tactics. Though most agree that Hakar is the true leader.
A tradition the Soul Killers follow is that they all carry a “tag” in the form of the Locust Emblem as a necklace, though they do not wear it, but rather keep it stashed in their armour. Should a Soul Killer die, Hakar will take the tag and place it around the deceased’s knife. The knife and tag are placed onto a burial sight, where they are said to be “put to rest” and remembered.
The Soul Killers
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Bio: There are few creatures of the hollow that can strike fear into the hearts of both Humans and Locust, Hakar is prime example of one of them. Hakar is and has always been the leader of the Soul Killers, the Elite of The Queen. He is a strong, fearless and terrifying figure on the battlefield, leading his Soul Killers to victory and slaughtering countless enemies that dare to stand in his way. When Hakar kills Cog soldiers, he certainly makes sure they feel the pain, some Locust joke that he kills them as a form of “Stress Relief”
While on the surface, Hakar may look like a savage, he isn’t all about fighting and killing. Hakar has a sense of right and wrong, he is loyal to his friends and comrades and will stick up for them, defending them from whatever is thrown at them. Hakar also deeply cares about his team, if a Soul Killer dies, Hakar will personally feel the blame should go to him and will go to whatever lengths to avenge the fallen comrade. Though Hakar can still become easily frustrated and will often snap and lose his temper at anyone around him when he turns angry. Mainly because Hakar has lost someone close to him…
Hakar has mixed opinions around the denizens of the Hollow. To some, he is the greatest hero of the Horde, to others, he’s nothing more than a bloodthirsty psychopath, hell bent on vengeance. The rest say, he’s a little bit of both…
Weapon of Choice: Hammerburst, Lancer Assault Rifle, War Blade.
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Bio: You couldn’t ask for a more loyal and honest friend than Onwa. Acting as the 2nd in command of the Soul Killers, Onwa is Hakar's right hand man and best friend, the two are believed to have survived more battles than any other Locust in the hollow. Onwa is a clever and cunning Soul Killer who often suggests the tactics for Hakar to order. Some wonder if Onwa would prefer to lead The Soul Killers, though he seems happy as he is. However, if he feels Hakar is, in anyway, not fit to lead, Onwa won’t be afraid to assert himself and take leadership, even if Hakar doesn’t agree. Onwa isn’t afraid of Hakar, like most, as he knows how Hakar acts and thinks, and can read him like a scroll.
Onwa is known for missing his left eye, during a raid on a Cog base, Onwa attempted to save a comrades life, but failed and lost his eye to a stray bullet, this never fazed him however, thus Onwa continues to serve the Soul Killers with an iron fist.
Weapon of Choice: Torque Bow.
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Bio: The long suffering medic of the Soul Killers, Sauvix isn’t what you’d call a coward or a traitor, really, he just doesn’t see the point in the Human-Locust war. Why fight a barbaric race like the humans when the Lambent are a tough enough threat as it is?
Come E-Day and beyond, while most Locust fought, Sauvix took an interest in the humans and began to study them, observing their actions, inventions and so forth, he soon found a derelict prison on the surface and converted it into a safe house, where he kept his studies and stolen Human tech. Sauvix also taught himself medical skills, should he ever find himself or anyone else with a bad injury, he‘d be able to patch up without a problem. He seemed to be able to study in peace, until he was sold out to the Theron Police by a young Rookie in the squad he was supposed to be assigned to. Sauvix found himself sentenced to life imprisonment for cowardice and fleeing.
All seemed lost until Hakar, the leader of the Soul Killers, offered him a choice, help them and be free, or stay in the cell and die. Sauvix, being smart, decided to join the Soul Killers, Even though it meant once again serving under the very Queen that called him a coward.
Sauvix himself is sarcastic, cynical and bad tempered, always making remarks and slurs about anyone. Because of how he ended up in his cell, he has a hatred of Soul Killer Neophytes or "Rookies" and will take out all of his anger and frustration out of them, as Neophytes always remind him of that one Rookie that sold him out, that and in his opinion, most Rookies are moronic. Despite this, Sauvix's intelligence and vast amount of knowledge of the surface world more than make up for it, as well as his medical skills which remain flawless, as every soldier he has treated has survived to live another day.
Weapon of Choice: Scorcher Flamethrower.
Bio: Behind that sinister smile beats the hearts of possibly the greatest marksman ever to grace the horde. Taus acts as the Soul Killers Scout and Sharpshooter, surveying territory for them and picking off enemy targets from a distance. Other than that, not much is known about him, mainly because Taus prefers to keep to himself, speaking only when spoken to, when he does talk, he speaks in a hushed, whispery tone. Taus’s skills with a Longshot Sniper Rifle are legendary, he has been known to blast Cog soldiers heads open without so much as looking down the scope, all young sniper drones wish they had his skills. However, he does not underestimate his enemies nor hunt them for sport.
Taus once suffered a bullet to the neck during the fight against "Project Saviour", the wound nearly killed him, but he managed to survive and now keeps the bandage on as a reminder never to let your guard down.
Weapon of Choice: Longshot Sniper Rifle
Bio: Zaach was once a mere drone in the Locust army, unimportant and disposable, expendable cannon fodder that could easily replaced. No one would miss him if he died.
Though all that changed after the Lightmass bomb was detonated, he found himself on the surface, alone and injured, though he was soon rescued by Hakar, leader of The Soul Killers. Hakar took Zaach back to their surface headquarters to recover from his injuries. Afterwards, he was trained to fight alongside them, under the guidance of Hakar, joining them in many strikes back against the humans. It wasn’t long before Zaach quickly excelled to the higher ranks and soon, he was a highly respected and dependable warrior. Boosting his confidence and making him feel important.
Although he is just a Drone, Zaach shows some signs of actual intelligence, he is resourceful, observant, a little bit cunning and strong willed. Though he often lets the safety of others be his main priority, rather than the objective at hand. Zaach is loyal to all of his comrades and friends, especially Hakar.
Weapon of Choice: HammerburstKrall
Introduced: The Dead will Rise
Bio: Fast, nimble and deadly. Three choice words to describe Krall. He is often seen as an inbred or an outcast due to his strange appearance, he looks like a Theron, but his mother was a Priestess, as he seems to share Kantus features, such as the slit eyes, the longer teeth and the amazing ability to lure Rockworms out of hiding. It is because of how his mother took care of both him and another lost soul, known as Myzfit, rather than shunning them as “Outcasts”, that makes Krall highly protective of the Priestess. He sees them as sacred species that must be protected and honoured.
Krall would spend hours down in the hollow, finding the Rockworms and hunting them down, in one hunt, he could've killed enough of them to feed the Nexus for days. After defeating Lambent attackers at the gates of the Nexus, The Queen noticed his lightning fast reflexes and his nimble moves and was highly impressed, she demanded that he join her army, so Krall served as a conscript of the Soul Killers. Krall refuses to use guns in combat, as he sees melee combat as a true sign of courage, thus he goes into battle armed only with his chainsaw staff, which he uses with superb skill.
Weapon of choice: Chainsaw Staff.Braahk
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Introduced: The Dead will Rise
Bio: On the surface, Braahk may come across as just another “dumb” Grinder and it may seem strange to have such a hulking brute as a member of the sophisticated Elite of The Queen. Though after some close calls, Braahk was Enlisted to add heavy support for the Soul Killers when things got tough. To help his chances of survival while working with them, he was given extra training, taught by Hakar and Onwa. At first he was only limited to the basic Grinder words. (Grind! For Queen!) but as Hakar and Onwa put him through his paces, he began to pick up more words. By the time his training was complete, he could string together a full sentence. (Well, full sentence by Grinder Standards)
Braahk is a giant beast of a Grinder with both the playful attitude of a youngling and the brutal strength of a Brumak. Braahk loves a good fight and will happily charge into battle with his Mulcher, which he shows great affection for and uses to mow down an entire legions of enemies with both ease and a confident smile on his face. He may not be the quickest thinker, but where he lacks in Smarts, he more than makes up for it with his sheer strength, unquestionable loyalty and unbreakable confidence
Weapon of Choice: MulcherTorgr
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Introduced: The Dead will Ries
Bio: Torgr isn’t exactly what you’d call “A good example of the fierce Locust Drone” in fact, he’s a rather weak specimen, a runt of his birth group. Torgr became the newest member or "Neophyte" of the Soul Killers after Taus requested that could pass down his knowledge and skills with the Longshot to another. Taus personally picked Torgr because while on the surface, he came across as weak and weedy, he thought with a little training, Torgr could become a capable fighter AND a expert sniper.
Aside from his lack of strength, Torgr is also looked down upon by other Locust because of three things, he's shy, nervous and generally unconfident, three traits hated by the Horde. Torgr has little to no confidence in himself, he’s scared of the Ground walkers and always worried he’s never ready to fight, other drones constantly called him “Spineless” because of that.
When it comes to the other Soul Killers, Torgr is quite scared of Sauvix, because of how the Medic feels towards “Neophytes” despite all this on his back, he’s loyal to Hakar and the others, especially Taus and Zaach. Torgr does feel he can overcome his problems with guidance from Taus, and Zaach because he too, was once in the same position.
One fact that he is often ridiculed for is that he believes in the stories of the "Leviathan" The sea beast that supposedly stalks the waters outside Nexus.
Poor ickle Neophyte.
Weapon of Choice: Longshot Sniper Rifle, Gnasher Shotgun.Nokada
Bio: Nokada is a thinker, a philosopher, a scholar and a preacher. A Locust Priestess, Nokada was raised by those who stood by T’Chark’s word, even though it labelled them as “Traitors” in the eyes of Queen Myrrah. By the time she was an adult, she was not only a scholar, but also had become the de-facto leader of “The Lost” a group of Kantus Monks and Priestesses that refused to submit to Myraah’s order. Nokada also lead a group to rescue the trapped Priestess Galai from Myraah’s holding cells during Operation Hollow Storm. She and a few lucky survivors fled to the surface and began to survive in a home made dug out.
Nokada herself is wisest of The Lost, acting as the peacekeeper and main speaker, she is mostly calm, but cannot stand those who think T’Chark is a lie. Nokada is also a great painter, she spends her time painting pictures of her goddess to help her get through difficult times.
Weapon of Choice: Gorgon SMG, Ink Grenade.
Bio: Ithak wouldn’t be a very good role model for The Priestess, she’s rude, rowdy and rebellious. An odd concoction of a religious follower yet a total adrenaline junkie. Unlike Nokada and Ara, who are quite tactful and forgiving, Ithak speaks her mind and isn’t afraid to criticise or insult whoever she’s talking about, which often leads to Nokada having to come in and calm the situation.
While none of the Lost are great fans of Queen Myrrah, Ithak absolutely HATES her, she’d give anything to see Myrrah dethroned and killed. Ithak personally believes The Queen betrayed The Locust and has lead them to their downfall, a fact that some Locust are starting to wake up to.
Despite her biting attitude, and the fact that Ithak can be quite Dim at times, she’s still a great fighter and remains loyal to Nokada, even if the two don’t always agree. Ithak has also taken a great liking to Sauvix, who actually shares the feeling.
Weapon of Choice: Anything.
Bio: Ara is the classic “Quiet one” of The Lost, mostly hanging back while Nokada and Ithak do all the talking. Ara is the youngest and possibly the most friendly of the three, quite open and willing to befriend anyone who will be friendly back. Ara makes herself different to Nokada and Ithak with her clothing, preferring a headband over the crown helmet, longer leggings and full torso armour.
Ara also hates Queen Myrrah, but she doesn’t quite share the same malice or thuggery of Ithak, if she wants to badmouth the Queen, she prefers to let the others do that.
Aside from that, Ara has a responsibility on her shoulders. She must survive herself while at the same time, take care of her nephew. A Kantus youngling called Chex, who’s mother was killed while The Lost were scavenging.
Weapon of Choice: Hammerburst, Longshot, Scythe.The Reavers:
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Introduced: Revival (1st Reaver) The Dead will Rise (2nd Reaver)
Bio:To help them get from mission to mission, The Soul Killers have two, specially bred Reavers just for them. Both Reavers are trained to take the Elite to wherever they need to go, once The Soul Killers are dropped off, The Reavers are trained to fly away and hide, only appearing when Onwa has called them out.
The first Reaver is seen as Onwa’s “Pet” as Onwa, the trained Reaver pilot, sticks with it most of the time. It has quite a joyful, playful attitude and sticks by Onwa at all times, though it has been known to go to Zaach when it wants feeding. This Reaver is slightly larger than normal breeds, able to carry four our five soldiers, as opposed to two.
The second was bred for when Braahk was enlisted, this Reaver is naturally much bigger and stronger than any other, as it needs to be able to carry the Grinder’s weight. Aside from that, it has a more relaxed and calmer personality to it’s younger “Sibling”