December 13, 2005
How can we say all this with a straight face? Shut up is how.
Nicole was born in the year 2531 in the city of New Legaspi on Mars. At six years of age she was abducted by agents of the Office of Naval Intelligence and conscripted into the Spartan II program. The Spartan II program was the UNSC's highly successful military project to augment and hone perfect soldiers.
Neat, and we even got a sprinkle of ILB thrown in for good measure, which is reassuring in its own way. Not because we hope that the Bees tale will make canon, but considering it alongside Frankie's tirade about the deadendedness of the DOA4 story info (just for us I'm sure ;), it seems that the presence of the Apocalypso is a tell-tale sign of ad hoc side stories. Good to know for next time ;)
(Seriously, it is worth noting that though Nicole was recruited in 2537, possibly making her of the 3rd "class" of Spartan II's trained [at approximately 8 years or less per cycle] she is still referred to as a Spartan "II", not III or IV. It doesn't solve S-III, but it sheds a little light on it.)
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