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    This FAQ is about Gears of War 2's War Journal. The War Journal is a
    journal of various collectables which can be found throughout the game.
    The War Journal can be accessed through the main menu and contains
    some backstory and other information about the Gears of War universe
    within the collectable tab as you discover them throughout the game. 
    Other items found in the War Journal include viewing photos you have taken
    in multiplayer, viewing the leaderboards, and viewing the unlockables and
    achievements you have acquired. This guide contains a transcript of each of
    the collectables within the War Journal. For the locations of the various
    items see the collectable guide created by another user on GameFAQs.
    
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    Main Table of Contents:
    
    Introduction
    Contact Info
    War Journal
    Credits
    Legal Stuff
    The End
    
    War Journal - Collectables Table of Contents:
    
    Act 1: Tip of the Spear (13)
    
    -Welcome to Delta (2)
    --The Eagle Newspaper
    --Ambulance Driver's Log
    
    -Desperation (5)
    --Doctor's Journal: Dr. Nicolette Shannon
    --Jacinto Medical Center File: Jonathan Harper
    --COG Letterhead
    --COG Proclamation
    --COG Tag: CSID:085177-MJ3V5-PB
    
    -Rolling Thunder (2)
    --Grindlift Notice
    --Munitions Requisition Form
    
    -Roadblocks (4)
    --Jacinto Sentinel Newspaper
    --Memorial Inscription
    --Truck Driver's Note
    --COG Tag: CSID:595506-GK8C6-9A
    
    ACT 2: Denizens (8)
    
    -Indigenous Creatures (2)
    --Gear's Journal
    --Kantus Scroll
    
    -Disturbing Revelations (1)
    --Locust Emblem
    -Sinking Feeling (2)
    --Ilima City Help-Wanted Ad
    --COG Tag: CSID:085177-MJ3V5-PB
    
    -Captivity (1)
    --Stranded's Journal
    
    -Intestinal Fortitude (2)
    --Car Gold Magazine
    --COG Tag: CSID:838186-22A03-SF
    
    ACT 3: Gathering Storm (6)
    
    -Origins (3)
    --Interoffice Memo: Niles Samson
    --Memo: Dr. Doug Sato
    --New Hope Medical File: Ruth
    
    -Rude Awakening (2)
    --Doctor's Journal: Dr. Stephanie Zimmer
    --Captivity Marks
    
    -Displacement (1)
    -Stranded's Journal: Stu
    
    ACT 4: Hive (9)
    
    -Priorities (1)
    --Locust Terminal
    
    -Answers (1)
    --Prisoner's Journal: Jonathan Harper
    
    -Hornets' Nest (2)
    --Locust Jailer Document
    --Human Finger Necklace
    
    -No Turning Back (2)
    --Locust Calendar
    --Locust Defense Plans
    
    -The Best-Laid Plans (2)
    --Locust Invasion Map
    --Trinity of Worms Artifact
    
    -Royal Inquisition (1)
    --Locust Tablets
    
    ACT 5: Aftermath (5)
    
    -Desperate Stand (2)
    --COG Recon Report
    --COG Tag: CSID:911706-DZUHO-JN
    
    -Free Parking (1)
    --Jacinto Sentinel Newspaper
    
    -Tenuous Footing (2)
    --COG Tag: CSID:444526-M12X9-3B
    --Stranded's Journal: Russel
    
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    ===========================ACT 1: TIP OF THE SPEAR=============================
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    =================================WELCOME TO DELTA==============================
    
    
    
                                -THE EAGLE NEWSPAPER-
    
    COG Forces Head Underground
    'This will be the largest mobilization of COG forces since the Pendulum
    Wars," Chairman Prescott told the Sovereigns press corps today. 'Landown is
    the perfect location for us to launch this historic assault. The site of a
    valiant COG defense during the Winter of Sorrow, it's also a strategic location
    that allows us to take this battle to the heart of the enemy.'
    
    Delta Squad Honored for Timgad Heroics 
    Colonel Victor Hoffman, Sergeant Marcus Fenix, and Delta One Squad were
    honored last week for their roles in the Lightmass bombing at
    Timgad. Originally hailed as the war's turning point, the bomb's most important
    effect was the elimination of the Kyrll breeding grounds.
    
                              -AMBULANCE DRIVER'S LOG-
    
    Driver: Wayne Mitchell
    Route: Timgad/Jacinto
    
    Patient #1: 33 yr. old male
    Symptoms: Coughing up blood & brown mucus, nausea, minor bleeding from
    ears
    
    Patient #2: 21 yr. old male
    Symptoms: Nausea, coughing up blood & reddish-brown mucus
    
    Patient #3: 36 yr. old female
    Symptoms: Unconscious, blood & reddish-brown mucus coming from nose &
    mouth
    
    Patient #4: 24 yr. old male
    Symptoms: Coughing up blood & dark brown mucus, complaining of severe
    chest pain & trouble breathing
    
    ===============================DESPERATION=====================================
    
                              -DOCTOR'S JOURNAL-
                            Dr. Nicolette Shannon
    
    Dr. Merriweather mentioned that she's seen numerous patients exhibiting 
    similar symptoms, even paranoia and aggression, but she appears to be less
    concerned than the rest of us. I'm starting to wonder whether her close ties to
    the COG administration could be affecting her judgment about the
    patients' welfare. Going to follow up on this with the director tomorrow...
    If we aren't taking care of our soldiers, who will?
    
    Dr. Nicolette Shannon
    
                          -JACINTO MEDICAL CENTER FILE-
                              Jonathan Harper
    
    Patient Name: Jonathan Harper
    Occupation: Sergeant [Echo Nine], COG Army
    Age: 29
    Height: 1.9 m
    Weight: 91 kg
    
    Patient is a 9-year veteran who has recently experienced vertigo, persistent
    cough, and insomnia. Was stationed at Timgad area for 2 months after
    Lightmass offensive, when assigned to Jacinto perimeter patrol last 4
    months. Symptoms began about 1 month ago. Physical and diagnostic
    evaluation showed no chronic illnesses and no signs of bacterial
    infection. Prescribed a medium-strength antihistamine, released patient, and
    gave clearance for further duty. Expect a full recovery with no side effects.
    
    Dr. Vivian Merriweather
    
                            -COG LETTERHEAD-
    To: Dr. Nicolette Shannon
    From: COG Headquarters for Military Operations
    Subject: Medical Supplies/Urgent
    Your request for additional medical supplies has been received. Due to recent
    Locust incursions and the upcoming need for massive amounts of supplies
    during the Landown assault, your request has been respectfully denied.
    
                            -COG PROCLAMATION-
    
    Notice of Curfew
    
    Due to recent Locust encroachment into Jacinto, COG soldiers will be enforcing
    a mandatory curfew every night until further notice. All Jacinto citizens are 
    encouraged to remain indoors whenever possible, and are ordered to be off the
    streets by nightfall. After dusk, COG soldiers have orders to shoot on
    sight. Any citizen found to be in violation of this curfew faces arrest,
    imprisonment, and/or possible injury. Do your part to help make Jacinto a
    safer place for all.
    
                            -COG TAG-
                      CSID:085177-MJ3V5-PB
    
    Finally got my own Raven, man, I'm totally stoked! KR-59. I like that number
    too... it's a lucky one. Five like a fist, nine like cats have lives.
    
    Anyways told 'em I'd be flying up there, was getting sick of the infantry crap.
    Gets crazy down there, smells like hell, never get a shower or nothing. Up
    there, in the sky, I'm gonna soar, man... no one flies like me. Sarge even said
    so, and he's been fighting since... well forever, basically. Said I just gotta
    keep my eyes peeled for Nemacyst.
    
    Locust better start saying their prayers...'cause they got a devil in the sky
    watching down on 'em.
    
    Pvt. Dylan Murphy
    
    =============================ROLLING THUNDER===================================
    
                             -GRINDLIFT NOTICE-
    
    WARNING
    
    Failure to keep hands, feet, and/or body inside of the Grindlift pod during use
    could lead to injury, bodily trauma, dismemberment, decapitation, and in
    extreme cases, disembowelment.
    
                           -MUNITIONS REQUISITION FORM-
    
    Can we just get some more damn ammo on the rigs, please? Mo an' Corey got
    the same problem as me! We got more buzzards than bullets, that ain't right!
    C'mon, people!
    
    Dizzy Wallin
    
    ================================ROADBLOCKS=====================================
    
                            -JACINTO SENTINEL NEWSPAPER-
    
    DEVASTATION
    'They came during the night.' That was the word from survivors, who endured a
    harrowing 24 hours in which Locust forces bombarded the town with grenades,
    Nemacyst, and mortars. Though areas around Landown have been attacked
    during the recent months, nothing could prepare the city for the massive
    destruction that took place. Five years have passed since E-Day, but Landown
    residents felt like they were experiencing that horrific day all over again.
    
    Mayor Leland Asks For More Gears
    Following the attack on Landown and the Winter of Sorrow experienced by the
    surrounding area, Mayor Gerard Leland has asked the COG to deploy more
    Gears to the Landown barracks.
    
                              -MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION-
    
    IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SERVED
    
    To all those we lost during the Pendulum Wars, may they rest in peace, and
    know always that their brave sacrifices were not in vain. Never shall they be
    forgotten.
    
                           -TRUCK DRIVER'S NOTE-
    
    So I got a truck full of fresh ammo, and they want me to deliver it to the Riad
    Complex? What, are you kidding me? That's outside of town, by that sinkhole!
    
    This is something that the Gears should be doing, not a civilian... Hell, I
    should at least have an escort on this mission! Sometimes I wonder if the COG
    actually wants to win this war.
    
    And don't even get me started on the Imulsion prices these days! Energy
    barons and the COG are lucky we're in a war. Bet they'd have a revolt on their
    hands, otherwise.
    
                              -COG TAG- 
                        CSID:595506-GK8C6-9A
    
    I'm nervous, Ma. I'm not afraid to admit it. We're heading to landown
    tomorrow, and i know a lot of us aren't going to make it back... For all we
    know, this is the last night of our lives.
    
    You always said I should live every day like it was my last. I've tried to do
    that, but I can't say I've done that every day. I wish I had now, but you also
    used to tell me not to regret, just to move forward, keep learning. Everything
    works out in time. If I haven't lived every day like I should have, well, I
    figure at least I got tonight. It's a clear night too. Stars look especially
    shiny tonight... I'd like to think that winking one's you, Ma, watching over
    me.
    
    Help me get through tomorrow.. I promise I'll cherish each and every day.
    
    Your boy,
    Smamy
    
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    ============================INDIGENOUS CREATURES===============================
    
    
                                 -GEAR'S JOURNAL-
    
    We just touched down in the Hollow about a half-hour ago. Things are quiet,
    too quiet. I don't like it. It's kind of pretty down here, in a weird way, but
    the calm is worse than a firefight. I know what to do in a fight... waiting
    just makes me edgy. Still a bit dizzy, too. Might just be from the ride down
    here, though... some kind of vertigo, probably from the battlefield, eardrums
    always getting hammered from the gunfire and explosions. Cough doesn't seem as
    bad today, that's good, but I'm on edge. Could throw up if I let myself. Not 
    going to, but I'm ready for this stuff to start. I'm tired of waiting
    
    Sgt. Jon Harper
    
                                -KANTUS SCROLL-
    
    Baird here.
    
    So we're barely 30 minutes in the Hollow and I've already found irrefutable,
    incontrovertible evidence that the Locust are, absolutely, without a doubt,
    insane. Like I didn't already know that, but hey, when you find a scroll made
    of human skin, well...
    
    I'm still trying to decipher all the Locust runes, but from what I can tell,
    the scroll has something to do with communicating with 'worms.' Yep, that's
    right... haven't figured out the first part yet, but the second verse says:
    'The' Worms answer, my name is Horde, for we are many with...' It cuts off
    after that, and there's also a glyph I've never seen on the back, but I'll
    have to figure that out later. But gut-check here, guys: Our enemy talks to
    worms. if they're outsmarting us in this war, then we probably deserve to be
    extinct.
    
    ===========================DISTURBING REVELATIONS==============================
    
                            -LOCUST EMBLEM-
    
    Baird here.
    
    Do the Locust have their own version of COG tags?
    
    I just found an iron pendant attached to a silver chain, so either they keep
    track of their soldiers in a similar way that we do... or they just have really
    made taste in jewelry.
    
    My guess is the latter.
    
    ===============================SINKING FEELING=================================
    
                           -ILIMA CITY HELP-WANTED AD-
    
    Exceptional Career Opportunity
    
    Full-time house cleaner wanted to keep up large Ilima City household. Must be
    meticulous, with an attention to detail. House has been in the family for
    generations; in immaculate condition and would like to keep it that way.
    
    Interested parties may contact:
    Julia Samson
    LJ5-6453
    
                              -COG TAG-
                        CSID:085177-MJ3V5-PB
    
    This is such crap. Operation Lifeboat, my ass. More like Operation Death
    Wish. Damn COG, always manipulating everything...
    
    'Sign here, your wife will be taken care of. Sure, you'll see some action, but
    you'll always be back in Jacinto to see your wife after a patrol.' Yeah,
    right. didn't tell me I was gonna get a ride on an oversized drill right into
    the ass of the enemy, did you? You gotta be kidding me. This is a suicide
    mission. How the hell do we get back out of here anyway? They say the
    Grindlifts can go back up, but they sure as hell didn't rain me how to do
    that...
    
    Should of deserted these fascist bastards when I had the chance.
    
    Pvt. hank Bissell
    
    =================================CAPTIVITY=====================================
    
                              -STRANDED'S JOURNAL-
                                     Jennifer
    
    The tremors have been getting worse.
    
    We're squatting in a new house, hopefully it's more stable than the last one,
    but it's icky down here... standing water, rats, and black mold everywhere. We
    knew staying in Ilima was going to be tough, but the tremors are making things
    worse.
    
    The last place, the concrete just cracked, almost caved in on little Jay. This
    place is wood, maybe it'll hold up better. We'll see.
    
    I pray each night that me and the kids will be safe.
    
    Why does living have to be so hard?
    
    Jennifer.
    
    ============================INTESTINAL FORTITUDE===============================
    
                              -CAR GOLD MAGAZINE-
    
    Imulsion Cars Paving the Road to the Future!
    
    If you're the lucky owner of an Imulsion-powered car, you know exactly what
    we're talking about. Arbista studies have shown that Imulsion-powered cars
    and trucks get exponentially better fuel mileage, cause less pollution, and
    make less noise than their fuel-based counterparts.
    
    Solar Car Company Still Struggling
    With Imulsion becoming the new choice for powering autos, many ask why the
    less expensive Solarro cars are having a hard time finding their niche. 'I
    would say there were powerful interests at the highest levels of government
    that don't want to see a truly environmentally friendly car developed,' said
    Mitch Bierce, Solarro CEO, 'But then I'd sound like a conspiracy theorist, 
    wouldn't i?'
    
                             -COG TAG-
                        CSID:838186-22A03-SF
    
    I hope you're doing well out there, Clay. Not sure where you are, but I trust
    that the COG will get this letter to you safely. I know you'll be excited for
    me, but it'd be great to hear from you before I ship out.
    
    I just wish Anthony was still here, bro. I really miss him. I take comfort
    in knowing that he died a hero, but still... I miss him, as I'm sure you do
    too.
    
    Well, you know that I'm not good at letters, so I'll keep this short. Hope
    you're doing well, big brother, and know that I'll be doing my very best to
    serve our country and make you and our family proud.
    
    Your little brother (aka the Squirt),
    Ben
    
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    ==========================ACT 3: GATHERING STORM===============================
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                              -INTEROFFICE MEMO-
                                 Niles Samson
    
    To: All New Hope employees
    From: Director Niles Samson
    
    RE: Ways to Deal with Prying Questions
    
    As many of you know, we recently experienced an internal information leak, and
    this had led some media outlets to make inquiries of the Department of 
    Heath. Should you ever be approached with questions by anyone from the
    media or from someone who is not an employee of New Hope, I trust that you
    will all refrain from disclosing any information about the facili9ty or its
    patients.
    
    Please do keep this is mind moving forward, and continue with the great work
    that you all are doing. You are making the future a better place.
    
    Best,
    Niles
    
                                   -MEMO-
                                Dr. Doug Sato
    
    To: Stephanie Zimmer
    From: Doug SATO
    Subject: WTF?!
    
    Steph, we need to talk. Seriously. I'm worried about our safety. Niles keeps
    saying that the subjects are harmless under sedation, but I just saw Sven get
    mauled by one of the males. Like ripped up, bloody mauled. This place isn't
    safe anymore. Maybe it never was.
    
    I'm already working on my resignation letter, you may want to as well.
    
    Doug
    
                             -NEW HOPE MEDICAL FILE-
    
    Patient Name: Ruth
    Age: 15
    
    Symptom: Ruth is clearly experiencing extreme swelling in her joints and
    frequently cries out in pain during the night. She also exhibits rather
    erratic and unpredictable behavior, though this is quite understandable
    considering her situation and symptoms. There is a strange discoloration
    in her eyes, and her breathing often sounds labored. Her nails grow at a
    faster rate than normal, though her hair grows at a markedly reduced rate.
    I'll keep trying to find some type of medication to alleviate her pain without
    adversely affecting our studies.
    
    Dr. Niles Samson
    
    =============================RUDE AWAKENING====================================
    
                                -DOCTOR'S JOURNAL-
                               Dr. Stephanie Zimmer
    
    Doug was right. These things, these 'children,' as Niles like to call them, are
    completely out of control. It's like working with rabid dogs, except they're
    much smarter, more conniving... and they're brutal. Sadistic even. It's like
    they were bred to kill and torture.
    
    These things are going to be the death of us all.
    
    This is my final entry. I'm getting the hell out of here.
    
    I hope this palce burns to the ground.
    
    Dr. Zimmer.
    
                              -CAPTIVITY MARKS-
    
    To:Control
    From:Delta One
    
    We've found some marks on the walls of a cell in the New Hope Wellness
    Facility. Unclear whether they represent days, weeks, or months, but it's clear
    that someone spent a long time here in captivity. Too long..
    
    Delta out.
    
    ===========================DISPLACEMENT========================================
    
                            -STRANDED'S JOURNAL-
                                  STU
    
    We've been down here for weeks now, was real creepy at first, but now it's kind
    of like camping. Well, camping with a fear of Locust killin' you, so maybe's
    not really like camping at all. I actually liked camping. I don't like this
    crap.
    
    Weird as triplets that we're in the Hollow, but the surface got so hot [and I
    mean hot like dangerous hot, not skillet hot] we really had no choice but to
    come down here. Chaps is supposed to come down here soon too, that'll be
    good. Could use that ol' geezer's sense of humor right now, sure could...
    
    Stu
    
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    =================================PRIORITIES====================================
    
                                 -LOCUST TERMINAL-
    
    To: Central
    From: Delta One
    
    We've found some type of terminal that the Locust are apparently using to
    catalog human prisoners... the ones they're using for slave labor and god knows
    what else. We're going to keep searching for more terminals in the hopes that
    one will lead us to Maria.
    
    Delta out.
    
    ==================================ANSWERS======================================
    
                                 -PRISONER'S JOURNAL-
                                   Jonathan Harper
    
    Can't believe I found something to write on, but if you find this, you should
    run. NOW. Get the hell out of here while you can. The Locust are taking 
    prisoners, putting them in weird coffins and crap.
    
    They got me isolated right now, I hear people screaming around me. I'm
    coughing brown chunks from my lungs and it's making me puke. I'm sitting in my
    own damn puke, people are getting tortured, I just want to see the sky
    again. Just the sky, that's all.
    
    I hear 'em coming, their messed-up breathing. I don't even care, I'm just gonna
    smash the bastard in his face. If I'm gonna die, I'm dying like a man.
    
    Jon Harper
    
    ==============================HORNETS' NEST====================================
    
                              -LOCUST JAILER DOCUMENT-
    
    Baird here.
    
    We know the Locust are taking prisoners [hell, I know that fact too well] but
    now we're starting to get some insight into their routines, techniques,
    procedures, etc... Jack just beamed me the info, so I haven't had a chance to
    look at it in person yet, but a quick look tells me it's some type of jailer
    schedule... guard shifts or something.
    
    Cole's yelling at me for Grindlift prep, I'll get back to this later. That is,
    if there is a later.
    
    Can't believe the plan for us to go back down into the freakin' Hollow. It was
    hard enough getting back out.
    
    And don't even get me started on how it stunk in the Centaur from all those
    grubby Stranded... man, I've ozoned the tank interior three times and the damn
    thing still stinks!
    
                             -HUMAN FINGER NECKLACE-
    
    Baird here.
    
    And I thought the scroll made of human skin was bad...
    
    Okay, I'm not kidding here, Marcus and Dom just found a necklace made
    from human fingers. Seriously. This thing is so completely beyond nasty, I
    don't even want to look at it any longer...
    
    You know, it's one thing to hate your enemy, but making necklaces out of their
    body parts?
    
    That's just nuts.
    
    ============================NO TURNING BACK====================================
    
                             -LOCUST CALENDER-
    
    Baird here.
    
    I think this thing's like the Locust equivalent of a calendar or a clock... it
    says something about 'every season having its opposite,' and I also see some
    glyphs for 'Nexus,' 'queen,' and maybe 'Imulsion'... can't quite tell.
    
    I'm guessing it has something to do with the ebb and flow of Imulsion, but I'd
    have to do a lot more research to confirm that.
    
    Considering that I'm about, oh, 3 kilometers deep, right square in the guts of
    the enemy, you'll have to forgive me if my vast empirical skills aren't exactly
    at their finest right now.
    
                             -LOCUST DEFENSE PLANS-
    
    Baird here.
    
    There's that glyph for 'queen' and 'Imulsion' again... also see 'Nexus' on
    there again. These are some kind of plans that indicate an attack on the
    Locust... but not from above, from below.
    
    Sure as hell isn't us attacking from below, so who the hell are these plans
    referring to?
    
    Pleas tell me it's not worms. I'm so sick of worms.
    
    ==============================THE BEST-LAID PLANS==============================
    
                             -LOCUST INVASION MAP-
    
    Baird here.
    
    I guess this could be an invasion map, but it looks more like a kid's drawing
    to me. Li'l Locust, do they have those?
    
    I was just asking Marcus about this earlier... Why aren't there any Locust
    brats around here? Figured we'd see some grub's grub somewhere around this
    place.
    
    Well, guess if the Berserkers are the females, maybe the males just wised up
    and quit laying the pipe to 'em. Man, that would be perfect... Locsut go
    extinct due to the fugly, homicidal chicks they have to mate with.
    
    Hey, one can hope.
    
                            -TRINITY OF WORMS ARTIFACT-
    
    Baird here.
    
    Just found an artifact that looks exactly like the glyph on the back of that
    lovely skin scroll.
    
    From other writings I've found, I think I've pieced it together: This is
    something called the 'Trinity of Worms,' and it's probably the closest thing
    I've seen yet to a Locust religious symbol. They really worship worms. We so do
    not deserve to be alive.
    
    As far as I can tell, there's some kind of mantra on the artifact, about the
    queen making drones, drones protecting Nexus... and I'll have to work out that
    last part a little later. I don't work well under gunfire. 
    
    =============================ROYAL INQUISITION=================================
    
                                 -LOCUST TABLETS-
    
    Baird here.
    
    Some old tablets that talk more about... you guessed it, worms.
    
    Also might be something of a creation tale here, definitely worth investigating
    further... we also found another piece of tablet earlier, a more recent piece,
    that seemed to suggest that something awakened 'the great worm' recently.
    Something 'light' and 'hot'
    
    If I were a gambling man, my money'd be on the Lightmass Bomb. Now that'd be
    some irony: The bomb kills the Kryll but not the Locust, then awakens something
    that can sink entire cities. Story of human existence, right? We try
    to make things better, but only make things worse in the long run.
    
    Misanthropy is underrated.
    
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    ================================ACT 5: AFTERMATH===============================
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    =================================DESPERATE STAND===============================
    
                                  -COG RECON REPORT-
    
    Recon tells us that a sinkhole has opened up in Jacinto. Never happened
    before. Great. We're sending troops ASAP to guard the perimeter of the hole,
    but we have no idea what size/type of force to expect.
    
    World's already gone to hell, guess this is the handbasket part.
    
    Col. Victor Hoffman.
    
                                    -COG TAG-
                              CSID:911706-DZUHO-JN
    
    We're staying behind to help with the evac. I've been loading families onto
    Ravens all morning. The kids are scared as hell, but they won't want to be here
    in a few hours. Word is that the Locust are starting to pile up through that
    sinkhole, and once they come full force, there ain't gonna be no more Jacinto.
    
    I just hope they save some Ravens for us Gears too.
    
    Sgt. Devon Jackson
    
    ================================FREE PARKING===================================
    
                              -JACINTO SENTINEL NEWSPAPER-
    
    Hollow Storm!
    COG forces struck at the heart of the enemy yesterday, delivering a 
    devastating attack that has the Locust reeling. Ann enormous fleet of Assault
    Derricks, Grindlifts, Centaurs, and King Ravens attacked the Locust-occupied
    city of Landown, and thousands of Gears are now beneath the surface of Sera,
    wreaking havoc on the Locust Hollow.
    
    Chairman Prescott Denies Rumors of Another Safe Haven
    Rumors of another human safe haven continue to circulate around Jacinto, but
    Chairman Prescott denied them, saying, 'I wish that were the case, believe
    me. There's nothing we need more. But unfortunately, Jacinto is our last, best
    hope. We must protect this city at all costs.'
    
    ==============================TENUOUS FOOTING==================================
    
                                 -COG TAG-
                            CSID:444526-MI2K9-3B
    
    I saw the sky again today. Blue and bright, I watched the Raven take off into
    it. Could barely see the details, my vision's all blurry now from coughing so
    much and the punches from that Locust jailer, but I can see enough.
    
    Never thought I'd see it again, but I escaped. I made it... I survived the
    Hollow.
    
    And I got that little girl and her family on the Raven. Took these bullets,
    but I saved that family... no medics around now, but that's okay.
    
    The sky is so bright, and I finally feel all right, kinda warm... and I keep
    hearing that little angel telling me thank you, her sweet little voice... She
    said she'd pray for me... she said she'd pray for us all.
    
    Sgt. Jonathan Harper
    
                             -STRANDED'S JOURNAL-
                                  Russell
    
    Finally, we reached Jacinto
    
    All this time took getting here from Montevado, all the risk, but we finally
    made it. We're finally here, can finally sleep at night without worrying about
    Locust or Kryll attacking in the night. Natalie is so happy, makes me smile
    like I haven't in a long time.
    
    I'll be signing up for Lifeboat tomorrow, though they won't be processing
    my paperwork for a week or so, after this Landown assault. But after that,
    I'll be a conscript... and I'm okay with that.
    
    I'm just happy we made it to Jacinto... and my family is finally safe. Guess
    there reall is someone up there looking out for us.
    
    Russel
    
               
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