Halo Alpha
Halo Alpha

Riz-028 is a Spartan super soldier who is focused, professional and deadly -- essentially a cybernetically-enhanced killing machine.


Battle on Madrigal

Riz assists her fellow Silver Team members on a mission to eliminate the Covenant who have ambushed the radical planet of Madrigal. After the battle, Master Chief wants to return to Reach alone, so he orders Riz and thet eam to act against protocol by going back with the other Spartans . When Master Chief is affected by the object, he goes AWOL, leading Admiral Parangosky to initiate a kill order on Master Chief. Dr. Halsey, the creator of the Spartans, overrides this order with one of her own - protect Master Chief at all costs. Riz questions if this means firing upon friendlies, though Vannak iterates that if they are firing on Master Chief they aren't friendlies. The trio head to the landing bay, but their expertise are unneeded as Master Chief escapes the assault and flees Reach.[1]

They are tasked with tracking Master Chief and take flight to follow his movements. The trio remarks on his odd movements such as jumping through an asteroid field. Kai wonders why he's doing this, but Riz and Vannak don't seem to question it. The next day, Master Chief activates his beacon and allows Silver Team to apprehend him and return him to FLEETCOM.[2] The following day, Vannak and Riz are playing a game in Spartan headquarters on John returns from his testing with Halsey. He gives them permission to ask questions about his actions, but Riz states they have fought together since they were children and trust him. Vannak supports this claim. Suddenly, John's new AI Cortana appears and introduces herself, confusing the Spartans. John snaps that he didn't summon her and tries to dismiss her, but she only questions his vernacular before politely excusing herself. John remarks that the new A.I. is not permanent.[3]

Dr. Keyes recruits the Spartans to run tests on the Madrigal artifact to see if they react to the object the same way Master Chief does. She wonders what, if anything, makes him special. Vannak, in response to her, remarks matter-of-factly that John is the Master Chief. He obliges with her commands and removes his helmet to conduct the test. They are uneventful as the artifact does not react to Vannak or the Spartans touches. When Miranda insults the Spartans, Kai speaks up for them by listing what makes the Spartans great, including Riz's ability to speak nearly every language.

While performing more tests in her lab, Miranda admits that she thought her mother kept her from the Spartans because they were more fun, but now she doesn't believe fun was part of their training. Kai corrects that they did have fun, as they each had pets growing up and would play hunter and hunted in the woods. The loser had to eliminate their pet, with Kai pausing as she remembers her cat. Vannak-134 never lost a match, though Halsey executed his pet to teach them that Spartans should only form attachments to one another. Miranda is mortified at Halsey's display of apathy, but the story doesn't affect Kai, Vannak, or Riz. Kai excitedly picks up a Needler, a Covenant weapon, and reveals Riz and Vannak's knowledge of the Shangeheli language. In fact, the Spartans have spent the most time with the Covenant and know much of their language, something Miranda is remiss over not realizing sooner.[4]


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