"Boy, you leave Blood Gulch for a few years and it really falls to pieces."
"This isn't Blood Gulc––wait...hold up..."
Tucker in A Fistful of Colours

Desert Gulch serves as one of the major locations in Season 15 and is where the Blues and Reds were originally stationed to while under Project Freelancer. According to Doc, it served as a prototype to Blood Gulch.

Overview[edit | edit source]

It is visually similar, if not identical, to its successor, though it has sand instead of dirt and grass. It is where the Reds and Blues first encounter the Blues and Reds, who reveal that it was their original base. When Tucker finds Doc in their rankings, he reveals that Blues and Reds (and Desert Gulch by association) were the originals while the Reds and Blues were the "crappy copies."

Role in Plot[edit | edit source]

The Blues and Reds were stationed at the gulch by Project Freelancer, to be used as simulation troopers for the organization's agents. The two teams had an ongoing back and forth.

At one point, Freelancer agents Carolina and Texas were deployed to the simulation outpost to lead two opposing teams in a game of capture the flag. During the mission, Red Team member Biff was killed as the agents fought.

It served as the Blues and Reds outpost for a number of years later, until they stopped receiving communications from command. The remaining soldiers, led by Blue leader Temple, set out to find answers as to why. Some time after this, the Blues and Reds abandoned the gulch in favour of an Underwater Lair in order to hide from the UNSC.

Several years later the Blues and Reds lured their counterparts, the Reds and Blues, to the Desert Gulch. Whilst the two teams met, a group of UNSC aircraft attacked the group, forcing the teams to take refuge in the underwater base upon defeating them.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Because of its similarity to Blood Gulch, Caboose was able to recognize various areas as if they were in the same location.

See also[edit | edit source]

Halo: CE Era: Unnamed Planet (Blood Gulch)SidewinderCaboose's MindBattle CreekTeleporter NexusDanger CanyonTimberland
Halo 2 Era: Unnamed Planet (Great Burning PlainsUNSC Wind Power FacilityGreat SwampGreat Freezing PlainsCitiesIsland FortressUnderground Caves)
Halo 3 Era: Unnamed Planet (ValhallaHologram ChamberRat's NestOutpost 48-ACommandA.I. Containment FacilityAncient Alien TemplesFreelancer Offsite Storage Facility)UNSC Maximum Security Detention Facility
CG Animation Era: A.I. Storage UnitAngel On My ShoulderMother of Invention (Training Room)Bjørndal Cryogenics Research FacilityInsurrection BuildingUNSC ArchivesUNSC Scrap Metal Recycling StationLongshore ShipyardsClub Errera
Halo 4 Era: Chorus (Crash Site BravoForest BaseDesert Refueling StationNew Republic Headquarters
Crash Site AlphaArmoniaRadio Jammer Station 1CCharon Research Complex 2CCharon Excavation Site
Jungle TempleTemple of ProcreationEastern Mountain RangeCommunication TemplePurge)
Halo 5 Era: Earth (UNSC Supply DepotPower FacilitySammie Raphaello's Pizza)Chorus (Chorus Residential CityGeneral Doyle General Hospital) IrisAbandoned SettlementArmada 8 (Desert GulchUnderwater Lair)Broken RidgeStarseeds (Labyrinth) Everwhen

Project Freelancer: 1-Blood Gulch: 1A 1B · 9-Sidewinder · 17-Valhalla: 17A 17B · 25-Rat's Nest: 25A 25B · 48-High Ground: 48A · ?-Desert Gulch
Federal Army of Chorus: 22-F.A.C. Outpost 22 · 37-F.A.C. Outpost 37
Unnamed: Battle Creek · UNSC Wind Power Facility · Danger Canyon · Timberland
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