- "Hey, everyone hold on back there. Things are gonna get a little umm..."
- —Four Seven Niner
- "Yeah, well I was gonna say crashy, but yeah, bumpy works."
- —Four Seven Niner in Evacuation Plan
Pilot Four Seven Niner, real name Ash, was a pilot, and later Recovery Command operator, for Project Freelancer. She was usually seen piloting the Freelancers on missions in the prequel segments of the Project Freelancer Saga. During the Recollections, Four Seven Niner assisted Washington through Recovery Command. Her fate following the shutdown of Project Freelancer is unknown.
Role in Plot
Pilot Four Seven Niner appears as the pilot of the evacuation Pelican for Freelancer agents North, South, and Carolina in the episode Number One. She appeared again in the next episode, Evacuation Plan, where she proved to be a very skilled pilot as she dodged Longsword missiles and gunfire while maneuvering through an ice canyon. She and the three Freelancers then make it to the rendezvous and the Mother of Invention destroys the Longswords as she docks her Pelican inside.
She is later seen to be the Pelican Pilot for Team A in the mission to recover the Sarcophagus. When Team A recovers the Sarcophagus, she comes in for extraction. However, before she makes it to the helipad, the building is destroyed, forcing her to fly down beside the falling building alongside the Freelancers. She then picks up agents Washington and Texas, as well as the Sarcophagus, in free fall. After Tex hops out of her Pelican to continue the mission, Four Seven Niner leaves for the Mother of Invention with Washington and the package.
Much later, during a mission at the UNSC Scrap Metal Recycling Station, Four Seven Niner escorted Freelancers Carolina, North, South, Washington, and C.T. to the main hangar of an Insurrectionist space station. After their attack, the Freelancer team suspected the other Insurrection spaceships to have fled. However, the Staff of Charon, an Insurrection destroyer, ambushed the Mother of Invention and went into slipspace soon after, leaving behind a nuclear bomb. Four Seven Niner detected the nuke and warned everybody to escape. As the Mother of Invention made its escape, Four Seven Niner retrieved the Freelancers and made her retreat, barely escaping the explosion.
Four Seven Niner was then seen preparing the Pelican to take several of the Freelancers on another mission to the Longshore Shipyards. When seeing York's A.I., Delta, she becomes concerned on whether the A.I. will take her job. She questions him in order to ensure that he cannot fly a plane before allowing him on board. During the flight, Four Seven Niner gets help from Delta in initiating a dive bomb on an Insurrectionist base. With Delta's help, Four Seven Niner successfully drops off the Freelancers at the base. However, after the mission fails, Tex contacts Four Seven Niner to pick them up for extraction.
Transfer to Recovery Command
As time passed, Four Seven Niner was given the occupation of Recovery Command, speaking over the radio to organize various recovery agents for the Recovery Force. She gives Agent Washington (known at the time as Recovery One) his orders and informs him of new incoming Recovery Beacons. She also gave Agent South Dakota (Recovery Two) her orders to deceive Agent Washington, which eventually led to her betrayal of Project Freelancer. She apparently has access to psych profiles and is high enough of a rank to order Freelancers, however this may just be a command structure. Four Seven Niner once again assists Washington on his pursuit of the Meta, providing support via radio for the first half of Reconstruction before the Meta cuts off communications. After Project Freelancer's crimes are discovered, the UNSC disbanded the faction and arrested all notable members, making Four Seven Niner's status unknown.
Pilot "Four Seven Niner" constantly makes smart remarks, never seeming to be without a witty comment or reply. She seems to work fairly well with others, bantering where applicable. She has very little tolerance for the stupidity of others, however, and has a tendency to use insults in events such as when someone moves a box to the wrong spot, and in the middle of battle she has been known to shut a door in a teammate's face when said teammate was distracting her from doing her job properly. She also appears to be quite a bit calmer in the cockpit than she is outside the cockpit.
When Four Seven Niner is transferred to the Recovery Force, she seems to be bitter over this change of position (also hinted when she said, "Man, I would hate to have that guy's job", after contacting Command before a mission). She does her job professionally and seems to give a great deal of trust and respect to Washington, although initially there seems to be little respect between the two.
Skills and Abilities
Pilot Four Seven Niner is shown to have superb piloting skills, being able to outfly Longsword fighters in a Pelican troop transport and keep an exceptional degree of control over her Pelican while flying it pointed vertically. This is shown in Evacuation Plan, The Sarcophagus, and Fall From Heaven. Along with this, she seems to have good skills in communication as she was given the occupation of Recovery Command later on, where she gives instructions to recovery agents. She's also shown to have amazing reaction speeds, as seen in Fall From Heaven.
- Four Seven Niner makes her first physical appearance in the Season 9 Trailer, piloting her Pelican to deliver an injured Agent Maine, along with Agent Washington and the Director, to the medical station, Angel on my Shoulder.
- Four Seven Niner's call sign may be a reference to Echo 419, a Pelican flown by Carol Rawley in Halo: Combat Evolved. The 1 is replaced with a 7, Bungie's favorite number.
- Four Seven Niner was meant to appear in an episode of Season 14, but it was cut for time reasons.
- In Fall From Heaven, Four Seven Niner, after getting cleared for takeoff from Command, states "Man, I would hate to have that guy's job." This could be considered ironic, seeing as she later becomes a member of Command.
- In Blue vs. Red - Part 2, when talking about betting on the outcome of the simulation test, Four Seven Niner mentions that she was "Always a sucker for Blue team".
- In RWBY Chibi, another series by Rooster Teeth, the episode Monsters of Rock features a direct reference to Four Seven Niner's call sign when Neptune refers to a suspicious cloud formation as such.
- "Niner" is simply the way pilots pronounce nine (to prevent confusion with five,) and is written as nine instead of niner. However, Rooster Teeth calls the character 479er when it should actually be written simply as 479.
|Head Staff: Leonard Church · Aiden Price|
|Agents: Alabama · Alaska · Arizona · California · Carolina · Connecticut ·|
Delaware · Florida · Georgia · Hawaii · Idaho · Illinois · Iowa · Kansas ·
Maine · Maryland · Montana · New York · North Dakota · Ohio · Oregon ·
South Dakota · Texas (ε) · Washington · Wyoming · Utah
|Other Members: F.I.L.S.S. · Four Seven Niner · Recovery Six · Recovery Nine · Tank Guy · Lemons · Lieu|