Know Your COGs: The Cast Of Gears Of War: Judgment

by Tim Turi on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The next installment in the Gears of War series takes place 15 years before the start of the first game. This prequel stars some familiar - but younger - faces and also some new ones. Take a moment to refamiliarize yourself with Cole and Baird, and meet newcomers Garron Paduk, Sofia Hendrik, and Ezra Loomis.

Name: Damon Baird
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190 lbs

When we first meet Baird in Gears of War: Judgment, he's a lieutenant responsible for leading Kilo Squad against the new Locust threat. The fan favorite comes with all the snark and attitude you're familiar with, but he's not quite the jaded, cynical jerk we see by the end of Gears of War 3. Baird is filled with pride by the opportunity of leading fellow COGs, and he wants to be the best officer he can be.

Name: Augustus Cole
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230 lbs

All the way up until two months before the Locust breached the surface of Sera on E-Day, Cole was busy kicking ass on the Thrashball field. A prodigy at the sport, Cole endeared himself to a world of thrashball fans as "Cole Train." While he becomes fast friends with Baird, Cole misses his hard-earned sports fame and is second-guessing enlisting.

Name: Sofia Hendrik
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 135 lbs

Before the Locust invasion hit Halvo Bay, Sofia was training as an Onyx Guard cadet. She joined the fight against the Locust after being exposed to the horrors of war as a media correspondent towards the end of the decades-long Pendulum Wars. Having seen terrible things during battle, she sets out to ensure that war is properly waged, and that ethics must not be sacrificed for victory.

Name: Garron Paduk
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215 lbs

Paduk comes from the other side of the Pendulum Wars. Fighting for the Union of Independent Republics, his home nation of Gorasnaya was demolished by the Locust early on in the war. Fortunately for Paduk, the COG navy helped him and a few others escape his crumbling home. Originally considered a POW by the COG, Paduk eventually convinced his captors that he'd be of more use killing Locust with Kilo Squad than rotting away in a cell.

Name: Ezra Loomis
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220 lbs

A COG colonel, Loomis believes wholeheartedly in the organization's goals and will do anything to adhere to its standards. Loomis has been entrenched in the military his entire life, and isn't concerned with the lives of civilians. The colonel is unable to adjust his tactical approach to war away from the human enemy of the Pendulum wars to the inhuman Locust menace. He's so concerned with doing things by the book that he even takes time during the war to makes Kilo Squad stand trial for their unorthodox strategies.