A big problem over the years is the ever increasing number of Spartan-IIs that survived the Augmentation.
Here is a suggestion to adjust the canon and try to make it fit more appropriately.
There are a total of 18 unnamed Spartans (not including the ones from Team Black.) 17 of these participated in the Fall of Reach.
3 didn’t survive the fall from jumping out of the Pelican.
3 more Spartans were injured and were assigned to Red Delta which had William, Isaac and Vinh. It’s never quite stated what happened to them but that they most likely died as they weren’t rescued with Halsey and the others.
The other 11 are of Beta Red. Two are Beta-Red Actual, the leader, and Red-15. All we know about Beta-Red Actual is that the Spartan was a female. Even though Red-15 is designated as #15, Beta Red has only 11 Spartans. We can assume that this is Spartan-015.
It is presumed that Beta Red died during the Fall of Reach from a MAC blast but a Pelican was on it’s way to pick them up.
The unnamed 18 Spartan died during the Harvest Campaign. The Spartan’s death is very similar to that of Daisy’s.
With all of these unnamed Spartans, there are a total of 57 Spartan-IIs who survived the augmentation process (2 committed suicide) and were fit for battle. This is a significantly higher number than the original number, which I believe was about 33.
There are several ways, within the canon, to fix this problem easily.
- The Spartan that died during the Harvest campaign should be announced as Daisy.- The 11 Spartans of Red Team can be comprised of any of these Spartans: Naomi-101, Joseph-122, and Keiichi-047. Joseph and Keiichi can also be labeled as 2 of the 3 injured Spartans of Delta Red as their story does not go past the Harvest Campaign. Naomi could have been the leader of Beta Red and was picked up by the Pelican before the MAC round fired. The rest of the Spartans can be rehabilitated Spartan-IIs.
- The better way would be to make the 17 unnamed Spartans of Reach Class-II Spartan-IIs. Naomi-458 is the only confirmed surviving candidate of Class-II. While the backstory of Class-II can be explained logically, it would be perfect in the canon to make all these unnamed Spartans of Reach as Class-II.
- Or Red Team’s Spartans can be comprised of Naomi, Joseph, Keiichi and Class-IIs.
How the Class-II can help
While I wonder if 343i has come up with a backstory for Class-II I believe I have found a excellent way to explain them. Since the project was initially cancelled due to financial problems, it can be explained that the project was handed over to a private company. Something like a futuristic Blackwater or something like that. The UNSC already has private companies make MJOLNIR armor because it’s cheaper that way. It can be assumed then that it would be cheaper for a private company to train and augment the Class-II.
While the Spartan-III project was meant to be a replacement for the S-IIs, I’m sure that ONI knew that in the long run that S-IIs were more efficient. Hell, go ahead and make all Class-IIs wear Hayabusa armor variants since it’s probably cheaper than the MJOLNIR and is the counterpart.
Also Nicole is Spartan-458. This could be an add on to Spartan-150. In other words, there could be a total of 308 Class-II candidates with a varied range of ages. This would allow for possible more characters in Halo 5 and 6 that comprise of Spartan-IIs.