- "Most hate M.O.U.T ops. Not me. Give me some good cover, a few decent sized buildings with solid walls between me and my foe and I'll be happy."
- — Cpl. James Harding.
Personality & Traits Edit
James is recognizable through his Mohawk-style hair which os of a dirty blond color. Unlike Gary Henderson who shaves the sides of his head, James does not and prefers having a full head of hair atop his head.
Quiet and somewhat reserved when off-duty, James is a very different man in the field. Confident, sharp and quick on the up-take, his rank befits his character. Although a former leader of Spear Squad, James wasn't one for a leadership role and prefers deferring to other established authority, as he was more than willing to follow Neville Briggs during the mission to scout Timgad Valley. Reliable under pressure, James is a solid addition to any squad or combat maneuver; having participated in combat since the Pendulum Wars. He is also an expert in M.O.U.T operations and is more within his element when in built-up areas.
Lightmass Offensive Edit
Scouting Timgad Valley Edit
- Main Article - Gears of War: Rising Scions Chapter 1 - Scouting Timgad Valley.
James welcomed Dawn Squad to the Timgad area and told them how they would complete their mission: by use of mag-lev train which would soon pass through the area. He explained the situation to Neville Briggs and defended the station from Locust attack while he, Ogilvy and Dawn awaited the train. The Locust presence was dealt with just as the train passed by, now under Locust control. James leapt on-board with the others and joined Briggs dealing with the Locust presence and witnessed the death of John Hastings.
Once the train came to a stop at their point of evacuation, Locust once again attacked. James witnessed Bridgett McMillan and Wilfred of Dawn Squad leaping onto the tracks when a Reaver attacked. He lost sight of the two and escaped with Briggs and Gary Henderson were he explained the situation to Briggs. Bridgett and Wilfred were subsequently labelled MIA, though there was no time to mount a search. James returned to Jacinto with the remainder of Dawn Squad, were he and Ogilvy were assigned to Echo Seven.
Behind the Scenes Edit
Like so many of the supporting characters featured in Gears of War: Rising Scions, James never existed in the initial draft because neither Echo Seven or Spear Squad were featured.