Survive the Gordian Hour

Rage, rage against the dying of the Light.

Noveria is a planet shrouded in mystery and blanketed in a deep, ever-present cold. Ambitious, and often morally ambiguous private labs seek the anonymity and covert nature of dealings with the Noveria Development Corporation to pursue their research on the secretive planet. The days on the barely habitable planet are 52 hours long. Towards the planetary pole however, north of the Skadi Mountains, at one very specific time of year, there is exactly 100 minutes of pure, cold, evil darkness. This 100 minutes has been referred to in popular myth as the Gordian Hour. No species in existence has survived the Gordian Hour. This is therefore the ideal location for the next test...

 

The instructions are simple. The task, most would say, is impossible. You must defy the myth of the Gordian Hour. To survive the Gordian hour, you must complete 5 stages in a cumulative time of less than 100 mins. On insanity, you must complete 3 challenges in a cumulative time of less than 100 mins. Valiant efforts will be remembered.

 

Do not go gentle into that good night.

 

Note: This challenge series is to celebrate 100 sub-20 runs in the history of the Themed Challenge thread. Thank you hardcore soloists for all your effort and for your incredible feats! I hope you enjoy the challenge this new mini series brings! Best of luck! For those of you who enjoy the challenge and not necessarily going for time, there is still an achievement for you! Have fun!

 
Achievements
Lodestar

Survive the Gordian Hour on both Hardcore and Insanity difficulties and hold the cumulative time records. There is only one.

Gordian Paradox

Survive the Gordian Hour on both Hardcore and Insanity difficulties (<100 mins for each difficulty).

Gordian Anomaly

Complete all Gordian Hour stages on Hardcore difficulty without dying. 10 Waves survived on each run. (Time doesn't matter here.)

Gordian Exception

Survive the Gordian Hour on Hardcore or insanity difficulty. (<100 mins on either difficulty)

A Noble Gordian Death

Extract from all 5 stages on Hardcore difficulty with a total cumulative time of more than 100 mins. Test failed, but a valiant effort nonetheless!

Brave the Gordian Hour

Complete one attempt of the Gordian Hour series. An archive of the brave who entered the Gordian Hour. Outcome unknown.

 
Challenge Rules

Hardcore (5 stages on gold difficulty)

- Survival of the Gordian Hour Hardcore entails completing all 5 stages in less than 100 minutes cumulative time. (Completing the series with a time greater than100 minutes will still earn you an achievement.)

- Full Extraction required

- No Armored Compartments

- Screenshot required, vid for Lodestar required

Insanity (3 stages on platinum difficulty)

- Survival of the Gordian Hour Insanity entails completing all 3 stages in less than 100 minutes cumulative time.

- Mission Successful required

- Armored Compartments permitted

- Screenshot required, vid for Lodestar required

 
The Gordian Hour - Hardcore
Stage 1 - Denial

 

Conditions: Full Extraction (gold) on Firebase White Hazard vs Reapers

Character: Asari Vanguard

Weapon: Arc Pistol

 

Stage 2 - Anger

 

Conditions: Full Extraction (gold) on Firebase Glacier Hazard vs Collectors

Character: N7 Destroyer

Weapon: N7 Typhoon

 

Stage 3 - Bargaining

 

Conditions: Full Extraction (gold) on Firebase White Hazard vs Cerberus

Character: Asari Justicar Adept

Weapon: Collector SMG

 

Stage 4 - Depression

 

Conditions: Full Extraction (gold) on Firebase Giant Hazard vs Geth

Character: Geth Infiltrator

Weapon: Black Widow

 

Stage 5 - Acceptance

 

Conditions: Full Extraction (gold) on Firebase Glacier vs Cerberus

Character: Turian Sentinel

Weapon: N7 Valkyrie

 
The Gordian Hour - Insanity
Stage I - Death

 

Conditions: Mission Successful (Platinum) on Firebase White vs Cerberus

Character: Asari Valkyrie

Weapon: Venom Shotgun

 

Stage 2 - Rebirth

 

Conditions: Mission successful (Platinum) on Firebase Glacier vs Cerberus

Character: N7 Fury

Weapon: Arc Pistol

 

Stage 3 - Burn the Darkness

 

Conditions: Mission successful (Platinum) on Firebase White Hazard vs Reapers

Character: Geth Trooper

Weapon: Acolyte