Phalanx is a Gears of War fanfic that follows the story of Gordon and his squadmates, starting from a few days before the sinking of Jacinto to the New Hope Research Facility. The main selling point of the fic is that Iota Squad (the squad Gordon is in) uses shields to protect themselves from enemy fire, hence the name of the work.
Phalanx currently has 16 chapters published, with more on the way.
Phalanx contains examples of the following:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Gordon's sword has been said to decapitate Grenadiers
- Action Girl: Every girl in the series
- Amazon Brigade: Iota Squad
- Anti-Hero: Priscilla
- Ax-Crazy: Gordon becomes this
- Darker and Edgier: The more recent chapters
- Five-Man Band
- Katanas Are Just Better: Gordon uses a Wakizashi, which is a short version of a Katana.
- Knife Nut: Gordon gets into a disproportionately high number of situations where he gets to use his sword.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Gordon uses a revolver. All the rest have pistols and rifles.