Itching to know what happened before the first Gears of War? Epic Games will scratch that itch with the RAAM’s Shadow DLC for Gears of War 3, which will emerge on December 13 and set you back 1200 Microsoft Points.

The campaign portion of the DLC will clock in at just over 3 hours and will follow the events on Sera after Emergence Day. You’ll play as Zeta Squad, led by Michael Barrick from the Gears of War comics, as it helps to evacuate Ilima City and protect the citizens against a Kryll storm. Tai Kaliso, the huge tattooed Samoan from Gears of War 2, Lt. Minh Young Kim from the first game, and a new female soldier named Alicia Valera will fight along side you as you take on General RAAM.

But you’ll also get to step into General RAAM’s shoes and kill humans! “RAAM’s imposing size and strength, along with his Kryll shield, make him one of the most powerful and daunting foes in the ‘Gears’ universe,” said Cliffy B, Epic Game’s famous Design Director. “We think fans are going to have a blast unleashing hell upon the poor humans for the first time in a campaign setting.”

Multiplayer fans won’t be left out, however; six new multiplayer characters are included in RAAM’s Shadow! No word yet on who they are.

There’s also a Chocolate Weapon set, which sounds absolutely delicious. Finally, the game will include 250 Gamerscore points for the achievement junkies.