Raid on the Threshold gas mine

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Raid on the Threshold gas mine
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Conflict:

Isolated skirmish

Date:

Exact date unknown; between October 20 and November 2, 2552

Location:

Forerunner gas mine, Threshold

Outcome:

Decisive Covenant victory

  • All heretic forces annihilated
  • All Flood forms and gas mine destroyed
Belligerents

Covenant Empire

'Refumee's heretics and Forerunner constructs

Flood

Commanders

None (Feral stage)

Strength
Casualties

Light casualties

  • Sesa 'Refumee
  • All heretics killed
  • All Sentinels destroyed
  • 343 Guilty Spark captured

All Flood forms killed

 
"Be silent and swift, and we shall quell this heresy without incident."
Rtas 'Vadumee

This operation was an internal conflict during the Ninth Age of Reclamation between the forces of the Covenant, under the command of Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee and Special Operations Commander Rtas 'Vadumee, and the heretical movement led by Sesa 'Refumee. It took place on a Forerunner gas mine over the planet Threshold, near the ruins of Halo Installation 04. The Covenant force's objective was to assassinate 'Refumee, whom the Hierarchs saw as a threat and offense to the Covenant.[1][2]

Sentinel forces on the installation, under the command of 343 Guilty Spark, the monitor of Halo Installation 04, sided with the heretic forces.

Later in the battle, many Flood specimens that were contained on the gas mine were released, either due to the carelessness of the heretics or to hold the Covenant forces at bay.

Prelude[edit]

During the Battle of Installation 04, the Prophet of Stewardship sent an team led by Sesa 'Refumee and Loka 'Bandolee to the gas mine to recover Forerunner artifacts.[3] When the ring was destroyed by SPARTAN John-117, this artifact retrieval team survived aboard the gas mine. Some time later, 343 Guilty Spark, the monitor of Installation 04, arrived at the gas mine. The monitor, whom the Covenant forces regarded as an "Oracle", informed them of the true nature of the Halo array: the rings would not propel the Covenant's faithful along the Great Journey, but would instead kill all sentient life in the galaxy. This inspired 'Refumee and most, if not all the retrieval team, to refute the Great Journey. They soon began using the installation's technology to broadcast their message and to denounce the Prophets as liars.[1][2]

The team fortified their hold of the gas mine, establishing several Shade turrets on the outside of the mine's various structures, as well as patrolling the premises with Banshees. In defiance to the Covenant, they dressed in armor reminiscent of that traditionally worn by the Sangheili on their homeworld. 343 Guilty Spark reinforced these defenses with the gas mine's Sentinels.

The Hierarchs Truth and Mercy viewed these separatists as a threat to the Covenant and an offense to their religion, thus declaring them "heretics". Against the wishes of the High Council, Truth promoted Thel 'Vadamee, the disgraced former Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice to the rank of Arbiter. The Hierarchs then sent 'Vadamee and a Special Operations led by Special Operations Commander Rtas 'Vadumee team to destroy the heretics.[1]

The battle[edit]

With a heavy storm on Threshold masking their approach, the team silently entered the structure with the element of surprise, encountering only minor resistance from the heretic soldiers. After battling their way to the hangar bay, they discovered that the mine's Sentinels were allied with the heretics. After clearing the landing bay and eliminating the heretic reinforcements, Rtas 'Vadumee sent in a second lance of Covenant troops. With their forces bolstered, the Arbiter and the Special Operations team ventured farther into the facility.[1]

Later, after encountering heavy resistance, the Arbiter was forced to proceed by Banshee. With assistance from a Phantom dropship, 'Vadamee cleared the outside of the facility of enemy soldiers and Banshees. After landing, the Arbiter and another squad of Special Operations Sangheili, including Rtas 'Vadumee, moved inside and pushed toward the center of the facility.[1][2]

When they entered the structure, the Covenant team encountered numerous Flood forms. After fighting through both the Flood and the gas mine's Sentinels, the Arbiter encountered the leader of the heretics, Sesa 'Refumee. However, 'Refumee escaped by activating a hard light shield over a blast door leading to the heart of the facility. 'Vadamee decided to cut the cable that connected the gas mine to a larger installation above, which was designed to be severed in the event of a Flood outbreak; this prompted the rest of the Covenant forces to depart. Eventually, the Arbiter successfully cut the cables, causing the station to fall out of orbit over Threshold. The Arbiter then chased 'Refumee to his Banshee and followed him to a hangar bay where 'Refumee planned to escape aboard a Seraph fighter. The Arbiter urged 'Refumee to surrender, though the latter refused; the leader of the heretics insisted that the Sangheili were oblivious to the machinations of the Prophets. The two then fought, with 'Vadamee emerging victorious.[2]

Outcome[edit]

After 'Refumee's death, 343 Guilty Spark was captured by Tartarus, the Chieftain of the Jiralhanae and was taken before the High Council. Any surviving heretics and Flood forms were certainly killed when the station fell deeper into Threshold's atmosphere after the Arbiter cut the main cable. However, it is likely that some heretics survived in a makeshift compound on Threshold's moon, Basis.[4] Other heretics may have remained elsewhere in the galaxy, although without 'Refumee, their influence is probably negligible. It is possible they joined the Covenant separatists when the Great Schism began and the Covenant was fragmented.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Halo 2, campaign level The Arbiter
  2. ^ a b c d Halo 2, campaign level The Oracle
  3. ^ Halo: The Flood (2010), Adjunct
  4. ^ Halo 2, level Burial Mounds