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During the Battle for Earth in 2552, thousands of Aranukan islanders were killed when the Covenant attacked and destroyed much of the original city-platform in their ruthless search for a supposed hidden Forerunner artifact. After the UNSC drove the Covenant away, the United Earth Government worked to reconstruct the city-platform as part of Project Rebirth. Despite it being restored into a tropical jewel of the Pacific, many citizens had not been eager to return to Aranuka after the war, and by 2558, the city still had a small population. In 2553, Molly Patel and her adoptive parents, Yong Lee and Asha Moyambe, moved to Aranuka from Wisconsin, URNA. Over the next five years, Molly adjusted to her new life there and also attended Admiral Harper High School.
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