Attack on Etalan
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The Attack on Etalan was an engagement early in the Human-Covenant War where the Covenant's Fleet of Inexorable Obedience, led by Fleetmaster Nizat 'Kvarosee, assaulted the human colony of Etalan. It took place in March 2526.
When the Fleet of Inexorable Obedience arrived in the Igdras system and set its sights on Etalan, they faced little to no resistance. By March 8, 2526, Fleetmaster Nizat 'Kvarosee was already leading his fleet as they methodically glassed the world, taking care to destroy Etalan's sole spaceport before any civilians could evacuate. Due to the fact that Etalan's population was thinly spread between one hundred thousand nomadic villages, the process of cleansing each settlement took a while to complete. Over a week later, only about half of these villages had been glassed.
The Minor Minister of Artifact Survey, who had been overseeing the planet's destruction from aboard the Pious Rampage, began to tire of the slow pace required if all the human settlements were to be destroyed. To expedite the process, 'Kvarosee suggested that they target Etalan's enormous shield volcano that rested on the equator. Such an action could trigger an eruption large enough to fill the planet's skies with smoke and ash, slowing suffocating the remaining colonists. Liking this plan, the San'Shyuum gave the order and the volcano was bombarded. The Fleet of Inexorable Obedience then moved to the nearby Kolaqoa system. As intended, the plasma bombardment caused the volcano to violently erupt and cover the planet in clouds of ash. By March 26, all that was left of the volcano was an immense lake of lava.
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