Invasion of Draco III
After arriving in the Draco system on January 10, 2545, the Covenant quickly defeated the UNSC forces defending the planet. The Covenant then gathered much of the planet's civilian population and allowed them to be massacred by starving Unggoy and Kig-Yar. The planet was only partially glassed, as the Covenant chose to use the world as a hunting ground. Certain houses and streets were bombed, and piles of corpses were burned. Several Spartan-IIs, including John-117 and Linda-058, witnessed this slaughter via satellite uplink and were then deployed to rescue any survivors, though none remained. The enraged Spartans then defeated the invaders in a retaliatory action, resulting in a tactical victory for the UNSC. The civilian massacre psychologically scarred John-117.
UNSC Marine Edward Buck regretted being unable to participate in the battle for his homeworld, and was inspired to join the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers to avenge the deaths of his family. After the Covenant War ended in late 2552, a few groups of human asylum seekers and Draconians that had survived the battle resettled on Draco III. While the resettlement of the planet was authorized by the Unified Earth Government, the government was indifferent to who settled where on the world. Draco III proved to hold strategic importance in the UEG's resettlement effort of its abandoned colonies.
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