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The Bloodstar Flotilla was a Covenant flotilla of intrusion corvettes attached to the Fleet of Inexorable Obedience and led by First Blade Tel 'Szatulai of the Silent Shadow. It was formed to serve a kai'd of the Bloodstars, a force of highly-trained Jiralhanae Stalkers and Special Operations Sangheili. The flotilla participated in the Battle of Seoba and the subsequent Battle of Biko in March 2526.
Early in the Human-Covenant War, First Blade Tel 'Szatulai's squad of Silent Shadow was approached by a courier of the United Rebel Front as they scouted out a human colony. The Sangheili were offered information on the United Nations Space Command and their Spartan supersoldiers in exchange for the insurrectionists' safety. 'Szatulai took this information to Fleetmaster Nizat 'Kvarosee and the Minor Minister of Artifact Survey of the Fleet of Inexorable Obedience, who both instructed the warrior to tentatively accept their offer of a meeting on Biko's icy moon of Seoba, with the intent to gather what information he could. However, when the rebels inevitably outlived their usefulness to the Covenant, they would be destroyed. For this mission, 'Szatulai took the five intrusion corvettes of the Bloodstar Flotilla, and left for the Kolaqoa system. He led the small force from aboard the Sacred Whisper, a vessel commanded by Shipmaster Hulon 'Budyasee.
Meeting on Seoba
On March 19, 2526, the Bloodstar Flotilla emerged from slipspace in the Kolaqoa system far outside of Biko's detection range, activating its active camouflage and approaching the planet without its defense force noticing. Despite the intrusion corvettes' cloaking, the flotilla was soon detected by the UNSC force that had recently captured the rebels' ice quarry base on Seoba. The humans began to scramble their prowlers to meet the Covenant force. 'Szatulai, who was standing in the Sacred Whisper's forward observation blister, could see the vessels with his naked eye as they rose into space, backed by Biko's pink disk. However, none of the corvettes' sensors could detect anything that suggested that human spacecraft were leaving Seoba. After 'Szatulai showed 'Budyasee what he was seeing, the two of them visited the stations toward the back of the bridge to confirm that the problem was with the sensors, rather than with the bridge crew. As he was certain that human vessels were indeed rising from the ice quarry that was their intended meeting location, 'Szatulai ordered all of the flotilla's vessel to fire on the quarry, despite the extreme range and apparent lack of targets. He hoped to damage and capture one of the alarmingly advanced stealth vessels for study.
Destruction of Biko
Five intrusion corvettes:
List of appearances