Covenant cruiser at Longhorn Valley

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Covenant cruiser at Longhorn Valley
Production information

Class:

Cruiser

Role:

Support

Specifications

Length:

1000-1455 meters

Engine:

Repulsor engines

Slipspace drive:

Yes

Hull:

Covenant hull material

Armament:

Complement:

+10,000

Service information

Affiliation:

Covenant

 
"A tiny picture appeared on Fred's heads-up-display, and he saw what Joshua had sighted through his sniper scope: a Covenant cruiser hovered thirty meters off the ground. The ship bristled with energy weapons and plasma artillery. His Spartans couldn't get within weapons range of that thing without being roasted."
Frederic-104's tactical assessment of the Covenant cruiser.

This Covenant cruiser was a warship in the Covenant Navy which took part in the Fall of Reach.

Operational use[edit]

Fall of Reach[edit]

Main article: Fall of Reach

After entering the Epsilon Eridani system, and after the initial attack against the UNSC forces in orbit, the cruiser was one of many that entered Reach's atmosphere, coming to rest over Longhorn Valley in the Highland Mountains, where it landed tens of thousands of troops on the planet surface. Hovering thirty meters above the ground, it was protected by legions of ground forces, dozens of Wraiths, anti-air emplacements, and three squadrons of Banshees conducting air patrols.[1]

A team of three Spartan-IIs, designated Alpha Team, used captured Covenant Banshee fighters to fly past the patrols and anti-air emplacements.[2] At least one Unggoy, Zawaz, detected the Banshees on a scanner, but did not bother to report them, fearing punishment from his Sangheili superior officers.[3] As the Covenant grew suspicious of these new Banshees, they demanded proper codeword clearance - the Spartans, unable to translate the messages and not knowing the codewords, ignored them.[4] One Spartan, Joshua-029, was shot down while the other two, Fred-104 and Kelly-087, reached the cruiser's gravity lift, throwing a Fury tactical nuclear weapon into the ship and retreating behind a nearby mountain ridge.[5]

The ship was destroyed, its own shields absorbing the electromagnetic pulse from the weapon, preventing it from damaging the nearby orbital defense generators. It also leveled the nearby forest and mountain, vaporizing the ground forces. However, its loss did little to save the reactors - another three cruisers descended from orbit to replace it.[6]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 21
  2. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 24-25
  3. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 26-27
  4. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 28
  5. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 29
  6. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 31