Fall of Madrigal
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The Fall of Madrigal was an engagement of the Human-Covenant War in December 2528 on the human Outer Colony of Madrigal in 23 Librae system. The battle ultimately resulted in Madrigal's glassing.
In December 2528, Covenant forces attacked the human Outer Colony of Madrigal. The United Nations Space Command launched a defensive, battling the invading Covenant military, while human insurgents organized the planet's evacuation. The rebels used their own freighters to evacuate the planet's residents and brought them to a rebel refugee among the asteroids of the nearby Hesiod, a habitable complex known as the Rubble. Although Madrigal had been prepared for a Covenant attack since the loss of Harvest in 2525, the planet's defenses ultimately failed and Madrigal was glassed by the Covenant. Edward Buck and Thel 'Vadamee both participated in the battle.
After the battle, the United Nations Space Command withdrew from the system and abandoned Madrigal. The Madrigal residents brought to the Rubble were offered a choice by the occupying insurgents: they could either return to human space and continue to flee from the Covenant, or they could live in the Rubble and establish a civilization hidden from the Covenant and UNSC.
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