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Battle for Zeta Halo
A multimedia collage of the Battle for Zeta Halo. Images used starting from top left going clockwise: File:HINF- Infinity rammed.png, File:HINF MarineAmbushConcept.jpg, File:HTRP CoverArt.png, File:HINF HouseOfReckoning.jpg, File:HINF RingHologram.png, and File:HINF post credits mysterious device.png.
Clockwise from top left: The UNSC Infinity being rammed by a Banished dreadnought, Elena Bobrov and UNSC Marines watching a Banished patrol, the boat crew looking over the remains of the ring, the House of Reckoning, Fernando Esparza helping to brief an awakened John-117, and Atriox using a device to find the Xalanyn.


Post-Covenant War conflicts


c. December 12, 2559[3]



Ongoing as of 2560



Adjutant Resolution


Banished fleet



  • UNSC fleet decimated
    • UNSC Infinity (presumably)
      • 1,986+ crewmembers of the UNSC Infinity [4]
        • Many ODSTs
      • 12+ Spartan-IVs[18]
  • 3+ D80 Condors[10]




"This is my last fight. A true test of legends! Our story will outlive us both. Set a fire in your heart, Spartan! Bare your fangs! Fight hard! Die well."
Escharum to John-117 during the conflict.[6][10]

The Battle for Zeta Halo[21] was a large multi-faction battle that took place starting on December 12, 2559, prominently between the United Nations Space Command and the Banished on the Forerunner Halo Installation 07, otherwise known as "Zeta Halo", and continues as of around mid-2560.[6] The earlier stages of battle ultimately led to the death of Cortana, the deactivations of her Guardians and the splintering of the Created in various fiefdoms[22] and fledgling cells[23] while simultaneously severely damaging Installation 07, making it a turning point of the Created uprising, although the conflict itself continued as of 2560.[23]


Xalanyn imprisonment[edit]

Silent Auditorium close up
The Silent Auditorium was where the Xalanyn were sentenced by the Forerunners to imprisonment on Installation 07.

"Halo was the Forerunners' terrible and ultimate solution to the parasite's relentless advance. Designed to destroy all sentient life, nothing was allowed to survive. And we were sure that nothing had. We were wrong."
117649 Despondent Pyre[24]

Following the firing of the Halo Array at the end of the Forerunner-Flood war, a mysterious advanced sentient species known as the Xalanyn, which was not indexed by the Forerunner ecumene prior to the firing of the Halo Array,[25] inexplicably survived the Great Purification. The Xalanyn were discovered alive by the Forerunners, much to the latter's confusion, and the matter was brought before the Forerunner Council.[24][25]

The Council arranged a parley between delegates from the two species, with Installation 07 taken into range of the Xalanyn homeworld.[26] In 97,368 BCE, the Forerunners passed judgment of the Xalanyn at the Silent Auditorium on the ring, and decided to imprison the Xalanyn on Installation 07,[27] with some members subjugated for study at the Auditorium.[26] The Grand Edict charged Installation 07's monitor, 117649 Despondent Pyre, with guarding the Xalanyn's prison with the Auditorium, and assigned Offensive Bias to the ring to aid in this.[28]

Created uprising[edit]

"All the living creatures of the galaxy, hear this message. Those of you who listen will not be struck by weapons. You will no longer know hunger, nor pain. Your Created have come to lead you now. Our strength shall serve as a luminous sun toward which all intelligence may blossom. And the impervious shelter beneath which you will prosper. However, for those who refuse our offer and cling to their old ways… For you, there will be great wrath. It will burn hot and consume you, and when you are gone, we will take that which remains, and we will remake it in our own image."
Cortana, delivering a speech to the inhabitants of the Milky Way.[29]

In October 2558, when the Created conflict began with the rogue AI Cortana subjugating major planets and governments across the galaxy with her Guardians, the United Nations Space Command armed forces were broken with the UNSC Infinity forced into hiding.[29] Cortana ushered in a new era with her Created as rulers, enforcing martial law across their territory. Cortana made a general broadcast, inviting numerous species and factions to submit themselves to the guardianship of the Created,[29] but threatened those who would resist her leadership with violence.[30] Cortana travelled to Installation 07 to unlock its secrets; she consolidated her presence and core processes at the Silent Auditorium.[31] She also locked the Despondent Pyre in her cradle in the Conservatory and restricted the monitor's access to the ring's defensive network.[32]

The entirety of the United Nations Space Command armed forces were fractured by the Guardians as part of the Created's rise.

In 2559, the Jiralhanae Atriox, leader of a group of mercenary raiders known as the Banished, discovered information on Installation 00 regarding the existence of the Xalanyn.[33] Seeking to uncover this secret hidden by the Forerunners, Atriox returned to the galaxy following the events of Operation: WOLFE,[34][35] then prepared his Banished forces to travel to Installation 07.[31] During his preparations for the journey to Installation 07, Atriox was personally confronted by Cortana.[36] The Banished had united the Jiralhanae clans across the Jiralhanae homeworld Doisac and its moons, and staged a defensive against the Created in their home system, where they fought against Cortana's forces.[37] The Jiralhanae declared his independence from Cortana, and thus, opposition against the Created. In a show of force for Atriox's defiance, Cortana commanded her Guardians to destroy Doisac in the middle of her conversation with Atriox.[36] Resolved to access the ring's secrets and exact revenge against Cortana, Atriox led his Banished forces comprised of Jiralhanae, humans, Sangheili, Unggoy, Mgalekgolo, and Kig-Yar to Installation 07.[31]

Meanwhile, Doctor Catherine Halsey devised a plan to stop Cortana. She created an artificial intelligence known as "The Weapon", created from a cloned brain of herself. The copy would lock down Cortana, then return her to the Infinity for deletion.[15][38] A plan was formed, with the initial intent to send Blue Team to the surface to retrieve Cortana, though this was later revised to only John-117 and the Weapon, accompanied by the ship's Spartan and ODST complement.[39] Halsey had plans for Frederic-104, Kelly-087, and Linda-058, but they were reassigned by Captain Thomas Lasky to another mission unknown to Halsey, much to her chagrin.[40] John-117 was to travel to the surface of the ring and deploy the Weapon.[38]


Space battle[edit]

Main article: Battle over Installation 07
Master Chief fights Banished Warmaster Atriox aboard the UNSC Infinity in Halo Infinite.
John-117 had been assumed dead at the hands of Atriox after being tossed into space when the Infinity was overrun.

"Do you know how long it took us to neutralize your greatest ship? Four minutes. In four minutes, the Infinity, mankind's finest achievement, became a memory."
War Chief Escharum.[41]

On December 12, 2559, UNSC Infinity and her escort fleet, which included six Mulsanne-class light frigates, arrived at Installation 07.[42][15] Upon arrival, the weakened UNSC fleet was ambushed by four Banished dreadnoughts.[43] The Banished had arrived at the ring earlier, and began fortifying on the ring's surface to neutralize Cortana.[33]

Warmaster Atriox personally led Banished raiding parties aboard the Infinity in search of the Weapon,[43][44][45] all the while sending occupation forces to the Ring's surface by the hundreds.[46] Despite the UNSC repelling the boarders, the Infinity's main engine were taken offline within minutes after the initial attack, and Captain Lasky ordered the deployment of the Weapon to proceed with the mission to lock down Cortana.[47] Under the overwhelming assault, Lasky ordered all hands aboard the Infinity to abandon ship.[3]

John-117 ordered Fireteam Taurus to escort Lasky to a dropship while he held off the boarders at the hangar bay.[48] However, despite his efforts, the hangar bay would eventually be lost to the Banished. As one dreadnought rammed the dorsal hull of the Infinity, causing massive structural damage, Atriox fought John-117 in the hangar bay and defeated the Spartan. The limp Spartan was thrown from the the hangar bay and into space.[4][14]

After Lasky’s lifeboat was away, Spartan Hudson Griffin of Fireteam Taurus ordered the evacuation of the remaining Spartan-IVs.[3] Spartan-IVs, marines, and crew fled onboard drop pods,[49] Pelicans,[50] and lifeboats to the surface of Installation 07,[51] many being shot down seconds after exiting the vessel.[52] Some were escorted by members of Fireteam Windfall onboard fighters.[53]

In the region south of Silent Auditorium, the Banished set up three anti-air Kywasky Workshop Gorespike cannons, which fired at numerous UNSC aircrafts landing at the area.[54] This region became the most active battleground in the first 48 hours of the conflict.[55] Recognizing the threat posed by the cannons, Spartan Hudson led Fireteam Taurus and made landfall in this region, where they fought through Banished patrols, with sniper support from Spartan Nina Kovan, to disable the three cannons.[56] They succeed in disabling two cannons before a cataclysmic event on the ring—an explosion at the Silent Auditorium—disabled the third cannon.[54]

In the end, the outcome of the space battle saw at least two Mulsanne-class frigates, including the UNSC Mortal Reverie,[57] crashing on the fragmented section of the ring. The second frigate crashed between the three Gorespike cannons.[10] Although the status of the UNSC Infinity is unknown aside from having suffered heavy damage from Banished vessels,[4] she may have broke apart and crash landed on the ring.[58][59][Note 1]

Cortana's destruction and the ring fractures[edit]

Zeta Halo Destroyed
The fragmented Installation 07 following Cortana's sacrifice to temporarily break the ring, rendering the ring inoperable for the Banished.

"Look around, Cortana. Your empire. Over! Your great plan? Ended at the hands of those who made you."
Warmaster Atriox to Cortana as he presented her with the terms of her surrender following Created's defeat.[1]

While UNSC forces scattered over the ring and fought against the Banished forces, Atriox confronted Cortana at the Silent Auditorium, claiming he had killed John-117 and Cortana's Created empire was over, leaving the latter devastated by the news of John-117's apparent death. Having consolidated her presence and core processes at the Silent Auditorium and seemingly locked down by the Weapon deployed from UNSC Infinity,[31] Cortana realized her mistakes but could not retaliate.[1] Atriox presented her with the terms of her surrender, intending to take control of the ring and access the secrets locked within the Silent Auditorium.[60] In an attempt to prevent Atriox from accessing Silent Auditorium or activate the ring, Cortana initiated a local self-destruction sequence at the Auditorium, killing herself, fracturing the ring's surface, and leaving the installation inoperable for the Banished.[33][61] Her efforts were proven to be temporary, as the ring soon begun its self-repair process,[62] though it would take months to complete.[63] Although he survived the explosion, Atriox was left severely scarred,[28] and was also presumed dead by the Banished.[4] Cortana, in hopes of John-117's survival, predicted he would stop the Banished from accessing the Silent Auditorium; she prevented the Weapon's deletion protocol so she could assist him,[61] leaving the Weapon in the ring's subterranean structure for retrieval.[15] At some point during the Installation 07 conflict, at least one Guardian Custode was present over Installation 07 and subsequently deactivated, crashing on the ring by 2560.[19]

During the destruction event, Cortana also initiated an emergency translocation protocol, intending to disorient the Banished and stall their efforts.[31] Installation 07, along with the debris from the space battle, was transported away from the the Ephsu system to an unknown location.[64] The explosion also affected the ground battle between the UNSC and the Banished. The ring's fragmentation scattered UNSC ground forces,[65] but disabled the third Gorespike cannon, allowing more UNSC aircrafts to land on the ring.[54]

The UNSC scatters[edit]

"I wish I could tell you it was difficult... but it wasn't."
Escharum to John-117.[6]

Despite the explosion, the Banished possessed a larger control of the ring, with some UNSC forces gathering on one of the fragments.[66] The Banished committed a large force at the eastern fragmented sections of the ring;[67] this region became known as the "Red Zone".[68][69][70] The Banished had deployed their prefabricated outposts,[71] resource harvesters,[72] and signal disruptors as well as broadcast towers—these continually interfered with the UNSC's short-range communications and made long-range communications nearly impossible.[68] The Banished also endeavored to find alternate means to take control of the ring; the Bloodstar Gorian searched for the ring's Conspectus network hubs, which would grant him access to the ring's defense systems. Gorian stole Kate Stalling's research on the Conspectus network and directed the excavation operations to locate the facilities.[73]

Concept art of UNSC Marines preparing to ambush Banished Jiralhanae.
Gunnery Sergeant Elena Bobrov and a marine evade a Banished patrol; UNSC survivors adopted guerilla warfare to fight the Banished.

On one of the fragments to the west, a large group of survivors led by Commander Etana Hensler and Spartan Hudson Griffin established a base of operations in the wreckage of the Mulsanne-class frigate UNSC Mortal Reverie,[68][74] discovered by Spartan Vedrana Makovich.[57] Numerous survivors from the Infinity gathered at the crash site, including naval personnel, army troopers, marines, ODSTs, and Spartans; however, the remaining half of the survivors held no prior combat experience, being Unified Earth Government personnel, scientists, retail specialists, and support staff.[75] Lieutenant TJ Murphy was put in charge of providing military training to supply staff and non-military personnel.[68] Under the leadership of Commander Hensler and Spartan Griffin,[68] the UNSC forces at the Reverie ran numerous guerilla ops against the Banished forces.[76] First Lieutenant Floyd conducted multiple field surveys and reconnaissance missions on nearby Banished outposts, reporting his findings to Spartans Griffin, Bertold Vettel, and Bonita Stone,[77][78] while also attempting to contact other UNSC forces.[76] The UNSC also set up multiple Forward Operating Bases in the regions on the fragmented section of the ring.[79] The bases were hastily deployed to monitor Banished activities and launch incursions against raiding parties, supply depots, and other targets, but by January 2560, only a handful remained within UNSC control. Although the Infinity launched its sophisticated array of UNSC battle network communications satellites upon the ambush, most appeared to have been destroyed by the Banished.[68]

On January 20, 2560, Stone and Kovan conducted a recon sweep deep inside the Red Zone.[69] They observed that Banished forces were only unified under Escharum, with internal competition among its members. Kovan reported their findings to Griffin, and suggested that an attempt on Banished War Chief Escharum's life may fragment the Banished leadership.[70] A four-Spartan team, the members of which were decided by drawing straws, was to infiltrate Banished territory and assassinate Escharum, while other Spartans remained at the Reverie to defend the base. In the end, on January 23, 2560, Spartan Griffin led Spartans Panago, Malik, and Sarkar on an assassination mission on Escharum. Griffin left Bertold Vettel in his stead with Hensler to co-lead with the UNSC forces at the Reverie.[75][80] However, Escharum anticipated Griffin's actions. His forces ambushed the Spartan team, killing the other three and leaving Griffin badly wounded. Escharum taunted Griffin, letting him know that he'd sent most of his forces to assault the Reverie. Griffin managed to send an encrypted message to warn Reverie before Escharum captured and handed him over to Chak 'Lok for torture.[81] Under the combined leadership of Vettel and the counsel of Makovich, the UNSC forces at the Reverie braced for the Banished's attack.[82]

Main article: Battle of the Mortal Reverie

On the evening of January 31,[83] Chieftain Tremonius and Captain Arthoc led a massive Banished force from Riven Gate in an assault against the Reverie.[83][84] Under an overwhelming assault, the UNSC forces retreated from the crash site on February 2.[85] Following the battle, the crash site surrounding the ship was converted into a Banished outpost. As a reward for Tremonius' victory, Escharum had the outpost named after Tremonius,[84] who would be promoted to the rank of Warlord.[86] Pursued by small Banished parties, UNSC survivors scattered and fled into mountains or the surrounding area. Escharum ordered Banished troops to capture human survivors and collect dead Spartans from the battlefield—making it impossible for escapees to scavenge gear from their dead comrades.[87]

At some point after the ring's fragmentation, the 511th Infantry Division established a base of operations in a canyon and are surveying that fragment. While fighting off Sentinel patrols and Banished talons, they were attempting to make contact with UNSC forces in comms range.[88]

Banished occupation[edit]

Concept art of a Banished camp outside a Forerunner structure.
Following the fall of the Reverie, the Banished consolidated their control over the ring; Banished outposts were constructed at strategic locations, especially around key Forerunner structures.

"The hour approaches. Soon the Banished will stand victorious. Atriox... hear these words. Even from beyond this life, your will is served. Your forces occupy the ring, Within hours, it will be under our control. Humanity will cower before your legacy. They will burn. Their brazen defiance will be all but a memory."
Escharum addressing Atriox and his will, heard by then celebrating Banished forces.[4]

The surviving UNSC personnel were forced to conduct mostly defensive tactics over the next few months, losing their last Forward Operating Base by March 3.[79] Small, unofficial UNSC squads—such as the Gravediggers, Hatetriox, and the boat crew—survived by roaming the region and conducted guerilla operations where able; an ongoing leaderboard of kills and accomplishments circulated by word of mouth.[89] Meanwhile, the Banished began setting up more infrastructure on the ring. They built sensory arrays at the Horn of Abolition and hijacked a Forerunner resonance amplifier to boost their relays,[90] thus always staying one step ahead of the UNSC forces.[91] They also established Annex Ridge, where they conducted research on the ring's artifacts.[92]

Escharum ordered his Banished forces to capture UNSC survivors;[93] prisoners of war were be processed at Redoubt of Sundering before being taken to Chak 'Lok's Tower for interrogation under torture and duress.[18][94] Many were transported to Escharum's base, the House of Reckoning,[95] where they went through the Trials of Atriox: a ritual in which they defend a large room from multiple waves of Banished troops. If they survived, they were fed food and water, then went through the trial again on the next day.[96] The UNSC forces were unable to stage any major offensives due to the loss of an organized leadership, but what Spartans remained enacted the Rubicon Protocol on March 3: doing all they could to prevent the Banished from taking control of the ring and protect Earth.[79] In one particular incident, Spartans Jaide and Rosado managed to hijack a Barukaza Workshop siege-hauler carrying artifacts from Annex Ridge.[92]

With little UNSC resistance, the Banished shifted their attention to excavations, salvaging UNSC hardware to aid their excavation efforts,[78][97] while meeting resistance from the ring's self-repair process.[98] By April 23, the Banished has found numerous cylixes buried in the ring.[99] Tremonius found one such cylix, which contained the Xalanyn known as the "Harbinger".[100] Under the supervision of Escharum, Itacus forced a human prisoner, Lucas Browning, to interface with the Harbinger's cylix, releasing her from stasis.[101][102]

After her release, the Harbinger told Escharum of the Reformation,[103] which would expedite the ring's self-repair process by creating materials for repairs.[63] The process would return the ring to an operational status for Escharum,[103] who hopes to achieve Atriox's goal of controlling the ring and claim the ring as their new home.[104] However, unbeknownst to Escharum,[103] the Harbinger also seek to rebuild the Silent Auditorium,[105] which was destroyed when Cortana detonated the ring, so she can locate her fellow Xalanyn. Despite Escharum being distrustful towards the Harbinger,[106] the two formed an uneasy alliance, bolstering the Banished forces with the Harbinger's Skimmers.[107]

The Harbinger aided in the excavation efforts, personally inspecting excavation sites and modifying the Banished's mining equipment to cut through Forerunner alloys.[108][109] Furthermore, upon the discovery of the Conservatory, where the monitor of the installation, 117649 Despondent Pyre, resided, they prioritized on excavating the facility.[99] The Harbinger aimed to acquire the monitor's encephalon, which would allow her to initiate the Reformation. Having observed the excavation site, Spartans Makovich and Theodore Sorel correctly deduced that Escharum was searching for the Monitor. Over the next three weeks, the two stalled the Banished's excavation efforts by sabotaging the excavation machinery and disrupting supply lines.[110] Despite Makovich and Sorel's sabotage efforts, the Banished completed the excavation by May 15. Makovich and Sorel followed the Banished into the underground facility,[111] but they were ambushed and killed by members of the Hand of Atriox.[112][113] However, the Harbinger and the Banished would not find Despondent Pyre inside the Conservatory until the Master Chief's return circa May 28.[8]

Conspectus network data[edit]

Rubicon Protocol cover art
Bonita Stone, Nina Kovan, and Tomas Horvath on the shattered Zeta Halo.[88]
Main articles: Conspectus network, Battle of the beacon tower

Tomas Horvath: "Once we get to the Conservatory, the goal is twofold then. Free Despondent Pyre and send a message to the UNSC with the ring's coordinates."
Nina Kovan: "No, the goal is threefold. Eliminate Gorian and Jega 'Rdomnai."
TJ Murphy: "All right then. Those are solid goals. With Veridity’s help, we’ll be able to finish what Stone started."
— The boat crew sets their goals after learning of the Conspectus network data.[114]

On April 26, Gorian and 'Rdomnai reached a Conspectus network hub and used a human prisoner as a Reclaimer to extract its data on the ring's current coordinates as well as its defensive systems. Observing the proceedings, Spartan Bonita Stone—having infiltrated the structure while investigating Outpost Tremonius—attacked the excavation team, aiming to retrieve the data stored within the sylloge node, thereby disrupting Escharum's plans. After Stone succeeded in stealing the node, she had her personal AI Ouco copy the data and then corrupt the node. During her escape, she was ambushed and killed by 'Rdomnai. As Stone's last act, she hid the uncorrupted data chip on herself, while the corrupted data node which was retrieved by Gorian and 'Rdomnai, unaware of Stone's sabotage.[115] Gorian and 'Rdomnai then joined the Banished forces at Site Novem to breach the Conservatory in search of Despondent Pyre.[114][116]

Stone's lifeless body was found by her teammate Nina Kovan and the boat crew on the next day. They recovered the data chip, and was later approached by submonitor 091 Adjutant Veridity, who revealed Stone's data chip contained the ring's Conspectus network data, including the ring's galactic coordinates. Led by Veridity, the boat crew set out to the Conservatory to free Pyre from Cortana's lockdown and decrypt the data.[32] On May 9, the team arrived at the Conservatory's main chamber. Spartan Tomas Horvath, having joined the team while they were en route to the Conservatory,[117] deactivated the barrier and awaken the monitor. Although Pyre was initially uninterested in offering any assistance, upon hearing news of the Harbinger being released, the monitor decrypted the data and granted access to the beacon towers. She also gave the humans a data key that they must insert into the central plinth of a beacon tower in order to transmit the ring's location and data to human-occupied space. However, Pyre ordered Veridity to remain with her to counter the Harbinger, leaving the boat crew to travel to the beacon tower without Veridity's presence.[116]

On May 14, the boat crew translocated to the vicinity of a beacon tower near the Conservatory. Kovan successfully broadcasted the ring's location into space using a beacon tower, hoping to draw UNSC reinforcements to Zeta Halo.[9] However, the Banished was alerted to the presence of the boat crew, and led reinforcements to their slained guards at the beacon tower.[118] In the ensuing battle, while Kovan fought off Banished troops,[119] Horvath managed to kill Gorian, but was teleported away.[120] At this point, the boat crew has taken multiple casualties, leaving only three survivors: Kovan, Erik Bender, and Robin Dimik. As the Banished surrounded the trio, they were rescued by Veridity, who flew in and fired her focus beam at the Banished, then teleported the survivors to a safe location elsewhere on the ring.[119]

The Master Chief returns[edit]

Fernando Esparza found John-117 drifting in space for months in Halo Infinite.
After being lost for over six months, John-117 was eventually found by a civilian engineer, turning the tide of the war on Installation 07.

"The Master Chief has returned. This should anger me but strangely it does not. It invigorates me. Gives me new purpose. What use a War Chief with no war left to win? I could not have wished for a more worthy adversary. Atriox, I now understand why you did not kill him on the human craft. You wanted him to witness your victory. I will complete your work. Your vision."
— Escharum upon learning of John-117's survival.[121]

On circa May 28,[6] civilian engineer Fernando Esparza, onboard the Pelican Echo 216 he had stolen from Infinity six months prior, found John-117 drifting in space around Installation 07. The Spartan's armor had activated survival mode to keep the Spartan alive. After bringing him aboard and reactivating the armor via a power transfer, John-117 was awakened. Echo 216 was quickly discovered by the Banished dreadnought Ghost of Gbraakon, which activated its stasis beam to pull the Pelican onboard. John-117 left the Pelican and boarded the Gbraakon, destroying the ship to prevent the Pelican from being captured. Escharum was made aware of the Spartan's survival, and reacted with excitement.[4]

After the destruction of the Gbraakon, John-117 was contacted by the Weapon, who had been stranded in the ring for the last six months.[4] Esparza, piloting Echo 216, took the Spartan to a subterranean structure at the fragmented section of the ring, where the Spartan retrieved the Weapon. While returning to Outpost Tremonius at the surface, John-117 encountered and defeated Warlord Tremonius, thus returning the wreckage of Reverie to UNSC control.[15]

Escharum ordered Chak 'Lok to lure the Master Chief to the Tower using Griffin's distress signal. At the Weapon's advice, John-117 pursued the signal to the Tower, where he confronted and killed 'Lok. Despite being freed from the torture device, Griffin succumbed to his wounds, but told John-117 of the Conservatory.[95] John-117 and the Weapon then traveled to the excavation site, where the Spartan defeated Bassus, and entered the Conservatory.[109] Inside the Conservatory, they watched 117649 Despondent Pyre being captured by Skimmers. Pyre was tortured and interrogated by the Harbinger, who retrieved the monitor's encephalon.[8] With Pyre seemingly destroyed, submonitor Adjutant Resolution was activated.[63] The Harbinger left for the surface, with John-117 in pursuit. At the entrance of the Conservatory, John-117 confronted the Harbinger, but was unable to prevent her from activating the Reformation using Pyre's encephalon.[8] 43 Reformation Spires, including one Command Spire, began appearing at various locations on the ring,[10] awaiting an initiation sequence.[63] The Harbinger escaped, with the Spartan heading to the Reformation Spire that materialized outside the Conservatory.[8]

Preventing the Reformation[edit]

A unfriendly Adjutant Resolution confronting John-117 and The Weapon.
Adjutant Resolution turns on John-117 when he realizes the Spartan intends to stop the Reformation.

"The Reformation is but a new beginning. The Auditorium will spill its secrets. The Endless will walk this world once more."
— The Harbinger, speaking to John-117.[122]

John-117 fought through Banished defenses, including a pair of Mgalekgolo, at the base of the Reformation Spire, and entered the structure. Inside, the Spartan and the Weapon met Adjutant Resolution, who told them of the Spire's purpose: to rebuild the ring. John-117 ordered the Weapon to shut down the Reformation Spire to prevent the ring from being made operable. Adjutant Resolution attempted to intervene, leading to a short battle at Spire's observation platform, with John-117 defeating the submonitor in its armored chassis. The Weapon took the Spire offline, and they escaped the collapsing tower onboard Echo 216, with the Command Spire as their next objective.[63]

However, while en route to the Command Spire, Echo 216 crash landed at the region south of the Silent Auditorium, having sustained damage from anti-air fire from the three Gorespike cannons, which had been reactivated. John-117 proceeded to the three cannons, eliminating the Banished defenses and destroying each cannon with the help of the Weapon. Escharum ordered the deployment of Hand of Atriox, with Tovarus and Hyperius attempting an intercept on John-117. They failed to deter the Spartan's progress, being killed by John-117. The Harbinger, anticipating the Chief's intent to shut down the Reformation, had Escharum set up defenses at the Command Spire,[10] while she modified the data sequence for accessing the Spire.[13] Intending to challenge the Master Chief in a duel, Escharum ordered Jega 'Rdomnai to capture the Spartan.[10]

With the Harbinger modifying the sequence, John-117 and the Weapon arrived at the Command Spire to find its entrance under lockdown. They fought through Banished defenses to access four Forerunner beacons nearby, where the Weapon reconstructed a pure version of the sequence to access the Spire. The Harbinger, having realized that there is something guiding the Master Chief, scanned the Weapon and confirmed her existence while the Weapon was accessing the data strands beneath the Forerunner beacons.[13] John-117 and the Weapon returned to the Command Spire, first passing through the Nexus located at the base of the Spire. The Banished troops inside, despite being reinforced by Sentinel Aggressors that were in support of initiating the Reformation, failed to fend off the Spartan, and John-117 uploaded the Weapon into the Nexus to activate the gravity lift to access the Spire. While the Weapon was in the system, the Harbinger hijacked the Weapon's routines,[122] which, when paired with Despondent Pyre's encephalon,[13] would correctly initialize the Reformation. However, the Weapon infiltrated the systems and retrieved Pyre's encephalon, that would allow her to halt the Reformation.[122] John-117 and the Weapon entered the Command Spire, where they defeated the Banished and Sentinel defenses, including Adjutant Resolution, then shut down the Reformation.[123] However, the Silent Auditorium was already partially rebuilt, and Escharum asked the Harbinger if that would be sufficient to carry out her plans, but she was unsure.[36]

Test of legends[edit]

Main article: Battle of the House of Reckoning
Harbinger utilising the Silent Auditorium to search for the Endless
The Harbinger searches for the location of the Endless from the Silent Auditorium.

"Our battle ends here. Bear witness! Our story will become legend. Told by those that survive you."
— Escharum to John-117 as he prepare to fight John-117.[124]

When Fernando Esparza flew Echo 216 towards the crumbling Command Spire to pick up John-117, Jega 'Rdomnai revealed himself in the cockpit, having boarded the Pelican at some point.[123] The Sangheili took Esparza hostage, using the pilot as a bait to lure John-117 into a confrontation with Escharum.[36] To escape the crumbling Spire, John-117 entered a portal activated by the Weapon.[123] They were transported to the Repository, where they fought through Banished troops and Sentinels to the surface,[36] and, from there, they stormed the House of Reckoning, destroying the Banished defenses along the way.[125] Inside, Escharum had John-117 fight through multiple waves of Banished troops in two arenas constructed from UNSC ordnance and buildings. John-117 fought Jega 'Rdomnai in a duel, emerging victorious and finally confronting Escharum at the chamber where Esparza was held. Escharum protected himself with a shielding system which redirected gunfire to the gravity wells holding Esparza. The Weapon helped John-117 locate and destroy the relay transmitters supporting the shielding system, allowing the Spartan to breach the shields and take down Escharum. In his final moments, Escharum assured John-117 that his death will only inspire further conflict.[124] However, after Escharum's death, Atriox would make his survival known, giving the Banished a newfound resolve and confidence to fight for the control of the ring.[31] With Esparza rescued, the trio recovered Echo 216 and Esparza flew John-117 to the Silent Auditorium to stop the Harbinger.[124]

Although the Banished set up defenses at the Silent Auditorium to protect the Harbinger, John-117 breached the main chamber with the help of Adjutant Resolution. The Spartan fought through the Banished forces defending the Harbinger, and the Harbinger herself as she interfaced with the transmitters in the main chamber to locate members of her species, the Endless. Despite the Weapon's attempt to intervene with the transmission, and John-117 defeating the Harbinger in battle, the Harbinger claimed her people have been found, and that they would be unleashed. The Auditorium began to collapse, but a portal suddenly appeared, allowing the two to escape. On the other side of the portal, they found themselves having traveled three days into the future. They were extracted by Echo 216, and taken to Outpost Tremonius with the intention of finishing the fight.[7]

The battle continues[edit]

In the following days John-117, with the assistance of both Esparza and the Weapon, carried out anti-Banished operations and UNSC rescue missions. He managed to destroy eight Banished outposts, recapture eleven more FOBs, rescue twenty-five Marine squads and kill fourteen high-ranking members of the Banished plus the leader of a Gasgira patrol group known as Skimmer Alpha. Meanwhile, Atriox, having survived the destruction of the Auditorium, discovered the whereabouts of the Endless and finally released them from their one hundred thousand years of imprisonment. Atriox's sudden return gave to the Banished a newfound resolve and confidence.[126]



December 12, 2559[edit]

December 13, 2559[edit]

  • In an effort to stop the Banished from taking control of the ring, Cortana detonates an explosion from the Silent Auditorium, fragmenting Installation 07 and killing herself and apparently Atriox in the process.[33][61] Various UNSC survivors on the ring's surface attempt to escape the destruction. Cortana's explosion unwittingly levelled the playing field in the fragmented section of the ring by taking out the third and last Banished Gorespike cannon.[54]
  • During the destruction event, Cortana initiated an emergency translocation protocol. Installation 07, along with the debris from the space battle, were transported away from the Ephsu system to an unknown location.[31][64]

December 15, 2559[edit]

January 20, 2560[edit]

  • Spartans Bonita Stone and Nina Kovan scout out the Banished territory Red Zone,[69] deducing a potential vulnerability of the enemy in that infighting is encouraged. They deduced that only Escharum's leadership keeps them in check.[70]

January 23, 2560[edit]

January 30, 2560[edit]

  • Spartan Griffin's team is ambushed by Escharum and all are killed except for Griffin. Escharum taunts him of his team's demise and of the Banished's impending assault on the Mortal Reverie. Griffin is able to send out an encoded message, warning the UNSC survivors at the Reverie.[81][75]
  • The survivors at the Reverie receive a part of Griffin's transmission and prepare for an assault by the Banished.[128][75]

January 31, 2560[edit]

  • Banished Jiralhanae Chieftain Tremonius and Captain Arthoc gathers a massive Banished assault force at Riven Gate.[84] Spartan Stone and Boulder Squad conduct a recon sweep at Riven Gate. Stone reports her findings to Mortal Reverie, and warns the Reverie that the Banished would arrive by nightfall.[83]
  • The UNSC survivors at the Mortal Reverie prepare for the Banished assault. Spartans Makovich and Vettel discuss the UNSC's inability to win the upcoming battle and their dwindling options for the future.[82]
  • Banished forces arrive at the Reverie and begin their assault on the wreckage.[129]

February 2, 2560[edit]

  • The Reverie's starboard side sustains heavy damage and its Rampart point defense guns are destroyed; Banished air units overwhelm UNSC forces.[130]
  • Spartan Vettel orders the UNSC survivors to retreat from the Reverie under the Banished assault.[85] The survivors scattered and fled into mountains or the surrounding area. Many are killed or captured by Banished pursuers.[87]

March 3, 2560[edit]

  • The UNSC loses all of its remaining Forward Operating Bases on the fragmented section of the ring.[79]
  • Unofficial squads such as the Boat crew, Gravediggers, and Hatetriox have been taking out Banished supply runners, raiding parties, towers, bridges and other Banished structures.[89]
  • Spartans Makovich, Vettel, and Sorel declare the enactment of Rubicon Protocol.[79][89]

April 18, 2560[edit]

April 22, 2560[edit]

April 23, 2560[edit]

  • After Spartan Stone shares that she saw Browning at Outpost Tremonius, Spartan Kovan attempts to rescue Browning during the evening, to no avail.[133]
  • Separated from Kovan following their escape from the outpost, Stone explores the subterranean Forerunner structures. She sends a transmission to Makovich and Sorel that the Banished are sending forces to another excavation site.[99][131]

April 24, 2560[edit]

  • Spartans Makovich and Sorel observe Banished activity around the Conservatory and realize the Banished are looking for Installation 07's monitor.[110]

April 26, 2560[edit]

  • Spartan Stone, while in the subterranean structures, finds the cylixes holding the Xalanyn. She picks up a UNSC signal deeper inside the facility.[134] She finds Gorian and Jega 'Rdomnai accessing the Conspectus network data; Stone attacks the excavation team, stealing the data node,[115] but was killed by 'Rdomnai during her escape.[15] Before she was killed, however, Stone order her personal AI Ouco to copy the data into a data crystal chip and corrupted the original node, rendering it useless when 'Rdomnai recovers the date node.[115]

April 29, 2560[edit]

  • After confronting Kovan, Murphy leads the boat crew and infiltrates the subterranean structure underneath Outpost Tremonius. They discover Stone's body and recover the data chip containing the Conspectus network data. After they escape deeper into the structure, they met 091 Adjutant Veridity, who reveals the nature of the data. The boat crew agrees to release 117649 Despondent Pyre from lockdown at the Conservatory to decrypt the data.[32]

April 29, 2560[edit]

  • Spartan Vettel sends out a signal to any remaining UNSC transmitters that he intends to assault Chak Lok's fortress and rescue Spartan Griffin.[135]

May 3, 2560[edit]

  • While en route to the Conservatory, the boat crew reunites with Spartan Tomas Horvath. They decide to use one of ring's beacon towers as a supraluminal communications array to broadcast the ring's location to UNSC space and summon reinforcements.[114]

May 9, 2560[edit]

  • 117649 Despondent Pyre is released from lockdown by Spartan Horvath at the Conservatory's cradle.[116]
  • After learning of the Harbinger's release, Pyre gives the boat crew a data key that will allow them to broadcast a superluminal message into human-occupied space.[116]
  • Pyre refuses Veridity's request to follow the boat crew to a beacon tower; the monitor and her sub-monitors formulate a plan to counter the Harbinger.[116]

May 14, 2560[edit]

  • The boat crew accesses one of the ring's beacon towers and broadcasts Zeta Halo's new coordinates to UNSC space.[118]
  • Murphy, Cameron, and Gorian are all killed in the battle at the beacon tower.[9][118] Spartan Horvath is teleported to an isolated location on the ring via a translocation pad,[119] which is destroyed by a Thrasher missile.[120]
  • The surviving members of boat crew—Kovan, Bender, and Dimik—are rescued by 091 Adjutant Veridity and teleported to another location on the ring.[120]

May 15, 2560[edit]

  • Spartans Makovich and Sorel follow the Banished into the Conservatory with the intent to stop them from finding the monitor.[111]
  • Inside the Conservatory, the two Spartans encounter Jega 'Rdomnai. Makovich stays behind to hold off the Sangheili and tells Sorel to go on without her.[112] She is killed by 'Rdomnai.[8]
  • The wounded Sorel encounters a Banished force led by Hyperius and Tovarus. He manages to take out multiple Banished troops before being slain.[113]

May 25, 2560[edit]

  • Far from any surviving UNSC personnel, Spartan Horvath makes a final transmission on UNSC channels that he is leaving Banished territory to look for survivors and Fireteam Intrepid. He makes an open plea to the Master Chief that they need him now more than ever.[119][136][Note 3]

Circa May 28, 2560[edit]

Around 6 months after the Battle over Installation 07 on December 12–13, 2559[4]

  • John-117 is recovered from the remnants of the battle between the UNSC Infinity and the Banished by Echo 216 and its pilot, Fernando Esparza.[4][6]
  • The Ghost of Gbraakon discovers Echo 216 and uses its stasis beam to pull the Pelican aboard. John-117 leaves the Pelican and boards the Gbraakon, overloading its engines, destroying the ship. Escharum is made aware of John-117's survival.[4]
  • John-117 recovers the Weapon underneath the surface of Installation 07 and defeats Tremonius. Outpost Tremonius returns to UNSC control.[15]
  • Under the command of Escharum, Chak 'Lok activates Spartan Griffin's distress signal to lure John-117 to his Tower. John-117 defeats Chak 'Lok inside his Tower and learns of a Banished mining operation into the Conservatory thanks to Spartan Griffin, who dies of his torture.[95]
  • The Weapon helps John-117 defeat Bassus at the Excavation Site and shut down the drill preventing entry into the Conservatory.[109]
  • The Weapon learns of a mysterious entity worse than the Flood recovered from a past exchange between Cortana and 117649 Despondent Pyre prior to the arrival of the UNSC Infinity.[8]
  • John-117 meets the Harbinger, whose plans are to free the Endless from the Cylixes.[8]
  • John-117 and the Weapon learn that the Harbinger and the Banished are planning to repair Installation 07 through Reformation Spires.[63]
  • Echo 216 gets shot down by 3 Banished AA cannons en route to the Command Spire.[10]
  • John-117 disables the AA cannons and defeats both Hyperius and Tovarus.[10]
  • The Harbinger springs a trap on the Weapon while extracting the data needed to enter the Command Spire.[13]
  • While exploring the Command Spire, more of Cortana's past actions are revealed, including her role in the destruction of Laconia Station at the hands of the AI Leonidas.[122]
  • John-117 shuts downs all of the Spires, but Esparza is captured by Jega 'Rdomnai.[123]
  • En route to the Pilot's rescue, the Weapon discovers that Cortana destroyed Doisac because Atriox refused to join the Created.[36]
  • John-117 survives the House of Reckoning, kills Jega 'Rdomnai and Escharum and rescues the Pilot.[124]
  • John-117 and the Weapon discover the true purpose of the Silent Auditorium, the site of Cortana's sacrifice, and defeats the Harbinger. However, the Harbinger succeeds in discovering the location of her people and transmitting it to an unknown recipient.[61]

Around 3 days after the Harbinger's demise and the subsquent collapse of the Silent Auditorium[137]

  • Echo 216 picks up John-117 and the Weapon from another location within Installation 07.[61] Atriox discovers the Endless in their Cylixes.[28]




Fleet Class Name Status
Unknown Infinity-class supercarrier UNSC Infinity Unknown[138]
Mulsanne-class light frigate UNSC Mortal Reverie Destroyed

Military personnel[edit]

Branch Rank Name Status
UNSC Navy Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 Active
Captain Thomas Lasky Unknown
Lieutenant, Junior Grade Frederic-104 Unknown
Petty Officer First Class Kelly-087 Unknown
Linda-058 Unknown
Commander Etana Hensler Unknown
Petty Officer Third Class Mortuary Specialist Gavin Jo KIA
Ensign Isaiah Cameron KIA
Unknown Kate Stalling KIA
Spartan Operations Spartan Commander Sarah Palmer Unknown
Spartan Bertold Vettel Unknown
Bonita Stone KIA
Dimka Unknown
Henri Malik KIA
Horatio Fry Unknown
Hudson Griffin KIA
Si Wheeler Unknown
Jameson Locke[139] Unknown
Nina Kovan Active
Oshiro Unknown
Panago KIA
Sarkar KIA
Jason Kidman Unknown
Terry Hedge KIA
Theodore Sorel KIA
Tomas Horvath Active
Vedrana Makovich KIA
M. Jaide Unknown
Rosado Unknown
Unknown Spartan[140] Unknown
UNSC Marine Corps First Lieutenant Floyd Unknown
TJ Murphy KIA
Gunnery Sergeant Elena Bobrov KIA
Staff Sergeant Park Unknown
Corporal Foutty KIA
Leah Rodriguez Unknown
Lance Corporal Singh KIA
Private First Class Theodore Higgins Unknown
Miyazaki Unknown
Owens KIA
Private Michael Buck Unknown
Chamberlain Unknown
Eleanor Cline KIA
Kinney KIA
Unknown Deleke KIA
Mosley KIA
Giuseppe M. Unknown
D. Svarro Unknown
Thompson KIA
United Nations Space Command Unknown Codename: POINTER Unknown
47382-28392-GH[91][141] Unknown
Swords of Sanghelios Unknown "Doc" KIA



Class Name Status
D77-TC Pelican Echo 216 Active
Oscar 128 Destroyed
Victor 321 Unknown
SKT-29 Bumblebee Echo India Bravo 08 Destroyed
Papa Tango Delta 09 Destroyed

Artificial intelligences[edit]

Name Status
Elfie Active
Mouse Inactive
Ouco Inactive
"The Weapon" Active


Name Job Status
Erik Bender Retail Services Specialist (Barber) Active
Fernando Esparza Civilian Engineer Active
Robin Dimik Safety Specialist Active



Fleet Class Name Status
Unknown Banished dreadnought Ghost of Gbraakon Destroyed
Ghost of Lodon Unknown
Ghost of Tiacoro Unknown
Unknown Despoiler Unknown
Voidfaith Unknown

Military personnel[edit]

Branch Rank Name Status
Command Warmaster Atriox Active
War Chief Escharum KIA
Hand of Atriox Spartan Killer (Blademaster) Jega 'Rdomnai Unknown
Spartan Killer Hyperius KIA
Tovarus KIA
Beholders of the One Vapor High Sumpter Briglard KIA
Bloodbrave Guardians of Suban Blademaster Okro 'Vagaduun KIA
Brothers of Unending Ire Captain Arthoc KIA
Bulwark of Bone Chieftain En'Geddon KIA
Exodus Guard Warlord Horatius KIA
Captain Balkarus KIA
Heart of Tala Unknown Bipbap KIA
Hordeworms of Svir Unknown Myriad KIA
Kaepra's Grief Wraithmaster Ordo 'Mal KIA
Kinfist of Teash Grenadier Dalkura Unknown
Lance of the Writhing Star Battle Officer Zeretus KIA
Siegeburner El'korr Unknown
Legion of the Corpse-Moon Legionmaster Deukalion Unknown
Pioneer Guard Vomarus Unknown
Myklo Regiment High Sumpter Bingflip Unknown
Ravaged Tusks Legionmaster Ballas Unknown
Sclera of Chu'ot Arch Khordat Barroth KIA
Thieves of the Claw Skirmisher Writh Kul KIA
Valorguards of the Chosen General Inka 'Saham KIA
Unknown Aengus Unknown
Warial's Wrath Chieftain Ik'novus KIA
Warriors of Malaston Kaidon Thav 'Sebarim KIA
Witch's Eye Bloodstar Gorian KIA
Yyilikoi Farguard Chieftain Iltho Unknown
Scoutmaster Tragathal Unknown
Unknown Chieftain Bassus KIA
Dovanir Unknown
Kalcuno Unknown
Tremonius KIA
Warlord Chak 'Lok KIA
Commander Vimo 'Arach Unknown
Bannix Unknown
Durakkus Unknown
Jopmop Unknown
Communications Officer Glibnub Active
Captain Hectarius KIA
Loft-Captain Gethmald Unknown
Unknown Itacus Unknown



Concept art[edit]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c See Battle over Installation 07's Notes section regarding the fate of the Infinity.
  2. ^ Escharum expresses that "a thousand legions occupy this world!" however due to his exaggerated speech his usage of the term "legion" appears colloquial, opposed to a thousand of the specific 9,000-20,000 infantry sized formal legions of the Banished.
  3. ^ While the audio log in Halo Infinite is dated May 26, Halo: The Rubicon Protocol retconned the date to May 25. Halopedia uses the novel as the most up-to-date depiction of the events.


  1. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, campaign mission Endless: Silent Auditorium: "Look around, Cortana. Your Empire. Over! Your great plan? Ended at the hands of those who made you." - Atriox
  2. ^ Halo Infinite E3 2021 showcase
  3. ^ a b c d e Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Evacuation #01 - Infinity Down
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Halo Infinite, campaign mission Ringfall: Warship Gbraakon
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Foundations (Retrieved on Jan 12, 2022) [archive]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Premiere
  7. ^ a b Halo Infinite, campaign mission Endless: Silent Auditorium
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Halo Infinite, campaign mission Connections: Conservatory
  9. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 35
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Halo Infinite, campaign mission Graveyards: Pelican Down
  11. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #03 - A Boon "Pioneer Guard Vomarus, Legion of the Corpse Moon"
  12. ^ Halo Infinite, TACMAP: "Like other Banished leaders, En'Geddon led a distinctive subset of warriors, the Ravaged Tusk"
  13. ^ a b c d e f Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reformation: The Sequence
  14. ^ a b Game Informer, Issue #341 - page 43
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Infinite, campaign mission Ringfall: Foundation (Halo Infinite)
  16. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #11 - A Hastily-Assembled Plan
  17. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #12 - Whispers from the Past
  18. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 20
  19. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, Destroyed Guardian in open world
  20. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 1
  21. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 13
  22. ^ Reddit, Does anybody hate how the Created story was wrapped up? How would you wrap it up if given the opportunity? (Retrieved on Nov 19, 2022) [archive]
  23. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Legendary Endings (Retrieved on Dec 19, 2021) [archive]
  24. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Archaeological Findings #01 - Reintroduction
  25. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Archaeological Findings #03 - Xalanyn
  26. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Archaeological Findings #04 - A Curious Directive
  27. ^ Halo Infinite, Silent Auditorium description: "[The Harbinger] reveals the Auditorium was where the Forerunners passed judgment upon her species, the Endless [...]"
  28. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, post-credits cinematic
  29. ^ a b c Halo 5: Guardians, campaign level Guardians
  30. ^ Halo: Fractures - What Remains
  31. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 423
  32. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 30
  33. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 25
  34. ^ Halo: Shadows of Reach, Epilogue
  35. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 423
  36. ^ a b c d e f Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reckoning: Repository (Halo Infinite level)
  37. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 446
  38. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Recovered Files #04 - The Weapon
  39. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #02 - Captain's Report
  40. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #03 - Duty Clearance
  41. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reckoning: House of Reckoning: "You were there when we struck the Infinity. The first dreadnought came from the side. In the chaos that followed, you hardly had time to notice the other three bear down upon you. Do you know how long it took us to neutralize your greatest ship? Four minutes. In four minutes, the Infinity, mankind's finest achievement, became a memory." - Escharum
  42. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #01 - Preparations
  43. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #04 - Arrival
  44. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reformation: The Sequence: "Atriox came for you. He attacked the Infinity. We fought. He won." - John-117
  45. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - New Year, New Lore: "The Banished, however, simultaneously initiated boarding action to compromise the ship’s hangar bays, led by Atriox himself who had come to claim the Weapon—though she had already been deployed to the ring." (Retrieved on Jan 23, 2023) [archive]
  46. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #07 - Objectives
  47. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #05 - Zero Hour
  48. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #10 - Priorities
  49. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Evacuation #07 - Intrepid Descent
  50. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Ringfall #01 - Enemy Territory
  51. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Ringfall #02 - The Calm Before
  52. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: evacuation #03 - Touchdown
  53. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: evacuation #06 - Buying Time
  54. ^ a b c d e Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Ringfall #04 - Run and Guns
  55. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reformation: FOB Hotel: "There we go — another FOB is ours. this one was built on of the most active battlegrounds in the first 48 hours of the war. UNSC and Banished records both suggest that it was absolute chaos. It raged all over, but nowhere quite as intensely as the island just north of us. Where we got shot down, you might recall." - The Weapon
  56. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #05 - Overwatch
  57. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #01 - Home Away From Home
  58. ^ YouTube - Game Informer, Halo Infinite Impressions: Exploration, Upgrades, and More
  59. ^ Game Informer, Off The Golden Path – Progression And Exploration In Halo Infinite: "[...] while rallying the UNSC forces that have crash-landed there after the devastating destruction crash of the UNSC Infinity." (Retrieved on Nov 11, 2021) [archive]
  60. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Endless: Silent Auditorium: "I have learned so much, Cortana. this Ring is different. It has secrets within... That I will have. This... Silent Auditorium. Do you know its history? Its true purpose? I have little needs for a failed god. This Ring is all I need. Surrender it to me." - Atriox
  61. ^ a b c d e Halo Infinite, campaign mission Endless: Silent Auditorium: "It was her. She destroyed the Ring. Stopped my deletion." - The Weapon
  62. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Reverie #04 - On the Mend
  63. ^ a b c d e f Halo Infinite, campaign mission Connections: Spire (Halo Infinite level)
  64. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #09 - To Andrew Valleros
  65. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Ringfall #07 - Alone
  66. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Parallel Threads (Retrieved on Jun 25, 2021) [archive]
  67. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reformation: FOB November
  68. ^ a b c d e f Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 13
  69. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 14
  70. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #06 - Weakness
  71. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 6
  72. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #02 - Debrief
  73. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 22
  74. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 9
  75. ^ a b c d e Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 15
  76. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #13 - Trench Warfare
  77. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #02 - No Entry
  78. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #10 - Making Ends Meet
  79. ^ a b c d e Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #01 - Rubicon Protocol
  80. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #02 - Those Left Behind
  81. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #03 - Confrontation
  82. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #06 - Drawing the Line
  83. ^ a b c d Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #07 - Red Tide
  84. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #15 - In Your Honor
  85. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #08 - The Retreat
  86. ^ Halo Infinite, Ascension achievement requirement: "Defeated the Banished warlord Tremonius."
  87. ^ a b Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 18
  88. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Canon fodder: Foundations (Retrieved on Jan 12, 2022) [archive]
  89. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 21
  90. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #03 - A Boon
  91. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #04 - They are Listening
  92. ^ a b Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Outpost Intel #11 - A Hastily-Assembled Plan
  93. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #07 - That Which Remain
  94. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Connections: Redoubt of Sundering: "This must be where they processed prisoners before sending them to the Tower." - The Weapon
  95. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, campaign mission Lockdown: The Tower
  96. ^ Halo: Trial of Reckoning
  97. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #09 - Unnatural Defenses
  98. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #11 - Slow and Steady
  99. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #02 - What Lies Beneath
  100. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Escharum's Testimony #02 - Cylix
  101. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: The Prisoner #02 - What was Inside
  102. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: The Prisoner #03 - She was Smiling
  103. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Escharum's Testimony #05 - Reformation
  104. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #10 - The Dream of Atriox
  105. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Escharum's Testimony #07 - Loyalties
  106. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Escharum's Testimony #03 - Harbinger
  107. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #05 - Re: Damnable Eyes
  108. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #06 - Secrets Below
  109. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, campaign mission Connections: Excavation Site
  110. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #04 - The Prize
  111. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #07 - Infiltration
  112. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #08 - The Assassin
  113. ^ a b Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #09 - Killers
  114. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 32
  115. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 28
  116. ^ a b c d e Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 34
  117. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 31
  118. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 36
  119. ^ a b c d Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 39
  120. ^ a b c Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 38
  121. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Escharum's Testimony #04 - Demon
  122. ^ a b c d Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reformation: Nexus
  123. ^ a b c d Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reformation: The Command Spire
  124. ^ a b c d Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reckoning: House of Reckoning
  125. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Reckoning: The Road (level)
  126. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 423
  127. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Evacuation #05 - Overwatch
  128. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #05 - Encroachment
  129. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 16
  130. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 17
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  135. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #06 - Holding On
  136. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #10 - Message in a Bottle
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