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They’ll be back. They’re like the Flood. They expand to fill every available space. They devour everything in their path. Except they can plan and wait, and persuade our more gullible brothers with clever argument, which makes them even more dangerous.”
"And even you don’t listen to me. Am I the only one who can see that the humans are just catching their breath? They won’t forget, and they won’t forgive. They certainly won’t stop their colonization."
"The humans don’t have this problem. Clever little vermin. Backward, small, and not the best at anything. But good enough at everything. Survivors."
I know what the Librarian will say, Glassman. She will tell us where all things sacred are hidden in this galaxy. Ships, weapons, bounties beyond our imagining. And she will tell us how to make those miracles... our own.
The humans have commenced their assault on the shrine.
Down to the smallest detail, Halsey. So there is no excuse if this doesn't work.
Remove his muzzle. Let him kneel before me and renounce his sins.
Who, then, do you claim is the true hand?
Sali 'Nyon? Sali 'Nyon is a delusional pig possessed by demons.
Brothers, if you hear even the slightest rumor of blasphemy, I order you to undertake the necessary actions yourselves. All heretics are to be eliminated immediately. They shall receive no further audience with me.
So it did. But let this be the last time we speak of the extreme methods employed in the most dire matter.
The fabrication of false artifacts is sacrilege. One does not make imperfect copies of perfect objects.
I'll send out the signal, put all teams on high alert.
I…I did not… I gave no order to attack!
Who fired those shots?!
Quiet! I am the commander of this ship. It is my decision, not yours!
It is too late for that. The humans have already discovered our presence.
What has happened is not my primary concern. We still have a massive advantage. If we move quickly, we will have the area completely surrounded by the time the rest of the human forces arrive.
Then I will identify those responsible for compromising this operation. And after they are properly shamed, I'm going to cut them to pieces.
Another traitor? Their numbers are greater than I'd imagined.
So Sali's finally making his move.
Sali's timing was fortunate. His followers probably see that as some type as divine influence. The best way to correct that misconception is to drag his corpse through the dirt. What of our progress on the holy site?
When you reach the inner chamber, kill them all. Except Glassman, I've got a special punishment planned for him.
An unexceptional warrior and an inept commander. But his devotion to the Forerunners is true, and some of our more impressionable brothers are drawn by his fervor. As long as Sali continues to breathe, the rebellion has life. He must be eliminated immediately.
I am fully aware of the growing complexity of the situation. That is why I have revised my decision to keep you on the ship…
No more tests, Halsey. There have been enough delays.
With the fleet growing so strong, I'd hate to squander my progress on another fruitless excursion.
The losses from our efforts to retake the key were less severe than I'd feared. The insurgency has been crushed and this new Covenant is finally shaping up into something permenant.
A tempting proposition. We have been incredibly fortunate as of late.