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Outbreak at Site 22
- Main article: Outbreak at Site 22
In 2556, Lycaon picked up the loss of contact with civilian mining teams deployed to Site 22; the site of a Forerunner starship that Imbrium Machine Complex were interested in salvaging. After informing the ship's captain, Pedro Alvarez, of the situation, Lycaon attempted to contact IMC to ascertain what exactly was important about Site 22. The company refused to share any details for fear of losing their claim to the find, resulting in UNSC Saturn observing from afar while groundside teams battled an unknown foe - which was eventually revealed to be the Flood. Consequently, Lycaon recommended the enactment of Emergency Contact Protocol Upsilon to immediately contain the threat and prevent a galactic catastrophe from unfolding. Alvarez refused this option, citing his belief that the ship's onboard complement could handle the situation and that the mining site's resources were more important for rebuilding the UNSC Home Fleet after its destruction the prior year. Citing UNSC Regulation 14-372-01, Lycaon attempted to remove Alvarez from duty though was overrided by the senior officer's command override phrase - freezing Lycaon in place and allowing Alvarez to resume his command of Saturn.
Following the disastrous deployment of ground forces to Site 22, Alvarez pondered ordering the final dispension of Lycaon, knowing that were he to return to Earth, the UNSC AI technicians would have no problem in restoring Lycaon's functionality and promptly uncovering Alvarez's failure. Instead, he reasoned that if he disposed of Lycaon, he could then order the crew to desert the UNSC entirely and escape his court martial - though his final decision remains unknown.
Lycaon is named after Lycaon, a Greek mythological king who was said to have cooked and fed his own child to Zeus. He is prominently featured in the story Halo: Saturn Devouring His Son, a story themed around the famous painting of the same name depicting a similar act, with the theme of parents eating their children consistently used throughout the story.
List of appearances
- Halo: Saturn Devouring His Son (First appearance)