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This article is about the planet. For the music piece from Myth, see Siege of Madrigal.
Madrigal as it appears in the Silver Timeline.


23 Librae system


23 Librae





Human (non-Native)




Unified Earth Government


Madrigal was a thriving human Outer Colony world in the 23 Librae system,[3] and is the only planet within the star's habitable zone.[4] It was the closest world to Harvest in 2525,[5] and in 2528 Madrigal joined Harvest on the list of human colonies to have been glassed by the Covenant.[6]




Known residents[edit]


Human-Covenant war[edit]

The Covenant arrived in the 23 Librae system in 2528. While the United Nations Space Command battled the Covenant, it was the planet's insurrectionists and rebels that had gathered the planet's civilians and helped them escape the Fall of Madrigal.[7] Many civilians of Madrigal evacuated the planet aboard freighters and cargo ships.[8] The Sangheili Thel 'Vadamee, a future Arbiter, participated in the destruction of Madrigal.[9] Despite being prepared for the Covenant since Harvest was glassed in 2525, Madrigal's defenses failed and the planet was glassed.[6][10][Note 1] The survivors fled to the asteroids trailing the nearby gas giant Hesiod, which they nicknamed the Rubble.[11]

In 2535, Covenant ships, the Retribution's Thunder and A Psalm Every Day, entered the system in search for Kig-Yar "rebels" hiding in the Rubble. The Covenant searched Madrigal's surface to make sure the Kig-Yar were not hiding on the planet.[4] With help from the crew of the frigate UNSC Midsummer Night and SPARTAN Gray Team, the Rubble was evacuated after the battles of the Rubble and Metisette, using Habitat Exodus to reach UNSC-controlled space.[citation needed]

Non-canon and dubious canon appearances[edit]

A human outer colony
A city on the surface of Madrigal.

Silver Timeline[edit]

Main article: Madrigal/Silver
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This article contains information about the Silver Timeline, and is not a part of the established Halo canon.

Madrigal in the Silver Timeline is an Outer Colony located in Sector One.[12]


  • Madrigal is a city in Bungie's Myth series. It serves as the namesake of Siege of Madrigal, a musical piece from Myth: The Fallen Lords. This song serves as an Easter egg in all the Bungie Halo games.
  • The names of most known Madrigali residents, as well as the names of places they established on the Rubble, seem to indicate that much of Madrigal's population was of Hispanic heritage.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ The Halo: Reach data pads list Madrigal as among the eight human colonies to have been glassed by 2530. However, as numerous other colonies besides those eight are known to have been glassed prior to 2530, this information is suspect, especially given that the information is from in-universe documentation created by the Assembly, which might not be aware of the other colonies' destruction.


  1. ^, Meet the Squad (6/2/2009) (Retrieved on Jan 31, 2021) [archive]
  2. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 51
  3. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 13
  4. ^ a b Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 155
  5. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 24
  6. ^ a b Halo: The Cole Protocol, chapter 7
  7. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 70
  8. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 41
  9. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 146
  10. ^ Halo Wars: Genesis
  11. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 11
  12. ^ Halo: The Series, Dr. Catherine Halsey's Computer (Retrieved on Mar 25, 2022) [local archive] [external archive]