Radiant Arrow

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Radiant Arrow
Production information

Class:

Covenant frigate

Specifications

Engine:

Repulsor engines

Slipspace drive:

Yes

Service information

Destroyed:

2526

Participated battles:

Skirmish over Netherop

Fleet:

Fleet of Inexorable Obedience

Affiliation:

Covenant

 

The Radiant Arrow was a Covenant frigate that the SPARTAN-II's attempted to capture.

History[edit]

In 2526, following the glassing of Netherop, the Radiant Arrow was the only Covenant ship left in the system. In an attempt to learn more about Covenant technology, SPARTAN-II Blue, Green and Gold Teams were assigned to capture the Radiant Arrow so that ONI could study the technology on board. After days of survelience by several Prowlers including the UNSC Starry Night, the Spartans were able to enter by following the ship's Banshees through a maintenance hanger in an EVA. The Spartans quickly eliminated the Covenant forces in the hanger without them being able to raise an alarm or escape.

With the hanger cleared, Petty Officer First Class John-117 had Gold Team load five Banshees with Covenant weapons and tools and set them adrift for recovery by the Prowlers in case the Spartans failed to capture the ship or return while Blue and Green Teams began a compartment by compartment effort to clear the ship of hostiles.[1] However, a sensor operator on one of the Prowlers, in reality an Insurrectionist working for Lieutenant Commander Hector Nyeto[2] broadcasted over an open channel on the Spartan's SQUADCOM, revealing their presence on the frigate.

With the Covenant beginning to respond in force, Blue Team headed to capture the bridge while Green Team went to capture engineering and Gold Team acted as backup. Despite heavy resistance, the Spartans were able to push to the bridge and engineering with John taking out the majority of the bridge crew with fragmentation grenades. In response, the Shipmaster activated the self-destruct with a dead man's switch set into his chair to buy the Radiant Arrow's surviving crew the chance to abandon ship. Recognizing the threat, John ordered the other Spartans to abandon ship before using a Covenant escape pod to do so himself when he couldn't stop the Shipmaster from releasing the dead man's switch.[3]

After the destruction of the Radiant Arrow, the Covenant were left unaware of what had happened to the ship. To them, the Radiant Arrow had simply vanished. In an attempt to forge an alliance with the Covenant, General Harper Garvin of the United Rebel Front offered information on the destruction of the Radiant Arrow and the Unrelenting months earlier.[4]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, Chapters 1-3
  2. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, page 220
  3. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, Chapter 3
  4. ^ Halo: Silent Storm, Chapter 9