Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity

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Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity
H2A - High Charity defense fleet.jpg

Active:

Unknown - November 3rd, 2552

Affiliation:

Covenant (before Great Schism)
Covenant loyalist and separatist loyalties present during Great Schism

Group:

Covenant Navy

Role:

Protection of the Holy City of High Charity

Size:

Numbering in the hundreds[1]

Engagements:

Battle of Installation 05
Onyx Conflict

Commanders:

Voro 'Mantakree

 
"That's the largest Covenant fleet I've ever seen... the largest anyone's ever seen."
Cortana[2]

The Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity[3] was a very large Covenant fleet, and was a part of the High Charity defense fleet during 2552. The fleet numbered in hundreds of warships and had the sole responsibility of protecting the Covenant holy city of High Charity.[2]

History[edit]

In the 9th Age of Reclamation, the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity served as the vanguard fleet of the Covenant homeworld High Charity. It accompanied High Charity to the Soell system in September 2552, arriving shortly after the recently-discovered Installation 04's destruction at the hands of Spartan John-117. High Charity and its defense fleet was still present near the shattered Halo ring by October 20, 2552, when the former Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice Thel 'Vadamee was tried and sentenced for his failure to protect the Halo.[4]

Battle of Installation 05[edit]

Main article: Battle of Installation 05

After the Prophet of Regret's arrival at Installation 05 following his failed assault on the human homeworld of Earth, he transmitted an apology to the other two High Prophets on High Charity, apologising for his reckless actions. While the Prophet of Truth angrily condemned him, High Charity and it's defense fleet, among them the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity, hastily left the Soell System for Installation 05. They arrived just as Spartan John-117 arrived at the temple where Regret had taken refuge, seeking to kill the Covenant leader. The fleet launched wave after wave of Phantoms to assist the Prophet of Regret. Before they could arrive to reinforce the Regret, they were recalled by the Prophet of Truth, allowing the Spartan to assassinate the Hierarch.[2][5]

Jiralahanae and Sangheili-controlled ships of the fleet attacking each other during the beginning of the Great Schism

During the ongoing battle of Installation 05, the Prophet of Truth begun his long-planned betrayal of the Sangheili, first replacing the Covenant Honor Guard's Sangheili with the Jiralhanae,[6] and later ordering the execution of the Sangheili Councilors at the hands of Jiralhanae Captain Melchus and his troops.[5] As the holy city of High Charity erupted into civil war, the Second Fleet similarly descended into chaos. Jiralhanae and Sangheili-controlled ships began to engage one another over High Charity.[7] At the same time other ships were trying to keep the Flood from escaping Installation 05. Some of the ships became infected by the Flood and many were destroyed, some sacrificing themselves to save the others. Sangheili Major Voro 'Mantakree of the ORS-class heavy cruiser Incorruptible managed to negotiate a brief truce between the warring vessels to focus on eliminating the Flood threat, but the Jiralhanae attacked the Sangheili before all Flood-controlled craft had been destroyed. The Incorruptible opted to leave the ongoing fight, in order to heed the summons of Imperial Admiral Xytan 'Jar Wattinree,[3] but was pursued by three Jiralhanae-controlled frigates.[8]

Those Sangheili-held vessels of the Second Fleet that did not leave for the Salia system or scatter elsewhere continued to fight the Jiralhanae around High Charity even as the plantetoid itself fell to the Flood and the Prophet of Truth left for Earth on board the Forerunner Dreadnought.[9] Eventually the Jiralhanae were defeated, with some retreating to follow the Prophet of Truth's ship. The remaining Sangheili ships proceeded to glass the surface of Installation 05 to prevent the Flood from leaving the Coelest system.[10] While the remaining Sangheili ships of the Second Fleet held the Flood-infested High Charity in quarantine, a single Flood-controlled CCS-class battlecruiser managed to break through the blockade and make a slipspace jump to Earth, with a detachment of ships led by Rtas 'Vadum in pursuit.[11] The fate of the remaining vessels is unknown, as the Flood Gravemind used its knowledge of Precursor science to have High Charity perform a slipspace jump out of the system without the Dreadnought, the city's primary power source.[12]

Onyx Conflict[edit]

Main article: Onyx Conflict

A portion of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity were among the Sangheili-held vessels that rallied with Xytan 'Jar Wattinree and the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose at the world of Joyous Exultation in the Salia system. Here, Wattinree proposed the creation of a new Sangheili-led Covenant and planned to ambush and massacre the Jiralhanae and San'Shyuum leadership. He gave Voro 'Mantakree, the de facto commander of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity the title of fleetmaster and instructed him to take the fleet to Onyx and protect the Forerunner artifacts there from falling into human hands. Immediately after the Second Fleet, composed of twenty-two ships, transitioned into slipspace, the majority of the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose was destroyed by the accidental detonation of a NOVA bomb by a group of Huragok on board Wattinree's flagship Sublime Transcendence.[13]

Upon their arrival at Onyx, the fleet was approached by thousands of Sentinel constructs. 'Mantakree ordered Shipmaster Qunu of the destroyer Far Sight Lost to supplicate the drones. As Qunu conducted the ritual greeting, the drones suddenly opened fire, their combined fire quickly destroying the Far Sight Lost, which had not yet activated their energy shielding. The rest of the Second Fleet then opened fire on 'Mantakree's order, decimating the majority of the Sentinels before they broke formation and wiped out the surviving drones. 'Mantakree then ordered the destroyer Absolution to perform a precision slipspace jump to the northern polar region of the planet to scout for any targets of value. Unexpectedly, several more formations of Onyx Sentinels tapped into the ship's slipspace field, aligning themselves perfectly to destroy the Absolution as it left slipspace. 'Mantakree told the rest of the fleet not to transition to slipspace without his explicit order. The Incorruptible then identified their target: a vast Forerunner city on the surface of the planet. The fleet descended into the atmosphere, destroying a group of Sentinels that rose to challenge them. After ordering his Mgalekgolo bodyguards to prepare his ground troops for battle, 'Mantakree ordered the fleet to only use their pulse lasers for precision destruction of the drones, to prevent collateral damage to the Forerunner structures. After pulsing the Greeting of Ancients, Incorruptible's communications officer Y'gar 'Pewtrunoee detected a transmission from a Spirit dropship belonging to the Covenant destroyer Bloodied Spirit, a vessel 'Mantakree knew to have been commandeered by human "demons". After triangulating the signal, Voro left his ship to lead the ground assault.[14] The fleet's vessels deployed masses of infantry, aerial support and even a Scarab walker into the Forerunner city.[15]

A short time later, UNSC Battle Group Omicron arrived at Onyx and promptly engaged two of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity's destroyers in high planetary orbit. The human battle group detonated a trio of nuclear weapons behind the vessels, destroying one of them. As the battle group opened fire with their MAC cannons, the remaining Covenant destroyer targeted the human flagship, but the destroyer UNSC Glasgow Kiss intercepted the plasma charges, sacrificing itself by absorbing three of the four charges. The final plasma round got through and struck the Stalingrad, but not destroying the ship. The Covenant vessel was struck by several MAC rounds and retreated down to Onyx, away from the battle group. As Battle Group Omicron chased after the damaged destroyer, the rest of the Second Fleet arrived. When the two opposing fleets clashed above Onyx, two of the Second Fleet's destroyers were damaged by MAC rounds. The fleet's return fire destroyed three of Omicron's ships. The remaining, badly damaged UNSC ships, plunged into the heart of the Second Fleet. Two of the fleet's vessels were destroyed when the UNSC Iwo Jima self-destructed between them. While the Covenant vessels were momentarily confused, the remaining human ships fled around the far side of Onyx. As the Second Fleet prepared to pursue, suddenly, swarms of Onyx Sentinels appeared. The fleet attempted to fire plasma torpedoes but the octahedral formations of Sentinels captured the energy from the projectiles, rendering them harmless. The drones then opened fire, destroying three of the Second Fleet's destroyers. Two more were destroyed while distracting the Sentinels, allowing the rest of the fleet to escape from Onyx's gravity well and escape.[16]

While the remaining ships of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity regrouped near Onyx's moon, Battle Group Omicron was the first to re-initiate contact. The UNSC ships fired a salvo of MAC rounds, which bounced off the Covenant vessel's shields. The fleet split into two groups, each one flanking around opposite sides of the moon to surround the battle group. Due to their approach vector, the fleet was unable to see Omicron backing off from the moon. As the fleet closed in, a hidden minefield of fourteen HORNETs laid by the UNSC prowler Dusk was detonated. This destroyed all but four of the Second Fleet's vessels and severely damaged the survivors. Two of them were immediately attacked and destroyed by the charging human battle group. As Battle Group Omicron closed on the two remaining destroyers of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity, suddenly, an armada of thirty-two Covenant ships, surviving vessels of the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose, appeared, exiting slipspace between Battle Group Omicron and the two remaining ships of the Second Fleet. Caught completely by surprise and horribly outmatched, the UNSC battle group was swiftly annihilated by the newly arrived Covenant forces.[17]

Immediately following the closure of the slipspace portal leading into the planet's shield world and the detonation of a pair of FENRIS nuclear warhead's by Kurt-051 to prevent the Covenant ground forces led by Voro Nar 'Mantakree from following the humans through the portal, the entire artificial planet of Onyx disintegrated into its trillions of component Sentinels. The drones proceeded to completely destroy the recently-victorious Covenant fleet, marking the end of both the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity and the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose.[18]

Notable vessels in the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity[edit]

Trivia[edit]

The word "homogeneous" means of uniform composition and arrangement. This is an ironic name considering the fleet tore itself apart during the Great Schism.

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: First Strike, "Epilogue"
  2. ^ a b c Halo 2, campaign level Regret
  3. ^ a b Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 22
  4. ^ Halo 2, campaign level The Heretic
  5. ^ a b Halo: Broken Circle, Chapter 16
  6. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Sacred Icon
  7. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Gravemind
  8. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 25
  9. ^ Halo 2, campaign level High Charity
  10. ^ Eleventh Hour reports, Part 5
  11. ^ Halo 3, campaign level Floodgate
  12. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Feet First
  13. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 27
  14. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 31
  15. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 33
  16. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 32
  17. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 35
  18. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Chapter 40