Siege of Paris IV

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Siege of Paris IV


Human-Covenant War[1]




Paris IV, Paris system[1]



United Nations Space Command[3]



Sgt. Avery Johnson



  • Heavy ground casualties[2]
  • Nearly or all Stalwart-class light frigates



The Siege of Paris IV was a major engagement of the Human-Covenant War between the United Nations Space Command and the Covenant on the human colony of Paris IV, taking place in 2549.[1][3]

The siege[edit]

According to his CSV, Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson captured a crate of Covenant plasma grenades during the battle, from which he absorbed a 1,200-rad cumulative dose of radiation. This exposure caused Johnson to contract Boren's Syndrome. The staff sergeant later received a commendation for bravery during the battle.[3]

In reality, Johnson did not actually contract Boren's Syndrome during the battle. The Office of Naval Intelligence fabricated the radiation story as part of a cover-up (known as the "Paris/BS Spoof") in order to hide Johnson's involvement in the top-secret ORION Project.[4] Dr. Catherine Halsey would later mistake the falsified report of Johnson's service on Paris IV as factual, reasoning that he had acquired an immunity to the Flood due to his Boren's Syndrome.[3]

The planet was ultimately glassed by the Covenant, resulting in heavy civilian casualties for the UNSC. Molly Patel was one of the few to escape the siege.[2]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Halo Encyclopedia, page 37 (2011)
  2. ^ a b c d Halo Waypoint: Halo Community Update - Golden Clouds
  3. ^ a b c d e Halo: First Strike, page 244 (2003), page 294 (2010)
  4. ^ Halo Graphic Novel, page 122