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Siege of the Inner Colonies

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Massacre of the Outer Colonies

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Meridian, Arcadia (II), New Jerusalem, Installation 04, Installation 05

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Installation 00

Siege of the Inner Colonies
Fall of Reach 1.jpgReach falls in 2552.

Conflict:

Human-Covenant War

Date:

June 1, 2536[1]-December 3, 2552[2]

Location:

Inner colonies, Orion Arm, Milky Way galaxy

Outcome:

Pyrrhic UNSC-Sangheili Victory

  • Discovery of Halo Array
  • Loss of a number of the inner colonies, including Reach
  • Billions of civilian and miltary casualties
Belligerents

Commanders

Strength

Casualties

Incredibly devastating losses

Moderate Sangheili casualties

Heavy losses

 

The Siege of the Inner Colonies[1] was the series of engagements taking place in humanity's Inner colonies that made up the late Human-Covenant War.[3][note 2]

Background[edit]

Outer Colony slaughters[edit]

Main article: Massacre of the Outer Colonies
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Battle[edit]

From June 1, 2536 onwards, the Covenant would press into the Inner Colonies.[1]

Eight years afterward, the Inner Colony of Miridem would fall to the Covenant.[4] This would eventually result in the capture of Catherine Halsey.[5] In May 2545, Actium was discovered by the Covenant, resulting in the month long Battle of Actium.[6]

In May of 2552,[note 3] the colonies of Troy and Harmony in the Hellespont system were attacked.

Attacks in the Epsilon Eridani system[edit]

Main articles: Fall of Reach and Battle for Tribute

On July 23, 2552, the Fleet of Valiant Prudence deployed Sangheili Zealots to disable the Visegrád Relay, effectively cutting Reach off from the UNSC.[7]

By August 30, 2552, nearly a dozen Inner Colony worlds were passed over by the Covenant in order to attack Reach.[8]

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Fighting in the Sol System[edit]

Main articles: Battle of Mare Erythraeum and Battle for Earth
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Aftermath[edit]

A number of Inner Colonies managed to survive the war.[9][10]

The Lesser Ark[edit]

Main article: Battle of Installation 00

The joint UNSC and Sangheili forces were deployed to the Ark after discovering the portal.[11]

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Timeline[edit]

2544[edit]

2545[edit]

2547[edit]

2552[edit]

Unknown[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Part of the Home Fleet after Sept. 5, 2552
  2. ^ Due to the name, and the stated scope of the Siege, Halopedia assumes all of the Inner Colonies attacked after June 1, 2536 fall within this overarching battle.
  3. ^ a b The last i love bees Axon chapter contains the start of the Covenant invasion of Earth, a set date, and each chapter is set a week apart. In the first chapter, axon receipt, Herzog refers to the evacuation as "three months" ago.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halo Wars, collectible, Halo Wars Timeline Events
  2. ^ Halo Legendary Crate, Naval Records Archives 1
  3. ^ Xbox.com: Halo Storyline (Defunct, Copy on HBO Forums, Wayback Machine, and Halopedia)
  4. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia, p. 299 (2011)
  5. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, Adjunct (2010)
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, Heroes Never Die
  7. ^ a b Halo: Reach, campaign levels, Noble Actual and Winter Contingency
  8. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 32: "I see. Very well, your squad might as well hear this now, too. I don’t know how they found Reach—they bypassed a dozen Inner Colony worlds to get here."
  9. ^ Halo: First Strike (2010), Adjunct: Petra
  10. ^ Halo: Mortal Dictata, p. 481
  11. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Ark
  12. ^ Halo Waypoint, Hero - Courage (Defunct)
  13. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Dirt", p. 171-172
  14. ^ Halo: Uprising, Issue #3
  15. ^ Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition - Kelly-087's profile card
  16. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, p. 300 (2011)