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Covenant Loyalist Fleet
Allegiance

Covenant Loyalists

Branch

Covenant Navy

Size

Originally over 500 ships,[1] later reduced to 12 ships,[2] numbers during the Battle of Earth unknown.

Battles

Battle of Earth, Battle of Installation 00

Commanders

Prophet of Truth


Truth's Fleet is the name given to the Covenant Loyalist fleet under command of the Prophet of Truth. Orginally composed of over five hundred capital ships,[1] the fleet suffered tremendous losses when its command-and-control station, Unyielding Hierophant, was destroyed. After rebuilding the fleet for some time, Truth sent it to Earth,[3] where it was later joined by remnants of the loyalists from the High Charity fleets and Truth himself. Later, the fleet journeyed through the Portal to the Ark, where it met its end.

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History

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Composition

After the Prophet of Truth discovered the location of the human homeworld, he started assembling a fleet of over five hundred warships, for the planned invasion of Earth. Ships scattered around the galaxy were ordered to regroup, including one group of ships that was to jump to the Lambda Serpentis System, to gather Tritium gas for their reactors and then the Hawking System to meet with three dozen carriers and effect a transfer of Seraph fighters. Finally, the fleet would be summoned to the command-and-control station, Unyielding Hierophant which was holding position in Tau Ceti System in September, 2552. When a sufficient amount of ships would be gathered, the fleet would make a collective jump straight to Earth.

Due to Truth's devious plans for the Covenant, this fleet was commanded exclusively by the Jiralhanae and featured only few Sangheili in its ranks; an arrangement unheard of in the Covenant before the Great Schism. For similar reasons, Truth kept the existence of this fleet, and the fact he had discovered humanity's homeworld, secret even from his fellow Hierarchs.

However, Truth's plan was slowed down when a small group of human survivors from Reach and Installation 04 discovered the fleet, leading to the destruction of the Unyielding Hierophant in the hands of a team of SPARTAN-IIs. Only a dozen ships survived the station's explosion.[2]

While Truth was rebuilding his invasion force, the Prophet of Regret, completely oblivious of Truth's plan, discovered the location of the gateway to the Ark by decrypting Forerunner artifacts; coincidentally, this structure was located on Earth. Unaware of the human presence, Regret led a detachment of fifteen ships to Earth. While he learned of this upon arrival, he was so blinded by his religious fervor he ignored Earth's orbital defenses and sped to the planet surface, immediately deploying troops to the African city of Mombasa in search of the Forerunner artifact, while his ships fought the UNSC Home Fleet in orbit.[3]

Invasion of Earth

Immediately after the Prophet of Truth learned of Regret's departure to Earth, he sent his fleet after him. The Jiralhanae in command were given orders to forcefully overtake the Sangheili still in command of the remaining ships Regret's fleet and ground forces, an order they would willingly obey. While Truth's fleet was on its way, Regret was forced to retreat as UNSC forces retook the city and approached his ship.

The fleet excavating the Portal.

Only moments later, Truth's fleet arrived, and as ordered by Truth, the Jiralhanae assumed command of the remainder of Regret's ships. In addition, they killed any remaining Sangheili forced still stationed on or above the planet. On the same day, they started excavating the Forerunner structure by glassing the planet surface, starting from the crater created by the in-atmosphere slispace jump of Regret's ship. For the next two weeks, more and more Covenant reinforcements sent by Truth would arrive, securing the planet for Truth's arrival which would happen nearly a month later. During this period, fleets such as the Fleet of Furious Redemption would join Truth's Fleet and the battle raging in Sol System. While maintaining a significant presence in orbit, the fleet deployed ground forces to multiple targets around the globe, including Mount Erebus, the Yucatan Peninsula and Havana, Cuba. The SPARTAN-II Blue Team fought the Covenant forces in multiple operations on and around Earth, halting most of their excavation operations. On November 3, after the Battle of Havana, one of the fleet's ships, the Bloodied Spirit, was captured by the Blue Team and taken to Onyx. Despite the UNSC resistance, the fleet's ships in East Africa managed to continue their task of uncovering the Portal.[3][4]

After the Flood overwhelmed High Charity and its defensive fleet, the surviving Jiralhanae-held ships managed to follow the Prophet of Truth and his Dreadnought to Earth, where they joined the fleet that had arrived earlier. For a period of nine days, the Dreadnought traveled through the system, eventually entering Earth's atmosphere on November 17th.[5] Before the Dreadnought reached Earth, the Fleet of Furious Redemption, part of Truth's forces, inserted forces into the city of Cleveland in North America in search of a supposed Forerunner artifact. The UNSC managed to destroy one of the fleet's cruisers, the Harbinger of Piety and the Minister of Inquisition onboard, when a civilian injected with a tracking compound was taken to the ship for interrogation about the artifact.[6][7]

After the Master Chief joined up with UNSC forces, he spearheaded an effort that pushed the fleet's ground forces further towards their innermost stronghold - a mammoth Forerunner structure which served as the gateway to the Ark.[8]

The Ark

After the Prophet of Truth activated the Portal, Truth's fleet went into the slipspace rift to the Ark, another Forerunner Installation outside of the Milky Way Galaxy. Soon after this the Flood appeared, delaying the UNSC's pursuit of Truth's Fleet.

After the Humans and Sangheili contained the Flood, a joint UNSC-Sangheili effort, consisting of at least three UNSC frigates, and the Fleet of Retribution consisting of nine Sangheili cruisers and an Assault Carrier, managed to follow the Covenant ships a few hours later. Upon arriving above the Ark, Truth's Fleet engaged the Fleet of Retribution, backed up by the UNSC Frigates. While Truth's fleet outnumbered the Separatists three to one, the Separatists' tactics proved superior, eventually obliterating the entirety of Truth's fleet and bringing the Human-Covenant War to its end.

It is still unknown if any ships survived the space battle, but it might be possible because two Scarabs dropped from the sky to aid the Covenant Loyalists in defending the Ark's Citadel.[8]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Halo: First Strike, page 297
  2. 2.0 2.1 Halo: First Strike, page 333
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Halo Waypoint, "Ten Twenty" history article
  4. Halo 3: ODST
  5. http://www.bungie.net/News/content.aspx?type=topnews&cid=16989
  6. Halo 2
  7. Halo: Uprising
  8. 8.0 8.1 Halo 3


Known Covenant Fleet Units
Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose · High Charity Defense Fleet · Fleet of Inner Knowledge · Fleet of Furious Redemption · Fleet of Particular Justice · Fleet of Profound Solitude · Fleet of Retribution · Fleet of Tranquil Composure · Second Fleet of Homogenous Clarity · Regret's Fleet · Truth's Fleet

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