Halo: Universe On Fire by Carson Woo
Halo: Universe On Fire - Part 1
Date: 13 May 2011, 2:15 pm
Nov 23, 2614, 10th Age Of Reclamation
Chamber Of the Hierarchies, Underground City, Janjur Qom
"Let's welcome the new hierarchies!" the new Brute Chieftain Fafartus announced. Grunts, Drones, Hunters and Brutes cheered as the new High Prophets came out on their gravity throne. "Thank you! Thank you!''High Prophet of Light, High Prophet of Judgement and High Prophet of Glory waved to the crowd.
"Today, is the start of the 10th age of reclamation!"Light shouted. "Today is the day when the Covenant will rise to power again! When the next year come, the Elites and the Humans along with the Demons will perish and die!"
Glory and Judgement waved to the crowd again. "Now, please return to your posts." said Glory. "Prepare for the future and the Greatest Journey!"
The Covenant soldiers did as ordered. Only the High Prophets and the Brutes Honor Guards and the Chieftain remained in the chamber.
"Fafartus. Do you have confidence in the attack on this filthy planet named Harvest? There are Elite ships and upgraded human ship." Judgement asked. "Yes, your Excellency." the Brute answered. "Humans and Elites are weaker than us."
"Good!" Light said. "Later, the Great Journey will begin. And the other we don't walk the path will be left behind.
Jan 12, 2615, 1230 hours
Main Mess Hall, UNSC Military Complex A-61, Planet Harvest
63 years after the Human- Covenant War
A hundred marines, ODSTs and other military personnel all are digging in their lunch plates. On a long bench on the edge of the hall, sat the members who are off duty in Alpha squad of the First platoon of Charlie company.
"Have you ever visited the Museum of Humanity?" PFC Howard Adam asked his squad mate and his best friend, PFC Wilson Parkinson "No," replied Wilson. "But I do know about the Covenant."
Howard chuckled. "You really still think so? Last time you told the Sergeant that the Elites are the leader of the Covenant and John-117 is a traitor! Then the Sergeant hit you in the nose and told you that you are indeed a traitor!"
"Not funny," Wilson replied in a dropped tone. "If you think that you are smarter than me, where is John-117 now?"
"That is not a nice question," Howard said. "The Sergeant told us a trillion times that John-117 is MIA!" Howard stood up and asked his squad. "Who knows where is John-11....." Howard didn't got to finish his sentence. Alarms ringed all over the complex and the commander of the base, Colonel Chen spoke on the loud speakers.
"All military presence in this complex listen up," Chen shouted. "Harvest is now under Covenant attack. All personnels report to squad leaders then head to the armory. Suit up for battle and everyone must be ready by 1250 hours. This is not a drill repeat, this is not a drill."
"Now we will meet the Covenant," Howard growled. "Come on Wilson. Let's meet the Sergeant then head to the armory." "Coming!" replied Wilson. Alpha squad regrouped then went to the front gates to meet their Sergeant.
Command Center of the Complex, 5 minutes later
"Why would the dam Covenant attack Harvest now? Elites are now stationed in this sector forever. Are the Brutes and Prophets mad? Our ships are now fully upgraded and the dam Brutes just finished a f**king civil war!" Chen demanded.
"Rumors said that John-117 was captured by the Covies. They will use him as a hostage then make us surrender. However, scouts on Madrigal said that the Master Chief or a Spartan was spotted." Lieutenant Johnstone replied.
"Are reinforcements here?" asked Chen. "We need more firepower to mow down their ships. And the MAC atop the facility? Is it ready?" "Yes Colonel," Johnstone replied. "Shells loaded and ready to fire at your command."
Chen studied the tactical screen. It showed hundreds of little red dots denoting Covenant dropships and large red dots for Covenant capital ships. The screen showed that 16 ships were in system. "Set the MAC to computer fire." Chen ordered. "Fire at any Covenant capital ships that come close. Prep the AAA launcher and target the dropships. Set up firing pits for the marines and pull out the tanks and assault gunboats. Request ODST drops as soon as possible."
Johnstone typed in the command and picked the Enter key. However, the screen displayed the error sign. He sighed explosively and typed again. "Done," he said. "And Colonel, we really need an AI."
"Noted. And stopped moaning about it. Every complex has an AI doesn't mean that we must have one. Stop talking about it anymore. Consider it a standing order forever."
"Colonel! We have got Covenant inbound! AAA launcher ready to fire at your command!" Johnstone reported. "Where is the ODSTs? " Chen demanded. "Dropping now. ODSTs are on the ground. Correction, sir! Unknown anomaly! Slipspace rupture! Brace yourselves! Incoming!!!" Johnstone screamed.
A huge blue slipspace ball appeared from nowhere and swallowed the whole sector 8 of Harvest. Every single being in the sector, Covenant and humans blacked out. Strangely, a figure in armor was ejected out.
UNSC AI Thor -- UNSC AI Zeus
//SLIPSPACE RUPTURE DETECTED IN SECTOR 8!!!//
//CAN YOU PROVIDE ASSISTANCE???///(Thor)
//I AM CURRENTLY COORDINATING COUNTERATTACKS TO THE COVENANT ON GROUND... REGRET!!!//
//LOST AND FOUND ITEM!!!//
//UNSC AI LOCATED!!! SUGGEST YOU REPORT TO HQ ASAP!!!//(Zeus)
//AI SERIAL NUMBER DETECTED!!! 03-278963!!! OLD GEN.5 SMART AI!!!//
///AI LISTED AS MIA IN 2553!!!///
//MILITARY PERSONNEL LOCATED!!! SERIAL NUMBER... CLASSIFIED!!!//
//RECOVERY TEAM EN ROUTE!!!//