Events that led to the story of Halo: Combat Evolved

15 May 2023

In the year leading up to the events of the video game Halo: Combat Evolved, several significant events occurred within the Halo game and book universe. 

Here is a summary of the key in-universe events during that time:

1. The Fall of Reach: The Fall of Reach is a crucial event that took place before the events of the video game. It chronicles the fall of the planet Reach, which served as the United Nations Space Command's (UNSC) military stronghold and the training ground for Spartan-II supersoldiers, including the game's protagonist, Master Chief. The Covenant, an alliance of alien races, launched a massive invasion force to seize the planet, resulting in a devastating conflict. Despite their valiant efforts, the UNSC ultimately suffered a significant defeat, and the planet fell into Covenant hands.


2. The Pillar of Autumn: During the Fall of Reach, the UNSC frigate Pillar of Autumn, commanded by Captain Jacob Keyes, escaped the planet's destruction. The ship carried vital data on a mysterious artifact known as "Halo," which the Covenant sought to control. The Pillar of Autumn, accompanied by a handful of other ships, embarked on a desperate mission to evade the Covenant and lead them away from Earth.

3. Battle of Sigma Octanus IV: Following the Fall of Reach, the Covenant continued their relentless assault on human colonies. One such attack occurred on Sigma Octanus IV, a strategically important planet with significant military assets. The UNSC mounted a defense but was ultimately overwhelmed. The Covenant victory further increased tensions and highlighted the dire threat humanity faced.

4. Battle of the Rubble: The Rubble was a makeshift human settlement located within the remains of the destroyed planet, Harvest. As the Covenant sought to eradicate all human presence, they targeted the Rubble. In a valiant defense, the UNSC forces, including Spartan-IIs and a group of Insurrectionists led by Soren-066, fought to protect the survivors. Despite the odds, the UNSC managed to repel the Covenant forces and secure the Rubble temporarily.

5. First Contact with the Flood: As the UNSC Pillar of Autumn fled Reach, it inadvertently stumbled upon another threat known as the Flood. The Flood is a parasitic organism capable of infecting and assimilating any sentient life it encounters. The Pillar of Autumn's encounter with the Flood led to devastating consequences, including the release of the organism on the Halo ring itself.

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These events set the stage for the beginning of Halo: Combat Evolved, where the Pillar of Autumn, pursued by the Covenant, crash-lands on the mysterious Halo ring, initiating a new chapter in the struggle for humanity's survival.


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