Winter Contingency

Noble Team on Reach

The exact reason why ONI sent this team in particular to investigate what appeared to be a small terrorist incident remains questionable. It could be argued that with Reach being the biggest military centre and last defence protecting the Inner Colonies and Earth along with the single biggest UNSC deployment in the galaxy that maybe ONI wasn’t going to waste time with Insurrectionists so they sent their best team to quickly deal with the situation. It seems as if ONI over-reacted to the incident or maybe there was something else. Something ONI had anticipated.

Far away from Reach and about sixteen years beforehand the first alliance between Humans and an alien species was formed. Within a series of hollowed out and manned asteroids known as The Rubble both humans Insurrectionists and Kig-yar, the almost bird-like humanoids from the Covenant known commonly as Jackals, co-existed together under an uneasy peace. Although the Kig-yar and Insurrectionist alliance didn’t survive the events that transpired at The Rubble, the possibility remained open for future alliances as both forces opposed the UNSC and both forces also believed they could use one another to further their own goals.

The temptation of an alliance with the Covenant must have been strong for the Insurrectionists. The powerful enemy of the UNSC had the technological advantage over their opponents, technology that the Insurrectionists could use themselves to further to their own goals. More importantly, it was clear that the UNSC was faltering, the victories against the Covenant were few and far between and one by one UNSC worlds were falling, by siding with the Covenant the Insurrectionists may have hoped to survive the war by taking the winner’s side early. The Insurrectionists possessed something the Covenant wanted badly – information regarding UNSC settlements and military targets. The Insurrectionists had been fighting with UNSC long before the Covenant had glassed its first UNSC world and they had decades to build up intelligence against their mutual enemy.

As Noble Team discovered that the Covenant were responsible for sabotaging the main communication array on Reach, the possibility that the Covenant used Insurrectionist intelligence to sneak under the watchful glare of the UNSC force remains.

Winter Contingency had been declared. A long and everlasting winter that would forever settle across Reach’s surface. The vibrant rolling green country hills and the bustling cities would be buried for all time under a sheet of ice-like glass and the hushed voices of hundreds of millions of lives singing a silent song of death. The truth lies still and serene under a glassy cover.

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28 Comments

  1. maonsdo
    February 22, 2010
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    huh i don geh it

  2. Bananas
    February 22, 2010
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    Like your work so far. Good luck with the site, I’ll be sure to check back in the future.

  3. February 22, 2010
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    Taking up the Mantle of Ascendant Justice eh? Nice work.

  4. Levi
    February 22, 2010
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    i like the “Mantle” reference in your comment Jimmy! i can see this site becoming popular to halo fans who love reading interesting and deep views into the halo universe. good job!

  5. Alex
    February 22, 2010
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    Site’s looking good.

  6. Brendan
    February 22, 2010
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    This is so awesome! great job!

  7. HB
    February 22, 2010
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    I really enjoyed the the foreshadowing in the end, really makes me wonder what’s Reach true story would be, you could never trust ONI anyway lol

  8. Nathan
    February 23, 2010
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    Great article, this could be the start of something big! A word of advice, though; make sure to proofread your work and check your grammar. Watch where your flinging those apostrophes! Otherwise fantastic work, I eagerly await your next article!

  9. john
    February 23, 2010
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    just being picky: it’s “Losing”, not “Loosing’…

  10. FenderGlyph
    February 23, 2010
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    As a user previously stated, watch out with your grammar and spelling. Granted, it is a rather long entry and errors are bound to come up. It was a really good read though! I’ll definitely be coming back to check up on it.

  11. dfuchs
    February 23, 2010
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    An interesting thread, that alliance from The Cole Protocol… I’m not sure it would turn up again, let alone in Reach. I always found it a tad contrived, but then again the Jackals are the one species in the Covenant I’m sure would be willing to do so, and the hardcore Insurrectionists proved they would do anything for their “freedom” from the UNSC.

  12. SPARTAN 501
    February 23, 2010
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    Fairly good article, but you kind of missed a huge portion of Reach’s history; the Insurrection which took place in it’s system, was one of the most violent fronts of the whole rebellion. Epsilon Eriadanius was a focal point in the whole TREBUCHET campaign; its kind of a big thing to leave it out.

  13. Gnuet
    February 23, 2010
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    Excellent writing!

  14. PietPL
    February 23, 2010
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    Great read! Looking forward to your next article.

  15. Stalid Autumn
    February 23, 2010
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    Nice brief history and summary of the introduction of reach. This website for me is up among Halopedia and even Bungie itself perhaps. Well Done!

  16. February 23, 2010
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    This is very good, but you are basing a lot of this off of conjecture. If I recall correctly, Reach was terraformed, not a lush Eden. And it is implied that the inner colonies were not agricultural worlds, a role that was fulfilled by such colonies as Harvest.

  17. max
    February 23, 2010
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    are you trying to be a new ascendant justice blog or something? cuz they were better than you could ever be

  18. Johnathon
    February 24, 2010
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    At Max. If your going to complain maybe you should write your own blog on the halo universe… I doubt someone like you could write a decent six page article as an INTRODUCTION to a planet. But, I’m just saying…

  19. Steven
    February 24, 2010
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    Are you looking in writing the ODST section? I could pass you some of my references… Additionally I like the write up, just interested in more meat on the topic.

  20. Ander
    March 20, 2010
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    Missed this article, Slightly! Sorry!
    Great stuff here. I can see this blog really growing. Can’t wait to read more.

  21. hotshot
    March 22, 2010
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    Your articles are awesome,keep up the good work.

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  22. Pknubs4
    March 23, 2010
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    Writing capabilities matching, if not surpassing those of Urk.

  23. spartan_111
    December 4, 2010
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    * … They had survived and returned when they were sent off to die, surviving one suicidal mission after another … *

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