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The opening scene begin as Atriox looks down from the cliff upon a Citadel oppocuied by Sangheili forces. Without hesitation, Atriox begins his seige of the Citadel. As the Sangheili forces were decimated by The Banished's superior forces, the remaining surviours contacted their leader's ship, the Enduring Conviction and its Shipmaster, Let 'Volir. With haste, Let 'Volir summoned his forces and began his counterattack without outisde help. As Let' volir and his men began retailation, Atriox sended Banished forces on Phantom to begin breaking in the Enduring Conviction. As Let 'Volir makes his way to the alone Atriox, Atriox suddenly attack his men and surrenders just as suddenly. To his atonishment, Let 'Volir reliezed that he has a gun pointed to his head.
As Let 'Volir and his forces surrender, they meet in the Enduring Conviction's hangar. In which, Atriox talks to Let 'Volir about the Covenant's current situation, and as peace talk continues, Atriox discovers that Let 'Volir only cares about maintaining his ship and crew. Knowing this, Atriox strikes a deal. Let 'Volir and his crew will get fuel (which they despertaely need) in exchange for their alliegance to him.
- The artist of this book was supposed to be Tristan Jones. However, due to 'time', Tristan Jones was then covered by Hayden Sherman.