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Numerous raids took place over Installation 04 as the Marines of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn boarded the damaged CCS-class battlecruiser, the Truth and Reconciliation.

First Raid - Rescue the Captain[]

Shortly after the evacuation from the Pillar of Autumn, Captain Jacob Keyes was captured by Covenant forces and taken to the Truth and Reconciliation, where is was promptly imprisoned in one of its detention centres.[1]

After word got out of his capture when AI Cortana hacked into the Covenant BattleNet, a force of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers dressed in urban-warfare fatigue assisted Master Chief Petty Officer John-117; a SPARTAN-II, in the initial boarding of the ship via the gravity lift which was based below it. Entering the ship, the group was attacked by numerous waves of the ship's military complement.[1]

Leaving the ODSTs in the ship's control center, the Master Chief proceeded to hunt for Captain Keyes solo. Eventually finding him and several imprisoned marines, the group headed back to the control room. However, in the time it took John to find Keyes and head back, the ODSTs guarding the rally point had been slaughtered by Energy Sword-wielding zealots.[1]

After Covenant banshees located the Pelican Echo 419, which was giving support for the mission, Keyes changed the objective. Rather than waiting for Echo 419 to return safely, the group went to one of the Truth and Reconciliation's hangar bays, where they stole a Type-25 Troop Carrier.[1]

Second Raid - Return to the Captain[]

During the Battle of the Flood Containment Facility, Captain Keyes was infected by the flood super cell via an Infection Form. Initially becoming a Combat form, his tactical knowledge was considered important to the parasitic organisms, and he was converted into a Proto-Gravemind along with a Sangheili officer after the Flood began to take over the Truth and Reconciliation on 21 September.[2]

In order to destroy the Pillar of Autumn and sterilize the Flood outbreak, John-117 and AI Cortana required Captain Keyes' Command Neural Interface, which contained the code for the Autumn's auto-destruct system. Initially arriving just outside of the control room, John had to escape from a seemingly infinite number of Flood attackers in a locked-down part of the ship by jumping out of it; a pool of the ship's reactor coolant broke his otherwise fatal fall. Returning up the gravity lift, John searched for an open door for the control room. The Captain managed to hold onto his humanity long enough to communicate with John via a UNSC comm system, confirming his survival. However, his orders to leave him and escape were taken less seriously and thought of by Cortana as evidence of being mentally disturbed.[2]

Finally reaching the center, they found that they were too late: Keyes had fully merged with the calcium blob and became a part of the Proto-Gravemind. With no other option, John punched through the former Captain's head and took out the neural interface. The two commandeered a Banshee piloted by Covenant Special Operations personnel and headed straight for the Pillar of Autumn's crash site.[2]

Third Raid - Capture[]

Not long after the Master Chief's departure, he alerted Alpha Base of his intent to destroy the ringworld. The relatively large force of Marines; ODSTs and crewmen deemed too important to be put into cryonic suspension -and thus were not ejected into space, were evacuated on the remaining few Pelican dropships as their home since the 19th was finally abandoned.[citation needed]

Arriving onboard via the hangar bays, the Covenant and Flood had managed to almost kill each other off. With only a few remaining enemies, the UNSC forces managed to quickly gain control over essential systems; notably the control room.[citation needed]

The mission commander; Major Antonio Silva, planned to take the ship into orbit and rendezvous with the Master Chief before jumping to Earth. His lieutenant however, disagreed with him. Realizing that the Flood's parasitic nature was too dangerous to let spread, along with the potential discovery of Earth by the Covenant were the ship to enter UNSC space, she threw an M9 Fragmentation Grenade onto an important piece of circuitry. The grenade's detonation severed the link between the command center and engineering, deactivating the ship's repulsor engines in-atmosphere. The Truth and Reconciliation collapsed onto the plateau it was resting on, resulting in a spectacular explosion of fire and plasma.[citation needed]



Military Personnel[]

Branch Rank Name Status
UNSC Navy Captain Jacob Keyes KIA
Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 Survived
Lieutenant Carol Rawley Survived
UNSC Marine Corps Major Antonio Silva KIA
First Lieutenant Melissa McKay KIA
Sergeant Parker Unknown


Military Personnel[]

Branch Rank Name Status
Covenant Navy Shipmaster Lat 'Ravamee KIA


Branch Rank Name Status
High Council Lesser Prophet Prophet of Stewardship KIA


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Halo: Combat Evolved level The Truth and Reconciliation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Halo: Combat Evolved level Keyes