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A Tale of Love and War
The story of Erpa ‘Lytamee

Prologue – The Human-Covenant War


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Erpa ‘Lytamee was definitely the most influential sangheili I believe I have ever met. His story, however, begins long before the account of his life written by Ceru, that I have attached here. I can’t predict how our society will change, what with the fall of the Covenant and then Armageddon. But for any who read this account, you must understand the true history of the Human-Covenant War.

In 2525 the United Nations Space Command, or the UNSC, lost contact with the Outer Colony of Harvest. Intrigued, they sent a battlegroup to the farming planet. The ships encountered an alien presence – and a completely destroyed Harvest. Thus, the Covenant began the war in a battle who’s details have been lost in the Armageddon War.

It wasn’t long before we learned about the many species that made up the Covenant. Most have living examples currently in the Coalition. Needless to say, we learned in battle of the eight allied alien species that made up the Covenant.

The first species we encountered were the unggoy, who we called grunts. They definitely lived up to their name. Standing at 5 feet tall, the unggoy were very cowardly and made up the bulk of the Covenant army. They also were in the servants of the Covenant hierarchy. An aspect of these creatures that the UNSC took advantage of was the fact that they breathed methane, and so always wore breathers.

Then were the kig-yar, the jackals as we called them. They were short and skinny, with sharp senses and an almost birdlike appearance and speech. They were scouts and sentinels in the army, with only two possible ranks – sentinel (or gag-rak) or sniper (yar-kai). Gag-rak kig-yar made up most of the ranks, and they were easily discernable by the glowing green transparent shields they held. The circular devices were strapped to their wrists and could easily be deactivated when they weren’t in use.

Another species we rarely saw on the battlefield but were very present in the Covenant were the insect-like yanme’e, or drones. They were servants and scouts, useful in that they could fly but not much else besides. A yanme’e of importance was Korajyra, a shy creature who was ‘Lytamee’s best friend.

Then there were the lekgolo – the hunters. Massive creatures who stood 8 feet tall... in a combat crouch. They were covered in metal of an unknown alloy that was completely impervious to anything short of a full-on rocket. They carried huge shields of the same metal and had fuel rod guns – the plasma rocket launcher – built into their gauntlets. Another weapon often overlooked was the razor-sharp spines on their backs. The only weak spot on a lekgolo’s armor was the open patch on their lower backs. Another interesting aspect of the lekgolo was that they always came in bonded pairs. The only individual lekgolo to retain sanity was the leader of the Inquisition, the Hand of Truth.

Moving towards the higher ranks were the jiralhanae, the brutes. These huge apes were part of the downfall of the Covenant. They could never get along with sangheili. Ever.

Then we came to the two founders of the Covenant. The Prophets, or the oporome, evolved in the same system as the sangheili, who we call elites. The two species were the first to find technology left by a long-lost species simply called the ‘Forerunners’. The technology was so advanced that the two species ceased their war, made the Forerunners their gods, and formed the Covenant. Incorporating the Forerunner tech into every aspect of their lives, the two species set off together to find and convert every alien species they met... except humanity.

The oporome were the religious leaders of the Covenant, under complete rule of the three Oporomo, the High Prophets.

The sangheili were the warriors and scientists. They led the Covenant military under rule of the oporome. Their feud with the jiralhanae began the Covenant’s downfall. Erpa ‘Lytamee, Ceru ‘Thilett, and many other important people were sangheili.

Finally came the hunagok, the engineers. One can barely call them Covenant, for these floating tentacled beings had no sense of loyalty. They lived to fix technology, dissect technology, and learn. They would help a human or a sangheili in a heartbeat.

The Covenant were superior in almost every way, but we had one advantage – the SPARTAN program. The first generation, the Spartan Is, were volunteers who gained biological enhancements and trained to be the elite of the elite. Then, before the war began, many retired and settled down to have a family. Thus came the unofficial one point ones, the super children who were almost the perfect soldiers. Almost. I am one, as is Kelly.

Then came the real super-soldiers: the twos. They were taken at age 6, trained vigorously until they were 14, then all seventy five went through risky and expensive biological upgrades. Thirty-two survived, twelve were alive but so mutilated they couldn’t fight, and the rest were killed in the process. These thirty Spartans were the only humans capable of wearing MJOLNIR combat armor – a green plate that in conjunction with their biological upgrades gave a Spartan II supreme reflexes and enough strength to allow them to lift a Scorpion Main Battle Tank. They were true super-soldiers.

It took much effort to gleam the information on the Spartan IIIs from the secretive Office of Naval Intelligence. They were a new take on the Spartan program – rather than make a few super-soldiers at the expense of many lives, the ONI took 300 kids in secret, trained them to a single elite fighting force, gave them semi-powered infiltration armor, and sent them on suicide missions. In three generations of S-IIIs, only five survived.

The rest of the war is well known, from the losing position the UNSC was in to the events at the Halos. Erpa ‘Lytamee was an amazing leader, and it would be a pity if his story was left untold. Attached to this report is Ceru ‘Thilett’s account of ‘Lytamee’s life. Let it go down the generations.

David Firestone

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