- Humanity comes into contact with the Covenant for the first time.
- The Ninth Age of Reclamation begins with the ascension of the High Prophets of Truth, Mercy and Regret. They declare that the Human race destroyed a vast Forerunner reliquary and are therefore to be exterminated, starting the Human-Covenant war.
The militia goes on another march, this time with 25 kg rucksacks. In the aftermath, Johnson and Ponder attend Harvest's Solstice Celebration. Johnson is briefed by Jilan al-Cygni as to why he and Byrne are here; to prevent Insurrectionist attacks on UNSC freighters.
- The Kig-Yar vessel Minor Transgression attacks another human agricultural vessel, the Bulk Discount, unaware it is an sting operation supported by the UNSC Walk of Shame.
- Colonial Militia trainees Wallace A. Jenkins, Forsell, Wick and Andersen begin target practice.
- The Ministry of Fortitude holds a logistics meeting. The Minister of Fortitude utilizes recreational stimulants to aid him through the ordeal.
- Fortitude wakes up, the hangover effect of the stimulants taking hold. The Vice Minister of Tranquility alerts him to the Luminary detections made by Minor Transgression. They resolve to use them to usher in an Age of Reclamation and secure their position as the next trio of Hierarchs.
- Walk of Shame is dispatched to Reach to request that FLEETCOM send a battle group in the event of first contact escalating into bloodshed.
- First formal contact between the Covenant and humans on Harvest. Communications go awry and the Human-Covenant war begins.
- The evacuation of Harvest begins. In the process, 22-23,000 civilians are killed.
- Loki destroys the Tiara.
Funeral service for those who died undergoing augmentations in the SPARTAN-II program.
The Argo, a scoutship for the Colonial Military Administration, arrives in the Epsilon Indi system to investigate the ceasation of any contact from Harvest. The vessel transmits a confirmation of arrival.
- Battlegroup 4, composed of the CMA Heracles, the CMA Arabia and the CMA Vostok enters the Epsilon Indi system and make contact with a Covenant ship. The Covenant ship destroys the Vostok and the Arabia with only the badly damaged Heracles escaping.
- The Covenant ship broadcasts the following message: "Your destruction is the will of the Gods...and we are their instrument" in complete English, showing that the Covenant have been studying Humanity for some time.
UNSC is put on full-alert for the Covenant.
- Office of Naval Intelligence agents Lieutenant Commander Jack Hopper and Lieutenant Demos convince Vice Admiral Preston Cole to come out of retirement and lead a fleet to retake Harvest.
- The SPARTAN-IIs are informed of hostile contact with the Covenant and the fate of Harvest. They are introduced to Project MJOLNIR.
- The Battle of Chi Ceti.
- The SPARTAN-IIs are attacked by a Covenant ship while aboard the UNSC Commonwealth above Chi Ceti IV. The Spartans escape to the surface of the planet.
- Within the UNSC Damascus Materials Testing Facility, the SPARTAN-IIs are introduced and fitted with the MJOLNIR Mk. IV armor.
- The SPARTAN-IIs board the Covenant ship. They plant explosives at the ship's reactor and detonate them, destroying the ship.
- Samuel-034 dies during the destruction of the Covenant ship.
Engagements and Events
- Skirmish over Harvest
- First Battle of Harvest
- Destruction of Biko
- Destruction of Second Base
- Battle of Chi Ceti
Losses and Deaths
- Captain Ponder
- Captain Hank Gibson
- Private Osmo
- Cadmon Lasky
- Harvest Attorney General Rol Pedersen
List of Ships
- CMA Arabia - Destroyed by the Covenant ship holding position over Harvest.
- CMA Argo - Destroyed by the Covenent cruiser Rapid Conversion during the First Battle of Harvest.
- CMA Heracles - Status unknown. Last seen escaping the Epsilon Indi system after being badly damaged at the hands of Covenant ship holding position over Harvest. It was later seen during the Second Battle of Harvest in 2526.
- CMA Vostok - Destroyed by Covenant ship holding position over Harvest.
- UNSC Atlas - Status unknown. Last seen patrolling the Lambda Serpentis system.
- UNSC Commonwealth - Severely damaged during the Battle of Chi Ceti, but managed to make it to Reach for repairs. Instead, the ship was decommissioned at the Aszod ship breaking yards.
- UNSC Pioneer - Status unknown. Last seen in the Eridanus system.
- UNSC Walk of Shame - Status unknown. Last seen exiting the Epsilon Indi system following the conclusion of the First Battle of Harvest with vectors bound for Reach.
- Bulk Discount - Status unknown. Last seen in orbit over Harvest during the first contact with the Covenant; badly damaged during the engagement against the Covenant.
- This End Up - Destroyed by the Jackal ship Minor Transgression.
- Minor Transgression - Destroyed when Shipmistress Chur'R-Yar ignited the methane meant for Unggoy life-support in attempt to kill Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson.
- Rapid Conversion - Status unknown. Last seen in orbit above Harvest, glassing the planet, and eventually engaging the CMA Argo.
- ↑ Halo: Contact Harvest, pages 379-384
- ↑ Halo: The Flood page 134
- ↑ Queen's Diary Entry.
- ↑ Halo: Reach Limited Edition - Intersystem News, LCDR Miranda Keyes Awarded Silver Star
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