- “That's the largest Covenant Fleet I've ever seen ... the largest anyone's ever seen.”— Cortana
The Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity was a very large Covenant Fleet, and was a part of the High Charity defense fleet during 2552. The Fleet numbered in the thousands of warships and had the sole responsibility of protecting the Covenant Holy City of High Charity.
In the 9th Age of Reclamation, the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity was the vanguard Fleet of the Covenant homeworld High Charity. It traveled with High Charity to Installation 04 and then to Installation 05, where it was caught in the Battle of Installation 05 as well as the Great Schism.
- Main article: Installation 04
The Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity escorted High Charity in deep space during and possibly before September 23, 2552.
Six Covenant cruisers and one Covenant Flagship scouted Installation 04, a.k.a. "Alpha Halo," before the appearance of High Charity and its escorts. When John-117 and a small UNSC force infiltrated the flagship, the Ascendant Justice, a single Cruiser fled to alert the main Fleet. When the captured Ascendant Justice jumped to Reach, the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity jumped to Installation 04 and held position with High Charity over the remaining demolished ruins of the ring.
During the trial of the Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice, an CAS-class assault carrier entered the space in the vicinity of the Fleet and was allowed to pass through the defensive nets of ships to deliver the future Arbiter to the awaiting High Prophets of the Covenant and Sangheili High Councilors.
- Main article: Installation 05
After the beginning of the Battle of Earth, High Charity and the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity moved to Installation 05, a.k.a. "Delta Halo." The fleet launched wave after wave of Phantoms to assist the Prophet of Regret, however, John-117 was able to kill the San'Shyuum before reinforcements arrived. This was partly engineered by the Prophet of Truth who withdrew the Phantom reinforcements, thus allowing John-117 to kill Regret.
- Main article: Great Schism
As the High Prophet of Truth left High Charity aboard the Forerunner dreadnought, the Fleet descended into chaos. Ships moved on random vectors, barely avoiding collisions, while the Jiralhanae and Sangheili controlled ships began to engage one another over High Charity. At the same time other ships were trying to keep the Flood from escaping Installation 05. Some of the ships became infected by the Flood and many were destroyed, some sacrificing themselves to save the others. At least one, the Cruiser Incorruptible, escaped the fight, but was pursued by three Jiralhanae controlled Frigates. The rest of the Fleet continued to fight itself and the Flood, until the Sangheili, under command of Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadumee managed to defeat the Jiralhanae. The Sangheili ships then formed a blockade to prevent the Flood-infested ships from escaping. One ship, however, broke through the Sangheili lines and performed a slipspace jump to Earth. The remaining Sangheili ships in the area followed it.
Notable Vessels in the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity
- Ascendant Justice - CAS-class assault carrier - Captured Covenant ship.
- Incorruptible - Reverence-class cruiser, Shipmaster Tano 'Inanraree Commanding - Sangheili held.
- Lawgiver - DDS-class carrier - Sangheili held.
- Rapturous Arc - Heavy Destroyer - Jiralhanae held.
- Revenant - Frigate - Jiralhanae held.
- Tenebrous - Frigate - Jiralhanae held.
- Twilight Compunction - Frigate, Gargantum Commanding - Jiralhanae held.
- The word "Homogeneous" is an older-styled biology term for homologous, meaning to have the same relation or similarity to something. Roughly, Homogeneous Clarity means to be certain of a core belief between species, a perfect description of the Covenant's core beliefs.
- ↑ Halo: First Strike, Epilogue
- ↑ Halo 2 level, Regret
- ↑ Halo 3, Floodgate
- ↑ Halo: First Strike, "This visitor was so important that these warships were only the advance scouting party. More ships were on their way. Hundreds of them.", page 68