Hi, welcome to Halo Fanon!Please log in to edit this wiki.Joining Wikia is free, and it only takes a minute.We hope that you sign in, and become a member of the community!Click here to join this wiki You can view and copy the source of this page. ===The Sixth Hour=== As the first battles for Sera were reaching it's sixth hour, news reports on the attacks starter circling through the UNSC news broadcasts plane-side. The reports were almost entirely over the radio as no footage of the covenant attacks were found. With the element of surprise gone, the second phase of attacks on the planet began. Unbeknown to the citizens of Sera, the military was starting to be deployed. While UNSC HighCOM still had no clear plan to counter attack the covenant, all troops planet side were put on standby order. Soldiers across the planet prepared their kits and to be deployed in a moments notice. The soldiers were told they would not know their mission until they were on the ground. It was during this critical time of panic that things became worse for the UNSC. As luck would have it, three cities became under attack by the covenant attack. Keeping with their mission to search for relics, the southern islands suddenly became the target of the Covenant's attention. '''<u>Autrin</u>'''- A small island city located in the southern island rings not far from the populated island of Kaia. The city as attacked as a trio of covenant ships approached the islands low over the ocean. Citizens watched in horror as a pair of CRS class light cruisers escorted a Reverence class heavy cruiser. As the ships came in range, swarms of drop ships disgorged from the hangers and made their way across the sea water to the waiting human city. Alarms began to fill the air and the evacuations began. City police set up evac routes to local harbors where ships and ferries would take those who made it off the island. The cities military force, while limited to 96 soldiers deployed to the streets. The orders they received were simple, delay the enemy. With such small numbers against a vastly larger force, the squads split into four man fire teams to cover more ground. The company commander put in a request for reinforcements, warning HighCOM of the attack in the isles. While the captain was informed his request would be passed along, with the planet wide strikes, they could not inform him when help would arrive. The defenders fought valiantly for over twenty hours, fighting for every inch of ground they were forced to give up. While several fire teams were sent to defend the evacuation docks, others held street corners, intersections and places of refuge. The lines of civilians were harassed the entire way. Coming under direct attack from passing drop ships, banshee attack runs and plasma mortar barrages. Ultimately, while some of the evacuation boats made it to sea, very few made it past the sight of the burning city that was once home before covenant aircraft sank the escape ships. '''<u>Jasper</u>'''- Another island city in the same cluster of southern islands around Kaia, the small city was spared no less than anywhere else on the planet as a pair of SDV Heavy corvettes took position over the city. While city evacuations began and like Autrin, the garrison of soldiers took to the streets; Covenant drop pods rained down from the bellies of the corvettes as Phantom and Spirit drop ships escorted by banshees filled the air carrying down the covenant heavy armor and infantry. The covenant leader opened his attack by launching a salvo of plasma ordinance to clear out a portion along the beach front. It was in this scorched wreckage that the covenant landing zone and staging areas was set up. While squads of covenant had deployed in the middle of the city to cause chaos, and supported by other outrider units keeping them connected to the landing zone, the pair of corvettes turned their heavy plasma guns on the structures and docks around the city edge and center. Under the protective bombardment of their ships, the covenant forces were able to land unmolested and made quick advancements into the city, clearing out the blasted remains. Like on Autrin the UNSC company commander sent a desperate request for help to HighCOM. HighCOM gave the commander the same answer as they were giving all the requests for help. "We will get you support as soon as we are able." Understanding he was on his own, the company commander made a desperate effort to counter assault the covenant landing site, knowing full well while it was the strongest point of resistance he'd have to face on the island. It was also the best bet to buy the time they all desperately needed to get off the island. While a limited selection of squads were set to maintain protection of the evacuees, the rest of the company loaded up with heavy weapons and attempted to launch a counter attack. Supported by a handful of warthogs, the soldiers pushed through the streets, past Covenant kill teams and made their way to the covenant controlled beachhead. The Captain made two attempts at breaking the covenant foothold before he suffered 96% casualties of his attack force. The captain and a fireteam of volunteers held the covenant counter attack back as long as they could in order to let the remaining troops escape back into the city and try their best to survive and help with the evac. By the sixteenth hour of the day, Jasper was a burning wasteland filled with the bodies of it's inhabitants and defenders. Return to The Fall of Sera. Retrieved from "https://halofanon.fandom.com/wiki/The_Fall_of_Sera"