LOCATION: Reach, Sigma Octanus IV, Chi Ceti IV, Jericho VII
START: May 21st, 2513
END: September 19th, 2552

RELEASED: September 15th, 2010

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In 2517, Doctor Catherine Halsey, under the Office of Naval Intelligence, began a top secret program to develop a squad of super-soldiers called the Spartan-II program.  Over the next eight years, Doctor Halsey and SCPO Franklin Mendez trained 75 children into the most elite group of soldiers that had ever existed.  Once trained, the candidates were put through a series of physical augmentations to make them even stronger, and while about half made it through the augmentations, the other half were either physically disabled or killed by the process. The remaining Spartans were soon paired with the most advanced armor ever created, MJOLNIR, a powered exoskeleton that more than doubled the Spartans' strength, speed, and durability in the field.

While the Spartan program was created to help defend the UNSC and UEG against insurrection, they were quickly re-purposed at the start of the Human-Covenant War.  For the next three decades, the Spartan-II super-soldiers were deployed throughout the galaxy to help defend human colonies against Covenant attack.

By 2552, the Covenant had destroyed most outer colonies and were working to wipe out the remaining human inner colonies.  In July, the UNSC won a major victory at Sigma Octanus IV, thanks in large part to the actions of Captain Jacob Keyes and the crew of the UNSC Iroquois.  Though the UNSC managed to defeat a large Covenant fleet, they still suffered major losses and were struggling to field enough ships to defend the remaining human colonies.

Just a month later, the UNSC would lose the most well-defended and heavily fortified colony in Reach.  Though the UNSC threw every possible weapon at the Covenant, including twenty orbital defense platforms and one-hundred warships, the Covenant still managed to destroy Reach's defenses and glass the planet using a fleet of over three-hundred ships.

Retreating the battle, the UNSC Pillar of Autumn, now under command of Jacob Keyes, jumped to slipspace, only to arrive at what is now known as Installation 04.




The Fall of Reach takes place in many locations throughout the galaxy, but focuses primarily on the planet Reach.




The Fall of Reach tells the story of the Spartan-II program, focusing especially on John-117 and Blue Team.




At the end of the Fall of Reach, Captain Jacob Keyes escapes from the battle along with John-117 and the rest of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn crew.