The UNSC Spirit of Fire, adrift after the events of Halo Wars, finds itself at the Ark, and comes into contact with the Banished, a group of Covenant defectors led by the Jiralhanae Atriox. The Spirit of Fire is successful in fending off the Banished, and send Professor Ellen Anders aboard a newly-constructed Halo to human-controlled space to try and contact the UNSC.
Soon after Professor Anders' departure, the Banished devised a plan to take control of a Forerunner warship stationed on the Ark. The Spirit of Fire sent ODST squad Sunray 1-1, who successfully stopped the Banished plan and destroyed the Forerunner fighter.
In June of 2559, Banished commanders Pavium and Voridus, on a mission to collect any and all materials that could help the Banished cause, breached a protective shield placed around the wreckage of High Charity and inadvertently released the Flood that had survived the firing of Installation 08 during the Battle of Installation 00. Though suffering significant losses, the Banished were able to contain the Flood.
Join the Podcast Evolved crew in their spoiler-heavy discussion of Halo Wars 2 and both campaign expansions, Operation: SPEARBREAKER and Awakening the Nightmare. The Halo Wars 2 spoilercasts originally aired March 21st, 2017, August 8th, 2017, and December 20th, 2017.
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The Spirit of Fire arrives at the Lesser Ark, and struggles with the Banished to take control and contact the UNSC.
Halo Wars 2 continues the story of the Spirit of Fire, including its crew and Spartan-II Red Team.
The Spirit of Fire arrives at the Lesser Ark and comes into contact with the Banished and the Enduring Conviction. During their attempt to escape the ark and contact the UNSC, Ellen Anders on Installation 09 is intercepted by a Guardian.