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This is my belated poster for my "Citadel Vs Covenant" Event, more information on that can be found here:


Amalgamation Contest Update #3What is this? In case you don't know it's a contest where I host an event based in our universe. The event is called "The Covenant vs the Citadel"
All of the information around it can be found in the massively long description of these three deviations



I'm also going to tweak the contest a little bit, add in more rewards and increase the time of the event.
The goal: to create a fanart/poster (accompanied by 250 word minimum short story) depicting a battle based on this theme, composed of Citadel and Covenant forces fighting (may include Quarian and Krogan as apart of Citadel army, or even humans/UEGA, but only as supplements to the main three main Citadel races, refer to Galaxy Map description)
Or: Write a 2K word minimum chapter depicting the same thing
Click here for a word counter
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Related Media and extra information about this battle/the story:

Amalgamation Galaxy Map (Updated) by Amalgamation100  Halo vs Mass Effect (ship sizes, tech comparison) by Amalgamation100


EDIT NOTE: I meant Assault Carriers, not super carriers. These Covenant vessels are Assault Carriers.

I'd just like to add that, when I setup this scene, thanks to my size comparison chart I was able to size everything properly. Everything in this image is actually sized proportionately but the distance does what you see here haha. Those Turian Fighters are so close to the camera they're almost in it. And there was actually a group of Human ships in this render along with a few Mac Platforms but they've been swallowed by distance and pixels, I've checked you can't see them, which is cool because that's how far away the Dreadnoughts I had in mind for image would be, and there's supposed to be more Covenant vessels in this fight but they'd be out of frame, the charge is being lead by the three Assault-Carriers. The size chart also shows the difference in science and technology between Covenant and Citadel forces. Just thought that it might be interesting to some people, let's get into the backstory behind this image...

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The second battle of the human fortress world Reach, 2183 in the Amalgamation Timeline.



The Geth had hit Eden Prime a few months earlier into the year, right when the Covenant had there metaphorical heel on humanities metaphorical neck. They attacked the Citadel right before the Covenant had made it's way to Reach, and humanity sacrificed a portion of it's Fifth Fleet; one of the only fleets it had left, to defend the Citadel and save the Destiny Ascension, thanks to Commander Shepard's on the ground advice. When the Covenant showed up to Reach the UNSC had little in the way to reinforce there garrison of 130 ships, and 20 Mac platforms. The Covenant showed up with a force of 750 ships, the battle was lost to the UNSC with the Covenant suffering 290 ship loses, slightly more than in the traditional Halo Universe due to the better technology of the Amalgamation Universe available to humanity (262 in traditional timeline).

What was left of the fleet of Particular Justice, approximately 226 ships, pursued the Pillar of Autumn into slip-space which left 234 ships to finish glassing the planet, but the events leading up to this would change the war forever. Because Humanity had earned it's seat on the Council, and selflessly sacrificed it's own ships at a time of crisis to there own people, the Council and all the species within it owed them a great debt. A debt which would throw the Galaxy into utter war.

The Citadel fleet arrived with one thousand Frigates and Cruisers, split between the Turian, Asari and Salarian hierarchies, with Turians supplying the majority of it. The Asari and Salarian each brought one Dreadnought for support, and the Turians committed two and one of the legendary Super-Dreadnoughts, which all kept there distance, sniping at the Covenant Assault-Carriers whilst they were swarmed by hundreds of Frigates and Cruisers. The rest of the fleet executed there "wolf-pack" tactics on the smaller Covenant ships, where Frigates are organised into flotillas of four to six ships. The "wolf packs" then speed through the Covenant's formations, hunting enemy vessels whose particle shields had been taken down by fighter-launched disruptor torpedoes. The wolf pack's circle-strafed vulnerable targets, using their superior speed and maneuverability to evade return fire. The Citadel was also accompanied by a very small token fleet of UNSC ships, a handful of frigates and three cruisers, which, to the Citadel's strong suggestion, did there best to stay out of the fight. Humanity had been exhausted from it's war with the Covenant and had little ships to spare, most of which were committed to blockading Earth. Humanities vessels sat back and watched, there as a formality more than anything, it was the human fortress world after all, they needed personnel to oversee the asset and help rebuild.

The Citadel fleet of over one thousand ships managed to overwhelm and destroy just under hundred Covenant vessels, including one of the Super-Carriers whilst severely crippling the second and damaging the third before the rest retreated, the Citadel lost 254 of there very tiny Frigates and Cruisers and took no damage to there Dreadnoughts. Reach was saved whilst only being partially glassed, and the rest of the fleet stayed to garrison the planet. It was the first time Turians had occupied a human world since Shanxi, but this time it was a welcomed occupation.

Turian General Adrian Victus had this to say about the coming war after Reach was liberated:

"I must admit I was somewhat reluctant in the beginning to go starting a war with the Covenant, the strategist in me admires their brutality.... the Turian in me knows I'm staring at an Empire that committed unspeakable crimes against my ancestors in the war of Two Council's. An Empire that could very well bring the Galaxy to it's knees. And humanity has been facing them alone. What's more than that, they spent resources and lives defending us when there own worlds were burning, a feeling that my ancestors knew too well. Humans were there for us in our hour of need, and with pride, so will the Turians be there for the humans. Did you hear that, Covenant? Your twisted, sickening genocide upon humanity has gone on for far too long and is coming to an end, on behalf of all Turians and the Citadel, that is a promise."

Admiral Steven Hackett responded on behalf of Humanity:

"There are no words to convey the gratitude towards what you've all done; all the Citadel races coming together to defend our homes? You can't possibly understand what this means to us, all of us. To every man, woman and child out there who's had to cower in fear, wondering if there colony will be next... you've given them hope. You've given all of us hope. More than we ever thought we could have at this point. We can't ever hope to repay you, but from the bottom of all our hearts; thank you."


Admiral Terrance Hood was unavailable for comment as he was busy preparing the Home Fleet's defences of Earth.

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Made and rendered in Blender, using models I created and ported Gmod/SFM models.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
My laptop just screamed in terror and had a nervous breakdown....it's over in the corner crying and rocking back and forth right now.

trying to render a fleet image would fry its little circuits.Nice job, the effect is impressive :D

an encounter between the full Councill fleet and the covenant would be a bloody mess. those big covenant ships would get an idea what its like to poke a hornet's nest. a lot of running and swatting and trying to find the fastest way out of dodge.
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a Mac Laptop lol, sometimes it takes me hours to make a render, this was one of those renders.

Yeah that was what I was going for too :)
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Archangel470 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Nicely done. Looks amazing.
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IKR!?

Nah jokes gotta stay humble XD I do wish I could of done the glassing texture better but I just couldn't figure it out in a good enough time frame.
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Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work :clap: the distorted lighting and "blur" gives the piece a real sense of frenzy and chaos. Making things look too static or unmoving is a trap many artists fall into when trying to portray space combat.

I'm a huge fan of crossover universe concepts like this, and this is a fantastic depiction. Keep up the good work!
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment, it was a very thought out and constructive! I was trying to go for exactly that "frenzy and chaos" feel when I made this :)

As the description says there is some related media, the B&W size chart's description goes through all the differences in science and technology for both factions, the galaxy map tells briefly of the history of how these two and many other franchises developed together :)
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GroupTree24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a light show!
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is pretty, isn't it? :)
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GroupTree24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems more dangerous XD 
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty can dangerous also :)
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GroupTree24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right.
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skotve Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
beautiful colour Aww... you guys! 
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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SpaceLizardWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is really cool! I love how the ships are like almost in a huge battle! Beautiful work!
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost in a huge battle?
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SpaceLizardWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes almost like a REALLY REALLY huge battle. 
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh okay
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Arbiter1223 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spartans are the best soldiers you could ask for when fighting the enemy on foot. When we're standing on solid ground, the battlefield is in our full control. However, when the fight is taken to space, there is little a Spartan can do to sway the outcome in his or her team's favor. No matter how hard we may fight the Covenant on the ground, it almost always ends up going to waste by the Covenant glassing it afterwards.

Reach was a pure example of when Humanity's hopes had virtually flat-lined. Reach was one of our strongest military outposts (other than *****, which we carefully kept a secret from the Covenant for so long). It was believed that we would be able to hold our ground there against the Covenant if they attacked Reach, and we thought we had achieved a victory once we destroyed the single Super-Carrier looming over the planet... out moment of victory was short-lived, however, and our belief of holding out against the Covenant was crushed when their fleet showed up... over 700 ships (in the Amalgamation Timeline) came out of slipspace that day with their crosshairs aimed directly towards Reach... Despite how hard Humanity fought, I think we all knew deep down that there was no possible way of winning against those odds...

It was a constant Cycle of Death. A minor victory on the ground would be followed by a crippling defeat in Space... and then we'd run to our next planet, trying to figure out what to do to better prepare for the next time. Soon there'd be nowhere left to run, and that time seemed inevitable...

However... when the Citadel came to our aid later on, all of that changed. Suddenly, WE were the ones overpowering the Covenant. When I heard the news that literally over a thousand ships had overwhelmed the Covenant's grip on Reach, I almost didn't believe it at first. It wasn't until I saw Citadel ships swarming the Covenant cruisers like a massive swarm of angry bees that I realized... we stood a chance now; the Covenant were retreating. They were the ones running now...

It was at that moment that I gained complete and unbreakable respect for the Citadel and their forces. For them to go above and beyond to help us, regardless of the burden it placed on their shoulders, it truly touched me... and I am undoubtedly honored to call them "Allies..." no, "brothers." For their sacrifice to help us in our time of need, I will proudly stand with the Citadel and help them to my very best abilities if they need it. If you ever need a Spartan, you can always count on me.

Although I'm not of "Admiral" rank, I believe I speak for all of Humanity when I say, "Thank you for everything that you have done to help us."

- Arbiter1223, Spartan 1223 of the UNSC (UEGA Military)
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is awesome man! If you wanna stretch that out, 2000 words can be submitted for the contest/event related to this and you have just under 500 here!

wordcounter.net/

You could stretch it out by portraying some of the fighting that was done on the surface, either way I appreciate the long thought out comment and add to canon :D

and it was 750 ships all up for both Amalgamation Timeline and traditional, though it probably would of just been 50 that accompanied the Super Carrier and 700 that showed up after it was destroyed. The only thing I changed is that humanity managed to destroy 290 Covvies instead of 262 which was the traditional number :)
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Arbiter1223 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Oh lol I wasn't quite expecting that! I was more or less writing what an "official" statement would be from my OC in this universe after hearing about this. If I do end up doing literature about this, I might expand on how I heard about this or something. Or perhaps, like you said, maybe I could have been on Reach during the fighting. Perhaps I could have seen first hand the Super Carrier blow up from the surface of the planet and then the following slipspace ruptures. Who knows. :D


Also, I thought the canon number of Covenant ships that attacked Reach was 314... perhaps that was the number of ships that came out of slipspace immediately following the destruction of the "Long Night of Solace" (if that level of Halo: Reach was referring to the name of the Super Carrier). Most likely, though, more Covenant ships would have joined later in the taking of Reach. (Perhaps I will have heard of 314 that day and then heard more kept coming in the following days.)

Either way, though, Humanity did put up a good fight in either universe. If the Covenant hadn't show up with a good chunk of their entire fleet, perhaps things would have been different...

"Cortana did her best, but we never really had a chance..." - Captain Keyes, Halo: CE

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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :D
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Euderion Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, looks very nice. So much going on.
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Euderion :D
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Wynet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's awesome how everything look as big as a Protoss carrier    xDDD
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bitch, it might be...

I actually have no idea how big a Protoss carrier is, I even looked it up lol :)
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Wynet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lmao    xDDD
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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arbiter690 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
The Covenant's reply to this will definitely be among the most harshest given how much the San'Shyuum Hierarchs need to have all humans wiped from the galaxy or else risk the truth will become inevitably known and tear the Covenant apart from the inside.
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Hierarchs are not going to be pleased about this one big.

"When we joined the Covenant, We took an Oath..."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cbl7W…
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Arbiter376 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That looks really epic!
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :D
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DaringRansom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn that is awesome :D
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Amalgamation100 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man, I do feel that I did a good job here and it's nice to see people are seeing that too :)
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