16 November 2552
ONI EYES ONLY
OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
//AMICO ET INIMICO?//
//URGENT// ADM. M. O. PARANGOSKY
Considering the circumstances of impending extinction, I’ll be brief. Two months ago, I compiled a target profile on Supreme Commander Thel ‘Vadamee and his recorded interactions with humanity from 2535 to the fall of Reach. As the Covenant’s most dangerous military asset, it was my recommendation that he be terminated immediately.
Yesterday, 48789-20114-AJ was authorised by 07960-48392-TH to step into the interrogation (our interrogation) of ASSET RD-9743-X within the terminus of the QUITO SPACE ELEVATOR.
Exactly how 48789-20114-AJ and 15972-19891-MK returned home from the Halo ring has been classified, but striking up an alliance with the Sangheili is a hard thing to keep quiet. It has come to the attention of Naval Intelligence that the leader of these Sangheili is ‘Vadamee himself, now simply referred to as ‘The Arbiter.’
The obvious hardly needs to be pointed out here.
Due to the event at Joyous Exultation and the complete loss of the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose, the Sangheili are hobbled – they are no longer in a position to finish the fight by themselves. Whatever caused that detonation was a damn miracle for us, but this alliance of convenience is more delicate than that awful tea set you sent me last year (end of the world confessions, apologies, you can court martial me if we survive this), particularly considering ‘Vadamee’s leadership.
To cut the BS: Two months ago, I signed up to personally carry out ‘Vadamee’s assassination. That option is still on the table.
Our needs may be aligned for now, but this war has shown us that anything can happen – the scales tip, the wheel turns, and our grasp on our place in the universe becomes more distant and more solemn than a fading star.
If there’s even the slightest sign that ‘Vadamee and our alliance with the Sangheili is compromised, permission to cut off the head of the snake?
//RE: AMICO ET INIMICO?
//ADM. M. O. PARANGOSKY TO LT. CMDR. LOCKE