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Encyclopedia > Pillar of Autumn
UNSC Pillar of Autumn

The UNSC Pillar of Autumn
First appearance Halo: Combat Evolved
Status Destroyed
Affiliation United Nations Space Command
General Characteristics
Class Halcyon-class cruiser
Armaments Magnetic Accelerator Cannon
Archer missile pods
50mm cannons
Shiva nuclear missiles
Power Fusion reactors
Length see below

The Pillar of Autumn is a heavily modified United Nations Space Command Halcyon-class cruiser in the Halo: Combat Evolved video game. UNSC cruiser, The Pillar of Autumn, from Halo: Combat Evolved This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... United Nations Space Command Defense Force Emblem In the fictional Halo universe, the United Nations Space Command (more commonly known by its abbreviation, UNSC) is a fictional world government ruling over a large interstellar empire of planets. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... United Nations Space Command Defense Force Emblem In the fictional Halo universe, the United Nations Space Command (more commonly known by its abbreviation, UNSC) is a fictional world government ruling over a large interstellar empire of planets. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ...

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Prior to the war with the Covenant, the Pillar of Autumn was due to be decommissioned. Instead, in 2550 it was refitted to serve in active duty. The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ...


When first conceived in 2520 the UNSC forces considered the ship a joke. It was exorbitantly expensive, suffered from poor maneuverability in combat situations and was woefully lacking in firepower. In its favor, the ship's superstructure was honeycombed with Titanium-A, giving it superior structural integrity and making it resilient to any attack. The superstructure was laced with struts, bulkheads and pressure doors, making it nearly impossible to destroy completely, as sections could be isolated independently from each other. Reports had Halcyon-class cruisers operating with breaches on all decks and 90% of the ship's armor destroyed. United Nations Space Command Defense Force Emblem In the fictional Halo universe, the United Nations Space Command (more commonly known by its abbreviation, UNSC) is a fictional world government ruling over a large interstellar empire of planets. ...


As part of its 2550 refit, the ship's Archer missile pods and Magnetic Acceleration Cannon were upgraded to serve in the Human-Covenant war. After its refit, the Pillar of Autumn was much more formidable in combat. Modifications to the ship included increased Archer missile capacity, a greatly improved power plant with unique cooling methods and an upgraded Magnetic Accelerator Cannon capable of firing three "shredder shots" on a single charge. Overall, the ship's armaments consist of an advanced Magnetic Acceleration Cannon, 128 Archer missile pods, 40 50mm cannons, and 1 Shiva nuclear missile and 3 Havok nukes. These modifications occur in the book Halo: The Fall of Reach. The ship is also featured in the novel tie-in Halo: The Flood. This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... Spoiler warning: Halo: The Fall of Reach is a 2001 novel based on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ... Halo: The Flood is a 2003 novel based on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ...


The Pillar of Autumn's engines were replaced with a prototype design. Instead of more traditional cooling systems, "a laser-induced optical slurry of ions chilled to near absolute zero" cools the engine cores. The lasers draw power from the reactors, resulting in a system more efficient than previous coolant driven systems. Two smaller, secondary reactors "come online to supercharge the main reactor." This enables the new engines to run at 300% for an unstated amount of time, which is a unique capability that no other UNSC ship possesses.


Halo

The Pillar of Autumn was one of only a few ships to escape the Covenant armada following the fall of the planet Reach. The ship made a 'blind' jump through Slipspace (though it was actually a calculated guess by the AI Cortana, who interpreted a sequence of characters gained from a Forerunner artifact) to the gas-giant Threshold, location of Halo Installation 04. The Covenant believed the ring world was their religious icon "Halo", capable of carrying out their "Great Journey". The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... The Forerunner are a race of aliens referred to in the Halo universe. ... Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. ... Installation 04 is the official name of the fictional ring-shaped space station called Halo (or Alpha Halo in full) in the Halo: Combat Evolved video game. ... Look up icon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Covenant battleships, already at the ring due to their much faster Slipspace engines, intercepted the Pillar of Autumn upon its arrival at the planet Threshold. Reluctant to use their more powerful weapons for fear of causing collateral damage to "Halo", the Covenant armada attacked with relatively light fire in coordination with numerous boarding craft filled with assault troops. The boarding parties were charged with retrieving senior officers, including the commanding officer Captain Jacob Keyes, for interrogation. They failed in this attempt. Outmatched on their own ship, Captain Keyes later had the Autumn's crew and marines escape using the remaining lifeboats. The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... Captain Jacob Keyes (voiced by Pete Stacker) is a fictional character in the Halo franchise. ...


Keyes and the rest of the command staff managed to crash the ship on the surface of Halo while the many surviving Marines quickly formed a formidable resistance movement. But their only chance of holding out was to search and salvage the grounded Autumn for additional weapons, vehicles and equipment for their base, before the Covenant could claim the entire ship. After 343 Guilty Spark's true intentions of activating Halo were revealed, Cortana and the Master Chief manually detonated the ship's fusion reactors in order to destroy Halo, thus preventing the escape of Flood and Covenant forces, as well as preventing the galactic devastation that would have resulted from the ring's activation. France Marines is the name of a commune in the département of Val dOise, France. ... This article or section on a video game-related subject may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117, commonly referred to in-game as simply Master Chief or the Chief, is a fictional protagonist within the Halo universe. ... Internal view of the JET tokamak superimposed with an image of a plasma taken with a visible spectrum video camera. ... The Flood is a fictional alien parasitic life form in the Halo video game series. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ...


The Pillar of Autumn's sister ship was the Dawn Under Heaven.


Issues Over the Size of the Pillar of Autumn

During the game, the apparent size of the Autumn changes. In the opening shots, the camera pans in towards the ship's bridge, which takes the form of an underslung cupola. The scale of this feature is obvious from the human figures within. It is possible to extrapolate the overall size of the vessel from this feature (Around 1.17km). In the final stages of the game, Master Chief attempts to reach a longsword fighter to make his escape. In doing so, he drives a warthog across the spine of the ship. The Autumn appears to be much larger in this incarnation, as much as three times larger.


External Links

http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/sloftus_poaconundrum/ - Details the issues over the Pillar of Autumn's size.


  Results from FactBites:
 
Pillar of Autumn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (550 words)
Before the war with the Covenant, the Pillar of Autumn was set to be decomissioned.
After being refitted, the Pillar of Autumn was a much more formidable and powerful ship in the UNSC fleet.
The Pillar of Autumn was one of only a few ships to escape the Covenant armada following the fall of the planet Reach.
Pillar of Autumn - definition of Pillar of Autumn in Encyclopedia (340 words)
The Pillar of Autumn is a heavily modified United Nations Space Command Halcyon-class cruiser in the Halo: Combat Evolved video game, often referred to as the "POA" for short.
The Pillar of Autumn was one of few ships which escaped the fall of the planet Reach.
The Pillar of Autumn is a relatively small ship for its class, but the reinforced hull and armor place it in a higher tonnage range in the Terran fleet.
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