In Response To: Theory on the origins of the war (Ain Soph Aur)
: Ok, there's been a lot of speculation on how the Human-Covenant war began.
: Some think that they hate us becuase we are descendants of the Forerunner
: or just because we've colonized former Forerunner worlds. However, I think
: the answer is probably much simpler than that. Harvest, the first world to
: be lost, was one of the Outer Colonies. The Outer Colonies were where
: pirates set up operations. So, here's my theory: Space pirates wandered
: out to the furthest edge of Human-held space. There, they found a Covenant
: ship or fleet that had been studying humans (in the novels, it's obvious
: that the Covenant had studied us for awhile before attacking). Being
: pirates, they would have most likely seen it as a source of ultimate
: wealth, to bring back an alien spacecraft. So they most likely attempted
: to communicate an ultimatum to it, and when that failed, they attacked. It
: is possible that one of the ships they attacked was carrying a Prophet of
: extreme status to the Covenant. So, having been attacked by a human
: vessel, this Prophet would have been outraged, along with all the other
: Covies around. It would basically have been seen as an attack on all they
: held holy, due to the status of the Prophets in general and this one in
: particular. After destroying the rogue vessel, the fleet moved inwards
: toward the Harvest system. By now, the whole of the body of Prophets at
: least would have been notified and been extremely suspicious of humans.
: Later, when UNSC ships attempted to hail the Covenant fleet, because the
: pirates had done the same, this would have been seen as a threat and final
: confirmation of how evil humans are. So they annihlated the fleet, glassed
: the planet, and announced to all their worlds the evils of humanity and
: began a holy war, made such because of the attack on a high Prophet and a
: perceived second attempt on his life. It makes more sense to me than any
: previous theory, but I expect feedback.
Your theory sounds like the story in Babylon 5 with the Earth-Minbari war....