"This ship faced down the entire UNSC Home Fleet, and won. This ship survived the Caucasus, Mamore and New Albion. This ship helped build a new colony. This ship saved your life. Most of all, this ship is my home, so don't you dare insult it again if you want to stay aboard."
The Dynasty was a transport freighter that was stolen shortly after construction and heavily repurposed over the years to act as a mobile base and getaway ship for Insurrectionists. It saw action in several major events in the years following the Human-Covenant War, most notably the NOVA incident of 2555, after which it was pursued by the UNSC across a number of systems before dropping off the radar. The ship would eventually resurface the following year under the command of Amanda Wade. While not as feared or respected as some ships that traversed the frontier of colonized space, the Dynasty was a notorious vessel known for bringing trouble wherever it seemed to go.
Creation and Theft
The Dynasty was one of half a dozen freighters created on Mamore after a big drive to reignite the colony world's industry following decades of civil unrest. Designed as transport ships for the dual purposes of ferrying supplies and people in the event of a Covenant attack, the ships were made to be tougher than the average Human supply runner, with Titanium-A battleplate and even two military-grade cannons for some protection against enemy starfighters. The Dynasty was the first of these ships to be completed early in the summer of 2552.
During this period, however, a violent uprising had broken out when the infamous Insurrectionist Colonel, Carlos Driscol, led violent attacks against a number of settlements, breaking the fragile peace between the UNSC and the colonists in many places. While Driscol's forces were utterly crushed by a massive strike in a single day, a few of his followers survived and escaped to the Mato Grosso province, which contained the shipyards. Desperate and pursued by local UNSC forces, the rebels quickly stormed onto the Dynasty mere days before its first flight and hijacked the ship. Before they could be stopped, the rebels were able to take off and made a slipspace jump outsystem.
The stolen ship ended up in the Caucasus Station, an independent Human settlement located far away from both the UNSC and the Covenant. Most of the surviving rebels left the ship as soon as possible, though a few remained on board, seeing the Dynasty as a newly-acquired prize. An argument soon broke out among the leaders; some wanted to sell the Freighter for a small fortune, others wanted to use it to assist in space piracy against UNSC transport ships. In the end, a fight broke out that left half a dozen dead and only one survivor: Remi Marshall. He had been one of Driscol's staunchest supporters back on Mamore, and used what money and equipment they had left to help refit the ship and hire a fairly competent crew. The Dynasty remained on the Caucasus Station for the remainder of the Human-Covenant War, Remi slowly building up a reputation as a trustworthy Captain among the people there. Two months after the War ended, the Dynasty was sent out on it's first smuggling run, carrying several crates of stolen UNSC weaponry to the former colony world of Venezia. It was there that Marshall met Alexander Redford and Faisal Khan, a doctor and a pilot respectively. The pair shared his Insurrectionist sympathies and ended up joining the Dynasty's crew as they began setting up contacts on the rebel-controlled world in order to make some money.
The Dynasty began work as a smuggling ship, delivering shipments of weapons and supplies to far-off rebel outposts. The crew slowly grew as a result, and a semi-permanent base was set up on the colony world of Circumstance by mid-2554. During this period they came into contact with Rizhan Kama, a member of an influential family that owned one of the largest shipping companies in the UNSC. Through this they were able to transport more supplies secretly, and Marshall earned enough money to heavily upgrade the Dynasty's weapon systems and engines in case of pursuit. However, after a SPARTAN-III team arrested Kama and stormed their hideout in the city of Kuiper, the surviving crew of the Dynasty, along with new recruit Amanda Wade, were forced to flee the planet, barely escaping the UNSC's patrol ships before leaving the system.
The ship would not return to the Inner Colonies for a couple of months, and spent a great deal of time running shipments for pirates and mercenaries to earn some money. It was not until December that Marshall's crew would earn their big break when they were invited to a meeting of various rebels, criminals and mercenaries on the Caucasus Station. Also present were the Venezian leaders Mal Roberts and Jonathan Ulan, though the meeting itself was called by John Verensky an Insurrectionist sympathiser working for the Office of Naval Intelligence. It was revealed that he was an agent of Magnus a figure of legend in the criminal underworld who appeared at the meeting and laid out an extensive plan that would supposedly bring about the fall of the UNSC within a few years. After being paid handsomely, the freighter's crew would turn to more violent methods, going from simple smugglers to instigating terrorist attacks and raids in UNSC-controlled colonies, meaning to destabilise the governments there. In early 2555 the Dynasty was disguised as a simple supply ship for the most daring raid yet; a mass breakout at Fenwell Prison, a deep-space installation designed to hold dangerous criminals. It was here that the crew rescued Isabelle Marshall, Remi's sister, and Carlos Driscol, a former URF Colonel. Isabelle and Mike were dropped off at a safehouse shortly afterwards while the rest of the crew returned to taking orders from Verensky. While it was this attack that made the Dynasty known as a rebel ship, their next operation would be the cause of the freighter's infamy.
On September 14th, the Dynasty was among several rebel ships to enter the Sol System, using stolen codes to bypass various scanning devices as it entered Earth's orbit. That day, dozens of Insurrectionist fighters would launch a two-pronged attack aimed at both a Human-Sangheili summit in New York and on ONI's heavily-defended Pillar Base at Mount Everest. As passcodes provided by John Verensky allowed for it to evade detection from UNSC ships at first as numerous vessels scrambled to cut off the fleeing rebels, the Dynasty was able to quickly rendezvous with the crew and their cargo: a NOVA bomb. It was during this time that Alexander Redford revealed his true nature as an undercover ONI agent and foiled the New York attack, which got Ulan killed.
While Remi and the rest of the crew had escaped unscathed, the Dynasty was utterly surrounded and outgunned in the middle of hostile space. Facing down the full might of the UNSC's Home Fleet, Verensky threatened to detonate the device if all enemy ships did not stand down and allow them to jump to Slipspace peacefully. Following a tense standoff, the UNSC were forced to let them leave rather than risk the potential destruction of Earth itself. Following this incident, the Dynasty was soon at the top of every watch list in Human space, its distinctive shape broadcast across the colonies as a lengthy pursuit began. While Verensky took the NOVA elsewhere after they arrived at a safehouse, the ship would be heavily modified at this point on Remi Marshall's orders to help disguise it from its pursuers.
Almost three months were spent in hiding before they returned to the Caucasus Station for an emergency meeting of Insurrectionist leaders, following a series of senselessly brutal terrorist attacks by Verensky's men that had accidentally led the UNSC right to them. As the meeting took place, the leaders were attacked by Magnus, leading to Remi's death. The following assault on the Caucasus Station took the lives of most of the crew, with the Dynasty barely escaping into Slipspace. With Amanda Wade and Faisal Khan as the only survivors aside from Driscol, who had deserted them immediately, they decided to kill Verensky himself for his crimes. Two days later, Amanda was dropped off on New Albion by Faisal and managed to not only succeed in her mission, but almost killed Alexander Redford during the battle. As the UNSC secured the NOVA bomb, Amanda took up her role as the Dynasty's new captain and officially retired it from Insurrectionist service, wishing to do some good on the frontier instead.
The ship's first port of call was the abandoned colony world of Emerald Cove and the safehouse where Mike Goldberg and Isabelle Marshall were running a storage facility for their rebel allies. After weeks were spent travelling between several other mostly-deserted outposts, Amanda Wade and her compatriots agreed that they would turn their tiny outpost into a genuinely independent settlement - Avalon. After several upgrades to its cargo hold, the Dynasty was mostly used to haul heavy machinery and equipment from black market dealers to Emerald Cove as the foundations were established. With Wade bringing in new contacts and adding to the crew with every passing month, it soon became a flagship of sorts for a small fleet of transport ships and outdated cargo haulers that spread across the Outer Colonies, slowly making the dream of Avalon into a reality.
Among the new additions to the Dynasty's crew - and Amanda Wade's inner circle - were Carol DuMont and Rizhan Kama, who acted as the chief engineer and security officer respectively as the ship was customised further. By this point, the freighter had undergone so many refits and upgrades that it scarcely resembled the ship that had been stolen from a Mamorian drydock years before, and what it lacked in serious firepower it more than made up for in speed and manoeuvrability in the hands of a skilled pilot like Faisal.