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The Merciless Bout is a Covenant capital ship now under control of the Covenant Separatists.
The Forgetful Spirit was built to replace the previous aging capital ships in 2512. Since the Covenant did not know the true power of the UNSC at the beginning of the Human-Covenant War, the ship's fleet, the Fleet of Contested Devotion, was one of 5 assigned to patrol the outer Covenant colonies closest to Harvest. In 2547, an up and coming captain, Ship Master Sphaar 'Douremee, was assigned to command the Forgetful Spirit, and the ship was put in command of Task Force 3, a group consisting of 2 CCS-class Battlecruisers, 5 Covenant Destroyers, and 5 Covenant Frigates, which was still based out of the Fleet of Contested Devotion.
After the change of command, the fleet remained on patrol for two years. Then, in 2550, Task Forces 3-5 began a push into the UNSC, glassing 15 Colonies and destroying 10 more. When word of the Great Schism reached them, they returned to Covenant territory and regrouped with the rest of the Fleet of Contested Devotion and quickly engaged enemy Jirahlnae-controlled colonies and ships, achieving numerous victories. Task Force 3, which now contains 3 CCS-class Battlecruisers, 5 Covenant Cruisers, and 10 Destroyers, and five is now engaging a Brute Fleet, along with the First Fleet of Righteous Fury.
In 2554, 120 ODST's and 5 Warthogs were stationed aboard the Forgetful Spirit to further integrate the Sangheili and Human races. After a short tour, the surviving ODST's agreed to serve four years with the ship, and another 80 Marines were stationed aboard the ship, along with new ODST's to replace the deceased.