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The Jackal ship was looking for relics to sell on the black market, and the Brute ship was a follow-up. At first, all the Brutes wanted was the "relics" they thought they were detecting, in actual fact the human inhabitants of the planet, but grew impatient, beginning the slaughter on the orders of the Hierarchs. The Brutes never found any relics, but they did effectively declare war on humanity on behalf of the Covenant.

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