Ok, those snippets of story are satiating me. I just hope for purely fanboyish canon reasons that the armor is the same and the ship is the same in those early missions. And that the covvies that attack are Jackals, because they're the type who would board a wreck and scavenge what they can, and then didn't really observe the rebel insurrection among the covenant. I'll happily buy a Human truce with the Sanghelli and Unggoy, but the Kig'Yar, Jiralhannae and whats left of the San'Shyuum would still be a pain, albeit a diminished threat without the support of the Sanghelli.
Now im getting excited. Ish.