Nearly 100,000 years later the Covenant arrived on Te and discovered that dozens of Forerunner Mines had been destroyed by the Hunters. Seeing this as Heresey, they declared war on the Hunters but could not attack them easily as their ships could not get close enough to the Gas Giant without being pummeled by rocks and EMP.
The planet was abandoned by the Covenant who took the 'nice' Hunters with them, who lived on Forerunner mines instead of consuming them. This left the 'not nice' Hunters to devour the entire solid mass of the planet. However, due to their incredibly slow digestive methods, it is predicted that this will take them a further 200,000 years.