Mantle's Approach

From Halopedia, the Halo wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the ship used in Halo 4 and Halo: Silentium. For the ship in Halo: Cryptum, see Didact's ship.
Mantle's Approach
H4-MantlesApproach-ScanRender.png
Production information

Manufacturer:

Forerunner

Role:

Flagship

Specifications

Length:

142.7 kilometers (88.7 mi)[1]

Width:

138.6 kilometers (86.1 mi)[1]

Height:

371.4 kilometers (230.8 mi)[1]

Slipspace drive:

Equipped

Hull:

Held together by hard light bonds[1]

Countermeasures:

Cloaking system[2]

Armament:

Complement:

Service information

Commissioned:

Human-Forerunner wars[1]

Destroyed:

July 2557

Participated battles:

Noteworthy crewmembers:

Endurance-of-Will

Known commanders:

Ur-Didact

Affiliation:

Prometheans

 

Mantle's Approach was the Didact's personal flagship.[3]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

This massive vessel was once captained by the Didact at the height of Forerunner power. Built during the human-Forerunner wars, it served as the Ur-Didact's personal command ship. While not the largest of Forerunner ships, Mantle's Approach was the fastest and most heavily armed warship in the Forerunner fleet.[1] The ship held a number of escort craft for transport within the vessel,[4] and at its height it possessed enormous support fleets of both manned and automated combat craft, including war sphinxes,[4] sentinels and internally-stored fighters.[1] During the Didact's assault on Omega Halo, it had an escort of thousands of sentinels.[5] Like many Forerunner warships,[6] Mantle's Approach possessed a cloaking ability.[2]

Forerunner-Flood war[edit]

Mantle's Approach, moments before composing a human village.

During the final years of the Forerunner-Flood war, after being returned to the ecumene from his captivity at the clutches of the Gravemind, the Ur-Didact reassumed command of Mantle's Approach. He used the ship to travel to Nomdagro and later when he followed the Librarian's ship, Audacity, to the greater Ark. Once there, he remained aboard the Mantle's Approach in orbit over the Ark, where he was briefly visited by the Librarian. When the Ark fell under siege by Flood forces, the Didact moved the ship to the nearby Omega Halo and used a Composer, a device designed to transfer organic consciousness to digital form, integrated to the ship to harvest the essences of the human population that had been transplanted to the ring. He then immediately departed aboard Mantle's Approach, headed for Requiem, his primary shield world. He docked the ship inside Requiem and began to process the harvested human essences into the next generation of Promethean Knights.[7]

However, the Librarian had trailed her husband on Audacity, aiming to put an end to his genocidal schemes. With the admission of the Didact's lieutenant, Endurance-of-Will, the Librarian entered Mantle's Approach and confronted the Didact in the command center. She incapacitated the Didact, placed him in a combat Cryptum previously stored on Mantle's Approach and sealed the Cryptum inside the core of Requiem.[7] She also sealed ship itself within Requiem.[1]

Modern era[edit]

After his awakening in July 2557, the Didact quickly escaped in his Cryptum and, once the necessary preparations were complete, he recoupled the Cryptum with Mantle's Approach and took off immediately. He jumped to Ivanoff Station alongside a Covenant fleet, intent on reclaiming the Composer. The Didact test-fired the Composer on the station, then proceeded to Earth to settle his personal war with humanity once and for all.[8] Although Earth had been warned of the attack, the planet's orbital defense platforms and the Home Fleet were unable to stop the colossal Forerunner ship.

Unbeknownst to the Ur-Didact, however, Spartan John-117 had survived the Composer's deadly pulse due to the Librarian's intervention. Pursuing Mantle's Approach aboard a nuclear-armed F-41 Broadsword, the Spartan took out the ship's point defense turrets, allowing the UNSC Infinity to punch a hole through the ship's hull with her fore weapons. The Master Chief then fought his way through the ship, eventually finding the Didact controlling the Composer under an impenetrable force field. The AI Cortana overloaded the shields by flooding the ship's mainframe with her rampant duplicates, allowing the Chief to confront and defeat the Didact with a pulse grenade.[9]

With the Composer already firing upon New Phoenix, URNA, the Spartan manually detonated the HAVOK warhead as a desperate last resort. Mantle's Approach was completely destroyed by the nuclear blast, taking the Composer along with it. The dying Cortana teleported the Master Chief out of the ship at the very last moment and created a hard light barrier around him, saving John's life at the cost of her own.[9]

Trivia[edit]

Mantle's Approach resembles a Reaper (particularly of the Sovereign class) from the Mass Effect universe. Keith Szarabajka, the Ur-Didact's voice actor, previously voiced the Reaper Harbinger, who shares similar goals to the Didact. Namely, Harbinger seeks to convert all sufficiently advanced sentient life (particularly humanity) into mechanical form, creating a new Reaper, and views this act not as genocide but as a sort of cosmic necessity.

Gallery[edit]

Concept art[edit]

Main-Superintendent.png Browse more images on this article's gallery page.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 193
  2. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, page 273
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint, Section 3 Archive
  4. ^ a b Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 123
  5. ^ Halo: Silentium, pages 261-262
  6. ^ Halo: Silentium, pages 213
  7. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, String 34
  8. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Composer
  9. ^ a b Halo 4, campaign level Midnight