Ripa 'Moramee

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Ripa 'Moramee
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Biographical information

Birthplace:

Malurok, state of Moram.[1]

Born:

June 2, 2478[1]

Died:

February 25, 2531 (Apex Site, Shield 0459) (aged 52)

Species:

Sangheili

Gender:

Male

Height:

8'1" (246.3cm) [1][2][3][4]

Mass:

382lbs (173.3kg)[1]

Eye color:

Pale orange

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Covenant

  • Ministry of Preservation (previous)[1]
  • Ministry of Resolution[1]
  • Fleet of Glorious Interdiction[1]

Rank:

Arbiter

 
Regret: "Do you enjoy the slaughter?"
Ripa 'Moramee: "I feel the joy of doing what I was born to. I have no regrets, save that I will not die fighting."
—An exchange between Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee and the High Prophet of Regret.

Ripa 'Moramee[2] was a Sangheili Arbiter and commander of the Covenant Fleet of Glorious Interdiction during the Harvest Campaign and other Outer Colony campaigns until his demise in 2531.[1] After being punished for leading a failed coup against his clan's leadership on his homeworld of Malurok, 'Moramee was given the rank of Arbiter by the Hierarchs, mainly at the urging of the Prophet of Regret.

In his new role, he led the Covenant attack on Harvest and the excavations of a Forerunner artifact on the planet surface. Shortly afterward, he assisted the Prophet of Regret in an attempt to reactivate a dormant Forerunner fleet on a Forerunner Shield World, for which purpose he kidnapped the human scientist Ellen Anders on Arcadia. This led to a series of violent engagements against forces led by Captain James Cutter of the UNSC Spirit of Fire, and the eventual death of 'Moramee at the hands of Sergeant John Forge during the Covenant assault on Spartan Red Team, who were attempting to destroy the artificial planet with Spirit of Fire's removed FTL reactor.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

"I live only to serve the Holy One. What task awaits your Arbiter?"
—Ripa 'Moramee to the Prophet of Regret.

Before his role as an Arbiter, Ripa 'Moramee served under the Ministry of Preservation, quelling internal dissent within the Covenant.[1] One of his many missions was the suppression of the Sixteenth Unggoy Disobedience and ending the heretical reign of a Kig-Yar "pirate prince", Krith. Later, he attempted a coup within his clan on Malurok; the coup failed, and he was imprisoned in the Weeping Shadows of Sorrow penitentiary, for both his insubordination and failure. 'Moramee would have died in the prison had it not been for the intervention of the the Hierarchs - specifically the Prophet of Regret - who appointed him as the Arbiter, and tasked him with conducting the war of extermination against humanity and uncovering Forerunner artifacts as the commander of a military force under Regret's personal supervision.[1]

Regret's decision led to concerned mumbling among the Prophets' Honor Guards, who had no prior knowledge of this plan.[2] 'Moramee was not selected just for his combat record alone; the Covenant leaders believed that he, as the new Arbiter, would not ask politically inconvenient questions (an important factor given the secret status of humanity as Forerunner-designated Reclaimers).[5] The creation of a new Arbiter caused a split in the Covenant: an ever-growing faction of Sangheili, who were opposed to the new Prophets, seized control of several Forerunner relics, including one that supposedly contained a "key" of some sort. The Arbiter was sent by the Hierarchs to end this rebellion, resulting in a vicious battle that raged for days which ended with the destruction of many heretics. The mysterious key, however, was never found.[6]

Harvest[edit]

Ripa 'Moramee and Re'gish Wamik uncover the Forerunner structure on Harvest
"I care not for your little life! Open the relic!"
—Ripa 'Moramee overruling Field Master Re'gish Wamik's objections to entering the Forerunner artifact on Harvest.

'Moramee led the Covenant Fleet of Glorious Interdiction at the Harvest Campaign in 2531. The UNSC was aware of his presence but was unable to gather more than cursory intelligence on him.[3] Ripa 'Moramee oversaw the excavation of a Forerunner site in the planet's northern polar region.[5] The installation's entrance was uncovered by Field Master Re'gish Wamik, and the area was quickly investigated by Covenant forces.

Despite concerns by Field Master Wamik that the Flood may be present in the installation, 'Moramee pressed on due to the impatience and pressure of the Hierarchs. With the UNSC closing in, the Prophet of Regret ordered him to destroy the installation and return to the Covenant with the information he had gathered. Ripa 'Moramee was reluctant to destroy the Forerunner construction but complied nonetheless upon the continued insistence of the Prophet.[7] The attempt to destroy the relic failed when the demolition teams were thwarted by UNSC ground forces deployed from the orbiting Spirit of Fire.[8]

The Shield World[edit]

The Arbiter discusses plans with the Prophet of Regret on Shield 0459
"The Ancients have granted us the power to doom your race. Let the deconstruction of our great gifts begin! The majesty of our new fleet will be unparalleled!"
—Ripa 'Moramee preaching to his brethren upon the activation of the dormant Forerunner fleet on the Shield World

The information from the Forerunner structure on Harvest led the Covenant to Arcadia, where a collection of Forerunner ruins was discovered. These ruins, in turn, revealed the location of a Forerunner shield world, which 'Moramee and the Prophet of Regret immediately travelled to.

Ripa 'Moramee was involved in a Covenant attempt to activate a dormant fleet of Forerunner ships from the shield world. However, 'Moramee was concerned about why he was not fulfilling his task of destroying humanity, when he should command all their forces for a frontal assault; Regret stated that they need the Forerunner ships to increase the size of their fleets, so that the Covenant won't have to dedicate all their forces for the war effort and thus leave themselves defenseless. After Covenant attempts to interface with the Forerunner technology failed, 'Moramee was sent on a mission to capture Ellen Anders after the Battle of Arcadia by the Prophet of Regret, as it was believed she would have information and knowledge of how to interface with Forerunner structures that the Covenant did not. The Arbiter successfully captured her despite Sergeant John Forge's intervention and escaped in a Spirit to an awaiting ship.

The UNSC Spirit of Fire pursued them through slipspace, deeming Anders's capture to be a "significant security breach." 'Moramee reached the Shield World first, brought Anders to the Apex Site, and forced her to interface with the Forerunner controls and begin activating the Forerunner fleet. Soon afterward the Spirit of Fire arrived on station over the artificial planet surface and began to organize a rescue mission.

Death[edit]

The Arbiter meets his fate at Sergeant Forge's hands after the battle for control of the Apex Site
Main article: Battle of Shield 0459
"My face will be the last thing your pathetic eyes ever see."
—'Moramee gloating over Sgt. Forge, moments before his very own demise

Anders managed to escape from 'Moramee through the Apex's translocation system and alerted the UNSC of the Covenant's intentions. Sergeant Forge and Spartan Red Team were quickly dispatched to Apex Site with orders to destroy the Shield World using the Spirit of Fire's removed Shaw-Fujikawa drive by causing its core to overheat, thereby causing the Shield World's internal sun to go supernova. An engagement ensued in which Red Team held off the Sangheili Honor Guard assault and Forge engaged 'Moramee, who had used his cloak to ambush and kill the Marine lieutenant in charge of opening an elevator which led into the sun.

In the beginning, Forge managed to disarm his opponent despite the physical disparity between himself and the Arbiter, relying on combat skill rather than raw strength. However, 'Moramee quickly fought off Forge and incapacitated him with a punch to the stomach. The Arbiter then proceeded to taunt and injure him by throwing him around. Feigning defeat, Forge challenged 'Moramee to look him in the eye before killing him. The Arbiter complied and lifted the sergeant by his neck while unwittingly bringing his own neck within the reach of his opponent. Forge drove his combat knife, "Lucy", into his adversary's neck, then used the incapacitated Arbiter's dropped energy sword to stab him through the chest. Ripa 'Moramee's corpse was rolled off the platform by Alice-130 of Red Team shortly before the translight engine overheated and destroyed the Shield World.

Personality and traits[edit]

The Arbiter's capture of Ellen Anders on Arcadia
"Like the rest of your race, weak and undisciplined."
—'Moramee taunting Sgt. Forge during the battle for the Apex.

Ripa 'Moramee was a brutal and ruthless commander. Despite being a Sangheili, he showed an uncharacteristic disregard for Sangheili traditional values such as honor and arrogantly underestimated his foes, ignoring the advice of his subordinates. He is also extremely tall and muscular compared to most Sangheili. He has proved himself to be fanatically loyal to the Hierarchs, especially the Prophet of Regret, and carried out his task to eradicate humanity with fervent zeal and efficiency as a means to secure his place in the Great Journey.[6][2]

He was also unusually violent and quick to anger. Prior to his service as the Arbiter, during Regret's visit to Ripa in his prison, he thought of how easy it would be to kill "the noisemaker."[citation needed] When his orders to open the Forerunner relic on Harvest were questioned by Re'gish Wamik, he verbally lashed out at his subordinate, telling him "I care not for your little life!" During a visit to the Apex, Regret pondered on how to activate the Forerunner ships contained within. Ripa's response was that he would "Take what we have!" in regards to the Covenant fleet; during this outburst, he made the considerably foolish decision of activating his Energy Swords in the presence of the Prophet of Regret, with no intention of using it before putting it away. This is a blatant disregard of both Covenant laws (drawing a weapon in the presence of a Hierarch) and traditional Sangheili customs (a drawn weapon is said to "demand blood" before it can be stowed again, although this could be because he was demanding the blood of humanity). His status as Arbiter most likely kept the Honor Guard present from killing him on the spot. While at the Apex during an attempted interrogation of Ellen Anders, he struck a Zealot - throwing him to the ground and presumably knocking him unconscious - upon being informed that the Spirit of Fire had followed them to the Shield World. This is clearly unacceptable behavior, as the Elite who was knocked down not only did nothing wrong, but also held a very high rank.

Ripa was known to toy with his enemies, fighting more to cause pain than to kill. When he fought Sergeant Forge, he took the time to taunt the human at several points, which included insulting the rest of the human species at the same time. Considering his strength, he also could have easily killed Forge outright with the punch to his stomach or at least follow with a killing blow, but instead opted to hold back so as to make Forge suffer for his last few moments.[9] The Arbiter also showed a particular fondness for grabbing humans by the neck, as seen several times in his interactions with Ellen Anders and John Forge, at one point lifting and dragging Anders by the throat despite orders to capture her unharmed. This is probably an expression of his cruel and dominating behavior, as it is likely that 'Moramee would take pleasure in demonstrating his physical superiority over the humans. This would eventually prove to be his downfall in his final battle with Forge, during which he chose to taunt and humiliate his opponent while he could easily have killed the human after he gained the upper hand.

In-game information[edit]

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Abilities[edit]

  • "Defiant Rage": receive additional health for casualties inflicted.
  • "Spiteful Rage": abilities cost less resources.
  • "Blinding Rage": increases the Arbiter's and nearby allied units' attack power.
  • Additionally, the Arbiter can also summon Suicide Grunts at the Command Center.

Upgrades[edit]

  • "Fiendish Return": allows the Arbiter to reflect attacks back at the enemy.
  • "Vicious Blades": increases damage inflicted by the Arbiter.
  • "Ghastly Vision": increases Fiendish Return reflection and equips the Arbiter with active camouflage.

Leader ability - rage mode[edit]

When activated, the camera locks onto the Arbiter, whom you control with the left thumbstick and attack with the right. It will use up resources every second it is in use and can be upgraded in the Temple. Rage Mode allows the Arbiter to single out enemy units, lunge at them, and deal damage on them.

A fully upgraded Rage increases your units' damage while the Rage is still active. This also effects other allies, including allied UNSC units, boosting their damage.

Trivia[edit]

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  • Ripa 'Moramee is the primary antagonist of Halo Wars.[10] He is the second Arbiter to appear as a character in the universe, with the first being Thel 'Vadam. His lines were performed by Canadian voice actor David Sobolov, while the character was digitally animated for cutscenes by the California-based animation studio Blur Studios.[11]
  • Early renders of 'Moramee depict his Arbiter armor with various additions to the Halo 3 Arbiter armor, including a mouth guard and spiked wrist guards. These were removed in later versions, probably because they were radically different from the standard Arbiter armor.
  • It appears as though 'Moramee's Energy Swords may be integrated into his armor. If one looks carefully enough, the hilts of his swords can be seen flipping out from their concealed position on the Elite's wrists upon activation. This would explain his ability to draw his blades so quickly, and the reason he appears to possess no visible weapons when not in battle.
  • An Easter Egg in the hint text from Halo Wars claims "Few people know that the Arbiter's given birth name is Shirley," referring to his line from the first level in response the Regret's command to destroy the relic on Harvest: "Surely you jest!" This refers to a running gag in the Naked Gun series which also appears in the movie Airplane!: "Surely you can't be serious!?" "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley!"

Gallery[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 10
  2. ^ a b c d e Prima's Halo Wars Official Game Guide, page 48
  3. ^ a b Halo Wars: Collectors Edition Leader Cards
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 131
  5. ^ a b E3 2008: Five Long Years Cinematic Part 2. Halo Wars Movies. Accessed on 2008-16-12
  6. ^ a b Halo Wars Timeline
  7. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Alpha Base
  8. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Relic Interior
  9. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Escape opening cutscene ({Monsters})
  10. ^ Gamepro - New Halo Wars screens: The Flood, Arbiter, Spartans revealed Accessed on 2009-01-14
  11. ^ David Sobolov's personal website