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Assembly Forges

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A Scarab assembly facility within the primary forges.

The Assembly Forges refer to the various central manufacturing facilities of the Covenant,[1] individually referred to as an assembly forge. These facilities produced items piece-by-piece using clouds of programmable nanomachines. These nanomachines were fed instructions via a design pattern, maintained by artisan-armorers. An imperfect replication of the assembler vats once used by the Forerunners, assembly forges are susceptible to mutations in design patterns, unaccounted variance in feedstock material, and transcription errors.[2] The mutation of a design pattern often required the resetting of the forge that had attempted to produce the design.[3]

The Assembly Forges produced numerous matériel—ranging from weapons, vehicles, shuttles, and starships—for the Covenant war machine. Due to advanced manufacturing methods applied by fabrication plants like Assembly Forges, the Covenant deliberately avoided rigid standardization and mass production of their starships.[4] While considered a separate entity from the Assembly Forges, the Ministry of Preparation's Sacred Promissory operated assembly forges.[5]

After the fall of High Charity during the Great Schism in November 2552 and the loss of the Primary Assembly Forges, the Swords of Sanghelios and successor factions of the Covenant were forced to turn to independent forges and armories for equipment, notably Lodam Armory.[6] The Banished utilise Assembly Forges within the foundries of their forward bases - something which would have been considered heretical during the imperial era of the Covenant, but a necessity for Atriox.[7]

More recently, the Anvil Initiative between the Swords of Sanghelios and United Nations Space Command has seen select Office of Naval Intelligence researchers aboard ANVIL Station begin learning the operation of assembly forges from Sangheili teachers.[8]

Classifications[edit]

The Primary Assembly Forge

There were three known types of assembly forge facilities, graded based on their size:

  • Primary Assembly Forges were a series of expansive manufacturing forges and refineries, notably the Assembly Forges located in the Covenant holy city of High Charity.[9] Considered to be the greatest and most capable assembly forges within the empire,[2] High Charity's vast forge labored to meet the demands of the capital and supply the armies of the Covenant.[10]

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Weapons[edit]

Starships[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

Production notes[edit]

The Halo 3 multiplayer map Assembly occurs within a Scarab-constructing facility in the forges.

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Sources[edit]

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  5. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Noble Intentions
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint: Phantom
  7. ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs: Foundry
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  20. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 187
  21. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 171
  22. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p. 117
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  24. ^ Halo Waypoint: Tick
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