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The chaefka, known to ancient humans as a neldoruut and colloquially known as the tusk beast, is one of several species encountered by a joint UNSC–Swords of Sanghelios task force encountered during an expedition to Installation 00 in 2555. They were similar in stature to the polar bears of Earth, but with taloned paws, tusks protruding from their faces, horn-like protrusions at the shoulders, and toothed mouths sealed by a set of six mandibles. Chaefka were capable of producing pheromones which had a psychotropic effect on humans.
Chaefka were known to eat vegetation, though their sharp teeth and claws would suggest that they are omnivorous. The chaefka encountered on Installation 00 initially attacked the UNSC-Sangheili task force on sight, however evidence suggests that they were acting at the behest of monitor 000 Tragic Solitude, as after the monitor's destruction they reacted to the interlopers with indifference.
The chaefka, then known as the "arctic beast", was initially designed for inclusion in Halo Wars. The beast was concepted and 3D modelled, though ultimately one of many creatures cut from the game. The arctic beast was likely intended to have appeared in the levels set on Harvest. The arctic beast would later re-appear in 2015's Halo: Hunters in the Dark, before being given an official illustration using the original Halo Wars design in the following year's Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo.
Concept art of a chaefka, created for Halo Wars.
A Chaefka as they appear in the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition).
List of appearances
- Halo: Hunters in the Dark (First appearance)
- Halo Mythos
- ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 230
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Jurassic Ark
- ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, pages 174-175
- ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 344