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- "You fail him one more time trying to prove yourself and I will not be able to save you. And it will be both our skulls beneath his mace."
- — Pavium to Voridus.
Chainbreaker is a gravity mace and the signature melee weapon of Atriox, a Jiralhanae warlord and the chief of the Banished.
Chainbreaker shares its design with various other models of gravity mace, though differs in one primary way - rather than simply containing the gravitic impellers which enable its function (similarly to gravity hammers), Chainbreaker was forged by Atriox following his rebellion during the Algolis Invasion. At the behest of the Covenant, the Sangheili executioner Itho 'Hesiikee was tasked with eliminating Atriox - though was ultimately killed in the ensuing battle. Following this, Atriox took 'Hesiikee's energy sword as a trophy and reforged its components, integrating them into the gravity mace's core architecture.
As such, the mace additionally sports three red energy blades protruding at 120o angles - when viewed from above. These blades are positioned as such to evoke the imagery of Doisac and its three moons - Soirapt, Warial, and Teash. This imagery also serves as the basis of the Mark of Atriox - the emblem of the Banished - and as a symbolic scepter of Atriox himself. The blades are aided in their combat effectiveness by the aforementioned gravity field manipulation cores, which allow the weapon to cause gravitic disruptions when it hits targets - or be used to forcibly pull objects and individuals toward the weapon.
The Mark of Atriox, the seal of the Banished as a whole, was based on the impact that Chainbreaker would make to players in Halo Wars 2. The mace's design was based on branding and royal seals. Early concept art for the weapon suggested the consideration that Atriox may have hand-crafted the whole weapon from old gravity hammer components, though this has yet to be followed up in full canon.
Chainbreaker is available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace as an avatar prop.
Concept art of the mace for Halo Wars 2.
Atriox activates Chainbreaker in the Halo Wars 2: Announce Teaser.
Atriox using Chainbreaker against Yanme'e in Halo: Rise of Atriox.
Atriox using Chainbreaker against Sangheili Minors.
Atriox kills Jovus with Chainbreaker.
Artwork of Atriox holding a deactivated Chainbreaker for the Halo Legendary Crate.
Atriox using Chainbreaker against John-117 in Halo Infinite.
List of appearances
- Know Your Enemy (First appearance)
- Halo Wars 2
- Halo: Rise of Atriox
- Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual
- Halo Infinite
- ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Preview of Autumn (Retrieved on Jul 24, 2021) [archive]
- ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 484
- ^ Halo Wars 2, campaign level What Could Go Wrong?
- ^ Twitter, Mega Construx (@MegaConstrux): "As promised, here is the reveal of our two amazing #Halo builds: the Halo Wars 2 Map and an epic Chainbreaker!" (Retrieved on Nov 22, 2022) [archive]
- ^ Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual, page 158
- ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Burn Baby Burn (Retrieved on Aug 18, 2020) [archive]
- ^ Twitter, Jeremy Cook (@JeremyCook3D): "I made more Phone splashes for you. One hints at the origins of the banished logo ;) same drill, crop width, enjoy." (Retrieved on Nov 22, 2022) [archive]
- ^ ArtStation, Halo Wars 2 (Retrieved on Nov 22, 2022) [archive]
- ^ Halo Wars 2, campaign level The Signal
- ^ Halo Infinite, campaign level Warship Gbraakon
- ^ Halo Wars 2 Atriox concept sheet: ""Carry a big stick" - Atriox' custom mace (which he made from parts of a Grav hammer. His one-off signature weapon.?)"
- ^ Xbox Marketplace, Halo Wars 2: Atriox Mace Toy (Retrieved on Nov 22, 2022) [archive]