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Dural 'Mdama

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Dural 'Mdama
Dural 'Mdama as he appears in the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition).
Biographical information

Homeworld:

Mdama, Sanghelios

Born:

December 8, 2537[1]

Parents:

Siblings:

Asum 'Mdama (Younger brother)

Personal details

Species:

Sangheili

Gender:

Male

Height:

236.2 centimetres (7 ft 9.0 in)[1]

Weight:

143 kilograms (320 lb)[1]

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Servants of the Abiding Truth

Notable info:

 

"My brother Asum has gone off into the fields, probably to cry where nobody can see him. I shall cry, but not until I kill those who killed my mother. It might not be the humans, but I shall kill them anyway because they threaten Sanghelios and support the Arbiter, and I shall kill whichever Sangheili was responsible as well because species does not make a man a true brother. And when I have done that, I shall carve my mother’s story into the saga wall of our keep, as a warrior deserves.
Yes, I can wait to shed my tears. I can wait as long as it takes
"
— Dural's thoughts after his mother's death.[2]

Dural 'Mdama, later known only as the Pale Blade, is a Sangheili warrior and prominent member of the Servants of the Abiding Truth.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Dural 'Mdama is the eldest son of Raia and Jul 'Mdama. He is aware who his father is, even though Sangheili custom dictates the youth are solely judged on their own abilities and not by their heritage. He and his brother Asum lived in the State of Mdama and were taught combat skills by Naxan in their home at Bekan Keep. Following his mother's death at the start of the Blooding Years, Dural swore to exact vengeance on her killers and vowed to fight humans, as they supported the Arbiter Thel 'Vadam and posed a threat to Sanghelios in his eyes.[2] Feeling responsible for his mother's death during the Siege at Kolaar, the fundamentalist leader Avu Med 'Telcam took Dural on as an apprentice, starting him off as a cadet among the Servants of the Abiding Truth.[4]

Pale Blade[edit]

By the time of the Battle of Requiem, Dural had become a leading member of the Servants of the Abiding Truth under the name Pale Blade.[3] Several months later, on January 21, 2558, the Abiding Truth were dealt a crushing blow when Avu Med 'Telcam and two of his ranking commanders were assassinated in the Servant's headquarters on New Llanelli. Although deemed a secondary target for the Spartan-III assassin, Dural was fortunate not to be among the casualties of the attack.[5] Under his guidance, he led the Abiding Truth and soon struck back at the UNSC and its Sangheili allies, infiltrating the Forerunner shield world at the former site of Onyx and endangering the scientific community inhabiting inside.[6]

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Personality and traits[edit]

Dural fanatically believes in the Servants of the Abiding Truth. With a fierce temper even in his youth, he lead the Servants with fear and cut down those who questioned him too often. He despises humans and the Swords of Sanghelios for the death of his mother and has no qualms killing children to get his way. Despite his scorn for the Swords of Sanghelios, he is still reluctant to kill female Sangheili, even if they are his foes, as Raia 'Mdama taught him to be chivalrous to females when she was alive. He is also impatient according to Asum.[7] Though he doesn't openly admit it, he still cared enough about Asum to warn him about his near-suicidal gambit to survive the beasts of Onyx.

Like his father and brother, Dural 'Mdama has pale skin.[8]

Equipment[edit]

Anchorite-warrior sect armor[edit]

For himself, and at the urging of Telcam, Dural had painted his armor in a pale blue and white, similar to the color of a energy sword. His combat harness was a fierce and ancient variant from an anchorite-warrior sect that he recovered from the vaults of the Ontom temple. This particular and rare set of armor made him stand out among the Servants.[9][10]

Danzhau-pattern intrusion harness[edit]

Dural has also been seen wearing a blue Danzhau-pattern intrusion harness with a holographic symbol projected from his helmet resembling that of the one seen on his father's armor.[8]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 256
  2. ^ a b Halo: The Thursday War, Epilogue
  3. ^ a b Halo Mythos, page 178
  4. ^ Halo: Mortal Dictata, page 123
  5. ^ Halo: Tales from Slipspace, Knight Takes Bishop
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint: Community Update - Golden Clouds
  7. ^ Halo: Legacy of Onyx
  8. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 256
  9. ^ Halo: Legacy of Onyx, page 54
  10. ^ Halo: Legacy of Onyx, page 218