Leader power armor
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Leader power armor[note 1] is a variant of the Jiralhanae power armor employed by Jiralhanae Captains, Captain Majors, Captain Ultras and Bodyguards of the Covenant military, and several remnant factions.
Like other Jiralhanae power armor variants, the armor employed by Jiralhanae leadership does not amplify the strength or speed of the wearer, but does provide energy shielding and protection in the form of composite armor plates. The leader power armor features an enclosed helmet with a single slit for vision and heavy armor plating covering the body and extremitie. Underneath the armor appears to be a padded cloth undersuit of some variety. The headdress on the helmet bears resemblance to the un-powered armor worn by Jiralhanae Captains during the Fall of Reach.
The leader variant of power armor has several different looks, depending on the rank of the individual Brute wearing the armor. Standard Jiralhanae Captains employ the armor in a violet colouration. Jiralhanae Captain Majors don a more distinctive gold colouration, while Jiralhanae Captain Ultras sport armor coloured in a deep turquoise. Jiralhanae Bodyguards employ armor coloured in a dark blue colour. Outside of standard Jiralhanae officer roles, the shipmaster Lepidus employed a variant of the leader power armor in a deep red colouration, though it is unknown is this colouring extended to other Brute shipmasters.
Leader power armor is employed by Brute infantry forces for general combat roles. It was employed by the Brutes rarely until 2552. By October 20, brute infantry assigned to the Prophet of Regret's fleet and the remnants of Truth's fleet employed Minor power armor, with it seeing use during the Battle for Earth. Following the onset of the Great Schism, the Covenant saw a wide proliferation of Jiralhanae arms and materiel, and powered armor systems became more widespread, becoming heavily used in the later stages of the Battle for Earth and the Battle of Installation 00.
In the early development of Halo 3, some Jiralhanae were to wear red-coloured leader armor. For reasons unknown, this was changed to the colours seen in the final game. A render of a red-coloured Brute leader can be found in the Halo 3 Instruction Manual and the Bestiarum, and the design later used in the form of Lepidus in Halo: Uprising.
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