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During the Human-Covenant War, Let 'Volir commanded the Enduring Conviction as part of a larger Covenant fleet. The ship was known to the United Nations Space Command for some time, and from around 2549 to 2553, it was responsible for the destruction of quite a few UNSC warships. The Enduring Conviction was noted for one particular battle in 2551 during which it demonstrated an impressive evasive maneuver and counterattack.
Joining the Banished
Following the Great Schism, 'Volir and his crew left the Covenant and abandoned its religion. With a powerful carrier and crew of veteran warriors, as well as no desire to join the Swords of Sanghelios or reformed Covenant, 'Volir retained his ship in the Sangheili-led fleet it had been attached to previously following the Covenant's defeat. By May 6, 2553 ONI learned of a recent engagement the carrier had been a prominent part of. The leader of the Banished, Atriox, had raided an air base formerly belonging to the Covenant but had successfully been captured and taken aboard the ship as a prisoner. Twelve hours later, Enduring Conviction broke formation and contact with the rest of its fleet. The Conviction was hailed, warned, and then fired upon when it ignored orders. The Conviction performed evasive maneuvers, returned fire and escaped. It accomplished this through the same infamous maneuver that had been logged by the UNSC in 2551. The ONI operatives examining the matter concluded that the manner in which the Conviction escaped its fellow Covenant ships was indicative that Atriox had not taken it over by force. Instead, it seemed to them that his capture was either a ruse from the start on behalf of both parties or that Atriox simply allowed himself to be taken so that he could make a proposal to 'Volir. Whatever the case, the fact of the matter is that soon after escaping, Let 'Volir and his crew swore fealty to the Banished on neutral territory--an orbital installation. In exchange for their unquestioning loyalty, the Banished would supply the crew and fuel the Enduring Conviction indefinitely. The ONI operatives analyzing the ship's shift of allegiance surmised that Atriox would lay low for a while after securing such a prize, as he would have painted a giant target on himself in doing so.
Let 'Volir's name has been forever tarnished in Sangheili society for siding with the Jiralhanae, let alone working under one. However, 'Volir's social dignity is not a luxury he can afford, as the well being of the Enduring Conviction and its crew is his top priority.
On November 25, 2558, 'Volir commanded the Enduring Conviction as it arrived in force at Installation 00, carrying with it a massive amount of infantry, vehicles, and aircraft. Instead of launching any orbital bombardments from the ship, Atriox ordered ground forces to be deployed to the Ark's surface. These made short work of the UNSC researchers at the Henry Lamb Research Outpost. Forthwith, the ship remained stationed above the installation for months while the Banished began to extract power and resources from the Forerunner creation. Anything valuable discovered or taken was commonly ferried to the Conviction.
Around four months after the Banished first took control of the Ark, the UNSC Spirit of Fire also exited slipstream space above it on May 15, 2559. After the presence of the Banished was revealed to the crew, a protracted conflict between the Banished serving Atriox and the UNSC troops following the lead of Captain James Cutter. During this time, 'Volir used the Conviction's pulse laser turrets offensively to melt UNSC forces on the ground. In the first instance the ship was used like this, it was during a defense of a salvage operation being overseen by Decimus. From the ground, Decimus not only had the carrier make a show of damaging the Spirit of Fire's recently-built firebase, but also repeatedly ordered 'Volir to target his own location briefly and with precision, as he was protected from the plasma lance by a powerful energy shield. When it became clear that he would not be able to fend off the attack, Decimus retreated but the Enduring Conviction continued to bombard the area, killing UNSC and Banished troops alike, ostensibly to keep the humans from learning anything from the operation. The same tactic was repeated when Decimus entered the fight once more on May 17. Decimus was killed at that moment, however, and with that, 'Volir attacked the Spirit of Fire more directly by launching Banshee fighters to harass it while moved the Conviction to hover over the location where it had been deploying troops and supplies to the Ark's surface via a gravity lift.
'Volir and a number of his crew survived the destruction of the Enduring Conviction, brought on by Jerome-092 and the AI Isabel by infiltrating the carrier and using its energy projector to damage the Ark, causing the installation's Aggressor Sentinels to destroy the carrier in response. The shipmaster later reported on his losses to Atriox in the wreckage of the Conviction, assuring the Jiralhanae warmaster that he retained enough men to fulfill his contract. Upon the launch of Installation 09, 'Volir was ordered by Atriox to deploy all of his forces on the ring to prevent it from falling under the humans' control.
Personality and traits
- Let 'Volir: "Yes. And the AI. We still don't know how she accessed our-"
- Atriox: "How many of your men survived?!"
- Let 'Volir: "...Enough to honor our contract."
- — Let 'Volir's docile response to an angry Atriox.
Let 'Volir is a skilled commander, and believes that a captain should sacrifice everything just to keep his crew alive. He became conflicted with the dawn of the Great Schism in 2552 as he was forced to abandon the Covenant religion and battle the Covenant's Hierarchs as the Sangheili were betrayed by the empire. With the Covenant's fall later that year, 'Volir still continued to command CAS-class assault carrier Enduring Conviction, as he felt that it was his obligation to keep his crew alive and together. With the Covenant's demise, 'Volir fosters animosity towards virtually all of the fallen empire's successor states. While he disagrees with the Swords of Sanghelios' peace with humanity, he viewed the reformed Covenant as a falsehood that crippled his people and repressed their nature.
When approached by Atriox to join the Banished in exchange for fuel and supplies, 'Volir reluctantly agreed as he felt that there was no other option. However, he was uncomfortable with serving under Atriox, as he was used to commanding the Jiralhanae in the Covenant. Atriox often teases 'Volir about the name of his carrier, Enduring Conviction, as he believes that it is particularly ill-suited for a mercenary shipmaster. Following the loss of the Enduring Conviction, 'Volir exhibited a timid and submissive demeanor around Atriox.
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List of appearances
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k GameSpot: Halo Wars 2: New Character Images and Details Revealed
- ^ a b c d Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs
- ^ a b Halo Waypoint: The Finals Countdown
- ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs — "His decision to bind his crew to the Banished has forever tarnished his name in "proper" Elite culture"
- ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs — " but the Shipmaster knows that in the current chaotic state of the galaxy "proper" is a luxury not all can afford if they want to keep their crew and their ship intact."
- ^ Halo Wars 2, Phoenix Logs – "The Graveyard"
- ^ Halo Wars 2, campaign level The Signal
- ^ a b c Halo Wars 2, A New Enemy
- ^ a b Halo Wars 2, Lights Out
- ^ a b c Halo Wars 2, campaign level Under The Dark
- ^ Halo Wars 2, campaign level The Foundry
- ^ Halo Wars 2