Lursu-pattern brigantine

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Lursu-pattern brigantine
A cut out of the Lursu-pattern brigantine as shown in the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition)
Production information


Heavy carrier[1]


Fleet command[1]

Technical specifications


6,367 meters (20,889 ft)[2][1]


3.2 billion tonnes[2]

Slipspace drive:



Chronological and affiliation


Post-Covenant War conflicts[1]


The Former Age[2]



"Massive carrier reclaimed from the Covenant's merchant-tithe fleets."
Curator on Brigantines.[3]

The Lursu-pattern brigantine[2] is an ancient heavy carrier class, designed by the Sangheili during The Former Age prior to the establishment of the Covenant.[2]



The Lursu-pattern brigantine entered service in the Former Age; the earliest centuries of Sangheili space travel prior to contact with the San'Shyuum at Ulgethon. Following the end of the War of Beginnings, the San'Shyuum aimed to diminish Sangheili shipbuilding capability and thus reduced the brigantine's role to one of mere formality.[2] Centuries after being rendered obsolete as a mainline warship within the Covenant fleet, Brigantines were placed in Covenant missionary and tithe fleets throughout a majority of the empire's existence. Following the Covenant's fall during the Great Schism, Brigantines have since been brought back into service as a command ship by Sangheili factions during the Blooding Years, primarily the Swords of Sanghelios and Jul 'Mdama's Covenant[1] - with the former possessing the majority of surviving brigantines.[2] Many of these ships were sourced from ancient orbital shipbreaking facilities and upgraded to modern specifications, pressed into service as a heavy carrier.[2][4]


While "brigantine" referred to a sail configuration, rather than a specific ship class, they were often more powerful, faster and more agile than smaller ships, such as schooners or sloops, but smaller than the brigs used by naval forces, and frequently found use as pirate ships, fleet suppliers and light escorts.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Holiday Shipping (Retrieved on Jun 30, 2021) [archive]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 271
  3. ^ Halo Mythos, page 195
  4. ^ Halo Archive, Canon Fodder thread: "I mean, it's not like there wouldn't be upgrades to those older designs as well..." - Jeff Easterling (Retrieved on May 25, 2018) [archive]