Mark of Shame

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The Mark of Shame.

Rtas 'Vadumee: "This armor suits you, but it cannot hide that mark."
Thel 'Vadamee: "Nothing ever will."
— Conversation between Vadumee and Vadamee after the latter was branded with the Mark of Shame, but given the rank of Arbiter.

The Mark of Shame is a brand given to those who have either disgraced or turned away from the Covenant. The Mark of Shame is permanently imprinted onto the bare chest of the disgraced being via a special branding iron. After being branded with the Mark of Shame, the being is executed soon thereafter out of sheer humility.[1]

The only known exception to the execution tradition was the Sangheili Thel 'Vadam, formerly the Supreme Commander in charge of the protection of Installation 04.[2] He became the Arbiter and was sent to eliminate the heretical movement led by Sesa 'Refumee over Threshold.[3]

It seems that an Arbiter's name is disregarded and is thus not mentioned due to the disgrace signified by the mark. Ironically, during the Great Schism, the Mark of Shame became a rallying symbol of the Fleet of Retribution and a sign of deference to 'Vadam's honor, often being worn by rank-and-file Sangheili warriors.[4]


  • The Mark of Shame is available as a multiplayer emblem in Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST.
  • The Mark of Shame appeared as the symbol for the Heretic Skull in the Halo 3 multiplayer map Heretic.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo 2, campaign level, Cairo Station
  2. ^ Halo 2, campaign level, The Heretic
  3. ^ Halo 2, campaign level, The Arbiter
  4. ^ Halo 3