Mausoleum of the Arbiter

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This article is about the room in High Charity. For other articles including "Arbiter", see Arbiter (disambiguation).
The interior of the Mausoleum of the Arbiter.

"Here rests the vanguard of the Great Journey. Every Arbiter, from first to last. Each one created and consumed in times of extraordinary crisis."
Prophet of Truth[1]

The Mausoleum of the Arbiter was a massive chamber within the Covenant holy city of High Charity which housed the remains of the previous Arbiters.


The Mausoleum of the Arbiter contained the recoverable remains of every Sangheili that has ever been designated as the Arbiter. A total of one hundred eighty-two caskets are present, spreading far up into the ceiling. In the center of the chamber is a large suspended sarcophagus that held the armor of the Arbiter.[1]


Human-Covenant War[edit]

After Thel 'Vadam was branded with the Mark of Shame, he was taken to the mausoleum by Tartarus and his two Jiralhanae ushers. The Prophet of Truth and the Prophet of Mercy ordered Tartarus to release 'Vadamee and leave. After this, they started to converse with him about a heretic leader and the past Arbiters, ultimately appointing him the new Arbiter and giving him the ornate armor of the Arbiter there.[1]

With the outbreak of the Great Schism, and open conflict within High Charity, the mausoleum was used as a final defensive position by the Sangheili, who were under attack by the Jiralhanae-led Covenant. Bolstering their forces with several Mgalekgolo, the Sangheili furiously fought against their attackers. Ultimately all Covenant forces were wiped out when SPARTAN John-117 attacked during his rampage through the city with the goal of retrieving Installation 05's activation index from the Prophet of Truth.[2] Too late to stop Truth, Tartarus and their prisoners Miranda Keyes and Sergeant Johnson from leaving the city, the Chief was forced to once again pass through the Mausoleum tower ahead of the newly-arrived Flood to reach a conduit leading to the city's Forerunner Dreadnought.[3]

After High Charity was infested by the Flood and crashed into Installation 00 during the Battle of Installation 00, the mausoleum was severely damaged. By the time of John-117's raid on High Charity, the tower was in a tilted angle, with energy cascades across the surface leaning dangerously over to the side and cables hanging from the shattered bridges around the tower. It can be assumed that the Mausoleum and the Vanguards of the Great Journey entombed within were destroyed when High Charity's reactor went critical, as spurred by Spartan-117 in the previous raid, and destroyed the Flood-infected city.[4]


In an early version of the level Cortana, John-117 would have passed through the Mausoleum, encountering a large number of Flood-infected Arbiters.[5][6]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Halo 2, campaign level, The Arbiter
  2. ^ Halo 2, campaign level, Gravemind
  3. ^ Halo 2, campaign level, High Charity
  4. ^ Halo 3, campaign level, Cortana
  5. ^ Bungie Publications, Halo 3 Flood Alien Level Autopsy (Retrieved on Oct 10, 2021) [archive]
  6. ^, Halo 3 Flood Alien Level Autopsy: Original presentation download link (Retrieved on Jan 18, 2021) [archive]