N'tho 'Sraom

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N'tho 'Sraom
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Biographical information




October 18, 2522[2]

Personal details






241.3 centimeters (7 ft 11.0 in)[1][2]


146.5 kilograms (323 lb)[1][2]

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Political and military information




Notable info:

Helped to stop a rampant monitor from activating the Halo Array


N'tho 'Sraom is a Special Operations Officer serving within the Swords of Sanghelios.[2] During the Great Schism, he served within the Fleet of Retribution's Special Warfare Group and assisted the fleet in their war against the Prophet of Truth and the Jiralhanae, helping to prevent the Prophet from activating the Halo Array.[4][2] Following the end of the Human-Covenant War, N'tho joined Arbiter Thel 'Vadam's Swords of Sanghelios and became the shipmaster of the Mayhem, a Ceudar-pattern heavy corvette.[5] In this role, he has assisted in another operation to Installation 00 with the goal of stopping the activation of the Halo Array a second time. In years following, N'tho and Thel 'Vadam have labored to calm the unrest among the Sangheili people.[2]


Early life and military career[edit]

N'tho 'Sraom was born on October 18, 2522 into the renowned House of 'Sraom on the Sangheili homeworld of Sanghelios. He began compulsory military service at the end of adolescence, and his zeal and innate talent for both strategy and leadership put him on an accelerated promotion path.[1] During a battle in the 2540s, N'tho engaged a human soldier by the name of Frank Kodiak. After cutting the human's arm off with his energy sword, N'tho would have killed Kodiak were it not for a nearby explosion that caught him off guard, giving Kodiak a chance to escape.[6] Before the end of the Human-Covenant War, N'tho would join the Covenant Special Operations branch, becoming his unit's youngest member and outperforming many Sangheili with decades of additional experience.[1] When the San'Shyuum began to replace Sangheili units with Jiralhanae packs toward the end of the war, N'tho refused to stand idly by, and he bore a deep resentment toward the Sangheili politicians whose inaction had landed their people in this predicament.[4]

Great Schism[edit]

Main article: Great Schism

On November 3, 2552, the remaining Hierarchs of the Covenant denounced the Sangheili and ordered the massacre of the Sangheili High Councilors.[7] With this revelation, N'tho joined forces with Arbiter Thel 'Vadam and Special Operations Commander Rtas 'Vadum. N'tho served in the Sangheili's Fleet of Retribution, under the Special Warfare Group.[4] While 'Vadum sought to destroy the Flood's presence on Installation 05 with most of the fleet,[8] N'tho traveled to Earth with the Arbiter, Usze 'Taham, UNSC Commander Miranda Keyes, and Sergeant Major Avery Johnson.[9][10] By this time, N'tho had yet to marry, and he had no close, non-familial relationships outside of his martial order. He had also developed a healthy respect for humanity—not for their physical abilities or martial prowess, but for their audacity and resolve.[4]

Battle of Installation 00[edit]

Main article: Battle of Installation 00
John-117, Thel 'Vadam, N'tho 'Sraom and Usze 'Taham in a barrier tower on Installation 00, from Halo 3 level The Covenant.
'Sraom, 'Vadam, 'Taham, and John-117 fighting alongside one another on Installation 00.

On November 17, 2552, the Forerunner Dreadnought activated the Portal at Voi. Soon after, the Fleet of Retribution traveled through the portal and arrived at Installation 00 where they started their naval attack on Covenant Loyalist ships. N'tho was sent to the surface with a squad of Sangheili soldiers commanded by Thel 'Vadam to assist UNSC forces with deactivating the three shield generators protecting the Citadel. N'tho and the rest of the squad succeeded in deactivating one of the generators while Spartan-II John-117 deactivated another, however the UNSC forces in the third generator were overrun and were forced to retreat, with some being captured. N'tho left the generator building with the squad and linked up with the other UNSC forces and they managed to deactivate the final generator, causing a section of the shield to fall.[11] N'tho and the rest of the UNSC and Sangheili forces fought their way to the Citadel and eventually reached the light bridge leading to the entrance. N'tho, accompanied by the Arbiter, John-117 and a few Marines and Sangheili fought their way through the Citadel,[12] allowing John-117 to deactivate the Halo Array and the Arbiter to kill the Prophet of Truth.[11]


Following the end of the Human-Covenant War, N'tho pledged his full service to the Swords of Sanghelios, promising to aid his people in a return to their honorable warrior roots. In the years that followed, N'tho developed a healthy respect for humanity, in particular their audacity and resolve, traits he understood were crucial to turning the tide of the war. During this time, he worked closely with the Arbiter,[13] and actively participated in missions under his command.[14]

In 2555, N'tho received word from the Arbiter that he was organizing a team to travel to the Ark by request of the UNSC after human scientists had found a countdown to the activation of the Halo Array on Installation 07. The Arbiter ordered N'tho to get a shuttle ready for the arrival of Usze 'Taham, who would be joining him on the mission, and to bring the Huragok Drifts Randomly with them.[15]

Operation: FAR STORM[edit]

N'tho fighting morolaath alongside Frank Kodiak on Installation 00 during Operation: FAR STORM.
Main article: Operation: FAR STORM

After taking the shuttle up to the corvette Mayhem the Sangheili traveled to Earth.[15] Upon arriving, they descended in a Phantom onto an airfield near the deactivated portal in Kenya, Africa.[16] N'tho along with his aide Usze 'Taham and the Huragok Drifts Randomly were there to greet the humans that were waiting for them. They soon proceeded to Research Center Alpha where the Huragok began its work on reactivating the portal.[17] Two days after their arrival, N'tho went outside near a tree to practice with his energy sword, he was approached by Spartan Frank Kodiak who requested they do some sparring together. N'tho agreed but soon found out Kodiak wasn't there to spar, he was there to fight him. After asking why he was fighting him, Kodiak reminded him he had cut off his arm in the war. Kodiak however decided he shouldn't kill him as it would be in violation of the mission.[18] At that moment, Drifts Randomly activated the portal, causing an earthquake that made the tree N'tho was standing next to fall on him. Kodiak decided to spare his life and cut the tree with his sword, allowing N'tho to escape.[19] They looked up to see a Forerunner Retriever exit the portal and start excavating near the portal but it was soon destroyed by the UNSC Cruiser Endeavor.[20] A meeting was then organized on Mayhem's bridge, as per N'tho's request.[21] N'tho suggested entering the portal immediately but Captain Annabelle Richards insisted they wait for consent from her superiors.[22] Not wanting to waste any time, N'tho ordered his crew to fly Mayhem into the portal but before they could enter, another Retriever appeared. Mayhem quickly took care of the sentinel and then entered the portal.[23]

Instead of taking weeks, Mayhem arrived at the Ark in a matter of hours.[24] The vessel was soon engaged by multiple armed Retrievers and was overwhelmed. The corvette crashed onto the surface of the Ark, suffering severe damage.[25] N'tho and the rest of the expedition exited the ship, and he informed them of where they were heading. After a while the group were attacked by a pack of Blind wolves and a group of Chaefka. During the fight Olympia Vale was attacked by one of the animals and her mind started to be controlled by an unknown force which made her walk away with one of the Chaefka.[26] After learning of her disappearance, the remaining members of the expedition were split up, with one team consisting of N'tho, Luther Mann, Spartan Kodiak, Zon 'Vadum and Kola 'Baoth tasked with heading straight to the Citadel and the other team consisting of Usze 'Taham, Spartan Elias Holt and Henry Lamb tasked with searching for Vale.[27] N'tho lead his group and found a mammoth-like creature which, to their surprise, carried them straight to the Citadel.[28] Both teams arrived at the Citadel and the hard light bridge leading to the entrance was activated for them, which made them suspect a trap. N'tho told Luther Mann of his experiences of the battle that happened in and around the Citadel, and that it was one of the best days of his life.[29] The group made their way through the building and across the bridge leading to the control panel that would deactivate the array. Upon reaching it Luther Mann deactivated the array and dozens of Armigers teleported in front of them.[30] The team fought their way back across the bridge but N'tho, Kodiak, Holt and Zon were cut off from the rest and were teleported into a dark corridor.[31] They made their way through and found a room with Olympia Vale and the Ark's monitor inside, but couldn't enter due to an energy barrier. Vale was then attacked by a cyborg created from Kodiak's brother Bobby and a fight between the two ensued. N'tho, Zon, Kodiak and Holt went and found the monitor's data stores and started firing at them, causing the energy barrier to fall.[32] Vale took down Bobby and the monitor begged them to stop damaging his data stores and that he would call back the retrievers if they did so. They agreed to stop shooting, but the monitor attacked them again. This time, Bobby lunged at the monitor and pierced it with his bladed forearm, but he was killed when the monitor exploded, much to Frank Kodiak's dismay. N'tho and the other Sangheili then found a way to the surface and the team headed back to the ship.[33]

Not long after, several UNSC ships exited slipspace above the Ark. UNSC Witness soon found Mayhem and brought it and everyone back to Earth. N'tho offered his condolences to Kodiak for his loss and apologized for maiming him during the war, recognizing the anger Kodiak must've felt at the action despite the fact that Sangheili wear their battle scars with pride. Kodiak forgave N'tho and the two thanked each other for saving the other's life. N'tho offered to arrange for Kodiak to visit Sanghelios sometime, but Kodiak politely declined.[34] Following the events of Operation: FAR STORM, N'tho returned to Sanghelios to assist the Arbiter in efforts to stabilize the unrest still seething among their people.[2]

Rise of the Created[edit]

In late 2559, three days after Cortana had destroyed the Jiralhanae homeworld of Doisac, Arbiter Thel 'Vadam met with the kaidons of several Sangheili colonies to propose the Concert of Worlds, intending to unify the Sangheili and take their fate into their own hands rather than those of Cortana's Created. N'tho 'Sraom, Usze 'Taham, and Kola 'Baoth served as escorts to and from the meeting, which had concluded with little progress made. The four Sangheili returned to Vadam Keep in a Crav operated by N'tho. As they passed through the Old Borough in Vadam Valley, the Crav was stopped by Created armigers who were looking for participants of a nearby altercation. Although his associates were reluctant, Thel consented to a search of the Crav. During the search, the group's weapons were confiscated, much to the outrage of N'tho and the others. Understanding that striking down the armigers would likely result in a chain of events ending with the arrival of a Guardian Custode, Thel had his men back down.[3] Shortly thereafter, the group returned to Vadam Keep in N'tho's Crav. As they arrived within the keep's Mountain Gate, the Arbiter was informed that Crei 'Ayomuu, an Oath Warden, was there to speak with him. Once the other occupants left the Crav, N'tho delivered Thel to his residence so that he could meet the visitor.[35]

Personality and traits[edit]

N’tho ‘Sraom is the youngest member of his Special Operations unit and is one of a growing number of human sympathizers amongst the Sangheili youth. He is a fairly typical young male adult Sangheili—he began compulsory military service at the end of adolescence, and as of 2552 remains unmarried with no close, non-familial relationships outside of his martial order. N’tho Sraom refused to stand idly by while the Prophets replaced Sangheili units with Jiralhanae packs, and now bears deep resentment toward those Sangheili politicians who landed his kind in their current predicament. Although N’tho ‘Sraom’s romanticized nationalism is emblematic of all Sangheili, he has developed a healthy respect for humanity—not for their physical abilities or martial prowess, but for their audacity and resolve.[4]

N'tho's face is noted to be a "pebbly brown." His golden eyes are less ovoid than those of most Sangheili, and his mandibles slightly shorter than average.[3]


In December 2552, N'tho wore a regular Sangheili combat harness as opposed to the standard assault harness given to more Special Operations Sangheili. Given of the color of his armor, it could be inferred that he had only recently joined the Special Operations unit, particularly considering he is the youngest member of the group.[4] After becoming a Shipmaster following the war, he began wearing a crimson, yellow, and ivory combat harness similar to the one worn by Usze 'Taham and wielded an energy sword of a more rugged and vintage design.[36] While escorting Arbiter Thel 'Vadam at a meeting of several kaidons in late 2559, N'tho did not wear armor, only donning a red tunic that fell to his knees with a belt holding his energy sword.[3]


  • N'tho 'Sraom is a playable character in Halo 3 as the third player character over either Xbox Live or System Link and Campaign Co-op mode.[4]
  • The character's name first appears in the article describing the Brute Chopper, even before the announcement of four-player co-operative play, though then he was called 'N'thro 'Sraom.[37]
  • N'tho has apparently been a vital source of information for the UNSC, detailing Jiralhanae rank structure and, in particular, the specific role the Choppers play within the Jiralhanae ranks.[37]
  • When he activates his flashlight, the light is simply projected with no point of origin, as no visible flashlight is on his shoulder. This also applies to the fourth player's character, Usze 'Taham.
  • Both N'tho 'Sraom and Usze 'Taham have their leg holstered weapons appear backwards. This is most apparent with the Needler, with the side that has the protruding needles opposite the direction of other Elite models.
  • Occasionally, N'tho 'Sraom will spawn without a helmet.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Halo Waypoint: N'tho 'Sraom
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 251
  3. ^ a b c d Halo: Outcasts, chapter 1
  4. ^ a b c d e f g The Tru7h About Co-Op in Halo 3
  5. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 65
  6. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 80
  7. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Uprising
  8. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 136 (2011)
  9. ^ Halo 3, campaign level Sierra 117
  10. ^ Halo 3, campaign level Crow's Nest
  11. ^ a b Halo 3, campaign level The Covenant
  12. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 252
  13. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 72
  14. ^ Halo Waypoint: N'tho 'Sraom and Usze 'Taham
  15. ^ a b Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 65
  16. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 68
  17. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 78
  18. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 104-109
  19. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 121-122
  20. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 123-124
  21. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 127
  22. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 128
  23. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 137
  24. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 139
  25. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 142-148
  26. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 172-180
  27. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 188
  28. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 251
  29. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 253
  30. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 258
  31. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 263
  32. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 334
  33. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 343
  34. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, pages 352-353
  35. ^ Halo: Outcasts, chapter 2
  36. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark
  37. ^ a b, TYPE-25 Rapid Assault Vehicle "Chopper" ("Yeah, [WO SWG-FoR/SO N'thro] 'Sraom basically confirmed that—said the riders held specific ranks outside the Covenant military hierarchy structure—that they’re more of a traditional unit like Cossacks or something.")