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Obedientiaries (Sangheili: lesser chosen, charged with glory) are a rate of senior personnel employed in the Covenant military - serving as the rough equivalent to the concept of commissioned officers in the United Nations Space Command and Colonial Military Authority. Obedientiaries are veteran warriors who have begun to step foot on the path of command, and are thus expected to experience every facet of warfare. A part of this selection process involves those warriors who are able to temper their bloodlust and survive their first battles - with their experiential process expected to see them take on missions requiring cunning and courage in equal measure.
Obedientiary is not an explicit rank, but an overall grouping for a number of ranks and roles found throughout the Covenant and its remnants. The ranks of Major, Officer, Sub-commander, and Commander all fall within this grouping[Note 1], with the Enforcers of the Banished modelled after the Covenant's obedientiaries to fulfil a similar role. Obedientiaries may be expected to organise lesser warriors such as Minors and thralls, though they will still nonetheless seek honour and glory in a similar manner as any younger warrior. They generally sport more ornamental harnesses usually in a red (or similar) colouration to denote their status - and will often close with the enemy and engage their forces directly on the battlefield in comparison to the UNSC, who expect their officers to lead from a more dispassionate view. These tendencies, alongside their skill-at-arms, mean that their distinct visual aesthetic is the only way human forces are able to distinguish Obedientiaries from their lessers.
As part of their requirements to experience all aspects of war, Obedientiaries may fulfil the duty of officers aboard smaller Covenant starships such as intrusion corvettes. Pilots of Covenant space fighters and dropships such as Seraphs and Spirits were also drawn from the ranks of the obedientiaries.
In medieval Europe, an obedientiary was a lesser position in a monastery, appointed by a superior. The name is drawn from the latin word obedientiarius, meaning someone in an obedient or subordinate position.
An Unggoy Major and a Kig-Yar Major in Halo 3: ODST.
An Unggoy Major and a Kig-Yar Major in Halo: Reach.
List of appearances
- The Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 240, states that the rank of Major is only the "first step in the Obedientiary ranks", before elucidating the Obedientiaries as roughly equivalent to UNSC concepts of commissioned officers. Given that Halo: Ground Command included the Sangheili Officers in the Obedientiary category, it can be presumed that all subsequent command ranks are similarly a part of the Obedientiaries. This especially applies for the role of Commander, which in Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians functions mechanically as an equivalent to the Majors of earlier games. Additionally, the Spartan Games-provided flavour text for the Obedientiaries in Ground Command explicitly mentions the Commander rank as a part of the rate, while the final flavour text provided in the Covenant Command Pack card instead refers to Officers.
- Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 240
- Spartan Games, New Halo: Ground Command Blisters (Retrieved on Aug 25, 2017) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - The Art of War(s) (Retrieved on Jun 18, 2021) [archive]
- Halo: Warfleet, page 58-59
- Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual, page 153
- Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 428
- Halo: Silent Storm, chapter 12
- Halo: Warfleet, page 74-75