Rothen-pattern fireship

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Rothen-pattern fireship
Halo: Escalations cover artwork of ships firing beams on a planet.
Technical specifications


380 meters (1,246 ft)[1]


640,000 tonnes[1]

Other system(s):


Chronological and affiliation


Twentieth Age of Discovery[1]




The Rothen-pattern fireship is a warship classification employed by the Covenant.[1]


Design details[edit]

The Rothen is a fairly small ship by Covenant standards, measuring in at only 380m in length. Fireships are barely habitable and lack even basic hangars for strikecraft storage, gravity lifts or living quarters for crew comfort. Instead, every square inch inside the ship is dedicated to housing the ship's oversized energy projector and pulsed power systems. These living situations are uncomfortable for the crew, and can be extremely deadly due to the proximity to unshielded plasma systems.[1]


Despite the ship's small size, it is outfitted with an unusually large N'nap-pattern heavy plasma lance, alongside three Felo-pattern heavy plasma beam emitters and six Mixal-pattern plasma beam emitters.[1]

Crew and complement[edit]

Service on a Rothen-pattern vessel can be uncomfortable at best and deadly at worst; as such the crews of these ships are typically given their assignments as punishment for crimes ranging from heresy to simply losing favour in bureacratic entanglements. Conversely, the ship's commander is drawn from the ranks of the Zealots, and is often the only crewmember aboard the ship to hold a position of honour.[1]


Fireships are employed by the Covenant fleet as analogues for torpedo boats or even monitor warships, capable of delivering blows far exceeding their mass. In return however, they are unable to engage in protracted conflict, and rely on their parent fleet for extended support.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Several Rothen-pattern fireships were involved in the glassing of Cleyell.[2]

List of appearances[edit]