Sangheili combat harness

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The upper components of the harness in use in November 2552.

The combat harness is the standard armor system used by the Sangheili soldiers of the Covenant and its splinter groups. The armor is made primarily of nanolaminate plating[1] and comes in several variations based on occupation and personal taste.[2]

Development and history

The combat harness is worn by the majority of ranks from Sangheili Minor to Supreme Commander, with the damage each can take and the armor's shielding increasing in power with rank (with the exception of Stealth Sangheili), and comes in a variety of colors denoting said rank.[3] Following the fall of the Covenant combat harnesses did not always adhere to a strict color coding.[2] The combat harness became less frequent in the period following the Covenant's collapse, instead being replaced by the Storm harness. Still, the combat harness saw limited use among some remnant factions, such as Merg Vol's, Jul 'Mdama's, and Sali 'Nyon's Covenant.

The armor's nanolaminate plating and undersuit boosts the strength and speed of the wearer in a similar fashion to the Spartans' Mjolnir.[4] Some versions have active camouflage built in,[5] others have flashlights,[6] and other versions have an energy dagger built into the gauntlet.[7] Its primary emphasis, to be iconic and inflict psychological trauma, can be linked back to the martial/physical preeminence of the Sangheili people. This helmet has remained unchanged for eleven hundred cycles, and the thoracic cage has remained unchanged for fifty generations.[8]

In-game information

Halo 3

Helmet characteristics

  • Unlock: Starter/Default.
  • Description: "The pattern of the basic infantry helmet has remained virtually unchanged now for eleven hundred cycles; it has been burned into the psyche of the known galaxy as the primary symbol of military prowess."

The helmet is largely angular, featuring a set of spikes at the rear of the helmet and a pair of cheek guards. It features a metal plate guarding the jaw.

Shoulder pauldron characteristics

  • Unlock: Starter/Default.
  • Description: "Iconic deltoid protection emphasizes at extreme distance to inflict momentary psychological bewilderment upon enemy personnel; reinforces awareness of Sangheili physical/martial preeminence."

The shoulder pauldron is a set of overlapping plates that spike both upwards and downwards and to each side.

Thoracic cage characteristics

  • Unlock: Starter/Default.
  • Description: "The basic infantry combat harnesses' thoracic cage has allowed the fighting spirit of our noble race to burn brightly for fifty generations - even during the dark cycles whilst bound to the prophets' will."

The thoracic cage is made up of a pair of plates over each side of the chest with a gap and a pair of rectangular lights heading downwards on each side.

Halo: Reach

  • Unlock: Default.
  • Description: "All who walk the blessed path will find salvation... even in death."

Halo 2: Anniversary

  • Canon Fodder description: The standard Combat design has established itself as an extremely capable and adaptable pattern that remains popular across all Sangheili factions, even those who have eschewed the ways of the Covenant.

Appearances

Halo: Combat Evolved

The armor used by the Elites in Halo: Combat Evolved has a few differences from the armor used in later games, such as some Elites have a "curled back" headpiece, different thigh armors, and smaller shoulder pieces. They also have armor with a three-pronged design. In addition, they have orange glowing sections on their arms and legs, which often give away their position. Their eye color is also the same as their armor color, for example: a Minor with blue armor will have blue eyes.

Halo 2

In Halo 2, there are no curled headpieces and the eyes are not the same color as the armor, rather a dark purple or black color. Also, the shoulder pieces are larger than in the previous game. They also have glowing orange sections on the backs of their legs and on their arms which act as shield indicators, glowing brightly when the shield is fully charged and dimming or going out altogether depending on shield level.

Halo 3

In Halo 3, the armor now includes even larger shoulder pieces, longer and more numerous spikes on the headpiece, and a small tube connecting to each bottom mandible guard. The tube is only included in the Halo 3 incarnation. There is also a horizontal light on the chestpiece. The large orange shield indicators are replaced by two small green lights on the Elite's back and on their chest plate, which are dull when the shield is fully charged and glow bright when the shield is depleted.

Halo Wars

In Halo Wars, the Elite's armor is more reminiscent of the Halo 2 version as opposed to the Halo 3 version. The shoulders are much more rounded and the coloring in the armor seems worn out.

Halo: Reach

While the Elite combat harnesses in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary are identical to the ones in Halo: Reach the combat harness is different from the earlier iterations in a number of ways. The other types are also much more varied, depending on the Elite's rank or specialty. Only the Minors' armor greatly resembles the combat harness seen previously. Another addition to the armor is the energy dagger which emits from the wrist gauntlet.

The Elite's HUD compass has Covenant markings instead of cardinal directions. Night vision uses purple color, as opposed to the green color used by Spartans. The Elite's HUD also features a target tracking system when used with compatible (Covenant) weapons.

Halo 2: Anniversary

In Halo 2: Anniversary and unlike in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the Elites all wear the same kind of combat harness albeit with different coloring depending on the rank.

Gallery

List of appearances

Sources

  1. ^ Halo Waypoint - Community Update (07/29/16): The Finals Countdown
  2. ^ a b Halo Archive: Canon Fodder Thread - GrimBrother One's comment
  3. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level ONI: Sword Base
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 125
  5. ^ Halo 2, campaign level The Arbiter
  6. ^ Halo 3, co-op campaign
  7. ^ Halo: Reach
  8. ^ Halo 3, armor description