Spear of Light

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Spear of Light
Ship history
The Halo Wars version of the Covenant Icon remad in the style of the HN ones. San'Shyuum flotilla


Spear of Light


Zanar-pattern light cruiser[1]


Ballad of Kel 'Darsam


Tem'Bhetek's faction


Secondary Assembly Forges[2]


In active service as of 2553


Prelate Tem'Bhetek

General characteristics



300 meters (984 ft)[3][5][6][7][8]


145 meters (480 ft)[3]


190,000 metric tons[2][7]

Power plant:

Pinch fusion reactor

Maneuver drive:

2 repulsor engines[9]

Slipspace drive:




At least 10 escape pods[10]


  • None (Standard operation)[2]
  • At least ~50 warriors[10]


Nanolaminate hull plating





Air facilities:

At least one hangar bay[11][12]


Rtas 'Vadum: "Kel 'Darsam Silket…"
Vul 'Soran: "Spear of Light."
Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum and Blademaster Vul 'Soran[1]

Spear of Light (Sangheili: Kel 'Darsam Silket) is a Zanar-pattern light cruiser that was commanded by Prelate Tem'Bhetek. The cruiser was originally in service with the Covenant, and was later used by the Prelate to launch attacks on Sangheili colonies.[1]

The cruiser is named in reference to the ballad of Kel 'Darsam, a Sangheili legend in which the demi-god Kel 'Darsam was killed by a spear before he was transformed into pure light by his father Urs, the lord of all Sangheili gods.[13]


Covenant service[edit]

Spear of Light was an older cruiser that predated the Human-Covenant War that was once crewed by Sangheili. In order to reward the loyalty of the chieftains of the recently incorporated Jiralhanae, the San'Shyuum had Sangheili shipmasters gift these chieftains a handful of ships, including Spear of Light. The cruisers were also given to the Jiralhanae to allow them to fight against humanity in the nascent Human-Covenant War. However, the cruiser's major armaments and other systems had been deliberately disabled by the Sangheili to prevent the prideful Jiralhanae chieftains from becoming too powerful. Additionally, no shipmaster cared to give up the opportunity for frontline glory to train the Jiralhanae in the operation of comparatively underpowered, surplus ships such as Spear of Light. Instead, San'Shyuum Prelates of the Ministry of Preparation came aboard these ships to overtly serve as technical advisors to the Jiralhanae crews; Tem'Bhetek was the Prelate charged with serving aboard Spear of Light.[14] During one of the Prelate's training missions, Spear of Light traveled to the Sangheili frontier colony of Duraan, where Duraan's unstable star caused the cruiser's energy shielding to drain. The Prelate took note of this, and sought to apply it in the future.[15]

While this was partly true, the Prelates were tasked by the High Prophet of Truth to covertly refit the Jiralhanae ships and to train the crews to attack the Sangheili. Following the Battle of Installation 04 when the Sangheili failed to prevent the ring's destruction, the Sangheili began to fall out of favor among the Covenant, leading to Tem and the other Prelates redoubling their preparations. On November 3, 2552, Spear of Light was stationed at High Charity over Installation 05 when the Prophet of Truth ordered the Covenant to execute the Sangheili, marking the beginning of the Great Schism. At the time, Spear of Light was tasked with supporting the Sangheili-crewed CAS-class assault carrier Eternal Reward, along with five Covenant destroyers and two other cruisers, all crewed by Jiralhanae. The Prelate led the eight ships in attacking Eternal Reward; while the carrier was able to destroy all of its attackers with the exception of Spear of Light, Eternal Reward was badly damaged and its crew was forced to abandon the ship before the carrier was destroyed. Afterwards, Spear of Light was able to destroy or disable six more Sangheili ships, two of which were cruisers of larger classes. While Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum of Shadow of Intent led Sangheili forces, Tem led many Covenant ships against High Charity's attackers. As the Flood began to infect the city and 'Vadum worked to quarantine the city, Spear of Light retreated from the fight to aid in the evacuation of High Charity's San'Shyuum population.[14] Docking with High Charity, the Prelate was able to rescue the Minister of Preparation, who lied to him that all San'Shyuum who were not already aboard ships were dead and insisted that they leave. Believing his family to be dead, Tem reluctantly departed High Charity aboard Spear of Light with the Minister and left the system to rendezvous with the surviving San'Shyuum. With the Minister telling Tem that the Sangheili had allied with the Flood, the Prelate blamed 'Vadum for the death of his family.[16]

Post-Covenant War[edit]

"A light cruiser. It bombed the port and bastion compounds, then it dropped its infantry…"
Tul 'Juran, after the attack on Rahnelo[17]

At some point, the Minister had the Prelate take Spear of Light to a Forerunner installation that contained a prototype Halo installation; this area of space had previously been restricted to most by Covenant leadership.[18] The Minister tasked Tem with capturing Shadow of Intent to allow him to transport the ring to Sanghelios and give it enough power to eradicate all life on the planet, while giving the Prelate an opportunity for revenge on 'Vadum.[19] To gain 'Vadum's attention, in 2553, Spear of Light attacked the Sangheili frontier colony of Rahnelo. Upon arriving at the planet, Spear of Light destroyed Rahnelo's spaceport and bastion compounds before the Prelate led Jiralhanae infantry to the planet's surface. While engaging the planet's residents, the Prelate captured Kaidon Tulum 'Juranai and his two eldest sons.[17] After the attack, Spear of Light and its crew returned to the Forerunner installation, where they executed their Sangheili prisoners by testing the ring's effects on them.[20]

Afterwards, Spear of Light traveled to Duraan and began attacking the settlements to lead Shadow of Intent to the system. After Shadow of Intent arrived in the system, Spear of Light promptly bombarded the planet's largest settlement. Duraan's star drained the shields of both warships, but Spear of Light charged at the carrier as Shadow of Intent attempted to destroy the cruiser. Moving alongside the carrier, Tem had the entire crew of Spear of Light abandon the cruiser to board Shadow of Intent by using the cruiser's escape pods.[21] Once aboard the carrier, the Prelate sought to take control of Shadow of Intent and eliminate 'Vadum, but all of the Jiralhanae crew were ultimately killed and Tem was captured and interrogated by 'Vadum.[22]

After the engagement, Spear of Light was captured by Shadow of Intent. Most of the cruiser's systems were beyond repair, but its navigational database remained intact. 'Vadum analyzed the database and learned the coordinates of all locations Spear of Light had traveled to, including the Forerunner installation. With the coordinates, Shadow of Intent was able to travel to the installation to stop the Minister.[23] After the installation was destroyed, 'Vadum further analyzed the cruiser's database and learned of Spear of Light's rendezvous with surviving San'Shyuum, realizing that possibly thousands of San'Shyuum lived.[24]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 45 (Google Play edition)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Halo: Warfleet, page 72-73
  3. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 41
  4. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 194
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 265
  6. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 277
  7. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 265
  8. ^ Halo Waypoint, Covenant Cruiser (Retrieved on Apr 17, 2021) [archive]
  9. ^ Halo 4, Zanar-pattern light cruiser in-game model
  10. ^ a b Halo: Shadow of Intent: "Behind the Prelate’s pod, nine more were launching, each with five Jiralhanae inside. These fifty warriors—the entirety of Spear of Light’s remaining crew—knew they had just punched a one-way ticket, that there was no turning back."
  11. ^ a b Halo: Vertical Umbrage
  12. ^ a b Halo Waypoint, Halo 4 - Vertical Umbrage (Retrieved on Nov 7, 2022) [local archive] [external archive]
  13. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 64 (Google Play edition)
  14. ^ a b Halo: Shadow of Intent, pages 44-46 (Google Play edition)
  15. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 51 (Google Play edition)
  16. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 39 (Google Play edition)
  17. ^ a b Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named soi19
  18. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 10 (Google Play edition)
  19. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 75 (Google Play edition)
  20. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 8 (Google Play edition)
  21. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, pages 42-50 (Google Play edition)
  22. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, pages 55-60 (Google Play edition)
  23. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 62 (Google Play edition)
  24. ^ Halo: Shadow of Intent, page 82 (Google Play edition)