Useumru-pattern voidpiercer

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A crop of the voidpiercers.
Class attributes




Assembly Forges

In service:

c.851 BCE-850 BCE[Note 1]

General characteristics


Multi-role warship[1]

Maneuver drive:

3 repulsor engines[2]

Slipspace drive:



Nanolaminate plating[2]


Sensor vanes[2]


The Useumru-pattern voidpiercer is a spacecraft classification developed by the Covenant during the empire's early years.[1]


Design details[edit]

Voidpiercers are equipped with two sensor vanes located on the nose of the ship, with three repulsor engines located on the aft. The engines arranged in a triangular formation, with the topmost engine resting inside a carapace protruding from the dorsal hull of the ship, while the other two are integrated into the regular spaceframe. The overall profile of the ship bears heavy resemblance to the cruisers of the Covenant's later years - in particular the elongated hull of the Varric-pattern heavy cruiser.[2]

Development history[edit]

Voidpiercers were developed during the early years of the fledgling Covenant empire, created as a joint design of both Sangheili and San'Shyuum origin as one of the first truly collaborative engineering efforts between the newly-united species. The voidpiercer was developed during an era in which the Covenant's civil and military infrastructure was not yet formalised - as such it was designed with a broad multi-role scope in mind, as opposed to the extreme specialisation of later ships the empire would develop.[1]

Ultimately, the Useumru-pattern's design process was a key factor in testing the ability of the San'Shyuum and Sangheili to cooperate on large-scale engineering efforts - something which would prove vital almost immediately during the construction of the empire's future capital city-station, High Charity.[1]

Operational history[edit]

At least three voidpiercers were present as part of the Prophet of Inner Conviction's fleet at The Refuge in 850 BCE only two years after the signing of the Writ of Union in 852 BCE, in which they took part in the Rending.[2] They would continue to be present around High Charity as the city-station was under construction between 791 BCE and 648 BCE.[3]

As of the 26th century, voidpiercers still remain in service in the Covenant fleet, though are considered outdated. On at least one occaision, Shipmaster Arkad 'Kulul was reassigned to one as a punishment after causing minor offence to the steward of the Prophet of Tolerance for his lack of piety.[4]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Given the voidpiercer was introduced in the earliest years of the Covenant and was employed by 850 BCE, this means it had to be first employed some time following the Writ of Union's signing in 852 BCE.


  1. ^ a b c d Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Eklund's Ensemble (Retrieved on Jul 20, 2022) [archive]
  2. ^ a b c d e Halo: Broken Circle, Cover art
  3. ^ Halo Mythos, page 42-43
  4. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Covering Fire (Retrieved on Jan 31, 2024) [archive]