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Encyclopedia > Elite (Halo)
Sangheili

Elites, as seen in Halo 3.
Game series Halo series
First game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

Elites are a fictional alien race in the Halo series by Bungie Studios. They serve as one of the two primary commanding species in the caste system of the Covenant, an alliance of alien races. The species, called Sangheili in the Covenant language, are portrayed as physically strong and capable of brilliant military strategy; they serve as one of the player's most dangerous enemies in both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. Learning that their leaders have betrayed them, the Elites ally with their one-time enemies, humanity, during Halo 3. Borne of a fierce and proud warrior culture, Elites are promoted for their kills on the battlefield, and wear armor denoting their rank. http://bungie. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Green people redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Covenant Vehicles in Halo be merged into this article or section. ... Bungie is an American video game developer founded in May 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation (more popularly shortened to Bungie Software) by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. ... The word Caste is derived from the Portuguese word casta, meaning lineage, breed or race. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ...


Elites were one of the first enemies to appear during development of Halo: Combat Evolved, and players experience almost half of Halo 2's campaign through the eyes of an Elite known as the Arbiter. In Halo 3, the third and fourth players in cooperative mode play as two new Elite characters, N'tho 'Sraom and Usze 'Taham. In addition to marketing, Elites have been featured in two different action figure series, produced by Joyride Studios, as well as a collectible figure in the Halo ActionClix game. Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... The Arbiter is a fictional ceremonial and political rank bestowed upon special Covenant Elites in the Halo universe. ... Doom popularised co-op on the PC. Cooperative gameplay (often abbreviated as co-op) primarily refers to a feature in video games that allows players to work together as teammates with the absence of player-controlled competitors. ... This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ... This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ... Logo for Halo ActionClix. ...

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Character design

An Elite, as it appeared during Halo's production in 1999.
An Elite, as it appeared during Halo's production in 1999.

The Elites were one of the first enemies to be developed during the production of Halo: Combat Evolved, and underwent numerous cosmetic changes during their development. Bungie artist Shi Kai Wang developed numerous concept sketches of the characters before settling on a final design; early Elites had more conventional jaws, arrow-shaped heads and horns.[1] A pre-release trailer video of Halo: Combat Evolved was presented to the public on E3 2000, included a early model of the Elite.[2] Minor changes were still made to the characters after E3, including the addition of a personal energy shield.[2] A early design for the Majordomo-class Elite is seen wielding an Energy Sword and carrying a triple-layered energy shield, which did not make it into the final game.[2] Image File history File links Shieldandswordeq0. ... Image File history File links Shieldandswordeq0. ... Highland cow, a very old long-horned breed from Scotland. ... The history of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) began with its creation in 1995 and has continued through the most recent expo in 2006. ... An energy shield is a form of technology commonly found in science fiction, but also in development for real-life space travel[1]. // A number of efforts to design defensive energy fields are occuring in real life, most notably the efforts to design a deflector shield to protect spacecraft that... A majordomo is the head (major) person of a domestic staff (domo), one who acts on behalf of a usually absent owner of a typically large residence. ...


In The Art of Halo, Bungie concept artist Shi Kai Wang noted that project lead Jason Jones had, at one point, been insistent on giving the Elites a tail.[3] While Wang thought it made the aliens look too animalistic, the idea was eventually dropped due to practical considerations, including where the tail would go when the Elites were driving vehicles.[4] "At one point, we considered just having the Elites tuck their tails forward, between their legs," Wang noted, "But [we] abandoned that... for obvious reasons."[4] Jason Jones is the name of: Jason Jones (actor), Daily Show correspondent. ...


Attributes

Society

Two Elites, the Supreme Commander (left) and Ultra Rtas 'Vadum (right) as they appear in the Halo Graphic Novel
Two Elites, the Supreme Commander (left) and Ultra Rtas 'Vadum (right) as they appear in the Halo Graphic Novel

Elites are the main fighters of the Covenant up until the events of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx; until Halo 2, they also serve as the sole protectors of the Covenant Hierarchs.[5] The race has a strong warrior culture, fighting for the glory of combat and to uphold the 'Covenant Oath'.[6] Elites are promoted on the number of enemies they have killed and casualties inflicted on the opposing force.[7] All Elites wear armor, the color of which serves to indicate rank;[8] this armor contains a built-in, recharging energy shield, and occasionally an active camouflage system. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (554x1024, 199 KB) Image of the Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice, taken from the Halo Graphic Novel. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (554x1024, 199 KB) Image of the Supreme Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice, taken from the Halo Graphic Novel. ... Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... The Prophet Hierarchs are fictional characters featured in the video game Halo 2. ... Illustrating the concept, i. ...


Tactically brilliant,[7] the Elites nonetheless value integrity and honor, even in their foes.[9] In the Conversations from the Universe booklet that comes with the Halo 2 Limited Edition, Elites openly admire the tenacity of the humans they fight, and wonder why the Prophets do not admit them into the Covenant; according to Halo: Contact Harvest, the Elites consider the best opponents to be worth taking as allies.[10] Conversations from the Universe is a booklet that comes with the Halo 2 Limited Collectors Edition. ... Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ...


Little is explained about the non-military aspect of the Elites; according to Bungie's backstory of N'tho 'Sraom, Elites begin compulsory military service at the end of adolescence, and remain unmarried with no close ties outside their family.[9] The Elite homeworld is mentioned as Sanghelios in Halo 3; it is intimated that in their tours of duty Elites rarely return home.[11] This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ...


Appearance

The average Elite stands at eight feet, six inches (2.6 meters).[12] They have a quadruple-hinged jaw, with an upper jaw and four mandibles lined with sharp, pointed teeth; because of this unique mouth, the human Marines in Halo give them nicknames like "split-lip", "split-chin", or "squidhead". Elites have hands with only four digits; two middle fingers and two opposing thumbs on the outside for grasping. Their legs are unguligrade, allowing them to run very quickly and jump large distances. Finally, they are extremely strong,[7] able to match the strength of a Spartan-II equipped with the powered exoskeleton present in the MJOLNIR battle armor. Little is known of their internal anatomy, although it is mentioned that Elites have multiple hearts and purple blood.[13] Unguligrade animals (termed ungulates) are those which walk on the tips of their toes, typically on hooves. ... The SPARTAN-II supersoldier project is part of the fictional Halo universe storyline. ... U.S. Army conceptual mock-up of an exoskeleton-equipped soldier. ...


Appearances

Halo series

See also: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3

The Elites are introduced as one of the primary enemies in 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved. They are imposing, both to enemies and allies; if their Elite commander is killed, Covenant Grunts will panic and flee the player.[14] In the 2003 adaptation of the game, Halo: The Flood, it is revealed that Elites serve not only as commanders of infantry and ships, but also as liaisons to Covenant Prophets (although Ship Masters view these Elites with contempt.)[15] Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... Halo: The Flood is a 2003 novel based on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ...


Elites return in Halo 2, occasionally allies when the player assumes contol of the Arbiter. During the game, the Prophets replace the old Elite guards with the Elite's rivals, the Brutes. Covertly, the Prophets give the Brutes carte blanche to massacre the Elites,[16] sparking a civil war in the Covenant; the Elites ultimately join forces with the humans on the ringworld Delta Halo in order to stop the Brute Tartarus from activating the ring. Eric Nylund's book Ghosts of Onyx elaborates on the schism; after the events of Halo 2, Brute and Covenant ships clash over Delta Halo, attacking not only each other but any Flood attempting to escape the ring. Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... The Arbiter is a fictional ceremonial and political rank bestowed upon special Covenant Elites in the Halo universe. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight against each other for the control of political power. ... In the video game Halo 2, Installation 05, also known as Delta Halo (see footnotes), is one of the Halo Fortress World Installations built by the Forerunners to contain the Flood. ... Fictional characters from the Halo series of video games that began with Halo: Combat Evolved. ... Eric Nylund or Eric S. Nylund was born in 1964. ... Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. ... The Flood is a fictional parasitic alien life form in the Halo video game series. ...


In Halo 3, the Elites journey to Earth after the loss of the Covenant city, High Charity, to the Flood's leader Gravemind. There, they glass half of the African continent in a costly but ultimately successful bid to prevent a Flood infestation of Earth.[17] The Elite fleet, along with allied humans, then travel through a slipspace portal to the the Ark; there, they fight both Flood and the High Prophet of Truth's forces. In the resulting conflict, Truth is killed and the Flood are destroyed; the war with humanity ends. The Elites under the Arbiter's command pay their respects to the fallen on Earth, then proceed to head for their homeworld.[11] For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... In the video game Halo 2, High Charity is the name of the mobile capital city of the Covenant. ... Gravemind is a fictional character featured in the video game Halo 2. ... A vitrification experiment for the study of nuclear waste disposal at Pacific Northwest National Labs Vitrification is a process of converting a material into a glass-like amorphous solid which is free of any crystalline structure, either by the quick removal or addition of heat, or by mixing with an... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... Slipspace travel, also called slipstream travel, is a fictional means of faster-than-light travel used by spaceships. ... In Amber Clad approaches Installation 05, otherwise known as Delta Halo. ... The High Prophets are fictional characters in the video game Halo 2. ...


Appearances in other media

The addition of a Elite model in Halo 2 multiplayer has led to Elites being used in a variety of machinima productions; for example, This Spartan Life features an Elite named "DJ Octobit" who spins tunes.[18] Elites, known as "aliens", also play an important role in the plot of Red vs. Blue; the character Tucker's alien child, "Junior", turns out to be the messiah of his race, and becomes embroiled in a plot to control the alien's religion.[19] A scene from the popular machinima series Red vs. ... This Spartan Life is an award-winning talk show created by Bong + Dern Productions and produced and directed by Chris Burke, who hosts the show under the pseudonym Damian Lacedaemion (pronounced ). Premiering in 2005 and distributed over the Internet, the show is created using the machinima technique of recording the... This is a list of characters in the machinima series Red vs. ... For divisions in United States politics, see Red states and blue states. ... Private First Class[1] Lavernius Tucker is a main fictional character in the machinima science fiction comedy video series Red vs. ... This is a list of characters in the machinima series Red vs. ... In Judaism, the Messiah (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian ; Aramaic: , ; Arabic: , ; the Anointed One) at first meant any person who was anointed with oil on rising to a certain position among the ancient Israelites, at first that of High priest, later that of King and also that of a prophet. ...


Cultural impact

Merchandise

One of the Halo 2 series Elites.
One of the Halo 2 series Elites.

The Elites have been featured in several action figure series. One of these being a series based on Halo 2 and published by Joyride Studios. The default version of the figure was described as having good stability and complementing other figures in the series; this was the first of two designs with the other one being the design of an Elite Major.[20] Reviews of this model criticized it for having loose articulations and for lacking the ability to stand on its own, but praised its paint job.[21] A second series of Elite figures were released after the release of Halo 2.[22] The character was also included as a collectible figure in the Halo ActionClix board game which was released as promotional material before the release of Halo 3.[23] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Logo for Halo ActionClix. ...


Critical reception

The Elites have been well-received as both villains and allies. The artificial intelligence of the Elites in Halo: Combat Evolved was positively noted upon the game's release;[24] The ability to experience the storyline of Halo 2 from the Covenant perspective was described as a "brilliant stroke of game design".[25] The time where the player takes control of the Arbiter has been described a providing a unexpected plot twist and allowing the player to experience a "newfound complexity to the story".[26] This feature was described as providing the series with a new plot element referred to as the "intriguing side story of the Arbiter and his Elites" and its elimination was pointed to as responsible for reducing the role of the Arbiter within the series plot.[27]


The Elites have been described as superior to human Marines as allies, this being based on the ability of the characters to take large amounts of damage, having a personal protective shield and superior default weapons.[25] They were also described as reducing the amount where the player has to play without backup characters thus improving the amount of tactical combat, by allowing the player time to react based on the actions of their comrades.[25]


References

  1. ^ Bungie (2006-02-10). One Million Years B.X.. Bungie.net. Archived from the original on 2006-02-10.
  2. ^ a b c Bungie Studios, 2005. Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack (Xbox Extras: "Halo E3 2000". (in English).
  3. ^ Trautmann, Eric (2004). The Art of Halo. New York: Del Ray Publishing, 37. ISBN 0-345-47586-0. 
  4. ^ a b Trautmann, Eric (2004). The Art of Halo. New York: Del Ray Publishing, 38. ISBN 0-345-47586-0. 
  5. ^ Arbiter: We have always been your protectors. - Bungie Studios. Halo 2. Microsoft. Xbox. Level/area: The Arbiter (in English). 2004.
  6. ^ Rtas 'Vadumee: On the blood of our fathers. On the blood of our sons-we swore to uphold the Covenant. Covenant Troop: Even to our dying breath. Rtas 'Vadumee: Those who would break this oath are heretics. Worthy of neither pity nor mercy. Even now they use our Lords' creation to broadcast their lies. - Bungie Studios. Halo 2. Microsoft. Xbox. Level/area: The Arbiter (in English). 2004.
  7. ^ a b c (2001) in Bungie: Halo: Combat Evolved Instruction Manual: The Elites (in English). Microsoft Game Studios, 19. 
  8. ^ The Covenant Primer. Bungie (2004-04-29). Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  9. ^ a b Smith, Luke (2007-07-31). The Tru7h About Co-Op in Halo 3 (English). Bungie.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-02.
  10. ^ Staten, Joseph (2007). Halo: Contact Harvest. New York: Tor, 151. ISBN 0-7653-1569-6. 
  11. ^ a b Rtas 'Vadum: Things look different, without the Prophets' lies clouding my vision. I would like to see our own world. To know that it is safe. / Arbiter: Fear not. For we have made it so. - Bungie Studios. Halo 3. Microsoft. Xbox 360. Level/area: Halo (in English). 2007.
  12. ^ the Junkyard: Character Viewer Elites. the-junkyard.net. The Junkyard. Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  13. ^ Nylund, Erc (2006). Halo: Ghosts of Onyx. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 372. ISBN 0-765-31568-. 
  14. ^ (2004) in Bungie: Halo 2 Instruction Manual (in English). Microsoft Game Studios, 4. 
  15. ^ Dietz, William (2003). Halo: The Flood. New York: Ballantine Books, 6. ISBN 0-345-45921-0. 
  16. ^ Tartarus: Excellent work Arbiter. The Hierarchs will be pleased. Arbiter: The Icon...is my responsibility. Tartarus: Was your responsibility. Now it is mine. A bloody fate awaits you and your incompetent race. And I, Tartarus, Chieftain of the Brutes, will send you to it. Arbiter: When the Prophets learn of this they will have your head. Tartarus: When they learn? Fool. They ordered me to do it. - Bungie Studios. Halo 2. Microsoft. Xbox. Level/area: Quarantine Zone (in English). 2004.
  17. ^ Rtas 'Vadum (arrogantly): Did you not hear? Your world is doomed. A Flood army, a Gravemind, has you in its sights! You barely survived a small contamination. / Lord Hood: And you, Ship Master, just glassed half a continent! Maybe the Flood isn't all I should be worried about. - Bungie Studios. Halo 3. Microsoft. Xbox 360. Level/area: Floodgate (in English). 2007.
  18. ^ Staff (2005-08-19). A talk-show in a virtual war-zone. happynews.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-01.
  19. ^ Rooster Teeth Productions (2007-06-09). Red vs Blue episode 99: "Repent, The End is Near".
  20. ^ Staff (2004-01-17). Action Figure Reviews: Elite (Halo). The Armchair Empire. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.
  21. ^ J' Tonallo (2004-12-07). Action Figure Reviews: Elite, Red (Halo). The Armchair Empire. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.
  22. ^ Staff (2005-09-25). Ranger Elite (Halo 2). The Armchair Empire. Retrieved on 2007-11-01.
  23. ^ McElroy, Justin (2007-06-05). Halo ActionClix take shape, due in September. Joystiq. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.
  24. ^ Fielder, Joe (2001-11-09). Halo: Combat Evolved for Xbox. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2007-11-08.
  25. ^ a b c McLain, Alex (2007). The Big One. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.
  26. ^ Kasavin, Greg (2004-11-07). Halo 2 for Xbox Review. Gamespot. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.
  27. ^ Goldstein, Hillary (2007-09-23). Halo 3 Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-10-25.

 
 

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