Do you really think not one of those thousands to have been killed would have been a spartan? even low ranking elites like Ustaf 'Nbekee have killed a Spartan, you seriously doubt a shipmaster given that responsibility would of?
Yes. Only 5-6 Spartan IIs were killed before 2552, and Thel killed none of them. Thel also never participated in any battle that the Spartan IIIs took part in. So no, he has never killed a Spartan. How many Spartans did you think there were?
Quote:Elites are somewhat stronger than Spatan-II's, not by much but still stronger. Again try playing in Heroic or Legendary against an elite and see who wins using only melee.
They are around just as strong actually. Gameplay =/= canon.
Not to mention, the 12 year old Beta Company Spartan IIIs annihalated hundreds, if not thousands of Elites in hand-to-hand combat during Operation Torpedo. Not to mention that these 12 year old Spartans weren't even equipped with Mjolnir, they wore SPI armour instead.
I've looked up Operation Torpedo and found no information on that, I did find that the spartans were dropped down to 200 by Jackal-Snipers, the rest of Beta company being slaughtered and the rest of the Spartans were slaughtered there suit, leaving only two left.
Also before what date of 2552, he could of killed Spartans in 2552 before he was stripped of his rank, or at least before october, as that year was when the war was at it's peak as far as I can remember.
Bungie called Heroic the "Reality" of Halo, and how difficult it would of actually been, unlike the comics.
Read the book, it's in the prologue.
Before the Fall of Reach only 6 Spartan IIs were killed. Thel wasn't involved in the ground fighting during the battle for Reach. He hasn't killed a single Spartan II.
Bungie said that Heroic was the difficulty Halo was supposed to be played on. It's obviously not canon otherwise the Chief would be vaporised by several bolts from a banshee's plasma cannon, and a plasma rifle would be able to instantly kill grunts and jackals with a single bolt of plasma.
What more could Thel have experienced in those 20 years than Chief could experience in his 20. The answer is not much or anything, when it comes to periods as long as 30 and 50 years it doesn't matter who has more years, you're ultimately at peak experience.
Well that's not true, it's not about the different situations you might encounter, it's about honing your skills. Thel has had much longer, nearly twice the amount Chief has to do this. There's no such thing as "peak experience", you can always learn new things or master things you already know. There's not a single thing that someone can be absolutely perfect at in every aspect just because they've done it for 20 years.
Quote:Their armour is said to be blue but Minors aren't the only Elites to be described as blue armoured.
What other ranks are said to have blue armour then? Minors (and Halo 2 Rangers) are the only Elites that wear blue armour...