- Latin Species Name:
- Macto Cognatus
- Technology Level:
- Tier 2
- Avg. Height Range:
- 7ft 4in–8ft 6in (223–259cm)
- Avg. Weight Range:
- 307–393lbs (139–178kg)
Sangheili are biped saurians with tall, muscular bodies and elongated heads bearing four mandibles, each laced with sharp rows of teeth; adult Sangheili mandibles can be found in varying shapes, sizes, and ranges of dexterity, and are as distinctive as a fingerprint. Their long, sinewy arms end in zygodactyly hands with impressively dexterous fingers.
Divided into clans composed of a tightly-knit families, Sangheili culture has historically been based around a type of feudal manorialism, with multiple allied clan being led by a
Several hundred years prior to the formation of the Covenant, the Sangheili had developed
SWORDS OF THE PROPHETS
After the Covenant was formed, the San’Shyuum slowly insinuated themselves into Sangheili culture, gradually replacing their scientific and industrial capabilities and supporting their warlords’ ambitions to focus purely on martial matters. As time passed, other species were given charge over even menial tasks and labor and the entire Sangheili culture was dedicated to waging holy wars and acquiring Forerunner artifacts on behalf of the San’Shyuum Prophets.
Much later, it was the Sangheili that led Covenant forces in a vicious campaign to wipe mankind out. During this protracted war, however, ancient lies and betrayal at the hands of the High Prophet of Truth led to the permanent fracturing of their collective. The resulting Great Schism tore apart the
In the aftermath of the conflict and the destruction of the San’Shyuum-led Ministries that had managed the Covenant species’ day-to-day needs, Sangheili society began to fall apart, with their colonies sliding into violent internecine clashes over resources, politics, and influence. Still reeling from these events and divided on their relationship with humanity and their belief in the Forerunner divinity, the
One of those groups is the Swords of Sanghelios, an ancient order restored by Arbiter
John Shirley's novel takes readers to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful alliance between the Prophets and the Elites.
With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck to finally retire to the sidelines for a life he could only dream about…or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military’s new blood?