The Ascetic Harness is the harness worn by Sangheili Ascetics. Like all Sangheili Combat Harnesses, it is similar in function and form to the UNSC MJOLNIR Armor, and features a dynamic recharging Energy Shield. Its role is that of inducing fear and ceremonial services.
Development and History
The Ascetic armor is often worn by troops during internal crisis as its intimidating design assists in keeping order. The Sangheili Ascetic Corps is the best of the best in the Sangheili military, as only the highest scored graduates of Sangheili military schools/academies can be considered for placement in the Ascetics.
Unlock: Unlock the Steppin' Razor Achievement.
The helmet appears completely sealed. Two yellowish-orange bulbs mark the location of the wearer's eyes. If you look closely enough you can see slight bulges where the jaws are. Along the jaw-line and for about fifteen centimeters (six inches) beyond, extend two silvery tusk-like protrusions similar in design to those found on stealth Brute headpieces. These tusks also look strikingly similar to a Brute Spiker's blades. Judging by the description offered in-game, the helmet-mounted blades are likely meant to further augment the wearer's already frightening appearance. The helmet also comes with a white, flexible neck piece.
Shoulder Pauldron Characteristics
Unlock: Unlock the Overkill Achievement.
The Shoulder Pauldron is made up of a quarter-circle shape with two blue lights in them and a number of indentations. The shoulder pads appear similar to those of the standard body armor worn by the COG soldiers of Gears of War.
Thoracic Cage Characteristics
Unlock: Unlock the Up Close and Personal Achievement.
Similar to the standard Combat Harness. The only noticeable difference is a protrusion, shaped like the English letter I, filling what would otherwise be a gap between the right and left breastplate. This chest plate is connected to the waist armor of the Elite. The combat advantages of this is unknown, but as an ergonomic feature it would seem to be designed to better the posture of the Elite, making them stand straighter and taller than other Elite counterparts.
- The body is possibly the easiest part of the armor to unlock as many players use melee attacks during games, easily getting them the Up Close and Personal achievement.
- Even though the Ascetic Helmet comes out farther than any other Elite helmet, it still has the same hitbox as any other Elite helmet, meaning the tusks have no effect relating to gunfire. However, they stand the risk of giving your position away to keen-eyed enemy snipers if they accidentally protrude from behind a corner.