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- “Yes... run, little Demons.”— To Red Team
Atriox is a Jiralhanae Warlord and is the leader of The Banished, a Brute-led splinter faction that fought against the Covenant long before the Great Schism. He led the Banished against SPARTAN Red Team at a human outpost situated at Installation 00, in 2559. His weapon of choice is an energy mace called "Chainbreaker," a weapon he created himself from parts of a T-2 "Gravity Hammer" EW/H.
For most of his life, Atriox was a warrior in the Covenant's ground forces.
Human-Covenant War Edit
During the Human-Covenant war, before the Jiralhanae civilization's ascension in the Covenant hierarchy, Brutes were commonly used as shock troopers; sent into suicidal combat scenarios where they were expected to be slaughtered, told that death in battle was the only way that they would be able to take the Great Journey. Atriox and his clan were sent in groups of 40 into such situations. Each and every time, Atriox and only Atriox survived. Time after time, he survived only to see more and more of his brothers slain fighting for beliefs that were not their own.
Atriox's ability to survive gained him the respect of many, but he began to despise the Covenant sending his kind to be butchered, and thus began to defy the Covenant. Finally, the Prophets took notice of his heresy and sent a Sangheili death squad to execute him. Atriox seemed to surrender to his fate, and the squad leader raised his energy sword. However, before he could strike the killing blow, Atriox grabbed the Elite's wrist, staying his hand, and strangled the executioner with his bare hands. Before the other members of the Elite executioner squad could attack, Atriox's men fell upon them and slaughtered them all. In that moment, Atriox and the Banished were born.
"In everything we know of the Covenant's thousand-year history, Atriox was the first to defy the Covenant and survive."For the rest of the Human-Covenant War, the Banished raided across Covenant space, growing in numbers and notoriety with every attack. Many mercenaries, pirates, and Covenant warriors also sick of the cruelty of the Covenant leadership joined Atriox's ranks. Soon after the Great Schism, Atriox came across Shipmaster Let 'Volir, the Sangheili commander of the CAS-class Assault Carrier Enduring Conviction. 'Volir had no purpose now that the Prophet's lies had been revealed, so Atriox offered to give him something to fight for as well as to keep his ship fueled up and his crew roster full, in exchange that 'Volir follow him. The Shipmaster was hesitant to take orders from a Brute, having commanded them in the past and seeing them as beneath him, but saw it was his only choice and accepted. 'Volir quickly came to realize that Atriox was not an ordinary Brute and came to both respect and fear him.
Caught between the Banished threat as well as the Flood and the formation of the Covenant Separatists, who allied themselves with the UNSC, the Covenant were powerless to put Atriox down. Atriox continued to raid Covenant forces until the end of the War and even gained the notice of the UNSC.
The Ark Edit
In the year 2559, Atriox came upon Installation 00, also known as the Ark. Deciding to make it his new base of operations, he sent his chief lieutenant Decimus to attack the UNSC research outpost on the surface, killing every human there. Atriox quickly learned how to make use of the Installation's Cartographer and the Ark's portal network to rapidly move supplies and troops all over the installation as they begin to salvage resources.
Four months after Atriox's arrival on the Ark, the long-lost human warship UNSC Spirit of Fire arrived, having drifted for 28 years. Unaware of the situation, Captain James Cutter dispatched Spartan Red Team, comprised of Spartans Jerome-092, Alice-130, and Douglas-042, to the surface to investigate the UNSC base. Atriox learned of his and went to meet the newcomers himself. The Spartans entered the compound where the Logistics AI, Isabel, attempted to warn them, but Atriox ambushed the Spartans, overpowering them with ease and throwing them around like ragdolls. Douglas managed to stab him, but, unfazed, Atriox crushed the Spartan's shoulder with one hand, through his armor, and stuck a near-lethal blow with Chainbreaker. He taunted the Spartans as they dragged their badly-wounded comrade away, crushing Douglass's helmet in his fist. He then skulked away from the scene as his troops pursued the retreating Spartans. Cutter declared all-out war on the Banished, and the battle for the Ark had begun.
Atriox's ability to rapidly distribute his forces throughout the Ark was soon turned against him when Professor Ellen Anders shuts down the portal network, leaving some of Atriox's troops stranded and the rest unable to deploy as quickly as they could before, turning the fight in the UNSC's favor. In addition, the Banished's mining operations had incurred the wrath of the Ark's guard dogs: swarms of Forerunner Sentinels began attacking Banished forces.
Realising the threat that the UNSC pose now, Atriox dispatched his CAS-class Assault Carrier, the Enduring Conviction to engage the Spirit of Fire, hoping to take out the human's command ship. The carrier quickly begins to overwhelm the Spirit of Fire, which does not have the firepower to fight back and nowhere to run. However, Isabel devises a plan using a Forerunner particle cannon to disable the carrier's shields and boards the ship with Jerome. Hacking into the ship, Isabel uses the ship's glassing beam to provoke a swarm of Sentinels into destroying the capital ship, much to Atriox's frustration.
Following the destruction of Enduring Conviction, Atriox ordered 'Volir's remaining troops to secure the newly activated Halo ring released from the Ark. However, this was thwarted by Red Team blocking his reinforcements to the Ring and Anders using the ring's gravity systems to eject all the Banished troops on the Ring into space. The Ring departs shortly after with Anders on it, but the Spirit of Fire and all other UNSC personnel left behind.
Atriox once again set about preparing his horde for a long war on the Spirit of Fire's forces. While still a formidable tactician with a seemingly endless number of troops, vehicles, and resources at his command, he had lost his ability to rapidly deploy troops, he no longer has the air support of his Carrier, and he had lost many officers. Instead of an all-out assault, he instead began to fortify key locations across the Ark to deny the UNSC resources and increased mining operations and salvaging of abandoned Covenant wreckages.
Flood Outbreak on the Ark Edit
However, the UNSC and Forerunner Sentinels were revealed to not be the only threat to Atriox's control of the installation. Atriox had uncovered the location of the long-lost High Charity, which had crashed onto the Ark's surface seven years prior. In addition to the Forerunner Sentinels having put up a quarantine shield around the massive object, Atriox remembered the stories of the Flood outbreak aboard High Charity, and ordered his troops to instead scavenge nearby wreckage and to leave the former Covenant's capital city untouched.
Unfortunately, an overly-eager Brute commander named Voridus ignored Atriox's warnings, as well as those of his more prudent brother Pavium, and used a Scarab to penetrate the shield and investigate High Charity. Within moments, a sea of Flood forms poured from the breach, quickly overwhelming Banished forces and forcing Atriox to abandon his defensive efforts against the UNSC to divert all of his troops to prevent the Flood from spreading. Fortunately, Atriox's reinforcements and many cunning strategies employed by Voridus and Pavium put down the outbreak, and Atriox decided to spare the brothers for their efforts in defeating the Flood.
However, this proved to be yet another setback for Atriox. Voridus and Pavium's war packs had suffered more than 40% casualties to the infection, many Banished bases and mining outposts had been destroyed, and Atriox's plans for operations against the UNSC had suffered as a result.
Atriox is a cold, calculating, cunning, and brutal leader.
He is shown to be significantly more intelligent than most Brutes, but is also much more level headed than any Brute seen before. He keeps his cool in situations that would send any other of his kind into a destructive rage. He also seems to have a degree of honor, shown when he offers Cutter the chance to flee or when he allows Spartan Red team to retreat when he easily could have killed them all himself. He is also ambitious, and this coupled with his hatred of the Covenant made him a grave threat to its power.
Atriox is very confident and is not shy of gloating when he knows he has won, taunting his enemies as they run away. He is also good with technology, as he quickly learns how to use Forerunner tech and can design weapons such as his Hammer, Chainbreaker, as well as vehicles like the Blisterback.
Atriox is incredibly strong and resilient, a veteran of countless desperate combat scenarios that even many Sangheili Arbiters have failed to return from. He is capable of holding his own not just against other Covenant, but even against legendary, combat-hardened Spartans like Jerome, even if they are working in teams.
Atriox stands somewhat taller than even other Brutes, who stand as one of the largest bipedal species in the galaxy. His body is covered in gray and white armor made from scavenged parts. His fur, like other Brutes, is dark brown, but his beard and hair are braided and he wears white paint on his face.
The piece of armor adorning and protecting his abdomen is taken from an ODST's chestplate, meaning he has likely fought and killed at least one before.
- "Run, little demons!"
- "As I suspected, nothing but a man."
- "Hunt them down. Find out where they came from. And bring me back anything useful."
- "Ah, little Spartan, I see you've recovered from our introduction. Seems you need another lesson."
- "Prove you are still worth your price."