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A wise warrior does not pick a fight with an unknown foe.
Pavium was an architect and siege master that constructed numerous fortifications for the Banished. He has become well known for his skillful use of long-range artillery like Mega-turrets using his Orbital Designator, and has such prowess in building defenses and commanding the defensive line that he has become known as "The Unbreakable". However, with his mixed loyalties to the Banished and his clan, his advancing in the ranks has been somewhat slow.
During his long service with the Banished, alongside his younger and brasher brother Voridus, he accrued significant favor with their leader Atriox despite Voridus's repeated slip-ups in battle. Due to his adherence to discipline, his brother was placed under his command so Pavium could keep an eye on him and try to keep the glory-seeking Brute lieutenant under control.
He also gained favor with Atriox's right-hand man Decimus, who gave Pavium the gift of an enormous tower shield, almost as tall as himself, for use in battle.
Many months after Installation 09 entered slipspace and left the Ark, Atriox decided to commit to a war of attrition and needed to gather resources, so Pavium and Voridus were tasked to scout and salvage any crashed starships near the ruined remains of High Charity, which had crashed down on to the Ark's surface seven years before. When Pavium warned Voridus to stick to Atriox's orders and leave High Charity untouched, the young brute scoffed and insisted that his brother "worries too much." Although Pavium had never witnessed the horrors of the Parasite still believed to be contained in the wreckage, unlike his brother he knew better than to take the risk.
The two commanders soon engaged the swarms of Sentinels that grew in numbers and ferocity the closer they came to High Charity's crash site. To deal with the wreckage blocking the path, Voridus called in a Banished Scarab to clear the way, which Pavium dryly commented was "very subtle." Soon, Retrievers appeared, and since they had no way to fight the nearly indestructible constructs, Voridus accessed a Forerunner interface and shut down the entire swarm.
Pavium reminded his brother one more time to heed Atriox's warning about the risk of the Flood and went to handle a salvaging operation nearby. He went some time without hearing from him and was unable to raise him on comms, but assumed he could handle matters himself. Suddenly, a garbled transmission from Voridus came through to warn Pavium, and moments later a sea of Flood forms poured into the salvage site. Quickly overwhelmed, Pavium fought a retreat action back to his beleaguered brother, wiping out many Flood, and the two managed to stem the flow long enough to consolidate their troops. But the wise Brute knew he was fighting a losing battle and while he held the Flood back he sent Voridus to access another Forerunner interface below the surface and reactivate the Sentinels to help push back the Flood, as well as receiving reinforcements from Atriox.
The appearance of a Proto-Gravemind proved to be the greatest challenge yet. Pavium utilized his favorite heavy weapons, Mega Turrets, to destroy the creature's tentacles, but even those were not enough to destroy the Proto-Gravemind itself. Fortunately, Voridus gained command of the powerful Retriever Sentinels, allowing the Banished to eliminate the colossal Flood form. Atriox arrived shortly after and berated the two for the disaster that they had caused (although Pavium less so), but spared them for their cunning and ferocity in battle and left them to seal the breach, total catastrophe having narrowly been averted.
Even Pavium's tactics and Voridus's courage did not provide an ideal outcome to the devastating battle with the Parasite. Pavium lost over 40% of his troops and the outbreak had forced Atriox to abandon his defensive line against the UNSC.
Due to his discipline, Pavium was given the nickname "the Unbreakable." Torn between his loyalty to his clan and to the Banished, Pavium desired to prove himself among his superiors, his clan, and Atriox.
Pavium is, in nearly every way, the polar opposite of his brother, Voridus. Unlike most Brutes, he is astute, wise, and prefers to have a plan before acting. He is also quite clever and excels at coming up with solutions to a problem on the fly. He, like his brother, is also very adept with Forerunner technology, able to interface with the Ark's control systems with little problem.
In combat, Pavium is best on the defense. He favors ranged combat, always holding his ground and anchoring his forces. It was his desire to wait and follow orders that could have prevented Voridus unleashing, the greatest threat the galaxy has ever seen, had his brother only listened.
In the post Covenant era, Pavium is disenfranchised with the Covenant and anything to do with their religion. However, unlike many of the Banished he commands, he listens to Atriox's repeated warnings about the Parasite still existing on High Charity's wreckage, and his fears are proven correct.
Pavium towers even over other Brute warriors, although not quite as tall as Atriox, and wears bulky red and black Banished Brute armor with numerous modifications, such as enormous pauldrons. His armor also has several glowing orange nodes to distinguish his armor in low light situations. His helmet is a collapsible headgear and facemask that retracts into his armor.
Pavium, like his brother, seems to have little, if any, hair on his head and body compared to other Brutes. His head is void of hair;, even lacking eyebrows. Instead of the typical brown or dark grey skin most Brutes have, his skin is a pale beige color.
Pavium seems to have designed his weapons. In the cutscenes, he has a small, large bore projectile weapon that fits over his right hand, with a bayonet and fed by a belt attached to the back of his suit. He also has a large shield and a knife-like attachment on his left gauntlet. In the gameplay itself, he has a large and powerful arm-mounted cannon with a 4-shot magazine. Although a ranged fighter, Pavium is not afraid to resort to attacking with his boot and fist if an enemy gets too close before he can reload.