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Special Operations Commander of the Covenant

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Special Operations Commander
Biographical and armament information





Political and military information


Special Operations


Commander of Special Operations


Rtas 'Vadum


Covenant Empire, later Covenant Separatists

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Special Operations Commander of the Covenant is a high Covenant Sangheili position that commands all Special Operations forces.[1][2]

Description Edit

The title of Special Operations Commander is the highest office attainable by a Sangheili in the Covenant Special Operations division. They hold considerable amount of political and military authority in the Covenant Army; a Special Operations Commander is placed in command of all the personnel and material of a special operation and has a unique honor of speaking directly to the High Prophets and relaying their messages to the High Council.[3]

It is speculated that only one individual can hold this rank at a time, similar to the Human rank of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and Arbiter. From what is gathered from the name, holders of this rank are believed to be in command of all the Special Operations Forces within the Covenant, but often lead attacks themselves.[4] This is assuming, however, that the title is meant to refer to one's authority and not one's origin (example: Julius Caesar of Rome). This trend of personal leadership may be due to Sangheili culture, mainly their high sense of honor. It appears that the Special Operations Commander is clad in armor similar to standard Ultras, although not exactly identical.

The only known Special Operations Commander, Rtas 'Vadumee, led dozens of Special Operations Sangheili and Special Operations Unggoy in the Battle of the Gas Mine and also the Battle of the Quarantine Zone.

List of appearancesEdit


  1. The Official Halo 2 Strategy Guide, page 121
  2. Making of Halo 3, Director's Commentary
  3. Halo 2, level Sacred Icon
  4. Halo 2, level The Arbiter

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