Heyo! Aya here.
I'm writing this blog today on the Arbiters. Not just Thel 'Vadam, the Arbiter of Halo 3 and 5, but all the Arbiters that came before him. The long history of the Arbiters. (I'm doing this because my brother asked me about this subject earlier today) This entry may be a lot shorter than most of my entries, only because I can only remember so much without looking back at a video that I cant remember the name of, and the fact that without the video and the original Bible Story of the Halo universe I know very little legit stone hard facts. So not all of what I say may be close to the truth. And if I have something wrong, please let me know. And I will post the link to the video I was talking in a later entry. (Once I find it, that is. *laughs*)
So lets start with the History of the Arbiters. From what I do remember from the video and the game play itself, the Arbiter in Halo 3, the title Arbiter, was given only as a disgrace and dishonor to the Sangheili, (Elites) and was pretty much a death sentence. The way I like to see it, if this puts it into perspective, an Arbiter is a Sangheili version of a Spartan, but they're not supposed to come back alive and are expected to die. That's what the Prophets made them after they conquered, or as I like to see it enslaved, the Sangheili race.
But before the Prophets, the title Arbiter was the highest honor that could be bestowed upon a Sangheili warrior. And there was always more than one. In fact the Arbiters lead entire colonies, I think. They were both political, and military leaders of Sangheilos. So when the San'shyuum, (Prophets) invaded and won their war with the Sangheili, they then turned the title of the highest honor to a warrior, and made it an example of disgrace and and a death sentence. To put it bluntly, they took the Arbiter name, dragged it in the mud and and a message for them to go die in a hole. (I could have gone into so much more descriptive than that, but it wouldn't make sense to anyone but me, soooo)
But when the Arbiter, (Vadam) came in and help bring down the Prophets, it once again became a name of honor, a leader, and heroicness. (I don't think that's an actual word.)
Anyway, that's all I got for sure today guys. Please tell me what you think in the comments below, and if you have any requests of what my next entry should be or have anything about Halo you don't understand, also put in the comments or my message board.