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By the time Halo 3 was released, the majority of smart Halo fans had a rough idea of the Covenant Sangheili ranking system. It was, roughly:


However, when devout Halopedians researched the ranks by using books, forums, Bungie.net, and the games, they found that the Sangheili ranking system was much more complicated than they had originally thought.

Here is an updated version with all known ranks.

However, even that list is flawed. In Halo 3, on the level The Covenant, there are Minor and Major Sangheili. The problem is, that there are Minors with lighter blue armor and weaker shields that also act more foolishly. After those are Minors with darkish standard blue armor with weak shields, though not as weak as the Sangheili with light blue armor. We know that Major comes after Minor. There seems to be a light red, almost salmon color Major with slightly stronger shields than a normal Minor... On the level Floodgate, the Sangheili Major is seen commanding the Specops Sangheili. He has the same shields, if not slightly stronger. He is also smarter, as he does not throw plasma grenades at such a furious rate as his comrades.

This Major Sangheili has darkish red armor, almost standard color. His shields are stronger than the other Major Sangheili's that have light red armor. The Special Operations Sangheili in Halo 2 have roughly the same shield strength as Majors in Halo 2. In Halo 3, it is the same.

I'm thinking of a sort of list like this so far:

  • Minors
    • Minor Grade 1 (Minor minor would sound ridiculous), or perhaps Rookie, Trainee, Apprentice, Recruit, all sorts of things
    • Minor Grade 2 (standard Minor, obviously)
  • Majors
    • Major Grade 1 (As per Minor Grade 1, Major Minor would look and sound bad...or perhaps this may be regular Majors?)
    • Major Grade 2 (Perhaps these are standard Majors, or perhaps Veterans)

It's much more detailed than the previous list already. Now, as I went over in a previous blog, there seem to be two or three ranks of Stealth Sangheili. Stealth Minors, Stealth Majors, and/or Ossoonas. These would maybe also go under the category of Special Operations, along with Rangers and Special Operations Officers and Commanders.

Stealth Minors have brown/light blue armor, and barely any/no shields. Stealth Majors have black armor, and weak shields with the strength of a Minor's in Halo 2. Now we come to the strangest stealth rank of all: Ossoona. Since they were introduced in Halo: The Flood, this rank may or may not be accurate. However, they are simply Major Sangheili sent on spy missions. They have no shields, as they would interfere with Active Camo (supposedly), and black armor. However, they may, in fact, have light blue armor and be the stealth Sangheili that appear in Halo: Combat Evolved. They are known to wield plasma pistols and lots of plasma grenades.

Rangers are also Special Operations units who operate in vacuum with jet packs. They, like most other Sangheili ranks, are only seen in Halo 2, and only 1 variation is seen; the turquoise and blue ones.

Ultra Sangheili can be divided into two or three ranks, Field Master (the standard Ultra), Ship Master, and Special Operations Commander. The latter is also a special operations rank, and all three ranks wear silver armor and have high shields. Rtas 'Vadumee, in fact, on the level Great Journey, has shields no higher than a Sangheili Ultra.

Here is how the ranks stand so far:

Standard

  • Minors
    • Minor Grade 1 (Minor minor would sound ridiculous), or perhaps Rookie, Trainee, Apprentice, Recruit, all sorts of things
    • Minor Grade 2 (standard Minor, obviously)
  • Majors
    • Major Grade 1 (As per Minor Grade 1, Major Minor would look and sound bad...or perhaps this may be regular Majors?)
    • Major Grade 2 (Perhaps these are standard Majors, or perhaps Veterans)
  • Ultras (Commanders)
    • Field Master (standard Ultra, field commanders, like UNSC Colonels)
    • Ship Master (maybe they command Scarabs and other large vehicles)

Special Operations

  • Standard Special Ops
    • Special Operations Sangheili
    • Special Operations Officer
  • Ultras (Commanders)
    • Special Operations Commander
  • Stealth
    • Ossoona (light blue armor, for spy missions)
    • Stealth Minor (brown armor, for ambushes and stuff like that)
    • Stealth Major (black armor, to command Stealth forces)
  • Rangers
    • Ranger (standard Ranger)

Now we go to Commanders, a.k.a., Zealots. But first, I'd like to go over Honor Guards. There are two ranks, and they are clearly Honor Guard and Honor Guard Ultra. Honor Guards protect the Sangheili High Councilors and San'Shyuum, and Honor Guard Ultras command the Honor Guards.

There are many ranks of Zealot, Weapons Master, Ship Master, Oracle Master, Ship Master, Fleet Master, and maybe Supreme Commander, and they are all golden, except maybe Supreme Commander (which is covered in another of my blogs). I think that Supreme Commander may be the same as Fleet Master, or if not, just under Imperial Admiral.

I'm thinking Oracle Master is the highest "Master" rank, as they are personal advisors to the Hierarchs themselves. I also think that if Ultra Field Master is "Colonel", then Zealot Field Master is "General". And Admirals are no higher than Generals, which makes me think that Field Master and Ship Master have the same amount of authority, and they are not higher than the other. Above Supreme Commanders, are, of course, Imperial Admirals, and above those, Sangheili High Councilors. We cannot, however, forget Elders and Kaidons, though they are not Covenant or military ranks, being more political in their nature than even Sangheili High Councilor. As such, I will not include them in my final rough draft of the Sangheili ranking system. Though, Zealot Field Masters may be the equivalent to General or Brigadier, Ship Masters may be the equivalent to Captain or Rear Admiral.

I have added Honor Guard to the Special Operations category.


Standard

  • Minors
    • Minor Grade 1 (Minor minor would sound ridiculous), or perhaps Rookie, Trainee, Apprentice, Recruit, all sorts of things
    • Minor Grade 2 (standard Minor, obviously)
  • Majors
    • Major Grade 1 (As per Minor Grade 1, Major Minor would look and sound bad...or perhaps this may be regular Majors?)
    • Major Grade 2 (Perhaps these are standard Majors, or perhaps Veterans)
  • Ultras (Commanders)
    • Field Master (standard Ultra, field commanders, like UNSC Colonels)
    • Ship Master (maybe they command Scarabs and other large vehicles)

Special Operations

  • Standard Special Ops
    • Special Operations Sangheili
    • Special Operations Officer
  • Ultras (Commanders)
    • Special Operations Commander
  • Stealth
    • Ossoona (light blue armor, for spy missions)
    • Stealth Minor (brown armor, for ambushes and stuff like that)
    • Stealth Major (black armor, to command Stealth forces)
  • Rangers
    • Ranger (standard Ranger)
  • Honor Guards
    • Honor Guard
    • Honor Guard Ultra (silver, not red armor)

Commanders

  • Ultras
    • Ship Master
    • Special Operations Commander
    • Honor Guard Ultra
  • Zealots
    • Weapons Master
    • Field Master and Ship Master
    • Oracle Master
    • Fleet Master
    • Supreme Commander

"Fleet Admirals"

  • Supreme Commander
  • Imperial Admiral

Covenant Political

  • Sangheili High Councilor


That is my final rough draft (so far) of the Covenant Sangheili ranking system. I look forward to the discussion that may or may not result from this blog, if anyone even reads it all.

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