Covenant Starships were starships operated by the various species of the Covenant Empire. Starships were not operated solely by one Ministry of the Covenant. Some of these ministries include the Ministry of Fortitude, the Ministry of Conversion, and the Ministry of Tranquility.
Early Years of the CovenantEdit
A number of starships were designed following the signing of the Writ of Union. One of the earliest ship designs was the Varric-pattern heavy cruiser, designed during the earliest Age of Conflict and Age of Doubt. Another ancient ship was the RCS-class armored cruiser.
- Main article: Human-Covenant war
Fate of Covenant ShipsEdit
Different species have different design philosophies for starships. The Sangheili preferred starships that echoed the aggressive nature of various animals from Sanghelios and other Sangheili colonies. The San'Shyuum prefered more ornate designs, something that carried into the Covenant.
As well, the San'Shyuum preferred multi-role vessels.
Armor & DefenseEdit
- Main article: Energy Projector
Covenant warships often had Energy Projectors. An energy projector is a large beam of plasma which can be used to devastating effect in either ship-to-ship combat or in ground operations.
Often during ground campaigns, it was used in a method called glassing, whereby a Covenant starship burns the surface of a planet in order to render it lifeless.
Covenant starships also make use of the Plasma Torpedo.
Several types of starfighters were in service with the Covenant. This included the Tarasque-class heavy fighter and the Gigas-class fighter-bomber, it's replacement, the Type-31 Exoatmospheric Multi-role Fighter, and the Type-27 Exoatmospheric Multi-role Fighter.
- Main article: Dropship
A number of dropships were in use by the Covenant, acting as troop, vehicle and supply transport. These include the Dextro Xur-pattern troop carrier, the Type-44 Troop Carrier and the Type-52 Troop Carrier. As well, the Type-28 Intrusion Vehicle helped the Covenant board enemy ships.
- Main article: Support starship
Light Capital WarshipsEdit
- Main article: Light capital warship
The Covenant operated a number of lighter capital warships. These include some of the smaller Covenant cruisers, like the CCS-class battlecruisers and the CRS-class light cruisers. As well as the various corvette, frigate, and destroyer classes the Covenant operated.
Heavy Capital WarshipsEdit
- Main article: Heavy capital warship
The Covenant were known for their larger capital ships including the RCS-class armored cruiser, the ORS-class heavy cruiser and the Covenant supercruiser. On top of this, they operated various large carrier classes. Finally, they were known to use heavily armed battleships.
Covenant ships were not exclusively designed for war and often operated in a number of non-warfare based situations. This can include the Missionary ship, operated by the Ministry of Tranquility. The Covenant also operated a number of tithe fleets, which were often filled with Sangheili Brigantines.
List of Covenant StarshipsEdit
The following is a list of the starships that belong to and were used by the Covenant Empire, its client species, and the splintered factions that came forth from the Great Schism.
|CAS-class assault carrier||Breath of Annihilation||Unknown, last seen under the control of Jul 'Mdama's Covenant.|
|Clarity of Faith||Crash landed on an Unnamed Moon|
|Day of Jubilation||Destroyed over Earth in 2552.|
|Enduring Conviction||Fell into the hands of The Banished. Destroyed in 2559 over Installation 00.|
|Resplendent Fervor||Unknown status; possibly destroyed.|
|Shadow of Intent||Active as of March 2558, in the possession of the Swords of Sanghelios.|
|Solemn Penance||Destroyed or commandeered by the Loyalists.|
|Seeker of Truth||Unknown status; last seen during the Battle of Installation 04.|
|Song of Retribution||Unknown, last seen under the control of Jul 'Mdama's Covenant.|
|CSO-class supercarrier||Long Night of Solace||Destroyed|
|DDS-class carrier||Lawgiver||Unknown status, possibly destroyed|
|Varric-pattern heavy||Blight of the Profane||Unknown|
|Harbinger of Piety||Destroyed|
|Indulgence of Conviction||Captured by the Flood and crashed at Earth.|
|Pious Inquisitor||Renamed Naomi. Destroyed|
|Purveyor of Serenity||Unknown|
|Purity of Spirit||Unknown|
|Sacred Promise||Unknown, probably destroyed|
|Triumphant Declaration||Unknown, probably destroyed.|
|Truth and Reconciliation||Destroyed|
|Gathering of Praise||Fallen under the control of Hekabe of Maardoth. Renamed Foebane.|
|Unnamed Covenant Cruiser||Destroyed|
|Sinaris-pattern heavy||Bloodied Spirit||Destroyed|
|Far Sight Lost||Destroyed|
|Rapturous Arc||Taken by Flood, then quickly destroyed after moving to infect another destroyer.|
|Unknown||Pure Resolve||Unknown, last seen in the hands of Thars 'Sarov's faction.|
|Reprisal's Fire||Unknown, last seen in the hands of Thars 'Sarov's faction.|
|Vengeful Deed||Fell into the hands of Rojka 'Kasaan's faction. Destroyed over Carrow in 2558.|
|SDV-class heavy corvette||Ardent Prayer||Destroyed|
|Mayhem||Under Swords of Sanghelios control. Heavily damaged.|
|DSC-class support ship||Infinite Succor||Destroyed|
|Dextro Xur-pattern troop carrier||Brilliant Gift||Destroyed|
|Type-52 Troop Carrier||Glorious Advance||Unknown|
|Barque||Song of Wrath||Unknown|
|Forgeship||Boundless Artifice||Unknown, under Jiralhanae control|
|Hekar Taa-pattern fast interdictor||Joori's Light||Unknown|
|Missionary ship||Minor Transgression||Destroyed|
|Mutan Et-pattern storm cutter||Divine Breath||Unknown Status|
|Mark of Prophecy||Unknown Status|
|Unknown||A Psalm Every Day||Unknown Status|
|Commitment and Patience||Unknown Status|
|Havoc||Unknown, under control of the Swords of Sanghelios|
|Infinite Spoils||Unknown Status|
|Onslaught||Unknown, under control of the Swords of Sanghelios|
|Revolution||Unknown, under control of the Swords of Sanghelios|
|Seeker of Truth||Unknown Status, possibly destroyed|
|Valorous Salvation||Unknown Status|
- ↑ Halo: Cryptum, Page 269
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder - Holiday Shipping
- ↑ Halo: Warfleet – An Illustrated Guide to the Spacecraft of Halo, Page 64 & 65
- ↑ Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder - Armory Amore
- ↑ Halo: Warfleet – An Illustrated Guide to the Spacecraft of Halo - Glossary, Page 90
- ↑ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Page ??
- ↑ Halo Waypoint - Catalog Interaction - Page 14
- ↑ Halo: The Fall of Reach, Page 298 & 320
- ↑ Halo 2 - Level: Cairo Station
- ↑ Halo: Contact Harvest, Page 50