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The Varric-pattern heavy cruiser,[1] also known as an ORS-class heavy cruiser[2], is a capital warship classification within the Covenant Navy.

Using the 3-letter code used to classify Covenant ships, "O" ("Ordained") indicates that the cruiser has been improved with Forerunner technology, specifically, a weapons core. The "R" ("Reverence") indicates that the cruiser is capable of conducting reconnaissance missions and is capable of excavating Forerunner artifacts. The "S" ("Salvation") indicates that the cruiser is a dedicated warship with a pair of energy projectors.[4]

Class History[]

The Varric-pattern was designed and built for the civil conflicts that affected the Covenant during the Age of Conflict and Age of Doubt that followed the Sangheili-San'Shyuum war.[1]

A few ships, such as the Incorruptible and the Blight of the Profane, served during the Human-Covenant war.

After the Great Schism, many of the existing Varric-pattern cruisers fell into the hands of Covenant splinter factions.[1]


Boasting sophisticated stealth technology, an energy projector and plasma turrets, the Varric-pattern is more powerful than most cruisers used by the Covenant.[5] Despite this, the ships in the class are difficult to operate due to their age. Often scribes are needed on ship bridges in order to translate ancient Sangheili dialects.[1]


The Varric-pattern has the capacity to carry a number of troops including 400 obedientaries, 6,000 warriors, and 8,500 thralls.[1]


The crew of a Varric-pattern typically consists of 16 superiors, 70 engineers and 1,200 menials. These crew members were hand selected.[1]

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