Halo Infinite will see one group of alien antagonists return from their final look in 2018’s Halo Wars 2. The Banished are a faction of mercenaries shaped primarily from former Covenant fighters. Born from the occasions of the unique trilogy’s important battle, the Banished have united beneath a brand new philosophy that opposes the Covenant’s non secular and racial hierarchy.
Not solely do the members of the Banished have vital variations from the Covenant they had been as soon as part of, however the faction has additionally undergone a number of key adjustments over the course of its improvement. Right here’s every thing identified concerning the Banished’s position within the Halo universe thus far, and what the faction’s look would possibly imply for Halo Infinite.
The Banished faction was born out of inter-species tensions inside the Covenant in the course of the Human-Covenant Conflict. A number of Jiralhanae, referred to as Brutes by people, grew bored with being positioned on the entrance traces by their Sangheili officers, referred to as Elites. Throughout the battle, it was typical for teams of round forty Brutes to clear the way in which for future attackers, however this normally led to the Brutes sacrificing themselves for the Covenant trigger essentially the most regardless of being the newest species to hitch.
The Banished had been based by a Brute named Atriox. Over the course of the battle, Atriox grew to become one in all few Brutes to outlive a number of first-wave assaults. Consequently, he grew to become one thing of a reluctant legend amongst his folks. More and more disillusioned with the Covenant and their battle towards humanity, Atriox vented his frustration on the Covenant to a human marine earlier than killing him. Nonetheless, when he rotated, Atriox discovered himself confronted by one other Brute who accused him of blasphemy towards the Covenant.
Within the ensuing battle, Atriox killed his accuser, an act for which he was sentenced to demise. Nonetheless, Atriox overpowered his Elite executioner on the final second, inspiring a gaggle of different Brutes who had been current at his execution to stand up and overthrow their officers. This group of Brutes included one know as Decimus, who would come to be referred to as the co-founder of the Banished.
At first, the Banished principally led pirate raids towards the Covenant. The faction’s opportunism paid off, permitting the Banished to take management of much more of the Covenant’s sources after the Nice Schism. Throughout this, a gaggle of Brutes led by one named Tartarus started taking revenge towards the Elites, main many Elites to retaliate towards the Brutes. Because of the Nice Schism, the Banished gained many extra recruits, even opening its ranks to human criminals prepared to face the group’s harsh circumstances. Regardless of their comparable origins, the Banished additionally profited from being seen as distinct from Tartarus and his forces, permitting them to convey factions just like the Elite squad “the Silent Shadow” into their fold.
As soon as the Banished had grown, it started branching out even additional. Atriox despatched members to Brute colonies and into human prison organizations to make connections. The Banished had been additionally in a position to take over the Covenant assault service Enduring Conviction, turning it into the mercenary group’s flagship for Halo Wars 2. Inter-species tensions between Halo‘s alien races nonetheless arose in the course of the Banished’s enlargement, nevertheless, with Brute Chieftain Jovus dying throughout an tried assault on Atriox for permitting Elites to hitch his group. Regardless of rejecting the Covenant’s species hierarchy, Brutes dominated the Banished whereas different species had been relegated to decrease positions.
About six years after the top of the Human-Covenant Conflict, the Banished got here into battle with the UNSC Spirit of Hearth whereas trying to seize the Ark, the Forerunner set up that the Halo Array superweapon could possibly be activated from. The battle was a catastrophe. The Banished’s flagship was destroyed within the battle, Decimus was killed, and the try by the Banished to seize a Halo ring failed. To make issues worse, just some months later, the Banished would by chance launch the Flood surviving within the wreckage of the Excessive Charity, the previous space-faring capital of the Covenant. Happily, the Banished forces had been in a position to overcome the Flood, however not with out taking additional casualties.
Since then the Banished have been on the rise as soon as extra. One Halo Infinite teaser launched on twitter contained a message from the Banished. “The hour approaches. Forces occupy the ring. Inside hours will probably be beneath our management. Humanity will burn. Their brazen defiance might be all however a reminiscence. No extra prophets. No extra lies. We stand collectively, brothers to the top. We’re his will. We’re his legacy. We’re the Banished.”
By the point of Halo Infinite, nevertheless, it isn’t Atriox main the Banished’s important forces. The speaker within the teaser is Conflict Chief Escharum, and his traces appear to indicate that Atriox is lacking or out of motion by the point of Halo Infinite. The message additionally means that the Banished have lastly gained management of a Halo ring, which Atriox initially did not do. Whereas Atriox was prepared to let people be a part of the Banished, the Conflict Chief appears bent on wiping them out after the current defeats the group has suffered.
It appears unusual that 343 would go away Atriox out of Halo Infinite, nevertheless. It appears probably that Atriox will return in some unspecified time in the future, presumably with dire penalties for Escharum. In spite of everything, when speaking concerning the hatred between the Brutes and Elites, Atriox has stated that “vengeance has no reward,” and he might really feel equally about the us. Atriox can also be a pragmatist, although, and should approve of the destruction of humanity if it continues to be the principle menace to the Banished.
In his absence, the extreme sway that Atriox’s legacy has over the Banished already seems to be being utilized by Conflict Chief Escharum to maintain the faction beneath management. With Grasp Chief again in motion, it’s unlikely the Banished will succeed at wiping out humanity, however the way forward for the faction, its management, and the destiny of the previous Covenant species all stay to be revealed in Halo Infinite.
Halo Infinite is ready to launch in 2021 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X/S.