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The Writ of Union is an oath of service to the Covenant, written by the Prophets and Elites who created the Covenant, apparently the Covenant High Council of Concordance. In the old Covenant tradition, when an Elite became a warrior, he recited the oath. This writ was apparently authored and first documented in the first Age of Reconciliation (852 B.C.E.).

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The Oath

The full content is unknown, but here are some excerpts:

Halo 2 Original Transcript

The Arbiter: So full of hate were our eyes that none of us could see.
Our war would yield countless dead, but never victory.

Prophet of Truth: So let us cast arms aside, and like discard our wrath.
Thou, in faith, will keep us safe, whilst we find the path.[1]

The Arbiter (Level)

On the Halo 2 level, The Arbiter, in the opening cut scene, SpecOps Elites recite this before they land :

Rtas 'Vadumee: "When we joined the Covenant, we took an oath!"

SpecOps Elites: "According to our station! All without exception!"

Rtas 'Vadumee: "On the blood of our fathers... on the blood of our sons, we swore to uphold the Covenant!"

SpecOps Elites: "Even to our dying breath!"

Rtas 'Vadumee: "Those who would break this oath are Heretics... Worthy of neither pity, nor mercy! Even now, they use our Lords' creations to broadcast their lies!"

SpecOps Elites: "We shall grind them into dust!" {The subtitles add to this line with "...scrape them as excrement from our boots." - see trivia.}

Rtas 'Vadumee: "And continue our march to glorious salvation!"

Early Halo 2 script

On and on shall old war go,
Without respite my blood will flow

O’er your eyes ‘til they cannot see
The impossibility of victory.[2]

Trivia

  • High-ranked Covenant Deacons, such as the Unggoy, Dadab, were required to memorize the entire Writ of Union, word for word.
  • During gameplay, the extra line "scrape them as excrement from our boots" in the subtitles is added to the oath by the Special Operations Elites after "We shall grind them into dust," however, it remains unspoken. The reason for this omission is unknown, although it is most likely because Elites do not wear boots given their split toed and hoof-shaped feet.[3]
  • The Writ of Union is written on the inside of the Halo 2 soundtrack Volume One.

References

  1. Halo 2: Original Soundtrack
  2. Early Halo 2 Script
  3. The Arbiter (level)
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