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Up to date as of February 08, 2010

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A Luminary is a Covenant technology, modeled and sculpted after a Forerunner device recovered from the Covenant-controlled Forerunner Dreadnought. Its purpose is to scan for and identify Forerunner relics and is required on all Covenant vessels. It is described as a series of three silver pyramids: two smaller ones supporting an upside down larger one in the center. There are apparently several models of Luminaries, more advanced versions (presumably a better reconstruction of the original Forerunner devices), as it is revealed primitive versions of Luminaries lead the Covenant to discover the Lekgolo, shortly after the formation of the Covenant.[1] Luminaries are of great religious significance to the Covenant and tampering with them was punishable by death. A Holy Writ, essentially the Covenant equivalent of folk wisdom, concerns the Luminaries, namely, "A Luminary does not lie."[2]

As the presence of a Luminary is required on all Covenant vessels, there are likely at least tens if not hundreds of thousands of them in existence, depending of course on the number of ships the Covenant control. The Luminary of the Minor Transgression is significant as it led the Covenant to the UNSC colony Harvest, and precipitated the Human-Covenant War. It identified Harvest with several thousand Forerunner glyphs (referred to as Luminations in this context and called relics by the Covenant) that led the Covenant to believe the world held innumerable Forerunner treasures. Unfortunately, they misinterpreted the sign as "Reclamation," rather than the actual translation, "Reclaimers."[3]

Trouble with the Covenant

Although the newly appointed Prophet of Truth was aware of the mistake caused by this "misinterpretation", he refused to let the Covenant know of the human ties with the Forerunner and instead uses this as motivation to begin the Human-Covenant War in order to ensure the survival of the Covenant, as the very basis of their faith is that there are no more Forerunners alive. Instead, he claimed that the Luminaries were all incorrect, despite a Covenant mantra stating that a Luminary does not lie. As a result, he claims that the "filth" were out to destroy the holy Forerunner relics and most importantly, the Halo rings. He also planned to use this as a means of getting the location of all the Humans so he could exterminate them.


  1. Halo: Contact Harvest, page 269
  2. Halo: Contact Harvest, page 94
  3. Halo: Contact Harvest, page 155

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City of Heroes

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From City of Heroes Wiki

Real Name None
Gender Female
Archetype Blaster
Affiliation Vindicators
Age Unknown
Romantic Associations Unknown
Known Family Positron (maker)
Primary Powers Energy Blast
Secondary Powers Energy Melee
Zone Locations Talos Island

Luminary is a hero trainer in Talos Island in the New Troy section located just outside the Green Line monorail station at coordinates (-1100, 160, 7382). Her location is marked on the map as a contact.




The current Luminary is an android built by Positron to replace the original Luminary who retired in 1995. Far from being a cold machine, Luminary has developed a strong personality under the watchful gaze of the android Citadel of the Freedom Phalanx. Armed with powerful energy blasts, Luminary has become a shining example of heroism and progress for Paragon City.


The original Luminary is Kit Rafter. He retired from the Freedom Phalanx in 1995 to become the spokesperson for Hero Corps. At his wedding, Positron presented Kit and his new wife Jeanette with the ultimate wedding present: a new android modeled after Jeanette with powers similar to Kit's. This next-generation heroine was the new Luminary, carrying on Kit's fine tradition under the watchful eye of Citadel. Her systems were all more advanced than Citadel's, making her the state of the art in android technology.

The new Luminary has recently shown signs of developing a strong personality. It has caused Positron some concern that it seems similar to Jeanette's. He has performed many tests on her but has not determined the cause.

Character Stats

Secret Identity: None
Origin: Technology
Archetype: Blaster
Primary Powers: Energy Blast
Secondary Powers: Energy Melee
Other Powers: Flight, Energy Manipulation, and EM Pulse

See Also

  • Luminary's Vindicators profile for a list of her powers


  • Luminary's Praetorian Earth counterpart is Nightstar.
  • Luminary is a member of the Vindicators supergroup lead by Ms. Liberty.[1]
  • In the GameSpy preview that contains Luminary's background that was published a month and a half before the game's release, her archetype is listed as Defender and her power set is listed as Radiation Emission, Radiation Blast. This was corrected by a designer on the official CoH forum.[2]
  • In spite of the fact that the first Luminary was a male (Kit Rafter), the description of the Bright Star exploration badge describes the first Luminary with a feminine pronoun.
  • More information about the original Luminary is available in the history of Paragon City.

This article uses material from the "Luminary" article on the City of Heroes wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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