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Xytan 'Jar Wattinree
Biographical information


Date of death


Physical description

Imperial Admiral




11' 6" (3.54 m)


Sublime Transcendence

Chronological and political information

Covenant, later Covenant Separatists

"The Great Schism is upon us. The unbreakable Covenant Writ of Union has been split asunder. This is the end of the Ninth, and final, Age."
—Xytan 'Jar Wattinree

Imperial Admiral Xytan 'Jar Wattinree was a Covenant Elite military officer with the rank of the Imperial Admiral. He was the Regent Command of the Combined Fleet of Righteous Purpose.



'Jar Wattinree was over eleven and a half-feet tall, a giant even amongst the average 8'6" foot Sangheili[2]. However, it may be an illusion, given his image is projected by a holographic generator, or that he wears a ceremonial headdress, somewhat similar to that of a Councilor.

Naturally, any legendary hero through an average warrior's eyes is given to be of godly stature, generally through the physical trait of height, a particular example of such would be that of Odysseus of the Odyssey—note how in which the story emphasizes his heroic traits, some of which are being very tall. The book itself stated the admiral's well being to be no less than a god. It's apparent that in order to demonstrate Xytan's heroism throughout the Covenant they emphasized heroic traits. To do this, they emphasize height and, to perform such, Eric Nylund hinted they might have used raised platform boots or possibly another hologram. He was legendary and extremely illustrious amongst the soldiers of the Covenant. He had never been defeated in battle, he had never failed at any task, no matter what the challenge, and he was never wrong. His only flaw was that he had been so revered, some respected him above any Prophet and for that he had been exiled to lead a Fleet only at the fringes and outskirts of the vast Covenant Empire.

Commanding his fleet he played a considerably large role in the Civil War of the Covenant. 'Jar Wattinree was one of the first Elite leaders to take command of the confused Elites and rally them at Joyous Exultation. There, they moved in to ambush the Brutes and destroy them, putting an end to the Civil War before they could destroy the Flood. The Imperial Admiral had no illusions about the true nature of the Halo Rings or the Flood, still believing in the original Covenant beliefs and also plotted to wipe out the Humans and their Spartans. It's unknown whether or not Xytan kept the 'ee' suffix at the end of his name after rebelling against the Prophets.

Unfortunately, his flagship, Sublime Transcendence, was destroyed by a UNSC NOVA Bomb they had taken from Reach. A curious and unsuspecting Grunt named Kwassass activated the NOVA bomb's recording from Danforth Whitcomb several times. The NOVA bomb's control panel soon shorted, sparking an interest in the nearby Huragok, who repaired the control panel and reconnected the detonator to the NOVA bomb, activating it and destroying Sublime Transcendence, the majority of the nearby Covenant fleet, Joyous Exultation, and its moon Malhiem. Whether or not he was aboard the ship (or on Joyous Exultation) at that time is unknown, although he was close enough to be completely atomized by the blast[3].


The armor he wears is portrayed as "silver armor covered with the gold Forerunner glyphs of sacred mystery." Such silver-and-gold Elite armor has yet to be seen or mentioned elsewhere, and may be superior in quality to the gold armor of a Zealot or even a Councilor. Silver metals are possibly rare among the Covenant, so armor with such appearance is probably highly valuable and is of the highest prestige. It's also possible he had silver trimming like multiplayer Elites, yet this is unlikely.


  • "We have been betrayed by those we trusted most. We have been betrayed by our Prophets." — To the Ship Masters he had called from their ships onto Joyous Exultation.
  • "I, like all of you, believed in our leaders and their holy Covenant. How could we have been so willing to believe a Covenant of lies?" — Speaking of the Prophets' treachery.
  • "They have called for the destruction of all Sangheili. They have aligned themselves with the barbaric Jiralhanae."
  • "The Great Schism is upon us. The unbreakable Covenant Writ of Union has been split asunder. This is the end of the Ninth, and final, Age." — Speaking of the end of the Ninth Age of Reclamation and the Covenant Civil War.
  • "You must now decide to surrender to fate-or resist and strive to persist. Myself, I choose to fight. I call upon you all to join me. Let the old ways fade and battle by my side. Together we can forge a new, better union — a new Covenant among the stars." —Asking his fellow Sangheili for assistance.
  • "You disagree, Ship Master?" — In response to Voro Mantakree's gesture of protest.
  • "Speak, then, hero of the battle for the Second Ring of the Gods, and de facto commander of the Second Fleet of Homogeneous Clarity." — Calling Voro Mantakree to the center stage.
  • "Your words are wisdom, Ship Master Voro. Which is why I have summoned Jiralhanae Alpha Leadership under a banner of truce to this world." — In response to Voro's thoughts on the Jiralhanae and the Flood.
  • "I have no illusions that they come with false offers of peace. So we shall stage our own ambush - here, where we are strong. After we have dealt a decapitating blow to the Jiralhanae Alpha Tribes, we will be free to eradicate the infection that threatens to spread from the most holy ring." — In response to the outcry that rose from the thought of peace with the Jiralhanae.
  • "As for how to accomplish this, I call upon Oracle Master Parala Ahrmonro to report on a new opportunity." — Calling forward Parala Ahrmonro.
  • "This heresy cannot be ignored for reasons dogmatic and strategic. We will go to this world, Onyx, to protect and secure the holy artifacts. They will be of incalculable value in our impending struggles." — After hearing the translation Cortana sent about Delta Halo and Onyx.
  • "You, Ship Master Voro Mantakree are now Fleet Master Voro Nar Mantakree. Lead your newly assembled battle group to this world. Destroy the demons and deny them their prize at all costs." — To Voro, giving him a promotion and sending him to kill the Spartans that reside on Onyx, and to deny them any Forerunner artifacts or technological assets at all costs.


  1. Halo Encyclopedia
  2. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 239
  3. Halo Encyclopedia

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