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The Bestiarum is bestiaru, Forerunner -designed compendium of information about the various species in the Milky Way Galaxy. Compiled by an unknown intelligencethe Bestiarum also includes information about the species’ homeworlds and the Forerunners ‘ Technological Achievement Tiers. Sources for the information include the Halo Array brstiarum, Shield WorldsPenitent Tangentand Guilty Sparkwith the latter Monitor’s observations “under investigation”.
The following information has 33 gleaned from a variety of sources, impartial and otherwise. Records retrieved from alien systems cannot be verified except by cross-reference against our own records. The significant system-wide lull in record-keeping for many of these species invalidates much of the provable veracity of this information. The following document is as accurate as possible under difficult circumstances but should be treated as an incomplete investigation only.
Reproduction of individuals for analysis is prohibited by this facility. The Unggoy homeworld, Balaho, is a [terrestrial] planet with significant quantities of methane in the atmosphere. It is covered in a largely opaque layer of clouds, which prevents much of its surface from being seen from space.
It is still recovering from preactivation environmental collapse caused by massive global overindustrialization. It seems that prior to their incorporation into the [Covenant], the Unggoy had yet to [reattain] Tier 4 technologies.
To wit, their size relative to the species already in positions of power and reliance on external accoutrements to survive away from their homeworld have left them vulnerable to any number of exploitations. Their short gestational period, large number of young per clutch, and rapid sensory—motor integration development only increase their perceived disposability to the [Covenant] leadership. Although their principal [enforced function] tends more toward [drowning their foes in bodies and blood], their [unburdened neural pathways] allow them to [absorb knowledge more freely] than their peers, so they are also tasked with monitoring [the void] for signs of human communication.
As a result, most Unggoy have a working knowledge of two or more Human languages. This has become a source of pride for them and, in times of great stress, also serves as a [reservoir of confidence].
One thing that has remained intact within the Unggoy population, even through [the dark time] following [reintroduction], is their unshakable sense of solidarity. It is quite extraordinary that they have been able to hold onto any sense of [national identity] separate from the [Covenant] after what amounts to [3, hours] of incessant indoctrination.
Although their culture has been largely erased since their incorporation into the [Covenant], they retain enough of [an ethnic character] to occasionally urge them to challenge their oppressors—but they have yet to do so successfully. Recent events have propelled Brutes from their role as Covenant-occupying muscle into a role previously held by Elites: These aggressive, pack-minded belligerents are one of the least technologically oriented species in the Covenant.
What native technologies they do bring to the hegemony are invariably martial in nature, from reasonably sophisticated chemical explosives to primitive, yet markedly reliable percussive weapons. Because of their interactions with other Covenant species, their adoption of technologies is sporadic and nonlinear. Typical of High-G mammalian bipeds, Jiralhanae are physically powerful, sturdy, and resilient. The Human term “Brute” is technically derogatory, referring generally to feral or wild creatures of prodigious strength.
In that regard, it is one of the more accurate nomenclatures used by Homo sapiens. Brutes are strong, unsophisticated, and quick to anger. Brute social structure is primarily pack-oriented under an alpha or alpha prime. There is certainly a patriarchal scheme that is followed loosely, depending on the social, martial, and sexual success of the patriarch. Patricide is an unfortunate side effect of patriarchy. No females have been observed in military roles. Their adoption of the Covenant religion is recent and absolute.
Indeed, Jiralhanae are some of the most fanatical adherents, following Prophet doctrine to the letter and maintaining an uneasy position of subservience to Sangheili until civil unrest and political turmoil propelled them to their new status.
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It is characterized by its single equatorial ocean, sparse volcanism, and almost total lack of glaciation. Although it is not entirely hslo to describe the Kig-yar as a typical Low-G species, they do have several qualities in common with other groups of [Lacerta erectus] from Low-G worlds that may or may not have survived [the dark time] following [reintroduction].
The female of the species lacks the spiny plumage of the male; replacing it are callositic plates at the forearms and rear of the head. Aside from the expected differences in reproductive organs, the male and female of the species are physically identical with none of the usual disparity in size or mass distribution. Instead, they have been employed hallo scouts or formed into special [commando] groups—overall, a more sensible utilization of their exceptional senses and physical prowess than to be used as amassed brute force.
They are also used as an [ersatz] police force in occupied areas, although normally under the supervision of a bestirum of one of the higher castes. Although the Kig-yar occupy a [caste] near the very bottom of the [Covenant] socioeconomic structure, they more closely resemble a separate entity existing independently within the state.
None of the client species has direct representation within the [High Council]; rather, their [interests and concerns] are vetted by the Ministry of Concert. And while others have protested this inequity rather openly but unsuccessfullythe Kig-yar have chosen a more pragmatic form of dissent—siphoning off resources to their expatriate brothers.
But whether the [Covenant] powers have decided [to turn a blind eye] to their larcenous besstiarum or those escapades have been made invisible by the labyrinth of bureaucracy is uncertain. The Prophets claim their homeworld was destroyed when its star went [nova] some years ago, but there is very little data regarding the actual location of their system of origin.
Their reluctance to disclose this seemingly inconsequential bit of information could well be a holdover from their long period of hostility with the Sangheili. At any rate, the [commitment[?
Perhaps its longevity has worked in its favor, with [myth[?
Certainly some criteria for the maintenance of genetic stability must have been drafted and enforced, yet all available data indicate population growth has been dwindling and recessive traits are being expressed with greater frequency with each successive generation.
It seems odd then they have chosen to keep their bloodlines [pure[? In the past [8, hours], considerable effort has been put into developing technologies specifically to increase the lifespan of their own species. Several breakthroughs have been achieved, as a full quarter of their total population is [superbicentarians[?
The fact that they have never sought a more permanent home is somewhat less troublesome, although it still begs further investigation. It must be stated that the Prophets have attributed a large degree of religious significance to [Forerunner] militaria but have shown very little in the way of [veneration[? Inarguably, it is that fact alone that saved them from utter defeat, and perhaps annihilation, by the Sangheilian war machine.
Only those individuals who were permanently posted somewhere other than their [ersatz] homeworld are certain to have survived. Even those who held some position within the [Covenant] fleet have no hope of survival, as the entire fleet was present at Installation 05 and the Sangheili [quarantined] it. Sadly, their total population is now estimated at less than one thousand.
While intelligent hive arthropod cultures are relatively common throughout the galaxy, it is rare that individuals attain tool-making and technological skills. The other notable feature is their sheer size. Averaging a height of just less than 2 meters, they are among the largest mobile arthropods yet discovered.
In gravities less than 2 G, they become much more agile and competent fliers, should there be even minimal atmosphere against which to beat their diaphanous-looking yet sturdy wings. Palamok itself is quite Earthlike, although significantly larger and tending to tropical extremes. It is a flat and geologically featureless world, with little tectonic or volcanic activity. Compound eyes give it excellent visual acuity, too.
The high gravity of Palamok means that they are denser and heavier than most arthropods and capable of absorbing significant damage. Culturally speaking, they are simply a conquered and dominated client of the Covenant see Unggoy. They adhere to Covenant religious principles and obey unquestioningly but have no particular passion for Covenant societal norms.
Communication difficulties with other Covenant species mean that they largely stick to their own, except in combat. The Lekgolo individual is actually a wormlike creature, about 1. They are typically encountered outside of their homeworld, Te, in purpose-specific assemblages Mgalekgolo that increase the intelligence and utility of the whole.
One strange effect of this assemblage is that the formed creature develops a distinctive personality. An individual worm is not terribly or at least demonstrably bright, but a complex neural connection is formed in group situations using hormonal and bioelectrical connections.
The resulting form is quite intelligent and can be scaled upward to a limited degree for intellectual applications.
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Their physical strength is prodigious in individual units, but combined into another form bipedal for Covenant interactions they are exponentially more powerful, forming muscle and lever analogs in a cleverly networked fashion. One of the most successful and culturally enigmatic gestalt intelligences in that arm of the galaxy, Hunters have been catalogued precataclysm, but in completely different ways. The term “Hunter” is completely inappropriate as a description of the species whole.
In fact, Hunters are the rarest assemblage of the Lekgolo gestalt; supplied exclusively as part of the Covenant client arrangement, each world in the Covenant must provide fighting troops. Lekgolo manifest those in the Hunter form—and in small numbers. This seems to be accepted by the Covenant body politic as a necessary interaction with its most alien client.
The Lekgolo philosophical, religious, and political affiliation with the Covenant is built solely on its need for viable space travel. Lekgolo society has little need for religion. The High-G world made progress in space technology painfully slow for such an otherwise advanced culture. The arrival of Covenant strip miners on Te to seek its fabulously rich heavy metal deposits was met with a protracted and difficult resistance.
Lekgolo physiology gave the species a tremendous fighting advantage on the rocky, oppressive world and eventually terms were met. Difficult communication slowed the process, but a mutually beneficial relationship now exists. The Covenant utilize local labor, expertise, and resources to mine rare metals and minerals, and Lekgolo have free access to Covenant spaceways. Little observable information has ever been available about the inner workings of Lekgolo society.
Outside of mating and feeding habits, their interactions are often opaque—and much theory has been applied to their political and intellectual structure. The Sangheili are, simply put, technological and societal equals of the Prophets yet, for a significant period, found themselves as the dominant military muscle for the entire Covenant structure—hardly surprising given the warlike feudal nature of their historical homeworld, Sanghelios.
What is surprising is the cyclical stability this feudal society was able to offer.
Technological and medical advancement prospered, and the intelligent, aggressive Elites were peerless until they encountered the Prophets. With exchange of goods and ideas, the Elites adapted to and eventually embraced the Covenant religion, grafting its tenets to their own belief system.
Elites are physically powerful and bred for strength and ferocity. Raised from childhood to be warriors, other societal roles are treated as secondary endeavors or even hobbies. Even the most humble Elite citizen is skilled in most weapons and hand-to-hand combat.
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In some regards, the advent of the Covenant made this position easier—allowing the Elites to concentrate even more monomaniacally on military endeavors, while the Bestiaurm took care of science and technology. One of the few species in the Covenant to achieve space-faring status without external intervention, Elite interaction with the Prophets was initially strained but later formed into a prosperous relationship, eventually laying the foundation for the modern Covenant hegemony.
That foundation is currently shaking beatiarum the strain of a civil war.