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Shield and Sword: Reconciled by LeviWasTaken Shield and Sword: Reconciled by LeviWasTaken
"The difference between the old Covenant and the new Reconciled becomes abundantly clear (which is a phrase that cannot be said without doing your best Halo 2 Truth impression) when you cross a creek running through the forest and start to notice the details of their actual encampment.

The former glory the Covenant held in the great war is gone, replaced by a mere fraction of its old power. Their armor is battered and broken, their vehicles scratched, rugged, and patched, the standard Covie crates are dented and losing color, and power conduits lay free, sparking from garbled radio terminals. Even the cruiser itself looks heavily repaired from this far down..."


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This is a sketch from the latest Shield and Sword update that has been posted, imagining through art and text what the fifth level of an imaginary Halo 4 might be like. See and read a bunch more about it here:

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This post also includes artwork by other artists found at Halo.Bungie.Org and DeviantArt, like the awesome TDSpiral!
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AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Never did like Brutes, but this is an awesome painting of one. Hmm, judging from the armor I want to say...it's a high rank. Maybe a Major or even a Chieftain.
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Lovejoy117 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whoa! This is amazing! It actually looks more like an alien than Brutes do in game! It's freakin awesome!
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Brute chieftain approved
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good good!
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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zachawee22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Once again, very well done.
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmadame-ambrosia:
Madame-Ambrosia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If brutes will be in Halo 4 and will look like this... I will forever praise the Great Journey once again. :happycry:
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NakedCrook Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I would prefer to see the Halo 3 / ODST Styles again...
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:iconmadame-ambrosia:
Madame-Ambrosia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed; but it is still a damn good concept here. Beats Reach...
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NakedCrook Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Oh hell yeah. The picture is sweet for sure.
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, glad ya like 'em! :)
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:iconmadame-ambrosia:
Madame-Ambrosia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love brutes; hence my name! =D
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love 'em too. Especially Halo 3/ODST era Brutes. Though I love Tartarus and his Chewbaccas too. :)
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Madame-Ambrosia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
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Sniperwolf117 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like this. stays true to the characters, unlike how 343 changed the awsome elite armor to look weird and their skin to look like raptor chickens :/ even the jackals look scarier and more badass than elites now
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like my designs. I've been avoiding Halo 4 content because honestly, I'll likely feel the same way as you, but I'd like to try and keep an open mind and judge all of their decisions within the context of the full game. :)
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Sniperwolf117 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I accept the jackals and the grunts though they looked better with a mask, but the elites...lol they were my favorites. Hope they don't slaughter hunters too
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H123G Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Writer
Okay I understand the brutes, grunts, and others we see in Halo 4 are remnant remains of the Covenant, and the reasons for being with them.

But what the Elites doing with them? Why are they with them in this game? Or are these another clan of Elites that defected to them?
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In my mind, pretty much all of the Sangheili pledge allegiance to their own species, like humans. The Elites you see in Shield and Sword have allied with Master Chief and Cortana and are working with you to fight the Reconciled. Follow the link in the description and you'll read about Rtas storming a Covenant Cruiser and confronting a Prophet and his lies.
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PD-Black-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In reply to H123G:

My guess is that those Elites are members of the Servents of Abiding Truth, a faction of Sangheili that follow pre-covenant religious doctrine. They see the Arbiter and his followers as heretics for a number of reasons, most notably their alliance with humanity.

Either that or they're just Elites that stuck with the Covenant despite the events of the Great Schism and the truth behind the purpose of the Halo rings.

"We do not allow blasphemers to live. The gods demand a return to piety. Truth abides." One of the messages left by a member in the book Halo: Glasslands
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Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Shall we see more new Covenant Reconciled designs, catering to that battered aesthetic?
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps. I'm actually a little concerned about Shield and Sword as bigger projects are coming along and it might get slighted a bit.
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