Arbiter or Blue Team as Chiefs Companion?

Arbiter Thel’Vadam
Anyway here is my verdict of how the Arbiter Thel’Vadam could get some better armor, and so would match Master Chief new look in HD.

In Halo Wars, Arbiter Ripa’Moramee was battling Sergeant John Forge, on Shield World 0459 designate Apex, the Arbiter was killed with his Energy Sword through his abdomen. After Arbiter Ripa’Moramee dies John pushes his carcass of the platform which plummets below.

The amount of time between his body hitting the ground and John starting the warhead would be very low, and so the Covenant would not have retrieved the Arbiter armour from Ripa’Moramee’s corpse. Thus they must have created new armour…

In Halo 2, Shipmaster Rtas’Vadum stated that the Arbiters armour was out of date and his camo system were only temporary unlike the normal elites.

So here is my proposal, for his constant service to uphold the peace treaty with humanity, he got Halsey before she went rogue, to engineer a cross breed of human-forerunner-covenant technology into his armour making it the best armour in the elite armada. Or something like this… I only used Halsey cause Elites don’t really know how to be scientists, farmers or anything besides warriors.

Blue Team
Chiefs team from both books and videos, is called Blue Team it was made up of four or so Spartan-IIs. The original members are John-117 (Leadership), Kelly-087 (Agility and Speed), Linda-054 (Skill and Precision), Fred-104 (Close Quarters and Tactics), these members are varied so would make a unique team. Each member has a certain unique aspect and so if these Spartan-IIs were used then Halo 5 should have them with varied stats in the Campaign portraying their certain skills. Heres a summary of what I think should be included in each area…

Leadership

  • Spot Enemies
  • Command Squad
  • Call-in-Ordinance
  • Damage Boost to Squad when Around Leader

Agility and Speed

  • Faster and Longer Sprint
  • Faster General Speed
  • Faster Reload Time
  • Higher Jump

Skill and Precision

  • Better Accuracy
  • Better Aim Assist
  • Bigger Redicule on Precision and Sniper Weaponry
  • Able to Zoom in Passenger Seats on Vehicles

Close Quarters and Tactics

  • Slight Increase in Damage Resistance
  • Better Chnace to block Melee Weaponry
  • Better Chance for an Insta-Kill with Shotguns
  • Better Chance for Sneak Attacks

Why not Arby and Blue Team? But if I had to choose one, it would be the Arbiter( for at least a canon way for us to have elites in MM,) also because I like Elites.
They brought some more diversity to how all the players looked, and brought some sweet armour with them.

I’d prefer Blue Team because they are characters we haven’t seen in the video games. John’s dynamic with his fellow Spartan-IIs would be MUCH more interesting that his dynamic with the Arbiter or a new A.I.
Plus being a part of a squad would open up a whole new palette for gameplay.

I’m torn. It’d be very cool to have Arbiter back, and possibly have him provide insight into the current state of Sangheilli affairs. Being able to have that connection to the other species within the universe (and characterizing them in a way Halo 4 failed to do) would be wonderful.

At the same time, a part of me wants to see how Chief will interact with his long lost squad mates. It’d be especially cool to see the Spartan squad actually fight in a way that seems remotely squad like (whether its a cutscene or in game) as compared to the Squadmates we had in Reach*.

Well that and I want to see Kelly school some folks, but that may or may not be related to the fact that Kelly remains my favourite Spartan.

*Basically, a squad that isn’t “Let me drive you off this cliff.” Kat, “Let me try to fire at that massive tank 2.5 miles away from me with my shotgun” Emile, and “Oh you were trying to be sneaky? Let me fire this high calibre sniper at nothing in particular” Jun.

While I’d like the Arbiter to return, I feel that (if its canonically possible) Blue Team would make a better group to play as. I’d like it to be similar to the Halo 3 campaign’s treatment of the Arbiter ( only appearing at certain parts and in cutscenes when in single player, but always present when in co-op). This could allow for the single player to not feel too awkward while still showing these characters, rather than just putting them in co-op. I’d love to hear the communications between the legendary Blue Team, being reunited after all these years to face an even greater threat than before.

As for how to treat these characters in co-op, I’d prefer for them to have the same base abilities (so that players don’t complain about being one rather than the other and putting players into particular roles due to the character they play). However, I wouldn’t mind some parts where they start out with different weapons that fit their specialties in combat (similar to the opening of “The Covenant” from Halo 3, with Master Chief given a Spartan Laser and BR, while the Arbiter got a Beam Rifle and Carbine if memory serves). A few underlying differences wouldn’t hurt, but nothing over the top to give a player reason to exploit it like “I’m Fred, so I should get the Shotgun no matter who found it first.”

That said, I seriously doubt that any of these suggestions will do anything to affect Halo 5. It is supposed to be much “darker” than Halo 4, but maybe we could see this in either a Spartan Ops or in Halo 6. 343i already has the story thought up for the next few years, so I don’t think they’re going to change that for fan service.

Halo 5: Super Friends Edition

Master Chief assembles a rag-tag team of badasses to hunt down and take out the Didact:

Jun returns, after having survived Reach by some plot armor or another. He serves as the squad’s sniper.

The standard Sarah Palmer shoe-in, who starts off as a complete -Yoink- but softens
to a respectful tone as the game progresses.

Gabriel Thorne as the squad’s moral support and all-around good guy

The Rookie, as the squad’s stealth specialist. A running gag about his lack of spoken lines would be hilarious

Pete Stacker as a proper Johnson replacement (Johnson, we miss you dearly. But Gunnery Sergeant Stacker is up to the task!)

The Arbiter re-joins the cause as the f*** things up specialist.

And, of course, our constantly-allegorically-postured hero, Master Chief, as the leader, rounding out the team to a not-at-all-purposefully seven members.

Blue Team.

I want both XD

Blue Team > Arbiter

As much as I like the Arbiter, when it comes to who I want to see in Halo 5, it’s going to be Blue Team. We’ve had three games (yes, CE does count) with the Arbiter, but not once have we even seen a cameo of Blue Team. Without a doubt, Blue Team is the #1 priority.

And if anything, I’d be happier with ONLY Blue Team.

If only there was as much rallying for better allied AI (or any Campaign aspect really) as there is for Halo 3 being preferred for AGL. :confused:

With the direction Halo Campaign has been taking, with the increased emphasis on false difficulty (need I clarify?) and hopelessly slow improvements (e.g. reasonable enemy health, which had been blown out of proportions since Halo 3 and was finally accounted for in Halo 4), allied AI will be downplayed once again.

Halo 4 pretty much isolated them in Campaign and abandoned them in Spartan Ops.

The game didn’t feel as lively as it’s predecessors.

Niether. Both Blue team and the Arbiter are honestly on my list of “least favourite Halo characters”. While still miles above Palmer and M.Keyes, I just don’t find them interesting at all

OP how are they not interesting blue team is very crucial to the future of chiefs sanity I just don’t understand how u think they are uninteresting I wanna know who u find interesting

> Niether. Both Blue team and the Arbiter are honestly on my list of “least favourite Halo characters”. While still miles above Palmer and M.Keyes, I just don’t find them interesting at all

Dude…

facepalm

> Halo 5: Super Friends Edition
>
> Master Chief assembles a rag-tag team of badasses to hunt down and take out the Didact:
>
>
>
> Jun returns, after having survived Reach by some plot armor or another. He serves as the squad’s sniper.
>
> The standard Sarah Palmer shoe-in, who starts off as a complete -Yoink!- but softens
> to a respectful tone as the game progresses.
>
> Gabriel Thorne as the squad’s moral support and all-around good guy
>
> The Rookie, as the squad’s stealth specialist. A running gag about his lack of spoken lines would be hilarious
>
> Pete Stacker as a proper Johnson replacement (Johnson, we miss you dearly. But Gunnery Sergeant Stacker is up to the task!)
>
> The Arbiter re-joins the cause as the f*** things up specialist.
>
> And, of course, our constantly-allegorically-postured hero, Master Chief, as the leader, rounding out the team to a not-at-all-purposefully seven members.

Oh my god this

I think Blue Team would be perfect cause I loved playing together with noble Team in reach…

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> y I just don’t understand how u think they are uninteresting

Cuz they’re all dull supersoldiers with little personality. Hell, I find all of S-II boring. I read Cryptum before TFoR. I went from a Galaxy spanning tale about the Forerunners and Ancient Humanity, revealing things on a monumental scale about the Galaxy to a story about some guys with the combined personality of a brick doing nothing particularly interesting.

> I wanna know who u find interesting

IsoDidact/Chant-to-Green/Chakaspark/Librarian/Ur-Didact/Splendid Dust/Halo 4 Master Chief/Cortana/Jul 'Mdama/Preston Cole

Even though I chose Blue Team. I’m torn between wanting Thel or Blue team because I’ve been waiting to see Thel in a Halo Campaign since H3, but I also want to see the story expand just beyond what we’ve been given in the Halo Campaign’s so far.

LIFE IS UNFAIR.

> > > Niether. Both Blue team and the Arbiter are honestly on my list of “least favourite Halo characters”. While still miles above Palmer and M.Keyes, I just don’t find them interesting at all
> >
> > Dude…
> >
> > …facepalm
>
> I see communication has devolved to the use of improper nouns and verbs (not even linked to a single idea, I might add), causing much confusion to any individual unfortunate enough to stagger upon your post, which leaves said individual wondering as to what your retort may or may not have meant. Edit: Or rather what you were referring to.

Dude, overkill. Why? People know exactly what I mean lol, come on…

> Halo 5: Super Friends Edition
>
> Master Chief assembles a rag-tag team of badasses to hunt down and take out the Didact:
>
>
>
> Jun returns, after having survived Reach by some plot armor or another. He serves as the squad’s sniper.
>
> The standard Sarah Palmer shoe-in, who starts off as a complete -Yoink!- but softens
> to a respectful tone as the game progresses.
>
> Gabriel Thorne as the squad’s moral support and all-around good guy
>
> The Rookie, as the squad’s stealth specialist. A running gag about his lack of spoken lines would be hilarious
>
> Pete Stacker as a proper Johnson replacement (Johnson, we miss you dearly. But Gunnery Sergeant Stacker is up to the task!)
>
> The Arbiter re-joins the cause as the f*** things up specialist.
>
> And, of course, our constantly-allegorically-postured hero, Master Chief, as the leader, rounding out the team to a not-at-all-purposefully seven members.

As much as we both may want this, I doubt it will ever happen (mostly because there would be a lot confusion to tie in Jun and The Rookie; or really any of these characters). Blue team has some sort of relationship with the Chief prior to the events of the next game,so it would make more sense. Same goes for the Arbiter. I’m just curious to see how their paths will cross with John’s,honestly.