As the episodes of Spartan Ops fly by, the community (and myself) have a growing concern for the Sangheili.
From the episodes, it can be seen that for some reason the Storm Covenant do not turn on their shields. This is clearly seen when Thorne magically kills an elite with one shot from the Storm Rifle. They are guarding an artifact after all, and are prepared for combat, so what is 343i’s justification for this.
On another side note, Elites average height is 230-270 cm. That is quite large. In addition, they are highly intelligent, agile, and posses incredible strength. And yet, for some reason, a battle tired Spartan IV without his helmet, manages to successfully, time after time defeat these powerful foes with no sweat.
What is more concerning is the fact at how the Spartan IV manage to excel in combat with the Energy Sword, in which their training with is scarce. In episode 8, Thorne devastates Gek for the most part as his attacks are sluggish and seem uncoordinated. Same goes for episode 9, they tear through the waves like a hot knife through butter, and better yet, Thorne lifts an elite over his head. How? Yes, the suit may provide enough power, but the Spartan IV’s skills are questionable.
Now, before anyone flames me for how I do not understand the Canon. Yes, I understand it is storm Covenant. It has been stated that many of those that make it up used to be part of the old Covenant rather than new recruits. Well there is still Jul, possibly Gek, and probably another couple hundred from the old Covenant.
TL;DR: Many others among myself are butthurt that the elites are equally skilled as mentally and physically challenged Unggoy (grunt).
If 343i could offer some explanation to as why this is, that would be wonderful. After all, the skills and wisdom of the Sangheili should not die down within a decade.