> To stay on topic for ya OP, I don’t really consider Tartarus to be a Covenant leader. What I mean is, yes he commanded military units and his pack, but he wasn’t pulling any strings like the Triumvirate or the High Council. He was one of the strings getting pulled. So in the end, Truth was the big Covenant baddie in both H2 and H3.
True, and it’s hard to say whether or not Tartarus is a military stud like Thel was for the Covenant.
> I mean you are right OP, there was no doubt that Arby n’ the Chief were gonna mow through whatever was thrown at them in H3, and that was because there wasn’t anyone like Tartarus to be the muscle to Truth’s brain.
This is what I was getting at mainly, more than anything. In Halo 2, you had this real tension between Thel and Tartarus that somewhere down the line you knew they were going to have to fight. Who is the toughest kid on the block sort of thing. Perhaps Tartarus isn’t this great military leader like Thel was (maybe, maybe not), but he fills the perfect role as the formidable plot antagonist that you know you are going to have to deal with. I like that kind of character quite a bit.
> I think what H3 did to fill this role was keep putting Truth just out of reach of Chief and his alien bestie (Alien -Yoink- lol).
Which leads to another retrospect analysis, we give Master Chief a lot of due credit for winning the Battle of Installation 04, with Thel as the unknown pursuing adversary at that time, and rightfully so, but it can’t be stated enough that Installation 04 would probably have been another sweeping victory for the mighty political clout brewing around Thel 'Vadamee, had it not been for the fact that Thel was battling the Prophet of Stewardship as to whom would have control over the military on the ring. Is the Arbiter, Chief’s equal? As unique soldiers on the battlefield, or on their own, they are fairly equivalent. As field admiral/general, strategist, leader, total military person, politician, etc? By my lights, Thel Vadam, is the greatest warrior in the Human-Covenant war, and the turning of the tide of the war. Probably not the strongest, probably not the fastest, probably not the best shooter, or any other individual quantifiable category, but just the greatest.
In Halo 6, if Thel isn’t the prime leader of the joint military operations of UNSC-Swords of Sangheilios against Cortana, than they aren’t interested in winning, not to mention the most developed and interesting character in the saga (Keith David really helps here too!). just my 2cts.