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:Halo: Kero by Anjian :Halo: Kero by Anjian
I had not imagined that I would ever be called upon to create a gravity hammer again. Ergo, utmost surprise was my only emotion when the chieftain Exilius approached me on that fateful day and presented me with a revolutionary design. I describe here the specifics of that paragon of hammers, the Fang of Kero.

The greatest issue encountered during its prototyping and testing was balance. The reinforced alloy blade, when placed above the generator coils, shifted the centre of mass significantly. In order to accommodate for the scythe-like blade, the standard gravity-altering ports were modified to lie on a bent line, with two of three diagonal and one vertical. This both resolved the balance issue and created a more localized, and hence more powerful, gravitational strike. The rerouting of key power-supplying wires and the reduction in size of the coils behind the ports were only possible due to the most recent and advanced technologies revealed by the Covenant scientific leadership.

The great chieftain had also suggested an offensive role for the humble hand-guard. To this end, a swivelling guard was fitted for the Fang of Kero (see inset). This covers approximately one quarter of the circumference of the handle, and can be rotated to a position unique to the circumstances of each battle.

Not being mass-produced, the details of the attached blades are finer. The semicircle-shaped edge on the top blade can be used as leverage or a secure hook. The lower blade was forged as a single piece, including the attachment to the handle. Unlike the standard blade, which is affixed with somewhat weaker joints, it will not detach unless under extreme duress.

After it was completed at the end of 2531, I was filled with sorrow. It was a masterpiece—his masterpiece—and I thought I would never see it again. I was wrong, of course.



Sketched for :iconmrexilo:

Halo, gravity hammers (c) Bungie
Exilius, Skorpius, Fang of Kero (c) :iconmrexilo:
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
What a great idea! Thes scythe fits perfectly with standard Brute weapons, they like to fit blades onto everything, don't they?

I've been wondering about this weapon actually, or the standard gravity hammer that is. I had the impression it started out as a fairly primitive weapon, using a stone head, so when exactly did it go on to become the hammer we know from the games?
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree that it's a great idea. However, it's not my idea--you must look to MrExilo for that :)

Well, weaponry has a way of evolving--i'm pretty sure that the Covenant used solid projectiles, too, before they discovered the wonder that is electromagnetic manipulation coupled with plasma. It's just a matter of determining when gravity-manipulating technology was incorporated into the hammer. It could have happened in the years after the Brutes joined the Covenant (whose ships appear to have some version of such technology, seeing their un-aerodynamic appearance and the orientation of their thrusters). Alternatively, perhaps the very stone has that property, such that the hammers have always been able to alter gravity.

(this means: i really have no clue, but it's fun to speculate)
Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Of course, and thank you so much. :)

I wonder on what level the Covenant actually design anything? They're said to be imitative, not innovative after all. Maybe the Forerunners had Gravity hammers themselves, and the Covenant simply stole the idea from them? ;)

It always amazes me to see a Covenant ship in-athmosphere. How exactly does that work? No wings, backwards facing engine nozzles, by the looks of it no downward pointing engines at all .. really nothing to keep it afloat.

I guess there's the age-old excuse 'it's just sci-fi' ... :)
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
true--the Forerunners had man-cannons, didn't they?
I have a theory for the Covenant ships involving room-temperature superconductors. Anyway. It's sci-fi! Just watch the pretty purple ships fly by and be sated =3

And the UNSC ships are basically giant metal boxes. How do you even fly those?? *sigh*
Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Lol! That I'll do. And they are pretty! :D

Ha ha, true about the UNSC ships. I find it fascinating how different ours and their ships are, then again, they're aliens. I just wish we'd learn more about Covenant art and aesthetics, and what does the colour purple represent exactly, why is that so important?
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sangheili blood is violet...and Jiralhanae blood is purplish...maybe it's their equivalent of red? Maybe they see colour differently (can see in infrared or ultraviolet, etc.)? All i know is that i was suddenly more fond of wearing violet after playing these games. =3

Do you prefer Covenant aesthetics to UNSC?
Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Great minds think all the same way, huh? :D

Yes, that's exactly what I've been thinking too! If their blood contains another oxygene carrying element, rather than our hemoglobin, who's to say their eyes aren't composed of different reflective and absorbant elements as well? :)

OH YES, lol. :D I mean, bulky, flying shoeboxes, what's the fun with that? ;) I find it interesting that some, if not most, Covenant ships bear resemblance to animals. for example, if you view a Carrier from the upside, it looks like a giant whale, like a blue-whale. You can see the outlines of the 'mouth' and it appears to have fins, even though it's facing tail first, lol. Oh, and isn't it the Carrier that also bears a strong resemblence to a nebula?
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I sometimes see a Nightmare-Before-Christmas style face smiling down at me when i look at the underside of a carrier. Creepy, but gorgeous.

What i wouldn't give to see one in real life. (granted, i'll be turned to carbon dust by the glassing beam in the next nanosecond, but the pain is worth it, yes? XD)
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MrExilo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
The Fang has served me for years now. More bloody has stained its blade, more bones have been crushed beneath it, than even i can remember. Through war and peace, the coldest hells and the hottest infernos, the hammer has served me more faithfully than any grunt or brute.

Credit is not given to you, weapon master. You do not recieve the glory that others do. The fools glass a colony from the safety of a ship and they are heroes, but you recieve nothing. Always know, my brother, you are the blade in my hand, that slaughters the heretics.

I thank you, my brother.
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