AboutThe Banished are a group of mostly Jiralhanae who left the Covenant near the end of the Human-Covenant War due to near-constant abuse from the Sangheili and San'Shyuum. They are held together by a strong leader, Atriox, who is mostly looking for his own piece of the galaxy, operating as a large group of salvagers in the post-war era.
The Banished are a splinter faction of the Covenant led by the Jiralhanae Atriox that broke off towards the end of the Human-Covenant War in 2549. They formed in large part because of the Covenant’s use of Atriox’s clan on suicide missions during many battles on human colonies including on Algolis in 2548 to 2549. In protest against the needless sacrifice his clan members were making for a religion Atriox didn’t believe in, he rebelled against his Sangheili commanders and created the Banished. For the remainder of the war, the Banished roamed the galaxy as pirates and opportunists, slowly building their numbers and arms. When the Covenant collapsed in 2552, the Banished stood to grow even faster, recovering abandoned warships, weaponry, and warriors without a cause. For the next ten years the Banished continued to grow, eventually finding themselves at the Ark in late 2558. While there they raided the Henry Lamb Research Outpost setup by the UNSC to study the Forerunner facility, killing all UNSC personnel in the process. Several months later the UNSC Spirit of Fire arrived at the Ark, and was immediately engaged by the Banished. After several months of fighting, both forces remained at the Ark, as neither side possessed the ability to travel back to the Milky Way galaxy. As of June 2559 both the Banished and Atriox are still alive and fighting the UNSC on the Ark.