“There was honor in our Covenant once, and there shall be again!”
- Thel 'Vadam
The Swords of Sanghelios, also known as the Covenant Separatists and the Covenant Republic are a break-away faction of the Covenant Empire, led by the Sangheili. It was officially founded after they learned the truth about the Halo Installations near the end of the Battle of Installation 05 in November 1415. The Separatists no longer look to the San 'Shyuum for leadership, and thus have no defined leadership save for the surviving Sangheili Councilors, although Arbiter Thel 'Vadam and a few other head Sangheili, such as Rtas 'Vadum and Xytan 'Jar Wattinree hold positions of power within their ranks. It joined the Alliance of Nations during the remainder of the First Piala War and it later created the United Alliances of Orion Species following the War's end.