|“||"I feel the joy of doing what I was born to. I have no regrets, save that I will not die fighting."||„|
|~ Ripa 'Moramee|
|“||“I live only to serve the Holy One. What task awaits your Arbiter?”||„|
|~ Moramee to the Prophet of Regret|
have died in the prison had it not been for the intervention of the Hierarchs - specifically the Prophet of Regret - who appointed him as the Arbiter, and tasked him with conducting the war of extermination against humanity and uncovering Forerunner artifacts. It was a decision that led to concerned mumblings amongst the Prophets' Honour Guards, who had no prior knowledge of this plan. He was not selected just for his combat record alone; the Covenant commanders believed that he, as the new Arbiter, would not ask politically inconvenient questions (an important factor given the secret status of humanity as Forerunner-designated Reclaimers). The creation of a new Arbiter caused a split in the Covenant: an ever-growing faction of Sangheili, who were opposed to the new Prophets, seized control of several Forerunner relics, including one that supposedly contained a "key" of some sort. The Arbiter was sent by the Hierarchs to end this rebellion, resulting in a vicious battle that raged for days which ended with the destruction of many heretics. The mysterious key, however, was never found.
|“||"I care not for your little life! Open the relic!”||„|
|~ Moramee overrules Field Master Re'gish Wamik's objections to entering the Forerunner artifact on Harvest|
Despite concerns by Field Master Wamik that the humans would "defile" the installation, 'Moramee pressed on due to the impatience and pressure of the Hierarchs. With the UNSC closing in, the Prophet of Regret ordered him to destroy the installation and return to the Covenant with the information he had gathered. Ripa 'Moramee was reluctant to destroy the Forerunner construction but complied nonetheless upon the persistant insistence of the Prophet. The attempt to destroy the relic failed when the demolition teams were thwarted by UNSC ground forces deployed from the orbiting Spirit of Fire.
The Shield World
|“||“The Ancients have granted us the power to doom your race. Let the deconstruction of our gifts begin! The majesty of our new fleet will be unparalleled!”||„|
|~ Moramee, to Professor Ellen Anders, upon the activation of the dormant Forerunner fleet on the Shield World|
Forerunner Shield World, which 'Moramee and the Prophet of Regret immediately traveled to.
Ripa 'Moramee was involved in a Covenant attempt to activate a dormant fleet of Forerunner ships from the Shield World. However, 'Moramee was concerned about why he was not fulfilling his task of destroying humanity, when he should command all their forces for a frontal assault; Regret stated that they need the Forerunner ships to increase the size of their fleets, so that the Covenant won't have to dedicate all their forces for the war effort and thus leave themselves defenseless. After Covenant attempts to interface with the Forerunner technology failed, 'Moramee was sent on a mission to capture Ellen Anders after the First Battle of Arcadia by the Prophet of Regret, as it was believed she would have information and knowledge of how to interface with Forerunner structures that the Covenant did not. The Arbiter successfully captured her despite Sergeant John Forge's intervention and escaped in a Spirit to an awaiting ship.
The UNSC Spirit of Fire pursued them through Slipspace, deeming Anders's capture to be a "significant security breach." 'Moramee reached the Shield World first, brought Anders to the the Apex site, and forced her to interface with the Forerunner controls and begin activating the Forerunner fleet. Soon afterward the UNSC Spirit of Fire arrived on station over the artificial planet surface and began to organize a rescue mission.
Final fight with Sgt. John Forge
|“||My face will be the last thing your pathetic eyes ever see||„|
|~ Moramee taunts Forge seconds before the Sgt kills him|
Personality and characteristics
|“||Like the rest of your race...weak and undisciplined.||„|
|~ Moramee mocks John Forge during the Apex battle|
Unusually violent and quick to anger, Moramee contemplated how easy it would be to kill 'the noisemaker' prior to his service as the Arbiter, during Regret's visit to Ripa in prison. During the Harvest conflict, Re'gish Wamik questioned his orders to open the Forefunner relic, to which he verbally lashed out, 'I care not for your little life!' During a visit to the Apex, Regret considered the problem of opening the Apex and Ripa replied he would 'take what we have' with regard to the Covenant Fleet. In addition, he made the significantly foolish decision to ignite his Energy Swords in the presence of the Prophet of Regret - which startled the Honour Guards who were the Prophet's security force. This is an uncharacteristic defiance of both Covenant laws (activating a weapon in a Hierarch's presence) and traditional Sangheili customs (a drawn weapon is said to 'demand blood' before it can be sheathed) - but it is possible he wanted the blood of humanity. His rank of Arbiter kept the Honour Guards present from attempting to kill him on the spot. While at the Apex and interrogating Ellen Anders, he struck a Zealot, throwing him to the ground and supposedly rendering him unconscious, when told the Spirit of Fire had followed the Covenant to the Shield World. This is a second example of unacceptable actions, since the individual who was knocked down had not only done no wrong thing, but also held a very high rank.
Furthermore, Moramme demonstrated a particular fondness for grabbing the neck of his prey, as evidenced numerous times during his interactions with Ellen Anders and John Forge. At one point, he specifically raised and dragged Anders by her neck against orders to take her unharmed. It is possible he would take pleasure in displaying his physical superiority against mankind.
Finally, Ripa is known to toy with his opponents, fighting more to make them suffer than to kill them outright. During his battle against Sgt. Forge, he takes his own sweet time, taunting and mocking his enemy multiple times, insulting the rest of humanity in general in the process. Given his strength, he could have easily killed Forge in a single blow to his stomach but elected to torture the human. This arrogance and sadism eventually became his downfall for it allowed Forge the prime opportunity to use his combat blade on Moramee.
Considering Ripa's lack of tradition and honour, it is possible that had he survived this encounter, he may possibly have been involved in The Banished. He would have inspired great awe and fear in those of whom he was in charge.