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Energy Sword - Halo

The Type-I Energy Sword from the Halo games is the closest rival to the lightsaber when it comes to science fiction melee weapons. The sword was originally employed by Covenant Sangheili Elites in their attack on UNCS forces. It consists of metallic hilt protracting a magnetically stabilized blade of super-heated plasma. The sword's ability to cut through Spartan armor made its wielder lethal at close range but vulnerable at a distance, hence most Elites who used it also equipped a cloak.