I know that the Arbiter wasn't originally planned to be called the Arbiter and that the developers had other names planned for him.

What were those names and why was it eventually decided to use "Arbiter"?

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The Arbiter was originally meant to be called the "Dervish". The name was changed because it might create an unintended parallel between the game and the real-life conflict between the Western World and the Middle East.

Halo Arbiter (Dervish)

In the Spanish version of Halo 2 and Halo 3, the Arbiter is called "Inquisidor". This is because the false cognate "árbitro" means "umpire" instead of "Arbiter".

  • While the rest of the answer seems plausible, where do you get "Larry"? Commented Jul 18, 2023 at 15:46
  • @Wondercricket 30sec into this video youtu.be/QVVxTH5w5UI from Rocket Sloth Commented Jul 18, 2023 at 15:49
  • @Wondercricket Okay. I did lots of research and could not find "Larry" anywhere. Turns out that "Larry" was an April Fool's joke in that video :D Commented Jul 18, 2023 at 17:28
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    Please add the source of the image. Is is from a storyboard of the first game? Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 8:49
  • I don't think "árbitro" is a false cognate? It does have the same origin, it's just used in a somewhat different way...
    – psmears
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 14:21

The Arbiter's original name is Thel 'Vadam, Arbiter is a title/role given by the Prophets and typically sent on suicidal missions for the covenant to die and become a "martyr" for the Great Journey.

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