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Helis is the leader of the Eclipse and the secondary antagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn.

Background

Helis is the former champion of the 13th Sun-King Jiran. His main goal is to lead the Shadow Carja forces to restore the Sundom to the state as it was under the Mad Sun-King. Secretly he is the leader of the Eclipse and is aided by HADES.

History

The Reign of the Mad Sun-King Jiran

Helis was a kestrel warrior in service to the Sundom. During the early years of Jiran's reign, major sandstorms that plagued the vicinity of Sunfall were decreed to be part of the training. Helis was the first to survive the sandstorms and eventually rose to gain the moniker of Terror of the Sun. He would become known as Jiran's champion and most prized soldier; when his wife died in childbirth, the Sun-King allowed him the honor of burying his family in the royal crypts. Helis would lead many attacks during the Red Raids, becoming infamous among the Oseram.

The Liberation

During the Fall of Meridian, Helis led his kestrels in defense of his city. Having sensed the battle was lost, Jiran had Helis take his son Itamen and wife Nasadi out of Meridian. While Helis succeeded in breaching the siege and taking all the loyalist Carja to Sunfall, Jiran was killed by Avad, who replaced his father as Sun-King.

Helis, along with High Priest Bahavas, led the splinter tribe who had joined them to Sunfall, calling themselves the Shadow Carja. They set up a puppet government at Sunfall, making Itamen a figurehead king.

Sometime after the forming of the Shadow Carja, Helis was told by Bahavas that he had found the "Tainted Shadow" of Carja lore.

HADES' orders

Before the Proving, Helis received word from HADES that he should kill a Nora by the name of Aloy. Helis went to the Proving along with his best warriors. There, he killed many Nora and almost killed Aloy. After supposedly killing Aloy he told HADES of his feat.

Some time after that, HADES learned Aloy was still alive. After using some Corruptors on a Behemoth that had killed many gladiators, he attempted to sacrifice Aloy as it's next victim in the Sun-Ring. Unfortunately, Aloy was smart enough to kill it and escaped Helis' clutches, albeit with the help of Sylens and some overridden machines.

Helis' final encounter with Aloy was during the battle for Meridian, where he brought multiple Deathbringers and Corruptors to the fight. He had one final confrontation with Aloy, and he and his best men were defeated. As he started babbling about being the chosen one of the Sun, Aloy told him he was being manipulated by HADES, and he was killed.

Personality

Helis is a ruthless, devoted, religious man who believes that he was chosen by the Sun to lead the Carja back to glory with the help of HADES. As such, he is utterly convinced that his actions are justified. He despises comfort and pleasure, believing them to be an invitation to weakness.

Battle Stats

HP Attack Damage Additional Info
2000 Napalm Grenade 50 Fire Damage on contact, 40 Fire Damage per second within lingering effect area
  • Can block all single-target projectiles when not attacking.
Light Attack 175 (up to x3 combo)
Strong Attack 250 (up to x2 combo)
Leaping Attack 300

Trivia

  • The name Helis is likely derived from Helios, the Greek god of the Sun.
  • Helis' voice actor Crispin Freeman voiced Helios in the 2010 game God of War III.
  • Contrarily, the Horizon Zero Dawn Collector's Edition Guide states that Helis was not present during the Fall of Meridian.
  • Helis shares many similarities with Grazel from White Knight Chronicles, who was also voiced by Crispin Freeman
    • Both are cult leaders who seek restore a powerful nation to its former glory, with Helis leading the Eclipse to restore the Carja to a reign of terror, while Grazel leads the Magi in order to revive the Yshrenian Empire and take over the world.
    • Both were manipulated into thinking they were destined to fulfill their goals, with Helis believing that he was chosen by the sun, and Grazel believing himself to be the reincarnation of Emperor Madoras.
    • Both have an association with the words Sun King; Helis being the former champion of the 13th Sun-King Jiran while Grazel is the pactmaker of the Incorruptus, Aldolmaea, which is also known as the Sun King.

Gallery

Carja Characters
Carja Tribe Members Sun-Court Avad - Hishavan FW - Irid - Itamen - Jahamin - Marad - Namman - Nasadi
Guards Balahn - Firiv - Janeva - Lakhir - Walid - Zaid
Hunters Lodge Ahsis - Aidaba - Bashad - Greatrun Keeper - Havash - Ligan - Malesh - Palaved - Spurflints Keeper - Sun Furrows Keeper - Talanah - Tufanah - Valleymeet Keeper
Merchants Cantarah - Eclectic Collectibles Merchant - Kudiv - Machine Resources Merchant - Studious Palas
Tribe Daradi - Dirid - Elida - Enasha - Furahni FW - Gavan - Gulahni - Hashiv - Three-Toe Huadiv - Ilsadi - Keadi - Kindiv - Lahavis - Lubavad - Marzavid - Nasan - Nil (formerly) - Omas - Quarry Foreman - Ranaman - Smiling Ranin - Ravan - Ravan's Steward - Rhavid FW - Rokasha - Shahavad - Uthid - Vanasha - Vashad
Shadow Carja Tribe Members Abas - Atral - Bahavas - Dekamin (defected) - Ghaliv - Helis - Shianah - Shivin - Tarav - Uthid (formerly) - Yusis
Lore Amavad - Aram - Araman - Basadid - Hivas - Iriv - Jiran - Juwadan - Kadaman - Khuvadin - Marzid - Nahasis - Ranan - Sadahin - Zavarad

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