Alexis J. Lojek (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I wonder if the name Tartarus has any significance.
From the final paragraph on pantheon.org :
"Tartarus becomes a place of punishment for sinners. It resembles Hell and is the opposite of Elysium, the afterlife for the blessed."
Tartarus the Brute seems as one who assigns punishment to those who have failed in a particular mission. His involvement in the Great Journey would seem to suggest that someone (humanity?) is being punished for some wrongdoing they did.
The Brutes are said to be Ceremonial Guards of things which the Covenant see to be sacred. Perhaps they are involved in the invasion of Earth because it is their duty to "protect" the Forerunner artifact on Earth?