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March 24, 2004

343: In Latin and Hebrew

Fraser Walker ( and g_cool2002 ( write:

I too have often wondered why 343GS is indeed called 343 Guilty Spark. What exactly is he guilty of? I ran a few shearches for biblical references involving chapters with the combinations 343 (ie 3:43 or 34:3), since Master Chief's own name is perhaps derived from the same source. I found one quotation that stood out, in the book Lamentations "3:43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: 'thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied." It seemed rather appropriate, both the quote itself, and the title of the particular book.

On a whim I also translated 'guilty spark' into Latin, and got 'redarguo scintilla,' as my answer. I know very little of Latin, so i'm not sure if this is relevant at all, but interestingly, when i translated back into English i got: "I refute the spark." Again this seems either very tantalising, or just another dead end.


Also, I just had a thought about GS 343. What if the numbers were a reference to a biblical book, chapter, and verse? The thrid book is leviticus, chapter 4, verse 3 . . .

Lev 4:3 " 'If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.

Priests were keepers of the law in ancient times and responsible for the religious state of the people. In Halo: FoR, someone mentions that the children chosen for the Spartan II project were as close to being geneticly pure as humanly possible. Seems convienient that a "bull without defect" just happens to show up and is willing led to an "altar." Only thing is I havn't figured out what GS is guilty of. What do you think?

An AI fail-safe, emotional trigger, simple numerology, Latin derivative, scriptural allusion... As always, the origins of 343 Guilty Spark demand further analysis.

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