Ursus Actos (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
Most people here consider Gravemind to be the one whispers in the Whisper in the Storm reversed audio. Others now conisder an AI trapped aboard high charity. I read the reversed audio for the umpteenth time, and this time, I concluded taht it was a living being, not an AI, and that it was present at High Charity.
In fact, I think it's the one whom the camera focuses on most of the time during the whispering-Tartarus the brute!
We've already speculated about him being the punisher, about Tartarus being the opposite of Elysium, the afterlife of the blessed (And MC's birthplace), but someone with a name so significant has been relegated to a throwaway boss character in Halo 2.
I've heard of Bungie's eternal hero concept-the idea of one character being born again and again in different time periods. MC appears to have been present in another avatar 100,000 years ago at the first firing of the rings(343 GS in two betrayals-"When you last asked me, would I do it...?"). Tartarus may have had a hand in those events, as a criminal, and for that he's been reborn, again and again, living out 3000 of 100000 years with no change whatsoever in his future. He laments this by saying that time has no purpose.
And again, "I live in a prison of my own demise." A prison is a place where people serve time for their crimes, and demise is death. I live in a place where I am punished for my crimes, by my death. That sounds like someone being in Tartarus, the Greek Version of hell. This character is one of the punished, not a punisher.