January 30, 2006
Humans are Forerunner. Covenant are Forerunner. We're all Forerunner!
DD (firstname.lastname@example.org), and his as yet nameless comrade, discuss the rather inclusive idea that all the races encountered thus far were at one point part of the Forerunner conglomerate. At the last firing of the Halos, some got the memories (Prophets), some got the power (Human Reclaimers): a planned fail-safe of sorts.
And multiple Arks, eh?
Not without its holes, but a good read followed by great discussion. Check it out!
permalink | The Forerunner
January 24, 2006
If you frequent the HSP, chances are you like reading (or at least aren't very good at avoiding it). As if there isn't enough in the world by default, sometimes you need to take action and rashly set out into new territories.
Well, we've doddled and procrastinated, waited for emails and sifted through dusty tomes. At last we present to you our (by no means, exhaustive) list of Recommended Reading.
Take of your coat. Stay a while.
January 19, 2006
The HSP, undaunted by recent events, its hide calloused and tempered by the persistent eccentricity of its mailbag, trudges ever onwards... ;)
PingZing (email@example.com) writes:
I finished reading Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg's book "Nightfall" recently, and noticed that a "needle gun" or "needler" is mentioned fairly frequently near the end of the book. Apparently, it fires bolts of pinkish red energy that burn/explode when they come into contact with anything. The range can also be adjusted by opening or closing an aperture.
A few quotes from the book that describe this sucker are: "...looked down at his needler, adjusting the aperture to wide beam and maximum distance...a bolt of red light sizzled through the air and struck the ground just in front of the building...an angry charred spot appeared on the lawn, and wisps of smoke came curling up."
And apparently, these needler's overheat. "'Give me your gun,' he said. 'Mine's overheating.'"
That's about the best description I can find. The gun itself is never described. Just thought I'd toss that out there, that maybe the Covenant Needler in Halo was based off of "Nightfall"'s needler.
permalink | The Covenant
An "Attack on the Two Control Rooms" mention in The Art of Halo?
As always, is it a glitch or a feature? A typo or insight?
permalink | Rampant Speculation
ONI: They know more than they let on, we know that much. But if we know they know more and they know we know they know more, than how much more do they know than we know?
Arthur Wellesly (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I think The Fall of Reach makes it pretty clear that Admiral Stanforth, informed, no doubt by ONI, knew about the relevance of Sigma Octanus IV. On page 162 Keyes notices a prowler, an ONI stealth ship, and remarks to himself that he knows that this desperate defence of a seemingly unimportant planet was more than just a morale boost. So how does ONI know about the navigation rock in the museum? Well, in the first Halo, Cortana quips that the Covenant broadcast information on unencrypted channels. It seems likely, then, that ONI intercepted many of†these messages, possibly even before the Covenant struck Harvest. Therefore, they†probably had a comprehensive knowledge of Covenant runes. Since the Covenant immitate the Forerunner in all things, we can assume they have similar symbols. [Ed. Note: Though for the record, the military doesn't seem to be able to decipher them.]
What does all this mean? It means that some ONI personnel probably stumbled into this rock, recognized its significance, and translated it by cross-referencing Covenant symbols. They didn't remove it from the museum because it would look too suspicious, but when the Covenant got there they realized they were looking for it too and it was too late to get rid of it. This explains how Stanforth knew about the significance of Sigma Octanus IV, but it doesn't cover the full reprecussions of it. If ONI was able to translate the rock, they knew where Alpha†Halo was - which means they probably investigated it, it being only a 20 day journey from Reach. So what does this mean? Well, I don't know for sure. It might mean humans were the first species to make contact with Alpha Halo which might explain 343's special relationship with humans which he passed on to 2401 Penitent Tangent. Perhaps after being without the Forerunner for so long the Monitor accepted the first species to come along. Who knows what else it could mean; only time will tell.
It wouldn't totally explain it but it could, perhaps, lend plausible insight into some actual first contact between Humans and Covenant. Showing up with guns blazing at Harvest always did seem a little strange...
permalink | ONI
Under our very noses! An old in-game sound clip from Halo 2 (by the Prophet of Regret) sheds the only direct light we have on the Covenant motives for eradicating humanity:
"Most of those we encountered on our search were compelled to join our union, to take part in a movement that promised freedom for allegiance, salvation for service! But some, like the humans, chose to impede our progress, block our access to sacred sites, damage holy relics! For their transgressions, the humans shall be hunted until none remain alive!
Blocked access? Sounds like an ONI cover-up to me!
("Most..."? Who were the other races?)
permalink | Prophets
Halo's Holiness: Not just for the Covenant?
As Peptuck points out in this post, even Guilty Spark, a mere machine, seems to hold the utmost (almost religious) reverence for the duties, procedures, and icons he has been entrusted with.
permalink | Monitors
Human, Covenant... but what of the Forerunner AI constructs?
MC Vince writes:
We know the Covenant is excellent at replicating technology, so did they replicate some of GS's abilities? After all he looks pretty dormant in the opening cut scene of "Sacred Icon". Very unusual, as he never shuts up normally! More importantly though, is Cortana's statement "There's something inside the ship...a presence that's fighting back! For a Covenant construct, its unusually formidable", well, I'd expect it to be pretty formidable if it was a copy of an ancient Forerunner construct.
With the copy of Cortana, introduced in First Strike and the copy of 343 GS being merged, Covenant constructs could be a force to be reckoned with. If so, humans really are up the creek without a paddle, as A.I technology is one of the few areas humans are superior, but it seems the balance of power has shifted somewhat.
Hmmm. A Forerunner AI? A melding of minds? I've always taken 343's shock at "A Construct?! In the Core?" to imply both the existence and a knowledge of AI constructs (and hence the existence of Forerunner AI's), as well as a distinction between himself and a "construct" (whatever that entails).
Considering the text's lack of Gravemind's usual poetic flare (or 343's quirkiness), perhaps the Whisper in the Storm audio is the voice of another being lost in time, an AI of unknown origin, trapped in High Charity for a Covenant Age or two?
permalink | The Forerunner
"Durandal would be proud."
He sure would be. Thanks mike9187 :)
permalink | Marathon Connections
January 6, 2006
"My way's not very sportsmanlike..."
UrsusArctos muses why the Covenant didn't just shoot the MAC guns surrounding Earth.
58 responds, oh, so thoroughly.
There's great discussion throughout the post, so read away :)
permalink | UNSC Forces
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