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February 26, 2006

So much . . . so fast . . . it's glorious!

c0ld vengeance is putting a Halo Question Database together. Go and give him a hand!

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February 8, 2006

Journey through purgatory

Ursus Actos ( 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.

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Wouldn't you just know it? Doesn't matter where you go, there's always a Scots ONI there before you.

joe cole ( writes:

With regards to this post:

In the Conversations from the Universe booklet, 343 Guilty Spark clearly states:

"A primitive, hegemonizing swarm calling itself The Covenant has landed on Installation 4. Apparently seeking something specific. Exploring! Meddling! I've seen it all before. They'll record what they see and they'll leave."

The Monitor did not simply pick the first species that came along to be Reclaimers. But perhaps, Arthur was correct about ONI finding Halo.

Perhaps they arrived and the Monitor recognized them, he probably informed them of the Installation's purpose, told them all about the Flood and told them that they were the only ones who could activate the Rings. He may have even told them that something important was on Earth, be it the Ark, or something else.

And to take it one step farther, what if SPARTAN I's were the ones who were sent to the ring to investigate it? And after 343 Guilty Spark tells them all this, he assumes that they're going to go back and tell everyone, which, being ONI, does not happen. They keep the information highly classified, so when Master Chief shows up, the monitor just assumes that he knows what his duties are.

The reason ONI kept it classified is because of obvious security reasons, I mean, would you want everyone to know how to destroy all life as we know it?

No, especially not the Covenant, and you have to remember, at this point Humans had no clue about what the Covenant were trying to achieve aside from mass genocide of the Human race.

But this still doesn't explain why Guilty Spark recognizes you as the last person who activated his Installation.

Or does it? Dun dun dun

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The last leg of our update. Stick with this one, it's like the geek at the party trying to feed you probiotics. Damn freaky but at least you won't wake up at your ex's . . .

Aaron Donovan ( writes:

From "First Strike" we find out that the Forerunner had a device that could alter time and space. Upon Master Chief's return to Reach, Doctor Halsey figures out that the events of Halo 1 haven't happened yet. The artefact that they had found had changed the current of time so that Master Chief could be in two places at once, or maybe one place twice. Whatever the case, the Forerunner apparently had mastered time. With that in mind consider this, what if the Forerunner are our descendants. What if they sent back the Halos to aid us in the war to come against the Flood. This story is one that I have composed.

The Forerunner are an extremely well off species, unopposed, and nothing to prevent them from expanding but then the Flood shows up. Planets are in chaos and in no time at all the Forerunner population is devastated. So they make the Halos. They prepare several objects to to help destroy and contain the Flood. The Forerunner decide two things, first, that they would prevent the Flood from terrorizing their present by wiping the galaxy of life. And second, that this might not have happened if they were more prepared and send a small population of the Flood to the past along with sufficient weapons to stop them.

But of course by changing the past you change everything that that follows.

The Forerunner sent back the Flood so that we could become familiar with them, so we knew how to deal with them when the plague returned in the future. If you think about it, it wouldn't be that bad of an idea. Imagine sending small collections of small pox to the Americas a thousand years before the conquestadors brought it across the Atlantic. I doubt as many people would die.

There are of course complications in time travel.

With advanced peices of technology floating around the galaxy, the Covenant are the first to find the artifacts meant to help us. With a burst of technology a once harmless race, is now the super power of the galaxy.

With things now changed that means the future hasn't been written and it is up to Bungie and the Master Chief to set the future.

I have one question though ...The Master Chief was supposed to come back to Reach when he did. Was it because the MC is important to the future or because someone else on the Ascendant Justice was important to the future? Heh the ship's name makes a little more sense now dosn't it? Hmm...Ascendant

To summarise: The Flood and Forerunner are from the future where the Forerunner were forced to annihilate all life. They sent a sample of the 'virus' back in time with Halos to warn their ancestors, but the Covenant got to the message first and completely misinterpreted it! See? Probiotic!

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And so the Great Journey comes to an end. Or a beginning. Or something. There's a journey and it's progressing at it's own rate. ( writes:

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Covenant forces is the morphological similarity between humans and most of the covenant races. Most of the covenant races featured in the video games are bipedal, axially symmetric, and have opposable thumbs. These races are all carbon-based (presumably), and have similarly compatible biochemistries (they cohabitate in a common environment), and use spoken and written language. They also all have two eyes, ears and one mouth.

It seems that two things are almost certainly true:
1. For the humans to be "reclaimers" they are related in some distinguishable way to the forerunners, either because they are the Forerunners (most likely) or because the Forerunners guaranteed their existence for some bizarre unknown reason. If the Ark is on earth, which it almost certainly is, then it is likely that the Arc was built to protect Earth (also note the surprisingly Earth-like environment on the Halos, built to attract Flood) while eliminating all food sources for the Parasite.

2. The Prophet race were probably already galactic conquerors and the first to discover Halo 04 and found the advanced technology inside. Noting that the technology works almost specifically for medium sized bipedal humanoids, they quickly came to believe that the race who built such magnificent technology must
have reached divine enlightenment (Great Journey) by use of the Halo, and that they too, being of same shape and design, could also achieve divinity by the
same means.

The Elites were probably the first race to give the Prophets and their new repurposed Forerunner technology a military run for their money, and so instead the Prophets offered truce under the condition that the Elites would become Protectors of the Prophets and follow the guidance of the Prophet High Council to Divine Salvation. This became the Age-old Promise mentioned by Truth, that all who belonged to and served the Prophets'Covenant of Salvation would achieve the divine. Naturally, this ethos evolved into the current
enslave-and-conquer scorched-earth policy we see in the Halo games.

I like that the Prophets have decided they're enlightened because the technology seems to work for them, though there are a few holes in other parts.

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