March 31, 2005
HSP April Fool's 2005: Participating by not participating...
...or are we? ;)
March 16, 2005
There was going to be an entirely different entry here, but Number 777 deserved something more interesting. Thusly, I give you: nanobots! It was the closest to time travel I could find.
Andrew McAllister (email@example.com) writes:
I was recently reading an article on how an advanced civilization would escape the slowly collapsing universe. Then something hit me. What if the Forerunner are from another universe, but are not yet here? This may seem a bit odd, but one of the ways to escape a universe which is heading towards the "Big Crunch", involves sending a nanobot to the new universe instead of an actual being from the civilization. To put it briefly, the civilization makes a very small wormhole and sends one nanobot into this new universe. This nanobot is packed with DNA and many other things needed to remake the civilization on the other side. The nanobot travels at light speed into the new universe and lands on a habitable planet or moon. It then slowly builds a chemical factory that would make millions of copies of the nanobot. These bots travel to even more planets and moons, making even more factories, making even more nanobots. Soon trillions of these bots are expanding at the speed of light and colonizing an entire galaxy. At some point, the bots would create a laboratory that would allow them to inject the DNA of the original civilization and clone the species. If the scientists could encode memories and personalities into the nanobots, the civilization would essentially be cloned into the new universe.
Now put a Halo twist on it. What if the Forerunner were in the middle of this process? The Halos may be giant factories preparing for the Forerunner to be reincarnated. The Halos are giant worlds where a civilization could live. They have structures, factories, even the power to wipe out the galaxy of all sentient life. Maybe the Forerunner wanted a fresh, clean galaxy to start with when they woke up in their new galaxy. What if they did come to the galaxy, but instead woke up to the Flood. The Flood could be like an infestation of the Halo and 343 Guilty Spark and the Sentinels are trying to kill off the Flood to allow their masters to come back to the new galaxy. This theory may be stretching it a bit but I thought I would add something of my own for us to think about.
Out there like Pluto, man. Still, "preserved structures" on Delta Halo, the countless machines left behind . . . every theory has its merits.
permalink | The Forerunner
Before you start shouting about In Amber Clad carrying Gravemind off Delta Halo, give this theory some thought. It may just surprise you.
Jake Lanatti (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I was watching the Gravemind when I noticed how Gravemind teleported the Chief and the Arbiter. When they dissapeared it looked like the same type of energy left behind by Halo's teleportation grid. This got me thinking, and I think I came up with how the Flood got off of Halo.
I think that Gravemind was on Halo 04, but we just didn't get a chance to meet him. Now if Gravemind can tap into Halo 05's teleportation grid, who's to say he didn't do the same thing to Halo 04's? If he did do this, then there's a high probability he started transporting his Flood offworld as soon he could. That would be why Spark doesn't consider blowing the ring up, it wouldn't do any good if the infection has already spread. Of course he would have also teleported himself off once the ring started to fall apart.
Now there's the question of how far does Halo's teleport grid expand? We'll we know that it at least reaches as far as the immediate space surrounding the Halos. We know this because Gravemind is able to teleport the Chief to High Charity, which is hovering over Halo 05 in space. Halo 04's grid may even extend all the way to Threshold, or more specifically the facility we find in that planet. But then what? The infection would still be easy to contain if it were only on the three installations in that system (the hanging facility, the space station it hangs from, and the Halo) and wouldn't require Halo's firing.
This is where I go off on a limb. I think that there may be teleportation 'highways' throughout the galaxy leading from one Forerunner faciltiy to another. If this is the case then the Flood might have already spread too far for anything but Halo's main weapon. I know these seems like it came out of nowhere, but it explains the very scarce amount of Forerunner ships we see. They wouldn't really need that many because they could just teleport peoples and objects from one established point to another. However they would also still need some ships (like the Prophet of Truths Forerunner ship) if they wanted expand. They would need ships to go to new planets and 'anchor' new points on the teleportation highway, or to carry loads to big for the teleporation grids to handle, either way it would require ships but no a whole lot of them. It also explains how Gravemind and his minions got from Halo 04 to Halo 05, since it's unreasonable to assume that the Covenant woke up the Flood again on Halo 05, since they've only been there as long as we have, about a day.
permalink | Halo Installations
Aku Viisainen (email@example.com) writes:
In First Strike, when Dr. Halsey opens the S-III file the last file had been erased, but Kalmiya manages to reconstruct a fragment of it. This fragment is only ''CPOMZ'' followed by a 512-character alphanumeric string. The 512-character alphanumeric string is a star chart reference and CPOMZ could stand for Chief Petty Officer Mendez.
I think that Colonel Ackerson recruited Mendez to train Ackerson's ''Spartan-IIIs'' and that star chart reference could be the place where his doing it. I also think that, that is the place where Dr. Halsey went with Kelly.
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Ambiguity is this submitter's thing, with a very 'spiritual' look at Johnson
Seth and/or Nichole Schrawyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I do not think that Johnson represents a literal person, per se, but rather is a character of the spirit of strong non-commissioned leadership in the USMC, which of course is the model for the UNSC. And the secret to the USMC success is the inability for an enemy to effectively destroy it's leadership, as it is like an onion: once you remove a layer, another layer is just underneath, and this one more potent than the last.
Deep. Deeper than me at any rate.
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March 13, 2005
I was planning some longwinded intro, strewn with common acronyms. However, rather than ending up like some second rate "Good Morning Vietnam" tribute, I've foregone it entirely. What you will find though is an updated FAQ section, complete with more questions and answers and a handy-dandy index at the top for quick reference. It's a crucial read for anyone wondering how the HSP site works or considering the submission of a piece. C'mon, it'll be fun :)
March 8, 2005
Shamelessly harvested from the MSP, which was an HBO repost, based on a b.net thread...
During a medal ceremony in the opening cinematics of the game, the Sgt. Johnson character is presented with a medal by Admiral Lord Hood (voiced by Ron Perlman) which is the highest reward for "a soldier of the United Earth Space Corps..."
Until then, the governing body in the Haloverse was the UNSC, the United Nations Space Command. The UESC reference here has to be another nod to Marathon.
permalink | Marathon Connections
Our Halo weapon analysis is so good - we only need to number crunch. This theory's pretty convenient then.
Jamaican Jim (JamaicanJim03690@aol.com) writes:
I was looking at these pages and noticed the suggestion that the blue beams from the towers could be simulations of Halo firing. This makes sense because in the level Halo not all of the towers fire at the same time. However, in Halo 2 when the rings primary weapon is about to be fired you see a large amount of blue beams fired at the same time.
This is speculated through Pentinent Tangent stating that the Halos had succesfully completed around 1.2 trillion sucessful simulation firings. Taking the amount of time it takes one of the blue beam towers on Halo (the level) to fire a blue beam, 3 times per minute, you get 180 simulations per hour. You then multiply by 24 to get 4320 simulations per day. Then multiply by 365 days a year, assuming this is the number of days in a local year at a Halo, to get 1,576,800 simulations per year. Then I took the 101,217 Halo lay forgoten as a time period to get 159,598,965,600 simulations in that time frame. Now this is short of 1.2 trillion simulations. However, if multiplied by seven, the number of assumed Halos in the galaxy, you get 1,117,192,759,200 simulations for all Halos which is only 82,807,240,800 simulations away from 1.2 trillion. But when you figure in that the Halos simulated firing before they were actually, while others were being created, and the fact that some simulations would be unsuccessful you can presume that the blue beam towers are Halos weapon and between periods of firing are constantly simulating them to leave little area for a malfuction or unsuccessful firing.
1,117,192,759,200. Not that we're like, obsessed . . .
permalink | Halo Installations
Good ole' Heretic Leader.
Here's my thoughts on the Juggernaut:
I believe it's a creation by the Heretic, because he was studying the Flood and therefore made an abomniation by combining a Combat form with a Carrier form ... that way this Flood can fight while carrying probably 2 times as much Floodlings as the Carrier form
permalink | The Flood
Icky! Flood transport forms, not half as friendly as Moya I'll bet.
Jeff Garza (email@example.com) writes:
I was wondering about what 343 Guilty Spark said about the Flood altering the atmosphere. In what way they could alter it? After a while I thought that altering the atmosphere might prove necessary for the Flood to evolve.
In the movie Evolution, the lunar rock that landed started changing the atmosphere directly around it and, in doing so, different types of creatures emerged. I was thinking that if the Flood broke loose on a planet, and under the best of circumstances, the native race knew the danger of the Flood and left, the Flood would be relatively contained. Unless they made a giant Flood pyramid to get out of the atmosphere, but that's just silly.
So, back to the movie Evolution, as the organisms started becoming more prominent, the atmosphere near the initial landing point started changing so much that they needed the containment building around it. After they finally broke loose, they began to fly around and some amassed themselves into massive creatures. Put into perspective on Halo, it isn't too farfetched a theory and would definitely support how the Flood Juggernaut that BOLL found could be created.
I learned in Science that oxygen, to some life forms, is a toxic, poisonous gas and can be very damaging (i.e. rust) and can kill microorganisms (i.e. bacteria, germs, viruses, etc.) in the same way that Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide is dangerous to humans. So maybe the Flood can further their evolution if they change the atmosphere enough.
When I think about the changing of the atmosphere and the environment around them, it makes me think of Starcraft. A quite obvious parallel to the Flood is the Zerg, which has many iterations of the same larvae. Also, the Creep in Starcraft (the purple stuff that spreads from around the buildings) is the only thing that supports Zerg buildings and tells other players in the game when they're getting near a Zerg "base". The same thing could be with the Flood changing the atmosphere.
What if, for the sake of argument, the Flood changed the atmosphere enough so that they could create larger creatures (like the Flood Juggernaut) that could transport Flood forms to other planets? The Flood could, quite effectively, dominate an entire galaxy if enough Flood "Mass Transporter Forms" were created, slowly moving throughout planetary systems, killing all sentient life, taking more planets, and moving on.
Icky, icky, icky!
permalink | The Flood
Technically, I think delta means 'the change in', but I'm willing to let it slip.
Sean Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I was sitting here reading about Halo 2 when this hit me. I see everyone referring to Installation 05 as the Delta Halo. I thought "Ok yeah, thats the name of the first level you are on that Halo." But then remembered Delta usually means change. Change. More than what you can say about the storyline of Halo. The whole time you are on Halo 05 in the game, there is a lot of change in the ranks of the Covenant, the Flood begin to spread like wildfire over the whole ring (and then to High Charity soon after) I'm just curious as to what other changes this 'Delta' could be hinting at? Besides the obvious ones of course.
Or it could be a diverging river. That's what speculation's all about!
permalink | Rampant Speculation
Sometimes, when reading a theory - you just gotta shout 'yes' several times.
Mike Happel (email@example.com) writes:
The single biggest idea supporting the theory of Forerunners being complex machines, is the nature of the Halos' ultimate weapons. When one really considers what the weapon would fire, that is, an extremely long-range and high-energy blast of
electro-magnetic radiation (i.e. pure energy), and one
also considers what large amounts of energy, and more
specifically, radiation, does to biological systems,
it seems somewhat silly to assume that a weapon as
highly advanced as the Halo charge can discriminate
between intelligent and possibly intelligent creatures
and those that pose no possibility of being infected
by the Flood. While the Halos' weapons are in fact
advanced, as they can fire across interstellar
distances and still retain enough energy to destroy
life in whatever form, the weapon is more akin to a
high-energy bomb, than a precision weapon. And bombs
do not discriminate between targets. Nor does
radiation, which I assume is what would necessarilly
be killing off the "potential hosts." From a
biological standpoint, radiation kills EVERYTHING. To
date, only bacteria have been known to survive high
doses of radiation.
The point I'm trying to make is that if the Halos were
fired once only 100,000 years ago, and were fired
across the entire galaxy as suggested in Halo 2's
final video and throughout several points in the game,
then the galaxy would not have had enough time for
higher biological forms to evolve. Not in a span of
one hundred thousand years.
However, if one considers what the detonation of a
nuke does on a greater scale than the base destruction
by fire and energy in a certain area, that is, the
electro-magnetic pulse created in that time, which
fries unshielded machinery and renders it useless, or
if the theory on Forerunner being intelligent machines
is correct, rendering the vessels which support
Forerunner "life" useless and lifeless (a body, any
body biological or mechanical, is but a shell without
the mind or program which operates it). Thus, I'm
suggesting that if it fact the Forerunner were
highly-evolved MACHINES, the Halos could have fired
something akin to an electro-magnetic pulse on a
galactic scale, destroying or making useless all
unshielded machinery (i.e. Forerunner bodies).
It might be argued that this is ridiculous, as
intelligent machines should work towards protecting
themselves in all conditions and against all damages.
But think of the way humans utilize both computers,
and more recently, biological life. We try to create
software and hardware that work together to emulate
biological life, while we also are attempting to use
biological life as machines and for industrial
purposes, replacing machines with engineered animals
that are essentially biological machines. And consider
the probes that we send into space or to other
planets. Inately, those probes and the hardware and
software within them are perfectly suited for the
environment that they originated in. Only when they
are sent somewhere else do they require protection.
Humans are exactly the same. We have minimal
biological defenses to allow us to thrive within
certain conditions until we can change our environment
to better suit the way we live. Is it so ridiculous to
assume that intelligent machines would behave in
exactly the same way, finding a specific set of
environmental parameters that they could thrive
within, and then changing, in the case of the
Forerunner, any and all environments to properly suit
their specific niche, leaving them vulnerable (but not
necessarilly aware of it) to certain dangers. Such as
an electro-magnetic pulse. Life on earth is synonymous
to this. We like to think that we're really safe here,
but how fragile is our ecosystem in reality?
It also seems likely that a highly-evolved artificial
life-form (especially if intelligent) would behave
exactly as a highly-evolved biological life-form would
in the same situations. If the only difference is in
the stuff inside, the machines which keep us alive and
what they are made of, then it is quite feasible that
life made of machines could think and act exactly like
life as humans know it.
The counter-argument here is the second piece in the
Halo puzzle, the Flood. Why would machines be afraid
of infection? Why should machines even fear biological
life at all, especially something like the Flood which
acts as a virus on biological systems?
Consider what we do know of the Flood:
-Guilty spark says that they do, in fact, have a very
high understanding of mechanical systems...Does this
stem from being able to infect the machine-like
-Think of the pelicans in Halo 2 which are controlled
by the Flood. Large blobs of Flood flesh that can
interface with an electronic system. A biological
entity that can infect a computer!
-They're highly adaptive, and their hosts must have a
sufficient nervous system (who says it can't be
electronic?) and material deposits to facilitate
growth of Flood bodies on the host.
So, what if the Flood is in fact the ultimate weapon
or life-form because it can utilize and infect both
intelligent biologicals and highly-evolved machine
Some more thoughts:
Notice how biological life and mechanical systems
resemble each other. For each ability that one
possesses, an alternative which serves the same
function can be found on the other. And if given
possibility to evolve (what says machines cannot?
Humans do not know what makes US evolve) it seems
likely that either side would move towards the perfect
system, which could be either mechanical, biological,
or both. If complex enough, the Flood could utilize
either. Someone might argue, that the Flood only use
machines as tools to further their feast on the
galaxy, but let's think then, about why they use
intelligent beings in the first place. As TOOLS. The
Flood is more of the perfect weapon, being able to
interface with anything it chooses given, enough
complexity in the host.
Which would make humans a perfectly acceptable loss, if they are only incubators for the virus that can affect machines . . .
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