June 5, 2005
Just how important are your primary systems, anyway? oBlade wonders about it in this forum thread. It didn't get a very positive reaction on the forum, but how intelligent can you be if you design your seven Halo super-weapon, without realising it can be rendered useless by one little explosion?
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Asides from having a very odd taste in levels, he has some good points.
Gregory Prill (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I was thinking, after playing through my favorite level, the library, last night, about something 343 Guilty Spark says. Something to the effect of "The Forerunner isolated the flood to study them. Their survival as a race was dependent upon it." This got me thinking, to whom was he referring, the Forerunner, or the Flood. I think it was one and the same.
Consider the following:
The Forerunner were a super-advanced race, with limited, but still great power, like that it would take to build the Halos. The Flood were able to infiltrate, and destroy, nearly the entire race, to the extent to which the Halo's must have been activated. How would the Forerunner have the time to conceive, design, and build a weapon system such as Halo, not to even mention the Ark, whatever that really is, when locked in 'Mortal Struggle' for thier race's survival with the Flood? Logic would follow that if they could do this in such a short period of time, they most likely would have come up with a better, and less general, means of exterminating the Flood.
So the only other logical choice was that they built the Halo system in advanced, along with the Ark. This is where my logic ends, and I tend to go out on a limb, But I think the Flood were developed as something akin to Resident Evil's T-virus. In simple terms, they stored all their genetic code, and that of as many species as they could find and put them in the ark as a sort of Back-up File. 'Open in case of racial deletion' Then, they used the Flood virus as a sort of stimulate, making them stronger, smarter, faster, etc. But something went wrong.
Maybe the Virus mutated unexpectedly, or maybe for one-reason or another, it was altered to it's current form purposely, but something happened to cause the entire Forerunner Empire to collapse almost instantaneously. The remainder of their race fled to their only protection against such an occurrence, the Halo's, and the Ark. Since the Flood, while possessing a rudimentary intelligence, are driven but what has been called a 'primal instinct' to feed, another T-virus correlation, they would go to the nearest food sources, and since (almost) everyone went to the Halo's, (and they were the main threat, even a flood could see that) the Flood followed. Since the Flood had forced the Forerunner back, their 'antidote' to the virus, assuming they had one, would have dwindled while the fought vainly to defend themselves against the flood. Seeing that their only defense was about to be overrun, the Forerunner on the Ark fired the weapon themselves.
There is a theory that the Halo weapon is based on Electro-magnetic pulses, and I'll assume that now. The Pulse would have killed all the defending Forerunner on the Halo's but it most likely stranded the Flood on the Halo installations as well, leaving them to be discovered by an unfortunate UNSC Navy Captain 100,000 years later.
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Never one to pass up a good dig, no matter how small . . .
Aaron McCoy (email@example.com) writes:
This means that Cortana is trapped in a much larger computer [on High Chartity] She can expand. If she does, will she tell Gravemind the loaction of Earth and lead the Flood to it?
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The meek shall not inherit the internet
Patrick Happel (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
In regards to ths theory:
A bit of humility is good every now and then, but in this case it doesn't really fit. There are plenty of signs that have been pointed out that suggest humans may actually be the Forerunners, but even if we're not, we are certainly are more significant than dogs.
Say you had an atomic bomb which could blow up the entire world in an instant, and you locked it with a genetic key so that only the people you wanted to could set it off. Now think hard, would you put your dog's genetic pattern as the key? Would you create the controls so that only dogs had control of whether or not the bomb went off?
Even if humans are not Forerunners, the fact is that only humans have so far been identified as 'Reclaimers.' Only humans are at this point able to set off and disable the Halos. Humans are in control of the fate of the universe. If humans aren't Forerunners, we at least held some very high position in the eyes of the Forerunner, for them to have placed this responsibility in our hands.
This is also a strong indication that the Ark is indeed on Earth. If you're going to make the bomb so that only your family has the ability to detonate it, you want to make damn sure that the bomb's remote control is located where your family can get at it.
But maybe we were really, really good dogs.
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It's forum fantastic today, with this speculation from Covenant Goldfish regarding the Prophets ulterior motives. It's a bit swiss cheese, but still interesting.
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On our forum, Eindrachen does some speculating here, regarding the Cortana Letters and their place in the Halo universe. What caught my attention was the assumption that she was transmitting these back in time. It's far easier to get a message to the future, than it is to get one to the past.
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June 2, 2005
A little rampant speculation to end the day, for Marathony fun
WSC (email@example.com) writes:
The other day I was thinking about Halo, and how the Ark is supposedly on Earth. What if it's really on Mars? Maybe Regret only lands on Earth to find the key to the Ark or a map or to throw us off the trail.
The system where the destroyed Halo is also has the gas giant installation so maybe the Sol system also has many Forerunner installations (by the way, did anyone else think "Marathon" when they found an unstoppable chaotic demon on an installation orbiting an object described as a gas-giant?) I could see the Master Chief having to fight it out on Mars, or maybe one of Mars' moons (Deimos?) I doubt that they found the Ark on Earth - why would have left so quickly. Why leave at all, after uncovering the Ark so the dirty, stinky marines might find it? Then they nuked New Mombasa by running away anyway, not the way to treat Forerunner relics.
I also find it odd how the Covenant are so happy to glass planets that have Forerunner installations. In the book they burned Reach except for that patch where
the crystal was, what if they got their coordinates wrong? And in the trailer they were glassing Earth. That plotline was dropped and then in the actual game they had to land on Earth to find something. Why are they so sure about their directions?
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Quick - get the arguments in before we the day ends! Ciaran disagrees with our last theory, and here's why
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Bet you never saw this one coming.
D (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
The Halos destroy all sentient life within a certain radius.
The Halos work by starving the Flood.
Flood feed off sentient life.
In order for the Halos to be activated, a Reclaimer has to land on the ring. Coincidentally, the ring contains Flood forms.
I propose that the rings destroy all sentient life by teleporting the Flood onto every planet within a certain radius of the ring itself.
Firstly, the ball of energy at the end-game cutscene looks like a teleportation field. At the very least, it's the correct colour. Secondly, a Reclaimer has to land on the ring to activate it, putting it at risk of infection. To land on the ring, assumedly, requires at least FTL drives, which means that the Flood can easily hijack a ship or two. At any rate, Threshold was a gas giant, incapable of supporting life as we know it. The Halos obviously contained laboratories built to study the Flood, but the containers seen in the Arbiter missions seem more suited for interstellar transport to me...
I think the rings work by forcing the Flood to consume their food sources (sentient life) so fast that their inflated population cannot survive in the end- just like a red tide. It would work, by me- once the Flood finish feeding off their available food sources, they would either enter dormancy or die off. Given that sentient life takes forever or longer to evolve (metaphorically), the Flood would have ample time to die off.
Wouldn't put it past the Forerunner
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