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July 31, 2005

I like this one.

Russell Grant ( writes:

There's been alot of head-scratching over the final
cutscene in Halo 2, where Cortana is left with Gravemind.

After reading a couple of forums, I have a theory. In
the last section of Halo 1, (Hitchhikers may be escaping convicts) there has been speculation on why Cortana lied to Foe Hammer. One theory is that Cortana changed/went rampant after leaving the core of the
first Halo. Guilty Spark is angry that Cortana was in the core (and this is were I go out on a limb) because THERE WAS ALREADY A CONSTRUCT IN THE CORE.

Why else would the Forerunner have an entire computer control centre, when 343 Guilty Spark is perfectly capable of teleporting to isolated systems and fixing them from there, which would make them less susceptible to hacking from certain individuals such as Cortana. And why else would 343 Guilty Spark be so angry that a HUMAN (based on Dr Halsey's HUMAN neural patterns) AI is in the core.

Namely, because the Flood is engineered to hack human
thought patterns. Get the picture?

Halo itself is a prison for the Flood gene, but perhaps the core could be a prison for the virtual aspects of them. Possibly the core held segments of code made by the Flood (or even a Flood AI, we all know that Flood can interact with computer systems). In the case of a Flood AI, it could possibly function like a 'real' Flood by latching onto any AIs in the core (Cortana does look a little green when she's in the core, doesn't she?). Therefore, the newly corrupted Cortana could be controlled by the Gravemind. So Gravemind could have influenced her decision to stay on High Charity. And now that he has her all to himself, presumably he will pump her for information.

Might explain why she 'recognises' the Covenant AI, if the Covenant are so good at ripping off Forerunner technology.

Better cross your fingers, Cortana.

Or have you been doing that already?

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Random, and quite pointless. Story of my life.

Spartan-029 ( writes:

I was browsing the story section, and came across Devin Hallsworth's comment on Human technology, which mentioned that human weapons need to be reloaded, but Covenant weapons need to be recharged, which is inconvenient because you have to bring a recharge pack. Well, I've found in Halo that when a grunt hops into a shade, his weapon is fully charged when he is shot out of it. Thus, it seems, weapons can be recharged by Forerunner tech. In fact, that may be what those huge cargo boxes are for. Notice how weapons stick out of them in both games, yet they nevr have grenades? And how once the brute plasma rifle was introduced, red bins showed up as well? Perhaps they just stick them there to recharge.

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Some people are very, very odd ...

Cipher writes:

In the level Two Betrayals, Cortana informs you about the purpose of the Halo Structures. She then makes this comment to help Master Chief (you) grasp the concept:

"Halo doesn't kill flood, it kills their food. Humans, covenant, whatever. We're all equally edible." (emphasis added)

Note her choice of words. 'We're', as opposed to the more accurate 'you're'. Which means either of three things:

1)Cortana, being a copy of a human, considers herself one, or
2)Cortana chalks herself up as one because she really likes humans a bunch.
3)Cortana is trying to hammer the point home and doesn't want the Master Chief (Or Guilty Spark) to mess up the moment with dumb questions. (What is THAT supposed to mean, YOU'RE all equally edible, huh missy?)

I'm personally leaning towards one of the first two. although the third one has it's strong points....

Why do you people have such confidence in an AI who continually leads you into fields of Brutes? And yes, Cortana, I think I do want that tank.

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Slith comes up with some long thoughts on the flood on our forum here. I found it an interesting read.

permalink | The Flood


July 17, 2005

DuckofDoom makes a good point in his forum thread, here.

DuckofDoom writes:

Elite: "We burned your planet, primate. Your race is doomed."
Marine: "No... Earth... it's not possible..."
Elite: "Hmm? Earth? I thought it was Reach they called it."
Marine: "Oh, yes, of course, Reach. Earth is what we called it in Spanish."
Elite: "Of course. That makes perfect sense to me!"

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All I have to say is . . .

The Manly Dead Guy ( writes:

While reading the level transcript for High Charity, after the part where Cortana mentions that if the ring is to be activated then she will activate In Amber Clad's reactors; I was interested in that she says "that she doesn't want to chance a remote detonation" when the Chief goes to put her back in his helmet. This wouldn't make an awful lot of sense due to the fact that whether she is in his suit or in High Charity's systems then she would have to remotely detonate the
reactors on the ship.

This could in my opinion be one of the two things: the first (as has been mentioned before on this page) that she wants to stay on board the ship for some possibly malicious reasons or as I believe she may actually be telling (at very least partially) the truth. This may seem a bit rampant but, as we know from the level Gravemind the In Amber Clad has made the trip to High Charity and as Cortana mentions in the beginning of the level High Charity " ... 'gravemind', used us. We were just a diversion; In Amber Clad was always its intended vector". So from what Cortana has mentioned and the fact that we know "gravemind" himself is on High Charity we could gather that Gravemind sent the Master Chief to High Charity to help cause chaos on board the ship so that he (in some form or another) and a legion of his "men" could take the human ship to get on board High Charity.

During High Charity we see this fleshy goop over the walls, floor and equipment. As we saw in Halo:CE with Keyes this might mean the flood are taking control of the systems of the ship. If this were to be true then In Amber Clad seen in the beginning of the level crashed into one of the towers in High Charity could be in fact be emalgumated into the covenant systems by the flood (or more specifically Gravemind) thus bringing upon Cortana's direct connection to In Amber Clad.


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Forerunner bad! Flood hurt human! Human sad!

Patrick Malone ( writes:

I've been thinking a lot about the fact that the first Halo installation that the humans find (and the second, oddly enough), contains not only breathable oxygen, but also an extremely similar living environment with several entirely different eco-systems. All of these eco-systems exist on Earth, and are very familiar to the humans in frightening ways.

So why were the Halos constructed in such a way? Some people would speculate that it is because the humans are indeed the Forerunners, or that they had a close connection to them, but I'd like to suggest a different way of looking at things. What if the Forerunners found the humans to be dangerous? What if, at one time, we existed in much larger numbers and had begun to spread across the galaxy in a way similar to the Flood? The Forerunners were obviously superior and perhaps only thought of the possibility that we might exhaust the resources of all these planets we were on far too quickly. This also reinforces the theory that the Forerunners were not a bio-organic life form; rather a highly advanced and evolved robotic intelligence. But, I digress from my point.

The thing I wish to highlight most is my belief that the Forerunners built the structures in order to attract Humans to their demise. They would obviously have been curious to explore a structure that contained similar conditions to their native planet, and would have explored such a structure extensively. Once they were deep in however, the Flood would be released. This is where Guilty Spark comes in. He comes to the Humans with a solution. It sounds simple enough, activate the Halos and the Flood will magically disappear. But he's not telling the whole truth. The Forerunners WANTED us to activate the Halo in order to destroy humanity itself. Thus the Flood could be effectively contained, and the Humans would be destroyed, fulfilling their agenda.

Another thing that backs this up is the fact that the sentinels on the Halo were obviously never prepared to deal with a threat on that level. Once organic life forms (humans) reached the Halo, they'd have to activate it because the infection would have spread too fast to be contained conventionally.

permalink | The Forerunner


July 5, 2005

Lots of rampant speculation this time round, starting with this theory posted on the forum. Perfectly reasonable, if you ask me. The Flood on Earth. Could that be the one thing the Forerunners truly hoped would never happen?

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You didn't see this one coming.

Nami Seyfollahi ( writes:

Halo in itself is a story with very distinct similarities to the ever so popular book, "Ring World," and, "The Ring World Engineers" written by Author Larry Niven. In the Bungie story, The Forerunner are thought to be the singular creators of these Installations who had been destroyed many a centuries ago for the sole purpose of containing the Flood "Infection Host."

Now to reflect back on the novel, Ring World also creates a similar predicament where an infection was introduced into the fragile environment of the Ring and had resulted in chaos on a tremendous scale. I would like to think that the game is designed in very much the same way. That essentially the Flood had been a plague beset upon the advanced and unsuspecting Halo inhabitants. Just as in the novel, seeing that the pioneers of the ring could no longer fight off the alien virus began a slow "devoluting" process that ultimately resulted in their demise. Nonetheless, a very few survived in Niven's tale, who through decades of corruption under the virus had very little intelligence or memory of the early bliss of Ring World.

This is where Halo becomes a very separate story from its written counterpart.
I do not believe that the Covenant forgot the existence of the Flood so much as they were unaware of it. I do agree however that Covenant and man are indeed very closely related to the Forerunner(s) origins, even though their knowledge of Halo's inner-working is minute. Moreover, the Covenant architecture differs immensely from what is found in the world of Halo. From the glossy and luminescent finish of the covenant ships to the cobble stone and Aztec reminiscence of the Forerunner creations, the two are certainly of opposite ends of the spectrum.

Nevertheless, the Covenant armada constantly refers to Halo as a symbolic and religious guide to salvation. They go to unimaginable feats to ensure the activation of Halo in order to free themselves just as their Gods ( the Forerunner ) had done. I must say, that this is a very feeble ideology for a seemingly advanced life-form. Yet in Halo 2, Mercy clearly states during a cut-scene that: "to finish what we started...and this time none of you will be left behind."

It almost seems like the Prophet is referring to a secondary battle. Does this mean that the earlier battle that led to the destruction of all sentient life on a galactic scale was ultimately caused by the undying hatred between Humanity and Covenant? and to say that: "...and this time none of you will be left behind." in my understanding, means that the earlier attempt of destroying Humanity had indeed failed. I should also add the fact that in Halo: Combat Evolved, during the introductory scene with 343 Guilty Spark, the monitor openly states that it is certainly glad to see humanity survived. Although it does not go on to say what it is that we survived I can only assume that it is referring to the first Halo Activation which coincidentally, the Flood and Covenant also survived.

In the end however, I do not believe that all seven Halo Installations of Halo had been created for the sole purpose of containing the Flood. In fact, I whole-heartedly believe that the Flood, the Monitors etc. were at one point ( somehow ) created by the Prophets in order to mask the TRUE purpose of their quest, which is the destruction of Humanity, rather than salvation for all. But certainly, no figure in the Covenant entourage would stand to defend this purpose, so the Prophets have thought up this entire scheme and propaganda to mask their motives.

So the Covenant are the Forerunner, except with a bit of amnesia. Told you, you didn't see it coming.

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Asides from being a Library lovin' freak, Cody comes up with some more 'evidence' for the Ark/Earth theory.

Cody Miller ( writes:

In the Halo 2 Special Edition manual, human buildings are described as primitive. However, with regards to them the Covenant are told "Our mission is such that we cannot simply level these structures".

Why are the buildings on Earth so important? They had no problem destroying them on Reach. Are the Covenant looking for something on Earth? An artifact perhaps? The controls to the Ark? There must be something important to them on Earth.

Cody also mentions that the Covenant manage to destroy an Earth building in the E3 demo, and I'm fairly sure Mombassa comes out of the skirmish with a little damage in the game. However, I think we can safely ignore those examples as 'artistic license'.

What is interesting is that the Forerunners tried to preserve old Aztec style buildings on Delta Halo . . .

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Hey, look! You can name Monitors!

Grenadier ( writes:

The numbers, we know - but figuring out the Monitor's names is more challenging. First off, notice the number of letters in their names.

Guilty - 6 Letters

Spark - 5 Letters

Penitent - 8 Letters

Tangent - 7 Letters

The first name has one more letter than the second name, and the second name has one less letter than the first. So, the number of letters in each Monitor's name should be like...


7 _ _ / _

49 _ _ _ _ / _ _ _

343 _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

2401 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

16807 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

117649 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Let's start with the first names. They all have something in common. Look at the definitions.

Guilty - Responsible for a wrong.

Penitent - Feeling a sorrow for a wrong that one has done.

They each have something to do with a wrong doing or being guilty of something. To do this next part, the word has to mean the same thing as guilty, and it has to fit in the spaces.


7 _ _ /

49 _ _ _ _ /

343 G u i l t y /

2401 P e n i t e n t /

16807 R e m o r s e f u l /

117649 R e p r o a c h a b l e /

The second part of the name is more tricky.

Spark - to cause a function; a very small amount (of interest).

Tangent - a change of subject currently being discussed.

So, a similarity between the two words could be.... impulsive?


7 / _

49 / _ _ _

343 / S p a r k

2401 / T a n g e n t

16807 / I n c e n t i v e

117649 / I n s t i g a t i o n

Put them together, and you get....


7 _ _ /_

49 _ _ _ _ / _ _ _

343 Guilty / Spark

2401 Penitent / Tangent

16807 Remorseful / Incentive

117649 Reproachable / Instigation

Not that we like to overanalayse . . .

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