July 31, 2008
Legendary Ending - a result of time travel?
It does sound Star Trek-like, but Neloms came up with an unprecedented, yet believable, theory on our forum.
Neloms suggests that a possible explanation for the appearance of the planet covered in Forerunner symbols in the Halo 3 Legendary Ending might be caused by a temporal rift once the Portal collapsed - sending the Master Chief and Cortana adrift in the past.
This might also explain Guilty Spark's various remarks throughout Halo: Combat Evolved such as; "Why would you hesitate to do what you have already done?", and "The last time you asked me ..."
Despite the theory's credibility, there are multiple issues that don't add up, one of them being the Chief apparently not recognizing Guilty Spark even though they might have met in the past.
It's a very exciting take on the Halo 3 Legendary Ending and on future Halo stories, so go read and post your thoughts!
Which makes me wonder what the Forerunners look like ...
permalink | The Forerunner
July 28, 2008
Mendicant Bias and Ephialtes
A fan has emailed us a connection in regards to Mendicant Bias's rampancy, and Ephialte's betraying of the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.
Anonymous (Anonymous) writes:
Haven't you guys noticed that Mendicant Bias's story mis similar to Ephialtes, the traitor of the Battle of Thermopylae?
Just a little tidbit of information I thought I throw there.
It certainly is. Ephialtes informed the Persians of a way to attack the Spartan army's rear, just like Mendicant Bias did when he defected, revealing the Ark's location to the Flood.
permalink | Treachery
July 27, 2008
Mack - Endless Summer
James Ficker emailed us some ideas concerning the connection between Mack (the AI controlling agricultural activity on Harvest) and Endless Summer (the successor of Deep Winter in Zone 67 on Onyx).
James Ficker (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
I recently lent my girlfriend The Fall of Reach, as she is an avid reader herself and thought she might like a bit of background into my slight Halo obsession (I'm working on making a set of Mark V armor to use for Caboose from Red Vs Blue) and she liked TFoR so much, she asked to read the other books. When she was finished she posed the following question to me, which I had never even thought of:"
"Did you pick up the Mack/Loki connection with the AI Endless Summer from Ghosts of Oynx? Mack's last transmission was the words "Endless Summer"? It seemed to me that Mack was more than a "Smart AI," shown by the fact that it literally took the downfall of a planet to use up this AI, and that he'd been around for more than 7 years, hadn't he? That seems to suggest that his core processing might have been so good that was reused by humans in the future. Since you can't completely delete everything on a computer system, it makes sense that his last thought would be a ghost transmission in his rebooted system that he used to name himself in the future."
I had never considered the fact that humans might reuse their AIs. I know that Smart AIs "die" in the sense that they pretty much think themselves to death. However, the process for creating an AI as described in the books, scanning a recently deceased person's brain, seems very expensive and complicated, especially when coupled with the fact that I'm sure a candidate for scanning must meet a very specific set of criteria to be suitable for base for an AI.
Is it possible that the UNSC recovers some core fragments from the AI and uses it to build a new AI so they don't have to create a new one form the ground up and if so, would there be some fragments, some ghosts left in the programming from the pervious "life?"? We know from Cortana in First Strike that an AI can copy fragments of themselves which retain personality and memories.
The UNSC was the losing side of a war that was pushing them to their limits. I'm sure anyway to cut corners, speed things up and reduce costs would have been used, and it seems to me that Mack was a very robust and resourceful AI, an excellent source for a future AI to be built on.
Well, Contact Harvest states that Mack's figure appears to be an American cowboy, while Endless Summer from Ghosts of Onyx portrays the figure of a Native American. This leads to the Cowboys and Indians fame, and to a strong likelihood that Endless Summer is indeed a follower of Mack's remains.
Though it depends on when Endless Summer was created. At the time when Mack was destroyed, the UNSC was still fairly intact even with the Covenant threat lurking closer to Earth every year, so the military might have still had the necessary resources to create a completely new AI. Despite this, however, the theory still stands. Very nice find.
permalink | Humans
July 18, 2008
The Prophets' homeworld
Hnc asked an interesting question on our forum. Why did the Prophets claim that their homeworld was destroyed? Does the divide between the two sides that sparked the Prophet Civil War still exist? Do the Prophets that moved on to create the Covenant have something to hide?
There could be a number of reasons for them to hide this fact, one of them being their position within the Covenant. Contact Harvest, I believe, explains how the homeworld was destroyed by blowing a chunk out of the planet.
Head on to the forum and watch the thread for more information.
permalink | Prophets
July 17, 2008
Halo: The Cole Protocol Cover
That's right boys and girls, you read that correctly. The cover for Halo: The Cole Protocol has been posted at Tobias Buckell's blog.
For a quick analysis of the cover. What does it depict? Apparently, there's a red planet in the background, a machinery blazing some kind of scattered light, and a Spartan-II from Gray Team clad in Mark IV MJOLNIR Powered Armor. There's also another human figure walking on what seems to be an asteroid. The cover itself resembles the style of 60-70's science fiction novels, therefore it's safe to say it's original and creepy at the same time. It's all up to speculation right now, so speculate away!
Number of Spartans in Halo Wars
Avateur stopped by the forum and posted a neat listing of all Spartans in Halo Wars based on our Spartan II Roster. The exact number of Spartans that would make up Spartan Group Omega depends on each team's background, and thus a decisive number hasn't been settled yet. However, the information he provided is pretty solid.
Swing by the forum and check it out.
permalink | SPARTAN
July 15, 2008
The site's finally been updated with some new content. I've written two new research pages. The first one is the Spartan-III Roster containing information from Ghosts of Onyx. The second one is the ORION Project.
Apart from that, I've also added a new feature to the site. The Quote of the Week is now officially running! Although it wasn't necessary for me to say it, because you can see it in the menu on the right. If you want to know more about this new feature, just click the "What's this?" button.
The Resources page has also been updated with the new content. To top it off, I bet you can see some new cornershots too.
So, enjoy the new stuff. There'll be more coming.
July 14, 2008
Halo squad based FPS game?
Rumors have been flying around like crazy these past few days. First, we got Gamespot saying that a reliable source has informed them that a Ghost Recon-style Halo FPS game is in the works.
Then, we've got "Halo Blue" - or Halo "Blue" - in a Walmart Intranet page. With all the speculation that's been going on just a few hours before E3 2008 and the big Bungie announcement, all we can do is wait and see if the rumors are confirmed. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
July 9, 2008
MJOLNIR Armor. Possible World War II connection.
I've pondered a lot over whether or not I should post this. I decided that even though the subject has been briefly covered to some extent, this is a new theory to the one of the meanings of the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.
We know that Bungie is very savvy when it comes to Norse mythology, hence several references like the UNSC Skidbladnir, Valhalla and of course, MJOLNIR. According to the Norse, MJOLNIR was the name of Thor's hammer; a very powerful weapon which when thrown at an opponent came back to the owner (like a Boomerang), and apart from that, was also capable of striking lighting bolts.
This could explain the connection between the Spartan-II's armor and the mythological hammer. The Spartans are weapons themselves, delivering deadly blows to their opponents. But what else is there to say about the MJOLNIR armor, and what other connections might there be between the Spartans and our real world?
A fan emailed us a very interesting theory about a potential connection between the MJOLNIR armor and the real world. The World War II period, to be exact.
Anonymous (Anonymous) writes:
I've been playing Halo since it came out with regular xbox, and shortly there after I found your website. I've read a lot of the posts made by people concerning the Halo story, and in particular the meaning of the MJOLNIR armor.
But I have yet to see the relationship between the MJOLNIR armor and the Nazi propagandist who used the alias Mjölnir. I don't necessarily see a tie between them, but I found it interesting that no one pointed out that Hans Schweitzer in the 1930s made several Nazi propaganda posters and signed the alias Mjölnir on the posters. Here is a link of one such poster (don't worry its not some neo-Nazi website) of an example of Mjölnir's posters, note the upper right hand corner for the signature.
Now, the link that was provided doesn't work. But I've done some research and I've come up with this Wikipedia page and this gallery.
Hans Schweitzer was a German artist known for painting several militaristic propaganda posters for the National Socialist Party. Most importantly, his pen name was "Mjölnir".
This, in my mind, raises a few questions. Just like the Nazis, the UNSC uses massive propaganda and psychological methods to establish its military might. This is where the Spartan-II Program and the MJOLNIR Armor comes in, which in the year 2547 was made public in order to increase humanity's confidence that they were winning the Human-Covenant War. This is extremely similar to World War II, Hans Schweitzer, and the Nazis (which we all know used propaganda to further their way in the war). Moreover, in the 1940's the Nazis were aspiring to be a world-spanning empire, which forms yet another thread to the UNSC, an interstellar empire. The main link here is propaganda, and what the government does in order to protect its credibility and reputation. Extremely believable connection.
This is quite a find. At first glance, it makes you think that the MJOLNIR Armor is based on a fascistic concept, and in my opinion, is as plausible a connection as the Norse hammer myth.
Thanks for the submission.
permalink | SPARTAN
July 2, 2008
The Architecture of War, part II
Great news, everyone! The second part of the Architecture of War series over at Ascendant Justice has been posted. Did you ever ponder about sniping or just going guns-ablaze in front of the enemy? The second part of this great series deals with the best ways, or the worst, to face your enemies in Halo 3. Well ... the Grunts can be beaten with just a hit of the butt of your weapon, but there's an art to that too.
Really nice work, go read!
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