Treachery and Civil War
Once bitter enemies, neither theology nor common goal has ever been enough to instill perfect trust between the Elites and the Prophets. As a military giant scouring the galaxy for technology often buried on already occupied worlds, attacking, and eventually assimilating, various races is nothing new. However, the Prophet's relentless campaign to hunt Humanity to extinction has begun to raise eyebrows among even some of the most dedicated Elite warriors. It is apparent that the details of Humanity's transgression against the Gods, other than that they are an abomination, are not truly known to those outside of the Hierarch's caucus.
This uneasiness between the Elites and Prophets reached a flash-point with the recent assimilation of the powerful and ambitious Brute race into the Covenant. The Brutes are mere pawns; while they despise the Elites out of simple jealousy and competitiveness, the Prophets, specifically Truth, seem all too willing to use this adversity to further some hidden agenda, some buried grudge, manifested thus far with the demotion and eventual expulsion of the Elites from the Covenant. Both steps took place under questionable circumstances. That Truth both recalled Covenant ships to facilitate Regret's assassination and also "let [Mercy] go" when he was attacked by a Flood Infection form implies yet another level of deceit within the Hierarchy, and raises further questions of Truth's true motivations and just how much he has personally orchestrated not only the war on the Human race or the Elite's betrayal, but other important events without the knowledge of even the other ruling Prophets; it remains to be seen whether his selfishness springs from some secret knowledge of the Forerunner (ie. perhaps he does not truly believe in the Covenant religion at all) or from boundless zeal as he attempts to achieve "salvation" with as few to share it with as possible...
Nasty, Brute-ish, and short: 3 way battles and talk of dissension
Bobman (email@example.com) writes:
I was reading the Press Scans of Edge's September 2002 Halo 2 article, and it said that Halo 2 will incorporate the three-sided battles (like Flood vs. Humans vs. Covenant) with more alien races... like the Brutes. Does this mean that the Brutes are not all with the Covenant?
Perhaps there will be some sort of disagreement between the Elites and the Prophets, resulting in the Brutes and Elites fighting? Other posts and emails have come to the conclusion that perhaps the Brutes are the personal bodyguards of the Prophets. If this is true, I wonder who exactly the Hunters, Grunts, and Jackals are going to follow?
The article's wording is somewhat ambiguous, but the possibility remains. The Brutes seem to occupy a unique niche within the Covenant hierarchy: temple guardians and protectors (a seemingly important post), and yet the Elite guard is shocked that a Brute (Tartarus) is allowed to approach the High Prophet. And what of their scheming, behind closed doors as well as the backs of the Elites themselves? If the Elites do develop a problem with their present "arrangement" with the Prophets, and the Brutes (like Tartarus) back the High Ones, we may be in for some real mayhem. We've been looking forward to fighting alongside Spartans in Halo 2, but with (and against) Elites as well!?
Is deanero's dream of Grunt liberation finally at hand? ;)
Because the thought of rampaging Grunts is so cute! Graeme, in this thread, looks at possible reasons for the first Grunt Rebellion. All together now: Awwwwww
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.
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.
Upon the Bungie Weekly Update Son of MacPhisto ponders . . . and FyreWulff answers
Son of MacPhisto
'There are no Elites to fight in Halo 3: ODST.'
I don't see the words 'or fight with.' Tee hee! :D
Hrm. Maybe they could actually write the co op elites (Thor and Uzi) into the story near the end?
Mgalekgolo (Hunter) separation
Jagstirred (a first-time poster on the forum) suggests the Mgalekgolo might have experienced some conflicts within their own civilization during and after the Covenant Civil War - reason being, after the Covenant cracked up, the Loyalist and Separatist Mgalekgolo, due to their split during the war, might have gone to war against each other.
Speedhuntr, however, points out that the only instance we've seen of Mgalekgolo fighting against the Brute overtaking of the Covenant was depicted on Delta Halo. That means all the other Mgalekgolo forces fell to Truth's military propaganda, and no other Mgalekgolo managed to side with the Elites, rendering the possibility of a Mgalekgolo civil war impossible.
Want to take part in the speculation? Head over to the forum thread!