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Art Values, A Welcoming Gaze.

Art Values, A Welcoming Gaze.

Once again, unto that breach. . . 


You’re probably asking yourself, what the living heck am I doing in this post? Why is this guy called HaruspexOfHell?  Who even is this man and why should I care about his opinions about the art, which I so very much adore deeply? When did this man get into the blogs of Halo Archive?

The answer is; no, you should not care about my opinions, I only wish to enlighten the unenlightened, though, my name is Joseph, I’m a guy living in that one country down south, called Venezuela.

I am also fairly new to the content team of Halo Archive, only a few days old to be completely fair, so I hope my time and contributions here are anything but boring, even though I shall begin my posting here with one of the most controversial topics in the community at the moment, however, speaking about it with a clear and thoughtful mind, reveals more than when we just scratch the surface.

I interact with the Halo Community with the best of my abilities every single day with undying passion; I am also a writer myself – Albeit only a fanfictioner? Is that even a word? It is now.– Anyways, I digress, and I shall set upon the topic that has brought some of you here tonight, or this morning, or afternoon. . . Whenever, you see fit to read this piece, ha-ha.


And that topic, as it says in the post, at the start, and right here, right now is none other than the art direction.

And which art style you ask? Well, whatever there is and whatever there’s ever been in the Halo Universe, taking into consideration all of the changes and which ones I do believe that they fit, perfectly.

And to do this, we must start with a little experiment, what experiment, however? Just follow me on this one alright? Let’s go back to Halo 4, the awakening to our long journey from Installation 04, The Battle of Earth, New Mombasa, Old Mombasa, Voi, all of these events.

Now, close your eyes, try to imagine the cold breeze of the cryostasis caressing your skin gently, lost in space as you laid dormant in the middle of the FFG-201 UNSC Forward Unto Dawn, a Charon-class light frigate, drifting in space as it ventured into an unknown location of space.

Where a sleeping danger would await, but you don’t know this yet, unbeknownst to you, you drift silently into the sky, with your loyal companion; Cortana, who remained ever vigilant for any new encounters, or rendezvous with the UNSC, that would never happen, as you’re missing in the dark corners of the Milky Way, without concrete knowledge of where you’re located at the moment.  .  .


Now wake, John-117, wake up from your long night of solace, as you are awakened by Cortana, uttering the last thing you told her to do when she needed you ‘I need you!‘ she screams and you wake up from Cryosleep as the tube is drained from the cryogenic that kept you asleep for just as long as eight years after you last went to sleep.

You look around, however, and everything you see is familiar, your armour the same you wore to battle many years ago, the technology exactly as you left it, the halls dark and lightly dim by the emergency lights operating in low power, alarms blaring, and the ship shaking carefully as something from the outside rocks it enough to cause distress in the ship, you exit the cryo-tube, and you step directly towards Cortana, ‘Seems like old times’, she says as you step in front of her and say ‘Ready to get back to work?‘, to which, she replied with ‘I thought you’d never ask. . .’ 

And ready she was, barely, as you stepped out of the cryo chambers, however making your way around the ship, everything was old, some monitors were frozen as they were subjected to the harmful aspects of the vacuum of space, a lot of the ship was damaged from previous encounters as well, from throughout the Ark Installation Campaign, however, you find this strange looking Sangheili, you yourself had never seen before, but, John has, however, he makes no mention of it. But once you reach the control centre, blast shields down and a Sangheili of a very familiar design stands there trying to open the blast doors of this ship, you sneak up behind him and assassinate him, clearing out the room shortly after only to discover that you stumbled upon a fleet of the Covenant.

However, you fight you way through this, utilising old equipment such as the M392, BR55HB, MA5C’s, etcetera, etcetera. As well as you donning the old Mark VI GEN1 gear, unscathed and unchanged from when you left it, battle-scarred and worn.

You successfully launch the missile into the cruiser that was getting into position to attack the FuD, and when this happens, an ancient awakens below in the shield world that we drifted upon, fight or flight instincts kick in, you need to get out of the ship, so you get running back inside, going through the airlock as you quickly head towards the life pods, only for it to have been a failed measure as the hull of the ship rips off and you fall into space as you’re sucked out into the vacuum and get caught by the gravitational pull of the planet we’d come to call. . . Requiem.

We land on the planet below, and while terrifying, we bask in its beauty, all of it goes noticed every second, every location of Requiem goes through noticed by our eyes as well as us being able to utilise the gear that we know and love, though, it all changes in a moment, abruptly as we start obtaining garbled distress calls from an unknown recipient and our objectives change as we try to figure out who is behind that distress call, the more we realise, the more our objective changes until we find that it comes from a UNSC vessel, the UNSC Infinity.

First, of her class, the Infinity-class had caught the distress call from the Forward Unto Dawn and set forth to pursue it, however, our objective changes as we try to keep the Infinity off the grasp of Requiem. and all this, only ends badly as we find the Cryptum lying in rest as it was locked away a thousand millennia ago, holding an ancient terror that we had never seen before; a living forerunner?

and all this, only ends badly as we find the Cryptum lying in rest as it was locked away a thousand millennia ago, holding an ancient terror that we had never seen before; a living forerunner?

And yes it was, and his awakening would be directly our fault, as the Infinity is pulled into the planet losing control of the ship as she fell into the surface, finally crashing against the soil of Requiem.

So, we decide to go help out, after we escaped in the ghost, everything crumbling in our path as we jump through a portal that Cortana had managed to get up, and barely escape not without almost falling off a cliff first, and we proceeded to see the Infinity fall from the sky as it soared above us in its behemoth size, this, is what the UNSC had been up to these last eight years, this is what our sacrifices propped up at the end.

We weren’t mice anymore and the size of this behemoth almost but screamed this fact, as it crumbled down from the sky and crashed far beyond us, and as was said, we decided to help out setting forth towards the crash location  of this behemoth, where we would acquaint ourselves with the new equipment, the new men and women who served the UNSC, not for war, but for exploration and growth.


And this is where I want to conclude this little experiment, bringing forth, something that I doubt has been tried before in the Community, do these things really not look Halo?

For the lack of an explanation, I’d like to set out and try to explain what many have been saying about the art of 343 Industries, amongst many words the most common is ‘It doesn’t look Halo’ when in fact they do, some of these design look just as good – if not better – than those of Bungie. However, to explain this, we have to set forward and look at a few designs, which I shall couple together, and post below; first I shall make an example of the DMR, both M392 & M395 series.

However, to explain this, we have to set forward and look at a few designs, which I shall couple together, and post below; first I shall make an example of the DMR, both M392 & M395 series.

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Look at these rifles? Not too different are they? Look at them good and hard. They’re one and the same, the Halo 4/5 rifle is the recipient of a lot of controversy in the community, however, many saying it doesn’t look good, or that it doesn’t resemble the original rifle, when in fact; it does. These don’t need changing, in fact, I would love to see these two together in a game, some day, though. . . Someday.

Now, let’s take a look at these different rifles, which I shall post below, here.

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Let’s take a look at the SRS99 rifles, or as we call them Sniper Rifles. 

let’s take a look at them, at first glance yes, each is very different but the base design in the same, I’ve seen plenty of people, complaining about the design of 343i.

Which being honest I have concluded that the hate for this design is entirely subjective, and most of the hate, however, is regarding the blue scope and the palette colour of the rifle, nothing more.

This is what I’d regard as blind hate, saying you hate the design, entirely based on something that does not pertain on the design but more how you look at it, and quite frankly their designs suffer a lot from this, too often. Here’s however, an edit made by a good friend;

Here’s however, an edit made by a good friend; LateNightGaming, regarding the scope.

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There’s not much to pick at when you look at it like this, and even then the design is still pretty good, a landmark of the new Halo’s in my honest opinion; however, I would rather see at least one other variant of the SRS99 in future games, just like everybody else.

Anyways, I digress, before I continue rambling about the designs, I am gonna tackle on one more design before I conclude the post, which quite frankly, if I continue it, it shall be only aimless rambles, and none of us want that, right? Okay, let’s move on with the Promethean Knight

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LOOK AT THIS UGLY MOTHERF– I mean, beautiful guy, honestly I can’t say much about him aside from the fact that, quite frankly he does look Halo, however, he represents something that we’ve not seen before, ever. In the history of Halo, the Prometheans fit only for the Forerunners put them elsewhere and they’re

In the history of Halo, the Prometheans fit only for the Forerunners put them elsewhere and they’re definitely the odd man out, however, I can obviously sit here saying how we could improve the design, how the nodes and the hunch back should be in more of a square space, how you could maybe actually attach the legs to the overall body, etcetera, etcetera.

While he. . . Or she is ugly like a rotten tomato with bugs, that does not make them not Halo, just because we don’t like their overall appearance most of the time, they can be much better, for one look at this design, they could recover this and redo the Knights in inspiration to this, would it not be better if you felt both terrified and intrigued to fight them? Awaiting what they would do next, etcetera, make them more interesting to us, the players.

Awaiting what they would do next, etcetera, make them more interesting to us, the players.

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Yes? Look at that, how much better would that be?

I certainly think it would one hundred percent better, imagine that you’re in close quarters when you rip the armour off of it and you release what’s inside only for it to grab at you and plead for you to let it free from its pain.

The composer’s abyss which stores thousands of souls in pure agony as they bask in their own pain and hopelessness. Waiting for someone to come to save them, only that, this is a false hope as they will never be saved from their slumber, at least not with any method we know of or have ever encountered yet.


Anyways, I shan’t continue my ramblings about any of this, as we near the closing of this post – albeit my first post – hopefully, you all enjoyed listening – More like reading – to my ramblings about art, I shall not keep you any longer as I have nothing more to add. Now feel free to engage in a discussion over this, do you like the new art style? Do you not? What are your thoughts on it? There’s plenty of things to talk about with this topic, especially with how controversial it seems to be, however, remember to keep it constructive! I hope I did lay out my points correctly for you guys, but for now, I must depart.

Be safe, live your life as you wish it, and you know, don’t let this guy catch you. I hear he molests teddy bears and does coffee? Anyhow,  cheers!

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Be careful when meddling with this man!

 

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Hunt the Truth Season 2 and the TV Series

Hunt the Truth Season 2 and the TV Series

Ever since its first announcement in May 2013, there’s been no project more vague and mysterious than the upcoming Halo TV series. What is known is few:

  1. It’s live-action,
  2. It’s produced by Steven Spielberg
  3. It airs fall 2015.

For a project so near and so significant, why is there still next to no information about it? Where are the trailers? Where are the summaries? Why is a SPIELBERG production so devoid of details and excitement?

Leave that bit hanging for now.

There is another episodic feature scheduled for Fall 2015: Season 2 of Hunt the Truth. Season 2 will start in September as confirmed at San Diego Comic Con. We know that this is typically the month that TV Shows premiere for the fall season as well. Could it be a coincidence that both the Hunt the Truth season and the TV show could potentially start in the same month? Or could it be that these two things are actually one in the same? Let’s look at some facts about both projects:

  • Hunt the Truth was received exceptionally well by audiences and featured some very big names in the world of acting (Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Jennifer Hale)
  • The first season was released this past Spring to get people up to date with the current setting and conflicts in the Halo Universe.
  • We have heard before that the TV show would coincide with Halo 5 Guardians and be set around the same time period. (Hunt the Truth is also in current times)
  • Since the announcement, there has been virtually NO information on the Halo TV Series, yet Frank O’Connor has confirmed it has not been cancelled –

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Is it really so crazy to think that this “Season 2” of Hunt the Truth could actually be the TV Series following Petra, played by an already well liked and known actor in Cobie Smulders? Not only is she well known, but she also has taken a role in another comic/fiction setting in the Avengers, so we know she’s open to the parts. And, let’s be honest, Petra Janecek kind of looks like her as well –


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Could the Halo TV Show, the thing we have heard the least about over the last two years, be Hunt the Truth Season 2? As time lingers on, it begins to look more and more likely, as Frank insisted that the thought of the TV Show being nixed was dead wrong, but refuses to give up any more information on it….all while Hunt the Truth Season 2 is supposed to get fans hyped for the Fall and we still don’t know anything about that yet either, except for it most definitely follows Petra.

This would be a great way for 343 Industries to hype fans for the TV Series without even knowing we are hyped for the TV Series. Either way, we are creeping into August now, with no trailers or details on the Spielberg produced series. Maybe, just maybe, we have already seen the details right in front of us. It definitely goes in hand in hand with the “not everything you see/hear is the truth” theme.

Either way, I am excited to see more information on both of these, and hoping they end up to be one in the same. Discuss everything about Hunt the Truth and the Halo TV Series here on our forum!



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Hunt the Truth returns this September.

Hunt the Truth returns this September.

Hello Archivers!

At the  San Diego Comic Con panel yesterday, 343i has just confirmed that Hunt the Truth will debut its season 2 in September.

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If you haven’t listened to the recordings yet, you can by going to the HUNTTHETRUTH.TUMBLR.COM – Xbox page. Hunt the Truth is planning to run from September all the way to the Halo 5: Guardians release on October 27th. This season will be a continuation of the first season, which followed Benjamin Giraud, as he uncovered the truth about the Master Chief and ONI.


This is some very exciting news here Archivers! There are also a lot of questions to be asked and answered as the new season quickly comes upon us. Discuss on our forums HERE and remember to #HUNTTHETRUTH for an entire new season.



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What is the Warden Eternal?

What is the Warden Eternal?

*This post is being used as a way to brainstorm and spark discussion in the Halo community, not necessarily state who or what the Warden Eternal is; although the goal would be to eventually do so by presenting as much information as possible to the members of the Halo Archive Community through this post*

The Warden Eternal

During E3 2015 at the Microsoft Xbox conference, we were shown a Halo 5 Campaign Demo featuring Fireteam Osiris as they hunted the Master Chief during the Battle of Sunaion. What was particularly interesting during the showing however, was the very last 20 seconds or so of the gameplay demo. We see Spartan Locke and his team fighting various Promethean Soldiers, and suddenly a deep, robotic-like voice begins to echo from the Guardian.

I am the Warden Eternal – Keeper of the Domain and her secrets…The Master Chief is called, but you, your passage is denied.

When we begin to hear the first words this construct says, the camera pans towards the Guardian and we see a Promethean appear similar to other entries by Knights in Halo 4. Below is the demo, go to 4:58 to hear the Warden Eternal:



What is interesting is that the speech pattern of this Forerunner is VERY similar to that of the Ur-Didact. The pauses, pace of speech and commanding sound all are reminiscent of Chief’s main foe in Halo 4. Whether this is how most of the Forerunner Warriors spoke is undetermined, however it could be the reason the Warden sounds similar and not have anything to do with the Didact. After all, the Warden Eternal is possibly on the side of Master Chief if we look at what he stated earlier, “The Master Chief is called,” as well as the fact that Chief is most likely aboard the Guardian. However, I am going to rule out the Didact having anything to do with the actual construct we see, and this is something completely different…

It is interesting to note that the Domain is calling Chief, and given how impressed the Didact became with Chief as a Warrior, maybe if the Domain is calling Chief, the Didact would open up to the possibility of aiding him. Just an interesting thought.


The only other reference that I know of or have seen made in regards to what this Warden Eternal could possibly be or have ties to, is the Warden in Halo Cryptum and Silentium. The Warden was a Forerunner Monitor serving aboard the Capital with it’s main purpose to detain and defend the accused while they were judged by the Council. The Warden was mentioned when it was tasked with detaining and defending the Master Builder Faber when he was brought to trial for using a Halo on star systems without approval. When Mendicant Bias attacked the capital, the Warden aided Faber in his escape, which went beyond the realm of it’s duties. Faber insisted the Warden saved Faber because of how important he was to the Forerunner species and Flood War as a whole. Others insisted that Faber bribed the Monitor, with what remains to be seen.

While this may be a complete coincidence and most likely is,it is important to note that the Warden possibly saved Faber under it’s own will. The Domain was tightly nit with the Forerunner Council, as they often used it for storage and investigating purposes. Because of this, the Warden had more of a possibility to contact the Domain than other monitors I would argue. Is it possible that the Domain instructed the monitor to save Faber above all else? If so, could this Warden Eternal be somehow related in any way to the Warden we see during the trial of Master Builder Faber? Or maybe it calls itself the Warden Eternal as an ode to the original for possibly saving Faber’s life and eventual integration into the Domain itself rather than get consumed by the Flood?

A long stretch to be sure, but I do not want to overlook anything and as all Catalog posts here at the Archive are meant to do, just investigate.


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How the Domain Comes Into Play

In the above screenshot, we see Spartan Locke in a battle with the Warden Eternal, which means we most likely are able to actually fight this construct in gameplay. If that is the case, could there be multiple Wardens, each with a separate name? This one being the Eternal? It is definitely a possibility, but one that would not diminish it’s role in Halo 5 Guardians or more specifically the Domain.  When we read the quote again, it informs Locke he is the, Keeper of the Domain and all her secrets”

According to Webster’s dictionary, being a keeper is:

a person whose job is to guard or take care of something or someone.

Notice the word guard, as in guardians. This title keeper of the Domain essentially ties directly into the theme of Halo 5, which is safeguarding and who is right/who is wrong in doing so. We have heard the developers at 343 Industries mention this plenty of times, and so it seems this Warden Eternal very well may have it’s main and only purpose to save whatever is left of the Domain or KEEP it alive.

As we know, the Domain was presumably obliterated along with 100 Billion years of knowledge at the hands of the very people who strove to keep it alive and in communication: the Forerunners when they activated the Halo array. This was told to the Librarian by none other than the Primordial/Gravemind in a taunt-like fashion just moments before the Array was activated. So…if the Domain was destroyed since it was based on the concept of neural physics and we know all Precursor tech was destroyed, how and why is the Domain calling Master Chief? Well as we know, the Primordial picked and chose what it said, as well as demonstrated amazing manipulating skills similar to the logic plague with a Gravemind. Could this have been just a feeble attempt by an otherwise defeated enemy to have the Librarian call off the array firing? While I can definitely see that being a possibility, it is also is important to note we have evidence of a biological Domain being created in Path Kethona by ancient, if not under developed, Forerunners in Halo: Silentium. Can the Domain be created from something? Or someone? Is there a way to reactivate the Domain even after it is destroyed? Questions none of us will be able to answer without pure speculation, but the Domain is still alive in some capacity. How far it goes back and how it has manifested or survived is another story.


The last part of this quote I would like to address is the word “her,” as in “the Domain and all her secrets.”  To start, let’s look at a couple gifs from the Halo 5 Guardians trailer:



Why am I showing you Master Chief in a cave? Well if you look at the first one we see that a small blue light/essence resonating from deep within the cave. Chief notices it and beings walking up to it, and in the second gif looks like he is about to touch it.

We also know this from Gameinformer:

A cutscene shows Master Chief awakening in a strange, dark cave. “Sierra 117 to Blue Team. Report,” he tries the radio. “Sierra 117, does anyone copy?” He starts exploring the area. “John,” a familiar voice calls. He follows the sound and sees a silhouette up on a rock formation. It’s unmistakably Cortana. “The domain is open,” she warns. “Meridian is next. You only have three days. John, the Reclamation is about to begin.” Everything fades ­to ­black.

Frank O’Connor has stated he calls this the “ghost of Cortana.” Well we know that Cortana is not just affecting Chief as an apparition, and it is more likely linked to the Domain and how it manifested itself in the form of a familiar face to John – Cortana.

The Warden Eternal states that he is the keeper of her secrets, not it’s. He is calling it female with that statement, and seeing as Cortana is most likely related to the Domain itself now, maybe she has a more powerful presence than originally thought. Look, we do not know the true nature of the Domain. At times it seemed like a storage of information, but it has always had a centralized mind directing it…making choices on who to speak with, when to speak etc…It is not just a collection of memories and knowledge. If it is extra dimensional, that could be one reason it survived the blast. Or it could be something more integrated into the Universe itself, some sort of essential fabric to the cosmos for the Universe to exist? Whatever the case may be, it  is not just a mash up of minds. Even a Gravemind has a centralized presence, not just storage of it’s dead victims.

Could it be possible that Cortana has become the Domain herself? We know the Domain can be biologically made, as we saw in Path Kethona stated earlier. Are there different types of Domains?  It is interesting because both the Warden and Cortana are AI and are in some sort of connection with the Domain (definitely Cortana). Even the Warden Eternal is some type of Promethean AI that is also connected, which leads me to believe the Domain could be using these AI as personal agents to communicate with the outer world and act out it’s wants/needs. We know some type of biological Domain was created, maybe an artificial intelligence Domain can be opened up as well. All of these different examples we see with it lead me to believe the Domain can manifest itself into any type of form, hence why the Promethean AI Warden Eternal is acting as it’s keeper, because it has the ability of accessing AI as well as biological beings.

Too many questions…most we cannot answer. Two things are for sure in my opinion; Cortana has some tie with what has become of the “present Domain,” and the Warden Eternal (possibly more) is protecting her.


Thanks for reading Archivers, it is always fun to speculate on the Halo Universe. If you are not registered on our forum, be sure to check us out and become part of the Halo Archive community! Discuss this post here.



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Hunt the Truth Episode 12/13 |Halo Archive

Hunt the Truth Episode 12/13 |Halo Archive

Greetings Archivers, Hunt the Truth ends with a huge explosion of action and we find out that Ben has been played all along… And we learn that some else is picking up the pieces….


 

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Holy smokes everyone this has been an amazing series.  I cannot wait to see what 343 has in store for everyone at E3. And just to think this might spill over all the way up to the October release of Halo 5: Guardians. Hunt the Truth has been one if not the best ARG’s in recent memory that has put so many people on the edge of their seats!  Just wondering what is going to happen next.  343 and everyone involved in this audio drama have done everything right to get the hype train rolling at full speed.

Come talk about this and the other episodes on our forums! HUNT the TRUTH

SOURCE: TUMBLR

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Hunt the Truth Episode 11

Hunt the Truth Episode 11

Only 2 weeks left of Hunt the Truth, and 3 episodes including this week’s. Before we look ahead, let’s look back to see what happened on last week’s episode.

Essentially we found a huge piece of information; that the Human extremist group Sapien Sunrise was actually the reason Master Chief showed up to Beko and ambushed the embassy peace talk meeting. The group believes that species integration was destroying Human lives and are completely against peace with any alien species. Apparently they plotted to assassinate ambassador Sekibo, frame the aliens and end the peace talks between both species.  Ben also learned that there may be video evidence showing that Chief is innocent and only targeted the SS members. (Notice the initials 343i chose) How Chief knew about this group is another story, maybe one that we will learn more about soon.

As the week went on, we started seeing more Sapien Sunrise propaganda taking over social media:




This propaganda has continued throughout the week and was specifically placed by 343i into the community…so we know it’s canon. What does that mean to this week’s Hunt the Truth episode? Well maybe we begin to see Humanity everywhere go into a bit more chaos with everything that has happened; learning of the Spartan II program, Sapien Sunrise, Master Chief framed and general hate for ONI, this could mark the beginning of another Human civil war.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Hunt the Truth releasing later today. For now discuss on our forums!



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Hunt the Truth Episode 10

Hunt the Truth Episode 10


Freshman Senator Andrew Del Rio wastes no time turning Biko into an anti-Chief campaign, but news from the Outer Colonies tells a very different story. With the truth about the Spartan program hanging in the balance, how far will ONI go to bury it?

Hunt the Truth Episode 10 will be out later today, and we will have this post updated as soon as it releases. For now, let’s revisit episode 9 and what it means in regards to the future of Halo and specifically Halo 5 Guardians.

In case you missed it, FERO helped Benjamin Giraud in last week’s episode completely expose the Spartan program to everyone in the Galaxy. ONI no longer has their dirty, dark secret hidden from the rest Humanity, thus creating a few potential problems. First off, we know that FERO is a rebel leader and she even states this is exactly what they needed in order to gain support against ONI and the UNSC. Ben was used as the catalyst, and now will be public enemy number 1 for ONI. However, FERO did assure Ben that he is now completely under their protection…how far and how good that protection is remains to be seen. Judging by the way Ben is telling the story though, it suggests he could be alive for quite awhile since he constantly speaks in the past tense. Let’s just hope Ben makes it out okay, although given ONI’s track record it is hard to believe we see our star journalist survive by E3.

We also received this image detailing a police dispatch report of a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot. The thing is, it was not just any suicide, but a suicide by a clone that ONI had replaced one of the kids in the Spartan program with. Take a read below –



Earlier last week I wrote a detailed post on who FERO could posssibly be, and if you haven’t seen it be sure to check it out here. It did get some attention and even a GrimBrotherOne sighting as well –



I should also say that Grim was having a bit of fun right before he posted that –



Either way it’s good to see Grim take such a personal approach with the fans in discovering the universe and theorizing on what is yet to come. For now though, we will wait until the next episode releases today. Be sure to check back in for updates as well as discuss Hunt the Truth on our forum.



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Who is FERO in Hunt the Truth?

Who is FERO in Hunt the Truth?

So here we are nine episodes into the Halo advertising/arg campaign: Hunt the Truth.

Nine weeks ago Halo fans everywhere sat and listened to the Primer episode, frantically trying to understand what we were about to hear…what we were about to uncover. And as the coming weeks came and went, various trailers released and puzzles were solved.


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During the last episode of Hunt the Truth, we see Benjamin Giraud completely release everything about the Spartan program. Not only does he royally piss of ONI and see all of his bank accounts frozen, but his good friend throughout all of this, Mshak Miraudi, disappears. Just as we are all afraid for Ben’s life, the mysterious character FERO, who was introduced a few episodes earlier, insures Ben that he is now protected by them…

Perfect, now let’s watch it burn. The revolution has started Ben, and you were the spark. From now on, you’re under our protection. – FERO in Hunt the Truth Episode 9

Now a lot of controversy and theories have come out on just who FERO is. Is it Halsey? That was the popular theory originally and I will admit, my first choice as well. There were others who thought it was Cortana and maybe even…



…Ok maybe not that far fetched.

However that above quote may give much, much more away. Notices how FERO says “The revolution has begun.” Who wants revolution in the Halo Universe? The Insurrectionists. We also know it’s a rebel leader since Xbox released this piece, literally stating that FERO is a Rebel Leader. So now that we know that FERO is involved in the Human Conflict and on the opposing side of the UNSC/ONI, we then need to find out who this is. The most popular theory right now on the Halo Archive Forums is none other than Ilsa Zane.



Who is Ilsa Zane and why do we think this?

Ilsa Zane is a character from the comic Halo Initiations, which is set in 2553, soon after the Halo 3 conflict on the Ark. She was chosen for the Spartan IV program originally, however the augmentations she underwent made her unsuitable for the position after they did not go as planned. Others were even crippled and killed.

She ended up escaping the Office of Naval intelligence and fleeing to the New Colonial Alliance, which was forming on the outer colonies at the time. Zane and the other Insurrectionists planned to take control of the UNSC Infinity, which was under construction/not in use at the time, however their plans were foiled after they boarded the Infinity and Zane was confronted by none other than Spartan Sarah Palmer. After a brief fight, Palmer pushed Zane out of the containment doors and into space where her augmentations allowed her to survive the conditions she was in. Eventually she was recovered by a Prowler ship.

Below are a series of images from the comic Initiations –


 

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The theory of Ilsa Zane being FERO makes sense on a few levels, both in setting and reason. For one, she has standing in the Insurrectionist and NCA. She also has complete resentment to the UNSC/ONI and what FERO states when she says, “Let’s watch it burn,” seems to imply there is some deep rooted resentment or hatred for ONI. She goes on to say they were looking for some catalyst to push the support for the Insurrectionists and Ben was it, as well as the story he used to release the true Spartan program to the public.

So what does this mean for the future of Halo and more specifically, the Master Chief? Well potentially a few big things, but first let’s go over what we know:


  1. We know Chief and the UNSC/ONI are not on good terms.
  2. Dr. Halsey, arguably Master Chief’s largest fan and friend with Cortana gone, is also at odds with ONI/UNSC.
  3. Chief ambushed an Embassy “peace talks” meeting, killing a few Humans and saving the aliens that were there. (Potentially the Arbiter or his party)
  4. Spartan Locke is tasked with hunting Chief down, thus creating an even larger gap between the two parties.

So what all of this may mean is that the first in-game Human civil war could be beginning. Look, we know 343i wants us to think Master Chief went awol, but at the end of the day they themselves and the community know Master Chief is onto something much larger behind the scenes. What we see on the front line may not be everything, and we know ONI is good at hiding things except for when Benjamin Giraud gets involved .

So this could very well be the first game we end up fighting Humans, or at least not siding with a faction of them. The thing is, the side that Chief ends up being on and fighting for, may not be the people who made him. Halsey and Chief would both side with the Insurrectionists at this point, especially if they are willing to create a better system for Humanity. Rather than being blood thirsty for power, looking to unite Humanity and accept the other races such as the Sangheili would go a long way for both the Chief and Halsey. They both know more is coming, and it’s not ONI or the Elites.

The Flood is the inevitable force in Halo’s fiction and going by the Primordial’s prophecy, we have yet to be judged. The Flood are still waiting to test us…and those “deep space anomalies” could have something to do with that. Or it could be something else, either way they have yet to invade full force.


*SPOILER ALERT*

Not to mention the Didact has Composers and control of a Halo so Humanity has that to deal with as well.

This should be an interesting set up for maybe the best Halo game story to date.

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Hunt the Truth – Revolvers, Glassed Planets, & Journalism

Hunt the Truth – Revolvers, Glassed Planets, & Journalism

“Every shred of journalistic integrity I had left was about to go out the window.”    (HUNT the TRUTH, episode 9).

At the risk of being cynical, one has to ask how much of a sacrifice was journalistic integrity for Benjamin Giraud? There were certainly other risks piled on, but it’d be a stretch to place this particular trait among the largest casualties. In HUNT the TRUTH, Ben displays an unnerving level of disregard for the information literacy standards of journalism.

Whether we are looking at the news today or the news set over five hundred years in the future, it is a journalist’s job to know what information is needed and how to communicate that information to others. It is a journalist’s job to be information literate.

Information literacy (IL) is defined by the American Library Association (ALA) as the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” [x]. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) partnered with a number of universities, journalism schools, and a few professional journalists to adapt the ALA IL standards specifically to this field [x]. They are as follows:

“The student or professional…”

  1. Identifies needed resources, determines where to find resources, and estimates time and financial costs to access information.
  2. Begins research using search strategies that are effective and efficient.
  3. Appraises information gathered for accuracy, balance, and relevance.
  4. Writes the story by integrating information gathered.
  5. Applies professional standards throughout the research process.

Now these standards and the professional ethics and legality are taken from current programs and acts of the United States of America. There are likely plenty of parallels or violations that could be taken from other countries in the world today that won’t be addressed in this piece. ACRL also makes it clear that these standards may evolve over time as the profession changes and technology moves forward (ACRL, pp 3). As I am incapable of predicting state of these standards half a century into the future, I will be using solely our contemporary standards for comparison.

Each standard is broken up into further sets of performance indicators and outcomes, some of which Ben follows excellently and some of which need to be threatened into him by a fellow reporter with a revolver.

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Escalation Issue 5

The first initiative that Ben takes in the research of Master Chief’s story aligns with portions of the first and second standards. In using his Outer Colony contacts to get in touch with Ellie Bloom and locate the government records, Ben displays a willingness to “initiate research” and “identify appropriate sources.” (ACRL pp 3). He also displays his ability to “retrieve information needed through collections, services, and individuals” and “identif[y] gaps in the information retrieved” (pp 6). This is a perfect example of IL journalism, stepping outside the pre-approved sources, conducting further investigations. Yet when confronted by inaccuracies between the two sets of resources, he writes off his own efforts as “getting cute with the research” (HUNT, ep 2).

The most egregious failure is Ben’s rejection of nearly the entirety of Standard 5. Out of the fifteen listed outcomes for the “appli[cation] of professional standards through out the research process,” there are three that are unverifiable from the information provided in HUNT the TRUTH. Out of the remaining twelve, he is very good at following three of them. However, the way he applies those standards leads to his violation of eight others.

Outcomes 2d, 2e, and 3c all focus on the recording and proper attributing of interviews and quotes (ACRL, pp 12-13). Ben does this flawlessly. Without it, we would have HUNT the TRUTH. However, as Petra Janecek aggressively reminds him, doing so without consent – Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 1e, 2c, 2f, 2g and 3b – is a violation of privacy and a startling number of policies and ethic codes.

Major Breakthrough

HUNT the TRUTH: Major Breakthrough

The First Amendment Handbook [x] has an entire chapter regarding “Surreptitious Recording” which is an incredibly nuanced topic in journalism, specifically regarding the legality of consent. Each state in the USA has its own policy on whether permission from the interviewed party is needed, and interviewing cross-state adds even more complexity (First Amendment, pp 19-21). Applying the same notion across a galaxy does nothing to simplify this issue.

We’ve seen in Contact Harvest that each colony has its own government set up that is not a mirrored copy of Earth or core UNSC planets (Contact, pp 165). It’s logical to then assume that the policies regarding surreptitious recording will also vary from colony to colony. However Ben records people from multiple colonies and shows only occasional deference to consent.

The final outcome of Standard 5 brings Ben into a catch-22. Outcome 2b is reached when the professional “[a]pplies journalism’s professional code of conduct and complies with institutional policies on access to information resources” (ACRL, pp 12). The first ethical code of conduct listed by the Society of Professional Journalists is “Seek Truth and Report It” [x]. This ties in again with the initiative Ben took to find Ellie Bloom. He was embracing the professional code of his job, seeking voices that are seldom heard (SPJ). Yet at the same moment, he is likely overstepping the institutional policies set down by the Office of Naval Intelligence.

 The Assignment

HUNT the TRUTH: The Assignment

ONI is a perfect foil for Ben in the misuse of IL standards. While Ben’s disregard is more absentmindedness and neglect, ONI deliberately subverts or abuses the standards to meet their own end.

With the Master Chief piece, ONI had developed a list of pre-approved sources, most of them concocted or altered to fit their agenda. In doing so and ensuring consistency within those sources, ONI discourages the entirety of Standard 2, wanting to keep the journalists from doing any form of digging into the story.

Abuse of the standards arise when Ben finds the records and accounts of John’s death. In light of this event, Michael “Sully” Sullivan becomes very insistent that Ben follows Standard 3.

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DilDev’s photoshopping skills

The meme of “Glassed Planets Have Bad Records” is actually an evaluation of source accuracy. It’s recognizing the “cultural, physical, or other context within the information was created” and checking the reliability of those records (ACRL, pp 7-8). It’s Colonial Journalism 101, a fact that’s verified by multiple sources. However as the insistence on this particular evaluation continues when other evidence arrives to challenge it, basic journalism becomes Government Secrecy 101.

The other major player in the story, and the only one who is ONI’s equal, is FERO. We don’t get to see as much of FERO’s abilities in regards to information literacy, but there is one quality that is clear from her first appearance: she understands audience.

Audience is a factor that appears in three of the five standards. To be information literate involves understanding who the audience of the story is, communicating background information the audience needs to know, and utilizing language understood by the intended audience (ACRL, pp 3, 4, 7, 10). FERO realizes that she and Ben are working with two separate audiences: the general public and the United Earth Government officials. She knows which information is needed when and where to capture the right audience.

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HUNT the TRUTH: Peace Talks

The end goal, the chosen audience, is the senators in the UEG. She knows that the story of the Spartan-II program will ignite action in the government, but in order to reach that audience, she has to first cut through the public. For the public, she needs a different story, something that will strike at a larger base, “a headline, imminent and exclusive” (HUNT, ep 7) like the peace talk massacre. This understanding is what enables FERO and Ben to strike at ONI in the middle of the Senate meeting.

Just as FERO understands audience, Ben understands story. He doesn’t completely lack IL skills, and the one standard that we see him capture in its entirety is Standard 4: “Writes the story by integrating information gathered.” Highlights of his efforts here include maintaining a log of his activities (2a), incorporation of different mediums into the story with both pictures and audio (1d, 3b), and integration of both new and prior information (1c).

The most fascinating of all these is his admission of bias, Outcome 1b. Throughout the entirety of HUNT the TRUTH, Ben displays self-awareness. He recognizes that his continual pushing of Thomas Wu was an act of desperation. He openly acknowledges that his pride was the ultimate reason he decided to pursue the truth. Even at the brink of the Senate meeting, this is on his mind: “I had a strongly biased opinion” (HUNT, ep 9). This awareness is also how Ben grows in information literacy skills over the course of the series.

Ben shows improvement in the outcomes and standards he has violated in the past. After a kick to his pride, he chooses to push forward with the real story, to actively “seek truth and report it” (SPJ). After a kick to his front door, he acquires permission to record Ray’s next find.

Cancel Confirm

HUNT the TRUTH: Cancel/Confirm

Even after the big display that likely killed his career as a journalist, Ben’s standing as an information provider has not diminished. Both in-canon and in the real world, HUNT the TRUTH has countless followers, tuning in each week to have their questions answered and to have more raised. If anything, journalistic integrity and proper use of the information literacy standards has more weight for Ben now than ever before. In reality, it’s all he has left.



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Hunt the Truth Episode 9

Hunt the Truth Episode 9

A new report surfaces about a Spartan abductee, but there’s no time to check the facts. FERO is missing, and the Senate meeting is about to begin.

 

*Spoilers Below*


 So during Episode 8 we learn our first true fact of why the Master Chief is being hunted by not only Agent Locke, but possibly ONI and Humanity. We learned that the Master Chief, seemingly unprovoked, ambushed an outer colony embassy in the middle of peace talks with alien delegation, killing human ambassadors and representatives and then escorting the unknown aliens to safety.

Popular theory instantly suggested the aliens in question were the Sangheili, which could very well be true. Even more specific, some members on our forum and in the community were suggesting that the alien ambassador that Chief was trying to save was Thel Vadamee, or the Arbiter.



This theory makes sense on a few different levels.

  1. The Master Chief has a very deep rooted connection with Thel after the events in Halo 2 & 3, so much so that Thel in the Halo 2 Anniversary Prologue calls him “friend.”
  2. The Arbiter is the leader of their entire race, which makes sense as to why he would be at the Embassy peace talks.
  3. We know that ONI wants not only Thel gone, but their entire race.

So knowing the above three facts, we can assume with the little facts that we have so far that Master Chief rather than going on a rampage, was simply protecting his friend from something…maybe an assassination attempt on Thel? In the Halo 2 Anniversary Terminals we see Agent Locke studying the Arbiter extensively, and we know Locke is a “hunter.” Food for though going into this week’s episode everyone.

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