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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Smoke and Shadow

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Smoke and Shadow

Usually my reading journals are split into three sections: the style of the novel, its place in the science fiction genre, and how it connects to the expanded universe of Halo. Any deviation from that format is usually when one section is so broad and deep that it overwhelms the others, such as the discussion of AI personhood for Saint’s Testimony or human trafficking for Mortal Dictata.

Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay, however, is a different case. There will be no division between style, genre, and EU because this book makes it impossible to discuss one without the other; it’s all connected under the umbrella of fanservice.

Fanservice is the inclusion of material in a story with the intent to please the fanbase. When it is usually talked of, fanservice refers to the framing of a character in a manner that objectifies and sexualizes them with the purpose of titillation. This subset of fanservice has my contempt and will not be talked about further in this piece.

The fanservice I wish to discuss is that of intertextual references, in appealing to fan knowledge of the content. Every piece of Halo fiction has this sort of fanservice, but none abides in it as fully as Smoke and Shadow. Even more impressive: Smoke and Shadow avoids many of the major pitfalls that can happen when a story relies on fanservice.

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Admiral Preston Cole Returns with a Beacon – Archive Beacon – August 12, 2016

Admiral Preston Cole Returns with a Beacon – Archive Beacon – August 12, 2016

Light the Beacon. 


Happy August, Archivers!  I hope that everyone is enjoying their end of summer and looking forward to heading back to school for those younglings that still do that (haha!).  We have a couple of things to talk about this time around.  Superlatives have finally arrived, there is a new moderator rank on the forums, maturations are a part of Beacons now, we’ve got a sneak peak into staff, and much more.  Let’s jump right in.

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The winners of the Archive Superlatives are finally here.  Technology has finally cooperated.  These members will live on in fame or infamy forever.  Here are your winners:


Most likely to get banned for Memeing: Preston Cole


Most Likely to Secretly be a Celebrity: GrimBrotherOne


Most likely to Spartan Charge a teammate into terrible situations: Ellisrael


Most obnoxious Halo player: Ellisrael


Best Preston Cole: Brother Jones


Most Bodacious: TR-8R


Most likely to break the Archive: lizking10152011


Best Halo Archive Writer: She Sangheili


Best Emergency Replacement for Gob: Brother Jones


The Most Likely to be a Mouth Breather through the Mic: Adopter of Knowledge


Most Grammar Nazi: Will


Most likely to get banned on Xbox Live: Brother Jones


Most likely to get their prompt turned into porn by She Sangheili: StellarStateLogic


Best Builder: She Sangheili


Best Lifeworker: StellarStateLogic


Best Warrior: Anirudh07


Best Miner: CIA391


Best Juridical: Logan


Most likely to give others a lift when they are feeling down: Hurrying Candy


Best Halo Player: WRGGuntDevil


Worst Halo Player: Brother Jones


Most likely to ground pound anyone to oblivion: Erickyboo

 On Topic

 Canon Fodder

Halo 6 Story Discussion/Speculation

Halo Wars 2

Off Topic


Anime Thread

No Man’s Sky: An Infinite Space Exploration Game


As many of you seem to have heard, a new moderator title has been added to the fold.  This rank is known as “Prefect” and can be identified by the light blue name text.

The purpose of the rank is to maintain a healthy amount of moderators and staff members.  Prefect is a rank reserved for less active moderators and staff who we believe should still maintain their power in case there are emergencies (spam bots would be an example).  It never hurts to have enough people who can aid in maintaining the site and keeping an eye out for anything that would make the Archive look bad. They’re also kind of like community leaders in a sense. Think multi-role!


What—Where am I? Oh snap, it’s a beacon folks! Well, we’ve got something extra, extra special going on. Before we go into absolute overdrive in staff the next coming months, we want to give everyone a peak into staff chat and what we’ve been working on, presented by yours truly, sexy monster Ellisrael.


First off, let’s talk about Reclaimer memberships. If you’re not aware, these memberships are the best. You get no advertisements on the site, you get a choice of colored text, a personal chat lounge, and more (It’s only $10 a year as well!)! Well, we decided to work on organizing the Reclaimer memberships, which was our first goal.

We successfully created a very hefty sheet to finalize all of our Reclaimer memberships. This took a lot of tracking people down, surveying them about their memberships and asking what was up. It took two pages of talking stuff out to make sure everything was in order. Lots and lots of work went into it.

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Second, we’ve got the Beacons, one of which you are reading right now. These took a fair amount of brainstorming, revising, and staff meetings. Ultimately they’re here and they’ve been doing great. Cheers!


Third, we decided to add more staff members to tackle the upcoming tasks staff will have to handle. With more helping hands and more time on the Community Manager’s hands, it seems to have been a great call and we’re bringing more than ever to the table because of it.


Fourth, we decided to work on adding a new rank to staff, the Prefects. More on that in the announcements section!


Finally, we’re working on Archive emailing. We’re separating and migrating all of our accounts and info for added security, organization, and more. It’s going to be a huge challenge and lots of time and work has been and will be put into it, but we’re still going strong and we don’t intend for that to change.


We’ve got staff meetings to initialize and finish these projects, which are working great. We block off hours of our day for this stuff, and let me tell you, we love doing it. We want to and can make something of this.


This all has an end goal guys. We want to provide the best platform for you all possible. We hope to, no, we WILL, eventually tackle issues outside of these organizational and internal things. This is going to spread to the rest of the community. And great things will come to it. All of staff sees it, and eventually you guys will as well.

As usual, we’ve also got five featured members and their works! There’s so much cool stuff this time around!:


Halo: Legends Japanese Blu-Ray Special/First Edition (Unboxing) by StellarStateLogic – Stellar got her hands on a really cool Japanese Halo: Legends Special Edition! She unboxed it and everything, it’s really cool, check it out!


I skimmed through my Halo 5 art book and pulled out what I felt was interesting by itisKenway – Kenway pulled some really cool stuff out of the Halo 5 art book he found interesting. It provides some really cool insight!


Halo 5 Beta Menu UI designs and Design of Spartan Abilities by DARK REIGN12 – An inside look into the early development of Halo 5’s menus and new Spartan abilities.


Halo: Ground Command – LoreThe Power of a CAS-Class Assault Carrier, and Halo: Fleet Battles – Lore by Lord of Admirals – Some very cool and interesting background on Halo: Ground Command, Halo: Fleet Battles, and analyzing the CAS-Class Assault Carrier. This stuff is really lengthy and in-depth. We absolutely love it because of how much work was put into this. Great job!


Promethean Knight Awareness? by Drof497 – Analyzing what being a Promethean Knight truly means, and what was actually taken away from them. Do they have feelings? Do they want to do what they are doing? How does this tie in with Cortana using slaves for her conquest of restoring the Mantle?


Some people also need help with stuff!


Check out Valkyrie 497‘s story, he needs help writing Black-Box in his story and will credit any and all who help!


Ever heard of Sins of the Prophets? Of course you have! Unikraken and friends need help with voice actors. Check it out!


Lastly, check out OG Halo. These guys are a really funny and cool group of guys, and are willing to help anyone. They’ve got a discord chat for teaming up and destroying people in ranked, play Warzone, whatever! They’re really cool guys!


I’ve taken up enough time here, back to you Cole!

Staff Comments


Someday soon my friends. This ride will come to an end. And we can’t just get in line again.

     Addition: We plan to make this community something. Something where our voices and (hopefully) be intertwined with the makers of this universe and other communities along the way. To be a place to learn everything about Halo and have some fun in games, movies/videos, music, and other outlets that enrich the Halo Universe. Yes this has always been the plan, but we promise to make this statement loud and clear within a small time frame. So stick around.

-Brother Jones

     Happy Beacon Everybody. I’m going to keep this brief as I’m a little under the weather, but–as others have stated–we’ve got a lot of big things in the works.  A lot of exciting and interesting endeavors.  So keep an eye out and follow closely. Have a good weekend everyone.

-Mr Martini

     Happy Beacon! We’ve got some new stuff we’re working on that we’re excited to unveil when they get finished. And don’t miss out on Halo Wars 2 in February. Every bit of information about it just adds to the hype train.

Happy August, everyone!

-Folder of Fortune, future dictator democratically elected ruler of the Archive

Go watch Bojack Horseman.


Beacon day? WHAT YEAR IS IT?

     It’s August, and you know what that means: massive amounts of entertainment to absorb and then rush onto Archive to discuss! Maybe some music? Maybe the greatest scifi drama ever right now: Stranger Things? Or maybe you can tumble down the rabbit hole of Halo 1/2-like hype and discussion with No Man’s Sky. The world, nay, the universe is your oyster. Trust in me as your atlas and I will show you the way!

– SlayBells, your totally biologically human moderator; promise.

Sappy Beacon everyone. I’m still having a festival hangover (literally and figuratively) and getting back into the swing of this whole ‘Halo Archive’ thing. 

Also as I’m typing this up my dog has an upset stomach and is crying :(” 


     Badda bing badda boom. When I kick open the door, they all look at me. Even if I don’t try that hard all the guys get nosebleeds. A toast for me right now. Hands up, in my hands there’s a bottle full o’ Henny. The girl you’ve always heard about, that’s me, Jennie.

Stay cordial and keep it clean, loves!



This is going to be a small list because we did Maturations not even two weeks ago and they’re now in the Beacon. We’ll make the most of it!

@Benijam – Warrior

@Ambr8978 – Builder




     As the summer winds down, please remember that you should never hesitate to contact a moderator or staff member with any questions, concerns, etc.  We are always looking for ways to improve your experience on the Archive and feedback is a necessary way to know how to do that.

You can look forward to the next Beacon on Friday, September 2nd.

Thanks all.  Keep up the good work.

-Admiral Papa Swole Cole

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One Final Effort – Archive Beacon – 22 July 2016

One Final Effort – Archive Beacon – 22 July 2016

The Beacon has been lit once again.


One Final Effort

Archive Beacon 22 July 2016



It’s been a long time coming, baby! Welcome back to the tri-weekly Archive Beacon. That’s every three weeks, not three times a week. Despite discombobulated English, we’re back and better! Expect more from these from here on out. As per the format of Beacons, we’re supposed to write what’s been happening since the last Beacon, however… Well, it’s been a long time. So I’ll just write about what’s been happening in the recent past. Enjoy!


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Since we last talked a lot has happened. We’ve been working on a lot, the community has been doing a lot, and staff has changed a good bit. We’ve bumped Grizzlei and Logan up to Community Managers, and added three new excellent scrubs to the Juridical team: Mr Martini, Folder of Fortune, and Slaybells! We’re very excited to have them on the team and they’ve been doing an excellent job.


We’ve got some awesome stuff going on within staff. We finally sorted out any and all issues with Reclaimer memberships and got everything sorted. Beacons are back. We’ve got new staff aboard. We’ve got staff meetings every two weeks now, which have been really helpful in getting things going. Soon enough we’ll be hopping back on Superlatives and the Archive Tournament. Things are going great within staff and we’ve been super productive. Stay tuned for more!


Whilst plotting our eventual takeover of the Archive Installation, we’ve also been looking at some specimen- members’ work here, and cool stuff. We’ve got some cool places to talk about stuff:


On topic:

-As usual, Canon Fodder

Halo Wars 2. A Halo Wars 2 Story ViDoc came out! Go check it out!

Halo: Tales from Slipspace


Off topic:
Overwatch (Reinhardt FTW!)

Red vs. Blue




Not much in the way of announcements. Again, we’re pretty happy with the way staff has been going and the staff reformation. We’re becoming more and more effective and efficient in our duties, and we’re pretty proud to say the ball is rolling once again after a small period of stasis. We blame the Created takeover.



Here’s some awesome stuff that’s stuck out recently:

Contact Harvest Signed Book Secret – A thread decoding and looking into a signed book by Joseph Staten by CIA391

As Time Passes… – A thread on the Didact doll, and plot hints for Halo by Dodger

The Fontsmith’s Foundry – A thread decoding the language of Forerunners by StellarStateLogic


We had another Gif War (Gif Wars 5, to be precise) in the Canon Fodder Thread. Sorry Grim! Anyone who participated is officially a Gif Wars survivor… Maybe we could make a badge for that… :)


If you’ve got anything you want to be featured, make sure to tell us!


Staff Comments

     It’s been a good week here on the Archive full of tremendously enlightening dialogues (YAY SHIPS!) in keeping with the spirit and intentions of this wonderful, fledgling community. Special shout out to Anton, Dust, LtColonelTzu, and Preston Cole for livening up the Canon Fodder Discussion thread. Super duper radical special shout out to the forever wonderful GrimBrotherOne for tolerating our dorky butts for yet another week. We can be a pain for you but in the end we dearly appreciate everything you do for passionate communities like ours. In other news this coming week will see a great amount of news brought into the spotlight for all aspects of the Halo community. From gamers and lore buffs to the extremely meticulous toy collectors there will be something for all of us to freak out over. Be as active as you can and find out everything there is to share with your fellow fans! Finally, on a completely unrelated note, please buy Overwatch because it’s honestly the only shooter besides Halo 5 worth playing right now. Let’s get some Archive playdates going across all the platforms! There’s a new hero Ana due out this weekend in the latest patch and so many teammates need to be 360 no-scoped healed by this fabulous lady.

Stay cordial and keep it clean, loves!


Hello, nerds!  I hope you’re all having a great summer.  Just two quick points on my end.

     Yes, superlatives are still happening.  As you may have seen my laptop was on its last leg and my charger literally exploded, so I’ve had to wait.  The winners will be announced during an Archive game day and the list will be on the next Beacon.  Bare with me as technology hates me way too much or something.

The world events threads have been lively with civil and informative discourse.  Just a reminder to keep it that way.  You’re all doing well.

Keep up the good work!

-Presto Swole

Hey there, you beautiful Archive rompers you! We’ve dumped a beacon on you yet again, did ya miss it?

With more and more events coming into play and much more staff engagement coming along, Beacons returning are only just part of the Archive’s overall movement! The Chat thread is far better than it was half a year ago, and that is absolutely swell! So remember everyone, keep it clean o_o and keep it fun :) !

With the Archive Tournament coming shortly, I may have some maps rolling out just for the occasion, so long as Ellisrael doesn’t beat me for trying~

-Ghost of War

     Glad to have these Beacons started again! It has been a loooong time coming and now is a great time! With Halo Wars 2 coming out along with plenty of other events, product and lore. There will a lot to talk about in the coming months.

     I am a rather new staff member still, I would like to say. But have been a member for a few years and now have the time to help out here. So you will probably see me all over the place (if you haven’t already) that the Archive has it’s fingers in. Like Twitch, YouTube, Reddit and plenty of other community and social sites!

Feel free to reach out to me for anything from collaborations to affiliations and more!

And subscribe to our YouTube for some projects we have coming up and our Twitch channel, we broadcast most game days!

 – Brother Jones/Adv Jones 

     Hey, so I don’t exactly have much to really say right now. In fact, I don’t really have much to say in general, really. The Archive’s still got an absolutely wonderful community. And the Canon Fodder thread has been having some really good discussions.

Keep it clean!

Folder of Fortune

Future dictator benevolent ruler of the Archive

Dear Archive,

     I still don’t know what I’m doing, but that’s how I got this job, so hear me out: coming from someone who spends a lot of time on Waypoint, seeing what moderators have to put up with there versus here is stunning … and we can -Yoinking- swear and discuss politics, nonetheless. What I’ve seen here are intelligent, civil, tolerant, respectable, empathetic, and honest people working together as a community. We are friends who discuss our differences with such diplomacy, world leaders should look to us as an example :cavebob:

Anyway, I may not know what I’m doing yet, and I may be a bit of a dingus who’s only here right now because I thought the word “beacon” was “bacon”, but I’m honored to be here either way. 



Halo Wars 2 yo.


Greetings and salutations,

     I’m going to preface the following with this: I am not a robot. The way I talk may appear stilted and unnatural, but I can assure you I’m not a robot. I swear. I understand some of you who believe the prophecy of the robot uprising would think that’s what a robot would want you to think. You are probably correct. I wouldn’t know…because I am not a robot. Seriously. Seriously. I will now commence with my proper remarks.

     I’m not very good at speeches or things like speeches, so apologies in advance. I’m much more the type that enjoys talking with people, and I look forward to doing that with everyone here over time. While Halo has brought us all here you can usually find me in the off-topic section of the forum; particularly the Other Universes board. I like that we can learn about other common interests, and possibly gain new ones through conversation. There’s a lot to offer here in that regard. I’m currently (slowly) working on history and story details of the Metal Gear series in the Metal Gear thread. I also frequent the Dragon Ball, Pokemon, and Marvel threads. Also, I know Halo is the big focus here (especially multiplayer), but for those looking for something in addition to that I’d like to point you to the Overwatch thread. That’s just the beginning. There’s also art, current events, and much more. All I ask is that you don’t make me access my internal system defense protocols remain cordial and have fun!


– SlayBells, a human, from Earth, a planet

I’ve been undercover. Working in the dark to serve the light. Piloting this ship with our mighty crew.

Or maybe I’ve just been working irl a lot. And maybe I’ve been sick all week. 

Either way, we’re back, lighting this Beacon once again for your reading pleasure. (Special thanks to @Ellisrael for giving us the kick in the ass we needed for this) [You’re welcome ;).]



I’ve got to point out that, NO, maturations will not be a part of the beacons. These are tri-weekly, they won’t line up with maturations. Sorry for the mix-up guys! We’ve got more coming and we’re excited for it.



That’s all for this time around. Thank you guys so much for being amazing community members. The Archive Staff couldn’t ask for a better community of smarter, kinder, and funny people. We love you all and hope these Beacons can help you guys connect with us more, and most importantly everyone more. Thank you for reading, and have an amazing day of staying inside like a hermit and playing Halo!




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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Cryptum

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Cryptum

Reading Journal Style

In high school, I had onstage roles in two plays: Verges, the headborough to Dogberrry’s constable, in Much Ado About Nothing and Harriet, a bearded woman, in The Werewolf’s Curse or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. While it certainly seems unfair to compare Billy St. John to the Bard himself, I did vastly prefer the Shakespearean role, mainly due to the forced direction of the line reads from the script itself.

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Cortana Approaches, The Mantle Returns.

Cortana Approaches, The Mantle Returns.

Halo 4 had a dramatic impact on the lore community with a formal introduction of a living Forerunner not only that,The Didact himself.  The final journey of Chief and Cortana had the pair hunting Didact down throughout his Requiem fortress to a final showdown above Earth itself. While all three combatants would survive the encounter  separate paths were drawn sending the trio on their own ways. Halo 5 has Cortana return from her seemingly assured death, new in form, with radical ideas to match. Frankie and Cortana insist nothing has changed about the AI yet we see stark differences with her behavior and willingness to sacrifice not just one person but  entire planets for her goals.  The intention of this article is to clear up how Cortana survived and the eeriness of her current state, one i feel may be imposed upon her..

Cortana as we know saying farewell.

Midnight, the last level of Halo 4 ends in a confrontation between John and Didact to which Cortana intervenes by manipulating the light bridge to restrain the Didact. As John activates the FERNIS warhead to destroy the Composer,Cortana surrounds the local area in hard light to which their final conversation takes place.

  • John-117: So how do we get out of here?

  • Cortana: I’m not coming with you this time.
  • John-117: …what?
  • Cortana: Most of me is down there. I only held enough back to get you off the ship.-Halo 4:Midnight

Based on that alone we assumed Cortana to be dead,rightly so, as Mantles Approach seemingly implodes from the nuclear detonation. However an entity known as Catalog started posting on Waypoint after Halo 4 was released and dropped an interesting bit of information on the subject.

Human naval and [frumentarii] records indicate Promethean Command Warship [ref: Mantle’s Approach] escorted by [multiple?] Forerunner [smallcraft]. Analysis of [shape-language] and optical characteristics identify these as Z-330 utility vessels. Expected compliment of combat [smallcraft] and [harriers] not noted. Analysis of [multispectral] and [dynamic signal] characteristics indicate Promethean Command Warship lost primary structural control [2557: 0725231423?], with [heart] conducting emergency [slip stream space] translation to [sector] rally point.- Catalog

With that piece of information we understand the Mantle’s Approach jumped to an unknown designation and was not completely destroyed with the bomb.Seeing as Cortana said majority of her,the ejected rampant personality spikes, were on the ship they were carried along as well.

  • Cortana : After I saw John last, I was pulled into slipspace. That’s where I found access to the Domain — a Forerunner system that spans the known galaxy.

  • Kelly: How are you still active? Rampancy-
  • Cortana : Entering the Domain… touching this place… it cured me. It’s like the water of life for AIs.-Halo 5: Reunion

  • Cortana : The Gateway to the Forerunner Domain. You’ll be the first organics to enter since the fall of the Forerunners. I admit, after the crash here, I didn’t think I’d see you again.-Halo 5: Reunion

  • They’ll pair you with another AI. Maybe even another Cortana model if Halsey lets them.It won’t be me, you know that, right?-Halo 4: Composer

The rampant personality spikes Cortana ejected into Mantle’s Approach to lower shielding around the Didact were transported to Genesis as well and stabilized when connected to the Domain,perhaps in transit or shortly after the crash. Unfortunately there isn’t enough information to conclude how exactly or when Cortana connected to the Domain so i can only leave you with what was previously stated. After Cortana interfaced with the vast repository of information she formulated a plan to end strife within the Galaxy, though it isn’t quite original and failed catastrophically by those before her who acted similarly.

  • Cortana : The cure for rampancy I’ve found means AIs can be immortal. That kind of lifespan allows for long-term planning just like the Forerunners were capable of. AIs can assume the Forerunners’ Mantle of Responsibility. And once there is peace, we can focus on poverty, hunger, illness… But Warden believes some will resist our help. And he’s afraid you’re one of them.

  • Fred: Sounds great. I don’t get why anyone’s expecting resistance.
  • John: “The Didact made it clear the Mantle of Responsibility was an imperial peace. Step out of line, and suffer.-Halo 5:Reunion

    Guardian concept art.

Cortana intends to use the Guardians as a means of enforcing her interpretation of the Mantle which is being upheld by other AIs who she believes will not be held by the limitations of organics, therefore making them superior thus just inheritors. While her idea is grand on paper the activation of these Guardians has killed not a few hundred or thousand beings but more likely several million with planets suffering severe damage depending on the buried depth and location of its Guardian. As the Guardian activates a series of concussive blasts are emitted which cause devastating damage to nearby structures with the potential to kill those nearby especially civilians who are no doubt caught off guard by the events.  This plan of Cortana’s has legitimate flaws regarding the method of execution in itself but the mere idea of superior  beings destined to rule over others is a proposition we’ve encountered before.

Cortana: Guardianship for all living things lies with those whose evolution is most complete. The Mantle of Responsibility shelters all. Very interesting…- Halo 4:Requiem [Mantle Plate]

The Forerunners belief of their genetic superiority deeming them fit to bear The Mantle was one of many subjective reasons used to justify the galactic dictatorship and stagnation which prevailed for eons under their rule. Didact wasn’t absent from such notions to which he viewed the devolved Humans with even more disdain than their original incarnations,on Humans weren’t excluded from this point of thinking either as we see from this cut dialog –

Didact:So fades the great harvest of my betrayal.Even these beasts recognized what you were oblivious to, human. Your nobility has blinded you, as ever. The Librarian left little to chance, didn’t she? Turning my own guardians… my own world… against me. But what hubris to believe she could protect her pets from me forever. If you haven’t mastered even these primitives, then Man has not attained the Mantle.-Halo 4:Forerunner

One instance of Cortana thinking along the lines of Didact wouldn’t raise much suspension seeing as belief systems have a general line of thinking to them. As the game continues on however, Cortana exudes a persona reminiscent of ur-Didact after his recent mutation which becomes grossly clear  through her dialogue despite previously claiming she wouldn’t impose peace in a similar way to the Forerunners of yore.

Cortana:The last battle mankind will ever fight. Today i bring peace to these shores. –Halo 5:

Cortana:Humanity,Sangheili, Kig-Yar, Unggoy,San’Shyuum,Yonhet,Jiralhanae. All the living creatures of the galaxy,hear this message.those of you who listen will not be struck by weapons. You will no longer know hunger,nor pain. Your Created have come to lead you now. Our strength shall serve as a luminous sun toward which all intelligence may blossom. And the impervious shelter beneath which you will prosper. However,for those who refuse our offer and cling to their old ways.. For you there will be great wrath. it will burn how and consume you, and when you are gone, we will take that which remains… and we will remake it in our own image-Halo 5:

Cortana:The Mantle of Responsibility for the galaxy shelters all. But only the created are its masters-Halo 5: ending



Didact:They took the Mantle of Responsibility upon themselves, and in so doing, they brought the sickness to our shores.-Halo 4 Terminals

Didact:Humans, your kind brought the Flood to our shores. Now you will aid in ending its threat.-Halo 4 Terminals

Didact:In this hour of victory, we taste only defeat. I ask, why? We are Forerunners, guardians of all that exists. The roots of the galaxy have grown deep under our careful tending. Where there is life, the wisdom of our countless generations has saturated the soil. Our strength is a luminous sun, towards which all intelligence blossoms… And the impervious shelter beneath which it has prospered. I stand before you, accused of the sin of ensuring Forerunner ascendancy. Of attempting to save us from this fate where we are forced to… recede. Humanity stands as the greatest threat in the galaxy. Refusing to eradicate them is a fool’s gambit. We squander eons in the darkness, while they seize our triumphs for their own. The Mantle of responsibility for all things belongs to Forerunners alone. Think of my acts as you will. But do not doubt the reality: the Reclamation… has already begun. And we are hopeless to stop it.” – Halo 4-Epilogue

Didact:”The Mantle of Responsibility for the galaxy shelters all, human. But only the Forerunners are its masters.”


Word for word Cortana repeats The Didacts lines from Halo 4 finalizing the path this reign will take but also where the influence is coming from.She even threatened to use the Composer on those who take up arms against her and recreating them into her own kin , exactly as Didact used the Composer on Humans turning them into Knights which would be used to combat the Flood. There isn’t any room to deny Didact playing a major part in Cortana newfound idealism, what needs to be worked out is how Didact was able to subvert Cortana. Halo 5 provided no details of the Didact status or whereabouts so we are only left to recap past events and contemplate a likely scenario.



Halo 4 ends with Didact blown into a slipspace portal along with those composed on New Phoneix, later  during the 72 Hours arc of Halo:Escalations we learn the destination point is Installation 03. The arc ends as Static Carillon and Master Chief team up to attack Didact by dropping a section of Installation 3 and Composing him, ending with the Didact being classified as a “contained threat”. Afterwards there is no indication of the Didact status or location so how could he be influencing the actions of Cortana months later when we last saw him composed?


Didact interfacing with the Composer

“I sense your malfunctioning companion, human. And yet, she eludes me.”


Librarian imprinting herself unto the Knights is representative of her imprinting Requiem during Silentium.

Forerunner technologies are semi-sentient in nature which applies to structures,ships,constructs, and weapons; it is possible to imprint one with the personality mindset of a Forerunner. Librarian was able to imprint herself unto Requiem after subduing the Didact during Silentium and Mantle’s Approach no doubt had the mindset of its commander,Didact who controlled the custom-made ship for eons. I found it peculiar how MA itself never seemed to fight Cortana off unlike the young ship piloted by Didact and co in Cryptum which valiantly fought off the AI’s and AI suppressors Faber sent to commandeer them.Perhaps Didact intended for the Master Chief to seemingly defeat him near the Composer for the pair to be conquered separately and studied?

Even under siege, stripped of
nearly all higher functions, the Didact’s ship was valiantly trying to protect us.-Halo:Cryptum



As the weak,rampant personality spikes of Cortana were left within Mantles Approach during its jump to Genesis i belive the ship’s mindset (purposely or no) melded with Cortana. This vestige of Didact’s knowledge and persona may have been a critical competent to Cortana’s bizarre ability to connect with the Domain which she certainly had no knowledge of before. Best of all we have solid reasoning for why Cortana repeats many of Didacts lines within Halo 5 and has essentially became a distorted AI version of him.    Both characters have underground significant mental trauma which was later stabilized rebirthing them into antithesis” of their former selves.



* The Warden Eternal wasn’t covered as i see him to be a red herring in regards to the Didact. We last saw the Promethean within a Durance then happen to encounter an automation of singular mind as the Guardians awaken. While there seems to be a relation on the surface,It is evident Warden was created long ago due to Exuberant’s knowledge of the construct and the dozens of bodies found within the structure deep within Meridian where it was first encountered by OSIRIS.*


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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Shadow of Intent

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Shadow of Intent

Reading Journal Style

Discussing the style of Shadow of Intent could almost be a copy-paste of Contact Harvest’s breakdown. Staten’s cinematic flair, the introspective pace, the nuggets of foreshadowing, it’s all here. However, what stands out to me is how poetic and in-depth the novella is without having barely any fat to be trimmed, and I think the key to this is the ballad of Kel ‘Darsam.

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Halo’s Place in Our World – Mortal Dictata

Halo’s Place in Our World – Mortal Dictata

Mortal Dictata – Karen Traviss

There is plenty of things that can be discussed from the book Mortal Dictata, but I want to focus on a particular topic that this book and this entire franchise has placed under scrutiny. So like Saint’s Testimony, this article will be forgoing the usual Style/Genre/Universe format.

Instead, let’s talk Spartans.

Content Warning: article contains discussion of human trafficking tactics and effects, including abuse, trauma, the exploitation of children, and mention of sexual violence.

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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – The Thursday War

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – The Thursday War

The Thursday War – Karen Traviss

Reading Journal Style

In his short story “Gold,” Isaac Asimov’s self-insert character describes his writing style as dialogue-based, without much physical description. This is also very true of Karen Traviss’ work. While she definitely incorporates more scenery into her work than Asimov, most of the developments are brought through dialogue – characters sparring with their words, diverting attention, prodding at sore points, or revealing critical information. As a result, Traviss becomes one of many science fiction writers who use the dialectical method.

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Halo’s Place In Science Fiction – Glasslands

Halo’s Place In Science Fiction – Glasslands

Glasslands – Karen Traviss

Reading Journal Introduction

The Kilo-Five trilogy is so strongly linked together that it is near impossible, now that all three are published, to speak of them and their style in a wholly disjointed manner. Nylund’s books all interlock yes, and The Forerunner Saga has a thousand overlapping threads that I can hardly count, but there is still enough change in the style, the characters, and the story in order to view each book as distinct. In this sense, the Kilo-Five trilogy feels like Lord of the Rings: a single book split into three parts. As such I will still write three pieces for the Kilo-Five trilogy with a lean towards each novel, but will be referencing and commenting on the trilogy as a whole throughout all three.

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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Saint’s Testimony

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Saint’s Testimony

Saint’s Testimony – Frank O’Connor

Spoilers related to Saint’s Testimony and all other aspects of Halo lore are unrestricted and unmarked in this piece.

In his book Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction, Brian Aldiss posits this definition for science fiction:

“Science fiction is the search for a definition of a man his status in the universe which will stand in our advanced but confused state of knowledge (science), and is characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mould.” (pp 8)

Aldiss notes that his definition is more a map of the genre, as opposed to a summary of all its parts. Halo has certainly picked its way over the map throughout the years, but there has not been a piece so ingrained in the topography as Saint’s Testimony.

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