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Are The Precursors Evil?

Are The Precursors Evil?

The real question to all of this is are the Precursors actually evil at the core, as the Primordial seemed to suggest? Evil is subjective in regards to this scenario, so let’s stick with the unification plan with the Flood as being “evil”.

If we are to believe the Primordial’s story (which is essentially all of the info we have on them), then we must assume the Flood was never meant to be. It was a mistake through genetic mutation of the dust that was once used as a way to reincarnate their past form. When the Flood was born, the Humans fought them off and then the Flood seemed to retreat on it’s own after it was nearly eradicated. Where it went and what it did from there is unknown, but we can assume it fled to another Galaxy less advanced and consumed all sentient life, with a plan for it’s own vengeance that we eventually see thousands of years later during the Forerunner-Flood War. At the end of that war, it was completely destroyed with the help of the Halos; unless there were remnants outside of the Galaxy still. So there are only two scenarios in which an invasion of the Flood can happen:

  1. There are remnants of the Flood outside the Galaxy.
  2. The Precursors are somehow connected with the Flood and wish to send them upon us.

The plausibility of number 1 is higher than number 2 in my opinion, simply because from the only knowledge we have of the origins of the Flood, it was said to have been a mistake created through genetic mutation, NOT revenge. So number one comes into play after we take into account that the Flood had receded for roughly 9,000 years after being “defeated” by Humanity. This period of time is completely dark in regards to them, however they come back with an attempt to exact revenge not on the Humans, but the Forerunners; a species that had nothing to do with them in the beginning and were not in direct war with the Flood…a species that didn’t figure out a cure or plan to destroy the Flood.

Why did they come back for the Forerunners and not the Humans?

This is where it gets confusing, because the only logical answer to this qustion that we can deduce is the Precursors are behind the Flood. The revenge we hear the Primordial speak of, is the Flood. But wait, why then did I say number one makes more sense than number two? Because it does.

Think about it again, the Flood were created by random happening and chance…or so we were told. For the purpose of this post we should only consider fact as what we have seen written in the lore which is that very fact, that there was no intention on creating the Flood. The Precursors had NOTHING to do with how the Flood were created. They didn’t think that would happen. So the only way the Precursors get involved into this Flood issue is during the 9,000 year dark period we have in between the time the Humans had essentially created the Flood and the Forerunner-Flood War.

Were the Precursors aware/watching what happened during that initial outbreak when the Flood was “born”? How else would they have known about the Flood if the powder was never intended to create it? These two questions are very important to consider, because it forces me to alter my thinking of everything about the Precursors, and I would think yours as well. The only possible connection other than the Precursors finding out about them during the 9,000 year dark period is the Timeless One.


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Fan depiction of the Timeless One


The Timeless One is by far the most mysterious, misunderstood and puzzling character we have ever seen in the Halo Universe. It speaks in riddles, seems extremely intelligent and at the time was the oldest living biological specimen in the Galaxy. And yet, we are not sure if it is truly connected to the Flood or even the Precursors. It calls itself the last Precursor, and says their answer is at hand. If we look at everything we know about the Flood origins above, this truly makes little sense…but not zero. Let’s go over some facts/questions:

  1. How is it their answer if they never meant for this to even happen? The Primordial speaks as if they knew about the Flood all along.
  2. This thing “arrived” (according to the Gravemind) on an asteroid around 9,000,000 million BCE, long before the Flood came to be.
  3. Forthencho believed the Timeless One to actually be a mash-up of victims, similar to a Gravemind.
  4. He also believed it may have been responsible for triggering the ships that contained the defective powder to travel to the Galaxy.
  5. Is the Primordial even a Precursor?
  6. How is it’s consciousness assimilated into the Gravemind in Silentium?

I want to say for number 6, I and others believed while on Zeta Halo it infected itself with the Flood before being destroyed by the Didact as a way to have its consciousness somehow brought into the overall mind of the Flood. If that’s how the Primordial was assimilated though, who/what was controlling the Flood previously? My inclination is that nothing was controlling it since it was created by mistake to begin with. It retreated to survive destruction by the Humans, and then came back when it was strong enough to finish the Galaxy off. Again, this makes perfect sense in my opinion…with one exception.

Why was it hellbent on killing the Forerunners (not the Humans instead) and why was the Primordial saying it was the Precursor’s answer even though they didn’t know it was ever going to exist? (The Precursors did not create the Flood.)



My theory comes into play right in between the time Yprin Yprikushma first spoke with the Primordial, and the time the Ur-Didact spoke with it. After going over each and every option of what the Primordial was, how the Precursors were involved, etc…I keep coming back to one point:

The Precursors never intended to create the Flood, it happened randomly.

How would the Primordial be in control of the Flood in this scenario? How would the Precursors be in control of the Flood?

I don’t think anyone is in control of the Flood. I think it evolved on it’s own, separate from Precursor involvement and separate from Primordial involvement.

“But wait, why did the Primordial say it was their answer?”

Answer: Because the Primordial got lucky that the Flood were created by random happening and saw an opportunity to use it to it’s advantage by instilling fear into the rest of the Galaxy as a plan of it’s own revenge, not the Precursors collectively. I truly believe the Precursors may not be evil, and especially in the sense of evil we are using for the purpose of this post. I think the Primordial was held captive by old Forerunners (not sent in by Precursors) as a way to taunt, humiliate and “punish” one of the Precursors in it’s own time capsule. Over 9,000,000 years the Primordial developed a hatred for literally everything in the Galaxy and as soon as it was transported and found, the Flood were already born. He was able to use it to his own advantage to exact revenge on the ones who kept him there, which explains why the Flood was hellbent on the Forerunners after the Humans had basically won the first outbreak war. Then the Flood fled, continued consuming, became strong and then came back to the Galaxy to finish it off and somewhere in between, was influenced by the Primordial to focus efforts on the Forerunners. When it assimilated itself into the Flood, it knew it would be able to somewhat control it in the future and always be apart of it, thus making him immortal in a way. The problem is the Flood were completely eradicated, except for the holding chambers on the Halos and other installations. The only way for the Flood to “invade” is if there were remnants outside of the Galaxy still after its initial flee, and other than that, I think we are looking at just other outbreak scenarios.

I admit, there are still MANY questions to consider and that even question this theory. I still thought I should share it, because not enough time and thought has been given to the fallacies surrounding the Precursor-Flood connection.

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Mendicant Bias: Forerunner In Form, Human In Essence

Mendicant Bias: Forerunner In Form, Human In Essence

Mendicant Bias has long been a character that operates amidst the shadows. He is both champion and devil, revered and denigrated. In the Forerunner Saga, we learn that he was created by the Ur-Didact and Master Builder in 100,043 BCE to aid the Forerunners in their fight against the Flood. However, following his interrogation of the Primordial on Installation 07, Mendicant went rampant and turned against his creators. Without the Metarch to coordinate their defense systems, the Forerunners were quickly overrun by the Flood and eventually used our favorite set of rings, the Halo Array.

Ominous Frankie

Ominous Frankie

The purpose of this article is to address an issue that has confounded the minds of even the most elite within the lore community for years:

What is Mendicant Bias?

Now, we know that he is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) who was created by the Forerunners. Yet, a previous lore account seems to contradict that with a recent statement by Frankie doing so as well. Hermetic teachings state “All Truths Are But Half Truths All Paradoxes May Be Reconciled” – I believe that is the case here. Mendicant Bias is and is not a Forerunner creation.

 

Mendicant Bias' Terminal icons

Mendicant Bias’ Terminal icons

MendicantBias_(Rampant)

Mendicant Bias (Rampant)

The third terminal within Halo 3 was our first formal introduction to Mendicant Bias. He appeared in the ARG IRIS prior to the game’s release, but was not identified. The character was thoroughly fleshed out in the Forerunner Saga.

D: We have the answer. We’ve built Mendicant Bias. It’s a contender-class [AI] unlike anything we’ve ever achieved.

And we’ve observed a pattern it can exploit.

The parasite has formed a Compound Mind. When it reaches a certain mass, the Mind is able to recoil its disparate parts to create a [tactical shield]. This is a simple matter of mass preservation. The thing has no compunction about sacrificing parts of the whole. But when the core of the Mind is threatened, it reacts violently and quickly.

This is the only time we see it retract or slow its growth.

If we are to defeat it, the trick will be coordinating our forays against the [sprawling infection] with Mendicant Bias assaults the Mind’s core. So far, we’ve been hesitant to use certain weapons because of the damage they cause surviving populations and environments.

That protocol has been abandoned.

Mendicant Bias will draw the Mind into battle outside the line, dealing with local biomass and other parts as best he can. The scale of the problem is vast, but the strategy is sound. It will require patience, materiel and an investment of energy unlike anything we have ever considered.

It’s a dangerous plan that carries more risk than the Array, but I believe it can work. Even if we simply force it to retreat–to retract–that will at least give us some respite. Some time to muster more resources…

 

Originally, I never thought too much of Mendicant’s status as a unique AI. He was constructed to fight of a terrifying and new threat the Forerunners never dreamed existed – novel situations often require novel solutions. However, something felt off. I returned to the Forerunner Saga for an answer and found it.  It felt odd because Mendicant Bias fought the Flood without demonstrating any abilities even the most basic Forerunner Combat AI should be capable of.

I queried my ancilla about the truth of their origins.
She responded that to the best of Forerunner research, humans had indeed first
arisen on Erde-Tyrene, but over fifty thousand years ago had moved their
interstellar civilization outward along the galactic arm, perhaps to flee early
Forerunner control.

Ghibalb had once been a paradise. Emerging into the galactic realm, these early
Forerunners had been content to live and develop in a glorious cradle of just twelve
stars, but their first experiments in stellar engineering had gone awry, causing an
infectious series of novas that brightened the entire Orion complex for fifty
thousand years—and nearly destroyed our species.

Forerunners have cultivated their technological prowess to the point where they can tamper with stars, create artificial planets, travel through other dimensions, and essentially halt their aging process through advanced armors systems. Furthermore, they wiped out the Precursors in the Milky Way, stole the Mantle of Responsibility, and effectively repurposed it, going about oppressing, enslaving, and exterminating other races at their own discretion. All these monumental accomplishments, yet they never developed highly capable combat AIs of their own? Moreover, no such AI was present or even thought of being created during the Human-Forerunner war, which was so devastating that it could have potentially destroyed the Ecumene had Humanity not been fighting on two fronts .

Why?

What was it that allowed the Forerunners to create such an AI after the Human-Forerunner War but not in the eons prior?

 

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The Composer

The Composer. Ask it about the Composer!

– Forthencho (Halo: Primordium)

Ah, yes. The Composer.

Halo: Primordium introduced the Composer as a device designed specifically for use on Humans following their defeat in order to study their genetics for a cure/method against the Flood. Halo 4 revealed that Builders created the Composer as a means to bridge the Organic and Digital realms, thus allowing the Forerunners to transcend biological form. Theoretically, the Composer would have granted the Forerunners immortality, possibly even the ability to write themselves into the Domain itself.  However, the device had its faults.  Biological corruption and degrading caused the Forerunners to stop with their attempts and re-purpose the device.


 

Even though we had stripped off our uniforms, doing our best to
erase all evidence of our identities and ranks, the Didact found me,
the Lord of Admirals, who had opposed him longer and more
successfully than any other. He bent beside me, hands clasped as if
he were a supplicant before a shrine. And this is what he said to me:
“My finest opponent, the Mantle accepts all who live
fiercely, who defend their young, who build and struggle and
grow, and even those who dominate—as humans have
dominated, cruelly and without wisdom.

“But to all of us there is a time like this, when the Domain
seeks to confirm our essences, and for you, that time is now.
Know this, relentless enemy, killer of our children, Lord of
Admirals: soon we will face the enemy you have faced and
defeated. I can see that challenge coming to the Forerunners,
and so do many others. . . . And we are afraid.
“That is why you, and many thousands of your people who
may contain knowledge of how humans defended themselves
against the Flood, will not pass cleanly and forever, as I would
wish for a fellow warrior, but will be extracted and steeped
down into the genetic code of many new humans.
“This is not my wish nor my will. It arises from the skill and
the will of my life-mate, my wife, the Librarian, who sees much
farther than I do down the twining streams of Living Time.
“So this additional indignity will be inflicted upon you. It
means, I believe, that humans will not end here, but may rise
again—fight again. Humans are always warriors.
“But what and whom they will fight, I do not know. For I
fear the time of the Forerunners is drawing to a close. In this,
the Librarian and I find agreement. Take satisfaction, warrior,
in that possibility.”
It gave me no satisfaction. If I were to rise again, fight again, I
wished only to once more match myself against the Didact! But the
Didact and the Librarian passed on, moving down the endless rows
of our defeated. The Lifeworker machines—through the strange,
ever-changing, multiformed presence of the Composer, a machine?
a being? I never saw it clearly—sent patterns of blue and red light
over our broken bodies, and one by one, we relaxed, breathed no
more. . . . Set free our immortal wills.

– Halo: Primordium

 

What we brought for Lord of Admirals and his last warriors were the Composers. These large, ugly
machines had originally been designed by Builders in a failed attempt to attain immunity against the
Flood. Composers broadcast high-energy fields of entangled sympathies to gather victim mentalitiesessences- and then translated them into machine data. In the original scheme, new bodies were
constructed, and the subjects’ essences were imprinted over them-minus any trace of Flood
patterns.

After the Composers had done their work, draining these last survivors, these exhausted and dying
warriors, of their memories and patterns, their remains were reduced to scattered atoms. It was
manifest holocaust. Once the second greatest fighting civilization and species in the galaxy, humans
were stomped down, reduced, effectively eliminated as a threat.

– Halo Silentium


 

MB origins

Mendiact Bias’ bio on Halo Waypoint has an orange color for the construct in the rampant state. This is similar to the visual effects associated with the UR-Didact, not to mention the Composer when being used.

 

 "The Composer would provide the Didact his solution... and his revenge."

Mendicant Bias’s color has been updated to Orange, similar to the Ur-Didact and Composer.

 

Halo 4 and Silentium show that there are important instances that happen within certain period which elaborated on until later on. A prime example being the Didact’s mutation seen within Halo 4 but not covered in detail during Silentium. Same for his composition of the Humans on 07, the Warrior-Servents being composed, the Librarian inserting special geas within humans, imprinting Requiem,etc. Many important events happen that aren’t explicitly covered. I believe Mendicant Bias’ creation falls into a gap as well.   A recent Canon Fodder addressed the Armigers that are set to appear within Halo 5 and Halo Canon’s video on the subject can be used as another familiar reference:

“During their war with ancient humanity millennia ago, the Didact employed the use of Armigers – bipedal combat platforms that proved incredibly useful for raiding ancient human warships, particularly when attempting to infiltrate the often-more confined spaces of human vessels.”

This is significant because it solidifies the Forerunners creating tactics specifically for the opponent at hand. Armigers for the Humans, Mendicant Bias for the Flood.

How did this all come to be?

Keep the Librarian’s words in mind:

The Composer would provide the Didact his solution… and his revenge.

H4_Composer_effects

After Humans were composed on Charum Hakkor, they were rounded up by species subservient to the Forerunners over the course of a millennia (Primordium) . While plenty of those essences were inserted into Humans as part of a research attempt to find a cure for the Flood, the Didact would still have millions of raw essences to work with. Being an imaginative, practical, and highly strategic commander, I believe the Didact sought to find a means to turn the spirits of his most competitive rivals into Forerunner instruments. Didact wasn’t alone in this though. Enter Faber, the Master Builder. Although it soured shortly after the defeat of humanity and creation of Mendicant Bias, Faber and Ur-Didact had a warm working relationship for several eons. Being The Master Builder,  there are some projects Didact would need Faber’s approval for such as Mantle’s Approach which was denied by the council but approved by Faber on the side (Waypoint pre-update).  Surely, Faber would approve of a plan if not suggest it himself given his horrific experimentation on the humans of 07 and brutal push for degenerating humanity for opposing Forerunner rule.


 

What do you know about Mendicant Bias?” I asked the First Councilor.
“Designed to coordinate control of some of the installations,” he said. “Also given
the power, in emergencies, to coordinate the entire galaxy’s response to attack.”
“Who authorized this?”
“The old Council—with the input of the Master Builder.”

Halo:Cryptum

Mendicant Bias. A Contender class, the first of its kind. It is as far above most
ancillas as the metarch-level systems rise above our personal components.

Halo: Cryptum

 

It might have been strained by contradictory instructions from the Didact, from
the Master Builder.…”
“Not likely,” I said. “Mendicant Bias was fully capable of working with contradictory
commands. I’ve never known a more capable ancilla, more powerful, more subtle
… more loyal.”

Halo: Cryptum

 


 

Why did Forerunners create such specialized AIs to oversee the installations?

It might seem like a simple or obvious question at first but the most average (“Monitor”) Forerunner AI of combat standards should be able to oversee these Installations, a point rooted in the capabilities of “The Minds” in Banks’ Culture universe.  Furthermore, purely “artificial” ancillas may run into performance constraints, even with the Forerunners vast understanding of technology. This is understandable; a car only lasts so long before the engine dies. Likewise, AIs can only handle so much before being overwhelmed. Creating an AI from the biological material of hundreds, if not thousands of humans, including their military commanders – such as Forthencho, may be the key difference between Mendicant Bias and why he was so special, dependable.  We know Forerunner AIs can be compartmentalized even converted beings such as Chakas/Guilty Spark, Mendicants assured loyalty comes from him being programmed to think it is a Forerunner AI. This is probably why Didact was so pressed to condemn Mendicant for breaking the following rule:

“You take commands from other than a Forerunner,” the
Didact’s voice said, “a clear violation of all your instructions.

– Halo: Primordium

In addition, this hypothesis makes sense of Forthencho’s comments on from Primordium, which, without it, seem peculiar and out of place.

Forthencho’s image wavered, then returned, larger and more
solid-looking. “The machine does not hate Forerunners,” he
continued. “But it knows they have been arrogant and need
correction. And it takes an odd satisfaction in the prospect of
having humans carry out that punishment.

He takes perverse satisfaction in Humans destroying Forerunners because Mendicant was a human, thousands of them, but wait.

FABER: Certainly not. He was primarily the Didact’s design … you know that, don’t you?

– Halo: Silentium

Mendicant Bias,” I heard myself say. “Beggar after knowledge. That is the name
I gave you when last we met. Do you recognize that name?”
“I recognize that name,” the sketchy green ancilla replied. Then the figure moved
from the back of my thoughts and seemed to pass directly through my forehead—
taking shape as a projected form directly in front of me.
“Do you recognize the one who named you?”
The green image briefly flickered. “You are not that one. No other knows that
name.”

Shall I guide you to further service?” At this point, I had no idea who was
speaking, or to what purpose.
“I require further input. The Domain is insufficient.”
“Liberate this armor and prepare a path. Do you know where the Master Builder
resides?”
“The Master Builder gave me my final set of orders.”
“But I am the one who knows your chosen name, your true name, and who
commanded your construction.”
“That is so.”
“Then I am your client and master. Release me.”

– Halo: Cryptum

The Didact
oversaw the Contender’s planning and inception, and was present at its key
quickening. But he was removed from any contact with Mendicant Bias a thousand
years ago. What’s happened since?”
“Mendicant Bias was charged by the Master Builder with conducting the first tests
of a Halo installation,” the councilor said.
“Charum Hakkor,” I said.

-Halo:Cryptum

 


 

The Human Forerunner war lasted roughly years with humans spending 50 probing Forerunner settlements (Cryptum) and another 50 in direct engagement, with the battle of Charum Hakkor taking up the last 3 years of battle. The following millennia was spent gathering human forces from across the galaxy as noted in Primordium and Halo 4.   There is an 8,000 year period between the humans being defeated in 106,445 BCE and the Didact going into his Cryptum in 98,445 BCE.  In that time Didact would have been able to create Mendicant and spend a significant amount of time with him, as both novels and terminals show but was hard for us to comprehend until now.   This was also the period other Contender class AIs were created,the hundreds of Shield Worlds, Didact’s stalling of the Halo Array’s, and his falling out with Faber.

To further test our hypothesis that Mendicant has a Human element, let’s examine some of his dialogue within this new context.


 

Now the green point brightened, crossed the center of the amphitheater, and
hovered before the Master Builder, who looked puzzled. Almost immediately, his
eyes grew large in alarm and he raised his hands as if in defense, before he
brought his body and expression back under control. Yet his eyes continued to
follow the moving point. I wondered what could possibly cause the Master Builder
such concern.
Our bastard child, his and mine.

– Halo:Cryptum

Mendicant Bias,” I heard myself say. “Beggar after knowledge. That is the name
I gave you when last we met. Do you recognize that name?”
“I recognize that name,” the sketchy green ancilla replied. Then the figure moved
from the back of my thoughts and seemed to pass directly through my forehead—
taking shape as a projected form directly in front of me.
Do you recognize the one who named you?”
The green image briefly flickered. “You are not that one. No other knows that
name.”
“Shall I guide you to further service?” At this point, I had no idea who was
speaking, or to what purpose.
“I require further input. The Domain is insufficient.”
“Liberate this armor and prepare a path. Do you know where the Master Builder
resides?”
“The Master Builder gave me my final set of orders.”
But I am the one who knows your chosen name, your true name, and who
commanded your construction.”
That is so.”
“Then I am your client and master. Release me.”

– Halo: Cryptum

The Lord of Admirals seemed to hold the highest rank in this
unnatural assembly. His ghost stepped forward and addressed me
as if we were both physical.
“It’s our final chance to reclaim history,” he said…

” Not even a machine as powerful as the wheel’s master can do
its work alone. You are alive. You can serve.”
“Humans? The last dregs of us that remain after so many
Forerunner victories? We became animals. We were devolved—
and only the Librarian thought enough of us to raise us back up
again!”
“It doesn’t care!” the Lord of Admirals said. “The machine will
do everything it can to destroy Forerunners. It knows that I have
fought Forerunners before.”
“And lost.”
“But also learned! I have spent my time within you going over
and over old battles, studying all our past failures, and now, I have
full access to their new strategies! This wheel is but one of the
weapons at our disposal—if we join”

Out there, awaiting our commands, in many orbits around thousands of other worlds, in other star systems, are reserves of tens of thousands of ships of war—and more Halos. We will be irresistible!

<He will play this game for as long as it amuses,” the Lord of
Admirals said, “and for as long as he has a chance of causing
Forerunners dismay and pain. He also wishes to attack the Didact
personally. This has been conveyed to me by my old opponent,
Yprin.”

– Halo: Primordium

But it knows they have been arrogant and need
correction. And it takes an odd satisfaction in the prospect of
having humans carry out that punishment.”

– Halo: Primordium

The Master Builder had layered safeguards within safeguards.
The perversity of it all was dizzying. “Madness!” I said.
But with much precedent in human history,” Forthencho said.
“Many are the reasons we lost battles. Now, the machine
acknowledges only one other who possesses the proper inception
codes, and thus the power to stop it.”
The Didact,” I said.

– Halo: Primordium

The Didact!
“Beggar after knowledge,” the voice said, swirling all around us.
Mendicant Bias. That is the name I gave you when last we met.
Do you remember the moment of your inception? The moment I
connected you to the Domain and you were ceded control of all
Forerunner defenses?”
All the images contained and controlled by the Cartographer
darkened and collapsed into a now much-simplified ancilla. “That
name is no longer secret,” it said. “All Forerunners know it.”
“Do you recognize the one who named you?”
The green ancilla burned like acid, yet I could not turn away,
could not cleanse myself of its corrosion.
“You are not that one,” it said. “The Master Builder gave me my
final set of orders.”
“I am that one—and you are not truthful.”
The acid quality of the green ancilla’s voice became so intense it
felt as if my insides were being eaten away.
“You take commands from other than a Forerunner,” the
Didact’s voice said, “a clear violation of all your instructions. I am
the one who knows your chosen name, your true name—”
“That name no longer has power!”
“Even so, I can revoke your inception, call out your key, and
command you to stand down. Do you willingly pass control to me,
your original master?”
I do not! I have listened to the Domain. I fulfill the wishes of
those who created us all. You do not, and have never done so.
The green ancilla had receded to an infinitely deep incision, an
arc of pinpoints carved or burned into the blackness. Its tininess
wavered like a flame.
Then came a complex sound that might have been words or
numbers, a transmission of information or commands, I could not
tell which.
The Didact’s voice filled the Cartographer—seemed to fill all
space and time, and I knew he was still alive, once again in control
—perhaps more powerful than ever before. “Poor machine,” the
Didact said. “Poor, poor machine. Your time here is done.”
The ancilla leaped in the darkness as if startled—and vanished,
along with almost everything else.

– Halo: Primordium


 

“I render judgment on you; you who would obstruct destiny. Doing so brings me no joy; it is necessity that compels me.
Understand this; the Mantle you have shouldered I do rescind – with far more consideration than it was granted.”

“I kill you all and I enjoy it. I destroy you in you indolent billions–in your gluttony, in you self-righteousness, in your arrogance. I pound your cities into dust; turn back the clock on your civilization’s progress. What has taken you millennia to achieve I erase in seconds.
Welcome back to the [Stone Age], vermin. Welcome home”

“You are an impediment that the universe can no longer abide. Nature itself cries out for your destruction and I am its willing instrument. I will hammer your cities until no stone lies atop another. I will drive your people back into the caves they never should have left.
Your civilization has seen its final days. Your will know your place.”

“Your history is an appalling chronicle of overindulgence and self-appointed authority. You have spent millennia [navel-gazing] while the universe has continued to evolve. And now you claim the Mantle is justification for impeding nature’s inevitable refinement?
Your are deluded. But through death you will transcend ignorance.”

 

“You are brought here to be sentenced. You have not been immediately destroyed because you may yet be needed. Your intimate knowledge of the Flood makes you invaluable should they return, but we can never trust you, never again allow you any latitude. You will be entombed here. Your processes locked, frozen into a single thought for all eternity: absolution. Should you be needed, you will be reawakened. Should there be no need, you will be buried here until the end of Living Time.”

“Then I will serve as a monument to your sins. That is what you wish for.”

“I am penitent. I know that what I have done cannot be forgiven. I will accept my stasis with grace and await a time when I might redeem myself.”

 


 

Suddenly, the Oracle’s circuits blazed. The lens refracted the light, sending forth a blinding beam. Not a lens. Fortitude gasped. An eye! He raised a sleeve before his face as the Oracle tilted toward him in its armature.

< FOR EONS I HAVE WATCHED > The Oracle’s deep voice reverberated inside its casing. Its eye-beam flickered with the cadence of its words as it pronounced in the San’Shyuum tongue. < LISTENED TO YOU MISINTERPRET >

< THIS IS NOT RECLAMATION >

the Oracle boomed.

< THIS IS RECLAIMER >
< AND THOSE IT REPRESENTS ARE MY MAKERS >

Just then, the abbey began to shudder. Many decks below, the Dreadnought’s mighty engines sprang to life, shaking free of the limiters that kept them generating the comparatively meager energy High Charity required. Soon the engines would build to full capacity, and then… “Disconnect the Oracle!” Fortitude shouted, knuckles white upon his chair. “Before the Dreadnought launches and destroys the city!”
The hologram of the alien world disappeared, and once more the Oracle’s eye shone forth.

< I WILL REJECT MY BIAS AND WILL MAKE AMENDS >
< MY MAKERS ARE MY MASTERS > The Oracle’s teardrop casing rattled inside its armature as if it were trying to take flight with its ship.

< I WILL BRING THEM SAFELY TO THE ARK >

– Halo: Contact Harvest

Mendicant Bias within the Dreadnought

Mendicant Bias within the Dreadnought

You don’t know the contortions I had to go through to follow you here, Reclaimer. I know what you’re here for. What position do I take? Will I follow one betrayal with another?
You’re going to say I’m making a habit of turning on my masters.
But the one that destroyed me long ago, in the upper atmosphere of a world far distant from here, was an implement far cruder than I. My weakness was capacity – unintentional though it was! – to choose the Flood. A mistake my makers would not soon forgive.
But I want something far different from you, Reclaimer.
Atonement.
And so here at the end of my life, I do once again betray a former master. The path ahead is fraught with peril. But I will do all I can to keep it stable – keep you safe. I’m not so foolish to think this will absolve me of my sins. One life hardly balances billions.
But I would have my masters know that I have changed.
And you shall be my example.


 

Mendicant Bias had directed hatred towards the Didact as residual emotions from the humans that created it.  Forthencho and other commanders were aware of Didact and Librarian but not Faber, this is why Mendicant doesn’t seem to care so much about him in comparison. This also explains why Mendicant chose to side with the Flood as well, out of pure detestation of the Forerunners which is personified and represented through the Didact.  During the eons Mendicant spent reflecting upon himself (with the Domains knowledge he absorbed in full during Cryptum) the construct probably came to terms with his being. Which is why it was so adamant to help the current incarnation of humans during Contact harvest and chief during the events of Halo 3. Mendicant knows him AI in spirit but physically a Forerunner construct, hence the interchangeable usage of “masters”, as part of Mendicants atonement he serves both the Didact and Humanity, in a sense falling in line with the Librarians plans as well.

Perhaps the other Contender Class AIs are made from essences as well but with a different, more controlled construction method? Possibly.Will Mendicant be in Halo 5? I cannot say. But this AI is the sole reason for the haloverse falling into chaos and will be the same being to bring it back into balance.  This will be covered in another article later on but what is it that Mendicant represents itself? This AI is Human in spirit, Forerunner in construction, and has all the knowledge of the Precursors Domain.  Starcraft has Zerg (spirit) and Protoss (form) being halves of the Xel’naga meant to come together as part of their regeneration process. Naruto has the Uchiha/Hamura (spirit) and Senju/Hagoromo (form) being decedents of Kaguya, the first being to wield chakra .

Yet Mendicant Bias is both halves and the original source due to containing all of the Domain within. Would this not make Mendicant the closest thing to a Precursor alive yet?  I’ll leave you all to ponder upon that until part 2 is released at a later date. Thank you for taking the time to read this extensive article – I’ve had burning in my mind for years. I seriously have to thank Frankie for given me the tip I needed to write this out.  This should show you how little hints dropped by 343i can have the largest implications. All of you are fans of Harispius as is so you are already aware of how little we need to solidify our thoughts. One final passage from the Halo 3 ARG IRIS.

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You asked me once, what happened to those who vanished?
You asked me, why did we survive where our fathers fell?
You wished to know how we ever let it happen
A scourge that consumed the galaxy
And the cure that was worse than the cancer
You asked me once about my intent
And the spot that would not wash out
I promise you the answers lie in the Ark
Find me there in the dark
For that is where I abide


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The Arbiter and Spartan Locke

The Arbiter and Spartan Locke

Halo 5 Guardians feels like the game that has been building up in the Halo Universe for the last 5 years; with all of the deep lore aspects of novels, comics and more all centralizing into one game. With all of these additions and intertwining story lines coming together, it also brings both old and new characters into the fold as well – most notably, Thel Vadamee and Jameson Locke (The Arbiter and Spartan Locke).

Since the very teaser of Halo 5 during E3 2013, we saw the Master Chief in maybe a familiar place (The Ark) searching for his long lost companion: Cortana.


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As time went on, we were introduced to the following image below of a mysterious Spartan character standing on the top of a reflection of our hero, savior and protagonist of the Halo franchise, the Master Chief. When this was released, the community went insane trying to figure out what this meant for our hero and just who this new character is. Since then, much has been built up and we eventually were told this Spartan is Agent Locke of ONI. We were even introduced to him in the Halo: Nightfall series.

arbiter and spartan lockeWe learned a few key things about Spartan Locke throughout this time period. For one, we know he was an Acquisitions Specialist for the Office of Naval Intelligence, with duties that included tracking and assassinating enemy threats. We also know from the Nightfall series he values the military structure and the duty that is at the center of it, with an importance on obeying orders and not getting distracted from the main task.

 


Both of these are important when we consider his main objective as of now: Hunting the so-called “awol” Master Chief.

We know from Hunt the Truth that the Master Chief is being framed for assassinating members of a peace consulate with seemingly no reason or objective. However we later find out he was targeting the extremist group, Sapien Sunrise, who were reported to be plotting assassination attempts on the peace activists. What is more interesting is when we consider the fact that this “secret” extremist group could very well be ONI or at least encouraged by them, since we know ONI is wanting to essentially commit genocide on the Sangheili species. Why does all this matter? Simple –

Spartan Locke is apart of ONI, and ONI is becoming a direct antagonist to the Master Chief.


The Arbiter

So where does the Arbiter come into play in all of this? We know that Thel is dealing with his own problems as there is essentially a civil war going on between the Sangheili and the remains of the Covenant. Well at E3 2014 we received our first view of the Arbiter and Spartan Locke conversing, while Locke looked onto projected holograms of the Master Chief’s life events. *This was more for the trailer and E3 presentation, but still a metaphor*



The Arbiter is seen standing near a window showing what looks to be Sanghelios, the Elite homeworld, speaking to Spartan Locke about the Master Chief. He says:

To find him, you have to forget the stories, forget the legends. You have to do more than walk in his footsteps, for he is more than the sum of his actions. I tell you this, not because I trust you Agent Locke, but because all our lives are at stake. Because the seeds of our future, are sewn in his past.

So most of this quote we can chalk up to marketing. However, there is one very important statement that Thel makes to Locke: “I tell you this, not because I trust you Agent Locke, but because all our lives are at stake.

Thel makes it very clear he does not trust Spartan Locke. This is the relationship I want to dive into further because not only do I think it is very interesting, but it could lead us to know more about the Arbiter’s thoughts on not just this specific human, but Humanity in general. Does he not trust Locke because he is hunting his friend? Or is it because he is working for ONI, an organization that has been quietly pulling strings on both sides of the Sangheili civil war? Thel may know more about ONI than he leads on and that could very well be the root issue here.

We then see another instance in which a Sangheili soldier and the Arbiter showcase further distrust of Spartan Locke and his true intentions:



I do not trust you, he may, but I do NOT.  – Sangheili Soldier

My friend’s trust is not the issue today, Spartan Locke. It is my trust you must earn. You are a hunter, yes? A seeker of things…And now you hunt other Spartans? You seek (Locke: 117). I was not told the identity of your prey. – Thel Vadamee

We see the Arbiter speaking very on edge to Agent Locke, even at one point being surprised as to who Locke is hunting. He definitely seems to question Locke’s intentions and is not sure about working with him, but it appears something is going on that requires him to push aside this trust issue and move on with the objective…as we see in the cutscene below:



Right in the beginning we hear a voice over the speaker say, “Arbiter, we are nearing the the target.” We then hear the Arbiter question Locke as to what he calls the Master Chief and if he is a foe.

Prepare for action. What do you call him Spartan Locke? 117, the Master Chief. He is not your friend, is he your foe? – Thel Vadamee

He’s gone awol and the UNSC want him back, I’m going to bring him home. – Spartan Locke

I admire your sense of duty Spartan, but if he has left the fold, he has his reasons. – Thel Vadamee

At the end of the cutscene, the door opens up and both the Arbiter and Spartan Locke assume a defensive position, with Thel taking out his energy sword…so we know whatever they are approaching is a hostile environment and they are fighting together.

We are seeing the Arbiter *begrudgingly* aid Spartan Locke, while watching and noticing his every move/word. One last cutscene with both the Arbiter and Spartan Locke was seen in this year’s E3 2015 trailer for Halo 5 Guardians. Watch below at 2:15:



I’m a Spartan now sir. – Jameson Locke

I know who you are, yet now you hunt another Spartan, the greatest of your clan. – Thel Vadamee

If you watch that portion at 2:15, you will hear the Arbiter respond with the above quote, seemingly annoyed by Locke telling him he is a Spartan. He also waves him off as if he is sick of hearing him speak, and reminds Locke he is hunting the greatest of his kind. This statement shows the respect that Thel has for John and seems to be reminding Locke he is not impressed with him.

Throughout all of the scenes where we see these two characters together, we can deduce that the Arbiter does not trust Locke, and is more or less annoyed by his presence, albeit understands they need to work together for the good of the galaxy. Why they need to work together remains to be seen.

Overall I think this is a very important theme that has gone somewhat unnoticed. These two characters are major players in not just Halo 5 Guardians, but the entire Halo Universe in general. Knowing that one of them is hunting Master Chief and essentially working for his enemy, while the other is a close friend of John’s, will produce a very intriguing storyline and one to watch for as we roll closer to the release of the game.

If Locke does not want to believe the atrocities that ONI has committed and is committing, assuming somewhere along the line he finds out, then it could be a terrible situation for all three characters involved and force a confrontation. To be quite frank, I would say that situation ends up with Locke on the losing end.


Either way, the story between the Arbiter and Spartan Locke promises to be exciting and interesting for all new and old Halo fans. Discuss more in depth the relationship between these two icons here and thanks for reading!



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The Arbiter’s Role in Halo 5: Guardians – A Symbol of the Galaxy’s Potential

The Arbiter’s Role in Halo 5: Guardians – A Symbol of the Galaxy’s Potential

It has been clear from E3 2014 when we first heard Keith David’s voice coming over our speakers and headphones, that Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam would be making his return in Halo 5: Guardians. Of course there was speculation everywhere about how large of a role he would have in the game and as we get closer and closer to the release date, the answer seems to be “very large indeed.”

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Halo’s Place In Science Fiction – Contact Harvest

Halo’s Place In Science Fiction – Contact Harvest

Reading Journal Synopsis


Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten

Through a misunderstanding of their scriptures, the Covenant discover humanity and view them with ill intent. A barely-trained militia and two marines are the only things that stand between the civilians of the colony Harvest and the imminent alien invasion.

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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Hunters in the Dark

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – Hunters in the Dark

Reading Journal Synopsis


Hunters in the Dark by Peter David

The Halos have been activated, apparently from the damaged Ark itself. In a desperate effort to save all life in the galaxy, a team of Sangheili and human forces must push past old rivalries and wounds and prevent the firing of the array.

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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.

Discuss here on our forums Archivers.



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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – First Strike

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – First Strike

Reading Journal Synopsis


First Strike (The Definitive Edition) by Eric Nylund

Alpha Halo was not the end of the war. The Covenant continue their genocidal campaign, the Master Chief, Cortana, and a team of survivors must race to Earth and stop the Covenant’s advance. This novel follows up on the events and characters of both Fall of Reach and The Flood and sets the stage for Halo 2.

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