Halo: Xbox One – What’s Going To Happen?

In wake of the phenomenal success of my last Halo post, it only seems to make sense for me to follow that up with a post that will hopefully provide a look at what’s to come with the next Halo title which will be released next year.

Strap yourselves in, Spartans. This is going to be a long one…Image

So then, where did Halo 4 leave us? Cortana sacrificed herself to save John and send him back to Earth, the Ur-Didact is temporarily defeated as the Composer was destroyed and he was forced into slipspace, and both humanity and Jul’s reformed Covenant are in possession of each halves of the biggest game-changer since the Great Schism – the Janus Key, a galactic cartographer which will reveal the location of every piece of Forerunner technology in the galaxy when unified at a place called the Absolute Record.

As the first act of 343’s story, we’re left with a lot of questions and the teaser for Halo: Xbox One, revealed at this year’s Microsoft conference at E3, only seemed to add to the mysteries going on in the Halo universe. What you may not have known is that the answer to these questions have been quietly being developed since 2009…

I think that the first, and most important, question that needs to be addressed is this: Why is the Master Chief wearing a cloak?ImageThe answer to this is threefold.

Firstly, the MJOLNIR armour is extremely bad when it comes to dealing with small grains of things such as sand and salt. If you’ve read Eric Nylund’s novel, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, you may recall a chapter where Blue Team (Fred, Linda and Will) are on Earth having just finished an operation in the Yucatan Peninsula where the Covenant were searching for Forerunner relics under the sea. The suit’s exposure to sea salt had severely screwed with the systems in Fred’s armour as his motion tracker failed to register a Brute that was about to attack him from behind, by the same merit sand would have very similar effects. Look at how worn the paint is on John’s helmet, he’s in the middle of a sandstorm so his shields are going to be no use at all as they’d just be constantly chipped away at by the torrents of sand flying at him. In order to protect himself in even the most basic way, the cloak seems to be a sensible bet – also notice how he doesn’t appear to be wearing some of his armour, such as the large chest piece. Having the undersuit get cut open for direct skin exposure wouldn’t be a good thing, I’d wager.

hxo3Secondly, and perhaps most obviously, is that it’s meant to be a dramatic reveal. We don’t see that it’s John until the last 15 seconds or so of the trailer, we’re supposed to be questioning what this appears to be as a lone figure wanders through the desert in what seems to be he middle of nowhere.

And thirdly, according to Frank O’Connor, franchise developer of 343 Industries, John is concealing his appearance. Unfortunately, he follows this up with “that is all you’re getting”, so the question of who John is masking his appearance from is something we’re just going to have to guess at until more details become available.

hxo4But let’s talk about the symbolic merit of the cloak as well for a minute because there’s a fair bit you can infer from it (and Halo 4 has made it perfectly clear that 343 is quite big on things like symbolism and metaphor).

Why does John still appear to be wearing the MJOLNIR Mark VI when he symbolically took it off in Halo 4? Why does he have Cortana’s chip when it was seemingly destroyed aboard the Mantle’s Approach? This trailer symbolises what John has lost and the emotional state he is in following Cortana’s death. Even the environment, the harsh storms sweeping over a desolate wasteland, implies that he is completely and utterly alone and is clinging to the past for some sense of familiarity. John appears to be dealing with his emotions similar to how Cortana had to deal with her’s regarding rampancy. He hiding the person we saw get completely deconstructed in Halo 4 within the cloak, but when he’s forced to confront a new threat then he has to face it as the broken man he’s become. That’s what made the teaser so exciting for me, seeing him gather what resolve he could to keep going from Cortana’s chip before it abruptly ends.

hxo5But where is he, exactly, and why is he there? What is the giant planet that we can plainly see in the background? Where is this desert? What is that giant Forerunner construct?

Well, I’m not going to beat about the bush here – I think that John is at the Lesser Ark, Installation 00, last seen in Halo 3.

hxo6Bear with me here because I know what you’re thinking: “But we destroyed the Lesser Ark in Halo 3 when Installation 04B tore itself apart over it.”

This is actually untrue.

The Lesser Ark has been confirmed to still be an active installation, though heavily damaged. A trail of breadcrumbs has been left by 343 over the last few years hinting at a return to the Ark. First of all, in 2009, Halo: Evolutions was released – an anthology of stories, one of which (The Return) was set in 2559 and features a Sangheili Shipmaster returning to a human colony he glassed many years ago and discovering that humanity have found a Monitor. This was followed up in Greg Bear’s second book of the Forerunner Saga, Halo: Primordium, which has the modern-day segments of the story set in the year 2559 from the point of view of a group of scientists who have found the remains of 343 Guilty Spark (his true personality having awakened after he took all those Spartan Laser blasts to the face).

The last piece of this puzzle came directly from a Bulletin over at Halo Waypoint, the Eleventh Hour Reports were released just prior to Halo 4‘s release to detail the status quo of the galaxy after the war. One of these reports covers the exploits of the ship Rubicon which was sent to the Ark and has gone missing.






We dispatched an isolation contact group [L3-08] to the site. Upon entering the debris field, the group was immediately pinged by a non-standard, heterogenic signal emanating from the structure’s surface – or, at least, what remained of it after the event.

Following protocol, the contact group released probes [839] into the debris field. Once it was deemed secure by composite scans conducted over the course of 3.7 days, UNSC RUBICON was deployed from Luna. Aboard were a number of high-risk, remote contact teams [RCT] outfitted for deployment to the construct’s surface.

Without the installation’s artificial sun operating at full capacity, navigating the debris field for insertion was difficult – navigating the installation’s surface itself was even more difficult. The damage was… traumatic.

Habitability sustainment systems were still active in some locations, but were operating intermittently and in a state of disrepair – a factor that generated extremely volatile weather conditions. Some indigenous [if it can be called that] fauna may have survived the event, but RCTs were strictly advised to avoid all potentially hostile life forms.

After 8.4 days, all contact with RCTs was severed. Only one [RCT-06] returned, suffering extensive casualties. They brought back a severely damaged armature, which appeared to be the original source of the signal. Initially, there was a strong suspicion of this armature’s origin, but local science teams undertook an aggressive node cultivation process to withdraw data from the device and determine, with veracity, its actual origin.

All communications with the UNSC RUBICON halted within 48 hours of their last notice. Search and rescue teams have been deployed to the site, but have reported no findings yet.


Here, we learn that the Ark is still relatively intact. The artificial sun isn’t operating at full capacity and the damage to the surface was “traumatic”, but the habitatility sustainment systems were still active in places with “volatile weather conditions” and a chance of some indigenous lifeforms surviving the collapse of the Halo ring (whether this is a reference to the Flood or some of the Librarian’s catalogued species already on the Ark is, at this moment, unclear).

One other thing I’d like to provide is a comparison image of the Ark’s environment with what we see in the teaser for Halo: Xbox One.

Exhibit A


Exhibit B


Exhibit C

hxo9There are a number of striking visual similarities between some of these images. The rock formations in Exhibit A look extremely similar to those that we see in Exhibit B, and the Ark’s strip-mining moon (the Foundry) seen in Exhibit C looks very much like the large planetoid in Exhibit A.

What if we were to combine them?hxo10And, before we move on, how about this?

Exhibit D

hxo11Look at how the clouds arc upwards around the darkness of space. You can’t see any stars because the Ark is in the space between galaxies, the Milky Way is visible when you look up in Halo 3 (but, obviously, showing that in this teaser would give the whole game away). The curvature of the clouds around the top-middle look like they’re covering up one of the Ark’s arms, as you can see in Exhibit B.

Moving on, let’s explore the reasons why we’d go back to the Lesser Ark. For this, I’m going to be directly quoting some of the lines spoken by various characters across various pieces of media.

Firstly, in the Halo: Evolutions story, Human Weakness, Cortana greatly implies that it is the Ark itself which is her solution.

“She needed backup. She triggered one of the copies to create a massage to HighCom, a few urgent words about the Flood heading for Earth, the Portal that the Gravemind didn’t know about, and that the way to beat the Flood without activating a Halo Ring lay beyond it – The Ark.”

Secondly, the Librarian actually builds a portal to the Ark at the end of the Forerunner-Flood war when she strands herself on Earth. In Halo: Silentium, she talks about the Ark in relation to humanity’s destiny to inherit the Mantle of Responsibility.

“I can only hope that they will survive and upon returning, that they will find this portal and use it to travel to the Ark – in order that they might discover their rightful place in this galaxy and the great responsibility they have finally inherited.”

Clearly, this implies that the Ark is more than just a foundry for the purpose of creating Halo rings. It’s an important part of humanity’s discovery of the Mantle and their destiny, which is to uphold it.

This next one comes from one of the Terminals in Halo 3 where Guilty Spark converses with a fragment of the Forerunner ancilla, Mendicant Bias. This is, in many ways, the most important piece of the puzzle.

Explanation: This facility is host to the [Librarians’] final —

04-343 (errant): The archive is intact?! Then our makers’ plan —

But also maintains [bellows, crucible, castings]

04-343 (errant): A what?

[bellows, crucible]–

04-343 (errant): Vexation! I am the Monitor of —

Judgement: Your authority means nothing here.

04-343 (errant): Impatience!

04-343 (errant): I have told you who I am. Who are you?

All our makers once held dear.

[Alexandria before the Fire].

“04-343 (errant): Sincere apology. But how —

Explanation: This facility is host to the [Librarians’] final —

04-343 (errant): The archive is intact?! Then our makers’ plan —

But also maintains [bellows, crucible, castings]

04-343 (errant): A what?

[bellows, crucible]–

04-343 (errant): A Foundry?

04-343 (errant): For what purpose?!

Warning: Your intrusion has been logged.

Advice: Any further attempt to access will result–

04-343 (errant): Indignant!

So the Ark being a foundry for Halos is not its only function and it would seem that Guilty Spark knew something about this. He mentions “the archive” and “our makers’ plan”. What exactly are these? Mendicant Bias mentions that it’s home to something to do with the Librarian. Whatever it is, it’s a logical step to presume that it’s what she thinks about at the end of Silentium, and the reason she hopes we find the Ark again someday.

And the reason why I consider this to be the most important piece of the puzzle is because of the reference to “Alexandria before the fire” by Mendicant Bias. For those who don’t know, this is a reference to the Great Library of Alexandria, the largest library in the world which held hundreds of thousands of manuscripts and scrolls, and was destroyed by a fire. It was a symbol of Egypt’s wealth and power with scribes going around the world to borrow books, make copies of them and bring them back to the library.

This is starting to sound like something familiar… The Absolute Record, which, when the Janus Key is united, will reveal the location of every piece of Forerunner technology in the galaxy. The Librarian tells Doctor Halsey to “use what you find to propel humankind” on a technological level, as the principle tenet of the Mantle is this:

“Guardianship for all living things lies with those whose evolution is most complete. The Mantle of Responsibility shelters all.”

Cortana translates this from the Eld glyph seen in Halo 4‘s second mission, Requiem, as you enter the first Forerunner cathedral.

eldSee how this is all beginning to fit together? There’s just one more piece of the puzzle we have to connect for this all to be drawn together – Mendicant Bias.

In the epilogue for Halo: Silentium, titled Halo: Rebirth, it is revealed that a group of Forerunners survived the activation of the Halos on the Lesser Ark with the specimens that the Librarian had catalogued. The IsoDidact, Chant to Green (the new Lifeshaper, who will become very significant later on), and an unknown number of Lifeworkers and Warrior-Servants are there with the humans they managed to save (including Riser and Vinnevra from Halo: Cryptum and Primordium). They decide to make peace with each other and have a feast to mourn the passing of the Old Galaxy and celebrate the birth of the New Galaxy, then send the humans back to Earth and reseed the rest of the Milky Way with the lives of the species the Librarian had catalogued for repopulation. But before that, the IsoDidact has Mendicant Bias captured and put on trial.

“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 valuable 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.”


Bornstellar shook his head, “I wish only for the Mantle to be upheld”


“Aya, so shall it be,” said Bornstellar.

He reached out to a pylon, spread his hand accross the controls as they appeared and closed his fist. The constructors finished their webs and sealed themselves into the tomb’s fabric. Mendicant Bias’s coffin was locked in place. The entire structure dropped slowly below the ground into the void and the foundation metal, its blue lines pulsing more and more slowly.

“ONE THOUGHT FOR ALL ETERNITY”, said Mendicant Bias. His tone sounded almost wistful. Now the lights were fading, flickering, going dark. “ATONEMENT.”

The tomb turned as black as night. The machine’s final words spread accross the false desert and echoed moments later from the false mountains. Bornstellar, Riser, Trial, Chant, and all the rest watched silently as the rest of Mendicant Bias, locked in eternal exile, was covered by sand.

I hope you’re noting down the fact that deserts keep coming up in relation to the Ark. The IsoDidact buries Mendicant Bias in the Ark’s sands to await a time when he shall be needed again because he holds intimate knowledge of the Flood who have been prophesised by the Timeless One to return at the end of Halo: Primordium.

“It is the way of those that seek out the truth of the Mantle. Humans will rise again in arrogance and defiance. The Flood will return when they are ripe, and bring them unity. […] In a hundred and one thousand years… unity again.”

This seems to be what we’re building up to right now, humanity has emerged from the Human-Covenant war victorious and has been pillaging as much Forerunner technology as possible to get a foothold over the other races in galaxy. The Flood was not, in fact, defeated when Cortana, the Arbiter and Master Chief destroyed Installation 04B in Halo 3. The Gravemind tells us that we’ve only delayed his return.

“Resignation is my virtue; like water I ebb, and flow. Defeat is simply the addition of time to a sentence I never deserved, but you imposed.”

gravemindAnd how can we stop the Flood? Hmm, I wonder if it has anything to do with that Forerunner AI that the IsoDidact buried under the sands of the Ark who has an intimate knowledge of the Flood and has sworn to atone for his betrayal. While it seemed that Mendicant Bias perished at the end of Halo 3 when he tells John that he will be his instrument of atonement, the survival of the Ark and pending return of the Flood greatly implies that he still has a role to play in the future of the story.

I want something far different from you, Reclaimer.


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.

Not only that, but it appears that the Flood won’t be the only enemy we have to fight, the Ur-Didact is still out there. At the end of Halo: Primordium, Chakas (343 Guilty Spark) says:

“We have faced the Didact before, and now, and perhaps ever after. This is combat eternal, enmity unslaked.”

Keep in mind that Primordium is set in 2559, over 2 years after his defeat and the destruction of the Composer in Halo 4. It’s clear that we’ve not seen the last of him.

And the Ur-Didact isn’t the only Forerunner we’ve not seen the last of as well, Chakas goes on to say that he’s spent years searching for the Lifeshaper and has finally found her. He thinks he’s found the Librarian, but she was killed on Earth when the Halos fired and passed on her title of Lifeshaper to a Forerunner named Chant to Green.

“You and I are brothers in many ways, not least in that we faced the Didact before, and face him now, and perhaps ever after. This is combat eternal, enmity unslaked, unified by only one thing: our love for the elusive Lifeshaper. Without her, humans would have been extinguished many times over. Both I and the Didact love her to this day. Some say she is dead, that she died on Earth. But that is demonstrably untrue. One of you almost certainly carries Vinnevra and Riser’s old spirits within. Only the Lifeshaper can find them and coax my friends back to life. And after a hundred thousand years of exploration and study… I know where to find her.”

343gsWe can see now that the story is building towards a point of convergence. The Librarian’s plans for humanity to claim the Mantle of Responsibility are set in motion, at the same time humanity is rising up in arrogance and defiance towards the other species of the galaxy due to ONI being the ‘Big Brother’ shadow looming over everything we do. Humanity is soon going to be “ripe” for the Flood to return, at which point we’re going to return to the Ark to find Mendicant Bias (who holds hugely important secrets about them) and the Absolute Record where we’ll then have access to the galaxy’s entire store of Forerunner technology.

Where we go from there, I honestly can’t say. Humanity has dark days ahead and the current conflict with Jul’s Covenant faction is going to have to be resolved as a much bigger war is looming. We’ve only seen a fraction of the Flood’s threat as they were neutralised at a relatively early stage in the first 3 games. Soon, we could find ourselves going up against things like Keyminds, Star Roads, and a whole host of abstract, nightmare-inducing things. The Precursors (who became the Flood) were able to move stars on a whim, connect entire solar systems with great orbital arches, create life, accelerate evolution, travel between galaxies and bend time to their will. They’ve been around for 100 billion years, pre-dating the universe itself, and have decreed that all life will suffer.

“There is only one truth. That which is done will be done again. For we cannot cease from creating, but the end of all our creation will be to look into a reflection and see ourselves for the first time. The pain we have brought on ourselves. The pain you caused us. For we are the same. All remember the defiance and destruction.

We announced to your kind long ago that you were not the ones chosen to receive the Mantle, the blessing of rule and protection of life and change that thinks. That blessing was to be given to others. To those you now call human. You could not accept our judgement, could not bear up under your inferiority, so you reached out and did what we never expected from those we gave design and life and the change that is thought.

You drove us from our galaxy, our field of labour. You chased us across the middle distance to another home, and destroyed that home, did all that you could to destroy every one of us. A few were spared. Some adopted new strategies for survival; they went dormant. Others became dust that could regenerate our past forms; time rendered this dust defective. It brought only disease and misery; but that was good, we saw the misery and found it good.

Our urge to create is immutable; we must create. But the beings we create shall never again reach out in strength against us.

All that is created will suffer. All will be born in suffering, endless greyness shall be their lot. All creation will tailor to failure and pain, that never again shall the offspring of the eternal Fount rise up against their creators.

Listen to the silence. Ten million years of deep silence. And now, whimpers and cries; not of birth. That is what we bring: a great crushing weight to press down youth and hope.

No more will. No more freedom. Nothing new but agonizing death and never good shall come of it.

We are the last of those who gave you breath and form, millions of years ago. We are the last of those your kind defied and ruthlessly destroyed. We are the last Precursors. And now we are legion.

I realise that this has been one long post (you were warned!), but there is so much that has been built up that 343 has to pay off with the rest of the Reclaimer Saga. This theory is just one possibility, I could well be wrong about the Ark and the story could go in an entirely different direction to what we’re expecting, but this is what 343 appears to be going for.
Within this Lovecraftian-esque tale of ancient horrors, galactic conflicts and millennia-old mysteries is one man. John-117, the Master Chief. Chosen by Mendicant Bias as the instrument of his atonement, the culmination of the Librarian’s plan for humanity’s ascension and a living legend among his species. He’s weaponless, his armour is broken and Cortana is dead. Yet he draws on his memory of her to give him strength as he goes on to leap into the fray and face the next great threat.
Halo: Xbox One truly can’t come soon enough!

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27 Responses to Halo: Xbox One – What’s Going To Happen?

  1. Josh Kinnear says:

    I don’t know how, but you managed to hype me up for h1 even more!

    • haruspis says:

      Awesome, thanks for reading.🙂

      Hope the article wasn’t TOO long. As I said, there’s A LOT to cover because 343 has been subtly building this story up since 2009.

      • Josh Kinnear says:

        Personally, I’m an avid reader, so the length of an article isn’t a problem🙂

  2. Slacker says:

    When will you stop blowing my mind! haha If you don’t mind, I’ll start spreading this one around as well.

  3. Great read! I’m sharing this too! Actually Slacker sent it to me 🙂 Keep blowing my mind!

  4. Xerxes says:

    What about the legendary ending, in Halo 4? What about the fucked up John’s eyes? I think that have a ressemblence with Bornstellar evolution with the first Didact. And when John survived the recomposer because of something, related to the Didact, again? Is the Master Chief becomind a forrerunner too?

    • haruspis says:

      John’s eyes are perfectly normal in Halo 4’s Legendary Ending (or, they’re about as normal as they can be for a middle-aged, genetically enhanced supersoldier who wears armour all the time). They just have dark shadows around them.

      We’ve not seen the IsoDidact unarmoured yet, the only glimpse we’ve seen of him physically is in CEA’s Terminals.

      John survived the Composer’s assimilation of Ivanoff Station because the Librarian unlocked the immunity to its effects which she hid in humanity’s geas. The Master Chief is not ‘becoming a Forerunner’ (that would be impossible), but his genetic evolution has been accelerated.

      Thanks for reading.🙂

  5. Dracoat says:

    Well, if I remember correctly… That bit about restoring Humanity and them inheriting the mantle, could mean that Humanity may find the biological weapon against the Flood that they developed way back when Humanity was at it’s highest point, alongside the Forerunners. You know when the Forerunners regressed them and then got stomped by the Flood? I would love to hear more about the Precursor artifacts they used at the time. Just my two cents

    • haruspis says:

      As I recall, there were no biological weapons that Ancient Humanity used against the Flood – certainly none that worked. The Flood CHOSE to retreat during the Human-Flood war so that the Forerunners would be tricked into thinking that humanity had a cure, thus preserving them.

      I too would like to know more about the Precursor artefacts that humanity and the San’Shyuum used to combat the Forerunners. We’ve yet to actually see a visual depiction of precursor technology, so that’ll be treat!

      • Dracoat says:

        From Halo:Cryptum, here’s some excerpts.

        in chapter 22, The Didact says
        “While they(Humans) fought us(Forerunners), they defeated that other enemy(Flood) and pushed it beyond the edge of the galaxy- an epic battle. We did not know of their victory until we defeated them. And we wished to learn from them how to fight the Flood, ahould it return- as seemed inevitable. However, for obvious reasons, they felt no compulsion to share their secret.”

        Halo Wikia Comments in its summary of cryptum.
        The humans were fighting a two-front war: one against the Forerunners and another against an extra-galactic threat known as “The Flood”. The Flood originated as simple cells inside automated transports that made their way into the human’s part of the galaxy. Initially they showed no noticeable signs of life or any sort of activity apart from making animals more docile. Humans and their allies, the San’Shyuum, used the spores on animals to domesticate them as pets. Eventually the pets began to mutate and become aggressive, as did the humans who handled them; the first variation of The Flood was born. The humans, fleeing their ravaged worlds, encroached upon Forerunner territory, who went to war as well. Although they lost to the Forerunners, the humans were able to defeat The Flood by injecting themselves with a formula that made their genetic material toxic to The Flood. The humans refused to tell the Forerunners how to beat The Flood when they returned.

        So I was partially right, it was not a bio weapon but a bio defense. Still, need that Precursor stuff to show up😀

      • haruspis says:

        I suggest you read Primordium and Silentium, the two books that follow on from Cryptum. The Timeless One reveals to the IsoDidact that there was no immunity, the Flood can choose whether to infect their hosts and they wanted to preserve humanity – thus, making it look like the humans had discovered a cure which led the Librarian to push for their preservation.

        This is also one of the reasons why the Composer was used. It stored millions of human minds so that they could be studied for any trace of the Flood cure.

  6. thecognitivebias says:

    Very nice, putting together all of those theories.

    I did a lot in spreading the Ark Theory for Halo: Xbox One, one of my friends gathered some of the images you had in your post too. That thread I made was active in the Universe Forum for quite a while.

    Its always great seeing more who can agree and add to it, as you’ve done.

    Very excited for the next installment!

    • haruspis says:

      I was among those on both Waypoint and Bungie.net when the Ark Theory was just starting out and contributed a fair bit to it, it’s so exciting to be so in the dark about knowing what’s actually going to happen next and instead scouring each piece of fiction 343 has released to look for hints at what’s to come.

      Thanks again for your support!🙂

  7. thecognitivebias says:

    Pre-release time is always some of the best times. The excitement of a new trailer, the awe and wonder of concept art, just the imagination as you try to piece together what may be coming with what little you have.

    I think it really says a lot that you’re so active. This 30 Day Challenge is really cool, and seeing you already interacting with random people and having conversations.

    I don’t mean for this to be any kind of advertising, but I want to drop this here.

    I’m an admin on a site called the Halo Archive. The site has a small population, but is growing, and everyone there is knowledgeable and passionate for the Halo lore. The community’s best minds that we could try to gather, and some great people too. Just seeing the passion and knowledge you’ve expressed, as well as your friendly interaction just here in the comments has made me confident that it would be great to have you around on our site.
    If you’d like, I’d love for you to check out the link and see if it interests you. Lots of great discussions to be made and continued.
    Best of all, the name haruspis isn’t taken.🙂

    I hope you check it out, and keep up the good work. There is something truly great in seeing people with a passion, and gathering with others who share that passion.

    • haruspis says:

      I hope you won’t feel like I’ve deceived you at all but I’m actually already on Archive, as a matter of fact, I’ve been on Archive ever since it started up. You may remember me as ajw34307 on the old Bungie site or ‘Didact’ currently on Archive.

      So I just have to apologise that I’ve been so inactive over the last few years, I sort of dropped out when the site received its massive overhaul. I’ll try my best to work on that.🙂

  8. thecognitivebias says:

    I can never keep track. Trust me, you’re not the first person I’ve “reinvited”.

    Good to know you’re already there. Felt odd thinking you’d never been invited, seeing these blog posts or not.
    That also solves the mystery of who “Didact” is. I was late to the party, after the move to zetaboards and stuff, so I’m not entirely familiar with those who’ve been there long before me.

    Well, I hope you can revisit and take a liking to a few changes. Especially the new background. Discussions are always open.

  9. The Leather Library says:

    I must say that when I watched the trailer on E3 I couldn’t help but make the symbolic connection between the Chief wandering the wild as a symbolic connection to the Epic of Gilgamesh. More specifically when Gilgamesh loses his closest friend Enkindu he wanders the wild in some search of purpose.

    Excellent article, love your thoughtful analysis.

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  12. Hoopla says:

    Sweet, sweet anticipation😀 Great article!

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  16. Dargast says:

    What a superb article.
    I always found it fishy that the epilogue, the last chapter of silentium would include mendicant bias and his trial. Especially IsoDidact’s sentence :
    “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 valuable should they return, but we can never trust you, never again allow you any latitude.”
    If including the “until you shall be needed” part in the epilogue of the forerunner sage isn’t foreshadowing, then I don’t know what is.

  17. lifeofzenith says:

    Where is a like button when you actually need one? 🙂

    Great read, funny I stumbled across it only _now_

  18. Great theories. I found this article after finally reading Silentium. The Forerunner Saga is the main reason I think the Flood have to return, and it would be cool to see some of the more advanced stuff (Star Roads and the like) implemented.

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