well, I guess I have to make the Halo 4 thread...


#161

Holy crap if you hate Halo so much then just get out of the thread.

I know this forum is mostly anti-Halo and I respect that, but at least others have the decency to not rub it in peoples’ faces.

You could at least start showing some respect by getting out of the thread and not cluttering it with utterly useless trash that you call your posts.

Goddamn trolls.


#162

Dude, now you’re asking for it.


#163

I really need to finish reading Primordium and Glasslands.


#164

I need to get them.


#165

Glasslands is good. Very fitting with the lore.

The majority of Primordium is boring as hell. Unless you’re a die hard Halo story person, I don’t recommend it.

It contains some very interesting plot points, actually. But the way it’s written… It’s very slow.

If anyone wants to know basically what happened, I could summarize all the major plot points and spare them the trouble.


#166

shoot


#167

Yeah so MAJOR SPOILER ALERTS, obviously.

A UNSC Science team under ONI finds the damaged remains of an old Forerunner monitor, and starts interrogating it about the Didact.

The monitor begins his life story, occasionally breaking through the UNSC firewalls as if they were made of paper, in order to access old Earth records. The ship’s captain, and ONI, are not thrilled about the security breaches. But the science team continues interrogating.

The monitor says he used to be the ancient human named Chakas, from the first forerunner book Cryptum. He starts from where we lost Chakas in the previous book, when the Master Builder kidnapped them all. Chakas was stuffed into a life pod, then ejected during the battle of the forerunner capital from the first book.

He crash landed on a Halo ring, in the middle of some field, and was found by humans who lived on the ring.

Then the vast majority of the book talks about Chakas and his new human friends walking around the ring with almost no apparent goal in mind. Boring. Skip this.

Chakas discovers that he is host to an ancient “spirit” personality that observes the world through his eyes and can speak to him through his thoughts. Chakas thinks this is magic. In reality, it’s a by-product of forerunner genetic memory/personality storage.

The personality is that of an ancient human named Forthencho, the Lord of Admirals. He was defeated long ago by the Didact, his sworn enemy, during the human-forerunner war. Instead of killing him after his defeat, the forerunners decided to preserve his memory and personality into future human generations because they thought that he and the other human commanders of the war knew the only non-Halo solution to the Flood, since the humans had fought it off before and won, as mentioned in the previous book, Cryptum.

Chakas wanders the ring with his friends some more, while the Lord of Admirals makes remarks in his head like a backseat driver. He eventually finds his old friend Riser from the previous book, who also has the genetic imprint of an ancient female human commander with a ridiculous name I can’t remember.

Chakas and Riser’s imprint personalities kind of have a proxy argument through their hosts, since they were old rivals who blamed each other for losing the human-forerunner war. Whatever, continue…

Eventually Chakas and Riser get captured by the ever-famous forerunner AI Mendicant Bias, who is in control of the ring and has been running Flood-infection experiments on the humans living on the ring for some time. He extracts the Lord of Admirals’ personality and puts him into a monitor, which makes things slightly less complicated for Chakas. Lord of Admirals proposes to seize control of the Halo and turn it against the forerunners, to which Mendicant agrees, since they both hate the forerunners obviously.

Mendicant Bias gives Chakas and a number of other humans a proposition. He would temporarily grant control of certain Halo systems to the humans, because currently the Halo is on a collision course with a nearby planet, which is a problem. They will help to save the Halo, or die in the otherwise inevitable collision.

Bias plugs the humans into the ring’s control systems via the ring’s Silent Cartographer, which is currently the only structure not sabotaged by the remaining forerunners on the ring. They deploy hardlight spokes to attempt to absorb the planet’s kinetic energy, but since most power stations were sabotaged by forerunners, many sections are still damaged and require self-repair. Parts replacements from the Greater Ark and Lesser Ark (yes, there are two of them) are impossible since they are under forerunner control.

Then the new Didact, the Bornstellar incarnation, appears with a forerunner armada and seize control of the ring from Mendicant and his friend the Primordial, aka the Captive.

Chakas is gravely injured during the process somehow, I forgot since the book didn’t make it very memorable, and he is saved by the New Didact by being placed in a life support system. Together, he and the Didact interrogate the Primordial. The Primordial reveals that the forerunners were supposed to be exterminated by the Precursors after they were created, and that humans were supposed to be the next species to be tested. But the forerunner rebellion against their creators long ago screwed that process up.

The connection between the Precursors and the Flood isn’t very clearly established. The Primordial claims to be the last precursor, but physically he is obviously a Flood Gravemind. Didact is frustrated by the lack of real answers, and kills the Primordial.

The ring, in the meantime, sheds its damaged sections, including life support. It becomes entirely covered in clouds as a result. It is transported to the Greater Ark, and then reassigned to the Halo Array as Installation 07.

Chakas’ physical body is too damaged to survive normally, so the Didact offers to turn him into a monitor. It happens, and Chakas assumes a new form, as 343 Guilty Spark.

Spark, in the meantime, finishes his story to the ONI interrogators. The humans debate the validity of his story, since some things contradict current known forerunner facts, but others fit quite conveniently. Spark loses power and shuts down, but the ship’s AI announces that it has released control and granted Spark full access. He apparently downloaded himself into the ship while they weren’t looking.

Spark alters the atmosphere of the ship sufficiently to put the crew to sleep, and announces his intention to commandeer the ship to find the Librarian, since he claims that she is still alive, and that he knows where to find her.

END SPOILERS

EDIT: Wow, that was a lot longer than I expected. :fffuuu:


#168

Wait, so 343GS ISN’T destroyed? He exploded! I even kicked his gibs around and shit.

Or was there just more than one shell?

Sounds like I really have to read Cryptum too. Fuck.

Also, the idea of hardlight spokes in a Halo ring sounds fucking awesome looking.


#169

Yeah read Cryptum. It has some interesting backstory to it. It’s strange though… Not as boring as Primordium, but it’s very abstract. The forerunners were strange beings…

I forgot to mention that the Halo ring in Primordium was so damaged by the struggle with the colliding planet that its life support permanently malfunctioned. As a result, it became entirely covered in clouds. The Didact brought it back to the Greater Ark, where it became reassigned to the Halo Array as Installation 07. That explains why the hologram of Installation 07 in Halo 3 was all brown. :bulb:

I have a gut feeling that 07 will be important to the story of Halo 4.


#170

Skipped the stuff up top.

I’m having trouble visualizing the Forerunners. They are trippy as fuck.


#171

Cool guys, they were. But they were kind of odd…

Like for one thing, their version of the Galactic Internet would occasionally alter data (including historical records) for no apparent reason, and the Forerunners would just ignore it because they considered such random changes “sacred”.


#172

Sounds more like some troll got access to their SpaceWikipedia to me.


#173

Yeah, I get that’s what at least SOME of them looked like, but based on Cryptum, it seems that different classes achieve different sizes and growths through metamorphosis. Also, considering how tall they actually were, it now makes sense why all of their hallways and doors are so damn big haha


#174

I wish they’d gone with a strictly non-humanoid look to the forerunners :s

I mean, even if that IS just one class, it’s kinda disappointing that it could just be a dude in a suit. Then again, the promethean knights have humanoid skulls…


#175

I can’t imagine the huge Didact strolling through something like the Silent Cartographer without bending over to get through the doors though.

The doors are only about as tall as an Elite…

EDIT: Also apparently the Forerunners had a remarkably similar genetic code to the humans for some reason, even though there is no actual relation other than from the Precursors.

If it’s any consolation, Forerunners apparently have pink fur under all that armor. :slight_smile:


#176

I can smell the butthurt


#177

I was never much of a fan of Halo, but Halo 4 does look better than Halo 3 from the small amount of gameplay I have seen


#178

I’m… not sure how I feel about this.

We’ll see when the game comes out and we start to earn the mods. :expressionless:


#179

i hope people don’t all gravitate to one lame ass combination of armor, weapons, and perks. I want diversity in the people I fight. Remember how nobody played as an elite, or how everyone had hayabusa with a CQB chest, or how everyone in reach chose gigantic fucking shoulderpads, and how each and every single one of these players would tell you that their favorite weapons were the shotgun and sword?


#180

or the BR