Halo is a multi-billion dollar video game franchise owned by Microsoft Studios, centering on an interstellar war between humanity and the Covenant, a theocratic alien alliance. Many of the games feature a cybernetically-enhanced human super-soldier, Master Chief John-117, and his AI companion, ...

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Halo reading order: can I start with the Kilo-Five trilogy?

I have Halo: Glasslands which is a part of the Kilo-Five trilogy.I know that Glasslands is set after the events of Halo 3 and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, but is not a direct sequel to Ghosts of Onyx. I ...
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How did Regret get the coordinates of Earth?

In the beginning of Halo 2, Regret invaded the Earth to grab a human (because only humans could activate Halo weapon array as per designs of Forerunner). In Halo: Combat Evolved, Covenant didn't know ...
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Why do Elites let Grunts sleep?

In the Halo novel "First Strike", there's a part from the perspective of a Grunt: If his masters learned he'd been asleep at his post, they might ... give him to the Jackals. yet in the Halo games, ...
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Is the Gravemind “logic-virus” an actual virus?

In The forerunner saga of the Halo books, the Gravemind uses something described as a "logic-virus" to turn machines to his side. The Halo Nation wiki article describes this as "altering every ...
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What is the meaning behind “Pillar of Autumn”?

Bungie are well known for putting a lot of meaning into their games - from their complex ARGs to the use of the number 7 in names and numbers. I know that the Covenant battlecruiser Truth and ...
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Ancient-Humanity true purpose in the Human-Forerunner war

I just watched the Halo 4 terminals and one of them call my attention, I think the name is "Charum Hakkor" where the Lord of Admirals attacks a Forerunner planet because there was a flood infestation, ...
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Where's the arbiter and the allied Elites after Halo 3?

When Halo 3 ends, we can see a great alliance form by the UNSC and the Elites supporting the Arbiter. The next game after it, is Halo:ODST; I played a long time ago but I do recall that there was no ...
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Lucky Master Chief?

In the final mission of Halo 3 (Halo) the Chief prematurely fires Installation 04B, destroying the Halo, the Ark, etc. shouldn't he have died, though, immediately after firing the ring? How did he ...
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Which books influenced the game Halo?

I read this post about the Ringworld series, but am curious about the main influences. I just started reading the Forever War and am reminded a lot about Halo, also, I read once that Starship troopers ...
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Does the Halo universe have any aquatic vehicles?

I've played most of the games but not read the books or anything so I can't speak for those. I've noticed that the vehicle sets in the games seem to only include land and air. However, there are ...
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Master Chief John-117 real face?

In the Short TV series, Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, the end of last episode shows faces of two cybernetically enhanced soldiers but Master Chief John-117 is shown with his helmet. In the Halo Universe ...
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Why didn't the UNSC use Chemical and Biological Warfare on the Covenant?

I know that the UNSC had use nuclear weapons against the Covenant, but why not chemical or biological warfare, or both? They would've been extremely effective, because none of the aliens (presumably) ...
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In what three engagements were the Covenant defeated?

In the novel The Fall of Reach, Captain Keyes notes after the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV, that: There had been only three small engagements in which the UNSC fleet had decisively defeated the ...
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What happened to the other Forerunners?

MAJOR SPOILERS In the recent novel HALO: Silentium, it was revealed that Also, at the end of Silentium, the Librarian is on Earth, creating the Portal discovered in HALO 3, but Halo.wikia says: ...
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How was Cortana going to detonate In Amber Clad's reactor?

In the beginning of High Charity level of Halo 2: Cortana: "That structure, at the center of the city... it's a Forerunner Ship! And Truth is heading straight for it! If he leads the Covenant ...
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Why isn't the Master Chief a Commissioned Officer?

In the Halo universe, the main character is John-117, commonly referred to as "the Master Chief", a non-commissioned officer even though he had a lifelong military education. Why hasn't he become a ...
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Why did 343 Guilty Spark help Miranda to stop Halo Delta?

The prime task of the Forerunner monitors was to ensure defense against the Flood. After a significant infection level, they were even willing to break the protocols (e.g. 343 Guilty Spark tried to ...
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How does a non-sentient life being do intelligent things?

The Flood is a non-sentient life form. That's why the Halo array is unable to kill it directly (the Flood is starved to death which is passive killing by Halo). What I see about the Flood in the ...
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How much did Larry Niven's Ringworld inspire the Halo game franchise?

I have heard that the First Person Shooter Halo game franchise was inspired by Larry Niven's Ringworld. How Ringworldie is it? Is there more to the connection between Niven's classic Ringworld and the ...
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What are the legal/ethical statuses of 'Smart' AIs in HALO?

After seeing this and this question, I wondered, what about so-called 'Smart' AIs in the HALO universe (i.e. Cortana, Kalmiya)? Do these AIs have 'rights'? Apparently Dr. Halsey broke numerous laws ...
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How does Halo's defense system destroy sentient life selectively?

Halo's defense system is designed to wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy. How does this work? It can't be like nuclear bomb, otherwise it'd also destroy non-sentient life (viz. the Flood). It ...
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In the Halo universe, what would be the effect of a MAC round hitting a planet?

In the Halo games and books, Human forces use a MAC (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon) to defend itself against enemy forces. They work on the principle of using magnetic fields to accelerate a large, ...
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How were the Flood captured?

If all sentient life (including humans) in the galaxy was intact, it means that Halo array was silent for long which means the Flood wasn't a threat to galaxy for long. Its only possible for alive ...
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When do we find out who Miranda Keyes' Mother is?

In the Halo universe, it is well know that Miranda is the daughter of Captain Jacob Keyes. In the recent Halo: Glasslands it is made obvious that her mother is: However, when was it mentioned ...
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Where does Master Chief find himself at the end of Halo 3?

At the end of the Halo 3 credits, the ship Master Chief escaped on seems to land across a planet. Is anything known about this planet, and whether or not this landing leads into Halo 4?
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In Halo Reach, why is the AI carried in a large canister?

As the identity of the AI I'm asking about is a major plot point in the game Halo: Reach and as I've just recently finished it, I've decided to keep the identity of the AI a secret using spoiler code ...
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In the Halo universe, why are Master Chief (and some others) called “Reclaimers”?

When 343 Guilty Spark and Master Chief met, 343 called Master Chief a "Reclaimer". The word is also used several times in the books. What does it mean? Did the Forerunners leave the artifacts all over ...
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Why the discrepancy in Halo's jet propulsion technologies, between e.g. a Sabre and the Pillar of Autumn

The Sabre goes into orbit through the use of a seven-stage rocket whose technology seems similar to standard tech existing today, while other crafts or vehicles such as the Pillar of Autumn or ...
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What explains the plot conflicts between Halo: Fall of Reach (book), and Halo Reach (game)?

I'm assuming that both of these works are canon, but there are a few plot conflicts that I'm having trouble resolving. Is there anything that explains these differences in plot? Does the game ...