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For questions about Halo, a video game franchise owned by Microsoft Studios, centring 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, Cortana. "Halo" refers to Halo megastructures—large, habitable ringed structures similar to Orbitals in Banks's Culture novels, or Niven's Ringworld.

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Why wasn't the Composer used AGAINST the flood?

From all that I've seen, the composer was used to protect the forerunners from the flood, and to create the Prometheans to fight it. I know it was a flawed design to save the forerunners, but why did ...
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Communication through deep space in Halo

In universes like Halo, where civilizations span hundreds of planets/moons etc. How would they be able to reliably communicate without having extreme latency? Is there some sort of "reasonable ...
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What role do the composers of Halo's soundtracks have in the developmental processes of the Halo games?

The Wikipedia page for Halo 3 includes the following: Composer Martin O'Donnell recalled he did not feel the draft would work, as it left out previous characters and plot threads. Having recently ...
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What procedure did the UNSC use to enhance Spartan II bones, and material is used to enhance them?

I remember hearing somewhere that when the Spartan II soldiers were made, they had surgeries done to enhance them. One of those was involving reinforcing the bones. How was this done and what material ...
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What happened to the thousands of Huragok on board Gettysburg at the end of Operation First Strike?

I've been listening to lots of Halo audiobooks and I'm starting to get confused with my unanswered questions. The books are in the following order Cole Protocol Fall of Reach The Flood First Strike ...
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What is Cortana's solution to the Flood?

In Halo 3, one cinematic states that Cortana has found a solution to the Flood other than the Halo rings. Master Chief wants to go to the Ark to pursue this solution (and is told that stopping the ...
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How Did the ONI Control the Children?

In the Halo universe, we know that: How did the ONI control them and keep them in line when first abducted? At that age the kids would royally freak out when realizing where they were later, no ...
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How Were The Flood on Earth Contained

In Halo 3: How did the UNSC clean up or contain the contamination? Given its past record, even on advanced Forerunner worlds the parasitic organism wasn’t easily contained or extinguished without the ...
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Is there still a place for human religions in the Halo universe?

Covenant, though they were a very developed civilisation, still greatly relied on religion. What about humanity? They were losing the Human-Covenant war, so it seems quite obvious that UNSC will need ...
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Are “dumb” AI in Halo are also vulnerable to logic plague?

Ok, Smart AI are definitely vulnerable, but what about ordinary “dumb” combat AI like Auntie Dot from Halo Reach? Is she also vulnerable to Logic plague?
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Why robot and drones were not widely used against Flood outbreak during Forerunners-Flood war

Just wondering - Forerunners were so advanced race, but they did not widely developed any robots or drones to fight against flood. Ok, they have drones and sentinels they use to contaminate flood ...
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Is there canon explanation on Cortana changing appearance?

Master Chief can change his armour, but why Cortana is changing her appearance? Every game uses different model of Cortana. Rolland AI is not changing his appearance during Halo 4 and 5.
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In Halo 3 how high is the ''shield'' from Requiem's Surface and where does the sunlight come from?

I've never actually played any of the Halo games so if these questions were already answered please forgive me. Anyway, although I've never played Halo I have always enjoyed the Forerunner Structures....
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Is there a definitive list of UNSC Ships?

I'm writing a Halo fanfiction and want to only use canon ship names. I can't seem to find a list online. Is there a definitive list of ships within the canon for Halo?
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What was the name of the elite that Master Chief fought in Halo: First Strike?

Once, a long time ago, I was under the impression that the Master Chief and the Arbiter (as seen in Halo 3) had cannonically met in battle once before in the aftermath of the destruction of ...
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Why is there no wildlife on Alpha Halo (Halo: CE)?

It seems pretty obvious that Halo rings are suitable for wildlife. Zeta Halo (Halo from Halo Infinite) is inhabited by a huge amount of wild species. Also, we see wildlife in Halo 2 and 3. So why ...
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What would happen if there were two Graveminds?

If there are two Graveminds in the same universe, will they compete or will they be allies? Or will they merge into one?
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How does Master Chief manage to survive the flood/Prometheans/Didact with only combat skin grade 2?

In Halo: Combat Evolved, the monitor of installation 04, 343 guilty spark, claims that Master Chief's armor is not suited to do the task of retrieving the index or combating the Flood as his combat ...
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Why does the Arbiter scream in Halo 3?

In Halo 3, after the portal to the ark opens, the Arbiter begins to scream. He also does this right after he killed the Prophet of Truth. Why does he do this?
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How strong is a Spartan?

In the Halo universe it has never been clear to me how strong a SPARTAN-II truly is, going from not killing a human by punching it in game, to flipping a 66 ton tank, or simply having gun recoil, so, ...
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How does the HUD/VISR differentiate between flood?

I was doing some research on Halopedia and Halo.wikia, and came across how enemies were tagged by VISR and its variants. (UNSC only- not Covenant) Essentially, all infantry units were, by some means, ...
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When was the last confirmed time that Master Chief ate something in the Halo universe?

It occurred to me that I haven't seen Master Chief eat anything in-game. He doesn't participate in a peaceful non-combat situation after the beginning of Halo 2. If we assumed that he ate breakfast ...
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Why did the Forerunners research the flood on the Halo Rings?

So as the Forerunners started to realize just how big a threat the flood was, it makes sense for them to try to study the flood and perhaps find a cure or better way to fight. They built isolated ...
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What are the differences between the different spartans?

The early Spartans were children with a specific genes or some such. they were abducted and trained in secret their whole lives. It was time consuming and very costly to make them. How do the ...
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Is Halo's MJOLNIR armor related to Thor's hammer Mjölnir?

In the Halo series the Master Chief (Spartan John-117) wears a suit of armor called the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor. I'm wondering whether this use of "MJOLNIR" has anything to do with ...
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How did ships return to Earth space after enacting the Cole Protocol?

The Cole Protocol says that ships have to purge nav database when encountering an enemy. OK, that makes sense. But in the case they win the battle, how do they find their way back to human controlled ...
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What are the Flood?

I know that the Flood are like the Precursors but what are they? Are they an animal or a synthetic war machine like the forerunner Promethean's?
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Why did the Gravemind not kill Master Chief as he was walking through High Charity in Halo 3?

I understand that people have argued that the Gravemind was waiting for Cortana's solution to the Flood to be revealed. But then the Gravemind doesn't kill Master Chief when he could have easily ...
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How did the Gravemind get to The Ark in Halo 3?

1) Cortana says that the Gravemind did not know about the portal to The Ark, or to where it led. How would the Gravemind even know where to go, assuming it could slipspace High Charity at least 200,...
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What were the Prophets hoping to accomplish by activating the Halo array?

This question will be spoiling key plot details from the prequel novel Halo: Contact Harvest, as well as some story elements from the Halo video game trilogy. First, a little background. Contact ...
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In the Halo universe, what is Fletcher's Syndrome?

In the animated film Halo: The Fall of Reach, "Fletcher's Syndrome" is mentioned as a potential side-effect of the augmentation process. Is there any source or material that says what this syndrome ...
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Could an AI overcome its rampancy?

In the Halo video game series and associated novels, when an AI reaches the end of its service life, it typically becomes rampant. Rampancy appears to resemble dementia in the way it affects the AI ...
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Why are members of Fireteam Osiris different from previous spartans?

I have been playing some Halo 5, and noticed that the spartans of fireteam Osiris have normal names and normal eyes. I thought all spartans were taken during childhood and given codenames, like 117 ...
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How to know when to exit Slipspace?

We know that UNSC ships use particle accelerators to punch a hole through normal Space/Time to enter into Slipspace. However, how do the ships know when to exit Slipspace when approaching the ...
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Where are the other Spartans in the first Halo Trilogy?

In Halo CE, 2 and 3 (Also on ODST) we never got to see any other Spartans, but later on Halo 4 and 5 we see a lot of them. Where are they on the first trilogy?
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Why did Truth try to activate the Halo array?

The Prophet of Truth is depicted as a highly religious individual. During Halo 2 he captured 343 Guilty Spark, who told him how to activate the Halo rings. But I have no doubt that Spark would also ...
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Are the Spartan-IVs depicted in the Halo 5 opening cinematic true to the previous lore?

In this intro cinematic to Halo 5 a team of 4 Spartan-IVs, part of Fireteam Osiris, are seen skydiving, jumping and running down a mountain and wiping out a bunch of Covenant and Prometheans along the ...
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Is there a list of all Halo-related reading?

As a fan of the Halo games and its lore I was thinking about getting all of the books or comics that are a part of the Halo lore. I was wondering if anyone had a full list of all the books related ...
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Who is in charge of the UNSC?

Who is in charge of the United Nations Space Command, in Halo? 'Lord Terrance Hood' or maybe president of the UEG seem like options to be Commander-in-chief, but I see no canon evidence to support ...
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Who are all the dead marines in Halo: Reach and where did they come from?

In the final "level" of Halo: Reach, Lone Wolf, Noble Six is fighting, supposedly in/around the breaking yards. Around him (/her) there are many dead marines. Now, where did they all come from? I get ...
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How fast can ships in Halo travel at sublight?

Specifically talking about the Spirit of Fire, but not restricted to that if there's other examples. Can they travel fast enough that time dilation would be noticeable, or would Serina's life be over ...
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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. But, in Halo: Combat Evolved, Covenant didn't know anything about Earth. Captain Jacob Keyes: "Report!" Cortana: "It must have been one of ...
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Why do Elites let Grunts sleep at their posts?

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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