Questions tagged [halo]

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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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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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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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 Ringworldy is it? Is there more to the connection between Niven's classic Ringworld and the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Halo's Mjolnir related to the Thor Mjolnir?

In the Halo series the Masterchief (Spartan-117) wears a suit of armour called the Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor. I'm wondering whether this "Mjolnir" has anything to do with the Mjolnir from the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 was Cortana going to detonate In Amber Clad's reactor?

In the beginning of the 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...