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It's likely named after Thor's hammer from Norse mythology. Nothing I can find implies it has any relation to the Marvel weapon specifically. Halo has a history of similarly-named armor components. For example: "YGGDRASIL", originally the world tree in Norse Mythology. "GUNGNIR", originally the spear of Odin. "Valkyrie", originally the female warriors of ...


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Flippant answer: because he works for a living. Officer-ship is not a reward. It's a different set of jobs entirely. To grossly oversimplify: enlisted men are the workforce; non-commissioned officers are the foremen; and officers are the managers. As a Master Chief Petty Officer, the Master Chief has authority over most other enlisted and NCO personnel. ...


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This may be more of a question for physics.SE, but here we go anyhow. Kinetic energy is related to mass and energy by: E=1/2mv^2 This means that the energy increases quadratically with velocity. A 600,000 kilogram projectile moving at 30,000 m/s would have a kinetic energy of 2.7e14 joules, which according to wikipedia would be equivalent to a 64.5 ...


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There were a few Spartans that were discharged for various reasons from the Spartan program. These, through their work primarily in ONI, achieved higher ranks than the "operational" spartans. Examples: Rear Admiral Serin Osman (Serin-019) and Lieutenant Commander Fhajad-084. Additionally, Colonel Randall Aiken (Randall-037) went missing and became stranded ...


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Third generation Spartans were not more sophisticated then second generation ones. Third generation Spartans were mostly war orphans and post-adolescent, unlike generation 2 Spartans which were modified around the age of 8. As such, the amount of modification that could be done to the Spartan-III's was much more limited. Spartan-III's were also meant to be ...


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According to Halo Nation, the Flood move through several stages. At the basic stage, the "Feral Stage", the Flood is only capable of local coordination through use of pheromone-based communication. Research indicates that the content of said messages are of very limited complexity. Individual Combat and Carrier Forms have access to the skills and memories ...


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I believe I've discovered the reason for the AI being carried in a Canister in Reach instead of in-armor. The reason is that the characters of Noble Team (including the official, non-customized, version of Noble Six) wear non-standard armor. At first I thought it was because the Spartan-IIIs didn't have the same Neural Interface upgrade that the Spartan-...


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Regret wasn't invading Earth to grab a human. He wasn't expecting to find humans at all. Cortana says as much, when defending New Mombassa. Cortana: I've been analyzing the Covenant tactical chatter. They're surprised ...confused. I don't think they expected us to be here. Not you and me. All of us...humanity...on Earth. Odd, I know, but it does ...


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This Bungie web page offers a quote from Nathan Bitner, one of Halo's early developers, which provides one answer: It's worth noting that though Halo takes place on a ring-shaped artificial world, the story, characters and world bear no relation whatsoever to Niven's excellent Ringworld novels. Still, we can at least look at the similarities between the ...


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This is something that has been explored in lore quite often already actually. Both Halo: Contact Harvest, shows that all humans are considered Reclaimers and are marked as such by Covenant technology (which was basically Forerunner technology that they either reverse-engineered, or used as is in their ships), as well as the terminals from Halo 3, where the ...


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Master Chief was called "Reclaimer" by both 343 Guilty Spark as well as 2401 Penitent Tangent. 343 Guilty Spark did not call Master Chief "Reclaimer" at the time of their first contact. Here are the lines (I've just played Halo: Combat Evolved to get that): "Greetings. I am the Monitor of Installation 04. I am 343 Guilty Spark." [pause] "Someone has ...


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The only official image of Master Chief (John-117) was a post credits scene once the player completes Halo 4 on the Legendary difficulty setting. The scene is Master Chief having his Mjolnir armor removed, with the helmet being last. The image shown is merely his eyes. However franchise development director Frank O'Connor gave a description of Master ...


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Each Halo novel is connected to the events of the games, but some more directly than others. The central theme in the Halo universe really is John-117, and so playing the games really does provide the essential background for any novel. I'll provide a brief summary of the current novels. The Forerunner Saga - an extremely interesting saga covering events ...


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In the second book of the Kilo-Five triology, Presumably ONI had indeed been working on bio-weapons during the Human-Covenant war, but failed to produce anything viable before the war ended. They did attempt to experiment using the Flood, as explained in a story from Halo: Evolutions, but that obviously backfired. I haven't seen anything else definitive on ...


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From the Halo wikia section on watercraft: Few watercraft exist in the Halo story-line, however, those which are mentioned have helped to play a vital role within the installments. Three boats are listed in its Watercraft section; two appeared in books and the third was deleted from Halo: Combat Evolved.


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The Halo installations were primarily designed by the Forerunners as research facilities for studying the Flood. Once a containment breach had taken place, the Forerunners had little recourse but to activate the sterilization protocols in the installations to wipe out all life capable of sustaining the Flood within a substantial radius of the installations ...


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The entries occur in her mother's journal, included with the Halo: Reach limited edition. Among other things, it documents her growing feelings for Jacob (Keyes), and the eventual birth and separation of Miranda and her mother.


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According to Halo.wikia.com (sourced from the Halo encyclopedia): When activated, the Halo rings would wipe out all sentient life within three radii of the Milky Way's Galactic center, by sending out radiation, targeting certain cells in the nervous system, which includes, but is not limited to, neurons, by harmonizing all neurological frequencies. ...


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I've seen a considerable number of theories around the name but the one that seems most convincing to me is that it's a corruption of the "Pillar of Atum", a structure that was originally found in the city of Heliopolis in Ancient Egypt. Lending credence, the writers of the game certainly seem well-versed in Egyptian mythology and apparently based the ...


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The Flood in Halo: Combat Evolved are thought to have a hive mind able to assimilate the knowledge of their targets after they are taken over. In the graphic novel, 'The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor', the Flood's true nature as a mutable, intelligent threat is revealed. Lee Hammock, writer of 'The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor', described the ...


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It is my understanding that it would have similar effect to detonating a thermonuclear device, without any radiation effect. Obviously the size of the round would determine the blast radius, however there would be some universal effects. There would obviously be an impact point, and a shockwave, but there would also be an electromagnetic pulse created by ...


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According to the wiki entry for Halo: Ringworld (Niven) and the Culture Series (Iain Banks, particularly Consider Phlebias and Excession) gave rise to the ringworld concept Armor (John Steakley) - Sense of hopelessness by fighting the same war again and again The Vang (Christopher Rowley) - The engulfing alien incursion, basis for The Flood. (Possibly also ...


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Looks like people on the 'net have asked/theorized about this... Halo Nation: The team's mission is unknown, but it can be assumed that they were deployed to fend off the Covenant attack on the Aszod territory near the ship breaking facilities. SPARTAN-B312 discovered the bodies of thirteen members of the team during the closing stages of the Fall ...


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TL;DR: The original Spartan-II soldiers were already down to a handful by the time the original trilogy begins. In fact, the events of the original trilogy are largely what convinced the USMC to pick up the Spartan program again and create the ones you see later. By the time of the original trilogy, John-117 aka "The Master Chief" was one of only a handful ...


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The Flood are (originally artificial but still organic) parasites that genetically alter their hosts via digestion. The origins of the Flood are discussed in the book Cryptum by Greg Bear. The significant text is quoted at this link - and it's much too large to quote here. TLDR: the Flood were an invention by some ancient alien race which, once exposed to ...


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Spartan-IIs were children, abducted at a young age and taken to Reach, where they were forcibly put through the program. IIs were heavily augmented to the point where many died and a number of others were permanently crippled. It is noted that, advanced armour aside, a Spartan-II was by far the most capable and most dangerous of all the Spartan generations. ...


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This is soooomewhat addressed in the novels. In one of them, Cortana infiltrates a Combine space station and begins to utterly devour the information there. She very rapidly finds herself overwhelmed with the amount of data. Rampancy, as explained in the books, is due to AIs acquiring so much data that they begin to overthink everything which ends up driving ...


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If you take a look at the upcoming Halo 4 trailer, you can see a superstructure that seems to be pulling in the ship. The planet itself is Sigma 7, or more properly, "Requiem", which seems to be close to Installation 00, and according to the Halo Wiki: The planet is littered with blue-glowing symbols and geometric patterns - clearly Forerunner in ...


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I don't recall there being an explicit answer in the canon. As Foo Bar points out, Halo spends very little time on interpersonal ethical issues. We can infer some things, though. Legal Status: My memory is that the original Fall of Reach novelization implied in John's briefing that Cortana is government property. Given that the Spartans are practically ...


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