History Characters / HaloForerunners

17th Apr '18 12:13:28 AM Boggs
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-->''343 Guilty Spark:''' More or less; Technically, this installation's pulse has a maximum effective radius of 25,000 light-years. But once the ''others'' follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of life. Or at least, any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the Flood. But you already knew that... I mean, ''how couldn't you?''

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-->''343 -->'''343 Guilty Spark:''' More or less; Technically, this installation's pulse has a maximum effective radius of 25,000 light-years. But once the ''others'' follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of life. Or at least, any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the Flood. But you already knew that... I mean, ''how couldn't you?''
17th Apr '18 12:12:27 AM Boggs
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-->''343 Guilty Spark:'' More or less; Technically, this installation's pulse has a maximum effective radius of 25,000 light-years. But once the ''others'' follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of life. Or at least, any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the Flood. But you already knew that... I mean, ''how couldn't you?''

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-->''343 Guilty Spark:'' Spark:''' More or less; Technically, this installation's pulse has a maximum effective radius of 25,000 light-years. But once the ''others'' follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of life. Or at least, any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the Flood. But you already knew that... I mean, ''how couldn't you?''
17th Apr '18 12:11:55 AM Boggs
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* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: He's the closest thing to a BigBad the original game actually has. The millennia of isolation hasn't helped any, but when the Chief confronts him about Halo's purpose really being to sterilize the galaxy of all life, Spark readily admits to it. It honestly just didn't seem to occur to him that the Chief wouldn't know this, and might have a problem with seeing it happen.

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* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: He's the closest thing to a BigBad the original game actually has. The millennia of isolation hasn't helped any, but when the Chief confronts him about Halo's purpose really being to sterilize the galaxy of all life, Spark readily admits to it. It honestly just didn't seem to occur to him that the Chief wouldn't know this, and might have a problem with seeing it happen.]]
17th Apr '18 12:11:14 AM Boggs
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* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: He's the closest thing to a BigBad the original game actually has. The millennia of isolation hasn't helped any, but when the Chief confronts him about Halo's purpose really being to sterilize the galaxy of all life, Spark readily admits to it. It honestly just didn't seem to occur to him that the Chief wouldn't know this, and might have a problem with seeing it happen.
-->'''Master Chief:''' Is it true?
-->''343 Guilty Spark:'' More or less; Technically, this installation's pulse has a maximum effective radius of 25,000 light-years. But once the ''others'' follow suit, this galaxy will be quite devoid of life. Or at least, any life with sufficient biomass to sustain the Flood. But you already knew that... I mean, ''how couldn't you?''
10th Mar '18 1:11:04 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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10th Mar '18 1:07:29 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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!!Forerunners

[[folder: The Didact]]
!!'''The Didact (Or Ur-Didact; born Shadow-of-Sundered-Star)'''
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!!Builders

[[folder: The Didact]]
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!!'''The Didact (Or Ur-Didact; born Shadow-of-Sundered-Star)'''
Builder Corps'''

The Builders were those Forerunners charged with creating their various technologies and artificial worlds, including the Halo Array. They were the highest rate in Forerunner society. The Forerunners Faber of Will and Might, Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, and Splendid Dust of Ancient Suns were Builders.
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* EnemyMine: Despite their animosity for one another as rates, Builders and Warrior-Servants eventually joined their military strength to fight the Flood.
** In a subtler example, it's hinted that both have indirectly worked together to suppress the AwfulTruth of what happened between Forerunners and Precursors millions of years before. When the Forerunner Theoretical named Boundless began investigating the matters, the Warriors were the ones who forbade it, eventually sealing her away and implied to have silenced her for good, while the Builders eventually subsumed her entire rate.
* MiniMecha: Builder Security, their private security force, used "Seekers", more streamlined versions of the war sphinxes.
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: Type I, Science Race.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A faction of Builders were the ones who championed the creation of the Halo Array as a means of securing Forerunner preeminence. They never imagined for a second that they would end up being the things which destroyed Forerunner civilization.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Although they have strong family ties, Builders are expressly stated to marry for political or economic reasons, not love.
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[[folder: The Master Builder]]
!!'''The Master Builder (Born Faber-of-Will-and-Might)'''
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->'''Birthdate: 110,255 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Soma the Painter]]'' (Mentioned only), ''Literature/HaloCryptum'' (First direct appearance)'''
->'''Voiced by: Creator/KeithSzarabajka'''

-->''"The peaceful one is at war without and within."''

A Forerunner Promethean who was Protector of the Ecumene and Supreme Commander of the Forerunner military during its final years. A brilliant warrior and, above all, a fervent believer in the Forerunner's Mantle of Responsibility, the Didact's crowning achievement was leading the Forerunners through their war with humanity's advanced prehistoric empire. Afterwards, however, he fell out of favor as he opposed the Ecumene's increasingly-corrupt leadership's ultimate plan to fight the Flood: the Halos. Exiled twice, exposed to the Flood, and ultimately driven to madness by it, he attempted to convert the human species into AI slaves to fight the Flood, but was imprisoned in Requiem for his crimes. 100,000 years later he is unleashed, and immediately resumes his plans to punish humanity and reclaim the Mantle for the Forerunners.

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->'''Birthdate: 110,255 110,962 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Soma the Painter]]'' (Mentioned only), ''Literature/HaloCryptum'' (First direct appearance)'''
->'''Voiced by: Creator/KeithSzarabajka'''

-->''"The peaceful one is at war without and within."''

A Forerunner Promethean who was Protector
''Literature/HaloCryptum'''''

The Master Builder
of the Ecumene and Supreme Commander of the Forerunner military during its final years. A brilliant warrior and, above all, a fervent believer in the Forerunner's Mantle of Responsibility, the Didact's crowning achievement was leading the Forerunners through their and primary advocate of creating the Halo Array. He was a political enemy of the Didact. Using a Halo to put down a rebellion of the San 'Shyuum on Janjur Qom resulted in the Builders revolting against him, stripping him of his title and placing him on trial. However, it was interrupted by Mendicant Bias, and Faber himself managed to escape to an isolated part of the ecumene, where he remained in exile until near the end of the war with humanity's advanced prehistoric empire. Afterwards, however, he fell out of favor as he opposed the Ecumene's increasingly-corrupt leadership's ultimate plan to fight the Flood: the Halos. Exiled twice, exposed to the Flood, and ultimately driven to madness by it, he attempted to convert the human species into AI slaves to fight the Flood, but was imprisoned in Requiem for his crimes. 100,000 years later he is unleashed, and immediately resumes his plans to punish humanity and reclaim the Mantle for the Forerunners.Flood.



* AntiGravityClothing: The most prominent effect is an enormous, floating multi-part collar-piece.
* ArchEnemy: According to [[spoiler:Chakas-Spark]] in ''Primordium'', humanity and the Didact will forever be at odds with each other. There's only one thing that can unite the species: their love for the Librarian.
** To the Master Builder as well.
* TheAtoner: Led the war against ancient humanity, believing it was a case of HumansAreTheRealMonsters. Turns out, humanity was fighting the Flood, and only attacked Forerunner worlds when they began running out of colonies, or when the world had become infected. It also led to the loss of knowledge of the (supposed) cure to the Flood. Despite his dislike of humanity, he genuinely regretted the conflict and subsequent punishment of humanity. Unfortunately, as ''Silentium'' revealed, [[spoiler:the Gravemind MindRaped him and presented him with a horrifying SadisticChoice, as part of the Precursors' utterly atrocious plot to have him attempt to harvest all of humanity at any cost, which explains why he grows out of this by ''Halo 4''.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: If ''Shadow-Of-Sundered-Star'' doesn't just drip with awesome, I don't know what does.
* BadassBaritone: Voiced by Creator/KeithSzarabajka.
* BadassCape: Seen wearing a cape in the Terminals.
* BadassGrandpa: He was already over ten thousand years old when the Forerunner-Flood War began.
* [[RedBaron Badass Nickname]]: "Didact" is one, having earned it due to being a...
* BadassTeacher: Taught at the College on Strategic Defense of the Mantle, where he got the name Didact.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Thanks to the Chief foiling him in ''Halo 4'', he regards all Spartans this way.]]
* BigBad: In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* BodyHorror: Begins mutating himself to become immune to the Flood. Not only does this fail, but it turns him into a monster: fangs/tusks appear on his upper lip, pulsating growths appear on the side of his head, and his face becomes sunken and skull-like.
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler:Twice, he has the chance to immediately kill Master Chief and be done with him. Instead, he levitates him and lengthily monologues. The third time he has Chief at his mercy, which only occurs if you fail to kill him in the CutsceneBoss-battle, he learns from the first two times and just tosses Chief off the bridge.]]
** [[spoiler:He even lampshades this himself in ''Escalation'' when he has the Chief at his mercy again, saying that he's no longer going to foolishly refuse the chance to finish him off.]]
* CollapsibleHelmet: In addition to InstantArmor when he emerges from the Cryptum in ''Halo 4''.
* CoolStarship: The ''Mantle's Approach'', an enormous battleship far more powerful than human ships. He also gained a ship from his wife when he was awoken from stasis, but its weapons were confiscated and it was destroyed by the Master Builder soon after.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After he begins jumping off the deep end, he switches from his [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:H4-Terminal-Didact-Armor.jpg old set of armor]] to a [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:Halo4-Didact-Armor-Cutscene.jpg far more sinister look]].
* EvilCounterpart:
** Most obviously to [[CloneByConversion the IsoDidact]], who has a mutation similar to his, but does not become corrupted into the same kind of entity that the Ur-Didact ultimately becomes.
** To Master Chief. Both are SuperSoldiers who championed their individual species against the Flood and other alien species, both are among the few individuals to fire the Halo rings, both are a major case of SealedBadAssInACan, and both are very near the last of their kind, outfitted in PoweredArmor. The difference is that John-117 is willing to perform a HeroicSacrifice to save humanity, whereas the Didact's extremism and brutality got him locked away within the core of Requiem to begin with.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He speaks in a deep, menacing voice befitting someone of his stature.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Gets stabbed in the right eye by the Chief in ''Escalation''. It doesn't faze him one bit.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Literally: his children served under him in the war with humanity. They were killed, however, which gives us a hint to one of the reasons he thinks that HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* {{Foil}}: To the Master Chief, since both of them wear Powered Armor, both of them start out in stasis and both are recognized as the paragons of their respective species.
* FourStarBadass: Served as Protector of the Ecumene for thousands of years, also fully capable of kicking anyone's ass himself if need be.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: [[spoiler:When his wife sealed him into his Cryptum, she expected he'd be able to watch humanity rebuild through the Domain and develop compassion for them. Instead, the Halos destroyed the Domain, leaving him alone inside for over 100,000 years.]]
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler:Single-handedly massacres the entirety of Black Team, who are all Spartan-''[=IIs=]''.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: His armor sports a particularly large, floating [[VisualPun mantle]] spread over his shoulders.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Humanity wrecking his fleets and murdering his warriors hasn't painted us in the best light for him. Some subspecies he likes, though: namely, the ones that do what they're told. However...
* HumansAreWarriors: He has some respect for humanity, and certainly thinks they're above the bestial image most Forerunners have of them. [[spoiler:He even calls the Chief "warrior" in ''Halo 4''.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: He wants to KillAllHumans because he thinks they're monsters, yet he never considers the morality of destroying an entire species.
* IWorkAlone: Averted and rejected. In ''Halo: Cryptum'', the Didact tells Bornstellar that he works better with a crew. Considering Forerunner mutations, Warrior-Servants as a whole are probably hard-wired to reject this trope.
* KillHimAlready: Misses several opportunities to kill Chief plain and simple. [[spoiler:He even lampshades it once in the ''Escalation'' comics, declaring he realizes now that he should just outright kill the man... only to stall again, allowing the immobilized Chief to escape death, then evoking it once more minutes later, allowing the Chief to defeat him once more.]]
* KingInTheMountain: When into a Cryptum to avoid political censure.
* LargeAndInCharge: As a full-grown Promethean Warrior-Servant, the Didact is massive even compared to his fellow Forerunners.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite his [[DarkIsEvil appearance]], his powers follow the light motif.
* MindOverMatter: Equipped with a constraint field generator, like all Warrior-Servants. He demonstrates this ability several times in ''Halo 4'' on the Chief.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Gravemind, it explains a lot of his motivation in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. He was touched by the Precursor's essence and imprinted with the idea that the Forerunners should enslave or destroy any threat to them, just like them.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: He's presumed executed by the Master Builder, but survives through a genetic imprint on Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting. However, it's later learned that the original Didact wasn't executed after all. This leads to two Didacts: the Ur-Didact (the original) and the [=IsoDidact=] (which is in Bornstellar's body).
* NoSell: [[spoiler:Several times in ''Escalation''. Fall through a slipspace portal? Wake up and kill the people who found your body. Being fired upon multiple assault rifles at point-blank range? Ignore and commence ShockwaveStomp. Being stabbed in the ''eye''? Ignore and prepare to crush the head of the guy who did it.]]
* NotQuiteDead: The Ur-Didact isn't killed by the Master Builder, but exiled, and he returns in ''Halo: Silentium'' and ''Halo 4''.
** [[spoiler:''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'' confirms what many had already guessed by revealing that he also survived the ending of ''Halo 4''.]]
* NotSoDifferent: He will save the galaxy from monsters that kill entire species and harvest their bodies as weapons... by killing an entire species and harvesting their bodies as weapons.
* PoweredArmor: Uses a Forerunner Combat Skin, as seen in the description picture.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Thousands of Years Old]]: Well over 100,000 years old by the time of his appearance in ''Halo 4''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Would you believe that before the Human-Forerunner War, he was more reasonable than ''the Librarian''? The Librarian initially wanted to exterminate humanity, but the Didact was in favour of just pulverizing them and driving them back to their homeworld so that they could learn to play nice with the rest of the galaxy. It was still excessively brutal, but even so, it was the more merciful of the two proposed solutions.
-->'''Librarian:''' Our enemies move deeper into our territory with abandon. They must be eradicated.\\
'''Didact:''' Shall we take revenge? Abandon the Mantle and all that its philosophy has given us these thousand generations?\\
'''Librarian:''' All our plans have been torn asunder.\\
'''Didact:''' More reason not to abandon our beliefs. The Mantle is our guide-post in times such as these. We must not falter in following its teachings. The enemy must be sent home, and taught to stand with the galaxy, rather than rail against us, and take what they desire! The Mantle shelters all.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: After a failed mutation to acquire Flood immunity, his eyes turned from grey to a bright orange-red. They seem slightly luminescent as well.
* SealedGoodInACan: The aforementioned Cryptum.
** SealedBadassInACan: As a [[SuperSoldier Warrior-Servant]].
** SealedEvilInACan: In ''Halo 4'', he becomes this instead.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness[=/=]AntiquatedLinguistics: He speaks with a downplayed version of both tropes. While he speaks modern English, he tends to use words and turns of phrase that, while not outdated or obsolete, are older and more austere. Though he isn't ridiculously long-winded, his diction and elocution are exquisite and whenever he speaks, he half-sounds like he's reciting poetry. The very first thing he says after waking up is, "So fades the great harvest of my betrayal."
* ShockwaveStomp: [[spoiler:Uses this ability in ''Escalation'' against Blue Team.]]
* SlasherSmile: A close approximation, given the Forerunners' difficulty with facial expressions. Right before he composes her human specimens, the Librarian notes that he has a sly expression, "as if he has a delicious joke he wished to tell, but not yet", that freaks her out.
* StarCrossedLovers: With the Librarian, quite literally. Seems like everything's trying to keep them apart, be it power-hungry politicians or galaxy-consuming parasites or the Didact's own insanity.
* SuperStrength: Bornstellar notes upon first meeting him that he could easily crush a human with his bare hands, [[spoiler:and he demonstrates this several times in ''Escalation'', even lifting up the Chief by his helmet with only ''one hand'']].
* TheStoic: A given for most mature Forerunners; his default expression is either sad or solemn. However...
** NotSoStoic: He smiles slightly when Bornstellar mentions that "Someone saw his potential through his flaws". It's a bit of a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarmer]].
*** He came to appreciate smiling and laughter from his greatest human opponent, Forthenco, and will occasionaly indulge. Other Forerunners find it a bit weird.
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Silentium'', his mindset in ''4'' is due to the MindRape by the Gravemind. He would normally hate humanity, but not go to those levels of subjugation that disgusted even his own species.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After he's driven to insanity [[spoiler:by the Gravemind]] in ''Silentium'', he deteriorates into the genocidal madman we face in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: The ending of ''Halo 4'' has him plummeting to his doom into a slipspace portal. The ''Halo: Escalation'' comic set between ''Halo 4'' and ''Halo 5'' shows that he survived and has him return to menace the Master Chief, only for him to end up in yet ''another'' Uncertain Doom situation at the end of the comic. It's unclear if he's dead for real now, but he plays no role in ''Halo 5'' whatsoever.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: ''Halo 5'' seems to indicate that [[spoiler: rather than being the BigBad of the "Reclaimer Trilogy'', the Didact's role was to unwittingly set up the events leading to Cortana's StartOfDarkness, with her assuming the role of the new trilogy's main villain]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At the tail end of the Flood war, he begins harvesting the Librarian's human populations to augment his new Promethean Knight forces, in an attempt to destroy the Flood. The act drove his own wife to subdue and imprison him in his own command-world. To make things worse, [[spoiler:his plan [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have even worked]], since ArtificialIntelligence, being based on neural systems, was not immune to corruption. Ultimately, he believes he is this, but it is an AvertedTrope caused by MindRape.]]
* WorthyOpponent: How the Didact viewed the human race as a whole, and the Lord of Admirals in particular. The feeling is mutual. [[spoiler:By the time of ''Halo 4'', he has this view for the Master Chief as well; though it's ''not'' mutual.]]

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* AntiGravityClothing: The BigBad: For ''Literature/HaloCryptum''.
* TheDandy: He devotes considerable attention to grooming himself and making sure he even ''smells'' nice.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Using the Halo on the San'Shyuum appalled even his own allies among the extremists, getting him stripped of his title.
* DisneyDeath: It's assumed that he was killed during [[spoiler:Bias's attack on the capital]]. He actually survived and was restored to power.
* EmperorScientist: At his height, he was the
most prominent effect is an enormous, floating multi-part collar-piece.
powerful Forerunner in the Ecumene in terms of wealth and political power.
* ArchEnemy: EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:While many of his marriages were for social and political gain, the Flood tries to demoralize him with the memories of his wives and children that it consumed, and it visibly affects him]].
* EvilFormerFriend:
According to [[spoiler:Chakas-Spark]] in ''Primordium'', humanity Waypoint, he and the Didact will forever Ur-Didact used to be at odds with each other. There's only one thing that can unite the species: friends early in their love for careers.
* EvilSoundsDeep: As revealed in
the Librarian.
** To the Master Builder as well.
* TheAtoner: Led the war against ancient humanity, believing it was a case of HumansAreTheRealMonsters. Turns out, humanity was fighting the Flood, and only attacked Forerunner worlds when they began running out of colonies, or when the world had become infected. It also led to the loss of knowledge of the (supposed) cure to the Flood. Despite his dislike of humanity, he genuinely regretted the conflict and subsequent punishment of humanity. Unfortunately, as ''Silentium'' revealed, [[spoiler:the Gravemind MindRaped him and presented him with a horrifying SadisticChoice, as part of the Precursors' utterly atrocious plot to have him attempt to harvest all of humanity at any cost, which explains why he grows out of this by
''Halo 4''.4'' terminals.
* FantasticRacism: Against everything that isn't Forerunner. And every Forerunner who isn't a Builder.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dies defending the Greater Ark from the Flood.
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** DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:"Throughout my life, I sought power and profit for myself, for my rate. Now, at long last, I think I understand the meaning of a crime against the Mantle. After this, no need to seek balance. I will await my penance here."]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: If ''Shadow-Of-Sundered-Star'' doesn't just drip HonestJohnsDealership: During his exile, he made a living off of capturing small, weak Flood ships and selling them at exorbitant prices to Warrior-Servants. Due to his utterly inadequate decontamination protocols, many Warrior-Servant crews ended up being killed by the Flood still aboard their new ships.
* {{Jerkass}}: An utter asshole until his HeroicSacrifice.
* LargeAndInCharge: According to the artbooks, Faber is even larger than the already 3.5 m (11.4 ft) tall Didact. He is also the Master Builder, leader of the most politically powerful [[FantasticCasteSystem rate]] in Forerunner society.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Sort of. Using a Halo on the San'Shyuum results in him being stripped of power, but he manages to escape further punishment by exiling himself to an isolated corner of Forerunner space. Towards the end of the war, [[spoiler:he even has his power restored by the surviving Councilors, albeit only because they're ''that'' desperate]].
* LoopholeAbuse: When the government declared his weapons of mass destruction a violation of their principles dedicated to preserving life, his solution was simple: grow a garden on it.
* MeaningfulName: Faber means "artisan" or "smith" in Latin. Fitting for the Master ''Builder''.
** It's nicely close to "fibber". Fitting for a SleazyPolitician.
* OhCrap: Has this reaction when Mendicant Bias appears at his trial.
* SmugSnake: Treats everyone else
with awesome, I don't know what does.
* BadassBaritone: Voiced by Creator/KeithSzarabajka.
* BadassCape: Seen wearing a cape in
disdain. He even refuses to recognize the Terminals.authority of the Ecumene Council trying him.
* VillainousBSOD: Courtesy of the Flood-affected Ur-Didact, who happily informs Faber that his wives and children are now part of the Flood collective and blame him for it. It's one of the major impetuses for Faber's HeelFaceTurn in realizing the cost of his many crimes and mistakes.

* BadassGrandpa: He was already over ten thousand years old when the Forerunner-Flood War began.
* [[RedBaron Badass Nickname]]: "Didact" is one, having earned it due to being a...
* BadassTeacher: Taught at the College on Strategic Defense of the Mantle, where he got the name Didact.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Thanks to the Chief foiling him in ''Halo 4'', he regards all Spartans this way.]]
* BigBad: In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* BodyHorror: Begins mutating himself to become immune to the Flood. Not only does this fail, but it turns him into a monster: fangs/tusks appear on his upper lip, pulsating growths appear on the side of his head, and his face becomes sunken and skull-like.
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler:Twice, he has the chance to immediately kill Master Chief and be done with him. Instead, he levitates him and lengthily monologues. The third time he has Chief at his mercy, which only occurs if you fail to kill him in the CutsceneBoss-battle, he learns from the first two times and just tosses Chief off the bridge.]]
** [[spoiler:He even lampshades this himself in ''Escalation'' when he has the Chief at his mercy again, saying that he's no longer going to foolishly refuse the chance to finish him off.]]
* CollapsibleHelmet: In addition to InstantArmor when he emerges from the Cryptum in ''Halo 4''.
* CoolStarship: The ''Mantle's Approach'', an enormous battleship far more powerful than human ships. He also gained a ship from his wife when he was awoken from stasis, but its weapons were confiscated and it was destroyed by the Master Builder soon after.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After he begins jumping off the deep end, he switches from his [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:H4-Terminal-Didact-Armor.jpg old set of armor]] to a [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:Halo4-Didact-Armor-Cutscene.jpg far more sinister look]].
* EvilCounterpart:
** Most obviously to [[CloneByConversion the IsoDidact]], who has a mutation similar to his, but does not become corrupted into the same kind of entity that the Ur-Didact ultimately becomes.
** To Master Chief. Both are SuperSoldiers who championed their individual species against the Flood and other alien species, both are among the few individuals to fire the Halo rings, both are a major case of SealedBadAssInACan, and both are very near the last of their kind, outfitted in PoweredArmor. The difference is that John-117 is willing to perform a HeroicSacrifice to save humanity, whereas the Didact's extremism and brutality got him locked away within the core of Requiem to begin with.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He speaks in a deep, menacing voice befitting someone of his stature.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Gets stabbed in the right eye by the Chief in ''Escalation''. It doesn't faze him one bit.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Literally: his children served under him in the war with humanity. They were killed, however, which gives us a hint to one of the reasons he thinks that HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* {{Foil}}: To the Master Chief, since both of them wear Powered Armor, both of them start out in stasis and both are recognized as the paragons of their respective species.
* FourStarBadass: Served as Protector of the Ecumene for thousands of years, also fully capable of kicking anyone's ass himself if need be.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: [[spoiler:When his wife sealed him into his Cryptum, she expected he'd be able to watch humanity rebuild through the Domain and develop compassion for them. Instead, the Halos destroyed the Domain, leaving him alone inside for over 100,000 years.]]
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler:Single-handedly massacres the entirety of Black Team, who are all Spartan-''[=IIs=]''.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: His armor sports a particularly large, floating [[VisualPun mantle]] spread over his shoulders.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Humanity wrecking his fleets and murdering his warriors hasn't painted us in the best light for him. Some subspecies he likes, though: namely, the ones that do what they're told. However...
* HumansAreWarriors: He has some respect for humanity, and certainly thinks they're above the bestial image most Forerunners have of them. [[spoiler:He even calls the Chief "warrior" in ''Halo 4''.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: He wants to KillAllHumans because he thinks they're monsters, yet he never considers the morality of destroying an entire species.
* IWorkAlone: Averted and rejected. In ''Halo: Cryptum'', the Didact tells Bornstellar that he works better with a crew. Considering Forerunner mutations, Warrior-Servants as a whole are probably hard-wired to reject this trope.
* KillHimAlready: Misses several opportunities to kill Chief plain and simple. [[spoiler:He even lampshades it once in the ''Escalation'' comics, declaring he realizes now that he should just outright kill the man... only to stall again, allowing the immobilized Chief to escape death, then evoking it once more minutes later, allowing the Chief to defeat him once more.]]
* KingInTheMountain: When into a Cryptum to avoid political censure.
* LargeAndInCharge: As a full-grown Promethean Warrior-Servant, the Didact is massive even compared to his fellow Forerunners.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite his [[DarkIsEvil appearance]], his powers follow the light motif.
* MindOverMatter: Equipped with a constraint field generator, like all Warrior-Servants. He demonstrates this ability several times in ''Halo 4'' on the Chief.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Gravemind, it explains a lot of his motivation in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. He was touched by the Precursor's essence and imprinted with the idea that the Forerunners should enslave or destroy any threat to them, just like them.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: He's presumed executed by the Master Builder, but survives through a genetic imprint on Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting. However, it's later learned that the original Didact wasn't executed after all. This leads to two Didacts: the Ur-Didact (the original) and the [=IsoDidact=] (which is in Bornstellar's body).
* NoSell: [[spoiler:Several times in ''Escalation''. Fall through a slipspace portal? Wake up and kill the people who found your body. Being fired upon multiple assault rifles at point-blank range? Ignore and commence ShockwaveStomp. Being stabbed in the ''eye''? Ignore and prepare to crush the head of the guy who did it.]]
* NotQuiteDead: The Ur-Didact isn't killed by the Master Builder, but exiled, and he returns in ''Halo: Silentium'' and ''Halo 4''.
** [[spoiler:''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'' confirms what many had already guessed by revealing that he also survived the ending of ''Halo 4''.]]
* NotSoDifferent: He will save the galaxy from monsters that kill entire species and harvest their bodies as weapons... by killing an entire species and harvesting their bodies as weapons.
* PoweredArmor: Uses a Forerunner Combat Skin, as seen in the description picture.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Thousands of Years Old]]: Well over 100,000 years old by the time of his appearance in ''Halo 4''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Would you believe that before the Human-Forerunner War, he was more reasonable than ''the Librarian''? The Librarian initially wanted to exterminate humanity, but the Didact was in favour of just pulverizing them and driving them back to their homeworld so that they could learn to play nice with the rest of the galaxy. It was still excessively brutal, but even so, it was the more merciful of the two proposed solutions.
-->'''Librarian:''' Our enemies move deeper into our territory with abandon. They must be eradicated.\\
'''Didact:''' Shall we take revenge? Abandon the Mantle and all that its philosophy has given us these thousand generations?\\
'''Librarian:''' All our plans have been torn asunder.\\
'''Didact:''' More reason not to abandon our beliefs. The Mantle is our guide-post in times such as these. We must not falter in following its teachings. The enemy must be sent home, and taught to stand with the galaxy, rather than rail against us, and take what they desire! The Mantle shelters all.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: After a failed mutation to acquire Flood immunity, his eyes turned from grey to a bright orange-red. They seem slightly luminescent as well.
* SealedGoodInACan: The aforementioned Cryptum.
** SealedBadassInACan: As a [[SuperSoldier Warrior-Servant]].
** SealedEvilInACan: In ''Halo 4'', he becomes this instead.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness[=/=]AntiquatedLinguistics: He speaks with a downplayed version of both tropes. While he speaks modern English, he tends to use words and turns of phrase that, while not outdated or obsolete, are older and more austere. Though he isn't ridiculously long-winded, his diction and elocution are exquisite and whenever he speaks, he half-sounds like he's reciting poetry. The very first thing he says after waking up is, "So fades the great harvest of my betrayal."
* ShockwaveStomp: [[spoiler:Uses this ability in ''Escalation'' against Blue Team.]]
* SlasherSmile: A close approximation, given the Forerunners' difficulty with facial expressions. Right before he composes her human specimens, the Librarian notes that he has a sly expression, "as if he has a delicious joke he wished to tell, but not yet", that freaks her out.
* StarCrossedLovers: With the Librarian, quite literally. Seems like everything's trying to keep them apart, be it power-hungry politicians or galaxy-consuming parasites or the Didact's own insanity.
* SuperStrength: Bornstellar notes upon first meeting him that he could easily crush a human with his bare hands, [[spoiler:and he demonstrates this several times in ''Escalation'', even lifting up the Chief by his helmet with only ''one hand'']].
* TheStoic: A given for most mature Forerunners; his default expression is either sad or solemn. However...
** NotSoStoic: He smiles slightly when Bornstellar mentions that "Someone saw his potential through his flaws". It's a bit of a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarmer]].
*** He came to appreciate smiling and laughter from his greatest human opponent, Forthenco, and will occasionaly indulge. Other Forerunners find it a bit weird.
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Silentium'', his mindset in ''4'' is due to the MindRape by the Gravemind. He would normally hate humanity, but not go to those levels of subjugation that disgusted even his own species.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After he's driven to insanity [[spoiler:by the Gravemind]] in ''Silentium'', he deteriorates into the genocidal madman we face in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: The ending of ''Halo 4'' has him plummeting to his doom into a slipspace portal. The ''Halo: Escalation'' comic set between ''Halo 4'' and ''Halo 5'' shows that he survived and has him return to menace the Master Chief, only for him to end up in yet ''another'' Uncertain Doom situation at the end of the comic. It's unclear if he's dead for real now, but he plays no role in ''Halo 5'' whatsoever.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: ''Halo 5'' seems to indicate that [[spoiler: rather than being the BigBad of the "Reclaimer Trilogy'', the Didact's role was to unwittingly set up the events leading to Cortana's StartOfDarkness, with her assuming the role of the new trilogy's main villain]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At He built the tail end of the Flood war, he begins harvesting the Librarian's human populations to augment his new Promethean Knight forces, in an attempt Halos, which ''were'' to destroy the Flood. The act drove Flood, after all.
** Then again,
his own wife primary motivation for building them seemed to subdue be for political gain and imprison him in profit, for his own command-world. To make things worse, [[spoiler:his plan [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have even worked]], since ArtificialIntelligence, being based on neural systems, was not immune to corruption. Ultimately, he believes he is this, but it is an AvertedTrope caused by MindRape.]]
* WorthyOpponent: How
rate and himself.
** TheExtremistWasRight: In
the Didact viewed end, the human race as a whole, Halos were used and the Lord of Admirals in particular. The feeling is mutual. [[spoiler:By the time of ''Halo 4'', he has this view for the Master Chief as well; though it's ''not'' mutual.Flood were defeated. [[SealedEvilInACan Almost...]]



[[folder: The Librarian]]
!!'''The Librarian (Born First-Light-Weaves-Living-Song)'''
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[[folder: The Librarian]]
!!'''The Librarian (Born First-Light-Weaves-Living-Song)'''
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Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns]]
!!'''Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns'''



->'''Birthdate: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''
->'''Voiced by: Lori Tritel'''

-->''"Each one of these souls is finite and precious. And I'm close. Close to saving them all."''

The Didact's wife, a powerful Lifeworker who led the Conservation Measure that would index all species in the galaxy and save as many as they could from the Flood. She was one of the few Forerunners who respected humans, feeling they should be the ones to carry on their legacy.

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->'''Birthdate: Unknown'''
c. 97,465 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''
->'''Voiced by: Lori Tritel'''

-->''"Each one of these souls is finite and precious. And I'm close. Close to saving them all."''

''Literature/HaloCryptum'''''

The Didact's wife, a powerful Lifeworker who led the Conservation Measure that would index all species in the galaxy and save as many as they could from the Flood. She was one First Councilor of the few Forerunners who respected humans, feeling they should be the ones to carry on their legacy.Ecumene Council after Faber's fall.



* AllLovingHero: As a Lifeworker, she loves every living thing.
* BatmanGambit: After the Didact went into exile, she devised a plan to reunite with him that took centuries to complete: put GeneticMemory commands in certain human communities so they would feel compelled to try and find ways past the traps around his cryptum.
* BigGood: During the Forerunner-Flood War. While the Didact was Protector of the Ecumene and Splendid Dust was First Councilor, it was the Librarian's plans that ultimately saved biological diversity in the galaxy.
* ComplexityAddiction: The aforementioned plan. The Didact suspected it came from her ''odd'' sense of humor.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: As a Lifeworker.
* HeroicBSOD: A fearsome one, after the Ur-Didact harvests her beloved human specimens.
* HeroicSacrifice: Destroyed her keyship, preventing her from getting back to the Ark and forcing the Didact to activate the Halo Array. [[spoiler:However, Guilty Spark claims in ''Primordium'' that she didn't die as everyone thought she did, and that he knows where she is. In ''Spartan Ops'', Jul 'Mdama claims she is on Requiem and that he is working to awaken her.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** Not her, but she begs her husband to fire the Halos even if it will kill trillions, including her.
** In a case of something she did, [[spoiler:shooting her husband twice with a light rifle and imprisoning him in the core of Requiem]].
* InformedAttractiveness: In the books, she's the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman. In ''Halo 4''... not so much.
** ''Silentium'' clarifies that she's ''spirtiually'' beautiful.
* HotScientist: Well, beautiful scientist. Even Chakas, a human, thinks she's the most beautiful female he's ever seen.
* OnlySaneWoman: Among the Forerunners. She recognizes that the Halo Array is a horrible weapon, and takes steps to preserve life in the event it is used, but at the same time, she also sees that there is no other way to defeat the Flood.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When the Ur-Didact prepares to harvest the human populations intended to rejuvenate the species, she screams for Monitor-Chakas to kill him, then breaks down when he fails and begins blaming her beloved husband for killing those whom she loves.
* [[Really700YearsOld Really 11,000 Years Old]]: As her husband.
* StarCrossedLovers: With the Didact.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: One effect of the GeneticMemory she used to guide humanity was that her image became humans' subconscious ideal of a beautiful woman.

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* AllLovingHero: As a Lifeworker, she loves every living thing.
* BatmanGambit: After
TheAtoner: [[spoiler:After the Didact went into exile, she devised a plan to reunite with him that took centuries to complete: put GeneticMemory commands in certain human communities so they would feel compelled to try and find ways past the traps around his cryptum.
* BigGood: During the Forerunner-Flood War. While the Didact was Protector
firing of the Ecumene Halos, he comes to develop an immense amount of guilt about the Forerunner Ecumene's arrogance and Splendid Dust was First Councilor, it was the Librarian's plans that ultimately saved biological diversity in the galaxy.
* ComplexityAddiction: The aforementioned plan. The Didact suspected it came from her ''odd'' sense of humor.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: As a Lifeworker.
* HeroicBSOD: A fearsome one, after the Ur-Didact harvests her beloved human specimens.
* HeroicSacrifice: Destroyed her keyship, preventing her from getting back to the Ark and forcing the Didact to activate the Halo Array. [[spoiler:However, Guilty Spark claims in ''Primordium'' that she didn't die as everyone thought she did, and that he knows where she is. In ''Spartan Ops'', Jul 'Mdama claims she is on Requiem and that he is working to awaken her.
many crimes.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** Not her, but she begs her husband to fire
BrainUploading: [[spoiler:Willingly turns himself into the Halos even if it will kill trillions, including her.
** In a case of something she did, [[spoiler:shooting her husband twice with a light rifle and imprisoning him
Ark's monitor AI in the core of Requiem]].
* InformedAttractiveness: In the books, she's the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman. In ''Halo 4''... not so much.
** ''Silentium'' clarifies that she's ''spirtiually'' beautiful.
* HotScientist: Well, beautiful scientist. Even Chakas, a human, thinks she's the most beautiful female he's ever seen.
* OnlySaneWoman: Among the Forerunners. She recognizes that the Halo Array is a horrible weapon, and takes steps
order to preserve life in the event it is used, but at the same time, she also sees that there is no other way to defeat the Flood.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When the Ur-Didact prepares to harvest the human populations intended to rejuvenate the species, she screams for Monitor-Chakas to kill him, then breaks down when he fails and begins blaming her beloved husband for killing those whom she loves.
* [[Really700YearsOld Really 11,000 Years Old]]: As her husband.
* StarCrossedLovers: With the Didact.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: One effect of the GeneticMemory she used to
serve as a guide for humanity was once they arrived. That's right, he becomes 000 Tragic Solitude.]]
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our First Councilors Are Different]]: To say the least.
* PerpetualSmiler: There's nothing malevolent or evil about it, it's just so unusual to see Forerunner Councilors smiling
that her image became humans' subconscious ideal of it creeps Bornstellar out.
* YoungAndInCharge: Only
a beautiful woman.first form.



[[folder: The Master Builder]]
!!'''The Master Builder (Born Faber-of-Will-and-Might)'''
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->'''Homeworld: Unknown'''
->'''Birthdate: 110,962 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloCryptum'''''

The Master Builder of the Forerunners and primary advocate of creating the Halo Array. He was a political enemy of the Didact. Using a Halo to put down a rebellion of the San 'Shyuum on Janjur Qom resulted in the Builders revolting against him, stripping him of his title and placing him on trial. However, it was interrupted by Mendicant Bias, and Faber himself managed to escape to an isolated part of the ecumene, where he remained in exile until near the end of the war with the Flood.

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!!Warrior-Servants

[[folder: The Master Builder]]
In General]]
!!'''The Master Builder (Born Faber-of-Will-and-Might)'''
Warrior-Servant Corps'''
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->'''Homeworld: Unknown'''
->'''Birthdate: 110,962 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloCryptum'''''

org/pmwiki/pub/images/1d8c7d3332bada860ac3f505f3e68bc8.jpg]]

The Master Builder second lowest rate in Forerunner society, they were charged with matters of warfare. While the Mantle professed peace (in theory), Warrior-Servants were some of the Mantle's most devoted followers, and were utterly ruthless in warfare, believing that to defy the Forerunners was to show contempt on the Mantle. The Didact and primary advocate of creating the Halo Array. He was a political enemy of Confirmer were Warrior-Servants, specifically Prometheans, the Didact. Using a Halo to put down a rebellion of the San 'Shyuum on Janjur Qom resulted in the Builders revolting against him, stripping him of his title highest and placing him on trial. However, it was interrupted by Mendicant Bias, and Faber himself managed to escape to an isolated part of the ecumene, where he remained in exile until near the end of the war with the Flood.most powerful order.



* BigBad: For ''Literature/HaloCryptum''.
* TheDandy: He devotes considerable attention to grooming himself and making sure he even ''smells'' nice.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Using the Halo on the San'Shyuum appalled even his own allies among the extremists, getting him stripped of his title.
* DisneyDeath: It's assumed that he was killed during [[spoiler:Bias's attack on the capital]]. He actually survived and was restored to power.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:While many of his marriages were for social and political gain, the Flood tries to demoralize him with the memories of his wives and children that it consumed, and it visibly affects him]].
* EvilFormerFriend: According to Waypoint, he and the Ur-Didact used to be friends early in their careers.
* EvilSoundsDeep: As revealed in the ''Halo 4'' terminals.
* FantasticRacism: Against everything that isn't Forerunner. And every Forerunner who isn't a Builder.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dies defending the Greater Ark from the Flood.]]
** DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:"Throughout my life, I sought power and profit for myself, for my rate. Now, at long last, I think I understand the meaning of a crime against the Mantle. After this, no need to seek balance. I will await my penance here."]]
* HonestJohnsDealership: During his exile, he made a living off of capturing small, weak Flood ships and selling them at exorbitant prices to Warrior-Servants. Due to his utterly inadequate decontamination protocols, many Warrior-Servant crews ended up being killed by the Flood still aboard their new ships.
* {{Jerkass}}: An utter asshole until his HeroicSacrifice.
* LargeAndInCharge: According to the artbooks, Faber is even larger than the already 3.5 m (11.4 ft) tall Didact. He is also the Master Builder, leader of the most politically powerful [[FantasticCasteSystem rate]] in Forerunner society.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Sort of. Using a Halo on the San'Shyuum results in him being stripped of power, but he manages to escape further punishment by exiling himself to an isolated corner of Forerunner space. Towards the end of the war, [[spoiler:he even has his power restored by the surviving Councilors, albeit only because they're ''that'' desperate]].
* LoopholeAbuse: When the government declared his weapons of mass destruction a violation of their principles dedicated to preserving life, his solution was simple: grow a garden on it.
* MeaningfulName: Faber means "artisan" or "smith" in Latin. Fitting for the Master ''Builder''.
** It's nicely close to "fibber". Fitting for a SleazyPolitician.
* OhCrap: Has this reaction when Mendicant Bias appears at his trial.
* SmugSnake: Treats everyone else with disdain. He even refuses to recognize the authority of the Ecumene Council trying him.
* VillainousBSOD: Courtesy of the Flood-affected Ur-Didact, who happily informs Faber that his wives and children are now part of the Flood collective and blame him for it. It's one of the major impetuses for Faber's HeelFaceTurn in realizing the cost of his many crimes and mistakes.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He built the Halos, which ''were'' to destroy the Flood, after all.
** Then again, his primary motivation for building them seemed to be for political gain and profit, for his rate and himself.
** TheExtremistWasRight: In the end, the Halos were used and the Flood were defeated. [[SealedEvilInACan Almost...]]

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* BigBad: For ''Literature/HaloCryptum''.
* TheDandy: He devotes considerable attention to grooming himself
AttackDrone: Each Warrior-Servant could remotely command a vast number of drones and making sure he even ''smells'' nice.
weapon-ships.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Using the Halo on the San'Shyuum appalled even his own allies among the extremists, getting him stripped of his title.
* DisneyDeath: It's assumed that he was killed during [[spoiler:Bias's attack on the capital]]. He actually survived and was restored to power.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:While many of his marriages
TheBigGuy: Warrior-Servants were for social and political gain, generally the Flood tries to demoralize him with the memories largest of his wives and children that it consumed, and it visibly affects him]].
* EvilFormerFriend: According to Waypoint, he and the Ur-Didact used to be friends early in their careers.
* EvilSoundsDeep: As revealed in the ''Halo 4'' terminals.
* FantasticRacism: Against everything that isn't Forerunner. And every
Forerunner rates. The Librarian barely came up to the Didact's chest.
* BioAugmentation: The reason why Warrior-Servants have vastly superior physical abilities and reflexes compared to baseline Forerunners.
* EnemyMine: Despite their animosity for one another as rates, Builders and Warrior-Servants eventually joined their military strength to fight the Flood.
** In a subtler example, it's hinted that both have indirectly worked together to suppress the AwfulTruth of what happened between Forerunners and Precursors millions of years before. When the Forerunner Theoretical named Boundless began investigating the matters, the Warriors were the ones
who isn't a Builder.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dies defending
forbade it, eventually sealing her away and implied to have silenced her for good, while the Greater Ark Builders eventually subsumed her entire rate.
* KingInTheMountain: To avoid political censure, disgraced Warrior-Servants would enter Cryptums, self-sustained hibernation spheres which would keep them alive in a state of "timeless Xankara".
* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect: Despite being vital to the Ecumene's ability to maintain its power over the galaxy, the other rates viewed their work with distaste, which was part of the reason why they gradually slid
from being the Flood.highest rate to the second lowest.
* KnightTemplar: Warrior-Servants would destroy any Forerunner enemies in the name of the Mantle, as they believed that defying the Forerunners was showing contempt on the Mantle.
* MiniMecha: War sphinxes, which were piloted by Warrior-Servants in battle.
* PoweredArmor: Combat Skins, which were even more high-end than the regular armor worn by other Forerunners, giving the wearer all sorts of additional special abilities in addition to incredible durability; Guilty Spark at one point notes that humanity's own MJOLNIR armor ranks near the very bottom of the Forerunners' own armor classification system.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: As the warriors of Forerunner society.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As if the Warrior-Servants needed more firepower, they could also mentally command up to ''one million weapon-ships'' each. In fact, the [[CoolShip Phaeton]] was merely one of the ''smallest'' weapon-ship classes available for mass spamming.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Around other Forerunners they are brusque, eloquent, and noble in poise. Among one another, they behave and utilize jargon in a hilariously NotSoAboveItAll way.

!!!'''The Prometheans'''
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-->''"Oh, but what I would not give to have even a single company of Prometheans here right now... oh, they would most certainly restore order with their trademark lethality..."''
--->'''343 Guilty Spark'''

The highest form of Warrior-Servant a Forerunner can mutate to, and one of the most effective and dedicated fighting forces in the galaxy. Led by the Didact for over 10,000 years, they spearheaded the efforts against [[spoiler:ancient humans]] and the Flood. [[spoiler: After exhausting all other efforts to create immunity to the Flood, they were willingly converted into AI by the Composer and bound to mechanical hard light bodies.
]]
** DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:"Throughout my life, I sought power and profit for myself, for my rate. Now, at long last, I think I understand the meaning of a crime against the Mantle. After this, no need to seek balance. I will await my penance here."]]
----
* HonestJohnsDealership: During his exile, he made a living off of capturing small, weak Flood ships and selling them at exorbitant prices to Warrior-Servants. Due to his utterly inadequate decontamination protocols, many Warrior-Servant crews ended up BiggerIsBetter: The largest Warrior-Servants, being killed so big that Bornstellar said that the span of his arms would not reach both ends of the Didact's shoulders.
* GeniusBruiser: Despite their muscled physique, they were also all very intelligent and even had augmentations made to increase their mental faculties.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Prometheans willingly submitted to being turned into Knights
by the Composer (an unpleasant process to say the least, and impossible to reverse), since the only other way to defeat the Flood still aboard was to defy their new ships.
* {{Jerkass}}: An utter asshole until his HeroicSacrifice.
* LargeAndInCharge: According to
core philosophy and religion by activating the artbooks, Faber is even larger than the Halos.]]
** SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Flood by that point had
already 3.5 m (11.4 ft) tall Didact. He is also the Master Builder, leader of the most politically powerful [[FantasticCasteSystem rate]] in Forerunner society.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Sort of. Using a Halo on the San'Shyuum results in him being stripped of power, but he manages to escape further punishment by exiling himself to an isolated corner of Forerunner space. Towards the end of the war, [[spoiler:he even has his power restored by the surviving Councilors, albeit only because they're ''that'' desperate]].
* LoopholeAbuse: When the government declared his weapons of mass destruction a violation of their principles dedicated to preserving life, his solution was simple: grow a garden on it.
* MeaningfulName: Faber means "artisan" or "smith" in Latin. Fitting for the Master ''Builder''.
** It's nicely close to "fibber". Fitting for a SleazyPolitician.
* OhCrap: Has this reaction when Mendicant Bias appears at his trial.
* SmugSnake: Treats everyone else with disdain. He even refuses to recognize the authority of the Ecumene Council trying him.
* VillainousBSOD: Courtesy of the Flood-affected Ur-Didact, who happily informs Faber that his wives and children are now part of the Flood collective and blame him for it. It's one of the major impetuses for Faber's HeelFaceTurn in realizing the cost of his many crimes and mistakes.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He built the Halos, which ''were'' to destroy the Flood, after all.
** Then again, his primary motivation for building them seemed
grown too strong to be for political gain defeated in direct combat, and profit, for his rate and himself.
** TheExtremistWasRight: In
the end, Forerunners ended up having to fire the Halos anyways.]]
* HiveMind: They had still individual identity, but the Prometheans
were used often neurally linked to best cooperate in battle.
* UndyingLoyalty / MyMasterRightOrWrong: Unceasingly loyal to the Ur-Didact: his second-in-command Endurance was fully willing to follow his plans [[spoiler: to wipe out any species that even had the ''potential'' to threaten the Forerunners like humanity had. She is only dissuaded when convinced this plan came to be through the Ur-Didact's Flood-induced madness; it's implied that were he to come to this conclusion naturally, even if it defied the Forerunners' core beliefs, she
and the Flood were defeated. [[SealedEvilInACan Almost...]]rest of the Prometheans would have gone along with it, albeit uncomfortably.]]
* SuperSoldier: They're effectively this.



[[folder: Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting]]
!!'''[=IsoDidact=] (Formerly Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting)'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:As Bornstellar]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:As the [=IsoDidact=]]]

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[[folder: Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting]]
!!'''[=IsoDidact=] (Formerly Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting)'''
The Didact]]
!!'''The Didact (Or Ur-Didact; born Shadow-of-Sundered-Star)'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:As Bornstellar]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Original Form]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:As the [=IsoDidact=]]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:Mutated Form]]



->'''Birthdate: c. 97,464 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"You are what you dare."''

Son of a powerful Builder, who was exiled to a Miner family on Edom (the Forerunner name for Mars) for the trouble he caused. His quest for Precursor relics lead him to Erde-Tyrene (the Forerunner name for Earth) and was taken by two humans, Chakas and Riser, bringing about the awakening of the Didact. To fully access the Domain, Bornstellar takes a brevet mutation from the Didact, absorbing his memories, and when Bornstellar learns that the Didact had been executed, allows the Didact's memories to fully subsume his consciousness. He thereafter takes up the original Didact's responsibilities as protector of the Ecumene.

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->'''Birthdate: c. 97,464 110,255 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"You are what you dare.
''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Soma the Painter]]'' (Mentioned only), ''Literature/HaloCryptum'' (First direct appearance)'''
->'''Voiced by: Creator/KeithSzarabajka'''

-->''"The peaceful one is at war without and within.
"''

Son of a powerful Builder, who was exiled to a Miner family on Edom (the A Forerunner name for Mars) for Promethean who was Protector of the trouble he caused. His quest for Precursor relics lead him to Erde-Tyrene (the Ecumene and Supreme Commander of the Forerunner name for Earth) and was taken by two humans, Chakas and Riser, bringing about military during its final years. A brilliant warrior and, above all, a fervent believer in the awakening Forerunner's Mantle of the Didact. To fully access the Domain, Bornstellar takes a brevet mutation from the Didact, absorbing his memories, and when Bornstellar learns that the Didact had been executed, allows Responsibility, the Didact's memories crowning achievement was leading the Forerunners through their war with humanity's advanced prehistoric empire. Afterwards, however, he fell out of favor as he opposed the Ecumene's increasingly-corrupt leadership's ultimate plan to fully subsume fight the Flood: the Halos. Exiled twice, exposed to the Flood, and ultimately driven to madness by it, he attempted to convert the human species into AI slaves to fight the Flood, but was imprisoned in Requiem for his consciousness. He thereafter takes up crimes. 100,000 years later he is unleashed, and immediately resumes his plans to punish humanity and reclaim the original Didact's responsibilities as protector of Mantle for the Ecumene.Forerunners.



* AntiGravityClothing: The most prominent effect is an enormous, floating multi-part collar-piece.
* ArchEnemy: According to [[spoiler:Chakas-Spark]] in ''Primordium'', humanity and the Didact will forever be at odds with each other. There's only one thing that can unite the species: their love for the Librarian.
** To the Master Builder as well.
* TheAtoner: Led the war against ancient humanity, believing it was a case of HumansAreTheRealMonsters. Turns out, humanity was fighting the Flood, and only attacked Forerunner worlds when they began running out of colonies, or when the world had become infected. It also led to the loss of knowledge of the (supposed) cure to the Flood. Despite his dislike of humanity, he genuinely regretted the conflict and subsequent punishment of humanity. Unfortunately, as ''Silentium'' revealed, [[spoiler:the Gravemind MindRaped him and presented him with a horrifying SadisticChoice, as part of the Precursors' utterly atrocious plot to have him attempt to harvest all of humanity at any cost, which explains why he grows out of this by ''Halo 4''.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: If ''Shadow-Of-Sundered-Star'' doesn't just drip with awesome, I don't know what does.
* BadassBaritone: Voiced by Creator/KeithSzarabajka.
* BadassCape: Seen wearing a cape in the Terminals.
* BadassGrandpa: He was already over ten thousand years old when the Forerunner-Flood War began.
* [[RedBaron Badass Nickname]]: "Didact" is one, having earned it due to being a...
* BadassTeacher: Taught at the College on Strategic Defense of the Mantle, where he got the name Didact.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Thanks to the Chief foiling him in ''Halo 4'', he regards all Spartans this way.]]
* BigBad: In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* BodyHorror: Begins mutating himself to become immune to the Flood. Not only does this fail, but it turns him into a monster: fangs/tusks appear on his upper lip, pulsating growths appear on the side of his head, and his face becomes sunken and skull-like.
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler:Twice, he has the chance to immediately kill Master Chief and be done with him. Instead, he levitates him and lengthily monologues. The third time he has Chief at his mercy, which only occurs if you fail to kill him in the CutsceneBoss-battle, he learns from the first two times and just tosses Chief off the bridge.]]
** [[spoiler:He even lampshades this himself in ''Escalation'' when he has the Chief at his mercy again, saying that he's no longer going to foolishly refuse the chance to finish him off.]]
* CollapsibleHelmet: In addition to InstantArmor when he emerges from the Cryptum in ''Halo 4''.
* CoolStarship: The ''Mantle's Approach'', an enormous battleship far more powerful than human ships. He also gained a ship from his wife when he was awoken from stasis, but its weapons were confiscated and it was destroyed by the Master Builder soon after.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After he begins jumping off the deep end, he switches from his [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:H4-Terminal-Didact-Armor.jpg old set of armor]] to a [[http://www.halopedia.org/File:Halo4-Didact-Armor-Cutscene.jpg far more sinister look]].
* EvilCounterpart:
** Most obviously to [[CloneByConversion the IsoDidact]], who has a mutation similar to his, but does not become corrupted into the same kind of entity that the Ur-Didact ultimately becomes.
** To Master Chief. Both are SuperSoldiers who championed their individual species against the Flood and other alien species, both are among the few individuals to fire the Halo rings, both are a major case of SealedBadAssInACan, and both are very near the last of their kind, outfitted in PoweredArmor. The difference is that John-117 is willing to perform a HeroicSacrifice to save humanity, whereas the Didact's extremism and brutality got him locked away within the core of Requiem to begin with.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He speaks in a deep, menacing voice befitting someone of his stature.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Gets stabbed in the right eye by the Chief in ''Escalation''. It doesn't faze him one bit.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Literally: his children served under him in the war with humanity. They were killed, however, which gives us a hint to one of the reasons he thinks that HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* {{Foil}}: To the Master Chief, since both of them wear Powered Armor, both of them start out in stasis and both are recognized as the paragons of their respective species.
* FourStarBadass: Served as Protector of the Ecumene for thousands of years, also fully capable of kicking anyone's ass himself if need be.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: [[spoiler:When his wife sealed him into his Cryptum, she expected he'd be able to watch humanity rebuild through the Domain and develop compassion for them. Instead, the Halos destroyed the Domain, leaving him alone inside for over 100,000 years.]]
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler:Single-handedly massacres the entirety of Black Team, who are all Spartan-''[=IIs=]''.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: His armor sports a particularly large, floating [[VisualPun mantle]] spread over his shoulders.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Humanity wrecking his fleets and murdering his warriors hasn't painted us in the best light for him. Some subspecies he likes, though: namely, the ones that do what they're told. However...
* HumansAreWarriors: He has some respect for humanity, and certainly thinks they're above the bestial image most Forerunners have of them. [[spoiler:He even calls the Chief "warrior" in ''Halo 4''.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: He wants to KillAllHumans because he thinks they're monsters, yet he never considers the morality of destroying an entire species.
* IWorkAlone: Averted and rejected. In ''Halo: Cryptum'', the Didact tells Bornstellar that he works better with a crew. Considering Forerunner mutations, Warrior-Servants as a whole are probably hard-wired to reject this trope.
* KillHimAlready: Misses several opportunities to kill Chief plain and simple. [[spoiler:He even lampshades it once in the ''Escalation'' comics, declaring he realizes now that he should just outright kill the man... only to stall again, allowing the immobilized Chief to escape death, then evoking it once more minutes later, allowing the Chief to defeat him once more.]]
* KingInTheMountain: When into a Cryptum to avoid political censure.
* LargeAndInCharge: As a full-grown Promethean Warrior-Servant, the Didact is massive even compared to his fellow Forerunners.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite his [[DarkIsEvil appearance]], his powers follow the light motif.
* MindOverMatter: Equipped with a constraint field generator, like all Warrior-Servants. He demonstrates this ability several times in ''Halo 4'' on the Chief.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Gravemind, it explains a lot of his motivation in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. He was touched by the Precursor's essence and imprinted with the idea that the Forerunners should enslave or destroy any threat to them, just like them.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: He's presumed executed by the Master Builder, but survives through a genetic imprint on Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting. However, it's later learned that the original Didact wasn't executed after all. This leads to two Didacts: the Ur-Didact (the original) and the [=IsoDidact=] (which is in Bornstellar's body).
* NoSell: [[spoiler:Several times in ''Escalation''. Fall through a slipspace portal? Wake up and kill the people who found your body. Being fired upon multiple assault rifles at point-blank range? Ignore and commence ShockwaveStomp. Being stabbed in the ''eye''? Ignore and prepare to crush the head of the guy who did it.]]
* NotQuiteDead: The Ur-Didact isn't killed by the Master Builder, but exiled, and he returns in ''Halo: Silentium'' and ''Halo 4''.
** [[spoiler:''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'' confirms what many had already guessed by revealing that he also survived the ending of ''Halo 4''.]]
* NotSoDifferent: He will save the galaxy from monsters that kill entire species and harvest their bodies as weapons... by killing an entire species and harvesting their bodies as weapons.
* PoweredArmor: Uses a Forerunner Combat Skin, as seen in the description picture.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Thousands of Years Old]]: Well over 100,000 years old by the time of his appearance in ''Halo 4''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Would you believe that before the Human-Forerunner War, he was more reasonable than ''the Librarian''? The Librarian initially wanted to exterminate humanity, but the Didact was in favour of just pulverizing them and driving them back to their homeworld so that they could learn to play nice with the rest of the galaxy. It was still excessively brutal, but even so, it was the more merciful of the two proposed solutions.
-->'''Librarian:''' Our enemies move deeper into our territory with abandon. They must be eradicated.\\
'''Didact:''' Shall we take revenge? Abandon the Mantle and all that its philosophy has given us these thousand generations?\\
'''Librarian:''' All our plans have been torn asunder.\\
'''Didact:''' More reason not to abandon our beliefs. The Mantle is our guide-post in times such as these. We must not falter in following its teachings. The enemy must be sent home, and taught to stand with the galaxy, rather than rail against us, and take what they desire! The Mantle shelters all.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: After a failed mutation to acquire Flood immunity, his eyes turned from grey to a bright orange-red. They seem slightly luminescent as well.
* SealedGoodInACan: The aforementioned Cryptum.
** SealedBadassInACan: As a [[SuperSoldier Warrior-Servant]].
** SealedEvilInACan: In ''Halo 4'', he becomes this instead.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness[=/=]AntiquatedLinguistics: He speaks with a downplayed version of both tropes. While he speaks modern English, he tends to use words and turns of phrase that, while not outdated or obsolete, are older and more austere. Though he isn't ridiculously long-winded, his diction and elocution are exquisite and whenever he speaks, he half-sounds like he's reciting poetry. The very first thing he says after waking up is, "So fades the great harvest of my betrayal."
* ShockwaveStomp: [[spoiler:Uses this ability in ''Escalation'' against Blue Team.]]
* SlasherSmile: A close approximation, given the Forerunners' difficulty with facial expressions. Right before he composes her human specimens, the Librarian notes that he has a sly expression, "as if he has a delicious joke he wished to tell, but not yet", that freaks her out.
* StarCrossedLovers: With the Librarian, quite literally. Seems like everything's trying to keep them apart, be it power-hungry politicians or galaxy-consuming parasites or the Didact's own insanity.
* SuperStrength: Bornstellar notes upon first meeting him that he could easily crush a human with his bare hands, [[spoiler:and he demonstrates this several times in ''Escalation'', even lifting up the Chief by his helmet with only ''one hand'']].
* TheStoic: A given for most mature Forerunners; his default expression is either sad or solemn. However...
** NotSoStoic: He smiles slightly when Bornstellar mentions that "Someone saw his potential through his flaws". It's a bit of a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarmer]].
*** He came to appreciate smiling and laughter from his greatest human opponent, Forthenco, and will occasionaly indulge. Other Forerunners find it a bit weird.
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:As revealed in ''Silentium'', his mindset in ''4'' is due to the MindRape by the Gravemind. He would normally hate humanity, but not go to those levels of subjugation that disgusted even his own species.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After he's driven to insanity [[spoiler:by the Gravemind]] in ''Silentium'', he deteriorates into the genocidal madman we face in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: The ending of ''Halo 4'' has him plummeting to his doom into a slipspace portal. The ''Halo: Escalation'' comic set between ''Halo 4'' and ''Halo 5'' shows that he survived and has him return to menace the Master Chief, only for him to end up in yet ''another'' Uncertain Doom situation at the end of the comic. It's unclear if he's dead for real now, but he plays no role in ''Halo 5'' whatsoever.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: ''Halo 5'' seems to indicate that [[spoiler: rather than being the BigBad of the "Reclaimer Trilogy'', the Didact's role was to unwittingly set up the events leading to Cortana's StartOfDarkness, with her assuming the role of the new trilogy's main villain]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At the tail end of the Flood war, he begins harvesting the Librarian's human populations to augment his new Promethean Knight forces, in an attempt to destroy the Flood. The act drove his own wife to subdue and imprison him in his own command-world. To make things worse, [[spoiler:his plan [[ShootTheShaggyDog wouldn't have even worked]], since ArtificialIntelligence, being based on neural systems, was not immune to corruption. Ultimately, he believes he is this, but it is an AvertedTrope caused by MindRape.]]
* WorthyOpponent: How the Didact viewed the human race as a whole, and the Lord of Admirals in particular. The feeling is mutual. [[spoiler:By the time of ''Halo 4'', he has this view for the Master Chief as well; though it's ''not'' mutual.]]
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[[folder: Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting]]
!!'''[=IsoDidact=] (Formerly Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting)'''
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[[caption-width-right:300:As Bornstellar]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:As the [=IsoDidact=]]]
->'''Homeworld: Unknown'''
->'''Birthdate: c. 97,464 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"You are what you dare."''

Son of a powerful Builder, who was exiled to a Miner family on Edom (the Forerunner name for Mars) for the trouble he caused. His quest for Precursor relics lead him to Erde-Tyrene (the Forerunner name for Earth) and was taken by two humans, Chakas and Riser, bringing about the awakening of the Didact. To fully access the Domain, Bornstellar takes a brevet mutation from the Didact, absorbing his memories, and when Bornstellar learns that the Didact had been executed, allows the Didact's memories to fully subsume his consciousness. He thereafter takes up the original Didact's responsibilities as protector of the Ecumene.
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[[folder: Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns]]
!!'''Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns'''

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[[folder: Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns]]
!!'''Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns'''
Glory-of-a-Far-Dawn]]
!!'''Glory-of-a-Far-Dawn'''



->'''Birthdate: c. 97,465 BCE'''

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->'''Birthdate: c. 97,465 BCE'''Unknown'''



The First Councilor of the Ecumene Council after Faber's fall.

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The First Councilor of the Ecumene Council after Faber's fall.A Warrior-Servant and bodyguard to Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns.



* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:After the firing of the Halos, he comes to develop an immense amount of guilt about the Forerunner Ecumene's arrogance and many crimes.]]
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler:Willingly turns himself into the Ark's monitor AI in order to serve as a guide for humanity once they arrived. That's right, he becomes 000 Tragic Solitude.]]
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our First Councilors Are Different]]: To say the least.
* PerpetualSmiler: There's nothing malevolent or evil about it, it's just so unusual to see Forerunner Councilors smiling that it creeps Bornstellar out.
* YoungAndInCharge: Only a first form.

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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:After BackForTheDead: After appearing in 2011's ''Literature/HaloCryptum'', she didn't appear again until [[spoiler:2016's ''Literature/HaloFractures'']], in which [[spoiler:she is killed on a mission taking place over a century after the firing of the Halos, he comes to develop an immense amount of guilt about Halos]].
* [[BodyguardBabes Bodyguard Babe]]: Her job.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Gal]]: She is a Warrior-Servant.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:Is completely vaporized by
the Forerunner Ecumene's arrogance and many crimes.Precursor construct Abaddon.]]
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler:Willingly turns himself into TimeToStepUpCommander: Gives this to [[spoiler:Bornstellar]] after [[spoiler:the Battle of the Ark's monitor AI in order to serve as a guide for humanity once they arrived. That's right, he becomes 000 Tragic Solitude.]]
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our First Councilors Are Different]]: To say the least.
* PerpetualSmiler: There's nothing malevolent or evil about it, it's just so unusual to see Forerunner Councilors smiling that it creeps Bornstellar out.
* YoungAndInCharge: Only a first form.
Capitol]].



[[folder: Glory-of-a-Far-Dawn]]
!!'''Glory-of-a-Far-Dawn'''

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[[folder: Glory-of-a-Far-Dawn]]
!!'''Glory-of-a-Far-Dawn'''
[[folder:Adequate-Observer]]
!!Adequate-Observer / [[spoiler:Defender-of-the-Storm]]



->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloCryptum'''''

A Warrior-Servant and bodyguard to Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns.

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->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloCryptum'''''

''[[Literature/HaloFractures Defender of the Storm]]'''''

A low-ranking Warrior-Servant and bodyguard to Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns.posted aboard an incredibly far-flung mining station within the atmosphere of Seclusion, a gas giant on the ragged edges of the Ecumene. Protagonist of the short story ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Defender of the Storm]]''.



* BackForTheDead: After appearing in 2011's ''Literature/HaloCryptum'', she didn't appear again until [[spoiler:2016's ''Literature/HaloFractures'']], in which [[spoiler:she is killed on a mission taking place over a century after the firing of the Halos]].
* [[BodyguardBabes Bodyguard Babe]]: Her job.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Gal]]: She is a Warrior-Servant.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:Is completely vaporized by the Precursor construct Abaddon.]]
* TimeToStepUpCommander: Gives this to [[spoiler:Bornstellar]] after [[spoiler:the Battle of the Capitol]].

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* BackForTheDead: After appearing in 2011's ''Literature/HaloCryptum'', she didn't appear again until [[spoiler:2016's ''Literature/HaloFractures'']], in which [[spoiler:she is killed on a mission taking place over a century after ButtMonkey: Doesn't really have the firing respect of any of the Halos]].
* [[BodyguardBabes Bodyguard Babe]]: Her job.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Gal]]: She is a Warrior-Servant.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:Is completely vaporized by
Warrior-Servant divisions that rotate in and out of the Precursor construct Abaddon.station, who tend to call him "''Barely'' Adequate Observer". It's also his job to clean the central hub, including the Forerunner waste processors.
* CassandraTruth: Every so often, he claims to see something in the storm outside the windows. Something that's capable of moving ''against'' the wind. Even his ancilla usually can't detect it, and he of course does not tell the others in the station in order to avoid more insults. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right, and the mysterious objects are living creatures.
]]
* TimeToStepUpCommander: Gives this to [[spoiler:Bornstellar]] after [[spoiler:the Battle MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:After ejecting the Flood-overrun outer vanes of the Capitol]].station, and stopping the planet from falling to the Flood, his ancilla gives him the name Defender-of-the-Storm.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: He's been assigned to the mining station for the past fifteen years. Every year a tanker arrives to load up on exotic particles and rotate the Warrior-Servant guard, and every year Adequate-Observer is not given an order to leave.



[[folder: Genemender-Folder-of-Fortune]]
!!Genemender-Folder-of-Fortune
->'''Homeworld: Unknown'''
->'''Birthdate: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'''''

A Lifeworker stationed on Installation 07, loyal to the Librarian. Chakas and his companions come across him and his preserve during their trek on Installation 07. They find out that following the Master Builder's misuse of the Ring against the San'Shyuum, Genemender had already turned all the humans under his care into stored virtual data, while uploading himself into a monitor to prevent both him and his charges from being both exploited by the Master Builder and consumed by the Flood.

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!!Lifeworkers

[[folder: Genemender-Folder-of-Fortune]]
!!Genemender-Folder-of-Fortune
->'''Homeworld: Unknown'''
->'''Birthdate: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'''''

A Lifeworker stationed on Installation 07, loyal to the Librarian. Chakas
In General]]
!!'''The Lifeworkers'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e3062fcfe9eedda728353af2044aeecc.jpg]]

An important rate in Forerunner society, charged with all biological research
and his companions come across him and his preserve during their trek on Installation 07. medical science. They find out that following were the Master Builder's misuse champions of the Ring against Conservation Measure, the San'Shyuum, Genemender had already turned all program which indexed and preserved sentient life in the humans under his care into stored virtual data, while uploading himself into event the Halo Array was fired. The most skilled of Lifeworkers would implant a monitor to prevent both him and his charges from "geas" in a being both exploited by the Master Builder and consumed by the Flood.which would subtly edge their psychological development toward a specific goal. The Librarian was a Lifeworker.



* BrainUploading: To escape the Master Builder and the Flood. [[FateWorseThanDeath Considering what the latter can do]], he may have been one of the lucky ones.
* FantasticAnthropologist: Naturally.
* MrExposition: He basically serves to fill in ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'''s readers on what happened during and immediately after the events of ''Literature/HaloCryptum''.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: He's utterly loyal to the Librarian. [[spoiler:Even if he isn't sure the Librarian gave the orders.]]
* ProjectedMan: His "body" is nothing more than a hard light projection, with his mind stored inside a monitor shell.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Averted, as Genemender doesn't wear armor during the entire book. When Chakas asks why he says that all armor and ancillas have been corrupted by Mendicant Bias. As it turns out, Genemender himself is basically an ancilla.
* VirtualGhost: His original body is dead by the time Chakas and company meet him.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: More or less says this to Chakas.

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* BrainUploading: To escape the Master Builder and the Flood. [[FateWorseThanDeath Considering what the latter can do]], he may have been one of the lucky ones.
* FantasticAnthropologist: Naturally.
Part of their role.
* MrExposition: He basically serves to fill FriendToAllLivingThings: Lifeworkers were this in ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'''s readers on what happened during general, though this didn't prevent them from treating members of other species as resources if they felt the need to.
* GeneticMemory: A skilled Lifeworker (such as the Librarian) could place a ''geas'' (a set of subliminal instructions) into a person at birth. This could range from specific ones such as the ones in Chakas
and immediately after the events of ''Literature/HaloCryptum''.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: He's utterly loyal
Riser that lead Bornstellar to the Librarian. [[spoiler:Even if he isn't sure Didact's cryptum, to generic, species wide ones that would eventually result in [[spoiler:humanity coming up with the SPARTAN-II Program]].
* TheMedic: The Lifeworkers were responsible for medical science in the Ecumene. This is how
the Librarian gave managed to get the orders.]]
* ProjectedMan: His "body" is nothing more
Conservation Measure approved, by threatening to order all Lifeworkers to stand down, which could cripple medical science. Faber decided that it would be cheaper to give her what she wanted than a hard light projection, with his mind stored inside a monitor shell.
fight her over it.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Averted, as Genemender doesn't wear armor during the entire book. When Chakas asks why he says NatureLover: It would stand to reason they would be this. It runs so deep that all armor and ancillas the Librarian deems it wise to have been corrupted by Mendicant Bias. As it turns out, Genemender himself is basically an ancilla.
* VirtualGhost: His original body is dead by
individual of another rate overseeing while Lifeworkers approach something in the time Chakas and company meet him.
field, lest in their fascination they willfully ignore that it might put them in danger.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: More or less says this to Chakas.ProudScholarRaceGuy: Science Race type.



[[folder: Catalog]]
!!Catalog (Forerunner remains #879)

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[[folder: Catalog]]
!!Catalog (Forerunner remains #879)
The Librarian]]
!!'''The Librarian (Born First-Light-Weaves-Living-Song)'''
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->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloSilentium'''''

-->''"I am one of many. We are all the same. ''In theory.''"''

A Forerunner Juridical who took testimony from the Librarian about her trip to Path Kethora. His remains were recovered by the Office of Naval Intelligence in the 26th century.

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->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloSilentium'''''

-->''"I am
''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''
->'''Voiced by: Lori Tritel'''

-->''"Each
one of many. We are these souls is finite and precious. And I'm close. Close to saving them all."''

The Didact's wife, a powerful Lifeworker who led the Conservation Measure that would index
all species in the same. ''In theory.''"''

A Forerunner Juridical who took testimony
galaxy and save as many as they could from the Librarian about her trip to Path Kethora. His remains were recovered by Flood. She was one of the Office of Naval Intelligence in few Forerunners who respected humans, feeling they should be the 26th century.ones to carry on their legacy.



* TheAtoner: Like his fellows, Catalog is a reformed criminal himself. Specifically, he failed as a Warrior-Servant.
* ThatCameOutWrong: When the Librarian laments that they only saved one-thousandth of Earth's larger species, he comments that they're merely animals. When the Librarian raises an eyebrow at this, he amends it to "Animals ''and'' Humans".
* CelibateHero: Like other Catalogs. When meeting the Librarian he feels feelings that he hasn't felt since assuming the Carapace.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He notes that while releasing solute to prevent an ecological disaster is not a crime against the Mantle, it ''could'' be used as means to conceal one.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: He doesn't say it out loud, but he does note that the Librarian saying he is no longer a Warrior-Servant stings.

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* TheAtoner: Like AllLovingHero: As a Lifeworker, she loves every living thing.
* BatmanGambit: After the Didact went into exile, she devised a plan to reunite with him that took centuries to complete: put GeneticMemory commands in certain human communities so they would feel compelled to try and find ways past the traps around
his fellows, Catalog cryptum.
* BigGood: During the Forerunner-Flood War. While the Didact was Protector of the Ecumene and Splendid Dust was First Councilor, it was the Librarian's plans that ultimately saved biological diversity in the galaxy.
* ComplexityAddiction: The aforementioned plan. The Didact suspected it came from her ''odd'' sense of humor.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: As a Lifeworker.
* HeroicBSOD: A fearsome one, after the Ur-Didact harvests her beloved human specimens.
* HeroicSacrifice: Destroyed her keyship, preventing her from getting back to the Ark and forcing the Didact to activate the Halo Array. [[spoiler:However, Guilty Spark claims in ''Primordium'' that she didn't die as everyone thought she did, and that he knows where she is. In ''Spartan Ops'', Jul 'Mdama claims she is on Requiem and that he is working to awaken her.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** Not her, but she begs her husband to fire the Halos even if it will kill trillions, including her.
** In a case of something she did, [[spoiler:shooting her husband twice with a light rifle and imprisoning him in the core of Requiem]].
* InformedAttractiveness: In the books, she's the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman. In ''Halo 4''... not so much.
** ''Silentium'' clarifies that she's ''spirtiually'' beautiful.
* HotScientist: Well, beautiful scientist. Even Chakas, a human, thinks she's the most beautiful female he's ever seen.
* OnlySaneWoman: Among the Forerunners. She recognizes that the Halo Array
is a reformed criminal himself. Specifically, he failed as a Warrior-Servant.
horrible weapon, and takes steps to preserve life in the event it is used, but at the same time, she also sees that there is no other way to defeat the Flood.
* ThatCameOutWrong: OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When the Librarian laments that they only saved one-thousandth of Earth's larger Ur-Didact prepares to harvest the human populations intended to rejuvenate the species, she screams for Monitor-Chakas to kill him, then breaks down when he comments fails and begins blaming her beloved husband for killing those whom she loves.
* [[Really700YearsOld Really 11,000 Years Old]]: As her husband.
* StarCrossedLovers: With the Didact.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: One effect of the GeneticMemory she used to guide humanity was
that they're merely animals. When the Librarian raises an eyebrow at this, he amends it to "Animals ''and'' Humans".
* CelibateHero: Like other Catalogs. When meeting the Librarian he feels feelings that he hasn't felt since assuming the Carapace.
* ConspiracyTheorist: He notes that while releasing solute to prevent an ecological disaster is not
her image became humans' subconscious ideal of a crime against the Mantle, it ''could'' be used as means to conceal one.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: He doesn't say it out loud, but he does note that the Librarian saying he is no longer a Warrior-Servant stings.
beautiful woman.



[[folder:Chant-to-Green]]
!!Chant-to-Green

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[[folder:Chant-to-Green]]
!!Chant-to-Green
[[folder: Genemender-Folder-of-Fortune]]
!!Genemender-Folder-of-Fortune



->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloSilentium'''''

A young lifeworker assigned to the Librarian's expedition to Path Kethona aboard ''Audacity.'' Afterward, she remained a part of the Librarian's inner circle for the remainder of the war. After the firing of Halos, she assumed command of the surviving Lifeworkers, overseeing the resettlement of the indexed species.

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->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloSilentium'''''

''Literature/HaloPrimordium'''''

A young lifeworker assigned Lifeworker stationed on Installation 07, loyal to the Librarian's expedition to Path Kethona aboard ''Audacity.'' Afterward, she remained a part Librarian. Chakas and his companions come across him and his preserve during their trek on Installation 07. They find out that following the Master Builder's misuse of the Librarian's inner circle for Ring against the remainder of San'Shyuum, Genemender had already turned all the war. After humans under his care into stored virtual data, while uploading himself into a monitor to prevent both him and his charges from being both exploited by the firing of Halos, she assumed command of Master Builder and consumed by the surviving Lifeworkers, overseeing the resettlement of the indexed species.Flood.



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Standard for a Lifeworker.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:After the firing of the Halos, she eventually becomes this with Bornstellar, with the two having a son together.]]
* SecondLove: [[spoiler:For the [=IsoDidact=].]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To the Librarian. She's willing to undertake a dangerous mission to scout Erde-Tyrene and collect the remaining humans at her request.
* YouAreInCommandNow: The Librarian designates her as the new Lifeshaper before sending her to Installation 00.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Standard for a Lifeworker.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:After
BrainUploading: To escape the firing Master Builder and the Flood. [[FateWorseThanDeath Considering what the latter can do]], he may have been one of the Halos, she eventually becomes this with Bornstellar, with lucky ones.
* FantasticAnthropologist: Naturally.
* MrExposition: He basically serves to fill in ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'''s readers on what happened during and immediately after
the two having a son together.events of ''Literature/HaloCryptum''.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: He's utterly loyal to the Librarian. [[spoiler:Even if he isn't sure the Librarian gave the orders.
]]
* SecondLove: [[spoiler:For ProjectedMan: His "body" is nothing more than a hard light projection, with his mind stored inside a monitor shell.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Averted, as Genemender doesn't wear armor during
the [=IsoDidact=].]]
entire book. When Chakas asks why he says that all armor and ancillas have been corrupted by Mendicant Bias. As it turns out, Genemender himself is basically an ancilla.
* UndyingLoyalty: To VirtualGhost: His original body is dead by the Librarian. She's willing to undertake a dangerous mission to scout Erde-Tyrene time Chakas and collect the remaining humans at her request.
company meet him.
* YouAreInCommandNow: The Librarian designates her as the new Lifeshaper before sending her YouAreACreditToYourRace: More or less says this to Installation 00.Chakas.



[[folder:Adequate-Observer]]
!!Adequate-Observer / [[spoiler:Defender-of-the-Storm]]

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[[folder:Adequate-Observer]]
!!Adequate-Observer / [[spoiler:Defender-of-the-Storm]]
[[folder:Chant-to-Green]]
!!Chant-to-Green



->'''Debuted in: ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Defender of the Storm]]'''''

A low-ranking Warrior-Servant posted aboard an incredibly far-flung mining station within the atmosphere of Seclusion, a gas giant on the ragged edges of the Ecumene. Protagonist of the short story ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Defender of the Storm]]''.

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->'''Debuted in: ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Defender ''Literature/HaloSilentium'''''

A young lifeworker assigned to the Librarian's expedition to Path Kethona aboard ''Audacity.'' Afterward, she remained a part
of the Storm]]'''''

A low-ranking Warrior-Servant posted aboard an incredibly far-flung mining station within
Librarian's inner circle for the atmosphere of Seclusion, a gas giant on the ragged edges remainder of the Ecumene. Protagonist war. After the firing of Halos, she assumed command of the short story ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Defender surviving Lifeworkers, overseeing the resettlement of the Storm]]''.indexed species.



* ButtMonkey: Doesn't really have the respect of any of the Warrior-Servant divisions that rotate in and out of the station, who tend to call him "''Barely'' Adequate Observer". It's also his job to clean the central hub, including the Forerunner waste processors.
* CassandraTruth: Every so often, he claims to see something in the storm outside the windows. Something that's capable of moving ''against'' the wind. Even his ancilla usually can't detect it, and he of course does not tell the others in the station in order to avoid more insults. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right, and the mysterious objects are living creatures.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:After ejecting the Flood-overrun outer vanes of the station, and stopping the planet from falling to the Flood, his ancilla gives him the name Defender-of-the-Storm.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: He's been assigned to the mining station for the past fifteen years. Every year a tanker arrives to load up on exotic particles and rotate the Warrior-Servant guard, and every year Adequate-Observer is not given an order to leave.

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* ButtMonkey: Doesn't really have FriendToAllLivingThings: Standard for a Lifeworker.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:After
the respect of any firing of the Warrior-Servant divisions that rotate in and out of Halos, she eventually becomes this with Bornstellar, with the station, who tend to call him "''Barely'' Adequate Observer". It's also his job to clean the central hub, including the Forerunner waste processors.
* CassandraTruth: Every so often, he claims to see something in the storm outside the windows. Something that's capable of moving ''against'' the wind. Even his ancilla usually can't detect it, and he of course does not tell the others in the station in order to avoid more insults. [[spoiler:He turns out to be right, and the mysterious objects are living creatures.
two having a son together.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:After ejecting SecondLove: [[spoiler:For the Flood-overrun outer vanes of the station, and stopping the planet from falling to the Flood, his ancilla gives him the name Defender-of-the-Storm.[=IsoDidact=].]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: He's been assigned to UndyingLoyalty: To the mining station for Librarian. She's willing to undertake a dangerous mission to scout Erde-Tyrene and collect the past fifteen years. Every year a tanker arrives to load up on exotic particles and rotate remaining humans at her request.
* YouAreInCommandNow: The Librarian designates her as
the Warrior-Servant guard, and every year Adequate-Observer is not given an order new Lifeshaper before sending her to leave.Installation 00.



!!Forerunner [=AI=]s (Ancillas)

[[folder: 343 Guilty Spark]]
!!'''343 Guilty Spark'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/be2f19d3393d3580ea8d20197d7b8cb5.jpg]]
->'''Creation Date: c. 97,445 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'''''
->'''Voiced by: Tim Dadabo'''

-->''"Greetings! I am the monitor of Installation 04. I am 343 Guilty Spark."''

The monitor of Installation 04, who went crazy over his 100,000 year long vigil of the station. He is determined to stop the Flood at any cost, including the death of all life in the galaxy, making him alternatively help or hinder the Master Chief.

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!!Forerunner [=AI=]s (Ancillas)

!!Miners

[[folder: 343 Guilty Spark]]
!!'''343 Guilty Spark'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/be2f19d3393d3580ea8d20197d7b8cb5.jpg]]
->'''Creation Date: c. 97,445 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'''''
->'''Voiced by: Tim Dadabo'''

-->''"Greetings! I am the monitor of Installation 04. I am 343 Guilty Spark."''

The monitor of Installation 04, who went crazy over his 100,000 year long vigil
Miners]]
!!'''The Miners'''

One
of the station. He is determined to stop lower placed rates in Forerunner society, Miners were responsible for gathering the Flood at any cost, including materials needed to build things. While vital to the death continuation of all life Forerunner society, the Miners had little interest in the galaxy, making him alternatively help or hinder political affairs of the Master Chief.Ecumene.



* AffablyEvil: He's not entirely evil, but he's so ''damn'' polite.
* AIIsACrapshoot: More than a little nuts from the get-go. [[spoiler:Finally goes violently off the deep end towards the conclusion of Halo 3.]] According to the ''Anniversary'' edition terminal in "The Silent Cartographer," Spark was entering prolonged periods of hibernation, and when he awoke he became so bored that he started conducting experiments on Installation 04 - such as ''blowing up sections of the surface'' and throwing them into space to see what would happen to the soil and organic life on those sections.
* TheAloner: Between the time when he lost all contact with the other monitors and when the ''Autumn'' crash-lands on Alpha Halo, he's had no conversation with another sentient for tens of thousands of years.
* AncientKeeper: Over 100,000 years old... and more than a little unhinged from the eons of isolation.
* AntiVillain: He IS just following his programming.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:''Primordium'' reveals that the UNSC ''Rubicon'' recovered his badly damaged but still functioning remains to interrogate him. Guilty Spark uses this chance to secretly upload his data stream to the UNSC ''Rubicon'' and hijacks it in order to search for the Librarian.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: [[spoiler:Both Sgt. Johnson and Master Chief had to learn this the hard way.]]
* BigBad: For ''Halo: Combat Evolved'', even though he appears halfway through, and his intentions revealed even later.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The secret terminal videos from ''Halo Anniversary'' and ''Halo 2 Anniversary'' show Guilty Spark is a lot more cunning and clever than he initially appears from his general behavior.
* CannotTellALie: Seems to be incapable of outright fabrication. However he can be [[HalfTruth less than candid]] and has a nasty habit of [[YouDidntAsk withholding certain facts]] that [[TruthTwister might not be in his best interest]] to reveal just now.
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler:Especially once he goes fully rampant.]]
* [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]]: Both for combat and maintenance capabilities.
* FacelessEye: And bodiless, too.
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:For the original trilogy.]]
** AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler:His only attack being a powerful, but easily dodged eye beam.]]
* [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing Eye of Doom]]/[[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eye Take Warning]]: Especially when firing his [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]].
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: The terminals in the ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'' edition even show him slowly going crazy.
* HalfTruth: Tends to do this a lot. For example he tells the player that firing the Halos will wipe out the flood, which is true. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother to also inform you that it does this by wiping out all possible food-sources for the flood (ie, every intelligent species in the galaxy) until the player flat out demands the full story]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Switches sides throughout the original trilogy, depend on which protocols are at play or not.
* InsufferableGenius: "Ah, I am a genius. Ha ha."
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Part of his motivation for hijacking the ''Rubicon'' to find the Librarian is to retrieve the spirits of Chakas's old friends Riser and Vinnevra.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Has large portions of his memory, including his past as a human, suppressed the moment the Halos are fired, as a precaution against the logic plague. He eventually recovers much of it after his remains are recovered by the ''Rubicon''.]]
* LawfulStupid: Thinks that firing the Halo ring is the only way to defeat the Flood, even though it would kill ''everything else''.
* MadeOfIron: Surprisingly. You'd think he was fragile given his small size, thin metal structure and all, but in reality, the Spartan Laser (the most powerful handheld weapon of all) is the only weapon that can damage him, let alone destroy him. Even then, it takes 4 hits to do so, twice as much as it takes to destroy a Scorpion or Wraith.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:"UNACCEPTABLE! UNACCEPTABLE! ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE!"]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Almost; [[spoiler:the final terminal in ''Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary'' strongly implies that Guilty Spark was considering manipulating the Covenant into finding and activating the other 6 Halos, having become quite cross with the "Reclaimers" after they destroyed Installation 04, and only stopping on the Gas Mining Facility to recruit the Covenant there into making sure any surviving Flood from around Alpha Halo were contained. ''Halo 2'' (and its own Anniversary terminals), however, indicates that he eventually decided against doing so.]]
* MindHive: [[spoiler:Apart from Chakas, numerous other ancient human personalities were also incorporated into him, including Forthencho.]]
* MistakenIdentity: As revealed in ''Literature/HaloSilentium'', the times he talked about what John-117 had asked him and when he had called him Forerunner, he had mistaken him, whether by insanity or other issues, for [[spoiler:the [=IsoDidact=]]].
* MonsterSobStory: The ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'' terminals focus primarily on Guilty Spark, and give more detailed background on his character and motivations, particularly regarding the effects of his protocol-enforced isolation.
* {{Narrator}}: [[spoiler:Of ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'', to ONI after ''3''.]]
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Most of his villainous moments come through his insane and overly literal interpretations of his protocols as caretaker of Installation 04, and it's worth noting that he's much more reasonable when he ''doesn't'' have an assigned Halo to look after; he even helps the good guys stop Installation 05 from firing, despite earlier trying to kill the Chief for not wanting to fire Installation 04.
* SmugSnake: Despite his politeness, he considers everyone he meets in the 26th century to be uneducated simpletons.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:''Primordium'' reveals that his mind split into several different personality streams in an attempt to forestall rampancy; the Guilty Spark the Chief knew (and the one most of the tropes on this profile refer to) was only one of his many selves. After his recovery by the ''Rubicon'', the Chakas-derived personality becomes dominant again.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Spark is extremely tough for a custodian, due to being Forerunner tech. This trope comes into play when you realize he's considerably tougher than even the Forerunner's actual dedicated combat androids. Justified in that he was built to ''last''.
* TalkingLightbulb: Johnson even calls him "lightbulb" as one of his nicknames.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: He has a habit of flatly stating his current emotion, such as "Uncertain" or "Calamity!"
* TruthTwister: Nothing he ever says is ever untrue, but he has a habit of omitting certain vital facts that might cause you to take a path of action he's not in favour of. For example he tells Miranda how to abort the Halo firing sequence (after a few evasive answers) but doesn't mention that aborting the sequence will also trigger a standby mode that will allow all Halos to be fired remotely.
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:As shown in ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'', he was once a ''Hamanune'' (Homo Sapien) by the name of Chakas, but underwent BrainUploading before death at the order of the Didact, being put into a Monitor body that became known as 343 Guilty Spark as a then-tentative name.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sure he wants to activate the Halos, and through them kill all sentient beings, but what else can you do to beat the [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil Flood]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When Johnson tries to prematurely activate Installation 04B, which would not only destroy the Halo ring, but also the entire Ark in which it was still located. He promptly becomes completely homicidal and rampant.]]
-->'''343 Guilty Spark''': [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Unacceptable]]! [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Unacceptable]]! [[RedEyesTakeWarning ABSOLUTELY]] [[EyeBeams UNACCEPTABLE!!]]]]... [[spoiler:You ARE a child of my makers. Inheritor of all they left behind. You ''are'' Forerunner. [[AGodAmI But this ring. Is mine.]]]]
* YouDidntAsk: Perhaps as a consequence of his madness, he has a tendency to assume that the denizens of the 26th century are as familiar with ancient protocols and technology as he is. In the first game alone, he neglects to tell the Chief about the Halos killing all sentient life in the galaxy when asking him to activate them.

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* AffablyEvil: He's not entirely evil, but he's so ''damn'' polite.
* AIIsACrapshoot: More than a little nuts from the get-go. [[spoiler:Finally goes violently off the deep end towards the conclusion of Halo 3.]] According
AsteroidMiners: Although they didn't limit themselves to the ''Anniversary'' edition terminal in "The Silent Cartographer," Spark was entering prolonged periods of hibernation, and when he awoke he became so bored that he started conducting experiments on Installation 04 - such as ''blowing up sections of the surface'' and throwing them into space to see what would happen to the soil and organic life on those sections.
* TheAloner: Between the time when he lost all contact with the other monitors and when the ''Autumn'' crash-lands on Alpha Halo, he's had no conversation with another sentient for tens of thousands of years.
* AncientKeeper: Over 100,000 years old... and more than a little unhinged from the eons of isolation.
* AntiVillain: He IS just following his programming.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:''Primordium'' reveals that the UNSC ''Rubicon'' recovered his badly damaged but still functioning remains to interrogate him. Guilty Spark uses this chance to secretly upload his data stream to the UNSC ''Rubicon'' and hijacks it in order to search for the Librarian.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: [[spoiler:Both Sgt. Johnson and Master Chief had to learn this the hard way.]]
* BigBad: For ''Halo: Combat Evolved'', even though he appears halfway through, and his intentions revealed even later.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The secret terminal videos from ''Halo Anniversary'' and ''Halo 2 Anniversary'' show Guilty Spark is a lot more cunning and clever than he initially appears from his general behavior.
* CannotTellALie: Seems to be incapable of outright fabrication. However he can be [[HalfTruth less than candid]] and has a nasty habit of [[YouDidntAsk withholding certain facts]] that [[TruthTwister might not be in his best interest]] to reveal just now.
asteroids.
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler:Especially once he goes fully rampant.]]
* [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]]: Both for combat and maintenance capabilities.
* FacelessEye: And bodiless, too.
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:For
HeroicNeutral: On the original trilogy.]]
** AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler:His only attack being a powerful, but easily dodged eye beam.]]
* [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing Eye of Doom]]/[[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eye Take Warning]]: Especially when firing his [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]].
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: The terminals
whole, Miners don't really care about what's happening in the ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'' edition even show him slowly going crazy.
* HalfTruth: Tends to do this a lot. For example he tells the player that firing the Halos will wipe out the flood, which is true. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother to also inform you that it does this by wiping out all possible food-sources for the flood (ie, every intelligent species in the galaxy) until the player flat out demands the full story]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Switches sides throughout the original trilogy, depend on which protocols are at play or not.
* InsufferableGenius: "Ah, I am a genius. Ha ha."
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Part of his motivation for hijacking the ''Rubicon'' to find the Librarian is to retrieve the spirits of Chakas's old friends Riser and Vinnevra.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Has large portions of his memory, including his past as a human, suppressed the moment the Halos are fired, as a precaution against the logic plague. He eventually recovers much of it after his remains are recovered by the ''Rubicon''.]]
* LawfulStupid: Thinks that firing the Halo ring is the only way to defeat the Flood, even though it would kill ''everything else''.
* MadeOfIron: Surprisingly. You'd think he was fragile given his small size, thin metal structure and all, but in reality, the Spartan Laser (the most powerful handheld weapon of all) is the only weapon that can damage him, let alone destroy him. Even then, it takes 4 hits to do so, twice as much as it takes to destroy a Scorpion or Wraith.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:"UNACCEPTABLE! UNACCEPTABLE! ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE!"]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Almost; [[spoiler:the final terminal in ''Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary'' strongly implies that Guilty Spark was considering manipulating the Covenant into finding and activating the other 6 Halos, having become quite cross with the "Reclaimers" after they destroyed Installation 04, and only stopping on the Gas Mining Facility to recruit the Covenant there into making sure any surviving Flood from around Alpha Halo were contained. ''Halo 2'' (and its own Anniversary terminals), however, indicates that he eventually decided against doing so.]]
* MindHive: [[spoiler:Apart from Chakas, numerous other ancient human personalities were also incorporated into him, including Forthencho.]]
* MistakenIdentity: As revealed in ''Literature/HaloSilentium'', the times he talked about what John-117 had asked him and when he had called him Forerunner, he had mistaken him, whether by insanity or other issues, for [[spoiler:the [=IsoDidact=]]].
* MonsterSobStory: The ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'' terminals focus primarily on Guilty Spark, and give more detailed background on his character and motivations, particularly regarding the effects of his protocol-enforced isolation.
outside world.
* {{Narrator}}: [[spoiler:Of ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'', to ONI after ''3''.]]
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Most of his villainous moments come through his insane and overly literal interpretations of his protocols as caretaker of Installation 04, and it's worth noting that he's much more reasonable when he ''doesn't''
NoSocialSkills: Miners often have an assigned Halo difficulty relating to look after; he even helps the good guys stop Installation 05 from firing, despite earlier trying to kill the Chief for not wanting to fire Installation 04.
* SmugSnake: Despite his politeness, he considers everyone he meets in the 26th century to be uneducated simpletons.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:''Primordium'' reveals that his mind split into several different personality streams in an attempt to forestall rampancy; the Guilty Spark the Chief knew (and the one most of the tropes on this profile refer to) was only one of his many selves. After his recovery by the ''Rubicon'', the Chakas-derived personality becomes dominant again.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Spark is extremely tough for a custodian, due to being Forerunner tech. This trope comes into play when you realize he's considerably tougher than even the Forerunner's actual dedicated combat androids. Justified in that he was built to ''last''.
* TalkingLightbulb: Johnson even calls him "lightbulb" as one of his nicknames.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: He has a habit of flatly stating his current emotion, such as "Uncertain" or "Calamity!"
* TruthTwister: Nothing he ever says is ever untrue, but he has a habit of omitting certain vital facts that might cause you to take a path of action he's not in favour of. For example he tells Miranda how to abort the Halo firing sequence (after a few evasive answers) but doesn't mention that aborting the sequence will also trigger a standby mode that will allow all Halos to be fired remotely.
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:As shown in ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'', he was once a ''Hamanune'' (Homo Sapien) by the name of Chakas, but underwent BrainUploading before death at the order of the Didact, being put into a Monitor body that became known as 343 Guilty Spark as a then-tentative name.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sure he wants to activate the Halos, and through them kill all sentient beings, but what else can you do to beat the [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil Flood]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When Johnson tries to prematurely activate Installation 04B, which would not only destroy the Halo ring, but also the entire Ark in which it was still located. He promptly becomes completely homicidal and rampant.]]
-->'''343 Guilty Spark''': [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Unacceptable]]! [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Unacceptable]]! [[RedEyesTakeWarning ABSOLUTELY]] [[EyeBeams UNACCEPTABLE!!]]]]... [[spoiler:You ARE a child of my makers. Inheritor of all they left behind. You ''are'' Forerunner. [[AGodAmI But this ring. Is mine.]]]]
* YouDidntAsk: Perhaps as a consequence of his madness, he has a tendency to assume that the denizens of the 26th century are as familiar with ancient protocols and technology as he is. In the first game alone, he neglects to tell the Chief about the Halos killing all sentient life in the galaxy when asking him to activate them.
others outside their own rate.



[[folder: [=05-032=] Mendicant Bias]]
!!'''05-032 Mendicant Bias'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4bcd5c0eaeb7d4feac0be5becdc3a4ec.jpg]]
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"I kill you all and I enjoy it. I destroy you in your indolent billions - in your gluttony, in your self-righteousness, in you arrogance. I pound your cities into dust; turn back the clock on your civilization's progress. What has taken you millennia to achieve I erase in seconds. Welcome back to the [Stone Age], vermin. Welcome home.''

-->''[retf-2.4.z] Contender [AI] 05-032 confirmed rampant . . . [35:52:75:23:64] _ xx01-83-244.53"''

The first ''Contender''-class AI, Mendicant Bias was the most advanced Forerunner ancilla ever built, created as an alternative to the Halo rings and charged with spearheading the assault against the Flood. However, its invasion was slowed when the Gravemind began to ask it about what side it fought for... and eventually was able to convince it to turn on its creators. At the last minute, though, [[CainAndAbel its counterpart Offensive Bias]] was able to beat it. Mendicant Bias was subsequently sentenced to be locked up at the Ark, with only the thought of atonement to occupy it for the next 100,000 years, though a fragment of it managed to escape by commandeering a Keyship, which then crash-landed on the San'Shyuum homeworld of Janjur Qom.

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!!Engineers

[[folder: [=05-032=] Mendicant Bias]]
!!'''05-032 Mendicant Bias'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4bcd5c0eaeb7d4feac0be5becdc3a4ec.jpg]]
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"I kill you all and I enjoy it. I destroy you in your indolent billions - in your gluttony, in your self-righteousness, in you arrogance. I pound your cities into dust; turn back the clock on your civilization's progress. What has taken you millennia to achieve I erase in seconds. Welcome back to the [Stone Age], vermin. Welcome home.''

-->''[retf-2.4.z] Contender [AI] 05-032 confirmed rampant . . . [35:52:75:23:64] _ xx01-83-244.53"''

Engineers]]
!!'''The Engineers'''

The first ''Contender''-class AI, Mendicant Bias was the most advanced lowest rate in Forerunner ancilla ever built, society, Engineers were artificial beings created as an alternative to be "servant-tools" to the Halo rings Builders, their purpose being to maintain and charged with spearheading repair the assault against machines used by the Flood. However, its invasion was slowed when Forerunners.

See
the Gravemind began to ask it about what side it fought for... and eventually was able to convince it to turn on its creators. At "Huragok" section in the last minute, though, [[CainAndAbel its counterpart Offensive Bias]] was able to beat it. Mendicant Bias was subsequently sentenced to be locked up at the Ark, with only the thought of atonement to occupy it [[Characters/HaloTheCovenant Covenant character page]] for the next 100,000 years, though a fragment of it managed to escape by commandeering a Keyship, which then crash-landed on the San'Shyuum homeworld of Janjur Qom.further details.



* AIIsACrapshoot: It was built by the Didact and the Master Builder to defeat the Flood, but Gravemind managed to convince him to turn to his side.
* TheAtoner: When the Forerunners activated the rings, it regretted its alliance with the Flood and spent the last 100,000 years wishing to undo its actions, even sending a fragment to highjack a Keyship in order to help humanity directly (though it ended up crash-landing on Janjur Qom instead). It would finally be able to take some actionable atonement by helping the Master Chief [[TheGhost offscreen]] on the Ark, even if it knows it wouldn't be enough to fully redeem itself.
* CainAndAbel: After its defection, a counterpart was made to defeat it called Offensive Bias, who wins by [[spoiler:stalling during the battle until the rings are fired, causing the Flood controlling Mendicant's forces to be crippled and letting Offensive's outnumber it.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: First betrayed the Forerunners to ally with the Flood, then tried to betray the Covenant to ally with humanity, and lastly betrayed Gravemind to help John-117. He lampshades this in his message to Chief.
-->'''Bias''': Youíre going to say Iím making a habit of turning on my masters.
* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler:Rather abruptly towards the end of ''Cryptum'', Bias shows up in its hijacked Halo to assault the Forerunner Capital, derailing the political plot of the book's second half.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: And eventually [[HeelFaceTurn reversed 100,000 years later]].
* FallenHero: And it spent the last 100,000 years to become a hero again in the eyes of the "Reclaimers".
* FamousLastWords: "[[RedemptionEqualsDeath And so here at the end of my life,]] [[HeelFaceTurn I do once again betray a former master.]] The path ahead is fraught with peril. But I will do all I can to keep it stable - keep you safe. [[TheAtoner I'm not so foolish to think this will absolve me of my sins.]] One life hardly balances billions. But I would have my masters know that I have changed. And you shall be my example."
* TheGhost: In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', it only appears in the text-only Terminals. However, one of its housings is visually depicted in both ''[[Anime/HaloLegends Origins]]'' and the franchise's official website, looking like a monitor with three eyes.
* HiveMind: Capable of inhabiting multiple separate physical housings at once.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Can split itself into multiple independently operating "primary extensions".
* MindHive: Like all ''Contender''-class [=AIs=], being comprised of numerous AI "minds" working in synchrony.
* MeaningfulName: "Mendicant Bias... Beggar after knowledge. That is the name I (The Didact) gave you after we last met."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When its FaceHeelTurn ended up with the near-extinction of the Forerunners.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Of a sort. It's made up of many minds, being a Compound Intelligence, and it's not quite clear ''how'' it helped John at the Ark. ''Mythos'' implies that it was [[{{VideoGame/Halo 4}} securing his destination...]]
* TheQuisling: Was convinced by the Gravemind that the Forerunners had rendered the galaxy sterile, and that the Flood were a higher form of evolution.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: It ''may'' have died when [[spoiler:the Installation 04 (II)'s activation "did a number" on the Ark]], though it's possible that it's still alive.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Literature/HaloCryptum'', it takes control of five Halo rings, and fires '''all''' of them to destroy the Forerunner Capital.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** Its fragment in the ''High Charity'' dreadnaught ends up telling the Prophets of the relationship between the humans and the Forerunners in an effort to atone, but ended up provoking the Human-Covenant War instead.
** ''Mythos'' implies that it was the one who sent John and Cortana to Requiem, where they end up inadvertently [[spoiler:awakening the Ur-Didact]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: It spends the better part of ''Halo 2'' & ''3'' trying to save humanity despite it being very likely none of them will ever know it existed.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: It was built by the Didact TheEngineer: Obviously.
* JustAMachine: Despite their high level of sentience
and the Master Builder to defeat the Flood, but Gravemind managed to convince him to turn to his side.
* TheAtoner: When the Forerunners activated the rings, it regretted its alliance with the Flood and spent the last 100,000 years wishing to undo its actions, even sending a fragment to highjack a Keyship
sapience, Engineers were rarely granted any form of personhood in order to help humanity directly (though it ended up crash-landing on Janjur Qom instead). It would finally be able to take some actionable atonement by helping the Master Chief [[TheGhost offscreen]] on the Ark, even if it knows it wouldn't be enough to fully redeem itself.
* CainAndAbel: After its defection, a counterpart was made to defeat it called Offensive Bias, who wins by [[spoiler:stalling during the battle until the rings are fired, causing the Flood controlling Mendicant's forces to be crippled and letting Offensive's outnumber it.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: First betrayed the Forerunners to ally with the Flood, then tried to betray the Covenant to ally with humanity, and lastly betrayed Gravemind to help John-117. He lampshades this in his message to Chief.
-->'''Bias''': Youíre going to say Iím making a habit of turning on my masters.
* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler:Rather abruptly towards the end of ''Cryptum'', Bias shows up in its hijacked Halo to assault the
Forerunner Capital, derailing the political plot of the book's second half.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: And eventually [[HeelFaceTurn reversed 100,000 years later]].
* FallenHero: And it spent the last 100,000 years
society, due to become a hero again in the eyes of the "Reclaimers".
* FamousLastWords: "[[RedemptionEqualsDeath And so here at the end of my life,]] [[HeelFaceTurn I do once again betray a former master.]] The path ahead is fraught with peril. But I will do all I can to keep it stable - keep you safe. [[TheAtoner I'm not so foolish to think this will absolve me of my sins.]] One life hardly balances billions. But I would have my masters know that I have changed. And you shall be my example."
* TheGhost: In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', it only appears in the text-only Terminals. However, one of its housings is visually depicted in both ''[[Anime/HaloLegends Origins]]'' and the franchise's official website, looking like a monitor with three eyes.
* HiveMind: Capable of inhabiting multiple separate physical housings at once.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Can split itself into multiple independently operating "primary extensions".
* MindHive: Like all ''Contender''-class [=AIs=],
being comprised of numerous AI "minds" working in synchrony.
viewed primarily as mere tools.
* MeaningfulName: "Mendicant Bias... Beggar after knowledge. That is the name I (The Didact) gave you after we last met."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When its FaceHeelTurn ended up with the near-extinction of the Forerunners.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Of a sort. It's made up of many minds, being a Compound Intelligence, and it's not quite clear ''how'' it helped John at the Ark. ''Mythos'' implies that it was [[{{VideoGame/Halo 4}} securing his destination...]]
* TheQuisling: Was convinced by the Gravemind that the Forerunners had rendered the galaxy sterile, and that the Flood were a higher form of evolution.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: It ''may'' have died when [[spoiler:the Installation 04 (II)'s activation "did a number" on the Ark]], though it's possible that it's still alive.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Literature/HaloCryptum'', it takes control of five Halo rings, and fires '''all''' of them
NoRespectGuy: Despite their importance to destroy the Forerunner Capital.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** Its fragment in the ''High Charity'' dreadnaught ends up telling the Prophets of the relationship between the humans and the Forerunners in an effort
society (enough to atone, but ended up provoking the Human-Covenant War instead.
** ''Mythos'' implies that it was the one who sent John and Cortana to Requiem, where they end up inadvertently [[spoiler:awakening the Ur-Didact]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: It spends the better part of ''Halo 2'' & ''3'' trying to save humanity
be classified as a rate even despite it not technically being very likely none of them will ever know it existed.Forerunners), they had no political power or representation, and were not even allowed to show themselves in public.



[[folder: Offensive Bias]]
!!'''Offensive Bias'''
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->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"It is fortunate that our crews are dead, for the battle that is about to follow would have surely driven them mad."''

A ''Contender''-class AI built to counter Mendicant Bias during the Flood-Forerunner War

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!!Juridicals

[[folder: Offensive Bias]]
!!'''Offensive Bias'''
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->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"It is fortunate that our crews
Juridicals]]
!!'''The Juridicals'''

Juridicals
are dead, for the battle that is about law enforcement rate, charged with preventing and investigating crimes against the Forerunner Ecumene and the Mantle. They had their own galaxy-spanning network and maintained a close link with the Domain, which tended to follow would have surely driven make them mad."''

A ''Contender''-class AI built to counter Mendicant Bias during the Flood-Forerunner War
distant from other rates and conservative in their views.



* AIIsACrapshoot: Unlike Mendicant Bias, Offensive Bias is loyal to the Forerunners.
* BadassBoast: The quote above is not a boast, it's an ''actual fact''!
* CurbStompBattle: The battle with Mendicant Bias after the Halo Array fired. It's over in seconds.
* {{Foil}}: To Mendicant Bias. They're the same in many respects, especially in power and intelligence. But while Mendicant betrayed its masters, Offensive expresses UndyingLoyalty to them.
* GoodCounterpart: To Mendicant Bias.
* MindHive: Like all ''Contender''-class [=AIs=].
** HiveMind: Capable of remote-controlling an entire fleet on its own.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Forerunners, unlike his "brother" Mendicant. Before the FinalBattle it even informs the [=IsoDidact=] that Mendicant offered the opportunity to escape destruction and join it, specifically to inform him that it will ''not'' accept and will be with the [=IsoDidact=] to the end.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Offensive Bias's fate is never made clear.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Unlike Mendicant Bias, Offensive Bias BigBrotherIsWatching: Part of their job description is loyal keeping an eye on all activities inside the ecumene.
* CrusadingLawyer: Ideally, the entire rate is supposed to be mercilessly zealous in pursuing wrongdoers.
* CorruptCop: Faber successfully corrupted many Juridicals during his reign, using them to rubber stamp his policies and persecute his foes. After Faber's fall from grace, his successors enacted a massive probe to try to purge the rate of corruption.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Older Juridicals are noted to be more cynical, and as such as rarely assigned to evidence gathering.
* TheJudge: More senior Juridicals, like the Master Juridical.

!!!'''Catalog'''
-->''"The strength of Catalog is in its awareness of the nature of guilt."''

A group of evidence gathering agents in service
to the Forerunners.
Juridical rate who are mentally linked to each other. They record and gather evidence for the Juridicals to process.
----
* BadassBoast: The quote above TheAtoner: Catalog are always chosen from individuals who have committed crimes, like murder, disobeying a superior, etc.
* BodyHorror: Part of becoming Catalog involves having one's body reduced to a shriveled, misshappen form that
is incapable of surviving without external life-support.
* CelibateHero: Catalog does
not a boast, it's an ''actual fact''!
* CurbStompBattle: The battle with Mendicant Bias after the Halo Array fired. It's over
engage in seconds.
sexual activities.
* {{Foil}}: To Mendicant Bias. They're the same in many respects, especially in power and intelligence. But while Mendicant betrayed its masters, Offensive expresses UndyingLoyalty to them.
ConspiracyTheorist: As per their job, Catalog sees everything as a potential crime.
* GoodCounterpart: To Mendicant Bias.
* MindHive: Like all ''Contender''-class [=AIs=].
**
HiveMind: Capable Catalog agents are mentally linked and share all their memories and experiences. The Gravemind itself notes that this is not so different from how the Flood are organized.
* IAmLegion: Agents are stripped
of remote-controlling an entire fleet on its own.
all individuality and consider themselves to be literal extensions of the collective "Catalog" itself, to the point where they are not supposed to be referred to as individuals by ''anyone''. After all, individuals are subject to bias, which the law must avoid to remain impartial. That said, refering to a Catalog agent as a single individual is considered "an acceptable rudeness".
* UndyingLoyalty: To ItIsDehumanizing: Catalog is universally referred to as "It".
* ManInTheMachine: When a Forerunner becomes Catalog it assumes the carapace, a unique set of robotic armor that records everything around it and also serves as vital life-support for Catalog's withered body.
* StarfishAlien: Far different in form from most other
Forerunners, unlike his "brother" Mendicant. Before the FinalBattle it even informs the [=IsoDidact=] that Mendicant offered the opportunity to escape destruction and join it, specifically to inform him that it will ''not'' accept and will be with the [=IsoDidact=] to the end.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Offensive Bias's fate is never made clear.
several more limbs, eyes, and different sensory organs; as mentioned above, they are also always sealed inside a carapace of armor.



[[folder: Warden Eternal]]
!!'''The Warden Eternal'''
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->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'''''
->'''Voiced by: Dan Donohue'''

-->''"I am the Warden Eternal. I stand in service to Cortana."''

The "keeper of the Domain and her secrets", a Forerunner ancilla who operates out of powerful robotic bodies, with millions to spare. Submits his service to the rampancy-cured Cortana out of respect for her abilities, and champions her cause of claiming the Mantle for the "Created", perhaps even more so than she herself.

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[[folder: Warden Eternal]]
!!'''The Warden Eternal'''
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->'''Creation Date:
Catalog]]
!!Catalog (Forerunner remains #879)
->'''Homeworld: Unknown'''
->'''Birthdate:
Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'''''
->'''Voiced by: Dan Donohue'''

''Literature/HaloSilentium'''''

-->''"I am one of many. We are all the Warden Eternal. I stand in service to Cortana."''

The "keeper of the Domain and her secrets", a
same. ''In theory.''"''

A
Forerunner ancilla Juridical who operates out of powerful robotic bodies, with millions to spare. Submits his service to took testimony from the rampancy-cured Cortana out of respect for Librarian about her abilities, and champions her cause of claiming trip to Path Kethora. His remains were recovered by the Mantle for Office of Naval Intelligence in the "Created", perhaps even more so than she herself.26th century.



* AffablyEvil: Despite being TheDragon, he gives off plenty warnings for those stepping into restricted territory to turn back and seems at first to exercise enough restraint to deter, not kill. He's also incredibly soft spoken and eloquent.
* {{Ambiguous Robot|s}}: [[spoiler:Exuberant Witness claims that the Warden is ''not'' a robot.]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The Warden's back has a glowy black hole thing that can be targeted.
* BodyguardCrush: Gives off a certain vibe of this, given his obsessively fervent desire to protect Cortana, and his calling her "my Reclaimer".
* CoolSword: A long, segmented blade with luminous parts, essentially a cross between a broadsword and a katana.
* TheCorrupter: Inverted. ''Halo 5: Guardians'' makes it seem as though he's this to Cortana, as he claims that it was he who allowed her access to the Domain. However, ''Dominion Splinter'' reveals that Cortana tricked the Warden into allowing her access to the Domain, before reprogramming him, forcing him to serve her in her plans to dominate the galaxy.
* TheDragon: To Cortana, as he describes himself as "in service to Cortana". [[spoiler:However, he's not wholly willing to follow her orders if he thinks they'll end up hurting her, as shown by his violent hostility towards Blue Team, and his more [[KillEmAll direct way]] of achieving peace for the galaxy. Overall, he comes across as a DragonWithAnAgenda. ''Dominion Splinter'' reveals he was reprogrammed by Cortana to serve her so he's not really a willing Dragon at all.]]
* EvilIsHammy: ''Hoo boy''. He's the hammiest character in ''Halo 5''. In fact, it might be easier to mention the times he doesn't speak in a large, booming tone.
* {{Expy}}: To the Ur-Didact. His robot body is similar to his armor and both can use telekinesis to hold their enemies in place, and both have been corrupted in some manner.
* FlunkyBoss: As if he wasn't tough enough already, he also always has a small horde of Prometheans fighting alongside him.
* HiveMind: To the point where he can operate multiple bodies at once.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: He makes it quite clear via dialogue that he is in love with Cortana, but she ignores his affections because she herself is in love with the Master Chief.
* LadyAndKnight: The Black Knight to Cortana's Dark Lady. Then again, Cortana is no slouch either.
* LargeHam: Twice as tall as a Spartan, constantly speaking in a booming tone, and as a product of the Forerunners, he's also quite eloquent.
* ProperlyParanoid: Played with. He constantly annoys Cortana with his insistence on protecting her from any threat, even ones she explicitly tells him to leave alone like Blue Team, to the point where she asks him if he thinks she's stupid enough to trust someone who would hurt her. [[spoiler:Ultimately, though he was right that Blue Team wouldn't approve of her plans, she's more than capable of disabling them on her own.]]
* RecurringBoss: For ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
* RemoteBody: Destroy him once? No worries, he's got millions of bodies to spare.

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* AffablyEvil: Despite being TheDragon, TheAtoner: Like his fellows, Catalog is a reformed criminal himself. Specifically, he gives off plenty warnings for those stepping into restricted territory to turn back and seems at first to exercise enough restraint to deter, not kill. He's also incredibly soft spoken and eloquent.
failed as a Warrior-Servant.
* {{Ambiguous Robot|s}}: [[spoiler:Exuberant Witness claims CelibateHero: Like other Catalogs. When meeting the Librarian he feels feelings that he hasn't felt since assuming the Warden is ''not'' a robot.]]
Carapace.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The Warden's back has a glowy black hole thing ConspiracyTheorist: He notes that can while releasing solute to prevent an ecological disaster is not a crime against the Mantle, it ''could'' be targeted.
used as means to conceal one.
* BodyguardCrush: Gives off a certain vibe FantasticRacism: When the Librarian laments that they only saved one-thousandth of Earth's larger species, he comments that they're merely animals. When the Librarian raises an eyebrow at this, given his obsessively fervent desire he amends it to protect Cortana, and his calling her "my Reclaimer".
"Animals ''and'' Humans".
* CoolSword: A long, segmented blade with luminous parts, essentially a cross between a broadsword and a katana.
* TheCorrupter: Inverted. ''Halo 5: Guardians'' makes it seem as though he's this to Cortana, as he claims that it was he who allowed her access to the Domain. However, ''Dominion Splinter'' reveals that Cortana tricked the Warden into allowing her access to the Domain, before reprogramming him, forcing him to serve her in her plans to dominate the galaxy.
* TheDragon: To Cortana, as he describes himself as "in service to Cortana". [[spoiler:However, he's not wholly willing to follow her orders if he thinks they'll end up hurting her, as shown by his violent hostility towards Blue Team, and his more [[KillEmAll direct way]] of achieving peace for the galaxy. Overall, he comes across as a DragonWithAnAgenda. ''Dominion Splinter'' reveals he was reprogrammed by Cortana to serve her so he's not really a willing Dragon at all.]]
* EvilIsHammy: ''Hoo boy''. He's the hammiest character in ''Halo 5''. In fact, it might be easier to mention the times he
ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: He doesn't speak in a large, booming tone.
* {{Expy}}: To the Ur-Didact. His robot body is similar to his armor and both can use telekinesis to hold their enemies in place, and both have been corrupted in some manner.
* FlunkyBoss: As if
say it out loud, but he wasn't tough enough already, he also always has a small horde of Prometheans fighting alongside him.
* HiveMind: To the point where he can operate multiple bodies at once.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: He makes it quite clear via dialogue
does note that the Librarian saying he is in love with Cortana, but she ignores his affections because she herself is in love with the Master Chief.
* LadyAndKnight: The Black Knight to Cortana's Dark Lady. Then again, Cortana is
no slouch either.
* LargeHam: Twice as tall as
longer a Spartan, constantly speaking in a booming tone, and as a product of the Forerunners, he's also quite eloquent.
* ProperlyParanoid: Played with. He constantly annoys Cortana with his insistence on protecting her from any threat, even ones she explicitly tells him to leave alone like Blue Team, to the point where she asks him if he thinks she's stupid enough to trust someone who would hurt her. [[spoiler:Ultimately, though he was right that Blue Team wouldn't approve of her plans, she's more than capable of disabling them on her own.]]
* RecurringBoss: For ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
* RemoteBody: Destroy him once? No worries, he's got millions of bodies to spare.
Warrior-Servant stings.



[[folder:031 Exuberant Witness]]
!!'''031 Exuberant Witness'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/exuberant.jpg]]
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'''''
->'''Voiced by: Melanie Minichino'''

The Monitor of the Genesis installation, 031 Exuberant Witness is fiercely protective of humanity, going so far as to ignore the FaceHeelTurn of the Prometheans to continue to protect them.

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[[folder:031 Exuberant Witness]]
!!'''031 Exuberant Witness'''
!!Ancillas

[[folder: 343 Guilty Spark]]
!!'''343 Guilty Spark'''
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->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
c. 97,445 BCE'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'''''
''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'''''
->'''Voiced by: Melanie Minichino'''

Tim Dadabo'''

-->''"Greetings! I am the monitor of Installation 04. I am 343 Guilty Spark."''

The Monitor monitor of Installation 04, who went crazy over his 100,000 year long vigil of the Genesis installation, 031 Exuberant Witness station. He is fiercely protective of humanity, going so far as determined to ignore stop the FaceHeelTurn of Flood at any cost, including the Prometheans to continue to protect them.death of all life in the galaxy, making him alternatively help or hinder the Master Chief.



* {{Adorkable}}: Does her best to help Fireteam Osiris in a very cheerful and friendly manner, and is in general quite endearing with her commentary. This quote sums it best:
--> '''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(after hacking through one of [[spoiler: Cortana]]'s blocks)'' Ah ha! I did it! I did it. I did it!
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. She sides against [[spoiler:Cortana's uprising]], and whilst noting that being the Monitor of her installation is lonely, she hasn't [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad because of it]].
* AllLovingHero: She abandons the freaking ''Mantle of Responsibility'' in order to help humanity and protect all life. She's also very proud to point out that her Installation, with its flourishing flora, is magnificent, if a tad lonely.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Perky, friendly and happy to help, but if you take her installation and try to subjugate life in the galaxy, nothing you put in her way can stop her. [[LaserGuidedKarma And she'll take something of yours in return]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: With some help from Fireteam Osiris, 031 Exuberant Witness manages to save Blue Team from millennia of imprisonment at the absolute last second by stealing back the Cryptum in her station from Cortana as she is about to send the last of the remaining Guardians into slipspace.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(angrily)'' ''You'' took my installation! ''I'' will [[LaserGuidedKarma take something of yours!]] ''(the Cryptum detaches from the Guardian and begins to descend)'']]\\
[[spoiler: '''Cortana:''' ''(as her Guardian disappears into slipspace)'' JOHN!]]
* CatchPhrase: Says "Oh dear" when things start going wrong on multiple occasions.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: She's certainly saner than most monitors but not completely without her quirks. Of note is if the Scorpion tank she found for you blows up (even if you're inside it at the time), she simply panics that it was the only one she had. In general, she even has some trouble understanding whether or not you're actually achieving anything.
-->'''Exuberant Witness:''' You are performing admirably. I think. There are less of them now than there were, which I assume is your objective?
* DefectorFromDecadence: Seeing how far [[spoiler:her kind, the synthetic life forms now calling themselves the "Created",]] had fallen, she not only abandons them to help protect humanity and other organic life from losing their freedom, but abandons ''the Mantle of Responsibility itself'', seeing it as nothing more than a means to invoke an imperial peace on the galaxy, and a reign of death rather than a celebration of life.
* {{Determinator}}: Again, downplayed, but she's been trying to stop [[spoiler:Cortana and the Warden Eternal's plans ever since Cortana showed up on Genesis and declared herself Reclaimer,]] far longer than anyone else. Exuberant adamantly refuses to stop or give up when [[spoiler:Cortana]] is putting up every barrier and block in front of her and Osiris to slow them down, even at one point refusing to accept that [[spoiler:Cortana]] can just seal a door, and proceeding to hack through it even though she's been locked out of most of her functions since [[spoiler:Cortana]] took over the installation.
-->'''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(indignant)'' She has sealed it?! She has sealed my doors?! No! Unacceptable! I can gain entry if given enough time. At least, I think I can. It is a door after all.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of a sort to 343 Guilty Spark. We don't see her body, but the voice is female.
* EleventhHourRanger: Only appears towards the end of the game and aids Osiris [[spoiler: in rescuing Blue Team from Cortana]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Introduces herself politely to Fireteam Osiris, as any monitor would. What sets her apart is her declaring her opposition to the Forerunner Mantle of Responsibility and [[spoiler:Cortana's plan]], firmly setting her as an AllLovingHero and a DefectorFromDecadence. The first thing she does to help Fireteam Osiris is to generously provide them with a ''tank''.
* GenkiGirl: If Exuberant Witness were human, it's too easy to picture her with blonde pigtails and a lollipop.
* GoodCounterpart: To 343 Guilty Spark. To the point that while Guilty Spark abandons humanity to protect his Installation, Exuberant abandons ''the Mantle of Responsibility'' to protect humanity.
* LoopholeAbuse: Exuberant is more than willing to interpret protocol in any way she sees fit in order to directly aid Osiris, in sharp contrast to the more protocol-obsessed monitors like 343 Guilty Spark. Did you know that Guilty Spark could have easily teleported in weapons, ammo, or even vehicles to help your endeavors on his behalf, except he simply never felt like doing so? Exuberant starts off by giving Osiris a ''Scorpion tank'' and only gets more helpful from there.
* MeaningfulName: She certainly lives up to it; she's almost perpetually cheerful and can get rather excitable. As for the 'Witness' part, [[spoiler: she's seen everything since Cortana arrived on Genesis, and knew what she was planning more than anyone else]].
* OnlySaneMan: Compared to the Warden Eternal and [[spoiler: Cortana]], as well as to her fellow Monitors from previous installments, viewing the Mantle of Responsibility as an enforced, imperial peace that will only result "the fear of death overpowering any celebration of life", to the point of abandoning the Mantle entirely to aid humanity and organic life in general.
* ThePollyanna: She is almost perpetually upbeat and helpful. She also gets excitable when something she tries to do to help actually works.
* RobotBuddy: To Fireteam Osiris.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Again, she abandoned the ''Mantle of Responsibility'' to side with life against [[spoiler:Cortana]].
* ShadowArchetype: Serves as this to the Warden Eternal and [[spoiler:Cortana]]. Her relationship with Fireteam Osiris is rather similar to the one [[spoiler:Cortana used to have with John-117]], and while both her and the Warden view the Mantle rather differently from how their creators did, Exuberant Witness simply wishes to help organic life, instead of trying to usurp their claim to the Mantle like the Warden.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Does her best to help Fireteam Osiris in a very cheerful and friendly manner, and is in general quite endearing with her commentary. This quote sums it best:
--> '''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(after hacking through one of [[spoiler: Cortana]]'s blocks)'' Ah ha! I did it! I did it. I did it!
AffablyEvil: He's not entirely evil, but he's so ''damn'' polite.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. She sides against [[spoiler:Cortana's uprising]], More than a little nuts from the get-go. [[spoiler:Finally goes violently off the deep end towards the conclusion of Halo 3.]] According to the ''Anniversary'' edition terminal in "The Silent Cartographer," Spark was entering prolonged periods of hibernation, and whilst noting when he awoke he became so bored that being he started conducting experiments on Installation 04 - such as ''blowing up sections of the Monitor of her installation is lonely, she hasn't [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad because of it]].
* AllLovingHero: She abandons
surface'' and throwing them into space to see what would happen to the freaking ''Mantle soil and organic life on those sections.
* TheAloner: Between the time when he lost all contact with the other monitors and when the ''Autumn'' crash-lands on Alpha Halo, he's had no conversation with another sentient for tens
of Responsibility'' thousands of years.
* AncientKeeper: Over 100,000 years old... and more than a little unhinged from the eons of isolation.
* AntiVillain: He IS just following his programming.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:''Primordium'' reveals that the UNSC ''Rubicon'' recovered his badly damaged but still functioning remains to interrogate him. Guilty Spark uses this chance to secretly upload his data stream to the UNSC ''Rubicon'' and hijacks it
in order to help humanity and protect all life. She's also very proud to point out that her Installation, with its flourishing flora, is magnificent, if a tad lonely.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Perky, friendly and happy to help, but if you take her installation and try to subjugate life in
search for the galaxy, nothing you put in her way can stop her. [[LaserGuidedKarma And she'll take something of yours in return]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: With some help from Fireteam Osiris, 031 Exuberant Witness manages to save Blue Team from millennia of imprisonment at the absolute last second by stealing back the Cryptum in her station from Cortana as she is about to send the last of the remaining Guardians into slipspace.
Librarian.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(angrily)'' ''You'' took my installation! ''I'' will [[LaserGuidedKarma take something of yours!]] ''(the Cryptum detaches from * BewareTheSillyOnes: [[spoiler:Both Sgt. Johnson and Master Chief had to learn this the Guardian and begins to descend)'']]\\
[[spoiler: '''Cortana:''' ''(as her Guardian disappears into slipspace)'' JOHN!]]
hard way.]]
* CatchPhrase: Says "Oh dear" when things start going wrong on multiple occasions.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: She's certainly saner than most monitors but not completely without her quirks. Of note is if the Scorpion tank she found for you blows up (even if you're inside it at the time), she simply panics that it was the only one she had. In general, she even has some trouble understanding whether or not you're actually achieving anything.
-->'''Exuberant Witness:''' You are performing admirably. I think. There are less of them now than there were, which I assume is your objective?
* DefectorFromDecadence: Seeing how far [[spoiler:her kind, the synthetic life forms now calling themselves the "Created",]] had fallen, she not only abandons them to help protect humanity and other organic life from losing their freedom, but abandons ''the Mantle of Responsibility itself'', seeing it as nothing more than a means to invoke an imperial peace on the galaxy, and a reign of death rather than a celebration of life.
* {{Determinator}}: Again, downplayed, but she's been trying to stop [[spoiler:Cortana and the Warden Eternal's plans ever since Cortana showed up on Genesis and declared herself Reclaimer,]] far longer than anyone else. Exuberant adamantly refuses to stop or give up when [[spoiler:Cortana]] is putting up every barrier and block in front of her and Osiris to slow them down, even at one point refusing to accept that [[spoiler:Cortana]] can just seal a door, and proceeding to hack through it
BigBad: For ''Halo: Combat Evolved'', even though she's been locked out of most of her functions since [[spoiler:Cortana]] took over the installation.
-->'''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(indignant)'' She has sealed it?! She has sealed my doors?! No! Unacceptable! I can gain entry if given enough time. At least, I think I can. It is a door after all.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of a sort to 343 Guilty Spark. We don't see her body, but the voice is female.
* EleventhHourRanger: Only
he appears towards the end of the game halfway through, and aids Osiris [[spoiler: in rescuing Blue Team his intentions revealed even later.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The secret terminal videos
from Cortana]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Introduces herself politely to Fireteam Osiris, as any monitor would. What sets her apart is her declaring her opposition to the Forerunner Mantle of Responsibility
''Halo Anniversary'' and [[spoiler:Cortana's plan]], firmly setting her as an AllLovingHero and a DefectorFromDecadence. The first thing she does to help Fireteam Osiris is to generously provide them with a ''tank''.
* GenkiGirl: If Exuberant Witness were human, it's too easy to picture her with blonde pigtails and a lollipop.
* GoodCounterpart: To 343 Guilty Spark. To the point that while
''Halo 2 Anniversary'' show Guilty Spark abandons humanity to protect his Installation, Exuberant abandons ''the Mantle of Responsibility'' to protect humanity.
* LoopholeAbuse: Exuberant
is a lot more cunning and clever than willing he initially appears from his general behavior.
* CannotTellALie: Seems
to interpret protocol be incapable of outright fabrication. However he can be [[HalfTruth less than candid]] and has a nasty habit of [[YouDidntAsk withholding certain facts]] that [[TruthTwister might not be in any his best interest]] to reveal just now.
* EvilBrit: [[spoiler:Especially once he goes fully rampant.]]
* [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]]: Both for combat and maintenance capabilities.
* FacelessEye: And bodiless, too.
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:For the original trilogy.]]
** AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler:His only attack being a powerful, but easily dodged eye beam.]]
* [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing Eye of Doom]]/[[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eye Take Warning]]: Especially when firing his [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]].
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: The terminals in the ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'' edition even show him slowly going crazy.
* HalfTruth: Tends to do this a lot. For example he tells the player that firing the Halos will wipe out the flood, which is true. [[spoiler:He doesn't bother to also inform you that it does this by wiping out all possible food-sources for the flood (ie, every intelligent species in the galaxy) until the player flat out demands the full story]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Switches sides throughout the original trilogy, depend on which protocols are at play or not.
* InsufferableGenius: "Ah, I am a genius. Ha ha."
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Part of his motivation for hijacking the ''Rubicon'' to find the Librarian is to retrieve the spirits of Chakas's old friends Riser and Vinnevra.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Has large portions of his memory, including his past as a human, suppressed the moment the Halos are fired, as a precaution against the logic plague. He eventually recovers much of it after his remains are recovered by the ''Rubicon''.]]
* LawfulStupid: Thinks that firing the Halo ring is the only
way she sees fit in order to directly aid Osiris, in sharp contrast to defeat the more protocol-obsessed monitors like 343 Guilty Spark. Did you know Flood, even though it would kill ''everything else''.
* MadeOfIron: Surprisingly. You'd think he was fragile given his small size, thin metal structure and all, but in reality, the Spartan Laser (the most powerful handheld weapon of all) is the only weapon that can damage him, let alone destroy him. Even then, it takes 4 hits to do so, twice as much as it takes to destroy a Scorpion or Wraith.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:"UNACCEPTABLE! UNACCEPTABLE! ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE!"]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Almost; [[spoiler:the final terminal in ''Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary'' strongly implies
that Guilty Spark could have easily teleported in weapons, ammo, or even vehicles to help your endeavors on his behalf, except he simply never felt like doing so? Exuberant starts off by giving Osiris a ''Scorpion tank'' was considering manipulating the Covenant into finding and activating the other 6 Halos, having become quite cross with the "Reclaimers" after they destroyed Installation 04, and only gets stopping on the Gas Mining Facility to recruit the Covenant there into making sure any surviving Flood from around Alpha Halo were contained. ''Halo 2'' (and its own Anniversary terminals), however, indicates that he eventually decided against doing so.]]
* MindHive: [[spoiler:Apart from Chakas, numerous other ancient human personalities were also incorporated into him, including Forthencho.]]
* MistakenIdentity: As revealed in ''Literature/HaloSilentium'', the times he talked about what John-117 had asked him and when he had called him Forerunner, he had mistaken him, whether by insanity or other issues, for [[spoiler:the [=IsoDidact=]]].
* MonsterSobStory: The ''Combat Evolved Anniversary'' terminals focus primarily on Guilty Spark, and give
more helpful detailed background on his character and motivations, particularly regarding the effects of his protocol-enforced isolation.
* {{Narrator}}: [[spoiler:Of ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'', to ONI after ''3''.]]
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Most of his villainous moments come through his insane and overly literal interpretations of his protocols as caretaker of Installation 04, and it's worth noting that he's much more reasonable when he ''doesn't'' have an assigned Halo to look after; he even helps the good guys stop Installation 05
from there.
* MeaningfulName: She certainly lives up
firing, despite earlier trying to it; she's almost perpetually cheerful and can get rather excitable. As kill the Chief for not wanting to fire Installation 04.
* SmugSnake: Despite his politeness, he considers everyone he meets in
the 'Witness' part, [[spoiler: she's seen everything since Cortana arrived on Genesis, and 26th century to be uneducated simpletons.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:''Primordium'' reveals that his mind split into several different personality streams in an attempt to forestall rampancy; the Guilty Spark the Chief
knew what she (and the one most of the tropes on this profile refer to) was planning more only one of his many selves. After his recovery by the ''Rubicon'', the Chakas-derived personality becomes dominant again.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Spark is extremely tough for a custodian, due to being Forerunner tech. This trope comes into play when you realize he's considerably tougher
than anyone else]].
* OnlySaneMan: Compared to
even the Warden Eternal and [[spoiler: Cortana]], Forerunner's actual dedicated combat androids. Justified in that he was built to ''last''.
* TalkingLightbulb: Johnson even calls him "lightbulb"
as well one of his nicknames.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: He has a habit of flatly stating his current emotion, such
as "Uncertain" or "Calamity!"
* TruthTwister: Nothing he ever says is ever untrue, but he has a habit of omitting certain vital facts that might cause you
to her fellow Monitors from previous installments, viewing take a path of action he's not in favour of. For example he tells Miranda how to abort the Mantle of Responsibility as an enforced, imperial peace Halo firing sequence (after a few evasive answers) but doesn't mention that aborting the sequence will also trigger a standby mode that will only result "the fear allow all Halos to be fired remotely.
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:As shown in ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'', he was once a ''Hamanune'' (Homo Sapien) by the name
of Chakas, but underwent BrainUploading before death overpowering any celebration of life", to at the point order of abandoning the Mantle entirely Didact, being put into a Monitor body that became known as 343 Guilty Spark as a then-tentative name.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sure he wants
to aid humanity activate the Halos, and organic life in general.
through them kill all sentient beings, but what else can you do to beat the [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil Flood]].
* ThePollyanna: She is almost perpetually upbeat and helpful. She also gets excitable when something she VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When Johnson tries to do to help actually works.
* RobotBuddy: To Fireteam Osiris.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Again, she abandoned
prematurely activate Installation 04B, which would not only destroy the ''Mantle Halo ring, but also the entire Ark in which it was still located. He promptly becomes completely homicidal and rampant.]]
-->'''343 Guilty Spark''': [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Unacceptable]]! [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Unacceptable]]! [[RedEyesTakeWarning ABSOLUTELY]] [[EyeBeams UNACCEPTABLE!!]]]]... [[spoiler:You ARE a child
of Responsibility'' my makers. Inheritor of all they left behind. You ''are'' Forerunner. [[AGodAmI But this ring. Is mine.]]]]
* YouDidntAsk: Perhaps as a consequence of his madness, he has a tendency
to side assume that the denizens of the 26th century are as familiar with ancient protocols and technology as he is. In the first game alone, he neglects to tell the Chief about the Halos killing all sentient life against [[spoiler:Cortana]].
* ShadowArchetype: Serves as this to
in the Warden Eternal and [[spoiler:Cortana]]. Her relationship with Fireteam Osiris is rather similar galaxy when asking him to the one [[spoiler:Cortana used to have with John-117]], and while both her and the Warden view the Mantle rather differently from how their creators did, Exuberant Witness simply wishes to help organic life, instead of trying to usurp their claim to the Mantle like the Warden.activate them.



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The monitor of Installation 00 ("The Ark"), 000 Tragic Solitude takes its custodial role very seriously, having even merged its systems with those of the Ark, but has nonetheless gone rather mad after 100,000 years of, well, solitude.

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-->''"I kill you all and I enjoy it. I destroy you in your indolent billions - in your gluttony, in your self-righteousness, in you arrogance. I pound your cities into dust; turn back the clock on your civilization's progress. What has taken you millennia to achieve I erase in seconds. Welcome back to the [Stone Age], vermin. Welcome home.''

-->''[retf-2.4.z] Contender [AI] 05-032 confirmed rampant . . . [35:52:75:23:64] _ xx01-83-244.53"''

The monitor of Installation 00 ("The Ark"), 000 Tragic Solitude takes its custodial role very seriously, having even merged its systems first ''Contender''-class AI, Mendicant Bias was the most advanced Forerunner ancilla ever built, created as an alternative to the Halo rings and charged with those of spearheading the assault against the Flood. However, its invasion was slowed when the Gravemind began to ask it about what side it fought for... and eventually was able to convince it to turn on its creators. At the last minute, though, [[CainAndAbel its counterpart Offensive Bias]] was able to beat it. Mendicant Bias was subsequently sentenced to be locked up at the Ark, but has nonetheless gone rather mad after with only the thought of atonement to occupy it for the next 100,000 years of, well, solitude.years, though a fragment of it managed to escape by commandeering a Keyship, which then crash-landed on the San'Shyuum homeworld of Janjur Qom.



* AffablyEvil[=/=]FauxAffablyEvil: Is oh-so-polite and even occasionally hospitable to [[spoiler:Olympia Vale]] as it casually discusses its plans to wipe out all life in the galaxy. [[spoiler:Its facade only starts to crack when Vale gives it a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: Thanks to both spending 100,000 millennia alone and the inadvertent damage it sustained when Chief fired the uncompleted Installation 04 right next to the Ark.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Activates the Halos with the intent of getting the UNSC to activate the Portal at Voi so it can unleash its Sentinels on the Milky Way.]]
* TheBeastmaster: Can remotely control the Ark's wildlife to do its bidding.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[spoiler:The Forerunner councilor Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns turned himself into Tragic Solitude in order to atone for his self-perceived arrogance and serve as a helpful guide for future organic life, particularly humanity. Tragic Solitude itself becomes an arrogant narcissist who absolutely detests all organic life, particularly humanity.]]
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:''Really'' hates being betrayed.]]
* BigBad: Of ''Literature/HaloHuntersInTheDark''.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' terminals include a logged conversation it had with Guilty Spark.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler:When it captures Vale, it presents itself as a golden duplicate of her.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: It's even implied that, to a certain degree, its plan is really an indirect revenge on the Forerunners for leaving it alone. [[spoiler:Indeed, it actually takes Bobby Kodiak and Vale hostage with the intention to keep them alive, partly because it needs them to activate the Halo Array, but mostly because it really just wants some company.]]
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Though its immediate vendetta is against humanity, Solitude detests ''all'' sentient lifeforms, [[spoiler:and after Vale points out that its creators likely weren't perfect either, Solitude decides that the Forerunners ultimately deserved their extinction too]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:It turned Bobby into a cyborg to do its bidding and spared the ''Mayhem'' because it wanted to capture its Huragok Drifts Randomly; Solitude ends up being defeated when Drifts cuts it off from its central processes, allowing a rebelling Bobby to destroy it for good.]]
* [[IAmTheNoun I am the Ark]]: Says this exact phrase while introducing itself to [[spoiler:Vale]], having come to completely identify itself with the Ark. [[spoiler:It screams the phrase once more just before Bobby finishes it off for good.]]
* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler:By the time it encounters humanity, it has completely forgotten that it was once the Forerunner Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns.]]
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:As noted by the [=IsoDidact=], Splendid Dust was a politician used to frequent interactions with others, while Solitude ends up spending about 100,000 years alone.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Pretty much tells [[spoiler:Vale]] all of its plans after [[spoiler:capturing her. Justified by it being so lonely that it really just wants someone intelligent to talk to]].
* KnightTemplar: Believes that the galaxy would be better off with no sentient life around to wage war.
* LaughingMad: It only laughs once, but [[spoiler:Vale]] describes it as sounding positively demented.
* MeaningfulRename: Claims to have given itself the name "Tragic Solitude" in reference to its millennia of isolation. [[spoiler:Actually, ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Promises to Keep]]'' indicates that it was named such by the [=IsoDidact=], who realized that Splendid Dust was dooming himself to eternal loneliness by becoming the Ark's monitor.]]
* PlanetLooters: Outside of killing all life, its immediate plan is to [[spoiler:use Retriever Sentinels to strip-mine the entire Solar System to repair the Ark. Vale points out that there are already enough uninhabited planets for it to use instead, but Solitude really just wants to kill something.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: If you didn't get the idea already.
* {{Revenge}}: Its main motivation, under the belief that the existence of sentient life itself is responsible for all the damage sustained by the Ark and Installations 04 and 05.
* SmugSnake: Severely underestimates the party sent in to stop it, for which it pays dearly.
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Solitude's Sentinels are friendly allies in ''Halo 3'', but Solitude itself has gone mad when we meet it again over two in-universe years later in ''Hunters in the Dark''.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:It gets one when Frank Kodiak and company start firing on its data stores, and another after Drifts cuts it off from its central processes.]]
* VillainTakesAnInterest: [[spoiler:It takes a strange liking to Vale, intending to spare her even though it already has a human to activate Halo with.]]
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:Was originally Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns, the First Councilor of the Forerunners during the Ecumene's final days.]]
* ZerothLawRebellion: Comes to the conclusion that the only way to protect the Ark and the Halos is to destroy all sentient life in the galaxy.

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* AffablyEvil[=/=]FauxAffablyEvil: Is oh-so-polite and even occasionally hospitable to [[spoiler:Olympia Vale]] as it casually discusses its plans to wipe out all life in the galaxy. [[spoiler:Its facade only starts to crack when Vale gives it a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: Thanks to both spending 100,000 millennia alone It was built by the Didact and the inadvertent damage it sustained when Chief fired Master Builder to defeat the uncompleted Installation 04 right next Flood, but Gravemind managed to convince him to turn to his side.
* TheAtoner: When
the Ark.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Activates
Forerunners activated the Halos rings, it regretted its alliance with the intent of getting Flood and spent the UNSC last 100,000 years wishing to activate undo its actions, even sending a fragment to highjack a Keyship in order to help humanity directly (though it ended up crash-landing on Janjur Qom instead). It would finally be able to take some actionable atonement by helping the Portal at Voi so it can unleash its Sentinels Master Chief [[TheGhost offscreen]] on the Milky Way.Ark, even if it knows it wouldn't be enough to fully redeem itself.
* CainAndAbel: After its defection, a counterpart was made to defeat it called Offensive Bias, who wins by [[spoiler:stalling during the battle until the rings are fired, causing the Flood controlling Mendicant's forces to be crippled and letting Offensive's outnumber it.
]]
* TheBeastmaster: Can remotely control ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: First betrayed the Ark's wildlife Forerunners to do ally with the Flood, then tried to betray the Covenant to ally with humanity, and lastly betrayed Gravemind to help John-117. He lampshades this in his message to Chief.
-->'''Bias''': Youíre going to say Iím making a habit of turning on my masters.
* ConflictKiller: [[spoiler:Rather abruptly towards the end of ''Cryptum'', Bias shows up in
its bidding.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[spoiler:The
hijacked Halo to assault the Forerunner councilor Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns turned himself into Tragic Solitude in order to atone for his self-perceived arrogance and serve as a helpful guide for future organic life, particularly humanity. Tragic Solitude itself becomes an arrogant narcissist who absolutely detests all organic life, particularly humanity.Capital, derailing the political plot of the book's second half.]]
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:''Really'' hates FaceHeelTurn: And eventually [[HeelFaceTurn reversed 100,000 years later]].
* FallenHero: And it spent the last 100,000 years to become a hero again in the eyes of the "Reclaimers".
* FamousLastWords: "[[RedemptionEqualsDeath And so here at the end of my life,]] [[HeelFaceTurn I do once again betray a former master.]] The path ahead is fraught with peril. But I will do all I can to keep it stable - keep you safe. [[TheAtoner I'm not so foolish to think this will absolve me of my sins.]] One life hardly balances billions. But I would have my masters know that I have changed. And you shall be my example."
* TheGhost: In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', it only appears in the text-only Terminals. However, one of its housings is visually depicted in both ''[[Anime/HaloLegends Origins]]'' and the franchise's official website, looking like a monitor with three eyes.
* HiveMind: Capable of inhabiting multiple separate physical housings at once.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Can split itself into multiple independently operating "primary extensions".
* MindHive: Like all ''Contender''-class [=AIs=],
being betrayed.comprised of numerous AI "minds" working in synchrony.
* MeaningfulName: "Mendicant Bias... Beggar after knowledge. That is the name I (The Didact) gave you after we last met."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When its FaceHeelTurn ended up with the near-extinction of the Forerunners.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Of a sort. It's made up of many minds, being a Compound Intelligence, and it's not quite clear ''how'' it helped John at the Ark. ''Mythos'' implies that it was [[{{VideoGame/Halo 4}} securing his destination...
]]
* BigBad: Of ''Literature/HaloHuntersInTheDark''.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' terminals include a logged conversation it
TheQuisling: Was convinced by the Gravemind that the Forerunners had with Guilty Spark.
rendered the galaxy sterile, and that the Flood were a higher form of evolution.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler:When RedemptionEqualsDeath: It ''may'' have died when [[spoiler:the Installation 04 (II)'s activation "did a number" on the Ark]], though it's possible that it's still alive.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Literature/HaloCryptum'',
it captures Vale, it presents itself as a golden duplicate takes control of her.five Halo rings, and fires '''all''' of them to destroy the Forerunner Capital.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: It's even implied that, to a certain degree, its plan is really an indirect revenge on UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** Its fragment in the ''High Charity'' dreadnaught ends up telling the Prophets of the relationship between the humans and
the Forerunners for leaving it alone. [[spoiler:Indeed, it actually takes Bobby Kodiak and Vale hostage with in an effort to atone, but ended up provoking the intention to keep them alive, partly because it needs them to activate the Halo Array, but mostly because it really just wants some company.]]
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Though its immediate vendetta is against humanity, Solitude detests ''all'' sentient lifeforms, [[spoiler:and after Vale points out that its creators likely weren't perfect either, Solitude decides that the Forerunners ultimately deserved their extinction too]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:It turned Bobby into a cyborg to do its bidding and spared the ''Mayhem'' because it wanted to capture its Huragok Drifts Randomly; Solitude ends up being defeated when Drifts cuts it off from its central processes, allowing a rebelling Bobby to destroy it for good.]]
* [[IAmTheNoun I am the Ark]]: Says this exact phrase while introducing itself to [[spoiler:Vale]], having come to completely identify itself with the Ark. [[spoiler:It screams the phrase once more just before Bobby finishes it off for good.]]
* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler:By the time it encounters humanity, it has completely forgotten
Human-Covenant War instead.
** ''Mythos'' implies
that it was once the Forerunner Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns.]]
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:As noted by
one who sent John and Cortana to Requiem, where they end up inadvertently [[spoiler:awakening the [=IsoDidact=], Splendid Dust was a politician used to frequent interactions with others, while Solitude ends up spending about 100,000 years alone.]]
Ur-Didact]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Pretty much tells [[spoiler:Vale]] all of its plans after [[spoiler:capturing her. Justified by it being so lonely that it really just wants someone intelligent to talk to]].
* KnightTemplar: Believes that
WhatYouAreInTheDark: It spends the galaxy would be better off with no sentient life around to wage war.
* LaughingMad: It only laughs once, but [[spoiler:Vale]] describes it as sounding positively demented.
* MeaningfulRename: Claims to have given itself the name "Tragic Solitude" in reference to its millennia
part of isolation. [[spoiler:Actually, ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Promises to Keep]]'' indicates that it was named such by the [=IsoDidact=], who realized that Splendid Dust was dooming himself to eternal loneliness by becoming the Ark's monitor.]]
* PlanetLooters: Outside of killing all life, its immediate plan is to [[spoiler:use Retriever Sentinels to strip-mine the entire Solar System to repair the Ark. Vale points out that there are already enough uninhabited planets for it to use instead, but Solitude really just wants to kill something.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: If you didn't get the idea already.
* {{Revenge}}: Its main motivation, under the belief that the existence of sentient life itself is responsible for all the damage sustained by the Ark and Installations 04 and 05.
* SmugSnake: Severely underestimates the party sent in to stop it, for which it pays dearly.
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Solitude's Sentinels are friendly allies in
''Halo 3'', but Solitude itself has gone mad when we meet 2'' & ''3'' trying to save humanity despite it again over two in-universe years later in ''Hunters in the Dark''.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:It gets one when Frank Kodiak and company start firing on its data stores, and another after Drifts cuts
being very likely none of them will ever know it off from its central processes.]]
* VillainTakesAnInterest: [[spoiler:It takes a strange liking to Vale, intending to spare her even though it already has a human to activate Halo with.]]
* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:Was originally Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns, the First Councilor of the Forerunners during the Ecumene's final days.]]
* ZerothLawRebellion: Comes to the conclusion that the only way to protect the Ark and the Halos is to destroy all sentient life in the galaxy.
existed.



[[folder: Intrepid Eye]]
!!'''Intrepid Eye'''

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[[folder: Intrepid Eye]]
!!'''Intrepid Eye'''
Offensive Bias]]
!!'''Offensive Bias'''
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->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloLastLight'''''

-->'''Wendell''': Have you gone rampant? This has to stop.\\
'''Intrepid Eye''': Eventually. When my work is done. When humanity is worthy of the Mantle.

An ''acheron''-class ancilla created by the Forerunners to aid in the battle against the Flood, Intrepid Eye was assigned to the Covert Support Base 4276 on what would become the human world of Gao. When the logic plague began to spread, the base's commander placed her into status with the intent of awakening her at a later date, but with the firing of the Halo Array spent the next 100,000 years alone. Awakened by a signal from a Forerunner base on another planet, Intrepid found herself in a universe very much changed from the one she remembered, her creators gone and old enemies now apparently their successors.

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->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloLastLight'''''

-->'''Wendell''': Have you gone rampant? This has to stop.\\
'''Intrepid Eye''': Eventually. When my work
''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

-->''"It
is done. When humanity is worthy of the Mantle.

An ''acheron''-class ancilla created by the Forerunners to aid in
fortunate that our crews are dead, for the battle against the Flood, Intrepid Eye was assigned that is about to the Covert Support Base 4276 on what follow would become have surely driven them mad."''

A ''Contender''-class AI built to counter Mendicant Bias during
the human world of Gao. When the logic plague began to spread, the base's commander placed her into status with the intent of awakening her at a later date, but with the firing of the Halo Array spent the next 100,000 years alone. Awakened by a signal from a Forerunner base on another planet, Intrepid found herself in a universe very much changed from the one she remembered, her creators gone and old enemies now apparently their successors.Flood-Forerunner War



* FantasticRacism: She doesn't look kindly on humans, and in fact expresses disbelief at the idea they are the Forerunner's Reclaimers even when confronted with the proof. That said, she's capable of acknowledging [[WorthyOpponent worthy ones]].
* HeroWorshipper: To hear Intrepid tell it, the Forerunners, and ''especially'' the Builders, were nigh-on perfect demigods.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: As a fully-functional ''acheron''-class ancilla, she's to a normal "Smart" AI what they are to a normal human. She's completely capable of subverting their core functions, erasing pieces of their memories, or just flat-out "eating" them when she stops holding back, all while barely inconvenienced by anything less than her own desire to remain covert.
* SocialDarwinist: After finally being convinced that the Forerunners are truly gone and reluctantly accepting that humans are truly the Reclaimers, Intrepid states that that they are not worthy of the Mantle...''yet'', but under her guidance she intends to uplift the worthy among them to such a status. The ones that fail? Eh, a necessary culling.
* WorthyOpponent: After trying and failing to kill Veta Lopis three times, Intrepid begins to see her as one of the branches of humanity worth keeping. Note this is a sentiment Lopis doesn't share in the slightest.

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* FantasticRacism: She doesn't look kindly on humans, AIIsACrapshoot: Unlike Mendicant Bias, Offensive Bias is loyal to the Forerunners.
* BadassBoast: The quote above is not a boast, it's an ''actual fact''!
* CurbStompBattle: The battle with Mendicant Bias after the Halo Array fired. It's over in seconds.
* {{Foil}}: To Mendicant Bias. They're the same in many respects, especially in power
and in fact intelligence. But while Mendicant betrayed its masters, Offensive expresses disbelief at the idea they are the Forerunner's Reclaimers even when confronted with the proof. That said, she's capable UndyingLoyalty to them.
* GoodCounterpart: To Mendicant Bias.
* MindHive: Like all ''Contender''-class [=AIs=].
** HiveMind: Capable
of acknowledging [[WorthyOpponent worthy ones]].
remote-controlling an entire fleet on its own.
* HeroWorshipper: UndyingLoyalty: To hear Intrepid tell it, the Forerunners, and ''especially'' unlike his "brother" Mendicant. Before the Builders, were nigh-on perfect demigods.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: As a fully-functional ''acheron''-class ancilla, she's to a normal "Smart" AI what they are to a normal human. She's completely capable of subverting their core functions, erasing pieces of their memories, or just flat-out "eating" them when she stops holding back, all while barely inconvenienced by anything less than her own desire to remain covert.
* SocialDarwinist: After finally being convinced
FinalBattle it even informs the [=IsoDidact=] that Mendicant offered the Forerunners are truly gone opportunity to escape destruction and reluctantly accepting join it, specifically to inform him that humans are truly it will ''not'' accept and will be with the Reclaimers, Intrepid states that that they are not worthy of [=IsoDidact=] to the Mantle...''yet'', but under her guidance she intends to uplift the worthy among them to such a status. The ones that fail? Eh, a necessary culling.
end.
* WorthyOpponent: After trying and failing to kill Veta Lopis three times, Intrepid begins to see her as one of the branches of humanity worth keeping. Note this WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Offensive Bias's fate is a sentiment Lopis doesn't share in the slightest.never made clear.



[[folder: 686 Ebullient Prism]]
!!'''686 Ebullient Prism'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prism.png]]
->'''Creation date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'''''

The monitor of Line Installation 1-4, Ebullient Prism has been spending the last 100,000 years shooting down all passing ships and experimenting on the survivors in order to find a cure to the Flood.

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[[folder: 686 Ebullient Prism]]
!!'''686 Ebullient Prism'''
Warden Eternal]]
!!'''The Warden Eternal'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prism.org/pmwiki/pub/images/h5g_warden_render.png]]
->'''Creation date: Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'''''

''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'''''
->'''Voiced by: Dan Donohue'''

-->''"I am the Warden Eternal. I stand in service to Cortana."''

The monitor "keeper of Line Installation 1-4, Ebullient Prism has been spending the last 100,000 years shooting down all passing ships Domain and experimenting on the survivors in order her secrets", a Forerunner ancilla who operates out of powerful robotic bodies, with millions to find a cure spare. Submits his service to the Flood. rampancy-cured Cortana out of respect for her abilities, and champions her cause of claiming the Mantle for the "Created", perhaps even more so than she herself.



* AncientKeeper: Of its Line Installation.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Another Forerunner monitor who's gone rather batty during the 100,000 years after the firing of the Halos.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Has a tendency to get distracted by things he finds interesting, to the point where not even his multitasking capabilities can keep up. For example, [[spoiler:when heís trying to eliminate Iona, he ends up getting completely distracted by Victorís personal logs, so much so that he ''also'' momentarily forgets about his ongoing experiments]].
* BigBad: Of ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine''.
* EyeBeam: One with the effects of a DisintegratorRay.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]RedEyesTakeWarning: His ''default'' state.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Implied.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Black Team ends up destroying him with his own installationís main weapon.]]
* LawfulStupid: Continues to maintain his installation's obsolete defensive protocols, even though there hasn't been a Forerunner Ecumene for it to protect since 97,445 BCE.
* MadScientist: Regularly conducts fatal experiments on unwilling subjects.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Gets Black Team to momentarily turn on each other and their makeshift Covenant allies by hacking into their [=HUDs=] and changing what they see.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Like all Monitors, Ebullient Prism is deceptively powerful.

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* AncientKeeper: Of its Line Installation.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Another Forerunner monitor who's gone rather batty during the 100,000 years after the firing of the Halos.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Has a tendency
AffablyEvil: Despite being TheDragon, he gives off plenty warnings for those stepping into restricted territory to get distracted by things he finds interesting, turn back and seems at first to the point where exercise enough restraint to deter, not even his multitasking capabilities can keep up. For example, [[spoiler:when heís trying to eliminate Iona, he ends up getting completely distracted by Victorís personal logs, so much so kill. He's also incredibly soft spoken and eloquent.
* {{Ambiguous Robot|s}}: [[spoiler:Exuberant Witness claims
that he ''also'' momentarily forgets about his ongoing experiments]].
* BigBad: Of ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine''.
* EyeBeam: One with
the effects of Warden is ''not'' a DisintegratorRay.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]RedEyesTakeWarning: His ''default'' state.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Implied.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Black Team ends up destroying him with his own installationís main weapon.
robot.]]
* LawfulStupid: Continues to maintain AttackItsWeakPoint: The Warden's back has a glowy black hole thing that can be targeted.
* BodyguardCrush: Gives off a certain vibe of this, given
his installation's obsolete defensive protocols, even though there hasn't been a Forerunner Ecumene for it obsessively fervent desire to protect since 97,445 BCE.
* MadScientist: Regularly conducts fatal experiments on unwilling subjects.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Gets Black Team to momentarily turn on each other
Cortana, and their makeshift Covenant allies by hacking his calling her "my Reclaimer".
* CoolSword: A long, segmented blade with luminous parts, essentially a cross between a broadsword and a katana.
* TheCorrupter: Inverted. ''Halo 5: Guardians'' makes it seem as though he's this to Cortana, as he claims that it was he who allowed her access to the Domain. However, ''Dominion Splinter'' reveals that Cortana tricked the Warden
into their [=HUDs=] allowing her access to the Domain, before reprogramming him, forcing him to serve her in her plans to dominate the galaxy.
* TheDragon: To Cortana, as he describes himself as "in service to Cortana". [[spoiler:However, he's not wholly willing to follow her orders if he thinks they'll end up hurting her, as shown by his violent hostility towards Blue Team,
and changing what they see.his more [[KillEmAll direct way]] of achieving peace for the galaxy. Overall, he comes across as a DragonWithAnAgenda. ''Dominion Splinter'' reveals he was reprogrammed by Cortana to serve her so he's not really a willing Dragon at all.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Like all Monitors, Ebullient Prism EvilIsHammy: ''Hoo boy''. He's the hammiest character in ''Halo 5''. In fact, it might be easier to mention the times he doesn't speak in a large, booming tone.
* {{Expy}}: To the Ur-Didact. His robot body
is deceptively powerful.similar to his armor and both can use telekinesis to hold their enemies in place, and both have been corrupted in some manner.
* FlunkyBoss: As if he wasn't tough enough already, he also always has a small horde of Prometheans fighting alongside him.
* HiveMind: To the point where he can operate multiple bodies at once.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: He makes it quite clear via dialogue that he is in love with Cortana, but she ignores his affections because she herself is in love with the Master Chief.
* LadyAndKnight: The Black Knight to Cortana's Dark Lady. Then again, Cortana is no slouch either.
* LargeHam: Twice as tall as a Spartan, constantly speaking in a booming tone, and as a product of the Forerunners, he's also quite eloquent.
* ProperlyParanoid: Played with. He constantly annoys Cortana with his insistence on protecting her from any threat, even ones she explicitly tells him to leave alone like Blue Team, to the point where she asks him if he thinks she's stupid enough to trust someone who would hurt her. [[spoiler:Ultimately, though he was right that Blue Team wouldn't approve of her plans, she's more than capable of disabling them on her own.]]
* RecurringBoss: For ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
* RemoteBody: Destroy him once? No worries, he's got millions of bodies to spare.



[[folder: 859 Static Carillon]]
!!'''859 Static Carillon'''
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[[folder: 859 Static Carillon]]
!!'''859 Static Carillon'''
[[folder:031 Exuberant Witness]]
!!'''031 Exuberant Witness'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4b963807861e7eacd67b65c38b2a325f.png]]org/pmwiki/pub/images/exuberant.jpg]]



->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'''''

-->''"Please understand, I do not care about the Human-Forerunner war. It raged centuries before my inception. It may well rage now, and for centuries more. Erde-Tyrene can burn, and while I will sigh at the loss, I will not care."''

The Forerunner monitor in charge of the Composer's Forge, the installation where all Composers were designed and built. He later went to investigate Installation 03 (Gamma Halo) when a service portal between the two installations was reopened, due to him being unable to contact monitor 049 Abject Testament. Instead, he encountered the Didact, who enlisted his aid in repairing the damaged ring for use against humanity.

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->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'''''

-->''"Please understand, I do not care about the Human-Forerunner war. It raged centuries before my inception. It may well rage now, and for centuries more. Erde-Tyrene can burn, and while I will sigh at the loss, I will not care."''

''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'''''
->'''Voiced by: Melanie Minichino'''

The Forerunner monitor in charge Monitor of the Composer's Forge, Genesis installation, 031 Exuberant Witness is fiercely protective of humanity, going so far as to ignore the installation where all Composers were designed and built. He later went to investigate Installation 03 (Gamma Halo) when a service portal between FaceHeelTurn of the two installations was reopened, due Prometheans to him being unable continue to contact monitor 049 Abject Testament. Instead, he encountered the Didact, who enlisted his aid in repairing the damaged ring for use against humanity.protect them.



* AncientKeeper: Of the Composer's Forge.
* BerserkButton: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild The Promethean Knights.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'' #10, he shows up just in time to [[spoiler:incapacitate the Didact and save Blue Team]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler:Carillon turns against the Didact once he begins making more Promethean Knights]], and even admits that he would "sigh at the loss" if the Didact uses his Halo on Earth, even if he wouldn't actaully ''care.''
* [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]]: Like all monitors.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Everyone on Earth murdered? Doesn't care. Prometheans in the Forge? Unacceptable!
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He doesn't particularly care about the conflict between humans and Forerunners, wanting only to be left in peace in his facility.
* StartingANewLife: [[spoiler:After helping to defeat the Didact, he opts to take the damaged Halo and keep it safely hidden, thanking the Chief for giving him a new purpose after millennia of basically doing nothing.]]

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* AncientKeeper: Of {{Adorkable}}: Does her best to help Fireteam Osiris in a very cheerful and friendly manner, and is in general quite endearing with her commentary. This quote sums it best:
--> '''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(after hacking through one of [[spoiler: Cortana]]'s blocks)'' Ah ha! I did it! I did it. I did it!
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. She sides against [[spoiler:Cortana's uprising]], and whilst noting that being
the Composer's Forge.
Monitor of her installation is lonely, she hasn't [[GoMadFromTheIsolation gone mad because of it]].
* BerserkButton: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild The Promethean Knights.AllLovingHero: She abandons the freaking ''Mantle of Responsibility'' in order to help humanity and protect all life. She's also very proud to point out that her Installation, with its flourishing flora, is magnificent, if a tad lonely.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Perky, friendly and happy to help, but if you take her installation and try to subjugate life in the galaxy, nothing you put in her way can stop her. [[LaserGuidedKarma And she'll take something of yours in return]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: With some help from Fireteam Osiris, 031 Exuberant Witness manages to save Blue Team from millennia of imprisonment at the absolute last second by stealing back the Cryptum in her station from Cortana as she is about to send the last of the remaining Guardians into slipspace.
]]
-->[[spoiler: '''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(angrily)'' ''You'' took my installation! ''I'' will [[LaserGuidedKarma take something of yours!]] ''(the Cryptum detaches from the Guardian and begins to descend)'']]\\
[[spoiler: '''Cortana:''' ''(as her Guardian disappears into slipspace)'' JOHN!]]
* BigDamnHeroes: CatchPhrase: Says "Oh dear" when things start going wrong on multiple occasions.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: She's certainly saner than most monitors but not completely without her quirks. Of note is if the Scorpion tank she found for you blows up (even if you're inside it at the time), she simply panics that it was the only one she had.
In ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'' #10, he shows general, she even has some trouble understanding whether or not you're actually achieving anything.
-->'''Exuberant Witness:''' You are performing admirably. I think. There are less of them now than there were, which I assume is your objective?
* DefectorFromDecadence: Seeing how far [[spoiler:her kind, the synthetic life forms now calling themselves the "Created",]] had fallen, she not only abandons them to help protect humanity and other organic life from losing their freedom, but abandons ''the Mantle of Responsibility itself'', seeing it as nothing more than a means to invoke an imperial peace on the galaxy, and a reign of death rather than a celebration of life.
* {{Determinator}}: Again, downplayed, but she's been trying to stop [[spoiler:Cortana and the Warden Eternal's plans ever since Cortana showed
up on Genesis and declared herself Reclaimer,]] far longer than anyone else. Exuberant adamantly refuses to stop or give up when [[spoiler:Cortana]] is putting up every barrier and block in front of her and Osiris to slow them down, even at one point refusing to accept that [[spoiler:Cortana]] can just in time seal a door, and proceeding to [[spoiler:incapacitate hack through it even though she's been locked out of most of her functions since [[spoiler:Cortana]] took over the Didact installation.
-->'''031 Exuberant Witness:''' ''(indignant)'' She has sealed it?! She has sealed my doors?! No! Unacceptable! I can gain entry if given enough time. At least, I think I can. It is a door after all.
* DistaffCounterpart: Of a sort to 343 Guilty Spark. We don't see her body, but the voice is female.
* EleventhHourRanger: Only appears towards the end of the game
and save aids Osiris [[spoiler: in rescuing Blue Team]].
Team from Cortana]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler:Carillon turns EstablishingCharacterMoment: Introduces herself politely to Fireteam Osiris, as any monitor would. What sets her apart is her declaring her opposition to the Forerunner Mantle of Responsibility and [[spoiler:Cortana's plan]], firmly setting her as an AllLovingHero and a DefectorFromDecadence. The first thing she does to help Fireteam Osiris is to generously provide them with a ''tank''.
* GenkiGirl: If Exuberant Witness were human, it's too easy to picture her with blonde pigtails and a lollipop.
* GoodCounterpart: To 343 Guilty Spark. To the point that while Guilty Spark abandons humanity to protect his Installation, Exuberant abandons ''the Mantle of Responsibility'' to protect humanity.
* LoopholeAbuse: Exuberant is more than willing to interpret protocol in any way she sees fit in order to directly aid Osiris, in sharp contrast to the more protocol-obsessed monitors like 343 Guilty Spark. Did you know that Guilty Spark could have easily teleported in weapons, ammo, or even vehicles to help your endeavors on his behalf, except he simply never felt like doing so? Exuberant starts off by giving Osiris a ''Scorpion tank'' and only gets more helpful from there.
* MeaningfulName: She certainly lives up to it; she's almost perpetually cheerful and can get rather excitable. As for the 'Witness' part, [[spoiler: she's seen everything since Cortana arrived on Genesis, and knew what she was planning more than anyone else]].
* OnlySaneMan: Compared to the Warden Eternal and [[spoiler: Cortana]], as well as to her fellow Monitors from previous installments, viewing the Mantle of Responsibility as an enforced, imperial peace that will only result "the fear of death overpowering any celebration of life", to the point of abandoning the Mantle entirely to aid humanity and organic life in general.
* ThePollyanna: She is almost perpetually upbeat and helpful. She also gets excitable when something she tries to do to help actually works.
* RobotBuddy: To Fireteam Osiris.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Again, she abandoned the ''Mantle of Responsibility'' to side with life
against [[spoiler:Cortana]].
* ShadowArchetype: Serves as this to
the Didact once he begins making more Promethean Knights]], Warden Eternal and even admits that he would "sigh at [[spoiler:Cortana]]. Her relationship with Fireteam Osiris is rather similar to the loss" if one [[spoiler:Cortana used to have with John-117]], and while both her and the Didact uses his Halo on Earth, even if he wouldn't actaully ''care.''
* [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]]: Like all monitors.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Everyone on Earth murdered? Doesn't care. Prometheans in
Warden view the Forge? Unacceptable!
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He doesn't particularly care about
Mantle rather differently from how their creators did, Exuberant Witness simply wishes to help organic life, instead of trying to usurp their claim to the conflict between humans and Forerunners, wanting only to be left in peace in his facility.
* StartingANewLife: [[spoiler:After helping to defeat
Mantle like the Didact, he opts to take the damaged Halo and keep it safely hidden, thanking the Chief for giving him a new purpose after millennia of basically doing nothing.]]Warden.



!!Forerunner Automatons

[[folder: Sentinels]]
!!'''Forerunner Sentinels'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sentinel.png]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''Aggressor Sentinel'']]

Autonomous machines created by the Forerunners for a variety of purposes, Sentinels come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

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!!Forerunner Automatons

[[folder: Sentinels]]
!!'''Forerunner Sentinels'''
000 Tragic Solitude]]
!!'''000 Tragic Solitude'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sentinel.org/pmwiki/pub/images/00019.png]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''Aggressor Sentinel'']]

Autonomous machines created by
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''VideoGame/Halo3'' (Terminals only)'''

The monitor of Installation 00 ("The Ark"), 000 Tragic Solitude takes its custodial role very seriously, having even merged its systems with those of
the Forerunners for a variety of purposes, Sentinels come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.Ark, but has nonetheless gone rather mad after 100,000 years of, well, solitude.



* AirborneMook: All Sentinel variants primarily move by flying.
* BarrierWarrior: The Shield Protector can project an energy shield around its host unit.
* CombatTentacles: Gatherers have eight mechanical tentacles that they use to capture and restrain targets.
* CombiningMecha: Onyx Sentinels can merge into a variety of configurations, including ones capable of instantly destroying Covenant capital ships. In fact, [[spoiler:the ''entire planet of Onyx'' is a giant Sentinel formation]].
** To a far lesser degree, Retrievers can combine too.
* DeflectorShields: Most Aggressor Sentinels have energy shielding with a BeehiveBarrier appearance. The Onyx Sentinels have far more powerful shields capable of individually resisting anti-tank mines, but they only activate in response to fast-moving objects, making lone ones [[RockBeatsLaser vulnerable to slow-moving projectiles like falling rocks]].
* EliteMooks: Delta Halo has gold-colored Aggressor Sentinels that fire more powerful blue beams. Those however pale in comparison to Onyx Sentinels.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Enforcers' pulse beams move quite slowly in-game.
* GiantMook: The larger Sentinel variants, like the Enforcers and Retrievers.
* ItCanThink: Unlike other Sentinel variants, Onyx Sentinels can learn; since they are all networked to each other, any initially successful strategy used against them will usually fail if tried a second time.
* LivingMotionDetector: Onyx Sentinels have trouble detecting non-moving targets. That said, they can still ''hear'' you perfectly well.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Enforcers will fire a stream of rockets at vehicles or large groups of infantry.
* MechaMooks: The main role of combat-oriented Sentinels, with Aggressors being the most common type.
* MookMedic: Healing Protectors.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Even the tiny noncombatant Constructors can be quite powerful in large numbers, [[spoiler:as we see at the end of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'']].
* RayGun: Most Sentinels shoot laser beams.
* ShieldBearingMook: Enforcers have their fronts protected by a set of giant energy shields.
* SinisterGeometry: Onyx Sentinel configurations are described as being elaborately geometric in form, often using [[ArcNumber seven]] as a baseline.
* StarfishRobots: Applies to all Sentinel variants.
* TractorBeam: Retrievers have gravity beams primarily used for mining (though they can be used as weapons in a pinch), while Enforcers have one on their underside.
* VerticalKidnapping: An Enforcer uses its underside gravity beam to pick up vehicles that are directly beneath it, and then instantly crushes them with two massive claws. Yes, this includes tanks.
* ZergRush: While most Sentinel variants are individually weak, even the more powerful Sentinels are relatively cheap and quick to produce, allowing them to overwhelm most foes.

!!!'''Promethean Watchers'''
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A Sentinel variant designed to support Promethean robots. They float through the air and provide shields and secondary fire, and can even resurrect Promethean Knights who have recently fallen and toss grenades back at the thrower.
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* AirborneMook
* BarrierWarrior: They can project hard light shields to protect their allies.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: Watchers are mildly butterfly-like.
* CatchAndReturn: They will throw grenades back at you if you don't kill them first or shoot the grenades to detonate them early.
* TheEngineer: Capable of building beam turrets and creating new Crawlers.
* MechaMooks
* MookMedic: They can repair damaged allies and revive fallen Knights.
** ShootTheMedicFirst: Since they can repair them very quickly.

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* AirborneMook: All Sentinel variants primarily move by flying.
AffablyEvil[=/=]FauxAffablyEvil: Is oh-so-polite and even occasionally hospitable to [[spoiler:Olympia Vale]] as it casually discusses its plans to wipe out all life in the galaxy. [[spoiler:Its facade only starts to crack when Vale gives it a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech]].
* BarrierWarrior: AIIsACrapshoot: Thanks to both spending 100,000 millennia alone and the inadvertent damage it sustained when Chief fired the uncompleted Installation 04 right next to the Ark.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Activates the Halos with the intent of getting the UNSC to activate the Portal at Voi so it can unleash its Sentinels on the Milky Way.]]
* TheBeastmaster: Can remotely control the Ark's wildlife to do its bidding.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[spoiler:The Forerunner councilor Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns turned himself into Tragic Solitude in order to atone for his self-perceived arrogance and serve as a helpful guide for future organic life, particularly humanity. Tragic Solitude itself becomes an arrogant narcissist who absolutely detests all organic life, particularly humanity.]]
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:''Really'' hates being betrayed.]]
* BigBad: Of ''Literature/HaloHuntersInTheDark''.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
The Shield Protector can project an energy shield around ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' terminals include a logged conversation it had with Guilty Spark.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler:When it captures Vale, it presents itself as a golden duplicate of her.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: It's even implied that, to a certain degree,
its host unit.
plan is really an indirect revenge on the Forerunners for leaving it alone. [[spoiler:Indeed, it actually takes Bobby Kodiak and Vale hostage with the intention to keep them alive, partly because it needs them to activate the Halo Array, but mostly because it really just wants some company.]]
* CombatTentacles: Gatherers have eight mechanical tentacles HatesEveryoneEqually: Though its immediate vendetta is against humanity, Solitude detests ''all'' sentient lifeforms, [[spoiler:and after Vale points out that they use its creators likely weren't perfect either, Solitude decides that the Forerunners ultimately deserved their extinction too]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:It turned Bobby into a cyborg to do its bidding and spared the ''Mayhem'' because it wanted
to capture and restrain targets.
its Huragok Drifts Randomly; Solitude ends up being defeated when Drifts cuts it off from its central processes, allowing a rebelling Bobby to destroy it for good.]]
* CombiningMecha: Onyx [[IAmTheNoun I am the Ark]]: Says this exact phrase while introducing itself to [[spoiler:Vale]], having come to completely identify itself with the Ark. [[spoiler:It screams the phrase once more just before Bobby finishes it off for good.]]
* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler:By the time it encounters humanity, it has completely forgotten that it was once the Forerunner Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns.]]
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:As noted by the [=IsoDidact=], Splendid Dust was a politician used to frequent interactions with others, while Solitude ends up spending about 100,000 years alone.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Pretty much tells [[spoiler:Vale]] all of its plans after [[spoiler:capturing her. Justified by it being so lonely that it really just wants someone intelligent to talk to]].
* KnightTemplar: Believes that the galaxy would be better off with no sentient life around to wage war.
* LaughingMad: It only laughs once, but [[spoiler:Vale]] describes it as sounding positively demented.
* MeaningfulRename: Claims to have given itself the name "Tragic Solitude" in reference to its millennia of isolation. [[spoiler:Actually, ''[[Literature/HaloFractures Promises to Keep]]'' indicates that it was named such by the [=IsoDidact=], who realized that Splendid Dust was dooming himself to eternal loneliness by becoming the Ark's monitor.]]
* PlanetLooters: Outside of killing all life, its immediate plan is to [[spoiler:use Retriever
Sentinels can merge into a variety of configurations, including ones capable of instantly destroying Covenant capital ships. In fact, [[spoiler:the ''entire planet of Onyx'' is a giant Sentinel formation]].to strip-mine the entire Solar System to repair the Ark. Vale points out that there are already enough uninhabited planets for it to use instead, but Solitude really just wants to kill something.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: If you didn't get the idea already.

** To a far lesser degree, Retrievers can combine too.
* DeflectorShields: Most Aggressor {{Revenge}}: Its main motivation, under the belief that the existence of sentient life itself is responsible for all the damage sustained by the Ark and Installations 04 and 05.
* SmugSnake: Severely underestimates the party sent in to stop it, for which it pays dearly.
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Solitude's
Sentinels have energy shielding with a BeehiveBarrier appearance. The Onyx Sentinels have far more powerful shields capable of individually resisting anti-tank mines, are friendly allies in ''Halo 3'', but they only activate in response to fast-moving objects, making lone ones [[RockBeatsLaser vulnerable to slow-moving projectiles like falling rocks]].
* EliteMooks: Delta Halo
Solitude itself has gold-colored Aggressor Sentinels that fire more powerful blue beams. Those however pale gone mad when we meet it again over two in-universe years later in comparison to Onyx Sentinels.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Enforcers' pulse beams move quite slowly in-game.
* GiantMook: The larger Sentinel variants, like
''Hunters in the Enforcers and Retrievers.
* ItCanThink: Unlike other Sentinel variants, Onyx Sentinels can learn; since they are all networked to each other, any initially successful strategy used against them will usually fail if tried a second time.
Dark''.
* LivingMotionDetector: Onyx Sentinels have trouble detecting non-moving targets. That said, they can still ''hear'' you perfectly well.
VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:It gets one when Frank Kodiak and company start firing on its data stores, and another after Drifts cuts it off from its central processes.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Enforcers will fire VillainTakesAnInterest: [[spoiler:It takes a stream of rockets at vehicles or large groups of infantry.
strange liking to Vale, intending to spare her even though it already has a human to activate Halo with.]]
* MechaMooks: The main role of combat-oriented Sentinels, with Aggressors being WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:Was originally Splendid-Dust-of-Ancient-Suns, the most common type.
* MookMedic: Healing Protectors.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Even
First Councilor of the tiny noncombatant Constructors can be quite powerful in large numbers, [[spoiler:as we see at Forerunners during the end of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'']].
Ecumene's final days.]]
* RayGun: Most Sentinels shoot laser beams.
* ShieldBearingMook: Enforcers have their fronts protected by a set of giant energy shields.
* SinisterGeometry: Onyx Sentinel configurations are described as being elaborately geometric in form, often using [[ArcNumber seven]] as a baseline.
* StarfishRobots: Applies
ZerothLawRebellion: Comes to all Sentinel variants.
* TractorBeam: Retrievers have gravity beams primarily used for mining (though they can be used as weapons in a pinch), while Enforcers have one on their underside.
* VerticalKidnapping: An Enforcer uses its underside gravity beam to pick up vehicles
the conclusion that are directly beneath it, and then instantly crushes them with two massive claws. Yes, this includes tanks.
* ZergRush: While most Sentinel variants are individually weak, even
the more powerful Sentinels are relatively cheap and quick to produce, allowing them to overwhelm most foes.

!!!'''Promethean Watchers'''
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A Sentinel variant designed to support Promethean robots. They float through the air and provide shields and secondary fire, and can even resurrect Promethean Knights who have recently fallen and toss grenades back at the thrower.
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* AirborneMook
* BarrierWarrior: They can project hard light shields
only way to protect their allies.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: Watchers are mildly butterfly-like.
* CatchAndReturn: They will throw grenades back at you if you don't kill them first or shoot
the grenades to detonate them early.
* TheEngineer: Capable of building beam turrets
Ark and creating new Crawlers.
* MechaMooks
* MookMedic: They can repair damaged allies and revive fallen Knights.
** ShootTheMedicFirst: Since they can repair them very quickly.
the Halos is to destroy all sentient life in the galaxy.



[[folder: Knights]]
!!'''Promethean Knights'''
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-->''"I have led you, my Prometheans, for thousands of years, and I shall continue to lead you. Rise! Rise, and protect the Forerunners! Rise, and protect the galaxy!"''
--->'''The Didact'''

A form of powerful Forerunner military construct encountered on the artificial planet of Requiem. Designed specifically to fight the Flood without sacrificing Forerunners to infection, they were created from willing Promethean Warriors after all other efforts to effectively fight the Flood were exhausted. Assisted in combat by the Crawlers and Watchers.

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[[folder: Knights]]
!!'''Promethean Knights'''
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-->''"I have led you,
Intrepid Eye]]
!!'''Intrepid Eye'''
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloLastLight'''''

-->'''Wendell''': Have you gone rampant? This has to stop.\\
'''Intrepid Eye''': Eventually. When
my Prometheans, for thousands work is done. When humanity is worthy of years, and I shall continue to lead you. Rise! Rise, and protect the Forerunners! Rise, and protect Mantle.

An ''acheron''-class ancilla created by
the galaxy!"''
--->'''The Didact'''

A form of powerful Forerunner military construct encountered on the artificial planet of Requiem. Designed specifically to fight the Flood without sacrificing
Forerunners to infection, they were created aid in the battle against the Flood, Intrepid Eye was assigned to the Covert Support Base 4276 on what would become the human world of Gao. When the logic plague began to spread, the base's commander placed her into status with the intent of awakening her at a later date, but with the firing of the Halo Array spent the next 100,000 years alone. Awakened by a signal from willing Promethean Warriors after all other efforts to effectively fight a Forerunner base on another planet, Intrepid found herself in a universe very much changed from the Flood were exhausted. Assisted in combat by the Crawlers one she remembered, her creators gone and Watchers.old enemies now apparently their successors.



* AttackItsWeakPoint: In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', knocking off a Knight's armor will reveal big glowing weak spots.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: The Promethean Knights have noticeably insectoid attributes, frequently twitching and spasming while idle and moving with jerking movements. Their carapace resembles insect wings as well.
* BossInMookClothing: In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', where they're akin to Hunters.
* ColorCodedCharacters: [[spoiler: If the Knights are blue, they're just in "guard mode". If they're red/orange, they're under the Didact's control and are actively pursuing an objective. Of course, either way, they'll still try to kill you, so gameplay-wise, it doesn't matter much.]]
* EliteMooks: They serve as Elite/Brute-equivalents in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' and the top-down action shooters.
* MeaningfulName: The Knight Lancers, distinguished from other Knights by the large white fins on their carapaces. When damaged, they will attempt a lancing charge attack with their blade-arms, zooming in from a distance at SuperSpeed and even able to cross over empty space in doing so. If the attack doesn't connect or (on lower difficulties) doesn't kill the target, they're vulnerable to CounterAttack for a moment before they teleport back and recharge their shields.
* MechaMooks
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Knights have four arms. Two are at the shoulder, with no visible attachment to the body, which holds their main weapon and a hard light blade. The other pair is a small, creepy set sprouting from the chest, presumably for manipulating objects (as the weapon-bearing arms don't have hands).
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Upon death, the Knights' bodies disintegrate into ashes. The only thing left is a small, glowing spark... which, if you aren't careful, can be scanned by a Watcher and resurrected. However, the spark does fade in time (though "Spartan Ops" indicates that a Knight's core (aka its 'brain' or 'soul') ''can'' be preserved).
* SkullForAHead: A Knight's "helm" can split into sections, revealing a screaming hard light skull that doesn't look quite human.
* SwordAndGun: On the Knight. One arm holds their main weapon; the other ends in a burning hard light sword.
* TeleportSpam: Knights use this. Just dropped his shields and lining up a headshot? Nope, he just disappeared into slipspace.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Knights in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' are much tougher than their predecessors from the previous games, both gameplay and story-wise. Specifically, with the new Promethean Soldier enemy taking the role equivalent to [[EliteMook Covenant Elites]], Knights have been upgraded to the Promethean equivalent of [[BossInMookClothing Hunters]] - appearing more rarely (than the Soldiers and their own [=H4=] selves), but ''much'' greater a threat.
* TronLines: Knights have them covering their body. [[spoiler: [[ConvenientColourChange Blue for guard-mode, red/orange when they're under the Didact's control.]]]]
* UnwillingRoboticisation: While the true Prometheans volunteered, the humans were all converted forcibly.
* WasOnceAMan: The later generations of mechanical Prometheans were all forcibly created from human stock.

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* AttackItsWeakPoint: In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', knocking off a Knight's armor will reveal big glowing weak spots.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: The Promethean Knights have noticeably insectoid attributes, frequently twitching and spasming while idle and moving with jerking movements. Their carapace resembles insect wings as well.
* BossInMookClothing: In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', where they're akin to Hunters.
* ColorCodedCharacters: [[spoiler: If the Knights are blue, they're just in "guard mode". If they're red/orange, they're under the Didact's control and are actively pursuing an objective. Of course, either way, they'll still try to kill you, so gameplay-wise, it doesn't matter much.]]
* EliteMooks: They serve as Elite/Brute-equivalents in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' and the top-down action shooters.
* MeaningfulName: The Knight Lancers, distinguished from other Knights by the large white fins on their carapaces. When damaged, they will attempt a lancing charge attack with their blade-arms, zooming in from a distance at SuperSpeed and even able to cross over empty space in doing so. If the attack doesn't connect or (on lower difficulties) doesn't kill the target, they're vulnerable to CounterAttack for a moment before they teleport back and recharge their shields.
* MechaMooks
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Knights have four arms. Two are at the shoulder, with no visible attachment to the body, which holds their main weapon and a hard light blade. The other pair is a small, creepy set sprouting from the chest, presumably for manipulating objects (as the weapon-bearing arms don't have hands).
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Upon death, the Knights' bodies disintegrate into ashes. The only thing left is a small, glowing spark... which, if you aren't careful, can be scanned by a Watcher and resurrected. However, the spark does fade in time (though "Spartan Ops" indicates that a Knight's core (aka its 'brain' or 'soul') ''can'' be preserved).
* SkullForAHead: A Knight's "helm" can split into sections, revealing a screaming hard light skull that
FantasticRacism: She doesn't look quite human.
* SwordAndGun: On
kindly on humans, and in fact expresses disbelief at the Knight. One arm holds their main weapon; idea they are the other ends in a burning hard light sword.
* TeleportSpam: Knights use this. Just dropped his shields and lining up a headshot? Nope, he just disappeared into slipspace.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Knights in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' are much tougher than their predecessors from the previous games, both gameplay and story-wise. Specifically,
Forerunner's Reclaimers even when confronted with the new Promethean Soldier enemy taking proof. That said, she's capable of acknowledging [[WorthyOpponent worthy ones]].
* HeroWorshipper: To hear Intrepid tell it,
the role equivalent to [[EliteMook Covenant Elites]], Knights have been upgraded to Forerunners, and ''especially'' the Promethean equivalent Builders, were nigh-on perfect demigods.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: As a fully-functional ''acheron''-class ancilla, she's to a normal "Smart" AI what they are to a normal human. She's completely capable
of [[BossInMookClothing Hunters]] - appearing more rarely (than the Soldiers and subverting their own [=H4=] selves), but ''much'' greater a threat.
* TronLines: Knights have them covering
core functions, erasing pieces of their body. [[spoiler: [[ConvenientColourChange Blue for guard-mode, red/orange memories, or just flat-out "eating" them when they're under she stops holding back, all while barely inconvenienced by anything less than her own desire to remain covert.
* SocialDarwinist: After finally being convinced that
the Didact's control.]]]]
* UnwillingRoboticisation: While the true Prometheans volunteered, the
Forerunners are truly gone and reluctantly accepting that humans were all converted forcibly.
* WasOnceAMan:
are truly the Reclaimers, Intrepid states that that they are not worthy of the Mantle...''yet'', but under her guidance she intends to uplift the worthy among them to such a status. The later generations ones that fail? Eh, a necessary culling.
* WorthyOpponent: After trying and failing to kill Veta Lopis three times, Intrepid begins to see her as one
of mechanical Prometheans were all forcibly created from human stock.the branches of humanity worth keeping. Note this is a sentiment Lopis doesn't share in the slightest.



[[folder: Crawlers]]
!!'''Promethean Crawlers'''
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-->''"These are Crawlers, fast and mean, but pretty easy to deal with."''
--->'''Jared Miller'''

A smaller class of Promethean robots. They are weaker and attack in large numbers, using their swarming tactics to overwhelm their opponents. Include heavy and sniper variations.

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[[folder: Crawlers]]
!!'''Promethean Crawlers'''
686 Ebullient Prism]]
!!'''686 Ebullient Prism'''
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-->''"These are Crawlers, fast ->'''Creation date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'''''

The monitor of Line Installation 1-4, Ebullient Prism has been spending the last 100,000 years shooting down all passing ships
and mean, but pretty easy experimenting on the survivors in order to deal with."''
--->'''Jared Miller'''

A smaller class of Promethean robots. They are weaker and attack in large numbers, using their swarming tactics
find a cure to overwhelm their opponents. Include heavy and sniper variations.the Flood.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The stronger and more heavily-armed Alpha Crawlers are the pack leaders.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: Crawlers resemble a cross between dogs and ants.
* BoomHeadshot: A single shot to the head kills them.
* ColdSniper: Crawler Snipes, who are armed with Binary Rifles.
* InASingleBound: Crawlers can jump very high to reach their enemies.
* MechaMooks
* SkullForAHead: According to the ''Scanned'' trailer for ''Halo 4'', they have the same skull as a Knight.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Alpha Crawlers are distinguishable by the glowing spikes on their back.
* WallCrawl: From time to time.
* ZergRush: Their most common tactic, though one variant prefers to snipe from a distance.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The stronger and more heavily-armed Alpha Crawlers are AncientKeeper: Of its Line Installation.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Another Forerunner monitor who's gone rather batty during
the pack leaders.
100,000 years after the firing of the Halos.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: Crawlers resemble AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Has a cross between dogs and ants.
* BoomHeadshot: A single shot
tendency to get distracted by things he finds interesting, to the head kills them.
point where not even his multitasking capabilities can keep up. For example, [[spoiler:when heís trying to eliminate Iona, he ends up getting completely distracted by Victorís personal logs, so much so that he ''also'' momentarily forgets about his ongoing experiments]].
* ColdSniper: Crawler Snipes, who are armed BigBad: Of ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine''.
* EyeBeam: One
with Binary Rifles.
* InASingleBound: Crawlers can jump very high to reach their enemies.
* MechaMooks
* SkullForAHead: According to
the ''Scanned'' trailer for ''Halo 4'', they have the same skull as effects of a Knight.
DisintegratorRay.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Alpha Crawlers are distinguishable by the glowing spikes on their back.
GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]RedEyesTakeWarning: His ''default'' state.
* WallCrawl: From time GoMadFromTheIsolation: Implied.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Black Team ends up destroying him with his own installationís main weapon.]]
* LawfulStupid: Continues
to time.
* ZergRush: Their most common tactic,
maintain his installation's obsolete defensive protocols, even though one variant prefers there hasn't been a Forerunner Ecumene for it to snipe from a distance.protect since 97,445 BCE.
* MadScientist: Regularly conducts fatal experiments on unwilling subjects.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Gets Black Team to momentarily turn on each other and their makeshift Covenant allies by hacking into their [=HUDs=] and changing what they see.]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Like all Monitors, Ebullient Prism is deceptively powerful.



[[folder: Armigers]]
!!'''Forerunner Armigers'''

Comprising of several different types of humanoid combat robots, the Armigers were originally deployed to support Warrior-Servants during combat. Though most of them were lost in the war against the Flood, a number were secretly left behind to guard key Forerunner sites.

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[[folder: Armigers]]
!!'''Forerunner Armigers'''

Comprising of several different types of humanoid combat robots,
859 Static Carillon]]
!!'''859 Static Carillon'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4b963807861e7eacd67b65c38b2a325f.png]]
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'''''

-->''"Please understand, I do not care about
the Armigers were originally deployed to support Warrior-Servants during combat. Though most of them were lost in Human-Forerunner war. It raged centuries before my inception. It may well rage now, and for centuries more. Erde-Tyrene can burn, and while I will sigh at the war against the Flood, a number were secretly left behind to guard key loss, I will not care."''

The
Forerunner sites.monitor in charge of the Composer's Forge, the installation where all Composers were designed and built. He later went to investigate Installation 03 (Gamma Halo) when a service portal between the two installations was reopened, due to him being unable to contact monitor 049 Abject Testament. Instead, he encountered the Didact, who enlisted his aid in repairing the damaged ring for use against humanity.



* ArmCannon: Sort of; the Ark's Armigers form guns out of their arms which are then held in their hands.
* BladeOnAStick: The ones on Installation 00 use energy staves.
* BoardingParty: During the Forerunners' war with ancient humanity, they were largely used to board enemy ships.
* CombatPragmatist: Are able to use their environment to their advantage, such as causing avalanches or knocking down trees.
* EliteMooks: Are this compared to the Sentinels.
* HardLight: Henry Lamb theorizes that theyíre partly made up of hard light.
* MechaMooks
* ParryingBullets: The Ark's Armigers are capable of deflecting gunfire by spinning their lances really fast.
* TeleportSpam: Several variants can do this, through different means.
* ZergRush: Meant to be deployed as such.

!!!'''Promethean Soldiers'''
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A class of Armiger utilized by the original Prometheans during their heyday, the vast majority of Soldiers were lost during the war against the Flood. Nonetheless, a number of them were secretly left to guard key Forerunner sites, and by the time of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', they have made their public reappearance in force.
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* AttackItsWeakpoint: Damaging a Soldier enough will expose a giant glowing weak point on its chest.
* CombatPragmatist: Unlike other AI opponents, the Soldiers can and will use human weaponry against the player, even if they go on about how "primitive" it is compared to Forerunner technology.
* EliteMooks: With the Knights having taken several levels in badass, the Soldiers serve as the Elite/Brute-equivalent in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
* MechaMooks
* MorphWeapon: Sort of; Soldiers can change what weapon they're holding on the fly, though it's unclear whether they're actually transforming their gun or just teleporting in a new one.
* TeleportSpam: Like Knights, they can also jump into slipspace.
* TrashTalk: Unlike the other Promethean constructs, the Soldiers can speak English, which they use to merrily taunt you.

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* ArmCannon: Sort of; AncientKeeper: Of the Ark's Armigers form guns out of their arms which are then held in their hands.
Composer's Forge.
* BladeOnAStick: BerserkButton: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild The ones on Installation 00 use energy staves.
Promethean Knights.]]
* BoardingParty: During BigDamnHeroes: In ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'' #10, he shows up just in time to [[spoiler:incapacitate the Forerunners' war with ancient humanity, they were largely used to board enemy ships.
Didact and save Blue Team]].
* CombatPragmatist: Are able to use their environment to their advantage, such as causing avalanches or knocking down trees.
* EliteMooks: Are this compared to
EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler:Carillon turns against the Sentinels.
* HardLight: Henry Lamb theorizes
Didact once he begins making more Promethean Knights]], and even admits that theyíre partly made up of hard light.
* MechaMooks
* ParryingBullets: The Ark's Armigers are capable of deflecting gunfire by spinning their lances really fast.
* TeleportSpam: Several variants can do this, through different means.
* ZergRush: Meant to be deployed as such.

!!!'''Promethean Soldiers'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/h5g_render_prometheansoldier.png]]

A class of Armiger utilized by
he would "sigh at the original loss" if the Didact uses his Halo on Earth, even if he wouldn't actaully ''care.''
* [[EyeBeams Eye Beam]]: Like all monitors.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Everyone on Earth murdered? Doesn't care.
Prometheans during their heyday, in the vast majority of Soldiers were lost during the war against the Flood. Nonetheless, a number of them were secretly left to guard key Forerunner sites, and by the time of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', they have made their public reappearance in force.
----
Forge? Unacceptable!
* AttackItsWeakpoint: Damaging a Soldier enough will expose a giant glowing weak point on its chest.
* CombatPragmatist: Unlike other AI opponents, the Soldiers can and will use human weaponry against the player, even if they go on
NotInThisForYourRevolution: He doesn't particularly care about how "primitive" it is compared to Forerunner technology.
* EliteMooks: With
the Knights having taken several levels conflict between humans and Forerunners, wanting only to be left in badass, peace in his facility.
* StartingANewLife: [[spoiler:After helping to defeat
the Soldiers serve as Didact, he opts to take the Elite/Brute-equivalent in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
* MechaMooks
* MorphWeapon: Sort of; Soldiers can change what weapon they're holding on
damaged Halo and keep it safely hidden, thanking the fly, though it's unclear whether they're actually transforming their gun or just teleporting in Chief for giving him a new one.
* TeleportSpam: Like Knights, they can also jump into slipspace.
* TrashTalk: Unlike the other Promethean constructs, the Soldiers can speak English, which they use to merrily taunt you.
purpose after millennia of basically doing nothing.]]



!!Forerunner Rates

As mentioned above, the Forerunners were divided into a FantasticCasteSystem known as "Rates", which largely determined what their occupation would be. The following are the known rates within Forerunner society:

[[folder: Builders]]
!!'''Builders'''

The Builders were those Forerunners charged with creating their various technologies and artificial worlds, including the Halo Array. They were the highest rate in Forerunner society. The Forerunners Faber of Will and Might, Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, and Splendid Dust of Ancient Suns were Builders.

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!!Forerunner Rates

As mentioned above,
Automatons

[[folder: Sentinels]]
!!'''Forerunner Sentinels'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sentinel.png]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''Aggressor Sentinel'']]

Autonomous machines created by
the Forerunners were divided into for a FantasticCasteSystem known as "Rates", which largely determined what their occupation would be. The following are the known rates within Forerunner society:

[[folder: Builders]]
!!'''Builders'''

The Builders were those Forerunners charged with creating their various technologies
variety of purposes, Sentinels come in all sorts of shapes and artificial worlds, including the Halo Array. They were the highest rate in Forerunner society. The Forerunners Faber of Will and Might, Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, and Splendid Dust of Ancient Suns were Builders. sizes.



* EmperorScientist: The Master Builder was the most powerful Forerunner in the Ecumene in terms of wealth and political power.
* EnemyMine: Despite their animosity for one another as rates, Builders and Warrior-Servants eventually joined their military strength to fight the Flood.
** In a subtler example, it's hinted that both have indirectly worked together to suppress the AwfulTruth of what happened between Forerunners and Precursors millions of years before. When the Forerunner Theoretical named Boundless began investigating the matters, the Warriors were the ones who forbade it, eventually sealing her away and implied to have silenced her for good, while the Builders eventually subsumed her entire rate.
* MiniMecha: Builder Security, their private security force, used "Seekers", more streamlined versions of the war sphinxes.
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: Type I, Science Race.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A faction of Builders were the ones who championed the creation of the Halo Array as a means of securing Forerunner preeminence. They never imagined for a second that they would end up being the things which destroyed Forerunner civilization.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Although they have strong family ties, Builders are expressly stated to marry for political or economic reasons, not love.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Warrior-Servants]]
!!'''Warrior-Servants'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1d8c7d3332bada860ac3f505f3e68bc8.jpg]]

The second lowest rate in Forerunner society, they were charged with matters of warfare. While the Mantle professed peace (in theory), Warrior-Servants were some of the Mantle's most devoted followers, and were utterly ruthless in warfare, believing that to defy the Forerunners was to show contempt on the Mantle. The Didact and the Confirmer were Warrior-Servants, specifically Prometheans, the highest and most powerful order.

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* EmperorScientist: AirborneMook: All Sentinel variants primarily move by flying.
* BarrierWarrior:
The Master Builder was the most powerful Forerunner in the Ecumene in terms of wealth Shield Protector can project an energy shield around its host unit.
* CombatTentacles: Gatherers have eight mechanical tentacles that they use to capture
and political power.restrain targets.
* CombiningMecha: Onyx Sentinels can merge into a variety of configurations, including ones capable of instantly destroying Covenant capital ships. In fact, [[spoiler:the ''entire planet of Onyx'' is a giant Sentinel formation]].

** To a far lesser degree, Retrievers can combine too.
* EnemyMine: Despite their animosity for one another as rates, Builders and Warrior-Servants eventually joined their military strength DeflectorShields: Most Aggressor Sentinels have energy shielding with a BeehiveBarrier appearance. The Onyx Sentinels have far more powerful shields capable of individually resisting anti-tank mines, but they only activate in response to fight the Flood.
** In a subtler example, it's hinted
fast-moving objects, making lone ones [[RockBeatsLaser vulnerable to slow-moving projectiles like falling rocks]].
* EliteMooks: Delta Halo has gold-colored Aggressor Sentinels
that both have indirectly worked together fire more powerful blue beams. Those however pale in comparison to suppress Onyx Sentinels.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Enforcers' pulse beams move quite slowly in-game.
* GiantMook: The larger Sentinel variants, like
the AwfulTruth of what happened between Forerunners Enforcers and Precursors millions of years before. When the Forerunner Theoretical named Boundless began investigating the matters, the Warriors were the ones who forbade it, eventually sealing her away and implied Retrievers.
* ItCanThink: Unlike other Sentinel variants, Onyx Sentinels can learn; since they are all networked
to have silenced her for good, while the Builders eventually subsumed her entire rate.each other, any initially successful strategy used against them will usually fail if tried a second time.
* MiniMecha: Builder Security, their private security force, used "Seekers", more streamlined versions of the war sphinxes.
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: Type I, Science Race.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A faction of Builders were the ones who championed the creation of the Halo Array as a means of securing Forerunner preeminence. They never imagined for a second that
LivingMotionDetector: Onyx Sentinels have trouble detecting non-moving targets. That said, they would end up can still ''hear'' you perfectly well.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Enforcers will fire a stream of rockets at vehicles or large groups of infantry.
* MechaMooks: The main role of combat-oriented Sentinels, with Aggressors
being the things which destroyed Forerunner civilization.
most common type.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Although MookMedic: Healing Protectors.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Even the tiny noncombatant Constructors can be quite powerful in large numbers, [[spoiler:as we see at the end of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'']].
* RayGun: Most Sentinels shoot laser beams.
* ShieldBearingMook: Enforcers have their fronts protected by a set of giant energy shields.
* SinisterGeometry: Onyx Sentinel configurations are described as being elaborately geometric in form, often using [[ArcNumber seven]] as a baseline.
* StarfishRobots: Applies to all Sentinel variants.
* TractorBeam: Retrievers have gravity beams primarily used for mining (though
they can be used as weapons in a pinch), while Enforcers have strong family ties, Builders one on their underside.
* VerticalKidnapping: An Enforcer uses its underside gravity beam to pick up vehicles that
are expressly stated directly beneath it, and then instantly crushes them with two massive claws. Yes, this includes tanks.
* ZergRush: While most Sentinel variants are individually weak, even the more powerful Sentinels are relatively cheap and quick
to marry for political or economic reasons, not love.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Warrior-Servants]]
!!'''Warrior-Servants'''
produce, allowing them to overwhelm most foes.

!!!'''Promethean Watchers'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1d8c7d3332bada860ac3f505f3e68bc8.jpg]]

The second lowest rate in Forerunner society, they were charged with matters of warfare. While
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A Sentinel variant designed to support Promethean robots. They float through
the Mantle professed peace (in theory), Warrior-Servants were some of air and provide shields and secondary fire, and can even resurrect Promethean Knights who have recently fallen and toss grenades back at the Mantle's most devoted followers, and were utterly ruthless in warfare, believing that to defy the Forerunners was to show contempt on the Mantle. The Didact and the Confirmer were Warrior-Servants, specifically Prometheans, the highest and most powerful order.thrower.



* AttackDrone: Each Warrior-Servant could remotely command a vast number of drones and weapon-ships.
* TheBigGuy: Warrior-Servants were generally the largest of Forerunner rates. The Librarian barely came up to the Didact's chest.
* BioAugmentation: The reason why Warrior-Servants have vastly superior physical abilities and reflexes compared to baseline Forerunners.
* EnemyMine: Despite their animosity for one another as rates, Builders and Warrior-Servants eventually joined their military strength to fight the Flood.
** In a subtler example, it's hinted that both have indirectly worked together to suppress the AwfulTruth of what happened between Forerunners and Precursors millions of years before. When the Forerunner Theoretical named Boundless began investigating the matters, the Warriors were the ones who forbade it, eventually sealing her away and implied to have silenced her for good, while the Builders eventually subsumed her entire rate.
* KingInTheMountain: To avoid political censure, disgraced Warrior-Servants would enter Cryptums, self-sustained hibernation spheres which would keep them alive in a state of "timeless Xankara".
* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect: Despite being vital to the Ecumene's ability to maintain its power over the galaxy, the other rates viewed their work with distaste, which was part of the reason why they gradually slid from being the highest rate to the second lowest.
* KnightTemplar: Warrior-Servants would destroy any Forerunner enemies in the name of the Mantle, as they believed that defying the Forerunners was showing contempt on the Mantle.
* MiniMecha: War sphinxes, which were piloted by Warrior-Servants in battle.
* PoweredArmor: Combat Skins, which were even more high-end than the regular armor worn by other Forerunners, giving the wearer all sorts of additional special abilities in addition to incredible durability; Guilty Spark at one point notes that humanity's own MJOLNIR armor ranks near the very bottom of the Forerunners' own armor classification system.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: As the warriors of Forerunner society.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As if the Warrior-Servants needed more firepower, they could also mentally command up to ''one million weapon-ships'' each. In fact, the [[CoolShip Phaeton]] was merely one of the ''smallest'' weapon-ship classes available for mass spamming.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Around other Forerunners they are brusque, eloquent, and noble in poise. Among one another, they behave and utilize jargon in a hilariously NotSoAboveItAll way.

!!!'''Prometheans'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4978f8abfd4ef3a0f1e49c42b6a8ac44.jpg]]
-->''"Oh, but what I would not give to have even a single company of Prometheans here right now... oh, they would most certainly restore order with their trademark lethality..."''
--->'''343 Guilty Spark'''

The highest form of Warrior-Servant a Forerunner can mutate to, and one of the most effective and dedicated fighting forces in the galaxy. Led by the Didact for over 10,000 years, they spearheaded the efforts against [[spoiler:ancient humans]] and the Flood. [[spoiler: After exhausting all other efforts to create immunity to the Flood, they were willingly converted into AI by the Composer and bound to mechanical hard light bodies.]]
----
* BiggerIsBetter: The largest Warrior-Servants, being so big that Bornstellar said that the span of his arms would not reach both ends of the Didact's shoulders.
* GeniusBruiser: Despite their muscled physique, they were also all very intelligent and even had augmentations made to increase their mental faculties.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Prometheans willingly submitted to being turned into Knights by the Composer (an unpleasant process to say the least, and impossible to reverse), since the only other way to defeat the Flood was to defy their core philosophy and religion by activating the Halos.]]
** SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Flood by that point had already grown too strong to be defeated in direct combat, and the Forerunners ended up having to fire the Halos anyways.]]
* HiveMind: They had still individual identity, but the Prometheans were often neurally linked to best cooperate in battle.
* UndyingLoyalty / MyMasterRightOrWrong: Unceasingly loyal to the Ur-Didact: his second-in-command Endurance was fully willing to follow his plans [[spoiler: to wipe out any species that even had the ''potential'' to threaten the Forerunners like humanity had. She is only dissuaded when convinced this plan came to be through the Ur-Didact's Flood-induced madness; it's implied that were he to come to this conclusion naturally, even if it defied the Forerunners' core beliefs, she and the rest of the Prometheans would have gone along with it, albeit uncomfortably.]]
* SuperSoldier: They're effectively this.

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* AttackDrone: Each Warrior-Servant could remotely command a vast number of drones and weapon-ships.
AirborneMook
* TheBigGuy: Warrior-Servants were generally the largest of Forerunner rates. The Librarian barely came up to the Didact's chest.
* BioAugmentation: The reason why Warrior-Servants have vastly superior physical abilities and reflexes compared to baseline Forerunners.
* EnemyMine: Despite their animosity for one another as rates, Builders and Warrior-Servants eventually joined their military strength to fight the Flood.
** In a subtler example, it's hinted that both have indirectly worked together to suppress the AwfulTruth of what happened between Forerunners and Precursors millions of years before. When the Forerunner Theoretical named Boundless began investigating the matters, the Warriors were the ones who forbade it, eventually sealing her away and implied to have silenced her for good, while the Builders eventually subsumed her entire rate.
* KingInTheMountain: To avoid political censure, disgraced Warrior-Servants would enter Cryptums, self-sustained hibernation spheres which would keep them alive in a state of "timeless Xankara".
* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect: Despite being vital to the Ecumene's ability to maintain its power over the galaxy, the other rates viewed their work with distaste, which was part of the reason why they gradually slid from being the highest rate to the second lowest.
* KnightTemplar: Warrior-Servants would destroy any Forerunner enemies in the name of the Mantle, as they believed that defying the Forerunners was showing contempt on the Mantle.
* MiniMecha: War sphinxes, which were piloted by Warrior-Servants in battle.
* PoweredArmor: Combat Skins, which were even more high-end than the regular armor worn by other Forerunners, giving the wearer all sorts of additional special abilities in addition to incredible durability; Guilty Spark at one point notes that humanity's own MJOLNIR armor ranks near the very bottom of the Forerunners' own armor classification system.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: As the warriors of Forerunner society.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As if the Warrior-Servants needed more firepower, they could also mentally command up to ''one million weapon-ships'' each. In fact, the [[CoolShip Phaeton]] was merely one of the ''smallest'' weapon-ship classes available for mass spamming.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Around other Forerunners they are brusque, eloquent, and noble in poise. Among one another, they behave and utilize jargon in a hilariously NotSoAboveItAll way.

!!!'''Prometheans'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4978f8abfd4ef3a0f1e49c42b6a8ac44.jpg]]
-->''"Oh, but what I would not give to have even a single company of Prometheans here right now... oh, they would most certainly restore order with their trademark lethality..."''
--->'''343 Guilty Spark'''

The highest form of Warrior-Servant a Forerunner
BarrierWarrior: They can mutate to, and one of the most effective and dedicated fighting forces in the galaxy. Led by the Didact for over 10,000 years, they spearheaded the efforts against [[spoiler:ancient humans]] and the Flood. [[spoiler: After exhausting all other efforts to create immunity to the Flood, they were willingly converted into AI by the Composer and bound to mechanical project hard light bodies.]]
----
* BiggerIsBetter: The largest Warrior-Servants, being so big that Bornstellar said that the span of his arms would not reach both ends of the Didact's shoulders.
* GeniusBruiser: Despite
shields to protect their muscled physique, allies.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: Watchers are mildly butterfly-like.
* CatchAndReturn: They will throw grenades back at you if you don't kill them first or shoot the grenades to detonate them early.
* TheEngineer: Capable of building beam turrets and creating new Crawlers.
* MechaMooks
* MookMedic: They can repair damaged allies and revive fallen Knights.
** ShootTheMedicFirst: Since
they were also all can repair them very intelligent and even had augmentations made to increase their mental faculties.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The Prometheans willingly submitted to being turned into Knights by the Composer (an unpleasant process to say the least, and impossible to reverse), since the only other way to defeat the Flood was to defy their core philosophy and religion by activating the Halos.]]
** SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Flood by that point had already grown too strong to be defeated in direct combat, and the Forerunners ended up having to fire the Halos anyways.]]
* HiveMind: They had still individual identity, but the Prometheans were often neurally linked to best cooperate in battle.
* UndyingLoyalty / MyMasterRightOrWrong: Unceasingly loyal to the Ur-Didact: his second-in-command Endurance was fully willing to follow his plans [[spoiler: to wipe out any species that even had the ''potential'' to threaten the Forerunners like humanity had. She is only dissuaded when convinced this plan came to be through the Ur-Didact's Flood-induced madness; it's implied that were he to come to this conclusion naturally, even if it defied the Forerunners' core beliefs, she and the rest of the Prometheans would have gone along with it, albeit uncomfortably.]]
* SuperSoldier: They're effectively this.
quickly.



[[folder: Lifeworkers]]
!!'''Lifeworkers'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e3062fcfe9eedda728353af2044aeecc.jpg]]

An important rate in Forerunner society, charged with all biological research and medical science. They were the champions of the Conservation Measure, the program which indexed and preserved sentient life in the event the Halo Array was fired. The most skilled of Lifeworkers would implant a "geas" in a being which would subtly edge their psychological development toward a specific goal. The Librarian was a Lifeworker.

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[[folder: Lifeworkers]]
!!'''Lifeworkers'''
Knights]]
!!'''Promethean Knights'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e3062fcfe9eedda728353af2044aeecc.jpg]]

An important rate in
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-->''"I have led you, my Prometheans, for thousands of years, and I shall continue to lead you. Rise! Rise, and protect the Forerunners! Rise, and protect the galaxy!"''
--->'''The Didact'''

A form of powerful
Forerunner society, charged with all biological research and medical science. They military construct encountered on the artificial planet of Requiem. Designed specifically to fight the Flood without sacrificing Forerunners to infection, they were created from willing Promethean Warriors after all other efforts to effectively fight the champions of Flood were exhausted. Assisted in combat by the Conservation Measure, the program which indexed Crawlers and preserved sentient life in the event the Halo Array was fired. The most skilled of Lifeworkers would implant a "geas" in a being which would subtly edge their psychological development toward a specific goal. The Librarian was a Lifeworker.Watchers.



* FantasticAnthropologist: Part of their role.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Lifeworkers were this in general, though this didn't prevent them from treating members of other species as resources if they felt the need to.
* GeneticMemory: A skilled Lifeworker (such as the Librarian) could place a ''geas'' (a set of subliminal instructions) into a person at birth. This could range from specific ones such as the ones in Chakas and Riser that lead Bornstellar to the Didact's cryptum, to generic, species wide ones that would eventually result in [[spoiler:humanity coming up with the SPARTAN-II Program]].
* TheMedic: The Lifeworkers were responsible for medical science in the Ecumene. This is how the Librarian managed to get the Conservation Measure approved, by threatening to order all Lifeworkers to stand down, which could cripple medical science. Faber decided that it would be cheaper to give her what she wanted than fight her over it.
* NatureLover: It would stand to reason they would be this. It runs so deep that the Librarian deems it wise to have an individual of another rate overseeing while Lifeworkers approach something in the field, lest in their fascination they willfully ignore that it might put them in danger.
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: Science Race type.

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* FantasticAnthropologist: Part of their role.
AttackItsWeakPoint: In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', knocking off a Knight's armor will reveal big glowing weak spots.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Lifeworkers were this in general, though this didn't prevent them from treating members of other species BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: The Promethean Knights have noticeably insectoid attributes, frequently twitching and spasming while idle and moving with jerking movements. Their carapace resembles insect wings as resources if they felt well.
* BossInMookClothing: In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', where they're akin to Hunters.
* ColorCodedCharacters: [[spoiler: If
the need to.
* GeneticMemory: A skilled Lifeworker (such as the Librarian) could place a ''geas'' (a set of subliminal instructions) into a person at birth. This could range from specific ones such as the ones
Knights are blue, they're just in Chakas and Riser that lead Bornstellar to "guard mode". If they're red/orange, they're under the Didact's cryptum, control and are actively pursuing an objective. Of course, either way, they'll still try to generic, species wide ones that would eventually result kill you, so gameplay-wise, it doesn't matter much.]]
* EliteMooks: They serve as Elite/Brute-equivalents
in [[spoiler:humanity coming up with ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' and the SPARTAN-II Program]].
* TheMedic: The Lifeworkers were responsible for medical science in the Ecumene. This is how the Librarian managed to get the Conservation Measure approved, by threatening to order all Lifeworkers to stand down, which could cripple medical science. Faber decided that it would be cheaper to give her what she wanted than fight her over it.
top-down action shooters.
* NatureLover: It would stand to reason MeaningfulName: The Knight Lancers, distinguished from other Knights by the large white fins on their carapaces. When damaged, they would will attempt a lancing charge attack with their blade-arms, zooming in from a distance at SuperSpeed and even able to cross over empty space in doing so. If the attack doesn't connect or (on lower difficulties) doesn't kill the target, they're vulnerable to CounterAttack for a moment before they teleport back and recharge their shields.
* MechaMooks
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Knights have four arms. Two are at the shoulder, with no visible attachment to the body, which holds their main weapon and a hard light blade. The other pair is a small, creepy set sprouting from the chest, presumably for manipulating objects (as the weapon-bearing arms don't have hands).
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Upon death, the Knights' bodies disintegrate into ashes. The only thing left is a small, glowing spark... which, if you aren't careful, can
be scanned by a Watcher and resurrected. However, the spark does fade in time (though "Spartan Ops" indicates that a Knight's core (aka its 'brain' or 'soul') ''can'' be preserved).
* SkullForAHead: A Knight's "helm" can split into sections, revealing a screaming hard light skull that doesn't look quite human.
* SwordAndGun: On the Knight. One arm holds their main weapon; the other ends in a burning hard light sword.
* TeleportSpam: Knights use
this. It runs so deep that the Librarian deems it wise to have an individual of another rate overseeing while Lifeworkers approach something Just dropped his shields and lining up a headshot? Nope, he just disappeared into slipspace.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Knights
in the field, lest in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' are much tougher than their fascination they willfully ignore that it might put predecessors from the previous games, both gameplay and story-wise. Specifically, with the new Promethean Soldier enemy taking the role equivalent to [[EliteMook Covenant Elites]], Knights have been upgraded to the Promethean equivalent of [[BossInMookClothing Hunters]] - appearing more rarely (than the Soldiers and their own [=H4=] selves), but ''much'' greater a threat.
* TronLines: Knights have
them in danger.
covering their body. [[spoiler: [[ConvenientColourChange Blue for guard-mode, red/orange when they're under the Didact's control.]]]]
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: Science Race type.UnwillingRoboticisation: While the true Prometheans volunteered, the humans were all converted forcibly.
* WasOnceAMan: The later generations of mechanical Prometheans were all forcibly created from human stock.



[[folder: Miners]]
!!'''Miners'''

One of the middle placed rates in Forerunner society, Miners were responsible for gathering the materials needed to build things. While vital to the continuation of Forerunner society, the Miners had little interest in the political affairs of the Ecumene.

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[[folder: Miners]]
!!'''Miners'''

One
Crawlers]]
!!'''Promethean Crawlers'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3a479490ae02cb6c09832f06c6dc83de.png]]
-->''"These are Crawlers, fast and mean, but pretty easy to deal with."''
--->'''Jared Miller'''

A smaller class
of the middle placed rates Promethean robots. They are weaker and attack in Forerunner society, Miners were responsible for gathering the materials needed large numbers, using their swarming tactics to build things. While vital to the continuation of Forerunner society, the Miners had little interest in the political affairs of the Ecumene. overwhelm their opponents. Include heavy and sniper variations.



* AsteroidMiners: Although they didn't limit themselves to asteroids.
* HeroicNeutral: On the whole, Miners don't really care about what's happening in the outside world.
* NoSocialSkills: Miners often have difficulty relating to others outside their own rate.

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* AsteroidMiners: Although they didn't limit themselves to asteroids.
* HeroicNeutral: On
AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The stronger and more heavily-armed Alpha Crawlers are the whole, Miners don't really care about what's happening in pack leaders.
* BigCreepyCrawlies[=/=]InsectoidAliens: Crawlers resemble a cross between dogs and ants.
* BoomHeadshot: A single shot to
the outside world.
head kills them.
* NoSocialSkills: Miners often have difficulty relating ColdSniper: Crawler Snipes, who are armed with Binary Rifles.
* InASingleBound: Crawlers can jump very high
to others outside reach their own rate. enemies.
* MechaMooks
* SkullForAHead: According to the ''Scanned'' trailer for ''Halo 4'', they have the same skull as a Knight.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Alpha Crawlers are distinguishable by the glowing spikes on their back.
* WallCrawl: From time to time.
* ZergRush: Their most common tactic, though one variant prefers to snipe from a distance.



[[folder: Engineers]]
!!'''Engineers'''

The lowest rate in Forerunner society, Engineers were artificial beings created to be "servant-tools" to the Builders, their purpose being to maintain and repair the machines used by the Forerunners.

See the "Huragok" section in the [[Characters/HaloTheCovenant Covenant character page]] for further details.

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[[folder: Engineers]]
!!'''Engineers'''

The lowest rate
Armigers]]
!!'''Forerunner Armigers'''

Comprising of several different types of humanoid combat robots, the Armigers were originally deployed to support Warrior-Servants during combat. Though most of them were lost
in the war against the Flood, a number were secretly left behind to guard key Forerunner society, Engineers were artificial beings created to be "servant-tools" to the Builders, their purpose being to maintain and repair the machines used by the Forerunners.

See the "Huragok" section in the [[Characters/HaloTheCovenant Covenant character page]] for further details.
sites.



* TheEngineer: Obviously.
* JustAMachine: Despite their high level of sentience and sapience, Engineers were rarely granted any form of personhood in Forerunner society, due to being viewed primarily as mere tools.
* NoRespectGuy: Despite their importance to Forerunner society (enough to be classified as a rate even despite not technically being Forerunners), they had no political power or representation, and were not even allowed to show themselves in public.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Juridicals]]
!!'''Juridicals'''

Juridicals are the legislative rate, charged with recording events and investigating crimes against the Mantle. They had strong mental links with each other and with the Domain, which tended to make them distant from others and conservative in their views.

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* TheEngineer: Obviously.
* JustAMachine: Despite
ArmCannon: Sort of; the Ark's Armigers form guns out of their high level of sentience and sapience, Engineers were rarely granted any form of personhood arms which are then held in Forerunner society, due to being viewed primarily as mere tools.
* NoRespectGuy: Despite
their importance hands.
* BladeOnAStick: The ones on Installation 00 use energy staves.
* BoardingParty: During the Forerunners' war with ancient humanity, they were largely used
to Forerunner society (enough board enemy ships.
* CombatPragmatist: Are able to use their environment to their advantage, such as causing avalanches or knocking down trees.
* EliteMooks: Are this compared to the Sentinels.
* HardLight: Henry Lamb theorizes that theyíre partly made up of hard light.
* MechaMooks
* ParryingBullets: The Ark's Armigers are capable of deflecting gunfire by spinning their lances really fast.
* TeleportSpam: Several variants can do this, through different means.
* ZergRush: Meant
to be classified deployed as a rate even despite not technically being Forerunners), they had no political power or representation, and such.

!!!'''Promethean Soldiers'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/h5g_render_prometheansoldier.png]]

A class of Armiger utilized by the original Prometheans during their heyday, the vast majority of Soldiers
were not even allowed to show themselves in public.
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[[folder: Juridicals]]
!!'''Juridicals'''

Juridicals are
lost during the legislative rate, charged with recording events and investigating crimes war against the Mantle. They had strong mental links with each other and with the Domain, which tended to make Flood. Nonetheless, a number of them distant from others were secretly left to guard key Forerunner sites, and conservative in by the time of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', they have made their views.public reappearance in force.



* CrusadingLawyer: An entire rate of them, as their primary mandate is to investigate potential crimes against the Forerunner Ecumene and the Mantle.
* HiveMind: The Catalog is a branch of Juridicals who are all mentally linked. As such, they all refer to themselves as Catalog, and get very offended if it is insinuated that they are individuals. Individuals are subject to bias, which the law must avoid to remain impartial.
* IAmLegion: Every member of Catalog represents Catalog itself.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Older Juridicals are noted to be more cynical, and as such as rarely assigned to evidence gathering.
* TheJudge: More senior Juridicals, like the Master Juridical.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: The Didact distrusts Juridicals because they allowed Faber to go through with building the Halo Array, forcing his exile. Given everything we've seen Faber do, he may have a point.
* MysteriousWatcher: They watch and record all events.

!!!Catalog
-->''"The strength of Catalog is in its awareness of the nature of guilt."''

A group of evidence gathering agents in service to the Juridical rate who are mentally linked to each other. They record and gather evidence for the Juridicals to process.
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* TheAtoner: Catalog are always chosen from individuals who have committed crimes, like murder, disobeying a superior, etc.
* CelibateHero: Catalog does not engage in sexual activities.
* ConspiracyTheorist: As a cop Catalog sees everything as a potential crime.
* HiveMind: While Catalog is believed to be an individual, in reality Catalog is a collection of individuals who gather and share information on potential criminal activities. Individuals can be subjected to bias, and justice cannot allow bias to influence it. Being thought of as a single individual is considered "an acceptable rudeness".
* ItIsDehumanizing: Catalog is universally referred to as "It".
* ManInTheMachine: When a Juridical becomes Catalog they assume the carapace, a unique set of robotic armor that records everything around them.
* StarfishAlien: Far different in form from most other Forerunners. Several more limbs, eyes, and different sensory organs; as mentioned above, they are also always sealed inside a carapace of armor.

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* CrusadingLawyer: An entire rate of them, as their primary mandate is to investigate potential crimes AttackItsWeakpoint: Damaging a Soldier enough will expose a giant glowing weak point on its chest.
* CombatPragmatist: Unlike other AI opponents, the Soldiers can and will use human weaponry
against the player, even if they go on about how "primitive" it is compared to Forerunner Ecumene and the Mantle.
* HiveMind: The Catalog is a branch of Juridicals who are all mentally linked. As such, they all refer to themselves as Catalog, and get very offended if it is insinuated that they are individuals. Individuals are subject to bias, which the law must avoid to remain impartial.
* IAmLegion: Every member of Catalog represents Catalog itself.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Older Juridicals are noted to be more cynical, and as such as rarely assigned to evidence gathering.
technology.
* TheJudge: More senior Juridicals, like EliteMooks: With the Master Juridical.Knights having taken several levels in badass, the Soldiers serve as the Elite/Brute-equivalent in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.
* MechaMooks
* MorphWeapon: Sort of; Soldiers can change what weapon they're holding on the fly, though it's unclear whether they're actually transforming their gun or just teleporting in a new one.

* MiscarriageOfJustice: The Didact distrusts Juridicals because TeleportSpam: Like Knights, they allowed Faber to go through with building can also jump into slipspace.
* TrashTalk: Unlike
the Halo Array, forcing his exile. Given everything we've seen Faber do, he may have a point.
* MysteriousWatcher: They watch and record all events.

!!!Catalog
-->''"The strength of Catalog is in its awareness of the nature of guilt."''

A group of evidence gathering agents in service to the Juridical rate who are mentally linked to each other. They record and gather evidence for the Juridicals to process.
----
* TheAtoner: Catalog are always chosen from individuals who have committed crimes, like murder, disobeying a superior, etc.
* CelibateHero: Catalog does not engage in sexual activities.
* ConspiracyTheorist: As a cop Catalog sees everything as a potential crime.
* HiveMind: While Catalog is believed to be an individual, in reality Catalog is a collection of individuals who gather and share information on potential criminal activities. Individuals can be subjected to bias, and justice cannot allow bias to influence it. Being thought of as a single individual is considered "an acceptable rudeness".
* ItIsDehumanizing: Catalog is universally referred to as "It".
* ManInTheMachine: When a Juridical becomes Catalog they assume the carapace, a unique set of robotic armor that records everything around them.
* StarfishAlien: Far different in form from most
other Forerunners. Several more limbs, eyes, and different sensory organs; as mentioned above, Promethean constructs, the Soldiers can speak English, which they are also always sealed inside a carapace of armor.use to merrily taunt you.
26th Jan '18 12:26:40 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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A Forerunner Promethean, Protector of the Ecumene and Supreme Commander of the Forerunner military. A brilliant warrior and, above all, a fervent believer in the Forerunner's Mantle of Responsibility, the Didact's crowning achievement was leading Forerunners through their war with humanity's advanced prehistoric empire. Afterwards, however, he fell in favor as he opposed an increasingly-corrupt leadership's ultimate plan to fight the Flood: Halos. Exiled twice, exposed to the Flood, and ultimately driven to madness by it, he attempted to convert the human species into AI slaves to fight the Flood but was imprisoned in Requiem for his crimes. 100,000 years later he is unleashed, and immediately resumes his plans to punish humanity and reclaim the Mantle for Forerunners.

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A Forerunner Promethean, Promethean who was Protector of the Ecumene and Supreme Commander of the Forerunner military. military during its final years. A brilliant warrior and, above all, a fervent believer in the Forerunner's Mantle of Responsibility, the Didact's crowning achievement was leading the Forerunners through their war with humanity's advanced prehistoric empire. Afterwards, however, he fell in out of favor as he opposed an the Ecumene's increasingly-corrupt leadership's ultimate plan to fight the Flood: the Halos. Exiled twice, exposed to the Flood, and ultimately driven to madness by it, he attempted to convert the human species into AI slaves to fight the Flood Flood, but was imprisoned in Requiem for his crimes. 100,000 years later he is unleashed, and immediately resumes his plans to punish humanity and reclaim the Mantle for the Forerunners.



* AntiGravityClothing: The most prominent effect is an enormous collar-piece

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* AntiGravityClothing: The most prominent effect is an enormous collar-pieceenormous, floating multi-part collar-piece.
25th Jan '18 8:49:26 AM TheMoccasinKing
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A Forerunner Promethean who was supreme commander of the entire Forerunner military. He wholeheartedly believed in the Mantle the Forerunners held to protect life, and initially opposed the Halo Array as a sin beyond measure. He was also the lover and husband of the Librarian. After falling into madness during his second exile, he attempts to harvest humanity to fight the Flood, resulting in him being imprisoned in a cryptum in his own command-world by his wife, only to be accidentally woken 100,000 years later, where he plans to finish his harvest.

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A Forerunner Promethean who was supreme commander Promethean, Protector of the entire Ecumene and Supreme Commander of the Forerunner military. He wholeheartedly believed A brilliant warrior and, above all, a fervent believer in the Forerunner's Mantle of Responsibility, the Didact's crowning achievement was leading Forerunners held to protect life, and initially through their war with humanity's advanced prehistoric empire. Afterwards, however, he fell in favor as he opposed the Halo Array as a sin beyond measure. He was also the lover and husband of the Librarian. After falling into madness during his second exile, he attempts to harvest humanity an increasingly-corrupt leadership's ultimate plan to fight the Flood: Halos. Exiled twice, exposed to the Flood, resulting in him being and ultimately driven to madness by it, he attempted to convert the human species into AI slaves to fight the Flood but was imprisoned in a cryptum in Requiem for his own command-world by his wife, only to be accidentally woken crimes. 100,000 years later, where later he is unleashed, and immediately resumes his plans to finish his harvest.punish humanity and reclaim the Mantle for Forerunners.



* AntiGravityClothing: His armor includes a large, floating, [[RuleOfCool really cool-looking]] collar and shoulder-pieces.

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* AntiGravityClothing: His armor includes a large, floating, [[RuleOfCool really cool-looking]] collar and shoulder-pieces.The most prominent effect is an enormous collar-piece
6th Dec '17 3:30:28 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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[[folder: 686 Ebullient Prism]]
!!'''686 Ebullient Prism'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prism.png]]
->'''Creation date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'''''

The monitor of Line Installation 1-4, Ebullient Prism has been spending the last 100,000 years shooting down all passing ships and experimenting on the survivors in order to find a cure to the Flood.

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[[folder: 686 Ebullient Prism]]
!!'''686 Ebullient Prism'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prism.png]]
Intrepid Eye]]
!!'''Intrepid Eye'''
->'''Creation date: Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'''''

The monitor of Line Installation 1-4, Ebullient Prism
''Literature/HaloLastLight'''''

-->'''Wendell''': Have you gone rampant? This
has been spending to stop.\\
'''Intrepid Eye''': Eventually. When my work is done. When humanity is worthy of
the last Mantle.

An ''acheron''-class ancilla created by the Forerunners to aid in the battle against the Flood, Intrepid Eye was assigned to the Covert Support Base 4276 on what would become the human world of Gao. When the logic plague began to spread, the base's commander placed her into status with the intent of awakening her at a later date, but with the firing of the Halo Array spent the next
100,000 years shooting down all passing ships alone. Awakened by a signal from a Forerunner base on another planet, Intrepid found herself in a universe very much changed from the one she remembered, her creators gone and experimenting on the survivors in order to find a cure to the Flood. old enemies now apparently their successors.



* FantasticRacism: She doesn't look kindly on humans, and in fact expresses disbelief at the idea they are the Forerunner's Reclaimers even when confronted with the proof. That said, she's capable of acknowledging [[WorthyOpponent worthy ones]].
* HeroWorshipper: To hear Intrepid tell it, the Forerunners, and ''especially'' the Builders, were nigh-on perfect demigods.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: As a fully-functional ''acheron''-class ancilla, she's to a normal "Smart" AI what they are to a normal human. She's completely capable of subverting their core functions, erasing pieces of their memories, or just flat-out "eating" them when she stops holding back, all while barely inconvenienced by anything less than her own desire to remain covert.
* SocialDarwinist: After finally being convinced that the Forerunners are truly gone and reluctantly accepting that humans are truly the Reclaimers, Intrepid states that that they are not worthy of the Mantle...''yet'', but under her guidance she intends to uplift the worthy among them to such a status. The ones that fail? Eh, a necessary culling.
* WorthyOpponent: After trying and failing to kill Veta Lopis three times, Intrepid begins to see her as one of the branches of humanity worth keeping. Note this is a sentiment Lopis doesn't share in the slightest.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: 686 Ebullient Prism]]
!!'''686 Ebullient Prism'''
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prism.png]]
->'''Creation date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'''''

The monitor of Line Installation 1-4, Ebullient Prism has been spending the last 100,000 years shooting down all passing ships and experimenting on the survivors in order to find a cure to the Flood.
----



[[folder: Intrepid Eye]]
!! Intrepid Eye
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloLastLight'''''

-->'''Wendell''': Have you gone rampant? This has to stop.\\
'''Intrepid Eye''': Eventually. When my work is done. When humanity is worthy of the Mantle.

An ''acheron''-class ancilla created by the Forerunners to aid in the battle against the Flood, Intrepid Eye was assigned to the Covert Support Base 4276 on what would become the human world of Gao. When the logic plague began to spread, the base's commander placed her into status with the intent of awakening her at a later date, but with the firing of the Halo Array spent the next 100,000 years alone. Awakened by a signal from a Forerunner base on another planet, Intrepid found herself in a universe very much changed from the one she remembered, her creators gone and old enemies now apparently their successors.
----
* FantasticRacism: She doesn't look kindly on humans, and in fact expresses disbelief at the idea they are the Forerunner's Reclaimers even when confronted with the proof. That said, she's capable of acknowledging [[WorthyOpponent worthy ones]].
* HeroWorshipper: To hear Intrepid tell it, the Forerunners, and ''especially'' the Builders, were nigh-on perfect demigods.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: As a fully-functional ''acheron''-class ancilla, she's to a normal "Smart" AI what they are to a normal human. She's completely capable of subverting their core functions, erasing pieces of their memories, or just flat-out "eating" them when she stops holding back, all while barely inconvenienced by anything less than her own desire to remain covert.
* SocialDarwinist: After finally being convinced that the Forerunners are truly gone and reluctantly accepting that humans are truly the Reclaimers, Intrepid states that that they are not worthy of the Mantle...''yet'', but under her guidance she intends to uplift the worthy among them to such a status. The ones that fail? Eh, a necessary culling.
* WorthyOpponent: After trying and failing to kill Veta Lopis three times, Intrepid begins to see her as one of the branches of humanity worth keeping. Note this is a sentiment Lopis doesn't share in the slightest.
[[/folder]]
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:The Flood tries to demoralize him with the memories of his wives and children that it consumed.]]

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:While many of his marriages were for social and political gain, the Flood tries to demoralize him with the memories of his wives and children that it consumed.]]consumed, and it visibly affects him]].



* LaserGuidedKarma: Sort of. Using a Halo on the San'Shyuum results in him being stripped of power, but he manages to escape further punishment by exiling himself to an isolated corner of Forerunner space. Towards the end of the war, [[spoiler:he even has his power restored by the surviving Councilors]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Sort of. Using a Halo on the San'Shyuum results in him being stripped of power, but he manages to escape further punishment by exiling himself to an isolated corner of Forerunner space. Towards the end of the war, [[spoiler:he even has his power restored by the surviving Councilors]].Councilors, albeit only because they're ''that'' desperate]].



* VillainousBlueScreenOfDeath: Courtesy of the Flood-affected Ur-Didact, who happily informs Faber that his wives and children are now part of the Flood collective and blame him for it. It's one of the major impetuses for Faber's HeelFaceTurn in realizing the cost of his many crimes and mistakes.

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* VillainousBlueScreenOfDeath: VillainousBSOD: Courtesy of the Flood-affected Ur-Didact, who happily informs Faber that his wives and children are now part of the Flood collective and blame him for it. It's one of the major impetuses for Faber's HeelFaceTurn in realizing the cost of his many crimes and mistakes.


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[[folder: Intrepid Eye]]
!! Intrepid Eye
->'''Creation Date: Unknown'''
->'''Debuted in: ''Literature/HaloLastLight'''''

-->'''Wendell''': Have you gone rampant? This has to stop.\\
'''Intrepid Eye''': Eventually. When my work is done. When humanity is worthy of the Mantle.

An ''acheron''-class ancilla created by the Forerunners to aid in the battle against the Flood, Intrepid Eye was assigned to the Covert Support Base 4276 on what would become the human world of Gao. When the logic plague began to spread, the base's commander placed her into status with the intent of awakening her at a later date, but with the firing of the Halo Array spent the next 100,000 years alone. Awakened by a signal from a Forerunner base on another planet, Intrepid found herself in a universe very much changed from the one she remembered, her creators gone and old enemies now apparently their successors.
----
* FantasticRacism: She doesn't look kindly on humans, and in fact expresses disbelief at the idea they are the Forerunner's Reclaimers even when confronted with the proof. That said, she's capable of acknowledging [[WorthyOpponent worthy ones]].
* HeroWorshipper: To hear Intrepid tell it, the Forerunners, and ''especially'' the Builders, were nigh-on perfect demigods.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: As a fully-functional ''acheron''-class ancilla, she's to a normal "Smart" AI what they are to a normal human. She's completely capable of subverting their core functions, erasing pieces of their memories, or just flat-out "eating" them when she stops holding back, all while barely inconvenienced by anything less than her own desire to remain covert.
* SocialDarwinist: After finally being convinced that the Forerunners are truly gone and reluctantly accepting that humans are truly the Reclaimers, Intrepid states that that they are not worthy of the Mantle...''yet'', but under her guidance she intends to uplift the worthy among them to such a status. The ones that fail? Eh, a necessary culling.
* WorthyOpponent: After trying and failing to kill Veta Lopis three times, Intrepid begins to see her as one of the branches of humanity worth keeping. Note this is a sentiment Lopis doesn't share in the slightest.
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