History Literature / HaloGlasslands

17th Feb '17 4:18:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* DontCreateAMartyr: 'Telcam knows that killing the Arbiter would just create a martyr, realizing that he needs to discredit him and his ideas first before killing him. [[spoiler:However, the events of the sequel force 'Telcam to directly attack the Arbiter long before this part of his plan can get underway.]]
4th Oct '16 12:04:44 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The much-touted feud between the Elites and Brutes no longer seems to matter that much, as the entire Great Schism plot seems to have been diminished into a minor scuffle that is mostly over by the time the novel is set. A lot of Brutes even serve the Elites. This is unlike its prior depictions in works such as ''The Return'' in ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''. [[spoiler:Later explained when ''The Thursday War'' reveals that the Brutes on Sanghelios were biding their time to plan ''their own'' uprising against the Elites.]]
*** ...Which raises questions itself, as to what happened to the rest of the Brute fleets (like the one that fled from The Ark) or [[spoiler: ''why there are living Brutes on Sanghelios in the first place'' instead of, you know, burning chunks of plasma-scarred flesh.]]

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** The much-touted feud between the Elites and Brutes no longer seems to matter that much, as the entire Great Schism plot seems to have been diminished into a minor scuffle that is mostly over by the time the novel is set. A lot of Brutes even serve the Elites.Elites, with several living on Sanghelios itself. This is unlike its prior depictions in works such as ''The Return'' in ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''. [[spoiler:Later explained when ''The Thursday War'' reveals that the Brutes on Sanghelios were biding their time to plan ''their own'' uprising against the Elites.]]
*** ...Which raises questions itself, as to what happened to the rest of the Brute fleets (like the one that fled from The Ark) or [[spoiler: ''why there are living Brutes on Sanghelios in the first place'' instead of, you know, burning chunks of plasma-scarred flesh.
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6th Sep '16 10:14:56 AM IndyRevolution
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***...Which raises questions itself, as to what happened to the rest of the Brute fleets (like the one that fled from The Ark) or [[spoiler: ''why there are living Brutes on Sanghelios in the first place'' instead of, you know, burning chunks of plasma-scarred flesh.]]
5th Sep '16 12:30:11 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* CuttingTheKnot: When a group of anti-Arbiter Sangheili conspirators decide that they need to steal a vessel, Jul 'Mdama suggests that they just go up to the shipyards and take it, since its former Shipmaster is one of the conspirators and no Sangheili would ever think to stop a Shipmaster from just inspecting his vessel. Jul then realizes that he's going to need to teach other Sangheili to be vigilant against these types of tricks if they are going to survive in the post-war era.
29th Jul '16 5:13:14 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: Glasslands'' is a 2011 novel by CreatorKarenTraviss set in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' ExpandedUniverse. It is the first part of the "''Kilo-Five'' trilogy" set in the months after the events of ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'', in which Humanity and the Sangheili, no longer at war, are picking up the pieces from the Great Schism. It revolves around the continued adventures of: Dr. Halsey, CPO Mendez, and the Spartans in the Onyx Shield World; ONI agent Serin Osman, a team of [=ODSTs=], and Spartan-II Naomi, who find themselves on a mission to destabilize the fragile government on Sanghelios; and a group of Sangheili hoping to overthrow the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Arbiter]] and eventually continue their war with humanity.

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''Halo: Glasslands'' is a 2011 novel by CreatorKarenTraviss Creator/KarenTraviss set in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' ExpandedUniverse. It is the first part of the "''Kilo-Five'' trilogy" set in the months after the events of ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'', in which Humanity and the Sangheili, no longer at war, are picking up the pieces from the Great Schism. It revolves around the continued adventures of: Dr. Halsey, CPO Mendez, and the Spartans in the Onyx Shield World; ONI agent Serin Osman, a team of [=ODSTs=], and Spartan-II Naomi, who find themselves on a mission to destabilize the fragile government on Sanghelios; and a group of Sangheili hoping to overthrow the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Arbiter]] and eventually continue their war with humanity.
29th Jul '16 5:13:05 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: Glasslands'' is a novel in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' ExpandedUniverse by Creator/KarenTraviss as part of the "Kilo-Five trilogy" set in the months after the events of ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'', in which Humanity and the Sangheili, no longer at war, are picking up the pieces from the Great Schism. It revolves around the continued adventures of Dr. Halsey, CPO Mendez, and the Spartans in the Onyx Shield World; Serin Osman, a team of [=ODSTs=], and Naomi, another Spartan, who find themselves on a mission to destabilize the fragile Sangheili government, and a group of Sangheili hoping to overthrow the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Arbiter]] and eventually continue their war with humanity.

A sequel and the second book in the Kilo-Five trilogy, titled ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'', was released on October 2, 2012.

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''Halo: Glasslands'' is a 2011 novel by CreatorKarenTraviss set in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' ExpandedUniverse by Creator/KarenTraviss as ExpandedUniverse. It is the first part of the "Kilo-Five "''Kilo-Five'' trilogy" set in the months after the events of ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'', in which Humanity and the Sangheili, no longer at war, are picking up the pieces from the Great Schism. It revolves around the continued adventures of of: Dr. Halsey, CPO Mendez, and the Spartans in the Onyx Shield World; ONI agent Serin Osman, a team of [=ODSTs=], and Spartan-II Naomi, another Spartan, who find themselves on a mission to destabilize the fragile Sangheili government, government on Sanghelios; and a group of Sangheili hoping to overthrow the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Arbiter]] and eventually continue their war with humanity.

A sequel and the second book in the Kilo-Five ''Kilo-Five'' trilogy, titled ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'', was released on October 2, 2012.
13th Apr '16 9:52:12 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** When Paragonsky is interrogating Halsey about the use of flash clones, she asks why she did it instead of just making the kids disappear. Halsey claims she didn't know they would die, but ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' had explicitly stated that she had known from the start that flash clones of full human beings were genetically unstable and would die within a few years of their creation. Supplemental media such as ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''[[VideoGame/HaloReach Halsey's journal]]'' shows that Halsey was actually surprised that some of the clones lasted for more than a few years.

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** When Paragonsky is interrogating Halsey about the use of flash clones, she asks why she did it instead of just making the kids disappear. Halsey claims she didn't know they would die, but ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' had explicitly stated that she had known from the start that flash clones of full human beings were genetically unstable and would die within a few years of their creation. Supplemental media such as ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''[[VideoGame/HaloReach [[VideoGame/HaloReach Halsey's journal]]'' journal]] shows that Halsey was actually surprised that some of the clones lasted for more than a few years.
13th Apr '16 9:51:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* AuthorFilibuster: Throughout the book, a number of characters deliver condescending speeches and remarks about Dr. Halsey and the Spartan-II project. Unsurprisingly, the views presented in these correlate with the author's, as seen in several interviews with her (e.g. Traviss compares Dr. Halsey to Dr. Mengele, and then a character in the novel does the same). Interestingly, Doctor Halsey's character rebuttals most of the arguments against her but the characters ignore her reasoning [[StrawmanHasAPoint despite very often her points being right.]]

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* AuthorFilibuster: Throughout the book, a number of characters deliver condescending speeches and remarks about Dr. Halsey and the Spartan-II project. Unsurprisingly, the views presented in these correlate with the author's, as seen in several interviews with her (e.g. Traviss compares Dr. Halsey to Dr. Mengele, and then a character in the novel does the same). Interestingly, Doctor Halsey's character rebuttals While Halsey does rebut most of the arguments against her but her, the other characters all ignore her reasoning [[StrawmanHasAPoint despite her points very often her points being right.]]right]].



** ''Glasslands'' also introduces the idea that Halsey somehow covered up the entire SPARTAN-II flash-cloning program from the brass, although no piece of earlier fiction has given any indication of such, and said brass actually ''enabled'' the program.
*** It also strikes as odd that Admiral Parangosky, a woman who authorised sending 12 year old child soldiers on suicide missions, among other things, would be bothered by flash-cloning.
** Additionally, no one ever pretended Halsey was a saint, but a number of traits seem to have been added to [[{{Demonization}} make her seem more sinister]]. For one, the ''Glasslands'' version of Halsey is shown to live by an {{Ubermensch}} view of morality, considering herself as being AboveGoodAndEvil, even noting a few times that she [[TheSoulless doesn't have a soul]]. Subverted by the fact Traviss depicts Doctor Halsey to be emotionally devastated by her daughter's death as well as the WeNeverFoundTheBody [[VideoGame/Halo3 death of Master Chief.]]

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** ''Glasslands'' also introduces the idea that Halsey somehow covered up the entire SPARTAN-II flash-cloning program from the brass, although no piece of earlier fiction has given any indication of such, and in fact implied that said brass had actually ''enabled'' the program.
*** It also strikes as odd that Admiral Parangosky, a woman who authorised authorized sending 12 year old child soldiers on suicide missions, among other things, would be bothered by flash-cloning.
** Additionally, no one ever pretended Halsey was a saint, but a number of traits seem to have been added to [[{{Demonization}} make her seem more sinister]]. For one, the ''Glasslands'' version of Halsey is shown to live by an {{Ubermensch}} view of morality, considering herself as being AboveGoodAndEvil, even noting a few times that she [[TheSoulless doesn't have a soul]]. Subverted by the fact That said, Traviss depicts Doctor does depict Halsey to be emotionally devastated by her daughter's death as well as the WeNeverFoundTheBody [[VideoGame/Halo3 [[WeNeverFoundTheBody apparent]] [[VideoGame/{{Halo 3}} death of Master Chief.]]Chief]].



** [[WorldOfSnark Nearly everyone]], at least Kilo-Five and some of the Spartans, deliver similar sarcastic banter at one point or the other.
* DefusingTheTykeBomb: Spending time with Kilo-Five soon melts off Naomi's hardened exterior, showing she's really a scarred, delicate flower in need of some genuine care. Naomi also comes around to Osman's point of view regarding Halsey when the latter (with the help of ONI's AI) uses a combination of Halsey's journal, the fate of her family [[spoiler: her mother committing suicide after her flashclone's death]], and questioning her professionalism to turn her against Halsey.

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** [[WorldOfSnark Nearly everyone]], at least including Kilo-Five and some of the Spartans, deliver similar sarcastic banter at one point or the other.
* DefusingTheTykeBomb: Spending time with Kilo-Five soon melts off Naomi's hardened exterior, showing she's really a scarred, delicate flower in need of some genuine care. Naomi also starts to comes around to Osman's point of view regarding Halsey when the latter (with the help of ONI's AI) BB) uses a combination of Halsey's journal, knowledge of the fate of her Naomi's family [[spoiler: her ([[spoiler:her mother committing committed suicide after her flashclone's death]], flash clone's death and her father turned against the UNSC]]), and questioning her professionalism to turn her against Halsey.



* EarlybirdCameo: The [[spoiler: Spartan [=IVs=] and ''Infinity'']], which are to be major plot elements of ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'', receive their first mention in the story's epilogue.

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* EarlybirdCameo: EarlyBirdCameo: The [[spoiler: Spartan [=IVs=] Spartan-[=IVs=] and ''Infinity'']], ''Infinity'', which are to be major plot elements of the games from ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}'', 4}}'' onward, receive their first mention in the story's epilogue.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Chief Mendez repeatedly lays into Halsey for her actions which she, rightly, calls despicable and cowardly since he not only went along with the project but repeated it with the Spartan-III program.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Chief Mendez repeatedly lays into Halsey for her actions actions, which she, rightly, calls she responds to by noting that Mendez himself is being despicable and cowardly since he not only went along with the project SPARTAN-II project, but repeated it his actions with the Spartan-III SPARTAN-III program.



** Admiral Parangosky actually admits she's every bit as bad as Halsey and this partially motivated by the fact Halsey lied to her. Which would make this entire campaign into an example of EvilIsPetty.
* MoralMyopia: The entirety of ONI seems to suffer from this as they ignore their own crimes and role in the SPARTAN program to come down on Halsey for it. {{Justified}} in the case of Osman as she was adopted by the anti-Halsey head of Parangosky.

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** Admiral Parangosky actually admits she's every bit as bad as Halsey and this that her persecution of the doctor is partially motivated by the fact that Halsey lied to her. her personally. Which would make this her entire campaign against Halsey into an example of EvilIsPetty.
* MoralMyopia: The entirety of ONI seems to suffer from this as they ignore their own crimes and role in the SPARTAN program programs to come down on Halsey for it. {{Justified}} in the case of Osman as she was adopted by the anti-Halsey head of Parangosky.



** When Paragonsky is interrogating Halsey about the use of flash clones, she asks why did it versus just making the kids just disappear. Halsey claims she didn't know they would die, but ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' had explicitly stated that flash clones of full human beings were genetically unstable and would die within a few years of cloning. Supplemental media such as ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' shows that Halsey was actually surprised that the clones lasted for so many years, but they were physically crippled and would have been useless as SPARTAN candidates.

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** When Paragonsky is interrogating Halsey about the use of flash clones, she asks why she did it versus instead of just making the kids just disappear. Halsey claims she didn't know they would die, but ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' had explicitly stated that she had known from the start that flash clones of full human beings were genetically unstable and would die within a few years of cloning. their creation. Supplemental media such as ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' ''[[VideoGame/HaloReach Halsey's journal]]'' shows that Halsey was actually surprised that some of the clones lasted for so many years, but they were physically crippled and would have been useless as SPARTAN candidates.more than a few years.
2nd Apr '16 2:59:27 PM CharlesPhipps
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Chief Mendez's sudden hatred of Halsey and self-loathing attempt to blame the latter for monstrous crimes which he is the victim of her exploitation of. He points to the Spartan-IIIs as volunteers versus kidnapping victims. Halsey deconstructs this by pointing out six-year-olds can't volunteer and all of his claims to be better than here are self-serving lies.
2nd Apr '16 2:58:56 PM CharlesPhipps
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* AuthorFilibuster: Throughout the book, a number of characters deliver condescending speeches and remarks about Dr. Halsey and the Spartan-II project. Unsurprisingly, the views presented in these correlate with the author's, as seen in several interviews with her (e.g. Traviss compares Dr. Halsey to Dr. Mengele, and then a character in the novel does the same). The heavy-handedness of the message, and the [[TheWarOnStraw lack of any meaningful representation of the other side of the argument]], borders on making or simply makes the whole novel an AuthorTract. Unsurprising to those of who remember her views on the Jedi.

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* AuthorFilibuster: Throughout the book, a number of characters deliver condescending speeches and remarks about Dr. Halsey and the Spartan-II project. Unsurprisingly, the views presented in these correlate with the author's, as seen in several interviews with her (e.g. Traviss compares Dr. Halsey to Dr. Mengele, and then a character in the novel does the same). The heavy-handedness Interestingly, Doctor Halsey's character rebuttals most of the message, and arguments against her but the [[TheWarOnStraw lack of any meaningful representation of the other side of the argument]], borders on making or simply makes the whole novel an AuthorTract. Unsurprising to those of who remember characters ignore her views on the Jedi.reasoning [[StrawmanHasAPoint despite very often her points being right.]]



** There is a lot of drift to be seen regarding Dr. Halsey and her motivations, as well as the specifics of the SPARTAN-II project. The program is now shown as being Halsey's personal experiment she conducted to satisfy her curiosity (as opposed to being commissioned by the brass at ONI, and Halsey being driven by genuine fear of human civilization collapsing and believing she was the only person who could save it). ''Glasslands'' also introduces the idea that Halsey somehow covered up the entire SPARTAN-II flash-cloning program from the brass, although no piece of earlier fiction has given any indication of such, and said brass actually ''enabled'' the program.
*** It also strikes as odd that Admiral Parangosky, a woman who authorised sending 12 year old child soldiers on suicide missions, amongst other things, would be bothered by flash-cloning.
** Additionally, no one ever pretended Halsey was a saint, but a number of traits seem to have been added to [[{{Demonization}} make her seem more sinister]]. For one, the ''Glasslands'' version of Halsey is shown to live by an {{Ubermensch}} view of morality, considering herself as being AboveGoodAndEvil, even noting a few times that she [[TheSoulless doesn't have a soul]]. She regards other people, like Jacob Keyes, as nothing more than curiosities in a scientific sense rather than genuinely caring about them. She's also constantly losing the blatant [[TheWarOnStraw War on Straw]] with almost any character she happens to interact with, something which is in stark contrast with her sharp intellect shown in the previous novels. Indeed, even her intelligence is called into question - at one point she concludes that she was one of the greatest thinkers of the century, because "everyone had told her so." (apparently not because she really ''was'' smart or anything)

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** There is a lot of drift to be seen regarding Dr. Halsey and her motivations, as well as the specifics of the SPARTAN-II project. The program is now shown as being Halsey's personal experiment she conducted to satisfy her curiosity (as opposed to being commissioned by the brass at ONI, and Halsey being driven by genuine fear of human civilization collapsing and believing she was the only person who could save it). ''Glasslands'' also introduces the idea that Halsey somehow covered up the entire SPARTAN-II flash-cloning program from the brass, although no piece of earlier fiction has given any indication of such, and said brass actually ''enabled'' the program.
*** It also strikes as odd that Admiral Parangosky, a woman who authorised sending 12 year old child soldiers on suicide missions, amongst among other things, would be bothered by flash-cloning.
** Additionally, no one ever pretended Halsey was a saint, but a number of traits seem to have been added to [[{{Demonization}} make her seem more sinister]]. For one, the ''Glasslands'' version of Halsey is shown to live by an {{Ubermensch}} view of morality, considering herself as being AboveGoodAndEvil, even noting a few times that she [[TheSoulless doesn't have a soul]]. She regards other people, like Jacob Keyes, as nothing more than curiosities in a scientific sense rather than genuinely caring about them. She's also constantly losing Subverted by the blatant [[TheWarOnStraw War on Straw]] with almost any character she happens fact Traviss depicts Doctor Halsey to interact with, something which is in stark contrast with be emotionally devastated by her sharp intellect shown in daughter's death as well as the previous novels. Indeed, even her intelligence is called into question - at one point she concludes that she was one WeNeverFoundTheBody [[VideoGame/Halo3 death of the greatest thinkers of the century, because "everyone had told her so." (apparently not because she really ''was'' smart or anything)Master Chief.]]



* DefusingTheTykeBomb: Spending time with Kilo-Five soon melts off Naomi's hardened exterior, showing she's really a scarred, delicate flower in need of some genuine care. In addition, it only takes the revelation about the flash clones to turn her (and apparently the other Spartans as well) against Halsey, despite decades of incessant indoctrination and training since childhood, something that should realistically make the Spartans accept everything Halsey and the UNSC do without question, as it has been in prior fiction.

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* DefusingTheTykeBomb: Spending time with Kilo-Five soon melts off Naomi's hardened exterior, showing she's really a scarred, delicate flower in need of some genuine care. In addition, it only takes Naomi also comes around to Osman's point of view regarding Halsey when the revelation about latter (with the flash clones help of ONI's AI) uses a combination of Halsey's journal, the fate of her family [[spoiler: her mother committing suicide after her flashclone's death]], and questioning her professionalism to turn her (and apparently the other Spartans as well) against Halsey, despite decades of incessant indoctrination and training since childhood, something that should realistically make the Spartans accept everything Halsey and the UNSC do without question, as it has been in prior fiction.Halsey.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Chief Mendez repeatedly lays into Halsey for her actions which she, rightly, calls despicable and cowardly since he not only went along with the project but repeated it with the Spartan-III program.



** Admiral Parangosky actually admits she's every bit as bad as Halsey and this partially motivated by the fact Halsey lied to her. Which would make this entire campaign into an example of EvilIsPetty.
* MoralMyopia: The entirety of ONI seems to suffer from this as they ignore their own crimes and role in the SPARTAN program to come down on Halsey for it. {{Justified}} in the case of Osman as she was adopted by the anti-Halsey head of Parangosky.



** When Paragonsky is interrogating Halsey about the use of flash clones, she asks why she didn't just use flash clones of the children as the [=SPARTANs=]. Halsey is written to act like she ''intentionally'' never thought about that, but ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' had explicitly stated that flash clones of full human beings were genetically unstable and would die within a few years of cloning. Supplemental media such as ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' shows that Halsey was actually surprised that the clones lasted for so many years, but they were physically crippled and would have been useless as SPARTAN candidates.

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** When Paragonsky is interrogating Halsey about the use of flash clones, she asks why did it versus just making the kids just disappear. Halsey claims she didn't just use flash clones of the children as the [=SPARTANs=]. Halsey is written to act like she ''intentionally'' never thought about that, know they would die, but ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' had explicitly stated that flash clones of full human beings were genetically unstable and would die within a few years of cloning. Supplemental media such as ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' shows that Halsey was actually surprised that the clones lasted for so many years, but they were physically crippled and would have been useless as SPARTAN candidates.candidates.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Chief Mendez's sudden hatred of Halsey and self-loathing attempt to blame the latter for monstrous crimes which he is the victim of her exploitation of. He points to the Spartan-IIIs as volunteers versus kidnapping victims. Halsey deconstructs this by pointing out six-year-olds can't volunteer and all of his claims to be better than here are self-serving lies.
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