History NightmareFuel / Halo

19th Jul '17 11:15:55 AM TheFlash
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* Regarding non-Flood examples, pretty much all the aliens in the series look frightening in some way, whether they actually look scary like the Jackals or are just scary to fight against like the Hunters. It's made even worse in the first game by the fact that half the time you're in dim corridors and it's incredibly quiet, because of the suspense. Some more examples include:
** The Grunts. Yes, you heard right. They look really vicious without their mask, and we've all had at least one time where a Grunt saw us without knowing it and shrieked, causing us to jump. Fiends.
** The Elites (especially camouflaged Zealots) when they roar or when they're right next to you and you bump into them (in Halo 2, they give a shriek of surprise as well!).
** The Hunters have no actual limbs. They're comprised of a bunch of worm-like things (1.4 meters) called Lekgolo that come together under their armor. They also make up the Scarabs.
*** You haven't seen a Hunter in action until you've seen a pair use those damn Assault Cannons (essentially, ''semi-auto'' high-explosive rocket launchers with BottomlessMagazines) to wipe out more than 15 friendly Marines in [[CurbStompBattle less than 10 seconds]] during "Tip of the Spear" in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' [[note]]If you take out the AA gun before killing the hunters, they're still around when a Pelican airdrops reinforcements.[[/note]]. You duck behind a rock, reload your assault rifle, and when you come back into action, ''every last Marine'' which just got dropped from that Pelican is gone in a horrible subversion of TheCavalry.
* When you kill a Brute, [[JumpScare you may see his eyes twitch]].
* Halo Reach is introducing a new piece of wildlife called the Gúta that could give the Flood a run for its money. For those not in the know, think a [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Deathclaw]] but with elongated features, and are actually capable of killing entire ''squads'' of Elites, which are still feared at this point. The kicker? You encounter these things at [[DarknessEqualsDeath night]].


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* Regarding non-Flood examples, pretty much all the aliens in the series look frightening in some way, whether they actually look scary like the Jackals or are just scary to fight against like the Hunters. It's made even worse in the first game by the fact that half the time you're in dim corridors and it's incredibly quiet, because of the suspense. Some more examples include:
** The Grunts. Yes, you heard right. They look really vicious without their mask, and we've all had at least one time where a Grunt saw us without knowing it and shrieked, causing us to jump. Fiends.
** The Elites (especially camouflaged Zealots) when they roar or when they're right next to you and you bump into them (in Halo 2, they give a shriek of surprise as well!).
** The Hunters have no actual limbs. They're comprised of a bunch of worm-like things (1.4 meters) called Lekgolo that come together under their armor. They also make up the Scarabs.
*** You haven't seen a Hunter in action until you've seen a pair use those damn Assault Cannons (essentially, ''semi-auto'' high-explosive rocket launchers with BottomlessMagazines) to wipe out more than 15 friendly Marines in [[CurbStompBattle less than 10 seconds]] during "Tip of the Spear" in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' [[note]]If you take out the AA gun before killing the hunters, they're still around when a Pelican airdrops reinforcements.[[/note]]. You duck behind a rock, reload your assault rifle, and when you come back into action, ''every last Marine'' which just got dropped from that Pelican is gone in a horrible subversion of TheCavalry.
* When you kill a Brute, [[JumpScare you may see his eyes twitch]].
* Halo Reach is introducing a new piece of wildlife called the Gúta that could give the Flood a run for its money. For those not in the know, think a [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Deathclaw]] but with elongated features, and are actually capable of killing entire ''squads'' of Elites, which are still feared at this point. The kicker? You encounter these things at [[DarknessEqualsDeath night]].
19th Jul '17 11:15:07 AM TheFlash
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* The Gravemind is a particularly frightening being that truly lives up to being a EldritchAbomination, thanks to VoiceOfTheLegion and its creepy competency at delivering [[BreakingSpeech breaking speeches]] and corrupting people to evil. It's appearance, particularly it s graphically updated one pictured above, doesn't exactly help matters either. Plus, there's no telling where those awful tentacles will pop up next...

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* The Gravemind is a particularly frightening being that truly lives up to being a EldritchAbomination, thanks to VoiceOfTheLegion and its creepy competency at delivering [[BreakingSpeech breaking speeches]] and corrupting people to evil. It's Its appearance, particularly it s its graphically updated one pictured above, doesn't exactly help matters either. Plus, there's no telling where those awful tentacles will pop up next...



** Or the Grunts. Yes, you heard right. They look really vicious without their mask, and we've all had at least one time where a Grunt saw us without knowing it and shrieked, causing us to jump. Fiends.
** Or when the Elites (especially camouflaged Zealots) roar, or when they're right next to you and you bump into them (in Halo 2 they give a shriek of surprise as well!). To be fair, all the aliens look pretty frightening in some way, whether they actually look scary like the Jackals, or are just scary to fight against, like the Hunters. It's made even worse in the first game by the fact that half the time you're in dim corridors and it's incredibly quiet, because of the suspense.
*** The Hunters have no actual limbs. They're comprised of a bunch of worm-like things (1.4 meters) called Lekgolo that come together under their armor. They also make up the Scarabs.

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** Or * Regarding non-Flood examples, pretty much all the aliens in the series look frightening in some way, whether they actually look scary like the Jackals or are just scary to fight against like the Hunters. It's made even worse in the first game by the fact that half the time you're in dim corridors and it's incredibly quiet, because of the suspense. Some more examples include:
** The
Grunts. Yes, you heard right. They look really vicious without their mask, and we've all had at least one time where a Grunt saw us without knowing it and shrieked, causing us to jump. Fiends.
** Or when the The Elites (especially camouflaged Zealots) roar, when they roar or when they're right next to you and you bump into them (in Halo 2 2, they give a shriek of surprise as well!). To be fair, all the aliens look pretty frightening in some way, whether they actually look scary like the Jackals, or are just scary to fight against, like the Hunters. It's made even worse in the first game by the fact that half the time you're in dim corridors and it's incredibly quiet, because of the suspense.
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The Hunters have no actual limbs. They're comprised of a bunch of worm-like things (1.4 meters) called Lekgolo that come together under their armor. They also make up the Scarabs.
3rd Jun '17 6:27:30 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Near the end of the war, when the infestation was at it's zenith, [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace faster-than-light travel became phenomenally dangerous]], as [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien slip-space was being deliberately altered by the flood to better serve their interests]]. The flood essentially ''[[OhCrap infested hyperspace!]]''

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** Near the end of the war, when the infestation was at it's its zenith, [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace faster-than-light travel became phenomenally dangerous]], as [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien slip-space was being deliberately altered by the flood to better serve their interests]]. The flood essentially ''[[OhCrap infested hyperspace!]]''
3rd Jun '17 11:04:36 AM HeliosPhoenix
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* The entire purpose of the Halo array, and the way it's slowly unveiled to you in Halo: CE. At first Halo is just presented as a mysterious megastructure, there's hints that it was built by the Forerunners but its true purpose is unknown. Then you encounter The Flood. Along comes Guilty Spark who explains that Halo is a weapon designed to destroy The Flood. All well and good right? Then, just as you're about to activate Halo, Cortana explains its ''true'' function: [[spoiler: Halo doesn't kill The Flood, ''it kills anything The Flood can infect.'' Each of the 7 Halo rings can emit a destructive pulse that wipes out just about all sentient life within a 25,000 light year radius. Because the Forerunners figured that the only way to stop The Flood was to starve them to death, and the only way to do that is to ''kill an entire Galaxy.'' And as Halo 2 points out, the entire Covenant religion is based upon ''deliberately activating the rings.'']]
** One of the terminals in Halo: CE Anniversary has a (soon to be rampant) 343 Guilty Spark lament about how alone he is on Halo, guarding a weapon that has no target...which he says he could tune to ''any'' target.
24th Apr '17 4:41:30 AM HeyFella
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** Episode 3 [[spoiler:reveals Glassman's fate. On the plus side, he hasn't been composed. On the minus side, he's been captured by the Covenant, and apparently is offering to trade information for his life; with Jul 'Mdama suggesting he'll end up RewardedAsATraitorDeserves after helping them. Also, the Artifact is apparently accessing systems aboard the Infinity, gathering information and transmittin it to Requiem.]]

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** Episode 3 [[spoiler:reveals Glassman's fate. On the plus side, he hasn't been composed. On the minus side, he's been captured by the Covenant, and apparently is offering to trade information for his life; with Jul 'Mdama suggesting he'll end up RewardedAsATraitorDeserves after helping them. Also, the Artifact is apparently accessing systems aboard the Infinity, gathering information and transmittin transmitting it to Requiem.]]
2nd Apr '17 7:01:29 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The presence of perfectly healthy Covenant aboard the moon shows that the bioweapon only affects humans. Which begs the question: why in the hell did ONI approve the creation of a bioweapon that only affects the species it claims to protect?
28th Mar '17 8:50:36 PM Kenocka
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* The Flood in the Forerunner novels. Apparently, before they were the twisted space zombies [[BlatantLies we all know and love]], it was simply a dust which genetically altered certain animals and spread benignly via concumption. Eventually, it spread to humans, subtly altering their behaviour, until, when it became a widely known problem, it didn't bother concealing its nature. To quote a description of how it was spread:

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* The Flood in the Forerunner novels. Apparently, before they were the twisted space zombies [[BlatantLies we all know and love]], it was simply a dust which genetically altered certain animals and spread benignly via concumption.consumption. Eventually, it spread to humans, subtly altering their behaviour, until, when it became a widely known problem, it didn't bother concealing its nature. To quote a description of how it was spread:



** What it did to some Forerunners was closer to the version seen in the games, thought more horrific. One variation was basically dozens of Forerunners mashed together into a huge snake... centipede-beast... ''thing'', complete with scales grown over their skin, which moved using dozens of limbs stuck in its side. And the Forerunner (at least, the one whose head was melted into its chest) was ''[[AndIMustScream fully conscious]]''.

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** What it did to some Forerunners was closer to the version seen in the games, thought though more horrific. One variation was basically dozens of Forerunners mashed together into a huge snake... centipede-beast... ''thing'', complete with scales grown over their skin, which moved using dozens of limbs stuck in its side. And the Forerunner (at least, the one whose head was melted into its chest) was ''[[AndIMustScream fully conscious]]''.



*** The Flood's ability to subvert A.I.s was hinted at via Cortana and Mendicant Bias in Halo 3, but this ability was taken to it's logical extreme when warring against the Forerunners, who were hit with a full on ''logic plague''. Essentially, the flood was able to dominate and enslave A.I.s and non-sapient data even faster than biological beings, and since the Forerunners utilized ancillas in almost every aspect of their lives, everything they relied upon started to betray them even before the flood attacked. Imagine a evolving, self aware computer virus that doesn't just corrupt data, but turns it ''actively malevolent''.

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*** The Flood's ability to subvert A.I.s was hinted at via Cortana and Mendicant Bias in Halo 3, but this ability was taken to it's logical extreme when warring against the Forerunners, who were hit with a full on ''logic plague''. Essentially, the flood was able to dominate and enslave A.I.s and non-sapient data even faster than biological beings, and since the Forerunners utilized ancillas in almost every aspect of their lives, everything they relied upon started to betray them even before the flood attacked. Imagine a an evolving, self aware computer virus that doesn't just corrupt data, but turns it ''actively malevolent''.



* ''Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher'', more infamously known as the '''Needler''', is basically a terror weapon incarnate. Homing crystalline spikes that not only embed themselves in your flesh, also explode, breaking bones displacing organs and tissue, further dispersing tiny crystal flechettes of crystal in and near the wound, and commonly to nearby people. If hit by multiple shards you are as good as dead, but just one is incredibly dangerous.

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* ''Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher'', more infamously known as the '''Needler''', is basically a terror weapon incarnate. Homing crystalline spikes that not only embed themselves in your flesh, also explode, breaking bones displacing organs and tissue, further dispersing tiny crystal flechettes of crystal in and near the wound, and commonly to nearby people. If hit by multiple shards you are as good as dead, but just one is incredibly dangerous.




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** The level Shield World sometimes has one of the marines complain that he was bitten or scratched (by the Flood) and is starting to feel strange...
30th Jan '17 11:03:41 PM Endor240
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* Let's start with the basics: The Jackals ''[[AliensSpeakingEnglish speak English]]'' for the first time in the franchise. It hits UncannyValley territory ''hard'', as they don't speak in high-pitched squawks like you'd expect, but rather a raspy, scratchy, stilted voice, like a dying old man yelling at you.
** The Jackals are also laughing a few times in campaign. It comes across as LaughingMad. Remember how they said Jackals were "too bloodthirsty" to serve as proper snipers? Now we get to ''hear'' why.
* The truth about what happened on the Office of Naval Intelligence's science vessel ''Argent Moon'', which Blue Team was sent to secure after the Covenant captured it: [[spoiler:the Covenant never had to fire a shot, as the crew had already been killed by a bioweapon that ''liquefies skin off the body''. The worst part? This was manufactured by ONI for use against humans, and was used in an unauthorized experiment that escaped quarantine, got into the air vents, and killed the entire crew]]. At this point, one really has to wonder just ''what'' ONI is fighting for.

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* Let's start Legendary Ending. [[spoiler:Rogue!Cortana has ''a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Halo]]''.]]
* It's hard to say which is worse: [[spoiler:Cortana is still rampant, or she's ''not'' rampant and just [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mad
with the basics: The Jackals ''[[AliensSpeakingEnglish speak English]]'' for the first time power]]. Either way, when she shows her true nature to Fireteam Osiris, her ranting and sneering is just ''chilling''. Even worse is that she's utterly convinced she's in the franchise. It hits UncannyValley territory ''hard'', as they don't speak right, that the Spartan-IV's and their kind deserve to ''die'' and that Chief will agree with her when she wakes him from stasis in high-pitched squawks like you'd expect, but rather a raspy, scratchy, stilted voice, like a dying old man yelling at you.
** The Jackals are also laughing a few times in campaign. It comes across as LaughingMad. Remember how they said Jackals were "too bloodthirsty" to serve as proper snipers? Now we get to ''hear'' why.
ten thousand years.]]
* The truth about what happened on the Office of Naval Intelligence's science vessel ''Argent Moon'', which the derelict ship of the eponymous second mission that Blue Team was is sent to secure after recover from Covenant forces. At first you could be forgiven for thinking that the Covenant captured it: [[spoiler:the found it and killed everyone aboard. But it turns out, the ''Moon'' was already a GhostShip long before Kig-Yar scouts stumbled upon it. ONI scientists had been working on an airborne bioweapon, and it somehow got loose. The result, as hinted by numerous dessicated corpses with an odd residue beneath them, was everyone aboard the entire vessel dying horrifically - according to a record by the shipboard AI, those who were at ground zero for the containment breach (who died instantly as their soft tissues ''liquefied'' as a result) were "the lucky ones".
** The presence of perfectly healthy
Covenant never had to fire a shot, as aboard the crew had already been killed by moon shows that the bioweapon only affects humans. Which begs the question: why in the hell did ONI approve the creation of a bioweapon that ''liquefies skin off only affects the body''. The worst part? This was manufactured by ONI species it claims to protect?
* Hearing the Jackals [[AliensSpeakingEnglish speak English]]
for use against humans, and was used the first time in the franchise is a little jarring.
--> FAAAALSE ARBITER! KILL! KILL!
* There's
an unauthorized experiment EasterEgg on the multiplayer map "Rig". While the trigger for it is simple [[labelnote:*]] After GroundPound-ing a platform in the BottomlessPit in the middle of the map, you shoot two cores coming out of their silos, on the edge of the map.[[/labelnote]], the result isn't. [[spoiler: You hear [[HellIsThatNoise a piercing screech]] as a rig on the horizon is suddenly lifted from below by '''''[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a titanic]] [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] SandWorm that escaped quarantine, got into the air vents, and killed the entire crew]]. At this point, makes Literature/{{Dune}}'s sandworms look like maggots.]]''''' One can only hope that no one really has to wonder just ''what'' ONI is fighting for.was on that rig.
15th Nov '16 9:34:46 PM Scienza
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** [[spoiler:Dimah was last seen on the Space Elevator. One of the falling bodies is wearing an all-white uniform.]]
16th Sep '16 10:59:14 PM viking1911
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*** The infection forms seem to bounce off your shields causing only minimal damage, a burst from the assault rifle can take down a lot of them at once. Surely the flood are only a true threat for unarmored Marines, not a Mjolnir equipped super soldier like you. This is going to be easy. The combat forms show up...
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