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** To the above point, in the expanded universe it is made clear a big reason for the Great Schism and replacing the Elites with the Brutes is that for at least a decade prior to Halo CE the Elites have been protesting or questioning more and more a genocidal war against the humans who they have come to respect as a fellow ProudWarriorRaceGuy. The Prophets response to attempt to genocide the Elites for simply questioning their edicts after centuries of partnership.



* [[CowardlyMooks Grunts/Unggoys]] sound silly and [[{{Manchild}} childish]] and are the comic relief of the series. Except they're ExplosiveBreeders and SlaveMooks used as expendable [[ZergRush cannon fodder]]. The Grunts you meet sound so childish because they're essentially ChildSoldiers who rarely get the chance to grow up and become more mature.

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* [[CowardlyMooks Grunts/Unggoys]] sound silly and [[{{Manchild}} childish]] and are the comic relief of the series. Except they're ExplosiveBreeders and SlaveMooks used as expendable [[ZergRush cannon fodder]]. The Grunts you meet sound so childish because they're essentially ChildSoldiers who rarely get the chance to grow up and become more mature.mature.
** Future games make clear they are adults instead Grunts are more PunchClockVillain enemies. Some are true believer fanatics but others don't know why they are fighting or even if they do resent having to fight. Further as the Halo 2 Anniversary terminal on their revolt reveals, BewareTheSillyOnes because while Grunts are essentially peaceful if pushed they will explode with rage and fight with the utmost intelligence and ferocity.

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**it is also a lovely bit of stealth reference to what players likely said the first time they played the Halo:CE level "Truth and Reconciliation", where you are on a mission to board a covenant ship, and start the mission automatically equipped with a sniper rifle as your main weapon, as do most of the marines along with you.


* The ending of ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}''. Literally: Spartans didn't die. They just MIA.

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* The ending of ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}''. Literally: Spartans didn't die. They They're just MIA.


** I doubt that the word connection was intentional, but HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) jumps, as the article should show, would definitely be similar to the ODSTs' orbital drops in terms of both being dangerous means of deployment and usually involving only a small team of special operations personnel.

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** I doubt that the word connection was intentional, but HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) jumps, as the article should show, would definitely be similar to the ODSTs' [=ODST=]s' orbital drops in terms of both being dangerous means of deployment and usually involving only a small team of special operations personnel.



* A note on the Flood. The truly horrifying part of the Gravemind is that he never lied. What he claims all would be true. "...you can surrender and have what you always wanted - infinite life, infinite knowledge, and infinite companionship." By collecting all living organisms into one collective and combining their neural pathways, a victim would indeed never lack companionship. They would all be one organism. Of course, one can argue that the mind that is a part of the Flood collective is not the victim him/herself, instead a recreation much like the composers(another horrifying part of the Forerunners), but what about split brain patients? A mind that has spend an entire life together is split into two, and the two parts operates almost independently. There are instances where the left and right brain would even want to wear different clothes and certainly could not communicated those thoughts with each other. The left side of the brain would try to explain, falsely, why the right brain is doing what it is doing, but the right brain can write down why it wants something and the answer would be completely different than what the left brain had said. In addition to that point, unlike composers, which extract information and leave the biomass of the organism in a disintegrated state, the Flood integrates the biomass of the victim, which means that more likely, the mind that the Flood eats would join them, instead of dying first like what most people believe. They would join together, like a reverse of split brain surgery. And that would fulfill Cortana's dream, being with her family, forever.

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* A note on the Flood. The truly horrifying part of the Gravemind is that he never lied. What he claims all would be true. "...you can surrender and have what you always wanted - infinite life, infinite knowledge, and infinite companionship." By collecting all living organisms into one collective and combining their neural pathways, a victim would indeed never lack companionship. They would all be one organism. Of course, one can argue that the mind that is a part of the Flood collective is not the victim him/herself, instead a recreation much like the composers(another horrifying part of the Forerunners), but what about split brain patients? A mind that has spend an entire life together is split into two, and the two parts operates almost independently. There are instances where the left and right brain would even want to wear different clothes and certainly could not communicated those thoughts with each other. The left side of the brain would try to explain, falsely, why the right brain is doing what it is doing, but the right brain can write down why it wants something and the answer would be completely different than what the left brain had said. In addition to that point, unlike composers, which extract information and leave the biomass of the organism in a disintegrated state, the Flood integrates the biomass of the victim, which means that more likely, the mind that the Flood eats would join them, instead of dying first like what most people believe. They would join together, like a reverse of split brain surgery. And that would fulfill Cortana's dream, being with her family, forever.forever.
* [[CowardlyMooks Grunts/Unggoys]] sound silly and [[{{Manchild}} childish]] and are the comic relief of the series. Except they're ExplosiveBreeders and SlaveMooks used as expendable [[ZergRush cannon fodder]]. The Grunts you meet sound so childish because they're essentially ChildSoldiers who rarely get the chance to grow up and become more mature.


* Spartan Ops episode 10. We get a good look at Jul 'Mdama's fleet as they evacuate Requiem. It's ''huge.'' The guy literally has dozens of capital-class ships (albeit mostly outdated sub-types like armored cruisers, brigantines, and Blockade Runners), as well as hundreds of light cruisers, corvettes, and support vessels and two multi-billion ton assault carriers. As well as doubtlessly billions of soldiers scattered throughout the worlds he rules. Considering that 'Mdama is a [[RenegadeRussian renegade Elite]] [[NGOSuperpower commanding only part of the former Covenant]] (tied with the Swords of Sanghelios for the most powerful successor state) and yet still has enough firepower to give [[Franchise/MassEffect Citadel Space]] pause, it really makes you wonder, just how powerful were the original Covenant?

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* Spartan Ops episode 10. We get a good look at Jul 'Mdama's fleet as they evacuate Requiem. It's ''huge.'' The guy literally has dozens of capital-class ships (albeit mostly outdated sub-types like armored cruisers, brigantines, and Blockade Runners), as well as hundreds of light cruisers, corvettes, and support vessels and two multi-billion ton assault carriers. As well as doubtlessly billions of soldiers scattered throughout the worlds he rules. Considering that 'Mdama is a [[RenegadeRussian renegade Elite]] [[NGOSuperpower commanding only part of the former Covenant]] (tied with the Swords of Sanghelios for the most powerful successor state) and yet still he alone has enough firepower to give [[Franchise/MassEffect Citadel Space]] the pre-war UNSC pause, it really makes you wonder, just how powerful were the original Covenant?



* What else did ONI have to do to cover up the Spartan II program? 75 Children collapsed and died for no good reason. Did nobody recognize it as flash clone deterioration? How many doctors/nurses/coroners were eliminated to keep it a secret?

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* What else did ONI have to do to cover up the Spartan II program? 75 Children children collapsed and died for no good reason. Did nobody recognize it as flash clone deterioration? How many doctors/nurses/coroners were eliminated to keep it a secret?


* Spartan Ops episode 10. We get a good look at Jul 'Mdama's fleet as they evacuate Requiem. It's ''huge.'' The guy literally has hundreds of capital-class ships, as well as support vessels and doubtlessly tens of thousands of warriors, at his command. Considering that 'Mdama is a [[RenegadeRussian renegade Elite]] [[NGOSuperpower commanding a tiny splinter faction of the Covenant]] and yet still has enough firepower to give [[Franchise/MassEffect the Reapers]] pause, it really makes you wonder, just how powerful were the original Covenant?
** That's nothing. In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', they lose a fleet of 300 ships and it only delays the invasion of earth. The force that attacks Installation 05 is hundreds of times the size of the 'hundreds' of ships that attacked Reach. It takes a planet full of reactors and miners to fuel even the local Covenant ships, such that the success of Operation Prometheus managed to actually slow the Covenant juggernaut. Suffice to say, they're a galactic empire.

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* Spartan Ops episode 10. We get a good look at Jul 'Mdama's fleet as they evacuate Requiem. It's ''huge.'' The guy literally has hundreds dozens of capital-class ships, ships (albeit mostly outdated sub-types like armored cruisers, brigantines, and Blockade Runners), as well as hundreds of light cruisers, corvettes, and support vessels and two multi-billion ton assault carriers. As well as doubtlessly tens billions of thousands of warriors, at his command. soldiers scattered throughout the worlds he rules. Considering that 'Mdama is a [[RenegadeRussian renegade Elite]] [[NGOSuperpower commanding a tiny splinter faction only part of the former Covenant]] (tied with the Swords of Sanghelios for the most powerful successor state) and yet still has enough firepower to give [[Franchise/MassEffect the Reapers]] Citadel Space]] pause, it really makes you wonder, just how powerful were the original Covenant?
** That's nothing. In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', they lose a fleet of 300 ships and it only delays the invasion of earth.Earth. The force that attacks Installation 05 is hundreds of times the size of the 'hundreds' of ships that attacked Reach. It takes a planet full of reactors and miners to fuel even the local Covenant ships, such that the success of Operation Prometheus managed to actually slow the Covenant juggernaut. Suffice to say, they're a galactic empire.



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* The Field Marshall from ''Reach'' is everything that a Sanghelli is ''not'': a coward. Back in "Winter Contingency", instead of staying to fight NOBLE Team, he hightailed it out of Visegrad Relay, leaving his Zealot subordinates to fight, and ultimately die, in his stead. At the end of "New Alexandria", he shoots Kat from range in a surprise sniping attack, only retreating when the rest of NOBLE Team fire at him. Finally, in "The Pillar of Autumn", he doesn't face down Noble Six in solo combat, unlike [[Literature/HaloTheFlood Zuka 'Zukamee]] or [[Anime/HaloLegends Thel 'Lodamee]], choosing to sacrifice a horde of Grunts and some more Zealots to slow the Spartan down.

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* Humanity has a generally easy time operating Covenant technology, in fact many times in the novels, Spartans who interact with Covie tech, even stuff they're unfamiliar with, are able to get it working after a short time. One reason is because of humanity's status as Reclaimers chosen to uphold the Mantle, but there's a more mundane explanation that probably plays just as big a role. If the Covenant is going to field technology for common use across almost half a dozen species that have pretty big differences in anatomy and physiology, then it's no surprise their standard-issue equipment is stuff [[PlugNPlayTechnology that's intuitively simple to operate]] and able to fit a large number of different species' body shapes.


* A lot of the weaponry and vehicles of the UNSC look drastically underpowered and unprotected compared to modern versions. For example, compare the UNSC's [[http://www.halopedia.com/M12_Force_Application_Vehicle Warthog]] to today's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Mobility_Multipurpose_Wheeled_Vehicle Humvee]], or the [[http://www.halopedia.com/UH-144_Falcon Falcon]] to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_CH-47_Chinook Chinook helicopter]]. ''Halo'''s vehicles feel like a step backward, until you consider how powerful Covenant weaponry is. A Humvee's door may protect from bullets, but plasma weapons will just boil right through them. The added protection isn't worth it, thus the same budget that could build one Humvee is instead used to build four Warthogs, paying the price of less protection in exchange for increased firepower. Seems callous, but this is the same UNSC that authorized the SPARTAN program. Also keep in mind that, by the later parts of the series, we're seeing the end results of a twenty-seven year-long war of attrition; ''Halo Wars'' shows that the UNSC had a lot of really kickass, high-end weaponry in 2525, whereas by 2552 they're down to a scant few colonies, Reach, and Earth. This is showing in their limited armory.

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* A lot of the weaponry and vehicles of the UNSC look drastically underpowered and unprotected compared to modern versions. For example, compare the UNSC's [[http://www.halopedia.com/M12_Force_Application_Vehicle org/M12_Force_Application_Vehicle Warthog]] to today's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Mobility_Multipurpose_Wheeled_Vehicle Humvee]], or the [[http://www.halopedia.com/UH-144_Falcon org/UH-144_Falcon Falcon]] to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_CH-47_Chinook Chinook helicopter]]. ''Halo'''s vehicles feel like a step backward, until you consider how powerful Covenant weaponry is. A Humvee's door may protect from bullets, but plasma weapons will just boil right through them. The added protection isn't worth it, thus the same budget that could build one Humvee is instead used to build four Warthogs, paying the price of less protection in exchange for increased firepower. Seems callous, but this is the same UNSC that authorized the SPARTAN program. Also keep in mind that, by the later parts of the series, we're seeing the end results of a twenty-seven year-long war of attrition; ''Halo Wars'' shows that the UNSC had a lot of really kickass, high-end weaponry in 2525, whereas by 2552 they're down to a scant few colonies, Reach, and Earth. This is showing in their limited armory.


* A lot of the weaponry and vehicles of the UNSC look drastically underpowered and unprotected compared to modern versions. For example, compare the UNSC's [[http://www.halopedian.com/M12_Force_Application_Vehicle Warthog]] to today's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Mobility_Multipurpose_Wheeled_Vehicle Humvee]], or the [[http://www.halopedian.com/UH-144_Falcon Falcon]] to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_CH-47_Chinook Chinook helicopter]]. ''Halo'''s vehicles feel like a step backward, until you consider how powerful Covenant weaponry is. A Humvee's door may protect from bullets, but plasma weapons will just boil right through them. The added protection isn't worth it, thus the same budget that could build one Humvee is instead used to build four Warthogs, paying the price of less protection in exchange for increased firepower. Seems callous, but this is the same UNSC that authorized the SPARTAN program. Also keep in mind that, by the later parts of the series, we're seeing the end results of a twenty-seven year-long war of attrition; ''Halo Wars'' shows that the UNSC had a lot of really kickass, high-end weaponry in 2525, whereas by 2552 they're down to a scant few colonies, Reach, and Earth. This is showing in their limited armory.

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* A lot of the weaponry and vehicles of the UNSC look drastically underpowered and unprotected compared to modern versions. For example, compare the UNSC's [[http://www.halopedian.halopedia.com/M12_Force_Application_Vehicle Warthog]] to today's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Mobility_Multipurpose_Wheeled_Vehicle Humvee]], or the [[http://www.halopedian.halopedia.com/UH-144_Falcon Falcon]] to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_CH-47_Chinook Chinook helicopter]]. ''Halo'''s vehicles feel like a step backward, until you consider how powerful Covenant weaponry is. A Humvee's door may protect from bullets, but plasma weapons will just boil right through them. The added protection isn't worth it, thus the same budget that could build one Humvee is instead used to build four Warthogs, paying the price of less protection in exchange for increased firepower. Seems callous, but this is the same UNSC that authorized the SPARTAN program. Also keep in mind that, by the later parts of the series, we're seeing the end results of a twenty-seven year-long war of attrition; ''Halo Wars'' shows that the UNSC had a lot of really kickass, high-end weaponry in 2525, whereas by 2552 they're down to a scant few colonies, Reach, and Earth. This is showing in their limited armory.


** To add to that, if you ask the Windows 10 Cortana the right question, she implies she's the same Cortana as the one in this series.

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** To add to that, if you ask the Windows 10 Cortana the right question, she implies she's the same Cortana as the one in this series.series.
* A note on the Flood. The truly horrifying part of the Gravemind is that he never lied. What he claims all would be true. "...you can surrender and have what you always wanted - infinite life, infinite knowledge, and infinite companionship." By collecting all living organisms into one collective and combining their neural pathways, a victim would indeed never lack companionship. They would all be one organism. Of course, one can argue that the mind that is a part of the Flood collective is not the victim him/herself, instead a recreation much like the composers(another horrifying part of the Forerunners), but what about split brain patients? A mind that has spend an entire life together is split into two, and the two parts operates almost independently. There are instances where the left and right brain would even want to wear different clothes and certainly could not communicated those thoughts with each other. The left side of the brain would try to explain, falsely, why the right brain is doing what it is doing, but the right brain can write down why it wants something and the answer would be completely different than what the left brain had said. In addition to that point, unlike composers, which extract information and leave the biomass of the organism in a disintegrated state, the Flood integrates the biomass of the victim, which means that more likely, the mind that the Flood eats would join them, instead of dying first like what most people believe. They would join together, like a reverse of split brain surgery. And that would fulfill Cortana's dream, being with her family, forever.

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* What else did ONI have to do to cover up the Spartan II program? 75 Children collapsed and died for no good reason. Did nobody recognize it as flash clone deterioration? How many doctors/nurses/coroners were eliminated to keep it a secret?


** To add to that, if you ask the Windows 10 Cortana te right question, she implies she's the same Cortana as the one in this series.

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** To add to that, if you ask the Windows 10 Cortana te the right question, she implies she's the same Cortana as the one in this series.

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*"[[VideoGame/Halo3ODST What am I supposed to do with this (sniper rifle) inside Covenant ship?]]" Guess where he isn't going? All thanks to Dare's intervention.


* In ''Halo 2'', the Prophet of Mercy refers to Halo as a "divine wind [that] will sweep through the stars, delivering all who are worthy to salvation." "Divine wind" is a literal English translation of the Japanese word "kamikaze", whose [[TakingYouWithMe more modern definition]] is closer to Halo's actual purpose.

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* In ''Halo 2'', the Prophet of Mercy refers to Halo as a "divine wind [that] will sweep through the stars, delivering all who are worthy to salvation." "Divine wind" is [[BilingualBonus a literal English translation of the Japanese word "kamikaze", word]] "kamikaze," whose [[TakingYouWithMe more modern definition]] is closer to Halo's actual purpose.

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