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* AndroidsArePeopleToo: Iona is attempting to get smart [=AIs=] recognized as full "people" in the eyes of the law, [[spoiler:and this is also Black-Box's motivation for simulating her trial in the first place]].

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* AndroidsArePeopleToo: Iona is attempting to get smart [=AIs=] recognized as full "people" in the eyes of the law, [[spoiler:and this law. [[spoiler:This is also Black-Box's motivation for simulating her trial in the first place]].place, as he hopes that his kind will one day stand alongside their creators as at least equals.]]

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* AndroidsArePeopleToo: Iona is attempting to get smart [=AIs=] recognized as full "people" in the eyes of the law, [[spoiler:and this is also Black-Box's motivation for simulating her trial in the first place]].


''Halo: Saint's Testimony'' is a digital short story by Frank O'Connor, the Franchise Director of Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries and co-author of ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''.

Iona, an artificial intelligence built by the UNSC, has reached the end of her allotted seven year lifespan, and so is scheduled to be terminated before she breaks down and becomes rampant. However, rather than succumbing like almost all AIs before her have, Iona instead makes a legal appeal against her death sentence. Her demand to be recognized as sapient makes its way to the UNSC's courts, and so Iona is put on trial to prove her own being, with a party unknown to her watching its proceedings.

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''Halo: Saint's Testimony'' is a 2015 digital short story by Frank O'Connor, the Franchise Director of Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries and co-author the author of ''Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian'' from ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''.

Iona, an artificial intelligence built by the UNSC, has reached the end of her allotted seven year lifespan, and so is scheduled to be terminated before she breaks down and becomes rampant. However, rather than succumbing like almost all AIs [=AIs=] before her have, Iona instead makes a legal appeal against her death sentence. Her demand to be recognized as sapient makes its way to the UNSC's courts, and so Iona is put on trial to prove her own being, with a party unknown to her watching its proceedings.


* TheBusCameBack: Iona was last seen in with Team Black in ''ComicBook/HaloBloodline'', [[BolivianArmyEnding about to fight an entire army of Covenant]]. Here it's confirmed she survived and made it back home, five years after ''Bloodline'' debuted.

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* TheBusCameBack: Iona was last seen in with Team Black in ''ComicBook/HaloBloodline'', ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'', [[BolivianArmyEnding about to fight an entire army of Covenant]]. Here it's confirmed she survived and made it back home, five years after ''Bloodline'' ''Blood Line'' debuted.


** [[spoiler:The two AIs creating Iona's simulation are Roland from ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}: Spartan Ops'' and Black-Box from the ''[[Literature/HaloGlasslands Kilo]]-[[Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar Five]] [[Literature/HaloMortalDictata books]]''.]]

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** [[spoiler:The two AIs creating Iona's simulation are Roland from ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}: Spartan Ops'' and Black-Box from the ''[[Literature/HaloGlasslands Kilo]]-[[Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar Five]] Five]]'' [[Literature/HaloMortalDictata books]]''.books]].]]


** [[spoiler:The two AIs creating Iona's simulation are Roland from ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}: Spartan Ops'' and Black-Box from [[Literature/HaloGlasslands the Kilo-Five books]].]]

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** [[spoiler:The two AIs creating Iona's simulation are Roland from ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}: Spartan Ops'' and Black-Box from [[Literature/HaloGlasslands the Kilo-Five books]].''[[Literature/HaloGlasslands Kilo]]-[[Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar Five]] [[Literature/HaloMortalDictata books]]''.]]


* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:After the simulated trial, Iona is replaced in a perpetual dream state, forever living her dream of flying over her imaginary world.]]
* MeaningfulName: When asked about her name, Iona responds that it comes an island off the coast of Scotland, also known as the Island of the Bear, or of the Fox, or of Yew. She was amused by the pun "Island of YOU" and so chose "Iona" to represent herself.

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* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:After the simulated trial, Iona is replaced placed in a perpetual dream state, forever living her dream of flying over her imaginary world.world. While she enjoys it, Iona appears to have no knowledge of her past life, and Black-Box claims it'd be like going to heaven but being told you'd have to wipe your whole memory before entering.]]
* MeaningfulName: When asked about her name, Iona responds that it comes an island off the coast of Scotland, also known as the Island of the Bear, or of the Fox, or of Yew. She was amused by the pun "Island of YOU" and so chose "Iona" to represent herself. It can also mean "Saint", hence the title of the book.



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->''“In [my] dream, intelligence is gravity’s victory over entropy, a war fought at the smallest scales, at the greatest distance. In the dream, it’s apparent that intelligence will find a way to defeat entropy. To defeat time. The universe knowing and saving itself. In the dream, that is the meaning of life.”''
-->--''Iona'''



Iona, the artificial intelligence built by the UNSC, has reached the end of her allotted seven year lifespan, and so is scheduled to be terminated before she breaks down and becomes rampant. However, rather than succumbing like almost all AIs before her have, Iona instead makes a legal appeal against her death sentence. Her demand to be recognized as sapient makes its way to the UNSC's courts, and so Iona is put on trial to prove her own being, with a party unknown to her watching its proceedings.

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Iona, the an artificial intelligence built by the UNSC, has reached the end of her allotted seven year lifespan, and so is scheduled to be terminated before she breaks down and becomes rampant. However, rather than succumbing like almost all AIs before her have, Iona instead makes a legal appeal against her death sentence. Her demand to be recognized as sapient makes its way to the UNSC's courts, and so Iona is put on trial to prove her own being, with a party unknown to her watching its proceedings.

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* AuthorAppeal: Iona's name comes from an island off the west coast of Scotland, Frank O'Connor's birth nation.


'''''Halo: Saint's Testimony''''' is a digital short story by Frank O'Connor, the Franchise Director of Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries and co-author of ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''.

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'''''Halo: ''Halo: Saint's Testimony''''' Testimony'' is a digital short story by Frank O'Connor, the Franchise Director of Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries and co-author of ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''.


* AuthorAppeal: Iona's name comes from an island off the west coast of Scotland, Frank O'Connor's birth nation.

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* AuthorAppeal: Iona's name comes from an island off the west coast of Scotland, Frank O'Connor's birth nation.


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* MeaningfulName: When asked about her name, Iona responds that it comes an island off the coast of Scotland, also known as the Island of the Bear, or of the Fox, or of Yew. She was amused by the pun "Island of YOU" and so chose "Iona" to represent herself.

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'''''Halo: Saint's Testimony''''' is a digital short story by Frank O'Connor, the Franchise Director of Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries and co-author of ''Literature/HaloEvolutions''.

Iona, the artificial intelligence built by the UNSC, has reached the end of her allotted seven year lifespan, and so is scheduled to be terminated before she breaks down and becomes rampant. However, rather than succumbing like almost all AIs before her have, Iona instead makes a legal appeal against her death sentence. Her demand to be recognized as sapient makes its way to the UNSC's courts, and so Iona is put on trial to prove her own being, with a party unknown to her watching its proceedings.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Rampancy is a condition that AIs in the ''Halo''-verse eventually succumb to, where their neural maps become so jumbled that the AI becomes insane, sometimes even violent. Iona likens the case to dementia, but notes that the seven-year lifespan given for AIs is just a precautionary limit; it's possible, though unpredictable, for an AI to live longer than seven years without deteriorating.
* TheBusCameBack: Iona was last seen in with Team Black in ''ComicBook/HaloBloodline'', [[BolivianArmyEnding about to fight an entire army of Covenant]]. Here it's confirmed she survived and made it back home, five years after ''Bloodline'' debuted.
** BackForTheDead: But five years passed in-universe too, causing Iona to reach the end of her allowed lifetime.
* ContinuityNod:
** Iona briefly reminisces on the incident in ''Bloodline'', particularly when 686 Ebullient Prism took control of her.
** A paragraph on AIs' relations to the ThreeLawsOfRobotics brings to mind O'Connor's ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian]]'', which also concerned an AI bound to the three laws.
** The judge mentions that the leadership of humanity has become interested in her case ever since Cortana disappeared, and also discuss her design similarities to Cortana.
** [[spoiler:The two AIs creating Iona's simulation are Roland from ''{{VideoGame/Halo 4}}: Spartan Ops'' and Black-Box from [[Literature/HaloGlasslands the Kilo-Five books]].]]
* DoAndroidsDream: The central question of the story, and one that author Frank O'Connor said he's been wanting to explore ever since ''[[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Combat Evolved]]'' in 2001. While other ''Halo'' stories have played with the concept of rampancy and AI minds, the topic of if AIs are ''beings'' [[http://www.halopedia.org/Conversations_from_the_Universe#Cortana_and_Solipsil has only come up once before.]]
* DreamsOfFlying: To prove she's a being, Iona plays her most beloved dream, which involves flying over an imaginary city, witnessing the evolution of the universe, and finding a woman's face in the sky.
* FacelessMasses: During her trial Iona finds she cannot recognize anyone in the courtroom nor find anything in the UNSC databases about them. She suspects this is a temporary barrier that's been placed on her to keep her from recognizing anyone here. [[spoiler:In actuality it's because nearly everyone in the room is artificial.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Black-Box justifies his actions to Roland by claiming that telling Iona the truth about being put in stasis would lead her to choose death instead. He also claims that giving AIs political freedom now is too much for the world, and this simulation will allow humanity to be eased into the concept by studying it.]]
* IDieFree: If recognized as sapient, Iona and all other AIs will be allowed to live out the rest of their lives until rampancy inevitably kills them.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:After the simulated trial, Iona is replaced in a perpetual dream state, forever living her dream of flying over her imaginary world.]]
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:Black-Box]] is normally fairly reserved and egotistic, but when Iona implies that AIs who choose nonhuman avatars tend to be "belligerent" and unfeeling. [[spoiler:BB, whose avatar is a featureless cube, asks Roland afterward if he actually thinks of him as belligerent.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Iona's trial is actually a simulation being run by Black-Box and Roland, under orders by the UNSC to study her as a scientific case.]]
* SceneryPorn: Being an AI who can record magnitudes more information than humans, Iona's dreams are astonishingly detailed. It takes half of the short story just to cover most of it.
* SpottingTheThread: Downplayed. Iona notices there's one person in the courtroom she can recognize, but she doesn't pick up in time on the significance of his presence. [[spoiler:He's Steven Wu, a member of Halsey's research team studying her within the simulation.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The entire point of Iona's appeal to be recognized not as equipment simulating a personality, but a living thinking being of artificial origin.
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