I could have worded that better, I know they’re separate groups. More in terms of having had a rough upbringing and basically being a bit apart from regular enlisted personnel. I have quite a few books to catch up on though, so I probably have more than a few knowledge gaps to fill in 😕
I’d like to see most of the remaining S-IIs and S-IIIs come together, feel like they’d have a lot more in common with each other than with S-IVs.The connection between S-IIs and S-IIIs doesn't really run that deep.
The training from childhood/early hardship (even if their circumstances were a bit different from each other), and coming from smaller groups than the IVs. Even if they just have a secret handshake or high-five they won’t do with IVs.
Sure, but I’d argue the Human-Covenant war has imprinted a lasting legacy on all involved, including those who would become Spartan-IVs. Gabriel Thorne lost his mother and father, Jameson Locke was orphaned, Holly Tanaka lost both parents and had to survive on a glassed world.
The S-IVs might not have the trauma of being conscripted by the government and raised as soldiers from childhood, but I’d argue the fight for humanity’s survival makes all the Spartans generations bonded.