I don't think the 'glassing planets thing' was retconned, it's because the fragmented Covenant don't have the ships, fuel, or crew to do that anymore. You hear it explicitly in the books. (Thursday War)JNDreher wrote:I disagree with the assertion that the Covenant's ability to glass planets was retconned. Look at the global devastation on Meridian. That entire world was slagged, the areas we visit being describes as where the glass was thinner, and this is what was considered a rush job.Ado Ulamee wrote:Since someone decided to make a favorite Halo fact I decided to try the opposite. So what would yours be? Would have to say mine would be that they retconned the Covenant over the years from being able to fully glass a planets just taken out small areas. It felt in the older lore that it added more weight to the actual battles that took place during the war.
That and the fact humanity has been doing just fine after a 30-year war that devastated them so badly.
Reach was also glassed from pole-to-pole, with the exception of the location above where the Forerunner crystal was hidden.
Master Chief also watched the glassing of Jericho VII, and that glassing even describes the boiling off of the oceans and atmosphere.
The Covenant can definitively glass entire planets.
As for humanity's condition after 30 years, take into account that everywhere the Covenant attacked was pretty much destroyed. (look at Harvest). Utter devastation across the galaxy doesn't mean the ships and worlds that haven't faced the enemy would look like they had 30 years worth of being overwhelmed behind them. The sinking of a fleet doesn't make a ship that wasn't present look like it barely survived.
I think looking at the lore through a different lens will improve its appearance to you.How was Spartan Ops retconned? Its story arc was concluded in the comics (not a good choice in my opinion, because story arcs should be concluded in the medium they were started in). And that was before Halo 5 was released.Falconx03 wrote:Not exactly a fact but that Halo 5 essentially retconned the Halo 4 Spartan Ops. When Halo 4 came out I poured countless hours into it and read up on the lore of it but then Halo 5 comes out and killed all of it in 60 seconds.
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