Got a question regarding the Spartan-IVs and their experimental phase. In Halo Meridian Divide, they talked about enhancing some teenage survivors who's bodies were deteriorating from the effects of a forerruner artifact and in the process considering them Spartans. But at one point, ONI had an experimental Spartan-IV enhancement phase which was made to make Mjolnir unnecessary but instead messed-up/killed 9 people and made Ilsa Zane crazy. Does anyone think that age played a part in the difference in outcomes if by any chance the enhancements were the same or if the enhancements were just different from what the kids received.
The Spartan-IV program began between 2548 and 2550. Meridian Divide takes place in 2549ish. So until we get more information on what our favorite teenagers have signed up for, my head canon falls under two possibilities:
- The teenagers are going through an experimental phase prior to Ilza Zane's augmentation protocols. This would be prior to ONI trying to create Spartans that no longer require Mjolnir.
- The teenagers are going through a post-Zane augmentation protocol. Either the one Palmer received as part of the first class of Spartan-IVs, or as part of an experimental treatment between Ilza Zane's augmentation and Palmer's.
I'm not a huge fan of the idea that Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor are going to be Spartans though. It seems that just about everyone we meet now is becoming Spartans. And one of the big positives for the Battle Born series imo is the fact that it's a story told from a civilian perspective. We have plenty of military-oriented stories. So now that Battle Born is moving in a militarized direction, it's losing that unique perspective we haven't seen much of.