Omega Halo was the last of the original 12 rings. They operated differently. The current 7 are wide-dispersal annihilation weapons only.How do you know they operate differently? If the newer generation of Halo Rings were less sophisticated and tactically flexible than their older generations then I'd like to see a source because that's not quite what we'd expect from a newer class of Rings.
The slip-space portal isn't the same size as the structure that generates it. Voi's portal also links to the Ark's, which we know is definitely capable of transporting Halo's to any point in the galaxy. In fact, ONI could probably re-route via the Ark; it would probably be a more secure place to store the Rings than the Sol system.
Quote:I don't think the Portal on Earth can handle an entire Halo instillation. Remember, those mothers are 10,000 KM wide. The Voi portal is well short of that.
Where has it been mentioned that the Flood has to be present for a Reclaimer to activate a Halo Ring?
Quote:As for authority, remember; the activation of 08/04B was in relation to the well and present threat of the Flood upon both the ring itself and the Ark. You cant just willy-nilly trigger a Halo.
The Forerunner Trilogy mentions that the original rings were bigger and intended to be far more than just weapons. That was the deal struck between the Master Builder and the Librarian.
Im still pretty sure theres limits on the size of something that can be sent through. Come to think of it, Halo's arent exactly the most stable things...they dont handle gravity wells easily. I wonder if the Halo could even survive that kind of transit.
Spark mentions protocol; the arrays are only supposed to be activated if there is a Flood outbreak. All other times they rest in standby mode. All attempted firings (via an Activation Index trigger anyway|) that we've seen so far have been in relation to an active Flood threat on or around the instillation;
04 was the Covenants release of it, 05 was the mass inside the Quarantine Zone and on High Charity, 08s was the ones Chief and Thel fought through, plus the mass of High Charity on the Ark itself. Firing from the Citadel doesnt count because thats the Citadel.
Im fairly heavily certain that standard protocol does not dictate firing the Halo if there is no reason to do so, and CERTAINLY not using it as a weapon against sentient species. See; the results of the Master Builder doing JUST THAT against the San'Shyuum.