TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
Q: What, if any survived, happened to the Councilors? Were they integrated into Swords of Sanghelios, if so how?
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A: Like the rest of the Sangheili, the surviving Councilors were not completely unified in their opinions on how to proceed following the Great Schism. While some did take up the Arbiter’s cause, many others had become enamored with the idea of bringing the Covenant empire under complete Sangheili rule, quickly scrambling to grab power wherever they could. Some of these eventually served under Jul ‘Mdama, while others consolidated small pockets of reclaimed Covenant assets under more independent factions.
Q: Can you give any hints as to where Spartan Kojo "Romeo" Agu ended up?
A: Shortly after the events on Talista in 2555, ONI assigned Spartan Agu on a specialized solo mission to eliminate a particularly tenacious group of Kig-Yar pirates who were disrupting a UNSC supply chain to the colony of Concord. Testing a prototype GEN2 DEADEYE-class Mjolnir armor system, Spartan Agu succeeded in neutralizing the enemy over the four-day operation. Following the mission’s success, Agu was assigned to a new Spartan-IV fireteam, whose identity and operations remain classified.
Q: In Halo 3, when you walked through the Array Control Room on the Ark, it shows the surfaces of the Halos as having quite varied surface conditions, For example: Installation 07. In the control room you could clearly see that the entire surface was covered in desert. In Halo: Hunters in the Dark, Installation 07 is depicted as a very Earth-like environment. This especially makes no sense as the monitor of 07 seems to have been offline for a while. Could you clear this up as well please?
A: For this answer, we thought it might be helpful to crack open the hushed casket and dust off the ancient tomes to take a quote directly from our internal HUB (Halo Universe Bible):
The installations in question have surfaces that appear to not support life given the holographic data acquired from one of the Ark’s supraluminal communications array facility in December 2552. This data was called in question, however, when Gamma Halo (Installation 03) and Zeta Halo (Installation 07) were both found to actually maintain lush surfaces teaming with flora and fauna, entirely contrary to the holographic data. Some scientists believe that this is due to a combination of custodial dereliction and biological remediation:
- custodial dereliction: the act of functional abandonment by a Forerunner AI, generally due to a kind of rampancy or fallacy-induced logic erosion, something which has been observed, with some regularity, as an unintended result of the extremely long spans of time such AI have existed.
- biological remediation: the almost preternatural repair mechanism in an installation’s habitability sustainment systems, designed to mend the ring from extreme damage in a variety of ways, including the spontaneous, raw germination of flora from the ground up and the dissemination of various species from an indexed repository.
The gist of the hypothesis is that at some point over the last hundred thousand years, the monitor tasked with the safekeeping of the installations above allowed the rings to go into disrepair (or possibly even instigated its disrepair). Then, whether due to a state originating prior to the disrepair or one which fomented after, the monitor abandoned functional authority over the installation, which halted all node correspondence with the Ark thereby leaving its current holographic presentation at the citadel facility outmoded and long-since-expired, even though biological remediation efforts had automatically initiated.