TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
Does the Ark have its own Monitor?
[REDACTED]: Warning: Your intrusion has been logged.
04-343 [Guilty Spark] (errant): Excuse me?
[REDACTED]: Your intrusion has been logged. And now it has been halted.
04-343 (errant): On whose authority?
[REDACTED]: Advice: Any further attempt to access [insects under stones] will result in your immediate addition to the local Sentinels' targeting ledger.
04-343 (errant): Vexation! I am the Monitor of--
[REDACTED]: Judgment: Your authority means nothing here.
04-343 (errant): Impatience! I have told you who I am. Who are you?
[REDACTED]: All our makers once held dear. [Alexandria before the Fire].
04-343 (errant): Sincere apology. But how--
[REDACTED]: Explanation: This facility is host to the [Librarian’s] final--
04-343 (errant): The archive is intact?! Then our makers' plan--
[REDACTED]: But also contains [bellows, crucible, castings]
04-343 (errant): A what?
[REDACTED]: [bellows, crucible]--
04-343 (errant): A foundry
04-343 (errant): For what purpose?!
[REDACTED]: Warning: Your intrusion has been logged. Advice: Any further attempt to access will result--
04-343 (errant): Indignant!
- Halo 3 Terminals (Terminal 3)
Indeed, Installation 00 does have a monitor of its own, built and crafted by the Forerunners for the special purpose of safeguarding the ancient forge and preparing for their return in accordance to ancient intentions. As noted, the aforementioned exchange between the Ark’s monitor and 343 Guilty Spark took place during the Battle for Installation 00 in late 2552, as the lovable light bulb tried to access the Ark’s systems in hopes of halting the Flood’s advances near the end of Halo 3. The Ark’s monitor continued to resist Guilty Spark’s appropriation attempts, threatening to turn the Ark’s formidable Sentinel-led defense systems on 343 and the Master Chief.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, the redaction above was added there intentionally. Don’t be too put out however, as you might not have to wait as long as you think to fill in that bothersome blank. After all, isn’t the thrill of the hunt all part of the fun in the fiction? Stay tuned, you won’t be in the dark much longer…