The Reclaimer Saga and the San’Shyuum

Here’s a suitably obscure but important lore topic to kick off my first post of 2015. The San’Shyuum, better known to the wider audience as ‘the Prophets’, are one of the most important parts of the Halo story in ways that I don’t think we even fully understand yet. From their ancient alliance with humanity […]

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The Reclaimer Saga and the Ur-Didact’s Future

The Ur-Didact was, as we all know, the central antagonist in Halo 4’s story. The insane Warrior-Servant manipulated John and Cortana into opening up his Cryptum to release him after 100,000 years of imprisonment and that enabled him to pursue his agenda of upholding his twisted version of the Mantle of Responsibility. He believes that […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Epilogue

The finish line is in sight now, as the story of Halo 4’s campaign draws to a close. The Ur-Didact has been defeated, the Composer destroyed, and Cortana has sent John back home as she herself bows out of the narrative with her head held high. It’s the end of a very significant chapter in the […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Midnight

And so, here we are at last. The climactic conclusion to Halo 4’s campaign, and the penultimate post of this analysis which is likewise drawing to a close. The Ur-Didact has recovered the Composer and used it on Ivanoff Station to assimilate everybody present, leaving John the only human survivor following the Librarian awakening his […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Shutdown

I can give you over forty thousand reasons why I know this game is awesome. I know it because the story’s thematic resonance is disproportionate to its suggested size, I know it because its character arcs are more emotional than that of the common shooter. But for all that, I’ll never actually know just how […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Reclaimer

So here we are, at the half-way point of this little project. So far, we’ve covered what has primarily been the build-up in the narrative, the setting of the stage for that point in the plot where the stakes get raised higher than ever and the direction of the story becomes clear. Reclaimer is that […]

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Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Infinity

Onto act two of Halo 4’s story which serves as the rising action in the plot, introducing us to and developing a series of critical thematic elements surrounding humanity, our history, and setting the stage for the rest of the Reclaimer Saga by continuing to build on the concept of the Mantle which is, as […]

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