“She is stubborn, brilliant as a nova, dark as a singularity.”
The forces of antagonism in the Halo universe are among some of the most memorable (and quotable) in gaming.
From the soft-spoken machinations of the Prophet of Truth in Halo 2, to Atriox crushing some of the most powerful symbols of the series in his fist – these are characters you don’t soon forget.
Halo 4, however, rather spectacularly buries the lede here. It has become clear that the greatest threat faced not only by humanity, but the galaxy itself, is not an all-consuming parasite, or an army of warmongering mercenaries, or even the Didact himself…
It’s the Librarian.
Read More Why the Librarian is Halo’s greatest antagonist
The Didact did not die at the end of Halo 4.
The Didact did not die during the events of Halo: Escalation.
Contrary to the impression many have, he is, in fact, still out there… somewhere. Where is he? What’s become of him? When might we see him next, and how might he return?
Read More What Happened to The Didact AFTER Halo 4 (and How He Might Return)
We last saw the Didact in the The Next 72 Hours arc of Halo: Escalation, which, puzzlingly, concluded with him being Composed – despite stating in one of Halo 4’s Terminals that it would not work on him.
With his future uncertain, I thought it’d be interesting to reconcile this apparent contradiction and find a satisfying answer to why the Didact can be Composed, and why his probable absence in Infinite might be a good thing for fans of the character.
Read More Why the Didact CAN be Composed and WON’T be in Halo Infinite
In the first of these ‘reimagining’ posts, I discussed how I would have written Cortana in Halo 5 while working within the constraints and limitations of Halo 5‘s established narrative structure and disrupting as few campaign resources as possible. While I presented a case to be made for how I think her role in the […]
Read More Reimagining Halo 5’s Antagonists: The Ur-Didact and Mendicant Bias
So I was semi-recently doing what I call a ‘photography run’ of Halo 4, I call it this because there’s no campaign theatre mode so it has to be done using the blind skull and the Xbox’s screenshot feature. This kind of playthrough really gets you to appreciate the art and the visuals of the game, […]
Read More Requiem Ruminations
I hardly think that I need to remind any of you about the emotionally soul-shattering ending of Halo 4 to preface this topic… but I’m going to preface this topic by reminding you of the emotionally soul-shattering ending of Halo 4 anyway. No, wait! Come back!
Read More Cortana, Dead or Alive?
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 […]
Read More The Reclaimer Saga and the Ur-Didact’s Future
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 […]
Read More Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Epilogue
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 […]
Read More Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Midnight
And so, we reach the beginning of the final act of Halo 4’s story. This is where the characters hit their lowest point, where all seems lost for our protagonists and their goals. At the end of the previous mission, just as it seemed like they were about to succeed, John and Cortana failed to […]
Read More Halo 4, Level-by-Level Analysis – Composer