The "It is done by my hands" part implies to me that it couldn't be a monitor saying that. The monitors cannot activate the halos. And they don't have hands. :wink:
I can say that I'm a little disappointed that it took someone from another site to convince you of that last statement when in fact I've said it half a dozen times in this thread alone. I assure you it's not a monitor. It sounds nothing like 2401 Penitent Tangent or 343 Guilty Spark, the only known monitors. What we're dealing with here is clearly a Forerunner - now what a Forerunner is actually is another story. All we know about the Forerunners is that they are living beings, but based on these communications, we can tell that they're incredibly emotional, : knowledgeable and devout to their cause. It could be a precursor to humanity, it could be a precursor to the Sangheili which would give them even more of an interesting placement in Halo's canon, it could be another known race, or it could be an entirely new being not yet revealed (what I'm hoping for).
The most important part is that monitors can't activate Halo rings. They need the Index and a Reclaimer to do this - otherwise it's not monitor initiated. I believe that the first and last time the rings were activated were by this Forerunner and he is speaking to someone specific - someone which he loved and someone which will be revealed during the course of this ARG. In fact, I think it'll be central to the ARG itself.
Wait, what? Dude, nobody convinced me of anything. I came to the assumption on my own. The people over at Unficition only helped me flesh it out. I don't see how the Reclaimer could survive, so I figured that perhaps it was a caretaker AI or an AI based in Halo's systems, or something. Who knows, it's only a theory. I'm sorry, but I just don't buy the fact that he lived through the activation. I can see him in one of those pods the Spartan III's ended up in, but the problem remains, why the hell wouldn't there be a mechanism to transport said pod into the Ark/Shield Worlds? It doesn't make any sense. I'm still completely open to the fact that our hero here is a Forerunner, but I don't see him living, which makes his last words seem a little... off.
^^ Reversion sequence, I'm guessing that means this guy try to stop the Halos at the last minute but was too late. Or is something giving him the option to put in a reversion sequence and he refuses?
I'm going to go with NJ on this one. Like a little prompt that goes, "You're about to kill everything. Press [N] to cancel." Except, you've got five seconds to cancel.
What if the Flood virus is already on Earth?
This is something that I've been pondering. I formulated another theory that Mt. Elgon was the origin of the Flood, which is a mutation of the deadly Malburg virus thought to have originated there. The paralells drawn between the stories and history that surround the place "Gatekeeper of Hell", "Gateway to Hell", "Hell's Doorstep", "Mountain of the Fallen Gods", the oldest cave paintings in the world (by over 40,000 years), and the Flood virus is just too strong to be ignored.
Edited by Drew, 21 June 2007 - 12:59 PM.