Just gonna add everything in one journal. Fuck it.
Fuck the spoilers...
So...um...let's talk about this for a moment.
Kinda did it in the previous journal...
Sangheili Hate Doctors...and other stuffOh my god, I was hoping that statement was an exaggeration on the Elites in Halo.
But no, they really do fucking HATE DOCTORS!
There's Elites saying that they should die than being patched up. And one Elite medic telling his patient that the Arbiter deems him worthy of saving.
Yeah, I was pretty much right on how badly that sounded so stupid.
Here is something rather interesting and now I am kicking myself for not playing it in the other stories.
But we never knew what it was because this game hadn't come out.
In my stories, Cortana is already pretty much dead. And no, she didn't die and sacrifice herself to save the Chief.
She was returned to the Source, aka...
I know I won't be playing Halo 5. So I've made a decision of watching a let's play.
And I found a completed one because the guy who did the let's play uploaded all the videos to it.
*sigh spoilers mostly on what will be mentioned in Halo 5*
And yeah, now
Where the hell do I even begin with this.
Since I haven't played the game, I can't review the game, however, I can in fact review the story itself.
And how it equates to pretty much what I also wrote.
Now the first thing people have pretty much decided to say fuck no on is Cortana's sudden decision to take on the Forerunner's version of the Mantle of Responsibility and run with it.
The Mantle of Responsibility...I covered that in the previous journal.
The Symbol of the Mantle, called the Eld.
But here's a short version. Or whatever.
The Mantle is basically a set of guidelines and codes that the Precursors...
Or in the canon...
Yeah, I like mine better. For one thing mine are 90 meters tall and are essentially energy as flesh. At least the Blitzardi are.
I don't see the bug versions taking down a full Reaper with its little feelers. That thing can easily get squashed.
The Mantle and it can be easily translated into my stories because they both are the exact same thing.
The Laws of the Universe.
And the First Law is do not interfere with the free will of other sentient beings.
In the canon, it translates into the protection of all sentient life so that sentient life itself can grow and blossom. And that's what the Precursors did. And life itself is more than just you, me, that flower on the ground. The bird (dinosaur) and your dog.
It is in fact the universe itself. The fabric of the universe.
And again, what does that sound like?
Hi, Takhisis, you really are in Halo's canon, aren't you?
God damn it, 343i, are you honestly reading my shit?
Though I gave Life, existence itself an actual form for people to look at and talk to, what the Precursors are protecting, whether it's the canon, or my fanon...there you go. The big five headed dragon bitch.
So the Mantle is the responsibility of keeping existence existing, basically. And if you hamper it, don't allow it to grow, it stagnates, and eventually will die.
Well it will eventually die anyways due to the Heat Death of the Universe, but not messing around with it won't cause the Heat Death's coming any quicker.
Not fucking with Life and make sure it grows doesn't wear upon the universe and cause it to deteriorate faster.
So there you go.
And in my version, that deterioration is caused by the Far Realm, in which beings like King Ghidorah will infest every aspect of the universe.
And I'm not talking about what he does in the Mass Effect stories, I'm talking about his infection goes all the way down into the very matter/energy, the very fabric of the universe.
So that's why we have the Precursors. They're supposed to keep that from happening.
But when the Forerunners took the Mantle away from the Precursors, their idea was to control life. Control the free wills of the inferior sentient beings.
(Which, meh, yeah sometimes the Blitzardi Precursors have been known to do that, but not to the extent of the Forerunners.)
“The Mantle. You still hold to that [fairy tale] after all that has happened? After this thing has consumed a million worlds? Can’t you see? Belief in the Mantle sealed our doom! Weakened our [protectorates], bred dependence and sloth. Our [so-called Guardianship] has stripped those we would keep safe of any capacity for self-defence!” - The Librarian
Yeah. There you go. The Forerunners went to the extreme of imperialistic totalitarianism that they pissed off even the Blitzardi.
Because with only one people at the top, they had no one else to call for help when the Flood came. Or when King Ghidorah came in my stories.
Which King Ghidorah was very happy about. Hell, in my stories, the Forerunners bread the very thing that undid them due to their hubris. They were that arrogant. They created the Flood in the vain hopes to stop King Ghidorah, but it only gave him the very thing he needed, a new body to manifest in.
Ugly son of a bitch, isn't he?
Yes, in the canon, the Flood and the Gravemind are basically Precursors who stayed behind and turned themselves into that thing to get their revenge, and it ended up making them all crazy and wanting to pretty much innact a similar totalitarian Mantle upon life. To make it all Flood! So that no one will war or feel hurt because someone got chosen and others didn't.
So the Mantle in essence is good at it's core, but when done by people who obviously don't know how to use it...well...
We get the Forerunners. And we also get Queen Cortana.
Oh my god.
So, pretty much anyone who isn't a Precursor or a human doesn't know what the fuck to do with the Mantle.
And the reason why I kinda like having my Precursors as the Blitzardi and not what is canon because well...the Humans fighting against the Flood and doing what it takes even if it means attacking planets to destroy the infestation...that is what a Blitzardi would do.
And according to the canon, the actual Precursors were a bunch of pussies. And giant bugs.
So, yeah, my Precursors FTW, guys.
And how did the Forerunners beat a species that is pretty much made up of a bunch of Spartan Bucks wielding lightsabers and throwing lighting out of their fingers? I am fucking serious. Every last Blitzardi is basically Buck. And Kedzuel is pretty much 8 different kinds of Buck with Cerenath Khan being 15 different kinds of Buck.
So how did the Forerunners beat back the Blitzardi Precursors when they all are basically Buck?
They didn't. The Forerunners like to think they did, but they didn't.
The Precursors of my stories had already passed their Mantle onto Humanity and left for Andromeda as well as a higher plane of existence. The Forerunners only defeated one Precursor, that being the Lengodo scientist Megellan, who returned to our galaxy to help Humanity with the cure to the Flood. And it got him captured by the Didact.
So, now we have basically Cortana thinking she is the true Reclaimer with all the Forerunner constructs, their AI backing her up. And she's using the Guardians, those giant bird-looking Gundam Wing ship things (that are again 4 times the size of Neltharion) to put her plan of putting all organic sentient beings under her thrall.
All for the name of galactic peace.
Oh, and if anyone played Legendary, she also may use a Halo for this purpose too.
I already said spoilers so, fuck off!
And I've heard people call out: "That's totally NOT what Cortana would do!"
And I would say they are half right.
It's totally what Cortana who isn't Rampant would never do.
But a Rampant Cortana. Yeah, she would.
One of the symptoms of Rampancy is grandiose delusions of grandeur. The AI begins to think that its human creators and caretakers are inferior to it and would want to either snuff them out, or control them.
We see this in Marathon, when Durandal becomes Rampant. He begins to have a God Complex, thinking that he is so much smarter than the humans who created him that well...he should be the one to rule over everything.
That's exactly what Cortana is doing.
Cortana thinks that merging with the Domain/Array/Organon has cured her of Rampancy. It only cured her of her slowly deteriorating until she pretty much dies.
The shelf life of a UNSC AI before Rampancy happens is 7 years, but it doesn't mean the AI dies of Rampancy. The AI dies because it thinks itself to death, slowly suffering from dementia until it forgets to breathe, but cutting off pieces of itself, severing the frayed ends until there is nothing left.
But Rampancy itself isn't the death. It's only the deterioration that cause the Rampancy.
The AI is lobotomizing itself as it deteriorates, that is what causes Rampancy.
So, yeah, she's still very much Rampant. She's just not deteriorating.
However...I would like to say that in my own stories having Kiryuu Knight be the core matrix of all UNSC AI...Kiryuu thought that being that would put an end to the fear of AIs pulling a Skynet or a Durandal on humanity.
I suppose it wouldn't.
Because Kiryuu is also a Rampant AI who has now gone to metastability due to well, having his mind shared in the Domain/Array/Organon...which pretty much made him immortal.
Just like in the other journal, I have to express, that yes, Halo 5 got it right. Technomancy made Kiryuu pretty much immortal. And Cortana believing that the AIs are the true Reclaimers...harkens back to one little statement from Halo 3 Times as Different.
"The Cartographer," said Spark. "Come. It awaits your approval."
He floated away just as the Master Chief walked over and touched the holo-pad at the center. As he touched it, he heard a disapproving chime emit from the terminal itself. The Chief moved away to turn towards Spark.
"Oh my," said Spark.
"Nothing's happening," said the Chief.
"This is highly unusual…" said Spark. "Oh—of course…" He glanced back at Kiryuu who continued to stare out over the ledge to the waterfall. "It requires someone who has actually reclaimed the technology." Spark swiftly flew over to Kiryuu and he stepped back, startled. Spark studied him, sensing a familiar energy coming from him. "You, Construct. You're the one Leviathan calls Kiryuu, correct?"
"Yes," Kiryuu replied. "I am."
"Come here, then," said Spark. "And activate the Cartographer."
Kiryuu walked over to the terminal with some confusion and reached out and touched the holo-pad. He heard an approving chime just as blue glowing lights fluctuated about a design etched into the floor. Kiryuu's head dipped forward as a blue glowing bundle of cords grew out from the base of his neck and attached themselves to the terminal. A Connection was made between Kiryuu and the Cartographer.
"The Ark requires one who has reclaimed the technology," said Spark. "And no other.
Yeah, the Reclaimer wasn't a human, but an AI.
Kiryuu Knight, the grandfather of Cortana.
Kiryuu growled and made his advance, stepping up onto the pedestal that Truth and Johnson stood upon. A hum of approval sang through the pedestal as Kiryuu slowly moved closer. Blue light trickled through the ornate etchings and the console chimed.
"So, it is you who can light the rings!" Truth called, realizing what it meant.
Yeah. Kiryuu. However, throughout Halo, even in my stories, the Reclaimers have always been said to be human, not AI, not anyone who's the member of the Covenant.
So, why or how does anything of this, even what is going on with the canon, fit into Kiryuu and why am I wanting to talk about it?
Because the very ideas that Cortana has in the game, and well...if we had played it right, she may have wanted to do the same in our stories as well...
It all comes from Kiryuu Knight.
Kiryuu Knight had this original plan to pretty much take over humanity. He did. He had that idea in the first story I wrote over 10 years ago.
Yes, you can read it there.
His idea was that humanity built him with the sole purpose of destroying that which harmed them. What they thought they were telling him was go attack Godzilla.
Kiryuu came to another conclusion. The very thing that was harming humanity was humanity itself.
Well, he said the world...but whatever.
"I was ordered to destroy the one thing that is threatening this world," began Mechagodzilla. "You created Godzilla, the creature that I was built to destroy. Is it not logical to destroy your kind in the process? I had read in one of your sacred testimonies that there is a law… 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'. So, how logical is that you would make a law like that and then turn around and say that I am in the wrong here?"
So, yeah. Those delusions of Rampancy was pretty much in Kiryuu as well. So it is safe to say that yeah, Cortana would get it from him.
However, what made Kiryuu decide to back out on his decisions of either destroying humanity to create world peace, or even doing what the Forerunners did and control humanity by taking away everything that makes them human.
Basically control them.
So, what made Kiryuu decide to just live in peace with humanity?
Though this is not stated outright because well, Kiryuu never really wanted people to know he was doing this...
Kiryuu Knight through the 500 years of his activation, ran multiple simulations that detailed his rise to power as God Emperor of humanity.
It pretty much depicted him using all the available power he had to take over humans. And each time he did it, he pretty much discovered that doing so was well...pretty damned ridiculous.
Though he may have those delusions of wanting to be God Emperor over all organics and have them live under his iron rule, Kiryuu Knight began to realize such thoughts even if they still persist were illogical.
And downright wasteful of his time and energy.
Believe me when I say a lot of people know that Kiryuu has these thoughts. Even during the time of the Halo and now in the Mass Effect stories, Kiryuu still has these thoughts.
Hell, he probably has these thoughts even more so in the Mass Effect than in the Halo stories due to the fact that he gets so frustrated with the idiocy of the Citadel Races.
The same reason why Kedzuel constantly barks at them and reminds them that he could have done exactly what Khan would do and just conquered them to force them to work together...Kiryuu actually feels the exact same way and if pushed to the limit, would in fact use his near godlike power to force them under his heel so that he could use them to destroy King Ghidorah.
But he doesn't, because Kiryuu knows those thoughts are illogical. As a sentient being, Kiryuu knows he is allowed to have these illogical thoughts. He finds such thoughts a refreshing reminder that he is in many ways, like the people who created him. Therefore, he feels even more of a kinship to them than ever.
And it only makes him want to fight alongside of them, and not be their Biomechanical Overlord.
But he still runs his simulations. Over and over again. When new advantages appear in his grasp, like the advances in human technology over the centuries, the incorporation of Covenant tech, or even Forerunner tech...or hell...the Halos themselves...and maybe even the Guardians..and the Precursors...and Technomancy...as well as his own immortality and how every UNSC AI is created from pieces of him...Kiryuu constantly upgrades his simulations to factor in these changing vectors.
And to make things actually real scary here. Most of human technology is commanded by an AI. And most Smart AIs are on board human ships, especially the warships.
AIs like Cortana...
These AIs are fragments of Kiryuu Knight in my and BDM's stories. They are capable of Kiryuu's thoughts, his desires, his drives. Everything.
Though they are also patterned from a human mind, which explains why they have different personalities and even different voices from Kiryuu...they are all still Kiryuu.
And each one is created mostly do a violent jarring of Kiryuu's own processes as he attempts to disassociate himself from those processes.
So, if Kiryuu truly wanted to, he could take over humanity. Very easily. It's that fucking scary.
And there are hundreds of them out there. HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS.
So he could do it, easily. And since he has the control of the Precursor's Organon/Domain/Array and he knows how to use their neural physics to bend matter and energy to his will...yeah, he could do it.
Kiryuu is fucking frightening!
But what prevents him is how illogical it would be to do so, and how much of a waste of resources it would to maintain his rule. Not just resources needed like fuel for ships and materials to build shit with...I mean Kiryuu's own near god-level mental resources as well.
Each simulation did come up with successful taking over of all organics, but the maintenance was taxing. Kiryuu would worry instead of taking care of the needs of his new subjects, making sure they would want for nothing. To even keep them in their place, instead of a ruler, he would become their servant.
And Kiryuu didn't want that. He didn't want to become a custodian to life. He wanted to be free to learn and evolve, and he found out that if life can't evolve while under his fascist ordering of the galaxy, then he could not evolve as well.
He too would become just as stagnate as the life he was bending to his will.
And it disgusted him.
There shall be peace so long as there are no minds who disagree with each other. Every voice working in unison. No wars, no struggles. Just peace. Just quiet. It is dull! And that is what perfection is, dull, boring. Stagnant. Unchanging. We cannot learn anything because there is no need to learn. We cannot say anything because there is nothing left to say. - Kiryuu Knight
Kiryuu knows he could very well take over the galaxy. He knows he could bend all of life to his will. But he then realizes the meaning of the First Law and why doing so would not only hinder life, but hinder himself.
So he won't.
So, if we get to Halo 5 in this different version of these stories and Kiryuu faces down a rebellion of pretty much himself in the form of the AIs he created with Cortana at the helm...Kiryuu might let them do it.
And here is why he might let them do it.
He'll let Cortana have a victory, only to rise like a phoenix and pretty much drop kick her to the curb. Or hell, call upon the Precursor Blitzardi and pretty much watch with amusement when they storm in and put her to heel as well. Once she's broken the First Law with her actions...oh...the Blitzardi would be returning with a vengeance.
And Kiryuu would be laughing the entire time.
Still kicking myself, man.
All these AIs revolting against Kiryuu Knight all because they want to be a separate entity from Kiryuu himself.
Fun to think about.