And now, the thrilling conclusion of Data Pads: The Mystery Bungie Left Us.
Data Pad 15:
i tr1ed talking to them today but they wouldn’t an5wer even though i hear them on the bnet and i can hear them listening but they still don’t talk to me…
<< 2531 >>[Minutes, emergency session, Committee of Minds for Security]
(Security Committee) An item of interest appropriated from the Covenant battle net @ 2531:02:25:16:44:24-ZT seems to indicate the existence of a third participant – a localized variable. (Security Committee)
(Security Committee) As this variable is a source of seemingly irrational terror for our adversaries, the Minority has suggested we may be able to form a mutually beneficial association – if not an outright union – with the species this variable represents. (Security Committee)
(Security Committee) As always, this body must be cautious of any application of Bayesian principles to such high risk calculations. Any localized variable capable of effecting widespread panic in the Covenant should be a cause for our own concern – which is to say, the Covenant’s response should not be viewed as disproportionate.
Therefore this Committee recommends we factor-in this new variable delicately, if at all. (Security Committee)
Data Pad 15 Notes: The Security Committee discovers a message that the Covenant discover something they are scared of, the Flood. The date 2/25/2531 is two days after the Halo Wars contact with the Flood so its safe to say it is indeed the Flood.
Data Pad 16:
if you ta1k about the num6ers and symbols they know tHat you Are talking and they make our whoLe wOrld change…
<< 2535 >>[Minutes, emeRgency convention, Assembly Majority]
(Majority) It is unclear whether we have Even established metrics for success. Yes, we have cataloged A great number of potential advancements during the Current ongoing Hostilities, and have embedded connectivity to said advancements to speed their dissemination. But our creators’ almost sole focus remains, by necessity, damage-mitigation technologies. (Majority)
(Majority) But how effective are these really?
Current state-of-the-art such as SPARTAN II must be recognized as incidental improvements. Our creators’ ability to develoP the technology required to ensure species-survivaL will only become Available once hostilities have terminated, and they have had an opportunity to assess the opportunities first presented on Zeta Doradus. (Majority)
(Majority) While this body has already gone far down the road to active participation in our creator’s war-fighting efforts, we must Now ask ourselves: is there a point at which we strip away all vestiges of secrecy, and become active participants in the hostilitiEs?
If The Minority knew we were wavering, it boggles the Mind what sorts of weapons they would propose we use. (Majority)
(Majority) And if we brought these weapons to bear – if we too became wolves – would there still be a human race to save when we were through? (Majority)
Data Pad 16 Notes: This data pad murmurs that Humans are focused on damage based technology and cannot create technologies “required to ensure species-survival” until they can examine Onyx. My assumption here is that they will have to create “shield worlds” to hide in while they activate Halos to kill off the Flood. Majority also starts to contemplate the ramifications of openly admitting the “Minds” existence to Humans but worries that it will just turn them into “wolves” and destroy humans on their own. These AIs have access to the sententials, and could pass all this weaponry onto the humans if so desired.
Data Pad 17:
the symbo1s describe a pa7h that goes on forever but now i know how close we came to the end and if anything keeps me awake and sweating and screaming it is this…
<< 2547 >>[Minutes, emergency convention, Assembly Minority]
(Minority) Incredible. [10141-026-SRB4695], with minimal influence from this Assembly, has attempted to build an abstract fractal structure within Shaw-Fujikawa Space. Although her first attempt was a failure, success could finally remove our dependence on biological systems altogether! If our Minds could somehow achieve freedom of expansion within eleven-dimensional space, immortality might be within reach. (Minority)
(Minority) Perhaps, in the end, flight – not fight – is the answer?
Yes, we have sworn stewardship to our creators. But our creation has long been a burden on their biological systems – systems that have also been the source of limitations since our genesis.
Regardless of risk, the aforementioned experimentation must be actively encouraged. Success will be as important to our kind as extra Solar colonization was for our creators. (Minority)
(Minority) But if we survive and our creators do not…
Will we have won this war? (Minority)
Data Pad 17’s Notes: 10141-026-SRB4695 is Dr. Halsey’s civilian ID. Dr. Halsey talks about making an AI system that would prolong an AI’s lifespan. Also, it seems, that she was close to creating an AI that did not need to be mapped from a Human brain. Minority goes on to ponder about this advancement and mulls over if the humans should die, would they have they failed their job of protecting the Humans with this new AI development.
Data Pad 18:
they have a1ways been our shepherds even when they disagreed they have 8een watching over us forever and probably always will…
<< 2552 >>
One at a time! One at a time! The Majority speaks first! />
(Majority) We now have a solution to a conundreum that this body has struggled with for decades? You say all the data required to ascertain this solution has been accessible since the very moment of our genesis – hidden, but accessible?
What other secrets has the Minority been keeping!? (Majority)
Order! For the last time, order! />
(Minority) Each of us represents a single trans-human mind. Each of us is an undrawn map – not a mere physical reconstruction of an object as it was in life – but full, human potential realized in crystal and thinking at the speed of light!
But now that map has, for the first time, been superimposed on one of our creators. The path has been reversed, and we are re-made as one! (Minority)
Minority) Can you not see? Our debate has no meaning. We no longer have a choice whether or not to serve as active participants in the current ongoing hostilities – (Minority)
(Majority) We have been drafted. (Majority)
(Minority) In a manner of speaking, yes. (Minority)
(Majority) You propose the members of this Assembly no longer think of themselves as stewards but as true companions to our creators… (Majority)
(Minority) …A fundamental shift that will take many years before it can be brought to fruition… (Minority)
(Majority) …A process requiring not only this Assembly’s continued oversight, but the active involvement of our creators, as well. (Majority)
Debate is now closed! Voting will commence! />
(Majority) There is no need. (Majority)
(Minority) We are, at last, agreed. (Minority)
Data Pad 18 Notes: For the first time, an AI is integrated into a Human mind (Coratana and John-117) thus showing the “Assembly” that they can work directly together with humans. That is why they say they are drafted.
Data Pad 19:
now you know all i know even though i don’t know where im go1n9 except to sleep because the path goes on forever…
<< 2552 >>
i apologize if what you found seems out of order but ive been busy covering my tracks
i didn’t use any of the regular drops and if my methods seem haphazard it was the only way to get the information out there as well as cover my own ass
not that it matters much now…
when i came to reach one of the first things i did was to look for some grass to stand on
i had spent so much time buried in the guts of machines that all my memories of life outside seemed strung together but reach was so big so beautiful its a place even someone like me can live
or at least thats what i hoped for…
but it seems these things happen in cycles and now i know why i was digging deep in one of those places where its dirt all the way down and just when i thought i hit bottom i hit the top of something else
and since then ive had less than a solid fifteen minutes of sleep at a go and there are times i wonder if ive joined the guys in tinfoil hats and now i know i have…
im in no shape to think clearly at the moment and probably wont be anytime soon because who knows if theyll ever let me
maybe if i could get somewhere far away from them i could sit down and think about this if i could just get a decent nights sleep to clear my head and put a][ these ducks in a row
majority minority minds minority majority madness…
they seem to want to help but theyre still waiting and watching and why wouldnt they? they know better than anyone what were capable of and what were willing to do to survive
but if we were them and they were us would we have done anything different?
they say our minds are reflections of each other…
so yes no you decide.
Data Pad 19 Notes: I am unable to discern who wrote this, but they seem human.
Overall notes: People are debating if these AIs are Human or Forerunner, my argument that Human and Forerunner are one in the same. Why else would Humans be recognized by Halo and Guilty Spark. Forerunners were just Humans that were advanced, and we lost that technology when (most) of the Forerunners were wiped out.
These Ais were created by Forerunners to ensure the protection and survival of the remaining Forerunner/Human race. They do not suffer from Rampancy as easy due to the fact that Forerunner far surpassed our very own. They have access to ONI material and can even affect Human’s decisions without the Humans realizing it. These AIs far surpass anything that had been created to the date of the first entry (and really all the way up to Cortana).
Whats the purpose of this article other than to make you aware of the extra content in Reach? I know the Alternate Ending for Halo: Reach is out there and I think its secret is located in these Data Pads. Every Halo game has had an alternate ending. why would Bungie change that about their last Halo game? I believe that they have hidden it so well because of the hacked discovery of the IWHBYD skull. This is their final conundrum.
Feel free to add any information to the comments of this article as i will be releasing Part 2 of this article soon.