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Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of Answers
Posted By: Eagle 117 <Eagle-117@cox.net>Date: 2/21/05 4:54 p.m.

A while back Eric Trautmann threw out a clue on the Halo universe, First Strike in particular, in an email exchange between Eric Nylund (author of Halo TFoR/FS), the HBO crew, and himself. He wrote, ďI'm gratified that some of the more subtle stuff I finagled into Halo: First Strike doesn't look like its been stumbled upon. Hm... Perhaps a hint is in order. Who or what would wear a "Halo"? As some of you know, there were numerous failed guesses as to what this blank riddle might mean. After some time passed, Exogenesis, a HBO forum goer, ran into Trautmann at Nebula Weekend. It was here that Trautmann gave some insight into his riddle. Trautmann remarked that there was a clue to the meaning of the riddle somewhere on his blog. Not long after that nugget of info was brought forth, Anton P. Nym (a.k.a. Steve) presented the first credible answer, or key to the answer, for Trautmannís riddle. His guess was the picture of a book he found on Trautmannís blog. That book, which I own, is titled The Dictionary of Angels Including Fallen Angles.

Well, Anton P. Nym, being the perceptive person he is, was the only person to ever receive a ďwarmĒ response from Truatmann; which consisted of, ďWarm. At last:-) Just so we know what a cold response was, one forum goer remarked that he could see a Halo floating atop a Prophetís head in the Making of Halo 2 vid. The response to this guess was cold. Do we understand the ďgameĒ being playing? Cold or no response was given for guesses which were way off/incorrect, and warm responses, of which there was only one, Anton P. Nymís response, meant that you were headed down the right path. Iím explaining this so youíll all know Iím not talking about some random book when I bring up the Dictionary of Angels/Fallen Angels, of which this threadís subject is mainly about.

The Dictionary of Angels Including Fallen Angels is just that... a dictionary of angles. It's a listing of all the known angels/fallen angels in alphabetical order, all of whom are accompanied by a description of their purposes and/or events involved in. Behind these descriptions is an intricate epic containing fascinating characters and events. Just a brief incursion into the Dictionary of Angels will not reveal all this. However, after reading about the individual angels/fallen angels one begins to see a spider web of events that connects all the angels together. Itís quite an interesting book.

As I understand it, the HBOers who paid attention to all of this figured Trautmann to have used the name of an angle or two from the Dictionary Angels, Ackersonís AI Araqiel, who is a fallen angle, for example, and just left it at that. However, there are several aspects of this book I think to have probable influence on the Halo universe; of which, the Forerunner model is prime. As stated in the title, the Dictionary of Angels list two types of angles. Of course, there is the familiar good old fight for God angles, and then there are the fallen angels. Fallen angels are described, among other sources, in Revelations 12: ďAnd his (the dragonís or Satanís) tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven (angels) and did cast them to earth... and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him.Ē These angels are known as fallen angels or, what most of us are familiar to, demons. Hm... isnít that the name used by the Covenant when referring to a certain someone?

Many have found uncanny similarities between the Forerunners and humans, but itís seems a bit obvious that theyíre not exact. The Forerunners are described by the Covenant as techno giants; knowing and implementing a level of technology thatís far beyond anything either the Covenant or Humans have an original understanding of. 343 Guilty Spark refers to the Forerunners as such in Halo 2, but he never refers to any human as a Forerunner. The Covenant description of the Forerunners, as well as the description given in the Covenant Primer, matches a particular group of angels. They are a high order of angels and carry the title of the Watchers; also known as the Grigori. They resemble men in appearance, but are taller than giants. The Watchers were sent by God to instruct man in the beginnings of civilization; however, many became fallen angels after they descended to earth to teach man forbidden sciences and started cohabiting with mortal man. The Watchers who cohabited with mortal man spawned a new race. These offspring were the Nephilim. In Hebrew lor, the Nephilim stands for giants of primeval times, fallen angels (demons) themselves. One of the reasons, often not discussed, for the Biblical flood was to rid the Earth of these half-breeds. Let me put it another way, cause for the Biblical flood can be traced back to the fallen angels, their leader in particular.

As the Dictionary of Angels points out, the leader of the fallen angels (Satan is one of his many names) rejected the notion of man; by doing so, he rejected the savior of man. The rebel host in the Haloverse is Gravemind. When asked by Cortana who he is Gravemind states, ďI am a monument to all your sins.Ē A monument is something that remains in remembrance of the past. When Gravemind states that heís a monument to the MCís sins he shows a direct connection between himself and the MC. Itís quite obvious, but Iíll state it anyways: Satan is a monument to manís sins... also the fallen anglesí sins.

Another important parallel to point out between Gravemind and Satan can be found, once again, in Revelation Ch:12. In these verses Satan attempts to destroy Israel through a flood; an attempt to recreate the Biblical flood: ďAnd the serpent (Satan) cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away with the flood. And the earth helped the woman by opening her mouth and swallowing up the flood.Ē The woman being spoken of in these verses represents Israel, as it is later told that she wears 12 crowns, which represent the 12 Hebrew tribes. Before going any further, I should point out that Earth in the Dictionary of Angles is represented in the Haloverse on the galactic scale. What I mean by that is, if we were to follow any model based on the Dictionary of Angels, then the Haloverse would have to be Earth stretched out to cover the entire galaxy. In Hebrew and Biblical lor, Israel represents the symbolic center of the universe: itís the birth place of manís Savior, the promise land of Godís chosen people, the site of the final battle, and the platform from which man's savior will rule Earth in the new millennium. In the Haloverse, Israel represents EarthÖ pay attention to that. Using the verses above as a guide, one could say that Gravemind will attempt to bring the Flood to Earth in Halo 3, just as Satan will try to flood the women with 12 crowns (Israel) in Revelation. Because of this, I believe the 6, think about that number, remaining halos will be activated in order to prevent the Flood from reaching Earth.

One last parallel to point out between Satan and Gravemind, something which also goes along with the notion of the Biblical Earth being stretched to cover the entire Haloverse, can be found in Revelation Ch. 13. Here John wrote, ďAnd I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten hornsÖ the dragon gave this beast his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed, and the entire world wondered after the beast.Ē This is the account of antichrist, who will be mortally wounded and then raised from the dead (possessed) by Satan in an attempt to recreate the resurrection of Christ; thus, he is referred to as antichrist. These verses also entail the 7 nation army headed by antichrist. With these nations antichrist will conquer the Earth, which would be the galaxy in the Haloverse. Latter in Revelation it is told that once antichrist and his forces conquer most all the world they will move against Israel to destroy her. In this attempt to destroy Israel, the armies of antichrist and antichrist himself will be defeated. Some of you may be familiar with this last battle, as it is called Armageddon.

As stated before, Satin in the Haloverse is Gravemind. Gravemind is the only character in the Haloverse whoís shown the ability to ďresurrectĒ individuals. Remember, the MC kills the Prophet of Regret, but Regret is later shown animated during the cutscene in which Gravemind is first introduced. This matches the account of antichrist in that Regret really isnít alive, but heís in some kind of ďpossessedĒ state through Gravemind. My meaning being, Regret can not function without Gravemind just as antichrist will not be able to function without Satan. Contiuning down this path, Iíd say that the possibility of the MC assassinating the Prophet of Truth, who is head of a 7 specie army, in Halo 3 is quite high. Iíd also say that with Gravemind now running free the possibility of the Prophet of Truthís ďresurrectionĒ is quite high. Gravemind would do this in order to further his own goals just as Satin is told to do so in Revaltion. The only other characters I could see playing the role of antichrist would be Tartarus or the Arbiter, but I believe Bungie has other plans for them.

Taking all these ideas into account, Iím purposing that the humans and Forerunners share the same relationship as man and angels. My meaning, there are ďgoodĒ Forerunners and "bad/fallen" Forerunners, Gravemind being the latter. If the fallen Forerunners share the same relation to humans as the fallen angels do, then one would have to say that the fallen Forerunners interfered with humanity at some point in the past. Part of this interference, as was shown in the Dictionary of Angels/Fallen Angels, was through interspecies mating. To further this concept, does not a Spartan come off as a Nephilim type creature... a half-breed? Spartans look like man, but theyíre taller, faster, stronger, and smarter; so much so that other men have described them as alien like. As was exemplified in several instances within the books and games, the Spartans seem to have primal instincts when it comes to understanding the Forerunner tech and language. It even goes so far as Spartan blood. Remember the Forerunner chamber under the ONI facility on Reach that was accessed by Fredís, a Spartan, blood. (p.141, FS) If this concept were to hold, then it would mean that Forerunner lineage could be found in some humans. Iím suggesting that those certain humans are the Spartans. Spartans, after all, are the remnants of a galactic search for the ďbest mankind has to offerĒ... the only humans who could endure such drastic training and surgical enhancements.

Continuing down this path, one could say that there are many religious parallels to be found in the Haloverse; so much so that this post could have easily been three times as long. For example, in Hebrew lore there are 7 heavens. In the Dictionary of Angels/Fallen Angels these seven heavens/palaces/heavenly halls are also identified as hechaloths (hekhaloths). There are seven hechaloths in Hebrew lor and 7 halos in the Halo universe. Interesting... halo is found in the word hechaloth. Further more, I believe the Flood in the Haloverse actually represent sin. Think about it for a moment. Sin, at least in the religious sense, starts in the mind. When acted upon, sin spreads to your body; as sin leads to death of the body. The same thing is said of the Flood in the Haloverse. The Flood infects one through the cerebral cortex. From there, oneís control over themself is lostÖ the ďselfĒ surrenders to the Flood just as the body surrenders to sin. As is told in the Art of Halo, Gravemind is the intellect behind the Flood. Hum... is not Satan the intellect behind sin. To further this notion, cause for the Biblical flood is traced back to original sin in the Garden of Eden, which is a direct tie between man and Satan... ďI am a monument to all your sinsĒ. These things can be speculated on not only because of their near obvious cues, but also because Trautmannís nod toward the Dictionary of Angels/Fallen Angles, which is a book constructed from all the major religions. I realize that thereís a lot to wrap your head around here, but I believe thereís credible insight on the Haloverse to be gained from the Dictionary of Angles/Fallen Angels. If anything, the parallels Iíve pointed out in this thread are a testament to that. Your comments, arguments, and general thoughts are welcome:-)

- Eagle 117

P.S.
All definitions and most of the references to the Bible in this thread where derived from the Dictionary of Angels Including Fallen Angels.


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Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersEagle 117 2/21/05 4:54 p.m.
     WhewJillybean 2/21/05 5:00 p.m.
           Re: WhewEagle 117 2/21/05 5:02 p.m.
                 Re: WhewHikaru-119 2/21/05 5:10 p.m.
                       Re: WhewEagle 117 2/22/05 8:00 a.m.
                 Re: WhewFugitiveSoldier 2/21/05 5:10 p.m.
                       The Last Xion -- Would that tie in?Sniper 058 2/21/05 5:16 p.m.
                 Re: WhewMr. Mister 2/21/05 5:21 p.m.
     All I can say is. . . wow.ARCHANGEL 7 2/21/05 5:08 p.m.
     Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersoBlade 2/21/05 5:09 p.m.
     Nice ‹ <--Smiley face, look hardEchoes 2/21/05 5:17 p.m.
           Re: Nice ‹ <--Smiley face, look hardEagle 117 2/21/05 7:22 p.m.
     Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersPeptuck 2/21/05 5:18 p.m.
     Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of Answersmeleeman 2/21/05 5:26 p.m.
           Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersHikaru-119 2/21/05 5:35 p.m.
                 Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersSniper 058 2/21/05 6:16 p.m.
                       Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersHikaru-119 2/21/05 7:05 p.m.
                             Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersEagle 117 2/21/05 7:17 p.m.
                                   Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersHikaru-119 2/21/05 7:28 p.m.
           John 117 < "The Savior"Eagle 117 2/22/05 8:27 a.m.
                 Re: John 117 < "The Savior"Eagle 117 2/25/05 10:43 a.m.
                       Re: John 117 < "The Savior"Captain Spark 2/25/05 10:54 a.m.
                             Re: John 117 < "The Savior"Series III (MetalSilver) 2/25/05 10:56 a.m.
                             You should've read before opening your mouthEagle 117 2/25/05 11:15 a.m.
                                   Re: You should've read before opening your mouthCaptain Spark 2/25/05 11:28 a.m.
                                         Re: You should've read before opening your mouthSep7imus [subnova] 2/25/05 11:33 a.m.
                                               Re: You should've read before opening your mouthEagle 117 2/25/05 12:14 p.m.
                                               Re: You should've read before opening your mouthCaptain Spark 2/25/05 3:56 p.m.
                                         Re: You should've read before opening your mouthEagle 117 2/25/05 12:11 p.m.
                                         Re: You should've read before opening your mouthLouis Wu 2/25/05 1:36 p.m.
                                               Re: You should've read before opening your mouthWalshicus 2/25/05 2:21 p.m.
                                                     Re: You should've read before opening your mouthVorpal Sword 2/25/05 2:31 p.m.
                                               Re: You should've read before opening your mouthStuntmutt 2/25/05 3:04 p.m.
                                                     Re: You should've read before opening your mouthLouis Wu 2/25/05 3:18 p.m.
                                                           Re: You should've read before opening your mouthWalshicus 2/25/05 3:34 p.m.
                                                                 Re: You should've read before opening your mouthLouis Wu 2/25/05 4:15 p.m.
                                                                 Re: You should've read before opening your mouthCount Zero 2/25/05 5:21 p.m.
                                                                       Re: You should've read before opening your mouthWalshicus 2/25/05 6:22 p.m.
                                               Re: You should've read before opening your mouthCaptain Spark 2/25/05 3:54 p.m.
                                         Re: You should've read before opening your mouthAnton P. Nym (aka Steve) 2/25/05 3:18 p.m.
                                               It's funny where these conversations go :-) *NM*Eagle 117 2/25/05 3:47 p.m.
                                                     Yes...Walshicus 2/25/05 3:53 p.m.
                                                           Re: Yes...Eagle 117 2/25/05 4:19 p.m.
     good to hear from you as always eagle :D *NM*Voltage 2/21/05 5:38 p.m.
           It's nice to know I'm remembered :-) *NM*Eagle 117 2/21/05 7:18 p.m.
     *blush* :) *NM*Anton P. Nym (aka Steve) 2/21/05 5:44 p.m.
     The issue of the Flood is still unanswered...xitwound117 2/21/05 7:42 p.m.
           Re: The issue of the Flood is still unanswered...spaartan117 2/21/05 8:24 p.m.
           Re: The issue of the Flood is still unanswered...Skedar 2/21/05 8:51 p.m.
                 Re: The issue of the Flood is still unanswered...ErraticAuto 2/22/05 3:41 a.m.
     Very Nice. Well Written! *NM*Steve 2/21/05 9:20 p.m.
     Dude, you are AWESOME *nm*dude1 2/22/05 4:12 p.m.
     Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersEric Trautmann 2/22/05 7:17 p.m.
           Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of Answersdude1 2/22/05 7:58 p.m.
           Thanks for the response, Trautmann *NM*replay 2/22/05 9:47 p.m.
           Does this mean I get a cookie... at least a crumbEagle 117 2/23/05 12:18 a.m.
                 Re: Does this mean I get a cookie... at least a crEric Trautmann 2/23/05 3:51 p.m.
                       Re: Does this mean I get a cookie... at least a crdude1 2/23/05 5:53 p.m.
                       Re: Does this mean I get a cookie... at least a crJamirus99 2/23/05 7:35 p.m.
                       Re: Does this mean I get a cookie... at least a crEagle 117 2/23/05 9:28 p.m.
     A few questions/commentsyakaman 2/26/05 2:35 p.m.
           Re: A few questions/commentsEagle 117 2/26/05 11:40 p.m.
                 Re: A few questions/commentsyakaman 2/27/05 2:45 p.m.
     sin, the flood, and baptismforestfroggr 2/27/05 1:57 p.m.
           Re: sin, the flood, and baptismdude1 2/27/05 3:23 p.m.
           Re: sin, the flood, and baptism58 2/27/05 3:37 p.m.
     Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersWado SG 2/27/05 5:57 p.m.
           Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersEric Trautmann 2/28/05 5:26 p.m.
                 Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of Answersreplay 2/28/05 6:04 p.m.
                       Re: Trautmannís Clue: A Dictionary of AnswersWado SG 2/28/05 6:19 p.m.



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