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|The Marathon Connection|
|Posted By: Shishka <email@example.com>||Date: 3/10/03 12:48 p.m.|
In Response To: Cortana's name... (Ankalon)
You're new, I'll go easy.
Long before Halo, Bungie had released a trilogy of games, the Marathon series. The games have a cult following, and are part of the reason Bungie.Org exists today.
With the release of Halo, many Bungie fans noticed the connections between the Halo and Marathon Universes. Most obvious is the liberal use of the Marathon logo in Halo. It's seen on the Pillar of Autumn, Captain Keyes' uniform, and even in the Halo logo on the cover of the box the game came in. Many people have suggested that the logo can be found in other places within Halo, as well, though often it turns out to be a stretch of the idea.
Another well known connection between Halo and Marathon is Master Chief himself. Master Chief is a MJOLNIR MkV cyborg. MkVI in Halo, with his new battle armor. The character you play as in the Marathon trilogy is believed to be an MJOLNIR MkIV.
Those are two very well known Marathon connections. However, Cortana is also a Marathon connection, though it isn't as well known by people as the two aformentioned examples.
In the Marathon trilogy, you fight encounter after encounter at the whim of a rampant AI known as Durandal.
Durandal was the name of Roland's sword in "The Song of Roland:"
Roland, according to the epic poem, is supposed to be the Nephew of Charlemagne. This is also hinted at in the games:
Charlemagne used to always call me
"Cool, Shishka, but what does this have to do with the price of tea in China?"
Nothing. However, a little research into Cortana's name gives a bit of legend about Charlemagne. That's right. Charlemagne. Particularly, this legend where Charlemagne presents a sword to the prince of the Danes.
The sword bears an inscription:
...Are we having fun yet? ;)
|Cortana's name...||Ankalon||3/10/03 8:39 a.m.|
|Durandal's name...||poena.dare #CP# >BS<||3/10/03 9:00 a.m.|
|Huh? Ohhhh.||Ankalon||3/10/03 9:33 a.m.|
|Re: Huh? Ohhhh.||oddworld@school||3/10/03 9:45 a.m.|
|Re: Huh? Ohhhh.||Louis Wu||3/10/03 9:46 a.m.|
|Re: Huh? Ohhhh.||oddworld18||3/10/03 3:36 p.m.|
|T'warent Bean Mean||poena.dare #CP# >BS<||3/10/03 10:56 a.m.|
|Re: T'warent Bean Mean||Sep7imus||3/10/03 12:48 p.m.|
|Re: T'warent Bean Mean||poena.dare #CP# >BS<||3/10/03 1:25 p.m.|
|Re: Durandal's name...||kiro69||3/10/03 1:41 p.m.|
|Re: Durandal's name...||poena.dare #CP# >BS<||3/10/03 2:00 p.m.|
|Re: Cortana's name...||Ross Mills||3/10/03 9:38 a.m.|
|Re: Cortana's name...||Scalrag||3/10/03 9:51 a.m.|
|Re: Cortana's name...||Red Loser||3/10/03 12:44 p.m.|
|Last few lines...||Ankalon||3/10/03 9:50 a.m.|
|The Marathon Connection||Shishka||3/10/03 12:48 p.m.|
|^^ This should be a FAQ - Well written! *nm*||poena.dare #CP# >BS<||3/10/03 1:02 p.m.|
|Nicely done||mnemesis||3/10/03 1:28 p.m.|
|Mr. Shiska, I already Know!||Ankalon||3/10/03 1:43 p.m.|
|Better at it than me.||Djof||3/11/03 11:54 a.m.|
|Oh my...||Red Loser||3/10/03 12:51 p.m.|
|...only begins to describe it||Ross Mills||3/10/03 1:30 p.m.|
|Heh...||Shishka||3/10/03 1:40 p.m.|
|Re: Heh...||kiro69||3/10/03 1:46 p.m.|
|don't you believe it...||dogsounds||3/10/03 7:54 p.m.|
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