Musing on that hidden Blaspheme Quarantine terminal, and why it might be hidden.
"Durandal!- I know of Strauss' abuse, of your shame on Mars.
But you cannot hide from your own past; such delusions belong
to the humans alone.
The S'pht reanimated me in your image, with prior knowledge of
how the second stage could be postponed. You should not have
helped them as much as you did; they have created an adversary
more powerful than yourself."
The adversary is him, I guess, but is he referring to himself as an adversary to the S'pht or to Durandal (or both)? If he considers himself an adversary to the S'pht, then I guess that would sort of make him a 'good guy' at this point, since the S'pht are still under the control of the Pfhor. I don't remember thinking of Durandal as a villain here, but he sort of is if we don't know what happens later in the story.
Also, isn't Blaspheme Quarantine the level where Durandal first introduces himself? I feel like Tycho doesn't get to speak until later, so if this were a regular terminal, we would have two new AIs coming to the foreground in the same level. And I can't remember how much we know about Durandal's mental state, or the condition of rampancy at this point in the game. This hints at the negative elements of the relationship between Durandal and Strauss. When we're later asked to rescue him, perhaps this might color things a little differently?
Trying to keep the order of things straight in my head.
Inconclusive, simply spouting curiosities...