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reading the page on Cortana and in the trivia section:

"There was going to be an alternate story in Halo: Combat Evolved in which John-117 rediscovered Cortana inside the control room and she had become mad with power, wanted to take over Installation 04 and ultimately, the universe"

excuse me what

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"The Shield Worlds were built by the Forerunners in their vast empire, as refuges from the Halo Array's pulse. However, the betrayal by the Forerunner AI 032 Mendicant Bias and its defection to the Flood forced the Forerunners to abandon their plans to evacuate into the shield installations, as Mendicant Bias revealed the locations of the Shield Worlds to the Flood."

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fun Halo fact:

the Covenant owe their technological progress to the Forerunners because they found Forerunner tech on Forerunner Shield Worlds they found

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"Bornstellar asks 343 Guilty Spark if he would light the Halo array were it his choice, to which he doesn't reply. This is later referenced in Halo: Combat Evolved where the monitor tells John-117 "Last time, you asked me, if it was my choice, would I do it? Having had considerable time to ponder your query, my answer has not changed. There is no choice. We must activate the ring.""


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also that Forerunners have names like

Shadow-of-Sundered-Star and Bornstellar-Makes-Eternal-Lasting

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there is so much Halo lore and basically none of it is in the games

so like its really easy to forget all that shit even if you've read some of the novels

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The Forerunner Saga is some buckwild scifi shit seriously

its so fucking weird

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fucking hell I did read the Forerunner Saga and basically remember none of it

I even forgot that 343 Guilty Spark is actually an ancient human who got his humanity removed and turned into a Monitor by the Forerunners

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@mint Mint: "So I said to him, 'sure thing, let me get that for you,' and I went in the back for an hour until he left."

Pepper: "Nice."

Spear: "Oh, did you have a hard time finding it?"

BBC, transmisia, negative 

So, a couple weeks back, the BBC's LBGT+ support page quietly dropped three trans-specific helplines:

At the time, the reason was unknown even to the corporation's internal Pride Network.

Now, we hear the reason has been officially given - confirmation that they were 'dropped due to “audience complaints” relating to the “increasingly contested issues relating to trans issues and children”'.

Fuck that with a rusty chainsaw. Removal of those support lines gives clear support to those who *don't need those helplines*, and unambiguously aligned management against trans people. It's not coincidental that with the ramping up of TERFs in the press has come a sharp rise in harassment and violent attacks against trans people; either the BBC supports that, or they oppose it.

Their complaints page:

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packetcat: playoffs edition's choices:

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