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Halo Reach => Halo Reach General Discussion => Topic started by: Apollo Doom on September 15, 2010, 01:34:44

Title: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Apollo Doom on September 15, 2010, 01:34:44
To work off of Dunder Moose's thread for the Manual, I decided to create this thread to discuss all the eggs and connections in the cornucopia that is Halsey's Journal.

I've just skimmed pieces so far but here's a few samples:

-Map of a large section of Reach (Halsey looking for a place to base the SPARTAN-II project?)
-Intake forms from several of the SPARTAN-II candidates (two names I did not recognize, the other was Kurt.  Kurt was the SPARTAN-II who trained the IIIs with Mendoza)
-A DNA analysis of SPARTAN-II 117 (our favorite Master Chief Petty Officer, John)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on September 15, 2010, 13:22:21
Caleb was one of the other candidates
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: The Arkaeologist on September 15, 2010, 19:05:11
I was intrigued by the news clipping re: Miranda Keyes's receipt of the silver star (located in journal side pocket).  Is Miranda Halsey's daughter?  (haven't read further than a few pages so sorry if this is confirmed within....)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on September 15, 2010, 19:17:30
-An photo of Noble Team taken by the security camera; note the familiar ubiquitous numbers and SYNC>>NOMIN in the lower right corner. Either Bungie is lazy, or...something.

-While looking at the attachements that came with the diary, I noticed similiar ubiquitous code: X16-[Insert 5 numbers]-1. Huh, funny, I thought. Then I noticed that the same kind of code was in EVERY attachements (exluding The S-II Insignia). Wow.
But then, while I was checking the back of the manual, I noticed (you guessed it) the same code.
I came to realise that the same kind of code is in EVERY item that I had bought with the game, even on the disc. (Check yourself. In the outer rim with the other text.)
And now that I got it said in a cool way, let me correct myself: the code is in every item exluding The Diary and the Insignia. This could be because the Diary was just bought from a random shop, and the Insignia just shouldn't have it anyways.  Other explanation that would explain the both alone would be that they are not in direct correction to UNSC.
The codes do not seem to indicate time, or anything other meaningful (the dates of the attachements may have years between them, yet have codes with values 'next to each other'. (How should I say that?)
Needs more investigation, I say.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: CIA391 on September 17, 2010, 17:32:23
The missing pages interest me maybe every books different and the rip is in a different area.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: The Arkaeologist on September 22, 2010, 14:35:25
@CIA:  Mine's ripped at 9.4.2547.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: CIA391 on September 22, 2010, 16:42:48
@CIA:  Mine's ripped at 9.4.2547.
Same...
Maybe the Rips different
(http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/5817/missingpages.png)
Here's my pages. I will remove if this isn't allowed
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Pulse Cloud on September 22, 2010, 18:20:15
I only have one ripped page... Maybe I'm blind?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on September 22, 2010, 18:50:41
Same rip.
She's doing something with Slipspace, btw. (seemingly)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: The Arkaeologist on September 22, 2010, 20:27:11
I only have one ripped page... Maybe I'm blind?
I thought the same thing until CIA posted earlier today.  There are actually two torn pages if you look really closely.  They're ripped exactly the same way so they stick together.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 11, 2010, 05:36:29
Re: the ripped pages- Halsey talks about doing something about a thought from her subconscious, one since her youth.  She metions her father reading her "Oz".
I've concluded this refers to the "man behind the curtain".  Taken in context, you realize that Halsey thinks her experiment has something to do with fate or destiny (in John-117's case she says 'luck').  If you read the data pads, the dates correspond precisely (and Halsey's civilian ID): the ripped pages were Halsey following through on her experiment to create a structure in slipspace for immortal AI.  I'm certain about all of this, but I'm not so certain about what this has to do with fate.  My best guess is that Halsey is maybe wondering if someone out there is controlling the destiny of the universe, or manipulating it.  I.e.: the Forerunner/Precursor who have used this slipspace technology to 'ascend'.  Which is why they're not around....???

Also, the legendary edition comes with a note that describes the statue.  This is the only thing special it has besides the massive box itself, and the statue which features yet another shotcode.  I figure it might be important.

It's from 'a friend' to 'cousin' (is cousin an Insurrectionist?).  It has Japanese figures, which I have determined to be dates.  The first just is January (first moon).  The second lower down is specifically January 14th.  The date on the top is January 15th.  'a friend' says he got the limited edition package (ONI canister) from the 'old man's things' before he died 'last [January 14th]'.  So the 'old man' who owned Halsey's journal died January 14th 2609, and the legendary box was sent 2610.  "a friend" says he served with the old man back in the [25]80's when "your cousin"('cousin's' cousin) and I were still with Beta 5 (where Noble 6 was before joining NOBLE team in 2552). Could this be some internal Bungie reference ( 2500 = 1900, 2600 = 2000, Bungie coworkers/classmates/deadlines/Frank O'Connor????) - wild speculation.

 It appears to be written on the back of used stationary bearing the letterhead "Colonial Administration Authority".  Printed on this side is a bunch of gibberish.  I've searched a lot of ASCII and unicode symbol groups, and I think this code is just Mac Roman.  Which means someone was probably just holding down shift and option on their mac and typing gibberish.  However, the last line ends"...X16-84165-01".  So, there's that.  I've tried to decode it, but have gotten nowhere.  I'm still trying a few things.  Feel free to join in if you have the paper.  I can scan it actually, if you'd like.

I just want to repeat some of the wording of this mostly useless letter about sending the statue to the "museum of humanity" from the Halo 3 marketing campaign.
"Some may find the artifacts life-altering; all would find them historically significant"  So, this is referring to the contents of the limited edition.  Could it be that the truth-seekers will find more in it than the average reader?

Also: "you can hand over the container to Ms. Bjarne at the museum ... or get it ot someone at IN.  There's plenty of stuff in there that the old guard may still be willing to kill over."

I just wanted to provide context to this journal discussion.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 11, 2010, 05:38:23
One more tidbit, apologies if people find this overwhelming.

I have a theory that I've linked to in a couple other threads.  I figure this is actually the most relevant place to link.

In the theory, I explain why I think the journal implies that the data pad AIs are behind the events at Visegrad.

http://reachtheory.blogspot.com/2010/09/ai-theory.html (http://reachtheory.blogspot.com/2010/09/ai-theory.html)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 11, 2010, 06:09:02
Okay, I've scanned the gibberish paper from the legendary edition for the bold and the brilliant to decode:

[EDIT - NOTE: the font distorts some of the symbols, for example under the 'D' in 'Administration' there is a "-fishTM-".  That 'fish' is actually Omega, a circle open at the bottom with two feet, but the font is really 'pointy'.  All of these symbols are in the "Mac Roman" ASCII set, except for the fractions "1/2" "3/4".]
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 11, 2010, 06:14:10
Sorry for the flood here, but I have one last thought about Halsey's journal for the night.

The ripped pages scanned into this thread actually have a little bit more text than those in my journal.  It almost looks like the last words are "overthrow the ... government".

The AIs knew about Halsey's experiment, could she have learned of them?  In any event, I've concluded that the content of those pages - even though we know the nature of the experiment they describe - are HUGELY important.  So, maybe they're hidden in the game?  The journal itself we know to be left behind after "The Package", that's how we're told it was discovered.  In fact, it's in-game in the tribute room. 

Let's look for the pages!!!!
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 11, 2010, 18:00:32
Okay, I've scanned the gibberish paper from the legendary edition for the bold and the brilliant to decode:

[EDIT - NOTE: the font distorts some of the symbols, for example under the 'D' in 'Administration' there is a "-fishTM-".  That 'fish' is actually Omega, a circle open at the bottom with two feet, but the font is really 'pointy'.  All of these symbols are in the "Mac Roman" ASCII set, except for the fractions "1/2" "3/4".]
I assume the other side of the paper is blank?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 11, 2010, 20:23:51
The other side of the paper is a handwritten note that talks about the legendary statue and the ONI container that come with the legendary edition.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 11, 2010, 23:52:31
I've transcribed the characters from the sheet.  They are the font OCR Extended.  There are a couple font inconsistencies (4 or 5 characters that are different in size between my Microsoft Word and the sheet itself).  There are also about 3 symbols that I couldn't find in Word, but all the rest were on the symbol table.

Here's a paste from word:

!4qV????,9#2 E9>YP?hQWMxf:g] + ,-.yLX:C2z./` rnGjX!kET;wu9$^5RWJ
???xy98RA6~4???WH4u3%/-??  /> <%@N[ :?  .."..  .?
,2-.-  ?-  +  -vtU&
.-Y@]6??M{.1
 
.H???
_-
$
/
#
0?]@8$^...KG? -.??i-- .. -?-  9- ?? -.-=(?.  .? ??01?O.  ->?  .
. -xv9?25..  .-;3P * KQCS.. ???? -ӟ<. . f|}%Gr& .- ??W
?

?
?
?
?
?.
??&?? rwA$9q/UQKY/Uh&$^n nfKju_s? PW
?$3JAd)y5?MN}jH -.?????-.
ڹ? \_ 0--? ..?@[?. $
,.')W
X16-84165-01


I've also attached a text file.  Now we can run the characters through a Java program and mix around with the unicode values to see if there's a valid decryption.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on October 12, 2010, 02:56:35
I've transcribed the characters from the sheet.  They are the font OCR Extended.  There are a couple font inconsistencies (4 or 5 characters that are different in size between my Microsoft Word and the sheet itself).  There are also about 3 symbols that I couldn't find in Word, but all the rest were on the symbol table.

Here's a paste from word:

!4qV????,9#2 E9>YP?hQWMxf:g] + ,-.yLX:C2z./` rnGjX!kET;wu9$^5RWJ
???xy98RA6~4???WH4u3%/-??  /> <%@N[ :?  .."..  .?
,2-.-  ?-  +  -vtU&
.-Y@]6??M{.1
 
.H???
_-
$
/
#
0?]@8$^...KG? -.??i-- .. -?-  9- ?? -.-=(?.  .? ??01?O.  ->?  .
. -xv9?25..  .-;3P * KQCS.. ???? -ӟ<. . f|}%Gr& .- ??W
?

?
?
?
?
?.
??&?? rwA$9q/UQKY/Uh&$^n nfKju_s? PW
?$3JAd)y5?MN}jH -.?????-.
ڹ? \_ 0--? ..?@[?. $
,.')W
X16-84165-01


I've also attached a text file.  Now we can run the characters through a Java program and mix around with the unicode values to see if there's a valid decryption.
Nice work Turok! Now we need to figure out if the ???? are meant to be like that or they are supposed to be hidden.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 12, 2010, 15:51:59
I've also attached a text file.  Now we can run the characters through a Java program and mix around with the unicode values to see if there's a valid decryption.
Very good, you've got the case under control, I see. ;)
On a side note, about the last part of the code: X16-84165-01.   
It can be seen practically in every friggin' piece of paper and item that comes with the Reach [Any] Edition: The disk, the manual, the case, and almost everything in Halsey's diary (The diary itself and The Spartan Insignia don't bear the code)(Should be noted that the code is not the same, the five digits in the middle vary). At first, I though that it was some kind of Reach code. But when I visited my friend who had just bought himself a new Xbox, I stumbled into the boxes and stuff that came with it. And there, I saw it again: the same kind of code. Here, though, the Code was different, beginning with X14 or X12 or such, but the body was the same. And when I visited a local game store on my way back, I noticed that the same code was found in other games too: ODST, Halo Wars, Alan Wake, Crackdown 2...
All by Microsoft Game studios.

Conclusion: The X-Code is some kind of an arragement system for MS Game Studios. It seems that all items of their games must bear that code. Given the fact that these codes were placed to some of the items quite stealthly (or in a manner to make them look like part of the item itself, not just blatantly label it), this side of the page could be simply to present the code in a 'gentle' way.


Not that it should be translated.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: ColdGlider on October 12, 2010, 23:01:10
Just wanted to quickly drop in and thank Turok for joining and contributing to this thread!  Apollo gave me the heads up to check in on this.  Exciting stuff!

So welcome to the SGP, Turok!  Please don't worry too much about flooding... it seems you have a lot of valuable insight to share on this topic.

Did you notice the page that is the backs of all the pages are entirely composed of Y-Glyphs?  The interesting thing about them is that they are configured into a hexagonal pattern:  showing perhaps that the "Covenant Hieroglyphs" of ODST were meant to be linked to the familiar covenant hex patterns seen on the surfaces of covenant structures (their weapons, Corvettes, etc.)

Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on October 12, 2010, 23:05:10
Did you notice the page that is entirely composed of Y-Glyphs?  The interesting thing about them is that they are configured into a hexogonal pattern:  showing perhaps that the "Covenant Hieroglyphs" of ODST were meant to be linked to the familiar covenant hex patterns seen on the surfaces of covenant structures (their weapons, Corvettes, etc.)
Could you please get a picture of that CG? I couldn't snag a copy of the limited edition, and this page seems very fishy...

Are they the same ones from ODST?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 13, 2010, 15:58:37
Did you notice the page that is entirely composed of Y-Glyphs?  The interesting thing about them is that they are configured into a hexogonal pattern:  showing perhaps that the "Covenant Hieroglyphs" of ODST were meant to be linked to the familiar covenant hex patterns seen on the surfaces of covenant structures (their weapons, Corvettes, etc.)
More like to the familiar pattern of honeycomb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apis_florea_nest_closeup2.jpg). :P
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on October 13, 2010, 17:40:51
Just wanted to quickly drop in and thank Turok for joining and contributing to this thread!  Apollo gave me the heads up to check in on this.  Exciting stuff!

So welcome to the SGP, Turok!  Please don't worry too much about flooding... it seems you have a lot of valuable insight to share on this topic.

Did you notice the page that is entirely composed of Y-Glyphs?  The interesting thing about them is that they are configured into a hexogonal pattern:  showing perhaps that the "Covenant Hieroglyphs" of ODST were meant to be linked to the familiar covenant hex patterns seen on the surfaces of covenant structures (their weapons, Corvettes, etc.)



It seems that these are on the back of every page in the journal. I'll get a pic in a sec...
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on October 13, 2010, 21:55:49
Did you notice the page that is entirely composed of Y-Glyphs?  The interesting thing about them is that they are configured into a hexogonal pattern:  showing perhaps that the "Covenant Hieroglyphs" of ODST were meant to be linked to the familiar covenant hex patterns seen on the surfaces of covenant structures (their weapons, Corvettes, etc.)
More like to the familiar pattern of honeycomb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apis_florea_nest_closeup2.jpg). :P
A honeycomb is made of Y's... Y glyphs... IloveBees... Coincidence?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on October 16, 2010, 18:48:14
Here's a pic:
(http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/668/45924886.jpg)

Here you can see multiple pages (and some text I showing through):
(http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/3342/64496793.jpg)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 16, 2010, 19:01:32
Should be noted that a hexagon-grid is used in modeling Molecules to paper in chemistry...
I'm actually going to ask more about this from my chemistry teacher.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on October 16, 2010, 19:09:14
Here's a pic:

Here you can see multiple pages (and some text I showing through):
So there are two random pages with that? Or is that the background?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on October 16, 2010, 21:30:38
Every single page has a completely blank front, and the hexpattern on the back.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 18, 2010, 09:19:08
halsey doodles on some of the hexagons.  We should compile all of her doodlings and off-hand remarks.  Some are innocuous (like about Miranda Keyes, her daughter - confirmed).  Others are weird and in Hindu.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 18, 2010, 17:22:47
halsey doodles on some of the hexagons.  We should compile all of her doodlings and off-hand remarks.  Some are innocuous (like about Miranda Keyes, her daughter - confirmed).  Others are weird and in Hindu.
Oh yeah! I think there was some in the pages about Cortana's birth.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: ColdGlider on October 19, 2010, 04:35:02
Thanks for the pix, NC.  I have been without my copy of this journal for a while and got it back into my hands.  Indeed, every page bears that pattern on its back.  I had apparently been thinking of one of the journal's blank pages which made the pattern more obvious.

Some notes about the physical construction and collection of the journal:

The journal is comprised of 10 sections.  Each section is made of 5 sheets of paper folded in half and individually bound, forming 20 pages.  The entire journal is therefore made of 50 sheets of paper which form 200 pages.

The only section which contains torn out pages is the 7th section.  (Naturally.)

The sections are physical boundaries, not logical ones.  In other words, Halsey's daily entries will flow from the end of one physical section to the beginning of the next one.  The most illustrative example might be the flow from Page 19 of Section 1 to Page 1 of Section 2 which flows mid-sentence from "If this material were used as a sheath or suit of artificial muscle, when worn it could" to "effectively increase the linearly coupled strength of a gen-II ORION soldier tenfold or more."  (Page 20 of Section 1 contains notated illustrations relevant to the text.)

The journal contains a collections of ephemera.  The paper records are indexed with UNSC/ONI reference numbers.  All of these reference numbers are prefixed with "X16-" and end with "-01".

Some ephemeral items are inserted into the journal outside of the journals back-board pocket.  When these items are inserted, they are always inserted to the exact center of a section (between Page 10 and Page 11.)  The only exception to this is the enclosed map of Reach (ref# X16-69929-01).  This is inserted either at the very beginning or very end of the journal.  I believe it was at the end.  (Confirmation, anyone?  I'm not entirely sure I put mine back where I originally found it!)

Section 1 contains the "Intersystem News" pamphlet dated Aug 21, 2511.  (ref# X16-69926-01)

Section 6 contains a postcard-sized photo of "EXHIBIT B NO. 56"  (ref# X16-69927-01)

Section 9 contains the letter from Holland to Halsey concerning information about Jorge.  (ref# X16-69928-01)

The pocket contains:

A Spartan Patch
Halsey's ID Badge (ref# X16-69870-01)
Security Photo of Noble Team (ref# X16-69910-01)
Mjolnir MKIV Schematic (ref# X16-69914-01)
Detail of Jacob Keyes' Iroquois Maneuver written on the back of "Havadi Goodwan" paper (ref# X16-69930-01)
Astro-photograph of "A new threat?" (ref# X16-69909-01)
"Intersystem News" pamphlet dated Apr 6, 2526.  (ref# X16-69898-01)
ONI Confidential Directorate Memorandum (ref# X16-69912-01)
"Intersystem News" pamphlet dated Apr 6, 2550.  (ref# X16-69899-01)
Letter from Adam Virag to Halsey (ref# X16-69911-01)
Notes re: Kurt-051 dated February 5, 2518 prepared by Halsey (ref# X16-69913-01)
Biochemical Analysis of S-117 (ref# X16-69908-01)
ORION candidate 047 screening results (ref# X16-69904-01)
Candidate Record: Aagard, Caleb F (ref# X16-69901-01)
Candidate Record: Pernault, Carris R (ref# X16-69902-01)
Candidate Record: Trevelyan, Kurt M (ref# X16-69903-01)

This amounts to a total of 20 items of ephemera.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: The Arkaeologist on October 19, 2010, 13:56:48
While I'm thinking of it, (shotcode aside) the cover design of the journal reminds me of Halsey's drawings of dendrites.  The density might signify rampancy.  Maybe?  Just a thought....

Also, "Ne menj oda" (as written on the map) means "Don't go here" in Hungarian.  Of course, we never do what we're told.  :D
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 19, 2010, 15:36:31
Did ya read my earlier post CG?

On a side note, about the last part of the code: X16-84165-01.   
It can be seen practically in every friggin' piece of paper and item that comes with the Reach [Any] Edition: The disk, the manual, the case, and almost everything in Halsey's diary (The diary itself and The Spartan Insignia don't bear the code)(Should be noted that the code is not the same, the five digits in the middle vary). At first, I though that it was some kind of Reach code. But when I visited my friend who had just bought himself a new Xbox, I stumbled into the boxes and stuff that came with it. And there, I saw it again: the same kind of code. Here, though, the Code was different, beginning with X14 or X12 or such, but the body was the same. And when I visited a local game store on my way back, I noticed that the same code was found in other games too: ODST, Halo Wars, Alan Wake, Crackdown 2...
All by Microsoft Game studios.

Conclusion: The X-Code is some kind of an arragement system for MS Game Studios. It seems that all items of their games must bear that code.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 20, 2010, 02:38:46
I've thought about doing this, but since you kindly typed it up, I'll copy and paste.  I thought maybe we should put the X16-699XX-01 in order.  Here it is:

The pocket contains:
A Spartan Patch
Halsey's ID Badge (ref# X16-69870-01)
"Intersystem News" pamphlet dated Apr 6, 2526.  (ref# X16-69898-01)
"Intersystem News" pamphlet dated Apr 6, 2550.  (ref# X16-69899-01)
Candidate Record: Aagard, Caleb F (ref# X16-69901-01)
Candidate Record: Pernault, Carris R (ref# X16-69902-01)
Candidate Record: Trevelyan, Kurt M (ref# X16-69903-01)
ORION candidate 047 screening results (ref# X16-69904-01)
Biochemical Analysis of S-117 (ref# X16-69908-01)
Astro-photograph of "A new threat?" (ref# X16-69909-01)
Security Photo of Noble Team (ref# X16-69910-01)
Letter from Adam Virag to Halsey (ref# X16-69911-01)
ONI Confidential Directorate Memorandum (ref# X16-69912-01)
Notes re: Kurt-051 dated February 5, 2518 prepared by Halsey (ref# X16-69913-01)
Mjolnir MKIV Schematic (ref# X16-69914-01) Section 1 contains the "Intersystem News" pamphlet dated Aug 21, 2511.  (ref# X16-69926-01)
Section 6 contains a postcard-sized photo of "EXHIBIT B NO. 56"  (ref# X16-69927-01)
Section 9 contains the letter from Holland to Halsey concerning information about Jorge.  (ref# X16-69928-01)
Detail of Jacob Keyes' Iroquois Maneuver written on the back of "Havadi Goodwan" paper (ref# X16-69930-01)




Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 20, 2010, 02:41:14
These codes might be for Microsoft's inventory/marketing/production purposes.  But... darn, we might as well collect each one we find.

Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on October 20, 2010, 15:54:44
These codes might be for Microsoft's inventory/marketing/production purposes.  But... darn, we might as well collect each one we find.



Did ya read my earlier post CG?

On a side note, about the last part of the code: X16-84165-01.   
It can be seen practically in every friggin' piece of paper and item that comes with the Reach [Any] Edition: The disk, the manual, the case, and almost everything in Halsey's diary (The diary itself and The Spartan Insignia don't bear the code)(Should be noted that the code is not the same, the five digits in the middle vary). At first, I though that it was some kind of Reach code. But when I visited my friend who had just bought himself a new Xbox, I stumbled into the boxes and stuff that came with it. And there, I saw it again: the same kind of code. Here, though, the Code was different, beginning with X14 or X12 or such, but the body was the same. And when I visited a local game store on my way back, I noticed that the same code was found in other games too: ODST, Halo Wars, Alan Wake, Crackdown 2...
All by Microsoft Game studios.

Conclusion: The X-Code is some kind of an arragement system for MS Game Studios. It seems that all items of their games must bear that code.


:)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: turokman2000 on October 21, 2010, 02:27:39
Oops, missed the reference to the other MGS games.

Yeah, faced with the awful truth... I'M MAD!  Stupid imbedding the code so it looks like part of the object!!!!!
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on October 21, 2010, 10:43:51
Oops, missed the reference to the other MGS games.

Yeah, faced with the awful truth... I'M MAD!  Stupid imbedding the code so it looks like part of the object!!!!!
Oh don't worry,  you are just another madman in the madhouse. :)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Phantasm 08 on October 23, 2010, 12:35:38
I don't know much about the canon that extends beyond gameplay. I know that Kurt was the one who trained the Spartan-II's, and helped train the Spartan-III's as well. Or was he the Spartan-II that trained the Spartan-III's? I only read Ghosts of Onyx, and that was a while ago.

Anyway, who are Caleb and Carris?

And if the X16 codes are for marketing purposes, why does the Spartan badge not bear it too?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on November 27, 2010, 16:20:03
Feelin' energetic today!
Just scanned the hindi text from the end of the diary entry about Cortana's birth. Wonder what it says...?
I tried to "decipherer" it myself, but some of the symbols don't seem like the real ones of Hindi...???
I'm planning on to post it to a forum assisting in Hindi translating I found. While I'm at it, feel free to try yourselves!
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Phantasm 08 on November 27, 2010, 22:15:59
Feelin' energetic today!
Just scanned the hindi text from the end of the diary entry about Cortana's birth. Wonder what it says...?
I tried to "decipherer" it myself, but some of the symbols don't seem like the real ones of Hindi...???
I'm planning on to post it to a forum assisting in Hindi translating I found. While I'm at it, feel free to try yourselves!

That text looks eerily similar to my stepfather's handwriting.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on November 29, 2010, 17:33:21
That reminds me! Someone said that the Chinese writing (???) meant 14 moons. Nope. Sorry. This actually means the 14th month. Maybe since Reach's day is longer, they have more months..?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on November 29, 2010, 18:21:06
That reminds me! Someone said that the Chinese writing (???) meant 14 moons. Nope. Sorry. This actually means the 14th month. Maybe since Reach's day is longer, they have more months..?
390 days on Reach. I'd say 13 months max, sorry. :P
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on November 29, 2010, 19:49:11
That reminds me! Someone said that the Chinese writing (???) meant 14 moons. Nope. Sorry. This actually means the 14th month. Maybe since Reach's day is longer, they have more months..?
390 days on Reach. I'd say 13 months max, sorry. :P

I'm not saying that they do, just what is written.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Dunder Moose on January 08, 2011, 01:20:33
So a crazy thing happened.  Though I originally purchased the base game (not heroic or legendary edition), a few days ago I was just about to beat it on Legendary Solo when I see the UPS truck pull up and the guy gets out with a huge box. He leaves and I open it to find the Legendary Edition!!!!  Whaaaat???  Then I remembered a while back entering some Mountain Dew codes on their website.  I never heard back, never got an email, nothing.  There was a tiny note in the box saying congratulations on winning the sweepstakes.

w00t!

So now I have Halsey's journal and I found something that may be a coincidence, but has me really excited.  Long ago I was cruising around with ColdGlider, Ark, and Apollo, and they decided to show me the tribute room/Halsey's lab. I saw the tributes to the Halo communities that were represented there and felt just a little sad that the SGP wasn't represented (I know we are newcomers in the grand scale).  I had and have no idea if we even registered on Bungie's radar.

Then, flipping through Halsey's journal I got to the October 15, 2521 entry and read:  "Since the ubiquitous code is identical on every ship and base, any enemy can study it, and despite highly regulated security, hack it."

That could be a coincidence, but to my knowledge the term "ubiquitous code" originated on this forum in response to a string of characters we kept seeing in ODST!!!  Is this a slight nod to our community?  Maybe, maybe not.  But it's got me grinning.

If it is, then they knew that the way to say hi to us was in a subtle detail.  :)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on January 08, 2011, 01:51:13
Now I will be feverishly reading every entry, to see if there is anything else!
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on January 08, 2011, 02:18:18
I'm willing to bet that it is not a coincidence... Ubiquitous was indeed used to represent this (http://www.gruntspajamas.com/forum/index.php?topic=249.0) number, and is not used lightly.  I cannot see Halsey using the word Ubiquitous in a sentence and explaining it in the same sentence. The context may prove me wrong though.

I believe it is a reference, nice find Moose!
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on January 08, 2011, 15:27:19
Wasn't she just talking about how easy it was for the insurrectionists to take control of the ships, due to the fact that all the ships have similar kind of coding in them?

Though it would be awesome if they had noted us. :D
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Phantasm 08 on January 08, 2011, 18:55:08
Well, ubiquitous is an adjective, and I wouldn't set too much by Bungie simply using an adjective that we used. It is a less commonly used adjective, but Halsey is a very intelligent person. No doubt she uses words such as ubiquitous to describe things that are deserving of such a description.  
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Dunder Moose on January 08, 2011, 19:11:13
The word ubiquitous itself isn't anything big.  It's pairing with code was what got my attention. It's most likely that this was a coincidence.  However, a mind like mine can't help but wonder if this was a subtle way to get us to reconsider the Ubiquitous Code again here on the SGP.  If cracking the UC works on all the UNSC ships, does that mean it is a significant clue to all of Bungie's mysteries?

Probably not.  But tantalizing thought, no?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Phantasm 08 on January 08, 2011, 19:14:32
Hm, yes it would.  I believe it's high time to reanimate this (http://www.gruntspajamas.com/forum/index.php?topic=249.0) thread, or start a new one.  I'm going to see about converting it into binary and (maybe!) finding a settlercode that matches it.

EDIT: Think trains, people!
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: CIA391 on February 07, 2011, 13:18:37
How about we read halseys journal with other canon resources to see if there's anything we can understand more.
Meaning we read this in order like my canon order. Maybe you guys will see something I missed.

Man I can't update my canon order without a computer so look on waypoint forums for the order.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on February 13, 2011, 00:35:15
After reading through the Journal, a few things caught my eye. At the end of the February 15, 2511 entry, Halsey is listing several new names for the ORION Generation II project. The list is, "Titans Argonauts Odysseus Olympians Zulu Kronos Prometean Armor Nemesis Daedalus Viking Hercules Hyperion ?". What interested me is that the entire list is Greek figures, except for Viking, which is struck out. Hyperion, one of the Titans pretty much responsible for science, is also struck through. Why?

The other thing is a bit more SGP oriented--In the August 24, 2552 entry, Halsey has jotted down a sketch of a few "traditional" Forerunner circle glyphs, with this note:
Quote from: Halsey
Is there a connection to these more "standard" stylized glyphs?
In the conntext of the Journal, she is trying to decode the Covenent language, and is tring to sort out the different languages. But could this mean that "standard" refers to the other Halo games, and there is a connection between the Y glyphs and the Forerunner glyphs?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on February 14, 2011, 16:35:27
And Another thing: the very last entry in the jounal, Halsey is just about to leave Reach. She says something about "Noble team here, time to go", so this entry may be made right before you get let into the lab. Also is this note, is some sort of Access code, which I need to look up, and "OverrideFail-Safe: Ragnorock in case something happens to me and the journal survives." We need to look into this.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on February 14, 2011, 18:11:18
"OverrideFail-Safe: Ragnarock in case something happens to me and the journal survives." We need to look into this.
Ragnarok.
Might be something worth keeping in mind. However, it might only be another of Halsey's references to ancient mythology.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Phantasm 08 on February 14, 2011, 22:14:34
Bungie DOES make several references to mythology, such as MJOLNIR and GUNGNIR, even going so far as to make the helmet resemble Odin, the god that wielded the gungnir spear.  Halo has no shortage of references, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another one here.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on February 14, 2011, 22:46:30
But this last entry is Halsey giving the passwords to something....
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: CIA391 on February 14, 2011, 23:20:59
"OverrideFail-Safe: Ragnarock in case something happens to me and the journal survives." We need to look into this.
Ragnarok.
Might be something worth keeping in mind. However, it might only be another of Halsey's references to ancient mythology.
Wasn't Ragnarok something in what's it called... Megaman Zero, Megamerge Zero(I can't remember the name) or something for gameboy advance. I remember playing that when I got board and Ragnarok was a bad thing in the game.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on February 14, 2011, 23:28:23
"OverrideFail-Safe: Ragnarock in case something happens to me and the journal survives." We need to look into this.
Ragnarok.
Might be something worth keeping in mind. However, it might only be another of Halsey's references to ancient mythology.
Wasn't Ragnarok something in what's it called... Megaman Zero, Megamerge Zero(I can't remember the name) or something for gameboy advance. I remember playing that when I got board and Ragnarok was a bad thing in the game.
Sounds like a Bionicle. I remember things like Rashnak. Lol.

Does is say what passwords she is giving, and what to?
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on February 14, 2011, 23:33:26
Sounds like a Bionicle. I remember things like Rashnak. Lol.

Does is say what passwords she is giving, and what to?

*Rahkshi.

Since it has "Override Fail-Safe" written right before it...
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on February 15, 2011, 00:06:47
Sounds like a Bionicle. I remember things like Rashnak. Lol.

Does is say what passwords she is giving, and what to?

*Rahkshi.

Since it has "Override Fail-Safe" written right before it...
Could be a self destructing journal.
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: nightcrafter27 on February 15, 2011, 02:54:59
I 'oogled it. It's a code to destroy a base. It's in First Strike, I think. But all these passwords make me think of this (http://www.ch4695.info/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f).

OH SNAP! I was looking back into the above site, and got here: http://www.ch4695.info/RemoteConsole.aspx
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on February 15, 2011, 03:03:21
I 'oogled it. It's a code to destroy a base. It's in First Strike, I think. But all these passwords make me think of this (http://www.ch4695.info/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f).
Why would destroying a base protect the journals writings...
,':7
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Phantasm 08 on February 18, 2011, 16:51:30
Maybe if the journal was inside the base?

Or if the journal was just pointing to information in a base, where the research or secret program was being developed.  I don't know for sure, though, I don't have a journal :/
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on March 11, 2011, 02:10:24
Here you can see a hex pattern, like the ones shown in the journal. Interesting.

http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium (http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on March 12, 2011, 17:17:17
Here you can see a hex pattern, like the ones shown in the journal. Interesting.

http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium (http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium)
It's practically everywhere, especially on Covenant structure/weapons/armor and Sword Base.
I really think they are overusing it...>:(
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Scatcycle on March 16, 2011, 00:46:33
Here you can see a hex pattern, like the ones shown in the journal. Interesting.

http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium (http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium)
It's practically everywhere, especially on Covenant structure/weapons/armor and Sword Base.
I really think they are overusing it...>:(
This one's a rhombus texture.

(http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=15077246&size=medium)
Title: Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
Post by: Imppa on March 16, 2011, 13:04:48
Here you can see a hex pattern, like the ones shown in the journal. Interesting.

http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium (http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=13845760&size=medium)
It's practically everywhere, especially on Covenant structure/weapons/armor and Sword Base.
I really think they are overusing it...>:(
This one's a rhombus texture.

(http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/Screenshot.ashx?fid=15077246&size=medium)
Nevertheless, those rhombi consist of triangles, and those triangles make hexagons. :P

I can proudly say that yes, I did look the translation and plural of that word from dictionary. :)