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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #30 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.
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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #31 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

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #32 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.

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #33 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)





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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #34 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.


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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #35 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.


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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #36 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!!!!!

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #37 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. :)

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #38 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?
01010000 01101111 01110011 01110100 00100000 01101000 01101111 01100011 00101100 00100000 01101110 01101111 01101110 00100000 01100101 01110010 01100111 01101111 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01101000 01101111 01100011 00101110

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #39 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!

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #40 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.
01010000 01101111 01110011 01110100 00100000 01101000 01101111 01100011 00101100 00100000 01101110 01101111 01101110 00100000 01100101 01110010 01100111 01101111 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01101000 01101111 01100011 00101110

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #41 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..?
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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #42 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

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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #43 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.
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Re: Halo Reach: Halsey's Journal
« Reply #44 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.  :)
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