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Topic: Chakas and Guilty Spark

From: DecepticonCobra
Location: California
Date: 08/17/2012

The relationship between Chakas and Guilty Spark has caused a bit of trouble in the Halo community. Some contend that Chakas is 343 Guilty Spark, others believe that Spark is a fragment of Chakas. Can you reveal which of the two, or any other possibility, is correct?

Thank you.

Re: Chakas and Guilty Spark

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/25/2012

Logically, if Chakas is Guilty Spark in the first instance, then a duplicate or fragment would also be Chakas... but that philosophical argument is pretty dense! More to come in Vol 3, which I'm now revising.

Re: Chakas and Guilty Spark

From: Albert M.
Location: Europe
Date: 08/27/2012

Another Halo fan here, with another question on Guilty Spark/Chakas.

As I understood from Primordium, the monitor the UNSC team was interrogating was a fragment of Guilty Spark, and there may have been more fragments of him in existence. My question is, how does the Installation 04 Guilty Spark factor into this? Was it also only a "fragment" of an original Guilty Spark or was it itself the original version? Or was the "damaged duplicate" in Primordium the original instead?

I noticed that the Guilty Spark duplicate in Primordium seemed to be more informed of things than the Guilty Spark in the games - for example, knowing that there were two Arks, as opposed to the other Spark who didn't even know the location of Installation 00 until he was taken there. Is this part of the Forerunners' practice of limiting an individual AI's body of knowledge, in case they get captured (this was hinted at in the first Halo game by Guilty Spark himself, and also in Primordium if I remember correctly). Could this mean that the different fragments had differing amounts of knowledge?

The idea of multiple fragments also raises the question of whether these fragments were in communication with one another, or if they were isolated. The latter would certainly explain why one of them would know less than the other.

And thank you in advance for taking your time to respond to the fans' questions while working on the next entry in the series.

Re: Chakas and Guilty Spark

From: Greg Bear
Date: 10/17/2012

Questions best asked again after SILENTIUM, Albert! Many thanks.

Re: Chakas and Guilty Spark

From: Augusto Lopez
Location: Panama
Date: 11/20/2012

It is clear that Chakas was placed on a different monitor. You can see the explanations of the discussion on this HaloWikia page:

http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Chakas

Re: Chakas and Guilty Spark

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/01/2013

Thanks, Augusto!

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