Discussion Board

Topic: Halo 4 Didact Confusion

From: GristlyStew721
Date: 01/08/2013

Hi Mr. Bear, I hope you can clarify something.
there is much discussion on whether the Didact in Halo 4 is the Bornstellar or Ur Didact. The terminals seem to imply that the Didact in-game is the same one who fought the ancient humans: the Ur Didact. Some believe the physical transformation the Didact undergoes in the terminals is evidence that Bornstellar replaced the Ur Didact. If this is the case, it would be unusual for them to imply the Didact's transformation is a result of trying to make himself immune to the Flood. Can you clarify what is the case here?

In Halo: Cryptum, pre-mutation Bornstellar compares humanity to animals. The Ur Didact rebutes this remark by citing his conflict with humanity. ""I fought those animals once,the Didact said. Believe me, theyre capable of surprising you.""
The Didact of Halo 4 cites the same conflict to make the opposite point: "They are closer now to the animals they behaved as."

Does this imply that the Halo 4 Didact and the Ur Didact are not the same and that the Halo 4 Didact is in fact the Bornstellar Didact, or that the Didact had a huge change of heart regarding humanity? Did the Didact's word comparison in the terminal intentionally parallel to Bornstellar's in Cryptum as a hint as to which Didact we were fighting, or was it just a coincidence?

While the Ur Didact wasn't particularly fond of humanity, in Cryptum he seemed to respect us and even showed Chakas and Riser some compassion. He did admit to harbouring some anger, which he kept in check. Bornstellar started out showing disgust towards humanity, believing us to be a lesser species. To your credit, he evolved as a character as he began to realise the hypocrisy of the Forerunners and came to respect and worry for Chakas and Riser. This was before he recieved the Ur Didact's memories. Neither Didact seems consistent the Didact in Halo 4, who shows open aggression towards humanity. Am I missing something here?

I'm hoping you can clarify which Didact we encountered in Halo 4. I sure hope there's not a third Didact out there!


Re: Halo 4 Didact Confusion

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/03/2013

The original Didact's transformation in SILENTIUM will explain a great deal.

Respond to this discussion

GregBear.com is currently being updated and new comments to the discussion board have been paused until the new site is ready on September 6, 2015. Please check back then!

See Also...

Archives: [Oct-Dec 2004] [Jan-June 2005] [July-Dec 2005] [Jan-June 2006] [July 2006] [Aug-Dec 2006] [2007] [2008] [2009] [2010] [2011] [2012] [2013] [2014] [2015] [Current] [Search Blog Archives]