So, after doing some research, I found out that Erde means Earth in old German, and is a non-religious form of Erden, which is essentially Eden from what I can guess.
Then I found out Tyrene is 'Thor's Battle', so when I put the two together as Erde-Tyrene, I came up with a relatively uneducated translation of 'Peace-War'.
How close was I, and if I was far off, what is the actual meaning?
From: Greg Bear
Good research, David! Although I suspect Erden is just another form of Earth, not Eden. Tyrene is Thor's Battle? Didn't know that--I drew it out from "Terran" and "Tyre."
And so Erde-Tyrene is a conflation/mangle of two words for Earth.
Thanks for the response. Interesting. Despite the reasoning you took to reach "Erde-Tyrene", you unintentionally continued Halo's tradition of referencing Norse Mythology.
Also, me and a group of Halo fans are debating over something regarding the Composer. Hopefully, you can shed some light on it.
So, since the Didact's Promethean Army was made mechanical as to not be infected by the Flood, what was the exact purpose of the Composed essences driving them?
I hold the belief that the Didact used the Composer because it would produce an organic mind compatible with digital hardware, essentially making it immune to the Logic Plague.
Some of my friends though think that composed essences are susceptible to the Logic Plague.
If the latter is true, why couldn't the Didact just have mass produced ancillas to drive the Promethean army?
From: Greg Bear
All excellent questions and surmises! The Composer was created by the 343 team, and while I added some details, I'll let them answer these more technical questions... As they may be relevant to later game play!
I've got a few more questions. If you could respond or answer them, that'd be much appreciated!
In Primordium, Riser seems to know Chakas' fate before it happens. This plot-thread was never picked up in Silentium. Could you explain how he knew or give any hints?
I find this fan art to be incredible: http://31.media.tumblr.com/588986cc31d53517e6fdab0857ea8298/tumblr_mqcvqkOJ3L1r0myjbo1_1280.jpg
How accurate is it to what the Timeless One looks like in Primordium?
The Timeless One's appearance undergoes a change between Cryptum and Primordium. Bornstellar comments that it/he is a Gravemind. Was he always a Gravemind or did it/he deliberately infect himself with the Flood?
What ever happened to Endurance at the end of Silentium?
Lastly, I'm interested in getting into your other books. Care to suggest any I might like considering the Forerunner Saga is one of my favorite book series?
From: Greg Bear
The fan art is striking. It's pretty close to how I see the Primordial! Other of my books equally galaxy-spanning and worth dipping into include HULL ZERO THREE, CITY AT THE END OF TIME, THE FORGE OF GOD/ANVIL OF STARS, EON, and the forthcoming WAR DOGS (October).
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