2401 Penitent Tangent
- "And you know nothing about containment! You have demonstrated a complete disregard for even the most basic protocols!"
- — 2401 Penitent Tangent rebuking the Prophet of Regret
In May 97,227 BCE, another artificial intelligence construct warned 2401 Penitent Tangent of a pending outbreak in one the installation's Flood containment facilities. The monitor continued to ignore this warning, and those that followed, for millenia. Within 99,779 years, the containment facility, as well as much of the Halo, had been overrun by the Flood. Eventually, the Quarantine Zone was established and the full force of the installation's Sentinels and Enforcers was mobilized.
Battle of Installation 05
- Main article: Battle of Installation 05
By November 2, 2552, 2401 Penitent Tangent had been captured by the Flood and was held captive by the Gravemind that had manifested on Installation 05. After the battle on the ring had raged for some time, the Gravemind absorbed and reanimated the Prophet of Regret, one of the Hierarchs of the Covenant. Later, Spartan John-117 and Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee were also captured by the Gravemind. Upon seeing John, a Reclaimer, the monitor urged the Spartan to activate the ring. Penitent Tangent was immediately objected to by Regret, who insisted that nothing could be done until he had completed his sermon in preparation for the Great Journey. The monitor countered that the installation had a firing record of 1.2 trillion simulated, and one actual thus making the ring fully prepared to fire on demand. The Hierarch then torted that the "Oracles" were the most worthless artifacts that had been left by the Forerunners, prompting the monitor to berate Regret for his lack of regard for protocol. Amid the argument, the Gravemind insisted that the four factions represented in the meeting shared a common goal: preventing the ring from being activated. Shortly thereafter, the Gravemind used the monitor's control of Installation 05's teleportation grid to send the Spartan and 'Vadamee to High Charity and the Halo's control room, respectively, in an attempt to stop the activation of the Halo array.
- 2401 Penitent Tangent was voiced by John Michael Higgins.
- Like all monitors, 2401 Penitent Tangent's numerical designation is derived from seven raised to one less than the number of his installation (7n-1). This is one of Bungie's numerous references to the number seven in the Halo series.
- "Penitent" means feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and [being] disposed to atonement and amendment" and is synonymous with "repentant". "Tangent" is part of the idiom "off on a tangent", which refers to digressing suddenly from one course of action or thought and turning to another. This name may reflect the Monitor's actions; it could be described as sorrowfully digressing from one course of action (neglecting its installation) and turning to another (wishing to activate the Halo). This is interesting, as Penitent is a synonym for Guilty, and Tangent is similar to Spark. It has been theorized that all Monitors were named following this pattern.
- 2401 Penitent Tangent appears in the Halo 2 multiplayer map Backwash. He hovers around the map and is invulnerable to damage.
2401 Penitent Tangent in one of his garbled transmissions to 343 Guilty Spark.
2401 Penitent Tangent on Backwash.
List of appearances
- Halo 2 (First appearance)
- Halo 3
- Bestiarum (Mentioned only)
- Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Halo 2 Anniversary
- ^ a b Halo 2, campaign level Gravemind
- ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 136
- ^ Halo 3, multiplayer map Cold Storage transmissions
- ^ Halo 2, campaign level Sacred Icon
- ^ Halo 2, campaign level Quarantine Zone
- ^ Dictionary.com: penitent
- ^ Dictionary.com: tangent
|Known Forerunner Ancillas|
|05-032 Mendicant Bias • Offensive Bias • AdjutantReflex • 001 • 007 • 049 Abject Testament • 343 Guilty Spark • 686 Ebullient Prism • 2401 Penitent Tangent • 16807 • 117649 • The Knowing • The Warden • Unidentified ancilla (Installation 05) • Unidentified ancilla (Installation 00) • Shield 0459 decontamination AI|