97,445 BCE

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97,445 BCE
The seven rings at the Ark shortly before the Great Purification.


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In 97,445 BCE the Forerunner-Flood war came to a close with the activation of the Halo Array.[1] It should be noted that all of the events listed here are approximate at best, occurring over the course of several years during the last decade[2] before the firing of the Halo rings in the year 97,445 BCE.[1][note 1] As no definite chronology has been established for that timeframe, the events therein are recorded on this page for the sake of convenience.


  • The Didact is resuscitated from his exile in a Cryptum by Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, Chakas and Riser. They later make their way to Janjur Qom, where they are captured by Master Builder Faber. The Didact is interrogated and left to die in a Flood-infested system, while an offshoot of his consciousness lives on in Bornstellar's body through an imprint acquired in his mutation.[5]
  • As a result of the Master Builder's activation of the Halo ring, many Lifeworkers and Warrior-Servants on Installation 07 rebel against his forces, but are mostly defeated.[6]
  • A crisis occurs in the Ecumene Council due to the Master Builder's unauthorized activation of Installation 07; many councilors resign in protest while younger ones take their place. Faber is arrested and placed on trial in the Forerunner Capital. Eleven of the Halos are brought to the Capital, awaiting a decision to have them decommissioned. Installation 07 and Mendicant Bias remain missing.[7]
  • During Faber's tribunal, Mendicant Bias, convinced to turn against its masters by the Primordial, brings Installation 07 to the Capital system and launches an assault on the Forerunner government.[6] While the Council's fleets respond to the attack and several of the Halos are destroyed, Mendicant successfully fires Installation 07 before the Halo is forced to retreat into a system near the galaxy's edges.[8]
  • Having survived Mendicant Bias' attack on the capital, Bornstellar, Glory of a Far Dawn and Splendid Dust of Ancient Suns arrive at the greater Ark, where they are healed by the Lifeworkers. As most Forerunners believe the original Didact to be dead, the Didact's consciousness takes control of Bornstellar in order to assume command of Forerunner military forces after a thousand years of exile and continue his mission against the Flood;[9] subsequently, Bornstellar adopts the title IsoDidact.[10]
  • Shortly afterward, the IsoDidact and his fleet track down Installation 07. Although the Halo takes heavy damage, it survives and is transported to the greater Ark. Afterwards, the installation is sent to its final location,[11] to be later joined by the six rings of the newer Halo Array.
    • The Primordial is imprisoned once again, and is interrogated - and eventually executed - by the IsoDidact.[12]
    • Mendicant Bias is captured, deactivated and disassembled to its disparate components which are then distributed across the ecumene.[13]
    • The mind of a mortally wounded Chakas is used as the template for the monitor later to be known as 343 Guilty Spark.[14]
  • The Ecumene Council is reconstituted as the "New Council" and the Didact's plans of a strategy to use shield worlds to combat the Flood are taken into serious consideration again. The use of the Halos is delayed.[15]
  • For a period of at least three years following the crisis at the Capital, Master Builder Faber, thought dead by the ecumene at large, carries out his own small-scale campaign to combat the Flood with a crew of Builder Security and disgraced Warrior-Servants in a secluded region of the ecumene. He captures and haphazardly decontaminates small Flood-infested ships and then hands them over to Warrior-Servant crews. Due to inadequate decontamination, many of the ships are overrun by Flood still on board.[16]
  • The Juridical rate is given unrestricted access to all citizens of the ecumene by the Council, with the mandate to investigate matters surrounding the attack on the Capital, Forerunner and human origins, as well as the fate of the Precursors. To this end, the Juridicals dispatch Catalog to collect testimony from key Forerunner figures, including the Librarian, Ur-Didact, IsoDidact and Faber.[2]
  • The Ur-Didact, having been left to die in a Flood-infested system by the Master Builder, encounters active Precursor star roads near Uthera Midgeerrd. The Didact is subsequently captured and tortured by the Gravemind.[17] Afterwards, the Gravemind releases the now mentally unstable Didact, who is rescued and taken to the Capital system by the Master Builder.[18]
  • The Librarian and the IsoDidact arrive at Earth to oversee its evacuation operation and to give their testimonies to Catalog. However, the Flood's arrival in the sector prompts the IsoDidact to leave to defend the core of the ecumene while the Librarian continues her mission;[19] the two will not reunite until four years later.[20]
  • Mendicant Bias is reassembled and reactivated by a Gravemind after the Flood overruns the facilities in which the components of the AI were held.[13]
  • Catalog is captured by the Flood and corrupted with the logic plague,[21] subsequently spreading the infection across the Juridical network.[22] With the network suspended, Juridicals are eventually forced to cease all Forerunner legal proceedings indefinitely.[23]
  • The Flood begins to reactivate and appropriate formerly dormant Precursor artifacts, allowing them to easily overpower Forerunners in combat. Already weakened and exhausted Forerunner defenses continue to fail at an increasing rate.[24]
  • Over a year before the end of the war, following irregular outages for several years, the Domain goes permanently inaccessible to all Forerunners and ancillas due to the Flood's widespread tapping into its underlying neural physics architecture.[25]
  • Four years after the evacuation of Erde-Tyrene,[26] the Librarian, the IsoDidact and the Ur-Didact reunite in their family estate on Nomdagro. The planet is subsequently overrun by the Flood.[27]
  • After the Capital system is lost to the Flood, command of the ecumene and the bulk of its remaining population is placed at the greater Ark. In the face of imminent defeat, the Master Builder is restored to command and a decision is made to use the Halo Array to purge the galaxy of life and thus starve the Flood. The IsoDidact is tasked with carrying out this plan.[28]
  • Anticipating that Omega Halo's human population may be at risk, the Librarian sends Chant-to-Green to collect more humans from Earth to ensure their numbers will be sufficient to repopulate the species.[29]
  • While the Forerunners attempt to evacuate the greater Ark, the Ur-Didact uses a Composer to harvest the preserved human specimens on the nearby Omega Halo in order to use their essences to create more Promethean Knights for his mechanical army, a desperate effort to combat the Flood via new, more extreme methods.[30]
  • Master Builder Faber fires Omega Halo, sterilizing the local galaxy of Path Kethona of sentient life and clearing a temporary path past the star roads laying siege on the greater Ark.[31]
  • The greater Ark and Omega Halo are destroyed by star roads; Faber and most high-ranking Forerunner commanders are killed on Omega Halo, while the IsoDidact is saved by Monitor Chakas.[32] Only a fraction of the Lifeworkers' biological specimens survive and are transported to the secret Installation 00 by the few surviving Forerunners.[33]
  • The Librarian journeys to Earth, planning to draw the Flood there in order to give the IsoDidact time to fire the Halo rings. She sends Chant-to-Green to the lesser Ark, along with the remaining humans gathered from the planet, and passes her title of Lifeshaper on to Chant.[29]
  • The Librarian, stranded on Earth, initiates the burial process of the Portal at Voi. As she spends her last hours in the savanna, the Gravemind sends down imprinted ancient human essences to reveal the Domain's true nature as a Precursor creation; as a result, the Domain will be destroyed when the Halos fire, leading to the loss of not only all Forerunner history, but also the knowledge the Precursors had collected over the course of billions of years, and condemning the Ur-Didact, locked in his Cryptum, to spend the ages ahead of him in complete silence, dwelling on his own insanity and rage.[37]
  • As the IsoDidact prepares to activate the rings, Mendicant Bias assembles all Flood-controlled vessels into a fleet of 4.8 million ships, and breaches the Maginot Sphere. On the other side awaits Offensive Bias with the remains of the Forerunner fleet. As the two fleets engage each other in an enormous naval battle, the Halo Array is fired. The Halo pulse kills all sentient life within three radii of the galactic center, including any Forerunners not located on the Ark or within Shield Worlds. Minutes after the firing of the Array, Mendicant Bias's fleet is obliterated by Offensive Bias.[38]
  • The remains of Mendicant Bias are brought to Installation 00. The surviving Forerunners hold a trial to the AI for its betrayal; Mendicant Bias is entombed in the installation afterward.[39]
  • The few surviving Forerunners go into self-imposed exile.[39]


  1. ^ 343 Guilty Spark put the date of the firing of the Array as the year 97,448 BCE, though it should be noted that he measured it on Installation 04's year, not the 365.25 day Earth calendar.


  1. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Cannon Fodder - Array With Words
  2. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, page 11-12
  3. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 90
  4. ^ Halo: Cryptum, page 212
  5. ^ Halo: Primordium, page 336-339
  6. ^ a b c Halo: Primordium, page 191-192
  7. ^ Halo: Cryptum, page 245
  8. ^ Halo: Primordium, page 272
  9. ^ Halo: Cryptum, page 341
  10. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 20
  11. ^ Halo: Primordium, pages 373-374
  12. ^ Halo: Primordium, page 359-367
  13. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, pages 267-268
  14. ^ Halo: Primordium, page 372
  15. ^ Halo: Primordium, page 373-374
  16. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 193-195
  17. ^ Halo: Silentium, String 12
  18. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 199
  19. ^ Halo: Silentium, String 2
  20. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 197
  21. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 210
  22. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 215
  23. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 190
  24. ^ Halo: Silentium, String 25
  25. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 241
  26. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 197
  27. ^ Halo: Silentium, page 232
  28. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, Strings 27-33
  29. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, pages 316-319
  30. ^ Halo: Silentium, pages 262-263
  31. ^ Halo: Silentium, pages 272-273
  32. ^ Halo: Silentium, pages 274-275
  33. ^ Halo: Silentium, pages 306-310
  34. ^ Halo 4, Terminal 7
  35. ^ Halo: Silentium, String 34
  36. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, pages 312-315
  37. ^ Halo: Silentium, String 37
  38. ^ Halo 3, Terminals
  39. ^ a b Halo: Rebirth