Foundation (Halo Infinite)
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This article is about the Halo Infinite campaign level. For the Halo 2 multiplayer level, see Foundation.
Scene begins inside Echo 216
A hologram of the Infinity appears before him. Scene rotates around John-117 as he studies the hologram.
The holo-image changes to that of Echo 216, with hundreds of UNSC IFF tags surrounding it.
All UNSC tags turn red and are marked "Deceased".
Scene continues to circle around the Chief as it fades to black.
The hologram disappears.
Tremonius slams a fist down on the Holotank.
Escharum slams his fist on the holotank.
Something invisible grabs Tremonius from behind and shoves his head onto the holotank.
Hologram of three Covenant cruisers appears.
Hologram changes to a sarcophagus-like Forerunner artifact with a humanoid figure engraved on its surface.
Tremonius' attacker decloaks, revealing itself to be a sinister-looking Sangheili with a prosthetic left arm. The Sangheili ignites a red energy blade mounted on his artificial arm and holds it to Tremonius' throat.
Tremonius gasps pitifully.
The Sangheili withdraws his blade and releases Tremonius. Humbled, Tremonius rubs his throat, then turns and leaves without another word.
The Sangheili bows his head obediently, then leaves.
Escharum growls softly as the scene rotates around him before fading to black.
Scene cuts back to Echo 216. John-117 starts heading over to the cockpit.
John stops at the door to the cockpit.
A hologram of a green swirling spiral of data appears.
The hologram freezes, turns red, and disappears.
John turns around.
A hologram of Zeta Halo appears. The Ship AI begins scanning the Ring.
The cockpit door opens and the pilot walks out.
The Chief doesn't answer.
Scan finishes. The damaged section of the Ring gives off a red ping.
Hologram changes to a cluster of structures. A red triangle hovers above a circular platform, indicating the source of the message.
The pilot waves his arms frantically as the hologram deactivates and the autopilot takes control.
Frustrated, he punches the Master Chief in the chest with both fists. The Chief doesn't budge. The pilot recoils from the impact and grunts in pain. He then turns away, shaking his head.
He turns back to the Chief.
The pilot paces about.
Echo 216 shakes violently. An alert blares.
The Pelican's bay door opens. John-117 walks over to the entrance.
The Chief gives him a brief glance, before turning his attention to the scene outside. The Pelican is now hovering above a damaged Forerunner structure. A Banished Phantom arrives. The Chief sees it and promptly jumps out of the Pelican.
John-117 lands. At the same time, the Phantom drops off a single Sangheili Mercenary before taking off.
If the Chief stalls:
The Master Chief kills the Sangheili and proceeds on foot.
The Chief encounters an Unggoy and Kig-Yar patrol, which he quickly eliminates.
A second Banished Phantom arrives and drops off a few Brutes. The Chief kills them all and continues his journey.
Another Phantom drops off more troops. The Chief deals with them. While this is going on, the Forerunner structure constantly trembles and random discharges of energy lash out at the surface, making it clear just how extensive the damage here is.
The Chief proceeds further across the structure.
The Chief kills the Banished guarding the entry point, then uses his Grappleshot to get to it.
The Chief finds a door leading into the structure and goes inside. He goes down a short corridor and enters through the door on the other end. A swarm of Aggressor Sentinels flies past him. Looking in the direction the Sentinels flew in, he spots an active light bridge leading down a massive chamber. Beyond the bridge, he sees shattered platforms and pillars floating in midair.
The Chief starts crossing the light bridge.
The Chief reaches a central platform with a small pillar atop of it. A second light bridge extends from the opposite end of the platform.
The Chief starts to cross the second light bridge. As he does, he spots a patrol of Unggoy and Kig-Yar up ahead on the left crossing an intersecting bridge.
The Chief ambushes the patrol and wipes it out. He then heads further into the Foundation, battling more Banished. Eventually he comes across a Gravity lift. He steps inside the grav lift and starts ascending.
The Chief arrives at the upper level. He continues his journey through the Foundation. After clearing out a Banished picket (led by Sangheili Officer), he enters a hallway.
The Chief enters a massive chamber containing a ring of floating sarcophagus-like devices surrounding a platform at the center of the room. Each device has a humanoid figure engraved on its surface.
The Chief proceeds down a ramp and starts navigating his way around the devices. He soon spots a holo-pedestal on the central platform.
His transmission fades into static.
The Chief gets past the devices and as he approaches the holo-pedestal, it pulses with an intense blue light, shaking the room, and creating a glow blue orb around itself. A hologram of a fully intact Zeta Halo appears above the pedestal. As the Chief draws closer, the pedestal gives off another pulse of energy that shakes the room. A section of the holo-Zeta Halo breaks off, so the image now mirrors the Ring's current state.
The Chief is almost in reach of the pedestal when the orb "sucks" the light from the holo-Halo into itself and releases one final pulse of energy.
The blue orb transforms into an avatar of a miniaturized human female. She looks exactly like Cortana.
The Weapon places her hands behind her back.
Stunned, the Chief turns to the Weapon.
The Chief starts pacing around the Weapon.
She suddenly seems worried.
John-117 stops pacing. He looks over his shoulder at her.
John-117 turns to face her.
In response, the Chief pulls the data chip from the back of his helmet and holds it out to her. After hesitating for a moment, the Weapon reaches out with one hand and dematerializes, uploading herself into the chip. Once the upload is complete, the Chief prepares to insert the chip back into his helmet.
Player receives a prompt: INSERT CHIP
The chip is inserted.
A series of messages appear on the Chief's VISR.
Armor Bios // MJOLNIR / VER_12.22.12 / ID_117 >> PRIMARY SUPPORT SYSTEM CHECK ./ WEAPON CONTAINMENT DEVICE SYS_AI_CON_\>: INSERTED ... ./ VERIFICATION SYS_DIR\> AI.QUARANTINE.MANAGER.PRESENT ... SYS_LOAD\>AI.SYS.BROKER ... ./ AI DETECTED SYS_LOAD\> AI.HANDSHAKE.MKR ... SYS_LOC\> ACCESSING ... ./ IDENTIFYING SYS_LOC\> DIRECTIVES ... SYS_LOC\> RTN.NULL.VALUE ... >> PROGRAM INCOMPLETE << FAILSAFE\> RECOMPILER.PROCESSING ... ./ REBUILDING CONNECTIONS SYS_DIR\> MANIFEST.RESET.CORE.SRV ... ./ DEPLOYMENT SUCCESSFUL CONFIRM\> WEAPON CONTAINMENT . [ACTIVE]
While this is going on, the platform the Chief is standing on starts rising.
The platform stops its ascent. A door opens and the platform starts traveling horizontally through a conduit.
The platform comes to a halt at the end of the conduit.
The platform starts rising again.
The platform enters another chamber and comes to a final stop. Ghost-like "echoes" of young children appear and disappear around him. He steps off the platform and moves up a ramp, seeing more echoes of children, which appear to be creating a path for him to follow.
John follows the path of ghostly children into a corridor outside of a larger chamber. Looking through a glass barrier, John can see Sentinels flying around the chamber, as well as Banished troops patrolling the ledge on the left. There's a blue glow coming from a platform at the end of the chamber.
The Chief heads out onto the ledge on the left and engages the Banished troops.
The Chief clears out the Banished, then moves on to an upper ledge. He can now see the blue glow is coming from another data sphere. A deep chasm separates him from the sphere. Nearby is a machine that seems to be missing a power source.
The Chief heads down a ramp to the lower ledge, where he finds another machine, this one containing a power source. He removes the power source from the machine.
The Chief goes back up, power seed in hand, and inserts it into the Crucible. The light bridge activates, allowing the Chief to cross the chasm. He approaches the data sphere, which is hovering above a pedestal, just as the Weapon had been doing earlier.
The Chief opens his hand and deploys the Weapon. She slowly reaches out toward the data sphere. A ringing sound emanates from the sphere as she makes contact. The Chief reflexively pulls his hand back, pulling the Weapon away from the sphere.
She pauses for a moment to analyze her readings.
John extends his hand, allowing the Weapon to walk off his palm and onto the pedestal. She studies the data sphere, running her hand through it.
She extends her hand further into the data sphere.
The Weapon vanishes in mid-sentence. A moment later, the data sphere shrinks into a pair of smaller blue spheres that float away.
John-117 turns around to see an echo of Halsey standing before him.
Halsey cups her hands together and Cortana's avatar appears in her palms.
The Halsey memory offers the Cortana avatar to the real Master Chief, who opens his hand and allows the avatar to walk onto his palm.
Scene rotates so that the Chief can now be seen from the front, holding Cortana in the palm of his hand until she fades away. John flexes his now empty hand, unsure of what to make of all this.
The Chief turns around to find that the Weapon and the data sphere have reappeared on the pedestal.
John thinks for a moment, then nods.
The Weapon reaches out with both hands and absorbs the data sphere into herself. She gasps and falls down on all fours.
She looks up at the Chief.
John reaches his hand out and she uploads herself back into his armor.
Another light bridge activates.
Another series of messages appears on the Chief's VISR.
Armor Bios // MJOLNIR / VER_12.22.12 / ID_117 >> PRIMARY SUPPORT SYSTEM CHECK ./ AI CONNECTED SYS_AICM\>: RUN ... SYS_REC\>: PREPARING AI INTRUSION COUNTERMEASURES ... ./ ACTIVATING FILE SYSTEMS SYS_LOAD\> [SYSTEM PERIL DISTRIBUTED REFLEX] ... ./ ISOLATING AI ... SYS_LOAD\> VISR.HUD.SYS.SPDR ... ./ INITIALIZING FAILSAFE PROTOCOL SYS_LOAD\> SPDR_00 ... 01 ... 02 ... 03 ... 04 ... 05 ... 06 ... 07 ... ./ PROTOCOL INITIALIZED CONFIRM\> S.P.D.R . [ACTIVE]
The Chief crosses the second light bridge and heads through the door. He goes down a series of ramps and corridors, eventually entering another open chamber with a chasm that needs to be crossed. He inserts the Weapon onto a pedestal.
A bridge starts assembling itself. The Weapon looks over her shoulder.
She vanishes into the pedestal.
The Chief heads across the newly-assembled bridge. Banished troops appear and open fire on him.
The Chief defeats all the Banished and reaches the plinth. The Weapon materializes on it.
Another bridge assembles itself. The Master Chief crosses and confronts more Banished troops, including a Jiralhanae manning a Type-58 plasma cannon. After a protracted fight, the Chief kills all the Banished and then exits the chamber. He enters a heavily damaged corridor and has to climb over some wreckage. A lone Unggoy Mule guards the exit. The Chief kills it and moves on.
The Chief soon enters a room containing a gravity lift. A single Brute sniper armed with a Skewer stands guard atop a pillar at the back of the room. The Chief eliminates the Brute and approaches the grav lift.
If the Chief stalls:
The Chief finds the Power Seed on the pillar the Brute Sniper was standing on.
The Chief plants the Power Seed into the gravity lift's Crucible, reactivating it. He then steps into the lift and rides it up.
John-117 reaches the upper level.
The Chief enters a room littered with bodies. Most are Banished, but one is human.
The Chief approaches the fallen Spartan. Noticing a green glowing module next to her body, he kneels down and picks it up.
The Chief integrates the module into his armor, upgrading his shields. He then turns his attention to the deceased Spartan.
John solemnly places a hand on the fallen Spartan's shoulder.
John stands back up. He goes up some stairs and enters a room full of Banished hardware.
The Chief kills all the Unggoy and Kig-Yar in the room.
The Chief finds a control terminal but it's not powered.
After some searching, the Chief discovers a massive chamber filled with the sarcophagus-like devices he came across earlier.
There's a bridge that extends from the entrance and terminates in the middle of the chamber. The power seed is located at the end of the bridge. The Chief heads across and retrieves the seed.
The Chief returns to the elevator and installs the power seed into the Crucible. He then deploys the Weapon onto the elevator's control terminal.
The Chief looks up and sees that the elevator is indeed already on its way down.
He uploads the Weapon back into his armor, just as the elevator arrives, bringing Tremonius and two Kig-Yar Raiders. Tremonius snarls and flexes his arms threateningly before using his Jump pack to get off the elevator. He lands in front of the Chief and a security barrier activates behind him, confining all combatants to an enclosed area.
He points an MLRS-2 Hydra at the Chief and activates his personal energy shields.
For Tremonius' dialogue during the fight, see here.
Tremonius proves to be a formidable adversary, even for the Spartan, but eventually the Master Chief prevails and kills both Tremonius and his Kig-Yar guards. The security barrier deactivates.
The Chief gets on the elevator and takes it to the surface.
The following achievements can be unlocked on Foundation across the all editions of Halo Infinite.