Terminal (Halo 2: Anniversary)
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Halo 2: Anniversary features Terminals accessible to the player in each level. Animated by Sequence, these terminals focus on the role of Thel 'Vadam as well as that of the Arbiters throughout Covenant history and have connections to the story of Halo 5: Guardians. The terminals are presented from three distinct points of view: target profiles by ONI agent Lt. Commander Jameson Locke, Sesa 'Refumee, the leader of the "heretics" as he learns the truth about the Covenant religion during his conversations with 343 Guilty Spark, and a devout Covenant scribe compiling a record known as The Punished Deeds.
The terminals have been stated to be placed in more conspicuous locations than in the earlier games, as 343 Industries wishes all players to be able to find them. Like the terminals of Halo 4, the Halo 2: Anniversary terminals are not hosted on the game disc and are only accessible online. There are a total of thirteen terminals to be found in the game, and two separate "Prologue" terminals.
ONI File: Target Profile
Campaign level: Cairo Station
SUBMIT SECURITY CREDENTIALS:
TARGET VALUE: ALPHA
The view pans around a wireframe hologram of the Arbiter as Locke narrates.
The view changes to a small Covenant shuttle docked at a gangway in The Rubble.
'Vadamee stalks through passages aboard the Infinite Spoils, when a shadow flits across the foreground. He readies his energy sword as Jai-006 rushes him, tackling him to the ground. Jai attempts to train his rifle on 'Vadamee's head, but 'Vadamee bends the barrel. Jai tosses the weapon away and takes out his combat knife. The two briefly grapple, and 'Vadamee headbutts Jai. Another Elite arrives and begins firing upon Jai, who gets up and retreats.
The scene changes to space in orbit around a glassed planet, where human forces attack the Fleet of Particular Justice with Longswords.
Two MAC platforms in orbit around a planet attempt to fend the fleet off, but each are hit with a plasma charge, which shatters the stations.
A CCS-class battlecruiser speeds through space, under fire from two Marathon-class heavy cruiser and one Stalwart-class light frigate. Two CCS-class battlecruisers and one CAS-class assault carrier drop out of slipspace. The carrier burns into the human ships with their energy projectors.
ONI File: Honor Bound
Campaign level: Outskirts
SUBMIT SECURITY CREDENTIALS:
TARGET VALUE: ALPHA
The camera quickly pans to several orbital defense platforms defending the planet. The Fleet of Particular Justice enters the system from slipspace. The Covenant fleet begins to attack the ODPs and UNSC ships.
Cut to the UNSC HQ on Camber in the rain. The nearby streets are bombed by plasma.
Cut to the view of a helmet recorder sitting on a bench that observes numerous UNSC Marines preparing for combat in a locker room while alarms are sounding. One Marine picks up the helmet with the recorder and dons it. The Marines begin to run towards the exit of the room, unarmed. Suddenly, a door explodes and the Marine with the helmet recorder is knocked to the ground. The view fades to black.
Fade to the Marine with the helmet recorder looking at two Special Operations Sangheili and 'Vadamee approaching, wielding a plasma rifle. The two Sangheili prepare to attack the wounded Marines, but 'Vadamee stops them. He looks towards the Marine with the helmet recorder and drops his plasma rifle. 'Vadamee activates his energy sword and active camouflage. Two other two Sangheili do the same.
The Sangheili wait while the Marine picks up his assault rifle. The Marine fires his rifle and 'Vadamee charges at him. 'Vadamee picks up the Marine and the view switches to a nearby surveillance camera. 'Vadamee impales the Marine and the view switches back to the Marine's helmet recorder as the Marine dies and is dropped to the ground. The rest of the Marines in the locker room fire at the three Sangheili, but all humans are eventually killed.
Cut to a view of the glassed Camber with numerous destroyed ships over the planet. A counter showing the planet's human population appears and begins sharply decreasing. Fade to black.
ONI File: Particular Justice
Campaign level: Metropolis
SUBMIT SECURITY CREDENTIALS:
TARGET VALUE: ALPHA
Cut to an overview of several planets with a figure beside each planet showing the world's population. Each planet has been glassed by Thel 'Vadamee. The camera pans past Estuary, Mesa, Greydowns, Kroedis II, Alluvion, and Bounty as each world's population decreases.
The camera pans to several destroyed UNSC cruisers and then to the helmet of a Marine with several dead Marines floating in space nearby. The camera pans backwards to the first planet displayed—Reach—as its population drops.
The scene pans to a UNSC and Covenant fleet engagement depicted in a hologram. Then the scene switches to a group of UNSC Pelicans becoming surrounded by Phantoms over a planet's mountain range. The camera pans to an overhead view, showing the Pelicans are vastly outnumbered. The Phantoms begin to fire at the Pelicans and a warning appears.
EXPECTED UNSC SURVIVAL RATE: 0%
Cut to a hologram of Thel 'Vadamee.
Monitor Report: Heresy Indeed
Campaign level: The Arbiter
Space, in high orbit over Threshold. Installation 04 explodes, sending a shard careening across the ring's diameter and through the other side, further shattering it. The camera pans to follow 343 Guilty Spark, having just escaped the destruction.
Guilty Spark watches the Master Chief's Longsword fly away, and then focuses his attention on the planet below. He scans it and detects the Threshold gas mine. Guilty Spark makes his way to the gas mine. Fade to his meeting with Sesa 'Refumee.
Monitor Report: Containment
Campaign level: The Oracle
Fade in to an extreme close-up of 343 Guilty Spark's face.
'Refumee and Guilty Spark begin walking through the facility as they talk.
Fade to a holographic representation of the Truth and Reconciliation.
Covenant Record: Will of the Prophets
Campaign level: Delta Halo
The scene opens high above the lower districts of High Charity. The camera slowly zooms toward the center of the cityscape, and it enters a cloud. The scene fades to a closer view of the structures in the lower districts and tracks through the urban sprawl until it reaches a high tower covered in accessways and landing pads meant for San'Shyuum anti-gravity chairs. The camera moves through a door on the outside of the building and into the private chambers of a San'Shyuum scribe as he works on his terminal.
The camera zoomed closely into the scribe's right eye, and the scene then switches to a scene in a craggy wasteland on Sanghelios, long ago. The bodies of dead Sangheili litter the ground, as an ancient Arbiter stands atop a hill triumphant, his cape billowing in the wind as lightning flashes around him.
The scene fades to another view of the waste, a great dust storm blowing. Vast lines of Sangheili form to pay homage to this Arbiter.
The scene cuts to a large trireme-style ship with an ornate metal figurehead and ram tossing in a great gale on an ocean. The ship steers directly into a massive wave, as the rowers attempt to drive their ship upward.
An Arbiter clad in crimson loincloth and cape stands atop a platform in a city on Sanghelios, and raises his blade, roaring. The crowd below him cheer and raise their fists to the sky in answer. The scene fades to a scene on a cliff on the world of Ulgethon. Three Sangheili, including one in Arbiter body armor stand atop the cliff, looking across a canyon at the Forerunner Dreadnought. The Arbiter holds a blade covered in blood.
An anti-gravity device covered in a large cloth floats over to the waiting San'Shyuum. One of the San'Shyuum gingerly moves the cloth, and a look of shock and despair crosses his face as he views what is under the cloth, currently offscreen. The Dreadnought immediately begins takeoff. The winds generated by its thruster blow the cloth off the anti-gravity device, revealing a pile of severed San'Shyuum heads.
Fade to a Forerunner structure on an unknown world. Several Sangheili kneel before a group of San'Shyuum.
Monitor Report: Unequal Union
Campaign level: Regret
As 'Refumee speaks, the scene fades to High Charity, where four Sangheili are walking down a hallway. Behind them, three Prophets sit in their gravity thrones, watching.
Scene fades to show a group of Sangheili battling an unseen enemy. Scene fades back to High Charity, showing the four Sangheili delivering a large Forerunner artifact to the three Prophets. The Sangheili place the artifact on the floor and kneel before the Prophets.
Scene switches back to Guilty Spark.
Cut to 'Refumee, who pulls out a plasma rifle and opens its heating vents.
He closes the plasma rifle's heating vents and puts the weapon away.
Scene fades to High Charity, showing an overhead shot of hundreds of Sangheili gathered before the Hierarchs in the High Council Chamber.
The Elites all kneel before the Prophets.
Close up on one of the Hierarchs, who raises his hands as he gives a religious sermon.
Scene switches back to the kneeling Elites. Camera slowly zooms in to focus on one particular Elite, who raises his head.
Scene fades to show an Arbiter wielding a pair of Energy Swords and impaling an enemy Sangheili through the chest.
Scene switches back to 'Refumee and Guilty Spark.
Scene switches to High Charity, showing Fal 'Chavamee gesturing angrily as he argues with a Hierarch.
Close-up of the Hierarch, who glances to the right. Two shadowy figures emerge to confront 'Chavamee. Cut to a close-up of a helmeted Sangheili with glowing purple eyes. Scene fades to white.
Scene fades in to an overhead shot of a snow-covered field, where 'Chavamee and Haka both lie dead, having killed each other in battle.
Scene fades back to High Charity. 'Chavamee's bloodstained helmet rolls along the floor before coming to a stop. Scene rotates clockwise to reveal a Hierarch, standing with his back to the camera. Scene continues to rotate, and the helmet is obscured by the Prophet's arm.
Scene continues to rotate and seamlessly changes to show a newly appointed Arbiter kneeling before the Hierarch. The Hierarch places the helmet onto the Arbiter's head.
Scene fades to 343 Guilty Spark.
Scene pulls back to show Guilty Spark studying a rotating holographic image of an Arbiter's helmet.
Covenant Record: Taming the Hunters
Campaign level: Sacred Icon
Scene opens on the San'Shyuum scribe operating a holographic terminal. Close-up on his face.
Scene dissolves to High Charity in the past. Most of the structures are different, except for the Dreadnought.
Fade to a Sangheili kneeling before a Hierarch.
The Hierarch places his hand over the Sangheili's helmet in a blessing.
A Covenant craft resembling a Phantom lands outside. Close-up of the Sangheili's helmeted face.
The craft departs High Charity. Fade to black.
Fade in on the planet Te.
Zoom in on the moon Rantu.
Cut to a Covenant HUD displaying the surface of the moon.
A Covenant craft lands on Rantu. Cut to a close-up of a Lekgolo worm. A Sangheili's foot steps into frame. The worm slithers away.
Close-up of the Arbiter, followed by an overhead shot of him following the fleeing worm.
The Arbiter uses his EVA jetpack to descend into a pit. Fade to black.
Open up on the Arbiter as he lands at the bottom of the pit. He readies his plasma rifle.
The Arbiter casts his suit's search lights around, revealing an enormous mass of Lekgolo in front of him. The worms begin to stir. Several rise up and form a Hunter-like creature.
The Hunter starts to advance on the Arbiter, who opens fire. After taking several hits, the creature falls apart. Three more Hunters rise up from the Lekgolo mass.
Fade to black.
Fade to inside the Dreadnought, where the Arbiter stands behind a pair of Hierarchs who are inspecting a large structure.
Close-up of the Hierarchs. One of them is holding a Lekgolo worm, which he places inside the structure. Cut to a close-up of the worm as it slithers its way into the structure through a glowing bluish-white opening.
Monitor Report: Divine Inspiration
Campaign level: Quarantine Zone
He stops in front of a holographic terminal.
He activates the terminal, displaying a series of holographic recordings. 343 Guilty Spark studies the recordings.
Close-up of Guilty Spark.
Terminal shows a holographic rendition of an Arbiter impaling an enemy Sangheili. Scene circles around toward 'Refumee.
Scene fades to High Charity, where a Hierarch is studying the same holographic image as 'Refumee and Spark.
The Hierarch glides away from the hologram and joins two other Hierarchs who are gathered around several hovering Forerunner artifacts.
Close-up on another Hierarch who has his hands raised in prayer.
Scene pans up to focus on the one of the floating artifacts, before cutting to a close-up of the first Hierarch as he too raises his arms in prayer.
Overhead shot of the Hierarchs as they continue their prayer.
Fade back to the gas mine with Guilty Spark and 'Refumee. Cut to a close-up of Guilty Spark.
Cut back to Guilty Spark and 'Refumee.
'Refumee lowers his head slightly.
Cut to a long shot of 'Refumee and Guilty Spark standing in the hallway.
Cut back to focus on Guilty Spark.
Covenant Record: Unggoy Rebellion
Campaign level: Gravemind
Fade in on present day High Charity. A Covenant craft flies over the city. The Scribe is onboard.
Cut to the city below, where a pair of Unggoy stare up at the Scribe's craft.
Fade back to the Scribe.
Fade to black.
Fade in on a Covenant fleet approaching the Unggoy world Balaho.
Cut to the surface of Balaho, where a single Unggoy stands in the middle of the rain, watching a Covenant CAS-class assault carrier in the distance. The carrier's gravity lift is activated.
Zoom in on the gravity lift, where dozens of Unggoy prisoners, trotting in two single file lines on opposite sides of the platform, enter the lift, while armed Sangheili stand guard. Cut to black.
Fade in to a close-up of an Unggoy glaring at the purplish light of the gravity lift.
Cut to a mass of Unggoy being herded down the carrier's ramp and into High Charity. Sangheili and Kig-Yar stand guard.
A single Unggoy turns around and stares hatefully at a Kig-Yar, who stares back with just as much animosity.
Fade to black. Fade in on a pair of Kig-Yar sabotaging some equipment.
Fade to black. Fade in on an Unggoy holding the body of a fellow Unggoy in its arms.
An Unggoy joins another Unggoy on a rooftop. It fires a Fuel Rod Gun at some Kig-Yar below.
Cut to a distant shot of the city as explosions erupt throughout. Scene cuts to a street-level view, where a lone Sangheili is pinned down under a heavy torrent of plasma pistol fire from Unggoy insurgents. The Sangheili fires his plasma rifle back at the rebels, but to no avail.
Pan upwards to a Phantom flying overhead. The dropship is hit by a fuel rod blast and explodes.
Cut again to a distant shot of the city in chaos as the fighting intensifies.
Fade to a newly appointed Arbiter being anointed by four Prophets. Scene circles around him as he puts on his helmet.
Fade to Balaho. An assault carrier fires its glassing beam at the surface. The dust cloud from the resulting explosion engulfs an Unggoy village.
Cut to a distant shot of the planet's burning surface as the glassing continues. The camera pulls back and the scene becomes overlaid by a holographic terminal on High Charity. Below, dozens of Unggoy watch the destruction of their world.
Cut to a close up of an Unggoy. A single tear rolls down its face. Its plasma pistol falls to the ground.
Cut to a door opening, revealing the Arbiter, flanked by four other Sangheili.
Cut to a crowd of Unggoy on High Charity.
An Unggoy (now wearing a traditional breathing mask) stands before the Arbiter, who offers it a plasma pistol. The Unggoy accepts the weapon.Fade to black.
Monitor Report: Age of Doubt
Campaign level: Uprising
Fade in on 343 Guilty Spark.
Close-up of Sesa 'Refumee.
Cut back to Guilty Spark.
He starts walking down the hallway. Guilty Spark follows.
'Refumee stops at another terminal. Guilty Spark hovers nearby.
'Refumee stares down at the terminal.
'Refumee turns back to Guilty Spark.
Scene circles around Guilty Spark and the holographic images surrounding him.
Scene stops and zooms in on a holographic image of a Hierarch. Scene transitions to High Charity where the Hierarch sits in his gravity throne, watching.
Pan to the right, revealing a second Hierarch.
Cut to a distant shot of the two Hierarchs, who are waiting alongside a third Hierarch. Two Elites drag a condemned Sangheili into their chamber and throw him to the floor.
Fade to black.
Fade in on a pair of Sangheili escorting a floating casket through the Mausoleum of the Arbiter. Inside the casket is the body of the condemned Sangheili from earlier, now fully dressed in the armor of the Arbiter. A single Hierarch watches as one of the Elites taps a control on the casket, which floats up to join the dozens of other caskets aligning the Mausoleum walls.
Cut back to the gas mine.
'Refumee slams his fist down on the terminal. He stares down in despair.
Close-up of a side view of Guilty Spark.
Cut to a close-up of Guilty Spark and 'Refumee.
Scene pans down to the lower levels of the mine. A single Flood Infection Form crawls along the floor.Fade to black.
Covenant Record: The Great Schism
Fade in on the Mausoleum of the Arbiter, where the Scribe is standing.
Fade to a closeup of Thel 'Vadamee as he puts on his Arbiter helmet.
Zoom in on 'Vadamee's right eye.
Cut to Vadam keep on Sanghelios where a young 'Vadamee, dressed only in a red loincloth, and armed with a wooden staff, is training with four blue loincloth-wearing Sangheili, three of whom are also armed with staffs.
One of the Sangheili charges at 'Vadamee. 'Vadamee flips his opponent over his shoulder and onto the ground. He then attacks the one unarmed Sangheili. The two grapple for control of the staff until 'Vadamee throws his opponent to the ground and incapacitates him with a punch. The third Sangheili raises his staff and charges, but 'Vadamee spins around and strikes him in the side of the head with his own staff, taking him down. The last Sangheili charges. 'Vadamee spins and strikes his opponent in the chest, knocking him to the floor. A triumphant 'Vadamee stands and strikes a victor's pose. Fade to black.
Fade in on Thel 'Vadamee, now garbed in the gold armor and purple cloak of a Supreme Commander, standing on the bridge of his ship. The rest of the Covenant fleet can be seen outside the windows. Pan to a planet surrounded by asteroids.
Scene outside the window speeds up, and the planet's surface turns to molten glass.
Cut to a rotating holographic display of the galaxy. Planets disappear one by one, indicating they are being destroyed.
Scene zooms in on a holographic depiction of Installation 04.
Scene fades to the real Halo as it explodes.
Cut to a close-up of 'Vadamee, now bearing the Mark of Shame.
Cut to 'Vadamee standing in the Mausoleum of the Arbiter.
'Vadamee dissolves and is replaced by the Scribe.
The Scribe places his hand on one of the caskets.
Fade to black.
Fade in on High Charity and the Covenant fleet, now engaged in civil war above Installation 05.
Cut to the surface of Installation 05, where Sangheili Councilors lie dead at the feet of a Brute Army Commander and his fellow Jiralhanae.
Cut to the Scribe.
Cut back to the surface of Delta Halo, showing the POV of someone hiding in the thickets and spying on the Brutes who have slain the Councilors.
The observer is revealed to be Thel 'Vadam.
'Vadam activates his energy sword.Cut to black.
Monitor Report: False Journey
Open up on 343 Guilty Spark and Sesa 'Refumee, who is carrying a purple box.
He puts down the box and opens it, releasing a pair of holo-drones from inside.
Cut to the Fleet of Particular Justice surrounding Alpha Halo.
Cut to Thel 'Vadamee on the bridge of his flagship speaking to a Hierarch via hologram.
Back outside, the Pillar of Autumn emerges from slipspace.
Cut to a side-view of Guilty Spark.
Side-view of 'Refumee.
Cut to the shattered remains of Alpha Halo. 'Vadamee's flagship is leaving the system.
'Vadamee's ship exits slipspace and approaches High Charity.
A Phantom approaches High Charity's docking bay.
Cut to 'Vadamee inside the Phantom as it lands.
Overhead shot of the Phantom docking at High Charity.
Cut to the Prophet of Regret and the Prophet of Mercy observing 'Vadamee's Phantom through a holographic terminal.
Cut to 'Refumee looking at a holographic image of 'Vadamee.
Fade to 343 Guilty Spark and 'Refumee staring out a window of the Gas Mine. Camera slowly pulls back.
Scene rapidly pulls back from the window, revealing the entire Gas Mine.
Camera zooms further away from the Gas Mine and pans up.
Scene clears the clouds and rests on a shot of the shattered, burning remains of Alpha Halo orbiting Threshold.Fade to black.
HUMAN COLONY OF MERIDIAN, 2551
The scene opens in high orbit between Meridian and its parent planet. The sound of a spacecraft can be heard, and then a hiss as it lands and offloads its cargo. Scene fades in to the surface of the planet, where two Special Operations Sangheili and a Kig-Yar have just exited a Covenant drop pod. The three approach the entrance to a large cave system.
The Kig-Yar activates a small machine that floats through the cave system, sweeping it with violet light. As it scans the cave, the structure is filled in on a holographic readout carried by the Commander. The probe enters a large chamber dominated by Forerunner structures, and stops.
The Spec. Ops party enters the chamber, to see a dais on the other side of the room with a brightly glowing device.
The Kindler returns to its Kig-Yar handler.
Fade to a large platform overlooking the ship's nature preserve, one year later. He turns his gravity throne to address the two San'Shyuum that have entered the room, conveying the Luminary on an anti-gravity device.
The Steward touches the Luminary, which projects a large hologram featuring the seven Halo Installations.
A projection of the Ark appears above the images of the Halo rings.
A projection of Earth appears.
BORNEO SPACE TETHER, EARTH
The scene opens in high orbit over Earth at the Borneo Space Tether. Several UNSC naval ships are near the tether. An elevator shoots down the tether. The scene cuts to Linda-058 and Frederic-104 inside the elevator.
The elevator is heard reaching the bottom of the tether. Cut to Fred and Linda walking down a hallway. A door in front of them automatically opens and they enter the room. They stand on top of the ONI insignia on the floor and look towards the ONI council.
The hologram of the station explodes from the center and the rest of Unyielding Hierophant shatters into thousands of pieces.
PROBE RELAY STATION IO, NEAR JUPITER
A UNSC naval crewman sits relaxed on his chair, asleep, with his feet kicked up onto his control console. Suddenly, an alarm sounds off and he awakes. His console flashes, reading "ALERT" in large, red letters. The crewman leans towards the console.
As his console continues to flash with the alert warning, a voice in the station continues to repeat "Alert" over and over. The crewman begins typing on the console and the alarm stops.
The fourth terminal is almost identical to the eleventh terminal from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. In addition to being graphically enhanced (including the incorporation of the remastered versions of Sesa 'Refumee and 343 Guilty Spark), the original terminal's scene of the monitor being attacked and one of Guilty Spark's lines have been removed. The Heretic Leader's lines have also been rerecorded by John DiMaggio, who portrays him in the rest of the terminals; he is voiced by an uncredited actor in the original terminal. 343 Guilty Spark's speech also has a different filter and may have been rerecorded.