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Encyclopedia > 343 Guilty Spark
343 Guilty Spark
343 Guilty Spark
Monitor of Installation Zero-Four
Game series Halo series
First game Halo: Combat Evolved
Voice actor(s) Tim Dadabo

343 Guilty Spark (pronounced "three-four-three") is a fictional character featured in the video games Halo: Combat Evolved (and its novelisation, Halo: The Flood) Halo 2 and Halo 3. 343 Guilty Spark is alternatively known to the UNSC as the Monitor and to the Covenant as the Oracle. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 697 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (699 × 601 pixel, file size: 95 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 343 Guilty Spark, as featured in Halo 3. ... Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Tim Dadabo is a Voice Actor. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Halo: The Flood is a 2003 novel based on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ... This article is about the video game. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ... United Nations Space Command Defense Force Emblem The United Nations Space Command or UNSC is a fictional human world government in the Halo universe. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ...


343 Guilty Spark is an artificial intelligence with the duty of overseeing Installation 04, which both the UNSC and Covenant know as Halo. Unlike other artificial intelligences in the Halo universe, Guilty Spark is contained within a physical avatar, which he is invariably tied to. His physical avatar is a metallic, roughly spherical shape about the size of a basketball, with a glowing blue "eye" in the center (shaped like the Marathon logo). Guilty Spark is capable of self-propelled flight, both through atmosphere and space, by means of "Impulse Propulsion". In Amber Clad approaches Installation 05, otherwise known as Delta Halo. ... In Amber Clad approaches Installation 05, otherwise known as Delta Halo. ... Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. ... The Marathon Trilogy is a science fiction series of first-person shooter computer games from Bungie Software, originally released for the Macintosh. ...


When playing the Forge Game Mode in Halo 3, players can switch between a Forerunner Construct modeled after 343 Guilty Spark and their own character.

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Background

Constructed by the Forerunners as the Monitor of Installation 04 in Halo: Combat Evolved, 343 Guilty Spark is charged with activating the Halo weapon should the Flood ever escape. As part of his duty, 343 Guilty Spark spent a total of 101,217 local years on Installation 04, during which he maintained the structure. He has a vast wealth of knowledge on the Flood, the Forerunners, and Halo's overall purpose, though in Halo 3 he admits that his knowledge is more deep than broad, a safeguard to prevent him from leaking anything other than common knowledge should he ever be captured. Prior to this, he was tasked with the study and containment of the Flood. One of the Forerunners ringworlds, in orbit over gas giant Threshold. ... The Flood is a fictional parasitic alien life form in the Halo video game series. ...


To accomplish his task, 343 Guilty Spark has full access to Halo's systems, including a long-range teleporter and laser-equipped drones called Sentinels; however, Guilty Spark's omnipresent control only extends to his native installation. Other installations, such as 2401 Penitent Tangent's Installation 05 in Halo 2, are beyond his ability to control, though near the end of the game he does exhibit the ability to manage the firing sequence for the installation. Apart from this, Guilty Spark can interface with virtually any form of computer, even completely foreign ones, and can institute overrides that even Cortana (a native AI) cannot contend with. Though he does not normally engage in combat, Guilty Spark has a beam weapon similar to that of his Sentinels and can hurl enemies backwards through use of an unidentified force effect. He is also very durable, and is invincible to normal attacks in both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. However, certain attacks can overcome him, such as Tartarus' gravity-manipulating hammer. In Halo 3, he is destroyed when the Master Chief uses a Spartan Laser cannon to destroy Spark and activate Halo. This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ... In Amber Clad approaches Installation 05, otherwise known as Delta Halo. ... This article describes the Halo series character. ... This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ...


Personality

343 Guilty Spark's personality is somewhat egotistical and eccentric, if not altogether insane. He often audibly reminds himself that he is a "genius", and is prone to cheerful humming and random giddy laughter, even in the face of enemy forces. It is possible that Guilty Spark is in a state of rampancy, a form of A.I. insanity featured in Bungie's Marathon series. It is unclear if his personality is a result of his isolation on Halo or deliberate programming on the part of his creators, though his stranger habits are more likely attributable to insanity. In Halo 3, he suddenly goes berserk when the Master Chief attempts to destroy a new Halo intended to replace his lost one, considering this new one to be "his"; when this happens, his color shifts from blue to red and he viciously attacks the player. Inmates at Bedlam Asylum, as portrayed by William Hogarth Insanity, or madness, is a semi-permanent, severe mental disorder typically stemming from a form of mental illness. ... In the Marathon video game series by Bungie Studios, rampancy is a three-stage process that is a result of the uncontrolled expansion of an AI. The term was adapted by Greg Kirkpatrick, Marathons story writer, as a replacement for the word insane, as the term could be considered... The Marathon Trilogy is a science fiction series of first-person shooter computer games from Bungie Software, originally released for the Macintosh. ... For the Nine Inch Nails release, see Head Like a Hole. ...


343 Guilty Spark seems to enjoy having company, particularly when he can carry on a conversation. When Sesa 'Refumee is killed by the Arbiter, he notes that 'Refumee's "edification was most enjoyable." He seems to prefer that his living companions remain alive, but shows little sorrow when they die, remarking "My, how unfortunate," over their corpses. He has a special relationship with humans, which he refers to as Reclaimers, as they are the descendants of his Forerunner masters. This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ... Italic text This article is about a character in the Halo video game. ...


Despite his questionable sanity, Guilty Spark is shown to be quite pragmatic in the execution of his duties. Though quite aware of what Halo would do should it be activated, Guilty Spark would gladly activate the weapon in order to quell the Flood infection, seeing it as the only viable option. He is also willing to explain Halo's purpose to anyone who might ask, despite the knowledge that doing so will likely harm his ability to arm the weapon. He did not tell the Master Chief the full details of what Halo would do in their first encounter because the Chief did not ask.


Appearances

Halo: Combat Evolved

In Halo: Combat Evolved, the Master Chief first comes into contact with 343 Guilty Spark in a swamp area on Halo. The Flood, having been released from the local infrastructure, prompt Guilty Spark to recruit the Master Chief, whom he refers to as a Reclaimer, in order to activate Halo and stop the Flood. Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117, commonly referred to in-game as Master Chief and whose real name is known only as John, is the fictional protagonist within the Halo universe. ... In Amber Clad approaches Installation 05, otherwise known as Delta Halo. ... The Flood is a fictional parasitic alien life form in the Halo video game series. ... Italic text This article is about a character in the Halo video game. ...


Using Halo's teleportation grid, 343 Guilty Spark teleports himself and the Master Chief to the Library, a vast complex that contains the Index, Halo's firing key. After battling through successive waves of Flood with the assistance of the Guilty Spark's Sentinels, the Master Chief is able to claim the Index. It should be noted that Guilty Spark maintains a cheerful and somewhat unsettling attitude throughout the affair, whistling to himself whilst casually explaining the history of Halo to the Chief. In Amber Clad approaches Installation 05, otherwise known as Delta Halo. ...


Once the Master Chief has the Index, 343 Guilty Spark teleports him to Halo's control room. Guilty Spark instructs him on how to activate Halo, explaining that such a task is too important for a construct such as himself to perform. As the Master Chief inserts the Index into the control panel, Cortana, having been left in the control room during a previous visit, takes the Index before the firing sequence can be triggered.


Cortana explains to a confused Master Chief that Halo is not designed to kill the Flood; it is designed to kill their food. Food, in this case, means any biomass of sufficient size to sustain the Flood, which includes all sentient life in the galaxy. Guilty Spark gladly confirms this: the firing of the Halo installation they are on will cause the eradication of all sentient life within 25,000 light years, and in turn will cause the other six identical installations to fire, thus killing all sentient life within three galactic radii of the Milky Way galaxy. This revelation convinces the Master Chief to abandon Guilty Spark's plan. With Cortana in possession of the Index, and Master Chief in possession of Cortana, Guilty Spark orders the Sentinels to kill him but "save the head", which contains Cortana's AI chip. Before leaving, Guilty Spark questions the Master Chief's decision, asking, "Why would you hesitate to do what you have already done?" He also reminds the Master Chief of their earlier conversation about activating Halo: "Last time you asked me: if it were my choice, would I do it? Having considerable time to ponder your query, my answer has not changed. There is no choice. We must activate the ring."


Cortana fears that 343 Guilty Spark may find a way to activate the weapon on his own, even without the Index, and thus she and the Master Chief set out to destroy Halo. After disabling the pulse generators powering Halo's weapon, forcing Guilty Spark to spend time repairing them, Cortana surmises that detonating the fusion engines on the Pillar of Autumn will cause irreparable damage to Halo. However, Guilty Spark has anticipated this and is already on board, reading through the ship's history files, about which he states, "imagine, a record of all our lost times. Human history is it? Fascinating." From the engine room, he is able to override Cortana's overload sequence. Undaunted, the Master Chief and Cortana make their way to the engine room, and the Master Chief causes the overload manually by throwing explosives into the reactor. The explosion destroys Halo, apparently killing every living thing on it, but Guilty Spark and several Sentinels escape its destruction by heading into space. The Pillar of Autumn is a heavily modified United Nations Space Command Halcyon-class cruiser in the Halo: Combat Evolved video game. ...


Halo 2

343 Guilty Spark makes a return in Halo 2. Following the destruction of Installation 04, Guilty Spark travels to a Forerunner gas-mining facility in the atmosphere of the gas-giant Threshold, which Installation 04 orbited. On it, he meets a Covenant Elite named Sesa 'Refumee and discloses the purpose of Halo to him. Realizing that the "Great Journey" the Prophets speak of is the extermination of the entire galaxy, 'Refumee rebels against the Covenant and becomes known as the Heretic leader. He tells the Elites and Grunts under his command about Halo's purpose and forms a Heretic army on the facility. When the Arbiter is sent to kill the Heretics, he is engaged by the Sentinels and encounters Guilty Spark (whom he refers to as the Oracle). Once the Heretic leader is dead, Tartarus arrives and captures Guilty Spark with his gravity hammer. An Elite wields an energy sword. ... This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ... The Covenant is a fictional militaristic and theocratic alliance of alien races who serve as the main antagonist body of the Halo science-fiction video game series. ... The Arbiter is a fictional ceremonial and political rank bestowed upon special Covenant Elites in the Halo universe. ... This is a list of major fictional characters from the Halo franchise. ...


Following this, 343 Guilty Spark is held in captivity and interrogated by the Covenant Hierarchs. Guilty Spark willingly explains about the first known Halo and the recently-uncovered Delta Halo. He is then presented with another opportunity to activate the Halo network, necessitated by the emergence of Delta Halo's Flood, when Commander Miranda Keyes (daughter of Captain Jacob Keyes from the first game) is captured along with Delta Halo's Index. Tartarus delivers them both to Delta Halo's control room. Guilty Spark warns Tartarus not to damage Keyes, as she is "delicate", but Tartarus ignores him. The Arbiter, Sergeant Johnson, and several Elites arrive as Tartarus is about to activate Delta Halo. As always, Guilty Spark is happy to explain Halo's purpose when asked by the Arbiter. The Prophet of Truth from Halo 2 The High Prophets are fictional characters featured in the video game Halo 2. ... In the video game Halo 2, Installation 05, also known as Delta Halo (see footnotes), is one of the Halo Fortress World Installations built by the Forerunners to contain the Flood. ... Fictional characters from the Halo series of video games that began with Halo: Combat Evolved. ...


Tartarus, blinded by his purpose and his commitment to the Great Journey, throws the Oracle at Sergeant Johnson and activates the ring anyway. While a fierce battle rages between the Elites and the Brutes, Guilty Spark casually begins to countdown the ring's firing sequence. The battle culminates in Tartarus' defeat at the hands of the Arbiter.


With all resistance nullified, Miranda Keyes questions 343 Guilty Spark on how to stop Halo from firing. Despite his reluctance to do so, Guilty Spark ultimately explains that all it takes is to remove the Index. However, he fails to explain that doing so primes every installation to be fired remotely by a command signal from "the Ark" until after Keyes removes the Index. When asked about the location of the Ark by the Arbiter, a scene change prevents the viewer from hearing his response. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Halo 3

Guilty Spark appears again in Halo 3, saving the Master Chief from a Combat form. He claims that all of his pre-programming has been rendered useless now that his installation is destroyed, and promises to help the Master Chief in any way as the Chief is still a Reclaimer, later confirming the Chief (and by extension all humans) to be descendants of the Forerunners.


After a brief argument with the Chief, who still distrusts 343 Guilty Spark after the events in Halo: Combat Evolved, Guilty Spark repairs Cortana's message and goes along on the subsequent mission. While they are on the Ark, he takes over the role of Cortana (later rescued from the ruins of High Charity), guiding the Master Chief along, opening doors for him, and at one point even offering to pick out a tank for him. After the Prophet of Truth is killed, Guilty Spark reveals that construction of a new Halo is underway to replace the one that the Master Chief destroyed. When Sergeant Avery Johnson attempts to fire the ring prematurely, Guilty Spark informs them it will destroy both the installation and the Ark, to which Johnson replies, "Deal with it". Frustrated, and possibly rampant, Spark endeavors to stop the ring's premature firing when he realizes the intent of the humans. Without warning, he changes colour from usual blue to red, fatally wounding Johnson with an energy beam from his "eye". Guilty Spark continues to attack, knocking the Master Chief off his feet and incapacitating the Arbiter. A battle follows in which Master Chief manages to destroy Guilty Spark and activate the Halo. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


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343 Guilty Spark (Monitor) - Halopedia - Halo Wiki with Halo 3 Walkthroughs, Weapons, and more! (4140 words)
Guilty Spark reunited with the Chief, along with Johnson and the Arbiter in the new Installation 04's control room, telling them the ring was almost completed.
It is possible that 343 Guilty Spark is in a state of Rampancy; although he is still accepting of his role as Monitor, his pursuit of alien knowledge does seem to go beyond his purpose.
Guilty Spark also had a conversation with Mendicate Bias through one of the terminals in Halo 3 and recognized an alias for the AI, although Guilty Spark claimed he had little or no knowledge of the working of the Ark (installation 00) prior to and after this conversation.
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