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Littlefinger: A Farewell to a Great Villain
So, Game of Thrones just ended Season 7, and we’re on our way to Season 8, the final season in the war against the Lannisters and the undead. But in this finale is one great goodbye to a villain I liked the most in Game of Thrones: Petyr Baelish, also known by his unflattering nickname, “Littlefinger”. I suppose it’s time to write about how I think about both him and the way he went out.
The way he died was gorgeous for me. I felt like I can sense the little boy that he once was when he was begging Sansa Stark for mercy. Granted, me and my friends made fun of it, relating it to the Zelda CD-I scene where Duke Onkled begged the King of Hyrule for mercy, but the scene itself showed how far Sansa had come and how backstabbing and conniving your way to the top can all fall apart once people get wise to your schemes. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people, all of the time. It
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Spartan Powers in the novels: Fact vs Propaganda
My friend had an interesting idea that he shot by me one day, when we were talking about Spartan abilities in Halo: he noted that there was a large discrepancy in terms of Spartan abilities between the novels and the visual media. (live-action, games, anime) We were talking about it for a bit, until he finally proposed an idea: considering that the UNSC already uses the Spartans for propaganda, and considering the fact that they would lie to their own people to the point where they would claim that “Spartans don’t die, they’re just missing in action.” His idea suggested that the Halo novels where Spartans exhibit abilities not shown in the games, anime, or live-action media are propaganda by the UNSC, that the novels themselves might be in-universe documents that are ONI’s interpretation of the events. Of course, the two of us want to make it clear that this is just a theory, not canon.
Canon-wise, 343 says everything is canon, which is a complete mess whe
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The one media sensation that I can’t put my finger on right now is the sudden popularity of comic book movies. Back then, it was just a bunch of nerds like me who cared about them, now, it’s practically the new Star Wars, with a former friend of mine whom I had a falling out with calling Guardians of the Galaxy a better Star Wars than the actual one. Whether it be Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, or the Avengers as a whole, comic book movies have hit it as big as other blockbusters and cultural icons like Game of Thrones and Star Wars. While this phenomenon is somewhat restricted to Marvel, with DC trying to catch up, it seems that the phenomenon has spawned a new generation of fans that are catered to with all sorts of toys and gadgets bearing superhero imagery all over the place.
The movies they adore are quite different from the ones I grew up with. From the Tim Burton Batman movies to the Dark Knight Trilogy and original Spider-Man Trilogy and the Watchmen movie, the su
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Star Trek and the Trekkies: An Outside View
As a fan of science fiction in general, I am often recommended to watch the old and revered science fiction series, “Star Trek”. Many friends of mine, ranging from classmates, to gaming-friends, to even my professors at school, love the TV series and recommend it to me. Since they often spot me with Star Wars, Transformers, Halo, or Gundam paraphernalia, they figure me for a science fiction man, and with me often talking about science fiction games in public with my friends, they want me to go see Star Trek and see what my reaction to it will be.
And to be honest, my opinion is rather……..mixed. There’s parts of it I like, there’s parts of it that I do see as having artistic merit, but there’s also parts where I had to scratch my head and ask: “how was this popular?” After having seen enough of Star Trek to make a judgement of the series as a whole, I’d say it’s a mixed bag. There’s great ideas being tossed around t
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Today we will talk about-
Yes, yes, the Thalmor are tough custo-
Okay, can you not interru-
Oh, for the love of-
There’s just something about an antagonistic force that’s so cocky, so sure of their dominance, so sure of their own supremacy, that you can’t help but grow a certain respect for their style. It’s just like the forces of Sauron, or the Galactic Empire. Sure, they’re evil as all hell, and they oppress multiple species, but there’s just something about their style that wins them fans even though they’re arrogant, evil bastards who rule through the sword. And today’s topic is no different: today we talk about those golden-arm
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Judtih B-312: The Story of an Outcast
Judtih B-312: The Story of an Outcast
"As long as I have lived, I have rarely gained my comrades' love.......I have never felt that I was one amongst them. More often than not, I was called 'The Lone Wolf.' As the only Spartan III amongst a squad of ODSTs, I was always the odd one out. Whenever the guys come back home after a mission, I was always outside the loop when it comes to the celebrations. Everything about me is classified. For years, the only person I can fully trust was myself. Not my comrades, who sought to outdo me at every turn, jealous of my accomplishments and my power. Not my superiors, who see me as an expendable weapon to use and dispose of at their leisure. I was and always was, alone. I always had to do things by myself." -Spartan Judith B-312, debriefing to Executor Xulinree of the Proto-Sancti forces
Judith B-312 was a Spartan III supersoldier of the United Nations Space Command. Unlike most Spartan IIIs who were orphans of war, Judith was abducted from her home
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Answering points made by Stormcloak supporters.
As a follow-up to my first piece on the Skyrim Civil War, this second entry will be a response to pro-Stormcloak arguments made by players who sympathize with the Stormcloaks in the video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Some of their points have legitimate merits, but others are far-fetched, and others are practically grasping at straws. For me, the argument for the Empire is simple: Ulfric Stormcloak committed regicide and started the civil war to begin with, the Thalmor are using the Stormcloaks as footstools and even secretly support them to weaken the human-led Empire, combining the Empire with Skyrim can form a stronger front against the Thalmor, and there is also the fact that General Tullius is a better military leader than Ulfric Stormcloak.
Once one peels away Ulfric’s whole “messianic hero” archetype that many Nords apply to him, the guy’s not that good of a fighter, and not that goo
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Feminism, Fiction, and the Blowback Effect
I remember a time when fiction was far less complicated in terms of problems than they are today. Guy loves chick, chick gets kidnapped, guy saves chick, and they make out. It’s older than disco. Nobody complained. In fact, girls back then seemed to love a guy who rescues the damsel in distress. And of course, there was also nothing wrong with female heroes as well. From Judith in the Bible skewering an enemy general, to Joan of Arc and Isabella de Castile charging into battle wearing plate mail and backed up by knights, the past is chock-full of females who knew how to swing a sword or an axe and even led whole armies of men in battle.
And fiction reflected that fact: from the earliest days of comics and cartoons, heroines have surfaced to show that girls can duke it out with baddies and keep up with the tough guys, from Wonder Woman, to the females of the X-Men, to female cartoon and anime characters as well as females in novels and movies like Mara Jade and Princess Leia, both
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How the constant barrage of insults from the comic fandom against Dragon Ball’s fanbase led to Dragon Ball Super.
Note: What I am about to talk about is mostly a theory. A theory that cooked up in my head when I was talking to my friend about the contrast between Superman and western superhero comics, and anime such as Dragon Ball Super.
There is nothing like a good, old-fashioned debate between two nerds as to which franchise and character is stronger. It’s as old as nerd culture itself. When the first comic books popped up, and the first nerd mythologies came about, people started debating. Is the Empire from Star Wars stronger than the Federation from Star Trek? Is Captain America better than Superman? Who is stronger, Darkseid, or Thanos? I suppose the nerds who first started these debates are probably old enough to be in retirement homes, wearing diapers and being taken care of by family members or maids and nurses.
Still, such debates have been a hallmark of nerd cult
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Star Wars Retrospective II: The Expanded Universe
PART II: The Expanded Universe: What made it great, why it was great, and why removing it from the canon was the biggest mistake Disney ever made. And why, even now, Disney is lost without it, to the point where they've begun ripping off things from the Expanded Universe to make plots for shows and movies.
WARNING: This essay is extremely long and will contain spoilers. Read at your own risk, and go get yourself a snack or a drink. You will be here for a while....
As promised, Part II of my Star Wars Retrospectives will talk about the Expanded Universe, and why removing it from the canon was one of the biggest mistakes Disney ever made ever since they acquired the rights to Star Wars. Today, I will be talking about the Expanded Universe, the reason why it was great despite some of its mishaps, and why preserving it and making movies from it could have allowed Disney to make so much money that had they done it, they would be wiping their asses with $1000 bills
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Here we go. Another entry, another sacred cow.
Don’t worry, the Star Wars Expanded Universe retrospective is on its way, along with some new characters and storylines I’ve made up for my own versions of fictional universes.
But as I was recently playing Metroid games, and I was watching some Metroid videos, I felt the need to opine on a game series that I’ve recently had some good experiences with, and what seems to be wrong with the fandom:
Yes, yes, it’s quite natural for someone like me to like Metroid. I was a fan of Star Wars, Halo, Gundam, Transformers, and many other science fiction franchises. When it came to Nintendo’s, I was no different. I played through the Star Fox games like an addict. I was first exposed to Samus from the original Smash Bros, which piqued my curiosity. I did my research on the Metroid games, and when I finally got my hands on the Metroid Prime trilogy, my first and arguably best Metroid purchase, I decided to plow th
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Who are they, why are they popular, and their place in the Star Wars fandom debates…….
To those who are unfamiliar with the general fandom for Star Wars, Mandalorians are a warrior-race who are characterized by wearing armor suits with helmets that have T-visors on them. Many of them add jetpacks and wrist-blasters onto their armor suits and employ grenades and missiles along with blasters and flamethrowers. Others use blades along with blasters. The Mandalorians are well-known as powerful warriors and are considered some of the best mercenaries and soldiers in the Star Wars galaxy, with Mandalorian mercenaries and soldiers being valuable commodities for any faction or army.
Even back then, during the Original Trilogy days, George Lucas envisioned Mandalorians as a people of war, when Boba Fett was placed among the Bounty Hunters as an example of the Mandalorians’ obsession with war. The man was dressed with a green Mandalorian armor cuirass a
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Mobile Suit Combat Training
Wheeljack: "Aren't you a tad bit green, kid? Do you really think you should be out there killing people? I've known little girls who are far more enthusiastic about this stuff than you are!"

Amuro: "Who are you calling green? I've fought the Red Comet himself and survived!"

Wheeljack: "Yet you haven't beaten him. Even though you have the superior mobile suit, and he's just using a Zaku with a red paint job. What's stopping you?"

Amuro: "Well.......if you've seen how fast he is, you'll understand!"

Wheeljack: "All I understand is that you're still green. If this is all you can do, you wouldn't survive a nanosecond against Buckethead's finest!"

Amuro: "Buckethead?"

Optimus Prime: "Isn't he going a little bit overboard, Elita?"

Elita One: "No, he's doing just fine, we need him to give Amuro some tough love, otherwise, he'll never learn."

Ultra Magnus: "It seems that Wheeljack is shaping him up to be a killer. Is it wise to turn a boy into a weapon?"

Elita One: "He already is one. The best thing we can do for him now is teach him how to survive out there. Spare the rod, spoil the child. It's better for him to become a killer now, rather than get killed out there. Megatron's thugs won't be giving him a break. Neither should we."

Elita One orders Wheeljack to help train Amuro Ray in handling the Gundam by teaching him more about hand-to-hand combat. Wheeljack goes rough on Amuro, but that's due to the fact that Amuro hesitates in combat. Therefore, Bright Noa, the officer in charge of White Base, brought Amuro to the Autobots and asked them to help him train to be a proper combatant. Elita One chose Wheeljack, the rough-and-tumble Wrecker officer, to do most of the heavy-lifting. Wheeljack taunts and mocks Amuro over his hesitation to kill and apparent "lack of experience" when it comes to battle. Considering that not only are they up against Zeon forces, but also against Decepticons, Mr. Bright and Elita One saw the wisdom in whipping up their Gundam pilot to be a better warrior, although Optimus, Ultra Magnus, and other members of the White Base crew such as Fraw Bow and Sayla Mass have their reservations about turning a young boy into a killing machine.
Final Battle: One-Year War
"You won't kill him! Not on my watch!"

After the "death" of Gihren Zabi and the demise of his sister Kycilia at the hands of Char, all Zeon forces loyal to the Zabi family, along with their Decepticon allies, reverted back to Gihren's "ally", Megatron. Megatron bunkered down and personally defended Side 3, the Zeon capital. After ensuring that remnants of Gihren's forces such as the Delaz attack group escaped, Megatron himself appeared to fend off the Autobot/Federation advance.

After defeating Amuro, who was piloting Gundam Alex, and defeating Optimus Prime in a one-on-one battle, Megatron came face-to-face with the Federation-backed claimant to the throne of the Principality of Zeon, Princess Artesia Deikun, piloting the old RX-78-2 Gundam that Amuro abandoned. After sensing Optimus and Amuro's distress with her Newtype powers, Artesia came out to confront Megatron personally, and claim the crown that she knew she rightfully owned. With Char in shock over Lalah's death, and with Amuro and Optimus incapacitated, it falls on Arteisa's hands to defeat Megatron herself. The Emperor of Destruction, however, will not make that easy for her, as Megtron showed by defeating Amuro and Optimus.

Artesia, however, does not take kindly to those who hurt her friends. She cared deeply for Amuro, and Optimus was like a mentor to her. She would rather die than let them get killed on her watch.
Decepticon Generosity
"The generosity of the Decepticons is always appreciated!"

Commander Anavel Gato's mission for the Delaz Fleet in taking Gundam Unit 02 "Physalis" is aided by one of Megatron's top soldiers, a Decepticon female Seeker named Slipstream. Slipstream, along with several other black-ops Decepticon units, aid Gato in his mission to steal Unit 02 by joining the attack on the Albion and Torrington Base, inflicting massive casualties on the Federal forces there and even damaging the Albion. In response to Megatron's "generosity", Gato thanks Slipstream and the Decepticons with the above quote. Megatron is awfully generous when it comes to helping factions like the Delaz Fleet and other Zeon remnant forces after the One Year War. Megatron's true agenda, however, remains unknown to the Zeon forces, but he publicly tells them that he's fighting for the "freedom of all sentient species", so I suppose that's good enough for the Zeon forces.
So, Game of Thrones just ended Season 7, and we’re on our way to Season 8, the final season in the war against the Lannisters and the undead. But in this finale is one great goodbye to a villain I liked the most in Game of Thrones: Petyr Baelish, also known by his unflattering nickname, “Littlefinger”. I suppose it’s time to write about how I think about both him and the way he went out.

The way he died was gorgeous for me. I felt like I can sense the little boy that he once was when he was begging Sansa Stark for mercy. Granted, me and my friends made fun of it, relating it to the Zelda CD-I scene where Duke Onkled begged the King of Hyrule for mercy, but the scene itself showed how far Sansa had come and how backstabbing and conniving your way to the top can all fall apart once people get wise to your schemes. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people, all of the time. It’s practically building a house out of cards, and it can all tumble down with the right gush of wind. Especially when Sansa gained an all-seeing ally in the form of her brother Bran Stark, that practically signaled the beginning of the end for Petyr Baelish.

Even if he ran back to the Eyrie once Bran repeated his line of “Chaos is a Ladder”, the Vale Knights would have thrown him down the Moon Door once Bran and Sansa started talking to the Vale Lords about what Baelish did to Jon and Lysa Arryn. I suppose the only way he could have saved himself was to grab a boat and head for Braavos so he can land a gig working in the Iron Bank. After all, he publicly declared his allegiance to Winterfell in Season 6, so Cersei would have killed him. The North now knows that he betrayed Ned, the Vale knows that he killed Jon and Lysa Arryn, their rightful lords, and Daenerys has Varys whispering to her ear, and Varys would obviously tell Dany not to trust his old rival, whom he sees as a menace. Quite obviously, outside of leaving Westeros, Baelish would be screwed. He’d still get screwed in the books, because even though he’s safe in the Vale as lord protector, the Vale Lords don’t trust him, and all it takes is for Sansa to open her mouth and tell them who killed Lysa Arryn for them to throw Baelish down the Moon Door and send him plummeting to the ground.

But I would have done it differently. If I were writing it, I would still have Petyr Baelish die like in the show, but he'd give his reasons as to why he's such a backstabbing bastard. When he gets charged of all these evil deeds, like poisoning Jon Arryn, killing Lysa Arryn, betraying Eddard Stark, selling Sansa to the Boltons, etc., he'd plead guilty to all these charges. He’d somewhat try to justify those actions, saying that Jon Arryn was too old for Lysa, that Lysa was trying to kill Sansa. He only intended for Ned to be sent back to the North on the pretense of him joining the Night’s Watch, and he tried to get Ned to either make peace with the Lannisters or get Renly to replace Joffrey; he didn’t predict that Joffrey would kill Ned. He’d say that he brought Sansa to the Boltons because he thought Stannis would win and make her Warden of the North, and he planted Sansa’s letter to throw off Arya because he saw Arya as a cold-blooded murderer whose negative influence might impact Sansa for the worse. Then he'd explain why he did everything that he did. He'd talk about how trying to live an honorable life as a kid got him diddly-squat, how the love of his life was lost to him because of the rules of the world, and because of the fact that he never got what he really wanted despite trying to be a good kid in the past. He'd explain that he became a conniving bastard because that's what his life experiences showed to be the most successful. He manipulates people against each other so that they'd be forced to turn to him for help, it would make him needed in their eyes, and they would give him more and more power, and he'd say that it was the only way he can make up for the fact that he doesn't have martial powers or the right name.

When Baelish gets chewed out by the lords of the North and the Vale for being an underhanded cheater with no honor, he would fire back. He would disparage the Vale Lords for their high sense of honor, he'd disparage the Northerners for putting too much stock in honor when it suited them, he'd curse out the whole system of nobility and all these great houses who thumbed their nose at him and ruined his love life for the sake of a political alliance. He'd say that their sense of honor matters for shit because they are just as likely to do dishonorable things whenever it suited them, or if it allows them to gain more power. After all, for all their talk of honor and pride, their soldiers rape and pillage the countryside when given the chance. They buy their way through the justice system, either by getting the choice champions in trial by combat, or using aristocratic favors to woo the judges. These nobles were ruthless backstabbers and plotters long before Baelish himself came to the scene, after all. He would hardly be the first person to have done such things to gain power.

Roose Bolton knelt before Robb Stark and called him king, yet killed him in order to get into Tywin Lannister’s good graces. The lords of the North who followed Robb pledged fealty to Roose and his son Ramsay, with only a few of them lending aid to Jon Snow. The Vale Lords watched from the sidelines as the Lannisters destroyed their friends, the Starks, the Tullies, the Baratheons, and they did so without raising a hand against the corrupt Lannister family that was destroying their old friends from the War against the Mad King. Petyr would curse this notion of aristocratic honor and expose it for what it is: lipstick on a pig to make swine more attractive. It’s there so the nobles can feel good about themselves, but they would soon abandon those notions of chivalry and honor whenever it suited them. Of course, this would make the nobles in the court angry.

He'd say that his only recourse was to connive, deceive, and manipulate these great lords to get them to destroy each other, to destroy this system, because his desire and love for Cat was destroyed by this system, when she was traded to the Starks like the way a cowherd trades a pack mule for money. In a way, what he was doing is something similar to Daenerys’ idea of “breaking the wheel”. He engineered another bloody war between the great houses so he can destroy them and end this system that ruined his life, as it had ruined the lives of some many before him. When he lost Catelyn, first to the Starks, then to the Freys, and when Sansa turns on him, he'd say that their love was all that he ever wanted in his life, and everything he did was all for that end, and if he can't have that, then there's nothing for him to live for, now that he lost both his chances at love and both the North and the Vale want him dead.

He'd then tell Sansa that if she were to execute him, she should stab him at the heart, because his love is what caused him to do all these evil deeds. He'd congratulate Sansa for outwitting him at his own game, and his last words of advice is for her to keep her skills sharp in the game and never lose. Then he closes his eyes, and kneels, and Arya stabs him at the heart. As he bleeds out, a single tear falls from his eye, indicating that he loved Sansa and was genuinely hurt when she turned on him. Then the courtiers and lords present would talk about how tragic the whole thing is-that the greatest criminal and warmonger in Westeros did all those cruel and evil deeds because of lost love.

But enough about my hypothetical endings, let’s get to the man himself.

Petyr Baelish, from Season 1 onwards, was one of the more enigmatic players in the Game of Thrones. His backstory is quite tragic, and it does explain why a sweet, innocent boy would grow up to be such a ruthless, conniving monster. Like Vader, it involves lost love, and like Vader, it was solidified with him losing in a duel, but unlike Vader, he wasn’t screwed over by some dark mastermind and a former best friend; he was screwed over by the system which their world ran by. As a young boy, little Petyr was raised in Riverrun along with the daughters of lord Hoster Tully of the Riverlands. Petyr’s father was a friend of Hoster’s, so he managed to get his friend to foster his kid. Baelish was bullied around by Hoster’s son, Edmure, who gave him the nickname of “Littlefinger”, because he was small for a boy of his age, and he came from the part of the Vale called “The Fingers”. The name was cruel enough to stick. Edmure’s sisters, on the other hand, Lysa and Catelyn Tully, managed to be good friends with Petyr, and they used him to trade kisses back and forth, something that a young boy like Petyr obviously enjoyed. As they grew older, Littlefinger noticed a difference in the two sisters. Catelyn grew more shy and demure, while Lysa became more bold. Petyr found Lysa pining for more attention from him, to the point where they even mated one time, but he had more of an eye for Catelyn, whom he genuinely loved.

His infatuation and love for her was cut tragically short when Catelyn Tully was betrothed by her father to Brandon Stark, a man she’d never met. Petyr, still believing in the honor code all nobles attend to, tried to stop this by dueling Brandon Stark, which ended in a crushing defeat for young Baelish. He was no fighter like the Stark man was, and Brandon would have killed him had Catelyn not interceded on his behalf…… saying that Petyr was of no threat to their betrothal because she always thought of him as a little brother instead of a romantic partner. For his “insolence” in interfering with Tully business, Hoster Tully expelled Petyr from Riverrun. Needless to say, that was when Petyr began his fall to the metaphorical Dark Side. He learned a brutal truth: that strength rules the world, and all his aspirations of innocent love mattered for shit if you don’t have the proper strength or family name. Baelish was a minor noble, Stark was the heir to the North. Petyr was an amateur duelist at best, and Brandon was a beast in combat, like all full-grown Stark men were. All those notions of honor and chivalry don’t matter at all when someone who’s stronger than you and more prestigious than you turns against you.

Petyr returned to his homeland in the Fingers, mulling over the harsh lessons he had learned, and decided to sharpen his wits instead. He could never defeat high lords in combat, so instead, he would rather use wits and cunning to trip them up and defeat them. Then the Mad King Aerys Targaryen executed Brandon Stark and his father, Rickard Stark, for daring to protest about his son Rhaegar Targaryen “kidnapping” (in reality secretly eloping with) Lyanna Stark, Brandon’s sister and Rickard’s daughter. Catelyn was then wed to Brandon’s younger brother Eddard Stark, while Lysa Tully was wed to Jon Arryn, Petyr’s liege lord in the Vale, to secure the alliance between the Vale and the Riverlands. Petyr used his contacts with Lysa to get Jon Arryn to land him a financial job being the man in charge of customs in the Vale’s largest port, Gulltown. When he increased the place’s income several times over, Jon Arryn took note of this lowly lord from the Fingers, that a great economist was under his domain the whole time. When the Mad King Aerys and his side lost the war, Jon Arryn became the new Hand of the King to his former pupil, the newly-crowned King Robert Baratheon. When the Hand needed a man to find gold as the new king wasted away the full treasury left behind by his predecessor, Jon Arryn knew just the man, and Petyr Baelish became the new Master of Coin for the kingdom of Westeros.

As the series starts, Petyr is shown to be this weasly and middling lord who traffics in secrets, gold, and prostitutes, a combination of rather low and immoral pursuits, chasing gossip, peddling a flesh market, and being in charge of the economy for a kingdom that is 6 million gold in debt. Not the kind of guy you’d trust at first glance, especially since the main viewpoint character, Eddard “Ned” Stark, has to deal with Baelish being his wife’s ex-boyfriend. Now isn’t that awkward? But, when Catelyn shows up with a dagger that was used to try and kill her son Brandon, Petyr shows up to aid Ned Stark in finding the one who sent the killer. Littlefinger claims the dagger was his, and it was lost to Tyrion Lannister when he lost a bet in a previous tournament, which implies that one of the Lannisters, Tyrion, tried to kill Bran. In the books, Tyrion claims the dagger was King Robert Baratheon’s, and Joffrey, the King’s “son”, stole it and paid someone to slit Bran Stark’s throat with it, so the notion that the Lannisters tried to kill Bran was half-right. But in the show, they never made anything clear aside from the fact that the dagger was once Baelish’s blade, so the topic as to who tried to kill Bran is up for grabs. In any case, Baelish blames Tyrion for it, which sets the stage for the Lannister-Stark conflict.

For the most part, Baelish acts as the audience’s introduction to the eponymous “Game of Thrones”, where he tries to show Lord Eddard the intricacies of the game. He shows Ned how common people on the side are paid by people like Queen Cersei and Varys the Spider to spy on other people. He talks to Sansa about the nasty history between the Clegane brothers. When King Robert is in his deathbed and he names Ned the “Protector of the Realm”, Baelish tries to plot with Eddard to either manipulate House Lannister into becoming their allies by moving forward with the Sansa-Joffrey wedding, or to replace Joffrey with Robert’s youngest brother, Renly Baratheon, by revealing the truth about Joffrey “Baratheon” being Jaime Lannister’s bastard instead of being King Robert Baratheon’s son. It would make sense in Baelish’s eyes for Ned to do either thing: since he is Lord Protector, Robert basically just gave him the keys to the kingdom, and the first option Petyr presented would force the Lannisters to become allies of the Starks instead of being their enemy, and the second option at least gets the powerful Renly faction on their side if things go south with the Lannisters, since Renly is not only the Lord of the Stormlands, but he also has the powerful Tyrell family on his side, thanks to his friendship with Loras Tyrell, the heir to the Tyrell capital of Highgarden. The Tyrells and the Lannisters are two of the most powerful families of Westeros, and Baelish gave Ned the chance to get either side on his lap.

Both of of these schemes fail because Eddard would rather support Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s eldest brother and next of kin for the throne, which was something Baelish couldn’t support, considering that Stannis is the kind of guy who doesn’t play the game of thrones-he would just do what any puritanical man does to a bunch of corrupt schemers in a royal court and disposes of all the players, which would mean the end for Littlefinger if Stannis became king. Eddard is steady on this course, since Stannis is the legal next of kin for Robert, so Petyr Baelish decides to betray Ned to the Lannisters before Ned can hand the throne to Stannis. When Robert died, Joffrey summoned Ned and the other council members to court, and asks them to swear fealty. Ned refuses to do so, handing in his writ from Robert that names him Protector of the Realm, which Queen Cersei ignores and tears up. The city guards, bribed by Baelish, at first point their weapons at the Lannisters under Ned’s orders, but then turn against Ned and his Northern host and Baelish himself captures Ned. However, Petyr, along with Cersei, planned on giving mercy to Ned due to Sansa Stark’s pleas, with Petyr himself convincing Cersei that Sansa was innocent of her father’s “treason”. They decide to just send Ned back to the North to be with the Night’s Watch. However, King Joffrey shows no such mercy, and he executes Ned in front of the crowd, over the complaints of Sansa and Cersei, his would-be Queen and his Queen Mother.

At first, this makes Baelish out to be extremely corrupt. He allows the country to fall into debt. He deals with whores and secrets. He tries to get Ned to commit treason by either keeping Joffrey’s bastardry a secret or by trying to get him to support Renly over Stannis. He betrays Ned to the Lannisters. But each of these moves had some semblance of logic. His continued borrowing of money from the Iron Bank and from Tywin would render the next heir to the throne to be deeply in debt, and the most likely heirs were Cersei’s children, so he was making sure that the next Lannister inbred to sit on the throne would have to deal with a massive economic downturn. He borrowed three million gold dragons from Tywin Lannister, taking all that money away from Casterly Rock without a suitable means of paying for it, which would, again, weaken the Lannister dynasty. His dealings with whores and secrets makes him a very wealthy and powerful man, seeing as whores are a very profitable business in a city like King’s Landing, and secrets are a powerful tool for any politician to wield.

Technically, his ideas of getting Ned to support either Joffrey or Renly are both treasonous, but supporting Stannis means they would have few allies, not to mention the fact that Stannis would probably hate Littlefinger’s guts, considering he’s one of the schemers in the realm. It was as much self-preservation for Littlefinger to go against Stannis as it was pragmatism-he knew guys like Stannis would probably kick him out of court or even decapitate him. Not to mention the fact that had Ned followed Baelish’s advice, he could get either the Lannisters as allies instead of enemies, or he could get the powerful Renly/Loras faction which has the wealthy and powerful House Tyrell in its grasp. Getting at least one of these two powerful factions on Ned’s side would make sense in Littlefinger’s eyes, so that if push comes to shove, the Lannisters or the Tyrells can back them up, and such powerful houses would have preserved Ned’s reign as Protector of the Realm. And even when Littlefinger betrayed Ned to the Lannisters, their plan was to send him back north to join the Night’s Watch, which would undoubtedly get Ned back to Winterfell because the Northerners under Robb would be able to intercept Ned on his way to the Wall and get him back home. It was Joffrey’s idea to kill Ned, and guess who it is who plots the death of Joffrey along with the Tyrells in Season 4? That’s right: Petyr Baelish.

Season 2 shows us that Petyr Baelish isn’t totally loyal to the Lannisters either. After Ned’s death, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, and Robb Stark all declare themselves to be kings, disputing Joffrey’s claim to the throne. The War of Five Kings begins. Out of all the contenders, Petyr seemed to gravitate towards Renly, who had the largest army. In Renly’s camp, Petyr tries to negotiate with Renly, promising him that if they work together, Littlefinger will see to it that Renly’s army will be met with open gates once they get to the capital. There, Petyr also meets his old girlfriend, Catelyn Stark, who was still furious over his betrayal of Ned. Petyr tries to explain that he DID try to get Ned to do the right thing, but Ned refused and his stubborn Northern honor got him killed. His dealings to get Jaime back by offering Sansa and Arya (the latter of whom wasn’t in the capital) did undermine the North by getting Catelyn to release Jaime Lannister, and once Renly dies, Littlefinger, after consulting with Tywin, gets the Tyrells, who refuse to declare for Renly’s brother Stannis, to join with the Lannisters and save King’s Landing from falling to the forces of Stannis Baratheon, and in reward, King Joffrey names Petyr Baelish the new lord of Harrenhal, as a prize for his “ingenuity”. By wedding the Tyrells to the Lannisters, Baelish secured Lannister dominance on the continent……..or did he?

We see in Season 3 that by wedding the Tyrells to the Lannisters, Baelish immensely weakened the latter while strengthening the former. The Tyrells in the capital were handing out food and toy donations, which gained them popular support, in contrast to the unpopular King Joffrey, who did one impulsive act after another, and who once had to face a riot because of the starving citizens. The Lannisters were being undermined in the very seat of Westerosi power. To add fuel to the fire, Margaery Tyrell, who was Joffrey’s new bride-to-be after he set aside Sansa, began to manipulate Joffrey, and managed to control him-a feat that not even his mother Cersei Lannister was able to accomplish. Not to mention that since the Lannisters are broke, losing three million gold dragons to Robert Baratheon and owing two million more to the Iron Bank of Braavos, the Lannisters were now forced to rely on the Tyrells to pay back such loans. By bringing the Tyrells to the capital, Littlefinger weakened the Lannisters by getting the people in the capital to root for the Tyrells and getting even the king to side with Margaery over his own mother, not to mention forcing the Lannisters to appease the Tyrells so the Tyrells would pay back their debts to the Iron Bank because the Lannisters were broke.

Joffrey saw Cersei as beneath him and he saw Tywin as a coward, but he was sincerely amused by Margaery when she managed to convince him that she had a fascination for violence. And in the people’s eyes, Cersei was a monster, and Joffrey was a product of incest. By forging an alliance between Lannisters and Tyrells, Baelish immensely weakened the Lannisters, and given that the Tyrells had no interest in fighting the North, had the Tyrells taken complete control of the capital and the throne, (which they would have done eventually) the war against the North would have eventually faded, and Baelish would have accomplished what Robb Stark could not-the permanent weakening and defeat of House Lannister.

Then of course, came the Red Wedding. A plot between Tywin Lannister, Walder Frey, and Roose Bolton to destroy House Stark and end the war against the North in a Lannister-Frey-Bolton victory. Roose Bolton and Walder Frey, bannermen of Houses Stark and Tully, were sworn to be vassal houses of King Robb Stark’s kingdom of the North and the Riverlands. Roose Bolton was weary of fighting Robb Stark’s war, especially since his ancestors fought against the Starks in the old days. Walder Frey was angry that Robb broke his promise to marry a daughter of House Frey by marrying either a daughter of House Westerling (in the books) or a field nurse. (in the show) To compound the problems for the Starks, during Jaime’s escape, he killed a bunch of Karstark sons; sons of Lord Rickard Karstark, and Karstark retaliated by killing a bunch of Lannister boys related to Jaime’s family. Robb Stark answered this rogue behavior with execution: he decapitated Lord Karstark, and Karstark’s army went home in disapproval of their king’s actions.

Robb Stark was now guilty of kinslaying, since the Karstarks were members of the Stark family and Rickard Karstark was even named after Robb Stark’s grandfather and Ned Stark’s father, Rickard Stark. With the Northern host weakened, Robb Stark’s victories in the field failing to end the war decisively, and a very displeased Walder Frey angry that he didn’t get the marriage he wanted, the Boltons and Freys finally came together, made a pact with Tywin Lannister, and assassinated Robb Stark, his mother, his pregnant wife(in the TV show), and most of the Stark forces in a wedding ceremony in the Twin Towers of Frey, a wedding that was supposed to be between Robb Stark’s uncle Edmure Tully and one of Walder Frey’s daughters.

One thing is clear: this was all Tywin’s doing, not Littlefinger’s. Baelish’s plan to weaken the Lannisters by bringing the Tyrells to the capital did not take into account Robb Stark’s traitorous bannermen having discreet communications with Lord Tywin. But still, this ended the War of the Five Kings in a decisive Lannister victory, with Baelish’s old flame Catelyn among the dead.

Of course, Littlefinger telling his old friend Lysa Tully to keep the Vale neutral in the war didn’t help, but again, as with Ned’s death, Baelish didn’t take into account the brutal tactics of the Lannisters. Of course he didn’t want his sweet Catelyn to die. Perhaps if he did have Lysa send the Vale Knights against the Lannisters, Robb would have won, but Baelish didn’t account for Tywin making such brutal deals and killing his girlfriend, just as he didn’t predict that Joffrey would kill Ned Stark. He was just human, after all. He wanted Ned to be sent home back North, just as he wanted the Tyrells to slowly weaken the Lannisters at King’s Landing. His true love, after all, was Catelyn Stark, and the last thing he would have wanted was for her to die. Had it not been for the Red Wedding, Baelish’s plan to weaken the Lannisters and make the Tyrells the new power behind the throne could have ended the war with the North and “Cat” surviving. If he knew about the Red Wedding in advance, he would have definitely arranged for Catelyn to get out of there, either by sending a messenger or sending a spy to kidnap her and spirit her away.

Season 4 has Littlefinger finally show his true colors against the Lannisters, with his first major act being the assassination of King Joffrey, with help from Olenna Tyrell, who didn’t want to see her granddaughter Margaery be wedded to such a monster. In the wedding between Joffrey and Margaery, Baelish arranges for a show by dwarves as a mock re-enactment of the War of the Five Kings, which causes friction between Tyrion Lannister, the imp, and Joffrey, who signaled for the show to start. Then Joffrey chokes and dies, and thanks to the rivalry between Tyrion and Cersei Lannister, and the friction caused by the dwarf show, Cersei blames Tyrion for his son’s death, setting the Lannisters against each other, with Tywin and Cersei wanting to make Tyrion pay for his “crime”, while the recently-returned Jaime Lannister trying to stand up for his little brother. Amidst the chaos, Littlefinger arranges for Sansa to be taken away and spirited to him, but Baelish, ever the mistrustful one, kills the man who smuggled Sansa to him, Dontos Hollard, on the logic that they need to keep everyone silent since Sansa, who, at the time, was Tyrion’s wife, would be a prime suspect in Joffrey’s death.

In one fowl swoop, Littlefinger and his Tyrell allies avenged Ned Stark and achieved what Robb could not-tearing the Lannisters apart and weakening them to an extent where they were no longer the superpower they used to be. Joffrey’s death led to the soft and gentle Tommen Baratheon ascending to the throne, whom Margaery had even less difficulty controlling. The tensions between the Lannisters escalated during Tyrion’s trial, when he demanded Trial By Combat. Tyrion gets the Dornish prince, Oberyn Martell, on his side, because they both knew that Cersei would undoubtedly choose the Mountain, Ser Gregor Clegane, as her champion, and Oberyn wanted to get back at Clegane for raping and killing his sister, Elia Martel, as well as killing her son and daughter. In the duel, Ser Gregor succeeds in killing Oberyn, even though he himself was poisoned in the battle. Tyrion was then sentenced to die. The whole Lannister family farce ended with Tyrion escaping thanks to Jaime, because Jaime feared that Tywin would kill Tyrion, and Tyrion responded to that fear by killing Tywin himself, using a Lannister crossbow, killing the mighty lord of Casterly Rock in the privy.

Petyr Baelish’s machinations were wildly successful, even beyond his dreams. Now, the mighty Tywin lies dead, his family is weaker than ever, the new boy-king was even easier for the Tyrells to control, and the only Lannisters leading the faction are Jaime and Cersei; the former, an ineffectual knight with one hand, unable to fight properly, and the latter, a Queen despised by her people who is desperately losing power to the Tyrells as the Tyrells gain the support of the new king and the commoners of the capital. Had Catelyn lived to see this, perhaps she would have been impressed by Petyr’s accomplishments in completely ruining the rival of the Starks.

Baelish takes Sansa to the Vale, where she was told to take the guise of Alayne, and here we begin to see a bit of weakness on his side: his infatuation with Sansa. In the Vale, Petyr meets with an old lover of his, Lysa Arryn, Catelyn’s sister. Lysa was greatly infatuated with Petyr, and wanted to wed him right away. Once they were wed, Lysa names Petyr the Lord Protector of the Vale, to be the guardian of her son Robert (Robin in the show) Arryn. However, after they wed, Lysa spots Petyr kissing Sansa, which causes her to almost kill Sansa. Petyr calms Lysa down, then kills her by shoving her through the Moon Door after telling her that he loved Catelyn alone.

Baelish takes in Sansa as his new protege. He frames a local bard for the dirty deed of Lysa’s death in the books, and he was playing a game of his own against some Vale lords who want to remove him. But in the show, the Vale lords hold Petyr in a trial, since he had no one to blame and the death was labeled by Petyr as a “suicide”. Petyr tries to feign shock over the death, but the Vale lords don’t buy it, especially when Lysa was known to be obsessive over her son, and they rightfully calculated that she would not leave him behind. However, when the Vale lords bring “Alayne” in for questioning, Sansa Stark shows her true colors and identifies herself in front of the Vale Lords, then confirms Petyr’s story about Lysa. She then tells them that Petyr protected her and got her out of King’s Landing, and that his lies were all to protect her. The Vale lords, satisfied with Sansa’s testimony, accept Petyr as their new master and plan their next moves. In the books, Petyr means for Sansa to marry the sickly Robert Arryn’s heir, Harrold Hardyng, so she can reveal herself in the wedding as Sansa, take control of the Vale, and use its forces to wage war and retake Winterfell from the Boltons. But in the show, Littlefinger urges the Vale lords to train Robin Arryn in combat and have him as their new mascot in the war against the Lannisters.

So, to recap, Baelish set forward a series of events that saw to the downfall of the Lannister family, the increase of power for the Tyrells, his new allies, and he gets Sansa out of the capital and into safe territory. Granted, his murders of Dontos Hollard and Lysa Arryn definitely land him in the villainous category, but his machinations still had the same endgoal as Robb Stark’s war did: the weakening and destruction of Lannister power in the Seven Kingdoms. As he told his rival Varys, “Chaos is a ladder”, and he and the Tyrells are using the chaos to increase their power in the land at the expense of the Lannisters, who were all but disintegrating under Cersei Lannister’s leadership, which Baelish notes in the books was bringing the nation into ruin faster than he had expected. Cersei’s competition with the Tyrells eventually led to her getting humiliated when she empowers a religious order known as the Sparrows to revive the Faith Militant,  which then leads to her arrest and eventual humiliation when they decide that they no longer need her help.

Petyr Baelish, in these first four seasons at least, revealed himself to be an enigmatic, cunning, and powerful player on the Game of Thrones. He succeeded where Ned and Robb Stark both failed: the downfall of the Lannisters and the opening for a new power to dominate the continent. Against Robb and Ned, the Lannisters were almost unbeatable due to their mountains of wealth and Tywin’s sheer force of will. Against the machinations of Littlefinger, however, the Lannisters fell for them, hook, line, and sinker, and with all that Baelish did against the Lannisters, it wouldn’t be long before their power wanes in the capital and the Tyrells, a more reasonable and popular faction when compared to the Lannisters, takes control of the capital and eventually, the nation. Not bad for a lowly lord that was the descendant of a Braavosi sellsword, eh? The grandson of a hedge knight, responsible for the downfall of the strongest house in the realm. Quite a record for Petyr Baelish to have accomplished. If only the later seasons didn't waste his potential............
Littlefinger: A Farewell to a Great Villain
Here I talk about one of Game of Thrones' principal villains, the man known as "Littlefinger", Lord Petyr Baelish. I also talk about his dealings from Seasons 1-4, which show his accomplishments in the power struggle for Westeros. 

Next time, I'll be talking about my rewrites for Seasons 5-7, as I do believe that Baelish, along with other characters like Stannis and other subplots like that of Dorne, suffered without the guidance of George RR Martin. 
My friend had an interesting idea that he shot by me one day, when we were talking about Spartan abilities in Halo: he noted that there was a large discrepancy in terms of Spartan abilities between the novels and the visual media. (live-action, games, anime) We were talking about it for a bit, until he finally proposed an idea: considering that the UNSC already uses the Spartans for propaganda, and considering the fact that they would lie to their own people to the point where they would claim that “Spartans don’t die, they’re just missing in action.” His idea suggested that the Halo novels where Spartans exhibit abilities not shown in the games, anime, or live-action media are propaganda by the UNSC, that the novels themselves might be in-universe documents that are ONI’s interpretation of the events. Of course, the two of us want to make it clear that this is just a theory, not canon.

Canon-wise, 343 says everything is canon, which is a complete mess when in the novels, Spartans can exhibit abilities that far outstrip their video game, live action, or anime portrayals. Bungie in the old days just considered the games to be the only things that mattered in the canon, and they retconned things left and right whenever they felt like it(like with Halo Reach’s depiction of the Invasion of Reach not being the same as the novel version). But with 343 making everything canon, this does throw a massive monkey wrench into the whole idea of Spartan abilities. Mostly because in the novels, they’re capable of superhero level feats, but in the visual medium, (games, anime, live-action) they’re portrayed as merely souped-up soldiers who still screw up and die.

I remember a Halo fan debating me on the durability of Spartans, and as he (or she) went in to claim that the Spartans are durable against all sorts of weapons, all I can think of is this one scene in Halo Legends where a female Spartan was shot by a Needler and she died. I remember when people told me to my face that in the novels, Spartans can go as fast as 30-60 miles per hour, and all I can think of was another episode from Legends where a Spartan was too slow and she got her head caved in with a Brute Chieftain’s gravity hammer instead of just diving away with the ODST about to get hit. Or how, in the difficulty of Heroic, which Bungie set as the difficulty all Halo games were meant to be, as a Spartan, I always had to rely on cover and my shields and armor were nothing but a stop-gap solution. I thought Halo Legends was much more faithful to the games when compared to the books, since there’s less of a power discrepancy outside the obvious joke episode. Even in the crossover with Dead or Alive, the Spartan there was a mighty fighter, but not near-invincible by a long shot.

Now, this is a bit of a pickle, especially for a Halo fan as myself, who is in the middle of writing a story about Spartans. Do I make my Spartan be superbly superhuman, like those in the novels? Or do I make them more down-to-earth and reliant on their skills and fortune, like the Spartans from the games and the anime? Do I make it so that my Spartan waddles into battle, not with a gun, but with a katana, and she evades enemy fire while slicing through them like crazy, or do I make it so that she has to rely on cover, good aim, and tactics, like in the games? I mean, I’m even trying to shoot a Halo movie of my own using the campaign theater, and I’m trying to play it as the godlike Spartan, but to add tension, I had to bump up the difficulty so the enemy aren’t just morons waiting to be killed-I have to make it so that the enemy actually looks smart and brutal so my Spartan winning over them looks like an achievement. But it kinda breaks the illusion of the godlike Spartan when the Spartans that do survive in higher difficulties fight more like a cover-seeking, third-person-shooter protagonist rather than some super-ninja who’s closer to Deathstroke or Batman in terms of fighting baddies.

It’s not like the Jedi where they had different levels of mastery. You can say that a Jedi that died like a scrub fighting robots had a lower skill level than the mainstay Jedi cast in Star Wars, or you can say that a Jedi that exhibits powers above those shown in the movies were Jedi that had decades to hone their powers in meditation and training. Spartans aren’t like the Jedi who have different skill levels and rankings, from Padawans (scrubs) to Jedi High Councilors (super elites). There are even Jedi who are strong in the Force, and can surpass a Jedi of a higher rank by sheer power or skill. But unlike the Jedi, the Spartans don’t have much difference in training, armor, or abilities. They were all given the same modifications, the same armor, the same training. Some might exhibit different abilities, like Spartan Linda-058’s ability to shoot different targets almost instantaneously, but for the most part, unlike the Jedi who are exposed to different masters and different stimuli that elicits different progression paths for each pupil, the Spartans were a trained military force that were programmed to be similar, made to be similar, and practically educated in the same program with a singular goal in mind. Much unlike the Jedi, who are just given a general order of keeping the peace but then performing different tasks that may or may not even involve combat at all.

So the power discrepancies between the books and the visual medium when it comes to Spartans becomes somewhat jarring. Some Spartan IIs can run up to 30 miles per hour. Master Chief in the books can run up to 60 miles per hour. If he can do that, then there’s no need for Warthog jeeps or Ghost speeders at all. Just have Chief hoof it and add boosters to his legs. Mission accomplished. Yet the games and other visual mediums like live-action shows show him in need of vehicles to be even as fast as 60 mph. Hence why my friend’s theory actually works wonders in plugging up this plot hole. The levels of super-saiyan strength that the Spartans exhibit were propaganda, while the visual medium portrays them more down-to-earth. Which would make total sense and plug up this canonical screw-up.

When the novels were creating feats for Spartans that were above the games, it was back then when Bungie was in charge, and Bungie didn’t give two wet farts about what was going on in the books. The games mattered to them, and that was all. The novels can give Spartans superhuman powers because it didn’t matter to Bungie, who just made Spartans more down-to-earth in the games. Then, when 343 Industries came in and made everything canon, suddenly, it was a mess. Novels that gave Spartans superhuman abilities were now in the same canon as with media that gave Spartans realistic abilities or quick and mundane deaths. To put this in perspective to the average Halo player, it’s like a universe which was playing the games in Easy and Normal difficulty were suddenly the same as one that was playing it in Heroic or Legendary. Anyone who played the games knows the difference between those sets of difficulty levels. Or, in anime terms, it’s like as if the same Goku who struggled against fighting a robot in Dragonball was the same Goku who can fight gods of destruction on an even level. Which, is, of course, stupid. The Goku that fought Beerus weathered more trials, tribulations, and fights when compared to his pint-sized earlier version. That’s why he’s stronger.

To which we then come to ONI and the UNSC government, which already had a history of lying through their teeth when it came to the Spartans. To keep up morale back home, the UNSC turned these black-ops supersoldiers into icons and heroes, and to keep up the charade of the Spartans being immortal and undefeated paragons of strength, the government lied to the populace and stated that “Spartans never die, they’re just missing in action”. When I first heard that line, I thought it was some kind of honor for the Spartans to be spoken of that way. That yes, Spartans do die, but the fighting spirit they engendered onto others lives on, so they are just technically “missing in action” when they die. It seemed like a form of respect. Then I realized that it was EXACTLY what ONI wanted to say quite literally: that the Spartans can’t be killed, they’re just missing in action when they drop off the grid. So basically, we have a government that’s capable of lying its ass off to the populace and has already had a vested interest in building the Spartans up as unbeatable heroes. They already lie their asses off when it comes to the Spartans, what with them saying that no Spartan truly dies, they’re just MIA. So, would it really be that much of an exaggeration if the government publishes books about what happened in current events that bumped up the feats of the Spartans and made them look like gods?

No, it wouldn’t be that much of a step up. You’re already making them into immortal death machines. Why not add some extra superpowers while you’re at it to make them look even more invincible? And this wouldn’t be the first time a novel from a game series became an in-game, in-universe item. Mass Effect Ascension, a novel in the Mass Effect series, was already given an in-game codex entry by the actual game, meaning that the novel itself exists in the Mass Effect game universe as a novel that the main character, Commander Shepard, can even purchase:

“Written by human author Drew Karpyshyn, the popular military-historical novel Ascension focuses on several lives warped or destroyed by the human-survivalist cult Cerberus. Following the Citadel attack of 2182 and the accelerated rise of human influence in the galaxy, Cerberus instituted Ascension, a secret biotics program aimed at producing a super-human warrior. Biotics prodigy Gillian Grayson, a 12-year-old autistic girl, suffered for the sins of her father, a secret Cerberus operative and red sand addict. Paul Grayson was ensnared in a web of criminality involving a quarian traitor and extending to Saren Arterius, the geth, and a terminal threat to the quarian flotilla. Having fled to the Terminus Systems with his daughter after exposure of Cerberus's link to Ascension, Grayson was pursued by Gillian's teacher, scientist Kahlee Sanders, initiating a chain of tragedies that demonstrated Cerberus's nearly-unlimited power and boundless ambition.”

The same goes for the next novel, Revelation:

“Revelation is a popular military-historical novel by human writer Drew Karpyshyn that dramatizes human conflicts and political expansion following the 2148 discovery of the Prothean mass relay on Pluto and the beginning of human galactic exploration. In 2165, years before his rise to political prominence, Lt. David Anderson was a young veteran of the turian war, investigating the destruction of top secret military research station Shanxi. Every scientist stationed at Shanxi had been slaughtered except Kahlee Sanders, who'd disappeared with secret files making her Anderson's prime suspect. The book traced Anderson's dangerous investigation of Sanders, which included run-ins with Blue Suns mercenaries and a krogan bounty hunter. The investigation uncovered illegal research into AI, and forced Anderson into an alliance with human-hating turian Spectre Saren Arterius, who would eventually enter into a genocidal collaboration with the geth.”

If Mass Effect can have that, why not Halo? The authors of these books can be the same as Drew Karpyshyn and be in-universe writers writing about current events. And of course, if such books are published in human space, the government can pay off the authors to add a few…...changes, changes that would make the Spartans stronger than they are in the visual mediums of Halo.

So while I’m sure that this theory will in no way be canon(and the people who are intense Spartan fans would no doubt fight it all the way through) this theory gives us a possible explanation as to the power discrepancies of Spartans, when they transition from the visual medium to the written word.

Just some food for thought, that’s all……
Spartan Powers in the novels: Fact vs Propaganda
While I'm sure this theory has a snowball's chance in hell of being canon, my friend brought this up as an interesting theory that can explain why the Spartans are stronger in the novels than they are in the anime, games, and live-action Halo media.


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Revan-Reborn-12 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for fave. Check out the new chapter of my story Rebirth of the Revanchist.
Vader999 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I've got a Revan story of my own. Stay tuned.
Revan-Reborn-12 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Noted. Just when you get a chance.
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kupieckorzenny Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the watch!
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WeriKABOOM Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017
Thanks for the fav!
PandaSennin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sorry for the late reply but I wanted to reply to a comment you left to me on a guy's art that I can't reply to because he (for whatever reason) blocked me.

The concept of ''real'' or ''true fans'' is illogical since if you like something you are a fan, regardless of whatever part of the content you like/dislike/ignore. Only elitists hold on to the ''true fan'' ideology.
Vader999 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017
No it isn't. There's a clear difference between say, fans of Marvel who have read the comics for decades, and fans of the movies who think they know comic books. Or people who are fans of Game of Thrones the show, versus the fans of the books who have known about the story long before there was a show. The "true fans" are elitist for a reason-they know their stuff, the casuals don't. And the same applies here: there's a difference between Star Wars fans who have read many comics and novels and played many video games, and those who just watch the movies and didn't give a shit about the Expanded Universe being shut down in favor of the new canon, which in the end, turned out to be just another stripped-down version of Expanded Universe canon......
PandaSennin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
It is illogical because both ARE fans of *insert thing here* but one has delved more into it and it's most likely a bigger part of their life. So yes, there is a difference in casual and hardcore fans BUT both are still fans regardless. They don't have to care about everything SW related (since a good chunk of the Old EU wasn't that great) but still be big fans. Elitist serve no point but to scare away new fans who might have different viewpoints. Also it's WAY too early to talk about the New Canon after only existing for what, 3-4 years?
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