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11/24/2012 8:35:08 PM
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alien names in Halo

Why are they all based on Greek mythology? When the Didact was naming his army, why did he use something from Human fiction? Also, why are they all in english? Why would the Forerunners call The Flood The Flood? Why not dbaoimbmabm or some crazy alien thing? It should have been like the human that named them the flood that shouldn't have been their name before. Halo is SciFi that means it should make sense with science and the names in Halo make no sense unless you can explain.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oblivioh No Cortana was like "They simply called it "The Flood"" when talking about the forerunner-flood war. And why are Brutes called things from greek mythology then and why did Elites call Requiem Requiem in the terminal...[/quote] Ancient Man called it the Flood, and the Forerunners adopted the term.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oblivioh what do you mean? and how does this explain things like covenant stuff being in english, like the Brutes names and stuff, or the "needler" or "spiker". Do they call it something different?[/quote] Those are names humans gave to them. The Covenant only call it that when speaking English as there is probably no other translation.
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  • Here is a good idea. Ask bungie, and 343 why they couldn't come up with something original.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oblivioh And why are Brutes called things from greek mythology then.[/quote]Care to provide at least three examples, besides Tartarus?
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    Because this is a science [b]fictional[/b] universe created by humans. Every now and then there will be references to human history in any part of the fiction. I'm sure anyone can just make up a explanation to your current questions and we'll just roll with the one that sounds the best. [Edited on 11.25.2012 11:09 AM PST]
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  • No Cortana was like "They simply called it "The Flood"" when talking about the forerunner-flood war. And why are Brutes called things from greek mythology then and why did Elites call Requiem Requiem in the terminal...
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  • Forerunner translators translate names and meanings of words into their most similar parallel in a different language. Promethean is not a Forerunner word, it's the closest translation of a Forerunner word in our dictionary. And the term Flood was actually coined by humans, not Forerunners. As are all of the mainstream names of Covenant races.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Oblivioh what do you mean? and how does this explain things like covenant stuff being in english, like the Brutes names and stuff, or the "needler" or "spiker". Do they call it something different?[/quote]Well things like "Elite", "Brute", "Grunt", "Spiker", "Needler", etc are names HUMANS have given them. That's not they actually mean in the Covenant language(s). So Sangheili doesn't mean "Elite" in their language. It probably means something along the lines of "A person from Sanghelios", much like how "Canadian" is used to distinguish someone from Canada.
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  • Mostly translation convention. The Covenant managed to make a translation of english pretty quick.
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  • what do you mean? and how does this explain things like covenant stuff being in english, like the Brutes names and stuff, or the "needler" or "spiker". Do they call it something different?
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  • Forerunner script, when translated into English, uses idioms from the reader's own experience. Forerunner tech is pretty advanced, so that's just how it translates.
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