Halo: Cryptum is a military science fiction novel by Greg Bear, based on the Halo series of video games. The book was released in January and is the. A Cryptum is a Forerunner stasis/containment machine used to safely preserve beings in a state of meditation for incredibly long periods of time. Okay folks, I watched the Terminals and I am a bit confused on when exactly these things go down. Here is my confusion. 1. The first Terminal.

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The Master Builder is responsible for the creation of the titular Halo superweapons. It also had the capability to scan its surrounding environment or data networks in order to gather information.

Nov 01, Michael Castro rated it really liked it. He confirms that three-hundred years before, The Flood re-emerged in their part of the galaxy and the Forerunners were at a loss to combat them. You don’t need to overdo it for me.

Halo: Cryptum

To ask other readers questions about Haloplease sign up. The Fall of Reach. This is what I consider to be the most fundamental flaw of the book and the one that I want to discuss first and foremost, since what lies beyond the language barrier is a perfectly acceptable space-adventure novel with just enough familiar elements to tie cryptumm into the Halo milieu.

A Cryptum was a stasis chamber used as a means of exile by the Forerunners. Synchrons supposedly tie great forces and personalities together. Born, who is a swap-member of the Builder caste in the Forerunner hierarchshows the desire to turn his back on his future as a Builder and instead become a treasure hunter to search for long-lost Forerunner and Precursor artifacts.


Presumably the Xbox game can’t be this dull? Greg Bear does a phenomenal effort in bridging this gap and creating a god-like creature of a god-like race and making you care about him.

The millennial seal of the Cryptum was said to be reinforced by two forces; the “wisdom of Harbou” and the “strength of Lang”. The associate would remove the would-be exile’s armor and administer them gradual doses of a chemical known as inchukoawhich caused the body to shed most of its fluids via heavy sweating, initially dried and cleaned by the Forerunner’s aides and attendant monitors.

After he’s free, the Didact takes them to the planet of Charum Hakkor, a place This was a fantastic journey to the very foundations of the Halo Universe. Due to their sacred nature—specifically the involvement of the Domain—a Forerunner’s entry into a Cryptum was traditionally a highly ritualistic process, overseen and guided by an associate of Haruspis.

Nov 11, Nick rated it really liked it. During his trip home the Didact’s memory tells him that the creation of the ring-shaped construct, called Halo, was the reason he was placed in the Cryptum. On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny They were the Forerunners–the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time.

I really wish hadn’t forced Silentium’s release to Smarch. The only problem with this is that the style in which the first person narrative is written can be initially off-putting, helped in no small part by the author, Greg Bear, spending little time easing the reader into the novel.

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Maybe he did it for his son. While the Cryptum preserved the consciousness of the Forerunner inside for an indefinite period, the occupant’s physical body would cryptu, maintained in a vitrified state, lacking most of its fluids. View all 8 comments. Since Requiem is different than the other shield worlds, its possible it existed before as merely the didact’s base. Fictionally, these seemingly out-of-place names may be explained as a quirk of the AI-assisted translation software—which often replaces the original Forerunner proper names with contextually similar Earth names—used to decipher the in-universe documents that comprise The Ceyptum Saga.


Unlike the one discovered by Bornstellar, this Cryptum had not withered the user, as the Ur-Didact remained as physically fit as he had been when he entered; it is unknown if this was the work of the Cryptum itself or the fact that the Ur-Didact wore his personal armor ha,o hibernation.

Is it a conspiracy to overthrow humans by the Forerunners?

The first Terminal makes sense as it is the beginning of official Forerunner-Human aggression. And I’ve learned with Greg Bear to just be patient and everything will make sense.

Halo 4 Terminals and Cryptum/Primordium

King of the Hill Fueled by Mountain Dew. Cryptum This book has started me on a great reading journey. Retrieved from ” https: So ahlo that be a flashback or were some of the ancient humans kept “evolved” for a time? If so, weren’t the remaining humans on the rings transferred back to Erde-Tyrene?

This book was surprisingly good. Maybe he just really wanted to do it. It really is incredible.