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Ah well, I'm honored to have had a hand in shaping this comic, even inadvertently. Keep up the good work Jim.
Also: How is the Machine going to help RC get the trapped Calvacada? It sounds to me like he's powerless.
Now that I have that out of my system, how is it that Ferial is the last Precursor, but we haven't seen any Forerunner? Did Ferial hunt them down or something?
What species can transmute itself into data? AI? Or were the Forerunner so advanced that they simply ported their memories/conscious into the Mercyhoard? But the Machine mentions "spreading their infection," which doesn't bring to mind Forerunner. Is there some significant species in this Haloverse's past which we don't know about, which would encompass Ferial and the Calvacada?
Also, I'd like to point out the possibility of other Mercyhoardes. The Machine says "such an archive," which suggests that there may be others.
I've been noting that it seems Rulebook is having several different conversations at once, with a new sentence for each conversation appearing every comic. Am I near the mark with any of this?
We all know the Forerunners loved to name things with the formula "Fancy Adjective, Noun", ie Guilty Spark, High Charity, Mendicant Bias, etc.
Is Eternal Refuge a place, a ship, an AI...? It almost seems as though Ferial's talking about a place of "everlasting sanctuary", as opposed to a Forerunner artifact.
Jim, your choice of fonts makes this complicated. Everything is in capitals, so is it Eternal Refuge, or eternal refuge? Arg.
Wait, could Ferial be the Originators? (Not sure if that's the right word; the people who came BEFORE the Forerunners) Ferial seems to be older than even the Forerunner, especially if the Flood was created by Ferial. How far back into the history of this Haloverse are we going, Jim?