Frost, on 15 November 2012 - 10:24 PM, said:
While I'm okay with the story so far (I'm only 3 missions in) in the campaign,
Spoilerfest ahoy. I mean it, this will ruin Halo 4 for you if you read it and care. You've been warned.
nitpick nitpick nitpick...
That's Carter S
259. While the novels say that Spartan-IIIs use their company prefix, nothing else supports this, and Reach outright contradicts this. In both the trailers for Reach that feature the Spartans (Deliver Hope and the E3 reveal) they use the S-prefix, as well as in-game.
E3 Reveal features both Kat and Carter ("This Sierra-320 prepped for combat insertion" - Kat; and Carter "This is Sierra-259, you've got Spartans on the ground sir; we're not going anywhere") and Deliver Hope's helmet view of Kat clearly shows that she is S320. (shown as S-320 [KAT]), and Jun is S266. When you're choosing a Firefight voice, all of Noble Team is shown with the S prefix. In addition, the first page of the instruction manual is an in-character congratulations email from Colonel Holland welcoming you to Noble; Noble-Six's name is given as [Classified] S-312.
The novels have always (well, at least when Bungie was in charge) been second-tier canon; the games always trump everything else (not to mention the giant continuity errors the novels inject - such as the Fall of Reach novel not jiving with Halo: Reach at all
If i had to form a hypothesis, it would be either that:
1 - there are no "comapnies" of Spartan IIIs - after all, we never see them in the games, merely a handful of Spartan IIIs and mention of two more teams during Reach ("being wasted evactuating civilians"). All Spartans use the S-prefix.
2 - after being removed from their throwaway companies (which are super top secret and are going to be sent on suicide missions anyway), any Spartan-III is assigned an S-prefix to make them indistinguishable from "normal" Spartans to the UNSC personnel they interract with. Since all of the Spartan-IIIs in Reach would have to have been removed from their companies (as both Alpha and Beta companies were wiped out completely in suicide missions years before Reach takes place) this seems quite likely. After all, the UNSC keeps information on the Spartans very secret, and would want to reinforce the appearance that there are a LOT of Spartans (even if there arent) and wouldn't want people asking questions about why some Spartans use the S/Sierra prefix and some use other alphanumerics.
I know, a nitpick, but i got into a giant argument about it on the Bungie forums before they walked away from Reach.