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UHH RE: FORERUNNERS, ANCILLAE, AND CORTANA
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Blood Zodiac - Aries by vasylina
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Come on, John. Don’t keep a girl waiting. You are coming back for me … aren’t you?
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You and I are going to talk about this…
It has come to my attention that a number of morons over at various corners of the internet have been accusing 343 Industries of ‘objectifying’ Cortana in Halo 4. If you’re one of these people, I advise that you stick around while I carefully deconstruct how asinine this claim is.
First of all, Cortana is an object. She is a data crystal chip designed to be slotted into terminals and to enhance the capabilities of the MJOLNIR armour suit, her physical form is nothing more than an avatar - an appearance which, according to the lore, she chose herself and can change whenever she wants.
Just because a character looks attractive, in absolutely no way is this “objectifying” them - especially considering that Cortana’s ‘sex appeal’ has never had any effect on the plot, or is in any way a definitive aspect of her character - as a matter of fact, it has never, ever been mentioned by anybody.
When you ask somebody who isn’t an idiot to describe Cortana’s character in 3 words, you’ll hear something along the lines of: Intelligent, witty, resourceful. She guides the player through the game from place to place, she’s the one who figures out where you have to go and provides the player with a directive. Her role is in no way ‘passive’, as, in Halo 4’s climax, she is the one who fights the Ur-Didact while John is helplessly clinging to a light bridge for dear life and she successfully overcomes him. Let me just emphasise this bit - Cortana manages to physically overpower an 11.4 foot tall Promethean by using her intellect. There is no point in Halo 4 where she uses her sexuality to further the plot, there is no point in Halo 4 where anything to do with her sex appeal comes up.
"I can give you over 40,000 reasons why I know that sun isn’t real. I know it because the emitter’s Rayleigh effect is disproportionate to its suggested size… I know it because its stellar cycle is more symmetrical than that of an actual star… But for all that, I’ll never actually know if it looks real, if it feels real. Before this is all over, promise me you’ll figure out which one of us is the machine."
This is not the trademark sign of a character who is in any way “objectified” into a sexualised husk of a character devoid of agency or independence. This single soliloquy from Shutdown’s opening tells you everything you need to know about her character and the emotional conflict she is experiencing by struggling with her descent into rampancy and how she’s having to come to terms with her own mortality.
Look at any time Cortana speaks in Halo 4, look at how she is framed - especially in the scenes where she gives soliloquies. They are shot so her face is emphasised, this is the prime tool for conveying emotion. In a game whose fanbase is mostly made up of teenage/adult males, think about the message that this is sending - “look at her face, listen to her voice: this is what’s important.”
Compare this to how Bungie wrote Cortana in Halo 3 with all of its problematic, disturbing rape imagery. When Cortana appears in Floodgate and in the game’s penultimate mission, we see her being violently assaulted by the Gravemind and the camera focusing on her in overly submissive positions. This is one thing, but Cortana has absolutely no role in Halo 3 at all outside of narrative convenience when it comes to the fabrication of an Index for the replacement Installation 04. She’s rescued not because John is keeping his promise to come back for her from Halo 2 where she elects to stay behind on High Charity, but only due to the fact that it’s more convenient to rescue her for the original Index rather than wait a bit for Guilty Spark to fabricate a new one… When Cortana is rescued, just half an hour or so later she’s discarded from any kind of meaningful development or arc in the narrative and left to rot in the back of the Forward Unto Dawn… Imagine for a moment that Halo 4 never happened, this is how Bungie would’ve ended the story of one of the most important characters in the series - stripping her of agency, reducing her to a matter of plot convenience, then leaving her to rot once she’d fulfilled her purpose. THIS is poor writing, THIS is what people should be complaining about.
And her appearance… Right, let’s get this straight, okay? The depth of a character, male or female, is not defined by how conservatively they’re dressed. Take Samus from the Metroid series - the galaxy-hopping bounty hunter who fights space pirates, Metroids and various other alien beings is, underneath the layer of armour, a scantily-clad blonde woman. Bare midriff, short shorts and so on. Does this demean the integrity of her development as a character, transforming her into some kind of 90s valley girl? No, she’s the same character but without the suit. What a character wears, or does not wear, does not define the character…
That’s my rant pretty much over for now, it irks me to see how some people are so worryingly thick…
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