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The Librarian and Bornstellar-Didact by StellarStateLogic The Librarian and Bornstellar-Didact by StellarStateLogic
She clasped my face between her cool hands and looked down into it. “You refused to give Faber what he needed to activate all the Contender-class ancillas. You refused to give him the location of all your Shield Worlds. It is said that the Master Builder executed you on the San’Shyuum quarantine planet. You are now all I have.

“You are all we have.”


— Halo - The Forenunner Saga: Cryptum

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I have watched the entire footage of Halo 4 and I don’t give a damn to 343’s Forerunner design. I don’t give a damn to ‘canon’ Librarian’s appearance, either. I’m sticking my Forerunner appearance headcanon based on to Greg Bear’s interpretation of them resembling Tolkein’s elves and I draw what I want. *flips table*
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tarbano Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Stunningly beautiful, I love your forerunners series
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Nightblade48 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I AGREE! I hate 343's Forerunners as well! Let's hate it together!
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015   Digital Artist
I saw Halo 5 trailer and didn't know what to say about it omg. *hugs*
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DatenshiTsubasa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
This drawing makes me ship Bornstellar/Librarian so hard. Love it.
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Nightblade48 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
LOOOOOOVVEEEEEEEE IIIIIIIIIT! <3
I just became a Bornstellar/Librarian shipper as well! :)
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Sogri Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i like your designs far more than that of 343's designs.
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014   Digital Artist
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Sogri Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awwwww. Hug 
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FotusKnight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe. But Forerunners can't look like Humans. And Didact without his awesome armor and ugly face isn't a Didact.
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Sogri Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
yeah,they have been described to look like humans (somewhat) before they mature.
while they shouldn't necessarily look like humans, the artist has done an excellent job designing them and personifying them.
personifying is probably the totally incorrect term, but meh.
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cursed99 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
When I first heard there was a Human-Forerunner War in the new back story and that the humans had been devolved and placed back on earth, I thought the war was actually a Civil War and we are descended from the devolved losers of that conflict. I mean the doors in Halo are too small for the Ur-Didact and other 343 Forerunners as is every computer terminal. All of them carefully designed for ease of use by a human. Also the Forerunner having a standing military is at odds with their defeat by the Flood. They didn't need a military until the Flood. Their technology ensured no natural disaster was too great to overcome and no other sentient being could take them on in any form, they were all primitive. I'm not saying they had no weapons. They just didn't have weapons designed for armed conflict. I'm sure they had some hand guns, not to mention the sentinels. But then 343 comes along and makes the forerunners have a military backed up by insane robots. From before the Flood war. Not to mention the composer. A laser that was invented in Tron, guess the MCP loaned it out. Then they take Didact, a potentially interesting character from Bungie and create a confusing back story that gives us two Didacts. Why? Surely we could have just found a Precursor or multiple in Requiem. We know the Forerunner were loath to cause a species to go extinct. Hence the many Flood in storage. Giant armored scorpion monsters aided by the Covenant and in control of stolen Promethean Knights while they tear warthogs apart with their claws would have rocked. 
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Nightblade48 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2015
343's sudden change of cannon was too sudden, too confusing and just plain irritating. Out of nowhere we get two Didact's, and one of them is suddenly evil. The original trilogy lacked a main villain on the alien's side. Only after the first game did we find out more about the Covenant, giving us a sense of growth. I would enjoy having the first game as at least something to show us the story, slowly uncovering the evil Didact's past. It would definetly be a much better solution.

Instead we get a 'sudden villian' and if you didn't go out of your way get to know Halo better you get the feeling of: 'Hi there! You reached your objective! Here's a bad guy for you to kill'. What's more, forerunner's didn't have military before the Flood. Only hand guns, the other spiecies were simply too primitive to be a match, even if forerunners lacked active military. I always thought that human's being Reclaimers ment that they were at least similiar to the forerunners. I mean the door and the console size fit. Just... Arrrrggghhh! Damn you 343!
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Digital Artist
I think it's the digitized personalities (imagine every life form "chosen" by the Librarian gets a digital backup of itself inside the Domain) that allowed the Halo 4 Promethean Knights to appear everywhere they want to. Though, personally, I do find that setting too imbalanced to begin with, not to mention how the Librarian would've been really upset about it (because her idea was to preserve the physical/organic biological information, instead of achieving digitized immortality). Although I am aware what I've said are completely based on the novel and Halo 3.

Forerunner needed military, or at least, the Ecumene needed a system of mobilizing Warrior-Servants who theoretically/ideally serve in the name of preserving the harmony of the Mantle's teaching BY ALL COST. Therefore to an extreme extent, this also implies that the leader of Warrior-Servants could easily fall into the "Lawful Evil" alignment (welcome to D&D roleplay) if he's not taken caution of his own rationalities. Ur-Didact would be a perfect example of that.

I don't like 343's setting with the Composer, that whole thing is too imbalanced, I'll just omit its existence.

The concept of having Bornstellar-Didact and Ur-Didact could've been Greg Bear's idea, though, he did write the novels under Bungie's approval (who had given him a lot of freedom in creating stuffs of his own idea). Though by all means I was disappointed by Ur-Didact's return as a villain and the poor quality of the reason and backstory that should've supported his actual debut. If Chief and Didact's final showdown for Halo 4 could be half as entertaining as the Boss vs Zinyak (final battle) in Saints Row IV, perhaps I wouldn't complain as much, but of course we all knew what had happened.
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cursed99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
The forerunner were unprepared for the Flood, their weapons were ineffective and they simply didn't react fast enough to Flood incursion. None of which holds true for a species with a military as capable as the Prometheans, and no, they did not need an army before hand, their species was incredibly advanced, intelligent and wise as well as being pacifists. This is of course Halo 3 era Forerunner, which had Mendicant Bias available to perform such actions using automated ships and millions upon millions of sentinels. As for the composer, smaller 'composing' devices that could make Cortana like AI from organic brains I could get behind. Upon seeing the effects of the composer I questioned why it wasn't; A: Precursor, B: The device reverse engineered to create the Halo Arrays' primary weapon, and C: why it needed to turn people into robots, also D: If it was Forerunner why didn't they mass produce it and use it on the Flood. At least it could have been connected to the Halo's, you know that thing in the title of the game. And yeah the Ur-Didact sucked. He was bland and very much not the wise and caring Forerunners we'd come to know. The whole 'but he's actually evil, dum, dum, dummm' is extremely lazy. Had we fought Precursors at least they'd likely follow the footsteps of the first Halo, wherein the primary antagonists (the Covenant and the Flood) didn't have a central villain and are extremely alien as a result. With later games providing more depth. Guilty Spark is far more complex a character than Truth and Gravemind. The Flood especially came off as ominous and dangerous.
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jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Beautiful work!
Agreed completely. I don't care for 343's forerunner design. 
Personally, up until Halo 3, I always thought that the forerunners *were* ancient humans, so this design fits my image of them perfectly.
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014   Digital Artist
As far as I know of from the novel readings, I knew ancient humans weren't forerunners, but forerunners may have interfered with humanity's evolution. Which, had inspired me to make the timeline for Rebuild of the Reclaimer Trilogy.

As for ancient humans, I did design Yprin too and have put it in the same gallery folder. I wish to see her in canon games too... even though she might not be the same as how I designed her as.
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jricht Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Cool. Thx
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malovence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Precious, simply beautiful. 
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ChosenbyMantle Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   General Artist
About 100,000 years ago, the Librarian and the rest of the different-rated Forerunners that resided of the ship known as Audacity stumbled upon a planet that was inhabited by people that they classified as primitive Forerunners. They had a short stature, and aged far more rapidly than the technologically advanced Forerunners who were able to receive mutations. They did have some attributes that their advanced relatives had, such as the black sclera, fine hair, and the classically flat nose that my people possess.
I comprehend your disappointment of the Librarian not ascending to your standards, but many people have to realize that many aliens look different. This may come out as offensive, but HUMANITY IS NOT THE NORM OF THE GALAXY.
I grant you my thanks for reading my comment. If you have a problem trying to decipher what I am saying, reply.
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Bab I have no problem comprehending your message, no worries. Just that I've started writing and building the stories of the forerunners before Halo 4 came out, and extensive researches on canonical information (including Bear's personal view on how he envisioned Forerunners while writing the first 2 books) were done before I began doing the design drawings. I personally am also a roleplayer of the Librarian (and was well-recognized on tumblr when the roleplaying circle was still strong, I'm retired now as most people/major characters have left the roleplay) won't go into headcanon war with you on how human and forerunners should or shouldn't look similar, it'd be a waste of time imo. But I'm glad you come forth to share the idea with me, thanks you a bunch for that. :)
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ChosenbyMantle Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   General Artist
You are welcome,  Librarian roleplayer. 
Sometimes I wonder, did Greg Bear regurgitate for days after seeing the Didact's mutilated face?
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Digital Artist
From what I know (based on hints given out from timetable and things), he had to recton his personal settings to cope with 343's request, hence was why Silentium was postponed. I personally was a bit upset by it at first, now it feels relatively ok, though my roleplay still sticks to most of the settings I've made up with. Well, if you can find my roleplay blog, there's a more detailed explanation to what I think, and feel free to start rping with me if you want to, I am totally cool with it. :)
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ChosenbyMantle Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
Indeed, I would love to roleplay with you. The content within the stories that are displayed within your blog is wonderful, and the writing is sophisticated, additionally. I already trail behind you on tumblr, so I shall wait. 
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Aww thank you~ we'll plot something out ok. :)
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Explainer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actuelly, from what I have read you Greg Bears's is still correct.

You see the Forerunners live for long long periods of time, and lose their natural beauty as they get older. 

So the only reason they look weird is because thats what they look like when their older. So 343 still has a chance to redeem themselves in a way.

Also I love this picture, please keep going.
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SCwetsquad Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
She beyond gorgeous. The Didact's a bastard for turning on her.

More dan' nuff said. Am I right?
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Digital Artist
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flamingfrijoles Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
In the defense of 343, they had to present the forerunners as villains. I think Greg Bear's description was too pretty for the role they had to play in halo 4
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Vader999 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Why not have him transform in-game? Have Didact show up as an elegant man, then when he gets pissed, he turns ugly, like Palpatine?
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flamingfrijoles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
He had already gone through the transformation before he was put to sleep. It would have contradicted the books too much.
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Vader999 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Or at least show us a recording of how he was before becoming a burn victim face.....
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flamingfrijoles Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Yeah that woulda been nice, but I guess they didn't want to even hint at Didact being Bornstellar at any time.
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Vader999 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
The Didact we fight is the Ur Didact. Not Bornstellar.
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Rhavkoress Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree with you.

I love Stellarborn's face by the way you captured it perfectly. :D
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XenoNovus Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Inspired by this awesomeness!
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Glad to hear that!!
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Monkeyblah Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I was in the same boat as you. I was expecting Elves/Eldar...instead I got freakishly tall Greys.
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Digital Artist
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Monkeyblah Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
There there now, let us weep together.
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AmbientWaters Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Wow this is exactly how I imagined what Bornstellar meeting the Librarian looked like.
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drskytower Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
343 Industries' rendition of Forerunners is awful... they look like mad, rabies-inflicted, hideous ugly giant simian apes (Didact) or ugly old hags with giant helmets on their bald heads (Librarian). However, I like the Sentinel design. Too bad it looks like half of a Sentinel instead of a whole Sentinel.

Your rendition of Forerunners is very cute. It's more how I imagine them to look with this elven appearance.
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Napoleon-Bonaparte7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
And at the same time, these depictions of Forerunners look like space elves. I don't want my technologically advanced mysterious race to look like elves, I want them to look decisively alien.
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drskytower Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, they should look more alien and less like a space elf or a Locust from Gears of War. They should resemble their creations, Sentinels! (like how we make robots look like ourselves) After all, in Halo 4, they were trying to digitize themselves to become like their Constructs/Sentinels/Monitors etc (or rather, 343 Industries' way of explaining why the ghod-awful Promethean Knights exist.)
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Napoleon-Bonaparte7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I dunno, I liked the Promethean Knights, even while the grizzled Halo veteran in me was screaming "IT'S SO UN-HALO! MY EYES!" I didn't mind 343's depiction of Forerunner either. Hell in fact, I don't mind 343 much at all, only because they have Frankie onboard.
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drskytower Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Halo 4 is aimed at players under 15 and seeing as I'm over 25 that makes me ten plus years waaaay too old to be a fan of Halo anymore :D 343 Industries put the bar too low by marketing their game to little kids.
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dablaster Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW looks really good it would of been cool if forerunners did look like this but who knows maybe they do before they get mutated because I remember bornstellar thinking to himself (before mutation) that these humans look a lot like him.
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ho-ohmaster Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
F 343, this is what I imagined what the forerunners looked like when I read the books. 343 even screwed up the sanghelli >:/
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StellarStateLogic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Digital Artist
It baffles me of how Sangheili could speak perfect English (like 'Requiem' and 'Librarian'), you'd think they have specific terms for that in their language as well..... It doesn't really make sense why they borrowed human languages for that.
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ho-ohmaster Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Well then again, humanity i think made a translator, so they could find out what the covenant and allied sanghelli were saying.
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