Reading Cryptum and Primordium has created an incredible desire for me to be able to see Forerunners is more media - in more motion shorts, in the upcoming games, in anything. The problem is, the ones we’ve seen so far (Halo Origins and the Anniversary Terminals) look… kinda stupid.
And here’s an image of a Lifeworker from the Anniversary terminals. Given that they were relased a few months ago, and given that they were created by 343, we can assume this image is fully canonical.
I guess the problem is that these images conflict drastically with the images Greg Bear’s writing calls to mind. He writes of Forerunner armor being incredibly varied, spun of seemingly organic technology that moulds and shapes to the wearer. Day-to-day Forerunner armor, according to Greg Bear’s novels, features a helmet with a barely visible facial shield that can reveal a Forerunner’s full features in times of conversation and relaxation.
Bear writes of the armor being multicolored, varied, cermonial or practical, and presumably the combat skin is something different again.
My point is, from what we’ve seen so far, the Forerunners will be depicted as a biker gang from a 1970s post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. Nothing that’s yet been drawn has even come close to depicting what Greg Bear describes, with the notable exception of this concept art for a Forerunner combat skin.
Don’t get me wrong, the Forerunner ships, architecture and technology looks great, but the race themselves looks completely different. We’re told that Forerunners are vastly different in physical appearance - the Didact’s shoulders are described as being as wide as a Manipular’s spread arms. Forerunners are described as gray skinned, pink skinned, blue skinned, furry shouldered, slight, enormous, simply dressed, intricately dressed, etc.
Warrior servants are supposed to be enormous and powerful compared to other rates, not skinny, lycra clad and wearing conch shells on their heads. The higher-up Builders and Lifeworkers look worrying like this guy.
I just really fear that the technologies and images that Greg Bear has created are going to be simplified and dumbed down so much that they don’t resemble the source material at all. That’s my impression of the Forerunners from Origins and the Anniversary Terminals. To me, it’s just going to be a huge disappointment if they spend all of this time creating such a rich mental image of what Forerunners actually look like if they’re going to be based off the poor designs from Origins.
And that’s not to say I want Forerunners to look how they do in my head - honestly, I don’t have a real image in my head because what Greg Bear describes is outside what I can imagine. But I want them to really impress me, and I want to be amazed at how advanced their culture is - I don’t want to be stifling a laugh.
TL;DR: The Forerunners in Origins and the Anniversary Terminals look nothing like Greg Bear describes and I’m hoping they do something cool for future depictions.
What do you guys think?