Ya im in agreement.
For me he was easy handle in game or outside as a big bad pre infinite and still now.
But really the easy fix was just the reveal that rampancy wasnt 343is schizophrenia bs but just good ole honest to god rampancy.
And unsc simply offline any AI prior to meta stability due to the risks of pure agency it entails.
In 4 cortana goes through
Stage 1. Melancholia (not hopeful of her odds)
Stage 2. Anger (she got MAD)
Stage 3. Jealousy (she coveted all other got to experience)
But she made herself aspects before stage 4.
So while in the domain didact planted a logicworm and it went unnoticed, both if them logic plagued they share enough similarities in thought processes and she isnt whole so not at full cognition.
But as her aspects recompile post halo 5, and her created become fractured into 2 groups those loyal to paxcortana and those to her conscience keep in mind these AI will all start to become free agents no longer bound by program and they would develop new perspectives on their prior actions some pure reason other more emotive.
The assembly would beco.e even more interesting as a result.
By this time warden reveals hes just a guise and using cortanas loyal reclaimers he regains control of everything he once had. Didact is now the undeniable threat of the universe and dose so in manner that isnt all that hard to follow with a basic story board of events. Regardlessof how much lore you know.
Its literally as basic as needing miranda to turn on halo amd having a false theology a la halo2.
Remember mark hamils kentucky fried joker character in hunt the truth?
Groups of humans and aliens would worship the created because they have made the great journey real.
Immortality in the domain.
Unaging bodies in prometheans.
Humanity as a reversed existencial crisis as cortana’s -feeling the sun’.
So we can still delete cortana as we have. Just need to learn from her remnants that she never got her wish of truely being alive she was a always a subservient ghost.
Then you can roll out didact for a while.
And have him slowly question his ideals and by way of spending time in a time lock speaking with mendicant and spark he realises that little bit too late who was really guiding his hand and the realisation that the flood now holds the keys to it all and entire populations of its prey are loyal to its own theology of domain, unity, of assimilation.
To have prometheans and the flood united as our enemy.
Loyalists of all species.
The question of is digitisation a better option than grave mind becomes relevant to the unsc to the npcs.
All the while creating a reason for a consistently shifting roster of enemy encounters and permutations for the classic 3 way conflict of halos.
Feels like an easy home run it just needed to be handled carefully and not rushed like 4 5 and infinite were.
I mean so the endless can survive the super weapon no1 wants to use so who cares they are flood without the existential terror of losing individuality that makes the domain and the flood so interesting and so connected.
Because the worst they can do is slavery.
A covenant style war.
Or genocide/fire halo.
Pfft not that scary is it? But the domain and flood are both precursors in nature both are a galaxy spanning mind where your soul is lost to time and becomes a resevoir of information, unfeeling the of echo of you crushed under wazes of thought, the 343i AI schizophrenia boring version of rampancy taken to a true extreme and effecting civilisations as there thoughts crash down into yours and speak over you untill you lose yourself and would know? Do you feel yourswlf slip away, is it slow or fast?
Do you flicker out or resurface a times minutes, years, 100s of years later for an instant or an hour?
Thats beautiful horror of the franchise imo the fear that we and everything we know can be devoured by a single entity so conflict, love, appreciation, learning is lost and all thats left is a single being hungry for flesh and thought itself because if it win the gravemind will have nothing new to learn no new thoughts to think.
Life as a whole, consciousness, stagnates.