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This article is about the Didact encountered in Halo 4. For the Didact responsible for activating the Halo Array, see Iso-Didact.
Ur-Didact
Shadow-of-Sundered-Star
Biographical information

Rate

Warrior-Servant

Rank

Promethean

Position

Commander of Forerunner military

Physical information

Gender

Male

Height

3.454 metres (11 ft 4.0 in)[1]

Weight

360.6 kilograms (795 lb)[1]

Vehicles

Hair color

Brown

Eye color

  • Gray
  • Orange (After Modification)
Chronological and political information

Era(s)

Affiliation

Forerunner Ecumene

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“The peaceful one is at war without and within.”
Mantle of Responsibility, Fifth Permutation of the Didact's Number

Shadow-of-Sundered-Star,[2] more commonly known as the Ur-Didact (Ur- meaning original), was a Forerunner Promethean who held an extremely high status in the Forerunner society as supreme commander of the entire Forerunner military.[3] He wholeheartedly believed in the Mantle of Responsibility the Forerunners held to protect life, and initially opposed the Halo Array as a sin beyond measure. He was also the lover and husband of The Librarian. He serves as the primary antagonist in Halo 4.

Originally thought to have been physically killed by the former Master Builder Faber,[4] the Didact effectively existed as two individuals during the final days of the Forerunner-Flood war; his original self, as well as his implanted consciousness within a young Forerunner known as Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting. To differentiate these two incarnations, the original Didact was referred to as the Ur-Didact, while his other incarnation was known as the Bornstellar-Didact or Iso-Didact.[5] The Ur-Didact was eventually exiled on Requiem, not to be awakened until 2557,[6][7] while the Bornstellar-Didact served during the final days of the Flood conflict, and was also the individual responsible for activating the Halo Array.[3][8]

BiographyEdit

“We are Forerunners, guardians of all that exists!”
— Ur-Didact

Warrior-Servant careerEdit

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The Didact's armor during the beginning of the Human-Forerunner War

The Didact was a Promethean, a member of an extremely powerful class of Warrior-Servant. He gained his name while teaching at the College of Strategic Defense of the Mantle. On Charum Hakkor, he met a Lifeworker named the Librarian and married her. They had several children, who followed their father's footsteps and became Warrior-Servants. During the Human-Forerunner war, the Didact led the Forerunner military against the humans. Though all of his children were killed, the Forerunners were victorious. After the Charum Hakkor campaign, he and a group of Prometheans, including the Confirmer, discovered a stasis capsule on Charum Hakkor which contained the Timeless One, the last of the Precursors.

Following the end of the war and the first discovery of the Flood, he advocated a policy of vigilance and research in the event of a Flood resurgence. He also proposed the construction of Shield Worlds across the galaxy, in order to monitor the galaxy for Flood outbreaks and provide military support should they occur. However, a faction of Builders led by Faber proposed the construction of a series of superweapons to deal with the Flood instead, and they were successful in convincing the Forerunner Council to sanction their plans. Having lost the political battle, the Didact was stripped of his power and forced into exile.

Discovery on Erde-TyreneEdit

In his exile, the Didact entered a state of meditation inside of a Cryptum, which was placed by the Librarian in Djamonkin Crater on Earth. Over one thousand years later, he was discovered and revived by a young Forerunner Manipular, Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, who had come to Earth in search of Precursor relics.

During his subsequent travels with Bornstellar, the Didact performed a brevet mutation on the young Bornstellar to allow him access to the Domain. With the mutation, the Didact transferred all of his memories and knowledge to Bornstellar. This made Bornstellar essentially a copy of the original Didact. The original Didact, or the Ur-Didact, was later left in a Flood-infested system by the Master Builder. After surviving the 032 Mendicant Bias' assault on the capital, Bornstellar Didact would reunite with his wife, the Librarian on Installation 00 and resume his duties as supreme commander of Forerunner military due to the present threat of the Flood.[9]

Forerunner-Flood warEdit

At some point during the Forerunner-Flood war, the Ur-Didact began to experiment on himself in an attempt to gain immunity to Flood infection. When his efforts ended in failure, a subordinate suggested the Composer as a solution. Since the Composer did not work on his new form, his Prometheans all volunteered to undergo the process, becoming the first Promethean Knights.[10]

“Humans, your kind brought the Flood to our shores. Now you will aid in ending its threat.”
— Ur-Didact
“I have led you, my Prometheans, for thousands of years, and I shall continue to lead you. Rise. Rise and protect the Forerunners. Rise, and protect the galaxy!”
— Ur-Didact to his newly formed army of Promethean Knights, on their task to remove the Flood threat from the galaxy

Despite this new army of soldiers no longer susceptible to Flood infection, their numbers were too few to prevent the parasite from continuing to spread. Seeking to both increase the size of his army and exact a measure of revenge for their actions during the previous conflict, the Ur-Didact would turn the Composer upon humanity; planning to eventually have the entire species composed and turned into new Prometheans.

After seeing the results of his "conscripting" one human village on Omega Halo, the Librarian would remove the Composer from the Ur-Didact's custody and seal both him and his Knights away inside Requiem, putting an end to the Ur-Didact's plans and sentencing the galaxy to the activation of the Halo Array.

ReturnEdit

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The Didact unmasked as seen in Halo 4.

The Ur-Didact[11] was sealed in a Cryptum that required a Reclaimer to activate and release him. In 2557, the Ur-Didact tricked John-117 into releasing him by manipulating transmission signals from UNSC Infinity, leading him to the center of Requiem under the pretense that it was a transmission network. The Didact, with the Covenant Remnant now at his command, launched an assault on the grounded Infinity, but UNSC forces, aided by John-117, were able to push back the assault even drive the Didact's vessel away.

The Didact began a search for the Composer, a device that turns living beings into digital forms, at Ivanoff Research Station orbiting Halo Installation 03. He was followed by John-117. After arriving at his destination and fighting the UNSC forces there, the Didact obtained the Composer and fired it at Ivanoff Station, instantly killing all UNSC personnel aboard. However, John-117 survived due to the Librarian's genetic manipulation which made him immune to the effects of the Composer.

The Didact then departed for Earth to create a new Promethean army by transforming the entire human race into Prometheans using the composer. Again, John-117 followed him. Upon arriving at Earth, the Didact was immediately attacked by a UNSC fleet led by Infinity. John-117 was able to make a hole in the Forerunner vessel's hull and board it.

DefeatEdit

Before John-117 made it to the Didact, the Didact fired the Composer at Earth, composing all of the inhabitants of New Phoenix. John engaged the Didact, but the Didact constrained John in using a type of kinesis. Cortana, contained in the Mantle's Approaches network, manifested copies of herself into nearby hardlight particles and used the particles to restrain the Didact long enough for John to plant a Pulse Grenade on his chest. It detonated, wounding him and causing him to fall off the light bridge and into the slipspace event below. John then destroyed the Composer and the Didact's vessel with a Havok nuclear bomb.

Second returnEdit

Among the high-ranking officials in the UNSC, it was assumed the Didact had died when falling into the slipspace event; even though no body was ever found. In order to keep the human population at ease, they decided not to disclose to them a live Forerunner had been encountered. The attack on New Phoenix was to be blamed on the Covenant Remnant. However, after Blue Team was sent to search for Team Black who disappeared on Installation 03. After finding their dead bodies, Blue Team investigates the Forerunner structure which used to hold the Composer before it was moved. While investigating the structure, they stumbled upon the Composer's Abyss, the location of all the subjects which were 'digitized' by the Composer. As soon as they enter, a Monitor alerts a live Ur-Didact that the SPARTANs have found the Abyss.[12]

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • "Didact" is derived from the Greek word "didactic," which means to instruct others, especially with regard to morals.
  • Didact is the first Forerunner whose face is shown in the series.
  • In Halo 4, the Ur-Didact was voiced by Keith Szarabajka, who is also known for his performances as Dr. Kyne in Dead Space and Harbinger in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
  • A Didact figure is included in the McFarlane Toys Halo 4 Series 2 line.

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