The Halo universe is full of unsolved mysteries and questions. What happened to the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire after the events of Halo Wars? Where did 343 Guilty Spark bring the UNSC Rubicon after Halo: Primordium? How did the Domain survive destruction when the Halo Array was fired at the end of the Forerunner-Flood war? These are all very interesting questions, but today, we at HaloSwallower only have time for one theory for the greatest mystery of them all.
Who the hell is the owner of the mysterious @Did343FixMCCYet Twitter account?
For those who are unaware, the Twitter account in question is one that appears to have been created on November 19, 2015, well over a year after the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Since then, it appears to have tweeted “No. #Halo #FixMCC” every 12 hours, as can be seen in the image below:
Who could have the technical knowledge and resources to do this? A.I. constructs? With the wide array of artificial intelligence characters in Halo, both UNSC and Forerunner, it may be difficult to identify a culprit. However, upon further research with funding provided by 434 Industries, we believe that the prime suspect can be nailed down to a single human being – Admiral Preston Cole.
Once again, for those who are unaware, Admiral Preston Cole was a brilliant and legendary tactician of the UNSC Navy, who had achieved numerous tactical successes in combatting both the Insurrectionists and the Covenant. He also devised the Cole Protocol, which was named after him. However, Cole apparently met his end during the Battle of Psi Serpentis. Towards the end of that battle, Cole plunged his flagship, the Everest, into the gravity well of a gas giant to deflect the Covenant’s plasma attacks before launching a hundred Shiva nukes into the gas giant’s unstable core, causing it to go nova and obliterating all of the Covenant ships, and presumably the Everest.
However, it is possible that Cole survived. Codename: SURGEON stated that there was an 89.7% chance that Cole performed an emergency slipspace jump, thus surviving, which brings us back to that Twitter account.
Since the account posts the same message with a fixed frequency, it is highly possible that this is some kind of distress signal broadcast by Cole, since one such signal would repeat the same message over and over again at a certain frequency. But why include bitching about the MCC in his transmission? For that, we must look at the origins of Admiral Cole.
Admiral Cole’s origin story was covered in the short story The Impossible Life and Possible Death of Preston J. Cole, which was written by Eric Nylund, who also wrote other Halo novels, most notably The Fall of Reach. Since his character was created by someone who worked on Halo lore during the Bungie era, it would make perfect sense for Cole to absolutely despise 343 Industries, because well, it isn’t Bungie, and also because they have given him exactly zero attention in their new lore, and what better way to hate on 343 Industries than to fake your death, escape to a faraway planet and set up a distress beacon in the form of a Twitter account that constantly bugs 343 to fix their Master Chief Collection (which Cole probably feels is a desecration of Bungie’s Halo)? This totally makes sense, doesn’t it?