With Halo Wars 2 just a few months away from release, we at Halo Swallower have made it our responsibility (was your responsibility, now it is ours) to study every piece of media related to the game in great detail in search of any hidden clues regarding its plot. With the recent release of the Atriox trailer, which you can watch here if you haven’t already, we finally have sufficient evidence to confirm one of our most brutal theories so far – that Atriox is in fact Alarak, Highlord of the Tal’darim, from StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void.
Now you might be thinking, “Whoa cowboy, there is no way the leader of the Banished has anything to do with one of the most sarcastic and arrogant characters in StarCraft. I’m not buying this theory. You think us fools, Halo Swallower?”
Yes, but that is irrelevant. Submit to my absolute authority and pay attention to the pieces of evidence that follow:
Starting off with the most obvious similarity, both Atriox and Alarak start with the letter “A” and contain 6 letters. But the clues don’t just stop there. Both of them are really big guys, like huge. Atriox, being a Brute, is naturally much larger in size than humans and even Sangheili. Alarak, too, being Protoss, is also larger than humans and even other lesser Protoss warriors.
It can also be said that Alarak’s ego is the largest thing to ever exist, am I right?
Moving on, both Atriox and Alarak possess both brain and brawn. Atriox is not only capable of whooping Red Team’s collective ass as well as doing other Brute things, he is also extremely smart, or at least that’s what 343 keeps telling us, though I guess commanding an entire Covenant faction and ambushing a Spartan fireteam does require quite a bit of intelligence.
Similarly, Alarak was not only able to literally defeat Vorazun, matriarch and leader of the Dark Templar, single-handedly, but also possess enough literal brainpower to effortlessly break free psionically from her stasis trap and enough intelligence to manipulate the rite of Rak’Shir to further his interests and become the new Tal’darim Highlord.
Both Atriox and Alarak also despise humans. After completely destroying Red Team in what we hope will be an epic fight, he remarks that Douglas-042 is “nothing but a man” and calls the Spartans “little demons”. Similarly, Alarak frequently calls terran minds “primitive”, “weak” and “small”. Still believe they are different entities?
Now let us talk about the factions they command. Atriox commands the Banished, an offshoot of the technologically advanced Covenant which they hate. Alarak commands the Tal’darim, an offshoot of the technologically advanced Daelaam Protoss faction which they despise. In addition, the Banished think the Covenant’s ideology is total bullshit, just like how the Tal’darim think the Daelaam’s culture is pure garbage. Coincidence? I think not.
The Banished and the Tal’darim even share a similar artstyle. Both factions favour a dark, greyish colour scheme with some red patterns for their structures, vehicles and troops. Banished variants of Covenant vehicles are usually modified to have a more spiky appearance, as are the Tal’darim variants of Protoss units.
Exhibit A: Standard Wraith vs Banished Wraith, the latter with grey-red color scheme and spikes
Exhibit B: Normal Immortal vs Tal’darim Immortal, the latter with black-red color scheme and spikes
In addition, Atriox’s “Chainbreaker” mace also gives off a red energy which is not unlike that which emanates from Alarak’s Bane Blades.
You’re a big guy… for you
The Tal’darim even have a Death Fleet consisting of hundreds and even thousands of powerful ships. Judging by the size of Atriox’s army and the fact that the Covenant never managed to subdue the Banished, it can be assumed that the Banished have their own “Death Fleet” too.
That’s a nice army you have there, it would be a shame if something happened to it
The similarities even extend to the games they inhabit. Halo Wars 2 is a military science fiction RTS, just like StarCraft. Halo Wars 2’s tagline is “Know your enemy”, and in StarCraft 2: Nova Covert Ops, Alarak threatens Nova that she has made a very powerful enemy, who throws it right back at him. The first Halo Wars 2 beta on Xbox One was repeatedly called a “horribly unplayable piece of shit” by much of the community, which is coincidentally how StarCraft 2 streamer and leading salt producer avilo describes the current state of Legacy of the Void’s multiplayer.
In conclusion, it is very clear that Atriox and Alarak are one and the same. In fact, the Banished and the Tal’darim are probably one and the same too. You know what? Halo and StarCraft are probably the same thing as well.