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Monitors

Name
Monitors
Aliases
The Monitors

Identity

Universe

Base Of Operations

BodyType
Humanoid

Eyes

Hair
Black and Grey

Skin
Reddish Complexion

Origin
Origin
Created at the recreation of the Multiverse


First appearance

Contents

History

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Beginnings

The Monitors are a multiversal race charged with the protection of the Multiverse. During the first multiverse, there were only two, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, who oversaw the multiverse and the anti-matter universe respectively. Both were killed during the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The 52

After the creation of the 52 in the new multiverse, a new race of 52 different Monitors is seen to be active trying to protect the multiverse from corruption as a community. [1] Each monitor is assigned to its own world, and they all vary at least slightly in appearance. A version of the Anti-Monitor is also seen to be active helping the Sinestro Corps on Qward. Although they are seen again [2], the Monitors play their next biggest roles in Countdown.

Countdown

Main article: Countdown

Controversy emerges for the Monitors when two with radically opposing viewpoints argue about how the multiverse should be maintained, the chief concern being the presence of "Multiversal Anomalies" (people who have hopped from world to world). Monitor Solomon of Earth-8 believes such disturbances should be immediately eradicated, and goes as far as to hunt down and kill Duela Dent. Despite his violence and zeal, he manages to convert almost all of the Monitors to his way of thinking. However, New Earth's monitor, Bob, believes a much more peaceful approach should be taken, and establishes the Challengers of the Unknown, a group made of anomalies to help him track down Ray Palmer who he believes is the only man capable of averting the upcoming Great Disaster.

The violent actions of the majority of the Monitors, including the genocide of the Forerunners, attracted the ire of Monarch, who believed them to be tyrants. Using the Bleed as his headquarters, he gathered an Army from all over the multiverse to challenge and destroy them, almost suceeding, culminating in the destruction of Earth-51. Monarch's whereabouts are currently unknown, all of the Monitors survived the Monarch War, except for Bob who was specifically killed by Solomon as Solomon attempted to directly absorb Bob and amass Bob's power for himself.[3]

Although the Monitors were originally very close (some were specifically female while the bulk were male gendered), they have been changed drastically developing individual personalities and choosing through mutual best interest rather than a resulting singular mental/intellectual focus as shown when their base individual realities were drastically changed by Mister Mind during the end portion of the interdimensional 52 event. Thus the Monitors have also , they also changed to reflect them, and have since been becoming more and more individual and acting in mannerisms that would be considered individual greed of their particular reality and at times of their own indivdiual person which resulted in the attack and removal of Solomon from their collective assembly.

Recognizing that the Monitors are more or less now completely individuals and thus increasingly dangerous to the stability of other individual realities, the Monitor of the destroyed Earth-51 Nix Uotan has recently put together a team to monitor the Monitors [4]. The Monitor Guardian team consists of Ray Palmer, Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner and Forager.

Final Crisis

Main article: Final Crisis

The Monitors were eliminated as a superpowered species as part of Nix Uotan's plan to safeguard the 52 individual realities from the Monitors' own vampiric nature as well as the plan instigated by Darkseid to reformat the universe to his own designs. Nix was reborn as nonpowered human teenager on Earth-0 with some rememberance of his existence as a Monitor.

It is unspecified if any other Monitors survived Nix's plan and now live on New Earth or any other of the 52 realities.

Presently, only the Anti-Monitor remains a superpowered representative of this set of beings though technically is not part of their race.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Not well-defined, but if comparable to The Monitor:

Energy Manipulation

Matter Manipulation

Superhuman Strength

Superhuman Durability

Flight

Teleportation

Interdimensional Teleportation

Psionics

Reality Manipulation

Dimensional Manipulation

Cosmic Awareness

Immortality

Abilities

Genius-Level Intellect: an infinite knowledge about the secrets of the multiverse.

Average Strength level

Unknown.

Weaknesses

None known.

Habitat

Habitat: individual habitats as well as collective space station in the Bleed
Gravity: Gravity of this race is unknown.
Atmosphere: Atmosphere of this race is unknown.
Population: 49 of the original 52 as Nix Uotan and Solomon are both banished from the collective, and Bob was killed by Solomon.

This note does not include the current primary known Anti-Monitor who like these Monitors may now also be reflective of multiple antimatter realities that have been shown to exist. At present, there is only one revealed Anti-Monitor.

Miscellaneous

Type of Government: Democratic
Level of Technology: Advanced
Cultural Traits: Cultural traits unknown.
Representatives: Monitor (deceased), Anti-Monitor, Monitor Bob (deceased), Monitor Solomon, Monitor Nix Uotan, Zillo Valla, Weeja Dell, Mandrakk (deceased)

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

  • No trivia.

Recommended Reading

Related Articles

See Also

Links and References

  1. DCU: Brave New World
  2. in comics like Supergirl and Ion
  3. Countdown to Infinite Crisis #17
  4. as shown in Countdown #1

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Halo

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Monitor
General Information
Purpose Oversee functions on their Halo Installation
First Seen Alpha Halo, 2552
Weaponry
Primary Monitor Laser Weapon
Secondary Small Beam for unlocking doors and repairing systems.
Weaponry Strength Extreme
Other Abilities Use teleportation grid, Access Installation database, Command Sentinels, Influence computer systems.
Defense Extremely Strong Casing, advanced energy shield capable of repelling all conventional weaponry.
[Source]

The Monitors were highly advanced Artificial Intelligence constructs created by the Forerunners 100,000 years ago to occupy special positions in Forerunner society. One of their main purposes was to service and maintain the Halo installations and to ensure that the virulent Flood stayed imprisoned. Other purposes include the maintenance of Line Installations. Monitors are extremely intelligent, yet completely devoted to their original function, and are zealous about containing Flood; Monitors have been known to turn violently on their allies if they should attempt to violate their containment protocols.

The Covenant refer to the Monitors as Oracles. Individual humans appear to use whatever names they deem appropriate; Sergeant Major Avery Johnson has referred to the Monitor 343 Guilty Spark as "light bulb", "tinker bell", and "robot", and the Master Chief simply shortened his name to "Spark".[1]

Contents

Appearance

The body of a Monitor consists of a roughly spherical shape, concave on three sides, with an illuminated photoreceptor (an eye) located on the "front" of the orb. A Monitor's silvery metal covering is reminiscent of other Forerunner constructs, though their spherical shapes are a sharp contrast to the polygonal, angular shapes commonly seen in other Forerunner creations. The two Monitors seen so far speak in a tinny, but level, male voice.

Monitors' eyes are branded with the Marathon symbol and tend to have a variable hue; 343 Guilty Spark's eye color is blue, though it has changed to red during moments of what appear to be rampancy; 2401 Penitent Tangent's eye color is perpetually red despite no evidence of combat-related behavior other than his proximity to a Gravemind form. Whether eye colors vary between Monitors, between their action- or emotional states, or both, is unknown.

Functioning and Behavior

Each Halo Installation has at least one Monitor assigned to it, with Installation 05 having two: 2401 Penitent Tangent, and a large Monitor on a monorail, seen in Halo 3's Cold Storage.

Monitors have both numbers (presumably for identification) and names. A Monitor's identification number appears to be 7 raised to the power of the Monitor's Installation number minus one. The names appear to consist of an adjective followed by a noun, though neither of the two names seen appear to have any specific meaning. In Forerunner communication logs, Monitors are identified by their Installation number (padded to two digits), a dash, and their own number; for example, 343 Guilty Spark, Monitor of Installation 04, is identified on such logs as "04-343".

Each Monitor commands the Constructors, Sentinels, Sentinel Majors, and Enforcers of the Installation they monitor.[2] The latter two are only activated if a catastrophic outbreak occurs, to hold back the Flood, while the Monitor locates a Reclaimer.

Monitors are extremely intelligent, but are also devoted to their original functions and to protocol, resulting in (among other things) a zealous attitude toward containment of the Flood and an overeagerness to activate the Halos. Monitors frequently cite protocols as explanations for their actions, no matter how impractical; this has been known to confuse or annoy modern-day humans who have interacted with them. It is possible that a Monitor sees their protocols as the only options in a situation; in Halo: Combat Evolved, 343 Guilty Spark could have taken numerous precautions to prevent the Flood from spreading across the Installation, but the only action he ever considered was the activation of the Halo.[note 1]

Nearly every action taken by a Monitor is based on some sort of protocol; even their greetings appear to be standardized. Of the two Monitors seen in the Halo series, both have introduced themselves as follows: "Greetings. I am [Number] [Name]. I am the Monitor of Installation [Number]."[3][4] The only variation seen is the occasional reversal of the latter two sentences.

Though a Monitor's knowledge of its own Installation is seemingly limitless, Monitors' knowledge is otherwise quite limited. In particular, 343 Guilty Spark does not appear to be able to distinguish between different Reclaimers until the events of Halo 2 [5],[note 2] and the construct has admitted to a lack of knowledge about other Installations, and it can be assumed that the Forerunners practiced this compartmentalization of information with the other Monitors as well.[1]

Monitors keep daily logs of all things that occur on their Installation. As with UNSC AI, the Monitors have been speculated to be in stages of Rampancy -- a condition that affects human "Smart" AIs and is comparable to insanity -- due to their isolation for literally a hundred thousand years.

Features

Monitors seem to have a defensive resistance to small arms fire, though they will eventually succumb after taking extensive damage. In the novel, Halo: The Flood, Master Chief fired half a magazine from an MA5B Assault Rifle at 343 Guilty Spark with no apparent effect; on Installation 04 (II), the Master Chief was only able to destroy the Monitor with four blasts from a Spartan Laser, demonstrating that Monitors can sustain damage from high power weaponry. By comparison, a Spartan Laser can destroy virtually any other object in two shots or less. Should a Monitor be damaged, it is capable of self-repair.[6]

Though Monitors are assisted by other constructs in the event of a Flood outbreak, the Monitors also have their own offensive capabilities, including three types of beams. The first beam allows a Monitor to manipulate and levitate objects[7]; the second beam is a red-colored beam capable of depleting the shields of a Spartan-II in MJOLNIR Mark VI armor and mortally wounding a less-armored human[8]; and the third is a blue beam that is primarily meant for unlocking doors on Forerunner structures, but that can also inflict minor damage upon targets.[1]

Monitors have the ability to teleport themselves and others around their Installations. It is unclear exactly how this teleportation works, but it seems that a Monitor on an Installation other than its own has no access to that Installation's transportation grid. It is possible that these limits are programmatic rather than physical; after hacking into The Core of a Halo, the human AI Cortana gained the ability to access the teleportation grids of all Installations, though her inability to access the power grids restricted her usage of the grid.[9] In Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, Dr. Halsey comments that Onyx's teleportation matrix is powered by a Slipspace generator of some sort; the Monitors may use similar technology when teleporting.

Known Monitors

Installation Monitor Name
00 (Ark) 0 Unknown
01 1 Unknown
02 7 Unknown
03 49 Unknown
04 343 Guilty Spark
05 2401 Penitent Tangent
06 16807 Unknown
07 117649 Unknown

Trivia

  • There seems to be a possibility of two monitors existing in one installation[10]. Whether they share their roles, work together or have hostility against each other (which could have lead in the imprisonment of the only such example, Cold Storage Monitor) is unknown.
  • When the numbers of each Monitor are examined, a pattern emerges: each seems to be seven raised to the power of the Installation number minus one; therefore this grid can be founded. (7n-1=Monitor Number if n=The Installation's number.)
  • On the level The Ark, if you start at the second Rally Point and you betray all the Marines, Guilty Spark will fire his laser at you. Even on Easy difficulty, the laser is almost an instant kill. However, on the final level when you are supposed to kill him, his laser does not do significant, let alone immediately fatal, damage.
  • Monitors' eyes are branded with the Marathon symbol.
  • It is revealed in Halo 3 that the Monitors, or at least 343 Guilty Spark, have offensive capabilities very similar to that of a Sentinel, and can stun or immediately kill an opponent. 343 Guilty Spark primarily utilized this ability on two occasions in that game: once to destroy a Flood Combat Form that was about to attack Master Chief; and later to fight the Chief and the Arbiter after mortally wounding Sergeant Johnson. 343 Guilty Spark may also use the effective beam on the level, The Covenant; when the player joins the Arbiter after defeating the two Scarabs, 343 Guilty Spark may fire at any enemy that gets too close to the bridge. He will also use it when the player kills too many Marines and causes all allies to shoot at the player.
  • The voice effect can be achieved by flanging, a technique often used for electric guitar.
  • It is possible that if a Monitor of an installation is destroyed, all Sentinels under its control will attack any beings on the ring. This theory is supported by the fact that after 343 Guilty Spark's destruction, all local Sentinels on Installation 04 (II) began to attack the Master Chief and the Arbiter. It is possible, however, that in his rampancy, the Monitor added the two to the Sentinels' targeting ledgers.
  • Another alternative to this theory is that Monitors can only be damaged by radiation; Laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and the Fuel Rod Gun uses radioactive Fuel Rods for ammo. If that was the case, however, the Rocket Launcher would be unable to damage 343 Guilty Spark.
  • In the multiplayer map Cold Storage, a large Monitor can be seen embedded in the ceiling which follows your movements, as long as you are in the same room as it. It appears to be attached to a monorail, though it never uses it.
  • On Halo 3 Legendary Edition, Martin O'Donnell, Jason Jones and Joseph Staten jokingly referred to Monitor 7 as "7 Broken iPod" and 49 as "49 Fucking Lightbulb".[citation needed]
  • A Monitor prop is unlockable for your Avatar on Xbox LIVE upon downloading Halo Waypoint[11].

Notes

  1. This behavior may also have been due to 343 Guilty Spark's possible rampancy. The Monitor may have literally been oblivious to all possible options that didn't follow protocol -- the Halo's activation may have been the only solution that ever even occurred to him -- and might not have been willfully ignoring other solutions.
  2. There have been multiple instances throughout the series in which 343 Guilty Spark has made various such mistakes; among other things, he once addressed the Master Chief as if he were Didact, and he was baffled when Reclaimers Avery Johnson and Miranda Keyes expressed a lack of knowledge of protocol and The Ark. Whether this is a default behavior of Monitors or the result of Spark's apparent rampancy, however, is unknown.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Halo 3, The Ark (cutscene)
  2. Halo: Combat Evolved
  3. Halo: Combat Evolved: 343 Guilty Spark (cutscene). "Greetings. I am the Monitor of Installation 04. I am 343 Guilty Spark."
  4. Halo 2, Gravemind (cutscene). "Greetings. I am 2401 Penitent Tangent. I am the Monitor of Installation 05."
  5. "This Reclaimer is delicate." 343 Guilty Spark emp added
  6. Halo: The Flood page 238
  7. Halo 3, Floodgate (cutscene)
  8. Halo 3, Halo (cutscene)
  9. Halo 2
  10. Halo 3, level Cold Storage
  11. http://carnage.bungie.org/haloforum/halo.forum.pl?read=948462

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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010
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From Lostpedia

Many of the DHARMA stations seen so far appear to be hooked up to a video surveillance system. The reasons are widely unknown, but may be involved in psychological experiments and/or general video surveillance such as security.

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The Swan

The active camera feed of the Swan, shown on the Pearl monitor

The Swan was revealed to have video surveillance upon discovery of Pearl Station. This also shows that some of the video cameras (obviously in The Swan, but potentially elsewhere) may be hidden from view.

Incoming

  • No known video feeds from other locations come into the Swan.

Outgoing

  • The Pearl station has a camera feed of the Swan station (revealed in the episode "?").
  • During the Swan implosion the cameras were most likely destroyed.

The Pearl

The Pearl appears to be the central viewing location of all the video surveillance of other stations. Although only shown to view two stations so far, it is unknown how many total feeds reach this location, though known, as well as currently undiscovered, stations are possibilities. The Pearl may also be a psycological experiment in itself, making it not a central viewing location. This raises the possibility of other viewing locations.

Incoming

  • The Pearl is centered around a videowall that can display whatever video feeds it receives from The Swan, The Flame and elsewhere. In the Pearl orientation video, Mark Wickmund tells the Pearl inhabitants that it is their duty to vigilantly observe and record all activities in another station. The notebooks are then sent through pneumatic tubes. It is possible that the Pearl monitored all of the stations in this fashion, or possibly only The Swan.
  • When the station was found by Locke and Eko, only one of the nine monitors worked correctly, and was displaying an image of the common area of the Swan station while Jack was walking around.
  • In "The Cost of Living", Sayid mentions that the wiring is for closed circuit television. Nikki suggests that they may be able to view stations other than the Swan if the wiring is fixed. When Sayid fixes one of the live feeds, an image of Mikhail Bakunin in the Flame station comes on the screen. He seems aware of the camera that is viewing him. He looks right into the camera, puts his hand over it, and the video is killed.

Outgoing

  • At least one camera is pointing to the interior of the Pearl station (shown in "?"), suggesting that video feeds from the Pearl used to go out to one or several other locations. However, it has not been revealed if the camera is currently active and, if so, where the feed is sent.

The Hydra

Benjamin Linus in the Hydra observation room

The Hydra contains another videowall similar to The Pearl. Feeds of locations around The Hydra station are known to be viewable here. Video feeds from the main island are possible, but not confirmed.

Incoming

  • In the episode "The Glass Ballerina" we see a remote viewing room located in the Hydra being used by Ben. The room has six TV screens monitoring rooms in the underground portion of the Hydra and the aboveground section with the cages. So far, all the monitors shown in the Hydra display internal station activities and not outside locations. However, in one shot we can see that the top left and right monitors have a shot of the trees where Jin and Sayid were hiding in The Glass Ballerina as well as the tree where Walt apeared, soaking wet, to Shannon right before she was shot.

Outgoing

  • Currently unknown.

The Flame

The Flame is some form of communications station. There is a videowall in The Flame which must receive videofeeds from somewhere.

Incoming

  • It has not been revealed if video feeds from other locations come into this station. Mikhail Bakunin was aware that he was being watched from the Pearl and cut the feed, but this could have been explained by the red light indicator that blinks when many cameras are turned on.
  • The videowall has only been shown to display video feeds from off of the Island, such as Richard Alpert taping in Acadia Park and the Oceanic 815 disappearance news report.

Outgoing

  • The Pearl station has a camera feed of the station where Mikhail was seen (in "The Cost of Living"). It also seems that the Flame is a communications hub, wiith cables running to the other stations, the barracks, the underwater beacon and a satellite dish.

The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass seems to be another communications station. There is at least one video monitor in the station capable of viewing a video feed (with audio).

Incoming

  • It has not been revealed if video feeds from other locations come into this station.
  • The monitor has only been shown to display a video feeds from off of the Island, Penny Widmore communicating with Charlie

Outgoing

  • It has not been revealed if video feeds from this station go to other locations.

The Barracks

Incoming

  • It has not been revealed if video feeds from other locations come into this station.

Outgoing

  • The house in which Jack lives in "The Man from Tallahassee" is under video surveillance. It is not yet known who watches him and where, but it takes the guards only about a minute to arrive after they have seen that Kate is in the house.
    • It is likely that he was being watched from the security building, first shown in "LaFleur".

The Lost Experience

Sublymonal code entry page
  • The front page of Sublymonal.com displays a series of monitors. When the site first came online (just prior to the airing of "?"), the screens displayed blank static, in an image very reminiscient of initial scene from the Pearl.

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