A weak connection but food for thought - the MilitaryConversation talks about impending danger to a planet/location known as "Troy" and the Castaway is referred to as a "sailor with Odysseus" in the LinksOnFunStuffPage story. In the HttpWwwCrystalinksComHomerHtmlHomericEpics, Odysseus wanders for 10 years after the Trojan War, which was fought over Helen of Troy - but before she was a Trojan, Helen was a Spartan. The Master Chief from Halo is one of the products of the [WWW]SPARTAN project.

--UserExtrasonic 18:41, 27 Jul 2004 (PDT)

Could this mean that the castaway is another product of the spartan project? like the master chief? perhaps the master chief is being alluded to as odysseus in this context? --UserGinGa 06:25, 29 Jul 2004 (PDT)

Or, A colony called Troy is/has been under attack, could the reference to being a sailor with odysseus mean that the castaway was part of a crew from the victorious side of (this) battle of Troy? Judging by the tone of the communications (and references being in memories), the battle of Troy could well already be lost, so could the castaway be from the opposition? The Covenant, perhaps? This might explain laying bouyes for the enemy. Thoughts? --UserGinGa 06:25, 29 Jul 2004 (PDT) <br><br> GinGa, you must have read the Castaway story wrong in the Operator's Monologue. When it comes to laying buoys for the enemy, here is the original quote:

"... he deployed Buoys, sending out waves of sound to confuse the Enemy."

The little discrepancy you had, in understanding that he laid out buoys for the enemy, when it should actually have been "for <i>confusing</i> the enemy," led to some false spec, namely that the castaway could be from the opposition. He is not. It may mean something more, though. - grantakeru 09:48, 01 Aug 2004 (PDT)

It shows Bungie's eclectic taste in reading material. Marathon also had extensive references to Greek and Roman literature, and many human colonies in the Marathon games were named after Green and Roman city-states. Since Bungie does take so much from these sources I can't draw any further conclusions without additional clues. --UserKalamazoo 19:10, 27 Jul 2004 (PDT)

According to [WWW] there was a colony ship called Odyssey in the Halo universe. Maybe he was a crewman on the Odyssey. -- UserCmdrJameson 11:45, 31 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Interestingly, in the Iliad (post-Trojan War), Odysseus himself is referred to, and takes the role of 'the Castaway'. All of his other shipmates die prior to this point in that Epic. In the Odyssey (pre-/during Trojan War), Odysseus (king of Ithaca) sails with the Spartans, albeit reluctantly, to attack the city of Troy. Also, it was Odysseus who came up with the Trojan Horse ruse (possibly with help from Athena) to break into the city of Troy. In the Crew conversations between Greene and Sorenson they refer to a colony 'Troy', in peril. <blockquote><small><pre> 1st Lt Sorenson: Oh my God. If the decrypt is right-

Capt. Greene: I know.

1st Lt Sorenson: We have to drop the mission. We have to bug out of here right now and get word back to HQ. An evac on this scale they need every second. ...Jesus. I was stationed on Troy.

Capt. Greene: I'm not... I'm not sure.

1st Lt Sorenson: Ma'am?

Capt. Greene: There's a bigger picture, Rolf. Several.

1st Lt Sorenson: The mission... This mission is more important than millions of lives? Oh my... god.

Capt. Greene: I'm just saying, the choice isn't as easy as you might think.

1st Lt Sorenson: You know, I was so curious when you got your orders...

Capt Greene: And then there's the strategic view.

1st Lt Sorenson: For the first time, I'm not sure I want to know what's in them.

Capt Greene: ...Even leaving aside our particular mission, there's the issue of letting them know we've broken their codes. If we bug out and scramble home to warn HQ about Troy, people like Standish will say we've already compromised a huge tactical advantage, and that mounting a big evac operation will completely give the game away.

1st Lt Sorenson: Not even Standish would let them glass a planet if he knew it was coming. ... Oh my God.

Capt. Greene: I am not privy to strategic conversations at that level. But if we run home and present the decrypt, we put them in a tricky situation. If they act, they risk letting the enemy know we have a toehold in their C-and-C. If they decide that strategic advantage is too great to risk and don't act, then you know Section Zero will be all over them. Zero's wanted Standish forever.

1st Lt Sorenson: I...I understand. It's so much easier for everyone if we don't tell them. But...wait a second. Don't you have family on Troy?

Capt. Greene: That can't be part of the equation, Rolf. You know that. </pre></small></blockquote> Also, Buoys of Sound, to confuse the enemy... I'd bet a dollar they're called The Sirens. --UserRoc 07:11, 2 Aug 2004 (PDT)

Can the Castaway be Cortanna? While Odysseus is the Master Chief?

--UserNCC 17:02, 5 Aug 2004 (PDT)

The Castaway is Jersey's father, from the Axon audio files. Someone in the SSF.

Couple things of note:

* Odysseus himself being a castaway, we might want to read this less literally. For instance, that perhaps this man had a similar situation to O, and therefore is a sailor like him (because as noted if he was a sailor with him, he'd be dead and not having drinks with a hologram).

* This passage is considerably different than Melissa's other retreived memories. It's more allegorical, it's not in dictated form and it seems very personal.

* Melissa is married? Assume she means her ship.

* The Castaway is the only entity we can be sure of as human - and yet is completely without a voice. Probably died in the shipwreck, unless he was in cyro or left in a lifepod.

--UserGunsmithCat 03:44, 8 Aug 2004 (PDT)

** Melissa's not married, the Castaway is! --UserKalamazoo 14:37, 13 Aug 2004 (PDT)