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Delta
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Name: Delta
Affiliations: Freelancer
First Appearance: Out of Mind, Part III
Armor Color(s): Green
Voice Actor: Mark Bellman
"Memory is the key."
—Delta

Delta is an artificial intelligence program designed for the Special Operations program Freelancer[1], originally assigned to Agent New York. Delta is a main supporting character of the Out of Mind mini-series, Recovery One and Reconstruction. He is seen wearing a set of green Mark V armor.Delta also can change colour when he is alarmed or angry.

Character HistoryEdit

Delta is one of the few constructs to not have been removed from its host after the Epsilon incident. York's explanation to this was that Delta was a non-risk[2]. Delta and his behavioral patterns are a stark contrast to the rampant Omega AI. Delta analyzes everything with logic and reason, whereas Omega acts on impulse and insanity. Delta does share a trait with Omega, in that he speaks longer than necessary, but nowhere near the level that O'Malley does.

Delta developed quite the rapport with his assigner, York. This is evidenced by his refusal to leave York after being injured by Wyoming. His decision to risk deletion to comfort his host indicates a level of emotion not traditionally seen in stable AIs. To the contrary, such emotion is a sign of rampancy, as is his disobeying an order from Tex to enter her system, as well as the directive that demanded said order[3]. He also showcases a degree of self-awareness and later lies to Recovery Command, other signs of rampancy[4][5].Though it would be noted that even if it is a sign of rampancy, it would not be a usual form of rampancy, Delta does not seem to be emotionally distraught or angry at anyone, he still keeps his logic and ability to preform his task as a "strategy" maker in battle, so it would seem Delta may not so much becoming the kind of rampant as 343 Guilty Spark or Omega, more of a slowly evolving to a sentient level if it is possible for a AI of his kind.

Out of MindEdit

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Delta is first introduced in the third episode of Out of Mind when Tex sneaks up on York, who was breaking into a shop at the time. York asks for Delta to deliberate on the trustworthiness of Tex, who quickly raises her weapon at the sight of the construct. Delta is alarmed by this in turn, believing her to still have the Omega AI with her. Delta is still extremely cautious of Tex, despite her not carrying a construct. Delta's pure logic-based thought process is flabbergasted when he tries to understand why York agreed to help her destroy O'Malley. He does not understand why York would destroy Omega for damaging his eye, as killing the program would not restore his vision; but admits that "a little payback would be nice." Delta concedes the argument when he discovers that York's actions are driven by pride, not stupidity. Delta provides Tex and York with tactical information in their firefight with Wyoming and his guards, as well as providing advice and analysis of their proficiency. York receives a fatal gunshot wound from Wyoming when trying to cover a prone Tex. Delta stays in York's system to administer medication to make York's death as painless as possible, despite his belief that he would be deleted by the system when it powered-down. He projected an image of Tex to help her capture Wyoming. He wishes them both luck before being encrypted.

Recovery OneEdit

Delta learns of the encryption and recovery process when he is revived by Washington a few days later. This is much to Delta's protest, as deletion is the only logical way to ensure an AI doesn't fall into enemy hands. Delta sends an inventory of York's armor and equipment to command, as well as activate a timed charge on his expired host, before Washington is attacked by Wyoming. He gives Washington advice in battle, though it is an obvious suggestion, before Wyoming and Washington are forced to flee due to the impending destruction of York's armor.

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Washington proceeds directly to a new Priority One signal upon recovering Delta, in which he makes further use of the construct. Delta conjectures that falsifying South's death would be dishonest (and seemingly beyond his programming), but complies nonetheless, much to the bewilderment of South. After sending identical reports of South and her brother to command, Delta decommissions North's armor as well. Delta and Washington then both brief South on the situation of something hunting down freelancers, and that Washington's plan to apprehend the fiend involves Delta being implanted into South. This is due to the fact that Wash refuses to allow another AI in his system after his experience with the Epsilon program as well as the fact being in a Freelancer's armor is the only way to protect the AI in combat. Delta offers to run a tutorial program for South, but she refuses it. South abandons Wash's plan and betrays him to his death, much to the alert of Delta. South then gives her enemy the choice of trying to get her AI or Wash's equipment (which she set to detonate). She is able to escape in the enemy's ship with Delta. Delta's whereabouts, and that of his host, were unknown until Episode 4 of Reconstruction.

ReconstructionEdit

Delta first appears at Church's "secured facility" when Washington arrives to retrieve the latter, as South is tracking Washington (for reasons, as of now, unknown). Delta is extremely cautious to doing this as others, namely the Meta, may be following Washington, which quickly becomes apparent to be true. South fends of the Meta with her domed energy shield (which she apparently lied about losing). Delta objects to South's plan to abandon him and her armor to save herself for two reasons: first, it is against protocol, and second he reasons it is only a temporary solution to escape the Meta. She is about to carry out her plan regardless, overriding the AI's objections, when Washington and Blue Team intervene. South tries to escape, but Caboose "helps" her by shooting her (which the AI correctly identifies as friendly fire). The Meta's temporal distortion unit, which he took from Wyoming, malfunctions and the Meta retreats.

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Delta as a mental image within Caboose's subconsicous.

South is too wounded to carry Delta further, and Washington directs Caboose or Church to take the AI, which Caboose does. Delta objects to taking South with Washington's company due to her numerous betrayals, including planning to abandon him and betraying both Washington and her brother North. Her inability to walk would "hamper [their] progress" and Delta suggests .Washington not allow her to do so. Not wanting to let her escape either, Washington kills her with a single shot to the head. For a while, Delta remained in Caboose until he was knocked out. He was then seen being confronted to by a group of AIs that were part of the Meta. Their words would seem to indicate them wanting Delta to join with them. In Chapter 11, Church verifies to the viewer that Delta had left with the Meta when Church goes into Caboose’s mind as a ghost. Delta had left behind recorded memories of himself, with ‘pre-programmed’ responses to any of Church’s questions, with several responses to Church’s comical questions. He states that the next time Church and the others see Delta again, he may not want to be helped and leaves a message for Church to tell Washington that “memory is the key.”

Delta appears again briefly during the season finale, alongside his fellow AI. However, he doesn't have any major role, although Church is forced to subdue him and the others in order to incapacitate the Meta. Following the activation of the EMP, he was destroyed.

TriviaEdit

  • When the Alpha AI was split up into the other AIs, Delta became it's logic, thus explaining his empathetic behavior.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Recovery One, Part One
  2. Out of Mind, Part III
  3. Out of Mind, Part V
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampancy
  5. http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Rampancy


Artificial Intelligence
Α · Γ · Δ · Ε · Θ · Σ · Ω · Sheila · F.I.L.S.S. · Tex (ε) ·Andy · Vic Jr. Vic

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Recovery Command · Recovery One · Recovery Two · Recovery Six · Recovery Nine

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