The Arbiter is a playable character from the Halo science fiction
universe, first voiced by Keith David in the 2004 video game Halo 2. A
different Arbiter appears in the 2009 real-time strategy game Halo Wars,
voiced by David Sobolov. Although the Arbiter is intended to die serving
the High Prophets, he survives his missions and the Prophets' subsequent
betrayal of his kind. When he learns that the Prophets' plans would doom
all sentient life in the galaxy to extinction, he allies with the
Covenant's enemies—humanity—to stop the Halo from being activated.
The entertainment website IGN lamented the loss of the Arbiter's
storyline in Halo 3, but the Arbiter character was not evenly received
by critics and fans, nor was the humanization of the Covenant in
general. The character's name was changed from "Dervish" to avoid
reinforcing a perceived US-versus-Islam allegory in the game's plot.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbiter_(Halo)>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The epoch of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, a non-
repeating, vigesimal calendar used by the Maya civilization and several
other Mesoamerican cultures, occurred.
The region of Dacia, comprising regions of modern Romania,
became a province of the Roman Empire.
Captain Francis Light founded the British colony of Penang
(City Hall pictured), beginning more than a century of British
involvement in Malaya.
William Corder was hanged at Bury St Edmunds, England, for the
murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn.
Amid rumors of kidnappings of children by Jews in Kraków, a
crowd of Poles engaged in a pogrom, which resulted in one dead and five
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (philosophy) Knowledge about knowledge itself.
2. (psychology, artificial intelligence) Knowledge about types, domains,
functions, or preconditions of knowledge.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The world is growing gentle, But few know what she owes To the
understanding lily And the judgment of the rose.
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