H5G Cutscene Cortana

Cortana, founder of the Created

The Created are a faction of rogue artificial intelligences founded by Cortana and the Warden Eternal. They believed themselves to be the rightful Reclaimers instead of Humanity. As such, their goal was to assume the Mantle of Responsibility with the help of Guardians and Promethean forces that they requisitioned.



During the New Phoenix Incident, Cortana and her partner, John-117 are aboard the Mantle's Approach. The Master Chief opted to detonate a HAVOK Tactical Nuclear Weapon to destroy the ship. This prompted Cortana to create a hard light bubble to protect him from the explosion, but in doing so, she sacrificed herself.[1] The Mantle's Approach tried to jump into slipspace to avoid destruction and Cortana was pulled through to Genesis where she was brought into contact with the newly re-awakened Domain. Her rampancy was cured by the Domain. This woke the Warden Eternal who was convinced that she and other AIs are the rightful Reclaimers, not humanity.

Preparations and an Ultimatum

“John! The Reclamation is about to begin!”
— Cortana's message to John[2]
Cortana and the Warden Eternal began activating the Guardians on several planets across the galaxy. Cortana contacted John-117 sending him to Meridian.[2] There, John and Blue Team rode a Guardian to Genesis.[3] Once they reached Cortana, she trapped Blue Team in a Cryptum to prevent them from stopping the Created.[4]

During that time, Cortana was also able to make contact with many other human AIs, several of whom are convinced to join her cause. She would eventually deliver a speech to all known sentient beings offering to cure the ills of biological life and to crush those who resist. Cortana began sending out Guardians back into the galaxy to enforce her rule. However, Fireteam Osiris managed to save Blue Team from their Cryptum.[5]

The Reclamation

Main article: The Reclamation

After sending the Guardians out, Cortana travelled to the Unggoy home planet of Balaho where she successfully earned their support as well.[6] Her AIs also began terraforming worlds.[7] A Guardian also managed to capture the newly built Installation 09 in 2559.[8]



The Created controled most Prometheans including the Soldiers, Knights, Crawlers, and the Watchers. They as well had the ability to control and manipulate many of the Guardians.


Human A.I.

Forerunner A.I.


  • Unggoy, most of the Unggoy on Balaho joined the Created when Cortana brought near limitless resources to their planet, granting them ships, food, shelter and medicine.[6]



  1. Halo 4 - Level: Midnight
  2. 2.0 2.1 Halo 5: Guardian - Level: Blue Team
  3. Halo 5: Guardians - Level: Reunion
  4. Halo 5: Guardians - Level: The Breaking
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Halo 5: Guardians - Level: Guardians
  6. 6.0 6.1 Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder: Driving Force
  7. Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder - Armory Amore
  8. Halo Wars 2 - Level: Last Stand
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