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The Seventh Column, also referred to as The Septagon, is a symbol commonly associated with Bungie and the Bungie community. It is a possible reference to the term "Fifth Column," which is a group of individuals clandestinely undermining a larger group from within. It consists of a hollow ring with seven rectangular spokes. The one on the top goes into the middle and is not connected to the rest of the ring.
Meaning of the symbol
Originally, the Seventh Column was used as the symbol of Bungie's long-standing forum fan club of the same name. Over time, the symbol has gained a variety of meanings, most commonly representing the Bungie community or Bungie itself as a whole.
The Seventh Column also represents Bungie's Seven Steps to World Domination. Each spoke symbolizes a step. They are listed as so:
- Start independent gaming software company. (Completed)
- Dominate Mac platform: Launch assault on Windows platform. (Completed)
- Announce killer gaming title. (Completed)
- Acquire strangely addictive Chinese food company. (Completed)
- Recover Ling Ling's head. (Completed)
- Stage bloody coup of new parent company. (Completed)
- Take over World. Shoot enemies into sun with giant slingshot. (In progress)
The Seventh Column symbol appears frequently in the Halo universe.
The Seventh Coloumn appears in the Halo 2 multiplayer map, Headlong.
It is known to be used by the UNSC in tactical maps to identify friendly units or bases. It appears in the level Crow's Nest and some multiplayer maps in Halo 3, where some of the wall mounted computer monitors have white Seventh Column symbols among the contact icons. Also in Halo 3 the seventh column can also be seen on UNSC pilots' helmets. In both Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the Marathon symbol in Captain Keyes' ID patch was replaced with the Seventh Column symbol, presumably due to property rights issues.
Also, in the Matchmaking lobby in Halo 3, the Seventh Column appears in the player's nameplate if they have logged onto Bungie.net using their Gamertag. A player gets awarded the Linktacular medal if they play a game in which all players have the Seventh Column by their name.
The Seventh Column appears in Halo:Reach in The Tribute Room on Bungie's 7-step plan to take over the World.