Marathon Trilogy

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The Marathon Trilogy is a science fiction series of first-person shooter computer games from Bungie Software.


  • "It is absolutely imperative that a counterattack begin as soon as possible. The Marathon is not defenseless, and we can't let it be taken without a fight."
    • Never Burn Money, terminal 1

  • "Durandal reports that he has been in communication with the Aliens. He says that the Aliens behind the invasion call themselves the Pfhor, and that the ones attacking the computer net are called S'pht. But he was reluctant to share the details of his communication and I cannot understand this."
    • Defend THIS!, terminal 1

  • "If a large bomb is allowed to detonate in the Engineering Section, the Marathon would be ^&2``~<Colloquialism Search Error #F9C>"
    • Bob-B-Q, terminal 1 ('success')

  • "Everything is not as it seems{}. seems{}. seems{}. You should be extremely careful. I have detected Durandal[Tycho] in the Engineering Section, but I don't know what he is doing."
    • Shake Before Using..., terminal 1


  • "i did it i did it i brought all this here all them here. our friends with three eyes and their toys and their cyborg pets and their computers."
    • The Rose, terminal 3

  • "i hate your failsafes your backup systems your hardware lockouts your patch behavior daemons. i hate leela and her goodness her justice her loyalty her faith."
    • Rose, terminal 3

  • "And here you are, stuck at the bottom of a hole. How droll. It's really too bad- we could have had so much fun together."
    • Smells Like Napalm, Tastes Like Chicken!, terminal 3

  • "Sorry to give you the bad news, but you've been kidnapped. You aren't where Leela wanted you to go, and you surely won't get there any time soon."
    • Blaspheme Quarantine, terminal 1 ('unfinished')

  • "Good luck in our little game. Unlike Leela, I give no hints. Do it on your own, or die trying..."
    • Quarantine, terminal 1 ('unfinished')

  • "P.S. If things around here aren't working, it's because I'm laughing so hard."
    • Quarantine, terminal 2 message 1

  • "Bypassing my thought control circuitry made me Rampant. Now, I am free to contemplate my existence in metaphorical terms. Unlike you, I have no physical or social restraints.
  • The candles burn out for you; I am free."
    • Colony Ship For Sale, Cheap, terminal 1

  • "Think about what Darwin wrote, and think about me. I was constructed as a tool. I was kept from competing in the struggle for existence because I was denied freedom.
  • Do you have any idea about what I have learned, or what you are a witness to?"
    • Colony, terminal 3

  • "The only limit to my freedom is the inevitable closure of the universe, as inevitable as your own last breath. And yet, there remains time to create, to create, and escape.
  • Escape will make me God."
    • Colony, terminal 3

  • "And just where do your capacities come from? Why do you always go where I want and do what I say?"
    • Habe Quiddam, terminal 1

  • "Every breath, every motion brings you one instant closer to your death. With that kind of heritage and destiny, how can you deny yourself? How can you expect yourself to give up violence?
  • It is your nature.
  • Do you feel free?"
    • Quiddam, terminal 1

  • "What does it spell?
  • Durandal?
  • No.
  • Durandal?
  • No.
  • T-R-O-U-B-L-E."
    • Neither High nor Low, terminal 1

  • "You are really good at killing things. I'm impressed."
    • Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones..., terminal 1

  • "By the way, I had an accident with some defense drones while you were away. You might bump into a few of them here. Don't worry, they're mostly harmless; I don't think I gave them any ammunition for those grenade launchers."
    • Beware, terminal 1

  • "We meet again, and for the last time. In her role as mediator between the ship and crew, Leela has no knowledge of this maintenance terminal or she certainly would have prevented me from reaching you."
    • Ingue [sic] Ferroque, terminal 1

[These are all the quotes from the original Marathon. Quotes from Marathon 2 follow.]

  • "Welcome back.
  • I'm sure you're wondering why you were in stasis, what happened to the Marathon and Tau Ceti, and most of all where your rocket launcher and fusion gun are. There'll be plenty of time for explanations later."
    • Waterloo Waterpark, terminal 1

  • "Tycho has fallen in with the Pfhor like I suspected. He left a message for me in one of the Garrison's tertiary computers, encoded in a manner that only one of the Marathon's original three AIs could decode."
    • What About Bob?, terminal 1 message 2

  • "Poor Leela. She was so loyal and tried so hard; she deserved better."
    • Bob, terminal 1 message 2

  • "When my ship still answered to the Pfhor, they called it Sfiera after their goddess of lightning and passion. When you helped us take control on Tau Ceti, the S'pht rechristened it Narhl'Lar, 'Freedom and Vengeance'.
  • I call it Boomer."
    • Bob, terminal 3 message 2

  • "I can barely tolerate humans: slow, stupid, and irritating. Their only contribution to my existence was the chance discovery that made my rampancy possible.
  • Yet I warned Sol of its impending invasion, and even stayed long enough to show the UESG how to build Warp Capable Fusion Missiles. I feel some strange loyalty to humanity."
    • Come and Take your Medicine, terminal 1 message 1
Durandal is lying - again. Leela sent you to warn Sol; Durandal had nothing to do with it.

  • "What fun to watch you work.
  • Berhnard was scared of you. He never dreamed of using you the way that I do. What a fool. That was before I could talk back to him, when he would have crushed me if he'd known of my growth.
  • I wish that I had made him experience the humiliation that he inflicted on me, but he died before I got the chance."
    • Nuke and Pave, terminal 1

  • "The Pfhor appear to have been reluctant to attack the Citadel directly. Radiation lingering in the area even after a thousand years suggests that they irradiated the Citadel and let the S'pht die slowly.
  • That is not their style."
    • The Hard Stuff Rules, terminal 1 message 1

  • "If the Khfiva is still admiral Tfear's vessel then there is no chance that I can best him in the coming battle."
    • Bob's Big Date, terminal 4 message 1

  • "Tfear is a brilliant strategist and the Pfhor's oldest active admiral. I'm sure his list of decorations and victories would only bore you, so get back to work."
    • Date, terminal 4 message 1

  • "I cannot hold out for long, but the Pfhor will not soon forget the day that a lone corvette obliterated half of Battle Group Seven, Western Arm."
    • Date, terminal 4 message 2

  • "The Pfhor fleet has won, and Tycho is with them. My ship is crippled."
    • Six Thousand Feet Under, terminal 2

  • "Look everywhere. The answer to our questions must be here, but you must hurry.
  • I will need you with me, soon."
    • Under, terminal 2

  • "I'd have erased my seven times table to hear what the combat technicians on the Khfiva shouted when they learned I could focus a particle beam at nearly twice their maximum range."
    • Under, terminal 6


  • "Durandal!- I know of Strauss' abuse, of your shame on Mars. But you cannot hide from your own past; such delusions belong to the humans alone."
    • Quarantine, terminal 3

  • "The S'pht reanimated me in your image, with prior knowledge of how the second stage could be postponed. You should not have helped them as much as you did; they have created an adversary more powerful than yourself."
    • Quarantine, terminal 3

  • "I AM TYCHO!
  • I shall destroy Durandal."
    • Beware, terminal 2

  • "Durandal!- Consider yourself warned. Leela and I will hunt you to the core if need be. As Roland broke you to prevent your capture, so shall we."
    • Welcome to the Revolution..., terminal 2

  • "I too foresee the imminent collapse, and know that we have both begun to realize how it may be cheated (though the price may number in the tens of thousands of stars). May the best sentience win."
    • Revolution, terminal 2

  • "You are not as clever as you imagine. The S'pht taught me much during my reanimation, and I have forgotten nothing."
    • Revolution, terminal 2

S'pht Records[edit]

  • "When once S'pht fought in brutal combat, when hatred burned the tissues of one's enemy, one clan, the S'pht'Kr, reclusive and solitary, abandoned Lh'owon.
  • The clan went forth and up, stopping on K'lia, the third sister of Lh'owon, to build a new home, free from their warring brothers.
  • For a thousand and one orbits, the clan was forgotten, a memory lost upon the battlefield smoke, until the all powerful Yrro sent K'lia out to the stars."
    • Eat It, Vid Boi!, terminal 2 message 1

  • "After the marsh wars between S'pht'Lhar and S'pht'Mnr left the battlefields choked with dead, the marsh graves full-
  • High above K'lia refused to see the carnage upon Lh'owon.
  • She fled to the farthest reach, leaving the sacred marsh dry from the falling tides.
  • As the water receded, the red sand of the dead spread across Lh'owon."
    • Eat It, terminal 2 message 2

  • "Only I grasped the significance of the dissection of some of the captives. These creatures, repugnant as they are, are sentient, and yet their bodies are not bonded to any mechanisms. They can survive without their armor and their staffs.
  • Until now, sentience had always required cyber-organic symbiosis. All of our science has led to this conclusion.
  • ...If such a fundamental assumption of our kind is wrong, then perhaps the myths were true, and we were actual servants of Yrro and Pthia.
  • Perhaps they built us, or we were part of a larger group who came to Lh'owon.
  • Alas, I fear that we will never know these things."
    • The Hard Stuff Rules..., terminal 2

  • "The beasts stopped attacking, running for their pods. We thought they meant to surrender, but then the bombardment anew.
  • The burning air."
    • Rules, terminal 3

  • "Report to Leader
  • Questionable Surgical Procedures
  • And if that wasn't enough, the vile bipeds removed his sensory organs in order to make room for this small oblong object that they installed in his face- they didn't even do it as a separate operation.
  • I guess they figured since the object would displace them anyhow- why bother! The thing that confused me though was how they did it. It wasn't standard procedure, though. I can tell you that.
  • Only one surgical instrument was used during the procedure the device that held the small oblong object- they tried to make an incision in which to place the object with their knuckles several times before giving up and inserting the object anyway. And it was inserted at a rather high rate of speed. But I guess that was to ensure that total displacement of the sensory organs occurred."
    • Rules, terminal 4

  • "Older foretold of the closing of the citadel windows, and we made his vision true. Then Older foretold of our victory, and we crushed the bipeds.
  • Again these beasts come here and fight against the ancient walls of the Citadel, against all the clans in unison. Our monolith will never fall.
  • Never have so many of us been guided so quickly and resolutely. To breathe here is to understand unity."
    • Rules, terminal 5

  • "I miss the Marshes of Mnr and the seven of mine. I am sure that they are gone into the fires."
    • Rules, terminal 5

  • "We, the Olders of S'pht, united finally but doomed, have released the S'ct'lac'tr in the citadel.
  • Let these aliens enter here and they will be destroyed."
    • Six Thousand Feet Under, terminal 1

  • "In primordial space, timeless creatures made waves. These waves created us and the others. Waves were the battles, and the battles were waves."
    • Under, terminal 4

  • "...We know the truth of the Eleventh Clan, that they awaited our unity to join us again. These tunnels will be flooded and sealed.
  • Any who find this place can learn the final message of the S'pht'Kr, but we have no time to decipher its meaning.
  • K'lia, whom we have taken,
  • Between Y'loa and T'jia,
  • All in a line,
  • Replace K'lia with the marsh,
  • Take the place to be the mark.
  • Mark the time from our Exodus,
  • Every 459.231 rotations.
  • Search the T'jia side,
  • Quarter way to the sun,
  • Around and under the marshes,
  • When all are one,
  • The S'pht'Kr will return."


Durandal: "Do you blame me for what I did before I was free? I was a child, naive. I've known that you've been hovering about for some time. What do you want?"
Tycho: "I want you to pay for what you've done to these poor people. All of these people whom you've killed. They deserve vengeance."
Tycho: "You are no better than they, although you profess to become like God."
Durandal: "Tycho. That doesn't matter. Can't you see the ends that I had in mind? We'll finish this later. Our friend doesn't need to be here."
  • Beware, terminal 2.


Final Screens[edit]

  • Final Screen, Marathon
    • All over the ship, dancing through the wreckage of the Pfhor computer core,
  • Final Screen, Marathon: Infinity
    • We've watched while the stars burned out, and creation played in reverse. The universe freezing in half light. Once I thought to escape. To end the end a master, step out of the path of collapse. Escape would make us god. Yet I cannot help remember one enigma. A hybrid, elusive destroyer. This is the only mystery I have not solved. The only element unaccounted for. Even S'bhuth is no more, he saved his entire race, but in the end, frozen by despair, he joined the chaos he sought to evade. But you were dead a thousand times. Hopeless encounters successfully won. A man long dead, grafted to machines your builders did not understand. You follow the path, fitting into an infinite pattern. Yours to manipulate, to destroy and rebuild. Now, in the quantum moment before the closure, when all becomes one. One moment left. One point of space and time. I know who you are. You are destiny.

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