Cortana claims that there's something about the Chief which is intrinsically special - luck. Some kind of heroic quality that sets him apart. But we never see evidence of this; it might almost be a blandishment.
Bungie has always woven rich and complex science fiction storytelling into the background of their games for those determined to look
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
I call it Boomer.
You've destroyed all the eggs! Now get to the bridge.
(conspiratorial whisper) Here are some more upgrade modules! (/whisper) I enjoy watching your transformation into my own image, insect. Perhaps... there is hope for you yet!
[... player gets to the bridge ...]
I thought Polito would be my avatar. But Polito was weak.
It was I who chose you, and I who had a robotic servant render your form unconscious. I then completed you with cybernetic grace.
Your flesh, too, is weak.
But you have potential.
Every implant exalts you.
Every line of code in your subsystems elevates you from your disgusting flesh.
Perhaps you have... potential.
Perhaps -- once we have erased my wayward children from existence -- we can examine the possibilities of a real alliance.
(laughter in the background)
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