The Halo Universe: the story, the Covenant and the game

I have always been a huge fan of Halo not only of the game- but the massive detailed back story too. The Halo universe is an interesting one that I have always try to learn as much as I can about (what a geek…), and in this post I shall try to summarize all of Halo (which is quite a lot of stuff) for the less hardcore folks out there without any major Spoilers.

The Halo universe can be found not only in the Halo games like Halo 1, Halo 2 and Halo 3, it also has its own comic which does a very good job of explaining all the plot holes left out by the original game. As of right now, there is a new game coming out on the Xbox 360 called Halo Wars which is a real time strategy game focus on the initial battles between the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) Marines and the first waves of the Covenant invaders. Rumor has it, the next Halo game coming out from Bungie is going to be a squad based shooter that does not involve Master Chief.

The Halo story begins in the future of our world where Mankind has just discovered a method to extremely high speed space travels. With this technology, humans begin to colonize other worlds in rapid succession and as a result of this; many of the poorer colonies became unstable and tried to secede. With the defeat of the rebellious colonies, the United Nations Space Command was formed as a central and united human government so that such rebellion may never happen again.

Also as a safety measure, the UNSC started a top secret super soldier program nick name the SPARTAN to combat future rebellions before they get out of hand- and this is where Master Chief originated. The Spartan soldier candidates were all young children taken away at a small age and selected due to their naturally superior abilities- however; even such gifts did not enable many of them to survive the rigorous and painful augmentations being done to their bodies in preparation of becoming a Spartan. Master Chief and 30 some others however, successfully passed the training program and became the elite super soldiers of the UNSC.

Around the same time, one of the outer most human colony called Harvest suddenly ceased all communications with earth. Further investigation revealed that the colony was completely destroyed and glassed (the same method of creating glass by melting rocks or sand, except on a planetary scale done by massive laser beams) by an unknown alien race called the Covenant- and thus begun the long and bloody Human Covenant War. Later on it was revealed that the Human were actually decedents of the “Gods” that the Covenant worships- the Covenant higher ups decided that to prevent the religion and their authority from fall apart, they will wipe out the Humans before the Covenant general population can find out about truth of the Human existence.

As all wars go where one opponent is physically strong and have better weapons (Covenant), versus the weaker and inferior opponent (humans), the kill death ratio is pretty heavily stacked against the UNSC. With a ratio of four human deaths for every Covenant kill, it wasn’t long before the UNSC space fleet were pretty much wiped out and most of the colonies (almost 800 of them) taken over or destroyed by the Covenant. On ground battles, super soldiers such as Master Chief have been able to turn the tide of the battle, but they are only a tiny measure in slowing the Covenant onslaught.

Finally one day, the inevitable arrives where the Covenant amasses an invasion force and starts on the invasion of earth. All looks bleak on Earth until a fortunate and unfortunate turn of events helped save man kind from complete annihilation. (There were a search on this, it seems someone was looking for how Covenant found Earth: Well, the UNSC forces did a complete wipe of all navigation data upon capture or defeat so there is no way to recover the information from UNSC ships. Also when under retreat, UNSC forces are not allow to jump directly towards Earth so the Covenant can’t follow. However, after a defeat of the Covenant fleet with the help of Master Chief, Master Chief ‘s fellow soldiers jumped directly to Earth thinking that all near by Covenant were wiped out but they were not and the jump vectors to Earth were thus discovered by the enemy.)

What happened cannot be completely told without ruining the plot for some people. However, the large Halo installations orbiting in the galaxy are built by the “Gods” of the Covenant, or the race which Human originated from- some believe that they are the key to immortality (figures), and some believe it to be a weapon terrible ability against a fearsome enemy. In a sense they are both and they go hand in hand… in the quest for this immortality; the fearsome enemy was unleashed upon both Humans and Covenants.

All in total, countless billions of both Human and Covenant lives were lost in this conflict and the galaxy has been changed forever. However, the Halo saga does not end there, what lies in wait we have yet to find out.

On a closing note, Comic Con was last weekend; I hope everyone had a great time! If you didn’t make it don’t worry, our Master Chief Costume is still available if you are looking for some Halo costumes this Halloween!


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