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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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Halo Armor: Master Chief MJOLNIR armor

To prepare for the release of our super exclusive Halo 3 Master Chief costume for Comic Con international 2008 of which most of you will get (you better 😀 ), I have written a little something for all the curious minds out there that always wanted to know more about the armors in Halo, specially the one being worn by Master Chief.

The Name

The MJOLNIR armor is named after the legendary weapon of MJOLNIR, the hammer of Thor. It is no coincidence that a piece of defensive hardware is named after a weapon, the MJOLNIR armor is probably the most dangerous weapon in a Spartan soldier’s arsenal, enabling the Spartan soldiers to kill even the biggest Covenant (Hunters) with just their bare hands (inside the armor gauntlet of course).

The History

The development of the MJOLNIR armor is lead by Dr. Catherine Halsey, an UNSC Naval Intelligence scientist. The armor originated as a prototype exoskeleton giving the wearer increase strength and stamina (see EXOS posting). However, the downsides of the earlier prototypes are the fact that they use an external power source, whether plugged in or leeching energy through wireless system, once the user is out of range or the generator is destroyed, the suit will shut down trapping the user inside!

With more research and developments, the later models of the MJOLNIR armors became what we see in Halo today. Master Chief himself wears MJOLNIR armor, specifically model IV, V and VI. Although the later models are more advance and each function capabilities are increased, they remain largely the same. No matter the model of the armor, they are all design for Spartan elite soldiers only, as the suit requires highly advance reaction time and co-ordination to control, if not probably managed, the user will experience series injuries if not death (don’t worry our Master Chief Costume wont kill you 🙂 ).

The Technology

The MJOLNIR acts as an extension of your body by directly plugging into your nervous system, letting the suit move along with your body at the mere thought of moving your muscles. There are no lags so all movement feels natural- even though a Spartan soldier in MJOLNIR armor weighs over a ton!

The armor plating of the MJOLNIR armor are designed specially for resisting beam and plasma weapons of the Covenant, capable of absorbing and dissipating energy blast for a short while before completely failing. However, the MJOLNIR armor is not completely invincible as a blast from one of the bigger Covenants like the hunter can melt through the MJOLNIR armor plating in one hit! The armor also has other technologies like advance weapons HUD (heads up display), rechargeable temporary energy shields, and medical bio-foams for self healing. The MJOLNIR armor is also air tight, and is capable of space use if it is not punctured or heavily damaged, making the Spartan soldier into one capable all around super soldier.

The Present

Much like Iron Man, many of such technology used in Master Chief’s armor are in developments today. Just like Iron Man armor, a prototype exo-skeleton is already being developed by the armor for the purposes of super soldiers on the battlefield. The HUD and computer devices that Master Chief uses in his helmet are also present in today’s more advance weapons.

Other features of the MJOLNIR armor like bio foams and the armor plating are also available in today’s world. Although not called bio foam, the army is currently testing a sort of vitamin foam that can be stored in a small packet that when applied over a wound, it will expand and harden over the wound stopping the bleeding and holding the wound together- much like how bio foam works. Much like Master Chief’s armor, the armor used on tanks today are made to absorb high intensity heat blasts- the same logic that makes lasers/plasma weapons so effective against armor. Of course those armor plating are heavy, but that’s why Master Chief weighs so much (and it’s not because he eats too much Burger King 😛 ).

If you stick around, I will also put up some background information on the Halo universe; everything from the games Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3 and everything else in between for you to read- I am sure many of you will find it very interesting.

Lastly, a shameless plug of self promotion (not really, considering this is our site 😉 ), our Halo Master Chief costume is going to be available on July 18th, that’s in two days, and we will be the only place where you can get your officially licensed Halo 3 armor until September after Comic Con 2008!

HALO 3 @ Comic Con International 2008!

Before I tell you all about the special announcement on Costume SuperCenter’s HALO exclusive, here are some news on Iron Man.

It appears that all the regulars, the director Favreau, the actors, have all agreed and signed on to the new Iron Man 2 movie. Everything is all good to go, and now we can sit back and wait two years for the next Iron Man movie to come out 😀 If there are any Iron Man updates or new information, you can be sure I will let you know about it.

Now, for those of you who knows something about Comic Con, you know that is where all the new ideas, comics, and superheroes movies make their appearance before hitting the mainstream. Now Comic Con International 2008 is going to be at San Diego within a month’s time- which is very soon.

For this years Comic Con International, the people who made HALO wants all the HALO fans to exercises a show of force and let the world know who’s the best, and for that task, Costume SuperCenter will be the sole distributor of the Offical Licensed HALO Master Chief costume for the Comic Con International 2008!

The goal here is to completely swarm Comic Con all over with hundreds of us in our MJOLNIR Armor, it is going to be a blast 😀 Also, if you are wearing the officially licensed HALO 3 Master Chief Costume, stop by Rubies Costume’s booth # 5404-5407 during comic for the free gift give away!

If you haven’t heard of HALO before, you are missing out. Arguably one of the most popular first person shooters on the XBOX and XBOX 360, HALO combines an intriguing story line involving saving mankind and an action packed game play.

If you stay tune, I will be providing a lot of background story on HALO and their technologies that you wont know from just playing the game 😉 If you like what I did with Iron Man, be sure to come back in a few days!