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haruspis:

All 106 maps in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo CE

  • Battle Creek
  • Blood Gulch
  • Boarding Action
  • Chill Out
  • Chiron TL-34
  • Damnation
  • Danger Canyon (PC)
  • Death Island (PC)
  • Derelict
  • Gephyrophobia (PC)
  • Hang ‘Em High
  • Ice Fields (PC)
  • Infinity (PC)
  • Longest
  • Prisoner
  • Rat Race
  • Sidewinder
  • Timberland (PC)
  • Wizard

Halo 2

  • Ascension
  • Backwash
  • Beaver Creek
  • Burial Mounds
  • Coagulation
  • Colossus
  • Containment
  • Desolation
  • District (PC)
  • Elongation
  • Foundation
  • Gemini
  • Headlong
  • Ivory Tower
  • Lockout
  • Midship
  • Relic
  • Sanctuary
  • Terminal
  • Tombstone
  • Turf
  • Uplift (PC)
  • Warlock
  • Waterworks
  • Zanzibar

Halo 3

  • Assembly
  • Avalanche
  • Blackout
  • Boundless
  • Citadel
  • Cold Storage
  • Construct
  • Epilogue
  • Epitaph
  • Foundry
  • Ghost Town
  • Guardian
  • Heretic
  • High Ground
  • Isolation
  • Last Resort
  • Longshore
  • Onslaught
  • Orbital
  • Pit Stop
  • Rat’s Nest
  • Sandbox
  • Sandtrap
  • Snowbound
  • Standoff
  • The Pit
  • Valhalla

Halo 4

  • Abandon
  • Adrift
  • Ascent
  • Complex
  • Daybreak
  • Erosion
  • Exile
  • Forge Island
  • Grifball Court
  • Harvest
  • Haven
  • Impact
  • Landfall
  • Longbow
  • Meltdown
  • Monolith
  • Outcast
  • Perdition
  • Pitfall
  • Ragnarok
  • Ravine
  • Relay
  • Settler
  • Shatter
  • Skyline
  • Solace
  • Vertigo
  • Vortex
  • Wreckage

The 6 remastered Halo 2 maps

  • Ascension
  • Lockout
  • Zanzibar
  • «unknown»
  • «unknown»
  • «unknown»

haruspis:

*INTERNALLY SCREAMING*

This was the best thing to wake up to learning about!

Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley’s Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox game Halo 2.

DO YOU HAVE

ANY

IDEA

HOW LONG I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS?

Ever since Halo 2’s release and seeing all the scenes about Covenant history that had to be cut, I have wanted a novel (akin to a ‘Covenant Bible’) that focuses on the formation and early days of the Covenant. We know so little about them, despite being such a huge part of the series and the story.

And, I have to say, dat fucking cover art is gorgeous!

I wonder what it actually is… We know that the Covenant spent their early days pillaging Forerunner Shield Worlds that they came across, that could be interesting - but I don’t think that’s what we’re seeing here. In fact, the formation of that structure almost resembles the framework of High Charity…

Also, a San’Shyuum protagonist! That is going to be so awesome! We’ve only seen a proper San’Shyuum POV in Contact Harvest and Wages of Sin, Cryptum did feature them as well but on the whole there’s so much mystery surrounding their race. Where did the few that remain of their race go to after the death of Truth and the fall of the Covenant?

Apparently the seed of the Great Schism will be sown in this book as well, as the description says that the San’Shyuum protagonist will be caught up in “the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant”. That’s going to be awesome to read about! The rogue Sangheili group (could it be the Servants of Abiding Truth from Glasslands?) could end up discovering something huge to do with the Forerunners that would ensure the failure of the Covenant…

As a side note, this will be the first Halo novel to have absolutely no humans in it at all (as far as we know).

I’ve read some of Shirley’s other works, he’s a very prolific writer for sci-fi, horror and even noir-style novels. As I understand, he pretty much wrote the entire language for the Predator series from the ground-up. He wrote the Bioshock prequel novel, he’s written for Borderlands, and has done a fair bit of apocalyptic/political novels as well. I checked out his blog and he is looking to be perfect for the job.

Here’s an extract from as recent as May, which means it might apply to the philosophy of this book (I hope it does, because it sounds so wonderfully Halo).

"The trouble with the dominant sentient creatures on that planet” said an extraterrestrial in some story I may or may not write, “is that they are, to use their own expression, neither fish nor fowl. Or as we would say, they are neither sweshflap nor snapflap. They are in that awkward place, between the primal and the transcendent. They are wired for greed, violent dominance, mistrust, xenophobia, reflexive fear; they have all the neurological equipage of a lower beast. But they also know perfectly well, most of them, that most of their primal responses are inappropriate for their circumstances; that they are responding with a fatal misdirection that could lead with breathtaking suddenness to the end of their species. They can sense, dimly, that there is a more objective, freer mind they could be centred within. But the old wiring, the old instincts and innate reactions remain and they blunder ahead into the underbrush, squalling, driven by these demons of early primate evolution, fully aware that there are more fruitful, more constructive paths to take. Most species do not survive past that awkward place."

I am hyped as fuck for this novel. It comes out November 4th this year.

2014 is an absolutely stand-out year for Halo. We’ve had Mortal Dictata, Halo: Escalation (which will continue going until the year’s end), we’re getting the Master Chief Collection, Halo: Nightfall by Ridley Scott, the Halo 5: Guardians beta, and now we’re getting this…

I might just cry of happiness.

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