History Literature / HaloContactHarvest

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* {{Tsundere}}: Sif is Type B, and finds it frustrating how Mack is able to so efficiently push her buttons. One example of such is when he misquotes a Creator/WilliamShakespeare play and jokes about her not knowing what it is, and she's so irritated by it that she replies with not just the complete works of Shakespeare in several different languages, but a multitude of other plays ranging from Aeschylus to "the twenty-fifth-century absurdist dialectics of Cosmic Commedia Cooperative". He just finds this overreaction amusing.

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* {{Tsundere}}: Sif is Type B, normally calm and polite, but finds it frustrating how Mack is able to so efficiently push her buttons. One example of such is when he misquotes a Creator/WilliamShakespeare play and jokes about her not knowing what it is, and she's so irritated by it that she replies with not just the complete works of Shakespeare in several different languages, but a multitude of other plays ranging from Aeschylus to "the twenty-fifth-century absurdist dialectics of Cosmic Commedia Cooperative". He just finds this overreaction amusing.
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* NeedsOfTheMany: [[spoiler:After being repaired by Lighter Than Some and helping Loki evacuate Harvest's last survivors, Sif nonetheless agrees to let Loki finish destroying her in order to prevent her data from falling into Covenant hands, and eventually convinces a heartbroken Mack to let Loki do so.]]

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* NeedsOfTheMany: TheNeedsOfTheMany: [[spoiler:After being repaired by Lighter Than Some and helping Loki evacuate Harvest's last survivors, Sif nonetheless agrees to let Loki finish destroying her in order to prevent her data from falling into Covenant hands, and eventually convinces a heartbroken Mack to let Loki do so.]]
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** The ''Minor Transgression''[='s=] engage in a major heresy by tampering with their ship's Luminary, not to mention the fact that they're glorified SpacePirates.

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** The ''Minor Transgression''[='s=] crew engage in a major heresy by tampering with their ship's Luminary, not to mention the fact that they're glorified SpacePirates.
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** When Johnson is asked whether he's ever been to Harvest before, he remembers that he was once sent there to assassinate a corrupt Colonial Administration official. This is implied to be the mission shown in page 122 of the ''ComicBook/TheHaloGraphicNovel'', where he sniped Jerald Ander, leader of the Secessionist Union's Harvest branch.

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** When Johnson is asked whether he's ever been to Harvest before, he remembers that he was once sent there to assassinate a corrupt Colonial Administration official. This is implied to be the mission shown in page 122 of the ''ComicBook/TheHaloGraphicNovel'', where he sniped Jerald Ander, leader of the Secessionist Union's Harvest branch.



* EliteMooks: The Maccabeus's Brutes are very much this, with each one capable of taking on multiple militiamen by itself.

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* EliteMooks: The Maccabeus's Brutes are very much this, with each one capable of taking on multiple militiamen by itself.
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* ApocalypticLog: The book ends with [[spoiler:Mack's final transmissions, which detail the final glassing of Harvest as the Covenant hunt down his last remaining fragments]].



** Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the individual requesting [[spoiler:Mack's final transmissions]] in the epilogue is a certain ONI-contracted civilian code-named "Charlie Hotel", aka Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the Spartan-[=IIs=] and Cortana. Additionally, the ship that recovered the transmissions was the ''Heracles'', established in ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' to be the first human ship to successfully bring news of Harvest's fate to the rest of the UNSC.
** [[spoiler:Mack's final transmissions]] also mention a lone human ship that came across Harvest and was destroyed by the Covenant. That ship is implied to be the CMA ''Argo'', stated in ''The Fall of Reach'' to have been sent to investigate why the UEG had suddenly lost contact with Harvest.



* IronicEcho:
** After Mack teases Sif about her {{Tsundere}} tendencies by misquoting ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''[='s=] "The lady doth protest too much, methinks", he tells her "It's Shakespeare, sweetheart. Look it up." [[spoiler:Sif says the same thing to Mack in her final message to him, an indirect LoveConfession[=/=]PreSacrificeFinalGoodbye asking him to reread Sonnet 18.]]
** "Someday we will win. No matter what it takes." An Insurrectionist first tells this to Ponder before taking his own daughter hostage, resulting in a shootout that leaves numerous civilians dead. [[spoiler:Ponder later says to Tartarus while sacrificing himself as bait to help take down a Covenant ship, which allows Harvest's defenders to evacuate a couple thousand civilians to safety.]]



* WrongAssumption:

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* WrongAssumption: Given the First Contact premise, there's enough to fill a Forerunner shield world:


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** The UNSC initially don't realize that the Covenant is a multi-species empire, and assume that the ''Rapid Conversion'' is going to be crewed by Jackals like the last Covenant ship they encountered. As such, all the humans at the peace meeting on Harvest are shocked when the Covenant representatives turn out to be Brutes.
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Jenkins joins the militia with the hopes of eventually becoming a UNSC Marine and living a life of adventure. By the end, he gets his wish... after the Covenant kill his entire family and glass his homeworld.



* TheBrute: While he ''is'' a Brute, Vorenus is huge even compared to the rest of the Jiralhanae pack on ''Rapid Conversion''.

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* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Mack's army of remote-controlled [=JOTUNs=] shows up in time to save Byrne, and proceeds to stop Loki from firing his mass driver at Sif.]]
* TheBrute: While he ''is'' a Brute, Vorenus is huge even compared to the rest of the Jiralhanae pack on ''Rapid Conversion''.



* CarFu: Johnson cripples [[spoiler:Maccabeus]] by ramming him with his Warthog.

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* CarFu: CarFu:
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Johnson cripples [[spoiler:Maccabeus]] by ramming him with his Warthog.Warthog.
** Brute Choppers are designed for this trope, as they're basically giant bladed rams that happen to also be anti-gravity motorcycles.



* CoitusEnsues: [[spoiler:The penultimate scene of the epilogue is some GladToBeAliveSex between Johnson and Jilan. While the scene is brief and non-explicit, it can still come across as somewhat jarring.]]



* ConnectedAllAlong: In ''VideoGame/Halo2'', Johnson plays a pivotal role in defeating [[spoiler:Tartarus]]. Here, it's revealed that the two had already directly fought against each other during the first battle of the Human-Covenant War.



* EliteMooks: The Maccabeus's Brutes are very much this, with each one capable of taking on multiple militiamen by itself.
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler:As Tartarus is forced to retreat from the Tiara, the surviving Grunts and Drones aboard all turn on each other.]]



* HairTriggerExplosive: Subverted. [[spoiler:Forsell attempts to take out Tartarus by throwing a Covenant energy core at him, but it doesn't explode on impact like expected; by the time Johnson sets it off with a burst from his SMG, Tartarus has already gotten to a safe distance away from the explosion.]]



* HeroicBSOD: Pacifist Lighter Than Some suffers one when [[spoiler: he kills Henry Gibson to save Dadab]].

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
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Pacifist Lighter Than Some suffers one when [[spoiler: he kills Henry Gibson to save Dadab]].Dadab]].
** Jenkins falls into a deep depression after his family are all killed.



** Vorenus takes Byrne hostage in an attempt to get the militiamen surrounding him to surrender. [[spoiler:The arrival of an army of [=JOTUNs=] distracts Vorenus long enough for the militia to shoot him down without harming Byrne.]]



** Jackal energy cutlasses are designed to explode after being stabbed into something; when Byrne stabs a Jackal with its own cutlass, the latter is blown apart into slush.

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** Jackal energy Energy cutlasses are designed to explode after being stabbed into something; when Byrne stabs a Jackal with its own cutlass, the latter is blown apart into slush.slush.
** A Brute Chopper manages to catch a Harvest militiaman in its bladed wheels, tearing the man to shreds "like wood fed through a chipper".



* ManBitesMan: Flim nearly kills [[spoiler:Forsell]] when he bites the base of his neck and nicks his jugular.



* MookHorrorShow: PlayedForDrama during the opening of the Harvest militia's attack on the Tiara; it's from the perspective of Dadab, who watches helplessly as his fellow Grunts (all of whom are PunchClockVillains at worst) all die.



* NeedsOfTheMany: [[spoiler:After being repaired by Lighter Than Some and helping Loki evacuate Harvest's last survivors, Sif nonetheless agrees to let Loki finish destroying her in order to prevent her data from falling into Covenant hands, and eventually convinces a heartbroken Mack to let Loki do so.]]



* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:How Dadab survives his firefight against the humans.]]



* RammingAlwaysWorks: Mack takes down the Spirit dropship chasing Johnson and Byrne by ramming it with several JOTUN crop dusters

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Mack takes down the Spirit dropship chasing Johnson and Byrne by ramming it with several JOTUN crop dustersdusters.



* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:When Jenkins sees Tartarus, he becomes so focused on avenging his family that he disobeys Johnson to chase the Brute down, which almost gets him killed when he's ambushed by Flim.]]



* SmokingIsCool: Played straight with Captain Ponder and Sergeant Johnson, who enjoy a few Sweet Williams cigars. Subverted with the Minister of Fortitude, who uses some tobacco designed to keep one awake during a long meeting, and suffers a terrible headache afterward.

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* SmokingIsCool: Played straight with Captain Ponder and Sergeant Johnson, who enjoy a few Sweet Williams cigars. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Johnson gives Jenkins and Forsell his last remaining cigar after offering them a place in the Marines.]] Subverted with the Minister of Fortitude, who uses some tobacco designed to keep one awake during a long meeting, and suffers a terrible headache afterward.



* TalkingToTheDead: [[spoiler:Mack's final transmissions are him continually sending messages to a dead Sif.]]



* YouHaveFailedMe: Tartarus throws Yull down a waterfall for disobeying orders and prematurely starting a shootout with the humans.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Tartarus throws Yull down a waterfall for disobeying orders and prematurely starting a shootout with the humans. Later, he kills Bapap for being too injured to be of use.
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* ChekhovsSkill: When Dadab finally gets Lighter Than Some to throw a rock at a target, the latter hits it dead center. [[spoiler:Lighter than Some later saves Dadab's life by nailing a human in the head with a rock]].

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* ChekhovsSkill: ChekhovsSkill:
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When Dadab finally gets Lighter Than Some to throw a rock at a target, the latter hits it dead center. [[spoiler:Lighter than Some later saves Dadab's life by nailing a human in the head with a rock]].rock]].
** At the solstice celebration, Attorney General Pedersen talks about how in Harvest's early years, Mack once used a mass driver to launch a new power supply straight into one of the Tiara's coupling station; it worked like a charm, but Sif was not amused about the possibility of him missing and destroying her data-center. [[spoiler:Towards the end, Sif willingly lets Loki (Mack's other half) fire a mass driver round straight into her data center in order to prevent her from being captured by the Covenant.]]



** The same technology used for the UNSC's MagneticWeapons is also used by less developed colony worlds for sending objects into space or launching waste into the sun. In Harvest's early years, Mack once used a mass driver to launch a new power supply straight into one of the Tiara's coupling station; it worked like a charm, but Sif was not amused about the possibility of him missing and destroying her data-center.

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** The same technology used for the UNSC's MagneticWeapons is also used by less developed colony worlds for sending objects into space or launching waste into the sun. In Harvest's early years, Mack once used a mass driver to launch a new power supply straight into one of the Tiara's coupling station; it worked like a charm, but Sif was not amused about the possibility of him missing and destroying her data-center.
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* ItsWhatIDo: When [[spoiler:Lighter Than Some]] repairs [[spoiler:Sif in order to help the evacuation of Harvest's people]], the latter asks the former why it's bothering helping. It replies by simply stating its name, which [[spoiler:Sif]] takes to mean "I help because that is who I am."
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* CrisisOfFaith: The Covenant is indicated to be going through an Age of Doubt at the novel's beginning, and several of its characters find their faith challenged in some major way:
** When given the order to exterminate Harvest's population, Maccabeus struggles with whether it would be a greater sin to disobey the Prophets, or to let what he believes are the planet's Forerunner relics be destroyed. He ultimately decides that disobedience is the lesser of the two sins.
** [[spoiler:When Dadab discovers that Lighter Than Some is helping the humans, the latter points out that the Prophets are violating the tenets of their own religion by not giving humanity even a chance to convert. This troubles Dadab enough to convince him to not destroy the Tiara's data center.]]
** The Covenant's very motivation for exterminating humanity is revealed to be this: [[spoiler:The future High Prophets believe that the Oracle's revelations indicate that humans are Forerunners who were left behind by the Great Journey, which would render false the Covenant's promise that all believers would walk the Great Journey. Fearing the complete collapse of the Covenant if this revelation were to become public, the Hierarchs decide that the only way to cover up the AwfulTruth is to order the genocide of all of humanity.]]


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* FakinMacGuffin: [[spoiler:After Lighter Than Some shows Loki how to create a signal that the Luminary will register as "Oracle", Harvest's defenders uses this knowledge to create a fake "Oracle" that Captain Ponder carries out into the open so that they can lure the ''Rapid Conversion'' in close enough for the mass driver to cripple it.]]
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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Though never evil to begin with, Lighter Than Some comes to actively aid Harvest's people against the Covenant.]]


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* JurisdictionFriction: [[spoiler:Harvest Governor Thune is not happy about the details of Jilan's and Loki's plan to defeat the Covenant (more specifically, the fact that they didn't consult him first when they made a few changes to said details), and refuses to relinquish his authority to the UNSC as required by regulations. Jilan settles the issue by knocking out Thune with stun rounds.]]
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