History Literature / HaloFirstStrike

5th Feb '16 6:53:02 PM slvstrChung
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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Cortana needs to disrupt the mainframe on the Covenant space station they're invading. Her answer? [[MesACrowd Clone herself about a gajillion times]], resulting in a [=DDoS=] attack that is so effective that Cortana ''herself'' starts having trouble communicating with John.
9th Nov '15 3:59:33 PM Tuckerscreator
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* AbortedArc: A great deal of subplot mysteries in this book don't come up again after this book.
** The Forerunner crystal, which [[spoiler:is deemed too dangerous by Halsey and so destroyed. The Prophet of Truth receives a few fragments that he thinks may be good for his plans, but that's the last we've heard of it.]]
** The ''Ascendant Justice'' has numerous unsolved mysteries, including its unusually small crew, its AI unlike any known Covenant one, and one of its passengers supposedly having been the "Guardian of the Luminous Key".
** Sergeant Johnson's immunity to the Flood has also never come up again. In this case, it is intentional; [[http://halostory.bungie.org/staten102204.html Bungie has said they've chosen to ignore it]].
15th May '15 7:41:59 PM SithkingZero
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** Sadly, it turns out this was all for nothing- see RetCon below.


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** Later data on the Halo-verse revealed that [[spoiler: Sergeant Johnson is ''not'' immune to the Flood, he just outfought them and escaped on his own merits. The irregularity in his nervous system is due to him being a SPARTAN-I, an earlier super soldier program that predates the Spartans that we are more familiar with.]]
4th May '15 4:51:57 PM MechWarrior
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Master Chief and co. crash landed into the Ascendant Justice's hanger bay at 300 meters per second, or 671.1 miles per hour, and then get right back up. Sure, Master Chief has his armor, and the ship may be made of some kind of future metal that doesn't disintegrate upon crashing at Mach 0.9, but, c'mon, Sergeant Johnson wasn't even wearing a seat belt.

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Master Chief and co. crash landed into the Ascendant Justice's hanger bay at 300 meters per second, or 671.1 miles per hour, and then get right back up. Sure, Master Chief has his armor, and the ship may be made of some kind of future metal that doesn't disintegrate upon crashing at Mach 0.9, but, c'mon, Sergeant Johnson wasn't even wearing a seat belt.
6th Aug '14 5:56:24 AM Westrim
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* KillingForATissueSample: Sergeant Johnson turns out to be immune to [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood]]. Halsey gives John the choice of giving the Office of the Naval Intelligence one of two data crystals. One directly mentions Johnson by name and and outlines how [[DisabilitySuperpower his nerve condition makes him immune]], the other has the same information but omits his name and DNA. She warns John that giving ONI the former will likely cause them to dissect Johnson in hopes of figuring out the cure. John struggles with which is better to give, and chooses the latter.
28th May '14 10:51:02 AM theLibrarian
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* ContinuityNod: During the mission to the ''Unyielding Hierophant'', Cortana is mentioned as splitting herself into copies in order to fulfill various functions. She later does this in the finale of ''Halo4''.

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* ContinuityNod: During the mission to the ''Unyielding Hierophant'', Cortana is mentioned as splitting herself into copies in order to fulfill various functions. She later does this in the finale of ''Halo4''.''Halo 4''.
28th May '14 10:50:46 AM theLibrarian
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* ContinuityNod: During the mission to the ''Unyielding Hierophant'', Cortana is mentioned as splitting herself into copies in order to fulfill various functions. She later does this in the finale of ''Halo4''.
29th Jan '14 11:28:47 PM GodzillaMaster
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* TemptingFate: Mixed a little with UnderestimatingBadassery, while on the Unyielding Hierophant, a Cortana clone finds out what the Chief and the rest of the Spartans would be encountering shortly and states this little gem.
--> "Also be advised, Chief, that there are ceremonial guards in this temple—a race we have not encountered before. Roughly translated from Covenant dialects, they are called 'Brutes'. They shouldn't be a significant threat or they would have been used in previous military situations."
--> [[ThisIsGonnaSuck John wasn't so sure of that. The name Brute didn't sound promising.]]
23rd Jan '14 8:02:05 PM JackTheHammer
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* [[spoiler: TimeyWimeyBall]]: Check the dates that the story takes place from. The Chief escaped Halo on September 22. [[spoiler: It ''ends'' on ''September 13.'' That Forerunner crystal was '''warping time.''']]
17th Dec '13 9:02:58 AM Zaptech
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A number of plot points are brought up and then left unexplained within the book:
** Why the ''Ascendant Justice'' had so few warriors on board. The characters remark that it's odd and it's never again mentioned.
*** The reprint of ''Halo: The Flood'' states that the ship was cleared of the majority of its non-Huragok crew in the process of capturing a Minor Prophet who had overstepped the bounds of Thel 'Vadamee's (Supreme Commander/Fleet Master of the Fleet of Particular Justice and future [[TheAragorn Arbiter]]) patience.
** Who or what exactly was the "Guardian of the Luminous Key" on board the ''Ascendant Justice.''
** Why Fred instinctively knew how to pilot the Wraith tank.
*** Actually, this one has an answer. [[spoiler: Covenant technology is derived from Forerunner technology. Humans are heirs to the Forerunners, and have been "programmed" to be able to instinctively interface with their technology.]]
*** Even discounting the above answer, it's made clear in other sources that all UNSC soldiers are instructed in the usage of Covenant technology.
** What exactly was the nature of the crystal the Covenant were so keen on getting. It's implied it does something to Slipspace.
** The origin of the Covenant A.I. that Cortana encountered. Its code seemed frustratingly familiar to her, and it's never explained why.
*** ''Halo: Combat Evolved: Anniversary'' has 343 Guilty Spark archiving a conversation between himself and the AI aboard the Truth and Reconciliation, so it's possible that Cortana could've picked up that data as she was absorbing Installation 04's information banks.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: One possible reason why there are so many abandoned plot points is probably because Eric Nylund only had 7 weeks to write the book.
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