History Literature / HaloFirstStrike

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* BoardingParty: One of the first things Chief and friends do after escaping Halo is hijack the Covenant carrier ''Ascendant Justice''. Later, the Spartans board a Covenant space station in order to blow it up.


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* CombiningMecha: The captured Covenant carrier ''Ascendant Justice'' is combined with the UNSC frigate ''Gettysburg'' because the maneuver Cortana is planning to pull requires two reactors.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Whitcomb.
* AcePilot: Sheila Polaski
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:Admiral Whitcomb's transmission to the Covenant fleet after crashing the ''Ascendant Justice'' into ''Unyielding Hierophant'']]:

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* AFatherToHisMen: Admiral Whitcomb.
* AcePilot: Sheila Polaski
Shiela Polaski, who's from the same squadron as [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Foehammer]].
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:Admiral Whitcomb's Whitcomb]]'s transmission to the Covenant fleet after crashing [[spoiler:crashing the ''Ascendant Justice'' into ''Unyielding Hierophant'']]:



* BadassNormal: Corporal Locklear, an ODST who acquits himself admirably fighting alongside Chief and Johnson.



* 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 ''Halo 4''.

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* ContinuityNod: During the mission Locklear is explicitly noted 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 have been one of ''Halo 4''.[[Literature/HaloTheFlood Major Silva]]'s [=ODSTs=].



* EarlyBirdCameo: [[spoiler:Truth and Tartarus from ''Halo 2'']] show up in the epilogue, which also has a brief mention of the very Elite who goes on to become the Arbiter.
* ForegoneConclusion: The book was originally released right in the middle of the ''Halo 2'' hype campaign, so readers back then already knew that Chief, Cortana, and Johnson would all make it back.



* HeroicSacrifice / DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Whitcomb and Haverson]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Haverson kills an Engineer who just repaired John's armor in order to keep the Covenant from getting any data on it. He finds the act just as despicable as Cortana does, but stands by his decision. Also, when Whitcomb decides they bail out while the Covenant come in and destroy Eridanus Secundus.
* ILikeThoseOdds: Averted when Fred leads a 3-man Spartan team to destroy a Covenant cruiser

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* HeroicSacrifice / DyingMomentOfAwesome: HeroicSacrifice:
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[[spoiler: Whitcomb and Haverson]].
Haverson use themselves as bait to lure in a 500-strong Covenant fleet towards a just-about-to-explode space station; they succeed in wiping out nearly the entire fleet.]]
** Played with by [[spoiler:Locklear's death. He destroys the Forerunner crystal in order to prevent it from causing more trouble, but he probably wasn't planning to die in the resulting explosion.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Haverson kills an Engineer who just repaired John's armor in order to keep the Covenant from getting any data on it. He finds the act just as despicable as Cortana does, but stands by his decision. Also, when Whitcomb decides they orders the ''Gettysburg-Ascendent Justice'' to bail out while the Covenant come in and destroy Eridanus Secundus.
* ILikeThoseOdds: Averted when Fred leads a 3-man Spartan team to destroy a Covenant cruisercruiser:



* 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.
** Sadly, it turns out this was all for nothing- see RetCon below.
* TheLastDance: [[spoiler:When Whitcomb and Haverson crash the ''Ascendant Justice'' into ''Unyielding Hierophant'' and lure the Covenant fleet in, destroying most of the ships as the station blows up.]]

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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 crystal is better to give, and but ultimately chooses the latter.
one that ''won't'' kill Johnson.
** Sadly, it turns out Later media revealed that this dilemma was all for nothing- see RetCon below.
nothing; as it turns out, [[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 an ORION/Spartan-I, an earlier super-soldier program that predates even the Spartan-[=IIs=]]].
* TheLastDance: [[spoiler:When Whitcomb and Haverson crash the ''Ascendant Justice'' into ''Unyielding Hierophant'' and lure the nearby Covenant fleet in, destroying most of the ships as when the station blows up.]]



* MauveShirt: Most of the Spartans on Master Chief's team.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Cortana discovers the Covvie ships, with their better technology than the UNSC, are capable of jumping within a gravity well easily. The Covenant AI she's on the ship with leaks the info to Covvie ships nearby, and it's used in ''Halo 2'' by the Covenant. The shockwave destroys the city of New Mombasa, and the ship's jump prevents the squad in ''Halo 3: ODST'' from landing correctly.]]
* NoodleIncident: As the Chief and his team gear up for a Zero-G op, they reminisce about a training mission they had

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* MauveShirt: Most of the Spartans on Master Chief's team.
Spartan-[=IIs=] who initially survive the Fall of Reach.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Cortana Cortana discovers that the Covvie Covenant's ships, with their better technology than the UNSC, UNSC's, are capable of jumping within a gravity well easily. The Covenant AI of the ship she's on the ship with leaks the info to Covvie ships nearby, nearby Covenant ships, [[spoiler: and it's this very technique is used in ''Halo 2'' by the Covenant. The Prophet of Regret's flagship in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''; the jump causes a shockwave that destroys much of the city of New Mombasa, Mombasa and the ship's jump prevents the squad in ''Halo 3: ODST'' ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' from landing correctly.]]
correctly]].
* NoodleIncident: As the Chief and his team gear up for a Zero-G op, they reminisce about a training mission they hadhad:



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Haverson, despite outranking the Master Chief, willingly concedes command of the mission to the Spartan. Later when the mission changes and he retakes command, Haverson is still agrees to take them back to Reach even though he knows that Master Chief really only wants to go to check for surviving Spartans.
** Whitcomb as well.
* RetCon: The 2010 rerelease changes a number of details to make the book mesh better with later canon, as well as to simply fix internal inconsistencies. For one thing, Brutes are no longer referred to as a newly encountered species when the Spartans fight them.
** 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.]]
* SacrificialLion [[spoiler: ''All'' of the Spartans, except for John, Fred, Will, Linda, and Kelly]].
* 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.
** On the other hand, it's Sergeant Johnson, the man is legitimately badass.
* 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.]]
* [[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.''']]

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
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Haverson, despite outranking the Master Chief, willingly concedes command of the mission to the Spartan. Later when the mission changes and he Haverson retakes command, Haverson is he still agrees to take them the group back to Reach even though he knows that Master Chief really only wants to go there to check for surviving Spartans.
** Whitcomb as well.
Whitcomb, who is very much willing to put his trust in the Spartans.
* RetCon: {{Retcon}}: The 2010 rerelease changes a number of details to make the book mesh better with later canon, as well as to simply fix internal inconsistencies. For one thing, Brutes are no longer referred to as a newly encountered species when the Spartans fight them.
** 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.]]
* SacrificialLion SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: ''All'' of the Spartans, except for John, Fred, Will, Linda, and Kelly]].
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Master Chief and co. crash landed into the Ascendant Justice's ''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.
** On
belt. (On the other hand, it's Sergeant Johnson, ''Sergeant Johnson''; the man is legitimately badass.
badass.)
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Dr. Halsey, having lost all hope that humanity can win the war, deserts the group, taking a sedated Kelly with her. That said, she does all this as part of her plan to lure all the surviving Spartans to a safe haven where they don't have to fight anymore.]]
* SpaceStation: The ''Unyielding Hierophant'', a Covenant battlestation 30-km long and over 10-km in circumference; Johnson describes it as looking like "two squids kissing".
* TemptingFate: Mixed a little with UnderestimatingBadassery, UnderestimatingBadassery; while on the Unyielding Hierophant, ''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 -->"Also be advised, Chief, that there are ceremonial guards in this temple—a 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 -->[[ThisIsGonnaSuck John wasn't so sure of that. The name Brute didn't sound promising.]]
* [[spoiler: TimeyWimeyBall]]: ThereIsAnother: As it turns out, John is ''not'' the last Spartan. In fact, [[spoiler:four other Spartans survive through the entirety of the book]].
* TimeyWimeyBall:
Check the dates that in the story takes place from.story. The Chief escaped Halo on September 22. [[spoiler: It The book ''ends'' on ''September 13.'' That Forerunner crystal was '''warping time.''']]



* TryNotToDie: When the Chief and the other Spartans leave to fix the ship.

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* TryNotToDie: When the Chief and the other Spartans leave to fix the ship.ship:
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* DisposablePilot: Red Team's pilot gets a few throwaway lines before getting blown up in his cockpit, prompting Joshua to take over from inside the troop bay.
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* UndersideRide: In a flashback it's revealed that the Spartan team did this during an exercise. The soldiers they were up against [[GenreSavvy suspected this]], and ran mirrors along the bottom of the car to check for them. The Spartans [[GambitPileup suspected this]], and brought along their own mirrors to counter.

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* UndersideRide: In a flashback flashback, it's revealed that the Spartan team John and his squad did this to infiltrate an enemy base during an a training exercise. The soldiers they were up against [[GenreSavvy suspected this]], and ran mirrors along the bottom of the car truck to check for them. The However, the Spartans [[GambitPileup suspected this]], knew they would do that]], and brought along their own mirrors to counter. so they could reflect an unoccupied portion of the underside back at the guards. The kicker was that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the Spartans did this when they were only twelve]].
30th Jul '16 8:58:19 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: First Strike'' is a 2003 ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition in 2010.

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''Halo: First Strike'' is a 2003 ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter ''Halo 2'' hadn't yet been made completed when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition in 2010.
29th Jul '16 4:42:43 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: First Strike'' is a 2003 ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.

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''Halo: First Strike'' is a 2003 ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.
edition in 2010.
29th Jul '16 4:42:29 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: First Strike'' is a ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.

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''Halo: First Strike'' is a 2003 ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.
29th Jul '16 4:07:12 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: First Strike'' is a ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.

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''Halo: First Strike'' is a ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''.2}}'', and also serving as something of a sequel for ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.
29th Jul '16 4:06:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: First Strike'' is a ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.

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''Halo: First Strike'' is a ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' book by Eric Nylund bridging the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''. As the latter hadn't yet been made when the book was written, there are [[BroadStrokes some inconsistencies between the two]], some of which Tor rectified with an updated edition.




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* AbortedArc: A great deal of subplot mysteries in this book don't come up again after this book.

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* AbortedArc: A great deal of subplot mysteries in this book don't come up again after this book.in subsequent works:



** 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".

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** The ''Ascendant Justice'' has numerous unsolved mysteries, mysteries that go unresolved in the book, 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".Key". The ''Combat Evolved: Anniversary'' terminals and the adjunct section of the 2010 ''Literature/HaloTheFlood'' reprint give (or at least imply) answers to a few of these questions, but not all of them.
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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.
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