History Literature / HaloGhostsOfOnyx

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* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler:When Tom refuses to leave Kurt's side, Kurt knocks him out and orders Lucy to get his unconscious body to safety.]]
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* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler:The last chapter opens with the surviving Spartans, Halsey, and Mendez holding a brief funeral for the Spartans killed on Onyx.]]
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* CrazyEnoughToWork:
** Subverted. When Admiral Patterson's fleet has their backs to a gravity well, with a Covenant fleet three times their size getting ready to fire upon them, their response is to charge ''into'' the Covenant fleet; Patterson loses half his ships, but the carge puts the Covenant into just enough disarray for the rest to escape to a safer position. However, the Prowler commander observing the battle notes that Patterson actually made the most sensible call; his ships wouldn't have been able to dodge plasma at that range, so it was better to close the distance before the Covenant could safely fire another volley.
** Ash's plan to destroy the Sentinel factory, which involves being chased by a ton of Sentinels until they can be tricked to fire upon vital components. Ash himself lampshades this:
-->"Ash resisted the urge to vomit. This was the stupidest plan he'd ever thought up. Too late now, though, to back out."



* DeadlyDodging: The Spartans disable the Sentinel factory by dodging Sentinel fire so that they hit vital factory components instead.
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Towards the end of their battle, Patterson's fleet wipes out all but two of Voro's remaining ships by feigning a withdrawal and luring the Covies into a nuclear minefield. [[spoiler:Too bad Covenant reinforcements arrive right as Patterson's men are about to finish off the survivors.]]



* DodgeTheBullet: Kelly demonstrates that dodging bullets is for sissies, by dodging a ''[[UpToEleven laser]]'' blast. She then [[FlippingTheBird flips off]] the Sentinel that fired it.

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* DodgeTheBullet: Kelly demonstrates that dodging bullets is for sissies, by dodging a ''[[UpToEleven laser]]'' blast. She then [[FlippingTheBird flips off]] the Sentinel that fired it. Really, ''all' the Spartans on Onyx have to constantly dodge lasers.



* FinalBattle: The Spartan-[=IIs=], [=IIIs=], and Mendez defending the entrance to Onyx's core room (and the Forerunner treasures within) from Voro's crack army of Elites and Hunters.



* FuturisticPyramid: Onyx's enormous Sentinel factory includes a pyramid five times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza and made of glowing golden spheres. Said spheres are what become the "core" of Onyx Sentinels.
* GreekChorus: Briefly; the big space battle between Admiral Patterson's UNSC battle group and Fleet Master 'Mantakree's Sangheili fleet is told not from the perspective of either commander or any of the main participants, but from a Prowler crew whose main job is to stay back and provide intel (though they do get briefly involved by dropping off some nuclear mines).



* HopeSpot: Admiral Patterson is down to one carrier and three destroyers, facing two damaged Covenant destroyers. One is taken out, leaving a single Covenant ship utterly defenseless. [[spoiler:[[DiabolusExMachina And then a Covenant fleet of 32 ships comes out of slipspace between the lone destroyer and the four UNSC ships, and promptly annihilates the human vessels.]]]]

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* HopeSpot: Admiral Patterson is down to one carrier and three destroyers, facing just two damaged Covenant destroyers. One is taken out, leaving a single Covenant ship utterly defenseless. [[spoiler:[[DiabolusExMachina And then a Covenant fleet of 32 ships comes out of slipspace between the lone destroyer Covie destroyers and the four UNSC ships, and promptly annihilates the human vessels.]]]]]]]]
* HumanPopsicle: Subverted: [[spoiler:At first, it looks like Team Katana's members are simply being held in the Forerunner version of cryopods, but it turns out the pods are actually encasing them in time-displaced Slipspace bubbles.]]



* PsychoSerum: Gamma Company's Spartans are illegally injected with drugs to increase their aggression, strength, endurance, and tolerance to injury. Interestingly, Kurt's motives for doing so was to ''increase'' Gamma's chances of survival.

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* PsychoSerum: Gamma Company's Spartans are illegally injected with drugs to increase their aggression, strength, endurance, and tolerance to injury. [[spoiler:It's why Dante feels like he only got nicked when he actually received several mortal wounds.]] Interestingly, Kurt's motives for doing so was to ''increase'' Gamma's chances of survival.



* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Kurt]] detonates nuclear warheads in Onyx's core room, taking all Covenant forces on the planet with him.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Holly does this with two Hunter assault cannon blasts to save Kelly.]]

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* TakingYouWithMe: TakingYouWithMe:
** The UNSC destroyer ''Iwo Jima'' overloads its reactor and detonates its lone nuke, taking out two Covenant destroyers with it.
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[[spoiler: Kurt]] detonates nuclear warheads in Onyx's core room, taking all Covenant forces on the planet with him.
* TakingTheBullet: TakingTheBullet:
** The UNSC destroyer ''Glasgow Kiss'' sacrifices itself to save Admiral Patterson's flagship by intercepting several plasma torpedoes, though its crew are already ready to evac the moment their ship is hit.
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[[spoiler:Holly does this with two Hunter assault cannon blasts to save Kelly.]]



* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Kurt ]]holds off Covenant forces long enough for the Slipspace portal on Onyx to close, thus saving the other Spartans, Mendez, and Dr. Halsey.

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* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Kurt ]]holds [[spoiler:Kurt]] holds off Covenant forces long enough for the Slipspace portal on Onyx to close, thus saving the other Spartans, Mendez, and Dr. Halsey.Halsey.
* ZergRush: During the battle for Onyx's core room, the Covenant's first wave is a swarm of Grunts meant merely to distract the Spartans while the Elites get into position behind them.
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* MegaCity: [[spoiler:The Forerunner city in Zone 67 covers the entirety of a 100-km diameter crater. And that's just the part that's been excavated!]]
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* FantasticallyIndifferent: Played somewhat for laughs; after several ScenaryPorn paragraphs describing [[spoiler:Onyx's Forerunner city, with its "forest of sculpted geometries", "roads that curved up and twisted into Mobius surfaces", and three-km diameter pillars]], Halsey's reaction boils down to:

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* FantasticallyIndifferent: Played somewhat for laughs; after several ScenaryPorn SceneryPorn paragraphs describing [[spoiler:Onyx's Forerunner city, with its "forest of sculpted geometries", "roads that curved up and twisted into Mobius surfaces", and three-km diameter pillars]], Halsey's reaction boils down to:



* ScenaryPorn: The description of [[spoiler:the Forerunner city on Onyx]]:

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* ScenaryPorn: SceneryPorn: The description of [[spoiler:the Forerunner city on Onyx]]:
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* FantasticallyIndifferent: Played somewhat for laughs; after several ScenaryPorn paragraphs describing [[spoiler:Onyx's Forerunner city, with its "forest of sculpted geometries", "roads that curved up and twisted into Mobius surfaces", and three-km diameter pillars]], Halsey's reaction boils down to:
-->"Frankly, after reviewing the reports of the Halo structures, I am somewhat disappointed."



* ForbiddenZone: Zone 67.
* FiveManBand: The Spartan-[=IIIs=] of Team Saber:
** TheHero: Ash.
** TheLancer: Mark.
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Holly
** TheSmartGuy: Dante
** TheChick: Olivia

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* ForbiddenZone: Zone 67.
* FiveManBand: The Spartan-[=IIIs=]
67 on Onyx, because of Team Saber:
** TheHero: Ash.
** TheLancer: Mark.
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Holly
** TheSmartGuy: Dante
** TheChick: Olivia
the Forerunner excavations being done there.


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* ScenaryPorn: The description of [[spoiler:the Forerunner city on Onyx]]:
-->"Kurt blinked, dazzled by what he saw. Mirror-image clouds drifted upon angled surfaces and burned crimson and gold. As his eyes adjusted, he saw swirls and bands of other muted colors underlying the reflected images: green stripes and black and silver waves that appeared to be a tempest ocean frozen in place."
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* FireForgedFriends: Deliberately invoked by Kurt's training regimen, which is designed to turn a bunch of angry kids who hate each others' guts into TrueCompanions through shared perils. It works pretty well.

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* FireForgedFriends: FireForgedFriends:
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Deliberately invoked by Kurt's training regimen, which is designed to turn a bunch of angry kids who hate each others' guts into TrueCompanions through shared perils. It works pretty well.well.
** Kelly initially has strong doubts about Team Saber's capabilities, especially after they botch an ambush by attacking too early. However, they earn her respect during the next skirmish, after Ash takes the initiative to take out the Sentinels pursuing Kelly.
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* AliensStealCable: It's implied the Grunts assigned to spy on human transmissions have created a thriving black market in human television shows like ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns''.
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* ChekovsGun: [[spoiler:Whitcomb's planet-busting NOVA bomb, introduced in ''First Strike'', finally comes into use when it destroys a Covenant fortress world.]]


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* CuriosityKilledTheCast: [[spoiler: When the damaged NOVA bomb arrives at Joyous Exaltation, the Huragok there can't stop themselves from fixing it, activating the bomb in the process.]]
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* SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb:
** While making their escape from Havana's space elevator, Blue Team tricks a Covenant destroyer into picking up nukes, and then remote-activates said nukes.
** [[spoiler:When Voro's forces finally make it to Onyx's core room, they're greeted by Kurt detonating several nuclear warheads.]]
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