History Literature / HaloGhostsOfOnyx

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* MookChivalry: Various Elites just stand back and watch as Will fights the Hunters. Justified though, as it's said that the sight of someone fighting two Hunters in hand-to-hand combat has left them to stunned to move. Furthermore, their sense of honor would probably prevent them from intervening anyway. The Spartans fortunately don't feel this way, [[CombatPragmatist and promptly shoot the Elites]].

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* MookChivalry: Various Elites just stand back and watch as Will fights the Hunters. Justified though, as it's said that the sight of someone fighting two Hunters in hand-to-hand combat has left them to too stunned to move. Furthermore, their sense of honor would probably prevent them from intervening anyway. The Spartans fortunately don't feel this way, [[CombatPragmatist and promptly shoot the Elites]].
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* NoSoDifferent: When Kurt confronts Halsey about why she decided to desert the UNSC and lure as many Spartans to safety with her as possible, she points out that Kurt himself is more than willing to flout the law in order to ensure his own Spartans' survival.

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* NoSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent: When Kurt confronts Halsey about why she decided to desert the UNSC and lure as many Spartans to safety with her as possible, she points out that Kurt himself is more than willing to flout the law in order to ensure his own Spartans' survival.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Kurt.



* BadassCrew: Blue Team and Team Sabre. Both are Spartan teams, so it's a given.
* BadassNormal: Mendez is back, and as badass as ever.
* [[spoiler: BookEnds: The story boths begins and ends with Kurt saving the lives of the rest of the Spartans in his team, and Kelly telling a fresh and unproven Spartan that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "they're going to make a great team."]]]]
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Invoked as the difference between Kurt and Mendez:

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* BadassCrew: Blue Team and Team Sabre.Saber. Both are Spartan teams, so it's a given.
* BadassNormal: Chief Mendez is back, back (this time training the Spartan-[=IIIs=]), and as badass as ever.
* [[spoiler: BiggerOnTheInside: The [[DysonSphere Shield World]] housed inside Onyx has a diameter of 300,000,000 km. However, it's contained within a slipspace bubble that makes it appear on the outside to have a diameter of only ''23 cm''.
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BookEnds: The story boths both begins and ends with Kurt [[spoiler:Kurt saving the lives of the rest of the Spartans in his team, and Kelly telling a fresh and unproven Spartan that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "they're going to make a great team."]]]]
* BrandishmentBluff: When the Elite cruiser ''Incorruptable''[='s=] engines are still recharging, its Shipmaster Voro 'Mantakree is able to trick a Brute frigate into retreating by depressurizing a launch bay to turn his ship and venting excess plasma into the cannons to fool the enemy ship's heat sensors.
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Invoked as the difference between Lieutenant Commander Kurt and Mendez:Chief Mendez regarding the Spartan-[=IIIs=] they're training:



** Later when the Sentinels start to attack, the Spartans wonder if they're hearing artillery strikes. They conclude that while Kurt wouldn't use artillery against them, there's a good chance that Mendez would.
* CommandingCoolness: Kurt, at the end.

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** Later when the Sentinels start to attack, the Spartans Spartan-[=IIIs=] wonder if they're hearing artillery strikes. They conclude that while Kurt wouldn't use artillery against them, there's a good chance that Mendez would.
* CombiningMecha: Onyx Sentinels are capable of combining into a number of configurations, including ones powerful enough to one-shot Covenant capital ships.
* CommandingCoolness: Kurt, at all the end.way to the very end. He ''is'' a Spartan-II, after all.



* 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.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Does "Ghosts of Onyx" refer to the sentinels that were nicknamed as such? Or to [[spoiler: Kurt's MaybeMagicMaybeMundane vision of his dead teammates?]]

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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 Sentinel that fired it.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Does "Ghosts of Onyx" refer to the sentinels Sentinels that were nicknamed as such? Or to [[spoiler: Kurt's MaybeMagicMaybeMundane vision of his dead teammates?]]



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Kurt]].
** [[spoiler: Will should get mention too. He killed a Hunter ''with his bare hands''.]]
* DysonSphere: Onyx turns out to house one.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Onyx isn't really a planet in the traditional sense, but it does disintegrate into billions of Sentinels.
* FieldPromotion: [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Kurt promotes Fred to Lieutenant]].

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Kurt]].
DyingMomentOfAwesome:
** [[spoiler:Kurt, who nukes an entire Covenant army.]]
** [[spoiler: Will should get a mention too. He killed a Hunter ''with his bare hands''.]]
* DysonSphere: Onyx turns out to house one.
a Forerunner Shield World, which was designed to be a safe haven from the Halos and Flood.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: EarthShatteringKaboom:
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Onyx isn't really a planet in the traditional sense, but it does disintegrate into billions of Sentinels.
** The NOVA Bomb not only destroys an entire Elite fleet, but it vaporizes much of a nearby planet and completely shatters its moon.
* EnemyMine: Voro negotiates a temporary truce between the Elite and Brute fleets fighting around High Charity in order to stop the Flood from escaping. The two sides quickly go back to fighting each other even before the Flood have been completely dealt with.
* AFatherToHisMen: Kurt, who ultimately just wants as much of his Spartan-[=IIIs=] to survive as possible.
* FieldPromotion: [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Kurt promotes Fred to Lieutenant]].Lieutenant.]]



* FiveManBand: Saber Team:

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* FiveManBand: Saber Team:The Spartan-[=IIIs=] of Team Saber:



* HeroicBSOD: The loss of almost all of Beta Company on Pegasi Delta causes Lucy to have one, resulting in her not speaking ever again. [[spoiler:Or, and least, not for many years.]] Ash has one when [[spoiler: Holly]] is killed. He shakes it off pretty fast though, as they still have a battle to fight.

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* HeroicBSOD: The loss of almost all of Beta Company on Pegasi Delta causes Lucy to have one, resulting in her not speaking ever again. [[spoiler:Or, and at least, not for many years.]] Ash has one when [[spoiler: Holly]] is killed. He shakes it off pretty fast though, as they still have a battle to fight.



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Kelly cuts an Elite in half, [[spoiler: Kurt is almost cut in half.]]

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Kelly cuts an Elite in half, [[spoiler: Kurt is almost cut in half.]]



* HopeSpot / DiabolusExMachina: 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:And then a Covenant fleet 32 ships strong comes out of slipspace between the lone destroyer and the four UNSC ships, and promptly annihilates the human vessels.]]

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* HopeSpot / DiabolusExMachina: 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:And [[spoiler:[[DiabolusExMachina And then a Covenant fleet of 32 ships strong comes out of slipspace between the lone destroyer and the four UNSC ships, and promptly annihilates the human vessels.]]]]]]
* ItCanThink: Unlike regular Sentinels, the ones on Onyx turn out to have impressive learning capabilities.



* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Unlike their predecessors, the Spartan-III super soldiers were made to be expendable.

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* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Unlike their predecessors, the Spartan-III super soldiers were made to be expendable.expendable, with most of them dying on suicide missions by their early teens.



* MeleeATrois:
** Around High Charity, you have Flood vs. Elites vs. Covenant.
** Around Onyx, you have Sentinels vs. UNSC vs. Elites.



** There is another possible reason for them holding back- in "Fall of Reach," it shows that Hunters ''do not care about other Covenant soldiers,'' even going so far as to step on them if they are in the way. ''Forward Unto Dawn,'' showed that other covenant soldiers were willing to evacuate an area to stay out of the way of Hunters. It's possible they just didn't want to get squished.
* PreMortemOneLiner / SeeYouInHell:
--> "One last fight, demon. You will die and we shall reopen the silver path."
--> "Die?" [[spoiler:Kurt]] laughed. "Didn't you know?" he told the Elite. " Spartans never die."
* TheReveal: Played with. Lucy is obviously taken aback and awestruck when Kurt reveals his MJOLNIR armor from back when he was still an active SPARTAN-II to her. [[FridgeBrilliance Since a sharp reader will notice that Kurt says he has not worn the armor since his first day training alpha company, and Lucy and Tom are both from beta company, this seems to heavily imply Tom, Lucy, and the rest of Beta and Gamma company never knew Kurt was a SPARTAN-II.]] [[DramaticIrony Of course, the reader already knew that.]] And amusingly enough, [[TheSpeechless Lucy can't tell anyone.]]

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** There is another possible reason for them holding back- back - in "Fall of Reach," ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', it shows is shown that Hunters ''do not care about other Covenant soldiers,'' soldiers'', even going so far as to step on them if they are in the way. ''Forward Unto Dawn,'' Later, ''Film/Halo4ForwardUntoDawn'' showed that other covenant Covenant soldiers were willing to will completely evacuate an area just to stay out of the way of Hunters. It's possible they the Elites just didn't want to get squished.
* PreMortemOneLiner / SeeYouInHell:
--> "One
NoSoDifferent: When Kurt confronts Halsey about why she decided to desert the UNSC and lure as many Spartans to safety with her as possible, she points out that Kurt himself is more than willing to flout the law in order to ensure his own Spartans' survival.
* PreMortemOneLiner:
-->'''Voro Nar 'Mantakree:''' One
last fight, demon. You will die and we shall reopen the silver path."
--> "Die?" [[spoiler:Kurt]] laughed. "Didn't
path.
-->'''[[spoiler:Kurt]]:''' Die? Didn't
you know?" he told the Elite. " know?... Spartans never die."
die. [[spoiler:''Kurt proceeds to nuke Voro and his entire army.'']]
* 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.
* TheReveal: Played with. Lucy is obviously taken aback and awestruck when Kurt reveals to her his MJOLNIR armor from back when he was still an active SPARTAN-II to her. Spartan-II. [[FridgeBrilliance Since a sharp reader will notice that Kurt says he has not worn the armor since his first day training alpha company, Alpha Company, and Lucy and Tom are both from beta company, Beta Company, this seems to heavily imply Tom, Lucy, and the rest of Beta and Gamma company Companies never knew Kurt was a SPARTAN-II.Spartan-II.]] [[DramaticIrony Of course, the reader already knew that.]] And amusingly enough, [[TheSpeechless Lucy can't tell anyone.]]anyone]].
* RockBeatsLaser: Onyx Sentinels have incredibly powerful energy shields, but they only activate against fast-moving objects, making them vulnerable to slow projectiles like falling rocks, making it a very literal case of this trope.



* SuicideMission: What the [=IIIs=] were created to undertake; the reader gets to see firsthand the two main operations which wiped out almost the entirety of both Alpha and Beta Companies.



* ThemeNaming: The known teams of Gamma Company, are all named after blades: Sabre, Katana, and Gladius.
** The known team names for Beta Company, are from the MilitaryAlphabet.
* TheSpeechless: Lucy apparently loses her ability to speak as a result of being traumatized from the outcome of Operation TORPEDO.
* TitleDrop:Some recruits claim to have seen a "Ghost of onyx". It's later reveled they are [[spoiler:sentinels. It's also meaningful because just before he performs his HeroicSacrifice, Kurt sees his dead friends join him on the battlefield for one last time: Literally, the Ghosts Of Onyx.]]

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* ThemeNaming: ThemeNaming:
**
The known teams of Gamma Company, Company are all named after blades: Sabre, Saber, Katana, and Gladius.
** The known team names for Beta Company, Company are from the MilitaryAlphabet.
* TheSpeechless: Lucy apparently loses her ability to speak as a result of being traumatized from the outcome of Operation Operation: TORPEDO.
* TitleDrop:Some TitleDrop: Some Spartan-III recruits claim to have seen a "Ghost of onyx". Onyx". It's later reveled they are [[spoiler:sentinels. [[spoiler:Sentinels. It's also meaningful because just before he Kurt performs his HeroicSacrifice, Kurt he sees his dead friends join him on the battlefield for one last time: Literally, the Ghosts Of Onyx.]] Onyx]].



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

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* YouShallNotPass: Kurt holds [[spoiler:Kurt ]]holds off Covenant forces long enough for the Slipspace portal on Onyx to close close, thus saving the other Spartans Spartans, Mendez, and Dr. Halsey.
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''Halo: Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund, published in 2006. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (in particular, it expands upon the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]]).

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''Halo: Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund, published in 2006. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's it is also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (in particular, it expands upon the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]]).
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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund, published in 2006. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (in particular, it expands upon the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]]).

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''Ghosts ''Halo: Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund, published in 2006. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (in particular, it expands upon the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]]).
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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (in particular, it expands upon the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]]).

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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund.Nylund, published in 2006. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' (in particular, it expands upon the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]]).
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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' which among other things follows the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]], with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.

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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' which among other things follows the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]], ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it also follows the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]] and serves as an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.

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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund. The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors to the SPARTAN-II program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, but it it's also an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' which among other things follows the opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]] and serves as an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', Schism]], with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, written by Eric Nylund. It tells the story of the SPARTAN-III super soldiers, the successors of the SPARTAN-II program, and their training on the classified planet Onyx, which is also where the story culminates.

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''Ghosts of Onyx'' is the fourth ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' novel, and the third (and final) one written by Eric Nylund. It The book primarily tells the story of the SPARTAN-III super soldiers, the {{Super Soldier}}s (the successors of to the SPARTAN-II program, program) and their training on the classified planet Onyx, which is but it also where follows the story culminates.
opening salvos of the Covenant's [[EnemyCivilWar Great Schism]] and serves as an informal sequel to ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', with much of the novel taking place concurrently with the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
17th Jan '16 2:51:09 PM bravo104
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: Does "Ghosts of Onyx" refer to the sentinels that were nicknamed as such? Or to [[spoiler: Kurt's MaybeMagicMaybeMundane vision of his dead teammates?]]
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