History Literature / HaloTheFallOfReach

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* UriahGambit: During a test for both Master Chief's new Mark V armor and his partnership with Cortana, [[spoiler:Halsey's rival Colonel Ackerson takes over the test in hopes of getting the Spartan killed, attacking him with ODST squads, anti-tank mines, automated chain guns, and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill an airstrike]]. John and Cortana made it through ALL of them.]]
** Cortana then attempts {{revenge}} by [[spoiler:reassigning Ackerson to the front lines. However, ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that he quickly slipped out of it]].
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** The original print claimed that until the titular Fall of Reach, ''no one'' in the UNSC, not even the Chief, ever encountered Elites or Hunters, while all subsequent media show the UNSC encountering ''plenty'' from the very first year of the war onward.

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** The original 2001 print claimed that until the titular Fall of Reach, ''no one'' in the UNSC, not even the Chief, ever encountered Elites or Hunters, while all subsequent media show the UNSC encountering ''plenty'' from the very first year of the war onward.



** Additionally , a number of details were changed in the 2010 rerelease in order to make the book mesh better with later canon, as well as to simply fix internal inconsistencies; for one thing, Elites are no longer referred to as a newly encountered species when the Chief finally fights one. Tor then had to release ''another'' edition in 2011 to change some inconsistencies that were missed by the 2010 edition.

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** Additionally , a number of details were changed in the 2010 rerelease in order to make the book mesh better with later canon, as well as to simply fix internal inconsistencies; for one thing, Elites are no longer referred to as a newly encountered species when the Chief finally fights one. The very next year, Tor then had to release yet ''another'' edition in 2011 to change some inconsistencies that were missed by the 2010 edition.
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Cortana, in one of her bored moments, discovers that three supposedly civilian ships docked at an orbital station are actually ONI prowlers set to leave Reach for a routine intelligence gathering mission. In response to this security breach, the ONI operative in charge of the mission orders that one of the prowlers, the ''Circumference'', have its computers isolated and registry scrambled to prevent it from being found out. So when the Covenant launch their attack less than a day later, the AI on Gamma Station cannot delete ''Circumference'''s navigation database, posing a serious risk that the Covenant capture it and find all remaining human worlds.]]\\
It ultimately leads to a case of NiceJobFixingItVillain, as [[spoiler: the Covenant's attempt to retrieve ''Circumference'''s database is what keeps John from participating in the disastrous ground defense of Reach with most of the other Spartans, instead putting him in position to board the ''Pillar of Autumn'' after stopping the Covenant in space, leading to the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'']].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Cortana, in one of her bored moments, discovers that three supposedly civilian ships docked at an orbital station are actually ONI prowlers set to leave Reach for a routine intelligence gathering mission. In response to this security breach, the ONI operative in charge of the mission orders that one of the prowlers, the ''Circumference'', have its computers isolated and registry scrambled to prevent it from being found out. So when the Covenant launch their attack less than a day later, the AI on Gamma Station cannot delete ''Circumference'''s ''Circumference''[='s=] navigation database, posing a serious risk that the Covenant capture it and find all remaining human worlds.]]\\
It ultimately leads to a case of NiceJobFixingItVillain, as [[spoiler: the Covenant's attempt to retrieve ''Circumference'''s ''Circumference''[='s=] database is what keeps John from participating in the disastrous ground defense of Reach with most of the other Spartans, instead putting him in position to board the ''Pillar of Autumn'' after stopping the Covenant in space, leading to the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'']].
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* AliensAreBastards: The Covenant.
** ScaryDogmaticAliens.
* AllThereInTheManual: The book is effectively the OriginsEpisode of how Master Chief became Master Chief, and establishes him as something other than a heartless Space Marine.

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* AliensAreBastards: The Covenant.
**
Covenant, who are also ScaryDogmaticAliens.
* AllThereInTheManual: The book is effectively the OriginsEpisode of how Master Chief became Master Chief, and establishes him as something other than a heartless Space Marine.



** [[spoiler: James']] death is considered to be this for the Spartans, as he gets blasted out into space, left to drift until he runs out of air.

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** [[spoiler: James']] [[spoiler:James]]'s death is considered to be this for the Spartans, as he gets blasted out into space, left to drift until he runs out of air.



** Also averted within the Covenant, who have a strict caste system determined by species. Species of a higher caste rarely demonstrate anything but contempt for the CannonFodder Jackals and Grunts. (eg. the Hunter who tramples a Jackal because it was in the way and the Hunter couldn't be bothered to slow down or step aside.)

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** Also averted within the Covenant, who have a strict caste system determined by species. Species of a higher caste rarely demonstrate anything but contempt for the CannonFodder Jackals and Grunts. (eg. Grunts (e.g. the Hunter who tramples a Jackal because it was in the way and the Hunter couldn't be bothered to slow down or step aside.)aside).



* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler: James gets a replacement after his upper arm got vaporized by a Hunter weapon.]]

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* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James]] gets a replacement after his upper arm got vaporized by a Hunter weapon.]] Hunter's assault canon.



* BashBrothers: Every Spartan learned to trust the rest of their unit completely, and because each member received the same training they don't have to worry about any weak spots. Every time Master Chief comes across a random team of marines he worries that normal combat for them is far too much for regular soldiers.
* BerserkButton: John accidentally sets off an ODST’s one in the gym. It doesn’t end well.
* {{BFG}}: The Super MAC platforms, which fire magnetically accelerated projectiles at almost a fraction of the speed of light. The ship-mounted [=MACs=] can only badly damage Covenant shields. The [=Super MACs=] go ''through the shield'', through ''the ship'', out the other side, and possibly into ''another ship'' unlucky to have been in the way.
* BodyHorror: Some of the Spartans who [[FateWorseThanDeath “wash out”]] gain physical deformities that turn them into this.
* BulletProofVest: The MJOLNIR armour (the one that works, that is) takes this to its logical extreme. Doesn’t stop sustained plasma fire, though.
* BullyingADragon: John-117 at age fourteen accidently angered a couple of arrogant ODST troopers (he removed a pin from a weight set to test the varying gravity section in the gym). In the aftermath of the CurbStompBattle, their CO encountered Mendez and realized John was one of "them."

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* BashBrothers: Every Spartan learned to trust the rest of their unit completely, and because each member received the same training they don't have to worry about any weak spots. Every time Master Chief comes across a random team of marines he worries that they wouldn't be able to keep up with the Spartans, since normal combat for them is Spartans tends to be far too much for regular soldiers.
* BerserkButton: John accidentally sets off an ODST’s ODST's one in the gym. It doesn’t end well.
well for the latter. [[spoiler:It latter turns out that the [=ODSTs=] were ''ordered'' to pick a fight with John in order to test his augmentations.]]
* {{BFG}}: The Super MAC platforms, which fire magnetically accelerated projectiles at almost a fraction of the speed of light. The ship-mounted [=MACs=] can only badly damage Covenant shields. The [=Super MACs=] Super [=MACs=] go ''through the shield'', through ''the ship'', out the other side, and possibly into ''another ship'' unlucky to have been in the way.
* BodyHorror: Some of the Spartans who [[FateWorseThanDeath “wash out”]] "wash out"]] gain physical deformities that turn them into this.
* BulletProofVest: The MJOLNIR armour (the one that works, that is) takes this to its logical extreme. Doesn’t stop sustained plasma fire, though.
* BullyingADragon: John-117 at age fourteen accidently accidentally angered a couple quartet of arrogant ODST troopers Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (he removed a pin from a weight set to test the varying gravity section in the gym). [[CurbStompBattle John easily wins the fight]], which ends with him (accidentally) killing two of the [=ODSTs=] and severely injuring the others. In the aftermath of aftermath, the CurbStompBattle, their [=ODSTs=]' CO encountered encounters Mendez and realized realizes John was one of "them.""them". [[spoiler:It's later revealed that this trope was ''deliberately'' invoked; the whole fight was set up to test John's augmentations. [[WentHorriblyRight In that respect, it was a total success.]]]]



* ChildSoldiers
* TheChosenOne: Sort of inverted, as Master Chief is, by the selection standards, completely mundane. Hasley only picks him after noticing he fights the hardest to stay on top during a game of King of the Hill and after a coin toss. Eventually, he proves himself to be the most gifted Spartan. This leads him to be chosen as leader of the Spartans and later chosen by Cortana to receive the full AI compatible Mjolnir armor.

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* ChildSoldiers
ChildSoldiers: The Spartans, who undertake their first mission at age 14.
* TheChosenOne: Sort of inverted, as Master Chief is, by the selection standards, completely mundane. Hasley Halsey only picks him after noticing he fights the hardest to stay on top during a game of King of the Hill and after a coin toss. Eventually, he proves himself to be the most gifted Spartan. Spartan overall. This leads him to be chosen as leader of the Spartans Spartans, and is also why he's later chosen by Cortana to receive the full AI compatible Mjolnir fully AI-compatible MJOLNIR armor.



* ContinuityNod: The pipe that Keyes has in the first Halo game is never lit. It’s explained why at the start of the book.
** Within the book has an example with Fahjad, one of the Spartans who washed out, eventually writes a paper that then-Commander Keyes reads before the Battle of Sigma Octanus.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How John, Kelly and Sam first become friends.
* {{Determinator}}: Well, he is Master Chief after all...
* 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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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
**
The pipe that Keyes has in the first Halo ''Halo'' game is never lit. It’s explained why at the start of the book.
** Within the book has an example with Fahjad, book, there's Fhajad, one of the Spartans who washed Spartan trainees. We don't directly see him again after he washes out, but he eventually writes a paper that then-Commander Keyes reads before the Battle of Sigma Octanus.Octanus IV.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How There's a variation of this with how John, Kelly and Sam first become friends.
became friends. Specifically, it was them coming in last place in the first exercise which ended up bringing them closer together.
* {{Determinator}}: Well, he is the Master Chief after all...
* 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.
all...



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Dr. Halsey shoots down John's assumption that killing a Prophet would end the war or at least demoralize the Covenant, instead pointing out that such a thing would enrage the Covenant enough to make them fight ''harder.'' As early as Halo 2, this line of thinking is dropped, with Cortana (who is born from Dr. Halsey's mind) recommending killing The Prophet of Regret to destabilize The Covenant, [[spoiler: [[EnemyCivilWar which it does]]]]
** For that matter, the story implies that until the titular Fall of Reach, ''no one,'' not even The Chief, encountered Elites or Hunters, when later EU materials have them encounter ''plenty.''
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The book is about how the planet Reach falls to the Covenant. Pretty self-explanatory.
* ExpandedUniverse: The beginning of Halo’s EU is here, as it was written concurrently with the game's development. It was actually a brilliant piece of preparation, as ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' purposefully began InMediasRes. This book gave you the details of everything not mentioned in the game.
* FearlessFool: Averted, as the Spartans actually feel fear, they've just been trained to acknowledge its existence and put it aside. When John-117 sees the Hunters for the first time, he has to expend a little more effort than usually in putting aside his fear.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
**
Dr. Halsey shoots down John's assumption that killing a Prophet would end the war or at least demoralize the Covenant, instead pointing out that such a thing would enrage the Covenant enough to make them fight ''harder.'' As early as Halo 2, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', this line of thinking is dropped, with Cortana (who is born from Dr. Halsey's mind) recommending killing The the Prophet of Regret to destabilize The Covenant, [[spoiler: [[EnemyCivilWar which it does]]]]
does]]]].
** For that matter, the story implies The original print claimed that until the titular Fall of Reach, ''no one,'' one'' in the UNSC, not even The the Chief, ever encountered Elites or Hunters, when later EU materials have them encounter ''plenty.''
while all subsequent media show the UNSC encountering ''plenty'' from the very first year of the war onward.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The final arc of the book is about how the planet Reach falls to the Covenant. Pretty self-explanatory.
* ExpandedUniverse: The beginning of Halo’s ''Halo''[='=s=] EU is here, as it the book was written concurrently with the first game's development. It was actually a brilliant piece of preparation, as ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' purposefully began InMediasRes. This book gave you the details of everything not mentioned in the game.
* FearlessFool: Averted, as the Spartans actually feel fear, fear; they've just been trained to acknowledge its existence and put it aside. When John-117 sees the Hunters for the first time, he has to expend a little more effort than usually in putting aside his fear.



** TheLancer: Samuel-034: John's best friend and fiercely loyal supporter [[spoiler: right up until his death, when John reluctantly replaces him with [[HeroOfAnotherStory Kurt-051]].]]
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Linda-058: The [[TheQuietOne quietest,]] most intimidating, and in John's opinion, the "strongest" SPARTAN.
** TheSmartGuy: Frederic-104: [[TheNonDescript The everyman]] (at least by SPARTAN standards) and the most rational of the group.
** TheChick: Kelly-087: John's ''other'' best friend, one of the more emotional SPARTANS, the glue that sticks the team together, and one of the only SPARTANS [[GallowsHumor with a fairly active sense of humor.]]
* HotScientist: Halsey.
* HumansAreBastards: This is the first of many times in ''Halo'' canon that hints are given that the UNSC is...not ''entirely'' heroic. The Spartan-II program involves ''kidnapping children'' to be used as test subjects in an experimental super-soldier program, subjecting them to a training regimen so grueling it qualifies as torture, and performing highly dangerous medical procedures on them that kill many of the subjects outright. And the kicker? When this was happening, the UNSC had ''no idea the Covenant existed''. The original purpose of the Spartan-II program wasn't to save humanity from genocidal aliens, but to quell political dissenters, secessionists and rebels, of which there were very, very many.
* ILikeThoseOdds: “Four of us,” Blue-Two whispered over the link. “And a thousand of them? Piss-poor odds for the little guys.”
* LimbSensationFascination: Midway through the book, the [=SPARTANs=] all marvel at their new PoweredArmor, Samuel in particular [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud spouting "I think I'm in love."]] Averted earlier with their physical augmentation. There the [=SPARTANs'=] reactions are mostly dizziness and confusion post-surgeries.
* MadeOfIron: Invoked in that the Spartans bones are reinforced with powerful metals that make them far different to stock-standard human bones. It's repeatedly mentioned that without that reinforcement they wouldn't survive piloting the Mjolnir armor.
* AMillionIsAStatistic
* MythologyGag: When Halsey first sees John, he's playing a game of king of the hill. During the Spartans' training they play CaptureTheFlag. Both of these are gametypes in the Halo games.
** Becomes much more interesting when you consider that Halo 4 establishes that multiplayer games are supposedly a training simulator.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Cortana, in one of her bored moments, discovers that three supposedly civilian ships docked at an orbital station are actually ONI prowlers set to leave Reach for a routine intelligence gathering mission. In response to this security breach, the ONI operative in charge of the mission orders that one of the prowlers, the ''Circumference'', have its computers isolated and registry scrambled to prevent it from being found out. So when the Covenant launch their attack less than a day later, the AI on Gamma Station cannot delete ''Circumference'''s navigation database, posing a serious risk that the Covenant capture it and find all remaining human worlds.]]
** It ultimately leads to a case of NiceJobFixingItVillain, as [[spoiler: the Covenant's attempt to retrieve ''Circumference'''s database is what keeps John from participating in the disastrous ground defense of Reach with most of the other Spartans, instead putting him in position to board the ''Pillar of Autumn'' after stopping them in space, leading to the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.]]
* NoSocialSkills: John knows only three ways to interact with people: as superiors (which he obeys), teammates (which he helps), or targets (which he neutralizes). Part of the trouble with the ODST squad John has is that they could be any of those three. It's implied that the rest of the Spartans have similar problems.

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** TheLancer: Samuel-034: John's best friend and fiercely loyal supporter [[spoiler: right up until his death, when John reluctantly replaces him with [[HeroOfAnotherStory Kurt-051]].]]
death]].
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Linda-058: The [[TheQuietOne quietest,]] most intimidating, and in John's opinion, the "strongest" SPARTAN.
Spartan.
** TheSmartGuy: Frederic-104: [[TheNonDescript The everyman]] (at least by SPARTAN Spartan standards) and the most rational of the group.
** TheChick: Kelly-087: John's ''other'' best friend, one of the more emotional SPARTANS, Spartans, the glue that sticks the team together, and one of the only SPARTANS Spartans [[GallowsHumor with a fairly active sense of humor.]]
humor]].
* HotScientist: Halsey.
Halsey during her youth, whom Keyes notes to be a "lovely"-looking woman.
* HumansAreBastards: This is the first of many times in ''Halo'' canon that hints are given that the UNSC is...is hinted at being... not ''entirely'' heroic. The Spartan-II program involves ''kidnapping children'' to be used as test subjects in an experimental super-soldier program, subjecting them to a training regimen so grueling it qualifies as torture, and performing highly dangerous medical procedures on them that kill many of the subjects outright. And the kicker? When this was happening, the UNSC had ''no idea the Covenant existed''. The original purpose of the Spartan-II program wasn't to save humanity from genocidal aliens, but to quell political dissenters, secessionists and rebels, of which there were very, very many.
* ILikeThoseOdds: “Four "'Four of us,” us,' Blue-Two whispered over the link. “And 'And a thousand of them? Piss-poor odds for the little guys.
'"
* LimbSensationFascination: Midway through the book, the [=SPARTANs=] Spartans all marvel at their new PoweredArmor, Samuel in particular [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud spouting "I think I'm in love."]] Averted earlier with their physical augmentation. There augmentation; there the [=SPARTANs'=] Spartans' reactions are mostly dizziness and confusion post-surgeries.
* MadeOfIron: Invoked in that the Spartans Spartans' bones are reinforced with powerful metals that make them far different to stock-standard human bones. It's repeatedly mentioned that without that reinforcement they wouldn't survive piloting using the Mjolnir MJOLNIR armor.
* AMillionIsAStatistic
AMillionIsAStatistic: Played with, since one of the book's themes is about making one's sacrifice count for the greater good. This particularly comes into play with the Spartans themselves, since they were created by sacrificing the childhoods of 75 people (and the lives of almost half of those) in the hopes of saving many more lives.
* MythologyGag: When Halsey first sees John, he's playing a game of king "King of the hill.Hill". During the Spartans' training they play CaptureTheFlag. Both of these are gametypes in the Halo games.
** Becomes much
''Halo'' games[[note]]This becomes even more interesting when you consider that Halo 4 establishes that ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' established multiplayer games are supposedly a gametypes as being legitimate training simulator.
scenarios[[/note]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Cortana, in one of her bored moments, discovers that three supposedly civilian ships docked at an orbital station are actually ONI prowlers set to leave Reach for a routine intelligence gathering mission. In response to this security breach, the ONI operative in charge of the mission orders that one of the prowlers, the ''Circumference'', have its computers isolated and registry scrambled to prevent it from being found out. So when the Covenant launch their attack less than a day later, the AI on Gamma Station cannot delete ''Circumference'''s navigation database, posing a serious risk that the Covenant capture it and find all remaining human worlds.]]
**
]]\\
It ultimately leads to a case of NiceJobFixingItVillain, as [[spoiler: the Covenant's attempt to retrieve ''Circumference'''s database is what keeps John from participating in the disastrous ground defense of Reach with most of the other Spartans, instead putting him in position to board the ''Pillar of Autumn'' after stopping them the Covenant in space, leading to the events of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.]]
''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'']].
* NoSocialSkills: John knows only three ways to interact with people: as superiors (which he obeys), teammates (which he helps), or targets (which he neutralizes). Part of the trouble a 14-year-old John has with the a belligerent ODST squad John has is that they the latter could be any of those three. It's implied that the rest of the Spartans have similar problems.



* PoweredArmor: So powerful that no normal human can use them, only the Spartans' unsurpassed physical conditioning and virtually unbreakable bones can use them. It's interesting in that any real life powered armor (or any piloted vehicle in general) has to stay within the boundaries of what the pilot/operator is physically capable of surviving. Halsey specifically tells John "You are the only ones who can use them, Petty Officer. Who else would we give them to?"
* PyrrhicVictory: A running theme. The Spartans ''always'' won their confrontations but almost every victory came with some sort of defeat, either a destroyed city or a glassed planet. "A death worthwhile" is almost ArcWords.

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* PoweredArmor: So powerful that no normal human can use them, them without killing themselves; only the Spartans' unsurpassed physical conditioning and virtually unbreakable bones can use them. allow them to operate MJOLNIR safely. It's an interesting in acknowledgement of the fact that any real life powered armor (or any piloted vehicle in general) has to stay within the boundaries of what the pilot/operator is physically capable of surviving. Halsey specifically tells John "You are the only ones who can use them, Petty Officer. Who else would we give them to?"
* PyrrhicVictory: A running theme.
**
The Spartans ''always'' won their confrontations confrontations, but almost every minor victory came with they accomplished was accompanied by some sort of greater defeat, either a destroyed city or a glassed planet. "A death worthwhile" is almost ArcWords.



** The Battle of Sigma Octanus ends with millions of civilians and Marines dead and a large number of UNSC ships destroyed, along with a major city on the planet's surface being nuked.

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** The Battle of Sigma Octanus ends with millions of civilians and Marines dead and a large number of UNSC ships destroyed, along with a major city on the planet's surface being nuked. But hey, at least the Covenant didn't win.



* RetCon: A number of things about the titular Fall of Reach was overwritten by ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', though some of the conflicts were explained in Halsey's Journal, a booklet co-written by the same author that came with the limited edition of Halo: Reach, and six [[http://www.halopedia.org/Data_Drop "Data Drops"]] released by 343 Industries.
** In fact, a number of details were changed in the 2010 rerelease in order to make the book mesh better with later canon, as well as to simply fix internal inconsistencies. For one thing, Elites are no longer referred to as a newly encountered species when the Chief finally fights one.
*** They even had to release another edition in 2011 to change some inconsistencies that were missed by the 2010 edition.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Keyes gambled with a risky maneuver that involved dropping a nuke as effectively a hidden land mine while doing a high speed orbit of the planet outrunning a Covenant weapon and using the nuke and a WronskiFeint to take out three Covenant cruisers. It paid off and came to be known as the "Keyes Loop." Keyes comments that if anyone proposed that plan to him he would have dismissed it as something approaching HollywoodTactics, the fact it ''worked'' was a fluke.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Samuel when making the UNSC's first decisive victory against the Covenant, and the first loss of a Spartan.]]
** [[spoiler:Linda]] at the end.
* SatelliteCharacter: Whilst it does focus on others at times, the book is pretty much Master Chief’s gig, and the plot seems to center around him centrally.
* SaveSat: The UNSC station ''[[http://www.halopedian.com/UNSC_Cradle Cradle]]'', sacrificed with all its crew to absorb a Covenant barrage.

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* RetCon: RetCon:
**
A number of things about the titular Fall of Reach was overwritten by ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', though some of the conflicts were explained in Halsey's Journal, a booklet co-written by the same author Nylund himself that came with the limited edition of Halo: Reach, ''Halo: Reach'', and six [[http://www.halopedia.org/Data_Drop "Data Drops"]] released by 343 Industries.
Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries.
** In fact, Additionally , a number of details were changed in the 2010 rerelease in order to make the book mesh better with later canon, as well as to simply fix internal inconsistencies. For inconsistencies; for one thing, Elites are no longer referred to as a newly encountered species when the Chief finally fights one.
*** They even
one. Tor then had to release another ''another'' edition in 2011 to change some inconsistencies that were missed by the 2010 edition.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Keyes gambled with a risky maneuver that involved dropping off a nuke to be used as effectively basically a hidden land mine while doing a high speed orbit of the a planet outrunning a in order to outrun Covenant weapon plasma torpedos, and then using the nuke and a WronskiFeint to take out three Covenant cruisers. It paid off and came to be known as the "Keyes Loop." Loop". Keyes comments that if anyone any of his students had proposed that plan to him he would have dismissed it as something approaching HollywoodTactics, HollywoodTactics; the fact it ''worked'' was a fluke.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Samuel when making SacrificialLion:
** [[spoiler:Samuel, who sacrifices himself to help deliver
the UNSC's first decisive victory against the Covenant, and Covenant; he was also the first loss of a Spartan.Spartan to be lost in combat.]]
** [[spoiler:Linda]] at the end.
end. [[spoiler:Though [[Literature/HaloFirstStrike she gets better]].]]
* SatelliteCharacter: Whilst it does focus on others other characters at times, the book is pretty much Master Chief’s gig, and with most of the plot seems to center rest of the cast circling around him centrally.
him.
* SaveSat: The UNSC station ''[[http://www.halopedian.com/UNSC_Cradle halopedia.org/UNSC_Cradle Cradle]]'', sacrificed with all its crew to absorb a Covenant barrage.



* SuperSoldier: The majority of the book is about what is required to get the Spartans to be the ultimate soldiers. Only half passed the augmentation, 2/3rds of those who didn't "graduate" died and the others were horribly deformed. But from those who went on to be the ultimate soldiers, only a handful died during a 20 year career of constant combat.

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* SuperSoldier: The majority of the book is about what is required to get the Spartans to be the ultimate soldiers. Only half passed the augmentation, augmentations, with 2/3rds of those who didn't "graduate" died dying and the others were becoming horribly deformed. But from out of those who passed and went on to be become the ultimate soldiers, only a handful died during a 20 year career the nearly three decades of constant combat.combat between the start of the war and the Fall of Reach.



* [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Plasma]]: [[spoiler: Sam]] for John. Unusually for this trope, he isn't that badly hurt; but it breached his suit so he won't survive the trip back.
** Taken UpToEleven at the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV, where [[spoiler: the Cradel (a ''drydock'')]] takes a plasma salvo to save the fleet. Keyes describes the fleet's returning MAC salvo as "a 21-gun salute three times over."

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* [[TakingTheBullet Taking The Plasma]]: TakingTheBullet:
**
[[spoiler: Sam]] for John. Unusually for this trope, he isn't that badly hurt; but it breached his suit so badly enough that he won't survive the trip back.
** Taken UpToEleven at the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV, where [[spoiler: the Cradel ''Cradle'' (a ''drydock'')]] ''drydock'') takes a plasma salvo to save the fleet. Keyes describes the fleet's returning MAC salvo as "a 21-gun salute three times over."



* TrueCompanions: The Spartans act like surrogate siblings very early on, enabling them to win on missions a lot more frequently from the get-go. John learns the hard way (at age 6) that winning must include his entire team, so they stay close together.
* VictoryIsBoring: For John-117 his normal life was simply too easy, he did well in school and always dominated any physical or mental activity. Mendez was the first person to really give him a challenge and he appreciated it.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: The book features Master Chief and Cortana's first experience working together. Cortana learns quickly that MC knows how to read a battlefield just fine, he needs her to scout other options.
* WaveMotionGun: The MAC platforms, but more specifically the "SUPER" MAC orbital defense platforms. So powerful even the ''hundreds'' of Covenant capital ships attacking Reach stayed out of range. By the end of the battle, a vast majority of the Covenant's several-hundred capital ships in the Fleet of Particular Justice were destroyed, most of them by the mere twenty Orbital MAC platforms. To make matters worse for the Covenant, they also lost one of their few massive supercarriers, and about a dozen more of their capital ships (that followed the Pillar of Autumn to Halo-04) were destroyed in the prolonged conflict near Halo-04.

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* TrueCompanions: The Spartans act like surrogate siblings very early on, enabling them to frequently win on missions a lot more frequently from the get-go. John himself learns the hard way (at age 6) that winning must include his entire team, so they stay close together.
* VictoryIsBoring: For John-117 John-117, his normal life was simply too easy, easy; he did well in school and always dominated any physical or mental activity. Mendez was and Halsey were the first person people to really give him a challenge and he appreciated it.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: The book features Master Chief and Cortana's first experience working together. Cortana learns quickly that MC knows how to read a battlefield just fine, he just needs her to scout other options.
* WaveMotionGun: The MAC platforms, but more specifically the "SUPER" "Super" MAC orbital defense platforms. So powerful even the ''hundreds'' of Covenant capital ships attacking Reach stayed out of range. By the end of the battle, a vast majority about 2/3rds of the Covenant's several-hundred capital several hundred Covenant ships in the Fleet ''Fleet of Particular Justice Justice'' were destroyed, most of them by the a mere twenty Orbital MAC platforms. To make matters worse for the Covenant, they also lost one of their few massive supercarriers, and about a dozen more of their capital ships (that followed the Pillar of Autumn to Halo-04) were destroyed in the prolonged conflict near Halo-04.platforms.
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* UndersideRide: John and his squad of saboteurs infiltrates an enemy base using this method. The gate guards were [[GenreSavvy genre savvy]] enough to scan the underside of their vehicles with a mirror-on-a-stick. Having none of that, they brought their own mirrors to reflect an unoccupied portion of the underside back at the guards. The kicker was that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome this was a training exercise, and the Spartans did this when they were fifteen]].
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The [[BroadStrokes broad story details]] of this book have been adopted into the main ''Halo'' canon, with references popping up as early as ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''; the game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' even takes place entirely on the titular planet. While ''Halo'' canon has evolved significantly since the original writing (not only has the actual Fall of Reach has been elaborated upon far more by later media, but the novel itself had to be slightly rewritten in its 2010 and 2011 editions to make it mesh better with later canon), the core elements of the Spartan program and the characters depicted here are still vital to the mythology.

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The [[BroadStrokes broad story details]] of this book have been adopted into the main ''Halo'' canon, with references popping up as early as ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''; the game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' even takes place entirely on the titular planet. While ''Halo'' canon has evolved significantly since the original writing (not only has the actual Fall of Reach has been elaborated upon far more by later media, but the novel itself had to be was slightly rewritten in its 2010 and 2011 editions to make it mesh better with later canon), the core elements of the Spartan program and the characters depicted here are still vital to the mythology.
29th Jul '16 4:50:24 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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The [[BroadStrokes broad story details]] of this book have been adopted into the main ''Halo'' canon, with references popping up as early as ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''; the game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' even takes place entirely on the titular planet. While ''Halo'' canon has evolved significantly since the original writing (the actual Fall of Reach has been elaborated upon far more by later media than this book ever did), the core elements of the Spartan program and the characters depicted here are still vital to the mythology.

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The [[BroadStrokes broad story details]] of this book have been adopted into the main ''Halo'' canon, with references popping up as early as ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''; the game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' even takes place entirely on the titular planet. While ''Halo'' canon has evolved significantly since the original writing (the (not only has the actual Fall of Reach has been elaborated upon far more by later media than this book ever did), media, but the novel itself had to be slightly rewritten in its 2010 and 2011 editions to make it mesh better with later canon), the core elements of the Spartan program and the characters depicted here are still vital to the mythology.
29th Jul '16 4:41:20 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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''Halo: The Fall of Reach'' is the first novel in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, and sets up the backbone of the franchise’s lore. It was written by Eric Nylund. Beginning several decades before ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', the book explores the history of Spartan John-117 – later to become the Master Chief – and his rise through the ranks of the United Nations Space Command's (UNSC) [[SuperSoldier Spartan-II]] program, who were originally developed as an elite strike team to counter human insurrectionists, but are transformed by FirstContact and the subsequent war with the Covenant into humanity's greatest heroes, as they are the only group the UNSC can consistently rely on to get results in the war. The book follows John through a childhood immersed in military training, his struggles adjusting to his enhancements, the battles he fought on behalf of humanity, and his eventual acquisition of the [[PoweredArmor MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor]].

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''Halo: The Fall of Reach'' is the first novel in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, and sets up the backbone of the franchise’s lore. It was written by Eric Nylund.Nylund in 2001. Beginning several decades before ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', the book explores the history of Spartan John-117 – later to become the Master Chief – and his rise through the ranks of the United Nations Space Command's (UNSC) [[SuperSoldier Spartan-II]] program, who were originally developed as an elite strike team to counter human insurrectionists, but are transformed by FirstContact and the subsequent war with the Covenant into humanity's greatest heroes, as they are the only group the UNSC can consistently rely on to get results in the war. The book follows John through a childhood immersed in military training, his struggles adjusting to his enhancements, the battles he fought on behalf of humanity, and his eventual acquisition of the [[PoweredArmor MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor]].
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The Fall of Reach is the first novel in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, and sets up the backbone of the franchise’s history. It was written by Eric Nylund. Beginning several decades before the first game, the book explores the history of Spartan John-117 – later to become Master Chief – and his rise through the ranks in the [[SuperSoldier Spartan]] program for the UNSC. Originally developed as an elite strike team to counter human insurrectionists, FirstContact and subsequent war with the Covenant puts them into service for years and were the only group the UNSC could rely on to get results in the war. The book follows John as a child recruited into basic training, his struggles adjusting to his enhancements, the battles he fought on behalf of humanity and the eventual acquisition of the [[PoweredArmor Mjlonir combat armor]].

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''Halo: The Fall of Reach Reach'' is the first novel in the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series, and sets up the backbone of the franchise’s history.lore. It was written by Eric Nylund. Beginning several decades before the first game, ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', the book explores the history of Spartan John-117 – later to become the Master Chief – and his rise through the ranks in of the United Nations Space Command's (UNSC) [[SuperSoldier Spartan]] program for the UNSC. Originally Spartan-II]] program, who were originally developed as an elite strike team to counter human insurrectionists, but are transformed by FirstContact and the subsequent war with the Covenant puts them into service for years and were humanity's greatest heroes, as they are the only group the UNSC could can consistently rely on to get results in the war. The book follows John as through a child recruited into basic childhood immersed in military training, his struggles adjusting to his enhancements, the battles he fought on behalf of humanity humanity, and the his eventual acquisition of the [[PoweredArmor Mjlonir combat armor]].
MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor]].



The [[BroadStrokes broad story details]] of this book have been adopted into the main ''Halo'' canon, with references popping up as early as ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''; the game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' even takes place entirely on the titular planet. While ''Halo'' canon has evolved significantly since the original writing (the actual Fall of Reach has been elaborated upon far more by later media than this book ever did), the core elements of the Spartan program and the characters depicted are still vital to the mythology.

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The [[BroadStrokes broad story details]] of this book have been adopted into the main ''Halo'' canon, with references popping up as early as ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}''; the game ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' even takes place entirely on the titular planet. While ''Halo'' canon has evolved significantly since the original writing (the actual Fall of Reach has been elaborated upon far more by later media than this book ever did), the core elements of the Spartan program and the characters depicted here are still vital to the mythology.
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** Taken UpToEleven at the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV, where [[spoiler: the Cradel (a ''drydock'')]] takes a plasma salvo to save the fleet. Keyes describes the fleet's returning MAC slavo as "a 21-gun salute three times over."

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** Taken UpToEleven at the Battle of Sigma Octanus IV, where [[spoiler: the Cradel (a ''drydock'')]] takes a plasma salvo to save the fleet. Keyes describes the fleet's returning MAC slavo salvo as "a 21-gun salute three times over."
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