A {{Halo}} fanfic that attempts to chronicle the events of Halo ODST. Set during the final months of the war and following the squad from the games, it jumps between short chapters about Rookie and lengthier chapters showing the battles of the fellow squad members. A work in progress, it can be found here : [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6074507/1/ODST_New_Mombasa_Drop Here]].

It contains multiple MythologyNod to Halo , the books and the anime shorts. It is also an attempt to present combat in the Haloverse in a more realistic light, and an understanding of combined infantry tactics.

This page, and the fic, are works in progress, so add tropes as you see them.

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'''Examples'''
* AdaptationExpansion: The author seems to desire to lengthen the sections with the specialists of the squad, often at the cost of Rookie's chapters being short.
* AttackAttackAttack: The standard tactics of the Covenant. Until their squad leaders and armour support are neutralised.
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. ODST battle armour is capable of taking direct plasma hits, and dispersing it, albeit ineffectively.
** Played straight with Brute Spiker rounds, which went right through Rookie's greave.
* BadassNormal: Gunnery Sergeant Buck, who is unafraid to take on a Covenant assault squad whilst they are covered by a Dropship. The rest of the squad, arguably.
* BadassCreed: Rookie has a simple one, as the first thing of the fic: "''I shall find a way, or I shall make one.''"
* BeamSpam: The Spartan Laser has a secondary fire function which projects several beams as a 'shotgun' style attack. It sits quite neatly in the AwesomeYetImpractical territory.
* {{BFG}}: Dutch's [[FrickinLaserBeams Spartan Laser]], Mickey's Missile Launcher and Romeo's SniperRifle. The Hunter's Fuel Rod cannons deserve an honourable mention.
* BigDamnHeroes: Romeo sniping the Engineer as it 'attacks' Buck. And Dutch saving a Marine Squad in Chapter 2 from a Wraith.
* BloodierAndGorier: Plasma weapons are shown inflicting considerable damage, and a Hunter's Fuel Rod shot outright ''vaporises'' a fireteam of Marines.
* BloodKnight: All the [[BadassNormal ODSTS]], (with the possible exception of Mickey), enjoy slaughtering Covenant. Considering [[KillEmAll what the Covenant do to Humanity]] it's not unjustified.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Each of the squadmates are quite quirky individuals, but they are [[BadassNormal ODSTs]] and are ''fantastic'' at their specialisations.
* ChunkySalsaRule: Three fifty calibre miniguns used against a squad of grunts results in this.
* CombatBreakdown: Rookie constantly notes that his ammunition is slowly, but almost certainly running low. Cue KnifeNut moments.
* DescriptionPorn: The Spartan laser receives a two paragraph description by Dutch, extolling it's creation, it's function and how Awesome it is. Most EncyclopediaExposita excerpts at the end of each chapter can head into this territory.
* DeflectorShields: Used by the Covenant squad leaders.
* EarthIsABattlefield: What Buck and Dare both fear.
* EliteMooks: Brutes are stronger, faster and are equipped with PoweredArmour. Not that it does them much good.
* EncyclopediaExposita: The end of each chapter contains a brief (or not so brief) examination on the UNSC's weapons, infanty and tactics.
* FeelNoPain: A Brute driven to a Berserk Rage takes dozens of rifle rounds. He is finally brought down by a [[BoomHeadShot Sniper squad]].
* FlatWhat: The author's response to seeing that Longsword's main weapons are ''120mm autocannons''.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Used by Dutch as his preferred weapon.
* GatlingGood: In the form of the M41 Warthog .50cal chaingun or the .30 Calibre AIE-486 chaingun.
* HeroicMime: Averted with Rookie, though he is TheQuietOne or TheStoic.
* KillItWithFire: Rookie [[spoiler: Using the spill from a fuel tanker to incinerate a Brute Stalker squad]]
* KillSat: The UNSC's Orbital [[MagneticWeapons MAC stations]].
* KnifeNut: Rookie is shaping up into this.
* MagneticWeapons: Present as a EncyclopediaExposita report, and in the form of the M99 gauss rifle.
* MoreDakka: The Heavy weapon platoon Dutch encounters are armed primarily with [[GatlingGood AIE-486 Chainguns]]. Not forgetting the iconic Warthog's fifty cal.
* NewMeat: Rookie.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Buck's entire motivation and objective during ODST.
* OhCrap: Pulled when the Covenant Super Carrier pulls a slipspace jump ''in atmosphere as Buck's ODSTS are dropping from orbit''.
* PoweredArmour: Worn by the Brutes and references in the EncyclopediaExposita to the "''Prototype''" suit.
* PrecisionFStrike: Averted quite hilariously by Buck, and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the following narration.
--> Buck: Aw, nuts.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Averted. Particularly by the [[{{BFG}} standard 14.5mm]] SniperRifle.
* TankGoodness: The Scorpion tanks, and all their variants.
* WarIsHell
* WeHaveReserves: The Covenant's Ideology in warfare. Considering they draw from six different species, it's justified. Averted by the UNSC, who have dwindling man power at this point.
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