"Go, passer-by, and tell the universe That we perished in the cause, Faithful to our orders."
The Enemy of My Enemy is a Halo fanfiction written by Katsuhiro.It is late November 2552, and the Covenant Civil War is in full swing. But the people of the desert world Crassus don't know that. An out-of-the-way, strategically-unimportant UNSC colony, the human settlers eke out a living, mostly clustered around the planet's only real city, Horizon. Consisting of a few million civilians and a few thousand marines, they try to eke out a living in the harsh climate, living in relative peace. But all that changes...The Sangheili/Elite battlecruiser Pride of Sanghelios is shot down over Crassus by the Jiralhanae/Brute assault carrier Implacable Duty. The Elite ship crashes on Crassus, and with Horizon having no functional ships the human & Elite factions are stranded with no way to call for help, while the Assault Carrier, led by High-Chieftain Torikus, settles in to start an attempt to wipe them off the map. The Elite forces, led by Shipmaster Vtan Arume, must forge an at-first uneasy alliance (well, uneasy on the humans' side; the Elites have no problem with it) with the humans of Crassus, and the two forces must work together to save their city and themselves from utter annihilation.This fic is a rare golden example of how to do a truly superb story. All characters are well-rounded and develop believably over the course of the story, the tale is filled with suspense, well-done battle scenes, and Hope Spot after Hope Spot, with neither side showing any long-lasting advantage over the other. Spelling errors are also rare (though it has a lot of British-English spelling). This is definitely a must-read for Halo fans.The author's description of the story as found on his page: "The first in a series of inter-connected events, this account sets out the events on the remote Outer Colony Crassus. While ultimately deemed inconsequential in the selective eyes of history, to the combatants involved it was anything but. Indeed, the Crassus campaign was significant for a number of precedents, most notably the willingness of Sangheili ground forces to allign themselves with UNSC personnel. Chaotic, bloody and protracted, the battle itself dragged on for some seven days prior to grinding to a crushing, unexpected halt. Even by the bloody standards of the First Covenant-Human war, the Siege of Horizon remains a well documented conflict, notable for its savagery, even to this very day."Now has a sequel of sorts (so far there have only been cameos from Enemy of my Enemy characters) Halo: Chimera Rising.Examples
Arm Cannon: The Brute Ripper, basically two Spikers (minus the blades) mounted on the forearm, with a palm-squeeze trigger.
Badass: Damn near everyone. Particular notice goes to ODST Staff Sergeant Murphy, who escapes pretty much every attempt made by fate to kill him, and Rukth Kilkaree, who is perhaps the most badass Elite in all of Halo fiction.
Battle in the Rain / Empathic Environment: As the story nears its climax, Horizon experiences a rainstorm for the first time in over a decade. Helps the UNSC/Separatists in more ways than one; not only does it help them refill their water stores, it also helps put out the enormous fire that felled the second Scarab.
BFG - Several, including the repurposed gun from the grounded UNSC Frigate Anchises, and the Super-Scarab's three main guns.
Berserk Button: The Hunters do not react well when they learn the Brutes are targeting the children.
Casual Danger Dialogue: Characters mostly save talking for the all-too-brief lulls, but this shows up now and again. Shipmaster Vtan, alone with a jammed weapon, hears the enemy charging at his position and absently remarks, "Disconcerting."
Character Development: Everyone, even minor characters who are dead within three paragraphs, are given good characterization, and the main characters develop smoothly throughout the course of the story, especially Flight Officer David Perry's trek from a pilot with no combat experience to speak of and more than a hint of cowardice, to an experienced soldier as his time on Crassus rolls on.
Children Are Innocent: Little Sarah Jennings, who wins the hearts of the Separatist Grunts and a Hunter pair.
Eye Scream: One of the Elites has his eye burst open during the initial crash. Also, when a Warthog is under attack, and the windscreen gets shot in, one of the marines gets a facefull and eyefull of shrapnel. His frantic clawing at the wreck of his eyes only serves to drive the glass deeper in.
Goomba Stomp: Vtan saves Perry by crushing a Brute skull under his feet while dropping from a zip line.
Groin Attack: There's a brief mention of someone taking a Spiker round to the groin.
Handicapped Badass: Rukth lost his left eye in the initial ship crash. Zerat later loses his against Yik.
Heroic RROD: During the entire battle, the commanding officer, Major Gregor Abelev, kept himself awake for the entire week by massively overdosing on combat stims. The result is that his body collapses and he spends most of the rest of his life bedridden after the war ends.
Pyrrhic Victory: The UNSC and the Separatists win, but over half the colony and less than a dozen Elites survive. Horizon itself is no longer economically viable and is eventually abandoned. No mention is made of whether a new colony was built on Crassus.
A spam email in the semi-sequel makes mention of an "exciting new investment opportunity on some backwater colony called Crassus." Evidently someone still lives on Crassus in the future.
I actually intended this as something of an in-joke; I was poking fun at those "I am an exiled member of the [Insert Third World Country] Royal Family. Send me $200 dollars today, and you will earn $1 million dollars when I return to power!" spam emails that crop up now and again - Katsuhiro
Perry struggles with this throughout the story. He manages to hold it in.
The Power of Friendship: According to Vtan, this is the reason why the Separatists and humanity has won instead of the Covenant.
Ramming Always Works: The opening space battle, where the Duty gets a face-full of the Sanghelios' engines. Then then engines explode, inside the Brute ship.
Zuka does this against a Brute controlled Scarab
Reasonable Authority Figure: Two of them: Administrator Amanda Jennings and Shipmaster Vtan Arume. The latter was very quick to propose an alliance with the humans, and the former was (upon seeing that they'd saved her daughter) quite willing to accept.
Reality Ensues: How the You Shall Not Pass ultimately ends. As the story puts it: "And yet war is a fickle thing, and all too rarely does it show mercy. The Elites fought courageously, but heroism can only last for so long in the face of unstoppable brute force."
Red Baron: Rukth Kilkar becomes known to the Covenant Loyalists as "The Black Sangheili".
The two Hunters become known by their human allies as "The Hammer and The Anvil"... in addition to little Sarah's nicknames for them: "Jib & Jubb".
Yik "The Slayer of Men".
Rock Beats Laser: Literally; Zerat kills Yik by sneaking up behind him and crushing him with a huge rock.
Rule of Three: There are three Scarabs attacking the city once the battle gets going in full force. One of them is basically a Super Scarab.
Shout Out: The author has read more than a little of Gaunt's Ghosts. In particular, Charlie Platoon's last stand, and Tactical Response 23.
The whole thing reads like Necropolis, about the Siege of Vervunhive. But despite that, it deviates quite a bit: the walls are to prevent sand storms, the citizens are trained by the ODSTs instead of just plain fighting back, and there is a MAC cannon hardmounted inside the city. Dan Abnett never used jump pack equipped infiltrators, or bloodthirsty bikers, or an orbiting spaceship that could easily obliterate the city. But even with these variations, it is still very reminiscent of Necropolis and other Gaunts Ghosts novels. The Scarabs replacing the crab-walker-tank-things from Necropolis, Yik the Man-Slayer replacing the Sniper from Sabbat Martyr, Rukth mixing Mkoll and Mkvenner, and other things. One notable deviation is that there is no arrogant Nobles trying to take control (well, at least after Brambley convinced them otherwise... ) and no real enemy on the inside. The whole city is devoted to surviving. While this doesn't detract from the reading, it does kind of take out that extra edge.
The following phrase should be familiar to anyone who's read The Guns of Tanith (Just replace Rukth with Mkvenner):
Taking You with Me: When the allied Grunts run out of methane, some of them activate grenades and leap into the enemy numbers. Also, Zuka's sacrificial destruction of a Scarab.
There Was A Door: How the Hunters play the Big Damn Heroes while rescuing Sarah from Brute Infiltrators. Made even better in that nobody ordered them to rescue this human girl- they decided to rescue her on their own.
To Serve Man: It is implied several times that Brutes eat human captives.
Heck, it's outright stated when Torikus goes about figuring out the logistics of surviving on Crassus long enough for the Covenant to come and retrieve them after Bralterakus takes the Implacable Duty and leaves. He mentions in an offhand comment that they would use the humans as both slave labor and a food source, so they've clearly done it before.
Torikus goes into this after the first attack fails. ".... it betrayed his barely contained primal rage. His voice, however, was unusually calm, restrained even. This was Torikus at his most deadly: not as a mindless berserker, but as a calculating murderer."
Urban Warfare: It begins with a four day battle outside the city. When the Covenant Loyalists breach the city on the fifth day, Perry realizes that none of that prepared him for "the horrors of urban warfare".
War Is Hell: This one should be rather clear by the end.
Wave Motion Gun: There are Scarabs; many Scarabs. And the Super-Scarab, which has three.
You Shall Not Pass: Rukth and a squad of Elites do this to numerically far superior Brutes. It results in every Elite and every Brute dying.
Zerg Rush: At one point, a huge wave of Brutes tries to push through a wall of Elites wearing Jackal shields, in a scene akin to soccer hooligans rushing a fence. But in this case, the fense pushes back, holding strong, and the humans fire down on the Brutes, killing dozens. It's stated that the Brutes were so tightly packed and were trying so hard to push through, that many Brutes were dead on their feet because there wasn't room to fall over once they were killed.