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Fanfic Recs: Halo
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth battling the Flood for here. The courage of these dedicated fans in the face of the howling dark is truly beyond measure.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Halo fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page. .


Authors, and Websites

Reclaimer by Jim Stitzel (TTL Demag0gue) (AU)
  • Recommended by Gaunt88, seconded by Tropers/Ninja_Orca
  • Synopsis: A Halo 3 screenshot-based graphic novel set in an alternate Halo universe in which Humanity made peace with the Covenant long before the Halo array was discovered, but are now losing a grueling war against the Flood. The comic follows the story of the Reclaimer, a Spartan-like super-soldier cut loose by the UNSC, as he tracks down a squad of rogue Spartans called Viper. However, it soon becomes apparent that Viper is just the pawn of a much more dangerous enemy, whose plans for the galaxy stretch back millennia.
  • Comments: Reclaimer's immersive and plot-twisty story make it prime Wild Mass Guessing fuel. The comic's Big Bad, Ferial, is a Chessmaster of the highest level.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Isolation by Quirel
  • Recommended by Mercenary90, USA Bobcat, Jonn
  • Synopsis: A sociopathic sniper based on the Pillar of Autumn struggles with his hate for the enemy and the ghosts of his past while fighting on Alpha Halo.
  • Comments:
    • Mercenary90: Very engrossing, occasionally humorous. Pulls no punches in describing the horror and devastation that come with war and genocide. Combat is visceral and realistic, the writing is solid and gets better as the story progresses.
    • USA Bobcat: (Ah, good to see this up here. I've been reviewing and reading this story for a long time, before the team got off the Autumn. Due to constant reviewing, have inadvertently acted as an editor, but not a beta reader. Also: in a review response to me a while ago, Quirel explained a Retcon in the story, saying, "I later learned this is called Lampshade Hanging." I promptly linked him to this site, gave him a general explanation, and sent him off. Anyone who wants to complain about the slow update time, blame me.) To say a few things about the story... it is very well written, and just when it seems Gui Montag is about to finally become accepted as one of the Squad, he does something or something is revealed about him that either shows how much of a Sociopathic Hero he is, or his previous battles. Gui Montag is just trying to survive, and his attitude sums up that of Humanities quite well. As much as the idealistic citizens dream of peace, Gui Montag (and one of his former units) understand exactly what they have to pay to see that future.
    • Jonn: It's a good fic, but the writer tends to be a bit Anvilicious at times. The explanation of minor flaws in the games come off as Take Thats more than patching small plot holes, and on at least one occasion, a character jarringly compares an event to a video game. Yes, we get it, "Gritty Realism, Lol".
    • Orcaman15: In addition to being an incredibly well written fic, the way the writer ties the events of Halo Combat Evolved into the wider Halo story, most of which was created AFTER the game came out, is quite enjoyable. He even comes up with canonial explanations for the gameplay difference between the first game and the later ones. Also; Gui Montag. Not only a cool name, but an amazing pun and reference all in one.

The Enemy of My Enemy by Katsuhiro
  • Recommended by DKN117, Gentlemens Dame 883, Medicus, Jonn, Pyrotorch246, USA Bobcat, extinctnlvlevnt, Vigilance
  • Synopsis: November 2552. On the strategically-unimportant UNSC-owned desert colony world of Crassus, an Elite-controlled ship, shot down by a Brute assault carrier, crash-lands near the ragtag city of Horizon. Now the surviving Elites, led by Shipmaster Vtan Arume, must forge an at-first-uneasy alliance with the humans there (well, uneasy on the humans' side; Arume and his subordinates have no problem with it). With both sides stranded with no way to get off the planet of to call from help from their respective factions, they must weather the storm as the Covenant Loyalists, led by Alpha-Chieftain Torikus, attempt to wipe them from existence.
  • Comments: This is it; this fic is pure gold, rising into excellency above the many victims of Sturgeon's Law. The writing is solid, the story is gripping and suspenseful, the characters (even minor ones who die within five paragraphs of introduction) are well thought-out and develop nicely, and the battle scenes are described in epic detail. You can view its new page here.
    • Ecstatically seconded. Katsuhiro's body of fiction matches the caliber of professional writers of Halo canon like Eric Nylund and Joseph Staten. Any fan of Halo canon should try out The Enemy of My Enemy and Halo: Chimera Rising.

Halo: Chimera Rising by Katsuhiro
  • Recommended by Pyrotorch246
  • Synopsis: Impassive, resilient and utterly deadly: the Spartan is the ultimate example of human lethality. Representing the very pinnacle of wartime research reached during the Human-Covenant War, they say that Spartans never truly die. Would that such words were true. —Katsuhiro's official summary. The story is about a new implementation of the Spartan program.
  • Comments The man behind Enemy Of My Enemy is at it again. There's not much there yet (13 chapters and counting; excluding flashbacks - Katsuhiro) but it already looks like it's going to be another excellent story that rises above the usual level of fanfiction. It's being added now in anticipation of where it will go.

Kyle-091 by general MB
  • Recommended by amitakartok, Medicus, Shotgun Willy
  • Synopsis: Kyle Stevens is just your average 17 year old kid and he's a major Halo fan. Well, what happens when he somehow ends up in the Halo universe, how will he react, how will he survive and will he risk altering history with the stuff he knows?
  • Comments: while self-insertions are rarely good, this one rocks hard. Has an ongoing sequel and a smaller, M-rated "Eyes Only" section.
    • Seconded. Kyle-091 reads like a Peggy Sue fanfic rather than a Self-Insert Fic, albeit one where You Can't Fight Fate; Kyle quickly learns that history has a way of repairing itself. There are a number of punctuation errors, but they don't affect the enjoyment of the story. And there's a minor moment of Fridge Brilliance when it comes to the romance and the Westermarck effect: basically, sexual relationships with people that were raised together for years at a young age almost never happen. This includes non-blood relations, and explains why none of the Spartans ever get it on. It also explains why Kyle and Kelly get together; they meet as virtual adults, and it's probable for them to develop romantic feelings when they've spent almost all their time with each other for decades. It's also just the right length for a fanfic. Slow opening, but worth a look.
    • Thirded. This is indeed much better than your typical self-insert. Like the previous troper pointed out, it reads more like a Peggy Sue fic than a Self-Insert Fic, which is a point in its favor to me. Nevertheless, I feel obliged to make a note that grammar (especially capitalization) seems to be a serious issue for this author at many points throughout the story, so don't expect too much if that's important to you.

Je Mourrais by Kavek
  • Recommended by Dommie222
  • Synopsis: High Charity is Cortana's physical prison, but the prison of the mind can be far worse. What if you could never touch the one you loved? Would you... break? Rating subject to change.
  • Comments: What can I say? Well, I can always say that this story is truly worth to read. This story focuses heavily on the relationship between Chief and Cortana and how they react to it, and it's very developed, specially how Cortana's rampage begins to take over and how it affect her and Chief. The OCs appears as well and develop too on the psychological levels, especially the Covenant one, which include a Brute Chieftain and his Grunt bodyguard. The titles on the chapters is on French and it helps the story to become more exciting each chapter, but the best part is that Jack Bauer appear as a SPARTAN-II turned a ONI agent, ready to find Chief and Cortana on the Ark and take them with him. Read it, it won't disappoint yo.
    • Ugolino: I remember this one from when I read the first few chapters a few years ago, and subsequently spent some time trying to find it again. Worth the read for the novelization of the last Halo 3 levels in those chapters alone, and very well-written overall. I found the continuation plot to be of fairly good quality. The references to Bungie's previous games and expanded materials are the cherry on the cake.
    • It now has a page

The Knife's Edge series by CaptainRaspberry (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Recommended by Gaunt88, Medicus
  • Synopsis: The UNSC is battered and weak after the Human-Covenant war. Hungry for independence from Earth's government, an Insurrectionist faction called the Baszac took advantage of this weakness and captured the capital city of the colony world Barthes. Despite its reduced resources, the UNSC mounted a vicious counter-attack. Now only a small pocket of Baszac resistance remains, the two sides are locked in a bloody urban close-combat stalemate, and a harsh winter is approaching.
  • Comments: Extremely well written and very engaging. Raises some interesting issues, like how a soldier who’s been fighting aliens all his career deals with having to shoot humans. I don't read a lot of fanfic, but this one made me stop and read the whole thing. The only criticism I have is that it felt too short - I thought it could have been expanded a bit without loosing steam.
    • Seconded. This really is a wonderful story; the only complaint I have is that it's far too short. It's possible read it all in under an hour. Fortunately, it's only one part of a loosely-connected series.note  It seems CaptainRaspberry may hold my attention longer than I thought. — Medicus
  • Status: Complete

Halo: A Sangheili's War by levihoff.
  • Recommended by Dommie 222
  • Synopsis:
  • Comments: Interesting and a promising story. Its take place some months after Halo 3, there the Covenant Civil War is still ongoing. The Elites had pushed the Brutes back to their homeworld, which now is under siege, but their new chieftain ain't just gonna give up. The Arbiter must assassinate him first before the main attack, and I tell you, this story makes us all interested about how it'll end. Unfortunately, it's a short story, but yet an action filled one.

The End of a War by Mr. Clark
  • Recommended by: Sephirose
  • Synopsis: Truth has taken the Forerunner ship and is on his way to the Ark. Keyes and Johnson have stopped Installation 05 from firing, but the failsafes have been activated. Janissary James and the others on Earth are ready to take the fight to the Covenant.
  • Comments: A brilliant masterpiece. That's all I can say about this fanfiction. It seamlessly combines the books, the games and the I Love Bees ARG, and expands on the histories of the Covenant and the Forerunners. If you want epic literature, look no further.

Zulu Company: The Last Stand by Raptor-19
  • Recommended by: Gormanuyai
  • Synopsis: Zeke, Samuel, Victoria, Blaine... Just a few of the Spartans III's from Zulu Company. They are the last hope for a earth after Master Chief went through the portal. They've trained for years, now it's time to see if they live up to the Spartan name.
  • Comments: A action-filled story with quality writing and interesting characters. Set as a trilogy, which is part-way through the second installment: Hell On Earth. Writing has currently slowed.

New Mombasa: The Soldier's War
  • Recommended by: Mutatio Nomenis
  • Synopsis: I am Private Icharus of the UNSC Army. I must find my commander and retrieve important defensive data regarding humanity's last line of defense, assuming I survive.
  • Comments:

Halo: the Art of War by Havoc-legionnaire (AU) (TV Tropes page)
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883, Jonn, Medicus
  • Synopsis: The probe attached to the Iroquois failed, setting back the battle for Reach. Now the SPARTAN-IIs, aided by two more SPARTAN teams and the Autumn, set out to conduct Operation Red Flag: Capture a Prophet.
  • Comments: The author has definitely improved since his previous work, with more character development time and less dry technical stuff.
    • A cautious second from this troper. While TAoW is by no means bad (otherwise I wouldn't be recommending it!), there are some parts that are bound to turn others off. Namely, the UNSC UNDF feels like too much of a Mary Sue. The technology Havoc-legionnaire brings to bear is just too good: in one battle the Pillar of Autumn destroys about half a dozen ships and gets away with the equivalent of a scratch, and the SPARTANs suffer no losses whatsoever. While that's bound to change in later chapters, right now Commander-117 and his friends come off as Boring Invincible Heroes. And, personally, the continuing plot about the Spearheads just turns me off. They're too unstable, too maverick, too good to be believable or even likeable. Give it a go, but keep this is mind. — Medicus
    • A strong third recommendation from this troper. While the grammar is in need of a beta (not because the author has bad writing, but because English is not his first language), it still manages to be quite good and effective. Spearhead Team does, admittedly, come across as a bit more comical and (somewhat) Mary Sue-ish for the setting, but it's relatively grounded in realism, displays plenty of problems that comes from a group like Spearhead acting the way they do, including a very big case that has some major consequences. As for the UNSC's technology being "too good", that's actually a case of Reality Is Unrealistic. Canon Halo displays a shocking level of Creative Sterility and technological stagnation on the part of the UNSC—even more than the Covenant in the same timespan, despite the games explicitly and repeatedly saying that the Covenenat were imitative, not innovative, unlike humanity. To put this into perspective, the vast majority of UNSC firearms are strongly inferior to the ones we have today, despite the UNSC existing over 550 years in the future and having an incredible 150+ colonies to draw from. The fact that the Pillar of Autumn—a prototype and the sole example of its capability—was the only UNSC ship in canon that could actually go toe to toe with Covenant ships of its size over the span of a 27 year war for survival really says a lot about how the oversight and problem is with Bungie, not Havoc-Legionnaire.
      • USA Bobcat: I can't recommend this. Longer explanation is in my review on the 'fic's review page. His OC, Admiral Yang, is a flat out Mary Sue who is singlehandedly capable of revolutionizing the UNSC in ridiculously short time frame without any consideration of the logistical problems of doing so during a war. In canon, Bungie and Eric Nylund showed us how to create and use a genius-level character successfully with Catherine Halsey. Here, Havoc-legionnaire is showing us how not to do so. Though it has some interesting and well-done character development for the canon characters (particularly Noble Six), that doesn't redeem it from the massive Fan Wank, ignorance of logistical bottlenecks, and all the technology/military porn.

Institution by CaptainRaspberry
  • Recommended by Kebab
  • Synopsis: An account of the life of a Sangheilli warrior, from his rite of passage through his transition to training at the titular Institution, to the war against the humans and beyond. Expands greatly on Elite and Covenant culture, society and customs.
  • Comments: A well-written and engaging piece told through the eyes of one of the anonymous Mooks killed in scores over the course of the games. With solid, convincing characterization, a gripping plot and a fascinating insight into Covenant life, I read this lengthy fic in one sitting when I first came across it four years ago. Stumbling upon it again was a pleasant surprise and, despite my now-lacking interest in the Halo franchise, I was more than happy to do it again. — Kebab

Wake Me, When You Need Me by The Meep
  • Recommended by Stretch
  • Synopsis: Cortana wakes up a final time, and finding the loneliness unbearable, seeks her one true companion.
  • Comments: "Right away I started unconsciously comparing it to Human Weakness, and you got the Chief/Cortana relationship where Traviss never did." - kr1, a user on the site this was posted.

Scrambler by QuestionMark2401 (a.k.a. The Meep)
  • Recommended by Stretch
  • Synopsis: In Mexico City on the besieged Earth, Corporal Reynolds finds himself protecting an odd metallic cube under the direction of an ONI officer. With only his Mongoose ATV to protect him, Reynolds may hold the fate of Earth's largest city in his hands...
  • Comments: Fast and action packed. What it lacks in character development it makes up with visceral descriptions and well structured writing. It might start off a little slow, but don't let that dissuade anyone. Overall, it explores an interesting niche in the global conflict as the Covenant attack Earth.

From Harvest to the Ark by TheAmateur
  • Recommended by: Karl591, USA Bobcat, cannonfodder, Eon ADS
  • Synopsis: Follows the life of one Albert 'Alley' Garris from when he joins the Harvest Militia to the end of the war.From FF.net 
  • Comments: I have to say, this is one of the most well-written stores I have encountered on this site, bar none. You could literally send this off to Tor this very minute and someone there would probably be impressed. I had originally planned to write a grand, sweeping review extolling all of the virtues of your writing that made this an engaging, fun read, but I think I'll keep this relatively short. Your knowledge and usage of military lingo is absolutely fantastic, the reader feels sympathetic towards your characters, and there were no plot holes to speak of. You also gave us an expansive view into the lives of those who are always glossed over in these stories, which was absolutely what this fandom was lacking in its literature.
    • I do have a few technical quibbles. One is tone; both the narration and dialogue occasionally drift into something that doesn't sound like how normal people talk. Another is Alley's habit of repeatedly recapping and explaining things he already told the reader, even if the events in question were only a chapter back. Both are arguably explained; the bulk of the novel is being narrated by Garris to a biographer, but it's still jarring. Other than that, no real complaints. - Jonn
    • USA Bobcat: This... I cannot accurately sum up how this story tells the bloody war of Halo. It made me feel for the protagonist every damn step of the way. This is one of the few stories that I cried and cheered alongside the protagonist, through all the bright moments and all the horrible moments. I consider this, despite it's few issues (as detailed by Jonn), to be the greatest Halo story ever written. There is simply no way to describe the experience, other than to read it.
    • I would willingly put this as well as Ilmiopassato's stories to be the best Halo Fanfiction I have ever read. Nothing can describe how emotional I became with this story. Despite of the Flaws that are inherit in the Halo series [1] and the Magazines being referred to as "Clips" problem, The Amature has done a great job in compensating for them. Its like "With The Old Breed" but in the 26th century. I would willingly give up one of my nuts for this story to be combined with Ilmiopassato's Cooper Trilogy and see the epicness that would result. 10/10. - cannonfodder
    • A definite must-read. While there are a few things I would question and a few points where the author mixes himself up on previous chapters and facts (Alley being so good with an MA 5 B on Reach and Installation-04 despite ostensibly never having used one outside of basic at Needle Point being the most obvious one, though his previous "issues" to use tanks or Warthog turrets are a second, which could have been solved by his re-training as a Helljumper), The Amateur does an amazing job of making the reader feel like they're in the shoes of Albert "Alley" Garris, on the front-lines of the Human-Covenant War. The last chapters are really where it hits home, with the feeling of being lost and "what the hell do I do now?" really setting in for Alley. There are a few moments where jokes that shouldn't still exist five-hundred years later (Mexican jokes are brought up, and Alley is made fun of for his callsign, which shares the name of a Disney character), but they aren't too jarring. While not the best fanfiction I have ever read, it is definitely in the Top 50, and certainly one of the top 3 on my list of Halo fics. This thing REALLY needs a tropes page, however, so if you're up for it, somebody please start one. -Eon ADS

Chaos-and-Containment by Ilmiopassato
  • Recommended by cannonfodder
  • Synopsis: Sierra Harmor joined the UNSC Marines in the hopes of deterring the threat posed by Insurrectionists during the 2520s. What she got instead was a lesson in growing up fast, becoming a leader, and later repelling an unexpected attack by a new alien threat.
  • Comments: It is a touching, dark, deeply immersive and realistic story that made me feel for the character for every step of the way. Except for the problem with Magazines being referred to as "Clips" it is perfect. I will not spoil anything but I cried at the end. - cannonfodder

The Natalie Cooper series [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] by Ilmiopassato
  • Recommended by cannonfodder
  • It is on going series that is among the top in Halo fan-fiction being both detailed and emotionally engaging. One that has a regular sympathetic relatable human be the protagonist fighting for everything they care for, family and friends. Not going to lie but I wish that I was Natalie myself, that's how much I love her and the characters in these stories. Except for some canon diversions, the "Clip" instead of magazine problem and the fact that Cooper has a habit of frequently calling people by both their rank and name, compared to more natural and realistic way of calling people she ranks over mostly by name only as illustrated in her earlier stories, it is a damn good emotionally touching read. Nothing else can describe how much I love this series and this review just does not do it justice. Just read it yourself. - cannonfodder

"TheLife" by "casquis"
  • Recommended by Absolute Zordness
  • Synopsis: The story follows the life and exploits of one Francisco Castillo, a member of the 19th Battalion of the ODST. Frank makes friends and enemies while he does his best to survive, he also gets a little bit of help from different sides.author's summary 
  • Comments: The Life is a great story, it has lots of action and pretty good character interactions. Admittedly it started with shorter chapters with occasional grammar and spelling mistakes, but that is owed in part to the author's first language being Spanish. The story has gotten better and better with time in both plot, writing, and characterization. The Life has excellent character development and the writer is very knowledgeable on the subject. Despite being an action-heavy series, it still has plenty of comic relief chapters and humor of all types. Don't let the awkward first few chapters discourage you, this story's worth it.

Halo: A Fistful of Arrows
  • Recommended by Tuckerscreator, N_Cat
  • Synopsis: A Fan Web Comic following the story of Jun-A266 and Dr. Halsey as they travel to CASTLE Base to escape the Covenant during the Fall of Reach. Okay, that's just the direct plot, but it also delves into Jun's past and the beginning of his trust issues that afflict him as a sniper. It's got some utterly beautiful artwork to top that off, and sticks very close to the canon and calls back to it many times more than even canon works. It's perhaps the most requested Halo fic yet to be promoted to Ascended Fanon. Can be read at the above website or here on DeviantArt. And it even has its own page here!

Halo 3: Insurrection by Wolverfrog49
  • Recommended by Ownedace13
  • Synopsis: takes place after the end of Halo 3 and the Humans and Elites are once again at war because the Humans couldn't get over what the Elites had done during the last war, then the MC crashes on Sanghelios, and Mendicant Bias saves Johnson and then it just gets more awesome from there
  • Comments: I love this fic, it starts out a little slow but it quickly ramps up and IMO the writing is fantastic, sadly ruled non-canon by the forerunner trilogy and Halo 4

Consequences Of Revelation by Aratech
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Synopsis: From the master who gave us Finishing The Fight (below) comes a tale where the Master Chief and Blue Team, invited on board Infinity some time after the events of SPARTAN Ops to train the IVs, learn some inconvenient truths about ONI and their former sister's actions and start making plans.

Crossover Fics

The Onyx Stars by The Hidden Sith
  • Recommended by: LooksAwesome
  • Synopsis: "A lost ship, a lost warrior, and a lost mind find themselves stranded in a new cosmos. Full of vast wonders, threats, and opportunities, this new realm is an unknown element for a crew accustomed to war and hardship. But all Edens must fall and all men must die. Sewn into the embers of war lay the seed of victory." A Halo/Mass Effect crossover.
  • Comments: This one shows a lot of promise. Infinity and co. are stranded in the Mass Effect verse after Applied Phlebotinum event takes place. No timeline and no codex, that's been done to death by now. Witness character growth mixed-in with an engaging plot and narrative without fillers. Some parts of the fan lore strain reader immersion The overthrow of Parangosky and Osman; the author's blatant distaste for the pair bleeds into Lasky and Roland.
    • This story can stray into the old trap of "author's favored 'verse coming in and playing the Sue card" in parts. While it's a decent read, there's definitely a "UNSC-is-better-than-you-just-because" feel to this story, as at times ME-'verse characters show a sudden drop in IQ and competence while dealing with the Infinity crew, and the UNSC characters operate like they have an Omniscient Morality License on several occasions.

Lost Legacy by Andrithir
  • Recommended by Qwerty282
  • Synopsis: The dormant shall rise. The Reclaimers will return. A great war begins.(Author's summary) The UNSC falls after extended warfare with augmented brutes and yahgs, evacuating to the Ark. Thousands of years later, a crypt is found under the Earth by the Systems Alliance... This is a Merged Timeline Universe.
  • Comments: This is an amazing fanfic with deep characterisation and realistic drawn-out military campaigns. The way the UNSC fights is believable, as are the reactions to them by the Mass Effect charaters. The way the author crafts the characters of Arca, Lotus and the other members of ONISAD is absolutely top-notch. The Flood also make an appearance in this fic, during the Battle of the Citadel. I absolutely reccomend reading this. WARNING: The story is filled with tragic scenes. Not a good mood-lifter.
    • Like The Last Spartan, Lost Legacy is overrated. Its not terrible, but neither is it good. The premiseverse is rather weak and flimsy - apparently nobody in the Systems Alliance can recall a global, nuclear bombardment of Earth during the 'twelfth century' AD, nor have they, or any of the Mass Effect species, encountered the Forerunner legacy, while the UNSC and ex-Covenant species stand completely ignorant of the existence of the Reapers and the threat they represent despite being a Tier 1 civilization. The dialogue is forced and contrived, the narrative is uninspiring and dithering, the lead characters - particularly the UNSC personnel - do not resemble anything established in canon - the Master Chief is a badass-no-more and Cortana is still alive even though she went rampant and died Halsey apparently died at one point, but she is also alive - the Halo species are there, but they only figure for aesthetic purposes and do not play a signifigant role in the story. Same with the Mass Effect races, and neither side seems perturbed, much less shocked by the existence of the other. If you are of wont for a fanfiction that rises above the crowd and triumphs over Sturgeon's Law, then you may wish to look elsewhere.

Finishing The Fight by Aratech
  • Recommended by SAMAS, Psalm of Fire, Silverwind91, Comartemis, Exalted Requiem, Jonn, Night, USA Bobcat
  • Synopsis: From an altered Halo 3, The Master Chief, Cortana, Arbiter, Sgt Johnson and Captain Keyes end up riding the Forward Unto Dawn all the way to the Forgotten Realms, just before the Time of Troubles begins.
  • Comments:
  • Psalm of Fire: Very bloody, but the approach and ability to portray wonder really snagged me into it.
    • Comartemis: Seconded. As far as I care, this is Halo 3's canon ending.
    • Thirded. Easily one of the most engrossing Fic's I've ever read. I honestly can't begin to guess at just how many hours I've spent reading this thing...
    • Night: A sort of first cousin to The Salvation War in terms of some of the themes, but a very different story in plot, setup, and character. While magic met firepower, and firepower's victory was absolute, it did not have to be that way. Ably demonstrates the nature of an Outside Context Problem; it's not the difference between sides is insurmountable (and it is not; there are opponents who even manage to give the Master Chief and Arbiter trouble), but that they simply don't have the experience or the tactics to start looking for ways to fight back.

Red In Tooth And Claw by JA Baker
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Synopsis: The good ship Battlestar Galactica encounters the derelict, but still the good, Forward Unto Dawn and its Spartan cargo. A brief encounter with leftover Flood is but the start of trouble for both sides, however, who can barely trust the other.
  • Comments: It's a crossover with Battlestar Galactica — the 2003 version. Occasionally, Some pretty glaring spelling errors pop-up, usually involving homophones (the author mistook "metal" for "mettle" in the second chapter) and missing or switched out letters. This can snap you out of some otherwise good writing.
    • Night: This is not a good story. It is unfaithful to the characters of all involved; they are at best hollow, superficial versions of themselves

Chains of the Kindred'' by Solvdrage
  • Recommended by Angel_of_Death
  • Synopsis: What if the Warhammer 40,000 Universe and the Halo Universe came together? What if the Imperium of Man allied itself with the UNSC? What if the Covenant began being utterly curbstomped by said alliance?
  • Comments: This is a well written fanfic, using only canon info, and making sure that neither side gets too great a advantage. It also answers some questions like: Titan vs Scarab, or Flood vs 'Nids.

The Last Spartan by Dino Jake
  • Recommended by Gamerex27 and Crow T R0bot
  • Synopsis: An AU fic in which the Halo and ME universes share the same galaxy. After a well deserved rest in Cryo-Sleep, Master Chief finally awakens...to a whole new galaxy.
  • Comments: This may very well be the only well-written Halo and Mass Effect crossover this Troper has ever read. Everyone is in character, the alien races of Halo do a very nice job of changing up many different events in the game (all for the better), and the few OC'S in it (which are not introduced until chapter 10) are very realistic and engaging characters.
  • Seconded (though this troper has one other Halo/Mass Effect crossover to recommend, see below), I was actually contemplating whether to recommend this story until I noticed it already had been. Initially, there were a few quibbles with the plot, such as arbitrary date changes and humanity's reasoning for joining the Citadel races seemed shaky, the author eventually yielded to Constructive Criticism and rewrote the offending parts accordingly. Even before that, this is a truly enjoyable fic, and the Master Chief certainly makes for a unique Commander Shepard substitute, leaving more of an impression than just awe on his squadmates, his initial mistrust of various alien squadmates, and Tali's early frustration towards him, for example. Also, while the first (only?) OC squadmate, N'tho 'Sraom comes across as generically annoying (though never in a Scrappy or Creator's Pet fashion) he does continue Mass Effect's tradition of subverting Planet of Hats, not fitting the stereotype of Proud Warrior Race Guy that Elites are known for, which makes me appreciate him more than I did at first.
    • N'tho is not an original character; he's player 3 in Halo 3 campaign's co-op mode, and his character is based on details from Bungie's official descriptions of him and player 4's Usze 'Taham, seen here about 1/3 of the way down the page.
    • Now has its own page
    • This is a very good fic, but I think it's overrated. The author is fantastic at characterization, but to be honest, if he weren't the fic would fail. The Halo races are there, but they're nothing like the Halo races really are as they behave very out of character. Even with the time skip, the way they act makes no sense. Furthermore, since the Sangheili are still using all the plasma tech, why aren't using it? The Fridge Logic in the story can really undermine it's amazingly strong characterization. It's a good fic, but overrated.

The Price of Unity by Lord Caelum
  • Recommended by Caelum, Vazeron1
  • Synopsis: A logical analysis on a Halo-SW crossover. Technically a multi-crossover, since the bioshock verse is also included in this. Includes technical data on the applications of Forerunner tech on the UNSC war effort, what had happened to the post-covenant species, and others.
  • Comments: Yes, I am recommending myself. Yes, I am ashamed. Note that most characters are OC, since nearly all the characters from the original are dead or missing, this was a necessity. Also, ONI are assholes in this fic, so don't read this if you're expecting a 'heartwarming' story. Lastly, since this is my first story, there may be typographical errors and nonsensical paragraphs, and the nature of the fic requires a heavy halo focus on the beginning. An actual SW point of view wouldn't occur until Chapter 11.
    • Absolutely recommended by this troper. While it does start off slowly, I absolutely loved basically everything about this fanfiction. My only critique is that it doesn't focus much at all on individual characters, but when it does it does it realistically (with perhaps one exception), making you care about characters and understand them a mere paragraph or three in. It's expansion of the Halo universe as the centuries go on is realistic, done nigh-perfectly, and I legitimately believed I was reading Canon at several points. While the Star Wars crossover may put some people off, do give it a chance, as it's done extremely well, even if the vast array of numbers may be off-putting at first. Furthermore, the fic is absolutely hilarious at times, making me laugh out loud repeatedly, and still manages to be serious, professional, and simply an amazing read. The UNSC is definitely starting to turn into a military power, with little thought given to civilian oversight, which, while terrifying, is remarkably benign, and done in a superb and realistic manner. The writing is simply superb, with little to no grammar or spelling mistakes, and the stylism being absolutely top notch. An absolutely worthy read, even if you're not too familiar with Star Wars Canon (like me). There are a few references you might miss (a throw away line concerning Grand Admiral Thrawn, for instance), but they are minor and not at all needed to enjoy the story. If you've seen the movies, you're fine. Even if you haven't, you're still probably fine, but you should probably just watch them already. Same goes for the Halo universe. If you've played the games, even just the original trilogy, again, you're fine. The more, the better, obviously, but it in no way detracts. All in all, an amazing read, and one that I very, very much hope is updated soon.

Convergence by pyrotorch246
  • Recommended by: extinctnlvlevnt
  • Synopsis: "Nearly one hundred years after the end of the human-Covenant War, the descendents of the greatest generation that ever lived make a discovery that will change the face of the galaxy forever." A Halo/Mass Effect fusion.
  • Comments: Its Halo Humanity curb-stomps the Turian Hierarchy in a First Contact scenario! Yes, yes, there's practically a thousand of those out on the internet, but this one is done right! No codex, no timeline, no author that apologetically vanishes after two or three chapters because they realize they've really got no idea what they're doing! The violence is visceral, the narrative is engaging and reminiscent of Eric Nylund's work in its grim focus on the effect war has on those who endure it first-hand. The characters are fleshed-out and sympathetic and the big space battle over the Turian colony is four-star badass-ery. The Turian fleet is annihilated because their ships are facing the wrong direction! The Citadel council is, of course, completely useless. The Turians are indiscriminate, over-zealous interstellar policemen. The humans are BFF's with the Elites - who still like to rain plasma on top of their enemies from their ships in orbit. Bonus points to Master Chief and meta-stable Cortana returning to the fight, Liara T'Soni's cameo as a Spectre agent, and the Arbiter calling-out the Council for being the cowards that they are.
    • The earlier chapters are a little weak. In my (the author's) opinion, Convergence doesn't really hit it's stride until chapter seven, with the space battle mentioned above. Before that, the writing's decent, but there's also a mix of some great moments and some truly cringe-worthy ones. Chapters one and six in particular are some of the weakest moments. —PT246
  • Status: Complete

When There Was a Tomorrow by General Rage
  • Recommended by Crow T R0bot
  • Synopsis: While investigating a wormhole in deep space after the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, Commander Shepard and his jolly Normandy crew come under attack by the Covenant and eventually escape through said wormhole and are escorted to Reach just in time for the events of Halo: Reach. While trying to assuage a xenophobic Alternate Universe humanity of his loyalties, the good Commander aids Noble Team in Reach's defense, and learns a great deal of this new galaxy...while trying to save it.
  • Pairings: Male!Shepard/Tali.
  • Comments: Perhaps an even better Halo/Mass Effect crossover than The Last Spartan (listed above). Both the Halo and Mass Effect cast are in character, and despite the latter being the more developed of the two, play rather nicely off the former. Tensions are always high due to Halo!Humanity's understandable xenophobia towards aliens, ONI constantly trying to subvert Shepard's authority and get the secrets of his universe's tech, and Legion's interactions with Noble Six as it tries to understand organics more. The action sequences are very tightly done, and do not feel rushed or slow. Overall a very solid and addictive read.

In the Shadow of Gods by Anne Whyne
  • Recommended by Farmer Kyle, lanky, Sulimeth, extinctnlvlevnt
  • Synopsis: A Mass Effect/Halo crossover, this takes place not long after Abigail Shepard and her team have destroyed the Collector Base. They come across the remains of a giant of a ship, "like a whale against the Normandy's dolphin" to use the author's comparison, that doesn't match any known models. Shepard decides to investigate it, and they find the bisected ship's only two inhabitants, an A.I. and a soldier both far from home. And with the looming threat of the Reapers, Shepard's going to need all the help she can get.
  • Comments: One of the better crossovers of its kind, and a great fanfic all around. Shepard here is Paragon, with dashes of Renegade to keep things interesting. Also doesn't speed up the trust issue between John and the rest of the team, especially after Cortana tries to hack EDI. Great characterizations all around, the fights are well done, and overall a great story!
    • I'll add a reluctant second to this story. Master Chief's characterization is... odd, to say the least. It definitely makes for a stark contrast with the characterization of, say, The Last Spartan. He's a little too reluctant for my tastes: Master Chief feels like the kind of guy who would jump at the chance to help humanity rather than being so sentimental, especially as regards his out-of-date, inferior equipment. I will say, however, that the author's writing of his combat abilities is the best I've ever read: She captures the pants-shitting terror a warrior like John-117 would inspire in his opponents perfectly.
    • Cheerful third. There are a few spelling errors and moments where things don't quite make sense (though that may be explained later), but overall it's pretty good. Brilliant fight scenes. I didn't find any problems with the characterisation, personally it made sense that Chief would hold onto the only things he's got left of home, and his equipment seems on par, if not superior in some cases, to that of the Normandy crew. Well done for someone who says they aren't as familiar with the Halo franchise as they'd like to be.
    • Quite possibly THE best Halo/ME crossover out there - even in its unfinished state; the narrative and dialogue is compelling and relatable, and the characters themselves are true-to-canon. The setting on the Normandy is tense and contentious, with only a little humor thrown around to keep the situation from boiling over. The violence is bowel-shattering spectacular, with the Master Chief stealing Shepard's spotlight because, well... he's the Master Chief.
  • Status: Put on hiatus by author in protest of cyberbullying and Critics United.
  • Though author has expressed the desire via tumblr account to resume work and finish the story, with ideas for a sequel set in the Halo verse.
  • The link to this fic is broken. Please post a mirror. Edit: turns out that the author deleted the original FF.net version and has begun to rewrite it on Archive of Our Own. The link has been changed accordingly.
  • The new version of the fic currently (November 15th, 2014) has three chapters, and I can barely wait for the fourth. The quality of the writing is absolutely professional; it feels like something commissioned jointly by Bungie and Bioware. I highly recommend this to any Halo or Mass Effect fan.
  • Now has its own page.

Mass Effect New Origins V2 by erttheking

  • Recomended by drsdino, Qwerty282
  • Synopsis: On the dawn of the 27th century, the UNSC discovers a Mass Relay, and unlock its power. What follows not only includes making contact with new species and making new friends, but making new enemies as well, and the entire galaxy will shake.
  • Comment: An interesting fan fiction, has some typos and very long Author Notes that boil down to either swear ridden ranting, or odd tangents that decesend into babbling. But it has interesting characters, character development. And best of all?... NO STAR CHILD HURRAY!
    • Enthusiastically seconded. The character development is good. Also, Udina gets hacked by Anderson in a completely humiliating way at the end. The battle at the end is a great alternate and perfectly logical substitute to the Star Child of canon which absolutely NO ONE finds realistic.

Mass Effect: Clash of Civilizations by Eterna1Soldier
  • Recomended by Meta Skipper, Metal King 1417, extinctnlvlevnt
  • Synopsis: "In 2157, a Citadel Council exploratory vessel is tasked with opening a dormant Relay into unknown regions of the galaxy. What they find is something they never expected. What happens when two civilizations centered around different technologies clash?" A Halo/ME fusion
  • Comments: This fic explores well the implications of two cultures meeting. The characters have stayed true, and the O Cs are well-fleshed out. The space battle scene is also written well, being more than one side has bigger guns, hence they win. Overall, a well-written fic, though the author's long update times are to be noted.
    • Absolutely astounding. As already stated above, this a classic Cross Over posing a simple question: "What happens when two universes; each with their contrasting ideologies, divergent technology, and exotic customs meet for the first time?" The Mass Effect fan favorites - Tali, Liara, and Mordin - are completely in-character, and even the OC's are sympathetic personalities with engaging dialogue and social interactions. Correct grammar, syntax, and punctuation are exhaustively maintained - if you're like me and are neurotic about those things. The author also makes the rare effort to avoid favoring one verse over the other that is sadly seen all-too-often. On a final note, go read all of Eterna1Soldier's works, they're all f!cking amazing in equal measure.
  • Status: In progress, reader beware: time-lapse between updates can last for months.

The First Movement of the Odyssey - Redux (Also available on FF.Net) by Chris "Crazy-88" O'Farrell
  • Recommended by Gentlemens Dame 883
  • Synopsis: The USS Odyssey, freshly upgraded with Asgard tech, undergoes a hyperdrive accident that throws her through the Quantum Mirror into a universe where humanity is desperately trying to hold off a genocidal alien theocracy. To be precise, they land smack in the middle of the Battle of Reach. Their intervention will change things greatly.
  • Comments: The author knows his canon of both series very well, blending the games and the Nylund novels together and making them make sense. The excellently-written fight scenes are just a delicious cherry on the top.

Halo: Acheron by G. Langland
  • Recommended by: extinctnlvlevnt
  • Synopsis: "Long before the Pillar of Autumn made its fate-bound flight from the Fall of Reach, the Master Chief and co. are deployed to the Zeta II Reticuli system on a mission to investigate the surface of a moon called Acheron LV-426." A Halo/Aliens fusion.
  • Comments: Humanity's Sword and Shield are nothing more then prey for the xenomorphs of Acheron to confuse, torment, and butcher at will. Wait! Xenomorphs?! Acheron?! Yeah, this guy does such an excellent job weaving these two franchises together that by the time you reach the end, you've completely forgotten the fact that you're reading a crossover and NOT actual canon. And you couldn't care less. That's how good it is. Bonus points to the Elite giving birth to a chestburster in full-view of the Master Chief. We all know it takes a lot to get under 117's skin, but he finds the spectacle to be absolutely nauseating, and more-than-a-little scary.
  • Status: Complete

Halo: On the Wings of Angels, by Gyvon
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Synopsis: A crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, set before the fall of Reach. It has been several months since the disappearance of Twilight Sparkle. One night, after watching her sister raise the Moon and set the heavens alight, Princess Celestia begins to bed down for the night, only to be interrupted by portal forming in her room. From out of the portal comes none other than Twilight Sparkle, garbed in strange armor. Princess Celestia, along with Luna, Cadence, and Shining Armor, are overjoyed by the Element of Magic's return, but are justifiably curious as to where she had been and what she had been doing. And so, Twilight begins her tale. A tale of survival against impossible odds. A tale of a people fighting for the most basic right of all sentient beings. The right to exist.

Halo: Wastelands by M306117
  • Recommended by S3B312
  • Synopsis: In 2552, a UNSC frigate drops out of Slipspace near Earth to find it has been ravaged by nuclear war and is attacked by a UFO in orbit over the planet. In need of parts and answers, they send a Spartan supersoldier to the Pentagon to find them.
  • Comments: A decent Halo/Fallout crossover, but the Halo characters seem overpowered next to their Fallout counterparts.

Fighting for a Purpose V2 by erttheking
  • Recommended by: drsdino
  • Crossover: Star Wars / Halo
  • Synopsis: While on a deep space mission, a CCS- battlecruiser is shot down by the CIS. The battle fought by the surviors is brutal, but it is only a glimpse of what is to come. Ahsoka/OC AU post Halo 3 pre Revenge of the Sith
  • Pairing(s): Ahsoka Tano/OC.
  • Comments: An old fic of erttheking, it is set inbetween the events of Halo 3 and Revenge of the Sith, and humanity and the former Covenent races have joined up. (mind you this was BEFORE Halo 4 came out.)
    • Erttheking: Eh. I'm gonna be blunt, this is not one of my better works. It was when I was still learning the ropes and there's a lot wrong with it. The Jedi Council is a little too one dimensional, characters arcs are rather rushed at points, and there's a good chunk of wish fulfillment without much rhyme or reason to it. Keep that in mind.

Halo, The Imperial War by SpaceCowboy2013
  • Recommended by: Crow T R0bot
  • Crossover: Star Wars / Halo
  • Synopsis: Mankind's first contact is not what it had been expecting, and not with anyone or anything they were expecting. But never the less contact goes poorly for all and sends repercussions further than anyone could have imagined. Halo AU/Star Wars
  • Comments: While the first chapter is merely an excerpt from The Fall of Reach rewritten to account for the Galactic Empire replacing The Covenant, it is nonetheless a suitable prelude to a truly epic war story full of general badassery, Technology Porn (the UNSC is considerably more advanced than it is in canon, though just enough to even stand a chance against the Imperials) and a gloriously detailed and deviously improvised naval battle between Grand Admiral Thrawn and Admiral Preston J. Cole that's anything but one-sided.

The Infinty Effect by creamofwheat2311
  • Recommended by Timothy Man
  • Crossover: Franchise/Mass Effect /Halo
  • Synopsis:After discovering a Precursor artifact, the UNSC Infinity and the Sangheili Shadow of Intent are transported to a universe unlike anything they have ever seen, and forced into a war against a foe they never could have imagined: the Reapers. Alliances are founded, friendships are formed, and decisions are made that will change this galaxy forever. Post Halo 4, Pre ME 3. AU.
  • Comments: I'm very new here so I'm sorry if my inexperience shines blindingly through, like not flagging enough as spoilers, making this hard to read, or making mistakes, so be weary of that. A few things. first is that this story is AU, for instance, Noble Team, Cortana, and both Kaidan and Ashley are alive, and it's kind of hand-waived how they survived for the most part, so if that bothers you too much, look elsewhere. second, Halo is a bit OP ship for ship, but it's balanced by being ridiculously out numbered by the Reapers. With that in mind, the basic premise is the Infinity, Shadow of Intent arrive in the Mass Effect Sol System just before the Reapers arrive. The first contact part was done well, the space battles are fun, the characters are in character for the most part, there are tensions between the UNSC and the Sangheili for once, Halo tech overshadows Mass Effect's, and Spartans are of course badass. Though admittedly a bit too badass, as they steal the spotlight from Shepard a bit, though hopefully that will change in the political intrigue part of the story. Overall, I would give this a glowing recommendation, though keep in mind I'm a terrible critic, so hopefully someone else can give it a more critical analysis.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Memories by Trivun
  • Recommended by Crispy Mongoose
  • Synopsis: Starting with the immediate aftermath of Ghosts of Onyx (published canon work) the story focuses on Tom and Lucy, two SPARTAN-IIIs who find themselves the unlikely leaders of the group trapped in the Onyx Dyson Sphere. In an attempt to help Lucy deal with her trauma-induced muteness, Tom recalls a past operation on the long since glassed world of Meridian, only for Doctor Halsey to realise that there was more to the operation than meets the eye. Going back to Meridian's destruction and Operation SOOTHSAYER, we see just how far the Forerunner's knowledge of humanity went, and the first combat-enabled smart AI finds herself in a situation more desperate than either she or Halsey could have ever foretold...
  • Pairings: Het, Tom/Lucy. Truth be told it's more of a friendship thing, though there are some serious hints that their relationship could be considered more of a romantic one...
  • Comments: Not the best written piece, but still pretty damn decent compared to most stuff on the same topic. Sturgeon's Law, eh? A decent story with plenty of knowledge of the canon, in fact it seems almost as if the writer is trying pretty hard to keep as close to the canon as possible, and the result is a fan fic that is probably worth your time. Just need to watch out for the occasionally uninspired and awkward prose, and the writer doesn't seem to be able to write combat quite as well as he writes the buildup and the underlying conspiracy type subplot.


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