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1[[quoteright:265:]]²²->''"Oh, and before you close your browser and fire up some weekend ''Halo'', head over to HBO and check out ''A Fistful of Arrows''. It's incredible."''²-->-- '''Eric "Urk" Osborne''', Community Manager of {{Creator/Bungie}}²²''Halo: A Fistful of Arrows'' is a ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' {{Fan Webcomic|s}} written by the comic and concept artist Levi Hoffmeier, commonly known as Leviathan, also the author of ''[[Webcomic/ASangheilisWarIsNeverOver A Sangheili's War is Never Over]]'' and ''{{ComicBook/Mayflower}}''. It takes place after the events of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', and revolves around the story of NOBLE Team's [[FriendlySniper loyal sniper Jun]] and what happens to him between the events of the game and ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike''.²²It's August 30th 2552, the Fall of Reach, and Jun and Dr. Halsey are fleeing the battle on their Pelican. Halsey intends to return to CASTLE Base, her nigh-impenetrable fortress beneath Reach's Menachite Mountain. However, she is still frosty toward Jun, aware that he is a Spartan not from her original program, while Jun himself is struggling with his failures in past missions, coupled with his current one to keep Halsey safe. Various flashbacks, including one extracted video feed by Halsey's AI (and "older sister" to Cortana) Kalmiya, shed light on the past of Jun, particularly regarding one difficult op to capture an Insurrectionist leader, and how when the weight fell on Jun to save the mission, he stumbled...²²Oh yes, and the Covenant's invading. [[SarcasmMode It's a great time to be under pressure.]]²²The comic is an independent work, but features beautiful images rivaling ''Halo'''s own concept art. It's received a lot attention among the ''Halo'' community, especially at Halo.Bungie.Org and even from ''{{Creator/Bungie}}'' itself. While there's no official word yet from 343 Industries, ''A Fistful of Arrows'' is probably the highest requested work from the ''Halo'' fans to be promoted to AscendedFanon.²²[[ The comic can be read here]], at Leviathan.Bungie.Org, or [[ here]], at Website/DeviantArt.²----²!!Examples²* AccidentalAimingSkills: A big one is Jun's [[MyGreatestFailure greatest failure]].²* AllThereInTheManual: The Adjunct sections add a bit more background to the characters and settings of "[=FoA=]".²* AlwaysABiggerFish: A Covenant Corvette gets shot down by a UNSC Frigate, [[spoiler:who in turn gets shot down by a Covenant battlecruiser.]]²* AndIMustScream: "And then my home, my sculptures, my veins and my blood was burned away. I have been forced into the sublevels, trapped in my own mind." - Quezon's Superintendent.²* AnyoneCanDie: Noble Team is dead before the comic started. [[DoomedByCanon Jun doesn't appear in]] ''First Strike'' [[note]][[spoiler:Later canon media revealed that he survived, but those were released only after ''A Fistful of Arrows'' was already finished]][[/note]]. The Covenant is bombing the whole planet. Pretty much the only exceptions are Halsey and Kalmiya, [[spoiler:the latter who will die several hours after the comic's end,]] but everyone else who wasn't in the book is fair game.²* ArcNumber: In keeping with Bungie tradition, the comic is 77 pages long, not counting the cover or Adjunct sections.²* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the Quezon Superintendent's case, lament, lament, forgiving.²-->'''Quezon Superintendent''': "Even now I have a prowler under Tayabas Bay, upgraded with [something new/something blue]. But you continue to you castle and doom yourselves. I could have saved you, Jun. ([[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments I've forgiven for those cranes you damaged, by the way...]])"²* BittersweetEnding: Jun [[spoiler:lives, but leaves CASTLE Base to prevent word of the recent battle getting out so the Covenant won't get suspicious. They'll find the base anyway.]] On the other hand, Halsey lives, and the rest of the canon plotline establishes that she gets rescued by her own Spartans, most everyone evacuating Reach and getting back to UNSC space.²* BookEnds: The first page of the inside of the cover is the left half of Noble Team's logo. The second-to-last page of the comic is the right half.²%%* ButNowIMustGo²* CassandraTruth: Carter doesn't believe Jun when he tells him his suspicions that [[spoiler:the hostage they rescued was really the leader of the Insurrectionist group they've been hunting down.]]²** Outside of the storyline, go ahead and tell Levi a mistake you might have found in the comic. [[ParanoiaFuel Return a little later to find the mistake corrected and him claiming to have no idea what you're talking about...]]²* CelebrityParadox: {{Creator/Bungie}} is apparently alive and well in the 26th century. One wonders what their "killer app" for the Xbox was in this universe.²* ChekhovsArmory: The stash of weapons Jun brought along in the Pelican, including C-12 charges, sniper ammo magazines, and [[spoiler:Armor Lock]].²* ChekhovMIA: [[spoiler:Hunters always come in pairs...]]²* ColdSniper / FriendlySniper: Jun is lingering somewhere between the two, and letting himself fall into either is a bad idea.²* ContinuityNod: Lots, especially for a fanon work.²** [[Literature/HaloEvolutions UNSC destroyers]], frigates, [[VideoGame/{{Halo2}} Marathon cruisers]], and a [[VideoGame/HaloWars Vulture aircraft]] appear during the battle with a Covie fleet, none of which, with the exception of cruisers and frigates, have appeared in the same media before.²** Emile gets scars on his helmet after being ambushed, so Kat recommends he covers it up with "a pretty picture."²** The city of Quezon gets [[VideoGame/Halo3ODST its own Superintendent]].²** From a extra: "New Alexandria's Popular [[VideoGame/HaloReach Club Errera]] - Site of Major Drug Operation?"²** When Kalmiya expresses concern over accessing various restricted files, Halsey tells her "Whatever it takes", a password later re-used in ''First Strike''.²** She also mentions having to push "Ackerson's AI (Araquiel) out of the way."²** Captain [=MacLean=] is wearing the same kind of Recon armor as Dare wore in ''ODST'', since he is involved with ONI.²** Kalmiya mentions [[Anime/HaloLegends the previous time]] Halsey was taken hostage.²** A Spartan-II is seen at the end of the comic, heading to CASTLE Base to pick up Halsey.²* CrapsaccharineWorld: Quezon, a beautiful city filled with lots of beautiful buildings, convenient service, and great weather and nighttime views. All thanks to a nice little AI who runs the whole city's infrastructure. [[spoiler:But if he doesn't want you to leave, he could always shut down the highway...]]²* CreatorCameo: The rebel boy and hostage girl [[spoiler:who were actually working together]] are designed off of Leviathan himself and his girlfriend.²* TheDanza: The [=ODSTs=]' names are based off of Halo.Bungie.Org regulars and admins, such as "Louis" Errera, Captain Mac"Laird", Bryan Mulheran, and Jeffrey Easterling.²* DeadpanSnarker: The Quezon Superintendent, in heavy contrast to his TastesLikeDiabetes ads featuring him.²* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler:The hostage Noble Team saves was really the Insurrectionist leader they were looking for.]]²* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Emile gets mowed down by rebels in a Warthog but lives.]]²** [[spoiler:Jun appears to blow himself up with a plasma grenade, but activates his Armor Lock just in time.]]²** [[spoiler:The second Hunter survived the Phantom crash. Jun eventually kills it again.]]²* DoomedByCanon: Reach is a losing battle for humanity.²* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[ Spoofed by Levi in a bonus comic.]]²* EpiphanyTherapy: Jorge gives a short speech to Jun, but it's unclear if it did anything to help. A little later, [[spoiler:Jun performs EpiphanyTherapy '''ON HIMSELF'''.]]²* EvilVersusEvil: According to the Adjunct, this is how the Insurrection views the war between the Covenant and the UNSC.²* EvenEvilHasStandards: Well Emile is...not quite "evil" per say, just highly amoral and very unhinged, but when the Insurrectionist leader brags about having killing UNSC civillians and soldiers, Emile get's ''very angry''.² --> '''Emile''': "You might see a pretty face in your reflection, lady. But it don't do justice as the monster I'm looking at..."²* ExactWords: Jun's last statement to Carter, "I'll do what's necessary."²* FoeRomanceSubtext: Emile and Eliza could seem to form ''quite'' a close relationship in their hunt for each other.²--> '''Emile''': "You might see a pretty face in your reflection, lady. But it don't do justice as the monster I'm looking at..."²* GoneHorriblyRight: Well, they ''DID'' catch the Innie leader... [[spoiler:but only after she went off a bridge.]]²* GoryDiscretionShot: "Jun, I need that bullet now-" ''Cut to a hostage's face being splattered by blood.''²* HarmlessVillain: The Grunt who "gots" Jun, [[spoiler:and gets his grenades stolen]], [[ButtMonkey as typical to Grunts]] throughout the ''Halo'' series.²* HeroicSacrifice / TakingYouWithMe: The UNSC ''Daedalus Wing'', who rams a Covenant Assault Carrier while detonating the nukes it carries.²** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] by [[spoiler:none other than Jun]].²* HonorBeforeReason: Captain [=MacLean=] disagrees with Halsey over the best way to follow his mission to defend her. She wants to hole up in the base until the Covenant fleets have left the area, but he and his men take a more gung-ho attitude. Against a massive invading alien horde, that's probably a bad idea.²** Later a Special Operations Elite insists on [[spoiler:leaving Jun alive once a fellow Elite pins him down so that he can be killed by the energy sword he "dishonored". This buys him just the time he needed.]]²* HopeSpot: A Covenant corvette gets shot down! Hooray! [[spoiler:Then the frigate that destroyed it gets blown to pieces by a bigger CCS-class battlecruiser.]]²** [[spoiler:Jun survived blowing himself up to kill the Special Ops Elites! And then the missing Hunter showed up...]]²* IDidWhatIHadToDo: An adjunct extra reveals this justification from Kalmiya, though as anyone who's read ''First Strike'' knows, is not for her, but for [[spoiler:Halsey, for killing her.]]²** Jun is a {{Deconstruction}}, thanks to his "unhealthy emotional detachment in regards to the consequences of his actions" according to his evaluators. [[spoiler:Ultimately, he decides to stop resisting and "do what's necessary.", even if it puts his life on the line.]]²* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Army]]: The Covenant invading Reach, as with most of the canon, is treated like this. Halsey's strategy against them? Hole up in CASTLE Base and "wait for the storm to pass over."²* ImprobableAimingSkills: Played straight by Jun in the beginning scene of the comic. But horribly, horribly subverted later on.²* FromBadToWorse: The swarm of Covenant attacking CASTLE Base keeps getting bigger and bigger. Just as Jun manages to eliminate the Hunter about to reach the [=ODSTs=], [[spoiler:they get killed by a trio of Special Ops Elites. Then when he kills '''THOSE''', the other Hunter shows up.]]²* LivingMacGuffin: Halsey, who gets a whole ODST squad, Spartan, diversion fleet, and fortress base deployed to protect her.²** Also Eliza Ingrid, the leader of an Insurrectionist group on Reach.²* MissionControl: Jun isn't this time, but Kalmiya is.²* MyGreatestFailure: When Jun [[spoiler:has to take the shot and snipe out Eliza's driver. He misses and hits the car's tire.]]²* MythologyGag: Jun finally "baked [his] cake", but [[spoiler:with C-12 shaped charges and Lotus anti-tank mines.]] It references a previous gag from ''Halo: Reach'', where Jun's line "Time to bake that cake we made last night!" [[WriterRevolt got left in the subtitles]] [[GagSub but cut in the voice acting.]]²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "You just kicked the hornet's nest."²** Kalmiya chooses to ignore the Quezon AI before he can tell her [[spoiler:he has a hidden upgraded stealth Prowler vessel.]]²* ObstructiveBureaucrat: According a Special Ops Elite, the Prophets. "Damnable Prophets, always blocking our progress..."²* OhCrap: Three, in the climax²** First from the ODST Captain when he realizes [[spoiler:they are about to be ambushed by Spec-Ops Elites.]]²** Then [[spoiler:by the Spec Ops Elite leader right before Jun blows them up with a plasma grenade.]]²** Finally by Jun [[spoiler:right before the second Hunter slaps him aside.]]²* OnlyAFleshWound: Jun claims his injuries [[spoiler:from a Hunter smacking him into a cliff face]] are "nothing a little bio-foam can't fix." [[spoiler:But he never takes that medical care anyway.]]²* PaintingTheMedium[=/=]SpeechBubbles: The character's speech bubbles are painted different colors depending on who is speaking. Usually Spartans' have black bubbles with white words, humans have white bubbles with black words, Kalmiya has brown bubbles with yellow words, and Covenant have purple bubbles with white words. ²* PopTheTires: Done [[spoiler: accidentally]]. Jun shoots out the tire of a car carrying a terrorist leader he's trying to capture. [[spoiler: The car spins out of control and goes off a bridge.]]²* [[RammingAlwaysWorks Ramming While Simultaneously Detonating Your Ship's Nukes Always Works]]²* RightBehindMe: "[[ Boo.]]"²* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Covenant, naturally.²* SceneryPorn: [[ Man, Reach IS beautiful.]]²** [[ Even while it's being destroyed.]]²* ShipTease: Kat's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome [[spoiler:where she saves Carter after he falls out of their Falcon]] for a couple that's already been shipped quite a lot since ''Reach'' came out. They're also shown talking together alone in the same dark room, but the topic is pretty formal and there's at least one tech in the same room.²* ShoutOut: A scrolling title at the the bottom of the 1st Quezon Adjunct mentions a season premiere for "[[ Samurai Fronk]]".²* ShownTheirWork: So that's where Emile gets the scratches to carve up his skull helmet, right? Uh-oh, looks a two-second frame of the ''Deliver Hope'' trailer showed him with the skull several months earlier. [[ Unless these scratches were for a different helmet, but that wouldn't be addressed, would it?]]²* ShrugOfGod: "Something new/Something blue."²** Who the Spartans-[=IIs=] at the end of the comic are is also up to the viewer.²* SummonBiggerFish: Halsey's plan to reach CASTLE base safely in their Pelican is to rely on the Covenant fleet being distracted by the UNSC fleet defending the High Command headquarters on Reach. Not the human fleet is actually bigger...²* ThereAreNoTherapists: There are, but Jun denies that the results were accurate. [[spoiler:They also completely mis-evaluated Eliza Ingrid.]]²* TranslationConvention: Unlike ''Halo: Reach'', Covenant speech can be understood. [[PaintingTheMedium Worthy of note that their speech is always bracketed and and their speech bubbles are painted purple.]]²* UnusualEuphemism: "Let's bake this cake." *blows up landing dock*²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The whole comic is about explaining this for Jun between ''Halo: Reach'' and ''First Strike''. [[spoiler:It's played straight by the fact that Jun stays behind outside of CASTLE Base anyway.]]²** Eliza Ingrid, after she is captured. There's one mention of her being interrogated by ONI afterward in her Adjunct section, and being "taken off this doomed earth/hearth" but what happens to her next is unknown.²** Especially sharp-eyed readers may notice the number of Grunts goes up and down. First there's one Minor Grunt coming the mountain with the Hunter, then it's one Major Grunt with the [[spoiler:Special Ops Elites]], and then two Major Grunts when they [[spoiler:capture Jun]]. Then again, a huge explosion mops them all up at the end, so no harm done.²* WorfEffect: Emile, arguably. He manages to almost catch an escaping rebel, only to be [[spoiler:mowed down by fellow rebels in a Warthog]], though he survives. When he tries to catch the same rebel again, they turn too quickly for him to pull them out of their car, and he ends up holding only the door. Then when they're finally caught, he's not allowed to kill them.²** The comic's Hunters too, who drop from a single snipe shot and a knife slash, respectively. But hey, [[ZergRush the battle was getting hard enough as it is.]]²* WoundedGazelleGambit: Eliza Ingrid, the leader of the Insurrectionist team Noble Team was hunting, [[spoiler:pretends to be a hostage, then blows the base she's brought to.]]²* ZergRush: Why combating the Covenant in any way during the comic is suicide. There's always going to be more.²----


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