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‘’Well, it only took the Covenant half a year to track me here.
Four corvette class ships entered the system last night before being spotted by a cargo ship.

The cargo ship was destroyed and our base has been launching Longsword Fighter/Bombers all night long, trying to create a defensive corridor while we wait for the UNSC Shield of the Templar and it’s escorts to return from a patrol in a nearby system.

There has been no direct engagement yet and Command seems to believe the defensive corridor our Longswords created will keep the Corvettes away for a few more days.

I haven’t been getting much sleep, partly due to the noise of engines all night long and partly due to the constant readiness my squad is in.
If a craft gets shot down we are the ones who need to go on a search and rescue.

*Jet engines on background*

And that’s another one returning home.’’

‘’John, shut the fuck up and go to sleep.’’

‘’Sorry.’’

End of Entry.

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Chapter 3: UNSC Airforce mechanic
Episode 2: Crash site

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‘’A Longsword bomber was taken down early this morning, Wrench Hammer has been sent out to do search and rescue on the pilots and salvage what remains of the wreckage.

It is the first off-base mission Wrench Hammer since the Covies showed up, ‘bout three weeks ago.

We barely get any news on the war while on the base, which probably means the odds haven’t turned to our favor yet…

Anyway, we are about thirty kilometers south-south-west of Icarus Airbase and are now close to the crash site.’’

‘’John, get ready!’’

End of Entry.
‘’Carrigan, you patrol the southern perimeter.’’ Sergeant Rourke ordered Private AJ Carrigan. ‘’John, you patrol the western perimeter, make sure nothing creeps up on us.’’ Rourke ordered me as the Elephant transport vehicle came to a halt.

The doors opened and the two Elephants that made up for the majority of the convoy unfolded into a mobile base.
AJ and I quickly moved through the sand, not an easy task, and dropped to a knee, scanning the western perimeter.

I saw nothing, nothing but sand and rocks.

‘’All clear.’’ I said through the radio and the rest of Wrench Hammer left the Elephant, making for the wrecked remains of the Longsword bomber.1
Hector carried an large rotating saw and immediately started removing the rear hatch of the craft, trying to get inside so we could try to save the pilots.

Two medics jumped inside the moment Hector had removed the hatch.
Half a minute later they got out, shaking their heads.

Crews were silent for a few seconds, paying their respects to the dead before Rourke started giving orders again.
‘’Secure the bodies, salvage the wreck.’’ He told the team leaders, who immediately got to work.

‘’John, AJ, the two of you keep the perimeter secure.’’ He said over the radio.
I acknowledged by waving at him and got up on my feet, strolling around the vicinity, keeping a watchful eye towards the west.


After about an hour Rourke came to me, giving me a bottle of water.

‘’Anything?’’
‘’Absolutely nothing.’’ I said as I opened the bottle. ‘’How much longer?’’

‘’About two hours should do it.’’ Rourke told me. ‘’You want to be relieved?’’ he asked me.

‘’Nah.’’ I replied. ‘’I enjoy the silence.’’ I told him.
Rourke gave me a curious look.
‘’Don’t get weird on me, John.’’ He said.

‘’What took that thing down anyway?’’ I asked Rourke as I inclined my head towards the wreckage.
‘’Plasma fire to the engines.’’ Rourke said as he handed me a protein bar. ‘’Poor bastards never stood a chance.’’ He continued.

‘’Damn shame we didn’t get here in time.’’ I said as I noticed three body bags beside one of the Elephants.
‘’Don’t think it would have made any difference, really.’’ Rourke told me. ‘’They seem to have died on impact.’’

I shook my head as I considered such a death.

‘’I’ll leave you to your silence.’’ Rourke said and he turned away.

As he made his way back to the wreckage I turned my head back towards the west, checking to see if there was any movement.
I noticed a single cloud drift in the distance, but as I followed it something caught my eye.

A flash, like sunlight was reflected into my eye. Odd.
I turned my head a few times to see if I could get the flash to appear again but to no avail.

I decided to move a few meters closer, see if I could make anything out of it then.

Much to my surprise there was a piece of metal, about half a kilometer in front of me, barely visible.
I assumed it was from the wreckage, but it couldn’t be. It was of a different color…

It looked like a wall, a structure maybe.
It wasn’t Covenant, that was for sure.

A shed used by migrants perhaps? To hide from sand storms.

Yet it seemed like nothing was there, like it wasn’t supposed to be found.
But something was there, I was sure of it. I walked another ten meters towards the object and I couldn’t help but think I wasn’t supposed to be there.

‘’Lancaster!’’ Sergeant Rourke shouted across the sandy plains. ‘’Don’t stray too far, we need your eyes close by!’’ He said.

I was surprised at how far I had walked, I was almost three hundred meters away from the crash site.

I waved my arm at him and made my way back to the crash site, my back turned in the direction I was going, trying to see if I could spot the metal plate again.
When I was only a few meters removed from the crash site Rourke spoke again.

‘’What was out there, John?’’ He asked me as he picked up something that looked like a piece of communication hardware.

I thought about it, should I tell him what I saw?

After being on this world for months with him I still didn’t really trust him. I mean, I trusted him, but not any more than the next soldier in line.

‘’I’m not sure.’’ I eventually said, still facing the place I thought I had seen the metal plates.
‘’More wreckage?’’ Hector asked me as he flipped up his welding mask, the sweat pouring down his bearded face.

‘’No, way too shiny, a piece of glass that reflected the sun into my eyes I guess.’’ I said.

I did my best to sound convinced and they bought it.
Hector and Rourke both followed my gaze and shrugged.

Hector got back to work and Rourke went to see if others had already made some progress.

I continued my patrol, looking over my shoulder one last time to check if I could see the metal object, but no. It wasn’t there.

Little over two hours later we had secured most of the wreckage and had stowed it on the Elephants. Some minor scrap remained but we weren’t a recycling crew, we were there to salvage usable components and large sections that might be restored, so our job was done.

The men who were using the welding arcs were close to getting heat strokes and we decided to wrap things up.

The convoy started rolling, the Warthog again riding in the front, it’s turret constantly keeping guard to ensure we were safe, not like it would do us any good if a Seraph would appear, but still, it’s the thought that counts.

The two Elephants moved slow across the sand, careful not to drive directly into a sand bank. The crew of the Elephant I rode in were anxious, scared that they might be picked off by Covenant air forces.

If a Banshee, Phantom or Spirit showed up it was in for a nasty surprise though, for in the front of the Elephant lay a large metal case saying ‘GUNGNIR.’ Inside this case lay three Weapon/Anti-Vehicle Model 6 Grindell/Galilean Nonlinear Rifles, more commonly known as Spartan Lasers.
I had seen what those things did to their unfortunate victims; It wasn’t pretty.

‘’Sergeant Rourke!’’ One of the technicians said alarmed, making me reach for the GUNGNIR case on instinct.

‘’What is it?’’ Rourke asked, not noticing what I was doing.

‘’Icarus Airbase reports being under attack, sir!’’

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dun dun duuuuun. keep it up can't wait for more action. it makes me think of what forward unto dawn would be like if it were a novel.

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dun dun duuuuun. keep it up can't wait for more action. it makes me think of what forward unto dawn would be like if it were a novel.
There's a bunch of Halo novels.

I've read most of them but most say they were a bit of a let down.

Guess I was bit accustomed to the story being told through games and vid's though...

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ive started reading fall of reach myself but i kind of have to force myself to read it as i am constantly drawn to my ravenor omnibus.

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Chapter 3: UNSC Air Force mechanic
Episode 3: All your base are belong to us.


‘’E.T.A. three minutes boys, make sure you are ready to fight off some Covies by then!’’ Rourke shouted through the Elephant.

‘’Sir.’’ I said, lifting the heavy GUNGNIR case and tapping it with my free hand.

Rourke simply nodded and I unlocked the case, removed the foam padding and got out the first Spartan Laser.

I handed the weapon to Hector who then opened the top hatch of the Elephant, making his way to the roof.
I handed the second weapon to a crew member who seemed to know how to operate the thing as he clicked open the screen and powered up the laser for a small bit, checking if it was working.

I kept the third laser for myself and joined the crew member and Hector on the roof of the Elephant.

I saw the Warthog leaving a trail of dust as it darted away in the distance, making for a very uncomfortable ride across the sandy hills.
Further away I saw three Phantom dropships closing in on the base.
Other dropships had apparently already reached the base as two pillars of smoke reached into the blue sky.

‘’Sir,’’ Hector yelled down the hatch. ‘’At least three bandits approaching on Icarus, enemy attack is already underway!’’

There was some chatter inside the Elephant and soon another crewmember came through the hatch, taking position in the Elephant’s machine gun turret.

We were close to the base now, and I could hear the sounds of plasma discharge and voices, human and alien alike.

‘’Take out that dropship!’’ The Elephant’s driver shouted and I aligned the Spartan Laser with my target.
I felt the power build up as I squeezed the trigger, thin streaks of red light were being projected towards the Phantom.

The generator in the weapon was now reaching its designated power output and a thick beam of red light left the weapon, the recoil of the weapon set me back a little but I had braced in time to prevent falling off of the Elephant.

The light scorched one of the engines on the Phantom, making the craft buckle.

A second streak of light, released by Hector hit the Phantom dead center, not causing much damage.

The crew member fired his streak of light and destroyed the turret that hang from the nose of the Phantom, rendering the craft defenseless.

On top of the second Elephant people had also taken up position with the Spartan Lasers.
Two streaks of light traversed the sky simultaneously, destroying the Phantom’s engine on impact, making it a subject of gravity’s mercy.

Surely you know gravity has no mercy, and so the craft shattered as it crashed against one of the base’s walls, violently exploding in a blinding flash of light.

One streak of light impacted on a second Phantom, scorching away several panels of the hull and leaving it’s marks.

The machine gun turrets on both Elephants spun to life as we entered the base through one of the gates.Their hail of bullets laying waste to groups of infantry with little effort.

The Warthog that had escorted us earlier lay upside down beside a hangar, the occupants taking refuge behind it as they were being harassed by a Ghost.

I charged my Spartan Laser and aimed for the hovering menace.

When the shot was charged and released the Grunt inside the vehicle was evaporated in the blink of an eye and the wreckage of the Ghost was sent across the runway, impacting with a building.

Other shots were released by the Spartan Lasers, destroying smaller vehicles before we once again focused our efforts on the Phantoms.

After continuous fire the second Phantom erupted mid air, the pieces of wreckage coming to rest all over the base.

The third Phantom had learned from the mistakes the others made by sticking around and tried to get away from the base.
We were unforgiving however, and the long range of our Spartan Lasers made sure the craft was destroyed just before it was out of sight.
I dropped the Spartan Laser, its battery spent.

‘’Phantoms gone!’’ I shouted over the noise of battle.

The Elephant came to an abrupt halt, knocking me and Hector off of its roof.
We fell five meters down and impacted on the sandy ground, causing quite a bit of pain.

The doors of the Elephants opened and the crews and mechanics came out, carrying a variety of weapons to battle the Covenant and re-secure the base.

Rourke helped me up, much to my discomfort as the pain in my lower back got worse as I stood.
Someone handed me an assault rifle and I took shelter behind the Elephant as plasma and needles impacted on its armoured plating.

‘’All units, open fire on my command!’’ Rourke bellowed over the sounds of war.
‘’NOW!’’ He yelled, and as one the armed crewmembers and mechanics came from cover, blasting away the Grunts and Jackals with little effort.

An Elite wielding twin plasma rifles returned fire, killing two crewmembers before being picked off by one of the turrets.

We fought our way to the air command tower, where the base personnel was apparently making its stand as most Covies were converging on that location.

We suffered few casualties, all of the casualties being crew members from the Elephants.
We kept advancing through the base until we came across a Hunter.

A single Hunter?

The crew member that had joined Hector and me on the roof of the Elephant still carried a Spartan Laser and killed the Hunter before it could inflict any damage on our ragged team.

That left us with one question; where was its soul mate? Its partner, companion, better half, brother, whatever you want to call it.

The thing introduced itself to us before we needed to look for it as it came crashing through a hangar door, infuriated by the death of its mate.
It slammed into one of the advancing Elephants, destroying the treads and rendering the vehicle immobile. We ran, we couldn’t stand near it or the Lasers would be useless.

They turned out to be useless anyway as all batteries were now depleted.
‘’Any ideas?’’ Hector asked panting as he pulled a Needler crystal from his shoulder guard.

I heard the Hunter growl as it pounded into the Elephant once more, tearing through the metal plates and using the hole it created to get inside.

A deafening thunder and the noise of impacts made us looking for cover, but as we ran for said cover I saw something, something that wasn’t Covenant in nature.

‘’ODSTs!’’ I shouted, seeing the black armoured commandoes disembark from their drop pods.

Two of the ODSTs jumped into the Elephant and the noise of gunfire was deafening. Seconds later the ODSTs came out through the hole the Hunter had created, covered in orange gore.

Three other ODST’s ran towards the command tower, gunning down everything opposing them.
Within a minute they had made it to the tower and had managed to clear the surrounding area of stragglers.

‘’You!’’ The ODST sergeant said to Rourke. ‘’Gather your squad and patrol the area, check the Phantom wreckages for survivors, etcetera.’’

‘’Yes, sir!’’ Rourke snapped at attention, forgetting he too was a sergeant.
The ODST sergeant gave orders to other surviving personnel and the crew of the Elephants, taking command seamlessly and without question.

We too followed his orders, reloading our weapons and marching towards the nearest Phantom wreckage.

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"if all else fails, blow shit up"-spartan from headhunters animation.
hopefully wile we are in Holland i have access to the teachers computer so that i can read more but i doubt it as its apparently just to update the trips blog. keep writing or i will find you and i will kill you

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hopefully wile we are in Holland i have access to the teachers computer so that i can read more but i doubt it as its apparently just to update the trips blog. keep writing or i will find you and i will kill you
You're coming to the Netherlands? Be sure to visit GW A'dam then, it'll be worth your time, trust me.

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netherlands trip was last year, this trip is belgium and france to visit ww1 and ww2 memorials as well as disney land paris. put holland by accident but i will most likely do the holland trip again next year. You ever been to Valkenburg?

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netherlands trip was last year, this trip is belgium and france to visit ww1 and ww2 memorials as well as disney land paris. put holland by accident but i will most likely do the holland trip again next year. You ever been to Valkenburg?
twice on school trips, I believe. Coal mines, right?

But Valkenburg isn't Holland, it's Limburg.
(Bit like saying London is Welsh. Holland is actually two provinces.)

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