“It is still vivid in my mind,” I said, closing my eyes. “Those massive bands reaching up like arms into the sky: they were bluegreen and rich with life within, and a cold ashen metal without. I can still see its shape, twisted and fractured in the cracked viewport of my ship. I remember watching it shrink into the distance just before we left.
Even back then, when machines of that scale were ordinary and expected… Halo took my breath away.” [Halo: Fractures - Epilogue]
A sketch page based on a Pre-Halo event Fire Team Quiver when they first received their MJOLNIR Mark IV armor systems. Before that time they wore the SPI Armor Systems as they are SPARTAN IIIs.
I wanted to add more sketches, like 3 of the Spartans taking down a Mgaelekgolo or even more CQC between Spartans and Sangheili and Jiralhanae. But decided that nah! I don’t have any good design/angles for these moments and I want to save them for the comic in the future.
“All in all You expect the wise to be wiser Fallen from grace and All and all I guess we should have known better” - Paradise
There are dozens of songs I relate to Halo, but never have I heard one that summarizes it’s overall theme quite as well as Within Temptations’ Paradise.
The world is dark and cold. Evil’s tendrils seep from the darkness to choke you, snuff out your light. But you won’t let it. This is your world, imperfect and finite - this is yourhome, and it’s all that you’re fighting for.
“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.
In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them.
And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gates should be shut and the keys be lost.” [J. R. R. Tolkien, Tales of the Perilous Realm]