halo birthdays

Master chief readies his team
  • John-117: Kelly, Linda, Fred. Gear up, we've got a new mission, and it's gonna need all our skills.
  • Fred-104: (tosses combat knife at practice dummy)
  • John-117: (unimpressed) oh, you can throw a knife. But you know what you can't throw? A party! For my birthday! WHICH WAS WEDNESDAY! (Sobs) I REMEMBERED YOURS!

“You are the bastion of our family,” he told me. “You will redeem all. You go with my hopes, my dreams, and my love.”

“I go proud of my family - and of my father,” I said.

A streak shot across our sky, and our planet’s protective shields opened a glittering gate, like a ring of precious stones, through which that streak now passed, slowed, turned upright…

Hovered above the nearest disk-sea: a Council ship, ornate and supremely fast and powerful, its shape like a double upsweep of winds cast in gold and bronze. I had not seen one in five years, and had never travelled in one.

A transport flier blipped from the side of the Council ship and covered the distance to our sky dock in a few minutes

My father and I parted without further words. I looked back only once, to see my mother and sister on one parapet, wearing ceremonial gowns that hovered about their armour, blue and silver with streaks of vibrant crimson. And on another parapet, I saw Father, tall and steady against the red and violet sky.

My eagerness to rejoin the Didact and perhaps meet the Librarian felt perverse, even cruel. I look back now, and wish my memory of those last days on my family’s planet would leave me forever, for they bring only an extraordinary pain.

I never saw my family again - alive and free. [Halo: Cryptum]


Portraits of Halo

15 years ago today (Nov 15, 2001) Halo and the Xbox were released. At first, i didn’t pay the console, or the game, much mind. I had my doubts about Microsoft and this relatively unknown shooter brought over from the computer world, so i figured i’d give the system a pass for the time being. Over the next few months though, i kept hearing good things about Halo. It got rave reviews in the magazines and a few people i knew played it non stop. But still, i held off. Then one night, i stopped by my friends house to hang out for a bit. After a while, he asked if i wanted to play some games and suggested we dive into a few levels of Halo, Co-op.

We played the first 4-5 areas straight through and about 30 minutes in, i was completely hooked. I can’t overstate the amount of joy and fun i had. Headshotting grunts, driving the warthog off cliffs while blasting the horn, and watching groups of Covenant scatter and curse at me in their alien language as i chucked a grenade right in the middle of them, had me smiling from ear to ear. And playing it all with a friend, cooperatively (which was something i had never really done before), brought the experience to a completely new level. The controls were tight, the AI was fantastic and the levels were massive. I couldn’t ask for much more when it came to gameplay.  

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november 6th, 2012 | happy birthday, halo 4

“The others scatter like embers over sand. And yet, the Librarian’s champion is unmoved.”


HERE’S A PICTURE OF ANTON AND ENRII THAT I SPENT SIX HOURS ON (plus 30 seconds on Aviary to pick an effect). I hope you like it, I know I’m missing a few things and the anatomy is a little wonky, but, you know… I tried. Of course, I didn’t attempt shading because I’m garbage and I don’t know what I’m doing. 

Enrii and Anton have been my favorites for a bit now. I thought you’d like to see your original characters like this. 

Anton & Enrii ( @crescenti-c )

Drawing (Me)