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Usze ‘Taham found Olympia Vale to be one of the more interesting humans that he had ever encountered.

At one point, she had told him a very important thing that had happened to her when she was a child. When she was eleven years old, by human reckoning, her parents 'divorced’, a concept completely foreign in Sangheili culture, and one that needed to be explained in detail to Usze. Her mother, who was rising in the ranks of Navy signal intelligence (another foreign concept), had been promoted to captain and was on her way to reassignment on Earth. But their trip home had gone terribly awry when the slipspace drive had failed, and a journey that should have taken six days instead became six months.

The ship’s crew had consisted of three people plus little Olympia, and they had gone nearly insane with her incessant questions. Eventually she was shunted aside and left on her own. To occupy her time, she had taught herself the Sangheili language by listening to recordings and comparing them to AI translations, some of which she eventually proved were wrong. Evidently, this was a remarkable thing for any human to do, no less one so young.

That had been the beginning of her obsession with the Sangheili race.

If that wasn’t enough to find her interesting, nothing was. [Hunters in the Dark]


Here’s a little idea that I came up with a few days ago while thinking about the “my life as a romantic comedy” meme…

Dr. Catherine Halsey, renowned UNSC scientist, is in danger.
She is retired and living a peaceful life on a modest Sangheili neighborhood on 26th century California, but they have found her and they want her dead. The Covenant, humanity’s greatest alien enemy, has sworn to vaporize the good Doctor in revenge for her supposed crimes (which helped the humans to win the war) and for her own safety, the UNSC deployed a SPARTAN team to deal with the problem. For weeks, Blue Team has been in disguise expecting any kind of alien (or human) attack on Dr. Halsey, which also unfortunately means to cope with the old lady and her two eccentric daughters, Miranda and Cortana. However, Cortana might be the whole reason behind the threat and it’s up to John, one of the finest SPARTANS, to keep her safe… sometimes even from himself.
Join Humanity’s bravest and best as they settle in the empty house across the street and try to pass on for brothers and sisters recently moved into the neighborhood.


John-117 as THE TALL, BROODING, HANDSOME MALE PROTAGONIST. Facing a potential forced retirement due to an old injury, John is given his last chance to keep working for the UNSC. He was made to live in the line of fire and the perspective of retirement is as awful as it can get, but he sure wasn’t expecting this amount of bullshit. He’s a tenacious man of few words with little patience for stupidity and annoying neighbors. Especially children. And Dr. Halsey’s younger daughter, Cortana, because she constantly pisses him off with her witty comments.

Cortana as THE CUTE BUT WEIRD SMART GIRL SLASH FEMALE PROTAGONIST Dr. Halsey’s youngest, kind-of-hippie-but-actually-smart-and-hot-beyond-your-wildest-dreams daughter. She is the real target behind the Covenant’s threat and ultimately becomes John’s little shield and sword, since her wits more than once save everyone’s lifes. Literally she can’t stand him but deep down she has a really big soft spot for the big guy and only wants to understand him. She loves children and animals and making things blow up, also, she might or might not have discovered a very important secret that could destroy the Covenant forever.

Fred-104 as THE TEAM LEADER. UNSC Lieutenant Junior Grade Fred-104 was originally commissioned with the mission. He thinks he calls the shots but he doesn’t, he’s really the team’s mom, always looking after everyone else. He helps old ladies to cross the street and he’s even a decent cook. Seriously, he’s such a good guy that it’s annoying.

Kelly-087 as THE CUTE INNOCENT RABBIT being most likely the fastest SPARTAN alive, Kelly is quite spirited and the team’s absolute badass along with John; and like Fred, she cares about her teammates but more than once she misunderstands their feelings and ends up breaking uncomfortable havoc. She likes to make jokes that nobody understands.

Linda-058 as SNIPER GIRL she’s a quiet loner, most of the time she stands at the background, just staring. Always with a sniper rifle in hand, she barely leaves the house or her spot at the attic, from where she watches out for the street and Dr. Halsey’s house. Her only vocabulary consists in deadpans. She always takes the night shifts.

Charley K-90456 as JOHN’S SURVEILLANCE GADGET. UNSC enhanced war dog Charley is the perfect partner for long-term surveillance missions slash perfect decoy. If a German Shepherd of the size of an adult lion can be considered a decoy. John uses her as an excuse to patrol up and down the streets early at morning and late at night.

Dr. Catherine Halsey as THE TARGET quite-not-so-okay-in-the-head scientist slash miracle worker. A long time widow with some issues about personal space, personal morals and people by themselves. Sometimes she spaces out in the middle of a conversation and she strongly believes that she can solve all the problems in the world; which is why she keeps working in her secret basement’s lab against UNSC permission. She thinks John is a good boy and always invites him and his “siblings” for dinner, but she actually wants Fred to cook because she can’t even make a fried egg.

Miranda Keyes as THE POLITICALLY CORRECT DAUGHTER Dr. Halsey’s older daughter; she married Sergeant Avery Johnson of the Marine Corps and currently is on maternity leave because of her second child, having a vacation at her mother’s house while her husband is on duty. She is always in her right mind and full of older sister’s wisdom, but like her mother, sometimes she spaces out in the middle of conversations.


Jameson Locke and fire-team Osiris as THE TOP DOGS WHO LOOK DOWN ON OUR BELOVED BLUE BABIES. They act like a bunch of a***les but deep down they admire Blue Team and aspire to become as trustworthy and badass as them. Vale has a thing for Usze but she’s too shy to make a move.

Thomas Lasky as THE BOSS. He looks like a cinnamon roll, but he can kill you. And fire your ass. He protects John because they went to the Academy together.

Sarah Palmer as THE HARSH ASS SPARTAN COMMANDER. Like J. Jonah Jameson, she can’t decide if she likes Blue Team or if she wants to get rid of them forever, but since they always get the job done with the average amount of domestic damage, she ends up filing requests for more medals. She yells a lot and probably has a thing going on with Lasky but we can never confirm.

Thel Vadam as THE ALIEN NEIGHBOUR. A retired Covenant Shipmaster who traded secrets with the UNSC in exchange for a quiet, simple life with his wife. He’s the president of the Home Owners Association, doesn’t like SPARTANS stomping on his lawn and pretty much keeps to himself. Unless the SPARTAN’s dog decides to make a crater where his roses used to be or the newspaper doesn’t arrive in time every morning.

Rtas ‘Vaduum and Usze Taham as THE SECRET AGENTS acting as two Sangheili college students, Rtas and Usze are the backup team that most of the time fixes everyone else’s fuck ups. And boy, they fuck up a lot.

Jul 'Mdama as THE TRAITOR YOU NEVER EXPECTED Another neighbor. Enough said.

Kurt-051 as THE NOT SO DEAD FRIEND THAT THINKS HE’S TUXEDO MASK. He’s always in full armor so we really don’t know it’s Kurt until the end of the story, but he mysteriously appears and disappears in the middle of impossible combat situations, saving everyone’s asses from time to time.


Fire-team Majestic as THE BACKUP. Recurring characters with no personality whatsoever, they’re here just in case.

*Charley is my OC, get your hands off my dog.


Sangheili and moral allignments

Lawful Good: Thel ‘Vadam

Neutral Good: Usze ‘Taham (based off of his characterization in Hunters in the Dark)

Chaotic Good: N’tho ‘Sraom (yet again based on his Hunters in the Dark characterization)

Lawful Neutral: Rtas ‘Vadum

True Neutral: Sesa ‘Refumee

Chaotic Neutral: Zuka ‘Zamamee (a book only character, so I just nabbed a quote)

Lawful Evil: Jul ‘Mdama ( I don’t think this totally fits but Jul was kind of the outlier, I had a hard time pinning him down)

Neutral Evil: Vata ‘Gajat

Chaotic Evil: Ripa ‘Moramee

I will cry if

> Usze ‘Taham is not in Halo 5 and we miss out on him interacting with his BFF  Olympia Vale

> Usze ‘Taham is in Halo 5 and we see him interacting with his BFF Olympia Vale (in which case he’s probably going to die… so this isn’t even a victory)

anonymous asked:

Have you ever imagined Vale and Usze doing what's shown in tumblr user wivmaboiharry 's post number 122852379214/imagine-your-otp ?

tfw you try and fool the rookie and the alien that this is totally a legit training exercise and they just kind of run with it

Of all the things I thought I’d draw in my lifetime…

anonymous asked:

i think my favorite part from Hunters in the Dark was when Olympia smiled and laughed then Usze tried to front like, This is STUPID YOU'RE STUPID humans are TOO WEIRD please keep telling me YOUR WHOLE LIFE STORY

Definitely a good part of the book and an interesting way to look at it. I think Vale was laughing because that’s when Usze was talking about not sitting in case he needed to be ready for a fight.

Which I suspect is a bigger issue for him. Considering later when he’s explaining that he’s doing the “guarding stance” or what was it and Kola’s response is pmuch “The fuck you are. You’re pacing and it’s annoying. stop >:x”

I’m assuming the constantly-on-his-toes things is kind of a nervous tick and considering that brodie has had to be on his toes constantly since he declined to join the Honor Guard way back when and painted a target on his back.

Which really makes his sitting thing mean more and utilizing that knowledge you could both read the interaction over Vale’s chuckle both a difference in sangheili-human expression as well as maybe a veiled request to not laugh about it???

That’s probably reading too much into it but y’know. Taking everything at face value and not playing with possibilities makes me a very bored man.

  • **actual canon dialogue**
  • Olympia Vale: Why don't you sit down? I've never seen you sit.
  • Uzse 'Taham: There is no purpose to sitting. All it does is contribute to a lack of preparedness should any difficulty present itself.
  • *one harrowing adventure later*
  • Olympia Vale: *is upset and feeling guilty*
  • Usze 'Taham: *comes to her room to check on her*
  • Usze 'Taham: Why are you upset?
  • Usze 'Taham: *sits*