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Analysis of Halo: Fracture’s “Oasis,” the Prequel to Halo: Envoy

Analysis of Halo: Fracture’s “Oasis,” the Prequel to Halo: Envoy

Author’s note: this essay was written before Halo: Envoy’s release and published before I read it, which is why the section discussing “Oasis” as a groundwork for the novel is so very short.


Jat’s was the worst death in all of Halo. It was a coldly cynical death. Empty and brutal.

And it was narratively perfect.

On three separate levels.

To begin with, I must accentuate the fact that Jat’s death is consistent within the confines of the short story “Oasis” itself. While the manner in which this simple act both follows up on threads and lays groundwork for future fiction is impressive, those are both secondary. As discussed in my last article, moments in stories need to work first in their own context before operating on a different layer, such as a reference, callback, cameo, etc. (Smoke and Shadow). Oasis” was not marketed as the opening chapter to Envoy or as part of a series. It was released in Halo: Fractures as a standalone short story. Therefore, Jat’s death needs to make sense without referring to outside media. And it does.

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The Arbiter’s Role in Halo 5: Guardians – A Symbol of the Galaxy’s Potential

The Arbiter’s Role in Halo 5: Guardians – A Symbol of the Galaxy’s Potential

It has been clear from E3 2014 when we first heard Keith David’s voice coming over our speakers and headphones, that Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam would be making his return in Halo 5: Guardians. Of course there was speculation everywhere about how large of a role he would have in the game and as we get closer and closer to the release date, the answer seems to be “very large indeed.”

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Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – First Strike

Halo’s Place in Science Fiction – First Strike

Reading Journal Synopsis


First Strike (The Definitive Edition) by Eric Nylund

Alpha Halo was not the end of the war. The Covenant continue their genocidal campaign, the Master Chief, Cortana, and a team of survivors must race to Earth and stop the Covenant’s advance. This novel follows up on the events and characters of both Fall of Reach and The Flood and sets the stage for Halo 2.

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