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DarkReign2021
07-12-2012, 02:47 AM
http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120711201043/halo/images/7/74/Silentium_cover.jpg

In the last years of the Forerunner (http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Forerunner) empire, chaos rules. The Flood (http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/The_Flood)—a horrifying shape-changing parasite—has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Only the Ur-Didact (http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Didact) and the Librarian (http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Librarian)—a husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict—hold the keys to salvation. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time—to prevent an unmatched evil from dominating the entire universe.

LickableLemons7
07-15-2012, 06:36 PM
Bump.

I spy, with my little eye...something from the campaign demo at E3 2012.

-A big, floaty orange/gray sphere of doom?

Yes.

-10 points.

Swish.

mrj3d
07-15-2012, 11:04 PM
Oh nice. I love gaming related books.

PyreBall
08-02-2012, 04:21 AM
Ah, so that's the name of the third book. I'm reading Primordium right now. When does Silentium come out, or has it come out and I just missed it?

LickableLemons7
08-02-2012, 10:40 AM
Ah, so that's the name of the third book. I'm reading Primordium right now. When does Silentium come out, or has it come out and I just missed it?

It should be out January 8th, 2013.

Diamondxinferno1116
08-02-2012, 01:39 PM
Isnt this sorta a spoiler?

ZingZitang
08-02-2012, 04:52 PM
Bump.

I spy, with my little eye...something from the campaign demo at E3 2012.

-A big, floaty orange/gray sphere of doom?

Yes.

-10 points.

Swish.

Word is, this big, floaty orange/gray sphere of doom is some version of the Didacts Cryptum.

PyreBall
08-03-2012, 11:56 PM
It should be out January 8th, 2013.
Ah, damn, I was hoping it would be done before Halo 4 released. All well.

Matt36
08-15-2012, 10:51 PM
Why is this being released so long after Halo 4?

Kaiyo
08-16-2012, 05:46 AM
Relating to Didact being on the new Cryptium and Requiem being involved with Halo 4.

HaloTitan
08-20-2012, 11:53 PM
Relating to Didact being on the new Cryptium and Requiem being involved with Halo 4.


Can't wait for this one. I have so many questions that need to be answered, although I was hoping that would happen prior to Halo 4's release.

corpsefactory
08-21-2012, 12:07 AM
i will definitely be getting this, read the 1st one and loved it, 2nd was not too bad, always enjoy the books, always full of story

DarkReign2021
08-25-2012, 01:12 AM
It's unfortunate this doesn't come out until after Halo 4's launch, but we at least get The Thursday War, the sequel to Glasslands. Karen Traviss' story isn't the best we've had in the franchise, but it's still better than Dietz's and Buckell's books at least.

JASEL84
08-25-2012, 10:04 AM
Spoiler alert!

DarkReign2021
08-26-2012, 12:28 PM
There are no spoilers here. That's the description on the back of the book. And even if you haven't read the first two novels, the excerpt tells you nothing about the events of the previous two books. The only thing being spoiled here is the existence of the Flood and if that's a spoiler than you probably started the series with Halo: Reach and need to get with the program. Flood have been around since Halo 1.

LickableLemons7
12-21-2012, 10:08 PM
New cover art; major spoiler alert to those who haven't finished the Halo 4 campaign.

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121126015122/halo/images/2/2b/Silentium_Cover.png

The original cover art we saw will be a part of the back of the jacket cover.

http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/231160-header.jpg

ThePumpkinKing
12-22-2012, 12:16 AM
New cover art; major spoiler alert to those who haven't finished the Halo 4 campaign.

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121126015122/halo/images/2/2b/Silentium_Cover.png

The original cover art we saw will be a part of the back of the jacket cover.

http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/231160-header.jpg

Wow. Fuckng love it. I've never been big on expanded universe media like this. But the game left me really wanting more history on the Didact and his fall from grace. Thinking I'm definitely gonna have to check this out.

LickableLemons7
01-11-2013, 08:36 PM
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?p=5510542&posted=1#post5510542

Discuss, x360a. Is anyone here excited for Silentium? C'mon, there's gotta be a couple.

BiggD
01-11-2013, 09:23 PM
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?p=5510542&posted=1#post5510542

Discuss, x360a. Is anyone here excited for Silentium? C'mon, there's gotta be a couple.

Hey Lemons, good to see you active again. I'm pretty pumped. Not sure you read through my comments in the link you posted but since I haven't read the Forerunner novels yet, I'll be picking them all up at once.

I can't wait, dude. I love the Didact & Librarian, and all that sci-fi Forerunner lore...so these books will be a pleasure to read.

I have Cole Protocal sitting on my shelf, is it worth the read?

EDIT: Oh shit, just saw the cover art in your spoiler tag. That's brilliant. It looks awesome!!

LickableLemons7
01-11-2013, 10:44 PM
I have Cole Protocal sitting on my shelf, is it worth the read?

I think it's good backstory for the Halo universe, but it's not worth the read now with this emphasis on The Reclaimer Trilogy and Forerunners and Precursors and all.

But hey, if it's on your shelf, and it's not a library book, take your time and read it, since Silentium isn't out 'till March, and you say you won't start The Forerunner Saga until Silentium is out.

Explaining in as little detail as possible (and if I remember correctly, as I only read it twice)The Cole Protocol is basically the story of how good ol' Captain Keyes was promoted from a Lieutenant to Commander.

And if you haven't already, here's a reminder:

Must read Halo books:
-The Fall of Reach
-First Strike
-Uprising (comic)
-Ghosts of Onyx
-The Thursday War (and Glasslands, because even though it was a bit slow, you get more out of TheThursday War by reading Glasslands)

And of course, all of The Forerunner Saga.

There are some cool poems and short stories in Halo: Evolutions, they're all up for grabs.

The only Halo related material I haven't read are those other non Uprising comic-esque things, like Bloodlines and Helljumper.

The Elite Elite
01-12-2013, 12:14 AM
Must read Halo books:
-The Fall of Reach
-First Strike
-Uprising (comic)
-Ghosts of Onyx
-The Thursday War (and Glasslands, because even though it was a bit slow, you get more out of TheThursday War by reading Glasslands)

And of course, all of The Forerunner Saga.

Really, Uprising? I didn't find the events of Uprising to be of any real importance to the overall canon. Quite frankly I thought it was a very poor story, but that could just be me. Also, what's with all the Karen Traviss dislike? I thought her two books were pretty darn good. Nylund is the Halo author I find to be a poor writer.

BiggD
01-12-2013, 02:08 AM
I think it's good backstory for the Halo universe, but it's not worth the read now with this emphasis on The Reclaimer Trilogy and Forerunners and Precursors and all.

But hey, if it's on your shelf, and it's not a library book, take your time and read it, since Silentium isn't out 'till March, and you say you won't start The Forerunner Saga until Silentium is out.

And if you haven't already, here's a reminder:

Must read Halo books:
-The Fall of Reach
-First Strike
-Uprising (comic)
-Ghosts of Onyx
-The Thursday War (and Glasslands, because even though it was a bit slow, you get more out of TheThursday War by reading Glasslands)

And of course, all of The Forerunner Saga.

There are some cool poems and short stories in Halo: Evolutions, they're all up for grabs. The only Halo related material I haven't read are those other non Uprising comic-esque things, like Bloodlines and Helljumper.

Yeah, I bought it back in November for like $6 but it's just been sitting there. I think I'll give it a go once I'm done with No Country For Old Men.

Interesting story for it, I love me some Captain Keyes. Read all your suggestions minus the comics and Evolutions. Been meaning to pick up Evolutions but haven't gotten around to it, and I always thought the comics might be bad, but I'll look into them.

Come March, I'll be drowning in the Forerunner Sage :)

LickableLemons7
01-13-2013, 06:59 PM
Really, Uprising? I didn't find the events of Uprising to be of any real importance to the overall canon. Quite frankly I thought it was a very poor story, but that could just be me. Also, what's with all the Karen Traviss dislike? I thought her two books were pretty darn good. Nylund is the Halo author I find to be a poor writer.

I really enjoyed the bridge between Halo 2 and 3 which Uprising provided. Sure, it may have not been as emphasized as the whole Mars stuff, but Chief's failed attempt to kill The Prophet of Truth aboard the Forerunner Dreadnought and him using a plate from the Dreadnought as a heat shield for his fall to Earth was pretty badass.

How can you not like Eric Nyuland?! Heresy! He's the one that started it all!

A lot of people really didn't seem to like Traviss's spin on the Halo lore, because I'm pretty sure she said she knew diddly squat about Halo. Then she writes Glasslands and people are like "OMG WHYYYY let her stick to Star Wars and Gears." I did like her short story in Evolutions, "Human Weakness."

Read all your suggestions minus the comics and Evolutions. Been meaning to pick up Evolutions but haven't gotten around to it, and I always thought the comics might be bad, but I'll look into them.

Eh, I liked Uprising, but that's the only Halo comic I read. DarkReign can give you greater feedback on Bloodlines, Helljumper, and The Halo Graphic Novel, I'm fairly certain he's read them.

If you want to get some taste of the material Evolutions has to offer, you can hop on Waypoint right now. Under the "Universe" section there's some pretty cool motion-comic style renditions of The Mona Lisa(one of my favorite stories in Evolutions) and Headhunters(another badass story). There could be more, but I haven't checked what's up on Waypoint recently.

BiggD
01-13-2013, 07:24 PM
How can you not like Eric Nyuland?! Heresy! He's the one that started it all!

I'm with you here. Fall of Reach was a phenomenal one. My favorite Halo book no doubt, with Ghosts of Onyx right behind it.

Eh, I liked Uprising, but that's the only Halo comic I read. DarkReign can give you greater feedback on Bloodlines, Helljumper, and The Halo Graphic Novel, I'm fairly certain he's read them.

If you want to get some taste of the material Evolutions has to offer, you can hop on Waypoint right now. Under the "Universe" section there's some pretty cool motion-comic style renditions of The Mona Lisa(one of my favorite stories in Evolutions) and Headhunters(another badass story). There could be more, but I haven't checked what's up on Waypoint recently.

If Dark replies back here, I'm sure he'll have tons of info to share on them. I'll try checking out those two stories tonight, the titles themselves sound pretty good. Thanks for the suggestions :)

DarkReign2021
01-14-2013, 07:57 AM
I'm with you here. Fall of Reach was a phenomenal one. My favorite Halo book no doubt, with Ghosts of Onyx right behind it.



If Dark replies back here, I'm sure he'll have tons of info to share on them. I'll try checking out those two stories tonight, the titles themselves sound pretty good. Thanks for the suggestions :)

I had a long drawn out post typed up a couple days ago, but I fell asleep in my chair and funny things happen when I sleep with my laptop in my lap. lol.

Anyway, I have read all of the comics except Fall of Reach. Honestly none of them were really bad, but you have to accept them each at face value. They didn't tell important stories and most of them didn't even add any sort of valuable insight into the series.

My personal favorite was the Halo Graphic Novel. It was divided into 4 vastly differing stories.

The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor: This took place during the levels 343 GS and The Library in Halo: CE. It focus on our old friend Half-Jaw as he investigates the silenced communications of a Covenant ship. It's got a heavy focus on the Flood and the potential of diversity that the Flood possesses in infecting hosts. It was a nice look into Half-Jaws past and explains how he receives the injury hes nicknamed for and explains how he had prior experience with the Flood before Halo 2.

Armor Testing: This one was my favorite of the 4. It was mostly graphic-driven and had limited dialog. It's based on a member of the Spartan-II program who, unlikely as it may seem, actually retired from the program with the intention of starting a family. Since she's the only known survivor of the S-II program besides Master Chief, she's called back to test the MJOLNIR Mk. VI armor that will be given to the Master Chief in Halo 2. Not really anything important, but it adds an interesting definition to the universe and explains the scratches that your suit has already sustained by time you get it.

Breaking Quarantine: This is the most important of the set since it gives an actual picture for how Johnson was able to survive the Flood onslaught and escape Halo alive. This story had absolutely no dialog and was completely driven by the heavy artistic style.

Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa: My least favorite of the group and, coincidentally, the one I remember least. It was focused on an anonymous civilian in New Mombasa, but the story was slow, devoid of much action, and I felt Uprising told a more detailed version of the same story.


Moving past HGN, you're left with Bloodlines and Helljumper. Bloodlines was, honestly, completely pointless. It told an unnecessary story from the perspective of Spartan Black Team, a bland set of characters that ultimately had no call for being introduced to the series beyond further muddying the count of Spartans that survived the Augmentation process in the long run. Helljumper, on the other hand, was a story that acted as a sort of prequel to the story in ODST. Much like how Reach gave a small history of Buck's experience, Helljumper shared the experiences of Romeo and Dutch in an earlier Covenant Campaign. Not a big role in the series, but it was enjoyable enough to read.

Opinions on Uprising were already given, so I won't say much here. I enjoyed it myself for the most part, but I think the focus should've been more on the Chief's attack on the Dreadnought. The civilian aspect was interesting, but ultimately the comic was supposed to be about the bridge between H2 and H3. Uprising would've been better suited as a story alongside Sadie's story in ODST's terminals.


As for other content, all of the clips from Halo: Legends were fun to watch and both of the Waypoint Comic Animations were fun. Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian was an interesting recreation, Headhunters was charming, and Mona Lisa, though way too long in the book, seems to be on a good path in its animated form. I'm looking forward to seeing it to completion.

BiggD
01-15-2013, 10:11 PM
I have read all of the comics except Fall of Reach. Honestly none of them were really bad, but you have to accept them each at face value. They didn't tell important stories and most of them didn't even add any sort of valuable insight into the series.

My personal favorite was the Halo Graphic Novel. It was divided into 4 vastly differing stories.

The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor, Armor Testing, Breaking Quarantine, and Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa.

Moving past HGN, you're left with Bloodlines and Helljumper. Bloodlines was, honestly, completely pointless. Helljumper, on the other hand, was a story that acted as a sort of prequel to the story in ODST.

Opinions on Uprising were already given, so I won't say much here. I enjoyed it myself for the most part, but I think the focus should've been more on the Chief's attack on the Dreadnought.

As for other content, all of the clips from Halo: Legends were fun to watch and both of the Waypoint Comic Animations were fun. Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian was an interesting recreation, Headhunters was charming, and Mona Lisa, though way too long in the book, seems to be on a good path in its animated form. I'm looking forward to seeing it to completion.

Dude, the Halo Graphic Novel sounds like such a good time to read. Last Voyage and Rtas?! Oh yeah! Armor Testing & Breaking Quarantine both sound really interesting. The last one...ehh.

Bloodlines and Helljumper don't sound that good so I may pass on them. I still need to check out the short waypoint ones Lemons suggested. Hopefully on Friday I'll have time.

As for Halo Legends, I can't find my copy :( I watched three of them when I got it over the summer but never got around to the others. Once I find it, I'm gonna finish that.

But yeah, the HGN sounds awesome. I'm gonna look into it. Still gotta finish Cole Protocol too. Then the Forerunner Saga. So much Halo. I love it.

LickableLemons7
01-16-2013, 12:22 AM
I still need to check out the short waypoint ones Lemons suggested. Hopefully on Friday I'll have time.

Here's a high quality version of Headhunters. Just a second shy of 19 minutes. If you got the time. I know The Mona Lisa is over a hour total.

Headhunters (Halo Evolutions: short story) - YouTube

BiggD
01-19-2013, 02:52 AM
I never really cared for motion-comic shorts/videos but after finally getting around to watching Headhunters, it was pretty sweet.

I kinda forgot about how the Spartan-III's were essentially 'suicide-mission-soliders.'

Since when are the Elites referred to as gators?! And grenades can't pass through shielded barriers...the fuck?

Such a great clip dude, I loved the ending. I'll check out the Mona Lisa tomorrow!

DarkReign2021
02-04-2013, 04:53 PM
Well an interesting little tidbit was recently revealed thanks to Greg Bear. As it turns out, and this is something I've been pondering for a while, the Didact we face in Halo 4 was actually the Ur-Didact. This explains a good deal of the hatred we see from him toward Humanity and Bear teases that events in Silentium will make that hatred even stronger.

This really clears up how the Didact would have activated the Halo Array as we discovered in the Terminals during Halo 3. It's nice to have something official on this finally.

http://www.gregbear.com/blog/display.cfm?id=6897

LickableLemons7
02-05-2013, 01:37 AM
This really clears up how the Didact would have activated the Halo Array as we discovered in the Terminals during Halo 3. It's nice to have something official on this finally.

http://www.gregbear.com/blog/display.cfm?id=6897

So it's presumed both the Ur and Bornstellar Didacts are dead?

DarkReign2021
02-05-2013, 01:44 AM
As far as we know, activating the Ark and the Halo Array offered no sort of protection from the effects, so the Didact that activated it (Obviously Bornstellar since Ur-Didact hated the idea of the Halo Array) and would've been killed in doing so. The Ur-Didact, who we "kill" in Halo 4 would be most likely dead as well, though we all have our suspicions about whether or not he's gone.

I still question whether or not Bornstellar is actually gone though. It seems like the Librarian might still be alive, so I wouldn't be surprised to see either of the Didacts return (Bornstellar would be a most welcome ally :D)

LickableLemons7
02-05-2013, 02:17 AM
I was wondering if the Bornstellar Didact was still alive or not. Since he's essentially the Ur-Didact's conscious, would they be able to have some sort of wacky mind connection thing? So when the Ur-Didact "died" in Halo 4, and if the Bornstellar Didact was still alive, would he know instantly? Like how Obi-Wan Kenobi sensed those people dying when the Death Star blew up that one planet. Strong with the Force. Yay, even more Star Wars.

DarkReign2021
03-19-2013, 01:33 AM
Anybody else have it yet? Got mine in the mail today and getting ready to start it after I get off of here. Can't wait to finally see what happens to the Ur-Didact to piss him off so much (and I really hope it goes up to the point of Bornstellar activating The Ark. Guess I'll know soon enough :D

Ty-Rex
03-19-2013, 01:49 AM
Heh, books? Nerds.

*backflips out window landing on morotcycle and drives away*

Lemme know what happens though please.

DarkReign2021
03-19-2013, 12:17 PM
Books = Normal.
Videogames = Nerd
Books based on videogames = Teh Uber Nerd!

AW YEAH!!!!



So far, the first few chapters have been most recollection of past events. A nice little cleanup and a few added details here or there about the cataloging of Humanity, the disarray of the Ecumene Council and details on the Human/Forerunner War as well as their chosen punishment for our species. Chapter 5 is just now starting to crack into new territory, though so far there seems to be an even divide of the Librarian recalling past events and the Ur-Didact in [present] time.

I'll try not to spoil anything of the main story, but when it comes time to begin writing new theories for Halo 5, this seems likely to play a huge role in the direction the series might take.

LickableLemons7
03-19-2013, 11:56 PM
Heh, books? Nerds.

*backflips out window landing on morotcycle and drives away*.

Motorcycle? Lol wow loser go green

*skips to scooter and scoots off humming Rebecca Black's "Friday" while picking gum out of braces and applying more scotch tape to glasses frame*

So far, the first few chapters have been most recollection of past events. A nice little cleanup and a few added details here or there about the cataloging of Humanity, the disarray of the Ecumene Council and details on the Human/Forerunner War as well as their chosen punishment for our species. Chapter 5 is just now starting to crack into new territory, though so far there seems to be an even divide of the Librarian recalling past events and the Ur-Didact in [present] time.

I'll try not to spoil anything of the main story, but when it comes time to begin writing new theories for Halo 5, this seems likely to play a huge role in the direction the series might take.

Seeing this stuff makes me happy. Happier than a one-armed Halsey carrying out a plan for revenge.

I don't have Silentium yet. I don't know how I can best put this in words, but I ultimately feel burnt out by the Halo franchise all of a sudden. So I can't see myself picking up the book anytime soon. But I probably will once the third Kilo-Five book is released. Then I'll plop down and plow through them both. As long as the last Kilo-Five book comes out before Halo 5.

I did catch an excerpt of Silentium here though.
http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/03/halo-silentium-string-1-excerpt
Reading that made me realize how much I've forgotten after being so traumatized by the ending of SPOPS. I have some re-reading to do.

Ty-Rex
03-20-2013, 06:54 PM
Motorcycle? Lol wow loser go green

*skips to scooter and scoots off humming Rebecca Black's "Friday" while picking gum out of braces and applying more scotch tape to glasses frame*
wtf how many hands do u have?


Seeing this stuff makes me happy. Happier than a one-armed Halsey carrying out a plan for revenge.
HEY MAN SPOILERS!!1 PLEASE DONT SAY ANY SPOILERS OR I WILL GET MY PANTIES IN A BUNCH!

LickableLemons7
03-21-2013, 12:50 AM
wtf how many hands do u have?

3 butt only on Tuesdays

HEY MAN SPOILERS!!1 PLEASE DONT SAY ANY SPOILERS OR I WILL GET MY PANTIES IN A BUNCH!

In Halo 5
Chief "reclaims" Cortana 2 discover she has grown an extra boob and has boob cancer because of the radiation from the Composer

1st world AI problems ayyyyyy