The AAO Character Board has been created to promote character cooperation between AAO users! If you've got a character that you want to involve more in the project, or you want to help others do the same, do it here!
BBC News is now a joint project between the Tonyverse and Against All Odds! This project consists of daily news reports concerning military, political, social, and other stories relevant to the universe, with some modern-day stories "hijacked" for the project. To check out how you can participate by writing daily reports, check out the Tonyverse page HERE and go to the "News & FAQ" tab for more information. Thank you!
The 2010 HFFAs are over. Thanks to everyone who participated, AAO has racked up 14 awards this year! Special congratulations to Athena32, who outshone the rest of us with an outstanding 8 nominations and 6 awards!
Please check our list of article that need improvement, and put your name down for any articles that you would be interested in helping out with. If you also feel that you need someone to contribute to your work, just add it to the page
If you have any questions about AAO, ask them here. I need the more experienced members of AAO to become part of the FAQ staff; if you feel that you have a fairly good understanding of our expanded universe and can answer questions about us adequately, ask me about helping out with doing so!
Most of you in AAO are still not participating actively in our expanded universe or interacting with the characters/events/places. Contact Maslab or me if you want to collaborate with writing a story, making an article, or otherwise help in ways that will get you more involved with our project.
We're making a timeline for important events in AAO. The template is here, you can add to it (you don't have to place references). If you have trouble understanding the wikiformat for making the table, ask me or Maslab.
I have partially started several stories, and delayed many more. Check out my page to see my fanon list, click the links and read the descriptions if you think you're interested in collaborating with me for writing it.
I am currently working on a large project that will decide the course that AAO will take. As such, no story articles or battles are to occur after the year 2604. However, if you absolutely must have a story set after 2604, as long as it's close, then I am willing to move the date back. It's fairly loose at this point.
Against All Odds (abbr. AAO) is an expanded universe project that predominantly establishes the events following the infamous Human-Covenant War. It is a non-alternate universe and follows the canon of Bungie as its highest priority, and several key events actually take place before or during the HCW era. Anyone is welcome to join the project simply by asking one of the co-creators, and no one in the project is barred from making articles outside of AAO's universe.
"I was actually thinking that we might combine our universes. Sort of build one together."
And with those words, history was made on Halo Fanon...
There is no official date for AAO's establishment, only that it was formed by Maslab and Sonasaurus, who had joined a couple of stories and a small group of characters into one "universe" sometime in early to mid-2009. Initially, community interest was minimal, and it wasn't until late 2009 that the first contributor, LieutenantDavies, joined. A number of them followed, and the oldest currently active member is Leo Fox.
AAO became known as one of Halo Fanon's biggest community projects; its peak activity was in 2010, when there were over 30 members active at one time. In the 2010 annual awards, there were 14 articles that won awards in their respective categories. To date, AAO has won 45 awards in total.
AAO is still running today, although things have slowed down somewhat due to many users' inactivity and Maslab's long hiatus throughout most of 2011. However, activity is beginning to pick up again and the progression of its timeline has regained momentum, with more focus on the other eras in the project.
As of April 11, 2012, AAO has disassociated itself from 343 Industries, as made official here. The project is still considered non-alternate, as it completely abides by all canon created by Bungie.
If you're looking for something to do in AAO, or are starting off and don't know how to build a good foundation for your role, consult one of the following users. Their individual "fields of expertise" should help you decide what you want to do most.
Maslab establishes most of AAO's post Human-Covenant War storyline, covering the ground with his long novels and related articles. He is also good at plot ideas for any story and has a solid sense of what does and doesn't make sense in a story or article.
Sonasaurus mostly writes stories, as he is hopeless at scientific matters. This leads him to frequently ask Maslab for help when the need arises, or if worst comes to worst, resort to technobabble. He does more work on the canon side of Halo than his fellow co-creator does, and also fills in gaps in the post-HCW timeline established by Maslab. He writes about Sangheili just as much as he does about the UNSC, and more so than most of the other members in AAO; however, he often takes liberties due to their vaguely detailed culture. He isn't too fond of writing articles, but when he does, he ensures that it is of high quality both content-wise and appearance-wise. Most of his articles are characters.
Leo Fox is, for all intents and purposes, the all-around expert when it comes to the UNSC. He frequently writes about the Office of Naval Intelligence, but is no less able at creating other types of UNSC characters. He is also in charge of managing the UNSC's fleet (currently under construction by Auguststorm1945).
StoneGhost is AAO's technological expert. He specializes in creating articles on weapons, vehicles, or really any type of miscellaneous technology. He also has a knack for drawing two-dimensional images of UNSC ships, although he would prefer not to create them on a whim as they are painstaking to complete. He also splits his writing between AAO and his own project, the Swarmverse.
Actene deals mostly with AAO's criminal underworld. Most of his content is related to human mercenaries, freelancers, and the like, with the occasional alien thrown in. He has created several factions tied to these notable individuals. When it comes to Sangheili, he places them in affiliations outside that of the military's. He has a few "good" characters, and his most prominent characters are closer to being "neutral" than "evil". His stories revolve around these characters, who are for the most part, existent in multiple universes. His stories, however, are usually devoted to a single universe. Recently, most of his works have been devoted to AAO.
For a question that has been asked so many times, here's the long-awaited answer! AAO is split into a series of different eras, each of differing quantity but of equal importance. Here are all five eras that make up the project's storyline. They currently do not have articles, but will be written all in good time.
Ancient Sanghelios Conflicts (Ages of Conflict—Ages of Conversion) — A rarely explored era, and the smallest of the five in AAO, these events are nonetheless important to the project. Stories that tell of key events that led to changes in the Sangheili and their ties to the Covenant over the ages, as well as the ancestors of some of the most prominent "present-day" Sangheili and their accomplishments.
Colonial Independence Campaigns (2479—2537) — The UNSC's conflicts with the various human rebel factions that grow increasingly powerful over the years. Even though the last few years of the long-time war took a backseat after the appearance of the Covenant, this era outlines many important events that shaped the Human-Covenant War and the future of the Unified Earth Government itself.
Human-Covenant War (2525—2553) — The biggest conflict the UNSC ever faces in the first half of the 26th century, the infamous Human-Covenant War pits the UNSC against the Hierarchical alien caste, as the human race faces genocide, and consequently the possibility of extinction. As colony after colony is destroyed by the Covenant, the UNSC is slowly backed into a corner and become overpowered and outnumbered—until the Covenant itself breaks apart in turmoil.
Interspecies Union Conflicts (2554—2588) — After forming a new alliance with the Sangheili and beginning the stage of recovery for the human race's diminished numbers, the Interspecies Union is created and rises to power. But so do various factions that oppose them. From a human rebel organization that is much more resourceful than their Insurrectionist counterparts to a gathering of Sangheili that still believe in the Covenant's Great Journey, the Interspecies Union find themselves on the brink of war as tensions rise between the opposing sides. What's more, the Covenant that was thought to have been defeated have gained a newfound strength and seek revenge on those who had nearly brought them down...
Against All Odds (2604—?) — The fifth and largest era to AAO, one that tells of a massive war between the Interspecies Union and a deadly enemy. This era and all information pertaining to it are under construction and is currently off-limits for writing.
This will be added to and improved upon over time.
WARNING The following contains plot spoilers. It is advised that you read the actual stories first before consulting this.
The first discovery of Forerunner artefacts; Felix Martel is taken to experiment with them; he becomes MIA after an Insurrection attack destroys the Elongation and he resides in a cryotube for 60 years.
Jess Morley discovers Sentinels at Antarctica, and is taken underground into a Slipspace pod.
18th Age of Doubt
Project ORION is permanently decommissioned.
20th Age of Doubt
Secrets and Lies
Anton Morley successfully convicts Robert Watts of treason.
Rawrz, I'm the Sonasaurus. I've been a Halo fanatic since 2003, and my Halo-related interests are sketching, making animated videos, writing fanon, and reading the novels. I'm a retired Commander on Halopedia as well, you can find me here.
Hi, I'm Leo Fox, and I'm a moderator in AAO. I am very active on this site, and specialize in getting inside a character and other user's heads, and either write about them or drive them mad. I'm currently working on my personal project with Athena, Halo: Heroes All, while working on various other projects on the side, like: Halo: The Dawn (in hiatus), Leonardo Simmons, Fleet Logistics Support Group, and Gordon King. Oh yes, and I am pretty much the public-affairs person behind the Maslab and Sona, as well as the Community's go-to Logistics person. Actually, perhaps not so much the PA person, but sure, that works for me.
Ohaithar, I'm Athena32; veteran user, rollbacker and Against All Odds moderator. I'm involved in a number of projects including my expansive Swarm War Universe and AAO, and currently co-writing Halo: Heroes All with Leo Fox. I specialise mainly in weapon, vehicle and technology articles, though I do occasionally attempt characters and novels (Heroes All being an example of the latter). I can often be found on the IRC and am generally willing to offer help to users where I can.
I'm Actene and I'm a diehard Halo fan (No, seriously, I am; I put the "fan" in "fanboy"). My preferred method of writing is character articles, although I have also experimented in military projects and new alien species as well. My main character in both AAO and the rest of my fanon writing is Simon-G294, and most of my AAO characters and stories tend to focus on the less heroic aspects of the universe, particularly mercenaries like Simon-G294 and David Kahn. I am currently working on a new project Halo: Day by Day, which is a collection of short pieces that center around the activities of my own characters and a few belonging to other users as well.
Greet'ns. I'm somewhere between This Guy and That Guy, having been here for ages and still figuring things out. I'm known for my dead-horse-beating dedication to RPs, and both long stories like Beyond Recognition and anthologies like Long Story Short. I've written articles about expanded SPARTAN-IIs, oddball Gammas, AI, an ONI agent, and a few ODSTs, all of which can be found in my category, which you'll of course be sure to check out. Enjoy and happy editing.
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Right then, I'm Brodie. While in the past, I kept myself to myself, keeping my head down and building up my work, I've become much more involved with the community. Joining up here seemed to be the next logical step. I've got a few stories of decent length under my belt, along with a slew of shorts, written whenever I'm hit by the odd half-brick on inspiration. My stories largely focus on either the heroic exploits of my many Spartans, or the seedy goings on in both the criminal and intelligence worlds. Feel free to check out my work here.
Known as the Lady or Ell. I write fanfic about as much as I breathe, though I only post my good stuff. I'm a girl, but that doesn't mean I can't write good Halo material. As of now my pet project is Kade-133 and my favorite character to write about is my Noble Six, Tess-B312. I'm relatively new here, but I hope I can make a positive impact in the world of Halo fanfiction. Stay sharp and keep up the good work! Be sure to check out my stuff or leave me a message if you like.
Hey, I'm Anonymous ONI agent, a.k.a. AOA. Prior to joining AAO I mostly just did my own thing on this site, and I hope that participating in this will help me become more involved in the community here. I also hope that it will help clear up some of the writer's block that I've been experiencing lately :P
Also known as Anon_ONI_Agent Agent_Minnesota Lord_Awesome_IV Bailey-132</font>
G'day, I'm Stel, or Doug if you wish to call me by my real name, and I'm a big-hearted yet stupid writer who loves to write anything about the Covenant or the Sangheili. I won a annual award in my first year for my flagship article. Thanks for dropping by, and if you want me, just call me. I'm on here most of the time.
Hi there! I've been on Halo Fanon for almost three years, and I constantly work to improve my skills. Much of my life is consumed by High School Football, which I hope will help me get into a decent college. My foremost project is the Infinityverse, though I try to occasionally contribute to the AAO project. If you ever need help with anything, feel free to contact me and I can surely point you in the right direction. :) Cheers.
Hey there! I'm CarpeJugulum, but just call me Carpe. I started writing on HF in 2009, took almost two years off, and have now returned. I plan to be more involved on the RP side of things nowadays. (On an unrelated note, if you play League of Legends, hit up Wulfshark Mgroin and let's play sometime!)
Wassup! I'm Nanosoldier. I'm a fairly decent writer here at Halo Fanon. I'm the creator of the Nanosuit and the Defiance Saga which I'm currently working on right now. People call me a person with a smartass attitude, but I'll be sure to improve on that! Be sure to leave me a message!
I got invited to work on AAO which makes me better than basically all of you. I am also Sona's best friend, and good looking. So yeah, I am the best is what I am saying.
Also known as A Fellow Stalker
When you are in AAO, you are expected to keep your content at a certain degree of canon-friendliness. Based on the chart below, it is recommended that your articles are at a tier-3 level or above. Tier-4 is borderline canon, and would be best improved over time. If you're anything below that, act fast or things will go downhill very quickly.
Against All Odds Canon Status
Type of Canon
Halo games made by Bungie, sticking to the ideals but not necessarily the storyline. After all, what's a good fanon story if you don't have your own imagination? If you can write like this, you can probably submit your articles to the Halo Fanon Annual Awards, and win them too.
The novels take some liberties but for the most part make fair contributions to the Halo universe. There's the occasional inconsistency, but nothing that can't be accounted for (Note Halo: The Flood falls under Tier-2 Canon). If you can get the facts right, and put in a decent effort, then your work will shine like a diamond.
An outside source, to be sure, but Halo nonetheless. If you write at this level you should have a good sense of what's canon and what's a mistake. Ensemble isn't Bungie, but they have a good sense of canon and we can count most of it as such.
Stepped on a few toes, so be careful what you use to support your canon-friendliness if you write based on what you see in the graphic novels. Bear in mind that these companies make comics for lots of other media sources, and can't always be counted on to keep things in line. Be sure to consult some other form of Halo facts before putting your work out.
This is pretty much the no-man's land of Halo. You may or may not get an NCF template, as Halo Legends has broken more than one rule before, and sometimes isn't accepted as canon by the general Halo Fanon community. It's recommended that you don't rely on this to write your articles, as you'll probably be contradicted.
Not a good place to be. You've got your head under the water, and now you need to pull yourself out. But an NCF article isn't irreparable, and if you keep your cool and listen to advice, you'll find yourself going in the right direction.
F***ed Up Beyond (Almost) Any Repair
You've gone seriously under the radar, and it'll take a lot of effort to fix your article. If you put in enough patience and commitment, you just might make it readable. But if it was any indication of your writing quality, then it's better to start fresh and try harder.