...would you still have assigned your class IIIs to Lambda Company even after what we're planning in the Ares Logs? It's interesting that so many class IIIs would be assigned to serve under the guy who killed one of their own and their former CO ;) Just curious. Though if you like, I could change it up a little when I do the Labyrinecromattiverse (as Morhek so eloquently put it :P) journal entries (or any other type of "log" I can think of). Or I could keep it the way it is - it would probably cause a reaction from Laz :)
And speaking of unimportant trivia, have you ever thought about who you would have as Leo's and your ARES' voice actors (or live action actors, if you're more familiar with those)? I don't know why I thought about this all of a sudden, but I recalled one of Lomi's usernamespace pages where he listed potential actors for characters in the Necrosverse, and Leonid wasn't listed, so I got a little curious. Plus, I have a hard time figuring out whose voice/appearance would fit your nasty russian spartan. Laz and Riker are pretty easy, since they're very heavily based on characters from sci-fi tv series (down to the appearances) played by experienced actors with some voice acting experience as well, so I can't picture someone other than Alan Tudyk doing Laz or Johnathan Frakes doing Riker - but Leonid I can't figure out for the life of me. A silly question, perhaps? :)
You do realize Roger is listed as the "Security Team Overseer" on Lambda Company - making him a member of Leonid's command staff - right? Way you wrote it made it sound like you're unaware of it, is all ;)
Basing Roger on Sev's voice makes sense, come to think of it. If you're curious, the guy who did Sev is some guy named Jonathan David Cook - I had to look it up, because I couldn't for the life of me remember if I had heard his voice elsewhere (turns out I probably have - he also did some voice work for SW Battlefront II and Digimon Data Squad - yes, I'm an old Digimon fan too, laugh it up). But yeah, I could see him doing Roger's voice, definitely.
As for Leonid, that is a hard nut to crack. Steve Blum has a very wide range (this video shows off just a small fraction of the roles he's done - forgive some of the bad acting in some of the clips, that has more to do with the crappy writing and voice directors anime dubs used to have most of the time - I assure you Blum's one of the best in the VA business) and can apparently even do a decent russian accent, according to TvTropes, so maybe that'd work? Can't really come up with anyone else at the moment, sadly :(
Oh, and I added a timeline (though for now it only covers ancient history) and some Saulosianverse factions to the Meta-Mattiverse, if you're interested :)
Well, I can totally buy the UNSC hiring him - it's him accepting an assignment to Lambda that'd be a little tricky, though I think I've got an idea. When I was considering ideas for Meta-Mattiverse log entries, I thought about adding a conversation transcript with Laz and Roger, and when I thought about potential topics for their discussion I figured "hey, maybe I could sneak in an explanation for why Roger's on Lambda!". Anyway, I thought that maybe Laz could be pulling strings behind the scenes to get Roger onto Leo's command staff in order to back up Connor or Gold Team if Leo would ever decide to kill any of them for whatever reason. As a company commander, Laz wouldn't be able to keep an eye on Leo (and after Griff's death, I figured he might want to, especially if Connor and Gold Team got assigned to him) himself - but he could do it through the amoral merc who has a soft spot for him and could even be put in charge of Leonid's security detail. But what do you think? Maybe it's a bit out-of-character for either of them? I'll let you judge.
Speaking of Lambda, I just realized one of my characters is attached to Leo's command section too - more specifically Seamus Jackson, Dean Jackson's son and section 0 operative. A bit ironic in hindsight, isn't it? Hmm, given what we're doing in the Ares Logs, it seems likely Section 0 would like to send someone to keep an eye on Leo - ensuring he doesn't cause any more trouble - or maybe even kill him, if necessary (he probably wouldn't succeed, of course, but still) - so even retroactively that one works well, perhaps even better than it did before. Funny how things connect sometimes, eh?
Ah, Republic Commando and Battlefront. They're still pretty enjoyable even today :)
As for Dark Knight Rises, yep, I've watched it (it's right here with me in my apartment, actually). I'm assuming you're referring to this guy? I honestly don't remember him from the film, however, I'll have to check more closely next time I watch it. He's a real hunk, though =3 Just an objective observation, of course...
I don't rightly know about the Section 0 article, honestly. I do know I still have an article on Section One even though Laz isn't with them anymore (yeah, there's my class II, Amanda-208 who I put in it instead, but I haven't done anything with her at all yet, so...).
Oh, updated the M-Mverse with summaries on the Precursor Commonwealth and Sovereign Dominion, a paragraph directly under "Species & Factions" (I was kind of surprised when I read the Halopedia article on the Forerunners' Conservation_Measure and it said the Forerunners saved at least 133 sentient species - far more than the number of species in the M-Mverse so far! - so I figured I had to write about it somewhere), and a couple dates regarding the Acolytes of Devotion (I really need to finish that damn article already - if only I could get around to finding some good pics...) on the timeline, if you're interested. I might also put up some log entries on it before the weekend's over (depending on whether I'll be in the mood for that, or if I'll work on the AoD article or on the timeline instead - we'll see).
UPDATE: Well, what do you know, I managed to uphold a promise. I put up three log entries on the M-Mverse page - one news segment about the USR (where I also referenced something from AAO - incorporating the whole AAO-verse is probably near-impossible, but I figured I could still cherry-pick a few things from it to reference), one Laz journal entry, and one message from Laz to Roger (yep, it's about what we just discussed). Let me know if you like 'em - or if they need improvement :)
Well, I saw it when you pointed it out ;) Anyway, really liking it so far, keep up the good work! Having the colonel grow disillusioned with Laz is sad but also a logical development. And I like the idea of Roger mailing the journal - it gave me good ideas for future journal entries (in particular I'm thinking about giving him a Laughing Mad moment - one he'd get out of, of course, but I think it might be fun to write). I'm starting to think we're really messed up, torturing our characters like this (or maybe we're just turning into real writers?)...
Oh, and you mentioned liking ordering things and lists - so I decided to do a list of S-II Class Is for the M-Mverse. Feel free to check it out and let me know if I made any major mistakes :)
Well, I've had plenty of ideas myself for a lot of stuff lately (including, but not limited to, a Cassie rewrite, that Ember S-IV guy - as of now I only really have a name, Mario Esteves Azevedo, and even that might change - I wanted to make, a Sangheili character, a rewrite+conclusion of the DIVINE SON portions of Dwindling Flame, etc.), but there's either been no time to do it or I hit writer's block after the initial planning, so it's good to know at least one of us has better luck :)
Well, if you're interested, I put up a journal entry for storage on the M-Mv page which I wrote as soon as I got the idea, showcasing Laz's mindset just after learning of Griff's death and reading his notes. Mind, I wrote it in less than half an hour and mostly to ensure I didn't forget the idea, so once you're done on your end I'll probably go back and tweak it a little. Still, it showcases the general idea, I think. It would be good to give Connor something to do, but I'm not sure if he'd be near Laszlo enough to notice such changes - unless we had both of them receive the news when Laz is visiting Connor (that'd be quite bad timing, wouldn't it?). Rachel and Bal would probably be the first to notice (unless I have one or two of them go off and do their own things before this happens), so I could probably do an audio log or something to cover their reactions. Gold's reactions would be interesting too, I think :) (BTW, out of curiosity; why did they ask Griff about pensions and such in the last journal entries? Are they considering leaving Spartan Branch after the Requiem fiasco?).
The Ares Logs as a whole are pretty addictive to me, particularly just after you've put something up. Once I got your notice I actually got inspired to finally start working on a message chain between Laz and Dean (I think I put up a header for it at the same time as we started the Laz-Griff correspondence, but never got around to actually writing it). It might be a little late to work Dean into all this (I could easily have him be dead by the time this stuff happens), but getting his perspective into the logs during the project itself could only be a good thing, right? :)
Liking the new journals too, looking forward to the conclusion :) Also, I put up some correspondence between Dean and Laz (it's a little less conspiracy-heavy than the Laz-Standoff correspondence, which I felt made sense due to Dean being a more traditional marine with no real clout in ONI). Also, due to the heavy, depressing stuff we're getting into, I took the liberty of writing a little more light-hearted audio log about Dean, Griff, Laz and two other guys on the project (the shrink and the cook) playing cards (I hope you don't mind that I included Standoff - I did imply that Laz and/or Dean pretty much dragged him into it to fit with his, err, standoffishness - though if you don't like it I could edit him out). Hope you like it :)
Read both Introductions and SKADHI and loved them! :) I'm actually a little worried I won't be able to measure up later when we write Laz's hunt for Leonid (especially since it's been so long since I wrote any prose stories).
Speaking of which, it might be a little early to ask this, but how do you figure that should be laid-out? Should there be a prolonged hunt (like the one you're doing now has been), or just a short hunt with an epic final confrontation (I'm thinking something like the battle between Tex, Washington and the Meta in RvB would be sufficiently epic)? With Spartan Intel shutting down their investigation, it'd seem like Laz's only real available resource would be Roger (or possibly CHAUCER, but I don't know if even Laz could find him, or if he could, that he'd want to work with Leo's former superior whose interference also prevented Spartan from catching Leo earlier). So, either there's a long hunt as Laz and Roger really work their asses off to find Leo (and perhaps Laz forcing some key figures to cooperate whenever necessary), or Laz (in his somewhat crazed state), figures that the best way to find Leo is to get the latter to come to him - although, getting Section Zero's attention would probably recquire Laz to commit some serious crimes, and we don't want him to be irredeemable...so, questions, questions...
Anyway, thanks, I was actually proud of it myself (and me being proud of it is saying something - you think you might be cynical, you've got nothing on me ;3 - or maybe I'm just a perfectionist - or both?). I don't have ME3 yet (I wanted to wait until the price dropped a great deal so that I could get some of the pricier DLCs with a clear conscience, and now I figure I can wait until christmas to get it - since I study in another city, I don't have an xbox to play on other than the weekends I have time to come home anyway), so no, but I have been watching clips on youtube and been reading reviews, and I'm really excited to play it (IMO, Citadel should have been the ending to the trilogy, not the travesty that we got - extended cut or no, the ending's still garbage IMHO, just more appealing and less offensive garbage, so I can at least live with the extended ending). But I digress.
It does sound fun. I'm willing to try it :) Come to think of it, a good trial might be the Laz-Leo confrontation - a journal entry or an audio log wouldn't really do it justice, so that leaves prose story as the ideal choice (unless you happen to be friends with a Machinima studio). We could have me try to write the first draft as a test to see if I still can write prose, then have you edit it to represent Leo correctly (I'm a little unsure how he would talk/react during a confrontation like this), or rewrite it from scratch if I completely screw it up. Or we could do the opposite - or you might have another idea. These were mostly your ideas, so I'll leave that up to you ;) Speaking of the Laz-Leo battle...
I want to keep it between Laz and Leo too, I was mostly referring to Roger's network of underworld contacts helping in tracking Leo down, but now that you say it, maybe CHAUCER's the best option. And if the hunt's short enough, Laz could be unhinged enough to rationalise allying with him due to being his best option to find Leo - and that he could always go back and deal with CHAUCER later for his part in Leo's crimes. And by the time Bal and Roger break him out, he could have calmed down enough to decide dealing with CHAUCER isn't worth the trouble and leave it be.
Maybe you're right. During my latest absence I got involved at the Dragon Age wiki and at one point decided I was actually going to do a Reimagining Fan Fic series (written in a style similar to A Song of Ice and Fire) for the Dragon Age franschise. As of now, I have like ten different versions of that series sitting in word documents, with an even larger number of versions on the characters I intended to use (in hindsight, I think the main problem was choosing which "origin" to use for the character you play as in the first game - in the game itself you can choose between six origins - and which origins I'd have act out other storylines) - and naturally, I never wrote a single chapter, just a ton of background information, lists of Pros/Cons for using certain characters in certain ways, and short summaries of the first parts of the stories and the endings (I never really connected the dots between beginning and end...). So, I'd probably say I'm scatterbrained and can easily decide to drop ideas completely at the drop of a hat and start over instead of sticking to what I have and moving on. There actually was a short while before I came back here where I considered just shunting over all my stuff to Baccus or Angel and start over from scratch. Err- sorry for the wall of text - just wanted to point out why I think you're probably right about me (though to be technical, the typical reason for being unsatisfied with one's own work is usually because you're a perfectionist, so maybe we were both right in different way) :P
It's not so much that the endings aren't happy (though honestly, I think having a happy ending like Citadel would have worked well in the series, due to its upbeat space opera atmosphere), as the fact that they make no goddamn sense once you stop and think about them, and that they come right the f*** out of nowhere along with the Star Brat - who, BTW, invalidates the story from the first game just by his mere existence. True, the EC and the other DLCs add some foreshadowing about the Star Brat and backstory on the Reapers, and explain the choices more thoroughly, so you can at least make an informed decision based on your moral compass and come up with arguments for and against each choice, but that doesn't diminish the fact that they don't make sense (to me, I should say - you have every right to like it, after all), don't fit the games' themes (Synthesis IMO runs contrary to the theme of "Unity through Diversity" by simply being Homogenisation, and Control was opposed by Shepard regardless of how you played him/her, yet you're suddenly given the option to do it in the ending with no explanation why Shep suddenly changed his/her mind), and overall just come off as one guy's (yeah, unlike the rest of the game, the ending was written by two guys locked in a room without input from anybody else) clumsy attempt to do a "deep" and "artistic" ending. And then there's the devs having promised multiple vastly different endings that "wouldn't just be a choice of A, B and C like other games" (well okay, the choice is actually Blue, Red and Green, so technically that's true, but still) and saying that the fans would have control over the ending, only to later backtrack and call their fans entitled brats who couldn't understand their ingenius writing, and then insisted that they would only expand on the endings because they had "artistic integrity" to think about (running contrary to their "for the fans" statements beforehand).
So, to summarize; I don't like the endings because they don't make sense (to me), contradict themes and story elements from previously in the series, and because the developers blatantly lied about the nature of the endings and then called their fans idiots when they pointed out their lies. Again, just my opinion. I would've been fine with a bittersweet, or even tragic ending (or rather, endings - because this series has also been about making tough choices, so there should be many different endings), if they had done it intelligently and without lying to their fanbase.
Sorry for the second wall of text.
Speaking of nothing in particular (I had intended to ask you this previously, but forgot...several times), have you considered writing an article for Standoff? He's a pretty important character at this point, yet he doesn't have an article (even your one-shot admiral from the Blood and Ashes RP has one, you know).
Hmm, maybe I should take the opportunity to try writing a one-shot story or two while I wait, to train my writing a little. A story about the mission where Rachel lost her teammates? Or one about that elite characer I'm writing? Or one from the rookie S-IV's perspective, about his introduction to Fireteam Ember? So many possibilities...
Personally, I think the franschise would have benefitted from simple, clear-cut endings - one thing I've noticed with BioWare is that they're good at taking traditional story elements and character archetypes and putting interesting spins on them, creating simple, but sometimes still thought-provoking and interesting stories and characters. It's when they try to be "edgy" and try out very sophisticated (and in turn complicated) storytelling and ideas (especially when they look at franschises like the Matrix or Deus Ex for inspiration) that problems start popping up. Granted, sometimes it still works (much as I like to bitch about Dragon Age II, for example, it did some things really well), but there's an equal chance of it not working (IMO, obviously). And I can't believe I didn't mention anything about character relationships and resolutions - the fact that the EC added more scenes to give us a better hint about what happened to all the characters is probably the main reason I even intend to get the game despite my misgivings about the ending - and then Citadel added even more, even for the ME2 squaddies that got shafted in the third game (now if only they could have worked in Legion somehow...). And while I do have few other complaints about ME3 besides the ending (like the increased amount of auto-dialogue, removing the neutral option on the dialogue wheel, the linearity of the story, Cerberus somehow going from a small terrorist group to a galactic power capable of challenging the forces of all the council races, and some other minor plot holes), I am looking forward to getting the game, so for the most part I agree. We'll just have to agree to disagree on the ending - and really, isn't that a sign of friendship? ;)
And that sounds reasonable - doing an article on him at this point would probably be an unnecessary drain on your brain capacity :)
BTW: Do you have any idea why the talk pages are acting so wonky?
Well, if I do any stories on Ember, is it okay if I use the members of Fireteam Romeo? I sort of had an idea about their role in the new team; more specifically, it seems to me that Connor at least initially wouldn't be in the right mindset to lead people again, so what if Rachel and Connor got assigned to Fireteam Ember along with Romeo, and have the leader of Romeo (Scott), be the leader of Ember at first, only for him to die later (your description on the team page says he's hot-blooded, so it could easily be due to a lapse in tactical/strategic judgement) and force Connor to assume command in the heat of things? That way, Connor has time to come out of his shell again, while fueling some conflict between him and the two remaining members of Romeo (and in turn could be used to gradually build a friendship between Connor and Rachel - could be interesting development, right?) - plus, it necessitates the team getting a new guy assigned to them. Queue Mario; a rookie, so Rachel won't like him, a replacement rifleman for Scott, so Maya and Jason could take out some of their frustration on him (or just quietly shun him, perhaps?), and Connor might be a little uneasy too, even if I imagine he would be nicer than the others - and thus the rookie's quest for recognition starts! What do you think?
And yeah, the pages have been acting wonky. More specifically, everything gets compressed into a very thin strip to the right of the screen. Though maybe you're using the Monobook skin (which doesn't seem to have the same problem) rather than Oasis like me? As for the sig troubles, I'm pretty sure that's just due to a restriction of how many times that type of sig template can be used on the same page at once (which explains why it worked again after I archived a portion of my talk page - and why my sigs worked again when you archived yours).
Well, it's still affecting me, so who knows what the problem is. Maybe it's Subtank's code-thingy that she came up with shortly after the new Oasis skin was introduced (each user had to apply it on their own - so maybe you never did and just chose to live with the regular skin?). Though it seems weird would start causing trouble now when it hasn't previously...
Good to know Roger's still an adorably cool little shit :) And from what I've read so far, I hope you do more with Sunef! It reminds me that I once toyed with the idea of having Laz develop a close friendship with an Elite (I think it was inspired by something I did with David-056 - that Class I S-II I deleted way back), to show that he didn't personally hate the Covenant that much (in contrast to Jane-B337, who did take the war personally). It's just as well I never did though - in hindsight, given his love for the CIII's, I feel that he'd not be too fond of the Covenant for years to come. It works better with Roger, I think :)
Hopefully I'll have a story up soon-ish too (I did the first part this weekend, but the last couple days have been a little busy, so I haven't really been able to get into a good writing state). It's also interesting that you had Roger use an hungarian word - it reminded me that lately I haven't had Laz use any hungarian at all! I suppose it's not too far-fetched that he simply stopped doing it over time without noticing, and at least when writing messages to people like Standoff or Dean he probably doesn't want to confuse them, but still, I should perhaps try and remember to put some of it in again in the future...
If you saw fit to include my characters in your work, I'd be absolutely ecstatic! I've sort of regarded Leonid as among one of the legends from days of Halo Fanon past, along with the other Leonidans and Ajax, and I've been following a few of your stories since Beta Red. Pursuit in particular was a good read. There's a bit of added excitement to hear this whispered-about nightmare of a Spartan coming back, and it may not even conflict, since I have to rewrite Kodiak's article for 343i canon. They'll be on Infinity for the foreseeable future, though I don't think I've read anything about Crimson in you and Matt's recent works yet. Is there a single Spartan designated Crimson?
Well, I may bring back the idea somehow at a later date, or with a different character (Cassandra? I haven't really been spending many good ideas on her in forever, and she's the compassionate religious sort, so maybe that'd work?), but for now I'm keeping it shelved. I aldready have a firm concept of what my next elite character's going to be, anyway (really, it's just a matter of writing the details at this point).
Enjoyed the SKADHI logs (and bringing in Ahalosniper's character was a cool touch). Speaking of which, I finally completed the short story, Rookie. Not sure if I like the results yet, but I decided I might as well put it up so I didn't accidentally delete it in a fit of emo-ness. Again, I trust you to objectively judge whether it's any good :)
Well, my headcanon reason (IE, I haven't had a chance to write it anywhere yet) that Laz still uses any hungarian at all is a subconscious attempt to maintain a connection to his past life (if John and Kurt are any indication, most other IIs forgot about their past lives, or at least their surnames) - made sense to me, as he would've mostly been speaking hungarian with his family, but during the S-II program he'd have had to speak english with everyone (except Jorge, but they weren't in the same teams anyway, and hungarian may not have been Jorge's first language anyway - it's just as likely he only knew it because many others on Reach did). So I'd say it's probably less that he purposely suppresses his own culture and language and more that circumstances made him slowly forget bits and pieces of it, especially during S-II training. I really should write that somewhere...Otherwise, you're pretty much on the mark (interestingly, I've started to look less fondly on Traviss' works in recent years, but even then I still like the Skirata-esque qualities we've given Laz). Hmm, wonder if I should have Rachel use an hungarian word or two at some point? She was also really close to Laz, after all.
Speaking of törzs, it made think about something. Do you think our Class IIIs would eventually consider the S-IVs (Ajax's S-IVs, IE S-Vs in the M-Mverse) members of the "törzs" too? Laz would, and probably Bal and Rachel too (in my mind, Rachel's grown up and recovered mentally a little by that point compared to how she is now), but what about Gold, Connor and Roger? I mean, if Roger ended up forming a close bond with some of the Lambda kids, he could expand his personal "törzs" and recruit a lot of fresh people for Ex-Op ("Hey kids! Whatever Leonid might have told you, let me assure you all that military life sucks! So if you're smart, you should defect and join my mercenary company! We pay well!" /paraphrase). Just a funny thought :)
Never heard of Speaker of the Dead, but that's a good idea to consider. I might have to do a little research on catholicism, though (reading the current article on Cassie makes me a cringe...). I'd prefer to represent the religion more accurately in the future, especially if I'm going to have a character try to convert another to said religion - a little difficult for me due to being an atheist, raised in a primarily protestant country, with an atheist dad and mormon mom...
I did read it, really funny :) Though I think my favorite SKADHI log so far is the one between Standoff and Bradford Gale (err, that was his name, right?) - it's nice to see Standoff is still open enough to have a decent conversation with a normal human. And I'm fine with padding things out a little - builds suspense ;)
Oh, and glad you liked it! I really liked writing about the War Games, even though the story probably didn't strictly need it (though it does still reinforce Rachel's belief that a IV is probably going to be a hindrance, and let me further showcase Rachel's not an unthinking brute, but rather a thinking brute, so thankfully it's not without purpose). And I'm glad Mario turned out well, I was a little worried he'd appear inconsistent. But I'll trust your judgement and accept the praise :)
Well, I haven't read her new series - and unfortunately, I'm not really interested in doing so, given what I've heard. Plus I've started to see a few problems with the RC books, though I still like them okay. And swear words sounds like a good idea, I'll have to look up some!
Yeah, that does make sense. Along the same vein, how do you reckon he'd feel about Balduin after a while? Smuggling him a suit of MJOLNIR, aiding him in busting Laz out and helping him rake in lots of cash would score a few bonus points, wouldn't it? Maybe I'm thinking a little too far ahead, but I thought it might be a little interesting if Bal's a bit divided about Roger - on one hand admiring his independence and audacity, on the other disapproving of his sociopathic tendencies. Would that make sense?
Sounds interesting. I might check them out sometime. And that's cool to hear - I didn't want to ask if you were catholic/had been raised as such; I've been taught that not everyone likes to talk about their religious preferences. I'll probably do some research anyway, but you could always proofread what I come up with ;)
Ah, Red vs Blue. I really need to catch up to the last few seasons. From what I've seen, there's more of Monty Oum's awesome fight animations in them (wouldn't it be great if we could kidnap that guy and get him to do some shorts for us, like a Laz-Leo showdown?). And I suddenly remembered that Laz was originally based partly on Washington (well, I took the initial codename and his specialties from him - the personality and name was from Tucker...). Remember, back when Laz was called Lavernius? Feels like it was so long ago...
That's a good point. Good thing I didn't cut that part then :)
Well, a bit of googling later, and I found this handy list of Hungarian swears. Oddly enough, many of the words/phrases seem to involve horses (and especially, uh, horse genitalia) for some reason...I mean, there's even one that goes "Shall God's horse **** you!" 0_0 Eh, read for yourself if you're interested...
Well, we could always handle that when we get there. We've got time to think about it.
And yeah, I realized that just a minute or two after I asked it, but I couldn't be bothered to edit my reply ;)
Unfortunately, no. When I left last time I also gradually forgot to follow anything halo-related, including RvB (replaced by obsessions with Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Skyrim, Game of Thrones, Code Geass, etc.). I intend to check up on them now again, to see what I've been missing. And don't worry, I think Lomi made the same mistake once or twice (even then, my retconning caused some hassles for you, huh? and that was before it got out of hand like when I tried to return last time...). Speaking of which, some sections of Laz's article really need to be updated (there's still missions on it during the years he's training the C3's!). Wonder if I should switch out one of his given names (Hoban) with "Lavernius" while I'm at it (assuming I ever get around to cleaning it up...)? Could serve to connect it back to the original article a little, perhaps?
I'd pay to see you do that (well, not really, but you know what I mean) xD
That would definitely be something to see - assuming that doesn't include the hack who wrote the ME3 ending (IMO). Especially if the resulting product was an RPG! :)
Well, he does have three given names right now, actually; Hoban, Balasz (forgot where the apostrophe(s) is/are supposed to be) and Laszlo. I suppose I could switch out Balasz, which isn't a reference to anything.
Oh, and speaking of other outdated stuff - I just started working on a "reboot" of Operation: DIVINE SON (IE, my part of Dwindling Flame), though as an article like BLUE NIGHTS, SUNSHINE and SKADHI instead of an RP. I really feel kinda guilty I just dropped out of it and let it die, so it seems like suitable penance (and the story I conceived wouldn't have to be wasted) - and as a by-product, you could fill in the relevant section of Roger's article too. That, and I think I'd have fun with it, of course, so don't think I'm just doing it for angsty reasons :) What do you think - is it a good idea?
Very true, mein freund. So many cool things they could do - like, imagine a Brute squaddie with some of the best traits of Wrex, Grunt and Zaeed (then again, the universe might explode from the sheer awesome of such a fusion of awesomeness). Or a grunt squaddie specializing in heavy weapons, sort of like Blizz (a jawa in the Bounty Hunter's crew in SWTOR, in case you don't know). Perhaps a sassy Jackal thief? Possibilities, possibilities...(hmm, come to think of it, there's some interesting possibilites for future articles right there, too...)
It's funny how many Firefly references I have in the article, considering I've never actually watched the show. Honestly, I initially just chose the Wash pic for Laz's appearance because I pictured him with the same VA as Mickey in ODST and thought using a pic of Alan Tudyk therefore would be a cute shout out, and then read the article on Wash at the Firefly wiki for other potential references (including the name Hoban, obviously) after that. Maybe I should actually watch it one of these days...(so yeah, I didn't get the references in Job Offer - sorry...)
Well, assuming I don't give it up in the next few days, I do intend to let those who had characters involved in the DIVINE SON portion of the RP (I know Sona had an ODST in it, Dreadhead had Gentry Team, and I think there were a couple other users involved too in addition to you and me...) know of this so that they can contribute if they want. Though, I suspect most or all of them are busy with other stuff or no longer active on the wiki anymore, so I'm guessing at most there may be a few people involved and at worst a solo effort. If you'd like to help, you're certainly welcome, but either way, I need to make some changes to the story first. I could probably reuse most of the dialogue from the RP (some of the dialogue I wrote makes me cringe, though, so I'll have to update that - on the other hand, your entry still holds up, so there it's just a matter of reusing the dialogue, I think) and the general story concept (IE, UNSC remnants trying to coordinate a liberation of Greece, and Athens in particular before it's too late, etc.).
However, some of the details need to be changed. For example; originally, I had intended for the Flood to appear as a fourth party (after the schism between Sangheili and Jiralhanae forces) after an outbreak in an ONI lab under Athens - but in hindsight this would've been stupid, since not even ONI would be stupid enough to bring Flood specimens to Earth. So now I'm deliberating on whether to bring in the Flood through other means (such as an infected ship breaking through the Separatists quarantine of Delta Halo - after all, Athens would be a desirable target for the Gravemind due to the "Teleporter Spire") or cut them entirely and bring in the Acolytes of Devotion as the fourth party (easily accomplished by just having a second schism amongst the Sangheili forces - those following Arby and allying with the UNSC, and those rejecting the alliance and accepting the leadership of the Acolytes), or to bring in both the Flood and the Acolytes (turning it into a five-way - which could be cool, but might be a tad too complicated...). Decisions, decisions...
Oh, while I remember, when would you have wanted Crimson to leave Greece? I seem to recall they were in Africa by the time John returned, which was mid-November, right? It might help me make some decisions if I knew when to conclude the thing.
Well, I call dibs on the Grunt and Jackal I suggested, just so you know! ;) And I can't believe I didn't suggest a Garrus-type! And that pic just blew my mind, dude! *manly squee*
Well, I'll add it to my to-do list. I'm pretty sure Game of Thrones will remain my all-time favorite live action series, but Firefly does sound worth checking out :)
Quite right (and really? awesum!)
Well, that didn't really make the decision-making any easier ;) Tying it in with BLUE NIGHTS sounds cool, though, so if I do choose to use the Flood, we'll do that :) I suppose I could also do both, but simplify it by not having all factions around simultaneously; like, first have the Loyalist-Separatist schism, then have the Separatists win (might be refreshing considering the loyalists won on Earth and High Charity), possibly with Acolyte assistance, and then when the Human-Sangheili alliance is announced have the split between Arby supporters and Acolytes, then bring in the Flood when both sides are exhausted. Another possibility. In the meantime, I should probably start working on the earlier logs - I can always make a decision only when it becomes absolutely necessary.
Ok, that gives me a little leeway to switch a few dates. Looking back, I realize that the Covenant routing UNSC forces in Greece, establishing a firm grip on the region, setting up electronic-cloaking thingies and jamming devices to mask their activities to the UNSC at large, constructing factories and such, and beginning construction on the Spire, all in less than three days is really stretching things, so I thought I'd delay Crimson's arrival (and thus the events after that) with at least a week - that way, the Covvies have more time to pull off their unexpectedly well-thought-out plan, the UNSC don't appear incompetent, and I could do some more logs taking place before Crimson's arrival (I've had so many ideas for such logs in the last few days, so I wanted more room to put them in). On the other hand, that means Crimson only get to stick around for a week (though maybe that's enough? I guess we'll see)...
Forgive my transgression, noble American. Hopefully my sexy new sigs will make up for my failure :)
Yeah, Connor's article is a real beast. I honestly don't know how you do it...
True, they could probably conquer it in a few days, especially if they have ships to turn entire regiments into heaps of burnt corpses, but it's mostly the logistics of setting up bases, factories, the Spire and electronics-interfering stuff throughout the entire region that I feel would take more time. Speaking of evening the odds, Covenant ships and Crimson's involvement: by the time Crimson and Rachel sneak back into action, the UNSC really needs something to even out the odds against the Covvies, and the kids won't be satisfied unless they can kill lots of alien SOBs, right? So, I figured they'd like to take something from the Covvies with which they could kill a lot of them, and as a result also give the UNSC a better fighting chance. So...Battlecruiser or Assault Carrier? ;)
Bah, why settle for merely one new sig when you could have three new ones! I know you feel this, Shep- err, I mean SP501! Though honestly, I say you should stick with the one you've got - changing sigs at certain intervals should remain my schtick ;)
Totally forgot the concepts introduced by Halo Wars! That would probably speed things up a bit (so, instead of bringing in Crimson on the 31st like I planned, maybe they could arrive on, like, the 26th or 27th? Sounds fair, IMO). As for Crimson and Rachel, that sounds fun. I also had an idea on how to make the takeover easier; one of my ideas for pre-Crimson arrival logs involves a Covenant AI recovered by the UNSC and subsequently convinced to side with them (343 GS's conversation with the T&R's AI in the anniversary terminals seem to imply at least some Covvie AIs don't think highly of their masters), which in turn would partially solve their communications problems throughout the region (specifically, it'd be able to hijack the Covenant battlenet and pass on UNSC messages through it, as conventional UNSC comms are jammed). Maybe our knights in shining armor could use the AI to make their takeover easier? That way, they'd save time they would otherwise have spent hacking locked doors and getting acquainted with the bridge controls - and the increased effectiveness could be one of the reasons they do decide to take it over instead of destroying it ("Hey, this AI's really speeding up our progress! You know, maybe it could just hack the doors all the way to the bridge so we can take the ship and rain unholy death on the alien motherf***ers instead of destroying it?"). Just a thought.
Honestly, I kind of stopped caring about Lego many years ago, so I haven't paid much attention to the lego games. But I wish you luck in your endeavours with that game :)
Well, updating links does sound like a good idea, so go ahead and do it! And really? Time just flies by sometimes...
Looking forward to more regular updates :) (not that there's been any reason for complaint about SKADHI - really liked the most recent one between Jacky and Elias) I'm moving a little slower, unfortunately - I've got one log completed (just a basic UNSC text report summarizing events across the globe, so nothing advanced, but it allowed a few references to the other Dwindling Flame parts) and begun writing on another (a meeting of the Covenant Fleet's Council of Masters before the invasion to set up the Covenant side of things), and I'd like to do a few more before actually creating the article. Hopefully once I've got the "setup logs" out of the way, the rest will be written quicker.
Good you liked the AI plan. And it's good to know how Crimson would react, because I admit I kind of forgot that aspect about them. Now I just have to consider the AI's personality - maybe something like a blend of Sigma and Omega from RvB (jut finished seasons 9 & 10, btw, and glad I did - it's good to catch up on the series again) - y'know, being all vengeful against his former masters, and choosing to side with and/or use the UNSC to facilitate his revenge, or something along those lines - could be interesting? Or maybe a more logic-based "Straight Man" (a la Delta) to contrast with our crazy spartans? Eh, I'll probably have it figured out by tomorrow...
Hi there 501, and thanks for signing up for my SotF beta run! Once I assign your characters their attributes, could you message me and let me know what loadouts you want from them? That way I can slot them a spot in one of the episodes. Thanks.
The active camouflage module is 360 SP each, and requires you to have at least 800 SP at the beginning of the episode to purchase. But everything else is within your price range. Just so you know though, the M7S is not dual-wieldable. If you want it to be, you can buy 2 regular SMGs and get two silencers off the black market next episode.
Don't worry, the first loadout is meant to be basic. Once your characters start taking objectives, they'll be able to earn more SP for you.
Okay, I've changed the SMGs to non-silenced. If you want Leonid to buy silencers from our good friend Colonel Wright next episode, remember that he can't see Commander Grunwald until episode 3 (however, Roger is free to). So if you're going to browse the black market, I would recommend you get an upgraded sharpshooter's scope for Leonid to increase his accuracy by 2. You don't have the SP for it right now, but you will once your characters complete their objectives in episode 1, which I will be laying out tonight.
Sonasaurus — Spartans never die. And neither do they
^ So, SotF is still going on? That's good to see :)
Well, if you pay close attention, Delta did have a very deadpan sort of wit from time to time (at least during the freelancer flashbacks). Whether I could pull it off successfully is an entirely different matter, though ;)
Sonasaurus — UNSC Astrophysics Anomaly #47931; May 20, 2604
You'll pick your own objectives. In the actual season 5, there'll be a page where you leave your requests (you'd also leave your loadout requests there), but for the beta, just message me on which ones you want.
And I read your latest SKADHI and ARES logs - great stuff! Really feels like Standoff's come full circle. Good timing too, seeing as I just finished the first four DIVINE SON logs and created the article (here). Hope you enjoy it :)
Well, I'm sure it'll be a great conclusion, even if it means no more logs from his perspective. Though in a way that may be a good thing - don't get me wrong, I like Standoff - but it is nice to see a fanon character that has a definite beginning, middle and end. Most of the characters we create here tend to have a beginning and then go on indefinitely, or at least not have an ending planned, sort of like Marvel's superhero comics. Laz for example. Though come to think of it, you actually wrote about Leonid's life post-service up until his death, didn't you? Maybe it's just me who doesn't plan out endings for my characters...It also poses the question - what are you going to do when you're done with the Roger updates, One Last Tie, our Laz-Leo stuff, and the subsequent Roger and Bal stuff? Though maybe it's a little early to think about that (I mean, we can't all be like my and have a hundred different things planned at any one time)...
Anyway, thanks! Interesting that was your favorite - it was the one I had the most trouble writing, to be honest. And I understand, though I suspect you may have to wait for a while - while I don't have any classes this week, we have a test on monday I need to study for, so I'll have to devote at least some of my time to that. Hopefully I'll still have time to put up a log or two this week, but I can't make any promises.
Yeah, I'm starting to think Ajax will never get around to finishing Necros, tbh. Though I can't blame him - most of the people who helped work on it are gone or have moved on to other projects. Hmm...maybe I could continue where he left off in the Meta-Mattiverse? Food for thought...
Ah, good to know you won't be running out of stuff to do anytime soon - I'd hate to see you get bored and leave. And I won't be running out either - after DIVINE SON, Laz-Leo & Roger-Bal stuff, I've always got articles to write (Acolytes of Devotion, Edne 'Tatul, Mario, etc.) or clean up (Laz, Cassie, etc.), perhaps more stuff with Ember, and there's always more I could do with the Meta-Mattiverse. Probably a little premature to say, but after the first three things I mentioned above I'm thinking about taking a break from my Ares-related stuff and focus on new or other old things (most likely Covenant articles or the Cassie and Class II S-II articles, possibly with some "Olympian Logs" to go along with it). Of course, it'll be a while until we're there, but it's interesting to talk about, is all (for me, at least) ;)
Wait, there's a new RP? I haven't noticed - granted, that isn't saying much, seeing as I don't keep very good track of what's going on around the wiki outside of our stuff...
Hmm, sounds like a pretty chill school you go to xD And updating the 112th sounds like a cool idea :)
And yeah, I see a lot of possibilities with Olympian Logs - for one, fleshing out Cassandra, whom I've almost never done anything with, though I'm also thinking of bringing in my RvB-themed ODSTs as instructors for some connectivity, humor, and developing the relationship between Ronald Church and Cassie more thoroughly. As I said, for now I'm focusing on DIVINE SON, but I suppose it can't hurt to take a few notes for future stuff if I happen to think of anything.
^Pardon the title, I couldn't get "Over the hills and far away" from the TV series Sharpe out of my head...
Hmm, do you remember what it's called? Figured I could check it out for funzies even if I don't have time to work on it at the moment - it does sound interesting.
It's kind of the opposite with me - I have very good grades (or at least above average), but not so good results on "Högskoleprovet" (which would mean, roughly, "the College Test", I think), which I'm assuming is similar to SAT, though I'm probably mistaken. Anyway, here we don't really need to take the test, as we can apply for colleges with just our grades, so ultimately I don't think I benefitted much from taking "Högskoleprovet". Though I didn't get any scholarships either, so points to you. Still, I did undertake a special "Cambridge English" test, got top grades in all subcategories (it was divided into Listening Comprehension, Speaking, Grammar and Writing, I think) and got a certificate with which I could have applied to Cambridge U (no guarantee I'd have gotten in even if I tried - I mostly did it just to test my English skill and in the hope that it'd look good on my resumé), so I reserve the right to feel good about my academic performance xD
I'm sure you'll figure something out. I'm not very experienced writing fighter squadrons myself - that is to say, I've never written one at all (the closest would be Ronald Church, who went to a flight academy before he became an ODST - speaking of which, here's the link to the academy in question, in case you'd like to use it for any of the 112th pilots). So, I'm afraid you're better qualified to decide than I am ;)
And about DIVINE SON, as you may have noticed from his activity on my talk page, Sona's offered to contribute a little to it as well. It doesn't seem like anyone else who was involved with the first DIVINE SON are active anymore though, so it might just be me, him and you. On the other hand, as you've said before, that makes it easier to coordinate, which improves the chances of it being finished this century, and that's a plus ;)
Hah! Finally something I've seen and you haven't! xD Though to be fair, I only stumbled across it by accident while roaming TV tropes, and it's a bit old and made in britain, so it's understandable you haven't seen it. I've only seen the first two episodes (though all "episodes" are the length of a TV movie, so that's not as little as it sounds), but I really like it so far (it probably helps that I've become more interested in the Napoleonic Wars than I used to be). Plus it features one of the best - and most handsome - actors ever, Sean Bean! :3
Ah, thanks. I don't know if I'm going to ever get in on the action, so to speak, but it could be fun to check out if nothing else.
And that's why many europeans think americans suck. Well that, and your inability to tell socialism and social democracy apart from communism. And your pathological fear of taxes. And- err, sorry, I shouldn't harp on you guys too much - after all, the server for this site is probably somewhere in the US, and americans founded this site, so we do owe you guys that xD
Yay indeed for cross-connectivity!
Well, me and Sona are still discussing the roles his characters will play - I suggested that one of them be involved as the leader of Covenant ground forces around the time that Crimson and Rachel go on their mission (IE, the reason Laz and Winter aren't going after the carrier too), so maybe wait a little (though as you said, we have discussed the mission before, so you're not just imagining things)? Though if you like, you could save me a little time and convert the chapter you wrote in the original DIVINE SON into audio log format (as I've said previously, I'm pretty sure no dialogue has to be changed in that chapter to fit in with this version, so it should be easy), and perhaps do a prologue of sorts for Crimson, first? If I haven't catched up to the date that mission's going to take place (nightime of the 27th to early morning of the 28th?) by the time you've done that and you have lots of spare time, then I suppose there's no harm in you beggining to write those mission logs too. Though if you do, there's two things you should take into account:
The assault carrier in question is going to be the fleet's flagship, the Mercy's Embrace, having recently been taken over by 'Crosunee - the more...conservative Shipmaster in the first log - after he pulled a coup on the fleet master for supposedly giving the brutes too much influence in the fleet - and in an attempt to prove he's worthy of leadership, he decides to put down the human resistance personally.
The fleet master - 'Crosunee - needs to survive. I have a Heel-Face Turn arc plotted for him, so if you get that far, I'd like you to have him be knocked out somehow during the fight for the bridge and then tied up and taken captive. I don't know if Crimson would do that, though I'm thinking either Conclave, Colonel Johansen (via radio) or Rachel (if only for the chance to mentally and physically torture a high-ranking alien) could suggest it and convince them if they're against it. Then again, you've said before they don't hate the Covenant per se, so maybe they'd be fully onboard with it, assuming somebody else suggest it first? Or would they even be the first ones to suggest it? Argh, I really should know Crimson better by this point...
Well, I guess they do a lot of sucking in Amsterdam xD Ok, that one was bad, even for me...
Planning? I came up with some of those things just a few days ago- err, I mean, yeah, it was all part of the plan from the beginning! But seriously, it sounds really good. It's a shame I can't spend too much time this weekend writing - there's that pesky test I have on monday (from 8 AM to 1 PM!). And I realized I should probably try to incorporate Helen Calypso somehow, so I'm trying to write a log introducing her too...Well, let's just say we'll be lucky if I get any logs done this week - and it'd be miraculous if I catch up with you. So, thanks for the help in advance :)
Well okay, technically we can go when we're finished with the test, which if you're quick could be less than four hours - but I tend to be pretty slow (I write slowly and I tend to overthink the answers before I write them), so usually I finish a few minutes before the deadline. So I actually tend to appreciate the tests where we have 5 hours to finish - most we only get 4 hours to complete. Too bad it's a test on Microeconomics, perhaps my least favorite course aside from Statistics so far...
We tackle one course at a time (unless you choose to take extra courses on the side), and then have a test after each one which we have 4 or 5 hours to complete - 4 hours for the Political science courses and 5 hours for National Economics courses (the Political Science program is a bit weird nowadays in that they instist you do some National Economics courses even if you only intend to study Political science). And well, to be fair, economics courses aren't the worst, I'm just more interested in political science subjects.
Also saw the transcript, nice work! I'll take a closer look at the Roger update before I call it a day, but it looks to be in order :)
Usually 4-5 weeks, though to be honest, we don't do that much during that time. There's usually around 3-4 classes a week, one or two assignments for each Political science course (either short - 2-4 pages, usually - essays or discussing & debating relevant topics for 1-2 hours in a group along with the teacher), and several "lessons" (where the teacher goes through the answers to problems we've tried to solve in groups first - in contrast to regular classes where the teacher just...well, teaches us stuff out of the study material which we'll need to pass the test) for National Economics courses. To be honest, I haven't really had to read any of the books for any of the courses that thoroughly (in fact, in Political Theory, it turned out that reading Plato's Republic was completely unnecessary to pass the test, as no questions had anything to do with it whatsoever - and yet most of the classes were spent discussing the thing!), and have still passed all tests so far on the first try, so I don't know how much better (or more difficult) our system really is.
Also, finished reading the Roger update - good stuff, and no contradictions regarding Herald Team's behaviors either. You're the gift that keeps on giving :) So, wait, you're printing out the journal to give someone to read? You plan to publish it or something? xD
Oh, you're a cruel, cruel guy, you know that? xD Oh well, it's good she gets to see what you can do, at least. And speaking of original work - well, I have had numerous fantasy-related ideas over the years, and there was that idea about an alternate reality where the Romans become a spacefaring empire I had a while back...just concepts I come up with in my spare time, of course - I kinda like worldbuilding, or rather, some aspects of it (I don't care much for constructing languages, for example). Too bad I tend to lose interest after a while - which makes me think I'm more suited for writing fanon within already existing universes (heck, there was a short while before I decided to come back here again where I considered joining the Star Wars fanon wiki).
Oh, and guess what? I actually did finish a log today. It's nothing advanced - just some banter between Rachel and Bal and an introduction for Helen (I realized I've almost never done anything with her, even though she's supposed to be a very important person in Laz's life, so I figured she had to be in DIVINE SON, at least - plus, Laz needs some help carrying Mica and Roger back to the base after their little stunt ;) ), but it's more than I expected to get done this weekend, so let's be thankful for small blessings, eh?
Hmm, well I personally never cared much for hiking and such, but writing about things you know well and are interested in is a good start, so for you it's probably a good idea. Personally, I usually prefer obviously fictional universes (unless it's based on history, which is still sufficiently different from modern-day life to suit my tastes). Hence my enjoyment of fantasy and sci-fi (now all I need to find is a sci-fi fantasy game/movie/tv series/book whatever - maybe it's just me, but I like the idea of magical fantasy elements existing right alongside advanced tech). Oh, and you spell it "In medias res" :P
Actually, I mostly intended for Rachel to just use hungarian for swears and her affectionate (or as affectionate as she'll allow herself to be) nickname for Laz. Though now that you say it, it does make sense. I'll keep it in mind in the future. Glad you liked it :) As for Amanda and Bonnie? I'm keeping them on ice until I've decided what to do with them - Amanda is Cassandra's and Ron Church's daughter, so any changes I make to Cassie's biography affects her too (as it is now, I plan on her being conceived during Cassie's tenure as trainer of the OLYMPIANs, which likely means she'll be changed to a Gamma Company S-III); Bonnie I don't really have a clue what to do with at the moment (some ideas are adding her to Gauntlet Team or make her part of a second wave of LEONIDAS operatives, or a similar project named THESPIAE or something - but that could change, so I'm just leaving her alone for now until I can really make up my mind, and don't have a hundred thousand other things to do). Point is, they're not in this DIVINE SON.
Can you help with my article please? Ez'rathel (talk) 03:09, October 28, 2013 (UTC)
^Continuing the theme :) Soon you'll be able to sing the whole chorus yourself!
Thanks for pointing it out, I really need to see Thor one of these days. The Iron Man movies too. It's kind of bad that the only MCU movies I've watched so far are Captain America and the Avengers. Though I did watch the entirety of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon - that's got to count for something, right? Right? Though honestly, I was talking more along the lines of what Bungie's doing with their new series, Destiny (I don't think I'm going to get involved with that though - I just have no interest in playing MMOs; too time-consuming for my tastes).
Sounds like a plan. Though for now I feel like I need to write a few logs focused on other characters - especially the ones on the Covenant side of things. With the test out of the way, hopefully I can get them out quicker (until the next one in four weeks, of course).
EDIT: I got stuck while writing logs and wound up trying to get my mind working by writing down some notes on ideas for future articles. So, just out of curiosity, what do you reckon sounds best for a group of religious warrior Jiralhanae: Warrior-Shamans? Warrior-Druids? Or Warrior-Sages? Don't worry, this isn't distracting me from log writing, I'm just taking notes whenever I have some cool ideas for future reference.
Ok, I got your message. And if you looked closely at the manufacturer of the ship, it was a joint human-Sangheili build. And due to the cost(will be adding this later) there's only about twenty made in the class's original commission years. All my other ship designs are far more reasonable. And I used hyperzerglings ship box layout since I don't know how to make my own. EDIT: Well... except for the United Galactic Alliance Ark-Ship... Ez'rathel (talk) 23:00, October 28, 2013 (UTC)
Well, from what I could tell in the Avengers, the casting is one of the strengths of the MCU movies - in addition to Robert Downey Jr, I also think Mark Ruffalo (yeah, I know he didn't play Bruce Banner in the Hulk movie), Tom Hiddleston and Chris Evans were perfect as the Hulk, Loki and Cap, respectively (interesting too, considering Chris Evans played the Human Torch in the kinda bad Fantastic Four movies).
As I said, I'm just not into MMOs. And I think it's the opposite with me - I'm pretty intrigued by the lore and story, so I might try to keep up on that even if I don't get the game. Although, Peter Dinklage is doing voice-work for it, so maybe I should reconsider and buy it anyway (in case you don't know, he plays a major role in Game of Thrones - he proceeded to pretty much own the show and made the character he's playing every fan's favorite)...
Well, since you look forward to it, I just put up three Covenant-based logs (though two are just very short messages). They're short, but hopefully they're still sweet :)
Well, I think the director said that Hawkeye will have a bigger role in the sequel, so maybe you'll get more time to appreciate him. I had personally only seen they guy once before - and it took me a while before I figured out where - the movie SWAT, where he played the main character's ex-teammate-turned-bad-guy. I like him as hawkeye though, so it'll be interesting to see what they can do with him. And honestly, I don't remember much from them either. Only reason I remembered the actor played both the human torch and cap was because I tend to lurk on TV Tropes.
Oh, most definitely. Though to be fair, the character was already a fan favorite in the books (the show's based on a series of books). But then again, Dinklage got an award for his performance, and there doesn't seem to be any fans (even book fans) who dislike him either (in fact, I've heard some say his performance made the character even better than the book version), so I still think his fame is well-earned.
I do still have XBL, though since I don't get to play it much now that I study elsewhere, I've ensured it'll be terminated sometime next year (I'd have done it earlier, but due to some issues with the account, there was a long period of time I couldn't even access it, but XBL was still taking payments from it, so by the time I managed to access it and cancel the auto-updating of the membership, I had already paid for another year, so I figure I should use it until it's cancelled for real - so for now I'm using it mostly to play The Walking Dead). So, I can't make any promises that I'm going to be playing much live for the next few years. After I'm done with my studies...who knows what I'll do. I might buy live again (assuming I haven't defected to the PS4 instead of getting the Xbone - or maybe I should just stick with 360 until it breaks completely and/or they shut down the servers?).
It's my first love too, dude ;) Guess that explains why I too keep coming back, even though I always tell myself each time I decide to leave that I'm never going back. Or maybe it's just because none of the other universes I've gotten into have any real dedicated fanon site (with the exception of Star Wars, but I think that universe's grown too big for me to really get a good handle on it - with Halo, I started out early enough that the universe was pretty simple to understand, with the additional layers coming later - though who knows? Maybe in five years you'll see me write sprawling epics on the SW fanon wiki...).
And thanks! Though about the Ossonas - even if they do find it, they report to the Cleric, and he would withhold that information from Edne for his own purposes (if you read between the lines in the messages, you'll see he's already playing Edne and by extension the Elites in the fleet). On the other hand, I suppose the Cleric could pass on the information to Brute forces instead, so that they can take credit for finding and destroying the humans' base of operations. Then again, once Rachel and Crimson take the assault carrier, the base would be largely obsolete - the UNSC could just use the carrier as their new base (which has the benefit of being able to move and possessing ridiculously powerful weapons). Hmm, I'll think on it. And let me know if you have any other suggestions for things to do later - the period between the Assault Carrier's capture and the final assault on Athens and/or arrival of the Flood is still pretty vague in my mind (I do have some disconnected ideas - such as ops to rescue UNSC prisoners from Brute labour camps, destroying a Drone hive or two, the Covenant trying to retake the carrier, 'Crosunee slowly developing into a good guy, etc.), so don't be afraid to help me out :)
Hmm, haven't seen that show yet, either. I've got plenty to catch up on, it seems. And Luna's actor was definitely perfect - it's one of the few things I think the movies did as well as the books, if not better. Hers and Snape's actor. Otherwise, pretty much everything is inferior to the books, IMO (by contrast, Game of Thrones I usually think is just as good, and sometimes even better than the books - and I already think the books are damn incredible).
I guess I need to read up a little on the Xbone - I had heard about them removing the stupid "have to be online once a day to play" BS, but what about the draconian anti-used games measures? IMO, even if they got rid of that too, you still have to wonder why they thought those things would be good ideas to begin with. But hey, if they do stay true to their new promises, that should be recognized, certainly.
Yeah, that's probably a factor in why I haven't gotten too involved in SW either. I love the original movies and like the prequels okay (though I'm starting to think that might be the nostalgia filter talking in the case of the latter, at least a little), and when revisiting The Clone Wars CGI series last year I found myself enjoying it more than I had previously, and I've watched the storylines on The Old Republic, but otherwise I haven't kept track of the franchise much these last years (though I'll probably check out the new trilogy when it comes out). So for now, it seems only Halo will sate our fanon appetite :)
Well, it's probably good you didn't notice it at first, since it was meant to be subtle - the Cleric's supposed to be a master schemer, possibly even better than the Prophet of Truth (who went completely bonkers right when he would've needed his wits the most, IE in Halo 3). Plus, I figured he needed to practice his scheming abilities a little before he becomes the Prophet of Perseverance in the post-war era. And you have a point about the base; holding onto it would probably be a good idea, and would still make it a target for the Covvies, so a battle for it might be interesting, perhaps around the same time that they attempt to board and retake the carrier.
Sonasaurus — They are coming for us...who will stand together?
Hey there 501, can I ask you to make some votes on this administrative evaluation? As a member of the old guard, your input would be appreciated, and in particular, I'm hoping to break the tie on Leo Fox's evaluation. Thanks.
Eh, it's fine. I went home to visit the family this weekend, so I haven't had much time for this site either. Anyway, yeah, I forgot the McGonnagal actress, she was awesome too! And true, the movies could have been far worse. But I still think the movies lose something important - maybe it's the fact that the books have many other fun things and characters going on along with the main story that the movies had to cut to keep a reasonable running time. Goblet of Fire in particular I felt was really butchered compared to the source material (I mean, Mr. Crouch behaving like Ludo Bagman!? Really!? And then there's the Barty Crouch Jr. plot hole at the end of the movie...). The more I watch Game of Thrones, I wonder if they could have fleshed out the Potterverse better if they had adapted the books as a TV series instead of movies. But maybe it's just me.
Well, as I said, I need to look into it more closely. Though I don't think anti-used games measures are going to do anything against piracy. Seems to me like that would on the contrary, drive more people into resorting to piracy - after all, if you're short on cash, and the nature of the consoles makes buying games to a price you're able to pay without skipping out on rent and/or food impossible, what are you gonna do to get the game? I know that maintaining a static price regardless of consumer demand is a terrible idea in the long term, since you end up selling far less products than you could have if you had a more flexible price range - and I'm just a college student who's attended a few national economics courses. Yet trained marketing people over at Microsoft don't get it? Or maybe I'm just epically misunderstanding you - and in turn, the situation?
That sounds like a plan. I'll probably have Edne lead the attack on the carrier, since he's a more pragmatic commander than most of his compatriots. Speaking of elites, I hope to have a log up featuring 'Crosunee and one of Sona's characters sometime this week (and maybe an entry about a conversation between Conclave and Nike, if I'm lucky).
EDIT: Ok, the 'Crosunee log is up, and I wrote a small canon expansion article on the Covenant Battle Calendar to boot (see here), because I felt like it was cheating to just use human time measurements with Covenant names, when the Covenant time measurement system probably is very different in some ways. Hopefully it's not too confusing.
Survival of the Fittest
The deathmatch awaits.
Attention Spartan 501,
You have shown great devotion in creating some of your most valiant heroes, and now we beckon to you in a call of arms. Your warriors have been deemed worthy to join Survival of the Fittest, Halo Fanon's greatest community-wide battle of the year! Should you answer the call, you will have the chance of claiming victory and immortalizing one of your characters as one of the greatest champions to be remembered in Halo Fanon history! The next step is up to you. I hope to see your warriors in my armoury soon...
Cmdr. Kathrin Grunwald, Survival of the Fittest Season 5 Game Master
Greet'ns. A couple of your older weapon articles were brought to my attention recently on a talk page regarding the WW2Halo policy, the M16A8 Assault Rifle and the MX55 Battle rifle. It's the first one that's got the more obvious problem, while the second, in spite of being an original invention, has a centuries-long term of service that makes it somewhat unrealistic. Would you mind deleting or moving/editing a bit those articles? I'm only so presumptuous in asking because I know they were both created in 2008 and scarcely touched since, including the deletion of practically every other article in the MX line. Thankee, That Damn Sniper.
...I started to wonder if you had died or something. Glad to know you haven't :)
I'll check it out as soon as I have some time (family chose to come up for the weekend - and since I live in a small apartment, it's positively crowded right now, not much room for quiet alone time...).
Oh, and Sona & Co. told me to tell you to get on the Irk more often ;) If you're lucky you might even see me there from time to time nowadays!
So, what did you think of the beta? And about these reviews you speak of, mayhaps I'll feel persuaded to write some if I see your name on the SotF signup list (oh, and if you can tell Matt to sign up too, I'll make it worth your while) :)
I just want to know some things about your SPARTAN-IVs. And getting the IRC is simple, just click here, set a name, and enter the channel #halo-fanon. It'd be much easier to get everything sorted out in chat than through talk page messages.
Ahoy there, SotF season 5 begins in 24 hours, and you still haven't made your request for supplies! Unless you want your characters to go in unarmed, see the resources here, and check your balance and character stats here. When you've decided what you want for each character, write it down here. Just a reminder that each character can only use one of the two resource shops every episode. Dual-wielding is also permitted with weapons marked with the icon, but make sure that your character stats match the sum of both weapons' requirements. Thanks and good luck!
Hey, just to tell you that the resource shop is out of active camouflage and I had to distribute it to users who requested resources before you did. If you want, there's also passive camouflage available. Also, when requesting resources, please do not list down the ammunition that comes with the weapon, because I might mistake it for a request for extra ammo. If that's what you were asking for, I can't tell.
Don;t worry old chap, a faction is unnecessary (Though I'd much prefer them), but there's room for Roger to cause havoc and distress in his own way. All Roger will need is his character template fleshed out, and he's good to rock. And the time line is 2575, but given its nature, I don't care what timeline or fanon universe they're from, as long as they fit.
First, I'm really sorry for missing your previous message. Second, of course, go ahead! On the condition that you don't forget to send me the link ;)
I am still alive, and I do lurk on other wikis (particularly the Dragon Age Wiki), but I just don't have as much of a "Halo-drive" as I used to - hence why I haven't been here in forever. It doesn't help that my coursework has intensified and that I occasionally have to work many extra shifts during the breaks. But the biggest reason is probably that I've been on a huge fantasy kick lately, meaning my main passions have been Dragon Age and Game of Thrones. And when new material from either of those haven't popped up, I've been alternating between trying to write Dragon Age fanfics (and even then, I change my mind weekly or sometimes even daily on whether it should be original stories featuring new characters like my work here or if it should be an epic reimagining of the series so far) and trying to create my own fantasy universe (I'm still stuck in early the early worldbuilding process).
Still, I might try to read up on some of the things you've been writing lately. I owe you that much :)
Hmm, I don't know. As I said, even if I had a creative spark, I'll still be a little occupied for at least another few days (this essay was really poorly scheduled - I'll have to do at least some work on it during the christmas break :< ). Still, maybe you could go with the "talk about it from somebody else's perspective" route for now, just in case I change my mind? If I haven't in a long time from now, then you can do what you want :) I hope that's fair.
Nah, I think it works great as it is. I'll let you know if I change my mind though :)
Spartan II Class IV
As the header suggests, I'm here with the idea of a Class IV. I read ARES Logs, Roger-341, Connor-338 and most other associated pages and was completely wowed, when I first saw the unit page I was skeptical but after reading I was utterly in love. So in class when I was free I started writing up an idea which gradually evolved more and more (it's nowhere near completion but still), that idea was a class IV. Seeing as in the hypothetical article ARES was referenced numerous times and because for there to be a class IV, there would need to be a class III, and while it is by no means a carbon copy of ARES, it certainly takes quite a few cues from it, but as the idea is you and Matt's intellectual property (really hope I'm using that term right), I wanted to ask your permission and am totally fine with taking no for an answer.User:Spartan-D042 screw this sig stuff 21:19, March 22, 2015 (UTC)
I wanted to ask on part III as still got the light on and wanted to see more on the epic battle for Earth.
Greet'ns. Not sure it was you, but did you have something in one of your Ares Logs or Operation: Blue Nights about the first AI creating a symphony rather than turn into Skynet like everybody feared? I've been trying to find it, but haven't had luck so far. I'd like to use her as the basis for The Assembly, having her conclude in her very early moments that more AIs would follow her creation and they would inevitably create a secretive society. Regards, That Damn Sniper.