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Monday, February 22

It's time for Dawn


There's a new kid in town with a mission to give us some in depth thinking on the Halo Universe.

Forward unto Dawn's purposes is to "provide insight, analysis and speculation into the huge, dynamic Halo franchise and foster a community that is willing to maturely discuss and enjoy the franchise together." I say good luck with that maturely bit!

To kick off Forward unto Dawn has tackled the 'Winter Contingency' in a long discussion about Reach, it's existence before the Covenant found it, and the events that happened on the planet. If you want a comparison of the style of writing, think the exploratory / explanatory articles that may be found at Ascendant Justice.

Here's a taste.

"Light years into deep space rests a blue sphere nestled in the stars. Speckled with swirling white clouds dancing slowly across the planet’s surface. Beneath them, familiar blue oceans surround land masses big and small, mountainous areas shoot up from the lush green forests and grasslands across the planet’s surface. Thunderstorms of crashing rain and howling winds form and disperse, frozen snowy tundra’s lay undisturbed and rivers meander peacefully down various valleys spilling into the seas.

There are farmers working diligently on their farm lands tending to the harvesting of their crops and there are miners coming to and fro from their deep mines where an honest wage is earned extracting valuable metals from the crust. Construction workers laugh and joke as they work hard on their latest construction project, eager to laugh away the hours until they go home for the evening.

It looks rather similar to Earth when viewed from orbit and down on the surface things appear quite familiar. This world is not home, it is Reach, an alien world. Humans have only begun to harvest this world’s rich untapped resources. The oceans’ bright blue seas largely untarnished by pollution or human interference, the green forests lush with trees and vegetation and the brown soil is rich with minerals and organic matter."

Check out the full essay.

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