CF CHATTERNET – LIGHTS IN THE DARK
Earlier this week, we took to the forums to pose a new question for out CHATTERNET feature, where we get your thoughts on a particular subject. Considering the subject matter for this week, we thought it might be fun to grab some of your favorite moments from Halo: Hunters in the Dark. Let’s hear what the community had to say!
GRIM: What were some of your favorite aspects or moments of Halo: Hunters in the Dark?
M0aHerder: My favorite moment was easily when I realized just what the snow beasts actually were. The book mentions Vale hopping on the back of one of these creatures, grabbing on to the two horns that protruded from its back. It was right then that I realized why the description of these creatures sounded so familiar. I immediately stopped reading and start searching through all of the Halo concept art I have stored on my computer, and before long I had found the concept art for a creature that was planned to appear in Halo Wars. Sure enough, I compared it with the descriptions and there was no doubt that the two were the same. Something about bringing back something that was cut from previous games, especially an alien creature (if you can't tell by my name, I'm kind of a fan of alien fauna), makes me so excited. Especially because this creature in particular was something so minor from a relatively old and less popular game. The Sky Leviathans and Blind Wolves both take a close second, but that feeling when I recognized the snow beast (now known as the Chaefka) description was just great, and made me super excited for what the rest of the book would bring.
Dab1001: My favourite moment was probably around Chapter 15, when the group in the Citadel is split up. Some of them jumped down the chute John-117 and Thel 'Vadam took at the end of The Covenant, in Halo 3. Not only did it excellently describe the tunnels - so well that I was having Halo 3 flashbacks - but [REDACTED]’s death was also so sad and unexpected.
Shedrakzo: A favorite scene for me was when N'tho took the Mayhem through the Ark portal to the protests of the humans on the ship. It really showed an interesting side of his personality, that he would continue on with the mission without delay, even if there were those that disagreed with him.
Onyx81: Easily the moment when Vale is questioning 0000 Tragic Solitude about why he is the one to judge humanity, and the judgement of the Forerunners at the hands of the Flood gets brought up.
jayman567: For me it was when the book described all the areas that we had previously been to in Halo 3 (Shell of High charity, Scarab wreckage, The towers and the Citadel). My second favourite bit was when the Retriever sentinel appeared just after the portal opened, it really added a sense of danger even before they even left for the Ark. Finally I would say that the interactions between Vale and Solitude were my third favourite moments, but in all honesty the entire book was filled with great moments in every chapter.
Toa Freak: Going back to the Ark in general was pretty awesome, as was meeting the Ark's Monitor. The meeting between Vale and Solitude was a lot of fun to read about, and Vale came off a an extremely well rounded character, one I cannot wait to meet in Halo 5. However, I think the absolute best aspect of HitD was the story of Kodiak and N'tho. The dynamics between these character, Kodiak having to deal with the baggage of his past and growing as a person was spectacular! Oh, and before I forget, thank you for bring both N'tho 'Sraom and Usze 'Taham back into the fold. It was awesome to see these characters again.
DH1762: The Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain but in the case of Hunters in the Dark, the monitor of the Lesser Ark. In the first 2 games we had two different monitors for the Halo rings and it was weird that during the events of Halo 3, we had humans, the covenant, and a gravemind trampling all over the Ark, but never saw a new monitor for the Ark. So finally getting a chance to read about Tragic Solitude and how he took the destruction of the Ark and what he was willing to do to correct the wrong that was done to the Ark while getting his revenge that almost came to fruition.
Sith Venator: For sure the Sangheili and Spartans working together, it's the kind of joint-operation story I've been waiting on since 2004. In addition to that I really loved the relationship between Vale and Usze. You can bet every time I play an Osiris mission in Halo 5: Guardians I'll be Vale.
ajw34307: Mine is one of the book's weirder moments - the conflict with the 'not-Ents'. First of all, I was deeply amused by how aware Peter David was of what he was making reference to, as Kodiak recalls "a centuries-old fantasy story that had living trees" - it's wonderful to know, and quite topical for the overall theme of the book, that Tolkien's books of a great adventure undertaken by a Fellowship of people from very different backgrounds and cultures find common ground fighting against an evil that threatens all their lives and has the mantle of the world passed from the great civilization of the Elves to men... It's nice to know that such a story still lives in human hearts and minds all those centuries on. Secondly, I have a great love for the 'weird' side of Halo's universe - the things that have you re-evaluate the preconceptions that you'd built, the things that seem quite out there. The 'not-Ents' reminded me very much of the organic kind of technology possessed by the Path Kethona Forerunners and the Stoics of Janjur Qom who we see in Broken Circle.
She Sangheili: My favorite moment? Gah Grim you don't make this easy but I have a few but for me the Sangheili stole the show. Their character development was incredible plus bringing back Usze and N'tho we were gladly spoiled. The author took Player 3 and Player 4, whom were just given names and bare bone personalities and he gave them personalities. N'tho went from the youthful Sangheili eager to work with humanity to, well he didn't change much but he took control of the situation and I honestly expected him to say, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." I was grinning widely at his antics. Usze had wonderful interactions with the rest of the characters but more importantly Olympia Vale. A favorite moment of mine is when Usze was called out that he was pacing. As N'tho and Usze were both wonderfully sassy and snarky.
Another thing that made me giddy, which I think a few others mentioned, was that this book was wonderfully weird. The Ark was completely alien and that was amazing. How there were mentions of animals that were cut from the original games. Sure one could argue that toward the end the book grew a bit fanciful. My response is simple... "ITS HALO! We've come to accept weirder things."