By GrimBrother One -
Howdy folks! Thanks for stopping in again this week. Last time, we unloaded Lore’s Hammer with a deep dive into Halo: Hunters in the Dark. This week we’re going to go off the beaten path just a bit; as fans from all over the globe descend upon our home turf for PAX Prime, I felt it only fitting to start our Canon Communities series with a Halo community corner that is particularly dear to yours truly. The HBO (halo.bungie.org) community has long been considered by many fans as the headwaters of the greater Halo fandom, led most prominently by an individual who – much like the Spartans themselves – stands head and shoulders out of the crowd, both literally and figuratively. That individual is one Mr. Claude Errera, whose HBO forum handle “Louis Wu” is itself derived from Larry Niven’s Ringworld sci-fi series – a fictional universe that lent more than its fair share of inspiration to the early and formative days of the Halo narrative.
Starting from even before Halo was released – heck, before it even had a proper name, Claude began building a community based off showcasing and highlighting the contributions of others, whether that be through the sharing of casual creations or passionate discourse on the site’s popular forum. I myself was drawn to the site during the Halo 2 days as a fan thirsty for more lore, and quickly found an magnificent rabbit hole in HBO for learning more about the much deeper Halo narrative. Over the years, Claude cultivated a home for Halo fans of all walks and interests, and continues to make HBO an invaluable resource for Halo lovers both seasoned and green. In fact, many of the bad jokes you see headlining these very pages all have a direct lineage to yours truly’s time spent writing headlines and articles for HBO’s legendary “front page.” All things considered, I thought it might be fun to have a quick chat with Claude about the site. Here’s what he had to say…