Back to Basics Episode One

Note 1. This is a new lore series created by us for new Halo fans.
Note 2. In depth lore will be posted soon. Feel free to make requests.
Note 3. Lore = Story FYI

Today’s Halo lore post discusses the main part of Halo’s story. This is what the first few games consists of.

John – 117


First off we’ll start with Master Chief Petty Officer John – 117. That was quite a mouthful wasn’t it? Now allow me to break it down further. “Master Chief” is not his name but his rank hence “Petty Officer” coming after it. Chief’s actual name is John and his Spartan number is 117. He is a part of the Untied Nations Space Command in the Navy.

Bloody Hell Fire!

As you can tell by now, John is not a emotionless machine; he is human just like us. He simply has a suit of armor to make him stronger than the average individual and augmentations that were fatal to many but not to him. John is more than you ever thought. Please take into consideration that there is also more to Halo, more to any game, than just shooting to kill. There is always a story behind it all…

Spartan II


“Your mistake is seeing SPARTANs as military hardware. My SPARTANs are humanity’s next step–our destiny as a species. Do not underestimate them. Most importantly do not underestimate him

— Dr. Catherine Halsey

“The SPARTAN Programs are a series of UNSC projects designed to create generations of physically, genetically, technologically, and mentally superior “supersoldiers” as a special fighting force within the UNSC Military. The SPARTAN-II Program, originally known as the ORION Project Generation II, was part of the SPARTAN Program, an effort to produce elite soldiers through mechanical and biological augmentation. The SPARTAN-II program would be the first in the series to meld advanced exoskeleton technology with the soldiers’ superior physiques.” — Taken from

We’ll talk more about the Spartan II program later but to sum up, it is said that 75 children, all six years of age, of both genders, were kidnapped and trained to be Spartans on planet Reach. Dr. Halsey founded this program. Then, at the age of fourteen, they were given augmentations. Out of the 75 children conscripted into the program, 30 died and 12 were crippled. A total of 33 survived. Those who were crippled would go on to be a part of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) which today is equivalent to the National Security Agency (NSA).



“When the game is over, the king and pawn go into the same box.”
– Cortana’s first words. She said it in Italian by the way.

Cortana is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) who was created using a cloned copy of Dr. Catherine Halsey’s brain. Her primary function during her time with the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) was the following:

1. Software Infiltration
2. Assist and aid the Spartans

“They let me pick. Did I ever tell you that? Choose whichever Spartan I wanted. You know me. I did my research. Watched as you became the soldier we needed you to be. Like the others, you were strong and swift and brave. A natural leader. But you had something they didn’t. Something no one saw, but me. Can you guess…? Luck.”
– Cortana


Cortana met John before the Fall of Reach and was integraded into his armor (MJOLNIR Mark V) for a field test. This test was said to have included the following:

1. Armed ODSTs (Orbital Drop Shock Troopers)
2. Anti-tank mines
3. Automatic turrets within the razor field
4. SkyHawk for an air strike.

Their relationship grew from there. She chose him for his neural compatibility and his “luck.”


The Covenant

“Creatures of the Covenant, the path is broad, and we shall walk it side by side.”
— The Prophet of Truth


The Covenant or Covenant Empire if you will is basically a congregation of several alien species. To be more specific, they were a theocratic hegemony made up of the following species:

1. Sangheili aka Elites
2. Unggoy aka Grunts
3. San ‘Shyuum aka Prophets
4. Jiralhanae aka Brutes
5. Yanme’e aka Drones
6. Kig-Yar {Sub-Species includes T’vaoan, Ibie’shan, and Ruutian)
7. Lekgolo aka Hunters
8. Covenant Fringe: Includes Yonhet and Sharquoi

The Covenant waged a genocidal campaign against humanity until they were defeated due to a number of factors.

The Sangheili soon parted from the Covenant Empire due to being betrayed by the Prophets. This betrayal included the true meaning of the “Great Journey.” The Great Journey actually meant activating the Rings thus destroying all sentient life among the galaxy.

The Flood


Known to the Covenant as the parasite, the Flood are a species of ” highly virulent parasitic organisms” who can reproduce by consuming other forms of life with cognitive capability and a sufficient biomass. The Gravemind is the ultimate intelligence of the Flood and is said to have complete control over all of the Flood forms.


Stay tuned for episode two. Thanks for reading.


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