You know what I want to do now? I just want to hug the life out of you for the excitement of just seeing that.
Aww, thank you very much. ^_^
It’s one of my more melancholy artworks, but I’m glad you enjoyed it all the same!
"I should’ve been there with you; been your Blue-Two. Maybe then you would still be here, standing beside me…"
(It breaks my heart that Kelly was at the Voi Memorial - listening to Lord Hood’s speech and probably thinking about how things might have gone differently if she had been able to help John during that last fight on the Ark. Thinking this while also knowing that she and the few remaining Spartan-IIs were now facing an uncertain future…and that she would never see John again.)
2553: In a ceremony presided over by Lord Hood, a monument is erected in the Kenyan savannah near Mount Kilimanjaro to officially mark the end of the Human-Covenant War, and in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the war, including John-117, who is labeled MIA. A full military detail, led by Gunnery Sergeant Stacker and including PFC Chips Dubbo, deliver a three volley salute to the fallen. All the remaining SPARTAN-II super-soldiers are present for the ceremony. After the ceremony, Thel ‘Vadam and his surviving brethren depart Earth for their homeworld, Sanghelios.
2558: Captain Thomas Lasky and Spartan Sarah Palmer are debriefed by the UNSC Security Council at HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6. The committee expresses misgivings of Lasky’s handling of the Second Battle of Requiem and the failed assassination and escape of Dr. Catherine Halsey. Lord Terrence Hood later tasks Infinity to escort him and the Arbiter on a diplomatic mission to Ealen IV.
Well, despite February being the shortest month of the year, it was one of the most successful months we’ve had here at The Eagle and The Rabbit in terms of both the number of things posted and community interaction! I’m not a Triple-A-blog or anything, so it makes me really happy to see that everyone is enjoying the blog thus far. :)
Anyway, just figured I’d drop one of my semi-monthly PSAs today…
Something I try to do with this blog is keep it fairly balanced and neutral in terms of content - be it things that are canon, fanon, or shipping-related. And things that I’ve deemed to have “too much” of my own opinion in them I’ve posted to my personal blog instead. However, lately I’ve had a lot of fun chatting with fellow fans and having respectful discussions about opinions and headcanons (something I haven’t experienced within the Halo fandom in a long time). So would you guys like it if I were to put a little more of myself into this blog and chewed some of the fat about John-117, Kelly-087, and various other Halo-related topics…Basically what I’m saying is, would more ‘opinion posts’ be something you would like to see? Let me know what you think!
Of course no matter what though, everyone is always welcome to hit up the Ask Box anytime with your own questions, comments, and opinions.
Otherwise I’ve got lots of good content saved in the queue, and many projects in the works for future posts. In fact, I’ve also been toying with the idea of having a 'Kelly-087 Appreciation Week' sometime in the next few months, as well as another contest/giveaway…So stay tuned. ;)
Until next time!
by FirerwolfKelly-087 looked over the gathered Spartan-IVs, all standing in perfect lines and watching her. These Spartans had spent the last few weeks running drills that she herself had designed. Exercises that strengthened their legs, increased their reaction time, and tested their problem solving skills. The Spartans before her were the ones that had made it through that regiment and had done well. They would be the elite soldiers that she would teach most of her tricks to. She would try to teach them all of her tricks of course, but Kelly was well aware they couldn’t keep up with her. No one could.
So I just found out about your blog and I love it! Im assuming Kelly is your favorite? Hahah! Anyways have any thoughts on Fred? He's one of my all time favorite Spartans!
Well hello there! Thank you for the compliments, and I’m glad you like the blog so far.
Yup, you guessed it, Kelly-087 is my favorite - in fact she’s probably my favorite fictional person period. She’s just such a strong, likeable, and unique character. And to top it off she isn’t belittled or sexualized just because she is a woman, and is shown to be just as capable (if not more so) than her male counterparts. And I absolutely think she deserves more attention from the Halo fandom for it (not to mention more of a presence in the narrative). Let’s just talk about her skills for a second here…Kelly can run fast, we all know that, but don’t forget she’s also fast with her mind too. All the Spartan-IIs gained increased speed, agility, and mental acuity after the augmentations; but with these things already being Kelly’s specialty, just imagine how crazy it would be to see her in action! Combine this with her natural spunk and creative mind, and you’ve got a Spartan that can neutralize two Hunters with nothing but a disabled Banshee and a plasma grenade (see chapter twelve of 'First Strike' for this awesomeness). It’s no wonder that, aside from her being his best friend since training, the Master Chief kept her as his Blue-Two for almost the entire Human-Covenant War. Kelly can fight, shoot, hack technology, and has the capacity to solve problems in unconventional ways that a lot of Spartans wouldn’t think to do. Her upbeat and forthright personality also really makes her stand out, and makes the way she interacts with other characters all the more enjoyable.
…But those are just a few of my thoughts about Kelly-087. ;) I love all the other Spartan-IIs as well, and Fred-104 is no exception. It’s noted several times in canon materials that he really does have the capacity to be as great as John-117 when it comes to being a soldier and a leader, but that he just doesn’t want that position. Fred has a tendency to let setbacks in a mission dash his confidence and lead him to second guess himself - and that kind of hesitation can be dangerous when leading a team. So Fred was always content with being second best in order to avoid attention; this is a really interesting character trait, particularly for a Spartan to have. However, later in 'First Strike' (and up until Kurt-051 shows up in 'Ghosts of Onyx') we see him being forced to deal with some of these issues and come more into his own as he has to assert himself as the leader of the remaining Spartan-IIs while the Master Chief is absent. So seeing that sort of growth in his character is pretty neat.
Anyway, to summarize: Kelly-087 and Fred-104 are really great characters and they both add a lot to the story of Halo. I certainly do hope we get to see them fighting alongside the Chief again in future Halo titles. :)
"sir, permission to leave the station."
"for what purpose, master chief?"
"to give the covenent back their bomb."