Archive:Halo Waypoint/2009 to 2014/Universe/Events

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The Basics

A brief overview of the story of Halo.

Defiant to the End

The story behind the Defiant maps: Condemned, Unearthed, and Highlands

Each of the Defiant maps is based on a location in the Halo universe, on and around the planet Reach.

Condemned takes place aboard Orbital Station Gamma, a massive space station high in orbit above the planet Reach. Prior to the Covenant’s overwhelming invasion, Orbital Station Gamma provided long range communications for UNSC fleets and a vital lifeline between Reach and Earth. During the Battle of Reach, the station suffered terrible punishment at the hands of the Covenant but a few fortified sections remain intact, fully pressurized, and ready for combat.

Highlands takes place on the top-secret Military Wilderness Training Preserve on Reach. The Preserve is a large, wooded area where Spartan super-soldiers trained long before the war with the Covenant began. During the Battle of Reach, the Preserve was the site of key battles between the alien invaders and a group of Spartans who used their familiarity with these UNSC training grounds to significant tactical advantage…but not everyone who enters these woods makes it out alive. Highlands expands the fight with massive-scale engagements for 8 – 16 players in Big Team Battle, Team Slayer and Team Objective.

Unearthed takes the battle for Reach to a large Titanium mine and refinery located in the Viery civilian sector of the planet. This particular mine was built to take advantage of the exposed titanium inside a massive meteor crater. The titanium produced here is used in much of the UNSC hardware, from the chassis of the Warthog to the meters-thick armor plating of capital ships like the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. While this facility was quickly abandoned when the Covenant arrived on Reach, it still has significant tactical (and economic) value and it won’t be long before both humans and Covenant return to battle for control.

The Long Journey Home

A look at the story in between Halo 2 and Halo 3.

Visegrad at Dawn

A critical relay outpost on the planet Reach goes offline.

The Halo Conflict

The Covenant War finds its way to the ancient Forerunner ringworld known as Halo.

Heroes Never Die

A three-part tribute to the heroism displayed by humanity during the Covenant War.

Ten Twenty

The events on and around October 20, 2552.

Assault on the Stars

Noble Team takes the fight to the Covenant supercarrier.

Into Hell

An account of the events which befell the city of New Mombasa in the wake of the Covenant invasion.

Lost with All Hands

The Halo Wars story retold.


An action-packed story from Halo Evolutions, vividly visualized by MoreFrames.

The Mona Lisa

The intense and powerful story from the Halo Evolutions anthology brought to life by ONE.

The Heart of Midlothian

Midnight on the Heart of Midlothian, the complete saga.

The Return

Another story from Halo: Evolutions brought to life by ONE.