Epilogue (Halo 3)
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This article is about the Halo 3 level in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. For other articles of the same name, see Epilogue.
Epilogue is the eleventh level of Halo 3's campaign in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Instead of gameplay, the level contains the cutscenes that originally followed the final level Halo, which depicted Lord Hood's speech at the Voi Memorial as well as John-117's survival following Raid on Installation 08.
Flashback: The front half of the Forward Unto Dawn enters the Earth's atmosphere, and crashes into the Indian Ocean. Two Marines track its descent.
Flashback continued: An engineering crew cuts into the Forward Unto Dawn with torches while a rescue Pelican hovers overhead. The Arbiter emerges from the wreckage.
Flashback ends: The Arbiter is revealed to be present at the memorial, standing solemnly with the Marines. The Shadow of Intent can be seen hovering above in the distance.
Lord Hood puts his hat back on and salutes. Sergeant Stacker turns to the other Marines present.
Seven Marines raise their Battle Rifles and each fire a single burst of three shots: a 3-volley salute. The view pans over the Portal, now closed and silent, and Mount Kilimanjaro against the evening sky.
Later, the Arbiter approaches Lord Hood, standing alone in front of the Memorial, which appears to be a Pelican wing, decorated with pictures of the fallen, including Commander Miranda Keyes and Sergeant Major Avery Johnson, along with flowers, medals, ribbons, and other tokens of respect.
Under the UNSC emblem is an inscription commemorating the dead:
IN MEMORY OF THOSE FALLEN
IN THE DEFENSE OF EARTH
AND HER COLONIES
MARCH 3, 2553
Lord Hood and the Arbiter stare at the Memorial.
Hood turns to the Arbiter and holds out his hand.
The Arbiter slowly shakes Admiral Hood's hand. After letting go, Hood's eyes are drawn to one part of the memorial in particular.
The Arbiter looks away, toward the Shadow of Intent, hovering silently in the sky.
The Arbiter leaves the Memorial. His Phantom heads back to the Shadow of Intent, hovering in about the same position as the Portal to the Ark once was. The Arbiter meets Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadum on the bridge. 'Vadum is looking at a holographic image of Earth.
The Arbiter reassuringly places a hand on 'Vadum's shoulder.
The Arbiter clenches his fist to his chest.
The Arbiter takes a seat on the command chair, the one normally used by Rtas 'Vadum.
The Shadow of Intent leaves Earth.
Going back to the Voi Memorial, the view shows that next to the print "March 3, 2553", the number "117" is carved into the metal of the wing, and a rank insignia is taped to the upper right of it as a tribute to the Master Chief.
Fade to black.
The Master Chief, very much alive, awakens, floating in zero gravity in a debris-filled hallway on board the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn.
The Master Chief looks at a gaping hole in the hallway. He drifts to his floating assault rifle and holsters it, then begins to drift to the end of the hallway.
The Chief reaches the end of the hallway, which opens up into empty space. The Forward Unto Dawn is revealed to be sheared in half, floating in a cloud of its own debris, still red-hot from the sudden slipspace slowdown.
The Forward Unto Dawn's remaining half continues to drift aimlessly in unknown space.
The Chief begins to drift further inside the ship, finding a row of cryotubes complete with a holotank to plug Cortana into.
The Chief plugs Cortana's data chip into the holotank and she appears.
The Master Chief turns off the flashlight on his helmet.
The Chief places his assault rifle in one of the rackets on the wall.
The Chief climbs into one of the cryotubes.
The cryotube door begins to close.
Cortana smiles, nodding. The cryotube closes and seals, freezing the Master Chief and bringing the Halo Trilogy to its conclusion.
Fade to black
The back half of the Forward Unto Dawn is seen drifting towards a planet. A star is eclipsed by the Forward Unto Dawn for a second as it slowly comes out from behind the planet, casting light upon it momentarily before blinding the view completely.