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Halo: Outcasts is a print novel by Troy Denning that was released on August 8, 2023. The novel was originally set to release on October 18, 2022, but was ultimately delayed to July 25th, 2023 due to Denning's own personal health complications. In March 2023, the novel was delayed once more seemingly due to supply chain issues, this time to August 8, 2023.
The novel follows Thel 'Vadam and Olympia Vale's efforts to recover a rumored artifact on Netherop that could stop Cortana, unaware that they're being manipulated by someone else. The novel's focus on Netherop follows on from the planet's establishment and heavy feature in previous Denning novels Silent Storm and Oblivion. Several of the novel's Sangheili cast of characters follow on from the 2015 novel Halo: Hunters in the Dark and some of the other characters were ones introduced in Silent Storm and Oblivion.
|“||2559. Formerly one of the Covenant's greatest and most fearsome warriors, Arbiter Thel 'Vadam is now allied with his former human enemies while deeply entrenched in leading the Sangheili people to a new era of unification. But his aspirations are under constant threat, whether by the dangerous, warring factions of rival Sangheili keeps, or the relentless shadow of oppression spread by the renegade artificial intelligence Cortana.
An opportunity to break Cortana's chains has suddenly presented itself through the rumored existence of an ancient artifact located on the hostile world of Netherop. Spartan Olympia Vale, trained with the skills to live and thrive among the Sangheili, also recognizes this alien prize as an essential means to aid humanity in reaching the same goal of freedom. But behind the scenes, both 'Vadam and Vale are being manipulated by a mysterious figure with their own agenda. And to make matters worse, all involved are unknowingly placing themselves at perilous odds with forces beyond their comprehension.
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Technology and equipment
- The novel's existence was first hinted at in an Easter Egg on the Halo Infinite multiplayer map Streets. Various books placed near the map's arcade room reference real Halo novels, with one particular title bearing the word "Outcast".
- Rosa Fuertes' internal thoughts in chapter 16 were inspired by Denning's own dream-like experience during his recovery from a surgery he had undergone when he was penning Halo: Outcasts.
A parody of the novel's cover art created by community writer Alex Wakeford.
An official illustration of the state of Vadam, done for the novel.
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Shippin' Out (Retrieved on Feb 2, 2022) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Of Protocols and Prisons (Retrieved on Mar 7, 2022) [archive]
- Amazon, Halo: Outcasts (Retrieved on Mar 25, 2023) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Echoes With-Dinh (Retrieved on Mar 25, 2023) [archive]
- Simon & Schuster, Halo: Outcasts (Retrieved on Mar 25, 2023) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Lore of the Jungle (Retrieved on May 4, 2022) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Auditory Additions (Retrieved on Dec 15, 2022) [archive]
- Twitter, Troy Denning (@TDenningauthor): "Some HALO: OUTCASTS news: As some of you may have noticed already, we're delaying my next Halo book. The reason is that a congenital heart defect (a bicuspid aortic valve) has started to act up earlier than expected, and I need to have open-heart surgery." (Retrieved on May 5, 2022) [archive]
- Halo Waypoint, Halo: Outcasts | Spartan Chatter (Retrieved on Aug 12, 2023) [archive]
- Text previews
- Halo Waypoint, Halo: Outcasts - Preview 1
- Halo Waypoint, Halo: Outcasts - Preview 2
- Halo Waypoint, Halo: Outcasts - Preview 3
- Audiobook previews
- YouTube, Halo: Outcasts – Preview #1 - Audio Excerpt
- YouTube, Halo: Outcasts – Preview #2: Arbiter Thel 'Vadam - Audio Excerpt
- YouTube, Halo: Outcasts - Preview #3: Spartan Olympia Vale - Audio Excerpt