Keepsake

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"It's just... It's sorta like a charm..."
Parisa

A keepsake, memento, or souvenir is a unique item that a person holds to be of special importance, reminding them of a person, place, or event. They range from photographs, toys, trinkets, and other memorabilia.[1] Many are kept out of memory of the person who gave it or originally owned it. Being personal objects, they are mostly unrecognizable to outsiders. Within the UNSC Armed Forces, soldiers often pass along their dog tags as keepsakes for their comrades to remember them by.[2][3] Although generally considered an unseemly act, and in the case of the United Nations Space Command, against protocol, some Covenant and human soldiers were known to keep souvenirs from fallen enemies as war trophies.[4][5]

List of keepsakes[edit]

Individual Items Importance Image
Catherine Halsey Dr. Halsey's personal journal Halsey bought her journal when she was eighteen and used it to record her life for the next 42 years. Inside she wrote personal thoughts, scientific diagrams, potential theories, and sketches of people and places significant to her life.[6] Reach Halsey Journal Cover.png
Cortana Installation 04's Activation Index Cortana took the Activation Index from its owner 343 Guilty Spark so that he could not use it to fire the Halo ring. The Index's contents put a heavy toll on her memory, due to containing a hundred millennia's worth of biological and technological data recorded on the ring, but came to help as a means to activate Alpha Halo's replacement.[7][8] CortanaIndex-large.jpg
Daisy-023 Teddy Bear keychain Daisy once possessed a small teddy bear on a chain which she lost the day she was abducted into the Spartan-II program. Years later, her own flash clone gave one to her. Daisy kept it with her to the day she was killed in action on Harvest[9] Homecoming DaisyTrinket Concept.png
Dimah Tchakova A stuffed toy Dimah would occasionally comfort herself with a plush toy that she had taken with her to Corbulo Academy.[10] FUD - DimahToy.jpg
Emile-A239 Stolen Covenant contraband Spartan Emile possessed an "impressive" collection of souvenirs taken from Covenant he had killed. This was in direct violation of Subsection Seven of the Cole Protocol, which stated all Covenant items should be scanned for tracking devices before being brought into human territory. However his superiors ignored this, due to being part of the Army instead of Navy.[11] Emile standing.png
Frank Kodiak Type-1 energy sword During the Covenant war, Frank Kodiak obtained an energy sword from a Sangheili warrior he had killed. Years later, he used the sword in a duel against N'tho 'Sraom, the Sangheili responsible for severing his right arm.[12] H2A EnergySword-MP.png

(A standard Covenant energy sword)

Gabriel Thorne
During the Requiem Campaign, Fireteam Majestic leader Paul DeMarco saved Thorne's life by killing Gek 'Lhar. As a sign of gratitude, Thorne gifted DeMarco the Sangheili commander's sword. When DeMarco perished later on Ealen IV, his sword was left in the possession of Fireteam Bailey. Tedra Grant won his keepsake in a card game against Jones and soon lost it on poker night to Carlo Hoya. Thorne then joined in and started a new game using playing cards that he inherited from his grandparents. Thorne won the tribute with his lucky hand and expressed appreciation for his fallen friend.[13] HTfS keepsake.png
Gek 'Lhar 13 dog tags belonging to several soldiers and Spartans. Thirteen UNSC dog tags were attached to the left side of Gek's harness; these were taken from enemies he had killed, including a few Spartans.[14] Among them was the dog tags of Rion Forge's companion and lover, Cade.[15] GLhar.png
Jacob Keyes Keyes' pipe Keyes' pipe was a family heirloom. As he was not permitted to smoke aboard spacecraft, Keyes usually settled for chewing on it to aid concentration.[16][17] Keyes' pipe.jpg
John-117 A Quarter dollar, an antique United States coin. The coin was used by Dr. Halsey to choose which of the potential children should become Spartans. Halsey let John keep the coin after he guessed correctly which side it would land on.[18] It was taken from him when he was abducted for the Spartans, but returned years later by Franklin Mendez, recalling how John had broken its thieves' fingers.[19] Ancient US Quarter.jpg
John Forge The ace of spades playing card When Forge last saw his daughter, she told him to keep the card because it was lucky in the card games they played together, and she wanted him to have all the luck he could get when he was away fighting in the war. Forge kept the ace of spades playing card and later attached it to his left shoulder pauldron on his BDU.[20]

Years later his daughter would name her own ship the Ace of Spades in reference to this keepsake.

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Levu 'Mdama M12 Warthog Kaidon 'Mdama was a Sangheili traditionalist but was known to have eccentric tastes. Due to his eccentric tendecies, it was suspected that he was responsible for bringing a UNSC Warthog back to his clan's state as a battlefied trophy.[5] H3-TurretlessWarthog.png

(A standard UNSC Warthog)

Michael Crespo

The Rookie

Luna medallions At the conclusion of the war, Mickey and the Rookie purchased circular medallions that resembled the surface of Earth's moon. The shocktroopers bought them to remember their common home, both having been born in Crisium City on Luna.[21] LunaMoon.png

(Luna, Earth's only natural satellite)

Naomi-010
  • Dollhouse miniature chair
Naomi Sentzke was fascinated with toy dollhouses and Astronomy as a young girl. For her sixth birthday, Naomi's father planned to gift her a planetarium lamp, however, Naomi never received it as she was abducted into the Spartan-II program days before her birthday. Devastated by his daughter's disappearance, Staffan Sentzke took up crafting and kept the star lamp as a keepsake for years, well after the glassing of his homeworld, Sansar. Decades later, when Staffan learned Naomi was alive and well, he sent her the lamp and a miniature painted wooden chair.[22]
Parisa A childhood photograph Parisa had a photo of herself with a boy named John taken when they were six years old. John had saved her from drowning and promised to marry her. Two decades later, the now-Master Chief recognized himself in her photo but chose not to tell her who he really was.[23] Parisa.jpg
Reth Sangheili practice helmet Reth, the Kig-Yar leader of the Redoubt on Metisette, was an art collector who acquired many pieces from other Covenant species through trade and theft. The most prized possession in his hoard was a Sangheili practice helmet that was carved from wood and painted black. Because Sangheili didn't part with their gifts easily, Reth had worked hard to pilfer this handmade item for his collection.[24]
SPARTAN-B312 Jorge-052's dog tag Jorge gave his dog tag to Noble Six shortly before he sacrificed himself to detonate the slipspace bomb to destroy the Long Night of Solace.[25] Six kept them as a reminder of Jorge's heroism, while the Covenant continued to assault Reach.[26] Though Six tried to give them to Emile-A239, Emile refused the offer and told Six to keep them since Jorge had chosen to give them to Six.[27] Reach-Dog tag.png
Thomas Lasky
Lasky kept his brother Cadmon's dogtags after he was killed by Insurrectionists on Andesia, and then his friend Chyler's dogtags after she was killed by the Covenant during the Battle of Circinius IV.[28][29] After the battle, the Master Chief gave Lasky a fragment of a dead Hunter's armor, which they had both worked together to kill.[29] FUD - Chyler dog tags.png

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Palace Hotel"
  2. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace (level)
  3. ^ Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Part 5
  4. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 157
  5. ^ a b Halo: Glasslands, page 57-58
  6. ^ Dr. Halsey's personal journal
  7. ^ Halo: First Strike, page 208 (2010 edition)
  8. ^ Halo 3, campaign level Cortana
  9. ^ Halo Legends: Homecoming
  10. ^ Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
  11. ^ Bungie.net - Emile's performance report
  12. ^ Halo: Hunters in the Dark, page 105
  13. ^ Halo: Tales from Slipspace, Fireteam Majestic Poker Night
  14. ^ Spartan Ops, S1E8 Expendable
  15. ^ Halo: Smoke and Shadow, page 127 (Google Play edition)
  16. ^ Halo: The Cole Protocol, page 135
  17. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, Chapter 1, page 17(2001 paperback); page 31(2010 paperback)
  18. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, Chapter 2, page 25(2001 paperback); page 40(2010 paperback)
  19. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, Chapter 11, page 101(2001 paperback); page 123(2010 paperback)
  20. ^ Halo: Smoke and Shadow, page 61 (Google Play edition)
  21. ^ Halo: New Blood, chapter 15
  22. ^ Halo: Mortal Dictata, page 485-488
  23. ^ Halo: Evolutions, "Palace Hotel", pages 368-369
  24. ^ Halo:The Cole Protocol, page 294
  25. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace
  26. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level Exodus
  27. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level New Alexandrial
  28. ^ Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Part 2
  29. ^ a b Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Part 5

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