The Return is the twelfth short story in Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe. Written by Kevin Grace, this story follows a Sangheili Shipmaster as he travels back to the human colony world Kholo. This story takes place after the events of Halo 3 in which the Sangheili are no longer serving the San'Shyuum. The Return follows a unique writing style in which as the Shipmaster recalls past experiences, the text turns to italics to indicate a shift to a previous time period.
The Return was adapted into a motion comic series by ONE, in the same vein as Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian, with the first part released on April 3, 2010 and the last part on April 24, 2010.
Set six years after the end of the Human-Covenant War, a Sangheili Shipmaster returns to the glassed colony of Kholo in order to find forgiveness for his sins. He ventures lonely through the remains of the colony, occasionally remembering the glorious days of when he interrogated a human pilot and glassed the colony, as well as the dark days of the Great Schism.
He experiences flashbacks where he showed his loyalty to the Prophet of Conviction by glassing Kholo. During the process, the Shipmaster marked the Covenant glyph representing "Faith" on the surface of the planet.
Years later, when the Jiralhanae betrayed the Sangheili over High Charity, the Shipmaster confronted the Prophet of Conviction and disarmed him. The Shipmaster then exposed the Prophet's deception and killed Conviction in front of his crew.
In the present timeframe, after several days of searching, he discovers Kig-Yar pirates fighting humans at an excavation site. After killing the Kig-Yar, he finds a lone human survivor. Realizing the survivor would soon be dead, the Shipmaster leaves him and continues looking around the base. Soon, he finds photos of humans interfering with Forerunner technology, including what the Shipmaster remarks as resembling an Oracle that once existed in High Charity.[note 1] Realizing this could be what he was looking for, he returns to the human survivor and calls for help to save him. If the human manages to survive, the Sangheili plans on questioning him in order to collect information on his studies.
The Return has three instalments that were later edited into one long episode. Screenshots converted to wallpapers are released on Halo Waypoint in July 20, 2011. From January 28, 2012, the series was available for download on the Zune Video Marketplace before the Zune marketplace shut down in 2013. Each episode could be purchased for 80 points or a season pass can be purchased for 280 points. Below is the link to the long episode featured at the Halo Official Site:
- Halo Waypoint, schedule
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Return
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, pages 493-497
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, pages 501-505
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, page 509
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, page 511
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, page 514
- Halo Waypoint - The Return Wallpapers
- Halo Waypoint: The Halo Bulletin: 1.25.12