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The Rookie (music)

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The Rookie


Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack







More Than His Share


The Rookie is the second track (Disc 1 Track 2) in Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack. It is composed of Strong Silent Type (0:00-3:08), Postpartum (3:08-4:59), and Proceed with Caution (4:59-7:27).


Strong Silent Type[edit]

Strong Silent Type (3:08) begins with low strings playing in ambiance. Muted percussion enters in a slow rhythm. Low strings transition to a flowing melody with single piano notes in accompaniment. The piano notes play in a short notes until heavy percussion enters slowly building up tension. With a cymbal clash, strings enter with a trembling melody before fading into the background melody. Winds take over in an echo of the trembling melody, followed by the percussion and low strings slowly build up and swell to a minor key. The piece ends with a high-pitched chord. This piece plays throughout the Halo 3: ODST campaign level Prepare To Drop. The trembling melody is incorporated into Street Sweeper (from the later track Traffic Jam), Mercy Plea (from the later track Special Delivery), and Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (from the later track Finale).


Postpartum (1:51) begins with digital notes playing in a minor key. The electric guitar joins in often playing three notes with reverb. Strings enter and lead into the next piece. This piece plays in the campaign level Mombasa Streets, when the Rookie first wakes up and contacts the Superintendent.

Proceed with Caution[edit]

Proceed with Caution (2:28) features rhythmic muted percussion and muted low strings playing the melody from Strong Silent Type. The percussion takes over for a short section before the low strings returns louder with the melody. The percussion takes over again before high strings fade in for a finish. The piece plays in the campaign level Mombasa Streets, when Rookie enters the building in Sector 5 overlooking Tayari Plaza.

Production notes[edit]

  • The name Strong Silent Type alludes to Dutch calling the Rookie a "strong, silent type".
  • The name Postpartum likely draws a parallel between the "Postpartum period", the time period after childbirth, and the time immediately after Rookie exited his SOEIV.
  • The name Proceed with Caution is a reference to the Superintendent using Mombasa's street signs to help the Rookie navigate.