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"We make war so that we may live in peace."
―Aristotle


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Against All Odds Bulletin
Current News
User Date Announcement
Sonasaurus October 24, 2012 An RP that might be completed? Can it really be? Check it out and see!


Previous News
User Date Announcement
Sonasaurus April 11, 2012 Read my blog on AAO's new direction, and be sure to discuss your thoughts!
Athena32 February 12, 2012 The AAO Character Board has been created to promote character cooperation between AAO users! If you've got a character that you want to involve more in the project, or you want to help others do the same, do it here!
Sonasaurus December 30, 2011 Why am I the only one to have snagged awards for AAO this year? Get working for 2012, and I expect everyone to glorify our expanded universe for next year!
Actene October 3, 2011 My Day by Day is now officially AAO's database for short stories. Feel free to add your characters and submit short pieces about them!
Sonasaurus October 25, 2011 AAO has a new character infobox, and Sona demands that you use it!
Sonasaurus September 20, 2011 The AAO rulebook has received major updates! Please review the changes to make ensure you are familiar with the changes to the guidelines.
Sonasaurus May 16, 2011 The new AAO roleplay, Ghosts In the Machine has begun! Sign up if you're interested in participating!
CommanderTony February 6th, 2011 BBC News is now a joint project between the Tonyverse and Against All Odds! This project consists of daily news reports concerning military, political, social, and other stories relevant to the universe, with some modern-day stories "hijacked" for the project. To check out how you can participate by writing daily reports, check out the Tonyverse page HERE and go to the "News & FAQ" tab for more information. Thank you!
Sonasaurus January 7, 2011 The 2010 HFFAs are over. Thanks to everyone who participated, AAO has racked up 14 awards this year! Special congratulations to Athena32, who outshone the rest of us with an outstanding 8 nominations and 6 awards!
Sonasaurus November 1, 2010 If you have any minor characters that do not have articles, list them here.
Sonasaurus October 15th, 2010 If you find Oasis' content box to be too narrow, you can adjust it here. See this blog for help.
Sonasaurus October 12th, 2010 Wikia has been pulled under by Oasis! Fix up your images and templates to appropriate size to fit on the really freaking narrow box.
Sonasaurus August 27, 2010 The Against All Odds RP is back on track! If you're part of it, read the updated material and be sure to make your posts.
Sonasaurus July 23, 2010 Please check the requests to join page regularly for new submissions!
Sonasaurus June 22, 2010 We have begun an RP! Here's the link.
Sonasaurus June 21, 2010 Please check our list of article that need improvement, and put your name down for any articles that you would be interested in helping out with. If you also feel that you need someone to contribute to your work, just add it to the page
Sonasaurus June 16, 2010 Please register your usernames on the wikia IRC so that you may be given your appropriate status.
Sonasaurus June 13, 2010 If you have any questions about AAO, ask them here. I need the more experienced members of AAO to become part of the FAQ staff; if you feel that you have a fairly good understanding of our expanded universe and can answer questions about us adequately, ask me about helping out with doing so!
Sonasaurus June 4, 2010 AAO has a new SPARTAN template! If you find any mistakes in it, just let me know.
Leo Fox June 2, 2010 Halo Fanon Podcast coming soon! Message me on my talk page if you are interested.
Maslab June 2, 2010 We have a forum site. To enter the "Against All Odds" section, enter the password "albino".
Sonasaurus May 26, 2010 For any Against All Odds stories you're planning to write, please put {{AAO Stories}} at the bottom of the page (Thanks to Leo Fox for "suggesting" this).
Sonasaurus May 23, 2010 If you're still a bit confused about how to get yourself integrated into AAO, you might find this helpful.
Sonasaurus May 9, 2010 Please remember to add {{Era|AAO}} to your AAO-related articles, it'll be automatically listed under Category:Against All Odds, and will make it easier to let us keep track of.
Sonasaurus May 4, 2010 Most of you in AAO are still not participating actively in our expanded universe or interacting with the characters/events/places. Contact Maslab or me if you want to collaborate with writing a story, making an article, or otherwise help in ways that will get you more involved with our project.
Sonasaurus April 14, 2010 We're making a timeline for important events in AAO. The template is here, you can add to it (you don't have to place references). If you have trouble understanding the wikiformat for making the table, ask me or Maslab.
Sonasaurus November 6, 2009 I have partially started several stories, and delayed many more. Check out my page to see my fanon list, click the links and read the descriptions if you think you're interested in collaborating with me for writing it.
Maslab November 5, 2009 I am currently working on a large project that will decide the course that AAO will take. As such, no story articles or battles are to occur after the year 2604. However, if you absolutely must have a story set after 2604, as long as it's close, then I am willing to move the date back. It's fairly loose at this point.


About

Against All Odds (abbr. AAO) is an expanded universe project that predominantly establishes the events following the infamous Human-Covenant War. It is a non-alternate universe and follows the canon of Bungie as its highest priority, and several key events actually take place before or during the HCW era. Anyone is welcome to join the project simply by asking one of the co-creators, and no one in the project is barred from making articles outside of AAO's universe.

"I was actually thinking that we might combine our universes. Sort of build one together."
―Maslab 03:27, 21 May 2009 (UTC)[src]


And with those words, history was made on Halo Fanon...

There is no official date for AAO's establishment, only that it was formed by Maslab and Sonasaurus, who had joined a couple of stories and a small group of characters into one "universe" sometime in early to mid-2009. Initially, community interest was minimal, and it wasn't until late 2009 that the first contributor, LieutenantDavies, joined. A number of them followed, and the oldest currently active member is Leo Fox.

AAO became known as one of Halo Fanon's biggest community projects; its peak activity was in 2010, when there were over 30 members active at one time. In the 2010 annual awards, there were 14 articles that won awards in their respective categories. To date, AAO has won 45 awards in total.

AAO is still running today, although things have slowed down somewhat due to many users' inactivity and Maslab's long hiatus throughout most of 2011. However, activity is beginning to pick up again and the progression of its timeline has regained momentum, with more focus on the other eras in the project.

As of April 11, 2012, AAO has disassociated itself from 343 Industries, as made official here. The project is still considered non-alternate, as it completely abides by all canon created by Bungie.

The Team

If you're looking for something to do in AAO, or are starting off and don't know how to build a good foundation for your role, consult one of the following users. Their individual "fields of expertise" should help you decide what you want to do most.

Co-creators

Maslab

Maslab establishes most of AAO's post Human-Covenant War storyline, covering the ground with his long novels and related articles. He is also good at plot ideas for any story and has a solid sense of what does and doesn't make sense in a story or article.

Sonasaurus

Sonasaurus mostly writes stories, as he is hopeless at scientific matters. This leads him to frequently ask Maslab for help when the need arises, or if worst comes to worst, resort to technobabble. He does more work on the canon side of Halo than his fellow co-creator does, and also fills in gaps in the post-HCW timeline established by Maslab. He writes about Sangheili just as much as he does about the UNSC, and more so than most of the other members in AAO; however, he often takes liberties due to their vaguely detailed culture. He isn't too fond of writing articles, but when he does, he ensures that it is of high quality both content-wise and appearance-wise. Most of his articles are characters.

Moderators

Leo Fox

Leo Fox is, for all intents and purposes, the all-around expert when it comes to the UNSC. He frequently writes about the Office of Naval Intelligence, but is no less able at creating other types of UNSC characters. He is also in charge of managing the UNSC's fleet (currently under construction by Auguststorm1945).

StoneGhost

StoneGhost is AAO's technological expert. He specializes in creating articles on weapons, vehicles, or really any type of miscellaneous technology. He also has a knack for drawing two-dimensional images of UNSC ships, although he would prefer not to create them on a whim as they are painstaking to complete. He also splits his writing between AAO and his own project, the Swarmverse.

Actene

Actene deals mostly with AAO's criminal underworld. Most of his content is related to human mercenaries, freelancers, and the like, with the occasional alien thrown in. He has created several factions tied to these notable individuals. When it comes to Sangheili, he places them in affiliations outside that of the military's. He has a few "good" characters, and his most prominent characters are closer to being "neutral" than "evil". His stories revolve around these characters, who are for the most part, existent in multiple universes. His stories, however, are usually devoted to a single universe. Recently, most of his works have been devoted to AAO.

Major Articles

Storylines

For a question that has been asked so many times, here's the long-awaited answer! AAO is split into a series of different eras, each of differing quantity but of equal importance. Here are all five eras that make up the project's storyline. They currently do not have articles, but will be written all in good time.

Ancient Sanghelios Conflicts (Ages of Conflict—Ages of Conversion) — A rarely explored era, and the smallest of the five in AAO, these events are nonetheless important to the project. Stories that tell of key events that led to changes in the Sangheili and their ties to the Covenant over the ages, as well as the ancestors of some of the most prominent "present-day" Sangheili and their accomplishments.

Colonial Independence Campaigns (2479—2537) — The UNSC's conflicts with the various human rebel factions that grow increasingly powerful over the years. Even though the last few years of the long-time war took a backseat after the appearance of the Covenant, this era outlines many important events that shaped the Human-Covenant War and the future of the Unified Earth Government itself.

Human-Covenant War (2525—2553) — The biggest conflict the UNSC ever faces in the first half of the 26th century, the infamous Human-Covenant War pits the UNSC against the Hierarchical alien caste, as the human race faces genocide, and consequently the possibility of extinction. As colony after colony is destroyed by the Covenant, the UNSC is slowly backed into a corner and become overpowered and outnumbered—until the Covenant itself breaks apart in turmoil.

Interspecies Union Conflicts (2554—2588) — After forming a new alliance with the Sangheili and beginning the stage of recovery for the human race's diminished numbers, the Interspecies Union is created and rises to power. But so do various factions that oppose them. From a human rebel organization that is much more resourceful than their Insurrectionist counterparts to a gathering of Sangheili that still believe in the Covenant's Great Journey, the Interspecies Union find themselves on the brink of war as tensions rise between the opposing sides. What's more, the Covenant that was thought to have been defeated have gained a newfound strength and seek revenge on those who had nearly brought them down...

Against All Odds (2604—?) — The fifth and largest era to AAO, one that tells of a massive war between the Interspecies Union and a deadly enemy. This era and all information pertaining to it are under construction and is currently off-limits for writing.

Timeline

This will be added to and improved upon over time.

WARNING
The following contains plot spoilers. It is advised that you read the actual stories first before consulting this.

Annual Awards

Year Category Article Author Result
2008 Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN SPARTAN-091 Spartan-091 Nominated
Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN Simon-G294 Actene Won
Annual Award Best Starship Best Starship Leonidas-class Heavy Battleship Spartan-091 Nominated
2009 Annual Award Best Covenant Character Best Covenant Character Autel 'Vadam Sonasaurus and Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Starship Best Starship UNSC Las Vegas Leo Fox Won
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Flight of the Phoenix: Book 1 Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Vadam Legacies: The Darkest Hour Sonasaurus Nominated
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel The Forerunners Chronicles: Emergence Sonasaurus Nominated
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Another Poetic Spartan Nominated
2010 Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN Felix-116 Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best UNSC Personnel Best UNSC Personnel Jacob Forge Maslab Nominated
Annual Award Best UNSC Personnel Best UNSC Personnel Leonardo Simmons Leo Fox Won
Annual Award Best Covenant Character Best Covenant Character Stel 'Vadam Stellar Elite Won
Annual Award Best Covenant Character Best Covenant Character Xar 'Mantakree Rozh Nominated
Annual Award Best AI Best AI Diana Actene Won
Annual Award Best Unaffiliated Character Best Unaffiliated Character Richard R. Hunt IsaacDKramer Nominated
Annual Award Best Starship Best Starship UNSC Spirit of Fire Echo 1125 Nominated
Annual Award Best Starship Best Starship Leonidas-class Heavy Battleship Spartan-091 Nominated
Annual Award Best Planetary Vehicle Best Ground/Air Vehicle M6A1 Raider Main Battle Tank StoneGhost Won
Annual Award Best Weapon Best Weapon BR60 StoneGhost and Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Technology Best Technology MJOLNIR Mark VII Powered Assault Armor Maslab Nominated
Annual Award Best Location Best Location Taradia Rozh Won
Annual Award Best Organization Best Organization Alpha-9 Division Maslab Nominated
Annual Award Best Organization Best Organization SPARTAN-III Program Maslab Nominated
Annual Award Best Organization Best Organization Fleet Logistics Support Group Leo Fox Won
Annual Award Best Species Best Species Evaniptus Sonasaurus and Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Roleplay Best Roleplay Against All Odds Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Flight of the Phoenix: Book 2 Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Halo: Heroes All StoneGhost and Leo Fox Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Grizzlei[F] Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer StoneGhost Nominated
2011 Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN Tess-B312 Laconia Nominated
Annual Award Best Covenant Character Best Covenant Character Fira 'Demal Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Covenant Character Best Covenant Character Shinsu 'Refum Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best AI Best AI Dotto Nanosoldier Nominated
Annual Award Best Unaffiliated Character Best Unaffiliated Character David Kahn Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Organization Best Organization Interspecies Union Sonasaurus and Maslab Won
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Duties and Desires: Part 1 Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Halo: Avenger's Quest Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Flight of the Phoenix: Book 3 Maslab Nominated
Annual Award Best Short Fiction Best Short Fiction The S312 Chronicles Laconia Nominated
Annual Award Best Short Fiction Best Short Fiction Remember Laconia Nominated
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer StoneGhost Nominated
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Laconia Nominated
2012 Annual Award Mythic Mythic Article David Kahn Actene Won
Annual Award Legendary Legendary Article Shinsu 'Refum Actene Won
Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN Vinh-030 Ahalosniper Won
Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN Daisy-023 Laconia Nominated
Annual Award Best UNSC Personnel Best UNSC Personnel Pete Marcus Stacker Ahalosniper Nominated
Annual Award Best Covenant Character Best Covenant Character Shinsu 'Refum Actene Won
Annual Award Best AI Best AI Deep Winter Ahalosniper Nominated
Annual Award Best AI Best AI Dotto Nanosoldier Nominated
Annual Award Best Unaffiliated Character Best Unaffiliated Character David Kahn Actene Won
Annual Award Best Event Best Event Beta Taurius II Campaign Anonymous ONI agent Won
Annual Award Best Canon Expansion Best Canon Expansion Vinh-030 Ahalosniper Nominated
Annual Award Best Canon Expansion Best Canon Expansion Pete Marcus Stacker Ahalosniper Nominated
Annual Award Best Canon Expansion Best Canon Expansion Daisy-023 Laconia Won
Annual Award Best Collaboration Best Collaboration RP:Awakening Demons Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Halo: Indelible Past Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Novel Best Novel Duties and Desires: Part 2 Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Short Fiction Best Short Fiction Sacrifice Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Short Fiction Best Short Fiction Conscripted Sonasaurus Nominated
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Actene Won
Annual Award Breakthrough User Breakthrough User Brodie-001 Won
Annual Award Breakthrough User Breakthrough User Lieutenant Davis Nominated
2013 Annual Award Mythic Mythic Article Melissa McKay Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN Doug-103 Stellar Elite Won
Annual Award Best UNSC Personnel Best UNSC Personnel Melissa McKay Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Sangheili Character Best Sangheili Character Stel 'Vadam Stellar Elite Won
Annual Award Best Unaffiliated Character Best Unaffiliated Character Zoey Hunsinger Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Species Best Species Vulpine Leo Fox Nominated
Annual Award Best Canon Expansion Best Canon Expansion Melissa McKay Sonasaurus Won
Annual Award Best Short Fiction Best Short Fiction Knight Laconia Nominated
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Stellar Elite Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Brodie-001 Nominated
2014 Annual Award Mythic Mythic Article Gavin Dunn Ahalosniper Won
Annual Award Legendary Legendary Article Chancer V Ahalosniper, Actene, and The Pale Kestrl Won
Annual Award Heroic Heroic Article Redmond Venter Actene Won
Annual Award Best Spartan Best SPARTAN SPARTAN-050 StoneGhost Nominated
Annual Award Best Third-Party Character Best Third-Party Faction Character Redmond Venter Actene Won
Annual Award Best Unaffiliated Character Best Unaffiliated Character Gavin Dunn Ahalosniper Won
Annual Award Best Unaffiliated Character Best Unaffiliated Character Zoey Hunsinger Actene Nominated
Annual Award Best Starship Best Starship Chancer V Ahalosniper, Actene, and The Pale Kestrl Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Brodie-001 Won
Annual Award Best Writer Best Writer Ahalosniper Nominated

Contributors



Canon Classification

When you are in AAO, you are expected to keep your content at a certain degree of canon-friendliness. Based on the chart below, it is recommended that your articles are at a tier-3 level or above. Tier-4 is borderline canon, and would be best improved over time. If you're anything below that, act fast or things will go downhill very quickly.

Against All Odds Canon Status
Type of Canon Classification Description
Halomainstream Mainstream Halo Tier-0 Canon Halo games made by Bungie, sticking to the ideals but not necessarily the storyline. After all, what's a good fanon story if you don't have your own imagination? If you can write like this, you can probably submit your articles to the Halo Fanon Annual Awards, and win them too.
Halonovels Novels Tier-1 Canon The novels take some liberties but for the most part make fair contributions to the Halo universe. There's the occasional inconsistency, but nothing that can't be accounted for (Note Halo: The Flood falls under Tier-2 Canon). If you can get the facts right, and put in a decent effort, then your work will shine like a diamond.
Halowars Halo Wars Tier-2 Canon An outside source, to be sure, but Halo nonetheless. If you write at this level you should have a good sense of what's canon and what's a mistake. Ensemble isn't Bungie, but they have a good sense of canon and we can count most of it as such.
Halouprising Graphic Novels Tier-3 Canon Stepped on a few toes, so be careful what you use to support your canon-friendliness if you write based on what you see in the graphic novels. Bear in mind that these companies make comics for lots of other media sources, and can't always be counted on to keep things in line. Be sure to consult some other form of Halo facts before putting your work out.
Halolegends Halo Legends Tier-4 Canon This is pretty much the no-man's land of Halo. You may or may not get an NCF template, as Halo Legends has broken more than one rule before, and sometimes isn't accepted as canon by the general Halo Fanon community. It's recommended that you don't rely on this to write your articles, as you'll probably be contradicted.
NCFGlyph Non-Canon Friendly Tier-5 Material Not a good place to be. You've got your head under the water, and now you need to pull yourself out. But an NCF article isn't irreparable, and if you keep your cool and listen to advice, you'll find yourself going in the right direction.
Fubaar F***ed Up Beyond (Almost) Any Repair Tier-6 Material You've gone seriously under the radar, and it'll take a lot of effort to fix your article. If you put in enough patience and commitment, you just might make it readable. But if it was any indication of your writing quality, then it's better to start fresh and try harder.

See also

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