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Joined 01-23-05, id: 744664, Profile Updated: 01-05-17
Author has written 8 stories for Halo, and Indiana Jones.

Endless love, see you down the road. –Leonard Cohen (1934 - 2016)

Lazy journalism student.

Watch: Minds' 3y3; Electromotive Force


About Today

Today we launch Ten Days in Mombasa, a project that has been coming together the better part of last decade. It combines everything we love about the Halo universe and blends our distinctive brands of action, drama, and politics together for an exciting new window into the great war we all love fighting so much. Here's a big thank you to those who have been waiting, any newcomers, and especially to the man EMF himself for sticking around and always being down to brainstorm. This story does not exist without that. Become a procrastinator today.

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Ten Days in Mombasa

"He was from a nothing-special outfit out of 25th Infantry, she from a unit called The Highwayman: 906th Brigade, renowned for its actions in hellhole places like Cassandra and Aurelia after that, rumours and stories that had spread by way of soldiers who came and went. She had a bandage wrapped around her stomach and ribs because a red-hot alien spike had taken a bite out of her fleshy side; he had a bandage wrapped around his wrist because he’d opened up his veins lengthwise in the shower when no one was watching—he hadn’t told her but she suspected anyway. This happened some time ago and underneath the dressing the skin had already come back together but it was still unsightly. It was still shameful.

Both ended up here. That was the war at this point, the way things were going."

November 2552. The month-long battle for Earth is not over. The Covenant meet fanatic resistance put up by UNSC forces scattered all over East Africa: a front on the verge of total collapse.

Truth’s army sweeps westward towards Voi to await his return, with standing orders to exterminate every living soul in its way.

In wartorn Mombasa, thousands of troops and refugees funnel towards a rundown, old hospital in the slums, the last stronghold of a city under siege. Overcrowded, undersupplied, and not even structurally sound, the hospital is not the well-oiled ship it needs to be to carry all these people to safety. In what many think are humanity’s last days, distrust, fear, and guns rule all. (War/drama)

It is the long concluding act of a collection of stories I'm calling the Lima/906th Trilogy: Though Hell Should Bar The Way, Alone, and Aim High, Dig Deep. (The latter two are written by Electromotive Force.) These stories collectively portray the UNSC as a gritty military machine, where soldiering is a full-time job and officers need to worry more about the politics of promotion and logistical nightmares—shooting at the Covenant is a fringe benefit.

Ten Days in Mombasa is a standalone miniseries that keeps the sense of realism of Generation Kill with the scope and cinematic feel of The Pacific and Band of Brothers and imagines the battle of Mombasa as an event like modern-day Aleppo or the fall of Saigon. Above all it portrays a military whose personnel are deep into a ten thousand-day war that has no end in sight and what might be the realities of that, the effect it has on the human psyche.

The Forever Soldier

“Did you know I was active during the war?”

“Had that feeling.”

“Oh?”

"I’ve met old spies. It’s you lot who used to do this sort of thing for reasons beyond yourselves. For duty, yeah? Didn’t matter what—jobs dirtier than this, even—it was still for a cause. War meant you could do no wrong, ‘coz if you didn’t, there might not be a tomorrow. Big crusade made killers into soldiers. Then the war went away, and soldiers turned back into killers. That big reason just... vanished. The work was still the same—doesn’t put on its hat and call it a night, and do the white-picket, hair-curlers, potroast waiting in the oven thing—but it was qualms that won out. The whole feeling-bad-about-it. Post-war slump suddenly made the necessary an ugly thing—a very, very illegal thing. Bleeding hearts left the Office for good, got a pint, and went out to celebrate the end of the war in the streets. They were soldiers who couldn’t wait to come back from a tour overseas, from some dark calling that was done with them. But the lifers, now, they just burrowed in deeper, disappearing into rooms and floors that ONI still denies all existence of so that they could keep working. These are people I’ve met. Absolutely cold. Who you might mistake for career criminals because they don’t judder one bit. Like how surgeons don’t lose it, hacking apart a body. All just practice. It isn’t evil. It just is."

Julian, the ineffectual heir to an industrial empire loses a reconstruction contract with the UNSC. Mere minutes away from blowing out his brains in an old hotel room, his mother-in-law Rachel shows up to take matters into her own hands. As a retired Six of an experimental, hyper-lethal black ops program within ONI Section Zero, Rachel’s been around long enough to see the rusty inner workings of an unwieldy, overly bureaucratic machine—been around long enough to see all kinds of scandals, all kinds of cover-ups. She formulates a plan to save Julian’s position and company, and take down their competitors by dredging up details of an illicit wartime deal, a potential info leak that has the power to sink a celebrated, international arms-giant and deeply embarrass both Naval Command and Naval Intelligence.

Rachel has an asset waiting to be manoeuvred onto the game board, to make her plan a reality: proto-Spartan Brooklyn Fields awakes to a different world than the one she left behind fifteen years ago. She has her directives from the domineering Rachel that she is expected to carry out with her usual unfeeling, machine efficiency, and she quickly tracks down her target to an intimate coastal town situated on a Mediterranean island. Acquiring the mark, an off-the-grid ONI analyst named Seager who possesses evidence of the deal in question, should be a straightforward task for someone like Brooke. She's about to find out that her secluded post-war world is deadlier than any alien invasion. (Crime/drama)

I wanted to write a plot that would make Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Supremacy, Michael Clayton) proud. Back into the groove now, keeping up with Katsuhiro's thrillride Chimera Rogue, I'm enamoured with the world of cold war politics and ruthless intelligence plays. I wanted The Forever Soldier to be really analog in feel, because in a way it's a post-war, 60's story about living in the shadow of a massive and traumatic century-defining event. Part character study, part caper flick. It's going to be a slog, I promise.

Though Hell Should Bar The Way

“Driving right up that hill, Ted. Frontal assault with all my power, everything I own. Could get bloody. Probably will. It’ll be one long messy, bloody hike to the top, but it’s something Shield’s gotta do. Navy spook, LeFae, he’s here for a reason I don’t know. Observing, maybe. Well I pushed for the offensive, Ted. I told Mattis Shield would get the 906th on top of that hill. That promise needs to come true. Opportunities like this you have to seize, Ted. We won’t become the unit we want to be unless we show them what we can do first. You agree with me, don’t you? You agree this is our time—Shield’s time to be great. We’re a good fighting unit on paper, but we have to become more—we have to become legendary. That’s the mission, Ted. The real mission. Running outta time. It’s already ‘51—we don’t have much left to lose, you understand. A war like this, the men and women on the front wherever need to be able to hear about us and stand strong one more day—and one more after that—and believe like nothing else that The Highwayman is coming, though hell should bar the way.”

Newly formed 906th "The Highwayman" Brigade, an Army unit, is tasked with finding a group of Helljumpers, lost somewhere in an unruly river valley. (War/drama)

It's a Vietnam narrative that takes place during what should be considered a "good" war. Those GIs in-country after '68 could ask "What are we fighting for?" but the answer seems a little more clear-cut here when faced with the prospect of human extinction. However, although their backs are to the wall, there is still much more to lose, more than just flesh. (It's also a pretty left-leaning take on Western war mythology and military culture.)


Do not put unauthorized cinnamon on the goddamn meeting table.

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Alone by Electromotive Force reviews
The Inner Colonies dwindle. Mankind's extinction draws nearer as its insuperable enemy scatters and defeats the UNSC with increasing momentum. Now, at the height of The Great War, Zaragosa's colonial defense forces are able to fend off the might of the Covenant and very few understand why. As Lima Company's enemies close in all around them, they are forced to uncover this mystery.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 22 - Words: 110,107 - Reviews: 150 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 12/17/2015 - Published: 2/22/2007 - OC - Complete
Haunted Halo by Electromotive Force reviews
Jake and Eve are ghost chasers, forced at young ages into lonely lives, now a hard-earned living. Overwhelming skepticism of a cynical majority always had them striving to avoid attention and scrape by largely unnoticed, but by chance the opportunity of a lifetime is stumbled upon, a way to end their struggle forever. Little did they know, much more than their struggle would end.
Halo - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Horror - Chapters: 4 - Words: 15,224 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/30/2014 - Published: 10/28/2014 - OC - Complete
Aim High, Dig Deep by Electromotive Force reviews
Chief Warrant Officer Rion Fontaine, technical expert, is ordered to Earth. Specialists such as the Chief are often dispatched in times of crisis, which has others asking rational, tough questions upon his arrival. Tending to duties at the outpost near Voi, spurious signals are detected. Upon investigation, he finds something hidden beneath the African sands...something legendary.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 55,198 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 6/19/2014 - Published: 1/4/2008 - OC - Complete
The Enemy of My Enemy by Katsuhiro reviews
"Of all the conflicts recorded in the latter stages of the Human-Covenant War, perhaps one of the most interesting was that which occured on the Outer Colony Crassus, c.Nov.2552. Interesting, and with an entirely unexpected outcome.." ONI Case-File 428/
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 31 - Words: 115,331 - Reviews: 244 - Favs: 631 - Follows: 217 - Updated: 3/21/2009 - Published: 6/6/2008 - Complete
Starcraft: A Soldier's Story by Ryodin reviews
While most people hear about the exploits of admirals and heroes of war, the tales that are left out are usually those of the men and women who fight the hardest. Enter the lives of ordinary soldiers struggling to survive. 20 up, Technical difficulties.
StarCraft - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 43,336 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 2/15/2007 - Published: 7/31/2004 - James R.
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The Forever Soldier reviews
A Spartan, a hitwoman; frigid dark hair and gnawed lips, she's thinking of a dozen gratuitous ways to murder the man opposite her. She'll need to decide on one once the phone rings, and she's expecting it to. A pistol, a knife, and a cell phone all within her reach, she's ready to be used like a restless pen scribbling words to the pace of domineering, more self-assured dictation.
Halo - Rated: M - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 30,053 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 11/8/2015 - Published: 12/29/2013
Though Hell Should Bar The Way reviews
"I am not alone; they are here as well. I am frightened, but they are frightened, too."
Halo - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 39,612 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 8/9/2015 - Published: 5/23/2014 - Complete
Metro reviews
The exhausted band of Shield Company marines digs in, carving a notch into devastated downtown New Mombasa where hope grows thin and thinner still. One-shot. Ish.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,522 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/16/2013 - Complete
Spartan 000 reviews
Jeff Benson, a genius and candidate for the Spartan Program, was abducted and trained until he escaped from Reach before augmentations, being the only one to do so. While on the run, Jeff struggles to find reason and truth behind the censored experiment.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 86,608 - Reviews: 84 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 10/27/2010 - Published: 3/23/2005
Where Duty Ends reviews
When an op in a jungle-filled swampworld goes horribly wrong, a group of marines are pitted against the growing darkness of the wild, as well as the savage and merciless Covenant forces... it's where duty ends.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 27,071 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 6/3/2008 - Published: 4/1/2007
On The Doorstep reviews
The Covenant juggernaut moves closer and meeting it now would hope to slow the unstoppable foe. Follow the story of a sniper, fighting a desperate and bloody battle on Earth's doorstep: Beletzkov.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Tragedy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,879 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 12/24/2007 - Published: 1/29/2007
Twisted System reviews
Why does a seemingly normal research expedition require marines and a security force? When the team stumbles across a station, lost in deep space and controlled by a malicious AI program, things start to turn deadly for everyone involved.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Horror - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,064 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/14/2006 - Published: 11/29/2006
Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Norse reviews
Follow Indiana Jones on the next saga in his adventures to the frozen lands of Iceland. There is believed to be a jewel that had given the Norse victory in battles. Indy wants it, but so do the Nazis.
Indiana Jones - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,488 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/30/2005 - Published: 6/28/2005