Geo-stationary Orbit, Earth. 6 March 2009 Like eggs bursting from coral, a cloud of dropships drift from the large Covenant ships-of-the-line. They spin, forming, and with puffs of plasma from the drive units, dive for the surface of the planet below? Brtak ?Hadaspree, Sangheili Zealot, commanding third arm of the fleet of Joyous Purification ?You?re certain about the preparation, honored elder?? ?Hadaspree?s chief aide --the Human equivalent of a Chief of Staff?inquired. It wasn?t the first time he?d asked in the last few days. He spoke, of course, of the order that no preparatory bombardment was to be made in support of the landings; Zealot ?Hadaspree deciding that surprise was more important in this, the follow-up to the Arm?s less-than-successful initial landing some ten rotations earlier. ?I am. Complete surprise will be worth four hours of plasma bombardment. Further, we must take care not to damage any icons and artifacts left by the Forerunners.? ?Hadaspree?s aide knew that his commander had gotten a stern rebuke by the Prophet of Hope for that very reason. His plasma-happy approach, chiefly the annihilation of the human population center from the first planetfall had been? controversial. So, the Zealot was deferring to politics. For now. ?Besides,? ?Hadaspree went on. ?I am certain you prepared a fire plan anyway, in case I changed my mind.? He appreciated this aide. This one was conscientious, and not as much of a religious buffoon as others on his staff. He looked over at his aide with the Sangheili equivalent of a smile. He returned it. Somewhat reluctantly ?Well sir, it is always possible the troops will need orbital support.? ?Quite so.? ?Hadaspree turned his view back to the holotank, where the display showed first wave beginning to enter the planet?s stratosphere. ?Is the second wave ready?? ?They are standing by, awaiting word from the surface of a secure landing zone.? ?Good. Then let?s end this farce.? Hey hey! You made it! Welcome one and all. This RPG is a continuation of the fairly successful Halo: TODAY, and is open to players new and old alike. For those who are brand new, check out the old game at http://boards.theforce.net/non_star_wars_role_playing/b10755/28323299/p1 and get aquainted. In short, it?s a military tactical game based on the conceit that the Covenant, the primary antagonists from the immensely popular Halo series for Xbox, land on Earth in the very near future. As we play, new weapons systems will come on line, and do much to fill the battlefield with noise and color. We decided to start a new Thread every time we start a new chapter or campaign in order to keep the thread from stagnating, and so this one, as the title suggests, is about the Covenant attack on the US midwest, specifically Indiana.So jump on in, but first let?s go over the? RULES: 1. Keep the swearing and violence to a minimum. 2. Keep the OOC to a minimum. 3. No godmoding. 4. Keep your characters realistic. The height and weight limits are 6'3' and 235 pounds, and none of those "pure muscle" descriptors if you come close to either maximum. 5. PM your character sheets to me for approval. 6. Mine and Sanctimoniously's word is law. 7. Have an enjoyable time. Character Sheet: Name: Age: Service: Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Rank: Weapons: Bio: PS: If somebody wants to play characters outside of the United States, PM me and we?ll talk. [hr] I_H Edit: Locked at GM's request.