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Halo Combat Evolved A.E – Cloaked in Blackness

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At long last, after many months of work and careful crafting, I am happy to present you all with this map !
Cloaked in Blackness, the Anniversary Edition of the original Under Cover Of Night soundtrack from the Halo franchise !

I would like to humbly thank all those involved in this project :
@Cyrix, @monstor, @Kaltern-Is-It, Ori Jinn, @ramenator05, Ringman 55 for testing the map and helping me release it today !

This map includes 8 difficulties !

Standard mode – Full spread !
Labeled – Easy, Normal, Heroic, Legendary, Master Chief

One saber – Easy, Hard, Expert +
Labeled – Night Patrol , The Truth and Reconciliation , Two Betrayals – Final Run

Also, this map features a Chroma lightshow + alternating note colors on One Saber ! so be sure to have it enabled for a maximum amount of effects and emphasis !

Initially made for the representation of a video showcasing – by the care of Ori Jinn !
If your an Ori and the Blind forest/Will of the Wisps fan, go check out his channel ! 😀

Thanks a bunch for all the map previewers ! 😀

Ori Jinn – Alternating Third person camara, Standard Expert +

Javierattor – Third person Standard Expert +

CaptainMeme – First Person Single Saber Expert + with Halo energy sword! 😀

Hope you enjoy ! 😀

Below here I will dive a bit into Halo – Combat Evolves lore.

SPOILER AHEAD IF YOUR NEW TO THE GAME !

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The Halo franchise…….
An impressive FPS shooter, set in a military science fiction created by Bungie originally and now continued by 343 Industries.
Through it’s many installments, the main hero – Spartan Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, simply codenamed the Master Chief.
As Master Chief travels through space under the UNSC while attempting to push back and prevail in the ongoing war versus the Covenant (an alien alliance), the player assumes his role and accompanies him through the installments of games.

The first installment of games – Combat Evolved opened the book about the world of Halo, from the definition of the Ring shaped structure, to the efforts being made to win the religious war against the Covenant.

Throughout the games lore – The Master Chief travels far and wide through the fields of Halo, starting from the discovery of a ring shaped structure on the ship “Pillar of Autumn”, to the liberation of it’s captured captian, to the race and battle versus the Covenant and the grim realization of said rings power.
However, on his journey, the Master Chief is not alone, for a heavily sophisticated and wise AI codenamed Cortana accompanies him and provides the necessary utility and information to understand the situation they are in.

Thus together, while they deepened their search through the battle infested fields of Halo with the Covenant, they learn that said ring structure, this “Halo” might actually be a powerful weapon, which could fall into the wrong hands……..
Alerted by this information, the Master Chief and Cortana battle their way into the Halos control room, in need of some answeres through further investigation.

On their way, they encounter a new type of enemy……. mutate organics monsters which the like they had never seem !
Retreating from this so called enemy, they encounter 343 Guilty Spark, the Halo’s caretaker and yet another heavily sophisticated and wise AI.

As this so called Guilty Spark tries to explain the situation to Master Chief and Cortana, he requests their help in vanquishing the organic monsters, which he codenamed – The Flood.
Seeing the out of controlled and wicked spread of said Flood, the Master Chief is inclined to help Guilty Spark, thus together they operate a series of actions inside the Halos control room which Guilty Spark instructs.

However…….as time goes by, and they reach the last and pinnacle point of their procedure on the Halos main control room, Cortana suddenly snaps, steals the Activation Index needed for the procedure and pushes away 343 Guilty Spark.
Master Chief, confused and unsure of the situation, questions his AI companies motives, which she explained in an alerted manner…….

The Halo ring, is actually a mass destruction weapon, which can totally disintegrate every living thing in the galaxy – a last resort weapon that was meant to be used if the so called Flood ever reawakens and finds a way out of Halo.

Shocked, the Master Chief turns to 343 Guilty Spark which assures Cortanas explanation while also providing his share of motives to the matter – stopping the flood’s spread through killing their organic “Food” (which means every living thing in the galaxy).

Said words makes the Master Chief realize he was helping initiate a mass murder plan !
Coming to his senses, Cortana and Master Chief remark that Guilty Spark cannot continue with his plan and they will do all that’s needed to stop him, which makes him retaliates with his own AI soldiers….

As Master Chief and Cortana battle their way through Halos control room, Cortana fears a scenario in which Guilty Spark might find a way to activate the Halos mechanisem without the Activation Index!
Thus, she comes up with an idea to completely out of commission the ring – if a wide and strong explosion shakes the rings core and breaks it’s shape, it will surely distrupt it’s sequence !

The Pillar of Autumn, the ship that crashed on Halo after the Covenant downed it, might cause a sufficient explosion effect if it’s inner reactors are sabotaged
To do so however, they will need to reach the ships captain and receive his neural implant to initiate the procedure…..

To buy them time, Cortana advises to first destroy the three Phase Pulse Generators which amplify and generate the Halos mass destrcution signal – that way even if Guilty Spark will find a way to activate the Halo, it is rendered useless untill the Pulse Generators get repaired.

And thus, the Master Chief ventures forward into the fields, hijacking a Covenant Banshee to reach the Pulse Generators which lie on top of the mountains…….

…………………………………………………………….Time goes by……………………………………………………………

After successful destroying 2 of the 3 Pulse Generators, the Master Chief ventures forth and arrives into a vast valley, where the last Generator lies…..
Looking into the horizon, he spots the Covenant batteling the out of control Flood in the distance, with another hijackable Banshee at the far horizon.

With his gun tightly clutched into his hand, he joins the fray of the great battle, cloaked in his stealth and motivation to stop Guilty Spark from mass murdering the entire galaxy !
It is his run, the Final Run that will decide weather they are successful or not.
One Spartan, one gun, one goal.
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Thank you for bearing with me and hope you enjoy the map 😀 !

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