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Oh yeah, a few plot questions:
1) Can you give us a general outline of how the mutiny plan would have gone?

2) I know that Myung was with F484 at the end, but while I assumed that the anomaly was F484, I can't offhand recall a firm conclusion ever being brought about regarding what happened to Myung.

3) Where exactly did the Captain fit into the whole thing? What was his history? At one point, it seemed like you were telling us that he was strongly against the insurrectionists. At another, it seemed like he originally was an insurrectionist.

4) Did you have any plans for the Flood or Covenant? Both were mentioned in passing, but we never dealt much with them, and interacted with neither.

5) What were the major contributing factors that got Raschad out alive in the end? Alternately, where could we have gone wrong and sent him to his grave?

6) What were your favorite five Raschad-dies sequences?

7) Just to confirm, what were the pictures of? Was the first one intentionally a Christmas tree? And the second one was obviously an Engineer drawing from ODST, but other than what F484 did to them, what were you trying to tell us there?


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Also, did you ever have the full story of the Lebanon incident planned out?
Was it really what Chair said or was it the Flood?


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Just wanted to chime in with my few cents...

You really did an outstanding job putting all this together! The story was interesting and had numerous little twists and turns, and I really got the sense that we all had some control as to where things were going (your comments here seem to indicate that we had more control than I thought). The dual focus on F484's past and the current events on the Theseus were handled really well and you kept new information coming at a steady pace; I don't recall finding myself bored or feeling that I should have been given more, you hit a good middle ground. I never really got the sense that anything was there for filler, everything served a purpose be it important plot details or seemingly "irrelevant" conversations; all the little details, especially the different comments from Hive about crew activities made the entire story feel more real and made our decisions feel like they had more weight. The different characters were wonderful and you did a great job at staying in character (there were a few hiccups, but it's to be expected in a project like this, and learning that you wrote this by yourself makes it even more impressive). I really loved Muldoon's lists, and the bit where the other Orions and officers see the cruiser explode towards the end ("Where's 484?" "Uhh... He's 404, sir") just made me smile. Overall, you did a good job of staying serious when you needed to be while putting in plenty of humor when appropriate. I'd also like to agree with that I really liked McAllister, it was a bit of a shame to see her role diminish as the story went on. Honestly the only point that my interest waned was when I realized that this was without a doubt AU, but by that point I was interested and invested, I loved the characters and really wanted to know how things turned out.

Reading through your responses here makes it even better; I love having insight into other writer's creative process (I'm not a terribly creative writer, most of my abilities are geared more towards academic and journalistic writing). It was surprising to learn that you intended for this to be more multimedia than it ended up being. Honestly, after completing the story, I can't see it working as well as it did any other way. Being restricted to text-only with the occasional picture let you sharpen your focus on that one aspect; I've always loved the phrase "Art from adversity," and it seems like you ended up with your fair share on this project. You've earned some major respect in my eyes for continuing on despite all of the setbacks, I would have given up well before you did. And the amount of research that you did is phenomenal and really shows in the final product. Your characters were believable in part because you have the talent to write them believably and because you did the necessary research to make them sound knowledgeable.

All in all, you did great work.

And I guess here's a few questions that I have, definitely not all of them, just what comes to mind right now. Hopefully I didn't miss anything that answered one of these already:
1. What was the point of the Y and circle symbols on some of the crew member's helmets? Was that simply to reference the engineers?
2. Was the planet/star artificial? Did they have any major significance to the story (i.e. if we had approached things differently could they have become more or less important)?
3a. There were obviously moments where some of the users here said something unexpected that made you have to change things in some way (Carver's speech was already brought up and is probably the best example). What other "oh shit" moments did anyone here cause you to have?
3b. About how many different endings did you come up with? How early on did our actions as captain start to really effect the outcome?
4. Did you intend for the Flood to play a larger role in the story? As things stand they only really got a slight mention here or there.
5. What exactly was F484 trying to keep humanity away from in the different forbidden areas of the galaxy? Was it the Flood, more halos, or something else? And what was the source/cause of the explosion in the forbidden regions?

Phew! That ended up being much longer than I intended! =P Well, to wrap up I'd like to say thanks again for the wonderful story. You did great and it's been a welcome addition to my daily routine for the last few weeks. It's a bit of a shame to see it go.

/I'd also like to echo others here that I would love to see pretty much any additional information you're willing to give whether it's background info, recordings, pictures, timelines, whatever.


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Well done indeed, good sir.

I stayed on the sidelines as well, letting the regulars post and continue the story while I enjoyed watching the story unfold in front of me. Even when it was realized as AU, it made me think about how a reboot would look of the Halo franchise. I even thought about that rumored Halo: CE remake that they're talking about.

Still, watching it unfold was pure joy. The writing was great, and the development and variations of all the characters made it extremely to be immersed in the story. It was a pleasure to follow.

Also, I too am interested in the Lebanon and what happened all those years ago...


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Speaking of plot points, any points where we made you continued the story from another direction? Minor nitpicks that we chose to chase instead changing your planned flow of the universe, or were they mainly from major game changers like Carver's speech?

Also, at which point did you originally planned for Helen to join in, other than from the inquiry regarding Halsey?


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Hey, sorry about my sudden disappearance. Getting back to answering questions now!


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