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Adding to this foundation are the comic and anime series. Like the books, each comic series follows a specific cast of characters through their roles in the Human-Covenant War, from a group of ODSTs on a rescue mission to a UNSC colonel seeking redemption on the eve of the Covenant invasion of Earth. As a companion to the established canon, the Halo Encyclopedia presents a "factual" explanation of every important aspect of the Halo universe, from faster-than-light travel technology to the caste system of the Covenant.
Perhaps the Halo storyline's greatest quality, particularly in book form, is its clear dedication to maintaining an intelligent narrative. Known to some as futurism, many of the social, political and technological claims within the narrative are based on, or explained by, extrapolation of current trends. Even if a fan isn't particularly interested in the relationship between a super-soldier and his AI, he may still enjoy reading about the intra-human political conflict that takes place before the Human-Covenant war. Beyond this, the attention to detail in every facet of the narrative has spawned a number of fan communities whose focuses are as varied as the narrative itself.
At Bungie.net, the official website for the studio that created and developed five out of the six Halo games, there is a sprawling forum of users who spend much of their time trying to fill in the yet-unexplained canon. These are not simple messages of "I bet Master Chief will ..." but well thought-out and accurately researched theories, some to rival a History major's final project. From discussing Halo as a Christian allegory to exploring the real definition of "Forerunner", there have been a wide range of theories made over the years, many of which have been proven accurate with the release of new books and games.
The Halo series has a history of incorporating Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) into PR campaigns. ARGs in general are defined as "a cross-media genre of interactive fiction using multiple delivery and communications media." They typically involve a central narrative which participants discover through interaction with the "characters." The first and most widely known Halo ARG was titled "I Love Bees." Begun just before Halo 2's release, the ARG revolved around an actual website, ilovebees.com, where anyone could log-on and take part in the story. Participants were tasked with solving cryptic puzzles, even answering phone calls at real-world phone booths all over the world. Successful completion would yield audio files on the website that slowly added to the growing story narrative. As the ARG progressed, a tale unraveled, telling of wayward AIs and the impending Covenant invasion of Earth. During this time, over 600,000 fans rallied together on various fan websites, sharing theories and ideas. As subsequent Halo titles were released, other ARGs preceded them. Each received a strong and enthusiastic response from the community - a community that still exists today.