I have always been a fan of the Halo series and in the past, I have read some books. But between Halo 4 and 5, I wasn't very active as a gamer or following any of the hypes on games, not even Halo 5.

So when I finally got Halo 5 I was obviously confused a bit after the first 2 missions. A lot of new and old characters seem to have made their way into the latest game. And the events that happened in the Spartan Ops of Halo 4 seem to be irrelevant at first glance.

I have googled little bits of info here and there, but it still leaves some gaps in the story for me.

I'm hoping someone here can construct a timeline of sort or short bio's of characters.

Who are these new characters? (Osiris)
Where did Blue team come from and where have they been?
What did Halsey do with Jul in the time she was his Stockholm-Syndrom-hostage?
What happened to the Janus Key parts from the end of Spartan Ops?

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    – Vahx
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 20:12

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Much like the other answer, your best bet is to consume the other media in the Halo Universe. Namely the Kilo Five Trilogy, as these take place after the main war of Halo 1-3 (some of it during the events of 4). But for the sake of saving time... I'll do my best to answer your specific points.

Osiris is one of the many Spartan IV fireteams, as Spartan IVs can be selected from "normal" soldiers (Like Buck) and upgraded, instead of taken at a young age and "created" like the Spartan IIs or the mass produced expendable IIIs. As for the members... Nightfall is a good explanation for Locke, and you should already know Buck if you played ODST... but what about Tanaka and Vale? For this, I recommend reading their HaloPedia entries Tanaka and Vale as they are certainly just minor characters, and are pretty much just there to fill the 4 player co-op, and match Blue Team.

That made a good segway into Blue Team, yeah? Well, if you've read Fall of Reach you should already know Blue Team and what happened to them... the Kilo Five Trilogy I mentioned earlier also follows along their endeavors while Chief is doing his thing, but again reading up on Blue team will certainly help if you don't want to read 3 reasonably sized books. Another book that covers Blue Team's survivors specifically is "Last Light"

As for Halsey's side of things... she's all over the place... and I think this is intended. There probably is media explaining exactly what was going on with her during the war and aftermath... but I haven't really come across much. Kilo Five again would be the best bet here.

I never made it to the end of Spartan Ops... so I don't know what exactly you are asking :(

  • You can find the cutscenes for the Spartan Ops on youtube if you would want to know. The whole thing is only an hour and can easily be played at 1.5x speed... When I say "key parts" I really mean the 2 parts of the key that Halsey found (without giving further spoilers)
    – Vahx
    Commented Sep 17, 2017 at 12:17

The best way to find out what happened between Halo 4 and Halo 5 would be read some of the Halo books or watch some of the mini/web series that have been released.

The following post on Halo Waypoint has the books people recommend reading if you want to know more about certain characters. The most common two recommendations are:

These two books will tell you more about the Master Chief and Blue team. There are also books that explain more about Buck (New Blood) and Vale (Hunters in the Dark).

There is also the web series Nightfall which is an origin story for Locke.

My final recommendation for filling in some gaps would be Halo 4's Spartan Ops as that part of Halo 4 explains some things that happen between the UNSC, Halsey and the Covenant/Elites.

I understand I am not directly answering your questions but that's because I've only watched Nightfall and played the first portion of Spartan Ops so personally I can't explain everything that happened between the two games. However I hope there is some use in pointing out where you can find information on certain characters.

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    Thx but I don't really have the time to read 3 books, I've already read Fall of Reach.
    – Vahx
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 23:20
  • If you don't want to read the material that provides the answer, then what is the point of asking? Commented May 2, 2018 at 19:29
  • @KevinTheGreat there is a difference between a well-written answer, an article, and 3 complete books. And Like I said earlier, I don't have time to read 3 books. If someone asks you about global warming, will you be able to give them a 1-page explanation/summary or are you going to tell them to read every scientific paper written about it?
    – Vahx
    Commented May 5, 2018 at 13:55

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