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[Story] Dig In: The Jericho VII Conflict -- Final Edition (COMPLETE)

Eric Nylund's [i]Fall of Reach[/i] touched briefly on the Jericho VII conflict, but it did not bring to life the struggle of the average Marine. With its original release four years ago, [i]Dig In: The Jericho VII Conflict[/i] brought you down into the trenches in an all-out battle for survival against the numerically-superior Covenant. [i]Dig In[/i] told the story of a squad of regular Marines struggling to fulfill their duty in the face of death. It told a mature story. It told a story no one had ever read before. [b]This is the final edition of this story. It is the best version to date and posted in time to get caught up before you read the sequel, [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=47298771][i]Entrenched[/i][/url].[/b] [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=47298771][i]Entrenched[/i][/url] will be my final work. With that in mind, I hope to share this series of stories with as many people as possible. [quote][i]Dear Reader[/i], I began writing fan fiction stories back on the Halo 2 forum in the first days of Halo fan fiction six years ago. After a long hiatus, I started writing this story four years ago. I finished the first four chapters and entered a contest in which I came second place on a now defunct Halo website. With Halo 2 having passed and Halo 3 far on the horizon, I stopped. Two years ago I revisited this story and finished it by adding another six chapters. I released the story on the forum and in private groups to praise and positive response. Now, two years later and in advance of the coming sequel, I present to you the final edition of this story. I have gone through the entire piece to make edits and to prepare for you the final and best edition yet. As always, I would like to thank all of my readers over the past six years. Thank you for your support and your enthusiasm. It is much appreciated in every way. Your [url=http://www.bungie.net/Online/Halo3UserContentDetails.aspx?h3fileid=32743215] maps[/url], machinima projects, and comments never cease to amaze me. Thank you and I hope you have enjoyed following Tom and the squad through thick and thin. I'd especially like to thank [url=http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page]Halopedia[/url] and [url=http://halo.bungie.org/]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] for their great resources. That being said, I still couldn't have done it without the support of the members of [url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/mjolnirbattletactics/Group/GroupHome.aspx]Mjolnir Battle Tactics[/url], and the members of the fan fiction community--[url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/fanficfactor/Group/GroupHome.aspx][i]wherever[/i][/url] they may be now. I hope you all enjoy the story and look forward to the sequel, [i]Entrenched[/i], available now in [url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/mjolnirbattletactics/Group/GroupHome.aspx] Mjolnir Battle Tactics[/url] and on this forum. Enjoy, [i] Papa John [/i][/quote] [quote] [b][u]DIG IN:[/u][/b] [i]The Jericho VII Conflict[/i] [/quote][i]July 23, 2010. Final Edition. Written by Papa John.[/i] [b][u]Table of Contents:[/u][/b] [b][i]Chapter I: "First the Food, Now This?"[/i][/b] [b][i]Chapter II: "Welcome to Jericho VII, Enjoy Your Stay"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter III: "A Walk in the Woods"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter IV: "Tea for Two"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter V: "To Grandma's House We Go..."[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter VI: "Back in Black"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter VII: "Rest in Pieces"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter VIII: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter IX: "Return of the King"[/b][/i] [b][i]Chapter X: "Never Get Out of the Boat"[/b][/i] [b][i]Epilogue[/b][/i] [quote][/quote] Once you've finished reading here, check out the [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=47298771] sequel[/url]. [i] Papa John [/i] [Edited on 08.07.2010 8:03 PM PDT]
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  • I just read Chapter 1, and it was quite good. Some of the grammar was a bit off and some of the comma usage was odd, but I think you're from another country so grammar may be different. All in all, good work, I will read more soon.
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  • Papa John. It has been more than a pleasure reading your work. I am looking forward to entrenched (which I will read right after posting this :] ). If I were you I would seriously consider publishing. Hell, you must be what, between 18 and 30ish? I'm sure you'd get a lot of hits, I know I'll buy a copy (if it's out where I live, in France) Remember this: JK Rowling was living on the streets and she made -the gods only know how much- money without thinking it would be such a hit. She's now one of the richest women in the world. Consider it. :] And the best of luck if you do. I'm looking forward to checking out the map, AND, when Reach is out I am going to try to recreate it to how I imagined it. (If you want I'll send you a link when I make it :] ) Once again, I loved reading this, I haven't done anything else all morning, Hell, I skipped breakfast for this. *EDIT* Saved. [Edited on 08.16.2010 9:37 AM PDT]
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  • In case anyone hadn't noticed my other thread, the sequel to this story is now out! Check out [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=47298771][i]Entrenched[/i][/url] to continue reading this series. I'm going to be trying to bring out a chapter every two weeks, so stay tuned. [i] Papa John [/i]
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  • I love your writing.
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  • Thanks? Haha. Anyway, for anyone looking for the sequel you probably already realize that it's available right now in the private group Mjolnir Battle Tactics. However, it will be also be here on August 7th. With that said, I wanted to invite you all to come play Halo 3 Friday night to commemorate the release. I'll be online the night of Friday, August 6, for some custom games on the once Bungie favourite map, [url=http://www.bungie.net/Online/Halo3UserContentDetails.aspx?h3fileid=32743215][i] Dig In![/i][/url] -- a map based upon this story. It should be a good time and I'd love to get a full party going, so hit me up then and check out this map in the meantime. [i] Papa John [/i] [Edited on 08.01.2010 7:38 AM PDT]
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  • teh sex, that is all.
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  • No one makes Papa John Fan-fictions like Papa John. [b]And the earlier release in MBT is totally not at all trying to get more members. Not [i]at all[/i].[/b] :P
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] x Lai Tasha x Will the sequal be posted here?[/quote] The sequel goes up on Saturday in the group Mjolnir Battle Tactics. On August 7, it will be available here. [i] Papa John [/i]
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  • Just finished it again... Awesome
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  • Papa this story is awesome, thnx for the message. I enjoyed it a lot.
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  • Will the sequal be posted here?
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  • Just read the first chapter for now. I must say I was extremely impressed with the first battle scene--very gritty, believable, and even a bit chilling (the part about the Zealot hacking through ranks of Marines, especially) I'm really looking forward to reading more of this later on.
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  • Done with Part one.. Will get serious about reading it soon....
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  • It's been a while since I've read this, Papa John, but it's still as great as I remember it. Even through the second read, I am enthralled and can't wait for your continuation! I'll be sure to recommend this as a read to more of my friends.
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  • Amazing as i remember your work, papa ;) Am once again absolutely hooked and looking forward to your the rest of your finale. Glad we get it a week ahead in MBT!
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  • Can't wait to read part 2.
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  • Thread saved for later.
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  • Still as good as I remember. Great job sir, lookin forward to part two.
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  • I will.
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  • Correct. This is the beginning of the series. The sequel will be out next week, so start here. [i] Papa John [/i]
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  • So just to be sure this is the beginning and if I read this I will be completely caught up?
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  • Thanks! And Stephen, no worries. I'm glad you're enjoying it! [i] Papa John [/i]
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  • Moved to correct forum at author's request.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Papa John I'm not sure what you're asking Stephen. If we're talking length of the story, 25 000 words. If we're talking how long it took to write, probably a solid few months if packed together. It was an on-and-off project of two years that I finished in 2008 and just re-edited now. [b]Oh, and to any moderator, please move this to the gallery. It completely slipped my mind. (And if you don't mind, can you erase Stephen's post of "Oh my" from the middle of my story?)[/b] Thanks! [i] Papa John [/i][/quote] Sorry I didn't know, but yeah this is pretty good.
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  • I'm not sure what you're asking Stephen. If we're talking length of the story, 25 000 words. If we're talking how long it took to write, probably a solid few months if packed together. It was an on-and-off project of two years that I finished in 2008 and just re-edited now. [b]Oh, and to any moderator, please move this to the gallery. It completely slipped my mind. (And if you don't mind, can you erase Stephen's post of "Oh my" from the middle of my story?)[/b] Thanks! [i] Papa John [/i] [Edited on 07.23.2010 3:53 PM PDT]
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  • How long did you go on this?
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