For regulars on this site, you will no doubt have noticed that a large number of changes and additions have been made over the past six months since introducing Project MJLORENIR in June. When I originally announced the project to provide a simplified and curated introduction into the Halo universe, I had spent hundreds of hours building a timeline, writing character profiles, telling the history of worlds, and taking what can be a very complex science fiction universe and boiling it down to its most easy to digest form. I thought that I was mostly done, save for a few minor tweaks and additions. I could not have been more wrong.
A BIGGER, BETTER…
As I continued to build out the lore portion of the website, I realized there were many things I forgot, and many more that I thought would be beneficial features and helpful additions to readers new to the universe and veteran Halo enthusiasts. So I kept making the changes I felt useful, and adding bits and pieces to the framework until it felt complete. The end result is a website that has nearly doubled in size, adding over fifty new character profiles to the original twenty, nearly doubling the world and warship profiles to twenty-nine and sixteen respectively. The timeline continues to grow as well, containing 134 total events, with more to come. In all, this project has gotten larger than I ever imagined, but I think it is all for the better.
…AND BRIGHTER FUTURE
What someone who has not been on the site for a while will probably notice first, however, is the look of the site has been cleaned up dramatically. The lore section especially was busy and a little cluttered, making it difficult to get into for someone not already familiar with the Halo universe. That has been fixed, with better readability, more intuitive controls, and probably the most important aspect of the entire Mark II project, cross-linking. Interested in knowing what novel or game an event in the universe is depicted? A nice image of the media and link to learn more is right there on the page. Want to know what characters are in a comic you are interested in, or what other books an author wrote in the Halo universe? That is there too. In short, the pages are more informative and I think much more helpful in getting Halo fans into the deep lore without drowning them with information.
As I said last time, this is not a replacement for wiki sites like Halopedia. There is just no way to match the sheer volume of information contained there. But that’s okay, because we don’t want to replace them. Halopedia is amazing, but I know new fans can take one look at the mountain of lore in front of them and nope right on out of there. I know, because I used to be one of those people. I’ve been a Halo fan since the beginning, but my extended knowledge was incredibly limited, in no small part because I got overwhelmed on more than one occasion during the ascent and gave up almost as soon as I started. My hope is that this site can help make that climb a bit easier, and provide a good foothold for people to keep learning from. And once you have built up a substantial base camp of knowledge, you can make the trek towards the top of Mount Halopedia.
A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
So I think, this time, I am mostly done adding new content. There are still a handful of events from earlier eras in the history, namely the major events of the Forerunner era, that I want to add, but the framework is all laid out now. Perhaps, one day, I will start working on MJLORENIR Mark III, but until then, my focus is going to be cleaning up any minor issues, and hopefully re-prioritize the blog, something I haven’t been able to devote much time to in the last couple months. I’m sure, as my to-do list of website projects dwindles, I will come up with another set of additions and changes I would like to make. Until then, however, I’ll start working through the backlog of Fiction Science and Tin Foil Halo articles I have been meaning to write.
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