Acheron-VII is the second poem from the short story anthology Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe. It was written by Jonathan Goff, while Nicolas "Sparth" Bouvier created the artwork.
- It's barren
- The air chokes: on dust and smoke
- the ground cracks: surrendering to the heat
- It's lonely
- with only the dead as company,
but anymore, this has become his closest companion;
- There was once a purpose to all this
- a specific design
- Soldiers sent forth in the name of retribution
- In their path: an alien Covenant
- vast in number
- ardent in their belief
- now, but one stands
- Only one survivor
- His friends taken by conflict
- Their adversaries delivered unto
- Alone now: he treks the wastelands
- Cut off: stranded
- Knowing somewhere above:
- Out and beyond
- His brothers, his sisters, continue to struggle
- Continue to fight, to die:
- to strive
- A million stars between here and home
- A million enemies: more
- Yet here he stands: ever vigilant
- And here he'll stay:
- A lone warrior, on a desolate plain.
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