|Siege of Madrigal|
The Siege of Madrigal is a song that Bungie used in one of their previous games, Myth. One can hear this song when standing in a certain spot in the games Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach. This song is also featured after the last track on the Halo: Original Soundtrack. It is one of very few songs that can be found in the entire saga (except Halo Wars).
Halo: Combat Evolved
In the level Assault on the Control Room, there are a couple of places where you can stand and hear this song.
- One can be found on the pyramid structure at the end of the level. There are three brackets on the large tower above the control room entrance. You will need to land on the second one with a Banshee to do this. Then once you have landed, face the cliff, go to the right side of the bracket. There should be a part of the bracket that points towards the cliff, then slopes down steeply. From the flat part of the bracket, move towards the steeply sloped portion slowly. You will eventually hear the song.
- Another is at the beginning of the level. If you go through the level Assault on the Control Room and get a banshee, fly back, get out by the door to go backwards the way you came, and melee the Banshee through. Go all the way back to the spot where the cutscene was at the beginning of the level, and you will see the big tube-like part of the level, that if you fall down without the banshee you will die. Now fly down with the banshee to the first or second ledge, and if you stand in a certain spot you can hear it.
- Right at the start of the level where Foehammer drops you off, get back in by facing the cockpit and when your are pushed out, Push X to Enter Pelican will appear. Immediately get back in. Keep facing the cockpit, and the Pelican will spiral downwards. When a sea green mist appears and fogs the screen partially, your will be thrusted out. Push X to Flip Pelican will appear. Do so. The Pelican will vanish and you will land on a platform that goes around the circular tunnel. Go left around the tunnel. The song will appear in a specific spot, relatively close to the way you land. It plays through a few times. This is an alternate and easier way compared to using the Banshee.
- On the Multiplayer Map, Ivory Tower, stand by the metal door behind the elevator and wait. Attacking the door may also help, but be aware that the sound is very faint and hard to hear. Many have disputed the claim that the song does not appear on Ivory Tower; however, anyone with access to Halo 2's map files will find the song among one of the sound files for Ivory Tower.
- On the Campaign level Sacred Icon, after fighting the flood for some time (I found it by accident, and don't remember specifics). Once you find two shafts that leads to green fog, make sure you take the right one. One leads onward into the level, the other plays Siege of Madrigal once your halfway down, then takes you back to the back of the room, where you started, while playing the song until finish.
- In the final stretch of the The Covenant, after defeating the Scarabs, ignore the waypoint and fly toward the left of the Citadel (the building that Truth is located in). Carefully land the Hornet there (the return is possible without it, just much harder given the fall damage) and run along this ledge. Eventually, it will turn into a 45 degree slope; at the top, the song can be heard. It plays almost immediately after you reach the slope. Unfortunately, it only plays a shorter version of the song, but it is easily recognized.
- Warning: If you land on the building where the Prophet of Truth is, there is a possibility of activating the Revelation chapter prior to entering the building (The word will appear in the corner of the screen but nothing will happen). Should that happen (though to hear the song, you needn't go near the building itself) you will be able to continue the level normally until the point where the Flood pure forms ask to protect you and no further. The game will be stuck in the 'chapter title' mode with black bars across the screen, and will not return control to you.
Halo 3: ODST
"It all began on a fateful afternoon in our old studio in Kirkland. I was out back, shooting some animation reference for a cinematic in Halo 3: ODST when Mr. Marty O'Donnell, eager to make his way to the break area, made the fatal mistake of not going around the space where I was shooting. Instead, he decided on walking straight into my camera's view to interrupt my work and do a little jig in an effort to be "funny" ...oh how correct you didn't realize you would eventually be, Marty.
What happened next was beyond delightful. After being momentarily irked that my shot was ruined, my brain shifted gears. I quickly realized that I was sitting on a gold mine. The instant after he passed through my recording camera's line of sight with his feet shuffling and his fists pumping, I knew that it was my civic duty to make something happen with this once-in-a-lifetime footage. Luckily, I knew just the man to employ for the job. The dancing .gif of Sir O'Donnell surrounded by flying hearts that Steve Scott authored made my insides tingle with delight. It took all the discipline in the world for us to hold this close to our chests. When showing this gem behind closed doors to those select few who needed to know, the audio and design teams rallied to forge a secret Easter egg that Marty himself was not aware of – a legendary prank that would essentially "ice" Marty's own Halo Easter egg tradition, the Siege of Madrigal.
As the launch date for ODST neared, Marty was so excited to keep his tradition of implanting a special spot to play his sweet secret music, he decided to hold a competition and reward the first dedicated player who found it with a special prize. I remind you, Marty had no idea what we had been up to under the hood. We managed to slip in some stuff in the 11th hour before ship that would make this special Marty Dance .gif pop up and play when a player activated his coveted Siege of Madrigal on the Legendary difficulty setting. Fate was on our side.
The person who first discovered this spot in ODST, and WON the contest Marty was so excited about, just happened to be playing on Legendary difficulty. Still ignorant to the fact, Marty gathered some of us in private to view for the first time the saved film of his grand contest being won. Let's just say the surprised "WTF?" expression on Marty's face as he learned first-hand what we had been scheming in secret will forever be burned into my memory. This whole experience solidified the fact that I work at the best game development studio on earth. Even though he may not have learned his lesson of interrupting people's film shoots; the ol' gipper sure can take a joke with the grace of kings."
The song is found on the level Kikowani Station on all difficulties. It can be found in the 3rd open area of the level, on the right side rooftop on top of a small bridge, which can be found by turning right when exiting the 2nd tunnel. It can easily be spotted by looking for a large red sign with the words "ACCESS DENIED" printed on the left. Standing on the very middle of the area, while touching the wall causes "Siege of the Madrigal" to play as well, moving or standing anywhere else will not allow the song to play. On Legendary, when standing on top of the small roof above the door on top of the bridge, an animation of Marty O'Donnell dancing along with winged hearts flying around him, as well as a dance beat will play. You can also get it by standing in certain places in Mombasa Streets.
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The Siege of Madrigal can also be heard in the elevator as one of the "elevator music" pieces played on the level New Alexandria.
- There is a distinct resemblance between the Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3 methods and areas to find the song. Both require you to land on a precariously perched platform on a Forerunner building. It is unknown whether this is intentional, or purely coincidental as the two games have several similarities.
- In Halo 3, if you make it to the other ledge, there is another easter egg.
- The finding of the Halo 3: ODST location was a result of a small contest held on the Bungie.net chapter known as "The Marty Army", where the first person that posted a video on their fileshare of themselves finding the song and completing the level would win a signed copy of the Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack.
- Halo Wars is the only Halo game not to have the Siege of Madrigal track hidden in the game, this is most likely due to it being a non Bungie game.
- Marty's heart animation is now a useable armor effect in Halo Reach.