Icon is a prose from the short story collection Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe. It describes the lives of John-117, the SPARTAN-IIs and Spartan-IIIs, and the legacy they left. It was written by Jonathan Goff, while Gabriel "Robogabo" Garza created the artwork.
Soldiers forged from youth to serve as tools of war-
weapons of direct and conclusive destruction-the men
and women of the classified military project known as the
SPARTAN-II program will live on in legend following
their exploits during the Human-Covenant War.
enemies, but thrust into battle with forces unimaginable-
and terrifyingly alien-the Spartan-IIs, and later the
Spartan-IIIs, delivered numerous decisive victories against
the overwhelming might of the Covenant.
warriors of the Spartan-II program were humanity's best,
and possibly only, hope when faced with the threat of ex-
tinction from an advanced alien collective bent on our
eradication in the name of false prophecies and hidden
silent vacuum of space, word of the Spartans' deeds
spread throughout the human colonies-offering salva-
tion, offering a faint glimpse at ultimate victory.
Spartan above all others; equal but for one defining
factor-one immeasurable advantage. Like his brothers
and sisters, he was trained to fight, to win, a master of the
latest weapons of war. But Spartan-117, John-117,
had one intangible asset few others possessed-luck.
simple game, or heated combat-Spartan-117's uncanny
combination of finely honed skills and unprecedented
good fortune made for the ultimate warrior in a battle
against impossible odds.
Chief, and each of his fellow Spartans, did more than
engage the enemy; they delivered hope-with each burst
of gunfire, with every battle won.