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Halo 3 ODST Song and Lyrics
Halo 3 ODST Live Action Trailer
This is the video promoting the new interactive game by Bungie. It was released on September 22nd 2009, exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game console. The video is based on the storyline in the Halo franchise.
The promotional video is notable because live actors are used to make a short movie. Possibly to prepare the ground for a live action full length feature film in the future. Given the popularity of the Orbital Dropship Troopers (ODST) and the popularity of the other games in the “Halo” franchise, this could well happen
Halo 3 ODST Promotional Movie
The game is based around a story taking place in the 26th century. Earth is fighting a war against the “Covenant” an alliance of alien races committed to the destruction of human life. Shown in the Video are the Jiralhanae, otherwise known as “Brutes” One of the alien life forms threatening Earth. They are much larger than humans, extremely ferocious and hard to kill. Also shown is a Type-26 Ground Support Aircraft known as a “Banshee” The standard ground assault craft for the Covenant.
Earth is defended by the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) they are the Military, Exploratory and Scientific agency of the United Earth Government (UEG). The elite military arm of this agency is the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. (ODST)
The video shows a young protagonist named Tarkov. He attends the military funeral of an acquaintance, Staff sergeant K. Stark. Who had been a member of the 19th Shock Troops Battalion of the 105th ODST Regiment. Afterwards he volunteers to join ODST. He goes through a brutal training period that includes live ammunition and combat crawls in mud.
During one of his first missions he is dropped onto an unknown planet. Large forces of Jiralhanae were waiting at the drop zone and a fierce fight ensues. As Tarkov is moving forward a Jiralhanae Major strikes cutting his face and knocking him into a puddle. The brute moves to finish him off but just then a disabled banshee flies into the Brute, killing him and saving Tarkov’s life.
Years go by and Tarkov, now much older and hardened, with his facial cuts turned to deep scars, is with four other troopers holding a battlefield burial for a comrade. As explosions sound in the distance, the troopers put on their helmets and move out.
The song "The Life"
Many people have asked about the name of the song. The video and song are named "The Life" The tune is a contemporary Welsh song called "Lament", written by the very talented duo of Daniel Lozinski and Phil Baggaley they are; "Light of Aiden" Lament was given a martial beat and new words were written by me to fit both the tune and the mythos behind the Halo stories.
During the funeral and boot camp scenes the commands are given in Hungarian. The song in the background is Welsh. The lyrics to the song are;
Gafflwn Dihenydd O’r fuddugol yn wiriol sydd,
Ni fydd neb yn ein drechu,
Falch ydy ni I drochu,
Traed o flaen I’r Annwn,
mewn y gwybodaeth fe godwn ni.
“We cheat Death from his rightful victory.
No one can defeat us,
we are glad to plunge feet first into Annwn<
in the knowledge that we will rise.”
A couple of points on the translation;
There are a couple of Welsh words for “Death.” In this song the word used is Dihenydd, literally “The Ancient of Days” This is an old Welsh way of personifying death. Making death a person rather than an occurrence or a concept.
Welsh also has two words for “hell” Uffern is the Christian hell, the one of fire and brimstone and eternal torment. The word used here is Annwn, the Celtic otherworld where we go when we leave the mortal world. For warriors who die bravely in battle it is similar to the halls of Odin or Valhalla in Germanic legend. Though Annwn is also a place of rest, joy and delight, for those of a less warlike nature or if you want to take a rest from war. It is a place of punishment for the wicked and in that context can be a grim and forbidding place. Either way, nobody stays there. Eventually we all once again, enter the Cauldron of rebirth. We know we shall rise again.
- Light of Aidan-Lament
In early September 2009 I was approached by Human LLC to write a Welsh song for a commercial they were making for the new Halo 3 ODST game that was soon to be launched. I was shown the video and given...
Bungie contracted with Humanworld Llc. to produce the video. The founder and co-owner of Humanworld is Gareth Williams. His mother is Mary Hopkins, a very popular Welsh folk singer back in the 60's and early 70's. When Bungie asked for a sing in an obscure language Gareth immediately thought of Welsh. However his mother, though brought up in the language, felt that she had been away from Wales for so long that she preferred someone else write the words. The Santa Monica studio of Humanworld contacted the Celtic Arts Center in North Hollywood. I was a member and the information was passed on to me. That is how I, with no knowledge of the gaming world, ended up writing one of the most popular tunes on You Tube.