How hunting for the truth inspired me to record a short audio series

About two years ago, I was absolutely obsessed with an episodic fictional podcast called Hunt the Truth. Inspired by the award-winning investigative documentary podcast Serial, Hunt the Truth followed Benjamin Giraud, a journalist in the fictional video game world of Halo. When Ben started investigating the sudden disappearance of the video game protagonist, things started to spin out of control. It was like listening to a really good audiobook set in one of your favorite fictional universes. And when it suddenly ended with a cliffhanger, I needed more.

So, I made my own episodes set in the same universe. It was a fun project that I originally planned out for about 9 weeks but I cut it shorter when I realized how much time it took to write scripts, record them properly and then edit the recording into something resembling the original series. I even made a short musical interlude that was inspired by the original. Proud of that one 🙂

The story was loosely based on the story of Gavrilo Princip, who killed the Archduke of Austria in 1914 and lit the fuse of conflict just before the first world war. I had a more elaborate storyline, which was supposed to show how every villian is actually a hero in his own story. Maybe one day, I will expand on this.

When I put it out, a couple of Halo fans picked it up and retweeted it but I never took it anywhere after that. It is still published out there on Soundcloud and on Tumblr. It is one those personal projects, which I am still extremely proud of. It was a true labor of love and although I worked on it for only one month in August of 2015, I would definitely love to do something similar at some point in the future.

How to listen?

If you would like to listen to it, I would suggest first listening to the first season of the original podcast and then going through the four episedos I produced (or at least listen to the original series up to the episode mentioned in the descriptions below. I have embedded the whole first season of Hunt the Truth below and also added all of my episodes along with additional posts I made as they came out. Enjoy!!!

Season One Supercut

HUNT the TRUTH is a fictional investigative audio series hosted by Benjamin Giraud (Keegan-Michael Key), HUNT the TRUTH unfolds as Benjamin investigates the story behind the Master Chief, humanity’s greatest and most mysterious hero. As inconsistencies in the story emerge, Ben is faced with toeing the government line or cutting rank and breaking the conspiracy wide open. HUNT the TRUTH is presented by XBOX and 343 Industries, makers of HALO 5: Guardians.

Episode 1: Guardian Angel

My name is Gabriel Chetnik and 30 years ago my planet was occupied on the eve of independence. After the war, they turned it into a theme park and now I work as a glorified bus driver shuttling tourists onto the surface.. But there is more to my story…

This episode was recorded after listening to the Ben’s fifth broadcast.

Intermezzo 1:

We have just been ordered to immediately return back to the surface of the planet. Something bad must have happened. The whole civilian fleet being called back in like this? This has never happened before!!!

As I type this, two UNSC frigates just entered scanner range of my Pelican. What are they doing in our system? 

This is bad! Really bad! I’m just glad I dropped off all passengers mere minutes ago.

Waypoint has just gone dark and I am currently sending this over Chatternet backdoor channels. I recorded the second episode of “The Hunting Trail” this morning and I will attempt to live broadcast out to the galaxy from the hangar via hardline connection into Chatternet. I hope that at least some of the relays are still working.

This is going to be rough… Stay tuned!

keepcalm

Episode 2: Aurora Humana

This is a live broadcast going out to the entire galaxy. Something has happened out here in the Outer Colonies. Frigates have entered our system and I have just landed on the surface of the planet…

Recorded after The Boxing Story (Episode 6)

Episode 3: Automated Message

This chatter net blog has been seized and frozen by UNSC Outer Rim Division Squad Number 7654 under the Biko Emergency Directive of 2558

Episode 4: Ghost in White

Whatever you read or heard about me … ignore it. It’s all lies!
I can’t tell you where I am and I don’t have that much time.

Message from the creator

I began this project as an homage to the amazing Hunt The Truth podcast but due to personal and work obligations, I will not be able to continue working on the Hunting Trail.

The final produced episode Ghost in White takes this into account and keeps the story open. The episode explored an important person in the protagonist’s life and revealed something about her, which I wanted to explore and delve into over the course of the entire season. 

THANKS to everybody, who listened, shared or supported The Hunting Trail ❤

Want more?

A second season of Hunt the Truth was eventually released and it concluded the storyline partially before the game Halo 5 was released later in 2015. You can listen to the remaining official episodes here. In my opinion it was not as good as the first season but whatever.

At least they tried 🙂

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