If you want to read Aeolian Hope but aren’t familiar with the lore of the Halo franchise, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered!
Our Introduction to the Story section explains a lot of the context, but if you’d prefer something a little more inviting than a wall of text, then try these two videos out.
The Halo Story Primer by the excellent YouTube channel, Halo Canon, is a solid introduction to the overall universe, using media from various games, animated shorts and more:
If you want to go even more minimalist, try this Halo Story Abridged video, which eschews narration and instead lets a composition of Halo cinematics and live-action shorts do the talking. It mostly covers the SPARTAN super-soldier program, which will not be featured in Aeolian Hope, but is a useful compass all the same.