Flood Questions. How were they still around?

How did any of the flood survive the mass firing of the halo arrays? They were specifically aimed in every direction to prevent that possibility.

And while we are at it, how in the world did flood test subjects end up ON all the halo arrays? At the end of selentium it was pretty clear that the flood were not on, near, nor stored on the halo arrays. Unless they just did that without telling us that it happened. Which is silly because it just ensures the continuity of the flood despite using the halos to kill most of the flood

Answers in anniversary terminals.
The halos fired in the Milky Way. There should be more elsewhere.

The Flood were put there by the Forerunner for future study.

The rings probably timelocked the specimens so they’d survive the array, that, or infection forms just aren’t effected by a halo blast.

As has been stated, the flood was kept to study in case the flood ever returned. The flood (and precursors) still originate from outside our galaxy.

Only 1 outbreak has occurred due to the forerunner’s own systems failing (installation 05), the one on 4 was entirely the covenant’s fault.

> The rings probably timelocked the specimens so they’d survive the array, that, or infection forms just aren’t effected by a halo blast.
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> As has been stated, the flood was kept to study in case the flood ever returned. The flood (and precursors) still originate from outside our galaxy.
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> Only 1 outbreak has occurred due to the forerunner’s own systems failing (installation 05), the one on 4 was entirely the covenant’s fault.

You forgot Halo Wars’ shield world. I think Flood had already broken long before Covenant arrived.

Sadly we have no explanation for how the flood on its surface survived, as its pretty clear they didn’t hide inside it from the rings, given how the interior is pure.

What’d the flood eat on the surface for 100,000 years?

And yeah, I often forget about halo wars :stuck_out_tongue:

> Sadly we have no explanation for how the flood on its surface survived, as its pretty clear they didn’t hide inside it from the rings, given how the interior is pure.
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> What’d the flood eat on the surface for 100,000 years?
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> And yeah, I often forget about halo wars :stuck_out_tongue:

Eh, this is why I consider Halo Wars non-canon.

The Librarian, strangely enough, was the one who decided to keep Flood for study.

She knew the Flood could return, and there is still the possibility of a human cure. So they preserved Flood on some installations in order to study it, try to find a cure.

The outbreaks on Installation 05 and the Shield World could very well be the consequence of the Monitor’s rampancy. We know Penitant Tangent didn’t really keep up containment the best, and may have started suffering from rampancy before Spark.
The Shield World could have had study facilities on its surface, and likely had some other forms of life that were reseeded or evolved there. Like Installation 05, containment may have been ignored or broken down and the Flood was released.

Perhaps the Forerunners didn’t plan on 100,000 years of silence, they expected the reseeded races to rise and make contact again sooner, which would help the Flood studies.

The HALO Array wouldnt have killed off infection forms anyways, since they were so small and likely lack a nervous system to be affected by the pulse. Remeber the idea behind the HALO Array was to starve the Flood to death (if this was retconned at some point, im unaware). The specimens remaining on the HALOs themselves (and the Threshold gas mining complex) were preserved for future study.

The outbreak on the Shield World in Halo Wars was probably caused by breakdowns in contrainment over the 100k years after the Array fired. Its likely that this Shield World had a fully active flora/fauna ecosystem active on its surface much like Onyx did, which is how the Flood was able to grow to such monumental size. Its also possible that the Covenant were directly involved in their release as they were on 04.

The Flood specimens were probably brought to the various Halo rings after the Array fired by the Forerunner survivors. This may infact be a clue as to where they ended up going, as they probably wouldnt have found a cure and went to destinations unknown to try to see what they could find out about the origins of the Precursors, possible cures for the Flood, or both.

> > Sadly we have no explanation for how the flood on its surface survived, as its pretty clear they didn’t hide inside it from the rings, given how the interior is pure.
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> > What’d the flood eat on the surface for 100,000 years?
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> > And yeah, I often forget about halo wars :stuck_out_tongue:
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> Eh, this is why I consider Halo Wars non-canon.

It doesn’t matter what you consider because it is canon and is probably the best halo work we have in terms of flow and consistency. The flood were able to survive because shield worlds protect your from halo fire. While the flood weren’t able to get within the center they were clearly able to get under the surface level

I think they are, they are definitely on the other halos (I want to see if the UNSC has found them on Installation 03) Anyway it’s probably a long shot to say the flood are gone

> The rings probably timelocked the specimens so they’d survive the array, that, or infection forms just aren’t effected by a halo blast.
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> As has been stated, the flood was kept to study in case the flood ever returned. The flood (and precursors) still originate from outside our galaxy.
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> Only 1 outbreak has occurred due to the forerunner’s own systems failing (installation 05), the one on 4 was entirely the covenant’s fault.

of course, remember cold storage? that took place on installation 05 and there were pure forms not just infection forms in stasis on that map. what seems to be, is that anything on the surface of the halo is definitely shielded from the halos own blast as well as maybe the others. this can be explained by either…

  1. the fauna on the installations we’ve seen were not eradicated
  2. the new six lesser halos were more advanced and possibly could have incorporated shield world tech?
  3. the halo blasts overlap, but dont go as far as to reach other stations

> of course, remember cold storage? that took place on installation 05 and there were pure forms not just infection forms in stasis on that map. what seems to be, is that anything on the surface of the halo is definitely shielded from the halos own blast as well as maybe the others. this can be explained by either…
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> 1. the fauna on the installations we’ve seen were not eradicated
> 2. the new six lesser halos were more advanced and possibly could have incorporated shield world tech?
> 3. the halo blasts overlap, but dont go as far as to reach other stations

The “orb” of radiation that the Halos fire originates from the center of the ring, as seen in Halo 2. It would be impossible for anything on the surface of the Halo to survive the firing.