Seeking knowledge about the Flood, leads to questions about the universe itself… What are the Precursors? Where did they originate? Which came before reality, or them?
I know the Flood are known as the physical descendants of the Precursor, but perhaps the Precursor are in-fact something else entirely… they don’t exist on any one plane of reality… but can manifest themselves to perceive a certain presence… unto their creations.
We know that Precursors have the capability to evolve, and de-evolve, chosen custodian species. These species are to be tested, for the right to carry the Guardianship Of The Galaxy… the Mantle Of Responsibilty (Forerunner’s term). Yet how did they evolve, or de-evolve, at their whim?
Undying Collective Consciousness
We know that the Precursor have a collective consciousness, that is ever alive even in their apparent death (life is not present). The fundamental knowledge seems never lost, but is passed unto the next embodiment, of their form… they share a collective of experiences. So how can this possibly be?
We know that the Precursor have achieved the highest quality of technology, tier-0, which surpasses even the Forerunner Ecumene mastery of the FTL Travel, Solidified Light Particles, Project Photons, Gravitational Manipulation. This Nueral Physics is a concept which bases itself of the mastery of the fabric of space and time… indestructible and timeless objects which are present in reality, and yet physically is not, and exist in multiple dimensions of reality at once… The Organon (Domain Forerunner term), Orbital Arches and Star Roads are such examples. So what does it take to control the very fabric of existence?
Living Time, Life Creation and Space
We know that the ideological religion and agriculturist lifestyle of the Forerunner, known as the Mantle Of Responsibility, originated from Precursor beliefs… These beliefs were of the relationship that Living Time, Life and the Endless Abyss, known as Space, were connected. With the creation and management of Life, Space and Living Time would gain fulfillment and serenity…
We know that the Forerunners known as Didact, both Shadow-Of-Sundered-Star, the Ur-Didact, and Bornstellar-Makes-Eternal-Lasting, the Iso-Didact; conversed with a captive Precursor, the Primordial. The Primordial was apparently the sole proprietor, when manipulating the Precursor dust, which would in-inevitably transmogrify into the Flood. He had been the last known Precursor, and the first embodiment of the Flood Gravemind, to which would detail a series of futuristic events and ‘testing’ of the species known as Humanity… to which would be the precedence, of whether Humanity would attain their rightful heritage, or be like the cousin-species the Forerunner… and failed. The Primordial Gravemind had announced that they hadn’t decided whether Humanity was to be successful or not… Yet how can one foresee, and foretell, the future, 100 000 years ahead of their time?