Following the recent revelations of Halo: Primordium that:
The Primordial claims that the Precursors are the Flood: "We are the Flood. There is no difference."I decided to research the very little we currently know about Precursors and see if there was any correlation to this supposed revelation. I then came across the concept first elaborated upon in Halo: Cryptum, Neural Physics.
‘Neural physics was a Precursor concept. The Precursors felt that the Mantle extended to the entire universe, including energy and matter. The principles of neural physics also postulated that the entire universe was living, but in a way that was beyond the comprehension of biological organisms.’ - NameBright - Coming Soon
This sounded to me very similar to the way the Flood operate. In that they absorb and assimilate all life. The fact that the Flood would consume all life could be what this is referring to so that it would be “living” but as a part of the Flood. The lack of comprehension of this concept by biological organisms is most likely because not all life wants to be consumed. The Forerunners wanted to preserve biodiversity and saw the Flood as a parasite like Humanity and the Covenant do in the future.Later on the website cited above states that: “Precursor technology was based upon the principles of neural physics. While this normally made most Precursor artifacts effectively indestructible, the nature of their construction made them extremely susceptible to the effects of the Halo Array which specifically targeted neural systems.”
I wonder if by “effectively indestructible” they are talking about the fact that because the Flood is such a huge entity as a whole, it’s “technology” and “artifacts” are engrained in the overall knowledge of the Flood that it has absorbed over millions of years?Of course this isn’t perfect because:
- I’m interpreting the words to make the theory sound more plausible. Artifacts and technology could actually hold the standard meaning other than the one I gave for it.
- The Primordial could be lying (after all he is an enemy/antagonist)- we shall have to wait and see on that one
On the Precursor page of halopedian it states:
“The Forerunners believed them to be theoretical “Transsentient” beings, having the ability to travel among galaxies and accelerate the evolution of intelligent life.”
These could all be theoretically applied to the abilities of the Flood. Arguably the Flood are a Transsentient species in that they are “beyond” (the latinate meaning of ‘trans’) our understanding of “sentience” or sensation or thinking. What became the Flood (the powder) travelled to this galaxy from the Large Magellanic Cloud at the edge of the Milky Way. Lastly the Flood see themselves as the next evolution of life in the galaxy. The Gravemind in Halo 3 said: "Do I take life or give it? Who is victim, and who is foe?"Again this interpretation feels a bit forced. But is possible nonetheless.
In my own opinion I believe the Primordial is not being completely truthful.
Notice in his conversation with the Didact in Halo Primordium he says:
“Those who created you were defied and hunted,” the Captive said. “Most were extinguished. A few fled beyond your reach. Creation continued.” Notice the Primordial’s pronominal usage? It says ‘those’ rather than ‘We’ (Unless it means ‘Those of us’). ‘Most’ isn’t a pronoun but the Primordial could have said ‘most of us’. He also fails to say ‘We’ or ‘a few of us’. Now this could just be me being pedantic but I believe the Primordial is being very cunning here. I’m not totally convinced the Precursors were ALWAYS the Flood but they could have become them/sided with them when they were ‘beyond’ the ‘reach’ of the Forerunners. It is also possible that the Primordial/Captive/Timeless One doesn’t speak for the whole Precursor race and he is manipulating the situation as there is no-one (that we know of currently) to verify/disprove the claims it makes.It has been stated on numerous occasions and is generally accepted that the Precursors created some races. It is hard to think of the Flood (as we know it from Halo 1-3) being the creators of the Forerunners and possibly even Humanity. In the games it seems concerned only with consuming and absorbing more bio-mass. Admittedly however, by Halo 3 and possibly even earlier the Flood are able to create “pure” flood forms. Does that mean they can create non-flood based lifeforms though?In Halo: Cryptum, Bornstellar comments that some Precursor artifacts were known to precede the Forerunners by hundreds of millions of years, and were durable enough to be cycled inside planets’ crusts by plate tectonics. Additionally Precursor artifacts were often encountered by Miners, who obtained and recorded them but rarely held any particular interest in them.The Precursors also created structures such as enormous orbital arches and unbending filaments, which were used to connect entire worlds and solar systems. Obviously we have never seen any Precursor technology as it was destroyed by the Halo Array which targeted the Neural Physics upon which their structures were based on.
This is what is leading me to believe that at some stage the Precursors were a separate species or race from the Flood because the Flood as we currently know them, seem very unlikely to create such things. It is possible that the Forerunners have distorted the truth of what the Precursors really were to hide their uprising against them? On the other hand in this conversation with the Didact:
“It was long ago decided. Forerunners will never Bear the Mantle.”
“Through long study. The decision is final. Humans will replace you. Humans will be tested next.”
it is revealed that the Flood are capable of ‘long study’ and thought outside that of consumption of all life in the galaxy also something perhaps thought of as unlikely of the Flood.
Consider the fact that the Forerunners rose up against the Precursors. Their final solution for the defeating the Flood also had a “side-effect” of wiping out every trace of the Precursors? Quite co-incidental.
Based on the information available at the moment I am of the opinion that Precursors were originally a separate species from the Flood. What is clear from Halo: Primordium, as the Didact identifies, is that the Primordial is at the time of their conversation a Gravemind of sorts. What remains unclear is how it became to become a part of the Flood; whether it was always a part of the Flood or was at one point solely a Precursor? Anyway this post has become very long and incoherent, but these are just some ideas I thought I’d share.