Just dug up some more gold. This might have to come in two posts because I’m going to develop a far-fetched theory. How? By bouncing off of other people’s theories I’ve read on here, and from what I’ve gathered from primary sources (the books). This will change over time, I’ll bet because of Silentium’s release. Now back to the gold.
One member, by the name of ybz90 posted a VERY compelling theory on the Precursors, the Mantle, etc. From his I’ll speculate as to what happens in Halo 5.
Are you ready to face this madness? Here we go:
First start by reading his ENTIRE POST here.
Ok, take a moment to take all that in. TL;DR? Well read it anyway!
Ok, now that you have read it, let’s start putting pieces together.
At face value we know little tid bits about the Precursors. But upon further examination, one can add something new to the conversation (like ybz90 did in his post). I’m going to take it a step further. This may be spot on, or total fallacy. Let’s see how the Precursors and the Chief’s story intertwine.
Ok, now here is what we know thus far about le Presursors (which many of you have already defined in this very thread, thank you).
The Precursors seeded life in the galaxy. They created life. It is believed that they hold the Mantle of Responsibility-aka the “guardianship for all living things lies with those whose evolution is most complete. The Mantle of Responsibility shelters all”. Precursors were presumably defeated by Forerunners. Forerunners took the responsibility of the Mantle. The Primordial-claiming to be the last Precursor in the form of a Gravemind states that humanity will be tested 100,001 years later. Aka, close to the present time of Halo 4’s events (correct me if I’m wrong there). Now ybz90 said that this was a hoax of sorts, to which I agree. The “unity” the Primordial wants to impose upon every living species is a misnomer for “I want to see which species is the best, so I can therefore absorb their power!” Until that test, there will be “sweetness”.
It is stated that Halo 5 will be “darker”. Something so atrocious-it will make it darker. That is most likely the “test”. I have reason to believe that whatever that test is will be revealed in Silentium. Both the Librarian and the Didact know what that is.
Here is evidence that the Precursors or the “Floodcursors” (as I like to call them now) still exist, as stated in Primordium. Keep in mind that they want unity, not vengence.
Primordial to the Didact: Those who created you were defied and hunted. Most were extinguished. A few fled beyond your reach. Creation continued." To which the Didact replied: “Defied! You were the monsters set upon destroying all who would assume the Mantle”. Further suggesting the fact that the Precursors are indeed the Flood, the Primordial shot back: "Humans will be tested next. We are the Flood. There is no difference.
Ehhh…sorry I’m so scatter-brained. Just setting up the background for what comes next. Stay with me here.
At the end of Primordium, the 343 GS fragment or core or whatever he is, goes off to find the Librarian. Apparently the last time he’s seen her was aboard one of the Arks. It is not stated which one. Why would he want to find her? What’s his duty to her? Or the Didact for that matter? I am unsure. It may be obvious, but right now my brain is starting to fry.
So the question remains. What does MC have to do with all this?
Let’s ponder whether or not MC has a geas. After all the reading I’ve done, I’m convinced that he does indeed have a geas. Whose? Bornstellar’s of course. Read this theory, that perpetuates MC’s possible geas. Again, I’m bouncing off of other people’s ideas ( in this case Im a Fishy).
There is more to MC’s “luck”. He was set up by the Librarian and Halsey to do great things and be excellent. He has luck because of Bornstellar’s geas. Whatever the Librarian did to MC in Halo 4 made him immune to the Composer, as well as be able to hear the Didact speak to him, when Cortana could not. Also Guilty Spark asks MC: " Last time you asked me, if it were my choice, would I do it?" This could mean that Guilty Spark thought MC was the Bornstellar Didact, who is believed to have fired the Halo Array during the Forerunner Flood war.
If your still with me at this point, kudos to you, for I am almost done nerdgasm-ing.
So Master Chief wants to “regain” his humanity? That is one of the core aspects of the Reclaimer trilogy after all, right?
Here’s the new part of the conversation:
The Master Chief will face and/or pass the Floodcursor’s test, whatever that may be. In order to make himself more human…he will do the opposite not to feel “numb” like Chakas did after being composed in Primordium. Being numb brings pain and suffering, as experienced by Chakas. Since Master Chief cannot be composed, he will somehow use this to his advantage, in order to overcome the potential return of the Flood. Will he sacrifice himself in order to reveal his humanity? That would be one hell of a hero’s death; he would save the whole universe from this looming threat.
A couple more thoughts: Relating to his humanity, will MC/Bornstellar struggle with the Ur-Didact? Maybe. Will MC unite the Forerunners and/or the Covenant to defeat the Floodcursors, given they return? Maybe. Are Riser and Vinnevra reincarnated into Fred and Kelly, respectively? Maybe.
Ok, I’m pretty worn out. I’d say this is a good place to stop.
I hope you take my ideas into consideration, no matter how minuscule they were. I had the intention of throwing down a totally rad theory, but all I could muster was speculation and possibilities. Hopefully Silentium will help move my ideas forward.