Around a decade ago the Forerunners were regarded as a transcendent, enigmatic and mysterious race which we knew barely anything about beyond their technology and war with the Flood. But through recent media, such as Halo 4 and the Forerunner Saga, we’ve been given a major impression of them as a species and culture. We know what they looked like, what their culture was like, how their society operated and a fair degree of their history. I’m mostly pleased with how they’ve been handled.
Now it seems the Precursors have taken their place as the advanced, mysterious alien race. Personally I’d prefer it if a lot of the details on their origin, society and appearance went unexplored. It makes the lore much more interesting if some things are left open without an explanation. I really don’t think it’s needed.
The Precursors are the closest Halo has to deities. They created life in our galaxy, have explore the universe and possibly exist beyond it. The Organon as network is said to be 100,000 billion years old. Science currently suggests that the universe is only 13.7 billion years old.
I think exploring that will remove a lot of the mystery in the Halo universe and doesn’t add much of worth to its lore. There’s no need to discuss their origin, and a race possibly existing prior to them. I think having an alien race before the Precursors is kind of redundant and this cycle of creator species could possibly go on ad infinitum.
You can explain the origin of the Flood, but the Precursors are so much more interesting if a lot of things are left unexplained. Thoughts?