New to posting in the forum, not new to reading. I feel I know enough about the Halo Universe to hold my own and make intelligent contributions and speculations. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Halo canon as it has a realistic element of potential truth behind it.
The one statement I keep seeing repeatedly is that the Mantle was given (or taken) from the Precursors by the Forerunner. The Mantle demonstrates that life in the galaxy and universe should be valued and this is evidenced by the Forerunner collecting all DNA samples to the sentient beings of the galaxy so they can reseed the home worlds after the firing of the Halo array. In general, upholding the mantle is against destroying life. It also appears that this is why the Didact has such a hard time debating against the arrays construction with the Master Builder Faber and is sentenced to exile. There was a split in the Forerunner ecumene as to whether the array itself violated the Mantle they were sworn to protect.
The Forerunner may also believe it is the humans place to take the Mantle after they disappear following the firing of the array. This is why the humans are considered “Reclaimers” and can activate Forerunner tech.
The flip side to this is that nobody is the true inheriters of the Mantle because the Precursors are “testing” races to see who is worthy. The Forerunnebrsupposedly failed this test. This test comes in the form of Flood infestation sent by the Precursor from outside the galaxy (allegedly).
The Primordial has stated that the Human’s test will be upon them (even though ancient human defeated the flood by sacrificing themselves) in the modern era that we are experiencing in the Halo games - approx 100,000 years after the firing of the array.
Which leads me to my question, and I have not seen this discussed anywhere.
Wouldn’t the testing of sentient species “worthiness” to inherit the protectorship of the Mantle by mass extinction via Flood infestation be against everything The Mantle is about? Would not this make Precursors in violation of the Mantle themselves? What is the point of finding a worthy species to inherit the Mantle if you violate everything the MNtle is in the process. This would make Precursors the biggest hypocrites in the Local Cluster of galaxies.
What say the community?
Thanks for reading and contributing. I look forward to more exciting conversation while we wait to find out what is next for MC and the Milky Way.