Ben Ferrone (TheTruthandReconciliation@msn.com) writes:
Ever since I stayed up for three days in a row playing through, and then taping and re-watching every one of the cutscenes in Halo 2, I was most interested by the "Whisper in the Storm" (when Truth and Mercy anoint the Arbiter). Particularly the history of the Arbiters. Apparently, two of the most notable battles in which an Arbiter fought were the "Grunt Rebellion" and "The Taming of the Hunters." The first one is rather obvious, just look at how those poor little Grunties are treated! But the second, while not at first glance, is much more difficult to explain. At first, I didn't think much of it, but then after I read that Hunters are smaller organisms which make up the larger Hunter form, and than that form mates for life with another 'Hunter Mass', I thought to myself, "So the Covenant must have formed the very Hunter life-form by putting those 'smaller organisms' into that armor." But then, why the need to 'Tame' them with an Arbiter?? I propose that the Covenant didn't form the Hunters, and that they were already a race before they were encountered.
Now, I come to the point where I must ask myself, "Did the Hunters make their own armor?" I highly doubt it, because they seem to lack the necessary intelligence to form something like that. We also should probably assume that the armor helps to hold the Hunters in their bipedal form. So, someone had to put them together (I don't doubt, however, that the Covenant now most likely replicates new armor for them). I propose that the Forerunner 'created' the Hunter as a form of Flood control (My theory requires prolonged Flood/Forerunner war, with Halos coming much later and as a last resort). Think about it. Have you ever seen anything that even resembles a Flood "Hunter Form?" I think that the Hunters were created to be an "infection impervious" warrior. Because Hunters are comprised of smaller, worm-like, organisms, we can assume that they have no spine, or central nervous system. Thus, although the Hunters are very large, their individual pieces are to small to be host material. Thus, the Forerunner attempted to create an army of Flood-resistant warriors.
Here's some more evidence: Hunter shields have a design that is different from normal Covie architecture, and more closely resembles Forerunner design. (Plus, the Covenant prefers purple and red to blue and gray. Excepting "Rookie" class Elites.)
We know that the Covenant stole just about every piece of its technology from the Forerunner, and the Fuel-Rod Cannon was probably one of them. Where'd they get the FRC? Hunters. The Covenant then created a handheld weapon, and placed another on the Banshee.
Finally, more tie-in with the Forerunner: Hunters would have survived Halo's activation because they were made up of small pieces, and thus had (here it comes) "Lack of sufficient biomass and cognitive ability." (Forgive me)
Also, Hunters could have survived the millennia by the following means of re-production: The Hunter mate for life, but how do they 'mate'? I believe that, since Hunters are giant conglomerations of worms, each "worm" mates with another "worm" individually. The openings in the armor around the midriff and neck are used to form an embrace, forming one, single creature (Think Changelings from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Each "worm" mates with another from the opposite Hunter. When this 'meld' is complete, a certain amount of "worms" in both Hunters has been impregnated. Then, more are born when older ones die. Thus, a pair of Hunters could live indefinitely. This process would also cause the genes of each Hunter to become closer and closer to the genes of the other after each mating process, possibly explaining the deep connection between two Hunters.
So, when the Covenant ran into the Hunters, they met with a bunch of failed attempts at combating the Flood, but decided to 'Tame' them into becoming part of Covenant.