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April 13, 2007

Who dares wake me from my slumber, my eternal abyss that I chose. Who approaches and intrudes upon my world, with clarity and grace . . .

Actually it's Mr Bananas, with this massive, beautifully constructed theory. Read it, and read on.

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Though my mind may lie in doubt, it still be turned curious by this suggestion type thing

Tristan Rodberg ( writes:

1) Why Hunters can't be Infected by the Flood.

As the 'Art of Halo' book calls them, essentially, they're giant cans of worms. An absolute crazy load number of worms. Infection form bites a Hunter, and realizes that he ain't gettin' nowhere. He infected one worm in the can, and can't infect anybody else, as the Hunter collective effectively jettisons the infected worm, leaving that worm to his fate as food.

Or, perhaps the infected worm is not ejected, but the Hunter collective is on a different level of consciousness then what the Flood infection form can overwhelm effectively, if at all.

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The power of analytical thought!

AscendantJustice ( writes:

Bungie has never liked the idea of Sergeant Johnson being immune to the Flood. Joseph Staten says so here. They retconned it in the HGN. Turns out, to them, it makes more sense that he's just one helluva badass soldier. So they dropped the immunity. This begs the question: Why is it so important that Avery Johnson not be immune to the Flood? I see two possibilities.

1) Immunity to the Flood lowers their potency. If a symptom of a syndrome is enough to grant a strong resistance to Flood control, could ONI replicate this? Bungie doesn't want that to be left open.

2) The Good Sergeant gets Floodified in Halo 3. Why else retcon his immunity? Could make for a powerful moment in dramatic storytelling...

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I wandered lonely as a cloud, that floats o'er hill & dale...

DHalo ( writes:

is being analyzed again, as Marty has said:
That it has not been solved as of yet.
What if the voice in the poem is the "formidable" construct Cortana mentioned was fighting back before the Chief took off on the ship? Possibly Forerunner? Wanting forgiveness for his and his creator's crimes against God for harboring such horrid creatures as the Flood?
For a possible theory...The Forerunner, before they died, possibly realized there is a God, and left this AI behind to seek a way to stop the never ending cycle that is the Halos. What do I mean by never ending cycle? As the poem says, time has no end, no beginning, no purpose. (or maybe, more precisely, the AI's time) What if this is eluding to the a loop that the Halos create? I think the Halos constantly kill and recreate life, to then kill it again sometime in the future, and this AI wants to break a possible cycle. However the last line suggests it is still as morbid as his predecessors, as he "lives to see death, destruction, ____ over the light." Just some food for thought.

Food for thought, you say ...tae a haggis! Great chieftain o' the puddin' race!

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A locked door must be opened - and sometimes things need to be stated explicitly. Yes I know that link made no sense.

wcfin8 ( writes:

We don't hear or see any mention of the flood until AFTER Cortana and MC disable the security systems on the installation after being locked out while looking for the silent cartographer:

CORTANA: "we can't proceed unless we can disable this installation's security system"

Later we hear a marine say that the covenant worked hard to lock the door where Keyes and his squad were overwhelmed by the flood. So maybe the covenant were already in there when the flood was released, unbeknownst to them, and all they could do was lock the door and run. Backing this up is the fact that the humans find out that the covenant already has a name for these new enemies "the flood", which lends credence to the idea that the covenant already knew they were there. If they knew they were there and knew what the flood was capable of, I find it unlikely that they would release them.

In Assault on the Control Room, Cortana says something that most people, including myself, assumed meant that the covenant released the flood:

Cortana : Oh, those Covenant fools...they must've known, there must have been signs!

But maybe she didn't mean that they should have known they would release the flood (because she did that herself) maybe she means that the covenant should have known that Halo isn't the Forerunner weapon, The Flood are.

Also in AOTCR, Cortana says: The weapons cache he's looking for, it's not really-we can't let him get inside!

If you follow that sentence and finish it logically, the only solution is that the weapon isn't halo. Why else would she say the weapons cache he's looking for is "not really-". The Humans think the weapon is Halo so That is the only thing he can be incorrect about. So maybe the Flood was a forerunner weapon, a sort of biological warfare. And just like any biological weapon, it has to be stored and locked up with ridiculous amounts of security, until someone or some A.I. decides to override those securities. Also note the word cache, by definition that does not fit in a description of Halo.

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And now I return to sleep, or study . . . whatever. Stop messing up my etheral talking. The boys do it so much better. At any rate - cool theory to finish with. Enjoy.

ouelletten ( writes:

I have heard alot about the controversy between whether or not Flood infect dead hosts. Thanks to the "Freaked-out-as-hell" marine firing on you with a pistol and yelling thing about being attacked by the flood on 343 Guilty Spark, we know that he evaded them by "Playing dead, they took the live ones" I believe I know why. If the forerunners weren't human, then that was the Floods first ever encounter with the human race and they wanted to gather as much information from them as possible. Any dead specimens wouldn't allow them to extract information from thier brain, or at least it would be difficult. With the specimen alive, they can "interrogate" it and get information directly. And considering all the Covenant Flood we see on the way out, I'd say they didn't need that many more rienforcements, although we do see few human combat forms those might have been infected and taken over for easier transportation. Point is, thay can infect dead hosts, but didn't in that case because they needed thier subjects alive. One thing still bothers me, on Jenkin's helmcam you see them inspecting a dead elite with it's "insides scrambled". Why? Why did they kill the elite but didn't infect it? Also the abundance of dead jackels and grunts laying around, usually in pools of gront blood all over the floor and walls (overkill much?) When going down an elevator (don't remember which) in 343 Guilty Spark, if you look up, you see TONS of grunt blood on the walls. This seems to be a waste to me, and if the Flood are as intelligent as they are supposed to be (and we know them to be) then I'm curious as to why they would waste perfectly good hosts.

permalink | The Flood


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