Investigation of the Cure to the Flood

There has been some discord within the community as to whether or not a cure actually existed or if it was all indeed apart of scheme against the Forerunners.  I’ll focus on the Cure itself and then the scheme, if it was indeed that…

HAVE YOU FOUND what you came here for?” the Didact asked the Primordial.”

No. Life demands,” the Primordial said. “It clings and is selfish.”

That is a rather interesting exchange as the Primordial did answer the Didact’s question. The last 43 years of the Primordial’s time have been spent experimenting on human populations. These experiments seem to have been done in an attempt to find out how the Humans created a means to combat the Flood. We know full well that he found the cure, but it seems he couldn’t find a way to hinder it.

These two spoke in our heads as well as in our ears—telling us of our fates. The Primordial and Green-eye were deciding who would live and who would die.

“But some who had been taken to the Palace of Pain returned. At first we were happy that they were back, but then we saw how some had changed. Some grew other skins, other eyes, other arms. They broke apart and joined together, then made others sick. They wailed in pain and tried to touch us. These poor monsters died, or we killed them later.

“And Green-eye said to the Beast, ‘Not all resist . . . not all survive.’ But most do. Why? Why do many survive, but some do not?” Gamelpar shuddered. “Twisted death. Death that spreads like spilled blood. Those who survived . . . who did not die . . . the Forerunners took some back to the Palace of Pain, and some they left behind. We do not know how they chose. And then . . .”

Anytime talk of the cure comes up people instantly dismiss primarily because the Primordial later states there was not an immunity. When do you ever believe something just because someone says it? Not to mention the entire premise of an antagonist is that they may be misleading you with any fragment of truth told.  Here is the breakdown and counter:

We are told by Gamelpar that Mendicant Bias and the Primordial picked humans that would be experimented on. So we know that there was some criteria that had to be met and they did not just pick anyone.

The next part is intriguing as we are told that “the Flood couldn’t fully manifest in those experimented on and then died.” That is not seen anywhere else in the Halo lore as the Flood do not die, they cannot. If a Flood form is to die it will be from starvation. Which this couldn’t be as it was clearly trying to infect a human but couldn’t. How could that be possible? From the summary of the event given by Gamelpar it does indeed seem that the Flood was literally unable to infect this person and died trying.  Naturally the cure comes to mind.

Mendicant Bias himself asks the Primordial how Humans could be surviving infection. We can further infer that a large number of humans seem to have been able to resist infection which increases the notion of the cure being real. Why would the Primordial not share something so insignificant with his co-conspirator?

The notion of the cure being “fake” seems ludicrous with what has been documented. Why would the Primordial waste 43 years after millions of imprisonment on something he knew wasn’t real? Why create an entire scheme when only a few hundred if not a thousand of localized forerunners would know?  Why include ignorant humans into that scheme? It doesn’t add up. Especially as Mendicant Bias would be well aware if he was being deceived, as he is the smartest AI in the galaxy.

Everything within Primordium points to the Primordial lying in an attempt to demoralize the Forerunners.  We see that being done within the following quote.

The Didact got to his feet and gave me a long, bitter look. “Nothing is decided,” he murmured. “This isn’t over. It will never be over.”

For the Didact, the ultimate meaning of upholding the Mantle was never to accept defeat. I sensed that the Primordial had expected as much and as it decayed over the artificial fleeting of millions of centuries—as its extraordinary lifespan played out in blind silence— it had gloried in it.

Telling the Didact a cure didn’t exist had far more an impact on him than saying otherwise. Bornstellar is still slightly overwhelmed by the Didact’s persona in Primordium and doesn’t become his own until the events of Silentium. Meaning he is susceptible to the Didact’s bouts of rage and has yet know reason. Lets focus on the Silentium aspect next.

But within decades, that situation changed. Humans surged back. Their strength redoubled. Our fleets came upon strong, healthy human populations residing in Flood-infested sectors of the galaxy, apparently unmolested. Humans had obviously found a way to immunize against the Flood, or had developed a natural resistance-or possibly even found a cure.

The Flood no longer seemed to infect humans, but along the galactic margins, in many other systems, it held its awful sway over thousands of worlds. Wherever the Didact’s forces came upon pockets of infection, they burned them out-cauterized them by sheer firepower. The Flood seemed to be quelled-for a time. The Didact and I knew these piecemeal efforts should not have been enough. Lifeworkers calculated that given its virulence and adaptability, the Flood should have overcome our entire galaxy within a few hundred years.

Now within Silentium it right away leaves you open to interpret a scheme is in play.  The main flag being not the unmolested populations of humans but the fact the Flood should have overwhelmed the galaxy within those few centuries.

It seemed to deliberately retreat, as if it had established a pact with humanity and was sensitive to their change of fortune.

We desperately needed to learn how humans had survived the Flood. Captured humans could not be forced to divulge these secrets. Analysis of dead humans revealed little. But the Old Council became convinced a vaccine or cure existed.

There doesn’t seem to be any reason for going forward as it is clear. Silentium makes no doubts and clarifies that the Flood was indeed up to a scheme thousands of years prior.

Is it not possible that this could have been a plot change? In regards to the cure both novels have completely different tones. Primordium has a strong indication of the cure being real in some fashion while Silentium states otherwise. We do know that Silentium was pushed back with the release of Halo 4 and then further looked at. So could it have indeed been a plot change? Possibly, what do you think?

-Mendicant Bias

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