Forum:Precursors, Forerunners, and Huragok
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As I have become more accustomed to 343i's obsession with the Forerunners and Precursors (the Forerunner Trilogy, the Terminals of CEA, and Halo 4 and presumably the subsequent trilogy), I suddenly stumbled across a thought.
While I realize it is highly improbable as the Bestarium references the Huragok as a Builder invention, I have to wonder if the Huragok were originally created by the Precursors. If you consider what little we know of the Forerunners against the Precursors, it is highly obvious that the Forerunners relied more heavily on pure technology (Constructors, Sentinels, Enforcers, Monitors) rather than biotechnology as Huragok are stated to be. Halo players also can recognize Forerunner structures and materials on sight for their dully reflective metallic color and sleek, angular designs; neither of these highly consistent Forerunner design "signatures" fit the Huragok, who have only been seen in the glowing purples and blues and organic curves of famed Covenant design. Additionally, Huragok have never been witnessed around Forerunner structures (at least, not independently of Covenant military forces). Huragok did not appear in Halo: Cryptum, which is odd, considering Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting was of a Builder family.
Conversely, Precursors are theorized to have been masters of "neural physics"; that is, that matter and thought are linked. While most Precursor technology was destroyed in the activation of the Halo Array and the Huragok apparently survived the event unharmed (being mechanical rather than biological), the Huragok seem to be masters of thought as well as mechanical repair: this is evidenced first by Lighter Than Some in his highly-specialized communication with Sif and to a lesser extent Loki in Halo: Contact Harvest, and later by the Huragok that absorbed the Superintendant and assisted Edward Buck and the Rookie in Halo 3: ODST.
In terms of physical appearance, both the Precursors and the Huragok were inspired by sea creatures: the Huragok's manner and appearance came from jellyfish, while the face of The Timeless One have been described as being similar to a sea scorpion.
While there is no evidence as yet to say the Huragok are Precursor creations, I believe there may be a case building for the Huragok not being creations of the Forerunners.
I wil admit that the Huragok are an anomaly among Forerunner artifacts but there are a few indications that the creatures were, in fact, made by the Forerunners and not the Precursors. Number one: the Huragok have a high affinity for Forerunner artifacts, and I believe it's stated in Contact Harvest that the Covenant found them inside a Forerunner ruin. Number two: Precursor relics were shown to be highly susceptible to a Halo blast. That they are still around indicates a different manufacturer. Number three, and this is pure speculation: having an army of self-replicating repair-and-refit machines that can think, behave, and react like an organic being while being immune to the Flood would be ideal for an extended engagement with the parasite. There is no evidence that the Huragok are immune to infestation, but as they are machines I think it likely. That's my three cents, anyway. For your consideration,--Bruce2401 20:28, 26 August 2011 (EDT)