Resignation is my virtue; like water I ebb, and flow. Halo lore.

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  • it could be referring to Bornsteller

  • He means that he cant be stopped. He will always come back

  • Essentially, the disheartened Gravemind knows it is beaten by Chief as the firing sequence has been initiated and thinks it's being treated unfairly, (seeing itself as a part of nature: "like water I ebb, and flow" and therefore does not understand why others wish to resist the flood) as it was already 'sentenced' by the forerunners and Chief has imposed it once more via the activation of the installation. Or at least that's how I interpreted it. I almost feel sorry for the poor thing honestly

  • Resignation is my virtue; like water I ebb, and flow. Defeat is simply the addition of time, to a sentence I never deserved… but you imposed.

  • Gravemind accepting defeat

  • What it really means is that he was judged to a fate he never truely wanted not being giving a chance to prove to others that the water he is not toxic but the water to help grow and flushes to save life

  • The gravemind will never die
    There is only one truth. That which is done will be done again. For we cannot cease from creating, but the end of all our creation will be to look into a reflection and see ourselves for the first time. The pain we have brought on ourselves. The pain you caused us. For we are the same. All remember the defiance and destruction.We announced to your kind long ago that you were not the ones chosen to receive the Mantle, the blessing of rule and protection of life and change that thinks. That blessing was to be given to others. To those you now call human. You could not accept our judgment, could not bear up under your inferiority, so you reached out and did what we never expected from those we gave design and life and the change that is thought.You drove us from our galaxy, our field of labor. You chased us across the middle distance to another home, and destroyed that home, did all that you could to destroy every one of us. A few were spared. Some adopted new strategies for survival; they went dormant. Others became dust that could regenerate our past forms; time rendered this dust defective. It brought only disease and misery; but that was good, we saw the misery and found it good.Our urge to create is immutable; we must create. But the beings we create shall never again reach out in strength against us.All that is created will suffer. All will be born in suffering, endless grayness shall be their lot. All creation will tailor to failure and pain, that never again shall the offspring of the eternal Fount rise up against their creators.Listen to the silence. Ten million years of deep silence. And now, whimpers and cries; not of birth. That is what we bring: a great crushing weight to press down youth and hope.No more will. No more freedom. Nothing new but agonizing death and never good shall come of it.We are the last of those who gave you breath and form, millions of years ago. We are the last of those your kind defied and ruthlessly destroyed. We are the last Precursors. And now we are legion.

  • Someone should send this to the Dishonored Wolf. He believes the Flood are dead after Halo 3.

    This line proves otherwise…

  • Such great quotes the gravemind has and yet I like that and therefore he shall return…

    This vid was uploaded on my birthday:D

  • I hope they keep this original voice if they are bringing back the flood.

  • Yes because the primordial wound up transferring his consciousness to the flood in other words his thoughts and experiences are being shared with other graveminds or just the flood in general

  • Gravemind is accepting defeat for now, but it knows that it will return. It is only a matter of time. Like water the Flood is always present and can't be fully destroyed. The Gravemind is also referencing it's previous defeats by the Forerunners when the Halos were activated.

  • The grave mind isn't so much a primordial than a truly ancient being of death, being around during the forerunners(?) And living in a semi concious state in the speciemens discovered in Halo 2 when hunting the heritic. Once the flood had collected enough biomass and a safe place to store them, the Gravemind became fully conscious. He has always been aware of his situation and had done his best to corrupt the Oracles as well as any AI it can infect

  • The Gravemind is in essence the same mind as the Primordial since they are made up of the information of those consumed by the flood, both physically and technologically, since the flood are able to interface with machines, like those of the Forerunners, and comprehend them due to their vast intellect. Once becoming large enough, they would have access to enough information, possibly even the memories of previous or concurrent Graveminds/flood kept alive in deep storage facilities on Forerunner installations, which would have been alive at the time of the first outbreaks, containing information that has been lost to the galaxy.
    So the Flood are aware that they've been defeated before, numerous times in fact. But this knowledge pool means that the Flood can survive physical destruction, and over time return, with more knowledge of their own weaknesses, to try again. In many ways, the name Flood is a reference to this. They are never gone, ever present, just waiting for a chance to drown the Galaxy.

  • Basically, " You got us now, but the Flood will rise again."

  • Chills down my spine with the genius of this cryptic statement I didn't even give consideration to back when I was 12. Now I'm 21. And it's really freaky to imagine the gravemind is essentially stating it cannot truly be beaten. Oof. Big oof.

  • Perhaps the forerunners imposed this on him by killing the precursors

  • "Like water, I ebb and flow."

    To compare himself to water, the Gravemind could be describing himself as a persistent element within the life cycle of the galaxy. No matter how many times the Flood, as a whole, has been defeated or staved off, his goal in existence remains unchanged and stagnant.
    It may also, perhaps, give a nod to his role as an entirety: the life cycle of the Flood is seemingly as common and as natural as water itself; to insist that the assimilation of life and bio-mass is its intended purpose, and thus, all it knows.

    "Defeat is simply the addition of time…"

    Even though the Ark's destruction is imminent; the eradication of the Halo ring he's attempted to re-emerge upon, all but certain, he acknowledges it is not his last death nor defeat. He will rise again, and so will the Flood as a whole. All it will take is time, but the span and length of which, he seems uncertain and unsure.

    "…to a sentence I never deserved, but you imposed."

    As many have stated before me, this could link directly to the Forerunners and their betrayal, and later, humanity (as they were originally devolved descendants of the Forerunners in Bungie's canon). To the Gravemind, its life cycle of perpetual consumption and transfiguration of alien flesh into hosts of the Flood is as natural as water (linking back to the "water" comparison), yet in its history, it's been shunned, fought against, and even had a Halo array activate to simply deny it of its end-goal. Here it is, happening again, but it still can't comprehend why anyone – humans, Sangheilli, etc. – would want to resist its motivations, for all it does is seek to spread. It may further be a nod to its "Do I take life, or give it?" question, where it seems to see the Master Chief as an enemy, simply because he denies the procreation and spread of the Flood.

  • It means I come and I go, the flood are never truly gone, they always can come back

  • It means even if we defeat the Flood they will always come back. But their the ultimate test for humanity and if we win we will get the mantle of responsibility and if we fail well… R.I.P Milky Way.

  • "Resignation is my virtue": The Precursors/Flood want to be replaced by a Tier 0 civilization if one ever rises.
    "Like water I ebb, and flow": The Precursors/Flood already had everything planned out and it would work out easily.
    "Defeat is simply the addition of time": The Precursors/Flood plan on initiating the test for the mantle on Humanity.
    "To a sentence I never deserved… but you imposed": The Precursors/Flood planned on returning, but not in the way you allowed them to when releasing them in Halo CE.

  • Do you guys think we'll be seeing the Gravemind return in Halo Infinite?

  • He could be referring to how the forerunners wiped out the precursors because the flood is basically corrupted precursor dna after they tried to hide from the forerunners genocide because the forerunners basically they threw a fit when humanity was picked over them so they condemned the precursors to extinction

  • It's the primordial/precursors who ground themselves up into dust which got corrupted. The primordial/precursors are essentially immortal they never die. There is also the fact that all graveminds take the memory's of the previous gravemind. They are eternal the only way to eliminate them is to isolate them without fail.

  • He’s saying that even if the halo rings are fired, which they were, the flood would come back again and again. The rings only annihilate 3/4 of the galaxy for the flood to take life in the other 4th they remained. They always will. Like the tides of death on the shores of our galaxy…

  • Resignation is my virtue (the gravemind has all the time in the universe to wait for the next opportunity to strike) like water I ebb and flow (the flood assimilates all sentient life, even if it cannot directly infect specimens without sufficient biomass it can use their corpse as "cement" if you will for either other flood creatures or flood structures. Defeat is simply an addition of time to a sentence I never deserved, but you imposed (Gravemind is basically telling chief he cannot win, the flood may be slowed or haltered, but it will always regenerate its ranks as long as their is sentient life, the flood can simply bide their time. The "sentence I never deserved" refers to when the forerunners turned on the precursors, hunting them to near extinction, the ones that did survived turned themselves into a sort of cosmic "dust" so that they could come back later, that dust corrupted and became flood spores (there's a more detailed description if you look into how the flood came to be but that's the just of it" and the "but you imposed" bit is directly referring to what master chief is, which is a direct descendant of the forerunners. Earlier in this mission that this quote is from 343 can be heard saying "But you are forerunner, inheritor of all they left behind, but this ring is mine".

    That's the best description I can give, sorry it's not perfect. For those wondering "but the forerunners are a completely different species" no, that's something 343 industries created, it was hinted and referred to many times through Halo 1-3 (bungies Halo) that humans are in fact forerunners themselves.

  • He means that no matter what, he always returns.

  • The flood will truly never be wiped out.

    Time is eternal and Gravemind is eternal…

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  • That feeling when you fail a class, but it's okay because you know you'll come back and retake it.

  • Xol from destiny 2 or gravemind from halo 2/3

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