However, upon takeoff, a Pelican Dropship, (Call Sign Victor 933) which had transported them to the base, crashed into the swamp as a result of enemy action. Thel 'Vadamee took the Index from Miranda Keyes and Sergeant Johnson, who had gotten there first, but was betrayed by the Jiralhanae and knocked into the depths of the Library. However, after he opened the door that Captain Keyes had unlocked, he learned the truth through Private Jenkins' recording: this was no Covenant weapons cache. Running over Pod infectors while driving a vehicle can result loss of steering and possibly overturning of the vehicle. Pheru treated with the powder began exhibiting furry growths and fleshy protrusions, which other Pheru were compelled to consume. After all countermeasures failed, the Forerunners activated the Halo Array in 97,448 B.C, unleashing galactic destruction, and destroying almost all sentient life forms in the Galaxy. Soon San'Shyuum adopted the custom of taking Pheru as pets. However, the Gravemind was able to regroup when 343 Guilty Spark went rampant following Johnson's attempt to activate the Halo ring prematurely, mortally wounding Johnson and locking the Arbiter out of the room. Other nomenclature They can also acquire their host's memories. Ignoring the warnings of both Atriox and his own brother Pavium, Voridus deactivated the Ark's Sentinel defense network and used a Banished Scarab to burn a hole in the containment shield around the former Covenant holy city. This ability was a result of the Flood's Precursor origins; being transformed Precursors, they could tap into neural physics and activate Precursor artifacts. The sheer numbers of Flood forms on the planets overcame Forerunner ground forces. While the Forerunners initially deployed the Sentinels, robotic drones to fight against and contain the Flood, almost immediately afterward, the Forerunner Fleet Command contemplated "Premature stellar collapse"; using naval battle groups to destroy planetary star systems' primary stars in supernova that would engulf infested worlds and prevent any possibility of Flood infection. Turret defenses have had their effectiveness reduced against Pod infectors, even those equipped with anti-infantry upgrades. In order to buy time to escape and to delay the Flood, the Master Chief detonated High Charity's reactors, destroying the hive and severely injuring the Gravemind while the Chief, Cortana and the Arbiter escaped on a Pelican. Forerunner ships found healthy human worlds within sectors of Flood infestation, leading Forerunners to conclude that humanity had developed a natural resistance, immunity or cure to Flood infection. The Covenant High Command on Installation 04, however, were terrified by the Flood presence. Needing all the resources they could find, the Jiralhanae brothers Voridus and Pavium began scavenging near High Charity. Sometime after John left the cruiser, the remaining UNSC Marine forces on the ring staged an assault on the Flood-held Truth and Reconciliation, and managed to neutralize most Flood Forms on the cruiser in a swift assault, and the captain, Major Antonio Silva, violated the Cole Protocol by having the ship leave immediately after emergency repairs in an attempt to gain glory by bringing a Covenant cruiser to Earth rather than sweep the ship to ensure no Flood forms were hiding inside. Believing it was a weapons cache of some sort, they unlocked the door, and were soon attacked and assimilated by the Flood inside. For more uses of the term Flood, see its disambiguation page. This has the Halo CE Flood Marine, not the Halo 2 version. They then assembled a larger force to rescue the other soldiers. It sent Combat forms to stop the Spartan, but John fought through them all. Any infected units will revert their health back to 100% once the infection process has been completed.  Flood conversion may also be initiated through contact with lacerated tissue, making any Flood form a potential vector for infection. This takes the form of biomass growing on any available surface, and the air being filled with spores. Carrier Forms will blow up and no infection forms will come out if it is hit by an incendiary weapon, a Plasma grenade, or Spike grenade. It was at that time that John-117 was forced to punch a hole into Keyes' skull to obtain the Captain's CNI transponder.  Upon contact, the Pod infector will rasp away at clothing and flesh until it has burrowed into the chest cavity, mortally wounding them. This became the source of a major political strife, with the Builders proposing the construction of an array of superweapons - Halos - while the Warrior-Servants led by the Didact championed a more conventional strategy of carrying out precision military campaigns from planet-sized fortresses known as shield worlds. However, two external forces, the Covenant and the UNSC, wanted the Index as well: the Covenant, to activate the Halos and set off the misinterpreted "sublimation event" of the Great Journey, and the UNSC to secure the Index and prevent the Covenant from doing so. The explosion does not push the player away much as in. The name "The Flood" is a reference to the biblical story of the Great Flood in which God destroyed all life except for that which was carried by Noah's Ark. Exactly how these organs work is unknown; they may provide visual or chemical information, or perhaps a combination of both. For Infection forms however, a single melee can take down four to five of them. Individual Combat and Carrier Forms have access to the skills and memories of their host; however, once an outbreak establishes a viable Gravemind, the Coordinated Stage begins, and it is at this point the Flood becomes truly dangerous. As the Forerunners relied significantly on AI automation in combat, this severely hindered Forerunner military efforts against the Flood. Jenkins was still able to resist the pervasive Flood entity in his mind, and although incapable of articulating speech properly and with a physiologically devastated body, Jenkins was still able to betray the Flood through hand gestures during an interrogation with Major Antonio Silva, informing the UNSC Marine battalion that the Flood planned to assault the UNSC base from a series of underground catacombs underneath their base. When the group arrived at the ship, Rebecca informed them that a Covenant capital ship had been spotted. As such, humanity's survival was in fact due to the Flood's deliberate decision not to infect human populations, as the Precursors had determined to use the Flood to punish the Forerunners first.. Initially, the Forerunners severely underestimated the potential threat this new life form posed, using tactics more suited to disease outbreak than true warfare. Without the Spirit's Slipspace Engine, however, the ship was lost in space, with humanity's only knowledge of the Flood lost with it. Known examples of Forerunner personal weaponry appear to be geared toward the disintegration of organic matter, also reflecting the Flood's vulnerability to extremely high temperatures. Biohazard sign appears every time a units is getting infected. The most basic form of Flood evolution is the infection form, unique in its distinctive spherical shape. Soon afterward, the humans and San'Shyuum who had been in the presence of the altered Pheru began to exhibit some of the symptoms of the powder-induced "disease". As he escaped High Charity, the Gravemind started going mad. A Proto-Gravemind can grow into a Gravemind given enough time and host bodies. Cortana, who had to stay behind to detonate In Amber Clad's engines should the situation arise and Installation 05 be fired, was left in the clutches of the Gravemind, who could potentially learn all possible human knowledge from her, including the entire knowledge directly received from Forerunner systems aboard Installation 04. 2401 Penitent Tangent. To Lord Hood's disapproval, Miranda Keyes led UNSC forces allied with Sangheili forces through the Portal at Voi to the Ark. Dismembered Combat Forms pose no threat. John-117 made his way down to the ship after the Arbiter and the remaining Sangheili stayed behind to make sure no surviving Flood would attack him. Any Pod infector latching into surviving humans, Elite, and Brutes before the infection can be shot at to prevent infection. Despite this lingering of certain memories, no trace of the original mind's personality remains; only a simplistic and primal urge to assimilate or destroy other species drives the organism after infection. The Infection Form is therefore unable to enact any large-scale physiological mutation; however, some Flood DNA is still spliced with the host's DNA, apparently imparting the host with enhanced regenerative capabilities. As John-117 and Thel 'Vadam fought their way to the ship, the Shadow of Intent arrived and deployed Sangheili task forces to aid surviving Marines. On the Ark, the UNSC and the Covenant Separatists attempted to get to the Prophet of Truth, but first had to disable the shield over the Ark's citadel by attacking three towers funneling energy to the shield. Inside the ships, humanity found the capsules filled with powder, which their tests told them consisted of inert, short-chain organic molecules of unknown purpose. The lost cure altered the DNA of inoculated humans in a manner that upon infection, the altered DNA would act as a corruptive catalyst when bonded with the aggressive Flood mutagen; resulting in the physiological degradation of the Flood's neural inhibitions, to the extent that when this new Flood entity arose, it would consume all biological entities - including other flood (both the traditional and Human-mutated specimens), which would in turn awaken as more altered organisms, thus self-perpetuating the disease into proportions sufficient to cause genocide through mass cannibalistic attrition. As the Flood spread and replicate, they will alter the environment to better suit their needs. The victim would retain most or all of their mental faculties and self-control, although their body would continue to be mutated by the Flood. The Flood have a strong preference for close-range combat: Combat forms possess abnormally strong melee attacks by whipping their tentacles, capable of lowering a Spartan-II Mjolnir armor’s shields to half power with a single hit. Showing the various flood forms and their size differences. Having assumed the Mantle - the responsibility for the guardianship of all life in the galaxy - they seeded numerous worlds with life, bringing forth a wide range of sentient species across the galaxy. This is a reference to the Garden of Eden in Abrahamic religions.  At least one of the Halo installations' Control Rooms was located in a snowy environment, possibly to hinder escaped Flood in their attempts to reach it. Their campaign against the Flood had worn their resources thin, while the Forerunners led by the Didact had managed to entrench their forces in advantageous positions which proved too powerful for humans to hold against. The tide began to turn against the Forerunners; the overwhelming computational power of the Gravemind allowed it to outmaneuver the Forerunner Fleets. Over time this dust became so corrupted that it could only cause horrific disease and mutation. Upon being informed of Keyes' disappearance, John-117 was deployed to Captain Keyes' last known location on the drop ship Echo 419, proceeding into the facility, only to find out that most of the Marines he had been assigned to rescue, including the Captain himself, had succumbed to the Flood. All that is created will suffer. Plasma weapons are very good to have when fighting the Flood, since the plasma burns the bodies. Captain Keyes successfully withheld information about Earth by constantly accessing information available on his Command Neural Interface that was not vital, such as his name, rank and serial number. By the time the infection had begun to spread, the Flood had continued to grow in biomass and were a deadlier and more intelligent foe. This is the Flood's primary means of infection when an outbreak reaches a certain point: Flood spores will be deployed into a local biosphere in copious quantities, instantly overwhelming any unprotected biological targets. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. When Sergeant Johnson failed to take out the third tower, John-117 arrived there with Thel 'Vadam and a group of Sangheili. As predicted by Spark, the installation was destroyed by the firing and the Ark suffered heavy damage. 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