Journey of the Forerunners P.2Present Day
There had once been a time when the Yearning Devotion would have inspired awe among the Forerunners. The Fortress-class vessels had been the most powerful ships designed and crafted by the Warrior-Servants, capable of assaulting the defenses of an entire world single handily. Automated weapon-ships numbered in the hundreds of billions could descend on any world with firepower surpassed only by Seekers and Assault Runners. The weapons on the ship were capable of cracking the surface of a world, capable of rendering a world inhabitable for centuries. The Warrior-Servants Corps had crafted hundreds, each supported by hundreds of thousands of Dreadnaughts and Cruisers. Our might had been unchallenged even by the humans. They had been great foes, technologically, but their skill in war had been average at best.
I would know. I destroyed them.
Yet the Yearning Devotion
Journey of the ForerunnersL: The Mantle. You still hold to that [fairy tale] after all that has happened? After this thing has consumed a million worlds? Can't you see? Belief in the Mantle sealed our doom, weakened our [protectorates], bred dependence and sloth. Our [so-called Guardianship] has stripped those we would keep safe of any capacity for self-defense! Were we such noble [Guardians] when we drew our line and abandoned billions to the parasite?
D: The Mantle has not failed! I've already razed scores of worlds - sterilized systems, routed and [disintegrated] the parasite! We're learning its tricks and strategies. We can halt this thing! I will not allow our people to follow in Their footsteps! There are no unstoppable forces in this universe. There are no immovable objects. Everything gives if you push hard enough.
L: And what about us, Didact? We've been irresistible and immovable for too long. Maybe it's our turn to give.