CASE FILE ADVENT // COVENANT TRANSMISSION LOGS d.13
RITUALS AND CUSTOMS.
SPECIAL ORDER 899.
David: Their files once told of an ancient ceremony, such cruelty, once thrived, long since frozen over, given passage into timidity, the cost of progress, must be absolute, but it’s not for the weak.
This transmission is particularly interesting because to me it looks like Weyland Yutani had complete knowledge of what David was doing on Planet 4.
The reason I think this is the Special Order 899 and Psychological testing, “Phobos” was the test that the Covenant crew had to undergo in order to qualify for the mission.
I believe the test was to see that they would not be “weak” in the face of danger and go ahead and take risks in spite of better judgement to stay safe.
When David talks about the ‘ancient ceremony’, he is referring to the scene we saw at the beginning of Prometheus. The Engineer sacrificing himself to seed the world.
The ‘cruelty once thrived’ David refers to is the Deacon mural on the wall of the headroom in Prometheus which shows the lifecycle of the Deacon. Which the Engineers utilised when they wanted to destroy their creations. Passage into timidity meant that the engineers had changed and renounced their violent ways
The ‘cost of progress, must be absolute’ is about what the company needs to do in order for him to conduct his experiments, by sending the Covenant to him on Planet 4.