Filial Devotion is a male Forerunner who existed during the time of the Forerunner-Flood war. He wrote a letter to his father which was visible on the seventh Terminal that John-117 encountered on Installation 00.
I hope this message finds you well and helps you understand my decision. Today I leave the only world I have ever called home, not for glory or [the anomalous desire to end another's life[?]] as you have [indicted]; but to [travel the path of demons[?]] to spare the hands of [another Father's son].
"Had we acted sooner; had we acted more decisively..."
Living in the past is a luxury none of us can afford. We must learn from it, but we cannot live there. It is impossible to plan for the [now]--the present is ever fleeting. [The future] is where we must live--[the future] is what we must plan for.
I do not look to trade my life in order to preserve our past, but to secure the future—and if not ours, then the future of some [culture] yet to come.
Isn't sacrifice in the interest of others what you always spoke of as being so noble? Should I have allowed another to bloody his hands while I remained safe behind a [shield of privilege]?
You raised me better than that.
- Filial Devotion can be translated into "dedication to one's son or daughter" which could possibly reflect on the relationship Filial Devotion had with his father.