Destiny 2’s Latest Quest Could Be The The Next Step To Changing Everything

    There’s a brand new quest in Destiny 2’s Season of the Worthy this week, and whereas it is solely slowly unfolding, it may very well be crucial to the general story the sport has been constructing during the last 12 months and a half. “The Lie” issues Rasputin, the artificially clever Warmind on the heart of this season’s story. Given the backstory of Rasputin and a few hints we have been seeing over the previous few seasons, The Lie might have some main implications–and it may very well be the subsequent step towards growing a brand new form of battle within the fourth 12 months of Destiny 2.Rasputin is a personality who has existed because the begin of the unique Destiny, and but one we all know little about. During the Golden Age, the interval of prosperity that began with the arrival of the Traveler in Destiny lore, Rasputin had management of defenses for all the photo voltaic system. It is probably the one character in Destiny who was current for the massive apocalyptic occasion generally known as The Collapse. Rasputin’s connections with all these defenses have been lower over the centuries that adopted the Collapse; a lot of the Season of the Worthy has been centered round restoring Rasputin’s capabilities so it may well shoot down a large Cabal spaceship, the Almighty, earlier than it crashes into the Last City and kills everyone.Reconnecting Rasputin to its defenses has given the pc an entire bunch of energy, one thing that just a few Destiny characters have voiced issues over. Since Rasputin was first rediscovered again in Destiny 1, Zavala has been involved that the Warmind should not be trusted. After all, regardless of having a military of Guardians on its facet, humanity is on its final legs within the Destiny universe. A rogue pc with a bunch of orbital weapons satellites isn’t an enemy that the Guardians’ management, the Vanguard, actually desires to should cope with. And whereas Rasputin’s mandate is to guard humanity, who is aware of how precisely it’d determine to go about that–or whether or not his inside circuitry is in prime situation a whole lot of years after his building.Over the course of the Season of the Worthy, Zavala has seemingly come round on trusting Rasputin to maintain humanity’s finest pursuits at coronary heart. But there’s positively extra to Rasputin’s story than we but know, and it looks as if we would be taught a few of it with “The Lie.” If the story pans out within the path it looks as if Bungie has been pushing issues, it may very well be one other step towards introducing an ideological battle to the sport, to go together with the shooty type.What if the Traveler is not the benevolent machine god everybody believes it to be?The Collapse, The Darkness, And The TravelerTo get the place issues appear to be headed, you first must learn about a principle that lots of gamers maintain about Rasputin’s story, based mostly on numerous clues scattered all through Destiny lore. That principle is that it wasn’t the enemies of the Traveler that attacked and disabled it throughout the Collapse, as was generally believed all through Destiny’s story up till now–it was Rasputin. Given what’s occurred thus far this 12 months, it looks as if that may very well be the lie Destiny 2 is about to disclose in its story.The factor in regards to the Traveler, the benevolent robotic god that hovers over Destiny’s Last City and offers Guardians with their superpowers and immortality, is that we do not truly know a lot about it or its motivations. In the backstory of Destiny, the Traveler confirmed up within the photo voltaic system and ushered in a brand new period of prosperity, by which humanity made enormous leaps ahead, unfold all through the system, terraformed complete planets, and principally constructed a utopia. But then the Traveler’s enemies, generally known as the Darkness, arrived to assault it. Something kind of unknown happened–the Collapse–and the Darkness was crushed again, however the Traveler was disabled and left dormant for a whole lot of years afterward, all the best way as much as when the video games happen.Though the Traveler did lots of good for humanity, this wasn’t the primary time it confirmed up and elevated a civilization to utopia. The Traveler beforehand did that with the Eliksni, the alien race of enemies often known as the Fallen. They’re the parents the Traveler visited earlier than us, and so they too have been attacked by the Darkness (or extra particularly, it appears, the Hive aliens gamers additionally combat in Destiny). Fallen society was simply as ravaged as humanity’s in an occasion they name the Whirlwind–and although it is not 100% clear, there is a suggestion within the lore that the Traveler may need deserted the Fallen to their destiny.The principle amongst many (however, it needs to be famous, under no circumstances all) Destiny followers who take note of the lore is that Rasputin acknowledged the Traveler would bail on humanity when its enemies got here calling, dooming the human race to destruction in an occasion just like the Whirlwind. The solely option to stop utter destruction was to blast the Traveler, forcing it to remain close to Earth, and thus use its energy to defend itself. That’s apparently what occurred; the Traveler’s energy drove off the Darkness (in an occasion that additionally created the Awoken, however that is one other very lengthy story), and it created the Ghosts to construct an immortal military to guard itself whereas it healed.Rasputin did…one thing. We is perhaps about to seek out out what it was.Rasputin’s SecretLast season, we noticed a cutscene by which Osiris confronted Rasputin after studying one thing necessary by way of all his time journey shenanigans, however did not say what–but presumably, what Osiris discovered that might make him so mad was that Rasputin attacked the Traveler. If that is revealed in The Lie (or if it is one other step towards that reveal), we’ll probably additionally be taught why: Tthe Traveler would have deserted humanity to its destiny. And that revelation would go on to recolor lots of Destiny’s standing lore and the attitudes of its characters, a lot of whom revere and even worship the Traveler.(It additionally appears doable, particularly given Rasputin-related taste textual content on this season and a few lore proof from the previous, that the Traveler wasn’t about to desert humanity–but Rasputin made the decision to shoot it anyway. That may need launched the wave of Light power that drove off the Darkness and stopped the Collapse, with Rasputin sacrificing the Traveler to avoid wasting everybody else. You might additionally take this as proof that Rasputin did not shoot the Traveler–but the story positively appears to be hinting at one thing doubtlessly shameful in Rasputin’s previous. The level is that it is an ambiguous “do the ends justify the means” form of scenario.)Here’s the factor: For the entire of the Destiny franchise, the story has been in regards to the good Light, a strong power born from the Traveler, preventing the evil Darkness, the enemies of the Traveler. Almost the entire characters of the sport see the Traveler as a virtually infallible power of excellent. But if Rasputin needed to shoot the Traveler to cease it from abandoning billions to avoid wasting itself, that calls into query all of the beliefs all the story of Destiny is constructed on. It has the potential to rock each character within the sport to their core.And actually, that is the place Destiny 2 has been heading for at the very least the final 12 months. Many of the key story beats because the begin of Destiny 2’s second 12 months have involved the concept that perhaps the dichotomy between Light and Dark is not fairly so stark. Occasional strains of dialogue pop up from numerous characters, like Emperor Calus and his robotic minions, that warning you about placing an excessive amount of religion within the Traveler, like they know one thing you do not. And there is a huge risk looming on the literal horizon, and Destiny has been suggesting that it will take extra than simply the Light to defeat it.The Darkness is an enemy that desires to do greater than destroy–it desires to deprave.Embracing The Dark SideUp till now, the “Darkness” has been a form of unquantified however malevolent power, however on the finish of Destiny 2’s vanilla marketing campaign, we began to get a way of the particular people who time period referred to. The post-credits scene of that marketing campaign confirmed a bunch of pyramid-shaped spaceships waking up due to a wave of Light power given off by the Traveler on the finish of the story. One of these pyramid ships was found on the moon within the Shadowkeep enlargement, and on the finish of that marketing campaign, we even spoke with the individuals who fly them. They informed us that the Light was truly bad–that it abandons you while you want it most–and that the Darkness persons are neither enemy nor pal, however will probably be our “salvation.”Over the final 12 months of Destiny 2, Bungie has been blurring the ethical strains between the Light and the Darkness, and elevating questions on whether or not utilizing the ability of the Darkness is all dangerous. The total exercise of Gambit, added with the Forsaken enlargement in Year Two, is about gathering and harnessing Dark power, doubtlessly as a method to cope with the specter of the pyramids. The backstory of the Drifter, the man who runs Gambit, suggests he got here into nearer contact with the Darkness than simply about anyone else ever has and survived to inform about it. We nonetheless do not know what the Drifter’s plans are, however we do know that he thinks it’s a necessity to be able to survive no matter’s on its option to the photo voltaic system.And that risk is on the best way, arriving imminently. For just a few weeks now, Rasputin’s bunkers have proven a show monitoring the proximity of the pyramid ships, and so they’re rapidly reaching the outer edges of the photo voltaic system. Their arrival might occur as quickly as Destiny 2’s subsequent content material season, which kicks off in June.When they get right here, it appears probably they don’t seem to be going to be aggressive, necessarily–they’re going to be seductive, in a Dark-Side-of-the-Force form of approach. They’ll provide Guardians energy, like what the Kentarch 3 encountered within the Garden of Salvation, or what tempted Dredgen Yor and the Shadows who adopted him. And if The Lie establishes that the Traveler is not the right benevolent god, and in reality is it precisely what the Darkness portrays it to be, it will be all of the extra tempting to offer into the Darkness and its highly effective presents for the sport’s characters–and for the Guardians that serves as its heroes. Who is aware of precisely what that’ll result in, whether or not it is one other branching story just like the one the place gamers had to decide on between the Drifter and the Vanguard just a few seasons in the past, or proof of the rumor that Destiny will ultimately cut up Guardians into two factions: Light and Dark.Destiny has slowly been inching towards its world being far much less black-and-white than a lot of the story has portrayed it to this point. We’re poised to see the story of Destiny evolve in some enormous methods as tons of tiny threads appear poised to lastly come collectively. I is perhaps flawed about what Rasputin means to inform us in The Lie, however even when that principle does not pan out, it is onerous to disclaim that Bungie’s MMO is on the precipice of a significant shift that’ll add extra nuance to the sport than it is ever had earlier than.

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