Among the best issues about Destiny 2‘s Beyond Light expansion is how a lot concrete story it has delivered. Future’s story has all the time been unwieldy, largely as a result of there’s loads of it–but most of it passed off within the distant previous, someplace outdoors of what is really within the recreation. In Past Mild, Bungie tied collectively a number of dangling lore threads, filling in gaps we have been questioning about for a protracted, very long time. Names like Clovis Bray finally have faces, and characters we have been questioning about from Future 1, just like the Exo Stranger, have finally explained their actions.
From time to time, Bungie collects a few of these lore entries collectively into guide type, as Future Grimoire Anthologies. The books middle on particular themes, just like the affect of the Darkness or the historical past of the Fallen, and every one has been related to no matter tales Future 2 was telling on the time of their launch. Grimoire Anthology Vol. 3, which was launched proper across the launch of Past Mild, contains lore related to the Exos, Rasputin, and Clovis Bray–and provides some clues about what we’d nonetheless study on Europa.
Past Mild’s backstory is all in regards to the beginning of the Exo race–robots into which human consciousnesses have been downloaded. That is a significant a part of the third Grimoire Anthology guide as properly, with the guide compiling lore entries in regards to the Exos’ unusual relationship with the Deep Stone Crypt. The guide ends with what seems like a significant clue as to what we are able to count on from the story on Europa because it continues to unfold in coming seasons. The final portion of the guide focuses on Future’s most well-known Exo, the previous Hunter Vanguard and the character who was murdered to kick off the Forsaken enlargement: Cayde-6.
The Cayde lore entries within the Grimoire Anthology compile some details about his previous. One explains that, again when he was nonetheless absolutely human, he owed a giant debt to Clovis Bray, the genius industrialist whose firm was liable for creating Exos (in addition to different issues, like Rasputin, the large synthetic intelligence that managed all of the photo voltaic methods defensive weaponry). When Bray got here to gather, the human who would develop into Cayde anticipated some dire penalties, however he was as an alternative supplied a chance to affix the Exo program.
Cayde’s historical past from there’s a bit spotty, partly due to the truth that Exos usually get their recollections wiped to maintain their human minds functioning properly inside their robotic our bodies. We all know he labored for Clovis Bray as an Exo bodyguard and soldier for some time, and he appears to have misplaced observe of his human past–including his household. As someone who was a part of the Exo program and labored for Clovis Bray, he seemingly bought fairly near the corporate through the Golden Age.
The related half for what is likely to be subsequent on Europa comes from some story factors uncovered after Cayde-6’s loss of life within the Forsaken enlargement. After he was killed, gamers might depart on a mission to search out a number of stashes of drugs Cayde hid on Titan. In every one was a recorded message Cayde created for whoever killed him; since he did not know who that is likely to be, he recorded a bunch of messages for a bunch of individuals, together with his mates.
The message that issues is the one Cayde left for the individuals who constructed the Deep Stone Crypt, the ability the place Exos have been first created and the scene of Past Mild’s raid. It is also the very final entry within the guide.
“This one’s for the minds behind the Deep Stone Crypt,” Cayde mentioned within the recording. “You assume simply ‘trigger you made me, you’ll be able to unmake me? Hey, I perceive. [If] I have been you, I would not need folks figuring out what I did both. Guess you higher hope I did not inform anybody in regards to the Crypt. Or in regards to the, uh, what was it? Oh yeah… Lengthy Sluggish Whisper. ‘Trigger if I did, that may be actual dangerous for you, huh? I could also be useless, however I assure you ain’t heard the final of me.”
The message itself raises some questions on what Cayde may need been threatening to share, and who particularly he was threatening. We have uncovered loads on Europa, however the phrasing of Cayde’s message, the reference to the Lengthy Sluggish Whisper, and Cayde’s closing line recommend there’s extra to uncover.
Having discovered the Crypt itself and different secrets and techniques hidden on Europa, we have now a good sense of among the issues the creators of the Exos may need wished to maintain folks from figuring out. First, there’s the truth that Exos should not simply robots–they’re made attainable by means of using each Darkness vitality and Vex expertise. Lore entries recommend that Exos have unusual goals each time they’re reset that always embrace them preventing (and killing) a military composed of everybody they’ve ever met. Pair these scary visions with the truth that Exos have parts of the Darkness and the Vex baked into them from the second they’re constructed, and also you would possibly immediately develop into somewhat distrustful of your robotic Guardian buddies.
Second, Clovis Bray did not simply have an epiphany and begin constructing Exos. The method of discovering a approach to get human minds to simply accept their new robotic our bodies was a protracted and tough one; early within the course of, Exos would fall to insanity and actually tear themselves aside. Exploring Europa reveals the brutal experiments Bray and his employees dedicated on their take a look at topics to attempt to discover a resolution to the Exo drawback, which included injecting them with Vex radiolarian fluid and grafting robotic components onto their human our bodies. It was all fairly horrific.
However since we already learn about these issues, they do not appear more likely to be what Cayde is referring to when he threatens to disclose details about the Deep Stone Crypt. We uncovered Clovis Bray’s crimes and the internal workings of the Exos simply by wandering round on Europa, so that you’d assume that the insider information Cayde possessed could be one thing even deeper and extra nefarious.
“Lengthy Sluggish Whisper” is the title of the symbol gamers who accomplished the Deep Stone Crypt raid on Day One, and it might discuss with the affect of the Darkness on individuals who get too near it (we all know it was influencing Clovis Bray and the researchers who found the pyramid on the Moon, which is the centerpiece of the Shadowkeep enlargement). However that is such an specific phrase that it seems like Bungie’s writers would have made a much bigger notice of calling consideration to it, and its particular hyperlink to Cayde and the Forsaken story. So possibly the Lengthy Sluggish Whisper is one thing extra, one thing we have not but discovered about.
The opposite query this all raises is one in every of who Cayde is referring to in his message. We all know among the folks behind the Deep Stone Crypt at this level. They embrace Clovis Bray, who downloaded himself into an Exo physique and finally turned Banshee-44, the Gunsmith. One other copy of Clovis’s authentic character persists because the AI answerable for the Europa analysis facility. Elsie Bray, the Exo Stranger, was additionally a key determine in working the Europa facility, however Clovis saved her at midnight in regards to the internal workings of the Exo program, and when she discovered the reality, she tried to cease him–she’d be positive with Cayde publicizing no matter he knew. These folks do not actually look like the oldsters Cayde could be threatening. The AI head was kind of dormant earlier than Guardians arrived on Europa; Banshee does not keep in mind being Clovis and has no ties to that life; and Elsie hasn’t proven up since Future 1’s vanilla marketing campaign. So who was Cayde threatening to show?
There’s some extra proof that there is likely to be extra story about Cayde on the best way as we proceed in Future 2’s story previous Past Mild. Latest occasions within the recreation have been closely associated to Cayde’s story in Forsaken, bringing the murdered Vanguard again to the forefront in gamers’ minds. Operating concurrently with the discharge of Past Mild was the Season of the Hunt, by which gamers labored carefully with a personality named the Crow to search out enemies corrupted by a brand new Hive villain, Xivu Arath. The Crow is definitely Uldren Sov, the man who murdered Cayde and who gamers killed in revenge on the finish of the Forsaken story marketing campaign. Quickly after his loss of life, Uldren was revived by a Ghost named Glint, turning him right into a Guardian who calls himself the Crow–which means the Crow has no reminiscence of the person he was, or the circumstances of his personal loss of life.
That made the occasions of the Season of the Hunt fairly charged as we bought to know the Crow and the individual he had develop into. We labored carefully with the Crow, the assassin of Cayde-6 who we, in flip, murdered. In what appears to be the ultimate story mission of the season, although, the participant character accepts the Crow as a Guardian, successfully forgiving him for his previous crimes and acknowledging that he is a brand new individual. However whereas we discovered loads in regards to the Crow, there is a key piece of knowledge the Crow does not have about us: that the participant character is the one who killed him, in Cayde’s title.
All that’s to say that the results of Cayde’s loss of life are nonetheless being felt, and that the character–as an Exo, as somebody who labored for Clovis Bray, as a member of the Vanguard, and as a memory–is related to every little thing that is occurring in Future proper now. Hell, even the ultimate boss of the Deep Stone Crypt raid, Taniks, has main ties to Cayde. Amongst his stashes, Cayde left a recording to be performed within the occasion that Taniks was the one who lastly killed him. The pair had a long-standing historical past of attempting to kill one another, and it was Taniks who murdered Andal Brask, one in every of Cayde’s greatest mates and his Hunter Vanguard predecessor.
For the reason that launch of Past Mild, we destroyed a personality who is likely to be Cayde’s best nemesis and witnessed the redemption of the man who murdered him, whereas additionally studying in regards to the individuals who helped create Cayde within the first place.
So though Cayde has been useless for 2 years now, he nonetheless looms giant on the panorama of Future 2’s storytelling, and there appears to be enterprise left unfinished as pertains to his character. In spite of everything, there’s nonetheless no Hunter Vanguard to exchange Cayde, and we have spent the previous couple of months wandering the halls of Clovis Bray’s Eventide settlement and the Deep Stone Crypt. Cayde mentioned that, even useless, the oldsters behind the Deep Stone Crypt hadn’t heard the final of him, and I’ve a sense we have not both.