All through the Season of Arrivals in Future 2, gamers have slowly unraveled the secrets and techniques of the Darkness, the Tree of Silver Wings, and Savathun. After weeks of collaborating within the seasonal Contact public occasion, we have lastly reached the top of that story–and you may lastly full the Season of Arrivals seal and earn your Forerunner title.
With the October 6 weekly reset, Future 2 added each the Competition of the Misplaced and the ultimate installment of the Means to an Finish quest that has been out there weekly all through the Season of Arrivals. Each time you full that quest, you have unlocked a Pinnacle gear drop, in addition to an entry into the Singular Exegete lore guide. For the previous few weeks, nonetheless, finishing the hunt hasn’t provided new lore drops, and we have seen repeats of previous battles. You’d nonetheless get your Pinnacle drop, however finishing Means to an Finish hasn’t superior the story of the Season of Arrivals. That modified this week.
Finishing this week’s quest will get you the ultimate entry into Singular Exegete and modifications up what you face whenever you enterprise to the Ascendant Realm through the quest’s ultimate mission, “Interference.” Normally throughout that mission, preventing off the Taken on Io sends you to a bit of the Ascendant Realm, the place you battle the Envoys of Savathun and destroy an enormous Shrieker. There have been three completely different areas to battle by way of, rotating every week–but this week’s sends you to an Ascendant Throne that appears quite a bit like the ultimate boss area within the Crota’s Finish raid from Future 1. There, you face Crota’s exiled brother, Nokris, the ultimate boss of the Unusual Terrain Strike.
Defeat Nokris, and also you obtain the final entry into Singular Exegete, dubbed “Contact,” in addition to a secret Triumph known as “Clear the Air.” If you happen to’ve accomplished every little thing else for this season, together with incomes the Ruinious Effigy and Traveler’s Chosen Exotics and knocking out the Exodus missions, this ought to be the final Triumph you want for the Season of Arrivals’ seal, unlocking the “Forerunner” title.
Within the lore of the Season of Arrivals, we discovered that after the destruction of the Hive worm god Xol in Future 2’s Warmind enlargement, Nokris was courted by Savathun, the Hive queen. Savathun is the devious brother of Oryx, the Taken King, who gamers defeated within the King’s Fall raid in Future 1. All through the story of Future 2, we have been seeing proof that Savathun has taken over Oryx’s place and energy, and all through the Season of Arrivals, Savathun has been making an attempt to cease Guardians from receiving messages and presents despatched by the spooky black pyramids that symbolize the Darkness.
So Nokris was mainly Savathun’s agent throughout the entire battle we have been preventing all through the Season of Arrivals, and when you defeat him, you obtain the Darkness’s full message. It is spooky and cryptic in some key methods. First, whenever you obtain it, you are despatched to a wierd place that appears like the within of the pyramid we noticed on the moon through the Shadowkeep enlargement. Within the middle of that room is a small pyramid, surrounded by statues, and the message we obtain directs us to Europa to seek out “an ancient power,” establishing the Past Mild enlargement. An in depth inspection reveals that every of the 4 teams of statues represents a special race within the photo voltaic system: the Hive, the Fallen, the Cabal, and humanity.
Lacking from the teams of statues are the Vex, who we all know from the Backyard of Salvation raid are already worshipers of the Darkness. The statues indicate that the Darkness hopes to convey the opposite 4 races within the photo voltaic system beneath its energy as nicely. We all know the Hive has been preventing the Darkness, or at the very least making an attempt to maintain us away from it, all through this season. The Cabal are principally loyal to Calus, who appears to know much more concerning the Darkness than it is letting on, however who is also proof against its name. The place the Fallen stands is not as clear–but we all know the villain of Past Mild is Fallen, so it appears at the very least one faction of that race could be throwing in with the Darkness.
The inclusion of humanity is probably the most fascinating, although. The Season of Arrivals has been all concerning the temptations of the Darkness. The Umbral Engrams we have been gathering for the previous few months are all speculated to be “gifts” from the pyramids, providing cool new weapons and armor for our profit. The Darkness guarantees extra energy on Europa, and we all know from Bungie’s teases that once we go there, we’ll wield a brand new Darkness energy, known as Stasis. So the statues play into the themes we have been seeing of temptation away from the Traveler and the Mild, and counsel the Darkness thinks it is doable it may get humanity–and by extension, the Guardian gamers of Future 2–to be part of it.
That is still an fascinating story thread that means we may ultimately have a alternative, as gamers, whether or not to remain within the Mild or embrace the Darkness. Sadly, the Singular Exegete lore guide would not shed an excessive amount of extra mild on the scenario. We’ll have to attend for issues develop on Europa in Past Mild to see how the story progresses.
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