Again when Future first got here out in 2014, one of many issues that it most struggled with was telling the story of its huge and unusual world. Set in a distant, alien-filled post-apocalypse wherein flying robotic flashlights resurrect the useless to show them into immortal superheroes, Future packed a lot seemingly random stuff into its authentic marketing campaign that it was actually difficult to comply with.
A part of what made Future 1 form of a multitude was that when you have been being bombarded with all of these worldbuilding components, Bungie determined to inform about half of 1 story, toss it out halfway, and begin one other one. And that was all of the fault of a bizarre character who confirmed up, pointed you at a brand new risk, famously gave you no rationalization, after which disappeared for years: the Exo Stranger.
With Future 2’s Past Mild growth, we have lastly seen the return of the Exo Stranger six years later. Alongside together with her return, Bungie is, in the end, taking the time to clarify. The truth is, there’s an entire lot of story baked into Past Mild–and all of it lastly fills within the gaps of what occurred in Future 1. In an enormous means, Past Mild simply recontextualized all the things that has occurred in Future so far, upending our understanding of the story. After six years, Future 1’s story form of is smart now.
What Occurred In Future 1
With a view to perceive what Past Mild has clarified, it is advisable know what truly occurred in Future 1. Not solely has it been some time since that sport got here out, however as talked about, its story does not provide you with a lot to go on. It begins together with your character getting resurrected by your robotic buddy Ghost, turning you right into a Guardian for the primary time in a spot known as the Cosmodrome in outdated Russia. The gist of your job as a Guardian is to struggle on behalf of humanity towards varied alien threats. Extra particularly, you are meant to face towards a super-powerful entity or race or drive known as the Darkness, which invaded the photo voltaic system centuries earlier to finish the age of human prosperity in an occasion known as the Collapse. The Darkness has since left the photo voltaic system, nevertheless it so devastated all the things that Guardians are continually frightened about coping with it someday sooner or later.
Newly (practically) immortal, you come throughout the Hive, Future’s death-worshipping monster enemies, who’re hiding at the hours of darkness down within the ruins in Russia. They shouldn’t be there.
See, the Hive principally hang around on the moon, which they invaded years previously. They acquired a great foothold there, too, creating an enormous subterranean tunnel community stuffed with ritual areas and temples. Finally, the Vanguard, the army command construction accountable for Guardians, acquired the superheroes collectively in numbers with a view to go kick the Hive off the moon.
Most of Future 1 is a few looming Hive risk on the moon–until the Exo Stranger exhibits up, making a complicated, meandering plot.
That counterattack failed spectacularly and a multitude of Guardians died, principally by the hands of Crota, one of many Hive’s pantheon of leaders who’re successfully immortal dwelling gods. Crota had a sword that would take up Guardians’ Mild, the facility that makes them immortal, and he used it to bloodbath an entire bunch of them. Guardians deserted the moon and quarantined it, leaving the Hive there–until you uncover proof that the Hive are beginning to drop “seeders” on Earth that may permit them to start out constructing an invasion drive.
So that you go to the moon to determine what the Hive’s deal is, the place you uncover they’re performing a ritual that drains the Mild from the Traveler, the large robotic god that confirmed up within the photo voltaic system centuries earlier, bringing humanity right into a Golden Age of discovery and prosperity. All of the aliens wish to destroy or subjugate the Traveler, and it is from the Traveler that Guardians get their energy. You set a cease to among the Hive’s speedy plans, with out actually understanding the scope of what they’re as much as. However you additionally do not actually have time to fret about it, as a result of there’s one thing extra vital taking place.
Partway by way of your time on the moon, you obtain a wierd message directing you to Venus. Head there, and also you’re met by the voice on the opposite finish of the radio, belonging to the Exo Stranger. At this level, you are not frightened in regards to the Hive anymore–the Stranger tells you a few a lot worse risk from the time-traveling alien robots often known as the Vex. They’ve a bizarre residence that exists exterior of regular area and time known as the Black Backyard, and within the Backyard is a wad of Darkness, known as the Coronary heart of the Black Backyard. When you do not kill the Coronary heart, regardless of the hell it’s, uh…unhealthy issues will occur. (“I do not even have time to clarify why I haven’t got time to clarify,” she famously says, later resulting in the introduction of a tongue-in-cheek Future gun known as No Time to Clarify.)
The Exo Stranger sends gamers to destroy the Coronary heart of the Black Backyard, though she by no means explains why.
So the remainder of Future is about discovering a means into the Black Backyard, which takes you throughout Venus, to the distant Reef (the colonized identify for the Asteroid Belt), and to Mars. Finally, you struggle your means into the Black Backyard, smash the Vex faction there often known as the Sol Divisive, and destroy the gooey Coronary heart. Darkness is stopped, apparently. The day is saved. The Exo Stranger tells you that you simply did a great job after which vanishes. Six years go by, with extra scary alien threats rising, solely to be put down by your gun.
It by no means turns into particularly clear what you probably did within the Black Backyard or why it was vital, past the same old “kill Darkness as a result of it is unhealthy” reasoning. In Past Mild, nonetheless, we have found what killing the Coronary heart was all about, and the way it was an important second for all the remainder of the Future story.
The Exo Stranger’s Previous
The small print in regards to the Exo Stranger took years to drip out by way of Future lore. Over time, nonetheless, we began to grasp that the rationale she confirmed up in Future 1 for 3 minutes to level us on the Black Backyard is that she was from the long run. Her intervention within the authentic sport’s story was an effort to alter that future, nevertheless it took fairly some time for us to seek out out what, precisely, she was attempting to stop.
Past Mild fills in an enormous a part of the Stranger’s background. We discover out that she’s truly Elsie Bray, the granddaughter of famed industrialist Clovis Bray. You will see Clovis’s identify throughout buildings in Future, and his firm had an enormous presence on Mars. Clovis Bray was chargeable for creating Rasputin, the large AI Warmind that managed the photo voltaic system’s defenses, and the Exos, a race of robots with human minds (and certainly one of your three race decisions when creating a personality).
The Exo program is what we’re fascinated with. Again throughout the Golden Age (the time earlier than the Darkness invaded), Clovis was struggling to show people into Exos, which he was doing in pursuit of immortality. He lastly cracked the key of transferring a human thoughts right into a robotic physique by using a combination of Vex expertise and “Readability,” Clovis’s identify for the vitality generated by the Darkness.
On Europa, Clovis Bray lastly cracked the Exo program, permitting him to switch a human consciousness right into a robotic physique.
See, when the Darkness exited the photo voltaic system, it left some issues behind. On the moon, Clovis Bray scientists found an enormous black pyramid that additionally doubled as a spaceship, which turned out to be one of many vessels of the Darkness. The vitality coming off the vessel corrupted the scientists, however Clovis acquired messages from the Darkness directing him to Europa. There, he found Readability Management, an enormous Darkness artifact that appears like a statue and which supplies off the vitality Clovis dubbed Readability. With it, he was in a position to clear up his Exo drawback, whereas learning and attempting to harness Darkness vitality. Elsie joined him in his analysis and finally turned an Exo, saving her life from a degenerative genetic illness that was killing her.
Throughout the Golden Age, Elsie helped struggle off a Vex invasion of Europa, one which was made attainable by Clovis’s analysis. In doing so, she seemingly gained some fairly intensive data of the time-traveling robots and their capabilities. That’ll be useful later.
Now we skip means forward to the current in Future 2, kind of. The Collapse occurred, the Darkness left, Guardians rose and fought off varied threats. These Guardians embody Ana Bray, Elsie’s sister.
In Past Mild, the Darkness has returned to the photo voltaic system. It is not simply right here to wipe everybody out, although; as an alternative, it is actively attempting to deprave Guardians to its trigger, providing them unbelievable energy to purchase their allegiance. After we’ve interacted with no matter intelligence composes the Darkness, it hasn’t threatened destruction, however as an alternative has claimed to function our salvation. The Darkness desires to manage Guardians, which sounds much more insidious than one other huge alien planning to blow all the things up.
Although the Darkness is a significant risk, what makes it scary is the seductive draw of its energy and what it’d truly price Guardians.
The growth sees the Darkness main gamers to Europa to supply them a present, the Darkness-infused ice energy known as Stasis, seemingly in hopes of turning good Guardians unhealthy. Nevertheless it’s Elsie who leads you to the Darkness’s energy, and he or she tries to coach you in using it. The plan in Future 2 proper now’s to make use of Stasis towards the Darkness. Because the considering goes, identical to you need to use the facility of the Mild to do unhealthy, you need to use the facility of Darkness to do good.
The corrupting energy of Darkness is a significant subject, although. There are a bunch of tales in Future lore about individuals who fell, like Jedi in Star Wars, to the seductive energy of the Darkish Aspect. There’s Dredgen Yor, a Guardian who slowly turned evil after the Hive acquired into his mind by way of his gun, Thorn. There was the Kentarch three, a fireteam who headed into the Black Backyard, solely to succumb to whispers of the Darkness discovered inside and activate one another. There was the K1 Artifact staff again throughout the Golden Age, who labored intently with the moon Pyramid till its affect over them turned too nice. There’s Clovis Bray, who acquired path from the Darkness that led him to Europa to create his Exo program, throughout which he did an entire lot of horrific experiments on folks. And there is Eramis, a Fallen chief and Past Mild’s main antagonist, who’s twisted by utilizing the Darkness till she abandons the thought of making a secure residence for the Fallen and as an alternative decides to construct an empire.
Thus far, the specter of corruption hasn’t actually manifested itself within the sport as we’re experiencing it. The specter of corruption is one thing characters point out, however we have not seen it occur but.
However it may well occur, and it most likely will occur. We all know due to Elsie Bray, the Exo Stranger, and one key factor that alters all the things we predict we find out about Future up to now: time journey.
Eris Morn is a Future character nearer to the Darkness and different evils than every other.The Darkish Future
Elsie Bray is a time traveler. That is one thing we have been getting hints about in relationship to the Exo Stranger for fairly some time. Past Mild does not simply verify it, however–it fills within the blanks about precisely what Elsie is attempting to do with time journey.
In Past Mild, we uncover that all the story of Future up to now has truly been about one factor: Elsie’s makes an attempt to avoid wasting Ana.
The lore ebook Darkish Future, which you’ll unlock in Past Mild by finishing quests for Elsie, particulars precisely what she’s been afraid of this entire time. In Elsie’s timeline, Guardians took the facility of Stasis from the Darkness, and it shortly started to deprave them. Quickly, Darkish Guardians have been ravaging the world. They killed and conquered nearly everyone, everywhere in the photo voltaic system, destroying the Final Metropolis and annihilating the Vanguard. Anyone who did not be part of them was killed.
The lore ebook offers a way of how issues go down, as Elsie rallies Ana, a maimed (and bearded) Zavala, and the final surviving Awoken in an try and defeat the brand new evil: Eris Morn. Future gamers will acknowledge Eris as a Guardian who was touched by the evil of the Hive after she and her fireteam tried to destroy the Hive god Crota, again earlier than the occasions of Future 1. She’s been round because the first Future growth, The Darkish Beneath, serving as an advisor to the Vanguard on all issues Hive. Eris has been a significant a part of the Future 2 story because the Shadowkeep growth, however in Elsie’s timeline, Eris was corrupted by the Darkness and joined up with Savathun, one other Hive god who has been menacing the photo voltaic system from the shadows since Future 2 was launched.
Elsie is motivated by attempting to assist her sister, Ana.
Elsie, Ana, and the opposite survivors mount a last assault in an try and destroy Eris and Savathun, however they’re betrayed on the final moment–by Ana. It seems that Darkness corrupted Ana too, and he or she secretly serves Eris. When she turns, it destroys the final resistance. Within the Darkish Future lore ebook, we discover out that that is one thing Elsie sees coming–because she’s lived it, again and again.
We do not know the way lengthy Elsie has lived, what number of lifetimes she’s seen, or what number of timelines she’s tried to right. We do know she made a number of makes an attempt to cease the Darkness from corrupting Ana and the opposite Guardians, successfully bringing on the tip of the world. She retains failing, however in some way, she retains touring again in time to strive once more.
The story we have been taking part in by way of in Future because the very first sport is Elsie’s newest try to alter the long run. We, the gamers, are the lynchpin in her plan, in truth. Sooner or later, Elsie realized in regards to the Black Backyard sooner or later, and as an alternative of ignoring it or letting it acquire energy, she confirmed up in Future 1 and instructed us about it. Future 1 gamers destroyed the Coronary heart of the Black Backyard, setting the Darkness again in its plans.
So Future 1’s complicated story was all a part of Elsie’s plan to rewrite historical past, setting a brand new course to cease Guardians from finally changing into corrupted by the Darkness. We have lastly reached a degree the place issues may begin to go in another way on this timeline, based mostly on Elsie’s interference.
Within the new timeline, Elsie is attempting one thing new–working with others to be taught in regards to the Darkness.Elsie’s Gambit
So now we’re right into a future Elsie has by no means seen earlier than, wherein she has teamed up with the Drifter and an uncorrupted Eris Morn to strive a brand new strategy. As a substitute of combating the Darkness with the Mild, which ends up in it creeping into the minds of Guardians and corrupting them, she and the others are working collectively to harness the facility of Stasis and use it towards the Darkness.
This can be a main change-up from what occurred in Darkish Future, the place Elsie and few others used Stasis, however the Vanguard largely forbade Guardians from the facility. That was a significant mistake in different timelines, as a result of it led to folks like Eris utilizing Stasis in secret, towards Vanguard orders, in an try and struggle the Darkness–and finally succumbing to it.
As a substitute, Elsie is working with Eris, the Drifter, Ana, the Vanguard, and also you to make Stasis secure to make use of, and to cease Guardians from going to the Darkish Aspect due to it. She’s additionally utilizing her presence and affect to assist folks like Eris and Ana perceive Stasis with out being overwhelmed by it. She’s hoping to provide them the help they should hold them from going to the Darkish Aspect. We’re seeing the final stage of Elsie’s gambit to alter the long run, together with your assist. In Future 1, she used time journey to affect occasions by sending you to the Black Backyard. Now she’s again, hoping to work with you to alter how the Darkness impacts the remainder of the Guardians.
So lastly, the overarching story of Future has some coherence, and the story of Future 1 makes sense–we simply did not know what it was all about on the time. Now we’ve got to attend to see how issues shake out because of Elsie’s adjustments. We are able to make some guesses that not all the things will probably be profitable, nonetheless: Bungie is planning two extra main expansions over the subsequent two years. The 2021 growth is named The Witch Queen, with sounds prefer it’ll lastly see gamers dealing with down Savathun, adopted by Lightfall in 2022, which sounds fairly, uh…unhealthy. What’ll occur between every now and then, although, is anyone’s guess.
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