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Destiny 2 – Understanding Mercury


In the upcoming first Expansion for Destiny 2, the Curse of Osiris, we’re going to Mercury. The problem is that we don’t know a lot about this scorched planet that’s closest to the Sun, so I thought I’d do some research and explain where Mercury is going to be at by the time we return there in the upcoming DLC.

First let’s talk about Mercury in Destiny 1. The planet is already a machine world owned by the Vex, but no one goes there apart from to compete in the Crucible. Part of Guardian efforts in the Crucible that see them on Mercury is the Trials of Osiris. This is an event that celebrates the big man himself, and those who get a flawless win in it will get to go to the Lighthouse, the last bastion of the Cult of Osiris. This shady bunch build the Lighthouse in order to honour Osiris, but he’s long since gone and got himself dead or alive, no one actually knows.

So what do we know about Mercury’s history? Well the Traveller transformed it into a garden world with thick forests as far as they eye could see. We know part of these still exist in Destiny 2 because they’re mentioned in the patrol area included with the Expansion.

When the Darkness arrived and started the Collapse, the Vex arrived on Mercury and took it. In a short period of time they turned it from paradise to hell, making it a machine of their will and somewhere they could summon massive Vex machines from. Apparently the reason you can see the Sun without being blinded is something to do with the way the Vex machine world within alters your perception of it.

Also on Mercury is a Cabal base named Vertigo, which has been mysteriously abandoned, as well as the Sunbreakers. Obviously these are Titans who prefer the Sunbreaker Subclass and it’s where they obtain that power.

During the Red War the Cabal weapon, The Almighty, tore Mercury in half. This means that half of the planet is intact while the other half is strewn between the Sun and it. So I guess when we arrive on Mercury we’re only going to have half of it to run around right? Well I could be wrong, let me explain.

The Vex can mess around in time, going back and forth. So it follows that as Guardians we might go through a Vex portal and end up on a past version of Mercury where they’re sending this huge Vex army. If there’s a lot of activity in one time period it would also attract someone like Osiris, a Warlock obsessed with the machines. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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